Mount Kanchenjunga, Nepal’s iconic mountain, the world’s third tallest in the world, is simply surreal. Kanchejunga meaning “five treasures of snow” lies in the eastern region of Nepal. Originally considered the tallest mountain in the world, until Mount Everest was measured. For centuries, it has been worshiped by Sherpa and Limbu people and is often mentioned in their religious ceremonies.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek starts from Suketar, Taplejung, the main town and district headquarters for this region. For a long time, this region was a restricted area and only major climbing expeditions or few botanists were permitted to visit. It was finally opened to trekkers in 1988, but still it is the most least visited trek in Nepal. In turn, nature and culture have remained unchanged in generations.
Kanchenjunga base camp trek is one of the last remote treks left in the world and is one of the least visited area by foreigners. It is considered as one of the difficult treks due to its remoteness and technical challenges. It offers the most beautiful landscape, unspoiled tradition and culture of Sherpa and Limbu people of Kanchenjunga area. The trail heads towards the beautiful villages through dense forests of rhododendron, pine, and oak. During the trek, we will also visit the South and North base camp of Kanchenjunga. To the south base, Camp Oktang is considered the as one of the most striking viewpoint from where we can have beautiful view of Rathong, Kanchenjunga Range, Rathong, Kabru Range and Jannu. The whole trekking area in this region streaked through and around the Arun River is untouched. The Arun valley is one of the most beautiful regions for trekking in Nepal.
Kanchenjunga base camp trek is an adventure that is full of extraordinary excitement and above all, an unforgettable experience of your lifetime. The region is full of alpine grass lands, rocky outcrops, dense temperate and sub-tropical forests and low river valley. This enchanting area offers the excellent display of flowering glory of rhododendrons, orchids, lilies, primula and many other flowers. The must-see place of this region is Kanchenjunga Conservation Area spread in an area of 2,035 square Kilometers. The area has a rich bio-diversity of wildlife including snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, red panda, Himalayan Thar and Blue sheep. Many kinds of Birds like Impheyan, pheasant, red-billed blue mangpie, shy drongo are found in this region. Like other Himalayan part of Nepal, this area also has beautiful Monasteries, chhortens, temples, prayer walls which will keep you motivated along the route.
This long and challenging trek requires extra days just to get to the starting point, but offers the trekkers the chance to explore the undisturbed remote wilderness with beautiful culture and scenery of Nepal. Tongba – the traditional alcohol beverage of Limbu people is very popular in this region. A good way to make friends is to join the locals drinking Tongba and get to know their culture. Trek here and see for yourself what remote beauty actually means. You will not be disappointed.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu|
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|NOT INCLUDED||International flight to Nepal
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Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Essential trip information:
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Welcome to the land of Buddha. Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our company representative at the arrival gate. You will be then escorted to hotel. You will spend overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
You will meet your group and get a trek brief. This will be your administration day. Also, you will explore around the world heritage sites of Kathmandu. This day is also the day for making all kit ready for the trek.
From Kathmandu we get an early morning flight to Suketar which is located in the eastern region of Nepal. It is a simultaneous ascent and descent on a trail that mostly passes through lush green forests all the way to Lalikharkha.
We begin our trek to Khesewa after breakfast. It is mostly an easy descent until Phundrawa. From here we begin our ascent. It is a steep climb until Yangpang from where we climb steadily up until Phumphe Danda followed by another ascent to Khesewa. Our trek will be through forests and small villages. Overnight in Khesewa.
After breakfast we begin our trek towards the Kabeli Khola. Next, we walk on a trail that passes through forests before crossing a small stream. On the way, we enjoy amazing views of the Himalayan peaks while also passing through several beautiful small villages. Overnight in Mamankhe.
Today’s trek will be mostly uphill on an easy trail whereby we mostly walk alongside the Kabeli Khola. During the walk we will have a beautiful view of the ridge behind the stream. We continue our walk and pass a beautiful waterfall nearby. After walking for some time, we cross a small suspension bridge. We pass through small settlements before reaching Yamphudin to spend the night.
We begin our walk on a path commonly used by the villagers and pass through terraced farms and green meadows. Along the way, we have the constant company of the Himalayas to enjoy. Our walk will be on a trail along the Amji Khola. We also cross a pass at Lassiya Bhanjyang before reaching Tortong. Overnight in Tortong.
We begin our steady climb to Cheram after breakfast. Our trail is right at the side of the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy walking on the beautiful Lalung valley and have Tuplung peak for company for the most part of today’s journey. We pass through thick rhododendron forest and enjoy the magnificence of the Yalung Glacier. Overnight in Cheram.
