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Kanchenjunga Trekking

Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking is a unique trek along with rarely visited trails in Nepal. It takes you two base camps North Kanchenjunga Base Camp and South Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The Kanchenjunga northern Base Camp trail goes through the Pang Pema and southern Base Camp trail goes through the Oktang but if you don’t have enough time to make a Kanchenjunga circuit trek means both base camps it is possible to operate only one Base Camp trek either South Base Camp or north base camp with Sele La Pass or without. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), the world’s third highest mountain, forms Nepal’s eastern border with India’s Sikkim and only a few kilometers away from Tibet (China) so Nepal government declared most sensitive area with restricted zones. It is required special trek permit to trek in this area. Kanchenjunga being opened for foreigners to explore only since 1988, vast tracts of foothills and alpine country, which lies between the Arun and Tamur rivers, are now waiting to be explored.

To reach the Taplejung, trek starting point possible to go by road or drive from Kathmandu but it is long journey so most of people used flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and take a connect flight to Suketar (Nearby Taplejung). Biratnagar to Suketar flight cancel frequently due to the bad weather so it might be better to go by road from Biratnagar to Taplejung or another option Kathmandu flight to Bhadrapur then drive to Taplejung is easy and secured.

From Taplejunga the trails climb gradually along and crossing Tamur river, which rises from the snows of Kanchenjunga itself. Continuing along the Ghunsa river and crossing Ghunsa, a Sherpa village marked with prayer flags and gompa, where two trails from Kanchenjunga’s southern flank join the northbound route, leads through rhododendron thicket and the forested area. Climbing further up, the long awaited Jannu Glacier and then Jannu (7,710m) or “Mystery peak” or “Peak of terror” finally comes into full appearance. Moving along the hilltop path and after reaching Pangpema (5,150m) the giant Kanchenjunga (8,586m) becomes visible. Huge, towering Kanchenjunga presents the crowning finale to this long trek. Return trip from Pangpema crosses mountain passes between Yalung Glacier and Kanchenjunga Glacier affording excursion around the north and south faces of Kanchenjunga.

Two trails head south from Ghunsa to Ramze/Ramche. The early route scrambles over loose snow covered rocks to cross Lapsang La (5,932m). The lower alternative traverses three passes with the highest Sinion La (4,800m). At Ramze, the gigantic Yalung Glacier enclosed by rocky crags and ice precipice appears. Visiting the Yalung Glacier, the next days’ trek down to cobble stone streets of Taplejung by passing through rhododendron thickets, mountainside villages, terrace fields along mountain path are equally interesting. Nowadays, Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is offer Tea houses/lodges facilities but very basic and suitable for small group.

Itinerary

Day 01 Arrive in KTM airport and drive to hotel Overnight at Hotel
Day 02 Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan Overnight at Hotel
Day 03 Kathmandu flight to Bhadrapur same day drive approximately 7 hours to Taplejung (1780m) Overnight at Hotel
Day 04 Taplejung trek to Mitlung (921m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 05 Mitlung trek to Chirwa (1270m ) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 06 Chirwa trek to Sekathum (1640m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 07 Sekathum trek to Amjilosa (2510m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 08 Amjilosa trek to Gyabla called Kyabla (2730m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 09 Gyabla trek to Ghunsa (3430m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 10 Rest day for acclimatization
Day 11 Ghunsa trek to Kambachen (4040m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 12 Kambachen trek to Lhonak (4790m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 13 Lhonak trek to Pang pema (Northern face Kanchenjunga Base Camp) (5143m) back to Lhonak Overnight at Teahouse
Day 14 Lhonak trek to Ghunsa (3430m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 15 Ghunsa trek to Selela Phedi (4290m) over the three passes Overnight at Teahouse
Day 16 Selela Phedi trek to Tseram (3870m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 17 Tseram trek to oktang base camp (South face Kanchenjunga base camp) back to Ramche (4580m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 18 Ramche trek to Torontan (2995m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 19 Torontan trek to Yamphudin (2080m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 20 Yamphudin trek to Phumphe Danda (2000m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 21 Phumphe Danda trek to Kande Bhanjang (2149m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 22 Kande Bhanjang trek to Lali Kharka (2276m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 23 Lali Kharka trek to Taplejung (1780m) Overnight at Teahouse
Day 24 Taplejung drive to Bhadrapur Overnight Hotel / Guesthouse
Day 25 Bhadrapur flight to Kathmandu Overnight at Hotel
Day 26 Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur Overnight at Hotel
Day 27 Leisure day in Kathmandu for shopping or relax overnight at Hotel
Day 28 Drive to Airport for flying your own destination

