Kanchenjunga Trek - World's Most Adventurous Trekking Tour

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Sikkim is home to the third highest mountain in the world which features in many Sikkim trekking tours. In fact, the name of the mountain itself means The five treasures of Snows which is in reference to its five peaks. This mountain with an elevation of 8,586 meters is also considered very sacred by the locals.

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  • 1. Kanchenjunga Trek - Worlds Most Adventurous Trekking TourSikkim is home to the third highest mountain in the world which features in many Sikkim trekking tours. Infact, the name of the mountain itself means The five treasures of Snows which is in reference to its fivepeaks. This mountain with an elevation of 8,586 meters is also considered very sacred by the locals.Sikkim is home to the third highest mountain in the world which features in many Sikkim trekking tours. Infact, the name of the mountain itself means The five treasures of Snows which is in reference to its fivepeaks. This mountain with an elevation of 8,586 meters is also considered very sacred by the locals.One of the most popular Kanchenjunga treks is the trekking trail from Yuksom to the Goecha La passwhich lies at a high altitude of 4990 meters. This trek is a challenging one but is worth the effort becauseof the lovely vegetation and natural beauty that can be seen only in this part of the world. Subtropicalforests, bright rhododendron flowers, lush green meadows with huge yaks grazing and high valleys arethe reward on this Sikkim Kanchenjunga trekking trail.The journey begins with a 7 hour drive from Darjeeling to Yuksom from where the Kanchenjunga trekactually begins. On the way from Yuksom to Tshokha, trekkers leave the valley behind and pass by theRatong Chi river. After crossing over four bridges and passing through lush forests of magnolia andrhododendron, trekkers finally reach Tshokha.The next stop is Dzongri and trekkers pass through the Tshokha village and more rhododendron forestsin order to reach the Phedang alp which lies at an elevation of 3650 meters. From here till trekkers reachthe Dzongri summit, the view comprising of mountains like Kabru, Ratong and Kanchenjunga can be seenclearly. In fact, the Singalila Ridge which acts as a natural demarcation between Sikkim and Nepal is alsovisible.From Dzongri, the trail again enters the valley and involves crossing the Prek Chu river by climbing over abridge. From here, it takes another hour to reach Thangsing which is located on the slopes of MountPandim at an elevation of 3800 meters. From Thangsing, trekkers pass through green meadows andfinally reach Onglathang. After passing through tricky glacial moraines, trekkers reach the mesmerizingLake Samiti from where the actual climb to Goecha La begins.The journey from Samiti Lake to the Goecha La which lies at an elevation of 5002 meters takes around 7hours. The steep ascent passes through a dry lake at Zemathang and involves climbing over rocks whichrise above 400 meters in height. Once trekkers overcome this pass, they will reach the Talung Valleywhich offers an astonishing view.From here, trekkers head back to the Samiti Lake from where they descend to Thangsing, Tshokha,Yuksom and then Darjeeling. Most Sikkim trekking tours take a minimum of 10 days to complete. Thebest time for Sikkim Kanchenjunga trekking is between June to September and October to midNovember.

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