Kanchenjunga Trek – Oktang Circuit

25 Days

Kanchenjunga trekking is situated in the eastern frontier of the Taplejung District of Nepal. Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking known as mount Kanchenjunga 8586 m. height above sea level third highest mountain peak in the world. It is laid down between Nepal and Darjeeling Sikkim border. Tibetan call Kanchenjunga means ‘the five treasure houses of snow’, which gives you some idea of what to expect should you visit this area.
Trekking in Kanchenjunga base camp is attractive because it is less visited by tourists, the rhododendron forests are spectacular and the mountain scenery offers new vistas. Several glaciers and server high trekking pass originated from the Himalayas have no doubt added to the beauty of this region. The Kanchenjunga conservation area that surrounds it extends into protected areas in Sikkim and Tibet and comprises a beautiful, un-spoilt wilderness. This is a Snow Leopard territory, but the reclusive predator shares the unbounded forests with the Himalayan Black Bear and the Assamese Macaque, among others. Cascading waterfalls, lush vegetation, and thousands of species of plants await those who take the long trail to Kanchenjunga Base Camp, the main route which has been described as ‘untracked’.

Overview

The remoteness of the Kanchenjunga region, North face of Jannu, Kumbhakarna Glacier, The Nagphu rock dome, Views of Gimmigela, Wedge & Tent peaks, Buddhist Monasteries, Cardamom fields, Rhododendrons, Numerous waterfalls, Buddhist products of local handicrafts, Nomadic headers and Sherpa way of life.

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu—Bhadrapur & drive to Phidim
Day 3: Drive Phidim to Suketar
Day 4-5: Trek Suketar—Phurunbu—Chirwa
Day 6: Chirwa—Lelep
Day 7: Lelep—Amjilosa
Day 8: Amjilosa—Gyabla
Day 9: Gyabla—Ghunsa
Day 10: Ghunsa—Acclimatisation
Day 11: Ghunsa—Khangpachen
Day 12: Khangpachen—Acclimatisation
Day 13: Khangpachen—Lhonak
Day 14: Lhonak
Day 15: Lhonak—Kanchenjunga Base Camp(PangPema)—Lonak
Day 16: Lonak—Khangpachen—Ghunsa
Day 17: Ghunsa—Selele La
Day 18: Selele La Base—Cheram
Day 19: Cheram—Ramchaur
Day 20: Ramchaur—Oktang—Ramchaur
Day 21: Ramchaur—Cheram
Day 22: Tortong—Yamphudin
Day 23-26: Yamphudin—Phumpha Danda—Simbu—Suketar
Day 27: Suketar—Ilam
Day 28: Ilam—Bhadrapur—Kathmandu
Day 29: Kathmandu

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Kathmandu
Preparing for departure to the Kanchenjunga region.
45 min flight to Bhadrapur. 5-hour drive to beautiful town Phidim.
Drive from Phidim to Suketar and prepare for the trek.
Heading off from Suketar, we are able to see the first glimpse of the Kanchenjunga range. Trek starts descending along Tamor Khola Valley below a place famous for bee farming. We approach Chirwa along the pleasant view of waterfalls.
The main track remains on the river's south bank before reaching the National Park check post at Taplechowk(1380m). Taking the west bank on the left, winding through Cardamom fields into the dense bush to Lelep.
Passing dense bush to the valley narrowing to a deep George with waterfalls cascading down both sides of the valley and about an hour of dense bush we come to a bridge. 1-hour gaining altitude we reach Amjilosa.
Climbing for about 30 min with dense forests we descend towards Ghunsa Khola at Thyanyani(2405m). Climbing for 2 hours we reach the famous camping spot Gyabla.
Crossing broad valley bottom with views of river and hillsides for the first 1hr 30mins the track climbs for 200m(1hr). The Tibetan refuge village of Phale has a colorful Monastery to visit. We pass through the beautiful Larch forest before reaching Ghusna (3415m).
Rest day. You can either trek up to Yamtari Khola or visit the local Sherpa school.
45 min. steep climb and traverse on a narrow exposed track bring you finally to Khangpachen(4145m).
Rest day. We can either explore the valley directly behind Khangpachen or cross the river and climb the left side of the Khangpachen Glacier.
Climbing a moraine for 1 hour, a landslide, and across large boulders for 2hr 30min we reach Ramtang. The trail from Ramtang heads upwards to the far side of Moraine and Lhonark Khola to a seasonal bridge and a few stone shelters at Lhonak.
Day 14 :
Lhonak
Walking up to Lonak Glacier, take rest, wash clothes, etc.
Starting trek early to Kanchenjunga BC(5140m) to see the sunrise. After spending some time admiring the beauty and sense of peace and accomplishment before returning to Lonak.
We start heading back to Ramtang, Khangpachen, and ending the day in Ghunsa. Most of the way is downhill.
4-6 hour walking through Rhododendron forest, hydropower station we reach Selele La base.
8 to 9 hours descending from Selele La Pass viewing Mt. Jannu, Makalu, and Kumbhakarna Mountain towards Cheram(3869m).
4 hours climbing towards Ramchaur where the trail is close to Nepal-Sikkim (India) border and beside the glacier until reaching Ramche.
2-hour trek to Oktang and back to see amazing landscape, glaciers, and mountains.
Descending for 5 hours next to a glacier followed by the Tambu River.
6 to 7 hours trekking through lovely forest with songs of different species of birds.
Descending through jungles and several Limbu villages.
3 hours descending through green bushy tracks towards the base of the hill.
2 hours driving to Bhadrapur and catching a flight to Kathmandu.
Day 29 :
Kathmandu
Checking out of the hotel trip ends.

Includes

  • Experienced Nepali English-speaking Guide
  • Ascend to both Kanchenjunga and Yalung Base Camps
  • Trek along both the Kanchenjunga & Yalung Glaciers
  • Acclimatization days in Suketar, Ghunsa, Khungpachen, and Lhonak
  • Return flight Kathmandu—Bhadarpur—Kathmandu (value of USD 256$)
  • Airport Transfers & departure taxes connected with Bhadarpur flights
  • Two nights hotel in Kathmandu, four nights guesthouse/teahouse Phidim, Suketarand Ilam, and twenty-two nights in a teahouse on shared bases
  • Guides flight Kathmandu—Bhadrapur
  • Wages for guide and porters
  • Porter to carry your large pack—Trekking Adventures policy of one porter = one pack (which means less weight for the porters)
  • Special Kanchenjunga trekking permit and Tims certificate

Excludes

  • Entry Vista to Nepal
  • Drinks, tips, laundry, and other items of personal nature
  • Meals except where indicated in the itinerary
  • Personal gear
  • International airfares and Travel Insurance
  • Single supplement

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Kanchenjunga Trek – Oktang Circuit
From $ 2,000
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Trip Facts

  • Fly/Drive/Trek
  • Suitable for 2 or above
  • 5140 M.
  • March-April, October-November
  • Hotel/ Lodge/ Camping
  • 25 Days
  • Difficult / Moderate