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Kanchenjunga North Trek – 24 Days

24 days

Kanchenjunga North Trek is an ideal trekking trial in the far eastern part of Nepal. Kanchenjunga lies on the far eastern side of Nepal, near the border with Sikkim. It is the 3rd highest mountain in the world with an elevation of 8586 meters. Kanchenjunga trekking route is a little bit longer compared to other trekking routes of Nepal but rewarding, which follows deeply into the remote Himalayas mountain ranges of Nepal. The unspoilt and cultural Kanchenjunga region offers some of the best treks in Nepal. The hike in the warm middle hills, on the entire slopes of the terraces and picturesque villages, crosses dense forests to reach the high alpine regions with valleys that keep going and going. Hence, the name Kanchenjunga means 'Five Treasures of the Great Snow' which is in reference to the five summits that make up Kanchenjunga.
Kanchenjunga North Trek offers incredible scenery, vivid panoramas and snowy White Mountains above 8,000 and below 8,000 m. Wild animals such as musk deer, snow leopard, red panda and many other animals are found on this hiking trail. This long journey on a less crowded trail also gives us a unique insight into the rural Nepalese way of life of the eastern region of the country. The trek will proceed from the Kanchenjunga conservation zone, which will allow you to automatically hear the great diversity of the flora and fauna. The trails lead you through contrasting landscapes that stretch from the subtropical lowlands to the magnificent high-altitude glacial plateaus that flow into pristine valleys and the magnificent Rhododendron forests.
Trip Highlights:
1. Mt Kanchenjunga- Third highest peak in the world
2. Popular organizing trip to situated in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
3. Tibetan hospitality
4. Traditional Nepali cultures
5. Distance and preserved natural heritage
6. Wildlife such as Snow leopard, musk deer, red panda, etc.
7. Different landscapes from forests to meadows
8. Snowy mountains above 8000m
9. Kanchenjunga Glacier and many more
10. Rivers and waterfalls all along the trip

Accommodation: Lodge, Teahouse
Location: Kanchenjunga
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
Trip Duration: 24 days
Trip Level: Middle
Max Altitude: 5140m
Suitable for: Adult
season Sept. to Dec. ,Jan. to May
Route:

Kathmandu - Suketar - Chauki - Gupa Pokhari - Nesum - Thumma - Sakathum - Gyabla - Khambachen - Lhonak - Pangpema - Ghunsa - Chirwa - Linkhim - Kathmandu

The price includes the following services::

• The price Includes the following services:
• Standard twin-Share accommodation in three star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast three night.
• Domestic airfare according to itinerary (Kathmandu – Suketar – Kathmandu round trip).
• All the trekking and camping equipment such as tent, sleeping bags, kitchen utensils etc.
• All meals (breakfast, lunch, diner) during the trek.
• Trekking guide/s.
• A Professional 9Sherpa assistance guide) if group size more than 8 presons.
• Porters (one porter carries 25kg of luggage) - each two-person one porter.
• KCAP (Kanchanjung Conversation area project) and Kanchanjunga Restricted Area special Trekking Permit fees.
• Duffle Bag during trek and First Aid medical kid.

 

The price does not includes the following services::

International airfare and visa fees.
• Personal expenses.
• Drinks, beverages, hot shower, charging mobile, wi-fi.
• Travel insurance.
• Tips for guide.
• Lunch dinner at Kathmandu.
• Not mention above services.

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Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu.

Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our airport representative who will drop you off at the hotel. After checking in, we take a rest for a while. We may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner where you will be served with excellent Nepalese cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Suketar and trek to Basantapure – 5 hours.

From Kathmandu, we get an early morning flight to Suketar also known as Taplejung Airport. Suketar is an airport serving Taplejung, in the Taplejung district of the Mechi zone in Eastern Nepal. It is the gateway for tourists heading to the Kangchenjunga mountainous. Upon arrival at Suketar, we will head to Basantapur by 5 hours of trekking. Basantapur is a beautiful village in Taplejung District in the Mechi Zone of eastern Nepal. It is a simultaneous ascent and descent on a trail that mostly passes through lush green forests all the way to Basantapur. Overnight in Basantapur.

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Day 3: Basantapure to Chauki(2680m) – 5 hours trek.

On Day 3 we will head to Chauki by 5 hours of trekking. It is a simultaneous ascent and descent on a trail that mostly passes through rhododendron forests. If the sky is clear, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Mount Makalu and Kanchenjunga Himal. Our trek will be through forests and small villages all the way to Chauki. Overnight in Lodge at Chauki.

