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Massive Kanchanjunga offer excellent photographic view of Everest, Makalu and Kanchanjanga itself. It is inhabited by few scattered population and is a real wilderness terrain of Nepal.Kanchanjunga is the second highest mountain of Nepal with (8,586) mtr height. It’s a virgin area for trekkers and natural lovers. Its lies in the extreme east of Nepal and to the northeast of Sikkim and Darjeeling [India]. This area is extremely suitable in spring with blooming rhododendron and varieties of other mountain flowers with super views of mountain ranges like Kanachanjunga, Janu, Nepal peak, Khabrudome, Rathong, Makalu and Everest from gufa pokhari and other ranges. Kanchanjunga sector is a bit tougher area than others and the trekkers are advised to trek in easier trail beforehand.
The weather in summer is full of monsoon rain and winters are cold. On the way we come across different settlements with varied cultures, different vegetation, varieties of wild animals and bird species. After four days trek to Kanchenjunga, we do not find good villagers for marketing the necessaries. So, trekking in Kanchenjunga are advised to be fully equipped on leaving for trek.There are two ways of approaches to this sector. Firstly, fly from Kathmandu to Suketar and back same way. Secondly, drive to Basantpur or end in Kabeli khola back to Kathmandu by local bus or reserve van.
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (81 m/266 ft)
You will fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar. Depending upon the availability of flying options to Suketar from Biratnagar you will be presented with either of the two possibilities listed below:
Day 02: Fly from Biratnagar to Suketar (2,420 m/7,938 ft) or Drive from Phidim (1,179 m/ (3,868 ft) to Suketar
If you spent overnight at Biratnagar the previous day you will directly fly to Suketar this day and spend the night there. But, if you spent your night in Phidim you will be driving to Suketar. Either way you spend overnight at Suketar.
Day 03: Suketar to Mitlung (921 m/3,021 ft) 4-5 hrs
We officially kick start the day with a downhill walk to Mitlung. The trails throughout the lower sections of the Kanchenjunga region pass through fertile valleys with beautiful pastures and small villages. We then cross Hangdewa River and walk alongside the raging Tamor River. As we gradually head in a northerly direction the trail steepens after a few hours before a final descent of 350 meters on a muddy trail to Mitlung. We spend the night there.
Day 04:: Mitlung to Chirwa (1,270 m/4166 ft) 5-6 hrs
The trail ascends and descends steadily as we make our way towards the village of Sinwa. We continue trekking downhill until we reach Tawa. At Tawa, we ascend to some heights and cross the suspension bridge at Thiwa. We pass beautiful rural landscape along the way and reach Chirwa, a beautiful Limbu village with few lodges, tea shops etc. We spend the night at Chirwa.
Day 05: Chirwa to Sukathum (1,576 m/5,169 ft) 5-6 hrs
The trek from Chirwa to Sukathum passes through varied landscapes such as cardamom fields and dense forests. We trek uphill for sometime then descend to the lush green fields below and continue trekking along the Tamor River passing through a dense forest. It’s both uphill and downhill trek until crossing the Ghunsa River after which we reach Sukathum and spend the night there.
Day 06: Sukathum to Amjilosa (2,308 m /7,570 ft) 6-7 hrs
Trekking from Sukathum to Amjilosa is challenging. After crossing the suspension bridge outside Sukathum we enter a dense forest, ascend the steep trail, descend and cross the river again. We also climb a gorge from the bottom and pass by Solima village and descend again to the level of the river. All in all, this day’s trekking is rather tough. Therefore, it is advisable to be very careful especially while walking the trail that passes the gorge. We later follow a tricky trail which goes both uphill and downhill until reaching Amjilosa where we spend the night.
Day 07: Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730 m /8,954 ft) 6-7 hrs
We start trekking from the river bank, pass through a densely forest of bamboo, fir and rhododendrons eventually reaching a small stone house by the river. We then climb uphill crossing a few small bridges along the way. Here, we get to enjoy the company of stunning waterfalls that originate from the mountains. After yet another short uphill walk we reach the Tibetan settlement to Gyabla.
Day 08: Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft) 5-6 hrs
We descend down the river and notice the valley as it slowly opens up before reaching Phale, a Tibetan refugee settlement where it is possible to purchase handicrafts and homemade rugs from locals. After purchasing a few souvenirs we travel through conifer and pine forest and reach the Sherpa village of Ghunsa where we spend the night. This place is known for its hydroelectricity plant and the fact that more than 20 prominent conservationists met a tragic end in a helicopter crash.
Day 09: Acclimatisation day at Ghunsa
We take care to spend time acclimatising around Ghunsa before continuing our next day’s trek. We recommend you to stay active even in a rest day as it is better than being idle while on a trekking journey. Therefore, we take a short hike towards the Laspsan La monastery through the lush green forest. Come back to Ghunsa by afternoon and relax.
