Trekking in Nepal Kanchenjunga Region

kanchenjunga-trekkingKanchenjunga is translated as “Five treasures of the Snow.” Mount Kanchenjunga (8586 m.) is the third highest mountain in the world and the second highest peak in Nepal. It is located in the extreme northeast corner of Nepal bordering Sikkim (an Indian State) to the east and China to the north.

You trek to the base camps of the world’s third highest peak. It provides you spectacular views of Jannu from the Mirgin La. The tranquil villages on the borders of Sikkim and Tibet add other dimensions to this trek. The region is one of the pristine high mountain areas in Nepal and your trek takes you through magnificent and varied scenery to the Base Camps on both north and south sides of this vast mountain.

You will find this trek as the most adventurous of all the routes offered. The trek begins at Tumlingtar or Taplejung accessible by air, or Ilam or Basantpur accessible by road. Soaring peaks, the Yalung Glacier and a wide variety of natural vegetation and agricultural areas can be seen in this region.kanchangjungha-base-Camp-trek-map

Day 01: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar by airplane and by plane to Taplejung and suketar (2300m). This morning you fly to Biratnagar in the eastern Terai. It is Nepal’s second largest city and an energetic, bustling place. You take the short 30 to 40 minute flight to Sukhetar / Taplejung, where the trek crew will be waiting for your arrival. After landing, you take a little time for refreshments and for the porters to prepare their loads before beginning your walk along the ridge line above Taplejung village.

Day 02: Trek from Suketar (2300m.) to Kunjari (1928m.) which takes about seven hours. Climb gradually along a rhododendron-covered ridge. The trail crosses the ridge and contours past the Deorali Khola and four more streams to a pass at 2570m. Descend through the forests to Lali Kharka, houses at 2220m., then through fields to the substantial Limbu village of Thembewa at 1880m. Now climb steeply to Kunjari, a Limbu village at 1700m.

Day 03: Trek from Kunjari to Mamangkhe (1920m) and it takes about seven hours. From here the trail makes a long looping traverse to Bhanjyang, a Gurung settlement with several bhattis, on a pass at 2120m. From Bhyanjyang there are views of Kanchenjunga and Kyabru. Now you head north just below the top of a ridge descending to the scattered village of Keswa at 1960m. You pass below waterfalls crossing severeal streams and landslide to Phun Phun. You descend through a series of side valleys to shops on a ridge at 1850m, then descend steeply through rice terraces into a side canyon, cross a stream on a long suspension bridge at 1540 m, then climb to Mamankhe, a prosperous Limbu village with bhattis, shops and a large school at 1810m.

Day 04: Trek from Mamangkhe to Yamphudin (2080m.) which takes approximately five hours. Beginning with an easy climb, the walk to Yamphudin is along a trail, which contours the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. You cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides and the trail eventually becomes level with the river a couple of hours before Yamphudin. Along the way, you can stop to bathe in one of the many clear pools in this beautiful river. It is a truly idyllic spot and after lunch by the river, you complete the day’s walk to Yamphudin. Yamphudin is the most remote settlement in this area and the last habitation you will see until you reach Gunsa. It is a charming place tucked away beneath the ridge of the Deorali Danda, which you must cross next.

Day 05: Trek from Yamphudin to Omje khola (2460m) which takes about six hours. Cross the Omje Khola on a couple of bamboo poles and follow the Kabeli Khola upstream for a short distance, ignoring the suspension bridge. After you pass behind a ridge out of sight of Yamphudin, cross a small stream and take a trail that heads straight uphill. Zigzag up through fields of corn and barley to Darachuk, and keep climbing past meadows to Dubi Bhanjyang, a pass at 2540m. Descend through ferns and big trees to the Omje Khola at 2340m. and follow the stream uphill for a short distance. Cross the stream on a log bridge, and go a bit further upstream to a camp site.

Day 06: Trek from Amjekhola to Torontan (2890m.) and it takes approximately five and half hours. From the stream, the trail makes a steep climb through bamboo to a kharka at Chitre (2920m.) and continues up to a notch. After a short descent, the ascent to a clearing is less strenuous and then the trail passes through a forest of pines and rhododendrons to a pond at Lamite Bhanjyang, 3410m elevation. From this ridge, you can see a trail across a huge landslide scar; a better route is to stay on the ridge and follow it east along its top until you are well beyond the landslide, then follow a steep set of switchbacks leading downhill. Once the initial steep descent is finished, the trail becomes gentler. It passes through damp, orchid-filled forests, crossing streams and isolated clearings used by herders and woodcutters.

Day 07: Trek from Toronde to Tserma (3870m.) which takes approximately five hours. This morning, you follow the right bank of the river, passing through pine and rhododendron forests. The valley climbs steeply and, as the day progresses, the trees become sparser and more stunted, giving you glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead and of the massive snout of the Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram, the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong start to peep over the moraine. You camp at Tseram where the night-time temperature plummets, reminding you that you are really gaining height.

