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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking in Nepal!

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking

‘one and only adventure visiting both North & South base camps of same high mountains’

Highlights:

“An adventure within world’s 3rd highest and Nepal’s 2nd high mountains with glorious views
Grand panorama of Eastern Nepal Himalaya range of peaks with dramatic scenic landscapes
Exploring forgotten hidden villages of great cultural interest in the shadow of Mt. Kanchenjunga
Scenic and sweeping flight both ways to and from Kathmandu with amazing mountain views
Trekking around massive Mt. Kanchenjunga with its  five jewel high peaks as the name means
Enchanting clouded alpine forest of tall rhododendron-magnolia-oaks-pines and fir trees
Adventure on Far North East Nepal Himalaya, the land of Kirat-Sherpa and Bhotia’s peoples”

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Profile:

Mode of Trekking:                  Hotel- Lodge with camping on trekking.
Trekking grade:                       Moderate and Adventurous
Activities:                                Exciting flights and drive with cultural and scenic treks.
Highest Point:                          At Kanchenjunga North Base Camp in Pang Pema 5,143 m.
Trekking duration:                  24 Nights & 25 Days (Flights-drive and trek).
Total Trip:                               28 Nights & 29 Days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu).
Best Season:                            April to June and September to November months.

Introduction:

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking one and only adventure that you leads you to visit and explore both base camps of a same single mountains in whole Himalayan range and probably in the world.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking, one of the least traveled areas by foreign visitors due to its remote and isolated location, where you will have opportunity to explore the hidden and almost forgotten high mountain villages of great interesting culture.

Adventure to Mt. Kanchenjunga also spelled and pronounced as Kanchendzonga in local language of Tibetan origin which means five jewels of great snow peaks.

This is one of the longest duration trekking in whole Himalaya apart from mountaineering expeditions the length of the journey rewards you with grand scenery of dramatic rolling green hills, valleys and high snow capped peaks all along the walk.

Walk leads to explore remote isolated farm villages retaining its old traditional life since past hundred of centuries intact with old custom, culture of Hindu and Buddhism as well worshipping natural spirits.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking, a great adventurous walks starting with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to low warm southern belts of Eastern Nepal, then taking an interesting drive to reach our trekking point at Sukhetar at Taplejung district in the shade of high
Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Our first journey leads to Kanchenjunga South base camp at Ramche towards Yalung glacier to stand beneath towering and massif Kanchenjunga Mountains, here with acclimatization walk around then heading towards our main destination at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp at Pangpema.

Adventure leads crossing three high passes of Tamo-La with sweeping panorama of Kanchenjunga range of peaks with Mt. Jannu and Makalu towards west, as the walk progress leaving the heavily forest area towards arid and barren country at Pang Pema our highest point of the adventure above 5,143 m within Kanchenjunga North Base Camp.

Here with ample time to enjoy hike and exploring the least visited areas within massive bulk of Kanchenjunga Himal, then heading back to Sukhetar on an alternative route of Amjilassa and Mitlung villages to reach at the road head for the drive to Bhadrapur town.

