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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

  Nepal , Restricted Region Trek

Duration

30 Days

Tour Type

Trekking

Group Size

2+

Accommodation

Tea House Lodge,Camping

Meal

Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Max. Altitude

5243 m

Best Season

Sep-Oct/Mar-May

Departure from

Kathmandu

Hightlight

  • Two-way Scenic flight between Kathmandu and Suketar
  • One of the best remote treks of Nepal
  • Limbu and Sherpa villages of eastern Nepal
  • Flora and fauna of Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project
  • Reaching the base camp of the world’s third highest peak, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m)
  • Less crowded trails moving along the lush forests and Himalayan valleys
  • Breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Table Shikhar, Gimmigela Chuli, Pyramid Peak and Kirant Chuli
  • Crossing Selele La Pass (4,480m), Mirgin La Pass (4,663m), Sinion La (4,660m), etc.

Overview

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek takes you around the world’s third peak Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586 m). Actually, pronounced “Kang-chen-zod-nga” and meaning Five Treasures of Snow, Kanchenjunga Massif is a system of seven different summits.

Till the date, only a handful of national and international trekkers have visited this region. Lack of enough publicity is the first and foremost reason behind it. The location of this trekking region is another cause for the fewer visits to this geographic belt.

It is absolutely away from the limits of regular routes such as Everest Base Camp trek and Annapurna Base Camp trek. It gives you an explore the beauty of eastern Nepal! The snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, beautiful rivers and diverse landscapes are its prizes.

Kanchanjanga Base Camp trek is a challenging task as the trails are not in proper condition. People started trekking and climbing expeditions from the second half of the twentieth century. However, Nepal government officially permitted climbing this peak in 1988 for the foreign trekkers.

Kanchenjunga Region Trekking is situated as the starting point of the Great Himalayan Trail (1,700 km). This trek rewards the trekkers with distinct biodiversity and culture of the Eastern Nepal. You will also enjoy the breathtaking view of the Great Himalayas of the region.

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP) has been established to protect the endangered species of flora and fauna. While walking along the less crowded trails, you might encounter the animals like blue sheep, musk deer, and mountain bears.

This region is highly populated by the Kirant people (Rai and Limbu) since time immemorial. Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek facilitates you to have the first-hand information about their lifestyle, culture and tradition. You can also experience the hospitality of the Limbu people who are said to have the most hospitable ethnic communities in the SAARC region.

The Prominent Peaks and High Passes of  Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Despite its remoteness, Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek shows you more than 20 snow-capped peaks. You see the mountains of Nepal as well as Sikkim, India during this trek. The mountains are above 6,000 m including three eight-thousanders of the Great Himalayas.

Mt. Everest (8,848.86 m), Mt. Makalu (8,485 m) and Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m) are seen in this trip. Other notable peaks are Gimmigelachuli (7,350 m), Pyramid Peak (7,123 m), Mt. Kumbhakarna (7,710 m) and many more.

Apart from the snowy peaks, you come to see a few Himalayan glaciers while moving to and fro. Some of the most recognized are the Kanchenjunga Glacier, the Lhonak Glacier and the Kumbhakarna Glacier. These glaciers give birth to some of the biggest rivers of Nepal.

There are a few notable Himalayan passes all above 3,900 m en route to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trek. Some of them are Selele Pass (4,480 m), Tamo La (3,900 m), Sinion La (4,660 m), Mirgin La (4,663 m) and Sinelepche La (4,724 m).

Most of the trails to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek also contain in this trekking route. The trail to the south base camp (4,610 m) of Mt. Kanchenjunga diverts from Ghunsa to Yalung. For this you have to go across Lapsang La Pass (5,160 m).

As it is not always easy to cross a high pass above 5,000 m, most of the trekkers choose to trek to Kanchenjuna North Base Camp trek instead of the south base camp. If you want, you can also avoid all the passes mentioned above as well.

 How to Begin Kanchenjunga Trek?

To begin Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek, you must reach Suketar of Taplejung. For this, you can take a flight from Kathmandu to Suketar directly for 40 minutes. Or, you can also fly to Bhadrapur, Jhapa and drive to Suketar.

