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Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga Trek

Wilderness Trekking
Kanchanjunga Trekking
Kanchanjunga Trekking
Kanchanjunga Trek

Trip Facts

Duration : 18 Days Max-Altitude : 5,065 m Program Type : Tea House Best Season : Sep to Jan, March to Aug Per Day Walking : 6/7 Hours Trek Grade : Grade 3:

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

Mode of Travel : Flight/Land

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No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax $1600
2 Paxes $1500
2-4 Paxes $1480
4-6 Paxes $1450
6-10 Paxes $1430
10-15 Paxes $1400
15+Paxes $1400

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Overview

Kanchenjunga Trek 18 days package itinerary

The Kanchenjunga trek, though challenging, doesn’t necessarily demand professional trekking skills. Instead, emphasis is placed on proper acclimatization. Nestled in the Himalayas, this trek offers awe-inspiring vistas and cultural encounters, drawing adventurers of varying experience levels. Acclimatization, the process of gradually adjusting to higher altitudes, is paramount for success and safety. Altitude sickness, a risk at high elevations, can be mitigated through careful acclimatization.

Trekkers typically start at lower elevations, allowing their bodies to adapt gradually. Rest days interspersed with moderate ascents aid in acclimatization, enabling the body to cope with reduced oxygen levels. Hydration and nutrition play crucial roles in this process, supporting bodily functions at altitude.

While prior trekking experience is beneficial, it’s not a prerequisite for the Kanchenjunga trek. What’s crucial is a willingness to prepare physically and mentally, and to respect the demands of the environment. Proper acclimatization ensures trekkers can fully enjoy the journey, absorbing the breathtaking landscapes and immersing themselves in the local culture.

Ultimately, the Kanchenjunga trek beckons adventurers of all backgrounds, offering an unforgettable experience for those willing to embrace the challenges of altitude with patience and preparation.

The Kanchenjunga trekking route opened to foreigners in 1988, granting access to this pristine region. Mount Kanchenjunga Himal stands at 8586 meters above sea level, ranking as the world’s third-highest peak. The Kanchenjunga conservation area, established in 1997, covers a land area of 2,035 km. Until 1852, the Kanchenjunga Trek was believed to be the highest mountain in the world. On May 25, 1849, a British expedition led by Joe Brown and George Band successfully summited Kanchenjunga. The cost to summit Kanchenjunga is approximately $23,800 per person for a 50-day itinerary, reflecting the challenges and expenses associated with climbing a mountain of 8,586 meters above sea level.

In the past, adventurers accessed the Kanchenjunga base camp only through camping and organized treks. Nowadays, visitors can stay in tea houses and experience homestay treks. However, accommodations and meals in this area are not as good as those offered on the Annapurna base camp and Everest trek.

Several villages inhabited by the Sherpa community in the Kanchenjunga area have preserved their own traditional cultures and languages, speaking their mother tongue. The remaining inhabitants of the Kanchenjunga area include Rai, Limbus, Tamang, and Gurungs.

Kanchenjunga Trekking Trails

The Kanchenjunga trek itinerary begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and a drive to Taplejung. You can reach Ghunsa from Ranipul via Sekathum and Amjilesa in two days. There is now a large town in the Ghunsa Valley. North Pangpe Base Camp can be reached in three days via Khambachen and Lonak from Ghunsa. The summit is located at an altitude of 5,140 meters.

You can reach the base camp of Faktanglung (Kumbhakarna) Himal from Khambachen. Selele Pass provides access to both Base Camps. The Oktang South Base Camp is located at a height of 4,750 meters. Through Torengdin, Cheram, Ramjer, and Yamphudin, you can reach South Base Camp. It is possible to consider this region to be a virgin destination due to its geographical isolation.

The development of this area as a conservation area began in 1998 BS. It was handed over to the local community in October 2006 BS and covers an area of 2,035 square kilometers. There are four conservation areas within this area: Olangchung Gola, Lelep, Tapethok, and Yamphudin. As a result of its diversity, it is also important. Mountains, Sherpa lifestyles, Yak settlements, essential herbs, and the region’s natural beauty make it a pleasant place to visit. There is nothing better than wandering around nature for a few days while taking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

Kanchenjunga base camp trek length

It requires great fitness to complete the Kanchenjunga base camp trek (220 km), which takes three weeks between walking with a backpack. Many of the paths are rocky, and there are a few long hills as well. It may be necessary to use short ropes around the base camps when traversing rocky terrain. The purpose of these is to assist people over short, rocky sections. However, climbing skills are not required for the trek, 

Wildlife Hub

Khambachen and Lonak are wildlife hotspots of the region, with many mountain animals living there. You can see groups of Blue sheep, Himalayan Thar, and Himalayan birds, Danphe, Monal, and Chilime.

