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Kanchanjunga Trek

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Often said as the queen of the Mountains, Kanchanjunga is the third highest peak in the world and known for its unsurpassed natural beauty and far-flung location.  The area possesses the varied ecological zones, from subtropical land to glacial wilderness. This relatively less crowded trekking region is situated in eastern Nepal in between Nepal India border. The most enviable attraction of the region is the mighty Kanchanjunga glacier. The region is adorned with diverse range of landscape, variety of flora and fauna, cultural practices and mind-blowing panorama of Himalayas which includes Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchanjunga. Great valleys, encircled by high Himalayas are the key feature of Kanchanjunga.

Opened to trekkers since 1988 the Kanchanjunga is protected under Kanchanjunga Conservation Area which is spread in the area of 2035 sq km. in Kanchanjunga trekking region on can witness the wildlife including Snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, red panda etc. beside these some birds like Impheyan, Phesant, Red-billed blue magpie, sky drongo are also found.

Kanchanjunga region is known as one of the 200 global eco regions by World Wildlife Fund. Only few visitors reach here every year and special trekking permit is required for trekking in Kanchanjunga region. The Kanchanjunga trek begins from Suketar by air or from Basantapur from road.

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

As soon as you land on the Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will pick you and transfer to the hotel. In the evening there will be briefing about the trek.

Day 2:  Fly to Biratnagar and drive to Hille(1900m)

Early in the morning take a 50min flight to Biratnagar situated in the lowlands of Terai. From Biratnagar we will drive for around 5-6hours to a Tibetan settlement of Hille.

Day 3: Trek to Chauki

Today we will start the trek. Leaving Hille behind us, we will walk up to the beautiful settlement of Chauki.

Day 4-6: Trek to Dovan(1765m)

Continuing the walk through grassy meadow with constant view of Mt Makalu we will cross Mongol Barahi pass which is lined with Mani stones. From here the trail descends to Gupha Pokhari . Crossing a high pass the trail descends towards Gurja Gaon and then descends to Nesum which is situated in the lap of Mt Jannu and Mt Kanchanjunga. Nesum boasts for wide species of wildlife such as Musk deer, Ghoral, Jharal etc. making our way from Taplejung the trail descends following Tamur River to Dovan through Paddy fields, culturally rich village.

Day 7-8: Trek to Chirwa

We will walk up through Tamur River to a valley settled by Limbu people who are the descendents of Kirati warriors who too ruled Nepal in the past. Making our way through few villages we will reach our camping site in Chirwa which is a small town with few teahouse and shops.

Day 9-12: Trek to Ghunsa(3475m)

From Chirwa the trail continues to Tamur and crossing Simbuwa Khola which is formed by Yalung Glacier we will climb over a ridge to join Dunsa Khola valley and then to Sakathum. From here the trail goes through steep and narrow path up to the river. Witnessing the magnificent view of Ghunsa Khola below us the trail steeply descends to a mountain side village of Amjilassa. Leaving Amjilassa behind us the trail goes up from Ghunsa Khola through the middle of Terraced slopes to Kyapar. From Kyapar the trail descends through the right bank to Ghunsa Khola to the village of Phere. Continuing the walk through the middle of Rhododendron forest the trail gently goes uphill for a while before descending back to Ghunsa Khola and crossing a wooden suspension bridge we will reach the village of Ghunsa.

Day 13: Rest day in Ghunsa

Today we will stay in Ghunsa to get acclimatized with the rising altitude and enjoy the beauty of the area.

Day 14: Trek to Khambachen(4130m)

Today we will walk through grassy field and a Rhododendron forest with a glimpse of Jannu glacier and a view of Jannu Himal, Kumbakarna Himal and south face of Kanchanjunga to our camping site in Kambachen.

Day 15: Trek to Lhonak(4780m); 5hours

From Kambachen the trail continues to be rocky along the terraced slpes. Today we will trek up to the edge of Kanchanjunga glacier and crossing Lhonak Glacier we will arrive to our camping site in Lhonak. Lhonak offers the magnificent view of Mera Peak.

Day 16: Trek to Pangpema(5150m); 5hours

Making our way out of Lhonak, today we will walk along the hill on the right bank of Glacier witnessing the magnificently regal peaks of Kanchanjunga. From here one can see Kanchanjunga I and II, Kumbakarna Himal, Nepal peak, Jongsang, Tent peak and Lopsangla glaciers.

Day 17-18: Trek back to Ghunsa

Crossing the two passing Lopsang la (5315m) and Mirgin La (4700m) we will trek down to Ghunsa.

Day 19-20: Cross high passes towards the southern face of Kanchanjunga

Making our way up to high camp we will have rest for a whole day and explore the area. From High camp the trail descends down to Simbhuwa Khola valley and then to Ramche.

