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  • • Witness a diverse mix of different cultures of Nepal.
  • • Get to see a huge variety of wild animals, including different kinds of birds, deers.
This route was opened to trekkers in 1988, though people have trekked in the area in connection with mountaineering expeditions since the turn of the century. Mt. Kanchanjunga is the 3rd highest mountain in the world at 8,586m. It sits across the Nepal/Sikkim border and is only a few miles from Tibet. The trek offers magnificent views of the Everest, Makalu and of course, Kanchanjunga.
The trail climbs from the intensively cultivated hillsides of the Nepal Midlands, populated by the Rai and Limbu tribes. This trek will take you through beautiful Rhododendron forests and picturesque villages. You will witness a collection of wildlife and trek over high mountain passes offering mind blowing views. On completion of this outstanding trek undoubtedly you will be left with a bundle of wonderful memories.
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“Just a quick note to say that Suman, our guide, was excellent. Professional, dedicated, highly personable, great English, took lots of secret shots of us too (I almost never take selfies so this was a nice bonus). Absolutely recommend him. The trip to Gokyo Lakes and over Renjo Pass is awesome, a little tougher and more difficult than the EBC .... but far better than that horrendously overcrowded trek.”
45 minutes
Taking a flight in the afternoon we head south-east to reach Biratnagar after approximately 45 minutes. Biratnagar is Nepal’s second biggest city after Kathmandu with a population of more than 200,000. It is known as Nepal’s industrial powerhouse and doesn’t have too much to offer apart from a few temples. Most of the year it is hot and humid, so tourists prefer to stay in their hotel.
4/5 hours
The next morning we reach Suketar after another 30mins flight from Biratnagar. Without spending much time in the village with predominantly Limbu population we start our trek, walking slightly uphill through fields and grasslands. Most people living in this area are farmers, so there is not much nature left to see. Lunch will be taken in a local restaurant on the way. After around 4 to 5 hours trekking slightly uphill, we reach today’s destination Phurmbu (1800m), a small village mostly inhabited by Limbus, Chettris and Brahmins.
6 hours
Leaving Phurmbu the next morning we continue towards Chirwa. As the human influence is slowly decreasing we get to see more and more nature, walking through jungle and forests along small rivers. We have lunch in one of the local restaurants or homestays. After around 6 hours of mostly uphill and downhill our trail leads us to Chirwa (1,185m), a small Limbu village.
3 hours
Today’s highlights are definitely the cardamom fields, which we will see shortly after leaving Chirwa. At some points we will even find the trail completely covered by cardamom plants. After having lunch in a local homestay on the way we continue walking along a river, which has some good swimming spots to offer. Since it is still quite warm, many trekkers like to take a quick refreshing swim in the river. After only three hours and quite an easy trek we reach Tapethok (1,322m), with the Kanchanjunga Conservation Area Project Tourist Check Point, where trekkers have to register and show their ID and trekking permits. Tapethok’s population mostly consists of Limbus and trekkers can try typical Limbu tea, which is similar to Tibetan tea, containing salt, butter and milk. Limbu people’s staple diet is rice as well as dheedo, a porridge-like mash made from millet flour. However trekkers are advised to try this local delicatessen only on their way back, since dheedo can influence one’s digestive system in quite some unwanted ways.
4 hours
The next day’s trek starts easy but gets a bit more challenging as the trail ascends uphill. After around 4 hours we will reach Sakathum, a small Limbu village on a hill overseeing a river. We can choose whether to stay in a homestay at the riverside or continue to the actual village. Limbu people’s typical drink is LimbukoChyang, made from rice and slightly different from the chyang that is made by the Newari population of the Kathmandu valley. Again, trekkers are advised to only try it on their way down, to minimize any risk of getting sick.
5 1/2 hours
After leaving Sakathum our trail leads us along a river in a constant change of uphill and downhill. Before reaching our destination, two quite challenging ascents are waiting for us: one before Jobari, a small Rai-Limbu village and another one right before Amjilosa. As the trail is ascending, the increasing presence of Sherpa people can be noticed as well as a decrease in temperature. As we keep walking we reach GhunsaKhola, along which our trail leads us for some time. This day’s highlight is definitely the diversity of different plants and animals, which can be witnessed all along the way. We get to walk through bamboo and rhododendron forests and in May and June it is peak time for countless strawberry plants to yield fruit. After 5 to 6 hours we will reach Amjilosa, a small Sherpa village with only 10 to 12 houses, of which one will serve as our today’s night shelter.
