Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Duration: 25 Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Aeroplane / Tourist Bus
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Tea House
  • Group Size: Min 2 pax
  • Max Elevation: 5,150m

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek (KBC) is one of the most famous treks in Nepal. The word Kanchenjunga comes from a Tibetan word referring to “Five great treasures in the snow.” This symbolizes its five peaks as gold, silver, precious stones, grain, and Holy Scriptures. Mt. Kanchenjunga ( 8,585m.) is the world’s third highest peak making this trek route even more intriguing. Kanchenjunga is towards the far-eastern part of Nepal protected under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (2,035 km2). The conservation area hosts several species such as impedance pheasant, shy dragon, snow leopard, black bear, red panda, etc. If you are someone seeking peace in nature, this route will be perfect for you. Popular for its remoteness, the trek was once a forbidden region and only opened for trekkers in 1988. So there are lesser trekkers hiking in Kanchenjunga area and plenty of wildlife and natural heritages.

This route encompasses Himalayan coniferous forests, alpine shrub, meadows, and grasslands. It's a restricted trekking area, so you need a local guide and at least 2 trekkers to obtain necessary permits to trek through Kanchenjunga. Kanchenjunga Base camp (5,150 m) is a tea-house trek but not crowded and still remote where you can experience traditional Nepali cultures and life-style from Rai and Limbus to Tibetan Buddhist villages and foods.

Kanchenjunga Base camp Trek is a long and challenging walk around Mt. Kanchenjunga visiting both North and South Base Camp. It is a long trek going deep into the remote mountain ranges on Nepal’s border with Sikkim and Tibet. The route starts by approaching the north side of Kanchenjunga where you see views of Tent peak, Nepal peak, Cross peak and then at Base Camp Kanchenjunga itself becomes visible. After Pangpema the trek returns to Ghunsa and then crosses the Mirgin La pass (4,580m) over to the south side of Kanchenjunga. Once over this pass, we visit the yak pastures of Ramche and Oktang where there are impressive views of the southwest face of Kanchenjunga.

Highlights

  • Our itinerary visits the North and South Base Camps of Kanchenjunga as well as crossing a high pass called Mirgin La. This trek has been described by some as one of the finest trails in Nepal.
  • The mountain views are truly sensational, you will see Wedge Peak (6,750m), Mera (6,344m), Nepal Peak (6,910m), the Twins (7,351m), Jannu (7,710m ) Koktang (6,147m), Rathong (6,679m) and the Kabrus (all over 7,000m) and of course the five peaks of Kanchenjunga all over 8,000m.
  • It would appeal to anyone who is looking for a challenging trek in a remote region of Nepal visited by fewer other trekkers. This is a culturally interesting journey with a day exploring Kathmandu and then while on trek you will see Rais, Limbus, Sherpas and Tibetans.

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu

Airport pick up by our representative and transferred to hotel. Overnight at good hotel in Kathmandu – Thamel.

    Hotel breakfast.

    Pick up from your hotel and explore Kathmandu.

    Kathmandu Durbar Square: UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.

    Pashupatinath Temple: The most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world - UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.

    Boudhanath Stupa: The largest Stupa in Nepal and the holy place for Tibetan Buddhism - UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.

    Swayambhunath Stupa: Monkey Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist Stupa in Valley.

    •Back to Hotel.

    •Tour briefing.

    •Last minute shopping or rest and relax.

    •Overnight at hotel.

      •Hotel breakfast and check out (You may leave here your unnecessary stuff during trekking).

      •Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Airport.

      •45 minutes scenic flight to Bhadrapur.

      •Drive to Ilam, 90 km, 4-5 hrs.

      •Lunch on the way, dinner and overnight at Ilam.

      "Ilam is a beautiful hill station in eastern Nepal. It is popular for tea with many beautiful and lush tea gardens in the hills of Ilam. We can explore the surrounding area or just rest after our flight and drive."

        •Breakfast and drive to Taplejung, 150 km.

        •Lunch on the way.

        •Arrive at Taplejung, alpine grass lands, rocky outcrops, dense temperate and sub-tropical forests, and low river valleys with the Kanchenjunga as its crown and is home to one of the original homelands of the indigenous Limbu people.

