Kanchenjunga Trek/Wilderness Trekking Trail
Kanchenjunga Trek Nepal Base Camp Trek introduces Kanchenjunga Trek , an adventure which leads to both south and north base camps of Kanchenjunga massive mountain, perhaps this is the only trek in and around Himalaya and probably in the world, where you can enjoy being in two base camps of the same mountain in one single journey trekking in himalaya.
Mt. Kanchenjunga stands high as world 3rd highest and high mountains and second highest peak in Nepal with an altitude 8,586 m and 28,169 ft high, located Nepal’s North and Far East Himalayan belt straddling the border between Nepal and Sikkim (a small North East State of India).
Kanchenjunga Trek actual spelled as ‘Kanchendzonga’ means five jewels of snow peaks in Tibetan and local language, the mountains across the border in Sikkim worships as one of the holy mountains where mountaineers cannot climb right up to its main top summit as the top regarded as the abode of god and holy spirits.
The five jewels or treasures are Gold-Silver-Precious Stones, its Grain and a Holy Scriptures which refers to five adjoining peaks of Kanchenjunga.
Mt. Kanchenjunga of great beauty and grace the first successful climb in 1955 from Nepal South base camp by British Expedition led by late Sir George Band, where most of the climber at present climb the summit from North base camp around Pangpema.
Our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek starts with a scenic flight to south east Nepal and then taking an exciting drive past Ilam town famous for its vast tea garden to reach our stating point of the trek.
As the walk progress leading first at Kanchenjunga South Base Camp at near Ramche to Yalung glacier after trekking through beautiful alpine forest and lovely farm villages and then our journey continues towards Pangpema at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp the highest point of the adventure at above 5,143 m with stunning panorama of massive Kanchenjunga and adjoining peaks.
After an overwhelming and exciting time around Kanchenjunga base camps, our adventure concludes heading back to Sukhetar for the drive towards Ilam town at low land of Jhapa district for sweeping panoramic flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,315m | 4,270ft and transfer o hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur 3,000 m and drive to Ilam town 1,460 m – 04 hrs.
Day 04: Drive to Sukhetar via Kabeli Khola trek to Lali Kharka 1,900m.
Day 05: Trek to Khesewa Bhanjyang 2,100m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Mamangkhe 2,030 m – 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Yangphudin 2,150m – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Chitre 2,880 m – 06hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Simbua Khola 3,000 m – 07 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Tseram 3,770m – 05 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Ramche 4,360m via Lapsang – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Rest day at Ramche for acclimatization and hike to Kanchenjunga South BC.
Day 13: Trek back to Tseram – 05 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to near Tamo la 4,300 m – 05 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Ghunsa, 3, 480 m – 06 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Kangbachen 4,000 m – 05 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Lhonak 4,780 m – 05 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Pang Pema 5,065m -04 hrs.
Day 19: Rest day at Pang Pema for exploration.
Day 20: Trek to Kangbachen 3,900m – 06 hrs.
Day 21: Trek to Phole 3,100 m – 05 hrs.
Day 22: Trek to Amjilassa 2, 500 m – 07 hrs.
Day 23: Trek to Tapethok 1, 300 m – 06 hrs.
Day 24: Trek to Mitlung 1,550 m – 06 hrs.
Day 25: Trek to Suketar 2,440 m – 06 hrs.
Day 26: Drive to Biratamod or Bhadrapur via Ilam – 06 hrs.
Day 27: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 28: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Day 29: International departure for home ward bound.
Size of group: 2-10 people
Highest-Point: 5,143m/16,870 ft
Fitness level: Moderate
Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
Selected Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek
- Best Time to Travel to Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek
- The best time to trek to the Kanchanjunga Base Camp is spring (March to May) and autumn (October to first week of December). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing panorama views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,327 m and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport via various respective airlines, our Nepal Base Camp Treks guide or staff will receive you with warm welcome and then a short drive to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.
After checking in your hotel rooms and getting refreshed join at the hotel lobby for group briefing and orientation program where our guide informs you regarding hotels, Kathmandu, Nepali culture, Kanchenjunga Trekwith welcome dinner in a pleasant authentic Nepalese restaurant with culture program.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparations.
