Kanchenjunga to Makalu Base Camp Trek is 44 days long trek we offer that includes Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, Lumba Sumba Pass 5160 meters. We trek along The Great Himalayan Trail (GHT Trail) remote region on the border with Tibet from Kanchenjunga Base Camp to Makalu Base Camp. Kanchenjunga to Makalu Base Camp trek is the longest trek we offer in Nepal.
Kanchenjunga to Makalu Base Camp Trek Eastern Great Himalayan Trail route [GHT Route] Explore the trails that connect the base camps of Kanchenjunga (south and north) third and Makalu Base Camp fifth-highest mountains in the world. The Kanchenjunga to Makalu Base Camp Trek begins in the Kanchenjunga region and later ends in the Makalu vicinity. Also, the trails offer beautiful views of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m) and Mt. Makalu (8485m) along with many other mountains.
En route, travelers can also relish both the Sherpa and Kirant cultures. Similarly, the trek also explores some of the famous landmarks in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and Makalu Barun National Park. Likewise, the trail is also a high route of the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) in the eastern part of Nepal.
Kanchenjunga to Makalu Base Camp Trek Highlight
Kanchenjunga to Makalu Base Camp Trek [GHT Route]
Firstly, the 48-day trip begins as you arrive in Kathmandu where you prepare for the trek. Then, a short flight to Bhadrapur followed by a drive to Fikkal. Then, another drive takes you to Suketar. Next, you go past Kande Bhanjyang, Phumphe Danda, and Sherpa Gaun to reach Tortong. Further, you head to Tseram and then to Ramche. After visiting the Oktang viewpoint, you cross the Sele La Pass and head to Ghunsa. Finally, you follow the Kanchenjunga Glacier to reach Pang Pema, the northern Kanchenjunga Base Camp. After you trek back to Ghunsa, you trek through lush meadows and forests to Olangchung Gola.
Then, you enter the Makalu Barun National Park after passing Langmale and crossing Lumba Sumba Pass. The trek also heads to villages like Thudam and Tin Pokhari and trek north to Kalo Pokhari. The trek heads northwest and continues to Yangri Kharka which connects us to the regular Makalu Base Camp trek route. Then, the trek reaches the foot of Mt. Makalu (8485m) at the Makalu Base Camp. After exploring the base camp, you retrace the steps to Dobato and follow the Barun River to Num. Then, drive to Tumlingtar and fly back to Kathmandu to end the trip.
About Visit Himalaya Treks
At Visit Himalaya Treks, we are always looking to offer the finest services. Also, there are many great destinations across Nepal. Likewise, we have a skilled and strong team of guides, porters, and Sherpas which is very important for such a type of high trip including the high quality of the gear that is very important that we have been providing. we have completed Kanchenjunga to Makalu Base Camp Trek a couple of times very successfully.
Kanchenjunga to Makalu Base Camp Trek short itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, receive at the Airport, and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Trek Preparation Day at Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to KTM Domestic Airport, Fly to Bhadrapur, and Drive to Fikkal to stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: Drive to Suketar (2420 meters) and Trek to Lali Kharka at Camp.
Day 05: Trek to Kade Bhanjyang (2130 meters) at Camp.
Day 06: Trek to Phumphe Danda (1858 meters) at Camp.
Day 07: Trek to Sherpa Gaun (1678 meters) at Camp.
Day 08: Trek to Torongton (2995 meters) at Camp.
Day 09: Trek to Tseram (3870 meters) at Camp.
Day 10: Acclimatization Day at Tseram. at Camp.
Day 11: Trek to Ramche (4615 meters) Kanchenjunga south B.C. at Camp.
Day 12: Trek to Oktang View Point and Back to Tseram. (3870 meters) at Camp.
Day 13: Trek to Sele La (4290 meters) at Camp.
Day 14: Trek to Ghunsa (3475 meters) at Camp.
Day 15: Trek to Kambachen (4225 meters) at Camp.
Day 16: Trek to Lhonak (4815 meters) at Camp.
Day 17: Trek to Pang Pema (5150 meters day trip to back to Lhonak at Camp.
Day 18: Trek back to Ghunsa (3475 meters) at Camp.
Day 19: Trek to Kharka 4160 meters) at Camp.
Day 20: Trek to Langjong Kharka (3734 meters) at Camp.
Day 21: Trek to Olangchun Gola (3208 meters) at Camp.