We spend a day in Cheram which will help us acclimatise to the high altitude. We can spend the rest of the day resting and taking part in small hikes. We can explore the areas around the Yalung Glacier. There is also a viewpoint for Kabaru and Rathong peaks. Overnight in Cheram.
We begin our short trek after breakfast. From Cheram, we ascend for sometime before reaching the snout of the Yalung Glacier. It is a beautiful walk on a valley trail. We also cherish the views of several Himalayan peaks. We pass through a small settlement of Lapsang before reaching Ramche. Overnight in Ramche.
From Ramche, we walk further up the valley. We then follow a stream before climbing on the moraine top until confronted by Kanchenjunga’s southern face. We walk further ahead for a glimpse of the Jannu Himal. We continue our trek further towards the Oktang Monastery. From here, we climb further up and reach the Yalung Base Camp. The views from the base camp are extraordinary. Kumbakarna (Jannu), Nyukla Lachung and other Himalayan peaks are close by. We descend and spend the night at Cheram.
We begin our trek after breakfast. We cross four passes today beginning with Sinelapche Bhanjyang. After crossing the pass we continue to Mirgin La pass. We continue trekking and reach the Sinion La pass which is not very far. From here, we ascend to Sele La pass. There are prayer flags strung across one of the steeper sections of the trail which is very near to the Sele La pass. We cross the pass. Overnight in Sele La.
We begin our trek after breakfast. We walk towards the north with Tangbgharma Danda nearby. We reach a chorten marked by prayer flags which marks the start of a steep trail. We descend through rhododendron, birch and pine forests before reaching Ghunsa. It is a beautiful village of houses with dark and weathered pine walls and Buddhist prayer flags. Overnight in Ghunsa.
From Ghunsa, we trek further north along the river bank which presents us with magnificent mountain scenery. We pass through meadows filled with beautiful wildflowers, then cross rhododendron and pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, continue past a waterfall and cross the tricky section of a landslide. After crossing the landslide area we begin to see the spectacular view of Mt. Jannu. Further exploring and tackling the tricky mountain trail we finally arrive at Kambachen and spend the night.
Today will be another challenging day and an early start is needed. We trek through rocky fields and large boulders on the hillside along the riverbank and arrive at a waterfall. We then cross a bridge to Ramtang monastery. We then 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 in Lhonak.
From Lhonak, we trek towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Our trail is alongside the gigantic Kanchenjunga Glacier. After passing Pangpema we descend towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The view from the base camp is extraordinary. Mt. Kanchenjunga, Jannu Himal and other Himalayan peaks are ours to admire. We descend back to Pangpema to spend the night.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
From Pangpema we trace back our steps to Lhonak. Overnight in Lhonak.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
From Lhonak, we descend all the way to Ghunsa via Kambache. It is the same route we took when we were climbing up.
From Ghunsa, we descend towards Phale. We pass through several Manes and a monastery nearby. We walk through Juniper forests and reach Phale. From here, it is a steady descent to Gyabla. We cross a bridge over Chhundatangka Khola to reach Gyabla. As we continue our trek, we see a waterfall nearby. We also cross a suspension bridge over Sumbung Khola before reaching Amjilosa. Overnight in Amjilosa.
After walking for a while we see a beautiful waterfall nearby. We continue our trek and pass a small settlement of Solima before crossing a suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola. We cross another suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola and reach Sukathum. Our trail passes through several villages and is beside Thunsa Khola at first followed by Tamor Nadi before reaching Chirwa. Overnight in Chirwa.
We notice that the settlement starts to get thicker as we are descending. Our trail is alongside lush vegetation. We pass through several villages before reaching Sinwa. From here we continue our descent and cross a bridge over the Sisne Khola. Now we are in the Pathibhara Trek trail. We pass through another village and cross another suspension bridge this time over the Yaphre Khola to reach Phurumbu. Overnight in Village.
Our Kanchenjunga base camp Trek ends today. We can take a much needed break after reaching Suketar. We continue our walk on the Pathibhara Trek trail.
In the evening we will celebrate the successful completion of our Kanchenjunga base camp Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 24: Return
About 3 hours prior to your flight time, we transfer you to the airport to fly your onward destination. We were happy to have met you and we will cherish the bonds of our relationship developed with you all over the weeks spent with us in our amazing country Nepal. Our family wishes your best time ahead and wait for your return.
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|Sat 1 Sep 18 – Mon 24 Sep 18
Mon 1 Oct 18 – Wed 24 Oct 18
Mon 1 Apr 19 – Wed 24 Apr 19