Starting PriceUS$ 1950
Duration of Trips22 Days
Location: Kanchenjunga Region
Type of Trip: Tea House Trek
Max. Altitude:5,143 M (16,873 feet).
Trip Grade:Challenging/Alpine Tek
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The Kanchenjunga Trek takes you to the world's third-highest peak, standing at 8,586 meters (28,169 feet), in northeastern Nepal. Along the way, you'll traverse diverse landscapes, from lush tropical forests adorned with rhododendrons, orchids, pines, oaks, and chestnuts to picturesque meadows where yaks graze, and finally, to high alpine environments. This trek has recently gained popularity among nature enthusiasts who appreciate Nepal's natural resources and beauty. Embarking on this adventure rewards you with exclusive insights into Nepalese culture and lifestyle.
The Kanchenjunga Trek provides a fascinating opportunity to immerse yourself in Nepalese culture. After reaching Pangpema, the trek retraces its steps to Ghunsa before crossing the Mirgin La pass on the south side of Kanchenjunga. Beyond the pass, you'll encounter the enchanting yak pastures of Ramche and Oktang, where breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga's southwest face await you. Throughout the journey, you'll experience a range of climates, from hot and humid forests to chilly and icy glaciers.
Kanchenjunga Trek Highlights
- Fly from KTM 30m, offering stunning views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest
- Abundant wildlife species such as blue sheep, musk deer, snow leopard, and black bear
- Amazing panoramas of Kanchenjunga, Jannu, and other nearby Himalayan giants, as well as distant views of the eastern faces of Makalu and Everest.
- Walking on Yalung Glacier
- Terraced fields and pristine rhododendron, pine, and bamboo forests
A major highlight of Kanchenjunga Trekking is the chance to explore a remote and less-frequented region of Nepal. You'll be captivated by the untouched natural beauty, encounter unique flora and fauna, and immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture of ethnic communities such as the Rai, Limbu, and Sherpa people. This trek presents both challenges and rewards for adventure enthusiasts seeking an extraordinary experience. The awe-inspiring mountain vistas, serene surroundings, and cultural encounters make this journey truly unforgettable. Remember to plan meticulously in advance, prepare yourself physically and mentally, and demonstrate utmost respect for the local culture and environment.
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal/ Transfer to hotel
Day 02Free day in Kathmandu for trekking preparation / Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 03Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive to Taplejung; 45 min flight & 9 hours drive/ Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 04Short drive and trek to Chirwa (1190m) 6-7 hours / Overnight stay at Tea-House
Day 05Trek Chirwa (1190m) to Amjilessa (2490m) / Overnight stay at Tea-House
Day 06Trek Amjilessa (2490m) to Gunsa (3430m) / Overnight stay at Tea-House
Day 07Acclimatization day at Gunsa (3430m) / Overnight stay at Tea-House
Day 08Trek Gunsa (3430m) to Kambachen (4040m) / Overnight stay at Tea-House
Day 09Trek Kambachen (4040m) to Lhonk (2790m) / Overnight stay at Tea-House
Day 10Trek Lhonk (2790m) to (Pang pema ) Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5140m) / Overnight stay at Tea-House
Day 11Explore day in Kanchenjunga Base Camp and 5950 peak
Day 12Trek Lhonak (4790m) to Gunsa (3430m) / Overnight stay at Tea-House
Day 13Trek Gunsa (3430m) to Sinion Phedi / Overnight stay at Tea-House
Day 14Trek Sinion la, Margin la & Selele pass camp at Tseram (3870m) / Overnight stay at Tea-House
Day 15Trek Tseram (3870m) to oktang base camp back to Ramche (4620m) / Overnight stay at Tea-House
Day 16Trek Ramche (4620m) to Torontan (2990m) / Overnight stay at Tea-House
Day 17Trek Torontan (2990m) to Sherpa Gau (1660m) / Overnight stay at Tea-House
Day 18Trek Sherpa Gau (1660m) to Khebang (1610m) / Overnight stay at Tea-House
Day 19Trek Khebang (1610m) to Khamdimbe / Overnight stay at Tea-House
Day 20Drive back to Birtamode from Khamdimbe / Overnight stay at Tea-House
Day 21Fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu / Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 22Free day in Kathmandu or Departure on your next destination
- Airport pick up and drop upon arrival and departure
- Hotel in Kathmandu on BB basic
- In trekking- B/F, Lunch and Dinner -3 meals per day and overnight accommodation at tea-house/ Lodge
- Transportation- to/from trek starting & ending point
- Necessary trekking permit, conservation and TIMS fee.
- Trained trekking guide and porter, necessary insurance, and accommodation meals allowance and salary
- 3- Nights hotel in Kathmandu and one night in Ilam/ Bhadrapur on (BB Basis)
- Domestic Air Fare (Kathmandu - Bhadrapur - Kathmandu)
- Comprehensive first aid box for the trekking.
- Extra day hotel stay in Kathmandu and Biratnagar
- Foods self lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Ilam / Bhadrapur
- Personal expenses-laundry, Telephone, alcoholic beverages, tips for guide & porter.
- Personal travel insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
- Extra cost for if in case trek effected by natural calamities
- Personal trekking equipments for the trek.
Note: Kanchenjunga Trekking, also called Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, is the remarkable off-the-beaten-path trek that covers the eastern part of Nepal.
Where is Kanchenjunga located?
- Kanchenjunga is located in the eastern part of Nepal, on the border between Nepal and India. It is the third highest mountain in the world, with an elevation of 8,586 meters (28,169 feet).
What is Kanchenjunga Trekking?
- Kanchenjunga Trekking refers to the trekking routes that lead to the base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga. It is a challenging and remote trekking experience that takes you through beautiful landscapes, alpine forests, and traditional Himalayan villages.
How long does Kanchenjunga Trekking take?
- The duration of Kanchenjunga Trekking can vary depending on the specific route and itinerary you choose. On average, it takes around 20-25 days to complete the trek, including acclimatization and rest days.
Do I need a permit to trek in Kanchenjunga?
- Yes, trekking in the Kanchenjunga region requires obtaining permits. You need to obtain both the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP). These permits can be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal.
When is the best time for Kanchenjunga Trekking?
- The best time to trek in the Kanchenjunga region is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions. Winter and monsoon seasons are generally not recommended due to extreme cold or heavy rainfall.
Is Kanchenjunga Trekking suitable for beginners?
- Kanchenjunga Trekking is considered a strenuous trek and is more suitable for experienced trekkers. The high altitude, challenging terrain, and remote location make it a demanding trek that requires good physical fitness and prior trekking experience.
What is the maximum altitude reached during Kanchenjunga Trekking?
- The maximum altitude reached during Kanchenjunga Trekking is at the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, which is approximately 5,143 meters (16,873 feet) above sea level.
Are there teahouses or lodges along the trekking route?
- Yes, there are teahouses and lodges available along the Kanchenjunga trekking route. However, compared to other popular trekking regions like Everest or Annapurna, the facilities are relatively basic and less developed. It is advisable to carry some essential supplies and be prepared for remote and rustic accommodations.
Can I trek in the Kanchenjunga region independently?
- No, trekking in the Kanchenjunga region is only allowed through registered trekking agencies, and it is not permitted to trek independently. This regulation is in place to ensure safety and to protect the natural environment of the area.
Remember that Kanchenjunga Trekking is a challenging and demanding adventure. It is important to plan and prepare well in advance, including physical fitness training, proper gear, and understanding the risks associated with high-altitude trekking. It is recommended to consult with experienced trekking agencies for a safe and enjoyable experience.
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