Kanchenjunga Base Camp Tea House Trek

Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world. It sits on the eastern border between Nepal and India. Visit Himalaya Treks offers this thrilling 22-day Kanchenjunga Base Camp Tea House Trek itinerary, which includes both the north and south base camps.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration - 26 Days
Trekking Duration - 22 Days
Trekking Mode - Tea House Trek
Trip Level - Demanding
Max. Altitude - 5150 meters
Min. Group Size - 2+

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Tea House Trek include the third highest peak in the world. It sits on the eastern border between Nepal and India. Visit Himalaya Treks offers this thrilling 26 day Kanchenjunga Base Camp Tea House Trek itinerary, which includes both the north and south base camps.

Highlights of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek:

  • Trek around the world’s third-highest peak
  • Breathtaking south Kanchenjunga view from Oktang
  • Majestic north Kanchenjunga view from Pangpema
  • Visit the Tibetan villages of Ghunsa and Phale
  • Feel the wilderness of this untouched area with few other travelers

The Kanchenjunga area is rarely visited, and definitely off the beaten path. Travelers will encounter locals but very few other tourists.

The landscape and flora of this trek are extremely varied. If trekking in spring, you will be treated to the wonderful sight of red, pink, purple and white Rhododendron flowers. They’re called laliguransin Nepali and are the national flower of Nepal. In the same trek, you will also pass through jungles, bamboo and pine forests, and see glaciers surrounded by rugged rocky peaks. The contrasts are amazing.

There is also a very interesting cultural element to this trek. The route passes through several typical hill villages, where the real rural Nepali lifestyle can be observed. The ethnic groups inhabiting this area are mainly hill and mountain-dwelling people, including Limbu, Tamang, Sherpa, Bhote, and Gurung, as well as Chhetri, Brahman and Newar. Each has a different culture, and you can learn about these while trekking and talking with local people (with the help of your guide!)

The Route Followed in Kanchenjunga Base Camp Tea House Trek
The trek to Kanchenjunga begins with a 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, right on Nepal’s south-western border with India. Then, a three-hour drive takes you to an area of beautiful green tea gardens, Kanyam. Stay overnight here, and enjoy the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets of Kanchenjunga. Just a little teaser of what you will see in the days to come!

In the morning, after breakfast, continue driving to Taplejung/Suketar, where the trek begins.

The trek starts by passing through typical hilly terraced villages and heads to the southern base camp of Kanchenjunga. On the trek to the southern base camp, Oktang (4730m) is a spectacular viewpoint atop a moraine overlooking a glacier. From there, catch amazing views of numerous high mountains, including Kokthang (6148m), Rathong (6678m), Kabru Range, Kanchenjunga Range and Jannu (7710m).

Three challenging yet very scenic passes separate the northern and southern base camps of Kanchenjunga. Once you cross these, you’ll notice more settlements. Ghunsa (3475m), a lovely Tibetan Buddhist village, is one of the biggest villages in the higher valleys of Kanchenjunga Region. Kambachen (4225m) and Lhonak (4815m) are seasonal settlements, and the only two places higher than Ghunsa in the area.

At the end of the valley, Pangpema (5150m) offers full circular views of Kanchenjunga (8586m), Kangbachen (7903m), Ramtang Peak (6601m), TapleSikhar (6341m), Nepal Chuli (6910m) and KiratChuli (7365m). All peaks are different in shape and character and make for a stunning panorama.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Tea House Trek  Accommodation availability

The number of trekkers in this area has been increasing for a few years. Nowadays, basic tea-houses can be found along the route. But, this area is still not nearly as developed as other popular parts of Nepal—which is one of its major drawcards!

Visit Himalaya Treks organizes this Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek tea house/lodge trek for small and private groups who want to avoid big crowds.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Tea House Trek short Itinerary;
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1338 meters)
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur and drive to Fickkal.
Day 04: Drive to Taplejung / Suketar overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Trek to Lali Kharka,
Day 06: Trek to Kade Banjyang (2130 meters)
Day 07: Trek to Phumphe Danda (1858 meters)
Day 08: Trek to Sherpaguan (1678 meters)
Day 09: Trek to Torongton (2995 meters)
Day 10: Trek to Tseram (3870 meters)
Day 11: Acclimatization day at Tseram.
Day 12: Trek to Ramche (4615 meters)
Day 13: Trek to Tseram (3870 meters)
Day 14: Trek to Sele La (4290 meters)
Day 15: Trek to Ghunsa (3475 meters)
Day 16: Trek to Kambachen (4225 meters)
Day 17: Trek to Lhonak (4815 meters)
Day 18: Trek to Pang Pema (5150 meters) and back to Lhonak.
Day 19: Trek back to Ghunsa.
Day 20: Trek back to Gyabla (2725 meters)
Day 21: Trek back to Sekathum (1650 meters)
Day 22: Trek back to Mitlung.
Day 23: Trek to Taplejung – drive to Fikkal stay at Tea garden at Hotel.
Day 24: Flight to Kathmandu via Bhadrapur.
Day 25: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 26: Departure.

