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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Overview And Highlights

Key Information

Duration:

24 Days

Grade:

Classic / Adventure

Best Season:

Feb, March, April, May and Sept, Oct, Nov and Dec

Maximum altitude

5181 m

Accommodation

Hotel / Tea House

Transportation

Private Vehicle

Nepal, a country known for its majestic mountains and unparalleled trekking opportunities, is a haven for adventure seekers. Among the many trekking destinations in the region, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek stands out as a unique and awe-inspiring journey that takes trekkers deep into the heart of the Himalayas. Named after the third-highest mountain in the world, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience filled with breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures, and a sense of accomplishment that only a Himalayan adventure can provide.

The Route:

The trek begins in the small town of Taplejung, located in the northeastern part of Nepal. From here, trekkers set out on a challenging yet rewarding journey that spans over several weeks. The route takes them through dense forests, remote villages, and high mountain passes, providing a rich tapestry of experiences.

One of the unique aspects of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is its off-the-beaten-path nature. Unlike some of the more popular treks in the region, this route sees fewer trekkers, allowing for a more intimate connection with the stunning surroundings. The trek circumambulates the Kanchenjunga massif, offering ever-changing views of the mountain from different angles.

Breathtaking Landscapes:

The landscapes encountered on this trek are nothing short of spectacular. Trekkers traverse through lush rhododendron forests, alpine meadows adorned with colorful wildflowers, and rugged terrain that challenges both the body and the spirit. The highlight, of course, is the awe-inspiring views of Kanchenjunga itself, with its towering peaks dominating the horizon.

Along the way, trekkers are treated to glimpses of other notable peaks, including Jannu, Kabru, and Rathong. The trek also takes them close to the pristine glacial lakes of Zemu Glacier, adding an element of serenity to the adventure.

Cultural Encounters:

The Kanchenjunga region is not just a haven for nature lovers but also a melting pot of diverse cultures. Trekkers have the opportunity to interact with local communities, experiencing the warm hospitality of the Sherpas, Limbus, and Rai people who call this region home. Traditional villages with unique architecture and vibrant monasteries provide a glimpse into the rich cultural tapestry of the area.

Challenges and Rewards:

Undoubtedly, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a challenging endeavor. The high altitudes, unpredictable weather, and rugged terrain demand physical fitness, mental resilience, and a spirit of adventure. However, the challenges are rewarded with a sense of accomplishment that comes from conquering one of the most remote and untouched corners of the Himalayas.

For those seeking a truly immersive Himalayan adventure, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. With its unparalleled landscapes, cultural richness, and the thrill of conquering one of the world's highest peaks, this trek offers a unique experience that will leave an indelible mark on the hearts of those who dare to embark on the journey.

Itinerary

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Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, welcome by Himalayan Adventure International Treks team member and transfer to hotel with BB plan

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Today we will do preparation for the adventure at Kanchenjunga Base Camp what we need during the trek.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1850

Today, after 35-minute mountain light we drive towards Taplejung in private transportation. Driving along the wonderful tea garden and Himalayan view, we pass through Phidim to reach the Limbu village of Taplejung. Overnight at a hotel.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
1185

Today having breakfast in Chirwa we hike through the Limbu and Tamang villages of Sinwa, Tawa, and Porke. We also pass over old landslide debris and boulder, and strewn river deposits, before crossing to Thiwa Khola. We then cross a wooden bridge to reach Chiruwa. Overnight at a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
1650

Walking through the beautiful villages of Taplethok, Tamewa, Hellok, and Lelep, we trek alongside the Tamor River and descend towards Simbu Khola, which emerges from the Yalung Glacier. We then trek through the steep and narrow Ghunsa Khola valley to finally arrive in Sukethum. Overnight at a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
2725

Today, we trek through a forested trail filled with rhododendrons and bamboo, before reaching Gyabla. We also come across a big waterfall on the opposite side of the river on our way to Gyabla. Making a steep climb and then a descent, we arrive in Gyabla. Overnight at a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3415

