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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek (27 Days)

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Kanchenjunga Trek

Mount Kanchanjunga (8586m) one of the world’s third highest mountain, I renowned as a queen of mountains. The Kanchenjunga region is one of the most beautiful areas in the country with spectacular landscape; Himalayan peaks rising above 7,000 m, can boast of varied ecological zones, form the subtropical land to glacial wilderness and lush flora and fauna. This region was opened for trekking tourism only in 1988. The trekking in this area is relatively strenuous since the region is regarded as the most remote place of Nepal. The Sherpas inhabit the northern part of the Kanchenjunga region whereas the southern lower part is full of the ethnic groups such as Rai, Limbus, Magars, Tamangs, Brahmans and Chhetris. The Kanchanjunga trek begins and ends at small airstrip at Suketar which lies Far East corner of Nepal. The trek leads through pristine forests, fascinating village to the amazing Kanchanjunga South and North Base camp with magnificent mountain views, beautiful mountain rivers and remote traditional villages.
Itinerary
Day 01: Kathmandu (1400m). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Kathamandu Sightseeing. Overnight at hotel. 
Day 03: Kathmandu to Biratnagar. 
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Taplejung, trek to Lali Kharka (2265m). Overnight at tented camp. 
Day 04: Trek to Khesewa (2120m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 05: Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 06: Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m). Overnight at tented camp. 
Day 07: Yamphudin to Chittre (2962m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 08: Chittre to Tortong (2995m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 09: Tortong to Tseram (3870m). Overnight at tented camp. 
Day 10: Tseram to Ramche (4580m). Overnight at tented Camp.
Day 11: Explore around Ramche and trek to Oktang (4730m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12: Explore Yalung Ri Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14: Ramche to High Camp (4000m) over the Mirgi-La. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 15: High Camp to Ghunsa (3595m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 16: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4100m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 17: Exploration day at Kambachen. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 18: Kambachen to Lhonak (4785m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 19: Lhonak to Pang Pema / Kanchanjunga Base camp (5160m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 20: Explore Kanchanjunga Base Camp and trek back to Kambachen (4100m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 21: Kambachen to Phale (3140m) Overnight at tented camp.
Day 22: Phale to Amjilosa (2510m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 23: Amjilosa to Margen (1480m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 24: Margen to Chhiruwa (1270m). Overnight camping.
Day 25: Chhiruwa to Suketar (2420m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 26: Fly to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.  
Day 27: Free day or Departure.
You follow your regular travel plan or we drop you at the international airport for final departure. 

Trip Outline
  • Trekking days - 23
  • Total days - 27
  • Min. Altitude - (1400m./4593ft.)
  • Max. Altitude - (5300m./17388ft.)
  • Overal walking - 5/6 hrs P/D
  • Trip Nature - Trekking & Hiking
  • Difficulty - Medium
  • Min. group size - 2
  • Age Limit -
  • Best Time - Spring: Febuary, March, April, May / Autumn: September, October, November, December
Services
Package Includes:
1. Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up & drop by private car/van/bus. 
2. Tourist Standard accommodation in 2/3 star level hotel in Kathmandu breakfast included (4 nights). 
3. Tourist standard accommodation in star level hotel in Biratnagar including BLD. 
4. Kathmandu City Tours inclusive tour guide, private car/van/bus. 
5. Full board meal during camping, prepared by our cook with Tea & coffee. 
6. Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gears, toilet tents) 
7. A local government license holder Trekking Guide during the trek, a cook the required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and a general first aid kit. 
8. Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek. 
9. Kanchenjunga Restricted area entry fees: US$30 per person
10. Kanchanjung National Park entry permit (USD45 per person), and all necessary permits 
11. Trekking Permit TIMS (USD20)
Domestic Airfare: Kathmandu-Biratnagar / Suketar – Biratnagar - Kathmandu (USD390 round trip)
12. Surface Transfer to and from Kathmandu. 
13. All our government taxes. 
14. Tourist service charge, vat. 
15. Official expanse.

Package excludes:
1. Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu. 
2. Your travel insurance (compulsory). 
3. Nepal entry visa fee you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for 60 days from date of issue. You will require 2 passport size photos. 
5. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry. 
6. Personal trekking Equipments. 
7. Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected.) 
8. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section. 

