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Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking is one of the longest and most adventurous trekking located in Taplejung district in the northeastern corner of Nepal. The trek takes you to the base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m), the world’s third highest mountain that straddles along the borders between Nepal and Sikkim province of India.
The highlights of Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking is to hike up to North Base Camp (5143m) and South Base Camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga. The trekking involves crossing several technical passes including Mirgin La (4663m) Tamo La (3850m), Sele La (4110m) and Sinion La (4660m). You will also approach the stunning Kanchenjunga glacier, Yalung Glacier, and Yamatari glacier and many highland freshwater lakes. Enjoy breathtaking and heart stopping views of Kanchenjunga, Jannu (7710m), Rathong (6679m), Jongsong (7,483m), Kabru (7,353m), Kirat Chuli/Tent Peak (7,365m), Merra peak (6344m), Pyramid peak (7168m), Chang Himal (6750m) etc.
The journey covers diverse landscapes from Sub-tropical evergreen forest to Alpine vegetation, from forested trails to glaciers, moraines and icy snow peaks. Indeed much of the trek is within Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, which has been declared a tri-national peace park with Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of China to the north and Sikkim state of India in the east. 23 rhododendron species along with snow leopards, the Himalayan black bear, and the Assamese macaque, Blood pheasant, Chestnut-breasted partridge, snow cock, red-billed chough have been registered in the park.
The trekking also offers a culturally rich experience. Limbu and Rai are the main ethnic inhabitants of Kanchenjunga region though Tibetans, Sherpas, Chhetris also are very much part of the larger cultural fabric.
Since Kanchenjunga is a restricted area, trekkers have to travel in organized groups and obtain special permits to trek. Both camping and teahouse treks are feasible here.
● Hike up to the base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga, world’s third highest mountain
● Trek through forests, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls and beautiful Nepali villages
● Cross several high passes: Mirgin La, Tamo La, Sele La
● Enjoy stunning and breathtaking views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Jannu, Kirat peak, Rathong, Merra peak, Chang Himal and many more
● Trek through Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
● Observe rural Nepali lifestyle and learn about the culture of Limbu, Rai, Sherpa, Chhetri and Tibetan people
● All airport/hotel transfers.
● Two Night Accommodation in BB at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.
● One night in Birtamod and Taplejung at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on a twin/double sharing basis.
● All accommodations and meals during the trek.
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.
● Domestic Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and Biratnagar to Kathmandu.
● All ground transports.
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, Restricted area permit, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Farewell dinner
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Meals in Kathmandu
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness
● Tips for guide, drivers and porters.
● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase
● Day bag.( Small handbag)
● Trekking shoes
● Sports shoes or sandals.
● Sun Hat/cap
● Warm woolen cap
● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket
● Pullover or warm sweeter
● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock
● Hand gloves
● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
● 3/4 pairs of Underwear
● Eye glass
● Water bottle
● 4 seasons Sleeping bag
● Flash or Torch light
● Camera and batteries.
For lodge and teahouse trekking, we ensure the standard group size, not exceed 16 pax. We believe we can maintain the quality of our services for 16 participants in each group. Please note some restricted trekking areas will require at least two participants to get permits. Individual and solo trekkers are allowed in other trekking regions.
For this trek we provide one licensed professional guide who can communicate or speak in English, one porter for every two participants and one assistant guide for more than 12 pax. A group of 16 participants will have one complimentary group leader. Our trekking guides and porters are well informed about their responsibilities. And the porters can carry up to 20kg of weight. Our field staff will also include one guide who is adept in administering first aid.
The accommodations are chosen based on trekking itinerary, comfort level, budget and interests of trekkers and accessibility in terms of scenery and trail. Most arrangements are made on Bed & Breakfast basis, double/twin sharing in Lodges/Tea houses and Deluxe – Star hotels in cities. Depending upon your interests, a wide range of hotels are available in city areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. and during the trekking trail, there are plenty of lodges, teahouses, guesthouses and sometimes even hotels for accommodation. A Teahouse/Lodge trek is where trekkers stay in lodges and guesthouses along the trail as opposed to tents/camping. Such Teahouses/Lodges are run either by local families or are community-based which offers simple to moderate facilities, with simple beds, solar-powered hot water and a limited set of cuisines/meals.
