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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking

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Price starting from

$2,399 USD 2,299

per person

Duration

25 days

Max. Elevation

5065.00m

Group size

2+

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
Private vehicles /Tourist Bus/Flight
Best Season
March To June and September To Early December
Accomodation
Double/Twin shearing in hotel/lodge
Meals
Full board in Trekking & Breakfast basis in City
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Ilam Town-Sukhetar-Lalikharka-Kande Bhanjyang-Phompe Danda-Yangphudin-Dorongding-Tseram-Kanchenjunga South BC-Tselele pass-Tselele bottom-Ghunsa-Khambachen-Lhonak-Pang Pema-Kanchenjunga North Base Camp-Ghunsa-Gyapla Phedi-Sekathum/Japantar-Chirwa-Phurumbu School-Suketar-Ilam town-Bhadrapur airport-Kathmandu

Highlights

  • Adventure to the base of world 3 rd highest mountain range Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • The only adventure with opportunity to visit both base camps in one single treks
  • Off the beaten tracks away from main busy trekking trails within remote country
  • Enjoy glorious scenery from green hills, valleys to massive white mountain range
  • Explore remote and isolated country around undisturbed and pristine surrounding
  • Exceptional and exclusive scenic destination around Nepal Far Eastern Himalaya
Mt. Kanchenjunga base camp trekking, leads you to fantastic areas of Nepal Far North and South Himalaya with ever present views of massive Kanchenjunga range of peaks.

Kanchenjunga the actual word as Kanchendzonga which means five jewels of snow-clad peaks in Tibetan origin, the mountain straddles the border within Nepal and Sikkim (India’s small North East State of India).

Mt. Kanchenjunga towers above 8,586 m and 28,169 ft as world’s 3rd highest mountains, across the border in Sikkim worships as one of the holy mountains where mountaineers cannot climb right up to its main top summit as the top regarded as the abode of god and holy spirits.

 The five jewels or treasures are Gold-Silver-Precious Stones, its Grain and a Holy Scriptures which refers to five adjoining peaks of Kanchenjunga.

A stunning peak of great beauty first climbed in 1955 by British Expedition led by late Sir George Band from Nepal and from Sikkim side by Indian Expeditions in 1982.

In 1979 British Mountaineer Pete Boardman stated that the trek to its base of Kanchenjunga was the most beautiful he had ever undertaken. It is a strong contender for “The most beautiful adventurous walk in the world.”

A fascinating country to visit, for once in your lifetime experience with an adventure and touch of local impressive culture that you can witness along this wonderful Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking.

Our marvelous Kanchenjunga Base Trek starts with scenic sweeping flight to Nepal Far South East, and then an exciting drive to hill town at Ilam famous for tea and its sea of Tea Garden. Where walk leads into isolated and remote country right to the end of the eastern Himalayan zone, past interesting rural farm villages and into enchanting forest of tall rhododendron-oaks-magnolia and pine tree lines.  

Tree lines and green vegetation fades as walk reaches near at Kanchenjunga South base camp within Yarlung glaciers, and then heading to our main highlight and destination at Pang-Pema where Kanchenjunga North Base Camp located.

On reaching our highest spot of the adventure with overwhelming panorama of massive Kanchenjunga with other Jannu Himal and Wedge peaks, then heading back taking an alternative scenic route to reach at the road head in Sukhetar.

At Sukhetar our walk completes taking a drive to low warm areas of south Terai belt for scenic short flight back into hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu after an outstanding and brilliant adventure on Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport via respective airlines, where you will be received by our office staff and guide with warm welcome then transfer to your hotels in the hub of the city.

After checking into your rooms and getting refreshed join the other groups for briefing on Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking, our guide offers you with useful important information regarding trek and your stay in Nepal with us.

Evening includes welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant with Folk Culture program of Nepal while having your dinner.

Day

2

Morning, depart from the hotel for exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest,  Kathmandu city and its valley steeped with historical and religious monuments temples and monasteries listed as World Heritage Sites.

After an interesting tour afternoon free to relax and preparation for Kanchenjunga base camp trekking next early morning flight to Nepal Far South East around Terai belt.

