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25 Days
Availability : All year
Tribhuvan International Airport
Kathmandu
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 10
Tour Details

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek offers an immersive experience in the natural beauty and rich culture of the region. Trekking through lush forests, alpine meadows, and remote villages, you’ll encounter snow-capped peaks like Kanchenjunga, Jannu, and Kabru. Interacting with local communities, primarily Sherpa, Limbu, and Rai, adds depth to the journey, allowing you to learn about their traditional way of life and customs.

Accommodations along the trail are basic yet comfortable, providing a cozy retreat after trekking. The trek itself is challenging, with steep ascents, rocky terrain, and high mountain passes. However, reaching the base camp offers a rewarding close-up view of the towering peaks.

Amidst the rugged terrain, you’ll discover a vibrant tapestry of flora and fauna, including the impedance pheasant, red-billed blue magpie, shy dragon, and enigmatic snow leopard, all protected by the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. The journey covers both North and South Base Camps, offering breathtaking views of peaks like Tent Peak and Nepal Peak.

The trek starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar, followed by a bus journey to Taplejung. From there, it winds through picturesque villages before returning to Kathmandu via Suketar, with day excursions to Kanchenjunga Base Camp and Oktang Temple along the way.

Price Includes

  • All land transportation based on the above mentioned program.
  • 3-night stay at the 4-star hotel Yatri Suites and Spa or a similar one in Kathmandu on a breakfast basis.
  • 1-night stay in an available local lodge in Biratnagar on a breakfast basis.
  • 21-night stay throughout the trek on a room-only basis in the best available hotel or lodge.
  • The hotel accommodations are basic twin-sharing.
  • Domestic flights Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Kathmandu.
  • National park entrance fee.
  • Trekking permit and TIMS card.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide.
  • All porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs include their salary, insurance, equipment, and accommodation.

Price Excludes

  • Food and beverage bills for all places.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Tipping (tips for a guide, drivers and supporters)
  • International flights.
  • Extra costs for upgrading rooms and services at hotels.
  • Donation at temples, schools, monasteries, etc.
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Travel insurance of any kind.
  • Personal hiking gear, personal kits.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation.
  • Any other items that are not specified in the package.
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu

After arriving in Kathmandu, our office representative will pick you up from the airport, welcome you, assist you, and transfer you to the hotel. In the afternoon, you may rest as you might experience jet lag, and later, visit the Asian Heritage office to gain more insights about your trek. Additionally, you can stroll around the local streets of Thamel and explore the city.

Includes: private transport and an overnight stay at Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2 Preparation for the Trek Day

Today is the free day before the long hike to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. We will meet you at your hotel to collect your original passports and two copies of photos for permit preparation. In the evening, we will take you to our office to introduce you to the trekking guide. If you need any equipment for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek to buy or rent, your guide can assist you.

Includes: breakfast and an overnight stay at Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar hotel in Kathmandu. 

 

Day 3 Flight to Bhadrapur and Drive to Taplejung (50-minute flight), (6-7-hour drive)

After breakfast, our office representative will come to pick you up from the hotel, and they will transfer you to Kathmandu domestic airport. The flight will take around 50 minutes to reach Bhadrapur. Upon arrival at Bhadrapur airport, you will take private transport to Taplejung, which will take somewhere between 6 and 7 hours. You can stop on the way for a short break and lunch. Upon arrival in Taplejung, check into the lodge and rest.

Includes: breakfast, private transport, domestic flight, an English-speaking guide, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

Taplejung

 

Day 4Taplejung to Chhirwa (1185m) (6-7-hour hike)

Your trail from Taplejung descends until it reaches Chhirwa. Today, the path will take you mostly downhill, passing pastures, land, and small villages. Your trek guide will indicate short breaks throughout the trek, as today is a tough hiking day. Somewhere along the way, you will have your lunch. Observe the Hungdewa River and the raging Tamur River, and after some gradual upward walking, you will start descending to Sinwa village.

From there, we will continue to Tawa before crossing the suspension bridge at Thiwa. As you walk, you will notice the unfolding vistas of nature, and after some gradual walking, you’ll reach today’s final destination, Chhirwa. Chhirwa is a small Limbu village with local lodges. Check into the lodge and have a sound rest, as you might be tired from today’s hike.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

Day 5Chhirwa to Sekathum (1650m) (5-6-hour hike)

You will start your trek through several forested ridges adorned with lush green vegetation. Today, your path will follow alongside the Tamur River until you reach Olangchung Gola, the entry point of Kanchenjunga National Park. From here, you will ascend for a while before descending again to cross the Ghunsa Khola. After a pleasant half-hour walk, you will arrive in Sekathum, where we will stay overnight.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

Day 6Sekathum to Amjilossa (2510m) (5-6-hour hike)

Another day, after having your breakfast, follow a steep and narrow trail along the north bank of the Ghunsa Khola to reach the Tibetan village of Amjilossa.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

 

Day 7 Amjilossa to Gyabla (2725m) (8-9-hour hike)

You will head towards Gyabla. Have a leisurely walk and cross the river before ascending the steep and narrow trail. After crossing, descend to cross the river again, then gradually ascend from the gorge’s bottom, passing Solima, and descend slowly to the riverside. Exercise caution today as you traverse the gorge via a steep and narrow trail.

