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About the Destination:

Kanchenjunga is a wondrous adventure activity spot located in the small state of Sikkim and it is the world's third highest mountain bordering Nepal's eastern part with India.  "Kanchenjunga" is the Tibetan language means five great treasures of snow and that is the reason behind its popularity. Trek to the base camp of Kanchenjunga has already won several hearts but if you are not one among them, then get your seats booked now for an 8-day trek to this amazing point in the topmost portion of India. 

Trek along the gorges of Rathong River to take the tricky trails of dense deciduous forests and fern plantations as well as wide areas of orchids and striking bird species. While on this trek one can enjoy the spectacular views of the five great massifs along with Kanchenjunga which forms the third highest peaks in the world. The hidden villages, the distant valleys and the stunning place will make you fall in love with it. 

The awesome trek to Kanchenjunga base camp originates from Yuksom and then continues towards Bakhim, Dzongri, Laxmi Pokhari, Bikhbari Chaurikhang and Rathong Glacier, Bikhbari and then finally ends at Bakkhim. You will have the best of time while you head out for this trek. Spend some time witnessing the surroundings and then continue your trek. You will also come across the various flora and fauna of this region during the trek. Also, you will get a chance to spend your night at the amazing campsite.

About the Trek:

Kanchenjunga Base camp trek is just the perfect trek for the ones who are looking for some adventure in the Himalayas. This trek takes you through some of the majestic beauty of the region. The distant valleys and the stunning mountains will lure you away. Make your way through the scenic trails and the steep paths as you keep continuing your trek.

You will start this thrilling trek from Yuksom through the expansive meadows of orchids as well as fern plantations. Continue trekking through and witness the vivid beauty of the region with the snow-capped mountains and the streams. As you keep continuing your trek you will pass through the rhododendron forests and then catch the glimpse of the Mt Pandim, Mt Thenchinkhang and Mt Jhuponu. Not just this you will also catch the sight of the Mt Khangchendzonga, and Mt Kabru as you keep continuing your trek.

Your trek to Dzongri and visit to Laxmi Pokhari Lake is another exciting part of your trek. As you keep continuing your trek you will also come across the mystique beauty of Frey's peak, Koktang, Kabur and Rathong. You will complete this thrilling trek in a period of 8 days. Get ready to make your vacation special with this thrilling trek to the Himalayas. Also, meet the local people and get a chance to learn about their culture and day to day life.

Kanchenjunga Base camp trek  Highlights:

-Kanchenjunga Base camp trek takes you through some of the unknown parts of the Himalayas.

-During this trek, get a chance of camping by the shimmering water and under the billions of starts just above you.

-Start trekking through the most alpine and forests of fir, Rhododendron and Oak as you keep continuing your trek.

-The beckoning hills, cascading waterfall and the shimmering streams will lure you away.

-Catch the glimpse of the Mt Pandim, Mt Thenchinkhang and Mt Jhuponu.

-The mountain views are razor sharp; the sunrises and sunsets jaw-dropping.

-As you keep trekking you will also come across Koktang, Kabur and Rathong and feast your eyes with the view of these peaks.

Quick Facts:

Temperature: 10 to 15 degrees in the morning and 2 to 5 degrees at night

Trekking Distance:  90km

Maximum Altitude: 17,000ft

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult 

Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Yuksom

Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station to Yuksom 

Airport: Bagdogra airport (160 Kms from Yuksom)

Base Camp: Yuksom


Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Yuksom to Bakhim: Rathong River, Waterfall, Aromatic Gardens, Campstays

    Travel to Bakhim on the first day of the trip after reaching Yuksom.

    Advance uphill and walk past the gorges of Rathong River and reach the thickets and expansive meadows of orchids as well as fern plantations.

    Cross the Paha Khola Bridge to witness the high altitude waterfall swimming pools of India.

    Halt for a while and have lunch beside the stream.

    Resume the trek through aromatic viburnum gardens and cross the Prek Chu River.

    The steep trails will take you further to reach the lodge at Bakhim.

  • Day 2 - Bakhim to Dzongri: Trek through the Tsokha hamlet

    After having breakfast, trek through Tsokha hamlet and further to the Phedang Pass; here onward, the trek will become more challenging.

    Post this, take the route going through the rhododendron forests of rhbarbatum, rhfalconeri and rharboreum.

    Upon reaching the Phedang Pass, take a break and have lunch and get the pretty glances from Mt Pandim, Mt Thenchinkhang and Mt Jhuponu.

    Post lunch, continue through the picturesque forest of the bell-shaped rhthomsoni.

