Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Trip Highlights

  1. Trekking in one of the most remote areas of Nepal
  2. Trekking in Nepal with less trekkers
  3. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain, its base camp and periphery.
  4. Natural and cultural diversity in the Kanchenjunga region.
  5. High passes with the view of the eastern Himalayan range in Nepal.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Photo Stunning View of Kanchenjunga Base Camp
Trip Duration: 28 days(s) / Trek Duration: 24 days(s)
Max Altitude: 5,150m.at Pangpema
Trip Grade: 5
Lodging: Camping
Transportation: Private vehicle & flight
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any

Trip Overview

This around Kanchenjunga base camp trekking is a journey to the base camp of Mt.Kanchenjunga at 8,586 m.  The name in Tibetan means "the five jewels of the great snow range”. The around Kanchenjunga base camp trek is an opportunity to explore some of the least visited settlements and terrain in Nepal. This trekking in Nepal offers a mix of natural and cultural beauty of the eastern part of Nepal, bordering with India. 
The trip starts from Suketar, which can be reached after flight to Biratnagar to Kathmandu. The scenic flight to the eastern plain of Nepal is about one hour and the flight to Suketar from Biratnagar is about 30 minutes. You also have the option of driving to Biratnagar (almost 15 hours from Kathmandu)
This challenging trekking in Nepal goes to the northern and southern base camp of the mount Kanchenjunga. The trek passes through the farm lands, sub-tropical plains to the high altitude Himalayan foothills with no settlement and arctic climate. In these 28 days trekking around the thirst highest mountain in the world you can experience one of the greatest altitude variation found in the world with diversity in culture and traditions. The two high passes Mirgin and Tamo-la that lie within Kanchenjunga and Khumbukarna range are the major attraction of this trip.  The highest elevation/altitude reached in this trip is the Northern base camp of Mt Kanchenjunga at Pangpema situated at 5,150.
This trekking is for people who want to try something extra in Nepal in terms of trekking. This is not a regular trip done by everyone. This is for people who want to try their guts.

Outline

Day 01:  Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Fly Kathmandu / Biratnagar 240m by late afternoon.
Day 03: (Friday) Fly to Sukhetar at Taplejung 2-3 hrs trek to Lalikharka 1,900m.
Day 04:  Trek to Khesewa Bhanjyang 2,100m 5-6 hrs..
Day 05: Trek to Mamangkhe 2,000m 7 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Mamaghkhe-Yangphudin 2,150m.
Day 07: Trek to Chitre 2,880 m. 6hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Simbua Khola 3,000m.  6-7 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Tseram 3,770m. 4 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Ramche 4,360m via Lapsang 4-5 hrs.
Day 11: Rest day at Ramche for acclimatization and optional walk.
Day 12: Trek back to Tseram 4-5 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to near Tamo la 4,300m, 5 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to La-Ghunsa, 3,480m. 6 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Kangbachen 4,000m. 5 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Lhonak 4,780m. 4 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Pang Pema 5,065m. 4 hrs.
Day 18: Rest day at Pang Pema for local hike.
Day 19: Trek to Kangbachen 3,900m. 6 hrs.
Day 20: Trek to Phole 3,100m. 6 hrs.
Day 21: Trek to Amjilassa 2,500m. 7 hrs.
Day 22: Trek to Tapethok 1,300 m. 7 hrs.
Day 23: Trek to Mitlung 1,550m. 6 hrs.
Day 24: (Fri) Trek to Suketar 2,440 m. 6-7 hrs.
Day 25: Reserve day to maintain the itinerary days and for the flight to Kathmandu.
Day 26: (Sunday) Fly to Kathmandu via Biratnagar.
Day 27: Free day in Kathmandu tour on request..
Day 28: Transfer to airport for international departure.

Note:

This Itinerary is only a guideline and you can customize the trip as per your budget and time availability. While you are in Nepal we recommend you to try some extra activities such as Paragliding in Pokhara, Jungle Safari in Chitwan or Bardia, Bungee Jump in the Nepal-Tibet border at the last resort etc. You can also try rafting in some of the best white water rivers. A day trip or trips with multiple nights rafting can be arranged as per your requirement. The early morning mountain flight to Mount Everest is also a worthy activity you can do. It needs just couple of hours yet provides you a life time experience.

Service includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfers as per the Itinerary.
  • Standard Accommodation in the cities and tea houses in the trek.
  • Full day guided tour of Kathmandu.
  •  3 meals a day during the trek.
  • Guide, porters and other support staff as per your requirement and out agreed price.
  • Makalu Permit fees.
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Necessary equipments during the trek.
  • All taxes and fees required for the program.

