Kanchenjunga trek

Kanchenjunga trek – discover the numerous wild animals, birds, flora and fauna with incredible view of Mt. Kanchenjunga…..

Kanchenjunga trek

World's third highest mountain at 8598m, Kanchenjunga sits astride the Nepal/Sikkim border only a few miles from Tibet. This trek was opened to the trekkers in 1988, though people have trekked in the area in connection with Mountaineering expedition since the turn of the century. Kanchenjunga is a long way from Kathmandu and the nearest road and airports are along way from the mountains.

 Our long trek here climbs from the intensively cultivated hillsides of the Nepal Midlands, populated by the Rai and Limbu tribes, towards the peaks of Jannu and Khabru and the great wall of Kumbakarna, Kanchenjunga and Rathong, passing on the way through some of the finest high mountain scenery anywhere. Until very recently this was a restricted area, so this is an ideal trek for those who already know Nepal and want to get away from the better known areas and visit an isolated part where few foreigners have penetrated.

Trekking in Kanchenjunga is relatively strenuous since the region is regarded as the most remote place of Nepal. However the presence of numerous wild animals, birds and flora in abundance make the trekking in this region very interesting and pleasant.

Trip Facts:

 Activities: Trekking
Start/End:
Kathmandu
Destination: Kanchenjunga
Trip Duration:
29 days
Max. Altitude:
5140 meters
Group Size:
Min. 2 / Max.10
Best Season
: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.
Trip Grade: Strenuous plus
Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
Cost: Please contact us

Kanchenjunga trek – Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport, meet our guide and transfer to hotel. Evening dinner at Nepalese restaurant with culture show.  
Day 02: Trek preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Bassantpur (1900m)
Day 04: Trek through mossy Rhododendron forests eventually leading to Chauki (2700m) .
Day 05: Receive your first views of various peaks including Kanchenjunga. Over night in Gupa Pokhari.
Day 06: Continue ascending early, through interesting forests. Camp the night by the river at Dovan.
Day 07: Most of the day you follow the river up the Tamur Valley through rocky fields up to Mitlung.
Day 08: Cross the river and continue up, the path narrows, you eventually reach the village of Chirwa.
Day 09: Trek up the Gunsa Khola valley. Riverside camp near the Tibetan village of Sakathum.
Day 10: enter an arid landscape and follow a hairy trail up to a crest. Descend slightly to Amjilessa
Day 11: Forests of bamboo, oak & rhododendron, waterfalls, pastures, and great views up to Kyapra.
Day 12: Descend steeply into the side of a ravine, trek along the river to yak pastures and up to Gunsa.
Day 13: Acclimatization day - Gunsa. Trek to the lake at the Yamatari Glacier.
Day 14: Tackle the unstable slopes leading up to the Tibetan settlement of Kambachen (4,040m).
Day 15: Acclimatization Day Kambachen. There are a number of day hikes to help acclimatise.
Day 16: The trail is rocky then crosses moraines. Camp at Lhonak, the views prevail from all directions.
Day 17: Trek up to the base camp of Pang Pema (5,140m) Watch the sunset over Kanchenjunga.
Day 18: Hike up the ridge early. The panorama is spectacular, Kambachen overnight
Day 19: Kambachen to Gunsa
Day 20: Today you trek along a trail that is difficult to distinguish. Camp at Tseram, a large flat meadow.
Day 21: Walk along the moraine of the Yalung glacier. The valley opens up, camp at Ramche (4,420m). .
Day 22: Day trip to Yalung Glacier
Day 23: start the you descent today taking a different route to Chirwa
Day 24: Chirwa to Anpan (2250m)
Day 25: Anpan to Pokari (1,700m)
Day 26: Pokhari to Taplajung (2,350m)
Day 27: Fly back to Biratnager and take a flight back to Kathmandu. Hotel checks in Hotel.
Day 28: Leisure day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 29: Transfer to the Airport, fly back home.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Why choose us?

Mission Eco Trek aware that there are many companies seeking your business as you plan your adventure holidays in the Nepal Himalayas. We believe we offer the very best value for money and take your safety, comfort and ultimate holiday experience very seriously.

