Trekking in Nepal

Kanchenjunga Extreme Trek

Trip Overview

Kanchenjunga Extreme Trek

"This really is still explorative trekking and you must be prepared to take the trail as it comes. This area is abundant in wildlife and habitation consists of only a few scattered villages. There is good wildlife as musk deer, blue sheep and for the believer, the Yeti. Magnificent views of Everest, Makalu and look up at massif Mt. Kanchenjunga towering south face is easily reward enough for your efforts"


Kanchenjunga Extreme Trek is an adventurer trek with the third highest mountain in the world and one of the remote trekking areas in the north-eastern border Himalaya of Nepal and joined with Sikkim in India. This is one of the listed treks in the Nepal and this trek start from the Hile and finished after fly out from Taplejung. The commence trekking up Tamor valley along one of the oldest trade routes in the Himalaya with the lush rhododendron forests you climb on into high alpine terrain beyond the village of Gunsa and a camp established high above this village that provides outstanding views of massif Kanchenjunga. We pass the Lapsung La pass and Mirgin and trek on the Yalung Glacier and Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

This really is still explorative trekking and you must be prepared to take the trail as it comes. This area is abundant in wildlife and habitation consists of only a few scattered villages. There is good wildlife as musk deer, blue sheep and for the believer, the Yeti. Magnificent views of Everest, Makalu and look up at massif Mt. Kanchenjunga towering south face is easily reward enough for your efforts. We walk on a following quiet trail through beautiful remote landscapes will make the trip worthwhile. You'll encounters with local Sherpa, Limbu and Rai communities and trek down to Taplejung ends you trek with great memories.

The Kanchenjunga Extreme Trek gets started from Hile (Taplejung district), which is usually reachable by a roadway from Biratnagar. The lengthy trek on a less populated route is somewhat plus point for us, with an original perception of life-style in Nepalese countryside and its eye-catching scenery. Initially, the path leads north-eastwards to Khambachen. After that we turn western side throughout a couple of passes and then keeps up to the Ghunsa where it climbs up to the High Pass facing amazing higher alpine surroundings. And then gets back southwest to Taplejung, the starting and final spot of the Kanchenjunga Extreme trek.


Trip Fact: 28 Days

  • Group size:1-12 people
  • Max-Altitude:5180m/16990ft
  • Destination:Kanchanjunga extrem terain 
  • Fitness level:Strenuous
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure from:Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and full-board meal during the trek
  • Best time:September, October, November, December, February, March, April
  • Accommodation:Twin sharing in 2 star to 5 star hotel in city and tea house, lodge, camp and home-stay during trek

 


Trip Highlights

 

  • Mountains vistas including Kanchenjunga,
  • Yalung glacier and other high passes
  • Monasteries, chorten temples and prayer walls
  • Traditional Sherpa villages with unique cultures
  • Himalayan Black Beer, Assamese Macaque, Musk deer, Red Panda, snow leopards and other animals
  • Rhododendrons, orchids, lilies, primula, and other flowers

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport - (1360m.)

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing

Day 3: Kathmandu to Biratnagar and drive to Hile, 45 min flight, 4 hrs drive

Day 4: Hile to Shiduwa (2,020m/6,626ft), 4-5 hr

Day 5: Shiduwa to Doorpani (2,890m/9,479ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 6: Door Pani to Gupha Pokhari (2,950m/9,676ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 7: Gupha Pokhari to Nesum (2,600m/8,528ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 8: Nesum to Taplejung (1,824m/5,983ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 9: Taplejung to Chirwa (1,500m/4,935ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 10: Chirwa to Sokathum (1,600m/5,248ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 11: Sokathum to Amjilossa (2,490m/8,167ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 12: Amjilossa to Kyapra (2300m/7544ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 13: Kyapra to Ghunsa (3,550m/11,670ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 14: Ghunsa to Khambachen (4,040m/13,251ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 15: Acclimatization day in Khambachen

