Grade

Difficult

Location

Taplejung

Max Altitude

5,143m

Religions

Hindu/Buddhist

Ethnic People

Tamang/Limbu/Sherpa

Accommodation

Hotel/Lodge/Tent

Transportation

Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight

Minimum Pax

2pax

Geography

Mountain/Forest/Village

$2,100 $1,750

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Trekking has got more to do with the journey rather than the destination and Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a testament to that. This off-beat trekking experience takes the trekkers to the base camp of the third tallest in the world, Kanchenjunga (8,586m). While Januu Himal (7,711m) and Kanchenjunga (8,586m) offer majestic appearances, the trek snakes through Kirant and Tibetan settlements. Even making stop at illustrious monastery of Lungsumgba, the trek offers both natural and cultural affairs.

 

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Your arrival in Nepal is followed by a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu Valley. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek begins with a pleasant flight to the city of Biratnagar. Forming the south eastern border of Nepal with India, the city offers a diverse contrast to both climate and landscapes as compared to Kathmandu. The next day sees us fly towards the hilly town of Suketar heading towards the north.

After a brief rest at the hamlet, we begin our trek reaching Mitlung. Ascending through the forests, we begin our trek crosses Chirwa and Sukethum in quick succession. Thereon, the trek becomes more difficult as we reach Amjilosa. Another day of trekking takes us to Gyabla. Continuing the trek, we walk along the Ghunsa River to reach Ghunsa where we take a day off for acclimatization.

Ascending through the now snowy landscapes, we make our way to Kambachen and Lhonak. Trekking along the Kanchenjunga Glacier, we head towards the Northern Kanchenjunga Base Camp, also known as Pangpema. The descending journey sees us take on the Selele La Pass (4480m) and Sinion La Pass (4645m) heading away from Ghunsa to Tseram.

The final stretch of the trek takes us to the hamlet of Ramche before descending back to Tseram. Thereafter, we head west towards Taplejung crossing Yamphudin and Anpan en route. The journey comes to a close as we head back to Suketar before flying back to Biratnagar and then onto Kathmandu.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek navigates around some of the most off-beat trails in Nepal. For such adventure, you need expert guidance and assistance. As such, we, at Nepal Treks, make sure that your trip to Kanchenjunga region is worth your while. We offer various transportation, accommodation, and guides to suit your travel needs.

 

Trip Highlights:

  • A completely off the beaten path experience to the eastern Nepal
  • Unique and vibrant culture of the Kirant communities
  • Enchanting natural beauty of the Arun Valley
  • Mesmerizing Himalayan panorama including the third highest mountain in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m)

 

