Situated at the height of 8586 m above seas level, Kanchenjunga is the third tallest oak in the world. It is deemed to be a sacred mountain and climbing it is one of the most challenging expeditions all across the world. It encompasses 16 peaks among which four are above the range of 8000 m. it also comprises of four glaciers like the Brahmaputra and Ganges and also features narrow icy ridges spotted with further smaller peaks.
The summit of Kanchenjunga was stopped a while after which it continued later. It is one of the most searched about peaks along the world and has managed to become one of the most challenging expeditions in Nepal. For thrill seekers with a patient attitude and the interest to achieve more in life, this expedition has been highly recommended. With proper acclimatization and following the correct procedures, the expedition to the top of Kanchenjunga is highly recommended to people with a good physique.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Day 03: Preparation of expedition document, Sightseeing
Day 04: Kathmandu- Biratnagar- Suketar (1300m- 2450m)
Day 05: Suketar- Mitlung (2450m- 921m)
Day 06: Mitlung- Chirwa (921m- 1270m)
Day 07: Chirwa- Sukathum (1270m- 1576m)
Day 08: Sukathum- Amjilosa (1576m- 2308m)
Day 09: Anjilosa- Gyabla (2308m- 2730m)
Day 10: Gyabla- Ghunsa (2730m- 3595m)
Day 11: Acclimatization at Ghunsa
Day 12: Ghunsa- Kambachen (3595m- 4050m)
Day 13: Acclimatization at Kambachen
Day 14: Kambachen- Khonak (4050m- 4780m)
Day 15: Khonak- Pangpema- Kanchenjunga Base Camp (4780m- 5288m)
Day 16: Ascent and Descent of Kanchenjunga (8586m)
Day 43: Kanchenjunga- Ghunsa
Day 44: Ghunsa- Amjilosa (2460m)
Day 45: Amjilosa- Sakathum (2460m- 1600m)
Day 46: Sakathum- Chhiruwa (1600m- 1200m)
Day 47: Chhiruwa- Suketar (1200m- 2420m)
Day 48: Suketar- Kathmandu (2420m- 1300m)
Day 49: Rest and sightseeing around Kathmandu
Day 50: Departure
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
We arrive to the capital of the beautiful country of Nepal from our respective destinations. Upon being transferred to our hotel, we can spend the rest of the day by moving around and taking in the immense beauty and the cultural diversity showcased by Kathmandu. We can also relish the exquisite Nepali cuisine and spend the rest of the day strolling around the streets of the capital.
Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Kathmandu is home to several UNESCO world Heritage sites worth visiting. The Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Squares are locations with extremely beautiful architectural designs. Also worth visiting is the Swayambunath Stupa as well as the Boudhanath Stupa. The day can be spent looking at the cultural and architectural variety of the capital.
Preparation of expedition document, Sightseeing
The briefing for the expedition and the shopping of the necessary equipment required for the expedition to the top of the Kanchenjunga summit will be carried out on this day. The rest of the day can be used for more sightseeing around the capital.
Kathmandu- Biratnagar- Suketar (1300m- 2450m)
Today, we fly to the Eastern side of Nepal, Biratnagar via a 40 minutes flight. Upon reaching Biratnagar, we drive to the location from where we start our trek, Suketar.
Suketar- Mitlung (2450m- 921m)
We commence our trek today with walking downhill to the village of Mitlung. The descent will pass through the lower sections of the Kanchenjunga region and will amalgamate the passage through fertile valleys, beautiful pastures and small villages. Then we cross the Hangdewa River to walk alongside the Tamor River. We head north to a steep trail and reach through a muddy trial to reach the village of Mitlung.
Mitlung- Chirwa (921m- 1270m)
Today, the trail will steadily ascend and descend to reach the village of Sinwa. We trek downhill though the paths to reach Tawa and upon reaching there we continue along an ascending path to cross the suspension bridge to reach Thiwa. Here, we pass through the rural landscape along the way to reach the beautiful Limbu village with tea shops and lodges to Chirwa.
Chirwa- Sukathum (1270m- 1576m)
We trek from Chirwa to Sukathum today. the trail passes through varied landscapes like cardamom fields and we get to pass through dense forests too. After an uphill trek, we descend down to the lush green fields along the Tamor River. Through up and down paths, we finally cross the Ghunsa River to reach Sukathum.
Sukathum- Amjilosa (1576m- 2308m)
The trek today will be a challenging one. We will cross the suspension bridge along the Sukathum and enter a dense forest. The steep trials above the forest will take us to another descend from where we climb a gorge to pass through the Solima village. After descending again to the level of the water, be follow a tricky and challenging trial to reach the village of Amjilosa.
