Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Difficulty : Comfort
Reference Code: KBCTIN
Trip Start: Bagdogra
Trek Start: Yuksam
Trek Days: 11 days
Age: 20 years to 60 years
Season: Spring and Autumn
Service: Full board
Trip End: Bagdogra
Trek End: Yuksam
Trip Durations: 14 days
Physical Rating: Comfort
Group Size: 2-16
Theme: Walking and Observation
Sikkim Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is seven days of a trek at the core. It starts and ends at Yuksom (1780 m). During the trek you get the enjoy the fantastic views of peaks such as Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586 m), Mt. Siniolchu (6888 m), Mt. Kabru (7412 m), Mt. Pandim (6691 m), Mt. Talung (7348 m), and so on.
The trekkers cover villages such as Tsokha (2700 m), Bakkhim (2744 m), Phedang (3483 m), Dzongri (4030 m), Bikhbari, Chaurikhang (4450 m), and so on. Trekkers take one day of rest and acclimatize at Dzongri. One of the attractions around Dzongri is Laxmi Pokhari. So a side trip is conducted up to the lake and back. The main attraction of the trek is Rathong Glacier (4380 m), which supposedly, is the Sikkim Kanchenjunga Base Camp. From Bikhbari, trekkers take a side trip up to Chaurikhang, Rathong Glacier, and back.
Sikkim Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek route develops through one of the most beautiful parts of Sikkim. You’ll come across amazing sceneries composed of lush green hills, rivers, waterfalls, and the mountains, as mentioned above. Apart from the natural element, there is a socio-cultural aspect of the tour as well. In the villages that are covered in the trek, you’ll find mostly Buddhist influences. You will come across many gompas, chortens, and monasteries on the way. You’ll also get the opportunity to interact with the friendly locals, and understand their way of life.
Day 01 Bagdogra-Darjeeling
Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport met our representative and then drive toward Darjeeling. On arrival transfer into hotel. Evening sightseeing and acclimatization. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02 Darjelling (The day is for relaxed and acclimatization)
Early morning drive to Tiger Hill to for a singular experience of the first rays of the sun bathing the Himalayas. On the return visit the Ghoom Monastery. Built in 1975 the monastery which follows the Gelugpa sect, houses one of the largest statue of the Maitreya Buddha- “the future Buddha”. Overnight at hotel
Day 03 Darjeeling-Yuksam(123kms/6-7hrs)(1780mts/5838ft)
In the morning drive to Yuksam via a beaufiful valley. On the way you will find dense forest, lush green meadows, waterfalls and much more. Upon arrival at Yuksam set out camp for dinner and overnight stay. Yuksam is the base of West Sikkim’s most popular trekking region, Dzongri and is also of historical importance to the Sikkimese. Uksam literally means ‘meeting place of the three lamas’. In the beginning of seventeenth century a rift between different factions of Buddhist sects in Tibet forced the Red Hat Sect to seek refuse in Sikkim. Lama Lhatsun Chempo, on his journey to Sikkim, arrived at Borbugang in Yuksam, where he met two other lamasSempa Chempo and Rinzing Chemp and began converting the people into their faith. Sacred texts had revealed that the ruler designate of Sikkim would be a man named Phuntson of Gangtok, so the lamas sent an envoy in search of him. The party returned with Phuntson Namgyal, whose ancestry could be traced to the legendary prince Guru Tashi, founder of the kingdom of Miyang in the Chumbi Valley. In 1941 Phuntsog Namgyal was crowned as Sikkim’s first king, the Chogyal.
Day 04 Yuksam-Bakkhim(16kms/5-6hrs)(3005mts/9856ft)
We walk gently uphill, following the Rathong River’s gorge, through dense mixed jungle with magnolia, rhododendron ferns and several varieties of orchids, brightly colored birds and the occasional monkey. After an hour or so we cross the Paha Khola Bridge, (1733mts/5685ft). There is a swimming spot by a waterfall(for those who dare!) after two hours, and we can stop for lunch by a stream. Pasing by sweet smelling viburnum we cross the Prek Chu River and then ascend steeply for two or three hours to arrive at the lodge at Bakkhim. We will either stay in the Tourist Hostel, or sleep in our tents. This hostel is often occupied by Himalayan Mountain Institute students on rock-climbing courses. This is a long trekking day and you should expect to be pretty tired by the time you arrive at Bakkhim. Dinner and overnight stay a the camp.
