Travel to Sikkim

Sikkim, bounded by Tibet to the north, Bhutan to the east, Nepal to the west and the plains of India to the south, was a Buddhist monarchy until recently.  Travel to Sikkim became restricted soon after it was inducted into India in the early seventies, and only now Sikkim is slowly opening up for tourism.  Ranging from 3000 feet to 28,000 feet elevation and located in the monsoon belt, Sikkim has orchids growing in a rainforest climate and majestic snow-capped mountains.  The original inhabitants were the Lepchas or Rong-pa, the ravine folk from Assam, who now live in harmony with the Khampas from Tibet and Nepalis from neighboring Nepal. Sikkim, a prosperous and a wonderfully diverse state, has much to offer in terms of both beauty and spirituality.

On this expedition, we combine interacting and meeting local people and exploring monasteries with a moderately strenuous trek towards the base camp of the third highest mountain in the world – the mighty Kanchenjunga.  Five Treasures of the Snow, as the mountain is known locally, is a mere thirteen meters shorter than K2, the second tallest mountain in the world.

Our trek will include an optional hike to Go Cha La, a viewpoint at an altitude of 17,350 feet.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrival

Met on arrival and escorted to our hotel.  Time permitting visit some sites in ‘New’ Delhi.

Day 2 | Delhi to Kalimpong

Early morning flight brings us to Bagdora/Siliguri from where we drive inot the foothills of the Himalaya to the Hill-Station of  Kalimpong.

Day 3 | Yuksom

Drive to Yuksom, the old capital of Sikkim.  If time permits, embark on a short hike to the oldest monastery in Sikkim.

Day 4 | Bakim – Trek Day 1

Your first day of trek is a six-hour hike through the dense moss laden vegetation and few mountain streams.

Day 5 – 6 | Dzongri Ridge – Trek Day 2 & 3

Make your way to the Dzongri Ridge where you will camp for the next two days to allow your bodies to acclimate to the high elevation and enjoy the mountain vistas.

Day 7 | Thangsing – Trek Day 4

Embark on a five-mile trek towards Thansing and enjoy the views of Kanchenjunga and its satellite peaks along the way.

Day 8 | Simity – Trek Day 5

Today’s easy 3 to 4-hour hike takes us to Lake Simity.  The lake with its backdrop of Kanchenjunga, Jopine and Pandim peaks makes for a picture book campsite.

Day 9 | Optional Hike to Highpoint Go-Cha La – Trek Day 6

A high to Go Cha la is the highest point of the trek. Return to our camp, which the staff has moved down to Thangsing.  We estimate 8-9 hours of hiking today.

Day 10 | Return to River Camp – Trek Day 7

We continue on trek back to Yuksom, enjoying spectacular Himalayan scenery en route.

Day 11 | Tso Kha – Trek Day 8.

Today, start your steep descent to the Tibetan Village of Tsa Kha.

Day 12 | End Trek at Yuksom.

Final day of trekking descending another 4,000 feet to Yuksom.  Today, you will   be able to enjoy a hot shower and a bed to sleep in.

Day 13 | To Darjeeling.

Your visit to Darjeeling will offer you a magnificent views of Kanchenjunga.

Day 14 | In Darjeeling

Day to explore this beloved British Hill-Station and source of the famous “Darjeeling” tea.

Day 15 | Departure via Delhi

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Delhi and later to your international departure.

 

Trip Dates & Pricing

Dates:

Apr 4, 2021 - Apr 18, 2021
Oct 23, 2021 - Oct 6, 2021
2021 LAND PRICE:

4+ Trekkers:              $6,200 per person

Internal Airfare:        $210 per person
(Delhi-Siliguri-Delhi)

Single Supplement: $1,770 per person

NOTE: Land Price is based on double occupancy and
Internal Airfare is subject to change by airlines.

Activity Level

Demanding High Altitude Trekking

This trek to the peaks of Kanchenjunga is a rigorous, adventurous, and sometimes difficult trek.  Although there are no high passes crossed on this trek, the sleeping altitude for most of the trek is above 12,000 feet.  Optional day hikes take us to above 17,000 feet.  The first two days of the trek are extremely strenuous as they gain 2-3 thousand feet (depending on where we camp) of elevation each day.  There are portions of the trail that may be washed out and awkward.  There is no technical mountaineering involved.  If a bridge on a river is washed out, clients may have to be roped for the river crossing.

Mountain weather is unpredictable and at the higher elevations, the trek is subject to snowfall, storms, ice, rain, wind and other high mountain hazards. Circumstances may mean that some days could be long and arduous for some people.