Kanchenjunga base camp trek

Overview

 A journey to Kanchenjunga trekking area is a special treat- starting from the tropical lowlands through great rhododendron forests and lovely villages of eastern north Nepal. This trekking leads to base camp of third highest peak of the world Mount Kanchenjunga. Our approach takes us up through terraced hillsides of the remote ethnic group of Rai and Limbu. And the village of Rai and Limbu is well preserved forest of rhododendron, birch oak and spruce.

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area spread in an area of 2035 square Kilometers. The area has a rich diversity of wildlife including snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer red panda and others. Pheasant, red-billed blue magpie, shy-drongo are the major birds found in Kanchenjunga trekking route. Mount Kanchenjunga is in the Nepal/Sikkim border only a few miles from Tibet. You are not allowed to complete the circuit trek except for its Northern and Southern elevation. This route was opened to the trekkers in 1988.

We fly from Kathmandu to Taplejung (Suketar) accessible by air, then follow the trek to Yalung Ri Base Camp of 5400 meters and to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5100m)

Trip Facts

Trip Duration

28 days

Facts

Country: Nepal
Region: Kanchenjunga
Activities: Trekking
Duration: 28 Days
Max. Altitude: 5400 m.
Difficulty: Grade 4 
Group Size: 2-16
Season: April - Jun , Sept - Nov

Trip Details

Day 01 - Arrival Kathmandu Airport

Arrive to Kathmandu.  The No Name Treks and travel's Airport Representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. After arrival to hotel, Short briefing and final payment procedures.

Day 02 - Kathmandu Sightseeing. (Prepare permit of the trek)   

We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip. And you will check your final of your climbing equipments. A half day sightseeing tours of Kathmandu that includes Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath.

Day 03 - Fly to Suketar (2320 m) trek to Lali Kharka (2276 m) 3 hours.

Fly from Kathmandu to Taplejung (2320 meters) which is half hour flight to Taplejung at Suketar Airport. The No Name Travel and trek’s crew will be waiting for your arrival. Take an early lunch, while the crew arranges all bedding and baggages. 2 to 3 hours walk along the ridge line to Lali Kharka.

 Day 04 - Trek to Khesewa (2120 meters) 5 hours.

After walking the hillside a short way, we descend to the village of Pakora along the Phawa Khola, crossing a suspension bridge. Lunch will be taken somewhere below Kunjuri. We get our first views of Kanchenjunga, and should be able to clearly make out the south and main summit along with Yalung Kang. Overnight at tent camp.

Day 05 - Trek to Mamankhe (1920 meters) 5 hours.

Today the path covers steep hillside through terraced fields high above the Kabbeli Khola. There are some ups and downs crossing side valleys but there are many shady spots to rest as well. After lunch, we pass the village of Anpan, before descending to cross the Kashawa Khola,we finally walk up again through terraced fields to the village of Mamankhe. Overnight at tent camp.

Day 06 - Trek to Yamphudin (2080 meters) 6 hours.

The walk starts with an easy climb to Yamphudin along a track of the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. Generally the route is flat. After lunch by the river, we complete the day's walk to Yamphudin. Yamphudin is the most remote settlement in this area and the last village we will see until we reach Ghunsa.

Day 07 - Trek to Chitre (2965 meters) 5 hours.

Beyond Yamphudin the trail ascends a steep spur, leaving villages behind us.The trek pases through pleasant forest, stopping for lunch in a meadow capturing fine views of the north and south. A steep descend to the river bridge across the Omje Khola to our campsite in Chitre.

Day 08 - Trek to Tortongn (3010 meters) 6 hours.

Starting the day with 3 hours of steep ascent in dense forest most of the way. We descend across some steep and exposed areas before entering the forest again. The sharp descent through beautiful forest continues down into the valley of the Simjua Khola. The steep hills make today a tough 6 to 7 hours trekking.

Day 09 - Trek to Tseram (3870 meters) 6 hours.

We follow the river through more beautiful rhododendron forest. The valley climbs fairly steeply. Camping at Tseram, a grazing area, the night temperatures will remind us that we are really gaining height.

Day 10 - Trek to Ramche (4580 meters) 4 hours.

A short day walk to 600 meters to Ramche where the trail to Kanchenjunga South turns dangerously. The scenery is magnificent as we ascend past snout of the Yalung Glaciers. A frozen lake, clear streams and views of Koktang, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of this stroll. Expect to feel the altitude today.

Day 11 - Explore around Ramche (4580 meters) and Oktang (4730 meters) 5 hours.

Our first closeup encounter with Mt Kanchenjunga. Following the valley round to see the stunning south face of Kanchenjunga and Jannu. We get across the Yalung Ri Glacier and continue by a sweeping curve, at Oktang, 4730 meters. It is a breathtaking mountain panorama and especially impressive is Jannu while observing the glaciers flowing from its east face.

Day 12 - Trek to Yalung Ri Base Camp (5400 meters) 5 hours.

Trek to Ri Base camp. The trek will take you to the high altitudes.The crossing of high passes requires good weather, and of course perfect logistic support. Expect to get acclimatized with the altitude today.

Day 13 - Trek back to Ramche (4580 meters) 5 hours.

