Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Activities:
Free day in Kathmandu/Trip preparation
Duration
27 days
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate, Strenuous 
  • Max Altitude
    5150 m
  • Group Size
    Min. 2 Pax
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Best Time
    March to May & Sept - Nov 
  • Accomodation
    Mitlung to Chirwa (1270 m/4166 ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs

Trip Overview

The grandeur of the third highest peak of the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek must be a dream of every adventure seeker however the remoteness of the place attracts only those travelers who aren’t afraid of off the beaten tracks and are ready to explore natural glory in its undisturbed natural attire. Mt. Kanchenjunga lies on the beautiful terrain of the eastern region of Nepal and rises at a height of 8586 meters. Actually the word “Kanchenjunga” is derived from an old Tibetan word that means five treasures of snow. The five individual peaks of the Kanchenjunga range are considered gold, silver, precious stone, grain, and Holy Scriptures. These are the five treasures that the name Kanchenjunga depicts. The local people worship these mountains with the belief that has remained intact back from time.

The walk to the Kanchenjunga base camp is considered the best walk one can ever have. The long trekking trail takes you deep into the mountainous ecstasy and lets you endeavor the beauty that lies in the mountain ranges on Nepal’s border with Tibet and Sikkim. From the lush landscape, tropical jungles of rhododendron, oak, and chestnuts to the high altitude alpine forests, you will pass through a variety of vegetation on your way. With the vegetation, you will explore the variety of floras and faunas found in the eastern region of Nepal. Due to the high summer rainfall, the area preserves lots of unique birds and animals. If you are amongst the lucky ones, then you will be able to encounter snow leopard, red panda, or other species such as the Himalayan black bear or the Assamese macaque which are found here. Owing to its richness in biodiversity, it was declared as a conservation area.

Besides the richness in biodiversity and mountains, the region consists of mainly Rai and Limbu ethnic group people which makes it culturally rich too. The Rai and Limbu people have their own unique culture, tradition, and lifestyle. Tibetan Buddhist culture is most prevalent in this area therefore it is sure that you will encounter monasteries, stupas, and Gompas on your route.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek starts from Taplejung and goes all the way through Rai and Limbu villages, fields, terraced farmlands, and forests to Kanchenjunga Trek. During the journey, you will be able to relish the glory of the Himalayas as you meander through steep ridges, lush grasslands, and local Rai and Limbu villages.  The Yulung glacier, mountain passes, and the panoramic views of mountains from the Kanchenjunga Base Camp is an amazing experience that one will hold for a lifetime.

So, if you think you have high endurance capacity and are fit for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek then get ready to walk in a pristine environment to explore every original beauty of nature in its own undisturbed habitat. The lush valleys, landscapes, mountains, glaciers, passes, and vibrant villages will leave you in awe.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTM) Kathmandu

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu/Trip preparation

Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur, then drive to Taplejung

Day 04: Trek to Mitlung (921m). Walk approx. 4 hrs

Day 05: Mitlung to Chirwa (1270 m/4166 ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs

Day 06: Chirwa to Sukathum (1576 m/5169 ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs

Day 07: Sukathum to Amjilosa (2308 m /7570 ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 08: Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730 m /8954 ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 09: Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595 m/11792 ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa

Day 11: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4050 m/13284 ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs

Day 12: Acclimatization Day at Kambachen

Day 13: Kambachen to Lhonak (4780 m/15678 ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 14: Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5388 m/17673 ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 15: Trek back to Kambachen (4050 m/13284 ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 16: Kambachen to Ghunsa (3595 m/11792 ft) Duration: 3-4 hrs

Day 17: Ghunsa to Sele Le (4290 m/14071 ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 18: Sele Le to Cheram (3870 m/12694 ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 19: Cheram to Ramche (4580 m/15022 ft) and return to Cheram, duration: 4-5 hrs

Day 20: Cheram to Tortong (2995 m/9824 ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs

Day 21: Tortong to Yamphudin (2080 m/6822 ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 22: Trek to Mamanke (1800m/6000ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs.