In Kathmandu morning after breakfast and at given time our city guide will pick you up for sightseeing tour around places of interest around Kathmandu old part of the city, Kathmandu is famous for world heritage sites with tour of Pashupatinath a holy temple, Bouddhanath Stupa a Buddhist pilgrimage spot or tour of Kathmandu old Durbar (palace) Square and ancient 2,500 years old Swayambhunath, afternoon free for Kanchenjunga Trekpreparation.
Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur 3,000 m and drive to Ilam town 1,460m - 04 hrs.
Kanchenjunga Trek starts with short drive to Kathmandu domestic airport for short scenic flight to warm areas of South East Nepal lowland, during 45 minutes flight grand panorama of mountains with Everest- Makalu and Kanchenjunga, on reaching at Bhadrapur airport, located near the Indian border of West Bengal near Darjeeling.
From Bhadrapur where you will join with our other crew members and porters for this wonderful adventure to Kanchenjunga base camp.
Taking a four wheel or other available transportation a scenic and interesting drive leads towards cooler areas over the hills and valley covered with tea gardens to reach at Ilam town for overnight stop in this lovely hill town famous for tea garden with views of Kanchenjunga massive mountain range.
Day 04: Drive to Sukhetar 04 hrs trek to Lali Kharka 1,900m - 04 hrs.
Morning starts with an exciting drive to reach at Sukhetar in Taplejung district, our starting point of Kanchenjunga base camp trek, first day walk follows into several farm lands and scattered mid hills villages and with a pleasant walk to reach our overnight stop at Lali Kharka village located above 2,260 meters high, a small well tended farm field.
Day 05: Trek to Khesewa - Bhanjyang 2,100m - 05 hrs.
From this lovely village, walk leads to a descend and then with uphill passing farm fields and series of terraces, this mid hills villages mostly populated by Hindu origins of mix people Brahmins, Chettris and Kirat tribes, our walk slowly leads to Tembawa village, from here downhill to Phawa khola, crossing a river reaching at Pokora village, walk leads to steep climb to Kunjari village, and then through cool forest with a climb to Khesewa- Bhanjyang village for overnight camp.
Day 06: Trek to Mamankhe 2,030 m - 06 hrs.
Morning starts with descend towards farm areas of rice and millets then entering a forest at Nandeva khola, after crossing a stream, walk leads downhill and then with a climb back into forest to reach at Lopoding village, from here with few ups and down to Fun Fun a small village, offering views of Khumbakarna Himalayan range with Yalung and Mt. Kanchenjunga towards north. Our walk continues on downhill path through farm fields, and then uphill climb for an hour to react a crest at Pomppe Dhada with views of Mt. Jannu, from here descend to Kheswa khola, after crossing a bridge to reach overnight camp at Mamankhe village.
Day 07: Trek to Yangphudin 2,150m - 06 hrs.
Morning walk begins with a gentle climb, skirting around ridge to level path to Dekadin village. From this village walk leads along Kabeli khola (stream) climbing from 200-300 meters high above from the river bed towards mountain trail, walking on winding path and small streams then descend towards Kabeli khola, leaving the river leading to a climb through farm fields and villages, after a good walk reaching at Yamphudin for overnight.
Day 08: Trek to Chitre 2,880 m - 06hrs.
From Yamphudin walk leads along Kabeli khola to cross a tributary stream of Omje khola and then a climb up to Dhupi Bhangyang to reach wide open grassland, from the top a steady downhill through deciduous forest to Omje Khola. Journey continues through rhododendron forest and to a ridge at Chitre, a small settlement with only few huts for overnight stop.
Day 09: Trek to Simbua Khola 3,000m - 07 hrs.
After a pleasant morning at Chitre, journey continues to Ramite Bhanjyang with a steep climb into alpine forest of magnolias, rhododendron and bamboo trees arriving at Ramite, an isolated spot with a shade, from here climb towards Ramite Bhanjyang at 3,430 meters with views of Mt. Jannu, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Khumbhakarna and Kabru peaks and then on the downhill walk to the river bank of Simbua Khola for camping overnight.
Day 10: Trek to Tseram 3,770 m - 05 hrs.