Yalung Glaciers and a series of valleys, give good walking and perfect camping. A frozen lake, clear streams and magnificent views are the highlights of this stroll.

Day 14 - Trek to Salleri over the Mirgin La (4480 meters) 6 hours.

We trek down the valley, passing the turn off to the high and challenging Labsang La route to Ghunsa and the north side of Kanchenjunga. This pass is rough and dangerous, especially for porters so we take the more southern set of passes.To the south it is possible to see down to the Terai, a panorama worth the effort. Our campsite will be beyond the pass, after 6 to 7 hours tough walking.

Day 15 - Trek to Ghunsa (3475 meters) 5 hours.

There four more passes, which is a high scenic area. From Kharka the going is easy again down a pleasant forested trail to the village of Ghunsa, where we camp in the village. Ghunsa is a picturesque Tibetan village; prayer flags flutter from the wooden houses and there are two monasteries. The flavor and alcohol seep though and you drink it with a special straw. You might need a drink after the tough 4 to 6 hour walk.

Day 16 - Trek to Khambachen (4040 meters) 6 hours.

Gradually the trail ascends to south of the Ghunsa Khola and crossing flood plains while emerging on a pasture situated at the north side of the river. A short climb from here to the village of Khambachen 4040 meters.

Day 17 - Exploration day at Khambachen.

We spend acclimatizing to high altitude. It can be rest day and can be used for a short morning hike to explore the area around Khambachen. From here there are good mountain views of the peaks near Kanchenjunga which are visible. You can hike up the ridge above the village for better views or take a day hike to the Jannu Base Camp. The Nepali name for Jannu is Kumbhakarna.

Day 18 - Trek to Lhonak (4790 meters) 6 hours.

A gradual climb through rocky fields gets you to Ramtang at elevation of 4240 meters. You will camp between the boulders here to stay out of the wind. There are beautiful mountain vistas all around. Water is very scarce in Lhonak and you will need to use only as much as absolutely necessary.

Day 19 - Trek to Pangpema (5140 meters) 4 hours.

The main Kanchenjunga peak is only visible from Pangpema, which is the base camp for expeditions on Kanchenjunga. From Lhonak, the trail gradually ascends across the plain but soon gets steeper as it follows the moraine. Pangpema is at a height of 5140 meters.

Day 20 - Explore around Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5100 meters) and down steps to Khambachen 5 hours.

For those who would like to take a morning hike up a ridge, north of Pangpema. A climb of 200 or 300 meters and provides a great vantage point with views of Kanchenjunga, Wedge Peak, the Twins and Tent Peak. As usual the descent goes faster and you can reach Khambachen the same day.

Day 21 - Trek to Ghunsa 6 hours.

From Ghunsa an hour down we pass through Phole, a village in two parts. The upper sections house Tibetan refugees who are well established, the second is the winter village of Ghunsa. Further down is Yangswa, a great and warm camp.

Day 22 - Trek to Amjillassa (2460 meters) 4 hours.

Initially we pass thru beautiful forest opening out to steep, grassy hillsides where Amjillassa is perched.

Day 23 - Trek to Syakathum (1600 meters) 5 hours.

Down, down and down! After a short climb we begin the steep descent that will take most of the day. We reach the joining of the Tamur and Ghunsa Kholas.

Day 24 - Trek to Chirwa (1200 meters) 5 hours.

We cross the Simbu Khola, which originates from Kanchenjunga's south base camp. It is pleasantly warm at these low altitudes and cardamom grows freely in the moist shaded forest. Crossing numerous small tributary streams we reach Chirwa, a village set among large boulders. We camp in a field out of the village.

Day 25 - Trek to Suketar (2420 meters) 5 hours.

Traversing in an out of minor valleys, we pass thru a succession of picturesque villages on our way to Suketar, reaching around late afternoon.

Day 26 - Fly back to Kathmandu.

Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited one last time on the 35 minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu from Suketar (Taplejung).

Day 27 - Spare/Leisure day in Kathmandu.

It's also spare day in Kathmandu, If you are interested in continuing on to the Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start today.

Day 28 - Departure Day

Transfer for your final flight departure. The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Cost Details

Trip cost:

Per Person US$ 2699 (2 Person) Per Person US$ 2460 (4 Persons) Per Person US$ 2395 (6 Persons)

Price Include

 

 

Transportation service. (Airport-Hotel-Airport).

4 nights hotel Kathmandu bed & breakfast basis.

A half day sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley.

Trekking-Tims and National park permit of Kanchenjunga.

Kathmandu to Suketar (Taplejung), Suketar to Kathmandu airticket for clients and Nepalese guide.

trekking with 3 times meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) with Teahouse/lodging (best local lodges/tents).

Dail wages and Insurance of Nepalese staffs (Guide/supporter).

Necessary trekking and basecamp equipments.

Farewell Dinner.

Agency service charge.

Price Exclude

 

 

Airport taxes and Nepalese visa fee.

Meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.

Alcoholic drinks, cold drinks and other beverages.

All; Trekking equipments and personal items.

Tips for Guide/Sherpa and porters.

Emergency medical and rescue/evacuation insurance.

Any extra cost arose due to natural calamities, political disturbance and delay arrival etc. 

MINIMUM 2 PERSONS NEEDED FOR THIS TREK

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