Many people have described the Kanchenjunga Trekking as the finest trekking route in Nepal. It is a long trek going deep into the remote mountain ranges on Nepal’s border with Sikkim and Tibet. The trail explores the areas around Kanchenjunga the second highest mountain in Nepal and the third highest mountain in the world (once thought to be the highest among the world’s giants). The mountain is part of the Great Himalaya Range. The Kanchenjunga massif is in the form of a gigantic cross, the arms of which extend north, south, east, and west. This recently opened Kanchenjunga region routes offer the chance to discover absolutely unspoiled highlands wilderness. In Tibetan, ‘Kanchenjunga’ means ‘the five treasure houses of snow’, which gives you some idea of what to expect when visiting the area.
The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (2,035 KM2) extends into protected areas in Sikkim and Tibet, and comprises beautiful and unspoiled wilderness. The area is Snow Leopard territory, but the reclusive predator shares the unbounded forests with the Himalayan Black Bear and the Assamese Macaque, Musk Deer and Red Panda among others. Cascading waterfalls, lush vegetation and thousands of species of plants await the trekker. More than 2,000 different flowering plants have been recorded in the Kanchenjunga area and in the springtime some of the richest Rhododendron forests in Nepal can be seen.
Unabashedly wild, the Kanchenjunga trek will be a true adventure. Eastern Nepal is generally more developed than Western Nepal and more prosperous. This is due in part to the more favorable climate with its higher rainfall and in part to the employment of many Rai and Limbu people in the Gorkha regiments and the income and ideas such experiences bring in. The remoteness of the terrain, its rugged trails, scattered human habitation, and monsoonal downpours make for a perfectly challenging beginning for an adventures trek. The trek will meet you with stunning forests and wild paths at lower altitudes, high mountain passes and trekking on glaciers in the immense space of the sparsely inhabited but stunning northern reaches. The scattered Sherpa, Limbu, Rai and Lhomi communities are well known for their warm hospitality.
Winding slowly up through Ghunsa for views of Kanchenjunga’s massive north face, you will reach base camp at Pangpema. The feature of the trek are remoteness, pleasant villages, glorious mountains, a soaring peaks, and the Yalung Glacier. The paths are mostly used by locals, as very few trekkers make their way to the wild east of Nepal. For those who do the reward lies in more than just the breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga and its companions.
This trek is considered a technical trek and appropriate for those who are fairly fit and have a sense of adventure. The program is designed to acclimatize you gradually not to experience high altitude sickness. The trek is designed for camping arrangement, thus everything is handled by our team of porters, Sherpa and cooks who will carry your luggage, the camp equipment and set up the camps and have hot meals and tea ready for you at every break. This one adventurous wilderness trekking is offered by Nepal Eco Adventure. Average hiking per day on this trek is 5-7 hrs.
Looming Mountain Kanchenjunga (8,586m) the third highest mountain in the world - Monasteries - the Yalung Glacier - Chortens temples and prayer walls - Traditional Sherpa Village - Unique Himalayan Culture - flowering glory of Rhododendrons.
Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu- Once you reach the airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly received by our airport representative who will help you with the transfer to the hotel on a private car or a bus. After Checking into your hotel, you can either rest or stroll around to explore your vibrant surrounding at your convenience.
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu and prepare the permit- We spend the day visiting different tourist sites in Kathmandu. The guided tour will take you to the following
Pashupatinath: It is a holy site for Hindus all over the world. The pagoda-styled temple of Lord Shiva is visited by thousands every year.
Boudhanath Stupa: An important pilgrim site for Buddhists and Hindus, it is one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world.
Swoyambhunath Temple: Another famous holy site, it is also called the Monkey temple.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapurand drive to Ilam- We take a morning flight (45 minutes long) to Bhadrapur and then drive to Ilam. Ilam is famous as Nepal’s largest tea plantation area. We stay overnight in Ilam.
Day 04: Drive to Taplejung (1820m)- From Ilam, we drive for hours to reach Taplejung. its Scenic drive through the villages. Once we reach Taplejung. We spend our a night in Local lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Sinwa(980m)- From Taplejung onward, we trek along the lush green mid-hills of Nepal along rivers and steep ridges. We pass through traditional villages with mud houses, paddy fields, fruit trees, and terraced farms. We walk down to Tamur River and follow it upstream through some remote villages. After a while, we reach the Tamang village of Sinuwa where we stay overnight.
Day 06: Trek to Taplethok(1380m)- After the village, the valley narrows and we pass through landslide debris and boulders. Then we descend to Thiwakhola and cross it over a wooden bridge. After a few up and down trails, we reach the Chiruwa market. From there, we again follow Tamur River to finally get to Taplethok.
Day 07: Trek to Sakathum(1575m)- On this day, after climbing a spur we descend to SimbuaKhola. We cross the bridge over the river formed by the Yalung glacier. After another ridge, we reach GhunsaKhola Valley. Once we reach the confluence of Tamur and GhunsaKhola, we walk for a while and set up camp beside the river.
Day 08: Trek to Amjilosa(2310m)- From Sakathum, we trek northeast along the banks of GhunsaKhola. We gain altitude as we move towards Kanchenjunga Base camp. The trek passes through exposed terrain with steep, uphill climb to Amjilosa. It is a Tibetan village where we stay overnight.
