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Fitness Level: : levels
Group Size: : 2 to 15 people
Max-Altitude: : 5140m
Duration: : 28 Days
Walking Days: : 23 Days
Activity: : Trek
Best Period: : MAR | APR | MAY | SEP | OCT | NOV
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ACCOMMODATIONS

We will be staying at Hotel Royal singi Hotel Manaslu or similar hotel 3 star in Kathmandu : and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Discovery Mountain Trek will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

MEALS

All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.

PHYSICAL CONDITION & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Kanchenjunga base Camp Trek- 28 days is a challenging trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Annapurna trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is also important that we consult our doctor. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Discovery Mountai Trek before booking the trek.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

The best time to trek to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is Spring (February to May) and Autumn (September to November). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

LEADER(S) & STAFF ARRANGEMENTS

The most significant thing that makes this trek enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful leader(s) and crew members who have the ability of guiding our trek on the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of Discovery Mountain leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Discovery Mountain only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region(s). The trek and expedition leaders have undergone the following trainings:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

PORTER CARE

We are firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters – at our expense – to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters. (International Porters Progress Group.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

The Everest Region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as much as we do. Therefore, we believe that the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Discovery Mountain employs a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Discovery Mountain, therefore, enforces a number of do’s and don’ts. Please talk to your trek leader to avoid environmental impacts.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition upon joining any of Discovery Mountain’s trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.

ACCLIMATIZATION

This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, we take rest in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude.

EQUIPMENTS & PACKING LIST

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Discovery Mountain inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport,
  • hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.

HEAD

  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

UPPER BODY

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

HANDS

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

LOWER BODY

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

SLEEPING

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

RUCKSACK AND TRAVEL BAGS

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

MEDICAL

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

PRACTICAL ITEMS

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

TOILETRIES

  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products

PERSONAL HYGIENE

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

EXTRAS/LUXURIES

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions Company is a trustworthy and registered Company under the laws of Nepal Tourism Industry and accepts your bookings under the following terms and conditions.
All bookings are made with Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions P. Limited, Registered Company Number 161822/073/074 (hereinafter referred to as The Company) whose registered office is The Kapan 14, Kathmandu, Nepal. The Head of The Company is Ang Chhiri Sherpa.

  1. To secure place, 10% (Non- Refundable) down payment from Total Trip cost is required to make in advance as per the company policy, this deposit help us to make confirm reservation of Hotels in City, domestic flights and all other trip arrangements for final trip booking. Along with deposit we need detailed Name lists of Participants( same as passport), Gender, Nationality, Date of birth, passport number, passport issue/ Expiry dates & profession ( you need to send us passport copy by e-mail for all trips in Nepal.
  2. Rest of the payment should clear on arrival day (this will apply for most of Nepal treks, tours, expeditions). However, we can request you to make full payment before your arrival if this is necessary). Be mindful, we also reserve the right to cancel your trip provided full amount is not paid in requested time or on arrival day.
  3. Any trip booking Payment procedures is very easy with Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions. We accept your last minute booking also, but full payment of total tour cost should be made in advance if necessary or can pay full payment on arrival day.

Payments should be wired to one of my following banking Accounts
NCC BANK LIMITED
Chabahil Branch
Kathmandu, Nepal
Current A/c No: 014000136121U
A/c Name: Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition P.LTD
Swift: NBOCNPKA
Bank wire service charge should be paid by the clients themselves at the time of deposit.

