Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek – A memorable Trek in Sikkim on the eastern side of Mt.Kanchenjunga
If you have done those epic treks in Nepal Himalayas, the likes of Annapurna Circuit Trek and looking to do a similiar trek in Sikkim than the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is an alternative trek for you. Regarded as one of the most memorable and a strenuous Trek in Sikkim Himalayas the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek covers a total distance of about one hundred and fifty kilometres in a period of thirteen days.
This memorable trek goes upto the foot of Mt.Kanchenjunga, third highest mountain in the world. Occupying a part of west Sikkim inside the Kanchenjunga National Park, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek ascends upto an altitude of 4990m at Goechala Pass, highest point on the trek. Considered to have the best mountain environment for trekking in Sikkim with great mountain views and pristine eco system, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in Sikkim is an Ideal trekking route for those with time and passion to venture into the rugged and unxplored region of Sikkim Himalayas.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a technical trek but at the same time is an interesting and a rewarding trek in Sikkim as the trek route passes through the most uninhabited part of Sikkim Himalayas. For those who find this trek a bit too long could try the eight days Yuksom to Dzongri Goechala Pass Trek or even a shorter four day Yuksom Dzongri Ridge Trek.
How hard is Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek ?
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a long, Strenuous and adventurous Trek in the Kanchenjunga Conservation area along the border with eastern Nepal running halfway on the spine of the Singalila Ridge on the Sikkim side of the Himalayas. With a series of ascents and descents to high altitudes through some of the most hostile trekking environments and that too in the most remote part of Sikkim Himalayas this trek is definitely recomended for experienced trekkers only.
What is best time visit the Kanchenjunga National Park ?
Best time to embark on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is from April to May when the Kanchenjunga National Park is alight with different varieties of Rhododendron blooms and the meadows filled with high altitude flowering plants. October to November is another season recomended for this trek in sikkim when the mountain views are clear for viewing.
Is it a Tea house Trek or a Camping Trek
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in Sikkim is a camping Trek as no settlements are allowed inside the Kanchenjunga National Park. Twin Share sleeping Tents with mattress, Dining Tent, Kitchen Tent and a Toilet Tent will be provided during the duration of the Trek. A cook and his helpers will cook and provide food for the Participants and as well for the entire support team. Sherpas will be in charge of the tents and ponies/yaks will be used in most cases to to carry food Items, Camping materials and the baggages of the participants. We use paraffin stove and paraffin as fuel to cook food.
- Type of Trek : Camping Trek
- Minimum No. of Participants Required : 2 Persons
- Trek Grade : Moderate to Strenuous
- No. of Days on the Trek : 14Days
- Total No. of Days : 19Days
- Highest Point : Goechala Pass-4990m
- Highets Camp Site: Pangdin-4210m
- Starting & Ending Point: Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border
- Group Departure Dates : No Group Departures are available for this Trek.
- Customized Private trek for a minimum of Two Persons can be arranged on a date of your choice
DAY 1 : Arrive at Bagdogra Airport. Drive to Gangtok (4Hrs Drive). Overnight Hotel(B/B only).
DAY 2 : A Day in Gangtok.
After breakfast drive to Rumtek Monastery,23Km from Gangtok.The monastery built in the Year 1959 by the 16th.Gyalwa Karmapa is the replica of the Tsurpu Monastery in Kham in Tibet & is the biggest monastery in Sikkim.This monastery is the seat of the Kagyu sect or the black hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit the Institute of Tibetology on the way back. Overnight Hotel (B/B only).
DAY 3 : Drive Gangtok to Uttaray( 2100m/5-6Hrs. Drive). Overnight Lodge.
DAY 4 : Trek Starts. Trek to Chewabhanjyang ( 3200m/14Km/5-6 Hrs). Overnight Tents.
Day 5 : Acclimitization Day. Side Trek to Singalila Pass. Overnight Tents.
DAY 6 : Trek to Gairi(3600m/10.5Km). Overnight Tents. Overnight Tents.
Day 7 : Trek Gairi to Dhond (3900m / 9Km). Overnight Tents.
Day 8 : Trek Dhond to Paharae Megu(3800m/12Km /7hrs). Overnight Tents.
Day 9: Trek Paharae Megu to Lam Pokhari (4100m/11Km/5Hrs). Overnight Tents.
Day 10: Trek Lam Pokhari to Gomathang (3543m/9Km/4Hrs). Overnight Tents.
Day 11 : Trek Gomathang to Pangdin(4210m/14Km/6-7Hrs). Overnight Tents.
Day 12 : Trek Pangdin to Ghattey Khola (3900m/9Km/4Hrs). Overnight Tents.
Day 13 : Trek Ghattey Khola to Dzongri (4030m/8Km/4Hrs). Overnight Tents.
Day 14 : Rest Day in Dzongri. Overnight Tents.
Day 15 : Trek Dzongri to Lamunee (4164m/11Km/5-6Hrs). Overnight Tents.
Day 16 : Trek to Goechala Pass view point and back to Kookrochoong (14Km/6-7Hrs). Overnight Tents.
Day 17 : Trek Kookrochoong to Tchoka(2975m/15Km/6Hrs). Overnight Tents.
Day 18 : Trek Tchoka to Yuksom(1760m/13Km/6Hrs). Overnight Lodge ( Breakfast & Lunch is included).
DAY 19 : Drive to Bagdogra Airport for Final Departure.
After early breakfast will start 198Km(6Hrs) drive to Bagdogra Airport. End of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.
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NOTE: The above itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, Physical ability of the participants etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.
NOTE: Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a strenuous & high altitude Camping trek through the most inhabitated part of Sikkim. Average camp sites are at an average altitude of 4000m and is therefore meant for seasoned and experienced trekkers only. A Physical check up is mandatory.