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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek

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Trip Facts:
  • Activities:
  • Trekking & Sightseeing
  • Max. Height:
  • 5,200M/17,056FT
  • Duration:
  • 24 Days
  • Transportation:
  • Flight/private/local bus
  • Grade:
  • Adventurous
  • Season:
  • Sep to Nov & Mar to Jun.
  • Accomodation:
  • Lodge/Guesthouse
  • Meals:
  • Full Board on Trek
 

Introduction

24 Days Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.
Kang-chen-zod-nga", means "Five Great Treasuries of the Snow", but in fact it has seven major summits. To the locals Kanchenjunga which stands at a height of 8,585m the third highest mountain in the world, is the abode of gods who bestow prosperity and goodwill on them and their lands, while to the climbers of this mountain the phrase "Five Great Treasuries of the Snow" takes on a slightly more ominous tone. The avalanches at Kanchenjunga are said to be the largest anywhere!
Since the locals worship the mountain, there is a tradition among mountaineers not to stand on the actual summit. All successful climbs have stopped just short of the summit honouring an old promise made by the leader of the first successful attempt in 1955 to the Maharaja of Sikkim.

Kanchenjunga base camp trek lies on the eastern border of Nepal providing a great chance to experience remoteness, spectacular mountain scenery, diverse flora and fauna and rich local culture, quite different to those found further west.We begin the journey to Kanchenjunga with a flight from Kathmandu to Taplejung or Bhadrapur. From Suketar the trek leads to Chauki through the villages of Mitlung, Ghunsa, Khambachen and Lhonak to Pangpema [5,200M] which is also the base camp for expeditions attempting the North Face of Kanchenjunga II and the culmination of the first part of the trek.

Trip Highlight
• Magnificent views of the world's highest mountain peaks.
• Trek to the less crowed areas with plenty of things to see.
• Visit the remote valleys and trek over high passes. 
• Experience the eastern Nepal's unique and exclusive cultures.
• Himalayas views of Mt. Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu, Jhanu Himal, Khumvakarna Himal etc.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu [1,345M]. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and pre-trip meeting. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Ilam [2,330M] via Bhadrapur & 4hrs drive. Overnight at hotel. 
Day 04: Ilam to Taplejung [2,337M], 6hrs drive. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Taplejung to Siwan [1,020M], 5hrs trek. Overnight at lodge. 
Day 06: Siwan to Japantar [1,720M], 6hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse
Day 07: Japantar to Amji Losa [2,490M], 6hrs trek. Overnight at lodge.
Day 08: Amji Losa to Gyabla [2,850M], 6hrs trek. Overnigt at guesthouse. 
Day 09: Gyabla to Ghunsa [3,490M], 6hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse
Day 10: Rest and acclimatization day. Overnight at guesthouse. 
Day 11: Ghunsa to Kambache [4,070M], 5hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse. 
Day 12: Kambache to Lhonak [4,720M], 5hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 13: Lhonak to Pangpema [5,200M] to Lhonak, 7hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 14: Lhonak to Ghunsa [3,490M], 7hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 15: Ghunsa to Sele La Pass [4,520M], 6hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 16: Sele to Tseram [3,860M] via Mirgin La Pass [4,480M], 8hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 17: Tseram to Ramche [4,630M], 6hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 18: Ramche to Tortong [2,995M], 7hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 19: Tortong to Yamphuding [2,065M], 6hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 20: Yamphudung to Amedegudin [1,230M], 7hrs trek. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 21: Amdeguding to Bhadrapur [90M], 7hrs drive. Overnight at hotel.
Day 22: Bhadrapur to Kathmandu 1hrs by flight. Overnight at hotel.
Day 23: Rest and shopping day at Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 24: Departure.
Notes: The above itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. Trek itinerary can be modified according to your interest, time and requirements.

Detail Itinerary

Detail Itinerary of 28Days Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek.

Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu airport 1350/4428ft .
Our office representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying your name in signboard at arrival of airport terminal. You will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
Your sightseeing trip will be started after breakfast around 9 am. Nepal musical trekking provide you private vehicle and a professional tour guide for your comfortable. You will be visited
Boudhanath Stupa: One of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa.
Pashupatinath Temple: The most famous Hindu shrine in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: Ancient Royal palace with lots of architecture, wooden craft temple, statue of Bhairava and Monkey god Hamuman. Home of the living goddess kumari.
Patan Durbar Square: which is collection of the shikhara and pagoda style temple where you can see statue of malla king, Krishna temple, Bhimsen temple, square water spot.
Then around 5pm we will do pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu. Introduce with your trek guide/leader then ask some frequent questions about your trip. We will also supply you trekking gear sleeping bag and down jacket and you need to provide us readable copy of your travel insurance policy. After meeting your guide will take you at market to buy the trekking needed.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 Kathmandu to Biratnagar 100m/328ft 45 minute flight.
As your flight schedule drive to airport then flight to Biratnager with your trek guide an late afternoon he will take you around the town.
Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 04 Biratnagar to Suketar to Lali kharka 2320m/7610ft 30minute flight then 3hrs walk.
30 minute scenic flight will bring you at Suketar Airport in Taplejung where you will be welcomed by the our trekking crew and porters. The crew will help you make a your bag ready then nearly 3hrs walk through villages and forest will bring you at Lali kharka, a grazing area.
Overnight at tent.

Day 05 Trek to Khesewa 2120m/6953ft- 5/6hrs walk.
After navigate to ridge a short way, we descend to the village of Pakora along the Phawa Khola, crossing a suspension bridge then steady climb up to Kunjuri. We will have a lunch somewhere here in a midday. Continues climbing up to Khesewa where you will get first glimpse of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang. Overnight at tent.

Day 06 Trek to Mamankhe 1920m/6297ft- 5/6hrs walk.
Today we follow the path which take us steep hillside through terraced fields high above the Kabbeli Khola. We often take a rest on shadow at chautari "traditionally Nepalese resting places" We often do up and down while walking in the valley and passing the village called Anpan. Continues on down and then gentle up brings you at villages called Mamankhe.
Overnight a tent.

Day 07 Trek to Yamphudin 2080m/6822ft- 6/7hrs walk.
The walk starts with an easy climb to Yamphudin along a track which contours the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. The path has several ups and downs as we cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides. Generally the route is flat and the river eventually becomes level with the trail, a couple of hours before Yamphudin. At last we can stop to bathe in one of the clear pools within this beautiful river. It is truly an idyllic spot. After lunch by the river we complete the day's walk to Yamphudin, the most remote settlement in this area and the last village we will see until we reach Ghunsa. It is a charming place tucked away beneath the ridge of Deurali Danda that we cross next.
Overnight at tent.

Day 08 Trek to Chitre 2965m/9725ft- 5/6hrs walk
Beyond Yamphudin the trail ascends a steep spur, a gentle introduction for what will come. Leaving villages behind we trek through pleasant forest, stopping for lunch in a meadow capturing fine views of the north and south. A steep descend to the river an interesting bridge across the Omje Khola to our campsite in Chitre.
Overnight at tent.

Day 09 Trek to Tortongn 3010m/9872ft- 5/6hrs walk.
Starting the day with 3 hours of steep ascent to the crest of the Deurali Danda in dense forest most of the way. From the 3,230m pass we see Jannu, definitely closer! We descend across some steep and exposed areas before entering the forest again. The sharp descent through beautiful forest continues down into the valley of the Simjua Khola. Across the interesting-looking and challenging wooden bridge is Tortongn, a camping place with numerous rock shelters amid towering conifers. The steep hills make today a tough 6 to 7 hours trekking.
Overnight at tent.

Day 10 Trek to Tseram 3870m/12693- 5/6hrs walk
Today we follow the river through a more beautiful forest, the conifers giving way to the rhododendron forest. The valley climbs fairly steeply, with the day progressing the trees become more stunted and scattered, giving us glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead and the massive snout of Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong peak start to peep over the moraine. Camping at Tseram, a grazing area, the night temperatures will remind us that we are really gaining height.
Overnight at tent.

