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Kanchenjunga Trek – 24 Days

kanchenjunga trekको लागि तस्बिर परिणाम

 

Trip Highlights

Trip Code: NHN 2948Duration: 24 Days Trekking
Region: kanchenjunga TrekMaximum Altitude:  5,143 M. / 16,972 Ft.
Start: KathmanduEnd:  Kathmandu
Best Season: Sep – Nov,   March – MayTrekking Type: Tea House / Camping
Group Size: Min 2Price From: $ We will put soon /Person

Kanchenjunga Trek is an adventure which leads to both south and north base camps of Kanchenjunga massive mountain. Perhaps this is the only trek in and around Himalaya and probably in the world, where you can enjoy being in two base camps of the same mountain in one single journey.

Mt. Kanchenjunga stands high as world 3rd highest mountain and second highest peak in Nepal with an altitude 8586m high, located Nepal’s North and Far East Himalayan belt straddling the border between Nepal and Sikkim (a small North East State of India).

This region offers rewarding trekking through lush, low-lying valleys and up through incredible forests and into the high alpine pastures and glaciers at the foot of Kanchenjunga. Along the way, you’ll pass through Hindu and Buddhist villages whose culture includes Chhetri, Rai, Limbu, Gurung, Sherpa, and Tibetan.

Keep in mind, the trails are narrow and the teahouses simple as, still, relatively few trekkers visit this remote area. You won’t find the fancy meals and attached bathrooms available on the popular trekking routes, but you will experience the real Nepal in all its diversity of cultures and landscapes.

The most popular route takes 24 days and visits both the North and South Base Camps of Mt. Kanchenjunga. However, there are a few other shorter options, as well.

Day 1: Fly to Bhadrapur Jhapa & Drive to ILAM – 05/06 h Flight & Drive

Day 2: Drive to Taplejung, trek to Mitlung (921m)

Day 3: Trek Mitlung to Chirwa (1270m) – 06 h Walk

Day 4: Trek Chirwa to Sekathum (1660m) – 05 h Walk

Day 5: Trek Sekathum to Amjilossa (2510m) – 06 h Walk

Day 6: Trek Amjilossa to Gybala (2730m) – 05 h Walk

Day 7: Trek Gybala to Ghunsa (3595m) – 05 h Walk

Day 8: Acclimatisation day at Ghunsa (3595m)

Day 9: Trek Ghunsa to Khambachen (4100m) – o6 h Walk

Day 10: Acclimatisation and rest day at Khambachen (4100m)

Day 11: Trek Khambachen to Lhonak (4785m) – 05 h Walk

Day 12: Trek to Pangpema (5143m) and return to Lhonak – 06/07 h Walk

Day 13: Return Lhonak to Ghunsa (3595m) – 08 h Walk

Day 14: Trek Ghunsa to high camp (4100m), before Mirgin La pass – 05 h Walk

Day 15: Cross Mirgin La (4663 m) and trek to Tseram (3870 m) – 08 h Walk

Day 16: Day trip to Oktang, camp at Ramche – 08 h Walk

Day 17: Trek Tseram to Tortong (3000m) – 08 h Walk

Day 18: Trek Tortong to Yamphudin (2080m) – 08 h Walk

Day 19: Trek Yamphudin to Mamanke (1810m) – 05 h Walk

Day 20: Trekking Mamanke to Kande Bhanjang – 06 h Walk

Day 21: Trek  Kande Bhanjang to Lali Kharka – 06 h Walk

Day 22: Trek Lali Kharka to Suketar (2300m) – 03 h Walk

Day 23: Drive  Suketar to Bhadrapur – 11h Drive

Day 24: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 1: Fly to Bhadrapur Jhapa & Drive to Ilam – 05/06 h Flight & Drive

Today we fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, Jhapa of Easternmost Nepal, about 700 kilometers from Kathmandu. The flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur takes for about 45 minutes. From Bhadrapur Airport, it’s about 75 kilometers to Ilam, a 3 hour’s drive into the mountains. The landscape of the Nepal Terai might looks like coming straight out of the Jungle Book. Within a journey of 75 kilometers, we drive from flatland of Bhadrapur to the hills of Ilam. Ilam is also known as the Queen of Hills for it is fully covered by hills with temperate climate, low green hills and fertile lands. Overnight at Ilam.