Day 16: - Khambachen – Lhonak (4790m) 5-6 hrs

Day 17: - Lhonak trip to Pangpema (5140m) 6-7 hrs

Day 18: - Pangpema to Khambachen and to the Passes 7-8 hrs

Day 19: - Rest day in High Pass

Day 20: High Camp to Ramche (4,580m/15,022ft), 4-5 hr

Day 21: Ramche to Tseram (3,770m/12,403ft), 4-5 hrs

Day 22: Tseram to Torontan (3080m/10,102ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 23: Torontan to Yamphudin (1,635m/5,379ft), 5-6 hr

Day 24: Yamphudin to Phumpha. (1,680m/5,510ft), 4-5 hrs

Day 25: Phumpha to Pha Khola, 5-6 hrs

Day26: Pha Khola to Taplejung, 3-4 hrs

Day 27: Taplejung to Kathmandu

Day 28: Final Departure


Detail Itinerary

Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport - (1360m.)
After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing
The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, being the historical and cultural heart of the country, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and other types of adventure seekers. The city is a marvelous amalgamation of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western cultures influences. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities, like Kathmandu, have a rich historical, cultural and religious legacy which is reflected in the many temples, monuments and artifacts that they contain. You will be taken on a half-day guided tour of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur cities. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Bouddhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Swyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country; and the 15th-century 55-window palace in Bhaktapur. An orientation session for the trek, which commences the following day, will be organized in the evening.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Kathmandu to Biratnagar and drive to Hile, 45 minutes flight, 4 hrs drive
After short 45 minute flight we reach to Biratnagar, industrial city a south-eastern region of Nepal, and drive for 4-5 hrs get to Hile bazaar one of the best picturesque point, influence of the Tibetan style. After arrival, little walk and exploration can be done of surroundings. Togba, a local wine is very famous made by millet, can get in local restaurants. We call it a night.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 04: Hile to Shiduwa (2,020m/6,626ft), 4-5 hr
After a Breakfast our trek begins to Buranse Danda towards the Tamur River with picturesque beauties and local traditions and costume. We will arrive at a ridge of Shiduwa for overnight stay
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Shiduwa to Doorpani (2,890m/9,479ft), 5-6 hrs
After breakfast today we’ll trek through a forest area to Chitre, observing the local wildlife along the route. The views of Mt. Makalu (8476m) and Chamlang area the main highlights along the trail. The trail climbs up through mossy rhododendron forests, with superb views over the valleys of Arun Koshi and Tamur koshi to the village of DoorPani.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Door Pani to Gupha Pokhari (2,950m/9,676ft), 5-6 hrs
We start our trek this morning with a gently ascend in a rhododendron forest and reach at the ridge of hill and descend to village of Tongise Phedi along with Chanki where local used for summer pasture and further trek to grassy fields with a view of Makalu ranges and arrive at Mangal Barahi pass, magnificent view of immense Kanchenjunga range. This pass has decorated with lot of Mani stone (Secret Buddhist carved stone) and descent to Gupha Pokhari for the overnight camp.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Gupha Pokhari to Nesum (2,600m/8,528ft), 5-6 hrs
Today our pace set up to cross the pass at (3,025m/9,922ft) and move down through the opaque forest to get to the Gurja Gaun, we continue our journey towards the Nesum, great view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Jannu, enjoy the scenic beauty; the next stop of our trek.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Nesum to Taplejung (1,824m/5,983ft), 5-6 hrs
Below Nesum, the trail continues its decline to the Tamur Koshi, meandering down past scattered farms to a suspension bridge over the small river. Show your permit for inspection and cross Dobhan (640m), after three hrs leaving Nesum. At Dobhan, you cross the Tamur Koshi and make the step, testing ascent to Taplejung. This is the central hub of this region and also a useful depart route for any unwell.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Taplejung to Chirwa (1,500m/4,935ft), 5-6 hrs
Follow the east bank of Tamur as the trail dips and rises along the riverside, striking rocky fields and landslides to a valley populated by the “Limbus” peoples, the descendants of the Kirati warriors who ruled Nepal at the foundation of Nepalese history. The valley narrows and tumbles down to a wooden bridge across the Thiwa Khola at 1140m, then wind up and down along the riverbank of Chirwa. We camp near Chirwa, a pleasant bazaar with a few tea houses and shops.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Chirwa to Sokathum (1,600m/5,248ft), 5-6 hrs
