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My trek to Kachenjunga was truly awe inspiring the trails were slightly challenging but the amazing guides were so helpful and made everything easier. ...
My first serious trek ever! The north-east was a delight of an experience. Away from Tadiandamol, Kodachadri and others in the Western Ghats, this blew...
Trip Starting From: Jalpaiguri
Trip Location: Gangtok
About the Destination:
The Khangchendzonga or Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is considered to be one of the awe-inspiring treks in India. Offering some of the challenging yet delightful trails, this trek is undertaken by trekkers from different parts of the world. While for the non-adventurers this trek might sound difficult and strenuous, for the thrill mongers it is a dream come true. Geographically, Kanchenjunga and other surrounding five massive peaks are together forming the third highest peaks in the world.
They are in the mighty Himalayas located in the small beautiful state of India, Sikkim. Kanchenjunga stands at an elevation of about 8586 meters and covers a large portion of Himalaya which is known to be the Kanchenjunga Himal, around 7000 meters area. The Main, Central and South are the three major sections of the peak and they are all located in touch with the borders of India and Nepal.
Trekking was not allowed here initially and later when explorers started unwinding the trek routes, they could find the hidden treasures like lakes, dense forests, tribal villages, landscapes and rich flora and fauna. The massifs spans across the major boundaries of Nepal, Tibet and India and the fact is that till 1849, Kanchenjunga was considered to be the highest peak in India before the discovery of Everest and K2. The verdant meadows, quaint villages, gleaming mountains, secluded regions, snow-clad summits, gushing rivers and lakes are the prominent attractions lying on the way to the base camp. These are the simple reasons for trekkers to choose this strenuous trek to rejuvenate themselves.
About the trek:
Kanchenjunga base camp trekking package for 8 days is right at your fingertips to let you marvel 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 reach Bakhim. Wait for the jaw-dropping sights of Rathong River, the evergreen fern plantations, orchids, rare birds and reach the Paha Khola Bridge and witness the high altitude waterfall and the swimming pools there. Prek Chu River views are the perks you will obtain on the first day.
Dzongri trek will be the finest part of the whole trek which will let you move through the Tshoka hamlet and then comes Phedang Pass and showing you the best views of Pandim, Thenchinkhang, Jhuponu mountains. Dzongri will be your clam host for two days. It can offer you the mesmerizing sunset views and later your destination will be Bikhbari and following it would be the focus of your journey that is Khangchendzonga Base Camp. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling conducts some of the advanced mountaineering courses at the camps every year. At the base, you will be able to watch the mystique beauty of Frey's peak, Koktang, Kabur and Rathong.
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 reminiscence appear around. Once your reach Yuksom, the majestic Kanchenjunga base camp trek comes to an end with hundreds of beautiful memories.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Highlights:
- Embark on this trek to enjoy the panoramic view of the neighbouring mountains - Frey Peak (5830m), Koktang (6,148m), Kabru Peak (7,412 m), Ratong, Chandra Peak and the Kabru Dome (6600m).
- Make use of the chance to meet the local people dwelling in the beautiful villages.
- The third highest mountain in the world offering you the best adventure possible will be in your heart forever and the trek done here is one of the greatest achievement you could get.
-Tour of Sikkim tea garden will be an additional experience which lets you learn about the various kinds of teas and get the chance to return to the magnificent beauty of nature again.
- A monastery tour of Sikkim can also be done to explore the cultural and traditional variations the tiny state holds.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Weather conditions:
Except for monsoon and high winter, every other season is perfect for the trek to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. During monsoon, the routes will be slippery and also the roads get blocked due to heavy rain. When it is winter, trekking becomes impossible at times due to heavy snowfall and the roads get inaccessible also. During summer that is from May to June, the temperature would come up to 25 degree Celsius during daytime and the same comes to 7 to 15 degree Celsius at night. July to August end or mid-September is the monsoon period and it is better to avoid trekking that time. At Dzongri, during summer, the weather ranges from 7°C to 15°C during the day and at night it is from 3°C to (-2) °C.