Day 2: Drive to Taplejung, trek to Mitlung (921m)

Drive to Taplejung will give a view of the lush tea and cardamom plantations. The hills and passes play peekaboo with the Mount Kanchenjunga and Mount Jannu. We start trekking in Taplejung and walk through villages and follow gravel road all the way to Handewa then the trail drops down to Hangdewa River and then cross that suspension bridge to Tamor River, finally reaching the Mitlung village. This is where you can start putting your trekking poles to use and the roads further will be slippery and tricky.

Day 3: Trek Mitlung to Chirwa (1270m) – 06 h Walk

Rai, Limbu and Magar dominate Taplejung as well as the eastern part of Nepal. Chirwa is not exception; it is a beautiful village inhabited by Limbu people. Right from the start of today’s trek we will be ascending and descending continuously up to Tawa village, which is half-way through, after which we will follow a minor ascend and cross a suspension bridge next to Thiwa. Here we will find some small retail stores and a few lodges, where we will spend another beautiful night.

Day 4: Trek Chirwa to Sekathum (1660m) – 05 h Walk

Our trail to Tamur River continues and after around two hours of walking, we get to Taplechowk, a place of 1380m elevation. Here, our trekking permit will be checked along at the park gate. From the Taplechowk, next comes a suspension bridge to cross the river. On the other side (west), we can see the cardamom plantation, growing in harmony with the lush forest of the area.

We can stop at Phembu (3.5 h) for a break. The elevation starts above the river (Tamur) to Lelep which is at 1750m. After a brief descend, we cross a suspension bridge over the same river to get to the narrower Ghunsa Khola Valley. After a while, we will reach our camp at Sekathum. Sekathum houses a Tibetan village. Here, you will get the very first views of the Himalayas.

Day 5: Trek Sekathum to Amjilossa (2510m) – 06 h Walk

Here, after we cross the suspension bridge over Ghunsa River at Sekathum camp, we will then follow the path through dense forest. In places the trail is steep and narrow as we walk through a dramatic gorge. After a brief recess, we can follow a switchback trail up through trees reaching Amjilosa high above the gorge.

Day 6: Trek Amjilossa to Gybala (2730m) – 05 h Walk

On leaving Amjilossa, there is a short ascent through oak, bamboo and rhododendron forests offering a great view of the south western side of Kanchenjunga. The route makes numerous steep climbs and short descents and passes a beautiful large waterfall before the final steep climb up to Gybala.

Day 7: Trek Gybala to Ghunsa (3595m) – 05 h Walk

From Gyabla, the valley opens out and we walk along an easier path for most of the way to Phole. It will start to get cooler today as we climb above 3000m. At the same time the vegetation changes and we will see see more rhododendrons and azaleas. Before arriving to Phole we pass through the winter village for Ghunsa in a wide plateau. At Phole village it is worth having a look at the monastery and exploring the village where at some houses you can see the ladies weaving carpets.

From Phole it takes a further one and a half hours to reach the larger village of Ghunsa. This is a picturesque Tibetan village with wooden houses covered in colourful prayer flags. We will camp in the garden of one of the lodges however will use their dining room for meals. There are hot showers available in the lodge and also a small shop. We will be staying her overnight.

Day 8: Acclimatisation day at Ghunsa (3595m)

This may be officially a ‘rest day’, however one still needs to be physically active in order to best adapt to high altitudes. In the morning we will be hiking slightly higher to Laspsan La Monastery and by the afternoon we will return to Ghunsa. It is necessary because the trail is about to get to the height of 4000m in a mere three hours from camp and two hours to return to Ghunsa.

Day 9: Trek Ghunsa to Khambachen (4100m) – o6 h Walk

The route climbs gradually along the south bank of the Ghunsa Khola, through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests, passing many mani walls, colourful prayer flags and chortens along the way. The trail climbs steeply up scree slopes to reach the Tibetan settlement of Khambachen. This is also where Jannu’s northern side will be visible in its all glory. There is a risk of rock falling from above. The trail then curves around the hillside, descending again to Khambachen. Khambachen is a peaceful Tibetan settlement housing about a dozen residents with a wide grassy plain and mountains for the background.

Day 10: Acclimatisation and rest day at Khambachen (4100m)

We make another acclimatization day of the trek at Kangbachen.  This is to accommodate all the members of the group in case if anyone is getting the high altitude symptoms. Relax, take a bath or explore the area. Explore the region to Nuphchu Khola Valley.

