Kanchanjunga Trek An adventure amidst the worlds' fifth highest peak, Mt. Kanchenjunga, "The five jewels of the great snow range" straddles the Nepal and Sikkim borders. This route is relatively not frequented often by trekkers and thus the unspoiled villages and environment are yours to explore without the distractions of others trekkers. This wonderful trip starts with a sweeping scenic flight, covering a range of mountains from Langtang, Everest to Kanchenjunga to the south Gangetic plain in eastern Nepal with an overnight at Biratnagar. A short flight takes us to the foot hills of Mt. Kanchenjunga at Suketar, from here we hike through villages untouched by the modern world enclosed by pristine rhododendron, oak and pine forests. We will visit the South and the North Base Camp affording the best of views of the area. Challenged by the high pass crossings but each new step offers rewards of beauty and serenity. The return route is even more remote before joining the main trail and flying out of Taplejung.
Kanchanjunga Trek, our route leads through South and the North of Kanchenjunga Base Camp giving you the best of both panoramas. The going can get quite strenuous sometimes while crossing the passes, but for every hard effort you will be rewarded with brilliant scenery as it heads higher towards the windswept rugged terrain's with awesome views of the towering peaks of the Kanchenjunga massif under a clear wide blue sky., then camping at Pang-Pema is the highest camp of the trek with time to explore around before heading back. The return journey is made by an alternative route till until the trail joins at Suketar in Taplejung for the last camp of the trek
Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Day 02 Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03 Kathmandu to Biratnagar (72m.), 35 minutes flight
Day 04 Fly Biratnagar to Suketar to Lali Kharka 30min flight, trek to Lalikharka 3-4 hrs
Day 05 Lali Kharka to Sinchewa Bhanjyang (2,240m.), 5-6 hrs
Day 06 Sinchewa Bhanjyang to Phumphe (1,780m.), 5-6 hrs
Day 07 Phumphe to Yamphudin (1,690m.) 5-6 hrs
Day 08 Yamphudin – Amji Khola (2,340m.) 5-6 hrs
Day 09 Amji Khola to Tortong (2,990m.), 5-6 hrs
Day 10 Tortong to Tseram (3,870m.), 4 -5 Hrs
Day 11 Tseram to Ramche (4,620m.), 2-3 hrs.
Day 12 Ramche to South BC viewpoint to Chukkung Pokhari (4,450m.), 5-6 hrs
Day 13 Chukkung Pokhari to Sinelapche La (4,724m.) – Mirgin La (4,663m.) – Sinion La (4,660m.) – Sele La (4,115mm.) – Tamo La (3,900m.) – Ghunsa (3,595m.), 7-8hrs
Day 14 Ghunsa, Acclimatization Day
Day 15 Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,150m.), 3-4 hrs
Day 16 Kambachen to Lhonak (4,790m.), 4-5 hrs
Day 17 Lhonak – Pang Pema Base Camp (5,160m/16,923ft), 2-3 hrs
Day 18 Pang Pema Base Camp: rest and exploration day
Day 19 Pangpema to Kambachen (4,150m), 5-6 hrs
Day 20 Kambachen to Ghunsa to Phale (3,140m), 5-6 hrs
Day 21 Phale to Amjilosa (2,140m), 5-6 hrs
Day 22 Amjilosa – Chirwa (1,190m/3,900 ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 23 Chirwa to Linkhim (1,520m.), 5-6 hrs
Day 24 Linkhim to Suketar (2,700m.), 5-6 hrs
Day 25 Suketar to Biratnagar to Kathmandu (1,300m.), 30 min and 35min flights
Day 26 Final departure
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DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
After arriving in Kathmandu, a delegate from Everest Trekking Routes will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon, you may take a rest or visit the Everest Trekking Routes office. In the evening there will be welcome dinner given by Everest Trekking Routes where you will be served Nepalese food which will introduce you to the country’s food culture.
DAY 02: FLIGHT TO BIRATNAGAR (100M); DRIVE TO BASANTPUR (2200M), 6 HOURS.
Around 1-hour flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar offers stunning spectacular Himalayan and Tarai scenery. Langtang to Kanchenjunga and drive to 120 km equally spectacular scenery end of the road at basantapur located on the ridge, and forward beautiful evergreen hills and serpentine road with many hairpins turns passing through the town of Arun valley river beside the hille. End of the drive we will overnight at the lodge.
DAY 03: TREK TO CHAUKI (2700M) 15KM/900M/ 7 HRS.
