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Kanchenjunga North B.CTrek

Trip Introduction

Kanchenjunga’s name is a something of mystery. One Sanskrit scholar claimed it derived from Kancan Jangha, golden thigh, though quite why this should have been is a mystery as there is no physical resemblance, or any obvious legend associated with the area. Most experts now agree a Tibetain origin, deriving from Kan-chen-dzo-nga ”  means “  Five  great treasuries of the snow” which would be pronounced (more or less) as Kangchenjunga.  Mt Kanchenjunga which stands at a height of 8,585m the third highest mountain in the world, is the abode of gods who bestow prosperity and goodwill on them and their lands, while to the climbers of this mountain the phrase "Five Great Treasuries of the Snow" takes on a slightly more ominous tone. The avalanches at Kanchenjunga are said to be the largest anywhere!

 

Since the locals worship the mountain, there is a tradition among mountaineers not to stand on the actual summit. All successful climbs have stopped just short of the summit honouring an old promise made by the leader of the first successful attempt in 1955 to the Maharaja of Sikkim. Kanchenjunga lies on the eastern border of Nepal providing a great chance to experience remoteness, spectacular mountain scenery, diverse flora and fauna and rich local culture, quite different to those found further west.

 

We begin the journey to Kanchenjunga with a flight from Kathmandu to Taplejung (Suketar). From Suketar the trek leads to Chauki through the villages of Mitlung, Ghunsa, Khambachen and Lhonak to Pangpema (5,140m) which is also the base camp for expeditions attempting the North Face of Kanchenjunga II and the culmination of the first part of the trek.

 

Facts of Trip.

Duration of the trip: 25 Days

Group Size: 2+

Categories: Hiking and trekking

Max. Elevation: 5388 m.

Grade Of Trekking : Moderate to Strenuous.

Type  Of  Trekking: Tea House / Camping

Best Season: Spring & Autumn

Mode of Trip: flight and ground transportation

Region: Kanchanjunga Region

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft) 

Welcome to the country of Top of The World! As you arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will receive you and transfer to the hotel and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!

 

Day 02:  Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for trekking

A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country. The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!

 

Day 03:  Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (81 m/266 ft)

You will fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar. Depending upon the availability of flying options to Suketar from Biratnagar you will be presented with either of the two possibilities listed below: 

      a. If there is availability of flight to Suketar you spend the night in Biratnagar and fly to Suketar the next morning.

      b. If there are no flights available to Suketar you drive to Taplejung Suketar and spend the night there.

 

Day 04:  Fly from Biratnagar to Suketar (2,420 m/7,938 ft) or Drive from Phidim (1,179 m/ (3,868 ft) to Suketar

If you spent overnight at Biratnagar the previous day you will directly fly to Suketar this day and spend the night there. But, if you spent your night in Phidim you will be driving to Suketar. Either way you spend overnight at Suketar.

 

Day 05:  Suketar to Mitlung (921 m/3,021 ft) 4-5 hrs

We officially kick start the day with a downhill walk to Mitlung. The trails throughout the lower sections of the Kanchenjunga region pass through fertile valleys with beautiful pastures and small villages. We then cross Hangdewa River and walk alongside the raging Tamor River. As we gradually head in a northerly direction the trail steepens after a few hours before a final descent of 350 meters on a muddy trail to Mitlung. We spend the night there.

 

Day 06:  Mitlung to Chirwa (1,270 m/4166 ft) 5-6 hrs

The trail ascends and descends steadily as we make our way towards the village of Sinwa. We continue trekking downhill until we reach Tawa. At Tawa, we ascend to some heights and cross the suspension bridge at Thiwa. We pass beautiful rural landscape along the way and reach Chirwa, a beautiful Limbu village with few lodges, tea shops etc. We spend the night at Chirwa.

 

Day 07:  Chirwa to Sukathum (1,576 m/5,169 ft) 5-6 hrs

The trek from Chirwa to Sukathum passes through varied landscapes such as cardamom fields and dense forests. We trek uphill for sometime then descend to the lush green fields below and continue trekking along the Tamor River passing through a dense forest. It’s both uphill and downhill trek until crossing the Ghunsa River after which we reach Sukathum and spend the night there.

 

Day 08:  Sukathum to Amjilosa (2,308 m /7,570 ft) 6-7 hrs

Trekking from Sukathum to Amjilosa is challenging.  After crossing the suspension bridge outside Sukathum we enter a dense forest, ascend the steep trail, descend and cross the river again. We also climb a gorge from the bottom and pass by Solima village and descend again to the level of the river. All in all, this day’s trekking is rather tough. Therefore, it is advisable to be very careful especially while walking the trail that passes the gorge.  We later follow a tricky trail which goes both uphill and downhill until reaching Amjilosa where we spend the night.

 

Day 09:  Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730 m /8,954 ft) 6-7 hrs

We start trekking from the river bank, pass through a densely forest of bamboo, fir and rhododendrons eventually reaching a small stone house by the river. We then climb uphill crossing a few small bridges along the way. Here, we get to enjoy the company of stunning waterfalls that originate from the mountains. After yet another short uphill walk we reach the Tibetan settlement to Gyabla.

