Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

25 Days 24 Nights
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Situated in the North-eastern part of Nepal, Kanchenjunga Himal is also known as ‘Five Treasures of the Great Snow’. Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world which covers most of the eastern border of Nepal with Sikkim in India. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is considered to be different and more adventurous than others in Nepal. One can enjoy the mixed experience of viewing the high mountain massif, beautiful natural sites, ancient histories and many different ethnic communities residing in this region. The trekkers slowly explore the remote valleys, pristine lakes, quaint villages and dense forests conserving varieties of floras and faunas.

Our trekking Journey to Kanchenjunga Base Camp starts with the scenic flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and then a scenic drive along the diverse landscapes along the forest area to Ilam, a beautiful city of Nepal. The trek takes off from Taplejung and we head to Chirwa. Slowly gaining altitude, our stops at Sukethum and Gyabla help to acclimatize with the Himalayan atmosphere. From Gyabla, we climb to Ghunsa and then to Kambachen. Lhonak is the final destination of the trek where we take an excursion to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp also known as Pangpema. Descending back to Ghunsa, we take a different route and head to Yamphudin. From Yamphudin, past Khebang, we arrive at Khandinbe and drive to Birtamod. A short drive from Birtamod takes us to Bhadrapur where we get on a flight to Kathmandu valley. One of the main attractions of this trekking route is the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area which is the home for many wild animals, birds, and plants. It covers an area of around 2035 square kilometers and it preserves many endangered floras and faunas. This region is inhabited by the mixed communities of Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, and Gurung. One will get a chance to view the mountain panoramas like Lhotse (8414m), Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Makalu (8463m), and many others.

Alpine Adventure Team is one of the best travel agencies in Nepal and we have been operating in the field with great success for years. We offer the best transportation and accommodation facilities on the trek and camping needs are also addressed excellently. Also, a local guide with English fluency will add authenticity to the trek.


Day 01- Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m) and transfer to hotel

On your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, our representative will pick you up and escort you to the designated hotel. In the evening we will invite you for Nepali dinner at Nepali cuisine. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.


Day 02- Permit procedures in Kathmandu

Today, we will arrange the required papers needed for the permits. In the early morning after breakfast, you need to visit our office for completing the formalities and submitting the papers required for the permit. You can explore the world heritage sites in the city upon the completion of the official procedures, if time permits. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.


Day 03- Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and Drive to Ilam

In the early morning, after having our breakfast, we will catch a scenic flight to Bhadrapur from the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport after landing at Bhadrapur we will take a scenic drive along the beautiful green landscapes to Ilam. Ilam is famous among international and domestic tourists and is famous for its beautiful tea garden. Overnight stay at Ilam.


Day 04- Drive from Ilam to Taplejung and Trek to Gadidanda (1890m)

Today, we will drive to Taplejung which is famous Limbu village. The path mostly traverses through beautiful countryside having diverse landscapes and dense forest area. We will cross Phidim to reach Taplejung. On reaching Taplejung we will trek to Gadidanda. Our trek passes through rice and paddy fields. We will also cross some traditional villages and the cardamom farms before reaching Gadidanda. Overnight stay at Gadidanda.


Day 05- Trek from Gadidanda to Chirwa (1270m)

After having our early morning breakfast, we will walk past through many Sherpa and Tamang villages on our way like we will cross Sinwa, Tawa, and Thiwa and descend along the landslide areas to Thiwa Khola. At Thiwa, we also go pas the Kanchenjunga Area conservation Project checkpoint. From Thiwa Khola, we will cross a wooden bridge and enter Chirwa. Overnight stay at Chirwa.


Day 06- Trek from Chirwa to Sukethum (1660m)

Our trail initial passes through the picturesque Tamang and Sherpa villages of Taplethok, Tamewa, Hellok, and Lelep and then moves toward the bank of Tamor Khola. The site is incredible and we will keep descending to the bank of Simbuwa Khola. From here, we will steeply climb uphill through the narrow trail passing along the Ghunsa Khola which finally opens out to Sukethum. Overnight stay at Sukethum.


