Kangchenjunga

A trekking holiday to Kangchenjunga North and South Base Camps

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Visit both Kangchenjunga basecamps in Nepal: Ramze and Pang Pema
  • Trekking in a remote wilderness area of the Nepal Himalaya
  • Spectacular views of Makalu, Chamlang, Everest and Kangchenjunga
  • Across the Mirgin La from the Simbu Khola to the Ghunsa Khola

A challenging trekking holiday in the remote Kangchenjunga region of the Nepal Himalaya. Traversing the remote and rarely-visited north-eastern corner of Nepal, our trekking route to Kangchenjunga leads through picturesque farmland and rugged valleys to the basecamp for the south side of the Kangchenjunga massif at Ramze. Walking to the north side of Kangchenjunga by way of the Mirgin La (4663m), we are greeted with magical views of the Himalaya including Makalu, Chamlang, Everest and Kangchenjunga. Trekking beyond the attractive Tibetan settlement of Ghunsa, with its sturdy wooden houses, numerous prayer flags and smiling villagers, we skirt the incredible northern flanks of Jannu on the approach to the Nepal side Kangchenjunga basecamp at Pang Pema (5100m). Here at last, the formidable north face of Kangchenjunga is revealed. Our trekking efforts are rewarded with magnificent close up views of Kangchenjunga towering above the glacier opposite our camp in icy blue splendour. Varied and sustained, this popular trek is rated amongst the most beautiful walks in the world.

Access via Bhadrapur: Flights to the small hillside STOL airstrip of Taplejung have become increasingly unreliable in recent years with only one plane now servicing this route. For this reason we have chosen to fly to Bhadrapur airport  in Eastern Nepal which has a regular service from Kathmandu using larger aircraft, and to drive from here to the start of the trek.

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Is this holiday for you?

Much of this classic trekking holiday involves only moderate walking, well within the capabilities of any reasonably fit person. The trek has been given its high grade on account of its overall length, the remoteness of the area and because there are a number of tough days at altitude. Despite the fact that the area is less frequented by trekkers than the more famous routes, the paths are good throughout the trek, apart from sections of the route whilst crossing the Mirgin La and above Pang Pema.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu airport are provided.
  • A free day to explore Kathmandu. Guided sightseeing tour of the city.
  • Fly to Bhadrapur in south-east Nepal. Drive across the Terrai to Phidim.
  • Drive to Taplejung. Meet the crew and trek to Lali Kharka (2315m).
  • Trek through villages to Kande Banjyang. Camp on a ridge at 2170m.
  • Trek to Phonphe Dhanda (1890m) through terraced fields and villages.
  • Cross the Khesewa Khola river and contour the hillside to Yamphudin (1700m).
  • Traverse the Deorali Dhanda ridge to Darachak and Omje Khola (2365m).
  • Trek through jungle to Simbua Khola and onto to Torontan (3010m).
  • Glimpses of the Yalung Glacier as we trek onwards to Tseram (3910m).
  • Optional day walk to Kangchenjunga South Basecamp at Ramze (4580m). Return to camp at Tseram.
  • Cross the three passes (Sinelapcha, Mirgin and Sinion La) to Selele (4200m).
  • A short trek to Ghunsa (3425m). Visit the Ghunsa Gompa.
  • Vital contingency day for possible delays.
  • Trek to Kambachen (4110m). Stunning views of Jannu.
  • Trek via Ramtang to Lhonak (4800m).
  • Trek to Pang Pema (5190m), Kangchenjunga North Basecamp.
  • Descend to Kambachen (4096m).
  • Trek back to Ghunsa. Optional visit to Jannu Basecamp.
  • Following the Ghunsa and Tamur Khola rivers we descend through the forest to Thyangyam (2405m).
  • Descend through steep-sided valleys to Sekathum (1650m).
  • Trek to a riverside camp at Chirwa (1240m). The heat and humidity increasing as we descend.
  • Trek out to Phurumba (1700m) crossing several river valleys.
  • Trek to Taplejung where we meet the vehicles for the drive to Ilam.
  • Drive to Bhadrapur and take the flight to Kathmandu. Celebrate the end of the trek.
  • Departure day. Kathmandu Airport transfers are provided.
2016
Tue 27 Sep - Sat 22 Oct Code KAN /02/16/ Adult$4,020 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is KAN /02/16/
  • This tour begins on Tue 27 Sep and departs on Sat 22 Oct
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $220 - Group hotel nights in Kathmandu and in Phidim / Ilam where available (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $215
Tue 18 Oct - Sat 12 Nov Code KAN /03/16/ Adult$4,020 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is KAN /03/16/
  • This tour begins on Tue 18 Oct and departs on Sat 12 Nov
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $220 - Group hotel nights in Kathmandu and in Phidim / Ilam where available (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $215
Tue 01 Nov - Sat 26 Nov Code KAN /04/16/ Adult$4,020 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is KAN /04/16/
  • This tour begins on Tue 01 Nov and departs on Sat 26 Nov
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $220 - Group hotel nights in Kathmandu and in Phidim / Ilam where available (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $215
2017
Tue 25 Apr - Sat 20 May Code KAN /01/17/ Adult$4,180 Status Available Book now
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  • Kangchenjunga
  • The departure reference for this tour is KAN /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Tue 25 Apr and departs on Sat 20 May
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $235 - Group hotel nights in Kathmandu and in Phidim / Ilam where available (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $215
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu airport are provided.

    Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. The hotel is close to the central Thamel District which contains the majority of tourist amenities - shops restaurants, internet cafes etc. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal. The trek leader will brief the group on what to expect in the days ahead.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals d

  • A free day to explore Kathmandu. Guided sightseeing tour of the city.

    A free day to explore this fascinating city while our permits for the Kanchenjunga area are processed. In the morning there is an optional complimentary guided sightseeing tour of the city’s main attractions. Alternatively, you may prefer to do your own thing, especially if you have visited Kathmandu before. One of the attractions of any visit to Nepal is the chance to walk the streets of Kathmandu, which presents a fascinating mosaic of shops, cafes and restaurants, food markets and street vendors, as well as a bewildering array of colourful temples and shrines. We spend a second night at the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Fly to Bhadrapur in south-east Nepal. Drive across the Terrai to Phidim.

    We return to the airport and take an internal flight across the country to the south eastern corner of Nepal close to the border with Darjeeling. If you thought Kathmandu was hot, Bhadrapur located in the Nepal Terai which is part of the Indian Gangetic plain, will feel tropical. We are met at the airport and board our vehicles for a two day journey into the mountains. We drive for approximately 5 - 6 hours through a fascinating landscape of rural fields and small towns which quicklly becomes more hilly as we head north. The temperature becomes a little cooler as we climb into the foothills and arriving at the town of Phidim, we check a hotel and enjoy a cold drink.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Taplejung. Meet the crew and trek to Lali Kharka (2315m).

    The scale of the land is magnificent as we continue to make our way along the river valleys of the Himalayan foothills where field terracing extends to seemingly impossible heights. At every twist and turn there are new sights and glimpses of snowy white giants, promises of what lies in the days ahead. Arriving at the end of the road at the small town of Taplejung we meet our trek crew and take lunch while the porters' loads are sorted. After lunch we have a short walk to our first night's halt at Lali Kharka (kharka means grazing place) at 2315 metres. There is a good view of Kangchenjunga from camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 420m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 560m

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Trek through villages to Kande Banjyang. Camp on a ridge at 2170m.

    Today, contour around and descend to Tambawa, with views of the remainder of the day's walk ahead of us. We continue the descent, passing through the village of Pakora to a great swimming spot on the Phawa Khola. Crossing the river on a suspension bridge, we begin the steep climb up towards Kunjuri and after a long pull reach the crest of the ridge which is known as Kande Banjyang. We make camp on top of the ridge. This is a great spot and we gain our first views of Kangchenjunga from here. We can clearly make out the south and main summits along with Yalung Kang. Altitude at camp - 2170m.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 880m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1010m

    • Time 8 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Phonphe Dhanda (1890m) through terraced fields and villages.

