Kanchenjunga North & South Base Camp

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Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, lies on Nepal’s eastern border with Sikkim. On trekking along the challenging trails amid the mesmerizing vistas of Kanchenjunga, we get to witness exotic wilderness. This wonderful trek begins and ends at the small airstrip at Sukhetar (Taplejung), which lies in the remote north east corner of Nepal. It takes you through fascinating villages and pristine forests to the awe-inspiring South Face Base Camp at Ramche, before crossing the Mirgin La to the north side of Kanchenjunga and the Pang Pema base camp. As trekkers skirt through this amazing adventurous and exploratory trail, they attain a glorious and unforgettable experience that was so much worth the trip.

  • Itinerary Overview
  • Detailed Travel Plan
  • Included / Excluded
  • Travel Notes
  • Departure Dates
  • Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu.
  • Day 2 : Sightseeing tour.
  • Day 3 : Fly to Biratnagar.
  • Day 4 : Fly to Suketar & trek to Lali Kharka (7326ft/2220m).
  • Day 5 : Trek to Keswa (6930ft/2100m).
  • Day 6 : Trek to Mamanke (6600ft/2000m).
  • Day 7 : Trek to Yamphudin (5445ft/1650m).
  • Day 8 : Trek to Lamite jungle camp (9636ft/2920m).
  • Day 9 : Trek to Torontan (10164ft/3080m).
  • Day 10 : Trek to Tseram (12375ft/3750m).
  • Day 11 : Trek to Ramche (14388ft/4360m).
  • Day 12 : Ramche – Exploration.
  • Day 13 : Trekking beyond the Mirgin-La (15388ft/4663m).
  • Day 14 : Trek to Gunsa (11468ft/3475m).
  • Day 15 : Trek to Khambachen (13332ft/4040m).
  • Day 16 : Trek to Lhonak (15807ft/4790m).
  • Day 17 : Trek to Pang Pema (16962ft/5140m).
  • Day 18 : Pang Pema rest day.
  • Day 19 : Retreat trek to Gunsa (11319ft/3430m) for 1 days.
  • Day 20 : Retreat trek to Gunsa (11319ft/3430m) for 2 days.
  • Day 21 : Trek to Kyapra (7590ft/2300m).
  • Day 22 : Trek to Sakathum (5280ft/1600m).
  • Day 23 : Trek to Chirwa (3894ft/1180m).
  • Day 24 : Trek to Phurumba .
  • Day 25 : Trek to Taplejung - Suketar (7590ft/2300m).
  • Day 26 : Flight to Kathmandu via Biratnagar.
  • Day 27 : Depart Kathmandu.
  • Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu.

    It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from Explorer Nepal will meet you at the airport and escort you to Hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.

    Check In at the Hotel.

  • Day 2 : Sightseeing tour.

    After breakfast at the hotel, commence the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath and Patan city.

    Kathmandu city: Kasthamandap, the source of the name Kathmandu means ‘made from the timber of a single tree’. Also known as Kantipur, the capital Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal's art and culture. It is a place for rest, relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments. Kathmandu Durbar Square with its arrays of temples, Seto Machhindranath and the ancient palace of the former Nepali Royals enriches your experience of the centuries old civilization.

    Swayambhunath Stupa: Said to be around 2000 years old, this Buddhist Stupa sits atop a hill. The main stupa is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire crowned by a pinnacle of Copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. The hill of Swayambhunath is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. You’ll get a scenic view of Kathmandu city from there.

    Patan city: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu, Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the valley. A destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments.

    Patan is believed to have been built in the third century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty later expanded and enriched by the Licchavi and the Malla rulers in the medieval period. Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former Royal palace complex is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a beautiful museum. One remarkable monument here is 16th century temples dedicated to the Hindu go Krishna, built entirely of stone.

    Check In at the Hotel.

  • Day 3 : Fly to Biratnagar.

    From Kathmandu you take a 45 minutes flight to Biratnagar. On reaching Biratnagar, you make preparations for the forthcoming journey.

    Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 4 : Fly to Suketar & trek to Lali Kharka (7326ft/2220m).

    You take a short flight (30-40 minute) to Suketar. Soon after refreshment, you head to Lali Kharka with the trekking crew. On the trails, you walk by rich pastures and pristine settlements. After several descents you arrive at Lali Kharka.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 5 : Trek to Keswa (6930ft/2100m).

