Kanchenjunga Trekking

  • Total Duration:28 Days
  • Max Elevation:8,586m
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate

Highlights

  • Enjoy breathtaking views en route to Kanchenjunga Base Camp
  • Get up close and personal with the world’s third highest peak (8,586 m)
  • Trek from subtropical valleys to rhododendron forest to high alpine meadows
  • Stay with local families and get a glimpse into their daily life
  • Keep an eye out for local wildlife, including the red panda, blue sheep, Himalayan black bear and the rare snow leopard

Overview

Kanchenjunga trekking is one of the most authentic and unspoiled of trekking adventures of Nepal that takes trekkers deep into the remote mountain ranges that border Nepal, Sikkim, and Tibet.

It is considered one of the best rural trekking adventures in Nepal that, most often than not, circuits around the country’s eastern region. The Kanchenjunga region is among the most remote regions of Nepal. Specifically, the Kanchenjunga Trek takes trekkers through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, and the region is named after Mount Kanchenjunga- the world’s third highest Himalayan peak and the second highest Himalayan peak of Nepal. The trek occurs in the northeastern corner of Nepal near Sikkim in the Taplejung district of the country.

Kanchenjunga stands at 8,586m and is one of the unexplored and virgin trekking routes that offers wonderful snow-capped mountains, landscape and exotic scenic view of the Himalayas. You can enjoy different types of small and high snowy peak above 8,000 m and below 8,000m  popular peaks such as Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt.Makalu (8,201m) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516m) etc.

The lucky trekkers can see massive wildlife during the trekking such as Snow Leopard, Musk deer, Red Panda many more. Kanchenjunga Trekking trail has more exciting and challenging daredevil and popular organizing trip to situated in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area which is spread over 2,035m sq km from enrich in wildlife diversities also many threatened species of birds such as Impedance Pheasant, Red –Billed Blue Magpie, Shy Dragon, Amphibian and Mammals are found in this region and preserved including Snow-leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer, Red Panda etc. While, Passing along this trekking trail will provide us to observe the remarkable valleys  with their an amazing culture, traditions of the local inhabitants, magnificent views of the frozen lake crystal clear stream, Okthan glacier, an amazing ascend of Rathong and Kabru, glacial excursion around Ramche etc are the best point view of the Kanchenjunga trekking trail.

The journey toward the Kanchenjunga starts from Katmandu to Suketar, Taplejung by domestic airlines, then the trekkers move throughout different places such as the forest including rhododendron covered ridge to Lali-Kharka(2,220m)-Keswa(2,100m)-Mamanke(2,000m) above the sea level then pass along Yamphudin(1,650m) to trek towards Lamite Bhanjying,Torotan, Tseram(3,750m), Ramche(4,360m), Mirgin- La (4,663m) across Gunsa(3,475m), Kyapra, move down to Sakathum(1,600m) then finally descend to Phurumbo then back to Taplejung-Suketar(2,300m). In this way, the memorable and daredevil trek of Kanchenjunga ends.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02:Flight to Biratnagar (100m); drive to Basantpur (2200m), 120km/6h.
Day 03:Trek to Chauki (2700m) 15km/900m/7h.
Day 04:  Trek to Gupha Pokhari (2900m) 11km/300m/-100m/4h
Day 05: Trek To Dobhan(660m) 17km/-2200m/7h.
Day 06: Trek to Mitlung (890m) 14km/200m/6h.
Day 07: Trek to Chirwa (1185m) 14km/340m/6h.
Day 08:  Trek to Sekathum (1640m) 11km/500m/5h.
Day 09: Trek to Amjilasha (2490m) 6km/900m/5h.
Day 10: Trek to Gyabla (2730m) 7km/250m/4h.
Day 11: Trek to Ghunsa (3430m) 10km/700m/5h
Day 12: Rest day in Ghunsa
Day 13: Trek to Kambachen (4040m) 10km/600m/6h.
Day 14: Trek to Lhonak (4790m) 9km/650m/6h.
Day 15: Explore Pangpema Base camp (5140m) 9km/390m/6h.
Day 16: Return to Ghunsa (3430m) 18km/-1250m/7h.
Day 17: Trek to Sele Lapass (4500m) 8km/1100m/6h.
Day 18: Trek to Tseram (3870m)& cross Mirgin La (4480m) 7km/400m/-1000m/8h.
Day 19: Trek to Ramche (4620m) 7km/650m,Octangand Yalung Glacier, walk 7h.
Day 20: Trek to Tortong (2995m) 15km/-1500m/7h.
Day 21: Trek to Yamphudim(2070m) 12km/600m/-2000m/7h
Day 22: Trek to Khebang (1740m) 9km/900m/-1200m/7h.
Day 23: Trek to Phakholing (800m) 14km/ 300/m/-1000m/7h
Day 24: Trek to Tharpu/ (1600m) 6km/1200m/-300/4h
Day 25: Drive to Bhadrapur, 190km/9h.
Day 26: Fly to Kathmandu (1330m)
Day 27: In Kathmandu
Day 28: Departure from Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu

