Kanchenjunga (8,586 meters) is the third highest peak in the World. This is one of the unexplored trekking route locating at the eastern part of Nepal. Trekking in Kanchenjunga is really pleasing trail that offers us wonderful snow-capped mountains, Landscape and exotic adorable view of the Himalayas. We can enjoy different types of small and high snowy peak above 8,000 meter and below, popular peaks such as Mount Everest (8,848.86 meters), Mount Makalu (8,463 meters), Mount Lhotse (8,516 meters) and many more.
This trekking route can be use from Nepal and Sikkim side as well, where we can find many mysterious stories concerning on Himalayan Yeti, the abdominal snowman as it is believed to be found in this region. This trek is a special and unforgettable destination among the trekkers because of its landscape and amazing topography of land. We can see large number of wildlife during the trekking duration such as snow Leopard, Musk deer, Red Panda, Languor, many more.
Kanchenjunga Trekking trail has more exciting and challenging daredevil and popular trips situated in the “Kanchenjunga Conservation Area” which is spread over 2,035 sq km from wildlife diversities also many threatened species of birds such as Impedance Pheasant, Red–Billed,blue Magpie, Shy Dragon, amphibian and mammals are found in this region and are preserved including Snow-leopard, Himalayan black Bear, Musk Deer, Red Panda etc. Many valuable herbal medicines like Panchaule ,Jatamasi , cardamon, Yarsagumba and many more. While, Passing along this trekking trail will provide us to observe the remarkable valleys with their an amazing culture, traditions of the local inhabitants, magnificent views of the frozen lake crystal, clear stream, Okthan glacier, an amazing ascend of Tortong and Kabru , glacial excursion around Ramche ,etc are the best point view of the Kanchenjunga trekking trail.
Our journey toward the Kanchenjunga will be start from Kathmandu to bhadrapur, Jhapa by Domestic Airlines, or Kathmandu to district Headquatert of Taplajung by personal vehical or local bus then we move towards different places such as forest including different colors of Rhododendron (32 specific types). In this way we will end our memorable and daredevil trek of Kanchenjunga.
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Introduction Itinerary/ Outline Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival
On your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Vivid Nepal Treks will meet and greet you. Then we will transfer you to your hotel. After getting refreshed, you will meet the trekking guide in our office. He will brief you about the tour.
- Day 2 : we are going to prepare all the trekking permits.
If we complete all the preparations for the trekking on the day of your arrival, you will be briefed about the tour by the guide at your convenient time. While we make all necessary arrangements for the tour, including the documentation and other formalities, you will have an entire day at your disposal. Make it worthwhile with a full day sightseeing. There are a number of incredibly rich heritage sites in Kathmandu, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be completely mesmerized by them.
- Day 3: Drive or fly from kathmandu to Bhadrapur day 4:
When the airport at Suketar in Taplejung is not functional; we have to drive to Taplejung. It is a long drive through many bends on the hilly road. But when the airport is functioning, we fly to Taplejung from Bhadrapur and start our trek from there.
- Day 5: Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung (921 m)
Today’s trek is very short, lasting for less than 4 hours. It consists of a descent from Taplejung to Mitlung. Mitlung is a small settlement on the banks of the Tamor River. We reach there by crossing Hungdewa Khola, a small stream.
- Day 6: Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa (1,270 m)
Walking through beautiful villages and farmlands, we reach Chirwa. After starting from Mitlung, we reach the village Sinwa with bananas and grapevines. Enjoying idyllic rural views, we arrive at Chirwa, another beautiful village. Huge boulders are scattered around the village.
- Day 7: Trek from Chirwa to Sekathum (1,660 m)
We enter into the Kanchanjunga Conservation Area. We walk across the fertile and ecologically diverse Tamor River Valley. Enjoying broad view of the valley and meeting a lot of birds and butterflies on the way, we reach the destination of the day in Sekathum. Before that, we make the final crossing of the Tamur River near its confluence with the Ghunsa Khola for the day.
Day 7: Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa (2,510 m)
The trail is tough and challenging at times, requiring us to do ups and downs through slippery sections. But there are exciting things as well: we can view Mt Jannu from our campsite in the morning in clear weather. We cross streams on rickety wooden bridges and follow the riverbank past mysterious gorges.
- Day 9: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730 m)
Today’s walk consumes about 4 hours only, but exciting enough because it passes through lush greens of rhododendron, oak and bamboo. Spectacular waterfalls and rickety bridges along the way add up further thrill for the hike. Gyalba is a small Tibetan settlement commanding great views of Mt Khabur. From today, we enter into the region of high mountains.
- Day 10: Trek from Gyalba to Ghunsa (3,595 m)
We walk through really remote regions of Taplejung today. Before reaching Ghunsa, we hit a small yak herder’s settlement named Phole. Phole also has a faded Gumba, a Buddhist monastery. From here, we move ahead for about 2 hours and reach Ghunsa, a small Sherpa village.
- Day 11: Acclimatization at Ghunsa (3,595 m)
In order to adjust in the high altitude, we stop for a day in Ghunsa. We can go for short hikes above the village in the afternoon, since that helps in acclimatization.It is the place where we have to enter out KCAP permit4
- Day 12: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,100 m)
It is a relatively longer walk, lasting about 7 hours. We cross small and big landslides (one of them is really dangerous), and forests of larch and juniper trees. High altitude meadows and miraculous views of Himalayan Mountains make the trip scenically memorable one. Appreciate the impressive views of Mt Jannu before you reach Kambachen for the night’s stop.
