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Kanchenjunga Trekking

Kanchenjunga Trekking

Kanchenjunga Trekking is one of the most beautiful trekking trails in Nepal. The trek takes you to one of the mountain massifs in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga. Kanchenjunga means ‘Five Treasures of the Great Snow’ in the Tibetan language. They denote the five summits that makeup Kanchenjunga range.

Kanchenjunga Trekking is an unspoiled trekking trail in eastern Nepal. It is a restricted trekking region. You must trek with a local guide and at least 2 trekkers. This is the most follow rule set by the Government of Nepal.

The trail to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is less crowded. The trek rewards the trekkers with a unique insight into the remote part of Eastern Nepal. Also, you can witness the rural lifestyles in the region.

Trekking in Kanchenjunga offers the most beautiful Himalayan scenery. You will see the best views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Makalu, and Jahnu Himal. You will also see towering heights of Mt. Rothang and Kabru above a moraine on the Nepal-Sikkim border.

During the trek, you will see the gradual changes in the landscape. The trek offers diversified vegetation and wildlife.

On the trek, we will pass through the protected areas of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. We can see several wildlife and birds like pheasant, dragon, snow leopard, black bear, red panda, etc.

The trek route passes through Himalayan coniferous forests, alpine shrubs, meadows, and grasslands. The natural beauty is mesmerizing! The trail is culturally rewarding. Along the route, we will encounter mixed cultures, ethnic communities, and tribes.

The trek is a combination of the tea house and camp trekking. This adventure rewards you with amazing memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Trip Highlights of Kanchenjunga Trekking

  • Magnificent views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Jannu, Mera Peak, and many others.
  • The beautiful remote villages in the Kanchenjunga region.
  • Exploration of both Kanchenjunga Base Camps.
  • Experience of walking over the glaciers.
  • Pristine Rhododendron forest and the high alpine passes.
  • The settlements of Tibetan refugees on the Kanchenjunga Trekking Routes.
  • Wildlife species in Kanchenjunga region like musk deer, snow leopard, blue sheep.

Best Time for Kanchenjunga Trekking

Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) are the best time for Kanchenjunga Trekking. During these times, the weather and temperature are more favorable for trekking. So, you will have comfortable trekking.

Kanchenjunga Trekking is doable throughout the year. But in monsoon, the frequent rainfall adds complexities to the trek. In winter, the region is very cold. So, Kanchenjunga trekking in off seasons is doable, but it is very difficult.

Trek Difficulties during Kanchenjunga Trekking

The Kanchenjunga Trekking is a long duration trek. Trekkers often feel exhausted in the middle of the trek. So, be mentally prepared before you go.

The trek isn’t easy. There are frequent ups and downs. Some are very steep and risky. Be careful, be safe.

During some days, you will have to walk for 8 to 9 hours. For that, you will need a fit body and a healthy mind. You can get some physical training before you go. Make sure that you can walk for 7 to 8 hours a day.

There are various sections on the trail with the possibility of landslides. Mainly in the rainy season and in winter, you must fear landslides and avalanches.

While walking through tough sections, you might feel low in energy. Many trekkers feel that. So, get some energy bars or chocolates.

Be careful while ascending or descending over the glaciers, and other rugged sections. You might get injured in these sections.

Kanchenjunga Elevation and Altitude Profile

kanchenjunga trek elevaton and altitude profile

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp is a high altitude trek that starts and ends in Kathmandu, 1300 meters. From Kathmandu, we fly to Biratnagar, 72m. From Biratnagar, we ascend to Suketar (Taplejung), 1442m.

The altitude at Mitlung is 921m. From Mitlung, we start gaining altitude gradually. We trek to Chiruwa 1270m, Sekathum 1660m, and to Amjillosa 2510m.

From Amjillosa, we ascend to Gyabla 2730, Ghunsa 3595m, Kambachen 4100m, and Lhonak 4785m. From Lhonak, we trek to the highest point, Pang Pema Base Camp, 5100m.

