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Kanchenjunga Trek


Kanchenjunga (Treasure of the Snow) is the third highest mountain the world with many satellite peaks rising from its narrow icy ridges. Kanchenjunga is for the true adventurer within you. The east of Nepal is more developed than the west, but the remoteness of this terrain, its rugged trails, scattered human habitation, and monsoonal downpours make for a perfectly challenging beginning to the Great Himalaya Trail. Wending slowly up through Ghunsa for views of Kanchenjunga's massive north face, you will reach base camp at Pangpema, then push on to Jhinsing La, the starting point of the Great Himalaya Trail.

This incredible trekking route around Arun valley is one of the most beautiful regions to trek in Nepal. Traveling around this part also gives an opportunity to enjoy and experience the traditional culture of Rai and Limbu, at the native locals of this area. This trekking region provides you the most enthusiasm excitement and an unforgettable lifetime experience.

Trip Facts


Country : Nepal
Region : Kanchenjunga Region
Activities : Trekking & Hiking
Trekking/Tour Days : 21
Total Days : 25
Difficulty : Hard
Trip code: 
Max Altitude: 5,388 m/17,673 ft
Best season: Autumn & Spring
Per day walk: 6-8 hrs.

Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival, transfer to Hotel (A)
Day 02:
Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation (A, B)
Day 03:
Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (81 m/266 ft)
Day 04: 
Fly from Biratnagar to Suketar (2,420 m/7,938 ft) Mitlung (921 m/3,021 ft) 4-5 hrs
Day 05: 
Mitlung to Chirwa (1,270 m/4166 ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 06: 
Chirwa to Sukathum (1,576 m/5,169 ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 07: 
Sukathum to Amjilosa (2,308 m /7,570 ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 08: 
Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730 m /8,954 ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 09: 
Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 10: 
Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 11: 
Acclimatization Day at KambachenDay 13:  Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780 m/15,678 ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 14:
Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5,388 m/17,673 ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 15:
Trek back to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 16:
Khangpachen to Lumba Samba (4206m) 5-6 hrs
Day 17:
Lumba Samba to Ramche (4580m) 6-7 hrs
Day 19:
Ramche to Cheram (3870m)
Day 20: 
Cheram to Tortong (2,995 m/9,824 ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 21: 
Tortong to Yamphudin (2,080 m/6,822 ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 22:
Yamphudin to Ponphe Dhara (1,680m/5,510ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 23:
Pha Khola to Taplejung, 3-4 hrs walk
Day 24: Taplejung to Kathmandu
Day 25: Departure from Kathmandu

Services


Trip Cost Includes 
  •  All airport/hotel transfers
  •  Hotel in Kathmandu (Both on B&B basis)
  •  Welcome and farewell dinner
  •  Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
  •  Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with a tour guide and all temples/monuments entrance fees.
  •  All accommodation and meals during the trek
  •  Airport pickups and drops in private car
  •  An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1   assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  •  All necessary paper work and permits
  •  All government and local taxes

Trip Cost Does Not Include
  •  Nepalese visa fee
  •  Excess baggage charges
  •  Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Lukla/Namche Bazar because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  •  Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  •  Travel and rescue insurance
  •  Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  •  Tips for guides and porters

Detail Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival, transfer to Hotel (A)
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative welcomes you and assists you to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu, after freshen up; you will be provided the necessary information regarding the trip in Nepal along with our fellow trekking staff for your adventurous trip. Overnight at Hotel.


Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation (A, B)
We will collect you on the morning for guided trip of cultural word heritage sites in Kathmandu valley which is rich for its Newa culture and temples; including several places of pilgrimages sites for Hindus and Buddhists , the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the world biggest Stuppa; Boudhhanath, Swoyambhunath Stupa (monkey temple) and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with unique architectural temple, and incredible Kumari widely known as Living Goddess in Basantapur of central kathmandu. There will be meeting with other members along with our fellow trekking staff at our office for a pre-trip discussion in the evening.


Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (81 m/266 ft)
A super scenic flight over the foothills of the Nepalese Himalaya, with views of the main peaks to the north brings you Biratnagar. Biratnagar is a sub-metropolitan city in southeast Nepal and located near the border of India and is therefore a major centre for trade and commerce with India. . You can stroll around Biratnagar while your guide and porter arrange the necessary equipments and materials for trekking.  You will be transferred to the local hotel at the evening.