Day

3

As per the flight time towards Nepal Far South East to reach at Terai belt the low land of the country, where our marvelous Kanchenjunga base camp adventure begins, a scenic flight from Kathmandu takes you to land at warmer south east at Bhadrapur airport located near the eastern border of India.

From here, an interesting drive towards cooler alpine hills covered within Japanese pines (Cyriptomerica Japanica) and sea of tea gardens to reach at scenic Ilam town for overnight stop.

Day

4

Our second day starts with short drive to reach at Taplejung areas at Sukhetar, with small airstrip where flight to Biratnagar city and to Kathmandu operates on daily basis.

But the flight to and from Kathmandu –Bhiratnagar-Sukhetar is sometimes unpredictable, so we have revised this trip flying into Bhadrapur to make our itinerary program safe and enjoyable.  

On reaching at a hill town of Sukhetar, where walks begins heading further east past nice farm villages and terraced fields with patch of forest as our afternoon first day trek reach at our overnight stop at Lalikharka, also known as Lali-Bhanjyang.

A small typical Nepalese Hill village inhabited mostly by Kirat tribes the Limbu people with some Rai and other Hindu people Chettries and Brahmins.

Day

5

Morning starts with downhill walk into farm villages, populated mostly with Hindu tribe mixture of Brahmins, Chettris and as well Kirat tribes known as Rai and Limbu, also practice Hinduism along with their own ancient culture and deities of nature spirit.

After walking past village of Tembawa descending towards Phawa khola, crossing Phawa khola coming to Pokora village, the path from here leads through terraced farm fields, and finally crossing Pokora's suspension bridge our route climbs steeply to the village of Kunjari, a mountain village, from Kunjari walk leads through mixed forest with some small farm villages, and then climb to our overnight stop at kande Bhanjyang, a small farm village with grand views of Kanchenjunga and Yalungkang peaks.

Day

6

From this small place morning walk leads to descend into lush terraced rice and millet fields, then through dense forested area within headwaters of Nandeva khola. After crossing a stream trek continues on downhill to a river, as route enters up at high hills where climb leads to Lopoding village.

After Lopoding as walk heads with ups and down-hill path to reach a mountain village at Yangpang, and then walk along upper edge of the ridge with a climb on gentle slope for an hour to Pompe Dhada at the crest of a scenic ridge, an excellent spot for overnight stop with view of Mt. Jannu.

Day

7

Morning walk starts on winding downhill past hamlets and terraced farm fields to Khesewa khola, after crossing a suspension bridge as walk leads to a climbs to reach another resting spot, after a gradual ascent for an hour through terraced fields, then heading towards Mamankhe village. Afternoon leads to slow climb, skirting around a ridge to a level path that leads to Dekadin village.

On this walk facing views of peaks, and then descend to Kabeli khola, leaving the river behind as our route climbs to a splendid ridge through villages and farm fields.

After a climb reaching an isolated village of Yamphudin from here climb to a hill for overnight stop at Sherpa Gaon.  This is the last permanent human settlement inhabited by Sherpa tribe till our adventures reach the other side at Gunsa. The campsite will be in a field or in village yards.

Day

8

From this small Sherpa village trek leads to Chitre, walk along Kabeli khola, crossing tributary of Omje khola and start climbing steep up to Dhupi Bhangyang for two hours or more through open grassland.

From the top of Lahse Tham at 3,800 m pass and then leading to a steady descent through the deciduous forest to Omje Khola.

After tough climb reaching on top of a ridge, where our walks lead to Dorongding past Chitre for overnight halt in this small and scenic place with views of snow capped peaks.

Day

9

From the camp walk towards Ramite Bhanjyang (3,430m.), over steep uphill for few hours into magnolias, rhododendron and bamboo forest to reach at Ramite a place with single hut, from here our path leads to a climb within rhododendron tree covered ridge, passing towards a small pond on the right.

From here crossing stream as walk continues reaching a gravel ground, and then walk past this area leads to a shrine with a huge boulder shaped like a serpent.

Walking past forested areas our route leads to a riverbed, then ascending from riverbed path up to a terrace for overnight stop at Tseram, a place with roofless bivouac caves.

Ahead views of terminal moraine fed from Yalung glacier and behind looking at Kabru 7,353m and Talung peak 7,349m.