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Day 4: Chauki to Gupa Pokhari(2870m) – 5 hours.

We begin our trek to Gupa Pokhari after breakfast. It is mostly an easy descent until Gurja Gaon (2145m). From here we begin our ascent that takes about five and half hours. While trekking through this way, you pass through rhododendron forests. At a point, you come across a pass situated at 3000 meters. Gurja Gaon is occupied by Buddhist and Hindus which is situated at low elevation. On the way, we enjoy amazing views of the Himalayan peaks while also passing through several beautiful small villages. Overnight in Gupa Pokhari.

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Day 5: Gupa Pokhari to Nesum(1620m) – 6 hours trek.

We begin our walk on a path commonly used by the villagers and pass through terraced farms and green meadows. We trek from Gupa Pokhari that passes through Milke Danda and then, finally arriving at Akhar Deurali (3200m.). Along the way, we have the constant company of the Himalayas to enjoy. Our walk will be on a trail along the Buje Deurali. We also cross a pass at Mul Pokhari and reach to Gurja (2000m) before reaching Nesum. We spend the night in Nesum camp.

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Day 6: Nesum to Thumma( 760m) – 5 hours.

After breakfast, we begin our trek towards the Thumma. Leaving Nesum, we walk on the trail that crosses the well-built suspension bridge all the way to Doban (640m.) from where the path joins the Tamur Kosi. After crossing Tamur Kosi, the trail moves along the east-bank that passes through tropical and lush green forests. We ascend further alongside the bank of the river up until Thumma. On the way, we enjoy amazing views of the Himalayan peaks while also passing through several beautiful small villages. Overnight at Thumma.

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Day 7: Thumma to Chirwa(1190m) – 7 hours.

Today’s trek will be mostly uphill on an easy trail whereby we mostly walk alongside the green meadows. After breakfast, we begin our trek. We trek from Thumma passing the communities likes of Tawa and Siwa. Then after several easy trail and pass, we will reach to Chirwa, a lovely bazaar where you will find some local shops. You will see the bamboo tubes pipes and channels set up for water supply in the village. Overnight in Chirwa at camp.

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Day 8: Chirawa to Sakathum – 5 hours.

We begin our steady climb to Sakathum after breakfast. From Chhirwa, we walk ahead and then come across the Tapethok. Now the route several ups and downs. Crossing Tam Khola by a suspension bridge and taking a new climb, we cross Gunsa Khola on a rocky bridge and we will arrive to the Tibetan village of Sakathum. Overnight at Sakathum at camp.

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Day 9: Sakathum to Anjilosa(2490m) – 5 hours.

We begin our short trek after breakfast. Our way today, moves steeply upwards and then descend down back to the river. Then we ascend again on a stone stair to observe the beautiful waterfall and Ghaiya Bari. Trekking further up gently we will reach at Crest (2530m.) and then we descend down to the Tibetan community of Amjilassa. Overnight at Amjilassa.

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Day 10: Anjilosa to Gyabla(2730m) – 5 hours.

From Amjilassa, we walk further up the valley. Today the track climbs up through the oak, bamboo and rhododendron forest with the striking views of the south-western face of the Kanchenjunga. We also walk through many up and down the track and pass through several waterfalls and meadows. Afterwards, we will have a steep climb which will take us to Gyabla. Overnight at Gyabla.

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Day 11: Gyabla to Ghunsa(3410m) – 6 hours.

Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3468m.) takes us about six hours. Today we stroll down and through jungle and trek along the river all the way through the forest of rhododendron, fir and we will arrive at the potato meadows of Phere. We can see Gunsa River along the trail. After lunch, we move further via larch forest and ultimately we will arrive at Gunsa where we will observe the police check post. Overnight at Ghunsa.

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Day 12: Rest day.

We spend a day in Ghunsa which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude. We can spend the rest of the day resting and taking part in small hikes. We can explore the areas around the Ghunsa. There is also a viewpoint for Kabaru and Rathong peaks. Gunsa is also rich with Tibetan and Buddhist culture. Ghunsa is relatively larger town. Overnight in Ghunsa.

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Day 13: Ghunsa to Khambachen(4150m) – 7 hours.