Starting our morning walk following Simbua Khola upstream along mountain flank within forest, then reaching at Wahta a place with a lonely hut actually a shade and a shelter for travelers, from here cross a small stream leading to a shrine in the midst of a forest with a large rock with an impression of serpent shaped.
Leaving the woodland back towards riverbed, a short climb brings at Tserem for overnight stop with views of Yalung glacier and Kabru 7,353 m and Talung 7,349 m peaks in the North East direction.
Day 11: Trek to Ramche 4,360m via Lapsang - 05 hrs.
After a pleasant morning at Tserm morning walk begins with a descend reaching back at Simbua Khola river side, from here a climb to a hill top reaching at Yalung Bara with a lone stone hut, marking the end of tree lines and vegetations with mountain path leading towards Yalung Glacier ablation area.
From Yalung with superb views of Kabru, Rathong and Kokthang, and then stopping here for overnight camping.
Day 12: Rest day at Ramche for acclimatization hike to south base camp.
A necessary acclimatization day, from Ramche hike to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp with view of Yalung Glacier and Mt. Kanchenjunga South Peak, taking approx: two hours to reach the classic old route of the 1st British Expeditions to Mt. Kanchenjunga in 1955, at base camp for grand views of Talung and Kabru Peak, after a wonderful hike with marvelous panorama back to Ramche.
Day 13: Trek back to Tseram - 04 hrs.
Morning retrace walk back to Tserm, with a long descend and back to tree lines and marveling the views along the route to Tseram.
Day 14: Trek to Tamo - la 4,300 m - 05 hrs.
From this camp on downhill path to Yalungbar and then a short climb to cross a river with good walk into woodland, from here leading uphill for an hour to reach two small ponds and then up and down to cross 3 passes of Mirigain La, Tamo La and Sinion La in a day with grandeur view of Kabru peak and Mt. Kanchenjunga.
From Mirgin La, walking downhill and up at Sinion La 4,500 m with views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Baruntse, and Chamlang peaks towards North West direction, the path descends slowly to Tamo La at 4,500 m and from here another superb views of Khumbhakarna Himalaya then towards overnight camp with a long descend.
Day 15: Trek to Ghunsa 3,480m - 06 hrs.
From here on the trail to our final destination to North Kanchenjunga Base Camp, starting with a pleasant walk with steep descend for an hour into rhododendron and pines tree lines, downhill walk continues to Ghunsa River, and then from here trek on a nice gentle trail to Ghunsa village for overnight stop, here at Ghunsa meet the friendly Bhotia people of Tibetan origin the houses are built with stones a neat small farm village.
Day 16: Trek to Kangbachen 4,000m - 05 hrs.
Morning walk with a steep climb along the river bank with beautiful waterfalls then reaching at grazing area with Yaks and cattle’s, walk carries on after Ghunsa River, into nice rhododendron and pines woodland, and then a climb to Rambuk Kharka with wonderful views of Khumbukarna Himal, Janu Himal and other mountain range, after leaving the forest and tree lines entering towards dry and barren country with sparse vegetation of junipers and Burberrys bushes after Rambuk Kharka, uphill walk on a large landslide area with fabulous view of Khumbakarna's Himal and heading down to overnight camp at Kangbachen overlooking Mt. Sharphu 7,070 meters and Mt. Janu North Face with Wedge peak.
Day 17: Trek to Lhonak 4,780 m - 05 hrs.
After a glorious morning with amazing views walk follows above the river for an hour and then heading towards North East, the walk leads down to the glacial river and with a climb on boulder which leads to a rocky moraine fed with glaciers, and then passing Ramtang Kharka (a cattle herders place) towards Kanchenjunga glacier, after crossing and meeting point of Lhonak and Kanchenjunga glacier to reach Lhonak for overnight stop, looking striking views of Mera, Nepal Peak and Wedge Peaks.
Day 18: Trek to Pang Pema 5, 065 m - 05 hrs.
From here walk leads to the ultimate destination of this fine trio to Pang Pema at North Base Camp within massive Mt. Kanchenjunga, the trail climb high above the river with super views of Kirat Chuli, Nepal Peak, Taple Sikhar, and Givegela Chuli, walks carries on to our highest point of this adventure at Pang Pema to camp for two nights.
