Trip Facts

Grade: Challenging/ Strenuous
Daily Walk Duration: 4 - 9 hours
Altitude: Max. 5350m
Group Size: 2 - 15 pax
Season: March to May & October to December

Description

Trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp experience discovery and exploration in the truest sense! Our goal is to trek to the huge glaciers flowing down from the icy flanks of Mt Kanchenjunga (World's 3rd highest Mountain). It is the abode of the “Five sacred treasures of the Great Snows”, buried at the summit by the God Kanchenjunga: salt, gems, sacred books, medicines, and an impenetrable suit of Armor. Kanchenjunga is in the eastern Himalaya compromises most stunning scenery of cultivated lands, forests, pastures, rivers, high altitude lakes, glaciers, ridges, remote and steep hidden valleys. 
 
We take a 45 minutes flight to Bhadrapur, drive to close town of Ilam for a night rest. Next morning a bus drive to Taplejung, the starting point of our trek. The low land portion of this region is culturally intriguing, and has distant views of mountains. After few days walking, you are in pasture lands where you see herds of yaks grazing, colorful wild flowers and wild herbs blooming.  Limbu, Rai, Chetris are main locals in the low land and Bhotes (original Tibetan) are in upper high areas.  You can visit monasteries and explore the moraine through the forest of Juniper and larch. After crossing the river we enter the gigantic Jannu Glacier area, where there are a number of Tibetan settlements. We enjoy the dramatic views of Kanchenjunga from Pangpema and spectacular panoramic views of other peaks, before retracing our route to Gunsa and cross the high pass, Mirgin la (4663m) with its satellite peaks: Kabru (7354m), Talung (7350m), Makalu (8463m), Chamlang (7319m) and the mysterious Jannu (7711m). We head back to the lowlands by a slightly different route via the Simbua valley above Tseram, Ramche and Yalung base camp with an excursion to the south face of Kanchenjunga. Then we return via Limbu villages to the popular Ilam tea garden and drive to Bhadrapur for our flight back to Kathmandu.  
 
 
Note: All trips can be customized as per your interest, fitness level and schedule.
Day 01-02: Flight and drive to Taplejung over bumpy and rough road through the foot hills of the Himalaya. It is typical hilly trail by riverside, ridge crossing, zig-zag etc.
Day 03-06: After the porter arrangements, start trekking towards north of Chirwa down and up hills and crossing Thinwa, Tamur river - we continue respectively through Sakathum, Amjilassa, Gunsa villages.
Day 07-13: Continue trekking via Kangbachen, Lhonak to Pangpema for the closest view point of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Steep ascend, avoiding rock fall, experience local hanging bridges over. Return to Gunsa. Bhotes and Sherpas are the main tribe who came from Tibet earlie
Day 14-18: By crossing Tamo la, Selele, Mirgin la, Sinion la and unnamed passes of over 4000 meter, we reach Chairam. Continue to reach Ramche at 4660 meter for Yarlung glacier excursion and view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and many other peaks.
Day 19-22: Through the local village of Brahmin and Chetri, we enter the village area call Limbuwan of Limbu tribal groups and scattered local villages with powerful culture. We return to most popular tea garden area, Ilam.
Day 23-24: Drive and fly out to Kathmandu, capital city or drive out to further destination to Sikkim / Darjeeling through Nepal -Indian border of Kakarvitta.

If wishing to travel at other times alternative itineraries are available.

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Trek Grading

The Following Is Designed to be a Rough Guide to help you select the trek that suits you best.

Moderate/Reasonable

More remote country, often camping in the wild, the occasional 7 or 8 hour day (camp to camp) but not more than 5 days consecutive walking. Altitude gains of up to 600m. a day.

Adventurous/Vigorous

Up to 9 days consecutive walking including high passes up to 4500m. (With snow covering), but more typically on passes of 3650-4300m. Again, occasionally a 7 or 8 hour day, but usually 5 or 6 hours. A long way from any road!

Challenging / Strenuous

Only one of our treks, "A Himalayan Summit" fully merits this grade. This is purely on account of its altitude, 6000m. Given the time for acclimatization, this is well within the grasp of the fit and healthy.

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