Discover the rich cultural heritage of the Limbu Rai and Sherpa people as you explore the hidden treasures of the Eastern Gem Valley.
The Kanchenjunga trek offers a unique and off-the-beaten-path adventure experience for adventure enthusiasts from the Terai to the Himalayas. It takes trekkers to the base of Mount Kanchenjunga 8,586 meters (28,169 ft), the third highest mountain in the world, and combines the north and south base camps of the mountain. The trek offers a variety of landscapes and environments, including remote and beautiful cultural villages.
The Kanchenjunga trail is rich in biological diversity, nature, and culture. During the trek, trekkers stay in primitive tea houses where local people offer warm hospitality and serve traditional food, allowing visitors to get close to their culture and lifestyle. The trek not only provides a great holiday but also gives tourists a feeling of remoteness for those who want to lose themselves in nature.
Trekkers can expect to pass through numerous picturesque farming villages, including the world-famous Ilam green tea garden, and see cardamom cultivated fields where hillsides are striped with terraces. The trek also features lush sub-tropical forests, breathtaking terraced rice fields, crystal-clear perennial rivers, valleys with waterfalls, misty old-growth coniferous forests, grazing pasture lands for yaks, horses, and cows, and huge stunning glaciers and glacial lake views. High passes like Selele and Miring La, reaching an altitude of 4,663 meters, offer unparalleled panoramic mountain views and a challenging trekking experience.
In addition to the natural beauty, the Kanchenjunga trek is culturally diverse, with opportunities to interact with the local Limbu, Rai, Sherpa, and Gurung communities. During the trek, travelers may stop at village houses or remote yak huts to share tea and experience the warmth and hospitality of the local communities.
Overall, the Kanchenjunga trek offers a rugged wilderness experience, panoramic mountain views, and the chance to immerse oneself in the natural beauty and rich culture of the region.
Mount Kanchenjunga: The trek takes you to the base of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, standing at 8,586 meters.
High Passes: The trek includes high passes like Selele and Miring La high Pass, which offer a challenging trek with a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape.
Kanchenjunga Conservation Area: The trek takes you through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, a protected area that is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including rare and endangered species.
Natural Beauty: The trek takes you through a variety of landscapes, from picturesque farming villages to sub-tropical river valleys, old-growth coniferous forests, Alpine tundra, and glaciers, providing an opportunity to witness the natural beauty of the region.
Cultural Diversity: The Kanchenjunga trek is culturally diverse, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the local culture and traditions of the blend of Limbu, Rais, Sherpa, and Gurung peoples.
Panoramic Views: The trek provides breathtaking panoramic views of the Kanchenjunga massif, as well as the surrounding mountains, making it an ideal destination for adventure travelers.
Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventure: The Kanchenjunga trek offers a unique and off-the-beaten-path adventure, providing travelers with the opportunity to explore the rugged wilderness and experience the warmth and hospitality of the local communities.
Availability of Accommodations: Although the trek is less popular due to its remote location and logistics challenges, basic teahouses
High-altitude Glacial Lakes: The trek takes you to high-altitude glacial lakes, including the Oktang and Yalung glaciers, which are some of the most beautiful natural wonders of the trek.
