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

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek (KBCT) is one of the most famous treks in Nepal. The word Kanchenjunga comes from 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. KBCT is 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. This 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 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 south west 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

Day 01 Arrival and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 02 Kathmandu Guided Sightseeing tour
Day 03 Fly to Bhadrapur - 100m, and drive to Ilam - 3,600m
Day 04 Ilam Drive to Taplejung - 1,450m
Day 05 Taplejung trek to Sinwa / Siwan – 1,000m
Day 06 Sinwa trek to Taplethok -1,350m
Day 07 Tapethok Trek to Sukethum - 1,600m
Day 08 Sukethum Trek to Amjilosa – 2,400m
Day 09 Amjilosa Trek to Gyabla / Kyapra - 2,800m
Day 10 Gyabla Trek to Ghunsa - 3,450m
Day 11 Rest day in Ghunsa for acclimatization
Day 12 Ghunsa Trek to Khangpachen / Kambachen – 4,050m
Day 13 Kambachen Trek to Lhonak – 4,800m
Day 14 Lhonak Hike to Kanchenjunga Base Camp - 5,143m
Day 15 Lhonak Trek back to Ghunsa - 3,450m
Day 16 Ghunsa Trek to Selele – 4,400m
Day 17 Selele Trek to Cheram / Tseram (cross Selele La and Sinion La) - 3,900m
Day 18 Cheram Trek to Ramche / Ramchaur - 4,600m
Day 19 Ramche Hike to Oktang / Yalung Base Camp - 4,750m and trek back to Cheram
Day 20 Cheram Trek down to Tortong - 3,000m
Day 21 Tortong Trek down to Yamphudin - 2,100m
Day 22 Yamphudin Trek down to Khebang - 1,900m
Day 23 Khebang Trek down to Hapukhola - 1,500m and drive to Ilam
Day 24 Ilam Drive to Bhadrapur and fle back to Kathmandu
Day 25 Final departure day

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 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).

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.

Electricity

On the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking, Electricity is available en route of EBC trek. In some place like Lobuche and Gorekshep 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 to Lukla and back.

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 and American. People always have warm and delicious food during their 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.