kanchenjungha Trek


21 Days | 20 Nights

Short Itineraries

  • DAY 1:
    Arrive in Kathmandu
  • DAY 2:
    Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • DAY 3:
    Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Ilam and to Apu Khola (1280 m)
  • DAY 4:
    Trek to Khibang (1920 m)
  • DAY 5:
    Trek to Yamphudin (1710 m)
  • DAY 6:
    Trek to Omje Khola (2340 m)
  • DAY 7:
    Trek to Torotan (3000 m)
  • DAY 8:
    Trek to Tseram (3900 m)
  • DAY 9:
    Trek round trip to Oktang (4700 m) and to Tseram (3900 m)
  • DAY 10:
    Trek Sinion La (4600 m) yo Mirgin La (4620 m) and to Tseleley (4150 m)
  • DAY 11:
    Trek to Ghunsa (3470 m)
  • DAY 12:
    Trek to Khambachen (4100 m)
  • DAY 13:
    Trek to Lonak (4760 m)
  • DAY 14:
    Trek to Kangchenjunga Base Camp (Pang Pema-5120 m) and to Lonak (4760 m)
  • DAY 15:
    Trek to Ghunsa (3470 m)
  • DAY 16:
    Trek to Gyabla (2740 m)
  • DAY 17:
    Trek to Amjilassa (2550 m)
  • DAY 18:
    Trek to Tapethok and to Chirwa (1450 m)
  • DAY 19:
    Drive Chirwa to Taplejung (2400 m) and to Ilam
  • DAY 20:
    Fly to Kathmandu
  • DAY 21:
    Departure

Detailed Itineraries

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU

Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu, a Yeti Adventures representative will assist you then after you will be escorted towards arrival terminal where a traditional welcoming with garlands or Khada will highlight your visit. Then you will board our luxury coaches that will take you to your designated accommodation or for the sightseeing right through the city’s heart- the localized view outside your window is sure to grab your attention, new place and people.

Meals: None
Check In and Overnight in Kathmandu
DAY 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

After breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing tour of two important medieval cities and a Buddhist stupa.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: Kasthamandap, the source of the name Kathmandu means ‘made from the timber of a single tree’. Also known as Kantipur, the capital Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal's art and culture. It is a place for rest, relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments. Kathmandu Durbar Square with its arrays of temples and the ancient palace of the former Nepali Royals enriches your experience of the centuries old civilisation.

After the sightseeing tour of Durbar Square, get on a rickshaw (tricycle) for an interesting 20-minute ride to get to the tourist hub of Thamel.

Swayambhunath stupa: Said to be around 2000 years old, this Buddhist Stupa sits atop a hill. The main stupa is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire crowned by a pinnacle of Copper gilt. Painted on the four-sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. The hill of Swayambhu is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. You’ll get a scenic view of Kathmandu city from there.

Patan Durbar Square: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu, Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the valley. A destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. Patan is believed to have been built in the 3rd century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty later expanded and enriched by the Lichhavi and the Malla rulers in the medieval period. Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former Royal palace complex is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life and houses a beautiful museum.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
DAY 03: Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Ilam and to Apu Khola (1280 m)

After your breakfast drive to domestic aiport for your flight to Bhadrapur. We leave directly by private vehicle to the town of Ilam, located about 3 hours’ drive, between the plains of Terai and the first hills covered with terraced crops and subtropical vegetation.

We then continue between the tea crops and the winding road to the hamlet of Apu Khola where we set up our camp.

Overnight at Camp

DAY 4: Trek to Khibang (1920 m)

Meet your trekking crew and start the trek along a river through the rice fields before descending and climb wooded slopes to small hamlets. We are in the country of the Limbu ethnic group that has inhabited Eastern Nepal since the beginning of time. We continue our journey through the greenery of the mountains of medium altitude. Alternating paths in balconies using cultivated terraces, country gatherings on the outskirts of villages, undergrowth passages sometimes lined with large leaves of cardamom, deep jungles where torrents and waterfalls flow, suspension bridges, steep ascents as on the way down. The camp is located in the beautiful limbu village of Khibang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Walking hours: 6h
Elevation gain: +870 m
Overnight at Camp
DAY 5: Trek to Yamphudin (1710 m)