From Bhadrapur within warm southern areas of Eastern Nepal, a scenic flight brings you back into hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu, after a long and magnificent walking journey with an everlasting memory of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Mt. Kanchenjunga Treks.
Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur 3000 m and drive to Ilam town – 04 hrs.
Day 04: Drive to Sukhetar via Kabeli Khola trek to Lali Kharka 1,900m.
Day 05: Trek to Khesewa Bhanjyang 2,100m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Mamangkhe 2,030 m – 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Yangphudin 2,150m – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Chitre 2,880 m – 06hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Simbua Khola 3,000 m – 07 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Tseram 3,770m – 05 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Ramche 4,360m via Lapsang – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Rest day at Ramche for acclimatization and visit South Base Camp.
Day 13: Trek back to Tseram – 05 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to near Tamo la 4,300 m – 05 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Ghunsa, 3, 480 m – 06 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Kangbachen 4,000 m – 05 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Lhonak 4,780 m – 05 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Kanchenjunga base camp at Pang Pema 5,143 m – 04 hrs.
Day 19: Rest day at Base Camp for local exploration.
Day 20: Trek to Kangbachen 3,900m – 06 hrs.
Day 21: Trek to Phole 3,100 m – 05 hrs.
Day 22: Trek to Amjilassa 2, 500 m – 07 hrs.
Day 23: Trek to Tapethok 1, 300 m – 06 hrs.
Day 24: Trek to Mitlung 1,550 m – 06 hrs.
Day 25: Trek to Suketar 2,440 m – 06 hrs.
Day 26: Drive to Birtamod or Bhadrapur via Ilam – 06 hrs.
Day 27: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 28: In Kathmandu rest and submit expeditions report to concern department.
Day 29: International departure for home ward bound.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.
On arrival at Kathmandu international airport, where you will be received with warm welcome and then transfer to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city, after checking in getting refreshed rendezvous with other trekking members and staff.

Here our guide or group leader will brief you with information regarding Mt. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking, with welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese Restaurants includes Folk program of various parts of Nepal.

Day 02: In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Kanchenjunga Trek.

A free day in Kathmandu for preparations and packing as well to purchase necessary equipments, on this day where you join in our sightseeing tour at places of interest around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities within World Heritage Sites.

Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur 3000 m and drive to Ilam town – 04 hrs.
Morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for sweeping 45 minutes scenic flight to reach eastern south belt of Nepal, near India border.

On reaching at Bhadrapur airport with exciting panorama of mountains with Everest and Kanchenjunga in view during airborne, here our trekking and field staff will receives you for a great drive into cool alpine areas to reach at Ilam town for first overnight stop.

Ilam town famous for Tea and its huge garden of tea bushes with time browse around its markets and explore its colorful culture of Eastern Hill people of Nepal.

 

Day 04: Drive to Sukhetar 04 hrs trek to Lali Kharka 1,900m – 04 hrs.
Starting with another morning drive to begin wonderful adventure to Kanchenjunga base camp, journey continues to Sukhetar at Taplejung area the drive takes about 04 hrs on the jeep track, after reaching at Suketar our first day walk begin towards a small village of Lali Kharka at 2,260 meters.

The first portion of the trek is gradual with undulating winding path through the dense forest of pines and rhododendrons trees; the high hills trail from here follows a nice ridge route and then approaching the high hills and into a forested area, which gradually descends to our first overnight camp at Lalikharka, on a nice farm field with a stunning views of Kanchenjunga in the distance.

Day 05: Trek to Kheswa – Bhanjyang 2,100m – 05 hrs.
Morning walk leads downhill through farm villages and maintained fields and terraces, around here the villages are mostly Hindu origins, a mixture of Brahmins, Chettris and the Kirat tribes of Rai’s and Limbus who also practice Hinduism and as well their own old traditional culture respecting natural spirits.

After reaching Tembawa village, then walking downhill towards Phawa khola, crossing Phawa khola coming to Pokora village, the trail from here leading unto terraced farm fields, and finally crossing a bridge, then climbing steeply to Kunjari a mid hills village, from here walking into a mixed forest then climbing up to a small farm village at Khesewa- Bhanjyang, with superb views of Kanchenjunga and Yalungkang peaks.

Day 06: Trek to Mamangkhe 2,030 m – 06 hrs.
Journey begins descending after leaving this nice farm village towards farm area with rice and millets terraced, then entering a forest area to Nandeva khola, after crossing this stream, walk leads downhill along the river, then reaching a high hill with a climb into forest to reach at Lopoding village, from here the walks leads to ups and down until the walk reaches at Fun Fun a small settlement, from Fun-fun ridge top offers magnificent panorama of Khumbakarna Himalaya  range with Yalung and Mt. Kanchenjunga.

