At a glance
Trekking Destination: Kanchenjunga Trekking
Transportation: private and public vehicle
Trekking hour: 5-6 hours each day
Duration: 26 Days
Our Kanchenjunga trekking the great wilderness treks in eastern Nepal. Kanchenjunga (8,586m/28,170ft) is a massive and independent mountain of rock and ice, which sits astride the Nepal India border. Flights from Kathmandu to Biratnager and Suketar lead to the start of our Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.
From Suketar, the trail undulates between ridge-villages and valley bridges over glacial streams. Altitude is lost for the first four nights before steadily rising to 4,620m at Ramche: the last outpost. A morning walk then leads onto the Yalung Glacier moraine where a flag-bedecked chorten, near the southern base camp, offers perfect views of the giant south face of Kangchenjunga and its adjacent ice-ridges.
The route then heads west to Chukkung Pokhari, en route to Ghunsa. Five linked passes, including Sinion La (4,646m), need to be crossed. This demanding route is frequently snow covered. Great views are possible from its high points.
From Ghunsa the trail climbs northwards, through magnificent forests that give way to scrub vegetation as the altitude increases. Towering peaks rise above the trail as it works its way up the steep sided valleys. The last stage follows the moraine of the Kangchenjunga Glacier to yak pastures at Lhonak: a grassy plain 30m above the glacier and surrounded by towering ice peaks.
A two hour walk along the moraine leads to the view point at Pang Pema. Here the glacier makes a sharp turn to the south and rises to reveal the awesome bulk of Kangchenjunga’s north face. Return to Ghunsa and then follow the river to Chirwa and Mitlung before climbing back to Suketar.
Fitness, sturdy boots, warm waterproof clothing, a good sleeping bag, day pack camera, sunscreen and hat are essential items.
We offer both camping and teahouse trek to this region. March-May and September –November is the best time to Kanchanjunga trek.