About Trip Overview
Kanchenjunga, “Treasures of Snow” (28,198ft) is the third highest mountain in the world and was first climbed by a British team in 1956 AD. Here you can endure a tough challenge, and reap the rewards!We promise this high altitude Himalayan trek will leave an impact on you forever. Kanchenjunga, although a restricted area, perhaps one of the most remote trekking regions, is situated in Eastern Nepal bordering the Indian state of Sikkim. This area houses Musk Deer, Blue Sheep and the maybe even the legendary Yeti. Few westerners have traveled to this remote area.
This high endurance trek starts with a pleasant drive to Basantpur after which an easy walk for three days through Sherpa and Chhetri villages will reach you to a place called Suketar.From here on you will feel isolated and far away from civilization, walking on a route along a ridge towards the Tamur River, enjoying panoramic views of Makalu (27,825ft) and Chamlang (24,000ft) peaks. After covering the forests and rhododendron thickets the Kanchenjunga range dramatically reveals itself. The route continues up the Tamur River through Limbu Villages (where a pot of Tongba can be had) to the terraced mountainside village of Amjilassa and the legendary Sherpa village of Ghunsa (11,400ft). The lovely monastery in Ghunsa makes for an interesting visit before the first glimpse of a sea of unclimbed peaks including Jannu (25,289ft), know as “Mystery Peak” or “Terror Peak” is visible. The trail goes on to reach the edge of the Kanchenjunga Glacier and, after crossing the lateral moraine you will come to the junction of Lhonak Glacier (15,680ft) and the valley beyond it. The campsite at Lhonak can be reached by crossing this junction, an undisturbed landscape of unspeakable beauty.
After a couple of days of rest and exploration at Lhonak, including a day trip to Pangpema (16,900ft) to admire the north face of Kangchenjunga, you will continue back the same way home. There is an option however, if the team is interested, to cross two passes, the Lapsang La (16,760ft) and Sinion/Mirgin La (15,300ft) depending on the conditions. On the last day of your trek you will walk back to Suketar to catch a flight to Biratnagar and a connecting flight from there to Kathmandu.
Day 1 KATMANDU(1000m/3280ft)
Day 2 KATMANDU: Half day guided city tours
Day 3 Drive from Kathmandu to Bassantpur (1900m)
Day 4 Trek through mossy Rhododendron forests eventually leading to Chauki (2700m) .
Day 5 Receive your first views of various peaks including Kanchenjunga. Over night in Gupa Pokhari.
Day 6 Continue ascending early, through interesting forests. Camp the night by the river at Dovan.
Day 7 Most of the day you follow the river up the Tamur Valley through rocky fields up to Mitlung
Day 8 Cross the river and continue up, the path narrows, you eventually reach the village of Chirwa.
Day 9 Trek up the Gunsa Khola valley. Riverside camp near the Tibetan village of Sakathum.
Day 10 Enter an arid landscape and follow a hairy trail up to a crest. Descend slightly to Amjilessa
Day 11 Forests of bamboo, oak & rhododendron, waterfalls, pastures, and great views up to Kyapra
Day 12 Descend steeply into the side of a ravine, trek along the river to yak pastures and up to Gunsa.
Day 13 Acclimatisation day - Gunsa. Trek to the lake at the Yamatari Glacier.
Day 14 Tackle the unstable slopes leading up to the Tibetan settlement of Kambachen (4,040m).
Day 15 Acclimatisation Day Kambachen. There are a number of day hikes to help acclimatise.
Day 16 The trail is rocky then crosses moraines. Camp at Lhonak, the views prevail from all directions
Day 17 Trek up to the base camp of Pang Pema (5,140m) Watch the sunset over Kanchenjunga.
Day 18 Hike up the ridge early. The panorama is spectacular, Kambachen overnight
Day 19 Kambachen to Gunsa
Day 20 Today you trek along a trail that is difficult to distinguish. Camp at Tseram, a large flat meadow.
Day 21 Walk along the moraine of the Yalung glacier. The valley opens up, camp at Ramche (4,420m).
Day 22 Day trip to Yalung Glacier
Day 23 Start the you descent today taking a different route to Chirwa
Day 24 Chirwa to Anpan (2250m)
Day 25 Anpan to Pokari (1,700m)
Day 26 Pokhari to Taplajung (2,350m)
Day 27 Fly back to Biratnager and take a flight back to Kathmandu. Hotel checks in. Trek Concludes
Day 28 Kathmandu Free Day
Day 29 Final Departure.
Date and Cost
- Pick up and drop transport as mentioned in the itinerary
- Accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu
- Accomodation and three meals a day during the trekking
- Trekking guide and porters
- National parks’ fees, TIMS card and government royalties
- Domestic air ticket and airport tax for tourists and guides as mentioned in the itinerary
- Insurance of our trekking staff members
- Trekking and sightseeing in Kathmandu valley or other parts of Nepal as mentioned in the itinerary
- Sleeping bags
- Down jackets
- Duffle bags
- Oxygen cylinder
- Trekking map
- First Aid Kit
- Farewell dinner with cultural program or dinner with Nepali family
- International air ticket, airport tax and Nepal visa fees
- Travel insurance and the cost of medical services of tourists
- All kinds of cloth and personal trekking equipment
- Other personal expenses and tips
- Charted helicopter, plane and other transports in case of emergency