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Kanchenjunga trek

Season: OCT-NOV MAR-APR Location: Nepal (Far East) Altitude 5,140 m Difficulty level Demanding
Trip Fact

Destination : Nepal (Far East Region)

Duration      : 25 Days

Style Of Trek : Camping/Lodge

Accommodations
  • 04 nights 
  • 20  nights during trek either camp/lodge
Meals
  • 24 breakfast 
  • 20 Lunch 
  • 20 dinner
Total Price
On Request
Activities: Trekking
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Trip code: FTKT
Trip Details
About Kanchenjunga trek

Kanchenjunga trek is a circular walk visiting both the base camps of the third highest peak of the world.   Mt. Kanchenjunga 8,586 m which lies in the far eastern part of Nepal bordering Sikkim, India is the third highest mountain in the world. Reaching both the base camps is a long and challenging journey involving crossing high passes.  Starts from tropical lowland, passes through the area inhabited by the Rai and Limbu peoples, offers elegant views of the mid-hills and glaciers that are beyond words. Pristine forests, alpine meadows and high-altitude wetlands are home to the endangered snow leopard and red panda, the vulnerable Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard and Assamese macaque. The journey serves as an excellent amphitheater for viewing some of the most spectacular peaks in the world: Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchenjunga.

Although in a recent day few tea houses have sprung up on the trail to the base camp of Kanchenjunga but the trails are blissfully free from the crowds found around Everest and Annapurna. It still is categorized as a remote trek with a requirement of special permit and good for those who love adventure.  

Trip Highlights:

     

    • Visiting Buddhist Stupa, Ancient Palace & Hindu Holy Temple
    • Rich Cultural life of Rai and Limbu
    • Cultivation
    • Walking through pristine forest having diverse flora and fauna
    • Views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu
    • Crossing high passes
    • Close up view of Mt. Kanchenjunga the third highest mountain of the universe

Upon arrival pick up and transfer to the hotel.  We will assist you for a check in to your room then after we will meet for briefing of the trip. Also today we will collect Passport, 04 passport size photographs for working out the trek permit.

Overnight at the hotel.

This is a preparation day before the trek and also day for working out the trek permit. Free time can be opt for visiting some of the ancient palace, stupa and temples.  Overnight in the Hotel.

Take a morning flight to the mountain airstrip at Suketar situated above the small town of Taplejung.  Upon arrival our trek crew will welcome you and then after we will drive around 3 hours on a rough road to Thiwa. Then we start our trek going uphill and downhill at the same time enjoying the great unfolding vistas. Trail passes through scenic pastures, small villages and crossess the Thiwa Khola and the raging Tamur River to the small village of Chirwa for our overnight stay.  Chirwa, is a small  Limbu village with a few lodges, shops, and camping sites. 

Overnight Camp

Includes :LD

Today our walk is to the village of Sakathum which is around 4-5 hours walk.  The trail follows the Tamur to the confluence with the Ghunsa Khola. Then we walk north along the east bank of the river to the village of Tapethok ( 1,32m).  We then cross the bridge to the west bank and climb high above the river through the small Sherpa village of Lepsung to Lelep, the headquarters of the Kanchejunga Conservation Area Project.  The trail then turns north along the Tamur river to the village of Walunchung gola 3,220 m). Village is decorated with chortens, stupas and mani walls and is the largest village of the Walung people.  Their culture, language comes from Tibet and it is very similar to Sherpas. From here our trail goes down to the Tamur river crosses the new suspension bridge then we walk along the steep and narrow Ghunsa Valley to the Tibetan Village of Sakathum 1,640 m. If the weather permits we will have a first close up view of Jannu up the Gunsa Khola Valley. Overnight Camp

Includes :BLD

After breakfast we continue our walk through a narrow trail that winds along the north bank. The trail then goes up and down for few moments after it continues in the stone steps which goes high above the river to a waterfall and the tiny hamlet of Ghaiyabari (2,150m).    Then we walk through an exposed and precarious trail above steep grassy slopes to a crest at 2,530 m before descending slightly to the Tibetan settlement of Amjilassa. Camp

Includes :BLD

Today we descend down steeply into a side ravine then after follow the trail which goes along the river bank through a fir and rhododendron forest. Our trek continues through a trail of yak pastures and potato fields to Phole (3,210 m). From here the valley widens, trek trail improves as the trail goes through fields and larch forests it then goes down to the riverbed before crossing to Ghunsa (3,410 m). Walk to Gunsa one of the largest village on the trek, you can see the prayer-flag flutter on the rooftops. Overnight in the Camp.

