Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Rising 8,586 m above sea level, the third highest mountain in the world Mt. Kanchenjunga is the highlight of the trek. Less known to trekkers, this trekking route was introduced only in 1988 is not as developed as other trekking routes. Due to its remoteness and under development, this trek is the best option for those with a more adventurous spirit.
Walk through terraced fields, rich deciduous forest, wildlife and local culture; all with the magnificent Kanchenjunga in the background. With its high challenging mountain passes this trek is not for the faint hearted and a high level of fitness is required.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu
  • Day 2 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Day 3 : Fly from Kathmandu to Taplejung, trek to Lali Kharka
  • Day 4 : Trek to Khesewa
  • Day 5 : Trek to Mamankhe
  • Day 6 : Trek to Yamphudin
  • Day 7 : Trek to Chitre
  • Day 8 : Trek to Tortongn
  • Day 9 : Trek to Tseram
  • Day 10 : Trek to Ramche
  • Day 11 : Explore around Ramche and trek to Oktang
  • Day 12 : Trek to Yalung Ri Base Camp
  • Day 13 : Trek back to Ramche
  • Day 14 : Trek to Sallerle over the Mirgi-La
  • Day 15 : Trek to Ghunsa
  • Day 16 : Trek to Kambachen
  • Day 17 : Exploration day at Kambachen
  • Day 18 : Trek to Lhonak
  • Day 19 : Trek to Pang Pema
  • Day 20 : Exploration Day
  • Day 21 : Trek to Gunsa
  • Day 22 : Trek to Amjilosa
  • Day 23 : Trek to Sakathum
  • Day 24 : Trek to Chhiruwa
  • Day 25 : Trek to Suketar
  • Day 26 : Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 27 : Trip concludes (Unless further plans are made)

