Kanchenjunga Trek With Purpose in April is our second trekking scheduled for 2015 in Nepal. The main aim of trek in March and April is to help school raise funds for daily operation during off-season time of June, July and August. Still there are two more treks to go one on October and another on November. If this time is not feasible for you there are two more options. Browse our Kanchenjunga Trek With Purpose November and Kanchenjunga Trek With Purpose October. Itinerary is planned to explore both Kanchenjunga North and Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, i.e. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. Almost a month long trek start from Taplejung and end on Thorpu. First we will explore wild northern hemisphere of Kanchenjunga and traverse to southern part via Sele Le Pass. On initial we are providing cost of twin sharing basis with two trekkers on a group where as after increase in number of trekkers we will recalculate the cost and keep updating about entire details of Kanchenjunga Trek With Purpose April. Before we move toward details itinerary of our fund raising trek here are some useful section within our blog that are about Frequently Asked Question, Online Kanchenjunga Trek Map that will help you for general idea about Kanchenjunga Region. Kanchenjunga Trek Packing List, Brief idea about Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Travel Insurance are worth to read.

Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel in Thamel

According to rule of Nepal Government, foreigner can stay up to 90 days as a tourist in one visa year. Except some South African country most of people can easily get arrival visa on immigration desk at international airport. For Kanchenjunga Trek With a Purpose one-month visa is good enough as our itinerary is for 27 days and still we have three days extra apart from our trekking. It is recommended to get arrival visa cause it will be easier as either way you need to stay on long queue to get arrival stamp even if you obtain visa from your country. As per arrival representative from organizer will greet you, just look for name on list for confirmation. After it you will be transferred to hotel as per booked. It is free afternoon or entire days that depend on your arrival. 

Day 02 – Guided city tour throughout UNESCO heritage site, welcome dinner & pre trek meeting

Almost one complete half working day is needed for issuing permits of Kanchenjunga. We can’t leave Kathmandu on our second because of permits. Kathmandu Valley is home for five different UNESCO’s world heritage sites that can be explored in one day. After breakfast all group member will gathered on pre-defined place – then tour guide will lead the trip. It is a day trip with suitable size vehicle depending on group size. Our staff will be busy issuing permits as a background process. Our all trekker will already arrived on not late than last night. This is perfect time for welcome dinner and introduction section. We will through a welcome party where your trek leader and guide will also join. All necessary pre trek briefing will be given and overnight in same hotel. 

Day 03 – Flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and drive to Phidim

As per flight schedule, most of the time morning first flight through Buddha Air we will fly to Biratnagar. It is a long domestic flight of around forty-five minutes that offer aerial view of eastern himalayan region. Biratnagar is a tropical region with hot climate and nothing more to explore. Biratnagar shares a border with India and Indian Culture and influences dominate region. We will drive all the way to countryside leaving tropical climate of Biratnagar. Trail passes through countryside’s terraced field with slow gain in elevation. We will stay overnight on Phidim before heading to Suketar, i.e. trek starting point. 

Day 04 – Drive from Phidim to Taplejung and Short Hike to Suketar

It is another long drive from Biratnagar to Taplejung and short hike to Suketar. There is facility of short flight from Biratnagar to Suketar but this is not sure flight as it might be delayed at any time with any weather condition or other region. So without taking a risk we always plan to drive from Phidim to Taplejung. It is a long drive and we need to start early in the morning not late than 6:00 o’clock and reach Taplejung at around 3:00 o’clock in afternoon. Without any delay we will head toward Suketar. Our local crew will assist us from Taplejung. Suketar is beautiful settlement just next to small airstrip. Teahouses are neat and tidy though small. This is perfect start point of Kanchenjunga Trek.  

Day 05 – Trek from Suketar to Mitlung, first official walking day

This is first day of real trek, as trail passes through narrow terrain, lush green vegetation and terraced field. It is easy downhill trek toward Mitlung. Lunch will be on appropriate place. We descend down to Tamor River and further descend to Mitlung. Being lower elevation area it is lush green with plenty of forest and vegetation. This is pretty easy start of strenuous Kanchenjunga Trek.  

Day 06 – Trek from Miltung to Chiruwa

Slight different that previous days trail passes through several settlement of local ethnics group. Trail turns to be minor up and down during certain portion. We will cross several suspension bridges on the way. Chirwa itself it small settlement with few teashops where mostly Limbu and Rai people had settle down. Eastern Nepal is renowned for bravery of Limbu, Rai and Kirat. People here are very honest, cheerful and hospitable. 

