Kanchenjunga Trek

If you want to appreciate the magnificence of wild mountains in a pleasing and solitary manner, then Kanchenjunga Trek is the ideal one for you. Walk along one of the less explored regions of Nepal and liberate the grandeur that lies in the world’s third highest mountain – Mt. Kanchenjunga. Located in the eastern part of Nepal, Kanchenjunga is a heritage that the Himalayan country – Nepal possesses. The mountain is surrounded by Kanchenjunga Conservation Area where we can find wildlife and floras in abundance. Owning to the remote and undisturbed nature, the conservation area is a home to many rare species of birds and animals. You can find birds like Impedance Pheasant, Red –Billed Blue Magpie, Shy Dragon, etc in this area. Similarly, the area preserves animals like Snow-leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer, Red Panda, and many more.

What are the Highlights of Kanchenjunga Trek?

The trail of Kanchenjunga Trek passes through some dense forests, radiant valleys and traditional villages in the backdrop of beautiful Himalayas. Walk through the villages offers an opportunity to get adhered with the local people, their culture, custom, tradition, and lifestyle. The exotic views of mountains that rise above eight thousands including Mt. Kanchenjunga are the most appealing part of this journey. The glacier excursion, gorgeous crystal clear stream, frozen lake, Okthan glacier and ascend up to Kabru and Rathong add to the magnificence of Kanchenjunga trek. As you cross Mirgin La pass, you will be rewarded with the views of Chamlang, Makalu, and Everest.

The word – Kanchenjunga actually derives from a Tibetan word which translates as five treasures of snow in general understanding. The Kanchenjunga range has five peaks and these five peaks have been worshipped by people as five treasures namely gold, silver, precious stones, grains, and holy scriptures.

So, if you are thinking of venturing in the remote trail to Kanchenjunga, let us know!
Nepal Intrepid Treks is ready to assist you to the third highest mountain in the world with Kanchenjunga Trek.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Fly to Taplejung and trek to Mitlung
  • Day 04: Trek to Chirwa
  • Day 05: Trek to Sukathum
  • Day 06: Trek to Amjilosa
  • Day 07: Trek to Gyabla
  • Day 08: Trek to Ghunsa
  • Day 09: Acclimatization in Ghunsa
  • Day 10: Trek to Kambachen
  • Day 11: Acclimatization in Kambachen
  • Day 12: Trek to Lhonak
  • Day 13: Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp
  • Day 14: Trek back to Kambachen
  • Day 15: Trek to Ghunsa
  • Day 16: Trek to Sele Le
  • Day 17: Trek to Cheram
  • Day 18: Cheram to Ramche
  • Day 19: Cheram to Tortong
  • Day 20: Tortong to Yamphudin
  • Day 21: Trek to Mamanke
  • Day 22: Trek to Lalikharka
  • Day 23: Trek to Suketar
  • Day 24: Fly back to Kathmandu
  • Day 25: Leisure day in Kathmandu
  • Day 26: Farewell

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Nepal Intrepid Treks will be your dedicated travel companion until you return to your home country. Once you arrive at Kathmandu airport, we will be there to pick you up and take you to your hotel. Accommodation for our valued customers includes room and breakfast in a three star hotel in Kathmandu.

Take in the impressions of Nepal as we drive you from the airport to your hotel. We will assist you with the check-in and provide you with further information regarding your Kanchenjunga Trek. You may then have a rest or stroll through the bustling, colorful streets and alleys of Kathmandu.

Prepare for a day of immersion into the Nepalese culture, while visiting the most important landmarks of this fascinating city and its outskirts. Our experienced guide will take you to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO heritage site which represents the political and historical values of Nepalese civilization.

We then proceed to Swayambhu Nath Temple, also known as ‘Monkey Temple’ thanks to its adorable colony of monkeys that run free. This temple is the symbol of harmony between Buddhists and Hindus.  At the top of the stupa you will have a splendid birds-eye view of Kathmandu Valley and its surroundings.

We continue to the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, a holy place for Hindu devotees. Especially interesting is the holy cremation area where preparations and daily cremation ceremonies take place. From here we return to the hotel.

Today, we take a flight to Taplejung from domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport. After flying in the air for around thirty minutes, we will find ourselves in the Suketar airport in Taplejung. Upon arrival, we grab our trekking bags and start our trekking journey to Mitlung. We stay at a guesthouse in Mitlung for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Leaving Mitlung, we follow our trail and start ascending for few hours and then start descending steadily until we reach the village of Sinwa. From Sinwa we continue downhill to Tawa. We then ascend up until we reach certain height and cross a suspension bridge over a river at Thiwa. We further pass beautiful wild landscape along our way until we reach Chirwa. Chirwa is a beautiful Limbu village that has few lodges and tea houses stalled up. We stay at a guesthouse in Chirwa for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Our destination for the day is Sukathum. We leave Chirwa and pass the beautiful landscape all the way through the cardamom fields and the dense forests. After trekking uphill for some time, we descend down to the lush green fields. We further continue walking along the Tamor River and pass a dense forest on the route. We walk for around five to six hours uphill and downhill trek until we cross Ghunsa River. We further walk until we reach Sukathum where we stay at a guesthouse for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Our walk today is quite challenging. At first, we cross a suspension bridge over a river and walk outside the Sukathum to enter a dense forest. We ascend up along a steep trail and then descend down to cross a river again. From here, we climb up a gorge and pass Solima village. We again descend down to the level of the river and continu walking until we reach Amjilosa. Our day is quite tough and it recommended to walk carefully as we climb up the gorge. The later part of the trail after the gorge to Amjilosa is also quite tricky. Once we reach Amjilosa, we stay at a guesthouse in Amjilosa. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We leave Amjilosa and continue our trail from the bank of the river. We pass a dense forest full of rhododendron, bamboo and fir trees until we reach a stone house that lies by the river. We further ascend up and cross few bridges that comes through on our way. Today, we can enjoy the outstanding waterfalls that originates from those high mountains. It can be a good spot for taking photographs and resting for a while. From here, we take a short uphill walk until we reach Gyabla. Gyabla is a Tibetan settlement where we will find the people of Tibetan origin. We stay at a guesthouse in Gyabla for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today we descend down the river where we get a glimpse of beautiful valley which opens up before us as we reach Phale. Phale is a Tibetan refugee settlement area where we can find many shops of handicrafts and homemade rugs. We can buy some stuffs here if interested. We further walk through pine and conifer forest until we reach the village of Ghunsa. Ghunsa is a Sherpa village which is popular for its hydroelectricity plant and remembered for a tragic helicopter crash. It is the same village where more than twenty conservationists died in a helicopter crash. We stay at a guesthouse in Ghunsa for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We spend our day exploring the village of Ghunsa. It is essential for acclimatization purpose and also the village has so many things to be explored. We take a short hike to a monastery called Laspsan monastery for which we have to walk all the way through lush dense forest. After exploring the monastery, we return back to Ghunsa by afternoon. For the rest of the day, you can either rest or explore around the village. We stay at a guesthouse in Ghunsa for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Leaving Ghunsa, we continue our trail to the north along the river bank that offers some fantastic views of mountains. On the route, we pass through the meadows adorned with beautiful wildflowers. We further walk along the rhododendron and pine forests. Moving ahead, wecross a bridge at RampukKharka and continue walking until we pass a beautiful waterfall. We cross the tricky section of the landslide and continue walking with the view of Mt. Jannu on our sight. We further tackle with the challenging mountain trail until we reach Kambachen which would be our stopping point for the day. We stay at a guesthouse in Kambachen for the night.(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

It is a day separated for acclimatization to sustain with the gain in altitude. We spend the day hiking along the nearby places for a while and relaxing for rest of the day. We can take bath and explore around the area of Nupchukhola valley. After spending a quality day in Kambachen, we spend our night at a guesthouse. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

As we head forward in our trekking journey, our trail gets more challenging. We start early and pass the rocky fields with large boulders on the hill side. We walk along the river bank until we encounter a waterfall. We then cross a bridge over the river to visit Ramtang monastery. Before we reach Lhonak, we come across a landslide area. We carefully cross the section in asteady pace and descend down to river to reach Lhonak. Upon arrival, we stay at a guesthouse for overnight halt. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

An exciting day of our journey where we make our way along the Kanchenjunga glacier to Pangpema! It is the base camp of Kanchenjunga on the north side of the mountain. The trail to the base camp is quite rocky and is prone to landslide therefore it is recommended to be very careful while trekking along this section. When we reach Pangpema, we can see a flat section of base camp. We can climb a little high from base camp and enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Jannu, Mt. Kanchenjunga and Chang Himal. We stay at a camp in Kanchenjunga Base Camp for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

After beholding the beauty of mountains in Kanchenjunga section from the northern base camp, we retrace our journey back to Lhonak. We descend down all the way down to Ramtang monastery. The return journey is also full of fasntastic mountain views as we can enjoy the splendour of mountains like TapleShikhar, Gimmigela, Mera Peak and many others. We continue descending all the way to Kambachenwhere we stay at a guesthouse for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We retrace our journey back to Ghunsa through same lush and dense forests with the views of impressive mountains on our sight. We stay at a guesthouse in Ghunsa for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

From Ghunsa, we walk steep uphill until we reach Sele Le. On the route, we pass the beautiful dense forest of rhododendron, moss and juniper. We stay at a guesthouse in Sele Le for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we ascend up enjoying the views of mountains like JannuHimal and Mt. Makalu. Our trekking for the day is rather strenuous as we have to cross passes like Sinion La, Mirgin La and Sinelapche Bhanjyang. From the pass, we make a steep descend all the way to Cheram where we stop for the night. We stay at a guesthouse in Cheram for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today we ascend up from Cheram and pass the snout of yalung glacier. We walk alongside of Simbuwariver and pass Lapsang village to reach Ramche. We further ascend up the valley of ridge where we can get the view of blue sheep. We follow the stream and climb up a moraine that confronts the southern face of Kanchenjunga. We further walk ahead enjoying the glimpse of JannuHimal and descend down to Cheram for overnight stay. If we have enough time, we may also visit Oktang monastery on the way. We stay at a guesthouse in Cheram for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we descend down to Tortong where we will encounter two trails. One of the two trails will take us down from Sele Le. However, we will not take this route and follow another route that will take us down to Simbuwa Khola. Tortong we first encounter two trails. One trail is the one we took while descending down from Sele Le. However, we ignore this route and descend down to Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy the lush landscape and rhododendron forest on our way own to Tortong. We stay at a guesthouse in Tortong for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We further descend down from Tortong to Yamphudin. We pass the LasiyaBhanjyangon the way where we walk up through the forests and landslide areas. The terrain gets sloppy and difficult to walk in monsoon however during October; the path is stable and fine. We continue through the trail until we reach Yamphudin. Yamphudin is a beautiful village inhabited by Sherpa, Limbu and Rai people. We stay at a guesthouse in Yamphudin for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today we retrace our journey all the way to Mamanke. We stay at a guesthouse in Mamanke for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We retrace our journey all the way to Lali Kharka and stay at a guesthouse for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We retrace our steps back to Suketar. After walking for around four to five hours, we find ourselves in the same place from where we had started our trekking journey earlier. Reaching Suketar is an informal declaration of end of our trekking journey. We stay at a guesthouse in Suketar for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we take a flight back to Kathmandu. After flying for around thirty minutes on air, we will find ourselves in Kathmandu airport. You will be driven to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can enjoy your time on your own. Stay at a hotel in Kathmandu for the night. (Breakfast included)

Spend this day at your leisure in or around Kathmandu. You can take one of our optional day trips, relax or roam around Kathmandu city. Perhaps go for a massage – you deserve it – or do some last-minute shopping. Take a leisurely lunch in one of the many tea gardens or dine on one of the rooftop terraces. Overnight stay at the hotel (breakfast included).

After this wonderful adventure, it’s finally time to bid you a farewell. We will pick you up from the hotel and escort you to the airport for your journey home! We hope with all our hearts that we served you well and look forward to seeing you or your friends again someday.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop option from and to the airport
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu will be in a 3-star category hotel which is inclusive of breakfast
  • Transportation cost
  • All the Flight Cost
  • Three-time meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with a cup of tea during the trek
  • Accommodation in best available guesthouses during the trek
  • First aid kit with basic medicines
  • Necessary documentation and Permit costs to enter into Annapurna Sanctuary and trek
  • Professional guide and porter (1 porter will be available to two persons)
  • Expenses related to our staffs (guide and porter)
  • A duffle bag, t-shirt and travel achievement certificate on the behalf of our company
  • Government taxes and office service charge during travel

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International air fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All cold drinks, water any beverage are not included in your trip price.
  • We provide such a service with extra charge.
    (Note:– Our option excursion are culture trip, Festival trip, monastery meditation with Lama and Monks, Bird watching, Farming trip other things as per clients interest).
  • Trekking Equipment:
    (Note: – Clients they have to arrange personal trekking equipment such as- trekking pole).
  • Tips for driver, guide, and porters are not included in the cost of your package).
  • Others:
    1. Personal expenses such as phone calls, Internet, Laundry, Bar Bill and extra porters.
    2. Cost arising out of landslide, Road Blocked, Rescue of any form, Cancellation of flight or Reasons beyond our control.
    3. Any other Expenses which are not mentioned on price include section.
You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!

Best value and service — Hikes, Paragliding, Helicopter Tours

Best value and Best Service 

We visited Nepal in December and had only 7 days, not long enough for multi-day treks yet, as travelers from the US, we wanted to experience as much as possible within that time frame the comprised of visiting the breath-taking mountain sceneries, sport activities, and history. While Nepal Intrepid Treks was started by trekking guides, they have diligently built their business and tourism relationships over the last few years to cater to different tourist needs. As an active planner, i had reached out to a dozen tour companies as opposed to only settling for the top 2-3 on Tripadvisor ratings. What first impressed me about Nepal Intrepid Treks is their responsiveness, flexibility and transparency about planning constraints. Its really the best value and service. 
 
They also offered the best value by a large margin. At no time during my interactions with them did they push any additional services on me, but rather adapted to whatever changes I wished to make. Given the relationships they made in the industry, they also offered some of the best rates relative to other tour companies for the exact same vendors. We did the heli ride to Everest Base Camp, hikes in Nagarkot, paragliding, city tours in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Pokhara and of course the sunrise trips to the neighboring hill stations. What really made the difference is their sense of service on the ground. They were always on time and went the extra mile whenever there were unexpected delays. On one day, our morning flight to Pokhara was delayed for several hours and eventually canceled yet our guide went above and beyond to get us on an afternoon flight so we wouldnt miss out on the activities for the rest of the day. That sense of urgency on our behalf extended through the whole trip. Even though we missed an activity for no fault of theirs, they did their part in making up for it by dining us at a cultural center on their own cost, which wasnt needed at all yet we fully appreciated. We are so much happy for this best value and service.
 
In summary, I was thoroughly impressed -- a sense of humility, superior service, flexibility, transparency with unmatched value. We know we will definitely return to Nepal for the treks; we will look no further than Nepal Intrepid Treks. A big thank you Nisan, Santa and Lal! Keep it up!
You guys are best value and service provider team in Nepal. 
Best value and service trekking company
Sami Muneer,
United States

April/May 2019 16-Day Trek to EBC

Had an extraordinary trek with Nepal Intrepid to Everest Base Camp. I got sick from the food in Kathmandu, and by day 4 I was too dehydrated and weak to continue. One of the guides stayed with me as my group continued so that I can rest. We eventually caught up with the group and made it to EBC! Such excellent and professional guides and porters!

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whysoscherious,

You Need This Team To Make It To The Top. 100% Mera Peak Summit Success Rate. Looked After From Day 1.

I owe our success in reaching the Mera Peak summit safely to our amazing guide Lal and his amazing team of porters! We were a team of four women and we had a 100% summit success rate.

Lal went above and beyond from Day 1 when I missed my connecting flight to Kathmandu from Guangzhou due to bad weather in China. I finally arrived in Kathmandu late at night, tired and stressed out about my bags since it did not make my flight. As soon as Lal found out that I made it to Kathmandu, he made it to the airport in a flash, waiting to pick me up and take me to the hotel with a warm smile and a big welcome - and this was really late at night! When my airline failed to get my bag in time for the trek, Lal organised my luggage to arrive in Lukla before I even made it to Lukla! My luggage had all my gear and summit clothing, without this luggage I could not have started the trek. It was a huge relief seeing my luggage and it was all thanks to Lal and his efficiency for getting my luggage in time. There would have been no other way.

This was my first time doing a multi day trek, let alone climbing a mountain, I was nervous but Lal made sure I enjoyed the trek and most importantly I was safe. Lal and his team made sure it was their priority to make sure we were well prepared, safe, looked after and most importantly we all make it to the top. Little things like telling us to slow down while ascending to make sure we don't get altitude sickness, while other groups sped in front of us and did not make the summit because they were sick, making sure we were all well fed so that we had all the energy to endure the full 13 days, giving us water when we ran out of our own and believing in us all added up to our successful summit! His porter team Bupendra and Tula Raj all took turns to lead the party and helped us to carry our gear.

Every morning we would wake up and see their smiley faces ready to start the day trekking, while they were getting ready to carry our 50kg bags in tough terrain. Without hesitation, Lal and his porter team always offered a hand when us ladies weren't comfortable going down a steep hill and believe me the passes were insane! They made the trip much more enjoyable and memorable as we all had our funny and scary moments together.

Summit day was unbelievably the hardest and craziest day of my life! One to remember for the rest of our lives but we couldn't have made it without his team, his positivity and his patience. It took us 6 hours to reach the summit and Lal was with us every step of the way - feeding us snacks, opening our water bottles so that we can drink, carried our back packs to putting our polarised sunglasses on our faces to protect us from the sun. His team absolutely went above and beyond! Making the summit was an epic experience and to do it with a team that we grew closely with, who supported and believed in us made the experience even more special.

Lal and his team were always looking out for us and I could not be more grateful. We were constantly surrounded by positive attitude the whole way up and the whole way down, even after our summit day.

Although, we successfully summited and made it to Lukla, Lal did not stop working. Leaving Lukla was such a mess and super stressful as I had an international flight to make. Lal was always alert, always on call to see if there was an available seat for me on any of the outgoing flights.

Lal is honest and professional and I would definitely choose Nepal Intrepid Treks again. What an incredible ascent. I will never forget this trip. Until then my friend!

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Tina N,
Sydney, Australia

Mera Peak 14 day hike & 100% Success Rate!

This was my first trip to Nepal, and thanks to Lal and his amazing team, climbing Mera Peak was an awesome experience. Our group of 4 had a 100% success rate, when a lot of other travelers we met along the way, did not make it to the top.

Nothing was a problem for Lal, we had lost luggage and bad weather delays – which meant he had to reschedule accommodation/flights several times for us. He was so gracious, professional, and incredibly helpful every step of the way (literally!). Both him and our two incredible porters, really made our trip, going above and beyond on so many occasions.

Summit day was tough, but the support of Lal and his team – helped us all get through and make it to the top!

Lal always made us feel safe, supported and that nothing was a problem – and there was always a smile on his face. I would absolutely recommend trekking with Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions, I’m so grateful for the experience, and can’t wait for my next adventure with Lal and his team.

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Lyn K,
Auckland Central, New Zealand

Patan historic and good adventure

Was such an awesome trip and loved getting to try local cuisine. Our guide Amit was very knowledgeable and showed us many spiritual sites which were really cool. A must do if in the Kathmandu area.

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melissabartonnn,

Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp 19days

Unreal experience! I opted for the longer trek as I wanted to see as much as possible in the time I had. I'm so glad I did.
My wonderful Guide Prem Karki and my assistant guide Lukpa were sensational! We laughed so much on the trek, with these 2 guiding us there was never a dull moment. Our success in reaching the Lakes and Everest Base Camp are purely down to their hard work and dedication. Plus I was lucky enough to meet another 6 legends who also opted for this unreal trek. We are now all the best of mates.
The trekking was hard at times and and some days were super easy. We had rain, snow, sunshine and everything in between. Each day we witnessed another insanely beautiful mountain and watched the landscape change the higher we went.
The Gokyo Lakes were stunning, I'm so glad we opted for this trek. The pictures attached are unfiltered!
Everest Base Camp was great! Such an amazing feeling to finally get there. We just sat and took it all in. Photos don't do it justice.
All the villages and places we stayed along the way were awesome! These tiny lodges and tea houses in the middle of the mountains were so cosy and the food is delicious. We met quite a few Sherpas who had summited Everest and we spoke to them at length about their expedition. Great bed time stories :)
Do yourself a favour and get on board this trek, you wont regret it!

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Jade C,
Orange, Australia

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo 925-1010/2019

Kamal, Tilak and Prince were our guide. They have done an excellent job in ensuring we had everything we needed - water, wifi, food and so on. They explained Nepalese culture and identified the peaks for us as we were asking for the names every day, it is one of the most precious thing about having the locals with us. The tour was a huge success and thank you guys and team for making it happen, it would not be the same without you. I had really enjoyed every moment on the trek. Highly recommend the agent and guides to anyone considering paying a visit to the beautiful Himalayas.

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olivieryiu,

Perfection EBC trekking

Professional risk control on EBC trekking. About airplane change the landing place on lukala or change the trekking schedule, your team also can find good guest house and restaurant.

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Iverroce Tu,

Wonderful experience

It was wonderful experience in my life. Our guide Kamal is professional, patient, and kindly. In this trekking journey still had some situation from uncontrollable mother nature. But this team also can control and change it perfectly. If you will come to Nepal to explore, don't miss Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions!

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Nora H,

Our Visit to Nepal

I dont know where to Start. There are barely any bad points to talk about. The service was exceptional and everbody was so polite and friendly. Everything was well organized. The places we used to rest and eat where always nice and clean. The employees and shepards where dedicated for their jobs and tried to accomplish our goals in the best way possible. I want to send my best wishes Lal, Ram, Tulla and Santos.

Best Regards
Luca & Ludovico

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Bahadir E,
Koenigswinter, Germany

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