Start your trek along the villages the Jannu, the Kyabru. In the two villages we meet, Limbus, Sherpas, Rais and Gurungs live together. You will also notice the big fields of millet, a cereal that the villagers ferment to prepare the local beer. Arrival at the beginning of the afternoon at Yamphudin camp, an official entrance to Kangchenjunga National Park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Walking hours: 5h
Elevation gain: +500 m
Overnight at Camp
DAY 6: Trek to Omje Khola (2340 m)

Continue your walk along the hills and gaining altitude at every step. Today we cross the ridge of Dubi Bhanjyang, 2540 m down to the valley of Omje Khola. There are no more villages, only a few pastures in rare clearings. The mountain, covered with forest is a mysterious atmosphere. Orchids cling to mossy branches; giant lichens drape entire trees. We camp in the jungle, by the river.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Walking hours: 4h30
Elevation gain: +850 m
Overnight at Camp
DAY 7: Trek to Torotan (3000 m)

Today the peak of Lamite Bhanjyang, at 3350 m, is the last mountain that separates us from the valley of Kangchenjunga. The trail climbs through a spectacular rhododendron forest, with many specimens of rhododendrons, recognizable by their long leaves 20-30 cm long, found only in eastern Nepal. With the help of small clearings, the panorama extends to the mountains of Sikkim. Meal at the pass, before descending to the banks of the Simbua Khola, which flows from the southern glacier of Kangchenjunga. A wooden bridge spans the stream near which we set up the camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Walking hours: 6h
Elevation gain: +1350 m
Overnight at Camp
DAY 8: Trek to Tseram (3900 m)

Today is an easy day. We gain altitude walking by a pleasant path following the course of the Simbua Khola. The forest clears more and more, opening the view of the Kabru massif. Trek through Andaphedi's tea shop, which seems lost in this uninhabited valley where we are starting to feel really far away from everything. A small Hindu temple dedicated to snakes, on the edge of the path that leads us to Tseram camp. At this altitude of 3900 m, the trees are gone. We enter the world of high pastures, glaciers and great peaks, the cold becomes more intense. We settle in Tseram for 2 nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Walking hours: 4 / 5h
Elevation gain: +1000 m
Overnight at Camp
DAY 9: Trek round trip to Oktang (4700 m) and to Tseram (3900 m)

Today enjoy an exceptional view of the third highest mountain in the world, we are off to a beautiful acclimatization day back and forth over Tseram, along the Yalung Glacier. We depart in a cool atmosphere. Along the way, the white walls of Kabru are reflected in the waters of two small lakes. We reach the edge of the moraine of the mighty Yalung Glacier where it is not uncommon to see great bharals, a Himalayan goat also called blue sheep, graze the alpine steppe. A tea shop, located in the long valley of ablation that borders the moraine is welcome for a good break before reaching the Oktang lookout at 4700 meters, at the foot of Kangchenjunga 8586 m. The base camp of this normal track is further down the glacier. Its gigantic south-west face stands on 3000 m high. Back to Tseram camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Walking hours: 7h30
Elevation gain: +950 m
Overnight at Camp
DAY 10: Trek Sinion La (4600 m) yo Mirgin La (4620 m) and to Tseleley (4150 m)

Today we climb in the morning sun above the Kangchenjunga valley to head north of the massif, towards the famous Jannu summit. The prospect is splendid on the Yalung Glacier, dominated by Kabru and Kangchenjunga. The path rises frankly to Sinelapche Ridge, 4640 m. We then walk on a large hilly plateau, in golden pastures strewn with small lakes, until Sinion La. The elegant summit of the Jannu is revealed then in all its splendor. We descend to the Tseleley meadow where we set up the camp in an exceptional setting, with the summit of Makalu 8463 m emerging on the horizon, bathed by the light of the setting sun.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Walking hours: 6 / 7h
Elevation gain: +1030 m
Overnight at Camp
DAY 11: Trek to Ghunsa (3470 m)

Another exceptional day. We leave off trail to win the belvedere crest that dominates the camp and enjoy the sunrise on the southern slope of Jannu (7710 m). This mountain with lines of rare aestheticism, was climbed for the first time in 1962 by a team of French mountaineers, including the famous Lionel Terray, René Desmaison and Robert Paragot. Following the panoramic ridge we reach the path to the Seleley pass (4180 m). We leave then the heights to join the greenery, the softness and the cover of the rhododendrons. Camp in the village of Ghunsa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Walking hours: 5 / 6h
Elevation gain: +570 m
Overnight at Camp
DAY 12: Trek to Khambachen (4100 m)

