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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Overview
The Trek name Kanchenjunga is given for this trail because we camp at the Base camp where we see the incredible view of the third highest peak in the world. It is right at your fingertips to let you marvel at the adorning beauty and charisma possessed by the third-highest peak in the world. The trek starts at Yuksom, a tiny village in Sikkim and the first trails take you to Bakhim. Wait for the jaw-dropping sights of Rathong River, the evergreen fern plantations, orchids, and rare birds and reach the Paha Khola Bridge and witness the high altitude waterfall and the swimming river there. Prek Chu River views are the perks you will obtain on the first day.
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek reaches the point of returning to the start after the sixth day of the trek. Bakhim will offer you a free day to enjoy the sights and the surrounding reminiscences. Once your reach Yuksom, the majestic Kanchenjunga base camp trek comes to an end with hundreds of beautiful memories.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Himalayan Views, Teesta River
Begin with the enthrallment of this wonderful trek by catching the remarkable views of the Himalayas while driving from Bagdogra Airport/NJP to Yuksom. The drive will take you along the gushing Teesta River and continuing uphill, you will be crossing a bridge in Legship to reach Yuksom. Arriving in the town, check in into a hotel and retire for the day.
5 Hours Trek, Rathong River, Paha Khola Bridge, Lush Forest, Orchids, Monkeys
Today is the most exciting day as we begin our 5 hours trek. Waking up in the morning, start ascending uphill and follow the gorges of the Rathong River. Trekking through the lush thickets of magnolia, rhododendron, and ferns, proceed towards the Paha Khola Bridge. On the way, relish a packed lunch and keep yourself energized for the rest of the trek; be prepared to spot exotic orchids, colorful flowers, and monkeys along the hike! Arriving in Sachen, settle down into the campsite and call it a day.
4-6 Hour Trek, Prek Chu River, Viburnum Plantations
The trek for the day will take you through the aromatic viburnum plantations, after which you will be crossing the Prek Chu River and hiking uphill for around 2-3 hours to reach Bakhim. Hereafter, trekking upwards, you will finally reach Tshoka, the Tibetan refugee settlement; overnight stay will be in a camp.
4 Hours Trek, Rhododendron Forests
While on today’s trek, you will be making your way uphill and through scenic forests of rhododendrons; you can expect well-laid trails on the way. Moving from here, a short trek will finally take you to Phedang, where you will spend an overnight stay in camps.
3 Hours Trek, Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Khangchendzonga, Simvo & Pandim Peaks
Post breakfast in the Phedang campsite, get prepared for another scenic uphill trek, and with this trek, you will be crossing 4,000m in the Himalayas! With this remarkable feat, enjoy your packed lunch and relax around the scenic vistas to get acclimatized to the higher altitudes. A further climb after relaxation will finally take you to the Dzongri overnight campsite area, from where you can have mesmerizing views of Mt.Koktang(6148m), Mt.Rathong (6678m), Kabru(7338M), Khangchendzonga(8586m), Simvo (6812m) and Pandim peaks.
Leisure Day, Short Excursion
Waking up in the morning, you can either spend the day relaxing in the camp or just take up a short exploration quest around the camp. The day is much required as you must get acclimatized to the higher altitudes before gaining further height; overnight stay in camps.
5-6 Hours Trek, Prayer Flangs, Kanchenjunga & Pandim Peak, Prek Chu River
Our trekking team will prepare your morning meals before you begin your trek to Tangshing. We begin our gradual ascend, today we will climb around 1 mile and advent towards a low ridge (13,500ft), from where the chortens and the colorful prayer flags overtake the views! The astounding views of the Kanchenjunga and Pandim peaks will keep you enchanted all through the way.
Hereafter, the trek starts descending down towards Pandim and will take you through rhododendron forests and the Prek Chu River. Take a lunch break in a trekking lodge within the vicinity and continue trekking for another 1.5 hours to make it to Thangshing for an overnight stay.
Samiti Lake, Zemathang Plateau, Goecha La Pass
Start the day early in order to avoid the harsh climatic conditions that might hinder your course in the latter part of the day. Climbing uphill through the moraines, you will then be descending to the Samiti Lake and then cross the Zemathang Plateau. From here, you will once again start ascending over a moraine and after trekking for around 1 hour, will reach the Goecha La Pass.
Arriving at this magnificent pass, behold the magical views of the Kanchenjunga and other distant peaks before you start moving back towards Lamuney for an overnight stay camp beside the Samiti Lake.
7-8 Hours Trek, Kanchenjunga Peak, Dzongri Plateau
Waking up early in the morning, enjoy the enchanting views of the Kanchenjunga Peak from a nearby ridge and start trekking back towards Tshoka. Today, you will be taking a route through the Dzongri Plateau in order to avoid the long climb. The trail passes through Prek Chu and the deciduous forests of Phedang. Arriving in Tshoka, settle down in the overnight stay camps. Spend your time with the nature.
5-6 Hours Trek, Prek Chu River, Trekking Ends Here
Today, descending through the Prek Chu River, you will be arriving in Yuksom, the last leg of this astounding tour. The village is settled by a small community of Tibetan origin and is very popular for flower species. Walk around the village and spend your time. In the evening check into the hotel.
Tour Ends Here
Our Kanchenjunga Trek ends here today with our guide and driver seeing you off at the airport. After having breakfast in the hotel, prepare your bags and check out from the hotel. With this, the amazing Kanchenjunga trek will come to an end.
Being a short and easy trek that can be completed in a few days only Varsey trek remains the favorite of people looking for adventure in Sikkim. The main attraction of this trek is the Rhododendron Sanctuary at Hilley Varsey. This beautiful sanctuary is spread in an area of around 104 sq km.