Overview for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking in Nepal
- Trip Code: CT-10050
- Package: Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking in Nepal
- Duration: 26 Day(s)
- Trip Level:
AdvancedRequires prior training and some experience in trekking and mountaineering
- Group Size: Min. 2- Max. 12
- Start At: Kathmandu
- Ends At: Kathmandu
- Transportation: Public Bus | Private Vehicle | Domestic Vehicle
- Accommodation: Tea House | Hotel
- Scenic flight from Biratnagar to Taplejung
- Amazing views of the Himalayan ranges
- Crossing the Mirgin La Pass
- Yalung Ri Base Camp
- Kanchenjunga Base Camp
- Rich flora and fauna of the region
- Kanchenjunga National Park
- Isolated Himalayan settlements
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek lets travelers to reach the base camp of the third highest peak in the world, the Kanchenjunga Mountain. Travelers will be able to reach the Kanchenjunga Base Camp elevation at 5,143 meters. The Kanchenjunga peak stands 8,585 meters above the sea level. This mountain in Nepal is located at the eastern region of Nepal close to the India and Tibet-Nepal border. The word "Kanchenjunga" is derived from an old Tibetan word which means five treasures of snow as the five individual peak of the Kanchenjunga range of Nepal is considered to be gold, silver, precious stone, grain, and Holy Scriptures respectively. The Kanchenjunga trek in Nepal provides a great chance to experience the remoteness, diverse flora and fauna, spectacular mountain ranges of Nepal, local culture and people of the Himalayas.
The hidden trek in Nepal in the Kanchenjunga National Park is made of unspoiled wilderness filled with adventure in Nepal. This trekking in Nepal is demanding as the remote terrain goes through the off the beat rugged trails that is perfectly aligned for the adventure seekers. The trek to Kanchenjunga offers spectacular viewpoints along the route to view the magnificent Himalayan ranges of Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Chamlang, and Jannu Mountain. The amazing high mountain passes of Nepal and the panoramic views of the Himalayan range of Nepal from the Kanchenjunga Base Camp is an amazing experience to be a part of. Travelers will get to enjoy the lush landscapes, tropical jungles up to the high altitude alpine forests as you one will be passing through varieties of vegetations along the way. As a result of heavy summer rainfall, the Kanchenjunga region is home to some wildlife such as snow leopard in Nepal, red panda in Nepal, Himalayan black bear, and the Assamese macaque.
The Kanchenjunga trek starts with a flight to Biratnagar to Taplejung and passes through the Rai and Limbu villages of Nepal. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is a restricted area in Nepal and travelers need special permit for Kanchenjunga trek in Nepal. The Kanchenjunga trekking permit can be received after sending a request to the Government. The travel agencies in Nepal handle all the permits and travel arrangements that are required in order to travel Kanchenjunga circuit. The Kanchenjunga travel is one of the long trekking routes in Nepal but also one of the best long treks in Nepal taking travelers into the wilderness of the Himalayas. The cost of Kanchenjunga trekking is also one of the best value-for-money long treks in the world. This trek in Nepal however is hard and technical as it contains high passes and alpine moraines. But you don't have to worry much as our expert trekking guides will be by your side all along to help you with every part of the travel. So if you're a fan of outdoors and have the endurance capacity and fitness required for the Kanchenjunga trek then this is the best long trek in Nepal that will leave travelers in awe. If you want to spend your vacation in Nepal with trekking to Himalayas and immersing yourself into the wilderness, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a very good option. The best time for Kanchenjunga trek is during the Spring and Fall season.
Trip Itinerary of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking in Nepal
Arrival in Kathmandu
A company representative from Core Treks will come to pick you up at the airport. After that we'll be taking you to your hotel. After taking some rest we'll meet you at our office or at your hotel and have a short briefing session regarding our travel. Feel free to ask any question you might have regarding the trek. If you want to explore the city we might as well walk around the street of Thamel and it's even possible to do some last minute shopping. There're no further activities for the day so you might as well check into the hotel.