After marveling the views descend again through farm terraced, then start climbing on a gradual uphill for an hour to Pomppe Dhada on the crest of a ridge with awesome views of Mt. Jannu in the distance.

From this high spot on the downhill path to Khesewa khola, then crossing a suspension bridge with a last climb of the day through terraced fields to reach Mamankhe village for overnight stop.

Day 07: Trek to Yangphudin 2,150m – 06 hrs.
Morning walk begins with a gentle climb, skirting around the ridge to a level path that leads to Dekadin village. From this village walk leads along the right bank of Kabeli khola (stream) climbing from 200-300 meters high above from the river bed towards mountain trail, walking on the winding path around several ridges and small streams, then descending on stone steps towards Kabeli khola, leaving the river our trek leads to a climb passing through farm fields and villages, after a good walk of the day reaching a remote farm village at Yamphudin for overnight camp.

Day 08: Trek to Chitre 2,880 m – 06hrs.
From Yamphudin village walking along the left bank of Kabeli khola, crossing a tributary stream of Omje khola and then starting a climb up to Dhupi Bhangyang into a wide open grassland, from the top of this small ridge a steady downhill through the deciduous forest to Omje Khola.
Journey continues through rhododendron forest, and coming to an exposed ridge to our overnight camp at Chitre, a small settlement with only few huts.

Day 09: Trek to Simbua Khola 3,000m – 07 hrs.
After a nice morning at Chitre, starting our journey towards Ramite Bhanjyang on the steep uphill through magnolias, rhododendron and bamboo forest then reaching at Ramite a place with a single hut, from here walk leads to a climb in a rhododendron covered uphill, then passing to a small pond on the right as it reaches Ramite Bhanjyang at 3,430 meters.

After a break and admiring picturesque view of Mt.Jannu, walk leads to about 150 meters climb through dense forested area with rhododendron, pines and oaks trees with view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Khumbhakarna and Kabru peaks in between the tree lines. From here walk is on gradual downhill to the riverbed of Simbua Khola for overnight camping.

Day 10: Trek to Tseram 3,770 m – 05 hrs.
Morning walk follows river banks passing a bivouac caves, then walking along the right bank of Simbua Khola heading along the mountain flank on the forested area of rhododendron and pine trees, then reaching at Wahta with a single hut, then crossing a stream along the path the views of the mountains are obstructed in this thick forest, but our walk continues coming to a gravel ground, trekking past this area leading to a shrine with a large boulder with a serpent shaped like, after leaving the forested area route leads towards a riverbed again, then with a climb to Tserem for our overnight camping with several roofless bivouac caves a shelter for the porters, just in front views of Yalung glacier and Kabru 7,353 m and Talung 7,349 m peaks.

Day 11: Trek to Ramche 4,360m via Lapsang – 05 hrs.
After a lovely morning here at Tserm walk leads to a descent towards Simbua Khola riverbed, from here leading to a climb up on terraced hills arriving at Yalung Bara with single stone hut, this hut marking the end of the forests with mountain trail ahead towards Yalung Glacier ablation zone.

From here leading to a climb for an hour with rest of the walk on gentle trail as the tree line ends at Yalungbar with views of Kabru, Rathong and Kokthang, the walk stops around this lovely area for overnight camp.

Day 12: Rest day at Ramche for acclimatization and walk to South Base Camp.
Today a rest day after a week of tough walks, morning after breakfast hike and explore Kanchenjunga South Base Camp with nice and clear views of Yalung Glacier and Mt. Kanchenjunga South Wall.

Walk takes about two hours at an altitude of 4,600 m on a classic route of first British Expeditions to Mt. Kanchenjunga in 1955.

From here great views of Talung and Kabru Peak, after a nice pleasant hike with awesome panorama return back to Ramche for overnight.

Day 13: Trek back to Tseram – 04 hrs.
Retrace the journey back to Tserm, starting with downhill most of the way to and back to tree lines and enjoying the views along the way to Tseram for overnight stop.

