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Kanchenjunga Trek

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Overview

Kanchenjunga is the world’s third highest mountain in the world. It lies between Nepal and Sikkim, located at the altitude of 8586 m. Kanchenjunga trekking occupy  various ecological zones, subtropical forest with pristine beauty, mystery and charm. It is rarely visited and is unique trek. By following the glacial torrent of the Tamur and Ghunsa rivers to their source on the North West side of the Kanchenjunga Himal, we feel to be in a different world. The popular trekking region in this region is Kanchenjunga area, Tinjare, Jaljale Himal, Milke Dada etc. In general, this trek is count to be among challenging traverse.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu
Day 03: Flight to Suketar (Taplejung), trek to Jogidanda
Day 04: Trek to Chirwa (1800m)
Day 05: Trek to Sukathum (1660m)
Day 06: Trek to Amjilosa (2510m)
Day 07: Trek to Kyapar (2730m)
Day 08: Trek to Ghunsa (3695m)
Day 09: Trek to Kambachen (4099m)
Day 10: Rest day and exploration in Kambachen (4099m)
Day 11: Trek to Lhonak (4785m)
Day 12: Trek to Pangpema (5143m)
Day 13: Trek to Kambachen (4099m)
Day14: Trek to Lumba Samba (4206m)
Day 15: Trek to Ramche (4580m)
Day 16: Trek to Cheram (3870m)
Day 17: Trek to Tortong (2995m)
Day 18: Trek to Yamphudin (2080m)
Day 19: Trek to Anpan (2040m)
Day 20: Trek to Tembewa Height (2000m)
Day 21: Back to Taplejung or Surkhet (1780m- 2300m)
Day 22: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 23: Departure from TIA, “Farewell”!

(We encourage you to extend your views in case if you want to change the itinerary)

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Great Nepal Representative welcomes you at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA)  and you will be transfer to the Hotel. Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon Airport arrival. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2: Fly Biratnagar (100m), and drive to Basantpur (2200m), approx. 8 hours.
Biratnagar is situated in the terai in the south east. The flight from Kathmandu takes around 50 minutes and affords views of the entire trek and the Himalaya from Kangchenjunga to Langtang. We then pass through the town of Hille beside the Arun River and at Basantpur above the Tanmaya Kola. From here we gain views over the entire Kangchenjunga massif. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 3: Commence trek to Chauki (2700m), 7hrs walk approx.
Your trek today leads out on a major trading route servicing both the Arun and Tamur valleys. At Tunde a trail turns off for the important market town of the region Chainpur.you stop for lunch at Dhoor Pani (2780m).After that a gradual climb of approximately 1 hour takes us to the top of Tinjure Danda and your first view of Kangchenjunga and the Makalu range. You gradually descent to Tinjure Phedi and trek through Rhododendron forest for 2 hours.

Day 4: Trek to Gupha Pokhari (2930m)
From camp you will follow the Milke Danda Range to Gupha Pokhari. The trail leading to the base camp is inconsistent giving us a kind introduction to our challenging trek ahead. The trek is mainly through Rhododendron forest commonly altitudes range (2500-3000m). after  will be site set next to the Pokhara and you enjoy beautiful views of Chamlang, Mera, Makalu and Kangchenjunga.

Day 5: Trek to Gurja /Sherpa Village (2013m)
Your trail to Gurja is inconsistent before lunch and after lunch there is a total descent till the base camp. You will be trekking through forest.

Day 6: To Dobhan (640m)
After a short trek You pass through the village of Nesum (1620m).A long zigzagging descent then takes us through cultivated slopes and scattered farm houses to the riverside at Doban. Doban actually means the junction of two rivers in Nepali and here the Maihwa Khola meets the rushing glacial torrent of the Tamur Koshi.

Day 7: To Mitlung (800m). Walk approx. 7hrs.
The trail today can be very muddy and in poor condition as it is subject to landslides and requires constant maintenance. Your route may take you on either side of the Tamur River depending on existing conditions. It is likely that you will have to cross the river several times to make your way northwards. On the trail today you will see different species of birds and the forest is alive with their calls. The river is home to many different fish species and you may glimpse flashes of colour beneath the surface. Today could be a tough day and your perseverance and flexibility are very important in this stage of the trek.

Day 8: To Chirwa (1190m). Walk approx. 7hrs.
Tamur accompanies us all day as you trek this classic Himalayan gorge with its dense patches of sub-tropical rainforest and cliffs. Most of the villages here are upon the valley sides though you do pass through them in places where the valley opens out.

