Kanchenjungha Trekking is considered as one of the rewarding and classical adventure trekking trails in Nepal. Mt. Kaanchenjungha, standing at the height of 8586m, is popular as the third highest peak in the world. Trekking to Kanchenjungha region is a trekking to a virgin and unexplored remote area of Nepal. This is also known as one of the wilderness and less crowded areas treeing in Nepal. This less exposed area of Kanchenjungha region has now been a destination to enjoy the nature in its exotic and undisturbed form. Most strikingly, wonderful mountain peaks including as Mt Everest (8848m), Mt.Makalu (8,201m) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516m) etc. This trekking trail is situated in the north-eastern part of Nepal bordering to Sikkim.
We begin our Kanchenjungha trekking from Taplejing after we have flight from Kathmandu to suketar. The trail then ascends to Chauki via different beautiful traditional settlements in the region like Mitlung, Ghunsa, Khambachen and Lhonak to Pangpema (5140meters). Pangpema is known as the Base Camp of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Kanchenjungha Base Camp offers numerous opportunities for expeditions like attempting to scale the North Face of Kanchenjungha II and the ending of the first part of the trek. A various species of endangered species are native to this region. The snow leopard, red panda, musk deer, gray wolf, and the Himalayan black bear are the species of wildlife to be experienced in this region.
Kanchenjungha Region Trekking provides an excellent opportunity to experience exotic flora and fauna, unspoiled trails and landscapes, picturesque settlements, glaciers and cliffs and most striking, alluring giant mountain peaks dominating the skyline. Relatively, less uncovered area among the trekking trails in Nepal, Kanchenjungha region trekking is getting popular among the adventure trekking enthusiasts.
We, Team Himalaya have been successfully operating various trekking trips to Kanchenjungha region of Nepal since its establishment. We offer equipped team in order to ensure your safety and luxury during the trip. We are flexible to offer any trip to the trekkers .
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
On arrival meet our TH staff for courtesy transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an interesting place for shopping and having meals in one of the many world class restaurants, pubs and bakery. Our guide will inform on details regarding Kanchenjunga’s North & South Base Camps Trek.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, preparation for the trip to Kanchenjunga Trek.
Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur 240m and drive to Ilam 1,460 m – 04 hrs.
As per the flight time transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for the scenic flight to Bhadrapur, one of the most amazing experience, with parallel views of mountain range, starting from Langtang, Jugal, Gaurishanker, Everest, Makalu to Kanchenjunga range of mountains on this 45 minutes flight, on reaching at Bhadrapur which is located on the south east Gangetic plain of Nepal near the border of India. Here our staffs will receive for an interesting drive to a nice mid hills town at Ilam bazaar.
Day 04: Drive to Sukhetar 04 hrs trek to Lali Kharka 1,900m – 04 hrs.
Starting the day with another morning drive to begin this wonderful adventure to Kanchenjunga base camp, journey continues to Sukhetar at Taplejung area the drive takes about 04 hrs on the jeep track, after reaching at Suketar our first day walk begin towards a small village of Lali Kharka at 2,260 meters.
The first portion of the trek is gradual with undulating winding path through the dense forest of pines and rhododendrons trees; the high hills trail from here follows a nice ridge route and then approaching the high hills and into a forested area, which gradually descends to our first overnight camp at Lalikharka, on a nice farm field with a stunning views of Kanchenjunga in the distance.
Day 05: Trek to Khesewa – Bhanjyang 2,100m – 05 hrs.
Morning walk leading downhill through farm villages and maintained fields and terraces, around here the villages are mostly Hindu origins, a mixture of Brahmins, Chettris and the Kirat tribes of Rai’s and Limbus who also practice Hinduism and as well their own old traditional culture respecting natural spirits.
After reaching Tembawa village, then walking downhill towards Phawa khola, crossing Phawa khola coming to Pokora village, the trail from here leading unto terraced farm fields, and finally crossing a bridge, then climbing steeply to Kunjari a mid hills village, from here walking into a mixed forest then climbing up to a small farm village at Khesewa- Bhanjyang , with superb views of Kanchenjunga and Yalungkang peaks.
