About Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek lies in the Eastern border of Nepal and is widely considered to be the best trekking trail in rural Nepal by trekkers. During the trek you will see plenty of forests booming with rhododendron and bamboo. You will also get a chance to get up close to the panoramic view of the mountains and get in touch with the local culture of the region.

The trek to the Base Camp of Kanchenjunga is one of the longest in Nepal as scaling this completing this trek will take you around 25 days. As you will spend so many days trekking in this region, the cost of this trek is slightly higher than trekking in other trekking trails. But there is no reason to worry as the trek is worth every penny that you spend.

Your itinerary to Kanchenjunga Base Camp starts with a flight to Bhadrapur, a town in the Terai parts of Nepal. From there, you will walk through trails that will take you to beautiful valleys, rugged hills, and snow capped mountains.

One of the most enjoyable places in the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is the trek through Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. This conservation area, which is home to many flora and fauna, covers an area of 2035 square kilometers. Various wild animals like red panda, snow leopard, wild boar, and various species of deer are found in this region.

The trekking route to Kanchenjunga Base Camp was opened to foreign trekkers in 1998. Since then, it has been regarded as one of the most serene treks as it doesn’t receive as many trekkers as the Annapurna or Everest region. It also offers a unique perspective into the lives and culture of this region which is quite diverse.

This trek takes you to an altitude of more than 5000 meters and takes more than three weeks to complete. Along the trails, you will go through Migrin La pass (Sele-La pass), Yalung glaciers, rivers, hills, and beautiful villages. This trek will be one of the most authentic treks you have undertaken and a first hand experience of the culture of the Eastern part of Nepal.

Kanchenjunga Mountain

Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world.and stands at an altitude of 8586 meters. Kanchenjunga Mountain range lies in both India and Nepal. It covers around 16 peaks that are more than 7000 meters high. The name Kanchenjunga has a Tibetan origin and can be broken down as “Kang-Chen-Dzo-Nga”. It is interpreted in Sikkim as the “Five Treasuries of the Great Snow”.

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area was formed in 1997. Sappning an area of 2035 square kilometers, it is home to two peaks in the Annapurna range. The conservation area is home to some xotic animal species like snow leopard, red panda, and Asian Black Bear. There are many species of birds in this region like blood pheasant, snow cock, red-billed cough, and golden-breasted fulvetta.

Outline Itinerary

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When you arrive Kathmandu at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will be there to receive you. Our representatives will be carrying a signboards that reads “Sublime Trails” which will help you to spot our representatives. Then you will be transferred to your respective hotel where you will stay overnight.
On the second day, you will take a flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. The flight will be about 50 minutes long. During this flight, you will be able to catch glimpses of the Himalayas over which you will be trekking. After the flight, you will drive for about 10 hours and reach Taplejung. Taplejung is a mountainous town that is famous for its local trading.
This day, you will trek to Mitlung from Taplejung. The trek will take you through fertile valleys with fields of rice, potatoes, millet, cauliflower, and green vegetables. You will also walk through tea gardens along the way. During the trek, you will gradually head north. The final 350 meters of this days trek will be downhill to reach Mitlung.
On this day, you will walk past several villages. These villages are rural and you will encounter fields of rice, millet, potato, and vegetables along the way. The people who live in these villages are the Kiratas, and their farming tradition dates back more than 2000 years. Almost all day long, you will hear the river Tamur gushing as you’ll trek through Himalayan gorges, sub-tropical rainforests, and cliffs.
You will continue to trek along the Timur river this day. After two hours of walk you will also get to Tapethok, where officials will check your trekking permit. You will arrive at a suspension bridge after walking on the west side from Tabethok. As you walk further, you will get to Lelep. From Lelep, you will get to Ghunsa Khola Valley, and finally to Sekathum village. You will spend your time in this Tibetan village, from where you can get your first sightings of the Himalayas.
You’ll encounter a very narrow trail this day as you follow the Gunsa Khola. The narrow trail means that you you will need to concentrate hard and be cautious while you walk. As you walk further, you will pass a settlement where Yaks are domesticized for the livelihood. After lunch, you will have a steep climb that will take you to Amjilasha village.
Your trek from Amjilasha to Gelpa will be mainly through forests and waterfalls that you will encounter along the way. As you’ll see no villages during today’s trek, you will feel extremely close to the natural beauty of the forests and waterfalls.
From Gelpa, you will walk through forests in the morning and get to Phole village, where you will have your lunch. The village is Tibetan and serves as a center for winter settlement for people in Ghunsa. The village is also home to the one and only monastery in this region. After one and a half hours of ride from Phole, you will get to Ghunsa. The houses in this beautiful village are wooden and are mostly decorated with colorful colorful prayer flags. There are a couple of gompas in this region as well.
Since Gunsa is the first place where you cross the 3000 meter mark, you will need to get acclimatized to this altitude. So, you will spend the 9th day of your trek to Kanchenjuna Base Camp acclimatizing. You can take a full days rest if you want to. However, if you have some energy, you can walk opposite of the River Khanso Thamo. From here, you will get views of mountains like Mount Kumbhkaran, Phole, and Sobithongi.
You will have trouble finding any form of permanent human settlement in altitude higher than Ghunsa. But you are likely to encounter seasonal settlements of yak herders. On your way to Kambachen, you will walk through trails that are not as clear as some other trails in this region. But the effort you put will be worth it as the scenery from this region is beautiful. You will set up a camp at Kambachen which is a grand glacial valley. If you are lucky, you will be able to spot animals and birds in this region like blue sheep, Ibex, hyrax, vultures, kites, and eagles. The view of Kanchenjunga massif and Jannu that you see from Kambachen is astounding.
On this days trek, you will follow the trail that lies on the left side of the Kanchenjunga glacier. After trekking along a high plateau, you will reach the Lhonak. Lhonak is located near a dry lake bed and you won’t find houses in this region. So you will need to set up a camp here. You will be able to view large mountains like Wedge Peak, Mera Peak, Nepal peak and Twins.
On this day, you will reach the highest point in your entire trek- Kanchenjunga Base Camp. On this day as well, you will follow the trail along the glaciers on the northern side of the Kanchenjunga glacier. As you follow this trail, you will reach the Kanchenjunga Base Camp in nearly four hours time. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp is also known as Pangpema and has an altitude of 5140 meters.

