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29 Days
Availability : Mar 20’ - Nov 20’
Kathmandu
Taplejung
Min Age : 14+
Max People : 14
Tour Details

Kachenjunga Round Trek– Kachenjunga Trek is possibly the last unexplored region of Eastern Nepal. Breathtaking views of the vast Himalayan range can be seen from the majority of the route’s trails. This is a sparsely populated area with mainly Limbu and Rai communities. The people are not accustomed to receiving tourists at their doorsteps and show great hospitality. We can find many mysterious stories about on Himalayan Yeti, the abdominal snowman is believed to be found in this region.
Kanchenjunga Round Trek trail has more exciting and challenging – situated in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area which is spread over 2035 sq km. Enrich in wildlife diversities also many threatened species of birds such as Pheasant, Red-Billed blue Magpie, Shy Dragon, Amphibian and Mammals are found in this region and preserved including Snow-Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, Musk Deer etc.
Our itinerary of Kanchenjunga Round Trek approaches the North Base Camp first, trekking through deep ravines, forests of bamboo, rhododendron and larch pine to the Tibetan village of Ghunsa and the high mountains. We take care to spend time acclimatising around Ghunsa and Kambachen, before continuing along the Kanchenjunga Glacier to spend a night at Pangpema, base camp on the north side. The views of Jannu, Kanchenjunga and Chang Himal are jaw dropping. Then cross the Mirgin La (4,550m) to Tseram. It is much more logical to cross the pass from north to south and this part of the trek is simply superb. Magnificent scenery and interesting walking, which is reminiscent of the Lake District for well acclimatised, and can enjoy the gentle walking up to Oktang and the awesome views of Ratong, the Kyabru Peaks and the South Face of Kanchenjunga. We exit the mountain via an esoteric route, travelling through villages where the locals rarely see trekkers. This is a long and committing trek in a region with little infrastructure. The trails are at rough and undulating, at times exposed and there are landslides to cross. Therefore to join this trip you need to be an experienced mountain trekker, prepared for consecutive days of adventurous trekking in an extremely remote part of the Himalayas.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu – Kathmandu

Fixed Departures:

March to May
September to Novembre

Price Includes

  • Arrival Pickup and Drop at Kathmandu airport.
  • 4 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • A half day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley.
  • Entrance Fees Trek/TIMS/National Park
  • Trekking with 3 times meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
  • Daily wages and Insurance of Nepalese Guide/supporter.
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
  • Alcoholic or other beverages in trekking.
  • Tips/Gratitude for Guide/Sherpa/Supporters.
  • Emergency medical and rescue/evacuation insurance.
  • Any extra cost arose due to natural calamities, political disturbance and delay etc.

Complementaries

  • T-Shirt
  • Duffel Bag
  • Trekking Route Map
  • Trek Permit & National Park Fees
What to Expect

Kachenjunga Round Trek– Kachenjunga Trek is possibly the last unexplored region of Eastern Nepal. Breathtaking views of the vast Himalayan range can be seen from the majority of the route’s trails. This is a sparsely populated area with mainly Limbu and Rai communities. The people are not accustomed to receiving tourists at their doorsteps and show great hospitality. We can find many mysterious stories about on Himalayan Yeti, the abdominal snowman is believed to be found in this region.

Highlights:
  • Mount Kanchenjunga 8586 m./28170 ft.
  • Stunningly beautiful scenarios.
  • Mount Yalung Kang (8505m)
  • Dromo Peak (6100m) / Yalung Ri (5200m)
  • Rich flora and fauna
  • Peace and Harmony of ethnic groups.
Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Arrive to Kathmandu, an exciting and memorable experience with the panoramic view of snow-capped Himalayan range greets your sight. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. After arrival to hotel, Short briefing about the trek and final payment procedures.

Day 02Kathmandu Sightseeing. (prepare permit of the trek)

We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip. Final checking of your climbing equipment. A half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu including Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddha Stupa.

Day 03Kathmandu to Bhadrapur flight and Drive to Taplejung (1780m)

A 55 minutes flight to Bhadrapur Airport will be scenic of left side Himalayas and right side lowland, Bhadrapur is situated on the Terai region or plains in the Eastern-south of the country. Nepal Travel and Tour / Independent Himalayan Adventures crew will be waiting for your arrival. After arrival your flight, you need to drive 250 kilometers to north. It will takes about 8 hours to reach Taplejung by jeep.