Day 06: Trek to Mamangkhe 2,030 m – 06 hrs.
Journey begins descending after leaving this nice farm village towards farm area with rice and millets terraced, then entering a forest area to Nandeva khola, after crossing this stream, walk leads downhill along the river, then reaching a high hill with a climb into forest to reach at Lopoding village, from here the walks leads to ups and down until the walk reaches at Fun Fun a small settlement, from Fun-fun ridge top offers magnificent panorama of Khumbakarna Himalaya range with Yalung and Mt. Kanchenjunga.
After marveling the views descend again through farm terraced, then start climbing on a gradual uphill for an hour to Pomppe Dhada on the crest of a ridge with awesome views of Mt. Jannu in the distance.
From this high spot on the downhill path to Khesewa khola, then crossing a suspension bridge with a last climb of the day through terraced fields to reach Mamankhe village for overnight stop.
Day 07: Trek to Yangphudin 2,150m – 06 hrs.
Morning walk begins with a gentle climb, skirting around the ridge to a level path that leads to Dekadin village. From this village walk leads along the right bank of Kabeli khola (stream) climbing from 200-300 meters high above from the river bed towards mountain trail, walking on the winding path around several ridges and small streams, then descending on stone steps towards Kabeli khola, leaving the river our trek leads to a climb passing through farm fields and villages, after a good walk of the day reaching a remote farm village at Yamphudin for overnight camp.
Day 08: Trek to Chitre 2,880 m – 06hrs.
From Yamphudin village walking along the left bank of Kabeli khola, crossing a tributary stream of Omje khola and then starting a climb up to Dhupi Bhangyang into a wide open grassland, from the top of this small ridge a steady downhill through the deciduous forest to Omje Khola.
Journey continues through rhododendron forest, and coming to an exposed ridge to our overnight camp at Chitre, a small settlement with only few huts.
Day 09: Trek to Simbua Khola 3,000m – 07 hrs.
After a nice morning at Chitre, starting our journey towards Ramite Bhanjyang on the steep uphill through magnolias, rhododendron and bamboo forest then reaching at Ramite a place with a single hut, from here walk leads to a climb in a rhododendron covered uphill, then passing to a small pond on the right as it reaches Ramite Bhanjyang at 3,430 meters.
After a break and admiring picturesque view of Mt.Jannu, walk leads to about 150 meters climb through dense forested area with rhododendron, pines and oaks trees with view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Khumbhakarna and Kabru peaks in between the tree lines. From here walk is on gradual downhill to the riverbed of Simbua Khola for overnight camping.
Day 10: Trek to Tseram 3,770 m – 05 hrs.
Morning walk follows river banks passing a bivouac caves, then walking along the right bank of Simbua Khola heading along the mountain flank on the forested area of rhododendron and pine trees, then reaching at Wahta with a single hut, then crossing a stream along the path the views of the mountains are obstructed in this thick forest, but our walk continues coming to a gravel ground, trekking past this area leading to a shrine with a large boulder with a serpent shaped like, after leaving the forested area route leads towards a riverbed again, then with a climb to Tserem for our overnight camping with several roofless bivouac caves a shelter for the porters, just in front views of Yalung glacier and Kabru 7,353 m and Talung 7,349 m peaks.
Day 11: Trek to Ramche 4,360m via Lapsang – 05 hrs.
After a lovely morning here at Tserm walk leadse to a descent towards Simbua Khola riverbed, from here leading to a climb up on terraced hills arriving at Yalung Bara with single stone hut, this hut marking the end of the forests with mountain trail ahead towards Yalung Glacier ablation zone.
From here leading to a climb for an hour with rest of the walk on gentle trail as the tree line ends at Yalungbar with fabulous views of of Kabru, Rathong and Kokthang, the walk stops around this lovely area for overnight camp.
Day 12: Rest day at Ramche for acclimatisation and optional walk.
