Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga Trek

Moderate to Hard
24 Days 23 Nights
  • Destination:
    Nepal
  • Region:
    Kanchenjunga
  • Type:
    Trek
  • Max. Altitude:
    5140m
  • Activity:
    Lodge Trek
  • Group size:
    2 - 8 people
  • Accomodation:
    Hotel, Lodge
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  • The second talent mountain in Nepal, Mt. Kanchenjunga lies at the elevation of 8586m above sea level. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is a remote trek which takes more than 2 weeks to accomplish. The trek provides opportunity to experience the local cultures of Rai, Limbu and Sherpa mostly along with rich and diverse landscape. The trek region is situated at the north eastern part of Nepal along the borders of China and India and lies in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Along with the diverse landscape, this area also boasts of wildlife including snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer and red pandas.

    Trip Highlights

    • Visit the base camp to Nepal’s second and World’s third highest peak.
    • Experience the cultures of diverse ethnicity including Tibetan, Rai, Limbu and Sherpa.
    • View of Kanchenjunga North from Pangpema Base Camp.

    What is included

    • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu as per program on Bed & Breakfast basis
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Local Lodge as per program on Full Board
    • Private transportation to Bhadrapur to Ilam and Taplejung to Bhadrapur
    • FLIGHT: KTM-Bhadrapur-KTM
    • National Park Fees & TIMS Permit Fee
    • 1 English Speaking Guide (from Kathmandu)
    • 1 porter for every 2 members
    • All staffs insurance & daily wages
    • All Airport transfers

    What is not included

    • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal Equipment & Insurance
    • Personal Expenses (Battery recharge on local lodge, laundry, telephone, etc)
    • Nepal Visa fee US $40 per person
    • Emergency Evacuation if required
    • Other personal Expenses
    • Tips for Staffs
  • Detailed Itinerary

    • Day 1

      Arrival in Kathmandu

      Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort
      Upon arrival in Kathmandu (1300m), you will be met by Thamserku representative and transferred to hotel.
      Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort
    • Day 2

      Fly to Bhadrapur- drive to Phidim

      Meals: BLD
      You will be transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Bharatpur. Once in Bharatpur, your vehicle will be waiting for you along with the crew to drive to Phidim.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 3

      Trek to Lalikharka (2265m)

      Meals: BLD
      After breakfast, you start our trek towards Lali Kharka through various ascent and descent and passing through lush green forests.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 4

      Trek to Kandebhanjyang (2190m) – 7 hrs trek

      Meals: BLD
      Today is mostly descent until you reach for couple of hours until Yangpang and continuing the steady climb upto Phumphe Danda. Passing through the various forests and small villages you arrive at Kande Bhanjyang where you stop for overnight.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 5

      Trek to Mamankhe (1785m) – 7 hrs trek

      Meals: BLD
      After breakfast, we head towards Khesewa and continue the trek towards Kabeli Khola. Passing through the forest and enjoying the views of magical mountain you pass through several small villages to reach Mamankhe where you spend your overnight.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 6

      Trek to Yamphudin (1692m) – 7 hrs trek

      Meals: BLD
      Today you will trek through uphill mostly going through the trails walking alongside the Kabeli Khola. Crossing a small suspension bridge we continue through small villages to reach Yamphudin.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 7

      Trek to Toronten (2980m) – 8 hrs trek

      Meals: BLD
      Passing through the trails used by the villagers for their daily commute and through village farms, you will arrive on a trail along Amji Khola where you stop for lunch. After lunch you continue your trek towards Toronten through Lassiya Bhanjyang and crossing through the Rhododendron forest.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 8

      Trek to Tseram (3868m) – 5 hrs trek

      Meals: BLD
      Today the trek is mostly uphill walking through the Simbuwa River. Passing through the beautiful Rhododendron forest and crossing the Anda Phedi you arrive at Tseram.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 9