The roadway transportation from Kathmandu to Suketar doesn’t seem a good alternative. The roadway distance is 670 kilometres between the two cities. As the road condition is not proper, it becomes a tedious journey to start this trek.

The ecological regions make you realize the geographical and biodiversity of this route. While travelling for about three weeks, the trail passes through amazing landscapes and terrains to takes you to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp.

Although the trekking trails are less frequented and in poor condition, the entire trip is a lifelong memory. The walking along the rhododendron, pine and oak forests gives you the glimpse of various animals and birds.

This trek leads you along the villages of the Kirant people of the eastern Nepal. The Kirant people are well-known for their unique hospitality. While doing this remote trek in Nepal, you will also taste their cuisines served at the best hospitality.

The different passes and snow-capped peaks' en route are the other attractions that make this trip more memorable. After enjoying the mountain ranges of eastern Nepal from 5,143 m, you trek down towards the beginning point.

After exploration of this region, you will trek back to Taplejung and fly back to Kathmandu. If you want to reach the south base camp, you can customize Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek. Trekking to the south base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga is a chance for visiting the mighty Yalung Glacier.

Some Important Variants of Kanchenjunga Trek

 

Kanchanjanga Base Camp trek is a formidable trek into the grandeur of an eight-thousander of Nepal. Nepal Trekking Routes has designed Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek itinerary for 23 days. This itinerary is enough to have the wonders of this region with enough rest during the journey.

The best time for Kanchanjanga Base Camp Trek is from spring to mid-summer and in autumn. Kanchenjunga Selele Pass Trekking, Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking Bokta Peak Climbing and Kanchenjunga Milke Danda Trekking are some variants of Kanchenjunga region trekking.

More than this, you can also connect this trek to Makalu region as well. Makalu Kanchenjunga trek is another popular trek of Nepal. This package takes you the base camps of both the 8,000 m above mountains.

If your time, budget as well as physical and psychological aspects fit, you can also do the Great Himalayan Trail trekking. It takes around 150 days to cover the route from the far eastern to far western Nepal.  To know more about cost and itinerary, contact us via email, phone call, WhatsApp or online booking tools.

Food and accommodation facilities during Kanchenjunga Camping Trek

 

Before the development of teahouses, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek used to be a complete camping trekking. But nowadays, teahouses are established and run in all the stopover's en route.

The teahouses provide basic facilities of food and accommodation for the trekkers. Due to its remoteness, you must forget about the luxurious services. The people cannot transport the goods and services easily to their place due to the lack of transportation infrastructure.

In the lower altitude, the number of teahouses are in considerable number. You can have a choice for booking the one with the best quality. However, the higher you go, the less number of teahouses you find!

Even the cost of food and accommodation services are low at the lower altitude stops. Just opposite, in the higher places, you have to pay a bit higher prices. But, one thing is sure, you get the food really organic and hygienic.

Avoid eating non-veg items unless you find the fresh items instantly. It may affect your health condition as they may be stored for a longer time. Have enough water and take sound sleep to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well.

Itinerary

On the day of your arrival, the member staff of NTR receives at the Kathmandu Airport. Afterwards, s/he transfers to the hotel somewhere around Thamel. On your free time, you can go around the busiest tourist hub in the Kathmandu Valley

After having breakfast, the tour guide guides you for Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour. You go around the UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Kathmandu Valley. Out of seven prominent sites, you will look into Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa (the Monkey Temple) and Bouddhanath Stupa.  After you come back to the hotel, the team leader instructs you about Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

Today, you take a morning flight from Kathmandu Airport to Suketar Airport. During the 40 minutes’ journey, you will enjoy the magnificent sights. The amazing landscapes, snowcapped peaks and high altitude villages will please you more. From Suketar, you follow the trail that goes downhill through dense forests and small villages.

Today, you will be walking through the Limbu villages nearby the dense forests inhabited by diverse wildlife and vegetation. You come to see some clustered houses and terraced farmlands having seasonal crops and vegetables. After crossing some small Himalayan streams, you walk past Tawa Village.