Day 22: Trek to Langmale Kharka (3893 meters) at Camp.
Day 23: Trek to Yangetar (4203 meters) at Camp.
Day 24: Trek to Pass Camp (4700 meters) at Camp.
Day 25: Trek over Lumba Sumba Pass 5177 meters and down to Yak Kharka 4600 meters at Camp.
Day 26: Trek to Thudam (3571 meters) at Camp.
Day 27: Trek to Yak Kharka (2845 meters) at Camp.
Day 28: Trek to Linggam (2250 meters) at Camp.
Day 29: Trek to Hongon (2323 meters) at Camp.
Day 30: Rest day at Hongon 2323 meters at Camp.
Day 31: Trek to Bakim Kharka (3020 meters) at Camp.
Day 32: Trek to Tin Pokhari (3731 meters) at Camp.
Day 33: Trek to Khola OR Saldim Kharka (3100 meters) at Camp.
Day 34: Trek to Kalo Pokhari (4192 meters) at Camp.
Day 35: Trek to Kharka (4097 meters) at Camp.
Day 36: Trek to Yangri Kharka (3557 meters) at Camp.
Day 37: Rest day at Yangro Kharka at Camp.
Day 38: Trek to Langmale Kharka (4200 meters) at Camp.
Day 39: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4800 meters) at Camp.
Day 40: Explore Makalu Base Camp and stay overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
Day 41: Trek to Yangri Kharka (3600 meters) at Camp.
Day 42: Trek to Dobato (3800 meters) at Camp.
Day 43: Trek to Tashigaun (2100 meters) at Camp.
Day 44: Trek to Lum Lum Ma (950 meters) at Camp.
Day 45: Trek to Num and drive to Tumlingtar stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 46: After breakfast flight to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel at Kathmandu Hotel.
Day 47: Free day at Kathmandu at Hotel.
Day 48: International Departure.
Visit Himalaya Trek’s family heartily welcomes you to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, we’ll receive you at the airport and take you to your hotel stay overnight at Hotel Kathmandu.
After breakfast sightseeing in Kathmandu world heritage sites, our tour guide will take you around a few of the most popular tourist sites and UNESCO World Heritage destinations around the city. It will be a great chance to explore ancient temples, ancient palaces, gigantic stupas, and Chortens. You will also get to observe the unique lifestyle, occupation, and cuisines of the inhabitants residing in Kathmandu.
Highlights: Swayambhunath (A century-old Buddhist stupa located atop the hill), Pashupatinath Temple (The largest Hindu Temple in Nepal), Boudhanath (The largest spherical stupa in the world), and Kathmandu Durbar Square (A historical site with a Malla Palace, numerous temples, and cultural monuments)
The day begins with a short drive to the airport. You’ll embark on a scenic flight and fly almost 45min southeast of Kathmandu towards Bhadrapur. Bhadrapur is a suburban Terai town located close to the borders of the Indian State of Bihar and West Bengal. After breakfast at Bhadrapur, you’ll catch your commute and drive almost 3hr north towards Fikkal Bazaar in Ilam. Ilam lies almost 94km from Bhadrapur and goes through the serpentine roads through lush forests and beautiful tea gardens. Fikkal is a local market area of Ilam frequented by many tourists. Enjoy a short tour around the tea-estates before resting for the night at Hotel.
Highlights: Enjoy a scenic aerial tour of Eastern Nepal’s lush forested hills, massive rivers, and compact cityscapes en route to Bhadrapur, drive along with the lush forests and beautiful tea-estates, and catch the beautiful sight of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m) from Ilam.
After breakfast, you’ll leave Ilam and continue driving north towards Suketar village located in Taplejung District. The village of Suketar is home to a domestic airport and a small Limbu settlement. You’ll drive past many small settlements towards Taplejung. Almost 5hr of the drive will bring you to Suketar. After a brief stop, you’ll embark on the first day of the trek towards Lali Kharka. The trail lead us alongside small settlements towards Deurali and continues towards Lalikharka Village stay overnight at Camp.
Highlights: Enjoy the bustling suburban areas of Panchthar and Taplejung Districts, catch the majestic sight of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m) and Mt Jannu (7110m), and enjoy a short scenic trek towards Limbu village of Lali Kharka.
After breakfast, you’ll leave Lali Kharka and continue downhill through the forested trail towards Kade Bhanjyang village. You’ll walk towards Simbu Village as the trail goes uphill for a few hours before arriving at Kunjari. A short trek east of Kunjari will bring you to Kade Bhanjyang Village stay overnight at Camp.
