KANCHENJUNGA BASE CAMP TREK 27 DAYS

Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  27 Days
  •  Activities:  Trekking
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Grade:  A
  •  Group Size:  2 - 12 persons
  •  Price:  3100 US $
  •  Trip Style:  Hotel/Camp
  •  Best Season:  Mar/May & Sept/Nov
  •  Transport:  Flight/Private vehicle

Overview

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is awaiting for you, reaching 8598 meters the world’s third highest peak lies over Nepal’s eastern border with Sikkim. It was first climbed in 1955 by the British climbers Joe Brown and George Band. Kanchenjunga trek lies in one of the most remote parts of the Himalayas, which is beautiful with unspoiled wilderness and boasts some of the most impressive mountain scenery on Earth. Kanchenjunga trekking takes us from the rice and tea growing tropical lowlands to the high glaciers, which tumble from the peaks surrounding Kanchenjunga and visits both south and north face Base Camps.

 

The Kanchenjunga trek begins and ends at the small airstrip at Sukhetar which lies in the remote north east corner of Nepal. The trek leads through fascinating villages and pristine forests to the awe-inspiring South Face Base Camp at Ramche, before crossing the Mirgin La to the north side of Kanchenjunga and the Pang Pema base camp. The magnificent mountain views, traditional villages, cascading mountain rivers and its remoteness combine to make the Kanchenjunga trek a glorious and unforgettable experience.

Full Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrival in Kathmandu

    Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport one of Community Trek representatives will be there to welcome you before taking you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

    (Dinner) (1335 meters) (Hotel)
  • Day 02

    Kathmandu half day sightseeing and preparation for Trekking

    Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu Durbar Square and Monkey Temple) with your guide then your Trekking guide briefs you regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.

    (Breakfast) (1335 meters) (Hotel)
  • Day 03

    Flight to Bhadrapur and drive to Illam

    The morning is free to sort out any last minute arrangements for the trek. An afternoon flight to the hot and humid Bhadrapur. From Bhadrapur, a 4-5 hour ride takes to Illam, tea capital of the country.

    (40 minute flight and 5-6 hours drive ) (BLD) (Illam 3636 meters) (2 - 3 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 04

    Drive to Suketar (2420 meters) and trek to Lali Kharkha .

    A brief 4 hours drive finally leads to Suketar. Now, the trek starts on a new dusty road with views of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) and Jannu (7110 meters), and passes Deurali, a small stop with two small shops. After Deurali, a short ascent and a continuous downhill with many shortcuts lead to Lalikharka.

    (4- 5 hours drive ) (BLD) (2420 meters) (3-4 hours ) (Camping )
  • Day 05

    Trek to Kade Banjyang

    After an easy, quick walk in the morning, a steep descend through some villages follows. The downhill continues as the trail passes through the fields of Simbu village and keeps on going all the way upto the river (Pa Khola). Now, a climb starts to go up for the next good couple of hours and pass through a higher secondary school at Kunjari and finally reached Bhanjyang, (the top). After Bhanjyang, the trail is more subtle and undulates for less than half an hour to reach a small settlement of couple of houses at Kade Bhanjyang.

    (BLD) (2130 meters. ) (6-7 hours) (Camping )
  • Day 06

    Trek to Phumphe Danda

    A short climb after Kade Bhanjyang is soon followed by a gradual drop and reaches Khesewa in around 20 minutes. Now, the trail once again drops steeply through this long extended village down to a small stream. This steep drop takes a little less than an hour and soon is followed by a gradual uphill but with few steep sections. The trail steadies a bit and then undulates and reaches a small village and once again undulates but gradually gains height until it reaches to Phunglung village in less than half an hour. Now a gradual drop starts a descend through yet another terraced field of this big extended village which soon turns very steep for the next half an hour. Once again, more undulating trail is followed by a steep trail to a top of the ridge and more steady trail arrives near Phumphe village.