Briefing and Sightseeing on Kathmandu
We'll be talking more regarding our trip on this day. We'll need your original passport as travelers need a permit in order to make this travel in Nepal. After finishing that we'll be doing a bit of a sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. We'll be visiting two world heritage sites located at Kathmandu, namely Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple (also known as Monkey Temple). In the evening we'll be doing final preparation for our trek.
Kathmandu to Taplejung flight to Mitlung
After having breakfast, we take a morning flight to Taplejung from Tribhuvan Intl' Airport from Kathamndu. Our flight will be 35 minutes long. Upon reaching Taplejung, we do a short trek towards the village of Mitlung which will be about 3 hours long. We spend overnight at a guesthouse at Mitlung and prepare for our trekking journey from next day onwards.
Mitlung to Chirwa
Our trail today goes uphill and downhill and we make our way towards Sinwa village. From Sinwa, we trek downhill until reaching Tawa from where we ascend and cross a suspension bridge at Thiwa. We'll be passing through the beautiful Limbu villages and finally reaching upon Chirwa, we rest for the day.
Chirwa to Sukathum
On this day, our trek passes through some various landscapes of dense forests and some cardamom fields. We'll be trekking up and down hill as the previous day and then continue trekking along the Tamor River. We later reach to the Ghunsa River from where we'll reach to Sukathum. We'll be spending overnight here.
Sukathum to Amjilosa
Trekking today might occur bit challenging that previous days. We trek through a dense forest and ascend a steep trail after which we descend down towards a river and cross it. Then we'll be climbing a gorge and pass by the Solima village. The trails could be tricky and technical especially during the walk through the gorge. We then reach to Amjilosa village where we'll be spending the night.
Amjilosa to Gyabla
We continue our trek from the river bank further towards the dense bamboo and rhododendron forest. After that we go uphill as we also cross some few small bridges along the way. We'll also be walking alongside stunning waterfalls that originates from the Himalayan mountains. After some uphill walk, we then reach to the Tibetan like settlement of Gyabla.
Gyabla to Ghunsa
Today we descend down the river and after some time we reach a Tibetan refugee settlement of Phale. There are also some few markets which are quite unique and some really cool souvenirs can be bought as well. From there we trek through the pine forest and head towards the village of Ghunsa. We'll be spending our night at Ghunsa.
Acclimatization at Ghunsa
Today we stop and rest at the Ghunsa village in order to acclimatize our body at these high altitude region. We will be exploring the village and the surrounding and might even do some small hikes as its equally important to stay active during the whole journey. There is an old monastery called the Laspan La monastery.
Ghunsa to Kambachen
We continue our trekking journey heading towards the north alongside the river bank. The path is scenic with beautiful Himalayan scenery. As we travel through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests, we later cross a bridge at Rampuk and continue past the waterfall and cross the landslide which might be a little tricky. After going pass these hurdles we'll arrive at the Kambachen village and rest for the day.
Acclimatization at Kambachen
This will be another day of acclimatization as we do this to avoid the risk of having altitude sickness. We'll be relaxing and exploring the valley a bit. We'll be resting and prepare ourselves to resume our trek next day onwards.
Kambachen to Lhonak
We start early in the morning as there is one challenging walk waiting ahead of us. We start our trekking through the rocky fields and large rocks. We pass through a waterfall and cross a bridge to Ramtang monastery. We again come across a landslide terrain which we'll be passing with a steady pace before descending to the river and finally arriving at the Lhonak valley. We'll spend overnight at the Lhonak village.
Lhonak to Kanchenjunga Base Camp
We trek along the Kanchenjunga Glacier and head towards the Kanchenjunga base camp on the northern side. The trails are challenging so you need to be careful around the rockier parts which are prone to landslides. After short while we'll be reaching a flat grassy land which is the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. From there we'll be enjoying the beautiful and splendid views of the Kanchenjunga, Jannu, and Chang mountain ranges.
