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25 Days
Availability : Sept-Nov,March-May
Kathmandu
Kanchenjunga Base Camp
Min Age : +20
Max People : 20

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of the best long trekking routes for those who have the time and the desire to venture into some of the remote regions of Nepal. At 8,586 meters, Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world and a beautiful mountain on the Nepal-India border. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek offers views of dramatic snow-capped peaks, as well as a landscape of subtropical lowlands, rhododendrons, alpine forests, and spectacular glaciers. The trek begins at Suketar Taplejung, which can be reached by plane or by car. Some of the main places of interest are as below


Trip Highlights

  •    Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur
  •    Opportunity to see different animals and birds in this area
  •    Walkthrough amazing villages like Lhonak and Kambachen
  •    Trek through beautiful hills, Rhododendrons, and bamboo forests
  •    Enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals and get to know their culture.
  •    Arrive at Octang, the best vantage point, for stunning views of Jannu, and Kanchenjunga
  •    Visit a village called Ghunsa and visit the monastery that shows Tibetan architecture and culture

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek itinerary cannot be customized according to your choice. Please write to us for the individual travel Itinerary. The price varies depending on hotel category, transportation, private vehicle, and flight service.

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport

Day 02:Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu Valley and trekking preparation

Day 03: From Kathmandu to Bhadrapur by flight and drive to Taplejung

Day 04:Trek from Taplejung to Lalikharka: walking Distance 4-5 hour walk

Day 05:Trek from Lalikharka to Khesewa: walking distance 5 to 6 hours

Day 06: Trek Khesewa to Mamankhe: walking Distance 5 - 6 hours

Day 07:Trek from Mamankhe to Yamphudin: walking distance 4 -5 hours.

Day 08:Trek from Yamphudin to Tortong: walking Distance 7- 8 hours

Day 09:Trek from Tortong to Cheram: walking duration 2-3 hours

Day 10:acclimatization day in Cheram.

Day 11: Trek from Cheram to Ramche: Walking hours 3 - 4 hours

Day 12:Trek from Ramche to Yalung base camp, back to Cheram: walking duration 3-4 hours

Day 13:Trek from Cheram a Sele La (4290 m): walking duration 6 to 7 hours

Day 14:Trek from Sele La a Ghunsa (3,595 m): walking distance 2-3 hours

Day 15:Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen: walking 5 - 6 hours

Day 16:Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak: walking distance 5 to 6 hours

Day 17:Trek to Kanchenjunga base camp, overnight in Pangpema: walking 6-7 hours

Day 18:Trek from Pangpema to Lhonak: walking distance 3-4 hours

Day 19:Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa: walking 6 to 7 hours

Day 20: Ghunsa to Amjilosa: walking 5 to 6 hours

Day 21: Trek from Amjilosa to Chirwa: walking 6 to 7 hours

Day 22: Trek from Chirwa to Taplejung via Mitlung: walk 7-8 hour

Day 23:Drive to Bhadrapur: 9 hours by cab

Day 24: fly back from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu

Day 25: Final departure

Overview of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is located on the eastern border of Nepal and is generally considered by trekkers to be the best hiking route in rural Nepal. During the trip to Kanchenjunga Base Camp, you will walk through forests with rhododendrons and bamboo. You also have the opportunity to experience the panoramic view of the mountains up close and get in touch with the local culture of the region.

Trek to Kanchenjunga base camp is one of the most extended treks in Nepal, as the trek takes approximately 25 days to complete. This walk will take you to the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world at 8,586 meters. It comprises around 16 peaks that are over 7000 meters high. The trek to Kanchenjunga base camp begins with a flight to Bhadrapur, a city in the eastern part of Nepal. From there, you can hike trails that take you to beautiful valleys, rugged hills, and snowy mountains. It is home to many species of flora and fauna, such as the red panda, the snow leopard, the wild boar, and various types of deer, etc.