Trek to Kambachen
Trek to Ramche

Detail Itinenary

Arrival In Kathmandu Day 01
Arrive in Kathmandu. (1338 meters)
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. trekking with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel)
sight-seeing-kathmandu-valley Day 02
Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Full day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple).The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
Flight to Bhadrapur Day 03
Flight to Bhadrapur and drive to Fickkal.
The morning is free to sort out any last minute arrangements for the trek. An afternoon flight to the hot and humid Bhadrapur near India Boarder and drive to Fickkal one of the beautiful tea garden in Nepal. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
Drive back to Kathmandu Day 04
Drive to Taplejung / Suketar over night at Hotel.
After breakfast we drive to Tapejung/ Suketar about 6 hours by private jeep. stay overnight at tea house at Suketar.
Trek to Lali Kharka, Day 05
Trek to Lali Kharka,
Now, the trek starts on a new dusty road with views of Kanchanjunga and Jannu, and passes Deurali, a small stop with two small shops. After Deurali, a short ascent and a continuous downhill with many shortcuts lead to Lalikharka. (Around 3 hours) Overnight at tea house.
Trek to Kade Banjyang Day 06
Trek to Kade Banjyang (2130 meters)
After an easy, quick walk in the morning, a steep descend through some villages follows. The downhill continues as the trail passes through the fields of Simbu village and keeps on going all the way upto the river (Pa Khola). Now, a climb starts to go up for the next good couple of hours and pass through a higher secondary school at Kunjari and finally reached Bhanjyang, (the top). After Bhanjyang, the trail is more subtle and undulates for less than half an hour to reach a small settlement of couple of houses at Kade Bhanjyang. (Around 5 hours) Overnight at tea house.
Trek to Phumphe Danda Day 07
Trek to Phumphe Danda (1858 meters)
A short climb after Kade Bhanjyang is soon followed by a gradual drop and reaches Khesewa in around 20 minutes. Now, the trail once again drops steeply through this long extended village down to a small stream. This steep drop takes a little less than an hour and soon is followed by a gradual uphill but with few steep sections. The trail steadies a bit and then undulates and reaches a small village and once again undulates but gradually gains height until it reaches to Phunglung village in less than half an hour. Now a gradual drop starts a descend through yet another terraced field of this big extended village which soon turns very steep for the next half an hour. Once again, more undulating trail is followed by a steep trail to a top of the ridge and more steady trail arrives near Phumphe village. (Around 5 hours) Overnight at tea house.
Trek to Sherpaguan Day 08
Trek to Sherpaguan (1678 meters)
A good descent for less than half an hour, followed by another good climb for a bit more than an hour leads to Mamankhe. A gradual downhill soon turns into a steep climb. The climb becomes gentler but continuously keeps going up and undulates for a while. The morning steep part is for about an hour and the next undulating trail takes nearly an hour. The valley starts going down through a thin forest for a little less than an hour. After the drop, a brief climb leads to a wider valley of Thungim. Continue climb lead us to Sherpaguan stay overnight at sherpaguan at tea house about 6 hours walk.
Trek to Torongton Day 09
Trek to Torongton (2995 meters)
The day starts with a steep climb through jungle crossing a small stream thet trail lead us steeps climbs through the forest consists of bamboos and rhododendrons. This is day one of the longest trekking days. Finally, the uphill ends and a brief leveled ground leads to Lashe Bhanjyang. After Lashe Bhanjyang, a brief drop that goes near by a landslide section is followed a half an hour climb. (by the side of this ridge is a sheer drop of nearly 200 meters or more) The climb turns into a steep drop for the next hour and half and meets Torongden River at the bottom of a narrow valley. Now the trail undulated through the forest but consistently goes up for the next hour and after crossing a simple wooden bridge, we arrive at Torongton. (Around 8/9 hours) Stay overnight at tea house.
Trek to Tseram Day 10
Trek to Tseram (3870 meters)
The trek follows Simuwa Khola for the whole day towards North-East. The whole day is an easy uphill with few very steep climb along the valley made by the river. The trail goes through a rhododendron forests and reaches Anda Phedi, it takes another half an hour to reach Tseram. A brief steep climb away from the river is rewarded with views of Kabru from Tseram. (Around 5 hours) stay overnight at tea house.
Acclimatization day at Tseram Day 11
Acclimatization day at Tseram.
Side trip around the valley of Yamgachha Khola perfect Yak grazing valley which is use to excess Nepal and India boarder connection over the Khang La pass, back to Tseram and stay overnight at tea house.
Trek to Ramche Day 12
Trek to Ramche (4615 meters)
A very steep climb starts the day and after first half an hour of steep climb, the valley widens up. The trail passes through several pasturelands and would also pass through a yak shed on one of these meadows. (They move the shed depending upon the seasons) After the first meadow, views of Rathong and Kakthong appear. The trail becomes fairly comfortable after the first two meadows and on the third meadow, just beneath a huge ridge, on a flat land is Ramche. (Around 5 hours) stay overnight at tea house.
Trek back to Tseram Day 13
Trek back to Tseram (3870 meters)