Autumn comes by September end and remains till the end of October with a day temperature of around 13 to 20 degree Celsius and night temperature dropping down to 2 degree Celsius maximum. Day temperature at Dzongri this time is from 2 to 7 degree Celsius and at night it will be from 3 to -4 degree Celsius.
Temperature: 10 to 15 degrees in the morning and 2 to 5 degrees at night
Trekking Distance: 90km
Maximum Altitude: 17,000ft
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Yuksom
Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station to Yuksom
Airport: Bagdogra airport (160 Kms from Yuksom)
Base Camp: Yuksom
New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) is located in the Jalpaiguri District which is considered to be the Gateway to the Northeast. All major cities and towns are connected to NJP via the Indian Railways. The closet airport is Bagdogra Airport which is about 16 km from NJP.
After you reach NJP, you will be taken to Yuksom in Sikkim by car.
It will take almost six hours to reach the destination and Yuksom is a beautiful town in West Sikkim with a lot of ancient and modern attractions to explore.
Stay overnight in Yuksom.
The trek starts today. After walking across open fields, enter the beautiful valley of the Rathong river.
On the way, you will be able to witness the ancient Oak, Conifer and Bamboo forests and the luxuriant ferns and delicate orchids that line the trail.
Yuksom (1760m) marks the entrance to the Kangchenjunga National Park.
Immediately after you leave the village you can see Baktim on a ridge high above the confluence of the Rathong and Prek Rivers, which will give you an idea of how to pace yourself for the day.
Reach Sachen located at about 7200 feet above sea level. There you will see a lot of Log huts where you will stay for the day.
Start the trek from Sachen to Tshoka and go through many trails involving quite considerable attitude gain.
Proceed till you reach the bridge over the river Perk. Prayer flags in the distance are an indication of the start of the Goeacha La trail.
Continue through the Oak and later Rhododendron forests. On the way, pass through Bakhim.
Bakhim has a forest rest house and a tea and snack stall. There, take a stop and rest for a while to enjoy the view of the Yuksom Valley.
From Bakhim, Tshoka, is about an hour. From a distance you will see a trekkers hut on a plateau. This is Tshoka, your destination for the day.
Today, what is awaiting for you is a steep climb. As you gain more altitudes, you will find yourself encircled by Rhododendron forests.
After about half an hour in to the trek the trail changes to a well laid out path with wooden logs.
In some time you will reach Phedang. At 12,000 feet and a source of water nearly Phedang is a perfect place to stop for lunch.
Continue to Dzongri and through this leg of the trek you will be reaching over 13,000 feet, so headaches are not uncommon due to the thin air.
After trekking for almost 5 to 6 hours, you will reach Dzongri and stay overnight at the camps.
Start a steep ascend to Dzongri Top which will take up about an hour.
This is the highest point you reach on this trek and from the top point, you will get a 180 degree panoramic view of the Kanchenchunja range.
Start early by 04:00 am so that you can reach the top just in time for the sunrise. Experience how the golden rays of the sun interact with this magnificent mountain range.
After enjoying this spectacular view, retrace your steps to Dzongri.
Enjoy the enchanting views of the Kanchenjunga Peak from a nearby ridge in the morning 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.
After you reach Tshoka, settle down to your camp and stay overnight there.
Today, start walking down through the banks of Prek Chu River to arrive in Yuksom, the last leg of this astounding tour.
Once you arrive in the vicinity, check-in to a local hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
After having breakfast in the hotel, prepare your bags and check-out from the hotel.
Wind up the trek by arriving at NJP.
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Rated : 5.0
My trek to Kachenjunga was truly awe inspiring the trails were slightly challenging but the amazing guides were so helpful and made everything easier. The views are very dream like and the sunsets were even more beautiful. Definitely must try for trekking enthusiasts!
