- School Programs
The Kangchenjunga region, located in Nepal and near the border with India, remains largely unexplored by trekkers due to its remote location and difficult accessibility from India. This has helped to preserve its pristine beauty. Trekking into this area from Sikkim has only been allowed recently.
Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain at 8,586m, is surrounded by the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, which features unspoiled forests, alpine meadows, and high-altitude wetlands. This region, located on the border of Nepal and Sikkim, is among Nepal's most sparsely populated areas. The trek takes you through lush green semi-tropical Rai and Limbu villages in the mid-hills, and remote Tibetan villages higher up in the semi-arid plateaus at the foot of the mountain.
Managed by the WWF and local communities, this stunningly beautiful conservation area is home to the endangered snow leopard, the red panda, the vulnerable Himalayan black bear, the clouded leopard, and the Assamese macaque. During the trek, you will witness the region's seasonal flower-filled valleys that receive the heaviest monsoon rains in the entire Himalayan range before moving north into spectacular high alpine landscapes full of woodlands and mountain streams.
You will then pass through high passes to Kanchenjunga Base Camp and Ramche Yalung Base Camp before returning to lower elevations and ending the trek at Taplejung. This circular trek requires a good level of fitness and provides an unforgettable experience with its ecologically diverse and stunning scenery.
Initiative Outdoor uses a layering system where different pieces of clothing are worn together or separately to achieve optimum body temperature control. The upper body garments listed here are either synthetic or merino wool garments that retain their insulating properties when wet, or nylon or Gore-Tex layers which help prevent heat loss by cutting wind, rain, and snow.
UPPER BODY LAYERS
|T-Shirts – walking||2||We recommend merino wool, Capilene or other synthetic fabric as they wick away the moisture and dry quickly. No cotton.|
|T-shirt – sleeping||1||This can be cotton|
|Base layers (ie thermal top)||1||Lightweight or mid-weight long-sleeved t-shirt of merino wool, polyester, Capilene, or Polartec power dry|
|Top insulating Layers||1||Mid-weight fleece that can be worn over other layers|
LOWER BODY LAYERS
|Underwear||Sufficient for the trek (remember you can wash them)|
|T-shirt – sleepingThermal long johns/long underwear||1|
|Trekking Trousers||2||Lightweight quick-dry trousers (no cotton). Zip offs are good|
|Evening/sleeping trousers||1(optional)||1 pair of lightweight tracksuit bottoms (sweat pants) or yoga style trousers for evening wear and sleeping in. No jeans.|
|Hiking Shorts||1||If no zip-off trousers. Below the knee for ladies|
PACKS & BAGS
|Day pack||1||Approx. 35ltrs. We will provide you with a duffle bag for your trekking gear|
|Sleeping bag with compression sack||1||Minimum 3 season|
|Sleeping bag liner||1||Optional|
|Hiking boots||1||Must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support|
|Flip flops/Camp shoes||1||Lightweight for evening use|
|Water bottles||2||One liter each, Nalgene or Sig style or a bladder if preferred|
|Water purification drops||1||Cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (Piyus)|
|Lip Balm||1||With SPF factor|
|Sunscreen||1||We recommend SPF 30 or greater|
|Personal first aid kit||1||To include any prescribed medications|
|Bandana/Buff||1||Useful for a variety of purposes.|
|Flashlight /head torch||1||Head torch is best as it leaves your hands free + extra batteries|
|Travel towel||1||Lightweight and compact|
|Wash kit||Travel size items for the trek & eco friendly if possible|
|Instant Hand Sanitizer||1||Alcohol-based for keeping hands clean|
|Trekking snacks||Good selection available in KTM|
|Camera||With charger &/or extra batteries|
|Toilet paper & rubbish bag|
|Pack of cards/travel game||1||For evening entertainment|
|Passport photos||Always useful and a must-have if you want a local sim card|
|Photocopies of all your important documents|
|A great sense of humor & a positive attitude||Essential – don’t come without it!! J|
This is a guideline only
Your trek cost includes:
Your trek cost does NOT include:
The Rolwaling Valley trek, in the Gaurishankar Conservation Area (GCA) is a moderately difficult teahouse trek located in between Langtang National Park and Khumbu (Mt.Everest) in Nepal.
Annapurna Dhaulagiri community treks in Nepal, you'll be able to contribute to the change of the living conditions of the local people.