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TRAIL PROFILE: CA-015
Duration : 20 days
Max. Elevation: 6903m.
Style of Trek : T.house /Camping
Trek Grade : Medium-hard
Start : Taplejung Finish : Taplejung

Kanchanjunga was forbidden to the trekkers before the door to this region was opened in 1988. This mountain is situated on the border of Nepal and Sikkim in the state of India so, politically, it is not possible to take a circuit of this mountain. It is suggested to visit the North and South side of the mountain from the Nepal side and be equipped for a high crossing, which requires allowing enough time (i.e. 3 to 4 weeks). A special trekking permit is required to trek in this region.

TRAIL PROFILE: CA-015

Duration : 20 days

Max. Elevation: 6903m.

Style of Trek T.house /Camping

Trek Grade : Medium-hard

Start : Taplejung Finish : Taplejung

 

Kanchanjunga was forbidden to the trekkers before the door to this region was opened in 1988. This mountain is situated on the border of Nepal and Sikkim in the state of India so, politically, it is not possible to take a circuit of this mountain. It is suggested to visit the North and South side of the mountain from the Nepal side and be equipped for a high crossing, which requires allowing enough time (i.e. 3 to 4 weeks). A special trekking permit is required to trek in this region.

 

Itineraries

Day 01

Kathmandu to Tumlingtar

Fly to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu and rest for preparation of trekking.

Day 02

Tumlingtar to Mayam

The trek starts early in the morning towards Chainpur and stops at Chainpur for lunch. After lunch the trail descends towards Pokhari then starts to climb again up to Mayam for an overnight stop

Day 03

Mayam to Sangu

On this day the trek descends to Sangu, crossing a ridge at Nundhaki.

Day 04

Sangu to Tamor River

The trail follows the Majhuwa Khola River and, after crossing it, reaches Dovan near Tamor River. It then heads ahead before camps on the bank of the river.

Day 05

Tamor River to Chiruwa: (1240m)

The trek goes ahead, sometimes climbing steeply up and down again, towards the riverbank. Finally the trail enters into the valley and the overnight campsite will be near the Chiruwa village.

Day 06

Chiruwa to Shakathum: (1680m)

The trail continues and passes the village of Tapethok, then climbs up for a while before it descends to Simbuwa Khola. After crossing this river the trek climbs over a ridge to join the steep and narrow Ghunsa Khola valley. The overnight camping will be by the bank of the river at Shakathum.

Day 07

Shakathum to Amjilassa: (2430m)

The trek follows a steep and narrow trail up the river along the right bank of the Ghunsa Khola. The trail then becomes very steep while passing the villages of Zongling and Ghaiyabari. It is a difficult climb with several outer croppings. The path descends steeply and arrives at Amjilassa for overnight camping.

Day 08

Amjilassa to Kyapla village: (2630m)

The trek continues along a gentle path towards Ghunsa Khola. The winding trail descends to the riverbed, which it follows for a while before climbing up a trail to reach to Kyapra village for overnight camping.

Day 09

Kyapla village to Ghunsa village: (3798m)

The trail descends from Kyapra and makes an easy climb up the Right Bank of Ghunsa Khola before it enters into the valley and leaves the river to climb a small hill. After the village of Phere the trail enters the rhododendron forest and climbs a hill then descends to Ghunsa Khola, crossing it to reach Ghunsa village for overnight camping.

Day 10

Ghunsa village to Khambachen: (3960m)

The trail descends towards the riverbed entering a forested area. Jannu Glacier lies ahead. It then climbs a steep hill to a rocky area where it traverses along the mountainside and finally gets a view of the Jannu, also called “The Mystery Peak” or “The Terror”. It descends again to Khambachen for an overnight rest.

Day 11

Khambachen to Lhonak: (4785m)

The trek goes ahead to the edge of Kanchanjunga Glacier and crosses the lateral moraine, then comes to the junction of Lhonak Glacier and cuts across at this junction. Finally, it arrives at Lhonak for camping. The view of Morra Peak comes into sight from here.

Day 12

Lhonak to Pangpema: (4940m)

It is a day trip to Pangpema for fine views of the towering peaks of the Tent Peak; Cross Peak and Mt. Kanchanjunga, the rewarding sights of the trail. Then it returns to Khambachen.

Day 13

Pangpema to Khambachen

Take a morning hike up the ridge north of Pangpema. A climb of 200 to 300 meters provides a vantage point with views of Kanchanjunga, Wedge Peak, the Twins and Tent Peak. The descent goes faster so you can easily get back to Khambachen in a single day.

Day 14

Khambachen to Ghunsa

The high route to the south Kanchanjunga base camp via the Lapsang La begins here.

Day 15

Acclimatization day at Ghunsa

The trek is now getting into high country so you will need to spend some time here to allow your body to acclimatize to high altitude.

Day 16

Ghunsa to Amjilassa

Trekking

Day 17

Amjilassa to Chiruwa

By descending to Helok the trail heads for the south side of Kanchanjunga. Start climbing the stone stairs at Helok to the ridge. The trail goes up the Simbua Khola towards Tseram for an overnight camp.

Day 18

Tseram to Yamphudin

The trail descends through the rhododendron forest to Trenton at 9800 ft. then climbs again to cross Dubi Bhanjyang and descends to Yamphudin, the first village after Gunsa, inhabited by the mixed community of Sherpa, Limbu, Rai and Gurung.

Day 19

Yamphudin to Ponphe

On this day the trail descends to Kabell Khola then ascends to Mamanka village. The route then descends again to cross a bridge over a stream before a steep climb to reach high Ponphe village.

Day 20

Ponphe to Pha Khola

The trail climbs to the ridge then begins to descend through side valleys and passes Phun-Phun village to Keswa. It then continues to ascend to cross the Gurung settlement of Bhanjyang and traverses a ridge to descend to Khunjari, a Limbu village near Pha Khola, for an overnight rest.

Day 21

Pha Khola to Taplejung

The trail makes a steep climb through Shimu village to Thembewa and continues to climb to Lali Kharka. The trail then descends towards Taplejung Airport for an overnight rest.

Day 22

Fly back to Kathmandu:

Fly back to Kathmandu after finish the trek.

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