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Sikkim - Beneath Kangchenjunga Trek

Starts: Delhi, India
Finishes: Delhi, India

Visit: Delhi, Bagdogra, Darjeeling, Pelling, Dhor, Lam Pokhri, Kangchenjunga , Panding , Bagdogra, Delhi

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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As seen from the characterful hill-station of Darjeeling, the five-summited massif of Kangchenjunga (8586m) dominates the northern horizon. Crossing the border into the Indian state and former independent kingdom of Sikkim, this trekking holiday makes a sensational trek to the world's third highest peak which begins with an ascent to the crest of the Singalila Ridge - the prominent spur of high ground that forms the border between India and Nepal. Here, we find views that extend to the distant peaks of Everest and Makalu. Our route continues northwards through a mountain widerness, taking us via high passes and a succession of lovely camping places to the valley of the Prek Chu. Here, above sacred Samity Lake, we make our ascent to the Goecha La (4940m), a high and dramatically situated pass, directly opposite Kangchenjunga's huge south-east face. Providing a brilliant travel experience, as well as first-class trekking amongst fabulous mountain scenery, this is a simply superb trekking holiday in the Indian Himalaya.

Highlights

    • Close up views of Kangchenjunga from the Goeche La (4940m)
    • A sightseeing day in the British Raj hill-station of Darjeeling
    • Unspoiled camping at Lam Pokhri below the Danphebir Pass
    • A classic Indian Himalaya trekking holiday with unique itinerary 

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 162320
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Delhi, India
Finishes: Delhi, India
Duration: 21 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • An experienced English-speaking leader
  • Delhi Airport transfers on group arrival and departure days
  • All internal flights and land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals throughout the trip
  • Full trekking service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $3,080 ($147/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

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Itinerary

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India Delhi, Nanda Devi, Panch Chuli, Dhaulagiri, Annapurnas, Manaslu, Cho Oyu, Everest, Makalu, Darjeeling, Pelling, Uttarey, Chiwabhanjang, Dhor, Paharay Megu, Singalila Ridge, Lam Pokhri, Gomothang, Yangseb, Panding, Dzongri, Bikbari, Ginge La, Prek Chu, Lamuney, Thangshing, Yuksom, Kalimpong
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Alison O  

It was a brilliant trip, the staff could not do enough for you, and no one fell ill. THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT - all sorts of fantastic goodies kept appearing from the cook tent like magic to keep us going. The cook staff insisted on good hygiene practice and demonstrated it whenever they came to serve the meals. An hour before we arrived at the lunch place a cook boy would appear with a kettle of hot squash and cups. Lindsay was amazing . She let us know what was expected and yet was caring, patient, efficient and very well prepared. She was an excellent role model and following her example we all got to know all the names of the trek crew, right down to the dzo drivers. We also learned new words of Nepali everyday! Consequently everyone, trekkers and trek crew got on well, which was useful as we saw no-one else on the trek after day 2 until day 10. I have experienced very cold conditions while camping at altitude before, however some of the other trekkers had not. It can be very lonely when you spend 12-14 hours in your sleeping bag (the only place to keep warm) after you arrive at camp. It can even be too cold to read, unless you do it inside your sleeping bag. The temperature drops drastically well below zero as soon as the sun drops behind the peaks and the temperature was -10 degrees C at night except for the first and last night of camping. One tolerated the freezing cold for tea and biscuits at 4pm and then for the evening meal at 7pm.

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Iain C  

Tents would be bit too cozy for two. Otherwise Everything about this trek was exceptionally good. The food was the best I have had on any previous trips/treks. Although mainly vegetarian there was protein in every meal. The support crew were always cheery and endlessly helpful. The lead Sherpas set a well controlled pace which contributed greatly to the success of the trek. Moving the rest day to day nine meant that we were properly rested for the ascent of Goecha La.I have been on many trips and treks with very very good leaders but Uden Sherpa was head and shoulders above any of them. His command of English, his sense of humour, his personality and his obvious leadership skills made our trek run smoothly and successfully.This was my first trek and I'm already planning my next two, hopefully with my wife. Your choice of local agent and their choice of leader has made me want to return to the mountains of India. The food on this trip was very important in keeping me fit and free from stomach problems, especially the way it was cooked, not too oily or too greasy, the variety including vegetables for every lunch and dinner.

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David A  

The first ten days along the Singallia ridge and cross country to Darjeeling were particularly impressive. The trails were attractive, unspoilt and remarkably free from other trekkers and giving excellent views. I think we had better than average weather in Sikkim. Very interesting flora and a sense of following in the footsteps of the earlier explorers! The history and culture of the area and Darjeeling.I was very impressed with our leader. I think his strongest attribute was enthusiasm, looking after the welfare of the group and 'going the extra mile' - eg. organising an enjoyable quiz and arranging a cricket match with the local crew.

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Karen G  

The walking was the best part, especially the remote part of the trip on the Singalialla ridge. An excellent trip, we were very well looked after by Sean and the team.This was the third trip I have booked with you and I would recommend the company to my friends.

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Martin T  

An excellent route with a great variety of scenery - ridges, valleys, forest,alpine etc. Also extremely remote and committing. Superb Scenery, Good company of fellow trekkers and staff, good photo opportunities, good exercise.

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Tim D  

This is the first time I've trekked at this time of year (ie in such cold) with tents; it is a bit different from tea-house trekking (or tenting when the days are longer) as you tend to end up in your sleeping bag for a few hours between tea and dinner ie amount of "tent time" came as a bit of a surprise. We were very glad of the foam mats provided; if we'd been reliant solely on our thermarests I think we'd have been uncomfortably cold. Most enjoyed:Sunrise from Dzongri Peak (better than "first point" at Goecha La),the unexpectedly good food, very nice hotels in Darjeeling, Pelling and Kalimpong.

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Patricia P  

I had minor problems with the altitude, no probs with Delhi belly, but developed a grotty cold on our return to Delhi. I think this holiday probably ranks as the best ever. It even tops our Kili trip. It was amazing. I enjoyed every minute of it, even though I struggled a bit at times. Nothing could spoil it, and our extension to Agra was also great, with a super driver and a very well informed guide. The remoteness of the trek was most magical. No mobile signal, no satellite phones, no aeroplane trails in the sky, no other people ( for most of the route), just our little self sufficient group moving through a magnificent landscape. How can you improve on perfection! :) We have used KE for all our trips, we trust that KE always provides the best. It was a particularly nice group of people, the nicest I have ever trekked with and the leader, guide and crew were great too.The ground agents were a top notch outfit, I really cannot fault them in any way, we were superbly looked after. Possibly the best local agent of any trek we have ever done. The trek crew were also excellent, washing water morning and night, met on the trail with hot juice, fantastic food, perfect campsites, comfortable and safe transport,and environmentally sensitive. Our local guide was just perfect; intelligent, articulate, informed, efficient, supportive and a really great guy. He is a gem. The other guide is just amazing, she constantly checked up on the health of group and crew.

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