Day 04Taplejung to Mitlung (921m)

Our first day of trekking is short and is actually downhill! It will be 3 to 4 hrs trek to Mitlung, crossing the Hangdewa Khola to arrive beside the raging Tamor River. Mitlung (altitudes of 921m) is a small farming village surrounded by paddy fields.

Day 05Mitlung to Chirwa (1270m)

From Mitlung, the trail climbs out of the village before dropping down to Sinwa after a couple of hours. Sinwa is a well-kept village with school and Bananas, grapefruit and oranges are grown here. We continue to Tawa then climb up again before crossing a suspension bridge at Thiwa, where there are great views up the valley. Finally we arrive at Chirwa (1270m), where we camp on a large field on the far side of the village, surrounded by water-worn boulders (- 6 hours).

Day 06Chirwa to Sekathum (1660m)

Today’s trail leads uphill for 30 minutes until the valley broadens out and drop down to meadows. After showing our trekking permit at the National Park gate, cross the river onto the west bank and follow a path through delightful forest – look out for butterflies, dragonflies and praying mantis. The path is flat for an hour before we gain height and contour the steep hillside above the river. We have lunch looking out across the valley. In the afternoon, we drop down via in-distinctive paths to cross the Tamor River for the last time where it is joined by the Ghunsa Khola. After another 20 minutes we arrive at Sekathum (1660m), a campsite and lodge right next to the river (5 hours).

Day 07Sekathum to Amjilhasa (2510m)

We have tough walk today, following a very narrow path in places, undulating, exposed and slippery after rain. We cross the river directly out of camp over a new bridge and follow a path steeply up and then down, before soon crossing back over the river on an older wooden bridge. Again we climb up out of the bottom of the gorge and then drop back down, passing a solitary lodge at Solima until the trail descends right down to river level. For a few hundred meters the path clings to the side of the gorge, with spray from the pounding river making it all too obvious that a slip here would be catastrophic. Further on we cross the river once more to a lunch spot.. After lunch we follow zig-zags up through trees until the path contours high above the gorge. Eventually we reach Amjilhasa (2510m), a collection of Tibetan lodges high on the hillside above the gorge (7 – 8 hours).

Day 08Amjilhasa to Gyabla (2730m)

From Amjilhasa the trail contours the hillside before dropping down through bamboo, oak and rhododendron forest. It’s undulating and narrow with the odd exposed section, though any sense of exposure is removed by the presence of the bamboo. Eventually we reach a small stone house by the river before climbing up again. The path crosses a couple of small bridges at the base of waterfalls. Lunch is at a great spot by an icy pool at the base of yet another stunning waterfall. It’s a short walk in the afternoon uphill to Gyabla (2730m), a small Tibetan settlement with impressive views up the valley towards Khabur (6332m). The air here feels much cooler and we have the sense of entering the high mountains (5 hours).

Day 09Ghunsa to Ghunsa (3595m)

After putting on some warmer layers of clothing we set off and drop down to the river yet again. After 1.5 hours we arrive at c3,000m and enter Larch pine. The path now becomes very easy underfoot and the valley begins to open out. We arrive at Phole (3,140m) for lunch. Phole is a fair sized Yak herder settlement with a rather run down Gompa. It’s another 1.5 hours trekking to Ghunsa (3595m), a Sherpa village, which benefits from a small hydro-electric power plant. We will camp outside of one of the Trekking lodges here and look forward to two nights in this relaxing spot (4.5 – 5 hours).

Day 10Acclimatization day at Ghunsa (3595m)

In the morning we can do some washing and have a chance to sort out our gear before having an acclimatization walk. The walk heads up towards the Lapsan La through forest to a point above the tree line at 4200m. We should be back in Ghunsa in the early afternoon to relax.

Day 11Ghunsa to Kambachen (4100m)

Heading north from Ghunsa the trail follows the east bank of the river. It really is delightful walking through Larch and Juniper, with some trickier sections across small landslides and along the riverbed. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka (3,720m) and have lunch just beyond against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks and spires. In the afternoon we continue on past a sacred waterfall before contouring up the hillside and crossing a large landslide. It’s important to move quickly across this hazard as there is always the danger of stone fall from above. Just beyond the landslide we have our first views of Jannu, as it comes into view above a ridge. It is simply breath-taking and consequently, it may take us a while to walk the last section into Kambachen (4100m) – (7 hours).