Anjilosa- Gyabla (2308m- 2730m)
We star our day by trekking through the river bank and pas through dense bamboo, rhododendron and fir forests to be able to reach a small stone house situated beautifully across the river. We then embark on an uphill climb through small bridges and will be able to enjoy the stunning waterfalls present in the area. A short uphill walk will brings to Gyabla, which is a Tibetan settlement highly influenced by Tibetan culture and traditions.
Gyabla- Ghunsa (2730m- 3595m)
Today, we descend along a river to a valley which opens up to the Tibetan refugee settlement of Phale. Upon collecting homemade handicrafts from this area, we can travel across the conifer and pine forests to be able to reach Ghunsa which is a village adorned by Sherpa populations. We can visit the hydroelectricity plant present here and look at the area where more than 20 prominent conservationists met a tragic end through a helicopter accident.
Acclimatization at Ghunsa
This day will be dedicated towards acclimatizing with the altitude on Ghunsa. This will prevent us from suffering from the Acute Mountain Sickness. It is advisable to move around and remain active during this day and this can be done by visiting the Laspsan La Monastery nearby.
Ghunsa- Kambachen (3595m- 4050m)
Today, we trek further north from the river ban along Kambachen to observe the spectacular mountain scenery. The day will take us through meadows and filled with beautiful flora like the rhododendron, pine and wildflowers. We then cross a bridge through the Rampuk Kharka and observe the waterfalls situated in the region. Through a tricky mountain trail we reach the beautiful village of Kambachen. We will be gifted by extremely beautiful views of the Mt. Jannu.
Acclimatization at Kambachen
This day will be targeted towards acclimatizing with the altitude at Kambachen. We can relax with the high altitude but it is abslutley important to keep oneself active during the day. We can roam about and visit the Nuphchu Khola Valley and then realax and take a bath to make the day somewhat useful.
Kambachen- Khonak (4050m- 4780m)
This day will amalgamate a 6 to 7 hours trek to reach Lhonak. This is a challenging day which will start with rocky fields and large boulders and take us into a waterfall. We cross a bridge and visit the Ramtang monastery which will then take us to a landslide section to descend into a river. We then finally arrive at Lhonak.
Khonak- Pangpema- Kanchenjunga Base Camp (4780m- 5288m)
Today, we will trek into the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. We trek along the Kanchengunja glacier and reach the Pangpema. This is the locastion of the north sided Kanchenjunga Base Camp. This area is extremely prone to landslides but we climb a little higher to explore the pristine views of the Kanchenjunga, Chang Himal as well as Jannu.
Ascent and Descent of Kanchenjunga (8586m)
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These days will be totally dedicated to the climbing of the Mt. Kanchenjunga. The climbing period might vary according to the climatic and weather conditions of the day and there might be a slight variation in the itinerary. A few days will be spent by organizing food, practicing skills and acclimatizing with the high altitude. This will be followed by a passage through 3 more camps to reach the summit. The base camp will be a perfect position to stay in as it is hidden by some rocks. To ensure no AMS, we acclimatize properly with the altitude before moving on and then will be successful in summiting the top of the beautiful Mt. Kanchenjunga.
We descend down through magnificent sections of the forest to reach Ghunsa. We then move downwards and reach the village of Phole. The village is divided to two parts and comprises of the upper section which houses Tibetan refugees and the lower part which houses the winter village of Ghunsa. We then move down below to reach Yangswa which is a warm camp.
Ghunsa- Amjilosa (2460m)
Through beautifully forested area, we move below to reach the magnificent village of Amjilosa. It is perched above glassy hillsides and opens out through a steep path.
Amjilosa- Sakathum (2460m- 1600m)
We make a steep descent today which will reach the joining of the Tamur and Ghunsa Khola. This area is known as Sakathum and is situated at a height of 1600m.
Sakathum- Chhiruwa (1600m- 1200m)
Today, we cross the Simbu Kgola and pass through the warm areas of this altitude to Chiiruwa. It will start with the passage through the Simbu Khola which originates from the Kanchenjunga south base camp. We cross small tributaries of the river to be able to reach the village Chhiruwa which is set along large boulders. This day’s trek is comparatively easier as compared to the other areas.
Chhiruwa- Suketar (1200m- 2420m)
We trek today through minor valleys and pass through picturesque villages to reach the village of Suketar.
Suketar- Kathmandu (2420m- 1300m)
Today, our trekking trail comes to an end and we fly back to the beautiful capital. The rest of the day can be spent by roaming around the locations situated in Kathmandu.
Rest and sightseeing around Kathmandu
Today we take a day off to relax from the endeavors we have taken in the past and take a chance to visit the all the remaining places in Kathmandu. We can also spend the day strolling around the streets near our hotel. Souvenirs can be collected to take back home.
Today we depart back to our country from Nepal after the expedition. We return back with happy minds and a content soul, only with a promise to come back for more.