 

Day 10:  Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft) 5-6 hrs.

We descend down the river and notice the valley as it slowly opens up before reaching Phale, a Tibetan refugee settlement where it is possible to purchase handicrafts and homemade rugs from locals. After purchasing a few souvenirs we travel through conifer and pine forest and reach the Sherpa village of Ghunsa where we spend the night. This place is known for its hydroelectricity plant and the fact that more than 20 prominent conservationists met a tragic end in a helicopter crash.

 

Day 11:  Acclimatisation day at Ghunsa.

We take care to spend time acclimatising around Ghunsa before continuing our next day’s trek.  We recommend you to stay active even in a rest day as it is better than being idle while on a trekking journey. Therefore, we take a short hike towards the Laspsan La monastery through the lush green forest. Come back to Ghunsa by afternoon and relax.

 

Day 12:  Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 5-6 hrs

From Ghunsa we trek further north along the river bank which presents us with magnificent mountain scenery. We pass through meadows full with beautiful wildflowers, rhododendron and pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, continue past the waterfall and cross the tricky section of the landslide. After crossing the landslide area we begin to see the spectacular view of Mt. Jannu. Further exploring and tackling the tricky mountain trail we finally arrive at Kambachen and spend the night.

 

Day 13:  Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780 m/15,678 ft) 6-7 hrs

Today will be another challenging day and an early start is needed. We trek through rocky fields and large boulders on the hillside along the riverbank and arrive at a waterfall. We then cross a bridge to Ramtang monastery. We then come across a landslide section which we must pass through at a steady pace before descending to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak.

 

Day 14:  Lonak - Pangpema to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Back to Lonak (5,388 m/17,673 ft) 6-7 hrs

We trek along the Kanchenjunga Glacier to spend a night at Lonak, Kanchenjunga base camp on the north side. We urge you to be careful around the rockier sections as they are prone to landslides. After a short while you reach Pangpema, a flat grassy base camp.  Climb a little higher and enjoy the splendor of Jannu, Kanchenjunga and Chang Himal and after clicked some picture we will back down to Lonak for stay Overnight.

 

Day 15:  Trek Lonak to Gunsa(3,415 m) 6-7 hrs

We retrace our path to Kambache and continue down the valley to Ramtang Monastery. The return journey offers a different perspective of the mountains Kanchenjunga, Taple Shikhar, Gimmigela, and Mera Peak among others. Due to the descending nature of this trek we will reach Gunsa  by evening and spend the night there.

 

Day 16:  Gunsa to Sele Le 4500 m) 5 - 6 hrs

It’s a steep trek upward from Ghunsa to Sele-Le. Upon reaching Sele Le we climb through a dense forest of birch, moss, rhododendron and juniper. Lunch will be served in an appropriate place with the availability of water.we will have view of Jannu,Ghunsdhar and beautiful village of Phale and Gyabla than we will get  Naked hill  green forest view on top  Sele Le pass before we reach base camp, We spend the night in Sele Le.

 

Day 17:  Sele Le to Cheram (3,870 m/12,694 ft) 6-7 hrs

We do an uphill trek and enjoy the mesmerizing south side view of Jannu Himal and Makalu (the world's 6th highest mountain). Today is a strenuous trekking day as we cross several passes- Sinion La, Mirgin La and Sinelapche Bhanjyang. We then make a steep descend to Cheram and spend the night there.

 

Day 18: Cheram to Tortong (3000 M)

Today we encounter two trails, One trail is the one we took while descending down from Sele Le. However, we ignore this route and descend further down to the trail alongside the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy the lush rhododendron forest along the way and finally arrive at Tortong for tonight .

 

Day 19: Tortong to Yamphudin (2080 m)

We descend through Lasiya Bhanjyang and further long walk we reach Yamphudin. It is a Sherpa Village but some other caste is also found here and it will be good time for exploring the real culture of region.

 

Day 20: Yamphudin to Khebang Trekking time 6hrs.(1300m)

After breakfast we leave Yamphudin, Today is easy walking day  through by local communitis village where you can explore mix local cultrure, then we arrive at Khebang.

 

Day 21: Khebang to Khangdenbe Trekking time 5hrs

Today is short walking day through by rocky trail and Limbu Village  where you will have good time  to learn real limbu cultural and costom then we arrive at Khangdenbe. 

 

Day 22: Khangdenbe to Kanyam (5hrs by Bus)

After breakfast we drive to Kanyam through by crossing bridge at Samekham, following Kabeli Khola, passing through Mamankhe, Phidim Bazaar, Ilam Bazzer and we arrive at beautiful tea garden Kanyam Bazzar, where you will have plenty time to visit Tea garden and last mountain view of Kanchanjunga range.

