Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek From India
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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek From India
Kanchenjunga Base Camp TrekDay#01 Bagdogra-Darjeeling
Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport met our representative and then drive toward Darjeeling. On arrival transfer into hotel. Evening sightseeing and acclimatization. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day#02 Darjelling (The day is for relaxed and acclimatization)
Early morning drive to Tiger Hill to for a singular experience of the first rays of the sun bathing the Himalayas. On the return visit the Ghoom Monastery. Built in 1975 the monastery which follows the Gelugpa sect, houses one of the largest statue of the Maitreya Buddha- “the future Buddha”. Overnight at hotel
In the morning drive to Yuksam via a beaufiful valley. On the way you will find dense forest, lush green meadows, waterfalls and much more. Upon arrival at Yuksam set out camp for dinner and overnight stay. Yuksam is the base of West Sikkim’s most popular trekking region, Dzongri and is also of historical importance to the Sikkimese. Uksam literally means ‘meeting place of the three lamas’. In the beginning of seventeenth century a rift between different factions of Buddhist sects in Tibet forced the Red Hat Sect to seek refuse in Sikkim. Lama Lhatsun Chempo, on his journey to Sikkim, arrived at Borbugang in Yuksam, where he met two other lamasSempa Chempo and Rinzing Chemp and began converting the people into their faith. Sacred texts had revealed that the ruler designate of Sikkim would be a man named Phuntson of Gangtok, so the lamas sent an envoy in search of him. The party returned with Phuntson Namgyal, whose ancestry could be traced to the legendary prince Guru Tashi, founder of the kingdom of Miyang in the Chumbi Valley. In 1941 Phuntsog Namgyal was crowned as Sikkim’s first king, the Chogyal.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp TreDay#04 Yuksam-Bakkhim(16kms/5-6hrs)(3005mts/9856ft)
We walk gently uphill, following the Rathong River’s gorge, through dense mixed jungle with magnolia, rhododendron ferns and several varieties of orchids, brightly colored birds and the occasional monkey. After an hour or so we cross the Paha Khola Bridge, (1733mts/5685ft). There is a swimming spot by a waterfall(for those who dare!) after two hours, and we can stop for lunch by a stream. Pasing by sweet smelling viburnum we cross the Prek Chu River and then ascend steeply for two or three hours to arrive at the lodge at Bakkhim. We will either stay in the Tourist Hostel, or sleep in our tents. This hostel is often occupied by Himalayan Mountain Institute students on rock-climbing courses. This is a long trekking day and you should expect to be pretty tired by the time you arrive at Bakkhim. Dinner and overnight stay a the camp.
Day#05: Bakkhim- Phedang (5Kms/4 hrs) (3483mts/11425ft)
We begin today’s walk by trekking for about one hour up to the picturesque village of Tsokha. Tsokha is home to a colony of Tibetan regugees who have erected a small monastery by a small lake. A fairly steep climb above Tsokha takes you into beautiful rhododendron forests and you continue a long a well-defined uphill path to Phedang(approx. 2/3 hours from Tsokha). Today we will be doing a shorter trail since we will be gaining much altitude. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Another short day’s walk today as we are now treading above the 4000 meter mark. We will be setting up camp by lunchtime and suggest that you spend a relaxed afternoon acclimatizing. A brief climb beyond brings you to meadow where we can pitch our tents in a campsite with views of Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Simvo and Pandim. As usual on thre the choice of campsite depends on many variables. One of the most important is the close supply of water. You will get spectacular views of Kanchenjunga, sinioilchu, Kabru, Pandim, Jopuno, Koktang, Talung and Narsingh. The trail from here levels up to Dzongri. Dzongri also offers you the most fascinating close up view of the Kanchenjunga massif and other Himalayan Peaks. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp
Kanchenjunga Base Camp TrekExcursion to Lami Pokhari. Early risers can get up before dawn to climb to a vantage point on a ridge above the campsite to watch the sunrise on Kanchenjunga, Kabru, Pandim, Rathong and many other peaks of the Kanchenjunga range. Full day excursion to Laxmi Pokhari. The trail first goes through rhododendron bushes and pasture land for about an hour to Chamaray. From here it is a gradual ascent to Laxmi Pokhari, a big lake cupped in a deep crater. Here you will get good view of Kanchenjunga range, Pandim, Narsingh, Kabur, Kabur dome, Koktang etc. If you reach Laxmi Pokhari early and feeling physically fit, an excursion towards Kabur rock will be a rewarding experience. Back to Dzongri. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
The trail first ascends gradually for about half an hour and then descends till we reach a crossroad. The trail on the left goes down to Zamlingang. We follow the trail on the left goes down to Zamlingang. We follow the trail to the right, which is a flat walk throughout. Dinner and over night stay at the camp.
Excursion to Chaurikhang and Rathong Glacier (Kanchenjunga Base Camp)
It is a gradual ascent all the way to the base camp. This is the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, which is also the site where the Himalyan Mountaineering Institute of Darjeeling conducts its advanced mountaineering courses. You can get close views of Frey’s peak, Koktang, Kabur and Rathong from here. Return to Bikhbari. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day#10: Reserve day for summit
In the morning trek back to Bakkhim with packed breakfast. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
In the morning trek back to Yuksam. After lunch trek to Dubdi monastery, the hermit’s cell’, which is situated on the top of a lofty hill one thousand feet above Yuksam. The fir-clad mountains behind provide a dramatic background. Founded by Lhatsun Chempo in 1701, it is the oldest monastery in Sikkim. After visiting the monastery descend to the site where the first King of Sikkim was crowned in 1641 by three lamas. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
After breakfast drive to Darjeeling. Evening free to explore the local market. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
In the morning transfer to Bagdogra airport and from here catch a flight for onward destination.