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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek 2021 A trekking journey full of fun, adventure, wilderness, isolation, mountains, and natural glory

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Trip Facts

Price:
1545 with Bed and Breakfast
Trip Duration:
26 Days
Best Season :
March, April , May , September, October, November
Trip Grade:
Challenging
Starting From:
Kathmandu
End Point:
Kathmandu
Altitude:
5169 msl, Kanchenjunga Base Camp
Per Day Hiking:
4-6 hrs
Accomodation:
Guesthouse and Camping

Highlights

  • The raw appeal of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak
  • Wide range of scenery that transforms from lush tropical forests, alpine forests, pastures to high altitudinal glaciated area
  • Walk through a premier route that traverse through Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
  • Challenging, off beaten track and restricted trekking route
  • Rich in flora, faunas and ecosystem
  • Diverse culture, people and religion
  • Kanchenjunga Base Camp
  • Appealing views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Kiratchuli, Mt. Kumbhakana, Mt. Pathibhara, Mt. Nepal Peak, Mt. Chang, etc.
  • Cross several high mountains passes like Sinion La, Mirgin La and Sibelapcham La to Oktang Base Camp

Overview

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek 2021 is a trekking journey full of fun, adventure, wilderness, isolation, mountains, and natural glory. Far away from the capital city of Kathmandu, in the far east section of Nepal, bordering to the Indian state known as Sikkim lies the world’s third-highest peak, Mt. Kanchenjunga that rises tall eloquently at an elevation of 8586 meters. It takes you through the wild, isolated and diverse sections of Nepal that is still a restricted trekking area and offers a wide range of scenery that transforms from lush tropical forests, alpine forests, pastures to the high altitudinal glaciated area at the base camp of the mountains.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek was opened for travelers in 1988 but from that date till today, the route has been explored by very few travel enthusiasts. The isolated sections, underdeveloped infrastructures, and difficult terrain are few factors that refrain from the majority of travelers to opt for this trek. On the positive note, these are the factors that make Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek 2021 a perfect trip for adventurous travelers who always yearn for more. This is an ideal trip for challenge seekers who would love to involve themselves in some demanding acts. Physical fitness, endurance capacity, and stamina is a necessity for anyone opting for this trek.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek 2021 takes you through a premier route that starts from Phidim. A short flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar or Bhadrapur and a scenic drive from the airport takes you to Taplejung via which is the commencement point of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek 2021.  Slowly and gradually, we walk past the fertile land of the region and follow the route to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. We enter into the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area which is home to some rare and endangered species of birds, animals, floras, and wildlife. Snow leopards, Himalayan black bear, Assamese macaque, red panda, etc. are some of the highlighted species found in this region. Besides, the verdant forests, hills, farmlands, waterfalls, rivers, and mountains, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a natural delight.

As you want into the region, you will notice the sparse population that is scattered throughout the trail from lowlands to highlands. The region is inhabited by people from different ethnic groups. In the lowlands, one can see people from Brahmin, Chhetri, Magar, Rai, Limbu, and Gurung community whereas, in highlands, people from the Rai and Limbu community are in abundance. In the highlands, the religion, lifestyle, and characteristics of people are much similar to that of the Tibetan people. So, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek as a whole is a super combo of diverse culture and religion. One can observe cultural diversity along with some meaningful insights on Hindu and Buddhist religion.

During the trek, we pass various villages and diverse terrain to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Throughout the journey, we will be blessed with some amazing views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Makalu, etc. From the base camp, we will be rewarded with some classic views of mountains such as Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Kiratchuli, Mt. Kumbhakana, Mt. Pathibhara, Mt. Nepal Peak, Mt. Chang, etc. As we drop down from the base camp, we cross several high mountains passes like Sinon La, Mirgin La, and Sibelapcham La to Oktang Base Camp.

