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Kanchenjunga is a naturally stunning area with excellent geographical features ranging from subtropical to glacier region; Himalayan peaks above 7000m and ever growing varied flora and fauna. Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m), the third highest mountain in the world, popularly known as the queen of the mountains is situated at the Nepal-Sikkim border. The massive Kanchenjunga glacier is the remarkable trait of the region. The magnificent mountain lies above the rhododendron forests with river flowing from its sides. Kanchenjunga is the magnet of the new trekking trails: Pathibhara and Limbu cultural trails that give the opportunity to experience the Himalayan culture and lifestyle. Limbus are the prevailing occupant of the Kanchenjunga region, with the upper area of the region settled by Tibetans, Sherpas, Rais, Gurungs, Magars, Newar, Sunwars and Tamangs of Tibetan-Mongolian orient. Cardamom farming, agriculture, animal husbandry and tourism are the major source of subsistence in the region. The attractive feature of the journey is trekking forth the sacred shrine, alpine meadows, rocky outcrops, extreme temperature, subtropical forests and low river fields and with its diverse ecology, the world’s largest pure rhododendron forest flourishes in the region with the utmost number of species in the planet. There should be minimum 2 people in a group in the trek per the rule of the Government of Nepal. The entire trek in Kanchenjunga which encloses the Milke Danda ridge (trekking route exceeding 4/5 days from Basantapur) with North as well as South base camp, the 5 great passes in ‘Mirgin La’ route (approximately 4660m) or ‘Lapsang La’ route (approximately 5110 m) with the shortest distance between the two requires at least 26 to 30 days of trekking.


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Trek Facts

Country: Nepal

Grade: Hard

Area: Kachenjunga Region

Activities: Trekking

Total Duration: 33 days

Season: Mar - May, Sep - Dec

Altitudes: 5200m

 

Day 01:   Kathmandu
Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02:   Kathmandu
Free day in Kathmandu or sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and trek preparation, hotel.

Day 03:   Kathmandu –- (Taplejung) Suketar (2420 m)
This day we will fly Kathmandu to Suketar. There are no regular flights to suketar. In case if there are no flight on the schedule date then we will fly to Bhadrapur in morning and then we will drive to Taplejung on private vehicle, it takes around 8 hours. Overnight at hotel/lodge.

Day 04:   Taplejung (1820 m) -  Mitlung ( m), 5/6 h
This day we will walk for about 5/6 hours through one hours straight trail and 4/5 hours downhill  trial passing the small jungles and small villages to reach Mitlung. Overnight at lodge/tented camp

Day 05:   Mitlung - Sekathum (1660m) 6/7h
This day we will walk for about 6/7 hours to reach Sekathum through uphill and downhill trail. On the way we will cross few forests, terraced rice fields, small river streams, we will also see village settlements, few waterfalls and beautiful landscape. Overnight at lodge/tented camp.

Day 06:   Sekathum - Amjilasa (2500) 6h
This day we will walk for about 6 hours through mostly uphill and slightly straight trail. On the way we will cross dense bamboo forest, beautiful waterfalls. We will see village settlements of Sherpa communities, most of the people in that area involve in agriculture farming, they grow mostly potato, buck wheat and vegetables. Overnight at lodge/tented camp.

Day 07:   Amjilasa - Gyabla (2710 m) 4 h
This day we will walk for about 1 and half hours through narrow and downhill trail till Thyangyan and again walking uphill trail for about 2 and half hours we will reach Gyabla, on the way we will cross dense bamboo and pine forests walking along side Ghunsa Khola (stream). Gyabla is a village having settlement of Sherpa communities. Overnight at lodge/tented camp.

Day 08:   Gyabla - Ghunsa (3595 m) 5h
This day we have to walk 3 hours through slightly uphill trail and mostly straight trail to reach Phale villlage. On the way we will cross dense mix forest, meet people of Tibetan origins in Phale village and have a chance to see their unique culture and traditions, if we are lucky we will have a chance to see Red Panda (one of the endangered species). After walking for about 2 hours we will reach Ghunsa. Overnight at lodge/tented camp.

Day 09:   Rest day at Ghunsa
Rest day for acclimatization 

Day 10:   Ghunsa - Kambachan (4100 m) 6:30 h
This day we will walk for about 6:30 hours mostly through uphill trail. On the way we will cross pine forest, see beautiful waterfalls and also have a chance to see beautiful views of Khumbakarna Himal, Nupchu Himal, Chang Himal and many other mountains. Overnight at lodge/tented camp.

Day 11:   Kambachan - Lhonak (4785 m) 5 h
This day we will walk for about 5 hours through uphill and rocky trail, on the way we will see Kangbachen Himal (7903 m), Yalung Kang (8505 m). Overnight at lodge/tented camp.

Day 12:   Lhonak - Kanchanjunga Base Camp (Pang Pema) (5143 m) 3 h
This day we will walk for about 3 hours to reach Kanchanjunga Base Camp (Pang Pema) through rocky and uphill trail. On the way will see massive glaciers, On the right side of our way we will see Mt Kanchanjunga (8586m),Mt Pathivara, Mt. YalungKang, Nepal Peak, Twin Peak, Tent Peak and many others, we can also see wild animals such as blue sheep, few species of bird. Overnight at lodge/tented camp.

