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Kanchenjunga Trekking

Kanchenjunga Trekking

The Kanchenjunga Trekking is located in the north-eastern region of the country and popular for its wide ranges of scenic views all along the ways. During the quest, one gets the splendor views of Mt. Kanchenjunga - the third highest mountain in the world along with Drohmo, Nupchu, Jannu and other adjacent peaks. Likewise, the trek allows great opportunity to witness some of the most beautiful and least explored mountains in the world. Kanchenjunga is the fast growing adventure trails in the country and has been attracting adventure avid trekkers from all over to enjoy it’s sublime beauty. The routes in the trek are all inclusive of natural beauties which traverse through remote valleys, ancient villages, alpine lakes, glaciers, scenic trails, forests, etc. The preeminent feature of the tour is passing through Lapsang La Pass (5,180m), Mirgin and Yalung Glacier. The Kanchenjunga region is also one of the unspoiled trekking trails in eastern Nepal as it was opened for trekking only from 1988.

The trek begins after flying out to Biratnagar, the industrial city of the country. From Biratnagar, trekkers hike towards Taplejung traversing Hile, Shiduwa, Doorpani, Nesum. The route further ascends towards Chirwa, Sokathum, Lhonak, and descends to Pangpema, Khambachen, Pha Khola, and concludes at Taplejung. With these amazing features, the Kanchanjunga Trekking is the dream of every trekking fonder who want to explore the great Himalayas while hiking on scenic trails.

Trip Highlights

  • Guided city tour of Kathmandu at UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 
  • Scenic Kathmandu- Biratnagar/Taplejung Kathmandu flights. 
  • Witness spectacular views of massive Himalayan ranges like Kanchanjunga, Drohmo (6850m), Nupchu (6690) and Jannu (7710m)
  • Crossing over Lapsang La Pass located at an altitude of 5,180m.
  • Walking past Yalung glacier.
  • Passing through gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers etc.
  • Witnessing variety of floras and faunas.
  • Getting along with ethnic people and their culture.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (35 min), drive to Hile (4-5 hrs)

Day 04 : Hile to Shiduwa (2,020m) 4-5 hrs

Day 05 : Shiduwa to Doorpani (2,890m) 5-6 hrs

Day 06 : Door Pani to Gupha Pokhari (2,950m) 5-6 hrs

Day 07 : Gupha Pokhari to Nesum (2,600m) 5-6 hrs

Day 06 : Nesum to Taplejung (1,824m) 5-6 hrs

Day 07 : Gupha Pokhari to Nesum (2,600m) 5-6 hrs

Day 08 : Nesum to Taplejung (1,824m) 5-6 hrs

Day 09 : Taplejung to Chirwa (1,500m) 5-6 hrs

Day 10 : Chirwa to Sokathum (1,600m) 5-6 hours

Day 11 : Day 11: Sokathum to Amjilasha (2,490m) 5-6 hours

Day 12 : Day 12: Amjilassa to Kyapra (2300m) 5-6 hrs

Day 13 : Kyapra to Ghunsa (3,550m) 5-6 hrs

Day 14 : Ghunsa to Khambachen (4,040m) 5-6 hrs

Day 15 : Acclimatization day at Khambachen

Day 16 : Khambachen to Lhonak (4,790m) 6-7 hrs

Day 17 : Khambachen to the Passes (5180m) 6-7 hrs

Day 18 : High Camp to Ramche (4,580m) 4-5 hrs

Day 19 : Ramche to Tseram (3,770m) 4-5 hrs

Day 20 : Tseram to Torontan (3080m) 5-6 hrs

Day 21 : Torontan to Yamphudin (1,635m) 5-6 hrs

Day 22 : Yamphudin to Ponphe Dhara (1,680m) 4-5 hrs

Day 23 : Ponphe Dhara to Pha Khola 5-6 hrs

Day 24 : Pha Khola to Taplejung 3-4 hrs

Day 25 : Taplejung to Kathmandu

Day 26 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu - Biratnagar & Taplejung - Kathmandu flight fares
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • Biratnagar - Hile drive by jeep.
  • Accommodation during the trek at Tent/Camp or guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Kanchenjunga Special Permit.
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation area entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu if needed.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from your designated destinations, you will be received by a representative of the travel company at the arrival gate who will then transfer you to you allotted hotels. If the time persists, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. O/N at Hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva named which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, visit to Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) will be carried forward. Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening. After concluding the sightseeing, there will be seminar for you to attend to discuss about the upcoming trekking plans. O/N at Hotel.