From Ghunsa, we walk further north along the river bank which gives us a magnificent mountain scenery. We cross meadows filled with beautiful wild flowers, then cross forests of rhododendrons and pines. We cross a bridge in Rampuk Kharka, pass a waterfall and cross the delicate part of a landslide. After crossing landslide zone, we start to see the spectacular view of the Mt. Jannu. Further exploring and approaching the challenging mountain trail, we finally arrive in Kambachen and spend the night.

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Day 14: Khambachen to Lhonak(4790m) – 5 hours.

Today will be another difficult day hence it is necessary to start early. We walk through rocky fields and big rocks on the hill at the edge of the river and arrive at a waterfall. We then cross a bridge to the Ramtang Monastery. We then come across a landslide zone that we have to cross at a steady pace before descending to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak. Overnight in Lhonak.

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Day 15: Lhonak to Pangpema(5140m) – 4 hours

From Lhonak, we walk to Kanchenjunga base camp. Our trail runs along the gigantic glacier Kanchenjunga. After Pangpema, we descend towards Kanchenjunga base camp. The view from the base camp is extraordinary. Mount Kanchenjunga, Jannu Himal and other Himalayan peaks are ours to admire. We will go down to Pangpema to spend the night.

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Day 16: Pangpema to Khambchen – 7 hours.

From Pangpema we trace back our steps to Khambchen. It is the same route we took when we were climbing up. On the way back we will have a magnificent view of Kanchenjunga, Peak (6750m.), Pyramid Peak (7168m.), Tent Peak (7365m.) etc. and further walk back we will arrive at Khambachen. Overnight at Khambachen.

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Day 17: Khambchen to ghunsa – 4 hours.

From Khambchen, we descend all the way to Ghunsa. It is the same route we took when we were climbing up. We cross meadows filled with beautiful wild flowers, then cross forests of rhododendrons and pines and several landslide area before arriving at Ghunsa. Overnight in Ghunsa.

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Day 18: Ghunsa to Amjilosa – 6 hours trek.

From Ghunsa, we descend towards Phale. We cross several manes and a monastery nearby. We cross juniper forests and reach Phale. From there, the descent is regular towards Gyabla. We cross a bridge over Chhundatangka Khola to reach Gyabla. As we continue our hike, we see a waterfall nearby. We also cross a suspension bridge on Sumbung Khola before reaching Amjilosa. Night in Amjilosa.

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Day 19: Amjilosa to Chirwa – 8 hours trek.

After walking for a while, we see a beautiful waterfall nearby. We continue our walk and pass a small settlement of Solima before crossing a suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola. We cross another suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola and reach Sukathum. Our trail passes through several villages and is next to Thunsa Khola at the beginning followed by Tamor Nadi before reaching Chirwa. Night in Chirwa.

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Day 20: Chirwa to Linkhim(1520) – 7 hours.

After a wonderful time in Chirwa, we head to Linkhim by trekking for 7 hours. The trekking trails along the way to Linkhim offers greenery at its best, floras and faunas and especially Diwa villages always ready to welcome us. The trail drops into a large side canyon and then climbs back to the ridge before reaching Linkhim. Overnight in Linkhim.

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Day 21: Linkhim to Suketar – 6 hours trek.

Trek from Linkhim to Suketar takes us about 6 hours. We trek in and out of side canyons through the small Limbu villages of Helate, Pumbur and Phurbu to a ridge overlooking a monstrous slide area. We further climb above the slide area to the Sherpa villages of Bung Kulung and Lakchun. Furthermore walk will lead us to the Suketar where we will spend the night

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Day 22: Fly from Suketar to Kathmandu.

Our amazing journey to the Kanchenjunga North comes to an end today. We fly back to Kathmandu from Suketar leaving behind one of the most beautiful areas in the country in far-eastern Nepal bordering India in the east and the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China in the north. Alpine grasslands, rocky outcrops, dense temperate, sub-tropical forests, and low river valleys make up the area so popular for trekking. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Day 23: Rest day at Kathmandu.

Today is basically a rest day. You can spend your day quietly or make last-minute purchases or explore the Kathmandu area upon time permits. You can stroll around the street of Thamel city which is mainly famous for Tourist hub. To celebrate the success of our trip, we will have a farewell dinner at night. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Day 24: Departure to home.

Our adventure in Nepal ends today. Our airport representative will take you to the airport about three hours before your scheduled flight. On the way back, you have ample time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. We wish you a safe journey.