Kanchanjunga trek

Kanchenjunga Trek

  • Trip Overview
  • Itinerary

Trip Overview

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of the most famous trekking destinations for travelers who like undergoing the off-the-beaten-trails trekking journeys in Nepal. Experiencing the sublimity of the third highest mountain on Earth, with its elevation of 8586 meters, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of the most beautiful trekking journeys in the world. Standing in the border of Nepal and India, Mount Kanchenjunga is beautiful to look at, covered in the snowy patina of ivory. The trekking trails are also decorated beautifully with the chartreuse of emerald foliages and lush verdant trees and wooded acreages. Because of this, the trekking journey has an amazing natural quintessence about its green environments ornamented beguilingly with water-bodies and dainty villages along with the majestic views of the mountain. The word “Kanchenjunga” is derived from the conjecture of five words in the Tibetan language that mix together to give you the single word of context. It translates to “the Five treasures of the snow”, and the mountain peak is worshipped by many inhabitants of the villages and settlements both in Nepal and in India. It lies in the eastern part of Nepal and was open to trekking only in 1988. Comparatively, trekking in the northern base camp presents more surprising views and a wide variance of the sceneries than the southern base camp. Trekking to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, you would be presented with magnificent views of the surrounding peaks as well, like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and many more. The palatial beauty of the trekking trails are also an added advantage for trekkers because of it simply marvelous natural quiddities. While making your way to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, you would also be coming across many village sand settlements along the way, and you would then be able to experience the day to day life of the local people and observe their unique customs and cultures and their rituals at the remote secluded part of the Himalayas.

Beginning the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, you would be flying to Taplejung from Kathmandu and will continue to trek to the settlement of Mitlung. Walking on narrow amethyst trails, you would be passing through different vast areas of vibrant plant life brimming with the vegetation of cardamom shrubs and rhododendron trees. As you reach Chirwa, you would be presented with the sights of the mystical forests and wonderful woodlands that posses many different types of flora and fauna idiosyncratic to this region of Nepal. Trudging along some more beautiful cardamom meadows, you would be approaching the dainty village of Sukathum. Ornamented beguilingly with the vibrancy of the jaded landscape, you would be trekking along the trails that pass through the verdant forests rich with the growth of fir, oak, rhododendron and bamboos that all provide a wonderful green canopy to the travelers. As you reach Gyabla, a Tibetan settlement, you would be able to experience the Tibetan cultures and traditions of the people residing there. En-route to Ghunsa, you will pass through terraces of farms wet with the plantations of potatoes, wheat, barley and buckwheat. The sight is ravishing to see, especially since the view of the Kanchenjunga Peak shadows the natural telicity of the area. You would be acclimatizing here in your trekking journey.

Before trekking to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp lying at the height of 5388 m, we will traverse along moraines set north-west of the Kanchenjunga Glacier to reach Lhonak where the excellent mountain views are quite captivating. Reaching the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, the spectacular Kanchenjunga or Wedge Peak, cerulean Kanchenjunga Glacier and several other peaks will greet you, making it one of the most memorable experiences of your life. Also, we will traverse along several high passes like Mirgin La (4725m) and Sinion La (4460m) which is quite a challenging experience.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek designed by Escape Himalaya is bound to enthrall you as it presents awesome Himalayan vistas and the opportunity to walk through the subtropical lowlands adorned with the striking glacial highlands, enthralling rhododendron woods and beautiful villages. You can also have a glimpse of the rare animals that reside within the Kanchenjunga Conservation Are, like musk deer and Blue Sheep, along your trekking journey. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek will be an unforgettable experience Escape Himalaya presents to you. Escape Himalaya provides an excellent rendering of services to its customers and we make sure that our customers are getting the optimal context on their trekking journeys. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek package is designed carefully, keeping the satisfaction of our customers in mind, and at the same time, the package also incorporates all of the beautiful natural and cultural quintessence of the remote region in a relative amount of time. Come join us in this ravishing adventure where you can experience aesthetically pleasing magnificence of the mountains, alluring natural winsomeness and have a closer look at the culture, lifestyle and traditions of the people in the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Package with us! You can also opt for our Makalu Base Camp Trek as well.

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportations by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Four night accommodation with breakfast  in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tours including tour guide, entry fees and private vehicle
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Round trip airfare from Kathmandu – Suketar and Suketar – Kathmandu including departure tax
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Duffel bag for the trek.
  • Escape Himalaya T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • All necessary permits including: Kanchenjunga special permit, TIMS and conservation permit fees
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Any kind of drinks other than tea/coffee during the trek
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Itinerary

    Day 01 Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu.

    Arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Our airport representative will welcome you and explain the program further. There are no planned activities for the day, so check into the hotel. Enjoy your overnight stay at the hotel.

    Day 02 KATHMANDU VALLEY SIGHTSEEING TOUR

    Today, you will have a guided sightseeing tour of the ancient Kathmandu Valley. The city of Kathmandu has four major UNESCO World Heritage Sites within it. Each of the heritage sites present insight into the history and religious reverence of Nepal. You will visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square- an old palace complex lying in the very heart of Kathmandu that has many old temples, monuments and the former royal palace of the Nepalese monarchy. You can enjoy the Newa architecture of the old buildings and also take in the ornately decorated woodwork, metal work and stone masonry done on the windows, doors and pillars of the buildings. Next, you will visit the Pashupatinath Temple- a sacred Hindu temple located besides the Bagmati River. It is one of the most religious Hindu shrines of Nepal and on occasions, you can also witness the cremation ceremony of the Hindu people being performed here. The next site is the Swayambhunath Stupa- a revered site of both the Hindu and the Buddhist people of Nepal. It is located atop a hill and presents a panoramic view of the bustling Kathmandu city. Lastly, you will visit the Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist Mandala in the country. After the tour, we will return back to our Hotel. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

    Day 03 FLY TO TAPLEJUNG (2320M/76096FT) AND TREK TO MITLUNG (920M/3017FT), DURATION: 3 HOURS

    You will be transferred to the airport for your thirty minute flight to Taplejung that is situated in northeastern Nepal with the Tamur River flowing through the district. The area is home of Mount Kanchenjunga. The name "Taplejung" is derived from the words "Taple" and "Jung". Taple was the medieval Limbu king who ruled the area and "Jung" in the Limbu language means fort. As such, "Taplejung" literally translates as "the Fort of King Taple". Upon arriving at the Suketar Airport at Taplejung, we will start our trek to Mitlung- an old village surrounded by green hills and dotted with traditional Nepali houses with thatch roofs and rice farms. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 04 MITLUNG TO CHIRWA (1270 M/4166 FT), DURATION: 5 - 6 HOURS

    The trail to Chirwa ascends and descends steadily as we make our way towards the village of Sinwa. We will continue trekking downhill until we reach Tawa. At Tawa, we ascend to some heights and cross the suspension bridge at Thiwa. Passing a beautiful rural landscape along the way, with dense forests and coruscating trails that wind along small brooks and rivers, we will reach Chirwa, a beautiful Limbu village with few lodges and tea shops. We spend the night at Chirwa. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 05 CHIRWA TO SUKATHUM (1576 M/5169 FT), DURATION: 5 - 6 HOURS

    The trek from Chirwa to Sukathum passes through a varied trans-Himalayan landscape lush with cardamom fields and dense deciduous woods. We will trek uphill for some time, then descend down the terrain to the lush green fields below. Continuing trekking along the Tamor River, we will be passing through relatively untouched fields of greenery and verdant vegetation. It’s both an uphill-and-downhill trek until crossing the Ghunsa River, after which we will reach Sukathum and spend the night there. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 06 SUKATHUM TO AMJILOSA (2308 M /7570 FT), DURATION: 6 - 7 HOURS

    Trekking from Sukathum to Amjilosa is challenging. After crossing the suspension bridge outside Sukathum, we will enter a dense forest, ascend the steep trail, descend and cross the river again. Climbing a gorge from the bottom, we will be passing by the Solima village and descend again to the level of the river below. All in all, this day’s trekking is rather tough.
    Therefore, it is advisable to be very careful especially while walking the trail that passes the gorge. We later follow a tricky trail which goes both uphill and downhill until reaching Amjilosa where we spend the night. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 07 AMJILOSA TO GYABLA (2730 M /8954 FT), DURATION: 6 - 7 HOURS

    We start today's trekking from the river bank, passing through a dense forest of bamboo, fir and rhododendrons until eventually reaching a small stone house by the river. From here, we will then climb uphill while crossing a few small bridges along the way. Here, we get to enjoy the company of stunning waterfalls that originate from the mountains. After yet another short uphill walk, we will reach the Tibetan settlement to Gyabla. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 08 GYABLA TO GHUNSA (3595 M/11792 FT), DURATION: 5 - 6 HOURS

    Descending down the river as we trek on the beautiful emerald trail, we can notice the valley as it slowly opens up before reaching Phale, a Tibetan refugee settlement where it is possible to purchase handicrafts and homemade rugs from the locals. After purchasing a few souvenirs, we will travel through the brimming conifer and pine forest to reach the Sherpa village of Ghunsa where we will spend the night. This place is known for its hydroelectricity plant and the fact that more than 20 prominent conservationists met a tragic end in a helicopter crash. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 09 ACCLIMATIZATION DAY AT GHUNSA

