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

Jeff, North America Just got back from Nepal a couple of days ago, where my partner and I were doing an Everest Base Camp Trek assisted by Nepal Hiking Team. Their service couldn't have been better. I started planning this trip last Spring and looked at numerous trekking companies. Chose NHT due to the tremendously positive reviews on them, the professionalism of their website, and the quick response I got from Ganga when I sent an initial inquiry via their website -- he phoned me within a few hours, apparently as soon as the morning had come round to Nepal (given the time difference between North America and Nepal). He was extremely helpful and responsive from the start, all the way through the completion of our trek and the last couple of days back in Kathmandu. Our guide for the trek, Bhim, couldn't have been more helpful and took very good care of us and kept us safe. The whole operation and experience couldn't have been more positive.
Marcel, South Africa We recently returned from an EPIC trekking adventure to Everest Base Camp with the Nepal Hiking Team. Due to some time restraints we trekked on the cusp of the season, started our trek on 30th Aug, and returned to Kathmandu on the 10th of Sept, and what a great decision that was! The weather was amazing, we had most of the tea-houses to ourselves, our guides were on their first trip after the second wave of the covid 19. So it was great for them as well to witness everything as if for the first time. If you prefer a more 'quiet' trek, then I would recommend going on the cusp of the season! Our guide Raj of Nepal Hiking Team, did everything in his power to make the trip a most memorable trip and our wonderful porter who's name happens to be 'Love' totally lived up to his name! I cannot thank the Nepal Hiking Team enough for all their prep work, the guide's knowledge and caring for our welfare, and Ganga, the father of the group who personally met us at the airport and made sure that all our needs were met. What a great team, I highly recommend Nepal Hiking Team for your future Himalayan trekking!
Raymond Low, Singapore Nepal Hiking Team provide an excellent guide to me when I hiked Everest Base Camp. My guide, Mr. Prakesh Rai, is very professional and caring... He always gives me very informative replies whenever I have a question or two about the terrain which we are trekking, the history of certain towns or places we passed by or stayed...He is always asking how I am (my old right ankle injury came back)...and will help me carry my load.... We had a good time together especially when we take photographs of the awesome scenery.....He works tirelessly and would be a concern for my diet and always asked me if I had enough of food, hows my leg was, and whether feeling ok especially when we are going towards a higher altitude..... We had a wonderful acclimatization climb and he is always observing me how I am doing. Nepal Hiking Team rocks!.... And I would sincerely recommend my friends to this group..... It’s simply awesome!... Thank you Nepal Hiking team and it's truly a great experience traveling with your professional guide!
Yang, Singapore It was an awesome experience in Nepal, in which a big part of my trip was covered in the mountain, thank to NHT. Ganga, the company manager has been engaging since my enquiry and very efficient and patient with all my queries. They are flexible to customize to my needs due to my planned itinerary besides hiking. They also made arrangement for airport pick up and Ganga met me in person in my lodge to go through the procedures and discussion. 2 days prior to the trek it was raining heavily and many flights were cancelled. We were lucky to tag along a rescue helicopter to Lukla, also thank to Ganga's arrangement. When we arrived at the start point, we were welcome by the friendly guide and porters. My relationship with Gurung, the guide was very good, he took care of me every single bit of the trip, as I was a slow walker in the team. He would check our conditions from time to time to ensure our well beings. Gurung and I joked around in the tea houses and we made many friends and some exchange of cultural knowledge. I was not well when I returned from Base Camp. We discussed and we decided that an evacuation was needed. Gurung visited me in the hospital and sent me back to the hotel after discharge. I had a farewell lunch with him. Ganga and Hari, the 2 managers visited me on the 2 days and they even sent me to the hospital again for report collection. Hari also sent me to the airport on my departure day. I have total satisfaction and heart-felt appreciation for Nepal Hiking Team. There were other companies who tried to compromise prices and quality but not NHT, who insisted on quality and care above all. I'm back in Singapore safely. And they are keeping in contact with me on some follow-ups. I truly want to recommend you this company for their awesome service given the reasonable if not attractive price! This trip was so awesome although I had some hiccups on my decent. I miss Nepal alot, and the friendship shared.
Stephen, Australia I finished the ABC and Bhutan Tours with Nepal Hiking Team and had a very good time. It was a great pleasure dealing with Balaram and Ganga. They are extremely professional, flexible, and accommodating. prior to the trip, I had been constantly emailing Balaram with my questions, whether or not they are directly related to the trek. Balaram was always extremely responsive with detailed answers and he was always patient. When I first got to Kathmandu, both Ganga and Balaram met me at the hotel to greet me. Throughout the trip, they constantly checked up with the guide to make sure that everything went okay. Overall, the trek was well organized and I can say with confidence that the team has done their best to ensure that my needs were met. I am already thinking about coming back to Nepal for my next trek and I will certainly go with Nepal Hiking Team again.