Day 08: Trek from Tserma to Ramche (4580m.) and it takes approximately six hours. You proceed for a relatively short day’s walk today to your next camp at Ramche. The scenery is magnificent as you ascend 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 walk into Ramche which is situated on a broad, flat ablation zone.

Day 09: Trek from Ramche to Yalung B.c.(5400m) which takes about six and half hours. While trekking this day, you cross long distance moraines and follow Yalung Glacier to climb onto the moraine. You can see chorten at 4800m and there is a fine view of the south face of Kanchenjunga. A short distance beyond the chorten is view of Mount Jannu. You must climb down the rough moraine onto the Yalung Glacier. Following Yalung Glacier, you get to the Yalung Base Camp.

Day 10: Trek from Yalung Ramche (4580m.) which takes approximately six and half hours. You retrace back to Ramche following Yalung Glacer. On the way, you see juniper jungle, yak herds and landslides. While trekking, you can enjoy the views of different mountains. Some part of the path is covered by mani walls and prayer flags. Herds of the blue sheep live on the cliff above. Ramche is occupied with few teashops and houses made of stones.

Day 11: Trek from Ramche to Toronde (2890m) and it takes about six and half hours. On the way, you see juniper jungle, yak herds and landslides. While trekking, you can enjoy the views of different mountains. Some part of the path is covered by mani walls and prayer flags. Herds of the blue sheep live on the cliff above. While trekking, you pass the junction with the trail to Mirgin La is nearby. Some path of the trails is loosy, rocky and slippery. The trail goes alongside the moraine of Yalung Glacier. Somewhere during the trek, you cross the rhododendron forests and landslides. On the way is a Buddhist shrine decorated with rock cairns and prayer flags.

Day 12: Trek from Toronde to Amjekhola (2460m.) which takes about six and half hours. You trek begins with the cross of suspension bridge. Normally, you trek through flat path following thick jungle. At a certain point of jungle, your trail begins to gently ascend. You can see landslides on your way. After a short distance, the trail starts to descend to Amjikhola.

Day 13: Trek from Amjekhola to Yamphudin (2080m.) which takes about four and half hours. Your trek is in descent way through jungle. You cross suspension bridge to reach Yamphudin. Yamphudin is relatively a big town inhabited by mixed community of Buddhist and Hindus. Here you can see the long terraced fields as people are involved in agricultural activities. There are few lodges and teashops with other local shops.

Day 14: Trek from Yamphudin to Mamangkhe and it takes about five and half hours. You descend to west side of the Kabeli Khola through the less dense forest. There is a lot of flood damage here, so it becomes a rock hopping exercise, over boulders, tree roots and intersecting stream channels, as you head upstream. Now you ascend gradually to the Tenguwa Khola. You need to cross the stream by jumping from stone to stone. Switchback steeply up to another ridge marked by a chorten and prayer flags, and then ascends across rubble and rock slides and cross another stream. Parts of the trail are on cliffs high above the riverto get to Kabeli Khola at 1640m. Mamankhe is a prosperous Limbu village with bhattis, shops and a large school at 1810m.

Day 15: Trek from Mamangkhe to Keswa (2120m.) which takes about seven hours. The first part of your trek is ascent through the rice terraced into a side cannon, cross a stream on a long suspension bridge at 1540m. Then go up a bit to Phonpe village at 1780m. You head generally downwards through forest past a large waterfall. Normally you cross several waterfalls, streams and a landslide to reach Phun Phun. Not only this, you cross a saddle where a stately pipal tree offers a rest in the shade. Finally you get to Keswa which is village inhabited by Limbu and Gurung, the ethnic groups of Nepal.

Day 16: Trek from Keswa to Suketar (2300m.) and it takes about seven hours. The trail is mixed with ascents and descents. You cross streams at several places. You have to cross Pokara village to a suspension bridge across the Phawa Khola at 1430m.. There is a good swimming hole here. You descend steeply at Kunjari, a Limbu village at 1700m. Climb down through wheat fields to a saddle. From here, the trail makes a long, looping traverse to Bhanjyang, a Gurung settlement with several bhattis, on a pass at 2120m. From Bhanjyang, there are views of Kanchenjunga and Kyabru. Now the trail enters the Kabeli Khola valley. For some part, you gradually climb down along the rhoderdrons covered ridge.and cross the Deurali Khola with four more streams to a pass at 2570m. Ascend through forest to Lali Kharka. Suketar is a village above the 2300m.

Day 17: Fly from Biratnagar to Katmandu via Suketaar.

Services Included
National Park entry permit, Trekking permit, a guide and required number of porter(s), all surface transportation to and fro, cook, kitchen helper, all meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee, fruit, juice, etc.), necessary camping equipments such as tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattresses, down jackets, down sleeping bags, cooking utensils, fuel etc. camping charges, rescue help, insurance and equipment for the Nepali staffs.

Services Excluded
Personal expenses, Emergency evacuation by Helicopter, Insurance, Tips, Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, road blockade etc.

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