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Rathong Glacier – Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek

Created with Sketch. Yuksom, Sikkim, India
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Duration

12 Nights 13 Days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

10 people

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Languages

English, Nepali

Overview

Sikkim, one of the most beautiful places on earth is too a trekking paradise for those who are into this adventure, among the various trekking destinations here, one of the great choice is the Chaurikhang or Rathong Glacier Trek, which starts from a place called Yuksom (1,780 m (5,840 ft). It was the first capital of Sikkim established in 1642 AD. Chaurikhang also Used By Mountaineering Institutes as base camp to train Mountaineering Trainees is Less Visited Even By Trekkers. You can get close views of Frey’s peak, Koktang, Kabur and Rathong from here.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Route : Yuksum - Dzongri - Base Camp
  • Trek Grade : Difficult
  • No of Trek Days : 12 Nights 13 Days
  • Highest Altitude : 4,450mt(14600 ft)
  • Highest Camping :4200mts(Bikh bari)
  • Best Time To Trek : March To June & Mid September To Mid November

Itinerary

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Day 01: Bagdogra - Darjeeling (2045mts/6712ft) 65 kms/3-4hrs

Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport met our representative and then drive towards Darjeeling. On arrival transfer into hotel. Evening sightseeing and acclimatization. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Darjeeling (The day is for relaxed & 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 1875 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 (1780 mts /5838 ft) 123 kms/6-7 hrs

In the morning drive to Yuksam via a beautiful 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 Sikkim's. Yuksam 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 refuge in Sikkim. Lama Lhatsun Chempo, on his journey to Sikkim, arrived at Norbugang in Yuksam, where he met two other lamas, Sempa Chempo and Rinzing Chempo and began converting the people into their faith. Sacred texts had revealed that the ruler designate of Sikkim would be a man named Phuntsog of Gangtok, so the lamas sent an envoy in search of him. The party returned with Phuntsog Namgyal, whose ancestry could be traced to the legendary prince Guru Tashi, founder of the Kingdom of Miyang in the Chumbi Valley. In 1641 Phuntsog Namgyal was crowned as Sikkim's first king, the Chogyal.

Day 04: Yuksam - Bakkhim (3005 mts/9856 ft) 16 kms/5-6 hrs

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, (1,733 mts /5685 ft). There is a swimming spot by a waterfall (for those who dare!) after two hours, and we can stop for lunch by a bridge over stream. Passing 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 Bakhim. 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 Bakhim. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 05: Bakkhim - Phedang (3483 mts/11425 ft) 05 kms/4-5 hrs

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 refugees 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 along 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 (4030 mts/13218 ft) 04 kms/3-4 hrs

Another short day's walking today as we are now treading above the 4,000-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 a meadow where we can pitch our tents in a campsite with views of Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Simvo and Pandim. As usual on trek 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, Siniolchu, 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 (4030 mts/13218 ft)

Excursion to Laxmi 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 trial 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 (12 kms/4-5 hrs)

The trail first ascends gradually for about half an hour & then descends till we reach a crossroad. The trail on the left goes down to Zamlingang. We follow the trail to the right, which is a flat walk throughout. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 09: Bikhbari- Excursion to Chaurikhang and Rathong Glacier (Kanchenjunga Base Camp 4450mts/14600ft)

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 Himalayan Mountaineering Institute of Darjeeling conducts its 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 10:Reserve day for summit.

Day 11: Bikhbari - Bakhim Trek

In the morning trek back to Bakhim with packed Lunch.Over take Dzongri and directly Reach Bakhim . Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 12: Bakhim- Yuksom (12kms / 5-6 hrs) - Darjeeling (123 kms/ 4-5 hrs)

In the morning after breakfast trek back to Yuksam, Getting back Yuksam will take only couple of hours since after staying in high altitude makes you easy to walk downwards. Once we Reach Yuksam we will rest for sometime then later Drive Back to Darjeeling

Day 13: Darjeeling - Bagdogra Drive

In the morning transfer to Bagdogra airport and from here catch a flight for onward destination. Trip Ends here Service Ends Here.

Included/Exclude

  • All meals during the trek (Day 1 lunch to Day 13 lunch). Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (including occasional eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.
  • Excellent Trekking Guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.
  • Specialized Cook, Support staff, Porters/Packed Animals for carrying the central logistics of the trek.
  • Stay in tents (3 persons dome or ridge shaped tents) on sharing basis during the trek.
  • Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Gaiters, Micro spikes/Crampon. (Bring your own sleeping if you have a high altitude specific personal Sleeping Bag. This is always better for hygienic reasons.)
  • Kitchen tent, dinning tent and toilet tent as required during the trek.
  • All permit fee, camping charges, forest levy required for the trek inside Kanchendzongha National Park.
  • Basic Medical & First Aid kit.
  • Any tip/gratuity to the Off Road supports staff.
  • Anything is is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature.
  • Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to any circumstances. Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Cancellation, health or any other reason.
  • Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
  • Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
  • Alcohol , Cigarette and other personal expenses

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Yuksom, Sikkim, India

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