Long Itinerary
Day 01: Kathmandu  (1400m)
Arrival day in Kathmandu (Private transportation, Accommodation and Welcome dinner
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu (1,400m). After time to get refreshed, evening you will meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and after meal briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kathamandu Sightseeing:
 Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation. (Accommodation  and Breakfast Included)
Today, morning we will ready after your breakfast to head on for our relaxing guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We take you to visit the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is place of thousand of devotees, Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and can be seen the cremating body most of the times in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Hundreds of monkeys are giggling with you and take a time to exploring surrounding area and visit Bouddhanath stupa an another pilgrimage centre which is most popular and important place for Buddhist. You can explore with rounding prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious chanting noise. After your lunch at Bouddha visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple covering wide range of area with highest point of Kathmandu valley and enjoy the 360 degrees of valley view. After exploring the surrounding areas visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is old royal palace of Kathmandu and can be seen lot of temple, architectures and Kumari (living goddess) and walk in a freak street and late afternoon back to hotel and evening briefing about your trip, what is your responsibility, what to do and does not in the trek? Introduce with our fellow trekking staff and chances to ask remaining question and simply relax at the hotel.
 
Day 03: Kathmandu to Biratnagar. 
We take afternoon flight to Biratnager. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Taplejung, trek to Lali Kharka (2265m)
We fly to Suketar in half hour the porters and crew will be waiting for our arrival. After landing we take an early lunch, while the crew arranges our gear. In the afternoon we blow out the cobwebs with an easy 2 to 3 hours of walk along the ridges line to Lali Kharka. Overnight at tented camp. 
 
Day 4: Trek to Khesewa (2120m)
After traversing the hillside a short way, we descend to the village of Pokora along the Phawa Khola, crossing a suspension bridge before beginning the steep climb up towards kunjuri. Lunch will be taken unjuri and the afternoon walk takes on a short distance over the crest of the ridge to our campsite at Khesewa. We get our first view of Kanchenjunga, and should be able to clearly make out the south and main summit along with Yalung Khang. Overnight at tented camp.
 
Day 5: Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m)
Today the path covers steep hillside through terraced fields high above the Kabbeli Khola. There are some ups and downs crossing side valleys but there are many shady spots to rest. After lunch at one of these we pass the village of Anjan, before descending to cross the Kashawa Khola and then finally we climb again through terraced fields to the village of Mamankhe. Overnight at tented camp.
 
Day 6: Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m)
Today the walk starts with an easy climb to Yamphudin along a track which contours the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. The path has several ups and downs as we cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides. Generally the route is flat and the river eventually becomes level with the trail a couple of hours before Yamphudin. After lunch by the river we complete the day walk to Yamphudin. Yamphudin is the most remote settlement in this area and the last village we will see until we reach Ghunsa. Overnight at tented camp. 
 
Day 7: Yamphudin to Chittre (2962m)
Beyond Yamphudin the trail ascends a steep spur, a gentle introduction for what will come. Leaving villages behind we trek through pleasant forest stopping for lunch in a meadow capturing fine views of the north and south. JA steep descend to the river an interesting bridge across the Omje Khola to our campsite in Chitre. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 8: Chittre to Tortong (2995m)
Starting the day with 3 hours of steep ascent to the crest of the Deurali Danda in dense forest most of the way. From the 3230m pass we see Jannu Himal (7711m). We descend across some steep and exposed areas before entering the forest again. The sharp descend through beautiful forest continues down into the valley of the Simbuwa Khola. Across the interesting wooden bridge is Tortong a camping place with numerous rock shelters amid towering conifers. The steep hills make today a tough 6 to 7 hours trekking. Overnight at tented camp.
 
Day 9: Tortong to Tseram (3870m)
Today we follow the river through more beautiful forest, the conifers giving way to the rhododendron forest. The valley climbs fairly steeply and as the day progresses the trees become more stunted and scattered, giving us glimpses of the snow capped giant s ahead and the massive snout of Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram the towering heights of Kabru (7412m) and Rathong peak (6682m)start to peep over the moraine. Overnight at tented camp. 
 
Day 10: Tseram to Ramche (4580m)
A shorter day's walk and climbing up to 600m you will reached to  Ramche where the trail to Kanchenjunga South tuens. The scenery is magnificent as we ascend past snout of the Yalung Glaciers into a series of ablation valleys which gives easy walking and good camping. Magnificent views of Koktang, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of this stroll. Overnight at tented Camp.
 
Day 11: Explore around Ramche and trek to Oktang (4730m)
Following the valley round to see the stunning south face of Kanchenjunga and Janu. We get across the Yalung Ri Glacier and continue by a sweeping curve, at Oktang, 4730m, we are suddenly confronted with the southern wall of the mountain. This vast ridge forms a cirque over 15kms long, no where less than 7500m high and with the main summits of Kanchenjunga at 8420m, 8586m and 8475m. It is a breathtaking mountain panorama and especially impressive is Jannu while observing the glaciers flowing from its last face. Overnight at tented camp.
 
