Kanchenjunga is the world’s third highest mountain and is situated in the north-eastern corner of Nepal, straddling the border with Sikkim. Kanchenjunga is not a single summit but a mountain massif consisting of five summits with several satellite peaks and glaciers. Until Nepal opened its borders to foreign visitors in the early 1950’s Kanchenjunga was probably the best recognised and most well known of all the Himalaya peaks as it could be clearly seen from Darjeeling, then part of the British regime. After the border control was relaxed, focus turned to the Annapurna and Everest regions and Kanchenjunga lost a bit of its appeal. Access became difficult from the east, the traditional starting point, as Sikkim then closed its border to foreign travellers. It was not until as late as 1988 that access to the north side of Kanchenjunga was relaxed and explorers, climbers and trekkers were able to fully appreciate the majestic beauty of this Himalayan giant.
-Scenic flight from Kathmandu - Taplejung - Kathmandu.
-Explore the Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
-Expolre Yalung Ri Base Camp.
-Magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga
-Crossing the pass over Mirgin La.
-Diverse flora and fauna and rich local culture
-The native Nepali communities such as Sherpa, Limbu, Rai and Gurung.
D-1 : arrival in Kathmandu and transfert to hotel
D-2 : visit of Kathmandu : Durbar Square, Royal Palace, Kumari’s home, Swayambunath. Afternoon , visit of Pashupatinath dedicated to the God Shiva on the Bagmati river and visit of Bouddhnath.
Day 3 Fly to Suketar & trek to Lali Kharka [2220m] : 4 h
You take the flight from kathmandu to Suketar. Soon after refreshment, you walk by rich pastures toward Lali Kharka with the trekking crew, then after vseveral descents you arrive at Lali Kharka.
Day 4 Trek to Keswa [2100m] : 5h
As you traverse along the steep route to Pokora village, you see terraced farmland soon after crossing a suspension bridge above the Phawa Khola. The route further leads to Kunjari where you halt for lunch. After lunch, you continue following the trekking trail. You pass through dense forests and quaint villages, as you progress along the trail. On skirting along a gently sloping mountain path, after trekking for 5-6 hours, you reach Tambawa and later Bhanjyang where you spot several teahouses. Take in the grandiose sight of Kanchenjunga glowing against the late afternoon sun.
Day 5 Trek to Mamanke [2000m] : 6h
We descend through terraced fields until the river bed of the Nandeva Khola, after a short ascent we reach the village of Loppoding and we continue through many ups and downs until the village of Anpan. After reaching a ridge we can see Jannu , it is an excellent spot to catch your breath. We continue descending through hamlets and terrace fields to the Kasshawa Khola and we ascend to the large village of Mamanke.
Day 6 Trek to Yamphudin [1650m] : 6h
We pass the village of Dekadin and the path along the right bank of the river rises some 300 m from the river to become a mountain path, winding around various ridges and streams. It is a gentle up and down trek until we descend to the Kabeli Khola. A gradual climb through fields and villages leads us to Yamphudin where there is a check post.
Day 7 Trek to Lamite jungle camp [2920m] : 6h
Beyond Yamphudin, the trail ascends a steep spur before dropping again to cross the Omje Khola. Walking through beautiful and dense forest, you stop for lunch in a meadow atop this spur from where you get fine views of the valley beyond Yamphudin to the south and of the Omje Khola Valley and Deurali Danda to the north. A steep descent to the river brings you to a clearing in the Lamite forest.
Day 8 Trek to Torontan [3080m] : 4h
From the camp we climb to Lamite Bhanjyang ( 3430m) and Jannu appears atop the ridge before you. After descending to the Simbua Khola the area is thickly forested with rhododendrons and you can see Kangchenjunga between the trees. We have to climb from the riverbed for a short while until the level area of Torontan where there are several bivouac caves that are excellent campsites.
Day 9 Trek to Tseram [3750m] : 5h
the trek continues through rhododendrons forests, we pass the huts of Whata , this section doesn’t provide nice views due to the tick forests. From the forested area one enters the riverbed and we ascend to Tseram where are roofless bivouac cave. Ahead may be seen the terminal moraine of Yalung Glacier and Kabru peak ( 7353m) and Talung Peak ( 7349m).
