Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel (1,350m)
Kanchenjunga, at 8,586m, is the third-highest peak in the world and the second-highest in Nepal. It was first climbed by a British team in 1956. The peak consists of four summits. The west summit, Yalung Kang, is 8420m high and some people classify it as a separate 8000m. Peak.
Camp 1: The first Westerner to explore Kanchenjunga was the British botanist JD Hooker, who visited the area twice in 1848 and 1849. Exploration of the Sikkim, side of the peak continued with both British and pundit explorers mapping and photographing until 1899. In that year a party led by Douglas fresh field made a circuit of Kanchanjunga and produced what is still one of the most authoritative maps of the region.
Exploration continued, mostly from the Sikkim side, starting from Darjeeling in British India. One of the major contributors to Western knowledge about the region was Dr AM Kellas, who later died in Tibet during the approach of the 1921 Everest expedition. German expeditions attacked the peak in 1929, 1930 and again in 1931, but none was successful. After the Sikkim was closed but Nepal was open. In 1955 a team led by Dr Charl as Evans approached the peak via the Yalung Glacier.
The Japanese then took up the challenge and mounted expeditions in 1967, 1973 and n1974. When they climbed Yalung Kang. A German Expedition climbed Yalung Kang in 1975, and in Indian army team mounted the second successful expeditions to the main peak of Kanchanjunga.
Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel (1,350m)
From Ilam, we will drive for hours to reach Taplejung where we will spend our second night.
From Taplejung onward, we will trek along the lush green mid-hills of Nepal along rivers and steep ridges. We will pass through traditional villages with mud houses, paddy fields, fruit trees, and terraced farms. We will walk down to Tamur River and follow it upstream through some remote villages. After a while, we will reach the Tamang village of Sinuwa and spend the night there.
After the village, the valley narrows and we will pass through landslide debris and boulders. Then we will descend to Thiwakhola and cross it over a wooden bridge. After a few up and down trails, we will reach the Chiruwa market. From there, we will again follow Tamur River to finally get to Taplethok.
On this day, after climbing a spur we will descend to Simbua Khola and then cross the bridge over the river formed by the Yalung glacier. After another ridge, we will reach GhunsaKhola Valley. Once we reach the confluence of Tamur and GhunsaKhola, we will walk for a while and spend the night there.
From Sakathum, we will trek northeast along the banks of GhunsaKhola. We will gain altitude while moving towards Kanchenjunga Base camp. The trek passes through exposed terrain with steep, uphill climb to Amjilosa. It is a Tibetan village where we will stay overnight.
We will pass through rhododendron and bamboo forests. After an ascent, we will come across a big waterfall on the side of the river which points to our destination Gyable, one of the best places with gorgeous views of the surrounding.
From Gyable, the trail crosses a large meadow, a village, and a hill. Then, we will descend and cross a river to reach the village of Gunsa. Gunsa is a large Tibetan village with wooden houses, a school, a health post, and a micro hydropower plant. It also has Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and few Gompas where people share their travel stories. We will stay in the largest and last village of the valley.
For the acclimatization, we will hike to the other side of the river to gain about 400m elevation. It takes about 4 hours for the roundtrip. Rest of the day we will explore the picturesque Tibetan village and get acquainted with its people.
From Ghunsa, we will move through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests, along the south bank of GhunsaKhola, with many chortens and Mani walls. After crossing various slopes and glacial moraines, we will finally reach Khambachen. It is a small Tibetan settlement with around a dozen houses surrounded by mountains. We will stay there overnight.
Once we reach the source of GhunsaKhola, we will stay to the north of Kanchenjunga glacier. We will hike along a plateau past Lhonak glacier to reach Lhonak. Despite the cold and high elevation, the breathtaking views of Wedge peak, Mera peak, Nepal peak, and Twins will mesmerize us. We will spend the night in Lhonak.
Leaving Lhonak, we will go east following the same glacier on the northern ridges to reach KBC. It is also called Pang Pema, with beautiful mountain views. We will head back to Lhonak to spend the night in lower elevation.
We will retrace our steps back to Ghunsa, where we will spend the night.
We will follow a steep, rocky trail through a forest that emerges at High Camp. The Sele la Kharka is just above the high pass where we will spend the night.
It is one of the most exciting days of the trek as it’s a walk through two passes : Sele La pass (4480m) and Sinion La (4660m). After the final pass, we descend for about 1000m to reach Tseram where we stay the night.
From Tseram, we will pass through the snout of Yalung Glacier into an eroded valley. The peaks of this region span the Nepal- India border. There is a lake and a meadow in Ramche. Blue sheep can also be seen on the grassy slopes. From Ramche, we will move through rocky trails and moraines to finally reach Oktang Glacier. From, there we will trace the trail back to Ramche.
From Ramche, we will trace our steps back to Tseram where we will spend the night.
We will descend through SimbuwaKhola while retracing our steps. As the descent is easier, we will get enough time to admire the surrounding views and orchids in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. We will pass through Toronton and then reach LamiteBhanjyang, below Amjikhola. We will stay there overnight.
We will travel through LamiteBhanjyang which is basically a dense forest of pine trees. We will be accompanied by the singing birds throughout. We will cross the AmjiKhola and then descend to Yamphudin and spend the night there.
We will make a descend on this day as we walk along the KabeliKhola. There are waterfalls of various sizes throughout the trail. We will finally reach Phumphe to spend the night.
From Phumphe, we will first climb a ridge and then descend through a series of side valleys past Phun village. After reaching Kesawa, we will ascend to Bhanjyang which is a Gurung settlement. From there, the trail traverses a ridge and descends to Kunjari, a Limbu village. We will stay the night here on the banks of PhaKhola.
It is the last day of trekking as we go to Suketar of Taplejung. It involves more climbing than descends and hence is an exhausting day. We will stay overnight in Taplejung.
On this day, we will take a long drive to Birtamod of Bhadrapur. We will stay in Birtamod for the night.
We will take an early morning flight to Kathmandu and say goodbye there. We hope you had an amazing trip with our company!
|Walking Days:||4 days|
Airport Pick Up and Drop
Tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) while on trek
Accommodation at guesthouses/ lodges on the trek
1highly experienced and friendly Guide, Porters, their food, accommodation. Remuneration, equipments, insurance)
Surface transfer to and from Pokhara on tourist bus
Annapurna Conservation Permit and TIMS permit
Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara, inclusive of breakfast
Government tax and office service charge
Sleeping bag and down jacket (if required)
Walking poles (if required)
Duffle Bag (if required)
Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast
International airfare to and from Nepal
Nepal Tourist Visa Fee US$25 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 15days, US$40 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 30days. Visa can be issued upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- Kathmandu
Items of personal nature
Alcoholic beverages, hot water, hot shower charges on trek, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet
Tips for guide, porters and driver (not compulsory)