Day 03 : Flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (35 min), drive to Hile (4-5 hrs)

After your two days stay in the capital city, on the day, you will fly to Biratnagar, an industrial city in the lowlands of eastern Nepal. As per the flight schedule you will be taken to the domestic airport for the scenic flight. During this 35 minutes flight, you can see the most amazing natural views from the airplane’s window along with an aerial view of the beautiful Terai region of the county. After landing in Biratnagar, you will board a vehicle to Hile Bazaar. You will reach Hile Bazaar before sunset where you will get ample time to stroll around the village. O/N at Lodge.

Day 04 : Hile to Shiduwa (2,020m) 4-5 hrs

Walking along a ridge to Buranse Danda, on the day, you will have to cross Tamur River. There will be some steep ascent until you reach Shidwa for an overnight stay. O/N at Camp.

Day 05 : Shiduwa to Doorpani (2,890m) 5-6 hrs

Walking through a forest, the journey of the day continues on an ascending trail. After a few hours of walking, you will reach Chitre, a small village in the region. By the time you are about to reach Doorpani, you can witness the glimpses of Mt. Makalu and Chamlang. You will reach Doorpani before dusk. O/N at Camp.

Day 06 : Door Pani to Gupha Pokhari (2,950m) 5-6 hrs

Once again, the day’s trail will be on the ascending side. On the way, you will pass thorough several aromatic rhododendron forests to reach Tongise Phedi. During the hike, you will come across paths decorated with Mani stone known as sacred Buddhist carved stone. You have to descend for a while to reach Gupha Pokhari for the overnight camp. O/N at Camp.

Day 07 : Gupha Pokhari to Nesum (2,600m) 5-6 hrs

The day will ask you to cross a pass situated at an altitude of 3,025 meters above the sea level. After crossing the pass, the route dramatically descends through a forest to reach Gurja Gaun. After hiking for few hours, you will reach Nesum and can enjoy the views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Jannu. O/N at Camp.

Day 06 : Nesum to Taplejung (1,824m) 5-6 hrs

The day’s trek falls on the easier side as you make a slow descend towards Taplejung, the central hub of the northeastern Nepal. On the way, you have to pass through Dovan, and trek to Tamor River. You will reach Taplejung before the evening hours, and can go for a brisk sightseeing around the vicinity. O/N at Lodge.

Day 07 : Gupha Pokhari to Nesum (2,600m) 5-6 hrs

The day will ask you to cross a pass situated at an altitude of 3,025 meters above the sea level. After crossing the pass, the route dramatically descends through a forest to reach Gurja Gaun. After hiking for few hours, you will reach Nesum and can enjoy the views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Jannu. O/N at Camp.

Day 08 : Nesum to Taplejung (1,824m) 5-6 hrs

The day’s trek falls on the easier side as you make a slow descend towards Taplejung, the central hub of the northeastern Nepal. On the way, you have to pass through Dovan, and trek to Tamor River. You will reach Taplejung before the evening hours, and can go for a brisk sightseeing around the vicinity. O/N at Lodge.

Day 09 : Taplejung to Chirwa (1,500m) 5-6 hrs

Walking past the Tamor River, on the day, you will reach Chirwa, a small town in the region with very less population. O/N at Camp.

Day 10 : Chirwa to Sokathum (1,600m) 5-6 hours

The day trek will continue by crossing a bridge over the Simbuwa Khola which is formed by the Yalung glacier to reach Tapethok. Later on, descending via the Ghunsa Khola valley, you will leap your steps towards Sokathum. This is a small village located by the river bank. O/N at Camp.

Day 11 : Day 11: Sokathum to Amjilasha (2,490m) 5-6 hours

The day’s trails are undulated as you pass by the gurgling Ghunsa Khola. After a few hours of walk, you will make a steep descent towards Amjilasha for an overnight stay. O/N at Camp.

Day 12 : Day 12: Amjilassa to Kyapra (2300m) 5-6 hrs

Once again, on the day, you will have to walk past the Ghunsa River. After following the river for few hours you will reach Kypara which is known for offering beautiful sceneries from the elevated venue. O/N at Camp.

Day 13 : Kyapra to Ghunsa (3,550m) 5-6 hrs

Like the previous day, you will have to follow Ghunsa River to reach the Phere village. Soon, the trails will lead you through rhododendron forests to reach Ghunsa before sunset. O/N at Camp.

Day 14 : Ghunsa to Khambachen (4,040m) 5-6 hrs

The day’s trek is going to be tough as you walk on the trails towards the alpine zone. From the venue, you can see Jannu Glacier, and Mt. Jannu. Walking carefully for few hours, you will reach Khambachen for an overnight camping. O/N at Camp.