Overall, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek 2021 is a long and challenging trip to some unexplored corners of Nepal. it allows you to praise the appealing beauty of Mt. Kanchenjunga, also regarded as the five treasures of snow. So, if you are one of the travel enthusiasts who are keen to opt for this journey, do not forget to join the trip with Himal Eco Treks, the No. 1 travel consultant in Nepal. We are amongst the specialized operators offering this itinerary!

 


Detail Itinerary

As you land in the Tribhuwan International airport and come out of the arrival terminal after completing the immigration formalities, a representative from Himal Eco Trek will pick you up and drive you to a hotel in Kathmandu. Check in the hotel and the representative will brief you about your itinerary ahead. Stay at the hotel and relax to energize yourself for your days ahead in Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu

After breakfast at the hotel, a tour guide from Himal Eco Treks will pick you up for a sightseeing tour around the UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. You will be escorted to the historical and religious sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath stupa, Pashupatinath temple, and Boudhanath stupa. You can explore the sites and get some unique insights on the art, culture, and history of Nepal. The sightseeing tour in Kathmandu is a superb combo of art, culture, history, and diverse religion prevalent in Nepal. Meanwhile, we will arrange for your trekking permit. If you have any last-minute shopping left for trekking, you can buy them today. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Early in the morning, you will be driven to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport to catch a flight to Bhadrapur. After 45 minutes of flight in the air, we reach Bhadrapur airport which is also referred to as Chadragadhi airport. From the airport, we take a vehicle that will drive us all the way to Phidim. Overnight at Phidim

After breakfast at the guesthouse in Phidim, we get set for a long day drive to Taplejung. We drive along the flat land of Terai via Mechi Highway to Taplejung. On the way, we pass the verdant tea hills of Illam. Illam is a popular touristic destination in Nepal. The lovely atmosphere, green hills and perfect climate makes Illam an ideal place for day out. Relishing the glory of the place from our window screen, we drive all the way to Suketar in Taplejung. Overnight in Taplejung.

Initiating our walking journey, we follow the trail and march our steps slowly and gradually downhill to Mitlung. We walk past the traditional villages, farmlands, and pastures to Tamur Khola on the way. We follow the eastern bank of the river that undulates up and down to Mitlung village. The village is mostly inhabited by Limbu people. We take a short break in the village and climb up for a while and then descent down to Sinwa village. Further, we continue to Tawa and walk uphill and downhill to This Khola. We cross the river and continue to Chirwa enjoying the mesmerizing views of lush surroundings. Overnight in Chirwa.

After breakfast in Chirwa, we set out for our journey to Seraphim. We follow a narrow trail that takes us towards the north of the village. No sooner, we find ourselves walking on the eastern bank of Tamur river. On the way, we come across Tapethok, a village inhabited by people from the Chetri community. We walk past the Kanchenjunga National Park Checkpoint and enter into the Kanchenjunga National Park after showing our permits. We cross Simbuwa Khola and descend down to Tamur river. Further, we walk an undulating path that climbs up and down to cross a long suspension bridge over a river. We continue until we reach Serathum. Overnight at Serathum.

We enjoy our breakfast at the camp and set out for our journey ahead. We follow the trail and start walking towards Amjilosa. We climb up some stone paved stairs on the way to reach a small village popular as Ghaiyabari. Lying at an altitude of 2150 meters, it’s a tiny village with few households. We walk past the village to Solima and climb up a gorge. Climbing up the gorge is a bit difficult hence one need to be cautious. Further, we traverse through a tricky trail that goes up and down until we reach Amjilosa. Amjilosa is a beautiful settlement inhabited by people from Sherpa and Tibetan community. Overnight in Amjilosa.