Early in the morning, we will trek towards Chauki after having breakfast. It takes around 6 to 7 hours to walk major trek which is tamur valleys with lots of local travel along to chainpur. Trekking toward major tropical villages and pass few local villages Dhoorpani, Tinjure Danda, Tinjurephedi and other little villages, The views of stunning of Kanchenjunga, Makalu and wild part of evergreen rhododendron forest. And we will spend one night in this beautiful villages.
DAY 04: TREK TO GUPHA POKHARI (2900M) 4 HRS.
We trek towards MilkeDanda Range to beautiful Gupha Pokhari natural water pound. The trail follows mainly through Rhododendron forest being in full bloom of rich bright red coloured clusters of flowers in April and May. At high points of the trail, we gain beautiful panoramic views of Chamlang, Mera, Makalu and Kangchenjunga. During the time of trekking, we will pass through the lush forest rhododendron, pine, and oak. We have our lunch on the way then after we will move towards Gupha Pokhari where we will spend one night in this beautiful village.
DAY 05: TREK TO DOBHAN (660M) 7HRS.
For Dobhan we leave Gupha Pokhari after having breakfast early in the morning. It is a long day today but it is all downhill to the riverside village of Dhoban located at the junction of two rivers (literal meaning in Nepali) the MaihwaKholaand the Tamur Koshi. We will pass Gurja Sherpa village, where we stop for lunch and continue to reach Dobhan. The trail descends to Dobhan and while en route you pass through Jungle and villages. And we will spend one night in this beautiful village.
DAY 06: TREK TO MITLUNG (890M) 6HRS.
After breakfast trek to Mitlung, we trek in the Tamor Nadi River valley starting at the low point of 660m and reaching 1650m in Sekathum. The deep valley and heavy monsoon rainfalls make the trail wet and muddy until we reach the elevation of 1000m after Mitlung. We will be walking along the river and in the rainforest with rich birdlife creating the really stupendous character for the section. You hike continues along the bank of the Tamur Koshi through the paddy field. And we will spend one night in this beautiful village.
DAY 07: TREK TO CHIRWA (1185M) 6HRS.
After trekking to chirwa, the day is amazing spectacular scenery deep in the Himalayan river gorge with the awesome thundering sound of mighty torrent amplified by the George of heaven. We will walk on part of dense and subtropical wild forest and through the narrow valley with local several villages. The area of through inhibited by traditional owners of Limbu ethnicity, subsistence manual growing lots of crops such as rice, millet, barley, wheat, corn and other food as well. Beautiful farming and productive for most of the year, and we will stay overnight at Campsite.
DAY 08: TREK TO SEKATHUM (1640M) 5 HRS.
We trek to Sekathum through the Tamor Nadi valley, which turns into Ghunsa river past Simbuwa Khola just before Sekathum, a tributary originating from Yalung glacier. You cross a small hanging bridge before you reach Sekathum. It is the short walk along the steep to a riverside campsite near the Tibetan village of Sekathum. The scenery transforms slowly while the valley opens scenery stay overnight at Camp.
DAY 09: TREK TO AMJILASHA (2490M) 5HRS.
Leaving Sekathum for Amjilasha after having breakfast early in the morning. It is a shorter walk today 6km but we gain almost 900m elevation and mostly at the end of the day before our camping spot in Amjilasha. The trail narrows and follows the Ghunsa River to open again when we start climbing towards Amjilasha. The ethnicity traditional local Sherpa community and culture, stay overnight at lodge.
DAY 10: TREK TO GYABLA (2730M) 4 HRS.
Early in the morning, we will slowly start our trekking towards Gyaba after spending the wonderful night in Amjilasha. It is Easy walking evergreen wild forest and beautiful jungle trail without any villages. During the time of trekking, we will cross many beautiful villages, landscapes, and monasteries. we will have our lunch on the way then after we continue our trekking towards Gyabla where we will spend overnight at Campsite.
DAY 11: TREK TO GHUNSA (3430M) 5 HRS
In the morning time, we will slowly start our trekking towards Ghunsa after the wonderful night in Gyabla. We cross 3000m/10000ft elevation threshold and will maintain the comfortable pace to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Halfway between Gyabla and Ghunsa, there is a Tibetan village of Pole where we stop for a relaxing lunch. It is a nice place to touch the Tibetan Buddhist culture and to visit a welcoming monastery. And we will spend one night in this beautiful village.
DAY 12: REST DAY IN GHUNSA EXPLORE
Visit Sherpa village of Ghunsa is a perfect place for a rest and to soak 3400m elevation before trekking to the north base camp. Ghunsa is the last permanent settlement on the way and exploring scenery stay overnight at Campsite.