Waterfalls and Rivers: The trek passes through several waterfalls and rivers, including the Tamur and Ghunsa Rivers, which offer stunning views and an opportunity to relax and refresh. and village homestays are available for most of the route during the best trekking seasons.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400m)
Day 2: Briefing and sightseeing day in Kathmandu (1,400m)
Day 3: Fly to Bhadrapur (91m), drive To Ilam (1,667m)
Day 4: Drive to Taplejung (1,800m), trek to Mitlung (921m)
Day 5: Trek Mitlung to Chhirwa (1,270m)
Day 6: Trek Chhirawa to Sekathum (1,660m)
Day 7: Trek Sekathum to Amjilasa (2,510m)
Day 8: Trek Amjilasa to Gyabla (2,730m)
Day 9: Trek Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,595m)
Day 10: Acclimatization Day at Ghunsa (3,595m)
Day 11: Trek Ghunsa to Khambachen (4,100m)
Day 12: Acclimatization rest day side trip to Limbu shrine land (4,100m)
Day 13: Trek Khambachen to Lhonak (4,785m)
Day 14: Trek Lhonak to Pangpema (5,143m) at Northside Base Camp of Kanchenjunga and return to Lhonak (4,785m)
Day 15: Return to Ghunsa (3,595m)
Day 16: Trek to High Camp before Mirgin La (4,100m)
Day 17: Cross Mirgin La (4,663m) to trek to Tseram (3,870m)
Day 18: Trek Tseram to Oktang (4,730m), camp at Ramche (4,580m)
Day 19: Trek Ramche to Toronden (3,000m)
Day 20: Trek Toronden to Sherpa gau (2,080m)
Day 21: Trek Sherpa gau to Phumpe Danda (1,860m)
Day 22: Trek Phumpe danda to Kande Bhanjang (2,170m)
Day 23: Drive to Suketar (2,300m)
Day 24: Drive to Bhadrapur (91m)
Day 25: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 26: Reserve Day
Day 27: Departure.
Representatives from Himalayan Diamond Adventures will greet you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be welcomed with a fresh flower garland, a traditional Nepali greeting, and then escorted to the hotel for bed and breakfast service. The drive from the airport to the hotel takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes, if there is no traffic jam on our way. After checking into the hotel, we will have a short refreshment meeting at the hotel. In the evening, the company will host a welcome dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant, complete with a cultural dance performance, to celebrate the start of your trip. During the dinner, your guide will provide a brief overview of the schedule for the following day.
This morning, your leader will conduct a trek briefing and check your gear. We will collect your passports to apply for the trekking permits. After the briefing, we will organize a one-day guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley, visiting three of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. First, you will visit Patan Durbar Square, followed by the Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath, and finally the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath. The tour is expected to finish around 4 PM. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Kathmandu and pack your bags. You can leave a bag at the hotel with items that are not needed for the trek.
We will take a morning flight to the small airport at Bhadrapur in Eastern Nepal. We will then drive by private bus to the town of Ilam, where we will spend the night in a hotel. This region is famous for its tea plantations, and Darjeeling is not far on the Indian side of the border.
We will depart early in the morning and drive through tea and cardamom plantations. We will stop at the top of a pass on the road, where we will get our first magnificent view of Mount Kanchenjunga. We will continue the drive to Taplejung, where we will meet the trekking crew.
After lunch, we will start the trek by following a steep trail down to the Tamur River. The trail may be slippery, so it is recommended to use two trekking poles for stability.
From the camp, the trail descends to the Tamur River, passing several villages along the way. This is a fertile area with crops including rice, millet, potatoes, and vegetables.
There is a descent to a wooden bridge that crosses the Thiwa Khola. The trail undulates before arriving at Chirwa, a village that has a bazaar, some lodges, and shops. We will set up camp a short distance from the village, in a large field near a large boulder.
After leaving the camp, the trail follows the Tamur River along the valley floor. After a couple of hours, we will arrive at Taplechok, which is at an altitude of 1,380m. After checking our trekking permit at the park gate, we will cross a suspension bridge over the river. We will walk along the west bank, along a path where cardamom is growing in the forest. Cardamom is a cash crop and grows well in the middle hills of Eastern Nepal.
We will have lunch at a lodge in Phembu after about 3 and a half hours of trekking. After lunch, the trail ascends above the Tamur River to Lelep, which is at an altitude of 1,750m. We will cross a suspension bridge over the Tamur River to enter the more narrow Ghunsa Khola Valley. Our camp for the night will be at Sekathum. From here, you will get the first views of the high Himalayas, where Jannu may be visible on a clear day up the Ghunsa Valley.
At Sekathum camp, we cross a suspension bridge and embark on a trail that winds through dense forest. The path is steep and narrow in places, as we hike through a dramatic gorge. After approximately 2 hours of trekking, we stop at one of the basic lodges in Solima for lunch. After lunch, we continue on a trail that follows a series of switchbacks up through trees, reaching Amjilossa after about 2 to 3 hours of hiking. Amjilasa is situated high above the gorge and will be our camping site for the night.
