Trip Facts

  • Duration:26 Days
  • Trip Grade: Difficult
  • Trip Profile:Kanchenjunga Base camp trek
  • Geography:Himalayas/Hills/Forests/Glaciers
  • Location:Taplejung
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Tea house/Lodge/Camping
  • Meals:All meals included during the trekking
  • Religious:Buddhism/Hinduism
  • Ethnic People:Limbu/Rai/Tamang
  • Transportation:Flight/Tourist bus/Private vehicle
  • Group Size:01-10 Pax

Highlight

  • An off the beaten path journey to the eastern hills of Nepal
  • Journey to the foot of the third tallest mountain in the world. Mt Kanchenjunga (8,586m)
  • Learn more about the local culture and way of life of the ethnic Kirant people
  • Explore the riches of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area 
     

Overview

Mount Kanchenjunga is the world’s third tallest mountain with an altitude of 8586m. Kanchenjunga is located in the Taplejung district of eastern Nepal. Boasting the world’s third tallest mountain- Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m), the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek has to be one of the least frequented destinations in Nepal. The trek takes us to the eastern hills of Nepal where very few trekkers have ventured. The view of this mountain can be seen from India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet.
Kanchenjunga means crystal clear. It denotes divine purity, out from lust, greed, anger, ego this divine mountain stands tall, strong and pure. Travelling to the foot trail of this divine nature will certainly cherish you with positivity and grace. Kanchenjunga is power on itself. This alluring journey will be a once in a lifetime experience as it fulfils you with each element of nature.
A treasure trove of natural beauty, the trail is home to the ethnic Kirants and a diverse set of a culture different from other parts of the nation. The Kanchenjunga trek covers both the southern base camp and northern base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m) creating a circuit around the majestic Himalayas. The trek route takes you to a lot of magical ethnic villages with an essence of diverged unique culture and tradition.

Major Attractions of Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Kanchenjunga Base Camp lies at an altitude of 5143m. The trekking to base camp journey covers a total area of 220 Km2. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trail starts from the beautiful Taplejung district. The trekking route goes through the most beautiful Arun valley. Making your way to Arun valley gives you the most awesome views of nature.  The base camp is surrounded by mesmerizing views of snowcapped mountain ranges with crystal clear Kanchenjunga. You will also cross the two most beautiful pass Sinion La and Selele La pass. The trekking path is quite difficult, so it will be better to have prior experience before trekking.

Kanchenjunga conservation area

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area covers a total area of 2035 Km2. Established in 1997 this conservation area is the major attraction of Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking. The conservation area is home to a huge amount of diverged species. A lot of flora and fauna constructs the biodiversity of this region. 
Endangered mammalian species such as snow leopard, Asian black bear, red panda, melanistic leopard, yellow-throated marten are reported to exist in this region. Along with this valuable species of birds like golden-breasted Fulvetta, blood pheasant, snow cock, and red-billed chough are found flaunting in this region. The conservation area is a great destination to explore nature.

The unique culture and ethnic villages

The trekking journey takes you to a lot of beautiful ethnic villages. The path covers all the geographic elements from lower Terai to the Himalayas. Villages like Suketar, Lali Kharka, Phumphe Danda, Yamphudin, Ghunsa, Tortong, Ramche, Gyabla, Amjilosa, Chiruwa, Linkhim, are crossed while reaching the destination. A variety of cultural diversity can be seen in these villages. Inhibited the larger area by Kirat people, a unique way of living can be experienced throughout the way. You will also explore the culture of all three geographical regions. Food, lifestyle, ceremony, culture and tradition of diverged essence is also one of the major attraction of this trek.

Best time for Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek

The best time to do Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking is during the spring season. The period from March to late May is the best period to do this trekking. As spring shows the best views of nature and the trial route also seems to be quite easier to access, spring is the best time to access the trek for Kanchenjunga.

Alternate Packages

Comparing to other adventure trekking in Nepal, the Kanchenjunga Base camp trek is a bit more difficult adventure. Most adventure enthusiasts have prior trekking experience and dare for the Kanchenjunga base camp trek.  So if you found this trekking a bit more difficult, then do not forget to check our other thrilling adventure with the following link, Upper mustang trek, Annapurna Sanctuary trek, Shey Phoksundo Lake trek, Everest Base Camp trek, and so on.
There plenty of trekking holidays with us which can definitely make you do so don't forget to check the trekking in Nepal link to find the trekking holidays. We, here at Himalaya Land Treks, prioritize the quality and comfort of our customers above everything else. We accompany trekkers and thrill-seekers around the Himalayas to help them enjoy their journey to the fullest.

