From $2,820 Land only

Book this holiday

Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Close up views of Kangchenjunga, distant views of Everest
  • A sightseeing day in the British Raj hill-station of Darjeeling
  • Unspoiled camping at Lam Pokhri below the Danphebir Pass
  • One of the finest Indian Himalaya trekking holidays

As seen from the characterful hill-station of Darjeeling, the five-summited massif of Kangchenjunga (8586m) dominates the northern horizon. Crossing the border into the Indian state and former independent kingdom of Sikkim, this trekking holiday makes a sensational trek to the world's third highest peak which begins with an ascent to the crest of the Singalila Ridge - the prominent spur of high ground that forms the border between India and Nepal. Here, we find views that extend to the distant peaks of Everest and Makalu. Our route continues northwards through a mountain widerness, taking us via high passes and a succession of lovely camping places to the valley of the Prek Chu. Here, above sacred Samity Lake, we make our ascent to the Goecha La (4940m), a high and dramatically situated pass, directly opposite Kangchenjunga's huge south-east face. Providing a brilliant travel experience, as well as first-class trekking amongst fabulous mountain scenery, this is a simply superb trekking holiday in the Indian Himalaya.

Is this holiday for you?

This is a unique and exciting trekking holiday, which provides a taste of some of the finest trekking in the generally restricted territory of Sikkim. The conditions we will find on this trek range from easy trails, sometimes in forest, to narrow ridge paths and sometimes rather rougher tracks across glacial moraine and scree, such as on the final approach to the Goecha La. We mostly use well-made and established trails throughout the trek, following the routes used by yak herders, to take their animals to high pastures for grazing in the monsoon months. The unspoiled Himalayan foothills trekking, variety of scenery, the lack of other trekkers and the pristine nature of the campsites are all qualities unique to this Sikkim trek. The pace of a trip such as this has to be governed by speed of our pack animals and porters. Some of the walking days are quite short as a result of this and for this reason we have graded the trip at the lower end of our blue range. However, trekking at altitude is always challenging and there are several longer days during the trek.

Brief Itinerary

View in full
  • Meet at the group hotel in Delhi. Transfers from Delhi Airport are provided.
  • Fly to Bagdogra and drive to the former British Raj hillstation of Darjeeling (2500m).
  • Morning sightseeing tour. Afternoon free to relax at the hotel or explore Darjeeling’s bazaars.
  • Drive to Pelling (2250m). Pemayangtse Monastery visit either this evening or in the morning.
  • Drive to Uttarey, meet the crew and trek to a clearing on the ridge at Chitre (2680m).
  • Trek to our next camp at Chiwabhanjang (3130m). Excursion to the viewpoint of Singalila Top.
  • Trek to Dhor (3720m) with alternate views into Sikkim and Nepal, including distant Mount Everest.
  • After an early start to see the sunrise, trek along the ridge to Paharay Megu (3850m).
  • Follow the west side of the Singalila Ridge to the sacred lake of Lam Pokhri (4320m).
  • A day for exploration. Optional 3-hour excursion to a Kangchenjunga viewpoint.
  • Cross the Kagla and Damphebir (4500m) passes. Descend via Gomothang to Yangseb (4100m).
  • Trek through pine forest and across the Kokling Pass to Panding (4275m).
  • Cross 2 further passes to Bikbari (4120m) below the Rathong Glacier.
  • Trek up to the Ginge La (4340m) below the peak of Kabru. Descend to Dzongri.
  • Early visit to the Dzongri viewpoint, then trek up the valley of the Prek Chu via Thangsing to Lamuney.
  • Ascend via Samity Lake to the spectacular Goecha La (4940m). Trek back down to Thangshing (3930m).
  • Descend the Prek Chu to the abandoned Tibetan refugee settlement of Tsokha (3000m).
  • Trek out through the richly forested Rathong Valley to the roadhead at Yuksom.
  • Drive to Kalimpong. Afternoon free to explore the streets of this thriving bazaar town.
  • Drive to Bagdogra Airport, fly to Delhi and transfer to the group hotel.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Delhi Airport are provided.
2016
Sun 30 Oct - Sat 19 Nov Code SIK /03/16/ Adult$2,820 Status Limited Availability Book now
More information
  • Sikkim - Trekking beneath Kangchenjunga
  • The departure reference for this tour is SIK /03/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 30 Oct and departs on Sat 19 Nov
  • This departure has limited availability. Don't delay - secure your place today with a deposit of $1,000
  • Single Supplement $405 - All group hotel nights (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $150
2017
Sun 14 May - Sat 03 Jun Code SIK /01/17/ Adult$2,820 Status Sold Out Call Us
More information
  • Sikkim - Trekking beneath Kangchenjunga
  • The departure reference for this tour is SIK /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 14 May and departs on Sat 03 Jun
  • Single Supplement $565 - All group hotel nights (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $150
Sun 08 Oct - Sat 28 Oct Code SIK /02/17/ Adult$2,820 Status Available Book now
More information
  • Sikkim - Trekking beneath Kangchenjunga
  • The departure reference for this tour is SIK /02/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 08 Oct and departs on Sat 28 Oct
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $1,000
  • Single Supplement $565 - All group hotel nights (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $150
Sun 29 Oct - Sat 18 Nov Code SIK /03/17/ Adult$2,820 Status Available Book now
More information
  • Sikkim - Trekking beneath Kangchenjunga
  • The departure reference for this tour is SIK /03/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 29 Oct and departs on Sat 18 Nov
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $1,000
  • Single Supplement $565 - All group hotel nights (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $150
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Delhi. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Delhi Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to Joining Arrangements and Transfers in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is shown on our website as Guaranteed or Limited Space.