Ramtang is at 4370m and Sele Le is at 4300m. The high pass Mirgin La and Tseram sit at an altitude 4870m. We return via Ramche 4610m, Torondin 2995m, Yamphudin1692m, Khebang 1915m, Sinam. From Sinam 1500m, we will drive to Ilam 1208m and then fly to Kathmandu.

Day 01: Land in Kathmandu

Day 02: Free and arrangement day

Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur -Drive toPhidim 

Day 04: Drive to Taplejung (1,820m)

Day 05: Trek to Chirwa (1,270m)

Day 06: Trek to Amjlosa (2,520m)

Day 07: Trek to Gyabla (2,730m)

Day 08: Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m)

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa

Day 10: Trek to Kambachen (4,050m)

Day 11: Trek to Lhonak (4,780m)

Day 12: Hike to Pangpema (5,065m)

Day 13: Exploring Pangpema area

Day 14: Trek back to Ghunsa

Day 15: Trek to Sele le (4,290m)

Day 16: Trek Sele la, Sinion La Pass, Mirgin La Pass, Sinelapcha La Pass and Tseram (3,870m).

Day 17: Hike to Oktang Base Camp

Day 18: Trek to Torangden (2,995m)

Day 19: Trek to Yamphudin (2,080m)

Day 20: Trek down to Khebang (1,910m)

Day 21: Trek to Khandembe (1,420m).

Day 22: Drive to Bhadrapur by bus ( 8 -9 HRS)

Day 23:  Fly to Kathmandu

Day 01: Land in Kathmandu

You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Our representatives will be there to receive you. They will transfer to your hotel in a private vehicle.

You will have your time to settle in and freshen up. You might feel tired after your long fight. Get some rest till the evening.

Strolling around the streets of Kathmandu in the evening is enjoyable. Get a good sleep at your hotel after a nice dinner.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Free and Arrangement Day

Today, we will invite you to visit our office. There we will have some briefings and discussions about the trek. You will also meet your trekking guide and other partners.

We will also discuss the trekking equipment and accessories that you will need. We can help you get some travel accessories if you need them. (You can buy or rent them at many shops in Thamel.)

We will help you process for the trekking permits. You need Conservation area permits and the special permits.

After the arrangements, you can set off for sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. Visit around the Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, or Kathmandu Durbar Square. These are the cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal.

Explore the local area, you can take an evening walk to popular streets in Kathmandu. Thamel is one of the major business hubs in the Kathmandu valley.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur and drive Phidim

Flight Duration: 40 to 45 minutes and 4 hours drive.

Today, we will take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. The Bhadrapur airport is 621 km far from Kathmandu. It takes 45 min to reach Bhadrapur from Kathmandu via flights. The airport is also called “Chandragadhi Airport”.

Bhadrapur is the gateway to India from south-eastern Nepal. Also, it is the gateway to the various tourist destinations in the Himalayas. Bhadrapur is the place where we start our trek to the Kanchenjunga region. We will take a local jeep or bus and drive to Phidim . Stay in local guest house.

Day 04: Drive to Taplejung (1,820m)

Total Distance: 247.3 kilometers

Drive Duration: 8 hours

Maximum Altitude: 1820 meters

We drive from the flatland of Bhadrapur towards Taplejung via Mechi Highway. We will start driving towards the green hills of Ilam. Ilam is called as the Queen of Hills. You will see lovely hills with a temperate climate, fertile lands. The low green hills and the tea cultivations make a beautiful scenic view.

Now, we drive towards Taplejung via Phidim. Enjoying the beautiful sceneries, we will drive up to Suketar. Suketar is the point where the actual trek starts tomorrow.

Overnight in Suketar, Taplejung.

Note: If you want to skip this driving journey, you can fly from Biratnagar to the Suketar Airport. But the airport is going under some maintenances, and hence is not operated nowadays.

