KANCHANJUNGA TREKKING (26 NIGHTS 27 DAYS)
This trekking course goes mainly to the two base camps north Base Camp Pangpema (5350 m) and Oktang (5040 m) that is south base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga. The starting points are either fly from Biratnagar – Suketar and walk to Gunsa and B.C. or drive from Kathmandu to Basantapur and start walking through Milke Danda. In the beginning of trekking the trail goes through the villages of the Rai and Limbu, Gurung and Sherpa people. There are two options for the next stage of this trek, which takes you across the southern flanks of Boktoh Peak to the Ghunsa Khola and, the north side of the massif. A higher route, via the Sinelapche La and the Mirgin La, follows a better trial and affords outstanding views of both the south face of Mt. Kanchenjunga on the way up and the southwest face of Jannu on the way down. The climax of this trek, in both altitude and scenic splendor, is undoubtedly few more days hiking up to glacier and Pangpema from Ghunsa.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL KATHMANDU,
Arrival & transfer to Hotel
DAY 2: SIGHT-SEEING OF KATHMANDU:
Leave for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Back to hotel and stay.
DAY 3: KATHMANDU – HILLE -
We fly to Biratnagar, an industrial city in the lowlands of Eastern Nepal. From here we drive to Hille, a Tibetan settlement where we pitch our first camp.
DAY 4: HILLE – SHIDUA –
We take the trail to Buranse Danda, towards the Tamur River along a ridge. At the top of this ridge we arrive at Shidua, where we camp for the night.
DAY 5: SHIDUA – DOOR PANI –
We trek through a forest rich in wildlife to chitre. The views of Makalu 8476m and Chamlang are today's highlights. We continue through rhododendron forests to the hamlet of Door Pani 2780m for overnight camp.
DAY 6: DOOR PANI – GUPA POKHARI –
After gentle climb through more rhododendron forests to a mountain ridge, we drop down to the village of Tongise Phedi and continue through grassy fields with Mt. Makalu in a constant view. Soon the Kanchenjunga range appears and we come to Mongol Bharai pass, lined with mani stones. We descend to a lake,Gupta Pokhari, for our camp.
DAY 7: GUPA POKHARI – NESUM –
Today we cross a pass at 3025m, descend through a dense forest towards Gurja Gaon and Nesum (1615m) with Mt. Jannu and Mt. Kanchenjunga behind us. Overnight camp in Nesum.
DAY 8: NESUM – TAPLEJUNG –
Today we visit the central hub of this region, Taplejung. We descend to Doban through paddy fields and start the trek up to the Tamur River to Taplejung.
DAY 9: TAPLEJUNG – CHIRWA –
Continuing up the Timur River in a valley populated by the Limbus peoples, the descendants of the Kirati warriors who ruled Nepal at the dawn of Nepalese history, we camp near Chirwa, a pleasant bazaar with a few tea houses and shops.
DAY 10: CHIRWA – SAKATHUM –
We continue up th Tamur past Tapethok and cross the simbuwa khola, a river formed by the Yalung Glacier. We climb over another ridge to join the Ghunsa Khola valley and camp by the banks of the river at Sakathum.
DAY 11: SAKATHUM- AMJILASSA –
We follow a steep and narrow trail up river. From the high spots there are wonderful views of the Ghunsa Khola below. The path decends steeply and we arrive at the mountainside village of Amjilassa for our overnight stay.
DAY 12: AMJILASSA – KYAPAR –
We shall be doing some climbing dduring the next 5 Day! We climb steeply to Kyapart,, perched in the middle of terraced hills anout 350m up from the Ghunsa Khola.
DAY 13: KYAPAR – GHUNSA –
We descend form Kyapar and make an easy climb up the right bank of the Ghunsa Khola. Aftr the village of Phere, we enter rhododendron forests and climb a gentle hill before descending back down to the Ghunsa Khola and crossing a bridge to the village of Ghunsa overnight camp there.
DAY 14: GHUNSA – KHAMBACHAN –
We glimpse the Jannu Glacier, later on we get a view of Jannu (7710m) we descend the mountainside to our camp at Khambachand and overnight staying there.
DAY 15: ACCLAMITAZATION DAY IN KHAMBACHAN –
Acclimatization at Khambachan: This is a rest day to acclimatize to the higher altitude. So deserve a rest today to collect our thoughts on how wild and wonderful everything has been so far.
DAY 16: KHAMBACHAN – LHONAK –
Well rested, we shall now start a stint of real climbing. We trek to the edge of Kanchenjunga Glacier and cross over to the Lhonak Glacier. We arrive at our campsite at Lhonak, from where we can see the trekking peak Mera (6476m)
DAY 17: DAY TRIP TO PANGPEMA –
We shall have excellent views of the towering peak of Kanchenjunga today.
DAY 18: KHAMBACHEN - THE PASSES –
We select to cross either of the 2 passes today depending on the weather conditions: Lapsang la, the higher pass at 5180m or the Mirgin La at 4500m.
DAY 19: HIGH CAMP –
We shall again rest today to recover from the efforts of the previous Day.
DAY 20: HIGH CAMP – RAMCHE –
We descend to the Simbuwa Khola valley and camp at Ramche.
DAY 21: RAMCHE – TSERAM –
We take a day trip to the Yalung glacier for a magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga south face from a chorten at about 4500m. We descent later to Tseram for our overnight camp.
DAY 22: TSERAM – TORONTAM –
We are starting to descend from today. We steadly descend through forests of rhododendron to Torontam at 3000m.
DAY 23: TORANTAM – YAMPHUDIN –
We descend today to Yamphudin (1650m) a mixed community of Sherpas, Limbus, Rais and Gurungs and are the first real vilalgel since Ghunsa.
DAY 24: YAMPHUDIN – PONPHE –
We descend from Yamphuudin to the Kabel Khola and climb to Ponphe 1680m.
DAY 25: PONPHE – PHA KHOLA –
From Ponphe we climb to a ridge then descend fthough as series of side valleys past Phun village to Kesawa. The trail continues to ascend to a Gurung settlement at Bhanjyang (pass) from here the trail traverses a ridge and descends to th Limbu village of Khunjari. We camp below on the banks of Pha Khola.
DAY 26: PHA KHOLA – TAPLEJUNG –
We descend today to the airport of Taplejung for our overnight stay.
DAY 27: TAPLEJUNG – KATHMANDU –
We fly in the morning back to Kathmandu via Biratnagar after an amazing trek. Transfer to hotel.