BOOK WITH KE CONFIDENCE - No surcharge guarantee

We have undertaken to guarantee that all of our Land Only prices will not change once you have booked your holiday. Unlike some of our competitors we have decided never to surcharge, whether you are booking for this year or the next.

poweredByWorldPay
VISAmastercard

Map & Itinerary

The Route

  • point
  • peaks
  • pass
  • trip direction
  • transfer
  • trek

Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Delhi. Transfers from Delhi Airport are provided.

    Meet 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, which is close to the airport.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals ld

  • Fly to Bagdogra and drive to the former British Raj hillstation of Darjeeling (2500m).

    After breakfast, we drive to the domestic terminal of Delhi Airport. The flight to Bagdogra runs parallel to the Himalayas and if the weather is clear, we have views of all of the Himalayan giants; including Nanda Devi and Panch Chuli, and the 8000 metre peaks; Dhaulagiri, the Annapurnas and Manaslu, Cho Oyu, Everest, Makalu and then the massive bulk of Kangchenjunga, just as we come in to land. Arriving in Bagdogra we are met by our trek leader and we climb aboard the bus for the 4-hour drive to Darjeeling (2500m). At first, we drive through flat rice fields and Assam tea plantations, before the road starts to climb into the foothills of the Himalaya. Darjeeling, built on top of a ridge, faces the Himalaya and is a popular tourist destination for Westerners and Bengalis alike. The richly forested land was originally acquired by the British in 1833, who introduced tea growing and promoted the settlement as a health resort. Arriving in the town, we check in at a comfortable hotel. Just 5 minutes walk from the hotel, there are views northwards to the Himalayan peaks.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Morning sightseeing tour. Afternoon free to relax at the hotel or explore Darjeeling’s bazaars.

    After breakfast, we will arrange a sightseeing tour of some of the attractions around Darjeeling. We visit Ghoom Monastery, boasting one of the highest railway stations in the world, as well as a large gilded statue of the Matreya, or future Buddha. We can also visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, which has a superb collection of memorabilia from the early days of Everest exploration. Also on the ‘not to be missed’ list is the Tibetan Refugee Centre where one can purchase handicrafts at reasonable prices. After lunch at our hotel, we can relax in the grounds of the hotel or take a stroll into the nearby and vibrant bazaar streets.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Pelling (2250m). Pemayangtse Monastery visit either this evening or in the morning.

    After an early breakfast, we set off by jeep for the 6-8 hour drive through tea estates and lush river valleys to Pelling (2250m). If the road conditions via Tukvar are not good, then we make a detour and drive to Pelling via Melli. Our accommodation is at the delightful family run Pemaling Hotel, which offers superb views of Kanchenjunga from the balcony. Whilst at Pelling, either this afternoon or in the morning, we will take the opportunity to visit Pemayangtse Monastery, Sikkim’s second oldest monastery, which is also the most prestigious centre of religious learning in Western Sikkim.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Uttarey, meet the crew and trek to a clearing on the ridge at Chitre (2680m).