      Acclimatisation day in Tseram

      Meals: BLD
      You can spend your day today just resting in your camp or take hikes to the nearby glacier.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 10

      Trek to Sele La (4290m) via Three passes (Sinelapcha, Mirgin la, Sinion la) – 9 hrs trek

      Meals: BLD
      Today you cross 3 passes to Sele La. Crossing the Sinelapcha Bhanjyang first you continue towards the Mirgin La pass. After Mirgin La is the Sinion La pass and continue trekking to Sele La following the steep trail.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 11

      Trek to Ghunsa (3415m) – 4 hrs trek

      Meals: BLD
      As the views get progressively better today, at around 3950m, a small clearing at Tamo La pass level. You continue your trek to Ghunsa through a moss covered forest giving a strange and intimate atmosphere.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 12

      Trek to Khambachen (4145m) – 8 hrs trek

      Meals: BLD
      Trekking further towards the north along the bank and the panoramic views of the Himalayas, you continue through rhododendron and pine forest. Crossing the bridge at Rampuk Kharka and passing the waterfalls we get to enjoy the amazing view of Mt. Jannu. Continuing the trail you arrive at Khambachen for an overnight stay.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 13

      Trek to Lhonak (4792m) – 8 hrs trek.

      Meals: BLD
      As you approach the frontal moraine of Kanchenjunga glacier today, your walk is relatively easier today keeping in mind the need to acclimatize as the elevation gets higher. Continuing the trail marked by stone cairns put by the Yak breeders, you come across big waterfalls and snow bridges to cross today. At Ramtang, a Tibetan high pasture camp, you rest before heading to the beautiful Lhonak at the side of the huge glacier. The weather get really cold from here on going down to -20 degrees during November.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 14

      Trek to Kanchenjunga base camp (5140m) – 6 hrs trek

      Meals: BLD
      Today you enter the sacred universe of the world’s third summit. You arrive during lunch at Pangpema also known as the Kanchenjunga base camp for Kanchenjunga expedition. As you approach the base camp, you will notice the gigantic north icewall with step glaciers. You can push yourself for an optional climb of a hill towering Pangpema which takes about one hour back and forth to enjoy the view of JinsinRi (7483m) that lies between Nepal, Sikkim and Tibet Border.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 15

      Trek to Kampachen (4145m) – 9 hrs trek

      Meals: BLD
      You trace your steps back towards Kampachen following the same route used to come up.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 16

      Trek to Phale (3215m) – 8 hrs trek

      Meals: BLD
      Today you trek down further to Phale crossing Ghunsa.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 17

      Trek to Amjilosa (2498m) – 8 hrs trek

      Meals: BLD
      You continue to trek further down to Amjilosa passing through small settlement at Solima as you pass through a suspension bridge. The trail continues to pass through beautiful villages.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 18

      Trek to Tapethok (1322m) – 7 hrs trek

      Meals: BLD
      As you continue your trek further towards the lower elevation, you will notice the warm weather.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 19

      Trek to Gadi Danda (1892m) – 9 hrs trek

      As the settlement gets thicker while descending, your will notice that the trails alongside the lush vegetation. Passing through several villages through Chirwa you continue descending and crossing the bridge over Sisne Khola, you arrive at Gadi Danda.
    • Day 20

      Trek to Taplejung (1820m) – 4 hrs trek

      Meals: BLD
      The last day of trekking through the forest similar to the pass at around 2600m, you will notice the Kanchenjunga snow covered summits towering above other peaks. The trees are now replaced by the pastures you continue your trek to Taplejung.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 21

      Drive Taplejung to Bharatpur – 11 hrs drive

      Meals: BLD
      Early morning after breakfast, you drive towards Bhadrapur for an 8 hour drive.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 22

      Fly back to Kathmandu

      Meals: B
      The flight back to Kathmandu takes about 50 minutes depending on the weather condition. Upon arrival you will be met by Thamserku representative at the domestic airport and transfer you to the hotel.
      Meals: B
    • Day 23

      Free day in Kathmandu

      Meals: BD
      You can enjoy your day after the long trek drinking beer or stroll around Thamel. In the evening you will be transferred to Le Sherpa Restaurant for Dinner.
      Meals: BD
    • Day 24

      Final departure

      As per your flight time you will be transferred to the airport.
  • Visa

    Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US $25 for 15 days, US $40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

    Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

    Vaccinations

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

    Eating & Drinking

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping (all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners).