Day 04:  Fly from Biratnagar to Suketar (2,420 m/7,938 ft) Mitlung (921 m/3,021 ft) 4-5 hrs
After a hearty breakfast, we take a flight of nearly 35 minutes which brings you to Suketar from where we begin our trek by downhill walk to Mitlung. The trail that inclines gradually along the rhododendron covered Surke Danda, crossing a ridge at 2580m. We then cross Hangdewa River and walk alongside the raging Tamor River. We follow the muddy trail that descent to the village of Mitlung. Overnight at Mitlung.


Day 05:  Mitlung to Chirwa (1,270 m/4166 ft) 5-6 hrs
On this day we trek to Chirwa by following the trail which ascends and descends steadily as we make our way towards the village of Sinwa. We continue trekking downhill until we reach Tawa. We cross through some small streams while trekking. This day your trek is through ascent and descent paths. We walk along the more flat land passing beautiful rural landscape along the way and reach Chirwa. Chirwa is a small town where you find small lodges and camping site with local shops. Overnight at Chirwa.


Day 06:  Chirwa to Sukathum (1,576 m/5,169 ft) 5-6 hrs
Leaving Chirwa we move for Sukathum. We pass through a small jungle along with the bank of river and varied landscapes such as cardamom fields and dense forests.  The trail is normally up and down today. We cross a suspension bridge to reach Sukathum where we stop for the night.


Day 07:  Sukathum to Amjilosa (2,308 m /7,570 ft) 6-7 hrs
Today we start our trek through the river gorge and follow the upstream and climb steeply to the top from where you can enjoy the view of Ghunsa khola below where we passed the trail. We later follow a tricky trail which goes both uphill and downhill until reaching Amjilosa.  Amjiosa is small village with few houses and yak herds with local shops where you find minimal supplies. Overnight at Amjilosa.


Day 08:  Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730 m /8,954 ft) 6-7 hrs
Spending night at Amjilosha we start our day trekking from the river bank, pass through a densely forest of bamboo, fir and rhododendrons eventually reaching a small stone house by the river. The trail is quite flat in the beginning and gently ascent to Gyable passing through jungle.  Today you'll have a real climbing the middle hill and quite tiring after a long walk. This place is settled in the terrace hills above the Ghunsa River and we'll enjoy the scenic beauties of the landscapes. A few hours of walk brings you to Tibetan settlement to Gyabla where we stop for the night.


Day 09:  Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft) 5-6 hrs
Leaving Gyabla we move for Ghunsa. We first descend to Ghunsa River again and climb the Phere village from right bank of the Ghunsa River. The trail passes through few human settlements and it is clearly visible that their life style and culture has been inherited from Tibet. After purchasing a few souvenirs we travel through conifer and pine forest and reach the Sherpa village of Ghunsa where we stop for the night.


Day10: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 5-6 hrs
This day we start our trek to Kambachen by following the trail which gently ascent along the south bank of the Gunsa Khola, then crosses a boulder strewn flood plain and crosses back to Rambuk Kharka on the north side of the river. The trail offers you the magnificent views of lofty mountains. You may feel short of breath because of high altitude therefore drinking sufficient water is highly recommended. We will arrive at mountain sides at our camp to Khambachen after descending from the ridge where we stop for the night.


Day 11:  Acclimatization Day at Kambachen
This is first scheduled 'acclimatization' day for this trek to adopt high altitude before heading up to high elevation and also to observe if anybody in the group has any symptoms of altitude sickness. There are view of the high peaks near Kanchenjunga, Khabour, Phole, Nango Ma and Jannu. Climb a ridge above the village for more views or take a day hike to the Jannu base camp. We will enjoy with a scenic beauty with refreshing environment and enjoy the day with crews.


Day 13:  Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780 m/15,678 ft) 6-7 hrs
After a hearty breakfast we move for Lhonak. The trail is rough but easy trail continues up the west bank of the river, first across a small boulder field and then up a short but easy snow slope to the level kharka of Ramtang. We then come across a landslide section which we must pass through at a steady pace before descending to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak. Overnight at Lhonak.