DAY 13: TREK TO KAMBACHEN (4040M) 6 HRS.
We trek to Kambchen after having breakfast early in the morning. We explore one of the most magnificent glacial valleys in Nepal if not in the entire Himalayas. We will walk on the moraine and the glacier from Lhonak. We will camp today at the bottom of Jannu Glacier with the direct view of Kanchenjunga massif and Jannu, a truly awe-inspiring experience. This is a very remote area and not unusual to see some wildlife such as blue sheep, ibex, mountain goat or smaller animals among the rocks such as hyrax and marmots and birds of prey above the eagle, kites and falcons and many others creatures which are rarer. Stay overnight at Camp.
DAY 14: TREK TO LHONAK (4790M) 6 HRS.
Leaving Kambachen for Lhonak after having breakfast early in the morning. The terrain is desolate high altitude glacier with no villages or houses. The trail climbs gradually through moraine debris and with the elevation it makes the hike slower. The glacier starts around Ramtangat 4240m and the trail continues on its north side with Lhonak located at the junction of Lhonak and Kanchenjunga glaciers and surrounded by stunning mountains abound in all directions it nature of the beauties’. Stay overnight at Campsite.
DAY 15: EXPLORE PANGPEMA BASE CAMP (5140M) 6 HRS.
After breakfast trek to Pangpema Base Camp. The area is visited by few trekkers’ climbers so there is not enough traffic to create the path. We will explore the glacier area as much as possible. It is the hardest and challenging parts stay overnight at lodge.
DAY 16: RETURN TO GHUNSA (3430M) 7 HRS.
Spending the wonderful night at Pangpema Base Camp we will come back towards Ghunsa after having breakfast early in the morning. Returning to Ghunsa allows retracing our previous days with the different perspective of the trail and the scenery around. The trail passes through a few human settlements and it is clearly visible that their lifestyle and culture has been inherited from Tibet. During the time of trekking, we will cross many beautiful villages, landscapes, and monasteries. we will have our lunch on the way then after we continue our trekking towards Ghunsa where we will spend one night.
DAY 17: TREK TO SELE LA PASS (4500M) 6 HRS.
From Ghunsa we will move towards Sele La pass after having breakfast. We ascent is along the trail used by local people walking through the thick forest of birch, pine and rhododendron whitely Himalaya covered by snow. During the time of trekking, we will cross many beautiful villages, landscapes, and monasteries. we will have our lunch on the way then after we continue our trekking towards Sele La pass where we will stay overnight at Campsite.
DAY 18: TREK TO TSERAM (3870M) 8 HRS.
We will trek towards Tseram after having breakfast early in the morning. It is Challenging trek today with a steep 400m climb to Mirgin La Pass with the tremendous view of Jannu Himal as well as Makalu, Baruntse, Chamlang Kangchenjunga, Kabru and the Himalayan range along Sikkim border followed by the walk along ridges with a final descent to Tseram where we will stay overnight at Campsite.
DAY 19: TREK TO RAMCHE (4620M) 7 HRS.
We continue our trek towards Ramche. The day explores Yalung glacier, we start early to reach Ramche where we set-up our overnight camp. After lunch, we trek towards Octang 7km away with the elevation gain of 300m, the viewpoint of Kangchenjunga and a stunningly beautiful amphitheatre of impressive peaks Rothang and Kabru. During the time of trekking, we will cross many beautiful villages, landscapes, and monasteries. we will have our lunch on the way then after we continue our trekking towards Ramche and stay overnight at lodge.
DAY 20: TREK TO TORTONG (2995M) 7 HRS.
In the morning time, we will move towards Tortong after having breakfast. It is an easy trail along Simbua Khola through varieties of pine and rhododendron forests, descending all the way to Tortong. At the time of trekking, we will cross many beautiful villages, landscapes, and monasteries. we will have our lunch on the way then after we continue our trekking towards Tortong. After reaching Tortong we will explore all around the Tortong villages and come back to the hotel and spend one night in this village.
DAY 21: TREK TO YAMPHUDIM (2070M) 7 HRS.
The trek to Yamphudim, it takes around 6 – 7 hours of landslides making it difficult to hike. During the time of trekking, we will pass through the lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak and the beautiful villages, landscapes, and the wonderful view of the mountain. We will have our lunch on the way then after we will rest and we will move towards Yamphudim. There is also 600m climb to the 3500m Lamite pass. Before reaching Yamphudim, we have to cross many suspension bridges in this region and we will spend one night.
