TRAVERSING THE SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPE BETWEEN 8,000 METER GIANTS
- Hiking in Nepal’s diverse national parks
- Rich ethnic cultural of the Tamur and Arun valleys
- Cross the Lumba Shumba pass (16,990 feet / 5,180 meters)
- Exploring Olangchung Gola Village
- Big-Time Himalayan views of Kangchenjunga and Makalu
Eastern Nepal is a mountain trekkers’ paradise. The little-traveled region between the 8,000 meter peaks of Kangchenjunga and Makalu contains two of the most diverse national parks in the Himalaya and are home to small farming communities, an amazing variety of birds, the endangered red panda and snow leopard. First opened in 2012, our new trekking vacation follows part of the Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) and crosses several high and remote passes.
Our journey begins with a short flight to Bhadrapur on the plains of the Terrai and then a drive through the Himalayan foothills to Taplejung. Here, we begin trekking through a landscape of steep-sided river valleys containing sub-tropical forests and hillsides dotted with small villages and picturesque terraces of rice patties. Gaining height, we progress through farms of potatoes and barley and forests of rhododendron, juniper and pine before entering an alpine world of yak pastures where we are surrounded by the snowy peaks of the high Himalaya. After spending a day exploring the fascinating settlement of Olangchung Gola, we cross the high and remote Lumba Shumba Pass (16,990 feet / 5,180 meters), which marks the separation of the Tamur and Arun river valleys. This is simply a place of spectacular mountain grandeur! As one of our guides put it, “the views are amazeballs”! Descending into the Arun Valley we return to warmer climes and a colorful patchwork of agricultural landscape. This is an outstanding trek which sees few trekking groups, connects two of the world’s 8,000 meter giants and traverses a relatively untouched region of Nepal.
The Kangchenjunga to Makalu Trek (Camping Trip) is part of our Epic Himalayan Journey Series! These trips are led by one of our experienced trekking guides and represent the gourmet trekking offerings of the great Himalayan Range. In 2020, we are able to arrange this incredible trek starting on any day of the week during the months of October through late November for groups of 2 to 10 people. Please contact us with any questions or to receive a detailed day to day Trip Itinerary.
Day 1. Welcome to Nepal & the Himalayas! Met upon arrival and transfer to hotel.
Day 2. Morning sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. Afternoon is free to prepare for the trek. Hotel.
Day 3. Fly to Bhadrapur in southeast Nepal. Drive across the Terrai to Phidim. Lodge.
Day 4. Drive to Taplejung (5,825 feet) and trek to Mitlung (2,955 feet). Camp.
Day 5. Trek to campsite along the Tamur River to Chiruwa (4,085 feet). Camp.
Day 6. Trek to Lelep Village to our campsite near Lumthang (5,905 feet). Camp.
Day 7. Trek to the village of Ela Danda and camp at Selep Kharka (8,530 feet). Camp.
Day 8. Along the Tamur River to the settlement of Olangchung Gola (10,500 feet). Camp.
Day 9. Exploration day at Olangchung Gola and visit the local monastery. Camp.
Day 10. Trek to camp at the confluence of the Tamur and Dinsamba kholas (12,140 feet). Camp.
Day 11. Trek beside the Dinsamba Khola to Tangchetar (13,780 feet). Camp.
Day 12. Trek to Tanchedanga with views of Jannu (15,255 feet). Camp.
Day 13. Cross the Lumba Shumba La pass (16,990 feet) to Selele (14,760 feet). Camp.
Day 14. Trek down to the Chejung Khola and to the village of Thudam (11,480 feet). Camp.
Day 15. A long day of hiking in the shadow of Makalu to Yak Kharka (8,860 feet). Camp.
Day 16. Trek down to the Arun River and up via the village of Chyamtang (7,380 feet). Camp.
Day 17. Trek above the Arun River to Honggong (6,890 feet). Camp.
Day 18. Trek to Hatiya and further along the river to Barun Bazaar (3,610 feet). Camp.
Day 19. Trek via Gola and the Gurung village of Pathibhara to Gadhi (3,840 feet). Camp.
Day 20. A final morning of trekking to Num Village (5,120 feet). Drive to Tumlingtar. Lodge.
Day 21. Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 22. Free day in Kathmandu for independent sightseeing, shopping or relaxing. Hotel.
Day 23. Transfer to the Kathmandu Airport and depart.