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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Destination: Nepal Activity: Trekking and Hiking
Duration: 25 days Group Size: Minimum 02
Max Altitude: 5143meters Difficulty: Difficult
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Introduction

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek aims to explore the myths and mysteries of the amazing Kanchenjunga Mountain, along with the cultural background of eastern Nepal. The Kanchenjunga Mountain has enchanted travelers since ancient times, and ever since the growth of modernization, the craze has only skyrocketed. If you are one of those people with a huge thirst for adventure, curiosity to dive into the unknown, and a stomach for enthusiasm, then this trek is definitely made for you.

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek commences from your arrival in Kathmandu and after completing the legal formalities, you shall initially fly to Bhadrapur and later drive to the tea plantation site of Ilam. After tasting some fine tea, we begin the 25 days trip and set our sights on Gadi Danda. Walking along the banks of the Tamor River and Simbuwa Khola, we reach Sukethum. As we tread ahead, we stop at the Tibetan villages of Amjilosa and Ghunsa. The trail now becomes steep and as we battle the moraines and snow, we find ourselves at Lhonak. After interacting with the campers, we head to Pangpema and stand in awe at the mystical Kanchenjunga (8586m) and the nearby mountains. From here, we shall retrace our steps back to Lhonak and after walking on the ridges, we reach Ghunsa again. We have to cross the amazing Selele La Pass (4480m) and Sinion La Pass (4645m) in order to continue the trek. Walking along the Simbuwa Khola leads us to Ramche and ultimately to Tortong. The road now leads us to Sherpa settlements of Yamphudin and you'll be blessed by waterfalls and streams. After crossing Mani walls and Chorten paths, we reach Khandinbe. From here, a short drive leads us to Birtamod then Bhadrapur, and ultimately a flight leads us to Kathmandu where the trip will end. 

For those taking the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, travel with us at Ace Vision Treks. We strive to offer our best services to our clients. With experts in off-beat treks, our staffs are always well-prepared to help you on the trek. We also allow you to customize your itineraries as well.                                                                        

 

  • 1

    Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m) and transfer to hotel

    Arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport and meet our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Later, after you are refreshed on taking a quick rest, you can explore the city. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

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    Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley/ Permit procedures in Kathmandu

    In order to scale the mighty Kanchenjunga, it is necessary to get all the legal formalities completed. Today, we visit the necessary authorities and get all our documents checked. This process might take a bit of time so, bear with it. If time permits, we can also arrange an exploration of the UNESCO world heritage sites in the capital. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

  • 3

    Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and Drive to Ilam

    Today, we enjoy a soothing flight to Bhadrapur. The flight lasts for about half an hour and takes you to the sweltering heat of Terai. We get our stuff sorted and drive towards Ilam which is famous for its tea. Taste the local tea and explore the tea plantation. Overnight stay at Ilam.

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    Drive from Ilam to Taplejung and Trek to Gadi Danda (1890m)

    Get on a private vehicle and drive all the way to Taplejung by going through the Phidim village. Upon arrival in Taplejung, get your stuff together and commence the trek to Gadi Danda. Walk across paddy fields to reach Gadi Danda. The trek, on this day, will be a short one and shows us glimpses of the journey that lies ahead. Overnight in Gadi Danda.

  • 5

    Trek from Gadi Danda to Chirwa (1270m)

    The trail today sees a sharp decrease in elevation as we make our way towards Chirwa. Chirwa is a beautiful Limbu village which is used as arresting point by travelers taking the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek. We pass through the Tawa village and cross numerous suspension bridges along the way. Overnight stay at Chirwa.

  • 6

    Trek from Chirwa to Sukethum (1660m)

    Our motive for the day is to reach Sukethum. To arrive there, we must walk on the banks of the Tamor River and later descend towards the Simbuwa Khola. We can catch glimpses of the Yalung glacier along the road. After having lunch in the Taplethok village, we tread ahead and finally arrive at Sukethum. Overnight stay at Sukethum.

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    Trek from Sukethum to Amjilosa (2395m)

    On this day, we leave Sukethum and make a steady ascent to Amjilosa. We follow the Ghunsa Khola and indulge in some uphill climbing. As we cross the small streams and relish at the sight of the dazzling mountain scenario, we arrive at Amjilosa. Amjilosa is a small village which is highly influenced by Tibetan cultures and traditions. Overnight stay at Amjilosa.

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    Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m)

    The route to Gyabla involves going through lush rhododendron and pine forests, which appear more beautiful the altitude increases. The road blesses us with delightful waterfalls and sometimes curses us with steep ascents. After some heavy climbing, we arrive at Gyabla which is composed of Rai and Limbu communities. Overnight stay at Gyabla.

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    Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,427m)

    The roads to Ghunsa involves trekking through meadows and the ascent of a small hill. We will visit the Lapsen La monastery and learn about the history of the monastery while admiring its ties with the influence of Tibetan Buddhism in the region. We will arrive at Ghunsa late in the evening. Overnight stay at Ghunsa.

  • 10

    Acclimatization day at Ghunsa (3,427m)

    To prepare ourselves for the trek that lies ahead, we shall not do any sort of hiking but rest our mind and body. The viewpoints around the village offer to be great viewpoints for observing the peaks in the Kanchenjunga massif. Interact with the locals here and taste some local cuisine as well. Overnight stay at Ghunsa.

  • 11

    Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m)

    The trail for the day involves walking through Mani walls and Chorten swaying paths. Passing Rampuk Kharka on the way, we reach a top of a ridgewhich offers surreal glimpses of the Mt. Januu (7711m). We cross Naphinda Khola and Lakep on the final sections of the trek. Walk through lush forests and cross glacial moraines to reach Kambachen. Overnight stay at Kambachen.

