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North of Kanchenjunga Trekking

‘around world’s 3rd highest peak on route Tibet’

Activity
Trekking
Trip Destination
Nepal
Trip Location
Kanchenjunga
Trip Basis
On Camping basis
Trip Grade
Moderate to Adventurous
Highest Elevation
5,160 m
Total Trip
20 / 21 days Kathmandu-Kathmandu
Season
All season except mid June to August
Highlights
Trekking around world’s 3rd highest Mt. Kanchenjunga 8, 586 meters  from Himalayan mediterranean climate, alpine to arctic climate zone awesome scenery of world’s highest peaks view the rare Khangsung (North East) face of Everest and of Mt. Makalu, amazing traditional Buddhist culture of the Highlanders ‘Bhotias and Sherpa’ sweeping scenic flight both ways with parallel views of snow capped peaks, the only trek that leads you to close to eastern border of Tibet.
Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition offers an outstanding exotic destination North of Kanchenjunga, where you will be surrounded by awesome high peaks within its amazing landscapes from both side of high alpine and moraine valleys.
 
On this trek North of Kanchenjunga you can marvel the scenery from
Mt. Everest (8,848m / 29, 028ft) Lhotse (8,516 m-24,940 ft), world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu (8,463 m / 27, 766 ft) Baruntse (7,160 m), and both side of world’s 3rd highest Kanchenjunga with many other smaller unnamed peaks.
 
North of Kanchenjunga one of the fascinating and adventurous trek with a traverse of high passes crossing Lumba Sumba la 5,160m.
 
North of Kanchenjunga adventure starts with a flight to south eastern Nepal, close to India border at Bhadrapur, Jhapa and then drive towards the alpine area and vast tea gardens of Ilam, to reach at Sukhetar with a small airstrip in Tumlingtar on the warm sub-tropic area on the shelf of Kabili Khola River, this awesome trek concludes at Num on route Makalu with a drive to Tumlingtar for the flight to Kathmandu.
 
This trek is moderate in the beginning and to adventurous where all types of travelers can join in this wonderful walking journey and the time duration taking just a little less than three weeks in the comfort of warm cozy camping along the route. 
 
North of Kanchenjunga is least visited destination as it is located in the Far North East Himalaya of Khumbakarna range of mountains east to Everest and Makalu range and North of Kanchenjunga, one of the most unique journeys leading from mediterranean of mid hills to arctic landscapes and climate zone, all these drastic change in temperature found only in the high valleys and mountains of high hills and valleys of southern Himalaya area with dramatic change in vegetations and its awesome scenery.
 
This trek leads through many traditional Rai, Bhotias and Sherpa villages famous as mountaineers and warm hospitality and has been a high altitude porters and guides since last five decades.
 
This remarkable trek starts from Sukehtar after the drive through Ilam and flight from Kathmandu at Bhadrapur, Sukhetar at Taplejung town the gateway to Kanchenjunga and eastern Tibet area and then over to amazing Holung / Walungchung - Gola 3,200 m with rest day at Walangchung – Gola visiting the local culture which is similar to Tibetans and the border at mere distance from this amazing highland village, and then heading higher to to cross Lumba Sumba pass with tremendous views overlooking top world’s highest peaks from Everest, Lhotse, Makalu to Khumbukarna range of mountains to reach our destination at world’s 3rd highest Kanchenjunga and then slowly ending this beautiful and awesome trekking via an alternative route towards Gola and Num with a drive towards Tumlingtar for the scenic sweeping short flight back to Kathmandu for your international flight after a memorable time with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition  North of Kanchenjunga.
 
Day 01:       Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:       Fly to Bhadrapur 3000 m and drive to Ilam town - 04 hrs.
Day 03:       Drive to Sukhetar -04 hrs trek to Mitlung 921 m- 04 hrs
Day 04:       Trek to Chirwa (1,270 m - 06 hrs
Day 05:       Trek to Lungthang 1,576 m - 06 hrs
Day 06:      Trek to Holung / Walungchung - Gola 3,200 m - 06 hrs.
Day 07:      Rest day at Walangchung - Gola.
Day 08:       Trek to Lumba Sumba 4,450m - 08 hrs.
Day 09:       Cross over the Lumba Sumba la 5,160m - 08 hrs.
Day 10:       Trek to Thudam 3,600m - 06 hrs.
Day 11:       Trek to a Kharka at about 2,850m - 05 hrs
Day 12:       Trek to Chyamtang 2,190m - 07 hrs.
Day 13:       Trek to Hongoan 2,320 m - 06 hrs.
Day 14:       Trek to Hatiya 1,585 m - 06 hrs.
Day 15:       Trek to Gola 1,128 m - 05 hrs.
Day 16:       Trek to Gadhi-Danda 1,180 m  - 06 hrs.
Day 17:       Trek to Num 1,560 m - 03hrs.
Day 18:       Drive back to Tumlingtar - 04 hours.
Day 19:      Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 20:       In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 21:       International departure for home ward bound.
Extension trip within Kathmandu and beyond:

Para Gliding - Bungy Jumping - Cannoning - Rafting at Upper Sun-kosi
(Bhote-kosi) Trisuli River-Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park or tours in Kathmandu-Bhaktapur & Patan ( Lalitpur)
 
For more information and trip details please contact us:

Day 01:      Meet in Kathmandu after arrival from international flight.
Rendezvous in Kathmandu where you will be joined with other members of the trekking team on reaching respective hotels, our guide or group leader will brief information regarding your trekking with do’s and don’ts.
 
