Kanchenjunga Treks


Accommodation  We will be staying at Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Guest/tea houses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis.
Meal                         : During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common
International cuisine Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea house.
Duration                 :  19 Days
Arrival                     :  In Kathmandu
Departure              :   From Kathmandu
Best Time to go    :   Sept to Dec & March to May
Max. Altitude        :   8,586 m
Group Size               3-15 people
Transportation    :   Domestic Flight/Tourist Bus

 

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Description

Kanchenjunga Treks is the second highest mountain of the Himalayas which is translated as the “Five treasure of the Snow” which height occurs 8586 m. Kanchenjunga Treks is the third highest mountain in the world and the second highest peak in Nepal. Kanchenjunga, also spelled Kanchenjunga. It is located in the extreme northeast corner of Nepal bordering Sikkim (an Indian State) to the east and China to the north. You trek to the base camps of the world’s third highest peak. It provides you spectacular views of Jannu from the Mirgin La. The tranquil villages on the borders of Sikkim and Tibet add other dimensions to this trek.

Kanchenjunga Treks is one of the pristine high mountain areas in Nepal and your trek takes you through magnificent and varied scenery to the Base Camps on both north and south sides of this vast mountain. Our Global Treks have 19 days for Kanchenjunga Region. You will find this trek as the most adventurous of all the routes offered. The trek begins at Tumlingtar or Taplejung accessible by air, or Ilam or Basantpur accessible by road. Soaring peaks, the Yalung Glacier and a wide variety of natural vegetation and agricultural areas can be seen in this region. After having a long trek you will end up the trek in Suketar and back to the Kathmandu by flight.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.(1300 m)
Day 02: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar by airplane and by plane to Taplejung and Suketar (2300 m).(BLD)
Day 03: Trek from Suketar (2300m.) to Kunjari (1928 m.)-6/7 hrs(BLD)
Day 04: Trek from Kunjari to Mamangkhe (1920 m)-6/7hrs(BLD)
Day 05: Trek from Mamangkhe to Yamphudin (2080 m.)-5/6hrs (BLD)
Day 06: Trek from Yamphudin to Omje khola (2460 m)-6/7hrs (BLD)
Day 07: Trek from Amjekhola to Torontan (2890 m.)-5/6hrs (BLD)
Day 08: Trek from Toronde to Tserma (3870 m.)-5/6hrs (BLD)
Day 09: Trek from Tserma to Ramche (4580 m.)-6/7hrs (BLD)
Day 10: Trek from Ramche to Yalung B.c.(5400 m) -6/7hrs (BLD)
Day 11: Trek from Yalung Bc.to Ramche (4580 m.)-6/7hrs (BLD)
Day 12: Trek from Ramche to Toronde (2890 m)-6/7hrs (BLD)
Day 13: Trek from Toronde to Amjekhola (2460 m.)-6/7hrs (BLD)
Day 14: Trek from Amjekhola to Yamphudin (2080 m.)-4/5 (BLD)
Day 15: Trek from Yamphudin to Mamangkhe-5/6 (BLD)
Day 16: Trek from Mamangkhe to Keswa (2120 m.)-7/8hrs (BLD)
Day 17: Trek from Keswa to Suketar (2300 m.)-6/7hrs (BLD)
Day 18: Fly from Biratnagar to Kathmandu via Suketaar.(BL)
Day 19:  Back to your final destination. (B)

Briefing Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.(1300 m)

Well Come to Nepal at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted  by a representative from Global Treks and expedition  who will reception and drop us off at our hotel.  When you are ready you will be collected from your hotel lobby and driven to our Thamel office Global Treks and Expedition where you will be formally introduced to your Trekking Guide. We will go through your entire trek itinerary and arrangements with you ensure every detail is in place. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details so that we can organize any permits required for your trek and the region you will be exploring.

Day 02-: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar by airplane and by plane to Taplejung and suketar (2300m).(BLD)

This morning you fly to Biratnagar in the eastern Terai. It is Nepal’s second largest city and an energetic, bustling place. You take the short 30 to 40 minute flight to Sukhetar / Taplejung, where the trek crew will be waiting for your arrival. After landing, you take a little time for refreshments and for the porters to prepare their loads before beginning your walk along the ridge line above Taplejung village.

Day 03: Trek from Suketar (2300m.) to Kunjari (1928m.)-6/7 hrs(BLD)

Climb gradually along a rhododendron-covered ridge. The trail crosses the ridge and contours past the Deorali Khola and four more streams to a pass at 2570m. Descend through the forests to Lali Kharka, houses at 2220m., then through fields to the substantial Limbu village of Thembewa at 1880m. Now climb steeply to Kunjari, a Limbu village at 1700m.

