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Gauraang Patil


Every year me and my 4 friends plan a trek to some of the treacherous places. This year was no different, especially after a long spell of staying and ...

Kanchenjunga Trek From Darjeeling Overview

Trip Starting From: Yuksum

About the Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling:

Arraying beyond the sea point to a few hundred meters, the dales of Kanchenjunga exhibit amazing land diversity. Exceeding through the numerous tea estates and heavily wooded dells, Kanchenjunga is overloaded with vast stretches of alpine pastures. The trek to Khadchendzonga or Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling is a challenging one. For some, it may sound strenuous and challenging, while for all others, the trek is a sight of delight. 

Initially, Kanchenjunga trekking was prohibited, later, the trekkers started unwinding the different trekking routes to make their own way. This leads to the exploration of hidden treasures of the Kanchenjunga valley such as tribal villages, gorgeous lakes, abundant flora and fauna, and dense forest covers.  On your way to Kanchenjunga, be ready to treat your eyes with the delightful vistas of a misty cloud-based canopy, snow-blanketed gleaming mountain ranges, and vast stretches of dramatic landscapes. 

Your trek to Kanchenjunga begins from Darjeeling which is populated by the presence of vastly stretched tea estates. Luxuriantly thick covers of pines, rhododendrons, spruces, yak pastures, green meadows, and giant magnolia forests – all sums up the charming beauty of Darjeeling. 

With numerous stopover points such as Yuksom, Sachen, Tshokha, Phedang, Dzongri, Thangshing, Goecha Lamuney the trek becomes a bit difficult to endure for time-bound adventure enthusiasts. Thus, just like the Zanskar Valley trek, this trek too can be accomplished with small trekking journeys for people strapped tightly to their time zone. No matter what time you can dedicate for trekking here, trekking to Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling is undoubtedly going to bloat you with a bundle of memories so that you revisit the spot either in person or in reality. 

Except for Monsoons and peak winters, every other season is best to put your adrenaline to pump faster than ever with this not so tricky trek. While the routes may turn out to be slippery in monsoons, you may face the extremities of heavy snowfall in winters. 

Quick Facts:

Kanchenjunga Temperature: 10 to 15 degrees in the morning and 2 to 5 degrees at night

Kanchenjunga Trekking Distance:  90km

Kanchenjunga Height : 17,000ft

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult  

Base Camp: Yuksom

Kanchenjunga Trek From Darjeeling Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Darjeeling and overnight stay at Yuksom (5670 feet)

    On day 1, as soon as you arrive in Darjeeling, you will have to make your own way to reach Bagdogra Airport. From there, you will be driving to Yuksom by trespassing Teesta River.

    Continuing uphill, you will be crossing the Legship bridge to reach your final destination.

    After that, you will arrive at your Yuksom hotel, check-in and spend your remaining day at leisure.

  • Day 2 - Sachen trekking (7150 feet)

    Your day 2 trekking will be for a total duration of 5 hours through Rathong River, Lush Forest, and Paha Khola Bridge. On your way, you will be treated with the delight of several wild orchids and monkeys wandering here and there.

    As you trek to the Sachen, somewhere on your midway, you can enjoy your pre packed lunch to keep you energised for the remaining trekking experience.

    Your entire trekking route from Yuksom to Sachen is loaded with lush thickets of rhododendrons, magnolia, and ferns. If possible, try to spot some wild species of orchids that you may find on your go.

    After hours of trekking, you will finally arrive by your campsite at Sachen; enjoy your dinner before you call it for the day.

  • Day 3 - Tshokha trekking (9700 feet)

    Your day 3 trekking will last for a duration of 4 to 6 hours.

    As you start trekking towards Tshokha, you will be feasted with aromatic viburnum plantations.

    Once you cross the Prek Chu River, you need to trek uphill for the next 2 to 3 hours until you reach your next halt point of Bakhim.

    A couple of additional trekking will finally take you to a Tibetan Refugee Settlement – Tshokha.

  • Day 4 - Phedang trekking (12000 feet)

    Your day 4 trekking is for 4 to 5 hours.

    As you move uphill from Tshokha, you will be treated with the sights of rhododendrons. Moving further from here, a quick trek will ultimately take you to Phedang where you have your overnight campsite arranged.

  • Day 5 - Dzongri trekking (12980 feet)

    Your day 5 trekking experience lasts for 3 hours in total.

    Once you are done with your breakfast, you will be crossing over 4000 meters scenic uphill where you can enjoy your packed lunch and relax for some time. Once you get acclimatized with the surroundings, you can finally move further to reach your Dzongri campsite. Meanwhile, if you want, you can capture the scenic beauties of Kabru, Rathong, Simvo, Pandim, and Koktang peaks.