Itinerary of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4265ft)

Overnight at 3 star Hotel

A company representative will welcome you to Nepal at the Tribhuvan International Airport and offer you a warm reception. You will drive through the busy streets before reaching the hotel. Here, we will introduce you with guides and other company staff. You can explore the city for entertainment and trek preparation at the end of the day.

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and preparation for the trip

Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast

Today. we spend some time off at the capital city and visit some of its premium heritages. For a long trip such as this, each detail has to be planned meticulously to make sure that everything goes to the plan. After completing the tour, we gather all the necessary permits required for our journey in addition to stocking up on the required equipment.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (80m/262ft) | 45 mins

Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

An early start to the day, we begin our journey with a scenic flight heading towards Biratnagar. From here, we head over directly to the hotel for some refreshments. Sporting a major contrast to the hilly landscape of Nepal, the city offers a different outlook on natural beauty. For the rest of the day feel free to explore the local markets and heritages learning more about the local Tharu culture.

Day 4: Fly Biratnagar to Suketar |30 mins and Trek to Lali Kharka [2220m/7300ft], 3-4 Hrs]

3-4 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Another one of our early days, we head over to Suketar which is also the trailhead for this journey. High above the skies, the journey brings us one step closer to the Himalayas enjoying the stunning natural beauty which follows. After reaching the Suketar airport, we begin our trekking heading towards Lali Kharka. Past Suketar, the trail climbs passes Deurali to reach Lali Kharka.

Day 5: Trek from Lali Kharka to Sincheburi Bhanjhyang [2240m/7400ft], 5-6 Hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

An early start to the day the hilly trail guides us to the lush green forests headed towards the hamlet of Sincheburi Bhanjyang. Exiting Lali Kharka, the trail climbs onto reach Hoktake continuing to Tembewa and Simbu. Through the dense rhododendron forests, we continue towards the hamlet of Kande Bhanjyang and reach Sincheburi Bhanjyang where we take the night off.

Day 6: Trek from Sincheburi Bhanjyang to Phumphe (1858m/5900ft), 5-6 Hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Exiting the hamlet of Sincheburi Bhanjyang the trail continues to towards Khesewa and then onto Yanthung village for a brief rest. Enjoying the pleasant natural beauty of the lush green forests, the trail ascends to reach Phungphung Danda beyond which lies the hamlet of Phumphe Danda. Here, we explore the village and enjoy the local culture to spend the rest of the day.

Day 7: Trek from Phumphe to Yamphudin (1690m/5600ft), 5-6 Hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

The journey on this day is a pleasant one as we make our way through gurgling rivers and picturesque hills. Past Phumphe the trail takes us up and over Khesewa Khola to reach Puwa. Heading over to the hamlet of Mamankhe we make our way across the Kabeli Khola to reach Ratetar. The final stretch of the journey takes us beyond Huptar and Makduwa to reach Yamphudin.

Day 8: Trek from Yamphudin to Amji Khola (2340m/7800ft), 5-6 Hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

A pleasant day through the lush green forests of Eastern Nepal. We begin our journey heading north from Yamphudin. Following the banks of the Amji Khola, we continue our journey towards Chhitre. The final stretch of our journey takes us to the forest camp located on the banks of the Amji Khola where we rest for the night.

Day 9: Trek from Amji Khola to Tortong (2990m/9900ft), 5-6 Hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today, we make our way over to. The journey, for its majority, takes us through uninhabited lands in the company of the lush green forests adorned with rhododendrons in full bloom. Wrapping up the things here at Amji Khola we ascend towards Lasiya Bhanjyang enjoying the picturesque natural views. Past Lasiya Bhanjyang, the trail continues towards the hamlet of Tortong for the night.

Day 10: Trek from Tortong to Tseram (3870m/13900ft), 4-6 Hrs

4-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

One of the shorter days of our journey, today, we make our way over to Tseram for the night. The journey is a pleasant one highlighted with the stunning views of the Himalayas in the Kanchenjunga and Kangbachen ranges. In the company of the majestic Kanchenjunga Himalayan range, we head over towards the hamlet of Anda Phedi beyond which the hilly trail steeply ascends towards Tseram.

Day 11: Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4620m/15400ft), 2-3 Hrs

2-3 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

With the majestic summits of Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Kanchenjunga South (8,576m), and Kanchenjunga Central (8,582m) ever-present on the horizon, we head over to Yalung Bara meeting up with the Simbuwa Khola. Alongside the rushing river, the trail turns further east continuing to reach Ramche. Upon reaching Ramche, you are free to explore the local heritages learning more about the ethnic Kirant culture and way of life.