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner in the tea-houses, allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

    Although meat is available in the tea houses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

    If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

    Drinking Water

    Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

    We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

    All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

    SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

    If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the tea houses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

    While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.

    Weather

    The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

    Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

    Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

    Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

    Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

    Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

    More Info

    This is a Tough+ trek. It is activity level 9 with 16 days walking and full porterage throughout. The maximum altitude is 6,189m (or 5,545m without Island Peak) and the average is 3,680m. There are some steep ascents and descents and some narrow trails. As this trek also ascends to very high altitudes participants should be confident of their physical fitness and must have previous experience of trekking at altitude and in snow.

    Although it is not compulsory to participate in the climb (the summit attempt is optional), anyone who does must have previous ice axe and crampon experience and know how to use a jumar and abseil device. There will be equipment checks and practice sessions for rope use, ice axe, crampon and harness use, abseiling and crevasse rescue. For safety reasons it is compulsory to participate in these sessions. If you do not take part the leader and climbing Sherpas will not allow you to take part in the climb.

    Though technically harder than Mera Peak, for those with the necessary experience this expedition is within the reach of those seeking their first Himalayan summit. The climb requires strong lungs and a great deal of will power - it is graded alpine PD+ and starts with some rocky scrambling to a glacier. We cross the glacier roped up (there is one ladder to cross), and then come to a 200m steep 40-45 degree headwall, which leads to a 20m summit ridge. We will rope up to cross the glacier and you will be walking with an ice axe, crampons and plastic boots. There are fixed ropes up the headwall (approximately 200m) and along the summit ridge. On the ascent you will need to use a jumar and on the descent you will need to use an abseil device.

    Please be aware that altitude can have a significant affect on your physical state. It is important that you take heed of the leader's advice and decisions at all times. The leaders are trained in first aid and are well aware of AMS symptoms and will keep a close eye on the group. We ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes.

    The climb itself is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights or vertigo and the main trail itself crosses three modern suspension bridges over rivers and valleys - all of these have mesh sides but some are quite long and high.

    Equipment Checklist

    Body Wear

    • Gore Tex Jacket
    • Gore Tex Pant
    • Hiking pant
    • Fleece trouser and jacket or warm jumper - Recommended not thick but warm enough that fits inside the Gore Tex pant
    • Anti-sweat T-shirtEarmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie

    Head Wear

    • Sun Hat/Normal cap
    • Fleece or woolen hat
    • Earmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Buff Scarf / thin face mask

    Hand wear

    • Fleece or woolen thin gloves
    • Expedition shell gloves
    • Gore Tex mitten gloves

    Other Equipments

    • Sleeping bag (comfort rated - 15ºC)
    • 30 Litre Rucksack with cover
    • Large size Duffel Bag with padlock
    • Headlamp with spare batteries
    • Water bottles 1 Litre X 2
    • Thermos
    • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

    Washing kit & Toiletries

    • Waterproof washing kit bag
    • Towel - medium size
    • Washing soap, towel, tooth pest, tooth brush etc.
    • Sun Lotion Enough +30SPF (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Hand wash & sanitizer
    • Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
    • Wet tissue

    Foot Wear

    • Trekking boots
    • Hollow Out Outdoor Slipper
    • Trekking socks (4-5 pair)
    • Snow Gaiter

    Optional Items

    • Trekking poles
    • Trainers or similar for use in the lodges
    • Shorts
    • Base layer leggings
    • Gaiter
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Pillowcase
    • Ear plugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring)
    • Travel clothes
    • Camera
    • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
    • Repair kit – (egg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Accommodation

    This tour spends three nights in a hotel in Kathmandu, two nights in Hotel in Pokhara and five nights on the trek in lodges (tea houses).

    In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we normally use a 3-star hotel, located within walking distance of the Thamel.

    On the trek, we will stay in teahouses for the most part. Some days there may be no tea house at lunchtimes – on these days we carry a packed lunch. The tea houses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains.

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  • Overview

    The second talent mountain in Nepal, Mt. Kanchenjunga lies at the elevation of 8586m above sea level. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is a remote trek which takes more than 2 weeks to accomplish. The trek provides opportunity to experience the local cultures of Rai, Limbu and Sherpa mostly along with rich and diverse landscape. The trek region is situated at the north eastern part of Nepal along the borders of China and India and lies in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Along with the diverse landscape, this area also boasts of wildlife including snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer and red pandas.

    Trip Highlights

    • Visit the base camp to Nepal’s second and World’s third highest peak.
    • Experience the cultures of diverse ethnicity including Tibetan, Rai, Limbu and Sherpa.
    • View of Kanchenjunga North from Pangpema Base Camp.

    What is included

    • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu as per program on Bed & Breakfast basis
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Local Lodge as per program on Full Board
    • Private transportation to Bhadrapur to Ilam and Taplejung to Bhadrapur
    • FLIGHT: KTM-Bhadrapur-KTM
    • National Park Fees & TIMS Permit Fee
    • 1 English Speaking Guide (from Kathmandu)
    • 1 porter for every 2 members
    • All staffs insurance & daily wages
    • All Airport transfers

    What is not included

    • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal Equipment & Insurance
    • Personal Expenses (Battery recharge on local lodge, laundry, telephone, etc)
    • Nepal Visa fee US $40 per person
    • Emergency Evacuation if required
    • Other personal Expenses
    • Tips for Staffs
  • Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

    Upon arrival in Kathmandu (1300m), you will be met by Thamserku representative and transferred to hotel.
    Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort

    Day 2 : Fly to Bhadrapur- drive to Phidim

    You will be transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Bharatpur. Once in Bharatpur, your vehicle will be waiting for you along with the crew to drive to Phidim.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 3 : Trek to Lalikharka (2265m)

    After breakfast, you start our trek towards Lali Kharka through various ascent and descent and passing through lush green forests.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 4 : Trek to Kandebhanjyang (2190m) – 7 hrs trek

    Today is mostly descent until you reach for couple of hours until Yangpang and continuing the steady climb upto Phumphe Danda. Passing through the various forests and small villages you arrive at Kande Bhanjyang where you stop for overnight.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 5 : Trek to Mamankhe (1785m) – 7 hrs trek

    After breakfast, we head towards Khesewa and continue the trek towards Kabeli Khola. Passing through the forest and enjoying the views of magical mountain you pass through several small villages to reach Mamankhe where you spend your overnight.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 6 : Trek to Yamphudin (1692m) – 7 hrs trek

    Today you will trek through uphill mostly going through the trails walking alongside the Kabeli Khola. Crossing a small suspension bridge we continue through small villages to reach Yamphudin.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 7 : Trek to Toronten (2980m) – 8 hrs trek

    Passing through the trails used by the villagers for their daily commute and through village farms, you will arrive on a trail along Amji Khola where you stop for lunch. After lunch you continue your trek towards Toronten through Lassiya Bhanjyang and crossing through the Rhododendron forest.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 8 : Trek to Tseram (3868m) – 5 hrs trek

    Today the trek is mostly uphill walking through the Simbuwa River. Passing through the beautiful Rhododendron forest and crossing the Anda Phedi you arrive at Tseram.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 9 : Acclimatisation day in Tseram

    You can spend your day today just resting in your camp or take hikes to the nearby glacier.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 10 : Trek to Sele La (4290m) via Three passes (Sinelapcha, Mirgin la, Sinion la) – 9 hrs trek