The trail moves further up into the valley with a ridge separating Yalung Kang Glacier on the right and many cliffs on the left. As the valley heads deeper, Kabru, Rathong towers like skyscrapers on the right. After couple of hours up in the valley with couple of meadows on the way, the trail slowly starts to climb and all four summits of Kanchanjunga starts to appear enclosing the valley. Finally, Oktang appears ending the trail with gigantic Kanchanjunga and Kabru Range kissing the sky and the long extending views of Yalung Kang Glacier extending downward the valley. The trek retraces back following the same route to Tseram.(Around 7 hours) stay overnight at Tea house.
Trek to Tseram Day 14
Trek to Sele La (4290 meters)
The first two hours is through woods and a rocky trail continues with views of wide valleys and for a brief moment Kanchanjunga can be viewed. This straight steep climb, for little less than around 4 hours gets to the first pass. After the first pass, the trail briefly drops and once again climbs for the second pass. Views of several smaller 6,000 meter peaks and Makalu appears from the second pass. Once again, the trail drops briefly and then again climbs for the third pass (here a Mirgin La signboard is present). Now, The trail continuously drops and zigzags through a rocky trail and finally reaches a small stream to reach Sele La. (Around 7 hours) stay very basic tea house.
Trek to Ghunsa Day 15
Trek to Ghunsa (3475 meters)
The first bit is an easy walk with bits of steep drop. The trail is bit rocky and after the first hour it gets to the first pass (there are prayer flags). It continues in similar way until the second pass but sharply starts to drop through the forest of Rhododendron trees for nearly an hour an half. A small flat ground is followed by a hydro power’s water pipe that leads into the wide valley with the big village of Ghunsa. (Around 3 and half hours stay tea house)
Trek to Kambachen Day 16
Trek to Kambachen (4225 meters)
The trail heads deeper into the valley following the Ghunsa Khola on a fairly comfortable terrain but passes through several small landslide areas. After couple of hours the trail enters the rocky river and bed crosses Ghunsa Khola. Another brief comfortable walk leads to a bottom of a waterfall and then a steep climb through a difficult landslide section continues for the next half an hour. The hardwork is rewarded with different angled views of Jannu. A brief drop shows the wider views of the valley and several unnamed 6000 meters peak (Tengkoma is one of these peaks) but all these disappears as we enter Khambachen, a village where two valleys meet. Fantastic views of Sobhi Thongje and Gabhur is on the south of Khambachen and Sarphu on the west completes the Panorama. (Around 5 hours) stay overnight at Tea house.
Trek to Lhonak Day 17
Trek to Lhonak (4815 meters)
The day start with a brief climb out into the narrow valley and passes through a rocky glacial trail, the trail goes through an eroded section and keeps continuing into the narrowing valley. After passing by a waterfall, a brief climb leads out into a more wider valley, with views of Kanchanjunga and Kanbachen opening up. The trail is more comfortable for the next hour and then once again climbs into a narrow valley via another eroded section but quickly goes to cross the river that leads to Lhonak. It is another small meadow where two valleys join but is lot more wider than Khambachen. Kirat Chuli, Nepal Chuli are in the east, with Mera peak in South-West and Laser Peak II in North-West. (Around 5 hours) stay at Tea house.
Trek to Pang Pema and back to Lhonak. Day 18
Trek to Pang Pema (5150 meters) and back to Lhonak.
The trek continues into the valley surrounded by towering mountains and heads further into the valley towards Pang Pema. The trail slowly and gradually climbs and enters into several eroded parts where the trails are almost invisible. Undulating through these rubbles of glacial rocks, the valley finally ends at Pang Pema that is known by Kanchenjunga North Base Camp around 4 hours and after enjoying view around back to Lhonak following the same trail. 6 hours stay overnight at Lhonak.
Day 19
Trek back to Ghunsa.
The trek retraces back to Ghunsa via Kambachen following the same route taken earlier. (Around 7 hours) stay overnight at Ghunsa at tea house.
Trek back to Gyabla Day 20
Trek back to Gyabla (2725 meters)
The trek retraces back to Ghunsa and after crossing the Ghunsa Khola, it starts to head down in the valley following the same river to Phale. This village is full of Tibetan immigrants. (Around 6 hours stay at Tea house.
Trek back to Sekathum Day 21
Trek back to Sekathum (1650 meters)
Now a steep drop through bamboo forests and crosses several small streams and slowly leads the trek back into civilizations. After Amjilosa, the trail follows with the river and has some very steep sections along the way. Now, smaller settlements start to become frequent and the trail leads us finally small villages of Sekathum stay overnight at Tea house 7 hours.
Trek back to Mitlung. Day 22
Trek back to Mitlung.
Passing through the small villages Tapethok also marks the end of the conservation area and the treks entry into more populated hilly villages of Nepal. An easy walk from Tapethok ends the day at a big and busy village of Chirwa. Now the trek happens on the lower elevations of the hilly region and passes through several Limbu villages of Sinwa and finally arrived at mitlung stay overnight at Tea house about 6 hours trek.
Trek to Taplejung – drive to Fikkal Day 23
Trek to Taplejung – drive to Fikkal stay at Tea garden at Hotel.
The last day has bit of short and finally ending the month long adventure. (Around 3 hours) at Taplejung and continue to drive to Fikkal at Hotel.
Flight to Bhadrapur Day 24
Flight to Kathmandu via Bhadrapur.
An early morning drive to Bhadrapur airport about 2 hours and take flight to Kathmandu, receive at kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu Day 25
Free day at Kathmandu.
Free day at Kathmandu.
Final-Departure Day 26
Departure.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)