Leaving Kade Bhanjyang, you’ll begin walking downhill through the forested path towards Khesewa village. The trail further drops until you arrive at the long-suspension bridge. Cross the bridge and continue walking uphill through the sparsely forested path towards Phunglung Village. As you reach Phunglung, the trail becomes populated with thick forests. The trail continues uphill towards Phumphe Danda (also called Phumphe Village).
Leaving Phumphe Danda, you’ll begin trekking further downhill for about 30 minutes. Then, the trails rise upwards and go towards Mamankhe Village. The trail hereon goes past many narrow ridges alongside the lush forests. It opens a wide valley of Thungim that leads you towards Sherpagaon stay overnight at Camp.
From Torongton, the trek begins with a steep climb through the beautiful forests of bamboo and rhododendron for almost two hours until you arrive at a level ground. Continue trekking through the flatlands towards Lashe Bhanjyang. You’ll begin descending alongside a landslide-prone area and begin climbing uphill to meet the Torongden River. Cross the river and continue trekking through forests for few hours to arrive at Torongton stay overnight at Camp.
Leaving Torongton, you’ll begin trekking north and start following Sinuwa Khola through deep forests. The trail climbs and encounters few steep climbs along the beautiful ridges filled with blooming rhododendrons. You’ll have your lunch at Anda Phedi and after a brief rest, you’ll begin trekking for another two hours until you arrive at Tseram stay overnight at Camp.
As you’re above 3500 meters, it is important to acclimatize before ascending further. To help acclimatize and keep your body fit, you’ll make a short hike and explore the beautiful Tseram village and the surrounding valley. Tseram is a small Limbu settlement. The inhabitants of the village practice animal husbandry for their living. Hinduism and Buddhism are the major religions that people follow in the area stay overnight at Camp.
Today, you’ll leave Tseram and begin climbing through the lush alpine forests for almost 30 min until you reach a wide valley with several yak pastures and sheds. Then, you’ll continue walking through valley the ridges and cross the high ridge to arrive at Ramche is situated on a flat path.
After breakfast, hike to Oktang view point for the breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga south. After enjoying views back to Ramche and have lunch, after lunch trek back to Tseram stay overnight at Camp.
Leaving Tseram behind climb quite steep uphill toward to Chhuchung Pokhari, and further up to first pass Sinelapcha Pass 4646 meters, continue to 2nd pass margin La Pass 4480 meters and Last pass Sinion La Pass 4440 meters (Sele la Pass). After pass continue downhill lead us to Sele La Camp 4290 meters stay overnight at Camp. This is one of the longest and hardest day as well.
Leaving Sele La, the trail continues through easy terrain and converges into a rocky path for at least an hour. You’ll cross a high mountain pass decorated with magnificent Buddhist prayer flags. After witnessing this beautiful view, you’ll continue trekking towards the second-high pass overlooking the beautiful Kanchenjunga Valley. Here on, the trail continues to drop through the scenic Rhododendron forests until you arrive at the Tibetan-styled village of Ghunsa stay overnight at Camp.
The trail begins to climb and heads deeper into the quaint valley along the Ghunsa Khola. After a couple of hours of the trek, you’ll arrive at Ghunsa Khola. Continue walking comfortably towards the bottom of a waterfall and begin climbing uphill towards the top overlooking the beautiful sight of Jannu Peak. The trail descends and heads towards Kambachen Village, a small settlement separating two valleys stay overnight at Camp.
The day begins with a brief climb to the narrow valley and continues walking through a rocky trail towards a pristine waterfall. You’ll encounter a rather easy trail for few hours until you arrive at a narrow valley following an eroded section of the trail. A brief climb through the rough patch will bring you to Lhonak stay overnight at Camp.
Today, you’ll climb the highest point of the trek i.e. Kanchenjunga north Base Camp. The trail goes past a deep valley until it opens up towards high mountains. You’ll continue along the snowy trail and head towards Pang Pema. After exploring the pristine base campsite, you’ll head back to Lhonak stay overnight at Camp.