Rated : 5.0
My first serious trek ever! The north-east was a delight of an experience. Away from Tadiandamol, Kodachadri and others in the Western Ghats, this blew my mind. A well-organized tour...craving to venture into other similar treks now. Overwhelmed!
Rated : 5.0
Kanchenjunga is certainly an epitome of beauty and Sikkim is one place that provides you with panoramic views. loved the entire trekking part. Great place, great people amazing time - thanks to our trek guide who made sure people were satisfied and enjoying the trek.
Rated : 4.0
It was a dream come true for me and some of my friends. We have been planning a trek to Sikkim for a long time. We are a group of all girls and we were looking for some packages only for women. But we did not get many options. Finally we decided to book a tour package with other people also. But it went well. We did not face any trouble during the whole trip and very much thankful to all the people came with us and the guides. There was a woman manager too in the group since we were in the trip. Sikkim is a treasure house. It has everything for any age group. The trek was simply amazing. We were so excited and the routes were challenging. Our parents were asking how can we do trekking all alone. But I think, Kanchendzonga and other mountains in Sikkim do not have such variations as boys or girls. It was welcoming from the starting point to the end. Guys, the views from the top were extra ordinary. What we can see are long stretches of mountains and the snow cladding peak tops. The sunrise views were omg extremely astounding. The peaks were glittering in the first rays and it is the most scenic sight. We found yaks too. I was seeing yaks for the first time. They are so cute. Gentle too. But was scared to touch and pamper. What if they do not like us. They were roaming around freely. We were slow at many points since the routes were not so smooth but challenging too. So we had to stop in between, hydrate ourselves and continue. So according to the schedule we could not finish the trek also the last day was a little messed up. We could not explore the places as we discussed earlier but we did not feel it as a loss. Since all the places we saw were absolutely beautiful. We’ll plan some similar trips in the future and will head out to conquer the paths with more energy.
Rated : 4.0
It was an amazing trek, worth spending money. Sikkim is a small state but with plenty of things to be seen. Kanchenjunga Mountain is a remarkable beauty. It is completely covered with snow. When we went, it was just the starting of winter, still the area began to be white. I am thankful to the entire team for making the trip fun filled and exciting. We never felt that the routes were so tricky or difficult to be covered. The guide was also very enthusiastic throughout the trek though he was going through the same routes for many years now. But he managed the group so well and was taking care of everything from the beginning to the end with utmost sincerity. The lake we saw on the way was the highlight of the trip I guess. It was so amazing to see. The water so clear and the environment was pretty. I don’t think there was anything bad throughout the trip. None in our group had any kind of bad feeling or experience as far as I know. Moreover, everyone was enjoying it too. Helping each other, sharing food, telling stories and so on. Kanchenjunga trek is a challenging trek and if it is winter, then the difficulty level will be increased. Still, it is very exciting to go along the narrow pathways and the rugged ways to reach the top of many hills and mountains. We felt so special and this trek will be close to our heart forever. Sikkim is a place which can be travelled in one week I think and all the places are very clean and maintained so well by the locals. Very beautiful.
Rated : 4.0
My friends and I just got back from an incredible trek to kanchenjunga. The entire trip was organized nicely. We are so happy we chose this company to book our trip. Every detail was taken into consideration and yet they were able to be flexible if we needed to make a change to the itinerary. We have trekked extensively and have experienced good and bad weather so it was an easy expedition. But a great place to trek!
Rated : 4.0
It was an awesome enthralling experience for a perfect trek lover. I went with my family and we had an amazing trek basking in the reflection of the snowed caps of Himalayas. Due to the altitude i had some difficulty in respiration because i m in my late forties so ensure your physical fitness before joining the trek. Otherwise the trek is beautiful and brilliant!
Rated : 4.0
Thanks for an awesome tour. I had an amazing time and couldn't have wished for a more knowledgeable and fun tour. The scenery out here is insane and one just doesn't want to come back down. An experience I will never forget. Hoping to come back again next year.
