Kanchenjunga Trekking – 27 Days

Kanchenjunga Trekking is a unique and inclusive trekking that gives us incredible views, and experiences of mountain life. Situated in far-eastern region of Nepal, Kanchenjunga trekking provides real experience of Himalayan life and spectacular view of rivers, lakes, gorges and snowcapped mountains. Kanchenjunga is third highest mountain in the world and second highest mountain peak in Nepal. Treks to Kanchenjunga are known as the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, and The Goecha La Trek. Unlike other Himalaya trekking routes, this trek route is less beaten and unexplored. As the trail passes via far flung remote villages this trek is quite adventurous and challenging.

Kanchenjunga range includes the five beautiful summits, two from Nepal and three from India. Kanchenjunga forms border to Tibet in north and to Sikkim state of India to the east. In Tibetan language Kanchenjung means five treasure house of snow. Buddhists believe that Mt. Kanchenjunga hides the valley of immortality inside its cliff.

Eastern Nepal is blessed with natural fauna and flora like pristine forests blooming with multicolor rhododendron flowers and bio-diversity. Alpine meadows and pasture lands spotted with yaks and mountain goats, farming terraces, and green valleys are main attraction of Kanchenjunga trekking. Unspoiled Himalayan treasures that include distinct cultural practices of indigenous people of eastern hill and mountain region, religious practices, and religious shrines await you to welcome in wonderland.

Kanchenjunga Conservation area links with trans-boundary protected area of Quomoloangma Nature Reserve in China and Kanchendzonga Biosphere Reserve in India. This is the first protected area managed by community people. Kanchenjunga Conservation area includes broadleaf and conifer forests and alpine meadows which are dwelling places for the wildlife who are in verge of extinction like, snow leopard, red panda, musk deer, Himalayan black bear and blue sheep, and the birds like Bird species symbolic of the area include the blood pheasant fulvetta, snow cock, golden-breasted , and red-billed chough.

Apart from the natural beauty and wild animal Kanchenjunga trekking region is best for exploring diversified culture of Rai, Sherpa, Tamang, Limbu and Aryan people. This region is quite prosperous due to the involvement of local people in British Gorkha, Indian Army and Singapore Army. People from this region had fought in World Wars.

27 days Kanchenjunga trek stars with sightseeing of UNESCO listed historical and cultural heritages of Kathmandu followed by short flight to Bhadrapur Jhapa and drive to Taplejung via Ilam. From Taplejung trek kicks off towards hilly route and enters into Himalayan villages, rivers gorges, glaciers and ghostly cliffs. While walking via traditional villages like Sinuwa, Sakatham, Gyable, Ghunsa and Lhonak, we will be rewarded with golden chance to observe traditional culture, Semi-Tibetan Buddhism, and culture of Rai and Limbu People who are also known as the  nature worshipper and many more Chortens and Gumbas in far-flung area.

Day 01: Katmandu Arrival

Representative from Real adventure waits you in the arrival lobby of Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu and welcomes you with flower garland and red Tika, then transfer to one of the famous hotel in heart of Kathmandu. After check in to hotel, relax, have rest, and freshen you up. In evening professional tour and trekking guide visits you and briefs you about major highlights of The Kanchenjunga Trekking and suggest some preparations for the trekking. If time allows roam around and get acquainted with location of your hotel. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing full day Tour