Trek back to Kambachen
From base camp, we retrace our path to Lhonak and go down towards the valley. We can witness the Kanchenjunga, Mera Peak, and some other ranges from different angle during this trek. We'll be descending down for the most part and the trail is comparatively easier. So we'll be reaching to Kambachen village where we'll spend overnight.
Kambachen to Ghunsa
We'll be descending from Kambachen to Ghunsa while we trek enjoying the beaufitul forest trails. After about 4 hours of trek we reach to the Ghunsa village and we'll be spending our night here.
Ghunsa to Sele Le
After having our breakfast, we climb steep upwards from Ghunsa. We climb through a dense forest filled with rhododendron and juniper trees. After long walk of about 7 hours we reach to the Sele Le village. We'll be done for the day upon reach to Sele Le.
Sele Le to Cheram
Our trek goes uphill today as well as we'll be walking alongside the Jannu mountain and the Makalu Mountain which is also the 6th highest mountain peak in the world. We'll be passing through some few passes this day. We'll be crossing the Sinion La, Mirgin La Pass and the Sinelapche Bhanjyang. From the pass however, we'll be descending downhill towards the Cheram village and upon reaching we'll be resting for the day.
Cheram - Ramche - Cheram
We have an interesting day ahead. We'll be ascending past the Yalung Glacier and pass through the Lapsang village as we reach to Ramche. We walk further up the valley and follow the stream before climbing on the moraine top. We walk further ahead and if we have time, we might even travel to the Oktang Monastery. Then we head back to Cheram and rest for the night.
Cheram to Tortong
Upon having our breakfast, we descend towards Tortong. We will be come at a point where we'll encounter two trails. One's which we took while descending down from Sele Le and the other goes down alongside the Simbuwa River. We take the latter route and descend through the verdant rhododendron forest. Later we arrive at Tortong and spend overnight.
Tortong to Yamphudin
Today we walk through the trees and landslide areas. We'll pass through the Lasiya Bhanjyang and our trek will take around 6-7 hours. We walk further down and reach the Yamphudin village. Yamphudin is one of the most remote villages of the reigon and the village is inhabited by the Sherpa, Rai and Limbu community so the blend of culture and its uniqueness can be witnessed as well. We'll spend overnight at the Yamphudin.
Yamphudin to Mamanke
We'll be walking through the river valley today. After few hours of walking we'll be crossing the ridge and go uphill and downhill. We then descend through the terraced hillside at the edge of the Kabeli River and then gradually we'll be reaching to Mamanke where we'll spend overnight.
Mamanke to Lalikharka
Today, we trek towards the Khasawa River after having our breakfast. We'll be traveling through some few villages and then descend downhill towards steep hillside trail. Views of Kanchenjunga and Yanglung Kang can be seen in the far distance. We then head down to the Kunjuri village and cross a suspension bridge over Phawa River. Later we reach to Lalikharka village and we'll be done for the day.
Lalikharka to Suketar
Today is our last day of trekking. The trail is pretty wide and easy . We make our way towards Suketar at Taplejung. We will reach Suketar town after about 4 hours of walking. The town is where we first landed from where we began our trekking journey. So, we'll also be ending our journey from where we started. We rest for the rest of the day after arriving at Suketar.
Flight to Kathmandu
After having breakfast, we'll be taking the first flight to Kathmandu from the Suketar Airport. The flight will be around 35 minutes long and upon reaching Kathmandu, we will take you back to your hotel. In the evening, we'll be organizing a dinner party for our fellow guests where you'll be taken to a traditional Nepalese cuisine restaurant.
Leisure Day at Kathmandu
This day has been set aside for you to rest from the long journey and explore the Kathmandu city on your own. You can stroll around the markets of Thamel and buy some amazing souvenirs. If you have something in mind, a place you want to visit in Kathmandu, let us know and we can arrange that for you as well however extra charge for this service will be applied.
Our travel journey has now come to an end as we say our goodbyes and take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport 2 hours prior to your flight time. We'll come to pick you at your hotel and a representative will drive alongside you up till the departure gate at the airport.
- Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
- Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (4 Nights).
- Twin sharing accommodation during trek. ( 21 Nights).
- Round trip flight Kathmandu - Suketar/ Suketar Kathmandu including departure taxes.
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System, Conservation permit & Kanchenjunga Special permit.
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff.
- Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
- Personal care & attention.
- Local and government taxes.
- All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek.
- Travel and Rescue Insurance.
- Hot Shower during trek.
- Tipping to crew.
- Personal mountaineering gears
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- International airfare and airport departure tax
- Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
- Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking in Nepal is considered as an advanced level trek. It requires past mountaineering experience and trainings. The trek is demanding physically too. One needs to be prepared for the hiking mentally and physically which is examined by our travel experts before you actually head for the summit.
Yes, it is completely safe to trek Kanchenjunga Base Camp when you meet the minimum requirements. However, there are still possible consequences which will be discussed during the training session by professional mountaineering experts. Be sure to attend the session as important topics such as safety precautions and information regarding to the place will be discussed during the training.
During the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking in Nepal, you can expect a scenic flight from Biratnagar to Taplejung, amazing views of the Himalayan ranges, crossing the Mirgin La Pass, Yalung Ri Base Camp, Kanchenjunga Base Camp, and precious isolated Himalayan settlements.
The food is generally our traditional Nepali lunch which is Dal (Lentil Soup), Bhat (Boiled Rice), Tarkari (Veggies), and Achar (Pickle).
For the accommodation there are specially Hotels & Lodges, Tea houses, and Camping facilities. However due easy accessibility of hotels & lodges throughout the trial, camping is usually avoided (unless needed) during the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking in Nepal.
To book the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking in Nepal, CoreTreks offers you a number of booking options including:
- Online booking,
- Wire transfer OR,
- Cash on arrival
We recommend you to go through our booking policy before you head to the payment. In case of further inquiries please feel free to contact us.
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- Travel Insurance
- Trek Packing List
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CoreTreks is always striving for customer satisfaction and quality services. At the same time, we do not compromise on our responsibilities. We discourage any activities that harm the surroundings as well as the people. Nepal is a country of respect, hence we encourage travelers to greet people and show respect to the culture and traditions.
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness may start once you reach 1500-2000 meters and upwards. If you gain altitude rapidly without letting your body adapt to the thin oxygen at higher altitudes, you are most likely to suffer from Altitude Sickness. But if you plan for acclimatization days to your itinerary, you are good to go.
The itinerary includes acclimatization days to avoid Altitude Sickness. The sickness is common at high altitudes. Please note that sickness is a topic to be taken very seriously. Here are some few extra preventions:
- Avoid climbing rapidly, give your body some time to adjust
- Drink more water, not less than 5 liters a day
- Eat more, eat often, and eat healthily
- Listen to your body, do not ignore symptoms
- Do not skip acclimatization days
- Be prepared in case of an emergency
Safety and Security
A comprehensive Travel Insurance is mandatory while trekking with CoreTreks. However, there are a few measures that you can implement to ensure safety:
- Secure your belongings
- Do not flash cash or jewelry
- Have an emergency plan
- Do not trek alone
- Only choose authorized trekking agencies
CoreTreks will provide you with the essentials such as a Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, a duffle bag, a t-shirt, a trekking map, a self-sufficient medical first aid kit, and more. These are to be returned after completion of the trek.
Personal mountaineering gears are not included but we will provide you with a list of equipment necessary for your trek.
On average, walking time per day is 5-6 hours below 3,000m. For altitudes higher than 3,000m the average walking time is 3-5 hours per day. The walking hours may vary according to conditions but do not exceeds 6 hours mark per day.
Hiring a Porter/Guide
An experienced guide will be provided for a group of 1-5. A group consisting of 6-12 individuals will be provided with 2 professional guides. The package also includes a porter for every 2 individuals.
All our guides are licensed and well-experienced. They have been guiding with CoreTreks for almost a decade. Guides come in handy whenever you need some quick information, and to enhance overall trekking experience.