Kanchanjunga Trek

Kanchanjunga Trek - 20 Days

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.

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Introduction & Overview of Kanchanjunga Trek

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.

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Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

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.

Elevation
1900

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.

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

Elevation
1755

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elevation
3475

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.

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

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4130

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.

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.

Elevation
5150

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.

Elevation
4700

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Elevation
1400

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.

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.

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

Include/Exclude

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop facilities from Airport-Hotel-Airport (by private car)
  • Domestic flights included in the itinerary including airport transfer and domestic airport tax.
  • Full day city tour by private vehicle. 
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant with live cultural program.
  • Stays in 3 star standard hotels in Kathmandu and clean lodge/guest houses during the trek. (as per availability ) All the rooms will be in twin sharing basis. 
  • Every meals during the trek.( breakfast, lunch, dinner, including tea and coffees)
  • Seasonable fresh fruit.
  • Experienced, well trained, English speaking guide with all his expenses, insurance, equipment during your travel period.
  • One porter for each two member in a group (with all his expenses, insurance, equipment during your travel period)
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per itinerary.
  • Actual Adventure Down jacket, sleeping bag, Duffel bags and walking poles (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Actual Adventure T-shirt 
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permit special permit for Kanchanjunga trek and Kanchanjunga National park fee. 
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Tips for guides, porters and drivers.
  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • Extra night accommodation due to any reason in Kathmandu.
  • Extra luggage charge.
  • Personal expenses not included in the itinerary.
  • Recommended Travel and Medical Insurance 
  • All  alcoholic drinks
  • Extra charge for the single supplement rooms. 
  • Extra fees for the battery charge and hot shower during the trek.
  • International airfare.    

Altitude Graph

Additional Information

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)” 

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