    After breakfast, we have a short and picturesque drive (about an hour and a half) through the tea plantations to Uttarey. The road follows the River Ranjit, passing through a beautiful steep-sided valley en route. At Uttarey, we meet our trekking crew and check our permits at the control post. We then set off on our first afternoon of trekking, following a good trail, through abundant rhododendron forest, to a campsite in a clearing at Chitre (2680m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 900m

    • Distance 8km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 150m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • Trek to our next camp at Chiwabhanjang (3130m). Excursion to the viewpoint of Singalila Top.

    A 2-hour climb leads through the forest to our campsite, below the settlement known as Chiwabhanjang (3130m). From here, we will make a 3-hour round trip excursion southwards along the ridge to a viewpoint at 3680 metres known as Singalila Top. After the confines of the forest, this is our first ridge-top trekking, opening up tantalising views of the giant Himalayan peaks to the north. We return to camp for late lunch in the early afternoon. The ascent to this highpoint, before returning to our camp at Chiwabhanjang, also provides us with useful acclimatisation.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Dhor (3720m) with alternate views into Sikkim and Nepal, including distant Mount Everest.

    Today is the first of two longer days. From our camp just below the low-point of the ridge we begin a steep climb through the rhododendron forest for one and a half hours to a set of prayer flags at a high point of 3500 metres. Although steep, the trail is excellent, having been used for centuries by herders moving their yaks from one grazing ground to another across the ridge. Descending slightly, the path switches between Nepal and Sikkim with spectacular views down either side of the ridge. It is obvious why the trail clings to the ridge top, as there is simply no way down on either side, so dense is the rhododendron forest! In spring, this part of the walk is spectacularly colourful. A level and slightly wider section of the ridge, offers a perfect resting point for lunch, before another small climb and more airy ridge-top trekking leads to our camp just beyond a yak herders camp, known as Dhor (3720m). Water is often scarce at this campsite, which means that the kitchen staff have to descend a long way to fill up their jerry-cans. We camp a little below the ridge-top and have splendid views across a succession of ridges, as well as a beautiful sunset panorama of the high peaks of Nepal, including Makalu and Everest.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1250m

    • Distance 12km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 650m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • After an early start to see the sunrise, trek along the ridge to Paharay Megu (3850m).

    Just above the camp there is a particularly fine viewpoint for Kangchenjunga and it is worth getting up early to watch the sun rise on the world’s 3rd highest mountain. The early morning light along the ridge and the spectacular views of the mountains ahead, make for a great start to the day. We follow the ridge for most of the morning on a good path which once again switches from side to side along the ridge with many short ascents and descents and very little flat walking! The highpoint of the day’s trekking is at a collection of prayer flags at 3920 metres, which is reached around mid-morning. After lunch, the trail stays high up, as we continue to our camp at Paharay Megu (3850m) which is one of a series of high grazing areas used during the monsoon.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 9km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 500m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Follow the west side of the Singalila Ridge to the sacred lake of Lam Pokhri (4320m).

    Another fairly short day, so there is no need to set off before the sun has hit the camp. Our destination for the following day (not today) is the Danphebir Pass, at 4500 metres. If we cross this pass in the late afternoon, the weather may start to get cloudy and there is a chance that some of the best views of the trip could be missed. Therefore, in order to cross this pass when the light is at its best and the weather clear, we propose to camp by the holy lakes on the west side of the pass, crossing early the following morning. Leaving our camp at Paharay Megu, we trek by way of a single hut (used as a shelter by pilgrims) and then climb steadily, staying on the west side of the ridge. The terrain becomes more open and the scale of the mountain scenery much grander as we follow a wide valley, turning east, in the direction of a large waterfall and a break in the ridge, which leads to the Danphebir Pass. We have lunch in our camp close to the lake of Lam Pokhri, which lies beneath the small peak of Danphebir. The altitude at camp is 4320 metres. There is scope in the afternoon for exploration around the several lakes in this area, which are important pilgrim sites in the summer monsoon months.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 7km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 250m

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • A day for exploration. Optional 3-hour excursion to a Kangchenjunga viewpoint.

    This is a perfect place for a bit of exploration, within an open alpine landscape. There is, in fact, a collection of 3 holy lakes on the west side of the Danphebir Pass. Climbing to a high ridge above our camp, we can see these lakes and also enjoy views which extend to the big peaks of Nepal. We can expect spectacular evening views of the Himalaya, including sunset on Makalu. We spend a second night beside Lam Pokhri.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Cross the Kagla and Damphebir (4500m) passes. Descend via Gomothang to Yangseb (4100m).