Service does not include

  • Meals in the cities.
  • Personal expenses (Laundry, bar bills, water etc)
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking gears not mentioned in the contract.
  • Tips for staffs.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Representative of Adventure Mission Nepal will receive you in the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be in possession of your name plate or the companies name as per your correspondence with us. You will be transfer to the hotel and the trek guide will meet you in the evening for a dinner. During the meal you can discuss your queries (if any). He/she will brief you about some cultural issues and some necessary things to keep in consideration during the trek.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and half day free for final preparation of the trek. Fly to Biratnagar in the afternoon.
Early in the morning the staff from AMN will meet you to collect your passport copy and photographs (if not sent via email) for the preparation of Trekking permit and TIMS card. After breakfast you will be taken for a half day sightseeing of the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath temple, also refer as the Monkey temple. Both are UNESCO world heritage sites. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Biratnagar, to start the trekking gin the Kanchenjunga region.

Day 03: Fly to Suketar, Taplejung and trek to Lalikharka 1,900m.     
After ea early breakfast at the hotel we will drive to the airport for the scenic flight to Suketar, the trek starting point for the Kanchenjunga base camp trek. After landing at Suketar, we will start our walk to our overnight destination, Lalikharka 2,260m. Most of the walk is easy on a well defined trail. We will gradually descend down to our camp, which is about 3 hours walk from the airport.

Day 04: Trek to Khesewa Bhanjyang 2,100m. 5-6 hrs
We will head towards Khesewa Today.  We will go down for a while until we reach the Tembawa village.  The steep portion of the Kanchenjunga base camp trek starts from here. The trial is winding upwards towards the village of Kunjari, another 3 hours from here on a trail through the forest and small villages, we reach the village of  Khesewa-Bhanjyang for overnight stay. This tiny village with around 30 households has nice view of the Kanchenjunga and Yalungkang mountains.

Day 05: Trek to Mamangkhe. 2,000m. 07 hrs.
We will start the long walk of almost 7 hours after breakfast at the tea house. The walk until Nandeva khola is mostly downhill through the terraced farms. Almost one hour before reaching Loppoding village we have steep climb in a narrow trail used by villagers to fetch water and go to the nearest market. We will have our lunch at Fun Fun and rest for a while to see the beauty of the mountains seen from here. We can see the Mt.Khumbakarna, Yalung and Kanchenjunga and other peaks in the eastern part of Nepal and western part of India. We will gradually ascend from here, walking past the villages of Yangpang village and Popnpe Dhara before reaching our campsite in Mamankhe. We will arrive here in the late afternoon.

Day 06: Trek to Yangphudin 2,150m. 5-6 hrs.
The walk after breakfast goes up to Dekadin. Then we go  down for a while to Kabeli-khola and after walking for almost 5 hours with a lunch break in the middle we reach our campsite in the  Yamphudin .

Day 07: Trek to Chitre 2,880mts. 6hrs.
The walk today goes past the village of Chitre, then goes further ahead till  Kabeli-khola, Dhupi-bhangyang through the forest of  rhododendron and arrives at Chitre around mid afternoon.

Day 08: Trek to Simbua-Khola 3,000m.  6-7 hrs.
This is yet another long walk in the Kanchenjunga base camp trekking in eastern Nepal. After walking for couple of hours in a steep trail we will reach the hill top at Ramite Bhanjyang situated around 3400 meters from sea level.  From here onwards we walk through the trail that goes inside a forest of magnolias, rhododendron and bamboo for almost 5 hours to reach Simbua Khola, where the camping crew will be waiting for us.

Day 09: Trek to Tseram 3,770m. 4 hrs.
This is one of the shorted walking days in the Kanchenjunga Base camp trek. We will walk along the bank of the Simbua Khola and head towards Wahta. From here cross a stream along the path on the right bank then coming to a gravel ground, walking past this area leads to a shrine with a huge boulder shaped like serpent. After the forested area route heads to the riverbed, then a climb to the terrace coming to the overnight stop at Tseram where there are roofless caves with views of terminal moraine of Yalung glacier and behind it are Kabru 7,353m and Talung peak 7,349m.

Day 10: Trek to Ramche 4,360m via Lapsang.
We will walk for almost 6 hours today and take a lunch break at Yalung Bara. The vegetation changes and the weather start getting much colder as we approach the Yalung Glacier ablation.  After the first half of the day’s walk the trail is wider and the view is much better as the valley opens up after the end of the forest.

Day 11: Rest day at Ramche for acclimatization and optional walk.
You can do a short hike of couple of hours to the southern base camp of the Kanchenjunga. The other option is to do much shorter hikes in the area near by the camping site for acclimatization for the trek that goes much higher from today onwards.

Day 12: Trek back to Tseram.
Descend down to Tseram on the same way via Ramche and Lapsang.        