Day 15 : Acclimatization day at Khambachen

The day is reserved for the acclimatization process. On the day, you can explore around the place, and take some photographs. Likewise, you can witness variety of floras and faunas in the vicinity. O/N at Camp.

Day 16 : Khambachen to Lhonak (4,790m) 6-7 hrs

After getting acclimatized in Khambachen, you will cautiously head towards the Kanchenjunga glacier. Leaving the amazing sight behind, on the very day, you will reach Lhonak. The overall views are mesmerizing from Lhonak. O/N at Camp.

Day 17 : Khambachen to the Passes (5180m) 6-7 hrs

The day will bring you some different trails to trek on. After hiking for an hour, you will have to trek past two passes known as Lapsang la pass (5180m) and Mirgin pass (4500m). After trekking with the utmost carefulness, you will reach the destination of the day for an overnight camp. O/N at Camp.

Day 18 : High Camp to Ramche (4,580m) 4-5 hrs

The day will start by descending towards Simbuwa Khola Valley which will lead you towards Ramche. O/N at Camp.

Day 19 : Ramche to Tseram (3,770m) 4-5 hrs

The day is going to be a memorable one, as you will witness the best views of Mt. Kanchenjunga while walking past Yalung glacier. During the quest, you will see frozen lake, crystal clear streams and views of Kokthan, Rathong and Kabru while descending to Tseram for an overnight camping. O/N at Camp.

Day 20 : Tseram to Torontan (3080m) 5-6 hrs

Walking past the aromatic rhododendron and pine forests will add glitters to the day’s trek. During the quest, you can see various towering mountains all along the ways. Walking leisurely on the easy trails, you will reach Torotan for an overnight sleep. O/N at Camp.

Day 21 : Torontan to Yamphudin (1,635m) 5-6 hrs

The day’s trek will take you to ethnic village of Yamphudin. After reaching the village, you can go around the vicinity to interact with the locals. O/N at Camp.

Day 22 : Yamphudin to Ponphe Dhara (1,680m) 4-5 hrs

Leaving the ethnic village of Yamphudin behind, on the day, you will descend towards the Kabel River. From the point, the trails climb towards Ponphe Dhara where you will have to camp to spend the night. O/N at Camp.

Day 23 : Ponphe Dhara to Pha Khola 5-6 hrs

The trek will pass though Phudin village to Kesawa and reaches Bhanjyang. From the point the trail descends towards Khunjari. You will pick your spot at the banks of Pha Khola for an overnight camping. O/N at Camp.

Day 24 : Pha Khola to Taplejung 3-4 hrs

This is going to be a final day of the Kanchanjunga Trekking as you proceed towards Taplejung. This is going to be an easy trek as the path is nice and straight leading all the way. You will have some time left for sightseeing in Taplejung after completing your trek. O/N at Lodge.

Day 25 : Taplejung to Kathmandu

You have completed your trekking as you wait to board a Kathmandu bound flight from Taplejung. You excitement level will proliferate as the plane flies between hills before it reaches to a required elevation. The 40 minutes flight will also give you a bird’s eye view of glorious Kathmandu city by the time it prepares to land. After landing at the Tribhuvan airport, the company representative will transfer you to you designated hotels. The remaining day in the capital city will be all yours. You can do whatever you like. You can relax at the hotel or visit markets for the final day shopping. O/N at Hotel

Day 26 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of the majestic country in near future.

We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Kanchenjunga Trekking. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Kanchenjunga Trekking, we provide the best available camping tents (twin sharing), kitchen equipment, toilet & dining tents. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a tent with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single tent, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. So in this arrangement overnight halts will be as fully organized camping program.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on a set menu prepared by our experienced cook & kitchen staff. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive but it will be wholesome & nutritious with variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup & seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. You can ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 26 days Kanchenjunga Trekking is strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 26 days Kanchenjunga Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Kanchenjunga Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Kanchenjunga Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Kanchenjunga Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • English Language - KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking .Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 26 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Strenous

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking

Best Season: February to November

Max Altitude: 5,180 meters (Lapsang La pass)

Daily Walking: 5-6 hrs

Transportation: Private vehicles, Jeep, Flights as per the Itinerary

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu/Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/resort in Kathmandu and Pokhara, lodge/teahouse or tent/camp during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge/Teahouse & Camping trek

Starts/Ends: Nepalgunj/Taplegunj

Group Size: Minimum 2 People

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