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Trip Highlights

  • Visit both Kanchenjunga base camps - North and South
  • Views of all five peaks of Kanchenjunga massif.
  • Breathtaking views of Makalu and Everest to the west.
  • ·Crossing of High Passes, glaciers, high alpine meadows.
  • Trek to the Buddhist land not traversed by many.
  • Beautiful culture and tradition of Limbus in the lowland, and Wolungs in the highland.
  • A true trekking experience in the wilderness.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration :
    23 Days
  • Trekking Days :
    18
  • Trek Difficulty :
    Strenuous
  • Trek Mode :
    Teahouse + Camping

Trip Overview

Introduction to Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek:

Are you looking to trek in Nepal around the great Himalayas and be where not many have dared to be? Look no further as we from Adventure Sports Nepal bring you one of the best trek available in Nepal the “Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek”!!!

Located in the northeastern region of Nepal, Mount Kanchenjunga has an elevation of 8586m and lies in the Kanchenjunga Conservation area. The route leading this glorious mountain is one of most secluded and less trekked trails of Nepal. Yet, it offers biodiversity and culture unlike most other regions in the Himalayas, be it the Everest base camp trek or the famous Annapurna base camp trek.

Being one of the less traversed areas of Nepal, permits and guides are a must for travelers in this area as this is for your own safety. To know more about the permits you can check this blog. However, at Adventure Sports Nepal, we will take care of all the necessary permits and legalities, so that you can commence your trek without any non-trekking issues.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Trek Routes overview:

Talking about the trek itself, the walk begins from “Suketar Airport” where you will meet the rest of your crew members and move towards “Lalikharka”. The next day, you will begin trekking towards “Kande Bhanjyang”, going through sparse settlements and beautiful terraced fields, passing the “Pawa Khola River” on the way, where you will have your lunch. Further, ascending towards the ridge, you will reach “Kande Bhanjyang”, where you will stay for a night. Waking early in the morning, you will begin your trek towards your next destination, “Mamangkhe” after finishing breakfast.

In the next few days, you will cross several villages, ridges, streams, rivers, terraced fields, dense forest of rhododendron and pine, and reach “Tserma” where you will be spending your ninth night. This will be one of the most exciting days of the trip as you will get to ascend towards the southern base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Once you reach the base camp, you will get to see gorgeous views of the South face of Kanchenjunga. With some more trekking, you can reach a view point from where you will get to witness the entire south and west faces of the mighty Kanchenjunga.

Following day you will be returning to “Tserma” and take an acclimatization break for a day, before moving towards your second destination, “North Base Camp”. From this point, you will cross three passes, several villages, glacial rivers, rhododendron & juniper forests, and rocky fields to reach the North Base Camp. Upon reaching North Base Camp, you will get to see spectacular views of the North face of Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang. The next few days, you will be going to descend towards Tapethok from where you will be driving to Suketar, and ultimately fly back to Kathmandu with a lifetime worth of unforgettable memories.

Contact Us to extend the trip or have it tailor made according to your needs.

Detailed Itinerary

Day
Destination
Altitude
Day 01
Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal. Our representative will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. If you land in Kathmandu before lunchtime, you will have time to explore the Kathmandu Valley. Begin your walk from Thamel – the tourist hotspot in Kathmandu. You can see thousands of businesses here, ranging from hotels to tour operators, handicraft shops to eateries, massage parlors, and what not, spread over an area of less than 4 sq km! If you have pre-trekking shopping to do, Thamel is the best place. You can find almost anything here.

Next stop is Ason bazaar – the ancient marketplace of Kathmandu which is always brimming with shoppers looking for vegetables, spices, traditional Nepali attires to latest fashion clothes and accessories. Continue walking toward Kathmandu Durbar Square – a UNESCO World Heritage site – where you can see scores of ancient monuments which are rich in wooden, stone and metal crafts.

O/N: Hotel

Day 02
Leisure Day for Trek Preparation

This is the leisure day designed for trek preparation. If you are interested, sightseeing trip can be arranged for you. Or you can simply relax in your hotel and prepare for your adventure while we complete permits and other formalities for you.

O/N: Hotel

Day 03
Fly to Taplejung; and trek to Lalikharka (2315m) – Approx 4 hrs

Catch an early morning flight to Taplejung – the easternmost district of Nepal. The flight offers you an opportunity to catch views of Himalayan peaks shining in morning sun. We land at the STOL airfield in Suketar (2300 meters). Here, we meet our crew and have lunch while our loads are arranged. Taplejung Bazaar is the district headquarters of Taplejung district, and you can see different schools, government offices, and police officers here. After lunch, we start out our trek. We climb to a small ridge into a forested area, and descend to “Lalikharka”. Kharka means pastureland in Nepali dialect. Lalikharka is a beautiful pastureland, offering the view of Kanchenjunga.

