Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

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destination Kanchanjunga
duration 26 Days
grade High Advance
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Kanchanjunga
max altitude 5143m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 Hrs
accommodation camping /Tea house
season Spring-Summer-Autumn

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

If you have an adventurous spirit then this is the trek for you on the slopes of the world’s third-highest mountain (8586M) & to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. 

Kanchenjunga is situated between Nepal and Sikkim, India, with three of the five peaks (Main, Central, and South) directly on the border, and the other two peaks West and Kangbachen located within Taplejung District in Nepal. A part of the Kanchenjunga Himal is shared with Bhutan.

Kanchenjunga is claimed to be one of the most beautiful mountains in the world and is believed to be where the Gods live. The area around Kanchenjunga Base Camp has some unique plant life and animals, largely due to its high rainfall during summer. There have been sightings of the elusive Snow Leopard in the region and more frequent sightings of the red panda. More common to this region are the Himalayan black bear and the Assamese macaque. In order to protect the area’s unique flora and fauna the entire region has been declared a conservation zone. The area is also home to several castes, including the Rai and Limbu ethnic groups.

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp was first opened, from the Nepal approach to explorers in 1950, and only become a commercial trekking destination after 1988.

The trek begins at an altitude of 2200m and rises to 3000m in the first three days of the trek. The trail winds its way across high ridges, through steep gorges and across extensive grazing land near Sherpa villages. The trail follows raging rivers, such as the Tamur and Ghunsa Rivers high into the mountains and closer to their source. The trail drops down to the Ghunsa Khola Valley and the quaint and authentic Sherpa village of Ghunsa.

The trail from Ghunsa takes us to Kanchenjunga and on to Kanchenjunga Glacier. While standing at the base of the glacier you have unparalleled views of the enormous mountains that surround you everywhere. While feeling totally insignificant in the face of these giants, you will also experience a feeling of being at peace with the world. The peaks surrounding you are Pyramid Peak, the Twins - Jannu and Kanchenjunga, will leave you spell-bound. There are also several other 6000m plus peaks that seem less awesome because of their proximity to the more dominant higher peaks of Kanchenjunga. 

Leaving the Kanchenjunga glacier we head back to Ghunsa and over a period of three days cross three mountain passes before arriving at Tseram Village, the beginning of the Yalung Glacier. We then make our way to Southern Kanchenjunga Base Camp where the first mountaineers began their climb to the summit of Kanchenjunga. 

The trail from Yalung Glacier (the face of the glacier is 300m high) passes through valleys and across icy ridges until eventually reaching the gorges that take us to Tharpu. Due to its remoteness, there are fewer tourists and more solitude. The maximum altitude we reach on the trek is 5143m at the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. From the beginning to the end of this trek you will experience a vast variety of landscapes, from following the raging torrents of the Tamur and Ghunsa rivers to the high altitude regions of glaciers and Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The memories of this wonderful journey will stay with you for a lifetime. 

Highlights of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

  • Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, and surrounding snow-clad towering peaks.
  • North and south Base Camps of Kanchenjunga.
  • Visit and trek along the Yalung Glacier.  
  • Stunning views of Mt. Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world, and the east face of Mt. Everest during the Kanchenjunga Trek.
  • Pristine rhododendron forests, unique vegetation, high alpine passes (Selele, Mringla and Sinionla) and terraced farmlands in these remote localities.
  • A visit to the Tibetan refugee settlements and warm smiling faces of the Sherpa people, Rai and Limbu. 

