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Kanchenjunga Trekking (22 days)

Kanchenjunga Trekking lies in the eastern fart of Nepal bordering with China and India. Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak of the world and second of Nepal whose height is 8586 M. It is one of the most beautiful destinations of the world. This thrilling place of Nepal has alpine vegetation, rocky outcrops, subtropical forests and low river valley also diverse wildlife like Snow leopard, Himalayan Black bear, red pandas and other. The main highlight of region is spectacular nature gifts, wildlife, glaciers, rivers, vegetation and rare species and people with socio cultural diversity.

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The name Kanchenjunga means five treasures of the great snow which is in reference to the five summits that make up Kanchenjunga. Kanchenjunga Trekking very popular in recent days because of its unspoiled nature and less crowd which gives you another advantage of exploring Nepali rural lifestyle and its rich culture. This trek starts from Kathmandu and you fly to Biratnagar then again to Suketar and pass through different villages and places to its base camp and return back. During this trek you will encounter beautiful sights of snow capped mountains, rhododendron forest, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, and several wildlife’s. Your night camp at several villages will help you to know about them and their culture. Kanchenjunga trek is suitable for those who have enough time for walking holiday and interested to venture into the isolated corners of Nepal. Kanchenjunga route is little bit long comparatively then other trekking route of Nepal but worthwhile follows Remote Mountain ranges of Nepal. This trek is very difficult so it needs very tough strength, good physical condition and patience. The best time to join this trek is September to December and Feb. to May.

Outline Itinerary of Kanchenjunga Trekking

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 3: Kathmandu to Biratnagar to Suketar

Day 4: Suketar to Mitlung

Day 5: Mitlung to Chirwa

Day 6: Chirwa to Sukathum

Day 7: Sukathum to Amjilosa

Day 8: Amjilosa to Gyabla

Day 9: Gyabla to Ghunsa 

Day 10: Acclimatization Day

Day 11: Ghunsa to Kambachen

Day 12: Kambachen to Lhonak

Day 13: Lhonak to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp

Day 14: Pangpema To Ghunsa

Day 15: Ghunsa to Sele Le

Day 16: Sele Le to Cheram

Day 17: Cheram to Tortong

Day 18: Tortong to Yamphudin

Day 19: Yamphudin to Yangpang

Day 20: Yangpang to Birtamod

Day 21: Birtamod to Kathmandu 

Day 22: Departure

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

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 and trek Preparation (1360m)

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

Day 3: Kathmandu to Biratnagar to Suketar

After breakfast you headed to airport to catch your flight for Biratnagar and again take direct flight from Biratnagar and fly to Suketar. Stay overnight at Suketar.

Day 4: Suketar to Mitlung (920 M)

After breakfast your real trek starts, you climb downhill through fertile valleys with small settlements and beautiful pastures we cross Hangdewa River and following some muddy rails you arrive at Mitlung. Stay overnigth at Mitlung 

Day 5: Mitlung to Chirwa (1270 M)

After breakfast you follow your trails to Sinwa village, Tawa village and passing through some suspension bridges, enjoying spectacular surroundings and rural landscapes. Stay overnight at Chirawa. 

Day 6: Chirwa to Sukathum (1576 M)

After breakfast you trail down through the cardamom fields, dense forests, and uphill trek and descend to lush green fields, cross Tamor River, Ghunsa River and reach Sukathum. Stay overnight at Sukathum. 

Day 7: Sukathum to Amjilosa (2300 M)

After breakfast you have to walk for 7 hours. you cross suspension bridge outside suketham, we enter dense forest and trail up hill and cross river, down to gorge and pass by 

Solima Village and more trails to Amjilosa. Stay overnight at Amjilosa.

Day 8: Amjilosa to Gyabla (2700 M)

After breakfast ou headed to Gyabla passing through the dense forest of bamboo, rhododendron forest, pass some rivers and climb up hill and enjoy stunning waterfalls originated from mountains and short uphill walk. Gyabla is a Tibetan influenced Mongolian Village. Stay overnight at Gyabla. 