There are about 303 species of migratory and native birds in Kanchenjunga, according to a book published by the Kanchenjunga Area Conservation Council. Two species of birds are critically endangered worldwide. Besides the 266 lakes, the area has several glacial ponds as well.

The book also mentions seven snake species, four lizard species, 15 amphibian species, and 21 fish species. Bitter fish are native to the region. Furthermore, there are 83 species of insects and 844 species of flowering plants in the area. Moreover, Chauri (Yak), one of the jewels of the Himalayas, can also be found here.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit trek takes you through terraced fields, picturesque villages, and green forests, along a ridgeline of Rhododendron forests, Chauki, and Gupha Pokhari. The most beautiful place to see rhododendrons blooming in the spring is Gupha Pokhari. The trail is relatively easy, and the highest pass is Sinen-La at 4,646 meters; during Sinen-La, there are mostly ascents and descents.

Toilets in Kanchenjunga trek

During your Kanchenjunga circuit trek, you should not expect comfortable toilets (western toilets). Only some hotels have western toilets, and most teahouses have pan toilets with no toilet paper. Bring your toilet paper or buy it from the same tea house.

Temperature

Kanchenjunga trekking ultimate distance is 5065 m in height at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, so you can expect minus temperatures at North Base Camp during your Kanchenjunga trek. Ensure that you have the type of equipment listed in the blog for your Kanchenjunga trek, such as a sleeping bag for -25C. Remember, a quality sleeping bag makes your trip, and a poor sleeping bag makes your trek.

The Nepal wilderness trekking Guide team’s Guide and porters are very familiar and experienced with the Kanchenjunga trekking trail. Our primary goal is to make the trek a lifetime memory for our customers/ trekkers.

Ghunsa Town

Ghunsa Town, nestled in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area of Nepal, epitomizes picturesque beauty with its serene ambiance and captivating mountain vistas. A favored haven for trekkers, it boasts improved accommodations, restaurants offering both local delicacies and international fare, hot shower facilities, and a welcoming atmosphere. Among the notable lodgings are the Tashi Delek Lodge and Khangri Hotel, both offering essential amenities for trekkers seeking refuge amidst Ghunsa’s awe-inspiring landscapes.

The best time to do the Kanchenjunga Trek

The best time to trek Kanchenjunga base camp is during the spring (March, April, and May) and autumn (September, October, and November). During these times, the weather and temperature are more conducive to trekking. As a result, you will be able to trek comfortably.

Kanchenjunga Trekking is possible throughout the year. During the monsoon season, however, the frequent rainfall complicates the trek. It is very cold in the region during the winter months. Therefore, Kanchenjunga trekking is possible during off-seasons, but it is very difficult.

The Kanchenjunga Trek is a great choice for experienced trekkers looking for a challenging and off-the-beaten-path adventure. It’s important to be physically fit and mentally prepared for the rigors of this trek, as well as to have the proper gear and equipment. It’s also advisable to go with a reputable trekking agency or guide to ensure your safety and make the most of your experience.


Information about Kanchenjunga trekking

There is a requirement for TIMS cards. The Kanchenjunga restricted area trekking permit costs US $20 per person per week; the Kanchenjunga conservation fee is Rs 3000. It is only possible to obtain a permit if you are traveling with at least two other people on an organized trekking excursion.

Kanchenjunga is often described as an organized, camping-only trek, but this isn’t completely accurate. Almost all villages along the route have very basic accommodation available (usually a room in a private house). A few basic tea houses with dorm-style rooms can be found beyond the last villages.

All accommodations are more suited to porters and herders than trekkers, but you’re welcome to stay. A camping trek organized by an organization is the best option, at least for the moment. You will need porters from Kathmandu since there aren’t many near trailheads.

Getting to and from Taplejung requires either a flight or a long bus ride from Kathmandu to Biratnagar or Bhadrapur. Both have frequent transport links to Ilam, where tea is produced, and from there less frequent connections to Taplejung. You will need a full 24 hours to travel from Kathmandu to the trailhead by plane, bus, or private vehicle. Suketar also has an airport but recently not running. 

Ethnic Diversity of the Kanchenjunga Region:

Rai and Limbu: Indigenous to the Kanchenjunga area, the Rai and Limbu communities showcase vibrant cultures. They embrace distinct languages, music, dance, and festivals, rooted in their deep bond with nature through farming practices and rituals.

Sherpa: Renowned globally for mountaineering prowess, Sherpas hold a unique Tibetan-Buddhist culture. Monasteries, prayer flags, and traditional attire are integral. Their warmth extends through hospitality and contributions to trekking and mountaineering.