    The day begins with a 20 minute descent to the village of Khesewa. From here the path traverses the steep mountainside, negotiating terraced field systems high above the Kabeli Khola. Some ups and downs as we cross several side valleys. Amazing scenery including views of Ratong and Kabru and a first peek at the awesome south face of Jannu. There are many shady spots to rest on the way and we will take lunch at one of these. The day ends with a final climb to our camp on field terraces at the small hamlet of Phonphe Dhanda (1890m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 425m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 690m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Cross the Khesewa Khola river and contour the hillside to Yamphudin (1700m).

    We descend steeply to the Khesewa Khola and cross the river on another suspension bridge. We climb again through terraced fields to the village of Mamankhe. From here the walk to Yamphudin is along a trail which contours the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. The path has several ups and downs as we cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides before finally descending to the river and our camp at Yamphudin. Here we can bathe in one of the many clear pools in this beautiful river. This is a truly idyllic spot and at an elevation of 1700 metres and is also the most remote settlement in the area and the last habitation we will see until we reach Ghunsa. Ahead is the ridge of the Deorali Danda, which we must cross next.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 750m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 890m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Traverse the Deorali Dhanda ridge to Darachak and Omje Khola (2365m).

    Crossing a steep spur, we have fine views of the valley beyond Yamphudin to the south and of the Omje Khola Valley and Deorali Danda (ridge) to the north. Dropping down to a small stream, we cross a stream and take a zig-zagging trail through pleasant farmland to Darachuk, then keep climbing through meadows to the low pass at Dubi Bhanjyang (2540m). We then descend through tree ferns and forest to reach the Omje Khola. We follow the stream for a short distance and cross it to a campsite (2365m) a little further upstream. A short day, with the afternoon free to rest or to do some independent exploration.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 910m

    • Distance 6km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 235m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • Trek through jungle to Simbua Khola and onto to Torontan (3010m).

    Straight out of camp, we begin 3 hours of steep ascent to the crest of the Deorali Danda, in dense jungle all the way except for a couple of kharkas (clearings) en route. We reach a pass at 3230 metres, from the top of which there are good views of Jannu which is definitely closer now! Descending from the pass we have to cross a landslip area and if this is in unstable condition (after heavy rain) we may have to make a short but steep climb to detour over the top. Beyond the landslide area we enter the forest again and find a spot for lunch. A steep descent follows, down into the valley of the Simbua Khola. Across another 'interesting' wooden bridge and we are soon at our camp-site at Torontan. Amongst the towering firs of what is now a mainly coniferous alpine forest. Altitude at Torontan – 3010m.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1240m

    • Distance 9km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 650m

    • Time 7 hrs trekking

  • Glimpses of the Yalung Glacier as we trek onwards to Tseram (3910m).

    Following the true right bank of the river, this is a blissful day's walk through pine and rhododendron forests. The valley floor climbs fairly steeply and as the day progresses the trees become more stunted and widespread, giving us glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead and of the massive snout of the Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram, the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong start to peep over the moraine. It will still be warm in the sunshine but when the sun drops the temperature plummets to remind us that we are really gaining height. Altitude at Tseram - 3910m.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 990m

    • Distance 9km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 90m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Optional day walk to Kangchenjunga South Basecamp at Ramze (4580m). Return to camp at Tseram.

    Today we have the option to visit the southern base camp for Kanchenjunga. The scenery is magnificent as we ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier into a series of ablation valleys which give relatively easy walking (the term 'easy' here applies to the underfoot conditions and not the effort required to trek at this altitude!). A frozen lake, clear streams and views of Koktang, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of the walk up to Ramze - a broad, flat ablation zone at 4580 metres. If we are lucky, we may see blue sheep grazing on the slopes above. After soaking up the situation of standing beside a Himalayan glacier with soaring peaks all around, we make the return journey to our camp at Tseram. The round trip should take around 7 - 8 hours and a little more if we decide to go further along the ablation valley. Anyone who wants to can opt to take this day as a rest day.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 830m

    • Distance 18km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 830m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Cross the three passes (Sinelapcha, Mirgin and Sinion La) to Selele (4200m).