Day 05: Trek to Chirwa (1,270m)

Total Distance: 1200 meters

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Maximum Altitude: 1270 meters

Today is our first day of actual trekking. After a morning breakfast in Suketar, we will set off to Chirwa. The trekking starts with a downhill walk to Mitlung.

We will start following the Kanchenjunga trek route. The trail takes us through the scenic pastures and small villages. We will cross the Hungdewa Khola and the Tamur River on the way.

Trekking further towards Mitlung, we will follow the east bank of the Tamur river. The trail gradually dips and rises along the riverside. We will walk through the striking rocky fields and landslides. We will trek into the valley of Limbu people in Mitlung.

We will take a short break at Mitlung. From Mitlung, we start trekking uphill for some time. After the uphill is a gradual descent to the Sinwa village. Sinwa is a small village where you will meet lots of cheerful local people.

From Sinwa, we continue to Tawa. From Tawa, the trail is again an uphill climb. Following the uphill and downhill trail, we will meet a wooden bridge at the Thiwa Khola, 1140m. We will cross the bridge.

On continuing through the trail, we will enjoy the great surroundings. We will walk along the riverbank of Chirwa Khola and arrive in Chiruwa. Chirwa is a small Limbu village with a few lodges, shops, and campsites.

Overnight in Chirwa village.

Day 06: Trek to Amjlosa (2,520m)

Total distance: 17 kilometers

Trek Duration: 8 to 9 hours

Maximum Altitude: 2520 meters

Today is a long day. We will start after early morning breakfast at Chiruwa village. We will follow the narrow trail that winds towards the north of the village. We will walk along the east bank of the Tamur River.

The trail will take us into a Chhetri village in Tapethok, 1320m. This village has the Kanchenjunga National Park checkpoint. Show your permits there. Leaving behind the village, we will cross the Simbuwa Khola. This river originates at the Yalung glacier.

The trail drops down to the Tamur river. We will walk a few ups and downs beside the river. We will cross a suspension bridge over the confluence of Ghunsa Khola and Tamur river. From there, we will walk along the steep to a riverside campsite. On walking further, we will reach the Tibetan village of Sakathum, 1640 m.

After taking a break in Sakathum, we will continue to trek towards Amjilossa. On the way, there are some stone steps that climb to a tiny village of Ghaiyabari, 2150m. The trail also passes through a gorge after a climb from Solima. Be more careful!

Following the uphill and downhill tricky trial, we will arrive at Amjillosa. Amjillosa is a Tibetan settlement. At Amjolossa, we will see Sherpa and Tibetan people. The high altitude favors their lifestyle.

Overnight in Amjillosa.

Day 07: Trek to Gyabla (2,730m)

Total distance: 7 kilometers

Trek Duration: 4 hours

Maximum Altitude: 2730 meters

Today is an easy day. The walk is relatively shorter than the other days. After having a nice breakfast in Amjillosa, we will set off towards Gyabla.

From Amjillosa, we continue to climb along the Ghunsa valley. The trail is far from the reach of human settlements. You will not see any villages while trekking along the trail. We will walk through a dense forest.

Climbing up the trekking trail through the dense forests is a beautiful experience. We will feel close to the mountains as we climb up and meander along the forests. Most of the forest has Bamboo, Rhododendrons, and Gnarled Brown Oaks.

After climbing the uphill through the forest, we will arrive at a flat ridge. From there, we can get amazing views of the mountains. Along the trail, we will see the scattered pastures and several waterfalls.

The climb to Kyapart is steep. The Ghunsa village sits in the middle of terraced hills. The village is at about 350m up from the Ghunsa Khola. Rejoice the sceneries of terraced fields, streaming Ghunsa Khola, and distant landscapes.

After walking for some time, we will reach the small Gyabla village. Overnight in Gyabla.

Day 08: Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m)

Total distance: 1200 meters

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Maximum Altitude: 3595 meters

Today, we will cross the 3000m elevation threshold. The day begins with a steep descent into a gorge. After the descent, we will walk through the forests of Rhododendrons and Firs. The walk becomes easier now.