Day 07- Trek from Sukethum to Amjilosa (2395m)

We will start our day with a steep walk along the narrow hill passing along the Ghunsa Khola. We will cross many bridges over Ghunsa Khola and few countryside villages. Enjoying the amazing landscapes and beautiful lush green valleys, we will continue to walk along the terrain until we will reach Amjilosa. Amjilosa is a small and famous Tibetan settlement of this area situated on the small kharka having amazing views of the down valleys. Overnight stay at Amjilosa.


Day 08- Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m)

After having our breakfast, at Amjilosa we will start our trek along the flat ridge passing through the dense oak and rhododendron forests. On our way, we will pass a great waterfall just opposite the river and then we will steeply ascend and then descend to reach the Sherpa village of Gyabla. Overnight stay at Gyabla.


Day 09- Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,427m)

Relishing the beautiful views of Gyabla village, we will head towards Ghunsa village. The trail mostly passes through the dense bamboo and rhododendron forests which opens out into a large summer yak pasture and head toward the potato fields up to the village of Phale. Crossing Phale, the trail mostly passes through dense forests and farmlands which descends steeply to the bank of Ghunsa Khola and finally enters the Ghunsa village. Overnight stay at Ghunsa.


Day 10- Acclimatization day at Ghunsa (3,427m)

Today we will take rest and we will use this day to explore the beautiful Ghunsa village surrounded by dense forests, lush green valleys, and beautiful Ghunsa River. We also need to acclimatize to the thinning of the air at this altitude. We will visit a Tibetan monastery which is situated at the edge of the valley and then we will climb to Yamtari Khola which. In the evening, we will return to Ghunsa. Overnight stay at Ghunsa.


Day 11- Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m)

The trail continues along the bank of Ghunsa Khola along the dense juniper forest. We will cross many Chortens, Mani walls and a wooden bridge over the Ghunsa River before climbing to Rampuk Kharka. We will climb across the ridgeline of the hill that rises past a huge waterfall. We will keep climbing steeply along the landslide areas until reaching the top which has the large Kumbakarna Glacier on its opposite side. From here we will descend a bit to enter Kambachen. Overnight stay at Kambachen.


Day 12- Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m)

Leaving the beautiful Kambachen behind, we will walk along the left side of Kanchenjunga Glacier. We will steeply climb over the moraines and drops to the bank of Ghunsa Khola. Walking along the high plateau we will finally reach out destination i.e. the campsite of Lhonak. We can enjoy the jaw-dropping views of the mountains like Wedge Peak (6802m), Mera Peak (6364m), Nepal Peak (7177m), Twins (7350m), and many others. Overnight stay at Lhonak.


Day 13- Trek from Pangpema (5,143m) and return to Lhonak

Today, we will ascend along the rocky trail of the moraine and then drop to the beautiful looking lace called Pangpema. From here we can get clear views of the north face of the Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m). Enjoying the mesmerizing views we will descend back to Lhonak. The base camp offers glorious views of the mountains in the Kanchenjunga region like Kanchenjunga South (8476m), Kirat Chuli (7362m), Pyramid Peak (7140m), and numerous others. Overnight stay at Lhonak.

Day 14- Return to Ghunsa

Enjoying the most amazing experience at Pangpema and Lhonak today we will descend back to Ghunsa. Retracing the familiar paths along the Lhonak and Kambachen we will also cross the moraines of Kanchenjunga and Kumbakarna glaciers before entering the Ghunsa. The Himalayan panorama will also keep us company along the descent. Overnight stay at Ghunsa

Day 15- Trek from Ghunsa to Selele (4480m)

Today after having breakfast we will continue to trek along the bank of the Yamtari Khola and then climb steeply along the rock landscapes through the dense forested landscape  to the beautiful viewpoint called Tama La from where we can enjoy the magnificent mountain views like Januu (7711m) Nyukla Lachung (6670m) Temachunggi (6044m) and other mountains. From Tama La we will ascend a bit to enter a beautiful village of Selele. Overnight stay at Selele.


