Half Marathon (Locals)

Sikkim's first high altitude trail run!

One of the last utopias of the world - Sikkim is a hidden gem and arguably one of the loveliest destinations of India. It is a virtual pot-pourii of ethnic composition, ancient cultures, blooming rhododendrons, deep valleys and mountains that have to yet be explored or named.

From atmospheric Buddhist monasteries of west Sikkim to monumental religious statues in South Sikkim, friendly and cheerful urban centres in the east to the stunning views of Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain (8534 m.), visible from almost any viewpoint in the state. Set amidst this primeval backdrop of mighty mountains and rustic villages is the setting of the Kanchendzonga Marathon

The Kanchenjunga Marathon is a unique opportunity for runners from India and around the world to run with local Sikkimese through mountainous region. The various races 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 and will leave you with lifelong memories and a chance to say you ran the Kanchenjunga Marathon, the world’s most spectacular and toughest heritage marathon.





Day 1: 31st October (Tuesday)
NJP train station / Bagdogra airport / Bhadrapur airport – Yuksom, 1780 m.

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: 1st Nov (Thursday) 

Trek to Tsokha, 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 3: 2nd Nov (Friday)
Dzongri, 4020 m. 5 hours

A fairly steep climb above Tsokha 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. A brief climb beyond brings you to a meadow (Deorali Danda) with views of Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Simvo and Pandim.

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

Day 4: 3rd Nov (Saturday)
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 5: 4th Nov (Sunday)
Lamuney, (near Samiti Lake), 4298 m, 3 hours and back to Thangsing

Today’s walk is fairly short to Lamuney. You begin by continuing your walk parallel to the Prek Chu River. Sacred Samiti on the opposite side is a beautiful emerald green lake nestled in the midst of brightly colored wind-torn prayer flags. The whole area above Samiti Lake is called the Zemathang Plateau. We cross this under the shadow of Pandim and then ascend a moraine to a height of about 15,700 feet where you rest above a glaciated lake mottled with snow and icy pinnacles. The Goecha La Pass is another hour away. From the pass we trace our route back to Thangsing.

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

Day 6: 5th Nov (Monday)
Phedang & Medical Check Up

We retrace our route via the Prek Chu, to emerge at Phedang. Medical check-ups will be given for all participants. Doctor’s decision will be FINAL.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Sleep in Tented Camp

Day 7: 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

Day 8: 7th Nov (Wednesday)
End of program

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


    1. The race organisers reserve the right to change details of the race.
    2. Participants “SHOULD NOT” book their flight out of Bagdogra earlier than 1500 Hrs.

Marathon Package Cost:

Rs. 1200 per person



Costs includes

  • Hostel accommodation in Yuksom 3 nights on dorm basis
  • 5 nights tented camp during the trek
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Sikkim RAP Permits
  • Race entry fee
  • KNP Park Fee
  • Kanchenjunga conservation Fee
  • Refreshments and aid stations during the race
  • Race packet
  • Celebratory Cocktails & Dinner

Cost excludes

  • Domestic airfares, train fares and ground transfers
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, gratuities, laundry, personal porters, room services, etc.
  • Any other services not mention in our includes clause