Kanchenjunga Trek – itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeting by one of our trek leaders and transfer to hotel. After checking in hotel you can either take a rest or stroll in the city or visit our office. It all depends on you. A welcome dinner will be served to you in a traditional Nepali Restaurant later in the evening. While there, you will be able to enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine with a brief cultural program. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and trek preparation day.
Breakfast at hotel, complete all the required official procedures then start a cultural tour to world heritage sites in Kathmandu which includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath, and Bauddhanath. In the evening, join a meeting organize by the agency for a pre-trip discussion. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (81 m).
After breakfast, we take a flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar. Depending upon the availability of flying options to Suketar from Biratnagar we will be presented with either of the two possibilities listed below:
If there is availability of flight to Suketar we spend the night in Biratnagar and fly to Suketar the next morning. If there are no flights available to Suketar we drive to Phidim on the same day and spend the night there. Overnight at guest house.
Day 04: Fly from Biratnagar to Suketar (2,420 m) or Drive from Phidim (1,179 m) to Suketar.
If you spent overnight at Biratnagar the previous day you will directly fly to Suketar this day and spend the night there. But, if you spent our night in Phidim we will be driving to Suketar. Either way we spend overnight at Suketar.
Day 05: Suketar to Mitlung (921 m) 4-5 hrs.
We officially kick start the day with a downhill walk to Mitlung. The trails throughout the lower sections of the Kanchenjunga region pass through fertile valleys with beautiful pastures and small villages. We then cross Hangdewa River and walk alongside the raging Tamor River. As we gradually head in a northerly direction the trail steepens after a few hours before a final descent of 350 meters on a muddy trail to Mitlung. We spend the night there.
Day 06: Mitlung to Chirwa (1,270 m) 5-6 hrs.
The trail ascends and descends steadily as we make our way towards the village of Sinwa. We continue trekking downhill until we reach Tawa. At Tawa, we ascend to some heights and cross the suspension bridge at Thiwa. We pass beautiful rural landscape along the way and reach Chirwa, a beautiful Limbu village with few lodges, tea shops etc. We spend the night at Chirwa.
Day 07: Chirwa to Sukathum (1,576 m) 5-6 hrs.
The trek from Chirwa to Sukathum passes through varied landscapes such as cardamom fields and dense forests. We trek uphill for sometime then descend to the lush green fields below and continue trekking along the Tamor River passing through a dense forest. It's both uphill and downhill trek until crossing the Ghunsa River after which we reach Sukathum and spend the night there.
Day 08: Sukathum to Amjilosa (2,308 m) 6-7 hrs.
Trekking from Sukathum to Amjilosa is challenging. After crossing the suspension bridge outside Sukathum we enter a dense forest, ascend the steep trail, descend and cross the river again. We also climb a gorge from the bottom and pass by Solima village and descend again to the level of the river. All in all, this day's trekking is rather tough. Therefore, it is advisable to be very careful especially while walking the trail that passes the gorge. We later follow a tricky trail which goes both uphill and downhill until reaching Amjilosa where we spend the night.
Day 09: Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730 m) 6-7 hrs.
We start trekking from the river bank, pass through a densely forest of bamboo, fir and rhododendrons eventually reaching a small stone house by the river. We then climb uphill crossing a few small bridges along the way. Here, we get to enjoy the company of stunning waterfalls that originate from the mountains. After yet another short uphill walk we reach the Tibetan settlement to Gyabla.
Day 10: Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,595 m) 5-6 hrs.
We descend down the river and notice the valley as it slowly opens up before reaching Phale, a Tibetan refugee settlement where it is possible to purchase handicrafts and homemade rugs from locals. After purchasing a few souvenirs we travel through conifer and pine forest and reach the Sherpa village of Ghunsa where we spend the night. This place is known for its hydroelectricity plant and the fact that more than 20 prominent conservationists met a tragic end in a helicopter crash.
Day 11: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa.
We take care to spend time acclimatizing around Ghunsa before continuing our next day's trek. We recommend you to stay active even in a rest day as it is better than being idle while on a trekking journey. Therefore, we take a short hike towards the Laspsan La monastery through the lush green forest. Come back to Ghunsa by afternoon and relax.
Day 12: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050 m)) 5-6 hrs.
From Ghunsa we trek further north along the river bank which presents us with magnificent mountain scenery. We pass through meadows full with beautiful wildflowers, rhododendron and pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, continue past the waterfall and cross the tricky section of the landslide. After crossing the landslide area we begin to see the spectacular view of Mt. Jannu. Further exploring and tackling the tricky mountain trail we finally arrive at Kambachen and spend the night.
Day 13: Acclimatization Day at Kambachen.
We take yet another day for acclimatization at Kambachen which is reserved to accommodate participants in high altitude and also to observe if anybody in the group has any symptoms of altitude sickness. The overall idea for this day is to relax- take a bath and/or explore the Nuphchu Khola Valley area. We spend yet another night at Kambachen.
