Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of the Great Himalayan trails, which covers the eastern part of Nepal. The term “Kanchenjunga” stands for crystal clear in Nepali. Kanchenjunga (8586m) is the third highest mountain in the world and is also popularly known as the “Five Treasures of the Great Snow” i.e. Gold, Silver, Precious Stones, Grain, and Holy Scriptures. The famous Kanchenjunga is situated in North-East Nepal and is bordered by Sikkim, India. Since the mountain partly lies in Nepal and partly in India, the view of Kanchenjunga can be seen from India, Bhutan, and Tibet.

Mt. Kanchenjunga of great beauty and grace the first successful climb in 1955 from Nepal South base camp by British Expedition led by late Sir George Band, where most of the climber at present climb the summit from North base camp around Pangpema.

The trekking route to Kanchenjunga Base Camp passes through the Arun valley which is considered the most beautiful regions for trekking in Nepal.

One of the main highlights of this trek is the Kanchenjunga Conservation area which covers an area of 2035 square kilometers. The area is home to many flora and fauna as well as various wildlife including Himalayan black bear, musk deer, snow leopard, red panda, wild boar, and many others.

The route to basecamp offers variations in landscapes from alpine grasslands to sub-tropical forests, low river valley, glacial moraine, and rocky scree slopes. Throughout the trekking, trekkers get to relish the stunning panoramic view of the massive mountain peaks such as Lhotse (8516m), Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Makalu (8481m), and many others.

The Kanchenjunga region is inhabited by a mixed community of Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, and Gurung, which provides an opportunity for trekkers to understand their culture and lifestyle.

 

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our company representative will meet and welcome you to Nepal and then you'll be transferred to your confirmed hotel. Once you finish the check-in procedure, you can rest & relax at the hotel. Later you will be accompained by the office staff for a short tour of Thamel to make you familiar with some good restaurants, ATMs, money changer and other necessary places you might need during your stay in Thamel.

The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture which is the highlights of our guided tour.

A visit to Patan City will enchant you with its famous fine arts and historical architecture. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the famous streets. Finally, day ends with a Authentic Nepalese Dinner in Nepali Cultural Restaurant.

We catch early morning scenic flight to Bhadrapur. After landing, we take a jeep ride to Ilam enjoying the view of beautiful landscapes. Ilam is Nepal’s largest tea plantation area and serves as a major tourist area even for domestic tourists. The picturesque town of Ilam hosts large orchards of tea plants and is also famous for the Himalayan chew made of cheese. Overnight at hotel in Ilam.

Today, we head towards Taplejung in private transportation. Driving along the beautiful countryside view, we pass through Phidim to reach Limbu village of Taplejung. Overnight in Taplejung.

The trekking route today passes through lush mid hills and several villages with traditional mud-brick houses. We also come across rice paddies, terraced farm fields, and cardamom farms. We then continue to trek following the flow of Tamor River to reach Mitlung. Overnight in Mitlung.

Today we trek through the Limbu and Tamang villages of Sinwa, Tawa, and Porke. We also pass over old landslide debris and boulder, and strewn river deposits, before descending to ThiwaKhola. We then cross a wooden bridge to reach Chiruwa. Overnight in Chiruwa.

Trekking through the villages of Taplethok, Tamewa, Hellok, and Lelep, we move alongside Tamor River and descend towards SimbuKhola, which emerges from the Yalung Glacier. We then trek through steep and narrow GhunsaKhola valley to finally arrive in Sukathum. Overnight in Sukathum.

Moving with the flow of GhunsaKhola, we head towards Amjilosa walking through steep uphill on exposed terrain. Relishing the amazing landscape view and crossing several bridges over GhunsaKhola, we reach the Tibetan village of Amjilosa. Overnight in Amjilosa.

Today, we walk through forested trail filled with rhododendrons and bamboo, before ascending to Gyabla. We also come across a big waterfall on the opposite side of the river on our way to Gyabla. Making a steep ascent and then a descent, we arrive in Gyabla. Overnight in Gyabla.

Leaving behind the beautiful Gyabla village, we trek towards Ghunsa through a broad meadow. We then climb a small hill and descend to cross the river to reach the Tibetan village of Ghunsa with wooden houses, a micro hydropower plant, school, and a health post. Overnight in Ghunsa.

To adjust with the thinning air, we take a short hike to the opposite side of GhunsaKhola with a gain of about 400m. After returning from the hike, we can spend the rest of the day exploring the ancient village of Ghunsa visiting monasteries and learning about their Buddhist culture and tradition. Overnight in Ghunsa.

Today, we begin our trek entering the forested path along the south bank of GhunsaKhola and passing several Mani walls and Chortens along the way. We also trek through several scree slopes and some glacial moraines to reach the Tibetan settlement of Khangpachen from where we can get the stunning view of the north face of Jannu (7710m). Overnight in Khangpachen.

Leaving behind Khangpachen, we follow the trail on the left side of Kanchenjunga Glacier. We hike along a high plateau to reach the campsite of Lhonak. From Lhonak, we can see the panoramic view of massive mountain peaks like Wegde Peak (6802m), Mera Peak (6364m), Nepal Peak (7177m), Twins (7350m), and many others. Overnight in Lhonak.

Today, we head towards Kanchenjunga Base Camp following the trail along the glaciers on the northern ridges. The camp is also known as Pang Pema from where we get the mesmerizing and spectacular view of Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m) along with the skyline filled with snow-capped mountain ranges bordering Nepal-India and Nepal-Tibet. Overnight in Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

After the amazing experience in KBC, we retrace our trail to Ghunsa enjoying the spectacular view of different mountains. Descending past Lhonak and Khangpachen while walking on the moraines of Kanchenjunga Glacier and Kumbhakarna Glacier, we arrive in Ghunsa. Overnight in Ghunsa.