O/N: Tent

Day 04
Trek to Kande Bhanjyang (2170m) – Approx 6 hrs

We resume our walk after breakfast and descend to Tambawa village. We pass by sparse settlements and beautiful terraced fields through the village of Pakora, and arrive at our lunch point at Pawa Khola River. There is also swimming spot nearby where we can freshen up. After lunch, we cross the Pawa Khola on a suspension bridge and start climbing toward Kunjuri. We continue our walk to the top of the ridge. The ridge offers view of Mount Kanchenjunga and all its nearby peaks. After enjoying the view, we descend to our campsite at Kande Bhanjyang.

O/N: Tent

Day 05
Trek to Mamangkhe – Approx 6 hrs

Although most of the trail on this day is uphill, walking is fairly easy and relaxing alongside the Kabeli Khola. Along the trail, we also get to enjoy the stunning ridge behind the stream. After a few hours of walk, we cross a small suspension bridge and walk past small settlements before reaching our overnight destination at Yamphudin.

1850m
Day 06
Trek to Yamphudin – Approx 6 hrs

The trail today ascends and descends on the hillside above the Kabeli River. We will cross many ridges and small streams today as we descend to the river bank. We will have lunch at a place called Bhainsi Bhir. After lunch, we continue our walk and descend towards the river bank. From here, we make a gradual climb to top of a ridge. The trail then passes through terraced fields which leads to Yamphudin Village. Yamphudin is the last major settlement on this trail.

There is also a police office here.

O/N: Teahouse

1700m
Day 07
Trek to Lasiya Bhanjyang – Approx 7-8 hrs

We bid farewell to Yamphudin village and embark on a long ascent to the top of Deurali Danda (3,292 meters), which takes around four hours. The path is winding and uphill through lush rhododendron bushes. From here, we walk again to the top of another ridge, Lasiya Bhanjyang where we stop for the night. Our campsite offers breathtaking views of Mt. Jannu which suggests that we are getting closer to the mountain.

O/N: Tent

3410m
Day 08
Trek to Torongtan – Approx 4 hrs

We leave our camp and make gradual descent toward Simbuwa Khola. Initially, we will have to negotiate with a small landslide-prone section, which requires extra care. After the landslide section, the trail re-enters in the forest and we gradually descends towards the banks of Simbuwa Khola. From here, an hour long walk along the bank of the river will take us to a wooden bridge, through which we cross the river and reach Torongtan where we stop for the night.

O/N: Teahouse

(2870m
Day 09
Trek to Tseram – Approx 5 hrs

We walk on the lower Lalung valley today on the right side of the river. The valley is densely  forested with rhododendron and pine. We follow a river nearby towards its source in Yalung Glacier. But as the walk progresses, you will see stunted trees. The trail, in some places, offers mesmerizing views of snowy mountains. The trail is easy as we walk on the river bed until the moraine of Yalung Glacier comes into our view. We can also see views of Talung (7,349m), Kabru (7,338m) and Rathong (6,678m), among others. Tseram is a grassy spot some 500 meters north of the river bank.

O/N: Tent

3730m
Day 10
Trek to Oktang, South Base Camp, and back – Approx 9-10 hrs

We will start trekking early in the morning today as we will be walking to the southern base camp of Kanchenjunga, and come later, return back to our camp. The trail is steep for the first hour and more or less become straight with gentle slope till our destination i.e. the Oktang Glacier. We will make an excursion to the South Base Camp to get better views of the south face of Kanchenjunga. Beyond a place called Marché (4580m), the glacier turns northward, and a walk of about an hour from here will take us to a place that offers us the entire south and west faces of Kanchenjunga. After a walk of another one hour, we will reach to the moraine of Yalung Glacier and then to a shorten from where we can get breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Yalung Kang (8,505m) and Kambachen Peak (7,903m). Then we make a return journey to our camp at Tseram.

O/N: Teahouse

4780m
Day 11
Rest Day in Tseram

Today, we will have a deserving rest day after a grueling trek to the Southern Base Camp yesterday. We also need rest also because we are going to cross crossing three passes tomorrow to reach Ghunsa.

O/N: Teahouse

3730m
Day 12
Cross Three Passes of Sele La and Trek to Ghunsa – Approx 10-11 hrs

Another long and testing day today as we will be crossing three passes to reach the beautiful village of Ghunsa. You hit the steep trail in front of Tseram itself. An ascent of around two hours will take us to a small lake Chhuchung Pokhari, which always looks frozen. Another short walk and we will reach the top of Sine Lepcha Pass (4730m) – the highest of the three passes and the most difficult one. But views from the top are rewarding. We can have 180 degree views of various snow-capped mountains to the north, and series of hills and curvature of the earth to the south. Sine Lepcha Pass also divides two watersheds of Simbuwa and Ghunsa rivers. We will enjoy superb views throughout the trek and this is one of the highlights of this trek. After crossing two more passes, we make a descent of for around two hours, with the Kumbhakarna massif towering above us, and through pine and rhododendron forest to reach Ghunsa village. Ghunsa is a small village with 30 odd houses and a police office. There is also a Tibetan monastery. The village is inhabited by Wolung people.

O/N: Teahouse

3280m
Day 13
Rest Day in Ghunsa

Today we take another rest day in Ghunsa before we embark on the second leg of the trek to the northern base camp. We can spend the day exploring the village and visiting the monastery. Or we can do short hiking around the village.

