Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is remote, wild and full of adventure. The Kanchenjunga base camp trek takes you to the base of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8598m), the world’s third highest mountain straddling between the borders of Nepal and Sikkim.
You will discover the unique local culture and lifestyle of the local people. Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is another attraction of this trek where you will find rare and unique flora and fauna including rhododendrons, orchids, snow leopard, Asiatic black bear, red panda etc.
Nepal Environmental treks & Expedition organizes trips according to your time frame, budget and interests so you can fully enjoy your trip.
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. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 03: Trek from Basantpur to Chauki (2400m.) takes about five and half hours.
Trek from Basantpur to Chauki (2400m.) takes about five and half hours. The path passes through rhododendron forests. If the sky is clear, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Mount Makalu and Kanchenjunga Himal. On the way, you can see some small human settlements. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 04: Trek from Chauki to Gupha Pokhari (2940m.) and then to Gurja Gaon (2145m.) takes about five and half hours.
Trek from Chauki to Gupha Pokhari (2940m.) and then to Gurja Gaon(2145m.) takes about five and half hours. While trekking through this way, you pass through rhododendron forests. At a point, you come across a pass situated at 3000 meter. Gurja Gaon is occupied by Buddhist and Hindus. It is situated at low elevation. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 05: Trek from Gurja Gaon to Mitlung (1160m.) takes approximately five and half hours.
TTrek from Gurja Gaon to Mitlung (1160m.) takes approximately five and half hours. he first part of your trails descends up to Dovan and then crossing a suspension bridge you follow quite flat route. You trek along the bank of Tamur Koshi through paddy fields. The inhabited area of this part is occupied by Brahmin, Chhetri and Limbu. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 06: Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa (1171m.) takes about five and half hours.
The path to follow is quite narrow and passes through jungle mainly covered with cardamom plants and other vegetation. Chirwa is a small town where you find small lodges and camping site with local shops. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 07: Trek from Chirwa to Sekathum (1635m.) takes about five and half hours.
Your trek passes through a small jungle along with the bank of river. The trail follows an uneven path. You cross a small hanging bridge before you reach Sekhathum. You spend overnight in camps.
Day 08: Trek from Sekathum to Gyable (2785m.) takes about seven and half hours.
Trek from Sekathum to Gyable (2785m.) takes about seven and half hours. The first one and half-hour you trek through normally flat land. Then your trail goes steeply ascent up to Amjilasa and now gently ascends to Gyable passing through jungle. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 09: Trek from Gyable to Ghunsa (3468m.) takes about six and half hours.
Trek from Gyable to Ghunsa (3468m.) takes about six and half hours. Your trails pass through jungle. You can see Gunsa river down the trail. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 10: Rest day at Ghunsa for acclimatization.
This is a day to rest in order to acclimatize and excursion in and around Ghunsa. Gunsa is also rich with Tibetan and Buddhist culture. Ghunsa is relatively larger town. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 11: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4124m.) takes about six and half hours.
The trail makes a gradual ascent along the south bank of the Gunsa Khola, then crosses a boulder strewn flood plain and crosses back to Rambuk Kharka on the north side of the river. Beyond the slide, the trail drops to the single locked hut at Lakep, then traverses to Khambachen, a Tibetan settlement of about a dozen houses at 4040m. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 12: Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4780m.) takes about six and half 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. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 13: Trek from Lhonak to Pang Pema (5152m.) takes about three and half hours.
From Lhonak, the trail ascends gradually across the plain, and then gets a bit steeper as it follows the moraine. You can drop off the moraine and follow the bottom of the valley to avoid the steeper section. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 14: Trek from Pangpema to Kanchanjunga (North) Base Camp (5280m.) to Lhonak approximately three and half hours.
Here you can enjoy the snow capped mountains and Kanchenjunga glacier. You camp the night.
Day 15: Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa takes about five and half hours.
Now you trek in descending path crossing the jungle along the river Kambachen river. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 16: Trek from Gunsa to Amjilassa takes about six and half hours.
The first part of the follows gentle path crossing the jungle to Gyapla. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 17: Trek from Amjilasa to Chirwa takes about five and half hours.
You trek descend until Sekarthum and you cross a suspension bridge before your trails begin to follow gentle path. Chirwa is a small town where people of mixed community like Buddhist and Hindus inhabit. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 18: Trek from Chirwa to Linkhim.
You can however, avoid the steep climb from Doban by contouring up the side of the valley instead. From Chirwa, start uphill, passing through Diwa village. The trail drops into a large side canyon, and then climbs back to the ridge before reaching Linkhim. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 19: Trek from Linkhim to Suketar.
Trek in and out of side canyons through the small Limbu villages of Helate, Pumbur and Phurbu to a ridge overlooking a monstrous slide area. Climb above the slide area to the Sherpa villages of Bung Kulung and Lakchun and you can get directly to the airport without going into Taplejung. You stay overnight at Suketar.
Day 20: Fly out from Suketar to Kathmandu via Biratnagar takes approximately 1 hour.
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and fly from Biratnagar to Taplejung /Suketar (2300m).
This morning you fly to Biratnagar in the eastern Terai. It is Nepal's second largest city and an energetic, bustling place. After landing, you take a little time for refreshments and for the porters to prepare their loads before beginning your walk along the ridge line above Taplejung village. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 02: Trek from Suketar (2300m.) to Kunjari (1928m.) takes about seven hours.
You climb gradually along a rhododendron-covered ridge. The trail crosses the ridge and contours past the Deorali Khola and four more streams to a pass at 2570m. Descend through the forests to Lali Kharka, houses at 2220m., then through fields to the substantial Limbu village of Thembewa at 1880m. Now climb steeply to Kunjari, a Limbu village at 1700m. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 03: Trek from Kunjari to Mamangkhe (1920m) takes about seven hours.
