Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek

  • Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek | Outdoor Himalayan Treks
  • Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek | Outdoor Himalayan Treks
  • Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek | Outdoor Himalayan Treks
  • Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek | Outdoor Himalayan Treks
  • Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek | Outdoor Himalayan Treks
  • Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek | Outdoor Himalayan Treks
  • Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek | Outdoor Himalayan Treks

Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek is a full-fledged adventure trek taking place in the far-eastern corner of Nepal adjoining Sikkim province of India. A least trekked section of the Himalayas, the region still awaits enthusiastic trekkers and adventure seekers to unlock its fabulous sceneries and mysterious enclaves of rural life and cultures. Lush alpine forests of rhododendron, pine, birch; pristine alpine meadows and remote Sherpa settlements make it not just a good trekking venture but an adventure quest in the Himalayas.

A number of trekkers and climbers set out to visit Everest and Annapurna region every year for adventure trekking and climbing, but Kachanjunga sees very few of them. However, the mountain was first conquered by two British mountaineers — Joe Brown and George Band — in 1955 A.D. In 1979 again, 3 other Britishers Doug Scott, Pete Boardman, and Joe Tasker successfully ascended the north ridge of the mountain — an astounding feat in the history of mountaineering. Our itinerary takes you to the north base camp of Kanchanjunga, taking in fabulous scenes of Jannu, Chang Himal, Ratong, and of Kanchanjuga itself.

Waiting along the trail are some formidable sections as well; which require the visitors to walk through slippery sections on the riverbanks and landslides leaving no recognizable trail for the trekkers. Yet when you negotiate all the difficulties and complete your journey, a sense of triumph and a rewarding experience of intimate touch with pristine nature and unspoiled culture give you a deep satisfaction.


Day 1: Arrival

Day 2 (or 3): Flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar

Day 3: Drive from Biratnagar to Taplejung

Day 4: Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung (921m)

Day 5: Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa (1,270m)

Day 6: Trek from Chirwa to Sekathum (1,660m)

Day 7: Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa (2,510m)

Day 8: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730m)

Day 9: Trek from Gyalba to Ghunsa (3,595m)

Day 10: Acclimatization at Ghunsa (3,595m)

Day 11: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,100m)

Day 12: Acclimatisation day at Kambachen (4,100m)

Day 13: Trek to Lhonak (4,785m)

Day 14: Trek from Lhonak to Pangpema (Kangchanjunga North Base Camp-5,100m)

Day 15: Trek from Lhonak to Kambachen(4,100m)

Day 16: Trek from Kambachen to Ghunsa (3,595m)

Day 17: Trek from Ghunsa to Sele Le (4300m)

Day 18: Trek from Sele Le to Tseram (3,870m)

Day 19: Trek from Tseram to Oktang (4,730m) and down to Ramche

Day 20: Trek down to Torontan (2,995) from Ramche

Day 21: Cross Lasiya Bhanjyang (3,500m) to Yamphudin

Day 22: Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang

Day 23: Trek from Khebang to Sibudin

Day 24: Trek from Sibudin to Medibung

Day 25: Drive from Medibubg to Illam

Day 26: Drive from Illam to Biratnagar and fly to Kathmandu

Day 27: International Departure


Day 1: Arrival
On your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Outdoor Himalayan Treks will meet and greet you. Then s/he will transfer you to your hotel. After getting refreshed, you will meet the trekking guide in our office. He will brief you about the tour.

Day 2 (or 3): Flight from Kathmandu to Biratnaga
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If we complete all the preparations for the trekking on the day of your arrival, we fly to Biratnagar today. Otherwise, we will spend one more day in Kathmandu. In this case, you will be briefed about the tour by the guide at your convenient time. While we make all necessary arrangements for the tour, including the documentation and other formalities, you will have an entire day at your disposal. Make it worthwhile with a full day sightseeing. There are a number of incredibly rich heritage sites in Kathmandu, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be completely mesmerized by them. In that case we will fly to Biratnagar on the third day.

Day 3: Drive from Biratnagar to Taplejung
When the airport at Suketar in Taplejung is not functional; we have to drive to Taplejung. It is a long drive through many bends on the hilly road. But when the airport is functioning, we fly to Taplejung from Biratnagar and start our trek from there.

Day 4: Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung (921m)
Today’s trek is very short, lasting for less than 4 hours. It consists of a descent from Taplejung to Mitlung. Mitlung is a small settlement on the banks of the Tamor River. We reach there by crossing Hungdewa Khola, a small stream.

Day 5: Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa (1,270m)
Walking through beautiful villages and farmlands, we reach Chirwa. After starting from Mitlung, we reach the village Sinwa with bananas and grapevines. Enjoying idyllic rural views, we arrive at Chirwa, another beautiful village. Huge boulders are scattered around the village.

Day 6: Trek from Chirwa to Sekathum (1,660m)
We enter into the Kanchanjunga Conservation Area. We walk across the fertile and ecologically diverse Tamor River Valley. Enjoying broad view of the valley and meeting a lot of birds and butterflies on the way, we reach the destination of the day in Sekathum. Before that, we make the final crossing of the Tamur River near its confluence with the Ghunsa Khola for the day.

Day 7: Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa (2,510m)
The trail is tough and challenging at times, requiring us to do ups and downs through slippery sections. But there are exciting things as well: we can view Mt Jannu from our campsite in the morning in clear weather. We cross streams on rickety wooden bridges and follow the riverbank past mysterious gorges.

Day 8: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730m)
Today’s walk consumes about 4 hours only, but exciting enough because it passes through lush greens of rhododendron, oak and bamboo. Spectacular waterfalls and rickety bridges along the way add up further thrill for the hike. Gyalba is a small Tibetan settlement commanding great views of Mt Khabur. From today, we enter into the region of high mountains.