Day

10

Rest day at Tseram for day hike to Oktang which is near to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, where British expedition established base camp for the climb of Kanchenjunga summit in 1955.

Hike leads with close view of Yalung Glacier and south wall of Kanchenjunga, the hike takes for nearly three hours with views of Talung Peak and Kabru. After a scenic and exciting hike back to Tserem for overnight stop.

Day

11

Today, descend via Yalung Bar with fifteen minutes of steep up, crossing a river and then on gradual path through forest, and then a steep climb for an hour and half towards two small ponds. From here cross three passes, Miring La, Tamo La and Selele pass.

The first part of the trail is uphill climb for 1 hour to the top of the pass with the great view of Kabru and Kanchenjunga. From Miring La, the trail goes gently down and then up to Selele La (4,250 m). From the top of the pass magnificent views of Makalu, Baruntse, and Chamlang and then descend gently to the base of the pass for overnight stop.

Day

12

The first part of the walk is on gentle down slope and then leads to a steep descend for an hour into forest of rhododendron and pines as the walk reach a level ground near Ghunsa river, from here on gradual path to Ghunsa village for overnight in a village inhabited by Bhotia tribe (Tibetan origin) with community stone houses a neat and tidy small farm.

Day

13

Walk from here leads to climb following a river with views of waterfalls along the walks, Yak herders may be met along the trail depending upon grazing season.

The trail goes from right bank of river Ghunsa, and through rhododendron and pine forest, as walk leads to a gradual ascend to Rambuk Kharkas and then crossing a small glacier landslide.

The trek continues with excellent views of Khumbukarna and Janu and other high snow capped peaks. 

On leaving tree lines behind, heading into barren country with few short bushes and scrub of juniper, after Rambuk Kharka climb, and then trail leads to a gentle down to Khambachen after crossing a landslide section to camp at Khambachen.

This scenic valley dominated by peaks of Sharphu (7,070m.) with north face of Mt. Janu and Wedge peak.

Day

14

From here our route follows above river for an hour and then heading further east, as our walk heads down to a river, as climbs reaches rocks and boulder areas leading to a terminal moraine of Kanchenjunga glacier, on leaving Ramtang Kharka (a Sheppard place) where trail joins Kanchenjunga glacier and then crossing at a junction of Lhonak and Kanchenjunga glacier overlooking grand views of Mera, Nepal Peak and Wedge Peak.

Day

15

Today a leisure day for hike around Pang Pema our main highlight of the adventure within North Kanchenjunga base camps, starting with gentle climb above a river with impressive views of Kirat Chuli, Nepal Peak, Taple Sikhar, and Givegela Chuli. The first part of the climbs is gentle and then heading through a boulder on rocky trail.

Walking between grassy slopes and to a glacier path up at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp with chances of spotting herds of blue sheep's around this wilderness of mountains and glaciers.

After a wonderful scenic moment overlooking massive Kanchenjunga peaks and then heading back to camp at Lhonak with wonderful photographs around Pang Pema and Kanchenjunga base camp.

Day

16

Retrace the journey back by the same way past Kambachen to camp at Ghunsa after a long day walks.

Day

17

From here walking on an alternative new route which allows you to see more of this beautiful country with views of mountains and walking past several scattered cattle herders summer camps to reach at Gypla Phedi, on lower alpine areas for overnight stop.

Day

18

With pleasant easy morning walking towards warmer areas back into farm fields and terraces within nice rural villages to reach at Sekathum or near to Japantar for overnight stop, where walks leads into much lower areas within farm villages growing much better crops and citric fruits.

Day

19

Enjoy the walk heading much lower and warm areas, as morning trek progress into several scattered farm houses and fields, where you will be greeted with friendly cheerful smiles as walk leads through villages and patch of cool forest areas to reach at Chirwa for overnight stops.

Day

20

Although our route leads downhill, and coming into areas with short climb to negotiate with shade of cool air after getting much warmer around low and foot hills of Kanchenjunga areas, slowly our walk reaching at small place to camp at Phurumbu School premises.

Day

21

Our last day of the wonderful adventure leads to Sukhetar at Tapeljung large village and town coming across more local villagers as walk leads through number of smaller farm settlement to reach at Sukhetar, this small town with an airstrip that flies to Kathmandu via Bhiratnagar city.

