Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a trek in less traveled areas of eastern Nepal that explores both northern and southern base camps of Kanchenjunga. For less explored trekking in Nepal, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of the best “Off The Beaten Path” trek as visitors are drawn to its air of mystery. Apart from the locals, only a few trekkers tread in these wild eastern alpine valleys of Nepal.

Views of stretched Kanchenjunga Range dominating the sky are common in Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. Walks through pristine Rhododendron forest with these views are a real pleasure. These contrasts between jungles and glaciers with some of the world’s highest peak make Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek a truly fascinating trek in Nepal.The trek also provides an excellent opportunity to observe real Nepali lifestyle. There are several typical hilly villages en route to higher valleys of Kanchenjunga region. These villages and their lifestyles represent most of other hilly regions of Nepal. The tradition and culture may differ but the way of living will be almost similar throughout the hilly regions of the country. Once someone is in Kanchenjunga region, one is bound to have an unforgettable experience.

The trek starts passing through typical hilly terraced villages and heads to a southern base camp of Kanchenjunga. On a trek to southern base camp, Oktang (4730 meters) is a spectacular viewpoint, that provides views of Kokthang (6148 meters), Rathong (6678 meters), Kabru Range, Kanchenjunga Range and Jannu (7710 meters). Three scenic and tiring passes separates the northern and southern base camps of Kanchenjunga. On the other part, there are more settlements and Ghunsa (3475 meters), a lovely Tibetans Buddhist village is one of the biggest villages in whole higher valleys of Kanchenjunga Region. Kambachen (4225 meters) and Lhonak (4815 meters) are the only other two seasonal settlements situated higher than Ghunsa. At the end of the valley, Pangpema (5150 meters) offers a full circular views of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters), Kangbachen (7903 meters), Ramtang Peak (6601 meters), Taple Sikhar (6341 meters), Nepal Chuli (6910 meters) and Kirat Chuli (7365 meters).

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation .
Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur (91 meters) and drive to Illam.
Day 04: Drive to Suketar (2420 meters) and trek to Lali Kharkha .
Day 05: Trek to Kade Banjyang (2130 meters) .
Day 06: Trek to Phumphe Danda (1858 meters) .
Day 07: Trek to Yamphudin (1678 meters) .
Day 08: Trek to Amji Khola (2400 meters).
Day 09: Trek to Torongton (2995 meters) .
Day 10: Trek to Tseram (3870 meters) .
Day 11: Acclimatization day at Tseram .
Day 12: Trek to Ramche (4615 meters) .
Day 13: Trek to Tseram (3870 meters) .
Day 14: Trek to Sele La (4290 meters) .
Day 15: Trek to Ghunsa (3475 meters) .
Day 16: Trek to Kambachen (4225 meters) .
Day 17: Trek to Lhonak (4815 meters) .
Day 18: Trek to Pangpema (5150 meters) .
Day 19: Acclimatization day at Pangpema .
Day 20: Trek back to Kambachen .
Day 21: Trek back to Phale (3140 meters) .
Day 22: Trek back to Amjilosa (2510 meters) .
Day 23: Trek back to Chirwa (1270 meters) .
Day 24: Trek back to Phurumbu (1542 meters) .
Day 25: Trek to Suketar (2420 meters) .
Day 26: Flight to Kathmandu via Biratnagar .
Day 27: Free day at Kathmandu .
Day 28: Departure .

Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu.
A representative from Visit Good Day Nepal Excursion with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel).

Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel).

Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur (91 meters) and drive to Illam.
The morning is free to sort out any last minute arrangements for the trek. An afternoon flight to the hot and humid Bhadrapur.From Bhadrapur, a 4-5 hour ride takes to Illam, tea capital of the country. (Overnight at Hotel).

Day 04: Drive to Suketar (2420 meters) and trek to Lali Kharkha .
A brief 4 hours drive finally leads to Suketar. Now, the trek starts on a new dusty road with views of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) and Jannu (7110 meters) and passes Deurali, a small stop with two small shops. After Deurali, a short ascent and a continuous downhill with many shortcuts lead to Lalikharka. (Around 3 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 05: Trek to Kade Banjyang (2130 meters) .
After an easy, quick walk in the morning, a steep descend through some villages follows. The downhill continues as the trail passes through the fields of Simbu village and keeps on going all the way up to the river (Pa Khola). Now, a climb starts to go up for the next good couple of hours and pass through a higher secondary school at Kunjari and finally reached Bhanjyang, (the top). After Bhanjyang, the trail is more subtle and undulates for less than half an hour to reach a small settlement of couple of houses at Kade Bhanjyang (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 06: Trek to Phumphe Danda (1858 meters).
A short climb after Kade Bhanjyang is soon followed by a gradual drop and reaches Khesewa in around 20 minutes. Now, the trail once again drops steeply through this long extended village down to a small stream. This steep drop takes a little less than an hour and soon is followed by a gradual uphill but with few steep sections. The trail steadies a bit and then undulates and reaches a small village and once again undulates but gradually gains height until it reaches to Phunglung village in less than half an hour. Now a gradual drop starts a descent through yet another terraced field of this big extended village which soon turns very steep for the next half an hour. Once again, a more undulating trail is followed by a steep trail to a top of the ridge and more steady trail arrives near Phumphe village. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp).