 

Day 23: Kanyam Bazzar to Birtamod by (Jeep 3 hrs) 300 m

We start our day with early breakfast as we have to travel a lot. We leave Yangpang and travelling through small villages we settle at Thorpu for lunch and march Birtamod. Here good accommodation facilities are available. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 24: Drive from Birtamod to Bhadrapur  and  fly to Katmandu

Early in the morning after breakfast will dreve to Bhadrapur and  check in the airport  and will fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu and you will have plenty of time for shopping  and visit Thamel.

 

Day 25: Kathmandu Sighteeing

Today after a leisurely start we will continue the tour of Kathmandu by visiting them largest Buddhist stupa in the world. Boudhanath stupa is a world heritage site and a place which is an amazing place to see Buddhism and understand more about not only the religion but the Nepali culture.A group dinner will be had in the evening to celebrate the end of the trek.

 

Day 26: Depart. Return to theHome . Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE

Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety.  All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns.  This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wises are taken into account, however the Treks leader decision is final.

Cost Includes

We believe that after a day trekking it is important to have the best available accommodation and food. This is why we use only the best lodges and hotels and allow our customers to choose the food they wish to eat from the menu available. Unlike many other trekking companies our price includes all meals on trek.

 

This price includes the following:

Foiur nights accommodation in a Three start Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and two nights after trek

All necessary  trekking paper, trekking permit (TIMS), national park entry permit  & conservation permit  and Kanchanjunga Restricted area permit.

All domestic  airport taxes

Birtamod to Bhadrapur by bus

All accommodation whilst on trek.

You are able to choose any food, any tea and coffee from menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Internal Flights for Members, Guide  and Assistant  Guide.

Trekking leader, guides accommodation and food.

Porter accommodation and wages while on trek.

Trekking Leader, guides and porters insurance.

An English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing

Private transportation in Kathmandu including all airport arrivals and departures. This is also for the sightseeing tours.

Government taxes and service charge.

Medical supplies (first aid kit)

Cost Not Includes

Nepal visa.

International airfare.

Travel and rescue Insurance

 Food in Kathmandu.

Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.

All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason)

Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.

Tips for guide porter.

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    Equipment Check – List

     

    What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about!  We can advise you and help you and it does of course depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops seeling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced. It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.

     

    The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house  treks. Use this list as a guide line.The basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. 

     

    GENERAL CHECK - LIST

    The following  basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should  always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. Use your own experience and judgment  to make your decision.

    -Light and expedition weight thermal tops.

    -Fleece jacket or pullover.

    -fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)

    -Waterproof  sheel jacket (preferably breathable fabric)

    -Lightweight thermal gloves.

    -Underwear (4)

    -Shorts (2)

    -Lightweight cotton long trousers / pants .

    -Light and expedition  weight thermal bottoms.

    -Sun hat or Scarf.

    -Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.

    -T- shirt (2)

    -Thin, light weight (inner socks) (4).

    -Sunglasses with UV protection.

    -Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season

    -Head lamp (eg petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.

    -Small padlock  to lock trek bag.

    -Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)

    -Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.

    -Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)

    -Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad.

    -water bottles.

    -Tolietries.

    -Small wash towel.

    -Footwear appropraite to the trip.

    -Waterproof  shell trousers / pants. (Preferably  berathable fabric)

     

    TREKKING  CHECK LIST

    In addition to the items listed in our general check list you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:

    -Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof sheel  outer.

    -Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).

    -Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.

    -Trekking/ hiking boods with spare laces.

    -Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)

    - Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.

    -Gaiters (optional).

    -Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)

     

    MOUNTAINERING / CLIMBING CHECK LIST

    In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending  on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:

    -Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.

    -Mountaineering  Safety harness.

    -Mountaineering  Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal  preference).

    -120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking  caravines.

    -Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).

    -Prussik loops .

    -Climbing helmet (optional).

    -Jumer (Ascender & Descender).

    -Pocket Knife.

    -Head lamp.

    -Mattress.

    -Rope and Snow bars.

    -Ice crew.

    -High altimeter.

    Most if not all of this equipment will be needed  for any  trip that  crosses steep, snow – covered  ground, or which includes sections  of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe , Crampons ot herness/ carabiners . During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags untill needed.

     

    EQUIPMENT  RENTAL

    In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use  again, equipmeent rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them lot cheaper  than you find in europe and in Usa. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which give you an aidea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.

    -Sleeping bags.

    -Down Jackets.

    -All purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)

    -Ice hummer.

    -Climbing Harness .

    -2 looking Carabiners , Climbing Sling.

    -12 – point Crampons.

    -Plastic Climbing boots.

    -Helmet.

     

    FIRST AID MEDICINE

    -Bandage for Sprains.

    -Plaster/ Band- aids.

    -Iodine or Water filter(optional)

    -Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.

    -Antiseptic ointment for cuts.

    -Anti- bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

    -Aspirin/ paractamol- general painkiller.

    -Oral rehydration salts.

    -Broad – spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).

    -Anti  - diarrhea medication (antibiotic).

    -Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional)

    -Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.

    -Diamox  (Altitude sickness – can be  bought in Kathmandu.

    -Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).

    - For more details  please see our  staying healthy  topic.

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