Kanchenjunga trekking, derived from the third highest peak in the world, Kanchenjunga has measured 8586 m above sea level and is found in India and Nepal. Kanchenjunga literally means “Five Treasures of the Snow” has its own time and receives a strong perception of snow probably greater than that of any other mountain in the world and, therefore, it is a more risky mountain to climb.
Kanchenjunga trek is basically a base camp trek, a difficult trekking route to the mountain. Kanchenjunga is located in the eastern part of Nepal. This trek is a long 19-day trek that enters the mountain range after the glacial torrent of the Tamur and Ghunsa rivers in eastern Nepal to their source on the northwest side of the Kangchenjunga summit. Several other peaks were also observed during this hike in almost all directions, peaks such as; Pyramid Peak, Jannu Himal, Makalu, and Everest.
Kanchenjunga trekking can be done from north to south or from south to north, both take more than 19 days to complete the trek. This trek also requires good physical condition and good health, but there is not much technical difficulty and offers rich cultural and geographic diversity.
Highlight of the Trek
Day of Trek: 24 Days
Maximum altitude: 5150 Pangpema 5150m
Favorable Period: March-May- October-December
Program in details:
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu airport by the agency and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02: Discover around the Kathmandu Valley world heritage sites Swyambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Lalitpur Durbar Square.
Day 3: Transfer to the airport for a flight to the eastern city of Nepal and then take a five-hour drive to the tea capital of Nepal in Ilam with a beautiful tea garden and a view of the mountains. Spend the night in Ilam.
Day 4: Continue our walk to another destination in the undulating district of eastern Nepal, Taplejung and continue for a two and a half hour drive to the village of Mitlung.
Day 5: Mitlung to Chirwa 1270 m: Continue the trekking track that passes a village like the village of Sinwa, Tawa and Porket with the view of the Tamor valley. There is a stone fall from Thiwa Village and after crossing a suspended bridge over Thiwa Khola, our essay ends at Chirwa village. Overnight in the village of Chirwa.
Day 6: Chirwa to Sekhatum 1660: Continue a rock climbing and descend to Ghunsa Khola, which is the river formed by the glaciers of Kanchenjunga. After this river, our trial continues in the Tibetan village of Serkhatum. Overnight in Serkhatum.
Day 7: Sekhatum to Amjilosa 2510 m: A long 7-hour walk will take us today to the village of Amjilosa after the Ghunsa river, a main tributary river for the great Tamor river.
Day 8: Amjilosa to Phale 3125 m: Today will be a day crossing several waterfalls and the forest of rhododendrons, and if lucky enough, there is a chance to see the red pandas in this area. Passing the village of Gyabla and walking for three hours and with a pleasant walk through Juniper and Rhododendron finally arrived at the Tibetan refugee village of Phale. Overnight at Phale.
Day 9: Phale to Ghunsa and day of rest 3550 m: Our walk takes us today through the pines, rhododendrons and deciduous larch forest, then pass the old Tashi Choding Gumba before crossing a suspension bridge in Ghunsa (3415m). The village of Ghunsa is a busy place where people come and go regularly. It is an ideal place to rest because there are several guesthouses and micro-hydroelectric power stations. Take a shower, wash your clothes and take a walk around the village of Ghunsa.
Day 10: Ghunsa to Khangpachen 4050m: Today our trial moves up into the pine and cedar forest. After walking 2-3 hours, the magnificent view of Jannu (Kumbhakarna Himal, 7711m) is visible. Spectacular view of Jannu Himal and resting in a Tibetan village opening only in season. Traces of snow leopard are possible in this place.
Day 11: Khangpachen to Lhonak 4790m: our trials today lead us to the high altitude of Lhonak after having crossed the Tibetan massif of Ramtang. There is a huge Lhonak glacier and this place is very beautiful and atmospheric. Sometimes the temperature of this place rises to 3 degrees during summer and autumn. Rest the next day at Lhonak.
Day 12: Lhonak to Pang Pema to Lhonak 5145m: A high-altitude walk of three hours will lead us to Pang Pema. A wonderful walk with a wonderful and complete view of Kanchenjunga from the north base camp and its glacier. Direct view of the peak of Kirant and the peak of Nepal. For picnic lunch with packed lunch in the base camp north of Kanchenjunga. Return to Lhonak for the night.
Day 13: Lhonak to Ghunsa: Return to Ghunsa, a long day of descent up to 1600m. Pass your 2nd night in Ghunsa.
Day 14: Ghunas- Camp De Sele 4130 m: This day leads us today to Sele La passing through Yamatori Khola and the viewpoint of Tama la and the night in the village of Sele-la. A wonderful place to spend the night.
Day 15: Selele Camp to Tseram (3900m) via Mirgin La (4645m): Walk regularly 1.5 hours, we arrived at Mirgin La. View of Jannu Himal, Makalu, Chamlang and sometimes a glimpse of Everest. The second pass is Misisay La after 1.30 h. Passing Anda Phedi and steep climbing for an hour finally reached Sele La (4720m) with spectacular views of the Kabrus, Rathong, Kokthang, Khang La, Yalung Glacier and also part of Kangchenjunga. Take the rest and get off at Tseram where you will find newly opened dwellings.
Day 16: Cheram to Ramche (4580m): Our walk continues to Yalung Bara, beginning of the valley of the Yalung glacier and as far as Ramche, we follow the same glacier. Head-to-head view of Koktang (6147m), Ratong and Kokthang mountains. Overnight in Ramche.
Day 17: Ramchaur to Okhordung to Tseram 4740m: Today we climb up with the view over the views of the Yalung glacier and South Kanchenjunga. It is an interesting visit to Okhordung and after lunch in Tseram. Overnight in Tseram.
Day 18: Tseram to Tortong: a descent goes towards the village of Tortong with the pasture yachts and the view of the south side of Annapurna is superb. Stay in the village of Tortong.
Day 19: Tortong to Sherpa gaon: Crossing of Simbuwa Khola on a bridge, climb through an ancient forest and crossing Lamite Bhanjyang, Chitre, Amjli Khola finally arrived at Sherpa gaon (Upper Yamphudin).
Day 20: Sherpa gaon to Khesewa: Today, our trekking brings us up and down with superb views of the land filled with varieties of crops like le cardamom. Rest in Khesewa.
Day 21: Khesewa to Taplejung: Our last treks lead to Lalikharka and then to Taplejung after 4/5 hours of hiking. Stay at Taplejung.
Day 22: Flight Taplejung / Biratnagar / Kathmandu stay at the hotel.
Day 23: Free morning in Kathmandu / and transfer to the airport.
The program provided is a standard program. We prepare the itinerary according to your request and your budget. Please contact us for further more details.
- All pickups and drops from the airport(s) and hotel(s)
- 1 Well experienced, the government registered, English speaking local guide.
- Sharing porter (1 porter for 2 visitors) to carry your main pack (weight limit 20kg).
- All the salary and insurance of guide and porters during your trek.
- All accommodations on the twin sharing basis or according to your demand.
- Breakfast in Hotels, and all meals (Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner) during the trek.
- All fees for sightseeing including entry fees for visiting the temple(s), monument(s), trekking and national parks
- Welcome and farewell dinners.
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All necessary paperwork(s) and permit(s)
- All applicable taxes and service charges
- Nepalese visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs )
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation(s)
- Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundries etc.
- Travel and rescue insurance such as Helicopter Charges.
- Tips for guides and porters
- The services which are not included in our ‘What is Included’ section