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Kanchenjunga Trek with a Purpose - 27 Days

Way to Kanchenjunga

Tall Bamboo tree on the way to Kanchenjunga

Chiruwa

A beautiful village Chiruwa

Magnificent view

Magnificent view of Lhonak and Yaks

Kanchenjunga base camp

The massive Kanchenjunga base camp, Peng pema

Chherpuk Kharka

Delightful camp up the Yamtari Khola, Chherpuk Kharka.

Dromo

Spectacular Kanchenjunga Wedge Peak panorama from the 6000m viewpoint in front of Dromo.

Stunning view of Mt. Kanchenjunga

Stunning view of Mt. Kanchenjunga

Why ‘Trek with a Purpose’?

Kanchenjunga is the perfect choice for lovers of nature and adventure. During this unique trek, you will experience Eastern Nepal’s rich natural beauty in one of the most wild and unspoilt conservation areas in the country, abundant in biodiversity and inhabited by a wide variety of ethnic minority groups that boast a long cultural history and rich tradition. You will enjoy a truly genuine Nepali hospitality in remote picturesque villages and marvel at breathtaking mountain views. The entire area is one of the most sparsely populated with some of the least busy trekking trails you can find; tourists are a rare sight here. Particularly since this year’s earthquake, Nepal needs you more than ever to visit and contribute to its economy which has been massively affected by this tragedy.

Kanchenjunga lies in the far eastern border of Nepal, it the third highest mountain in the world at 8,586m from sea level and shares its border with the Indian state of Sikkim, an alternative starting point for your trek. The Kanchenjunga range consists of five individual peaks where Kanchenjunga II is the highest among them. People from Kanchenjunga region consider it the holiest mountain, as each of its five summits correspond to five treasures of snow in the form of gold, silver, gem, grain and holy books. Joe Brown and George Band were both part of the British expedition team that first conquered the summit of Kanchenjunga in 1955. The entire range generates four different glaciers, which result in two rivers ideal for rafting in Nepal.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit is now more easily accessible, as the government has been investing in developing the infrastructure in the area. The Great Himalayan Trail project is also focusing on Kanchenjunga, particularly in expanding the tourism sector. Trekking in Kanchenjunga can be one of the most adventurous treks available, boasting a close interaction to Tibetan refugees whose settlements can be found throughout the circuit. You have the choice to select the best itinerary to suit your needs based on time duration, personal interest, physical stamina, weather conditions and budget. Major treks to choose from are the Kanchenjunga South Trek, Kanchenjunga North Trek as well as the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, which includes both Kanchenjunga Base Camps.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 – A Warm Welcome to Nepal; Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Day 02 – Guided city tour and pre trek meeting along with welcome dinner
Day 03 – Flight to Biratnagar and Drive to Phidim
Day 04 – Drive from Phidim to Suketar
Day 05 – Our official kick-start day of Kanchenjunga Trek with a Purpose, Trek from Suketar to Mitlung
Day 06 – From Mitlung to Chirwa
Day 07 – From Chirwa to Sekathum (also known as Sukathum or Sukethum)
Day 08 – Challenging Trail from Sekathum to Amjilosa
Day 09 – Amjilosa to Gyabla
Day 10 – Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa, Kanchenjunga Trek’s Capital
Day 11 – Acclimatization day in preparation for Kanchenjunga Base Camp
Day 12 – Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen
Day 13 – Acclimatization day in Kambachen
Day 14 – Early start, long trek to Lhonak from Kambachen
Day 15 – Kanchenjunga North Base Camp and Pangpema
Day 16 – From Pangpema to Kambachen
Day 17 – From Kambachen to Ghunsa
Day 18 – From Ghunsa to Sinion La via Sele La
Day 19 – Sinion La to Cheram
Day 20 – From Cheram to Ramche, then back to Cheram
Day 21 – From Cheram to Tortong
Day 22 – From Tortong to Yamphuding
Day 23 – Descending from Yamphuding to Yangpang
Day 24 – From Yangpang to Thorpu
Day 25 – End of trek, Drive from Thorpu to Birtamod
Day 26 – Return to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur
Day 27 – Farewell, Thanks for one step toward mankind and humanity