    Today we have a beautiful walk, crossing 2 high mountain passes, each offering spectacular views to the north, of the high mountains of Sikkim, including Kangchenjunga, Kabru and Pandim. We leave our camp early, to enable us to get to the pass in time for the early morning views. Our route follows a relatively easy trail which skirts the edge of Lam Pokhari, which is surrounded by prayer flags and by hundreds of large flat stones that have been turned on their ends by pilgrims as a mark of respect for the gods – an inspiring place. We can see the pass in the distance, marked by 4 cairns and we soon reach the start of the steep zig-zag path that climbs to the Kagla Pass (4460m). It is quite atmospheric, walking alongside the yaks and yak men with the sound of jingling yak bells and the whistles from the yak men, urging on their charges. After short celebrations (the next pass is slightly higher) we drop down and then contour across the hillside for a further 30 minutes to reach the Danphebir Pass (4500m) marked by hundreds of prayer flags. The views to the north are once again stunning and we relax for a while to take in the magnificent scenery. The walk down to the valley floor is most enjoyable, following a good trail across the open slopes at first and then down through pine and juniper forest to Gomothang where have lunch. Leaving this beautiful lunch stop, we trek for 2 hours with many ups and downs to Yangseb (4100m) where we camp beside the stream.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 9km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1000m

    • Time 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek through pine forest and across the Kokling Pass to Panding (4275m).

    Contouring across the hillside, we can now look across to Dzongri, a vast grazing ground on the main trekking route to Kangchenjunga and our destination in 3 days time. We continue contouring across the hillside, climbing at times, until we cross a small river, beyond which a final climb leads to the Kokling Pass( 4260m) adorned by prayer flags and with wonderful views looking back across our route of the last 2 days. A short distance below the pass, the trail climbs steeply once again up the hillside for an hour and then turns a corner to reveal a spectacular view across a wide ridge, to Kabru and Pandim. We now feel that we are getting really close to the big mountains as the landscape opens up in front of us. We camp in a clearing known as Panding (4275m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 6km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 400m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Cross 2 further passes to Bikbari (4120m) below the Rathong Glacier.

    Our destination is the ridge across the next valley, a deceptively short distance away. However, we have to take quite a detour to the north and cross 2 further passes to reach this ridge, which makes for a longish day. We continue to head towards the north-east, descending at first to a river and then climbing a short distance to the first pass. We have lunch between the 2 passes. Our last climb is steep but we are rewarded with a magnificent view from the pass. There is a small summit to the right of the pass, which is well worth a visit. Our camp is far below, at a place called Bikbari (or Ghate), in a dramatic setting beneath the south-west face of the Kabru Massif. Sunset here is particularly impressive. The altitude at Bikbari is 4120 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 750m

    • Distance 9km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 900m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek up to the Ginge La (4340m) below the peak of Kabru. Descend to Dzongri.

    Just as sunset was impressive the night before, so is sunrise. It is certainly worth getting up early to witness this (even if you have to go back to bed!). Today is a relatively easy day, so there is no need to make too early a start. We can have a leisurely breakfast before we break camp. Descending alongside the river to a very photogenic plank bridge, we start the easy climb to the Ginge La (4340m) which takes about 2 hours. We then descend easily for an hour to the shepherds’ huts at Dzongri (3990m), where we camp in a natural bowl on the ridge. The peaks of Pandim, Narsingh and Joponu now appear to be distinctly closer. A short walk above Dzongri is a superb viewpoint for sunset and sunrise on Kangchenjunga, well worth the effort for an early evening stroll. For the best approach to the viewpoint, follow the trail up the ridge, where the viewpoint is easily visible due to the large number of prayer flags. As well as Kangchenjunga, there are superb views of the neighbouring peaks, including Rathong (6683m), Kokthang, Kabru Dome and Forked Peak.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 500m

    • Distance 8km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 600m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Early visit to the Dzongri viewpoint, then trek up the valley of the Prek Chu via Thangsing to Lamuney.

