trek into the Kanchenjunga region Himalayan hiking at its best; few westerners
have traveled to this remote area of Nepal. Lying on the Nepal - Sikkim
border, the lush, rich landscape of the Kanchenjunga area is an ideal environment
for musk deer, blue sheep and the infamous yeti. At 28,198', Kanchenjunga
(meaning "Treasures of the Snow") is the third highest mountain
in the world and was first climbed by the British in 1956.
Our trek will begin after flying from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and then on over the Terai Plain and mountains to the airfield at Suketar. From here we will follow a route along a ridge top towards the Tamur River, enjoying panoramic views of Makalu (27,825') and Chamlang (24,000') peaks. We will continue through forests and rhododendron thickets and soon the Kanchenjunga range will appear.
Our route will continue up the Tamur River through Limbu villages (where we can share a pot of tongba!) to the terraced mountainside village of Amjilassa and the legendary Sherpa village of Ghunsa. We will visit the monastery there and soon have our first glimpse of a sea of unclimbed peaks including Jannu (25,289'), known as "Mystery Peak" or "Terror". We will trek to the edge of Kanchenjunga Glacier and, after crossing the lateral moraine, will come to the junction of Lhonak Glacier and the valley. We will cut across at this junction and arrive at our campsite at Lhonak, an undisturbed landscape of unspeakable beauty.
We'll have 2 days rest and explore the Lhonak area, including a day trip to Pangpema for a great view of the north face of Kanchenjunga, before heading south to Yalung Glacier. We will cross one of two passes, the Lapsang La or Margin La, depending on weather and trail conditions at the time, into the Simbua Khola Valley and camp at Ramche. We'll explore the stunningly beautiful Yalung Glacier area with views of the southern face of Kanchenjunga, then begin our trek back via Funfun and Kunjari. If making this trek in the fall, you'll be treated to the sight (and taste!) of oranges everywhere. On our last night of camping, we'll celebrate the completion of our trek together with our Sherpas and porters.
The price of this unique trek into the relatively unexplored Kanchenjunga region includes comfortable accommodation in Kathmandu before and after your trek, a tour of Nepal's bustling capital and practically everything while in the hills. Our team will be Sherpa supported, with porters and/or yaks to carry gear while you hike with a light day pack, allowing you to acclimate and enjoy the trip to the max. Our experienced staff will trek with the group, set up the tents, cook all the food, which includes excellent Western and local cuisine, and provide support for all levels of ability and interest. True Himalayan trekking!