Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Trip Style: Trekking and Tour
Transport: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel + Tea House Lodge
Group Size: 2
Max Elevation: 5143 m
Among the most popular trekking trails in the eastern part of Nepal, Exciting Kanchenjunga trekking is one of the less crowded trekking in Nepal. Even though the trail was open for trekkers in 1988, the trail remains unexplored to date as only a few trekkers have stepped on this trail. The name Kanchenjunga means “the five treasures of high snow” in the Tibetan language which refers to the five peaks; Kanchenjunga main (8,586 m), Kanchenjunga west“ Yalung Kang” (8,505 m), Kanchenjunga central (8,482 m), Kanchenjunga South (8,494 m) and Kangbachen (7,903 m). Trekking in Kanchenjunga offers you a tremendous view of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse(8,516 m), Mt.Makalu(8,201 m), and Mt. Kanchenjunga itself. Standing at an elevation of 8586 m Kanchenjunga the third-highest mountain in the world was first climbed in 1995 by Joe Brown and George Band, who were part of a British expedition. Highly pleasing Kanchenjunga trekking provides you immense pleasure through magnificent scenarios decorated by terrace landscapes, remote mountain ranges, and pristine Rhododendron forests.
The Transboundary landscape of Kanchenjunga is shared by Bhutan, China, India, and Nepal. One of the main highlights of the adventurous and thrilling Kanchenjunga trek is walking through the beautiful villages of the Kanchenjunga conservation area (KCA, 1997). Covering an area of 2035 square kilometers is home to many globally significant flora and fauna and endangered species such as the red panda, the Himalayan black bear, musk deer, the elusive snow leopard, and many more. Due to its remoteness, some trekkers and locals believed that the abdominal snowman or “Yeti” is found in the Kanchenjunga region but the existence of the Yeti remains a mystery unsolved story that will surely excite any travelers and passersby. Besides, you will explore the beautiful vibrant village of the Kanchenjunga region, inhabited by different communities of Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, and Gurung. Discovering their richly diverse culture, traditions, and customs, the trail lets you interact with local people and gives you a chance to observe the lifestyle of rural Nepalese people.
26 Days Kanchenjunga trekking starts with your flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur then travel by road to Taplejung, it is roughly 9-10 hours of drive. As you trek above, you slowly gain altitude which might make you feel vomiting, nausea, pressure low, etc which is normal at high altitudes but proper acclimatization helps you to reduce Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Along with the stunning views of Mt. Jannu, Jongsong, Kabru, Tent Peak, and the twins, Kanchenjunga trekking leads you to the highest point of your trek, Pang Pema (5,140 m) from Northern Kanchenjunga Valley. Before reaching Pang Pema, you can see Yalung Base camp (4,850 m) from southern Kanchenjunga Valley. The Sele Le (4,290 m) connects both Kanchenjunga North Base Camp and South Base Camp. There are other remarkable places such as Lalikharka (2,220 m), Keswa (2,100 m), Mamanke (2,000 m), and many more in the Kanchenjunga region. You require a Special Restricted Area Entry Permit along with a Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit to explore the Kanchenjunga region. You will have limited options or choices regarding food or accommodation, although there are few tea houses available with basic facilities. Thus, Kanchenjunga trekking might be challenging but a good level of fitness, a few precautions, and a heart full of confidence will help you to complete this trek.
You are invited to join this exotic area trekking with one of the friendliest and most trusted travel companies in Nepal. There is no doubt that the Nepal Adventure Team provides you with a great opportunity to discover the eastern valleys of remote Nepal with an early booking for 2024 and 2025.
Passport and Visa
All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. Getting a visa must be the easiest one though. You just have to go to the Nepalese Embassy/consulate in your country or it can also be obtained upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport. To get a visa, you need to bring 2 pp size photos, visa fees, and a valid passport.
Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
- 15 Days – 30 USD
- 30 Days – 50 USD
- 90 Days – 125 USD
For more information, please contact the Department of Immigration.
Tel: 00977-1- 4429660 | 4438862 | 4438868 | 4433934
E-mail: [email protected].
Means of Transport
Transportation for Kanchenjunga Trekking is a private vehicle (Domestic Flight, Car, Jeep, or tourist bus) and Local bus and Jeep to Kathmandu and airport pick up and drop by car. Annapurna Circuit Trek transportation cost is already included unless otherwise noted.
Travel insurance is a must when you travel abroad. Therefore before you come to Nepal, please make sure you have your insurance documents with you since our insurance companies cannot insure foreign nationals. Because of the reason that they cover all the expenses if you face some unfortunate happenings and you have to be rescued or medically assisted during the trip or if your belongings are lost or stolen.
