Kanchenjunga North and South Trek - 23 Days

Trip Cost
US$ 2175 (Per Person)

Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Duration: 23 Days
  • Transportation: NA
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Kanchenjunga Himal

Nepal’s second highest peak and the third highest in the world, Kanchenjunga is located in the northeastern corner of the Taplejung district. Its main ridges form a natural boundary between two states, as well as a watershed to several important rivers. Twelve miles north of Kanchenjunga is the Tibetan frontier. This runs along the main watershed of the Himalayas, separating the arid plateau of Tibet to the north and the more fertile and rain washed country to the south. 

Kanchenjunga is a mountain of sheer beauty.  It is great enough to posses its own glaciers radiating from its several summits. Though surrounded by many peaks, the glaciers which flow far down to the fringes of the tropical forests are the undisputed possession of Kanchenjunga. It is the only mountain that displays its glories to the world at large. Only those who can afford the time and expenses necessary to penetrate the remote fastness from which they spring can view the glories of Everest, but Kanchenjunga is to be seen easily from anyone in the lower foothills.

Kanchenjunga not only breaks the force of the monsoon, but protects the main watershed to the north from its onslaught to a great extent. The result of this is an extra ordinary variation of scenery and climate with in a small area. The dry, almost dusty hill at the head of the Lhonak Valley, The Dodang Nyima range and the plateau of Tibet beyond are in striking contrast to the valley that radiates southward from Kanchenjunga, for here is a dry reddish brown country with a snow level appreciably higher and glaciers considerably smaller than those of Kanchenjunga and its immediate neighbours.  There is probably no other mountain where the mountaineer is exposed to greater dangers than he is on Kanchenjunga, for he not only has the ice avalanches to contend with, but general uncertain weather as well.

Roughly speaking, there are four main lines of approach of Kanchenjunga, up the valley of the Tamor river in Nepal, passing Ghunsa and Kangbachen, up the Yalung valley in Nepal, up the valley of the Teesta river in Sikkim, and up the Talung valley also in Sikkim. Between the Yalung and Talung valleys there is also the Rangit river, which has its sources in the glaciers of Kabru, 2400 feet, one of kangchenjunga’s out post peaks to the south.  The span of Kanchenjunga area is 55% of the Taplejung district area and 1.40% of the total area of country. Its 65% area is covered by high Himalayas and mountain rocks and ice and remaining 45% is covered by forests, shrub-land, grass-land and agricultural-land.  The climate of this area varies from subtropical monsoon at lower elevation to alpine in the higher areas. 

This trek is similar to the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, with the addition of climbing to the North Base Camp

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu
  • Day 02:Sightseeing Kathmandu
  • Day 03:Flight to Suketar (Taplejung), or Flight to Bhadrapur (2059m) and bus to Taplejung
  • Day 04:Drive from Taplejung to Tapethok by jeep, and trek to sekathum (1640m)
  • Day 05:Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa (2510m)
  • Day 06:Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m)
  • Day 07:Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3695m)
  • Day 08:Trek from Ghunsa to Khambachen (4099m)
  • Day 09:Explore Khambachen, rest day (4099m)
  • Day 10:Trek from Khambachen to Lhonak (4785m)
  • Day 11:Trek from Lhonak to Pangpema (5143m)
  • Day 12:Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa
  • Day 13:Trek from Ghunsa to Selele Pass (4043m)
  • Day 14:Trek from Selele Pass to Tsaram (3870m)
  • Day 15:Trek from Tsaram to Ramche (5225m) - side trip to Yalung Glacier and Oktang
  • Day 16:Trek from Ramche to Tsaram (3725m)
  • Day 17:Trek from Tsaram to Trongden
  • Day 18:Trek from Trongden to Yamphudin (2090m)
  • Day 19:Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang
  • Day 20:Trek from Khebang to Hapu Khola 6-7 hrs of walking
  • Day 21:Local jeep from Hapu Khola to Ilam Bazaar 5-6hrs drive
  • Day 22:Ilam or Bhadrapur flight to Kathmandu.
  • Day 23:Departure from Nepal (if flight taken)

What's Includes:

  • ​​​19 nights and 20 days of food and accommodation during trek (local lodge)
  • Transportation from Kathmandu airport to Taplejung, and Hapu Khola to Ilam by jeep, Ilam to Bhadrapur and back to Kathmandu by flight 
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters(porter carry maximum 20 k.g and one porter between two person)
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
  • Kanchenjunga National Park permit and Kanchenjunga restricted area permit 
  • Three nights’ accommodation with 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu at bed and breakfast
  • Airport transfers and escort
  • Farewell dinner with Nepal cultaral dancein in Kathmandu
  • Equipment & clothing for porter & staffs
  • Equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket, first aid kit, oximeter, map, etc.)
  • Tent, mattress, and other supplies in case guest houses are full or there are no guest houses
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Trekking achievement certificate
  • Adventure Himalayan Tshirt
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What's Excludes:

  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entry 30 days - USD 40  (Details in Visa Page)
  • International flight
  • Insurance for clients (i.e. helicopter evacuation, etc.)
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
  • Hot shower during trek
  • Alcoholic drinks, candies, etc.
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking. 

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu Our representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and you will be transferred by private coach to the hotel. In the hotel we will discuss with the necessary equipment and the trekking permit. Overnight stay at a hotel.
  • Day 02Sightseeing Kathmandu Kathmandu valley includes several Hindu temples including of Pashupatinath, listed by UNESCO in World Heritage Site and the largest Buddhist Stupa, Bouddhanath. You can also visit the Monkey Temple Swyambhunath, built some 2000 years ago, and visit Patan, city of fine arts. In theevening you will be meeting with your trekking guide, checking the equipments and further discussion.
  • Day 03Flight to Suketar (Taplejung), or Flight to Bhadrapur (2059m) and bus to TaplejungFrom Kathmandu we will take our flight for Suketar (Taplejung) which takes about 35 min. It lies in northeastern part of Nepal. Taplejung has an airfield which helps to connect the flight with Bharatpur along the valley. For those who fly directly to Taplejung, you can use this day for sightseeing. Overnight in Taplejung.
  • Day 04Drive from Taplejung to Tapethok by jeep, and trek to sekathum (1640m) We begin the trek by driving to Tapethok, which takes about 3-4 hours. After checking in at the KCAP checkpoint, we pass several villages. Reaching Pembu, it is anuphill climb for about two and a half hours to sekathum. There is a Near by KCAP headquarters in Lelop, and various grocery stores and tea shops. We will stay in a homestay here.
  • Day 05Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa (2510m) From Sakathum to Amjilosa it takes almost 5 hours. Initially our trek will be easy as we move through the flat land. Then our trek takes a form of steep uphill when you climb towards Amjilasa, a small rural area with few inhabitants and local shops known as “Bhattis," or tea shops. Overnight stay at guesthouse.
  • Day 06Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m) The trek to Gyabla (2730m) takes 5-6 hours. The path is quite interesting as we pass through the jungle. Most of the people who are living in this area follow Buddhist culture. Overnight stay at guesthouse.
  • Day 07Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3695m) To reach Ghunsa (3695m) as a trekking spot takes six hours. On the way, we pass through the jungles. The track leads to the settlement of natives. Here, many people are engaged in business like import and export in Tibet. In winter season they go to India for business. Overnight stay at guesthouse.
  • Day 08Trek from Ghunsa to Khambachen (4099m) It takes about 6 and a half hours to reach Khambachen (4099m) from Ghunsa.
    Kambachen is dense settlement of people who follow Tibetan culture. You will be fascinated with the art and architecture of Khambachen, which is inspired by Tibetan cultures. Overnight stay at guesthouse in Khambachen.
  • Day 09Explore Khambachen, rest day (4099m) We spend today exploring the Khambachen as there are different things to experience here that can be only done by walking. We will spend the remaining day enjoying the place and resting for the trip ahead. Overnight stay at guesthouse.
  • Day 10Trek from Khambachen to Lhonak (4785m) Climb through the rocky boulder fields on the hillside along the riverbank until we reach a waterfall. Cross the bridge to Ramtang, and cross more small landslides before finally arriving to Lhonak. Overnight stay at guesthouse.