Day 07 – Trek from Chirwa to Sekathum, start of uphill trail

It is slight uphill trail in compare to our previous days trip, as we are now heading slightly toward higher elevation. We will pass through some large meadow and boulders on the trail. Sekathum is almost at elevation of 1600 m from sea level. We had entire day to trek from Chirwa to Sekathum, so we will maintain slow and steady hiking pace to Sekathum without any hurry. Lunch will be on appropriate place in middle of trail. 

Day 08 – Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa that is little bit difficult with steep gorge

Trail from Sekathum to Amjilosa is considered to be little difficult especially in compare to previous days trip. We will passes through some dense forest, terrace field and encounter some steep gorge and waterfall section. Out of entire trail there are certain steep up and down portion with slippery nature. Follow the instruction of guide and it is wise as well as easy to take help of walking pole. 

Day 09 – Amjilosa to Gyabla, Tibetan Refugee Settlement Camp

Now trail lead deep inside northern hemisphere of Kanchenjunga. Gyabla is famous for Tibetan Refugee settlement and their local hand made Tibetan Souvenir. One can buy handicraft like hand made mattress, beads and stone. Trail is full of dense bamboo forest where we might spot some rare red panda. Apart from the bamboo rhododendron tree also can be found throughout the trail and during March April it is reddish everywhere on trail. 

Day 10 – Gyabla to Ghunsa; Easy and marked trail with wide terrain

There is another prime Tibetan Refugee settlement on Phale apart from Gyabla on the way to Ghunsa. Today’s trail is easy and passes through wide terrain while approaching Ghunsa. No doubt this is the most developed settlement on entire Kanchenjunga North Trip. Accommodation and foods are great on Ghunsa. Almost all people allocate rest day in Ghunsa for acclimatization.  

Day 11 – Acclimatization day, follow preventive rules of acute mountain sickness

Main aim of acclimatization day is to hike around near by surrounding ridgelines to gain elevation and descend to lower place for overnight. This is rule to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness. We will spend kind of lazy afternoon on Ghunsa where as during mid day we will hike to Lapsang La and Monastery. Idea of laundry is also great way to utilize rest day at it full. 

Day 12 – Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen passing through landslide prone section

Trail onward from Ghunsa to Kambachen is wild in term of stability. Trail passes through dense jungle and landslide prone area on certain section. It is always recommend having an enough rest before traversing from landslide prone zone so that one can utilize his or her reenergized stamina to traverse prone area at their best steady pace. There are several cascading waterfall on trail along with view of Mt. Jannu. We will have another rest day on Kambachen so here is also idea of Laundry is ok. 

Day 13 – Another acclimatization day in Kambachen

Rest day on Kambachen is to make sure all team members are ok with elevation and other factors. We are now on condition of wait and see observing feeling of crew regarding high altitude sickness. There are no such easy walking ridges on Kambachen so we will simply explore Nupchu River Valley on afternoon to keep ourselves active. If everything goes well we will hike to Lhonak next day or take some appropriate decision depending on circumstances. 

Day 14 – Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak via Ramtang Monastery

This is long days from Kambachen to Lhonak that passes mostly through rocky trail and stone boulders. Similar to trail from Ghunsa to Kambachen there are also some landslide prone section in between Kambachen and Lhonak. On the trail we will pass through Ramtang Monastery and Ramtang Valley. Before arriving Lhonak we will make short descend toward riverbank and hike up while approaching stone huts settlement of Lhonak. 

Day 15 – Trek to Pangpema, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp

Final end of northern hemisphere of Kanchenjunga, i.e. Kanchenjunga North Base Camp that people also called Pangpema is local language is just couple of hours walk away from Lhonak. Trail in certain portion might turn out tricky with loose rock and are prone to landslide. After lunch on Pangpema we will hike up toward glacier ridge of Kanchenjunga North with huge face of Kanchenjunga and different view of Mount Jannu. We will retrace back to Pangpema for overnight. 

Day 16 – Trek down to Kambachen skipping overnight in Lhonak

We will retrace back long way from Pangpema to Kambachen in one single day passing through Lhonak. Trail might have been changed in this short time frame because of landslide. It is a long but easygoing downhill trail to Kambachen with pleasant view of Kanchenjunga Range on back. One might feel different night on Kambachen than previous stay as we are already acclimatized with higher elevation on Kanchenjunga North. 