In order to increase your chances of mountain viewing, you will spend overnight here. You can also choose to walk through some masses of rocks to get at sites that offer better mountain viewing. But this will depend upon the fitness of the trekkers as well as how difficult the quality of the tracks. Even without walking much, you can get impressive panoramic views of mountains like Trent and Pyramid Peaks.
On the 13th day of your trek, you will track back to Kambachen You will follow the same trail that you came to Kanchenjunga Base Camp from.
You will retrace your steps back to Ghunsa from Kambachen. You will essentially follow the same tral that you came from. Along the way, you can enjoy the mountains like the way you did on your way up.
From Ghunsa, you will follow a trail that takes you through thick rhododendron, birch, and pine forests. The trail is uphill and is covered with snow to various degrees. It is extremely important that you clothe yourself better to face cold conditions like the one you will encounter this day. The views you get from Selele Base Camp are fantastic.
This is going to be a challenging day for you as you will have to climb a steep hills to reach Mirgin La Pass. This is the best spot for viewing Janu Himal, which is also known as Khumbakaran. You will also get to see mountains like Makalu, Baruntse, and Chamlang. The rest of the trail will take you along ridges and finally descent to Tseram. You will also get to view Kanchenjunga, Kabru, and the Himalayan range before descending. You will spend you night in a large flat meadow at Tseram.

NB: Occasionally, there is a heavy snowfall don your route to Tseram. In such a case, the visit to Tseram may not be possible.The leader of your group will make the final judgement on this regard and advise you the best place for staying the night.
You will start your trek early this morning and reach Ramche, where you will take your lunch. After taking lunch, you will head out to Octang, which is widely considered to be the best viewpoint for Kanchenjunga. During this walk, you will follow a trail alongside Yalung glaciers. You will walk alongside a moraine trough juniper forests to a beautiful lake at Lapsang. The lake is located at an altitude of 430 meters. You will walk along a valley in the northern side to reach Lapsang La pass. You will get to see all the peaks that are located in the Nepal-India border like Koktang (6147m), Rathong (6679m) and Kabrus. You will spend your night at Ramche.
This day will be a gentle trekking day as you descend through rhododendron forests following Simbua Khola. You will reach Dorongdin where you will have an overnight stay.
The village that you will head out to this day is called Yamphudim, which is referred to as Sherpa Gaun by the locals. This day’s trek might turn out to be a challenging one as the trail to Yamphudin is wiped out every year by a landslide. On top of that, you will have to trek for 3 hours before descending 4 hours before reaching Sherpa Gaun.
On this day you will walk alongside Kabeli river in Kabeli valley before reaching Mamankhe. Mamankhe is a small Limbu valley that is home to a rich Limbu tradition and a Limbu museum. Following this valley, you will walk along the Khaksewa river and reach Phumpre Danda, where you will camp. It is an excellent vantage point for viewing mountains like Kumbhakarna, Ghabur, and Boktoh.
On your way to Kade Bhanjyang, you will encounter various forests, pasture, and villages. You will first get to Yangpan village before getting to Phungphung Danda. From there, you will walk 45 minutes before reaching Yanthung. Then, you will head out to Khesewa following forested terrains and waterfalls. A one hour trek from Khesewa will take you to Kade Bhanjyang. Kade Bhanjyang is a superb spot for viewing Kangchenjunga, Yalung Kang, and Ghabur Himals.
From Kade Bhanjyang, you will follow an old route to Kunjari village. You will then descend from Kunjari village crossing Phawa river and finally uphill to Simbu village. A pleasant walk from Simbu village will then take you to Tembewa and finally to Lali Kharka. You will be overnight at Lai Kharka.
On the final trekking day, you will have an early breakfast and walk through beautiful forests to Suketar. From Suketar, you will drive to Bhadrapur, where you will settle in a local hotel.
From Bhadrapur you will take a flight to Kathmandu. If the skies are clear, you will get to view some impressive peaks of the Himalayan range from the flight. If time permits, you will also go to various religious parts of Kathmandu like Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.
You will be transferred to the airport on this day. You will bid goodbye to the beautiful mountainous country.
Detail Itinerary

Inclusions

  • All airport pick up and transfers
  • Accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation during Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
  • Flight fare Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and Return.
  • 24 breakfasts, 22 lunches and 22 dinners including all meals on trek.
  • Well experienced guide and porter throughout the trek
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area entrance permit & TIMS card fee
  • All the necessary ground and air transportation for the trip
  • Sublime First Aid kit carried by our Guide
  • Salary, food, and accommodation for the Sublime crew
  • Emergency Medical evacuation assistance service where the vehicle and medical cost should be born by clients or their travel insurance company. 
  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Monuments entrance fees
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to get a personal travel insurance.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks including drinking water during the trip.
  • Chocolate, dessert, and sweet items that you want to have during your trek.
  • Your Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Tipping for the sublime crews.

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