We go up the valley of Ghunsa Khola by a path perched above the river. You cannot find more beautiful view on its huge granite wall. It resisted the attacks of the best mountaineers before being climbed for the first time by a Russian team in 2004.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Walking hours: 4h
Elevation gain: +850 m
Overnight at Camp
DAY 13: Trek to Lonak (4760 m)

The Ghunsa Khola goes up to the north towards a complex of high mountain. The route follows a good balcony path, joins the front of the glacier and runs along its moraine by small valleys. We set up camp at the mouth of a large sandy valley where there is a Tibetan summer hamlet, Lonak. We will sleep here for 2 nights, in the middle of a very spectacular glacier crossroads. On both sides are high peaks ice, little known but beautiful: the Merra 6335 m, the Kangbachen 7902m, the White Wave 6960m, Chang himal 6812m etc.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Walking hours: 4h 30
Elevation gain: +760 m
Overnight at Camp
DAY 14: Trek to Kangchenjunga Base Camp (Pang Pema-5120 m) and to Lonak (4760 m)

This is the most magical day of the program. Bathed in the crystalline purity of the light of altitude, we go along the glacier, facing a barrier of summits to more than 7000 m, chiseled of ice flutes, overflowing with seracs, hemmed with cornices. The entrance to a major tributary coming from the right, flowing directly from the foot of the north wall of Kangchenjunga, is soon to be seen. it is certainly one of the most impressive walls of the earth! Those who wish can climb the grassy slopes above Pang Pema until reaching almost 6000 altitudes. We enjoy this wonderful place as long as possible, before returning to the camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Walking hours: 6 / 7h
Elevation gain: +600 m
Overnight at Camp
DAY 15: Trek to Ghunsa (3470 m)

This morning we descend on our way to Ghunsa and leave the high altitude with a twinge in the heart. We return near the Jannu for a last wink on this mountain.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Walking hours: 6h 30
Elevation gain: +320 m
Overnight at Camp
DAY 16: Trek to Gyabla (2740 m)

The path will follow the banks of Ghunsa Khola for the next three days. We leave the pastures of Gunsa and pass on the other side of the river. Some fields of potatoes resistant to altitude dot the edge of the road before crossing deep gorges. We progress thus at the bottom of the gorge, surrounded by forest rhododendrons to the hamlet of Phere and its two beautiful gompas, then to the next inhabited place where we will put our tents, the village of Gyabla.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Walking hours: 5h
Elevation gain: +190 m
Descent: -920 m
Overnight at Camp
DAY 17: Trek to Amjilassa (2550 m)

Trek along waterfalls or mons magnified by the snow depths. After a succession of climbs and descents, we gradually take the distance with the bottom of the valley. A path in balcony and aerial leads us to an alp where we sometimes have the opportunity to taste the local yogurt. Camp in the hamlet of Amjilassa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Walking hours: 5h
Elevation gain: +510 m
Overnight at Camp
DAY 18: Trek to Tapethok and to Chirwa (1450 m)

Today we continue our long descent at the bottom of the Ghunsa Khola gorge. Narrow and steep paths, bridges and stairs, follow one another until Sakathum where the valley begins to widen. The land is wooded and rocky and it is at Tapethok rice paddy and bamboo remade timidly their appearance. The last hour of walking gives us a little break with a flatter descending quieter to the meadow of Chirwa camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Walking hours: 7 / 8h
Elevation gain: +680 m
Overnight at Camp
DAY 19: Drive Chirwa to Taplejung (2400 m) and to Ilam

We take a jeep to Taplejung. We cross many cultivated areas gradually climbing towards the village of Jogidanda. We will probably visit the Siddhidanda Monastery before joining Taplejung, where we have lunch. In the afternoon, we take the road heading south and the tea fields of Ilam. End of the day relaxing in a subtropical atmosphere compared to the previous days.

Today is particularly long and difficult ending to the trek.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Transfer: 8h
Overnight at Camp
DAY 20: Fly to Kathmandu

We pass from the high hills to the low ones of Ilam until reaching the plain of Terai, in the southeastern Nepal. Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

DAY 21: Departure

Transfer to the airport for your flight onwards.

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