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Kanchenjunga Trek South to North

Kanchenjunga Trek South to North

Duration (in Days)

24

Altitude

5,230 m

Difficulty

Hard

Accommodation

Camping, Lodges

198000/- per person

Details

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 travelled 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 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 to 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 the 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, enabling 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 the 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 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 make 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.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive, trip briefing, Kathmandu (1,300m) (Hotel BB)

Day 2
Kathmandu day tour Kathmandu (1,300m) (Hotel BB)

Day 3
Fly to Suketar airport, Taplejung (Eastern Nepal) (2,250m)

Day 4
Drive to Thiwa & trek to Tapethok (1,350m)

Day 5
Trek to Amjilesa village (2,500m)

Day 6
Trek to Gyabla village (2,750m)

Day 7
Trek to Ghunsa village via Phale Tibetan refugee settlement (3,450m)

Day 8
Rest & explore day at Ghunsa

Day 9
Trek to Kambachen (4,100m)

Day 10
Rest & explore day (jannu glacier) around Kambachen (3,960m)

Day 11
Trek to Lhonak (4,790m)

Day 12
Day hike to Kanchenjunga base camp (5150m) and return back to Lhonak

Day 13
Trek to Ghunsa village (3,450m)

Day 14
Trek to Selele camp (4,480m)

Day 15
Trek to Ramche (4,580m)

Day 16
Trek to Oktang (4,750m) (view to Yalung) & return to Cheram (3,870m)

Day 17
Trek to Tortong (2,950m)

Day 18
Trek to Yamphudin sherpa village (2,080m)

Day 19
Trek to Phungphung dara (1,800m)

Day 20
Trek to Simbu (1,850m)

Day 21
Trek to Suketar (2,250m)

Day 22
Fly to Kathmandu

Day 23
Leisure & back up day in case of bad weather

Day 24
International departure

Include
  • Conservation/national park fees and all govt. taxes
  • All required trekking permits
  • 4 (four) nights 4 STAR in Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • Round trip domestic airfares to (KTM- Lukla –KTM) and domestic airport tax
  • Cargo of camping loads both ways
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private vehicles
  • An Experience Trek Guide
  • Cook Kitchen boys & Helper as necessary
  • Support Sherpa staffs on 1:3 ratios
  • A required number of porters
  • All meals quality and hygienic (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • All hot drinks and beverages (boiled water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice)
  • Single sleeping tent with form mattress to each client
  • All Kitchen & Camping equipment
  • Group first aid kits
  • Medical Oxygen with a mask set
  • Insurance of all local team members
  • Equipment for porters
  • Half-day world heritage sites tour with guide & private transport Group celebration meal after trek (cost didn’t add)
  • Our guide will carry a comprehensive medical kit including high altitude sickness tablets
Exclude
  • Medical/personal high-risk insurance,
  • International departure tax
  • Personal trek gears
  • Major meals in Kathmandu
  • Cost of personal expenses
  • Tips for the Guide, porters & local staffs
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