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India Sikkim: Kanchenjunga Ridge Trek

A Remote Route to the World's Third-Highest Mountain

 

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

Arrive:

Delhi, India

Depart:

Delhi, India

Duration:

20 Days

Activity Level:

5

Departures:

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Price: from $5,695

  • Arrive in Delhi

    Day 1

    Arrive in Delhi late tonight. Your guide will be waiting to greet you and transfer to a nearby airport hotel. Settle into a good night's sleep after a long journey.

    Accommodation: Holiday Inn Aerocity

    Just minutes from IGI New Delhi Airport in Aerocity and its T3, this convenient airport hotel provides complimentary airport transfers, concierge service to Delhi's tourist attractions, guest rooms outfitted with contemporary amenities, a fitness center and outdoor pool.

    Transportation: 15-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Fly to Bagdogra & Travel to Darjeeling

    Day 2

    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.

    Accommodation: Mayfair

    The Mayfair Darjeeling is a heritage property with old world charm in a serene hillside setting, featuring spacious family rooms and suites, sunset views, fitness facilities and a restaurant bar.

    Transportation: 2.5-hour flight to Bagdogra, 3.5-hour transfer to Darjeeling

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Darjeeling

    Day 3

    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.

    Accommodation: Mayfair

    The Mayfair Darjeeling is a heritage property with old world charm in a serene hillside setting, featuring spacious family rooms and suites, sunset views, fitness facilities and a restaurant bar.

    Transportation: 35-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Drive to Pemayangtse

    Day 4

    Rise for an early breakfast and set-off by jeep for Pemayangtse (7,380'), or "Perfect Sublime Lotus" in northeastern Sikkim. In the late afternoon, take a short walk through the forest to the ruins of Rabdentse. This fort, which was the second capital of Sikkim under Chogyal II, highlights the glorious history of Sikkim. The Nepalese invasion in the 18th century destroyed the palace and capital and only these ruins remain today. Visit Pemayangtse Monastery, the second oldest in Sikkim, built in 1705 by Lama Lhatsun Chempo. Spend the night at a local hotel.

    Accommodation: The Elgin Mount Pandim

    The Elgin Mount Pandim, once owned by the royal family of Sikkim, is set across eight acres of landscaped gardens and lush green with views of the Singalila range. Adjacent to the Pemayangtse monastery, the hotel's 30 rooms are individually designed with native textiles and natural tones, boasting global comforts with local Sikkimese craft.

    Transportation: 3.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Archaley

    Day 5

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Kanchenjunga

    3-person Mountain Hardwear tents for 1-2 people. Our tents have reinforced floor with additional ground sheets for wet ground. We have dining tents with tables and folding chairs with backrests. Toilet tents with commodes. Warm washing water is provided in the mornings and when reaching camp in the evenings. Tea/coffee with biscuits is served in the tents in the morning.

    Activity: 4.5 hours/3 miles hiking with 3,050' elevation gain

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Camp in Kalizar

    Day 6

    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').

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Kanchenjunga

    3-person Mountain Hardwear tents for 1-2 people. Our tents have reinforced floor with additional ground sheets for wet ground. We have dining tents with tables and folding chairs with backrests. Toilet tents with commodes. Warm washing water is provided in the mornings and when reaching camp in the evenings. Tea/coffee with biscuits is served in the tents in the morning.

    Activity: 5.5 hours/3 miles hiking with 1,870' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Take in Himalayan Views & Climb to Major

    Day 7

    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').

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Kanchenjunga

    3-person Mountain Hardwear tents for 1-2 people. Our tents have reinforced floor with additional ground sheets for wet ground. We have dining tents with tables and folding chairs with backrests. Toilet tents with commodes. Warm washing water is provided in the mornings and when reaching camp in the evenings. Tea/coffee with biscuits is served in the tents in the morning.

    Activity: 4 hours/3 miles hiking with 1,000' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Walk the Ridge Between Sikkim & Nepal

    Day 8

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Kanchenjunga

    3-person Mountain Hardwear tents for 1-2 people. Our tents have reinforced floor with additional ground sheets for wet ground. We have dining tents with tables and folding chairs with backrests. Toilet tents with commodes. Warm washing water is provided in the mornings and when reaching camp in the evenings. Tea/coffee with biscuits is served in the tents in the morning.