    Today you cross 3 passes to Sele La. Crossing the Sinelapcha Bhanjyang first you continue towards the Mirgin La pass. After Mirgin La is the Sinion La pass and continue trekking to Sele La following the steep trail.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 11 : Trek to Ghunsa (3415m) – 4 hrs trek

    As the views get progressively better today, at around 3950m, a small clearing at Tamo La pass level. You continue your trek to Ghunsa through a moss covered forest giving a strange and intimate atmosphere.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 12 : Trek to Khambachen (4145m) – 8 hrs trek

    Trekking further towards the north along the bank and the panoramic views of the Himalayas, you continue through rhododendron and pine forest. Crossing the bridge at Rampuk Kharka and passing the waterfalls we get to enjoy the amazing view of Mt. Jannu. Continuing the trail you arrive at Khambachen for an overnight stay.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 13 : Trek to Lhonak (4792m) – 8 hrs trek.

    As you approach the frontal moraine of Kanchenjunga glacier today, your walk is relatively easier today keeping in mind the need to acclimatize as the elevation gets higher. Continuing the trail marked by stone cairns put by the Yak breeders, you come across big waterfalls and snow bridges to cross today. At Ramtang, a Tibetan high pasture camp, you rest before heading to the beautiful Lhonak at the side of the huge glacier. The weather get really cold from here on going down to -20 degrees during November.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 14 : Trek to Kanchenjunga base camp (5140m) – 6 hrs trek

    Today you enter the sacred universe of the world’s third summit. You arrive during lunch at Pangpema also known as the Kanchenjunga base camp for Kanchenjunga expedition. As you approach the base camp, you will notice the gigantic north icewall with step glaciers. You can push yourself for an optional climb of a hill towering Pangpema which takes about one hour back and forth to enjoy the view of JinsinRi (7483m) that lies between Nepal, Sikkim and Tibet Border.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 15 : Trek to Kampachen (4145m) – 9 hrs trek

    You trace your steps back towards Kampachen following the same route used to come up.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 16 : Trek to Phale (3215m) – 8 hrs trek

    Today you trek down further to Phale crossing Ghunsa.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 17 : Trek to Amjilosa (2498m) – 8 hrs trek

    You continue to trek further down to Amjilosa passing through small settlement at Solima as you pass through a suspension bridge. The trail continues to pass through beautiful villages.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 18 : Trek to Tapethok (1322m) – 7 hrs trek

    As you continue your trek further towards the lower elevation, you will notice the warm weather.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 19 : Trek to Gadi Danda (1892m) – 9 hrs trek

    As the settlement gets thicker while descending, your will notice that the trails alongside the lush vegetation. Passing through several villages through Chirwa you continue descending and crossing the bridge over Sisne Khola, you arrive at Gadi Danda.

    Day 20 : Trek to Taplejung (1820m) – 4 hrs trek

    The last day of trekking through the forest similar to the pass at around 2600m, you will notice the Kanchenjunga snow covered summits towering above other peaks. The trees are now replaced by the pastures you continue your trek to Taplejung.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 21 : Drive Taplejung to Bharatpur – 11 hrs drive

    Early morning after breakfast, you drive towards Bhadrapur for an 8 hour drive.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 22 : Fly back to Kathmandu

    The flight back to Kathmandu takes about 50 minutes depending on the weather condition. Upon arrival you will be met by Thamserku representative at the domestic airport and transfer you to the hotel.
    Meals: B

    Day 23 : Free day in Kathmandu

    You can enjoy your day after the long trek drinking beer or stroll around Thamel. In the evening you will be transferred to Le Sherpa Restaurant for Dinner.
    Meals: BD

    Day 24 : Final departure

    As per your flight time you will be transferred to the airport.
  • Essential Info

    Visa

    Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US $25 for 15 days, US $40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

    Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

    Vaccinations

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

    Eating & Drinking

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping (all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners).