Note: Kathmandu to Biratnagar there are daily flights from where available flight for Suketar / Taplejung (our trek starting point) but they don’t publish the pre-schedule that makes harder to set schedule for the trekking. Nowadays much people choose the driving option from Biratnagar or Bhadrapur (more closer) to Taplejung, it takes approximately  7/8 hours by private jeep.


Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Kanchenjunga
Trek Start Point:  Taplejung
Trek End Point: Taplejung
Trekking Accommodation:  Tea House/Lodge
Trekking Grade: Medium-Hard
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 5140m
Duration:  28 Days

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him and he will transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel after that if time enough, representative will take you to our office for short briefing about the trip but if not enough time then give a short trip brief in hotel and request to pay the due balance for the trip. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan

After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including swayambhunath known as monkey temple, Kathmandu durbar square & Patan durbar square then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Kathmandu fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Taplejung (1780m)
Bhadrapur is situated on the Terai or plains in the south of the country. Therefore, there is no problem with mountain weather or difficult landings so the 45 minute flight takes place every day. In fact there is a minimum of four flights a day operated by Buddha Air and Yeti Air. On the down side, after the flight you need to drive 250 kilometers takes about 8 hours to reach Taplejung by private jeep.  Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 04:  Taplejung trek to Mitlung (921m)
This day trekking will start  with a downhill walk to Mitlung. Our route will pass through scenic pastures and small villages. On the way, we cross the Hungdewa Khola and the raging Tamur River. Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 05: Mitlung trek to Chirwa (1270m)
Trek uphill for some time then descend to the village of Sinwa. Continue to Tawa and then another climb. Cross the suspension bridge at Thiwa. Thus, going uphill and downhill at the same time enjoying the great unfolding vistas. Thus we arrive at Chirwa, a small Limbu village with a few lodges, shops, and camping sites.  Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 06: Chirwa trek to Sekathum (1660m)
Trek uphill for some time then descend to the lush green vegetation below.  Continue along the Tamur River until arrive at the Olangchung Gola, the entry point of the Kanchenjugha National Park.  Thus we go uphill and downhill again before crossing the Ghunsa Khola. After crossing the suspension bridge, and another half an hour's walk we arrive at Sekathum. Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 07:  Sekathum trek to Amjilosa (2510m)
Today is going to be a rather tough day. Cross the river and ascend the steep trail. Then descend again and cross the river again. Another climb is from the gorge bottom. Pass by Solima. Descend again to the river level.  The trail passes along the gorge, hence be careful while walking.  Then following the uphill and downhill tricky trial, we conclude our today's hectic journey at Amjilosa. Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 08:  Amjilosa trek to Gyabla called Kyabla (2730m)
Again, we hike upward river bank. Pass through the densely forest of mainly bamboo, fir and rhododendrons.  Eventually reach a small stone house by the river. Then climb up again crossing a few small bridges. You will find that the river drops steeply with many waterfalls and pools. Enjoy the stunning company of the waterfalls. Another short uphill walk takes us to the Tibetan settlement of Gyabla Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 09:  Gyabla trek to Ghunsa (3430m)
We descend again down the river. The valley slowly opens up before we arrive at Phole.  Another couple of hours take us to the famous Sherpa village of Ghunsa with hydroelectric plant. It's also the place where more than 20 prominent conservationists met their tragic end in a Helicopter crash. Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 10:  Rest day for acclimatization in Ghunsa
we spend this day for acclimatization. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We make a short hike towards the Lapsan La through lush green forest. Get by to Gunsa by afternoon and relax. Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 11:  Ghunsa trek to Kambachen (4040m)
From Ghunsa, we trek further north along the river bank. Walk through the high land trees and vegetation. Cross the bridge at Rampuk Kharka. Continue past the waterfall. Cross the tricky and hazardous section of the landslide. After crossing the landslide, we start getting the views of Jannu. Thus, exploring the tackling the tricky mountain trail, we finally arrive at Kambachen. Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 12:  Kambachen trek to Lhonak (4790m)
Climb through the rocky fields and boulders on the hillside along the river bank. Arrive at a waterfall. Cross the bridge to Ramtang. Cross some small landslides, before dropping down to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak. Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 13:  Lhonak trek to Pang pema (Northern face Kanchenjunga Base Camp) (5143m) back to Lhonak