Leaving Lhonak, you’ll begin descending alongside the lush alpine forests towards Kambachen Village. You’ll encounter the lush rhododendron bushes en route. After lunch at Kambachen, you’ll continue trekking downhill and walk a few more hours to arrive at Ghunsa. Overnight at Camp
From Ghunsa, you’ll trek towards Phale Gaon. The trail here on leads to the majestic Lumba Sumba Pass. A remote section, it is often covered with thick snow. Leaving Phale Gaon, you’ll continue walking past Juniper forest. Cross the massive Yangma Samba River and continue walking alongside the river towards Kharka at Camp.
The trail begins to separate from Kanchenjunga Conservation Area as you begin to trek westwards towards Makalu Region. The trek begins with a walk-through rocky trail en route to the top of Nango La Pass. You’ll continue uphill through thick snow and head towards the top of the pass. Then, you’ll begin to descend and head towards Yangma Khola. The latter section of the trail is filled with dense forests and thick vegetation. Continue heading towards Langong Kharka at Camp.
You’ll begin trekking alongside the Yangma Khola and continue walking towards Ramite. The trail climbs above the river a couple of times and goes through the Lumba Sumba trail towards the Tibetan village of Olangchun Gola. The village lying just beside Tamor River is the last village before walking to the Tibetan Border stay overnight at Camp.
Leaving Olangchun Gola, you’ll begin walking uphill through the lush alpine forests located at the ridgelines above Tamor River. You’ll cross the high wooden bridge over Tamor River and continue trekking towards Langmale at Camp.
Today is a rather short trek that will take you to the lap of the giant Lumba Sumba Pass. Continuing along with the dry land, you’ll begin climbing the snowy path and arrive at Yangetar stay overnight at Camp.
Leaving Yangetar, you’ll begin trotting over the rocky trail. Although the trek is short, you will take it slow as you acclimatize along the way. The rest of the day will be spent acclimatizing inside a tented camp at Lumba sumba Pass Camp.
Today is a rather difficult day of the trek as you leave the base camp and begin climbing the massive Lumbasumba Pass. With bottled water and packed lunch in your backpack, you’ll begin climbing the pass and cross the difficult glacial moraines and thick snow towards the top. Once at the top, you will catch the marvelous sights of the nearby mountains including Kanchenjunga, Jannu, and Makalu. After having your packed lunch, you’ll begin descending to the other side of the pass and continue towards the yak pasture village known as Yak Kharka.
Today, you’ll rather make an interesting hike towards the indigenous village of Thudam. Continue trekking alongside Lapsi Khola and trek towards Thudam village.
Highlights: Thudam is an indigenous Bhotiya Village belonging to the ethnic tribe descended from Tibet hundreds of years ago. Observe the beautiful village, local lifestyle, occupation, and unique cuisines.
Leaving Thudam, you’ll begin trekking back to Yak Kharka Village. You will take a brief rest and enjoy your lunch at Chimjung Khola at Camp.
Enjoy the beautiful yak herder’s settlement before heading east towards Arun River. The trail descends through the lush forested path and stone steps towards Arun River banks. The trail gets difficult and narrow as you make your way uphill towards Chyamtang village. The trail further rises towards Guthi Gomba (Monastery) and descend for a while to arrive at Linggam.
You’ll begin heading towards Makalu Barun National Park as you trek through the forested path to arrive at Chepuwa village. Leaving Chepuwa, you’ll begin trekking through rhododendron forests towards Gimbar. After enjoying your lunch, you’ll begin trekking downhill and cross the small bridge to arrive at Hongon stay at Camp.
Spend the day relieving your body pain and exploring the beautiful village of Hongon.
Leaving Hongon, you’ll begin climbing a small line leading towards a Buddhist Chorten and cross over towards thick forests. Catch the beautiful sight of Arun valley en route. Begin climbing the lush pine, birch and rhododendron forests en route to Bakim Kharka. The term ‘Bakim’ stands for ‘Bamboo’ in Tibetan.
Leaving Bakim Kharka, the trail continues northeast towards Tin Pokhari. The initial trail rises towards a high ridge with Buddhist prayer flags alongside a large waterfall. The trail further rises through a narrow trail and into a grassy flat that leads towards a Chorten. Continue towards Molum Pokhari and trek towards a large grassland where the locals generally pick ‘Yarchagumba’ (herbal medicine). Catch the beautiful sight of Kanchenjunga and Makalu peaks as you make your way towards Tin Pokhari. You will walk past the flat grazing land en route to Tin Pokhari.