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    Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m)

    The trail becomes a bit tricky as we have to walk on the left side of the mighty Kanchenjunga glacier. As we walk on a high plateau, we can see numerous camps. It signals our arrival in Lhonak. This is a great vantage point to observe the drama of mountains like the Mera Peak (6364m), Nepal Peak (7177m), and the Wedge Peak (6802m). Overnight stay at Lhonak.

  • 13

    Trek from Pangpema (5,143m) and return to Lhonak

    Today, we head towards Pangpema, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. We need to walk on the northern ridges of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. The trail follows the moraine-filled path and can be a bit difficult to tread on. After a while, we arrive at the base camp and catch amazing sights of the Kanchenjunga Mountain (8586m) and many peaks that border Nepal and India. Spend some time on the base camp and later return to Lhonak. Overnight stay at Lhonak.

  • 14

    Return to Ghunsa

    From Lhonak, we shall retrace our steps back to Ghunsa. It involves taking a quick break at Kambachen. We can also make a brief stop at Ramtang Monastery en route Kambachen. We then walk through the steep and slippery terrain before finally arriving at Ghunsa. On the descent, we can notice the gradual increase in greenery as well. Overnight stay at Ghunsa.

  • 15

    Trek from Ghunsa to Selele (4480m)

    The road to Selele pretty so walks carefully. Selele is not inhabited and is thriving with abundant wildlife. We shall venture through rhododendron and juniper forests, along with the Tanbharma Danda. Further ahead, we cross the Selele Khola and make the ascent to the top of Selele La Pass (4480m). The Selele Pass (4480m) offers great views of the mountains in the Kanchenjunga ranges and while enjoying the views, we make a final descent to the settlement of Selele. Overnight stay at Selele.

  • 16

    Cross Sinion La (4,645m) to Trek to Tseram (3,870m)

    Today is the most difficult aspect of the trek and it involves crossing the dangerous yet amazing Sinion La pass (4645m). The climb is pretty tough and you have to battle through snow and steep trails. From the top of the pass, you can see Yalung glacier, Mt. Januu (7711m), Makalu (8463m), and Baruntse (7219m). Our objective is to reach the Tseram village which is also the resting point before our trek to the southern front of Kanchenjunga. Overnight stay at Tseram.

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    Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4580m) and after lunch going to Oktang (4730m) and back to Ramche

    We walk on the snout of the Yalung Glacier and tread carefully on the Simbuwa Khola. We also go through Lapsang village; the trail from Lapsang is also famous for offering sights of Blue Sheep. Upon arrival in Ramche, we take rest and, later, visit the Oktang monastery. The monastery has a significant impact on the beliefs and culture practiced in the region as well.After spending some time there, we head back to Ramche. Overnight stay at Ramche.

  • 18

    Trek from Ramche to Tortong (2955m)

    To reach Tortong, we walk on the banks of the Simbuwa Khola and descend through lush juniper forests. The trail greets us with amazing views of monasteries, Chorten filled paths and waterfalls. Passing Anda Phedi and traversing across the Pasang Danda, we arrive at Tortong. Tortong is a small village and it has all the necessities for a peaceful stay. Overnight stay at Tortong.

  • 19

    Trek from Tortong to Yamphudin (2080m)

    We need to descend to the Amji Khola and cross the Lasiya Bhanjyang in order to reach Yamphudin. Spend some time in the Dhupi Bhanjyang and head towards your destination. As we near Yamphudin, Amji River grants us soothing company. Yamphudin village is housed by the people of Sherpa, Tamang, and Rai communities. Overnight in Yamphudin. 

  • 20

    Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang (1915m)

    The trail sees a drastic decrease in elevation, as we make our way towards Khebang. It is a small village in the Kanchenjunga region. We need to cross forests and waterfalls in order to reach Khebang. Walk along the banks of the Kabeli Khola before arriving at the Khebang village. Overnight stay at Khebang.

  • 21

    Trek from Khebang to Khandinbe (1450m)

    As we make our way towards Khandinbe, we take the route along Pedang to reach the confluence of Kabeli and Tawa rivers. Descending southwards, we Sibudin, we pass numerous villages to head towards Khandinbe. Finally, we cross Hapu Khola and go past Khanigaon and Bunguwa to reach Khandinbe. Overnight stay at Khandinbe.

  • 22

    Drive from Khandinbe to Birtamod

    From Khandinbe, we shall get on a private vehicle and drive all the way to Birtamod. The drive shows the amazing mountainous and rocky terrain of Nepal along with green hills and Himalayas shrouded in mist and clouds. Upon arrival in Birtamod, you shall feel the heat and decrease in elevation. Overnight stay at Birtamod.

  • 23

    Drive from Birtamod to Bhadrapur and Fly to Kathmandu

    We shall go on an early drive towards Bhadrapur, and later catch a flight that leads to Kathmandu. The flight is short but provides an amazing view of the surroundings. In Kathmandu, you can opt to take relaxing sessions at the spas and massage centers in the valley. In the evening, enjoy local cuisines at restaurants which offer such items. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

  • 24

    Visit Kathmandu Valley

    Today we shall explore the major heritage sites of the Kathmandu valley which consists of sites like the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. These sites are culturally and traditionally important to the residents of the valley since ancient times. Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath too offer opportunities to peek into the religious faiths of the people in the capital. You can also explore sites like Godavari and Khokana as well. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

  • 25

    Transfer to international airport for your final departure

    With 24 days of enthralling adventure, your journey in Nepal comes to an end on this day. Following a brief farewell ceremony, you get on a scheduled flight to your destination.

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