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek was considered one of the calmest because it doesn’t receive as many hikers as the Annapurna or the Everest region. It also offers a unique perspective on the life and culture of this region that is very diverse. This trek takes you to an altitude of more than 5000 meters and lasts more than three weeks along the hiking trails, walking through the Migrin-La pass, the Sele-La pass, the Yalung glaciers, rivers, hills, and beautiful villages. This hike will be one of the most authentic hikes you have ever undertaken, and you will experience first-hand the culture of the eastern part of Nepal.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, our airport representative will pick you up from the airport and take you to your reserved hotel. You will have a welcome drink at the hotel during check-in time, and afternoon you can relax. In the evening, we host a briefing session in your hotel and introduce your tour and trekking guide. 

Meals included: None

Day 02:Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu Valley and trekking preparation

Today, after breakfast, you will visit four attractions in Kathmandu, which are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will visit Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Bauddhanath Stupa. After the tour, you meet your trekking guide and check equipment.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 03: From Kathmandu to Bhadrapur by flight and drive to Taplejung

After having breakfast early in the morning, you fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, which is located in south-eastern of Nepal, and then head to Taplejung.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

Day 04:Trek from Taplejung to Lalikharka: walking Distance 4-5 hour walk

On your fourth day, you go to Lalikharka after walking around 5 hours. Lalikharka is one of the beautiful villages in Panchthar district. It is a coincident ascent and descent on a path that mainly leads through lush green forests to Lalikharkha

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

Day 05:Trek from Lalikharka to Khesewa: walking distance 5 to 6 hours

After having breakfast, you start your journey to Khesewa. It is mainly an easy descent to Phundrawa. From here, you begin your ascent. It is a steep ascent to Yangpang, from there you walk steadily to Phumphe Danda, then again rise to Khesewa. Our hike leads through forests and small towns. 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

Day 06: Trek Khesewa to Mamankhe: walking Distance 5 - 6 hours

After breakfast, you head to the Kabeli Khola. Then, You hiked a trail that leads through the jungle before crossing a small stream. Along the way, you enjoy a breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks and walk through several small and beautiful villages.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

Day 07:Trek from Mamankhe to Yamphudin: walking distance 4 -5 hours.

Today’s hike mostly leads uphill on an easy trail, by which you mainly go along the Kabeli Khola. During the trek, you also admire the beautiful ridge behind the stream. You continue your walk and admire a beautiful nearby waterfall. After walking for a while, you crossed a small suspension bridge and settlements before arriving in Yamphudin for the night.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

Day 08:Trek from Yamphudin to Tortong: walking Distance 7- 8 hours

You start the day by walking on a path that villagers frequently use through terraced farms, and green meadows, and trekking will be on the way along Amji Khola, passing through Lassiya Bhanjyang before reaching Tortong. Stay overnight in Tortong.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 09:Trek from Tortong to Cheram: walking duration 2-3 hours

After breakfast, you begin your constant climb to Cheram. Your route is located directly in Simbuwa Khola. You enjoy walking in the beautiful Lalung Valley and have a Tuplung peak. You will walk through the dense rhododendron forest and enjoy the splendor of the Yalung glacier. Night in Cheram.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

Day 10:acclimatization day in Cheram.

You spent a day in Cheram to get used to the altitude. You can spend the rest of the day taking a resting or doing short hikes. There are also views of Kabaru and Rathong peaks.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

Day 11: Trek from Cheram to Ramche: Walking hours 3 - 4 hours

After breakfast, you start your short walk. You climbed from Cheram for a while before reaching the snout of the Yalung Glacier. You also enjoy the view of various Himalayan peaks. You pass a small settlement in Lapsang before reaching Ramche.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 12:Trek from Ramche to Yalung base camp, back to Cheram: walking duration 3-4 hours

From Ramche, you continue through the valley. Then you follow a stream before climbing to the top of the moray until you face the south face of Kanchenjunga. You continue to take a look at the Jannu Himal. You will keep your walk to the Oktang Monastery. From here, you climb further up to Yalung base camp. The view from base camp is exceptional. Kumbakarna, Nyukla Lachung, and other Himalayan peaks are nearby. You descend and spend the night in Cheram.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 13:Trek from Cheram a Sele La (4290 m): walking duration 6 to 7 hours

