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Sikkim Kangchenjunga Goecha-La Trek with North Sikkim

Mount Kangchenjunga - at 8598-m the third highest mountain on earth straddling Nepal and Sikkim - is the focal point of Sikkim and its people and their culture. It is not just a mountain, but the Sikkimese protective deity. The Sikkimese believe that it is not meant to be climbed, but only worshipped, as it is the abode of "The Five Treasures of the Great Snow". In deference to local sentiments, no expedition has set foot on its main summit peak - but remained a few meters below. The main highlight of this trip is the popular 9-day roundabout trek to the 4984-m high ) viewpoint of Goecha La ( the Lock Pass ) which offer a sensational view of the huge southeast face of Kangchenjunga.

Our trip will take us through lush verdant forests, rhododendron-covered hillsides, tiny yak-herders' summer settlements on high meadows, remote monasteries tended by red-robed Tibetan Lamas, and up to high glacier moraines and passes with magnificent views of white jagged glacial peaks.

Before starting on the trek, we will have an opportunity to take a glimpse into the Tibetan monastic culture of this largely untouristed mountain kingdom with a visit to one of its major monasteries. We will drive though rugged mountain roads as well as visit someof the most revered and beautiful monasteries in Sikkim. Our stops also include the famous former British hillstation of Darjeeling where we will get to see the famous sunrise from Tiger Hill as well as a visit to the Himalaya Mountaineering Institute where there is an extensive permanent exhibition on Everest and its climbing history.

To complete your Sikkim experience, there is the option to extend your adventure ( 3 days ) to beautiful North Sikkim - where the high plains parallel that of the Tibetan plateau. This trip to the remote and beautiful western Sikkim promises to be one unforgettable experience for all.

If you are looking for a more relaxed and culture experience, make sure to check out the Sikkim Culture Explorer.

Inclusions:
* Accommodation in hotels on twin-share basis
* All meals for whole trip duration
* Full transportation arrangement ( airport transfers in Kolkata, sleeper berth train between Kolkata-Siliguri, 4WD jeep transfers between Siliguri-Sikkim & within Sikkim )
* Full trekking arrangement ( guides, yak-horse support, all camping, cooking, dining equipment, all meals, tented or hut accommodation, toilet tents, permits & NP entrance fees, sleeping bag & down jacket etc. )

Exclusions:
* Singapore-Kolkata return international airfare
* Airport taxes, war insurance taxes & fuel surcharges
* Indian travel entry visa
* Personal travel insurance, any / all pre-trip medical immunisations, tipping to local crew, all others not mentioned

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Duration : 20 days
   
Dates : 01 - 20 Mar 13
  06 - 25 Apr 13
  01 - 20 May 13
  31 Aug - 19 Sep 13
   
Maximum Altitude : 4,940-m Goecha La
   
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Group Size
Price
11 persons & above  
08 - 10 persons  
06 - 07 persons  
04 - 05 persons  
* Price above is land cost only and does not includes international return air fares

Highlights
* Visit delightful former British hill station of Darjeeling
* Views of southeast face of the world’s 3rd highest mountain - Kangchenjunga as well as other beautiful peaks
* Challenging hike to 4940-m Goecha La high pass
* Visit famous monasteries and learning more about Tibetan Buddhism
* Visit the alpine Lake Changu (Tsomgo)
* Option to extend to the high plains of North Sikkim or raft the Teesta River



Day 1
Singapore - Calcutta - Siliguri
Day 2 - 3
From Siliguri, travel by jeep through mountain roads to Darjeeling, famous worldwide for its quality tea as well as final resting place of Tenzing Norgay, the 1st & most famous Sherpa Everester. Catch the famous sunrise of Kangchenjanga Range from Tiger Hill & visit other places of interest such as Himalayan Mountaineering Institute where there's an extensive exhibits on Mount Everest and its history.
Day 4 - 15
Depart for Sikkim to start your culture and nature tour of this beautiful unspoilt mountain state. In western Sikkim, visit the highly revered Pemayangtse Monastery - the 2nd oldest in Sikkim and headquarter of the Nyingma (Red-Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. From Yuksom, we start our trek to Goecha La (4940m) through rhododendron forests, mountain trails, and rock moraine for that awesome view of the southeast face of Kanchenjunga and its lesser cousins – Mt Simvo 6811-m, Siniolchu 6888-m, Pandim 6691-m, Kabru 7338-m, and Rathang 6087-m with the mighty Talung Glacier winding its way down below. Return trek to Yuksom.
Day 16 - 18
Next 2 days sightseeing including visit to the famous Rumtek Monastery and the beautiful alpine Changu Lake.
Day 19 - 20 Sikkim - Calcutta - Singapore

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Sikkim is a restricted area within India and special endorsements are required in addition to an Indian entry visa. Interested members are to submit their trip applications at least 1 month before departure date. All participants need to have good physical fitness to be able to enjoy the trek and are strongly encouraged to join our GCS program at least 8 weeks before departure. The coldest temperature encountered on trek can be -10C or colder so good weather gear is required. Thorough pre-trip briefings on all aspects of trek preparations will be conducted and participants can look forward to good discounts for gear.

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