The 26-day itinerary for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek stands out as an excellent and versatile option for all types of travelers. However, it's important to acknowledge that alternative itineraries exist and can be customized based on individual preferences. Factors such as time availability, budget considerations, and route preferences play a crucial role in determining the most suitable itinerary for each individual.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking is one of the most exciting and challenging treks in Nepal. The trek takes you through the remote and unexplored areas of the eastern Himalayas, providing you with stunning views of some of the highest peaks in the world. Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world, is the highlight of this trek with an elevation of 8,586 meters.
It's one of the most popular destinations for trekking in Nepal, The trekking trail passes through a variety of landscapes, including dense forests, terraced fields, traditional villages, and high-altitude glaciers. Often travelers get confused about Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Itinerary after going through various Itinerary Packages offered by various Trekking Companies in Nepal.
Even though the popular amongst the traveler is 26 Days Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Itinerary, but the question is why and how?
So, this article will highlight the best trekking routes to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. You will get a clear idea about the pros and cons of each route so that you can choose the most appropriate one for your needs and preferences. And finally suggest the Best Itinerary for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in Nepal as the Visit Himalaya Treks team has more than 2 Decades of firsthand experience.
Our Campsite at Kanchenjunga South Base Camp (Ramche)
The itinerary is one of the essential things that should be looked upon before the trek starts, so it should be addressed. Here are some things to know about Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek for your successful trip to the world's third-highest mountain.
The itinerary for Trekking to Kanchenjunga Base Camp can be done following two distinct ways.
Kanchenjunga southside view from Oktang View Point.
The Mt. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek begins in Kathmandu and leads you to the world's third-highest peak. From Kathmandu, you'll travel to Bhadrapur(Jhapa), located near the eastern border of Nepal close to Sikkim. It's a 45-minute flight trip. Once you land at Bhadrapur airstrip, you'll continue your journey on the ground to Kanyam, where you can spend the night in a charming tea garden. When the weather is favorable, you can explore the delightful tea garden during the day and marvel at the stunning sunset views.
On the next day, we will drive to Taplejung and then make our way up to Suketar Hill. It sits at an elevation of 2420 meters. This is where our actual walking journey begins. From there, we will trek through Lali Kharka, Phumphe Danda, Sherpaguan, Lasiya Bhanjyang, Tseram, Ramche, and Oktang View Point. Ramche is the last overnight stop for trekkers and is known as Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. The Oktang View Point, situated at an altitude of 4740 meters, is an excellent spot to witness the views of Kanchenjunga South and Yalung Glacier.
Once we have explored Kanchenjunga's South Side, our journey will take us to Kanchenjunga's North Side. We will cross over the Sinelaptsa Bhanjyang at an elevation of 4646 meters, the Mirgin La Pass at 4645 meters, and the Selele La Pass at 4480 meters, which will lead us to Ghunsa village situated in the Ghunsa Khola Valley in Kanchenjunga Northside Valley.
We will follow the Ghunsa Khola valley and trek to the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp section, passing through Khambachen, Lhonak, and Pang Pema. Pang Pema is the final stop on our journey to Kanchenjunga, and it's known as Kanchenjunga North Base Camp.
Once we have explored all of these locations, we will retrace our steps along the familiar path we took on the ascent. The trek back will involve descending through the Ghunsa Khola valley, passing by Phale village, Gyabla village, Amjilosa village, and Hellok (Ranipul). And our actual walking journey comes to an end.
We will now travel from Ranipul to Taplejung, the headquarters of the Taplejung district. The journey is approximately five hours long on a recently constructed dirt road, passing through charming villages like Tapethok, Chirwa, and Mitlung, before finally reaching Taplejung where we will spend the night. The following morning, we will embark on a seven-hour drive along the eastern region of Nepal to the stunning tea garden in Kanyam, where we can enjoy a breathtaking sunset view.
The next day, our journey will begin with a short drive to Bhadrapur airport, from where we will take a 45-minute flight back to Kathmandu—marking the end of our Trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp adventure.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters)
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur (91 meters) and drive to Kanyam.
Day 04: After breakfast drive to Suketar and Trek to Lali Kharkha. (2265 meters).
Day 05: Trek to Kade Banjyang (2130 meters).
Day 06: Trek to Phumphe Danda (1858 meters).
Day 07: Trek to Sherpaguan (2080 meters).
Day 08: Trek to Torongton (2995 meters).
Day 09: Trek to Tseram (3870 meters).
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Tseram.
Day 11: Trek to Ramche (4615 meters).
Day 12: Trek to Oktang viewpoint and Back to Tseram (3870 meters).
Day 13: Trek to Sele La (4290 meters).
Day 14: Trek to Ghunsa (3475 meters).
Day 15: Trek to Kambachen (4050 meters).
Day 16: Side trip to Janu Himal Base Camp (4500 meters)
Day 17: Trek to Lhonak (4815 meters).
Day 18: Trek to Pang Pema (5150 meters)
Day 19: Day hike to Domo Ri peak view Point and back to Lhonak.
Day 20: Trek back to Ghunsa.
Day 21: Trek back to Gyabla (2725 meters)
Day 22: Trek back to Amjilosa (2510 meters).
Day 23: Trek back to Ranipul and drive to Taplejung.
Day 24: Drive to Kanyam tea garden and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 25: Drive to Bhadrapur and fly to Kathmandu.
Day 26: Departure.
It's the same route we take from Kathmandu to reach Kanyam. From Kanyam we drive to Hellok.
In present times, it is possible to access land transport up to Hellok (Ranipul), which is located approximately five hours away from Taplejung. Prior to the construction of the road, the trek from Taplejung to Hellok (Ranipul) along the Tamor Nadi river bank took three days. During the trek, one can witness the beauty of rice paddy fields, traditional local Limbu villages, and cardamom fields, which are the highlights of the day.