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  2. Day 01 – A Warm Welcome to Nepal; Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
    We recommend our Kanchenjunga Trekkers to obtain a Nepali Visa on arrival, which is a simpler process compared to an application from your home country. Upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport, you will need to fulfill the custom formalities on the visa desk, after which you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the arrival terminal. When you exit the terminal building, look out for someone who is holding a display board reading “Kanchenjunga Trek with a Purpose”. You will then be taken by taxi to you hotel in Thamel. Depending on your flight schedule, you will have the afternoon or evening free, when you can walk around the streets of Thamel and immerse yourself in the heart of Kathmandu. In order to attend the Kanchenjunga Trek with a Purpose, you will need to arrive on this day.

    Day 02 – Guided city tour and pre trek meeting along with welcome dinner
    This second day is allocated for sightseeing in Kathmandu, as we will need your passport to have your trek permit issued. You will explore five different places of Kathmandu Valley, all of which are listed World Heritage sites. Sightseeing is expected to end at approximately 5pm, after which a free hour will be provided, followed by a gathering with the rest of the team and a welcome dinner. This will take place in an authentic Nepali restaurant, complete with a live cultural show. This will be the perfect time for an informal pre-trek meeting during which you will be all things will be briefed about the Kanchenjunga Trek. Your guide, who will also be joining us for dinner, will be happy to answer questions you may have about any details regarding the trek.

    Day 03 – Flight to Biratnagar and Drive to Phidim
    The team will fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar via Buddha Airlines with first preference or Yeti Airlines as an alternative carrier. As soon as we arrive we would expect to find very hot weather, as Biratnagar lies at the Indian border with an elevation of just 81m from sea level. Soon we will drive out by mini bus to Phidim, where we will spend our first night.

    Day 04 – Drive from Phidim to Suketar
    We will be driving on the main road from Phidim to Suketar via Taplejung, where we will stop to explore one of the major market areas of eastern Nepal. This village is mostly inhabited by Limbus and Rais (Mongolian Race). Approximately two hours later, we will arrive at Suketar (2,840m altitude), well-known for its very friendly and cheerful people. On the way we will be passing by Suketar airport, one of the smallest in Nepal.

    Day 05 – Our official kick-start day of Kanchenjunga Trek with a Purpose, Trek from Suketar to Mitlung
    The areas where we are starting our trek from belong to the lower Kanchenjunga Section, which holds sufficient fertile terrain as well as beautiful villages in scenic landscapes. From Suketar we will be trekking downhill to Mitlung, descending to an altitude of 921m. At the last part of today’s trek we will be walking along Tamor River, heading towards its northern ridge, where we will be descending a further 350m down to Mitlung.

    Day 06 – From Mitlung to Chirwa
    Rai, Limbu and Magar dominate Taplejung as well as the eastern part of Nepal. Chirwa is not exception; it is a beautiful village inhabited by Limbu people. Right from the start of today’s trek we will be ascending and descending continuously up to Tawa village, which is half-way through, after which we will follow a minor ascend and cross a suspension bridge next to Thiwa. Here we will find some small retail stores and a few lodges, where we will spend another beautiful night.

    Day 07 – From Chirwa to Sekathum (also known as Sukathum or Sukethum)
    We will be trekking there for our next overnight stay, which is at an elevation of 1578m from sea level. Today’s trek is a perfect blend of gentle uphill as well as downhill trails through lush green fields while heading towards Sekathum.

    Day 08 – Challenging Trail from Sekathum to Amjilosa
    During today’s trail we will be traversing through dense forests, steep trails, as well as climbing a gorge that includes a tricky section. Slow and steady wins the race; take great care and follow your guide’s instructions, especially on the last leg of the trail before reaching Amjilosa, which has a steep section near the gorge.

    Day 09 – Amjilosa to Gyabla
    Before reaching Gyabla, where a Tibetan Settlement can be found, we will be crossing dense forests of bamboo, fir and rhododendron (the National flower of Nepal). Another highlight in today’s trail that will undoubtedly make the entire day even more memorable and enjoyable is a stunning waterfall flowing straight down from a tall mountain.