Day 9: To Sekathum (1640m) 6 hrs. Walk
The trail is today is well defined and the walk is both enjoyable and satisfying. You have only a few climbs up towards the valley where  you begin to notice subtle changes in the landscape surrounding us. You weave through large boulders passing below the village of Tapethok and cross a landslide area to reach a bridge crossing a tributary of the Tamur River. This is the Simbuwa Khola, which flows from the south side of Kangchenjunga. You will continue on towards the base camp, crossing several bridges and following what is now called the Gunsa Khola.

Day 10: To Amjilasha (2490m). Around 6 hrs walk
The trail is very narrow and you follow the Ghunsa River until you break for lunch. This walk requires a lot of caution and concentration. On the way, you pass a small Sherpa settlement mainly tending to Yaks.After lunch, there is a steep climb towards your overnight camp at Amjilasha. Amjilasha (Amjilosa) is a small Tibetan settlement.

Day 11: To Gepla (2730m). Walk approx. 6hrs.
Today's walk is predominantly through forest and you will sight many waterfalls along the way.There are no villages to pass through leaving us with a feeling of remoteness in the tranquil forest surroundings.

Day 12: To Ghunsa (3430m) walk approx. 6hrs
Before lunch, you follow a narrow trail through thick forests to your lunch site is at Phole village, this is a typical Tibetan village and winter settlement for the villagers of Ghunsa. People of this village depend mainly on yak rearing and weaving carpets. Here you will be able to find the one and only monastery of the entire trek and visitors are most welcome.

Day 13: Rest day in Ghunsa
Today you will enjoy a rest day and there may be time, weather permitting to wash some clothes or other domestic chores. You also have an option of a 3 hrs walk opposite River Khanso Thanso, from where a panoramic view of Phole Peak and Sobithongi Peak and also a glimpse of Mt. Khumbakaran. After long days of walking, a rest day is highly recommended.

Day 14: To Kambachen (4040m). Walk approx. 7 hrs.
From Ghunsa and above, any signs of human habitation are that of seasonal settlements for the yak herders. They will take their animals to heights of 4000m-4500m in the warmer months of the year. For the trekker the scenery is unmatched. The route past the sheer cliffs and towering peaks of the Kangchenjunga massif and Jannu (7710m) are awe inspiring. They rise directly out of this classical and very grand glacial valley. The trail is ill-defined at times, crossing loose scree and rocks that have been pushed forth from old glaciers. We usually make a camp at Kambachen (4200m) enroute, which is seasonally occupied by locals only. It is quite possible to see wildlife in this remoter part of the Himalaya; blue sheep, ibex, mountain goat or smaller animals among the rocks such as hyrax and marmots. Overhead, various birds of prey may be seen- Lammergeir (a type of vulture) and various eagles, kites and falcons.

Day 15: To Lhonak (4790m). Walk approx. 7hrs.
The trail climbs gradually through open rocky fields to Ramtang (4240m) then across moraines north - west of Kangchenjunga glaciers. Lhonak, at 4790m, is near dry lake bed on an open, sandy plain; water scarce here. There are no houses, but we can camp among the large boulders to get out of the wind. Stunning mountain views abound in all directions.

Day 16: To Pangpema (5140m). Walk approx. 4 hrs.
It is well worth exploring the upper end of the valley to fully appreciate the peaks that make up one of the largest mountain masses in the world. The main peak of Kangchenjunga and Wedge Peak cannot be seen until you are almost at Pangpema (5145m) and to increase your chances of good mountain views, you can spend overnight here. This will, however, depend on the weather and trail conditions and progress of each particular group member, which will be decided by your guide. The trail follows moraine for much of the time and due to its ever changing nature and infrequent use is often in poor condition. There are a number of alternative side trips in the area that provide impressive mountain panoramas including Tent and Pyramid Peaks and the Twins. One does not need to go far to enjoy the impressive yet varied mountain views. We aim to spend as much time as possible in the area hoping the weather will be in our favor!

Day 17: Return to Kambachen (4040m). Walk approx. 7 hrs
Returning to Kambachen the way we came in gives us a different perspective of the trail and the scenery around us.

Day 18: Return to Ghunsa (3430m). Walk approx. 4 hrs
Retracing our steps, we descend to Ghunsa again for an overnight. Our descent takes us past the spectacular mountains and cliffs we enjoyed on the way in.

Day 19: To Selele Base Camp (4500m)walk approx. 6hrs
From Ghunsa, the ascent is along the trail used by the shepherds.Today we ascend through thick forest of birch, pine and rhodendron. At these altitudes and locations it is quite possible the trail will be covered by snow to varying degrees.It is essential we are prepared for more difficult conditions with good clothing, footwear and equipment.