From Lhonak you follow the trail that goes up along the lateral moraine from Kanchenjunga Glacier for about two hours. You pass several sections of loose rock and landslide areas to where the trail climbs more gradually and you reach some stone huts in a grassy area at Pang pema in another couple of hours. The view of the vast north face of Kanchenjunga from Pang pema is very impressive. After enjoying the mountain views for a while you start the return walk back down to Lhonak that should take about 3 hours. Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 14:  Lhonak trek to Ghunsa (3430m)
Retracing the route up, you walk back along the same trail through Kambachen to Ghunsa village where you spend the night. Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 15:  Ghunsa trek to Sele la Phedi (4290m)
It's a steep trek upward from Ghunsa to Sele- La Phedi.  After getting the Ghunsa village, climb through the dense forest of moss, rhododendron and juniper. Since we do not have tea houses before base camp/Phedi, it could be better to have some snacks with you. There will be chances of exploring some fauna today. Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 16: Sele la Phedi trek to Tseram (3870m)
It's a strenuous day today, as we cross several passes.  The pass over the Sele-La pass (4480m), the Sinion La (4440m), the Mirgin La (4480m) and the Sinelapche La (4640m). Enjoy the good views of the east Himalayas from these passes.  Finally, make a steep descent to Tseram. There is no tea houses in between Sele la Phedi to Cheram/Tseram so take some pack lunch and snack. Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 17:  Tseram trek to oktang (South face Kanchenjunga base camp) back to Ramche (4580m)
Today quite long journey but you are ready to do it in one day because long stay higher place is not good and also tea houses only available Ramche.  Today follow the stream before climbing on to the moraine top. Hold your breath as the magnificent south face of Kanchenjungha appears before you. Walk further ahead for a glimpse of the Jannu Himal. In interested, you may also consider continuing to Oktang (4730m) for panoramic view Kanchenjunga then return back to Ramche. Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 18:  Ramche trek to Torontan (2995m)
Ramche trek back to Tseram. From Tseram we will descend toward Tortong/Torontan passing via Simbuwa River. Throughout the trail we will pass via dense forest full of rhododendron, national flower of Nepal. It will tentatively take us around seven hours to descend from Ramche to Tortong with altitude difference of around 1585m. Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 19:  Torontan trek to Yamphudin (2080m)
Today also we will be loosing around 900m from sea level, all the way we will descend through trail passing via dense tree and area with chance of landslide. Yamphuding large village mostly inhabited by Sherpa, Rai and Limbu is bigger village on south side of Kanchenjunga accompanied by police post and school as well as branch of government bank.  Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 20:  Yamphudin trek to Phumphe Danda (2000m)
The morning trail is easier and very comfortable for about 20 minutes then we enter a thin forest and take a descent inclined route for next hour then the a descent drop leads us to a stream, crossing stream we hike uphill through a bushy forest to reach Ekim. From Ekim our routes gets gentler and a bit comfortable though a slight inclined we hike at a comfortable pace crossing many small hills and seasonal rivers through thin and bushy forest to reach Mamangkhe. From Mamangkhe we hike downhill after a slight drop once again our trail steepens for about an hour then we reach in Phumphe Danda. Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 21: Phumphe Danda trek to Kande Bhanjang (2149m)
We take a brief steep trail to reach the top of ridge, then descend down at steady trail to reach a big extended village Phunglung full of terrace farming, the trail undulates for more than an hour to reach a long village Khesewa. Our trail ascends steeply thereafter passing through this long village through the terrace farming and through bamboo forest after a descent uphill journey then we reach in Kande Bhanjyang. Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 22: Kande Bhanjang trek to Lali Kharka (2276m)
Kande Bhanjyang is located at the top of hill with few settlements, after a smooth walk down the hill for about an hour brings us to a village school then the steep drop leads us to a River . After Crossing River the hard toil of the day starts our route gradually inclines more and more all the way from bottom of the river. We hike through Simbu village all the way uphill along with many small villages to reach in Lali Kharka.  Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 23: Lali Kharka trek to Taplejung (1780m)
Today’s trail is going to be rough as we follow the dusty road to Suketar. The zigzag trail is very rough and dusty however we take many shortcuts to avoid the dust through rhododendron forest. After a brief straight path the route takes a slight inclination and the slop increases gradually as we move ahead. After a descent uphill hike we reach Deurali with few shops and tea houses then we descend down to Suketar and continue trek to Taplejung Bazaar. Overnight Tea House/Lodge

