Kanchenjunga Trek - 19 Days

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Kanchenjunga Trek
  • Maxium Altitude
  • Difficulty Level
  • Trekking Season
    March to May and September to December


Mount Kanchenjunga is known as the queen of mountains because it has one of the world’s most magnificent mountains. Mount Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak on the planet at 8586 meters, 169ft. It lies in the eastern part of Nepal, specifically on the border between Nepal and Sikkim. Kanchenjunga trek is an ultimate trekking avenue for those with time and desire to endeavour into some of the far-off regions of Nepal. This region offers beautiful snow – covered mountains, exotic view of the Himalayas and challenging landscape. There are various types of small and high snowy peak above and under 8,000 meters like Mt. Makalu 8,201m, Mt. Lhotse 8,516m and the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest 8,848 m.

Start of Kanchenjunga Trek

The trekking starts from Sukethar moving along to a forest including rhododendron- covered ridge to Lali- Kharka (2,220m) viewing the beautiful scenery. Then moving on to Keswa (2,100m), Mawanke (2000m) above the sea level, Yamphudin, Lamite Bhanjying, Torontan, continuing to Tseram, Ranch, and also trek beyond the place called Mirgin (4,663 m ) and finally move down to Sakathum (1,600m) and descend to Phurumbo. Taplejung- Suketar (2,300m) is the end of trekking.

During the trekking one can see wildlife – snow leopard, red panda, musk deer and many more also many endangered species of birds like Impedance pheasant, shy Dragon, red-billed blue magpie etc. During exploring the surrounding area you will also see a panorama of Wedge Peak, The Twins, and Pyramid Peak etc.

Best Time to Visit Kanchenjunga

This trek is suitable around autumn months (September to November) and spring months (March to May). Kanchenjunga trekking is less crowded therefore an insight into Nepali rural lifestyle and its rich culture. This place is also famous for ‘Tongba’ – a warm millet beer served in decorated wooden pots with a straw. This Kanchenjunga Trek will definitely be a special and memorable one.

Trip Highlights

  • Adventure on the region of the second- Higest Mountain in Nepal and Third highest Mountain in the word.
  • Explore up close to the magnificence of the Himalayan peaks like Mera Peak, Khabur, Makalu, Rathong, Twin Peak, Khumbhakarna Peak, and Kabru Dome
  • Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5,140 meters) and Kanchenjunga Glacier.
  • Widely diversified flora and fauna in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (Asian black bear, snow leopard, red panda, golden-breasted fulvetta, red-billed chough, and blood pheasant)
  • High-Himalayan passes like Tamo La Pass, Sele La Pass, Mirgin La, and Sinon La
  • Tamor, Ghunsa, and Simbuwa river streams nourished by the glacial torrents of the region
  • Wildlife such as Snow leopard, Musk deer, Red panda, etc.
  • Different landscapes from forests to meadows
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18 Nights 19 Days

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    Detailed Itinerary

    When you notify us of your arriving flight and airline itinerary, one of our representative will be waiting to greet you at Tribhuwan International Airport. He will drive you in a private vehicle to the hotel that we have reserved. After checking into the hotel, you can take a relaxing walk along Thamel Road in the evening.

    The team manager will see you around 9 a.m. and take your old passport in order to prepare the permit. At 5 p.m., the team supervisor will be greeting you at our office to give over your original passport and introduce you to the hiking guide. He will inspect your trekking equipment and recommend that you purchase or rent it from one of Thamel’s trekking shops.

    Our 45 to 50 minute domestic flight will depart from Kathmandu (TIA) and arrive at Bhadrapur (Chandragadhi Airport). We’ll grab a local jeep and travel via Kanyam. We drive from Kanyam along the Mechi Highway, passing through tea plantations, to Taplejung or Illam, where the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek starts.

