Kanchenjunga Base Camp ( 29 days)

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  •  Duration: 29 days
  •  Trip Code: -
  •  Best Time: -March to May and October to November
  •  Trek Start-End: - Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  •  Group Size: -
  •  Trip Grade: -
  •  Max Elevation: -5,400 m/17,716 ft
  •  Accommodation: -

Trip highlights:

  • A chance at sightseeing the world heritage sites(Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa).
  • A flight to catch some excellent aerial views:  Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Taplejung-Biratnagar-Kathmandu.
  • Go exploring the Kanchenjunga base camp.
  • Explore the Yalung Ri Base camp.
  • Get magnificent views of the Himalayan massifs like Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Makalu.
  • Cross the Mirgin La Pass at 4480 m.
  • Discover the flora- fauna and deep local culture.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Day 2: Tour around the valley
  • Day 3: Fly to Biratnagar – 40 minutes
  • Day 4: Fly to Taplejung (2,320 m) and Trek to Lali Kharka (2,276 m) – 3.5 hours
  • Day 5: Trek to Khesewa (2,120 m) – 5 hours
  • Day 6: Trek to Mamankhe (1,920 m) – 5 hours
  • Day 7: Trek to Yamphudin (2,080 m) – 6 hours
  • Day 8: Trek to Chitre (2,965 m) – 5 hours
  • Day 9: Trek to Tortongn (3,010 m) – 6 hours
  • Day 10: Trek to Tseram (3,870 m) – 6 hours
  • Day 11: Trek to Ramche (4,580 m) – 4 hours
  • Day 12: Explore around Ramche (4,580 m) and Trek to Oktang (4,730 m) – 5 hours
  • Day 13: Trek to Yalung Ri Base Camp (5,400 m) – 5 hours
  • Day 14: Trek back to Ramche (4,580 m) – 5 hours
  • Day 15: Trek to Sallerle via Mirgin La (4,480 m) – 6 hours
  • Day 16: Trek to Ghunsa (3,475 m) – 5 hours
  • Day 17: Trek to Kambachen (4,040 m) – 6 hours
  • Day 18: Exploration Day at Kambachen
  • Day 19: Trek to Lhonak (4,790 m) – 6 hours
  • Day 20: Trek to Pang Pema (5,140 m) – 4 hours
  • Day 21: Explore around Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5,100 m) and Return to Kambachen – 5 hours
  • Day 22: Trek to Ghunsa – 6 hours
  • Day 23: Trek to Amjilosa (2,460 m) – 4 hours
  • Day 24: Trek to Sakathum (1,600 m) – 5 hours
  • Day 25: Trek to Chhiruwa (1,200 m) – 5 hours
  • Day 26: Trek to Suketar (2,420 m) – 5 hours
  • Day 27: Fly Back to Kathmandu
  • Day 28: Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Day 29: Transfer to the Airport

Trip Information:

“Kang-Chen-Zod-Nga” suggests a literal meaning “five great treasuries of the snow“, but in fact, it has seven important summits. Kanchenjunga, which stands at a height of 8,585 m and the third highest mountain in the world, for the localities is the dwelling of gods who award victory and goodwill on them and their lands, while to the climbers of this mountain the phrase “five great treasuries of the snow” takes on a slightly more sinister tone. The avalanches at Kanchenjunga are said to be the largest all over the world.

The locals worship the mountain, there is a belief among mountaineers not to stand on the actual summit. All successful climbs have stopped just short of the summit to honor an old promise made by the leader of the first successful attempt in 1955 to the Maharaja of Sikkim.

Kanchenjunga that lies on the eastern border of Nepal provides a great chance at experiencing remoteness, dramatic mountain view, diverse flora and fauna, and strong local culture, quite different from those found further west.

We will begin the journey to Kanchenjunga with a flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and from there to Taplejung (Suketar). From Suketar the trek will lead Chauki through the villages of Mitlung, Ghunsa, Khambachen, and Lhonak to Pangpema which is also the base camp for excursions attempting the North Face of Kanchenjunga II and the climax of the first part of the trek.

