KANCHENJUNGA Trek

  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 19 Days
  • Region: Kangchenjanga Region
  • Max Altitude: 5,388 meters / 17,678 feets
  • Group Size: 4 to 6 People
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Meals: Dinners in Kathmandu / Full board in the Trek
  • Accommodation: Hotel Tibet International / Hotel Yak & Yeti / Lodges in the Trek
  • Prime Activity: Trekking
  • Minor Activity: Cultural and Traditional Sightseeing
Trip Price:
USD 4,590 per person
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Highlights of Trip

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes this Kangchenjunga Trekking with Tents and Kitchen Team, so that we can give more work to people to generate income and still overcome from the 2015-earthquake disaster

  • Introduction of Nepal, its culture and traditions
  • Sightseeing of the UNESCO Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Superior accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Fabulous off-track trekking experience in a remote part of Nepal: the Kanchanjunga Region
  • Rich biodiversity of landscapes, animal species and cultures
  • Encounter and discovery of the Himalaya people
  • Stunning views of the third highest peak of the world: Mount Kanchanjunga and numerous other splendid Himalayan giants, such as Kumbakarna peak, Jannu peak, Khangbache peak and more
  • Importance placed on high quality organisation, staff, equipment and services to a small group of trekkers.

Trip Overview

Valley of Folklore with Kanchenjunga, 3rd highest Peak on the World

Kanchenjunga is a place of lush Rhododendron forest but also of the third highest peak of the world: Mt Kanchenjunga (8564m). All combine to make a paradise for a Kanchenjunga trekking off the beaten path. The region is located in the far-eastern Nepal on the border with Sikkim. The Kanchenjunga conservation Area was one of the highly explored first areas of the Himalayas in the nineteenth century.  But it remains largely unvisited by tourists outside of the month of October. It attracts lively combination of Sherpa, Limbu, Rai and Gurung people.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Kanchanjunga Trekking starts with the domestic flight to the district town of Taplejung. The real hiking Adventure begins then along the Tamor Khola (river) through the wilderness of the forests. It continues with a splendid panoramic view of the Himalaya from the Kanchanjunga Base Camp (5388 meters). Such as: Mount Kanchenjunga, Khumba Karna, Jannu peak, Yalung Khang and more.

Finally, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS offers this trekking in the Kanchenjunga wilderness with the following services: excellent camping gear, experienced staff, medical and emergency first aid kit, latest  safety gear. And last but not least: delicious hygienic food made by our Kitchen Team.

Discover the magic of the Himalayas with comfort and quality that you deserve with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS style.

Altitude Chart of Trip

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) / Transfer to Tibet International Hotel

  • Day 2 : Flight to Bhadrapur (91m) / Hotel

  • Day 3 : Drive to Taplejung (1820m) / Lodge

  • Day 4 : Drive to Thiwa; Start of our Trek to Taplethok (2380m), 3 hrs / Tent

  • Day 5 : Tapethok to Amjilosa (2308m) / Tent

  • Day 6 : Amjilosa to Gyabla (Kyapra) (2730m) / Tent

  • Day 7 : Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595m) / Lodge

  • Day 8 : Ghunsa rest day (3595m) / Lodge

  • Day 9 : Ghunsa to Khangpachen (Kambachen) (4050m) / Tent

  • Day 10 : Rest day at Khangpachen (Kambachen) (4050m) / Tent

  • Day 11 : Khangpachen (Kambachen) to Lhonak (4780m) / Tent

  • Day 12 : Lhonak to Kanchenjunga BC (5200m), back to Lhonak (4780m) / Tent

  • Day 13 : Lhonak to Ghunsa (3595m) / Lodge

  • Day 14 : Ghunsa to Thyanyani (2405m) / Tent

  • Day 15 : Thyanyani to Taplethok ( 1380m) / Tent

  • Day 16 : Hike Taplethok to Thiwa; Drive to Taplejung (1820m) / Hotel

  • Day 17 : Drive to Bhadrapur (91m) / Hotel

  • Day 18 : Flight back to Kathmandu / Transfer to Hotel Yak & Yeti

  • Day 19 : Departure international flight

Date & Price

Do not hesitate to contact us for a customized Kanjenjunga Trek. 

Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price (USD) Activity Book Now
24 Mar, 2019 11 Apr, 2019 USD 4,590 TREKKING  Book Now
22 Oct, 2019 09 Nov, 2019 USD 4,590 TREKKING  Book Now

Price Includes

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ philosophy is: as much as possible is included in the quoted price so that customers know the total costs of their Kanchenjunga Trekking in advance!

