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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek

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Trip Overview

Duration: 22 days Max-Altitude: 5143 m
Destination: Nepal Grade: Moderate
Activities: Trekking Accommodation: Tea house/Hotel


Kanchenjunga trekking is situated in the eastern frontier Taplejung District of Nepal. Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking know as mount Kanchenjunga 8586m height above sea level third highest mountain peak in the world. It is laid down between Nepal and Darzeeling Sikkim border. Tibetan call Kanchenjunga means ‘the five treasure houses of snow’, which gives you some idea of what to expect should you visit this area.
Trekking in Kanchenjunga base camp is attractive because it is less visited by tourist, the rhododendron forests are spectacular and the mountain scenery offers new vistas. A number of glaciers and server high trekking passes originated from Himalaya have no doubt added to the beauties of this region. The Kanchenjunga conservation area that surrounds it extends into protected areas in Sikkim and Tibet, and comprises a beautiful, un-spoilt wilderness. This is a Snow Leopard territory, but the reclusive predator shares the unbounded forests with the Himalayan Black Bear and the Assamese Macaque, among others. Cascading waterfalls, lush vegetation and thousands of species of plants await those who take the long trail to Kanchenjunga Base Camp, the main route which has been described as ‘untracked’.
Detail Itinerary
Day 1
Kathmandu flight to Biratnagar and same day flight to (Taplejung) Suketar 2300m, overnight in Suketar at hotel.
Early morning half an hour drive to domestic airport in Kathmandu than take flight to Biratnagar 40 minutes (transit in Biratnager, waiting time is depend on weather) continues flight to Surketar (Taplejung) 25 minutes, after your arrival, transfer to Hotel, and explore the small town (prepare for trekking), overnight hotel.

Day 2
Suketar to Mitlung 912 m 6 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.
We officially kick start the day with a downhill walk to Mitlung. The trails throughout the lower sections of the Kanchenjunga region pass through fertile valleys with beautiful pastures and small villages. We then cross Hangdewa River and walk alongside the raging Tamor River. As we gradually head in a northerly direction the trail steepens after a few hours before a final descent of 350 meters on a muddy trail to Mitlung.

Day 3
Mitlung to Chirwa 1270 m 5.30 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.
The trail ascends and descends steadily as we make our way towards the village of Sinwa. We continue trekking downhill until we reach Tawa. At Tawa, we ascend to some heights and cross the suspension bridge at Thiwa. We pass beautiful rural landscape along the way and reach Chirwa, a beautiful Limbu village with few lodges, tea shops etc. Overnight in Chirwa.

Day 4
Chirwa to Sekathum 1660 m 6 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.
The trek from Chirwa to Sukathum passes through varied landscapes such as cardamom fields and dense forests. We trek uphill for sometime then descend to the lush green fields below and continue trekking along the Tamor River passing through a dense forest. It’s both uphill and downhill trek until crossing the Ghunsa River after which we reach Sukathum, spent a night.

Day 5
Sekathum to Kyapla 2730 m 5 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.
After breakfast we start our trek to passing Amjiosa 2560m our all the way is climb, no flat, we have lunch in Amijiosa can see the Tibetan biggest village and continues trek to Kyapla 2730m. Overnight in Kyapla.

Day 6
Kyapla to Ghunsa 3595 m 4 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.
Trek start after breakfast, today our itinerary is short day so may we have lunch in Ghuna however we passing Phere village 3120m, there is some tea houses. We cross the Tamor River than reach in Ghunsa. After reach we will bring you in monastery and small hydroelectricity and shopping etc, Overnight in Ghunsa.

Day 7
Rest day in Ghunsa, overnight at tea house/guest house.
We take care to spend time acclimatizing around Ghunsa before continuing our next day’s trek. We recommend you to stay active even in a rest day as it is better than being idle while on a trekking journey. Therefore, we take a short hike towards the Laspsan La monastery through the lush green forest. Come back to Ghunsa by afternoon and relax.

Day 8
Ghunsa to Khambachen 4095 m, 4.30 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.
Following the river valley, crossing the landslide and river, some time into the jungle than continues ascent to reach Khambachen 4095 meter 4.30 hours. Today we have lunch in same place because there is not proper place on the way for lunch. Overnight in Khambachen.

Day 9
Khambachen to Lhonak 4785 m, 4.30 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.
Today is the trekking path is gradually up than reach the flat, we can see the glacier view and many mountain view include Kanchenjunga top. There is not proper place for lunch so we provide Lunch in Lhonak today. After flat area than again cross the river to reach in Lhonak 4785m 4.30 hours. Overnight in Lhonak.