Day 1Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport

Firstly, on arriving in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up from the airport. He/She will be holding up the signboard outside the airport terminal. You will then be escorted to your hotel. You can visit our office to get more information about the trek. In case you happen to arrive after 4 pm, you will be briefed about the trip by our authorized guide. Please make sure to carry along your passport, 3 copies of passport-sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Also, make sure to clear any due balance and then sign on the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer form. You can stroll around the city in the evening. Stay overnight at the Hotel. No meals are included.

Day 2Tour around the valley

We will start our day with a satisfying breakfast and leave around 8.30 am on a private vehicle and an authorized tour guide at your company. We will visit the world heritage sites around the valley, some including Bhaktapur Durbar Square- the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, is a famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows. Pashupatinath Temple is the sacred temple located on the bank of the holy Bagmati river. Although one cannot enter the main temple unless they are Hindus, you can see the temple and observe the activities performed from the eastern Bagmati river. Boudhanath Stupa is the biggest and holiest stupa built in the 5th century. You will find Buddhists pilgrims from all over the world especially Tibet, taking rounds of the stupa and spinning the prayer wheels. Then we can go for further exploration around the Thamel and shop for the next day’s trekking gears Stay overnight at the hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 3Fly to Biratnagar – 40 minutes

Early morning after breakfast, one of our staff members will pick you up from the hotel in Kathmandu. We will most probably take an afternoon flight to Biratnagar with your guide from Kathmandu. You will be transferred to the guesthouse there. Stay overnight at the guesthouse. Breakfast is included.

Day 4Fly to Taplejung (2,320 m) and Trek to Lali Kharka (2,276 m) – 3.5 hours

We will catch an early flight to Suketar Airport in Taplejung which will take us 30 minutes. We will be greeted by the ground staff and porters. The crew will arrange your gear while we have lunch soon after the flight. In the afternoon we will begin walking gradually for 2- to 3-hour walk along the ridgeline to Lali Kharka, a grazing area. Stay overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 5Trek to Khesewa (2,120 m) – 5 hours

After crossing the hillside a small way, we will descend to the village of Pakora along the Phewa Khola, walking on a suspension bridge before starting the steep climb up towards Kunjuri. We will have lunch somewhere below Kunjuri. The afternoon’s walk will take us on a short distance over the crest of the ridge to our campsite at Khesewa. We will get our first few glimpses of Kanchenjunga and should be able to clearly make out the south and main summit along with Yalung Kang. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 6Trek to Mamankhe (1,920 m) – 5 hours

The path will cover steep hillside through terraced fields raised above the Kabbeli Khola. There will be some ups and downs while crossing side valleys but there are many shady spots to rest. After lunch, we will pass the village of Anpan, before descending to cross the Kashawa Khola and eventually, we will climb again through terraced fields to the village of Mamankhe. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 7Trek to Yamphudin (2,080 m) – 6 hours

The walk will begin with an effortless climb to Yamphudin along a track that outlines the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. The path has several ups and downs while we cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides. Generally, the route is flat and the river eventually levels up with the trail, a couple of hours before Yamphudin. At last, we will stop to bathe in one of the clear pools within this beautiful river. It is truly a blissful spot. After lunch by the river, we will complete the day’s walk to Yamphudin, the most isolated settlement in this area and the last village we will see until we reach Ghunsa. It is a beautiful place tucked away beneath the ridge of Deurali Danda that we will cross next. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 8Trek to Chitre (2,965 m) – 5 hours

Beyond Yamphudin the trail will ascend a steep spur, a gentle introduction for what will come. Leaving villages behind we will trek through thick forests, stopping for lunch in a grassland capturing fine views of the north and south. A steep descend to the river an interesting bridge across the Omje Khola to our campsite in Chitre. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 9Trek to Tortongn (3,010 m) – 6 hours

We will start the day with 3 hours of steep ascent to the crest of the Deurali Danda in dense forest on the way. From the 3,230m pass, we will see Jannu, apparently closer! We will descend across some steep and opened areas before entering the forest again. The sharp descent through beautiful forest continues down into the valley of the Simjua Khola. Across the interesting-looking and challenging wooden bridge is Tortongn, a camping place with numerous rock shelters amid towering conifers. The steep hills make today a tough 6 to 7 hours trekking. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 10Trek to Tseram (3,870 m) – 6 hours