You must have mesmerized by the aerial view of Kathmandu valley while landing at TIA. Tour guide from Real Adventure comes to you hotel, when you are done with your breakfast. A luxurious tourist car takes you to the historical Kathmandu Durbar Square, the ancient royal palace, where we explore the traditional art and architectural beauty decorated grandiose wooden craving and bricks works. Hanuman Dhoka, Kal Bhiarav Statue, Ganesh Temples and Kumari Ghar(house od living Goddess) are main attraction of Kathmandu Durbar Square. The Kasthapandap Temple, made up by single tree is an emblem of ancient Newari architectural development and craftsmanship of Newari people. As it was royal palace, we can also explore historical monuments which depict various events of the then Nepal. Walking around traditional market enters like Indrachowk, Maru Tole, Bangemuda and Asan make your visit rewarding. After Kathmandu Durbar Square we move towards another UNSECSO listed site, Swayambhunath Temple situated at the hilltop, is also known as the Monkey Temple. "Swayambhunath" means "self –created God". This Stupa with large eyes of Buddha is equally venerated by Hindu and Buddhist people. There are galley and handicraft shops around temple, museum, and Saraswoti temple. Swayambhunath is surrounded by green forest where holy monkeys cling and jump. This temple offers 360 degree view of Kathmandu valley. After having lunch we move to world famous Hindu Temple Pashupatinath situated between TIA and Boudhhanath, at the bank of holy Bagmati River. Though non-Hindus are not allowed to enter into main temple we can walk around temple premises and observe bizarre complex that comprises many temples, Shivalingas (Phallic symbol of Lord Shiva). We cross the Bagmati River and admire breathtaking view of Pashupatinath and the religious ceremonies taking place at Bagmati bank. After having short tour to Pashupatinath area, we drive northeast towards Boudhhanath Stupa, the largest Stupa in Asia. Boudhhanath is dome style white color Stupa with large eyes of Lord Buddha on its four sides top pillar, and decorated by fraying flags. This place is perfumed by aromatic candles and reverberated by mantra and chanting of Buddhist monks and nuns. Large praying wheel, giant bell, and Tibetan handicraft shops around the Stupa also make your visit worthy. After having wonderful day in famous places of Kathmandu we drive back to hotel, have dinner pack the stuff departure tomorrow and sleep well. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (45 mins) and drive to Ilam(3hrs)

After breakfast we will drive to TIA domestic airport and take 45 minute scenic flight to Bhadrapur Jhapa, with astonishing view of mountain ranges like Mt.Everest, Makalu, Langtang and Kanchenjunga. Bhadrapur Airport is warmer than Kathmandu as it is core Terai area of Nepal. A tourist van waits us in Bhadrapur airport. We drive north towards Ilam, via Mechi Highway. On the way we pass by beautiful towns like Santinagar, Suryodaya and Goduk. On the way we pass by green hills of tea plantation, beautiful villages of eastern hill, and farming terraces. After three hour drive, we reach to beautiful Ilam Bazar for lunch. After lunch we walk around the town and visit some tea gardens. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 04: Ilam to Taplejung drive (151km 6-7 hrs)

After breakfast we take drive towards northwest via Mechi highway. The road is black top and easy. We pass alongside of beautiful hilly villages like Barbote, Sakhejung, and Bagkhor. We cross small streams and waterfalls several times, enter into lush forests, hamlets and beautiful farming terraces of paddy,wheat, millet and buckwheat. After two hours driving we enter into another district called Panchthar for lunch. After lunch, leaving Phidim Bazar behind we drive towards Hewa Khola via lush forest of pine trees. Crossing Fewa Khola, we ascend to Jorpokhari from where road intersects. We follow lower road and drive downhill until we reach to Kabeli River and again road goes upward alongside of Tamor River. After 7 hour scenic drive we finally reach to beautiful hill town Taplejung for overnight stay. Overnight in Hotel

Day 05: Trek from Taplejung to Sinuwa

Today is our first day of trekking. After breakfast we walk into lush pine forests, beautiful farming terraces, and beautiful hamlets with stone and mud houses until we reach to Mitlung. After Mitlung we follow steep and windy road alongside of Tamor River trough forest of colorful rhododendron flowers with glimpse of some wild animal. The trail goes ups and downs several times with enchanting view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Kabru peak. After 6-7 hour trekking we reach to peaceful village of Tamang people called Sinuwa for overnight stay. Overnight in Tent.

Day 06: Trek to Taplethok (1380m)

After breakfast we walk downhill towards Limbu Chhirwa village, where we see small settlement with unique cultural practices. After Limbu Chhirwa, we again descend to Thamewa via the trail inside forest alongside of river. On the river bank we can see tombs where Limbu people are criminated. The road is quite sloppy due to the debris of landslide until we reach to Thiwakhola where we cross the suspensions bridge and ascend towards Chirwa Bazar. After having lunch in Chiruwa, we follow the trail via forest just above the Tamor River. This route is believed to be marched my Dalai Lama when he fled from Tibet in 1965. After 1 and half hour walking we finally reach to Taplethok for overnight stay. Overnight in Tent.

