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Kanchanjunga trekking is very remote part trekking, which provides an opportunity to see panoramic views of Himalayas from every direction. Kangchenjunga [8586m] is the third highest mountain in the world and the second highest in Nepal. Kanchenjunga is translated along the lines of "Five Treasures of the snow".

 

This recently opened Kanchenjanga region route offers chance to discover a totally unspoiled highlands wilderness to keen trekkers. It also offers the most beautiful and contrasting diversity of scenery, the flourishing farmland and wooded valleys, spectacular mountain scenery, including the close-up views of Kanchanjanga no doubt enchants to anyone. You also can have distant panoramic views of the mountains of the Khumbu.

Trip Facts

  • Activities: Trekking
  • Trekking Type: Camping Trek
  • Best Season: Sept - Nov / Mar - May
  • Total Duration: 27 Days
  • Trek Duration: 24 Days
  • Min.Group Size: 5+ pax
  • Max. Height: 5,140 m. / 16,863 FT
  • Transportation: Fly in / Out
  • Trek Start From: Kathmandu
  • Trek End To: Kathmandu
Detail Itinerary of Kanchenjunga Trekking
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu at (1'365m. 4'478 ft.)
    The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.
  • Day 02: City Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
    Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath.
  • Day 03: We fly from Kathmandu - Biratnagar
    From Kathmandu we take a flight to Biratnagar. On reaching Biratnagar we make all the preparations for the forthcoming journey.
    Day 04: Fly from Biratnagar - Sukhetar, starting point of our trek for Lali Kharka at (2'220m. 7'283ft.) about 4 hours Trek
    We take a short 40 minute flight to Sukhetar. After refreshment, we head to Lali Kharka with the trekking crew. On the trails, we walk by rich pastures and pristine settlements.
  • Day 05: Lali Kharka - Keswa at (2'100m. 6'889ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    As we traverse along the steep route to Pokhara village, fascinating terraced farmland unfolds soon after crossing a suspension bridge above the Phawa Khola. The route further leads to Kunjari where we halt for lunch. After lunch, we continue following the trekking trail. We get to see dense forests and sometimes a small village located on a hill, as we progress along the trail. On skirting along a gently sloping mountain path, we reach Tambawa and later Bhanjyang, where we spot several teahouses. At this point, we can capture mesmerizing sight of Kanchenjunga glowing against the sun. After having trekked about seven hours, we conclude our day trip.
  • Day 06: Keswa - Mamanke at (2'000m. 7'217ft.) 7 hours Trek
    Leaving behind the terraced fields of Keswa, we follow an adventurous route to Nandeva Khola. After crossing the river, we trudge along the glaciated mountain passes. Further ahead, the route winds through dense forest and the village of Loppoding. We come across shady areas where we can rest for a while after strenuous trekking. The sinuous trail then takes us to the right bank of the Kabeli Khola. After a while, terraced fields reappear and the village of Anpan comes into view. We continue ascending till we reach Ponpe Dhara. There are shady spots on the way where we can have a brief rest. As we proceed along the trail, we see several hamlets and terraced fields stretch along the crest of the ridge. There is a rest area where we can pause for a while to bask in the fascinating sight of Mt. Jannu. We continue our descent along the winding path, as we pass through the village of Anpan and terraced fields along Khangwa Khola. We arrive at a suspension bridge. We cross the bridge and continue descending the undulating mountain passes till we reach the village of Mamankhe.

    Day 07: Mamanke - Yamphudin at (1'650m. 5'413ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    Beginning with an easy climb, the walk to Yamphudin is along a trail which contours the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. We cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides and the trail eventually becomes level with the river a couple of hours before Yamphudin. Along the way, we can stop to bathe in one of the many clear pools in this beautiful river. It is a truly idyllic spot and after lunch by the river, we complete the day's walk to Yamphudin. Yamphudin is the most remote settlement in this area and the last habitation we will see until we reach Gunsa. Needless to say, it is a charming place tucked away beneath the ridge of the Deurali Danda, which we must cross next.

    Day 08: - Yamphudin - Lamite Jungle camp at (2'920m. 9'580ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    Beyond Yamphudin, the trail ascends a steep spur before dropping again to cross the Omje Khola. Walking through a beautiful and dense forest, we stop for lunch in a meadow atop this spur, which commands fine views of the valley beyond Yamphudin to the south and of the Omje Khola Valley and Deurali Danda to the north. A steep descent to the river brings us to our campsite in a clearing in the Lamite forest.

    Day 09: Lamite Jungle camp - Torontan at (3'080m. 10'104ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    From our campsite we ascend steeply for about 3 hours through dense forest to the crest of the Deorali Danda. From the top, Mt Jannu is clearly visible. After crossing the pass, we descend across some fairly steep and exposed scree slopes before re-entering the forest, where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, a steep descent takes us down into the valley of the Simbua Khola and after crossing an interesting wooden bridge.

    Day 10: - Torontan - Tseram at (3'750m. 12'303ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    This morning, we follow the right bank of the river, passing through pine and rhododendron forests. The trail is fairly steep and, as the day progresses, the trees become sparser and more stunted, giving us glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead and of the massive snout of the Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram, the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong peep over the moraine.We camp at Tseram, where night-time temperature plummets, reminding us that we are really gaining height.

    Day 11: Tseram - Ramche at (4'360m. 14'304ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    A relatively short day's walk today to our next camp at Ramche. The scenery is magnificent as we ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and into a series of ablation valleys. A frozen lake, crystal clear streams and views of Kokthan, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of this walk into Ramche which is situated on a broad, flat ablation zone.

