TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Mt. Kanchenjunga which stands above the elevation of 8,585m is one of the third highest mountains in the world. It is located in eastern border of Nepal and Sikkim opened in 1988 for foreign travelers. It was first climbed on 25 may 1955 by joe Brown and George band who were part of British expedition. Since the local worship the mountain there is a tradition among mountaineer not to stand on the actual summit. All fruitful climbs have stopped just short of the peak worship an old promise made by the leader of the first efficacious effort in 1955 to the maharaja of Sikkim. The route is little bit long comparatively then other hiking itineraries of Nepal but worthwhile follows isolated mountain sorts of Nepal sightsee round Kanchenjunga both the south and the north base camp. Kanchenjunga base camp trekking is secure by the Kanchenjunga protection area development.

The journey begins to Kanchenjunga with a flight from Kathmandu to taplejung (suketar). From suketar the journey leads to chauki over the settlements of Mitlung ghunsa, Khambachen and Lonak to Pangpema (5140m) which is also the base camp for voyages trying the North face of Kanchenjunga II and the culmination of the first part of the trek. 

On the trail besides Kanchenjunga peak, you will be observing other mountain like jongsong (7483m), tent peak (7,365) jannu (7711) meter and other numerous peaks which is one of the most impressive high mountain scenery on earth.  The main attraction of this trek are the magnificent views of the snowcapped mountain varied landscapes from the subtropical plains to the spectacular icy plateau, fascinating forests of rhododendrons one of the national flower found in Nepal and other like chestnut and oak forests to the alpine zone with plenty of wildlife animals including deer and blue sheep. This trip makes you familiar with the culture and traditions and their lifestyles of the local people mostly of the inhabitants are Sherpa people, who have totally different culture and traditions from those of solukhumbu district and even Hindu folks like rai, chetris, Brahmans are the other ethnic group in this region. You will be also getting to visit the Buddhists monasteries, chortens prayers walls and many others related to Buddhists culture.

The GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) provides you the ample opportunities and experiences where you will be exploring different peaks and landscapes where you get a beautiful glimpse of the mountains and gives first priority is the safety given to all the members so ,the voyagers can enjoy the journey without any problems and there is some other option in our trekking agency where you want to enjoy the other enthralling trekking destination.  

 

Outline Itinerary:


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and trek preparation
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Suketar (2,420m/7938ft), trek to Lalikharka (2265m/7,431ft)
Day 04: Lalikharka to Khesewa (2120m/6,955ft)
Day 05: Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m/5,856ft)
Day 06: Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m/6824ft)
Day 07: Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m/9,826ft)
Day 08: Tortong to Cheram (3,870m/12,696ft)
Day 09: Cheram: Acclimatization and Rest Day
Day 10: Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4,580m/15,026ft)
Day 11: Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), back to Cheram
Day 12: Cheram to Sele La (4290m/ 14,074ft)
Day 13:  Sele La to Ghunsa (3,595/11,794)
Day 14: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m/13,287ft)
Day 15: Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m/15,682ft)
Day 16:  Kanchenjunga base camp, overnight at Pangpema (5,143/16,873ft)
Day 17: Pangpema to Lhonak
Day 18: Lhonak to Ghunsa (3475m/11,400ft)
Day 19: Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2,308m/7,572ft)
Day 20: Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270m/4,166ft)
Day 21: Chirwa to Phurumbu (1,549/5,082ft)
Day 22: Phurumbu to Suketar
Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 24: Departure

ITINARARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft.)

We will be completing our tradition formalities at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Later, there is a GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) representative waiting for us at the gate who will be welcoming you and take us to our guesthouse.  We can then spend the rest of the day taking break. In the evening, you will get to try Nepalese cuisine at a welcome dinner hosted by GHHT members.  You all be spending night in Kathmandu plus meals: Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation

We will be visiting four landmarks in Kathmandu, three of which are moreover UNESCO World Heritage Spots. We then sightsee to Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Shrine, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Bouddhanath Stupa. After the trip, we will gather and meet our whole hiking team as well as guides will tell us what we can assume on our trek. You all will be spending night in Kathmandu hotel. Including meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Suketar (2,420m/7938ft), trek to Lalikharka (2265m/7,431ft)