Ascend for a while, leaving the riverside to traverse dense bamboo, fir, and rhododendron forests. Pass by a small stone house beside a river before gradually ascending over small bridges. The route involves numerous steep climbs and short descents, passing a beautiful, large waterfall before the final steep ascent to Gyabla, a small Tibetan settlement.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

Day 8Gyabla to Ghunsa (3415m) (6-7-hour hike)

You will start your trek to Ghunsa. Initially, you will descend to the riverside and continue walking gradually. Soon, the valley will open up before you as you arrive at a place called Phole. After a couple of hours of trekking, you will reach the famous Sherpa village, where you can observe the hydroelectric plant. Today, you will be staying in Ghunsa to acclimatize yourself.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, a porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge. 

Day 9Rest Day in Ghunsa

Today is a rest day for you during the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. It’s necessary to acclimatize to the surroundings to stay fit on the trails ahead. Enjoy a short hike to the Buddhist monastery and explore the area. You can also hike towards Lapsan La through lush green forests before returning to Ghunsa for some rest.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, a porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge. 

Day 10Ghunsa to Khambachen (4145m) (5-6-hour hike)

Start your trek towards Khambachen. Today, you will trek further north along the riverside. After a gradual walk along the riverside, you will start to ascend through the highland trees and vegetation, cross the bridge at Rampuk Kharka, and continue your hike, passing the waterfall. Get ready to cross the narrow and steep section of the landslide area to be welcomed by the views of Jannu. After some more trekking, you’ll reach Khambachen, where you can check into the lodge and rest.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, a porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

Day 11Khambachen to Lhonak (4792m) (3-4-hour hike)

You will head towards Lhonak. Today, your trail will lead you through rocky fields, with many impressive boulders visible on the hillside. The trek follows the riverbank, and soon you will reach another magnificent waterfall. Walk through the waterfall area and cross the bridge to Ramtang. The upcoming path is a bit steep and narrow due to landslides, so be careful while using this trail. After navigating this challenging yet beautiful trail, we will reach Lhonak.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, a porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

Day 12 Hike to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5140m) and back to Lhonak (7-8-hour hike)

Start your trek towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. This will be the highest elevation that you will reach on this trek. Kanchenjunga Base Camp lies at an elevation of 5140m and can be reached using a trail that leads along the edge of the glaciers. The trail is mostly a gradual path on grassy land. You need to be careful while walking on this trail, as it is narrow and steep, and some sections of the trail are prone to landslides.

After a decent walk, you will reach the base camp and find yourself surrounded by beautiful snow-clad peaks and mountains. From Base Camp, you can see the Himalayan ranges of Mount Kanchenjunga, Nepal Peak, Dromo Peak, and Kirat Chuli. After spending some time at the base camp, we will hike back to Lhonak.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, a porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Featured Image

Day 13 Lhonak to Ghunsa (3415m) (4-5-hour hike)

You can retrace your footsteps and memories as you return to Ghunsa. Today, you will be descending overall, with some ups and downs along the way. After hiking for almost 5 hours, you will arrive at Ghunsa. Check into the lodge and take some rest. Later in the evening, you can explore the local village and its culture.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, a porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

Day 14 Ghunsa to Selele (4200m) (4-5-hour hike)

Your trail for today will be a bit steep, and you need to gradually ascend from Ghunsa to Selele, passing through the dense forests of moss, rhododendron, and juniper. If lucky, you may catch sight of the national bird of Nepal, the Danfe, an impressive pheasant inhabiting the jungle. Upon trekking through the forest, you will take a short break for lunch. After some decent walking, you will arrive at Selele. Check into the lodge and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, a porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

Day 15 Selele to Tseram (3868m) (6-7-hour hike)

Your hike will be strenuous, as you need to cross three passes. Walk slowly and drink enough water to stay hydrated throughout the journey. Firstly, you will ascend the hill, and once you reach the top, enjoy the beautiful view of the Jannu mountain.