    As you traverse along the steep route to Pokora village, you see terraced farmland soon after crossing a suspension bridge above the Phawa Khola. The route further leads to Kunjari where you halt for lunch. After lunch, you continue following the trekking trail. You pass through dense forests and quaint villages, as you progress along the trail. On skirting along a gently sloping mountain path, after trekking for 5-6 hours, you reach Tambawa and later Bhanjyang where you spot several teahouses. Take in the grandiose sight of Kanchenjunga glowing against the late afternoon sun.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 6 : Trek to Mamanke (6600ft/2000m).

    Leaving behind the terraced fields of Keswa, you follow an adventurous route leading to Nandeva Khola. After crossing the river, you make your way through the glaciated mountain passes. Further ahead, the route winds through dense forest and the village of Loppoding. You come across shady areas where you can rest for a while after strenuous trekking. The sinuous trail then takes you to the right bank of the Kabeli Khola. After a while, terraced fields reappear and the village of Anpan comes into picture. You continue ascending till you reach Ponpe Dhara. There are shady spots on the way where you can pause for a brief rest. As you proceed along the trail, terraced fields stretch before you along the crest of the ridge. There is a rest area where you can pause and take in the fascinating sight of Mt Jannu. You further continue treading along the winding descent and pass through several hamlets and terraced fields along Khangwa Khola. You cross a suspension bridge and continue descending the undulating mountain passes till you reach the village of Mamankhe.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 7 : Trek to Yamphudin (5445ft/1650m).

    Beginning with an easy climb, the walk to Yamphudin is along a trail which contours the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. You cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides and the trail eventually becomes level with the river a couple of hours before Yamphudin. Along the way, you can stop to bathe in one of the many clear pools in this beautiful river. It is a truly idyllic spot and after lunch by the river, you complete the day's walk at Yamphudin. Yamphudin is the most remote settlement in this area and the last habitation you will see until you reach Gunsa. Needless to say, it is a charming place tucked away beneath the ridge of the Deurali Danda, which you will cross next.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 8 : Trek to Lamite jungle camp (9636ft/2920m).

    Beyond Yamphudin, the trail ascends a steep spur before dropping again to cross the Omje Khola. Walking through beautiful and dense forest, you stop for lunch in a meadow atop this spur from where you get fine views of the valley beyond Yamphudin to the south and of the Omje Khola Valley and Deurali Danda to the north. A steep descent to the river brings you to a clearing in the Lamite forest.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 9 : Trek to Torontan (10164ft/3080m).

    From your campsite you ascend steeply for 3 hours through dense forest to the crest of the Deurali Danda. From the top, Mt Jannu is clearly visible and definitely closer. After crossing the pass, you descend across some fairly steep and exposed scree slopes before re-entering the forest, where you will halt for lunch. After lunch, a steep descent takes us down into the valley of the Simbua Khola and after crossing an interesting wooden bridge, you arrive at Torontan.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 10 : Trek to Tseram (12375ft/3750m).

    This morning you follow the right bank of the river, passing through pine and rhododendron forests. The valley climbs steeply and as the day progresses, the trees become sparser and more stunted, giving us glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead and of the massive snout of the Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram, the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong start to peep over the moraine. The night-time temperature plummets at Tseram which reminds you that you are at a great height.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 11 : Trek to Ramche (14388ft/4360m).

    Today you walk a relatively short distance to Ramche which is situated on a broad, flat ablation zone. The scenery is magnificent as you ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and into a series of ablation valleys. A frozen lake, crystal clear streams and magnificent views of Kokthan, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of the walk into Ramche.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 12 : Ramche – Exploration.

    Leaving Ramche, you take a packed lunch and set off very early for your first close encounter with Kanchenjunga. Following the valley around its sweeping curve, you are suddenly confronted with the vast southern wall of the mountain. The ridge forms a cirque which is over 15 kms long and not less than 7500 m high. Along this ridge lie the three main summits of Mt Kanchenjunga at 8420m, 8586m, and 8474m. The sight is truly breathtaking. Proceeding further towards Oktang [4630m], you may then descend onto the glacier and cross it to a point below Talu from where you can see all the mountains of the area in panorama. Especially impressive is the eastern part of Kumbhakarna Glacier, flowing from the east face of Jannu [Kumbhakarna being the local name for Jannu]. You then return to Ramche.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 13 : Trekking beyond the Mirgin-La (15388ft/4663m).

