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            Kanchenjunga Trek 18 Nights/19 Days

Kanchenjunga, the trek to this mountain was opened from 1988 to all who are fond of trekking. The world’s third highest mountain lies on the eastern border of Nepal. The focal point of the trekking to Kanchenjunga region is Taplejung.

DAY 01 KATHMANDU
DAY 02 KATHMANDU/ BIRATNAGAR
DAY 03 SUKETAR TO TEMBEWA (1880M)
DAY 04 TEMBEWA TO KHESEWA (1960M)
DAY 05 KHESEWA TO MAMANKE (1780M)
DAY 06 MAMANKE TO YAMPHUDIN (1690M)
DAY 07 YAMPHUDIN TO AMJI KHOLA (2340M)
DAY 08 AMJI KHOLA TO TORONTAN(2990M)
DAY 09 TORONTAN TO TSERAM (3870M)
DAY 10 TSERAM TO RAMCHE (4620M)
DAY 11 TRIP TO YALUNG GLACIER, RETURN TO TSERAM
DAY 12 TSERAM TO LAMITE BHANJYANG
DAY 13 LAMIT BHANJYANG TO YAMPHUDIN
DAY 14 YAMPHUDIN TO PHUMPHE
DAY 15 PHUMPHE TO KUNJARI
DAY 16 KUNJARI TO SUKETAR
DAY 17 SUKETAR- BIRATNAGAR- KATHMANDU
DAY 18 KATHMANDU
DAY 19 KATHMANDU

 

Detail Itinerary

  Day 01: Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu. Welcome and assistance on arrival at airport. Transfer to the hotel. Hotel check in. Dinner and overnight stay at Kathmandu.

 

  Day 02: Kathmandu/ Biratnagar

After breakfast at the Hotel, we go to the Domestic airport to connect flight to Biratnagar, the second largest city of Nepal famous for lot of big industries. Check in at the Hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

 

  Day 03: Suketar to Tembewa (1880m)

After breakfast at the hotel, we take a flight to Suketar/ Taplejung, which is of 30 to 40 minutes flight. From the airport in Suketar, the trail inclines gradually along the rhododendron covered Surke Danda, crossing a ridge at 2580m the trail branches off to the north and from there, the Kanchenjunga trail descends and contours through forests to Lali Kharka, then through the fields to the substantial Limbu Village of Tembewa. Tembewa is our first camping sight of our trek.

 

  Day 04: Tembewa to Khesewa (1960m)

From Tembewa, the trail ascends to a ridge and then drops steeply through Shimu and Pokara villages to a suspension bridge across the Phawa Khola at 1430m. From here, the trail makes a long looping connection to Sinchebu Bhanjyang, from here we get to see the views of Kanchenjunga and Kyabru. The trek has now entered the Kabeli Valley on descending from here we reach the village of Khesewa, where we spend our night.

 

  Day 05: Khesewa to Mamanke (1780m)

Ascending 370m and descending 520m we reach to our next camping sight of the day that is Mamanke. The whole of the trail is of 6 – 7 hrs we pass through waterfalls crossing Nadewa Khola and landslide to reach Phundruwa from where our trail descends to Phumphe village (1780m). Descending steeply through rice terraces into a side canyon, cross the Khaksewa Khola on a long suspension bridge at 1540m we climb back through Pauwa to Mamanke, where we take rest and spend night too.

 

  Day 06: Mamanke to Yamphudin (1690m)

3- 4 hrs trek will lead us to our next destination Yamphudin. Yamphudin is at the junction of the Amji Khola and the Kabeli Khola. Yamphudin is a mixed community of Sherpas, Limbus, Rais and Gurungs. There is also a small Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Overnight stay at Yamphudin.

 

  Day 07: Yamphudin to Amji Khola (2340m)

After early breakfast at Yamphudin we make an early start to reach to our next destination of the trek and that is Amji Khola. Crossing the Amji Khola on a couple of bamboo poles and following the Kabeli Khola upstream for a short distance, ignoring the suspension bridge we reach to the fields of corn and barley to Darachuk, we keep on climbing past meadows to Dhupi Bhanjyang, from here we descend through ferns and big trees to the Amji Khola. Our campsite for the night. We walk for 3-4hours ascending 850m and descending 200m.