    This will be one of the longest days of the trip as we cross a series of passes on Kanchenjunga's long SW ridge to access its northern side. The day begins with a steady climb of 2 - 3 hours to Chhuchung Pokhari, two small lakes with a superb retropect of the valley. From here we have about 1 hour of steep climbing to the first pass, the Sinelapcha La (4730m) where we cross the main watershed between the valleys of the Simbuwa and Ghunsa Kholas. The trail then undulates for at least 1 hour to the second, slightly lower pass, the Mirgin La (4690m) and again undulates with a short steep climb to the third pass, the Sinion La (4670m). There are superb views throughout this day and it is one of the highlights of the trek. From the final pass we make a descent of around 2 hours to our camping place at Selele. We will take packed lunches today and the cook team will have some warming noodle soup waiting for us in camp. There are also a couple of small tea shops here. Altitude in camp is around 4200 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1050m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 700m

    • Time 8 - 9 hrs trekking

  • A short trek to Ghunsa (3425m). Visit the Ghunsa Gompa.

    A cold morning as it takes until around 8 am for the sun to clear the steep hillsides to the east. There are two more ‘passes’ to cross today, but there is little in the way of climbing. We begin by contouring the hillside for 2 hours enjoying fantastic views. The first pass reached is the Sele La and the next is the Tamo. We then descend for another hour and a half through rhododendron forest into Ghunsa (3425m). We can see Lapsang La Peak on the descent and the route down from the Lapsang La. The day is relatively short and we may opt to go all the way to camp for lunch. After lunch we will have the opportunity to visit the Ghunsa Gompa which is beautiful inside and well worth the effort. There are a few shops in the town and this is the place to buy a Tibetan rug, as there is a Tibetan Refugee Camp nearby. Ghunsa is also the best place to taste tungba, the traditional Tibetan wine made from millet.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 100m

    • Distance 6km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 880m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • Vital contingency day for possible delays.

    This is a contingency day to be used at the leader's discretion in case of any delays to our schedule or to adjust the stages of the trek depending on the conditions. If it has not been needed at this point, we may opt to use it as a well earned rest day in Ghunsa.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek to Kambachen (4110m). Stunning views of Jannu.

    From Ghunsa the trail ascends gently through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests, passing many mani walls and chortens - welcome reminders of the local peoples' Buddhist faith. After stopping for lunch by the river at Rampak Kharka, after 3 to 4 hours walk, the afternoon's walk is a steep climb up the mountainside in front of us and a descent to camp at the summer village of Kambachen. The stunning peak of Jannu (7710m), which is also known as Kumbhakarna, rises above our camp. It was first climbed in 1962 by its south-east ridge. The stupendous north face resisted many attempts until a strong Russian team in 2004. Gazing up at the face you will marvel at this extraordinary feat! The altitude at Kambachen is 4110 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 815m

    • Distance 11km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 165m

    • Time 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek via Ramtang to Lhonak (4800m).

    Normally the trek up to Lhonak via Ramtang is not too strenuous despite the increase in altitude. The views are incredible as one by one the peaks are revealed. After 3 hours or so, we reach our lunch stop at Ramtang, from where the incredible fluted summit of Wedge Peak first becomes visible. Look out for blue sheep on this part of the walk. During the afternoon's walk, Nepal Peak, the Twins, Merra and White Wave all come into view. The camp-site at Lhonak is on a grassy plain perched high above the Kangchenjunga Glacier opposite Wedge Peak - exposed to the icy wind, but the view more than compensates for the chill! Altitude at Lhonak - 4800m.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 765m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 95m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Pang Pema (5190m), Kangchenjunga North Basecamp.

    It is a walk of around 3 - 4 hours up to Pang Pema from Lhonak. Depending on conditions we may visit Pang Pema as a day hike from Lonak or we may opt to spend anight up at the base camp. The trip leader will make this decision. From our camp at Lonak the trail climbs steadily negotiating several landslide areas before emerging at a grassy terrace in the ablation zone beside the glacier. Pang Pema is a relatively sheltered spot right opposite the towering North Face of Kangchenjunga. This has to be one of the most spectacular places in the world and a fitting climax to this unique trek. It is possible to climb a little way above Pang Pema for a stunning panorama of Kanchenjunga and its glacier. Depending on the option taken we may camp here or make the short descent back to Lonak. Altitude at Pang Pema - 5190 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 480m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 105m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • Descend to Kambachen (4096m).

