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Trekking the Great Himalaya Trail, from Kanchenjunga to Makalu Base Camp (45 days)

Join Synergy Guides and their certified instructors as they lead you on this truly epic, challenging and rewarding journey through the heart of the remote and isolated Himalayas, as you trek the Great Himalaya Trail from Kanchenjunga to Makalu Base Camp over 45 astonishing days.

Mountain RangeHimalaya
Duration45 days
Offer periodApr, May
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelExtremely Fit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Trek through the endless wonders of the Himalayan mountains

  • Scale amazingly high base camps at Kanchenjunga (5143m) and Makalu (4870m)

  • See rare animals such as the snow leopard, Asian black bear and blood pheasant

  • See unspoiled and untouched scenery, as few people roam here

Description

Join me on this long and at times arduous trek through one of the most famous regions on earth, and I promise it will be one of, if not the most memorable experiences of your life, as during 45 days we guide you over a distance of 1700km through unique and mind-blowing landscape, terrain and scenery, all at a high altitude (including three 6000m+ passes) on the Great Himalaya Trail from Kanchenjunga to Makalu Base Camp.

The Great Himalaya Trail stretches all the way from the Eastern border to the Western border of the Nepalese Himalaya, and is home to a variety of rare and protected animal species such as the snow leopard, Asian black bear and blood pheasant.

The first two days will be spent flying to Kathmandu and then driving to Taplejung, where the Kanchenjunga section of the trek begins. The subsequent 20 days will be spent first trekking to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143m) before heading to Thudam via the Lumbha Sambha Pass.

The second half of the trek entails the Makalu Barun section, a much trickier proposition that involves technical mountaineering, Sherpa guides and experiences porters. This section heads to the Makalu Base Camp (4870m), before the final 8 days of this monumental journey are spent heading back to Kathmandu.

Amongst the tiredness and arduous nature of the trek, the scenery which we will be trekking through is endlessly fascinating and stunning, with gorgeous alpine meadows and huge granite rock walls littering the landscape, and the fact that so few people dare venture where we will be going ensures it remains pristine, wild and natural.

It is a physically and mentally demanding trek which we are undertaking, but that does not take away from the fact that we will endeavor to make the journey as fun as possible and to ensure your memories will last a lifetime.

We finish on the final day back in Kathmandu, exhausted and happy in the knowledge we have dared to tread where few people do.

Trekking the Great Himalaya Trail is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience – book now or regret it forever!

For those who want a slightly shorter route, try our Himalayas 35-day guided mountaineering course, here!

Alternatively, try our 21-day Makalu base camp trek, here!

Accommodation

Tent accommodation every night

Meeting point

Kathmandu


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Itinerary

Day 1: Day 1

Kathmandu Bhadrapur/Birantnagar by flight, drive to Ilam

Day 2: Day 2

Drive Ilam to Taplejung (1820 m)

Day 3: Day 3

Taplejung (1820 m) to Mitlung (920 m) 4 hrs

Day 4: Day 4

Mitlung (920 m) to Chiruwa (1270 m) 6 hrs

Day 5: Day 5

Chiruwa (1270 m) to Sukethum (1575 m) 5 1/2 hrs

Day 6: Day 6

Sukethum (1576 m) to Amjilosa (2308 m) 6 hrs

Day 7: Day 7

Amjilosa (2308 m) to Gyabla (2730 m) 5 hrs (or to Phale 3140 m, extra 2 hrs)

Day 8: Day 8

Gyabla (2730 m) to Ghunsa (3595 m) 4 1/2 hrs

Day 9: Day 9

Ghunsa (3595 m) Rest day

Day 10: Day 10

Ghunsa (3595 m) to Khangpachen (4050 m) 6 hrs

Day 11: Day 11

Khangpachen (4050 m) Rest day

Day 12: Day 12

Khangpachen (4050 m) to Lhonak (4780 m) 5 hrs

Day 13: Day 13

Lhonak (4780 m) Rest day

Day 14: Day 14

Lhonak (4780 m) to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143 m) 4 hrs

