Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking

“Obstacles are the raw materials of great accomplishments”

Explore the mystical land of the trans-Himalayan region in our Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. The main peak and its immediate satellites take the form of a giant cross which straddles the borders of three countries – Nepal, Tibet and the once independent kingdom but now Indian state of Sikkim. Just so you know in Nepal, to the west, the Kanchenjunga and Yalung glaciers form the major sources of the Tamur River. Kanchenjunga’s dominating peak is so high that a trek to its base camp is itself a big-time adventure that keeps kicking the adrenaline rush. Trekking trail to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is quite different when we compare it with the other treks in the Himalayan belt.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a long yet significant trek as you get to experience surreal adventures along the whole trekking route. After a flight to Biratnagar we drive to this hilly town called Taplejung where we will start our long journey ahead. Isolated villages, high verdant, gleaming mountains blanketed in snow, misty clouds forming a canopy around magnolia and rhododendron forest and dramatic landscapes, makes Kanchenjunga BC Trek a perfect platform for trekkers. Primarily, on the Kanchenjunga trek, we shall walk along the fast flowing Tamor River till the settlement of Margen after which we shall depart towards the famous Dhunsa village. In between we shall pass through the waterfalls and caves at Chiruwa and fertile pastures, small villages and steep trail in some sections. The combined effects of its considerable height and isolated location, south east of the main Himalayan chain, leaves it totally exposed to the full force of the advancing monsoon originating in the Bay of Bengal in early June. Past the cardamom fields, dense forests of bamboo and rhododendron, uphill and downhill sections, challenging terrains, suspension bridges and Tibetan refugee settlement we reach Dhunsa. In contrast, Hinduism is the main religion on the Nepal side of the border, where the tiny hill villages are inhabited by Rai and Limbu farmers. Further, we trek through Miring La Pass (4,650m), along the ridges and reach to Tseram after which we ascend to settlement at Ramche, along the glittering Yalung Glacier. We trek down to Trongten, Sherpa Gaun and to Phumpe Danda, whereby we enter into the cultural trekking trail in the region. Exploring through the settlements of Kadebhanjyang and Lali Kharka, we reach Suketar. And after reaching there, we will end our strenuous trek in Kanchenjunga and take a flight to Kathmandu from Suketar.

This trekking route that offers an original trademark and diverse cultural characteristics of Nepal will need you to have above average physical fitness, mental endurance and openness to enjoy the diversity offered in order for you to really grasp the joy this epic trek. So generally Mid-March to June end & Mid-September to Mid-November are considered as the best seasons to go for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. So if you want to experience this surreal trek, join us and be a part of Trekking Planner right now for an epic journey through Kanchenjunga.

 

 

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at the International airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, a representative of Nepal Trekking Planner shall be waiting for you at the airport terminal. You shall then be picked up by our airport representative and get transferred to your respective hotel. After checking into your hotel you shall have a free afternoon to explore the area by yourself. Later in the afternoon you shall rest and prepare yourself for tomorrow’s sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu valley. Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu

Today you have full day guided sightseeing tours to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath; combination Hinduism and Buddhism known as monkey temple as there are many holy monkey living in the north-west part of the temple. Pashupatinath a sacred Hindu temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River. Then drive to Boudhanath stupa one of the biggest and oldest stupa in the world. Later in the afternoon there will be a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in hotel. Our office representative will brief you regarding our trek as well as provides you opportunity to ask any question of upcoming trip with guide. Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 03: Morning fly to Taplejung.

Today we take a flight to Taplejung. And after the amazing flight, upon reaching Taplejung our trek starts on a new dusty road with views of Kanchenjunga and Jannu, and passes Deurali, a small stop with two small shops. After Deurali, a short ascent and a continuous downhill with many shortcuts lead to Lali Kharka. Stay overnight at Lali Kharka.

Day 04: Lali Kharka to Kade Bhanjyang (2200m).

After an easy, quick walk in the morning, a steep descend through some villages follows. The downhill continues as the trail passes through the fields of Simbu village and keeps on going all the way up to the river (Pa Khola). Now, a climb starts to go up for the next good couple of hours and pass through a higher secondary school at Kunjari and finally reached Bhanjyang, (the top). After Bhanjyang, the trail is more subtle and undulates for less than half an hour to reach a small settlement of couple of houses at Kade Bhanjyang. Stay overnight at Kade Bhanjyang.

Day 05: Kade Bhanjyang to Phurungde (1965m).

around 20 minutes. Now, the trail once again drops steeply through this long extended village down to a small stream. This steep drop takes a little less than an hour and soon is followed by a gradual uphill but with few steep sections. The trail steadies a bit and then undulates and reaches a small village and once again undulates but gradually gains height until it reaches to Phunglung village in less than half an hour. Now a gradual drop starts a descend through yet another terraced field of this big extended village which soon turns very steep for the next half an hour. Once again, more undulating trail is followed by a steep trail to a top of the ridge and steadier trail arrives near Phurungde village. Stay overnight at Phurungde.

Day 06: Phurungde to Yamphuding (2300m).

A good descent for less than half an hour, followed by another good climb for a bit more than an hour leads to Mamankhe. A gradual downhill soon turns into a steep climb. The climb becomes gentler but continuously keeps going up and undulates for a while. The morning steep part is for about an hour and the next undulating trail takes nearly an hour. The valley starts going down through a thin forest for a little less than an hour. After the drop, a brief climb leads to a wider valley of Yamphuding. Stay overnight at Yamphuding.

Day 07: Yamphuding to Omje Khola (2345m).

The trek now continues into the valley and steadily climbs its way for the good couple of hours. After the steady climb, the trail now heads into another valley with green forests and a very steep climb finally ends at Omje Khola. Stay overnight at Omje Khola.

Day 08: Omje Khola to Torantan (2990m).

The day starts with a steep climb through jungle. The forest consists of bamboos and rhododendrons. After two hours of climb, a paved trail starts and goes on for another couple of hours. Finally, the uphill ends and a brief leveled ground lead to Lashe Bhanjyang. After Lashe Bhanjyang, a brief drop that goes near by a landslide section is followed a half an hour climb. (by the side of this ridge is a sheer drop of nearly 200 meters or more) The climb turns into a steep drop for the next hour and half and meets Torongden River at the bottom of a narrow valley. Now the trail undulated through the forest but consistently goes up for the next hour and after crossing a simple wooden bridge, we arrive at Torantan. Stay overnight at Torantan.

Day 09: Torantan to Tseram (3870m).

Today we shall follow the river through a more beautiful forest, the conifers giving way to the rhododendron forest. The valley climbs fairly steeply, with the day progressing through the trees become more stunted and scattered, giving us glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead and the massive snout of Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong peak start to peep over the moraine. Camping at Tseram, a grazing area, the night temperatures will remind us that we are really gaining height. Stay overnight at Tseram

Day 10: Rest in Tseram.

Today we have a full rest day so you can just roam around the Tseram area. You have to rest and acclimatize here for many reasons but one of the reasons is that grants amazing views of the Kanchenjunga Mountain. Resting and exploring this place gives you one of the best experiences of the whole trek. Stay overnight at Tseram.

Day 11: Tseram to Ramche (4625m).

This is 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 the snout of 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. Stay overnight at Ramche.

Day 12: Rest and Explore around the Yalung Base Camp & Back to the Ramche.

Following the valley round to see the stunning south face of Kanchenjunga and Jannu is our first close encounter with Kanchenjunga. We get across the Yalung Ri Glacier and continue by a sweeping curve, at Oktang, 4,730m, suddenly we are confronted with the southern wall of the mountain. This vast ridge forms a cirque over 15 km long, nowhere less than 7,500m high and with three main summits of Kanchenjunga at 8,420m, 8,586m, and 8,474m! It is a breathtaking mountain panorama and especially impressive is Jannu while observing the glaciers flowing from its east face. Stay overnight at Ramche.

Day 13: Ramche to Yalung (4800m).

We will set off for Yalung early. Trekking up through the valley, through the small settlement, we will make our way crossing a pass. Then we ascend up to Yalung. Yalung provides us the magnificent vistas of Mt Jannu. Stay overnight at Yalung.

Day 14: Yalung to Selele Pass (5109m).

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 Mirgin 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 Terai, a panorama worth the effort. Our campsite will be beyond the pass, after 6 to 7 hours tough walking. Stay overnight at Selele Pass.

Day 15: Selele Pass to Ghunsa (3425m).

Although there are four more passes, there is little descent between them, so in effect it is a high scenic area. After lunch the descent brings us to Lamba Sumba Kharka, where there are more views of the awesome Southwest Face of Jannu. 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, a welcome sight after the many days of wilderness. One of the local specialties’ is ‘Tongba’, a curious alcoholic drink. You might need a drink after the tough 4- to 6-hour walk. Stay overnight at Ghunsa.

Day 16: Ghunsa to Khambachen (3960m).

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. Our trails pass through a steep climb to a slope from where it crosses a slide and then descends to Lakepo. There is a short climb from here to the village of Khambachen. From here there are good mountain views of the peaks near Kanchenjunga. You can hike up the ridge above the village for better views or take a day hike to Jannu Base Camp. The Nepali name for Jannu is Kumbhakarna. Stay overnight at Khambachen.

Day 17: Khambachen to Pangpema (4940m).

The trek continues into the valley surrounded by towering mountains and heads further into the valley towards Pangpema. The trail slowly and gradually climbs and enters into several eroded parts where the trails are almost invisible. Undulating through these rubbles of glacial rocks, the valley finally ends at Pangpema. Stay overnight at Pangpema.

Day 18: Day hike to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp & Back to Pangpema.

A climb of 200m or 300m on a morning hike up a ridge, north of Pangpema, 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. Stay overnight at Pangpema.

Day 19: Pangpema to Khambachen.

Our trial ascends gently through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. We will pass by the river at Rampak Kharka and descend to the summer village of Khambachen. The view we can to see like Mt Jannu or Kumbhakarna are really very impressive. Stay overnight at Khambachen.

Day 20: Khambachen to Ghunsa.

Today we have a day full of some more descents through magnificent sections of forest as long as we head towards Ghunsa. From Khambachen with few hours of walk down we pass through Phole, a village in two parts. The upper section houses Tibetan refugees who are well established, the second is the winter village of Ghunsa. Stay overnight at Ghunsa.

Day 21: Ghunsa to Kyapra.

Leaving Ghunsa, we will follow the route of the mountains that follows the beautiful Ghunsa and Tamur Kholas. Our trial passes through the amazing forests of rhododendron, conifer, brich and oak. We shall halt our trek in Kyapra which is going to be the final destination for the day. Stay overnight at Kyapra.

Day 22: Kyapra to Sekhathum.

After Kyapra we shall head onward to Sekhathum. We shall start our trek with 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. After some hours of following our designated trail we shall reach Sekhathum. Stay overnight at Sekhathum.

Day 23: Sekhathum to Chirwa.

Today our final destination is Chirwa so after having our breakfast we shall follow the trail that goes along with the river and have some very steep sections along the way. Now, smaller settlements start to become frequent and the trek passes through small villages like Tapethok. Tapethok also marks the end of the conservation area and the treks entry into more populated hilly villages of Nepal. Crossing numerous small tributary streams we reach busy village of Chirwa, a village set among large boulders. Stay overnight at Chirwa.

Day 24: Chirwa to Phurumba (2000m).

This is an easier day. We shall get off from Chirwa early in the morning. The trail leads us to the cultivated land and rich pastures. Then we shall walk through the winding path of steep stones. Soon after, we reach the valley of Phurumba. It is pleasantly warm at these low altitudes and cardamom grows freely in the moist shaded forest. We camp in a field out of the village. Stay overnight at Phurumba.

Day 25: Phurumba to Suketar (Taplejung).

As we leave the valley of Phurumba, we continue ascending along the ridge to Taplejung village. We can wander around the village observing the villagers and villages. We, then, get to Suketar and conclude our trek. Traversing in an out of minor valleys, we pass through a succession of picturesque villages on our way to Suketar, reaching around late afternoon. Stay overnight at Suketar.

Day 26: Fly back to Kathmandu.

Well, after a wonderful time in the Nepal Himalayas and short rest in Suketar, today you have a flight back to Kathmandu. After having your breakfast according to the given time you shall take off from Suketar and upon reaching Kathmandu you shall be picked up by a representative of Nepal trekking Planner to get transferred to your hotel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 27: Departure from Kathmandu.

Our Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in this beautiful region of Nepal comes to an end today. You may go for some last minute souvenir shopping for your near and dear ones in the native place. You shall be escorted to the Tribhuwan International Airport at least three hours prior to your flight schedule. A representative of Nepal Trekking Planner shall transfer you to the airport 3 hours prior to your flight back home. We hope that the adventure in this land of mysticism has created a strong and positive impression about this nation, enough to bring you back again.

“Trekking Planner will try to keep day-to-day schedule as per the detailed itinerary but there might be some flexibility due to other factors beyond our control. A variety of factors, including adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, difficulty with transportation and politics can lead to enforced changes. So, it is not possible to guarantee as per the itinerary. In the case, trip leader will manage it to minimize your inconvenience.”

We wish you have a wonderful time with us!

Trip Cost;

Cost USD $2126.00 per person 

Single Supplement USD $130.00

Cost Includes:

  • All airport pick up drop by private vehicle
  • 03 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
  • 01 day guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle
  • Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant
  • Kathmandu to Taplejung to Kathmandu by flight
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit and Special permit for Kanchenjunga Area
  • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking
  • 01 guide, English speaking, licensed insured, registered, salary, food and accommodation paid
  • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment
  • Safe drinking water and first add kid box

Cost Exclude:

  •  Nepal Visa fee (Bring accurate fee in USD and two Passport size Photo)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • Diner and lunch in Kathmandu
  • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • Extra night accommodation and lunch and dinner in city because of early arrival, late departure and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips to the trekking crews and drive
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
  • Anything not included in service includes column
  1. Trekking Bag pack.
  2. Trekking day bag.( Small handbag)
  3. Trekking shoes.
  4. Sports shoes or sandal.
  5. Trekking stick.
  6. Sun Hat, cap
  7. Warm woolen cap.
  8. Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket.
  9. Pullover or warm sweeter.
  10. Raincoat.
  11. 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock.
  12. Hand gloves.
  13. 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
  14. 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
  15. 3/4 pairs of Underwear
  16. Eye glass
  17. Water bottle.
  18. Sleeping bag.
  19. Flash or Torch light.
  20. Camera and batteries.
  21. Sun cream.

Can you provide me more information about the teahouses on this trek?
According to the location the tea houses vary on their quality and style on this trek. Basically they have communal room downstairs with one or two bed bedroom above them. You have to use share toilet but nowadays in low levels atteched toilet is found and some have hot shower facilities but some will have stand pipes. Tea houses use a type of burning stove in main communal area and other room are unheated. Tea houses donot have money exchange facilities. Trekking Planner recommend you to exchange cash in Kathmandu.
At the lower altitudes there is electricity facilities whereas as we go higher tea houses become more basic. As cooler temperature drain battery life, ensure your batteries last a little longer by putting it inside pocket of your coat or under your pillow.

Do a guides or porter carry oxygen tanks on the trek?
No, As there is enough time to acclimatise while trekking it felt there is no need for them. If someone feels the affects of altitude then there are facilities along the trek at various point and its easy to get.

