Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Trip Fact

  1. Trip Code:
    KBCT
  2. Trip Price:
    from $2495 USD

Duration: 28 Days

Trip Grade: Challenginng

Best Season: Sep-Dec/March-April

Activities: Trekking

Accommodation: Home Stay & Guest House

Minimum Group Size: 1 Pax

Maximum Group Size : 10

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Trip Highlight

  • Kanchenjunga, 3rd highest mountain in the world with five treasure of snow, Kanchenjunga Trek offers exploration of both Kanchenjunga Base Camps.
  • Different experience of glacier walks rather than normal walk on routes in Yalung Glacier during Kanchenjunga Trek.
  • Scenic view of Mt. Makalu 5th highest mountain in the world as well as unique east face of Mt. Everest 1st highest mountain in the world during Kanchenjunga Trek.
  • Tibetan refugee settlements camp on Kanchenjunga Trekking Routes along with ethnic cast and group of Nepal like Sherpa, Rai Limbu.
  • Pristine rhododendron forest, native vegetation, high alpine passes and typical agriculture can be experience during Kanchenjunga Trekking.
  • Abundant wildlife species like musk deer, snow leopard, blue sheep and some believe in presence of Yeti in Kanchenjunga Region.
  • Since locals from Kanchenjunga considered Mt. Kanchenjunga as most holy peak, climber for respect for local believes climber never push themselves on actual summit of Mt. Kanchenjunga instead they stop below few yards of actual summit making it virgin.
  • Before Mt. Everest was explored and declared as highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga used to be considered as highest mountain in the world.
  • It lies in the far eastern of Nepal and least visited area in compare with other Trekking in Nepal, where as now days Kanchenjunga Trek is the starting trek for The Great Himalayan Trail and gaining fame in between western trekkers.
  • Mt. Kanchenjunga Series that lies on India too apart form main summit of Kanchenjunga is highest mountain in India and is possible to trek from Indian Side too toward Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

At a glance

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a well-trailed route despite being a journey into the wilderness. The region is easily accessible. Kanchenjunga, which means Treasures of Snow, stands 28,198ft tall. This is a remote trek through Eastern Nepal, as the trail passes restricted areas and takes the periphery of the border to the Indian state of Sikkim.

After a flight to Biratnagar and a four-hour drive to Basantpur, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek starts. The trail to Kanchenjunga Base Camp climbs through the settlements of the yak herders, Sherpa and Chhetri villages with a backdrop of the Kanchenjunga massif. Crossing the ridge towards the Tamur River, panoramic views of Makalu and Chamlang appear. The trail crosses the Mewa Khola at Dobhan and follows the Tamur Koshi. Dense rhododendron, pine and oak forests pass along the way.

At Ghusna, a Sherpa village, prayer flags and gompas can be seen in plenty. Jannu and other unclimbed peaks can be seen from a monastery nearby. The trail to Kanchenjunga Base Camp passes through the edge of Kanchenjunga Glacier. After crossing the junction of Lhonak Glacier and the valley, we come to an extraordinarily beautiful clearing with the magnificent landscape of unspeakable beauty where we set camps for the day. Lhonaks exploration continues for some days which includes going to Pangpema to view Kanchenjunga north face. Then slowly descending through Tortong, Yamphudim, Khebang, Phakholing, and Tharpu, we reach Bhadrapur from where we take a flight back to Kathmandu.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 :Arrive Kathmandu

Day 2 :Kanchenjunga Restricted area permit preparation and briefing of Trek

Day 3 :Flight to Biratnagar (100m); drive to Basantpur (2200m), 120km/6h

Day 4 :Trek to Chauki (2700m) 15km/900m/7h

Day 5 :Trek to Gupha Pokhari (2900m) 11km/300m/-100m/4h

Day 6 :Trek To Dobhan(660m) 17km/-2200m/7h.

Day 7 :Trek to Mitlung (890m) 14km/200m/6h.