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu
    Office representative will meet you at the airport and will transfer you to Hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down jacket at 5 pm. Welcome dinner is organized at 6:30 pm in one of the traditional Nepali restaurants and this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the fellow group members before the trip.
  • Day 2 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu
    In the morning we explore Kathmandu on an organized sightseeing tour visiting Boudhanath, Swoaymbhunath Stupa and Pusupathi Nath, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world and the most famous Hindu temple in the country. The early afternoon is free to relax in the spacious hotel garden or you may wish to visit Thamel for any last-minute shopping. In the afternoon you will be supplied with trek departure information.
  • Day 3 : Fly from Kathmandu to Taplejung, trek to Lali Kharka
    Half hour flight to Taplejung at Suketar Airport the porters and crew will be waiting for our arrival. After landing we take an early lunch, while the crew arranges our gear. In the afternoon we blow out the cobwebs with an easy 2 to 3 hours of walk along the ridges line to Lali Kharka, a grazing area. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 4 : Trek to Khesewa
    After traversing the hillside a short way, we descend to the village of Pokora along the Phawa Khola, crossing a suspension bridge before beginning the steep climb up towards Kunjuri. Lunch will be taken Kunjuri and the afternoon’s walk takes on a short distance over the crest of the ridge to our campsite at Khesewa. We get our first view of Kanchenjunga, and should be able to clearly make out the south and the main summit along with Yalung Khang. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 5 : Trek to Mamankhe
    Today the path covers the 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. After lunch at one of these we pass the village of Anjan, before descending to cross the Kashawa Khola and then finally we climb again through terraced fields to the village of Mamankhe. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 6 : Trek to Yamphudin
    Today the walk start with an easy climb to Yamphudin along a track which contours the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. The path has several ups and downs as we cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides. Generally the route is flat and the river eventually becomes level with the trail a couple of hours before Yamphudin. At least we can stop to bathe in one of the clear pools with this beautiful river. It is truly an idyllic spot. 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. It is a charming place tucked away beneath the ridge of Deurali Danda that we must cross next. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 7 : Trek to Chitre
    Beyond Yamphudin the trail ascends a steep spur, a gentle introduction to what will come. Leaving villages behind we trek through pleasant forest, stopping for lunch in a meadow capturing fine views of the north and south. JA steep descend to the river an interesting bridge across the Omje Khola to our campsite in Chitre. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 8 : Trek to Tortongn
    Starting the day with 3 hours of steep ascent to the crest of the Deurali Danda in dense forest most of the way. From the 3230m pass we see Jannu, definitely closer. We descend across some steep and exposed areas before entering the forest again. The sharp descend through beautiful forest continues down into the valley of the Sinjua Khola. Across the interesting wooden bridge is Tortongn a camping place with numerous rock shelters amid towering conifers. The steep hills make today a tough 6 to 7 hours trekking. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 9 : Trek to Tseram
    Today we follow the river through more beautiful forest, the conifers giving way to the rhododendron forest. The valley climbs fairly steeply and as the day progresses the trees become more stunted and scattered, giving us glimpses of the snow capped giant s ahead and the massive snout of Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong peak start to peep over the morine. Camping at Tseram, a grazing area, the night temperatures will remind us that we are really gaining height. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 10 : Trek to Ramche
    A shorter day's walk up the final 600m to Ramche where the trail to Kanchenjunga South turns dangerous. The scenery is magnificent as we ascend past snout of the Yalung Glaciers into a series of ablation valleys which gives easy walking and good camping. A frozen lake, clear streams and views of Koktang, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of this stroll. Expect to feel the altitude today. Overnight at Camp.
  • Day 11 : Explore around Ramche and trek to Oktang
    Our first encounter with Kanchenjunga. Following the valley round to see the stunning south face of Kanchenjunga and Janu. We get across the Yalung Ri Glacier and continue by a sweeping curve, at Oktang, 4730m, we are suddenly confronted with the southern wall of the mountain. This vast ridge forms a cirque over 15kms long, no where less than 7500m high and with the main summits of Kanchenjunga at 8420m, 8586m and 8475m. It is a breathtaking mountain panoroma and especially impressive is Jannu while observing the glaciers flowing from its last face. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 12 : Trek to Yalung Ri Base Camp
    This extended path will take you to the high altitudes. It requires determination and some luck too. The crossing of high passes requires good weather and of course perfect logistic support. Expect to get acclimatized with the altitude today. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 13 : Trek back to Ramche
    Yalung Glaciers and a series of valleys, give good walking and perfect camping. A frozen lake, clear streams and magnificent views and the highlights of this stroll. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 14 : Trek to Sallerle over the Mirgi-La
    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, beginning with the Mirgin La. After an initial steep climb and several false summits we reach Miring La. Apart from the magnificent Jannu, on the horizon are Makalu, Gyakung Kang, Everest, Lhotse and Chamalang. To the south it is possible to see down to the Tarai, a panorama worth the effort. Our campsite will be beyond the pass, after 6to 7 hours tough walking. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 15 : Trek to Ghunsa
    Although there are four more passes, there is little descent between them, so in effect it is a high scenic area. After lunch descent brings us to Lamba Sumba Kahrka where there a remore views of the awesome Southwest Face of Janu. From Kharka the going is easy again down a pleasant 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, a welcome sight after the many days of wilderness. One of the local specialties is Tongba a curious alcoholic drink. A jug or a large bamboo cup is filled with fermented millet seed and boiling water poured over. The flavour 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. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 16 : Trek to Kambachen
    Gradually the trail ascends to the south of the Ghunsa Khola and crossing flood planis while emerging on a pasture situated at the north side of the river. A steep climb to a slope from where it crosses a slide and then descends to Lakepo. A short climb from here to the village of Khambachen 4040m. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 17 : Exploration day at Kambachen
    Today we spend acclimatizing to high altitude. It also doubles up as a rest day and can be used for a short morning hike to explore the area around Kambachen. Those who feel the urge should be able to catch up on their laundry. Otherwise, a good book should get you through the day perfectly. It is essential to acclimatize to the higher altitude as you have been spending a lot of time at lower altitudes. From here there ar 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. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 18 : Trek to Lhonak
    A gradual climb through rocky fields gets you to Ramtang at elevation of 4240m then crossing northwest of the Kanchenjunga Glacier you reach Lhonak. Lhonak is on a sandy plain near a dry lake bed. 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. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 19 : Trek to Pang Pema
    The main Kanchenjunga peak is only visible from Pang Pema, which is the base camp for expeditions on Kanchenjunga. From Lhonak, the trail gradually ascends across the plain but son gets steeper as it follows the moraine. Pang Pema is at a height of 5140m. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 20 : Exploration Day
    Explore around Kanchenjunga Base Camp and retrace your steps to Kambachen. Today, those who would like to take a morning hike up a ridge, north of Pang Pema. A climb of 200 or 300 m provides a great vintage point with views of Kanchenjunga, Wedge Peak, the Twins and Tent Peak. As usual the descend goes faster and you can reach Kambachen the same day. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 21 : Trek to Gunsa
    More descends through magnificent sections of forest as long as we make Anjulisa tomorrow it doesn't matter where we stay. From Gusa an hour down, we pass through Poole, a village in two parts. The upper section house Tibetan refugees who are well established, the second is the winter village of Ghunsa. Further down is Yangswa, a great and warm camp. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 22 : Trek to Amjilosa
    Initially we pass through the beautiful forest opening out to steep, grassy hillsides where Amjilosa is perched. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 23 : Trek to Sakathum
    Down, down and down. After a short climb we begin a steep descend that will take most of the day. We reach the joining of the Tamur and Ghunsa Kholas. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 24 : Trek to Chhiruwa
    We cross the Simbu Khola, which originates from Kanchenjunga's South Base Camp, the khola that we followed up from Torontan. It is pleasantly warm at these low altitudes and cardamom grows freely in the moist shaded forest. Crossing numerous small tributary streams we reach Chhirwa, a village set among large boulders. We camp in the field out of the village. This is an easiest day. Overnight camping.
  • Day 25 : Trek to Suketar
    Traversing in an out of minor valleys, we pass through a succession of picturesque villages on our way to Suketar, reaching around late afternoon. Overnight camping.
  • Day 26 : Fly to Kathmandu
    Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited one last time on the scenic flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. Your Group Leader will collect the trek pack and then you are free to continue exploring this wonderful city, shop for souvenirs, get your photos processed and try out the various restaurants in Thamel. Your Group Leader will be happy to show you around and help you with your shopping.
  • Day 27 : Trip concludes (Unless further plans are made)
    After breakfast we transfer you to the airport for your onward destination.

