In the far east of Nepal lies the pristine trekking trail of the Kangchenjunga Himal housing the mighty Mt. Kangchenjunga 8586m which is the second highest mountain in the Nepal and the third highest mountain of the world. The foothills of Kangchenjunga trek has opened for trekkers in 1988 and is known as the ‘Five Treasures of Snow’ after its five high peaks and marks the eastern border of Nepal with the Indian state of Sikkim. The Kangchenjunga trek takes us through unspoiled wilderness and through the territory of the Snow Leopard along with the Himalayan Black Bear and the Assamese Macaque. It is a landscape home to cascading waterfalls, lush flora and fauna and is a challenging adventure through an almost unexplored trek but yet magnificent part of the Himalayas. It is the home of the Limbu people, a population of Tibetan origin following a mixture of Buddhist, Hindu and animist beliefs. The Kanchenjunga trek offers an inimitable escapade of diverse culture and nature along trails mostly used by locals, as very few trekkers make their way to the wilderness of the Far East of Nepal. The region endures the full magnitude of the monsoon months and as a result, the valleys of the area are home to more than 2000 different flowering plants along with some of the richest rhododendron forests in Nepal. New species are still being discovered in these mysterious forests!
The Kanchenjunga trek will start either by land transport or by flying to Bhadrapur/Suketar from where our trek will officially begin. As mentioned, the region is less trod and therefore also less developed than most parts of Nepal. Not many years ago the trail was only doable by camping the whole way, but with the region gaining popularity and interest, tea houses have opened along the trail.
It's a trek for the exploratory trekker with determination and a longing for a challenging and yet spectacular journey away from the crowds of the Annapurna and Everest trails. You can only trek Kanchenjunga with government register guide and agency like Nepal Trekking Experts, who will assist you all necessary arrangement and permits.
Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Free day for final trekking preparation.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (45 minute) then transfer to Birtamod by drive (45 minute by car/Jeep)
Day 04: Birtamod to Taplejung by local jeep. (8-9 hrs, 1820m).
Day 05: Trek Taplejung to Chiruwa (6-7hrs, 1270m).
Day 06: Trek Chiruwa to Lelep (1750m, 5-6hrs)
Day 07: Lelep to Amjilosa (2308m, 5-6hrs)
Day 08: Trek Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m, 5 hrs)
Day 09: Trek Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595m, 5 hrs)
Day 10: Acclimatization day.
Day 11: Trek Ghunsa to Khambachen(4050m, 5-6hrs)
Day 12: Trek Khambachen to Lhonak (4780m, 4-5 hrs)
Day 13: Hike to Kanchenjunga Base camp 5143m and back to Lhonak for overnight.
Day 14: Trek Lhonak to Ghunsa (6hrs)
Day 15: Trek Ghunsa to Selele Base Camp (5hrs, 4480m)
Day 16: Selele Base Camp to Cheram (8 hrs, 3870m)
Day 17: Cheram to Ramche ( 3hrs, 4580m)
Day 18: Ramche to Tortong(6-7hrs, 2995m)
Day 19: Tortong to Yamphuding. (7-8 hrs, 2080m)
Day 20: Yamphuding to Khebang. (1915m, 5-6 hrs)
Day 21: Khebang to Kamdime (6-7 hrs)
Day 22: Kamdime to Birtamod by drive and overnight in Birtamod. (13-14 hrs)
Day 23: Drive to Bhadrapur(45 minute) then fly back in Kathmandu.
Day 24: Free day for souvenir, sightseeing or enjoy with meal/drinks etc.
Day 25: Farewell
Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel by private transport
Free day for trekking preparation and spend the day the way you prefer.
Birtamod is tropical part of Nepal which might let you feel nice warm once arrived.
Amazing landscape and terrace will never let you feel bored during drive.
The real excitement of Kanchenjunga trek will begin from today. Overall the trail will descend and arrive at Chiruwa by passing beautiful glimpse of Manapathi Himal, Tamor River and cultivated terrace.
The restricted area of Kanchenjunga region starts from Taplethok where trekkers should submit their restricted area permits and obtain Kanchenjunga Conservation Area permit before going ahead. Since we do not have tea houses before Lelep, we will have lunch and overnight at same village Lelep.
After Breakfast we will cross some suspensions bridges and follow Ghunsa Khola which is starts from Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
The ever changing landscape, local settlement and their culture makes our trip more exciting and inviting every single day. From today ahead an untouched Tibetan culture and activities will let us extra vibes of welcoming.