Day 07: Trek to Sakathum (1575m)

After having breakfast we walk little uphill from Taplethok village for the entrance permit into Kanchenjunga National Park. After getting permission we follow the route to the west ridge and descend towards Sinuwa Khola, originated from Yaglung Glacier. The river flows, making wide riverbed, full of debris from the glacier. Today we will pass by many scattered villages of Sherpa, Tamang and Limbu people, which are located around the river basin. Terrace farms of paddy, maize, millet and buckwheat attract you and the distance view of Himalayan ranges also urges you to continue your walk. After many ups and down, we finally enter into beautiful Ghunsa valley in afternoon. The trail passes through various waterfalls, streams and ponds. After 1 hour walking inside forest we reach to confluence of Tamor and Ghunsa Khola and set up our tent for overnight stay. Overnight in tent.

Day 08: Trek to Amjilosa (2310m)

Compared to last three days, today we trek to the elevation of more than 800m. After breakfast we walk alongside of Ghunsakhola. The route is less beaten and the settlement of people in this route is less. The trail is rugged, rocky and narrowed between two hills. On the way we get encounter with yak herders and people working in cardamom farm, and enjoy the view of snowcapped peaks. After 6-7 hour trek, we reach to beautiful Tibetan village spotted with colorful houses, chortens and Gumba. Upon reaching Amjilosa, we walk around village and set up tent nearby village for overnight stay. Overnight in Tent.

Day 09: Trek to Trek to Gyable (2730m)

Today we walk relatively in easy route. Leaving Tibetan village Amjilosa behind we walk to east alongside of agricultural land and thick forest for few hours. After crossing suspension bridge over small stream we follow the upward route inside beautiful forest blossoming with multicolor rhododendron flower (March-May). After few hour climb, we reach to a large waterfall and take curve road to Gyable. When we walk straight up and turn to east we see small settlement Gyable where we stay for overnight today.

Day 10: Trek to Ghunsa (3595m)

After comfortable breakfast we walk in easier trail until we reach to Phole village, where we visit monastery, then we enter into forest of Rhododendron and pine trees. Coming out of forest we enter to winter village of Ghunsa where we can see yak and sheep grazing in green meadow. After Phole we walk for another 2 hours to reach Ghunsa Village. Overnight in Ghunsa.

Day 11: Acclimatization Day in Ghunsa

Ghunsa is largest Sherpa village of Kanchenjunga region with luxurious lodges, government offices and good health post and school. Situated at the lap of forest of Juniper trees and rhododendron flower, this Ghunsa provides enchanting views and cultural richness influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. One day acclimatization is recommended by expert to prepare for altitude sickness and have better preparation for higher elevation trek. This is only acclimatization during 19 days walking. Ghunsa is the place between lower altitude and higher altitude. We can keep some light items that we used in lower section trekking and make our backpack lighter. After breakfast we will visit the Lpasan La Monastery passing through lush green forest area, waking via dense forest up to the 400 m elevation and prepare for higher altitude. Rest of the day we roam around Ghunsa village and exchange greetings with local people and get to know about daily life of Himalayan Sherpa. Overnight in Lodge/ Tent

Day 12: Trek to Khambachen (4050m)

Leaving Ghunsa village behind we follow the southern edge of Ghunsa Khola and walk on rugged road for an hour until we reach to flat land of pasture land spotted with yaks and Himalayan goats. The more we ascend the more spectacular view of snowcapped mountains we enjoy. When we reach edge of meadow we follow steep road full of landslide debris and pass the trail to Rampuk Kharka. About 400 m elevation, there appears Khambachen before eyes, a village with small settlements with alpine ecological surroundings. The terrain around looks treeless and barren which grows only alpine grasses. Khambachen is temporary settlement for sheepherders and yak herders. Upon reaching Khambachen, we admire the close view of Mt. Jannu. Overnight in Tent.

Day 13: Trek to Lhonak (4780m)

After having breakfast we walk uphill via the source of Ghunsa Khola. After walking inside forests of azaleas and rhododendrons until we reach to the seasonal yak pastures called Ramtang with few camps of yak herders. From Ramtang we follow the tricky trail which is landslide trail with loose rocks. We need to maintain our walking speed steadily. In spite of having tough terrain we will be greeted by spectacular view of mountain peaks like edge Peak (6,750 m), Mera (6,344 m), Nepal Peak (6,910 m), and Twins (7,351 m. Waking in the surreal place surrounded by mountain rides from all sides, where we pass waterfalls and crystal clear river through suspension bridges for several times gives us strength and forget the pain as we are mesmerized by breathtaking views around. Tricky but scenic trail goes alongside of moraine Kanchenjunga glacier, and then we descend towards riverside. Now we see a small settlement spotted with few stone houses. Overnight in Tent.

