Highlights of the Treks
- Exciting trekking experience around Kanchenjunga.
- Breathtaking kanchenjunga south view from oktang
- Spectacular Tibetan village Ghunsa and Phale.
- Majestic Kanchenjunga north view from Pangpema.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek offers Thrilling Trekking Holiday design perfect itinerary includes Kanchenjunga North and south Base camp in Nepal.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Highlights:-
Exciting trekking experience around the Kanchenjunga circuit world’s third highest peak.
Breathtaking Kanchenjunga south view from oktang , Oktang is best view point of the trek.
Spectacular Tibetan village Ghunsa & Phale; Feel real Wilderness trekking experience untouched trekking zone.
Majestic Kanchenjunga north view from Pangpema base camp known by Kanchenjunga north base camp.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek offers thrilling trekking holidays in a less traveled area of eastern Nepal that explores both northern and southern base camps of Kanchenjunga. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is one of the best “Off the Beaten Path” trek as visitors are drawn to its air of mystery. Apart from the locals, only few trekkers tread in these wild eastern alpine valleys of Nepal.
Views of stretched Kanchenjunga Range dominating the sky are common in Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. Walks through pristine Rhododendron forest with these views are a real pleasure. These contrasts between jungles and glaciers with some of the world’s highest peak makes Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek a truly fascinating trek in Nepal.
The trek also provides an excellent opportunity to observe real Nepali lifestyle. There are several typical hilly villages en route to higher valleys of Kanchenjunga region. These villages and their lifestyles represents most of other hilly regions of Nepal. The tradition and culture may differ but way of living will be almost similar through out the hilly regions of the country. Once some one is in Kanchenjunga region, one is bound to have an unforgettable experience.
The trek starts passing through typical hilly terraced villages and heads to southern base camp of Kanchenjunga. On trek to southern base camp, Oktang (4730 meters) is a spectacular viewpoint, that provides views of Kokthang (6148 meters), Rathong (6678 meters), Kabru Range, Kanchenjunga Range and Jannu (7710 meters). Three scenic and tiring passes separates the northern and southern base camps of Kanchenjunga. On the other part, there are more settlements and Ghunsa (3475 meters), a lovely Tibetans Buddhist village is one of the biggest villages in whole higher valleys of Kanchenjunga Region.
Kambachen (4225 meters) and Lhonak (4815 meters) are the only other two seasonal settlements situated higher than Ghunsa. At the end of the valley, Pangpema (5150 meters) offers a full circular views of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters), Kangbachen (7903 meters), Ramtang Peak (6601 meters), Taple Sikhar (6341 meters), Nepal Chuli (6910 meters) and Kirat Chuli (7365 meters).
Kanchenjunga Trekking begins taking 45 minutes flight to Bhadrapur from Kathmandu (Near India Border) and about 3 hours scenic drive lead us to beautiful green tea garden to Kanyam stay overnight and we will have opportunity to visit beautiful green tea garden in Kanyam provided breathtaking sunrise and sunset views of mount Kanchenjunga. Next morning after breakfast continues drive to Taplejung / Suketar and real walking part begins.
This 22 days trekking lead us around the Kanchenjunga south base Camp and Kanchenjunga north base camp. Scenic landscapes, traditional villages, their culture and warm hospitality makes Kanchenjunga circuit trek more memorable trek. Kanchenjunga Trekking lead us through the green forest pine trees, Bamboo and rhododendrons gives us real feeling of wilderness trekking experience in the eastern Himalayas of Nepal around the Kanchenjunga circuit.
Since couple of years trekkers are increasing in the area and now a day’s very basic tea houses are available along the Kanchenjunga circuit trek. Using this very basic tea house Kanchenjunga trek can be done as a tea house trek but have to be fit for this basic accommodation and foods. Visit Himalaya Treks organizes Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek tea house/ Lodge trek for small and private groups who want to avoid with big crowds. Please follow the link details of Tea house/Lodge trek details including Kanchenjunga Circuit tea house trek itinerary and Trek cost details.
- Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters) .
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel)
- Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation .
A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur (91 meters) and drive to Illam (3636 meters) .
The morning is free to sort out any last minute arrangements for the trek. An afternoon flight to the hot and humid Bhadrapur.From Bhadrapur, a 4-5 hour ride takes to Illam, tea capital of the country. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 04: Drive to Suketar (2420 meters) and trek to Lali Kharkha .
A brief 4 hours drive finally leads to Suketar. Now, the trek starts on a new dusty road with views of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) and Jannu (7110 meters), and passes Deurali, a small stop with two small shops. After Deurali, a short ascent and a continuous downhill with many shortcuts lead to Lalikharka. (Around 3 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 05: Trek to Kade Banjyang (2130 meters) .
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 upto 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 (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 06: Trek to Phumphe Danda (1858 meters) .
A short climb after Kade Bhanjyang is soon followed by a gradual drop and reaches Khesewa in 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 more steady trail arrives near Phumphe village. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 07: Trek to Yamphudin (1678 meters) .
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 more wider valley of Thungim. (Listed in the map as Yamphudin and has a KCAP office) (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 08: Trek to Amji Khola (2400 meters) .
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 Amji Khola. (5 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 09: Trek to Torongton (2995 meters) .
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 leads 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 Torongton. (8 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 10: Trek to Tseram (3870 meters) .
The trek follows Simuwa Khola for the whole day towards North-East. The whole day is an easy uphill with few very steep climb along the valley made by the river. The trail goes through a rhododendron forests and reaches Anda Phedi, it takes another 2 hours to reach Tseram. A brief steep climb away from the river is rewarded with views of Kabru from Tseram. (5 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 11: Acclimatization day at Tseram .
Acclimatization day at Tseram. (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 12: Trek to Ramche (4615 meters) .
A very steep climb starts the day and after first half an hour of steep climb, the valley widens up. The trail passes through several pasturelands and would also pass through a yak shed on one of these meadows. (they move the shed depending upon the seasons) After the first meadow, views of Rathong (6678 meters) and Kokthang (6148 meters) appears. The trail becomes fairly comfortable after the first two meadows and on the third meadow, just beneath a huge ridge, on a flat land is Ramche. (5 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 13: Trek to Tseram (3870 meters) .
The trail moves further up into the valley with a ridge separating Yalung Kang Glacier on the right and many cliffs on the left. As the valley heads deeper, Kabru (7412 meters), Rathong (6678 meters) towers like skyscrapers on the right. After couple of hours up in the valley with couple of meadows on the way, the trail slowly starts to climb and all four summits of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) starts to appear enclosing the valley. Finally, Oktang view point (4780 meters) appears ending the trail with gigantic Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) and Kabru Range kissing the sky and the long extending views of Yalung Kang Glacier extending downward the valley. The trek retraces back following the same route to Tseram. (7 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 14: Trek to Sele La (4290 meters) .
The first two hours is through woods and a rocky trail continues with views of wide valleys and for a brief moment Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) can be viewed. This straight steep climb, for little less than around 4 hours gets to the first pass. After the first pass, the trail briefly drops and once again climbs for the second pass. Views of several smaller 6000 meter peaks and Makalu appears from the second pass. Once again, the trail drops briefly and then again climbs for the third pass (here a Mirgin La signboard is present). Now, The trail continuously drops and zigzags through a rocky trail and finally reaches a small stream to reach Sele La. (8 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 15: Trek to Ghunsa (3475 meters) .
The first bit is an easy walk with bits of steep drop. The trail is bit rocky and after the first hour it gets to the first pass (there are prayer flags). It continues in similar way until the second pass but sharply starts to drop through the forest of Rhododendron trees for nearly an hour an half. A small flat ground is followed by a hydro power’s water pipe that leads into the wide valley with the big village of Ghunsa. (3-4 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 16: Trek to Kambachen (4225 meters) .
