Mt.Kanchenjunga (8,586m) is the third highest peak in the World. This is the one of the unexplored and virgin trekking route locating at the eastern part of Nepal. Trekking in Kanchenjunga is really pleasing trail that offers us wonderful snow-capped mountains, Landscape and exotic scenic view of the Himalayas.
Mt. Kanchenjunga is considered to be one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world. The name Kanchenjunga means ‘Five Treasures of the Great Snow’ which is in reference to the five summits that make up Kanchenjunga. The five individual peak of the Kanchenjunga range is considered as gold, silver, precious stone, grain and Holy Scriptures We can see massive wildlife during the trekking such as snow Leopard, Musk deer, Red Panda many more. The lush landscape, tropical jungles of rhododendron, oak and chestnuts to the high altitude alpine forests, you will pass through variety of vegetation on your way. With the vegetation, you will explore the variety of floras and faunas found in the eastern region of Nepal. Due to the high summer rainfall, the area preserves lots of unique birds and animals. If you are amongst the lucky one, then you will be able to encounter snow leopard, red panda or other species such as the Himalayan black bear or the Assamese macaque which are found here. Owning to its richness in biodiversity, it was declared as a conservation area.
So, if you think you have high endurance capacity and are fit for Kanchenjunga trek then get ready to walk in pristine environment to explore every original beauty of nature in its own undisturbed habitat. The lush valleys, landscapes, mountains, glaciers, passes and vibrant villages will leave you in awe.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)
Today starting day of our trip, we send our organization agents to pick you up at Tribhuwan International Airport. You will be heartily welcomed with greetings and shifted towards tourist standard hotel. We additionally plan for meeting at our office for a discussion about upcoming trek.
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation We tour world heritage sites which hold vast cultural, religious and historical for Nepalese people. The amazing sites include Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'monkey Temple'(Swayambhunath) and Bouddhanath. At the end of the day, your guide will be briefing you about your further journey and necessary equipment to pack.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (2,420m/7938ft), Drive to Taplejung; 45 min flight & 9 hours drive
From Kathmandu, we get an early morning flight to Bhadrapur which is located in the Mechi Zone of South Eastern Nepal drive to Taplejung.
Day 04: Taplejung to Lalikharka (2265m/7,431ft):4-5 hours trek
We will head to Lalikharka by 5 hours of trekking. Lalikharka is a beautiful village in Panchthar District in the Mechi Zone of eastern Nepal. It is a simultaneous ascent and descent on a trail that mostly passes through lush green forests all the way to Lalikharkha.
Day 05: Lalikharka to Khesewa (2120m) 5-6 hrs trek
We begin our trek to Khesewa after breakfast. It is mostly an easy descent until Phundrawa. From here we begin our ascent. It is a steep climb until Yangpang from where we climb steadily up until Phumphe Danda followed by another ascent to Khesewa. Our trek will be through forests and small villages. Overnight in Khesewa.
Day 06: Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m) 5-6 hrs trek
After breakfast, we begin our trek towards the Kabeli Khola. Next, we walk on a trail that passes through forests before crossing a small stream. On the way, we enjoy amazing views of the Himalayan peaks while also passing through several beautiful small villages. Overnight in Mamankhe
Day 07: Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m) 4-5 hrs trek
Today’s trek will be mostly uphill on an easy trail whereby we mostly walk alongside the Kabeli Khola. During the walk, we also admire the beautiful ridge behind the stream. We continue our walk and admire a beautiful waterfall nearby. After walking for some time, we cross a small suspension bridge. We pass through small settlements before reaching Yamphudin to spend the night.
Day 08: Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m) 7-8 hrs trek
We begin our walk on a path commonly used by the villagers and pass through terraced farms and green meadows. Along the way, we have the constant company of the Himalayas to enjoy. Our walk will be on a trail along the Amji Khola. We also cross a pass at Lassiya Bhanjyang before reaching Tortong. Overnight in Tortong
Day 09: Tortong to Cheram (3,870m) 2-3 hrs trek
We begin our steady climb to Cheram after breakfast. Our trail is right at the side of the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy walking in the beautiful Lalung valley and have Tuplung peak for the company for the most of today’s journey. We pass through thick rhododendron forest and enjoy the magnificence of the Yalung Glacier. Overnight in Cheram
Day 10: Acclimatization and rest in Cheram
We spend a day in Cheram which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude. We can spend the rest of the day resting and taking part in small hikes. We can explore the areas around the Yalung Glacier. There is also a viewpoint for Kabaru and Rathong peaks. Overnight in Cheram
Day 11: Cheram to Ramchaur (4,580m) 3-4 hrs trek
We begin our short trek after breakfast. From Cheram, we ascend for sometime before reaching the snout of the Yalung Glacier. It is a beautiful walk on a valley trail. We also cherish the views of several Himalayan peaks. We pass through a small settlement of Lapsang before reaching Ramche. Overnight in Ramche
Day 12: Ramchaur to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), back to Cheram 3-4 hrs trek
From Ramche, we walk further up the valley. We then follow a stream before climbing on the moraine top until confronted by Kanchenjunga’s southern face. We walk further ahead for a glimpse of the Jannu Himal. We continue our trek further towards the Oktang Monastery. From here, we climb further up and reach the Yalung Base Camp. The views from the base camp are extraordinary. Kumbakarna (Jannu), Nyukla Lachung and other Himalayan peaks are close by. We descend and spend the night at Cheram.