Day 12: Explore Yalung Ri Base Camp
We take short and amazing walk to the Yalung Base Camp. You might feel bit altitude but will give you real acclimatized as well. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13: Oktang to Ramche (4580m)
We take an easy day going down to Ramche after amazing couple of day high altitude experience. Overnight at tented camp.
 
Day 14: Ramche to High Camp (4000m) over the Mirgi-La 
We trek down the valley, passing the turn off to the high and challenging Labsang La route to Ghunsa and the north side of Kanchenjunga. This pass is rough and dangerous, especially for porters so we take the more southern set of passes, beginning with the Mirgin La. After an initial steep climb and several false summits we reach Miring La. Apart from the magnificent Jannu, on the horizon are Makalu (8467m), Gyakung Kang, Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8515m) and Chamalang. To the south it is possible to see down to the Tarai, a panorama worth the effort. Overnight at tented camp.
 
Day 15: High Camp to Ghunsa (3595m)
After breakfast we take an beautiful descent through beautiful forest with magnificient view of Janu. From Kharka the going is easy again down a pleasant trail to the village of Ghunsa, where we camp in the village. Ghunsa is a picturesque Tibetan village; prayer flags flutter from the wooden houses and there are two monasteries, a welcome sight after the many days of wilderness. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 16: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4100m)
Gradually the trail ascends to the south of the Ghunsa Khola and crossing flood plains while emerging on a pasture situated at the north side of the river. A steep climb to a slope from where it crosses a slide and then descends to Lakepo. A short climb from here to the village of Khambachen 4100m. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 17: Exploration day at Kambachen
Today we spend acclimatizing to high altitude and we can do short hike to the Jannu base camp. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 18: Kambachen to Lhonak (4785m)
A gradual climb through rocky fields gets you to Ramtang at elevation of 4240m then crossing northwest of the Kanchenjunga Glacier you reach Lhonak. You will camp between the boulders here to stay out of the wind. There are beautiful mountain vistas all around. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 19: Lhonak to Pang Pema / Kanchanjunga Base camp (5160m) 
The main Kanchenjunga peak is only visible from Pang Pema, which is the base camp for expeditions on Kanchenjunga. From Lhonak, the trail gradually ascends across the plain but son gets steeper as it follows the moraine. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 20: Explore Kanchanjunga Base Camp and trek back to Kambachen (4100m)
Explore around Kanchenjunga Base Camp and trek back to Kambachen. Today those who would like to take a morning hike up a ridge, north of Pang Pema. A climb of 200 or 300 m provides a great vintage point with views of Kanchenjunga, Wedge Peak, the Twins and Tent Peak. As usual the descend goes faster and you can reach Kambachen the same day. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 21: Kambachen to Phale (3140m)
More descends through magnificent sections of forest as long as we make to Phale. The upper sections house Tibetan refugees who are well established , the second is the winter village of Ghunsa. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 22: Phale to Amjilosa (2510m)
As usual going down is much easier and without any altitude problem we continue descent down to Amjilosa through the beautiful forest opening out to steep, grassy hillsides. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 23: Amjilosa to Margen (1480m)
Down, down and down. After a short climb we begin a steep descend that will take most of the day. We reach the joining of the Tamur and Ghunsa Kholas then to Margen. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 24: Margen to Chhiruwa (1270m)
It is pleasantly warm at these low altitudes and cardamom grows freely in the moist shaded forest. Crossing numerous small tributary streams we reach Chhirwa, a village set among large boulders and easy walking day. Overnight camping.

Day 25: Chhiruwa to Suketar (2420m)
The final walking day, traversing in an out of minor valleys, we pass through a succession of picturesque villages on our way to Suketar, reaching around late afternoon. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 26: Fly to Kathmandu
We take early morning flight to Biratnagar and afternoon flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 27: Free day or Departure.
You follow your regular travel plan or we drop you at the international airport for final departure. 

Equipment
Equipment List  

Head:
1. Sun hat or scarf 
2. Light balaclava or warm fleece hat 
3. Sunglasses with UV protection 

Upper Body:
1. T-shirts 
2. weight thermal tops 
3. Fleece jacket or pullover 
4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) 
5. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket 
6. Down vest and/or jacket (optional) 

Hands:
1. Lightweight gloves 
2. Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer 

Lower Body:
1. Underwear 
2. Hiking shorts 
3. Lightweight cotton long pants 
4. Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms 
5. Fleece or wool pants 
6. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants 

Feet:
1. Thin, lightweight inner socks 
2. Thick, warm wool hiking socks 
3. Hiking boots with spare laces 
4. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) 
5. Gaiters 

Accessories:
1. Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F 
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries 
3. Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag 
4. Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal) 
5. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag 
6. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 
7. Thermarest sleeping pad 
8. Water bottles (2) 
9. Toiletries 
10. Small wash towel 
11. rain coat




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