    From Dzongri, we follow the original Kangchenjunga trek to the Goecha La. We are likely to encounter more trekkers from this point on. Today’s walk starts with a short climb to a ridge, which affords open views across Sikkim. We follow this scenic ridge for about 5 kilometres, before descending a steep spur to our lunch spot on the banks of the glacial Prek Chu. A short stretch of boulder hopping and then we cross the stream to begin the climb to Thangshing, a large open area of pasture. The southern Ridge of Kangchenjunga and the moraines of the Oglathang Glacier are visible directly ahead and there are close-up views of Pandim. We set up camp at Lamuney, above Thangsing.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 800m

    • Distance 11km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 650m

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Ascend via Samity Lake to the spectacular Goecha La (4940m). Trek back down to Thangshing (3930m).

    We have an early start for the long hike up to the Goecha La (4940m). This takes us beneath the west side of Pandim, on a path that leads through dwarf azaleas and rhododendron to the first of the terminal moraines of the Oglathang Glacier. We climb to the crest of a moraine ridge and find ourselves on the shores of the lovely and sacred Samity Lake. Ringed by prayer flags and reflecting a number of snow-capped peaks, including Pandim, Samity Lake is a beautiful place. It was formerly possible to camp here, but the same environmental concerns have led the Sikkimese Authorities to ban this practice. The track to the Goecha La skirts the lake, before ascending a series of moraine ridges on the eastern edge of the Oglathang Glacier to the first viewpoint (an hour and a half from the lake). From here, it is a short steep descent for about 15 minutes to a dry lake bed. We then traverse and climb on scree to the second viewpoint (1 to 2 hours beyond the first viewpoint). There is the option to return from here. Continuing across scree and rocky ground, there are increasingly spectacular views of the mountains and valleys to the south and east, but these are overshadowed by the panorama that unfolds ahead of us when we reach the prayer-flagged Goecha La (45 minutes from the second viewpoint). Rising more than 4000 metres above the Talung Glacier, at a distance of only 5 kilometres (3 miles) from our viewpoint, is the stunning eastern wall of Kangchenjunga, which includes the five principal summits of the massif and also the very impressive Kabru and Rathong peaks. We return to Samity Lake by early afternoon and continue down-valley to Thangsing (3930m), where we camp for the night. A long day for those aiming to reach the furthest viewpoint.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1200m

    • Distance 19km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1400m

    • Time 8 - 9 hrs trekking

  • Descend the Prek Chu to the abandoned Tibetan refugee settlement of Tsokha (3000m).

    Descending the valley from Thangsing, we take a direct route, missing out Dzongri, following a lower trail through dense rhododendron forest. After a long descent (almost 1500 metres), we set up our camp near the small abandoned Tibetan refugee village of Tsokha. The Sikkim Forest Department have rehabilitated the Tibetan refugees that lived here to other parts of Sikkim. It is a pleasant change to be camping in warmer conditions tonight. From our camp, we look out on ridge after ridge of temperate forest and to the river far below. There is the opportunity for you to try the local millet 'beer' (hereabouts called ‘thumba’) which is available at the caretaker’s hut. This is served in drinking vessels made out of bamboo.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 350m

    • Distance 12km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1350m

    • Time 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek out through the richly forested Rathong Valley to the roadhead at Yuksom.

    More downhill from our camp, all the way to the river. Then the trail follows the narrow Rathong Valley, through thick, semi-tropical forest, contouring the east bank of the river with several undulations and tributary rivers to cross. We are now back in the warmer lower valley and reach Yuksom mid afternoon, where we check in at our hotel. The rest of the day is free and we can take tea in the hotel garden (with distant views of Mount Kabru) and reflect on an excellent trek. In the evening we will have a party to say goodbye to our yak men, porters and Sikkimese trek crew.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 600m

    • Distance 12km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1800m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Drive to Kalimpong. Afternoon free to explore the streets of this thriving bazaar town.

    After a reasonably early breakfast, we have a 5-hour drive to Kalimpong, which was once an important market town, strategically located at a crossroads between Sikkim, Bhutan, Tibet and the plains of Bengal. One of the principal commercial enterprises of the town today, is the growing of flowers in extensive nurseries. We stay at a comfortable hotel on the outskirts of town and have the chance to explore the bazaar.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Bagdogra Airport, fly to Delhi and transfer to the group hotel.