Day 14: Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5,388 m/17,673 ft) 6-7 hrs
The route to Pangpema from Lhonak is on a deceptively rising track which follows a shelf alongside the lateral moraine of the Kangchenjunga Glacier. We urge you to be careful around the rockier sections as they are prone to landslides. From here you can see the excellent view of the towering peak of Kanchenjunga and more scenic view of the surrounding area. After a short while you reach Pangpema, a flat grassy base camp.  Overnight at tented camp.


Day 15:  Trek back to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 6-7 hrs
After a hearty breakfast we retrace our path to Lhonak and continue down the valley to Ramtang. You can have the marvelous view of Kanchenjunga, Taple Shikhar, Gimmigela, and Mera Peak while returning. A few hours of walk of descending nature finally brings you Kambachen by evening where we spend the night.


Day 16: Khangpachen to Lumba Samba (4206m) 5-6 hrs
We select to cross either of the 2 passes today depending on the weather conditions: Lapsang La, the higher pass at 5180m or the Mirgin La at (4500m).


Day 17: Lumba Samba to Ramche (4580m) 6-7 hrs
We have a short walk today. The trail offers magnificient view of lofty mountains as you ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and into a series of ablation valleys. A few hours of trek will brings us to Ramche which is situated on a broad, flat ablation zone.


Day 19: Ramche to Cheram (3870m)
Today will have a quite challenging trek. We trek through almost desert like area and some places you cross are stony trail. We do an uphill trek and enjoy the mesmerizing south side view of Jannu Himal and Makalu (the world's 6th highest mountain). The path is ascent from Mirgin La to Tseram. On the path, you can see Lapsang La glacier,Mirgin La glacier and snow-capped mountains. We then make a steep descend to Cheram where we stop for a night.


Day 20:  Cheram to Tortong (2,995 m/9,824 ft) 5-6 hrs
This morning we descend to Tortong we first encounter two trails. We then pass through the glacier view and getting the sub tropic zone. We are walk on a forested path of rhododendron and pine forest and descend further down to the trail alongside the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy the lush rhododendron forest along the way. After a few hours of trek we reach to Tortong where we stop for the night.


Day 21:  Tortong to Yamphudin (2,080 m/6,822 ft) 6-7 hrs
The first part of the trekking goes along the bank of the river, Simbua Khola. The terrain changes after every monsoon but by the middle of October it should be stable with a route through. Walking further down we reach the village of Yamphudin. Yamphudin is a hamlet with mixed community of different sects is the Sherpa, Limbu, Rai and Gurung. It is a real ethnic village after Ghunsa. Overnight at Yamphudin.


Day 22: Yamphudin to Ponphe Dhara (1,680m/5,510ft), 4-5 hrs walk
On this day we descend the Kabel River through the scenic landscapes. A few hours of trek will brings us to Kabel Khola from where we further walk to climb to reach Ponphe Dhara where we stop for the night.


Day 23: Pha Khola to Taplejung, 3-4 hrs walk
After a hearty breakfast, we tackle the last day of our trek. We will have a pleasant downhill walk to reach Taplejung. On arrival in Taplejung, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks and we celebrate on the happy occasion of successful trip. Overnight at Taplejung.


Day 24: Taplejung to Kathmandu
Today we return to Kathmandu via short super scenic fight of nearly 50 minutes after having breakfast. You can have plenty of time to relax in Kathmandu.


Day 25: Departure from Kathmandu
Your Kanchanjunga trek has come to an end today. Today is free or last minute to enjoy in Nepal. If you have days left and ready for next trip then let us know. If not our representative will transfer you to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination, taking with us the memories of wonderful moments spend with us.

 

Important Note

Important Note
Your safety is our paramount concern whilst traveling with Himalayan Club. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Our Effort 
Our effort will be made to keep to the proposed itinerary but your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Himalayan Club. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

The Trekking Group
The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is a land of scenic mountains, time-worn temples and some of the best trekking routes on Earth. It has opened its trekking route since 1953. Many foreigners from around the globe visit Nepal for hiking in one of the best trekking destination. Hence, to organize the best trip we provide best trek leaders and staffs for you. For this trek, there will be our best group consisting 1 experienced English speaking climbing leader (guide), cook, assistant climbing leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers (1 trekker: 2 helpers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging. We organize this trek for both solo and group trekkers.  

