Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

View of Mount Kanchenjunga Glacier view of Kanchenjunga Kanchenjunga Range
View of Mount Kanchenjunga
Glacier view of Kanchenjunga
Kanchenjunga Range
  • 28 Days Days
  • 5,140 meter Maximum Altitude
  • 1 or 2 Minimum Group Size
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Meals:Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
  • Accommodation:Camping + Lodge
  • Max. Altitude:5,140 meter
  • Min. Group Size:1 or 2
  • Best Season :February to May and September to December

Kanchanjangha Base Camp trek takes you to the vicinity of mount Kanchanjunga in the eastern region of Nepal. This is a fairly challenging trek, but is properly guided by our certified service professional. Mt. Kanchanjangha is the third highest mountain in the world with a peak altitude of 8,586 meters above the sea level. In Nepal it is the second highest peak but far less frequented than the first one. It is the very reason why you’ll find it detached from the world - fascinating, majestic and challenging.

Our trek begins with a quick flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar. From the airport, we drive north to a hilly town called Taplejung. Taplejung is where our actual trek begins. As the region distinctly lacks tourism infrastructure, your main support will be your guide. Throughout the trek your guide will take you and your team there and back safely, with lots of memorable experiences. As you go upwards, you will notice that the range itself is a conjoint of smaller mountains that are at the border of Nepal, Sikkim and Tibet. At the upper belts of your trek, the geography is lined with dramatic landscape, dense vegetation, evergreens and pockets of settlements in the hills. You will also encounter isolated hamlets and villages, mountains at close quarters that are always veiled in mist, and probably the most distinct element of this trek - expanse of rhododendron forests. The people inhabiting this area are mostly the Sherpa, Rai and Limbu who have created a unique blend of Hinduism and Buddhism and practice the associated traditions.

A trek to Kanchanjangha Base Camp takes about four weeks. It is remote and full of natural beauty. An experience of many beautiful vistas, which might even appear surreal, is one of the chief attractions of this trek. Reaching the base camp might sound like just another one in Nepal, but it is not. The region is completely different, providing an adrenaline-filled experience. Each day you are expected to walk around six to seven hours on average and is required to have above-average fitness and stamina. The best time to visit this region is from late March to late June and from mid September to mid-November.

 

Trip Highlights

  • Second highest peak in Nepal and Third in highest in the world 
  • Take a chance to get detached from the world in a fascinating
  • Majestic and challenging trek.

Day

1Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport.

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu a staff of Adventure White Mountain will receive you and drive you to the hotel. Later you can stroll in the streets of Thamel, a primary destination for visitors. Stay overnight in the hotel.

On this day you visit Kathmandu, also known as city of temples with our guide. Basically there are four major touring sites in Kathmandu. They are: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa and and Bauddhanath Stupa. Later, you will be given a brief about your trek. Stay overnight in Thamel.

After breakfast, we catch a flight to Biratnagar. It is around 50 minute flight from Kathmandu. Biratnagar is second largest town of the country. From Biratnagar we drive north to reach Hile. It is around two hour drive. Here we stay for the night.

Today you will take a gradual uphill walk for around six hours. After breakfast, we pass through terraced fields and pastures to arrive at Baruntse Dada. We go further following the ridge of Tamor River to arrive at a hill. Shidua Danda is located on the top of the hill. Here we setup our camp for the night.

We begin our trek after breakfast. At first we cross forests to reach Chitre from where you get nice views of Mt. Makalu and Mt. Chamlang. We walk further deep inside rhododendron forests and this will bring us at Door Pani village. Here we will spend the night in a camp.

Today we walk further through rhododendron forests in a gentle climb. We follow few ups and downs to arrive at a village called Tongise Phedi and pass through grasslands with Mt. Makalu ahead of us. We arrive at Mongol Bahari Pass from where the Kanchanjangha range starts appearing gradually and the scenic beauty of snow-capped peaks will capture your heart. From Mongol Bahari Pass we descend gently to reach Gupha Pokhari and set up camp for the night.

Today we will cross a pass located at an altitude of around 3,300 meters. From here the trail descend through thick forests and bring us to Gurjagaun. Nesum is the next stop where we will stay for the night.

The trek to Taplejung begins with a gentle drop passing through terraced paddies and arriving at Doban. Further the trails leads us to Tamor River followed by Taplejung Bazaar, is one of the oldest bazaars of the country and of the eastern region. We will spend the night in Taplejung.

