Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking - 20 Days

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Trip Information
  • Duration20 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude5,230 m/17,158 ft
  • ActivityTrekking and Cultural excursion
  • Group Size2+
  • Trip StartKathmandu
  • Trip EndKathmandu
  • Best TimeMarch-June and Sept-November
Highlights

Walk into the rugged terrain of Kanchenjunga to witness the long historical tale of the world's third-highest mountain.

  • Explore the majestic Kanchenjunga Base Camp and its breathtaking views within the remote destination of Nepal.
  • Walk along the off-beaten trekking route beside the Zemu Glacier, Yalung Glacier, Talung Glacier, and Kanchenjunga Glacier with a view of the imposing South Face of Kanchenjunga.
  • Trek through the diversified Kanchenjunga Conservation Nepal, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to explore unique Flora and Fauna.
  • Get a chance to view Mount Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world, along with the views of Mt Everest, Barn se, and Makalu.
  • Get a total dose of adrenaline while crossing various passes during the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking.

Trip Introduction: A trip to Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Walk along the rugged terrain with steep ups and downs of the Kanchenjunga region for a thrilling trip to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Kanchenjunga (8,586m), also the world's third-highest mountain, lies in the eastern Himalayan region of Nepal. Kanchenjunga means "The five treasures of the great snow." The majestic mountain borders both the Taplejung district of Nepal and the Sikkim state of India.

Kanchenjunga range hosts mainly five mountains, including Kangchenjunga Main, Kanchenjunga West, Kanchenjunga Central, Kanchenjunga South, and Kangbachen. These mountains are the major attractions in the Kanchenjunga region.  

Similarly, the Kanchenjunga region hosts one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites known as the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. The conservation area is home to numerous flora and fauna that are among the world's most exotic and rare species. The species include Snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard, Assamese macaque, serow, Asian black bear, blood pheasant, and red-billed chough. Some of the conservation region's flowers are Rhododendron (Nepal's national flower), Rubus, Pedicularis, and Primula.

How does the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking start and end?

First, the Kanchenjunga base camp trek starts from the bustling city of Kathmandu. It moves towards Bhadrapur with a morning flight. Upon landing, individuals will drive toward Taplejung to finally reach Yamphuding. The actual trekking starts from Yamphungding in the Kanchenjunga region to get Thorangdin. The small settlement of Thorangdin takes visitors through lush rhododendron forests. The green vegetation along the Kanchenjunga Base Camp route, followed by the view of the surrounding hills, is a site to see. After a thorough visit at Thorangdin, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp map takes trekkers to Tseram.

After Tseram, the trek continues to Selele, which is the most challenging climb of the section. The ascend is very steep, with small lakes along the route. Prominent places like Jhorpokhari Deurali, Ramche, Oakhtang Viewpoint, and ChedongPhedi are between the sections. Upon reaching ChedongPhedi, we pass the Mirigin La Pass, which is also known as the Selele Pass. Upon reaching Selele, continue the downhill walk for two hours and continue for another hour to get to Ghunsa.

Ghunsa is a significant settlement and consists of reasonable accommodation and food facilities. Ghu means winter, and sha means settlement. Thus, Ghunsa is named after those who migrated here to save from winter. Therefore, it is called settlement for winter. There are about forty houses which are well equipped for spending the night. The rooms have attached bathroom facilities followed by hot showers. These small perks mean a lot at high altitudes. Ghunsa is a perfect destination in Kanchenjunga for acclimatization.

As you move past Ghunsa, the trekking route to Kanchenjunga Base Camp moves towards Khumbachen. This section has many waterfalls, followed by green vegetation, field greenery, green forests, rivers, and many more scenes to cherish the heart. The Kanchenjunga roadmap also has sections with landslides, which make it a problematic trekking trail; however, the adrenaline provided while walking on this trekking trail is unparalleled.