DAY 22: TREK TO KHEBANG (1740M) 7 HRS.
We will continue high passes through the beautiful several tropical villages of Chhetri and Brahmins. At the time of trekking, we will pass through the lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak and the beautiful villages, landscapes, and the wonderful view of the mountain. We will have our lunch on the way then after we will rest and we will move towards Khebang. You pass a small village where you can find the different settlement of this region and we will spend one night in this beautiful village.
DAY 23: TREK TO PHAKHOLING (800M) 7 HRS.
We trek to phakoling long day with the 1000m drop over 6km to Dobhan for our lunch stop and another 8km of undulating but straightforward village path to the village. During the time of trekking, we will pass through the lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak and the beautiful villages, landscapes, and the wonderful view of the mountain. We will have our lunch on the way then after we will rest and we will move towards Phakholing. After reaching Phakholing, first of all, we will check out the hotel then after we will explore all around the village and Stay overnight at the lodge of Phakholing.
DAY 24: TREK TO THARPU (1600M) 4 HRS.
Today is the last day walking trekking of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. After spending the wonderful night in Phakholing we will slowly start our trekking towards Tharpu. We will take it easy and enjoy last glimpses of Kanchenjunga range and final mountain sunsets from the vantage point of the village to complete this incredibly exhilarating trek. And we will spend one night in this beautiful village.
DAY 25: DRIVE TO BHADRAPUR, 190KM. 9 HRS.
Drive to Bhadrapur takes 8-9 hours at the airport, the road is narrow ranges with over 100 hairpin turns end endless windings. During the time of trekking, we will cross many beautiful villages, landscapes, and monasteries. we will have our lunch on the way then after we continue our trekking towards Bhadrapur. Despite being tiring it is the rewarding trip and stay overnight at lodge.
DAY 26: FLY TO KATHMANDU (1400M) 1 HOUR
After breakfast transfer to the airport and a massive 1 hour fly to Kathmandu. In clear weather, there is the opportunity to view some of the most impressive peaks of the Himalayan range as we take our flight back to Kathmandu, Shopping and stay the overnight night at the hotel.
DAY 27: FINAL INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE
We will drop you at the International Airport with our vehicle for your departure and we will see you off.
This is my second trip with Rabin and I am already looking forward to a third trip with him soon. That show how much I value his services, his extensive experiences with the treks, his honesty and of course, the great supporting staffs he have. I feel safe and well taken care of with Rabin as my guide. He is a man with integrity and deal in a most honest way with us. This is unlike lots of horror stories you read about guides and tea-house owners collaborating to fleece hikers. We pay exactly what we consumed at the tea-houses based on the published menu prices, no more and no less. With Rabin, there is no hidden cost.
With more than 20 years of trekking experiences, he gave good advises on the route and safety measures to take. For example, he insisted that we started off early on a particular day so that we will reach a section with ice-sheet before the ice started to melt and traversing the ice-sheet becomes dangerous and difficult. We have a large team of porters and assistant guides to take care of our team of 12 hikers and everyone on Rabin's team have been extremely helpful and friendly. My teenage son enjoyed playing Uno and sliding down the ABC icy slope with a teenage porter, a fellow hiker who has walking difficulties was supported all the way by assistant guides and porters and our meals were all ordered in advance so the group don't have to wait long for food to be served.
If you feel tl;dr, please skip to the last line. My name is Patibut Preeyawongsakul. I have been trekking since 2012. I do either individual trekking or going with mountain guide. I was with Rabin on Annapurna Trekking in Dec 2015. Not only on the mountains, but also roaming around in the city. I was with him for totally 15 days. By 4 years of my trekking around Asia (and a little hiking in US), Rabin is the best mountain guide so far. Rabin knows how to take care any kind of trekkers from slow ladies to teenagers. Luckily we didn't need his first aid kit which he always carry it in his backpack. He's expert in almost mountains' information in Nepal (including sometimes Tibet). He can calculate trip's timing very precisely.
We could change itinerary on the way we walk without affecting flight schedule (we had one more day on the base camp last time.) Though, His skill still not matches his humbleness and hospitality. I had been seriously discussing with him for 6 months with nothing guarantee I'd go with him, but he happily helped me decide which route to take. He frankly showed the cost breakdown before we make final decision. He welcomed us at the airport, and all of my team had his souvenirs on the day we flew back to our home country. If you want a short review, Hire this guy. 10/10 would go with him again.