2 days 1 nights
availability: jan 16' - dec 16'
pokhara
kathmandu
min age: 18+
max people: 12

course overview

The trail along the tranquil hills into the serene snowy village, walled by mighty mountains through the wild coniferous forest– if this visualization captures the instinct of the wanderer in you, Kanchenjunga is where it will realize. Known as the third highest mountain in the world and second highest in the Himalayas, the mountain is equally thrilling and satisfying as the Everest. Kanchenjunga derives its nomenclature from Sikkim’s language having the meaning ‘five peaks’ which aptly describes the nature of congregation of the peaks. With the height of more than 8,500 meters from the sea level, it is the next logical step in the travel journey of a person who is experienced in traveling in high altitudes and is in a reasonably sound health.

 

Geographically located in Taplejung District of Nepal and bordering into Sikkim of India, the trek provides an opportunity to live and experience the life in the rural Himalayan region of Nepal. We will find the Sherpa culture with Tibetan influence, which is unique from other mountaineering regions in Nepal itself. The hospitality of the Sherpa people even in the desolate areas of mountainous terrains makes the trip a lot easier than it really is. Getting to know people and the culture better is a part of the rich traveling experience with Asian Adventure Trips.

 

Asian Adventure Trips, having a proud history of numerous successful ascents to the high mountains like Kanchenjunga, is a known name in mountain travel. With an experienced pool of trekking guides and an uncompromised itinerary, we emphasize on ease of travel with utmost safety and a fun-filled experience. We would love to share the joy of gaining your experiences for a lifetime in the foothills of Himalayas.

Departure & Return Location
Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu.
price includes
  • All transfers to and from both domestic and international airports
  • 4/5-star category Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on BB Plan as per itinerary
  • Climbing Guides and sherpas as per requirements
  • Domestic flight tickets for to the climbing members and guides.( If required in itinerary )
  • Complete camping setup with dining & kitchen tents, chairs and tables Base Camp
  • Three meals a day (BLD-tea-coffee) and twin sharing teahouse accommodation during trek
  • Expedition royalty and climbing permits for climbing
  • Fully paid government appointed liaison officer in the team
  • Medical, accidental, and search and rescue Insurance for all involved local staffs
  • All rope fixing and icefall management charges levied in the Expedition
  • Free assistance service for cargo and duty clearance
  • Complete pre-departure information
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu

itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel (1350m)

Welcome to the mystic land of Kathmandu! Rich in cultural heritage, historical monuments and countless temples with a touch of cosmopolitan vibe, Kathmandu is truly a remarkable city. Our delegate will be there to get you to from the Tribhuvan International Airport. Soon we will reach our hotel where the briefing about the tour would be done. You can start the exploration of Kathmandu right away, if you are excited and not too tired!

Day 02-03 Theoretical session on Nirvana climbing course

Scaling up one of the highest peaks of the world is no joke. Therefore getting to know the terrain, the difficulties in getting to the highest of alpine ranges and nuances of the Himalayas in Nepal is imperative for a successful ascent. Therefore, for two days we will be refreshing and contextualizing our knowledge through intense yet fun theoretical sessions.

Day 04 Fly to Biratnagar (80m)(40 minutes) – Taplejung (Suketar)(2420m)(6-7 hours)

We will fly eastward to Biratnagar- a district in the Terai region of Nepal. An industrial capital, it is also hustling and bustling with energy like Kathmandu. If you happen to land in Biratnagar during summer, you will get a peek in into the vagaries of temperature in Nepal– intense heat of Terai to the numbing chilliness in the Himalayas. After we land in Biratnagar, we will start a vehicular ascent towards the hilly district of Taplejung. Nearly a half day travel into the hills from the plains would make us reach our destination for the day. Taplejung is no less a marketplace, with the line of shops and restaurants to cater to the needs of internal and foreign tourists. We will stay overnight in Taplejung.

Day 05 Taplejung – Mitlung (921m) (5-6 hours)

Passing through several rice fields, cardamom plantations, villages and going up and down on the way, Mitlung would be an interesting trek. Getting to see the life in the hills of Nepal is another learning experience that comes as a bonus when we trail through somewhat populated villages. We pass through Hangdewa River and Tamor River and the suspension bridges over it. We reach Mitlung in about 5 hours. We will spend a night in Mitlung.

