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Trekking   • Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga Trekking

Min Group Size: 02 or MoreKanchenjunga trekking
Season: April - October
Departure date: As per request
Trekking Gread: 4

Kangchenjunga is located in the easternmost part of Nepal, which gets triple the amount of annual rainfall compared to western Nepal—these mountains on the foothills of the world’s third highest mountain get upwards of 3,500 mm of rain a year. The effect is most visible in the vegetation: thick, verdant forests with heavy undergrowth. Even at the height of the dry season, the jungle trails are moist and fresh.

The rhododendron in eastern Nepal is some of the most spectacular, especially the Milke Danda range north of Taplejung which has been declared a sanctuary for Nepal’s national flower. The whole trek through the moist forests is also an orchid enthusiast’s delight. If orchids are actually parasites, then you could call the Tamur River basin a Parasite Paradise.

Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Birathnagar by flight

Day 02: After arriving in Taplejung on the early morning flight start walking to Lali Kharka past
picturesque multi-ethnic villages.

Day 03: Keswa. From the ridge there are good views of Jannu (also known as Kumbhakarna
Himal), the mountain looms at the head of the valley and has a striking presence.

Day 04: Mamankhe is a Rai and Limbu village the houses surrounded by barley, millet and cornfields. The
local tea-shops have great tongba where you can sip the warm drink with a bamboo straw and chat
with English-speaking elderly ex-servicemen.

Day 05: Yamptudin is probably the only Gurung village this far east. Unlike their Rai or Limbu neighbours, they speak Nepali.

Day 06: Lamite Bhanjyang does not offer much of a view because of the thick forest of tall trees. Beyond here, there are only herders and shepherds to be seen taking livestock to high pastures.

Day 07: Tseram at 3,770m is the junction from where you branch off to the Yalung Glacier.

Day 08: Ramche at 4,800m is a yak shelter from where it is two-and-half-hours to the base camp for Kangchenjunga south face. Further up there is a broad glacier field at Oktang, a great place to camp or next morning you will be there.

Day 09: An easy day on around the Oktang

Day 10: Back to Tseram (it is too hard to cross Labsang La in March/April.

Day 11: Rapka Kharka is a long day from Tseram, crossing two 4,800 m passes. The is a fantastic point to view the world of Kanchanjunga. Kangchenjunga and Jannu dominate the eastern horizon, to the west is the jagged ridge of Jaljale Himal which separates the Tamur and Arun watersheds, and far in the distance are Makalu and Everest. On a clear day, you see down to the Indian plains to the south.

Day 12: Ghunsa, site of a Tibetan Refugee Camp, is four-and-a-half hours down to the valley and you can reach in time for lunch.

Day 13: Rampuk Kharka. The day starts with a forest trail and slowly gets into moraine country with narrow trails and rock falls.

Day 14: Lhonak, it is a long valley with surrounded by all the might snow mountains and glacier. It is a long and exciting valley. There are many peaks around you to climb to see higher and wider of the area. Views of Kirat Chuli, Nepal peak and the Twins are just at the end of the valley.

Day 15: Amjilasa.

Day 16: By Chirwa you are back in the low mid-hills with Bahun, Chhetri villages.

Day 17: Depend on the snow level we can try to go more inner part of the valley. Pangpema or Lhonak will be camp destination.

Day 18: An easy day on around the Glacier Valley and come back to Rampuk Kharaka.

Day 19: Back to Ghunsa or walk more to to Phere

Day 20: Amjilasa or Ghaya Bari.

Day 21: By Chirwa you are back in the low mid-hills with Bahun, Chhetri villages.

Day 22: Climb up to the ridge to get back to Taplejung for the flight back

Day 23: Fly back to Kathmandu

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