Day 10 Trek to Ramche [4360m] : 4h
A little bit further Tseram we arrive at the stone huts of Yalung Bara which marks the end of the forest line. Then we enter the right bank of the zone of ablation of Yalung Glacier. The area widens and there opens up the mountain panorama of Kabru ( 7317m), Rathong ( 6678m), Kokthan ( 6147m). The path leads to the campsite at Ramze ( one small hut)
Day 11 Ramche – Exploration
At Ramche the gigantic Yalung Kang Glacier turns to the left, and the magnificent form of Kangchenjunga appears. We climb the lateral moraine and descend a steep slope to Yalung Glacier where we are guided by footpaths and cairns. At last Jannu appears and we arrive at the campsite ( 4890m) where the vista of the mountains surrounding the glacier opens before you-enclosed by rocky crags and ice precipices, here indeed is the world of the Himalaya ! We return to Ramche by the same route.
Day 12 Trekking beyond the Mirgin La [4663m] : 6h
Leaving Ramche, you trek down the valley, passing the small settlement of Lapsang, before turning off towards the Mirgin La - the pass you must cross in order to reach Gunsa and the north side of Kanchenjunga. As you descend from the Mirgin La, the views, in particular of Mt Jannu, are simply magnificent.
Day 13 Trek to Gunsa [3475m] : 6h
After a steep descent you approach the Lamba Sumba Kharka, from where there are more splendid views of the awesome south-west face of Jannu. From here, the going is easy, descending on an excellent trail, you reach the village of Gunsa. Gunsa is a Tibetan village with a tiny gompa and prayer flags fluttering from the wooden houses. It comes as a welcome sight after the rigorous walking of the previous days and provides an excellent opportunity to visit a local hostelry and sample the tongba [alcoholic beverage fermented out of millet].
Day 14 Trek to Khambachen [4040m] : 5h
After Gunsa we enter a forested area and we arrive at Rampuk Kharka where there are caves. As we wend our way along the mountainside , long awaited Jannu ( 7710m) appears. Khambachen is a grassy field surrounded by a stone wall.
Day 15 Trek to Lhonak [4790m] : 4 h / 5 h
We continue along and above the riverbed of the Gunza river , the valley widens and the path continues along broad terraced hills with many brambles. The moraines leads us to Lhonak campsite.
Day 16 Trek to Pang Pema [5140m]
The trek to Pangpema is short through a zone of ablation , soon Tent Peak (7365m), Nepal Peak (6910m) appears and Kangchenjunga becomes visible (8586m) before we arrive at Pangpema. Huge, towering Kangchenjunga presents the crowning finale to this long trek of 15 days.
Day 17 Pang Pema rest day
Today is a rest day, but for the more energetic ones, there are several diversions lined up for the day. One is to ascend the lower slopes of Drohmo for panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and its adjoining peaks. Another possibility is to continue up the increasingly difficult terrain on the right flank of the glaciers for alternative views of the more remote peaks around the Jongsang La Pass.
Day 18& 19 Retreat trek to Gunsa [3430m]
For the next 2 days you retrace your steps to Gunsa, passing through Ramtang and Khambachen en-route.
Day 20 Trek to Kyapra [2300m] : 5 h
From Gunsa, you take the route out of the mountains that follows the beautiful Gunsa and Tamur Kholas, through rhododendrons forests. We pass through Kyapra, the last of the Tibetan villages, and an hour or so further on, you reach a spot called Tang.
Day 21 Trek to Sakathum [1600m] : 5h / 6h
Heading for the village of Sakathum, your route follows an undulating trail for the first couple of hours until you reach Amjilasa. From here, there is a long steep descent from which you can see the Gunsa Khola Valley stretched out before you. You then reach Sakathum.
Day 22 Trek to Chirwa [1180m] : 5h / 6h
Leaving Sakathum, you head to Chirwa. En route you meet the confluence of two rivers, Simbua Khola and Gunsa Khola. These 2 rivers will be united into Tamur Kosi, one of the main River in Nepal. After trekking for about 4-5 hours you enter into the pristine village of Chirwa.
Day 23 Trek to Phurumba : 5h
The route passes through cultivated land and rich pastures. On reaching Mitlung, you halt for a healthy lunch. Then the trail zigzags through the path of steep stones. After climbing for about 4 hours you come to the valley of Phurumba.
Day 24 Trek to Taplejung - Suketar [2300m] : 5h
As you leave the valley, we continue ascending along the ridge for about 3 hours to Taplejung village.Thereafter, after leisurely ascent for about 2 hours, you finally reach the airstrip at Suketar where you conclude the trip of the day.
Day 25 Flight to Kathmandu
Day 26 Day rest in Kathmandu
Day 27 transfert to airport and return.
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