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Trip Starting From: Yuksum
Trip Location: Darjeeling
On day 1, as soon as you arrive in Darjeeling, you will have to make your own way to reach Bagdogra Airport. From there, you will be driving to Yuksom by trespassing Teesta River.
Continuing uphill, you will be crossing the Legship bridge to reach your final destination.
After that, you will arrive at your Yuksom hotel, check-in and spend your remaining day at leisure.
Your day 2 trekking will be for a total duration of 5 hours through Rathong River, Lush Forest, and Paha Khola Bridge. On your way, you will be treated with the delight of several wild orchids and monkeys wandering here and there.
As you trek to the Sachen, somewhere on your midway, you can enjoy your pre packed lunch to keep you energised for the remaining trekking experience.
Your entire trekking route from Yuksom to Sachen is loaded with lush thickets of rhododendrons, magnolia, and ferns. If possible, try to spot some wild species of orchids that you may find on your go.
After hours of trekking, you will finally arrive by your campsite at Sachen; enjoy your dinner before you call it for the day.
Your day 3 trekking will last for a duration of 4 to 6 hours.
As you start trekking towards Tshokha, you will be feasted with aromatic viburnum plantations.
Once you cross the Prek Chu River, you need to trek uphill for the next 2 to 3 hours until you reach your next halt point of Bakhim.
A couple of additional trekking will finally take you to a Tibetan Refugee Settlement – Tshokha.
Your day 4 trekking is for 4 to 5 hours.
As you move uphill from Tshokha, you will be treated with the sights of rhododendrons. Moving further from here, a quick trek will ultimately take you to Phedang where you have your overnight campsite arranged.
Your day 5 trekking experience lasts for 3 hours in total.
Once you are done with your breakfast, you will be crossing over 4000 meters scenic uphill where you can enjoy your packed lunch and relax for some time. Once you get acclimatized with the surroundings, you can finally move further to reach your Dzongri campsite. Meanwhile, if you want, you can capture the scenic beauties of Kabru, Rathong, Simvo, Pandim, and Koktang peaks.
This day is entirely reserved for leisure activities.
You can wake up early in the morning and go for some short excursions to explore the spots around.
A day at leisure is planned so that you can get proper acclimatization with the surroundings before you carry ahead with the next height.
Your overnight stay has been arranged at Dzongri campsite.
Day 7 trekking experience will last for around 6 to 7 hours.
With a gradual ascend, you will be climbing around 1 mile today towards a low ridge situated at the height of 13500 feet. It is here where you get to witness numerous chortens and vibrantly coloured prayer flags fluttering all around. Throughout your trekking adventure, you will be blessed with some fascinating vistas of Pandim and Kanchenjunga peaks.
Now onwards, you will start descending down in the direction of Pandim trespassing the thick forest lining of rhododendrons. You can stop at Prek Chu River for a quick short break before you ascend over the moraine. After that, we all will be halting for a short lunch break at a trekking lodge in the midway.
Before you retire at the Thangshing Campsite, you will be trekking for an additional 1.5 hours.
To avoid the extremities of the weather conditions here, it is advisable to start your trekking adventure early in the morning.
First, you will be ascending uphill by making your way through the moraines, and later, you will start descending towards Samiti Lake by trespassing Zemathang Plateau.
Next, you will be trekking for about an hour to make your way to the Goecha La Pass.
The moment you arrive at the Goecha La Pass, soothe your eyes with the stunning views of the Kanchenjunga and other vastly spread peaks before you head back in the direction of Lamuney.
Your overnight stay is arranged at Samiti Lake Campsite.
On day 9, you will be trekking for a total duration of 7 to 8 hours.
It is always good to start your day early in the morning and get to a nearby ridge to enjoy the picture-perfect vistas of the magnificent Kanchenjunga peak.
Later, you will all assemble at a common point to start your Tshoka trekking by taking a route through the Dzongri Plateau so that you can easily avoid the long climb.
This time, your trail will be passing through Prek Chu and Phedang deciduous forest cover.
Settle down at the Tshoka campsite and enjoy your dinner.
Your day 10 trekking journey will last for 5 to 6 hours.
From the Prek Chu assembly spot, you will start descending down in the direction of Yuksom, check-in at the hotel there and relax for the remaining length of the day.
Your 11 days trekking adventure of Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling ends here.
Once you are done with your morning breakfast, you will be informed to check-out from the hotel and make your way to Darjeeling for your return journey.
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Kanchenjunga is still one of the highest peaks in the world where the easternmost peaks reach a height beyond 8000 meters. Frequent incidences of snowstorms and avalanches attack have been recorded here. Besides, the topmost summit of the Kanchenjunga exhibits a decrease in oxygen level; accounting for a third of what is recorded at the sea level. Thus, the unexpected weather conditions prevailing in the atmosphere there makes it arduous for the mountaineers to climb the Kanchenjunga. Besides, bitter cold and low temperatures are enough to make Kanchenjunga trek a dangerous one for all the trekking enthusiasts.
No, Both Kanchenjunga and K2 are different mountains. With an altitude of 8536 meters, Kanchenjunga stands as the second-highest mountain ranges across the globe. Whereas, the K2 or Mount Godwin Austen is the 3rd highest in the world with an altitude of 8611 meters.
Yes, Darjeeling is a worthy place to visit. In fact, the tourist points of Darjeeling have their own charm. Batasia Loop, Peace Pagoda, Happy Valley Tea Estate, Tiger Hill, and Ghoom Monastery are key attractions of Darjeeling. If you travel to eat, Darjeeling has got some exotic delicacies to serve in your platter. Thuka, traditional Nepali Thali, The Naga Cuisine, Churpee, Momos, Aloo Dum, and Sael Rotis are some mouth-watering delicacies of Darjeeling. Nevertheless, it is also a great adventurous hub for sports like mountaineering, joy ride, cottage camping, trekking, and river rafting. Do not forget to include the top-rated trek of Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling when you sit down to enlist all the things to do there.
Yes, there are many spots to watch Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling. However, for the best view, you need to make your way to Tiger Hill.
Kanchenjunga is situated at a distance of 111 km from the town of Siliguri.
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