- Country: Nepal
- Trip grade: Difficult
- Destination: Nepal
- Activities: Trekking
- Accommodation: Guest House/camp In trek, Hotel In City
- Meals: Full Board in trek
- Maximum altitude: 5143m
- Group size: 2
- Best Season: Sept to Nov, Mar to May
Kanchenjunga trek will take the hikers under the third highest mountain in the world's base Camp. It lies in remote parts of eastern Nepal where trekkers will hardly bury the Crows of travelers. Trekkers can do this trek only with the guide and organized group. One of the eastern trekking in Nepal lies near India and a very difficult trekking destination to explore one of the third highest mountains in the world. This trekking explores the magic of Nepalese shields and helps to know the Buddhist Culture and countryside people away from the city. Explore the mountain over 800om without a crowd of trekkers and taste traditional local food and drink Like Millet wine fermented.
Many days shorter variant at lower altitudes. The minimally visited trek around the third highest mountain will surely satisfy you. Don't forget the right and quality equipment. A remarkable longer journey to Kanchenjunga through the Nepalese lowlands leading from Basantapur, which results in the beautiful alpine scenery. From Pang Pema base camp (5140 m) you will have a view of the massif of the third highest mountain in the world. The much longer variant at higher altitudes.
One of the attractions of this trek is to drink in a bamboo jug full of fermented millet is filled with hot water and this water shipped with a straw called Tong Ba. It's a local alcoholic drink.
Took around Kanchenjunga from Southside will head east and then gradually turns to the north. This trek explores the stunning forest and alpine Landscape with Yalung Glacier.
Best season October to December 15, March 1 to May 30.
Rainy season: June, July, August, And September,
Snowy season: December, January, February
The difficulty of the trek - Difficult by travelers experience
Trek duration": 14 to 24 days.
Highest altitude - 5140 m.
Accommodation on the trek: - many parts in Lodges, some days in Tent
Transportation: by air to Suketar or by air to Bhadrapur bus to Basantapur or Taplejung.
Necessary Information for the trek: -
Packing Gear for the worst condition with worm clothes and - 10 to -15 sleeping Bag, and down jacket for extreme cold.
Extra spare Battery and power bank due to electricity rare available in this trek.
Trekking staff and trekkers sleep in lodges and tents. Lodges on this trek are very basic. There are plenty of good Camps paid but for a few bucks.
Many Guesthouses are open from March to November. Except for those times they may be closed. so bring a sleeping Bag and tents we warmly suggested.
In Ghunsa have some good lodges have a hot shower.
At the higher elevation at Lhonak, probably trekkers have no enough sleep due to moving glaciers at a higher elevation. After the morning Kanchenjunga view you feel better.
Until 1852 Mount Kanchenjunga was thought to be the highest mountain in the world but after MT Everest and Mt. K2 find it was the third-highest mountain.
Along the trek, there are numerous guest houses. Trekker’s have the opportunity to buy food and drinks
Good Physical fitness trekkers with enough holiday can enjoy both south and North view with the Kanchenjunga circuit crossing over Mirgin La (4663m) and Lapsang La (5160 m). It takes 3 weeks.
Day 1. Arrival In Kathmandu
The group is going to Kathmandu. You apply for a visa at the airport, and at the exit you will be met by a representative of our office. Take a car to a 3 star standard hotel in Thamel, the most touristic area of the capital. Here you meet the instructor, we are of the NAC, preparing for tomorrow's departure, the guides are decorated w t all the group permissions. If possible, we go to the Old Palace Square, to the Kastamandap temple, to the house-temple of the goddess Kumari. If someone needs to buy additional equipment, there will be time for that. In the evening we will have dinner, get to know each other and the guide will answer all the questions that tourists usually have before starting a trip :)
Day 2. Flight to Badrapur - transfer to Fidim
Early in the morning we fly to the town of Badrapur, closer to the cherished Kanchenjunga (you can go by bus, but the road is too tiring and takes almost a day). From the airport we leave for Fidim. See the excellent tea plantations that Ilam County is famous for. We go to bed early - we need to rest from the road.
flight 45 min. drive 5-6 hours.