  • Day 11Trek from Lhonak to Pangpema (5143m) At morning start to treks to North base camp (5243m). The stunning peak which is considered as a main peak of Kanchenjunga and landscape of remaining peaks which make one of the largest mountains in the world.An interesting thing to see is the water that flows all the time from the gorge.You should trek back downward till Lhonak where you are delighted by gazing Mountains and Yaks. Overnight in Lhonak.
  • Day 12Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa Now we descend by traveling through the jungle along the Kambachen River. In some places, we can see the mani walls and prayer flags hanging over the trees. At one point, we'll cross a wooden bridge.
  • Day 13Trek from Ghunsa to Selele Pass (4043m) We camped slightly before Mirgin La Pass. After a steep ascent through rhododendron forests, we reach Tamo La Pass, a ridge festooned with payer flags. As we go towrads another ridge crest, rising to 4115m, we have a nice view of Ghunsa River snaking along the north Kanchenjunga glacier. Continue to scramble up, enjoying the sight of Kanchenjunga west. Overnight at tea house.
  • Day 14Trek from Selele Pass to Tsaram (3870m) After crossing the Mirgin La ascent to Sinon La (4660m) and another pass at 4700m, the tril descends towards Simbhu Khola Valley. It is an excellent place to organize an extra excursion. Visit Ramche Village (4620m) and into the Yalung glacier, towards its south base camp.
  • Day 15Trek from Tsaram to Ramche (5225m) - side trip to Yalung Glacier and OktangA rocky loose path follows the stream and climbs up to some mani walls (stones carved with Buddhist prayers). Rathong (6678m) and Kabru Dome (6700m) loom at the head of the valley. Climbing further alongside the moraine of Yalung Glacier to where the valley opens up as we approach Yalung at 4260m. Our trek climbs further along the moraine to a lake and a big meadow at Ramche. The view is dominated by the spectacular peak of Rathong. Herds of blue sheep live on the cliffs above our campsite.
  • Day 16Trek from Ramche to Tsaram (3725m)After breakfast, we head back the same way we came to Tsaram, enjoying the scenery along the way.
  • Day 17Trek from Tsaram to Trongden Trail passes through forests.
  • Day 18Trek from Trongden to Yamphudin (2090m) Hike to Yamphudin (2080m) acquires 8 – 9 hours. The hiking starts after you take a walk into the jungles. Seeing the landslides on the way do not get frustrated as yamphudin trek is a rejoiced trek where you can see mixed and diverse communities of people; belonging to Limbu, Sherpas, Gurung and Rai ethnic groups. In the midst of the village you can see the fields of rice and corn. Moreover, there is a village with schools and shops where they supply in a negotiable price. Overnight stay in guest house.
  • Day 19Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang In the beginning, you descend crossing the Omje Khola up to halfway. Then you begin ascending through a jungle of cardamom and orchid plants. You pass a small village where you can find different human settlements, small thatched roof houses and local shops with minimal supplies. From here, the trail steeply ascend to Khebang Danda before descending to Khebang village. Khebang is a comparatively big village where the local people follow the Hindu and Buddhist faiths.
  • Day 20Trek from Khebang to Hapu Khola 6-7 hrs of walking The trail starts descending to Jorepul and then begins to ascend. We will also trek along flat and low land, crossing paddy fields and thatched roof houses. There are many villages along the way where we can buy some snacks or lunch.
  • Day 21Local jeep from Hapu Khola to Ilam Bazaar 5-6hrs driveAfter breakfast, we take a jeep ride from Hapu Khola to Ilam Bazaar. Overnight in Ilam Bazaar.
  • Day 22Ilam or Bhadrapur flight to Kathmandu. you take the flight back to Kathmandu, you will arrive the same day and the trip ends. Either way, we will have a celebratory dinner for you in the evening that you return to Kathmandu.
  • Day 23Departure from Nepal (if flight taken)We will transport you to the airport. Thanks for trekking with Adventure Himalayan Travels. We look forward to seeing you again!

Trip Map

Kanchenjunga North and South Trek Map

Clients Reviews

  • Kanchenjunga North and South Trek - 23 Days
    Jon
    Canada Published: Friday, August 02, 2019

    Kanchenjunga North and South Trek - 23 Days

    Rating:

    I went to Kanchenjunga Circuit trek in April 2019 with my friends and we overall had a wonderful time. This trek was amazing, wonderful view, unique land escape, marvelous mountains and yeah very good people . I enjoyed this wholly as this was my first time in Kanchenjunga region which provided me the great time trekking and hiking exploring this untouched landscape of Nepal. Our Guide and porters were flexible, helpful and experienced. The trek wouldn't be possible without them.I would like to thank Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks and Rana sir for organizing such a great trekking in Nepal. I would recommend Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks 100%.

Dates & Prices

Start Date End Date Status Price Booking
23 August, 2020 14 September, 2020 Guaranteed USD 2175
30 August, 2020 21 September, 2020 Guaranteed USD 2175
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