Kanchenjunga Trek, Kanchanjunga Trekking in nepal, Nepal Trekking, Trekking, Nepal Trek, Trek Nepal, Nepal Trekking & Tour, Of all the world's great peaks, Kanchenjunga is perhaps the least known; the third highest in the world at 8,598m. It sits astride the Nepal / Sikkim border only a few miles from Tibet. This route was opened to the trekkers in 1988, though people have trekked in the area in connection with mountaineering expedition since the turn of the century. Kanchenjunga is along way from Kathmandu and the nearest road and airports are along way from the mountains.
Our long trek here climbs from the intensively cultivated hillsides of the Nepal Midlands, populated by the Rai and Limbu tribes, towards the peaks of Jannu and Khabru and the great wall of Kumbakarna, Kanchenjunga and Rathong, passing on the way through some of the finest high mountain scenery anywhere. Until very recently this was a restricted area, so this is an ideal trek for those who already know Nepal and want to get away from the better known areas and visit a remoter part where few foreigners have penetrated.
We fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and transfer to Basantapur on the same day. The treks begins with our first camp at Chauki then trek through Gyabla, and ascend to the higher camp at Pang Pema (5120m) and camp at Lhonak. The trek concludes at Suketar via the descent from Omje Khola, from where we fly back to Kathmandu.
|Best time to travel||March to May, October to December|
|Trip Grade||Very Hard|
Days 1: Arrival Kathmandu, transfer to hotel
Days 2: Sight-seeing of Kathmandu: Leave for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Back to hotel and stay.
Days 3: Kathmandu – Hille - We fly to Biratnagar, an industrial city in the lowlands of Eastern Nepal. From here we drive to Hille, a Tibetan settlement where we pitch our first camp.
Days 4: Hille – Shidua - We take the trail to Buranse Danda, towards the Tamur River along a ridge. At the top of this ridge we arrive at Shidua, where we camp for the night.
Days 5: Shidua – Door Pani - We trek through a forest rich in wildlife to chitre. The views of Makalu 8476m and Chamlang are today’s highlights. We continue through rhododendron forests to the hamlet of Door Pani 2780m for overnight camp.
Days 6: Door Pani – Gupa Pokhari - After gentle climb through more rhododendron forests to a mountain ridge, we drop down to the village of Tongise Phedi and continue through grassy fields with Mt. Makalu in a constant view. Soon the Kanchenjunga range appears and we come to Mongol Bharai pass, lined with mani stones. We descend to a lake,Gupta Pokhari, for our camp.
Days 7: Gupa Pokhari – Nesum - Today we cross a pass at 3025m, descend through a dense forest towards Gurja Gaon and Nesum (1615m) with Mt. Jannu and Mt. Kanchenjunga behind us. Overnight camp in Nesum.
Days 8: Nesum – Taplejung - Today we visit the central hub of this region, Taplejung. We descend to Doban through paddy fields and start the trek up to the Tamur River to Taplejung.
Days 9: Taplejung – Chirwa - Coninuing up the Timur River in a valley populated by the Limbus peoples, the descendants of the Kirati warriors who ruled Nepal at the dawn of Nepalese history, we camp near Chirwa, a pleasant bazaar with a few tea houses and shops.
Days 10: Chirwa – Sakathum - We continue up th Tamur past Tapethok and cross the simbuwa khola, a river formed by the Yalung Glacier. We climb over another ridge to join the Ghunsa Khola valley and camp by the banks of the river at Sakathum.
Days 11: Sakathu;m- Amjilassa - We follow a steep and narrow trail up river. From the high spots there are wonderful views of the Ghunsa Khola below. The path decends steeply and we arrive at the mountainside village of Amjilassa for our overnight stay.
Days 12: Amjilassa – Kyapar - We shall be doing some climbing dduring the next 5 days! We climb steeply to Kyapart,, perched in the middle of terraced hills anout 350m up from the Ghunsa Khola.
Days 13: Kyapar – Ghunsa - We descend form Kyapar and make an easy climb up the right bank of the Ghunsa Khola. Aftr the village of Phere, we enter rhododendron forests and climb a gentle hill before descending back down to the Ghunsa Khola and crossing a bridge to the village of Ghunsa overnight camp there.
Days 14: Ghunsa – Khambachan - We glimpse the Jannu Glacier, later on we get a view of Jannu (7710m) we descend the mountainside to our camp at Khambachand and overnight staying there.
Days 15: Acclamitazation day in Khambachan - Acclimatization at Khambachan: This is a rest day to acclimatize to the higher altitude. So deserve a rest today to collect our thoughts on how wild and wonderful everything has been so far.
Days 16: Khambachan – Lhonak - Well rested, we shall now start a stint of real climbing. We trek to the edge of Kanchenjunga Glacier and cross over to the Lhonak Glacier. We arrive at our campsite at Lhonak, from where we can see the trekking peak Mera (6476m)
Days 17: Day trip to Pangpema - We shall have excellent views of the towering peak of Kanchenjunga today.
Days 18: Khambachen - The Passes - We select to cross either of the 2 passes today depending on the weather conditions: Lapsang la, the higher pass at 5180m or the Mirgin La at 4500m.
Days 19: High camp - We shall again rest today to recover from the efforts of the previous days.
Days 20: High Camp – Ramche - We descend to the Simbuwa Khola valley and camp at Ramche.
Days 21: Ramche – Tseram - We take a day trip to the Yalung glacier for a magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga south face from a chorten at about 4500m. We descent later to Tseram for our over night camp.
Days 22: Tseram – Torontam - We are starting to descend from today. We steadly descend through forests of rhododendron to Torontam at 3000m.
Days 23: Torantam – Yamphudin - WE descend today to Yamphudin (1650m) a mixed community of Sherpas, Limbus, Rais and Gurungs and are the first real vilalgel since Ghunsa.
Days 24: Yamphudin – Ponphe - We descend from Yamphuudin to the Kabel Khola and climb to Ponphe 1680m.
Days 25: Ponphe – Pha Khola - From Ponphe we climb to a ridge then descend fthough as series of side valleys past Phun village to Kesawa. The trail continues to ascend to a Gurung settlement at Bhanjyang (pass) from here the trail traverses a ridge and descends to th Limbu village of Khunjari. We camp below on the banks of Pha Khola.
Days 26: Pha Khola – Taplejung - We descend today to the airport of Taplejung for our overnight stay.
Days 27: Taplejung – Kathmandu - We fly in the morning back to Kathmandu via Biratnagar after an amazing trek. transfer to hotel
Days 28: Final departure, transfer to airport