Day 8 :Trek to Chirwa (1185m) 14km/340m/6h.

Day 9 :Trek to Sekathum (1640m) 11km/500m/5h.

Day 10 :Trek to Amjilasha (2490m) 6km/900m/5h.

Day 11 :Trek to Gyabla (2730m) 7km/250m/4h.

Day 12 :Trek to Ghunsa (3430m) 10km/700m/5h

Day 13 :Rest day in Ghunsa

Day 14 :Trek to Kambachen (4040m) 10km/600m/6h.

Day 15 :Trek to Lhonak (4790m) 9km/650m/6h.

Day 16 :Explore Pangpema Base camp (5140m) 9km/390m/6h.

Day 17 :Return to Ghunsa (3430m) 18km/-1250m/7h.

Day 18 :Trek to Sele Lapass (4500m) 8km/1100m/6h.

Day 19 :Trek to Tseram (3870m)& cross Mirgin La (4480m) 7km/400m/-1000m/8h.

Day 20 :Trek to Ramche (4620m) 7km/650m,Octangand Yalung Glacier, walk 7h.

Day 21 :Trek to Tortong (2995m) 15km/-1500m/7h.

Day 22 :Trek to Yamphudim(2070m) 12km/600m/-2000m/7h

Day 23 :Trek to Khebang (1740m) 9km/900m/-1200m/7h.

Day 24 :Trek to Phakholing (800m) 14km/ 300/m/-1000m/7h

Day 25 :Trek to Tharpu/ (1600m) 6km/1200m/-300/4h

Day 26 :Drive to Bhadrapur, 190km/9h.

Day 27 :Fly to Kathmandu (1330m)

Day 28 :Final Departure or onward for next program

Cost Include

  • Airports pick up & drop off by private vehicle
  • All meals during camping & homestay
  • Twin sharing tented/homestay accommodation while you are on trekking
  • A professional English speaking guide during the trek
  • One porter between two people (if a single person on a group there will be US$ 500 extra for the porter)  
  • Boiled and purified drinking water for the trek
  • All special trekking permits & fees
  • Flight ticket to Biratnagar and flight ticket to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel/kit bag
  • A general group first aid kit during the trek
  • All our government taxes, tourist service charge, vat and official expense

Cost Exclude

  • Hotel, lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
  • Your travel/medical insurance (compulsory)
  • International airfare and Nepal entry visa fee
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Product Includes section

Trip Note

Let us know your suitable time period we will create departure date as your regarding.     

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 :Arrive Kathmandu Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detail arrangement of the Trek.
Accommodation Includes: Hotel Florid Nepal or similar category
Meals include: Nil

Day 2 :Kanchenjunga Restricted area permit preparation and briefing of TrekAfter breakfast, you will be introduced with the trek leader/guide at the hotel. This pre-trip meeting is for briefings on the trek and other necessary details. Please bring along your passport and three passport-sized photos and a copy of your travel insurance policy. You can use your free time to rest or explore around for some last minute shopping. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Accommodation Includes: Hotel Florid Nepal or similar category
Meals include: Breakfast

