Kanchanjunga means the mountain of jewels. It is said that the famous sage Guru Padmasambhava buried the treasures of knowledge in this most beautiful of mountains. It is so revered by the locals that the Lamas of Sikkim do an annual tribute dance to this sacred peak. This trek takes you to the snowline through thick forests of rhododendron trees in the lower region and yak grazing in high pastures. The wild flowers are in full bloom during the months of April and May, and clear views of the mountains are also more likely during this period.
Much more than trek, it is a journey of discovery. The Kanchanjunga Range is possibly the last unexplored region of Eastern Nepal. Breathtaking views of the vast Himalayan range can be seen from the majority of the route's trails.
This is a sparsely populated area with mainly Sherpa, Limbu, Rai and Gurung communities. The people are not accustomed to receiving tourists at their doorsteps and show great hospitality.
For an all-round trekking experience a visit to either, or both, base camps of Kanchenjunga, at 8586 meters, the third highest mountain on earth, is always possible but our experience recommends to make the both base camps in a single trip. Once you arrive in the higher parts of Kanchenjunga, you will find a great masses of Himalayan peaks surrounded by a number of peaks lesser in height but no less attractive. The trek is at times arduous but it passes through some wonderful remote villages and is never boring.
Glimpse on Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu; final preparations
Day 03: Fly to Biratnagar
Day 04: Fly to Suketar; trek to Phurumba
Day 05: Trek Chirwa or Tapletok
Day 06: Trek Sakathum
Day 07: Trek Amjilassa
Day 08: Trek Kyapla
Day 09: Trek Ghunsa (11,400)
Day 10: Trek Khambachen
Day 11: Rest / acclimatization day in Khambachen
Day 12: Trek Lhonak via Lhonak glacier (15,680')
Day 13: Lhonak; day hike Pangpema (16,900'); North base camp
Day 14: Trek - forest camp
Day 15: Trek Ghunsa along Tamur River
Day 16: Trek Sinion - Margin La
Day 17: Trek Yalung; cross Lapsang La (16,760') or Margin La (15,300)
Day 18: Trek Ramche (14,000)
Day 19: Rest / acclimatization; exploration South BC
Day 20: Trek Tseram
Day 21: Trek - forest camp
Day 22: Trek Yamphudin
Day 23: Trek Funfun
Day 24: Trek Kunjari
Day 25: Trek Taplejung - Suketar
Day 26: Extra day for weather, acclimatization, rest, etc.
Day 27: Early morning flight to Biratnagar, then on to Kathmandu
Day 28: Kathmandu; free day to rest, shop, explore
Day 29: Transfer to airport for departures