After breakfast, you start your walk. You crossed four passes today, beginning with Sinelapche Bhanjyang. After crossing the pass, you continue towards Mirgin La Pass. You keep walking and arrive at Sinion La Pass, which is not far away. From here, You go up to Paso Sele La. The prayer flags are placed on one of the steepest sections of the trail, which is very close to the Sele-La pass. You crossed the pass.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 14:Trek from Sele La a Ghunsa (3,595 m): walking distance 2-3 hours

You start your walk after having breakfast. You go north with Tangbgharma Danda. You arrive at a choir that is marked with prayer flags and marks the beginning of a steep path. You will go down through rhododendron, birch, and pine forests before getting Ghunsa. It is an attractive place with houses with weathered dark pine walls and Buddhist prayer flags.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 15:Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen: walking 5 - 6 hours

From Ghunsa, You walk further north along the river bank, which offers you an incredible mountain backdrop. You walk through meadows with beautiful wildflowers and then cross rhododendrons and pine forests. You crossed a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, passed a waterfall, and crossed the problematic section of a landslide. After crossing the landslide area, you see the spectacular view of Mount Jannu. If you continue to explore and complicated mountain trail, you will finally reach Kambachen and spend the night.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 16:Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak: walking distance 5 to 6 hours

Today will be your challenging walk, and you need to start very early. You walked through rocky fields and large boulders on the hillside along the river bank and come to a waterfall. Then you cross a bridge to Ramtang Monastery. Then you find a section of a landslide that you must pass at a constant rate before descending into the river and finally reaching Lhonak.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

Day 17:Trek to Kanchenjunga base camp, overnight in Pangpema: walking 6-7 hours

From Lhonak, you walk to the Kanchenjunga base camp. Our path leads along the massive Kanchenjunga glacier. After passing Pangpema, you move down towards the Kanchenjunga base camp. The view from base camp is exceptional. You can admire Mount Kanchenjunga, Jannu Himal, and other peaks of the Himalayas. You return to Pangpema to spend the night.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

Day 18:Trek from Pangpema to Lhonak: walking distance 3-4 hours

From Pangpema, you follow your steps back to Lhonak. Night in Lhonak.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

Day 19:Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa: walking 6 to 7 hours

You descend from Lhonak through Kambache to Ghunsa. It is the same route you took on the ascent.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

Day 20: Ghunsa to Amjilosa: walking 5 to 6 hours

From Ghunsa, you descend towards Phale. You passed several manes and a nearby monastery. You walked through the juniper forests and reached Phale. From here, you continuously go to Gyabla. You will cross a bridge over Chhundatangka Khola to get Gyabla. As you continue our walk, you see a waterfall nearby. You also passed a suspension bridge over Sumbung Khola before reaching Amjilosa.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 21: Trek from Amjilosa to Chirwa: walking 6 to 7 hours

After a while, you see a beautiful waterfall nearby. You continue your walk and pass a small settlement in Solima before crossing a suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola. You crossed another suspension bridge through Ghunsa Khola and reached Sukathum. Your path leads through various villages and leads to the Thunsa Khola, followed by Tamor Nadi before reaching Chirwa.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 22: Trek from Chirwa to Taplejung via Mitlung: walk 7-8 hour

After having a wonderful time in Chirwa, you trek to Taplejung for 8 hours. The trails on the way to Mitlung offer a lot of green, flora, and fauna and mainly picturesque villages that are always ready to welcome you.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

Day 23:Drive to Bhadrapur: 9 hours by cab

You take the car from Taplejung to Bhadrapur. The trip lasts 9 hours.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

Day 24: fly back from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu

Our fantastic trip to Kanchenjunga base camp comes to an end today. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful conclusion of your Kanchenjunga trek.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 25: Final departure

According to your Departure schedule, our office representative will pick you up from the hotel and takes you to the airport three hours before the scheduled flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

