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Kanchenjunga Expedition (8586 M)

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Kanchenjunga Expedition is the 3rd  highest mountain of the world with an elevation of 8586 M above the sea level. It is located in the north east of Nepal on the boundary between Nepal and Indian Sikkim. There is Tamur River to its east and Teesta River flowing in its west. This mountain possess five snow covered peaks which is why it is also called as Five treasures of Snow and worshipped by people of Darjeeling and Sikkim. 

Kanchenjunga was first Summited in 1955 by a British Expedition team and by many later. Nepal has stood dominant in protecting this mighty area as Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project run by the World Wildlife Fund and the Nepal Government. It has sanctuary homes to both common and rare species like Red Panda, leopard cat, snow leopard, spectacled bear, and other montage animals, birds and plants. You have designed the expedition itinerary in such a way that it will highly highlight the terrace middle hills of Nepal while exploring local customs their way of life, exploring villages and different cultures as well as ethnic groups and large number of panoramic Himalayan vistas and the adrenaline of climb. 

Outline Itinerary of Kanchenjunga Expedition

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 3: Prepartion Day

Day 4: Kathmandu to Biratnagar 

Day 5: Biratnagar to Taplejung & trek to Mitlung

Day 6: Mitlung to Chirwa

Day 7: Chirwa to Sukathum

Day 8: Sukathum to Amjilosa

Day 9: Amjilosa to Gyabla 

Day 10: Gyabla  to Ghunsa

Day 11: Acclimatization Day

Day 12: Ghunsa to Kambachen

Day 13: Kambachen to Lhonak

Day 14: Lhonak to Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Day 15-16: Acclimatization Day

Day 17-37: Kanchenjunga Expedition

Day 38-39: Back to Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Day 40-51: Back to Taplejung

Day 52-53: Taplejung to Kathmandu 

Day 54: Acclimatization Day 

Day 55: Departure 

Itinerary 55 Days

Day 1: Kathmandu arrival (1360 M)

You will be warmly welcomed by Well Nepal Treks representative at your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and escorted you to hotel and our representative describe the itinerary of your tour. Stay overnight at hotel

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour (1360 M)

Today you are going to  explore the several cultural and natural sightseeing in this ancient city Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring this places you will do preparation for trek. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Trek Preparation Day (1360m)

With your usual routine today will be your trek preparation day. You will do shopping’s on your requirements and gather with your team and leaders and discuss on your itinerary. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar

You headed to airport to catch your flight for Biratnagar, Then you will explore Biratnagar. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Biratnagar to Taplejung Flight & Trek to Mitlung

Today you will have  breakfast and then take flight from Biratnagar to Taplejung and then trek to Mitlung via small villages and pasture land. Stay overnight at Mitlung.

Day 6: Mitlung to Chirwa

Today you trek downhill all the way to Limbu Village of Chirwa via villages of Sinwa and Thiwa. Stay overnight at Chirwa.

Day 7: Chirwa to Sukathum

Today you will trek to uphill and downhill through the fields of cardamom and forest area. Then, finally you arrive at Sukathum. Stay overnight at Sukathum.

Day 8: Trail from Sukathum to Amjilosa

Today you trek for Amjilosa passing through suspension bridge, uphill and downhill, rivers, George, dense forest, village of Solima. Stay overnight at Amjilosa.

Day 9: Amjilosa to Gyabla

Today you trek destination is Tibetan village of Gyabla through dense forest, beautiful rhododendron forest, small rivers and beautiful streams, stone houses, waterfalls. Stay overnight at Gyabla

Day 10: Gyabla to Ghunsa

Today you headed to Ghunsa via Phale which is Tibetan refugee settlements. Ghunsa, is a Sherpa Village. Stay overnight at Ghunsa.

Day 11: Acclimatization Day

Today is your rest day at Ghunsa but you can take advantage of this day by exploring the village of Ghunsa and getting experience of local, their lifestyle, cultures and much more.

Day 12: Ghunsa to Kambachen

With short exploration of Ghunsa village at morning,  now you headed for Kambachen enjoying the great panoramic vistas of stunning mountains, Rhododendron and Pine forests, wildflowers, etc. Stay overnight at Kambachen.

Day 13: Kambachen to Lhonak

With short exploration of Nuphchu valley you trek to Lhonak via rocky fields, waterfall and you may visit a monastery called Ramtang which lies on the way. Stay overnight at Lhonak.

Day 14: Lhonak to Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Today you  headed to Kanchenjunga Base Camp passing through rocky trails and landslides trails. Stay overnight at Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

Day 15/16: Acclimatization Day

These days will be for your acclimatization, Trainings on using equipments, gears and other necessary elements for mountaineering. You will make strategic planning and build your team work and communications skills good. Most important is that being confident and giving minor care to each aspects remaining safety. Stay overnight at Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

Day 17-37: Kanchenjunga Expedition

Day 38-39: Return to Kanchenjunga Base Camp

This day you will return back to base camp with a big smile of conquering the summit. Celeberate your moment and rest following day. Stay overnight at Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

Day 40-51: Fall same way back to Taplejung

Day 52-53: Taplejung to Kathmandu

You will be attending two flights on Day 51: Taplejung to Biratnagar and Day 52: Biratnagar to Kathmandu and enjoy rest of the days.