Our Trek Leaders and Staffs
Operating better than the best trip for you is our paramount concern. We will provide you best professional team from the trekking operator to the vigorous Sherpa porter. Our trekking guides are the holder of license issued by Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management & Tourism Training Centre, Nepal and have got professional rescue training. Your trek leader's role is to ensure all aspects of the trek to run efficiently. Your trekking guide will share all knowledge that he has during the trip. Please ensure that he needs your full cooperation and support to run the trek smoothly. If you have any kind of problem then let him know about this in advance so that your trek leader can take right step to organize safe and efficient trek. The trek leaders and staffs of Himalayan Club have got training on follows:
Intensive Wilderness First Aid
Trekking Guide Training
Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
English Language [we also provide trekking guides speaking special languages (Spanish, Italian, French, German, Russian, Hindi) as per your desire]
Conservation and Biodiversity
Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders) 

Health & Experience Required 
Our Kanchejungha trek is adventurous trek. It needs good physical effort to trek. Anyone who is interested and have a capacity to walk for 6-7 hours a day with light rucksack can encounter this trek. Trekking around high altitude are physically challenging than trekking around lower attitude. Nevertheless if you are physically fit with sound mind and positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish this trek. Regular exercise and jogging for 2-3 hours is good preparation for hiking. However consultancies with physician are highly recommended. Whilst travelling with Himalayan Club, you will be provided all necessary details regarding your safety before trekking. Our professional trekking crew members (from trek operators to assistance guide) are highly acknowledged about acute mountain sickness and regular first aid courses to tackle any emergency situation. Moreover, we are able to evacuate seriously ill group members by helicopter if needed.

Meals (Teahouse trek)
During your Kanchenjunga trek you will be provided freshly hygienic food including typical Nepali food. You can have breakfast and dinner in teahouse/lodge as per menu. Lunch will be provided on the way to the destination. Further you can bring your favorite snacks with you as per your desire. A welcome and farewell dinner will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

Accommodation (Teahouse trek)
In Kathmandu, you have comfortable stay with relaxed environment in 3 star hotels. We also provide of booking rooms in 5 star hotels as per your desire. Rooms are generally on twin sharing basis included in the trip cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, location, etc.. During trekking you will stop for the nights in standard teahouse/lodge/hotel. On the way to Kanchenjunga trek you may encounter several teahouses with attached washroom but in some places you have to adjust in sharing toilets and bathrooms.

Permits and fees/Visa processing
Any foreigner desiring to trek in permissible trekking region in Nepal shall have to submit application in the format as referred to Appendix 10 for trekking permit and in the case of group; the trekking operating agency shall have to submit application to the Ministry of Home Affairs of Immigration Department in the format as referred to in Appendix 11. You must require permits and fees to enter a certain areas such as World heritage sites, National Park, restricted areas along climbing as well. Entries fees for visiting gompas, temples and other historical monuments while trekking should be made by your own. For any inquires about visa processing and trekking permits in Nepal please log on www.immi.gov.np  

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is a cover for the risks you might face in your trip, while trekking in Nepal. Typically, it covers death, personal accident, medical expenses, repatriation, loss/ delay of checked baggage, passport loss and third party liability as per the agency chosen by you. You do not want anything to ruin your hard earned holiday or your crucial business meeting. But there is a possibility of some unexpected occurrence no matter how perfect the planning is. Unfortunate events such as baggage loss, passport loss, a medical emergency or an accident can affect you. Having Travel Insurance protects you from all such perils. It ensures that in the unknown foreign land you are not left stranded in any kind of an emergency. We strongly recommend travel insurance for everyone who is intended to hike in Nepal.