Service Include on trip cost;

  • Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
  • 4 nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 in sharing basis.
  • Bhadrapur – Taplejung – Bhadrapur land transport by private Car, Jeep, Bus and Besisahar to Dharapani by public Local jeep.
  • Accommodation and all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while on a trek in normal teahouses.
  • Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
  • 2 in sharing porter (each client 10 to 12 KG baggage for Porter).
  • Kanchenjunga Special Permits.
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation entry permits and TIMS.
  • All necessary land transport.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with historical tour guide including land transport.
  • All government taxes and service charge.

Service excludes on trip cost;

  • Nepal entry Visa Fee.
  • Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
  • Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, and soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips for Staff etc.
  • All not mentioned in inclusion section.

 

Gear List

Visit Himalaya Treks has always been keen on safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG. You must bring the following items:
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Thermal shirts/underwear
  • Nightwear thermals
  • Fleece/sweatpants
  •  Day-wear shirt/rain pants
  •  Trekking pants
  • Wind pants
  • Warm hat/balaclava
  • Neck gaiter
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Quick drier Towel
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen 35++
  • Water purification
  • A set of Earplugs
  • Trekking Poles
  • Hiking Boots
  • Socks
  • First aid kit
  • Antiseptics
  • Camera and video camera
Medical
  • Betadine / Dettol.
  • Hand-plaster
  • Bandage
  •  Eye drop.
  • Eardrop
  •  Sinex.
  • Gauge
  • Cotton
  • Move / Spray
  • Design
  • Diamox
  •  D-Cold
  • Vicks
  • Paracetamol
  • Medicine for diarrhea
  • Medicine for a toothache

 

Notes: ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE.

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