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25 Days 24 Nights
Availability : Whole Year
Thamel Kathmandu
Kanchenjunga Region
Min Age : 16
Max People : 15

Kanchenjunga Base Camp

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  • Wi-Fi: Some Place
  • Maximum Altitude: 4880m
  • Walking: 5 to 7 hours /day

Overview

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of the major Himalayan routes, covering the eastern part of Nepal. The word “Kanchenjunga” represents a shiny disc in Nepali. Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world which is also known as the “Five Treasures of the Great Snow.” The famous Kanchenjunga is located in northeastern Nepal and borders Sikkim, India. Since the mountain is partly in Nepal and partly in India, Kanchenjunga’s view can be seen in India, Bhutan, and Tibet.

The route to Kanchenjunga Base Camp passes through Arun village, which is considered to be one of the best travel regions in Nepal. One of the highlights of the trip is the Kanchenjunga Conservation area covering an area of ​​2035 square kilometers. The area is rich in flowers and wildlife, as well as a variety of wildlife, including the black Himalayan bear, musk deer, snow leopard, red panda, wild boar, and many more.

The basecamp route offers a variety of plains ranging from alpine mountains to tropical forests, low river valleys, glacial moraine, and rocky slopes. Throughout the trek, hikers enjoy spectacular views of majestic mountains such as the Lhotse (8516m), Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m) Makalu (8481m), and many more. The Kanchenjunga region is home to a mixed community of Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, and Gurung, which allows pedestrians to understand their culture and way of life.

Our Kanchenjunga camp tour is a 26-day trip east of Nepal, with 21 days of actual travel covering 220 kilometers in a less-visited area and incorporating a spectacular variety from the lush, tropical forest to rhododendrons, chestnuts, and oak forests and ascended to the glaciated base camp of the third highest peak in the world. Tourist numbers at this destination are restricted, so to travel in Kanchenjunga, you need a local guide, and at least two pedestrians must obtain and obtain the necessary permits.

Although its natural beauty is impressive, the Kanchenjunga region is not yet a popular tourist destination due to its geographical location and lack of infrastructure. In recent years, tea shops have been opened in villages and other convenient locations. This means that smaller groups can now travel here more accessible and the cost of accommodation and food goes directly to the local economy. 

Trek Overview:

  • Destination: Kanchenjunga Base Camp
  • Starting point: Kathmandu
  • Ending point: Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude: 4880m 
  • No. of days: 26
  • Best season: Spring and autumn 
  • Group size: 2-6 

Trek highlights

  • Trek through a challenging crossing in a region that is rarely visited by pedestrians.
  • Follow the glaciers of the Tamur and Ghunsa Rivers to their source on the northwest side of the Kanchenjunga Himal.
  • Pass Mirgin La Pass (4500m), drive to Kanchenjunga Base Camp and spend the night at Pangpema (5140m).
  • Prove the incomparable views of the Kanchenjunga River, the Makalu range, and the surrounding mountains, including Jannu
  • Travel to remote villages of the people of Gurung, Limbu, Rai, and Sherpa.
  • A challenge to yourself to once in a lifetime experience, remote valleys, and one of the last untouched parts of Nepal
  • Explore and embrace the wilderness. Immersing in the rich flora and fauna of the region
  • Capture beautiful landscape and clustered, snow-capped mountains.
  • A unique experience to taste authentic and local Nepal cuisine
  • Accomplish one of the wilder, unexplored, long, and difficult trekking routes in Nepal.

Outline itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/ 4428ft.)
  • Day 02: Spare day in Kathmandu (1350m/ 4428ft.)
  • Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (93m), Drive to Taplejung (1820m)
  • Day 04: Trek from Taplejung to Chiruwa (1190m)
  • Day 05: Trek from Chiruwa to Sekathum (1640m) 
  • Day 06: Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa (2490m)
  • Day 07: Trek from Amijilosa to Gyabla (2730m)
  • Day 08: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3430m)
  • Day 09: Rest and acclimatization at Ghunsa
  • Day 10: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4040m)
  • Day 11: Acclimatization Day
  • Day 12: Trek from Khangpachen to Lhonak (4790m)
  • Day 13: Trek to Kanchenjunga Base camp, and back to Lhonak (5140m)
  • Day 14: Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa (3215 m)
  • Day 15: Trek from Ghunsa to High Camp (4100m)
  • Day 16: Trek to Tseram (3870m) through Mirgin La Pass (4480m)
  • Day 17: Head to Ramche (4620m) through Octang, Yalung Glaciers
  • Day 18: Trek from Ramchaur to Tortong (3000m)
  • Day 19: Trek down to Dorongdin (3000m) 
  • Day 20: Head down from Dorongdin to Sherpa Gaun, Yamphudim (2080m)
  • Day 21: Trek to Mamangkhe to Kande Vanjyang(1858m)
  • Day 22: Trek from Vanjyang to Suketar (2400m)
  • Day 23: Drive to Bhadrapur 
  • Day 24: Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 25:  Final Departure

