Kanchenjunga "Treasures of Snow" (28,198ft) is the third highest mountain in the world. This high endurance trek starts with a pleasant drive to Basantpur all the way to mountain masses. It is one of the most remote but most beautiful and least trekked areas in the Nepal Himalayan.
The trek first follows up Tamur valley along one of the oldest trade routes in the Himalayan through Sherpa villages, lush rhododendron forests you climb on into high alpine terrain beyond the village of Gunsa. A camp established high above this village that provides outstanding views of Kachanjunga's South face.
The trail goes further the edge of the Kanchenjunga Glacier crossing the lateral moraine you will come to the Lhonak Glacier (15,680ft). After a couple of days rest and exploration at Lhonak, including a day trip to Pangpema (16,900ft) to admire the north face of Kangchenjunga, you will continue trek back passing the Lapsang La (16,760ft) and Sinion/Mirgin La (15,300ft) all the way Suketar to catch a flight to Biratnagar and a connecting flight from there to Kathmandu.
This really is still exploratory trekking and you must be prepared to take the trail as it comes. But to look up at Kanchanjunga's towering south and north face is easily reward enough for your efforts.
Introduction and trip briefing: On our all tours, trek, expeditions and other adventures, we give a short brief about the trip in Kathmandu on the same day of your arrival and introduce your trek guide and team members. At the mean time, we provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions if any about the trip.
Trek staffs : Believing that every successful trips have been possible because of the team work, Holiday Mountain Treks employs experienced and trained Nepalese trek guide and other staffs.
Guide: The guide is English speaking, well experienced and knowledgeable holding license from government institutions. He is well trained about the high altitude problem, eco tourism, social responsibilities and sincerely dedicated on his duty.
Actually our guide play an invaluable role in ensuring that our clients have the best opportunity to experience, learn about, and enjoy their trip presenting him whenever you need any help. Porters: Normally we use only regular porters working for the company. Our porters are fully equipped and insured having knowledge of walking on snow and high altitude passes. They are very honest, reliable, strong and of curse get good pay.
They can speak engligh and will be referred to take the guide training after they are well experience and confident.
Cook: Cooks have got cook training from government and private training institutions and moreover they are well experience to prepare the most delicious and different cuisines with some local way too. They will prepare best of all combination meals like Nepali, Indian, Tibetan, continental and other cuisines as per your test requirements.
Transportation: Deluxe private vehicle are provided while on tour and airport transfers and local bus from kathmandu to Basantpur and flight from Tumlingtar to kathmandu.
Accommodation: You will be staying at comfortable 2-3 star standard category hotel/resort having all modern amenities with breakfast in Kathmandu and good quality two men dom tents during the trek.
A successful trek requirement: As other trek, Kanchenjunga trek also requires previous experience of trekking, sound health & fitness. This trek involves 5-8 hours of high mountain walking crossing Lapsang La (5,108m/16,760ft) and Sinion/Mirgin La (4,663m/15,300ft). You should be prepared about 10 Kms of walking or jugging exercise everyday 3 months before involving the trek as you are walking on high altitude for long and short days. Likewise you must need a positive attitude and a strong determination; lots of willpower and of course reasonable fitness, good health and physical condition are the basic measure of your success. We suggest you to consult your doctor for medical requirements as medical and evacuation expenses are your responsibility. To ensure for a safety and successful trek; we will provide one trek leader, one assistance leader on every group trek so that if in case one get sick, it would not be canceled the trek and run as plan as in itinerary.
A day on the trek : Day starts with warm greeting and bed tea. Then you will be offered a basin of hot water to wash and take breakfast then you are off to trek for more then 3 hours through the forests, hills, mountain and local villages. You will stop at pleasant surroundings for hot lunch for an hour. You will then walk 3 or more hours depends on the places and facilities for camping places, stop for the night camp, you will then offer tea or coffee some light snacks then explore the area or relax until dinner is served at the warm dining hall. Most of the evening you will be encouraged to sing and dance in a traditional way. Sometime you will spend time playing cards, reading books and learning Nepali.
Finally, go to bed served with hot water rubber bag to keep you extra warm in the cold temperature.
Important note: Our first concern is your safety while traveling with Holiday Mountain Treks. Please be informed that your trek guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Our every effort will be made for a safely completion of the planned itinerary, however as this is adventure travel into the remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Other factor like weather conditions, the health of member can be the reason to changes the itinerary. In such a case, please be prepared to be flexible. Your leader will accompany you on all scheduled activities and you will have free time to pursue your own interests too. Your trek guide will assist you with information about your options but please be informed that any additional activities you undertake are not part of our itinerary.
