HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

Avg. Distance per day
7 km
Starting Point
Kathmandu
Ending Point
Kathmandu
Average Time
6 hrs
Highest point
8586 m
Grade
Challenging
Mount Kanchenjunga

Overview

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.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Flight to Bhadrapur and pressure Phidim
Day 03: Drive to Taplejung (1,820m)
Day 04: Trek to Chirwa (1,270m)
Day 05: Trek to Amjlosa (2,520m)
Day 06: Trek to Gyabla (2,730m)
Day 07: Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m)
Day 08: Acclimatization Day at Ghunsa
Day 09: Trek to Kambachen (4,050m)
Day 10: Trek to Lhonak (4,780m)
Day 11: Hike to Pangpema (5,065m)
Day 12: Exploring Pang Pema Area
Day 13: Trek Back to Ghunsa (5,140 m)
Day 14: Trek to Sele le (4,290m)
Day 15: Trek to Tseram (5160 meters)
Day 16: Hike to Oktang Base Camp (5,364m)
Day 17: Trek to Torangden (2,995m)
Day 18: Trek to Yamphudin (2,080m)
Day 19: Trek Down to Khebang (1,910m)
Day 20: Trek to Khandembe (1,420m)
Day 21: Trek to Tharpu (1600m)
Day 22: Drive to Bhadrapur through Bus ( 8 -9 Hrs)
Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu

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