Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek – A wonderland Trail in Sikkim
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in Sikkim is 150Km long and about thirteen day’s worth of rigorous but beautiful trail for experienced hikers. Better attempted in the month of May and October when there’s little snow at Dafeybhir Pass and the high mountain, the apex of this Wonderland Trail is Goechala Pass at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga, tallest peak in the Eastern Himalayas and the third in the world. Hikers on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek should be prepared for plenty of elevation gain and loss, along with stunning panoramas of the Himalayas.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek boasts breathtaking views, gushing streams and splendid meadows, making each step more beautiful than the last. This off trail route takes hikers through dense forests and high Himalayan trails that will awe even jaded outdoor enthusiasts. This section of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek isn’t as frequently traversed as other areas of the park, so it suits experienced hikers who prefer a more solitary experience.
Hiking the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trail presents different challenges than hiking in other parts of Sikkim, but the rewards are unique as well. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek running close to the border with Nepal provides stunning Himalayan Trail hardly found anywhere else in the Eastern Himalayas.
Sikkim Kanchenjunga Trek is a trek through virgin high Himalayan terrain that takes you to the base of the third highest mountain in the world. In other words you can call Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek a window to the most scenic part of Kanchenjunga Himalayas.
For those who find the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek a bit too long could try the eight days Yuksom to Dzongri Goechala Pass Trek or even a shorter four day Yuksom Dzongri Trek .
How hard is Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek ?
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 Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is definitely recommended 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 also a good time 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. Sherpa’s 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 baggage 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
- Highest 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. Rumtek 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 which also houses a school for the monks. 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 Paharay 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 uninhabited 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.