Massive Kanchanjunga offer excellent photographic view of Everest, Makalu and Kanchanjanga itself. It is inhabited by few scattered population and is a real wilderness terrain of Nepal. Kanchanjunga is the second heighest mountain of Nepal with 8,586 m height. It’s a virgin area for trekkers and natural lovers. Its lies in the extreme east of Nepal and to the northeast of Sikkim and Darjeeling (India). This area is extremely suitable in spring with blooming rhododendron and varieties of other mountain flowers with super views of mountain ranges like Kanachanjunga, Janu, Nepal peak, Khabrudome, Rathong, Makalu and Everest from gufa pokhari and other ranges. Kanchanjunga sector is a bit tougher area than others and the trekkers are advised to trek in easier trail beforehand.
The weather in summer is full of monsoon rain and winters are cold. On the way we come across different settlements with varied cultures, different vegetation, varieties of wild animals and bird species. After four days trekking we do not find good villagers for marketing the necessaries. So, trekking are advised to be fully equipped on leaving for trek. There are two ways of approaches to this sector. Firstly, fly from Kathmandu to Suketar and back same way. Secondly, drive to Basantpur or end in Kabeli khola back to Kathmandu by local bus or reserve van.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Hille. Take 45 minutes flight to Biratnagar and take a bus ride to Hille via Itahari and Dharan and rest at Hille (1,822 m).
Day 2: Hille to Shidua. The trail goes up to Gurantse Danda and follows a ridge top towards Tamor River then it reaches to Shidua (2,237 m) via jorbhatti village.
Day 3: Dhidua to Door Pani. The trail follows to Chitre through a forest from where panoramic views of Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Mt Chamlang (7,207 m) can be seen and ends at Door pani for rest over night.
Day 4: Door Pani to Gupha Pokhari. On this day the trail heads upward to a mountain ridge and descends down to Tinjure Phedi then cotinues to further passing rhododendron forest and Chauki village afterwards reaches to Gupha Pokhari (2,940 m) for rest overnight.
Day 5: Gupha Pokhari to Nesum. The trail skirts around the ridge and enters into the mountain range, then crosses the pass 2,980 m, then descends to Nesum (1,591 m) via gurja Gaun for rest overnight.
Day 6: Nesum to Taplejung - The trek descends again to Dobhan through the paddy fields and ascends again to Taplejung (1,722 m) for rest.
Day 7: Taplejung to Chiruwa - It continues upto the Tamor River , sometimes steeply above the river and sometimes by the river banks, then reaches to Chiruwa Bazaar (1,171 m) for rest.
Day 8: Chiruwa to Shakathum. The trail continues up and passes the village Tapethok, then climbs up for a while again descends to Simbuwa Khola; after crossing this river the trek climbs over a ridge to join the steep narrow Ghunsa Khola valley: the camping will be by the bank of the river at Shakathum.
Day 9: Shakathum to Amjilassa. The trek follows a steep and narrow trail up the river along the right bank of the Ghunsa Khola. The trail then becomes very steep while passing the hamlets of Zongling and Ghaiyabari. It is a difficult climb with several outcroppings. The path descends steeply and arrives at Amjilassa for camping.
Day 10: Amjilassa to Kuapar village. The trek continues along a gentle path towards Ghunsa Khola The winding trail descend to the river bed which follows for a while before climbing up a trial to reach to Kyapra village for camp overnight.
Day 11: Kyapra to Ghinsa village. The trail descends from Kyapra and makes an easy climb up the right bank of ghimsa Khola and enters the rhododendron forest and climbs a hill then descends to Ghunsa Khola and crosses it to reach the village Ghinsa for camping.
Day 12: Ghinsa village to Khambachen. The trail descends towards the river be entering a forested area Jannu glacier lies ahead. Then, climbs a steep hill to a rocky area where it traverse along the mountain side and finally gets a view of the Jannu also called "The Mystery Peak" or "The Terror" it descends again to Khambachen for rest.
Day 13: Khambachen to Lhonak. The trek goes a head to the edge of Kanchanjunga Glacier and crosses the lateral moraine, then comes to the junction of Lhonak Glacier and cuts across at this the view of Morra peak comes into sight from here.
Day 14: Trip to Pangpoma. The fine views of the towering Peaks of the Tent Peak Nepal peak, Cross peak and the Mt. Kanchanjunga are the rewarding sight of the trail then it returns back to Khambachen.
Day 15: Khamachen to Lhonak - The group decides to cross two passes between Ghunsa and Simbuwa Khola the higher lapsing La or the lower mirgin La into the Simbuwa Khola valley.
Day 16: Rest day at the high camp.
Day 17: Today the trek crosses the pass and descends to Simbuwa Khola valley. The rout enters the valley at Tseram if Mirgin La crossed; otherwise it reaches to camp Ramche after crossing the Lapsnag La pass.
Day 18: Trip to Yalung Glacier. View the south face of Mt. Kanchanjunga from a chorten at about the trek turns backs to Ramche for lunch and descends Tseram for camping at night.
Day 19: Tseram to Yamphudin. The trail descends through the Rhododendron forest to Torantan. Then climbs again to cross Dubi Bhanjuang and descends to Yamphudun the first village after Ghunsa inhabited by the mixed community of Sherpa, Limbues, Raies and Gurungs.
Day 20: Yamphudin to Ponphel. On this days the trail descends to Khola andascend to Momenka Village.
Day 21: Ponphel to Pha Khola. The trails climbs to the ridge, then begins to ascend through slide valleys and passes Phun-phun village to Keswa then continues to ascend to cross a Gurung settlement of Bhamjyang and traverse a ridge to descend to Khunjari a Limbu village near Pha - Khola.
Day 22: Pha - Khola to Taplejung. The trail makes a steep climb through shimu village to Thembewa and continue to climb to Lali Kharka then crosses a Pass at the trail descends towards Teplejung Airport for camping overnight.
Day 23: Fly back to Kathmandu.
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