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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Area : Sikkim Himalaya

Duration : 11 Days (3 days travel/8 days trekking)

Best Season : Mid March – June and Mid September - October

Grade :

Moderate
On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding.

Altitude : 5200 mts

Total Trekking : 90 K.M

About Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga's dominating peak is so high that a trek to its base camp is itself a big-time adventure that keeps kicking the adrenaline rush. Trekking trail to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is quite different when we compare it with the other treks in the Indian Himalayan belt. Kanchenjunga massifs contour a big cross that spans the boundaries of three major countries- Nepal, Tibet and India (Sikkim). Till 1849, before the discovery of Everest and K2, Kangchenjunga was deemed as the highest mountain in India.

As per the geographical facts, Kangchenjunga along with its five great massifs forms the third highest peaks in the world. These five massifs are.

Name of the Peak Height (meters/feet)
Kangchenjunga Main 8,586 28,169
Kangchenjunga West (Yalung Kang) 8,505 27,904
Kangchenjunga Central 8,482 27,828
Kangchenjunga South 8,494 27,867
Kangbachen 7,903 25,928

As per the geographical facts, Kangchenjunga along with its five great massifs forms the third highest peaks in the world. These five massifs are Himalaya in Sikkim region started witnessing heavy footfall in the year 1988. Initially, trekking in the area was restricted so as to preserve its ecosphere. Slowly the explorers unfolded the remote valleys and the hidden treasures - lakes, tribal villages, and forest embedded with a variety of flora and fauna.

Kanchenjunga BC Trekking

The thrilling trek to Kanchenjunga base camp originates from Yuksom; further, it continues towards Bakhim, Dzongri, Laxmi Pokhari, Bikhbari Chaurikhang and Rathong Glacier, Bikhbari and then finally ends at Bakkhim. Within the 11 days expedition, trekkers will enjoy the astounding view of Mt Khangchendzonga (8,586 m), Mt Kokthang (6,148 m), Mt Pandim (6,691 m) and several other peaks in the region.

Isolated villages, high verdant, gleaming mountains blanketed in snow, misty clouds forming a canopy around magnolia and rhododendron forest and dramatic landscapes, makes Kanchenjunga BC Trek a perfect platform for trekkers. Book your seat now for this exciting trek. See below for the complete itinerary.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking Tour Highlights

  • Relish 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).
  • Meet and great people of remote villages.
  • Trek to the base camp of the third highest mountain in the world is an experience to remember.
  • Take a tour of a Sikkim tea garden, learn about the various kinds of teas, and spend some time in the midst of nature.
  • Explore the colourful culture of Sikkim by going for a monastery tour.

Best Time to Visit Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Mid-March to June end & Mid-September to Mid-November

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.

Summer (May - June) Yuksom
Day: 15°C to 25°C
Night: 8°C to 15°C

Dzongri Day: 7°C to 15°C
Night: 3°C to (-2) °C.

Monsoon (July to Mid-September) 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.

Autumn (Mid September to end October) Yuksom
Day: 13°C to 20°C
Night: 2°C to 7°C

Dzongri Day: 2°C to 7°C.
Night: 3°C to (-4) °C.

Since trekking requires covering large distances, usually by walking up and down hills and mountains, it is necessary that the trekkers should be physically fit. Altitude acclimatisation is thoroughly necessary as the air gets lighter and with lower oxygen beyond Dzongri.

Where is the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek ?

Standing tall at an elevation of 8586 m (28169 ft), Kangchenjunga is the third largest mountain in the world and contours a giant cross that spans the boundaries of Nepal, Tibet and the Indian state of Sikkim. The towering peak is located in the large portion of Himalaya called The Kangchenjunga Himal, which is spread over 7,000m (23,000 ft). Three main sections of the mountain out of the five - Main, Central and South, are located on the border between North Sikkim in India and Nepal.

How to Reach Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek ?

By Roadways : Tourist can reach Yuksom within 5 hours from Geyzing (44.9 km) using shared or private jeeps. Gangtok (145.9 km) and Pelling (35.9 km) are the other nearest places where you can arrive via buses or jeeps available at Yuksom. It might be difficult to find shared jeeps after 1 PM.

By Railways : The closest railway station of Yuksom is the New Jalpaiguri railway station, around 150 km away.

By Airways : The nearest airport is the Bagdogra airport, which is around 160 km from Yuksom.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 1: Delhi - Bagdogra - Gangtok

Board an early morning flight to Bagdogra airport. After arriving in Gangtok, meet our guide who will help transfer you to Gangtok and check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the Gangtok hotel.

Day 2: Gangtok - Yuksom (134 kms/5 hrs)

After breakfast, you will drive to Yuksam for overnight stay and dinner.

Day 3: Yuksam - Tsokha

Kick start your day with a healthy breakfast and head to your destination for the day, Tsokha. The trek will begin at a local market; then the trekkers will have to cross four bridges and climb steeply towards the northeast to reach Bakkhim. The trail will continue for another three km and pass through the magnolia and rhododendron forest till Tsokha. Dinner and overnight stay in Tshoka.

Day 4: Tsokha - Dzongri

Early morning, you will be guided to alp of Phedang (3650 m). After crossing alp of Phedang, you will start your trek to Dzongri, which will be the campsite for the overnight stay and dinner.