    We’ll eat breakfast, then board a native jeep and start our second-day ride to Sekathum, our destination for today. Typically, hikers choose to climb up to Sekathum from Taplejung, but by shortening our journey and utilizing the available amenities in the region, we arrive two days before other hikers. The route will take us past Mitlung, Chirwa, Thapethok, Lelep, and a few other villages along the Tamor Nadi. On our way, we come across the Kanchenjunga National Park entry point, where our permits are examined and we are authorized to continue on to Sekathum.

    After two days of driving, we’ll start our trek with breakfast in Sekathum. The Himalayan adventure begins with an ascent through Ghunsa Khola and going over several bridges along the route, traveling through luscious woods, the little communities of Jonggim and Ghaiyabari before arriving at Amjilosa.

    Today, we travel through a woodland track lined with rhododendrons and bamboo before ascending to Gyabla. On the route to Gyabla, we come across a large waterfalls on the other side of the river. We stop at Gyabla after a strong ascent and subsequent descent. Spend the night at a guesthouse in Gyabla.

    We arrive in Phale village after walking through the woodlands, which are home to a diverse diversity of vegetation and fauna. We will arrive in Ghunsa village after continuing our trek at a steady pace. Many trekkers pause at Ghunsa for adaptation, but we spend our day in Khambachen.

    We will eat breakfast before gradually ascending through a wide pine forest, where we may see blue sheep plus snow leopards. The trail goes through landslide-prone zones. We observe the amazing view of Mt. Jannu, pass through beautiful glacier valleys, and ultimately arrive at Khambachen settlement.

    We rest in Khambachen after a few days of trekking. We’ll take a short trip to neighboring glaciers, vistas, and lakes to help our bodies adjust to the altitude. We can encounter many hikers at Khambachen who are returning from or going towards Kanchenjunga North Base Camp.

    When we reach the source of the Ghunsa Khola, we’ll continue on the left (north) edge of the Kanchenjunga Glacier, trekking along a steep slope past the intersecting Lhonak Glacier to our left until we reach the high, flat campsite of Lhonak. Although the campsite is cold due to its great height, the views are spectacular, as we will be encircled by some of the highest snow-peaks on the world, including Wedge Peak (6,750m), Mera Peak (6344m), Nepal Peak (6910m), and Twins (7,351m), for approximately 7 hours.

    Today, we are going to trek to the north base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga, also known as Pang Pema. We will steadily rise through the trail, following the moraines, until we reach Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The reward for several days of walking is the sight of prayer flags and the stunning towering third-highest Mount Kanchenjunga. We’ll return to Lhonak for an extra night.

    We arrive at Ghunsa after enjoying the vistas of the Mountains and leaving the Kanchenjunga Base Camp behind to retrace our steps. The Kanchenjunga trail reminds us of traveling past stone houses, rising mountain peaks, stony meadows near the trails, and rock-falling zones.

    We reach at Sele Le and leave the trail toward Gyabla. We have a chance to spot snow leopards as we move through the deep forest. There are barely any human settlements with a few teahouses that are only open during the peak hiking season. When there is considerable snowfall, there is no alternative route to connect the pathway to South Base Camp till Sekathum. If the teahouses are closed but we can still cross the passes, we can reach Tseram in one day, shaving a day off our planned itinerary.

    Leaving Sele Le Pass, we will walk up to the high-altitude passes of Sinion La (4440m.|2758ft.), Mirgin La (4480m.|2783ft.), & Sinelapche Bhanjyang (4645m.|2886ft.). During our ascent, we will be treated to stunning panoramic views of Mt. Jannu, Everest, Makalu, Baruntse, Chamlang, as well as Kanchenjunga. We descended to Tseram and slept there overnight.

    Today, after an early breakfast, we continue forward via the Yalung glacier, climbing higher and closer to the panoramas. We will halt for lunch at Ramche after passing the Yalung, which offers a panorama of Rathong (6682m) and Kabru (7412m). We will hike to Oktang/Okhordung, the viewpoint at Yalung Base Camp or Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. We will return to Tseram after enjoying an up-close view of all three peaks of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8420m, 8586m, and 8474m), as well as other towering peaks, and visiting the pristine, unexplored by many hikers Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

    The towering snow-capped mountains behind us, as well as the trek through the rhododendron trees, provide us with peace. Our walk begins downhill and concludes in Tortong, crossing through Simbuwa Khola and offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas along the way. We’ll remain in Tortong overnight.

