Kanchanjunga Trek

Tour Highlights

Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world lies on the eastern border of Nepal with India. The trek provides you to experience the remoteness of this region, romantic mountain views, diverse flora and fauna and rich local culture. If you are moderately fit and have a sense of adventure will enjoy this trek. We suggest you to strengthen your knee muscles and prepare for several days of steep descents.The trekking in this area is relatively strenuous since the region is regarded as the most remote place of Nepal. However the presence of numerous wild animals, birds and flora in abundance make the trekking in this region very interesting and pleasant.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 01: KATHMANDU / ITAHARI (Bus Drive – 12 Hrs)

Drive to Itahari and check into Hotel.

Day 02: ITAHARI / BASANTAPUR (Bus Drive – 10 Hrs)

Drive to Basantapur and check into Hotel.

Day 03: TREK TO CHAUKI (2400m) (approx 6 hrs)

This morning, leaving this village the path leading to Dobhan divides into a ridge route and a winding path on the right. Following the irrigation ditch, you climb a gentle slope, passing through two villages, both called Tsute. You again enter a forested area and the path leaves the ridge, climbing the mountain flank to the right. After climbing through rhododendron thickets, you merge to a grassy field. Continue on through the forested area then you reach the hamlet of Door Pani (2780m) . Climb through the forests to the mountain ridge from the campsite. The ridge path has many ups and downs after about 30 minutes you descend to the left. The very steep slope drops about 200m to Tinjure Phedi, a village with a teahouse. You continue along a relatively level ridge route through rhododendron thickets, the mountain flank to the left is a gently sloping grassy meadow. You come to Chauki, your camp site for tonight.

Day 04: TREK TO BHUJE DEURALI (Before Gurja Gaon) (approx 8 hrs)

From Chauki you advance through the grassy fields with Makalu in view. Soon the Kangchenjunga Range appears and finally you arrive at Mongol Bharai Pass, lined with mani stones. The path begins to wind up the peak before you ascend gradually through thickets of rhododendron at last cresting the ridge at Ram Pokhari, a village with some huts and two small lakes. The rhododendron gives way to a grassy covered, gently undulating ridge. There after you descend to Gupha Pokhari (2985m) which has a lovely lake, encountering occasional stands of rhododendron. From Gupha Pokhari you skirt around the ridge directly before you, taking the pass to the right. Here you bid farewell to the panorama of Makalu and Chamlang that has accompanied your trek from Shidua. Entering the mountain range on your right, you wind around. Climbing up and down, until you reach a mountain pass at (3025m) which leads to the descent to Dobhan. Below the pass are guest houses (unoccupied huts where porters and traveler may spend a night, there are many along the path here. You will be camping here for tonight. This place is known as Bhuje Deurali.

Day 05: TREK TO HANDRUNG (approx 8 hrs) Elevation: 1000m

Today you climb the second of the two small hills, you begin a real descent. Go through a densely forested area to a rest area where you will see below you the huts and fields of Gurja Gaon. Descending, you walk on the paths between the fields from which Jannu and Kangchenjunga are visible. You then descend a steep slope and take the mountain path on the left which winds its way down the mountain flank. From the right the alternate route out of Basantapur once again rejoins your route and you are near Nesum (1650m) where you will spend the night. Continuing your descent to Dobhan, you make your way through the maze of paddy field paths, as you approach the Tamur River; you pass by towns and villages with their teahouses and soon arrive at Dobhan, a Newar village. Crossing the suspension bridge over the Tamur River to the path on the left bank where the split with the Yalung Glacier course occurs. You follow paths through the paddies and then a narrow rocky path to a river-bed path. This monotonous path leads to the village of Handrung on the right bank ahead. One by one your party must cross the Tamur River via a narrow bamboo bridge, and when you ascend the terraced hills, you come to the Newar and Limbu inhabited village of Handrung. This will be your campsite.

Day 06: TREK TO CHIRWA (approx 8 hrs) Elevation: 1270 m

The path improves from this village, you walk through the terraced fields to a rest area dominated by a large tree. From here, Thumma is not far away. Crossing over the suspension bridge in front of the village and take the narrow path to the left of the rest area instead of the zigzag path directly ahead. Travel for a short while along a difficulty, crumbling path, then cross a muddy stream on the right to the hills beyond. Pass by a lone hut and through an area with loose stones to arrive at Mitlung which has a teahouse. Follow the path on the left bank, cross a stream and ascend a high, winding path. After you wind your way twice around a high, winding path of 100m, you descend to paddies and the suspension bridge in Sinwa, home to the Chhetri tribe. Cross a bamboo bridge over the Tamur River at the aforementioned stream, walk from a rocky area into the paddies and cross the suspension bridge (at Mitlung) to rejoin the main route. At Sinwa you enter the riverbed and follow the river, arriving at Tawa with its three Tibetan huts. Here you traverse a long, rocky area, descending again to the riverbed. After crossing a small hill you come to Chirwa and its bivouac caves. There are several houses here and you may pitch camp on the level land surrounding the village.

