Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world and is also known as the ‘Five Treasures of Snow’ because of the peaks, four amongst which is over 8,450m. These five treasures represent the repositories of God, which are gold, silver, gems, grain and holy book. With an elevation of 8,586m. It is located along the India- Nepal border of the Himalayas. The Kanchenjunga region was a restricted area until 1988 and ever since the government started issuing permit for expedition, trek and mountaineering there has been hordes of enthusiast who travel to soak into the beauty and the spirituality of the mountain.
The name Kanchenjunga is derived from Sanskrit. ‘Kanchana’ meaning gold and Ganga is the river that flows in the region. The adherents of the region consider the mountain sacred.
The Kanchenjunga region is home to many globally significant plants such as rhododendrons and orchid and many endangered animals such as snow leopard, Asiatic black bear, red panda, Himalayan musk deer and many more.
Great ridges running roughly due east to west and north to south, forming a giant X, buttress the huge massif of Kanchenjunga.
Along the trail one can see many villages dotting the hillsides. Here one can notice a remarkable form of human civilization. The inhabitants who have been living in this region are - The Sherpa’s who are perhaps the most famous ethnic group due to their proximity to Mt. Everest. The Limbu’s who are the descendents of Tibetan migrants. Rai who are in several ways similar to Limbu’s and are one of Nepal’s oldest ethno-linguistic groups and the Lohmi’s who are also known are also known as ‘Kar Bhote’.
From Himalayan vistas to deeply spiritual cultures, we witnessed a Nepal that has to be experienced to be believed. And you don’t have to be a mountaineer to make it happen- ECO TREK will assist you throughout.
|Activity||Trekking in Nepal|
|Max Altitude||5140 m|
|No. of Days||22|
|Activities Per Day|
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. Our staff will receive you at the airport giving you a warm and hospitable welcome. Private transportation will take you to your hotel where your guide will explain briefly the programme to follow.
After breakfast our guide will receive you at the hotel for a full day city tour where, you will visit and explore the cultural heritage of Kathmandu. Kathmandu valley is illustrated by five groups of monuments and buildings, which display the full range of historic and artistic achievements for which the Kathmandu Valley has been known and recognized. The five include the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath and the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath.
Because it’s your first day in Kathmandu, we will arrange an authentic Nepali cuisine for dinner. After dinner you can take a late night stroll in the streets of Thamel- one of the major tourist hub.
After breakfast today we will take a morning flight to Bhadrapur. After a 45 minutes flight we land at Bhadrapur airport. Bhadrapur is a small town located in Jhapa district in the lowlands. From Bhadrapur we take a private transportation to Birtamode. We rest for the day here. A town located on the India- Nepal border Birtamode is amongst the few big cities in Nepal. In the evening you can take a rickshaw ride along the city.
Once we are done with our breakfast we will take a private transportation to Suketar. It’s a bumpy ride filled with adventure and fun passing along the tea plantations. Reaching Suketar we will pass through Iilam and Phidim- some of the best hill stations in Nepal. Hold on to your seat belts tight and enjoy the ride. We reach Suketar at late afternoon and rest for the day.
Today on we will start walking on the Kanchenjunga conservation area trail. Leaving Suketar back we move ahead passing through dense forest crossing Pha Khola (Khola meaning river). Because it is the first day of the trek we walk for only 4- 5 hours and camp at Lalikharka. From the camping site you can enjoy the magnificent view of Mt. Makalu (8,463m) and Eastern Kanchenjunga Range.
Lalikharka to Khebang is a very fun trek. Passing through a few Tamang and Limbu village you can witness the unspoilt authentic Magar culture on the way. As you walk past the villages you will walk besides jungle of cardamom and orchid plants. The trail after the first 4 hours steeply ascend to Khebang Danda from where you can see the silently nesting Khebang village. Khebang is a comparatively big village with mostly people following Buddhism. We camp for the day under the stars at the village.
After breakfast today we will ascend almost 2000 meters moving towards dead rhododendron forest. The sight on the way is magnificent. On the way we come across beautiful Gurung villages with hospitable and welcoming villagers. These villages will show you glimpse of Gurung culture and tradition. Another few hours trek from the village and we will reach the camping site at Lasiye Bhanjyang.
