Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Exploring the eastern parts of Nepal, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of the best off-beat trails in the country. Also, the cultural allure of the trek makes it a great option to enjoy the ethnic Kirant and Tibetan culture.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration - 27 Days
Trekking Duration - 23 Days
Trip Level - Demanding
Max. Altitude - 5143 meters
Min. Group Size - 02+

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek – Exploring the eastern parts of Nepal, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of the best off-beat trails in the country. Also, the cultural allure of the trek makes it a great option to enjoy the ethnic Kirant and Tibetan culture. From the serene trails in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area to the various mountains, the trek offers numerous wonders en route. All in all, the trip is one for adventurous souls and allows you to relish the authentic natural beauty.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Highlights:
>Trek along the off-beat trails in the Kanchenjunga region
>Enjoy the sights of Kanchenjunga, Kambachen, Januu, and Nepal Himal ranges
>Explore the Yalung and Kanchenjunga glaciers
>Authentic Tibetan and Kirant culture and lifestyle
>Visit the base camps of Kanchenjunga and Januu Himal base camps

Trip Facts:
Geography: Forests/ Hills/ Mountains
Location: Taplejung (Eastern Nepal)
Level of Difficulty: Demanding
Duration of Trek: 26 days
Max Altitude: 5,143 m
Religions: Hindu/ Buddhist
Accommodation: Hotels/ Lodges/ Tents
Transportation: Flight/ Private Car, Van, Jeep, Hice.
Minimum Group size: 2

First of all, the trip begins with a tour of the capital city, Kathmandu. After enjoying the UNESCO world heritage sites, you flight to Bhadrapur. Then, you drive to Illam and continue along the off-road tracks to reach Taplejung. As you begin the trek, you pass Chiruwa to reach Amjilosa. You continue to explore the Kiranti culture on the way to Gyabla. Following the Ghunsa River, you reach Ghunsa and explore the village for a day. As the Himalayas begin to appear more sublime, you head to Kambachen. Here, you take a short detour to the Januu Himal Base Camp while enjoying the sights of Kambachen, Januu, and Wedge Peak ranges.

Resuming the trek, you head to Lhonak and trek along the Kanchenjunga Glacier to reach Pangpema. Here, you hike to the Dhomo Ri viewpoint to witness the panorama of the Kanchenjunga ranges. Later, you retrace your steps to Ghunsa and take a different trail on the return. Heading south, you cross the Selele La Pass and reach Ramche. You can also Oktang Viewpoint south side of Kanchenjunga before returning to Suketar via Tortong and Khesewa. A drive to Illam followed by a flight back to Kathmandu concludes the trek. 

It is one of the longest treks in the entire nation. So, trekkers have to be at the top of their physical condition. Also, autumn and spring seasons are the best times for the trek.

Our efforts at Visit Himalaya Trek are directed to provide a safe and comfortable travel experience to our clients. Also, we offer 26 days Kanchenjunga Base Camp Tea house trek who want to do tea house / Lodge trek along the Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek short Itinerary,
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 meters)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu City & Trek preparation.
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive to Ilam at Hotel.
Day 04: Drive from Ilam to Taplejung and continue to Chiruwa (1270 meters) at Camp.
Day 05: Trek from Chiruwa to Amjilosa (2308 meters) at Camp.
Day 06: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (Kyapra) (2730 meters) at Camp.
Day 07: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595 meters) at Camp.
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa at Camp.
Day 09: Trek from Ghunsa to Kangbachen (Kambachen) 4050 meters at Camp.
Day 10: Side trip to Januu Himal Base Camp and Back to Kangbachen at Camp.
Day 11: Trek from Kangbachen to Lhonak (4780 meters) at Camp.
Day 12: Trek from Lhonak to Pangpema (5143 meters) at Camp.
Day 13: Hike to Drohmo Ri viewpoint and trek back to Lhonak at Camp.
Day 14: Trek back from Lhonak to Ghunsa at Camp.
Day 15: Trek from Ghunsa to Selele La (4290 meters) at Camp.
Day 16: Trek from Selele La to Cheram (Tseram) (3870 meters) at Camp.
Day 17: Trek from Cheram to Ramche (4580 meters) at Camp.
Day 18: Trek from Ramche to Cheram (Tseram) at Camp.
Day 19: Trek from Cheram to Tortong (2995 meters) at Camp.
Day 20: Trek from Tortong to Sherpauguan (2080 meters) at Camp.
Day 21: Trek from Sherpauguan  to Phumphe Danda (1858 meters) at Camp.
Day 22: Trek Phumphe Danda to Kade Banjyang (2130 meters) at Camp.
Day 23: Trek from Kade Banjyang to Suketar at Hotel
Day 24: Drive from Suketar to Kanyam / Ilam at Hotel
Day 25: Drive from Ilam to Bhadrapur and Flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu at Hotel.
Day 26: Free day at Kathmandu at Hotel.
Day 27: Departure.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek details Itinerary,
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 meters)
Visit Himalaya Treks representative will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival, receive at airport and transfer to Hotel stay overnight Kathmandu Hotel.