Following the riverbank, we trek to the beautiful Yak pastures in Pholey, 3210m. Pholey is a Tibetan village with beautiful potato cultivations.

We will stop at Phole for a relaxing lunch break. At Pholey, we can witness the influences of the Tibetan Buddhist culture. Also, there is a beautiful monastery in Pholey.

Above Pholey, the valley widens up. The trail now passes through the green fields and larch forests. On following the trail, we will descend down to the riverbed of Ghunsa Khola.

After crossing the bridge over the Ghunsa Khola, we will enter Ghunsa village. An overnight stay at Ghunsa inside a tent.

Day 09: Acclimatization Day at Ghunsa

We have been traveling for 9 days already. It’s now time for us to take rest. Today is our acclimatization day in Ghunsa village.

During high altitude treks, we must get our body adapted to the changing atmosphere. The amount of oxygen in the air reduces as we trek to the higher elevations. So, we are prone to acute mountain sickness.

So, we schedule an acclimatization day after a certain altitude gain.

We will stay active by hiking up to the surrounding ridges. We will hike up through the lush forests to the Lpasan La Monastery. After enjoying some time there, we will descend back to Ghunsa.

Ghunsa is the last permanent settlement on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek route. We will spend some good times in the afternoon at Ghunsa.

Day 10: Trek to Kambachen (4,050m)

Total distance: 1600 meters

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Maximum Altitude: 4050 meters

The trail from Ghunsa all the way to Kambachen is prone to landslide. The trail passes through the off beaten trails of Kanchenjunga North.

Heading north from Ghunsa, we will trek through the spectacular terrain. The trail makes a gradual ascent through a forest of larch and juniper. We will walk along the east bank of the river. We will also encounter some beautiful meadows along the trail.

We will walk over the sandy, the boulder-strewn riverbank path. We will cross a wood and stone bridge over a river to reach Rambuk Kharka, 3720m. Right after Rampuk Kharka, the trail passes through a waterfall and landslide section. Be careful!

After the hard walk is an enchanting view of the north face of Mt. Jannu, 7710m. We glimpse the Jannu Glacier as well.

Rejoicing the splendid surrounding vistas, we descend through the mountainside. Finally, we will arrive at Kambachen. Kambachen is a temporary settlement with small stone teahouses. These places serve as lodges for Kanchenjunga trekkers. In summer, it is the shepherd’s settlement.

While staying in tea houses, we must compromise with our comfort. The facilities are basic.

Camping is better than staying in the teahouses. We will camp at the base of Jannu Glacier. From the campsite, we will see a magnified view of Kanchenjunga massif and Mt. Jannu.

Day 11: Trek to Lhonak (4,780m)

Total distance: 9650 meters

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Maximum Altitude: 4780 meters

The trail now enters a desolate landscape. We will make our way above the terrains carved with icy blades of the high altitude glaciers. There are no villages or houses on the trail.

The trail climbs gradually through moraine debris. Be careful! Your feet may slip over the iced stones. Walk slowly! The path climbs across the slopes of landslides. We will reach the beautiful pasture area in Ramtang, 4350m.

The Kanchenjunga glacier starts around Ramtangat. We will come across the beautiful Ramtang Monastery. The Monastery sits next to the bridge after a waterfall. The vista is amazing.

The trail continues along the north bank of the river. We will cross over the Lhonak glacier. The junction of Lhonak and Kanchenjunga glacier is a remarkable place. Maintain a speedy and steady pace. The trek is difficult.

After the difficult section, we will see stunning mountains surrounding us in all directions. Towards the east is the mesmerizing Mera Peak, 6344m. Enjoying the majestic Himalayan panorama, we will follow a short downhill trail. We will arrive at the Riverside now.

After a while, we will see the settlement of Lhonak. Lhonak is a tiny settlement with only three or four small stone teahouses. After walking further, we will arrive at our campsite at Lhonak. Lhonak sits beside a wide and open sandy plain.

