Trekking in Sikkim and Kanchenjunga
The Kanchenjunga Peak (8586mtr) offers some incredible trekking opportunities. The people of Sikkim revere Kangchenjunga as a scared Mountain. The Kangchenjunga range keeps the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area in Nepal, Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve, Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary, Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary, Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary located in Sikkim and Jore Pokhri Wildlife Sanctuary, Singalila National Park, Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary, Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, and Neora Valley National Park located in Darjeeling.
Sikkim and Kanchenjunga trek starts from Yuksom, which is at a height of 1,780 meters, and trails a steady mount to Tshoka at 2,743 meters throughout the dark tropical forest of pine, bamboo, fir, oaks and flowering trees like magnolias and rhododendrons. Yuksom is the base of west Sikkim’s most popular trekking area and Dzongri also holds historical importance to the Sikkimese. After that the trek turns to Dzongri passing through a sharp rise to the alp of Phedang at 3,650 meters. The trail continues to Goecha La en route to Thangsing at 3,800 meters and Lake Samiti that encircles a beautiful alpine field. The trek to Goecha La continues with a moderate rise. The trek downwards to Yuksom and follows through Lam Pokhari at 4,230 meters and heads to Labdang at 2,000 meters via Kasturi La, which is at an elevation of 4,500 meters. The track leads off at Tashiding and after that wheel to Gangtok through Martam.
Within the 11 days journey, trekkers will enjoy the amazing view of Mt Kangchenjunga (8,586 meters), Mt Kokthang (6,148 meters), Mt Pandim (6,691 meters) and a number of other peaks in the area. Out-of-the-way villages, gleaming mountains blanketed in snow, foggy clouds forming a cover around magnolia and rhododendron forest and dramatic landscapes, makes the trek a wonderful platform for the trekkers.
Visiting Information of Sikkim and Kanchenjunga Trekking
The best time to visit Sikkim and Kanchenjunga Trekking is from mid March to June ending and mid September to mid November. Tourists can arrive at Yuksom within 5 hours from Geyzing (44.9 kilometres) by shared or private jeeps. Gangtok (145.9 kilometres) and Pelling (35.9 kilometres) are the other nearest places where tourists can arrive through buses or jeeps available at Yuksom. The closest railway station of Yuksom is the New Jalpaiguri railway station, around 150 kilometres away. The nearest airport is the Bagdogra airport, which is around 160 kilometres from Yuksom.