The trekking track goes uphill and downhill towards Sukethum where you reach for the night station. You move across the terraced fields, small human settlement areas, small rivers and rivulets, natural waterfalls. Enjoying the bare and green but amazing landscapes, you move ahead into Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project from Tapethok checkpoint.

You begin the travel through the rugged trail after breakfast. Then, you go past some bamboo forests close to some Sherpa Villages. In the end, you reach Anjilosa. It is a Nepali Sherpa Village highly influenced by the Tibetan culture and tradition. You can witness the wonderful vistas of the entire Ghunsa Khola Valley from here.

Today’s trekking is shorter but quite challenging due to its steep up and down. The trail runs through the dense rhododendron, birch, brown oak and bamboo forests. By crossing the terraced fields cultivated with seasonal crops and ethnic villages, you reach Gyalba.

Walking along the banks of the Ghunsa Khola that gurgles through lush forests of rhododendron and fir trees, you move ahead. Walking along the terraced fields with seasonal crops and vegetables, you reach Phole Village. This village contains a small wooden monastery that protects Buddhist relics and ancient paintings.

Moving ahead through dense wooded lands and cultivated farmlands, you reach Ghunsa. Ghunsa is the largest human settlement area en route Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek. The prayer flags of this remote high altitude village indicate the high impression of Tibetan Buddhist rites and rituals.

To cope with Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) such as altitude sickness, you take a rest day around Ghunsa. Explore the local monastery which is said to have connection with Khampa Dzong Monastery at the edge of the village. From here, you have the splendid view of the snowcapped peaks of Kanchenjunga Himalayan Ranges.

Alternatively, you can take a short hike towards the Yamatri Khola and a lake made by the deposits of the Yamatri Glacier. While moving towards or backwards, you might encounter some antelopes and other animals in Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project.

Some sections of today’s trail goes past some lush forests of larch and juniper trees along the Ghunsa Khola. After that, it goes steep along the barren landscapes showing some natural waterfalls and the Khumbhakarna Glacier. Finally, you reach Khanpachen Village to end the journey of the day. You can see some species of wild birds like eagles and falcons around the village.

You begin today’s trekking by following the stony banks of the mountain stream. By crossing the moraine of the Kanchenjunga Glacier, you reach Lhonak village. The village is located at the edge of the Lhonak Glacier. The village shows you the stunning view of the snow-clad peaks and wonderful landscapes.

After breakfast, you follow the track that goes past the barren plain and moraine rift. By walking for about four hours along the icy trail, you reach Pangpema. It is also known as Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5,143m). Leaving the backpack at the huts there, you move uphill towards the northern side.

 

From the base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586m) you can have the breathtaking views of the snow-clad mountains. Mt. Kanchenjunga, Table Shikhar, Gimmigela Chuli, Pyramid Peak and Kirant Chuli vibrantly come into your sight.

 

In this way, you make your dream to reach the third highest peak of the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m) come true! After enjoying the staggering vistas for a while, you trek down to Pangpema for the night station.

By witnessing the mesmerizing sunrise view of the Kanchenjunga and other peaks, you descend towards Kambachen via Lhonak and Ramtang. The trail is downhill and comfortable. So, you can easily arrive Kambachen in 7 hours from the base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga.

Following the Ghunsa Khola banks, you pass through the lush forests inhabited by diverse species of birds. En route, you can enjoy the mountain scenery and scattered villages. Finally, you arrive at Ghunsa Village to wrap up the trekking today.

You begin today’s journey after having breakfast. In the first part, you follow the other trail than you had walked a few days back. Walking along the dense rhododendron and juniper forests, you reach Selele La Pass (4,480m).

 

Then, the trail goes along the deserted forested land. Here, you had better walk with your group to prevent accidental attack from wild animals. Selele La Pass is one of the high passes in Kanchenjunga trekking region that has a few huts. You spend the night at one of the huts serving as teahouses.

Today’s voyage is quite challenging and remarkable as you are going to cross a few high passes. You cross Tamo La (3,900m), Sinion La (4,660m), Mirgin La (4,663m) and Sinelepche La (4,724m). Walking past the thick Himalayan forests, you come to meet the main trail of Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek. To reach the south base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga, you should cross Lapsang La Pass (5,160m). Lapsang Lat is the highest pass of the entire Kanchenjunga region.