Day 07: TREK TO SEKHATHUM (approx 6hrs) Elevation: 1660m

Continua along the left bank of the Tamur River from Chirwa. After the second rock-strewn area, you cross a suspension bridge over a tributary that flows into the Tamur from the right. There is a rest area near the riverbed. The valley widens and along both sides of the level riverbed path spread the terraced fields of Tapetok and Penpu. Climb the left bank, passing Tamewa and come to a winding path that climbs 100m. Continue on a winding mountain path and then begin descending to the Simbua Khola, a tributary that originates in the Yalung Glacier. Cross a bamboo bridge and climb a high, winding path to a ridge crest rest area where you may see the peak of Jannu. Pass the village of Helok atop the ridge, descend to the Ghunsa Khola and then cross a suspension bridge. After a short walk along the grassy right bank of the Ghunsa Khola you come to this day’s campsite at Sekathum (1660m)

Day 08: TREK TO THANYAM (approx 7hrs) Elevation: 2405m

Continue along the right bank of the Ghunsa Khola past a single house. The valley ahead develops a sharp, steep V-shape. Here the path becomes one of considerable twists and turns at a high elevation. The path becomes very steep once you pass Zonging with its single house and Ghaiya Bari with several rocky outcroppings, so you must be fully equipped for such a climb. In addition, the drop down to the valley bottom is sharp, so you must pay attention to your footing. At last the climb eases and after two short up and down courses, the climb ends and the path begins to wind downward. After crossing two streams the mountain slope drops off; you pass a single house and come to the mountainside village of Amjilassa. It is a small village of six houses. Continue along a gently rising path from Amjilassa; soon there are many ups and downs as you gradually approach the Ghunsa Khola. The winding mountain path descends to the riverbed. This is known as Thanyam a summer pasture for the villager. This is your campsite.

Day 09: TREK TO GUNSA (approx: 7 hrs) Elevation: 3595 m

Follow along the river for a while and then enter a climbing, twisting path which dose not go much more then 100m higher than the riverbed. Soon a stream appears on the left; Kyapra is on the hills between the Ghunsa Khola and the steam. Kyapra(2770m) sits in the middle of the terraced hills about 100m up a steep climb from the Ghunsa Khola. Descend the rolling hills from Kyapra and begin an easy climb following the right bank of the Ghunsa Khola. Here the valley is not as steep as it was at Amjilassa; it becomes an ordinary river valley. The path leaves the river and climbs a short hill to a broad meadow. You travel along a pleasant path to the village of Phere amid cultivated fields. After Phere you enter rhododendron thickets and climb a gentle hill along an irrigation ditch. Soon you descend to the Ghunsa Khola, on the opposite bank of which is Ghunsa. Cross a wooden bridge next to a temple to the west bank and pass a chorten to enter Ghunsa (3595m), lined with wooden fences. There is a check post here. The field outside the school is a good place for a campsite.

Day 10: CROSS SELALA PASS (4290m) /CAMP SINION LA B.C (Approx 7hrs) Elevation: 4290 m

We have a short walk on this day after the 2 long days. Reason for this is to allow the clients to regain some energy for the crossing the pass the next day. Hence, follow the alpine rock and sand mix trail till the base camp of the pass which is about 7hrs. Camp near the Lake

Day 11: CROSS SINION LA PASS(4440m)/MIRGIN LA(4480m) /

SINELAPCHE LA (4640m) CAMP CHERAM (3870m) (Approx 8hrs

The pass is not difficult technically but sometimes it is difficult incase of heavy snow condition, hence your overnight stay at the base will allow you to start early in the morning when the weather is good. You ascend for 3hrs to reach the pass, locally known as Deorali, cross the pass and later a steep descend towards Tseram for the nights camp for another 5hrs.

Day 12: TREK TO RAMCHE (Approx 5 hrs) Elevation: 4580 m

This destination is the South Base Camp of Kanchenjunga. It is a full 5hrs trek gradual ascending trail, enroute you stop at Lapsang Phedi for lunch. The Yak Kharka for the night camping at Ramze. Visit the Cheese Factory at Ramze and on a clear day you can see the mountain peaks of Sikkim also from this campsite.

Day 13: Excursion OKTANG(4730m) Return to TORONTAN(2995m) (Approx 10 hrs)

Excursion in the morning to OKTANG and nearby Glaciers with your Trek Guide and pack lunch. OKTANG infact is the mainly of a Temple situated here, it is a religious temple only for the RAI Tribe’s of Nepalese Hindu people and the local Rai people of this region visit this temple once a year around the first week of October. Porters will descend directly to Torontan, but some of the guides and clients they visit and later retreat to Torontan with a total walking time of 10hrs. Follow the riverside trail through the forest mostly descending down till you reach the night’s camp Torontan. Enroute in the forest you take a break for lunch.

Day 14: TREK TO AMJE KHOLA (Approx 6hrs) Elevation: 1400 m

It takes you 3hrs climbing up to reach Deorali and Lasetham Danda, where you can stop for rest and enjoy the surrounding views of the peaks and forest. Lunch will be served here. The trail descends steeply down for approximately 3hrs to the Omje Khola at the river side. Lunch at Omje Khola.