Departure & Return Location

Thamel Marga Central Thamel Kathmandu  (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • Airport pick up & final departure by private vehicle.
  • Welcome & farewell cultural dinner.
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • A day three meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) on your choice from the menu during the treks.
  • Seasonal fruits.
  • Standard tea house during the treks.
  • Equipment as like (sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, walking poles, crampons) to be returned after the trip is complete.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • A strong porter (2:1) one porter carrying two member’s bags including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • An excellent government licensed holder guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • All needed permit & national park fees.
  • Trekking route map.
  • First aid kid box including oximeter & pulse meter checker.
  • An emergency helicopter rescue services, if in case.
  • An achievement certificate.
  • Government tax & service charge.

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses as like the phone & camera charging, hot shower, wifi
  • Tips to guide & porter
  • Extra an activities, in case if you have an extra day on your holidays.
  • All kind of drinks as like mineral water, beer, tea, coffee, juice, Coke, Fanta, and hard drinks.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu, in case if you return earlier from the treks.
  • UNESCO entrance fee
  • Lunch & dinner during stay in city.

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect
  • Explore the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu
  • Scenic Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • Experience one of the dangerous trekking route of Nepal.
  • Get connected with two different lovely valleys, providing an authentic wilderness experience.
  • ● Witness the prominent areas, including Lukla, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, and the Khumbu district, with views of the Everest base camp.
  • Witness the various Sherpa villages and people living in the Namche Bazar.
  • Enjoy the speculator views of mountains throughout the journey.
  • Explore the Tengboche Monastery.
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Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/ 4428 ft.)

Max. Altitude: Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428 ft.)

Meals Included: Dinner 

Our representative will meet you at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport. You can immediately proceed to your chosen Kathmandu accommodation. You are free to spend the day any way you see fit. 

Some well-known eateries in Kathmandu can also be visited. Your guide will provide you with information on the walk in the afternoon. 

You will spend your night in Kathmandu in a hotel. You can also stroll around the streets to explore the nightlife in the city. 

Day 2: Spare day in Kathmandu (1350m/ 4428ft.)

Trip duration: Half-day

Maximum altitude: Kathmandu (1350m/ 4428ft.)

Meals included: Breakfast 

Our itinerary package includes a short tour to the Kathmandu valley before darting towards Bhadrapur. After breakfast, we will take you to UNESCO world heritage sites inside the Kathmandu valley. 

Since half a day is not enough to visit all the heritage sites, we can take you to visit very popular sites where local people would want to visit every day, i.e., Pashupatinath temple and Bouddhanath Stupa. 

Our representative will be at your hotel to pick you up. He will then drive you to Pashupatinath temple first. Pashupatinath temple is a sacred and religious place for Hindu pilgrims as well as devotees. 

After then you will be visiting Boudhanath Stupa, which takes about 20-25 minutes by four-wheelers from Pashupatinath temple. Boudhanath stupa is again one of the religious places for Buddhists, yet people of all religions can visit. You can also do personal shopping on the way or during the visit. 

Day 3: Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (930m), Drive to Taplejung (1820m)

Kilometers: Kathmandu to Bhadrapur to Taplejung (481 km)

Flight duration: Bhadrapur (50 min)

Trek Duration: Taplejung 

Maximum altitude: 236 Ft.   

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Badarpur is located in Terai, southeast of Lukla. The flight from Kathmandu takes about 50 minutes and gives an idea of ​​the Himalayan region on the upcoming trip. 

