Trekking Nepal is generally great! However, a trek in the slopes of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak in the world, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek in Eastern Nepal will bring you to arguably the most beautiful mountainous terrain in the world. Rising to a staggering height of 8586 m, Kanchenjunga is more than just a mountain in these regions — it’s where the Gods are believed live.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp area has a huge number of unique plants and animals because of the high summer rainfall. If you’re lucky, you might spot a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard or the red panda. Other species such as the Himalayan black bear and the Assamese macaque also inhabit this region. To preserve the vast numbers of unique flora and fauna found here, the whole region has been declared a conservation area. Besides natural beauty, this area also has a lot of cultural diversity, consisting of Rai and Limbu ethnic groups.
The trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp was opened in 1950 on the Nepal side. However, it was only after 1988 that commercialized trekking groups have been undertaking the journey to the Kanchenjunga base camp.
Starting at an altitude of 2200 m, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking route gradually rises to 3000 m in the first three days of trekking. Throughout the Kanchenjunga base camp trek, you get to bask in the full glory of the Himalayas – meandering through steep ridges, vast grasslands, and local Sherpa villages. Our first path follows the currents of the Tamur and Ghunsa rivers right to their source. The route descends to the Ghunsa Khola valley that leads to the beautiful village of Ghunsa, inhabited by Sherpas.
From here, you start climbing from the north side of Kanchenjunga and eventually reach the Kanchenjunga glacier. With the snowy glacier right in front of you and giant mountains surrounding you on all sides, this is where you get the feeling of serenity that the Himalayas are so famous for. Dominating the skyline are majestic peaks such as the Pyramid peak, the Twins, Jannu, and Kanchenjunga itself, in all its glory. Also visible are several 6000 m peaks that would have been considered full-fledged expedition mountains anywhere else but are reduced to the status of mere hills here.
Having visited the Kanchenjunga glacier, we now make our way back to Ghunsa and, in the next few days, cross three mountain passes to get to Tseram, the entry point to reach the Yalung glacier. Eventually, we make our way to the southern Kanchenjunga base camp. This is where the first people who climbed this enormous mountain started their ascent.
From the Yulung glacier, we then trek through several valleys, passes and ice ridges to eventually reach the magnificent river gorges that lead you to Tharpu. These regions are challenging as well as extremely remote. So, you get to enjoy your Himalayan adventure without worrying about it being spoiled by crowds of trekkers.
This trek will take you to a maximum altitude of 5143 m at the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. From walking along the torrents in the Tamur and Ghunsa rivers in the beginning to reaching high-altitude glaciers and ultimately the Kanchenjunga base camp itself by the end, the Kanchenjunga base camp trek in the pristine Himalayas is definitely the trip of a lifetime.
Highlights of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
- Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world with five chaste of snow Kanchenjunga Trek offer expedition of north and south Base Camps.
- Different adventure types experience of glacier treks rather than normal walk on trails in Yulung glacier during Kanchenjunga Trek.
- Stunning view of Mt. Makalu fifth highest mountain in the world and east face of Mt. Everest during the Kanchenjunga Trek.
- Pristine rhododendron forest, native vegetation, high alpine passes (Selele la, Mringla and Sinionla) and typical agriculture can be experienced during the trek.
- Tibetan refugee settlements Camp on Kanchenjunga Trek routes along with ethnic cast and group of Nepal like Sherpa, Limbu, and Rai.
What's Price Includes
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu valley by a private tourist vehicle
- Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (3 nights only)
- Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a guesthouse in Suketar
- All meals (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
- Local Sherpa Expedition and Trekking licensed holder English-speaking trekking guide
- The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests)
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff
- All special trekking permits & fees
- Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
- Down jacket and sleeping bag, duffle bag by Sherpa Expedition and Trekking (which need to be returned after the trek)
- Kathmandu-Bhadrapur airfare and vice versa
- Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu
- Welcome and Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances
- All our government taxes
What's the Price Exclude
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation
- International airfare and airport departure tax
- Alcoholic beverage and telephone calls
- Hot drinks, Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water
- Nepal Visa Fee
- Wifi and battery charge
- Personal expenses
- Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
- Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
- A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes
- A pair of half gloves
- The warmer hat that covers the ears
- Neck warmer
- Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
- Headlamp and an extra set of batteries
- A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
- Warmer shell gloves and liner
- long sleeve t-shirts
- Thermal Tops
- wool Jackets or pullover
- Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
- Water and windproof shell jacket
- Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
- windproof and waterproof trousers
- warmer trouser
- Comfortable trekking pants
- Extra casual sport pants
- A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
- Pair of sandals
- 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
- Socks liner
- Light shoes and sneaker
First Aid Kits and Medicines
- Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
- Blister treatment
- Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
- Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
- Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
- Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
- Water purifying pills
Miscellaneous, but must useable
- 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
- Water bottle & filter
- Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
- Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)
- Comfortable trekking poles
- Best energy dry foods (up to you)
- Power Bank and music players
- Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)
Good to Know
Hotel and Accommodation:
We offer you 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (3 nights) and Lodge/Teahouses during the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with blankets and a pillow. All accommodation is on twin sharing basis except in the higher elevation or after Kambachen, you have to adjust in a homestay. Kanchenjunga trek is located in the remote areas so you may not have good restroom facilities or have to use a shared restroom. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking team provide you down jackets, sleeping bag, and duffle bag (which need to be returned after the trek).
Meals and drink during the trek:
Breakfast will be served in Kathmandu whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. Food along the Kanchenjunga circuit Trek is much like it is elsewhere in Nepal, with a heavy reliance on rice, lentils and vegetable curries. We suggest you bring water purification pill as you get to have normal water, and can use pills to purify water. You also have the option to buy bottled water in case if you do not want to have normal water.
We provide your private car for the airport transfers and sightseeing tour to Kathmandu the very next day after your arrival. Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and back to Kathmandu is also included whereas you will be traveling by jeep from Bhadrapur-Suketaar.
Physical condition and past experience:
Kanchenjunga circuit trek is graded as highly challenging and a tough trek as we will be traveling in higher altitude for a long duration. This trek will be conducted in an undeveloped area where fewer infrastructures are to be found, the route gets precarious as it passes over a rock fall and streams. This trek follows all the way to remote areas and roads are normally narrow and may suffer from landslides, being extra careful is the only remedy towards it. Trekkers who have done any kind of trekking activities before making them easier to cope with higher elevation treks.
Things to not forget during your trek:
- Camel-back Water Bottle
- Copies of Document
- Map & Travel Guide
- First Aid Kids
- Flesh Light & Batteries
- Cell Phone & Charger
- Camera, Charger, Batteries & Cards
- Some Dry Foods / Chocolates
- Normal Insulation
- Raincoat (Personal) backpack
- Bath Towel
- Walking Track
- Bring Nepalese currency
Note: This trek itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern which Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide you. Kanchenjunga circuit trekking can be modified according to your time, budget and requirements. What we offer here is a tea house trek; this trek can be modified as camping trekking as well. Contact us for the latest updated information and price for camping trekking.