Day 10
Lhonak to Pangpema (Kanchenjunga Base camp) 5140m, 4 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.
It is well worth exploring the upper end of the valley to fully appreciate the peaks that make up one of the largest mountain masses in the world. The main peak of Kanchenjunga and Wedge Peak cannot be seen until we are almost at Pangpema (5140m) and to increase our chances of good mountain views, we aim to spend an overnight here. This will, however, depend on the weather and trail conditions and progress of each particular group member, which will be decided by your guide. The trail follows moraine for much of the time and due to its ever changing nature and infrequent use is often in poor condition. There are a number of alternative side trips in the area that provide impressive mountain panoramas including Tent and Pyramid Peaks and the Twins. One does not need to go far to enjoy the impressive yet varied mountain views. We aim to spend as much time as possible in the area hoping the weather will be in our favor. Overnight in Lhonak.

Day 11
Pangpema to Khambachen 3 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.
All the way trek down so not far way but we can reach within 3 hours to khambachen, overnight at tea house.

Day 12
Khambachen to Ghunsa 4 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.
We follow same way back to Ghunsa, its takes 4 hours. Overnight at Tea house.

Day 13
Ghunsa to Sele La pass base camp 4290m, 5 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.
It’s a steep trek upward from Ghunsa to Sele-Le. Upon reaching Sele Le we climb through a dense forest of moss, rhododendron and juniper. Lunch will be served in an appropriate place with the availability of water. We spend the night in Sele Le.

Day 14
Sele la pass base camp to Tseram 3870 m, 7 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.
We do an uphill trek and enjoy the mesmerizing south side view of Jannu Himal and Makalu (the world’s 6th highest mountain). Today is a strenuous trekking day as we cross several passes- Sinion La, Mirgin La and Sinelapche Bhanjyang. We then make a steep descend to Tseram or Cheram and spend the night there.

Day 15
Tseram to Ramche 4580 m 4 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.
We ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and walk alongside the Simbuwa Khola, pass through Lapsang village and reach Ramche. While there, we walk further up the valley or ascend a ridge for a tremendous view of blue sheeps. We then follow the stream before climbing on the moraine top until confronted by Kanchenjunga’s southern face. We walk further ahead for a glimpse of the Jannu Himal. We can even consider continuing to Oktang Monastery. Descend and spend the night at Cheram.

Day 16
Ramche to Oktang 4730 m (Kanchanjunga Base camp) and same day return back to Ramze 6 hours

Early morning trek to Oktang Base camp, also call Kanchanjunga base camp. The view also very nice from Oktang and return same way back to Ramze. Overnight in tea house.

Day 17
Ramche to Torontan, 2995m, 5/6 hours, overnight tea house/lodge.
As we descend to Tortong we first encounter two trails. One trail is the one we took while descending down from Sele Le. However, we ignore this route and descend further down to the trail alongside the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy the lush rhododendron forest along the way.

Day 18
Torontan to Yambudin, 5/6 hours, 2080m, overnight tea house/lodge
While descending from Tortong to Yamphudin we pass through Lasiya Bhanjyang which involves walking up through trees and area of landslides. The terrain changes after every monsoon but by the middle of October it should be stable with a route through. Walking further down we reach the village of Yamphudin, a village inhabited by Sherpas, Limbus and Rais, overnight in Yambudin.

Day 19
Yamphudin to Tellok 1500m 5/6 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

After breakfast we start trek to Tellok 1500m. the trekking today is up and down but its easy walking to reach Tellok. Overnight Tea house.

Day 20
Tellok to Lalikharka, 2465m, 5/6 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.
Trek to Lalikharka, where we cross the terrace, jungle, and small village to reach in Lalikharka, we have lunch on the way, Overnight on Tea house.

Day 21
Lalikharka to Suketar 2420 m 3 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Today is the last day of trekking and its short day to follow the jungle and climb up to reach Deurali, we have lunch in Suketar, our guide reconfirm air tickets, Overnight in Hotel.

Day 22
Flight Suketar to Biratnagar and same day to Kathmandu, overnight at hotel.
Early morning flight to Biratnagar and same day fly to Kathmandu. Optional possible to take bus to Kathmandu, 15/16 hours. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Cost Include

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • All meals during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters.
  • All necessary paper works such as National park permit, TIMS
  • Exclusive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic Drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate.
  • Tips for the guide and porter, its not mandatory but expected


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