Day 14: Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780 m) 6-7 hrs.
Today will be another challenging day and an early start is needed. We trek through rocky fields and large boulders on the hillside along the riverbank and arrive at a waterfall. We then cross a bridge to Ramtang monastery. We then come across a landslide section which we must pass through at a steady pace before descending to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak.
Day 15: Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5,388 m) 6-7 hrs.
We trek along the Kanchenjunga Glacier to spend a night at Pangpema, Kanchenjunga base camp on the north side. We urge you to be careful around the rockier sections as they are prone to landslides. After a short while you reach Pangpema, a flat grassy base camp. Climb a little higher and enjoy the splendor of Jannu, Kanchenjunga and Chang Himal.
Day 16: Trek back to Kambachen (4,050 m) 6-7 hrs.
We retrace our path to Lhonak and continue down the valley to Ramtang Monastery. The return journey offers a different perspective of the mountains Kanchenjunga, Taple Shikhar, Gimmigela, and Mera Peak among others. Due to the descending nature of this trek we will reach Kambachen by evening and spend the night there.
Day 17: Kambachen to Ghunsa (3,595 m) 3-4 hrs.
It's essentially the reverse of our Day 12 trek. We descend to Ghunsa from Kambachen which means that we get to enjoy the beautiful forests along with a backdrop of impressive mountain scenery. Overnight at Ghunsa
Day 18: Ghunsa to Sele Le (4,290 m) 6-7 hrs.
It's a steep trek upward from Ghunsa to Sele-Le. Upon reaching Sele Le we climb through a dense forest of moss, rhododendron and juniper. Lunch will be served in an appropriate place with the availability of water. We spend the night in Sele Le.
Day 19: Sele Le to Cheram (3,870 m) 6-7 hrs.
We do an uphill trek and enjoy the mesmerizing south side view of Jannu Himal and Makalu (the world's 6th highest mountain). Today is a strenuous trekking day as we cross several passes- Sinion La, Mirgin La and Sinelapche Bhanjyang. We then make a steep descend to Cheram and spend the night there.
Day 20: Cheram to Ramche (4,580 m) and return back to Cheram, 4-5 hrs.
We ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and walk alongside the Simbuwa Khola, pass through Lapsang village and reach Ramche. While there, we walk further up the valley or ascend a ridge for a tremendous view of blue sheeps. We then follow the stream before climbing on the moraine top until confronted by Kanchenjunga's southern face. We walk further ahead for a glimpse of the Jannu Himal. We can even consider continuing to Oktang Monastery. Descend and spend the night at Cheram.
Day 21: Cheram to Tortong (2,995 m) 5-6 hrs.
As we descend to Tortong we first encounter two trails. One trail is the one we took while descending down from Sele Le. However, we ignore this route and descend further down to the trail alongside the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy the lush rhododendron forest along the way.
Day 22: Tortong to Yamphudin (2,080 m) 6-7 hrs.
While descending from Tortong to Yamphudin we pass through Lasiya Bhanjyang which involves walking up through trees and area of landslides. The terrain changes after every monsoon but by the middle of October it should be stable with a route through. Walking further down we reach the village of Yamphudin, a village inhabited by Sherpas, Limbus and Rais.
Day 23: Yamphudin to Yangpang (1,007 m) 6-7 hrs.
We descend from Yamphudin, cross the bridge at Samekham and continue following the Kabeli Khola. We pass through Mamankhe which houses the Limbu Museum and Cultural Center. We then cross the bridge over Khaksewa Khola and ascend through the cardamom forest, pass by a few villages and descend further down to Yangpang. Overnight at Yangpang.
Day 24: Yangpang to Thorpu (1,500 m) 5-6 hrs.
Instead of going back to Taplejung we descend down to Thorpu. By opting for Thorpu we will not only be saving us time but will also get to enjoy the landscape of a different route. While descending to Thorpu we pass through some really beautiful terraced villages, where the people are very interested to see you. We spend the night in Thorpu and enjoy the hospitality of the villagers.
Day 25: Thorpu to Birtamod (300 m) 5-6 hrs.
We are most likely to drive from Thorpu to Birtamod which is a lively Terai town in Eastern Nepal. Along the way you will notice the climate getting warmer with a landscape that is different from the mountains and the hills. The town boasts a number of good accommodation facilities therefore we spend the night in Birtamod.
Day 26: Drive from Birtamod to Bhadrapur then Fly to Kathmandu.
The drive to Bhadrapur from Birtamod is only of short distance. We fly back to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur Airport. Upon arriving in Kathmandu you can take a rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. In the evening, join a fare well dinner organize by our company at a typical Nepali restaurant with live culture show. Overnight at hotel.
Day 27: Final departure.
After break, we transfer you to international airport for your flight back to home. Have a safe and sound journey and see you again in the future.