Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)
Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
We visit four landmarks in Kathmandu, three of which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We tour Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Bauddhanath Stupa. After the tour, we meet our entire trekking team, and our guides will tell us what we can expect on our trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (2,420m/7938ft), Drive to Taplejung; 45 min flight & 9 hours drive
From Kathmandu, we get an early morning flight to Bhadrapur which is located in the Mechi Zone of southeastern Nepal and then drive to Taplejung.
Taplejung to Lalikharka (2265m/7,431ft): 4 – 5 hours trek
On Day 4 we will head to Lalikharka by 5 hours of trekking. Lalikharka is a beautiful village in Panchthar District in the Mechi Zone of eastern Nepal. It is a simultaneous ascent and descent on a trail that mostly passes through lush green forests all the way to Lalikharkha
Lalikharka to Khesewa (2120m/6,955ft): 5 - 6 hours trek
We begin our trek to Khesewa after breakfast. It is mostly an easy descent until Phundrawa. From here we begin our ascent. It is a steep climb until Yangpang from where we climb steadily up until Phumphe Danda followed by another ascent to Khesewa. Our trek will be through forests and small villages. Overnight in Khesewa.
Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m/5,856ft): 5 - 6 hours trek
After breakfast, we begin our trek towards the Kabeli Khola. Next, we walk on a trail that passes through forests before crossing a small stream. On the way, we enjoy amazing views of the Himalayan peaks while also passing through several beautiful small villages. Overnight in Mamankhe.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m/6824ft): 4 -5 hours
Today’s trek will be mostly uphill on an easy trail whereby we mostly walk alongside the Kabeli Khola. During the walk, we also admire the beautiful ridge behind the stream. We continue our walk and admire a beautiful waterfall nearby. After walking for some time, we cross a small suspension bridge. We pass through small settlements before reaching Yamphudin to spend the night.
Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m/9,826ft): 7 -8 hours
We begin our walk on a path commonly used by the villagers and pass through terraced farms and green meadows. Along the way, we have the constant company of the Himalayas to enjoy. Our walk will be on a trail along the Amji Khola. We also cross a pass at Lassiya Bhanjyang before reaching Tortong. Overnight in Tortong.
Tortong to Cheram (3,870m/12,696ft): 2 -3 hours
We begin our steady climb to Cheram after breakfast. Our trail is right at the side of the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy walking in the beautiful Lalung valley and have Tuplung peak for the company for the most of today’s journey. We pass through thick rhododendron forest and enjoy the magnificence of the Yalung Glacier. Overnight in Cheram.
Cheram: Acclimatization and Rest
We spend a day in Cheram which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude. We can spend the rest of the day resting and taking part in small hikes. We can explore the areas around the Yalung Glacier. There is also a viewpoint for Kabaru and Rathong peaks. Overnight in Cheram.
Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4,580m/15,026ft): 3 – 4 hours
We begin our short trek after breakfast. From Cheram, we ascend for sometime before reaching the snout of the Yalung Glacier. It is a beautiful walk on a valley trail. We also cherish the views of several Himalayan peaks. We pass through a small settlement of Lapsang before reaching Ramche. Overnight in Ramche.
Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), back to Cheram: 3 – 4 hours
From Ramche, we walk further up the valley. We then follow a stream before climbing on the moraine top until confronted by Kanchenjunga’s southern face. We walk further ahead for a glimpse of the Jannu Himal. We continue our trek further towards the Oktang Monastery. From here, we climb further up and reach the Yalung Base Camp. The views from the base camp are extraordinary. Kumbakarna (Jannu), Nyukla Lachung and other Himalayan peaks are close by. We descend and spend the night at Cheram.
Cheram to Sele La (4290m/ 14,074ft) : 6 -7 hours
We begin our trek after breakfast. We cross four passes today beginning with Sinelapche Bhanjyang. After crossing the pass, we continue to Mirgin La pass. We continue trekking and reach the Sinion La pass which is not very far. From here, we ascend to Sele La pass. There are prayer flags strung across one of the steeper sections of the trail which is very near to the Sele La pass. We cross the pass. Overnight in Sele La.
Sele La to Ghunsa (3,595/11,794) : 2 -3 hours
We begin our trek after breakfast. We walk towards the north with Tangbgharma Danda nearby. We reach a chorten marked by prayer flags which marks the start of a steep trail. We descend through rhododendron, birch and pine forests before reaching Ghunsa. It is a beautiful village with houses with dark and weathered pine walls and Buddhist prayer flags. Overnight in Ghunsa.
Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m/13,287ft) : 5 -6 hours
From Ghunsa, we trek further north along the river bank which presents us with magnificent mountain scenery. We pass through meadows filled with beautiful wildflowers, then cross rhododendron and pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, continue past a waterfall and cross the tricky section of a landslide. After crossing the landslide area, we begin to see the spectacular view of Mt. Jannu. Further exploring and tackling the tricky mountain trail we finally arrive at Kambachen and spend the night.
Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m/15,682ft) : 5 -6 hours
Today will be another challenging day, and an early start is needed. We trek through rocky fields and large boulders on the hillside along the riverbank and arrive at a waterfall. We then cross a bridge to Ramtang monastery. We then come across a landslide section which we must pass through at a steady pace before descending to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak. Overnight in Lhonak.
Kanchenjunga base camp, overnight at Pangpema (5,143/16,873ft): 6 -7 hours
From Lhonak, we trek towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Our trail is alongside the gigantic Kanchenjunga Glacier. After passing Pangpema, we descend towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The view from the base camp is extraordinary. Mt. Kanchenjunga, Jannu Himal, and other Himalayan peaks are ours to admire. We descend back to Pangpema to spend the night.
Pangpema to Lhonak : 3 – 4 hours
From Pangpema we trace back our steps to Lhonak. Overnight in Lhonak.
Lhonak to Ghunsa (3475m/11,400ft) :6 -7 hours
From Lhonak, we descend all the way to Ghunsa via Kambache. It is the same route we took when we were climbing up.
Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2,308m/7,572ft) : 5 -6 hours
From Ghunsa, we descend towards Phale. We pass through several Manes and a monastery nearby. We walk through Juniper forests and reach Phale. From here, it is a steady descent to Gyabla. We cross a bridge over Chhundatangka Khola to reach Gyabla. As we continue our trek, we see a waterfall nearby. We also cross a suspension bridge over Sumbung Khola before reaching Amjilosa. Overnight in Amjilosa.
Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270m/4,166ft) : 6 -7 hours
After walking for a while, we see a beautiful waterfall nearby. We continue our trek and pass a small settlement of Solima before crossing a suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola. We cross another suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola and reach Sukathum. Our trail passes through several villages and is beside Thunsa Khola at first followed by Tamor Nadi before reaching Chirwa. Overnight in Chirwa.
Chirwa to Taplejung via Mitlung (921m/3020 m): 7 -8 hours trek
After a wonderful time in Chirwa, we head to Taplejung by trekking for 8 hours. The trekking trails along the way to Mitlung offers greenery at it's best, floras and faunas and especially quaint villages always ready to welcome us.
Taplejung to Bhadrapur: 9 hours drive
We move toward Bhadrapur from Taplejung by bus. The ride will last for 9 hours.
Fly to Kathmandu
Our amazing journey to the Kanchenjunga circuit comes to an end today.