For decades, Sikkim’s highest peaks are one of the least explored in the Indian Himalayan region due to locals’ belief that the mountains are sacred. But since late 1990s, the state government started opening up more alpine peaks for climbing expeditions, including Mt Thinchenkhang (6010m) nestled in Khangchendzonga National Park.
This challenging expedition will take trekkers through the famous Goecha La route and to the summit of Mt Thinchenkhang. Only trekkers with experience on high altitude climbs and familiar with the use of crampons and ice-axe should attempt this trek. The climbing permit application process is long and mired in red tapes. And it is compulsory for liaison officer from Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF) to accompany the expedition team. A minimum of six months in advance registration is required.
But the view from the summit is unparalleled as Sikkim’s lofty peaks like Khangchendzonga (8586m), Mt Pandim (6691m), Mt Rathong (6678m) and Mt Kabru (7338m) feel like they are within grasp.
Season: mid-March to mid-June; mid-September to December
Duration: 17 days
Altitude range: 2700m - 6010m
Costs: Contact Us to get a quote
Day 01: Airport/train station to Yuksom; 5 hours
Day 02: Yuksom
And extra day in Yuksom to prepare for expedition.
Day 03: Yuksom - Bakhim(2764m); 5 hours
Day 04: Bakhim - Tshokha (3000m); 1 hour
Day 05: Tshokha - Dzongri (3950m); 5 hours
Day 06: Rest day at Dzongri (3950m)
Day 07: Dzongri-Thangshing. (3841m); 5 hours
Day 08: Thangsing - Base Camp (4310m); 3 hours
Day 09: Base Camp (4310m) - Camp I (5510m) - Base Camp (4310m); 5 hours
Day 10: Base Camp - Camp I; 4 to 5 hours
Day 11: Camp I - Mt.Thinchenkhang (6010m) summit - Camp I; 7 to 8 hours
Day 12: Camp I - Base Camp; 4 to 5 hours
Day 13: Base Camp - Goechala – Thangshing - Lamuni (5-6 hrs).
Day 14: Thangsing - Tshoka; 7 hours
Day 15: Tshokha - Yoksum; 6 hours
Day 16: Yuksom - Pelling; 2 hours
A scenic drive from Yuksom to Pelling via the holy Khechopalri Lake.
Day 17: Pelling – airport/ NJP train station
Trekking costs include:
1. Transportation to and from the closest airport or railway station.
2. Accomodation on arrival day and after the trek.
3. All necessary permits and taxes for the trek.
4. All meals during the trek and in Utteray and Pelling, support team, experienced trekleader/guide, pack animals.
1. Air fare
3. Tips, alcohol and beverage
4. Travel Insurance or any personal expenses