Cost Include/Excludes

Price Includes

  • Pick up and drop off at the Kathmandu airport in a private vehicle
  • Three-star deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Standard tea house accommodation during Kanchenjunga trek
  • Three meals every day during the trekking
  • All ground transportation on a private vehicle according to the trip itinerary.
  • City sightseeing tour with a guide in Kathmandu on private vehicle
  • Domestic flight tickets (Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu)
  • Entry Tickets for monuments visit according to the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking, state-licensed trekking guide
  • Porter service (2 hikers: 1 porter carries 30 kg.)
  • Costs including salary, insurance, equipment, flight, meals, and accommodation for staff.
  • All necessary documentation and trekking permits
  • Medical equipment (carried by your guide)

Price Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • excess baggage fee (s)
  • Additional night in Kathmandu due to any reason
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • International flight ticket
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery charge, boiled water Etc.
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers.

Essential Information

Food and Accommodation

Staying at a local tea house is another experience. They offer simple accommodation and food such as Dal Bhat, pasta, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, eggs, soup, etc. You will have three meals in these tea houses. During your days in Kathmandu, you will stay in 3-star hotels with breakfast service. 

Climate and the best time to trek

The Kanchenjunga region offers a variety of landscapes and altitudes, and the climate varies accordingly. In general, fall and spring are considered the best season. The weather is moderate in these seasons, and also calm.

It is difficult to walk in winter as the temperature becomes unbearably low. The days are cold and windy, and the nights are even colder. There are snowfalls and blizzards in this region. Therefore, it becomes almost impossible to walk in the winter.

The hike is also tricky due to the rain in summer. The path can become slippery, and the view often darkens.

Physical fitness and experience requirements

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a challenging hike suitable for passionate hikers who can run at least 5-6 hours a day. In a few days, you will even have to walk 8 to 9 hours. Walking at higher altitudes is more demanding than at lower elevations. However, if you are in excellent health with average fitness, a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination, you can carry out the walk successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for a few months before travelling is a good idea, as it improves your strength and stability. Previous hiking experience is preferred, but technical knowledge is not required. You must consult your doctor before booking this hike

Proposed preparation

  • Exercises Cardiovascular exercises like running, biking, jogging, push-ups, and push-ups for three months, 4-5 days a week before your trip is convenient.
  • You should also participate in the development of core strength and muscular endurance during strength training.
  • Walking the hills in different weather conditions is excellent preparation for this trip.
  • If you have access, kayaking and swimming can be a beneficial ways to develop the strength and endurance necessary for this journey.

Acclimatization

The Kanchenjunga base camp itinerary is planned with a high level of knowledge of AMS (acute mountain sickness). Increasing too rapidly at higher altitudes leads to disease that is severe enough to cause death. The higher altitude, the less oxygen is in the air. For example, at a height of more than 5000 m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, your bodies need many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. An extra day for acclimatization is provided during this trip.

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How Difficult is Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

Kanchenjunga trekking falls in excessive degrees of trekking. You have to walk 6to7 hours at an altitude of more than 3000 m for several days. Climatic conditions become harsh at high altitudes, and the temperature drops and sometimes even below freezing. Due to the decrease in atmospheric pressure, altitude sickness also occurs at elevations above 3,000 m. The walk offers a high level of fitness. You should also be mentally fit and ready to go on this hike.

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    Henry C. Bennett

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    Very Good Trekking experience: Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

    My friend and I did a 25-day trek to Kanchenjunga base camp with Nepal Tour & Trekking Service P. Ltd in April 2017. The arrangement was perfect. Ramesh is preparing our trip. He quickly emailed me with any questions I had before the hike. When I arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, we met our guide at the airport. They had already obtained permission for a walk. Subash was an amiable and helpful guide that I could ask for – he has over ten years of experience on trekking routes in Nepal. I will go with them for my next trip to Nepal. I am sure it will be an unforgettable experience again. I can only recommend this company and its services.

    May 2, 2022
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