        •Dinner and overnight at Taplejung.

          •Breakfast and start first day trekking to Sinwa.

          •Trek begins easy down-hill to Aangshyan Pati and Mitlung then the trail goes gradually up to Sinwa.

          •Dinner and overnight at Sinwa.

            •Breakfast and start trekking to Taplethok, 12 km.

            •Trek gradually ascend to Tawa, Chiruwa and Tapethok.

            •Dinner and overnight at Tapethok.

              •Breakfast and start trekking to Sukethum, 12 km.

              •Walk throughout pleasing semi-tropical forest, limbu village, river and strims.

              • Dinner and overnight at Sukethum.

                                                    What's included

                                                    • Kanchanjunga Circuit special Permit.
                                                    • Kathmandu- Bhadrapur-Kathmandu regular flight ticket.
                                                    • All grounded transportation as stayed in Itinerary.
                                                    • Kathmandu Guided Sightseeing tour.
                                                    • An Experienced English Speaking Sherpa Guide with equipment.
                                                    • Three-Night Hotel in Kathmandu (tourist category Hotel) with breakfast.
                                                    • 21-Night mountain guesthouse accommodation with full board meals.
                                                    • Airport picks up and drops off by private vehicle.
                                                    • All the food and lodging and salary of Sherpa Guide.
                                                    • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
                                                    • Insurance of Nepalese Staff.
                                                    • Farewell dinner in Nepalese typical restaurant.
                                                    • Gov't tax and VAT.
                                                    • Nepalese visa fee, Visa can be obtained on your upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Visa cost 25 USD, 40 USD, 100 USD for 15, 30 and 90 days respectively.
                                                    • Excess baggage charge(s).
                                                    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled Itinerary.
                                                    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
                                                    • International flights Tickets.
                                                    • Travel and rescue Insurance.
                                                    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
                                                    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s).
                                                    • Sightseeing entry fee in Kathmandu (27 USD per person).
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                                                    Useful Info

                                                    Accommodations during the trek:

                                                    We seek to offer our clients comfortable and clean private accommodations. We always make sure that you can sleep well. We always provide you the best available lodge/tea-house during the trek. Most of the nights, there will be a warm dining room with comfortable chairs. Normally, you will have electric throughout the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking trip, but there may be a few nights where there is no running hot shower and electricity. A bucket of hot water will be offered for an additional cost.

                                                    Hotel in Kathmandu- The accommodation in Kathmandu is a clean and comfortable hotel in a quiet location beside Thame. There is 24 hrs hot and cold shower with TV. Air-condition, Telephone in the room and private balcony. However, if you required a star category hotel to upgrade the hotel in Kathmandu, please let us know. We will upgrade the hotel for an additional cost. While on the trek, there are simple mountain guesthouse and it is not as comfort as Annapurna and Everest region accommodation. However, we try our best to serve you the best local guesthouse along the trek. 

                                                    Electricity

                                                    On the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking, Electricity is available most of the places en route. In some place like after Ghunsa and over a pass may not have it because of the cold and snowfall in a season to season.

                                                    Travel transport

                                                    Global Adventure Trekking uses the private car/Hice for land transport and Flight, according to the interest of clients.

                                                    Food: Nepal is famous for its typical food Dalbhat. It contains a lot of Iron which is good for everyone. “Dal Bhat power is 24 hours”

                                                    Mostly on our Kanchenjunga Circuit trekking destination offer various hygienic and fresh food like Nepalese, continental, Tibetan, Indian. People always have warm and delicious food during this trek. Mostly offered foods are

                                                    Breakfast- Toast, Any style of eggs, Tibetan breads, Pancakes, Chapattis, Muesli, Oat porridge, Tea and coffee

                                                    Lunch- Fried noodles/Chowmin, Fried rice, Fried potatoes, Noodle soup, Dal Bhat, Thukpa, Sherpa stew, Mo:mo,

                                                    Dinner- Macaroni, Spaghetti, Pizza, Dal Bhat, Spring rolls, Fingers chips.

                                                    These are the mostly served food in Kanchenjunga CircuitTrekking.