Day 3 :Flight to Biratnagar (100m); drive to Basantpur (2200m), 120km/6h The 50 minutes flight from Kathmandu offers stunning views of the entire trek and the Himalaya from Kangchenjunga to Langtang. The 120km drive is equally spectacular and takes us to the end of the road at Basantpurlocated on the ridge above TanmayaKhola and through spectacular hills and serpentine road with 100 hairpin turns passing through the town of Hille beside the mighty Arun River.
We will camp here overnight with a spectacular view of the Kanchenjunga massif.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Homestay
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 :Trek to Chauki (2700m) 15km/900m/7hFirst 3km until Tunde will be on major trek servicing Arun and Tamur valleys with lots of locals traveler along to Chainpur, a major trading town in the area. We pass few villages along the way Dhoor Pani,Tinjure Danda and Tinjure Phedi with stunning views of Kangchenjunga and the Makalu ranges and traveling through Rhododendron forest.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Homestay
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 :Trek to Gupha Pokhari (2900m) 11km/300m/-100m/4hWe follow undulating trail through the Milke Danda Range to beautiful Gupha Pokhari (natural pond). The trail follows mainly through Rhododendron forest in full bloom of rich bright red colored clusters of flowers in April and May. At high points of the trail we gain beautiful panoramic views of Chamlang, Mera, Makalu and Kangchenjunga.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Homestay
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 :Trek To Dobhan(660m) 17km/-2200m/7h.It is a long day today but it is all downhill to riverside village of Dhoban located at the junction of two rivers (a literal meaning in Nepali) the Maihwa Khola and the Tamur Koshi. We will pass Gurja Sherpa village, where we stop for lunch.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Homestay
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 :Trek to Mitlung (890m) 14km/200m/6h.For next 3 days, we trek in the Tamor Nadi River valley start at low point of 660m and reaching 1650m in Sekathum. The deep valley and heavy monsoon rainfall smake the trail wet and muddy until we reach an elevation of 1000m after Mitlung. We will be walking along the river and in the rainforest with rich bird life creating a really stupendous character for the section.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Homestay
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 :Trek to Chirwa (1185m) 14km/340m/6h.The is an amazing spectacular section in the deep Himalayan river gorge with spectacular cliffs and thundering sound of mighty torrent amplified by the gorge geometry. We will walk sections of dense subtropical forest and through the narrow valley with the local villages above. When the valley opens we will go through villages inhibited by traditional owners of Limbu ethnicity, subsistence growing crops such as rice, millet, barley, wheat and corn for 2000 years With subtropical climate fields are very productive for most of the year.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Homestay
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 :Trek to Sekathum (1640m) 11km/500m/5h.We continue our trek through the TamorNadi valley, which turns into Ghunsariver past SimbuwaKhola just before Sekathum, a tributary originating from Yalung glacier. The scenery transform slowly while the valley opens more and more.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Homestay
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 :Trek to Amjilasha (2490m) 6km/900m/5h.It is a shorter walk today 6km but we gain almost 900m elevation and mostly at the end of the day before our camping spot in Amjilasha. The trail narrows and follows the GhunsaRiver to open again when we start climbing towards Amjilasha. The ethnicity changes here and we will see more high elevation favouring Sherpa and Tibetan folks.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Homestay
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 :Trek to Gyabla (2730m) 7km/250m/4h.Easy day through isolated section of the trail with no villages and walking through a dense forest.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Homestay
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 :Trek to Ghunsa (3430m) 10km/700m/5hWe cross 3000m/10000ft elevation threshold and will maintain comfortable pace to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Half way between Gyabla and Ghunsa there is a Tibetan village of Phole where we stop for a relaxing lunch. It is a nice place to touch the Tibetan Buddhist culture and to visit a welcoming monastery.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Home stay
Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13 :Rest day in Ghunsa After 9 days of walking Sherpa village of Ghunsa is a perfect place for a rest and to soak 3400m elevation before trekking to the north base camp. Ghunsa is the last permanent settlement on the way to the base camp.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Home stay
Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14 :Trek to Kambachen (4040m) 10km/600m/6h.Over next 3 days we explore one of the most magnificent glacial valleys in Nepal if not in entire Himalayas. We will walk on the moraine and the glacier from Lhonak. We will camp today at the bottom of Jannu Glacier with direct view of Kanchenjunga massif and Jannu, a truly awe inspiring experience. This is a very remote area and not unusual to see some wildlife such as blue sheep, ibex, mountain goat or smaller animals among the rocks such as hyrax and marmots and birds of prey above eagle, kites and falcons.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Home stay
Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15 :Trek to Lhonak (4790m) 9km/650m/6h.The terrain is desolate high altitude glacier with no villages or houses. Trail climbs gradually through moraine debris and with the elevation it makes the hike slower. The glacier starts around Ramtangat 4240m and the trail continues on its north sidewithLhonak located at the junction of Lhonak and Kanchejunga glaciers and surrounded by stunning mountains abound in all directions.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Home stay
Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16 :Explore Pangpema Base camp (5140m) 9km/390m/6h. This will be our day to explore Kanchenjunga north basecamp area. The basecamp is called Pang Pema. The area is visited by few trekkers’ climbers so there is not enough traffic to create the path. We will explore the glacier area as much as possible.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Home stay
Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17 :Return to Ghunsa (3430m) 18km/-1250m/7h. Returning to Ghunsa allows retracing our previous days with different perspective of the trail and the scenery around.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Home stay
Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 18 :Trek to Sele Lapass (4500m) 8km/1100m/6h.From Ghunsa, we ascent is along the trail used by local people walking through thick forest of birch, pine and rhododendron possibly covered by snow.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Home stay
Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 19 :Trek to Tseram (3870m)& cross Mirgin La (4480m) 7km/400m/-1000m/8h.Challenging trek today with a steep 400m climb to Mirgin La Pass with tremendous view of JannuHimal as well as Makalu, Baruntse,ChamlangKangchenjunga, Kabru and the Himalayan range along Sikkim border followed by the walk along ridges with a final descent to Tseram.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Home stay
Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 20 :Trek to Ramche (4620m) 7km/650m,Octangand Yalung Glacier, walk 7h. Today we explore Yalung glacier, we start early to reach Ramche where we set-up our overnight camp. After lunch, we trek towards Octang 7km away with elevation gain of 300m, the view point of Kangchenjunga and a stunningly beautiful amphitheatre of impressive peaks Rothang and Kabru on the Nepal/Sikkim border.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Home stay
Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 21 :Trek to Tortong (2995m) 15km/-1500m/7h.We trek an easy trail along SimbuaKholathrough varieties of pine and rhododendron forests, descending all the way to Tortong.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Home stay
Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 22 :Trek to Yamphudim(2070m) 12km/600m/-2000m/7hThis is tough section of out trek; it is prone to landslides making it difficult to hike. There is also 600m climb to the3500m Lamite pass.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Home stay
Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 23 :Trek to Khebang (1740m) 9km/900m/-1200m/7h.Trek passes through the beautiful villages of Chhetri and Brahmins. Today we will cross 2 passes.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Home stay
Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 24 :Trek to Phakholing (800m) 14km/ 300/m/-1000m/7hThis is long day with 1000m drop over 6km to Dobhan for our lunch stop and another 8km of undulating but straightforward village path to the village.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Home stay
Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 25 :Trek to Tharpu/ (1600m) 6km/1200m/-300/4hLast day of trekking finished with 1200m climb to village of Tharpu. We will take it easy and enjoy last glimpses of Kanchejunga range and final mountain sunsets from vantage point of the village to complete this incredibly exhilarating trek.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House or Home stay
Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 26 :Drive to Bhadrapur, 190km/9h.There is are only 190km to the airport atBhadrapur but road cuts through a 7 narrow ranges with over 100 hairpin turns and endless windings so with average speed of less than 30kmh it takes some 9h to arrive Bhadrapur. Despite being tiring it is a rewarding trip.
Accommodation Includes: Guest House
Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 27 :Fly to Kathmandu (1330m)In clear weather there is the opportunity to view some of the most impressive peaks of the Himalayan range as we take our flight back to Kathmandu. The afternoon is at leisure.
Accommodation Includes: Hotel Florid Nepal or similar category
Meals includes: Breakfast

Day 28 :Final Departure or onward for next programThe final day in Nepal is the last time one can enjoy shopping and have pleasant sightseeing around the cultural city of Kathmandu valley before leaving for Tribhuwan International Airport on scheduled flight time.
Accommodation Includes: Nil
Meals includes: Breakfast

Please , Schedule your arrival date in Kathmandu at least 2 days before the trip starting date as we need one full day to prepare the trip.

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