  1. On our holidays tour / trek packages, rooms are provided in twin sharing basis. Thus, single room supplement charge will be imposed to client who does not have another tour participant to share room.
  2. No refund will be made to clients who drop out from the journey regardless of whatever portions remain unused in the itinerary. In case of the journey broken of early return upon client’s own wish or
  3. causes, Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions shall not be liable to any refund of the days not utilized. Clients have to pay for the hotel or any extra costs incurred after leaving the itinerary.
  4. It is a fundamental condition that you acknowledge that this is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The day to day itinerary is taken as a guideline only. We can not be hold responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural
  5. casualties etc. In such cases, Discovery Mountain Company shall be responsible for providing suitable alternatives which could be decided upon mutual agreement. If an agreement cannot be made, Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition shall be only responsible for refund after deducting expenses already incurred.
  6. If you do not show up at the meeting point specified on the agreed date, we will assume you have been delayed and will wait for you to contact us with your new expected arrival date. If you do not contact us within 48 hours we will assume you have cancelled the tour. There is no refund of any money paid.
  7. The tours will not be cancelled unless we are forced to do so because of unusual or unforeseeable circumstances (force majored), such as a major natural disaster, major political unrest or war. If we cancel the tour we will promptly refund all payments made to us, i.e. excluding the deposit. We shall not be liable to refund any additional expenses that you may have incurred (such as insurance, visas, vaccinations and other incidental costs).
  8. The trek information sheets and the dossier give information and conditions relating to the tour and are deemed to be part of the contract and so you should be fully aware of their contents. However the itinerary is an indication of what the group should accomplish, but not a contractual obligation- Changes may be made because of exceptional weather, flight cancellations, sickness or other unforeseeable circumstances- No refunds are given for unused services or unrealized dreams. We do give sympathy though.
  9. All information and advice provided (vaccinations, climate, trekking equipment, visas etc) is given in good faith but without responsibility by us.
  10. I reserve the right to revise pricing rate declearded, under any circumstances, or on the pressure of various external factors that are further than our control, for instance changes in exchange rate, government action etc. But, I declearded forth effort to keep on the present rate. In case of minor increase in flights fares, hotels or other related factors, we don’t revise the cost of the trip which was already confirmed & booked by deposit.
  11. A tour / trek guide who represents Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions Company deserves all authority during your tours. If you commit any unlawful act, you are compelled to leave the tour. No refund will be made in such case.
  12. We put our every effort to ensure comfortable traveling of yours, but it is must to understand that what you might be accustomed to in the western affluent countries, the Himalayan countries can’t afford such facilities. Weather is another factor that directly impact on your journey. Hence, patience in mind, enthusiasm and proper preparation before head is must to venture into journey.
  13. You must purchase comprehensive travel insurance package against medical, natural calamity, helicopter evacuation, personal accident etc. This is strongly suggested to all of you my dear clients.
  14. To make alterations of any trek / tour itinerary, prior notice is requested. You’re advised to stay in touch with us thus. But occasionally, you may be obliged to do so en route under certain circumstance for instance bad weather etc.
  15. All necessary documents should be presented in sequence for example to issue visa, necessary permits etc. We’re not accountable in case of any trip formality not completed in time before the trip departs on the absent of essential papers and documents.
  16. You understand that during the course of the trip certain events may occur, including, but not limited to, accident or illness in remote places without medical facilities, political instability and the forces of nature. You agree to assume all risks associated with the journey to the maximum extent permitted by Nepalese law.
  17. You acknowledge that Discovery Mountain Trek contracts with a network of companies, government agencies and individuals, to assist in the running of its tours, treks, walking, holidays & expeditions. To the best of Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition knowledge, these third parties are qualified to perform the duties they are contracted to perform. However Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition will not be held liable for any injury, damage, loss, delay or irregularity that may occur due to the behavior of these third parties.
  18. Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions will not accept responsibility or liability for any traveler who contravenes any law or regulation of any country visited.
  19. Participants must be in good health and physical condition. It is vital that participants with pre-existing medical problems or conditions make these know to Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition at the time of booking. Medical and evacuation expenses are the responsibility of the participant. It is also important that you consult your doctor for vaccination and other medical requirements for your trip before you depart
  20. Bad weather in mountain regions can cause domestic flight delays, particularly in the Everest, Jomsom, phaplu, Simikot, Kanchenjunga and any other remote mountain regions in Nepal. In the adventure of delayed domestic flights, Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition will meet departing city accommodation costs prior to your trip, if the cost of accommodation is possible to cover by the Budget of that day. Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions reserves the right to reroute treks or use road transport for extended delays but this changes may impact on the trip cost, which you have to bear. Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition does not accept any responsibility for costs incurred as a result of missed international flight connection but will assist to make alternative arrangements where possible with extra costs.
  21. Trekking in the remote areas or in as described above, especially during odd season, you’re highly advised to reserve extra days to prepare with some delays to avoid frustrating consequence.

RISK & RESPONSIBILITY

Your safety and enjoyment is my prime concern. I therefore carry out my responsibility honestly & sincerely to ensure your holiday trouble – free as well as you have desired. Nevertheless, unless stated otherwise, trip may be change under uncertain and inherent circumstances such as land-slides, road blockage, flood, snow political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrival, sickness or accidents etc. Any extra cost incurring there is your personal responsibility and should be borne on the spot.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Discovery Mountain. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.Please note that often the Jomsom to Pokhara flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities which can be arranged by Discovery Mountain upon request. The optional activities may include visiting places/landmarks of your choice, adventure sports, shopping, etc. In case the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you lose time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do a short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after finishing of the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.

THE TREKKING GROUP

For this trek there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size but we after years of experience we have found a maximum of twelve people to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to book this trip for a larger group then that can be arranged too.
And I big hope you will have very good trek with enjoyment and run smoothly in advance.
Thank you!

INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (KCAP and TIMS)
  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3 -star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Biratnagar – Bhadrapur – Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader
  • Assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Equipment and insurance for all Nepali staff
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Discovery Mountain’s duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • Medical kit (carried by your trekking assistant guide)
  • All government and local taxes
  • Duffle Bag should be 12kg and 3kg back pack, Total 15 kg per person.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure,
  • And early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Personal expenses laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower
Details

Kanchenjunga I 8586m the 3rd highest mountain in the world located in Eastern Nepal on the boarder in Sikkim is considered as one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world. It is surrounded by a spectacular National Park characterized by exceptional natural and cultural diversity. The ethnic groups such as the Rai and Limbu people live peacefully together in a magnificent wealth of flora nourished by the higher summer rainfall in the region, in some of the most outstanding mountain vistas anywhere in the Himalaya. The summer rainfall adds to the glacial torrent of the Tamur and Ghunsa Rivers fed from the glaciers of North West side of the Kangchenjunga Himal. The massif of Kanchenjunga containing 4 peaks over 8000m and 7902m Kangbachendominates the scenery without taking any grandeur from stunning neighbouring numerous 7000m peaks includingJannu and Pyramid peak.

Itinerary

DAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1365M)

After landing at the Kathmandu airport, Discovery Mountain Trek will take you to the hotel Radisson. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. In the evening you will have details briefing for your trek.

DAY 2 :KATHMANDU - BIRATNAGAR – BASANTAPUR (2200M) 50M FLIGHT 6H DRIVE

The 50 minutes flight from Kathmandu offers stunning views of the entire trek and the Himalaya from Kangchenjunga to Langtang. The 120km drive is equally spectacular and takes us to the end of the road at Basantpurlocated on the ridge above TanmayaKhola and through spectacular hills and serpentine road with 100 hairpin turns passing through the town of Hille beside the mighty Arun River. We will camp here overnight with spectacular view of the Kanchenjunga massif.

DAY 3 : BASANTAPUR – CHAUKI (2700M) 7H TREK

First 3km until Tunde will be on major trek servicing Arun and Tamur valleys with lots of locals travelling along to Chainpur, a major trading town in the area. We pass few villages along the way DhoorPani, TinjureDanda and TinjurePhedi with stunning views of Kangchenjunga and the Makalu ranges and travelling through Rhododendron forest.

DAY 4 : CHAUKI – GUPHA POKHARI (2900M) 4H TREK

We follow undulating trail through the MilkeDanda Range to beautiful GuphaPokhari (natural pond).The trail follows mainly through Rhododendron forest beinh in full bloom of rich bright red coloured clusters of flowers in April and May. At high points of the trail we gain beautiful panoramic views of Chamlang, Mera, Makalu and Kangchenjunga.

DAY 5 : GUPHA POKHARI – DOBHAN (660M) 7H TREK

It is a long day today but it is all downhill to riverside village of Dhoban located at the junction of two rivers (a literal meaning in Nepali) the MaihwaKholaand the TamurKoshi. We will pass Gurja Sherpa village, where we stop for lunch.

DAY 6 :DOBHAN – MITLUNG (890M) 6H TREK

For next 3 days we trek in the TamorNadi River valley staring at low point of 660m and reaching 1650m in Sekathum. The deep valley and heavy monsoon rainfallsmake the trail wet amd muddy until we reach elevation of 1000m after Mitlung. We will be walking along the river and in the rainforest with rich birdlife creating really stupendous character for the section.

DAY 7 : MITLUNG – CHIRWA (1185M) 6H TREK

The is amazingly spectacular section in the deep Himalayan river gorge with spectacular cliffs and thundering sound of mighty torrent amplified by the gorge geometry. We will walk sections of dense subtropical forest and through the narrow valley with the local villages above. When the valley opens we will go through villages inhibited by traditional owners of Limbu ethnicity, subsistence growing crops such as rice, millet, barley, wheat and corn for 2000 years With subtropical climate fields are very productive for most of the year.

DAY 8 : CHIRWA – SEKATHUM (1640M) 5H TREK

We continue our trek through the TamorNadi valley, which turns into Ghunsariver past SimbuwaKhola just before Sekathum, a tributary originating from Yalung glacier. The scenery transform slowly while the valley opens more and more.

DAY 9 :SEKATHUM – AMJILASHA (2490M) 6H TREK

It is a shorter walk today 6km but we gain almost 900m elevation and mostly at the end of the day before our camping spot in Amjilasha. The trail narrows and follows the GhunsaRiver to open again when we start climbing towards Amjilasha. The ethnicity changes here and we will see more high elevation favouring Sherpa and Tibetan folks.

DAY 10 : AMJILASHA – GYABLA (2730M) 4H TREK

Easy day through isolated section of the trail with no villages and walking through a dense forest.

