Kangchenjunga from Nepal

  • Kangchenjunga from the West - © flickr- Richard Droker
  • Jannu or Kumbakarna Range as seen from Mirgin La Pass - © flickr- Great Himalaya Trail
  • Kabru and Yalung Glacier, from above Tseram  - © flickr user- Oliphant
  • Looking up to Kabru from below Tseram  - © flickr user- Oliphant
  • Mitlung, Tamur Valley  - © flickr user- Oliphant
  • Ratong and Yalung glacier  - © flickr user- Oliphant
  • Tamur Valley  - © flickr user- Oliphant

Key information: Kangchenjunga from Nepal

    • Steady ascent up long valleys, through beautiful rice terraces, then virgin forest, before emerging to outstanding mountain scenery: snowy Himalayan giants, glaciers, monstrous cliffs and deep valleys all around.
      • The final 3 day trek up to the Kangchenjunga base camp, surrounded by magnificent peaks, is outstanding, with the final view of the great snowy massif one of the finest to be found anywhere.
        • This is a high, remote and tough walk in remote mountains in which you will have to be self-sufficient: come prepared.
        • ANYONE GOT ANY GOOD PHOTOS? WE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO POST THEM!

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating88
  • Beauty36
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest6
  • Charisma35
  • Negative points5
  • Total rating88
  • Note: Neg: altitude

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 14-25 days
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,150m
  • Level of Difficulty: Difficult
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Ratong and Yalung glacier  - © flickr user- Oliphant

WALK SUMMARY

 

Nepal's western approaches to Kangchenjunga's North Base Camp, and the more southerly ones via the Kabeli Khola valley to Tseram make for some of the world's finest (some would claim its most beautiful) high mountain trekking, with the huge advantage of relative remoteness compared to Nepal's most popular treks.

Enjoy truly incredible scenery, with lovely flora and fauna and Tibetan villages lower down.

The more direct westerly approach to North Base Camp

Assume 20 days (upward) walking for the round trip, starting in warm inhabited foothills before dropping into the Tamur and then Ghunsa valleys, which you follow the whole way up to the North Base Camp. It is gruelling in places, in a deep gorge with endless climbs from and drops back to the river and the travails of the increasing altitude. The transition to the Tibetan world is made, and the villages peter out at Khambachen, where the real visual fireworks begin. From here on it is a series of glorious views of snowy peaks, massive rock faces and countless glaciers. The North Base Camp (at 5,150m), with its astounding position under vast snowy peaks and glaciers, is unforgettable.

To/via Tseram/Yalung

An alternative is to cross the grain of the ridges (initially through some of Nepal's most beautiful farmland, with huge rice terraces) to ascend the Kabeli and Simbua river valleys to the south east beyond Tseram, to view the great Yalung glacier and Kangchenjunga's south face and the high Singalila Ridge and then cross a high ridge via the Mirgin La at 4,570m (extraordinary panoramic views again) to Ghunsa, to follow the Ghunsa valley to North Base Camp. This is a tough proposition, but provides some astounding views.

People with less time can stop at Tseram, for a shorter round trip. (This trail to Tseram is "Trek 3" in the Cicerone.)

This longer route takes around 25 days. The trek to the Tseram area and back should be around 2 weeks.

 

 

See our Kangchenjunga/Singalila page for further information

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Kabru and Yalung Glacier, from above Tseram  - © flickr user- Oliphant

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Looking up to Kabru from below Tseram  - © flickr user- Oliphant...
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