We will depart from Amjilossa and take a brief ascent to reach a ridge. The trail will take us through a forest abundant with bamboo, oak, and rhododendron trees. As we descend towards Ghunsa Khola, we'll come to a place called Thyanyani. The trail will have some ups and downs, and after passing a majestic waterfall, there will be a final, steep climb to reach the destination of Gyabla.
From Gyabla, the valley opens out and we walk along an easier path for most of the way to Phole. It starts to get cooler today as we climb above 3,000m. The vegetation changes with more rhododendrons and azaleas. Before reaching Phole, we pass through the winter settlement used by Ghunsa villagers.
At Phole village, there is a monastery, and you are likely to see women weaving carpets. It takes another 1 ½ hours to reach the larger village of Ghunsa. This is a Tibetan village with wooden houses covered in colorful prayer flags. There are lodges, shops, and a small Kanchenjunga Conservation Area office. We will camp in the garden of one of the lodges and will use their dining room for meals. Hot showers are available in the lodge
We stay in Ghunsa for two days to acclimatize to the high altitude. It's advisable to take morning walks which will aid acclimatization. Our morning walk takes us to Lobsang La which is at 4,000m and takes approximately 3 hours to reach from the camp and 2 hours to return to Ghunsa.
After leaving Ghunsa, we follow the path through pine and rhododendron forest on the east bank of the Ghunsa Khola. Along the way, we pass Buddhist mani walls and chortens. After three hours of walking, we cross a bridge over the Ghunsa Khola and take a break for lunch at Rampuk Kharka (3,720m). The surrounding mountain scenery becomes increasingly spectacular, with the dramatic north face of Jannu towering above. Be cautious while crossing the landslide before Khambachen, as there is a risk of rockfall. The trail then contours the hillside and descends to Khambachen, a Tibetan settlement with houses nestled in a grassy plain surrounded by mountains.
Spend two nights at Khambachen (4,100m) for acclimatization. In the morning, go for a walk to aid your adaptation to high altitude with the "climb high, sleep low" strategy. Consider taking a walk up Nupchu Khola for a breathtaking view of Mount Jannu. For a longer hike, go to the Jannu shrine (4,400m) - a 5-6 hour round trip.
From Khambachen, the trail follows along a lateral moraine, passing through a seasonal yak herder's camp called Ramtang, which is situated at an altitude of 4,370m. The vegetation along the trail includes azalea, juniper, and rhododendron. After an hour or so, the trail becomes rockier, and you need to be alert for potential rockfall as you pass under a landslide area. Continuing on, you will walk through rocky areas and cross moraines northwest of the Kanchenjunga Glacier, finally reaching the campsite at Lhonak, near some stone huts.
At Lhonak, you will be able to enjoy stunning views of peaks such as Wedge Peak (6,750m), Mera (6,344m), Nepal Peak (6,910m), and Twins (7,351m) among others.
From Lhonak, we follow the lateral moraine of Kanchenjunga Glacier for 2 hours, passing through rocky and landslide areas. We reach Pangpema, a grassy area with stone huts, in another 2 hours, where we can admire the stunning north face of Kanchenjunga. After lunch, it takes us 3 hours to return to Lhonak.
We walk back along the same trail through Kambachen back to Ghunsa village.
After departing from Ghunsa, we follow a rocky trail through the forest, ascending to the Selele La pass, which is at an altitude of 4,290m. The views from the pass are fantastic and you can spot High Camp, which is located just a short walk of about half an hour away. High Camp is situated in a protected, sheltered spot and features wooden lodges, as well as a small lake nearby. From this location, you can also catch a glimpse of Mount Makalu in the far distance.
After starting early from High Camp, we follow the trail and ascend to our first pass, Sinion La, which is located at an altitude of 4,440m. The trail then contours the hillside, followed by a short, steep climb to Mirgin La Pass at 4,480m. Afterward, the trail descends and contours, before a final steep
climb brings us to the top of Sinelapche La Pass, which is situated at 4,840m. Today, we are treated to magnificent views from the top of each pass.