It’s an easy and short day walk comparatively. After breakfast, we head towards Gyabla. Leaving Amjilosa, we climb uphill to Ghunsa valley. As we head towards the valley, we do not see any kind of human settlement area. We have left them quite behind and we find ourselves walking through the dense forests. Walking through the lush forests of oak, bamboo and rhododendron is a lovely experience. After climbing up for a while, we come across a flat ridge that offers some amazing views of mountains, pastures and waterfalls. Further, we follow a path to Kyapart that climbs up steep. Rejoicing the beautiful views of mountains, hills, fields and steams, we climb up to Gyabla village. Overnight in Gyabla

Leaving Gyabla, we descend down steep into a gorge via a forested trail full of rhododendron and fir forests. The walk becomes much easier and we follow the bank of a river and open into a large yak pasture in Pholey. Pholey is a beautiful village inhabited by people from Tibetan community. We can see potato cultivated farmlands around the village and observe the dominance of Tibetan Buddhist culture in Pholey. Moving ahead of Pholey, we climb up where the valley widens and pass the lush fields and forests of larch. Finally, we descend down to the Ghunsa river and cross a bridge over the river to enter into Ghunsa village.

It’s a rest day today. As we have already climbed up for nine days and are in process of going up to higher elevation region, acclimatization is must to combat altitude sickness. Hence, we stay at Ghunsa and hike up to ridges nearby and explore the village. We hike up to Lpasan La monastery near the village and retuen back to the village for the evening. Ghunsa is the last permanent settlement area on our way to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Overnight in Ghunsa village.

From Ghunsa, we climb up gradually via the forests of larch and juniper along the bank of a river enjoying the spectacular views of meadows and mountains. The trail to Kambachen is quite challenging and landslide-prone hence we need to be careful. We walk along a sandy path full of rocks and boulders. We cross a bridge over a river and open up to Rambuk Kharka. From here, we pass a waterfall and come across landslide-prone section. After a tough walk through a challenging trail, we will be rewarded with a beguiling view of Mt. Jannu and Jannu glacier. Enjoying the gorgeous views of mountains, we descend down through the mountainside to Kambachen. Overnight at Kambachen

As we move ahead of Kambachen, we follow a trail that moves up towards the high altitudinal region with no signs of houses or settlement on the way. The trail climbs up through the moraine along a sloppy path until we open up to the beautiful pasture of Ramtang at an elevation of 4350 meters. We cross a waterfall to reach a monastery in Ramtang and continue through the bank of a river to cross Lhonak glacier. As we cross the glacier, we can see the beautiful vistas of mountains smiling right before us. A short descend from the trail and we reach the settlement of Lhonak. We set up our camps in the grassy flat land which can be an opportunity to get a glimpse of some rare animals like blur sheep, mountain goat, etc. Overnight in Lhonak.

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we get ready for a hike to Pang Pema. Locally, the northern base camp of Kanchenjunga is popular as Pang Pema. Today, we visit the Kanchenjunga north base camp which is one of the incredible trekking experience. We climb up slowly and carefully through the line of moraine. Using trekking poles can help you climb up the moraine. We walk past the rocky sections in the trail to open up to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp I.e. Pang Pema. Overnight in Pang Pema

Today, we spend our day exploring the Kanchenjunga Base Camp area. We hike towards different ridges in search of some splendid views and every location offers the best views of the mountains. From the base camp, we can see Mt. Jannu and Chang Himal at its best; so pure and propounded. Being one of the less travelled regions, one can enjoy the isolation, serenity and tranquility along with the jaw dropping vistas of mountains and glaciers. Overnight in Pang Pema.

After exploring the base camp, it’s finally time to bid this heavenly place a goodbye. We retrace our steps back via Lhonak and Kambachen to Ghunsa. We return back via same path that we had taken earlier enjoying the spell binding views of mountains and high altitude glory. Overnight in Ghunsa.

From Ghunsa, we leave the trail to Gyabla that we had taken earlier and divert towards a path that climbs up steep towards Sele Le. We walk past the forests of rhododendron and junipers on the way to Sele Le. Though there are no traces of human settlement on the way, we can notice few teahouses at Sele Le. Overnight in Sele Le.

After breakfast, we hike up a ridge to relish some energizing views of mountains. Today, our trek is a bit challenging. We climb up to Sinion La and then to Mirgin La from where we can admire the classic views of Mt. Jannu, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Baruntse, Mt, Chamlang, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Kabru, etc. Further, we walk to Sinelapcha La pass at 5160 from where we can enjoy some enchanting views of mountains in the region. Crossing the passes, we walk down the ridge and make a final descent down to Tseram. Overnight in Tseram.