Day 12Acclimatization day at Kambachen (4100m)

It is possible to continue to Lhonak (4,785m) today, but this would be pushing our acclimatization schedule and would likely result in some members of the group suffering from the symptoms of altitude sickness. Instead, we will base ourselves from Kambachen as there is plenty to see and do from here as part of an ‘active pottering’ day. We will most likely walk up the Nuphchu Khola Valley for superb views of Jannu. It’s also possible to trek up towards Jannu’s base camp, though the Ghunsa Khola can be difficult to cross so this might not be the sensible option. Having had a second night in Kambachen, we should find the walk up to Lhonak tomorrow fairly steady and crucially, the long day to base camp the following day will feel easier for everybody.

Day 13Kambachen to Lhonak (4785m)

From Kambachen, the trail follows the hillside on the north bank of the river. At a waterfall, the base of which can sometimes be icy, the path almost disappears and there is a section of boulder hopping. We cross a bridge and climb up to Ramtang, a grazing pasture with a couple of Yak herder huts. It takes another hour or so to reach Ghunsa. At first, we amble along gentle paths, which weave between boulders, taking in the superb views. Not long before we arrive at Lhonak the path is narrow and loose where it crosses some small landslides, before dropping down to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak (4785m). Here there are 6 Yak herder huts set out on the expansive and grassy valley bottom. Chang Himal has now come into view ahead and the route beside the Kanchenjunga Glacier all the way to Pangoema is visible (4 to 5 hours).

Day 14Lhonak to Pangpema - Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5100m)

Today’s trail follows the edge of the glacier all the way and is mostly fairly gradual on grassy trails. There are some rockier sections and a couple of narrow landslides, which need to be crossed quickly. Chang Himal looms over our right shoulders all morning with its steep North Face – first climbed in October/November 2009 by Brits, Nick Bullock and Andy Houseman – and at the head of the valley is Kirat Chuli (7,386m), a peak attempted in 1985 by Simon Lowe. Pangpema is a flat, grassy base camp with a couple of porter huts. For better views of the vast bulk of Kanchenjunga’s North Face, we can walk up a little higher above base camp to a natural viewing platform.

Day 15Pangpema to Ramtang (4370m)

There’s no rush to descend back down the valley, so those who would like to take more photos in the morning light can do so. The sun casts shadows across the north faces at this time of day, so really it’s a better time for photography. When we are ready, we will stroll back to Lhonak and then continue down the valley to Ramtang, looking out for Blue Sheep on the steep mountain sides. We can camp here in a beautiful spot, which has the advantage of getting the evening sun until relatively late. Alternatively, we can continue on to Kambachen and have a shorter walk to Ghunsa tomorrow.

Day 16Return to Ghunsa (3595m)

The return trek to Ghunsa from Ramtang will takes 5 hours.

Day 17Ghunsa to Sele Le (4300m)

The trail out of the village passes the hydroelectricity plant and soon climbs up into the dense forest of moss, rhododendron and juniper. After 45 minutes it becomes extremely steep and for the next hour, it’s a tough ascent up rocky steps to emerge from the trees at a point on the ridge. The path now crosses onto the south side of this ridge and contours across the hillside to a possible lunch spot by a stream, just before a short pull to reach a saddle at 4210m. It’s another 20 minutes or so to arrive at Sele Le (4300m) , a small camping spot by a hut and bubbling stream surrounded by lichen-covered boulders (4 – 5 hours).

Day 18Cross Mirgin La (4480m) and descend to Tseram (3870m)

This is a long and demanding day, but also one of the most rewarding on the trek. There are superb views and the walking over three high passes is both varied and continually interesting. From camp, we slowly climb up to the first pass, the Sinion La at 4480m. The views from here of the south side of Jannu and the East Face of Makalu are incredible. Cho Oyu can also be seen in the distance. We then contour two corries, crossing the Mirgin La (4480m), then dropping down, before walking on rocky paths to gain the Sinelapche La (4,724m). If it is clear, the views from here into Sikkim and towards Ratong (6675m) are fabulous. The 850m descent to Tseram is a test of the knees, being very steep and to begin with, loose and shalely underfoot. The trail drops down to a small lake, then descends extremely steeply to Tseram (7 – 8 hours).