Trekking behind the beautiful Gyabla village, we trek towards Ghunsa through a broad meadow. We then climb a small mountain and down to cross the river to reach the Tibetan village of Ghunsa with wooden houses, a micro hydropower plant, a school, and a health post. Overnight at a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3415

Today we have a rest day to adjust to the thin air, we take a short hike to the opposite side of Ghunsa Khola with a gain of about 400m or 1312.33ft. After returning from the hike, we can spend the rest of the day exploring the ancient village of Ghunsa visiting monasteries, and learning about their Buddhist culture and tradition. Overnight at a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
4145

Today, after having breakfast we begin our trek entering the forested path along the south bank of Ghunsa Khola and passing several Mani walls and Chortens along the way. We also trekked through several scree slopes and some glacial moraines to reach the Tibetan settlement of Khangpachen from where we can get the stunning view of the north face of Jannu (7710m). Overnight at a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
4792

Trekking behind Khangbochen, we follow the trail on the left side of Kanchenjunga Glacier. We trek along a high plateau to reach the campsite of Lhonak. From Lhonak, we can see the panoramic view of massive mountain peaks like Wedge Peak (6802m), Mehra Peak (6364m), Nepal Peak (7177m), Twins (7350m), and many others. Overnight at a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
5140

Today, after having breakfast we head towards Kanchenjunga Base destination following the trail along the glaciers on the northern ridges. The place is also known as Pang Pema from where we get the eye-catching and notable view of Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m) along with the horizon filled with snow-capped mountain ranges bordering Nepal-India and Nepal-Tibet. Then trek back to Lhonak. Overnight at a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3415

After the amazing trekking in Kanchenjunga Base Camp and Lhonak, we retrace our trail to Ghunsa enjoying the panoramic view of different mountains. Trek down past Lhonak and Khangpachen while hiking on the moraines of Kanchenjunga Glacier and Kumbhakarna Glacier, we arrive in Ghunsa. Overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
2510

To trek the Amjilasa, we walk along a steep rocky trail through a forested area filled with birch, pine, and colorful rhododendron. An amazing view of Jannu (7710m), Nyukla Laching (6670m), Temachunggi (6044m), and other mountains can be observed during the trek.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
1185

Today after having breakfast, we trek down towards Chirwa through the densely forested path filled with rhododendrons and bushes. We also stumbled across a few streams, Chortens, and monasteries on our way to Chirwa. Chirwa is a small village inhabited by a community of Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, and Gurung Overnight at a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
1350

Today is the last day we descend through valleys, rice fields, and cultivated areas. Crossing suspension bridges over several streams finally, we come back to civilization after two weeks and overnight at the lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
94

We take a long drive to Bhadrapur enjoying the view of green tea hills, snow-capped mountains, rivers, and daily activities of the locals throughout the ride. From the mountainous part, we are now in the flatlands of Nepal. Overnight at a hotel.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
2980

Today after breakfast we fly back to Kathmandu. Enjoying the aerial view of the Himalayas, we arrive in Kathmandu. After a 35-minute landing, we transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at hotel

Today after breakfast HAITE team members drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure with the hope of seeing you again next adventure.

What Is Included ?

  • Airport picks up and drops
  • Flight fare Kathmandu / Bhadrapur / Kathmandu (Guide + Guests)
  • 3-meals per day during the trek (breakfast lunch, and dinner) including a cup of tea or coffee
  • Accommodation in a Tea House (Lodge) during the trek as mentioned in the trip type.
  • 3 night’s hotel in Kathmandu with a BB plan
  • Experienced English-speaking Guide
  • Necessary porter during the trek
  • Equipment for Porter
  • Guide and porter salary
  • All Guides and peters insurance during the trekking
  • All government and local taxes
  • Kanchenjunga National Park fees
  • Special permit for Kanchenjunga Trek
  • ((TIMS) Trekker's Information management system
  • First Aid kit
  • Farewell dinner with a typical Nepali restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  •  Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Trekking equipment any personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages drinks, phone, and laundry
  • Emergency rescue and travel insurance
  • Trip cancellation costs accident or health, loss theft or damage, and personal effects
  • Tips

