A medium-length trek that will take you very close to the huge massif of the Kanchendzonga, the third highest mountain in the world with its 8586 meters of altitude. You will walk among quite unaltered nature, among thick forests, pastures, alpine meadows, transparent rivers and lakes and glacier moraines, guarded by the white peaks of the Himalayas.
11 days / 10 nights full trip (minimum recommended)
9 days’ trek
Medium. With no technical difficulties
Highest altitude 4985m
Highest altitude overnight 4300m
Local mountain guide English speaking
Meals and overnight in tents during the trek
Accommodation in hotel in Yuksom
Transfers in private vehicle
In Sikkim, it is better known as Kanchendzonga, while in Nepal it is called Kanchenjunga, “the five treasures of snow”. It is the third highest mountain in the world and forms a large massif with different main and secondary peaks, always very white with glaciers that fall everywhere on all sides, right on the border with Nepal.
The Kanchendzonga Trek travels north from Yuksom, in what is considered the heart of ancient Sikkim, where it has its roots. It is a medium-length trek surrounded by spectacular nature and virtually unchanged, from the dense forests of the early stages to soon reach the alpine areas here above 4000 meters, ending up surrounded by glaciers in the Goecha-La Pass, from where the view of the Kanchendzonga is breathtaking. Small temporary settlements and villages will welcome us as we advance through an area of clear Buddhist influence, as in fact all of Sikkim is, with some small isolated monasteries and temples. All of Sikkim is known for its great wealth of flora, so during the spring, it is especially a good festival for those who like plants and flowers.
There are practically no lodges here to accommodate hikers, so this trek is done in camping in its entirety, although there may be some hut or some small bhati that can give us shelter at some point.
As the trek itself lasts only 9 days (you can always add some more if you want), is a good opportunity to take advantage and travel a few days through Sikkim, maybe getting to Gangtok, the state capital, Pelling, Namchi, Temi tea fields, or even as far as the Yumthang Valley in the north.
Located, along with Darjeeling, on this small wedge between Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, Sikkim was the last state to be part of the Indian confederation and still maintains a strong personality. It is considered part of what is known as “Greater Tibet”, that is, those territories that share the same Tibetan culture, with Buddhism being its main religion. The oldest population group is the Lepchas, followed by the Tibetan Bhutias, but from the 19th century, there were migratory movements from Nepal, becoming the majority population group and Nepali is the main and official language of Sikkim.
The populations are at a certain height, often in steps between two valleys, far from the mighty and unpredictable rivers, so that all of them have impressive views. Winding roads but in good condition make their way through these valleys and mountains, where sometimes you have to go down to the bottom of the valley to cross to the other side of the river and ascend again until you find this destination that we saw so close in the other side of the valley. And as you have guessed, the orography of Sikkim and Darjeeling is complicated, marked by two large rivers, the Teesta and the Rangit, the latter also marking the border with West Bengal before joining the Teesta and Rongpu.
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