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Kanchenjunga Expedition

50 Days
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Conquered for the first time in 1955 by the British team of Joe Brown led by Joe Brown and George Band, Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain of the world which is located in eastern Nepal. Kanchenjunga is the most popular mountain of north eastern Nepal and exists by sharing its border with Sikkim. Kanchenjunga is the Tibetan term which is translated as five jewels. The jewels are referred to the five snow capped peaks that make the complete Kanchenjunga Mountain. Kanchenjunga constitutes five peaks out of which the main peak, west peak or Yalung Khang, south peak and middle peak are more than 8400m high.

Participating in Kanchenjunga Expedition is the lifetime opportunity to set foot in the wildest and most remote part of Nepal. Ace Holiday Treks is currently offering 50days Kanchenjunga Expedition itinerary. We will reach domestic airport in Kathmandu and catch about an hour of Kathmandu Biratnagar flight from where we will take the connecting flight from Biratnagar to Suketar. We will pass through the teahouses at Mitlung, Chirwa and Sukathum to arrive at Amjilosa rover. We will move in and out of Tibetan village of Gyabla. We will pass through the Tibetan refugee camp at Phale and reach Sherpa village of Ghunsa. We will proceed to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. There will be four High Camps before reaching the summit of Kanchenjunga. Camp II to Camp IV follows the dangerous route as we need to proceed through icefall and avalanche prone area.

April, May, October and September are the best months for Kanchenjunga Expedition.

Itinerary Outline

Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
Day02: Sightseeing and Expedition Preparation
Day03: Kathmandu Biratnagar flight
Day04: Biratnagar Taplejung flight
Day05: Trek to Mitlung (880m)
Day06: Trek to Chirwa (1190m)
Day07: Trek to Sukhatum (1640m)
Day08: Trek to Amjilosa (2490m)
Day09: Trek to Gyabla (2730m)
Day10: Trek to Ghunsa (3410m)
Day11: Trek to Khambachen (4150m)
Day12: Trek to Lhonak (4790m)
Day13: Trek to Pang Pema (5140m)
Day14: Trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp
Day15: Climbing preparation at Kanchenjunga Base Camp
Day16-36: Climbing period of Kanchenjunga
Day37: Trek to Pang Pema (5140m)
Day38: Trek to Lhonak (4790m)
Day39: Trek to Ghunsa (3140m)
Day40: Trek to Sele La (4115m)
Day41: Trek to Tseram (3870m) via Mirginla (4663m)
Day42: Trek to Oktang and Tortong (2990m)
Day43: Trek to Amji Khola (2340m)
Day44: Trek to Mamanke (1780m)
Day45: Trek to Bhanjyang (2540m)
Day46: Trek to Lalikharka (2220m)
Day47: Trek to Suketar
Day48: Flight: Suketar to Kathmandu
Day49: Rest Day in Kathmandu
Day50: Departure
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
You will find our representative ready to greet you as soon as you disembark from the flight. You will be transferred to the hotel where brief orientation about the Kanchenjunga Expedition is provided before you enjoy the delicious welcome dinner.

Day02: Sightseeing and Expedition Preparation
We will explore Kathmandu valley and prepare for Kanchenjunga Expedition. We will take half day guided city tour during which we will explore UNESCO enlisted sites of Kathmandu namely Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kanchenjunga Climbing requires approval from Nepal Government which we will receive from Ministry of Tourism.

Day03: Kathmandu Biratnagar flight
Biratnagar is a vibrant trade center and the second largest industrial state located 290km far from Kathmandu in south eastern Nepal. It exists near to India border. 50minutes of Kathmandu Biratnagar flight will take us to Biratnagar. We will stay overnight in a hotel in Biratnagar.

Day04: Biratnagar Taplejung flight
We will catch the early morning connecting flight from Biratnagar to Suketar that lies in Taplejung district of Eastern Nepal. 30minutes of Biratnagar Taplejung flight will take us to Taplejung. Taplejung is the Gateway to Kanchenjunga region. We will reach Suketar and stay overnight.