After the final pass, there is a 1,000m descent to Tseram, a small settlement situated above the Simbua Khola. The trail passes a small lake as it descends towards Tseram.
In the morning we hike up to Ramche for lunch. The trail leads us past the snout of the Yalung glacier into an ablation valley, with all the peaks to the east straddling the India-Nepal border, including Koktang (6,147m), Rathongden (6,679m), and others over 7,000m. There is a lake, a meadow, and two stone houses at Ramche, where blue sheep can often be spotted on the grassy slopes above.
In the afternoon, we continue following the ablation valley to Oktang, offering a view of the South West face of Mount Kanchenjunga. The three main summits of the Kanchenjunga massif rise over 8,400m and we can see the climbing route to its summit, first scaled by Joe Brown and George Band in 1955.
We follow the trail back to Tseram, walking along the river through a rhododendron forest to Tortongden, where we set up camp for the night.
From Tortongden, the trail ascends through the forest and a landslide zone, taking approximately 3 hours to reach the lunch spot at Lamite Bhanjang. After lunch, the trail descends on a well-defined path for around 2 hours before crossing the Imja Khola. It then follows the hillside contouring around it, before dropping into Yamphudin, a village with a diverse community made up of Sherpas, Rais, Limbus, and Gurungs. There is also the office of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area located here.
After leaving Yamphudin, we follow an undulating path high above the river to Mamankhe, and then enter a side canyon and cross a stream on a long suspension bridge. Finally, we arrive at Phomphe village, where two tea shops are located on a ridge.
From Phumpe Danda, we traverse a series of valleys, passing several villages, until reaching Kande Bhanjyang, where we set up camp for the night.
From Khande Bhanjang, we take jeeps to Suketar, marking the end of an amazing journey around the Nepalese side of Mount Kanchenjunga.
We drive to Bhadrapur following the same road as on the way in passing through Ilam.
We take the flight from Bhadrapur back to Kathmandu.
We arrange transfers to Kathmandu airport for your flight back home.
Note: that the outlined itinerary is designed for those who prefer a full package service. However, we understand that preferences and time constraints may vary, so we offer the flexibility to customize the itinerary according to your needs. The selection of itineraries and staff will be based on your specific requirements and budget. Additionally, we have options available for partial visits to accommodate your preferences and financial situation.
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A long trek in a remote region around Kanchendzönga organized by Chandra and his team from Himalayan Diamond Adventures. As on the treks before, Chandra listens to his customers, accomodates for personal needs and is prepared for the inevitable change. This time Sargar joined me as guide and Asbir as our cook and porter. In more than ten trekking trips to Nepal, I never had team that worked better, every moment of the trip was enjoyable.
Communication was perfect at all times, Sagar and Asbir kept us safe and their in depth knowledge and care about my wellbeing made this another special experience. Be it fresh fruit in the mountains, well choosen places to stay, outstanding cooking and the fun we had on the way, it could n't have been better. Thanks to you for sharing your beautiful country, your time and dedication to deliver the best!
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|25 September, 2023 - 21 October, 2023||2800 person||$ USD|
When going on a tour, it's important to bring essential documents to ensure a smooth and hassle-free trip. Here are some documents that we highly recommend you bring with you.
Passport: When traveling to a foreign country, it is important to ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining before its expiration date and at least 2 blank visa pages. This is because many countries require that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your expected departure date and has sufficient blank pages for visa stamps and entry/exit stamps.
Visa: Depending on your destination, you may need a visa to enter the country. Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you're visiting to see if you need a visa. Visit the official website of the Department of Immigration of Nepal at https://www.immigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa
Travel itinerary: It's always a good idea to have a printed copy of your travel itinerary, including flight and hotel reservations, tour bookings, and any other important travel plans.