    Activity: 6 hours/6 miles hiking with 4,090' elevation gain and 2,100' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Watch the Sunrise on Kanchenjunga

    Day 9

    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').

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Kanchenjunga

    3-person Mountain Hardwear tents for 1-2 people. Our tents have reinforced floor with additional ground sheets for wet ground. We have dining tents with tables and folding chairs with backrests. Toilet tents with commodes. Warm washing water is provided in the mornings and when reaching camp in the evenings. Tea/coffee with biscuits is served in the tents in the morning.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/5 miles hiking with 2,250' elevation gain and 1,665' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit Sacred Lakes Around Lampokhari

    Day 10

    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').

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Kanchenjunga

    3-person Mountain Hardwear tents for 1-2 people. Our tents have reinforced floor with additional ground sheets for wet ground. We have dining tents with tables and folding chairs with backrests. Toilet tents with commodes. Warm washing water is provided in the mornings and when reaching camp in the evenings. Tea/coffee with biscuits is served in the tents in the morning.

    Activity: 6-7 hours/5 miles hiking with 2,300' elevation gain and 860' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Yangseb

    Day 11

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Kanchenjunga

    3-person Mountain Hardwear tents for 1-2 people. Our tents have reinforced floor with additional ground sheets for wet ground. We have dining tents with tables and folding chairs with backrests. Toilet tents with commodes. Warm washing water is provided in the mornings and when reaching camp in the evenings. Tea/coffee with biscuits is served in the tents in the morning.

    Activity: 5 hours/5 miles hiking with 2,290' elevation gain and 3,500' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey to Panding

    Day 12

    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').

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Kanchenjunga

    3-person Mountain Hardwear tents for 1-2 people. Our tents have reinforced floor with additional ground sheets for wet ground. We have dining tents with tables and folding chairs with backrests. Toilet tents with commodes. Warm washing water is provided in the mornings and when reaching camp in the evenings. Tea/coffee with biscuits is served in the tents in the morning.

    Activity: 5 hours/3 miles hiking with 2,370' elevation gain and 1,300' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cross Tegyapla Pass & onto Bikbari

    Day 13

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Kanchenjunga

    3-person Mountain Hardwear tents for 1-2 people. Our tents have reinforced floor with additional ground sheets for wet ground. We have dining tents with tables and folding chairs with backrests. Toilet tents with commodes. Warm washing water is provided in the mornings and when reaching camp in the evenings. Tea/coffee with biscuits is served in the tents in the morning.

    Activity: 5.5 hours/5.5 miles hiking with 2,480' elevation gain and 3,060' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Chaurikhang & Dzongri

    Day 14

    Reach the expansive meadows of Chaurikhang (13,520') and Dzongri, followed by lunch and a leisurely alpine afternoon.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Kanchenjunga

    3-person Mountain Hardwear tents for 1-2 people. Our tents have reinforced floor with additional ground sheets for wet ground. We have dining tents with tables and folding chairs with backrests. Toilet tents with commodes. Warm washing water is provided in the mornings and when reaching camp in the evenings. Tea/coffee with biscuits is served in the tents in the morning.

    Activity: 3-4 hours/5 miles hiking with 1,625' elevation gain and 1,955' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Descend to the Praig Chu & Camp at Lamune

    Day 15

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Kanchenjunga

    3-person Mountain Hardwear tents for 1-2 people. Our tents have reinforced floor with additional ground sheets for wet ground. We have dining tents with tables and folding chairs with backrests. Toilet tents with commodes. Warm washing water is provided in the mornings and when reaching camp in the evenings. Tea/coffee with biscuits is served in the tents in the morning.

    Activity: 6-7 hours/7 miles hiking with 2,625' elevation gain and 2,175' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • View the Eastern Wall of Kanchenjunga & Camp at Thangsing

    Day 16

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Kanchenjunga

    3-person Mountain Hardwear tents for 1-2 people. Our tents have reinforced floor with additional ground sheets for wet ground. We have dining tents with tables and folding chairs with backrests. Toilet tents with commodes. Warm washing water is provided in the mornings and when reaching camp in the evenings. Tea/coffee with biscuits is served in the tents in the morning.

