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.
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