Kanchenjunga trek

Kanchenjunga trek

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27 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 5388 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Strenuous Plus Level

This grade includes climbing peaks and the demanding treks in remote areas. Participants having basic knowledge of use of crampons and ice axes.

Kanchenjunga 8598m, is third highest mountain in the world, sits astride the Nepal/Sikkim border only a few miles from Tibet. Opened to the trekkers in 1988, the trek is really an adventure one as this region offers breathtaking snow-capped mountains, monumental landscapes and exotic panoramic view of the Himalayas. We can enjoy the trek seeing the numerous small and big mountain peaks from 5000 to above 8000m.The well-known names are Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Makalu (8201m) and Mt. Lhotse (8516m).

Kanchenjunga trek can be done from both sides Nepal and Sikkim. We have a very professional crew in both sides, though the trek is relatively comfortable from Nepal side. Trekking through lowland to the high ridges of the Himalayas, the Kanchenjunga trek is also very famous and popular region for the many mysterious stories of Himalayans Yeti. It is said that this mysterious snowman is believed to be found in this region. The trek is a special and memorable one as we not only explore the exotic mountains but also we have got really amazing topography of land.

During the Kanchenjunga trek we can see many wildlife including snow Leopard, musk deer, red panda and many more. This organizing trek has more exciting and thrilling adventurous, which lies in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, is spread over 2035 sq km rich in wildlife diversity. Also, this conservation area has many species of birds including Impedance, Pheasant, and red-billed blue magpie, shy Dragon, Amphibians, Mammals and many more.

Kanchenjunga trek is getting popular these days among adventure and nature enthusiasts as it is a long adventure journey to the most isolated and beautiful area of Himalayas in Nepalese eastern regions. The Kanchenjunga means five treasures of the great snow which is in reference to the five summits that make up Kanchenjunga. Since, the trek is less crowded we will be rewarded with a unique insight into Nepali rural lifestyle and its rich culture. We also have an opportunity to experience every climate Nepal has to offer from steamy jungles to jumbled glaciers. Kanchenjunga trek offers it all!

Kanchenjunga Trek – Short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m).
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and trek preparation day.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (81 m).
Day 04: Fly from Biratnagar to Suketar (2,420 m) or Drive from Phidim (1,179 m) to Suketar.
Day 05: Suketar to Mitlung (921 m) 4-5 hrs.
Day 06: Mitlung to Chirwa (1,270 m) 5-6 hrs.
Day 07: Chirwa to Sukathum (1,576 m) 5-6 hrs.
Day 08: Sukathum to Amjilosa (2,308 m) 6-7 hrs.
Day 09: Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730 m) 6-7 hrs.
Day 10: Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,595 m) 5-6 hrs.
Day 11: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa.
Day 12: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050 m)) 5-6 hrs.
Day 13: Acclimatization Day at Kambachen.
Day 14: Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780 m) 6-7 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5,388 m) 6-7 hrs.
Day 16: Trek back to Kambachen (4,050 m) 6-7 hrs.
Day 17: Kambachen to Ghunsa (3,595 m) 3-4 hrs.
Day 18: Ghunsa to Sele Le (4,290 m) 6-7 hrs.
Day 19: Sele Le to Cheram (3,870 m) 6-7 hrs.
Day 20: Cheram to Ramche (4,580 m) and return back to Cheram, 4-5 hrs.
Day 21: Cheram to Tortong (2,995 m) 5-6 hrs.
Day 22: Tortong to Yamphudin (2,080 m) 6-7 hrs.
Day 23: Yamphudin to Yangpang (1,007 m) 6-7 hrs.
Day 24: Yangpang to Thorpu (1,500 m) 5-6 hrs.
Day 25: Thorpu to Birtamod (300 m) 5-6 hrs.
Day 26: Drive from Birtamod to Bhadrapur then Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 27: Final departure.


Trip cost: Please kindly contact us for a fresh cost quotation.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

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.

Service Includes

  • All necessary airport pick up and drop as per the above program
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour as per the  above program
  • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Biratnagar return trips.
  • Restricted area permits with national park fees
  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Camping + Teahouse) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Service Excludes
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

How can you trek in Kanchenjunga trek?
First 2/3 days of the trip will be staying in the local guest houses. And, rest of the days will be camping (tented camp). On a camping trek you will sleep in tents. The staff includes a guide, cook, Sherpa and sufficient porters to carry all trekking gear. Even if you have never camped before, there is no need to worry that you won't enjoy the experience. The tents we provide are roomy, the sleeping pads/ mattresses are comfortable and international style food of a high standard is freshly prepared and served. On all of our treks a bathroom tent is provided as well as a dining tent with tables and camp stools, providing a cozy, comfortable atmosphere to eat and chat with fellow trekkers during the evening.

How Camping Trek is operated?
In a camping Trek, day starts around 6 a.m. with a cup of hot tea or coffee followed by a bucked of warm water for their washing and cleaning. After packing up their stuff and daypack, the trekkers are requested to leave their camp and meet at the dinning table for breakfast. The trek started around 7.30 to 8 a.m. and the kitchen staffs go ahead of the group.

Our well trained staff packs all camping equipment and gears and the porters carry them to the next camping site. The trekkers should carry only personal belongings that they may need for the day like water bottle, rain gear, camera, etc.

The Trekkers can decide on their own on time for viewing the beautiful landscape, taking photographs and resting or making a short pause. The walk to the lunch spot normally takes 3 hours. Our cook and assistant serve hot lunch upon arrival. The afternoon walk takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach at the night camp around 4/5 p.m. Tea and snacks are served while our sherpa pitch the camp. The dinner is served around 6/7 p.m. in the dining tent lit with a pressurized lantern and furnished with table and camping tools. We provide high quality tents, foam and mattress, and a simple toilet tent in every camp for your comfort.

Our well - trained and experienced cook and assistant prepare a variety of healthy, hygienic and clean food which is carried for the entire trek. Fresh Fruit and vegetable may taste on the way to trek.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Freshly cooked food will be provided on Kanchenjunga Trek. Our very expert cook will cook the food during the trekking. Normally we will provide dinner and breakfast on the same camp where we will camp for overnight and lunch will be provided while walking on trail which will be packed lunch cooked by our cook. Reception, farewell dinner and breakfast will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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