Kanchenjunga Trek Overview
Those who long to travel a isolated part of the Himalaya are in for a rare treat as this journey begins in the remote state of Sikkim. The region was closed to foreigners for most of its existence and offers a chance to travel though an unspoiled Buddhist area as you make your way to the world 3rd highest mountain. While most treks to ‘Kanch’ take place on the Nepali side, the India side trek is far off the beaten path, as we wind our way through farming villages eventually leading to the big mountains with views of Everest and Kanchenjunga. This is a fully supported trek with pack animals and certainly one of the most attractive Himalayan treks for those who wish to be away from trekking crowds amongst the world’s tallest mountains.
Note: The first successful Kanchenjunga Expedition in 1955 followed the same route , though they started all the way from Darjeeling and joined below trek at Chiwa Bhanjyang. In 1955, Joe Brown and George Band made the first ascent on 25 May, 1955.
Alpine Ascents in India
All India programs are developed by Gordon Janow our native India expert. We are one of the few agencies to offer a highly supported trek. We also access many villages by foot, keeping in line with our desire to offer a unique and remote experience in Ladakh.
Kanchenjunga Trek Highlights
- Trek in remote area of India to the base camp of Kanchenjunga the world’s 3rd highest mountain
- Remote trek that sees very few tourists
- Travels through an ancient Buddhist culture
- Tours of New Delhi (4 star lodging) and Darjeeling India
- 15 days on trail
- Guided by Alpine Ascents India Expert Yatish Bahuguna
Sikkim, a former independent kingdom until the early 70’s is a rarely travel mountain and Buddhist paradise. This stunning treks leads to Kanchenjunga, the world’s 3rd highest mountain and traverses some remote parts of the Indian Himalaya.
Sikkim is situated in the eastern Himalayas, lies between India and Tibet and is bound by Nepal, Bhutan and the Indian state of West Bengal. Sikkim. The region comprises some of the most dramatic geological and topographical features in Asia. This is a land of high mountains, monasteries, orchids, butterflies, dense forests and clear streams that makes it perfect trekking country. Flora and fauna abound, as birdlife is prolific and wild alpine flowers grow in profusion. This tiny state of India has some of the finest mountain scenery in the world as can be seen on the trek into the Kanchenjunga group, the third highest mountain in the world.
This is a highly recommended shortlist and we would be happy to pass on a longer reading list for those interested. These links will bounce to Amazon.com with reviews.
A Fine Balanceby Rohinton Mistry
Love and Longing in Bombayby Vikram Chandra
A River Sutraby Gita Mehta
The God of Small Thingsby Arundhati Roy
I feel the monasteries of Sikkim are unlike any other.We learned a lot, had a memorable and exotic experience and loved meeting all the people we did! They all worked so hard to make our experience the great time it was, especially Yatish. Thank you for all your advice during the time we were arranging […]