At present due to unpredictable flight time, which gets delayed and cancellation, to avoid the hassle flying from here we have chosen safe and best route from Bhadrapur to fly in and out to Kathmandu.

Day

22

At Ilam where our adventure completes taking an exciting drive to a nice little hill town at Ilam within vast fields of Tea Garden, the flavor of the local tea much appreciated throughout Nepal and abroad.

Few hours of scenic drive brings you into Illam, with time to wander around and as well observe the local culture and custom of great interest.

Day

23

Morning after breakfast an exciting drive leads you to warm south east Nepal around flatland of Terai belt at Bhadrapur airport for scenic flight back into hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu, on concluding our fabulous adventure on Kanchenjunga base camp trekking.

Day

24

Free day in Kathmandu reserved as extra day in case of delay on route trekking due to unfavorable bad weather and broken roads for local drive which can happen sometimes as Himalaya weather can be unpredictable.

If all goes well as per our guideline and set itinerary, enjoy the day with individual activities or join in for exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest.

Day

25

Last day in Nepal, country of Himalayan wonders and as per your international flight time depart for homeward bound or to next respective connecting destinations.

Our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing memory and great time on Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking.

Inclusions

Includes

  • All airport pick up drop off by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights)
  • Twin/double sharing accommodation on BB at 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle (entrance fees extra)
  • Kathmandu to Taplejung/Biratnagar to Kathmandu by flight
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit and Special permit for Kanchenjunga Area
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • 02 guest to 01 porter with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation and equipment
  • Your cost includes insurance, wages, food and lodging for both your guide and porter. We take excellent care of our guides and porters, they are like family to us.
  • Best available twin sharing lodge accommodation during the trek 
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
  • Snacks of biscuits/peanuts and seasonal fresh fruits dessert during the trek
  • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary

Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fee (Bring accurate fee in USD and two Passport size Photo)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • Diner and lunch in Kathmandu
  • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • Extra night accommodation and lunch and dinner in city because of early arrival, late departure and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips to the trekking crews and drive
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
  • Anything not included in service includes column

Complimentary

  • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant
  • First aid kit
  • Holiday Tours Nepal’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
  • One-hour complimentary spa/massage in Kathmandu after the trek

Frequently Asked Questions

Itinerary Disclaimer:

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking provided with standard Itinerary days where some length of walks can be shorter or longer as per physical fitness of trekkers and climbers, where some designated overnight camping can be changed, due to available space for camping with clean water facilities and etc…….

We will follow the itinerary if its needs some changes in case of weather, landslides and difficulties on climb requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decides holding full authority for Trekking Planner Treks and Expeditions.

Best Seasons for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking:

Best time in April and May in spring season with September to November months during autumn times.

April and May with much longer sunlight hours, makes the trek more interesting and very special with wild flowers in season especially the rhododendron of various different species from trees to bush, which is also national flower of Nepal.

Most days are clear from morning till late afternoon, can get cloudy sometimes with chance of snows around higher elevation cold in the morning and night time (without wind-chill factors).

September to November during autumn / fall season most days are crystal clear from morning till mid-afternoon, days are shorter and as well with sunlight hours, much cold with freezing temperatures in the morning and night as well in shades above 1,800 m high (not adding extra wind-chill factor).

Local Culture and Religion:

Kanchenjunga Himalaya region of Far Eastern Nepal dominated by Kirat tribe of Rai and Limbu around mid-hills with some Hindu Bharamins, Chettries and Dalits includes few other hill tribes Gurung, Magar and Tamang of both Hindu and Buddhism religion of mix interesting cultures.

Higher up from Amjilasa to Ghunsa including Tseram and Yamphudin populated with highlanders the Sherpa and Bhotia tribes  closely linked to Tibetan with similar culture and way of farm and cattle herding traditional life, follows Buddhism, where every houses festooned with colorful prayer flags which you notice on this wonderful treks and respecting local immense culture of Buddhism religion.

Climate & Weather:

Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes even in good best seasons, where April and May to first week of June will be the best time during spring times, when days are longer with enough sunlight hours.