    After breakfast at our hotel, we drive back to Bagdogra Airport, where we check in for our usually late afternoon flight to Delhi. Arriving in the Indian capital in the early evening, we transfer to our airport accessible hotel. This evening we will have a ‘farewell’ dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. Transfers to Delhi Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast at the hotel. Airport transfers are provided for all client departing on this day. There are lots of extensions that can easily be added to your holiday in india. Why not pre-book a 1-day excursion to the fabulous Taj Mahal, or a multi-day Rajathan experience, or a beach hotel break in Goa or Kerala. Contact our office for details.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced English-speaking leader
  • Delhi Airport transfers on group arrival and departure days
  • All internal flights and land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals throughout the trip
  • Full trekking service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Travel insurance
  • Delhi Airport transfers (other than on group arrival and departure days)
  • Indian Visa
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

The food served during the trek is a mixture of local and Western, mostly purchased locally and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. In Delhi, we take our meals in the group hotel or in nearby restaurants. All meals while on trek and while staying in hotels are included in the trip price.

All meals are included
All clients arriving in Delhi on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary will be met at the airport by a KE representative, who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. At the end of the holiday, transfers are provided back to Delhi Airport on Day 21. Clients should let us know if Delhi Airport transfers are not required. Independent Delhi Airport transfers can be arranged to meet clients arriving prior to Day 1 or departing after Day 21 at additional cost. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
On arrival in Delhi and for one night after the trek, we stay at a hotel close to the airport which provides comfortable accommodation, as well as pleasant gardens and a pool. Being near the airport makes the whole travel experience more relaxing, whilst still allowing us to include a sightseeing city tour. Our itinerary also includes 2 nights in a comfortable hotel in Darjeeling, 1 night in a hotel in Yoksom and 1 night in a hotel in Kalimpong. On trek there will be 13 nights camping. All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek. Depending upon availability it may be possible to arrange single rooms For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Shortly after first light one of the cook crew will wake you with a cup of tea or coffee brought to your tent. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your kitbag before sitting down to a hot breakfast, during which camp will be struck and loads are organised. Setting off in the pleasant cool of the morning, we will generally reach our lunch stop after 3 or 4 hours walking. The cook crew, having overtaken us on the trail, will already have the lunch preparations well under way. Lunch usually takes an hour or even two and again this is normally a cooked meal. This is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. The pack-animals usually catch up with the group during lunch and are well on their way to camp which we hope to establish well before dusk. It is usual for the afternoon’s walk to be shorter than the morning session. On arrival at camp, the Sherpas will quickly put the tents up and a hot drink will soon follow. Dinner is a 3-course meal served in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. After dark, the temperature quickly falls and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.

The group will be led by an experienced English-speaking trek leader who will meet the group in Bagdogra. While in Delhi the group will be looked after by a KE representative. During the trek, the trip leader will be assisted by local guides, camp staff including a cook and by baggage ponymen.

Approximately £200 (or equivalent in Euros / US dollars etc.) changed into local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including porter and trek crew tips and soft drinks, etc. It is not necessary to purchase local currency (Indian Rupees) before you travel. We recommend taking your personal spending money in cash since you will be changing the majority of this into local currency on the day of arrival. Sterling, US dollars and Euros are readily exchanged in Delhi. Credit cards can be used to purchase many goods in Delhi and are particularly useful for more expensive souvenirs. It is also possible to withdraw cash (rupees only) from cash machines in Delhi using credit and debit cards.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. Tips do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. Most people will want to tips their guides and support staff and we recommend that you do this as a group. As a guide, we suggest that a contribution of approximately £70 (in Indian rupees) from each group member will provide a sufficient pool for these tips. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters and ponymen, many of whom are simple farmers earning extra cash by porterring for trekking groups. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the local guides and camp crews.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters or pack animals. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg. Please note that the check-in baggage limit on all internal flights within India is now 15kg and you are responsible for any excess baggage charges that the airline may apply. It is possible to leave travel clothes and any other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

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. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Trainers or sandals for river crossings and camp use

  • Socks including walking socks (2 or 3 pairs)

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Underwear

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Baselayer shirts

  • Shirts or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Warm jacket (down)

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Daypack 30 to 40 litres

  • Water bottles 1 litre (x2)

  • Gloves

  • Warmer and waterproof gloves or mittens

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -20ºC)*

  • Sunglasses

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Small towel

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

The following items are optional:

  • Thermarest (note that foam mattresses are provided)

  • Trekking poles (recommended)

  • Insect repellant

  • Spare laces

  • Shorts

  • Scarf or buff

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Travel clothes

  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Camera

Equipment hire / rental

Items marked * can be hired / rented through KE Adventure Travel. Please make requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure.