Day 09: Trek to Gyable(2730)- On this way, we pass through rhododendron and bamboo forests. After an ascent, we come across a big waterfall on the side of the river which points to our destination Gyable. The camp site is one of the best with gorgeous views of the surrounding.
Day 10: Trek to Gunsa(3595)- From Gyable, the trail crosses a large meadow, a village, and a hill. Then, we descend and cross a river to reach the village of Gunsa. Gunsa is a large Tibetan village with wooden houses, a school, a health post, and a micro hydropower plant. It also has Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and few Gompas where people share their travel stories. We stay in the largest and last village of the valley.
Day 11: Acclimatization day at Gunsa. Explore the village- For the acclimatization, we hike to the other side of the river to gain about 400m elevation. It takes about 4 hours for the round trip. Rest of the day we explore the picturesque Tibetan village and get acquainted with its people.
Day 12: Trek to Khambachen(4050)- From Ghunsa, we move through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests, along the south bank of GhunsaKhola, with many chortens and Mani walls. After crossing various slopes and glacial moraines, we finally reach Khambachen. It is a small Tibetan settlement with around a dozen houses surrounded by mountains. We stay here overnight.
Day 13: Trek to Lhonak(4780m)- Once we reach the source of Ghunsa Khola, we stay to the north of Kanchenjunga glacier. We hike along a plateau past Lhonak glacier to reach the high, flat Lhonak campsite. Despite the cold and high elevation, the breathtaking views of Wedge peak, Mera peak, Nepal peak, and Twins will mesmerize us. We spend the night under the starry skies.
Day 14: Trek to Pang pema base camp(5140m) and back to Lhonak.(4780m).- As we leave Lhonak, we go east following the same glacier on the northern ridges to reach KBC. It is also called Pang Pema and is a fantastic campsite with beautiful mountain views. We head back to Lhonak to spend the night in lower elevation.
Day 15: Trek to Gunsa (3595m)- We retrace our steps back to Ghunsa which is a long day. We spend the night in Ghunsa.
Day 16: Trek to Selele Kharka(4200m)- We follow a steep, rocky trail through a forest that emerges at High Camp. The Sele la Kharka is just above the high pass where we spend the night.
Day 17: Trek over Selele Pass - trek down to Tseram(3870m)- It is one of the most exciting days of the trek as we walk through two passes: Sele La pass (4480m) and Sinion La (4660m). After the final pass, we descend for about 1000m to reach Tseram where we stay the night.
Day 18: Trek to Oktang Base camp(4730M) and back to Ramche(4580m)- From Tseram, we pass through the snout of Yalung Glacier into an eroded valley. The peaks of this region span the Nepal- India border. There is a lake and a meadow in Ramche. Blue sheep can also be seen on the grassy slopes. From Ramche, we move through rocky trails and moraines to finally reach Oktang Glacier. From, there we trace the trail back to Ramche.
Day 19: Trek back to Tseram(3870m)- From Ramche, we trace our steps back to Tseram where we spend the night.
Day 20: Trek to Lamite Bhanjyang (3370m)- We descend through Simbuwa Khola as we retrace our steps. As the descent is easier, we get enough time to admire the surrounding views and orchids in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. We pass through Toronton and then reach Lamite Bhanjyang, below Amjikhola. We stay there overnight.
Day 21: Trek to Yamphudin (1690m)- We travel through LamiteBhanjyang which is basically a dense forest of pine trees. We will be accompanied by the singing birds throughout. We cross the AmjiKhola and then descend to Yamphudin where we spend the night.
Day 22: Trek back to Phumphe (1780m)- We make a descend on this day as we walk along the KabeliKhola. There are waterfalls of various sizes throughout the trail. We finally reach Phumphe. We stay here overnight.
Day 23: Trek back to Kunjari (1700m)- From Phumphe, we first climb a ridge and then descend through a series of side valleys past Phun village. After we reach Kesawa, we ascend to Bhanjyang which is a Gurung settlement. From here, the trail traverses a ridge and descends to Kunjari, a Limbu village. We stay the night here on the banks of PhaKhola.
Day 24: Trek to TapleJung (1580m)- It is the last day of trekking as we go to Suketar of Taplejung. It involves more climbing than descends and hence is an exhausting day. We stay overnight in Taplejung.
Day 25: Drive to Birtamod- On this day, we take a long drive to Birtamod of Bhadrapur. We stay in Birtamod for the night.
Day 26: Early morning fly back to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur- We take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. We can enjoy the evening in Thamel, a popular tourist hub.
Day 27: Leisure day at Kathmandu- We can visit the sites in Kathmandu like the Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar square. They are famous for their palaces, museums and other architectural artifacts. This is a good opportunity to buy souvenirs: statues, paintings, Thangka, Pashmina etc.
Day 28: Transfer to Airport for your final departure to home- We will bid you farewell at Tribhuvan International Airport. We welcome you to explore the naturally and culturally gifted Nepal again.
Note: The above itinerary is a Guideline and standard Pattern which we provide. This Trekking can be customized according to your time and requirement. What we offer here is tea house trekking, Kanchenjunga trek still consider as camping Trekking for bigger group. E-mail us for latest updated info and price for camping trekking.