 

  Day 08: Amji Khola to Torontan (2990m)

From the stream, the trail makes a steep climb through bamboo to a Kharke at Chitre (2920m) and continues up to a notch, the trail passes through a forest of pines to a pond at Lamite Bhanjyang a short hike from there leads us into the open just above the Simbua Khola. Stay above the white, salty river and follow it upstream, on a series of ascents and descents, to a temporary bridge built of stones and logs, which will take us to Torontan, our camping site.

 

  Day 09: Torontan to Tseram (3870m)

In trek to Tseram from Torontan we ascend 880m in 4-5 hours walk. With the start from forests we cross the landslides to Tsento Kang, Watha and then to Tseram, a large, flat meadow that lies at 3870m. Peaks begin to appear in the distance as you climb further to reach to Tseram. Over night stay at Tseram.

 

  Day 10: Tseram to Ramche (4620m)

From Tseram to Ramche it is 2-3 hours trek where we ascend 750m, we climb through forests to landslide area, passing into the valley alongside the moraine of the Yalung Glacier, the valley opening to a pasture full of Yaks at 4260 m. We climb alongside the moraine through scrub junipers up a stream to a lake at Lapsang(4430m), we keep climbing to another lake and a big meadow at Ramche (4620m). We take rest at Ramche our camping site.

 

  Day 11: Trip to Yalung Glacier, Return to Tseram

A day trip to Yalung Glacier and back to Tseram will take almost 6-7 hrs where we ascend 200m and descend 950m. To make a day trip to the Yalung Glacier, we follow a stream alongside the moraine for a long distance, then bear right to climb onto the moraine itself. From a chorten at 4800m there is a fine view of the south face of Kanchenjunga. A short distance beyond the chorten is a view of Jannu.

This is a good place to turn around and retrace our steps to Tseram. To go further, we would need to climb down the rough moraine unto the Yalung Glacier and pick our way through the boulder-strewn glacier towards Kanchenjunga. We return back to Tseram where we lay our camp.

 

  Day 12: Tseram to Lamite Bhanjyang

Returning back to Lamite Bhnjyang from Tseram takes 6-7 hours. We retrace the route along the Simbua Khola, climbing back to Lamite Bhanjyang, on doing so we ascend 530m and descend 990m. Overnight stay at Lamite Bhanjyang

 

  Day 13: Lamit Bhanjyang to Yamphudin

We descend from the pass to the Amji Khola, then climb over the Dhupi Bhanjyang and descend to Yamphudin. This takes us almost 4-5 hrs and in this period we ascend 200m and descend 1920m. We lay our camp at Yamphudin

 

  Day 14: Yamphudin to Phumphe

We follow the route of Kabeli Khola back to Phumphe. This retracing in a reverse way to the tracing we had done 5th and 6th days normally will take us 5-6 hours. We descend 290m and ascend 380m. We make our night halt at Phumphe.

 

  Day 15: Phumphe to Kunjari

We follow the route of Kheswa to Mamanke and Tembewa to Kheswa in a reverse manner to return to Kunjari, which will take us about 6-7 hours on doing so we ascend 940m and descend 930m. We rest at Kunjari.

 

  Day 16: Kunjari to Suketar

From Kunjari we trek for 7-8 hours to reach to Suketar on doing so we ascend 1150m and descend 450m. Finally we are over with our trek to Kanchenjunga. We get to rest at the local lodge at Suketar.

 

  Day 17: Suketar- Biratnagar- Kathmandu

After breakfast at the lodge at Suketar we go to the airport to fly to Biratnagar and then from there we connect flight to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu and then transfer to the hotel.

 

  Day 18: Kathmandu

AM: Breakfast at Hotel. Visit 2000 years old shrine Swyambhunath Temple, which is also known as temple of monkeys. It is said that Asoka paid a visit to the site 2000 years ago. By 1200s it was an important Buddhist center. Visit colorful Durbar square known as Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Temple of living goddess Kumari, Jagannath temple known for its colorfully painted wood carving and Kasthamandap temple a three story pagoda style. It is believed that this temple is built from single tree in the 12th century.

Lunch: 1300hrs- 1400hrs

PM: After Lunch, Visit Old Royal Palace of Patan City including Krishna Mandir which is the best example of stone architecture in Nepal, 12th century Mahaboudha known in english as Golden temple of 10,000 Buddha Shikar style temple originally built in 1585. Dinner and overnight stay at Katmandu.

 

  Day 19: Kathmandu

DEPARTURE TO AIRPORT
AM: Breakfast at Hotel. Free time till departure to Airport

 
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