O/N: Teahouse

3280m
Day 14
Trek to Kambachen – Approx 5 hrs

We leave Ghunsa village and start our walk toward Kambachen. The trail goes along the Ghunsa Khola through juniper and rhododendron forest. We also pass through chhortens and mani walls, thanks to the locals' faith in Buddhism. The moraine of the Jannu glacier can be seen ahead of us, but the Jannu peak is nowhere nearby. Once we reach the moraine, we cross a river using on a small bridge and reach a beautiful pastureland, going by the name Rhambuk Kharka. From where here, we can get views of mountains like Phole, Saobithonge and the majestic Jannu rising above the moraines. We continue on the trail for some more time before descending to the beautiful village of Kambachen. Our campsite at Kambachen provides superb view of Jannu, which is also known as Kumbhakarna.

O/N: Teahouse

3930m
Day 15
Trek to Lhonak – Approx 4-5 hrs

The trek to Lhonak is relatively easy. We continue our walk up the northern bank of the river. After negotiating crossing a rocky field, the walk is on grassy area we will trek on the grassy area. If you are lucky, you can see Blue Sheep on this part of the walk trail. We can see majestic peaks unfold in front of us one by one. We reach Ramtang after a walk of about three hours from Kambachen. Nepal Peak, Tent Peak and Wedge Peak, among others, come into our view as our walk progresses toward Lhonak. Our campsite at Lhonak is on a grassy plain high above the Kanchenjunga glacier opposite of Wedge Peak.

O/N: Teahouse

4570m
Day 16
Trek to Pang Pema, Northern Base Camp ; return to Lhonak – Approx 8-9 hrs

We will start the day early as we will be trekking to the northern base camp and returning to Lhonak on the same day. We follow the moraine of Kanchenjunga Glacier and move toward Pang Pema. We can will have beautiful views of Nepal Peak, Tent Peak, Pyramid Peak and Sharphu peaks as we progress toward the base camp. The north faces of Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang look impressive. We will also see stunning views of North faces of Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang. Pang Pema is located on a grassy edge above the glacier opposite to the north face of Kanchenjunga. It offers panoramic views of the surrounding area. We can see prayer flags fluttering all around. After short excursion of the area, we will start descending to our camp at Lhonak.

O/N: Teahouse

4900m
Day 17
Trek to Ghunsa – Approx 8 hrs

Today, we make a leisurely gradual downhill walk to Ghunsa. After having lunch at Kambachen, we follow the river banks of Ghunsa Khola and a walk of trek for around an hour will take us to reach Ghunsa. Ghunsa will look familiar to us as we spend two nights here before climbing toward the northern base camp few days ago.

O/N: Teahouse

Day 18
Trek to Gyabala – Approx 6 hrs

We cross the Ghunsa Khola and walk along the river. The walk is pleasant as the trail pass through rhododendron, pine, birch and bamboo forests. We can see mani walls at different places along the trail, signifying the area's rich Buddhist heritage. We will have early lunch today at Phale – a small settlement on the trail – and hit the trail again. Right after Phale, we need to negotiate a rather long stretch of landslide. But the walk is safe as there is not falling stones. The last leg of the walk is through lush forests. A walk of around three hours of Ghunsa, will take us to Gyabala with few tea houses and lodges. We can see lush greenery around us with waterfalls cascading down far in the distance. We can experience easy breathing here, implying that we are coming to lower altitude now.

O/N: Teahouse

2725 m
Day 19
Trek to Serkathum – Approx 7-8 hrs

Today, we make a gentle downhill for around two hours, followed by a steep climb of around one and half hour. The trail then flattens and we make a gentle walk and downhill to Ghunsa Khola for about two hours. We will have lunch at Anjilasa and continue our walk. After a walk of about an hour and half, we enter a dense forest and cardamom farming area. We follow Ghunsa Khola until Serkathum. The village of Serkathum lies near the confluence of three rivers which form the Tamor River – one of the tributaries of the mighty Saptakoshi River which drains into the Ganges.

O/N: Teahouse

1650m
Day 20
Trek to Tapethok – Approx 3 hrs; drive to Suketar – Approx 4 hrs

Last day of our trek! A gentle walk of around two hours will take us to the road head at Suketar. After lunch, we take a waiting 4WD and drive to Suketar. Today, we will have time to explore the marketplace in Suketar.

O/N: Lodge

1320m
Day 21
Fly to Kathmandu

Today, we bid adieu to the Kanchenjunga Region and fly to Kathmandu. We enjoy last views of the peaks from our aircraft seat as our plane flies toward Kathmandu. Upon landing at the airport, board a waiting vehicle and check into your hotel.

O/N: Hotel

Day 22
Contingency Day in Kathmandu

Free day in Kathmandu! You can enjoy the day shopping for souvenirs for your friends and families back home. Sightseeing trips can be arranged on request. Or you can simply take a stroll in Thamel or other nearby market places. We will enjoy a typical Nepali dinner today with live cultural performance as we cap our Nepal visit.

O/N:  Hotel

Day 23
Departure

Last day in Nepal! Our representative will escort you to the airport for your return flight.

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