- Explore world’s third highest peak
- Enjoy breathtaking views en route to Kanchenjunga Base Camp
- Trek from subtropical valleys to rhododendron woodland to excessive alpine meadows
- Enjoy nearby wildlife, inclusive of the purple panda, blue sheep, Himalayan black undergo and the uncommon snow leopard
At a glance
The third highest mountain in the world, situated in province no.1, Taplejung of Nepal stands at towering 8586m tall. It has five peaks: Main peak (8586m), Central (8482m), South (8494m), West Yalung Kang (8505m) & Kangbachen (7903m). In the early days, Mt. Kanchenjunga is assumed to be the highest mountain on the planet. But British infantry officer William Lambton measured by the Great Trigonometrical survey concluded that Peak XV is higher than the Kanchenjunga peak. later on, Peak XV was named Mt. Everest. After several calculations and measurements, in 1856, Mount Kanchenjunga was named the third highest mountain in the world. The area is complex in the landscape with beautiful low valleys to higher hills and then snow-covered peaks with deep valleys. The high mountains which are built of compound rocks of Neoproterozoic to Ordovician age, that is 445million to 1 billion years ago.
It believes the holy local deity of Sikkim’s, who rides the white horse with a fluttering flag at the top. This is a part of the Greater Himalaya. The German Expedition had been an attempt to climb since 1929. The first Nepalese Ang Phurba Sherpa climbed it on 14 May 1980. The summit has the north and south base camp. Several expeditions took summit, some of the climbers died. Walk 10 days to reach the base camp with huge glaciers and surrounding peaks.
In 1985 May 25, the British expedition successfully climbed Kanchenjunga but stopped short of the summit because they had promised Chogyal of Sikkim that the top would remain intact. Hence, every climber who ascends Kanchenjunga mountain follows this tradition. There are a total of four routes: 3 routes from the Nepal side and 1 route from the Sikkim side, India. In 2000, the Indian government banned climbing from their route. So, for the moment people can climb only from the Nepal side.
Kanchenjunga is a Tibetan name translating it means ” The Five Treasures of the High Snow”. “Kam” meaning Snow, “Chen” meaning Great, “Mzo” meaning Treasure, and “Inga” meaning Five. Lhopo people who are local in the Kanchenjunga area believe that treasures are hidden inside those five domes of snow and would reveal themselves when the world is in peril. The Treasures Comprises Gold, Turquoise, Sacred Scriptures, Salt, Grain, and Medicines.
Limbu people who are also habitats of Kanchenjunga believe that the mountain is the abode of an omnipotent goddess called Yuma Samman. That’s why they pray and worship to this mountain every year.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
After breakfast at your hotel, you may be picked up by using an English-speaking information for a full-day tour of the Kathmandu Valley, travelling three sacred sites: Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Patan Durbar Square. Return to your lodge in Kathmandu in the late afternoon and meet your trekking information who will go over small print for tomorrow’s adventure.
Day 02: Flight to Bhadrapur and pressure Phidim
Today, we will take a home flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. The Bhadrapur airport is 621 km a long way from Kathmandu. It takes forty five min to attain Bhadrapur from Kathmandu by means of flights. The airport is additionally known as “Chandragadhi Airport”. Bhadrapur is the gateway to India from south-eastern Nepal. Also, it is the gateway to the a number vacationer locations in the Himalayas. Bhadrapur is the vicinity the place we begin our trek to the Kanchenjunga region. We will take a neighborhood jeep or bus and pressure to Phidim . Stay in neighborhood visitor house.
Day 03: Drive to Taplejung (1,820m)
We power from the flatland of Bhadrapur in the direction of Taplejung by using Mechi Highway. We will begin using in the direction of the inexperienced hills of Ilam. Ilam is known as as the Queen of Hills. You will see beautiful hills with a temperate climate, fertile lands. The low inexperienced hills and the tea cultivations make a lovely scenic view. Now, we pressure closer to Taplejung by using Phidim. Enjoying the stunning sceneries, we will pressure up to Suketar. Suketar is the factor the place the genuine trek starts offevolved tomorrow.