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Service Includes

  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Camping) during the trekking period including gears
  • National park fees and permits for Kanchenjunga region
  • Domestic airfare (if necessary)
    Domestic airport tax (if necessary)
  • English speaking guide
  • Highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing & salary
  • Staffs insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Airport picks up & drops
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • All Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be provided from the guesthouse/teahouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same teahouse/lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show and breakfast will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

Trekking Equipments:-

The following equipment lists are suggested and essential for both camp & teahouse trekking in the Himalayas. Make use of this list as a guideline; some of the equipment can be hired in Katmandu as well. Besides, keep in mind trekking gear can be bought in the many adventure shops in Katmandu, the majority of gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) although it is becoming more common for gear to be imported from China and therefore of better quality.

Luggage:

1) 1 large duffel bag: This will carry all your personal gear on the trekking. It should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.
2) 1 rucksack or day pack: This should accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:
1. Sunhat
2. A Bandana
3. Sunglasses
4.Warm hat
5. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor
6. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

Hands:
1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:
1. T-shirts
2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best
3. Underwear
4. 2 Long shorts
5. 2 Trousers- (loose and comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:
1. Down Jacket
2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)
3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)
4. Waterproof pants
5. Baggy pants
6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)
7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:
1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)
2. Spare laces
3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.
4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks
5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:
1. Water Bottle
Purification equipment- Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:
1. 30-40 liter daypack
2. Water Proof Bag- A water proof bag to cover the rucksack
3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

Personal Medical Kit:
1. Bandage for sprains
2. Plasters/Band-aids
3. Iodine or water filters
4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters
5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts
6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller
8. Oral rehydration salts
9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)
11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)
12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)
13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Extras/Luxuries:
1. Binoculars
2. Reading book
3. Trail Map/Guide book
4. Journal & Pens
5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:
1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel
2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
4. Deodorant
5. Nail clippers
6. Face and body moisturize
7. Feminine hygiene products
8. Small mirror

Some Frequently Ask Questions by our valued customers

How can you trek in Kanchenjunga Region?
Kanchenjunga trek can be organizing only camping (Tented Camp). On a camping trek you will sleep in tents. The staff includes a guide, cook, Sherpa and sufficient porters to carry all trekking gear. Even if you have never camped before, there is no need to worry that you won't enjoy the experience. The tents we provide are roomy, the sleeping pads/ mattresses are comfortable and international style food of a high standard is freshly prepared and served. On all of our treks a bathroom tent is provided as well as a dining tent with tables and camp stools, providing a cozy, comfortable atmosphere to eat and chat with fellow trekkers during the evening.

How Camping Trek is operated?
In a camping Trek, day starts around 6 a.m. with a cup of hot tea or coffee followed by a bucked of warm water for their washing and cleaning. After packing up their stuff and daypack, the trekkers are requested to leave their camp and meet at the dinning table for breakfast. The trek started around 7.30 - 8 a.m. and the kitchen staffs go ahead of the group.
Our well trained staff packs all camping equipment and gears and the porters carry them to the next camping site. The trekkers should carry only personal belongings that they may need for the day like water bottle, rain gear, camera, etc.

The Trekkers can decide on their own on time for viewing the beautiful landscape, taking photographs and resting or making a short pause. The walk to the lunch spot normally takes 3 hours. Our cook and assistant serves hot lunch upon arrival. The afternoon walk takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach at the night camp around 4/5 p.m. Tea and snacks are served while our sherpa pitch the camp. The dinner is served around 6/7 p.m. in the dining tent lit with a pressurized lantern and furnished with table and camping tools. We provide high quality tents, foam and mattress, and a simple toilet tent in every camp for your comfort.

Our well - trained and experienced cook and assistant prepare a variety of healthy, hygienic and clean food which is carried for the entire trek. Fresh Fruit and vegetable may taste on the way to trek.

After your great trip to Kanchenjunga trek, you can enjoy and relax your time spending in jungle. We have 3 days tirp to Chitwan National Park so visit our Chitwan jungle safari page for more info. 

Acclimatization

Mission Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff
http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm

Further Information

Our homepage contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 23742 (Jitendra), 0977 98510 23758 (Thakur).

Travel Insurance

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

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Contact Address

Mission Eco Trek & Expedition

P. O. Box: 19795, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Tell.: 00977-1- 4442922
Fax: 00977-1- 4442944

Email: mecotrek@wlink.com.np,
info@enepalholidays.com