After a steep downhill walking along the landslides and lush green forest for almost 5 hours we finally reach Andaphedi residing just next to the enormous Sumbawa Khola which comes fresh from Yalung Glacier. This is one of the day days of the trek with amazing view of the Kanchenjunga Peaks and the waterfall on the way.
Today is a tuff day at trek. After a steep uphill where we cross three high passes today namely- Sine Lapcha (4645metrs), Mirgin- La (4645metrs) and Sele- La where we camp for the day at the height of 4400 meters. There are many Sherpa villages on the way including the one where we camp for the day. This is the largest settlement until base camp. On the trail today you will come across many Yaks, caravans and Rhododendron forest mostly in colors pink lavender and white.
Today your day will start with the amazing view of Kumbhakarna Himal on the east and Tanga Himal on the west. Admiring the snow-capped mountains posing distantly we march forward to Khambachen at an height of 4145 meters. This is where we camp for the day.
From today the trail moves into the best part of the trek. On the way from Khambachen to Lhonak you will witness the view of snow-capped Kanchenjunga Range at 30 degrees. In the evening we will camp next to the glacier under the stars.
Wakeup early morning today. The view of the sunrise over the world’s third highest mountain is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Lying next to each other you will see the view of Yalung Peak, Wedge Peak, Nepal Peak and many more. Today we will be an easy day leaving you enough time to acclimatize and soak into the beauty of Mother Nature. However during the day we will trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp at an height of 5140 meters and return back to the camping site at Lhonak.
From this trail on we will again walk back to human settlement. Slowly as we descend down the valleys and the plains we begin to notice a remarkable form of human civilization. The inhabitants who have been living in this region are: The Sherpa’s who are perhaps the most famous ethnic group due to their proximity to Mt. Everest. The Limbu’s who are the descendents of Tibetan migrants. Rai who are in several ways similar to Limbu’s and are one of Nepal’s oldest ethno-linguistic groups and the Lohmi’s who are also known are also known as ‘Kar Bhote.
Dry Meat is a major source of the food and this region and is commonly found. Where as in places where the soil is moronic the villagers embank the hill slopes into successive steps or terraces, only a few meters broad, on which spring crops are grown abundantly. As we marched down the trail we come across corns hanging on the porch of the houses and fields of buckwheat.
We slowly walk down to the hilly areas rich in green vegetation surely you will be glad to the green trees again and the last day to see the mountains as well.
Sleeping along the river banks just next to a small village bazaar seems quite interesting especially if you are lucky enough find the fresh river fish caught by the local fishermen in your dinning plate.
Chirwa to Gadidanda is a zigzag trail passing though densely populated villages on the way. Compared to the villages we came across on the trail, the villages here are densely populated and developed- yet the authenticity remains. We recommend you to take a stroll along the village and get to know more about the culture and traditions.
Today is the last day of the trek. Few hours from Gadidanda we reach Suketar- the place from where we had first started the trek. After 18 days of walking and exploring the wild we will reach a small town with airport and road connections. We rest for the day at Suketar.
After breakfast today we will take a private transportation to Phidim. Phidim is the headquarters of the Panchthar District in the Mechi Zone of eastern Nepal. It serves as a major route for trekkers and common people who travel to and from the Taplejung district bordering with the Tibet. A beautiful hill station resting amid the mountains, Phidim is also a commercial hub for the rural people of the district. We will stay a day at Phidim and explore the local market and enjoy the panoramic views.
Enjoy your breakfast and pack your bags for Ilam. Ilam is a municipality and tea-producing town. Located in hilly eastern region of Nepal, it is famous for natural scenery, landscapes, tea production and diverse agricultural economy. After lunch today we will make a visit to the tea gardens and the cheese factory.
After lunch, we travel overland from Ilam to Kathmandu. Ilam to Kathmandu is a 14-hour drive and will have you pass through paddy field and flatlands. The villages on the way are the typical Terai style Nepali villages. You will see the variation in geography and culture after the first few hours of the ride.
You will arrive at your hotel early in the morning today. Check in you room and relax. Today, rest easy or you can also treat yourself a spa or massage- best way to get rid off the weariness.
Today with heavy heart we will see you off at the airport for departure, hoping to serve you again.