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Day 01: Arrival in Airport

Our representatives will be at airport to pick you up and later transfer you to designated hotel in Kathmandu. There you can take rest or read articles on trekking.

 

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is very rich in cultural and historical aspects. And you will be visiting some of the historically and culturally important locations whilst your stay. Swayambhunath – Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath – Biggest Hindu Temple, Bauddhanath and Patan Durbar Square are places to focus on. You’ll have to attend meeting in the evening.

 

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Suketar (Taplejung) then trek to Jogidanda (2059m/6755ft.)

After Breakfast in the morning we take flight from Kathmandu to Suketar. From there we cross forest and Limbu village. Our first camping is in Jogidanda. From here we get first views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Jannu.

 

Day 04: Jogidanda to Chirwa (1800m/5905ft.) – 7 hrs

Today, trail leads us through narrow path of jungle covered in green vegetation. Route from here is flat surface and we can see small village with small lodges and camping sites once we reach Chirwa where the locals are dependent on agriculture for income.

 

Day 05: Chirwa to Sekathum (1660m/5446ft.) – 6 hrs

From Chirwa we trek to Sakathum, the trail is little bit like our previous one. Except this time we will be a bit closer to destination. There is river which you will be following and a bridge to cross before reaching Sekathum.

 

Day 06: Sekathum to Amjilosa (2510m/8234ft.) – 5 hrs

From Sekathum camp, we cross a suspension bridge, pass through dense forest along the steep and narrow path. Have lunch in Solima and continue trail up through trees and reach Amjilosa high above the gorge.

 

Day 07: Amjilassa to Kyapar (2730m/8956ft.) – 7 hrs

Today, our trekking is little bit short; starting from Ghunsa Valley. The trail is from forest of Bamboo, Rhododendron and brown oaks through scatteres pasture and waterfalls. And then climb steeply to Kyapart in the middle of terraced hill just above from Ghunsa Khola. And climbing through Sherpa village, there is place called Gyabla or Kyapar

 

Day 08: Kyapar to Ghunsa (3695m/12122ft.) – 6 hrs

Kyapar to Ghunsa is 6 hour trek in a flat terrace field and gently altitude ascends as you walk further through the trail that passes from jungle.

 

Day 09: Ghunsa to Khambachen (4099m/13448ft.) 6-7 hrs

From Ghunsa we will be heading north to Khambachen. Following the Gunsa River we gradually head upward. Along the way pine and rhododendron forest with mani walls and chortens become real treat to sour eyes. You will cross a bridge over Ghunsa Khola and have lunch in grassy area called Rampuk Kharka (3,720m). Mountain sceneries, landslides and hillside village of Tibetan influenced Nepali’s are worth watching.

 

Day 10: Rest Day Explore the Khambachen (4099m/13448ft.)

Before moving further up to altitude over 750m, we acclimatize/rest in Khambachen. Here you can join short walk with guide and spend rest of the day resting. Early walk to Nupchu Khola from Khambachen is worth doing for scenic views of Mount Jannu.

 

Day 11: Khambachen to Lhonak (4785m/15698ft.)

Through rhododendron forest and seasonal yak herder’s camp along the trail, we trek to Lhonak. The trek is rockier and we have to cross landslide area. We have to pass North West of the Kanchenjunga Glacier to reach Lhonak. The campsite is composed of several large stone huts and offers incredible views of Wedge Peak (6,750m), Mera (6,344m), Nepal Peak (6,910m), Twins (7,351m) and others.

 

Day 12: Lonak to Pang Pema (5143m/16873ft.) 6 – 7 hrs

To get the best view of Kanchenjunga, Pang Pema is must visit place. The view from here with panoramic view of Peak Kanchenjunga and other peaks towering over the single roofless hut at Pang Pema is the one you will never regret.

 

Day 13: Pang Pema (5243m/17201ft.) – 7 hrs

From Pangpema we trek to Kanchenjunga (North) Base Camp (5280m) for up close view. There is also a nice mountain glacier where water flows all the time and during the middle of the day falling avalanches fascinates you. Then we trek back to Pangpema.

 

Day 14: Pang Pema to Khanbachen (4040m/13254ft.) – 6 hrs

After fabulous time at Pang Pema, morning walk and long descend with few short climb the journey leads you to the retracing route to camp at Kambachen from where we previously trekked.

 

Day 15: Khangpachen to Phole (3100m/10170ft.) – 6 hrs

Retracing back through the same route where we trekked from, early in the morning we corss Ghunsa Khola and walk pleasantly through pine forest to the interesting Sherpa village of Phole.

 

Day 16: Phole to Amjilassa (2500m/8202ft.) – 7 hrs

Today, we trek to Amjilassa through the tree lines and rich vegetation area. The trail is steep climb for about half hous and gentle climb with down hills for about an hour that leads you steep up and down again for two hour following through forest and finally reaching open grassland at Amjilassa.

 

Day 17: Trek to Tapehok (1300m/4265ft.) - 6 hrs

Today we continually descend to lower altitude and through the farm land and villages we reach Tapethok. Tapethok village is settled by Limbu (Subba) Kirat ethnicity and you have to pass through the village of Ghaiya Bari and Sekathum villages.

 

Day 18: Trek to Phoram (1650m/5413ft.) – 6 hrs

Our journey continues through the left bank of Tamur River and to Chiruwa village from where you wlk through several farm villages leading you uphill through mix forests of rhododendrons, oaks and pine trees. The trail gets better once you leave forest behind and reach Phoram, Phoram is fairly a large and neat village and surrounding great.

 

Day 19: Trek to Suketar (2440m/8005ft.) – 5 hrs

This is the last trek or the last day we have to walk. We trek to Suketar through enchanting forest of the mid hills with people of different races. The walk is steep up and gradual and pleasant walk all the way to Taplejung village before stopping around the foot hills of Mt. Kanchenjunga.

 

Day 20: Drive to Ilam & Bhirtamod – 6 hrs

We will be driving to Ilam, Ilam is a beautiful town famous for tea trees. And from there we drive further to Bhirtamod town for next early morning flight to Kathmandu. Bhirtamod on route to Bhadrapur airport you can see interesting markets and many shops and shops with fine hotels for overnight stay.

 

Day 21: Drive to Bhadrapur & Flight to Kathmandu

It takes around 40 minutes to reach Bhadrapur airpot. And depending on the flight schedule you can get to enjoy great panoramic mountain views on the way to Kathmandu. You will be picked up from airport by our representatives.

 

Day 22: Kathmandu Rest & Join Cultural Dinner Program

You can visit around Kathmandu and take a day off to enjoy the historic city or shop around for souvenirs. You can also enjoy spa/massage/yoga for refreshing your mind.

 

Day 23: Departure & Farewell

Last day, you can either safely make return journey to home or you can join for another exciting adventure. And according to flight schedule you will be escorted to airport approximately 3 hours earlier to catch flight to your next destination. 

Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Kanchenjunga region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.   

Experience and Health Requirements

Kanchenjunga trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 5 – 7 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Kanchenjunga No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the  trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Kanchenjunga trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the  trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ).  If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Kanchenjunga trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing

-    T – shirts
-    Hiking shorts
-    Undergarments
-    Full sleeves shirts
-    Long light weight cotton pants
-    Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
-    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
-    Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker
-    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-    Fleece jacket or pullover
-    Waterproof shell jacket
-    Down jacket
-    Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat
-    Sun hat
-    Lightweight gloves.
-    Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal).

Foot Wear

-    Hiking boots
-    Light and comfortable camp shoes
-    Thin, lightweight inner socks.
-    Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Accessories

-    Down Sleeping bag
-    Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter )
-    Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time )
-    Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag )
-    Water bottle
-    Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries
-    Trekking poles
-    Personal medicine box
-    Sunglasses with UV protection.
-    Books, dairy, pen, walkman  and any other game instruments

Toiletries and Personal Hygiene

-    Quick drying small towel
-    Toothbrush / paste
-    Soap
-    Face and body moisturizer
-    Sun block for lips
-    Tissues / toilet rolls
-    Wet wipes
-    Feminine hygiene products
-    Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Kanchenjunga region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek  a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips.  Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Kanchenjunga region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.

Cost Includes
  • Airport pick up and departure and all ground transportation during trips.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu two or three star category in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  • Accommodation  in lodge  and full board meals during the trekking
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no.of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
  • All fees for  TIMS card and Trekking Permit
  • Domestic Flight according to Itinerary
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket & necessary equipments during the trek
  • One cultural show and dinner program

Cost Excludes
  • International Flight ticket & your personal expenses
  • Major meals in cities cold & alcoholic drinks
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Tips to guide and porter  and your insurance


Trips Facts

  • Trekking, Sightseeing, Camping, Nature and Hiking
  • 5,143 meters/16,873ft.
  • 20 - 28 Days
  • Kanchenjunga Region, Nepal
  • Camping/Camping and Tea House
  • 7 hrs
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Min. 2
  • Sept to Dec, March to May
  • Strenuous in High Altitude
  • As per Itinerary
  • Stunning views of Mount Kanchenjunga, Climbing and Camping, Explore Rhododendron forests, Sightseeing in Kathmandu

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