KANCHENJUNGA TREK 19NTS/20DAYS
This area is home to Kanchenjunga and Makalu, the third and fifth highest mountains in the world, and it is drained by two mighty rivers, the Arun and the Tamur, which rage down from the icy heights. This is the land of the Limbu’s who have earned a reputation as Gurkha soldiers. The villages here are made lively and colourful by the weekly open-air haat bazaar which presents a festival atmosphere with people from all over the area coming together to trade in all kinds of goods. Bird watchers will also be thrilled by the great variety of birds that can be seen here. The region is bordered by the Indian state of Sikkim in the east and Tibet in the north. Despite its special attractions, this eastern part of Nepal is a seldom-visited region. The foot-prints of foreigners are rare.
This trek leads to the foot-plinth of the mighty massif of Kanchenjunga (8,598 m). We fly to Biratnagar and move to Basantapur by vehicle from where we start walking. The early part of the trek takes us through rhododendron forests and along the ridge of the Milke Danda. From Gupha Pokhari where there are several lakes, the trail descends to meet the Tamur river before climbing again to Sekathumba and on to Amjilhasa. Passing Tibetan villages and yak pastures, we arrive at Gunsa, where we stop to acclimatise. We are in high country now and crossing the Miringla pass, we walk to Tseram and on to Ramche. We then trek over the Yalung glacier and return to Ramche before crossing the Ramite Bhanjyang and walking to the end of the trail at Taplejung to make one great loop. We catch the plane at Taplejung for the flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: KTM/BIR by FLT.TXF to Basantapur by Vehicle. Stay at B’pur
Day 02: Trek to Chauki (Trek Start)
Day 20: Suketar (Taplejung) Trek End
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