Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Activity
Trekking
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Strenuous 
  • Max Altitude
    5150 m
  • Group Size
    Min. 2 Pax 
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Accommodation
    Guesthouses/Hotel 
  • Best Time
    March to May & Sept - Nov 
Featured Trip
All Inclusive Price: $2,500USD

Trip Overview

The grandeur of the third highest peak of the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek must be a dream of every adventure seeker however the remoteness of the place attracts only those travelers who aren’t afraid of off the beaten tracks and are ready to explore natural glory in its undisturbed natural attire. Mt. Kanchenjunga lies on the beautiful terrain of the eastern region of Nepal and rises at a height of 8586 meters. Actually the word “Kanchenjunga” is derived from an old Tibetan word that means five treasures of snow. The five individual peaks of the Kanchenjunga range are considered gold, silver, precious stone, grain, and Holy Scriptures. These are the five treasures that the name Kanchenjunga depicts. The local people worship these mountains with the belief that has remained intact back from time.

The walk to the Kanchenjunga base camp is considered the best walk one can ever have. The long trekking trail takes you deep into the mountainous ecstasy and lets you endeavor the beauty that lies in the mountain ranges on Nepal’s border with Tibet and Sikkim. From the lush landscape, tropical jungles of rhododendron, oak, and chestnuts to the high altitude alpine forests, you will pass through a variety of vegetation on your way. With the vegetation, you will explore the variety of floras and faunas found in the eastern region of Nepal. Due to the high summer rainfall, the area preserves lots of unique birds and animals. If you are amongst the lucky ones, then you will be able to encounter snow leopard, red panda, or other species such as the Himalayan black bear or the Assamese macaque which are found here. Owing to its richness in biodiversity, it was declared as a conservation area.

Besides the richness in biodiversity and mountains, the region consists of mainly Rai and Limbu ethnic group people which makes it culturally rich too. The Rai and Limbu people have their own unique culture, tradition, and lifestyle. Tibetan Buddhist culture is most prevalent in this area therefore it is sure that you will encounter monasteries, stupas, and Gompas on your route.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek starts from Taplejung and goes all the way through Rai and Limbu villages, fields, terraced farmlands, and forests to Kanchenjunga Trek. During the journey, you will be able to relish the glory of the Himalayas as you meander through steep ridges, lush grasslands, and local Rai and Limbu villages.  The Yulung glacier, mountain passes, and the panoramic views of mountains from the Kanchenjunga Base Camp is an amazing experience that one will hold for a lifetime.

So, if you think you have high endurance capacity and are fit for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek then get ready to walk in a pristine environment to explore every original beauty of nature in its own undisturbed habitat. The lush valleys, landscapes, mountains, glaciers, passes, and vibrant villages will leave you in awe.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTM) Kathmandu

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu/Trip preparation

Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur, then drive to Taplejung

Day 04: Trek to Mitlung (921m). Walk approx. 4 hrs

Day 05: Mitlung to Chirwa (1270 m/4166 ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs

Day 06: Chirwa to Sukathum (1576 m/5169 ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs

Day 07: Sukathum to Amjilosa (2308 m /7570 ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 08: Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730 m /8954 ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 09: Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595 m/11792 ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa

Day 11: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4050 m/13284 ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs

Day 12: Acclimatization Day at Kambachen

Day 13: Kambachen to Lhonak (4780 m/15678 ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 14: Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5388 m/17673 ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 15: Trek back to Kambachen (4050 m/13284 ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 16: Kambachen to Ghunsa (3595 m/11792 ft) Duration: 3-4 hrs

Day 17: Ghunsa to Sele Le (4290 m/14071 ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 18: Sele Le to Cheram (3870 m/12694 ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 19: Cheram to Ramche (4580 m/15022 ft) and return to Cheram, duration: 4-5 hrs

Day 20: Cheram to Tortong (2995 m/9824 ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs

Day 21: Tortong to Yamphudin (2080 m/6822 ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 22: Trek to Mamanke (1800m/6000ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs.

Day 23: Trek to Lalikharka (2265m/7430ft)

Day 24: Trek back to Suketar (2320m/76096ft), then drive to Bhadrapur

Day 25: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 26: Leisure Day

Day 27: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportations by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Four-night accommodation with breakfast at 3-star category hotel in  Kathmandu
  • 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 – Bhadrapur, and Bhadrapur – Kathmandu as per itinerary.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Duffle bag for the trekking
  • Nepal Hiking Team 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

