Nepal Environmental Treks

Kanchenjunga (North and South Base Camp - 28 days)

Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp trek takes you on an adventurous passage to the base of the third highest mountain peak in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m). Kanchenjunga is a huge massif located in the far northeast part of Nepal on the borders of Sikkim and Tibet.

The highlights of the Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp trek are the magnificent views of the snow capped mountain peaks, varied landscapes, from the subtropical lowlands to the spectacular glacial plateaus, enchanting forests of rhododendrons and abundance of wildlife that includes the famous muck deer and blue sheep. The tranquil villages that dot the borders of Tibet and Sikkim lend a special flavor to the trek.

The trail gradually ascends from 1200m (4,000ft) to 5180m (17,094ft) above sea level. It is a purely camping trek.

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Day 01-02: Drive from Kathmandu to Basantpur via Dharan(428m.), Dhankuta(1158m.) and Hille (1822m.) by bus.

Day 03: Trek from Basantpur to Chauki (2400m.) takes about six hours.

Day 04: Trek from Chauki to Gupha Pokhari (2940m.) to Gurja Gaon(2145m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 05: Trek from Gurja Goan to Dovan (730 m.) takes approximately five and half hours.

Day 06: Trek from Dovan to Mitlung (921m.) takes approximately six hours.

Day 07: Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa (1171m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 08: Trek from Chirwa to Sekathum (1635m.) takes about six hours.

Day 09: Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa (2510m.) takes about five hours

Day 10: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyable takes about seven hours.

Day 11: Trek from Gyable to Ghunsa (3468m.) takes about six hours.

Day 12: Rest day at Ghunsa for acclimatization.

Day 13: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4124m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 14: Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4780m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 15: Trek from Lhonak to pangpema (5152m.) takes about four hours.

Day 16: Trek from Pangpema to Kanchanjunga (North) Base Camp (5280m.) to Lhonak takes approximately six hours.

Day 17: Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa takes about seven hours.

Day 18: Trek from Ghunsa to Mirgin La (4583m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 19: Trek from Mirgin La to Tseram (3725m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 20: Trek from Tseram to Oktang (5225m.) takes about eight hours.

Day 21: Excursion to Kanchanjunga Base Camp (South) takes about six hours.

Day 22: Trek from Oktang to Tseram (3725m.) This takes approximately seven hours.

Day 23: Trek from Tseram to Yamphudin (2090m.) takes about nine hours.

Day 24: Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang (1740m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 25: Trek from Khebang to Thorpu (1500m.) takes approximately nine hours.

Day 26: Trek from Thorpu to Gopetar (2250m.) takes about six hours.

Day 27 -28:  Drive from Gopetar to Kathmandu via Phidim (1264m.) and Ilam (1229m.).

Day 01-02: Drive from Kathmandu to Basantpur via Dharan (428m.), Dhankuta (1158m.) and Hille (1822m.) by bus.

Drive from Kathmandu to Basantpur via Dharan (428m.), Dhankuta (1158m.) and Hille (1822m.) by bus. Takes approximately 18 hours. You camp for the night.

Day 03: Trek from Basantpur to Chauki (2400m.) takes about six hours.

Trek from Basantpur to Chauki (2400m.) takes about six hours. The trail follows an uneven path. And the path is covered by rhododendron forests. If the sky is clear, you can enjoy panoramic views of Mount Makalu and Kanchenjunga Himal. On the way you also see some small human settlements. You can also view villages at some distance from your hiking point. Chauki is a small village with a few lodges and Nepali tea shops. You camp for the night.

Day 04: Trek from Chauki to Gupha Pokhari (2940m.) to Gurja Gaon(2145m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Chauki to Gupha Pokhari (2940m.) to Gurja Gaon(2145m.) takes about seven hours. While trekking along this way, you pass through rhododendron forests. At one point, you come across a pass situated at 3000 meters. There is a pond at the Gupha Pokhari where prayer flags and Buddhist mani walls can be seen. On the way from Gupha Pokhari to Gurja Gaon, you can see yaks and mountain sheep grazing in the jungle. You will also observe some villages at a far distance. Gurja Gaon is inhabited by Buddhist and Hindus. It is situated at a low elevation. You camp for the night.

Day 05: Trek from Gurja Goan to Dovan (730 m.) takes approximately five and half hours.

Trek from Gurja Goan to Dovan (730 m.) takes approximately five and half hours. The trail descends to Dovan and while en route you pass through jungle and villages. You trek through terraces where crops such as wheat, maize, rice, millet and potatoes are grown. Dovan is a village situated at a low elevation between two streams. You camp for the night.