Day 07: Trek to Yamphudin (1678 meters).
A good decent for less than half an hour, followed by another good climb for a bit more than an hour leads to Mamankhe. A gradual downhill soon turns into a steep climb. The climb becomes gentler but continuously keeps going up and undulates for a while. The morning steep part is for about an hour and the next undulating trail takes nearly an hour. The valley starts going down through a thin forest for a little less than an hour. After the drop, a brief climb leads to a more wider valley of Thungim. (Listed in the map as Yamphudin and has a KCAP office) (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 08: Trek to Amji Khola (2400 meters).
The trek now continues into the valley and steadily climbs its way for a good couple of hours. After the steady climb, the trail now heads into another valley with green forests and a very steep climb finally ends at Amji Khola. (5 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 09: Trek to Torongton (2995 meters).
The day starts with a steep climb through a jungle. The forest consists of bamboos and rhododendrons. After two hours of a climb, a paved trail starts and goes on for another couple of hours. Finally, the uphill ends and a brief leveled ground lead to Lashe Bhanjyang. After Lashe Bhanjyang, a brief drop that goes nearby a landslide section is followed a half an hour climb. (by the side of this ridge is a sheer drop of nearly 200 meters or more) The climb turns into a steep drop for the next hour and a half and meets Torongden River at the bottom of a narrow valley. Now the trail undulated through the forest but consistently goes up for the next hour and after crossing a simple wooden bridge, we arrive at Torongton. (8 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 10: Trek to Tseram (3870 meters).
The trek follows Simuwa Khola for the whole day towards North-East. The whole day is an easy uphill with few very steep climb along the valley made by the river. The trail goes through rhododendron forests and reaches Anda Phedi, it takes another 2 hours to reach Tseram. A brief steep climb away from the river is rewarded with views of Kabru from Tseram. (5 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 11: Acclimatization day at Tseram.
Acclimatization day at Tseram ask your guide for your program today. (Overnight at Camp)

Day 12: Trek to Ramche (4615 meters).
A very steep climb starts the day and after first half an hour of the steep climb, the valley widens up. The trail passes through several pasturelands and would also pass through a yak shed on one of these meadows. (they move the shed depending on the seasons) After the first meadow, views of Rathong (6678 meters) and Kokthang (6148 meters) appears. The trail becomes fairly comfortable after the first two meadows and on the third meadow, just beneath a huge ridge, on a flat land is Ramche. (5 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 13: Trek to Tseram (3870 meters).
The trail moves further up into the valley with a ridge separating Yalung Kang Glacier on the right and many cliffs on the left. As the valley heads deeper, Kabru (7412 meters), Rathong (6678 meters) towers like skyscrapers on the right. After a couple of hours up in the valley with a couple of meadows on the way, the trail slowly starts to climb and all four summits of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) starts to appear enclosing the valley. Finally, Oktang viewpoint (4780 meters) appears ending the trail with gigantic Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) and Kabru Range kissing the sky and the long extending views of Yalung Kang Glacier extending downward the valley. The trek retraces back following the same route to Tseram. (7 hours) (Overnight at Camp).

Day 14: Trek to Sele La (4290 meters).
The first two hours is through woods and a rocky trail continues with views of wide valleys and for a brief moment, Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) can be viewed. This straight steep climb, for little less than around 4 hours gets to the first pass. After the first pass, the trail briefly drops and once again climbs to the second pass. Views of several smaller 6000-meter peaks and Makalu appears from the second pass. Once again, the trail drops briefly and then again climbs for the third pass (here a Mirgin La signboard is present). Now, The trail continuously drops and zigzags through a rocky trail and finally reaches a small stream to reach Sele La. (8 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 15: Trek to Ghunsa (3475 meters).
The first bit is an easy walk with bits of the steep drop. The trail is the bit rocky and after the first hour, it gets to the first pass (there are prayer flags). It continues in a similar way to the second pass but sharply starts to drop through the forest of Rhododendron trees for nearly an hour an half. A small flat ground is followed by a hydro power’s water pipe that leads into the wide valley with the big village of Ghunsa. (3-4 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 16: Trek to Kambachen (4225 meters).
The trail heads deeper into the valley following the Ghunsa Khola on a fairly comfortable terrain but passes through several small landslide areas. After a couple of hours, the trail enters the rocky river and bed crosses Ghunsa Khola. Another brief comfortable walk leads to a bottom of a waterfall and then a steep climb through a difficult landslide section continues for the next half an hour. The hard work is rewarded with different angled views of Jannu (7710 meters). A brief drop shows the wider views of the valley and several unnamed 6000 meters peak (Tengkoma is one of these peaks) but all these disappear as we enter Khambachen, a village where two valleys meet. Fantastic views of Sobhi Thongje and Gabhur is on the south of Khambachen and Sarphu on the west completes the Panorama. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 17: Trek to Lhonak (4815 meters).
The day starts with a brief climb out into the narrow valley and passes through a rocky glacial trail, the trail goes through an eroded section and keeps continuing into the narrowing valley. After passing by a waterfall, a brief climb leads out into a wider valley, with views of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) and Kangbachen (7903 meters) opening up. The trail is more comfortable for the next hour and then once again climbs into a narrow valley via another eroded section but quickly goes to cross the river that leads to Lhonak. It is another small meadow where two valleys join but are lot wider than Kambachen. Kirat Chuli (7365 meters), Nepal Chuli (6910 meters) are in the east, with Mera peak in South-West and Laser Peak II in North-West. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 18: Trek to Pangpema (5150 meters).
The trek continues into the valley surrounded by towering mountains and heads further into the valley towards Pangpema (Kanchenjunga North Base Camp). The trail slowly and gradually climbs and enters into several eroded parts where the trails are almost invisible. Undulating through these rubbles of glacial rocks, the valley finally ends at Pangpema. (5 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 19: Acclimatization day at Pangpema.
At leisure at Pangpema. Day walk options include the hill known as Drohmo Ri (5500m) above camp, which provides panoramic views of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters), Kangbachen (7903 meters) and much more. (Overnight at Camp)

