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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!