Kanchanjanga Trekking

Duration: 24 nights, 24 days

Trip Overview

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Max Elevation: 5160 m
  • Best Season: Spring / Autumn
  • Total Duration: 24 nights, 24 days
  • Trip Grade: Hard

Nepal is small but a beautiful country full of trekking sites. Diversity in its culture and its geography is something that makes Nepal different from other tourist sites in the world.

Among many trekking sites, trekking to Kanchenjunga is famous though less traveled. Kanchenjunga will provide you magnificent views of surrounding plus its cultural diversities. Mount Kanchenjunga is known for being the third highest mountain in the world with 8586 meters above sea level. Kanchenjunga is a majestic mountain with five peaks of its own, namely Kanchenjunga Main, Yalung Kang (8505m), Kanchenjunga Central (8482m), Kanchenjunga South (8494m) and Kangbachen (7903m).

Unlike any other trekking sites, Kanchenjunga is a place where you will be trekking through a path mostly covered with a forest of rhododendrons and juniper that will clear away all your pains with its beautiful smell and you will highly be delighted with the bird’s song in the dark forest.

One thing you will really admire is its cultural diversities, where you will be welcomed with different cultures of Nepal in single trekking. At the beginning of trekking, you will be meeting with Bahun and Chhetri, then with Rai, Limbu, Gurung and then with some Sherpas and Tibetans. Therefore, it will be a good memory for you and of course for our team. We really welcome you to our team and we hope to help you with our best.

Trip Highlights

  • Remote settlements, including popular Gurung village of Ghandruk and Chhomrong
  • Trekking along Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
  • Diverse flora and fauna
  • Amazing landscapes
  • Stunning views of the great Himalayas

Itinerary

  • Day 01 - Arrival in Katmandu (1,337m)

    You will be warmly welcomed by our representative at Tribhuvan International Airport and will be transferred to a good hotel to check-in. You must be tired of a long flight. So you are suggested to have a rest for a while in a hotel. At night, you can have a quality time roaming Thamel, a famous street in the heart of Kathmandu. You will have a sound sleep after buffet dinner.

    O/N: Hotel

  • Day 02 - Free and Arrangement Day

    Today we will make everything ready for our trip. You will be assisted by our representative to buy things needed for our trek and you may roam Kathmandu city and visit some historical site like Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath temple, Swoyambhunath temple, Patan and Bhaktapur durbar square which carries very old history of religion as well as kingdom of Nepal, enlisted in UNESCO heritage, while our another member will have done every paper ready for our trek.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    O/N: hotel

  • Day 03 - Flight to Bhadrapur (40-45mins) and drive Phidim - 4 hrs

    Today, after breakfast we will first drive to "Chandragadhi airport" a domestic airport of Bhadrapur, the gateway to India from south-eastern as well as a gateway to many tourist sites, which we will take around 40 - 45 mins.

    We will take a local jeep or bus and drive to Phidim from Bhadrapur, the starting point of our tour, which will take around 4 hours.

    O/N: local guesthouse

  • Day 04 - Drive to Taplejung (1,820m) - Approx 8 hrs

    We drive towards Taplejung through Mechi Highway. We will start driving towards the green hills of Ilam which are called the Queen of Hills where you will see lovely hills with a temperate climate, fertile lands with tea cultivations making it a natural paradise.

    We are supposed to drive to Suketar, the starting of our tour the next day, from Taplejung via Phidhim. It is a long day drive but it is a worthy drive to see beautiful scenery out there.

    O/N: Suketar, Taplejung.

  • Day 05 - Trek to Chirwa (1,270m) Approx 7 hrs

    After having your breakfast in Suketar, we will set off to Chirwa. The trekking starts with a downhill walk to Mitlung. We will start following the Kanchenjunga trek route, crossing the Hungdewa Khola and the Tamur River on the way. We will follow the east bank of the Tamur river. The trail gradually dips and rises along the riverside and we will trek into the valley of Limbu people in Mitlung.

    We start trekking uphill for some time from Mitlung, after taking a break for a few minutes. After the uphill is a gradual descent to the Sinwa village, where you will be welcomed with the cheerful smile of local people.

    On continuing through the trail, we will enjoy the great surroundings. We will walk along the riverbank of Chirwa Khola and arrive in Chiruwa. Chirwa is a small Limbu village with a few lodges, shops, and campsites.

    O/N: Chirwa village.

  • Day 06 - Trek to Amjlosa (2,520m) Approx 8 hrs

    Today is a long day. We will start early morning after breakfast at Chiruwa village following the narrow trail that winds towards the north of the village walking along the east bank of the Tamur River taking us into a Chetri village in Tapethok that has the checkpoint of Kanchenjunga national park, where we will show our permit and will cross Simbuwa Khola.