Day 05: Bakkhim- Phedang (5Kms/4 hrs) (3483mts/11425ft)
We begin today’s walk by trekking for about one hour up to the picturesque village of Tsokha. Tsokha is home to a colony of Tibetan regugees who have erected a small monastery by a small lake. A fairly steep climb above Tsokha takes you into beautiful rhododendron forests and you continue a long a well-defined uphill path to Phedang(approx. 2/3 hours from Tsokha). Today we will be doing a shorter trail since we will be gaining much altitude. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 06: Phedang-Dzongri(4kms/3hrs)(4030mts/13218ft)
Another short day’s walk today as we are now treading above the 4000 meter mark. We will be setting up camp by lunchtime and suggest that you spend a relaxed afternoon acclimatizing. A brief climb beyond brings you to meadow where we can pitch our tents in a campsite with views of Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Simvo and Pandim. As usual on thre the choice of campsite depends on many variables. One of the most important is the close supply of water. You will get spectacular views of Kanchenjunga, sinioilchu, Kabru, Pandim, Jopuno, Koktang, Talung and Narsingh. The trail from here levels up to Dzongri. Dzongri also offers you the most fascinating close up view of the Kanchenjunga massif and other Himalayan Peaks. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp
Day 07: Dzongri(4030mts/13216ft)
Kanchenjunga Base Camp TrekExcursion to Lami Pokhari. Early risers can get up before dawn to climb to a vantage point on a ridge above the campsite to watch the sunrise on Kanchenjunga, Kabru, Pandim, Rathong and many other peaks of the Kanchenjunga range. Full day excursion to Laxmi Pokhari. The trail first goes through rhododendron bushes and pasture land for about an hour to Chamaray. From here it is a gradual ascent to Laxmi Pokhari, a big lake cupped in a deep crater. Here you will get good view of Kanchenjunga range, Pandim, Narsingh, Kabur, Kabur dome, Koktang etc. If you reach Laxmi Pokhari early and feeling physically fit, an excursion towards Kabur rock will be a rewarding experience. Back to Dzongri. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 08: Dzongri-Bikhbari(12kms/4-5hrs)
The trail first ascends gradually for about half an hour and then descends till we reach a crossroad. The trail on the left goes down to Zamlingang. We follow the trail on the left goes down to Zamlingang. We follow the trail to the right, which is a flat walk throughout. Dinner and over night stay at the camp.
Day 09: Bikhbari-Excursion to Chaurikhang and Rathong Glacier (Kanchenjunga Base Camp)
It is a gradual ascent all the way to the base camp. This is the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, which is also the site where the Himalyan Mountaineering Institute of Darjeeling conducts its advanced mountaineering courses. You can get close views of Frey’s peak, Koktang, Kabur and Rathong from here. Return to Bikhbari. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 11: Bikhbari-Bakkhim
In the morning trek back to Bakkhim with packed breakfast. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 12: Bakkhim-Yuksam
In the morning trek back to Yuksam. After lunch trek to Dubdi monastery, the hermit’s cell’, which is situated on the top of a lofty hill one thousand feet above Yuksam. The fir-clad mountains behind provide a dramatic background. Founded by Lhatsun Chempo in 1701, it is the oldest monastery in Sikkim. After visiting the monastery descend to the site where the first King of Sikkim was crowned in 1641 by three lamas. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 13: Yuksam-Darjeeling
After breakfast drive to Darjeeling. Evening free to explore the local market. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 14: Darjeeling-Bagdogra
In the morning transfer to Bagdogra airport and from here catch a flight for onward destination.
Airport pick up & drop including all necessary transportation, need and clean good category hotels Accommodation as per itinerary with Bed & Breakfast (CP Basis).Trekking support with trekking guide, potters, trekking accommodation with meals & beverages, services for trekking permit, Singalila National Park fees; other necessary services. While on trek we will provide you camp/tea house on twin sharing basis as per itinerary etc.
Visa fees, Expenses of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, alcohol and personal insurance however covers immediate medical facilities, extra expenses due to unforeseen circumstances such as landslide/strike/accidents/natural calamities, Ropeway, Airfare Ticket, Lunch and dinner at hotel, Himalayan toy train ride in Darjeeling, tips etc.
Clothing and Equipments List
» Pack to pack out - bring enough waterproof bags to carry all non-biodegradable rubbish back down the mountain.
» Remove all unnecessary packaging before leaving home.
» Bring enough warm dry clothes so that you can wrap up rather than burn firewood in the evenings.
» If you are going to trek higher than 5000m or you know it will be cold, buy an aluminum water bottle which can also be used as a hot water bottle at night.
» The easiest way to keep hydrated while trekking is to buy a 1 x liter platypus-drinking bladder to carry in your day pack.
» Make sure to buy proper trekking socks. Don’t buy synthetic socks as these promote sweating and can give you blisters. Always carry a few blister pads in your first aid kit and keep them handy in your day pack.
» Walking poles are very useful while trekking and helpful when descending.
» Please remember that waste disposal and recycling facilitates are limited in Nepal. When buying batteries make sure they are rechargeable and/or high quality so they last longer, and take them home to recycle.
There is no definitive list. What you bring will vary according to the area, time of year and the length of your trek. Below is a suggested check list which you should adapt to your own needs. Ask yourself: Will there be snow/how long /high is the trek/are we camping?
» Good quality trekking boots with ankle support
» Lightweight shell/raincoat with hood
» Detachable fleece liner or separate fleece
» Fleece trousers
» Shorts and / or convertibles trousers- quick drying
» Sun hat and warm hat(good quality)
» Spare T-shirt x 3
» Sweat towel x 2
» Spare socks x 3 ( walking sock and thin inner sock)
» Small day sack
» Sun cream
» Small water bottle aluminum doubles as a hot water bottle.
» Iodine or water purifying kit,
» Soluble vitamin tablets to taste water or powder fruit drink
» Talcum powder
» Walking sticks or Trekking poles(good quality)
» Camp shoes/trainers/flip flops to wear in evening.
» Spare underwear 3
» Toilet kit
» Pen knife
» Bum bag
» Head torch(good quality)
» Biodegradable washing liquid / soap
» Ear plugs
» Sleeping bag liner(good quality)
» Sleeping bag(good quality-30)
» Bin bag/ gasbag to keep kit dry
» Small towel
» Lip balm
» Available in KTM
Personal First Aid (Aids Kit)
» Blister plasters
» AMS medication like Diamox
» Eye drops – it can get very dusty on trails
» Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen
» Rehydration sachets, Imodium and antibiotics for traveler’s diarrhea
» Sterile dressing
» Sticking plasters and tape
» Throat lozenges / sweets
» A sewing needle etc.
This trekking equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.