Day 14: Trek to Kanchenjunga Base camp (5140m) and back to Lhonak.

Today we reach to Final destination of our trekking, The Kanchenjunga North Base camp. After breakfast we follow the northern moraine of Kanchenjunga glacier in a steep road with boulder and sand. The upward trail little windy and cold but he views around are simply soul stirring. We follow the sloppy trail in harsh terrain. Especial guide is needed as there no definite route due to landslide and weather effect. After 3 hour uphill trek we reach to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, which is known as Pangpema by local people. When we reach to Base Camp we are spellbound by jaw drooping view of mountain peaks. Pangpema is a grassy land with small stone huts and religious shrines beautified with praying flags. The north face of Mt. Kanchenjunga is impressive from Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. We be stunned to enjoy close up view of Mt. Jannu, North Face of Kanchenjunga and Chang Himal. Himalayans straddling on the NepaL-Tibet and Nepal-India borders greet us. We enjoy lunch in the highest altitude of our trekking and have photo session time. After having rejuvenating moment in Kanchenjunga Base Camp, we descend back lo Lhonak for overnight stay. Overnight in Tent.

Day 15: Trek to Ghunsa (3595m)

With fresh memory of Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking, we trek downhill towards Ghunsa via same route that we used three days ago. After three hours downhill trek via Ghunsa Khola we reach to Khambachen. Then walking amid green meadows spotted with shepherds camps and grazing yaks and Himalayan goats, we pass Rampung Kharka. Walking via landslide traild of the moraines of Kanchenjunga Glacier and Kumbhakarna Glacier, finally we arrive in Ghunsa for overnight stay. Overnight in Tent.

Day 16: Trek to Sele la Kharka (4200m)

From Ghunsa we trek via another return back route to move towards southern ridge of Kanchenjunga. After breakfast, we walk uphill via forest of colorful rhododendron and juniper trees. This area is not inhabited by people expect some seasonal tea houses and shepherds camps. This area is dwelling place of snow leopard and Himalayan bears. So it is suggested to walk in team for safely reason. After crossing the jungle we follow steep route with loose rocks for couple of hour and finally we reach to High Camp, the place with small tea houses and pristine lake. Just few minute walk takes us to Sele La Kharka, a green meadows with distance view of Mt. Makalu. Overnight in Tent.

Day 17: Trek over Sele la Pass – trek down to Tseram (3870m)

Today we walk into the southern part of Kanchenjunga and today is most exotic and challenging day as we pass through ghostly passes of Kanchenjunga region; Sele La pass (4480m) Mirgin La Pass (4,480m.) , Sinelapche La Pass at 4,840m, and Sinion La (4660m). After breakfast, we follow uphill good trail for one hour until we reach to Sinion La Pass and the trail becomes more steep and narrow between boulders and ridges until we reach to Mirgin La Pass and one hour trek to downhill narrow trail until we reach to another pass called Sinelapche La Pass from where we enjoy spectacular view of snowy mountains and glaciers. Then a little uphill trek trail goes to Sinion La (4660m), from where we see Tseram Village just above the Simbua Khola. Overnight in Tent.

Day 18: Trek to Oktang Base camp (4730m) and back to Ramche (4580m)

After breakfast we trek uphill towards battered valley called Ramche via Yalung Glacier also known as Kanchenjunga South Glacier. We traverse Simbuwa River and Lapsang village on the way to Ramche a place with beautiful snow lake and grazing meadows. Ahead from Ramche, we hike to Oktang Base Camp from where we admire stunning view of Kanchenjunga South Face, and southern face view of Mt. Jannu. We also visit Oktahng Monastery and observe Tibetan Buddhism. Alongside of Oktahng Glacier we trek down to Ramche. On the way we can see glimpse of blue sheep. Overnight in Tent.

Day 19: Trek back to Tseram (3870m.)

Today we will descend via Yalung Glacier traversing Lapsang village and Simbuwa River. Most of the time, we walk downhill on the trail that we used yesterday. Overnight in Tent.

Day 20: Trek to Lamite Bhanjyang (3370m)

After breakfast we follow the downhill route alongside of Simbuwa Khola. After few hours walking we reach to the intersection from where the road divides to Sele Le Pass and Lamite Bhanjyang. We follow the right hand side and enter into rhododendron forest. As the downhill trail is easier, we get enough time to admire the surrounding views and orchids in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. We pass through Toronton and follow the trail alongside of Simbuwa Khola until we reach to Lamite Bhanjyang, below Amjikhola. We stay there overnight.