Day 9: Gyabl to Ghunsa (3500 M)

After  breakfast you descend down the river and valley and further walk to the village of Phale which is a refugee settlement and can shop handicrafts then you travel through the dense pine forest and settle at Ghunsa. This place is also known for its Hydroelectricity plants. Stay overnight at Gunsha. 

Day 10: Acclimatization Day at Ghunsa

Today will be your rest day before continuing rest of the trek. You  get your feet’s moving for short time so this day you go for a short hike towards Laspsan La Monastery through forested area and return back to Ghunsa and explore its surrounding and get chances to know the culture and tradition of local people. Stay overnight at Ghunsa. 

Day 11: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4000 M)

After breakfast you trail along the north river bank enjoying beautiful mountain scenery and pass through beautiful meadows, rhododendron forest, cross bridge at Rampuk Kharka and enjoy waterfalls, then cross landslide area viewing spectacular vista of Mt. Jannu and following mountainous trail and arrive at Kambachen. Stay overnight at Kambachen. 

Day 12: Kambachen to Lhonak (4780 M)

After breakfast you head towards higher altitude and for about 7 hours. You start your treks through rocky fields, hillside, riverbanks, waterfalls, and then you cross Ramtang Monastery and cross the landslide section and descend toward river and finally arrive at Lhonak. Stay overnight at Lhonak. 

Day 13: Lhonak to Kanchenjunga North Base camp (5388 M)

After breakfast you trail through the glacier of Kanchenjunga and rest at Pangpema. You also trail through the rocky sections and landslides section and climb higher to enjoy the stunning vistas of Jannu, Kanchenjunga and Chang Himal. Further northern trails to North base camp of Kanchenjunga. After visiting it we return to Lhonak. Stay overnight at Lhonak. 

Day 14: Pangpema to Ghunsa (3595 M)

After  breakfast you trail all the way back to Ghunsa. Stay overnight at Ghunsa. 

Day 15: Ghunsa to Sele Le (4300 M)

After brekfast you trek to uphill through dense moss forest, rhododendron forest and Juniper and finally you settle at Sele Le. Stay overnight at Sele Le. 

Day 16: Sele Le to Cheram (3870 M)

After breakfast you enjoy amazing south side view of Jannu and Makalu Mountain. Crossing several passes like sinion La, Miing La and Sinelepche Bhanjyan then you steeply trail downward to Cheram. Stay overnight at Cheram. 

Day 17: Cheram to Tortong (3000 M)

Afer breakfast you will encounter two trails, One trail is the one we took while descending down from Sele Le. However, you ignore this route and descend further down to the trail alongside the Simbuwa Khola. You enjoy the lush rhododendron forest along the way and finally arrive at Tortong. Stay overnight at Tortong. 

Day 18: Tortong to Yamphudin (2080 M)

After breakfast you headed to Yamphudin through Lasiya Bhanjyang and further long walk. Yamphudin is a Sherpa Village but some other caste is also found here. Stay overnight at Yamphudin. 

Day 19: Yamphudin to Yangpang (1007 M)

After breakfast you will headed to Yangpang, along crossing bridge at Samekham, following Kabeli Khola, passing through Mamankhe and ascend through cardamom forest and passing few villages. Stay overnight at Yangpang. 

Day 20: Yangpang to Birtamod (300 M)

After breakfast you will leave Yangpang and travelling through small villages and settle at Thorpu and march Birtamod. Stay overnight at Birtamod.

Day 21: Birtamod to Kathmandu

After breakfast you headed tp Bhadrapur and fly to Kathmandu.Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 22: Departure

Today your Kanchenjunga Trekking 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.

Services include:

Necessary local transport by private vehicle

Accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 star 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 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- Biratnagar & Bhadrapur - Kathmandu flight ticket including 15kg Baggage’s

TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)

All additional government tax.

Services exclude:

Nepal entry visa fee

International / any air fare.

Travelers insurance (compulsory)

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 Informations

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.

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 Trekssuggest 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

Tour Name: Kanchenjunga Trek

Tour Duration: 22 Days

Tour Area: Kanchenjunga Region-Nepal

Maximum Altitude: 5388 M

Minimum Altitude: 920 M

Tour Type: Trekking, Camping and Hiking

Tour Grade: Moderate Streneous

Price: on request

Suitable For: Fit Trekkers

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

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