Day 15: Day 15

Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143 m) Rest day to ascend a small local peak

Day 16: Day 16

Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143 m) to Kangpachen (4050 m) 4 hrs

Day 17: Day 17

Kangpachen (4050 m) to Ghunsa (3595 m) 3 hrs

Day 18: Day 18

Ghunsa (3595 m) to Nango La Camp (4776 m) 5 1/2 hrs

Day 19: Day 19

Nango La Camp (4776 m) to Yangma Khola (3430 m) 5 hrs

Day 20: Day 20

Yangma Khola (3430 m) to Olangchun Gola (3191 m) 4 hrs

Day 21: Day 21

Olangchun Gola (3191 m) to Pass Camp (4453 m) 7 hrs

Day 22: Day 22

Pass Camp (4453 m) to Thudam (3556 m) crossing the Lumbha Sambha Pass (5159 m) 7 hrs

Day 23: Day 23

Thudam (3556 m) Rest day

Day 24: Day 24

Thudam (3556 m) to Kharka (2700 m) 7 hrs

Day 25: Day 25

Kharka (2700 m) to Chyamtang (2187 m) 5 hrs

Day 26: Day 26

Chyamtang (2187 m) to Hongon (2323 m) 5 hrs

Day 27: Day 27

Hongon (2323 m) to Bakim Kharka (3020 m) 3 hrs

Day 28: Day 28

Bakim Kharka (3020 m) to Molun Pokhari (3954 m) 4 hrs

Day 29: Day 29

Molun Pokhari (3954 m) to Dhungge Kharka (3590 m) 5 hrs

Day 30: Day 30

Dhungge Kharka (3590 m) to Cave Camp (3115 m) 3 1/2 hrs

Day 31: Day 31

Cave Camp (3115 m) to Kalo Pokhari (4192 m) 5 hrs

Day 32: Day 32

Kalo Pokhari (4192 m) to Kharka (4097 m) 5 hrs

Day 33: Day 33

Kharka (4097 m) to Yangla Kharka (3557 m) 4 hrs

Day 34: Day 34

Yangla Kharka (3557 m) to Langmale Kharka (4410 m) 4 hrs

Day 35: Day 35

Langmale Kharka (4410 m) to Makalu Base Camp (4870 m) 4 hrs

Day 36: Day 36

Makalu Base Camp (4870 m) Rest day

Day 37: Day 37

Makalu Base Camp (4870 m) to Nehe Kharka (3000m) 4 hrs

Day 38: Day 38

Nehe Kharka (3000m) to Mumbuk (3570m) 6hrs

Day 39: Day 39

Mumbuk (3570m) to Kauma (3470m) 6hrs

Day 40: Day 40

Kauma (3470m) to Tashi Gaon (2070m) 6hrs

Day 41: Day 41

Tashi Gaon (2070m) to Pakuwa (1520m) 6hrs

Day 42: Day 42

Pakuwa (1520m) to Bumling (1160m) 6hrs

Day 43: Day 43

Bumling (1160m) to Tumlingtar (860m) 6hrs

Day 44: Day 44

Kathmandu

Day 45: Day 45

International Flights


About the guide

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At Synergy Guides we strive to provide rewarding adventures in the mountains. We listen to your ambitions and create a tailored mountain challenges for you and your group, always encouraging you to follow your dreams - whether it is climbing Skye´s Inaccessible Pinnacle, scaling a famous Scottish Ice Route or trekking in the Himalayas.

Our team is made up of professionally trained Mountaineering Instructors and British Mountain Guides, who are all active and enthusiastic about their own climbing and will enjoy sharing their passion with you. We don´t provide off-the-shelf mountaineering courses but always try to achieve a personal approach centered around you.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

GBP 6186 each

Group of 2

GBP 6186 each

Group of 3

GBP 6186 each

Group of 4

GBP 6186 each

Group of 5

GBP 6186 each

Group of 6

GBP 6186 each

Group of 7

GBP 6186 each

Group of 8

GBP 6186 each

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• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Transport during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

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