If the Kanchendzonga Trek on its normal route seems little to you, here you have a much more important route that takes you through more isolated and wild terrain, following the edge between Nepal and Sikkim, around 4000 meters high, with impressive views of the Kanchendzonga, as of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu.
15 days / 14 nights full trip (minimum recommended)
13 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 Uttarey and Yuksom
Transfers in private vehicle
This version of the Kanchendzonga Trek, as Kanchenjunga is called in Sikkim, configures a spectacular circuit, starting with the Singalila mountain range, while we walk along its ridge alternating parts within Nepal, to finally reach Dzongri, where we connect with the normal route.
The itinerary ascends from Uttarey to reach the ridge of the mountain range within subtropical forests. From here, the path runs in opener terrain, alternating both side of the range, to gain height and accumulate a certain amount of “peaks” around 4000 meters from which we naturally have a privileged view, of the Kanchendzonga that is our final destination, such as Everest, Lhotse and Makalu, a little further, but not much, towards the west within Nepal. We cross places where the ridge narrows, wide yak pastures, small subsidiary valleys and sacred lakes surrounded by majestic mountains.
Once in Dzongri, where it is worth taking a day off, the normal route will take us north, passing small temporary settlements of yak herders. Finally, we will arrive at the well-known Goecha-La pass, near glaciers and impressive peaks where the third highest mountain in the world stands out at 8586 meters of altitude, with its five peaks, “the five snow treasures”.
Here there are practically no lodges to accommodate hikers, so this trek is done in full camping, although there is a cabin, or a small Bhati that can give us shelter at some point.
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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