Kanchenjunga Trek gives you a great chance to reach the base camp of world’s third tallest mountain, located in the far north-eastern corner of Nepal. This has been described by many people as one of the finest trekking routes in Nepal. This long trek hoes deep into the remote mountain ranges of Nepal’s border near the Sikkim and Tibet border. The name Kanchenjunga means ‘Five Treasures of The Great Snow’ which justifies the five summits that makeup Kanchenjunga. In 1979 British Mountaineer Pete Boardman described the journey to the base camp of Kanchenjunga as the most beautiful trek he had ever undertaken.
Although it was first climbed in 1955, It was not until 1980’s the restrictions were lifted off to allowing the adventure seekers to experience this wonderful trek. Being amongst the restricted zones special permits are required in order to trek here and cannot be issued without hiring a licensed Nepali guide also solo hiking is not permitted here. Kanchenjunga is regarded as a demanding trek due to its remoteness and high altitude. The peaks are visible from distance days before we even reach there, making the trek even more impressive and exciting. This is a long journey with less crowd, unique sights and insights into the rural Nepalese lifestyle of various communities from Rai and Limbus to Tibetan Buddhists of the eastern region of Nepal. Along with mesmerizing Himalayan sight, your trail will pass through rippled farmlands, meadows, forests of pink barked rhododendron also the local people are very welcoming and offer great hospitality. One of the famous drinks here is called Tongba, a warm millet beer served in a brass-decorated wooden pot with a straw. Kanchenjunga is an exceptionally mysterious trek with many stories concerning on Himalayan Yeti, the abdominal snowman is believed to be found in this region along with snow leopard, Musk deer, Red Panda, Red –Billed Blue Magpie, Himalayan Black Bear, and many more.
Our journey towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp will start from Kathmandu to Suketar , Biratnagar by Domestic Airlines, then our trail ascends through different places like Mitlung (921 m), Chirwa(1270 m), Sukathum (1576 m), Amjilosa (2308 m), Gyabla (2730 m), Ghunsa (3595 m), Kambechen (4050 m), Lhonak (4780 m), and finally to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5388 m). In this way we will end our memorable and daredevil trek of Kanchenjunga.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft)
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (81 m/266 ft) 50 Mins and Drive to Phidim
Day 4: Drive to Suketar (1,179m3,868 ft)
Day 5: Trek from Suketar to Mitlung (921 m/3,021 ft) 4-5 hrs
Day 6: Mitlung to Chirwa (1,270 m/4166 ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 7: Trek from Chirwa to Sukathum (1,576 m/5,169 ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 8: Sukathum to Amjilosa (2,308m/7,570ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 9: Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730 m /8,954 ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 10: Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 11: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa
Day 12: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 13: Acclimatization Day at Kambachen
Day 14: Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780 m/15,678 ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5,388 m/17,673 ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 16: Trek back to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 17: Trek from Kambachen to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft) 3-4 hrs
Day 18: Trek from Ghunsa to Sele La (4,290 m/14,071 ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 19: Trek from Sele Le to Cheram (3,870 m/12,694 ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 20: Trek from Cheram to Ramche (4,580 m/15,022 ft) and return back to Cheram, 4-5 hrs
Day 21: Trek from Cheram to Tortong (2,995 m/9,824 ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 22: Trek from Tortong to Yamphudin (2,080 m/6,822 ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 23: Trek from Yamphudin to Yangpang (1,007 m/3,304 ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 24: Trek from Yangpang to Thorpu (1,500m/4,290 ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 25: Drive from Thorpu to Birtamod 5-6 hrs
Day 26: Drive from Birtamod to Bhadrapur (19 Km) then Fly to Kathmandu (45 mins)
Day 27: Departure from TIA
Welcome to the land of Himalaya. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal with a beautiful smile. You will be escorted to your hotel and you will be provided with all the detailed information about your program. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Durbar square, Bouddhanath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple. In the evening you will meet your guide and the Great Nepal Team to discuss about your trip. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Early in the morning, transfer to Domestic Airport to board your onward flight to Biratnagar which takes around 50 mins. Then drive toward Phidim. Overnight stay at Guesthouse in Phidim.
After breakfast, you will be driving to Suketar. Overnight stay at Guesthouse in Suketar.
We formally start the trek from 5th day with a downhill walk to Mitlung. The paths throughout the lower sections of the Kanchenjunga region labor under amazing valleys with stunning pastures and tiny villages. We have a tendency to then cross Hangdewa River and walk aboard the raging Tamor River. As we have a tendency to step by step head in an exceedingly northerly direction the path steepens once a couple of hours before a final descent of 350 meters on a muddy path to Mitlung. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Mitlung.
The path ascends and descends steady as we have to walk towards the village of Sinwa. We have to walk trek downhill till we have reach Tawa. At Tawa, we have to cross some heights and cross the bridge at Thiwa. We have to pass lovely rural landscape on the trail and reach Chirwa, an exquisite Limbu village with few lodges, tea retailers etc. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Chirwa.
After breakfast, start your trek to Sukatham. On the way you can experience varied landscapes like cardamom fields and dense forests. We tend to trek uphill for few hours then descend to the luxurious inexperienced fields below and continue trekking on the Tamor watercourse passing through a dense forest. It’s each uphill and downhill trek till crossing the Ghunsa watercourse.Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Sukathum.
Early morning trek to Amjilosa is difficult full of adventure. Once crossing the bridge outside Sukathum we check in into a dense forest, ascend the steep path, descend and cross the stream once more. We will conjointly climb a gorge from the lowest and move Solima village and descend once more to the amount of the stream. All in all, this day’s trekking is quite robust. Therefore, it’s better to be terribly careful particularly whereas walking the path that passes the gorge. We tend to later follow a difficult path which works each uphill and downhill till reaching Amjilosa .Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Amjilosa.
