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Kanchenjunga Makalu Eco Trek

Trip Overview

Kanchenjunga Makalu Eco Trek is a full camping trek in the remote mountains of eastern Nepal. This is a new off-the-beaten-track trekking trip that passes through 5 high passes above 4000m, the trail offers enchanting views of 7 mountains above 8000m including mount Everest. This trek can be done in between 12 to 25 days. And can be started either from Kathmandu or Bhadrapur. However, the trek starts by taking a flight to the Tumlingtar airport in the Arun valley, following a jeep drive to Gupha Bajar.

Duration: 12- 25 Days

Starting: Kathmandu or Bhadrapur

Districts Covered: Sankhuwasabha, Taplejung, Panchthar, and Illam.
Mode: Camping


Trek Highlights


  • Trek off the beaten track in the areas of Jamle Pokhari and Lam Polhari
  • Discover the habitat of rare animals like Red Panda and Snow Leopard
  • Pass by more than 500 alpine ponds system
  • Get the views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Baruntse, Kanchenjunga range from Sabha pokhari and Sandakpur
  • Discover the alpine herbs like Mugworts, Berberis erythroclada, Berberis aristata, Ephedra gerardiana, Meconopsis grandis, and more
  • Visit the 465 years old Deki Chholing monastery in Olangchug Gola
  • Take a glance of 7 mountains above 8000m
  • See the lifestyle of ethnic groups such as Limbu, Rai, Sherpa, Bramhin, and Chettri
  • Experience the Kirat culture
  • Explore the most vivid Rhododendron forest in Milke
  • Touch the  border of China and India
  • Enjoy the wilderness on this full camping trek




Your guide will pick up you from your inn and escort you to the airport. You will take a 45 minutes flight to the Tumlingtar airport in the Arun valley at an altitude of 405m. After that you will take a 4 hours jeep drive to Gupha Bajar. In Gupha Bajar you will explore the popular Gupha Pokhari while gazing at the mesmerizing views of mount Everest, Makalu, Chamlang, Kanchenjunga, Kabru, and Khumbakarna.
Your real trek starts in the early morning along the Milke Danda ridge through the beautiful rhododendron forest and alpine pastures. On the way, you can see many plant species of Primroses, Orchids, Bamboos, and Rhododendrons.
You will continue trekking through the rocky terrain while enjoying the landscapes of green hills beneath the cotton candy clouds.
Explore the beautiful Sabha Pokhari, Tin Pokhari, Panch Pokhari, Banduke Pokhari, and cliffs of natural slates. It is interesting to hear the sound of a gun from Banduke Pokhari. Sabha pokhara is a religiously significant place for Hindu pilgrims. Discover the rich ecosystem of the region.
Today you will try to cross the Rate Dal pass or camp at Jamle Pokhari. You may spot different bird species such as rose-ringed parakeet, Blyth's kingfisher, deep-blue kingfisher, and blue-naped.
Topkegola is an ancient trading place for Tibetans with Nepalese. The village exhibits rich culture and festivals. It comprises mixed ethnic groups with the majority of Sherpas and Limbu. People are engaged in animal husbandry and knitting handmade clothes.
In the Papung village, you can see people weaving rugs using ancient techniques. Rich village with schools and hospitals.
You will cross the river Papung and ascend towards Simbuk village. This small village is inhabited by Tibetan Sherpa’s. People are engaged in animal husbandry for living.
You will continue ascending the trek towards Lam pokhari. The section is rarely traveled by local people. There are no settlements until you reach Olangchung gola. Experience the true joy of wilderness.
Today you will descend down to Olangchun Gola. This town has been the major international trade route between India and China from ancient times. The village is inhabited by the Walung ethnic group. Explore the 465 years old Deki Chholing monastery.
Yangma Kharka is an area with alpine pastures. You can see people grazing their Yaks and Sheeps during the summer.
Further north is the last isolated village called Yangma. The village is still untouched by modern times.
You will trek back to Langjong Kharka and head east towards Nangola Pass (4776m)
Today you will cross the Nangola Pass and descend to Ghunsa village. It is the checkpoint for going to the Kanchenjunga base camp. People are engaged in tourism, subsistence farming, and animal husbandry.
You will cross the Yamatari Khola and ascend up to Sele Le La pass.while gazing at the mesmerizing views of mount Everest, Makalu, Chamlang, Kanchenjunga, Kabru, and Khumbakarna.
You will trek further towards Mirgin La (4480m), Sinion La(4440m), and Sinelapche Bhanjyang (4646m).
From Tsheram you will trek along the left of Yalung Glacier to Ramche.
Today you will explore around the Kanchenjunga base camp and Yalung glacier.
You will trek back to Tsheram and take a rest the remaining day.
Today you will trek to Pembaden.
Timbung Pokhari is a beautiful pond with magnificent views of the mountains and hills. It is near the Nepal India border. This region is home to the varieties of bird species like Pitta, Pale blue flycatcher, Sultan tit, Silver-eared mesia, Spiny babbler and the white-naped Yuhina.
You will trek further down to Falaicha accompanied by beautiful forests and villages. Along the way, you can see numerous mountain peaks.
Sandakpur is bordered between Nepal and India. It is accessible by road transport. The hill station provides magnificent views of Kanchenjunga, green hills and landscapes.
Today you will take a jeep drive back to Bhadrapur and fly back to Kathmandu. You can spend the rest of your days exploring the temples in Kathmandu. You will be invited to join a farewell dinner from the team of Mount Adventure Holidays before your departure.

