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SIKKIM, Kangchenjunga Area
Sikkim is known for Kangchenjunga (28,169ft/8,586m) the third highest mountain in the world, as well as a rich flora and fauna. In addition it possesses a diverse ethnic population. Sikkim was formerly an independent kingdom, but was annexed by India in 1975. The royal family still lives there, but no longer hold political power. This trek along the Singalila Ridge will give magnificent views of Kangchenjunga, Makalu and Everest. Our route takes you via high passes and lovely camping places to the valley of the Prek Chu. Here, above sacred Samity Lake, we make our ascent to the Goecha La (4800m./15745ft.), a high and dramatically situated pass, which lies directly opposite Kangchenjunga’s huge southeast face. This quite superb itinerary includes fabulous mountain scenery, as well as the chance to enjoy some of the most atmospheric old colonial hotels in this fascinating and far-away part of the world.
Duration: 21 Days
Type of Trek: Moderate-strenuous
Best time: March-May/ October-November
Our Local representative will greet you at the international airport and help you transfer to the hotel
the morning flight leaves Delhi at 10.10, It arrives in Bagdogra at 12:05 ; transfer to Darjeeling (4 hrs) in A/C vehicle to Windamere/ New Elgin Hotel, Mountain View rooms, (D)
We will visit Ghoom Gompa, the Himalayan mountaineering Institute, and the Tibetan Refugee Center. Windemere Hotel (B,L,D)
After an early breakfast, we set off by jeep for the 6 hour drive to Pelling check in Phamrong Hotel. We have the opportunity to visit Pemayangtse Monastery. (B,L,D
1.5 hrs and trek 3-4 hours to camp near Chitre (B,L,D)
After lunch hike south along the Singalila Ridge to Singalila Peak (12,090 ft) for views of the Himalayan Peaks to the north. Return to camp.
Hike north along the ridge to a camp on the Nepali side near a herder’s camp at Dhor.
5-6 hours. We get up early to hike to a viewpoint for the sunrise on Kangchenjunga. Continue along the ridge to the camp on the grazing slopes.
3-4 hours. We walk to the west side of the Daphebir Pass near the lake. The afternoon is free for exploring around the lakes.
Leave camp early to reach Daphebir pass (14,760 ft) in time for early morning views. We cross a slightly lower pass 30 minutes before reaching this pass. The trail then descends down to the valley floor to a camp by the Yanseb river.
Plenty of good exploring around the camp
Walking time 6-7 hours. We cross a small pass on the then easy walk to reach Panding camp
Walking time 5-6 hours. We cross two passes on the way to Ghate
Get up early to see the sunrise. After breakfast hike over Ginge La Pass (4313m/14,235 ft), we descend to Dzongri. Walking time 4 hours. Early evening stroll to viewpoint above Dzongri for sunset photos.
Walking time 3 hours. Afternoon stroll above the lake.
Pre-dawn start for the 3-4 hour hike to Goecha La (4909m/16200) to assure clear views. Return to Samity lake by early afternoon for lunch, and then on down for 2 hours to camp at Thangsing.
Hike all the way down on the Bakhim lower trail which bypasses Dzongri. Walking time 6-7 hours.
and check into the Hotel Tashi Gang, mountain view rooms (D).
12:30 via Guwahati arrive Delhi 16:35 fly Jet Air to Delhi, and transfer to Hotel.