Hike in the shadow of Kanchenjunga with Everest summiteer Jamling Tenzing Norgay!
As climbing leader of the IMAX® Everest film expedition, Jamling Tenzing Norgay made his first ascent of Everest in 1996, following in the footsteps of his legendary father, Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who made the historic first ascent in 1953 with Sir Edmund Hillary. Jamling was raised in the Himalayan town of Darjeeling and he’d like to take you on his favorite trek in Sikkim—an eight-day hike culminating in unbelievably spectacular views of mighty Kanchenjunga (28,208'), third highest mountain in the world. Flanking Kanchenjunga are its snowy satellite peaks: Jannu (25,294’), Tent Peak (24,089’), Sinolchu (22,610’), and Kangbachan (25,925’).
Before beginning the trek, we’ll visit Dubdek monastery, beautifully situated overlooking the village of Yoksum, and the coronation site for the first king of Sikkim. Tiny Sikkim sits between Nepal and Bhutan and is a largely roadless land that encompasses the luxuriant Rangeet and Tista River basins—famous for their thick sal and conifer forests and subtropical vegetation, including yellow rhododendron and hundreds of orchid varieties. Although Sikkim is only about the size of Switzerland, it encompasses altitudes that range from a few hundred feet above sea level to the 28,208-foot summit of Kanchenjunga.
Our trek ventures high up into some of the most pristine and beautiful alpine country in the Himalayas. According to Jamling, a devout Buddhist, this trek is also a spiritual journey because Buddhist scriptures say that Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated in the caves along the trails of this route. In the first few days on the trail, we’ll enjoy a setting of peaceful, wooded hills with a few small hamlets and trailside tea shops. As we reach higher elevations, we’ll hike through fragrant pine and rhododendron and meet Tibetan herders with their yaks. Once we reach the alpine zone of Dzongri at 13,221 feet, we’ll take in views of Kanchenjunga’s south summit and its neighboring peaks. Higher yet on the trail on the seventh day of the trek, we'll camp at a sacred lake and hike to Goecha La (16,400’), where we’ll stand in awe of snowy Kanchenjunga. We’ll descend to the road by the same trail, and be met by vehicles to transport us back to Darjeeling, where we’ll fly home via Delhi.
The trip includes a stay in charming Darjeeling (7,500'), once the queen of British colonial hill stations, with its steep, narrow streets and mixture of Tibetan, Lepcha, and Nepali inhabitants. While in Darjeeling we’ll see Kanchenjunga and its surrounding peaks, just 50 miles away. We’ll also have a festive Sherpa/Tibetan celebration at the Tenzing Norgay residence, where you’ll have a chance to mingle with other legendary Everest climbers and gain an insight into 50 years of mountaineering history.
8 days of strenuous hiking at high elevation (max. 16,400' including optional hikes)
- Hike the mountain trails of Sikkim with Everest summiteer (and Sikkim local) Jamling Tenzing Norgay
- Visit the home of legendary Everest hero Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and visit his personal museum (not open to the public)
- Take in spectacular views of Kanchenjunga, third highest mountain in the world!
- Meet the Tibetan and Lepcha people, inhabitants of the eastern Himalaya
Duration: 13 days Start Location: Delhi End Location: DelhiDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Delhi
Arrive in Delhi, India.
Day 2 : Delhi to Darjeeling (7,500')
Fly to Bagdogra and drive to Darjeeling (7,500'), the gem of British colonial hill towns. (3 hours driving)
Day 3 : Darjeeling
Tour Darjeeling, enjoy the first views of Kanchenjunga, and visit the Norgay family’s Darjeeling residence.
Day 4 : Darjeeling to Yoksum (5,800')
Drive to Yoksum. Visit the sacred monastery and the coronation site of the first king of Sikkim. (5 hours driving)
Day 5 : Yoksum to Bakhim (8,800')
Hike to Bakhim through scenic woods and the Ratong Valley. (6 hours hiking)
Day 6 : Bakhim to Dzongri (13,221')
Today is the most challenging day of the trek as we gain altitude and ascents are steep on the way to Dzongri. (6 hours hiking)
Day 7 : Day hike to Gingay Dara (14,200')
Day hike to Gingay Dara for panoramic vistas. (4 hours hiking roundtrip)
Day 8 : Dzongri to Thangshing (12,900')
Hike to Thangshing with fantastic views of Kabru, Sinolchu, Siomvu, Pandim and Goecha peaks. Optional afternoon hike to Jopuno (15,000').
Day 9 : Thangshing to Lamuney (13,700')
Hike to Lamuney through Onglathang Valley. Optional day hikes to Samiti Lake (14,400') or the base of Mount Tinchin Khang’s glacier (15,500').
Day 10 : Day hike to Goecha La (16,400') – Thangshing (12,900')
Day hike to Goecha La (16,400') for the best views of the Kanchenjunga massif, then return to Thangshing. (7 hours hiking)
Day 11 : Thanshing – Phedang – Bakhim
We'll spend today trekking back to Bakhim along a trail that passes through Phedang and Choka. (6 hours hiking)
Day 12 : Yoksum - Darjeeling
Hike to Yoksum and meet our vehicle for the drive to Darjeeling. We'll cap off the trip with a farewell dinner with Jamling and his family. (3 hours hiking, 5 hours driving)
Day 13 : Darjeeling to Bagdogra/Delhi
Return to Bagdogra and fly to Delhi. Fly home in the evening, or join us on an extension trip in India!
DATES: Best time to go: October Departures: No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availablity. Call us for details.
$4,695 per person (4-15 members)
$900 single supplement
The Elgin Darjeeling A luxury heritage hotel in Darjeeling.
Darjeeling- from ‘ Dorji Ling' means the ‘God of Thunder'. Small wonder then that in the quaint little hill station, the weather varies from the pleasant, to cold to very cold. As you enter The Elgin - warmth hugs you and makes you feel at home with a glass of sparkling cherry liquor and a silken Khada draped around your neck. Snug and cozy in an interior decked with etchings of G.Douglas, lithographs of Daniell, period Burma teak furniture, oak floor boards and paneling, crackling fireplaces, candle-lit tables and strains of music from the grand piano, you realize the meaning of palpable ‘old world charm' which has played host to dignitaries like the US Ambassador and the Crown Prince of Sikkim to Dominique Lapierre and Mark Tully. The hotel has stories to tell from the time of its first owner the Maharaja of Cooch Behar to Nancy Oakley in the 1950s.
Radisson HotelNew Delhi
The closest hotel to the Delhi Airport (3 miles), the five star Radisson Hotel Delhi is located near the business hub of Gurgaon in the New Delhi National Capital Region (NCR). This business hotel in New Delhi has a large inventory of rooms, exceptional services for the corporate traveler and on-site dining at The Great Kabab Factory,
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Jamling Tenzing Norgay
In 1996 Jamling Tenzing Norgay realized his childhood dream of climbing Mt. Everest with the IMAX Everest Film Expedition and unfolded the Tibetan flag on the summit. The son of Tenzing Norgay, who summitted Everest in 1953 with Sir Edmund Hillary, Jamling is a charming young man gifted with many skills besides his outdoor exploits. A black-belt karate instructor and avid rafter and skier, Jamling had led many treks in Sikkim, Nepal, India and Bhutan. We are very proud of his association with Mountain Travel Sobek and are confident you will greatly enjoy his leadership. He was featured in a recent article in the San Francisco Examiner and is one of the protagonists of the new National Geographic Imax film on Everest.