What is Included?

    • Airport/ hotel pick up and drop off by private vehicle
    • Hotels in Kathmandu, inclusive of breakfast
    • Meals during the trek
    • Guesthouse, tea house, and camping during the trek
    • Government licensed, experienced English speaking guide
    • One porter per two people
    • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
    • All government taxes
    • One trekking map per person
    • Kanchenjunga And Makalu permit and conservation fee
    • Surface transportation
    • Sleeping bags and down jackets for the trek (should be refunded after the trek)
    • First aid kit
    • Domestic flight tickets KTM–BDR/Suketar and Tumlingtar to Kathmandu

What is Excluded?

    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Beverage bills, bar bills, telephone bills, and Personal expenses.
    • Nepal entry visa
    • Tips for guide, porter, and driver
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
    • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)

Equipment Checklist

  • Day pack (25–35 liters)Pack cover
  • Sleeping bag comfortable to -10 to -20 Degree(dependent upon season, weather forecast.
  • Waterproof and comfortable hiking boots
  • Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes)
  • Headlight with extra batteries, Trekking poles
  • Trekking Clothing(3 pair t-shirt,2 pairs trousers or trekking pants,
  • Wicking, quick-dry boxers or briefs (3)
  • Wicking, quick-dry sports bra (for women)
  • Heavyweight long underwear bottoms
  • Mid-weight long underwear bottoms
  • Mid-weight long underwear top
  • Wool or synthetic T-shirts (2)
  • Mid-weight fleece or soft-shell jacket (2)
  • Convertible hiking pants
  • Fleece pants or insulated pants
  • waterproof/windproof jackets
  • Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain pants
  • Mid-weight fleece gloves or wool gloves, Liner gloves
  • Mid-weight fleece/wool winter hat, Sun hat
  • Mid-weight wool or synthetic socks (3 pairs)
  • Liner socks (optional),Sunglasses
  • Sun lotion 35 to 40, Water Bottle
  • Water filter, Slippers, Towels, Raincoat
  • Personal medicine kits


what type of shape do I need to be in, is this trip for me?

This trip is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking are recommended before you embark on your journey. The best preparation for this trek is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest. They are physically strong, sharp-witted, and have an incredibly positive attitude towards a life that we would consider extremely tough. There is something about a trek in the Himalayas that draws you back time and time again. For keen walkers, it is a paradise and even avowed non-walkers find that one foot just seems to follow the other, drawn by the appeal of what lies beyond.

Will some body come to pick me up at the airport open my arrival?

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying the Mount Adventure Holidays signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport?

YES, you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.

Do I need any extra document?

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport, and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu in Trekking?

We use standard rooms at three-star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, tea houses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Mount Adventure Holidays sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory-style. At times when possible, dining will be around a bonfire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in teahouses provides essential and basic facilities and is always outside the room.

What are the toilet facilities in the teahouse /guesthouse?

Most of the tea houses do have western-style flushing toilets however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.

Is the food in mountain prepared to international standard in terms of safety?

YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.

I am a Vegetarian, is that a Problem?

No problem at all because mostly, the lodges serve vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at a high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food. Please consult with your guide and he will update our office in Kathmandu and we can make the arrangements accordingly. If you are on a private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible whereas if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with your group and guide and your guide will update us accordingly.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

All your departure is guaranteed to run?

YES, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimal additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.

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