Day 16-Cross Simon La (4645m) to Trek to Tseram (3870m)

The trek will be along the rocky ridgeline for one and a half hours until we will reach the Simon La (4645m). The views of the mountains like Januu Himal (7711m) Makalu (8463m) Chamlang (7321m) and sometimes a glimpse of the Everest (8848m) can be seen. From Simon La, we will continue to ascend for another one and a half hour until we will steeply climb to Tseram. Overnight stay at Tseram.

Day 17- Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4580m) and after lunch going to Oktang (4730m) and back to Ramche

We will continue along the trail passing the Yalung Glacier. We will cross few farmlands and grazing fields before climbing the Ramche. On reaching Ramche we will head towards Oktang which is a famous viewpoint of Kanchenjunga. The beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains surrounding the valley and the green forests and the rivers flowing by will catch our attention. Enjoying the views we will descend back to Ramche. In the evening we will visit the monasteries and the village. Overnight stay at Ramche.


Day 18- Trek from Ramche to Tortong 2955m

The descending trail with the stunning views of the southern side of the Annapurna will lead us to Tortong. Initially, on the trek, we cross the settlements at Anda Phedi and head to Tortong. The trail mostly passes through the forest areas and the pasture lands. Overnight stay at Tortong.


Day 19- Trek from Tortong to Yamphudin 2080m

Today we will head toward a Sherpa village called Yamphudin. It might be one of the most challenging days for us as we will descend along the area which is highly vulnerable to landslides. It will almost take 3 hours of steep climbing and four hours of descend to reach Yamphudin. Overnight stay at Yamphudin.


Day 20- Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang 1915m

We will be trekking along the new route, less number of tourist visit these areas. We will cross two passes and many beautiful and traditional villages of Chhetri and Brahmins. After crossing Ghatichhinne Bhanjyang and Ekchana Bhanjyang we pass Sangading to reach Khebang. We will be in the constant company of gorgeous landscapes all the way till Khebang. Overnight stay at Khebang.

Day 21- Trek from Khebang to Khandinbe

Today will be our last day of trekking. We will walk past many settlements farmlands and beautiful forest. Enjoying every moment of this trek and craving the beautiful memories we will finally reach our destination Khandinbe. We pass through villages like Pedang and Okharbote on the way. Also the trail runs along the Kabeli River. Overnight stay at Khandinbe.


Day 22- Drive from Khandinbe to Birtamod

After having our lunch, we will drive to the bus park of Khandinbe. A scenic drive along the beautiful landscapes and views of the mountains will take us to Birtamod. On reaching Birtamod we will explore the place. It is a small market area. In the evening we will check-in the hotel. Overnight stay at Birtamod.


Day 23- Drive from Birtamod to Bhadrapur and Fly to Kathmandu

We will drive to Bhadrapur in the early morning and then take a scenic flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu we will transfer you to the hotel. You can also loosen your sore muscles in the hotel or at the spas in the city. You can explore the areas around the city, in the evening. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.


Day 24- Visit Kathmandu Valley

This day will be the leisure day we will do some last minute shopping from the streets of Thamel and then we will visit some famous places in and around Kathmandu valley along with the experienced tour guide. We will visit the famous Pashupatinath temple Boudhanath Stupa Swayambhunath stupa and some durbar squares. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.


Day 25- Transfer to international airport for your final departure

In the early morning, we will drive you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your scheduled flight bidding you the final goodbye.


Cost Details

Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Kathmandu Int’l Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per group size.
* 4 nights Accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at standard hotel in Kathmandu.
* Sightseeing tour program as per above itinerary and all entrance fees.
* Domestic flight ticket from Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu and airport tax.
* 3 Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trekking period.
* Best possible lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their foods, accommodation, salary, equipment & insurance.
* All ground transportation by private vehicle.
* Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit.
* Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit.
* All necessary other permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.

Our Trek Package Cost does not include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast in hotel.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Kathmandu, Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, Internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipment.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver…

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