From Kathmandu we get an early morning airstrip to Suketar which is situated in the eastern region of Nepal. It is a simultaneous ascent and descent on a trail that mostly passes through lavish green jungles all the way to Lalikharkha.  Including meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 04: Lalikharka to Khesewa (2120m/6,955ft)

We will be starting our tramp to Khesewa after breakfast. It is typically an easy descent until Phundrawa. From here we begin our ascent. It is a steep climb until Yangpang from where we climb gradually up until Phumphe Danda tracked by another ascent to Khesewa. Our hike will be through forests and small communities.  We will be staying overnight in Khesewa.  Including meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 05: Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m/5,856ft)

After breakfast we instigate our journey towards the Kabeli Khola. Next, we walk on a trail that passes through forests before crossing a slight stream. On the way, we enjoy marvelous sights of the Himalayan peaks while passing through numerous attractive small hamlets. We will spend the night in Mamankhe.  Including meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 06: Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m/6824ft)

Today’s trek will be mostly uphill on a tranquil trail whereby we mostly walk alongside the Kabeli Khola. During the walk we also esteem the lovely ridge behind the stream. We then carry on our walk and admire a beautiful waterfall nearby. After hiking for some time, we will be crossing a small suspension bridge. We pass through small settlements before reaching Yamphudin to spend the night. Including meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 07: Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m/9,826ft)

We begin our walk on a trail frequently used by the villagers and pass over terraced farms and green fields. Along the way, we have the continuous company of the Himalayas to enjoy the picturesque. Our walk will be on a trail along the Amji Khola. We will also cross a pass at Lassiya Bhanjyang before reaching Tortong. Spend all night in Tortong Including meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 08: Tortong to Cheram (3,870m/12,696ft)

We will then instigate our steady climb to Cheram after breakfast. Our trail is right at the side of the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy walking on the attractive Lalung gorge and have Tuplung peak for company for the most part of today’s expedition. We then pass through abundant rhododendron forest and relish the grandeur of the Yalung Glacier. Spend the night in Cheram. Including meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 09: Cheram: Acclimatization and Rest

We then spend the day in Cheram which will comfort us adapt to the high elevation. We can spend the rest of the day relaxing and taking part in minor tramps. We can discover the regions around the Yalung Glacier. There is also a viewing platform for Kabaru and Rathong peaks. Spend the night in Cheram. Including meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4,580m/15,026ft)

We begin our short hike after breakfast. From Cheram, we arise for some time before reaching the snout of the Yalung Glacier.  It is a stunning walk on a gorge track. We also relish the sights of several Himalayan peaks. We then pass over a small settlement of Lapsang before reaching Ramche. Spend the night in Ramche. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), back to Cheram

From Ramche, we walk additional up the gorge. We then track a tributary before ascending on the moraine top until confronted by Kanchenjunga’s southern face. We then walk additional ahead for a sight of the Jannu Himal.  We will continue our journey more near the Oktang Monastery. From here, we ascent further up and reach the Yalung Base Camp. The sights from the base camp are extraordinary. Kumbakarna (Jannu), Nyukla Lachung and other Himalayan peaks are close by. We descend and spend the night at Cheram.Including meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12: Cheram to Sele La (4290m/ 14,074ft)

We begin our trek after breakfast. We cross four passes today starting with Sinelapche Bhanjyang. After crossing the pass we continuing to Mirgin La pass. We continue hiking and reach the Sinion La pass which is not very far away. From here, we climb to Sele La pass. There are prayer flags threaded across one of the steeper pieces of the track which is very near to the Sele La pass. We then cross the pass. Expenditure night in Sele La. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13:  Sele La to Ghunsa (3,595/11,794)

We begin our journey after breakfast. We walk to the north with Tangbgharma Danda nearby. We reach a chorten noticeable by prayer flags which mark the start of a steep track. We descend through rhododendron, birch and pine forests before reaching Ghunsa. It is a gorgeous settlement of houses with dark and weathered pine walls and Buddhist prayer flags’ spending the night in Ghunsa. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinnersa to Kambachen (4,050m/13,287ft)

