Get up close to Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain. Begin your epic adventure in Sikkim at Uttarey to ascend the Singalila ridge towards Goechala. Enter dense forests of pine and rhododendron trees in rhapsodic bloom, passing prayer flags, yak herders and local Sherpa villages scattered throughout the valley. A remote route, this trail to Kanchenjunga's ridge does not see many other trekkers. Join the rarified few who have braved the border straddling Nepal, Sikkim and West Bengal. Take in the majesty of sacred, high-altitude lakes and sunrises with striking high Himalayan views.
Visit tea gardens and sacred lakes in an awe-inspiring wilderness landscape- an area few hikers visit
Trek Sikkim's remote wilderness, with unsurpassed views of Kanchenjunga and the iconic Himalayas
Hike along the ridge straddling Nepal, Sikkim and West Bengal-with snow-capped peaks in sight
Transfer to the airport with your trip leader and board a domestic flight to Bagdogra. Travel to Darjeeling by car, while stopping at Kurseong, the "Land of White Orchids" for tea and snacks. Enjoy a welcome dinner in Darjeeling before turning in for the evening.
After breakfast, awake in the Darjeeling hills and visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) Everest Museum, established in 1957, the Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center and the Happy Valley Tea Estate, where tea is still produced in the traditional way since 1854. Spend the afternoon roaming the bustling alleyways of Darjeeling's colorful bazaars.
Rise for an early breakfast and set-off by jeep for Pemayangtse (7,380'), or "Perfect Sublime Lotus" in northeastern Sikkim. Visit Pemayangtse Monastery, the second oldest in Sikkim, built in 1705 by Lama Lhatsun Chempo. Spend the night at a local hotel.
After breakfast, take a scenic drive through the tea plantations to Uttarey in west Sikkim. Follow the River Rangeet, which originates in the Himalayas, and embark on your first walk through local Sherpa villages, gradually climbing, then trekking through forests to Thumki. Climb to Uttarpani (8,720') and continue uphill for views of Kanchenjunga and Pandim, setting up camp at Archaley (9,450'), a tranquil meadow surrounded by peaks.
Begin our morning ascent through rhododendron forests to Hangeypani. Continue uphill before descending to Thulo Dhap. Follow the trail through forests with great mountain vistas, and climb steeply for an hour to Khardak Danda, passing abandoned shepherd huts, and later, to camp at Kalizar (11,320'). Breathe in staggering views of Kumbakarna (25,295'), Koktang (20,170'), Rathong (21,915'), Kabru South (24,000'), Kabru North (24,240'), Talung (24,110'), Kanchenjunga (28,208'), Simvo (22,350') and Pandim (21,950').
Get up early and trek to the viewpoint at Phoktey Dara for sweeping sights of Nepal's high Himalaya, including Mera Peak (21,830'), Chamlang (24,010'), Baruntse (23,690'), Nuptse (25,850), Lhotse (28,120'), Makalu (27,825'), Chomolonzo (25,640'), and the Sikkim Himalayas' 3 Sisters, Janu, Kanchenjunga and Pandim. Spot Bhutan in the far distance or the nearby villages dotting the rolling hills. Descend to Chiwabhanjang and climb to our camp at Major (10,790').
Continue on an ancient path past prayer flags at 11,480'. Descend to 10,825' and traverse Sikkim and Nepal while clinging to the narrow ridgetop. The dense rhododendron forests in spring are in full bloom, adding color to this inspired walk. Stop for lunch before heading to camp at Dhor (12,200'). Spend the evening on the Nepal side of the ridge, with a sunset panorama of the iconic peaks of Makalu and Everest.
Wake up early to catch the sunrise on Kanchenjunga, the world's third tallest mountain. Spend the day going uphill and downhill against a stunning backdrop of native flora and fauna, prayer flags and peaks, before arriving at camp in Paharay Megu (12,895').
