Kanchenjunga base camp trek
Mt. Kanchenjunga stands on the eastern border of Nepal. It is the third tallest mountain in the world with a height of 8,586 m. On the trek, you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring vistas of the stunning Himalayas. As you ascend, witness the differing landscapes and the gradual change in vegetation, from the subtropical valleys to rhododendron forests to high alpine pastures. Embrace the rich wildlife of this region and maybe even spot the red panda, snow leopard, blue sheep or the Himalayan black bear. You will get the opportunity to experience the way of life of the locals by spending time with a Hindu or Buddhist family whose cultures are greatly influenced by the Chhetri, Rai, Limbu, Gurung, Sherpa, and Tibetan ethnic groups.
Once you arrive at Kathmandu we will collect you from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. After briefing you about the trek, you will have the rest of your day at your leisure where you can explore this beautiful city.
35 minutes | 120 km 6 hours
You will have to take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas, Kangchenjunga to Langtang mountains. As you land in Biratnagar you will drive along with spectacular views of hillocks, the town of Hille and the gushing Arun River to bring you to Basantpur. Overnight camp in Basantpur.
7 hours, 900 m ascent, Camp 2700 m
Today you will walk towards Tunde with views of Arun and Tamur valleys. You will be traveling among locals on their way to Chainpur, the main trading center in the area. Along the way, you will pass by Dhoorpani, Tinjure Danda and Tinjure Phedi villages. You will also have the constant view of Makalu, Kangchenjunga ranges as you walk through forests of rhododendron. Overnight at Chauki.
4 hours, 300 m ascent 100 m descent, Camp alt. 2900 m
You will follow the surging trail through the Milke Danda range to Gupha Pokhari, a natural pond. You will be walking through fully bloomed red rhododendron forests if you are doing this trek in April or May. With a gain in altitude, you will also gain amazing views of Chamlang, Makalu, and Kangchenjunga. Overnight in Gupha Pokhari.
7 hours, 2200 m descent, Camp alt. 660 m
Today the trail is all downhill to get to the riverside village of Dobhan which literally means the junction of two rivers, the rivers being Maihwa Khola and the Tamur Koshi. You will make a stop at Gurja Sherpa village for lunch. Overnight in Dobhan Village.
6 hours, 200 m ascent, Camp alt. 890 m
Today you will start the leg of the trek that follows the Tamor Nadi river valley, starting from a low point and then gaining in altitude as you reach Sekathum on the 8th day. The deep valley does not fall on the rain shadow hence the trail can be wet and muddy until Mitlung. Walking through the rainforest with chirps of various species of birds remains the highlight of the day. Overnight in Mitlung.
6 hours, 340 m ascent, Camp alt. 1185 m
Today on your trek to Chirwa you will enjoy some gorgeous natural happenings. As you walk in the deep Himalayan river gorge surrounded by magnificent cliffs you will be able to hear amplified sounds of torrents due to the gorge geometry. You will walk through dense subtropical vegetation, narrow valleys with a few villages above. The valley will eventually open up giving way to the villages of the Limbu ethnic group of Nepal. They have survived on subsistence farming for around 2000 years of crops such as corn, rice, millet, and wheat. Overnight in Chirwa.
5 hours, 500 m ascent, Camp alt. 1640 m
Today you will continue through the Tamor Nadi valley. You will then trek along Ghunsa river past the Simbuwa Khola to finally reach Sekathum tributary which originates from Yalung Glacier. You will notice the valley opening up gradually. Overnight in Sekathum.
500 hours, 900 m ascent, Camp alt. 2490 m
Today as you hike to Amjilasha (2490 m), our camping spot for the night, you will gain almost 900 m in elevation. After a while, the trail narrows down along the Ghunsa River and gradually opens up again. In this area, the main inhabitants are Sherpas and Tibetans. Overnight in Amjilasha.
4 hours, 250 m ascent, Camp alt. 2730 m
You will walk through dense forest on an isolated trail today. You will not walk through any villages or settlements when on your way to Gyabla. Overnight in Gyabla.
5 hours, 700 m ascent, Camp alt. 3430 m
Climbing up maintaining a steady pace you will slowly reach Ghunsa at 3430 m. When you reach midway, you will come across the Tibetan village of Phole where you will make a quick stop for lunch. You will get a peek into the Tibetan Buddhist culture and can also visit a monastery. Overnight in Ghunsa.
Today is a rest day in Ghunsa village, to acclimatize your body to the change in altitude. Ghunsa will be the last major village you will see on this trek. Overnight in Ghunsa village.