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Reviews

Jayadatta Narasipura, USA Dear Ganga and the entire team, We, Narasipura family would like to thank you and your team for making once in a lifetime experience possible. All three of us loved every minute we spent in the Himalayas and Nepal. After my EBC trek, I wanted to experience Himalayas again with my family. Your team made it possible. Every day, we knew what to expect because Paban explained us on previous evening and in the morning. In seven days, we trekked in the lush green forest, saw numerous waterfalls, were inside the clouds, refreshed ourselves in the river and stream water, took multiple breaks with tea, coffee. Even though it was very hard, especially from 3rd to 5th day, we managed to get over the fatigue to continue because of Paban, Gokul and Ganesh’s help and encouragement. They used to tell us to take it easy (Aaramse jayenke) then we can do it, no need to rush. Paban modified the plan/itinerary based on the time of the day and our physical condition. We always ended the day before 5pm. Paban was flexible and booked the best teahouses, he made our trek very enjoyable. On fourth day, we were scheduled to trek to Upper Sinuwa. He changed it, we stayed at Lower Sinuwa. Because of 4th day’s change of plan, he modified fifth day trek too. Every day, as soon as we woke up, we started off with a hot cup of coffee or tea, they served to us without fail. Enjoying first few minutes of the day looking the sunrise in the mountains with a hot drink was so peaceful and relaxing. At the end of every day, we had fun, talking, playing cards, and having delicious dinner with fresh fruits as dessert. It was a beautiful experience. Paban, Gokul and Ganesh treated us royally and with respect, we are grateful to them. Spending last two days of our trek in the Machapuchare and Annapurna basecamps were a bliss, surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range was just amazing, and unbelievable. On the last day of the trip, we loved the cultural tour of the three cities, we were mesmerized by the artwork. Hope we can come back and enjoy Nepal again. We appreciate everything you did for us to accomplish our dream trek. Datta Trip done between 9th to 18th May 2022
Richard, UK "After extensive research regarding which trekking company to entrust with helping me with my dream holiday I chose The Nepal Hiking Team. This was for a number of reasons.
  1. Ganga and his team were super flexible, quick to respond, and allowed me to build a bespoke holiday that suited my schedule.
  2. When things went wrong at my end, they were quick to come up with solutions to help me out
  3. They understood this was a once in a lifetime experience for me, and answered my many and varied questions.
Once I arrived in Nepal it was immediately clear I had made the right decision. I was picked up from the airport, and driven to the hotel where I met Ganga and my guide Dinesh. Dinesh checked that the equipment I had brought with me was suitable, and NHT provided me a down jacket. The next day we flew out of Kathmandu, to EBC and Island Peak. Dinesh looked after me for the next 12 days in the mountains. He is an expert on the local area. Point at any mountain, and he can tell you how high it is and what its name is. He has travelled extensively over the area for more than 8 years, and he uses this knowledge to enrich your holiday experience. Every hotel you stay in, he knows the owners, and ensures you get a comfortable room. Need your washing done, or a hot shower? He will recommend where (and where not!) to get it done. When you are walking the trails he can tell you how much further you have to go, what bits will be difficult, and which easier. If you are looking to book with Nepal Hiking, and are lucky enough to have Dinesh as a guide then you are going to have a fabulous trip"
Walt Risley, USA When searching for a trekking company I wanted to go with a local group. All the reviews for Nepal Hiking Team were excellent so I choose them. From start to finish they had their act together. Initial correspondence and any email questions were answered by Ganga, the man in charge, by the next day. They kept me up to date with everything I needed as far as entry into Nepal. Picked me up from the airport and got me to my hotel without an issue. I joined a couple from Canada for the trek. Our guide Prakash never left our side from breakfast to dinner. He expedited the flight to and from Lukla which would have been a hectic process without him. Since all of us were in our 50s he established early that we would be in no rush. Whether we got to our next location at 2pm or 4pm didn’t matter. I would rather be outside enjoying the trek than in early playing cards. I felt safe and looked after with him. This trek is tough. It’s much steeper than I anticipated and the altitude change from place to place does not reflect the ascents and descents which on some days doubles the heights you actually do. They ascents into Tengbouche and at Dugla pass are particularly tough but at a slow steady pace they are doable by any who are reasonably fit. Once at the guest house the service didn’t end there. Prakash took care of all our needs. Making sure we had enough to eat and enough water. He wouldn’t leave our side until we turned in for the night which was often quite early. His personality was very soothing. We could not have accomplished what we did without him or our 2 porters. While English was not their strength, they would carry our gear ahead of us to the next location and often double back to see if we needed help and were more than happy to help with our day packs. They also accompanied us on some of the acclimation hikes in case some or one of us wanted to climb higher, splitting us up. After the trek everything was taken care of. I needed a PCR COVID test for a tour in Abu Dahbi the day after I left Kathmandu and Ganga arranged for a nurse to administer it to me in the hotel. Seamless. It’s a long review but I really can’t say enough about these guys, especially for the price. For all the service we got it was amazingly reasonable. Would definitely use this company on any return trip to Nepal and highly recommend!     You can also read this review on trip advisor.
Nicola Ross, Australia The Annapurna circuit trek was one of the best treks I’ve ever experienced. I completed it with my sister (we are both in our early sixties) on a private tour in April 2022. It was very well organized by Nepal Hiking Team, a very professional organization. Nina provided wonderful advice on the trip initially. Our guide, Hari was experienced, attentive, capable, and kind. He made the trip a success for us, along with Nomoratz, our porter, who carried our gear with such good humour. The Himalayas are the most majestic mountain range in the world. The trek was very strenuous and challenging, (more for me than my sister) but was such a wonderful experience. We have learned so much about Hinduism and Buddhism and have developed a great affection and respect for the Nepalese people. They are wonderful hosts with a rich culture we have enjoyed learning about. I highly recommend this company, our guide, and porter if you are considering trekking in Nepal. This country offers real adventure, beauty, and cultural experiences to those who venture here. See this review on TripAdvisor (click here)
Beste Gokkilic Yazar, Turkey We did eight days Mardi Himal trek and it was a very pleasant experience. The whole team arranged everything with great professionalism and they were equally precise when something unexpected or out of the plan happened. They took great care for us both during our accommodation in Kathmandu and the trekking period as well. Our guide Dinesh was also extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I would absolutely recommend him, he was always there with his stunning hospitality when we needed. He is also a great teacher, taught me some of the basics of Nepalese language too :D. I would definitely recommend Nepal Hiking Team if you have any plans to travel to Nepal for trekking purposes.