    Day 10 – Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa, Kanchenjunga Trek’s Capital
    Ghunsa is mostly inhabited by Sherpas, which is also the case for Namche Bazar in the Everest Base Camp Trek. It is a big valley, which starts near Phale, where Tibetan Refugees are settled. One can buy some local handmade Tibetan handicrafts and souvenirs before heading further ahead towards Ghunsa (3,595m).

    Day 11 – Acclimatization day in preparation for Kanchenjunga Base Camp
    This may be officially a ‘rest day’, however one still needs to be physically active in order to best adapt to high altitudes. In the morning we will be hiking slightly higher to Laspsan La Monastery and by the afternoon we will return to Ghunsa.

    Day 12 – Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen
    To begin with, we will head from Ghunsa towards Kambachen along mountain ranges piercing dense pine and rhododendron forests, while further ahead we will encounter a waterfall and a tricky landslide section. This trail may change from day to day because of landslides which are quite frequent in this area. Further ahead, another difficult trail will test your fitness level for the Kanchenjunga Trek, however we will be rewarded by a spectacular view of Mt. Jannu shortly before reaching Kambachen (4,050m). The Mountain View from here is commonly known as one of the best in the world!

    Day 13 – Acclimatization day in Kambachen
    As we will already be on 4,050m altitude, it is necessary to spend another day in Kambachen to avoid altitude sickness. This morning is a good opportunity to rest in and around our guesthouse. You can relax, take in the breathtaking views and the beautiful village atmosphere, or you may choose to read or practice your photography skills. In the afternoon we will explore the Nupchu river valley area, situated only a short hike up from Kambachen and we will returning to spend one more night in the village.

    Day 14 – Early start, long trek to Lhonak from Kambachen
    With a challenging day ahead, we will start our trek quite early in the morning. First, we will be passing through an impressive rocky field with large boulders that are scattered across a beautiful landscape. Next, we will reach a waterfall and river. As we approach another landslide zone, we will be taking some rest in Ramtang Monastery. We will then have to cross the landslide section with fast and steady pace, before descending to another river and arriving at Lhonak, where we will be spending the night.

    Day 15 – Kanchenjunga North Base Camp and Pangpema
    We will be trekking along the Kanchenjunga Glacier all the way up to Pangpema, taking care as rocky parts here are prone to landslide. After having our packed lunch in Pangpema we will hike further up to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (KBC) at 5,388m and admire the beauty of Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586m) and surrounding peaks. At this point, if weather allows and you are interested to go up further to Corner Camp and Glacier Camp, you will need to consult your guide, as you should be technically experienced and extra fit to follow this challenging route. It may well be very cold to explore outside until late afternoon so we will have to head back to lodge in Pangpema before sunset.

    Day 16 – From Pangpema to Kambachen
    Previously on our way up we had to spend a night in Lhonak on the way to KBC to adjust to higher altitudes, but today we will be steadily descending down to lower elevation and it will be much easier to trek for a longer time all the way to Kambachen. On our way down we will enjoy a different view of Mount Kanchenjunga and several other peaks, including Taple Shikhar(6,510m) and Chang Himal (‘Wedge Peak’, 6,802m), until we reach Kambachen and spend a night there before heading back to Ghunsa.

    Day 17 – From Kambachen to Ghunsa
    Continuing our descent, we will trace our steps back by following the trail from Kambachen all the way to Ghunsa, where we will be spending the night. This time we will be enjoying magnificent views that were previously behind us and have more opportunities to stop for pictures.

    Day 18 – From Ghunsa to Sinion La via Sele La
    From Ghunsa, instead of going back to Phale, we follow a different route gradually ascending to Sele La Pass (4,290m). This route is quite famous for spotting snow leopards, as many locals and trekkers have claimed seeing them here. With a bit of luck, you may be able to capture a shot of this magnificent endangered animal. We will be passing through forests of juniper, moss and rhododendron through uphill and downhill trails and set camp at Sinion La (4,440m), situated about half-way between Ghunsa and Cheram.