Mountain from Fidim
Day 3. Taplejung - Suketar
We sit down in the jeeps again and go (the last transfer))) to the Taplejung village, from where our trek to the Kanchenjungi base camp starts. There is a huge plus in such isolation of the region, which we will appreciate later: there are very few tourists! Finally, the walking part of the route begins. The trail climbs through a damp forest of treelike rhododendrons overgrown with moss and lianas. Between the trees, there is a view of the Tamura and Anura valleys. There is a trade route and we meet many local porters - bhariy. They bring cardamom to the market, the plantations of which we will go through a little later. We are gaining altitude, bypassing several villages. In the evening we will arrive at the lovely village of Suketar. We will spend the night in a tea house ( tea-house -loggias are sometimes called so). For dinner we will try traditional food.
drive 4.5 hours
Day 4. Sinva
We go up past picturesque small farms where Nepalese grow rice and cardamom. We will pass along the suspension bridge, hung with multi-colored prayer flags - langtas . After lunch we descend to the valley of the Tamur River to the village of Doban. There is a checkpoint and a small souvenir market, bamboo huts huddled nearby , where ethnic Tibetans weave tongas and woolen scarves and sell them nearby. We'll get ourselves an authentic souvenir, or at least take a look, relax with a cup of excellent tea and walk a little more along the valley to the village of Sinwe.
overnight at 980 m.
Day 5. Kanchenjunga National Park
We climb along the glacial Tamur Kosi. She washed a deep gorge, the valley is dotted with crevasses. Wild tropical forest gives way to rice terraces and tea plantations, higher mountain slopes are overgrown with bamboo, there are many animals and birds. The national park begins in Tapetok: we will pass the checkpoint, relax in the tea house. Behind Tapetok, the sloping road is first paved with comfortable stone slabs, but then a steep ascent to the village of Lelep Sherpas (1650 m) begins . Let's see how this amazing people live, without which most climbers would never have got to the Himalayan peaks. It also houses the headquarters of the Kanchenjunga Project (KCAP). Behind Lepel, the track dives into a bamboo grove and leads to the village where our lodge stands.
Set 670 m. elevation 1650 m.
Day 6. Amjilos
The trail winds along the northern shore of Ghuns Khola, taking us closer and closer to our trekking goal. We climb a steep climb to Gayabari (2150m), which resembles stone steps over a steep cliff. And at the top, a reward awaits us - a beautiful waterfall. From here the road is not so steep and we slowly climb the grassy slopes to the local peak (2530m), from where we will see the first panorama of the snow-covered Himalayas. Let's go down to Amjilos.
height 2400 m above sea level.
Day 7. T and yabla
Today we will have an easy transition with a gentle and scenic climb. The rainforest gives way to thickets of meanders, rhododendrons and knotty oaks, more and more often Alpine pastures come across. The highlight of the day will be the waterfalls, past which (and through which :) we will pass. Our goal is the Gajabla Sherpa village. It is very beautiful around it and there are stunning cascades of waterfalls. Pandas live in local bamboo groves. Finding them, of course, is difficult, but you can try!
height 2725 m.
Day 8. Ghunsa
The morning begins with a descent to the seething river and trek along the sheer coastal cliffs, then a steep climb to the ridge. W aglyanem in wooden Tibetan monastery. The valley becomes wider, the path, surrounded by fields and deciduous forests, takes us to Phale - a summer village of the Ghunsa people, and further to Ghunsu itself . In translation, its name means "winter settlement", because in some houses people live all year round, and do not go down below. G x ounsa looks like an ancient Tibetan village. The Tibetans moved here over 600 years ago, but the culture and traditions are still unique.This is the largest settlement on our track to the base Kanchenjungi: there are quite large shops with essential goods, its own small hydroelectric power station, a checkpoint. Ghunsa is the last point from where you can make a phone call.
trekking time 5-6 hours.
Day 9. Kambachen
Under the canopy of larch and juniper, we move along the river, cross it along a shaky bridge and pass Rambuk Khark (3720m). A andshaft mills and tsya alpine, strongly felt the height. We pass the waterfall and begin the difficult ascent to the ridge. The road here is very bad - soft rocks constantly slide into the river, loose pebbles underfoot. But what a view of Kanchenjunga and Janna ! Enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas to our fullest , take memorable pictures and quickly descend to Kambachen to rest. In this part of the park, there are no more villages like these - several summer houses and nothing more. And the mountains around are harsh, inaccessible, in glaciers ...
trek 5-6 hours. elevation 4050 m.