Morning and night time as well in shade can be cold and much freezing temperatures around higher areas above 3,000 m.

Other months from September to November another great times for treks around Kanchenjunga base camp and other areas of Himalaya, when days are clear for views and to summit the top of the peak, although much colder months of autumn season with extreme cold during morning and night time, where sunlight is much shorter. 

Visa:

Visiting Nepal one can obtain entry visa from your home country at Nepalese Embassies and Consulates, if not one can easily get visa on arrival at Nepal international airport in Kathmandu, or any port of entry.

Emergency Contact:

For travel within Nepal Himalaya where all travelers and adventurer requires to fill our company form with emergency contact to relatives and families or close friends, as well keeping in close touch with Trekking Planner for immediate helps either medical or unforeseen reasons.

Arrival:

On arrival picked and received by our attentive airport representative or guides and staff for short transfer to your respective hotels in Kathmandu.

Accommodations & Food:

On Kanchenjunga base camp treks where local lodge are very limited from Ilam and Taplejung town, where few villages on route cater needs of trekkers with simple lodge facilities and accommodation serving only basic meals.

To avoid the problem and making the adventure much enjoyable tented camping will be provided includes two men tents, with thin, comfortable mattress and meals served in a large dining tents, meals cooked and served by our head cook and chef, from our own separate kitchen unit with kitchen crews, all meals cooked in kerosene or LPG cooking gas, serving from famous Nepalese Dal-Bhat to Continental with some Chinese, Tibetans and Indian foods.

All meals are well cooked, hygienic and fresh served in a large dining hall with warm environment.

Drinking Water:

On Camping safe drinking water boiled and filtered for drinking.

Health:

Where all travelers require sound good health to join on all treks and climbs around Nepal Himalaya with healthy medical background and history.

Vaccinations:

Check with your home doctors and season of visit to Asian countries where immunization and vaccines requires against certain disease.

Altitude Sickness:

Altitude Sickness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)  might occur to some people on higher altitude from 2,000 m for some above 3,000 m high where taking slow and drinking much fluid and water can overcome from high altitude sickness or AMS.

Where some can take protective measures using Diamox or Acetazolamide tablets this prevent and reduce symptoms of AMS can lower headache in high altitude walks and climb.

People with severe cases and situation of HACE and HAPE where the victim should be brought down to safe and secure places with medical team or doctors to attend, the fastest means is emergency evacuation by any means of immediate and fast transportation where available.

Around Nepal Himalaya the quickest emergency evacuation by means of Helicopter services to bring the victims back to Kathmandu and for further treatments.

For emergency evacuation where trekkers should be well insured with good Insurance policy that covers all medical side and the use of Helicopter or other means of transportation.

Travel Insurance:

Where all travelers to Nepal Himalaya require Travel and Medical Insurance to cover against unfortunate accidents and sickness covering Helicopter Service Rescue to safe places and nearest hospitals.

Age Requirements:

For Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek interested trekkers from 18 to 60 years of age will be allowed as long one can gets medical insurance from your home countries.

TIMS Card

TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) required on the treks includes Kanchenjunga Conservation fees as well.

Getting Into Nepal:

To reach Nepal one can reach by overland from India or Tibet, the main arrival from international flight to reach Kathmandu and Nepal international airport.

Communication:

At present nearly all villages and towns do have facilities of ISTD and STD or cell phones or Sat phones, where one can easily communicate to your family or Trekking Planner in emergency situations.

SIMS cards available on showing your passport copies with small charge as per your time in Nepal.

Money:

On paying full package of the trip, where you need some extra money for your own individual expenses to buy souvenirs or for extra entertainment on route treks like having extra snacks and drinks. 

Culture:

Culture the main thing to observe by travelers to Nepal, where the country with two main religions Hindu and Buddhism with their own special interesting culture and custom. 

Photography:

Photography can be taken all around Nepal, where some public and private areas of Government, religious monuments and some old people might not allow photographs, where your guide will advise you on restricted places.

Gratuities:

Tipping after getting satisfied with the service rendered by helpful staff of the hotels, drivers including guides and porters where you feel like it deserves gratitude’s like tipping.

Tipping is highly expected by crew members of trekking and on expeditions as traditions since tourism came in Himalayan countries.

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