A dramatic high altitude trek leading upto the climbing basecamp of the world’s 3rd highest peak Kanchenjunga 8585m in North Sikkim.
4 days trip with 2 days trekking
The trekking region can be accessed by a comfortable 7 hour drive from Delhi or by training it to Kalka near Chandigarh and following it up with a 3 hour drive.
Churdhar peak at 3650m or around 12,000 feet is the highest peak in the lower Himalaya and its base can be accessed through a 4 hour drive from Chandigarh. The main peak and its subsidiary peaks present quite a challenge in the winter months but the climb is easier in summer when the snow melts away. On a clear day you gain a staggering view from the summit. The temple on the main summit attracts pilgrims from several villagers and towns in the region as well as trekkers looking for a weekend trek.
Didag village is the base for the climb of Churdhar
Didag village is located at 2000m’s and walks around the village offer an opportunity to acclimatise before climb on the following day
Anxious faces before starting the climb of Churdhar Peak
Towards the end of March and early in April the Rhododendron
flowers are in bloom and colour up the hill side
Some 5 hours into the trek we set up camp at a
sprawling meadow at 3000m
From the campsite one can gain a most dramatic
The following day the initial objective was to trek
to Teesri at 3250m
From Teesri one can gain a most impressive
and dramatic view towards the north
The access to the main Churdhar peak
involves traversing multiple snow sections
Just short of the peak the team encountered a boulder section which needed skill and endurance to manoeuvre
The summit of Churdhar 3650m offers a dramatic
360 degree view
It was now the turn of the larger group to climb
towards the summit of Churdhar’s Subsidiary Peak
It took lot of collective team work to ensure that such a large group made it to the summit