A rewarding classic Sikkim trekking route, following an ‘off the beaten track’, with magnificent high-level walking. From Gangtok, the hilltop capital of the state of Sikkim, we follow a high ridgeline that guides us to the Goecha La mountain pass (4940m). This finally leads us to an intimate encounter with the awe-inspiring snow fields and vast ice cliffs of Kanchenjunga (8598m).
Our approach takes us close to the mountainous border of Sikkim and Nepal. Gradually gaining height as we continue, we are offered panoramic views on all sides. As we wind down, it is now time for a relaxing visit to Darjeeling, – taking in tea plantations, frenetic markets, the Toy train, and the emblematic memorabilia of the British ‘Raj’.
This trip is not the standard ‘up and back’ trek to the Goeche La. Through our good contacts in Sikkim we have pioneered a new approach route to produce a longer, more challenging high circuit, with magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga range and the Himalayan skyline of eastern Nepal. Other groups (not many) now trek this route, but it still feels remote. The daily trekking is never excessive and remains steady throughout although we have graded it ‘steady plus’ because of the altitude element. For twelve days you trek and camp above 3000m, and on half of these days are close to or exceed 4000m. Altitude and cold nights may make greater demands.
It is the client’s responsibility to obtain their visas before the intended date of departure.
View the detailed itinerary for more info on acquiring an Indian visa.
what clients say…
“This was a trip of a lifetime as far as I was concerned and it lived up to all my expectations, and more. Thanks to everyone at High Places.”
Ian Forder, Sikkim – The High Circuit.
What is included in the price?
- Accommodation (2 Nights Delhi/Kolkata, Gangtok, Darjeeling, Pelling 1 Night Yaksum, 8 Nights Camping)
- Meals (All Meals during treks. Pelling,Yuksom B/L/D - Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner. All hotels B - Breakfast)
- Guide (English speaking local Leader)
- Transfers (All transfers and Sightseeing as per the itinerary)
- Domestic Flights (Delhi-Bagdogra return flight)
What is not included in the price?
- Indian Visa Charges
- Tips for the local staff