Taplejung is a gateway to the region and a beautiful place, thanks to its role in local commerce and transportation. It will take about 8 hours through a four-wheeler vehicle to get you there. You will be spending your night in a hotel

Day 04: Trek from Taplejung to Chiruwa (1190m)

Kilometers: 7.2 km

Trip duration: 4 hours

Maximum altitude: Chiruwa (1190m)

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The routes in all the lower parts of the Kanchenjunga region pass through fertile valleys that usually produce three crops a year. We pass on rice, sorghum, potatoes, cauliflower, and raw vegetables. Slowly heading north, the line descended a few hours before the final drop of 350 meters on the muddy road to Chiruwa.

Day 5: Trek from Chiruwa to Sekathum (1640m)

Kilometers: 104 km

Trip duration: 5 Hours

Maximum altitude: 3905 ft. 

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The sound of Tamur travels with us all day long as we walk through the ancient Himalayan gorge with its tropical rain forest. Most villages are high on the sides of the valley even though we pass through areas where the valley opens.

The tribe here, the Kirati people now known as Limbu, started more than 2,000 years ago as subsistence farmers in the area. Crops such as rice, sorghum, barley, wheat, and maize are almost always grown during our visit.

Day 6: Trek from Chiruwa to Sekathum (1640m)

Kilometers: 11km

Trip duration: 6 Hours

Maximum altitude: 5390 ft. 

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The trail today is well described, and the ride is fun and satisfying. We slowly ascend to the valley, where we begin to see the subtle changes in the environment. 

We pass a large rock past Tapethok village and then cross a steep slope to reach the Tamur River. This is Simbuwa Khola, which flows from the south side of Kanchenjunga. 

We continue to the camp, crossing several bridges and following what is now called Sekathum

Day 7: Trek from Sukethum to Amjilosa (2490m)

Trip duration: 6 Hours

Maximum altitude: 8168 ft.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The route is very narrow, and we follow the Ghunsa River until lunchtime. This journey requires great care and concentration. Along the way, we pass a small area of ​​Sherpa that takes care of Yaks. 

After lunch, there is a steep climb to our night camp in Amjilosa. Amjilosa is a small Tibetan region.

Day 8: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (3430m)

Trip duration: 6 Hours

Maximum altitude: 8955 ft.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Today’s trek through the forest and we will see many waterfalls along the way. No passing villages leave us feeling isolated from the rest of the jungle. Overnight in Gyabla.

Day 9:Rest and acclimatization at Ghunsa

Trip duration: 6 Hours

Maximum altitude: 11250 ft.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Today is a beautiful day to rest and let your body adapt in the freezing temperature. However if you want to have a stroll around the places, you could opt for a 1 or 2 hours walk by talking to your trekking guide. Overnight in Ghunsa.

Day 10: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4040m)

Trip duration: 6 hours walk

Maximum altitude: 11250 ft. 

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

From Ghunsa and beyond, any signs of human settlement are those of the occasional settlement of yak herders. We will be heading towards Kambachen. People in this region will take their animals to the tops of the 4000m-4500m in the warmer months of the year. For pedestrians, the place is incomparable. The route through the cliffs and high mountains of the Kanchenjunga and Jannu rivers (7710m) is impressive. They woke up right out of this beautiful and beautiful glacial valley. 

The trail is not well defined at times, crossing the open screen and the stones removed from the old castles. We usually set up camp in Kambachen (4200m) en route, inhabited only by local people from time to time. It is quite possible to see wildlife in this remote part of the Himalayas; blue sheep, ibex, mountain goat, or mammals, such as hybrids and hyenas. 

In addition, a variety of food birds can be seen- Lammergeier (a type of vulture) and various eagles, kites, and ancestors!

Day 11:Acclimatization Day

Trip duration: 2 hours

Maximum altitude: 13615 ft.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Today we will enjoy a day off and it may be time, the weather allows us to wash certain clothes or do other household chores. We also have the option of a three-hour walk across the Khanso Thanso River, where we get a view of Panoram Peak and Sobithongi Peak and see Mt. Khumbakaran. After long days of travel, a day of rest is highly recommended

Day 12: Trek from Khangpachen to Lhonak (4790m)

Trip duration: Approximate 7 hours

Maximum altitude: 15900 ft.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The trail gradually climbs to Rating (4240m) and then through the Moraines northwest of the Kanchenjunga glacier. Lhonak is near a dry lake bed on an open, sandy plain; water is scarce here. 

