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Kanchenjunga trek

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Kanchenjunga the third highest mountain in the world. The Kanchenjunga mountain range covers eastern part of Nepal and India. Trekking to the Kanchenjunga is magnificent since it is still standing as virgin area in the northeastern part of Nepal. Kanchenjunga trek offers exceptional beauty of nature with stunning mountains as well as various types of flora and fauna. This Kanchenjunga trek is considered as technical trek and appropriate for those who moderately fit and have a sense of adventure. Kanchenjunga trekking is getting popular these days amongst nature devotees as it is a long venture to the supreme remote and beautiful area of Himalayas in Nepal’s eastern regions. The name Kanchenjunga means five treasures of the great snow which is in reference to the five summits that make up Kanchenjunga.

Kanchenjunga Trek begins from Suketar Taplejung, which is accessible by air, or from Basantapur which is reachable by road. The route passes through the lush of rhododendron forests and climb on the high mountainous terrain beyond the village of Ghunsa. Throughout the route, you will have to view the amazing backgrounds of Kanchenjunga south face. Successively, we head to Lap sung La pass, Selele pass and trek on the Yalung Glacier and lastly we reach at Kanchenjunga base camp. Subsequently, exploring the area, we return to Taplejung and then return to Kathmandu.

Day 01: The journey begins with a domestic flight eastwards to Biratnagar, on the edge of the Indian plains, where we check into our hotel and have a free afternoon. Stay overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Today we make an early flight to Suketar and then trek down to the village of Asahangpati and on to the Tamor Khola. We follow it upstream through bird filled forest, to the Chhetri village of Mitlung (850m). Overnight at Mitlung.

Day 03: Today’s trail passes through dense patches of sub-tropical rainforest and follows the valley. The region is home to ethnic Kirantis. The valley narrows and the trail picks its way over landslides and through many bee hives to reach Chirwa Village (1,190m). Stay overnight at guest house.

Day 04: Today we pass the checkpoint to the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and pass wealthy cardamom farms surround the village. Heading forward we cross many rivers and suspension bridges to reach Sekathum (1,640m). Stay overnight at Guest House.

Day 05: Today we follow the trail along the north bank of the Ghunsa Khola. The trail passes through oak and rhododendron forest with bamboo undergrowth as well as small Sherpa settlements, mainly tending yaks and finally reaches Amjilosa (2,490m). Stay overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Today the trail leads up to a flat ridge and then meanders through forests of bamboo, rhododendron, birch and brown oaks. It passes waterfalls and a few scattered summer pastures and it reaches a large set of rapids, after which a stiff climb leads up to the Sherpa village of Gyabla (2,730m). Stay overnight at Guest house.

Day 07: Today’s trail passes through hemlock and bamboo forest, the forest gradually changes to alpine Himalayan fir and rhododendron as the path reaches the valley. The valley widens and the trail improves as it passes through larch forests and cultivated fields to reach Ghunsa (3,430m). Stay overnight at Guest House.

Day 08: Today is much needed rest and acclimatization day at Ghunsa. We visit and explore the natural beauty, places and culture around. Stay overnight at guest house.

Day 09:  Today we pass through larch and juniper forest, river, waterfall, rock fall, landslide and glacier to reach Kambachen (4 150m). From here there are great views of several peaks including Jannu (7,710m/25,295ft). Lammergeyers, eagles, kites, falcons and choughs are commonly seen. Overnight at Kambachen.

Day 10: Today we enter a different kind of desolate landscape. We pass through pastoral huts, unstable bridges, Rocky River banks and glacier. We then continue our trek on a rough trail to reach Lhonak (4,790m). Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 11: The path follows the lip of the Kanchenjunga glacier over short grasses or rocky tracks that undulate with the terrain. Pang Pema Base Camp (5,160m) lies opposite the head of the glacier and from here offers the first full view of the vast north face of the mountain. Overnight at Pang Pema.

Day 12: Today is Pang Pema Base Camp rest and exploration day. We enjoy the spectacular view of mountains all around. We explore the Langpo Glacier and Drohma Ri. And most importantly the view of Kanchenjunga and unbroken wall of peaks are the most astonishing. Stay overnight at Cap. 

Day 13: The return journey from Pang Pema to Lhonak will be fairly slow, but beyond that the route is almost all downhill and thus Kambachen can easily be reached in a day. There are great views to enjoy. Overnight at Kambachen.

Day 14: Retrace the path down to Ghunsa, for lunch. Look out for pheasants in the forest. Cross the river below the village and continue downstream beside the Ghunsa Khola, through forest and farmland, to the Tibetan summer grazing village of Phale (3,140m). Visit the wooden gompa. Overnight at Phale.

Day 15: The trail, through forests of rhododendron, conifer, birch and oak, continues down the valley, dropping to cross numerous tributaries to the last of the Tibetan villages at Gyabla. It then undulates on down to Amjilosa (2,140m). Overnight at Amjilosa.

Day 16: The path begins to descend fairly steeply to Sekathum. The path then follows the western bank of the Tamur Khola and soon crosses the suspension bridge over the Simbuwa Khola that flows in from the Yarlung Glacier. Then few hours of walk leads to Chirwa (1,190m). Stay overnight at Chirwa.

Day 17: Today we leave the river trail and follow the trail that climbs above the east bank of the Tamor Khola to the hamlet at Thiwa (an exit point from the KCA). It then climbs high above the houses of Tawa, over a ridge before dropping into a side canyon to cross the Tawa Khola before climbing back to the ridge. It then passes above the hamlet of Malbanse before reaching Linkhim (1,520m). Overnight at Linkhim.

Day 18: From Linkhim, the trail winds in and out of side canyons to the Limbu village to Phurumbu and a ridge overlooking a vast landslide before Jogidanda. A final few hours climb, through the Sherpa villages of Bung Kulung and Bhote Gaon leads to the airstrip at Suketar. Overnight at Suketar.

Day 19: Today we board an early morning flight to Biratnagar and later an onward flight to Kathmandu from where you will be driven to your hotel. You will have a free afternoon onwards and you can stroll around tourist hubs in Kathmandu.

Trip Facts

Destination: Kanchenjunga Trekking

Duration: 19 days

Grade: Moderate

Activities: sightseeing and cultural trek

Max elevation: 5160m

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