Mount Kanchenjunga one of the world’s most spectacular mountains and the third highest peak on the planet. It possesses of varied ecological zones, from the subtropical land to glacial wilderness. Great valleys, surrounded by high peaks, are a feature of Kanchenjunga. Mt. Kanchenjunga is a massif with its highest peak reaching 8,586metres.
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival - 1300m
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu. On arrival meet, assists and transfer to the hotel by our representative. Welcome drinks on arrival and briefing of tour program by one of our representative from the company.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing (B)
After breakfast start full day sightseeing in UNESCO heritage sites. Sightseeing at Bouddhanath Stupa- a very important religious site for the followers of Buddhism. It is located northeast from the Kathmandu city center. The Stupa is regarded as the centre of faith for the Buddhists. This is also the largest Stupa of Nepal. The Stupa rich in Buddhist arts and cultural heritage is also a popular pilgrimage site; Pashupatinath Temple is a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Pashupatinath and located on the banks of the Bagmati River. This temple is considered one of the sacred temples of Hindu faith. This "extensive Hindu temple precinct" is a "sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries and Patan Durbar Square- Enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites is a distinct place for arts and architecture that is reflected on each temple, monument and palace building that were mostly built during the Malla period between 16th, 17th and 18th century. The square offers myriad opportunities for visitor willing to study and research artistic and architectural masterpieces, history and culture of Patan. Rest of the time is free on your own.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Biratnagar flight and drive to Phidim 1179m/3868ft (B)
After Breakfast drive to airport and depart to Biratnagar. Flight offer glimpse of several eastern Himalayan ranges including Kanchenjunga. Upon reaching on Biratnagar we will grab a drive from Biratnagar to Phidim. Road passes through countryside trail with terrace field, it will be an amazing experience to feel change from flat terrain to terrace farming. Phidim is small market area that host good bus station and number of lodges and teahouses. Overnight at Phidim.
Day 4: Drive Phidim to Taplejung and hike Suketar 2420m/7938ft (B/L/D)
We leave Phidim early in the morning and drive to Taplejung in express bus. It is all blacktopped road from Phidim to Taplejung. After 9 to 10 hours drive we reach Taplejung and hike to Suketar. Suketar is the official start point of trek as onward from here there are no any road and airstrip. It is a small market area with tiny airstrip and offer sensational view of Pathibhara Temple Ridge Lines. Some good accommodation in the form of resort and hotels are being constructed on Suketar. Overnight at Suketar.
Day 5: Trek from Suketar to Mitlung 921m/3021ft (B/L/D)
After Breakfast start trekking from Suketar to Mitlung. It is entirely downhill trail to Mitlung. We cross a small river of Hangdewa and follow riverbank of Tamor, one of the major tributary rivers of river channel in Eastern Nepal. After couple of hours of walk we will make another approximate 400 m descends through muddy trail that leads to Mitlung. Overnight at Mitlung
Day 6: Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa 1270m/ 4166ft (B/L/D)
After Breakfast we pass through some ascending and descending portion on way to village of Sinwa starting from Mitlung. From village of Sinwa it is again downhill all the way to another village of Tawa. After Tawa trail again turn out to slight uphill forcing us to ascend some height. After some slight up we will found one suspension bridge that connects us with Chirwa. Trail passes through spectacular landscape with terraced farming and surrounding ridges of hill. Chirwa is beautiful village with settlement of Limbu Ethnic. This small village consists of few teahouses and lodges. People are exceptionally honest, cheerful and hospitable.
Day 7: Trek from Chirwa to Shekathum 1576m/5169ft (B/L/D)
Apart from regular terraced fields today trail passes through some dense forest. Varied landscape of Cardamom Fields and dense forest of oak tree are major highlight of trail. Trek uphill for sometime in the beginning which eventually descends toward Tamor River passing through lush green fields again along with some dense forest. We pass through several such minor uphill and downhill trails up to Ghunsa River. After crossing Ghunsa River trail is gentle and Sekathum can be easily reached for overnight stay.