Day 20: Trek back to Kambachen .
The trek retraces back to Kambachen via the same route taken earlier. (5 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 21: Trek back to Phale (3140 meters).
The trek retraces back to Ghunsa and after crossing the Ghunsa Khola, it starts to head down in the valley following the same river to Phale. This village is full of Tibetan immigrants. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 22: Trek back to Amjilosa (2510 meters).
Now a steep drop through bamboo forests and crosses several small streams and slowly leads the trek back into civilizations. (Around 6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 23: Trek back to Chirwa (1270 meters).
After Amjilosa, the trail follows the river and have some very steep sections along the way. Now, smaller settlements start to become frequent and the trek passes through small villages of Sekathum and a more populated Tapethok. Tapethok also marks the end of the conservation area and the treks entry into more populated hilly villages of Nepal. An easy walk from Tapethok ends the day at a big and busy village of Chirwa. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 24: Trek back to Phurumbu (1542 meters).
Now the trek happens on the lower elevations of the hilly region and passes through several Limbu villages of Sinwa. The trail climbs slowly for one last time to Phurumbu. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 25: Trek to Suketar (2420 meters).
The last day has the bit of climb as the trek once again crosses the 2000 meter mark and reaches Suketar, finally ending the month-long adventure. (3 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 26: Flight to Kathmandu via Biratnagar.
An early morning flight to Suketar and another flight back to Kathmandu. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)

Day 27: Free day in Kathmandu.
A Leisure day in Kathmandu which can use for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extend into further more tours to Nagarkot, Dhulikhel etc. Further adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking around the Kathmandu valley with bungee jumping, rafting near the valleys can be done on this free day. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights) (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)

Day 28: Departure.
A representative from God Day Nepal Excursion will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future.

Include/Exclude

Included in the Cost:

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • Tented accommodation during the climb.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek and climb.
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Bhadrapur, Biratnagar -Kathmandu).
  • English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader) and assistant guides.
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation.
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit.
  • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping.
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment.
  • Medical kit (carried by your guide).
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost doesn’t Include:

  • International airfare and visa fees (15 Days US$25 and 30 Days US$40).
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • All drinks Soft and hard coke, beer, mineral water.
  • Your travel insurance which should include the emergency rescue.
  • Your Trekking gears.
  • Tips for your guide and porters etc.
Equipment List

PERSONAL EQUIPMENTS FOR TREKKING

  • • Fleece beanie
    • sun glasses
    • Chap stick / Sunscreen
    • Face mask or Scarf
    • Hand towel
    • Wind stopper / waterproof top and bottom
    • Cold weather down jacket below waist
    • Fleece jacket and trouser
    • Trekking trouser
    • T-Shirts(short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
    • Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
    • Wind stopper and fleece gloves
    • Socks and under wears
    • Trekking boot
    • Snow Gaiter (optional)
    • Runners / Snickers for camps
    • Head torch
    • Personal medical kit
    • Water Bottle/Camel Pak
    • Trekking / Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
    • Spare batteries for Camera andflash light. Check charging facility along your journey
    • Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
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Trip Highlights

  • Discountonly for group %
  • Trip Grade
  • Price USD Contact Us
  • Duration28
  • Starting Pointkathmandu
  • Ending Pointkathmandu
  • Transportationbus, flight
  • ActivitiesTrekking
  • Trek Styleteahouse/lodge
  • Max. Altitude5,388 m/17,673 ft
  • Best SeasonAutonm /Spring

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