trip duration TRIP DURATION
27 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
Himalaya
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
-
trip level TRIP LEVEL
Intermediate
best period OFFER PERIOD
-
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP
Not specified

Description

Join along for a 27-day trekking program around Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), the “queen of mountains” and third highest peak in the world. Over this time, you will discover traditional Nepalese villages and beautiful landscapes. This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the wonderful remoteness of this area, right in the border of India and Nepal.

This itinerary begins at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, where we will pick you up. We will first tour around Kathmandu and its several World Heritage Sites. Later, on Day 3 of the itinerary, we will fly to Birathnagar, and next day to Suketar for the beginning of our trekking adventure.

Along these days, you will visit traditional mountain villages like Chirwa, Gybala, and the famous Sherpa settlement Ghunsa. Another highlight of the program is the trek to Tseram through five different mountain passes, in one day.

All along the program we will spend the nights in campsites, which is a special experience in its own. Finally, we will trek across and along beautiful natural sites, like bamboo and rhododendrons forests, glaciers, and rivers like the Kabeli, Omje, Simbua and Tenguwa.

Have a look at the complete day-by-day itinerary below.

On this tour, you will be guided by an expert member of the GuideSource team and our own guiding team. At GuideSource we pride ourselves in our more than 35 years of experience, with zero serious or fatal accidents.

Interested in this Kanchenjunga Trek, 27-day program? Request your booking! If you are interested in shorter programs in this area, have a look at the Jomson Muktinath Trek, 11-day program and the Tengboche Mani Rimdu Festival, 14 Day Guided Trek.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Briefing on the itinerary for the next days
  • Overnight at Hotel B/B
Day 2

Kathmandu

  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu – World Heritage Sites like Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhu Nath and the Bouddha Nath Buddhist shrine
  • Optional: last minute shopping of personal items in preparation for the next day
  • Overnight at Hotel B/B
Day 3

Birathnagar

  • Afternoon flight to Birathnagar
  • Overnight at Hotel in Birathnagar
Day 4

Suketar - Mitlung

  • Morning flight to Suketar (45 minutes)
  • Meeting with the trekking crew
  • Trek along Suketar Danda
  • Arrival in Mitlung
  • Overnight in camp
  • Trekking time: 4 hours
Day 5

Mitlung

  • Trek downhill to Mitlung, across scenic pastures and small villages
  • Crossing of Hungdewa Khola and the Tamur River
  • Overnight in camp
  • Trekking time: 4 hours
Day 6

Mitlung - Chirwa

  • Descent to Sinwa
  • Trek to Tawa
  • Crossing of the suspension bridge at Thiwa
  • Arrival in Chirwa (1,180 m), a small  Limbu village
  • Overnight in camp 
  • Trekking time: 5 to 6 hours
Day 7

Chirwa - Sekathum

  • Descent and trek along the Tamur River
  • Arrival in the Olangchung Gola, entry point of the Kanchenjugha National Park
  • Crossing of the Ghunsa Khola on suspension bridge
  • Arrival in campsite in Sekathum
  • Overnight in camp
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
Day 8

Sekathum - Amjilosa

  • Crossing of the river and steep ascent
  • Descent again and crossing of the river
  • Climb from the gorge bottom
  • Trek across Solima
  • Descent to river level
  • Arrival in Amjilosa (2,500 m)
  • Overnight in camp
  • Trekking time: 7 to 8 hours
Day 9

Amjilosa - Gyabla

  • Hike upwards along the river bank
  • Trek across the bamboo and rhododendrons forest
  • Climb up across small bridges
  • Trek across waterfall and pools as the river drops steeply
  • Arrival in Gyabla, a Tibetan settlement
  • Overnight in camp
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
Day 10

Gyabla - Ghunsa

  • Descent down the river
  • Arrival in Phole
  • Arrival in the famous Sherpa village of Ghunsa – the site where over 20 prominent conservationists died in a helicopter crash
  • Overnight in camp
  • Trekking time: 4.5 to 5.5 hours
Day 11

Ghunsa - Acclimatization

  • Acclimatization day
  • Options: short hike towards the Lapsan La through lush green forest, or stay at Ghunsa and relax
  • Overnight in camp
Day 12