The campsite in Lhonak is a big grassy plain. Lhonak offers excellent campsites. There are possibilities that we may see some wildlife. We may see the blue sheep, mountain goat or smaller animals in the rocks like hyrax and marmots. We will also see the eagle, kites, and falcons.

We will stay in our tents for an overnight stay. Accommodation is better on a tent than in the teahouses.

Day 12: Hike to Pangpema (5,065m)

Total distance: 9390 meters

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Maximum Altitude: 5065 meters

Pang Pema is the local name of the Kanchenjunga north base camp. Today, we will visit the north base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Hiking to the base camp is the best experience.

We will climb gradually through the trail. We will follow the line of the moraine. There are some portions on the trail that are prone to landslide. Be careful while walking. Using the trekking poles will make the walk easier.

After all the rocky sections are the flat grassy plain basin of Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. Enjoy the views of the towering peak of Kanchenjunga.

Overnight in Pang Pema.

Day 13: Exploring Pangpema Area

Today, we will explore the Kanchenjunga base camp area. We will hike to the nearby ridge to see the beautiful Himalayan views. We will see the best of Mt. Jannu, the North Face of Kanchenjunga and the Chang Himal.

The area is less visited. So, you can enjoy the serene and tranquil atmosphere. Explore the jaw-dropping vista of the glaciers.

We may meet with some climbers who are there to attempt the Peak climbing. The climb requires an extra four days after reaching the base camp. Also, there is no need for any other climbing permits to climb Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Overnight in Pang Pema.

Day 14: Trek Back to Ghunsa (5,140 m)

Total distance: 1250 meters

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Maximum Altitude: 5140 meters

It’s now time to say goodbye to the north Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Retracing our previous days, we will trek to Ghunsa.

On the way, we will rejoice the splendid Himalayan vistas. Also, trekking from the previous route with a different perspective is a beautiful experience.

Enjoy the marvelous sceneries around, we will trek back. Leaving behind the splendid views of Mt. Jannu, we will trek back. Be careful walking around the landslides, and over the glaciers.

From Pang Pema, we will trek down to Lhonak, Kambachen, and to Ghunsa. Overnight in Ghunsa.

Day 15: Trek to Sele le (4,290m)

Total distance: 1100 meters

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Maximum Altitude: 3595 meters

From Ghunsa, we divert towards the right-hand side leaving the trail to Gyabla. The trail is a steep uphill trek to Sele Le. This section is also isolated from human settlements.

Most of the trail passes through the dense forest of Rhododendron and Juniper. At Sele Le, there are only one or two small teahouses made up of stones.

Lots of travelers claim that they see snow leopards on this section. Do not go far from teahouses at night. Stay warm, stay safe.

Overnight in Sele Le.

Day 16: Trek Sele la, Sinion La Pass, Mirgin La Pass, Sinelapcha La Pass and Tseram (3,870m).

Trek Distance: 7400 meters

Trek Duration: 8 hours

Maximum Altitude: 5160 meters

The views are often crisp and clear in the early morning. We will hike up the ridge north of Pangpema. Enjoy the panorama of the enchanting Himalayas.

You will experience a challenging trek today! We will climb 400m to the Mirgin La Pass. During the climb, we will see the magnificent view of Mt. Jannu along with Makalu, Baruntse, Chamlang, Kangchenjunga, and Kabru. We will also see the Himalayan range along the Sikkim border.

We will trek to the Mirgin La pass and Lapsang La pass, 5160m. By doing so, we will join our trek to the Kanchenjunga south treks. These passes are the high altitude passes. The weather conditions may bring several difficulties here. Be strong! Prepare to see any difficulties depending on the weather conditions. Rejoice the surrounding vistas. They will boost you for further trekking.

After a tough day today, we will walk along the ridges with a final descent to Tseram. Overnight in Tseram.