  • The organisation of your Journey
  • All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
  • Superior accommodation in Kathmandu, on a sharing basis, including breakfasts and dinners. Additional charges occur for single room (upon request)
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All entry fees to the world Heritage sites of Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in a nice hotel in Biratnagar, including breakfast and dinner (1 night). Additional charges for single room (upon request)
  • Domestic flights (by airplane), incl. the local taxes*
  • Excellent branded tented accommodation during the trekking on a sharing basis
  • All major meals during trekking
  • All necessary trained and experienced staff: Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide (depending on the number of participants), porters, including their salary, insurance, transportation, food and lodging
  • All necessary trekking permits
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Communication means for emergency 
  • First aid kit with oxygen, mask and regulator in case of emergency
  • Weather update
  • Camera solar battery charging device
  • Wild Yak Expeditions duffelbag
  • WYE postcards
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • International airfare*
  • Excess baggage charges for the international and domestic flights
  • Nepal entry Visa fee
  • Lunches in Kathmandu
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
  • Individual beverages and personal expenses
  • Tips 
  • Any other expense that is not included in the quoted price

*We stay at your disposal for the booking of your international flight.

Logistics

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' TREKKING PHILOSOPHY

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on small group sizes of 4 to 6 participants for this Kanchenjunga trek because our experience has found this to be the best way to have a successful trip while providing excellent services. Furthermore, it creates a pleasant ambiance within the group, including an exchange of cultures and traditions with our team and the local guides.

Last but not least, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ focus on small groups permits more flexibility and support to the participants individually.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

Kathmandu: we stay at Tibet International and Yak & Yeti hotels on a sharing basis, including breakfasts and dinners. Depending on availability, single rooms can be booked upon request at an additional cost. All dinners are served in excellent restaurants in town where you can enjoy various types of cuisine, from the typical Nepali, Thai, and even steaks and Italian meals. Each restaurant has been screened by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.

During our Campsite Trekking: According to our itinerary, at some specific defined places, we settle a campsite and enjoy the meals prepared by our Kitchen Team. The tents are provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS on a sharing basis.  Each member has to bring his/her own sleeping bag, we provide you a individual mattress and a thin isolation mattress for the entire surface of your sleeping tent.
Considering the roughness of the landscape and the hygienic conditions, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS provides the Group with its own cook, kitchen tent, sleeping tents, dining tent and toilet tent with the necessary staff to serve us delicious dishes and drinks. You can enjoy espresso coffee, a selection of teas, as well as Italian, Tibetan and local cuisines. Packages lunch are given on some days.
For our clients’ convenience, considering the remoteness of the region, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS provides the lightening for the dining and kitchen tents and solar batteries charging facilities at disposal of the participants.

In some places, we stay in the lodges (small traditional mountain guesthouses) that are recommended by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS as per defined itinerary destination. Please be aware that single rooms are not available. 

Many lodges serve a variety of cuisines such as continental, Indian, Tibetan and local cooking. Please note that the beverages are on each participant’s own charge, except coffee and the selection of teas that are served for breakfast and in the afternoons upon your arrival, as well as some special snacks provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. Lunch packages are also available some days.

SAFETY FEATURES

Your safety is of supreme concern while traveling with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. In case of emergency, the Group has a four (4)-litre oxygen bottle with a mask and regulator, along with a first aid kit and a 24-hour medical assistance by a high altitude medical team of doctors.

Our Guide is also equipped with communication means, only to be used in emergencies. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is also associated with the rescue and national helicopter rescue airlines.

In order to minimise risks weather forecasts are provided to our Guide on a regularly basis.

Depending on the difficulty of some itineraries, our Trekking Guide and Assistant Guide will secure the route using the necessary technical gear, if needed.

Please note that the above-mentioned itinerary information is purely indicative and can likely be modified during the course of the trekking by our Trekking Guide, who has the authority to make such changes if it is deemed necessary (due to safety concerns, etc.). Every effort will be made to keep to the scheduled itinerary; however, as this is an adventure travel in remote mountain regions and at high altitude, we are not able to fully guarantee it as it is necessary to take into consideration each situation as it occurs and consequently to adapt the program in its best way. Elements such as weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, among others, can all contribute to changes in the scheduled itinerary.

Our Trekking Guide will try to ensure that the trekking runs according to the foreseen plan to the benefit of all participants, but we thank you to be prepared to some flexibility and comprehension if so required.