Day 12: Trek from Ramche to South BC Viewpoint to Chukkung Pokhari [4450m/14600ft], 5-6 Hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Exiting Ramche, we continue our Himalayan adventure following the rugged Himalayas to the Southern base camp of Kanchenjunga (8,586m). With the majestic Himalayas as our companion, we accompany the Yalung Glacier heading east. Navigating through the rocky terrain, the next stretch of our journey takes us to the Southern Base Camp located at an altitude of 4500m. Enjoying the mesmerizing views of the majestic Himalayas, we retrace our steps back to Ramche continue to reach the hamlet of Tseram. The finals stretch of the journey sees us navigate through uncharted lands to reach Chukkung Pokhari.

Day 13: Trek from Chukkung Pokhari to Sinelapche La [4724m/15500ft] to Mirgin La [4663m/15300ft] to Sinion La[4660m/15290ft] to Sele La [41153/13500ft] to Tamo La [3900m/12796ft] to Ghunsa [3595m/11794ft], 7-8 Hrs

7-8 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

A high altitude trek fest right from the get-go today will be one of the longest days of our journey. Wrapping up our campsite at Chukkung Pokhari, we begin our ascending journey towards the mountain pass of Sinelapche La. As we make our way over to Mirgin La Pass, the summits of Ghabur Peak (6,044m), Sobi Thongje (6,670m), and Nyukla Lachung (6,670m) come into view. Crossing the Sinion La Pass, we make our way towards Sele La. Past Phokte Danda, the trail reaches Tamo La which is the final mountain pass for the day. Dropping down to Tanbharma Danda, the journey takes us across the Selele Khola and Yamatari Khola in quick succession to reach Ghunsa.

Day 14: Rest Day Ghunsa

Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

A well-deserved rest day awaits us on Day 14 as we recuperate from the tiring day of adventure. In addition to making sure we are well rested for the next stretch of our journey, we also tour around the local heritages exploring the quaint monasteries and vibrant hamlets around the region. In addition to the Tashi Choding Gumba the hamlet offers a chance to explore the culture of the ethnic Kirant populace. Overnight at Ghunsa.

Day 15: Trek from Ghunsa to Kangbachen [4150m/13650ft], 3-4 Hrs

3-4 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Exiting the hamlet of Ghunsa we ascend towards Rampuk Kharka enjoying the stunning views of the Himalayas. Crossing the Naphida Khola, the trail takes us towards Lakep. The next stretch of the trek takes us alongside the banks of Nupchu Khola to reach Kangbachen which is located on the banks of Nupchu Khola.

Day 16: Trek from Kangbachen to Lhonak [4790m/15900ft], 4-5 Hrs

4-5 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Accompanying the banks of the Nupchu Khola the trail takes us alongside the Mera glacier to reach the hamlet of Sisima. Accompanying the banks of the Ghunsa Khola, the trail gradually ascends towards Ramtang. As we trek beyond Ramtang, we trek eastward to Lhonak where we take the night off.

Day 17: Trek from Lhonak to Pangpema Base Camp [5160m/16923ft], 2-3 Hrs

2-3 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

One of the shorter days of our journey, today, we make our way over to the Pangpema Base Camp also known as a northern base camp. With the Himalayas ever-present on the horizon, the trail takes us alongside the Kanchenjunga Glacier while the northern face of Kanchenjunga (8,586m) shines on the horizon. Enjoying the picturesque Himalayan views, we reach the base camp located at an altitude of 5,160m.

Day 18: Rest Day Pangpema Base Camp Exploration

Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Another day to explore the beauty of the Himalayas today we take some time off at the Pangpema Base Camp for some well-deserved rest. The day begins with a scenic sunrise over the summits of Kanchenjunga Central (8,482m), Kanchenjunga South (8,476m), Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Tent Peak (7,362m), Pyramid Peak (7,140m), Thinsang Peak (7,462m). Feel free to explore the surrounding hills for a better view of the Himalayas.

Day 19: Trek from Pangpema Base Camp to Kangbachen [4150m/13650ft], 5-6 Hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

The beginning of our descending journey day 19 sees us journey back to Kangbachen for the night. Following the Kanchenjunga Glacier due west, we drop down to the hamlet of Lhonak continuing onto reach Ramtang for the night. Alongside the banks of Ghunsa Khola, the trail takes us past Sisima. We journey alongside the banks of Mera Glacier to reach Kangbachen.

Day 20: Trek from Kangbachen to Ghunsa to Phale [3140m/10302ft], 5-6 Hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Following the banks of the Ghunsa Khola, the trail drops down from Kangbachen crossing Lakep and Rampuk Kharka in quick succession. The next stretch of the journey takes us through uninhabited lands to reach Ghunsa. Taking a brief rest at Ghunsa, we follow the Himalayan trail down west crossing the Yamatari River to reach Phale for the night.