How many guides and porters will be there in our group?
A group will have a group leader or a guide who will lead you on the trek. Porters will be there to carry your baggage packs and all the camping gear. One porter will carry two trekkers baggages. A number of supporting staff will depend upon your group size.

At one time how many liter of water I have to carry in the trek?
Mostly 3-4 liters is sufficient. You will be able to refill bottels at lunch time. When you are in high altitude you have to drink more water to get rid of altitude diseases.

Is it nessary to carry Trekking poles?
Yes, Trekking Poles make you easy to walk in the rough ways. Trekking poles makes your body and leg to move more safely. So, we suggest you to use it.

Is bottled water available everywhere in the trek?
Mainly tea houses on the way have stores which sells bottled water and other supplies that may be needed for you on the trek. There is no any plastic recycleable facilities in Nepal, we encourage you to bring chlorine tablets and use filter water in the teahouses.

Should I have to bring iodine tablets for purifying the water?
You have to bring iodine tablet with you.  Chlorine tablets are widely available. The most effective and commonly used version of chlorine is chlorine dioxide, which is tasteless and odourless. Tablets can be bought cheaply and usually 1 tablet is sufficient to purify 1 litre of water. Neutralising tablets can also be bought to get rid of the smell and taste of chlorine or iodine. This will need to be done for water obtained using hand pumps or streams in the trek.

What are the effects of going so high?
Altitude produces physical changes in the body. Higher you go, more pronounced those changes. If after gaining a lot of elevation in a hurry, you experience dizziness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration, you are probably suffering from altitude sickness. In rare cases this may worsen, so a close watch is kept on all trekkers by the Group Leader who is trained to recognise Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If trekkers shows any signs of AMS they will be evacuated to a lower, safe altitude immediately. To minimise effects of altitude you ascend slowly which allows safe acclimatisation.

What if I get ill while on the trek?
It depends on the nature of your illness. If you suddenly feels dizzy or weak, you have to sit or lie down. If you still feel sick, keep a warm and quiet until you can get medical help. You will carried down if no progress we advise travellers to take a personal kit too.
In serious cases, you need helicopter rescue. Our guide will suggest you to use it if its ver serious. So, helicopter rescue insurance is necessary for every trekkers before you come to trek in this trek.

Would you recommend to take a Down Jacket?
The weather is changeable in the Himalaya so you can expect to experience four seasons in one day. Make sure you have plenty of warm layers which you can shed or add as required. While even in winter it can be as warm as 19C during the day, the higher the altitude, the colder the temperature and when high up the temperature drops significantly at night to around -10C in October/November, and to around -20C from December to February.

Is alcohol permitted on trek?

Alcohol is consumed in Nepal. You can buy it in tea houses in the trek. Local alcohol is also available. However we suggest you not to drink alcohol at high altitude.

Difficulties rating of Kanchenjunga Trek
A trekkers have to trek difficult ways so trekker should be fit to do this trekking. Maximum altitude of the trek is 5416m, so you should be careful about altitude related risk. To get rid of it please walk slowly and have more water and avoid alcoholic drinks. Please be careful of frost bit and snow blindness. You must take care of your health.

Safe drinking water on  Kanchenjunga Trek
Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but as we go higher cannot find it. In that case we suggest you to drink boiled water which may charge small fee, found in tea houses and better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Due to no provision of plastic bottles better to use boiled rather than mineral water, helpful for protection of environment.

Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items On the Trek
Hydro electricicty or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, ipod, iphone etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities. Better to buy adoptors before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Garbage Disposal
Use a dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbages in the way where dustbin facilities is not available and conserve the environment.

Spending Money per Day
It mainly depends upon spending habits, normally you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On trekking, US$ 10-14 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.

Travel Insurance for  Kanchenjunga Trek
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

Washing and Toilet facilities for  Kanchenjunga Trek:
All the guest houses offers hot showers, which can be in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. Please note that at high altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge have some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water frozed then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water.
Toilet are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilet are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin tht is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses
On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually have two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services.

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