Day05: Trek to Mitlung (880m)
It is the first day of trekking. We will chase the descending trail and pass through the lower territories of Kanchenjunga region. Trail continues through the valleys and meadow full of lush green vegetation to Hangdewa River. Crossing Hangdewa, we will proceed north along the bank of Tamor River and take sharp descend to Mitlung.

Day06: Trek to Chirwa (1190m)
The trail moves in and out of dispersed settlement at Sinwa and lowers down to Tawa village. Escalating from the Tawa village, we will reach the suspension bridge at Thiwa which we will cross and head to the beautiful Chirwa village which is chiefly inhabited by Limbu ethnics.

Day07: Trek to Sukhatum (1640m)
Leaving the small Limbu village of Chirwa behind, we will traverse the dense pine forest and take the steep climb before lowering down through the crop fields to Tamor River. We will walk along the bank of Tamor River to Ghunsa River which we will cross to arrive at Sukathum.

Day08: Trek to Amjilosa (2490m)
We will exit from the Sukathum and walk to the suspension bridge. Crossing the bridge, we will proceed through the forest area and cross the river for the second time before heading up through gorge to Solima village. Walk through the series of ups and downs will take us to Amjilosa.

Day09: Trek to Gyabla (2730m)
After following the trail along the bank of river for few hours, we will cross the mirk woods of bamboo, blooming rhododendrons and fir trees. We will take the uphill climb and reach at the stonehouse nearby river. Crossing the river, we will climb the ridge that offers view of cascading waterfall and head further to Gyabla which is a Tibetan village.

Day10: Trek to Ghunsa (3410m)
Lowering down from Gyabla village, we will cross the valley and arrive at Phale which is a community of Tibetan refugees. We will explore the Phale settlement and buy few gifts manufactured by the locals. We will traverse the forest and reach Ghunsa which is the Sherpa Village.

Day11: Trek to Khambachen (4150m)
Heading north from Ghunsa, we will walk along the bank of river that allows gratifying views of mountains in Nepal and arrive at the meadow. Exiting from the meadow, we will chase the escalating trail to the bridge that exists at Rampuk Kharka. We will cross the cascading waterfall and walk through the landslide prone area to Khambachen.

Day12: Trek to Lhonak (4790m)
It is going to be the strenuous trek. We need to begin our trek early in the morning. Journey continues through dry and rocky terrain for most of the time. We will cross the moraines and boulders and lower down to the river. We will cross the river over the bridge and reach Ramtang Monastery from where we will pass the landslide prone area and reach Lhonak.

Day13: Trek to Pang Pema (5140m)
Walking through the Kanchenjunga glacier, we will arrive at Pangpema which is the plain land full of lush green vegetation. We will climb the nearby ridge and enjoy the gratifying views of Chang, Kanchenjunga and other mountains in Nepal.

Day14: Trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp
Trekking continues through the glaciers. We need to be cautious not to slip off as it is difficult to walk in the path that is lined with melting snow. We will enjoy the sight of various mountains in Nepal and prepare the camp in clear area.

Day15: Climbing preparation at Kanchenjunga Base Camp
We will listen to the instructor and practice to climb the mountain on this day before actually climbing the mountain. We will learn to use climbing gears like crampons, cables and ladders.

Day16-36: Climbing period of Kanchenjunga
16th to 36th days are dedicated to climb and lower down from Kanchenjunga Mountain. We will pass through High Camps to the summit and return back to Base Camp. Climbing equipments like crampons, ladders and cables are required to climb to the summit of Kanchenjunga Mountain. We will enjoy the gratifying views of mountains in Nepal from the summit and lower down to Base Camp of Kanchenjunga.

Day37: Trek to Pang Pema (5140m)
Return trek begins on the 37th day. We will leave Kanchenjunga Base Camp and retrace our route back through glaciers to the valley of Pangpema where we will stay overnight.