On this day we will see a Limbu village and scattered Limbu settlements. The Limbu are inhabitants of this area with their own culture and traditions. Locally brewed wine is commonly used in any occasions and rituals of Limbu. With their own language, they are the descendant of Kirati warriors. At the end of the day we arrive at Chiruwa where we stay for the night.

Along the trek, we cross Tapethko followed by Simbuwa Khola. This river originates from a glacier called Yalung. The trek continues until we reach Ghunsa Khola Valley and further to Sakathum. At the banks of Ghunsa River we set up our camp for the night.

In the morning we follow our steep and narrow trail. Walking is a bit tough today because of the rough path so you need to be a bit careful. Later, we descend the trail and arrive at the village Amjilassa where we spend the night.

Today we follow the steep path from Ghunsa Khola to reach Kyapar. The beauty of Kyapar is its terraced farmlands. It looks so beautiful that you wish to stay here forever. The village is sparsely populated, where we stay for the night.

Today we take a downhill walk until we come to the right bank of Ghunsa Khola. Moving on to Phere, our trail passes through rhododendron forests and through some hillocks. We then descend to arrive once again at Ghunsa Khola. We cross the river and arrive at Ghunsa village where we will stay for the night.

Today you will encounter beauty - one of Jannu glacier. It is one of the most beautiful sceneries along the trek. We keep on walking until we get view of Mt. Jannu itself. Later, we descend along the trail to arrive at Khambachan and stay overnight.

Today you will acclimatize to adjust body temperature with increasing altitude. This rest is essential to avoid altitude sickness. We recommend you to take very short hikes around the place and visit the village.

The trail today will bring us at the edge of Kanchanjangha Glacier. First we cross Lhonak Glacier to arrive at Lhonak village from where the view of Mera Peak will drive you crazy. Mera Peak, one of the popular peaks of Nepal can be seen in all its beauty. Amid awe and wonder, we set up camp at Lhonak for the night.

Pang Pema is a Base Camp of Kanchanjangha. All climbers to the mountain has to halt here before climbing this third highest peak of the world. It takes around four hours to arrive at Pang Pema from Lhonak. It is an uphill and tough walk. In the sandy plain of Pang Pema we setup our camp for the night.

Today it gets more exciting and thrilling as we mentally prepare ourselves before crossing either of the passes - Lapsang-La the high pass or Mirgin-La the low pass. The decision will be based on the weather condition but generally we go for the high pass. We then set up camp for the night.

Today we will take a day of rest at High Camp. While you will enjoy the mountains a lot, we will also plan for next day’s travel. Stay overnight at the High Camp.

Today it is a wonderful journey to Ramche. It is mostly a downhill walk until we arrive at the valley of Simbuwa Khola before reaching to Ramche village. We will set up camp at Ramche for the night.

Today we arrive at Yalung glacier. After crossing this glacier and heading towards a popular chorten at 5000 m, we will bask in the beauty of Mt. Kanchanjangha. Later we will descend to reach Tseram where we stay for the night.

Today it is mostly a descending trek. Comparatively it is an easy trail but you need to walk carefully so that the steep drop of the trail does not hamper your muscles. As we cross beautiful rhododendron forests, we arrive at Torontam where we stay for the night

A multi-ethnic village, Yamphudin is inhabited by Sherpa, Limbu, Rai, and Gurung people. We will stay for the night in this village.

Starting with a descending trail, we first arrive at Kabel Khola where we get refreshed and spend some time. From here our climbing begins until we arrive at Ponphe. We stay at Ponphe for the night.

We begin our trek by trekking uphill and later, walking downhill. We then arrive at the village of Phun. Further, we cross Gurung village at Vanjyang followed by Limbu village at Khunjari. When are are at the banks of Pha Khola, we set up camp for the night.

On this day we will get back to Taplejung. It is mostly a descending trail before we arrive at this town of traders. We stay overnight at the picturesque town.

In the morning, we get on a public or private vehicle to Biratnagar, from where catch a flight to Kathmandu. If you feel like it, you can stroll around, or later join us for a typical Nepalese dinner hosted by us.

After breakfast or according to your flight schedule, our staff will take you to the airport on time thank you for booking your trip with us see you again Namaste !

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Costs related to all airport and hotel transfers. Domestic flights and airport departure taxes.
  • 3  nights in a hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
  • 24  nights in local lodges/teahouses during the trek with Meals (Breakfast ,Lunch and dinner )
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • Experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (on hire) and trekking map.
  • All permits and necessary paper work (National park permit, TIMS )
  • First aid kit.
  • All taxes, be it local or government.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Visa fee for Nepal (bring accurate USD cash and 2 passport size photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • All conservation area and cultural heritage site entrance fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters.

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