Day 20: To Tseram (3870m)& cross Mirgin La (4480m)walk approx 8hrs
Today is a challenging day for us. The first 2 hours are a steady, steep climb towards Mirgin La Pass,which is the best view point for Khumbakaran (Janu Himal).In the distance we see Makalu, Baruntse and Chamlang. For the rest of the day, the walks are along ridges with a final descent to Tseram. Before descending we may view Kangchenjunga, Kabru and the Himalayan range. Our overnight camp is in a large flat meadow. NB:In case of heavy snowfall the route to Tseram may not be possible. Your leader will make the final decision on weather and conditions and advise an alternate route.

Day 21: To Ramche (4620m)and Octang, Yalung Glaciers, walk approx. 7hrs.
Today, we start early to reach Ramche where we stop for lunch. Ramche is our overnight camp. After lunch, we start our trek towards Octang, which is the view point of Kangchenjunga. This is a beautiful walk which has a few climbs; this afternoon walk will take us approximately 3 hrs. The trail climbs into the valley along side the moraine of the Yalung glaciers. The valley opens up as we approach Yalung,(4260m). Climbing alongside the moraine we make our way through scrub junipers and up a stream to a lake at Lapsang (4430m). We can see the start of the route to Lapsang La as it heads off over the moraines in a valley to the north. Climbing to another lake and a big meadow at Ramche, the tight amphitheatre of peaks in this area are very impressive and Rothang and Kabru on the Nepal/Border dominate the spectacular view.Overnight Ramche.

Day 22: To Dorongdin (3000m)walk approx. 7hrs
We trek an easy trail through varieties of pine and rhododendron forests, descending and following Simbua Khola towards Dorongdin.

Day 23: Sherpa Gaum (Yamphudim)(2080m)walk approx. 8hrs
The entire village is called Yamphudim but locals prefer to call it Sherpa Gaum. This is also one of the most challenging stages of the trek. Every year, there is a landslide in this area and usually we have to find our own trails. It is 3 hours of steep climbing and a very long descent that will take around 4 hours. The trail is not defined at all and requires patience and concentration.

Day 24: To Khebang (1740m) walk approx. 7hrs
Today we will make 2 pass crossings, and trek through the beautiful villages of Chhetri and Brahmins. Up to 5000 people live in these villages and this section of our trek is a very new route. Not having seen many tourists the local people are very curious and may approach our group.

Day 25: Sinam Panchami (800m)walk approx. 8hrs
We follow along the cliff trail for approximately 1 hour before descending to Kabeli Dobhan for our lunch stop.After lunch the trail is ill-defined but straight forward and fairly easy going.

Day 26: To Tharpu/Medibung (1500m) walk approx. 4hrs
Today is our last day of trekking and the morning is spent at our leisure. Our camp tonight is in the grounds of a local school and we prefer to make camp after school hours. We savor our final mountain sunsets of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey.

Day 27: Drive to Bhadrapur, approx. 9 hrs
We need to make an early start today as the drive takes approximately 9 hours and is a challenging and tiring drive. The roads are very bumpy with many twists and turns. The only option to drive out of Bhadrapur is by a local bus. On arrival in Bhadrapur, we have time to relax and celebrate the completion of our trek.

Day 28: Fly to Kathmandu (1330m) and Tour Kathmandu
This morning we get back to Kathmandu by flight. We check in to the hotel, rest for some time then A sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhnath, returning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Swyombhunath, Durbar Square, Patan or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centers of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. Overnight hotel.

Day 29: Departure
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! The Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal

Note: The trekking guide and porters we provide are professionals, Great Nepal team assure you this fact. For the expeditions, tested and certified equipment are advisable to use to avoid any possible accidents or mishaps on your own. We will respond to any of your query, if you require any assistance or information you can feel free to contact us from our network.

Cost Includes / excludes

cost includes:

  • Hotel charges
  • Fooding overall (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Tea house/ lodge accommodation
  • Sightseeing tour guide and entrance fees
  • Salary, insurance, equipment, food
  • All transportation charges.
  • ing and lodging of trek leader and porter
  • All necessary paper work and permits. (TIMS, National Park permit)
  • All government and local taxes
  • Conservation fees/charges.

Cost excludes:

  • Tips for guide and porters
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodations (if any)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, extra porter, beverage

Route Map:

Facts of the Trip

Trip Facts

Starting point: Taplejung or Basantapur ( 5 days shorter if started from Taplejung)

Trekking Days: Approx 25

Destination: Kanchenjunga base camp and Se lele pors (via Ghunsa Village)

Trekking grade: Moderate/ strenuous

Group size: 2-18

Maximum altitude: 5065 m

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