Travel insurance: As a traveler, it is advisable to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance package that covers potential medical issues, personal accidents, emergency helicopter evacuation, loss or damage of personal belongings, and trip cancellations, especially if you are planning to trek to high altitudes up to 5,500 meters, such as Everest Base Camp. It is also important to ensure that the insurance covers the cost of cancellation for both your international flight and the trek. The minimum recommended coverage amount is USD 100,000. Many insurance companies offer travel insurance services online, so you can easily find a plan that meets your needs.
COVID-19 vaccination certification: To obtain a Nepal tourist visa during the ongoing pandemic, travelers need to show either a completed COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code or a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of boarding.
Health documents: If you're traveling to a country with specific health requirements, such as a yellow fever vaccination, make sure to bring the necessary health documents.
Driver's license: If you plan on driving while on tour, make sure to bring your driver's license.
Credit cards and cash: Bring enough cash and credit cards to cover your expenses while on tour.
Emergency contact information: Write down the contact information for someone you trust in case of an emergency. This could include a family member, friend, or employer.
It's always a good idea to make copies of all your important documents and keep them in a safe place in case the originals get lost or stolen. Additionally, you may want to consider using a travel document organizer to keep all your important documents organized and easily accessible.
If you are traveling to Nepal, then here are some essential documents you will need to have with you in order to ensure a smooth and hassle-free trip.
❖ Valid passport with at least 6 months validity and at least 2 blank visa pages
❖ Travel insurance policy document
❖ Photocopies of your passport's personal information page
❖ One or more recent passport-sized photos with a white background (1.5 inch x 1.5 inch)
❖ Completed and signed Nepal visa application form
❖ Proof of accommodation in Nepal (such as a hotel reservation or address)
❖ Valid return flight or travel ticket
❖ Proof of sufficient financial means, such as recent bank statements
❖ Mastercard, Visa, and some cash in USD
❖ Proof of payment of the Nepal visa fee
❖ To obtain a visa for Nepal, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the travel date and you must present either a completed COVID-19 vaccination certificate with QR code or a valid PCR test negative result taken within 72 hours prior to boarding.
Visit the official website of the Department of Immigration of Nepal at https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa.
1. Fill out the online application form with your personal information, including your name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, and intended travel dates.
2. Upload a recent passport-size photograph in JPEG or PNG format.
3. Pay the visa fee online using a credit card or debit card. The cost of the visa depends on the length of your stay in Nepal, but it typically ranges from $30 to $125.
4. Once you have submitted your application and payment, you will receive a confirmation email with a receipt and an application ID.
5. After your application has been processed, you will receive another email with a link to download your visa. You should print out the visa and carry it with you when you travel to Nepal. It's important to note that the online tourist visa is valid for multiple entries and is valid for 15, 30, or 90 days, depending on your length of stay. Also, be sure to apply for your visa well in advance of your travel date to allow time for processing.
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We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance package that covers high altitudes up to 5,200 meters, potential medical issues, natural disasters, personal accidents, emergency helicopter evacuation, hospitalization, loss or damage of personal belongings, and trip cancellations. The minimum recommended coverage amount is USD 100,000. There are many insurance companies that offer travel insurance services online. You should compare plans to find the one that best meets your needs.
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As Nepal's topography is divided into three geographical regions - Terai, Hills, and Mountains - each region experiences different temperatures during different seasons. Below is a tabular illustration of temperature changes throughout the different seasons in Nepal, which will allow you to better understand the changing weather conditions.
Seasons Minimum temperature (approx) Maximum temperature (approx) Weather Condition
Spring 4°C/ 39°F (Mountain) 20°C/ 68°F (Mountain) Moderate with occasional rain
Summer 12°C/ 53°F (Mountain) 25°C/ 77°F (Mountain) Extreme high with heavy rain
Autumn 3°C/ 37°F (Mountain) 18°C/ 64°F (Mountain) Moderate
Winter 10°C/ 50°F (Terai) -4°C/ 24°F (Mt.) 20°C/ 68°F (Terai) to 12°C/ 53°F (Mountain) Extreme low
After a thorough analysis of all the seasons, it has been suggested that autumn is the best time of the year to trek in Nepal. The mild temperatures from September to November make the trekking experience more enjoyable. During this time of the year, trekking routes throughout the country are jam-packed with travelers from all around the world.
