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|Group Size:||:||2 to 15 people|
|Walking Days:||:||23 Days|
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
RUCKSACK AND TRAVEL BAGS
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.
Payments should be wired to one of my following banking Accounts
NCC BANK LIMITED
Current A/c No: 014000136121U
A/c Name: Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition P.LTD
Bank wire service charge should be paid by the clients themselves at the time of deposit.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Easy day through isolated section of the trail with no villages and walking through a dense forest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We trace back our steps to Lhonak from Pangpema base camp.
From Lhonak, we descend all the way to Ghunsa via Kambache. It is the same route we took when we were climbing up.
We ascent is along the trail used by local people walking through thick forest of birch, pine and rhododendron possibly covered by snow.
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.
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.
We trek an easy trail along SimbuaKhola through varieties of pine and rhododendron forests, descending all the way to Tortong.
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.
Trek passes through the beautiful villages of Chhetri and Brahmins. Today we will cross 2 passes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our adventure in Nepal ends today. Discovery Mountain Trek drop you at airport a few hours before the scheduled flight.