    Day 19 – Sinion La to Cheram
    Expect a strenuous day ahead, as we will cross several passes including Mirgin La (4,480m) and Sinelapche (4,646m). Our efforts will be compensated with the chance to see the south face of Mount Makalu, the 6th highest mountain in the world. The last leg of today’s trek gets easier, as we will descend steeply and spend the night in Cheram.

    Day 20 – From Cheram to Ramche, then back to Cheram
    We will be starting quite early in the morning and will be passing along Yalung Glacier and Simbuwa River, then go through Lapsang Village until we will reach Ramche, where we can see the Blue Sheep Sightings stone hut. Next, we will trek further up from the valley towards a moraine top for a marvelous view of Mount Kanchenjunga’s southern face. Depending on weather and circumstances, we may get a chance to hike up to Oktang Monastery before returning back to Cheram for one more overnight stay. 

    Day 21 – From Cheram to Tortong
    Heading towards Tortong, we will encounter a Y-junction trail where right would lead back to Sele La Pass; instead we take the left trail to descend further down towards Tortong, passing lush rhododendron forests along Simbuwa River before reaching Tortong to spend the night.

    Day 22 – From Tortong to Yamphuding

    Day 23 – Descending from Yamphuding to Yangpang
    Hiking 1,000m sharply downhill, we will notice a considerable increase in oxygen levels. On the way down we will pass through Mamangkhe to visit its Culture Center and Limbu Museum, before crossing the bridge over Khesewa River. Trekking through several villages and a lush cardamom forest, we will descend down to Yangpang for tonight’s stay.

    Day 24 – From Yangpang to Thorpu
    Instead of heading toward the hustle and bustle of Taplejung market area, we will descend toward Thorpu, which will also allow for more time to marvel at views of beautifully terraced fields and villages. Thorpu’s inhabitants are amazingly hospitable, making it the perfect spot to get together and enjoy the last night of our trek.

    Day 25 – End of trek, Drive from Thorpu to Birtamod
    As we are approaching a flat part of Nepal, which is connected by major highways, we will drive all the way from Thorpu to Birtamod. One can feel the change in altitude and higher temperatures in lower elevations, as well as a drastic change in landscape from hill, terrace to valley. Birtamod town, where we will spend the night, is one of the main urban centres of Eastern Nepal and has a good selection of hotels and guesthouses.

    Day 26 – Return to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur
    After a short drive from Birtamod to Bhadrapur, we will be flying back to Kathmandu. From the airport you will be transferred back to your hotel in Thamel, where you can enjoy a free afternoon to take rest or do some last-minute shopping. In late afternoon, we will get together for a traditional Nepali meal to celebrate our successful “Kanchenjunga Trek with a Purpose”.

    Day 27 – Farewell, Thanks for one step toward mankind and humanity
    As per your international departure itinerary, we will transfer you to Kathmandu airport. Although it will be sad to see you go, we hope your experience of this truly extraordinary trek with Adventure Mission Nepal brings you back again to explore more of its spectacular landscapes and immerse yourself further in Nepali hospitality. Last, but not least, please share your treasured stories, memories and pictures to let others know about the “Kanchenjunga Trek with a Purpose”.

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  1. Service Details
  2. Service includes on Budget and all:

    • Arrival/Departure transfer as per itinerary
    • 03 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu - three star hotel on BB basis.
    • Guided heritage sightseeing and all entrance fees as per itinerary.
    • All domestic airfare.
    • Fully Camping equipment, Cargo, Required No. of Camping staff
    • All meals, tea coffee and snacks and Boiled water  as per itinerary
    • All staff insurance, salary, Meals, Accommodation and medicals
    • National park fees,  KCAP  fees , TIMS
    • All transfer by private Vehicle as per itinerary.
    • Welcome/farewell Dinner with cultural show

    Service Exclude

    • All personal nature expenses such as Bar Bill, Battery charging,  Hot shower, Tips
    • client's insurance,
    •  International Airfare and domestic Excess baggage charges.
    •  Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days)
    • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
    • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
    • Any other  cost of unfavorable situation such as, landslides , road block etc
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