    (BLD) (1858 meters. ) (6-7 hours ) (Camping )
  • Day 7

    Trek to Yamphudin

    A good descent for less than half an hour, followed by another good climb for a bit more than an hour leads to Mamankhe. A gradual downhill soon turns into a steep climb. The climb becomes gentler but continuously keeps going up and undulates for a while. The morning steep part is for about an hour and the next undulating trail takes nearly an hour. The valley starts going down through a thin forest for a little less than an hour. After the drop, a brief climb leads to a more wider valley of Thungim.

    (BLD) (1678 meters. ) (6-7 hours) (Camping )
  • Day 08

    Trek to Amji Khola

    The trek now continues into the valley and steadily climbs its way for the good couple of hours. After the steady climb, the trail now heads into another valley with green forests and a very steep climb finally ends at Amji Khola.

    (BLD) (2400 meters) (4 - 5 hours) (Camping )
  • Day 09

    Trek to Torongton

    The day starts with a steep climb through jungle. The forest consists of bamboos and rhododendrons. After two hours of climb, a paved trail starts and goes on for another couple of hours. Finally, the uphill ends and a brief leveled ground leads to Lashe Bhanjyang. After Lashe Bhanjyang, a brief drop that goes near by a landslide section is followed a half an hour climb. (by the side of this ridge is a sheer drop of nearly 200 meters or more) The climb turns into a steep drop for the next hour and half and meets Torongden River at the bottom of a narrow valley. Now the trail undulated through the forest but consistently goes up for the next hour and after crossing a simple wooden bridge, we arrive at Torongton.

    (BLD) (2995 meters) (8-9 hours ) (Camping)
  • DAY 10

    Trek to Tseram

    The trek follows Simuwa Khola for the whole day towards North-East. The whole day is an easy uphill with few very steep climb along the valley made by the river. The trail goes through a rhododendron forests and reaches Anda Phedi, it takes another 2 hours to reach Tseram. A brief steep climb away from the river is rewarded with views of Kabru from Tseram.

    (BLD) ( 3870 meters) (5-6 hours) (Camping )
  • DAY 11

    Acclimatization day at Tseram

    Acclimatization day at Tseram.

    (BLD) ( 3870 meters) (Camping)
  • Day 12

    Trek to Ramche

    A shorter day’s walk up the final 600m to Ramche where the trail to Kanchenjunga South turns dangerous. The scenery is magnificent as we ascend past snout of the Yalung Glaciers into a series of ablation valleys which gives easy walking and good camping. A frozen lake, clear streams and views of Koktang, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of this stroll. Expect to feel the altitude today.

    (BLD) (4615 meters) (5-6 hours) (Camping)
  • DAY 13

    Trek to Tseram

    The trail moves further up into the valley with a ridge separating Yalung Kang Glacier on the right and many cliffs on the left. As the valley heads deeper, Kabru (7412 meters), Rathong (6678 meters) towers like skyscrapers on the right. After couple of hours up in the valley with couple of meadows on the way, the trail slowly starts to climb and all four summits of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) starts to appear enclosing the valley. Finally, Oktang view point (4780 meters) appears ending the trail with gigantic Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) and Kabru Range kissing the sky and the long extending views of Yalung Kang Glacier extending downward the valley. The trek retraces back following the same route to Tseram.

    (BLD) ( 3870 meters) (7-8 hours) (Camping)
  • DAY 14

    Trek to Sele La

    The first two hours is through woods and a rocky trail continues with views of wide valleys and for a brief moment Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) can be viewed. This straight steep climb, for little less than around 4 hours gets to the first pass. After the first pass, the trail briefly drops and once again climbs for the second pass. Views of several smaller 6000 meter peaks and Makalu appears from the second pass. Once again, the trail drops briefly and then again climbs for the third pass (here a Mirgin La signboard is present). Now, The trail continuously drops and zigzags through a rocky trail and finally reaches a small stream to reach Sele La.

    (BLD) ( 4290 meters) (8-9 Houra) (Camping)
  • DAY 15

    Trek to Ghunsa

    The first bit is an easy walk with bits of steep drop. The trail is bit rocky and after the first hour it gets to the first pass (there are prayer flags). It continues in similar way until the second pass but sharply starts to drop through the forest of Rhododendron trees for nearly an hour an half. A small flat ground is followed by a hydro power’s water pipe that leads into the wide valley with the big village of Ghunsa.