Day 13: Trek to near Tamo la 4,300m, 4 hrs.
This is a short day interms of walking duration but is equally demanding as we have to cross the 3 passes, Miring La, Tamo La and Sinion La. After a short descend from Tseram we have a 2 hours steep climb before climbing the passes. As we go up and down through the passes the trial offers nice view of the high mountains such as Makalu, Baruntse, and Chamlang. We first cross the Miring la pass then go up to the  Simion La, then to Tamo La at 4,500 m. We will descend down to the base of Tamo la at the other side and rest at the camp site.

Day 14: Trek to La-Ghunsa, 3,480m.
After walking down hill for most of the time we reach La Ghunsa in around 5 hours.

Day 15: Trek to Kangbachen 4,000m. 5 hrs.
After breakfast in the morning we have a long climb up as we have to gain altitude to reach Kangbachen. We walk along the Ghunsa River and then, climb for half an hour to Rambuk Kharka. The trail has excellent view of the peaks such as Kanchenjunga, Junu and Kumbhakarna. We will reach Kangbachen by early afternoon.

Day 16: Trek to Lhonak 4,780m. 4 hrs.
A 4 hours walk through the forest and wilderness takes us to Lhonak, one of the hihest place during our trek. We will walk past small streams coming down from the glaciers and the trail is also winding and going up making it little difficult to walk. We will take our time to reach  Lhonak, it usually takes 4-5 hours in a gentle pace, enjoying the view of the eastern mountain range of Nepal.

Day 17: Trek to Pang Pema 5,065m. 4 hrs.
Today we are heading towards the highest point of the trek. The walk is short but demanding because of the trail conditions and the high altitude.   The view on the trail is very nice as it comprises of the Kirat Chuli, Nepal Peak, Taple Sikhar, and Givegela Chuli. The first couple of hours are easier compared to the 2nd half of the walk. Some blue sheeps can be seen grazing in distant grasslands and pastures from above.

Day 18: Rest day at Pang Pema for local hike and exploration.
After breakfast we will do a couple of hours hike to the Kanchenjunga Northern Base Camp. We can also climb the Pang Pema Peak, 5800m (if you have equipments and proper experience), consult your guide about the possibilities depending on the weather conditions and your physical fitness.

Day 19: Trek to Kangbachen 3,900m. 6 hrs.
Back track the same way down to Kangbachen.

Day 20: Trek to Phole. 3,100m. 6 hrs.
Trek for about 6 hours via Ghunsa to reach Phole. Most of the walk is down hill and half of the trail is the same as we used to come up.

Day 21: Trek to Amjilassa 2,500m. 7 hrs.
As we are going down we can feel the change in altitude and the vegetation as it changes from Alpine into deciduous and sub tropical monsoon. We will walk past Gybala After walking for almost 3 hours from the lunch place we will reach Amjilassa. The trek is steep at times as most of it is going down.

Day 22: Trek to Tapethok 1,300 m. 7 hrs.
After breakfast we will start the trek of today. We will walk past the villages of Ghaiya Bari and of Sekathum. We will follow the trail along the Tamur River and finally reaching at Tapethok. Sometimes you can feel the trembling of the legs after coming down for such a long time as coming down can be equally tiring sometimes. Since this is one of the last days of your trekking in Nepal, you will enjoy the remaining time you have. You will have plenty of rest and if you find it difficult consult your guide to setup camp in a place before the pre decided camp.

Day 23: Trek to Mitlung 1,550m. 6 hrs.
The walk to Mitlung is gentle and is about 6 hours before reaching there from Tapethok. The village is much larger than the small settlements you have been seeing on the previous days on the Kanchenjunga base camp trail.

Day 24: Trek to Suketar 2,440 m. 4 hrs.
Today is the last day of the Kanchenjunga base camp trek. We will start the day in the morning (late if you want) and head towards Suketar. The walk goes down for a while and goes up for the last 3 hours. Arrive Suketar and have lunch. Rest in the evening.

Day 25: A free or a reserve day.
This day is reserved for any contingency or problems that occur due to weather. Having a reserve day will give you time to relax and if weather is fine we will fly today if not tomorrow.

Day 26: Fly Kathmandu via Biratnagar.
We will fly to Biratnagar early in the morning and then take a afternoon flight to Kathmandu.

Day 27: Free day at leisure.
You can use this day for doing some sightseeing or just resting at your hotel. We recommend you to take some tours in places like Khokana Bungmati, Patan Durbar Square or Bhaktapur. Strolling around won’t be a bad idea for last minute shopping.

Day 28: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
The trek has come to an end and we hope you enjoyed it. You can extend your trip to some destinations within Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan. Transfer to the airport on time. See you again in Nepal!

Trip FAQs

How fit do I have to be?
The Around Kanchenjunga base camp trek is a difficult or challenging trekking in Nepal. Most of the trek is difficult with steep inclines. Even though you don’t need any special skills for the trek we recommend you to do this if you are active in your daily life. You should be in proper health conditions so a check up with your doctor is advised before starting the trek. We advise you to do some light exercise for some time before undertaking this trip. You should be fit enough to walk 4-7 hours a day. But there will be plenty of rest and we can customize the trip as per your speed and requirement so that you can enjoy it much more.