There are no houses, but we can camp among the big rocks to get out of the air. Amazing mountain views abound in all directions.

Day 13: Trek to Kanchenjunga Base camp, and back to Lhonak (5140m) Base Camp, Pangpema (5140m)

Trip duration: Approximate 4 hours

Maximum altitude: 16923 ft. 

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

It is a good idea to explore the upper part of the valley to get a better view of the peaks that make up one of the largest mountains in the world. The peak of Kanchenjunga and Wedge Peak can be seen after you reach Pangpema (5140m) and increase our chances of beautiful mountain views, intending to spend the night here. This will depend on the weather and track conditions and the progress of each team member, which will be decided by your supervisor. 

The trail follows the moraine most of the time, and due to its changing nature and unusual use, it is often in poor condition. Several other sidewalks offer impressive mountain panoramas, including the Tent and Pyramid Peaks and twins. One does not need to go far to enjoy spectacular yet varied mountain views. 

We intend to spend as much time as possible in the area, hoping that the weather will favor us!

Day 14: Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa (3215 m)

Trip duration: Approximate 7 hours

Maximum altitude: 13650 ft. 

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

We will then return from the base camp to Khanpachen. The backward trail gives us a unique perspective of the trail and the scenario around us. 

Day 15: Trek from Ghunsa to High Camp (4100m)

Trip duration: Approximate 4 hours

Maximum altitude: 10 302 ft. 

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

From Ghunsa, the hill is on the road used by the herdsmen. Today we climb a dense jungle of birch, pine, and rhododendron and make our way up to the High Camp. In these highlands and regions, the trail will likely be covered with snow at various levels. 

 

We must prepare for the most difficult situations with good clothes, shoes, and equipment.

 

Turning our steps back, we landed at Ghunsa again for one night. Our descent takes us through some of the majestic mountains and cliffs we enjoy as we enter.

Day 16:Trek to Tseram (3870m) through Mirgin La Pass (4480m)

Trip duration: Approximate 6 hours

Maximum altitude: 14, 071 ft. 

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Today is a challenging day for us. The first 2 hours are a steady climb, heading towards Mirgin La Pass, which is the best viewing area of ​​Khumbakaran (Janu Himal). We will see Makalu, Baruntse, and Chamlang at a distance.

NB: In the event of heavy snow, the road to Tseram may not be possible. Your leader will make the final decision on weather and conditions and tell you the other way.

Day 17:Head to Ramche (4620m) through Octang, Yalung Glaciers

Trip duration: Approximate 8hours

Maximum altitude: 14 698 ft. 

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Today, we start early in the morning to arrive at Ramche, where we stop for lunch. Ramche is our all-night camp. After lunch, we will begin our trek to Octang, the Kanchenjunga viewing area. This is a good trail with a few ups and downs; this afternoon walk will take about three hours. 

The trail goes up a valley next to the moraine glacier of Yalung. The valley opens as it approaches Yalung (4260m). We climb the side of the moraine through the trees and up the stream to the lake at Lapsang (4430m). We can see the start of the route to Lapsang La as it extends from the mountain to the northern valley. 

Day 18:Trek from Ramchaur to Tortong (3000m)

Trip duration: Approximate 7 hours

Maximum altitude: 15, 157 ft. 

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Climbing another lake and a large pasture at Ramche, the strong amphitheater of the peaks in this area is very impressive, and Rothang and Kabru in Nepal / Border dominate the spectacular view. You will have a quality time enjoying the natural beauty of this place and enjoy every waking minute. Night at Tortong.

Day 19: Trek down to Dorongdin (3000m)

Trip duration: Approximate 7 hours

Maximum altitude: 9842 ft. 

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

We travel an easy route through a variety of pine and rhododendron forests, descending and following Simbua Khola towards Dorongdin.

Day 20: Head down from Dorongdin to Sherpa Gaun, Yamphudim (2080m)

Trip duration: Approximate 8 hours

Maximum altitude: 6824 ft.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The whole village is called Yamphudim, but the locals prefer to call it Sherpa Gaun. This is also one of the difficult steps of the entire trek. Every year, landslides occur in this area, and we often have to find clues. 