After walking 3 hrs from Gyabla we arrive at Phole. Probably we might take lunch right here then continue to one of the most beautiful large Sherpa capital Ghunsa. It offers amazing surroundings of Monastery, Ghabur peak, Phole Peak, Nyukla Lachung etc. Trekkers can make phone call to their home if needed.
As you know hike higher and sleep down is the best way of adapting altitude, after taking breakfast and some pack lunch/snacks, we will hike to the ridge to captured amazing views of Himalaya then back to Ghunsa for overnight (5-6 hrs)
Since we do not have tea houses in between Ghunsa to Khambachen, make sure you have some snacks like energy bars, nuts etc. We will also encounter some rock falling area then arrive at Khambachen. Khambachen is well known as beautiful view point. Some trekkers will take another extra day in this place since it offers amazing side trip and of course mesmerizing view of iconic Mt. Kanchenjunga.
Day by day we are so close to our destination. The valley will open and offers magnificent scenic views of towering Himalaya vistas and enormous glacier surroundings. The tea house is quite basic and offers nice spot for camping too.
While Pangpema has not sure of opening and not enough capacity of accommodation, we advise you doing day hike to Mt. Kanchenjunga Base Camp and back to overnight in Lhonak. But the option can be discuss with guide and get fresh update by locals about tea house. This is the most waited day of the entire trip and our final destination. The enormous third highest mountain in the world Kanchenjunga 8586m and numerous graceful white peaks make your trip invaluable. After taking lifetime experience we will back to Lhonak for overnight.
Same way back which will be nice flash back.
From today the trail leads to final destination and an interesting route once again. Since we do not have tea houses before base camp, it could be better to have some snacks with you. There will be chances of exploring some fauna today.
This is one of the challenging day of the trip crossing Sinion La 4646m and Miring La gradually. We will encounter so much ascending and descending during the trek and encounters amazing views of North part. We will be greeted by Mt. Everest and Makalu above 8000 meter towering peaks. There are no tea houses in between Selele base camp to Cheram. So taking some pack lunch and snack will be geniuses. (Some trekkers will cross Sinion La directly from Ghunsa too.)
It takes 3 hrs to get in Ramche then hike to Kanchenjunga south base camp and back to Ramche for overnight.
The trail will descend all the way to Tortong.
Today we will encounter pretty much ascending and descending to arrive at Yamphuding. Yamphuding is one of the biggest villages of this south region. We have intersection from here to back in Taplejung ( it will takes 3 days) or new route to kamdime ( 2 days).
Now we will back to normal and begin more lush vegetation, terrace and local villages. We have great opportunity of staying in home stay.
This is our last day of hiking back to civilize which might takes around 6-7 hrs. Otherwise we can only drive back to Birtamod following day early morning because public transport are available only in the morning.
In beginning we will experience the bumpy part (3-4hrs) then join in highway.
Once you arrive in kathmandu then please feel free to spend the day your way.
Free day for final souvenir, sightseeing or enjoy with meal/drinks etc.
Transfer to international airport.
*English version below Я воспользовалась услугами этой фирмы для моего очередного индивидуального трека в Базовый Лагерь Канченджанга в 2015 году. Сложный, неисследованный трек, вдобавок, пришлось проходить в условиях мощного землетрясения и дождливой погоды. Несмотря на сложности, организаторы отлично контролировали ситуацию и выполнили все свои обязательства. Менеджер Раджешь Ньюпане гибко реагировал на мои пожелания во время трекинга: смог организовать два дополнтельных радиальных трека (к Змеиному озеру и к Патибара Деви темплу) , не входящих в программу. Сопровождавшие меня гид Бикрам Карки и портер Санджай Лама, оба владеющие английским языком и обладающие большим треккинговым опытом, оказались очень надежными партнерами в пути, взаимозаменяемыми - каждый при необходимости и в одиночку мог справиться с обязанностями гида и портера. Я могу порекомендовать "Nepal Trekking Experts" и намерена пользоваться их услугами в будущем. *** I used the services of this company in 2015 for one of my individual trekkings - BC Kanchenjunga. It was an unusual, complex and unexplored trek, moreover it combined with heavy raining and earthquake conditions. Despite all of these, the organizers controlled the situation and managed their responsibilities well. Manager Rajesh Neupane was flexible with my requests and organized two additional radial treks (to the Snakes lake and Pathibhara Devi Temple) which were not included into the main programme. I was accompanied by guide Bikram Karki and porter Sanjay Lama, who were speaking English and had a big trekking experience, also they turned out to be reliable and interchargeble partners during our travel - both were able to be a guide and a porter in case of need. I can recommend "Nepal Trekking Experts" and will definitely choose this company for my next journey.