 Day 04: Trek from Kunjari to Mamangkhe (1920m)-6/7hrs(BLD)

From here the trail makes a long looping traverse to Bhanjyang, a Gurung settlement with several bhattis, on a pass at 2120m. From Bhyanjyang there are views of Kanchenjunga and Kyabru. Now you head north just below the top of a ridge descending to the scattered village of Keswa at 1960m. You pass below waterfalls crossing severeal streams and landslide to Phun Phun. You descend through a series of side valleys to shops on a ridge at 1850m, then descend steeply through rice terraces into a side canyon, cross a stream on a long suspension bridge at 1540 m, then climb to Mamankhe, a prosperous Limbu village with bhattis, shops and a large school at 1810m.

Day  05: Trek from Mamangkhe to Yamphudin (2080m.)-5/6hrs (BLD)

Beginning with an easy climb, the walk to Yamphudin is along a trail, which contours the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. You cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides and the trail eventually becomes level with the river a couple of hours before Yamphudin. Along the way, you can stop to bathe in one of the many clear pools in this beautiful river. It is a truly idyllic spot and after lunch by the river, you complete the day’s walk to Yamphudin. Yamphudin is the most remote settlement in this area and the last habitation you will see until you reach Gunsa. It is a charming place tucked away beneath the ridge of the Deorali Danda, which you must cross next.

Day  06: Trek from Yamphudin to Omje khola (2460m)-6/7hrs (BLD)

Cross the Omje Khola on a couple of bamboo poles and follow the Kabeli Khola upstream for a short distance, ignoring the suspension bridge. After you pass behind a ridge out of sight of Yamphudin, cross a small stream and take a trail that heads straight uphill. Zigzag up through fields of corn and barley to Darachuk, and keep climbing past meadows to Dubi Bhanjyang, a pass at 2540m. Descend through ferns and big trees to the Omje Khola at 2340m. and follow the stream uphill for a short distance. Cross the stream on a log bridge, and go a bit further upstream to a camp site.

Day 07: Trek from Amjekhola to Torontan (2890m.)-5/6hrs (BLD)

From the stream, the trail makes a steep climb through bamboo to a kharka at Chitre (2920m.) and continues up to a notch. After a short descent, the ascent to a clearing is less strenuous and then the trail passes through a forest of pines and rhododendrons to a pond at Lamite Bhanjyang, 3410m elevation. From this ridge, you can see a trail across a huge landslide scar; a better route is to stay on the ridge and follow it east along its top until you are well beyond the landslide, then follow a steep set of switchbacks leading downhill. Once the initial steep descent is finished, the trail becomes gentler. It passes through damp, orchid-filled forests, crossing streams and isolated clearings used by herders and woodcutters.

Day 08: Trek from Toronde to Tserma (3870m.)-5/6hrs (BLD)

This morning, you follow the right bank of the river, passing through pine and rhododendron forests. The valley climbs steeply and, as the day progresses, the trees become sparser and more stunted, giving you glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead and of the massive snout of the Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram, the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong start to peep over the moraine. You camp at Tseram where the night-time temperature plummets, reminding you that you are really gaining height.

Day 09: Trek from Tserma to Ramche (4580m.)-6/7hrs (BLD)

You proceed for a relatively short day’s walk today to your next camp at Ramche. The scenery is magnificent as you ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and into a series of ablation valleys. A frozen lake, crystal clear streams and views of Kokthan, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of this walk into Ramche which is situated on a broad, flat ablation zone.

Day 10: Trek from Ramche to Yalung B.c.(5400m) -6/7hrs (BLD)

While trekking this day, you cross long distance moraines and follow Yalung Glacier to climb onto the moraine. You can see chorten at 4800m and there is a fine view of the south face of Kanchenjunga. A short distance beyond the chorten is view of Mount Jannu. You must climb down the rough moraine onto the Yalung Glacier. Following Yalung Glacier, you get to the Yalung Base Camp.

Day 11: Trek from Yalung Bc.to Ramche (4580m.)-6/7hrs (BLD)

You retrace back to Ramche following Yalung Glacer. On the way, you see juniper jungle, yak herds and landslides. While trekking, you can enjoy the views of different mountains. Some part of the path is covered by mani walls and prayer flags. Herds of the blue sheep live on the cliff above. Ramche is occupied with few teashops and houses made of stones.

Day 12: Trek from Ramche to Toronde (2890m)-6/7hrs (BLD)

On the way, you see juniper jungle, yak herds and landslides. While trekking, you can enjoy the views of different mountains. Some part of the path is covered by mani walls and prayer flags. Herds of the blue sheep live on the cliff above. While trekking, you pass the junction with the trail to Mirgin La is nearby. Some path of the trails is loosy, rocky and slippery. The trail goes alongside the moraine of Yalung Glacier. Somewhere during the trek, you cross the rhododendron forests and landslides. On the way is a Buddhist shrine decorated with rock cairns and prayer flags.