Day 13: Cheram to Sele La (4290m) 6-7 hrs trek
We begin our trek after breakfast. We cross four passes today beginning with Sinelapche Bhanjyang. After crossing the pass, we continue to Mirgin La pass. We continue trekking and reach the Sinion La pass which is not very far. From here, we ascend to Sele La pass. There are prayer flags strung across one of the steeper sections of the trail which is very near to the Sele La pass. We cross the pass. Overnight in Sele La
Day 14: Sele La to Ghunsa (3,595) 2-3 hrs trek
We begin our trek after breakfast. We walk towards the north with Tangbgharma Danda nearby. We reach a chorten marked by prayer flags which marks the start of a steep trail. We descend through rhododendron, birch and pine forests before reaching Ghunsa. It is a beautiful village with houses with dark and weathered pine walls and Buddhist prayer flags. Overnight in Ghunsa
Day 15: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m) 5-6 hrs trek
From Ghunsa, we trek further north along the river bank which presents us with magnificent mountain scenery. We pass through meadows filled with beautiful wildflowers, then cross rhododendron and pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, continue past a waterfall and cross the tricky section of a landslide. After crossing the landslide area, we begin to see the spectacular view of Mt. Jannu. Further exploring and tackling the tricky mountain trail we finally arrive at Kambachen and spend the night.
Day 16: Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m) 5-6 hrs trek
Today will be another challenging day, and an early start is needed. We trek through rocky fields and large boulders on the hillside along the riverbank and arrive at a waterfall. We then cross a bridge to Ramtang monastery. We then come across a landslide section which we must pass through at a steady pace before descending to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak. Overnight in Lhonak
Day 17: Kanchenjunga base camp (5,143m) 6-7 hrs trek
From Lhonak, we trek towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Our trail is alongside the gigantic Kanchenjunga Glacier. After passing Pangpema, we descend towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The view from the base camp is extraordinary. Mt. Kanchenjunga, Jannu Himal, and other Himalayan peaks are ours to admire. We descend back to Pangpema to spend the night.
Day 18: Pangpema to Lhonak 3-4 hrs
From Pangpema we trace back our steps to Lhonak. Overnight in Lhonak
Day 19: Lhonak to Ghunsa (3475m) 6-7 hrs
From Lhonak, we descend all the way to Ghunsa via Kambache. It is the same route we took when we were climbing up.
Day 20: Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2,308m) 5-6 hrs trek
From Ghunsa, we descend towards Phale. We pass through several Manes and a monastery nearby. We walk through Juniper forests and reach Phale. From here, it is a steady descent to Gyabla. We cross a bridge over Chhundatangka Khola to reach Gyabla. As we continue our trek, we see a waterfall nearby. We also cross a suspension bridge over Sumbung Khola before reaching Amjilosa. Overnight in Amjilosa.
Day 21: Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270m) 6-7 hrs trek
After walking for a while, we see a beautiful waterfall nearby. We continue our trek and pass a small settlement of Solima before crossing a suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola. We cross another suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola and reach Sukathum. Our trail passes through several villages and is beside Thunsa Khola at first followed by Tamor Nadi before reaching Chirwa. Overnight in Chirwa.
Day 22: Chirwa to Taplejung via Mitlung (921m) 7-8 hrs trek
After a wonderful time in Chirwa, we head to Taplejung by trekking for 8 hours. The trekking trails along the way to Mitlung offers greenery at its best, floras and faunas and especially quaint villages always ready to welcome us.
Day 23: Taplejung to Bhadrapur 9 hrs drive
We move toward Bhadrapur from Taplejung by bus. The ride will last for 9 hours.
Day 24: Fly back to Kathmandu
Our amazing journey to the Kanchenjunga circuit comes to an end today. Today, we host farewell dinner in the appreciated local restaurant, where you can enjoy Nepalese cultural dance and music with great Nepali dishes. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 25: Departure Day
The final day of the trip, you can go for collecting some memories for your loving one before the flight time. Our company’s private vehicle will take you to airport focusing your flight time for your final departure and our representative wishes for your safe journey and successful forward steps with respects and greetings at the airport.
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu for 2 nights and the best available teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the short trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The teahouse menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Experts agree that gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen.
For this trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if anybody in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the best size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Messenger Travel & Tours is definitely committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
This is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the will be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Messenger Travel & Tours before booking the trek.
Best Time to Travel
The best time for the Trek is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (1-12 pax)