At your arrival to Kathmandu we will welcome you at the airport and transfer you the hotel. In the afternoon we will regroup for a briefing and preparations for the departure for the trek.

Day 02:Flight to Biratnagar (100m); drive to Basantpur (2200m), 120km/6h.

The 50 minutes flight from Kathmandu offers stunning views of the entire trek and the Himalaya from Kangchenjunga to Langtang. The 120km drive is equally spectacular and takes us to the end of the road at Basantpurlocated on the ridge above  TanmayaKhola and through spectacular hills and serpentine road with 100 hairpin turns passing through the town of Hille beside the mighty Arun River.

Day 03:Trek to Chauki (2700m) 15km/900m/7h.

First 3km until Tunde will be on major trek servicing Arun and Tamur valleys with lots of locals travelling along to Chainpur, a major trading town in the area. We pass few villages along the way DhoorPani,TinjureDanda and TinjurePhedi with stunning views ofofKangchenjunga and the Makalu ranges and travelling through Rhododendron forest.

Day 04:  Trek to Gupha Pokhari (2900m) 11km/300m/-100m/4h

We follow undulating trail through the MilkeDanda Range to beautiful GuphaPokhari (natural pond).The trail follows mainly through Rhododendron forest beinh in full bloom of rich bright red coloured clusters of flowers in April and May. At high points of the trail we gain beautiful panoramic views of Chamlang, Mera, Makalu and Kangchenjunga.

Day 05: Trek To Dobhan(660m) 17km/-2200m/7h.

It is a long day today but it is all downhill to riverside village of Dhoban located at the junction of two rivers (a literal meaning in Nepali) the MaihwaKholaand the TamurKoshi. We will pass Gurja Sherpa village, where we stop for lunch.

Day 06: Trek to Mitlung (890m) 14km/200m/6h.

For next 3 days we trek in the TamorNadi River valley staring at low point of 660m and reaching 1650m in Sekathum. The deep valley and heavy monsoon rainfallsmake the trail wet amd muddy until we reach elevation of 1000m after Mitlung. We will be walking along the river and in the rainforest with rich birdlife creating really stupendous character for the section.

Day 07: Trek to Chirwa (1185m) 14km/340m/6h.

This is amazingly spectacular section in the deep Himalayan river gorge with spectacular cliffs and thundering sound of mighty torrent amplified by the gorge geometry. We will walk sections of dense subtropical forest and through the narrow valley with the local villages above. When the valley opens we will go through villages inhibited by traditional owners of Limbu ethnicity, subsistence growing crops such as rice, millet, barley, wheat and corn for 2000 years With subtropical climate fields are very productive for most of the year.

Day 08:  Trek to Sekathum (1640m) 11km/500m/5h.

We continue our trek through the TamorNadi valley, which turns into Ghunsariver past SimbuwaKhola just before Sekathum, a tributary originating from Yalung glacier. The scenery transform slowly while the valley opens more and more.

Day 09: Trek to Amjilasha (2490m) 6km/900m/5h.

It is a shorter walk today 6km but we gain almost 900m elevation and mostly at the end of the day before our camping spot in Amjilasha. The trail narrows and follows the GhunsaRiver to open again when we start climbing towards Amjilasha. The ethnicity changes here and we will see more high elevation favouring Sherpa and Tibetan folks.

Day 10: Trek to Gyabla (2730m) 7km/250m/4h.

Easy day through isolated section of the trail with no villages and walking through a dense forest.

Day 11: Trek to Ghunsa (3430m) 10km/700m/5h

We cross 3000m/10000ft elevation threshold and will maintain comfortable pace to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Half way between Gyabla and Ghunsa there is a Tibetan village of Phole where we stop for a relaxing lunch. It is a nice place to touch the Tibetan Buddhist culture and to visit a welcoming monastery.

Day 12: Rest day in Ghunsa

After 9 days of walking Sherpa village of Ghunsa is a perfect place for a rest and to soak 3400m elevation before trekking to the north basecamp. Ghunsa is the last permanent settlement on the way to the base camp.