Day 17: Hike to Oktang Base Camp (5,364m)

Trek Distance: 7650m

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Maximum Altitude: 5364 meters

Today, we will explore the Yalung glacier and the Oktang Base Camp. We will start early after a warm breakfast in Tseram as Oktang is 7km away. Today, we will gain an elevation of 300m.

Enjoying the beautiful glimpse of snowy mountains and ridges, we will trek higher. The viewpoint of Kangchenjunga is amazing. We will see stunning views of Mt. Rothang and Kabru on the Nepal - Sikkim border.

The view is wonderful. The more you ascent higher, the more and close the vistas get. We will ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier. After exploring the alluring features of Yalung glacier, we will hike further.

We will walk through a series of ablation valleys. Now, we will reach the Oktang Base Camp, the South base camp. Enjoy the impressive view of Khumbakarna Glacier. The base camp exhibits the most beautiful view of the eastern part of the glacier.

We will see magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga south face. Also, beautiful views of the frozen lakes and crystal clear streams appear on our way while we trek. The views of Kokthan, Rathong, and Kabru are today’s highlights.

We descend to Tseram for overnight at the camp.

Day 18: Trek to Torangden (2,995m)

Trek Distance: 1500 meters

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Maximum Altitude: 3870 meters

Starting from Tseram, we will see the splendid view of towering peaks Kabru and Rathong. Today, we will trek downhill to the lower altitudes. On walking further, we will see magnificent views of the snowy Himalayas.

Enjoy the glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead of you. We will see the impressive view of the Yalung Glacier. We follow a steady descent through the forests. Most of the forests are Rhododendron and Pine to Torangden.

We follow the easy trail along the Simbua Khola. Walking through the jungles of Pine and Rhododendrons, we will make our way to Torangden.

Overnight in Torangden.

Day 19: Trek to Yamphudin (2,080m)

Trek Distance: 1260 meters

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Maximum Altitude: 2995 meters

Today is a tough day. The trek comprises of difficult sections. We will trek through the landslide-prone sections. Thus, the hikes are difficult. Be more careful! Along the way, there is a 600m climb to Lamite pass, 3500m. This climb is also tough.

After a steep ascent from there, we will reach the valley of the Simbua Khola. Here, we will cross a wooden bridge over the intersecting rivers. We continue ascending the steep and exposed slopes on the way.

We will walk into the forest of Pines and Rhododendrons. Walking across Lamite Bhanjyang and Amji Khola, we climb again. There is a pass at Dhupi Bhanjyang, 2540m.

From there, the path contours down through the cultivable fields. People grow Corn and Barley there. We will cross a ridge and reach Yamphudin.

Yamphudin is a mixed community of Sherpas, Limbus, Rais, and Gurungs. It is a beautiful village that we see after we saw one at Ghunsa. Overnight in Yamphudin.

Day 20: Trek Down to Khebang (1,910m)

Trek Distance: 9900 meters

Trek Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Maximum Altitude: 2080 meters

We will start early in the morning after a nice breakfast in Yamphudin. The trek passes through the villages of Chhetri and Brahmins. Walking into the human settlements after remote trek is a wonderful experience.

Walking through the beautiful trail, we will witness the wonderful landscapes. We will walk into different villages of different ethnicity. We can see their varying lifestyles and cultures.

Walking ups and downs through the splendid trail, we will trek to Khebang. We will stay there for an overnight.

Day 21: Trek to Khandembe (1,420m)

Trek Distance: 14 kilometers

Trek Duration: 8 to 9 hours

Maximum Altitude: 1910 meters

Today is a long day. Starting from Khebang, we will drop 1000 meters in 6 kilometers. Dobhan is at 6 kilometers from Khebang. At Dobhan, we will stop for lunch. Dobhan is a beautiful place. After a filling lunch there, we will set off towards Khandembe.

From Dobhan, it is another 8 kilometers walk to Khandembe. Taking small water breaks at some places, we will trek continuously. Following the straight village path, we will finally arrive at Khandembe.