The mesmerizing trip past Khumbachen takes us towards Lhonak. Trekkers pass the artificial bridge and walk a steep path to reach Ramtang. After Ramtang, we follow the heavily affected landslide route to reach Lhonak. The section is risky as the walking route is soft, but the scenario is not life-threatening. Except the experience is rather entertaining.

Similarly, as the uphill climb from Khumbachen continues, following a steep path along the hill to reach Pangpema. The walk to Pangpema is along the Kanchenjunga glacier. The route is challenging, with steep ups and downs. A flat road to Pangpema, the South Base Camp of Kanchenjunga follows the steep hike. This is the top altitude in 20 days of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp itinerary.

When exploring the Kanchenjunga base camp is complete, begin the return journey to reach Lhonak. After Lhonak, continue descending to Khambache, Ghunsa, and Gyapla. After gyapla, continue towards Amdilasa and Skaethumth. Upon reaching Sakethum, drive towards Taplejung to finally get to Ilam. Finish the journey by taking a scenic flight from Bhadrapur Airport to Kathmandu.

Why 20 Days Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking?

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking is one of Nepal's most favored trekking routes. This rugged, beaten trekking trail welcomes guests from all over the world to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The stunning mountain vistas give visitors a mesmerizing view of majestic peaks like Kanchenjunga Main, Kanchenjunga West, Kanchenjunga Central, Kanchenjunga South, Mount Jannu, Mount Yalung Kang, Mount Talung and many more.

Similarly, the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is another highlight that offers nature and wildlife lovers a view of the most exotic and rare creatures. A herd of blue sheep, Himalayan pheasant, and Yak are the most common species seen in the region.

The hike to Kanchenjunga requires a good fitness level but can be completed by a beginner traveler. The Nepali flat and ups and downs are some of the experiences that will be strenuous but rewarding. Along the way, ethnic groups like Limbu, Rai, Sherpa, and Gurung provide warm hospitality. Although the region is considered remote, the way to the mountain life is an always-forgetting experience. The hard work and struggle in the area are accurate; however, the hospitality and kind heart melt whoever visits the region. The true meaning of life can be understood while conversing with the Kanchenjunga region's locals.

Overall, the Kanchenjunga area with Holiday Tours Nepal is a must-visit place for those who wish to travel to Nepal. The region is a gateway to immersing in the wonders of Nature and exploring the world's beauty. A visit to Kanchenjunga is believed to help you forget the stress of life and find out the true meaning of life. Struggles and worries can be relieved while getting the top-notch adrenaline experience. Thus,it is worth to travel.

Best time/season for Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking

Nepal faces four seasons: Spring, summer, winter, and autumn. Kanchenjunga base camp trekking can be done in all of Nepal's seasons. The most recommended or favored seasons are spring and autumn.

Spring lasts from March to May when the weather is consistent and clear. The temperature is moderate, which can be very favorable for trekking. The warmth of the region aids in providing comfortable trekking experience. During spring, the region comes alive with greenery surrounding the trekking trails and green vegetation in 360-degree views. 

Wildflower species, followed by exotic animals, are a never-to-miss sight. The clear sky provides an excellent view of Kanchenjunga, and due to this, it is the most favored time to travel in Kanchenjunga.

Due to its popularity, the region is crowded in spring, and it can affect some individuals who wish to have a peaceful walk in Nature. The limited availability of teahouses or places to stay can be troublesome, so it is necessary to contact Holiday Tours Nepal for all the required arrangements before embarking on the base camp of Kanchenjunga.

Similarly, the following season, which is recommended, is autumn, which lasts from September to November. The temperature is moderate, with clear skies and average temperature. This allows for a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains in the region.

Likewise, summer/monsoon and winter are other seasons where trekking to Kanchenjunga is possible. However, the conditions of the trail make it difficult to walk. In monsoon, the tracks get slippery, and the skies are cloudy. Upon ascending to the higher altitude, there is snow, and views will get obstructed.