Includes : BLD

Today we descend down steeply into a side ravine then after follow the trail which goes along the river bank through a fir and rhododendron forest. Our trek continues through a trail of yak pastures and potato fields to Phole (3,210 m). From here the valley widens, trek trail improves as the trail goes through fields and larch forests it then goes down to the riverbed before crossing to Ghunsa (3,410 m). Walk to Gunsa one of the largest village on the trek, you can see the prayer-flag flutter on the rooftops. Overnight in the Camp.

Includes : BLD

Today is an acclimatization day before proceeding further into the high country. Camp

Includes :BLD

Today we trek to another Tibetan settlement of Kambachen at 4,040 m. The trail goes up gradually through a forest of larch and juniper along the east bank of the Gunsa khola.  We then cross a sandy, boulder strewn floodplain, then cross a rickety, wood and stone bridge to the west side of the river at Rambuk Kharka (3,720m). The hillsides become increasingly barren as you climb along the valley.  We then continue north crossing a waterfall then make a short, steep climb over a very unstable scree slope. The trail then drops down to the river through loose rocks above a steep slope, it then crosses the landslides area then we climbs a bit after it drops down to Khambachen (4,150 m). Overnight in the Camp.

Includes :BLD

Today we will be walking to a desolate landscape gouged by the icy fingers of glaciers.  The trail climbs up gradually across the scree slopes of recent landslides to another area of pasture at Ramtang (4,350 m). It is cold and windy so you need to be ready with your warm clothes. From here the trail goes along the lateral moraine of the Kanchenjunga glacier, following the north bank of the river to a wooden bridge at the mouth of the Lhonak glacier. On the eastern side of the valley you will see the crown shaped ridge of Merra Peak (6,344 m).  Lhonak, at 4,790 m is near a dry lake bed on an open sandy plain. From here you have wonderful mountain views all around. Camp

Includes :BLD

Today we walk to Pang Pema 5,140 m which is the base camp of Kanchenjunga. The trail goes up gradually across the plain and then gets a little steeper as it follows the moraine. We can get some fantastic views of the eastern Himalayas but Kanchenjunga or Wedge Peak view can be had only when you are nearing Pang Pema. Spent in the night in the base camp.

Includes :BLD

From here we retreat back to  Khambachen. Overnight in the Camp

Includes :BLD

We will retrace back the approach route.  Overnight in the Camp

Includes :BLD

Today we follow a trail which is bit steep rocky through the forest then along a ridge with a short, steep section to Sele La pass at 4,290m. You can have a magnificent view from here also you can see High Camp which is around half an hour further walking from the pass. High Camp is well positioned in sheltered spot with a couple wooden lodges and a small lake.  In the far distance you can see Mt. Makalu . Overnight in the camp

Includes :BLD

Our trek starts early today with a climb to our first pass Sinion La at 4,440m then it contours the hillside and with a short steep climb takes you to Mirgin La Pass at 4,480m.  After trail goes down then a with another short steep climb we reach the top of Sinelapche La Pass at 4,840m. From the top of every pass you will have magnificent views. We then descent for around 1,000 m  on a trail past a small lake where then continue to Tseram for an overnight stay.

Includes :BLD

After breakfast we climb through forests to a landslide prone area. Then we take a trail which climbs into the valley alongside the moraine of the Yalung Glacier. From here the valley slowly opens up as we approach Yalung – a pasture full of yaks at 4,260 m.  We then continue our climb to another lake and a big meadow at Ramche (4,620 m). From here we will get a fantastic view of Rathong Peak (6,678 m) which is between Nepal-India border. We will make a camp here for tonight. Overnight in the camp.