Day 19Tseram to Oktang (4730m)

As we’re now very well-acclimatized, the walk to Ramche and onwards to the viewpoint of Oktang should not feel too demanding. We are soon above the tree line and climbing up through alpine meadows, beside a stream. There might be a few icy sections underfoot and it’s common for the lake at Lapsang to be frozen. We follow the lateral moraine of the Yalung Glacier to eventually reach Ramche after 3 hours or so. It’s a lovely, grassy spot and there is a new porter lodge here. We’ll have lunch before ambling on in the afternoon up the open valley to climb right up onto the edge of the moraine to reach a Chorten at Oktang (4730m) a further 1.5 hours. The climbers’ base camp for the north side of Kanchenjunga is another day across the glacier, so Oktang (4730m) is the logical high point, which can be reached without ropes and mountaineering equipment. We descend back to Ramche in the late afternoon to enjoy the surrounding mountains turning from gold through to pink as the sun bathes Ratong and Kokthang with evening light.

Day 20Descend to Torontan (2995)

It takes a couple of hours to walk back down the valley to Tseram. From here, we continue on down the valley beside the Simbuwa Khola to Torontan. Much of the afternoon is spent in the cool of the forest, with sections of the path close to the riverbed. There are three Teahouses at Torontan perched above the river and some nice terraces for camping (6 hours).

Day 21Cross La Siya Bhanjyang (3500m) to Yamphudin

From Torontan, a bridge crosses the roaring Simbuwa Khola. At first we follow the left bank of the gorge, before the path begins to ascend above the valley through the trees. It’s fairly hard going all morning as we climb higher and higher through the forest. A huge landslide in this area means that the trail now ascends to almost the top of the ridge and the saddle called ‘Lasiya Bhanjyang’. The final section of trail is cut each year (following the monsoon) through the trees and in places literally requires you to pull on branches to ascend the steep mud. At the top of the pass there is one hut – Lassi Than, where we can stop for a well-deserved rest and lunch. Then, it’s a big descent down the other side of the mountain. Eventually we arrive at a river, hop across this, then contour for another hour to another impressive river and rickety bridge. A further hour sees us walking into Upper Yamphudin, a beautiful Sherpa village with Trekking lodges. Congratulations on completing one of the toughest days on the trip! (8 – 9 hours).

Day 22Rest day at Yamphudin (2080m)

In the morning we will drop down to the lower village and the river, as this is a good spot to wash, camp and for everyone to have a day off.

Day 23Yamphudin to Phumphe Danda (2000m)

The morning trail is easier and very comfortable for about 20 minutes then we enter a thin forest and take a descent inclined route for next hour then the a descent drop leads us to a stream, crossing stream we hike uphill through a bushy forest to reach Ekim. From Ekim our routes gets gentler and a bit comfortable though a slight inclined we hike at a comfortable pace crossing many small hills and seasonal rivers through thin and bushy forest to reach Mamangkhe. From Mamangkhe we hike downhill after a slight drop once again our trail steepens for about an hour then we reach in Phumphe Danda (2000m).

Day 24Phumphe Danda to Kande Bhanjang (2149m)

We take a brief steep trail to reach the top of ridge, then descend down at steady trail to reach a big extended village Phunglung full of terrace farming, the trail undulates for more than an hour to reach a long village Khesewa. Our trail ascends steeply thereafter passing through this long village through the terrace farming and through bamboo forest after a descent uphill journey then we reach in Kande Bhanjyang (2149m).

Day 25Kande Bhanjang trek to Lali Kharka (2276m)

Kande Bhanjyang is located at the top of hill with few settlements, after a smooth walk down the hill for about an hour brings us to a village school then the steep drop leads us to a River . After Crossing River the hard toil of the day starts our route gradually inclines more and more all the way from bottom of the river. We hike through Simbu village all the way uphill along with many small villages to reach in Lali Kharka (2276m).

Day 26Lali Kharka to Suketar, Taplejung (2420m)

Today’s trail is going to be rough as we follow the dusty road to Suketar. The zigzag trail is very rough and dusty however we take many shortcuts to avoid the dust through rhododendron forest. After a brief straight path the route takes a slight inclination and the slop increases gradually as we move ahead. After a descent uphill hike we reach Deurali with few shops and tea houses then we descend down to Suketar (2420m) just upper part of Taplejung Bazaar.

Day 27Fly back to Kathmandu. (or long journey by bus)

Enjoy your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited one last time on the 55 minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu from Suketar (Taplejung).

Day 28Spare/Leisure day (Farewell Dinner) in Kathmandu.

It is your spare day in Kathmandu,You may do local shopping in Kathmandu or Relax or Self visit. you can start today.
Evening Farewell Dinner.

Day 29Departure Day

Transfer to Kathmandu- Tribhuvan Int’l Airport for your final flight departure. The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you Airport for your Happy Journeyl.
Nepalese Hotels Check-Out time mostly before 12:00 noon.

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