Day 10. Acclimatization. Jannu glacier
The necessary rest in Kambachena is beautiful and enjoyable. From here, stunning panoramic views of the peaks of Giannu (7711m), Khabur (6332m) and Fole (6645m) open from the east, and in the north the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga rise formidably. From the village there is an easy ascent to the local ridge (4400 m), you can run into the radial and admire the Jannu glacier, the Temachunggi mountains (6044 m), Fole , Sobi-Tongi (6670 m), Mera peak (6364 m) . Local graze shaggy yaks and rare blue sheep, with which you can take pictures in the background.
Day 11. Lhonak
The trail strives upward, to rocky peaks, chained in eternal ice. It gets windy and noticeably colder. We pass the Buddhist chortens, pastures of Ramtang (4350m), walk along the side moraine of the Kanchenjunga glacier, cross the river to the mouth of the Lhonak glacier. The peak measure looks phenomenal from here. Lhonak stands on the shore of a wide lake that often dries up. There are several stone houses surrounded by rugged cliffs and simply unearthly views. Particularly good from here is Chang Himal, or Verde Peak (Wedge, 6750m). We are almost there, the landscapes around are completely Martian: black wasteland, sheer granite blocks and glaciers shine under the rays of the sun.
trek 5 h. Climb - 640m.
Day 12. Kanchenjunga North Base Camp
We begin an incredible path to the base of the third peak of the world. We follow along the glacial moraine along the ridge, where the road is most stable. Weather permitting, today from the track we will see the majestic Kanchenjunga almost non-stop. Going short, but there is a reason - the sun is very quickly hides behind the Kanchenjunga mountain ranges and the temperature plummets, then when goes camping to go in the dark and in the cold. We will spend the night in the northern base camp of Pangpema at an altitude of 514 0 m. There is only one shelter, open several months a year and nothing else - just the grandeur of the Himalayas and the glitter of glaciers.
Day 13. Sunrise over Kanchenjanga
Kanchenjunga at dawnWe wake up before dawn and go up 300 meters to the ridge north of Pangpema - here we will meet the most amazing sunrise in life From the top of the Kanchenjunga ridge, it is visible at a glance, in the north there are towering peaks Tapl Shikar (6510m) and "Twins" (7350m), and in the east - Pyramid Peak (7168m) and Kirap (7365m). In the west, the sharp ridge of Chang Himal rises above the Kanchenjunga glaciers ... It was these places that inspired people to create world religions and legends about the birth of the world. For the sake of this view, we came here - to the very heart of the Himalayas. Such a trip will never be forgotten!
But time is running out and we have to go down - to the already familiar Kambachen, and if we don't have time, then to Lhonak.
trek 6-7 h. Descent 1000m.
Day 14. Descent to Ghunsu
The easy transition will be an excellent rest after the high mountains and the difficult climb to the North. We go down a little along a wide panoramic valley, admiring the mountains and autumn colors of golden larch. If it rains, the trail will become limp and more difficult - get ready. In the lodge we relax, eat off (especially for 5000+) and tell about the basic one to everyone who is just going there.
trek 6 h. Descent 750m. elevation 3595 m.
Day 15. Pass Sele La
The rest is over, and we are entering the most difficult part of the route. By this time, acclimatization is in order, the views around are knocked off our feet, the seven-thousanders are dazzling with beauty and inaccessibility ... in a word, we enjoy pure Himalayan trekking!) Through the rocks and snow, we ascend the Sele La Pass pass (4290m), take pictures of the panorama, and descend to the Sele La camp. We will spend the night in a tea house, and in the evening we will enjoy an enchanting sunset.
trek 6-8 h. elevation 4130m.
Day 16. Three passes
Yes, it will be tough. Well, what were you waiting for - today we will even see Everest! Landscapes will change as in a kaleidoscope: glacial moraines, forests of rhododendrons and junipers, azure lakes in which icebergs float, terraces with cinnamon. Take turns taking the passes Sinion La (4660m), Mirgin La (4663m) and Sinelapche La (4724m). From them, in addition to the panorama of Kanchenjunga, we will have views of Dzhana , Makalu, Chamlang ridge and even Chomolungma. Let's cross our fingers so that the weather will be clear! We descend for the night in Cherim - a village right under the glacier that slides down from Kanchenjunga. The area is fantastically beautiful, with many yaks and snow doves.
trek around 8-9 hours.
