Nepal Environmental Treks

Kanchenjunga (8586m) Expedition

Kanchenjunga at an elevation of 8586m is the third-tallest mountain in the world after Mt. Everest and Mt. K2. Kanchenjunga is a word of Sikkimese origin. Himalayan people particularly of Darjeeling, Taplejung and Sikkim highly revere the peak as a sacred mountain. In Nepal it is locally called Sewalungma by Limbu ethnic people.

Kanchenjunga massif encompasses 16 peaks among which four are above 8000m. The mountain comprises of four glaciers covering an area of 314 sq. km. and is a major source for Brahmaputra and Ganges catchments.

Kanchenjunga feature narrow icy ridges spotted with smaller peaks, sloping plateau, hanging glaciers. The risk of avalanches also exists. The summit was first climbed in 1955 by a British expedition team of Joe Brown and George Band among others. The standard route and the one used in the first successful attempt follows southwest route via the Yalung Glacier.  However, the north route is considered the safest, although not the easiest to climb.

An interesting fact related to the mountain is that it has actually never been summitted. The first successful mountaineers Brown and Band stopped short of steeping foot on the top of the mountain as per the request of then Maharajah of Sikkim. The tradition has been continued ever since. 

  • Outline Itinerary
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Price Info
  • Equipment Required
  • Testimonials

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Preparation day in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar by airplane and by plane to Taplejung/Suketar (2300m).

Day 04: Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung.

Day 05: Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa.

Day 06: Trek from Chirwa to Sekhatum.

Day 07: Trek from Sekhatum to Amjilesa.

Day 08: Trek from Amjilesa to Gyabla.

Day 09: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa.

Day 10: Trek from Ghunsa to Khambachen.

Day 11: Trek from Khambachen to Lhonak.

Day 12: Trek from Lhonak to Pang Pema.

Day 13: Trek from Pang Pema to Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

Day 14: Rest day at Base Camp for acclimatization

Day 15-34: Climbing period of Kanchenjunga

Day 35: Trek from Base Camp to Pang Pema.

Day 36: Trek from Pang Pema to Lhonak.

Day 37: Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa.

Day 38: Trek from Ghunsa to Selely.

Day 39: Trek from Selely to Mirgin La to Tseram.

Day 40: Trek from Mirgin La -Tseram to Oktang-Torotan.

Day 41: Trek from Oktang -Torotan to Omje Khola.

Day 42: Trek from Omje Khola to Mamanke.

Day 43: Trek from Mamanke to Bhanjyang.

Day 44: Trek from Bhanjyang to Lali Kharka.

Day 45: Trek from Lali Kharka to Suketar.

Day 46: Fly from Suketar to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 47: Rest day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 48: Fly out from Kathmandu.

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Preparation day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar by airplane and by plane to Taplejung/Suketar (2300m).

This morning you fly to Biratnagar in the eastern Terai. It is Nepal's second largest city with an energetic, bustling place. You take the short 30 to 40 minute flight to Sukhetar/Taplejung, where the trekking crew will be waiting for your arrival. After landing, you take a little time for refreshments and for the porters to prepare their loads before beginning your walk along the ridge line above Taplejung village.

Day 04: Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung.

Day 05: Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa.

Day 06: Trek from Chirwa to Sekhatum.

Day 07: Trek from Sekhatum to Amjilesa.

Day 08: Trek from Amjilesa to Gyabla.

Day 09: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa.

Day 10: Trek from Ghunsa to Khambachen.

Day 11: Trek from Khambachen to Lhonak.

Day 12: Trek from Lhonak to Pang Pema.

Day 13: Trek from Pang Pema to Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

Day 14: Rest day at Base Camp for acclimatization

Day 15-34: Climbing period of Kanchenjunga

Day 35: Trek from Base Camp to Pang Pema.

Day 36: Trek from Pang Pema to Lhonak.

Day 37: Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa.

Day 38: Trek from Ghunsa to Selely.

Day 39: Trek from Selely to Mirgin La to Tseram.

Day 40: Trek from Mirgin La -Tseram to Oktang-Torotan.

Day 41: Trek from Oktang -Torotan to Omje Khola.

Day 42: Trek from Omje Khola to Mamanke.

Day 43: Trek from Mamanke to Bhanjyang.

Day 44: Trek from Bhanjyang to Lali Kharka.

Day 45: Trek from Lali Kharka to Suketar.

Day 46: Fly from Suketar to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 47: Rest day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 48: Fly out from Kathmandu.

Price Includes

  • Vehicle transfers between hotel and airport
  • 5 Star hotel accommodation for 5 nights  in Kathmandu (Bed and Breakfast basis)
  • 4 star accommodation in Pokhara (Bed and Breakfast)
  • Experienced expedition leaders, guides and porters.
  • All Tents, kitchen equipment's
  • Conservation Area, national park fees and Royalties for Kanchenjunga expedition
  • Wages, equipment's, insurances for all staffs.
  • Facility of Satellite phone, internet
  • Oxygen cylinders, Gamow bags ropes, ice axes etc.
  • Food and accommodation in lodges along the trekking route

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Expenses of personal nature such as laundries, beverages, cigarettes, etc.
  • Expenses related to the use of satellite phone and internet
  • Medical, Rescue and evacuation insurance
  • Personal climbing gears and equipment
  • Tips for staffs
  • Airfare for international flights from your country to Nepal and back.
  • Visa fees and custom clearances

Personal Gear:

Backpack, Day pack, Two Sleeping bags, Compression stuff sacks, Sleeping pad, Foam pad, Water bottles, Lightweight steel thermal bottle, Pee bottle, Pee Funnel for Women, Pack towel, Trekking poles, Swiss army knife/multi tool, Large mug, plastic bowl, fork and spoon.

Climbing Items:

Ice axe, Crampons, Harness, Carabiners, Webbing, Perlon cord, Ascenders, Rappel device etc.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Hello potential trekkers,

The purpose of this note is to recommend (highly) the services of Nepal Environmental Trekking (P.) Ltd. My new wife and I went on an almost month-long trek to Kanchenjunga base camps November 2000. Our lead sirdar/sherpa was Ang Kaji Sherpa, and our head cook was Pradeep kumar Karki. It was fabulous….I have literally hundreds of pictures including wild blue mountain goats at Pang Pema, the incredibly old Gompa at Ghunsa, and numerous faces of Nepali villagers we met along the way. The food was tasty and healthy, we never got sick once along the way and were given plenty of water for drinking and washing. Despite a premature and unexpected snowstorm at Sele La Kaji Sherpa led us the way back down to Tseram. Everything was expertly provided for us. They are environmentally conscious. There are no hidden cost along the way (we could have gotten along fine without bringing any money if we did not really need those cokes or beers on the way back). I wish I knew what else to say to convince you. Kanchenjunga is a difficult camping trek and we encountered a number of trekkers along the way who had various problems with their staff or their food. Everybody on our staff (22 including temporary porters) was considerate and great and I'd like to think we've made a couple of real friends. Please feel free to e-mail me directly if you want to verify or further clarify recommendation….I can't say enough about these guys.

Sincerely,
Jamie Fox San Franscisco, USA
E-mail: Jamie_fox@bigfoot.com

29/09/2009 – 25/10/2009 – Kanchenjunga Trek

Thanks to all of the crew who helped us to fulfill the trek. I may return to Nepal, somehow this country has a special place in my heart: nature and helpful people but: the real vacation starts when you leave Kathmandu.

We have seen this city now enough times.

Take care.

Robert –jan
Netherland (NL)


Liked the trekking until next time.

Elly
Belgium


Not knowing what I signed up for the first place really was positively surprised by the beautiful environment and intresting people Nepal was to offer. The over-all trek was to be described as tough, but certainly worth the effort. 27 days later I can state: ‘NO PLACE LIKE NEPAL’.

Thanks to all our crew.

Remond
Netherland (NL)

Trip Highlights:

Duration: 48 Days

Type of Trek: Camping

Max Altitude: 8598 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Flight

Grade: Strenuous

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