    We take care to spend time acclimatizing around Ghunsa before continuing our next day’s trek. We recommend you to stay active even in a rest day as it is better than being idle while on a trekking journey. Therefore, we will take a short hike towards the Laspsan La Monastery through the lush green forest. After spending time at the Monastery, we will come back to Ghunsa by afternoon and relax. The monastery is a great place to get to enjoy the views of the Kanchenjunga peak. The mountain seems to rise against the ground like a giant white shroud of snow and glimmering turquoise. Moreover, you can also enjoy the Buddhist murals in the monastery and offer a prayer for a successful journey. The camphor-lit monastery attends to monks and trains young monks on the different sects of Buddhism. The pastel colored murals hung on the monastery walls tell different stories about Buddhist myths and legends. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 10 GHUNSA TO KAMBACHEN (4050 M/13284 FT), DURATION: 5 - 6 HOURS

    From Ghunsa, we will trek further north along the river bank- which presents us a magnificent mountain scenery. Passing through meadows full with beautiful wildflowers, rhododendron and pine forests, we will cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka and continue past the waterfall to cross the tricky section of the landslide. After crossing the landslide area, we will begin to see the spectacular view of Mount Jannu. It is also referred as Mount Kumbhakarna, and it is the 32nd highest mountain on Earth. In the Limbu language, the mountain is called Phoktanglungma- which translates to "the mountain with shoulders". The mountain peak is also sacred to the Kirant people, and its name "Kumbhakarna" comes from the demon from the Hindu epic- Ramayana. Further exploring and tackling the tricky mountain trail, we will finally arrive at Kambachen and spend the night. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 11 ACCLIMATIZATION DAY AT KAMBACHEN

    We will take yet another day for acclimatization at Kambachen which is reserved to accommodate participants in high altitude and also to observe if anybody in the group has any symptoms of altitude sickness. The overall idea for this day is to relax- take a bath and/or explore the Nuphchu Khola Valley area. You can see spectacular views of Mount Ghabur from here, and the snowy terrain is often dotted with mountain yaks that graze on buried patches of mountain grass. Beautiful rhododendron trees are grown here, and in the spring- the village is decorated quite majestically with red and pink flowers that contrast in a heavenly way against the snowy backdrop. You can visit Buddhist hermit meditation caves here as well and take a short trip to the Jannu Glacier moraine. We spend yet another night at Kambachen. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 12 KAMBACHEN TO LHONAK (4780 M/15678 FT), DURATION: 6 - 7 HOURS

    Today will be another challenging day and an early start is needed. Trekking through rocky fields and large boulders on the hillside along the riverbank, we will arrive at a waterfall. We then cross a bridge to the Ramtang monastery and further on out, will come across a landslide section which we must pass through at a steady pace before descending to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 13 TREK TO PANGPEMA/KANCHENJUNGA NORTH BASE CAMP (5388 M/17673 FT), DURATION: 6 - 7 HOURS

    We trek along the Kanchenjunga Glacier to spend a night at Pangpema, Kanchenjunga base camp on the north side. We urge you to be careful around the rockier sections as they are prone to landslides. After a short while you reach Pangpema, a flat grassy base camp. Climb a little higher and enjoy the splendor of Jannu, Kanchenjunga and the Chang Himal. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 14 TREK BACK TO KAMBACHEN (4050 M/13284 FT), DURATION: 6 - 7 HOURS

    We retrace our path to Lhonak and continue down the valley to the Ramtang Monastery. The return journey offers a different perspective of the mountains like Kanchenjunga, Taple Shikhar, Gimmigela, and the Mera Peak among others. Due to the descending nature of this trek, we will reach Kambachen by evening and spend the night there. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 15 KAMBACHEN TO GHUNSA (3595 M/11792 FT), DURATION: 3 - 4 HOURS

    We descend to Ghunsa from Kambachen which means that we get to enjoy the beautiful snow-enveloped forests along with a backdrop of the impressive mountain scenery. The magical journey is made even more paradise-like by the fact that the trekking trail is often shrouded in low mist and gives you an eerie feel of being in another world. We will stay overnight at Ghunsa. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 16 GHUNSA TO SELE LE (4290 M/14071 FT), DURATION: 6 - 7 HOURS

    It’s a steep trek upward from Ghunsa to Sele-Le. Upon reaching Sele Le, we will climb through a dense forest of moss, rhododendron and juniper. Lunch will be served in an appropriate place with the availability of water. We will spend the night in Sele Le. The tea-houses at Sele Le are rather basic, but the journey is worth it because of the vast expanse of snow and the distant looming mountains of the Kanchenjunga massif. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 17 SELE LE TO CHERAM (3870 M/12694 FT), DURATION: 6 - 7 HOURS

    We will be doing an uphill trek, all the while enjoying the mesmerizing south side view of the Jannu Himal and Mount Makalu (the world’s 6th highest mountain). Today is a strenuous trekking day as we will cross several passes- the Sinion La, the Mirgin La and the Sinelapche Bhanjyang. We will then make a steep descend to Cheram and spend the night there. The trekking trail gorgeous passes through fir trees that line the journey with an environment that can only come out of a fairy-tale book. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 18 CHERAM TO RAMCHE (4580 M/15022 FT) AND RETURN BACK TO CHERAM, DURATION: 4 - 5 HOURS

    We ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and walk alongside the Simbuwa Khola, passing through the Lapsang village to reach Ramche. While there, we walk further up the valley or ascend a ridge for a tremendous view of the Blue Sheep. The animal, called Bharal in the native tongue, is a beautiful caprid that are often protected by Buddhist monasteries. They are the major prey of the Snow Leopard, and are very captivating to look at with their big horns and powerful legs that carry them up almost vertical straps of gorges. We then follow the stream before climbing on the moraine top until confronted by Kanchenjunga’s southern face. Walking further ahead, we can catch a glimpse of the Jannu Himal again, looming with its lopsided summit. We can even consider continuing to the Oktang Monastery. We will descend and spend the night at Cheram. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 19 CHERAM TO TORTONG (2995 M/9824 FT), DURATION: 5 - 6 HOURS

    As we descend to Tortong, we will first encounter two trails. One trail is the one we took while descending down from Sele Le. However, we will not take this route and instead descend further down to the trail alongside the Simbuwa Khola where lush rhododendron forests line the journey in a spectacular fashion. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 20 TORTONG TO YAMPHUDIN (2080 M/6822 FT), DURATION: 6 - 7 HOURS

    While descending from Tortong to Yamphudin, we will pass through Lasiya Bhanjyang which involves walking up through trees and area of landslides. "Bhanjyang" is a local word that means "Mountain Pass"- similar to the Tibetan word "La". The trail is cut sharp against the steep hill and is completely open to the gaping vastness on one side. The terrain changes after every monsoon but by the middle of October, it should be stable with a route through. Walking further down, we will reach the village of Yamphudin, a village inhabited by Sherpas, Limbus and Rai ethnic people. The beautiful village is strewn with lush ficus trees and thatch-roofed houses where you can experience the local culture. The women and men of the village dress in traditional attires, with pote necklaces and gold plated copper headdresses and nose phuli. Mile long terrace farms are embedded into the hills and you can also enjoy the local drink Tongba- an alcoholic drink typical for the Kanchenjunga region. It is prepared with boiled and fermented millet and is consumed warm. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 21 TREK TO MAMANKE (1800M/6000FT), DURATION: 6 - 7 HOURS

    From Yamphudin, we will make our way to Mamanke (1800m). The snow-line ceases slowly, and the terrain is replaced with trans-Himalayan vegetation again, with lush forests and dry soils baking in the Himalayan sun. The moisture of the woods scents the trail with an aroma of fresh pine and chamomile. It is a beautiful journey and you can also experience the local people working on the farms of millet and potatoes and carrying donkey caravans along the way. The vast wheat fields at Mamanke are quite beautiful and the towering mountains in the distance decorate the skyline like a postcard. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 22 TREK TO LALIKHARKA (2265M/7430FT), DURATION: 5 HOURS

    The trek to Lalikharka winds along the village passing Mamanke and goes through the woods. Terrace farms and swirling vast patches of wheat and rice fields make a gorgeous view set against the mountains. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 23 TREK BACK TO SUKETAR (2320M/76096FT), DURATION: 4 - 5 HOURS

    The trek back to Suketar is much like the trail to Lalikharka. The village of Suketar is also a rather quaint village where the people go about their day, chopping fire woods, farming or rearing domesticated cattle. It is a prime example of the peaceful village life of the Nepali Himalaya. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 24 FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU.

    From Suketar, we will make our way back to Taplejung from where we will catch our flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

    Day 25 LEISURE DAY.

    This day is set aside for your relaxation after a long and strenuous trek. You can spend the day in Kathmandu, to rest or to explore, as per your inclination. You can also shop at Thamel- a famous tourist destination of the capital where you can shop for a wide variety of goods from Pashmina shawls to exotic jewelry. You can also try different cuisines at the many restaurants that provide continental palates. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

    Day 26 FAREWELL

    Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from Escape Himalaya will take you to the airport from where you will depart. Breakfast included.