Meander north along the east bank of the Tamur River on a rolling trail to the Chhetri village Tapethok (1320m). This is a Kanchenjunga National Park checkpoint. From here cross the simbuwa khola, a river formed by the Yalung Glacier, along the Tamur to the Walunchung gola (3220m). Drop down to the Tamur and cross on a new suspension bridge, just above the confluence with the Ghunsa Khola. It’s a short walk along the steep to a riverside camp site near the Tibetan village of Sakathum.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Sokathum to Amjilossa (2,490m/8,167ft), 5-6 hrs
Start on the narrow trail that wind along the north bank. After few ups and downs beside the river, you’ll reach some stone steps that scramble high above the river to a waterfall and the tiny hamlet of Ghaiyabari (2150m). Another climb from the gorge bottom passes by Solima. The trail passes along the canyon, hence be careful while walking. Then following the ascending and downward tricky trial, we conclude our today’s hectic journey at Amjilossa.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Amjilossa to Kyapra (2300m/7544ft), 5-6 hrs
This is relatively short day continues to climb along the Ghunsa valley. You’ll definitely feel the mountains are getting closer as you climb to a flat ridge and meander through a forest of bamboo, Rhododendron and gnarled brown oaks, passing scattered pastures and waterfalls. We climb abruptly to Kyapart, perched in the middle of terraced hills about 350m up from the Ghunsa Khola. The trail begins a grinded climb to the Sherpa village of Gyabla or also called Kyapar.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Kyapra to Ghunsa (3,550m/11,670ft), 5-6 hrs
The day begins with a steep drop into a ravine, followed by an easy level stage through fir and rhododendron forests along the riverbank. It takes all mornings to trek to the yak pastures and potato fields of Phole (3210m). Above Phole, the valley widens and the trail improves through fields and larch forests, dipping down to the riverbed before crossing to Ghunsa Khola and crossing a bridge to the village of Ghunsa overnight camp there.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Ghunsa to Khambachen (4,040m/13,251ft), 5-6 hrs
We have reached at the alpine zone from where we can be seen the Jannu glacier view. We amble further with a glimpse of the Mt. Jannu enjoying the day with a Mountain View and feel the difficulty in the trekking in the towering altitude. Short breathing may occur we suggest to drink adequate water. We will arrive at mountain sides at our camp to Khambachen after descending from the ridge and overnight at camp.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Acclimatization day in Khambachen
This is a rest day to allow your body to adjust to the higher altitude. The views from here are outstanding- the peaks of Khabur (6332m) and Phole (6645m) and Jannu are creased up at the east, while the snowcapped ridges beyond the Kanchenjunga Glacier loom spectacularly to the north. Instead you could try a bit of nature Photography. So be worthy of a rest today to collect memories on how wild and wonderful everything has been so far.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: - Khambachen – Lhonak (4790m) 5-6 hrs
Above Khambachen, the trail enters a desolate landscape gouged by the icy fingers of glaciers. The path climbs gradually across the slopes of landslides to pasture area Ramtang (4350m). The trail runs along the lateral moraine of Kanchenjunga Glacier, following the north bank of the river and cross over to the Lhonak Glacier. On the east side of the valley is the crown shaped Merra Peak (6344m). We arrive at our campsite at Lhonak. The village of Lhonak sits beside a wide often dry lakebed on an open sandy plain.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: - Lhonak trip to Pangpema (5140m) 6-7 hrs
To reach Pangpema, ascend through gradually across the plain and follow the line of the moraine. The most stable trail climbs onto the ridge before dropping to a pair of lonely-looking huts at Pangpema. We shall have excellent views of the towering peak of Kanchenjunga today.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: - Pangpema to Khambachen and to the Passes 7-8 hrs
The views are often crisp and clear in the early morning to hike up the ridge north of Pangpema for the kind of view that inspire religions. From a vantage point about 300m up the slope, you will have a panorama of Kanchenjunga, Taple Shikar and Gimmigela Chuli. We link to the Kanchenjunga south treks by crossing the Mirgin La (4663m) and the Lapsang La pass (5160m) depending on the weather conditions where both are of tough kind.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: - Rest day in High Pass