  • Location
  • Days
    25
  • Nights
    24
  • Location
    Taplejung
  • Max Altitude
    5,143m
  • Religions
    Hindu/Buddhist
  • Ethnic People
    Tamang/Limbu/Sherpa
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Lodge/Tent
  • Transportation
    Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
  • Minimum Pax
    2pax
  • Geography
    Mountain/Forest/Village
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
After arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, our office representatives will receive you and drive you to the hotel. Freshening up from the day's journey, you will be introduced to our guides and other members of the staff. After the scheduled events are complete, you can explore the local areas around the hotel.
Day 2
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and preparation for the trip
Today, we take time off in the valley to properly prepare for the trip and also tour the premium sites spread around the city. Since Kanchenjunga Conservation Area falls under the restricted areas, we gather all the necessary permits required for our journey. In case you need any equipment for the trip, you can head to the local markets. In addition to this, we also journey around the valley beginning with Swayambhunath before descending towards Pashupatinath. The tours heads to the Kathmandu Durbar Square and ends at the Boudhanath Stupa.
Day 3
Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (80m)
The beginning of our journey today we fly to the eastern city of Biratnagar. The 30-minute flight takes us through a diverse cast of landscapes. The city is hot and humid, complete opposite of the chilly valley and offers a fresh outtake to our journey. After checking into the hotel, you can explore the village areas.
Day 4
Flight from Biratnagar to Suketar (2420m) and trek to Mitlung (921m)
The day begins early as we head out of Biratnagar towards the north eastern region of the nation. The 30-minute flight takes us back to the hills and offers a lovely teaser as to what awaits us from our days of travels. Touching down on the remote airstrip of Suketar brings us to the trailhead for our journey. After a brief rest we begin our journey alongside the Tamor River and head to Mitlung.
Day 5
Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa (1640m)
Making our way out of Mitlung early, we follow the hilly trail gradually ascending through the valley. Through the eastern bank of Tamor River, we continue our through Sinwa and Tawa en route. Crossing the terraced farmlands filled with rice and cardamom, the journey reaches the banks of Thiwa Khola. Up and over the suspension bridge and we arrive at the hamlet of Chirwa.
Day 6
Trek from Chirwa to Sukethum (1640m)
The journey begins with a lovely crossing of the Sinuwa Khola heading towards the hamlet of Taplethok. This is also the entry point to the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and offers plenty of sightings of rare flora and fauna. Crossing over the Temewa Khola, we reach Hellok and continue along the Simbuwa Khola. A short trek brings us to Ghunsa Khola beyond which lies the hamlet of Sukethum.
Day 7
Trek from Sukethum to Amjilosa (2490m)
The journey heading out of Sukethum follows the Ghunsa Khola alongside its northern border. The journey ahead is a pleasant one and, for the most parts, heads through lush green forests. Gradually climbing the ridges, they offer views of the vibrant hamlets down below us. We take on the final stretch of the trek ascending towards Amjilosa.
Day 8
Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m)
After breakfast, we begin our trek heading to Gyabla. The hilly trail once again enters the lush green forests filled with pine, fir, and rhododendron trees. Finding the banks of Ghunsa Khola, we cross the river headed towards a cluster of settlement with houses made of stone. A straightforward walk brings us to a large waterfall, beyond which lies Gyabla.
Day 9
Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3430m)
Our first trip into the 3000m altitude, today, we make our way towards Ghunsa. Descending alongside the river bank, the trail quickly gathers pace reaching Phale. The village is well known for items of Tibetan handicrafts and a local monastery with ancient Thangkas. Beyond Phale, the trek enters the dense pine forests all the way to Ghunsa.
Day 10
Rest day
To let our bodies properly acclimatize with the changing altitudes today we take a day off at Ghunsa. The Sherpa hamlet is a lovely place to take a day off with gorgeous views of the Himalayas and valleys. For our acclimatization hike, we take one the Lapsang La Pass (5110m) crossing the Yamatari Khola and onto the terminal moraines of Yamatari Glacier. A contrasting set of landscapes including the lush green valleys and the snow white Himalayas await us on our way.
Day 11
Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4040m)
One of the more challenging days as we make our way to Kambachen crossing over to the altitude of 4,000m. From Ghunsa, the journey ascends through the eastern bank of Ghunsa Khola before heading towards the north to find Rampuk Kharka. Beyond the pasture land, we cross the suspension bridge heading towards a large waterfall. The trail winds through the landslide area guided by the stunning views of Mt. Januu (7,711m). The final stretch of the trek climbs alongside the steep Himalayan trail towards Kambachen.
Day 12
Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4,785m)
Heading out of Kambachen, we leave the forests headed for the deserted snowy landscapes. Through the rocky fields, the trail takes us to the hamlet of Ramtang beyond which the trail is pretty much deserted. Traversing through the north western moraines of the Kanchenjunga Glacier, we make our way to Lhonak. The last stop before the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, it boasts views of Wedge Peak (6,802 meters), Mera Peak (6,364 meters), and Nepal Peak (7,177 meters) amongst several others.
Day 13
Trek from Lhonak to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5140m)
A big day awaits us as we begin our journey headed for the northern basecamp of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m). Taking on the glacial moraines, we begin our journey navigating through the icy trail headed towards the base camp. Through the northern ridges, we make our way towards the base camp, also known as Pangpema. The base camp offers stunning views of Mt. Lhotse (8,414m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Januu Himal (7,711m), Baruntse (7,129), and the majestic massif of Kanchenjunga (8,586m).
Day 14
Trek back to Kambachen (4040m)
Backtracking through the trail, today, we make our way back to Kambachen. The journey heading out of Lhonak is much easier this time around as we gradually descend back through the glacial moraines. Reaching Ramtang, we take a brief rest and then set off for our final stretch of our trek reaching Kambachen.
Day 15
Trek from Kambachen to Ghunsa (3430m)
Continuing our descending journey, we make our way to Ghunsa today. From Kambachen, the trail sets off on a descending journey towards Rampuk Kharka. Through the western banks of the Ghunsa Khola, the journey settles on a comfortable hilly trail surrounded by lush green forests reaching Ghunsa. The trail follow the Ghunsa River to reach the Ghunsa village.
Day 16
Trek from Ghunsa to Selele La (4480m)
For our final piece of Himalayan adventure today we make our way towards the high camp Selele La located at an altitude of 4,480m. Once again leaving behind the lush green forests, the trail climbs through the banks of Ghunsa Khola. The ascent to the top of the Selele La Pass (4480m) is a pretty rigorous one as it involves walking through steep trails. Today, we trek all the way to the high camp of Selele La for the night with a stunning Himalayan panorama including Mt. Makalu (8,463m).
Day 17
Trek from Selele La to Tseram (3870m)
One of the longer and challenging days of our journey today we make our way to Tseram taking on the mountain passes. The journey actually sees us make our way through the Himalayan pass of Sinion La (4,645m). Enjoying the views of the Himalayas, we carefully navigate our way descending past the Sinion La Pass (4645m). Later, we take on a steep descent towards Tseram.
Day 18
Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4360m)
The hamlet of Ramche is next on our list as the trail heading out of Tseram takes on a steep ascent reaching Yalung Kharka. One of the shorter days, the journey takes us past a series of valleys past the snout of Yalung Glacier. The final stretch of the journey is a pleasant one. The trail ascends gently through a series of lakes and streams reaching Ramche.
Day 19
Trek from Ramche to Tseram (3870m)
The day begins early as we make our way towards the Oktang view point to enjoy the enchanting views of the Himalayas. We can also visit the revered Oktang Monastery while we explore the vicinity. Traversing through the Yalung Glacier, the trail ascends steeply along a ridge to lead up to the view point. Enjoying the views of Yalung Peak (5,630m), Kanbachen (7,802m) and the southern face of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m), we descend back towards Tseram.
Day 20
Trek from Tseram to Yamphudin (1690m)
Today, we make our way all the way to Yamphudin. Through the banks of Simbuwa Khola, the trail descends through the lush green forests towards Tortong. Taking a brief rest at Tortong, we begin our ascent heading through the narrow trail towards Lasiya Bhanjyang. The final stretch of the trek descends to the banks of Amji Khola. Continuing along the banks of Amji River, we arrive at Yamphudin.
Day 21
Trek from Yamphudin to Anpan
Continuing our descending journey, we follow the Kabeli Khola downstream. The hamlet of Mamankhe is clearly outlined by the terraced fields of paddy and cardamom plants where we take a short break. Crossing the Khesewa Khola on a suspension bridge, the trail takes us on a short ascent. Descending from the top of the hill, we head to Anpan.
Day 22
Trek from Anpan to Taplejung
Heading out of Anpan the trail enters the dense forests that are ever present in the region. The pleasant journey takes us up and over the suspension bridge of Kabeli Khola reaching the vibrant hamlet of Khesewa. Continuing on we reach the banks of Phawa Khola which leads on to Simbu. Exiting the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, we continue our journey past several streams to reach Taplejung.
Day 23
Trek from Taplejung to Suketar (2420m)
The final day of our trek, today, we make our way to the hamlet of Suketar from Taplejung. Heading out of Taplejung, the journey gradually ascends through the pleasant hilly landscapes. Passing Deurali and Deurali Pass (2600m), we arrive at Suketar. Reaching the hamlet of Suketar concludes our Himalayan adventure as we prepare for our flight back home.
Day 24
Flight from Suketar to Biratnagar and again flight to Kathmandu
The day begins early as we make our way out of Suketar heading back to Biratnagar. With one final glance at the Himalayas we fly out of the Himalayas and back to the Terai city at Biratnagar. After a brief rest at Biratnagar, we take another flight heading back to Kathmandu. Touching down at Kathmandu, we directly head back to our hotel.
Day 25
Final Departure from Kathmandu
Our representatives will drop you back to Tribhuvan International Airport just in time for your flight back home. We hope you had a lovely time with us and we look forwards to seeing you again.