Overnight in a local inn at Khandembe.

Day 22: Trek to Tharpu (1600m)

Trek Distance: 1200 meters

Trek Duration: 4 hours

Maximum Altitude: 1600 meters

Today is our last day of actual trekking. On this day, we will climb 1200 meters to the Tharpu Village. Enjoy every step of your walk. You will miss all these memories someday.

Recalling the memories of the entire trek, we will reach the Tharpu village. Tharpu is a beautiful village. We will stay here today for an overnight.

Enjoy the last glimpses of the Kanchenjunga range. You won’t be seeing the mountain sunsets for a long from now. There is a perfect vantage point at the Tharpu village. Spend a cheerful evening at the village.

Day 23: Drive to Bhadrapur by Bus ( 8 -9 HRS)

Total Distance: 190 kilometers

Drive Duration: 8 to 9 hours

Maximum Altitude: 1600 meters

Bhadrapur airport is 190 kilometers from Tharpu. But the road cuts through many twists and turns. The endless windings are frequent. It takes almost 9 hours to reach Bhadrapur. The ride is tiring, yet rewarding.

We will stay at Bhadrapur in a hotel. Prepare for your flight tomorrow. Get some rest.

Day 24: Fly to Kathmandu

Flight Duration: 40 to 45 minutes

Today is our last day on this journey. We will fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu. The flight is a scenic flight. In clear weather, we will see the aerial views of some snowy peaks. The views are impressive.

We will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. We will transfer you to your hotel. Get rest in a comfortable room. You can stroll around some popular streets in the afternoon.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

If you have any queries and suggestions regarding our Kanchenjunga Trekking package, please feel free to contact us.

Trip Cost US$ 1,950 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Two night Deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on B/B, Before and after the trek, Hotel Access Nepal Pvt. Ltd.
  • All airport pick up and drop as per the itinerary.
  • All ground and air transport including Airport pick-up and drop services as per the itinerary.
  • Remote area trekking permit and all needed document.
  • Entry Permit for Conservation Area fees.
  • Guide, Professional, license holder, English speaking. including all his expenses with full insurance cover.
  • A Strong Porter among the two trekkers ( one porter sharing among two member ) including all his expenses including full insurance during the trek.
  • All surface transportation to the starting point and from the ending point of the trek as per the itinerary. Sharing Jeep / Bus. sharing ,
  • All meals, three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, ) Cup of Tea coffe during the breakfast.
  • Seasonal fruits.
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek.
  • A trekking route map.
  • Necessary insurance for trekking staff
  • First Aid kit box with normal medicine, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
  • Emergency Rescue assistance arrangement, paid by travel insurance.
Cost Excludes:
  • Nature of personal expense.
  • Activities in Kathmandu such as Extra night hotel, Meals, sightseeing tour.
  • International airfare
  • If you would like to have your private transportation from Bhadrapur - Birtamod -Taplejung.
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Satellite Phone if you need ( 15 USD Per day ) and and extra for calling charge.

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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions

Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking  disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.

Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.

If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.

Recommended Packing list for Kanchenjunga Trekking.

Clothing.

  • 2 quick drying long base layer shirts.
  • 2 trekking shirts short sleeve
  • 2 Thermal underwear – base layer.
  • 2 liner socks
  • 3 pair woolen blend trekking socks.
  • 2 pair trekking pants with zip off bottoms
  • 2 fleece sweaters – one lightweight, one heavier
  • Sandels.

 Outer layers. 

  • 1 wind/rain proof overlayer- jacket and pants
  • 1 down jacket. ( -20 D.C )
  • 1 down vest
  • 1 warm winter hat
  • 1 lightweight thermal layer hat
  • 1 peak hat
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 Pair trekking boots.
  • 1, Head lamp with extra batteries,
  • 1 sleeping bag heavy ( -20 D.C)
  • 1 watch with alarm
  • 1 Sun glasses ( UV protection )
  • 1 camera with, extra batteries.
  • 2-3 portable chargers.