 
Day 02:      Fly to Bhadrapur 240m and drive to Ilam 1,460 m - 04 hrs.
As per the flight time transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for the scenic flight to Bhadrapur, one of the most amazing experience, with parallel views of of mountain range, starting from Langtang, Jugal, Gaurishanker, Everest, Makalu to Kanchenjunga range of mountains on this 45 minutes flight, on reaching at Bhadrapur which is located on the south eastern Gangetic plain of Nepal near the border of India. Here our staffs will meet and transfer you with an interesting drive to a nice mid hills town at Ilam.
 
Day 03:        Drive to Sukhetar -04 hrs walk to Mitlung 921 m- 04 hrs
After an interesting time at Ilam with its sea of tea garden, morning few hours of scenic drive leads to many farm villages and towns and then crossing the Kabeli Khola (Small River) on the jeep rough road reaching at
Sukhetar village in Taplejung after a drive of four hours, from Suketar starting the first walk of this wonderful journey heading downhill with short ups in between to reach a small farm village of Mitlung at 921 meters, where temperature is quite warm with rice paddies grown around this low altitude.
 
Day 04:        Trek to Chirwa 1,270 m - 06 hrs.
Following long downhill path along Tamor River with few short ups and downs to Sinwa village, from here continue descends to Tawa village and then crossing several streams to reach a small green valley after passing few scattered farm villages and reaching at our overnight camp at Chirwa which is a moderate size village with mix tribes of Rai (Kirat tribe) Magar, Tamang and Hindu Chettries, Brahmins and dalits.
 
Day 05:        Trek to Lungthang 1,576 m - 06 hrs
From Chirwa morning walk heading towards Sukathum village, on reaching a small woodland by the river bank with mix terrains landscapes and cultivation of cardamom fields in complete shade of a dense tree lines, then leading higher on cultivated farm fields and short descend to overnight camp at Lungthang a small farm village, from here the air gets cooler and change in people culture and custom of Tibetan influence.
 
Day 06:       Trek to Holung / Walangchung-Gola 3,200 m - 06 hrs.
Today walk leads to one of the highlight of this trip at Holung located on the trail to Tibet, and a large village of this surrounding high mountainous cold area, although a long walk of mixed variations with gentle slope to downhill and steep ups and into a lovely alpine forest of  beautiful rhododendron, oaks and pine trees, the walk leads downstream to Yangma Khola and then our direction changes heading towards North West into Tamar Khola at about 2,800 meters to follow a wide trail on the winding up to reach at Walangchung - Gola also known by Holung  name, here we will have 2 nights stops to explore this interesting and impressive high remote village.
 
Day 07:       Rest day at Walangchung - Gola.
A place for rest and optional walk around this impressive village of stone built houses and farms, the people here are of Bhotia’s tribe with strong Tibetan influence in al nature, from Tibetan Buddhism religion, culture and way of life. The villagers do trade and barter with Tibet still as this was a caravan route bringing goods from both side in exchange for salts and Tibetan / Chinese goods to rice, spices and pulses and other food stuff from Nepal. Here visit the village and explore the local old monastery.
 
Day 08:       Trek to Lumba Sumba 4,450m - 08 hrs.
Enjoying the time at Holung village around Wangchungo-la area, morning walk leads to Tamor Khola and reaching a river confluence of Dinsangba river which later joins the big Tamor river way down, after crossing a small wooden bridge with a climb nearly half day of 3-4 hours to Lumba Sumba ridge top through forested area of rhododendron, pines, oaks and magnolia trees and then heading back with downhill to Dinsangba Khola again following upstream into woodlands and with a climb again passing several yak grazing pasture known as kharka and to large green valley, and continue over a black rock band to reach another valley to end the day walk with overnight stop on the meadows.
Day 09:        Cross over Lumba Sumba la 5,160m - 08 hrs.
Starting the morning walk earlier as today a long day trekking of nearly eight hours on the faint trail heading North West of a stream flowing from a high rocky cliff edge, after few hours of nice walk coming to an icy pond and then leading to a climb of this plateau northern side to head beyond to ridge top of Lumba Sumba-la pass at 5,135 meters the highest spot of this remarkable journey and a wonderful experience to achieve this high elevation. From the top looking around eastern Himalayan panorama from Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Khumbakarna Himal with massive range of Mt. Kanchenjunga, after a grand time heading to another ridge that line this high hills contouring to reach Lumba Sumba La again but different to offering same views of snow clad mountains of Mt. Kanchenjunga & Jannu Himal to the east with Makalu towards North West.
Finally on the long downhill loosing at about 600 meters descend to reach a  wide valley and to camp on the large pasture field at  4,500 meters altitude the highest camping spot of this trip as well.
Day 10:        Trek to Thudam 3,600m - 06 hrs.
A nice feeling to be in complete wilderness away from villages and human settlement for few days, from here walking to much warmer area on the gradual descend and then with a climb for a while and back to normal walk with few short ups on route and then into a alpine woodland and finally ending the day walk of near five hours at Thudam a nice village with Tibetan influenced villagers as in Holung village, a moderate size village of more than twenty houses built with stone and fine pine woods.
Day 11:          Trek to Kharka 2,850m - 05 hrs
After an interesting and nice time in this remote village, walk starts back into dense forest to camp at Kharka (Sheppard’s shelter), at first following the path through thick vegetation of bushes and tall tree lines and then heading downhill to a river and with small climb in between but more or less on the downhill walk to reach an isolated yak herders camp at Kharka for overnight stop.
 