    Time to begin the long walk out from this remote and beautiful place. Today we retrace the route of our approach, dropping down as far as the camp at Kambachen (4096m). We should be a bit more in breath than we were as we climbed up this way, and this is the perfect time to get those fantastic photos we missed on the way up.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 125m

    • Distance 18km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1180m

    • Time 8 - 9 hrs trekking

  • Trek back to Ghunsa. Optional visit to Jannu Basecamp.

    We have the option this morning to trek along the Khubakarna Glacier to the base camp for Jannu. We start by crossing the the Ghunsa Khola on a narrow bridge and then follow the northern moraine of the glacier up to a level area at around 4800 metres which we should reach after approximately 3 hours. The base camp is marked by a large rock with streams of prayer flags and here we are right below the immense face of Jannu which towers 3000 metres above us. Returning to Kambachen in around 2 hours, we then descend in a further 3 hours to our camp at Ghunsa. Anyone who does not wish to make the detour to Jannu base camp can go directly down to Ghunsa with the porters and enjoy an afternoon's rest.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 85m

    • Distance 14km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 770m

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Following the Ghunsa and Tamur Khola rivers we descend through the forest to Thyangyam (2405m).

    Our way out of the mountains follows the beautiful Ghunsa and Tamur kholas through a spectacular forest of rhododendron, conifer birch and oak. We start by crossing the Ghunsa Khola on a bridge and following the river on its west bank to the Tibetan refugee village of Phale (3140m). The valley sides are steep hereabouts and leaving the village the trail descends fairly steeply, following the river as it cascades downwards. There are several ups and downs and side streams to negotiate as we make our way down stream passing the last of the Tibetan villages at Gyabla (2730m) before reaching our overnight halt at Thyangyam (2405m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 360m

    • Distance 14km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1380m

    • Time 7 hrs trekking

  • Descend through steep-sided valleys to Sekathum (1650m).

    Contouring high above the river we have fine views today. There are several ups and downs to negotiate landslip areas in the steep-sided valley as we gradually make our descent. The trail passes through the village of Amjilasa (2510m) and then descends to Sekathum (1650m) close to the confluence of the Ghunsa Khola and Tamor River.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek to a riverside camp at Chirwa (1240m). The heat and humidity increasing as we descend.

    Just beyond the village we come to the confluence of three rivers - flowing in from our left is the Simbua Khola (which we followed up to Ramze) and from our right, the Tamur Khola which issues from the still restricted Walunchung Gola area. The three rivers combine to form a mighty stream - the Tamur - which we now follow. We cross the tributary Simbuwa Khola on a suspension bridge and follow the Tamur on its east bank. There are plenty of spots for bathing in the numerous small tributary streams which we cross before reaching our riverside camp just before Chirwa. We will feel the heat and humidity increase as we descend to lower altitudes today! Altitude at camp - 1240 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 310m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 615m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek out to Phurumba (1700m) crossing several river valleys.

    Travelling now through ever more populated and cultivated lands and in warm climes, we make descents and climbs to cross the tributary valleys of the Thiwa, Tawa, Sisne and Yaphre Kholas before reaching our final camp of the trek at Phurumba (1700m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1030m

    • Distance 15km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 575m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Taplejung where we meet the vehicles for the drive to Ilam.

    A further few hours walking this morning brings us full circle on our trekking circuit, to the town of Taplejung where we meet our vehicles and start the drive out of this remote area. We say goodbye to our crew here and retrace our route in, driving the winding roads (approx 7 - 8 hrs) through terraced hills beyond Phidim to the town of Ilam where we stay overnight in a simple hotel (2410m). Distance 10km, 780m ascent, 62m descent. Approx 3 hours trekking. (B,L,D)

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 890m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 170m

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Drive to Bhadrapur and take the flight to Kathmandu. Celebrate the end of the trek.