Note all hire / rental equipment will be issued in Delhi.

 

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

Visa India - Sikkim

All nationalities require a visa. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India Sikkim.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The currency of India is the Indian Rupee.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 7 hours each day and longer on some days. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking in hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

During both the spring and autumn departures, the daytime temperatures will be of the order of 25°C at Darjeeling and will be rather cooler, at about 10°C to 15°C once on trek. Night time temperatures at our highest camps will certainly drop below freezing. Our trek dates are outside the monsoon period but you should be aware that the eastern end of the Himalaya receives more rainfall than further west in the Everest or Annapurna regions. It can and does rain here and you should be prepared for this. Generally, the period outside of the monsoon is stable, but weather in the Himalayan foothills is notoriously difficult to predict and short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year.

  • Top Treks of the World. New Holland /Steve Razzetti

  • Trekking in the Indian Himalaya. Lonely Planet

  • India. A Travel Survival Kit. Lonely Planet

  • The Trekkers Guide to Pakistan and India. Hugh Swift

  • Exploring the Hidden Himalaya. Kapadia and Mehta

Sikkim Himalaya – 1: 150,000. Schweizerische Stiftung für Alpine Forschung (Swiss Foundation For Alpine Research)

Although a monochrome map (black and white detail with a sepia coloured relief shading), this map is much more detailed than some other more colourful maps. As well as the relief shading it has 100 metre contours, spot heights, peaks, passes, and glaciers, and graphics to show various types of terrain. Coverage extends south to Darjeeling, and within Nepal to the western edge of the Kanchenjunga Glacier.

Extend Your Holiday

Extensions

When booking your holiday, you will be able to 'add an extension option'.

Once we have received your booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension and to take any additional deposit.

Delhi City Tour

Old Delhi is centred on the Red Fort and is a labyrinth of narrow, bustling streets including Chandni Chowk bazaar. Must-sees here include the majestic tower of the Qutab Minar, as well as the Red Fort, built by Emperor Shah Jahan. New Delhi was the creation of the British Raj who wanted to show their ascendency over the former Mogul rulers with many grand buildings designed by the greatest ever British architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Delhi City Tour

From $110 per person

More info

Agra and the Taj Mahal 1 day tour

The Taj Mahal is the most famous man-made wonder of the world. Easily accessible from Delhi, the Taj can be visited in just one day. This one-day tour departs Delhi at 6am on the Shatabdhi Express train. On arrival in Agra you will be met by your driver and guide for your full day of sightseeing. With its laid-back lifestyle and immense wealth of architecture, handicrafts and jewellery, Agra is amongst the most remarkable cities in the world.

Read more

In the morning you will visit Agra Fort on the sands of the river Yamuna. After lunch at the Taj View Hotel you will visit the world famous Taj Mahal. There will also be time for souvenir shopping in the bazaar close to the fort. Agra is famous for its handicrafts, mostly inlaid marble-work, leather goods, jewellery and textiles. Return journey to Delhi is by private car or train - depending on whether you are departing Delhi the same night.

Agra and the Taj Mahal 1 day tour

From $285 per person

More info

Kashmir and Srinagar Extension

The beautiful Kashmir Valley and the town of Srinagar are located within India's most north-westerly territory. Known as the Valley of Paradise, this region is now back on the tourist map. One of Srinagar's highlights is Dal Lake and you can make the most of your visit by staying in one of the houseboats moored around its shores. Floating markets, friendly fishermen, the Mughal Gardens and many temples, mosques and bazaar streets, make any visit to Srinagar simply unforgettable.

Kashmir and Srinagar Extension

From $730 per person

More info

Agra, the Taj Mahal and Jaipur 3 day tour

The Taj Mahal in Agra is the most famous man-made wonder of the world and easily accessible from Delhi. Our 3 day tour visits Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur and the Amber Fort. You will depart Delhi on the early morning express train to Agra where a full day's guided sightseeing includes the Agra Red Fort and the Taj Mahal and stay overnight in a hotel. In the morning you depart Agra by private car to Jaipur, stopping en route at the 'ghost' city of Fatehpur Sikri. On arrival in Jaipur you check-in to your hotel and have time to explore the famous 'Pink City'.

Read more

The following morning you visit the Jaipur City Palace and Palace of the Winds. After lunch you leave Jaipur for the impressive Amber Fort, a superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated on a hillside overlooking a lake, reflecting its terraces and ramparts. In the late afternoon, you will make the 4-hour drive back to Delhi.

Agra, the Taj Mahal and Jaipur 3 day tour

From $580 per person

More info

Agra and the Taj Mahal 2 day tour

The Taj Mahal is the most famous man-made wonder of the world. Easily accessible from Delhi, this 2-day tour departs Delhi at 6am on the Shatabdhi Express train. You will have 2 days to explore the fascinating city of Agra. You will stay overnight at a (minimum) 3 star hotel on B&B basis. On day 1 you will visit Sikandra, Agra Fort and have a tour of the city. There will also be time for souvenir shopping in the bazaar close to the fort.

Read more

Agra is famous for its handicrafts, mostly inlaid marble-work, leather goods, jewellery and textiles. On day 2 you will visit the world famous Taj Mahal and the ‘ghost city’ of Fatehpur Sikri, a superbly well-preserved, four hundred year old, temple and palace complex built by the third Mughal Emperor – Akbar. Return to Delhi by private car.

Agra and the Taj Mahal 2 day tour

From $375 per person

More info

Ashok

From $116 per room per night

Florence Inn

From $97 per room per night Combining comfort and elegance with economy, the Florence Inn is our preferred group hotel in Delhi. Well appointed throughout and with a smart lobby, it is immaculately clean. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The Florence Inn is just 5 minutes walk from Karol Bargh market and the metro station making it an ideal location for exploring the city.

Claridges

From $166 per room per night Situated in Lutyens’ Delhi within 10 minutes walk of the famous Lodi gardens and Khan Market, Claridges oozes old-world charm and luxury. Set in a landscaped garden with swaying palm trees, you can get right away from the hurly burly and enjoy gracious Indian hospitality. The guest rooms and suites are classically decorated and equipped with all modern conveniences as you would expect in a hotel of this calibre. Claridges contains several excellent restaurants offering a choice of world cuisine and there is an outdoor swimming pool and a health club.

Imperial Hotel

From $234 per room per night One of our favourite Delhi hotels, the Imperial offers a unique heritage experience. With its colonial style and impressive driveway flanked by 24 king palms, the Imperial is a landmark hotel in Delhi. There are many attractive public spaces in this hotel - intimate alcove seating, the light and airy Atrium with its fountain, a sumptuous lobby, and a relaxing poolside ambience. There are two bars and several restaurants including the renown 'Spice Restaurant', an outdoor swimming pool and a spa. The Imperial is within easy walking distance of Connaught Circus, the heart of the city.

Maidens Hotel

From $133 per room per night Operated by the Oberoi group and set in 8 acres of garden with shady trees, Maidens is one of Delhi's oldest hotels. Built in the early 1900s, it has retained its colonial charm and offers spacious well appointed rooms with high ceilings. The hotel has a restaurant serving international and Indian cuisine, a garden terrace extending to an open courtyard, and a small intimate bar. There is no pool. Located in Old Delhi, it gives easy access to Mughal monuments and the colourful Chandni Chowk bazaars.

Manor Hotel

From $144 per room per night This 2-storey, 15-room boutique hotel in a pleasant garden setting is very distinctive. With clean modern lines and contemporary furnishings the Manor Hotel has an understated elegance and comfort which is very appealing. Its public areas contrast cool Italian mosaic flooring with warm rich wood panelling, and you can enjoy a high level of service which is friendly and efficient. The hotel has an award winning restaurant and a bar. There is no pool but the hotel has a Wellness centre with yoga and massage. The Manor is located in a quiet residential area close to the Lodhi Gardens.

Ambassador Hotel

From $133 per room per night Situated in Lutyens’ Delhi next to Khan Market, this art deco style hotel designed by British architect Walter George in 1945, is a listed heritage building. Its location makes it convenient for both the airport (22km) and the city centre (10 minutes by dive). The Vivanta-by-Taj Ambassador is operated by the Taj group of hotels, so you can expect the best of hospitality and service.

Recent Reviews & Blog Posts

Good or bad we publish ALL reviews so you can make an inspired and informed choice.