Day 21: Trek to Yamphudin (1690m)

In our twentieth day of trekking, we trek down from elevation of 3870m to 1960m. After breakfast, we walk uphill via lush forest until and descend down to Imja Khola via farming terraces. After crossing suspension bridge over Imja Khola we follow the route that curves hill and then appears the largest village of Kanchenjunga South part, a beautiful village called Yamphudin. Yamphudin village is located in Kanchenjunga Nation Park area. There is school, health post, police office and office of head office of Kanchenjunga National Park. This village is inhabited mostly by Sherpa, Rai and Limbu people. This place is quite warm and has good lodge and hotel to stay overnight. Overnight in Yamphudin.

Day 22: Trek to Phumphe (1780m)

Today we can take off our trekking boot and wear light sneaker as we walk in easiest way. Today we pass by several villages of Rai and Limbu people, so we have a golden chance to explore the culture of Rai and Limbu people. After breakfast, we trek down Samekha, besides Kabeli Khola where we cross suspension bridge and enter into beautiful Limbu village called Mamangkhe where we visit Limbu Museum and Cultural Center. After observing museum, we walk via scattered forest and farming terraces until we reach to Khesewa River. After crossing Khesewa River we walk uphill via cardamom terraces until we reach to Phumphe village.

Day 23: Trek to Kunjari (1700m)

Leaving Phumphe village behind we walk upward trail until we reach to pine and rhododendron forest then walk straight downhill until we reach to Phun village. After Phun village we follow the road beside Limbu and Rail village and arrive at Kesawa. The trail meets with the trekking route of Kanchenjunga South Base Camp and hike towards Manjari village of Gurung people. Few minutes walking via cardamom forest we reach to beautiful Pahawakhola village for overnight stay. Overnight in Phawakhola.

Day 24: Trek to Taplejung (1580m.)

Today is last trekking day but we have to walk uphill trail via steep road inside of forest until we reach to Suketar airport. Upon reaching Suketar airport we descend down to Taplejung, where we will have better rest, enjoy good food and start feeling nostalgic of the places that we visited during the treks. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 25: Drive to Birtamod

After breakfast we take 8 hour drive to Birtamod Jhapa, via Panchthar and Ilam. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 26: Flight to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur

We take an early First flight to Kathmandu. We can enjoy free day in Kathmandu. Upon your request, we can manage short trip to Bhaktapur Durbar Square or you can go to tourist hub Thamel and enjoy good food and souvenir shopping there. Overnight in Hotel

Day 27: Departure

Representative from Real Advenuture comes to hotel and transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport bid you farewell. Wish you happy flight back to home.

Cost Includes
  • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
  • Four nights Kathmandu hotel with Breakfast.
  • Trekking lodge (Tea House) and home stay accommodations during the trek.
  • Three meals a day during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit every evening after the dinner.
  • Special Trekking permits, Conservation permits and other required paper documents.
  • Bus or public shared jeep transport Birtomood -Ilam- Suketar and again same way back to Britamood after the trek.
  • Round trip flight fare Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu) with airport tax and pickup and drop.
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Strong, helpful porters with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company.
  • Free rental of Seeping bags, Down Jacket, Real Adventure Nepal Duffel bag and Walking Poles
  • Guided city tour as per above itinerary with private vehicle.
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Assistant guide group size above 4+ person.
Cost Excludes
  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa fee (easily issued upon your arrival at International Airport with 2 passport size photos and $40 dollar for a 30 day visa)
  • Your Travel Mountain Rescue Insurance
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Drinks (except water refills and tea/coffee during breakfast) and desserts, snacks
  • Hot shower, battery charging and use of wifi on the tea houses.
  • Tips for guide and driver (tipping is expected).
  • Kathmandu sightseeing tour entrance fee.

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Trip Facts

  • Duration:27 Days
  • Grade:Hard
  • Rating:Good
  • Region:Kanchenjunga Trekking
  • Trip:Remote Area Treks
  • Activity:Kanchenjunga Trekking, Kanchenjunga Trekking base camp trek, 27 Kanchenjunga Trekking Package
  • Max.Altitude:5140 M ft.

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