DAY 11 :GYABLA – GHUNSA (3430M) 5H TREK

We cross 3000m elevation threshold and will maintain comfortable pace to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Half way between Gyabla and Ghunsa there is a Tibetan village of Phole where we stop for a relaxing lunch. It is a nice place to touch the Tibetan Buddhist culture and to visit a welcoming monastery.

DAY 12 :GHUNSA (DAY ACCLIMATIZE)

After 9 days of walking Sherpa village of Ghunsa is a perfect place for a rest and to soak 3400m elevation before trekking to the north basecamp. Ghunsa is the last permanent settlement on the way to the base camp.

DAY 13 : GHUNSA – KAMBACHEN (4040M) 6H TREK

Over next 3 days we explore one of the most magnificent glacial valleys in Nepal if not in entire Himalayas. We will walk on the moraine and the glacier from Lhonak. We will camp today at the bottom of Jannu Glacier with direct view of Kanchenjunga massif and Jannu, a truly awe inspiring experience. This is a very remote area and not unusual to see some wildlife such as blue sheep, ibex, mountain goat or smaller animals among the rocks such as hyrax and marmots and birds of prey above eagle, kites and falcons.

DAY 14 : KAMBACHEN – LHONAK (4790M) 6H TREK

The terrain is desolate high altitude glacier with no villages or houses. Trail climbs gradually through moraine debris and with the elevation it makes the hike slower. The glacier starts around Ramtangat 4240m andthe trail continues on its north sidewithLhonak located at the junction of Lhonak and Kanchejunga glaciers and surrounded by stunning mountains abound in all directions.

DAY 15 :LONAK - PANGPEMA (5140M) 6H TREK

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.

DAY 16 : PANGPEMA - LONAK (4790M) 5H TREK

We trace back our steps to Lhonak from Pangpema base camp.

DAY 17 : LONAK – GHUNSA (3430M) 6H TREK

From Lhonak, we descend all the way to Ghunsa via Kambache. It is the same route we took when we were climbing up.

DAY 18 : GHUNSA – SELE LA PASS (4500M) 5/6H TREK

We ascent is along the trail used by local people walking through thick forest of birch, pine and rhododendron possibly covered by snow.

DAY 19 : SELE LA PASS – TSERAM – CROSS MIRGIN LA (4480M) /78H TREK

Challenging trek today with a steep 400m climb to Mirgin La Pass with tremendous view of JannuHimal as well as Makalu, Baruntse,ChamlangKangchenjunga, Kabru and the Himalayan range along Sikkim border followed by the walk along ridges with a final descent to Tseram.

DAY 20 :TSERAM - RIMCHE (4620M) /67H TREK

Today we explore Yalung glacier, we start early to reach Ramche where we set-up our overnight camp. After lunch, we trek towards Octang 7km away with elevation gain of 300m, the view point of Kangchenjunga and a stunningly beautiful amphitheatre of impressive peaks Rothang and Kabru on the Nepal/Sikkim border.

DAY 21 :RIMCHE – TORTONG (2995M) 6/7H TREK

We trek an easy trail along SimbuaKhola through varieties of pine and rhododendron forests, descending all the way to Tortong.

DAY 22 :TORTONG – YAMPHUDIM (2070M) 6/7H TREK

This is tough section of out trek; it is prone to landslides making it difficult to hike. There is also 600m climb to the3500m Lamite pass.

DAY 23 :YAMPHUDIM – KHEBANG (1740M) 6H TREK

Trek passes through the beautiful villages of Chhetri and Brahmins. Today we will cross 2 passes.

DAY 24 :KHEBANG – PHAKHOLING (800M) 6/7H TREK

This is long day with 1000m drop over 6km to Dobhan for our lunch stop and another 8km of undulating but straightforward village path to the village.

DAY 25 :PHAKHOLING – THARPU (1600M) 6H TREK

Last day of trekking finished with 1200m climb to village of Tharpu. We will take it easy and enjoy last glimpses of Kanchejunga range and final mountain sunsets from vantage point of the village to complete this incredibly exhilarating trek.

DAY 26 :THARPU – BHADRAPUR 190KM 9H DRIVE

We drive from tharpu to the airport at Bhadrapur but road cuts through a 7 narrow ranges with over 100 hairpin turns and endless windings so with average speed of less than 30kmh it takes some 9h to arrive Bhadrapur. Despite being tiring it is a rewarding trip.

DAY 27 :BHADRAPUR - KATHMANDU (1365M) 45M FLIGHT

We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching in Kathmandu transfer to hotel and Afternoon we start our visit to two of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.

DAY 28 :FINAL DEPARTURE

Our adventure in Nepal ends today. Discovery Mountain Trek drop you at airport a few hours before the scheduled flight.