After breakfast, we follow a trail that leads us to Oktang Base Camp. We walk past a beautiful trail full of mountains views of glacier views. At certain points, one can get some best views of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Relishing the views, we climb up higher towards the snout of Yalung glacier. We explore the glacier and climb up to Oktang Base Camp which is the southern base camp of Kanchenjunga. From here, we can applaud some enchanting views of Kumbhakarna glacier along with the south face of Kanchenjunga Himal. After exploring the southern base camp, we descend down to Tseram for the night. Overnight in Tseram.

Leaving Tseram, we walk downhill enjoying the astounding views of mountain vistas and other surrounding. Slowly and gradually, we traverse into lower elevation regions. As we get down, we can see the impressive views of mountains and Yalung glacier on sight. We drop down steadily along a forested area until we reach Torangden. Overnight at Torangden.

After breakfast, we drop down via a landslide-prone area to Lamite pass at 3500 meters. From the pass, we ascent up to the valley of Simbua Khola. We cross a bridge over the river and continue walking up along a forested route of pine and rhododendron. We walk downhill and cross Lmite Bhnajyang, Amji Khola and Dhupi Bhnajyang to Yamphudin. It is a village in region inhabited by people from Sherpa, Rai and Limbu community. Overnight in Yamphudin.

After breakfast in Yamphudin, we descend down through the lush and charming human settlement areas. We walk past villages inhabited by Brahmins and Chhetri rejoicing the touch of remote trekking experience. We walk and downhill along a spectacular trail to Khebang. Overnight in Khebang.

We start our day with a delicious breakfast at Khebang. Leaving Khebang, we descend down to Dobhan. It’s a pleasing day walk along a lush and serene trail to Dobhan. From Dobhan, the trail further descends down to Khandembe. Overnight at Khandembe.

And finally, we get ready for our last trekking day of our journey. Slowly and steadily after breakfast, we climb up towards the village of Tharpu. It’s a beautiful village from where we can revive some enchanting views of mountains in Kanchenjunga range. We follow an easy and lovely path from Khandembe that leads us to Tharpu. Overnight in Tharpu

Today, after breakfast, we get ready for a long drive to Bhadrapur. 190 kilometers away from Tharpu, it takes around nine hours for us to reach Bhadrapur therefore, we start our day as early as possible. We drive along a scenic road with many twists and turns. At the end of the day, you will be very tired. Jump into the bed in the hotel as you arrive Bhadrapur. Overnight in Bhadrapur.

In the morning, you will be escorted to Bhadrapur airport to catch a flight to Kathmandu. In 45 minutes, you will find yourself in the Kathmandu airport. As you get out of the airport, you can observe the hustle and bustle of the city. You will be driven to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can relax at the hotel room for the rest of the time. Overnight in Kathmandu

A representative from Himal Eco Treks will escort you the international terminal of the airport before your scheduled flight for your journey ahead. Hope you had a great time with us!


Service Includes

  • All meats are included during the trek
  • Accommodation in a camp or a teahouse during the trek
  • All the ground transportation
  • First aid kits
  • All the domestic air fare
  • All government taxes and official charges.
  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley
  • Accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu
  • An experienced and licensed guide
  • Insurance of Nepalese staff
  • Guide, porter and cook for the trek
  • Necessary trekking euipment
  • Fees to be paid for Trekkers Information Management System - TIMS. (Note: You are required to bring two passport size photo for this purpose)

Service Excludes

Items that are not covered in the cost of trip price.

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses like phone recharge, battery, laundry,drinks, snacks,etc.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
  • Personal equipment are not provided by HET
  • Tips for the trekking staff

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Frequently asked questions

As you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu, you will have to pay the Visa charges to enter into Nepal. Two passport size photos are necessary for this purpose.

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