The weather is foggy in winter, and trekkers must pack extra as they encounter extreme cold in higher altitudes. Trekking in the winter requires more comprehensive preparation and should be done prior. Due to these technical difficulties, traveling in monsoon and winter is only recommended for hardcore trekkers. Holiday Planner Nepal can arrange the trek to Kanchenjunga; however, preparation must be done according to the information provided.

How should you prepare for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking?

Preparation for Kanchenjunga Base Camp is both a physical and mental process. Proper gear, equipment, and a strong mentality are required to accomplish this grandeur. For the preparation for the Kanchenjunga base camp, the following points must be included, and this must be done at least one month before heading towards the region:

  • Physical fitness: The individual's physical ability is the most essential thing for any trekking. The legs and body must be physically capable to function and withstand the route and elevation. To improve strength, engage in cardio exercises. Omitting lifts and favoring stairs can be a small change for trek preparation. Other cardio activities like running, cycling, climbing, and swimming can drastically increase the ability to walk in the steep, hilly terrains of Nepal. Improper or lazy preparation can even cause failure in the completion of the trek, so be sure to exercise regularly, focusing on the leg and cardio strengthening.
  • Proper packing:  Packing heavily for any trek can cause serious problems. Individuals tend to bring stuff unused until the end of the journey. This makes the luggage heavy, and heavy baggage is problematic. This also doesn't mean leaving out essential materials, so it is necessary to balance the equipment for the whole trip. Be sure to carry warm clothes, medicines, good-quality boots, and sleeping bags. For proper packing, Holiday Planner Nepal has come up with a complete list of accessories, which can be followed up at here.
  • Mental preparation: Physical fitness must be followed by a strong mentality to complete the high-altitude trekking, especially Kanchenjunga. Maintaining a positive mentality and expectation during hiking or staying in the accommodation is necessary. Irritation is typical as individuals are challenged at every step. Some may need to adjust the sleeping area, food, toiletries, etc. So, to counter this, trekkers need to do detailed research about the region and keep an open mind.
  • Acclimatization properly: High-altitude trekking can cause acute mountain sickness. That's why acclimatization while ascending to higher altitudes is necessary. Avoid acute ascending in the higher elevation and include rest days in the Kanchenjunga itinerary. Be sure to spend some time in lower places with a short hike to higher elevations and return to spend the night at the lower height. Any symptoms of AMS must be immediately consulted with the guide or the medical experts.

Is 20 days of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking right for you?

The Kanchenjunga base camp trekking is a challenging trek that requires a good amount of physical fitness. The off-beaten and rugged terrains challenge every individual. Even though the path is difficult, the journey is welcomed with the clear and majestic view of Kanchenjunga. If a person is willing to pass through all the struggles to view the mountains, then this trekking is the most suitable option.

The traditional and few settlements with few passes and landslide areas create a thrilling experience. The hospitality of the Gurung and Sherpa communities is a must-have to experience certain scenarios. Delicious and native foods and drinks like Dal Bhat and Tongba add an extra touch to the moment.  

However, for beginner trekkers, holiday tours do not recommend heading towards the Kanchenjunga as the trails are hectic and the difficulty is high. This means that the Kanchenjunga base camp trekking is only suitable for some.

The route, however, is suitable for those who wish to encounter relatively intermediate trekking trail with moderate difficulty; this is for those who wish to departure from the bustling trekking route and want to spend time in the remote areas or simply for those who wish to spend some alone time with Nature.

Permits and documents for the Base camp trek in Kanchenjunga

As Kanchenjunga is a protected area, the government of Nepal has propaganda to carry specific permits to take to travel in the region. The documents and permits are thoroughly checked in various check posts and entry points, so bringing them along the route is necessary. The documents or permits required by a team of trekkers or hikers are as follows:

Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card: This is one of the most essential permits for any tourists traveling to Nepal. The TIMS card is an entry permit that helps to identify any individual (tourist). It holds the trekker's information and collects data about where you are going, with whom, and for how many days. This ensures trekkers' safety and security.