We shall have a rest today to make progress from the labors of the previous day. Have a beautiful glimpse around the pass of the spectacular snowcapped mountains and ridges. Today we have most challenging day cross over two passes as Lapsang la pass (5180m/16990ft) and Mirgin pass (4500m/14760ft). Depends on a weather condition, we'll decide on the spot, what we can do. This will be the tuff and long day as we reach at our camp to High camp.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: High Camp to Ramche (4,580m/15,022ft), 4-5 hr
Today, after breakfast, our trek descend to the Simbuwa khola valley and further walk On the way you will have chance to see the picturesque scenery and walk o your pace. Feel the Himalayan refreshment after the two crosses to Ramche where we'll have overnight. Ramche is situated on a broad, flat ablation zone.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Ramche to Tseram (3,770m/12,403ft), 4-5 hrs
We'll walk to day trip to explore the ablation valley near Yalung glacier and best view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. The scenery is magnificent as we descend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and into a series of ablation valleys. A frozen lake, crystal clear streams and views of Kokthan, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of this trek and we wander back to Tseram for the overnight stop, where the night-time temperature plummets.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Tseram to Torontan (3080m/10,102ft), 5-6 hrs
Today’s trek on the trail is fairly downhill and as the day progresses, the trees become sparser and more stunted, giving us glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead and of the massive snout of the Yalung Glacier. We are walk on a forested path of rhododendron and pine forest after we reach at Torontan call for the night.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Torontan to Yamphudin (1,635m/5,379ft), 5-6 hr
Today, our journey begains with descend to Yamphudin, crossing the ridge. Yamphudin is a mixed community of Sherpas, Limbus, Rais and Gurungs and the first real village since Ghunsa. Explore the village to know the real lifestyle of cultural grouping in the Himalaya.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Yamphudin to Phumpha. (1,680m/5,510ft), 4-5 hrs
Following the west bank we cross the Kabeli Khola through the beautiful landscapes. After the Kabel Khola, crossing on a fragile-looking suspension bridge, get down to the ridge. Passing through the dotted house of Pauwa of Mamanke continue to ascend rice terraces up to Phumpha.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25: Phumpha to Pha Khola, 5-6 hrs
Today, we start to climb to a ridge then descend through a series of side valleys past Phudin village to Kesawa. The trail continues to ascend to a Gurung settlement at Bhanjyang. From here the trail circule a ridge and descends to the Limbu village of Khunjari, where we camp on the banks of Pha Khola and overnight at camp.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day26: Pha Khola to Taplejung, 3-4 hrs
We descend from Pha Khola to Taplejung for our overnight stay. This would be our last day of the trek. Enjoy the local customs and traditions at evening.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27: Taplejung to Kathmandu
Today we are on the road to Biratnagar. And take a flight to Kathmandu. Reaching Kathmandu you wall be transferred to your decimated hotel. You can have your own time or stroll down to main streets of Kathmandu.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 28: Final Departure

 


Cost Includes

  • Welcome in Airport by garland
  • Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 2 star to 5 star hotel with breakfast
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide & Entrance fee
  • Two-way ticket in domestic fixed wings Air craft or local bus or private jeep which ever is necessary
  • Accommodation in tea house during trek, lodge and Home-stay
  • Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking
  • 4 seasonal sleeping bags
  • trekking map for group
  • All necessary paper work & Permits
  • All cost for a staff (A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide and one Porter between each two clients while on trek )
  • Salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staff
  • National Park Fee
  • TIMS
  • First aids kit
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner

Cost Does not Include:

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal spending money.
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Client's insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual

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