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Kangchenjunga: The Legend of Pathibhara

East Nepal is home to four of the world’s five tallest peaks.  Kangchenjunga (28,208’) is the third tallest, but due to its standing as a lone citadel looming over the surrounding countryside, it looks more imposing than almost any other peak or massif in the Great Himalayan Range.  Directly in front of the massif stands the pyramid-shaped Pathibhara (12,450’), affording dramatic close-up views of Kangchenjunga, its equally impressive neighbor, Jannu, and the entire ridged landscape of east Nepal.  

Our route to this magical hilltop takes us through rhododendron forests, a long ridgetop trail with nonstop mountain views, and some of Nepal’s most beautiful villages.  While we expect to meet no other trekkers throughout our time on the trail, we will certainly encounter devotees of Patihbhara Devi as we approach the summit.

  • Exhilaration
  • Gurung Weavers
  • Lenticular cloud over Kangchenjunga
  • Porters take a smoke break
  • Ridges of East Nepal
  • Sherpani porters take a break
  • Trekkers on Milke Danda
  • View of Jannu and Kangchenjuna from Lalikharka
  • Sherpa boys of Nundhaki

Kangchenjunga - Legend of Pathibara: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Depart US /  Day 2: En route / Day 3: Arrive Kathmandu / Day 4: Transit to Basantapur / Day 5 - 12: On trek / Day 13: Return to Kathmandu / Day 14: City tour of the capital / Day 15: Depart

Highlights

  • Nepal's best short trek
  • Four of the five tallest peaks
  • No other trekkers

Land Cost

  • From $3,150