6 hours, 600 m ascent, Camp alt. 4040 m
As you continue on the trek you will get the once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the most spectacular glacial valley in Nepal. You will walk on the moraine from Lhonak. This is a very remote area thus you might spot some wildlife like the blue sheep, ibex, mountain goats, hyrax or marmots among the rocks. overnight camp in Kambachen below the Jannu glacier with a splendid view of the Kangchenjunga massif.
6 hours, 650 m ascent, Camp alt. 4790 m
The landscape is isolated with a glacier, lack of villages or any settlement. You will climb through moraine debris and with gain in altitude the hike will feel slower. The Lhonak glacier starts from Ramtangat at 4240 m. Lhonak is located at the junction of Lhonak glacier and the Kangchenjunga glacier surround by spectacular mountains on all sides. Overnight in Lhonak.
6 hours, 390 m ascent, Camp alt. 5140 m
Today you will explore the Kangchenjunga base camp, Pang Pema. This area is visited by trekkers’ and climbers but not as frequently as the Everest base camp, this way you will have little disturbance when you take in the serene views of the magnificent Kangchenjunga massif. You will then explore the glacier in its totality. Overnight in Pang Pema base camp, 5140 m.
7 hours, 1250 m descent, Camp alt. 3430 m
Today after breakfast you will return to Ghunsa retracing your steps. Enjoy the same views but from another perspective. Overnight in Ghunsa.
6 hours, 1100 m ascent, Camp alt. 4500 m
The trail today ascends from Ghunsa to Se La pass (4500 m) through rhododendron, pine and birch forests. This trail is frequently used by the locals in the region. Overnight in Sele La Pass.
8 hours, 400 m ascent 1000 m descent, Camp alt. 3870 m
This section of the trek today is quite challenging with a steep climb to Mirgin La pass (4480 m) where you will get amazing views of Jannu Himal, Makalu, Baruntse, Chamlang Kangchenjunga, Kabur and the Himalayas along the Sikkim border will surely take your breath away. After taking this in you will finally descend down towards Tseram. Overnight in Tseram.
7 hours, 650 m ascent, Camp alt. 4620 m
You will get to explore the Yalung glacier today. You will start early today towards Ramche (4620 m) to set up the camp for tonight. After a lunch stop, you will hike to Octang for the awe-inspiring view of Kangchenjunga, Rothang and Kabru peaks that towers on the Nepal – Sikkim border. Overnight in Ramche.
7 hours, 1500 m descent, Camp alt. 2995 m
Today is an easy trek along the Simbua Khola river through pine and rhododendron forests, and you will keep descending all the way to Tortong.
7 hours, 600 m ascent 2000 m descent, Camp alt. 2070
This section of the trek is a bit risky. The area that the trail covers is prone to landslides and makes the hike more difficult. After a 600 m gain in elevation, you will make it to Lamite pass. Overnight in Yamphudim.
7 hours, 900 m ascent and 1200 m descent, Camp alt. 1740 m
The trail today passes through the gorgeous villages of Chhetri and Brahmin ethnic group. After crossing 2 passes you will stop at Khebang overnight.
7 hours, 300 m ascent and 1000 m descent, Camp alt. 800 m
Today you will make a descend and lose almost 1000 m in height. After following the undulating trail you will reach Dobhan village. You will make a stop here one last time for a relaxing lunch and then head on over to Phakholing. Overnight stay in Phakholing.
4 hours, 1200 m ascent and 300 m descent, Camp alt. 1600 m
The last leg of the trek id the final climb to the village of Tharpu. We will take it slow and steady here to give you the full opportunity to enjoy the last views of Kangchenjunga massif and the other mountains. The village is perched on a vantage point from where you can get a beautiful view of the sunset behind the mountains. Take a deep breath in as the day ends and so does your trek.
Today you will drive to Bhadrapur with endless turnings around the corner. After a 9-hour road trip, you will finally get to rest in Bhadrapur.
You will once again take a domestic flight back to Kathmandu where you can enjoy one last time the breathtaking bird’s eye view of the Himalayan massifs. Once you land in Kathmandu the day is at your leisure and you can spend it either exploring this enchanting city or by doing some souvenir shopping.
Today we will take you sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will visit some incredible sites which are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list such as the Boudhanath stupa, Pashupatinath and Swqyambhunath. After lunch, you can explore the Durbar Square, Patan, and Bhaktapur on foot, on cycles or a trishaw. Enjoy this beautiful and enchanting city which is chaotic but also exuberant harmony. There are excellent bookshops, markets, and handicraft shops to do some last-minute souvenir shopping. Overnight at a hotel.
Depart from Kathmandu International airport to your destination.