Today we will follow the river through a more beautiful forest, the conifers giving way to the rhododendron forest. The valley escalates fairly steeply, with the day advancing the trees become more stunted and scattered which indeed give us glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead and the large snout of Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram, the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong peak begin to rise over the moraine. Camping at Tseram, a grazing area, the night temperature will tell us that we are really gaining height. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 11Trek to Ramche (4,580 m) – 4 hours

It will be a short day’s walk up the final 600m to Ramche where the trail to Kanchenjunga South will turn critical. The view will get brilliant as we ascend past the snout of Yalung Glaciers into a series of ablation valleys, which contributes to leisurely walking and good camping. A frozen lake, clear streams, and views of Koktang, Rathong, and Kabru are the highlights of this trek. Expect to feel the altitude affecting today. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 12Explore around Ramche (4,580 m) and Trek to Oktang (4,730 m) – 5 hours

It will be our first close encounter with Kanchenjunga. We will follow along the valley, round to see the striking south face of Kanchenjunga and Jannu. We will get across the Yalung Ri Glacier and proceed by a sweeping curve, at Oktang, 4,730 m, swiftly we will be faced with the southern wall of the mountain. This vast ridge will form a cirque over 15 km long, nowhere less than 7,500 m high and with three main summits of Kanchenjunga at 8,420 m, 8,586m, and 8,474 m! It will be a breathtaking mountain panorama and especially Jannu while observing the glaciers flowing from its east face. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 13Trek to Yalung Ri Base Camp (5,400 m) – 5 hours

This long section will take us to high altitudes. We need a lot of determination and courage. To cross high pass we need good weather, and of course perfect logistic assistance. Expect to get acclimatized with the altitude today. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 14Trek back to Ramche (4,580 m) – 5 hours

After having breakfast we will hike back to Ramche. Yalung Glaciers and a group of valleys, give great walking and ideal camping. A frozen lake, crystalline streams, and brilliant views are the highlights of this hike. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 15Trek to Sallerle via Mirgin La (4,480 m) – 6 hours

We will trek down the valley, passing the turnoff to the high and challenging Labsang La route to Ghunsa and the north side of Kanchenjunga. This pass is uneven and risky, especially for porters so we will take a more southern set of passes, beginning with the Mirgin La. After a first steep climb and several false summits, we will reach Mirgin La. Apart from Jannu on the horizon, the other highlights worth witnessing are Makalu, Gyakung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, and Chamalang. To the south, it is possible to see down to the Terai, a spectacle worth the effort. Our campsite will be situated ahead of the pass, after 6 to 7 hours of sturdy walking. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 16Trek to Ghunsa (3,475 m) – 5 hours

Although there are four more passes, there is little slope connecting them, so in conclusion, it is a high scenic area. After lunch, the descent will bring us to Lamba Sumba Kharka, where there are going to be more views of the awesome Southwest Face of Jannu. From Kharka the path is easy repeatedly down a pleasant forested trail to the village of Ghunsa, where we will camp in the village. Ghunsa is a sacred Tibetan village; prayer flags flutter from the wooden houses and there are two monasteries, a welcome sight after many days of wilderness. One of the local specialties’ is ‘Tongba’, an odd alcoholic drink consumed by the locals to stay warm through the cold winter nights. A jug or large bamboo cup is filled with fermented millet seed and boiling water then poured into it. The flavor and alcohol seep though and you drink it with a special straw. You might need a drink after the tough 4- to 6-hour walk. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 17Trek to Kambachen (4,040 m) – 6 hours

Gradually the trail will ascend to the south of the Ghunsa Khola and cross flood plains while emerging on a meadow situated at the north side of the river. A steep climb to a slope from where it crosses a slide and then descends to Lakepo. A short climb from here to the village of Kambachen 4,040 m. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 18Exploration Day at Kambachen

Today we will spend a day acclimatizing to high altitude. It will also double up as a rest day and can be used for a quick morning hike to explore the area around Kambachen. Those who feel the urge should be able to catch up on their laundry. Otherwise, a good book should get you through the day perfectly. It is crucial to acclimatize to the higher altitude as you have been spending a lot of time at lower altitudes. From here you will encounter good mountain views of the peaks near Kanchenjunga which are visible. You can hike up the hill above the village for better views or take a day hike to Jannu Base Camp. The Nepali name for Jannu is Kumbakarna. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 19Trek to Lhonak (4,790 m) – 6 hours