Day 24:  Taplejung drive to Bhadrapur (91m)
Taplejung there are direct to Kathmandu but it is too long drive so we suggest to take a private jeep to Bhadrapur which is takes about 8 hours drive. Overnight in Bhadrapur at guesthouse

Day 25:  Bhadrapur flight to Kathmandu
Early morning half an hour's drive to Bhadrapur. From Bhadrapur we fly back to Kathmandu. Arriving Kathmandu, you can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. Overnight at Hotel

Day 26: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including Boudhanath (biggest Buddhist stupa), Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple) & Bhaktapur durbar square then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel

Day 27: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at hotel

Day 28: Depart Kathmandu

After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination

PRICE INCLUDES :-

  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Historical monuments cities sightseeing with tour guide
  • Sightseeing transportation by Non A/C comfortable vehicle
  • Sightseeing entrance fees for historical cities sightseeing
  • Round Trip Flight tickets (KTM to Bhadrapur and return Kathmandu) for guests and Guide
  • Bhadrapur to Taplejung and return transportation by private Non a/c Jeep
  • Twin Sharing accommodation with breakfast in Bhadrapur (Tourist guesthouse /hotel)
  • Very basic Sharing basis Accommodation in teahouse/lodges during the trekking
  • Three time meal during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Desert (Fresh fruit/Chocolate) after having diner as company provide
  • Government license holder English trekking guide /leader for the team
  • Porter/sherpa hire from Taplejung who will carry your luggage during the trekking (Two person get one porter who carry maximum 25Kg)
  • Kanchenjunga conservation entry fee
  • Kanchenjunga special trekking permit
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nepal Government taxes and Office service charge

PRICE EXCLUDES :-

  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Bhadrapur
  • International air tickets and airport taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Nepal visa possible to obtain upon arrival in Kathmandu airport)
  • Personal trekking equipments and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule (credit card 4% extra )
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all type of cold and hot drinks in trekking
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • Hot water and hot shower charge during the trek
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Expenses occurred as a result of delay beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellation or natural calamities
  • Any other things not mentioned

The price will be depending on service quality that you are going to use accommodation (Deluxe, Standard & Budget) in cities and entire the trekking either way normal teahouse or best available or Camping (Fully tented camp) so better to mention us what you are expecting? PLease click here to request the price.

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