A journey to Kanchenjunga trekking area is a special treat- starting from the tropical lowlands through great rhododendron forests and lovely villages of eastern north Nepal up to the glacier and overwhelming views. This trekking lead to base camp of third highest peak of the world Mount Kanchenjunga which is least known among all great peaks. Exotic name such as Wedge peak, Pyramid peak, Janu Himal, White Wave, the Twins and, of course, Mount Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) provide the inspiration to make the challenging trek to base camp.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek – 28 days
Trekking to the Basecamp of worlds 3rd Highest Mountain :: Kanchenjunga
Traditionally called Sinha Lila Peak, A journey to Kanchenjunga trekking area is a special treat- starting from the tropical lowlands through great rhododendron forests and lovely villages of eastern north Nepal up to the glacier and overwhelming views. This trekking lead to base camp of third highest peak of the world Mount Kanchenjunga which is least known among all great peaks. Exotic name such as Wedge peak, Pyramid peak, Janu Himal, White Wave, the Twins and, of course, Mount Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) provide the inspiration to make the challenging trek to base camp. Our approach takes us up through terraced hillsides of the remoter ethnic group of Rai and Limbu and then among well preserved forest of rhododendron, birch oak and spruce.
The trek offers you the nature in its pure form, where besides the Mount Kanchenjunga 8586 m. /28170 ft., you get to see various other fascinating mountain peaks; Mount Yalung Kang (8505m), Dromo Peak (6100m), Yalung Ri (5200m) etc. Rich flora and fauna, and the stunningly beautiful scenarios. This region is inhabited by the friendliest people of Nepal, such as Rai and Limbu, Chhetris and Brahmins whose cultural treasures and rituals always thrill the visitors. In spite of the difference in traditions and rituals, you get to see them living in peace and harmony with other ethnic groups.
Kanchenjunga Conservation Area spread in an area of 2035 square Kilometers and KCAP area has a rich diversity of wildlife including snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer red panda and others. Pheasant, red-billed blue magpie, shy-drongo are the major birds found in Kanchenjunga trekking route. Kanchenjunga trek to the south and north faces of the world’s third highest mountain offers fantastic Himalayan views, including Everest. Kanchenjunga base camp trekking provides you with an adventure trekking in eastern part of Nepal Himalaya.
Mount Kanchenjunga sits astride the Nepal/Sikkim border only a few miles from Tibet. You are not allowed to complete the circuit trek except for its Northern and Southern elevation. Few high passes are encountered while trailing to both the elevation in one go however during favorable weather conditions, it is quite accessible, or else, an additional of few days will be required to complete the trek via a moderate route. 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. The region is still restricted to organised expedition group only, special permit needed.
We fly from Kathmandu to Taplejung (Suketar) accessible by air, then follow the trek to Yalung Ri Base Camp of 5400 meters and to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5100m) via famous destination of the trek Pangpema (5140m). After complete of the trek return back to Suketar via Ghunsa-Amjilassa to fly out from the region to Kathmandu.
Day 01 – Arrival Kathmandu Airport
Arrive to Kathmandu, an exciting and memorable experience with the panoramic view of snow-capped Himalayan range greets your sight.
Independent Himalayan Adventure’s Airport Representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. After arrival to hotel, Short briefing and final payment procedures.
Day 02 – Kathmandu Sightseeing. (prepare permit of the trek)
We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip. Final checking of your climbing equipments. A half day sightseeing tours of Kathmandu including Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath.
Day 03 – Fly to Suketar (2320 m) trek to Lali Kharka (2276 m) 3 hours.
Fly from Kathmandu to Taplejung (2320 meters) Half hour flight to Taplejung at Suketar Airport. Independent Himalayan Adventures crew will be waiting for your arrival. Take an early lunch, while the crew arranges all bedding and baggages. An easy 2 to 3 hours walk along the ridge line to Lali Kharka, a grazing area.
Day 04 – Trek to Khesewa (2120 meters) 5 hours.
After traversing the hillside a short way, we descend to the village of Pakora along the Phawa Khola, crossing a suspension bridge before beginning the steep climb up towards Kunjuri. Lunch will be taken somewhere below Kunjuri and the afternoon’s walk takes on a short distance over the crest of the ridge to our campsite at Khesewa. We get our first views of Kanchenjunga, and should be able to clearly make out the south and main summit along with Yalung Kang. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 05 – Trek to Mamankhe (1920 meters) 5 hours.
Today the path covers steep hillside through terraced fields high above the Kabbeli Khola. There are some ups and downs crossing side valleys but there are many shady spots to rest. After lunch at one of these we pass the village of Anpan, before descending to cross the Kashawa Khola and then, finally, we walk up again through terraced fields to the village of Mamankhe. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 06 – Trek to Yamphudin (2080 meters) 6 hours.
Today the walk starts with an easy climb to Yamphudin along a track which contours the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. The path has several ups and downs as we cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides. Generally the route is flat and the river eventually becomes level with the trail a couple of hours before Yamphudin. At last we can stop to lunch in one of the clear beautiful river. It is truly an idyllic spot. After lunch by the river we complete the day’s walk to Yamphudin. Yamphudin is the most remote settlement in this area and the last village we will see until we reach Ghunsa. It is a charming place tucked away beneath the ridge of Deurali Danda that we must cross next.
Day 07 – Trek to Chitre (2965 meters) 5 hours.
Beyond Yamphudin the trail ascends a steep spur, a gentle introduction for what will come. Leaving villages behind us trek through pleasant forest, stopping for lunch in a meadow capturing fine views of the north and south. A steep descend to the river an interesting bridge across the Omje Khola to our campsite in Chitre.
Day 08 – Trek to Tortongn (3010 meters) 6 hours.
Starting the day with 3 hours of steep ascent to the crest of the Deurali Danda in dense forest most of the way. From the 3230 meters pass we see Jannu, definitely closer! We descend across some steep and exposed areas before entering the forest again. The sharp descent through beautiful forest continues down into the valley of the Simjua Khola. Across the ‘interesting’ wooden bridge is Tortongn, a camping place with numerous rock shelters amid towering conifers. The steep hills make today a tough 6 to 7 hours trekking.
Day 09 – Trek to Tseram (3870 meters) 6 hours.
Today we follow the river through more beautiful forest, the conifers giving way to the rhododendron forest. The valley climbs fairly steeply and as the day progresses the trees become more stunted and scattered, giving us glimpses of the snowcapped giants ahead and the massive snout of Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong peak start to peep over the moraine. Camping at Tseram, a grazing area, the night temperatures will remind us that we are really gaining height.
Day 10 – Trek to Ramche (4580 meters) 4 hours.
A short day walk up the final 600 meters to Ramche where the trail to Kanchenjunga South turns dangerously. The scenery is magnificent as we ascend past snout of the Yalung Glaciers into a series of ablation valleys which gives easy walking and good camping. A frozen lake, clear streams and views of Koktang, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of this stroll. Expect to feel the altitude today.
Day 11 – Explore around Ramche (4580 meters) and Oktang (4730 meters) 5 hours.
Our first close encounter with Kanchenjunga. Following the valley round to see the stunning south face of Kanchenjunga and Jannu. We get across the Yalung Ri Glacier and continue by a sweeping curve, at Oktang, 4730 meters, we are suddenly confronted with the southern wall of the mountain. This vast ridge forms a cirque over 15 kms long, nowhere less than 7500 meters high and with three main summits of Kanchenjunga at 8420 meters, 8586 meters, and 8474 meters! It is a breathtaking mountain panorama and especially impressive is Jannu while observing the glaciers flowing from its east face.
Day 12 – Trek to Yalung Ri Base Camp (5400 meters) 5 hours.
This extended part will take you to the high altitudes. It requires determination and some luck too. The crossing of high passes requires good weather, and of course perfect logistic support. Expect to get acclimatized with the altitude today.
Day 13 – Trek back to Ramche (4580 meters) 5 hours.
Yalung Glaciers and a series of valleys, give good walking and perfect camping. A frozen lake, clear streams and magnificent views are the highlights of this stroll.
Day 14 – Trek to Salleri over the Mirgin La (4480 meters) 6 hours.
We trek down the valley, passing the turn off to the high and challenging Labsang La route to Ghunsa and the north side of Kanchenjunga. This pass is rough and dangerous, especially for porters so we take the more southern set of passes, beginning with the Mirgin La. After an initial steep climb and several false summits we reach Mirgin La. Apart from the magnificent Jannu, on the horizon are Makalu, Gyakung Kang, Everest, Lhotse and Chamalang. To the south it is possible to see down to the Terai, a panorama worth the effort. Our campsite will be beyond the pass, after 6 to 7 hours tough walking.
Day 15 – Trek to Ghunsa (3475 meters) 5 hours.
