This is a very challenging trek in the north-eastern region of Nepal. It traverses the remote and rarely-trodden path area of Nepal, passing through beautiful meadows, far-flung settlements, picturesque farmland and rugged landscape. As the trail is in complete wilderness, the chances of meeting foreign trekkers are very few. The walk begins from Suketar Airport – a small STOL airfield in Taplejung district – and progresses to south base camp of Kanchenjunga – the third highest mountain on the old – first and then to the northern base camp. We will be welcomed by enthralling scenery and pristine nature on the very first day of our trek. We pass through beautiful villages like Yamphudin, Ghunsa While the lower part is inhabited by Limbus – an ethnic group of eastern Nepal, the upper part is home to Wolung people who practice Tibetan Buddhism. The trek offers us breathtaking views of several mountains peaks including Kanchenjunga and its four satellite peaks, and Makalu and Everest, among others, to the west. This is the perfect trek for those who are looking to be in the lap of the Himalayas but want to avoid the traffic of Everest and the Annapurna regions.
Welcome to Nepal. Our representative will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. If you land in Kathmandu before lunchtime, you will have time to explore the Kathmandu Valley. Begin your walk with a visit to Thamel – the tourist hotspot in Kathmandu. You can see thousands of businesses here, ranging from hotels to tour operators, handicraft shops to eateries, massage parlors, and what not, spread over an area of less than 4 sq km! Next stop is Ason bazaar – the ancient marketplace of Kathmandu which is always brimming with shoppers looking for vegetables to spices, traditional Nepali attires to latest fashion accessories. Continue walking toward Kathmandu Durbar Square – a UNESCO World Heritage site – where you can see scores of ancient monuments which are rich in wooden, stone and metal crafts. If you have pre-trekking shopping to do, Thamel is the best place. You can find almost anything here. O/N: Hotel.
This is the leisure day designed for trek preparation. If you are interested, sightseeing trip can be arranged for you. Or you can simply relax in your hotel and be prepared for your adventurous while we complete permits and other formalities for you. O/N: Hotel.
Catch an early morning flight to Taplejung – the easternmost district of Nepal. The flight offers you an opportunity to catch views of Himalaya peaks glittering in morning sun. We land at the STOL airfield in Suketar (2300 meters). Here, we meet our crew and have lunch as our loads are arranged. Taplejung Bazaar is the district headquarters of Taplejung district and you can see different schools, government offices, and police officer here. After lunch, we start out trek. We climb to a small ridge into a forested area, and descend to Lalikharka. Kharka means pastureland in Nepali dialect. Lalikharka is a beautiful pastureland, offering the view of Kanchenjunga. O/N: Lodge.
We resume our walk after breakfast and descend to Tambawa village. We pass by sparse settlements and beautiful terraced fields through the village of Pakora, and arrive at our lunch point at Pawa Khola River. There is also swimming spot nearby where we can cool down ourselves. After lunch, we cross the Pawa Khola on a suspension bridge and start climbing toward Kunjuri. We continue our walk to the top of the ridge. The ridge offers view of Mount
Kanchenjunga and all its satellite peaks. After enjoying the view, we descend to our campsite at Kande Bhanjyang. O/N: Lodge.
The day begins with a descent to a small settlement of Kheswa. From here, the trail is steep through terraced fields above the Kabeli Khola. There is plenty of up and down today. We can get beautiful views of Ratong and Kabru as well as the south face of Jannu from the trail. We have lunch at a terraced field near a village called Phonphe Danda. After lunch, we descend to Kheswa Khola and the cross the river using a suspension bridge. A short climb though terraced
field will take us to our campsite at Mamangkhe. O/N: Lodge.
The trail today moves up and down on the hillside above the Kabeli River. We cross many ridges and small streams today as we descend to the river bank. We have lunch at a place called Bhainsi Bhir. After lunch, we continue our walk and descend to the river bank. From here, we make a gradual climb to top of a ridge. The trail then passes through terraced fields, suggesting that the village of Yamphudin is nearby. Yamphudin is the last permanent settlement
on this trail. There is also a police office here. O/N: Lodge.
We bid adieu to Yamphudin village and embark on a long ascent to the top of Deorali Danda ridge (3,292 meters) which takes around four hours. The path is winding and uphill through rhododendron bushes. From here, we walk again to the top of another ridge named Lasiya Bhanjyang where we stop for the night. Our campsite offers breathtaking views of Jannu which suggests that we are getting closer to the mountain. O/N: Lodge.
We leave our camp and make gradual descent toward Simbuwa Khola. Initially, we will have to negotiate a small landslide-prone section which requires extra care. After the landslide, however, the trail re-enters the forest and we gradually descend to the banks of Simbuwa Khola. A walk of about an hour on the banks takes us to a wooden bridge, using which we cross the river into a place called Torongtan where we stop for the night. O/N: Lodge.
We walk on the lower Lalung valley today on the right side of the river. The valley is thickly forested with rhododendron and pine. We follow the river toward its source in Yalung Glacier. But as the walk progresses, trees look stunted. The trail, in some places, offers mesmerizing views of snowy mountains. The walk is easy as we walk on the river bed until the moraine of Yalung Glacier comes into our view. We can also see views of Talung (7,349m), Kabru (7,338m) and Rathong (6,678m), among others. Tseram is a grassy spot some 500 meters north of the river bank. O/N: Lodge.
We will start early in the morning today as we will be walking to the southern base camp of Kanchenjunga and come back to our camp. The trail is steep for the first hour and more or less become straight with gentle slope till our destination i.e. the Oktang Glacier. We will make an excursion to the South Base Camp to get better views of the south face of Kanchenjunga. Beyond a place called Marché (4580m), the glacier turns northward and a walk of about an hour from here will take us to a place that offers us the entire south and west faces of Kanchenjunga. After a walk of another one hour, we will reach to the moraine of Yalung Glacier and then to a shorten from where we can get breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga Main (8,586m), Yalung Kang (8,505m) and Kambachen Peak (7,903m). Then we make a return journey to our camp at Tseram. O/N: Lodge.
Today, we will have a deserving rest day after a grueling trek to the Southern Base Camp yesterday. We need rest also because we are crossing three passes tomorrow to reach Ghunsa. O/N: Lodge.
Another long and testing day today as we will be crossing three passes to reach the beautiful village of Ghunsa. You hit the steep trail in front of Tseram itself. An ascent of around two hours will take us to a small lake Chhuchung Pokhari which always looks frozen. Another short walk and we will reach the top of Sinelepcha Pass (4730m) – the highest of the three passes and also the most difficult one. But views form the top are rewarding. We can have 180 degree views of various snowcapped mountains to the north, and series of hills and curvature of the earth to the south. Sinelepcha Pass also divides two watersheds of Simbuwa and Ghunsa rivers. We will enjoy superb views throughout the trek and this is one of the highlights of this trek. After crossing two more passes, we make a descent of around two hours, with the Kumbhakarna massif towering above us, through pine and rhododendron forest to reach Ghunsa village. Ghunsa is a small village with 30 odd houses and a police office. There is also a Tibetan monastery. The village is inhabited by Wolung people. O/N: Lodge.
Today we take another rest day in Ghunsa before we embark on the second leg of the trek to the northern base camp. We can spend the day exploring the village and visiting the monastery. Or we can do short hiking around the village.
We leave Ghunsa village and start our walk toward Kambachen. The trail goes along the Ghunsa Khola through juniper and rhododendron forest. We also pass through chhortens and mani walls, thanks to the locals' faith in Buddhism. The moraine of the Jannu glacier can be seen ahead of us, but the Jannu peak is nowhere nearby. Once we reach the moraine, we cross the river using a small bridge and reach a beautiful pastureland going by the name Rhambuk Kharka. From where, we can get views of mountains like Phole, Saobithonge and the majestic Jannu rising above the moraines. We continue on the trail for some more time before descending to the beautiful village of Kambachen. Our campsite at Kambachen provides suberb view of Jannu which is also known as Kumbhakarna.
The trek to Lhonak is relatively easy. We continue our walk up the northern bank of the river. After negotiating a rocky field, the walk is on grassy area. If you are lucky, you can see Blue Sheep on this part of the walk. We can see majestic peaks unfold in front of us one by one. We reach Ramtang after a walk of about three hours from Kambachen. Nepal Peak, Tent Peak and Wedge Peak, among others, come into our view as our walk progresses toward Lhonak. Our campsite at Lhonak is on a grassy plain high above the Kanchenjunga glacier opposite WedgePeak. O/N: Lodge.
We will start the day early as we will be trekking to the northern base camp and returning to Lhonak on the same day. We follow the moraine of Kanchenjunga Glacier and move toward Pang Pema. We can have beautiful views of Nepal Peak, Tent Peak, Pyramid Peak and Sharphu peaks as we progress toward the base camp. The north faces of Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang look impressive. Pang Pema is located on a grassy ledge above the glacier opposite the north face of Kanchenjunga. It offers panoramic views of the surrounding area. We can see prayer flags fluttering all around. After short excursion of the area, we will start descending to our camp at Lhonak. O/N: Lodge.
Today, we make a leisurely downhill walk to Ghunsa. After having lunch at Kambachen, we follow the river banks of Ghunsa Khola and a walk of around an hour will take us to Ghunsa. Ghunsa will look familiar to us as we spend two nights here before climbing toward the northern base camp few days ago. O/N: Lodge.
We cross the Ghunsa Khola and walk along the river. The walk is pleasant as the trail pass through rhododendron, pine, birch and bamboo forests. We can see mani walls at different places along the trail, signifying the area's rich Buddhist heritage. We will have early lunch today at Phale – a small settlement on the trail – and hit the trail again. Right after Phale, we need to negotiate a rather long stretch of landslide. But the walk is safe as there is not falling of stones. The last leg of the walk is through lush forests. A walk of around three hours of Ghunsa, will take us to Gyabala with few tea houses and lodges. We can see lush greenery around us with waterfalls cascading down far in the distance. We can experience easy breathing here, implying that we are coming to lower altitude now. O/N: Lodge.
Today, we make a gentle downhill for around two hours, followed by a steep climb of around one and half hours. The trail then flattens and we make a gentle walk and downhill to Ghunsa Khola for about two hours. We will have lunch at Anjilasa and continue our walk. After a walk of about an hour and half, we enter a dense forest and cardamom farming area. We follow Ghunsa Khola until Serkathum. The village of Serkathum lies near the confluence of three rivers which form the Tamor River – one of the tributaries of the mighty Saptakoshi River which drains into the Ganges. O/N: Lodge.
Last day of our trek! A gentle walk of around two hours will take us to the road head at Suketar. After lunch, we take a waiting 4WD and drive to Suketar. Today, we will have time to explore the marketplace in Suketar. O/N: Lodge.
Today, we bid adieu to the Kanchenjunga Region and fly to Kathmandu. We enjoy last views of the peaks from our aircraft seat as our plane flies toward Kathmandu. Upon landing at the airport, board a waiting vehicle and check into your hotel. O/N: Hotel.
Free day in Kathmandu! You can enjoy the day shopping for souvenirs for your friends and families back home. Sightseeing trips can be arranged on request. Or you can simply take a stroll in Thamel or other nearby market places. We will enjoy a typical Nepali dinner today with live cultural performance as we cap our Nepal visit. O/N: Hotel.
Last day in Nepal! Our representative will escort you to the airport for your return flight.