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit: The Kanchenjunga base camp falls under the protected area known as Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. So, to enter the Conservation area, a special permit should be made known as the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit.

Restricted Area Permit (RAP): A restricted area permit is made mandatory by the government of Nepal to walk inwards Yamphungding, Lelep, Paping and Olangchung Gola. These areas are marked restricted as the region borders Tibet and India.

Other documents:

  • Passport with a valid visa to Nepal, Passport size photographs (2 copies)
  • Travel insurance papers
  • Nepal tourist visa can extend past the expiration date of the RAP (restricted area permit).
  • Other documents need to be shown by the Trekking agency (Holiday Tours Nepal) to apply to get the Kanchenjunga RAP (details of trekkers and guide group, guarantee letters, Verified itinerary, tax clearance certificate, license to operate).

Cost of the permits and documents

TIMS:

  • Group trekkers will have a Blue TIMS card by paying NRs 1000 per person. Individuals will have a Green TIMS card, which will cost NRs 2,000.

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit: 

  • The fee for Nepali citizens is NRs 100 per person
  • The price for SAARC nationals is NPR 500 per person (US$ 5 approx.)
  • The price for other residents is NPR 2000 per person (US$ 20 approx.)

Restricted Area Permit cost:

  • For the first four weeks: US$ 20 per person/ week
  • Beyond the first four weeks: US$ 25 per person /week

Accommodation in the Kanchenjunga region

The accommodation in the Kanchenjunga region differs according to the settlements. While most places offer basic facilities, some provide good amenities. The most basic form of housing is a Teahouse. Teahouses are the most simple or basic option for accommodation. The locals mainly establish these and offer adequate bed and blanket facilities. The bathroom facilities in teahouses are mostly shared.

Another accommodation option is the guesthouse. They offer outdoor/ separate accommodation facilities. There are primarily two beds in a single room with attached bathroom facilities. The cost of a guest house is higher than the Teahouse due to these amenities. However, there are only specific locations where guest houses can be found. Also, as the number of guest houses is low, they quickly get packed, so prior reservation is essential.

The final option for accommodation is camping. As groups ascend to a higher altitude of more than 5140 m (Pangpema), there is no accommodation availability, so the only option is to go camping. Camping is another great experience that brings individuals closer to Nature. Many find camping in the Kanchenjunga region a rejuvenating and healing experience. Camping at high altitudes requires proper planning and storage, so remember to carry and re-check all the necessary materials before camping.

Electricity, Internet, and Communication

As mentioned previously, the Kanchenjunga region is a remote destination. This means that the area needs better communication and electricity. The lower altitudes have proper communication signals, making it a hassle-free transmission. However, the problem starts as we ascend to higher heights. Satellite phones and walkie-talkies can be used; however, proper cell phone signals are the bare minimum.

For international trekkers, booking a trip with Holiday Planner Nepal enables them to get a Nepalese SIM card for free. This will save them even a little cost, and they can use it to communicate and use data packs during their stay in Nepal.

Similarly, there are destinations on the trip where Wi-Fi can be used; however, they come at a cost. Do not expect a good connection even though you are connected with the Wi-Fi. 

The cost of electricity is also similar. Charging some of the electronic devices can be costly in the Teahouse or guesthouse. Some accommodations may only have a charging facility in the lobby, which is not feasible.

Due to this reason, we at Holiday Planner Nepal suggest our fellow trekkers carry additional batteries, power banks, or solar chargers to cut costs and facilitate easy charging in Kanchenjunga.

Is Travel Insurance required for Kanchenjunga base camp trekking?

Yes, Travel insurance is required for Kanchenjunga base camp trekking. Insurance is not mandatory; however, insurance can cover any unforeseen circumstances. It is necessary to carefully read all the proposed policies before buying the insurance.

