Kanchenjunga (28198ft & treasures of the snow) is the third height mountain in the world and was first climbed by the British in 1956. Lying on the Nepal – Sikkim borders, the lush landscape of the Kanchenjunga area is an ideal environment for musk deer, blue sheep, and the infamous Yeti. Few westerners have traveled to this remote area.
Kanchenjunga, regarded as the ‘Queen of the great Himalayas’, encompasses the mountain ridges of South Peak (8491m), Central Peak (8478m), and Main Peak (8556m), Yalung Kang, Kambachen, and Jannu. It stretches southward from Jonsang La to Langpo Peak, Pyramid Peak, and Nepal Peak – all on India’s border. It continues further from Talung Peak and Kabru North and South Peaks to the Twin Peaks of Rathong and Kokthan. To the west of Jonsang La, on Tibet’s borders, are Jongsang Peak, Outlier, Lashar, Chabuk, and Ohnmi Kangri. Further south lies Nupchu and Sharpu. This, then, is the Kangchenjunga Region, which is also called as the “GREAT SNOW MOUNTAIN OF FIVE TREASURES”.
The trek to Kanchenjunga is a long course and offers one of the best high altitude trekking trips, leading the famous peaks of eastern Nepal as Kanchenjunga and mysterious Jannu via the enormous Yalung Glacier. It also allows a trip to Lamsang La and Kanchenjunga glacier. The view of Kanchenjunga range and Kanchenjunga (8556m) the third highest in the world, from the north base camp is simply breathtaking and unforgettable, as is the north face of Jannu, a worthy destination itself. The trail goes from the Sub Tropical lowlands up to the Yalung Glacier 5000 m, enable the trekkers to experience a diverse cross-section of topography, people, culture and fauna, and flora. It is a great mountain range that includes 4 peaks of above eight thousand meters and 18 over 7000m. Set in a remote wilderness, inhabited by a few nomadic yak herders, this region has much to offer the adventurous trekkers who are looking for something different.
We will fly from KTM to Suketar airfield in Taplejung district. From suketar, we will begin our trek, following a route along a ridge top towards the Tamar River where we will enjoy panoramic views of the Makalu(27825′) and Chamlung(24000′) peaks. We will continue through forests and rhododendron thickets and soon the Kanchenjunga range will arrear. Our route will continue up the Tamour river through the Limbu villages to the terraced mountainside village of Amjilassa and the legendary Sherpa village of Ghunsa(11400′). We will visit the monastery there and soon have our first glimpse of a sea of unclimbed peaks including the Jannu(25289′), known as a “mystery peak” or “Terror “. We will trek to the edge of the Kanchenjunga glacier and after crossing the lateral moraine; we will cut across at this junction and arrive at our campsite at Lhonak, an undisturbed landscape of unspeakable beauty.
After a couple of days of rest and exploration at Lhonak, including a day trip to pangpema (16900′) to see the north face of Kanchenjunga, we will head south to Yalung glacier. We will cross of two passes, the Lapsang La (16700′) or Margin La(15300′) depending on which is the safest at the time, into the Simbua Khola valley and camp at Ramche (14000′). We will rest and explore the Yalung Glacier and the southern face of Kanchenjunga, then begin our trek back to heli. If you making this trip in the fall, you will be treated to the site (and taste) of orange everywhere. On our last night of camping, we will celebrate with our sherpas and porters the completion of our trek together. Your dream of seeing one of the most remote lands in the world will be fulfilled.
Enjoy the holidays in the Khumbu.
Is it right for me?
Kanchenjunga trek is an appropriate goal for bushwalkers and hikers or day-walkers looking for an extra challenge. This is a chance to get amongst the Himalayas in the relative comfort of simple lodges.
The trekking days are not long, as your body needs time to acclimatize and after all, you are on holiday. You will need to be able to walk for 4-8 hours a day with a daypack.
We are generally early abed but you might want to hang around and chat with your fellow trekkers, staff or local people or play a game of cards. Rest days normally involve a part-day hike to a place of interest or viewpoint as well as some relaxation time.
Depending on your general level of fitness you may benefit from a training regime in the lead up to the trek.
This expedition introduces you to high altitude trekking. A spirit of adventure and a willingness to stretch your horizons are what you’ll need. Some experience of hiking will be an advantage.
Why go with Blue Dragon Adventure?
On this Kanchenjunga trek, your trek leader will be a qualified Nepalese trek guide. They are there to ensure your trek is a wonderful, fun and safe experience.
Your accomplished and friendly trek guide will help you to enjoy and appreciate the cultural, and natural attractions of the region. They will assist with daily arrangements as you eat in and stay in the tents. The package uses a steady acclimatization program and allows time for bad weather along the way, giving participants the maximum chance of success.
The trek will be well planned, well led, and well resourced with good quality food, transport, equipment, first aid and communications.
Accommodation and Food
In Kathmandu: We will be staying at the Shanker Hotel (4 stars). This charming historic palace has a huge peaceful garden with a pool and is just on the edge of the main tourist area, Thamel.
It is safe and clean and well staffed and is a safe place to leave your clean town clothes and other gear when you are in the hills. There are many restaurants in Kathmandu catering to western tastes as well as plenty of local Dahl Bhat (rice and lentils) shops at very reasonable prices.
On the Trek:
Generally, along with the regular trekking areas we have our own clean and spacious campsites. We always try to camp away from the crowded site to cosy solitude premises. Each and every client will have their own tent unless there are couples or they wish to share the tent. Tents are all equipped with mattresses and a ground sheet for preventing cold.
Our professional cooks prepare three-time meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). They are well trained & educated of hygienic variety and have broad knowledge to cook different dishes, like Mexican, Indian, Chinese and Italian and all are prepared to Western hygiene standards to keep you healthy. If someone prefers to have pure Nepalese food will be served during the treks. Nepalese food includes Daal (pulse) bhat (rice) Gudruk ko tarakari (dried vegetable curry) is the special one. Please remember that Mexican & Italian dishes prepared in a typical way.
When to go?
Autumn season (Sept-Nov)being the best season for trekking, offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views, and also the best season for peak climbing.
Summer months (June-September) of the year which coincides with monsoon begins in mid-June and drains in mid-September making travel wet and warm. The mountain views may not be at their best as rain clouds and haze overhang the mountains occasionally obscuring the enchanting views. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation.
Spring season (March-May) is the expedition season and the best time for climbing the high peaks. It is mildly warm at lower elevations but occasional haze mars the beautiful view of mountains. At higher elevations over 4,000 meters, the mountain views are excellent and the temperature is quite moderate even at night.
Winter season (December-February) is noted for cold weather with occasional snowfall at higher elevations. Again, excellent views are common. These months are popular and ideal for trekking for those who are well equipped or who remain at lower elevations below 3,000 meters. Most of the hotel owners will come to the lower altitude cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Although Travel in Nepal can be organized throughout the year, October through May is considered to be the best months for trekking.
Illness & Evacuation
Most of our adventures in the Himalaya take us to remote regions of high altitude. We always take our time to acclimatize properly and we allow for additional rest days. While most people may experience minor ill effects from high altitudes, there are some who have persistent symptoms, which require return to a lower altitude or emergency evacuation. Adjusting to a new diet can also take some time.
All clients are required to have travel insurance covering emergency rescue, usually by helicopter. We must stress that this kind of evacuation occurs in a life or death situation only. Rest and/or descent to a lower altitude are the best remedies for most illnesses experienced out on the trail. Circumstances differ, and the head guide with regard to treatment and itinerary will evaluate each situation. Considering the ill person condition, if helicopter evacuation required then just co ordinate with your guide, he can talk to us, we will arrange the fastest evacuation system immediately. We will work with you to accommodate your needs and requests to the best of our ability. There are small, limited health clinics in some areas, hours of operation dependent upon the season. Additional costs incurred in cases of illness are not the responsibility of mine or will be charged as an extra cost.