Karma's family welcomes you
to their home
Begin the trek in Sikkim's foothills
at around 6,500 ft.
Ascend to the ridgeline,
sometimes in the clouds.
Singalila range in the background.
Approaching Goechecla, 16,200 ft
considered sacred to the Sikkimese.
For more information
and a detailed itinerary... please contact
KarmaQuest Ecotourism and Adventure Travel
Tel: (650) 560-0101/
699 Spindrift Way, Half Moon Bay,
California 94019 USA
- Full trekking services including guide, cooks and porters; sleeping, dining and toilet tents
- Three meals/day, trekking and national park permits and trekking staff insurance
- Hotel and guest houses/lodges in Sikkim, on bed and breakfast plan, double occupancy
- Two nights hotel in Delhi (4 star), double occupancy
- Breakfasts daily; lunches and dinners as indicated; Farewell dinner
- English speaking local trekking guide through out the trip
- Individual and group airport transfers and all land transportation on tour
Cost does not include:
- US-Delhi-US international flights
- Domestic flight: Delhi-Bagdogra-Delhi (approx. $250-300 round trip)
- Meals and beverages other than those specified above
- Indian visa fee
- Emergency evacuation/medical insurance (mandatory)
- Personal medical kit
- Expenses of personal nature (e.g., laundry, drinks, telephone calls, taxi service, etc.)
- Donations at monasteries or social service organizations
- Tips to staff
- Any other services not specifically mentioned as included above
- Sleeping bags (available for rent in Sikkim)
KarmaQuest Director Karma Lama invites you to experience one of the “top treks of the world,” tracing the ridgeline that separates Nepal from Sikkim (India) – historically, a border not easily given up by either side. Beginning in the Himalayan foothills of Sikkim, you’ll climb to 12,000 to 14,000 ft into the clouds before descending into a deep river valley carved by torrential monsoon rains. Traverse a glacial moraine and again ascend to picturesque Goechela (16,200’), bringing you face to face with Mt. Kangchendzonga (photo left), third highest peak in the world.
Kangchendzonga is the centerpiece of Kangchendzonga National Park, and her summit has (reportedly) never been climbed out of respect for her sacredness. Unlike trekking in Nepal, most of the trek route is in uninhabited mountain areas, without permanent settlements.
All inclusive trek support services are provided, with porters and/or livestock to carry gear, three meals a day cooked by a team of cooks, and guides to accompany you. Eco-trekking standards – codes influenced by KarmaQuest’s long-standing as an ecotourism advocate in Sikkim – are met, including removal of all waste, and provisioning of staff with warm clothes, tents and alternative fuel or cooked food to reduce the human footprint.
Before and after the trek, you’ll be treated to family hospitality at Karma Lama’s home in Temi, and will learn about Sikkim’s culture and conservation strategies from a local non-profit/visitor center in Yuksom. A final two-night stay in Gangtok, capital of Sikkim hints at this state's prosperity, with a bustling open-air pedestrian shopping boulevard and a growing coffee house culture.
Day 1: Overnight in Delhi: Transfer to your hotel in Delhi, included in the trip package.
Day 2: Delhi: Rest in the morning. Afternoon enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour Delhi. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Welcome to Sikkim. Fly to Bagdogra (2.5 hr) and drive 4 hrs to Temi, one of the most heavenly spots in Sikkim. Check into Cherry Resort for two nights at 5,800 ft elevation.
Day 4: Temi: Awaken to a picture-perfect view of Mt. Kangchendzonga on the horizon. After breakfast on the veranda, hike to a lookout point or just rest and enjoy the fresh mountain air. Visit Karma’s nearby family home (photo left) for a taste treat: a fermented millet drink called tongba.
Day 5: Drive to Uttarey: (6,560 ft), where you’ll spend the first night in a simple trekking lodge.
Day 6: Trek Chiwa Bhanjyang: (10,200 ft). A gently ascending trail passes initially through rainforest until a final steep ascent to the first camp (6 hrs). Overnight in a tent (as per throughout the trek).
Day 7: Chiwa Bhanjyang: Rest/Acclimatization Day Hike to nearby Singalila Peak at 11,480 ft for some excellent views.