Day 11 Trek to Ramche 4580m/15022ft- 4hrs walk.
This is 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 the snout of 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.
Overnight at tent.

Day 12 Explore around Ramche 4580m/15022ft and trek to Oktang 4730m/15514ft- 5/6hrs walk.
Our first close encounter with Kanchenjunga. Following the valley round to see the stunning south face of Kanchanjunga and Jannu. We get across the Yalung Ri Glacier and continue by a sweeping curve, at Oktang, 4,730m, suddenly we are confronted with the southern wall of the mountain. This vast ridge forms a cirque over 15 kms long, nowhere less than 7,500m high and with three main summits of Kanchenjunga at 8,420m, 8,586m, and 8,474m! It is a breathtaking mountain panorama and especially impressive is Jannu while observing the glaciers flowing from its east face.
Overnight at tent.

Day 13 Trek to Yalung Ri Base Camp 5400m/17712ft- 5/6hrs walk.
This extended part will take you to the high altitudes. It requires determination. The crossing of high passes requires good weather, and of course perfect logistic support. Expect to get acclimatized with the altitude today.
Overnight at tent.

Day 14 Trek back to Ramche 4580m/15022ft- 5/6hrs walk.
Yalung Glaciers and a series of valleys, give good walking and perfect camping. A frozen lake, clear streams and magnificent views are the highlights of this stroll.
Overnight at tent.

Day 15 Trek to Sallerle over the Mirgin La 4480m/14694ft- 5/6hrs walk.
We trek down the valley, passing the turn off to the high and challenging Labsang La route to Ghunsa and the north side of Kanchenjunga. This pass is rough and dangerous, especially for porters so we take the more southern set of passes, beginning with the Mirgin La. After an initial steep climb and several false summits we reach Mirgin La. Apart from the magnificent Jannu, on the horizon are Makalu, Gyakung Kang, Everest, Lhotse and Chamalang. To the south it is possible to see down to the Terai, a panorama worth the effort. Our campsite will be beyond the pass, after 6 to 7 hours tough walking.
Overnight at tent.

Day 16 Trek to Ghunsa 3475m/11398ft- 5/6hrs walk.
Although there are four more passes, there is little descent between them, so in effect it is a high scenic area. After lunch the descent brings us to Lamba Sumba Kharka, where there are more views of the awesome Southwest Face of Jannu. From Kharka the going is easy again down a pleasant forested trail to the village of Ghunsa, where we camp in the village. Ghunsa is a picturesque Tibetan village; prayer flags flutter from the wooden houses and there are two monasteries, a welcome sight after the many days of wilderness. One of the local specialties' is 'Tongba', a curious alcoholic drink. A jug or large bamboo cup is filled with fermented millet seed and boiling water pored over. The flavour and alcohol seep though and you drink it with a special straw. You might need a drink after the tough 4- to 6-hour walk.
Overnight at tent.

Day 17 Trek to Kambachen 4040m/13251ft- 6hrs walk.
Gradually the trail ascends to south of the Ghunsa Khola and crossing flood plains while emerging on a pasture situated at the north side of the river. A steep climb to a slope from where it crosses a slide and then descends to Lakepo. A short climb from here to the village of Kambachen 4,040m.
Overnight at tent.

Day 18 Exploration day at Kambachen
Today we spend acclimatizing to high altitude. It also doubles up as a rest day and can be used for a short morning hike to explore the area around Kambachen. Those who feel the urge should be able to catch up on their laundry. Otherwise, a good book should get you through the day perfectly. It is essential to acclimatize to the higher altitude as you have been spending a lot of time at lower altitudes.
From here there are good mountain views of the peaks near Kanchenjunga which are visible. You can hike up the ridge above the village for better views or take a day hike to Jannu Base Camp. The Nepali name for Jannu is Kumbakarna.
Overnight at tent.

