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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Trip Overview

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of the great Himalayan trails, which covers the eastern part of Nepal. Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world and is also popularly known as the “Five Treasures of the Great Snow”. 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. This region was opened for trekking tourism only in 1988.The Sherpas inhabit the northern part of the Kanchenjunga region whereas the southern lower part is full of the ethnic groups such as Rai, Limbus, Magars, Tamangs, Brahmans and Chhetris. The Kanchanjunga trek begins and ends at small airstrip at Suketar which lies Far East corner of Nepal.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport

Day 2: Flight Kathmandu to Bhadrapur — Drive to Ilam

Day 3: Drive from Ilam to Taplejung (6 - 7 hours)

Day 4: Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung (921 m) 5-6 hours

Day 5: Trek from Mitlung to Chiruwa (1270 m) 5-6 hours

Day 6: Trek from Chiruwa to Sukathum (1579 m) 5 hours

Day 7: Trek from Sukathum to Amjilosa (2308 m) 6 hours

Day 8: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730 m) 5-6 hours

Day 9: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595 m) 5-6 hours

Day 10: Acclimatization day

Day 11: Trek from Ghunsa to Khangpachen (4050 m) 7 hours

Day 12: Trek from Khangpachen to Lhonak (4780 m) 7 hours

Day 13: Trek from Lhonak to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143 m) 3 hours

Day 14: Trek from Kanchanjunga Base Camp to Ghunsa (3595 m) 8 hours

Day 15: Trek from Ghunsa to High Camp (4,100 m) 4 -5 Hours

Day 16: Trek from High Camp to Tseram (3870 m) via Sele -La Pass - 8 hours

Day 17: Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4580 m) 7 - 8 hours

Day 18: Explore to Yalung Base Camp (4500 m) 7 — 8 hours

Day 19: Trek from Ramche to Anda Phedi (3390 m) 5 hours

Day 20: Trek from Anda Phedi to Tortong (2995 m) 5 hours

Day 21: Trek from Tortong to Yamphudim (2080 m) 5 — 6 hours

Day 22: Trek from Yamphudim to Khebang (1915 m) 5 -6 hours

Day 23: Trek from Khebang to Khanidingbe

Day 24: Drive Khanidingbe to Birtamod by jeep

Day 25: Morning drive to Bhadrapur airport and flight back to Kathmandu

Day 26: Final departure to the international airport  

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our company representative picks you up and transfers you to the hotel.

Day 2: Flight Kathmandu to Bhadrapur — Drive to Ilam

Ilam
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.

Day 3: Drive from Ilam to Taplejung (6 - 7 hours)

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

Day 4: Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung (921 m) 5-6 hours
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.

Day 5: Trek from Mitlung to Chiruwa (1270 m) 5-6 hours
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 Thiwa Khola. We then cross a wooden bridge to reach Chiruwa.

Day 6: Trek from Chiruwa to Sukathum (1579 m) 5 hours
Trekking through the villages of Taplethok, Tamewa, Hellok, and Lelep, we move alongside Tamor River and descend towards Simbu Khola, which emerges from the Yalung Glacier. We then trek through steep and narrow Ghunsa Khola valley to finally arrive in Sukathum.

Day 7: Trek from Sukathum to Amjilosa (2308 m) 6 hours
Moving with the flow of Ghunsa Khola, we head towards Amjilosa walking through steep uphill on exposed terrain. Relishing the amazing landscape view and crossing several bridges over Ghunsa Khola, we reach the Tibetan village of Amjilosa.

Day 8: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730 m) 5-6 hours
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.

Day 9: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595 m) 5-6 hours


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.

Day 10: Acclimatization day
To adjust with the thinning air, we take a short hike to the opposite side of Ghunsa Khola with a gain of about 400m. After returning from the hike, we can spend rest of the day exploring the ancient village of Ghunsa visiting monasteries and learning about their Buddhist culture and tradition.

Day 11: Trek from Ghunsa to Khangpachen (4050 m) 7 hours
Today, we begin our trek entering the forested path along the south bank of Ghunsa Khola 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).

Day 12: Trek from Khangpachen to Lhonak (4780 m) 7 hours
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.

Day 13: Trek from Lhonak to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143 m) 3 hours


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.

Day 14: Trek from Kanchanjunga Base Camp to Ghunsa (3595 m) 8 hours
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.

Day 15: Trek from Ghunsa to High Camp (4,100 m) 4 -5 Hours


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), Nyukla Laching (6670m), Temachunggi (6044m), and other mountains can be observed from High Camp. 

Day 16: Trek from High Camp to Tseram (3870 m) via Sele -La Pass - 8 hours
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 Sinion 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.

Day 17: Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4580 m) 7 - 8 hours
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.

Day 18: Explore to Yalung Base Camp (4500 m) 7 — 8 hours


Today, we explore 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.

Day 19: Trek from Ramche to Anda Phedi (3390 m) 5 hours
Retracing the same trail, we trek towards Anda Phedi 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 Anda Phedi.

Day 20: Trek from Anda Phedi to Tortong (2995 m) 5 hours
We descend towards Tortong through the densely forested path filled with rhododendrons and bushes. We also stumble across few streams, Chortens, monasteries, ponds, and waterfalls on our way to Tortong.

Day 21: Trek from Tortong to Yamphudim (2080 m) 5 — 6 hours
We continue to descend to the Amji Khola and then crossing Lasiya Bhanjyang (3310m) and Dhupi Bhanjyang (2620m), we descend towards Yamphudim. Yamphudim is a village inhabited by a mixed community of Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, and Gurung.

Day 22: Trek from Yamphudim to Khebang (1915 m) 5 -6 hours
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 Kabeli Khola to arrive in Khebang.

Day 23: Trek from Khebang to Khanidingbe
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.

Day 24: Drive Khanidingbe to Birtamod by jeep
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.

Day 25: Morning drive to Bhadrapur airport and flight back to Kathmandu
We drive towards Bhadrapur airport to catch our flight back to kathmamndu. After landing, we transfer you to the hotel.

Day 26: Final departure to the international airport  
We drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure.

Equipment List

  • Sleeping bag 
  •  Duffel or Rucksack bag 
  •  A down Jacket
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair light weight warm gloves.
  • T-shirts 2- 3 pieces
  • Light weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket 
  • A pair’s nylon hiking shorts
  • Two pairs trekking pants
  • Four pairs of liner warm socks
  • A pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
  • A pair light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
  • Head/torch Light.
     

Useful Info

The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at mountainsunvalley@gmail.com
 

FAQ

What sort of accommodation can I expect in trekking?
Along the trekking routes, we provide the best possible camping service complete with comfortable two person tents with good mattresses. A kitchen, dining, shower, toilet tents, chairs with tables are also provided. We usually camp in or near a village, which allows you to buy sweets and drinks, which we do not carry with us. You will also get a small bucket of hot water each morning in your tent for a quick scrub up.

What sort of food can I expect in trekking?

During the camping, our expert camping cook can prepare normal and special meals upon request. There is a wider variety of food available, including Western-style food, and you may request to eat at any point of the day. The camping price includes an all-you-can-eat food service.

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. 

From USD1250pp

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Duration 26 days
Transportation Flight/ Jeep/Bus
Group Size 2-15
Difficulty Moderate/Strenuous
Max Elevation 5,400 m
Accomodation TeaHouse/Camping
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