Kanchenjunga as being a high altitude trek, the itinerary is planned with a high level of minimization of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to be not completed the trek. Walking up to Pangpema 5,151m/16,900ft, the north base camp of Kanchenjungha, crossing the Lapsang La 5,108m/16,760ft and Sinion/Mirgin La 4,663m/15,300ft are the challenging section of the trek so it requires days of acclimatization, hence your trek itinerary is gradually ascending getting up these heights where you expect less oxygen. It is essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization as your body need to adapt it. A sensible well planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. We request you to consult doctor of the heart, lungs or blood diseases. Some of the symptoms of AMS are fever, mild headaches, loss of appetite or stomach disorder. Travel insurance
We suggest and t is a condition of travelling with us that you must be fully insured, including air rescue services and all medical expenses. You decide and choose what amount and types of is insurance is suitable for your trip nature as some does buy cancellation and only for certain period of time.
Washing and toilet facilities – We provide hot or washing bowl of hot water to freshen up and to bath. We bring toilet tent and set at walking distance from your sleeping tent. No worries! We will cover it with necessary natural preservation after use of such facility.
Foods and dinks
Fresh and hygienic foods at its high level of balance diet on full board basis will be throughout the trek. An experienced and trained cook will prepare some of the best cousins like Nepali, Tibetan, Italian, Continental, and Indian.
For drinks you will get boiled water, Tea, coffe, choklate, soups, squash and juice in diffent flavor etc.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet our represantivie, welcome then transfder to hotel. Rest of the day is free and evening welcome dinner hosted by the company.
Day 02: Half day guided sightseeing tour. Afternoon, meet the guide and trip briefing and final preparation of the trek.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Bassantpur 1900m and trek preparation.
Day 04: Trek to Chauki 2700m 7hrs a gentle trek through Rhododendron forest.
Day 05: Trek to Gupha Pokhari 2925m 7hrs the trail goes through views of kanchenjunga and other mountains.
Day 06: Trek to Gurja 1100m 6hrs the trail descends a long way through the forest.
Day 07: Trek to Mitlung 1040m 6hrs trail descends continue until Dovan the climb up hill to Mitlung after crossing the bridge.
Day 08: Trek to Chiruwa 1227m 6 hrs the trail ascends until the Chiruwa village after crossing the river.
Day 09: Trek to Sakathum 1670m 6hrs the trail follows up the Gunsa Khola valley along the riverside and reach Sakathum.
Day 10: Trek to Amjilasa 2500m 7hrs walk through a beautiful landscape and mountain views.
Day 11: Trek to Kyapra 2710m. A great walk through forests of rhododendron, oak, bamboo, viewing waterfalls, pastures and mountains.
Day 12: Trek to Gunsa3590m 6hrs the trails descends steeply to the side of a river until yak pastures then uphill climb to Gunsa.
Day 13: Res day for acclimatisation and excursion to the Yamatari glacier lake.
Day 14: Trek to Kambachen 4040m 6hrs the trails goes through some of highlander Tibetan settlement of the region and mountain views.
Day 15: Trek to Lhonak 4780m 6hrs the trail goes through rock and great moraines.
Day 16: Trek to Pang Pema 5140m 4hrs one of the remarkable walking day to base camp viewing the Kanchenjunga.
Day 18: Hike up around the ridge for the most spectacular panoramic mountain views.
Day 19: Trek back to Kambachen 7hrs via same trail enjoying opposite side scenery along the way.
Day 20: Trek to Gunsa descending 7hrs via same trail enjoying opposite side scenery along the way
Day 20: Trek to Sinini Bensi 4200m 6hrs just before the pass.
Day 21: Trek to Tseiram 3800m 6hrs passing a difficult section with Sinini la and margin la 4860m two passes.
Day 22: Trek to Ramche 4420m 6hrs with view of south kanchenjunga along with Yalung glacier.
Day 23: A rest day to explore higher Yalung Glacier and base bamp
Day 24 : Trek to Anda Phedi 3440m 7hrs with views of beautiful mountain surroundings.
Day 25: Trek to Omje Khola 2670m 6hrs a dradual descend bring to Omje Khola.
Day 26: Trek to Emphudin 1700m 6hrs a continuous down hill walk along with small stream and forest.
Day 27: Trek to Funfe Danda 1860m. 7hrs passing a gentle up and down hills.
Day 28: Trek to Kare Bhnjyang 1924 6hrs through the villages a gentle climbs.
Day 29: Trek to Taplejung 1830 7hrs last day walk of the trek bring to Taplejung. Enjoy a successful trek celebration with all crews.
Day 30: Fly back to Kathmandu via Biratnager and arrive kathmandu then transfer to hotel.
Day 31: A free day for own activities. Evening, enjoy a fare dinner with live cultural program hoisted by the company. Over night stay at Hotel.
Day 32: Departure
If you have time and are interested for other adventure like white water rating, wild life safari or any other activities can extend your holiday or transfer to airport and fly back to sweet home.
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The trek that Abir set up for us was absolutely amazing. Everything went extremely smooth and just as planned. His guiding / travel advice was great! Many thanks to our guide and porter for all of their excellent service.
Davis M. Johostone
Trip Duration: 27 days
Trek operation style: Tented camp package
Group Size: Min 2 person and max 14 person
Meals: Beakfast in ktm and all meals during trekking
Transportation: Private coach and flight as per the itinerary
Accomodation: 3 nights at 2-3 star hotel in ktm and 24 nights in Tent