- Day 13: Acclimatisation day at Kambachen (4,100 m)
Instead of continuing directly to Lhonak, it is better to stop here for a day to avoid altitude sickness. During the day, engage in short hikes around Kambachen because they do not only help in acclimatization but also offer great views of Himalayan peaks.
- Day 14: Trek to Lhonak (4,785 m)
Crossing rushing waterfalls, slippery riverbanks, faint trails in the midst of huge boulders, and alpine pastures, we reach Lhonak. Lhonak itself is a yak pasture with a few huts built by the herders. Incredible scenery of the Himalayan peaks greet us from Lhonak and from the trail during the day.
- Day 15: Trek from Lhonak to Pangpema ( Kangchanjunga North Base Camp -5,143 meters)
After reaching Lhonak, it is not a long way to reach Pangpema, the north base camp of Kanchanjuga. From Lhonak onwards, we follow the margins of Kanchanjunga glacier all the way. The hike is also relatively easy, consisting mainly of level walk with gradual ascend. Imposing figures of Chang Himal and Kirant Chuli draw our eyes all along the trail. After reaching the base camp, we have to make it a little ahead to the viewing point to appreciate the majesty of Kanchanjunga’s north face.
- Day 16: Trek from Lhonak to Kambachen(4,100 m)
After taking some memorable shots of the north face in the morning, we come back to Kambachen through Lhonak.
- Day 17: Trek from Kambachen to Ghunsa (3,595 m)
We continue our journey back to Ghunsa from Kambachen.
From here, we can continue the return through the same way we went up. However, if you want variety and more adventure in your trek, then return through the following route.
- Day 17: Trek from Ghunsa to Sele Le (4300 m)
We walk through dense alpine forest, negotiate steep rocky trail up to the hilltop, then down again to reach the campsite at Sele Le near a stream with ancient moss-covered rocks.
- Day 19: Trek from Sele Le to Tseram (3,870 m)
The price of effort and industry we pay today for about 8 hours does bring some valuable prizes as well. From the high passes we cross, we have unbeatable views of Mt Jannu, Makalu, and Cho-yu, opening up the vista of Sikkim and Mt Ratong as well. After starting from Sele Le, we climb to the first high pass at Sinon La (4480 m) and continue to cross the other formidable passes named Mirgin La (4480 m) and Sinelapche La (4724 m). Enjoy miraculous views from here and start a knee-cracking descent to Tseram, descending almost 900 meters. The day will test your energy and also your appetite for adventure.
- Day 19: Trek from Tseram to Oktang (4,730 m) and down to Ramche
As usual we walk through alpine forest and meadows. As we gain altitude, we also walk over frozen ice, stopping for lunch at Ramche. Then on again through the debris of Yalung glacier until we reach Oktang. Those attempting to climb Kanchanjung from the north side walk for a day from here to set up their base camp. But no climbing gears are needed to reach Oktang. In the evening, however, we return to Ramche for the fabulous sunset views and the myriad color it paints over the mountain slopes.
- Day 21: Trek down to Torontan (2,995 m) from Ramche
Walking through forest and along the bank of Simbuwa Khola, we arrive at Torontan.
- Day 22: Cross Lasiya Bhanjyang (3,500 m) to Yamphudin
Another demanding trek brings us to Yamphudin, a Sherpa village. The most challenging section is when we climb to the mountain-top after crossing Simbuwa Khola. It is not only an uphill climb; the final section consists of crossing a perilous landslide with no trail at all. We breathe a sigh of relief when we reach the top, have our lunch and go down the mountain on the other side to reach Yamphudin.
- Day 23: Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang
We start to meet lively villages and farm terraces on the way as our trek climbs down to lower altitudes. We walk down the Simbuwa Khola in the beginning, followed by an ascent to Otham Pass, then a descent and again an ascent to Kedan La (2,070 m). Finally we go down to Khebang village and spend our night there.
- Day 24: Trek from Khebang to Sibudin
We walk through lush farmlands in a typical countryside, passing patches of forests and streams. Our stop is near the confluence of two streams: Tawa Khola and Kabeli Khola.
- Day 25: Trek from Sibudin to Medibung
The final day of the trek is longish, requiring us to walk along the bank of Kabeli Khola for about 5 hours. Paddy fields and forests lie on the way. At last we reach the village named Medibung, where we spend the night.
- Day 26: Drive from Medibubg to Illam
Driving along the dirt and black-topped road, we reach Illam in about 6 hours.
- Day 27: Drive from Illam to Bhadrapur and fly to Kathmandu
We drive down to Bhadrapur from Illam and fly to Kathmandu.
- Day 28: International Departure
We will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and celebrate your farewell.
- Airport picks up and drops
- All Transportation
- Flight fare Kathmandu / Bhadrapur / Kathmandu (Guide + Guests) including Airport Taxes
- 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner) including Tea or Coffee
- Accommodation on Tea House (Lodge) or provided Tents during the trek as mentioned in the trek type.
- 3 night’s accommodation Hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast
- An Experienced and English speaking Guide with government license holder
- Necessary porter during the trek
- Equipment for Porter
- Guide and porter salary
- All Guide and Sherpa’s insurance during the trekking
- All Government local Taxes
- Kanchenjunga National park Fees
- Special permit for Kanchenjunga Trek
- (TIMS) Trekkers information Management SystemFirst Aid kitTour certificateCompany T-shirt as a gift
- Farewell Dinner in Typical Nepali restaurant
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Trekking equipment any type of personal expenses such as Alcoholic Beverage drinks, phone and Laundry
- Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance.
- Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects