Olangchung Gola Trek

Olangchung Gola Trek

Overview And Highlights

Trip Facts

Trip Type

Camping

Grade

Strenuous

Altitude

4,940

Transportation

Land

Group Size

1+

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Olangchung Gola Trek is a camping trek to one of the most remote areas of Nepal. The stunning mountain views of Kanchenjunga and Makalu, along with many others in Olangchung Gola Trek will completely mesmerize you.

There is a large and lavishly furnished gompa (monastery) and the village is studded with chorten (stupa), mani walls and prayer wheels. The Bhutias of Upper Tamur practice a much more orthodox pattern of Buddhist culture than any of the Limbu community of the Arun valley. The people of Olangchung have been far more impacted by the Tibetan culture from across the border than other areas and this is displayed throughout their daily lives and activities.

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Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

Drive from Kathmandu to Hille via Dhankuta. You camp for the night.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
1649

Trek from Hille to Mangmaya (1649m). You camp for the night.

Elevation
2490

Trek from Mangmaya to Khare (2490m). You camp for the night.

Elevation
1600

 

From Khare the trail gradually ascends to Chainpur. You camp for the night.

Elevation
2340

Trek from Chainpur to Nundhaki (2340m). You camp for the night.

Elevation
3500

Trek from Nundhaki to Milke Dhanda (3500m). You camp for the night.

Trek from Milke Dhanda to Dhoban. You camp for the night.

Trek from Dhoban to Thuma. You camp for the night.

Trek from Thuma to Chirwa. You camp for the night.

Trek from Chirwa to Tortang. You camp for the night.

Trek from Tortang to Walungchung Gola. You camp for the night.

Elevation
3200

Rest at Olangchung Gola. Olangchung (3,200m) in Tamur valley with Kangbachenga (4038) in Ghunsa valley are the highest settlements in the area. The latter was an important trading center between the towns of Darjeeling and Tipta La in Tibet. You camp for the night.

Trek from Olangchung Gola to Nango Khola. You camp for the night.

Elevation
4820

Croos Nango La (4820m) and trek to Gunsa (3340m).You explore the upper reach of Tamur and cross Nangola (4802m) to reach Gunsa. You camp for the night.

Rest at Ghunsa. You camp for the night.

Elevation
4124

takes about seven hours. The trail makes a gradual ascent along the south bank of the Gunsa Khola, then crosses a boulder strewn flood plain and crosses back to Rambuk Kharka on the north side of the river. Once on the opposite side, the trail passes a waterfall then makes a short, steep ascent to a very unstable steep slope.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4780

Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4780m.) and it takes about seven hours. The trail climbs gradually through open rocky fields to Ramtang at 4240m, then across moraines north-west of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. Lhonak, at 4790m is a dry lake bed on an open, sandy plain. There are no houses, but you can camp among the large boulders to avoid the wind. Terrific mountain views abound in all directions. You camp for the night.

From Lhonak, the trail ascends gradually across the plain, and then becomes a bit steeper as it follows the moraine. You can drop off the moraine and follow the bottom of the valley to avoid the steeper section. The views are dramatic, but you cannot see Kanchenjunga or Wedge Peak until you are near Peng Pema. The spectacular main peak of Kanchenjunga, and a panorama of other peaks that make up one of the largest mountain masses in the world, tower over the single roofless hut at Pang Pema. You camp for the night.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4940

Rest at North Base Camp (4940m). You camp for the night.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3340

Trek from North Base Camp to Ghunsa (3340m). You camp for the night.

Trek from Ghunsa to Amjillassa. You camp for the night.

Trek from Amjillassa to Chirwa. You camp for the night.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3700

From Chirwa ascend the steep trail to Pathivara (3700m). You camp for the night.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
1798

Trek from Pathibhara to Taplejung (1798m). You camp for the night.

Drive from Taplejung to Ilam. You stay overnight in Ilam.

Drive from Ilam to Kathmandu via Biratnagar (174km).

What Is Included ?

  • All airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • Entry permit for Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Trekking guide 
  • Camping crews (Cook, Sherpa, kitchen helper)
  • Porters (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) 
  • Accommodation in tents and some night in lodges 
  • Required equipments: Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, cooking utensil and trekking poles
  • Cooking fuel 
  • Camping charges 
  • Land transportation: Kathmandu to Hile and Taplejung to Kathmandu by bus/jeep
  • Insurance and equipments for the guides and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenirs (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

What Is Excluded?

  • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for involved staffs 
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara 
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking due to any personal reason than the scheduled itinerary)

Olangchung Gola Trek Altitude Profile

Additional Information

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking. 

General Items:

Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items:

Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff   

Sun-worn Items:

Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm

Gadgets:

Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),  

Liquid/Snacks:

Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials:

First Aid Kit 

Optional:

Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc 

Additional items for camping trek:

Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price. 

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