Day 14: Trek to Tamo la 4,300 m – 05 hrs.
Morning begins with a descend through Yalungbar with short steep up then crossing a river with gradually walk through the forest, from here it leads to a climb on the steep uphill for an hour and reaching two small glacial ponds, then from here a hard walk up and down to cross three passes of Miring La, Tamo La and Sinion La.

The first section of the journey leads to climb for an hour to the ridge top of the pass with great view of Kabru peak and Mt. Kanchenjunga. From Miring La, the trail goes gently down and then up to Sinion La at 4,500 m. From the top of the pass awesome views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Baruntse, and Chamlang peaks looking towards North West, after the great scenery the trail descends gently to Tamo La at 4,500 m and from here again a super views of Khumbakarna Himalaya range of mountains after a great scenic walk heading downhill to the overnight camp.

Day 15: Trek to Ghunsa 3,480m – 06 hrs.
From here onwards heading towards North Kanchenjunga Base Camp, morning  walk starts with a gradual walk then with a steep downhill for an hour through rhododendron and pines forest, the downhill continues till it reaches a level ground near Ghunsa River, from here walking on a pleasant and gradual path towards Ghunsa village, which is inhabited by a large Bhotia ethnic tribe of people of Tibetan origin community with stone houses and neat small farm village, overnight camp is set near Ghunsa village.

Day 16: Trek to Kangbachen 4,000m – 05 hrs.
Starting the day with an strenuous uphill climb up along the river side looking around several wonderful cascading waterfalls as the morning walk progress, from here on coming towards Yak herders along the walk, which depends upon grazing time season.

The walk continues from the right bank of Ghunsa River, through rhododendron and pines forest, and then slowly ascend to Rambuk Kharkas crossing a small glacier landslide sections, walk continues with amazing views of Khumbukarna Himal and Janu Himal and other high snow capped mountains, then leaving the tree lines behind towards barren landscapes with only sparse vegetation of  junipers and Burberrys bushes , after Rambuk Kharka, climb through a large landslide area with a excellent views of Khumbakarna’s Himal North Face.

The walk form here leads to gentle descend to Kangbachen for overnight stop and this valley, which is dominated by Mt. Sharphu 7,070 meters and just in the opposite side lies the huge North face of Mt. Janu and Wedge peak.

Day 17: Trek to Lhonak 4,780 m – 05 hrs.
After a lovely time with awesome scenery, morning walk follows above the river for an hour and then heading towards North East, the path leads down to the river and then climbing on the boulder track leading to a terminal moraine of Kanchenjunga glaciers, after Ramtang Kharka (a Sheppard huts and shades) the path leads to Kanchenjunga glacier, then crossing at the junction of Lhonak and Kanchenjunga glacier then reaching to our overnight camp at Lhonak with stunning views of Mera, Nepal Peak and Wedge Peaks.

Day 18: Trek to Kanchenjunga base camp at Pang Pema 5, 143 m – 05 hrs.
Today adventure leads to our final destination to Pang Pema the North Base Camp of massive Mt. Kanchenjunga, morning walk leading to climb high above the river with superb views of Kirat Chuli, Nepal Peak, Taple Sikhar, and Givegela Chuli. The first section of the uphill climb is gradual and then heading unto a boulder trail, walks continues between a grassy slopes and glacier path up towards North Base Camp to our highest overnight camp of this impressive and remarkable adventure, around these area chances of seeing some wildlife a herds of blue sheep’s and some mountain antelopes, if lucky the elusive rare Snow Leopards.

Day 19: Rest day at base camp / Pang Pema for local exploration,
Our final highlight and destination of the adventure with free and rest day for optional hike or either rest at Base Camp, where you can marvel surrounding beautiful scenery and climb up to Pang Pema Peak above 5,800 m high.

