Detail Itinerary Kanchenjunga North and South Faces Trek
Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu
After arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be brought to your hotel in around twenty minutes. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
Today you explore around Kathmandu valley which includes visit around historical and spiritual attractions; including Durbar Square, Boudhanath; one of the largest stupas in Nepal, Swayambhunath; top on the hill in the city knows as the Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath; Hindus holy place. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Fly to Biratnagar
Taking a 45 minutes flight today we move to Biratnagar from Kathmandu. On reaching Biratnagar, you make preparations for the approaching journey.
Day 04: Fly to Suketar and trek to Lali Kharka (2220m)
From Biratnagar we take a 30 minute flight to Suketar, Taplejung. Upon reaching, you head to Lali Kharka with the trekking crew. On the trails, we walk by well-off pastures and breathtaking settlements. After more than a few descents, we arrive at Lali Kharka.
Day 05: Trek to Keswa (2100m)
Today departing from Lali Kharka, we pass through the vertical route to Pokora village, enthralling terraced farmland open up soon after crossing a suspension bridge above the Phawa Khola. We pass through dense forests and attractive villages, as you step forward along the trail. On skirting along a quietly sloping mountain path, after trekking for 5-6 hours, we arrive at Tambawa and later Bhanjyang where we find several teahouses. Take At this point we can capture interesting prospect of Kanchenjunga glowing against the late afternoon sun. After having trekked for 5-6 hours, we finish off the day’s trip.
Day 06: Trek to Mamanke (2000m)
From Keswa, we follow an adventurous path leading to Nandeva Khola. After crossing the river, we trek along the glaciated mountain passes. Further to the front, the route winds through dense forest and the village of Loppoding. We come across shady areas where you can rest for a while after strenuous trekking. The winding trail then takes us to the right bank of the Kabeli Khola. After a while, terraced fields reappear and the village of Anpan comes into view. We continue climbing till we reach Ponpe Dhara. As we proceed along the track, terraced fields draw out before us along the crest of the ridge. We further continue walking along the winding descent and pass through several villages and terraced fields along Khangwa Khola. We cross a suspension bridge and continue descending the rising and falling mountain passes till you reach the village of Mamankhe.
Day 07: Trek to Yamphudin (1650m)
Beginning with an unproblematic go up, the walk to Yamphudin is all along tracks which curves the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. We cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides and the trail ultimately becomes level with the river a couple of hours before Yamphudin. Along the way, we can stop to bathe in one of the many clear pools in this beautiful river. It is a really tranquil spot and after lunch by the river, you complete the day's walk at Yamphudin. Yamphudin is the most remote settlement in this area and the last habitation you will see until you reach Gunsa. Needless to say, it is a charming place tucked away beneath the ridge of the Deurali Danda, which you will cross next.
Day 08: Trek to Lamite jungle camp (2920m)
Further than Yamphudin, the track goes up a steep spur before falling again to cross the Omje Khola. Walking through stunning and dense forest, you will also see fine views of the valley beyond Yamphudin to the south and of the Omje Khola Valley and Deurali Danda to the north. A steep drop to the river brings you to a clearing in the Lamite forest.
Day 09: Trek to Torontan (3080m)
From your base camp we climb abruptly for 3 hours all the way through dense forest to the top of the Deurali Danda. From the top, Mt Jannu is clearly noticeable and absolutely closer. After crossing the pass, we descend across some quite steep and exposed screed slopes before re-entering the forest, where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, a steep descent takes us down into the valley of the Simbua Khola and after crossing an interesting wooden bridge, you arrive at Torontan. This campsite lies surrounded by the towering fir trees of what is now a mainly coniferous alpine forest.
Day 10: Trek to Tseram (3750m)
This morning we go behind the right bank of the river, passing through pine and rhododendron forests. The track is vertical and, as the day development, the trees become sparser and more stunted, giving us look of the snow-capped giants ahead and of the massive snout of the Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram, the gigantic heights of Kabru and Rathong start to peep over the moraine. We camp at Tseram, where night-time temperature falls, which reminds us that we are gaining height.
Day 11: Trek to Ramche (4360m)
Today we walk a comparatively short distance to Ramche which is located on a wide, flat ablation zone. The vista is glorious as we go up past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and into a sequence of ablation valleys. A freezing lake, crystal clear streams and glorious views of Kokthan, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of the walk into Ramche.
Day 12: Ramche – Exploration
Departing from our camp at Ramche, we take a filled lunch and begin very early for your first close come across with Kanchenjunga. Next to the valley around its far-reaching curve, we come across the vast southern wall of Mt. Kanchenjunga. The ridge forms a cirque which is over 15 kms long and not less than 7500 m high. Along this ridge lie the three main summits of Mt Kanchenjunga at 8420m, 8586m, and 8474m. The sight is truly breathtaking. Proceeding further towards Oktang [4630m], we descend onto the glacier and cross it to a point below Talu from where we can see the panoramic view of the mountains in the area. Particularly inspiring is the eastern part of Kumbhakarna Glacier, flowing from the east face of Jannu (Kumbhakarna being the local name for Jannu). We then return to Ramche.
Day 13: Trekking beyond the Mirgin La (4663m)
On this day, we trek down the valley, passing the small settlement of Lapsang, before turning off towards the Mirgin La - the pass we have to cross in order to reach Gunsa and the north side of Kanchenjunga. As we come down from the Mirgin La, the sight in particular of Mt. Jannu, is simply wonderful. Our campsite will be somewhere beyond the pass.
Day 14: Trek to Gunsa (3475m)
After a vertical descent we move toward the Lamba Sumba Kharka, from where there are more impressive views of the splendid south-west face of Mt. Jannu. From here, the going is trouble-free. We move downward on an outstanding trail, we reach the village of Gunsa. Gunsa is a Tibetan village with an insignificant gompa and prayer flags trembling from the wooden houses.
Day 15: Trek to Khambachen (4040m)
From Gunsa, the trail rises soothingly through stunning pine and rhododendron forests, passing many mani walls and chortens. We stop for lunch by the river at Rampak Kharka. After lunch there is a steep climb before descending to the summer village of Khambachen. The views of Mt. Jannu or Mt. Kumbhakarna from here are outstanding.
Day 16: Trek to Lhonak (4790m)
On this day, we trek up to Lhonak through Ramtang village is not too demanding and despite the increase in height, we are able to walk on with no trouble, enjoying the breathtaking views of the valley and mountain peaks. Our lunch stop is at Ramtang, from where the incredible fluted summit of Wedge Peak first becomes visible. During the afternoon Nepal Peak, the Twins, Mera and the White Wave all come into view. Then you arrive at Lhonak, situated high above the Kanchenjunga Glacier opposite Wedge Peak.
Day 17: Trek to Pang Pema (5140m)
A leisurely 3 hours walk from Lhonak takes us up to Pang Pema. The trail follows the moraine before finally reaching Pang Pema, the North Face Base Camp, which is in a sheltered spot, directly opposite the towering north face of Kanchenjunga. This is one of the most inspiring places in the world and is a high point to this unique trek.
Day 18: Pang Pema rest day
Today is a rest day, but for the more vigorous ones, there are quite a few amusement lined up for the day. One is to climb the lower slopes of Drohmo for panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and its adjoining peaks. Another possibility is to continue up the increasingly difficult terrain on the right flank of the glaciers for alternative views of the more remote peaks around the Jongsang La Pass.
Day 19-20 Retreat trek to Gunsa (3430m)
For the next 2 days we go back over our steps to Gunsa, passing through Ramtang and Khambachen on the way.
Day 21: Trek to Kyapra (2300m)
From Gunsa, we take the way out of the peaks that follows the stunning Gunsa and Tamur Khola (rivers). The track passes through fantastic forests of rhododendron, conifer, birch and oak. The valley sides here are steep and the trail follows the river as it cascades downwards. We pass through Kyapra, the last of the Tibetan villages, and an hour or so further on, we reach a spot called Tang.
Day 22: Trek to Sakathum (1600m)
Moving ahead to reach the village of Sakathum, our way follows an rising and falling track for the first couple of hours until we reach Amjilasa. From here, there is a long steep descent from which we can see the Gunsa Khola Valley stretched out before you. You then arrive at Sakathum.
Day 23: Trek to Chirwa (1180m)
From Sakathum, we head to Chirwa. On the way we meet the union of two rivers, Simbua Khola and Gunsa Khola. At this point we get to see the most magnificent view of the two rivers uniting into Tamur Koshi. On following the trail along Tamur Khola, many other small tributary streams come our way. After trekking for about 4-5 hours we enter into the wonderful village of Chirwa.
Day 24: Trek to Phurumba
The road further leads to cultivated land and rich pastures from Chirma. On reaching Mitlung, we stop for a healthy lunch. Then the trail zigzags throughout the path of steep stones. After climbing for about 4 hours we come to the valley of Phurumba.
Day 25: Trek to Taplejung - Suketar (2300m)
As we depart from the valley, we keep on climbing along the ridge for about 3 hours to Taplejung village. We can wander around the village viewing the villagers getting along with their daily routine. As Nepalese folks are generally friendly, chances are we may get invited to a few village homes. From then on, easy climb for about 2 hours, we finally reach the airstrip at Suketar where we conclude the trip of the day.
Day 26: Flight to Kathmandu via Biratnagar
We fly back to Biratnagar and then take a flight to Kathmandu. There will be transferred to the hotel upon arrival.