Today a rest day after a week of good hard trekking, morning after breakfast an optional hike to explore Kanchenjunga South Base Camp with nice and clear views of Yalung Glacier and Mt. Kanchenjunga South Wall, the walk takes about two hours at an altitude of 4,600 m. This place was the classic route and the first British Expeditions to climb the summit of Mt. Kanchenjunga in 1955 from here great views of Talung and Kabru Peak, after a nice pleasant hike with awesome panorama return back to Ramche for overnight.
Day 13: Trek back to Tseram – 04 hrs.
Retrace the journey back to Tserm, starting with downhill most of the way to and back to tree lines and enjoying the views along the way to Tseram for overnight stop.
Day 14: Trek to Tamo la 4,300 m – 05 hrs.
Morning begins with a descend through Yalungbar with short steep up then crossing a river with gradually walk through the forest, from here it leads to a climb on the steep uphill for an hour and reaching two small glacial ponds, then from here a hard walk up and down to cross three passes of Miring La, Tamo La and Sinion La.
The first section of the journey leads to climb for an hour to the ridge top of the pass with great view of Kabru peak and Mt. Kanchenjunga. From Miring La, the trail goes gently down and then up to Sinion La at 4,500 m. From the top of the pass awesome views of Mt.Makalu, Mt. Baruntse, and Chamlang peaks looking towards North West, after the great scenery the trail descends gently to Tamo La at 4,500 m and from here again a super views of Khumbhakarna Himalaya range of mountains after a great scenic walk heading downhill to the overnight camp.
Day 15: Trek to Ghunsa 3,480m – 06 hrs.
From here onwards heading towards North Kanchenjunga Base Camp, morning walk starts with a gradual walk then with a steep downhill for an hour through rhododendron and pines forest, the downhill continues till it reaches a level ground near Ghunsa River, from here walking on a pleasant and gradual path towards Ghunsa village, which is inhabited by a large Bhotia ethnic tribe of people of Tibetan origin community with stone houses and neat small farm village, overnight camp is set near Ghunsa village.
Day 16: Trek to Kangbachen 4,000m – 05 hrs.
Starting the day with an strenuous uphill climb up along the river side looking around several wonderful cascading waterfalls as the morning walk progress, from here on coming towards Yak herders along the walk, which depends upon grazing time season.
The walk continues from the right bank of Ghunsa River, through rhododendron and pines forest, and then slowly ascend to Rambuk Kharkas crossing a small glacier landslide sections, walk continues with amazing views of Khumbukarna Himal and Janu Himal and other high snow capped mountains, then leaving the tree lines behind towards barren landscapes with only sparse vegetation of junipers and Burberrys bushes , after Rambuk Kharka, climb through a large landslide area with a excellent views of Khumbakarna’s Himal North Face.
The walk form here leads to gentle descend to Kangbachen for overnight stop and this valley, which is dominated by Mt. Sharphu 7,070 meters and just in the opposite side lies the huge North face of Mt. Janu and Wedge peak.
Day 17: Trek to Lhonak 4,780 m – 05 hrs.
After a lovely time with awesome scenery, morning walk follows above the river for an hour and then heading towards North East, the path leads down to the river and then climbing on the boulder track leading to a terminal moraine of Kanchenjunga glaciers, after Ramtang Kharka (a Sheppard huts and shades) the path leads to Kanchenjunga glacier, then crossing at the junction of Lhonak and Kanchenjunga glacier then reaching to our overnight camp at Lhonak with stunning views of Mera, Nepal Peak and Wedge Peaks.
Day 18: Trek to Pang Pema 5, 065 m – 05 hrs.
Today our journey leads to our final destination to Pang Pema the North Base Camp of massive Mt. Kanchenjunga, morning walk leading to climb high above the river with superb views of Kirat Chuli, Nepal Peak, Taple Sikhar, and Givegela Chuli. The first section of the uphill climb is gradual and then heading unto a boulder trail, walks continues between a grassy slopes and glacier path up towards North Base Camp to our highest overnight camp of this impressive and remarkable adventure, around these area chances of seeing some wildlife a herds of blue sheep’s and some mountain antelopes, if lucky the elusive rare Snow Leopards.
Day 19: Rest day at Pang Pema for local exploration.
