As seen from the hill-station of Darjeeling, the massif of Kanchenjunga (8586m) dominates the northern horizon. Crossing the border into the Sikkim, this trekking makes a sensational trek to the world’s third highest peak which begins with an ascent to the crest of the Singalila Ridge – the prominent spur of high ground that forms the border between India and Nepal. Here, we find views that extend to the distant peaks of Everest and Makalu. Our route continues northwards through a mountain widerness, taking us via high passes and a succession of lovely camping place to the valley of the Prek Chu. Here, above sacred Samiti Lake, we make our ascent to the Goecha La (4940m), a high and dramatically situated pass, directly opposite Kanchenjunga’s huge south-east face. Providing a brilliant travel experience, as well as first-class trekking amongst fabulous mountain scenery, this is a simply superb trekking holiday in the Indian Himalaya.
This is a unique and exciting trekking, which provides a taste of some of the finest trekking in the generally restricted territory of Sikkim. We mostly use well-made and established trails throughout the trek, following the routes used by yak herders, to take their animals to high pastures for grazing in the monsoon months. The unspoiled Himalayan foothills trekking, variety of scenery, the lack of other trekkers and the pristine nature of the campsites are all qualities unique to this Sikkim trek. The pace of a trip such as this has to be governed by speed of our pack animals and porters.