Experience closer mountain views today. Follow a wide valley, passing by a waterfall and the holy, emerald boot-shaped lake at Lampokhari, an important pilgrimage site for the Sikkimese who visit during the monsoon months. Begin our ascent along a winding path to Kangla Pass (13,780') and Danfe Bir, taking in the Kanchenjunga and Padim mountains before camping lakeside by Jumlay Pokhari (14,600').
Enjoy sunrise just footsteps from your tent. After breakfast, descend through forests of juniper and pine to Gomathang near the river. Have lunch and climb to camp at Yangseb.
Trek the hillside and cross a small river, climbing to reach a small pass with views looking back towards the mountains. You've made it this far—soak it all in and head for camp at Panding (14,025').
Head to Tegyapla and its ancient shepherds' huts, crossing the river to climb to Tegyapla Pass (14,270'). Descend to Shabchu stream, and take on the steep ascent to Chauri (14,470'). Lay eyes on Frey's Peak, Rathong, Kabru Massif, Fork Peak and the HMI training area, descending to Bikbari after lunch.
Reach the expansive meadows of Chaurikhang (13,520') and Dzongri, followed by lunch and a leisurely alpine afternoon.
Set off early for a majestic sunrise on Kanchenjunga and the neighboring peaks of Rathong (21,925'), Kokthang (20,180'), Kabru Dome (21,670') and Forked Peak (20,060'). Follow a scenic ridge and descend down for lunch along the banks of the glacial Praig Chu. Climb to Thangsing, an open campsite with the southern ridge of Kanchenjunga, the Oglathang Glacier and Pandim directly in view. Walk to camp at Lamune (13,660'), the thrill of towering peaks looming overhead.
Head out early for Samiti Pokhari, a sacred lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Climb to see the sunrise again on Kanchenjunga, every angle anew. Follow the lake and ascend a series of moraine ridges on the eastern edge of the Oglathang Glacier. View the stunning eastern wall of Kanchenjunga, including five principle summits of the massif and the stunning Kabru and Rathong peaks. Return to camp and continue descending to reach Thangsing.
Backtrack on our journey where we'll take another return route, towards the quaint Tsokha in Sikkim, descending through forests of tall rhododendrons and magnolias.
Continue downhill through forest trails and rhododendrons to the historical town of Yuksom, where the first king of Sikkim was coronated. Walk to Dubde Monastery, or visit the sacred, serene lake. Overnight in a local hotel.
In the morning, drive to Kalimpong in the Himalayn foothills above the Teesta River. An important trading hub among Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim, Kalimpong is home to colonial-style buildings, landscaped gardens and sacred Buddhist scriptures. Spend the evening regaling sights and stories at a farewell dinner to conclude your epic tour of Sikkim and the Kanchenjunga ridge.
Transfer to Bagdogra and board a flight to Delhi for connection to departing international flights.
MT Sobek is a legendary outfitter in the Himalayas, offering pioneering cultural and hiking adventures since 1969.
Our team of local guides are true experts, with over 20 years' experience in the region.
This exploratory adventure takes intrepid travelers to a less-visited part of Sikkim, staying true to MT Sobek's heritage.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Strenuous hiking on mountain paths, covering 2-7.4 miles per day on rugged terrain at a maximum elevation of 14,470'.
Camping in tents, with a few nights in scenic mountain accommodations on either end of the trip.
Daytime temperatures in October will range from 46ºF - 54ºF and in November from 30ºF - 54ºF. Nighttime temperatures will range from 23ºF-27ºF. The weather is usually clear and crisp and is frosty in the mornings.
You fly roundtrip to Delhi, India.
An MT Sobek representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.
Yes, but you can apply online for an Indian e-Visa, which is fast and convenient.
Yes, please bring a sleeping bag rated to 5ºF - 15ºF. We provide foam sleeping pads, but please bring your own if you prefer a different type of pad.
Yes, Wi-Fi is available at the hotels, but only in the lobby in Darjeeling and connectivity is limited in Yuksom, Pelling and Kalimpong.
Your luggage will be transported by pack animals during the trek, and you will have it in camp each night.
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