Climate and Weather
Nepal\'s climate varies with its topography as it is divided into 3 regions on the basis of physical division i.e. Terai, Hilly and Mountain (Himalayan) region. There are four climatic seasons in Nepal: 

December-February (winter) 
March-May (spring), 
September-November (autumn) and
June-August (summer),
The monsoon is approximately from the end of June to the middle of September. About 80 per cent of the rain falls during that period, so the remainder of the year is dry. In winter, average maximum and minimum temperatures in the Terai range from a brisk 7ºC (45ºF) to a mild 23ºC (74ºF). Summer and late spring temperatures range from 28ºC (83ºF) in the hill regions to more than 40ºC (104ºF) in the Terai. The Terai region, which lies in the tropical southern part of the country, for instance, has a hot, humid climate.  The central Hilly region experience a minimum temperature often falls below freezing point and a chilly 12ºC (54ºF) maximum. The northern mountain region, around an altitude above 3,353 meters has an alpine climate with a considerably lower temperature and thin air in winter as can be expected. Much colder temperatures prevail at higher elevations. The Kathmandu Valley, at an altitude of 1310m (4297ft), has a mild climate, ranging from 19-27ºC (67-81ºF) in summer, and 2-20ºC (36-68ºF) in winter.

Best Season
We specially prefer spring (March to mid May) and autumn (mid Sept to Dec) seasons for this trek as they are known as the best season in Nepal. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding natural views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher altitude. Trekking in winter (Dec, Jan, and Feb) season is also good for this Everest Base Camp trek but the subject is only cold and might be disturbance because cold may obstruct the trekking route as of snowfall. The trekking routes become busy route during spring and autumn as they are called best season. But during monsoon and winter the routes are not busy and you could more enjoy the natural beauty of Nepal.

Porter Care
Porter plays an important role whilst trekking in Hilly and Himalayan Region. So we provide vigorous porter from our best professional trekking team for the smooth run of your trek. We behave with them like our team. The Sherpa people of Nepal have established a reputation as mountaineering porters, and are considered indispensable for the highest Himalayan expeditions. Every day, Sherpa porters in the middle hills carry excruciating loads on their spines, for trekkers and mountaineers. Hundreds of thousands more heave the basket as part of their daily household chores, fetching water, firewood and fodder. Carrying goods on the back with the help of a tumpline (namlo) is their daily routine. While the loads carried by the Sherpa porter are the heaviest anywhere in the world, the feat is doubly impressive when one considers his diminutive size and body weight. Himalayan back-loading is also distinctive because it is a continuous, unremitting activity, unlike, for example, the stevedore´s momentary toil. So it\'s very unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights. We ensure all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. We provide same medical attention to all the Sherpa porters like team members if any injury occurs. And for the porter\'s sake we urge all trekkers to keep their luggage bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds in restricted trekking area and 24kgs/ pounds in other trekking area. We support and appreciate the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), Working for the safety of the mountain porter. 
We provide all the necessary facilities to the porter with the following:
A good working wage 
All food for porters while on trek
Accommodation while on trek
Work related clothing and equipment 
Income protection insurance
We also provide emergency helicopter evacuation if required

Environmental Concerns
The main concern of Himalayan Club is to conduct better than the best trip for you adopting various steps to preserve the environment of that place where we visit. We employ a Responsible Tourism policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We enforce a number of do\'s and don\'ts, and our experienced staffs can advise you on how to minimize your impact and with some thought and care we can ensure that everyone benefits from the experience.

On this trip: Nepal owns beauty of nature as it is naturally rich in vegetation and wildlife. Whilst trekking with Himalayan Club's trekking leaders and staff you may encounter different conservation area and national parks inhabitant by birds and wild animals. We will use the policy of staying in locally owned accommodation, having local group members and using transport owned and operated by local people wherever possible is continued in Nepal. You will be guided by your trekking guide about the environment concerns while trekking.

Our Travel Booklet: We provide copy of our Travel Booklet to every client who travels with Himalayan Club's which contains every details and advice on how you can make your trip adventurous with helping in Global warming and other environment concerns. We also provide this copy to you in advance as per your desire when you contact us.

Charity: Himalayan Club is helping different rural areas for improving working conditions of the people as we work with societies of that area. We also conduct public awareness programs to make balance between the wildlife and the people daily needs whilst trekking. Our small help is helping to improve the working conditions of the people or rural areas in big.                           
                          

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