Day 15: TREK TO YAMPHUDIN (Approx 6hrs) Elevation: 2080 m

Climb up to the Yamphudin Hills for an hour, from here you can see infact the village way down and it takes you to reach there another 5hrs, you will be camping this night in a Gurung and Tamang Mixed Yamphudin Village.

Day 16: TREK TO FUN FUN (Approx 8hrs)

The days hike include trail through the ridge and jungle climbing for approximately 2hrs and later following the horizontal trail for about 2hrs until you reach the nights camp in a Rai & Limbu Tribe village of Nepal named Mamankhe. Climb for an hour and continue on a gradual ascending trail for about 3hrs and you reach another Limbu Tribe village Fun Fun for the nights camp.

Day 17: TREK TO KANDE BHANJHANG (Approx 6hrs) Elevation: 2000 m

Take a horizontal trail for one and half hour and later start ascending for one and half hour along the hill side trail reaching Loppoding. The local inhabitants from this village are mixed with Sherpa and Limbu tribe people. Follow the village trail ascending through Khesewa where you will take lunch break and finally reaching Kade Bhanjyang 2100m after two hour hike. The location of Kade Bhanjyang is excellent and in the early morning, magnificent views of the Yamphudin valley and many hills can be seen from here. You will be camping here for tonight.

Day 18: TREK TO LALI KHARKA (Approx 6hrs) Elevation: 2276 m

From Kande Bhanjhan trek down for an hour till Kunjar village. This village house, Gurung, Limbu and Chettri tribe people. There is a school at Kunjari. The trail is wide and passing through rice field. Continue descending down all the way for an other hour until Phawa Khola 1385m. From Phawa Khola the trail starts with a steep ascending through the village reaching the first village of Tambawa after 2hours. After lunch at Tambawa you hike around the hill for one and half hours and come to the second village of Tambawa 1785m. To reach Lali Kharka 1980m from the second village of Tambawa is following the gradual climbing trail through the village for an hour and half. Camping spot is excellent for views.

Day 19: TREK TO DOVAN (Approx 7hrs) Elevation: 730 m

Today you will ascend for 3 hours until you reach Deurali. This is a nice view point from where you can clearly see Makalu range and some part of Everest range. Continue on this path of 2 hours through the forest then you will reach Sukatar. Sukatar is a village which have airfield. This will be the good spot for lunch break. After lunch you will start to descend down all the way till Dovan. This is you campsite for tonight. On the way, you will come across town named Taplejung Bazaar and a village named Taribun. This Taplejung Bazaar is mostly inhabitant by Newar and Limbus.

Day 20: TREK TO SANGHU (Approx 6hrs) Elevation: 2400 m

The path start to ascend from this point. After walking for 4 hours of gradual ascending you will reach Dhungesanghu. This is village is mostly inhabitant by Limbu. After having the lunch in Dhungesanghu you will continue ascending up through the forest filled with rhododendron in the spring season till you reach Sanghu. A small village mostly inhabitant by Sherpa and Tamang. This place will be your campsite for tonight.

Day 21: TREK TO NUNDHAKI (Approx 6hrs) Elevation: 1500 m

Continue ascending gradually up for 4 hours through the forest area then soon you will reach Milke Danda. A nice view point from where one can see whole Makalu range. There you can have your lunch. And after lunch break, now your path start to descend down until you reach Nundhaki your campsite. This village is filled with Limbus tribes.

Day 22: TREK TO CHAINPUR (Approx 6hrs) Elevation: 1600 m

Continue on your path which descend down for 1 ½ hours till you reach the riverbed. Cross the suspension bridge and start walking on the flat region through the paddies field for 3 hours then you will reach Siddakali. This Bazaar is a nice spot for lunch break. This village is inhabitant by Lumbus, Chhetris and some Kamis (Black Smith).

Along the way you will come across small village named Mayam. After finishing your lunch break you will continue you trek through the rice field for two hour then you will reach Chainpur. This is the biggest town situated in this region since this is the headquarter of this district. This place is mostly inhabitant by Newars. This place is also famous making Khukuri knife a symbol of Gurkhas. Tonight you will be camp -ing in Chainpur.

Day 23: TREK TO TUMLINGTAR (Approx 6hrs) Elevation: 937 m

From here, you will continue your trek through the rice field for 3 hours to reach Kharang Bazaar. This is a small Bazaar. From this point your path starts to descend down until you reach Tambur Khola. Cross this river without the help of suspension bridge. Since the river not so big and strong, it will be easy to cross it. After crossing the river you can have lunch on the riverbed. From here it will take 1 1/2 hour to reach Tumlingtar since the path from your lunch point to Tumlingtar is mostly gradual ascend. Tumlingtar is a nice Bazaar with the Airport. This place is mostly inhabitant by Gurungs, Limbus and Newars.

Day 24: FLY TO KATHMANDU

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