    We will cross a suspension bridge over the confluence of Ghunsa Khola and Tamur River. From there, we will walk along the steep to a riverside campsite. On walking further, we will reach the Tibetan village of Sakathum where we will take a break and again we continue towards Amjilossa.  We have to be aware of the route as it passes through some stone steps and a gorge after a climb from Solima.

    Following the uphill and downhill tricky trial, we will arrive at Amjillosa,  Tibetan settlement where we will get contact with Sherpa and Tibetan people. The high altitude favors their lifestyle.

    O/N:  Amjillosa

  • Day 07 - Trek to Gyabla (2,730m) Approx 4 hrs

    It is quite an easy day as the walk is relatively shorter than the other days. We climb along Ghunsa valley from Amjillosa to set off towards Gyabla. We will need to walk through dense forest where you will feel real happiness is far from the settlement in the middle of dense forest with the beautiful melody of the cuckoo.

    Its beautiful experience to walk through forest cover with beautiful rhododendrons, bamboo and as we climb up we will be surprised with an astonishing view of the mountain. Along the trail, we will see the scattered pastures and several waterfalls. After walking for some time, we will reach the small Gyabla village.

    O/N: Gyabla.

  • Day 08 - Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m) Approx 5 hrs

    The day begins with a steep descent into a gorge. After the descent, we will walk through the forests of Rhododendrons and Firs. The walk becomes easier now. We trek to the beautiful Yak pastures in Pholey, a Tibetan village with beautiful potato cultivations following riverbank, where we will take a break for our lunch. We will witness old gompa at Pholey.

    On following the trail, we will descend down to the riverbed of Ghunsa Khola passing through green fields and forest. We will enter Ghunsa village crossing bridge over Ghunsa Khola where we will stay for a night.

    O/N: An overnight stay at Ghunsa inside a tent.

  • Day 09 - Acclimatization Day at Ghunsa

    It’s already been 9 days since we have been traveling and today we will take rest at Ghunsa, getting our body ready to adapt to the changing atmosphere.

    We will have a good time at Ghunsa, hiking up to the hill and visiting old monasteries and again coming down to Ghunsa.

  • Day 10 - Trek to Kambachen (4,050m) Approx 6 hrs

    The trail from Ghunsa to Kambachen passes through the off-beaten trails of Kanchenjunga North. We will walk along the east bank of the river making gradual ascent through the forest of larch and juniper we will also encounter some beautiful meadows along the trail.

    We will cross a wood and stone bridge over a river to reach Rambuk Kharka. Be aware that the trail passes through a waterfall and landslide section after Rambuk Kharka. We will have an enchanting view of the north face of Mt. Jannu, 7710m.and the Jannu Glacier after a hard walk.

    We descend through the mountainside and reach Kambachen finally. Kambachen is a temporary settlement with small stone teahouses so we must compromise ourselves with fine lodges over here.

  • Day 11 - Trek to Lhonak (4,780m) Approx 7 hrs

    There are no villages or houses on the trail. The path climbs across the slopes of landslides. We will reach the beautiful pasture area in Ramtang, from where the Kanchenjunga glacier starts around. The trail continues along the north bank of the river. We will see magnificent mountains like Mera peak, surrounding us in all directions, after the difficult section.

    We will see the settlement of Lhonak after a while. It is a tiny settlement. After a while, we will see the settlement of Lhonak.  We will arrive at the campsite in Lhonak with a big grassy plain. We may see some wild animals there.

    Tonight, we will stay in our tent, as a campsite in Lhonak is quite good.

  • Day 12 - Hike to Pangpema (5,065m) Approx 6 hrs

    Today we will have one of the best moments of the day visiting pang Pema, the local name of Kanchenjunga. We will climb gradually through the trail. We will follow the line of the moraine. There are some portions of the trail that are prone to landslide. Be careful while walking. Using the trekking poles will make the walk easier.

    After all the rocky sections are the flat grassy plain basin of Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. Enjoy the views of the towering peak of Kanchenjunga.

    O/N: Pang Pema.

  • Day 13 - Exploring Pangpema Area

    Today, we will explore the Kanchenjunga base camp area. We will hike to the nearby jaw-dropping ridge to see the beautiful Himalayan views. We will see the best of Mt. Jannu, the North Face of Kanchenjunga and the Chang Himal.

    O/N: Pang Pema.

  • Day 14 - Trek Back to Ghunsa (5,140 m) Approx 7 hrs

    We will retrace back to the previous trail to Ghunsa bitting farewell to north Kanchenjunga base camp. Enjoy the marvelous scenery around, we will trek back. Leaving behind the splendid views of Mt. Jannu, we will trek back. Be careful walking around the landslides, and over the glaciers.

    O/N: Ghunsa

  • Day 15 - Trek to Sele le (4,290m) Approx 6 hrs

    We leave for Sele le, a village with few teahouses made up of stones, passing mostly through trail cover with a dense forest of rhododendrons and juniper, taking the right-hand side leaving the trail to Gyabla from Ghusnsa.