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner in the tea-houses, allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

    Although meat is available in the tea houses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

    If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

    Drinking Water

    Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

    We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

    All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

    SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

    If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the tea houses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

    While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.

    Weather

    The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

    Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

    Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

    Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

    Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

    Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

    More Info

    This is a Tough+ trek. It is activity level 9 with 16 days walking and full porterage throughout. The maximum altitude is 6,189m (or 5,545m without Island Peak) and the average is 3,680m. There are some steep ascents and descents and some narrow trails. As this trek also ascends to very high altitudes participants should be confident of their physical fitness and must have previous experience of trekking at altitude and in snow.

    Although it is not compulsory to participate in the climb (the summit attempt is optional), anyone who does must have previous ice axe and crampon experience and know how to use a jumar and abseil device. There will be equipment checks and practice sessions for rope use, ice axe, crampon and harness use, abseiling and crevasse rescue. For safety reasons it is compulsory to participate in these sessions. If you do not take part the leader and climbing Sherpas will not allow you to take part in the climb.

    Though technically harder than Mera Peak, for those with the necessary experience this expedition is within the reach of those seeking their first Himalayan summit. The climb requires strong lungs and a great deal of will power - it is graded alpine PD+ and starts with some rocky scrambling to a glacier. We cross the glacier roped up (there is one ladder to cross), and then come to a 200m steep 40-45 degree headwall, which leads to a 20m summit ridge. We will rope up to cross the glacier and you will be walking with an ice axe, crampons and plastic boots. There are fixed ropes up the headwall (approximately 200m) and along the summit ridge. On the ascent you will need to use a jumar and on the descent you will need to use an abseil device.

    Please be aware that altitude can have a significant affect on your physical state. It is important that you take heed of the leader's advice and decisions at all times. The leaders are trained in first aid and are well aware of AMS symptoms and will keep a close eye on the group. We ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes.

    The climb itself is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights or vertigo and the main trail itself crosses three modern suspension bridges over rivers and valleys - all of these have mesh sides but some are quite long and high.

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    Equipment Checklist

    Body Wear

    • Gore Tex Jacket
    • Gore Tex Pant
    • Hiking pant
    • Fleece trouser and jacket or warm jumper - Recommended not thick but warm enough that fits inside the Gore Tex pant
    • Anti-sweat T-shirtEarmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie

    Head Wear

    • Sun Hat/Normal cap
    • Fleece or woolen hat
    • Earmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Buff Scarf / thin face mask

    Hand wear

    • Fleece or woolen thin gloves
    • Expedition shell gloves
    • Gore Tex mitten gloves

    Other Equipments

    • Sleeping bag (comfort rated - 15ºC)
    • 30 Litre Rucksack with cover
    • Large size Duffel Bag with padlock
    • Headlamp with spare batteries
    • Water bottles 1 Litre X 2
    • Thermos
    • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

    Washing kit & Toiletries

    • Waterproof washing kit bag
    • Towel - medium size
    • Washing soap, towel, tooth pest, tooth brush etc.
    • Sun Lotion Enough +30SPF (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Hand wash & sanitizer
    • Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
    • Wet tissue

    Foot Wear

    • Trekking boots
    • Hollow Out Outdoor Slipper
    • Trekking socks (4-5 pair)
    • Snow Gaiter

    Optional Items

    • Trekking poles
    • Trainers or similar for use in the lodges
    • Shorts
    • Base layer leggings
    • Gaiter
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Pillowcase
    • Ear plugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring)
    • Travel clothes
    • Camera
    • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
    • Repair kit – (egg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    This tour spends three nights in a hotel in Kathmandu, two nights in Hotel in Pokhara and five nights on the trek in lodges (tea houses).

    In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we normally use a 3-star hotel, located within walking distance of the Thamel.

    On the trek, we will stay in teahouses for the most part. Some days there may be no tea house at lunchtimes – on these days we carry a packed lunch. The tea houses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains.


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