Day 04: Trek to Chirwa (1,270m)
Today is our first day of real trekking. After a morning breakfast in Suketar, we will set off to Chirwa. The trekking begins with a downhill stroll to Mitlung.We will begin following the Kanchenjunga trek route. The path takes us thru the scenic pastures and small villages. We will go the Hungdewa Khola and the Tamur River on the way. Trekking in addition toward Mitlung, we will observe the east financial institution of the Tamur river. The path step by step dips and rises alongside the riverside. We will stroll via the placing rocky fields and landslides. We will trek into the valley of Limbu humans in Mitlung. We will take a quick wreck at Mitlung. From Mitlung, we begin trekking uphill for some time. After the uphill is a gradual descent to the Sinwa village. Sinwa is a small village the place you will meet a lot of cheerful neighborhood people. From Sinwa, we proceed to Tawa. From Tawa, the path is once more an uphill climb. Following the uphill and downhill trail, we will meet a timber bridge at the Thiwa Khola, 1140m. We will pass the bridge. On persevering with thru the trail, we will revel in the exquisite surroundings. We will stroll alongside the riverbank of Chirwa Khola and arrive in Chiruwa. Chirwa is a small Limbu village with a few lodges, shops, and campsites.
Day 05: Trek to Amjlosa (2,520m)
Today is a lengthy day. We will begin after early morning breakfast at Chiruwa village. We will observe the slender path that winds in the direction of the north of the village. We will stroll alongside the east financial institution of the Tamur River. The path will take us into a Chhetri village in Tapethok, 1320m. This village has the Kanchenjunga National Park checkpoint. Show your approves there. Leaving in the back of the village, we will go the Simbuwa Khola. This river originates at the Yalung glacier. The path drops down to the Tamur river. We will stroll a few ups and downs beside the river. We will move a suspension bridge over the confluence of Ghunsa Khola and Tamur river. From there, we will stroll alongside the steep to a riverside campsite. On strolling further, we will attain the Tibetan village of Sakathum, 1640 m. After taking a destroy in Sakathum, we will proceed to trek toward Amjilossa. On the way, there are some stone steps that climb to a tiny village of Ghaiyabari, 2150m. The path additionally passes via a gorge after a climb from Solima. Be extra careful! Following the uphill and downhill difficult trial, we will arrive at Amjillosa. Amjillosa is a Tibetan settlement. At Amjolossa, we will see Sherpa and Tibetan people. The excessive altitude favors their lifestyle.
Day 06: Trek to Gyabla (2,730m)
Today is an convenient day. The stroll is rather shorter than the different days. After having a satisfactory breakfast in Amjillosa, we will set off closer to Gyabla. From Amjillosa, we proceed to climb alongside the Ghunsa valley. The path is a long way from the attain of human settlements. You will now not see any villages whilst trekking alongside the trail. We will stroll thru a dense forest. Climbing up the trekking path thru the dense forests is a lovely experience. We will experience shut to the mountains as we climb up and meander alongside the forests. Most of the wooded area has Bamboo, Rhododendrons, and Gnarled Brown Oaks. After hiking the uphill via the forest, we will arrive at a flat ridge. From there, we can get extraordinary views of the mountains. Along the trail, we will see the scattered pastures and various waterfalls. The climb to Kyapart is steep. The Ghunsa village sits in the center of terraced hills. The village is at about 350m up from the Ghunsa Khola. Rejoice the sceneries of terraced fields, streaming Ghunsa Khola, and far away landscapes. After strolling for some time, we will attain the small Gyabla village.
Day 07: Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m)
Today, we will trek up to the 3000m elevation threshold. The day starts offevolved with a steep descent into a gorge. After the descent, we will stroll via the forests of Rhododendrons and Firs. The stroll turns into simpler now. Following the riverbank, we trek to the stunning Yak pastures in Pholey, 3210m. Pholey is a Tibetan village with lovely potato cultivations. We will give up at Phole for a enjoyable lunch break. At Pholey, we can witness the influences of the Tibetan Buddhist culture. Also, there is a stunning monastery in Pholey. Above Pholey, the valley widens up. The path now passes thru the inexperienced fields and larch forests. On following the trail, we will descend down to the riverbed of Ghunsa Khola. After crossing the bridge over the Ghunsa Khola, we will enter Ghunsa village. An in a single day continue to be at Ghunsa inner a tent.
Day 08: Acclimatization Day at Ghunsa
We have been touring for 7 days already. It’s now time for us to take rest. Today is our acclimatization day in Ghunsa village. During excessive altitude treks, we have to get our physique tailored to the altering atmosphere. The quantity of oxygen in the air reduces as we trek to the greater elevations. So, we are inclined to acute mountain sickness. We will continue to be energetic through trekking up to the surrounding ridges. We will hike up via the lush forests to the Lpasan La Monastery. After playing some time there, we will descend returned to Ghunsa. Ghunsa is the final everlasting contract on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek route. We will spend some right instances in the afternoon at Ghunsa.
Day 09: Trek to Kambachen (4,050m)
The path from Ghunsa all the way to Kambachen is susceptible to landslide. The path passes via the off crushed trails of Kanchenjunga North. Heading north from Ghunsa, we will trek via the outstanding terrain. The path makes a gradual ascent via a woodland of larch and juniper. We will stroll alongside the east financial institution of the river. We will additionally come upon some stunning meadows alongside the trail. We will stroll over the sandy, the boulder-strewn riverbank path. We will move a wooden and stone bridge over a river to attain Rambuk Kharka, 3720m. Right after Rampuk Kharka, the path passes via a waterfall and landslide section. Be careful! After the difficult stroll is an captivating view of the north face of Mt. Jannu, 7710m. We glimpse the Jannu Glacier as well. Rejoicing the gorgeous surrounding vistas, we descend via the mountainside. Finally, we will arrive at Kambachen. Kambachen is a brief agreement with small stone teahouses. These places serve as resorts for Kanchenjunga trekkers. In summer, it is the shepherd’s settlement. While staying in tea houses, we should compromise with our comfort. The amenities are basic.Camping is higher than staying in the teahouses. We will camp at the base of Jannu Glacier. From the campsite, we will see a magnified view of Kanchenjunga massif and Mt. Jannu.
Day 10: Trek to Lhonak (4,780m)
The path now enters a desolate landscape. We will make our way above the terrains carved with icy blades of the excessive altitude glaciers. There are no villages or homes on the trail. The path climbs step by step thru moraine debris. Be careful! Your toes may additionally slip over the iced stones. Walk slowly! The direction climbs throughout the slopes of landslides. We will attain the lovely pasture region in Ramtang, 4350m. The Kanchenjunga glacier starts offevolved round Ramtangat. We will come throughout the lovely Ramtang Monastery. The Monastery sits subsequent to the bridge after a waterfall. The vista is amazing. The path continues alongside the north financial institution of the river. We will pass over the Lhonak glacier. The junction of Lhonak and Kanchenjunga glacier is a notable place. Maintain a fast and consistent pace. The trek is difficult. After the tough section, we will see lovely mountains surrounding us in all directions. Towards the east is the captivating Mera Peak, 6344m. Enjoying the majestic Himalayan panorama, we will comply with a quick downhill trail. We will arrive at the Riverside now. After a while, we will see the agreement of Lhonak. Lhonak is a tiny agreement with solely three or 4 small stone teahouses. After on foot further, we will arrive at our campsite at Lhonak. Lhonak sits beside a vast and open sandy plain. The campsite in Lhonak is a large grassy plain. Lhonak gives remarkable campsites. There are chances that we can also see some wildlife. We may additionally see the blue sheep, mountain goat or smaller animals in the rocks like hyrax and marmots. We will additionally see the eagle, kites, and falcons. We will remain in our tents for an in a single day stay. Accommodation is higher on a tent than in the teahouses.
Day 11: Hike to Pangpema (5,065m)
Pang Pema is the nearby identify of the Kanchenjunga north base camp. Today, we will go to the north base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Hiking to the base camp is the nice experience. We will climb progressively via the trail. We will observe the line of the moraine. There are some parts on the path that are inclined to landslide. Be cautious whilst walking. Using the trekking poles will make the stroll easier. After all the rocky sections are the flat grassy simple basin of Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. Enjoy the views of the towering top of Kanchenjunga. Overnight in Pang Pema.
Day 12: Exploring Pang Pema Area
Today, we will discover the Kanchenjunga base camp area. We will hike to the close by ridge to see the lovely Himalayan views. We will see the excellent of Mt. Jannu, the North Face of Kanchenjunga and the Chang Himal. The vicinity is much less visited. So, you can experience the serene and tranquil atmosphere. Explore the jaw-dropping vista of the glaciers. We can also meet with some climbers who are there to strive the Peak climbing. The climb requires an greater 4 days after achieving the base camp. Also, there is no want for any different mountaineering allows to climb Mt. Kanchenjunga.
Day 13: Trek Back to Ghunsa (5,140 m)
It’s now time to say goodbye to the north Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Retracing our preceding days, we will trek to Ghunsa. On the way, we will have a good time the superb Himalayan vistas. Also, trekking from the preceding route with a one-of-a-kind standpoint is a lovely experience. Enjoy the staggering sceneries around, we will trek back. Leaving in the back of the exceptional views of Mt. Jannu, we will trek back. Be cautious strolling round the landslides, and over the glaciers. From Pang Pema, we will trek down to Lhonak, Kambachen, and to Ghunsa. Overnight in Ghunsa.
Day 14: Trek to Sele le (4,290m)
From Ghunsa, we divert in the direction of the right-hand aspect leaving the path to Gyabla. The path is a steep uphill trek to Sele Le. This area is additionally remoted from human settlements. Most of the path passes thru the dense woodland of Rhododendron and Juniper. At Sele Le, there are solely one or two small teahouses made up of stones. Lots of vacationers declare that they see snow leopards on this section. Do now not go some distance from teahouses at night. Stay warm, continue to be safe. Overnight in Sele Le.
Day 15: Trek to Tseram (5160 meters)
The views are regularly crisp and clear in the early morning. We will hike up the ridge north of Pangpema. Enjoy the panorama of the captivating Himalayas. You will trip a difficult trek today! We will climb 400m to the Mirgin La Pass. During the climb, we will see the astonishing view of Mt. Jannu alongside with Makalu, Baruntse, Chamlang, Kangchenjunga, and Kabru. We will additionally see the Himalayan vary alongside the Sikkim border. We will trek to the Mirgin La omit and Lapsang La pass, 5160m. By doing so, we will be part of our trek to the Kanchenjunga south treks. These passes are the excessive altitude passes. The climate prerequisites might also convey quite a few difficulties here. Be strong! Prepare to see any difficulties relying on the climate conditions. Rejoice the surrounding vistas. They will improve you for similarly trekking. After a difficult day today, we will stroll alongside the ridges with a closing descent to Tseram. Overnight in Tseram.
Day 16: Hike to Oktang Base Camp (5,364m)
Today, we will discover the Yalung glacier and the Oktang Base Camp. We will begin early after a heat breakfast in Tseram as Oktang is 7km away. Today, we will attain an elevation of 300m. Enjoying the stunning glimpse of snowy mountains and ridges, we will trek higher. The point of view of Kangchenjunga is amazing. We will see attractive views of Mt. Rothang and Kabru on the Nepal – Sikkim border. The view is wonderful. The greater you ascent higher, the extra and shut the vistas get. We will ascend previous the snout of the Yalung Glacier. After exploring the attractive elements of Yalung glacier, we will hike further. We will stroll via a collection of ablation valleys. Now, we will attain the Oktang Base Camp, the South base camp. Enjoy the astonishing view of Khumbakarna Glacier. The base camp reveals the most stunning view of the jap section of the glacier. We will see marvelous views of the Kanchenjunga south face. Also, stunning views of the frozen lakes and crystal clear streams show up on our way whilst we trek. The views of Kokthan, Rathong, and Kabru are today’s highlights. We descend to Tseram for in a single day at the camp.