    Once you come out of the forests, the trek will consists mainly of downhill passes through some of the charming and delightful forest areas.

    Proceed ahead to reach Dzongri, with the unbelievable views of Mt Khangchendzonga, and Mt Kabru along with the captivating glimpses of the alpine forests and the rich valleys down the hill.

    Upon arriving in Dzongri, wind up the day and relax in a trekkers' hut.

  • Day 3 - Dzongri: Sunrise View, Mt Khangchendzonga, Laxmi Pokhari Lake, Wild Yaks

    Early morning, begin the trek to Dzongri view point to watch the relishing sunrise and then capture the glorified views of Mt  Khangchendzonga, North and South Kabru, Mt Rathong, Mt Kokthang, Mt Pandim and several other peaks.

    Get back to the hotel to have breakfast and then set out for a short excursion to explore Dzongri with a visit to the Laxmi Pokhari Lake.

    While on the way to the lakeside, you can spot exotic species of birds and wild yaks.

  • Day 4 - Dzongri to Bikhbari: Hiking Uphill and Downhill, Camp-stays

    Today, you will trek for half an hour through ascending trails and then continue with the descending trails.

    After descending down, the trails will go through the flat and smooth valleys till you reach Bikhbari.

    Upon arrival in Bikhbari, check into the campsite following which the exploration of the region can be done.

  • Day 5 - Excursion to DoodhPokhari, Chaurikhang and Rathong Glacier: Khangchendzonga Base Camp

    Start early morning with a slow and steady trek towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

    Every year, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling conducts some of the advanced mountaineering courses in this campsite. 

    During this trek, behold the mystique beauty of Frey's peak, Koktang, Kabur and Rathong.

    Before it gets dark, you will be guided back to Bikhbari.

  • Day 6 - Bikhbari to Dzongri

    Post breakfast, get ready to take the trails to Dzongri through Dzongri-La Pass.

    While the beginning of this trek will let you choose only climbing up to Dzongrila, located at 4,500m, the remaining of the trek will give you the freedom of descendinf down towards Dzongri.

    Arrival in Dzongri will be followed by checking into the trekker’s hut or camps.

  • Day 7 - Dzongri to Bakhim

    An easy walk followed by breakfast will take you back to Bakhim. Upon arrival in Bakhim, check in to the camps and relax.

    Rest of the day will be at leisure; overnight stay in the camps/tents.

  • Day 8 - Bakhim to Yuksom

    After having breakfast in the campsite, trek to Yuksom.

    Till the Prekchu Lake Bridge, the trek will consist of descending downward.

    Hereafter, you continue an upward trek till you reach Yukson. With your arrival in Yukson, the tour comes to an end.

Stay

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  • Accommodation : Hotels on a bed and breakfast basis

Meal

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  • Food : During the trek all meals will be provided for and the Menu will be a mix of Chinese, Indian, Sikkimese, continental and many more

Activity

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  • Trekking
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  • Camping

Other Inclusions

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  • Equipment : Dome/Alpine Tents, Kitchen Tents, insulated ground sheets, Toilet Tents, Tables and Chairs, etc.
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  • Guides : Guides, yak men, porters will accompany you during the trek.
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  • Porters and dzo : All the equipment, rations, food, luggage will be carried by the Dzos and Porters.

Transport

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  • Transporation : Pick up and return from and to bagdogra airport, sight-seeing and for long tours we use: Tata Sumo, Qualis, Travera, Innova, etc

Things To Carry

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  • An identification card along with a photocopy
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  • Trekking shoes
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  • Full sleeve sweater/fleece jacket
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  • Woollen monkey cap
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  • Thermal innersLight weight rain coat/poncho
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  • Sun glasses, Sun cap and/or head-scarf
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  • Trekking pole
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  • Cold cream and sun screen lotion
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  • LED Torch with extra set of cells
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  • Personal toilet kit (minimal) and toilet paper
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  • Small repair kit consisting of safety pins, needle, thread and string
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  • Personal medicine

Advisory

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  • In order to undertake this trek, the trekkers should/must have at least one prior trekking experience in the Himalayas.
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  • To avoid frost-bite from freezing temperatures, wear proper fitted trekking boots to keep warm
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  • For proper blood circulation, avoid wearing thick socks or more than one pair of socks
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  • Avoid carrying snacks and junk food
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  • Do not use disposable plastic water bottles, plastic-wrapped items
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  • Always carry a couple of pairs of thermal innerwear
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  • It is mandatory to carry your identification proof

Tour Type

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  • This is a group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 15 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Where is Kanchenjunga located?

