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Climb & Run the Kanchenjunga marathon

“Climb & Run the Kanchenjunga”
14 days 13 nights

Climb & Run the Kanchenjunga Marathon is a unique opportunity to climb Mt. Thinchenkang, 6010 m. with renowned mountaineer and Everester, Kunzang Gyatso. Kunzang first climbed Mt. Everest in 2008 and has 21 + peaks to his credit including opening of new peaks in Sikkim and India.

Thnchenkang is one of the most beautiful and technical peaks of west Sikkim. Savour the experience of climbing with the guidance of an Everester and then run with local Sikkimese runners through beautiful mountainous terrain. The climb and race take place in the Kanchenjunga National Park, base camp of the 3rd highest peak in the world and India’s highest peak, and offer runners stunning vistas of mountains, rivers and valleys that will leave you with lifelong memories and a chance to say you climbed and ran the Kanchenjunga, the world’s most spectacular and toughest heritage marathon.

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Itinerary

Day 1: 25th Oct (Thursday)
NJP train station / Bagdogra airport / Bhadrapur airport – Yuksom, 1780 m.

On arrival to be met by marathon representative and a scenic drive to your hotel in Yuksom. Arrive at Yuksom, check in with our registration desk and you will be allotted your room and handed over your race packet containing your Runners T-shirt, Wind Cheater, BIB No. and race instructions.

Dinner included
Sleep in Hotel

Day 2: 26th Oct (Friday)
Yuksom, 1780 m. sightseeing of Coronation throne & Dubdi monastery

After breakfast we will take a leisure tour of Yuksom and some of the historical sites (the Coronation throne & Dubdi monastery) situated in this small village. Rest of the day is at your leisure to rest and get ready for the trek ahead. A short expedition & race briefing will be conducted prior to Dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Sleep in Hotel

Day 3: 27th Oct (Saturday)
Trek to Tshokha, 2946 m. 7 hours

We walk gently uphill, following the Rathong River gorge, through dense mixed jungle with magnolia, rhododendron, ferns and several varieties of orchids, brightly colored birds, and the occasional monkey. After an hour or so we cross the Paha Khola bridge, (1,733m.). This is a long trekking day and you should expect to be pretty tired by the time you arrive at the camp.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Sleep in Trekkers Hut or Tented Camp

Day 4: 28th Oct (Sunday)
Dzongri, 4020 m. 5 hours

A fairly steep climb above Tshoka takes you into beautiful rhododendron forests, and you continue along a well-defined uphill path to Phedang. From her we start treading above the 4,000-meter mark. We will be setting up camp by lunch time and suggest that you spend a relaxed afternoon acclimatizing.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Sleep in Trekkers Hut or Tented Camp

Day 5: 29th Oct (Monday)
Dzongri, 4020 m. Rest & Acclimatize

Today we rest and acclimatize to the height we have gained. A short nearby excursion to a meadow (Deorali Danda) with magnificent views of Koktang 6147 m., Rathong 6678 m., Kabru 7353 m. Kanchenjunga 8534 m. and Pandim 6691 m.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Sleep in Trekkers Hut or Tented Camp

Day 6: 30th Oct (Tuesday)
Thangsing, 3639 m. 5-6 hours

Today we ascend gradually over open hillside for a mile or so to a low ridge visible from the campsite, 4,115 m. From here, chortens and prayer flags overlooking fabulous views of Kanchenjunga and Pandim make ideal photo-compositions.

We then descend, at first traversing down towards Pandim on the far side of the valley, and then dropping steeply down on a good path through rhododendron forest to the Prek Chu River at 3,749 m. for lunch (3 hours).

We then cross the river and ascend gradually for one and -a-half-hour, through pinewoods to reach a grassy campsite, beneath the shapely unclimbed peak of Pandim. Trekkers huts has been built here, which we use for cooking and sleeping.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Sleep in Trekkers Hut or Tented Camp

Day 7: 31st Oct (Wednesday)
Base Camp, 4310 m. 3 hours

After breakfast a short hike to our base camp. Here we get ready for the expedition ahead and some trial practice to get know each other’s styles and techniques.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Sleep in Tented Camp

Day 8: 1st Nov (Thursday)
Base Camp, 4310 m.

Exploration & acclimatization

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Sleep in Tented Camp

Day 9: 2nd Nov (Friday)
Camp I, 5510 m.

Trek to Camp I and rest.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Sleep in Tented Camp

Day 10: 3rd Nov (Saturday)
Camp I – Summit push Mt. Thinchenkhang 6010 m. 7-8 hours

Summit push and back to base camp.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Sleep in Tented Camp

Day 11: 4th Nov (Sunday)
Lamuney, (near Samiti Lake), 4298 m, 3 hours

Hike to Goeche La and Samiti lake

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Sleep in Tented Camp

Day 12: 5th Nov (Monday)
Rest & Medical Check Up

Rest and medical check up. Short excursions can be done around this area.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Sleep in Tented Camp

Day 13: 6th Nov (Tuesday)
RACE & Prize giving and celebratory dinner

After an early breakfast, we set of early in the morning to the base camp for the start of our marathon. The measured distance of the course is 42.195 kms (26.2 miles).
06:00 Breakfast
06:45 Short opening ceremony with official speeches & group photographs
07:00 Start the race
11:00 Lunch will be served at the race finish venue
15:00 Race is over. The runners and spectators move back to their hotels/hostels for shower and rest.
18:00 Pick up transfers from the various hotels/hostels to the celebration party venue. Refreshments & snacks
18:30 Opening ceremony & prize distribution
19:30 Culture program & Dance with free flow of beers, soft drinks and snacks
21:00 Dinner
21:30 Transfer back to hotels/hostels

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Sleep in Tented Camp

Day 14: 7th Nov (Wednesday)
Transfer to NJP / Bagdogra / Bhadrapur

After an early breakfast, transfer to NJP train station or Bagdogra to catch our flight / train back home. End of program.
Sikkim has a lot to offer – Extend your trip by visiting locations around west Sikkim or explore East & north Sikkim. Contact us for more options available to extend your trip prior or after the race program.

Breakfast included

Package Cost:

US$ 1500 per person

Single Supplement (Room only):

 US$ 120/-

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Costs includes

  • Tourist comfort hotel accommodation in Yuksom 3 nights on double share
  • Trekkers Hut or Tented accommodation for 11 nights
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Sikkim RAP Permits
  • Race entry fee
  • KNP Park Fee
  • Mt. Thinchenkhang Royalties
  • Kanchenjunga conservation Fee
  • Group climbing equipment
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees (as per itinerary)
  • All ground transfers as per itinerary
  • Refreshments and aid stations during the race
  • Race packet
  • Celebratory Cocktails & Dinner

Cost excludes

  • India Visa fee
  • International and domestic airfares and train fares
  • Personal mountaineering equipment
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, gratuities, laundry, personal porters, room services, etc.
  • Any other services not mention in our includes clause