However, as mid-December is generally the holiday season in most countries, including the United States, there is a spike in the number of international tourists during early winter as well. Interestingly, to make the holiday season even more special, travel companies offer some of the best holiday destination packages during this time. So, be sure to take advantage of the best travel opportunities with the assistance of Himalayan Diamond Adventure.
Nonetheless, if you cannot make it in autumn, spring also allows for favorable conditions for trekking in Nepal. The warmer days and nights, lush plants and vegetation, and clear trekking trails during spring make the trek worthwhile. However, the downside is occasional rain and slightly higher temperatures in the lower elevations. All in all, after autumn, spring is the second-best time to trek in Nepal.
Thousands of tourists visit Nepal every year to enjoy the picturesque nature and trek through the adventurous and diverse terrain. However, the best times to trek in Nepal are autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). During these seasons, travelers are blessed with moderate temperatures and enjoyable weather conditions throughout the country.
As calm as it may seem, the challenging terrains of the Himalayas in Nepal can present trekkers with gruesome scenarios during harsh weather conditions. To avoid any unforeseen situations and to enjoy nature at its best, most trekkers prefer autumn for backpacking. However, it may not be the best time of the year to trek in Nepal for everyone. Some may prefer off-season trekking to avoid the crowds. Therefore, exploring the various seasons can help you choose a favorable time for trekking in Nepal based on your preferences.
Throughout the year, the landscape of Nepal experiences four seasons, each with its own uniqueness that brings significant changes to the natural environment. Below are some detailed insights into the four seasons in Nepal.
Spring in Nepal lasts from March to May and is one of the preferred seasons for trekking throughout the country. During this time, the climate is moderate, with slightly higher temperatures reaching up to about 32°C (89°F) in the lower elevation regions and around 20°C (68°F) at higher altitudes. The sky is usually clear with mild days and occasional rain.
Spring brings a rejuvenation of nature. Flowers begin to blossom, trees become lusher with newly sprung leaves, and spring vegetation sprouts again. Likewise, the flora and fauna of the Himalayan terrain also resuscitate from the harsh winter. Overall, spring is considered a great time for trekking in Nepal due to the alluring freshness of nature.
With the end of May, summer starts in Nepal and lasts from June to August, which is also the monsoon season in the country. During these months, the weather can be harsh, with scorching heat and heavy rain throughout the nation. The rising humidity and extreme hot weather conditions may restrict travelers from fully enjoying their trip.
Although the lower elevation regions experience harsh summers, the Himalayan terrains are not as brutal. In the mountain regions, temperatures can range from approximately 25°C to 12°C (77°F to 53°F). However, heavy rains can make trekking through rocky mountain terrain challenging, and the cloudy sky may obscure mountain views.
With the arrival of autumn from September to November, Nepal becomes a popular destination for trekking. During this season, the weather is usually pleasant with clear skies, moderate temperatures, and gentle sunshine throughout the day. However, early autumn may bring occasional light rainfall. As the season progresses into October and November, the monsoon season completely ends, and cooler weather conditions prevail.
Many people choose to trek to popular destinations such as Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, and Poon Hill during this season. Additionally, autumn is festival season in Nepal, and visitors can witness major celebrations such as Dashain and Tihar, which provide an opportunity to experience Nepali culture and traditions. Many travel packages are available for the best treks in Nepal during this season, and our travel experts can help you plan your trip to align with the festival season.
Winter, which lasts from December to February, is the harshest season for trekking in Nepal. As the temperature drops in December, nights become chilly, and temperatures can reach around 9°C (48°F) during the day and below 0°C (32°F) during the night in higher altitudes. During peak winter, many high passes and trekking routes in the mountains are covered with dense fog and snow, increasing the risk of unexpected accidents.
Because of the risks of unpleasant trekking conditions, most travelers avoid trekking in the Himalayan terrains during the winter season. Additionally, most expeditions and mountain climbing, including trekking in the Everest region, also come to a halt during the harsh winter. Overall, it may not be the best time to trek due to the challenges presented by the weather conditions.