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Kanchenjunga Trek


Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain at 8586m, in the far east of Nepal is on the border with Sikkim making a trek around the massif impossible. We have two itineraries to this restricted area, one to visit the north and south base camps (25 days trekking) and a shorter trek (19 days trekking) for those with less time available that crosses the Mirgin La to visit the south base camp area.

We fly to Taplejung, a flight that gives fine views over the Himalaya from Langtang to Everest and on to Kanchenjunga.  After meeting up with the trek crew we make our way through the almost tropical lowlands and forested hillsides and along the sometimes rough and narrow valley of the Tamur kosi with campsites at Thuma and Chirwa to Sakathum. At this point our trail joins the Ghunsa Khola valley and takes us via Amjilassa and Kyapra to our first acclimatisation/rest day at Ghunsa. This gives the opportunity to have a look at some of the side valleys or just to relax for the day.

It has taken six days to trek to Ghunsa and now we move high into the mountains, four more days takes us to Pang Pema the north base camp.  Two nights at Khambachen and Lhonak allows time to take in the magnificent views from Pang Pema (5140m) the highest point of our trek.

The trail is retraced down to Ghunsa from where we cross the Mirgin La to Tseram, this will take at least two days and in fact crosses five passes the highest at 4724m. From Tseram we trek up to Ramse having time to explore the Yalung Glacier and the south base camp area before returning to Tseram. The trail back to Suketar takes us over ridges, down valleys and alongside fast flowing rivers, through forests across large landslides and through villages, all the time with some fine views down the valleys and back to the high mountains, we camp at Omji Khola, Yamphuding, Anpang and Pakora before reaching the small airstrip we arrived at many days ago.

The shorter itinerary follows the same trail to Ghunsa then crosses the Mirgin La to Tseram and the Yalung Glacier to explore the south base camp. The return trek to Suketar follows the previous route.

The Kanchenjunga area is difficult to get into and we cannot guarantee that the dates given for internal flights can be followed. They are scheduled to the known flight days at the time of printing, however we advise extra time is allowed each end of the trek for international cornections

 

 

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