kanchenjunga trek


For an all round trekking experience in a remote area of Nepal, the Kanchenjunga region situated in north eastern Nepal on the borders of Tibet and India is well worth considering. Kanchanjunga is the third highest mountain in the world standing at 8598 mtrs.Translated into English Kanchenjunga means clear crystal. A lot of the treks in this region centre around the Arun river and the culture of the local people living in this area is as diverse and colourful as the nature here.The Sherpa and Gurung communities are predominant in the northern part of the region Rai, Limbu, Magar, Tamang, Brahman and Chhetri dominate the south.

The area is extremely rich in natural beauty and provides a habitat to numerous wild animals,birds and exotic plants.Rhododendrons, orchids, lilies, primula are amongst the many species of flowers found here.The region is also home to the elusive snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer and red panda and the birdlife includes Impheyan, pheasant, red-billed blue magpie, shy drongo.

The trek is fairly strenuous so you need to be fit but the rewards speak for themselves.If you are looking for something out of the way rich in flora and fauna with some tremendous views this may well be the trek for you especially if you are into nature.

A. Itinerary in Detail (27 Days)

Day 01 : Upon your arrival in KATHMANDU(1000m/3280ft) & transfer to hotels. Introductory briefing about the program.

Day 02 : City tour in Kathmandu valley which includes the visits to many historical and architectural monuments.

Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Bassantpur (1900m)

Day 04 : Trek through mossy Rhododendron forests eventually leading to Chauki (2700m) .

Day 05 : Receive your first views of various peaks including Kanchenjunga. Over night in Gupa Pokhari.

Day 06 : Continue ascending early, through interesting forests. Camp the night by the river at Dovan.

Day 07 : Most of the day you follow the river up the Tamur Valley through rocky fields up to Mitlung.

Day 08 : Cross the river and continue up, the path narrows, you eventually reach the village of Chirwa.

Day 09 : 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

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 Taplejung (2,350m)

Day 27 : Fly back to Biratnager and take a flight back to Kathmandu.

B. Itinerary in Detail (35 Days)

Day 01 : Drive to Basantpur by private vehicle/van/jeep

Day 02 : Trek to Shiduwa

Day 03 : Trek to Doorpani

Day 04 : Trek to Chauki

Day 05 : Trek to Gurja Gaon

Day 06 : Trek to Taplejung

Day 07 : Trek to Lali Kharka

Day 08 : Trek to Khesewa

Day 09 : Trek to Mamankhe

Day 10 : Trek to Yamphudin

Day 11 : Trek to Chitre

Day 12 : Trek to Torontan

Day 13 : Trek to Tseram

Day 14 : Trek to Ramze

Day 15 : Rest at Ramze for acclimatization and excursion around Yalung glacier and Oktang base camp 5525m

Day 16 : Trek to Tseram

Day 17 : Trek to Sanmung Khola after crossing Milgn La pass

Day 18 : Trek to Sinion Kharka after crossing Sinion La pass 4854m

Day 19 : Trek to Ghunsa

Day 20 : Trek to Rampuk Kharka

Day 21 : Trek to Ramtang

Day 22 : Trek to Lhonak

Day 23 : Rest at Lhonak for excursion to Kanchenjungha glacier and Pangpema base camp

Day 24 : Trek to Rampuk Kharka

Day 25 : Trek to Phere

Day 26 : Trek to Amjilasa

Day 27 : Trek to Sokathom

Day 28 : Trek to Chirwa

Day 29 : Trek to Mitlung

Day 30 : Trek to Dovan

Day 31 : Trek to Gupha Pokhari

Day 32 : Trek to Tinjure Phedi

Day 33 : Trek to Basantapur

Day 34 : Drive to Biratnagar by private vehicle/van/jeep

Day 35 : Drive to Kathmandu by private vehicle/van/jeep

Cost: Please contact us for a quote

(The cost varies with the number of trekkers in the group. Please contact us with the number of trekkers for the exact quote)

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis as per the itinerary
  • City tour in Kathmandu with guide by private car
  • Entry fees when sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • National Park Trekking/Entry Permit
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) registration fee
  • Round trip / internal flights / overland transport / if needed / as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in guest houses/lodges during the trek
  • Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) a day during the trek
  • Qualified and experienced trekking guide and porter services
  • Transportation, accommodation, meal allowance, equipment and insurance for trekking staff
  • All the official paper work and all the applicable government taxes
  • Airport transfers for internal flights
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket and rucksack if required
  • Airport pick-up on arrival and drop-off on departure 

Important Note and Optional Activities

Please note: All the trekking itineraries are flexible and can be revised in order to best meet your requirements i.e. your time, interests etc. Please make contact with us if you have any special requirements or interest.


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