The trail heads deeper into the valley following the Ghunsa Khola on a fairly comfortable terrain but passes through several small landslide areas. After couple of hours the trail enters the rocky river and bed crosses Ghunsa Khola. Another brief comfortable walk leads to a bottom of a waterfall and then a steep climb through a difficult landslide section continues for the next half an hour. The hardwork is rewarded with different angled views of Jannu (7710 meters). A brief drop shows the wider views of the valley and several unnamed 6000 meters peak (Tengkoma is one of these peaks) but all these disappears as we enter Khambachen, a village where two valleys meet. Fantastic views of Sobhi Thongje and Gabhur is on the south of Khambachen and Sarphu on the west completes the Panorama. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 17: Trek to Lhonak (4815 meters) .
The day start with a brief climb out into the narrow valley and passes through a rocky glacial trail, the trail goes through a eroded section and keeps continuing into the narrowing valley. After passing by a waterfall, a brief climb leads out into a wider valley, with views of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) and Kangbachen (7903 meters) opening up. The trail is more comfortable for the next hour and then once again climbs into a narrow valley via another eroded section but quickly goes to cross the river that leads to Lhonak. It is another small meadow where two valleys join but is lot wider than Kambachen. Kirat Chuli (7365 meters), Nepal Chuli (6910 meters) are in the east, with Mera peak in South-West and Laser Peak II in North-West. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 18: Trek to Pangpema (5150 meters) .
The trek continues into the valley surrounded by towering mountains and heads further into the valley towards Pangpema (Kanchenjunga North Base Camp). 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. (5 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 19: Acclimatization day at Pangpema .
At leisure at Pangpema. Day walk options include the hill known as Drohmo Ri (5500m) above camp, which provides panoramic views of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters), Kangbachen (7903 meters) and many more. (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 20: Trek back to Kambachen .
The trek retraces back to Kambachen via same route taken earlier. (5 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 21: Trek back to Phale (3140 meters) .
The trek retraces back to Ghunsa and after crossing the Ghunsa Khola, it starts to head down in the valley following the same river to Phale. This village is full of Tibetan immigrants. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 22: Trek back to Amjilosa (2510 meters) .
Now a steep drop through bamboo forests and crosses several small streams and slowly leads the trek back into civilizations. (Around 6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 23: Trek back to Chirwa (1270 meters) .
After Amjilosa, the trail follows with the river and have some very steep sections along the way. Now, smaller settlements start to become frequent and the trek pass through small villages of Sekathum and a more populated Tapethok. Tapethok also marks the end of the conservation area and the treks entry into more populated hilly villages of Nepal. An easy walk from Tapethok ends the day at a big and busy village of Chirwa. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 24: Trek back to Mitlung (921 meters) .
Now the trek happens on the lower elevations of the hilly region and passes through several Limbu villages of Sinwa and finally arrived at mitlung. (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 25: Trek to Taplejung.
The last day has bit of short and finally ending the month long adventure. (Around 3 hours) at Taplejung and continue to drive to Illam at Hotel.
- Day 26: Flight to Kathmandu.
After Breakfast drive to Bhadrapur and take flight to Kathmandu transfer to Hotel at Kathmandu.
- Day 27: Free day at Kathmandu .
A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extended into further more tours to Nagarkot, Dhulikhel etc. Further adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking around the Kathmandu valley with bungee jumping, rafting near the valleys can be done on this free day. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights) (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 28: Departure .
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)
ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE.
- Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
- Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath and Pasupatinath) with city guide and necessary transport.
- 4 nights accommodation (2 persons per room) in Kathmandu in a 3* standard Hotel with breakfast.
- Kathmandu - Bhadrapur - Kathmandu airfare including airport taxes.
- All land transportations (a private car/bus).
- All meals and hot drinks during the trek.
- Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
- A porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 15 kilogram luggage).
- Kanchenjunga special permits and national park entry permits
- Group First Aid Kit.
- Government taxes & Service charge.
- Nepal entry Visa Fee.
- Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
- Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
You must bring the following items:
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overt rousers / rainpants
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag etc are available on hire in Kathmandu. We will provide you complete equipment list details with include/ excludes in confirmation of the Trekking route and the season you are trekking in Nepal. Trekking equipment list will not vary much but need some additional precaution to stay safe, healthy and enjoy the trekking holiday.
Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, duration/days of trek, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.
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