Day 17. Yalung Glacier - Kanchenjungi South Base Camp
We leave our things in the lodge, take with us thermoses, a snack, windbreakers and go out into the radial. Along the path there are many mani prayer walls and pyramids of ritual stones - a reminder that these places are not only beautiful, but also full of spiritual meaning. We ascend along the moraine along the Yalung glacier to the mark of 4500m , where there will be an observation deck with a gorgeous view of the southern side of Kanchenjunga. We see this peak from an unfamiliar angle. How changeable are its harmonious forms! In addition to the handsome eight-thousander, from here you can see the glacier itself, Lake Rathorn (6682m), Djanu and the Korbu ridge. Having admired, we go further - to the base camp.
If time and weather fail, we will reach the old camp Ohordung (4740m) or walk another hour to the new one. Alas, here the glaciers are rapidly receding ... where there used to be eternal ice, now there are only heaps of stones. After lunch, we descend to our lodge and revel in the solitude, silence and pristine nature of these places. Flocks of blue sheep run along the steep rocky slopes just above our lodge, and the setting sun paints the proud peaks in all shades of red. Are there places in the world where the gods are closer?
trek 5- 7 hours.
Day 18. Tortong
Descent to warmth and civilization begins. We go along the valley, from which Kanchenjunga is still visible, but by evening it will hide from us behind the mountain ranges. It's a pity - in 10 days we managed to get used to it)). We pass meadows with herds of yaks, rivulets, settlements of Sherpas and gompa. We go up and down the trails, which in places resemble stairs, although our track is mostly gentle. We come to Tortong, which is literally buried in lush forests of rhododendron, huge larches and pines overgrown with moss and ferns. We are already in a real jungle - and yet yesterday we were walking on a glacier!
Day 19. Yampundin
The launch will be long - t sticks will definitely come in handy :) Along the shady forest serpentines, we traverse numerous spurs of ridges that break off into river valleys. Finally, we will admire the familiar Jannu and Kumbhakarna (7711 m), walk through a unique grove of silver pines. We will spend the night in the Sherpa village.
trek 6 hours. We will lose 1200 m of altitude. 2090m
Day 20. Hapu Khola
We have breakfast and go out onto the trail. Today we will have pleasant trekking through forests, rice terraces, and suspension bridges, over dizzying cliffs, along turbulent rivers and waterfalls, in which it is so pleasant to plunge into a sultry afternoon. This is our last crossing, and we will enjoy every moment spent on this lovely path.
Day 21. Transfer to Birtamod
It's time to say goodbye to the Himalayas. We get into the jeeps and go to Birtamod. There we will walk, buy souvenirs and drink exquisite Ilam tea, looking at the mountains in the distance. Even India can be seen a little from here)
trek 7-8 hours
Day 22. Badarpur - Kathmandu
After an early breakfast, the transfer takes us to a familiar airport, and we fly to the capital of Nepal. You can buy plane tickets home for the evening. With those who are leaving tomorrow, we will go on an excursion to Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Bodnath Stupa, see the Royal Square or go to Patan - an open-air museum city. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner. Alas, the adventure is over, but the beauty of the Himalayas and the inner harmony that each of us gained during the trekking will remain with us forever - like a personal treasure of the Great Snows.
drive 45 min. flight 40 min.
Day 23: Departure from Kathmandu
Our office representative will drop you to the airport prior 3 hours from flight time.
SLEEPING BAG(-10 DEGREE)
4 PAIR OF WARM TREKKING SOCKS.
2 TO 3 UNDERWEAR.
SOME PAIR OF FAST DRYING T-SHIRTS
PAIR OF FAST AND EASY DRYING TROUSERS.
1 PAIR OF SWIMMING SUITS OR SKING UNDERWEAR.FAST DRYING FLEECE.
WARM HAT AND CAP PROTECT FROM SUN AND COLD.
INSULATING JACKET OR VEST.
SANDALS FOR GUEST HOUSE STAY PERIOD.
A LIGHT TOWEL.
A SMALL TOWEL CAN BE USEFUL FOR DAY SWEATING PERIOD.
SHAMPOO, SOAP, OR SHOWER GEL.
SUNSCREEN AT LEAST 50 SPF.
A GOOD QUALITY LIP CARE.
CAMERA FOR FUTURE MEMORY.
POWER BANK, BATTERY CHARGE, AND PAIRS OF BATTERY FOR CAMERA.
SOME SNACKS AND ENERGY BARS.
SOME READING MATERIALS/PLAYING CARDS FOR FREE TIME.
WATCH OR SMARTPHONES.
A HEADLIGHT FOR USE NIGHT TOILET OR SUNRISE HIKE.