  • Day 6 - Dzongri

    This day is entirely reserved for leisure activities.

    You can wake up early in the morning and go for some short excursions to explore the spots around.

    A day at leisure is planned so that you can get proper acclimatization with the surroundings before you carry ahead with the next height.

    Your overnight stay has been arranged at Dzongri campsite.

  • Day 7 - Thangshing Trekking (12900 feet)

    Day 7 trekking experience will last for around 6 to 7 hours.

    With a gradual ascend, you will be climbing around 1 mile today towards a low ridge situated at the height of 13500 feet. It is here where you get to witness numerous chortens and vibrantly coloured prayer flags fluttering all around. Throughout your trekking adventure, you will be blessed with some fascinating vistas of Pandim and Kanchenjunga peaks.

    Now onwards, you will start descending down in the direction of Pandim trespassing the thick forest lining of rhododendrons. You can stop at Prek Chu River for a quick short break before you ascend over the moraine. After that, we all will be halting for a short lunch break at a trekking lodge in the midway.

    Before you retire at the Thangshing Campsite, you will be trekking for an additional 1.5 hours.

  • Day 8 - Goecha La Pass Trekking (16000 feet)

    To avoid the extremities of the weather conditions here, it is advisable to start your trekking adventure early in the morning.

    First, you will be ascending uphill by making your way through the moraines, and later, you will start descending towards Samiti Lake by trespassing Zemathang Plateau.

    Next, you will be trekking for about an hour to make your way to the Goecha La Pass.

    The moment you arrive at the Goecha La Pass, soothe your eyes with the stunning views of the Kanchenjunga and other vastly spread peaks before you head back in the direction of Lamuney.

    Your overnight stay is arranged at Samiti Lake Campsite.

  • Day 9 - Tshoka trekking

    On day 9, you will be trekking for a total duration of 7 to 8 hours.

    It is always good to start your day early in the morning and get to a nearby ridge to enjoy the picture-perfect vistas of the magnificent Kanchenjunga peak.

    Later, you will all assemble at a common point to start your Tshoka trekking by taking a route through the Dzongri Plateau so that you can easily avoid the long climb.

    This time, your trail will be passing through Prek Chu and Phedang deciduous forest cover.

    Settle down at the Tshoka campsite and enjoy your dinner.

  • Day 10 - Yuksom trekking

    Your day 10 trekking journey will last for 5 to 6 hours.

    From the Prek Chu assembly spot, you will start descending down in the direction of Yuksom, check-in at the hotel there and relax for the remaining length of the day.

  • Day 11 - Goodbye to Yuksom

    Your 11 days trekking adventure of Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling ends here.

    Once you are done with your morning breakfast, you will be informed to check-out from the hotel and make your way to Darjeeling for your return journey.


  • Accommodation on a sharing basis on trek (hut/camp/tent)


  • Good Indian veg food during trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner)


  • Trekking
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  • Camping
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  • Sightseeing

Other Inclusions

  • All necessary permits and entry fees for the trek
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  • All the trek equipment like tent, sleeping bag etc (but for hygiene purpose we recommend bring your own sleeping bag, if you have)
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  • All safety equipment, first aid kit
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  • Service of our expert team

Things To Carry

  • Besides trekking shoes, warm clothes, sunglasses etc you always need to keep in mind about the water.
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  • During your trek you might have to fill water from the lakes and rivers nearby so it is always advisable to carry water disinfecting drugs.
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  • Also don’t forget to carry light and soft shoes like Kung-Fu shoes which you can wear after your trek while exploring the nearby villages.
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  • Even though you will be staying in lodges and restaurants it is always better to carry your own sleeping bags which will keep you warm, incase you were not provided with blankets.
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  • During your trek, there might be chances that you might have blisters, in such cases you need to be very careful so that it does not catch any infection. Because of the cold there are high chances of an infection. So carry some band-aid or duct tape with you.
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  • For the best view of the mountains with the floating clouds carry a binocular with your which will let you experience the best. Spot some of rare birds and flora while you trek.
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  • Carry 2 pairs of synthetic track pants. Track pants are light and when things get cold you can wear one over the other.
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  • Carry 2 Full sleeve tees with collar.
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  • Fleece jacket - sweaters are highly discouraged.
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  • A full sleeve thick jacket.
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  • Carry 4 pairs of undergarments.
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  • Get 2 pairs of thermal inners.
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  • Carry 2 pairs of sports socks. 2 pairs of woollen socks.
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  • Woollen monkey cap/balaclava that cover the ear.
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  • Woollen hand gloves + synthetic glove (waterproof). If you don’t have synthetic gloves, get two pairs of woollen gloves and a surgical glove.
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  • Hot water bottle/Bag - available at any medical store.
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  • Sun glasses, branded company with 100% UV protection. Curved ones will cover your eyes well. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness. Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek.
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  • A woolen head-scarf or muffler.
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  • Trekking pole is mandatory
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  • Dry towel
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  • Lip Balm/ cold cream
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  • Personal Medical Kit