Includes :BLD

Today  we walk following the ablation valley to Oktang which is the view point, the whole cirque is above 7,500m and the three main summits all over 8,400m can be seen. The climbing route to the summit of Kanchenjunga, first climbed by Joe Brown and George Band in 1953 can be seen from Oktang. We return to Tseram for an overnight stay in the Camp

Includes :BLD

This descent by the Simbuwa Khola is one of the most beautiful walks: the changing sounds of the river, a huge range of rhododendrons giving way to moss- hung forests with huge pines and larches, all mixed with various broadleafs turning with autumn is all very restful. After 30 mins there is a big flagged Buddhist and be-tridented Hindu shrine with a snake shape in the rock. We cross the village of Tortong and continue walking to Lamite Bhanjyang for an overnight stay.

Includes :BLD

Today we will be walking in the area which is prone to landslides making the hike bit difficult. We cross Lasiya Bhanjyang (Pass 3, 415 m) to the village of Chitre and then take a zig zag path through fields of corn and barley.  Walk on a suspension bridge crossing Amji Khola to Yamphudin for an overnight stay.

Includes :BLD

This day we walk to Pumphe following the Kabeli Khola (river), Limbu village of Mamanke, crossing suspension bridge and rice terrace field to Pumphe.  Overnight at the Camp.

Includes :BLD

A pleasant day, cool in the shade with deep forests and lots of waterfalls. Climb on stairs with an excellent view of Jannu, make a long traverse and drop down to a welcome shady waterfall after about 3hrs. Climb more stairs for 400m 45mins for lunch on the lawn at Delok (upper) Khesewa (2125m). Fresh red cardamom (elanchai) is harvested at this season from the ginger-like plants under shade trees. Climb onwards over saddles through hot and steamy but very prosperous hamlets growing millet, maize and rice and traverse to Kande Bhanjyang (2130m).  Then it makes a long loop and walks through fields of wheat to Kunjari. Overnight at the camp

Includes :BLD

Today the trail is on a continuous stairs reaching Lali Kharka then drive to Suketar for an overnight stay in the Lodge.

Includes :BLD

Today early morning we catch a flight to Kathmandu.  Upon arrival meet and transfer to the Hotel.

Includes :B

Free day for independent activities or this acts like a lay over day in case of flight problem etc.

Overnight at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport for flight back home.

 

  • 4 nights twin sharing accommodation in medium class hotel in Kathmandu on BB
  • 20 nights/21 Days Kanchejunga trek with Crew & porter support, meals, accommodation either in lodge or tented camp
  • Local English speaking guide for sightseeing tour
  • Private transportation in Kathmandu for sightseeing tour
  • Entrance fee during sightseeing tour
  • All arrival/departure transfers
  • Insurance for staff and porters
  • Duffle bag
  • Satellite Telephone for emergency call
  • Portable altitude chamber
  • Basic First Aid Kit

 

  • 30 days Nepal Visa can be obtained at Tribhuvan International Airport upon payment of US $ 40.- cash. Your passport should have atleast 6 months validity on the day of departure from Nepal and one passport size photograph. One can also opt for online system for further details please check the link i.e. www.immi.gov.np  
  • Flight KATHMANDU/SUKHETAR/KATHMANDU
  • Special Trek Permit Fee
  • Conservation Park Fee
  • TIM’s Card fee
  • Meals: Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Your personal gears for the trip i.e. sleeping bags, trekking gears, personal medicines, Insurance etc
  • Insurance – as this is an adventure trip it is important to have an insurance coverage for health, life, accidents and helicopter rescue in case of emergency evacuation.
  • Any extra cost incurred in case of delay or cancellation of flight, any political turmoil, natural disaster, sickness etc.
  • Entrance fee for visiting monasteries etc
  • Anything not mentioned in our include box

We will provide you the list once the trip is confirmed.

Important Note :

Your safety is of utmost concern whilst traveling with Far Out Trekking.  Please be advised that your trip leader has the right to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. You must be aware that this is an adventure travel in a remote mountainous region where the things are unpredictable.  One needs to be cooperative and flexible in this regard.

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