  • Pick up and drop Airport-Hotel-Airport in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • Flight ticket from Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Suketar- Kathmandu.
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek.
  • Accommodation of Lodges,Guesthouses, tented camp in Twin Sharing Basis during the trek.
  • Trekking Permit(National Park entry fee).
  • TIMS card(Trekker’s Information Management System).
  • Necessary staff during the trekking period With Experience Guide and Porters.
  • 20 Kg Luggage free Per Person during the trekking (with porter).
  • Facility of Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment for all trekking staffs.
  • Group medical supplies (First Aid kit).
  • All hotel accommodation with BB Plan in Kathmandu.
  • Farewell Dinner before departure.
  • Our service charges.
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Not Included
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Alcoholic beverages, personal nature expenses, Mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internets.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if required such as personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue.
  • Extra luggage and personal trekking gears.
  • Extra porter cost US$20 per person per days per 20Kg.
  • International flight tickets, date change or re-issue  if required.
  • Nepal visa fee, Visa issuance is easy upon arrival.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
         
 
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EQUIPMENT FOR TREKKING.
  • 1 pair strong hiking boots/ sports shoes
  • 1 medium rucksack/backpack
  • 1 small day pack
  • 1 sleeping bag (according to seasons)
  • 1 inner sleeping sheet
  • 1 down jacket/all-weather Anorak
  • 1 fleece/warm sweater
  • 1 water and windproof jacket
  • 2 pair lightweight trousers
  • 1 pair shorts
  • 2 long sleeves cotton or polypro
  • 2 T-shirts /1 medium sized towel
  • 1 water bottle-1 or 2 liter
  • 1 torch/flashlight and spare batteries
  • 2 pairs light socks
  • 3 pairs heavy wool socks
  • Underwear (including thermals)
  • Cotton headscarf/bandana
  • Warm hat/gloves (waterproof)
  • Sunglasses and Sunhat
  • Money Belt
  • Water purification tablets/solution
  • Sun block Cream(30-50)
  • Personal toiletries
  • Moleskin for blister
  • Toilet paper
  • Bio degradable soap/shampoo
  • Any personal medication
  • 3/4 plastic bags (for wrapping clothes)
Note: Due to the different seasons in Nepal, trekkers are requested to inquire before preparing equipment.  

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