Day 21: Trek to Yalung Glacier; 7hours

Today we will walk up to Yalung Glacier which offers the magnificent vista of south face of Kanchanjunga massif. Later we will descend down to Tseram for overnight stay.

Day 22-26: Trek to Tharpu

From Tseram the trail continuously goes downhill for few days to Tharpu. In the way we can notice the distinct change in the occurrence of vegetation with the altitudinal variation.

Day 27: Drive to Bhadrapur

Early in the morning we will catch a ride to Bhadrapur. It will take around 7-8hours. Stay overnight in lodge in Bhadrapur.

Day 28: Fly back to Kathmandu

After having lunch we will take a 50minutes flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival to Kathmandu we will check into the hotel and in the remaining day we can relax and take rest.

Day 29: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today we will start the day by visiting Pashupatinath temple which is situated 5km east of Kathmandu in the bank of holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is a pagoda shaped temple with tiered golden roofs and silver doors. Only the Hindu’s can visit the temple, but the visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of Bagmati River where the dead bodies are cremated. From here we will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is located 8km east of Kathmandu. Boudhanath stupa is dome shaped monument representing the mind of Buddha and pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddha.  . In the afternoon we will drive to Patan Durbar Square which is situated in the southern area of the city. The square is dotted with ancient palaces, temples and shrines which are known for their antique and exquisite carvings. From here we will proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is the historic seat of Nepalese royalty. Here we will visit Kastamandap Temple (a temple rumored to be constructed from the wood of single tree), Taleju temple, statue of Kal Vairab, Basantapur palace and Kumari Temple (residence of living goddess Kumari).  After this we will pay our visit to Swoyambhunath temple which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple dates back to 2500years and is situated in the hilltop offering the astonishing view of Kathmandu. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 30: Farewell

You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey.

Stay Safe

  • Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
  • Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.

Electricity in Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.

Nepal Climate information

Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

Nepal Visas information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Respect to Local Peoples

In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)” 

Our Trekking Porter Pitam taking rest

Awesome Trek Kanchanjunga Base camp trekking 2018

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I did Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek with Actual Adventure and they actually made my trip. The 26 days long journey to Kanchenjunga Base Camp was a trek of a lifetime. I already did EBC trek with them and this trek was different than EBC because of less commercialized and difficult trials. I was already satisfied with the services during my first trek but this time it was even greater. Kedar himself was there to receive me at the airport and has managed all the necessary documentation including domestic flights, transport, hotels and guides. My guide Pasang was very kind and helpful person. He also showed his best hospitality all the way during my trek. I highly recommend this company.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek was a memorable experience and I heartily thanks to my guide Phurpa and entire team of Actual Adventure. The management was perfect and the staffs were very friendly. Phurba helped me all the way to base camp and shared some of his years of knowledge and experience throughout the way. His warm hospitality and caring behavior is what I admired for. I highly recommend this company for everyone

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek April

(5/5)

I did Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in March 2017 and it was a wonderful experience. I am very happy choosing Actual Adventure company to travel with. All the facilities were great and I’m very much satisfied with everyone. I especially want to thank to my guide and friendly staffs of the company for showing kind hospitality and giving a homely environment. I highly recommend this company for everyone. 

Thankful for Remarkable service

(5/5)

Thanks to the highly energetic, enthusiastic and versatile team members of Actual Adventure for making and awesome trip to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. I really had a remarkable journey of lifetime and will recommend this company to everyone. God bless!

Life time Experience

(5/5)

My Kanchenjunga trek is one of the most fascinating treks of my life time and it was truly wonderful. The guides were great and the area was a nature treasure. I was very much blessed by Mother Nature providing magnificent views of the snow capped mountains, forests, villages and many more. The trials at some places were very difficult but the views were excellent. My guide was very helpful and flexible he took a great care of me and made my trek even more amazing. All the management of the company was perfect and there is no place to comment for. 

Kanchenjunga Trekking October 26 to November 21

(5/5)

Balaram Tamang was our Porter/Guide for a 24 day trek to Kanchenjunga Base camp in October/November 2011. Balaram was at all times an excellent guide who showed superb leadership skills in looking after his clients. All three of us have much experience in training and assessing leadership skills in Mountain Areas in the UK and we all could see what a natural and good leader Balaram was. In difficult places he took great care of our safety, waiting for slower members to catch up, choosing rest places often and showed a good knowledge of the trek. He was always in good humour and was excellent with local

people. At all times he showed a strong sense of duty towards us as clients.We can happily recommend Balaram to any future clients.Pitom Limbu was our Porter for a 24 day trek to Kanchenjunga Base camp in October/November 2011. Pitom was not the guide but he often gave help and advice in route finding and worked very well with the guide, Balaram Tamang. He never complained about changes in his load and in the guest houses we stayed in, he was very helpful, good humoured and took great care of us. This was much more than his normal duty.

We can happily recommend Pitom to any future clients.

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