Day 11: Trek Khambachen to Lhonak (4785m) – 05 h Walk

From Khambachen the trail climbs up through exposed rocky fields to the village of Ramtang and then crosses North West of the Kanchenjunga Glacier and past large stone huts to the village of Lhonak. From Lhonak there are impressive views of the Himalayas, including Wedge Peak (6750m), Mera Peak (6344m), Nepal Peak (6910m) and Twins (7351m). It is close to several huge stone huts. The view of Kanchenjunga’s main peak is not visible from this place. But it will be covered in the early morning walk to Pangpema the next morning as the trekkers spend the night there.

Day 12: Trek to Pangpema (5143m) and return to Lhonak – 06/07 h Walk

From Lhonak the trail ascends along the lateral moraine from Kanchenjunga Glacier for about two hours. After passing through several sections of loose rock and landslide area the trail climbs less steeply to reach the stone huts in a grassy area at Pangpema in a further two hours. The view of the vast north face of Kanchenjunga from Pangpema is very impressive. After having lunch while enjoying the mountain vista we start the return walk back to Lhonak taking about 3 hours.

Day 13: Return Lhonak to Ghunsa (3595m) – 08 h Walk

This will consist of walking back through the same trail from Kambachen to Ghunsa village.

Day 14: Trek Ghunsa to high camp (4100m), before Mirgin La pass – 05 h Walk

From Ghunsa, the trail climbs a steep 500m to a high camp, for an overnight stay in preparation for the trek to Mirgin La Pass. High Camp is well positioned in sheltered spot with a couple wooden lodges and a small lake. From here you can see Mount Makalu in the far distance.

Day 15: Cross Mirgin La (4663 m) and trek to Tseram (3870 m) – 08 h Walk

After an early start from High Camp we follow a good trail as it ascends to our first pass Sinion La at 4440m. From here the trail contours the hillside and a short steep climb brings you to Mirgin La Pass at 4480m. Make a uphill trek on a hill. Enjoy the mesmerizing views Jannu Himal. It’s a strenuous day today, as we cross several passes.  The passes we cross are: the Sinion La, the Mirgin La and the Sinelapche La. Enjoy the memerising views of the east Himalayas from these passes.  Finally, make a steep descent to Tseram.

Day 16: Day trip to Oktang, camp at Ramche – 08 h Walk

This day, the party will walk up to Ramche for a little rest where they will pass the tip of the Yalung glacier into an ablation valley. All the peaks to the east straddle the India-Nepal border – Koktang (6147m), Rathong (6679m) and some of the Kabrus which are all over 7000m. There is a lake and a meadow along with two stone houses at Ramche and often blue sheep can often be seen on the grassy slopes above.

In the afternoon we follow the ablation valley to Oktang, the whole cirque is above 7500m and the three main summits all over 8400m can be seen. The climbing route to the summit of Kanchenjunga, first climbed by Joe Brown and George Band in 1955 can be seen from Oktang.

Day 17: Trek Tseram to Tortong (3000m) – 08 h Walk

At Tseram there are good views of the Yalung Glacier moraine, Rathong and the Kabru peaks. The trail descends through Tseram and follows the river in rhododendron forest to Tortong where we camp for the night.

Day 18: Trek Tortong to Yamphudin (2080m) – 08 h Walk

We continue to descend to the Amji Khola and then crossing Lasiya Bhanjyang (3310m) and Dhupi Bhanjyang (2620m), we descend towards Yamphudim. Yamphudim is a village inhabited by a mixed community of Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, and Gurung. Overnight in Yamphudim.

Day 19: Trek Yamphudin to Mamanke (1810m) – 05 h Walk

After leaving Yamphudin, the party will take the tricky trail, where river to Mamankhe will accompany the trekkers.

Day 20: Trek Mamanke to Kande Bhanjang – 06 h Walk

After passing Mamanke, the path then grows to a side canyon. It then passes through a stream on a lengthy suspension bridge. After that, the party will climb to Ponphe village. The trail climbs to two tea shops on the ridge above then begins a traverse through a series of valleys past several villages. The trail continues up to Kande Bhanjyang where the trekkers will stay behind and rest for the night.

Day 21: Trek Kande Bhanjang to Lali Kharka – 06 h Walk

The party treks through the trail that crosses through an edge to Khunjari, a Limbu village. It then gets to Pha Khola. From here on, it then climbs through Pokhara and Shimu villages to Thenbewa then continues through forest to Lali Kharka where the party will stay behind for the night.