We have arranged for a single traveler to pay for a single trip only. He has to share the accommodation with other people of the same sex though while he can also join the other groups.
Foods and Accommodations
On the Kanchenjunga Trekking, all meals are provided during the trek while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. Generally, traditional Nepalese (daal, Bhat, curry, and pickle), Tibetan, Continental, Indian, and other cuisines are available in the local lodges/teahouses. There will also be a welcome and farewell dinner for guests in Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you'll be staying in the best quality standard hotel, on a twin-sharing basis. On trekking, accommodations are simple yet comfortable on-mountain lodges. Toilets and bathrooms need to be shared in some teahouses.
Note: A single room is always available but only on special requests and spending extra bucks.
Health and Fitness Required
No previous experience is required since it's a moderate trek. But being a healthy person physically and mentally is very important. It is better if we prepare ourselves a few days/weeks before the start of the trek by jogging and running regularly since will be walking a lot of ups and downs in the hills, ridges, villages, and mountains. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions should inform us beforehand.
First Aid Kit/High Altitude Sickness
Nepal Adventure Team strongly suggests that you have your first aid or medical kit. This trip takes you to some high altitudes though not much but the slow walks and regular stops between the walks will help you acclimatize to high altitude saving you from the high altitude sickness called AMS(acute mountain sickness). Gaining altitude without proper consideration of AMS is fatal.
Your Guide and Porter
Since mountain trekking takes you to remote places over high altitudes, the leader should have a piece of significant knowledge in the field so that he can wonderfully and safely lead you there clearing any obstacles on the way. We, Nepal Adventure Team can proudly say that our guides are highly qualified for the role. They are fully trained, experienced, and licensed. They have undergone a whole lot of training to make themselves useful in various situations and to make your journey a smooth and pleasant one.
Our porters are always fully equipped with the gears they need and as per the company policy, they are always insured and completely looked after. They are our backbone. We allow a maximum weight of 25 kg to be carried by one porter. We make sure that they are well-paid and well-treated.
Best Time to Travel
The best time for trekking to the Kanchenjunga Trekking is Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) because the weather is warm and moderate while the view and visibility are the best. The winter is also somehow fine but the monsoon is the less frequented time because of the occasional heavy rain and when the roads might be troublesome.
Equipment and Packing Lists
After booking with the Nepal Adventure Team, please pack the necessary items as listed:
- Travel documents: passport, visa (if you have one), travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, passport photo (x 2)
- Bank cards or credit cards, travelers' cheques, etc
- Comfortable boots and runners/sports shoes.
- 6-8 pairs of socks woolen/cotton.
- Fleece jacket, Down / Duvet Jacket, and Rain / windproof jacket.
- Gloves- 2 pairs.
- T-shirts 4-6 pcs, shirts(woolen/cotton).
- A cap for the day and a woolen hat or Balaclava for evening/morning wear.
- Short and tracksuits.
- Sleeping bag (4 seasons) with inner liner.
- Large and small towels.
- Water bottle.
- Sun /snow glass.
- Ski/walking poles(optional but useful).
- First Aid/medical kit.
- Duffel Bags(carried by porters or animals).
- Torch / Flashlights with spare batteries.
- Pen knife/ Swiss knife.
- Scarf/mask (for dust and wind).
- Personal hygiene stuff.
- Any other extras you feel are necessary like binoculars, cameras, books, journals, and more.
Trekking has been long established in Nepal, so the itineraries are modified and moderated in such a way that you can take it easy and slow. DO NOT RUSH AND ENJOY. There is plenty of time and the guide will keep track of you all the time. It might be a bit harder or a bit colder but you will get used to it.
Every traveler is different and they spend their way. Some spend on food and drinks while others on souvenirs. Either way, consider your spending habits and also tipping, emergency fund ($200), etc before you pack up and leave.
Trip Specific Safety
Your guide is always there for your safety concerns and looking after your valuables. But you have to be equally careful. Carry some sort of wallet or belt for your important documents and money. The hotels have a safety deposit box where the lock is recommended before passing the luggage.
A Couple of Rules
Possession or use of any illegal drugs is intolerable. It is because of the law that respects the local people and their culture. The group will be expelled in such a case.
Nepal Adventure Team strongly believes that we all are equally responsible for acting in favor of the local people and the surrounding environment. Our clients too have an important role to
- Respect the local laws, customs, and beliefs
- Always ask for permission before doing something local or consult the leader
- Keep the area the same as you found it, wherever you go, and dispose of rubbish
- Support local skills to encourage positive sides of tourism.
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