First Aid

  • Diamox – for altitude
  • Advil
  • Aleve
  • Vicks vapor rub
  • Sunscreen
  • chapstick
  • anti nauseant – you tend to feel just a bit nauseaus a lot at altitude.
  • immodium – diarrhea is common at altitued.
  • bandaids
  • blister bandaids or moleskin
  • eye drops
  • advil cold and dinus
  • nasal moisturizer – altitude causes nasal cavities to be very dry, nasal moisturizer was very helpful.
  • Q-tips
  • tweezers
  • tiger balm.

Toiletries

  • Foot powder (for Deb’s stinky feet)
  • Toilet paper
  • shampoo
  • soap
  • micro fibre towel
  • Gold Bond – this just feels good all the time

1.      Is trekking difficult?

The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.

If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.

Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.

If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.

Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.

Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.

2.      Is trekking expensive?

This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.

You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.

Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!

3.      What preparations should I make before trekking?

It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.

Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.

If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.

4.      What are the things I need to pack?

There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.

To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-

http://www.thelongestwayhome.com/travel-resources/trekking/equipment-gear-needed-for-trekking-in-nepal.html

5.      Do I need special permission to trek?

You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.

Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-

http://www.taan.org.np/pages/trekking-permit-fees

6.      Is drinking water easily available?

Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.

An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.

7.      What kind of food is available during trekking?

Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.

Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.

8.      What kind of accommodation should I expect?

Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking

1.      Tea house trekking:

You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.

Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.

The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.

2.      Camp treks

In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.

 

9.      What are the risks associated with trekking?

Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.

You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?

There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-

  1. Attain height gradually and slowly
  2. As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
  3. Drink plenty of water
  4. Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
  5. Eat high caloric food
  6. Avoid smoking or drinking

11. How to diagnose AMS?

In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-

  1. Headache
  2. Nausea and vomiting
  3. Dizziness
  4. Tiredness
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Upset stomach
  7. Feeling unsteady
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Increased heart rate
  10. Difficulty sleeping

If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:

  1. Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
  2. Descend to a lower altitude if possible
  3. Take complete rest until you feel well
  4. Do not exercise
  5. Do not smoke
  6. Drink plenty of water
  7. Take external oxygen supply if necessary
  8. Take anti-sickness medicines

If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.

12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?

There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.

A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.

In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.

Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.

13. Can I trek solo?

To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.

A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.

Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.

14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?

Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.

In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.

15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?

Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.

In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.

Conclusion

The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at info@excitingnepal.com

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Exploring the Kanchenjunga

To me, Kanchenjunga was a difficult trek; the trails were knackering. While trekking, I even felt exhausted at times, but HARI, our tour guide encouraging me always. If he wasn’t with me, I don’t think I could have conquered the trail. My gratitude to Exciting Nepal for sending us with a guide like HARI.

It was so tough!! Walking the bone-wrecking trails for hours. You may not believe me but i didn’t see buses/ cars/ bikes, or any vehicles for more than 15 days. Villages in Kanchenjunga: were they today’s villages? Tiny houses, no communication with the outer world, it felt like people were still living back in old times.

Camping and staying in tents was another major challenge that we faced. Unlike in the teahouse trekking routes, we couldn’t find lodges and tea houses for food and accomodation in Kanchenjunga trek route.

How we managed to survive there for nearly 20 days. Though tough and rough, Kanchenjunga has made a space in my heart and mind. It was a remarkable trek of my life.

Thank you, Exciting Nepal. I cannot thank you enough for your arrangement. Looking forward to do more treks with you.

Susan maria, Washington DC, District of Columbia

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  • Trekking Destination: Kanchenjunga base camp
  • Group Size: Min - 2
  • Minimum altitude: 1410m.
  • Maximum altitude: 5180m.
  • Season: September to late December and February to late June.
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  • Total Days: 21 Days ( Kathmandu - Kathmandu)
  • Walking Hour: Approximately 6 - 7 hours each day.

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