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu City.
On this day, you’ll visit the world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. You’ll visit two of the most famous Buddhist pilgrimage sites, namely, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. You’ll also go to Pashupatinath which is a holy place for Hindus. Next, you’ll be visiting the Durbar Squares in Kathmandu, Night stay in Kathmandu.

Sightseeing Duration: Full Day
Meals Included: Breakfast.
Highlights of the Day: visit the world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley.

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive to Ilam.
After breakfast we will drive to airport, Our Kanchenjunga Trek began from today taking flight to Bhadrapur, eastern part of Nepal. The flight offers great views of hills, rivers, and some stunning Himalayas in eastern Nepal. After land in Bhadrapur  drive to Ilam. The drive takes around 2 to 3 hours and the road is smooth with minimum disturbance. Ilam is famous for its tea farm and the view of landscapes is mesmerizing. Night stay in Ilam at Hotel.

Flight Duration: 45-50 Mins
Drive Duration: 2-3 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, drive to Ilam, visit tea gardens

Day 04: Drive from Ilam to Taplejung and continue to Chiruwa (1270 meters)
After breakfast in Ilam, we will drive across the countryside passing  Phidim to reach Taplejung. Continue driving towards Chiruwa passing some of the Limbu villages like Mitlung, Sinuwa and  Tawam Over night stay at camp Chiruwa about 8 hours drive.

Drive Duration: about 8 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: Drive to Taplejung, views of hills and rivers

Day 05: Trek from Chiruwa to Amjilosa (2308 meters)
Today, we start your trek from Chiruwa to Amjilosa. We pass many villages like Taplethok, Lelep, Hellok, and move alongside Tamor River. Then, we descend towards the Simbuwa River to pass the Ghunsa river valley and reach Sekathum. Further, we continue along the Ghunsa River we well  reach Amjilosa which is a Tibetan village stay overnight at Amjilosa at Camp.

Trek Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: trek alongside rivers, view of landscapes

Day 06: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (Kyapra) (2730 meters)
We Trek through forests of rhododendrons and bamboos this day. We also pass many waterfalls and small rivers during this day’s journey. After short ups and downs on the trail, you ascend steeply and stop at Sherpa village Gyabla. The area is mostly used for farming purposes and we can see a beautiful forest to the opposite of the village stay overnight at Camp in Gyabla.

Trek Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: trek through rhododendron and pine forest, views of waterfalls and rivers

Day 07: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595 meters)
Further, we head to Ghunsa from Gyabla after breakfast. The trail goes through the forests and after a while rises up. We reach Phale village where you can see a wooden Gompa. After some time in Phale, continue through the forest and descend towards the Ghunsa River. Then, reach Ghunsa which is the biggest village in the region stay overnight at Camp.

Trek Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: Trek through forest, visit wooden Gompa in Phale village.

Day 08: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa
On this day, you rest at Ghunsa for acclimatization. Instead of getting inactive, We can roam around the village and observe the beautiful Tibetan settlements. We can also visit the monastery at the edge of the village.

Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: visit local monasteries and explore the Ghunsa village.

Day 09: Trek from Ghunsa to Kangbachen (Kambachen) 4050 meters.
We start our trekking through the forest along the bank of Ghunsa River. Next, cross a stream and get to Rampuk Kharka. Further, We ascend and pass a high waterfall before continuing through a narrow trail. With steep inclination, we trek with the view of Kumbakarna glacier. Then, We descend a little to reach Kangbachen village. We get views of the many Himalayas like Mt. Januu (7711m) stay overnight Kangbachen at Camp.

Trek Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: view of Kumbakarna glacier, views of Himalayas

Day 10: Side trip to Januu Himal Base Camp and Back to Kangbachen.
This day, We’ll take a trip to Januu Himal base Camp. This also serves as an acclimatization day as We adjust ourself to the thinning air in the high altitude. We can enjoy surreal views of many mountains like Kumbakarna/Januu (7,711m), Sobi Thonje (6,670m), Meera Peak (6,364m), Mt. Ghabur Peak (6,044m) and an amazing view of the Januu Glacier stay overnight Kangbachen at Camp.