After reaching the summit, you will gradually traverse the Sinion La Pass (4440 m), the Mirgin La Pass (4480 m), and the Sinelapche La Pass (4645 m). While crossing these passes, you will be accompanied by the majestic Himalayan ranges to your east. Following the passes, you will have a descent along a steep trail, eventually arriving at Tseram. Check into the lodge and rest well, as today’s hike is likely to leave you exhausted.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, a porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

Day 16Tseram to Ramche (4610m) (4-hour hike)

You will leave Tseram and head towards Ramche. Today, the trail will be short, and it will be a pleasant walk up to Ramche. Along the way, you’ll enjoy magnificent views as you ascend to the south of the Yalung Glaciers. During the trek, you can observe frozen lakes, streams, and crystals. Continue hiking for a while until you reach Ramche. Check into the lodge and take some rest. Afterwards, feel free to explore the surroundings.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, a porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

Day 17Visit Oktang Temple, Glacier and return to Ramche (4740m) (6-7-hour hike)

You will begin your hike towards the Oktang temple. As you walk along the trail, you’ll be amazed by the opening vistas showcasing the natural beauty of Mount Kabru, Yalung Kang, Kanchenjunga, and Kumbakarna. The climbers’ base camp on the north side of Kanchenjunga is another day’s journey across the glacier. Therefore, Oktang serves as the logical high point that can be reached without climbing gear. Take some time to explore the temple area and savor the breathtaking view. Afterwards, you will descend all the way down to Ramche.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, a porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

Day 18Ramche to Tseram (3870m), (6-hour hike)

After breakfast, you will take approximately 6 hours to trek back to Tseram. You will enjoy an astounding view of the surrounding Himalayas throughout the trail. Now we are entering the most exciting part of the Kanchenjunga Trek. Upon reaching Tseram, check into the lodge and take a rest.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, a porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

Day 19 Tseram to Lamite Bhanjyang (3370m) (5-hour hike)

Today, we’ll embark on a leisurely hike down the trail, winding through the dense rhododendron and pine forest. Along the way, we’ll have the chance to fully experience the aroma of natural herbs in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area as we trek through the jungle. The path initially descends sharply through the rhododendron forest to Torontan before ascending through the mossy forest to reach Lamite Bhanjyang, our lodging destination for the night.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, a porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

Day 20 Lamite Bhanjyang to Yamphudin (2080m) (5-hour hike)

Begin your day with a steep descent to Imja Khola, then cross over the Dubi Pass. Walking along the rugged ridges and admiring the stunning surroundings will help you forget the challenges of reaching Dhupi Bhanjyang (2540 meters).

Next, we’ll trek through dense forest, and after several hours, we’ll reach the Imja Khola River and finally arrive at Yamphudin. Yamphudin is a bustling settlement inhabited by diverse ethnic groups such as the Limbu, Gurung, Sherpa, and Rai. You’ll witness the harmony of cross-cultural ties reflected in the warm smiles of the locals. We’ll spend the night here.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, a porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

Day 21Yamphudin to Phumpe Danda (1780m) (5-hour hike)

Begin your day by following the trail that descends steeply to the Kabeli Khola River and crosses a lengthy suspension bridge before reaching the village of Mamanke. Afterwards, we will ascend steeply to Phumpe village for an overnight rest.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, a porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

Day 22Phumpe Danda to Kadevanjyang (2190m)

Today, we will trek from Phumpe Danda to Kande Bhanjyang. The trail is mostly uphill, and we will pass through Phungphung Danda along the way. Continuing on, we’ll reach Keshuwa before finally arriving at Kande Bhanjyang. While at Kande Bhanjyang, we’ll spend our leisure time immersing ourselves in the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the native Limbu people. Additionally, today’s journey promises breathtaking panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and Kumbhakarna.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, a porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

Day 23Trek to Suketar (1824m) and Drive to Bhadrapur (3-4-hour hike), (6-7-hour drive)

You will head toward Suketar, which marks the final destination of your trek. Today, you will descend to Suketar through a lush green forest. As you walk through the forest, you’ll have the opportunity to observe the diverse flora and fauna, accompanied by the melodic chirping of birds. After some gradual walking, you will reach a saddle, and from there, you will continue your descent towards Suketar. Lunch will be served upon arrival in Suketar, followed by a drive to Bhadrapur.

Includes: an English-speaking guide, a porter, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge.

Day 24Flight to Kathmandu (50-minute flight)

After having your breakfast, you will take a flight to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur Airport. Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport, our office representative will come to assist you and transfer you to the Asian Heritage office to share your trekking experience with our office team. Then, you will be transferred to the hotel.

Includes: a domestic flight, an overnight stay at Yatri Suites and Spa or a similar hotel in Kathmandu, and private transport.

Day 25Departure

Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. You will be advised and assisted with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home or other travel destination.

Have a safe journey onward and we hope to greet you in the future!

Includes: breakfast and private transport. 

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