Day 13: Trek from Toronde to Amjekhola (2460m.)-6/7hrs (BLD)

You trek begins with the cross of suspension bridge. Normally, you trek through flat path following thick jungle. At a certain point of jungle, your trail begins to gently ascend. You can see landslides on your way. After a short distance, the trail starts to descend to Amjikhola.

Day 14: Trek from Amjekhola to Yamphudin (2080m.)-4/5 (BLD)

Your trek is in descent way through jungle. You cross suspension bridge to reach Yamphudin. Yamphudin is relatively a big town inhabited by mixed community of Buddhist and Hindus. Here you can see the long terraced fields as people are involved in agricultural activities. There are few lodges and teashops with other local shops.

Day 15:  Trek from Yamphudin to Mamangkhe-5/6 (BLD)

You descend to west side of the Kabeli Khola through the less dense forest. There is a lot of flood damage here, so it becomes a rock hopping exercise, over boulders, tree roots and intersecting stream channels, as you head upstream. Now you ascend gradually to the Tenguwa Khola. You need to cross the stream by jumping from stone to stone. Switchback steeply up to another ridge marked by a chorten and prayer flags, and then ascends across rubble and rock slides and cross another stream. Parts of the trail are on cliffs high above the riverto get to Kabeli Khola at 1640m. Mamankhe is a prosperous Limbu village with bhattis, shops and a large school at 1810m.

Day 16:  Trek from Mamangkhe to Keswa (2120m.)-7/8hrs (BLD)

The first part of your trek is ascent through the rice terraced into a side cannon, cross a stream on a long suspension bridge at 1540m. Then go up a bit to Phonpe village at 1780m. You head generally downwards through forest past a large waterfall. Normally you cross several waterfalls, streams and a landslide to reach Phun Phun. Not only this, you cross a saddle where a stately pipal tree offers a rest in the shade. Finally you get to Keswa which is village inhabited by Limbu and Gurung, the ethnic groups of Nepal.

Day 17: Trek from Keswa to Suketar (2300m.)-6/7hrs (BLD)

The trail is mixed with ascents and descents. You cross streams at several places. You have to cross Pokara village to a suspension bridge across the Phawa Khola at 1430m.. There is a good swimming hole here. You descend steeply at Kunjari, a Limbu village at 1700m. Climb down through wheat fields to a saddle. From here, the trail makes a long, looping traverse to Bhanjyang, a Gurung settlement with several bhattis, on a pass at 2120m. From Bhanjyang, there are views of Kanchenjunga and Kyabru. Now the trail enters the Kabeli Khola valley. For some part, you gradually climb down along the rhoderdrons covered ridge.and cross the Deurali Khola with four more streams to a pass at 2570m. Ascend through forest to Lali Kharka. Suketar is a village above the Taplejung.at 2300m.

Day 18: Fly from Biratnagar to Kathmandu via Suketaar.

Today finally you will be back to the Kathmandu through the routes of Suketaar. After reaching to the Kathmandu in Thamel you will can enjoy your shopping and fooding .

Day 19: Back to your final destination.

Our Airport Representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal. You will have a good and safe journey.

 

Included Cost

  • Airport / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • 2 N Kathmandu Hotel accommodation sharing bases with B/B( Bed & Breakfast)
  • 2 N Hotel accommodation in Suketar with B/B( Bed & Breakfast)
  • All your standard mentions Meals during the trek (B-Breakfasts, L-Lunches, D- Dinners).
  • Lodges/Guesthouses accommodation during the 7 Days trek
  • Local GLOBAL TREKS English speaking guide
  • National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Private transportation entire this trek. ( Kathmandu-Suketar-Kathmandu)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance and medicine for all staff.
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges
  • Official expenses.

 

Excluded Cost

  • Lunch /Dinner whilst in Pokhara & Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

 

Equipment Description

Equipment

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items as your individual interest, and choice. In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, camera, sun cream, water bottle, rain gear, and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the mountain range.

(Note : We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek)

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

Shade hat or baseball cap – of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses. This is to protect your eyes from the rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness.
A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it .
Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc.
Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety
Some people like ear-muffs; these are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people .

Hand

1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone a days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

T-shirts (2/3
Light and expedition w)eight thermal tops.
Fleece jacket or pullover.
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
Underwear, stay away from cotton .(4/5)
1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
2 pairs trekking pants, the knees so they double as shorts.
1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
2 pairs lightweight long underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

4/5 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
3/4 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the treks.
1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note WT guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
Buprofen for general aches and pains.
Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Most Necessary Documents/Materials

Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
2 bandanas.

Optional

1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight) (Optional).
Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Above This list is only a guide lines. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Please Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

 

 

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