Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), the world’s third highest mountain, forms Nepal’s eastern border with India’s Sikkim. In Tibetan, the name Kanchenjunga means ‘five great treasures of snow’ which hints at the spectacular mountain views that awaits.
The trek described below is a circuit and includes a visit to the Pathibara Temple, which is an important religious site for many Indian and Nepali pilgrims. The trail goes northwards to Ghumsa where it climbs to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143 m) going through a spectacular high alpine landscape. It then goes east via 2 passes and continues to the Yalung Base Camp (4500 m), after which it goes back south to Taplejung, the starting and ending point of the trek.
The trek goes through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, managed by local communities in partnership with WWF, which is one of the least densely populated areas in Nepal. Pristine forests, alpine meadows and high-altitude wetlands are home to the endangered snow leopard and red panda, the vulnerable Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard and Assamese macaque.
Duration: 26 Days
Max Attitude: 5143 m.
Seasons: March, April, May, September, October, November
Accommodation: Camping/Teahouse/Lodge, Homestay
Start Point: Taplejung/Suketar
End Point: Taplejung/Suketar
Level of Difficulty: Hard
Group Size: Min. 2 & Max.15
Restricted Area Permit to Kanchenjunga and Entry Permit for Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAMC)
Day 1: Flight Kathmandu - Badrapur. Short drive to Birtamod Bazar for overnight stay.
Day 2: Drive Birtamod Bazar - Taplejung/Suketar (2420 m) 8-9 hrs
Day 3: Taplejung/Suketar (2420 m) - Mitlung (921 m) 5 hrs
Day 4: Mitlung (921 m) - Chiruwa (1270 m) 6 hrs
Day 5: Chiruwa (1270 m) - Sukathum (1576 m) 6 hrs
Day 6: Sukathum (1576 m) - Amjilosa (2308 m) 7 hrs
Day 7: Amjilosa (2308 m) - Gyabla (2730 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 8: Gyabla (2730 m) - Ghunsa (3595 m) 6 hrs
Day 9: Ghunsa (3595 m) - Acclimatization and local exploration.
Day 10: Ghunsa (3595 m) - Kambachen (4050 m) 6 hrs
Day 11: Kambachen (4050 m) - Lhonak (4780 m) 7 hrs
Day 12: Lhonak (4780 m) - Pangpema (5140 m), afternoon visit to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5143 m) 7 hrs
Day 13: Pangpema (5140 m) - Kambachen (4050 m) 5 hrs
Day 14: Kambachen (4050 m) - Ghunsa (3595 m) 6 hrs
Day 15: Ghunsa (3595 m) - Sele La Camp (4290 m) 7 hrs
Day 16: Sele La Camp (4290 m) - Tseram (3870 m) via Sele-La pass (4480 m) 7 hrs
Day 17: Tseram (3870 m) - Ramche (4620 m) 7 hrs
Day 18: Ramche (4620 m) - Day trip to Yalung Base Camp (4500 m) 7-8 hrs
Day 19: Ramche (4620 m) - Tseram (3870m) 5 hrs
Day 20: Tseram (3870m) - Tortong (2995 m) 6 hrs
Day 21: Tortong (2995 m) - Yamphudin (2080 m) 7 hrs
Day 22: Yamphudin (2080 m) - Mamankhe (1810 m) 5 hrs
Day 23: Mamankhe (1810 m) - Kande Bhyanjyang (2120m) 6 hrs
Day 24: Kande Bhyanjyang (2120m) - Lalikharka (2220 m) 6 hrs
Day 25: Lalikharka (2220 m) - Suketar (2420 m) 5-6 hrs
Day 26: Drive to Badrapur and flight to Kathmandu
Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with GHUMNAJAU.COM. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
16 Sep 2018
11 Oct 2018
- 3 Nights accommodation in Hotel (Birtamod & Suketar)
- 22 Nights accommodation in TeaHouse/Lodge during trekking.
- All meals during trek ( Breakfast, Lunch, Tea/coffee break & Dinner). Pokhara.
- All surface transportation as per itinerary
- One way flight Bhadrapur to Kathmandu.
- All Travel permits (MCAP, TIMS & ACAP Permits)
- English speaking guide & his/her Guide fees. (if requires other language as well)
- Comprehensive first aid kits
- Insurance for the staff
- Medical insurance for the client
- All applicable government taxes.
- Accommodation & Meal in Kathmandu.
- Personal expenses
- Health & Rescue Insurance
- International airfare and VISA (On Arrival)
- Gratuities for Staff