Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)
We complete our custom formalities at
the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Afterwards, there is a Red
Dragon Travel Bureaurepresentative waiting for us at the gate who will take us
to our hotel. We can then spend the rest
of the day taking rest. In the evening, we get to try Nepalese cuisine at a
welcome dinner hosted by Red Dragon Travel Bureau. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
We visit four landmarks in Kathmandu,
three of which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We tour Swayambhunath
Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Bauddhanath Stupa.
After the tour, we meet our entire trekking team and our guides will tell us
what we can expect on our trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Fly from Kathmandu to Suketar (2,420m/7938ft), trek to Lalikharka
From Kathmandu we get an early morning flight
to Suketar which is located in the eastern region of Nepal. It is a
simultaneous ascent and descent on a trail that mostly passes through lush
green forests all the way to Lalikharkha.
Lalikharka to Khesewa (2120m/6,955ft)
We begin our trek to Khesewa after
breakfast. It is mostly an easy descent until Phundrawa. From here we begin our
ascent. It is a steep climb until Yangpang from where we climb steadily up
until Phumphe Danda followed by another ascent to Khesewa. Our trek will be
through forests and small villages. Overnight in Khesewa.
Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m/5,856ft)
After breakfast we begin our trek
towards the Kabeli Khola. Next, we walk on a trail that passes through forests
before crossing a small stream. On the way, we enjoy amazing views of the
Himalayan peaks while also passing through several beautiful small villages.
Overnight in Mamankhe.
Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m/6824ft)
Today’s trek will be mostly uphill on an
easy trail whereby we mostly walk alongside the Kabeli Khola. During the walk
we also admire the beautiful ridge behind the stream. We continue our walk and
admire a beautiful waterfall nearby. After walking for some time, we cross a
small suspension bridge. We pass through small settlements before reaching
Yamphudin to spend the night.
Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m/9,826ft)
We begin our walk on a path commonly
used by the villagers and pass through terraced farms and green meadows. Along
the way, we have the constant company of the Himalayas to enjoy. Our walk will
be on a trail along the Amji Khola. We also cross a pass at Lassiya Bhanjyang
before reaching Tortong. Overnight in Tortong.
Tortong to Cheram (3,870m/12,696ft)
We begin our steady climb to Cheram
after breakfast. Our trail is right at the side of the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy
walking on the beautiful Lalung valley and have Tuplung peak for company for
the most part of today’s journey. We pass through thick rhododendron forest and
enjoy the magnificence of the Yalung Glacier. Overnight in Cheram.
Cheram: Acclimatization and Rest
We spend a day in Cheram which will help
us acclimatize to the high altitude. We can spend the rest of the day resting
and taking part in small hikes. We can explore the areas around the Yalung
Glacier. There is also a viewpoint for Kabaru and Rathong peaks. Overnight in
Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4,580m/15,026ft)
We begin our short trek after breakfast.
From Cheram, we ascend for sometime before reaching the snout of the Yalung
Glacier. It is a beautiful walk on a
valley trail. We also cherish the views of several Himalayan peaks. We pass
through a small settlement of Lapsang before reaching Ramche. Overnight in
Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), back to Cheram
From Ramche, we walk further up the
valley. We then follow a stream before climbing on the moraine top until
confronted by Kanchenjunga’s southern face. We walk further ahead for a glimpse
of the Jannu Himal. We continue our trek
further towards the Oktang Monastery. From here, we climb further up and reach
the Yalung Base Camp. The views from the base camp are extraordinary.
Kumbakarna (Jannu), Nyukla Lachung and other Himalayan peaks are close by. We
descend and spend the night at Cheram.
Cheram to Sele La (4290m/ 14,074ft)
We begin our trek after breakfast. We
cross four passes today beginning with Sinelapche Bhanjyang. After crossing the
pass we continue to Mirgin La pass. We continue trekking and reach the Sinion
La pass which is not very far. From here, we ascend to Sele La pass. There are
prayer flags strung across one of the steeper sections of the trail which is
very near to the Sele La pass. We cross the pass. Overnight in Sele La.
13: Sele La to Ghunsa (3,595/11,794)
We begin our trek after breakfast. We
walk towards the north with Tangbgharma Danda nearby. We reach a chorten marked
by prayer flags which marks the start of a steep trail. We descend through
rhododendron, birch and pine forests before reaching Ghunsa. It is a beautiful
village of houses with dark and weathered pine walls and Buddhist prayer flags.