4 1/2 hours
The more the altitude increases, the less civilization surrounds us. Today’s trek leads us through bamboo forests and along huge rhododendron trees (being Nepal’s national plant). Who doesn’t have or has lost one’s walking stick might find pleasure in making a new one. The chance of seeing deers and porcupines is highest in March and April. After 4 to 5 hours Gyalpa appears in front of us, a Sherpa village famous for its tasty potatoes.
5 hours
Leaving Gyalpa early in the morning, the trail’s difficulty will slowly increase. After 3.5 hours of walking the awaited lunch break is spent in Phale, an old Tibetan refugee camp with still 600 to 700 inhabitants. The refugees, who started coming to Nepal after the Tibetan Uprising in 1959, have built a gumba (monastery) and make a living selling their handicraft to tourists. Everyone, who liked the salty Limbutea is most welcome to try a cup of Tibetan tea, which is quite similar. After lunch and a bit of sightseeing around the camp we continue our trek, which leads us on a flat trail through pine forests and makes us cross a river from time to time. At one point we pass by a memorial, which was built in memory of the 22 diplomats, politicians and NGO-workers from several countries working in the field of forest conservation, who died in a plane crash some couple of years ago. Shortly after we reach today’s place to sleep. Ghunsa is a comparatively big Sherpa village with several lodges and small shops. Having reached an altitude of almost 3,500m it gets quite cold, especially at night and wearing a jacket is necessary from now on. Yaks, wild as well as domestic ones, can be seen in large numbers around the village.
During today’s rest day interested trekkers can visit Ghunsa’s cultural museum, which tells a lot about the local Sherpa culture and other regional ethnic groups. It is also possible to visit an incense factory, where juniper oil is produced. If we still have some energy left, it is optional to hike to the small NangoPausanga peak.
6 hours
Having collected new energy after a day of rest we shall be ready to continue our trek with destination Khambachen. The trail leads us through pine forests and along a river, which we cross around lunch time. Today we hardly see any houses, which make it necessary to carry a packed lunch. Juniper plants will accompany us along the way. Although we are surrounded by stunning nature, it has to be kept in mind that there is always a (minimal) chance of landslides. Each trekker must be aware of the risk. In the afternoon our trail is mostly ascending and takes us even further from civilization. People only come up during the season to stay with their yaks and to plant potatoes. 1 to 2 hours before getting to our destination we can finally see some impressive peaks, such as Kumbakarna (7711m), NyaklaLachung and PholesobiThongi.
5 hours
Having crossed the 4000m mark, beautiful views of some of the highest peaks of the Himalayas arise. Especially during clear early mornings we can witness breath-taking scenes. As our trail slowly ascends we reach Ramdang, a seasonal yak shelter with a small stupa. From here Kanchenjunga South can be seen quite closely as well as Whiteweb (6950m) and Mera Peak (6334m). As the altitude is increasing vegetation is getting less and less. Only small juniper plants can still be found in large numbers. After some time more and more peaks become visible: Nepal Peak (7177m), Tent Peak (7362m), Patibhara (6838m) and Pyramid Peak (7140m), to mention just a few. Wild blue sheep grazing in large herds can be seen during early mornings. Thankfully their number hasn’t decreased, as hunting is illegal in the Kanchanjunga National Park area.
7 hours
On our 12th day we finally cross the 5,000m mark on our way to the Pangpema North Base Camp (5,200m). During the 3 to 4 hours walk mountains like ChyangHimal (6802m) and Gimigela (6425m) can be seen. In this area avalanches are quite common, but not really dangerous for our trail. Reaching the base camp around noon we have our packed lunch there while enjoying a fantastic view of Kanchanjunga South and Central (8586m). Different from other base camps, Pangpema’s climate is quite pleasant, being warm and not too windy. The base camp itself is marked with thousands of prayer flags and has a few local restaurants that serve tea and snacks.
5 hours
After having completed more than half of our trek the trail starts descending slowly. Today we basically walk all the way down back to Ghunsa, which takes around 5 hours.
6 hours
Before completely leaving higher altitude levels we have another pass to cross. From Ghunsa we need to walk almost straight uphill until reaching Sele La Pass (4,290m). Most probably it is be covered by snow, so proper equipment is a must. Shortly after the pass we find Sele, a small camp with only two homestays. Sele is a bit similar to Khambachen camp, although it has different views to offer.