On top Pang Pema Peak offers panoramic mountain views, the climb is a mixture of boulders, moraine and grassland. From the top rewarded with mind blowing views of Kanchenjunga, Khumbakarna, Makalu, Cholatse, Sharpu, Nepal Peak and range of other snow capped peaks.

Day 20: Trek to Kangbachen 3,900 m – 06 hrs.
After the most memorable and fabulous time at Pang Pema and tough climb on top Mt. Kanchenjunga, morning walk leads to a long descend with few short climb and the retracing the journey back by the same route to camp at Kambachen.

Day 21: Trek to Phole 3,100 m – 06 hrs.
After the most memorable and fabulous time on Kanchenjunga Expeditions and North Base Camp, morning walk leads to a long descend with few short climb and the retracing the journey back by the same route to camp at Ghunsa, after crossing Ghunsa Khola the walk is pleasant through the pine forest to a very interesting Sherpa village of Phole.

Day 22: Trek to Amjilassa 2,500m – 07 hrs.
Our journey continues with a descend coming across rich vegetation and back to tree lines, through mix forest of bamboo and rhododendrons.
Before Gybala village walk is about half hour steep climb, then on the bank of Ghunsa River, walk gently climbs and with down hills for an hour and leading to a steep up and down again for two hours through the forest and finally reaching open grassland at Amjilassa, a small Sherpa village with overnight camping on a nice grassy field.

Day 23: Trek to Tapethok 1,300 m – 06 hrs.
From here onwards getting back to lower altitude back to farm land and more villages, morning walk begins with a gradual trail and then descending through open grassland to Ghaiya Bari and Sekathum villages, from Sekathum crossing Ghunsa and Simbhu Rivers then following Tamur River to reach our overnight camp at Tapethok village of Limbu (Subba) Kirat ethnic tribe people.

Day 24: Trek to Phoram 1,650m – 06 hrs.
After this Limbu village of Tapethok, journey continues on the left bank of Tamur River and to Chiruwa village, then walking for an hour through the several farm villages, walk leads to an uphill through mix forests of rhododendrons, oaks and pines trees, after leaving the forest the walk gets better on the pleasant trail then reaching to our overnight stop at Phoram village, this is fairly a large and neat village with afternoon time for walk around this pretty village of Phoram.

Day 25: Trek to Suketar 2,440 m – 05 hrs.
Today, our last day trek of this awesome adventure as walk ends at Suketar, after a great time at Phoram village, our route leads to many villages and into cool forest of mid hills, the people around are of mix race, and then a steep climb for couple of hours and with gradual and pleasant walk all the way to Taplejung village at Suketar for overnight stop.

This village with an airstrip that flies to Biratnagar and Kathmandu, due to unpredictable and with only few flights available, using flight from Bharatpur instead from Suketar to be on the safe side with our standard itinerary schedule.

Day 26: Drive to Fickal or Bhirtamod / Bhardrapur.
After a grand time up in the hills and mountains, morning starting with an interesting and scenic drive leads on the rough jeep track to Ilam town and onwards to Fickal town which is near to the border of Darjeeling a hill station in India famous for teas and as well Ilam area.

Drive leads through interesting vast sea of tea-gardens and rolling hills till Fickle town is reached, as per the time permits, we continue drive towards main highway that connects East and West Nepal at Bhirtamod or Bhardrapur town to make it easier for next day flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 27: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
From Bhadrapur morning or afternoon flight to Kathmandu, sometime the flight time can get delayed due to bad weather, as per the flight time board in a moderate aircraft for super, scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

On reaching Katmandu domestic terminal our guide and staff transfer you back to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu in and around Thamel area.

Day 28: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
A free day after a long adventure on Kanchenjunga trekking, where you can relax and join in for another exciting tour around Kathmandu or busy with individual activities and shopping.

Day 29: International departure for home ward bound.
After a great adventure and wonderful experience on Kanchenjunga base camp trekking, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.

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