Day 13: Trek to Kambachen (4040m) 10km/600m/6h.

Over next 3 days we explore one of the most magnificent glacial valleys in Nepal if not in entire Himalayas. We will walk on the moraine and the glacier from Lhonak. We will camp today at the bottom of Jannu Glacier with direct view of Kanchenjunga massif and Jannu, a truly awe inspiring experience. This is a very remote area and not unusual to see some wildlife such as blue sheep, ibex, mountain goat or smaller animals among the rocks such as hyrax and marmots and birds of prey above eagle, kites and falcons.

Day 14: Trek to Lhonak (4790m) 9km/650m/6h.

The terrain is desolate high altitude glacier with no villages or houses. Trail climbs gradually through moraine debris and with the elevation it makes the hike slower. The glacier starts around Ramtangat 4240m andthe trail continues on its north sidewithLhonak located at the junction of Lhonak and Kanchejunga glaciers and surrounded by stunning mountains abound in all directions.

Day 15: Explore Pangpema Base camp (5140m) 9km/390m/6h.

This will be our day to explore Kanchenjunga north basecamp area. The basecamp is called Pang Pema. The area is visited by few trekkers’ climbers so there is not enough traffic to create the path. We will explore the glacier area as much as possible.

Day 16: Return to Ghunsa (3430m) 18km/-1250m/7h.

Returning to Ghunsa allows retracing our previous days with different perspective of the trail and the scenery around.

Day 17: Trek to Sele Lapass (4500m) 8km/1100m/6h.

From Ghunsa, we ascent is along the trail used by local people walking through thick forest of birch, pine and rhododendron possibly covered by snow.

Day 18: Trek to Tseram (3870m)& cross Mirgin La (4480m) 7km/400m/-1000m/8h.

Challenging trek today with a steep 400m climb to Mirgin La Pass with tremendous view of JannuHimal as well as Makalu, Baruntse,ChamlangKangchenjunga, Kabru and the Himalayan range along Sikkim border followed by the walk along ridges with a final descent to Tseram.

Day 19: Trek to Ramche (4620m) 7km/650m,Octangand Yalung Glacier, walk 7h.

Today we explore Yalung glacier, we start early to reach Ramche where we set-up our overnight camp. After lunch, we trek towards Octang 7km away with elevation gain of 300m, the view point of Kangchenjunga and a stunningly beautiful amphitheatre of impressive peaks Rothang and Kabru on the Nepal/Sikkim border.

Day 20: Trek to Tortong (2995m) 15km/-1500m/7h.

We trek an easy trail along SimbuaKholathrough varieties of pine and rhododendron forests, descending all the way to Tortong.

Day 21: Trek to Yamphudim(2070m) 12km/600m/-2000m/7h

This is tough section of out trek; it is prone to landslides making it difficult to hike. There is also 600m climb to the3500m Lamite pass.

Day 22: Trek to Khebang (1740m) 9km/900m/-1200m/7h.

Trek passes through the beautiful villages of Chhetri and Brahmins. Today we will cross 2 passes.

Day 23: Trek to Phakholing (800m) 14km/ 300/m/-1000m/7h

This is long day with 1000m drop over 6km to Dobhan for our lunch stop and another 8km of undulating but straightforward village path to the village.

Day 24: Trek to Tharpu/ (1600m) 6km/1200m/-300/4h

Last day of trekking finished with 1200m climb to village of Tharpu. We will take it easy and enjoy last glimpses of Kanchejunga range and final mountain sunsets from vantage point of the village to complete this incredibly exhilarating trek.

Day 25: Drive to Bhadrapur, 190km/9h.

There is are only 190km to the airport atBhadrapur but road cuts through a 7 narrow ranges with over 100 hairpin turns and endless windings so with average speed of less than 30kmh it takes some 9h to arrive Bhadrapur. Despite being tiring it is a rewarding trip.

Day 26: Fly to Kathmandu (1330m)

In clear weather there is the opportunity to view some of the most impressive peaks of the Himalayan range as we take our flight back to Kathmandu. The afternoon is at leisure.

Day 27: In Kathmandu

This morning we will take you on incredible sightseeing tour to the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit UNESCO protected and living Temple monuments of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath andSwayambhunathreturning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Durbar Square, Patan or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. You will visit Thamel the area with an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive shops and markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. Hotel accommodation.

Day 28: Departure from Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will offer you a free transfer to the airport for your departure.

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