Day 06: Trek from Dovan to Mitlung (921m.) takes approximately six hours.

Trek from Dovan to Mitlung (921m.) takes approximately six hours. Crossing a suspension bridge over Tamur River you follow quite a flat route. Your hike continues along the bank of the Tamur Koshi through paddy fields. You frequently cross through small jungles of cardamom plants and other natural vegetation. You can see some small villages stretching at a far distance. The area is inhabited by the Brahmin, Chhetri and Limbu communities. You camp for the night.

Day 07: Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa (1171m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa (1171m.) takes about seven hours. The path to follow is quite narrow and passes through jungle mainly covered with cardamom plants and other vegetation. You can also see small gardens of oranges on your way. You cross through some small streams while trekking. Your trek leads through an undulating path. Chirwa is a small town where you find small lodges and a camping site with local shops. The local folks here are mainly engaged in agricultural activities. You camp for the night.

Day 08: Trek from Chirwa to Sekathum (1635m.) takes about six hours.

Trek from Chirwa to Sekathum (1635m.) takes about six hours. Your trek passes through a small jungle along the bank of a river. You find the plants of cardamom and other different vegetation. You cross a small hanging bridge before you reach Sekhathum. You spend the night in camp.

Day 09: Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa (2510m.) takes about five hours.

Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa (2510m.) takes about five hours. The first one and half-hours you trek along flat land. Your trail then becomes a steep ascent up to Amjilasa. Amjilassa is a small village with a few houses and yak herds and local shops where you can find minimal supplies. You camp for the night.

Day 10: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyable takes about seven hours.

Trek from Amjilosa to Gyable takes about seven hours. The trail is quite flat in the beginning and then gently ascends to Gyable passing through the jungle. Human settlements are visible at Gyable. People living here follow the Buddhist culture. You stay overnight in camp.

Day 11: Trek from Gyable to Ghunsa (3468m.) takes about six hours.

Trek from Gyable to Ghunsa (3468m.) takes about six hours. Your trail passes through a dense green jungle. You can see Gunsa River down the trail. The trail passes through a few human settlements and it is clearly visible that their life styles and culture has been inherited from Tibet. You pass through terraced fields where potatoes, wheat, barley and buck wheat are grown. You camp for the night.

Day 12: Rest day at Ghunsa for acclimatization.

Rest day at Ghunsa for acclimatization. This is a day to rest and acclimatize and do some excursions in and around Ghunsa. Gunsa is rich with Tibetan and Buddhist culture and is a relatively larger town inhabited by Tibetan people. The women are mainly involved in the carpet weaving profession and almost all homes engage in carpet weaving. Trekkers come across a few check points at Ghunsa. There are also local shops where you can buy goods to take along with you to the higher altitudes. You camp for the night.

Day 13: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4124m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4124m.) takes about seven hours. The trail makes a gradual ascent along the south bank of the Gunsa Khola, then crosses a boulder strewn flood plain before crossing back to Rambuk Kharka on the north side of the river. Once on the opposite side, the trail passes a waterfall then makes a short, steep ascent to a very unstable slope. The trail drops to the single locked hut at Lakep, and then traverses to Khambachen, a Tibetan settlement of about a dozen houses at 4040m. You camp for the night.

Day 14: Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4780m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4780m.) takes about seven hours. The trail climbs gradually through open rocky fields to Ramtang at 4240m, then across moraines north-west of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. Lhonak, at 4790m, is near a dry lake bed on an open, sandy plain; water is scarce here. There are no houses, but you can camp among the large boulders to get out of the wind. Terrific mountain views abound in all directions. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 15: Trek from Lhonak to pangpema (5152m.) takes about four hours.

Trek from Lhonak to pangpema (5152m.) takes about four hours. From Lhonak, the trail ascends gradually across the plain, and then gets a bit steeper as it follows the moraine. You follow the bottom of the valley to avoid the steeper section. The views are dramatic, but you cannot see Kanchenjunga or Wedge Peak until you are near Peng Pema. The spectacular main peak of Kanchenjunga, and a panorama of other peaks that make up one of the largest mountain masses in the world, tower over the single roofless hut at Pang Pema. You camp for the night.

Day 16: Trek from Pangpema to Kanchanjunga (North) Base Camp (5280m.) to Lhonak takes approximately six hours.

Trek from Pangpema to Kanchanjunga (North) Base Camp (5280m.) to Lhonak takes approximately six hours. Here you can enjoy the snowcapped mountains and the Kanchenjunga glacier. During the middle of the day, the falling avalanches totally captivate you. You camp for the night.

Day 17: Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa takes about seven hours.

Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa takes about seven hours. Now you trek along a descending path, crossing the jungle along the Kambachen River. In some places you can see mani walls and prayer flags hanging over the trees. Also at one point, you have to cross a wooden bridge. You camp for the night.

Day 18: Trek from Ghunsa to Mirgin La (4583m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Ghunsa to Mirgin La (4583m.) takes about seven hours. By ascending, you pass through a jungle. While trekking, you can also catch glimpses of the various mountains along with again enjoying the mani walls and prayer flags which are hanging over the trees. You can spot various animals like mountain goats and yaks grazing over the green hills. You camp for the night.

Day 19: Trek from Mirgin La to Tseram (3725m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Mirgin La to Tseram (3725m.) takes about seven hours. You trek through almost desert like areas and in some places you will cross a stony path. The path ascends from Mirgin La to Tseram. On the path, you can see Lapsang La glacier, Mirgin La glacier and snow-capped mountains. There are very few stone roof houses at Tseram and also some yak huts. You stay overnight in camp.

Day 20: Trek from Tseram to Oktang (5225m.) takes about eight hours.

Trek from Tseram to Oktang (5225m.) takes about eight hours. Today you trek through moraines. On the trail, you can see the Yalung glacier and Lapsang glacier. You can also see mountain goats as you cross a desert like area. The view of snow-covered mountains and Kanchenjunga is absolutely magnificent. You camp for the night.

Day 21: Excursion to Kanchanjunga Base Camp (South) takes about six hours.

Excursion to Kanchanjunga Base Camp (South) takes about six hours. Trekkers have to walk through moraines and a strenuous rocky path. Trekking this day is pretty adventurous as you have to walk along and cross the Oktang glacier. The panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and Mount Jannu will mesmerize you. Some parts of this area touch the neighboring India. You camp for the night.

Day 22: Trek from Oktang to Tseram (3725m.) This takes approximately seven hours.

Trek from Oktang to Tseram (3725m.) This takes approximately seven hours. You trek following a stream alongside the moraines of Yalung Glacier. The path is quite loose and rocky. Mani walls and prayer flags will be seen hanging over the trees. Along the way, you will see the difficult route of Lapsang La pass at a distance. There are very few stone roof houses at Tseram and some yak huts. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 23: Trek from Tseram to Yamphudin (2090m.) takes about nine hours.

Trek from Tseram to Yamphudin (2090m.) takes about nine hours. The first part of the trail goes along the bank of the river Simbua Khola. You have to walk through a dense jungle. On the way, you can see the effects of a landslide in some places. The trail ascends to Lamite Bhanjyang and then descends to Yamphudin crossing a small river. Yamphudin is a mixed community of Sherpas, Limbus, Rais and Gurungs. Among the corn and rice fields of the village there is a school and some shops with minimal supplies. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 24: Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang (1740m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang (1740m.) takes about seven hours. In the beginning, you descend to cross the Omje Khola. Now you ascend through a jungle of cardamom and orchid plants. You pass a small village where you can find different human settlements, small thatched roof houses and local shops with minimal supplies. From here, the trail ascends up to Khebang Danda and then you descend to Khebang village. Khabang is a comparatively big village where the local people follow the Hindu and Buddhism faiths. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 25: Trek from Khebang to Thorpu (1500m.) takes approximately nine hours.

Trek from Khebang to Thorpu (1500m.) takes approximately nine hours. The trail starts descending to Jorepul and then begins to ascend. You also trek along the flat and low land crossing paddy fields and thatched roof houses. There are many villages on the way where you can buy things you may require from the shops in these villages. Thorpu is a town where transportation facilities are available. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 26: Trek from Thorpu to Gopetar (2250m.) takes about six hours.

Trek from Thorpu to Gopetar (2250m.) takes about six hours. You start off ascending through small villages up to the last destination, Gopetar. It is a town with a few small restaurants, teashops and some local bars. From here, you get on your bus to reach Phidim and finally on to Ilam. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 27 -28:  Drive from Gopetar to Kathmandu via Phidim (1264m.) and Ilam (1229m.).

Drive from Gopetar to Kathmandu via Phidim (1264m.) and Ilam (1229m.).

The price includes the following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services
  • Trekking permits
  • Entry permit for National Park/Conservation
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Trekking Guide/s and Sherpa/s
  • Necessary porter/s (One porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Camping or Lodge (Tea house) accommodation
  • Necessary camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Cook and kitchen helpers
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Insurance and equipment's for all trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on last day
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The price does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels.We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category of hotel you would like to stay in.

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Trip Highlights

Duration: 28 Days

Type of Trek: Camping

Max Altitude: 5280 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Land Transportation

Grade: Strenuous

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