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Altitude Profile

Additional Information

Nestled in the eastern Himalayas, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is a mesmerizing expedition that promises awe-inspiring views, challenging terrains, and an immersive cultural experience. As one of the lesser-trodden paths in the Himalayan region, this trek offers a unique opportunity for adventurers seeking a blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. In this article, we will unravel the Kanchenjunga Base Camp itinerary, delve into the costs involved, and explore the exceptional services that make this trek a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Itinerary:

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek typically spans around 20 days, encompassing a diverse range of landscapes, from subtropical forests to alpine meadows and glacial moraines. Here's a brief breakdown of the itinerary:

  1. Arrival in Kathmandu:

    • The journey begins in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where trekkers acclimate and prepare for the adventure ahead.
  2. Fly to Suketar and Trek to Lalikharka:

    • A scenic flight takes trekkers to Suketar, from where the trek officially starts. The first day involves trekking to Lalikharka, offering glimpses of terraced fields and charming villages.
  3. Trek through Forests to Khesewa:

    • The trail meanders through lush rhododendron and bamboo forests, providing a chance to witness the region's rich biodiversity.
  4. Explore the Villages of Mamankhe and Yamphudin:

    • Trekking through traditional villages like Mamankhe and Yamphudin allows trekkers to experience the local culture and interact with the friendly inhabitants.
  5. Ascend to Tortong:

    • The route gradually ascends to higher altitudes, offering panoramic views of the Kanchenjunga range.
  6. Acclimatization Day in Tortong:

    • A crucial day for acclimatization, trekkers can explore the surroundings and rest to prepare for the challenging days ahead.
  7. Trek to Cheram:

    • The trek continues through pristine landscapes, leading to the picturesque village of Cheram.
  8. Reach Ramche and Yalung Glacier:

    • The trail passes through the stunning Yalung Glacier, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.
  9. Explore Kanchenjunga South Base Camp:

    • A highlight of the trek, reaching the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp rewards trekkers with unparalleled vistas of the world's third-highest mountain.
  10. Return Journey to Suketar:

    • The trek concludes with a return journey to Suketar, allowing trekkers to reflect on the incredible experiences of the past weeks.

Cost:

The cost of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek can vary depending on factors such as the trekking agency, the duration of the trek, and the services included. On average, the cost ranges from $2,500 to $4,000 per person. This usually covers permits, domestic flights, accommodation, meals, and the services of experienced guides and porters. It's advisable to choose a reputable trekking agency that prioritizes safety, has experienced staff, and offers a transparent breakdown of costs.

Service:

The success of any trek often hinges on the quality of services provided. In the case of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek, the services offered by trekking agencies play a crucial role in ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience. Look for agencies that provide:

  1. Experienced Guides:

    • Knowledgeable guides familiar with the region ensure a smooth trek, offer valuable insights into the local culture, and prioritize the safety of trekkers.
  2. Well-Organized Itinerary:

    • A well-planned itinerary with ample acclimatization days reduces the risk of altitude-related issues and allows trekkers to fully appreciate the journey.
  3. Quality Accommodation and Meals:

    • Comfortable and hygienic accommodations, along with nutritious meals, are essential for maintaining energy levels during the trek.
  4. Safety Measures:

    • Trekking agencies should have robust safety protocols, including first aid kits, communication devices, and evacuation plans in case of emergencies.
  5. Environmental Responsibility:

    • Choose agencies that prioritize responsible tourism by promoting Leave No Trace principles and supporting local conservation efforts.

Embarking on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is not just a physical journey but a spiritual and cultural odyssey. The itinerary, cost, and services provided are integral aspects that can shape this adventure into a transformative experience. By selecting a reputable trekking agency and being well-prepared for the trek, adventurers can immerse themselves in the breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural tapestry that define the Kanchenjunga region, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

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