Day 12:           Trek to Chyamtang 2,190m - 07 hrs.
From here another long day walk of near seven hours, morning starts with a short climb to a small village on the mid-hills just above Arun River from this place another three hours leading to climb to a small pass and then a long descend on the muddy and wet trail to reach Arun River with thick vegetation of bamboo stalks and prickly bushes, and then walking across a bridge, and then a steep uphill walk of about 500 meters long climb to reach the overnight camp at a nice village of Lhomi village and Chyamtang which is close together.
Day 13:           Trek to Hongoan 2,320 m - 06 hrs.
Morning walk on moderate terrain with few short ups and downs (which is famous and popular word in Nepali) walking on main path passing many scattered farm hamlets and villages and reaching near to this village a large landslide which damaged many houses and primary schools in monsoon season in the year 2012, after a nice trekking of about six hours reaching at Hongaon for overnight stop.
Day 14:           Trek to Hatiya 1,585 m - 06 hrs.
From this small neat village, morning walk leads to much warmer places entering sub-tropical country zone, journey continues following the Arun River downstream which is fed by the glacier of Mt. Makalu and Barun Himal flowing right near Tumlingtar to join Sun Kosi near the flatland of Nepal Terai, walk leads across many farm lands and terraces, villages and reaching our overnight camp at Hatiya village, a popular village located on Nepal / Tibet trade route.

Day 15:           Trek to Gola 1,128 m - 05 hrs.
After this interesting village of Hatiya walk leads to more warmer area which is pleasant to trek on shorts and T shirts, encountering many small farm villages and cultivated terraces with rice paddies depending upon the season as rice is planted in wet monsoon season and harvested in autumn season, walk continues to follow the main trail for about five hours on good nice path following for sometime upper Arun River and then on the downhill with short ups  to reach the overnight stop at Gola farm village.
Day 16:         Trek to Gadhi-Danda 1,180 m - 06 hrs.
From here onwards villages of mixed tribal people of Kirat Rais, Magar, Gurung, Chettries, Brahmins and few Dalits people, the walk is interesting meeting friendly villagers along this nice pleasant walk passing many rural and nice villages and finally arriving at Gadhi-danda village for overnight stop offering grand views of Jaljala rocky and snow peaks near Milke danda area.
Day 17:         Trek to Num 1,560 m - 03hrs.
Today the last leg and the final trek of this trip to Num village, after leaving Gadhi-Danda village leading to a descend into farm fields and terraces for some hours and passing many villages on this morning walk, and then ending the day with the final trekking at Num village slowly developing into town with the construction of motor road during this past few years.
Num a fine large village situated on a ridge top overlooking views of hills to Makalu area and of Jaljala Himal towards north.
Day 18:                Drive to Tumlingtar via Khadbari 3-4 hours.
After a wonderful time in the high hills and mountains and in rural villages, from here with a drive on rough jeep road, but interesting going through many farm villages and with beautiful scenery of surrounding green landscapes and snow capped peaks in the distance, after few hours of drive reaching at a large town of Khadbari the major town and headquarter of Sanka Sambua district in Makalu region. From here an hour of descend brings back to Tumlingtar in the comfort of nice simple lodge.
 
Day 19:      Fly to Kathmandu afternoon free for individual activities.
As per the flight time to Kathmandu, a short walk to Tumlingtar airport terminal in the morning, on boarding the plane 40 minutes of sweeping flight with parallel views of mountains all the way to Kathmandu, at Kathmandu transfer to hotel after a short drive around Thamel area, with whole day free as per the time of return flight from Tumlingtar.
 
Day 20:      In Kathmandu with cultural tour at places of interest.
This day reserved a free day in case of flight delay due to bad weather conditions, and one can join for sightseeing tour at leisure, depart hotel for few hours in our interesting cultural tour of heritage sites as Kathmandu valley is full of world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquake.
                                              
The  tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath ( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, afternoon free at leisure for individual activities.
 
Day 21:      International departure for home ward bound.
After a great memorable time and experience with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.
 

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