    (BLD) (3475 meters) (5-6 hours) (Camping)
  • DAY 16

    Trek to Kambachen

    The trail heads deeper into the valley following the Ghunsa Khola on a fairly comfortable terrain but passes through several small landslide areas. After couple of hours the trail enters the rocky river and bed crosses Ghunsa Khola. Another brief comfortable walk leads to a bottom of a waterfall and then a steep climb through a difficult landslide section continues for the next half an hour. The hardwork is rewarded with different angled views of Jannu (7710 meters). A brief drop shows the wider views of the valley and several unnamed 6000 meters peak (Tengkoma is one of these peaks) but all these disappears as we enter Khambachen, a village where two valleys meet. Fantastic views of Sobhi Thongje and Gabhur is on the south of Khambachen and Sarphu on the west completes the Panorama.

    (BLD) (4225 meters) (6-7 hours) (Camping)
  • DAY 17

    Trek to Lhonak

    The day start with a brief climb out into the narrow valley and passes through a rocky glacial trail, the trail goes through a eroded section and keeps continuing into the narrowing valley. After passing by a waterfall, a brief climb leads out into a wider valley, with views of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) and Kangbachen (7903 meters) opening up. The trail is more comfortable for the next hour and then once again climbs into a narrow valley via another eroded section but quickly goes to cross the river that leads to Lhonak. It is another small meadow where two valleys join but is lot wider than Kambachen. Kirat Chuli (7365 meters), Nepal Chuli (6910 meters) are in the east, with Mera peak in South-West and Laser Peak II in North-West.

    (BLD) (4815 meters) (6-7 hours) (Camping)
  • DAY 18

    Trek to Pangpema

    The trek continues into the valley surrounded by towering mountains and heads further into the valley towards Pangpema (Kanchenjunga North Base Camp). The trail slowly and gradually climbs and enters into several eroded parts where the trails are almost invisible. Undulating through these rubble of glacial rocks, the valley finally ends at Pangpema.

    (BLD) (5150 meters) (5-6 hours) (Camping)
  • DAY 19

    Acclimatization day at Pangpema .

    At leisure at Pangpema. Day walk options include the hill known as Drohmo Ri (5500m) above camp, which provides panoramic views of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters), Kangbachen (7903 meters) and many more.

    (BLD) (5150 meters) (Camping)
  • DAY 20

    Trek back to Kambachen

    The trek retraces back to Kambachen via same route taken earlier.

    (BLD) (4225 meters) (5-6 hours) (Camp)
  • DAY 21

    Trek back to Phale

    The trek retraces back to Ghunsa and after crossing the Ghunsa Khola, it starts to head down in the valley following the same river to Phale. This village is full of Tibetan immigrants.

    (BLD) (3140 meters) (6-7 hours) (Camping)
  • DAY 22

    Trek back to Amjilosa

    Now a steep drop through bamboo forests and crosses several small streams and slowly leads the trek back into civilizations

    (BLD) (2510 meters) (6-7 hours) (Camping)
  • Day 23

    Trek back to Chirwa

    After Amjilosa, the trail follows with the river and have some very steep sections along the way. Now, smaller settlements start to become frequent and the trek pass through small villages of Sekathum and a more populated Tapethok. Tapethok also marks the end of the conservation area and the treks entry into more populated hilly villages of Nepal. An easy walk from Tapethok ends the day at a big and busy village of Chirwa.

    (BLD) (1270 meters) (6-7 hours) (Camping)
  • Day 24

    Trek back to Phurumbu

    Now the trek happens on the lower elevations of the hilly region and passes through several Limbu villages of Sinwa. The trail climbs slowly for one last time to Phurumbu.

    (BLD) (1542 meters) (6-7 hours) (Camping)
  • Day 25

    Trek to Suketar

    The last day has bit of climb as the trek once again crosses the 2000 meter mark and reaches Suketar, finally ending the month long adventure.

    (BLD) ( 2420 meters) (3-4 hours) (Camping)
  • DAY 26

    Flight to Kathmandu via Biratnagar

    An early morning flight to Suketar and another flight back to Kathmandu.

    (Flight and Drive) (Breakfast) (Biratnagar 81m., KTM 1335 meters) (Hotel)
  • DAY 27

    Free day at Kathmandu

    A leisure day in Kathmandu, which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extended into further more tours to Kathmandu. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.  (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights)

    (Breakfast and Dinner ) (1335 meters) (Hotel)
  • DAY 28

    Departure from Kathmandu

    Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek 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 in the wonderful country of Nepal.

    (BLD) (Camp)
  • Note

    Customize your trip

    ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST. There are flights twice in a week to Suketar directly from Kathmandu. The flights are on Sunday and Wednesday.

Cost and Services

COST INCLUDES
01. Pick up and drop from international airport.
02. Kathmandu accommodation (4 nights in star level tourist standard hotel with twin sharing basis room)
03. All land transfer as per given itinerary
04. Sightseeing tour with experience local guide
05. Kathmandu – Bhadrapur and Suketar -Biratnagar – Kathmandu airfare including airport taxes.
06. All land transportations (a private car/bus).
07. All meals and hot drinks during the trek.
08. Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
09. A porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 15 kilogram luggage).
10. Kanchenjunga special permits and national park entry permits

 

Cost excludes:
01: Visa Fee.
02: Travel insurance / Medical evacuation in case of emergency (Compulsory)
03: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
05: Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
06. Personal trekking Equipments.
08. Tips for trekking staff and driver.
09. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
10: Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.

Tour Details

#Gear List
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.

 

You must bring the following items:
1. Hiking boots
2. Socks
3. Trekking trousers / pants
4. Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
5. Baselayer shirts
6. Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
7. Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
8. Waterproof jacket
9. Sunhat
10. Warm hat
11. Sunglasses
12. Thermal gloves
13. Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
14. Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
15. Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
16. Water bottles 1 L.
17. Antibacterial handwash
18. Small towel
19. Daypack, 25/30Litres
20. Trekking poles
21. Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
22. Warm jacket (down)

 

Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite) and Glucose tablets.

 

Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu.

Organization

Because of bad weather we could face problems with domestic flights to/from Suketar (Delayed or even canceled). It is very rare, but it could happen even in best trekking season. Thus, we always recommend you to add supplement night after your trek if that is possible for you (just in case). If everything runs smoothly, you can enjoy other activities like sightseeing, white water rafting, wildlife activities, shopping, during the extra days.

Responsible

Responsible tourism is something which our company takes very seriously. This is why we recommend you to read the following lines and learn about responsible tourism before your trip.

 

Environment:

  • It is advisable to eat as the locals do: eat the rice, the lentils, the fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Tourists tend to bring with them plastic water bottles, packets of crisps and chocolate bars for energy, so without thinking, they are adding to the rubbish problem. It’s fine to eat foods like that, but take your rubbish with you back to Kathmandu and throw in the bin there because up in the Himalaya, they bury it in the ground, or they burn it and that’s no good.
  • Respect any animals and wildlife you might encounter. Do not feed any animals unless you are specifically given permission, avoid picking flowers no matter how beautiful they may be, do not touch or move fossils, and importantly, don’t stroke dogs – they can be aggressive towards strangers and stray dogs in Nepal may carry rabies.

 

 

Culture:

 

  • Before you buy souvenirs. Beautiful shahtoosh shawls are woven in the Himalayas from the wool of the Tibetan Antelope, or chiru. The chiru is now endangered as a result of hunting for its precious wool – avoid buying anything made from it.
  • Food & Taboos – once you’ve touched something to your lips, it’s considered polluted for everyone else. If you take a sip from your own, or someone else’s water bottle, try not to let it touch your lips and don’t eat from someone else’s plate or offer anyone food you’ve taken a bite of.
  • Right or Left? Mmm… Right! The left hand is reserved for washing after defecating. You can use it to hold a drink or cutlery while you eat, but don’t wipe your mouth, or pass food with it.
  • Right hand & Manners. To show respect, offer money, food or gifts with both hands, or with the right hand while the left touches the wrist.
  • Keep Calm. The Nepalese are a very calm and contemplative people. You may find yourself in social situations that are completely out of your western comfort zone, but it is important to remember that the locals exercise discretion in expressing their feelings, anger and affection towards each other. If you don’t understand something, ask quietly and be patient.
  • Think before you take pictures. It’s easy to get snap-happy when presented with Nepal’s incredible landscape and lifestyle. Remember, this may be your trip of a lifetime, but it’s their reality, so introduce yourself and ask permission. Whenever possible, it is good idea to ask for a postal address and follow through by sending photographs back to local families.
  • A conservative country. Women should have their legs and shoulders covered and men should wear full-length trousers and tops with long sleeves. The forehead is regarded as the most sacred part of the body and it’s impolite to touch an adult Nepali’s head. Do not stretch your legs in public or point your feet at anyone as feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body.
  • Girls in Kathmandu and Pokhara do wear shorts or short skirts, but this is new to Nepal and you run the risk of being seen as sexually available if you do the same.
  • Spitting is normal in Nepal and you will see men, women, and children spitting on the street. The same goes for littering. Don’t pull a local up for these behaviours, but don’t join in either.
  • Avoid showing affection in public. Although some younger couples hold hands in public, this is relatively new and it is still frowned upon.
  • Ancient and sacred sites: there are a few protocol that are handy to know and easy to follow: don’t climb on ruins, avoid touching any religious object, and when you walk around monuments and temples, do so in a clockwise direction, that is – keep the monument on your right. It is generally not a problem to enter temples, but take your shoes off when you do and don’t take photos while you’re in there
  • When visiting temples, respect both the place and the people that pray there. Do not throw anything into the fire as it considered sacred and, if for some reason – time of day, particular prayer time – you are not permitted to enter, accept this graciously and ask your guide to ask when might be a better time to come back.
  • Some Hindu temples and their innermost sanctums are usually out of bounds for nonbelievers, who pose the threat of ritual pollution. If you are allowed in, be respectful, take your shoes off before entering and don’t take photos unless you’ve asked permission.
  • Though no one will ever ask, a small donation to temple that you’re visiting will be much appreciated. Donations support the operations of the day. Place your donation on the altar, or if you want to make a specific donation look for a donation box.
  • If you’re granted an audience with a lama at a Buddhist temple or monastery, it’s traditional to present him with a kata: a ceremonial white scarf (usually sold nearby).
  • If you are invited into a private home for a meal, you can bring fruit or sweets, but don’t expect thanks – it is considered offensive to make a fuss in these situations. Take your shoes off when entering, unless shown otherwise. When the food is served you may be expected to eat first, so you won’t be able to follow your host’s lead. Take less than you can eat – asking for seconds is the best compliment you can give. The meal is typically served at the end of a gathering and when the food is finished, everyone leaves.
  • Don’t give pens, money, or sweets to the local people you encounter on visits to villages and it can encourage begging and may be seen to establish a non-equal relationship between tourist and local with tourists being seen as simply ‘givers’ giving to ‘the poor’. Instead, buy local handicrafts directly from villagers and show an interest in their skills. Sweets may seem like an ideal gift for children, but access to dentists is extremely limited to rural dwellers and the last thing you want to give them is tooth decay!
  • Hassle by touts is on the rise in Nepal and it’s likely you’ll get accosted at the airport and in Kathmandu and offered drugs, treks and sex. They’re not as aggressive as in India – ignore them and they’re likely to ignore you. If they don’t, ask politely if they’ll leave you alone – do not be rude, as they’ll take it personally.
  • Dealing with beggars is par for the course in Nepal. Adjust to the pathos quickly – few beggars are bona fide and helping those that are will only encourage those that aren’t. Do not give away medicines either; instead donate them to the destitute at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital, or at the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Kathmandu.
  • The litter problem in Nepal is growing and has increased with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. Keep your waste to a minimum – avoid accepting plastic bags from shops and reuse the ones you have, buy additional food from local markets to avoid packaging, take an empty plastic bag with you on treks, so you can pick up any additional litter you might spot and take particularly harmful waste, such as batteries, back to Kathmandu with you.
  • Marijuana and other ‘recreational’ drugs are widely available in Nepal although totally illegal. If caught in possession, drugs carry huge fines and up to 20 years imprisonment.

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