Ghunsa - Kambachen

  • Trek from Ghunsa along the river bank
  • Crossing of the bridge at Rampuk Kharka – views of the Jannu
  • Arrival in Kambachen (4,090 m)
  • Overnight in camp
  • Trekking time: 6 hours
Day 13

Kambachen - Lhonak

  • Climb along the river bank
  • Crossing to Ramtang across the bridge
  • Arrival at Lhonak (4,587 m)
  • Overnight in camp
  • Trekking time: 3.5 to 4.5 hours
Day 14

Lhonak - Pangpema - Kangchenjunga North Base Camp

  • Trek along the edge of the glacier – views of the Chang Himal
  • Arrival in Pangpema (5,150 m), a flat grassy base camp
  • Climb higher to appreciate the amazing views of the  Kangchenjuna North Face
  • Overnight in camp
  • Trekking time: 3 to 4 hours
Day 15

Drohmo Peak - Pangpema

  • Climb to Drohmo Peak (6,855 m), a beautiful icy summit
  • Overnight Pangpema
Day 16

Pangpema - Kambachen

  • Descent to Khambachen (4,090 m) 
  • Overnight in camp
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
Day 17

Kambachen - Ghunsa

  • Return to Ghunsa
  • Overnight in camp
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
Day 18

Ghunsa - High Camp

  • Steep ascent to a high cam
  • Climb across the dense forest of moss, rhododendron and juniper
  • Overnight stay in preparation for the trek to Mirgin La Pass
  • Overnight in camp
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
Day 19

High Camp - Mirgin La Pass - Tseram

  • Trek across five passes: Tamo La (3900 m), an unnamed pass (4115 m), Mirgin La (4663 m), Sinion La (4660 m), and another unnamed pass (4,724 m)
  • Steep descent of 1,000 m to Tseram
  • Overnight in camp
  • Trekking time: 7 hours
Day 20

Tserma - Torantan

  • Steady descent to Torontan
  • Crossing of the Omje river on bamboo poles
  • Trek along the Kabeli river upstream
  • Zigzag through fields of corn and barley to Darachuk
  • Trek to the Dubi Bhanjhyang pass (2,540 m)
  • Crossing of the stream on a log bridge, and further trek along the Omje river
  • Trek across Chitre (2,920 m) and Lamite Bhanjyang (3,410 m)
  • Trek along the Simbua river
  • Arrival in Torontan
  • Overnight in camp
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
Day 21

Torantan - Yamphudin

  • Descent to Yamphudin, a mixed community of Sherpa, Limbu , Rai and Gurung
  • Overnight in camp
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
Day 22

Yamphudin - Mamakhe

  • Gradual descent from the ridge to the Tenguwa river
  • Steep switchback up to another ridge with a Chorten and prayer flags
  • Descent across rubble and rock slides, across a stream, and into a deep section of the valley
  • Trek to the Kabeli river (1,640 m)
  • Gentle climb to Yamphudin, a community of Sherpas, Limbus, Rais and Gurungs
  • Arrival in Mamakhe (2,900 m)
  • Overnight in camp
  • Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours
Day 23

Mamakhe - Lalikharka

  • Trek to the Limbu village of Thembewa (1,880 m)
  • Ascent and steep drop through Shimu and Pokhara
  • Crossing of a suspension bridge across the Phewa river (1,430 m) – a swimming hole and a possible campsite are near the river
  • Steep climb to Khunjari (1,700 m), a Limbu village
  • Arrival in Lalikharka (1,810 m)
  • Overnight in camp
  • Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours
Day 24

Lalikharka - Suketar

  • Trek from Lalikharka to Suketar
  • Overnight in camp
Day 25

Suketar - Birathnagar - Kathmandu

  • Flight from Suketar to Birathnagar
  • Flight from Birathnagar to Kathmandu
  • Overnight at Hotel B/B
Day 26

Kathmandu

  • Day at leisure. Options:
    • Begin a new tour
    • Explore the Thamel for a last day of shopping
  • Farewell dinner
  • Overnight at hotel
Day 27

Departure from Kathmandu

  • Tansfer to the International Airport
  • End of program

Price per person

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
  • Group equipment
  • Porters

Other details

Skill level required

Intermediate
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Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport

Accommodation

Hotel and camping

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