    Day 12: Exploration
    Leaving our camp at Ramche, we take a packed lunch and set off very early for our first close encounter with Kanchenjunga. Following the valley around its sweeping curve, we come across the vast southern wall of the mountain. The ridge forms a cirque which is over 15 kms long and not less than 7500 m high. Along this ridge lie the three main summits of Mt Kanchenjunga at 8420m, 8586m, and 8474m. These three summits, jutting out into the sky presents a really grand sight. Proceeding further on towards Oktang [4630m], we descend onto the glacier and cross it to a point below Talu from where we can see the panoramic view of the mountains in the area. Especially impressive is the eastern part of Khumbakarna Glacier flowing from the east face of Jannu [Kumbhakarna being the local name for Jannu]. We then return to our camp at Ramche.

    Day 13: Ramche - Mirgin Lha at (4'663m. 15'298ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    Leaving our campsite, we trek down the valley, passing the small settlement of Lapsang, before turning off towards the Mirgin Lha - the pass we must cross in order to reach Gunsa and the north side of Kanchenjunga. As we descend from the Mirgin Lha, the views, in particular of Mt Jannu, are simply magnificent. Our campsite will be somewhere beyond the pass.

    Day 14: Mirgin Lha - Ghunsa at(3'475m. 11'400ft.) about 6 hours trek
    A steep descent from our campsite brings us to Lamba Sumba Kharka where there are more splendid views of the awesome south west face of Jannu. From here, the going is easy. Descending on an excellent trail to the village of Ghunsa, where we camp in the fields by the river. Ghunsa is a Tibetan village with a tiny gumpa and prayer flags fluttering atop the wooden houses. It comes as a welcome sight after the rigorous walk of the previous days and provides an excellent opportunity to visit a strange local hostelry and sample the 'tongba' (alcoholic beverage fermented out of millet.)

    Day 15: Ghunsa - Khambachen at (4'040m. 13'254ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    The trail ascends gently through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests, passing many mani walls and chortens. You stop for lunch by the river at Rampak Kharka. After lunch there is a steep climb before descending to the summer village of Khambachen. The views of Mt Jannu or Kumbhakarna from here are excellent.
  • Day 16: Khambachen - Lhonak at (4'790m. 15'715ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    The trek up to Lhonak via Ramtang village is not too strenuous and despite the increase in altitude, you are able to walk on easily, enjoying the breathtaking views of the valley and mountain peaks. Your lunch stop is at Ramtang, from where the incredible fluted summit of Wedge Peak first becomes visible. During the afternoon Nepal Peak, the Twins, Mera and the White Wave all come into view. Then you arrive at Lhonak, situated high above the Kanchenjunga Glacier opposite Wedge Peak.

    Day 17: Lhonak - Pang Pema at (5'140m. 16'863ft.) about 8 hours Trek
    A leisurely 3 hours walk from Lhonak takes you up to Pang Pema. The trail follows the moraine before finally reaching Pang Pema, the North Face Base Camp, which is in a sheltered spot, directly opposite the towering north face of Kanchenjunga. This is one of the most spectacular places in the world and is a fitting climax to this unique trek.
  • Day 18: Rest day in Pang Pema
    Today is a rest day, but for the more energetic ones, there are several diversions lined up for the day. One is to ascend the lower slopes of Drohmo for panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and its adjoining peaks. Another possibility is to continue up the increasingly difficult terrain on the right flank of the glaciers for alternative views of the more remote peaks around the Jongsang La Pass.
  • Day 19: and 20: Retreat trek - Ghunsa at (3'475m. 11'400ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    For the next 2 days you retrace your steps to Ghunsa, passing through Ramtang and Khambachen en-route.
  • Day 21: Ghunsa - Kyapra at (2'300m. 7'545ft.) 7 hours Trek
    From Ghunsa, you take the route out of the mountains that follows the beautiful Gunsa and Tamur Kholas. The trail passes through spectacular forests of rhododendron, conifer, birch and oak. The valley sides here are steep and the trail follows the river as it cascades downwards. You pass through Kyapra, the last of the Tibetan villages, and an hour or so further on, you reach a spot called Tang.

    Day 22: Kyapra - Sakathum at (1'600m. 5'249ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    Heading for the village of Sakathum, your route follows an undulating trail for the first couple of hours until you reach Amjilasa. From here, there is a long steep descent from which you can see the Ghunsa Khola Valley stretched out before you. You then reach Sakathum.

    Day 23: Sakathum - Chirwa at (1'180m. 3'871ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    Leaving Sakathum, you head to Chirwa. En route you meet the confluence of two rivers, Simbua Khola and Gunsa Khola. At this point you get to witness the most magnificent view of the two rivers uniting into Tamur Koshi. On following the trail along Tamur Khola, many other small tributary streams come your way. After trekking for about 7 hours you enter into the pristine village of Chirwa.
  • Day 24: Chirwa - Phurumba at ( 1'769m. 5'803ft.) about 7 hors Trek
    The route further leads to cultivated land and rich pastures. On reaching Mitlung, you halt for a healthy lunch. Then the trail zigzags through the path of steep stones. After climbing for about 4 hours you come to the valley of Phurumba.

    Day 25: Phurumba - Taplejung - Suketar at(2'300m. 7'545ft.) about 6 hours Trek
    As you leave the valley, you continue ascending along the ridge for about 3 hours to Taplejung village. You can wander around the village observing the villagers getting along with their daily routine. As Nepalese folks are generally friendly, chances are you may get invited to a few village homes .Thereafter, after leisurely ascent for about 2 hours, you finally reach the airstrip at Suketar where you conclude the trip of the day.

    Day 26: We flight to Kathmandu via Biratnagar
    You fly back to Biratnagar and then take a connecting flight to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to the hotel upon arrival.

    Day 27: Depart Kathmandu
    Our Nepalese support team will take you to the international airport for your flight home.