 

It is 3 hours of steep climb and steep descent that will take about 4 hours. The route is not defined at all and requires patience and concentration.

Day 21: Trek to Mamangkhe to Kande Vanjyang(1858m)

Trip duration: 6-7 hours

Maximum altitude: 6095 ft. 

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

This morning, half an hour after leaving the Sherpa Gaun, you will follow the trail along the Cable Valley along the Cable River. 

Another 45 minutes to Yanthung followed by a trek through the jungle; you pass the waterfall to reach Khesewa. From here, only half an hour to where we are going today, Kade Vanjyang, on the edge of the line. 

This is the place where we get spectacular views of Mount Kumbhakarna, Ghabur, and Boktoh and the surrounding villages.

Day 22: Trek from Vanjyang to Suketar (2400m)

Trip duration: 5-6 hours

Maximum altitude: 6988 ft. 

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Spending the night at Kade Vanjyang, the first stop, sees us on our way to Suketar. Along the way, we will be able to view unspoiled forests and pastures. This place allows for the excellent vista of Kanchenjunga, Yalungkhang and Ghabur Himals. The area is home to Hindus, Limbus, and Gurung peoples. Overnight in Suketar.

Day 23: Drive to Bhadrapur

Trip duration: 6-7 hours

Maximum altitude: 7431 ft. 

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The next day, after following the line for 30 minutes, we will be able to see the rough, off-road, and lead for our new adventure. From Suketar, we will then travel to Badrapur and stay at a local hotel, ready for our morning flight back to Kathmandu the next day.

Day 24: Flight back to Kathamandu (1350m/ 4428ft.)

Trip duration: Approximate 4 hours

Maximum altitude: 4428 ft. 

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

When the weather is clear, we have a chance to see some of the most impressive Himalayan peaks as we take our plane back to Kathmandu. For the rest of the day, you are free to explore the busy streets of Kathmandu and important historical landmarks. 

You may want to start by exploring the two most important spiritual sites of the city listed in the list of Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most holy Hindu temple and important site for cremation. The Boudhanath, Nepal’s largest Buddhist stupa and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet. 

Alternatively, you can wander around the markets and shops of the bustling center of Thamel or explore some of the city’s most important landmarks, such as Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) or the listed world heritage sites in Patan, Bhaktapur, or Durbar Square.

When you head back to your hotel, you will be provided with a farewell dinner by our representatives as a thank you for being a part of this journey with us. You will be enjoying authentic Nepali cuisine with us. 

Day 25: Departure from Kathmandu

Meals included: Breakfast

Take a last walk through the streets before returning to your destination. You can enjoy it; it can be your final shop or purchase of souvenir. You will have a few great stories to tell at the end of the experience.

Our representative will take you before the planned departure time to Tribhuvan International Airport. In the future, we look forward to seeing you again

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FAQ

What are flora and fauna like?

The trek starts from the tropical region of Taplejung through beautiful low-lying forests of maple, chestnut, and birch trees. Although farming is less productive in the hilly regions, you can still see fields with fields around these lowlands.

Around Chitre, you enter the cool, temperate climate of the rhododendron, pine, firs, and orchids. Above here and across the Sele La (pass) overlooking Ghunsa is a predominantly low climate and alpine with shallow and short trees and open meadows. The 5143m Base Camp is on an iceberg with rocky and snowy terrain.

Snow Leopard, the black Himalayan Asian bear, and the red pandas have been spotted in the region, although they are shy and hard to spot. Blood pheasant (below) and Chestnut-sized particles are the most common bird species.

What ethnic groups might you meet during the trek?

The trip explores the border between Nepal and Sikkim, and Tibet. The region below is home to an ethnic minority following the Hindu-led religion of the Limbu (below) and a Rai people who believe in the existence of God. The above region has a distinct population of the Bote and Sherpa peoples who practice Buddhism.

When is the best time to trek?

You can travel around Kanchenjunga in April, May, and early June, and October and November to early December. During these trips, they expect stable weather, clear skies, warm days, and cool nights. The Kanchenjunga trip is quiet, you will meet other trekkers and local people on the trails and lodges, but there are very few in the central region. 

Where is Kanchenjunga?

Kanchenjunga is located on the border between Sikkim state, northeastern India, and eastern Nepal, and 46 miles (74 km) north-northwest of Darjeeling. 

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