Day 9: Trek from Gyalba to Ghunsa (3,595m)
We walk through really remote regions of Taplejung today. Before reaching Ghunsa, we hit a small yak herder’s settlement named Phole. Phole also has a faded Gumba, a Buddhist monastery. From here, we move ahead for about 2 hours and reach Ghunsa, a small Sherpa village.

Day 10: Acclimatization at Ghunsa (3,595m)
In order to adjust in the high altitude, we stop for a day in Ghunsa. We can go for short hikes above the village in the afternoon, since that helps in acclimatization.

Day 11: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,100m)
It is a relatively longer walk, lasting about 7 hours. We cross small and big landslides (one of them is really dangerous), and forests of larch and juniper trees. High altitude meadows and miraculous views of Himalayan Mountains make the trip scenically memorable one. Appreciate the impressive views of Mt Jannu before you reach Kambachen for the night’s stop.

Day 12: Acclimatisation day at Kambachen (4,100m)
Instead of continuing directly to Lhonak, it is better to stop here for a day to avoid altitude sickness. During the day, engage in short hikes around Kambachen because they do not only help in acclimatization but also offer great views of Himalayan peaks.

Day 13: Trek to Lhonak (4,785m)
Crossing rushing waterfalls, slippery riverbanks, faint trails in the midst of huge boulders, and alpine pastures, we reach Lhonak. Lhonak itself is a yak pasture with a few huts built by the herders. Incredible scenery of the Himalayan peaks greet us from Lhonak and from the trail during the day.

Day 14: Trek from Lhonak to Pangpema ( Kangchanjunga North Base Camp-5,100m)
After reaching Lhonak, it is not a long way to reach Pangpema, the north base camp of Kanchanjuga. From Lhonak onwards, we follow the margins of Kanchanjunga glacier all the way. The hike is also relatively easy, consisting mainly of level walk with gradual ascend. Imposing figures of Chang Himal and Kirant Chuli draw our eyes all along the trail. After reaching the base camp, we have to make it a little ahead to the viewing point to appreciate the majesty of Kanchanjunga’s north face.

Day 15: Trek from Lhonak to Kambachen(4,100m)
After taking some memorable shots of the north face in the morning, we come back to Kambachen through Lhonak.

Day 16: Trek from Kambachen to Ghunsa (3,595m)
We continue our journey back to Ghunsa from Kambachen.
From here, we can continue the return through the same way we went up. However, if you want variety and more adventure in your trek, then return through the following route.

Day 17: Trek from Ghunsa to Sele Le (4300m)
We walk through dense alpine forest, negotiate steep rocky trail up to the hilltop, then down again to reach the campsite at Sele Le near a stream with ancient moss-covered rocks.

Day 18: Trek from Sele Le to Tseram (3,870m)
The price of effort and industry we pay today for about 8 hours does bring some valuable prizes as well. From the high passes we cross, we have unbeatable views of Mt Jannu, Makalu, and Cho-yu, opening up the vista of Sikkim and Mt Ratong as well. After starting from Sele Le, we climb to the first high pass at Sinon La (4480m) and continue to cross the other formidable passes named Mirgin La (4480m) and Sinelapche La (4724m). Enjoy miraculous views from here and start a knee-cracking descent to Tseram, descending almost 900 meters. The day will test your energy and also your appetite for adventure.

Day 19: Trek from Tseram to Oktang (4,730m) and down to Ramche
As usual we walk through alpine forest and meadows. As we gain altitude, we also walk over frozen ice, stopping for lunch at Ramche. Then on again through the debris of Yalung glacier until we reach Oktang. Those attempting to climb Kanchanjung from the north side walk for a day from here to set up their base camp. But no climbing gears are needed to reach Oktang. In the evening, however, we return to Ramche for the fabulous sunset views and the myriad color it paints over the mountain slopes.

Day 20: Trek down to Torontan (2,995) from Ramche
Walking through forest and along the bank of Simbuwa Khola, we arrive at Torontan.

Day 21: Cross Lasiya Bhanjyang (3,500m) to Yamphudin
Another demanding trek brings us to Yamphudin, a Sherpa village. The most challenging section is when we climb to the mountain-top after crossing Simbuwa Khola. It is not only an uphill climb; the final section consists of crossing a perilous landslide with no trail at all. We breathe a sigh of relief when we reach the top, have our lunch and go down the mountain on the other side to reach Yamphudin.

Day 22: Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang
We start to meet lively villages and farm terraces on the way as our trek climbs down to lower altitudes. We walk down the Simbuwa Khola in the beginning, followed by an ascent to Otham Pass, then a descent and again an ascent to Kedan La (2070m). Finally we go down to Khebang village and spend our night there.

Day 23: Trek from Khebang to Sibudin
We walk through lush farmlands in a typical countryside, passing patches of forests and streams. Our stop is near the confluence of two streams: Tawa Khola and Kabeli Khola.

Day 24: Trek from Sibudin to Medibung
The final day of the trek is longish, requiring us to walk along the bank of Kabeli Khola for about 5 hours. Paddy fields and forests lie on the way. At last we reach the village named Medibung, where we spend the night.

Day 25: Drive from Medibubg to Illam
Driving along the dirt and black-topped road, we reach Illam in about 6 hours.

Day 26: Drive from Illam to Biratnagar and fly to Kathmandu
We drive down to Biratnagar from Illam and fly to Kathmandu.

Day 27: International Departure
We drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and pay you farewell.


Fitness Level:

This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:

Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience will be plus points.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipments/Gears:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring these equipments yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • TIMS Card
  • Kanchanjunga Conservation Area Permit
  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance



Country: Nepal
Duration: 27 days
Grade: Strenuous
Highest Alt: 5100m
Group Size: 5
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