The Kanchenjunga region

situated in the far eastern Nepal rivals the beauty of the Annapurna. Less popular yet it offers beautiful opportunity to explore the unique lifestyle and culture of different ethnic groups like the Limbus, the Sherpas and the Tibetans. Bordering Tibet in the North and Sikkim in the East, the Kanchenjunga region, home to the world’s third highest peak (8 586 m), is the gateway of a high-mountain very less explored. If rhododendron forests burst into colors in the spring (actually 34 species of rhododendrons are recorded in the region), the whiteness of snow-capped peaks and the bluish ice walls dominate. During three weeks, we hike and bivouac in the magic and silence of the world’s higher spheres. From all sides, the peaks majestically rise to the sky: Kanchenjunga at 8586 m, Jannu (7710 m), Sobithongie (6670 m), Phole Peak (6645 m), Khabur (6332 m) (and many more!). A gorgeous and committed trek, dedicated to the high mountains lovers.

HIGHLIGHTS

- Base Camp North of Kanchenjunga and view of the imposing North Face of Jannu (Kumbhakarna).
- Discovery of an unknown and wild region
- Discovery of villages and culture of the Limbu ethnic group.

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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Very Difficult
  • Best Period: September - October
  • Duration: 23 Days
  • Number of walking days: 17
  • Highest Altitude: 5100 Meters
  • Flights: Kathmandu - Bhadrapur / Biratnagar - Kathmandu
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge/Homestay during trek

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Day
Airport pick-up and transfer to hotel.
Free day in Kathmandu
- Stay in same hotel
Morning flight. Then by private jeep we go up to Phiktal through the Illam tea plantations.
- Accommodation: Lodge
7/8 hrs drive to Taplejung and do preparation of trek with local satffs.
- Accommodation : Lodge

1 and half hour drive and then walk to Mitlung, a village of Sherpas, Limbu, Tamang and Newar ethnic groups with about 10 houses and a shiva temple.
- Altitude difference: 50 meters
- Elevation difference less than 950 meters
- Number of hours of walk: 3 hrs
- Accommodation: homestay (Basic)

In the morning, 2h15mn of ascent and descent along the Tamor river to the village of Sinuwa (Siwa), a mixed village. Lunch on the riverside. In the afternoon, 3 hours of flat walking then ascent to Chhirwa, a small Limbu village of ten houses or so.
- Ascent: + 700 meters
- Descent: - 350 meters
- Hours of walking: 6
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY
We start the day with a 2h45mn flat walk in the forest, along the river to Thamewa (Thaktewa). We pass traditional Limbu tombs enclosing their dead’s ashes. Then, between Tapetok and Thamewa, we take lunch along the river. In the afternoon, ups and downs alternation, then we cross two suspension bridges to change valleys. We walk on the path taken by the Dalai Lama took during his flight from Tibet in 1959.
- Ascent: + 530 meters
- Descent: - 260 meters
- Hours of walking: 5
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY

On the right bank of the river, less than 2 hours of ascent on the hillside to Jhyangin (1800 m), then small descent to a wooden bridge, one hour of steep climb and about 20 mn of descent. We have lunch at Lamatar (1855 m) on the left bank of the river. After lunch, we continue the day’s stage by a flat walk and, after crossing the river, a beautiful climb to reach Amjilosa, a Sherpa hamlet of 4 houses.
- Ascent: + 1050 meters
- Descent: - 240 meters
- Hours of walking: 6
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY

A gradual climb of one hour on the hillside and a small descent take us to Thangyan, a Sherpa hamlet at 2350 m. It takes us about 1 hour ½ of walk (including 30 mn of steps) in bamboo and rhododendron forest to get to Gyabla, a Sherpa village where we stop for lunch.
In the afternoon, gradual climb through a mixed forest to the village of Phole where about 30 Tibetan refugees live. There is also a carpet factory, a school funded by an American and several monasteries. Visit to the monasteries of Gelug and Nyingma.
- Ascent: + 1400 meters
- descent: - 580 meters
- Hours of walking: 8-9
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY

Through a rhododendron and juniper forest, one hour of gradual ascent to Gunsa, a Sherpa village of about 40 houses; during the 3 months of snow time, the inhabitants descend to live in Phole. Morning visit to the Tibetan Monastery of Gunsa.
Lunch in the village of our bivouac. After lunch, acclimatization : 2 hours of climbing, view of Gunsadhar (6027 m) and Khabur.
- Ascent: + 250 meters
- Descent: - 50 meters
- Hours of walking: 2.5
- Accommodation: Lodge

In the morning, we walk in a forest of thorny shrubs, juniper and birch trees ; we cross the river by a wooden bridge and have to cross a few tricky stages in landslides. Lunch at the camp near some yak pens. View of Sarphu and Jannu: Jannu (7710 m), Sobithongie (6670 m), PholePeak (6645 m) and Khabur (6332 m). If the weather permits, excursion near the Jannu moraine glacier (for acclimatization). At night, we will be soothed by the yakbells ...
- Ascent: + 1000 meters
- Descent: - 350 meters
- Hours of walking: 6
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY

A gradual climb, with some difficult passages through landslides, to the dry lake of Lhonak. Two hours walk then lunch in the Ramthang sheepfolds. Along the way, view of many mountains over 6000 m: Mera (6344 m), Ramthang (6700 m). Camping in the pastures, overlooking Sarphu, Mera (6344 m), Tinjung (6097 m), Pandra (6850 m), Kirant Chuli (7366 m), Nepal Peak (6910 m) and many peaks without names. Tibet is 15 km far by air. From the camp, we can see Tibetan mouflons and partridges.
- Ascent: + 700 meters
- Hours of walking: 5.5
- Accommodation: Homestay

Gradual climb along the right bank of the moraine glacier from Kanchenjunga to Pangpema. Panoramic view of Kirant Chuli, Nepal Peak, Kanchenjunga, Yalung, Twins, Kambachem, Chang Himal, etc. Return to the camp by the same path. As the weather changes very quickly, we leave very early in the morning and take a picnic.
- Ascent: + 350 meters
- Descent: - 350 meters
- Hours of walking: 4.5
- Accommodation: Lodge

Return to Gunsa by the same path. Lunch in Kangbachen near the yak pens. Camping in the village.
- Descent: - 1350 meters
- Hours of walking: 8
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY
We walk almost 2 hours in a rhododendron forest on a steep climb to the small pass of Tamo La (3940 m), magnificent view of the Gunsa valley (villages of Phole and Gyabla). Then we climb gradually to the camp through the Selele pass (4180 m). Beautiful view of Sarphu III (5865 m), Khabur, Bokton (6143 m), etc.
- Ascent: + 900 meters
- Descent: - 100 meters
- Hours of walking: 6
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY
Difficult day with the crossing of 3 passes: Sirion La (4450 m), Mirgin La (4455 m) and Sirelapche Bhanjyang (4530 m). During the day, view of the Sarphu, Jannu, Phole, Khabur, Bokton and Lashar. From the last pass, the descent is steep but short through the Jor Pokhari Lake and a juniper forest. View of the Kabrus and the Yalung glacier.
- Ascent: + 650 meters
- descent: - 1000 meters
- Hours of walking: 8
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY

Beautiful gradual descent into a rhododendron and juniper forest along the Simbuwa river to have lunch at Tortong. After lunch, we climb up in a mixed forest first until Tongsadang then to Lamite (Lasya) Bhanjyang (3360 m); we descend about 2 hours to Omje Khola.
- Descent: - 1700 meters
- Hours of walking: 4 to 5
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY

1 hour of ascent in a mixed forest to Dhupi Bhanjyang then 1 hour of descent to Yamphudhin, a village where we see a church. Lunch on the Khaveli riverbanks. After lunch, 2 h. ½ of flat and rise walk on the hillside to Mamamkhe (1920m) which houses a Rai-Limbu museum and cultural center. View of some 5000 m. peaks and Kothang.
- Ascent: + 800 meters
- Descent: -1400 meters
- Number of hours of walking: 7
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY

Nous débutons le trek culturel en pays Limbu jusqu’à Phumpe après franchissement d’un petit col.
Une petite descente dans les champs nous permet d'atteindre la rivière Khaksewa. Nous attaquons ensuite une montée raide jusqu'à PhumpheDanda (1 890 m), un village Chhetri d'environ 6 maisons. Nous évoluons ensuite sur un sentier relativement plat jusqu'au lieu de notre déjeuner, PhunphunDanda, puis jusqu'à la rivière Nagdewa en passant devant 2 cascades. Une montée raide nous mène au village de KhandeBhanjayng et finalement Kesewa (village Limbu).
- Dénivelé plus : 1000 mètres
- Dénivelé moins : 650 mètres
- Nb d'heures de marche : 8
- Hébergement : lodge basique

Khande Bhanjyang, a mixed Gurung, Chettri and Sherpa village is our first stage. Then we cross a small pass at 2250 m before a 1 h ½ descent passing the village of Kunjari to the Phawa River. 1 h of stairs ascent to upper Simbu and 15 more minutes lead us to our lunch in Thembewa. After lunch, easy walk to Lali Kharka. Then drive to Taplejung in Private Jeep lor local sharing.
- Ascent: + 900 meters
- Descent : - 770 meters
- hours of walking: 6
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY
Long day drive by local bus to Tarai 
- Accommodation : Lodge

Flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel.
- Accommodation: Hôtel
- Alternate way 12 hrs drive to kathmandu if flight cancell due yo any causes.

AIRPORT TRANSFER FOR RETURN FLIGHT
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What's included

- All hotel airport transfers in private vehicle
- Jeep 4x4 local reserved (and shared on day 05) Bhadrapur - Taplejung and Taplejung - Bhadrapur
- 3 nights at Holy Himalaya hotel in BB in Kathmandu
- Trek full board in Lodge / Homestay
- English or French speaking guide according to option chosen for the whole trek and its flights
- Trekking team: porters and assistant guide according to the group size during the whole trek
- Carrying luggage up to 13 kg / person during the trek
- KCAP & TIMS trekking license
- special permit Kanchenjunga 2 weeks
- Staff Insurance
- Domestic airport taxes.
- Flights Kathmandu - Bhadrapur & Kathmandu

What's not included

- Visit and meals in Kathmandu
- Nepal visas to get at the airport ($ 40 + photos)
- International flight
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Tips, personal expenses and equipment, drinks, sleeping bag, hot shower during the trek ...
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