A gradual climb through rocky fields will get you to Ramtang at an altitude of 4,240m then crossing northwest of the Kanchenjunga Glacier you will reach Lhonak, which is on a sandy plain near a dry lake bed. You will be camping between the boulders to stay out of the wind. There are beautiful mountain vistas all around. Water is very scarce in Lhonak and you will need to use only as much as absolutely needed. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 20Trek to Pang Pema (5,140 m) – 4 hours

The foremost Kanchenjunga peak is plainly visible from Pang Pema, which is the base camp for expeditions on Kanchenjunga. From Lhonak, the trail slowly ascends across the plain but soon gets steeper as it follows the moraine. Pang Pema is at a height of 5,140 m. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 21Explore around Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5,100 m) and Return to Kambachen – 5 hours

After a warm breakfast, we will hike up a ridge of 200 m or 300m, north of Pang Pema. It provides a great vantage point with views of Kanchenjunga, Wedge Peak, the Twins, and Tent Peak. Since the descent goes quicker, you can reach Kambachen the same day. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 22Trek to Ghunsa – 6 hours

We will walk along with more descents through magnificent sections of the forest as long as we make Amjilosa the next day. From Ghunsa an hour down we will pass through Phole, a village in two parts. The upper section houses Tibetan refugees who are well established, the second is the winter village of Ghunsa. Further down is Yangswa, a great and warm camp. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 23Trek to Amjilosa (2,460 m) – 4 hours

After having breakfast, we will pass through the beautiful forest opening out to steep, grassy hillsides where Amjilosa is perched. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 24Trek to Sakathum (1,600 m) – 5 hours

After a short climb, we will begin the steep descent that will take most of the day. We will reach the joining of the Tamur and Ghunsa Khola. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 25Trek to Chhiruwa (1,200 m) – 5 hours

We will cross the Simbu Khola, which begins from Kanchenjunga’s south base camp, the Khola that we followed up from Torontan. It is pleasingly warm at these low altitudes and cardamom grows freely in the moist shaded forest. Crossing several little tributary streams we will reach Chhirwa, a village set among large boulders. We will camp in a field out of the village. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 26Trek to Suketar (2,420 m) – 5 hours

Traversing in an out of minor valleys, we will pass through a succession of picturesque villages on our way to Suketar, reaching around late afternoon. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 27Fly Back to Kathmandu

We will take a flight to Kathmandu enjoying our last glimpse of the mountains we have recently visited one last time on the 30-minute Scenic flight. Stay overnight at a hotel. Breakfast is included.

Day 28Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu

After an exhausting trek, this will be a relaxation day for you. Get your body massaged, leisurely gallivant around Thamel and buy souvenirs, visit Garden of Dreams for some relaxing time. This is also a spare day to use for a flight back to Kathmandu in case there wasn’t a flight the day before due to unpredictable weather conditions. And, in the evening we will host farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances to make this day a memorable one for you. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast and dinner are included.

Day 29Transfer to the Airport

We will provide you with the morning breakfast. Lastly, our representative will escort you to the International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight. Breakfast is included.

Price Includes

✔  Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
✔  3 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
✔  One full day guided city tour by private vehicle in Kathmandu
✔  Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
✔  kanchaenjunga trekking permits and Tims permits
 Round flight to Biratnagar
✔  Breakfast in the city and full meals during the trek
✔  Tea/Coffe (served in a cup)
✔  Seasonal fresh fruits after dinner
✔  Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
✔  A porter (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses 
✔  Insurance of Guide and Porter
✔  All required local tax and Gov tax
✔  Down jacket,Duffel bag and sleeping bag
✔  Trekking Map

Tour Excluded

❌  Nepal arrival visa

❌  Meals in the city except breakfast and above mentioned special dinner

❌  Monument entrance fees

❌  Your personal nature expenses eg. Mineral water, Beer, Coke and entire beverage etc

❌  Travel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation

❌  Tips and any other extending trips and accommodation.

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