Day 21: Trek from Phale to Amjilosa [2140m/7100ft], 5-6 Hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

On the descending route, the trail heads alongside the banks of Ghunsa Khola steadily dropping down to reach Amjilosa. Making our way out of Phale, the trail continues on the banks of the Ghunsa Khola to reach Gyabla. Enjoying the picturesque views of the waterfall, we continue our trek through the descending trail. A steeper section of the trek awaits as we gradually drop down to the hamlet of Thyanyani to reach the hamlet of Amjilosa for the night.

Day 22: Trek from Amjilosa to Chiruwa [1190m/3900ft], 5-6 Hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Still, on the banks of the Ghunsa Khola, we make our way out of Amjilosa steadily descending to reach Sukethum. The next stretch of the journey takes us past Lelep and Lepchun to reach Phembu. Dropping down to Sagu, the trail heads west alongside the banks of the Tamor River. Crossing a bridge at Minthuwa, the final stretch of the trek brings us to Chiruwa.

Day 23: Trek from Chiruwa to Linkhim [1520m/4985ft], 5-6 Hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Our final days in the Kanchenjunga region, we continue our descending journey heading towards Linkhim. The journey is a pleasant one as we re-enter the lush green forests heading towards the village of Thiwa. Reaching Tawa, we cross the Tawa Khola which then brings us to Linkhim.

Day 24: Trek from Linkhim to Suketar [2700m/8856ft], 5-6 Hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Exiting Linkhim, the trail drops down to Kheban and then onto Baishakhe crossing the Sisne Khola in the due process. Past the hamlet of Taglegum, the trail takes us to Phurumbu and then onto Gadi Danda. Enjoying the pleasant hilly views we drop down to Lapsibote and then onto Bhotegaon. Next, we enter Taplejung and make our way towards Suketar.

Day 25: Flight from Suketar to Biratnagar |30mins and again flight to Kathmandu|45 mins | Farewell Dinner | (1300m/4265ft)

Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast/Farewell Dinner

After two successive flights, we head back to the capital city of Kathmandu after transiting at Biratnagar. Leaving Suketar, we take to the skies for a final glimpse of the Himalayas and reach Biratnagar. The next flight sees us fly back to the capital city. For the rest of the day, you are free to head down to the local region exploring the local sites and heritages. We end the day with a lovely farewell dinner commemorating our successful journey.

Day 26: Final Departure from Kathmandu

Breakfast

Our representatives will drop you back to Tribhuvan International Airport just in time for your flight back home. We hope you had a lovely time with us and we look forward to seeing you again.

Inclusion

  • Airport pick up and drop off, upon arrival and departure
  • Pre trek meeting
  • 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights.
  • City entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  • Full day city tour in Kathmandu by a private vehicle.
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu – Biratnagar – Suketar.
  • Flight tickets from Suketar – Biratnagar – Kathmandu.  
  • All necessary paperwork and permits.
  • Trekking equipment: down-filled sleeping bag, walking poles and a duffel bag.
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Guide and porter salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging.
  • Full meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on your choice. 
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bar and cookies.    
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after dinner.
  • Unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water. 
  • Oxi-meter: To check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation.
  • All mountain accommodation (Soft, comfort, private room with shared toilet). 
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit.
  • All government and local taxes. 
  • Souvenir: Himalaya Land treks t-shirt and Trekking Route map. 
  • Farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.

Exclusion

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days).
  • Your international flight to and from Nepal.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • The cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Hot showers, Wi-Fi & battery charging on a trek.
  • Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed whilst on trekking).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet/e-mail, etc.
  • Bar and beverage bills.
  • Tip for guide, porter, and drivers.

Check List

  • Health Requirement arranged 
  • Money:  Cash/Credit Card 
  • Down Sleeping bag provided by Himalaya Land Treks in Kathmandu 
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea.
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Day pack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best
  • Warm Hat, Sunhat/bandana,  Scarf, Sunglass, Gloves - wool or fleeced and gore-tex
  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags (A duffel bag is provided to each trekker for trekking by Himalaya Land Treks in Kathmandu)
  • Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combination
  • Running shoes or sandals for evening
  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months
  • T-Shirts 3 or 4
  • Shirt - Long Sleeved
  • Reading/ writing materials
  • Thermals Upper and lower  
  • Extra warm clothing during winter ( December to March) 
     

Fixed Departure Dates

We will easily organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date

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