From Ghunsa, we hike further north alongside the river bank which presents us with superb mountain backdrop. We pass through fields filled with attractive wildflowers, then cross rhododendron and pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, continue past a waterfall and cross the tricky section of a landslide. After crossing the landslide area we begin to see the spectacular sight of Mt. Jannu. Further sightseeing and tackling the complicated mountain track we lastly reach at Kambachen and spend the night. Including meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 15: Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m/15,682ft)

Today will be the stimulating day so, early start is necessary. We climb over rocky fields and huge rocks on the hillside alongside the riverbank and reach at a waterfall. We then cross a bridge to Ramtang monastery. We then derive crosswise a landslide segment which we must pass through at a stable pace before descendent to the river and lastly arriving at Lhonak.  Spend the night in Lhonak. Plus meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner will be provided.

Day 16:  Kanchenjunga base camp, overnight at Pangpema (5,143/16,873ft)

From Lhonak, we hike to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Our track is alongside the huge Kanchenjunga Glacier. After passing Pangpema we descend to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The vision from the base camp is amazing Like Mt. Kanchenjunga, Jannu Himal and other Himalayan peaks are ours to admire. We descend back to Pangpema to spend the night. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 17: Pangpema to Lhonak

From Pangpema we trace back our steps to Lhonak. Spend the night in Lhonak. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 18: Lhonak to Ghunsa (3475m/11,400ft)

From Lhonak, we descend all the way to Ghunsa via Kambache. It is the similar route we took when we were ascending up. Including meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 19: Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2,308m/7,572ft)

From Ghunsa, we descend towards Phale. We pass through numerous Manes and a monastery nearby. We walk over Juniper woods and reach Phale. From here, it is a stable descent to Gyabla. We cross a bridge over Chhundatangka Khola to reach Gyabla. As we carry on our hike, we grasp a waterfall nearby. We also cross a suspension bridge over Sumbung Khola before reaching Amjilosa. Overnight in Amjilosa.including meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 20: Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270m/4,166ft)

After hiking for a while we perceive a stunning waterfall nearby. We continue our hike and pass a small settlement of Solima before crossing a suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola. We cross additional suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola and reach Sukathum. Our track passes through several communities beside Thunsa Khola first trailed by Tamor Nadi before reaching Chirwa.  Spend the night in Chirwa. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 21: Chirwa to Phurumbu (1,549/5,082ft)

We notice that the settlement starts to get denser as we are descending. Our track is alongside lush vegetation. We pass through some settlements before reaching Sinwa. From here we continue our descent and cross a bridge over the Sisne Khola. Now we are in the Pathibhara Hike trail. We pass over another community and cross another suspension bridge this time over the Yaphre Khola to reach Phurumbu. Spend the night in rural community. Including meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 22: Phurumbu to Suketar

 Finally, our Kanchenjunga Circuit Hike ends today. We can take a much necessary break after reaching Suketar. We carry on our walk on the Pathibhara Trek track. Including meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu

We can spend the whole day taking break, packing and souvenir shopping for loved ones. We can even visit anywhere we alike in Kathmandu. There will be a farewell dinner hosted by GHHT members in the evening to rejoice the successful completion of our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. Spend the night in Kathmandu. Including meals: Breakfast Dinner

Day 24: Final departure

We check our belongings one more time before leaving for the airport. Our Team GHHT representative will pick us up from the airport and drop us off at the airport three hours before the scheduled flight. Including meals: Breakfast

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke inn or any other hotel of similar standard)
  • 13 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
  • All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
  • An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

TRIP INFO

Trip Note

Hotel and Lodge:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.

Meals and Drinks:

We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.

Best Season to Travel:

The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.

Luggage/Backpack:

Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.  

Guide/Porter on Trek:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides. 

Personal Expenses on Trek:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Gears Available in Kathmandu:

For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.  

A Typical Day on Trek:

On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary of the trek is 24 days which is main customary and pragmatic that has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation:

Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment. 

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 24 Days

Difficulty: Strenuous

Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Excursion & Sightseeing

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Tea House Trekking, Camping

Country: Nepal

Region: Kanchenjunga Region

Price: USD 2,190

Group size: Min 2 pax

Best Season: Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec