Arrive Delhi, where you will be met and transfered to your hotel.
Day 02) Delhi – Bagdogra (by plane) – Darjeeling (2130m) by car.
A charming 4-hour journey,through Assam tea plantations and tiny
villages takes us to Darjeeling. Built on top of a ridge, Darjeeling
faces the Himalaya and is a popular
destination for Westerners and Bengalis alike. .
Day 03) Darjeeling - Pemayangtse (2080 m) in 5 h.
We visit Pemayangtse monastery, one of the oldest and most impressive
gompas in Sikkim.
Day 04) Pemayangtse – Uttarey (1960) in 5 h.
Jeep ride to Uttarey, small village located near the Nepali border.
Day 05) Uttarey - Chewabhanjang (3200m) in 5 h.
Today is a steady climb up as we trek towards the international border
of Sikkim and Nepal. We follow a good trail, heading through dense
Day 06) Chewabhanjang - Dhor (3750 m) in 7 h.
After a steep climb through the rhododendron forest, the path switches
between Nepal and Sikkim with spectacular views down either side of
the ridge. It is obvious why the trail clings to the ridge top,
there is simply no way down on either side, so dense is the
Day 07) Dhor - Paharey Megu (3900m) in 5 h.
Spectacular views of the mountains ahead. We follow the ridge on a
good path which once again switches from side to side along the ridge
with many short ascents and descents. Camp on open grazing slopes.
Day 08) Paharey Megu - Camp before Daphe Pass (4100 m) in 5 h.
Steady climb on the west side of the ridge. The terrain becomes more
open as we follow a wide valley, turning east, in the direction of a
large waterfall. Camp by the holy lakes on the west side of the pass.
Day 09) Camp before Daphe Pass - Daphe Pass (4450 m) - Gomathang (3750
m) in 5 h.
Today is one of the most beautiful walks of the trek, as we cross a
high mountain pass, offering spectacular views to the north, of the
high mountains of Sikkim, including Kangchenjunga (8585m.), Kabru
(7317m.) and Pandim (6691m.). We follow at first an easy trail
which skirts the edge of two lakes, surrounded by prayer flags, then a
steep zig-zag path that climbs to the pass. The walk down to the
valley floor follows a good trail across open slopes at first and then
down through the pine and juniper forest.
Day 10) Gomathang - Panding (4200 m) in 6 h.
Up and down through the rhododendron forest. After Yangshep (3900 m)
we follow a steep path up to Panding.
Day 11) Panding – Dzongri (4020m) in 5h.
We head towards the north-east, descending at first to a river we
cross on a plank bridge. Then we start the climb to Dzongri where we
meet the original "Sikkim and Kanchenjunga trek" itinerary.
Day 12) Dzongri – Thansing (3930m) in 4h.
We descend through rhododendron forest towards the the glacial Prek
river. We establish our campsite on the grassy pastures of Thansing.
The southern ridge of Kanchenjunga and the Onglakhing glacier are
visible directly ahead and there are close-up views of Pandim.
Day 13) Thansing – Samity Lake (4200m) in 3h.
A pleasant walk below the west side of Pandim, through dwarf azaleas
and rhododendrons to Zemathang. We take our first footsteps on the
Onglakhing glacier, and climb up to the shores of the Samity lake,
reputed to be the sacred source of the Prek river. Ringed by prayer
flags, the lake reflects Forked Peak, Kabru North, Gocha Peak and
other snow-capped peaks.
Day 14) Samity Lake – Gocha La (4940m) – Thansing in 7h.
We have to leave quite early this morning, as fog and clouds descend
on the pass shortly after sunrise. The track to Gocha La climbs
steeply through moraines. From the pass, ringed with colorful prayer
flags, we can see Kanchenjunga and beyond that, the Talung glacier.
Day 15) Thansing – Lam Pokhari (4230m) in 5h.
After a steep descent, we climb through alpine areas and pass by tiny
Day 16) Lam Pokhari – Kasturi La (4500m) – Kasturi Odar (3500m) in 6h.
A steep ascent leads to the pass, from where wedescend through a
luxuriant tropical forest.
Day 17) Kasturi Odar – Labdang (2000m) in 6h.
Today we will walk in the half-light of the undergrowth, through a
dense forest, where lianas tangle and moss and orchids hide tree
Day 18) Labdang – Tashiding (1740m) in 5h.
An easy walk, in an atmosphere becoming more humid and heavier as we
Day 19) Tashiding – Martam by car (4h).
We visit the Tashiding monastery, one of the most isolated in Sikkim,
perched on the top of a hill set between two rivers.
Day 20) Martam – Gangtok by car (1h).
En route we visit Rumtek monastery, reputed for its religious Tibetan
art. Visitors are welcome to attend prayers. Afternoon at leisure in
Day 21) Gangtok – Bagdogra (by car) – Delhi (by plane). (Hotel B&B)
Day 22) At leisure in Delhi. Safety day for your international flight.
Day 23) Transfer to airport and fly back home.