9 hours
Today’s route will make us cross another two passes: the Mirgin-La Pass (4,750m) and the Sinelapache-La Pass (4,785m). The trail, a constant change of uphill and downhill, runs along the Nepal-India border, where we will pass by small lakes (like Sinelapache Lake), offering stunning views of Kanchanjunga, Kabru Mountain and Talung Mountain to name just a few. There is even a minor chance of seeing snow leopards. After having our packed lunch, we continue walking mostly downhill to Cheram, a small camp with only one hotel and one homestay open during seasons. One should perk up one’s ears not to miss yeti sounds. Indeed, an Indian army officer is certain of having heard a yeti in 2008. He described elephant-like sounds, but since it is very unlikely to find elephants up in the mountains his only logical conclusion was that a yeti must have caused the noise. So keep your ears open!
6 hours
As the altitude keeps decreasing, nature is getting more diverse again. Jungles with huge rhododendron trees, the river SimbhuwaKhola and a quite easy trail make this a pleasant, enjoyable day. After around 6 hours of walking we reach Tortong, a small camp only open during season.
8 hours
Before finally getting back to the lowlands there is another pass to cross: Lasia-La (3,550m). On this path, landslides are likely to happen, so one should be mentally prepared for another 2 hours of trekking, in case the road is blocked and we have to take a detour. It takes around 3 hours to reach the pass and once it is crossed, the toughest part is over and we continue walking mostly downhill. Our today’s destination, which is reached after 6 to 8 hours, depending on which route was taken, is Yamphudin, a village with mostly Rai, Limbu and Sherpa population.
During our rest day, trekkers have the chance to explore the village’s surroundings and experience a vivid mix of Nepalese cultures.
5 hours
Having gained new energy we continue walking through jungles and small Limbu villages on a trail that is a constant mix of uphill and downhill. Having reached Mamangkhe after around 5 hours interested trekkers can visit the local Limbu museum to learn even more about the culture that is dominant in this area.
6 hours
Getting closer and closer to civilization, our trail leads us up and down through rice, millet and corn fields. There are many Limbu villages on the way and after 6 hours we reach Khesewa, another small Limbu village where we spend the night in a local homestay. Who is still eager to try the Limbu people’s home-made alcohol, should grab the chance now.
6 hours
Today’s trail goes constantly up and down, making us pass through Sincheung Valley, which offers again decent views of Kanchanjunga. The temperature is much higher than it was up in the hills and after defeating a last steep ascent we find the village Lalikharka in the middle of a jungle. It is quite a commercial place as it is very popular with Nepalese tourists and pilgrims, who come here to hike another 3 hours up to visit the local Pathibara Devi Mandir, a superb viewpoint and one of the biggest temples in Eastern Nepal. Hindu pilgrims perform all kinds of worshipping, even including animal sacrifices.
4 hours
Our last trekking day is separated into 2 hours uphill followed by two hours downhill. There is not much left of the nativeness and virginity of the mountains as we are pretty much back to civilization. Suketar, our today’s destination, has a decent number of hotels which we can choose from – quite a change, after having stayed in homestays for almost two weeks. Most of the lodges and hotels are very close to the airport, from which we will take a flight back to Biratnagar the next morning.
Taking an early morning flight from Suketar we will reach Biratnagar after around 30mins and from there we will continue to Kathmandu, which will take us another 45mins.
what’s included
  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary
  • Flight between Kathmandu & Biratnagar
  • Internal ground transfer as per the itinerary
  • Special Permit and entry fees required for the trek
  • 3 meals a day while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) you can choose from the menu
  • Accommodation while trekking in homestay/teahouse
  • English speaking, well trained and experience trekking guides, assistant guide(s) as per the group size and porter(s) for luggage
  • Treated water during the trek
  • Medical Supplies (First Aid Kit)
  • Insurance and wages for the Nepali staff
  • Trek Nepal T-shirt
  • 13% VAT
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
what’s excluded
  • International air fare to/ from Nepal
  • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu will be extra.
  • Lunch and dinner prior to the trek, please allow US$ 20 per day.
  • Insurance, which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, theft expenses.
  • Drinks both alcoholic and bottled other than sterilized drinking water.
  • Laundry fees, hot shower, hot water, charging batteries and mobile.
  • All the foods and beverages other than the itinerary.
  • Personal gears and expenses
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staffs.
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 23 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Minimum Participants 2 people
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English & nepali
Maximum altitude 5200 meters
Trek difficulty Medium
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Kathmandu, Nepal
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