Kanchanjunga Trekking – Arun Valley Trek


Kanchanjunga world Third Highest peak in the world (8586masl), and Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking is  is one of the great Himalayan trails, which covers the eastern in Nepal. The word “Kanchenjunga” means; clear crystal Kanchenjunga (8586m) is the third highest mountain in the world and is also popularly known as the five treasures which are “Gold, Silver, Precious Stones, Grain, and Holy Scriptures” It is located in eastern part of Nepal where very beautiful nature called Arun Valley diffusing happiness and joy with Sherpa, Rai, Limbu and Gurung Community. The Mountain which can be observing from Nepal Bhutan, Sikkim and Tibet as well. Another main highlights of this trek is Kanchenjunga Conservation area which covers an area of 2035 square kilometers, where full of flora and fauna. Similarly,  various wildlife  Musk deer,  Himalayan black bear, Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Wild Boar and so on. Different landscapes as alpine grasslands,  sub-tropical forests, low river valley, glacial moraine, and rocky scree slopes. Throughout the trekking, trekkers get to relish the stunning panoramic view of the massive mountain peaks such as Lhotse (8516m), Everest (8848masl), Kanchenjunga (8586masl), Makalu (8481masl), and  so on.

The trekking trail of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is such challenges and located around in Taplejung District Nepal. We may perceive with nature and tropical forest to the blooming rhododendron forest, oak forest to the high alpine forest and the pure wilderness of the region will boggle your mind. The highly diversified Nepalese culture and tradition and life-style of the local inhabitants of the Tibetan Buddhist villages As the trek trails off from the north of Kanchenjunga, the trek rewards you with the 360 degree panorama of the magnificent mountain views. The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek continuously trails you to the spine chilling high pass of Mirgin-La (4,645m) leading you towards the charming southern part of Kanchenjunga. By such breathing pass may you feel with the beautiful yak pastures of Oktang and Ramche with the ideal merge of the attractive panorama of the majestic south west face of Kanchenjunga.


Outline Itinerary

Day 01:  Welcome in Kathmandu – Pick up and Transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Visiting and explorations around world heritage sites in Kthmandu and Preparation

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (2,420masl), Drive to Taplejung; 48 minutes on flight and 9/ 10 hours  by drive. Likewise There are another option to reach Taplejung by Suketar airport, Taplejung but it may not available at any time and also we can have flight to Biratnagar and from Biratnagar we take bus or car to Birtamod and to Taplejung. There are numerous option to reach there.

Bhadrapur is located in the Mechi Zone of southeastern Nepal and to the north ie Taplejung

Bhadrapur is located in the Mechi Zone of southeastern Nepal and to the north ie Taplejung.

Day 04: To Lalikharka (2265masl): 4 / 5 hours on foot

Lalikharka is a beautiful village of Panchthar District where is ascent and descent on a trail that mostly passes through  green forests all the way to Lalikharkha

Day 05: To Khesewa (2120masl): 5 / 6 hours

. It is mostly an easy descent until Phundrawa and  ascent. It is a steep climb until Yangpang from where we climb steadily up until Phumphe Danda followed by another ascent to Khesewa. Our trek will be through forests and small villages. Overnight will be in Khesewa.

Day 06: To Mamankhe (1785masl: 5 / 6 hours

Towards the Kabeli Khola. Next, we walk on a trail that passes through forests. Enjoying amazing views of the Himalayan peaks while also passing through several beautiful small villages.

Day 07: To Yamphudin (2080masl): 4 / 5 hours

Towards mostly walk alongside the Kabeli Khola. During the walk, we also admire the beautiful ridge behind the stream.

Day 08: To Yamphudin to Tortong  (2,995masl): 7  / 8 hours

Bit long day walk. Trekking through terrace farms as well as green meadows. Our walk will be on a trail along the Amji Khola. We also cross a pass at Lassiya Bhanjyang before reaching Tortong.

Day 09: Tortong to Cheram (3,870masl : 2 /3 hours

Towards steady climb to Cheram after to the Simbuwa Khola. viewing beautiful Lalung valley and have Tuplung peak. We pass through thick rhododendron forest and enjoy the magnificence of the Yalung Glacier.

Day 10: Cheram:  Rest as Acclimatization

Acclimatize day in Cheram for accepting high altitude. We can explore the areas around the Yalung Glacier. There is also a viewpoint for Kabaru and Rathong peaks.

Day 11: Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4,580masl) : 3 /4 hours

we ascend for sometime before reaching the edge of the Yalung Glacier. It is a beautiful walk on a valley trail. Views of several Himalayan peaks. We pass through a small settlement of Lapsang before reaching Ramche.

Day 12: Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500masl), back to Cheram: 3 / 4 hours

we trek further up the valley. We then follow a stream before climbing on the moraine top until Kanchenjunga southern face. We walk further ahead for having glance of the Jannu Himal. We continue our trek further towards the Oktang Monastery. From here, we climb further up and reach the Yalung Base Camp. The views from the base camp are extraordinary. Kumbakarna (Jannu), Nyukla Lachung and other Himalayan peaks are closed then back to Cheram.

Day 13: Cheram to Sele La (4290masl) : 6 / 7 hours

We begin our trek after breakfast. We cross four passes today beginning with Sinelapche Bhanjyang. After crossing the pass, we continue to Mirgin La pass. We continue trekking and reach the Sinion La pass which is not very far. From here, we ascend to Sele La pass. There are prayer flags strung across one of the steeper sections of the trail which is very near to the Sele La pass. We cross the pass.

Day 14: Sele La to Ghunsa (3,595masl) : 2 /3 hours

Towards the north with Tangbgharma Danda and then reach to the chorten marked by prayer flags which marks the start of a steep trail. We descend through rhododendron, birch and pine forests before reaching Ghunsa. It is a beautiful village with houses with dark and weathered pine walls and Buddhist prayer flags.

Day 15: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050masl: 5 / 6 hours

From Ghunsa, we walk to north part along the river side where magnificent mountain scenery. We pass through meadows filled with beautiful wildflowers, then cross rhododendron and pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, continue past a waterfall and cross the tricky section of a landslide. After crossing the landslide area, we begin to see the spectacular view of Mt. Jannu. Further exploring and tackling the tricky mountain trail we finally arrive in Kambachen

Day 16: Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780masl): 5 /6 hours

Better to start early morning is mandatory which is another challenge. We trek through rocky fields and large boulders on the hillside along the riverbank and arrive at a waterfall. We then cross a bridge to Ramtang monastery. And across a landslide section which we must pass through at a steady pace before descending to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak.

Day 17: Kanchenjunga base camp, overnight at Pangpema (5,143masl): 6 / 7 hours on foot

From Lhonak, we start towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Our trail is alongside the enormous Kanchenjunga Glacier and creation of nature. After passing Pangpema, we descend towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The view from the base camp is extraordinary. Mt. Kanchenjunga, Jannu Himal, and other Himalayan peaks are so adorble. We descend back to Pangpema

Day 18: Pangpema to Lhonak : 3 – 4 hours

we  back our steps to Lhonak.

Day 19: Lhonak to Ghunsa (3475masl:6 / 7 hours

Descend to Ghunsa through Kambache. It is the same route we took when we were climbing up.

Day 20: Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2,308masl: 5 / 6 hours

We descend towards Phale. We pass through several Manes and a monastery nearby. We walk through Juniper forests and reach Phale. From here, it is a steady descent to Gyabla. We cross a bridge over Chhundatangka Khola to reach Gyabla. As we continue our trek, we see a waterfall area. We also cross a suspension bridge over Sumbung Khola before reaching Amjilosa.

Day 21: Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270masl) : 6 /7 hours

we see a beautiful waterfall while coming back. We continue our trek and pass a small settlement of Solima before crossing a suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola. We cross another suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola and reach Sukathum. Our trail passes through several villages and is beside Thunsa Khola at first followed by Tamor Nadi before reaching Chirwa.

Day 22: Chirwa to Taplejung via Mitlung (921masl): 7 /8 hours

After a wonderful time in Chirwa, we head to Taplejung on foot. The trekking trails along the way to Mitlung offers greenery at it’s best, floras and faunas and especially quaint villages always ready to welcome us.

Day 23: Taplejung to Bhadrapur: 9 hours drive

We move toward Bhadrapur from Taplejung by bus.

Day 24: Fly to Kathmandu and shopping

Day 25: Final departure to the International airport

Final farewell



Cost Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • 3 nights accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu
  • Camping accommodation enroute
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • All meals enroute and boiled water in mountain
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
  • Salary for all expedition staff.
  • All necessary paper work, including trekking permits
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • All government and local taxes
  • Duffel bag, t-shirt, trekking map

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Extra nights' accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Bottled beverages, including water
  • Snacks such as energy bars, candy or chocolate
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters
  • Optional trips and sightseeing
  • Tips for guides and porters

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