Day 10: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 5-6 hrs
From Ghunsa we trek further north along the river bank which presents us with magnificent mountain scenery. We pass through meadows full with beautiful wildflowers, rhododendron and pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, continue past the waterfall and cross the tricky section of the 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 11: Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780 m/15,678 ft) 6-7 hrs
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.
Day 12: Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5,388 m/17,673 ft) 6-7 hrs
We trek along the Kanchenjunga Glacier to spend a night at Pangpema, Kanchenjunga base camp on the north side. We urge you to be careful around the rockier sections as they are prone to landslides. After a short while you reach Pangpema, a flat grassy base camp. Climb a little higher and enjoy the splendor of Jannu, Kanchenjunga and Chang Himal.
Day 13: Trek back to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 6-7 hrs
We retrace our path to Lhonak and continue down the valley to Ramtang Monastery. The return journey offers a different perspective of the mountains Kanchenjunga, Taple Shikhar, Gimmigela, and Mera Peak among others. Due to the descending nature of this trek we will reach Kambachen by evening and spend the night there.
Day 14: Kambachen to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft) 3-4 hrs
It’s essentially the reverse of our Day 12 trek. We descend to Ghunsa from Kambachen which means that we get to enjoy the beautiful forests along with a backdrop of impressive mountain scenery. Overnight at Ghunsa
Day 15: Ghunsa to Sele Le (4,290 m/14,071 ft) 6-7 hrs
It’s a steep trek upward from Ghunsa to Sele-Le. Upon reaching Sele Le we climb through a dense forest of moss, rhododendron and juniper. Lunch will be served in an appropriate place with the availability of water. We spend the night in Sele Le.
Day 16: Sele Le to Cheram (3,870 m/12,694 ft) 6-7 hrs
We do an uphill trek and enjoy the mesmerizing south side view of Jannu Himal and Makalu (the world's 6th highest mountain). Today is a strenuous trekking day as we cross several passes- Sinion La, Mirgin La and Sinelapche Bhanjyang. We then make a steep descend to Cheram and spend the night there.
Day 17: Cheram to Ramche (4,580 m/15,022 ft) and return back to Cheram, 4-5 hrs
We ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and walk alongside the Simbuwa Khola, pass through Lapsang village and reach Ramche. While there, we walk further up the valley or ascend a ridge for a tremendous view of blue sheeps. We then follow the 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 can even consider continuing to Oktang Monastery. Descend and spend the night at Cheram.
Day 18: Cheram to Tortong (2,995 m/9,824 ft) 5-6 hrs
As we descend to Tortong we first encounter two trails. One trail is the one we took while descending down from Sele Le. However, we ignore this route and descend further down to the trail alongside the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy the lush rhododendron forest along the way.
Day 19: Tortong to Yamphudin (2,080 m/6,822 ft) 6-7 hrs
While descending from Tortong to Yamphudin we pass through Lasiya Bhanjyang which involves walking up through trees and area of landslides. The terrain changes after every monsoon but by the middle of October it should be stable with a route through. Walking further down we reach the village of Yamphudin, a village inhabited by Sherpas, Limbus and Rais.
Day 20: Yamphudin to Yangpang (1,007 m/3,304 ft) 6-7 hrs
We descend from Yamphudin, cross the bridge at Samekham and continue following the Kabeli Khola. We pass through Mamankhe which houses the Limbu Museum and Cultural Center. We then cross the bridge over Khaksewa Khola and ascend through the cardamom forest, pass by a few villages and descend further down to Yangpang. Overnight at Yangpang.
Day 21: Yangpang to Thorpu (1,500 m/4,290 ft) 5-6 hrs
Instead of going back to Taplejung we descend down to Thorpu. By opting for Thorpu we will not only be saving us time but will also get to enjoy the landscape of a different route. While descending to Thorpu we pass through some really beautiful terraced villages, where the people are very interested to see you. We spend the night in Thorpu and enjoy the hospitality of the villagers.
Day 22: Thorpu to Birtamod (300 m/ 984 ft) 5-6 hrs
We are most likely to drive from Thorpu to Birtamod which is a lively Terai town in Eastern Nepal. Along the way you will notice the climate getting warmer with a landscape that is different from the mountains and the hills. The town boasts a number of good accommodation facilities therefore we spend the night in Birtamod.
Day 23: Drive from Birtamod to Bhadrapur then Fly to Kathmandu
The drive to Bhadrapur from Birtamod is only of short distance. We fly back to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur Airport. Upon arriving in Kathmandu you can take a rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel or if you are interested in taking souvenirs for your loved ones, you can shop around the tourist area of Thamel. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 24: Farewell !
Your journey comes to an end today. There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. A representative of Everest Expeditions Nepal will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours from your scheduled flight. On your way home you will have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
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