Kanchenjunga Trekking Route from Nepal and Sikkim side can also be used, where we can find many mysterious stories about the yeti in the Himalayas. Kanchenjunga excursion is a special and unforgettable destination among hikers due to the amazing landscape and terrain of the land. We can see huge wildlife while hiking like snow leopard, musk deer, red panda and many more.
The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek borders Sikkim and Tibet in the eastern part of Nepal. That means it is both remote and brimming with Buddhist culture, yet not among the most popular treks in Nepal. While trekking from Gyable, the route of the hike follows the Ghunsa River through thin forest and a small accent that will reach the village of Phale.
The village of Phale supplies potatoes throughout the region. The valley widens exposed tothe yak pastures that surround the town. There is an old Buddhist monastery within the townwhere you can witness the Purang Jhoho, a beautiful Buddha statue brought from Tibet.Many travellers believe that praying in this monastery will bring success to their journey through the Himalayas.
Then enter through the pine forest and you will cross the suspension bridge that welcomes you to Ghunsa, a beautiful Sherpa village. In Tibetan language, Ghunsa means winter place. Many hikers have a rest day in Ghunsa to stay because it is already in a serious mountainous area. You will have a late breakfast on normal trekking days. After that, our guide will take you to visit the hydroelectric power, the old Chorten and a monastery on the opposite side of the village of Ghunsa.
The afternoon will be perfect for a hot shower and relaxing in the tea house. From Ghunsa, it will take four to five hours to get to Khambachen. Although it is tracking at high altitude, the trail is relatively easy. The altitude makes it more difficult and time consuming compared to walking at a low altitude. A small section between Ghunsa and Khambachen is exposed and subject to occasional landslides. That is why you must be careful when crossing this sectionand cross it as quickly as possible. Few hikers prefer to stay one more day in Khambachen to acclimatize.
The best way to take advantage of this acclimatization day is to take a trip to Janu Peak Base Camp. The hike to Lhonak is about four hours, it is better to start the hike earlier to avoid the windy afternoon. You will pass past yak pastures and also see blue sheep alongthe way. Lhonak is the highest settlement in the northern Kanchenjunga base camp, which is situated at an elevation of 4800 meters.
Your thick and warm clothes can come in handy on this day. Hike to Pang Pema is easy but quite strenuous due to the elevation gain. The sunrise over the top is amazing. The northern base camp of Pang Pema or Mount Kanchenjunga, which is located at 5,143 meters, is the highest point of this hike. It takes three to four hours to get there and about two hours to return. With only one seasonal tea shop in Pang Pema, you may have to bring your own lunch.
From Pang Pema to Ghunsa, you will return on the same route and head to the southern base camp of Kanchenjunga via the Selele Pass. It takes about five hours to climb to reach the Selele tea house at 4290 meters from Ghunsa. The place facilitates a single tea house. It usually takes two days from Ghunsa to Tseram, making a trip to the Selele tea house. If you are an experienced hiker and in good shape, you can go from Ghunsa to Tseram in one day.
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