For this trek we offer two types of accommodation, ‘Deluxe Hotel’ in the city and ‘Teahouse/Lodge’ during the trekking trail. The Hotels and Teahouses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more. All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon seasonality with limited choices available in peak season. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Touristic cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, offer some of the finest dining restaurants. Get spoiled with unlimited choices for cuisines, ranging from local Nepali food to international delicacies. In contrast, there might not be as much variety of cuisines available on the trekking trail. Trekking lodges and small eateries along the trail will offer you basic diets such as Nepali Dal Bhat, sandwich, apple pie and pizza and regular beverages. However, you will get to enjoy mostly organic food on trekking trails.
For this trek we offer you full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) local or best available continental food as per menu on your choice and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day. Please note that full board meals are not included during your transition stay in city areas, guests will have to pay for the meals (dinner and lunch), alcohol, hot & cold beverages and mineral water.
Our staff will be there to receive you upon your arrival in Nepal at Tribhuvan International Airport. From there you will be dropped to your hotel where you can relax and rest. Later visit our office where you will attend a short briefing about your trip by your trek/tour guide. Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Catch an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. The flight takes approximately 45 minutes. Get transferred to Birtamod by jeep drive which lasts about 50 minutes. Stay overnight in Birtamod.
After breakfast you will begin the 7-8 hr drive from Birtamod to Taplejung. Enjoy scenic views of villages, hills and rivers on a winding road. Stay overnight in Taplejung.
Today you will start trekking. Have warm breakfast and then follow your trekking guide. The trail picks its way over a ridge. You Will pass through Phurumbu and Linkhim villages along the way with views of a wooden farmhouse on the bank of Tamur Kosi. On your final stretch towards Chiruwa the trail drops down to Chirwa bazaar.
Chiruwa to Lelep first traces the bank of Tamur river. En route you will pass up the village of Tapethok which is inhabited Chhetri ethnic group. Another 1 hr walk following Tamur River will bring you to Lelep. Lelep is a Buddhist village featuring maniwalls and gompas. Stay overnight in Lelep.
The trail ahead of Lelep continues along Tamur river. Cross the river on a suspension bridge and reach the Sakathum village which affords a good view of Mt. Jannu (7710m). Continue the ascend on the river bank to arrive at a waterfall and from there atop a hill. From here climb down to Amjilosa. Stay overnight in Amjilosa.
You are already in Ghunsa valley in Amjilosa. The trail picks up the forested path full of wildlife activity. Later climb a steep trail all the way to Gyabla hamlet which is surrounded by forests of oaks, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendrons. Stay overnight in Gyabla.
After breakfast get back on the trekking trail. You will in no time find yourself amidst dense forests before finally opening up to a wide valley. Observe people working in farms and presently you will be in Ghunsa village. The settlement is relatively bigger with gompas, lodges surrounded by forests and streams. Stay overnight in Ghunsa.
Keeping in mind that you are climbing up higher altitudes, it is wise to spend this day acclimatizing with the climate. This day will be well spent by taking a short hiking trip to nearby Yamatari Glacier. Stay overnight in Ghunsa.
Leave Ghunsa on a forested trail. Once you cross a pastureland ahead the trail begins to climb. The barren land around will remind you that you are above tree-line. Latter route descends to Nupchu Khola on the bank of which rests Khambachen. Khambachen is a village settled by Tibetans and offers great views of Jannu, Phole and Kanchanjunga Glaciers. Stay overnight in Khambachen.
Keep in mind that you are in the alpine climate. All you will see on the trail from hereon are glaciers, scree slopes and moraines that drip from Kanchenjunga Glacier. One notable settlement you will pass midway is Ramtang. Another 1 hr uphill trek leads you to Lhonak glacier and Lhonak village nearby which opens up the splendid view of Merra peak (6344m), Kanchenjunga Glacier and Chang Himal.
Prepare yourself for a rewarding trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. It takes around 3 hrs to reach the base camp provided you walk steadily. The trail is studded with moraines, so be careful. Enjoy the breathtaking and jaw dropping view of the north face of Kanchenjunga, Pyramid peak, Kirat Chuli, Chang Himal and Kanchenjunga Glacier. from here. Afterwards, trek back to Lhonak. Stay overnight in Lhonak.