Day 17 – One more night in Ghunsa, Trek from Kambachen to Ghunsa

Back to civilization, Ghunsa from Kambachen that will be short day and ensure relaxing afternoon. From tomorrow trail will divert left toward Sele Le Pass for Kanchenjunga South. We can share our experience of Kanchenjunga North with fellow trekkers who are on the way up as well as can receive suggestion and idea from trekkers from Kanchenjunga South – Sele Le Pass and Ghunsa. 

Day 18 – Trek from Ghunsa to Sele Le, Toward Kanchenjunga South

Just beneath the Sele Le Pass there is wide area and two small stone huts for overnight. People often claimed spotting snow leopard on this section so walking far from campsite on evening is not recommended. It will be hard day tomorrow with steep uphill toward Sele Le Pass. As we need to start pretty early in morning it is recommended to go off for bed as early as possible. 

Day 19 – Trek from Sele Le to Cheram via Sele Le Pass, view of Mt. Makalu 5th Highest Mountain

This is hard work to push us to the top of Sele Le Pass however there are no other alternatives to traverse to southern part of Kanchenjunga without traversing Sele Le Pass. View is pleasant with towering ridge of Mount Makalu on northern horizon. Once we reach the top of Sele Le Pass it is steep downhill toward Cheram from where Kanchenjunga South Base Camp is just one day round trip. 

Day 20 – Cheram to Ramche and back to Cheram, Ramche is Kanchenjunga South Base Camp

We will start early in the morning from Cheram and manage to reach Ramche on Time. Depending on time we can hike up toward Oktang Monastery. There is one small stone hut that serves as teahouse during season time for hikers on southern part. After lunch we will descend down to Cheram from Ramche. 

Day 21 – Trek down from Cheram to Tortong

We will catch left side trail from main trail that lead to Sele Le Pass and descend all the way to Tortong. Trail passes through dense forest on riverbank of Simbuwa toward Tortong. We will cross Simbuwa River several time on the way but never trek far from riverbank. 

Day 22 – Trek to Yamphuding, largest settlement of Kanchenjunga South

Similar to Ghunsa – The biggest settlement of Northern Part of Kanchenjunga our overnight destination Yamphuding is also biggest settlement of Southern Part of Kanchenjunga. This is quite more developed with Kanchenjunga National Park, Primary School and Post Office. As we are going to Birtamod trail is entirely downhill from Tortong to Yamphuding. 

Day 23 – Trek from Yamphuding to Yangpang

Apart from Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek there is another famous trekking destination named Limbu Cultural Trail that passes through village of Mamangkhe. We will stop on village of Mamangkhe for lunch and explore Limbu Museum and Cultural Center. After break we will again follow descending trail further toward Yangpang. We will now pass through several village and forest of cardamom. 

Day 24 – Divert from trail to Taplejung, head to Thorpu on final walking day

Now to save our time and energy instead of trekking back to Taplejung we will hike further west border of Nepal at Birtamod. This is last walking day of our trek as tomorrow we will drive from Thorpu to Birtamod and next day fly back to Kathmandu. Trail passes through terraced fields cultivated with rice. Homestay is best way to see the hospitability of people in Taplejung. 

Day 25 – Drive from Thorpu to Birtamod, near Jhapa another tropical region

It is all downhill countryside roads to Birtamod from Thorpu. We will drive down passing through terraced cultivation. Birtamod is hot and tropical as well as humid. Although airport is located on Bhadrapur we will stop on Birtamod, as it is not a long distance drive toward Bhadrapur Airport. Birtamod had some good hotels offering cozy accommodation and food. 

Day 26 – Fly back from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu and relocate back on hotel

Short drive will shift us to departure terminal from where we will fly back to Kathmandu as per our flight schedule. It is longer flight form Bhadrapur to Kathmandu in compare to the one from Biratnagar. Upon reaching on Kathmandu we will be relocate back to our respective hotel and free afternoon for getting change and relax. Farewell dinner will be attended on the evening and post trek briefing. 

Day 27 – International travel departure as per your schedule

As per your international travel schedule we will manage ground transport for airport drop. If you are staying couple days more manage your visa and onward activities will be on your own. We will simply hand your transport for departure. 

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