After breakfast, you follow the downhill trail from Tseram. Moving further, you go past some high altitude green forests. To reach Tortong, you will cross the Shimbuwa Khola. Tortong is also an important stopover during Kanchenjunga trekking region.

 

Today, moving along the rhododendron forests and enjoying the magnificent Himalayan views, you continue the trip. You walk along the Amji Khola banks for most of the day. By crossing the Lassiya Bhanjyang, you reach Yamphudin for the night rest.

You follow the Kabeli River banks and cross over some suspension bridges to reach Mamankhe. It is another stop during Kanchenjunga trek. Following the Khasewa Khola and crossing the wooden bridges, you walk past some terraced fields. At the end of the day, you reach Phamphe Danda by walking for about 6 hours.

For the first few hours, the trail ascends towards a higher ridge and then descends towards Yangpang. Before reaching Yangpang, you walk across thick woodlands and a natural waterfall. Going past the Nadewa Khola banks and then a few small waterfalls, you reach Khesewa. Finally, the trail leads you up to Sinchuburi Bhanjyang (a pass: 2,240m) and descends to Kunjari.

Today’s trekking is one of the longest of the entire trekking itinerary. And, this is the last day of walking in Kanchenjunga region.. The trail guides you across the Phawa Khola and then Tambewa Village across a hanging bridge. By leaving the terraced fields up to Lali Kharka and lush forests behind, you reach Surke Danda (2,580m). From here, you follow the off-road track. In the end, you reach Suketar for the night rest. Roam around Suketar in the leisure time as you are going to leave this region the next morning.

After having breakfast, you catch a flight from Suketar to Kathmandu Airport. Then, the team member of the agency relocates you to the hotel. In the spare time, you can go shopping around the Thamel Bazaar. In the evening, the company invites you for a farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant around Thamel.

In this way, we have come to an end of Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking itinerary for 23 days. The representative of NTR accompanies you up to the Kathmandu Airport as per your flight schedule.

Inclusion/Exclusion

  • Airport pick-up and drop off service ,
  • Trekking Guide and Trekking porter (Two participant=1 porter =Maximum 25 kg of luggage )
  • Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner & accommodation during the trekking,
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks if required,
  • Trekking permit of National park,
  • TIMS(Trekking Information Management System )
  • Flight fare Kathmandu to Suketar and Suketar  to kathmandu
  • Insurance and equipment for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with cultural program in typical Traditional Nepali resturant
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu stay
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower & Bar Bill
  • Travel insurance & International Flight fare
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (with out itinerary )

FAQ's

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek takes you to the far eastern part of Nepal. This region lies in the starting point of the Great Himalayan Trail (1,700km). Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek itinerary ranges from 15 days to 27 days. The trekking hours every day, the route you follow and acclimatization days determine the itinerary. To know more about this trekking package, visit www.nepaltrekkingroutes.com.

Yes, you can! You must be physically fit and mentally ready to do this trek. The previous trekking experience will be an added qualification to successfully to this trip. Being a restricted area trekking, solo trekkers are not allowed for this trek. Instead, you can book an organized trekking package from a local tour operator.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking is an off the beaten path journey to Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586m). It is the third highest peak in the world that is less frequently visited by the international tourists.

 

You can witness the mesmerizing view of the snowcapped peaks, lush forests and high altitude villages in this trek. The other rewards of this trek are the authentic pastoral lifestyle, Tibetan Buddhist villages and their typical culture. This is the best remote trek in the Nepalese Himalayas that lets you escape from the crowded trails.

Yes, of course, you need to hire a professional guide and a porter for Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek.  As a restricted area trekking in Nepal, solo trekkers are not allowed for this region. You must be in a group of two members accompanied by a registered trekking guide and a porter. The guide and porter can be really helpful in case of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or missing of the right trail. Next, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project has large varieties of wild animals. The guide and the porter can save you from the danger of their attack.

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek permits are:

  • TIMS Card
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP) Entry Permit

Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Entry Permit

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