Today you retrace the trail you came up on. It will take at least 5 hrs to arrive back in Ghunsa. Stay overnight in Ghunsa.
With a view now to approach Kanchenjunga South base camp we go south of Ghunsa, crossing Yamatari Khola. This is a very challenging and adventure section of the entire trekking trail as you will cross two high passes namely Tamo La (3850m) and Sele La (4110m). Stay overnight in Sele La.
After breakfast you will continue from where we left yesterday. You will have to further make a crossing of Sinion La (4660m) and the Mirgin La pass (4660m) to arrive at Tseram. Both passes offer astounding views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Everest, Makalu along with Kanchenjunga Glacier and Chang Himal.
The trail ahead of Tseram initially passes through moraines of Yarlung glacier which is a great viewpoint to witness Rathong, Jannu and Kanchenjunga peaks. You will be able to reach Ramche by evening. Stay overnight in Ramche.
Prepare for another impressive journey to the south base of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Wake up early and start to hike on a steep glacier trail used by mountaineers all the way to Oaktang. Capture stunning views of the south face of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Return to Ramche. Stay overnight in Ramche.
Your return journey begins this day. Get ready for a long descend from Ramche to Yamphuding. The trail initially passes through rhododendron, juniper and maple forests. The trail then follows a rock route all the way to the bank of Imja Khola. Keeping on the east bank of the river, the trail winds a hill to reach Yamphuding. Stay overnight in Yamphuding.
The trail continues to descend after Yamphudin, first dropping down to a river and then on to a canyon before arriving at Phumphe village. Stay overnight in Ponphe.
Follow the trail navigating through picturesque villages. En route cross Bhanjyang and another hour’s walk you will reach Kunjari village. Stay overnight in Kunjari village.
This last trekking day makes for an enjoyable hike through forests and streams. It is fairly an easy descend down to Suketar. Stay overnight in Suketar.
Take an early morning flight from Suketar to Biratnagar and then from there another flight to Kathmandu. You will be in Kathmandu within 1.5 hrs. Once in Kathmandu get dropped at your hotel where you can take a long rest. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
This is a day allocated for you to spend sightseeing in and around Kathmandu. After breakfast, our tour guide will take you on a drive to see some of the most famous touristic places in Kathmandu. On this day you will visit three world heritage sites namely Swoyambhu or Monkey Temple, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Dubar Square. Learn about the history of Buddhism in Nepal, meet red robed monks and make a parikrama of two biggest Buddhist stupas in the world. Kathmandu Durbar Square offers you to relish the most illustrious Newari architecture and artwork that are centuries old. In the evening you can take a stroll through the busy streets of Thamel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Time to bid you farewell. Our staff will drive you to Tribhuvan International Airport to catch an international flight for your onward journey.
Located in far eastern region of Nepal, Kanchenjunga Base Camp is regarded as the toughest trekking trail. This is a highly challenging trail that takes you into remote mountain valleys and passes. Much of the trail in higher elevation have limited lodges and guesthouses and have virtually no mobile and internet connection. Road and air connection to this region is not dependable and regular.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp is a strenuous trek to the base of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain the world. So expect some major challenges of trekking in this area including long hours of walking, navigating through forests and high mountain valleys and crossing high passes. You will hike up to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143m) and cross Sele La Pass at 4480m.
Trekkers are required to be extremely fit both physically and mentally. You will need to have high endurance and stamina to survive this trek. It is advisable to have previous experience of high altitude trekking. Otherwise take up a strict workout routine such as basic weight lifting, swimming, running and climbing stairs and hills.
The program cost we offer to you is both comparative and reasonable. Since we practice sustainable tourism, we attempt to give the best experience to our tourists while ensuring equal economic dividends to locals of the host destination and our staff. We do not overprice and we discourage unhealthy practices of undercutting. We believe in providing quality service to our guests at a sustainable competitive price.
Yes, you can always customize the itinerary according to your requirements. We are quite flexible in re-designing the itinerary by taking into consideration your time availability and needs
You can cancel the trip if you have personal reasons to do so. Please read our Terms & Conditions for refund details.
We are flexible in designing programs that suit your interests and needs. Feel free to let us know what you prefer and what your choices are. You can combine two or three trek programs in one go or even more. Alternatively you can go for tour and trek programs combinedly. We are open to any set of combinations you want to pursue.