Day 06 Mitlung – Chirwa (1270m) (5-6 hours)

We will come across a relatively flat land till Sinuwa. We will nevertheless soon take an ascent as we head towards Tawa. After walking a little further, we reach Thiwa. Our destination to Chirwa is not too far from there. The whole journey would be covered in 6 hours.

Day 07 Chirwa – Sokathom (1576m) (6-7 hours)

Waking up to the stunning view of some cliffs and the deep Himalayan gorge, we ascend towards the Tamor River valley. We reach Sokathom at the end of the day along the Yalung glacier traveling for 11 kilometers throughout the day.

Day 08 Sokathom – Amjilessa (2308m)(5-6 hours)

Following the narrow trail along Ghunsa River, we pass through some Tibetan and Sherpa settlements and elevate further 900m walking for only about 6 kilometers. After the long trudge, we rest in Amjilessa for the night.

Day 09 Amjilessa – Gepla (2730m) (4-5 hours)

For the day, we walk through rugged terrains. Halfway through, we come across a dense forest with some of the best flora and fauna in the area. We might spot some animals and birds if we get lucky. It takes us about 4 hours to get there.

Day 10 Gepla – Ghunsa (3595m) (5-6 hours)

The day will be a unique experience spiritually as we pass through a monastery in Phole. The settlement is a brilliant place to become more acquainted with the Tibetan-Buddhist culture and customs that go back many years. It takes us about 5 hours to get there although usually, the time elongates as we soak ourselves into the peaceful atmosphere.

Day 11 Ghunsa – Kambachen (4040m) (7-8 hours)

The day starts with the incredible view of a standout amongst other glacier valleys of Nepal. At a height of 4040m is Kambachen, where we camp for the day at the bottom of Jannu Glacier, with a direct view of Kanchenjunga.

Day 12 Kambachen – Lhonak (4780m) (6-7 hours)

From this point forth, we do not find any human settlements, just whitewashed mountains everywhere we look. This is truly a place to get in touch with nature with abundant glaciers and few animals and birds that are used to this habitat. The ascent takes us around 6 hours to complete.

Day 13 Lhonak – Pangpema (5152m) (4-5 hours)

Embracing the isolated atmosphere, we depart to Pangpema. Pangpema, being the north base camp of Kanchenjunga, we start seeing fellow trekkers. The picturesque glaciers around this area are definite to appear in your dreams and get pinned in the memory for long.

Day 14 Pangpema – Kanchenjunga Basecamp (5280m) (6-7 hours)

This day is set aside to explore the base camp and glacial area. The range of mountains including Sharpu Peaks looms on the horizon. With plenty of selfies to choose from and everlasting memories, we get ready for the Kanchenjunga ascent.

Day 14-16 Practical session on Nirvana climbing course

Since the difficulty level to ascent Kanchenjunga is high, the earlier theoretical session needs to be complemented with a practical session. Here we actually are in the vicinity of our destination. There, we warm up to use all the equipment and tools including ropes, crampons, eights, and sticks among others. We also plan in detail the drill in cases of emergency and difficulty and practice for a successful ascent.

Day 17-37 Climbing period of Kanchenjunga (8,586m)

From the base camp, it is all skywards until we reach the summit. The travel time spread across 20 days which will provide us enough time to acclimatize at high altitude. Sometimes there should be some buffer days as the weather condition might not favor the planned day of summiting the mountain. After capturing the picturesque view of the Congress of four other peaks and the feeling of standing above the world and peeking into the ocean of mountains, we will reach the base camp.

Day 38 Trek Back to Pangpema (7-8 hours)

We will again retrace our journey but now with an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and absolute joy. The mountains that loom in the background would not seem as daunting as they used to after setting our foot trails on it. We will traverse the rocky path and revisit the glaciers that came on our way to the top. We will stay for a night in Pangpema.