From here the trail makes a long looping traverse to Bhanjyang, a Gurung settlement with several bhattis, on a pass at 2120m. Now you head north just below the top of a ridge descending to the scattered village of Keswa at 1960m. You pass below waterfalls crossing severeal streams and landslide to Phun Phun. You descend through a series of side valleys to shops on a ridge at 1850m, then descend steeply through rice terraces into a side canyon, cross a stream on a long suspension bridge at 1540 m, then climb to Mamankhe, a prosperous Limbu village. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 04: Trek from Mamangkhe to Yamphudin (2080m.) takes approximately five hours.
Beginning with an easy climb, the walk to Yamphudin is along a trail, which contours the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. You cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides and the trail eventually becomes level with the river a couple of hours before Yamphudin. Yamphudin is the most remote settlement in this area and the last habitation you will see until you reach Gunsa. It is a charming place tucked away beneath the ridge of the Deorali Danda, which you must cross next. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 05: Trek from Yamphudin to Omje khola (2460m) takes about six hours.
Cross the Omje Khola on a couple of bamboo poles and follow the Kabeli Khola upstream for a short distance, ignoring the suspension bridge. Zigzag up through fields of corn and barley to Darachuk, and keep climbing past meadows to Dubi Bhanjyang, a pass at 2540m. Descend through ferns and big trees to the Omje Khola at 2340m. and follow the stream uphill for a short distance. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 06: Trek from Amjekhola to Torontan (2890m.) takes approximately five and half hours.
From the stream, the trail makes a steep climb through bamboo to a kharka at Chitre (2920m.). After a short descent, the ascent to a clearing is less strenuous and then the trail passes through a forest of pines and rhododendrons to a pond at Lamite Bhanjyang, 3410m elevation. Once the initial steep descent is over, the trail becomes gentler. It passes through damp, orchid-filled forests, crossing streams and isolated clearings used by herders and woodcutters. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 07: Trek from Toronde to Tserma (3870m.) takes approximately five hours.
This morning, you follow the right bank of the river, passing through pine and rhododendron forests. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 08: Trek from Tserma to Ramche (4580m.) takes approximately six hours.
You proceed for a relatively short day's walk today to your next camp at Ramche. The scenery is magnificent as you ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and into a series of ablation valleys. A frozen lake, crystal clear streams and views of Kokthan, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of this walk. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 09: Trek from Ramche to Yalung B.c.(5400m) takes about six and half hours.
While trekking this day, you cross long distance moraines and follow Yalung Glacier to climb onto the moraine. A short distance beyond the chorten is view of Mount Jannu. You must climb down the rough moraine onto the Yalung Glacier. Following Yalung Glacier, you get to the Yalung Base Camp. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 10: Trek from Yalung Bc.to Ramche (4580m.) takes approximately six and half hours.
You retrace back to Ramche following Yalung Glacer. On the way, you see juniper jungle, yak herds and landslides. Ramche is occupied with few teashops and houses made of stones. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 11: Trek from Ramche to Toronde (2890m) takes about six and half hours.
While trekking, you can enjoy the views of different mountains. While trekking, you pass the junction with the trail to Mirgin La is nearby. The trail goes alongside the moraine of Yalung Glacier. Somewhere during the trek, you cross the rhododendron forests and landslides. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 12: Trek from Toronde to Amjekhola (2460m.) takes about six and half hours.
Normally, you trek through flat path following thick jungle. At a certain point of jungle, your trail begins to gently ascend. After a short distance, the trail starts to descend to Amjikhola. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 13: Trek from Amjekhola to Yamphudin (2080m.) takes about four and half hours.
Your trek is in descent way through jungle. You cross suspension bridge to reach Yamphudin. Yamphudin is relatively a big town inhabited by mixed community of Buddhist and Hindus. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 14: Trek from Yamphudin to Mamangkhe takes about five and half hours.
You descend to west side of the Kabeli Khola through the less dense forest. Now you ascend gradually to the Tenguwa Khola. Parts of the trail are on cliffs high above the riverto get to Kabeli Khola at 1640m. Mamankhe is a prosperous Limbu village. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 15: Trek from Mamangkhe to Keswa (2120m.) takes about seven hours.
The first part of your trek is ascent through the rice terraced into a side cannon, cross a stream on a long suspension bridge at 1540m. Then go up a bit to Phonpe village at 1780m. You head generally downwards through forest past a large waterfall. Normally you cross several waterfalls, streams and a landslide to reach Phun Phun. Finally you get to Keswa which is village inhabited by Limbu and Gurung, the ethnic groups of Nepal. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 16: Trek from Keswa to Suketar (2300m.) takes about seven hours.
The trail is mixed with ascents and descents. You cross streams at several places. You have to cross Pokara village to a suspension bridge across the Phawa Khola at 1430m.You descend steeply at Kunjari, a Limbu village at 1700m. The trail now makes a long, looping traverse to Bhanjyang, a Gurung settlement with several Bhatti, on a pass at 2120m. Now the trail enters the Kabeli Khola valley. For some part, you gradually climb down along the rhododendron covered ridge and cross the Deurali Khola with four more streams to a pass at 2570m. Ascend through forest to Lali Kharka. Suketar is a village above the Taplejung. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 17: Fly from Biratnagar to Katmandu via Suketar.
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Hello potential trekkers,
The purpose of this note is to recommend (highly) the services of Nepal Environmental Trekking (P.) Ltd. My new wife and I went on an almost month-long trek to Kanchenjunga base camps November 2000.
Thanks to all of the crew who helped us to fulfill the trek. I may return to Nepal, somehow this country has a special place in my heart: nature and helpful people but: the real vacation starts when you leave Kathmandu.
We have seen this city now enough times.