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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 (8598 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

Day 1: 31st October (Thursday)
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. A short race briefing will be conducted prior to Dinner.

Dinner included
Sleep in Hotel / Hostel

Day 2: 1st Nov (Friday)
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 3: 2nd Nov (Saturday)
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. 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 (Sunday)
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 (Monday)
Lamuney, (near Samiti Lake), 4298 m, 3 hours

Today’s walk is fairly short to give you plenty of opportunity to rest before tomorrow’s big day. 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.

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

Day 6: 5th Nov (Tuesday)
Goeche La (Pass) and back to Samiti Lake plus Medical Check Up

We get an early start today to beat the inclement weather conditions that are common during the latter part of the day. We climb the hill behind the Lake before traversing the moraine and then descending to the sandy bed of an empty lake. 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. We traverse the lake and proceed across a slope, and then on a well-trodden path to our objective, which is festooned with brightly colored prayer flags. We then return to our campsite at Samiti Lake.

Medical check-ups will be given for all participants. Doctor’s decision will be FINAL.

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

Day 7: 6th Nov (Wednesday)
RACE day, 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).
05:30 Breakfast
06:00 Hike up to Goeche la (Base Camp) Race start venue
06:50 Short opening ceremony with official speeches & group photographs
07:00 Start the race
14:00 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 (Thursday)

Breakfast and end of program.