Once we arrived at Hellok (Ranipul), from Ranipul we will start our real walking journey toward Kanchenjunga North Base Camp direction following the Ghunsa Khola Valley via Amjilosa, Gyabla (Kyapra) Phale, and Ghunsa.
Our Guide Ishwar exploring Kanchenjunga North View from Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (Pang Pema)
Ghunsa is the largest local Buddhist village in the Upper Valley of Taplejung district, where much better accommodation and tea houses are available along the Kanchenjunga trekking route.
Following the Ghunsa, Khola continually leads us to Kambachen, Lhonak, and Pangpema (Kanchenjunga North Base Camp)—Pang Pema, aka the Kanchenjunga North base camp, where a basic stone hut is available overnight. Therefore, if you are traveling with groups, you will need camping arrangements to stay overnight at the Kanchenjunga North base camp.
Many travelers don't stop overnight at Pang Pema (Kanchenjunga North base camp) because of the unavailability of accommodation. Instead, they do a day hike to Kanchenjunga's north base camp from Lhonak, where basic tea houses and accommodation are available. The traveler's significant goal is to stand at the base camp of the world's third highest Peak, Mt. Kanchenjunga North base camp, and discover Mt Kanchenjunga 8586 meters and Kanchenjunga Glacier. After completing the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp visit, we trek back to Ghunsa following the same trail we had walked up earlier.
Kanchenjunga and surrounding peaks view from Kanchenjunga North Base Camp.
From Ghunsa village, we start our journey to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, keeping behind Ghunsa village and the northern valley of Kanchenjunga. Crossing over Selele La Pass at 4480 meters, Mirgin La Pass at 4645 meters, and Sinelaptsa Bhanjyang elevation of 4646 meters connect us with Kanchenjunga South Base Camp side, Tseram also spelled (Cheram) where we will stop overnight. It is a long and challenging day because we are crossing 3 high passes to connect KBC North to KBC South.
Ramche is the highest point we will stay overnight during our trek to Kanchenjunga. Ramche is known for the Kanchenjunga south base camp located at an elevation of 4580 meters. Kanchenjunga expedition groups set Kanchenjunga Base Camp over Yalung Glacier. Yalung Glacier is a real Kanchenjunga Base Camp height of 4840 meters where Kanchenjunga Expedition climbers set their base camp of Kanchenjunga southside of KBC.
Oktang viewpoint is a fantastic viewpoint for exploring the whole Kanchenjunga south view and neighboring peaks. From the Oktang viewpoint, it is visible Yalung Kang at 8505 meters, Kanchenjunga at 8586 meters, Kanchenjunga Center at 8473 meters, Kanchenjunga South at 8476 meters, Talung at 7349 meters, Kabru at 7412 meters, Rathong at 6682 meters Himalayan vistas can be observed from this viewpoint.
After enjoying the panoramic Himalayan vistas, our journey starts descending from Oktang and Ramche following the Simbuwa Khola Valley toward Tortong. Crossing Simbuwa Khola and walking through the lovely rhododendron forest, leaving tortong behind to continue the trek to Yamphudin. Following the fastest trail along the Kabeli Khola valley via Khebang and Sinam where our real walking journey will end.
The next day, after breakfast we will drive to Kanyam tea garden which takes about 7 hours to drive along the eastern terrain of Nepal.
The next morning our journey starts with a short drive to Bhadrapur airport, from where we are taking a 45 minutes flight to Kathmandu after completing our Trekking to Kanchenjunga Base Camp in Nepal.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 meters)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur and drive to Kanyam.
Day 04: Drive to Taplejung and continue to Hellok (1740 meters)
Day 05: Trek to Amjilosa (2395 meters).
Day 06: Trek to Gyabla (kyapra) 2730 meters.
Day 07: Trek Ghunsa (3595 meters)
Day 08: Trek to Khangpachen (Khambachen) 4050 meters.
Day 09: Acclimatization day at Khangpachen (Khambachen) 4050 meters.
Day 10: Trek to Lhonak (4780 meters)
Day 11: Side trip to Pangpema(5143 meters)
Day 12: Trek back to Ghunsa.
Day 13: Trek to Sele La (4290 meters)
Day 14: Trek to Cheram (Tseram ) 3870 meters.
Day 15: Trek to Ramche (4580 meters)
Day 16: Trek to Cheram (Tseram).
Day 17: Trek Tortong (2995 meters)
Day 18: Trek to Sherpaguan / Yamphuding (2080 meters)
Day 19: Trek to Khebang (1910 meters)
Day 20: Trek to Sinam (1200 meters)
Day 21: Drive to Kanyam and stay overnight at Kanyam.
Day 22: Drive to Bhadrapur and flight to Kathmandu
Day 23: Departure.
We suggest taking updated maps for the Kanchenjunga base camp trek to help you get some additional information.
For instance, the Nepal Map publication updated the latest version of map 1:125000 Kanchenjunga Milke Danda Makalu trekking map. Similarly, Nepa Maps updated the newest version, 1:125,000 NE518 Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, plus Lumba Sumba Pass and Makalu Base Camp Trekking map, which is accurate and informative.
There are various itinerary options to choose from based on your preferred destination and desired experience. This could include a short hike, a longer trek, or a mix of both. Of course, it also depends on your time, fitness level, and budget. This article has given you enough information to start planning your trip to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Now you can choose the Best Itinerary for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking. If you are planning to Trek Kanchenjunga Base Camp. If you seek advice from Visit Himalaya Treks, we highly recommend the 26-day itinerary for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.
Visit Himalaya Treks has been operating treks and expeditions to this region for over a decade. With all our firsthand experience and knowledge we will definitely make your Trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp, an unforgettable journey.
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