Sikkim - Trekking beneath Kangchenjunga
India & Nepal, Trek & Walk, 21 days - from £1,695 (land only) - from €2,120 (land only) - from $2,965 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Delhi. Airport transfers are provided for all clients arriving on Day 1. KE Land Only package services begin with lunch. In the afternoon, a city sightseeing tour is provided. Alternatively, you may choose to take it easy at the hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast, we transfer to the domestic terminal of Delhi Airport for the onward flight to Bagdogra, with potential views of the Himalaya from the left side of the plane. From Bagdogra, we then drive for 4 hours to Darjeeling (2500m) where we check in at our hotel.
Day 3: We have a sightseeing tour of Darjeeling, to include Ghoom Monastery, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the Tibetan Refugee Centre. After lunch, we can relax in the grounds of the hotel or explore amongst the colourful bazaar streets.
Day 4: After an early breakfast, we set off by jeep for the 6 to 8-hour drive to Pelling (2250m). Here, we check in at our family-run hotel and have the opportunity to visit Pemayangtse Monastery.
Day 5: After a short drive through tea plantations to the roadhead at Uttarey, we set off on a 3 to 4-hour trek, through rhododendron forest to the first camp of the trip in a clearing at Chitre (2680m).
Day 6: It is just a short walk to Chiwabhanjang (3130m) and our camp. From here, we make an excursion southwards (3 hours round trip) along the Singalila Ridge to a viewpoint at 3470 metres. Great views of Himalayan peaks. Overnight at Chiwabhanjang.
Day 7: Heading north on the ridge, we trek through rhododendron forest with alternate views into Sikkim and into Nepal. This is a longer day of 7 to 8 hours walking which takes us to our camp at Dhor (3720m). Great sunset views here.
Day 8: An early start to see the sunrise, then back to camp for breakfast. Today's 5 to 6-hour walk offers superb trekking along the ridge to our camp at Paharay Megu (3850m) one of a series of high grazing areas.
Day 9: Trekking now through an alpine world, we follow the west side of the ridge to our camp at the sacred lake of Lam Pokhri (4320m). This is a shorter day of 4 to 5 hours, as we approach the Danphebir Pass.
Day 10: A day for exploration. Above our lakeside camp, we can make a 3-hour excursion to a high ridge for views of Kangchenjunga, the Kabru peaks and Pandim. We spend a second night beside Lam Pokhri.
Day 11: Today, we cross the Kagla Pass (4460m) and then contour around to the Damphebir Pass (4500m) where the views extend to distant Everest. Descending to Gomothang, we take lunch by the river, followed by a short afternoon walk to our camp at Yangseb (4100m).
Day 12: A pleasant day of trekking, on a good path which crosses a succession of low ridges, including the Kokling Pass (4260m). Continuing, we have views of Kabru and Pandim, en route to our camping place at Panding (4275m).
Day 13: We have 2 further passes at around 4500 metres to cross today, en route to the camp at Bikbari (4120m) which is located below the Rathong Glacier. A reasonably long day with 6 to 7 hours of walking.
Day 14: This is a relatively easy day, but there is the option to make a pre-dawn wake-up for the sunrise views. Then, after breakfast, we hike up to the Ginge La (4340m) below the peak of Kabru. Descending, we reach our camp close to the shepherds' huts at Dzongri. A nearby prayer-flagged viewpoint is great for both sunset and sunrise views.
Day 15: Trekking now on the main trail to the Goecha La, we head up the valley of the Prek Chu for around 5 to 6 hours via Thangsing and on to Lamuney, where we camp.
Day 16: A long day of around 9 hours walking, as we ascend via Samity Lake and traverse scree and moraine to reach the spectacular Goecha La (4940m). Great views of Kangchenjunga, before we make our return trek to a camp at Thangshing (3930m).
Day 17: Our 6 to 7-hour trek today takes us down the valley on a trail which avoids climbing up to Dzongri and follows the Prek Chu to the abandoned Tibetan refugees settlement of Tsokha where we camp.
Day 18: Our final day of trekking (around 6 hours) takes us through the lush forest of the Rathong Valley and down to the roadhead at Yoksom, where we check in at a basic hotel.
Day 19: Today, we make an early start for the 5-hour drive to the town of Kalimpong. After checking into our hotel, we can explore the streets of this thriving bazaar town.
Day 20: Today, we drive back to Bagdogra and take a late afternoon flight to Delhi, arriving in the evening. Dinner and overnight at the group hotel.
Day 21: KE land only package services end after breakfast. Airport transfers are provided on this day.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.