ITINERARY

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On your arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met by Sherpa Expedition and trekking staff and transferred to your respective hotels followed by a briefing regarding Dhaulagiri trek, hotels, lodges on the route and the dos and don’ts followed by an evening welcome dinner.
Today, we will spend the day sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley with our guide. We will visit Pashupatinath, which is regarded as the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal and where pilgrims worship Lord Shiva (situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River), Bouddhanath, a Buddhist temple known as ‘Little Tibet’ and then on to Swayambhunath known as the Monkey Temple. From Swayambhunath we drive to Kathmandu’s famous Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and located in front of the old royal palace. Upon arriving back at your hotel you may have time to do some last-minute shopping around Thamel – the tourist hub of Kathmandu. Back at your hotel your guide will help you prepare for your trek.
Today we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport for your flight to Bhadrapur and then we will drive to Suketar, a seven to eight-hour drive. We will stay overnight at Bhadrapur.
Today our trek begins with a relatively relaxed four to five-hour hike through lush forests and finally on to Lali Kharka Village where we stay the night.
After an early breakfast we follow the trail that ascends to Simbu Village and then have a steep ascent to Kande Bhanjyang Village. Along the trail we pass through several small village and forested areas before reaching Kande Bhanjyang Village where we stay the night.
Today’s trail takes us up a steep hillside passing terraced farmlands situated high above Kabbeli Khola (river). The trail is undulating, passing through valleys and across hillsides. We will stop for lunch along the way and after lunch pass through Anpan Village before descending to c Kashawa Khola (river) which we cross and then begin climbing up through the fields until we reach Phumphe Danda Village where we stay overnight.
The trail today follows the contours of the hillside above the Kabeli Khola (river), traversing small rivers and valleys. There are several great places to stop and take a dip in the river as we follow it until reaching Yamphudin Village. We will also stop beside the river for lunch. We will stay at Yamphudin in a guest house tonight.
Our trail today leads us through cooling forests and along the way offers amazing views of the Himalayas. The trail follows the Amji Khola. Further down the trail we cross Lassiya Bhanjyang Pass before reaching Tortong where we will stay the night in a guest house.
We start today by following the trail next to the river, passing through lush rhododendron and conifer forests. The trail descends rather rapidly down to the valley of the Simjua Khola (river). We then climb to the base of the Yalung Glacier and through valleys until we find a good campsite for the night. The trail today takes us near-frozen alpine lakes, across crystal clear rivers and offers magnificent views of Koktang, Rathong, and Kabru peaks. Tonight we will sleep soundly due to the physical exertion at these higher
Today we have our first close up view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Soon after beginning our trek we will have impressive views of the south face of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Jannu. After spending the morning at Ramche we head to Yalung Ri Glacier and to Oktang. From this altitude we have breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains, especially the towering east face of Jannu Peak. Tonight we stay here in a guest house.
Again we begin by climbing higher as we head to Yalung Base Camp. Crossing these high altitude passes requires a good energy level and fine weather. The trail is more difficult but more rewarding as the views become more spectacular, especially of the stunning Mt. Kumbakarna (Jannu), Nyukla Lachung, and other nearby Himalayan snow-clad peaks. We will stay here overnight in a guest house.
Along the trail we continue to have awesome views of Yalung Glacier, a frozen lake, and numerous lush valleys. Tonight we stay at Tsheram in a guest house.
The trail heads down into the valley and along the way pass the trail that leads to the physically demanding Lapsang La Pass trail to Ghunsa and the north side of Kanchenjunga. This pass is dangerous, so we will head across the southern passes crossing Mirgin La Pass. At the beginning it is a steep ascent to reach the pass. On reaching the pass we have fantastic panoramic views of Jannu, and further away in the distance Mt. Makalu, Gyakung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, and Chamalang. Today’s trek will take about six to seven hours and will leave you tired and ready for a good night’s sleep at our campsite tonight.
Our trek today descends through pine and rhododendron forests until we reach Ghunsa, the last village in the valley. Ghunsa is a charming Tibetan village with many wooden houses displaying fluttering prayer flags. Ghunsa has two monasteries that are worth a visit. Tonight we stay at Ghunsa in a guest house.
The trail today ascends to the south of Ghunsa Khola (river) crossing the broad river flats until we reach the elevated pastures on the north banks of the river. Along the trail we have magical views of. Mt Jannu. Once we arrive at the small Tibetan village of Kambachen we find ourselves surrounded by mountains. Tonight we stay here in a guest house.
Our trail crosses a rocky landscape until we reach Ramtang Village (4240m) then crosses to the northwest of the Kanchenjunga Glacier before reaching Lhonak, situated on a sandy plain with magnificent mountain views surrounding us. Tonight we will find a sheltered area to set up our tents in this arid windswept region.
Kanchenjunga peak is only visible from Pang Pema, the base camp for mountaineers wanting to climb Kanchenjunga. The trail ascends across the arid plain but very quickly gets steeper as we traverse the moraine. Tonight we stay at a guest house at Pang Pema.
An early morning climb of about 200 to 300m up a ridge north of Pang Pema offers magical views of Kanchenjunga, Wedge Peak, the Twins, and Tent Peak. We will then head back to Kambachen where we will stay in a guest house for the night.
We head back on the same trail all the way to the Tibetan village of Ghunsa where we will stay the night in a guest house.
After an hour’s trek we descend to Phale, home to several monasteries and juniper forests until arriving at a grassy hillside where the tiny village of Amjilosa lies. We stay here in a guest house tonight.
The day begins with a short climb and then a steep descent for the remainder of the day. At the beginning of our trek we can see a waterfall cascading form the mountains. Out trail leads to the junction of the Tamur and Ghunsa Kholas (rivers) and finally to Sakathum where we stay in a guest house for the night.
Our trek begins with a crossing of the Simbu Khola, a river with its origins at Kanchenjunga’s south base camp. The temperature is warmer at these lower altitudes. We cross a number of small streams before reaching Chirwa, a small village set among large boulders. Tonight we stay here at a guest house.
The trail today passes through more lush forests with unique examples of various flora and fauna. Our trek today lasts for about eight to nine hours before we reach the quaint village of Taplejung where we stay in a guest house overnight. On our way, we can witness a lush forest filled with flora and fauna. About 8-9 hours of long walk we reach to a picturesque village, Taplejung, where we stay in a guest house overnight.
The nine to ten hour road trip takes us through many small valleys and through villages until we reach Bhadrapur where we stay in a guest house for the night.
Today we have a 45-minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu and have our final glimpses of the majestic snow-covered mountains. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will take you back to your hotel, and this evening will collect you for a farewell dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with a cultural performance.
Your adventure comes to an end today – but your memories will last a lifetime! Our company representative will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure and explore the most magnificent mountains of Nepal.