Overnight in Ghunsa.
Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m/13,287ft)
From Ghunsa, we trek further north along
the river bank which presents us with magnificent mountain scenery. We pass
through meadows filled with beautiful wildflowers, then cross rhododendron and
pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, continue past a waterfall and
cross the tricky section of a landslide. After crossing the landslide area we
begin to see the spectacular view of Mt. Jannu. Further exploring and tackling
the tricky mountain trail we finally arrive at Kambachen and spend the night.
Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m/15,682ft)
Today will be another challenging day
and an early start is needed. We trek through rocky fields and large boulders
on the hillside along the riverbank and arrive at a waterfall. We then cross a
bridge to Ramtang monastery. We then come across a landslide section which we
must pass through at a steady pace before descending to the river and finally
arriving at Lhonak. Overnight in Lhonak.
16: Kanchenjunga base camp, overnight at Pangpema
From Lhonak, we trek towards the
Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Our trail is alongside the gigantic Kanchenjunga
Glacier. After passing Pangpema we descend towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
The view from the base camp is extraordinary. Mt. Kanchenjunga, Jannu Himal and
other Himalayan peaks are ours to admire. We descend back to Pangpema to spend
Pangpema to Lhonak
From Pangpema we trace back our steps to
Lhonak. Overnight in Lhonak.
Lhonak to Ghunsa (3475m/11,400ft)
From Lhonak, we descend all the way to
Ghunsa via Kambache. It is the same route we took when we were climbing up.
Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2,308m/7,572ft)
From Ghunsa, we descend towards Phale.
We pass through several Manes and a monastery nearby. We walk through Juniper
forests and reach Phale. From here, it is a steady descent to Gyabla. We cross
a bridge over Chhundatangka Khola to reach Gyabla. As we continue our trek, we
see a waterfall nearby. We also cross a suspension bridge over Sumbung Khola
before reaching Amjilosa. Overnight in Amjilosa.
Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270m/4,166ft)
After walking for a while we see a
beautiful waterfall nearby. We continue our trek and pass a small settlement of
Solima before crossing a suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola. We cross another
suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola and reach Sukathum. Our trail passes through
several villages and is beside Thunsa Khola at first followed by Tamor Nadi
before reaching Chirwa. Overnight in Chirwa.
Chirwa to Phurumbu (1,549/5,082ft)
We notice that the settlement starts to
get thicker as we are descending. Our trail is alongside lush vegetation. We
pass through several villages before reaching Sinwa. From here we continue our
descent and cross a bridge over the Sisne Khola. Now we are in the Pathibhara
Trek trail. We pass through another village and cross another suspension bridge
this time over the Yaphre Khola to reach Phurumbu. Overnight in Village.
Phurumbu to Suketar
Our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek ends
today. We can take a much needed break after reaching Suketar. We continue our
walk on the Pathibhara Trek trail.
Fly to Kathmandu
We can spend the whole day taking rest,
packing and souvenir shopping for loved ones. We can even visit anywhere we
like in Kathmandu. There will be a farewell dinner hosted by Red Dragon Travel
Bureauin the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our Kanchenjunga
Circuit Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We check our belongings one more time
before leaving for the airport. An Red Dragon Travel Bureau representative will
pick up from the hotel and drop us off
at the airport three hours before the scheduled flight.
-Accommodation in Kathmandu with BB plan
-Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trek
-First Aid Kit
-Kanchenjunga Conservation Area entry fee and TIMS card
-Experienced English-speaking trek guide and porter (2 trekkers: 1 guide and porter)
-Salary, food, and accommodation of your staff during the trek
-All ground transportation as per itinerary
-Round Flight Kathmandu to Bhadrapur to Kathmandu
-Private Vehicle from Bhadrapur to Illam
-Sharing Jeep from Illam to Taplejung
-Sharing Jeep from Hapu Khola to Bhadrapur
-Arrival transfer from the international airport to your hotel
-Tea house lodge during your trek
-First Aid Kit during the trek
-International flight ticket
-International airport tax
-Other personal items. (Phone calls, snacks, hot and cold drinks, laundry, alcohol, extra porter, shower, etc )
-Private Travel Equipment
-Excess baggage cost during your domestic flight
-Tips for staff and guide
-Anything that is not listed in the “PRICE INCLUDES” section above
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