To reach the High Camp, we trek along a steep rocky trail through a forested area filled with birch, pine, and colorful rhododendron. An amazing view of Jannu (7710m), NyuklaLaching (6670m), Temachunggi (6044m), and other mountains can be observed from High Camp. Overnight in High Camp.

Today might be the most challenging day as we cross over two passes on our way to Tseram, the highest pass being the Sele La (4480m) and Sinon La (4660). Upon reaching the top of the passes, we are rewarded with an amazing view of Yalung Glacier, Jannu (7710m), Makalu (8481m), Baruntse (7129m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), and many other mountain ranges along the Sikkim border. We then descend to Tseram for an overnight stay.

Passing the moraines of Yalung Glacier into an ablation valley, we ascend towards Ramche. We also come across a lake and a meadow where we can spot the blue sheep grazing on the grassy hills. We will visit the small monastery in Ramche, in the evening. Overnight in Ramche.

Today, we explore the Yalung Base Camp area. Trekking through the glacial moraines and challenging rocky path, we cross Oktang, from where we can get a panoramic view of Jannu (7720m) and Kanchenjunga (8586m), and several other peaks. We return back to Ramche for an overnight stay.

 

Retracing the same trail, we trek towards AndaPhedi relishing the view of different mountain ranges and herds of blue sheep over the grassy slope. Descending through the moraines of Yalung Glacier, we walk past Lapsang and Tseram to arrive in AndaPhedi. Overnight in AndaPhedi.

 

We descend towards Tortong through the densely forested path filled with rhododendrons and bushes. We also stumble across a few streams, Chortens, monasteries, ponds, and waterfalls on our way to Tortong. Overnight at Lodge.

 

We continue to descend to the AmjiKhola and then crossing LasiyaBhanjyang (3310m) and DhupiBhanjyang (2620m), we descend towards Yamphudim. Yamphudim is a village inhabited by a mixed community of Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, and Gurung. Overnight in Yamphudim.

 

Leaving behind the village of Yamphudim, we descend towards Khebang passing through valleys, waterfalls, and forest area. Crossing suspension bridges over several streams, we walk past small settlements alongside KabeliKhola to arrive in Khebang. Overnight in Khebang.

 

Accompanied by the beautiful view of Kanchenjunga (8586m) and Kumbakaran/Jannu (7710m) in the background, we continue to trek towards Khanidingbe through lushly forested trail stumbling across several waterfalls along the way. Overnight in Khanidingbe.

 

We take a long drive to Birtamod enjoying the view of green hills, snow-capped mountains, rivers, and daily activities of the locals throughout the ride. From the mountainous part, we are now in the flatlands of Nepal. Overnight in Birtamod.

 

We drive towards Bhadrapur airport to catch our flight back to the capital city. Enjoying the aerial view of the mountains, we arrive in Kathmandu. After landing, we transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

 

You can ask your guide to take you on a sightseeing trip inside Kathmandu Valley. On this day you can go to the various museums around the valley including the Narayanhiti Museum which earlier used to be the residence of the last king of Nepal. You may also go to the hilltop of Nagarkot. After some sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the valley, you will have a farewell dinner and enjoy with your Nepali friends and guide. You might even make plans for extending your stay for Chitwan jungle safari, rafting activities, and more with your guide.

Finally, it’s SEE OFF TIME. Today is free or last minute you have few hours unique shopping for your relatives. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  •  4 nights Kathmandu in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  •  A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide, Transportations, and entrance fees
  •  Airplane flight and departure taxes OR Tourist Bus for both way
  •  Food and Accommodation during trekking (full board service – breakfast, lunch, and dinner  hot water)
  •  An experienced English speaking trekking guide and porters to carry luggage
  • including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • All necessary paper works
  • Wongchhu Peak Promotion Trekking duffel bag and trekking/ climbing map
  • ravel and rescue arrangements
  • Insurance for Nepali Staff
  • Special Welcome and Farewell Dinner.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal trekking and climbing gear
  • Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast and farewell dinner)
  • Alcohol and Beverages during the trek and climbing season
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, shower, etc.)
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation & any medical costs.

Equipment

Quantity

Waterproof Hiking shoes

1 pair

Changing shoes / sandal

1 pair

Shocks

3 pairs

Warm trousers

2 piece

Warm pants

2 pairs

T – shirts

5 piece

Long underwear

1 pair

Sweater

1 piece

Warm fleece Jacket

1 piece

Baseball hat

1 piece

Warm hat

1 piece

Waterproof pant and jacket

1 pair

Good gloves for trek and climb

2 pair

Sleeping bag

1 piece

Personal back pack

1 piece

Duffel bag

1 Piece

Sun glass

1 piece

Sun block cream

1 piece

Head lamp / torch

 

Water  bottle -1 liter bottle

2 piece

Trekking poles

1 pair

Tooth brush and tooth paste

 

Extra  batteries for head lamp/ torch and camera

 

Extra film rolls/ memory cards (if digital camera )

 

Battery charger ( if digital camera)

 

Towel

1 piece

Lip guard

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Personal first aid kits

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Rain coat

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Destination: Nepal
Region: Kanchenjunga Region
Altitude: 5143 M
Season: Spring / Autumn
Difficulty: Medium
Accommodation: Camping, Tea House
Duration: 28 Days

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