  • Do not bring non-bio gradable materials
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  • Pay heed to the instructions given by the trek leader and guide
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  • Consumption of alcohol and other intoxicating substances are strictly prohibited
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  • Do check with your doctor if you are medically fit for the trek
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  • Exclusions -
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  • Food and drinking water throughout the trip.
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  • Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates Etc.
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  • Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight. Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.) cancellation, health or any other reason.
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  • Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
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  • Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.

Tour Type

  • This is a group tour.

Kanchenjunga Trek From Darjeeling: Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
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  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Kanchenjunga Trek From Darjeeling: Refund Policy

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
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  • All applicable refunds will be done in traveller's thrillophilia wallet as Thrillcash

Kanchenjunga Trek From Darjeeling: Booking Confirmation Policy

  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking before confirmation and a full refund will be processed.

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    Story by Gauraang Patil

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    Every year me and my 4 friends plan a trek to some of the treacherous places. This year was no different, especially after a long spell of staying and working from home. We went ahead with the idea but this time we booked with Thrillophilia for a luxurious camping experience. And, trust me when I say this, we had a spectacular trekking experience from the minute we arrived in Darjeeling. We had an adventurous drive to Yuksom, trespassing the Teesta river. We continued uphill and crossed the Legship bridge only to reach a Yuksom hotel where Thrillophilia had booked our stays. The minute I checked in we could not believe we could get such a place for just a day of our stay as the hotel was clean, with staff ensuring sanitization at every cost. I was amazed at how it was arranged- overnight staying in tents, camps and huts even at remote locations of Tshoka, Samiti lake, Thangshing, and Dzongri. We did share out tents but an expert team ensured safety by having a first-aid-kit in hand at all times. A big thanks to Thrillophilia for arranging all the necessary permits and managing the entry fee at places required. Totally recommend Thrillophilia if you desire a mix of sightseeing, camping, trekking and not just hiking!


    People Also Ask About Kanchenjunga Trek From Darjeeling

    1. Why is Kanchenjunga so dangerous?

      Kanchenjunga is still one of the highest peaks in the world where the easternmost peaks reach a height beyond 8000 meters. Frequent incidences of snowstorms and avalanches attack have been recorded here. Besides, the topmost summit of the Kanchenjunga exhibits a decrease in oxygen level; accounting for a third of what is recorded at the sea level. Thus, the unexpected weather conditions prevailing in the atmosphere there makes it arduous for the mountaineers to climb the Kanchenjunga. Besides, bitter cold and low temperatures are enough to make Kanchenjunga trek a dangerous one for all the trekking enthusiasts.

    2. Is Kanchenjunga and k2 same?

      No, Both Kanchenjunga and K2 are different mountains. With an altitude of 8536 meters, Kanchenjunga stands as the second-highest mountain ranges across the globe. Whereas, the K2 or Mount Godwin Austen is the 3rd highest in the world with an altitude of 8611 meters.

    3. Is Darjeeling worth visiting?

      Yes, Darjeeling is a worthy place to visit. In fact, the tourist points of Darjeeling have their own charm. Batasia Loop, Peace Pagoda, Happy Valley Tea Estate, Tiger Hill, and Ghoom Monastery are key attractions of Darjeeling. If you travel to eat, Darjeeling has got some exotic delicacies to serve in your platter. Thuka, traditional Nepali Thali, The Naga Cuisine, Churpee, Momos, Aloo Dum, and Sael Rotis are some mouth-watering delicacies of Darjeeling. Nevertheless, it is also a great adventurous hub for sports like mountaineering, joy ride, cottage camping, trekking, and river rafting. Do not forget to include the top-rated trek of Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling when you sit down to enlist all the things to do there.

    4. Can you see Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling?

      Yes, there are many spots to watch Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling. However, for the best view, you need to make your way to Tiger Hill.

    5. What is Siliguri to Kanchenjunga distance?

      Kanchenjunga is situated at a distance of 111 km from the town of Siliguri.

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