Day 23: Trek to Lalikharka (2265m/7430ft)

Day 24: Trek back to Suketar (2320m/76096ft), then drive to Bhadrapur

Day 25: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 26: Leisure Day

Day 27: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportations by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Four-night accommodation with breakfast at 3-star category hotel in  Kathmandu
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Round trip airfare from Kathmandu – Bhadrapur, and Bhadrapur – Kathmandu as per itinerary.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Duffle bag for the trekking
  • Nepal Hiking Team T-shirt, trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
  • All necessary permits including Kanchenjunga special permit, TIMS, and conservation permit fees
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Any kind of drinks other than tea/coffee during the trek
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Reviews

Bogdan Ilie, USA My wife and I were lucky to have chosen Nepal Hiking Team to plan our trip. We opted for a private guide and had a porter as well. We waited at the airport, and we were dropped off there as well when we left Nepal. Our guide, Ram, made sure that our trip was organized flawlessly and that we were doing well and happy at all times. He chose the best available teahouses, and we were allowed to chose the food from the menu in all of them (there seem to be agencies that say you can either choose dal bhat or pay out of pocket). We were even served, during dinner, sliced apples carried by the porter. Ram was very knowledgeable, and he shared information related to mountain peaks, vegetation, and animals. As we saw, his English skills are excellent. Above all, he is friendly and has a positive attitude, so we enjoyed talking and interacting with him. The porter, Bhola, was also very friendly. He looked like he was 50 kg but carried 55-65 kg easily. Overall, it was a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience to which Ram, Bhola, and Nepal Hiking Team contributed substantially. One of the owners, Ganga, even offered free rides to do the PCR tests or other purposes. We couldn't have hoped for better treatment from this agency. Note: Read Original Review on Trip Advisor (Click Here)
Lucie H, UK In May this year - some friends and I joined the NHT For 16 days. Every fine detail was considered, with our guides and porters going above & beyond to ensure we were comfortable and happy. Their knowledge and experience created a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us all. I have no hesitation in recommending Nepal Hiking Team to anyone! They made this experience perfect, thank you, guys.  
Mike, USA I went with my girlfriend to the Everest Base Camp with a guide and porter from Nepal Hiking Team. Right from the pick-up from the airport, we felt like valued clients, and we were made to feel very welcome and relaxed in an otherwise hectic city. From the moment the trek started, our guide Bheg ensured we were comfortable and constantly checked on our physical state throughout each day and provided advice and assistance where we needed it. Overall, the experience was one I'll never forget, primarily because I proposed at the top and because the Nepal Hiking team made the experience as stress-free and as organized as possible, all with a smile on their face at all times. I highly recommend NHT.
Megan Y., China Ganga, Balaram, and the team were fantastic; even when we had a 24-hour flight delay, they re-scheduled everything without fuss or fee. We had an excellent driver for just us (and guide where we had them). We even changed things along the way, and whether the driver, guide, or agent, they were more than willing to help and be flexible. :) The trip took in some hiking, some sightseeing, some relaxing, the jungle, and for each occasion and location, we were provided a specialist guide for the event/location. The hotels they chose for us were precisely our requirements based on the activity we were experiencing on any given day. Balaram even met us many times in person to round off the experience and ensure all was well and take honest feedback in person - the personal touch makes you feel even more appreciated and welcome as a customer. We would recommend anyone contact the team if they are planning a trip to Nepal. Thank you, guys, for a memorable vacation.
Jonathan, USA The team NHT provided the best possible service. They were attentive in every aspect in the months leading up to the trek through emails and were responsive and thorough in addressing my questions and concerns. During our tour, Bheg (our guide) and our porter were there to take care of our (myself and one other trekker) needs and always smile and graciously. I have used other more expensive and well-known trekking teams in the Himalayas in the past and would rank NHT on an equal or higher plain. Bheg has many years of experience, as did our porter, and was very competent in their roles and Bheg in his knowledge of the area and the trek. Though our porter did not speak very much, Bheg was kind enough to translate when asked, and our porter was equally attentive in assisting Bheg and us to ensure a successful trek. Very competitive price and an excellent team and experience. I highly recommend them.