Kanchenjunga Trek

  • Package price

    USD 2050

  • Trip Code

    MKA-1026

  • No of days

    19

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About trip

Trip Overview

To the locals Kanchenjunga (8585 m.), the third highest mountain in the world, is the abode of gods who bestow prosperity and benevolence on them and their lands. "Kang-chen-zod-nga", meaning "Five Great Treasuries Of The Snow", actually, has seven major summits and the avalanches that Kanchenjunga throws down are said to be the largest anywhere else in the world! Your journey to this remote area begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar in the east of Nepal, followed by a drive to Basantapur (2220 m,) from where you head north to the villages of Chauki (2700 m), Gorja Gaon (2000 m), Amjilasa (2490 m), Ghunsa (3340 m), Khambachen (4040 m) and Lhonak (4790 m) to Pangpema (5140 m.) which also serves as the Base Camp for expeditions attempting the North Face of Kanchenjunga and the culmination of the first part of the trek.

Things To Do

Itinerary

  • Day 01
    Fly Kathmandu to Taplejung
  • Day 02
    Taplejung – Chirwa

    Continuing up the Timur River in a valley populated by the Limbu peoples, the descendants of the Kirati warriors who ruled Nepal at the dawn of Nepalese history, we camp near Chirwa, a pleasant bazaar with a few tea houses and shops.

  • Day 03
    Chirwa – Sakathum.

    We continue up the Tamur past Tapethok and cross the Simbuwa Khola, a river formed by the Yalung Glacier. We climb over another ridge to join the Ghunsa Khola valley and camp by the banks of the river at Sakathum.

  • Day 04
    Sakathum – Amjilassa

    We follow a steep and narrow trail up-river. From the high spots there are wonderful views of the Ghunsa Khola below. The path descends steeply and we arrive at the mountain-side village of Amjilassa for our overnight stay.

  • Day 05
    Amjilassa – Kyapar

    We shall be doing some real climbing during the next 5 days! We climb to Kyapar perched in the middle of terraced hills about 1000 ft up, steep climbs from the Ghunsa Khola.

  • Day 06
    Kyapar – Ghunsa

    We descend from Kyapar and make an easy climb up the right bank of the Ghunsa Khola. After the village of Phere, we enter rhododendron forests and climb a gentle hill before descending back down to the Ghunsa Khola and crossing a wooden bridge to the village of Ghunsa.

  • Day 07
    Khambachan

    Today we glimpse the Jannu Glacier. Later on we get a view of Mt. Jannu (25,289 ft). We descend the mountain-side to our camp at Khambachan.

  • Day 07
    Khambachan

    We have to climb over 8,000 ft. in the last 4 days. We deserve a rest today to collect our thoughts on how wild and wonderful everything has been so far.

  • Day 08
    Khambachan – Lhonak

    Well rested, we shall now start a stint of real climbing. We trek to the edge of Kanchenjunga Glacier and cross over to the Lhonak Glacier. We arrive at our campsite at Lhonak, from where we can see Mera Peak (20,208 ft.)

  • Day 09
    Day Trip To Pangpema

    We shall have excellent views of the towering peak of Kanchenjunga today.

  • Day 10
    Khambachan– Tha Passea

    We select to cross either of the 2 passes today depending on the weather conditions: Lapsang La, the higher pass at 17,000 ft., and Mirgin La the lower pass at 15,000ft.

  • Day 11
    High Camp

    We shall again rest today to recover from the efforts of the previous days.

  • Day 12
    High Camp - Ramche

    We descend to the Simbuwa Khola valley and camp at Ramche.

  • Day 13
    Ramche – Tserma

    We take a day trip to the Yalung glacier for a magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga south face from a chorten at about 15,000 ft. We descend later to Tseram for the night.

  • Day 14
    Tserma – Torantan

    We are starting to descend from today. We steadily descend through forests of rhododendron to Torontan at 9,800 ft.

  • Day 15
    Torantan – Yamphudin

    We descend today to Yamphudin (5,360 ft. ) Yamphudin is a mixed community of Sherpas, Limbus, Rais and Gurungs and is the first real village since Ghunsa.

  • Day 16
    Yamphudin – Ponphe

    We descend from Yamphudin to the Kabel Khola and climb to Ponphe (5,500 ft. ) for our camp.

  • Day 17
    Ponphe – Pha Khola

    From Ponphe we climb to a ridge at 5,700 ft. We descend through as series of side valleys past Phun village to Kesawa (6,120 ft.). The trail continues to ascend to a Gurung settlement at Bhanjyang (6,640ft.) From here the trail traverses a ridge and descends to the Limbu village of Khunjari (5,250 ft. ). We camp below on the banks of Pha Khola.

  • Day 18 
    Pha Khola – Taplejung

    We descend today to the airport of Taplejung for our overnight stay.

  • Day 19
    Taplejung – Kathmandu

    Today we glimpse the Jannu Glacier. Later on we get a view of Mt. Jannu (25,289 ft). We descend the mountain-side to our camp at Khambachan.

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