Day 54: Acclimatization Day

Today is your leisure day at Kathmandu you are free to enjoy any of the services and facilities at Kathmandu like sports games, shopping’s, movies, restaurants and bars and get your beloved and close one a memory of Nepal.  Enjoy free dinner with your crew and team member with great Nepali cuisines and Music’s. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 55: Farewell

Today your Kanchenjunga Expedition comes to an end so collects the photographs and gadget. Then our representative will help you to drop to the airport or if you have plenty of time to spend in Nepal, then feel free us to join another trip or adventurous activities like hiking, river rafting, bunjy jumping, paragliding etc.so that you can make your travel to Nepal memorable.

Services include:

Necessary Local Transport by Private vehicle

 Accommodation in Kathmandu at standard hotels with breakfast.

 Sightseeing in Kathmandu with tour guide. 

Entrance fee of all sightseeing spots in Kathmandu, National park fees on Treks

 Accommodation on Lodge/Guest House/Tent while on treks. 

Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking including Tea/coffee.

 Experienced government license holder trek guide and porter to carry your luggage.

 Insurance of our field staff.

 Permits and Group medical supplies (first aid kit) 

Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu flight ticket including 15 kg Baggage’s 

TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)

All additional government tax & Permit.

Climbing Permit, Climbing Guide & Camping Equipment

Services exclude:

Nepal entry visa fee 

 International / any air fare. 

 Travelers insurance 

 Alcohol, hot and cold drinks) 

 Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 

 All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike, Political Disturbances etc.

General Information:

A trekker who is able to hike and trek normally 5-6 hours per day with a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to perform this trekking. There may be stone steps, ups and downs, rocky paths and which are very uneven and also because of long trails your leg may feel tired and shaky so we strongly recommend you to use walking poles and trek sticks to feel safer and to maintain the pace. You will be informed about altitude and you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk. To get rid of it, acclimatize as well as walk slowly and have more water and other drinks to maintain yourself hydrated.

Equipments Required

Trekking Accessories- Trekking Bag pack, Trekking day bag (Small handbag), Trekking stick, Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket, Sleeping bag, etc

Footwear - Trekking shoes, Camping Shoes, Sports shoes or comfortable sandal, 4/5 pairs of good qualities socks, etc

Cosmetics - Sun cream, Body Lotion, Moisturizers, lip balm, Mirror Wet Tissue Papers, Soap, Perfumes, and Tooth brush etc.

Clothes - Pullover or warm sweeter, Sun Hat, Warm woolen cap, Raincoat, Hand gloves, 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers, 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts, 3/4 pairs of Underwear, etc.

Gears - Flash or Torch light, Head Torch lights, lighters, Chargers, Camera and batteries, Eye glass, Water bottle, etc.

Extra – IPods, Binoculars, First Aid Kit, Ear Plugs, Pen & diary, Travel Map or GPS, etc as per your requirements and necessities.


 Climbing Gears

1 Alpine climbing harness.

1 Ascender 1 Belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide)

1 Mountaineering axe with leash

1 Pair expedition style gaiters which fit perfectly over your boots

1 Pair of Steel crampons

1 Pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners

2 D-Shaped locking carabineers 

2 Non-locking carabineers

Climbing helmet (optional)

Neck gaiter

Ski goggles (optional) 


Body Gears (Synthetic Recommended, No COTTON)

Two T-shirts

Light expedition thermal tops.

Fleece jacket or pullover.

Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).

Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.

1 pair liner gloves, 1 pair of warm gloves, shell gloves.

Warm wool or synthetic hat to covers your ears, warm neck warmer, 100% glacier glasses, balaclava, headlamps,

2 pair of nylon hiking pants, synthetic underwear’s, 2 pair of trekking pants, waterproof baggages, light long trousers, liner socks, 1pair of sandles, etc.

Optional like Binaculors, stainless steel thermos, hydration bladder, ipods and cards, fav. Snack foods, trekking poles, etc.


 Extra Strength Excedrin, Ibuprofen, Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules, Diamox, mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, 

Always Drink Safe Water

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to have purified drinking water. Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but we might not find it in higher ground. In such cases we suggest you to drink boiled water which might charge very tiny fee in tea houses. Bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Recommend yourself to use boiled rather than mineral water which will be helpful for protection of you and healthy environment.

About Recharging Your Batteries & Electronic Devices during Trek

Hydro electricity may not be available in every location, so solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, I phone etc. Several Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities for consumption of electricity or solar power. Well Nepal Treks recommends you to have adaptors and chargers before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Garbage Disposal

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry a separate garbage carrier in the way and dispose it where dustbin facilities are available and promote the healthy environment.

Travel Insurance

Well Nepal Treks reminds you on your sufficiently protected and have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

  Washing and Toilet facilities

Every guest houses offer hot showers in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. But please note that at higher altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. So you must limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. Don’t feel hesitated to get warm bowl of water If the water frozen.

 Toilets here are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses

On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. Note that while staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services so be friendly in every way possible.

Extra Advice from Well Nepal Treks

You may see some beautiful, sweet children and poor ones that might make you to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and other stuffs. But, Well Nepal Treks suggest you better not to do so because it directly encourages them towards beggary and ask to every trekker which is also a sign of negative practice.

While on trekking, don’t forget to keep your valuables safe and secure. Do not left anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything’s outside at night. We strongly recommend you to do double check always and anywhere possible.

Trip Facts

 Trip Name: Kanchenjunga Expedition

Trip Duration:  55 Days

Trip Area: Eastern Region Nepal

Maximum Altitude:  8586 M

Minimum Altitude: 1310 M

Trip Type: Expedition             

Trip Grade: Hard

Price: On Request

Suitable For:  Professionals

Best Season: Aug - Dec & Feb - May (12 Month Possible)

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