Rated : 4.0
I just got back from my 8 day trek to kachenjunga base camp. It was a beautiful trek with breathtaking views of snow capped mountains, In my opinion the trek was slightly challenging but thanks thanks to Thrillophilia we were informed about this previously. The guides were extremely helpful and every detail was taken into consideration.
Rated : 4.0
I did trekking for 8 day alone with a guide,and I couldn't ask any better guide than him. Humble, kind, caring and knowledgable person he is and I thoroughly enjoyed my time trekking beautiful mountains. I will be doing this again when I visit Nepal next time for sure.
Where is Kanchenjunga?
Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, situated at the mighty Himalayas at an elevation of 8586 meters has its major share in the north east state of Sikkim, India and shares spaces with Nepal and Tibet. It is in the large portion of Himalaya called the Kanchenjunga Himal and it spreads over 7000 meters.
How do I get in shape?
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is a strenuous and challenging trek and you need to be physically fit in order to do this trek. Hence, start preparing one month before the trek to be strong enough to conquer the rough and tough trek trails. Cardio vascular performance is the key factor for this trek also like any other treks. For making your lungs work properly during the trek and get oxygen intake smooth, then you need to follow some exercises that will help your cardio vascular systems function properly. Start with jogging every day and daily increase the distance and speed. Simple exercises like squats, skipping, swimming will also be perfect for your muscles and flexibility. Stretching exercises can also be of use while perfecting your body to do this trek.
What is the best time to go Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?
The best season to embark on this trek is between the months of Mid March – June and Mid September - October. Trekkers should avoid going for trekking during the monsoon as the trails get slippery and roads remain blocked due to torrential rains. In the winter season, the trekking is often impossible as it snows heavenly and trails become inaccessible and weather quite foul.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
The fitter you are the more you'll take away from the experience. Take as much time as you can for cardio exercise and strength training, including core strength. This will make it far easier for you to trek and explore the terrain with your guide. Moreover, exercises aid in acclimatization for the trip. Experience of walking for long distances with heavy weights (at least 15 Kg) will be a useful preparation.
What are the clothing and equipment which I should carry at my end?
Make sure to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can drop, pack good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks. It’s advisable to carry sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers as the sun at the top can be harsh. Water bottles and energy bars/snacks are advisable. A Flashlight (with spare batteries) will help once the sun goes down and it’s always smart to carry insect repellent and emergency medical kit.
Which type of shoes should I buy?
Good quality and sturdy trekking shoes that cover your ankles. Refrain from using sport shoes for your own safety and the trails are uneven and tricky hence requiring good grip trekking shoes. If you are buying new shoes for your trek, please remember to use them for at least a month before you commence your holiday.
What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?
You will be served Indian vegetarian food during this trek. Breakfast and Dinner are included. Himalayan water is considered a clean and mineral water but to be on the safe side you will get boiled water with chlorine tablets
How much weight will I have to carry? Will there be porters?
A 60 Ltr backpack is advisable to carry but amount of weight to be carried depends on your requirements and capacity. Porters and mules will be available and costs are included in the trek package.
Does one feel altitude sickness over there? If yes, how to avoid it?
Altitude sickness is very common among trekkers during himalayan treks, it is wise to consult your doctor for the right medication before your trip. Drinking lots of water can also help stabilize the body along with resting at regular intervals. The best rate of acclimatization is to gain no more than 300m (1000 feet) per a day. If you increase this rate you will be much more susceptible to Elevation Sickness. Getting adequate sleep also can help avoid this.
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
No. Since both these activities can let your body dehydrate easily. Then you will find it very difficult to complete the stretches. Alcohol will open the pores in your skin and let the cold get inside and make the body temperature in terms with the temperature outside. But it will finally lead you to feel dehydrated and thirsty. Hence try not to smoke or consume alcohol. Many of the trekking tours will not allow the participants do any such activities during the trek.
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