    We complete our drive, travelling on an ever improving road until we reach the sweltering plains of the Terrai. Reaching the airport of Bhadrapur we check in for our flight to Kathmandu. Arriving in the Nepalese capital, we transfer to our centrally located hotel for that long awaited bath and a peep in the mirror (a shock for some!). Tonight we will go out to celebrate with dinner in one of Kathmandu’s excellent restaurants.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. Kathmandu Airport transfers are provided.

    KE group package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for all flights.

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Holiday Information

  • A professional English-speaking local leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • Full trekking service including all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

The food served during the trek is a mixture of local and international cuisine, cooked by our highly trained trek cooks. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. While staying in Kathmandu we take our meals at some of the excellent restaurants in the city. All meals while on trek and in Kathmandu are included in the trip price.

All meals are included in the holiday price from Dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 26.
All clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if Kathmandu Airport transfers are not required. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
While in Kathmandu the group will stay at the prestigious Yak & Yeti Hotel, situated in the heart of the city close to the former Royal Palace. Kathmandu's oldest and most famous hotel provides a touch of history combined with luxury and is an excellent place to relax pre and post trek. There will also be 2 nights in more basic hotel accommodation in the towns of Phidim and Ilam on the journey to or from the start of the trek. During the trek there are 20 nights camping. All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. For the 3 hotel nights in Kathmandu single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. At the hotel in Phidim and in Ilam single rooms cannot be guaranteed but the trip leader will try to secure single rooms for anyone who has requested the single supplement for Kathmandu. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu are also available. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

A typical day starts with an early morning brew served in your tent. After a hot breakfast, during which camp will be struck and the porters given their loads, we start walking in the pleasant cool of the morning. Lunch usually takes an hour or two and again this is normally a cooked meal. Porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and are well on their way to camp as we start the afternoon session, which is normally shorter than the morning. On arrival at camp, the Sherpas will quickly put the tents up and a hot drink will soon follow. Dinner is ready at around 6 or 7. and is a 3-course meal served in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. After dark, the temperature quickly falls and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.

The group will be accompanied by a professional English-speaking local leader throughout the trip. Whilst on trek there will also be a trek crew, including a cook, several Sherpas and a team of porters.

Approximately £250 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc.) changed into local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, beers, soft drinks etc. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on some days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. How much to tip is entirely up to you but we recognise you will need some guidance and we suggest a contribution of £50 - 60 (in rupees) from each group member will provide a sufficient pot to share among your guides and crew. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the Sherpa crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your local trip leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the trek crew.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters or pack animals. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel in Kathmandu. On the flight from Kathmandu to Bhardrapur the allowance will be 20kg, but you should not have a bag heavier than 15kg as this is the limit to take on trek.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies. www.keadventure.com/page/altitude.html

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs. For all flights to STOL airstrips in Nepal, the maximum allowance for hold baggage AND hand baggage combined, is 15 kg. It is essential you keep the total weight of your baggage within this limit. Paying for transportation of excess baggage is not normally an option on these flights. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

You must bring the following items:

  • Sleeping bag (Comfort rated -15ºC)*

  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*

  • Daypack approximately 30 litres

  • Water bottles 1 Litre x2

  • Hiking boots

  • Gaiters

  • Trainers or similar

  • Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Thermal baselayer - shirts

  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Warm jacket (down)*

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

  • Towel

  • Warm hat

  • Sunhat

  • Sunglasses

  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

  • Basic First Aid Kit including; antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), Diamox, painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Shorts

  • Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)

  • Travel clothes

  • Trekking poles (recommended)

  • Camera

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

NOTES

Items marked * can be hired / rented through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note all hire / rental equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items.

The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Nepal

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

For all the regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo (sent by post or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

For the following holidays, in addition to the above, we will also require you to supply a copy of the information page of your passport (sent by post or emailed).

