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

- Kanchenjunga base camp (North and South) and view of the Jannu imposing North face (Kumbhakarna)
- Discovering a wild and less known region
- Old-style trekking in bivouac
- Discovery of the Limbu ethnic group; its villages and culture

Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Very Difficult
  • Best Period: October - November & April
  • Duration: 24 Days
  • Flights: compulsory
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge/Homestay during trek

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Day
Airport pick-up and transfer to hotel.
Morning flight. Then by private jeep we go up to Phiktal through the Illam tea plantations.

- Accommodation: Lodge
Driving 5-6h to reach Sukhetar, then trekking preparation by the local staff.

- Accommodation: Lodge
Trek to Mitlung, a mixed village of Sherpa, Limbu, Tamang and Newar ethnic groups with about ten houses and one Shiva temple.
- Ascent : + 50m
- Descent : - 950m
- Walking hours : 4:30h
- Accommodation : Homestay

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, 3h of flat walking then ascent to Chhirwa, a small Limbu village of ten houses or so.
- Ascent : + 700m
- Descent : - 350m
- Walking hours :  6h
- Accommodation : Lodge

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 : + 530m
- Descent : -260m
- Walking hours : 5h 
- Accommodation: Lodge
On the right bank of the river, less than 2 hours of ascent on the hillside to Jhyangin (1 800m), then small descent to a wooden bridge, one hour of steep climb and about 20mn of descent. We have lunch at Lamatar (1 855m) 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 : + 1050m
- Descent : - 240m
- Walking hours : 6h
- Accommodation : Lodge

A gradual climb of one hour on the hillside and a small descent take us to Thangyan, a Sherpa hamlet at 2 350m. It takes us about 1 hour ½ of walk (including 30mn 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 : + 1400m
- descent : - 580m
- Walking hours : 8-9h 
- Accommodation : Lodge

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 : 2hours of climbing, view of Gunsadhar (6 027m) and Khabur.

- Ascent : + 250m
- Descent : - 50m
- Walking hours : 2:30h
- 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 (7 710m), Sobithongie (6 670m), PholePeak (6 645m) and Khabur (6 332m). If the weather permits, excursion near the Jannu moraine glacier (for acclimatization). At night, we will be soothed by the yakbells ...

- Ascent : + 1000m
- Descent : - 350m
- Walking hours : 6h
- Accommodation: Lodge

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 (6 700m). Camping in the pastures, overlooking Sarphu, Mera (6 344m), Tinjung (6 097m), Pandra (6 850m), Kirant Chuli (7 366m), Nepal Peak (6 910m) and many peaks without names. Tibet is 15 km far by air. From the camp, we can see Tibetan mouflons and partridges.

- Ascent : + 700m
- Walking hours : 5:30h
- 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 : + 350m
- Descent : - 350m
- Walking hours : 4:30h
- Accommodation : Lodge

Return to Gunsa by the same path. Lunch in Kangbachen near the yak pens. Camping in the village.

- Descent : - 1350m
- Walking hours : 8h 
- Accommodation : Lodge

We walk almost 2 hours in a rhododendron forest on a steep climb to the small pass of Tamo La (3 940m), magnificent view of the Gunsa valley (villages of Phole and Gyabla). Then we climb gradually to the camp through the Selele pass (4 180m). Beautiful view of Sarphu III (5 865m), Khabur, Bokton (6 143m), etc.

- Ascent : + 900m
- Descent : - 100m
- Walking hours : 6
- Accommodation : Lodge
Difficult day with the crossing of 3 passes: Sirion La (4 450m), Mirgin La (4 455m) and Sirelapche Bhanjyang (4 530m). 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 : + 650m
- descent : - 1000m
- Hours of walking : 8h
- Accommodation : Lodge
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 (3 360m); we descend about 2 hours to Omje Khola.

- Descent : - 1 700m
- Walking hours : 4 to 5h
- Accommodation : Lodge

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 (1 920m) which houses a Rai-Limbu museum and cultural center. View of some 5 000m peaks and Kothang.

- Ascent : + 800m
- Descent : -1400m
- Walking hours : 7h
- Accommodation: Lodge

After crossing a small pass, we start the cultural trek in the Limbu country to Phumpe. A short descent into the fields to reach the Khaksewa river. We then go on a steep climb to Phumphe Danda (1 890m), a Chhetri village of about 6 houses. We then move on a quite flat path to our lunch place, Phunphun Danda and to the Nagdewa river by passing two waterfalls. A steep climb leads us to the village of Khande Bhanjyang and finally to Kesewa (a Limbu village).

- Ascent : + 1 000m
- Descent : - 650m
- Walking hours : 8
- Accommodation: Lodge 

Khande Bhanjyang, a mixed Gurung, Chettri and Sherpa village is our first stage. Then we cross a small pass at 2 250m before a 1 h ½ descent passing  the village of Kunjari to the Phawa River. 1h of stairs ascent to upper Simbu and 15 more minutes lead us to our lunch in Thembewa. After lunch, easy walk to Lali Kharka.

- Ascent : + 900m
- Descent : - 770m
-  Walking hours : 6h
- Accommodation: Lodge

Quite difficult ascent to Bhaisakhe (2 485m) and gradual ascent to Deorali in a chestnut and oak trees forest. Our stage ends with a one hour flat walk to Suketar.

- Ascent: + 420m
- Descent: - 2 600m
- Hours of walking: 3h
- Accommodation: Lodge
Long private jeep drive to Terai.

- Accommodation: Hotel

Flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel.

- Accommodation: Hôtel
- Accommodation : Same hotel
AIRPORT TRANSFER FOR RETURN FLIGHT
End of our services.

What's included

- All hotel-airport transfers by private vehicle
- Bhadrapur-Taplejung and Taplejung-Biratnagar by local bus if the group is less than 4
- Bhadrapur-Taplejung and Taplejung-Biratnagar by jeep if the group is more than 3
- 3 nights at Hotel Manaslu *** or similar category in Kathmandu on B&B basis
- 1 night at the hotel Xenial on B&B basis in Biratnagar
- Full board in lodge/homestay from Bhadrapur to Biratnagar
- French-speaking guide for the entire trek and on flight
- Trekking team: 1 porter for 2, 1 Sherpa if more than 4
- Carrying luggage up to 13 kg / person during the trek
- KCAP & TIMS trekking license
- Kanchenjunga special permit (2 weeks)
- Staff Insurance
- Domestic airport taxes

What's not included

- Meals in Kathmandu except breakfast
- Obtaining Nepali visa at the airport ($ 25 + photos)
- International flight
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Tips, personal equipment and expenses, drinks, sleeping bag
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