SERVICES

Costs included in your package.

  • Airport picks up and transports by private Car/Jeep.
  • Three night’s standard twin sharing Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit every evening after dinner.
  • Transportation from Bhadrapur to Suketar and Taplejung to Bhadrapur by sharing Jeep. 
  • Trekking Lodge (Tea House)/ tent accommodation during the trek.
  • All necessary paperwork including Kanchenjunga conservation area Entry Permit & Special permit.
  • Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu flight with private airport transfer and domestic airport tax.
  • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking T-shirt
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour with private car/jeep.
  • Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking route map.
  • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.
  • Assistant guide for groups of 8 or more people.

Costs Exclude

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu - lunch, and dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (easy to obtain the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15-day visa.
  • Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
  • All desserts & sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging at the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Kathmandu sightseeing monument entrance fees($30 USD per person)
  • Excess baggage of more than 20 kg for Bhadrapur flight.

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

General

  • All season sleeping bag and down Jacket (we can provide if you need it,  but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag ( Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a must-have for morning and evenings above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyewear

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hands

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Upper Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket or pullover
  • Sports bras for women and girls
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trousers
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Footwear

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment cream or similar
  • Insect / anti-itch ointment
  • Ibuprofen or other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous - but must useful on the trek

  • 4  passport size photos with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because in case you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Quality 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 Base camp Trek. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with blankets and a pillow. All accommodation is on a twin share basis except at the higher elevations or after Kambachen, where you will enjoy homestay style accommodation. The Kanchenjunga trek is situated in some very areas so you may not have the same level of comfort as lower down the mountain. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide you down jackets, sleeping bags, and duffle bags (which need to be returned after the trek).

Meals during the trek

In Kathmandu your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of these mountain regions are potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpas started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek. Our only flights are from Kathmandu, Jomson and Pokhara.

Physical condition and past experience:

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is graded as highly challenging and a tough trek due to the terrain and high altitudes. This trek takes you to many less-traveled and undeveloped areas, making it difficult in places to traverse rockfalls, moraines, and streams Trekking in these remote areas can sometimes be difficult due to landslides. The roads at the beginning and end of the trek can also be affected too. It is recommended that you prepare yourself beforehand and get physically prepared. This will make it easier to manage the difficult terrain and high altitudes.

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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2 Pax USD 2,300
3 Pax USD 2,250
4 - 6 Pax USD 2,150
7 - 12 Pax USD 2,050
13 - 18 Pax USD 1,950
19 - 24 Pax USD 1,850
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