    It is said that people see snow leopard often. So stay safe and warm.

    O/N: Sele Le.

  • Day 16 - Trek Sele la, Sinion La Pass, Mirgin La Pass, Sinelapcha La Pass and Tseram (3,870m) Approx 8 hrs

    We will enjoy the panorama of the enchanting Himalayas but you will experience a challenging trek today, climbing to the Mirgin La pass. We will see the majestic view of Mt.Jannu along with nakalu, Chamlang and Kanchenjunga. Along with this, we will see the Himalayan range to the Sikkim border.  We will join our trek to the Kanchenjunga south treks passing Margin La and Lapsang La, which are quite a high altitude passes at 5160m. Be strong here as the conditions may bring several difficulties and rejoice your surroundings. We will descend down to Tseram after a long and tough day, where we will stay tonight.

    O/N: Tseram

  • Day 17 - Hike to Oktang Base Camp (5,364m) Approx 7 hrs

    After breakfast early in the morning, we will head towards Yalung and Oktang base camp. We will trek higher and will be amazed by the amazing view of snow-capped Kanchenjunga and breathtaking views of Mt.Rothangand Kabru on the border between Nepal and Sikkim.

    The view is wonderful as we ascend higher toward Yalung Glacier, hike further, and reach the Oktang Base camp, the south base camp that exhibits the impressive view of the eastern part of the glacier. We descend to Tseram.

    O/N: Tseram

  • Day 18 - Trek to Torangden (2,995m) Approx 7 hrs

    Today, we will trek downhill to the lower altitude and enjoy the glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead of you. We continue to descend down with the trail covered by a forest of pine and rhododendron and reach our destination-Torangden.

    O/N: Torangden.

  • Day 19 - Trek to Yamphudin (2,080m) Approx 7 hrs

    Today, it is quite a tough day, as we need to trek through landslide-prone areas. Be careful. We will cross a wooden bridge over Simbua Khola and continue ascending the steep. Our trail continues through the forest of rhododendron and pines. Walking and crossing rivers, we will finally reach Yamphudhin.

    Yamphudhin is a place where we will meet with people from different backgrounds and cultures like Sherpa, rai, and Limbu.

    O/N: Yamphudin

  • Day 20 - Trek Down to Khebang (1,910m) Alprox 8 hrs

    After breakfast, we will continue our trek through the villages of Chhetri and Brahmins, which will give us wonderful experiences. We will see lifestyles of different ethnicities along the way and our soul will heal by the way they greet us in their own way. Walking up and down we will be at our place-Khebang.

    O/N: Khebang

  • Day 21 - Trek to Khandembe (1,420m) Approx 8 hrs

    We have to be ready early in the morning as it is a little long journey today. After breakfast, we will head up to Dhobhan, a beautiful village where we will have our lunch and again an 8 km walk from Dhobhan, taking tea breaks at some teahouses on the way and following straight village path, we will be at Khandembe.

    O/N: Khandembe

  • Day 22 - Trek to Tharpu (1600m) Approx 4 hrs

    Today is an easy trek and it is the last day of our actual trek to Kanchenjunga. We will climb 1200m to the Tharpu village. We will stay tonight here. It is a relaxing day at Tharpu recalling all our memories of trekking and having last seen of the Kanchenjunga Mountain. Have a cheerful evening there!

  • Day 23 - Drive to Bhadrapur by Bus Approx 8 hrs

    Today we will drive to Bhadrapur from Tharpu. Actually, it is a short distance drive but since it needed to go through a round trail, the journey is quite tiring yet a rewarding one. After reaching, we will prepare for our flight for Kathmandu. Get some rest.

  • Day 24 - Fly to Kathmandu Approx 40 to 45 mins

    It is the last day of our journey and for the first hour, you will be enjoying the scenic views from the domestic plane, which will provide you impressive views of some snowcapped mountains if the weather supports us.

    You will be transferred to a hotel and have a rest for a few hours. After that, we will have our time again to roam Kathmandu valley and buy souvenirs for your family. Enjoy your night in the beautiful city of Kathmandu.

    O/N: Kathmandu.

  • Day 25 - Departure day / Closing our program

    Today is your last day to see Kathmandu. You have a good breakfast in the morning and our representative will assist you to get to Tribhuvan International Airport with a tourist bus. We hope you had a wonderful and memorable day with us. Safe flight back to your home and let us hope to see each other very soon.

                 

Included in the Cost

  • Airport pickups and drops
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu as per the itinerary
  • Bottled water
  • Related trekking permits
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)

Not included in the cost

  • International flights
  • Nepali visa fee
  • Extra day/night meals and accommodation in Kathmandu than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, hard or soft drinks, laundry service, trekking gears etc.)
  • Tips

Sharable expenses (shared among the number of people in trekking groups)

  • Experienced and licensed English-speaking guide
  • Porter service
  • Transportation (jeep and domestic flights)
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