Day 17: Trek to Torangden (2,995m)
Starting from Tseram, we will see the exquisite view of towering peaks Kabru and Rathong. Today, we will trek downhill to the decrease altitudes. On on foot further, we will see staggering views of the snowy Himalayas. Enjoy the glimpses of the snow-capped giants in advance of you. We will see the remarkable view of the Yalung Glacier. We comply with a regular descent thru the forests. Most of the forests are Rhododendron and Pine to Torangden. We observe the handy path alongside the Simbua Khola. Walking via the jungles of Pine and Rhododendrons, we will make our way to Torangden.
Day 18: Trek to Yamphudin (2,080m)
Today is a hard day. The trek contains of hard sections. We will trek thru the landslide-prone sections. Thus, the hikes are difficult. Be extra careful! Along the way, there is a 600m climb to Lamite pass, 3500m. This climb is additionally tough. After a steep ascent from there, we will attain the valley of the Simbua Khola. Here, we will move a timber bridge over the intersecting rivers. We proceed ascending the steep and uncovered slopes on the way. We will stroll into the woodland of Pines and Rhododendrons. Walking throughout Lamite Bhanjyang and Amji Khola, we climb again. There is a pass by at Dhupi Bhanjyang, 2540m.
Day 19: Trek Down to Khebang (1,910m)
We will begin early in the morning after a best breakfast in Yamphudin. The trek passes via the villages of Chhetri and Brahmins. Walking into the human settlements after faraway trek is a brilliant experience. Walking thru the stunning trail, we will witness the superb landscapes. We will stroll into one-of-a-kind villages of one of a kind ethnicity. We can see their various existence and cultures. Walking ups and downs via the tremendous trail, we will trek to Khebang. We will remain there for an overnight.
Day 20: Trek to Khandembe (1,420m)
Today is a lengthy day. Starting from Khebang, we will drop one thousand meters in 6 kilometers. Dobhan is at 6 kilometers from Khebang. At Dobhan, we will quit for lunch. Dobhan is a stunning place. After a filling lunch there, we will set off toward Khandembe. From Dobhan, it is any other eight kilometers stroll to Khandembe. Taking small water breaks at some places, we will trek continuously. Following the straight village path, we will eventually arrive at Khandembe.
Day 21: Trek to Tharpu (1600m)
Today is our closing day of real trekking. On this day, we will climb 1200 meters to the Tharpu Village. Enjoy each and every step of your walk. You will pass over all these reminiscences someday. Recalling the reminiscences of the whole trek, we will attain the Tharpu village. Tharpu is a lovely village. We will remain right here nowadays for an overnight. Enjoy the remaining glimpses of the Kanchenjunga range. You won’t be seeing the mountain sunsets for a lengthy from now. There is a ideal vantage factor at the Tharpu village. Spend a cheerful nighttime at the village.
Day 22: Drive to Bhadrapur through Bus ( 8 -9 Hrs)
Bhadrapur airport is a hundred ninety kilometers from Tharpu. But the street cuts thru many twists and turns. The countless windings are frequent. It takes nearly 9 hours to attain Bhadrapur. The journey is tiring, but rewarding. We will remain at Bhadrapur in a hotel. Prepare for your flight tomorrow. Get some rest.
Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu
Today is our remaining day on this journey. We will fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu. The flight is a scenic flight. In clear weather, we will see the aerial views of some snowy peaks. The views are impressive. We will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. We will switch you to your hotel. Get relaxation in a cozy room. You can stroll round some famous streets in the afternoon.
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