Day 8: Trek from Shekathum to Amjilosa 2308m/7570ft (B/L/D)
It’s a challenging trail from Sekathum to Amjilosa. We just cross one suspension bridge next to Sekathum and immediately enter into dense forest ascending the steep trail and reach Solima Village. After descending down from Solima Village we need to follow some tricky trail that consists of other uphill and downhill section all the way up to village of Amjilosa. It is a border ridge of upper and lower part of Kanchenjunga Region as onward from Amjilosa we can feel different on lots of factor like housing, surrounding, people and other.
Day 9: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla 2730m/8954ft (B/L/D)
Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla for around 7 hours. We start trekking through riverbank and pass through dense forest of bamboo forest, fir and rhododendron. We will finally arrive on small stone house next to river and onward follow uphill trail through number of small bridges on the way. Although trip is little bit difficult with uphill nature we will be accompanied with cascading series of waterfall originated directly from high mountains. Life in Gyabla is different and people resemble with Tibetan Natives.
Day 10: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa 3595m/11792ft (B/L/D)
From Gyabla trek starts with downhill descending trail toward river and as we move onward valley slowly open wide on the way toward Phale. Trail in between Ghunsa and Gyabla consist of conifer and pine forest mostly on flat wide terrain. Ghunsa is settlement of Sherpa People unlike Rai and Limbu on lower section of Kanchenjunga.
Day 11: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa (B/L/D)
Today we will have acclimatization day in Ghunsa. For preventing high altitude sickness we hike up to Lpasan La Monastery passing through lush green forest area. After spending some time on monastery ridgelines we will descend back to Ghunsa. Take a rest at the lodge at Ghunsa.
Day12: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen 4050m/13284ft (B/L/D)
Trail onward from Ghunsa now passes through spectacular terrain with surrounding of snow capped mountain peaks. Beautiful meadows with isolated forest of rhododendron and pine along with wildflower are encountered on the trail to Kambachen. Right after Rampuk Kharka trail pass through waterfall and tricky landslide section. Terrain became more spectacular with northern face of Mt. Jannu after clearing all landslide prone zones. Ovenight at Kambachen.
Day 13: Acclimatization day in Khambachen (B/L/D)
Today we will have one more acclimatization day at Kambachen. As we will be gaining enough height on next two day to reach north base camp, it is almost mandatory to have one rest day in Kambachen right after rest day in Ghunsa.
Day 14: Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak 4780m/15678ft (B/L/D)
It is almost 7 hours walking from Kambachen to Lhonak. Trail passes through rocky fields and considerable boulders instead of terraced field and dense forest. We will enter of Ramtang Valley passing through Ramtang Monastery. There are some loose rocks on the trail where one need to be careful and should maintain speedy and steady pace. After this difficult section now we will follow a short downhill trail toward the riverside. After a while settlement of Lhonak came into sight. We will overnight at tent with big grassy plain with high hills and mountain on surrounding ridges.
Day 15: Trek from Lhonak to Pangpema 5388m/17673ft (B/L/D)
It is final destination on north part of Kanchenjunga, i.e. Kanchenjunga North Base Camp that people on local language spoke as Pangpema. Today also there are certain portions that are again prone to landslide and rocky. After traversing through all those rocky section we will arrive on flat grassy plain basin of Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. After a while we will hike to the nearby ridge and enjoy the dramatic view of Mt. Jannu, North Face of Kanchenjunga and Chang Himal.
Day 16: Trek from Pangpema to Kambachen (B/L/D)
Today we start retracing back down to Lhonak from where further down to Ramtang Monastery. We cross the bridge and pass through same waterfall all the way down to Kambachen. Backdrops of Kanchenjunga, Taple Shikhar, Gimmigela and Mera Peak will accompany return journey to Kambachen. It will be a long downhill trail to Kambachen so we will arrive Kambachen late afternoon.
Day 17: Trek from Kambachen to Ghunsa (B/L/D)
Short descend from Kambachen will brought us back to civilization of Ghunsa after exploring wild section of Kanchenjunga North. This is like a rest day cause we will have entire afternoon to spend on Ghunsa after short walk from Kambachen.
Day 18: Trek from Ghunsa to Sele Le 4290m/14071ft (B/L/D)
After we divert right hand side leaving trail to Gyabla it is steep uphill trek to Sele Le. This is another section of Kanchenjunga that is not inhabited by locals. Trail mostly passes through dense forest of rhododendron and juniper with moss all around. Travellers often claimed about spotting snow leopards on this section so do not trek far from group always trek together on this section from Ghunsa to Sele Le. This is our final night on northern Kanchenjunga.
Day 19: Trek from Sele Le to Cheram 3870m/12694ft (B/L/D)
This will be definitely a long day as well as challenging too. We start with steep uphill section toward top of Sele Le Pass. Aerial view of Kanchenjunga North Side will be empowered by view of Mt. Makalu and Mt. Jannu.. Once we reach the top it is final view of wild Kanchenjunga North. Uphill portion are almost over now, as it is only uphill from Cheram to Ramche (Kanchenjunga South Base Camp) where as rest of the day we will be descending down and down toward lower section of Kanchenjunga South. Cheram is now couple of hour’s downhill from top of Sele Le Pass. The first village at Kanchenjunga South Cheram is at elevation of 3870m. Overnight at Cheram.
Day 20: Trek from Cheram to Ramche and back to Cheram 4580m/15022ft (B/L/D)
Leave your entire backpack at Cheram; just make a small day backpack with vital necessary things for day hike. We will start pretty early in the morning. Trail passes through Yalung Glacier, i.e. Kanchenjunga South Glacier. Trail also passes through Simbuwa River and Lapsang Village before arriving Ramche. Onward from Ramche we will hike up bit toward nearby ridgeline that offer incredible view of Kanchenjunga South Face. Trek back to Cheram. Overnight at Cheram.
Day 21: Trek from Ramche to Tortong 2995m/9824ft (B/L/D)
It is pretty easy trail from Cheram to Tortong. Trail passes next through Simbuwa Khola for a while and enters on rhododendron forest. We will trek for around six hours in general from Cheram to Tortong almost loosing elevation of 1000 m.
Day 22: Trek from Tortong to Yumphuding 2080m/6822ft (B/L/D)
It is around 7 hours long downhill walks from Tortong to Yamphuding. Yamphuding is a biggest village on southern section of Kanchenjunga. Sherpa, Limbu and Rai mostly inhabit village of Yamphuding. There are good teahouses and lodges on village for overnight.
Day 23: Trek from Yamphuding to Yangpang 1007m/3304ft (B/L/D)
We start with descending trail from Yamphuding, cross small bridge at Samekham and trail all the way next to riverbank of Kabeli Khola passes through village of Mamangkhe. There is Limbu Museum and Cultural Center on Mamangkhe. After exploring Limbu’s history we cross bridge at Khesewa River and follow slight ascending trail passing through the forest of Cardamom. On the way we will pass via several villages and eventually descend all the down to village of Yangpang.
Day 24: Trek from Yangpang to Thorpu 1500m/4290ft (B/L/D)
It’s a final walking day of entire Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. Trail passes through terraced fields and number of villages on the way. Tonight we can go for local homestay too splitting into several houses within villages.
Day 25: Trek from Thorpu to Birtamod 300m/984ft (B/L)
After Breakfast drive to Birtamod. It is about 6 hours drive from Thorpu. We can feel a drastic change on climate and landscape within this short time frame of 6 hours drive. Terrain changes into fertile valley. Climate is hot and humid as it is entirely Terai Belt. we will spend our final night at Birtamod.
Day 26: Drive from Birtamod to Bhadrapur and flight back to Kathmandu (B)
After Breakfast drive from Birtamod to Bhadrapur fly back to Kathmandu. Check in Hotel. You will offer for the rest and refreshment in the hotel.
Day 27: Departure (B)
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Aarya Village Travel will transfer you to the airport for final departure to your home country.