Day 39 Pangpema – Lhonak (4780m) (6-7 hours)

Yaks grazing on the fields by the mountains above the clouds, and the rugged trail surrounded walled by the rocks with snow cladding on the top– this mesmerizing scenery is Lhonak. We can hear the bells tingling from the monasteries nearby. The experience is surreal amidst the spectacular view of the secluded mountainous village. We spend a night in Lhonak.

Day 40 Lhonak – Ghunsa (4124m) (7-8 hours)

We elevate to nearly 3500 meters from the sea level as we approach Ghunsa. The mountains that were accompanying us in the background look more prominent as we move skywards– up and up. We pass through the village of Phole where we can stop and relax to avoid exhaustion and altitude sickness. This also provides an opportunity to observe the Himalayan Sherpa and Tibetan cultures. We will spend a night in Ghunsa.

Day 41 Ghunsa – Selele (4290m) (7-8 hours)

Another ordinary day that could turn out to be extraordinary as you can spot snow leopards in this area of Kanchenjunga, if you get lucky. With only one tea shop in this area, we shall pack our lunch today. We follow the trail along the snow-covered path with thick pine forest and youthfulness of rhododendron.

Day 42 Selele – Milgin-La 4654m.–Tseram 3770m (8-9 hours)

On this trail, we will be accompanied by panoramic views of Mt Makalu and Mt Everest throughout. Despite the fact that it is a little pass, we run over Sherpa villages and small huts in transit that have opened as coffeehouses during peak tourist season.

Day 43 Tseram – Oktang – Torontan (2995m) (5-6 hours)

Our journey to Torontan begins with exceptional views of The White Mountains blended in with red rhododendron forests, a sight you are likely to savor all the way down. Enamored by the opulence of this region, you will probably have your meal sitting under the blue sky rather than inside a hut. After a satisfying descend, we call it a day at Torontan.

Day 44 Torontan – Omje Khola (2250m) (6-7 hours)

Waking up to chirping birds and thundering of streams below, you are guaranteed a blissful morning after all the efforts you put on this trip. The transition from usual snowcapped White Mountains to grassy green hills might seem unusual and sometimes unfulfilling at this point. Nevertheless, the Yaks accompany us through the cardamom fields making the journey exciting.

Day 45 Omje Khola – Mamankhe (2000m) (7-8 hours)

Our day begins as we cross the suspension bridges over Omje Khola taking pictures with prayer flags. As we descend downwards to Mamankhe, we are greeted by the rich biodiversity of this region. With grassy green fields to dense forests, you will be surprised by the natural treasures of Nepal in every step. We spend the night in Mamakhe under the clear starry sky.

Day 46 Mamankhe – Khesewa Bhanjyang.

This day our itinerary comprises of passing through several villages of Rai, Limbu and Tamang ethnicities. The day will be fun-filled, as there will be several opportunities to immerse in local customs and practices and also try out local food. Sharing experiences and learning from the locals, the day will pass astonishingly quick and we will reach our destination for the night.

Day 47 Khesewa Bhanjyang – Lali Kharka (1940m) (5-6 hours)

As we pass Khesewa Bhanjyang, the views of whitish mountains become clear once again. We find abundant lodges in this area so we can choose which one provides the best view of faraway mountains. As we get closer to the cities, we begin finding much more food varieties. This place is famous for having local shops that sell Yak cheese.

Day 48 Lali Kharka – Taplejung (Suketar) (1824m)(5-6 hours) & transfer to hotel

This day brings us to Taplejung, the place where it all began. Here in Taplejung, you can enjoy the connection to the world. This would be the best time to update your feeds posting pictures of heavenly mountains, spectacular rhododendron forests, and spiritually uplifting Monasteries. We spend the night in Taplejung.

Day 49 Suketar – Kathmandu

With an experience that you will cherish forever and memories that with last a lifetime, you fly back to Kathmandu. This would be the time to stroll around Kathmandu and trying local cuisine and getting your hands on some souvenirs, if you aren’t tired. This would be your final night in Nepal.

Day 50 Final departure

With plenty of memories that are to be cherished for the lifetime and motivation from the Himalayas, we bid farewell. Until we meet again on exciting expeditions in the Himalayas– we will be happy to create more fun-filled memories together!

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