Here are some of the advantages of buying the travel insurance for Kanchenjunga trekking:

Having travel insurance helps to cover any medical emergencies. If things get worse, insurance can also help cover emergency evacuations.

Travel insurance helps cover trip cancellations for any valid reason. The trip may be interrupted for many reasons, such as flight cancellation, delays, natural catastrophes, or personal emergencies.

The Base camp trek involves walking in the high-altitude region. Thus, it is considered an adventure sport. Be sure to check the travel insurance policy, which includes adventure sports and high-altitude trekking.

Theft in the Kanchenjunga region is unusual; however, if belongings are lost, then travel insurance can help you claim the appropriate amount.

Check that your travel insurance policy covers you for the duration of your adventure, including any pre or post-trip activities.

Altitude sickness during Kanchenjunga base camp trekking

Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is also known as altitude sickness. The primary cause of altitude sickness is the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere. As altitude sickness is common in high-altitude regions, precautions must be taken. "Identification of AMS is the major solution."

The following are the symptoms and indications:

  • Headache or vertigo
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Tiredness and fatigue (tired yet unable to sleep)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anger and stress

Dress appropriately for the temperature, drink plenty of water, eat healthily, and walk gently to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

If you're not feeling well, requesting rest or returning to the lowest altitude is better. Keep hydrated and follow the tour leader's instructions and mountain sickness warnings. If any minor issues arise during a walk, our guides are well-versed in first aid.

In an emergency, travelers and trekkers should bring their insurance to Nepal. All of our employees are covered by insurance. If an emergency helicopter evacuation is required, we may arrange a helicopter rescue that your insurance may cover.

Outline itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 

Day 2: Drive to Sekathum from Kathmandu via Taplejung 

Day 3: Sekathum to amjilas 

Day 4: Amjilas to gyapula 

Day 5: Gyapula to Ghunsa 

Day 6: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa  

Day 7: Ghunsa khambache 

Day 8: Khambache to lhonakk

Day 9: Lhonak to south base camp and back to Lhonak

Day 10: Lhonak to khambache 

Day 11: Khambche to Ghunsa 

Day 12: Ghunsa to selle base camp 

Day 13: Selele base camp to tseram 

Day 14: Tseram to oakthang view point and back to tseram 

Day 15: Tseram to torangdin 

Day 16: Torangdin to Ranipul 

Day 17: Back to Taplejung from Ranipul 

Day 18: Trek from Taplejung to Ilam

Day 19: Drive or fly to Kathmandu 

Day 20: International departure

Itinerary
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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.

    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.

      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.

        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.

          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.

            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.

              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.

                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.

                  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.

                    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.

                      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.

                        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.

                          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.

                            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.

                              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.

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

                                  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.

                                    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.

                                      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.

                                        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.

                                          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.

                                            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.

                                              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.

                                                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.

                                                  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.

                                                    Cost Details
                                                    What's Included
                                                    • 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
                                                    What's not Included
                                                    • 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
                                                    Availability
                                                    • The trip departs everyday if the year
                                                    • The trip and trek is fully customizable we can customize the trip according to the need and necessity of our clients

                                                    • The trip is available for solo travelers group travelers and private travelers

                                                    • We organize the trip for a large group and can provide service for a group of 100+ members as well

                                                    • If the given date are not appropriate for the travllers and trekkers the trip can be conducted on the custom date provided by our clients

                                                    • Holiday tours Nepal advises all our clients to book at least 7 days prior so all the arrangements can be done in time specially sometimes in themountains the accommodation are booked prior so prior booking helps a lot

                                                    Contact us at info@holidaytoursnepal.com or send us a text at +977-9816710843 or +977-9818178630 we are available 24/7 on whatsapp viber wechat for additional informations.