Trek Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: view of Januu Glacier, views of Junuu Himal

Day 11: Trek from Kangbachen to Lhonak (4780 meters)
The trail starts with gentle inclination through the rocky trails up to Ramtang. Then, come across the moraines at the north-west of Kanchenjunga glacier. We can see nice panoramic views of peaks like Wedge Peak (6802m), Meera Peak (6364m), Nepal Peak (7177m), Twins (7350m), and many other Himalayas from Lhonak stay overnight Lhonak at Camp.

Trek Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: Great views of many Himalayan peaks

Day 12: Trek from Lhonak to Pangpema (5143 meters)
Pangpema is known by Kanchenjunga north base camp, also the base camp for the Kanchenjunga expedition. We get a view of the Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m) and Wedge peak (6802m) from Pangpema. The trail is snowy and takes you across mountain passes and glacial moraines stay overnight at Pang Pema at Camp.

Trek Duration: 3 -4 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, trek across Kanchenjunga Glacier, explore the northern part of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area

Day 13: Hike to Drohmo Ri viewpoint and trek back to Lhonak.
Drohmo Ri is a hiking peak near Pangpema which is located just above the Kanchenjunga Glacier. We start early morning after breakfast and it takes around 3 and a half hours to reach the summit. We will have to ascend around 800 meters where most of the trail is grassy; however, the final part of the trail is rocky. We can relish spectacular views from the top which includes even the two summits of Kanchenjunga (8586m) and Yalung Kang (8505m). We return to Pangpema and then retrace our way to Lhonak stay overnight at Camp.

Trek Duration: 8-9 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: hike to Drohmo Ri, views of Kanchenjunga, Januu, and Kambachen ranges, spectacular scenery of the eastern Himalayas and surrounding landscapes

Day 14: Trek back from Lhonak to Ghunsa.
Today, trek back to Ghunsa with the views of surrounding valleys, landscapes, and the Himalayas. flowing the same trail we walked couple days ago on our way up stay over night at Camp.

Trek Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: descend trek with views of landscapes and valleys

Day 15: Trek from Ghunsa to Selele La (4290 meters)
Today we will trek to Selele La camp. We ascend through the trails which are used by the local Shepherds. The trail goes through thick forests of pine and rhododendrons. Most fo the time this trails are covered with snow and ice. backdrop fantastic views of Phale Village can be observe. Finally 4 to 5 hours walk lead us to Sele La Camp stay overnight at Camp.

Trek Duration: 4-5 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: Great views of Phale village in backdrop.

Day 16: Trek from Selele La to Cheram (Tseram) (3870 meters)
After breakfast steady uphill trail lead us to Sele La Pass, In clear whether we can see mount Makalu from top of Sesela Pass. Continuly  will trek to Cheram crossing Mirgin La Pass and  Sinion La pass.  Most of the day we get a magical view of Januu Himal (7711m). Before descending to Cheram, We get views of Kanchenjunga, Kabru, and other Himalayan ranges, stay overnight a Tseram (Cheram) at Camp.

Trek Duration: 7-8 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: views of the Himalayas like Kanchenjunga and Januu Himal

Day 17: Trek from Cheram to Ramche (4580 meters)
We start off early through the forests of rhododendron and nice views of the Himalayas. We can also see small and clear streams on the way to Ramche. The trail is easy up to Lapsang then We walk across the moraines of Yalung Glacier. We will have our lunch at Ramche where we will also stay overnight, if weather is clear, then head to Oktang view point about 1:30 hours walking from Ramche, From here, you can enjoy glorious views of beautiful lakes and valleys along with Koktang, Rathong, and Kabru mountains. The trail is moderate and as you reach the viewpoint, you can witness the Kanchenjunga range and Yalung Glacier too. You head back to Ramche after watching the spectacular view of the sunset.

Trek Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: view of Kanchenjunga, Koktang, Rathong, and Kabru ranges along with the Yalung Glacier

Day 18: Trek from Ramche to Cheram (Tseram).
If day earlier not able to make Oktang view point then early morning hike to Oktang view point and back to Ramche, Have breakfast then, From Ramche we retrace the same path we took to get to Ramche a day earlier on our way up stay over night at Tseram at Camp.

Trek Duration: 4-5 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: Spectacular Kanchenjunga view from Oktang view Point.

Day 19: Trek from Cheram to Tortong (2995 meters)
Once final views of Kabru and Rathong peaks from Tseram, now we start descending towards Tortong. We walk into deep lush forests, start getting more air and the trails get easy and firm. Walking across the forests of rhododendron, we follow the river to reach Tortong stay over night at Camp.

Trek Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 20: Trek from Tortong to Sherpa Guan (2080 meters)
After breakfast,  Start our day crossing the Simbuwa river valley and enter the forested area. Then, we ascend steeply towards Lasiya Bhanjyang. From Lasiya Bhanjyang descend to Chhitre and continue to Sherpa Guan stay overnight at Camp.