The trek begins with a descent through a rocky gully overlooking Mt. Manaslu in the distance. The trail heads right towards Dhungge Khola and heads onto Dhungge Kharka. After a brief rest and lunch, you’ll continue trekking through open meadows into thick rhododendron and bamboo forests for almost two and a half hours. An hour or two of trekking will take you along a sharp climb and lead you towards Saldim Kharka.
Leaving Saldim Kharka, you’ll begin trekking alongside Saldim Khola and head into a thick rhododendron forest that leads to Hatiya. After half an hour of trek, you’ll arrive at Cave Camp. The trail here is quite muddy and wet. Continue trekking through green shrubs and climb onto an open boulder towards Nava Odar. The trail continues through more rhododendron and bamboo forests towards an open area suitable for overnight camping.
The trek begins with an easy walk through moss-covered rocks. After a while, the trail climbs towards a Buddhist Chorten and descends through thick snow-covered boulders. Head right from the bottom alongside Buddhist prayer flags. You can witness the forested Barun Valley from here. If the weather is clear, you can even witness Mt. Makalu. The trail further descends through boulders and rhododendrons towards Kharka.
The trail descends here on and continues towards Barun River. You’ll walk past the rhododendron forest and head down towards the banks of Barun River. The trail will lead you towards Nehe Kharka. A small lodge will be visible in the area. You’ll turn left from the Barun River and continue through the grazing flat lands towards Yangri Kharka.
Rest day at Yangri Kharka at Camp.
From Yangri Kharka, the trail rises through lush rhododendron, spruce, and pine forest and heads towards alpine forests. En route, you’ll walk past a Buddhist Gomba. Seeing juniper trees and rhododendron is common in this area. A short uphill trek will take you to Langmale Kharka, a small settlement with a single lodge. The surrounding is mostly covered by yak pastures.
Leaving Langmale Kharka, the trail rises through grassland and yak pastures towards Makalu Base Camp. You’ll continue trekking alongside a large decorated Chorten and head towards Shershon. Enjoy a delicious lunch with Tibetan brick tea before heading towards the base camp. Although there is a lodge available in the area, you will spend the night inside a tented camp.
The day is kept in hand to explore the beautiful Makalu Base Camp. The Expedition campsite lies at 5100 meters just below Mt. Manaslu. Climbers looking to summit Mt. Manaslu occupy the camps. From the base camp, you can enjoy the majestic sights of peaks like Makalu, Baruntse, Kali Himal, Chamlang, and Makalu II. The day will be spent exploring nearby glaciers and campsite.
Leaving Makalu Base Camp, you’ll retrace your path and begin descending alongside the yak pastures and the beautiful rhododendron forest towards Yangri Kharka. The trail goes past muddy Seto Pokhari and over the moraine walls for almost two hours. You’ll begin heading down towards Langmale Kharka. After a warm lunch, you’ll continue descending through rhododendron and bamboo forests towards Yangri Kharka.
The trail further descends through the beautiful forests towards Barun River. Continue heading alongside the river for almost an hour to reach Nehe Kharka. This section of the trail encounters rockfall. So, you must be careful along the way. Walk past Buddhist prayers flags to rhododendron and sycamore bushes and descend down to Barun River. The trail climbs up again and heads towards Mumbuk. You will reach Dobato after almost 45min of the trek from here.
The trail heads downhill through the day with some sharp rises towards Kauma La (3840m) and Shipton Pass. Walk past Danda Kharka and continue towards Tashigaon.
From Tashigaon, the trail goes past small settlements and many purple orchids towards Samdaling. Head towards Seduwa village to enjoy a delicious Nepali meal before taking the main trail heading towards Lumlum Ma. As you begin descending, the settlements will grow large with people of mixed cultures and tribes.
A short trek will take you towards Arun River. Then, a sharp climb of almost 900 meters will bring you to a road that leads towards Num. After lunch, we will drive to Tumlingtar by Jeep stay overnight a Hotel at Tumlingtar.
After early breakfast, you’ll bid farewell to Eastern Nepal and catch a flight back to Kathmandu. Tumlingtar offers occasional flights to Kathmandu. The entire flight may last around 50 minutes and will take over the lush forests, scenic hills, and colorful settlements towards the city. Catch the beautiful sight of Mt. Makalu during the flight back. Arrive in Kathmandu, receive and transfer to Hotel stay overnight at Kathmandu.
Free day at Kathmandu at Hotel, Sightseeing, visit around Thamel stay overnight at KTM Hotel.
After breakfast we will transfer to airport for departure to Home country.
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