      Kanchenjunga is located in the state of Sikkim and is the third highest peak in the world. It is situated at the mighty Himalayas at a height of 8586 meters or 17,000 ft. and it has major share in the state of Sikkim, India and it also shares its spaces with Nepal and Tibet. Kanchenjunga is situated in the large portion of Himalaya called the Kanchenjunga Himal, spreading over 7000 meters.

    2. How do I get in shape?

      Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is considered a difficult level trek, beginners should avoid this trek even if they are physically fit. You need to start prepping yourself 1-2 months in advance for this trek and need to be strong enough to trek through rough and tough trails. Regular cardiovascular workouts will help you get in shape for most of the treks.This will not only improve physical stamina but also help you have better control over your lungs, making it stronger. Taking the stairs without any breaks is extremely helpful to keep yourself fit. You can start jogging every day and then do regular cycling for some time. You can also try high intensity interval workouts followed by proper stretching making your body fit enough to take up this trek.

    3. What is the best time to go Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

      Ideal time to visit Kanchenjunga Base Camp is spring and fall which is month of Mid-March – June and Mid-September– October. Monsoon trek should be strictly avoided since the trail get slippery and chances are roads will be blocked due to torrential rains. Winter trek should also be avoided due to heavy snowfall. Trails and roads come inaccessible during this season, blocking the way.

    4. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?

      Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekis considered a difficult level trek and only theones who are physically fit can take up this trek. It is advisable to spend enough time getting some additional exercise, including core exercise before taking up this trek. You can start jogging every day and then do cycling for some time. Taking the stairs without any breaks is extremely helpful to keep yourself fit. You can carry a bag pack with 10-15 kgs of material while taking flights, this will help you train for ascents and descents. Experience of walking for long distances with heavy weights (at least 15 Kg) will be an add-on for physical strength. It is mandatory to be physically fit, for all treks.

    5. What are the clothing and equipment which I should carry at my end?

      Here is the basic checklist which should help you with your packing. As a general rule, it is advised that you should try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. It is ideal to carry a backpack [40-60 L] and include the following – Trekking shoes, Thermals, Synthetic Trek pants, T-shirts, Top and bottom thick Fleece, wind-proof jackets, sunglasses, LED Torch, Head Torch, Trekking pole, Socks [2-3 pairs], synthetic hand gloves. You need to also carry a day pack of around 20 L which will hold all the toiletries – Light towel, Sunscreen [with high SPF formulation], moisturiser, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitizer, water bottle, Garbage bags, dryflo tube/buff, Poncho, Power bank, warmees [in case you feel cold] and medicines – Diamox 10-15 tablets, Crocin 5-6 tablets, Band-aid pack of 10, Cotton roll, soframycin, O2 [Diarrhoea], Moov/Relispray, ORS/Electral 8-10 packets, Avomine [Motion Sickness]. It is advisable to consult a doctor for medicine before packing.

    6. Which type of shoes should I buy?

      One needs proper trekking shoes during the trek and should strictly avoid sports shoes or sneakers. Since you have to walk in dense forests along with steep ascent and descent, it is advisable to have all-terrain water proof shoes. These are easily available. It is also advisable to walk in these shoes and get your feet used to it before the trek. Here are some brand recommendations – Forclaz, Columbia. Quechua, Zamberlan, Lafuma, Conquest and The North Face.

    7. What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?

      Freshly cooked food will be served during the trek. Vegetarian food will be served to the group keeping both health and taste in mind. Tea and Coffee will be served during the breaks. All the members are encouraged to eat well. Safe drinking water is provided to all the members throughout the trek.

    8. How much weight will I have to carry? Will there be porters?

      It is advisable to carry a 60L backpack for this trek. Furthermore, weight to be carried will depend on your requirements and capacity.

    9. Does one feel altitude sickness over there? If yes, how to avoid it?

      While you are trekking in high altitude region, you are prone to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) whose symptoms are – headache, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, dizziness and difficulty in sleeping. To overcome this Diamox is helpful. It is advisable to keep it handy or to have 1/2 a tablet in the morning and 1/2 a tablet 30 minutes before bed [kindly consult your doctor before taking any kind of medicines]. You also need to keep yourself hydrated throughout the trek, and it is advised to intake minimum of 2-3 litres of water per day.

    10. Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?

      Consumption of any type of liquor or narcotic substance should be avoided and it can lead to dangerous implications. Alcohol also leads to dehydration, which you cannot afford during the trek. Smoking will cause heavy breathing problems at high altitude.

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