Kanchenjunga trek is one of the most interesting trekking routes in Nepal. This trek is ideal for those trekkers who like to trek in less crowded areas as it is one of the least visited trekking trails of Nepal. Only about a thousand trekkers a year trek this area compared to the over 35,000 trekkers that trek the Everest region. Kanchenjunga trek is also the exhilarating first stage of the Great Himalaya Trail, the world’s longest and highest alpine trekking trail.

For many years Kanchenjunga was considered the highest mountain in the world, until 1856, when Peak XV, (Mount Everest) was discovered. The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is a restricted area which lies in the Taplejung District of eastern Nepal bordering with Sikkim (India) and Tibet. It was established in 1997 and covers an area of 2,035 square km. A restricted area permit from a government registered company must be obtained to trek in this region.

Known for its pristine wilderness, this trek takes you to the foot of the world’s third highest mountain Mt. Kanchenjunga which rises to an elevation of 8,586m. The meaning of Kanchenjunga in Tibetan language is ‘Five Treasures of the Great Snow’ in the form of gold, silver, valuable stones, grain and holy books, referring to the five peaks that make up the Kanchenjunga massif. Along with Kanchenjunga, you can see many other towering peaks like Makalu (8481m), Kambachen (7,903m), Chamalang (7319 m), Baruntse (7129 m), Jannu (7710m), Jongsong (7,483m),  Kabru (7412m), Tent Peak (7,365m) and the Twins (7,350m) and many more peaks above 6000 m.

Five major glacial systems are found in this huge cluster of peaks and of these Zumu, Talung and Rathong flow into Sikkim while to the west, the Kanchenjunga and Yalung glaciers descned into the Tamor River of Nepal.

With an altitude variation from 900m above sea level to over 5000, one can witness a slow change in the landscapes and vegetation ranging from subtropical and temperate to coniferous forests and to high alpine meadows and glaciers. Various species of wildlife are found in this region, such as musk deer, snow leopard, Assamese Macaque, blue sheep, red panda, pheasant and many more during the trek.
The best time for Kanchenjunga circuit trek is during Spring (March, April, May) to witness the Rhododendron covered forests, and Autumn (September, October, November) seasons as the weather and temperature is exceptionally favorable during this time.

What makes this trip special:

  • Magnificent views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, 3rd highest peak in the world.
  • Exploration of both North and South Kanchenjunga Base Camps.
  • Spectacular glaciers
  • The beautiful remote villages in the Kanchenjunga region with its amazing people and their intriguing culture.
  • Pristine landscape and vegetation with Rhododendron forest and the high alpine passes.
  • Tibetan refugees settlements
  • Rich wildlife including Red Panda and Snow Leopard.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,330m)
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (91m), Drive to Taplejung (1440m); 45 min flight & 9 hours drive
Day 04: Taplejung to Lalikharka (2265m): 4 – 5 hours trek
Day 05: Lalikharka to Khesewa (2120m): 5 – 6 hours trek
Day 06: Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m): 5 – 6 hours trek
Day 07: Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m): 4 -5 hours
Day 08: Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m): 7 -8 hours
Day 09: Tortong to Cheram (3,870m): 2 -3 hours
Day 10: Cheram: Acclimatization and Rest
Day 11: Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4,580m): 3 – 4 hours
Day 12: Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), back to Cheram: 3 – 4 hours
Day 13: Cheram to Sele La (4290m) : 6 -7 hours
Day 14: Sele La to Ghunsa (3,595) : 2 -3 hours
Day 15: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m) : 5 -6 hours
Day 16: Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m) : 5 -6 hours
Day 17: Kanchenjunga base camp, overnight at Pangpema (5,143m): 6 -7 hours
Day 18: Pangpema to Lhonak : 3 – 4 hours
Day 19: Lhonak to Ghunsa (3475m) :6 -7 hours
Day 20: Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2,308m) : 5 -6 hours
Day 21: Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270m) : 6 -7 hours
Day 22: Chirwa to Taplejung via Mitlung (921m): 7 -8 hours trek
Day 23: Taplejung to Bhadrapur: 9 hours drive
Day 24: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 25: Final departure

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Grading

Our grading system for trekking:

There are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular trip
Our grading are based on various factors such as length of trek and walking day, trail conditions, maximum altitude and average altitude, elevation gain/loss per day, prevailing weather conditions, temperature range, remoteness and general level of comfort.
Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please contact us at info@hionlifeadventures.com

Grade A: Leisure

These adventure tours are our least demanding trips suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health. These trips may involve long drives usually on private transport. Sightseeing trips are conducted on foot. The itinerary may also take you to remote places with basic lodging facilities and may also involve a day or two of hiking. We expect you to carry a small back pack weighing about 4 to 5 kgs.
Recommended preparation: Walking on undulating terrain for an hour, for at least 2-3 months prior to departure.

Grade B: Easy to moderate

These adventures involve trekking between 7 to 10 days in remote areas where facilities are often basic. These trips involve some camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 3 to 6 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined and relatively easy, but it doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park. In the Himalayas, flat trail are extremely rare sights, so there will be plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 3800m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 400m with perhaps an odd day ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to 0C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade C: Moderate

These treks are slightly more difficult. Our moderate treks are between 11 to 15 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 4 to 7 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined but with plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 4500m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with occasional harder days ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to -5C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade D: Challenging

These adventures are more challenging and remote and with altitudes up to 5600m. Our challenging treks are between 13 to 24 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 5 to 7 hours of walking each day with some days involving crossing a pass with up to 10 hours walking. Generally the trails are well defined, but there will be days which involve climbing steep rocky terrains at high altitudes and crossing icy and rocky glaciers in harsh weather conditions.
The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with a few harder days ascending/ descending about 1000m. The itineraries often include rest days after such big ascents.
Temperatures can get below Zero in the daytime at high altitudes and can fall down to -10C at night.

Recommended preparation: Stamina is essential, as walking days are long. We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude. Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure. Cycling is recommended. Long day hikes on weekends with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

Grading system for Expeditions:

A realistically chosen trip maximizes both your enjoyment of the experience, as well as your chances of summit success. Selection of a trip that is beyond your ability could result in uncomfortable experiences. You might end up having the leader not taking you on the climb for your own safety and for the safety of the other team members.

Therefore to let you make a more realistic selection of your mountain, we have categorized each mountain into 2 tired grading systems which describes the technical difficulty (I-V) and fitness (A-E) required for each expedition.

Technical Difficulty

I          Straightforward climbing/ scrambling on low angle snow/ rocks. Previous climbing experience is not essential. No ropes required.

II         Involves glacial travel on ropes with ice axe and crampons. Previous experience of Ice axe and crampon comes in handy but not a compulsory.

III        Involves ice climbing on short sections of snow or ice up to about 50 degrees. Previous snow/ ice climbing experience are essential.

IV         Good all-round climbing ability required. Involves low grade rock climbing and long, steep snow and ice slopes over 50 degrees.

V          Difficult climbing on very steep ice or technically difficult rock. It is suitable only for competent and experienced mountaineers who have successfully summited technical mountains above 6000m.

Fitness

A             Good basic fitness required.  Ability to walk 6 to 8 hour over undulating terrain with a few punchy uphill climbs carrying a pack up to 6kg in weight.

B             Good cardio-vascular fitness required. Regular training, by running, hiking and perhaps some gym work is essential. Expect to be able to do 8 hour days in hilly and often steep train, carrying a pack of 6-10kg in weight with the occasional extra-long day.

C             High level of fitness coupled with physical endurance required with regular training as part of your normal routine. Expect days of up to 8 hours and longer while carrying a pack up to 8-12kg in weight. Summit night could be easily in excess of 12 hours.

D             Superlative fitness is called for. Climbs of this grade are exceptionally strenuous and some weight loss is inevitable. Regular, long and intense physical training is required for preparation. Expect 10-15 hours of climbing in testing weather conditions (especially summit day) carrying up to 10-15kg in weight.

E              Extreme physical effort at extreme altitude which requires arduous preparation based on your experience of previous trips. You will be pushed physically to the limit and then beyond. Be prepared for very long, sustained days with 10 – 12 hours on a regular basis and more than 15 hours on the summit day. Discomfort to achieve your goal is to be expected.

If you need further help, please do not hesitate to contact us, who are happy to discuss which trips would be suitable for you.

Booking terms and conditions

What are the booking procedures, terms and conditions?

The following procedures, terms and conditions apply if you are joining one of our trip.

Booking:

At the bottom of each tour/trek/ expedition page that you wish to participate, you can click the link to book that trip and you will come to a page with instructions on how to book a trip with us. We will then send you an invoice for deposit payment of 250 USD, which is non-refundable. Once we receive this payment we will send you a confirmation on your reservation of the trip.

Balance Payments:

The balance payment is to be made at least 45 days prior to departure, payable by bank account transfer. If the balance is not paid when due, Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to regard the reservation as canceled.

Cancellations & Refunds:

In case you should cancel your reservation, the following cancellation charges apply:

Days prior to trip Start date                      Cancellation Fee

31-45 days                                                              50% of trip price
16-30 days                                                              75% of trip price
0-15 days                                                                 100% of trip price

Exceptions to these policies cannot be made for any reason. However, if you wish to transfer from one trip to another, we are happy to assist you at no extra charge, provided that it is done before 60 days prior to the trip start date. Thereafter, our cancellation policy applies. Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to cancel a trip for any reason. In such an instance, we will refund all payments received, which will be regarded as full settlement.

 

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Quick Facts

Destination:
 Nepal
Trip Code:
 HST-KT
Trip Grade:
 D- Challenging
Duration:
 25 days
Trek Distance:
 230 Kms approx
Starting Elevation:
 1440m
Peak Elevation:
 5143m
Accommodations:
 Camping
Best Season:
 Mar/Apr/May and Oct/Nov

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If you have extra days in Nepal, you can book an extension.

Available Extensions

Pokhara and Close up with Annapurna

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: 7 days

Pokhara & Bandipur

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: As per package

Chitwan Jungle Safari

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: According to package

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