    Activity: 6-7 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,425' elevation gain and 2,205' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Descend to Tsokha

    Day 17

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Kanchenjunga

    3-person Mountain Hardwear tents for 1-2 people. Our tents have reinforced floor with additional ground sheets for wet ground. We have dining tents with tables and folding chairs with backrests. Toilet tents with commodes. Warm washing water is provided in the mornings and when reaching camp in the evenings. Tea/coffee with biscuits is served in the tents in the morning.

    Activity: 6 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,200' elevation gain and 4,500' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • End our Trek in Yuksom

    Day 18

    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.

    Accommodation: Tashigang Hotel

    In West Sikkim, Yuksom's Tashigang resort features snow-capped views of the region's peaks, and is a comfortable base to explore the town with manicured lawns, an in-house restaurant and bar, and rooms with traditional Sikkimese touches and décor.

    Activity: 5 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 1,960' elevation gain and 5,900' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Drive to Kalimpong

    Day 19

    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.

    Accommodation: Mayfair in Kalimpong

    The Mayfair Himalayan Spa Resort in the hill town of Kalimpong has majestic views of snow-clad mountains, playing host to a rich history of world leaders and pioneering mountaineers. With classic heritage rooms and spacious suites designed in a contemporary style, Mayfair also has a spa, gym, restaurant, library, bar and children's play room.

    Transportation: 5.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Drive to Bagdogra & Fly to Delhi

    Day 20

    Transfer to Bagdogra and board a flight to Delhi for connection to departing international flights.

    Accommodation:

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer & flight to Delhi

    Meals: Breakfast

India Sikkim: Kanchenjunga Ridge Trek

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek is a legendary outfitter in the Himalayas, offering pioneering cultural and hiking adventures since 1969.

Reason #02

Our team of local guides are true experts, with over 20 years' experience in the region.

Reason #03

This exploratory adventure takes intrepid travelers to a less-visited part of Sikkim, staying true to MT Sobek's heritage.

Meet your guides

Uden Sherpa

Uden Sherpa

Born and raised in Darjeeling, Uden attended the prestigious North Point School, where he was first introduced to the great outdoors through mountaineering courses and becoming a guide. Uden is fluent in English and knowledgeable about the local cultures and environments throughout Sikkim, Ladakh, Nepal, Bhutan, Garhwal and Kumaon, Rajasthan, South India and even Burma. Over the years and after travelling with varied groups, Uden has developed a keen interest in birdwatching and photography. With his 15 years' experience across India and the Himalaya, Uden is thrilled to introduce new travelers to these regions!rn

Pemba Sherpa

Pemba Sherpa

Born and brought up in Darjeeling, Pemba completed advance mountaineering and mountain rescue courses at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute before becoming an expedition instructor in 2002. He also spent two years at Bryanston School as an outward bound instructor where he studied leadership and navigation training. Pemba's vast experience guiding in Ladakh, Sikkim and Bhutan and his sense of humor are a delight to everyone that travels with him!

Activities

Strenuous hiking on mountain paths, covering 2-7.4 miles per day on rugged terrain at a maximum elevation of 14,470'.

Lodging

Camping in tents, with a few nights in scenic mountain accommodations on either end of the trip.

Climate

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.

FAQ

Where do I fly into for this trip?

You fly roundtrip to Delhi, India.

Who will meet me on arrival?

An MT Sobek representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Do I need a visa for India?

Yes, but you can apply online for an Indian e-Visa, which is fast and convenient.

Do I need to bring my own sleeping bag and pad?

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.

Will I have Wi-Fi on the trip?

Yes, Wi-Fi is available at the hotels, but only in the lobby in Darjeeling and connectivity is limited in Yuksom, Pelling and Kalimpong.

What happens to my luggage while we are trekking?

Your luggage will be transported by pack animals during the trek, and you will have it in camp each night.

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Additional costs

  • $340 Internal Airfare
  • $825 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner except while trekking
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of Day 1 and Day 20
  • Optional travel protection

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Additional costs

  • $340 Internal Airfare
  • $825 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner except while trekking
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of Day 1 and Day 20
  • Optional travel protection

Contact An Expert

1.888.831.7526

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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