    From Tortong, we continue to descend to the Amji Khola, passing with Lasiya/Lamite Bhanjyang (3415m) and Dhupi Bhanjyang (2665m). Walking beyond the steep slope region, we arrive at Yamphudin settlement. There is a Kanchenjunga Conservation Area checkpoint in Yamphudin where our permits are examined if we started our journey from Kanchenjunga South Base Camp.

    We begin our exploration of stunning scenery through paths and hiking along the Kabeli Khola pathway after eating breakfast in Yamphudin. We’ll leave the mountain villages and head to Kanyam, a picturesque area surrounded by tea plants. We can view cardamom and tea farms from our windows as we drive to Kanyam. We are now in the lowlands, carrying with us bittersweet memories of the walk at great altitudes. Kanyam is a popular tea garden site, so expect to see a lot of local tourists.

    We’ll eat breakfast and then spend some time exploring the green tea farming region. Then we’ll have a 2-3 hour trip to Bhadrapur. We will fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu in the evening, which would take 45 to 50 minutes. Once we drop you off at your hotel, we’ll send an invitation to our management team for a farewell dinner that evening.

    Trip Includes

    • Airport Pickup and drop service during both international and domestic flight
    • All necessary trekking permits
    • Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights with Breakfast
    • All accommodations during the trek
    • Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) during the trek and Cup of tea in the Morning.
    • Trekking guide
    • Porter (One porter between two trekkers)
    • Salary, food, equipment, and insurance of the trekking Guide and Porter
    • local Jeep (Bhadrapur – Illam / Taplejung – Sekathum and Yamphudin – Kanyam – Bhadrapur airport)
    • Flight From Kathmandu – Bhadrapur, and Bhadrapur – Kathmandu
    • Sleeping bag / Down Jacket if needed (Need to Returned after the trek)
    • Farewell dinner.
    • Official expense, all local and government tax and vat.

    Trip Excludes

    • International flight tickets and Nepal entry visa
    • Travel and health Insurance which cover emergency Rescues and evacuations
    • During trekking time personal expenses, snacks, Beer, coke, juice, Tea, coffee, water, WI-FI, etc.
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Tips for treks guide and porter (it is expected)

    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the “Trip Includes” Section.

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    2 Responses to Kanchenjunga Trek

    • Johonna

      My recent Kanchenjunga trek with Mountain Treks Nepal was an unforgettable adventure. The breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga and the surrounding peaks were awe-inspiring. But what truly made the trek special was the expertise and professionalism of Mountain Treks Nepal.

      Our guide, Deepak was incredibly knowledgeable about the region and always ensured our safety and well-being. He also shared fascinating insights into the local culture, making the experience even richer.

      The porters were equally fantastic. They were always friendly and helpful, carrying our gear with ease and a smile. Mountain Treks Nepal provided excellent food and comfortable accommodations throughout the trek.

      If you’re planning a Kanchenjunga trek, I highly recommend Mountain Treks Nepal. They made the entire experience seamless, allowing me to focus on enjoying the stunning scenery and the unique culture of the Himalayas.

    • salvion

      Kanchangunga trek

      My recent Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek with Mountain Treks Nepal was an unforgettable experience. The scenery was awe-inspiring, especially the views of Kanchenjunga itself. Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the Himalayas, sharing fascinating stories about the local culture and environment. They were also attentive to our needs, making sure we were comfortable and safe throughout the trek.

      The porters and support staff were fantastic. They were always friendly and helpful, carrying our gear and setting up camp efficiently. The food was delicious and surprisingly varied, considering the remote location. They even catered to my vegetarian diet without any problems.

      Overall, I highly recommend Mountain Treks Nepal for anyone looking for an exceptional trekking experience in the Kanchenjunga region. Their professionalism, expertise, and dedication to customer satisfaction made this trek truly unforgettable.

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