Day 8: Trek to Dhor: A moderately gentle uphill walk traverses forest and a more exposed hillside, approaching the first passes, adorned with prayer flags and with views of distant mountains. (7-8 hours). Camp at 12,500 ft in a sheltered hollow below the ridge.
Day 9: Trek Dhor to Pare Megu: Awakening before dawn, you’ll mount a short ridge to reveal the spectacular sight of sunrise on both Everest and Kangchendzonga (weather permitting). A steep ascent takes you across a pass, then down through a forest and past Hindu shrines to a second easier pass. Descend to camp near a shepherd’s summer settlement. (7 hours. Camp 12,500 ft)
Day 10: Trek to Lam Pokhari: Begin a steady climb up a broad valley toward the Kabru range, dominated by Mount Pandim (21,946 ft). Another two hours of climbing leads to camp at Lam Pokhari (meaning “long lake”), with Everest and other Nepal peaks giants visible from a distance (weather permitting). (4-5 hours. Camp at 14,000 ft)
Day 11: Trek to Gomathang: As you climb to your first pass of the day, the Danphe Bhir La at 14,860 ft, the weather can change at any moment, bringing snow, sleet, wind or if you’re lucky, clear skies for a breath-taking view. From here it is possible to see the whole of Sikkim, and into Tibet and Bhutan. Continue ascending to Kag Bhir La (the “Pass of the Crow”) where a panorama of Himalayan peaks awaits. Descend to camp in the meadows. (6 hours. Camp 12,800 ft)
Day 12: Rest day to explore the area or use this day to break up the next long day.
Day 13: Trek to Tikip Chu: You’ll again ascend to high mountain terrain. Then drop down into the meadows of Kokling, from you can see ahead to the next pass (14,100 ft). Once again you’ll end the day’s hike with a steep descent to your campsite by the Tikip Chu (river). (8 hours. Camp 12,630 ft).
Day 14: Trek to Dzongri: Today your route joins the Dzongri-Goechela trek route, where you may see other trekkers (and perhaps the first other people in several days). After crossing a river valley mount a steady climb to the once-summer yak pastures near Dzongri. (3-4 hrs. 13,200 ft)
Day 15: Rest Day in Dzongri: Enjoy a rest day exploring the meadows and view points of Dzongri. Note: this day could be used elsewhere on the trek as needed.
Day 16: Trek to Lamuney: Today you’ll descend to Kokchulang, then move easily up the valley passing the trekkers campsite of Thangsing to a riverside camp a short distance below the Samiti Lake. (6 hours. Camp 13,700 ft)
Day 17: Pre-dawn Trek to Goeche La, then descend to Thangsing: Start before sunrise for this long day: you must reach the pass in time for clear early morning close up views of Khangchendzonga (16,200’). The hiking pace is slow as elevations increase. Return to Thangsing to camp. (8-9 hrs. Camp 12,500 ft)
Day 18: Trek Tshoka: The return route passes through an enchanting forest of rhododendrons, ablaze with color during spring; and emerges in the tiny settlement of Tshoka, once occupied by yak herders. (5 hours. Camp 9,840 ft).
Day 19: Trek Tshoka to Yuksom: Today you’ll descend through a beautiful and vibrant temperate forest ecosystem that supports a great diversity of plant and animal life. Overnight in Yuksom at a hotel. (5 hours. 5,800 ft)
Day 20: Yuksom and Gangtok: Learn from a Yuksom-based conservation group (KCC) how it led the Sikkim-wide ban on plastic bags, enforced a no-firewood use in the Park, and instituted a leave-no-trace garbage management policy for trekking groups. In the afternoon, drive to Gangtok (4-5 hrs) and overnight in a charming Sikkimese style hotel in Gangtok.
Day 21: Gangtok: Explore and shop in Gangtok’s main bazaar. Your guide will lead you to some interesting spots including an orchid display and Tibetan Buddhist homage sites. Gather for a Farewell Dinner.
Day 22: Depart Sikkim, fly to Delhi Drive (4 hours) by road to Bagdogra for your flight to Delhi. Transfer to Delhi international airport depart Delhi for home or your onward journey.
Our services end in Delhi. If you would like to travel onward, please ask us to help you plan a trip extension within India, to Nepal, or to anywhere in the region.
4 - 6 persons: US$4,250/person
7 - 10 persons: US$3,850/person
Single supplement: $400