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Kangchenjunga Trek

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal

Visit: Kathmandu, Phidim, Taplejung, Kunjuri, Khesewa, Yamphudin, Deorali Danda, Selele , Ghunsa, Jannu, Lhonak , Pang Pema, Kambachen, Ghunsa, Thyangyam , Lelep , Chirwa , Gadhidanda, Ilām, Kathmandu

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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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. Then, walking across 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 best and most visually stunning mountain walks in the world.

Highlights

    • Visit both Kangchenjunga basecamps in Nepal: Ramze and Pang Pema
    • Spectacular views of Makalu, Chamlang, Everest and Kangchenjunga
    • Cross the Mirgin La from the Simbu Khola to the Ghunsa Khola
    • Excellent Kathmandu hotels, including the Shanker and the Shangri-La
    • FREE Sleeping bag and down jacket hire is available for this holiday

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 62369
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 26 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • 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
  • Foam camping mattress
  • Once on trek the group will be assisted by porters and a local guide
  • FREE Sleeping bag and down jacket hire is available for this holiday on request

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $4,605 ($177/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Nepal Kathmandu, Bhadrapur, Taplejung, Kande Banjyang, Phonphe Dhanda, Yamphudin, Deorali Dhanda, Darach, Torontan, Tseram, Ramze, Selele, Ghunsa Gompa, Jannu, Kambachen, Ghunsa, Thyangyam, Gadi Danda, Ilam
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Anthony from HAVERHILL 

I booked the Kanchenjunga trek tour at the recommendation of the UK tour leader for the Dolpo trek which I had done the previous year. Kanchenjunga exceeded all expectations. I've been eye level with glaciers before, but this time I got to stand on the edge of a sea of ice stretching as far as the eye could see. The forces of Nature were on full display, and it was evident no technology could ever tame them. Spectacular! The strenuous grading is very appropriate, but perhaps not for the reasons you expect. At lower altitudes, the trail crossed multiple ridgelines. Our cumulative ascents and descents-- mostly on rough rock steps-- were huge. One day I measured 1400 meters cumulative up. At higher altitudes, the trail mostly followed river valleys. The gradients were modest, but we encountered numerous landslides. How shall I put this. Some required great care to cross safely. Fit hikers with prior Himalayan experience are sure to enjoy the beauty, variety, and challenges of this trek. Adventurous but less experienced hikers may want to warm up with another trek (Manaslu Circuit, for example), before contemplating Kanchenjunga. Several notes may be helpful: (a) I used the KE sleeping bag and down jacket. Both were in excellent condition and very warm. Highly recommended. (b) Leaving Laslya Bhanyang (Day 7 AM) it is necessary to skirt a massive landslide. See photo in my gallery. The makeshift uphill trail we used had fissures in it and was not for the faint of heart. The downhi

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Andrew 

Very varied trekking in a remote area of Nepal (we saw no form of modern transport for 3 weeks). Visiting local villages felt like going back in time hundreds of years, such is the remoteness of the area. Trekking conditions are not especially difficult and should be within the capabilities of any fit walker who has experience of multi day mountain walking; the grading of the trek is mainly a function of the extended camping, the remoteness and the altitude which all demand a degree of resilience from participants, and past trekking experience is probably highly desirable. The mountain scenery at altitude is truly magnificent; we were lucky with good weather, plus our UK leader, Neil West was excellent in providing support and encouragement (and as a result every member of the trek completed the full itinerary). On the upside, we were very pleased with the Kathmandu hotel which was relatively luxurious and friendly. On the downside, we were unhappy with the local car transport from Bhadrapur to Suketar - the vehicles were unroadworthy, overcrowded, extremely uncomfortable and we had to intervene to stop drivers using mobile phones whilst driving (on very precipitous mountain roads). We also had a weak Sirdar as our local leader - he spoke poor English and had inadequate knowledge of the area, having been reallocated from the Everest trekking region. There was some compensation with a couple of excellent Sherpas, and the kitchen and portering staff on the trek were outstanding

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Val Greenwood 

All worked like clockwork, thanks to Ben and Mindu, the Sirdar. We couldn't have asked for a better leader in all respects, experienced, with a wealth of tales to tell and who made great efforts to include everybody in the group. Someone who I'm sure could be trusted to deal with any crisis. Fortunately our trip had none and the weather was extremely kind. We'd recommend KE to anybody and others in our group had used KE several times before. We'll certainly be looking to use KE again, the only problem is, which trip? We had no health problems and loved the whole experience!

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Louise Bottomley 

Best. Holiday. Ever. I know I always come back from a trip thinking this, but this one really was the trip of a lifetime. I did have some pretty huge expectations, but it was even more fantastic than that. Would totally recommend blagging 4 weeks off work and doing this trip! Every day was different, the scenery kept changing, we got amazing views all the time. Always so much to look at. We stopped at some great campsites - often views from the tent door meant you could take sunset shots of the mountains without even needing to get out of your sleeping bag. Some really jaw-dropping moments, like the views from each "La" on the pass-crossing day. Plenty of time for sunbathing and taking it all in. Huge amounts of tasty food. I think we were extremely lucky with perfect weather, a lovely group of people, great guide and crew.

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Jill Stuart  

The support crew crew could not have been better - efficent, caring, thoughtful and fun. Sarah (trek leader) was great in every way. I had to leave the trek because of a problem with my knee and Sarah helped and guided me to making the right decision. She was the perfect balance professional, fun, and she had great relationships with the crew and the trekkers.

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