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Kanchenjunga Goechela Trek

Nestled high above the Teesta river valley a little delightful state of Sikkim lies in the eastern end of the Himalayan massifs. Nepal in the west Bhutan in the east and Tibet in the northern border, this fascinating Himalayan land is becoming a favourite destinations for visitors from round the globe in the recent years. The area of Sikkim is 7,096 square kms and measures approximately about 110 kms from north to south and about 64 kms from the east to the west. And the elevation ranges from 224kms to over 8590 mtr above sea level which gives this land a huge range of flora and fauna. Magnificent Mt.Khangchenzonga (8598 mtr) towering high above the northern range, age old monasteries on every hill top, its richness in culture, religion,natural beauty, adventure and friendly welcoming people.

Very few visitors venture out to visit Sikkim and fewer still have time  or inclination for treks and specialized tours. But for those who do  have the patience and endeavor to discover more of this little kingdom will have their rewards with sights, sounds and settings…

Day to Day Itinerary

* Day 1. Arrive Delhi or Calcutta and connect flight to Bagdogra  Airport,  transfer  to Darjeeling, the cool  hill  country  (2123m/94 km/3.5 hrs). On arrival check into a Heritage Hotel

* Day 2. Sightseeing in Darjeeling – the  charming township of old “hill station” built as  a  mountain  resort  in  the  days of the British Raj. It has a colorful cross section of people including Nepali, Tibetans, Lepchas,  Bhutias and Dukpas from Bhutan. Full day sightseeing by  private car on both days including sunrise visit to Tiger Hill for the views of Kanchenjunga (28'208 ft) plus the excursion  tour  of tea estate, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling Zoo, Ghoom  Monastery  and the Tibetan Refugee Center. Overnight at Hotel.

* Day 3. Sightseeing in Darjeeling – the  charming township of old “hill station” built as  a  mountain  resort  in  the  days of the British Raj. It has a colorful cross section of people including Nepali, Tibetans, Lepchas,  Bhutias and Dukpas from Bhutan. Full day sightseeing by  private car on both days including sunrise visit to Tiger Hill for the views of Kanchenjunga (28'208 ft) plus the excursion  tour  of tea estate, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling Zoo, Ghoom  Monastery  and the Tibetan Refugee Center. Overnight at Hotel.

* Day 4. Morning after breakfast, drive to Gangtok (1600 m/98 km/4 hrs) through beautiful countryside by the riverside of Teesta and Rangeet River. On reaching, check into Hotel Norkhill. After lunch visit Tsukla Khang Monastery and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Dodrul Chorten and the old Enchey Monastery. Overnight at Hotel.

* Day 5. Morning one-hour drive on  a steep winding roads to the Rumtek Monastery(24 km/01 hrs) Built by the late Gyalwa Karmapa, the head of Kagyu (Black Head )sect. After lunch drive to Pemayangtse (2085 m/117 k.m./5 hrs). On reaching check into Norbu Gang Resort.

* Day 6. Morning visit Pemayangtse Monastery and the small bazaar. After lunch drive to Yuksom (1750 m/42 km/2.5 hrs) the old capital town of Sikkim. Meet rest of the trekking crew members and prepare for the next days journey. Overnight at the camp.

* Day 7. Start trek after breakfast through the dense semi tropical forests occasionally crossing small mountain streams. After lunch the last two hours to Tshoka is a steep climb (2745 m/12 km/5 hrs).

* Day 8. Start trek after breakfast through the dense semi tropical forests occasionally crossing small mountain streams. After lunch the last two hours to Tshoka is a steep climb (2745 m/12 km/5 hrs).

* Day 9. To day the trail makes a relatively  approach  with exceptional views of the Kanchenjunga Massif. After lunch the gradient of hike makes a slight climb after crossing a clear mountain stream. We camp at Thangsing (3930 m/8 kms/3 hrs)

* Day10. The trails to day is almost even up to a small village and then the walk is along the moraines for just about an hour. We camp for the night at Samiti Pokhari (4500 m/8 km/3 hrs) .

* Day11.  After breakfast we climb up to Goechala Pass (5002 m) to get the real close up view of Kanchenjunga and descend to Samati Pokhari. Camp for the night.

* Day12. Retrace the trail back to Thangsing. Camp for the night.

* Day13. Descend to Phedang and then steep down towards Bakhim (2684 m/12 m/3.5 hrs). Camping

* Day14. Retrace further to Yuksom at easy pace. If we arrive early , then we have time to visit and explore the Dubdi Monastery and stroll around the tranquil lake. Overnight at trekker's hut/tents.

* Day15. Drive Yuksom/Pemayangtse/ Bagdogra (137 k.m./5 hrs/118 m.) Fly To Delhi or Calcutta for international departure.

Cost Includes:

* Arrival / Departure by private vehicle

* All meals throughout the treks

* Experienced regional leader and porters on the trek

* Trek permit, park fees, staff insurance etc.

* Transport, accommodation, and sightseeing as indicated.

Cost does not include:

* Visas

* International airport taxes

* Transfers outside of the tour program

* All optional additional tours and activities during free time

* Item of personal natures e.g; food and beverages, laundry, souvenirs etc.,

* Tips

* Travel insurance

Trip Profile
Duration: 15 days 
Trip Details: Darjeeling tour Sikkim Tour 
Activities: Cultural, Touring, Walking

Grade: Moderate
Mode of Travel: Private coach 
Group & Staff: Min 4, Max 12, local guide
Accommodation: 11 nights simple hotels, 5 nights camping