Day 22: Trek Lali Kharka to Suketar (2300m) – 03 h Walk

The trekking party will pass through the trail that descends to Pha Khola and the one which rises sharply through Pokhara and Shimu villages to Thenbewa. The trail then lasts through a forest to Lali Kharka and on to an edge from where it slopes gradually to Suketar’s vast air field. The striking trail through Kanchenjunga has finally come to an end!

Day 23: Drive Suketar to Bhadrapur – 11h Drive

Well, you will be following the same route that you traveled on the third day of your trip. The lush green vegetation and countryside Nepal will capture your heart once again. You will be staying at a hotel in Bahdrapur where you will enjoy dinner.

Day 24: Fly back to Kathmandu

The early flight to capital will get you in Kathmandu at around 12:00 Pm and you can utilize the time here strolling on the streets of Thamel. There are two options to go Kathmandu by flight and bus, if we take the bus it takes 15-16hours and flight 45m to Kathmandu. In the evening, you will enjoy the dinner and put off at a hotel.

Price Include:

☛ Pickup / Drop international airport and Domestic airport by private tourist vehicle.Car, van or bus. (Depends on size of group.).
☛Twin sharing standard hotel accommodation in Ilam.
☛ Lodge trek with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation in tea house lodge.
☛Special Trekking Permit and all local conservation fees.
☛ TIMS (Trekking information management system) Fee.
☛Flight fare from Kathmandu – Bhadrapur  /  Bhadrapur – Kathmandu, Including airport departure taxes.
☛ Allowance, all food, accommodation, flight ticket Kathmandu – Bhadrapur  /  Bhadrapur – Kathmandu,  . And domestic Airport tax of guide.
☛ Service of Nature Hike Nepal Licensed English speaking trekking guide.
☛The required number of local staff, porters We provide 1 porter for 2 Persons (Maximum weight carried by one porter is total 25 Kg).  Or Yaks or Jhopkey (Strong Animal similar to Yak) to carry your luggage during the trek.
☛ Allowance, all food, and accommodation of Porters.
☛ Insurance of guide and porters.
☛ All applicable government taxes and service charge.

Note: You can ask us for, Standard twin sharing accommodation in a star hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast included. Or  Accommodation as per your requested peace and clean.

Cost Excludes: 

☛ Any accommodation, meals and other services in Kathmandu
☛ Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
☛ Bottle Drinks (Mineral waters, any cold drinks and alcoholic drinks) during your trek.
☛ Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter and driver, laundry, bar bill, Telephone calls etc.
☛ Nepal Visa fee.
Any other cost not mention above in cost includes.

☛Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.
☛Standard twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
☛Twin sharing standard hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj.
☛Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
☛Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
☛Special Trekking Permit US$ 70 per person per day and all local conservation fees.
☛Flight fare from Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu including airport departure taxes.
☛Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
☛Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.
☛Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show.
☛All your standard Meals prepared by our expert camping cook and kitchen team during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
☛Tented camp accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent).
☛Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking guide.
☛The required number of local staff, porters and Yaks or Jhopkey (Strong Animal similar to Yak) to carry your luggage during the trek.
☛All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
☛Official expenses.

Price Does not Include

☛Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
☛Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
☛Alcoholic and cold drinks.
☛Personal trekking Equipment (Click the trekking equipment tab).
☛Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
☛International airfare and airport departure tax
☛Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

☛Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

Testimonials

  • Just wanted to throw out a small plug for Ganesh and Gabish – a father and son owned trekking company in Nepal. In 2013, Susanne and I were lucky enough to have Ganesh as a guide for our quiet two week hike through the Tsum Valley. He really is fantastic at his job and has an amazing singing voice (a bonus on long days of hiking)!!! Many trekking providers are not owned by their guides, so your money does not always go into the pockets of those that work the hardest. If any of you guys out there are considering a holiday to Nepal or know someone who is, you should get in touch with Ganesh and Gabish at Nature Hike Nepal – https://www.naturehikenepal.com – and hopefully Ganesh will be free to show you around !! – Dan and Sussanne

  • We trekked with Ganesh in November of 2014 when we did the Everest Base Camp trek for our honeymoon. What an amazing experience! Ganesh was so knowledgeable, friendly and trustworthy.

    His English is great and he is a very good communicator. He took such good care to make sure we had a wonderful experience. When we started the trek, Ganesh was our guide. By the time we finished the trip, Ganesh was our friend. I’ve recommended Ganesh to several friends that visited Nepal after us and they all share the same feedback about Ganesh. He is fantastic!! – Mary Messer

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