                                                    Useful Information

                                                    Equipment and Gear List

                                                    GeneralGeneral

                                                    • Four-season (-20 degree) sleeping bag (We provide rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
                                                    • Puffy down jacket (We provide rental jackets for an additional USD 35)
                                                    • Daypack (25-30 liters recommended) with rain cover

                                                    CatUpper Body

                                                    • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a trekking cap.)
                                                    • warm woolen hat
                                                    • Scarf/Neck Buff (highly recommended to get saved from wind and cold)
                                                    • Headlamp or mobile torch light for nighttime
                                                    • Polarized sunglasses

                                                    TorsoTorso

                                                    • Technical fabric base layer thermals are light for warmer months, heavy for colder months
                                                    • Technical fabric t-shirts and sleeve sweaters or high-necks
                                                    • Waterproof rain jacket
                                                    • windproof jacket for the walk as it gets windy
                                                    • Fleece jacket or down jacket

                                                    LowerLower Body

                                                    • thermals inner
                                                    • Hiking pants at least 3
                                                    • Comfortable pants for teahouses
                                                    • Waterproof, windproof shell
                                                    • Hiking shorts

                                                    glovesHands

                                                    • Woolen gloves for the tea house
                                                    • Hard-shell windproof outer gloves for the walk

                                                    feetFeet

                                                    • Marino Wool or comfortable, warm socks
                                                    • Hiking socks
                                                    • Liner socks
                                                    • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
                                                    • Crampons (For passes)
                                                    • Casual shoes or sandals that are comfortable for the time in the tea house
                                                    • Gaiters (lightweight for rain and snow)

                                                    undergarmentUndergarments and Inner Wears

                                                    • Technical fabric/quick drying (can be washed during the trek)
                                                    • Sports bras (women)
                                                    • sleeping clothes as per the comfortability

                                                    FirstaidFirst Aid Kits and Medications

                                                    Note: Our guides carry medications, oxygen cans, and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are recommended.) 

                                                    • Sunscreen SPF- 50+
                                                    • Lip balm or Vaseline
                                                    • ointment cream
                                                    • Cough Syrup and strepsils (recommended for Khumbu Cough)
                                                    • Creams and medicines (for any allergies or diseases)

                                                    Optional Other Essentials

                                                    • Passport
                                                    • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
                                                    • Reusable water bottle
                                                    • Toilet paper, small soap, and shampoo
                                                    • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
                                                    • water bladder for the day bag
                                                    • small towel for personal use
                                                    • Pillowcase in case of allergies to new pillows
                                                    • High-protein snacks (such as mountain bars or nuts)
                                                    • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying essential documents, stuff, frequently used items, and money
                                                    • Power bank or extra batteries
                                                    • Cameras and mobile phone
                                                    • Cards/book
                                                    • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
                                                    • Trekking poles
                                                    • Whistle in case your voice is not loud enough to stop or start
                                                    • Thermos for hot water during the night
                                                    • We give you a free duffel bag, trekking cap, maps, and t-shirt during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
                                                    • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The porter will carry the duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs., throughout the walk.
                                                    • Daypack bag for daily used stuff like cash, documents, papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc. (with a waterproof cover).
                                                    • You can store your luggage (on-trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu, and we can assist and help.
                                                    • Total luggage for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is (15 kg (33 lbs.), including duffel (10 Kg/22 lbs.) and backpack (5 kg/11 lbs.)
                                                    • A down jacket with a hood (cap) to be warm in altitudes above 3,000m.
                                                    • We can provide a down jacket for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, you need to pay back the cost of USD 200 per item.
                                                    • We can provide a sleeping bag for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, USD 200 per item must be paid.

                                                    Note: Supplies and gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu. Once you are in Nepal, you can buy supplies and gear for hiking if you have spare time. Trekking Planner Nepal representatives will assist you in purchasing the equipment. Thamel a tourist hub, offers a wide range of trekking equipment at affordable prices. Don't wear short clothes inside the monasteries and religious places.

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