The final and highlight destination of this magnificent trip, today a free and rest day for optional hike or either rest at Base Camp and marvel the surrounding beautiful scenery or climb up to Pang Pema Peak 5,800 m for more panoramic mountain views, the climb to the Peak is a mixture of boulders, moraine and grassland. From the top rewarded with mind blowing views of Kanchenjunga, Kumbhakarna, Makalu, Cholotse, Sharpu, Drohma, Nepal Peak and range of other snow capped peaks.
Day 20: Trek to Kangbachen 3,900 m – 06 hrs.
After the most memorable and fabulous time at Pang Pema and Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, morning walk leads to a long descend with few short climb and the retracing the journey back by the same route to camp at Kambachen.
Day 21: Trek to Phole 3,100 m – 06 hrs.
After the most memorable and fabulous time at Pang Pema and Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, morning walk leads to a long descend with few short climb and the retracing the journey back by the same route to camp at Ghunsa, after crossing Ghunsa Khola the walk is pleasant through the pine forest to a very interesting Sherpa village of Phole.
Day 22: Trek to Amjilassa 2,500m – 07 hrs.
Our journey continues with a descend coming across rich vegetation and back to tree lines, through mix forest of bamboo and rhododendrons.
Before Gybala village walk is about half hour steep climb, then on the bank of Ghunsa River, walk gently climbs and with down hills for an hour and leading to a steep up and down again for two hours through the forest and finally reaching open grassland at Amjilassa, a small Sherpa village with overnight camping on a nice grassy field.
Day 23: Trek to Tapethok 1,300 m – 06 hrs.
From here onwards getting back to lower altitude back to farm land and more villages, morning walk begins with a gradual trail and then descending through open grassland to Ghaiya Bari and Sekathum villages, from Sekathum crossing Ghunsa and Simbhu Rivers then following Tamur River to reach our overnight camp at Tapethok village of Limbu (Subba) Kirat ethnic tribe people.
Day 24: Trek to Phoram 1,650m – 06 hrs.
After this Limbu village of Tapethok, journey continues on the left bank of Tamur River and to Chiruwa village, then walking for an hour through the several farm villages, walk leads to an uphill through mix forests of rhododendrons, oaks and pines trees, after leaving the forest the walk gets better on the pleasant trail then reaching to our overnight stop at Phoram village, this is fairly a large and neat village with afternoon time for walk around this pretty village of Phoram.
Day 25: Trek to Suketar 2,440 m – 05 hrs.
Today, the last day walk of this awesome journey and adventure to Suketar, after a great time at Phoram village, walk leads to many villages and through enchanting cool forest of the mid hills, the people around are of mix race, the walk is a steep up for couple of hours and with a gradual and pleasant walk all the way to Taplejung village at Suketar for overnight stop. This village with an airstrip that flies to Biratnagar and Kathmandu, due to unpredictable and with only few flights we are using the flight from Bhadrapur than from this place to be safe and on time with our itinerary schedule.
Day 26: Drive to Fickal or Bhritamod / Bhadarpur.
After a grand time up in the hills and mountains, morning starting with an interesting and scenic drive leads on the rough jeep track to Ilam town and onwards to Fickal town which is near to the border of Darjeeling a hill station in India famous for teas and as well Illam area, the drive leads through interesting vast sea of tea-gardens and rolling hills till Fickle town is reached, as per the time permits, we continue drive towards main highway that connects East & West Nepal at Dhirtamod or Bhardrapur town to make it easier for the next day flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 27: Fly to Kathmandu from Bhadarpur and transfer to hotel
If its overnight at Fickal or Bhirtamode a short drive of an hour to Bhadrapur airport, depending upon the flight time board on the plane for a scenic and awesome panorama of mountains all the way to Kathmandu, which takes about 45 minutes, arriving in Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff will transfer you back to respective hotels with rest of the afternoon free for shopping or individual activities.
Day 28: International departure homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal with wonderful memorable time in Himalaya to Kanchejunga’s North & South Base Camps Trek with Team Himalaya and transfer to airport for the flight back home or to respective destination.