Day 13:   Kanchanjunga Base Camp (Pang Pema) - Khambachen( 4100m) 6 h
This day we will walk for about 6hours. We will walk through downhill trail and on the way we will see Blue sheep and other animals grazing on the fields. We will also see good views of Mt Kanchanjunga (8586m),Mt Pathivara, Mt. YalungKang, Nepal Peak, Twin Peak, Tent Peak and many others. Overnight at lodge/tented camp.

Day 14:   Khambachen - Ghunsa (3595 m) 5 h
This day we will walk 5 hours through straight trail crossing forest of pine trees. On the way we will see big waterfalls, few species of birds, few wild animals and beautiful landscape. Overnight at lodge/tented camp.

Day 15:   Ghunsa - Selele Phedi (4000 m) 6h
This day we will walk through uphill trail and cross Selele pass (4290 m) we will walk for about 6 hours to reach Selele Phedi . On the way we will see good views of Mt. Makalu, Mt Barunche and many other mountains. Overnight at lodge/tented camp.

Day 16:   Selele Phedi - Tseram (3870 m) 7h
This day we have to walk for about 7 hours crossing three passes Selele Pass (4440 m), Mirgin La Pass (4480 m) and Sinelapche Pass (4440 m). Upto Selele Pass we have to walk though uphill trail and afterwards through straight trail. On the way between Mirgin La Pass & Tseram we will see Talung Peak, Kabru peak, Kabru North, Kabru south, Sarphru center, we will also cross small pine forest. Overnight at lodge/tented camp.

Day 17:   Tseram - Ramche (4580 m) 5 h
This day we will walk for about 5 hours, we will walk alongside of glacier and also see good views of Mt. Kumbhakarna, Mt. Yalungkang, Kanchenjunga south. Overnight at local lodge/tented camp.

Day 18:   Ramche - Yalung Base Camp (5400 m) - Ramche (4880 m) 7 :30 h
This day we will walk for about 7:30 hours. Walking through uphill and downhill trail to Yalung Base Camp and return to Ramche. Overnight at local lodge/tented camp.

Day 19:   Ramche - Tortang (2995 m) 7 h
This day we will walk for about 7 hours to reach Tortang. We will walk through forest and along side of Simbuwa khola. Overnight at local lodge/tented camp.

Day 20:   Tortang - Sherpa Gaun  5:30 h
This day we will walk through forests for about 5 hours, crossing Lamite and Bheupi Pass to reach Sherpa Gaun. Overnight at local lodge/tented camp.

Day 21:   Sherpa Gaun - Phumpe 6 h
This day we will walk for about 6 hours walking through uphill and down trail crossing forests. Overnight at local lodge/tented camp.

Day 22:   Ponpe - Khesewa (2120 m) 6 h
This day we will walk for about 6 hours walking through uphill and down trail crossing forests. Overnight at local lodge/tented camp.

Day 23:   Khesewa - Lali Kharka (2276 m) 6 h
This day we will walk for about 6 hours through up hill and downhill trail crossing rhododendron and mix forests. Overnight at local lodge/tented camp.

Day 24:   Lali Kharka - Taplejung (1780 m) 4:30 h
This day we will walk for about 4:30 hours. We will walk through slightly uphill trail till deurali, from Deurali slightly downhill to reach Suketar (Taplejung). Overnight at lodge/hotel.

Day 25:   Taplejung (Suketar) – Kathmandu
If  we get the flight on the schedule date of our return date then we will fly directly to Kathmandu.  If we are not able to get the flight we will drive by private vehicle to Bhadrapur and we will fly back to Kathmandu on the same day evening or next day morning. Overnight at hotel.

Day 26:   Kathmandu
Free day in Kathmandu, you are free for shopping, sightseeing, relax, hotel.

Day 27:   (Kathmandu) final departure day
Transfer to international airport and fly to your destination.

Note: The itinerary can be customized according to your duration of holiday. Similarly hotel can be upgraded or downgraded depending on your requirement.

 

COST INCLUDES:

  • Transfer – airport – hotel – airport including domestic airport
  • 4 Nights hotel/Resort in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu – Suketar or (Bhadrapur) – Kahtmandu domestic air tickets including guide
  • Porter-s transportation from Kathmandu – Taplejung – Kathmandu by bus
  • Kanchenjunga restricted area Permit + Kanchenjunga Conservation Area permit Fee
  • All meal (breakfast, Lunch and dinner with tea or coffee) during the trek
  • Accommodation at lodge/tented camp during the trek.
  • One guide 1 porter every two person basis during the trek
  • Optional: - for camping group (all necessary food, camping equipments, cook and porters) during the trek
  • Guide and porter-s all meal, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Optional:-  land transportation (Bhadrapur - Taplejung – Bhadrapur)
  • Farewell dinner
  • Office service charge
  • All necessary government taxes


COST INCLUDES:

  • Personal equipment
  • Personal and medical insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu  
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter incase needed
  • Bar bills and beverage (like mineral water, coke, beer  and etc.)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Any other services, which is not mentioned above