Although there four more passes, there is little descent between them, so in effect it is a high scenic area. After lunch descent brings us to Lamba Sumba Kharka where there are more views of the awesome Southwest Face of Jannu. From Kharka the going is easy again down a pleasant forested trail to the village of Ghunsa, where we camp in the village. Ghunsa is a picturesque Tibetan village; prayer flags flutter from the wooden houses and there are two monasteries, a welcome sight after the many days of wilderness. One of the local specialties� is ‘Tongba’, a curious alcoholic drink. A jug or large bamboo cup is filled with fermented millet seed and boiling water pored over. The flavor and alcohol seep though and you drink it with a special straw. You might need a drink after the tough 4 to 6 hour walk.
Day 16 – Trek to Khambachen (4040 meters) 6 hours.
Gradually the trail ascends to south of the Ghunsa Khola and crossing flood plains while emerging on a pasture situated at the north side of the river. A steep climb to a slope from where it crosses a slide and then descends to Lakepo. A short climb from here to the village of Khambachen 4040 meters.
Day 17 – Exploration day at Khambachen.
Today we spend acclimatizing to high altitude. It also doubles up as a rest day and can be used for a short morning hike to explore the area around Khambachen. Those who feel the urge should be able to catch up on their laundry. Otherwise, a good book should get you through the day perfectly. It is essential to acclimatize to the higher altitude as you have been spending a lot of time at lower altitudes. From here there are good mountain views of the peaks near Kanchenjunga which are visible. You can hike up the ridge above the village for better views or take a day hike to the Jannu Base Camp. The Nepali name for Jannu is Kumbhakarna.
Day 18 – Trek to Lhonak (4790 meters) 6 hours.
A gradual climb through rocky fields gets you to Ramtang at elevation of 4240 meters then crossing northwest of the Kanchenjunga Glacier you reach Lhonak. Lohnak is on a sandy plain near a dry lakebed. You will camp between the boulders here to stay out of the wind. There are beautiful mountain vistas all around. Water is very scarce in Lhonak and you will need to use only as much as absolutely necessary.
Day 19 – Trek to Pangpema (5140 meters) 4 hours.
The main Kanchenjunga peak is only visible from Pangpema, which is the base camp for expeditions on Kanchenjunga. From Lhonak, the trail gradually ascends across the plain but soon gets steeper as it follows the moraine. Pangpema is at a height of 5140 meters.
Day 20 – Explore around Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5100 meters) and down steps to Khambachen 5 hours.
Today those who would like to take a morning hike up a ridge, north of Pangpema. A climb of 200 or 300 meters and provides a great vantage point with views of Kanchenjunga, Wedge Peak, the Twins and Tent Peak. As usual the descent goes faster and you can reach Khambachen the same day.
Day 21 – Trek to Ghunsa 6 hours.
More descents thru magnificent sections of forest as long as we make Amjillassa tomorrow it doesn’t matter where we stay. From Ghunsa an hour down we pass through Phole, a village in two parts. The upper sections house Tibetan refugees who are well established, the second is the winter village of Ghunsa. Further down is Yangswa, a great and warm camp.
Day 22 – Trek to Amjillassa (2460 meters) 4 hours.
Initially we pass thru beautiful forest opening out to steep, grassy hillsides where Amjillassa is perched.
Day 23 – Trek to Syakathum (1600 meters) 5 hours.
Down, down and down! After a short climb we begin the steep descent that will take most of the day. We reach the joining of the Tamur and Ghunsa Kholas.
Day 24 – Trek to Chirwa (1200 meters) 5 hours.
We cross the Simbu Khola, which originates from Kanchenjunga’s south base camp, the Khola that we followed up from Torontan. It is pleasantly warm at these low altitudes and cardamom grows freely in the moist shaded forest. Crossing numerous small tributary streams we reach Chirwa, a village set among large boulders. We camp in a field out of the village. This is an easier day.
Day 25 – Trek to Suketar (2420 meters) 5 hours.
Traversing in an out of minor valleys, we pass thru a succession of picturesque villages on our way to Suketar, reaching around late afternoon.
Day 26 – Fly back to Kathmandu.
Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited one last time on the 35 minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu from Suketar (Taplejung).
Day 27 – Spare/Leisure day in Kathmandu.
It’s also spare day in Kathmandu, If you are interested in continuing on to the Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start today.
Day 28 – Departure Day
Transfer for your final flight departure. The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
Per Person US$ 3099 (2 Person)
Per Person US$ 2960 (4 Persons)
Per Person US$ 2895 (6 Persons)
Per Person US$ 2750 (8+ Persons)
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