Day38: Trek to Lhonak (4790m)
From Pangpema, we will follow the route through forest with sight of cascading waterfall to Lhonak.

Day39: Trek to Ghunsa (3140m)
Leaving Lhonak behind, we will walk along the Ramtang Monastery and lower down to Khambachen. Enroute, we will get the views of Mera peak, Kanchenjunga Mountain, Gimmigela and other peaks. We will cross the forest and reach Sherpa village of Ghunsa.

Day40: Trek to Sele La (4115m)
We will take the uphill climb to Selela. The trail continues through the forest of juniper and blooming rhododendrons to the top of Selela where we will stay overnight.

Day41: Trek to Tseram (3870m) via Mirginla (4663m)
It is going to be the challenging day. The trail will be mostly uphill. We will climb the ridge that offers views of Jannu Mountain including Makalu Mountain which is the sixth highest mountain of the world. We will cross the small pass at Sinion La and arrive at Mirginla. Lowering down from Mirginla, we will reach Sinelapche Bhanjyang from where we will lower down to Tseram or Cheram.

Day42: Trek to Oktang and Tortong (2990m)
We will walk along the Yalung glacier to Simbuwa River. Crossing the river, we will move in and out of Lapsang village and reach Ramche. Climbing the valley, we will proceed to Oktang Monastery. Returning back to Tseram, we will lower down to Simbuwa River and proceed through rhododendron woods to Tortong where we will stay overnight.

Day43: Trek to Amji Khola (2340m)
We will cross the temporary bridge over Simbua River and reach Lamite Bhanjyang from where we will traverse the rhododendron forestand lower down to the grazing area at Chitre (2920m). We will cross the bamboo woods and arrive at Amji Khola.

Day44: Trek to Mamanke (1780m)
The trail continues through Amji Khola to Yamphudin that exists at the confluence of Amji Khola and Kabeli Khola. We will cross the forest and walk through Dhupi Bhanjyang and crop fields at Darachuk. Crossing Yamphudin, we will take 4hrs of trek to Mamanke.

Day45: Trek to Bhanjyang (2540m)
From Mamanke, we will take the escalating trail to Bhanjyang which is the settlement of mixed ethnics including Rai, Limbu, Sherpa, Brahmin and Chhetris. We can enjoy the views of Kanchenjunga and Kyabru from the hilltop at Sinchebu Bhanjyang.

Day46: Trek to Lalikharka (2220m)
We will pass through few tea houses and arrive at the forest. Exiting from the forest, we will lower down the forest to Lalikharka meadow which is the grazing area used by locals for their cattle.

Day47: Trek to Suketar
Following the trail through the south of Lalikharka, we will climb the hill located at 2580m altitude. Crossing the Surke Danda, we will travel through rhododendron forest and reach Suketar where we will stay overnight.

Day48: Flight: Suketar to Kathmandu
We will take an early morning flight of 30minutes to reach Biratnagar. We will take the connecting flight from Biratnagar to Kathmandu and stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day49: Rest Day in Kathmandu
It is the free day. You can spend the day as you wish. Either take rest in the luxurious room or go for shopping in Thamel.

Day50: Departure
You will be assisted in your last moment preparation afterwards which our representative will take you to International Airport from where you will move to your next destination.
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Flight ticket for guide Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • Flight ticket for Clients Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.

Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

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Trip Facts

Duration: 50 Days
Accomodation: Camping and Tent
Seasons : April-May-October-September
Type: Modarate
Activities : Hiking and Climbing
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Kanchenjunga Expedition Trip Highlights

  • Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain of the world which is located in eastern Nepal.
  • Participating in Kanchenjunga Expedition is the lifetime opportunity to set foot in the wildest and most remote part of Nepal.
  • Ace Holiday Treks is currently offering 50days Kanchenjunga Expedition itinerary.

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