Please check the degrees of difficulty while choosing a trekking Trip with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. The majority of the itineraries proposed in our trekking programs are in remote areas of the Himalaya and at high altitude, mostly higher than the Alps. A good physical condition is necessary to appreciate the whole richness of this adventure!

OUR WILD YAK TEAM

The success of Kanchenjunga Trek depends on both the personal condition of each participant and the experience of our Team. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Team has been carefully selected according to their experience in the specific environment and personal aptitudes. Our Team is thus highly experienced, skilled, trained, courteous and helpful.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is proud to support our local staff by providing them with a fair salary, encouraging them to take mountaineering workshops, wilderness first aid training, environmental preservation courses, garbage management, team leadership, and language refreshers on a regular basis.

Our Trekking Guide and his role: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Trekking Guide is a professional government-trained guide with experience in guiding and trekking around the Himalaya, including first aid training and deep knowledge about the local flora, fauna and general environment preservation. Our Trekking Guide leads you all the way through the trekking while giving you interesting information about the mountains, culture, traditions and landscapes. He is ensuring your safety and is checking your needs throughout the trail monitoring symptoms of high altitude sickness. Our Trekking Guide plays a vital role in taking care of our member's needs, supervising the Group and porters, and assuring the safety requirements. He will help as an interpreter with the local populations. He also makes sure that the rubbish is properly managed and the trail is kept clean throughout the whole trekking trip. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will be frequently informed about the Group during the entire trekking experience.

Our Assistant Guide: has also a government licence but must work as an assistant guide during some time in order to become a company approved Trekking Guide. He assists our Trekking Guide with all major duties, ensuring the safety and checking that the performance of the Group runs smoothly. 

Our Cook: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ cook is a government trained and licensed trekking cook who plays a vital role during the entire Trekking. He has the necessary experience to provide you with different cuisine and bakery. He is highly focusing on hygienic food, clean and best utensils, proper management of the camp and its surroundings. As our Trekking Guide, he makes sure that the garbage is properly managed and the camping site is clean after our use. Last but not least, he is providing you as often as possible with fresh vegetables and meat.

Our Kitchen Boy(s): assist the Cook in his main duties: in the kitchen, by serving and cleaning the dishes, managing the water and taking care of the maintenance of the campsite.

Our Porters: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS has it own reliable porters. It is their responsibility to carry your luggage during the trekking with proper handling standards.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is very concerned about the porters. We support and respect the porters’ rights and have high standards to make sure that they are treated well. We pay them a fair salary, including a bonus and providing them with good food allowances, clothes, shoes, sunglasses and insurances.

Grade

Pre-Training before Trek 

Trekking is good for everyone! A daily walk in a beautiful landscape with a consumption of significant volumes of water, chatting with local people and understanding the culture, observing your body limits, all combine to make many healthier your body and mind than they ever have been before.

Before you embark for your Kanchenjunga trekking, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS recommends a regular aerobic exercise including some stretching exercises for a couple of hours per week. Ideally you should concentrate on cardiovascular fitness, building an excellent stamina and undertake a bit of strength training to be more efficient in the mountains. It is worth to go for at least once a week for a 3 to 4 hour hike, which familiarizes already your body to sustain the long-time effort in the Himalaya. The fitter you are, the faster and more easily you will get the trail, acclimatise and enjoy the trekking days.

TREKKING GRADE

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes a simple grading system that gives you a first idea of the difficulties of the Trekking for which you might apply and enables you to determine which is the best for you. 

KANCHENJUNGA Trek: Moderate

A moderate trekking grade takes into account the following factors: 

  • An altitude up to 5500 m above sea level 

  • An average trail inclination of about 30%-45%; some sections may consist of loose, sandy, gravel ground and 
boulders 

  • An average of 400 to 800 elevation ascent a day (especially when crossing passes) 

  • The capacity to walk easily on glacier moraines 

  • A trail, which may be rough paved, loose dirt, slippery, in landslide area, icy or snowy (on some parts you might be assisted by the guides) 

  • The aptitude to walk at least 4-7 hours per day (longer days when crossing the passes 8-9 hrs.)

It requires the following skills from each participant: 

  • A good stamina, to be able to walk during several hours at a sustained walking pace in a high altitude environment during several subsequent days 

  • You are familiar with assessing obstacles and hazards along the trail, walk confident (depending on the trail conditions, you may need some help in certain sections, especially while crossing the passes) 

  • You are able to carry a small personal backpack (about 35 liters)

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