Day 19 Trek to Lhonak 4790m/15711ft- 5/6hrs walk.
A gradual climb through rocky fields gets you to Ramtang at elevation of 4,240m then crossing northwest of the Kanchenjunga Glacier you reach Lhonak, which is on a sandy plain near a dry lakebed. You will camp between the boulders here to stay out of the wind. There are beautiful mountain vistas all around. Water is very scarce in Lhonak and you will need to use only as much as absolutely necessary. Overnight at tent.

Day 20 Trek to Pang Pema 5140m/16859ft- 4/5hrs walk.
The main Kanchenjunga peak is only visible from Pang Pema, which is the base camp for expeditions on Kanchenjunga. From Lhonak, the trail gradually ascends across the plain but soon gets steeper as it follows the moraine. Pang Pema is at a height of 5,140m.
Overnight at tent.

Day 21 Explore around the Kanchenjungha Base Camp 5100m/16728ft and retrace your steps to Kambachen 5/6hrs walk.
A climb of 200m or 300m on a morning hike up a ridge, north of Pang Pema, provides a great vantage point with views of Kanchenjunga, Wedge Peak, the Twins and Tent Peak. As usual the descent goes faster and you can reach Kambachen the same day.
Overnight at tent.

Day 22 Trek to Ghunsa- 5/6hrs walk.
More descents thru magnificent sections of forest as long as we make Amjilosa tomorrow. From Ghunsa an hour down we pass through Phole, a village in two parts. The upper section houses Tibetan refugees who are well established, the second is the winter village of Ghunsa. Further down is Yangswa, a great and warm camp.
Overnight at tent.

Day 23 Trek to Amjilosa 2460m/8068ft- 4/5hrs walk.
Initially we pass thru the beautiful forest opening out to steep, grassy hillsides where Amjilosa is perched.
Overnight at tents.

Day 24 Trek to Sakathum 1600m/5248ft- 5/6hrs walk.
After a short climb we begin the steep descent that will take most of the day. We reach the joining of the Tamur and Ghunsa Kholas.
Overnight at tent.

Day 25 Trek to Chhiruwa 1200m/3936- 4/5hrs walk.
We cross the Simbu Khola, which originates from Kanchenjunga's south base camp, the Khola that we followed up from Torontan. It is pleasantly warm at these low altitudes and cardamom grows freely in the moist shaded forest. Crossing numerous small tributary streams we reach Chhirwa, a village set among large boulders. We camp in a field out of the village. This is an easier day.
Overnight at tent.

Day 26 Trek to Suketar 2420m/7937ft- 5/6hrs walk.
Traversing in an out of minor valleys, we pass thru a succession of picturesque villages on our way to Suketar, reaching around late afternoon.
Overnight at tent.

Day 27 Fly back to Kathmandu
Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited one last time on the 30-minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 28 - Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
Rest day in Kathmandu and last minute shopping for your family and friends. On evening you will be taken at Nepalese restaurant by your trek guide and office staff where you see cultural show.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 29 - Departure
The trip concludes today. Our Airport Representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

Note: If you willing to do scenic mountain flight to see Mt. Everest or willing to do one day thrilling white water rafting. We can help to organize you.

Include / Exclude

Cost includes:
1. International and Domestic airport pick-up and drop-off.
2. 4 nights tourist standard twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu.
3. Guided tour sightseeing in Kathmandu valley, all the entrance fees.
4. Kathmandu to Biratnagar to Suketar from Suketar by flight.
5. All the required trekking gears are on return basis.
6. Export trekking guide, assistant guide with their accommodation, salary and Insurance.
7. Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all the staffs.
8. All the necessary trekking permits.
9. Standard hygienic meal(breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) prepared by our camping chief on during the trek.
10. Camping equipment such as waterproof two men tents, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, shower tent, dinner chair.
11. Medical kits.
12. Farewell dinner in typical Nepalese Restaurant with cultural dances.

Cost Excludes .
1. Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
2. Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation International airfare.
3. Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
4. All the bar bills and soft drinks.
5. Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
6. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.
7. Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

 

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