Tamang: Originally from Tibet, Tamangs thrive in the Kanchenjunga region. Influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, their festivals, clothing, and practices reflect this heritage. Colorful dances and intricate handicrafts define their community.

Gurung: Prominent in Kanchenjunga, Gurungs boast bravery from serving in British and Indian armies. With a unique language and culture, their festivals and traditional attire stand out.

Yakthung (Lepcha): Lepchas, also Yakthung, are Sikkim’s original inhabitants. Their script, language, and indigenous beliefs define them. A culture aligned with nature underscores their practices.

Tibetan Influence: Proximity to Tibet enriches the Kanchenjunga region with Tibetan culture and Buddhism. Prayer flags, monasteries, and rituals are common, weaving a tapestry of influences.

Festivals and Traditions: Kanchenjunga hosts diverse festivals, uniting communities. Celebrations like Losar, Lhosar, and Tihar honor religious and cultural heritage, fostering togetherness.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. Drive to Taplejung (1,820 m). Check-in at the lodge for an overnight stay.
  • Day 02: After breakfast, drive to Sekathum Japantar (1,500 m). Begin a 5-6-hour hike. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 03: Trek from Sekathum Japantar to Aamjilasa (2,400 m). Approximate hiking duration: 4-5 hours.
  • Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 04: Hike from Aamjilasa to Gyabla (2,750 m). Duration: 5-6 hours. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 05: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,430 m). Hiking time: 4-5 hours. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 06: Acclimatization Day in Ghunsa Optional side trip. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 07: Trek from Ghunsa to Khambachen (4,050 m). Duration: 5-6 hours. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 08: Continue the trek from Khambachen to Lonak (4,800 m). Hiking time: 5-6 hours. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 09:  Hike from Lonak to Pangpema/North Base Camp and return to Lonak (5,200 m). Trek duration: 3-4 hours. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 10: Trek from Lonak to Ghunsa (3,430 m). Duration: 5-6 hours. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 11: Hike from Ghunsa to Selele Kharka (4,480 m). Trek duration: 5-6 hours. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 12: trek from Selele Kharka to Tseram via two high passes, Mrigen-La & Sinen-La (4,646 m). Hiking time: 7-8 hours. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 13: Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4,580 m). Duration: 4-5 hours. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 14: Hike from Ramche to Oktang viewpoint 4900m, trek back to Cheram 6 hours. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 15: Trek from Tseram to Tortong (3,000 m). Duration: 4-5 hours. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 16: trek from Tortong to Yampudin (2,080 m). Hiking time: 7-8 hours. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 17: Drive to Birtamot by jeep. Overnight stay in Birtamot.
  • Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur (1,300 m). 45-minute flight.

Cost Included

  • Your hotel to the domestic airport, and hotel transfers by car.
  • Roundtrip flight tickets from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and vice versa.
  • Private Jeep from Bhadrapur to Taplejung, and shared Jeep from Taplejung to Sukethum Japantar.
  • Jeep transportation from Yampudin to Bhadrapur.
  • Lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • Kanchenjunga special entrance permits.
  • Experienced English-speaking trekking guide licensed by the government and familiar with the area.
  • Microspikes for trekking from December to February.
  • Kit bag for storing belongings.
  • Sleeping bag suitable for a comfortable night's sleep on a trek in temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius.
  • One porter for every two to three participants. (Note: Additional cost applies for solo clients requiring a porter.)
  • Guide's porter, including food, lodge, air/bus transportation, salary, insurance, equipment, etc.
  • Necessary paperwork, including all government and local taxes.
  • A certificate of appreciation from Nepal Wilderness Trekking after a successful trek.

Cost Excluded

  • Airfare for international flights.
  • Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal entry visa fees vary by duration (15 days - $25-30, 30 days - $40-50, etc.).
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Personal equipment, suitable for high and cold temperatures.
  • Emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation coverage is provided by travel insurance.
  • All beverages including soft drinks, caffeinated drinks such as coke, beer, etc.
  • Drinking water/mineral water, dessert, laundry services.
  • Tip for guide and porter.
  • Excluded are all costs and expenses not listed under "cost includes."
  • Inclusion of costs or delays beyond the control of the management, such as landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, changes in government policies, strikes, etc.

Reviews

From Australia
Trekking around Kanchenjunga Trekking in eastern Nepal includes Kanchenjunga north (5134m) and south (4800m) base camps as well as the snow-driven Sinelapche pass at 4840m....
From British
Excellent experience with this company and everyone involved. We were extremely pleased with our entire experience. We could not have asked for a better experience....

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