Trek Duration: 7-8 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: views of hills and landscapes.

Day 21: Trek from Sherpauguan  to Phumphe Danda (1858 meters) at Camp.
After breakfast cross the ridges and stream beds which makes ups and downs in the trail.We walk along the hillside above Kabeli Khola via Mamankhe village. From Mamankhe village drop down to deep river valley and climb steep up to Phumphe Danda stay over night at Camp.

 

Trek Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: Cross many Small rivers and villages through the rice and cardamom field.

Day 22: Trek Phumphe Danda to Kade Banjyang (2130 meters) at Camp.
After breakfast, trek Phumphe Danda walking through the rice and cardamom, field, uphill and down hill through the Limbu village lead us to Phungphung Danda continually walking up and down hill lead us to Kade Banjyang stay overnight Camp.

Trek Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 23: Trek from Kade Banjyang to Suketar at Hotel
Today is our last trekking day, we will  trek towards Pha Khola valley and Khunjari village. We pass through many fields and villages on the way to Lali Kharka. This will be the last day you’ll trek through the forests. We still see the peaks in the Kanchenjunga ranges while heading down to Suketar through the forests. As We leave the forests, We enter the pastures of Suketar stay over night at Hotel.

Trek Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: a trek across the easier trails in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, enjoy the glorious views of surrounding landscapes

Day 24: Drive from Suketar to Kanyam / Ilam at Hotel
We’ll take a drive to Ilam, it will takes about 6 to 7 hours drive to get Kanyam / Ilam. In the evening we can visit tea garden and around stay overnight at Kanyam/ Ilam.

Drive Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Highlights of the Day: drive to Ilam, Fikkal, visit tea garden.

Day 25: Drive from Ilam to Bhadrapur and Flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu
Leaving Ilam, drive to Bhadrapur and flight to Kathmandu, more than 3 week long trek is finally off once arrive in Kathmandu. Landing in Kathmandu, receive at airport and transfer to Hotel stay overnight at Kathmandu Hotel.

Drive Duration: 2-3 Hrs
Flight Duration: 40-45 Mins
Meals Included: Breakfast
Highlights of the Day: flight back to Kathmandu, aerial views of the diverse landscapes in eastern and central Nepal

Day 26: Free day at Kathmandu
This day is reserved in case of any delays during the trek. If you are already in Kathmandu, you can visit the places around Kathmandu valley like Bhaktapur, Changunarayan or free day at Kathmandu.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 27: Departure.
We will transfer you airport 3 hours before your flight to fly your home country or next travel destination.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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by Alexandre niquet & Angie. on Nepal Trekking, Tour, Peak Climbing & Adventure Holidays in Nepal

Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp trek with Visit Himalaya is a topnotch trekking agency. A amazing adventure we went through with the them and the two legend, Fulkumar as our porter and Krishna our guide. It was a blast, we loved every minutes of it even in the crispy cold night in the mountain.

Fulkumar and Krishna are both true professionals and amazingly responsible during the total 23 days. With great every day little attention like afternoon tea & cookies and pomegranate after meals! Kuddos guys!!! It was a pleasure to trek with them, it always felt safe and we loved it.

These two guys deserved the gold medals no doubt about it. From the beginning through the first emails until the border drop off on the last morning Visit Himalaya was always perfect. Thank you so much guys for all the hard work and the once in a lifetime experience. We will definitely come back soon for another adventure with you guys no doubt about it. Alexandre niquet & Angie from Canada

by Claudia können on Nepal Trekking, Tour, Peak Climbing & Adventure Holidays in Nepal

From midth October thru midth November 2019 I was with my 20 year old son and my husband on a breathtaking and unforgettable trek: Kanchenjunga South and North BC. From the first day in Kathmandu, when a very academic and nice guide showed us around all the beautiful sites in the city to our very last goodbye at Kathmandu international airport Himal organised our trek in every respect perfectly well. We had an absolute caring and adorable guide , Tek, whom we consider now a member of our family and two very nice porters, Dill and Birr. All of them were really very very well taking care of us, bringing us tea at every arrival in the lodges and making us feel very safe and comfortable. Every time when Tek considered it necessary, he stood in the kitchens himself, cooking for us the meals. He also is an amazing cook! He has a wide knowledge of the religions in Nepal, of every peak and mountain along our journey and he knows the people in all the guetshouses alongside our trek for a long time, which made us feel also very comfortable and as if being part of the family! We consider going again on a journey inNepal and surely again with Visit Himalaya Treks Ltd and with Tek, Dill and Birr!! Thank you so much for everything!
Namaste, Claudia können and family from Switzerland 

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