Day 19: Rest day at Pang Pema for local hike and exploration.
Here rest day for great scenic hike up to Pang Pema Peak 5,800 meters for best views offers stupendous panorama of Kanchenjunga, Kumbakarna, Makalu, Cholotse, Sharpu, Drohma, Nepal Peak and range of other snow capped mountains.
Day 20: Trek to Kangbachen 3,900 m - 06 hrs.
After fantastic time around Pang Pema at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, morning walk leads to a long descend with few short climb and the retracing the journey back by the same route to camp at Kambachen.
Day 21: Trek to Phole 3,100 m - 06 hrs.
From Kangbachen with memorable time on the higher area, today’s walk leads to a long descend to Phole passing several farm area and small villages to cross Ghunsa Khola, and then walking back through alpine forest to an interesting Phole a Sherpa village.
Day 22: Trek to Amjilassa 2,500m - 07 hrs.
Journey carry’s on with downhill reaching back to green vegetation and tree lines forest of bamboo and rhododendrons, just before Gybala village a steep climb and down again for two hours into dense forest and reaching an open grassland area at a small Sherpa village of Amjilassa with overnight camp.
Day 23: Trek to Tapethok 1,300 m - 06 hrs.
Heading back to warmer land to lower elevation back to farm area and more villages, beginning on a winding trail and with a descend into open grassland to Ghaiya Bari and Sekathum villages, and then crossing Ghunsa and Simbhu rivers following Tamur River to Tapethok village for overnight camp, this village of Limbu (Subba) Kirat ethnic tribe people.
Day 24: Trek to Phoram 1,650m - 06 hrs.
After Tapethok village, walk continues on shore of Tamur River and to Chiruwa village, and then through several farm villages, leading to climb into cool serene woodland of rhododendrons, oaks and pines trees, on leaving behind forest walk gets pleasant reaching at Phoram village, a moderate size village with rest of the afternoon walk around this nice Phoram village.
Day 25: Trek to Suketar 2,440 m - 05 hrs.
Today, the final day trekking of this marvelous adventure to Suketar village, this last day walk leads to several quaint villages and passing serene woods, the walk leads to uphill for few hours and with a pleasant trek all the way to Taplejung village at Suketar for the last camping of this great trip.
Sukhetar with an airstrip that flies to Biratnagar (we put a driving option instead of flight from this village due unpredictable flight schedule that leads to flight delay and cancellation more often)
Day 26: Drive to Fickal or Bhritamod / Bhadarpur.
After a wonderful enjoyable adventure around Kanchenjunga base camp where our walk ends with a drive heading to lower areas of South East Nepal at Bhadrapur or around for last overnight stop, before taking flight back to Kathmandu our exciting drive leads past Ilam town and tea gardens to reach at Bhirtamod a large town near the border of Nepal / India.
Day 27: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
A short drive to Bhadrapur airport with an early breakfast where we bid farewell to our camping staff and porters, while our main guide escorts us to Bhadrapur airport for sweeping flight back to Kathmandu, during flight views of snow-clad peaks on reaching Kathmandu transfer to your hotel with rest of the day free at leisure.
Day 28: In Kathmandu free day with optional sightseeing tour.
Nepal Base Camp Trek reserves this day as contingency or free day after a long hard and beautiful Kanchenjunga trekking. On this free day where you can join in our tour at places of interest around old heritage sites of Kathmandu-Patan or Bhaktapur, with rest of the day free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
Day 29: Final International departure homeward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal with incredible and dynamic adventure around world 3rd highest Kanchenjunga base camp trekking, our staff will transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your final flight back homeward bound or to respective countries.
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Your safety during the journey is of paramount concern while traveling with Nepal Base Camp Treks and note that turbulent and cloudy weather is regular phenomenon along the Himalayas ranges and possibility of domestic flights from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur -Kathmandu may have to be delayed for few hours or even canceled for a day.
Any Weather conditions and health condition of a group member, or unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the tentative itinerary. NBCT leader will try to ensure your trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if any required.
As a safeguard we recommend you to add a couple of extra days after your trek before you fly from Kathmandu to your onward destination.