Includes/Excludes

  • Includes
    • Airport, Hotel picks up and drops by private vehicle.
    • Tourist Standard Twin-Sharing Basis with Breakfast.
    • Guided tour of the city in Private vehicle mentioned on the itinerary.
    • Private vehicle during the trip depend on the itinerary.
    • Welcome Dinner and Farewell dinner.
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be provided during the trek.
    • Tea and Coffee during the trip.
    • Accommodation in tea house/ lodge during the trip.
    • Camping equipments and Kitchen equipments as well as mattress, Toilet, Tent, Shower, Dinner Tent, Dining Tables will be provided.
    • All entrance fees and permit as well as government tax or charges during the trip.
    • Experienced and well trained guides and porters (1 porters for 2 trekkers).
    • First Aid kits.
    • Accidental and medical insurance of Guide and Porter.
    • Trekking Map.
    • Duffel Bags if it's necessary.
    • Rubbish disposal.
  • Excludes
    • Travel Insurance.
    • Nepal entry Tourist Visa fee.
    • International Airfare.
    • Airport taxes as well as extra baggage charges
    • Personal trekking gears and equipments
    • Personal stuff such as electronic device, phone call, internet charges, essential drugs, telephone and its charge etc.
    • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water and hot shower, cold drinks.
    • Laundries.
    • Tips for Trekking Guide and Porter (not mandatory).
    • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
    • In case of further stay due to Natural calamities or disaster such as political unrest, landslides, cancellation of flight due to weather, strikes, accident etc.

Map of Trip

Map of Kanchenjunga

Trip Facts

  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Duration: 27 Day(s)
  • Max. Altitude: 512om
  • Grade :
  • Rating: Best
  • Region: Remote Area Trekking
  • Activity:Sightseeing, Cultural Tour, High Altitude, Remote & Camping Trek, Nature Photography
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