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Kanchenjunga Trek

Overview of Trek

Our trek goes through moss-laden forests, and blessed with a variety of flora and fauna, through scenarios of grazing yaks, mountain sheep and Tibetan villages. The trail leads through some of the most spectacular forested areas of Sikkim particularly beautiful during the spring when the rhododendrons, giant magnolias and a profusion of other wildflowers are in full bloom. At Dzongri one comes face to face with a magnificent view of Mount Kanchenjunga, which, to the Sikkimese, is an all-powerful God. A rugged terrain from Zemathang leads to Goecha La, the highest point on the trek. The top of the pass places you at the foot of Kangchenjunga, as close to the mountain as possible. On the return journey from Zemathang one can keep a look out for rare high altitude birds and the Blue Sheep.

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.

Reading List

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 Balance
by Rohinton Mistry
A River Sutra
by Gita Mehta
The God of Small Things
by Arundhati Roy

Gordon – Your deft guidance and deep knowledge of India made our experience unforgettably outstanding. All five of our senses were continually stimulated – to the max. Also the unusual bonding of the group was gratifying. We care about one another. Your background and experiences in India helped us experience India in a unique way […]

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