These trips are: Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

Transit via India

If you are travelling via India (Delhi or Calcutta) to your destination you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey, you will not need an India Visa. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 8 or 9 hours each day. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Regular walking in hill or back country is the best preparation for a trip like this but if this is not possible, running, cycling and swimming are good for developing better stamina. Regardless of your exercise regime, before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

October through to May is the best time for trekking in Nepal. These months outside of the summer monsoon season offer the best conditions for trekking. Pre-monsoon from March to May is the time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. You will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your holiday from approximately 25ºC in Kathmandu to approximately 14ºC at 3000 metres, and approximately 3ºC at 5000m. although the 'real feel' temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer. At night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet. You can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing once above approximately 4200m. and at our highest overnight stops, outside temperatures may drop as low as minus 15ºC. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short-lived storms can and do occur.

  • Trekking and Climbing in Nepal. Steve Razzetti

  • Kangchenjunga: A Trekker's Guide. Kev Reynolds

  • Lonely Planet Guide to Nepal. Lonely Planet

  • Rough Guide to Nepal. Rough Guides

  • The Hard Years. Joe Brown

  • Kangchenjunga, The Untrodden Peak. Charles Evans

KANGCHENJUNGA (Nepa Maps). 1:100,000.

Quite a detailed map for its scale. I.50,000 maps for this area are difficult to get and this is a useful compromise with contour intervals at 200 metres. The map has a good overlay showing villages and trails but is not indexed and has no latitude/longitude markings nor ISBN number.

Extend Your Holiday

Chitwan Jungle Extension

The jungles of southern Nepal are an interesting counterpoint to trekking in the foothills or the high Himalaya. Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge provides a relaxing and comfortable base for a wildlife safari and cultural village experience. During two days of wildlife viewing in the Chitwan National Park 'buffer zone' - the interface area between visitors and the animals that live at Chitwan – you will be accompanied by expert guides on safaris by jeep, boat, on foot and by elephant back.



Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge Chitwan

From $1000 per person

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Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

The Kathmandu Valley contains the cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu itself, all of which were once independent kingdoms. An exploration of the valley’s historic and cultural sights is an excellent way to begin or end your adventure in Nepal. Highlights of this tour includes a very early drive up to Nagarkot on the Kathmandu Valley rim, the perfect place to watch a Himalayan sunrise. This is followed by a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur, renowned for its temples and traditional buildings. 

 

Nagarkot and Bhaktaphur Tour

From $135 per person

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Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (join Kathmandu)

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge sets the standard for comfortable and luxurious mountain lodge accommodation with its relaxed atmosphere, tranquil setting, eco-tourism and conservation ethos. Located on a spectacular hilltop ridge, it has panoramic views of ‘Fishtail Mountain and Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu. It has won several prestigious awards including the PATA Heritage and Culture Gold Award and the Conde Nast Traveler magazine Ecotourism Award.

Tiger Mountain, exit KTM

From $950 per person

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Malla Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu

From $138 per room per night

Shanker Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Situated next to the grounds of the former Royal Palace and only a 10-minute walk from the popular Thamel district, this former Rana residence was converted into a hotel in 1964. The original architecture was based on a French palace and the hotel has a grand appearance. Set in a large and beautifully tended garden, it provides a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of city life and is an ideal base from which to explore Kathmandu. All its rooms which are en-suite have been recently refurbished and the hotel facilities include 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a swimming pool where you can also order drinks.

Shangri La

From $119 per room per night Another of Kathmandu’s original ‘luxury’ hotels. While the sophistication of its amenities may be upstaged by Kathmandu’s more modern concrete and glass hotels, the Shangri La maintains an old world charm that cannot be beaten. Located in the diplomatic enclave of Lazimpat, away from the hustle and bustle yet just 10 minutes walk from tourist centre of Thamel, the hotel is set in a pleasant garden and facilities include a pool, tennis court and massage therapist. The hotel has a speciality Indian restaurant and a garden café serving international cuisine as well as a bar.

Dwarikas Hotel

From $279 per room per night Dwarika’s is a heritage hotel modelled on the grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. Consisting of several buildings arranged around a quiet courtyard, the hotel incorporates many original 15th – 17th century features in its architecture from the lifetime collection of its founder. The rooms are in the same Newari style and lavishly luxurious in their appointments. Its location close to Pashupathinath and Bouddhanath is perfect for exploring this side of Kathmandu. There are 3 restaurants serving Nepali, Japanese and international cuisine, a bar, spa and fitness centre, and a swimming pool.

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