How are the hotels in the cities and during the trek in Nepal?
In the cities especially in Kathmandu there are hotels of all kinds ranging from Back packer’s accommodation with basic facilities to luxury five star accommodations. You can choose from the various types available. Even the budget hotels have Wi-Fi, neat and clean rooms and attached bathrooms. The hotels that are star categorized have special amenities but the standard of hotels in western world can’t be compared with Nepalese standards. We would say a 5 star in Nepal would have the same kind of services like a 3 star or a 4 star hotel in North America/Europe.
The accommodations during the trek are basic and may not have attached bathrooms most of the time. You must share the toilets and bathrooms with fellow trekkers. Even though hot showers are not available you can get buckets of hot water for 1-2 USD depending upon how high you are in the mountains. The tea houses have restaurants with limited options but the foods they prepare are really delicious. The tea houses are often managed by individual families and are very welcoming and friendly. They are neat and clean and not bad for a single night.

Is enough drinking water available? How many liters of water shall we carry in our day pack?
We advise our guests to bring water bottles with them so that they can refill the bottles at the tea house rather than buying everyday as water prices go proportionately higher with the altitude in the Himalayan region. Carrying purification tablets is also recommended. We advise you to drink atleast 4-5 liters of water every day during the trek to avoid dehydration. Trekking in Nepal is fun but only if you are careful about your health.

Where can I keep my extra luggage during trekking in Nepal?
While you are in the trek you can store the extra luggage at our office or at the hotel without paying anything extra either in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Do I need to take walking sticks?
It depends on you but it is advised to carry them as they help you to balance in the small trails while walking in the mountains. They observe the pressure on your legs (quad muscles) while going up and down. Since they are not heavy you can easily tie them in your day pack and walk while you don’t use them.

Can I buy/rent any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
Kathmandu, especially Thamel has lots of places to buy and rent equipments for trekking.  If you want to buy things at home it might be expensive compared to home. The things you buy or rent here will be cheaper but the quality is not the same. Things such as trekking shoes, jackets etc you can buy from home but petty things such as sun glasses, walking sticks, sleeping bags can be bought here.

Is there electricity to charge iPod, batteries, cameras etc… while on the mountain?
Yes you can charge the electronic stuffs at the tea houses during the trek but some tea houses charge you for that. The cost would be around 1 USD for a single device. You can charge them in your rooms in the cities.

Can we take showers during the trek?
It depends a lot I where you are. Usually below 3000m there are common bathrooms in the tea houses where you can take a shower and after you go high you might not want to shower often because of the cold weather. Some tea houses charge you for the hot water they provide in the buckets for Shower.

How much money per day do you think I will need? What currency should I take?
Local currency in Nepal is rupees. We recommend you bring US dollars with you to Nepal and exchange them here as this is easily done and is a widely accepted currency. Although you may get a lesser rate on traveler’s cheques, we suggest you carry a mixture of both depending on your needs. The amount of money you will need on a daily basis depends on your spending habits. A guide would be $10 per day for extra drinks and bar bill during your trek and $20 per day to cover lunch/dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

What do I have to carry with me on trek?
Try not to make the day pack very heavy but don’t miss essential things such as personal items, water, camera, snacks, sunscreen, hat, a fleece jacket and gloves for higher altitudes. You will have a porter helping you will most of the things besides the day pack when you are trekking in Nepal. The porters carry maximum 15 Kgs (can be little more or less depending upon the nature of trekking).

What if I get sick while on trek?
It depends on the seriousness of the health issue. If you have problem with altitude or cramp or something small we will take time and provide basic first aid in the place in case of emergency we will arrange for a helicopter or a horse to bring you to the nearest possible hospital.

Do I need to buy compulsory travel insurance for trekking in Nepal? Where do I buy?
Insurance is a must while going for a trek in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. You can get an insurance that covers health issue, rescue and evacuation and cancellations due to bad weather. We advise you to buy insurance at your home country before coming for trekking in Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan as buying insurance here will be twice as expensive.

Is there any compulsory tipping for Guide/Porters/Drivers etc?
Tipping is completely your personal choice. In Nepal there is no any hard and fast rule for tipping but usually the staff working in tourism gets tips from the guest. You can consult with us regarding the tipping. If you are happy with the services you are most welcome for the tipping.

Are there any communication facilities during this trip?
Most of Nepal is nowadays well connected with cell phone networks. There are cyber café or Wi-Fi in all cities and during the trek even the tea houses have internet services below 3000m but places like Manang, Jomsom, Muktinath etc are exceptions with internet facilities.

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