We begin trekking from the watercourse bank; withstand a dense forest of bamboo, fir and Rhododendrons eventuallyy reaching a little stone house by the watercourse. We will climb uphill crossing a number of tiny bridges on the manner. Here, we tend to get to get pleasure from the corporate of gorgeous waterfalls that originate from the mountains. One shorter uphill walk will take you to Tibetan settlement to Gyabla. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Gyabla.
We descend down the stream and spot the natural depression because it slowly releases before reaching Phale, a Tibetan expatriate settlement wherever it’s potential to get handicrafts and homespun rugs from locals. After buying souvenirs we will trek through conifer and pine forest and reach the Sherpa village of Ghunsa wherever will spend our night. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Ghunsa.
We pay attention to utilized time acclimatizing around Ghunsa before start our next day’s trek. We suggest you to remain active even in a very day of the week because it is healthier than being idle whereas on a trekking journey. Therefore, we tend to take a brief hike towards the Laspsan La religious residence through the plush inexperienced forest. come to Ghunsa by afternoon and relax. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Ghunsa.
After having a good time in Ghunsa we tend to trek towards north along stream bank experiencing the breathtaking views of mountain scenery all around. Continuing the journey we also get a chance to pass through an area full of lovely wildflowers, pine forests, bush and many more to explore. Then we continue to cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, overcoming the most difficult section of the landslide. Again after passing through that difficult section of landscape we can envision the magnificent views of Mt. Jannu. Further exploring the various sights and flavors of mountain trails we finally get to arrive at Kambachen to spend the night. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Kambachen.
We need to stay yet another day in Kambachen for acclimatization that will help us adjust to the gradual change in environment. The idea for stay is just to relax and explore the sights of area. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Kambachen.
After having a relaxing night at Kambachen it’s time to restart our trek at an early beginning, the route of trek goes through a difficult landscape containing hillsides and many rocky areas along with river bank and then crossing the bridge to Ramtang monastery. Then we pass through a landslide section at a gradual pace before descending to the watercourse and eventually inbound at Lhonak. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Lhonak.
We trek along to the north side towards Kanchenjunga ice mass and spend an evening at Pangpema where you can witness the gorgeous appearance of Jannu, Kanchenjunga and Chang Himal. During the trekking period we need to be careful around the rockier sections as they are at higher risk’s of landslides. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Pangpema.
We go back over Lhonak and continue our foot-steps towards Ramtang Religious Residence. During this journey, we get to explore a distinct perspective of mountains including Mt Kanchenjunga, Tapleshikar, Mera Peak and many others. Due to the downward nature of the route we will reach Kambachen by evening. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Kambachen.
It basically the contrary of our 12th Day trek. The routes starts from Kambachen descending towards Ghunsa where we get to relish the background scenery of eye-pleasing mountains along with beautiful forests. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Ghunsa.
It’s a high raising trek from Ghunsa towards Sele-La (4,290 m/14,071 ft). After arrival at Sele-Lea we ascend through a dense grove of moss, Rhododendron and coniferous plants. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Sele La.
We do an ascending trek where we get to see the fascinating south view of MT Makalu (6th highest mountain of the world) and Jannu Himal. Today the trekking will be a bit tough as we tend to cross many passes( Mirgin La, Sinion La and Sinelapche Bhanjyang) and then following a descend route towards Cheram. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Cheram.
We ascend towards the Yalung Glacier moving in the constant direction to Simbuwa undergo Lapsang village and finally reach Ramche. Then we walk more up the valley for an incredible sight of blue sheeps. We again climb on the moraine top crossing the stream until confronted by southern face of Mt Kanchengunga. We add a walk ahead to get a glimpse of Jannu Himal and even try continuing towards Oktang Monastery (as per your consult). Walk back and Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Cheram.
Today we trek towards Tortong, where we get to face two trails, one already being followed while descending down to Sele le. Despite that, we ignore the route and walk further down to the track alongside a stream bank known as( Simbuwa Khola). The lush rhododendron forest along the way never fails to mesmerize it’s visitors. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Tortong.
We climb down towards Yamphudin from Tortong passing through Lasiya Bhanjyaang. The route involves many trees on it’s way with the area prone to landslide. The parcel of land changes once each monsoon however by the middle of October it ought to be stable with a route through. Moreover walking down we finally reach the village of Yamphudin mostly colonized by Sherpas and Limbus. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Yamphudin.
We will have a descend trek from Yamphudin, crossing bridge at Samekham , continue the walk following the Kabeli Khola and undergo Mamankhe that holds Cultural center and Limbu Museum. Continuing our journey we again cross the bridge over Khaksewa Khola passing through the dense forest and few village and heading towards Yangpang. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Yangpang.
As a replacement to Taplejung we trek down to Thorpu, passing through some really stunning terraced village where the people are terribly interested to welcome you. By choosing Thorpu we will get to relish the landscape of a divergent route. We spend the night at thorpu relax and explore it’s sights. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Thorpu.
We take a drive from Thorpu to Birtamod located in Eastern Nepal. The temperature gets hotter as we head towards the city of Birtamod. The landscapes are totally different than those of Mountains and hills. We can find several high standard accommodation facilities in the town. Overnight stay at Hotel in Birtamod.
Today we take a short drive from Britamod to Bhadrapur Airport and then fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu transfer to Hotel. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with a brief cultural program as a celebration of your completed trek. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.