Day 5: Dzongri - Laxmi Pokhari

Rise early and shine, today you will have to trek uphill till the ridge to chase the dawn. The view of the sun gliding above the mountainous horizon is breathtaking. Also, you can enjoy the astounding view of the neighbouring peaks - Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Kabru (7,000 m), Pandim (6,691 m), Rathong glacier, amongst other. After few steps, you will trek along the rhododendron bushes and pasture land, till you reach Chamaray. From Chamaray, a steep uphill climb might land you to Laxmi Pokhari, which will be your camping site for the day and dinner.

Day 6: Dzongri - Bikhbari

On this day, the trail goes to left side to reach Zamlingang. Dinner and overnight stay in Zamlingang camp.

Day 7: Bikhbari - Chaurikhang and Rathong Glacier (Kanchenjunga Base Camp)-Bikhbari

Today is going to be the day for what you have been waiting, trek to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Early morning, get ready for a trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp to see the stunning view of the Frey's peak (5830 meters), Koktang (6,148 meters), Kabur and Rathong glacier. Spend some time there and come back to Bikhbari for camp and overnight stay.

Day 8: Reserve Day for Summit

This day can be spent at leisure to save your strength for the next day. Lap up the charming settings that abound. If you wish, you can explore the vicinity nearby. Retreat for the night in tents.

Day 9: Bikhbari - Bakkhim

Early morning, start trekking downhill to Bakkhim for overnight stay and dinner.

Day 10: Bakkhim - Yuksom

After breakfast, trek downhill to Yuksom. Upon arrival, you will visit the Dubdi monastery for lip-smacking lunch. Overnight stay and dinner in Yuksom camp.

Day 11: Yuksom - Bagdogra - Delhi

Wake up in the morning, pack bags and get ready for the Bagdogra airport to board a flight to your respective cities. With the transfer to airport, this incredible Kanchenjunga BC Trek will come to an end.

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Things to Carry for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

  • Duffel bag Down/synthetic camp booties
  • Sunglasses, Light gloves
  • Sleeping bag
  •  Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Daypack
  • One liter water bottles wide mouthed
  • Trekking Boots
  • Water purification/filter
  • Camp shoes/sneakers
  • Walking stick/Trekking pole
  • Cotton socks
  • Note book with pens and pencils
  • Gore-Tex jacket
  • Lip balm
  • Light wind jacket Sunscreen / Moisturiser
  • Down jacket/vest
  • Camp towel/towel/sarong
  • Fleece jacket/vest
  • Personal toiletries
  • T-shirts
  • Personal medicines
  • Underwear
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Trekking pants
  • Energy bars
  • Thermal tops
  • Vitamin tablets
  • Thermal bottom
  • Extra passport photos
  • Warm hat and Bandana/scarf
  • Sun hat/baseball cap
  • Wind- and rain-gear with hood
  • Swiss Army Knives (Classic pocket tool)
  • One pair cotton trousers or shorts
  • Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts One warmer (jacket with hood)

Booking Terms and Conditions:

Please read the booking terms as set out with your agreement with Tour My India Pvt. Ltd. A Noida based Tour operator herein called TMI. For More Click Here...

When to book Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek ?

You should book Kanchenjunga BC Trek well in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

A pony/porter will carry your bag while trekking; you just need to wear a knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

Once you book your trek with us, we will give you a list of things to carry and the total weight should not cross 12 Kgs.

Where to meet you?

Our pick up and drop point for Dzongri Trek is Bagdogra Airport/NJP Train station. At Bagdogra Airport/NJP Train station our guide will pick you from the train station and then from there your tour will start.

How we run the trek?

We always have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.

What is the batch size?

4-12 people, including both men and women

What is minimum age required for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek ?

Kanchenjunga BC trek is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 17060ft (5200m) minimum age required is 15 years.

What will be the minimum temperature during Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek ?

The temperature may drop to 8° C during the July & August.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reasons?

If we have to continue the trek because of the reasons which are beyond our control, then additional charges will be applied for a hotel stay and food.

Can I take the Diamox?

Diamox is indeed very helpful, but it's advisable to consult the doctor first.

Is it safe for girls to go on a trek?

Safety is prime importance for us, and we lead our groups and do give it to the third party to manage. It's safe for even a single girl trekker to join our fixed departures.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forlclaz 500 is good shoes with value for money.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

We serve nutritious, simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable, and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes, etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Yes, it's completely safe for drinking and even for cooking, but, to be on the safer side we always carry filters and chlorine tablets

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so a vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller, etc. are used for transportation.

Are your fixed departures dates are fixed?

We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.

How do you deal with an emergency situation?

Trekking on high Himalayan altitudes is always a rewarding experience. However, it is important that you should keep your safety in mind. Emergencies, like illness, AMS, storms, missteps, landslides and even avalanches, are rare but can happen anytime during the trekking, so be prepared for any random goof-ups. To deal with any emergencies your guides, who are an expert mountaineers will be there for your rescue. Your tour guide will always carry a first aid kit to deal with any medical emergencies. In the case of some rescue operation, extra charges will be borne by the trekkers.

How to book the trek?

Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.

Fixed Departure with Dates 2016

01 April 2016 08 April 2016 15 April 2016
22 April 2016 29 April 2016 06 May 2016
13 May 2016 20 May 2016 27 May 2016
03 June 2016    

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