    Leaving Ramche, you trek down the valley, passing the small settlement of Lapsang, before turning off towards the Mirgin La - the pass you must cross in order to reach Gunsa and the north side of Kanchenjunga. As you descend from the Mirgin La, the views, in particular of Mt Jannu, are simply magnificent.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 14 : Trek to Gunsa (11468ft/3475m).

    After a steep descent you approach the Lamba Sumba Kharka, from where there are more splendid views of the awesome south-west face of Jannu. From here, the going is easy, descending on an excellent trail, you reach the village of Gunsa. Gunsa is a Tibetan village with a tiny gompa and prayer flags fluttering from the wooden houses. It comes as a welcome sight after the rigorous walking of the previous days and provides an excellent opportunity to visit a local hostelry and sample the tongba [alcoholic beverage fermented out of millet].

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 15 : Trek to Khambachen (13332ft/4040m).

    The trail ascends gently through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests, passing many mani walls and chortens. You stop for lunch by the river at Rampak Kharka. After lunch there is a steep climb before descending to the summer village of Khambachen. The views of Mt Jannu or Kumbhakarna from here are excellent.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 16 : Trek to Lhonak (15807ft/4790m).

    The trek up to Lhonak via Ramtang village is not too strenuous and despite the increase in altitude, you are able to walk on easily, enjoying the breathtaking views of the valley and mountain peaks. Your lunch stop is at Ramtang, from where the incredible fluted summit of Wedge Peak first becomes visible. During the afternoon Nepal Peak, the Twins, Mera and the White Wave all come into view. Then you arrive at Lhonak, situated high above the Kanchenjunga Glacier opposite Wedge Peak.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 17 : Trek to Pang Pema (16962ft/5140m).

    A leisurely 3 hours walk from Lhonak takes you up to Pang Pema. The trail follows the moraine before finally reaching Pang Pema, the North Face Base Camp, which is in a sheltered spot, directly opposite the towering north face of Kanchenjunga. This is one of the most spectacular places in the world and is a fitting climax to this unique trek.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 18 : Pang Pema rest day.

    Today is a rest day, but for the more energetic ones, there are several diversions lined up for the day. One is to ascend the lower slopes of Drohmo for panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and its adjoining peaks. Another possibility is to continue up the increasingly difficult terrain on the right flank of the glaciers for alternative views of the more remote peaks around the Jongsang La Pass.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 19 : Retreat trek to Gunsa (11319ft/3430m) for 1 days.

    For the next 2 days you retrace your steps to Gunsa, passing through Ramtang and Khambachen en-route.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 20 : Retreat trek to Gunsa (11319ft/3430m) for 2 days.

    For the next 2 days you retrace your steps to Gunsa, passing through Ramtang and Khambachen en-route.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 21 : Trek to Kyapra (7590ft/2300m).

    From Gunsa, you take the route out of the mountains that follows the beautiful Gunsa and Tamur Kholas. The trail passes through spectacular forests of rhododendron, conifer, birch and oak. The valley sides here are steep and the trail follows the river as it cascades downwards. You pass through Kyapra, the last of the Tibetan villages, and an hour or so further on, you reach a spot called Tang.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 22 : Trek to Sakathum (5280ft/1600m).

    Heading for the village of Sakathum, your route follows an undulating trail for the first couple of hours until you reach Amjilasa. From here, there is a long steep descent from which you can see the Gunsa Khola Valley stretched out before you. You then reach Sakathum.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 23 : Trek to Chirwa (3894ft/1180m).

    Leaving Sakathum, you head to Chirwa. En route you meet the confluence of two rivers, Simbua Khola and Gunsa Khola. At this point you get to witness the most magnificent view of the two rivers uniting into Tamur Koshi. On following the trail along Tamur Khola, many other small tributary streams come your way. After trekking for about 4-5 hours you enter into the pristine village of Chirwa.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 24 : Trek to Phurumba .

    The route further leads to cultivated land and rich pastures. On reaching Mitlung, you halt for a healthy lunch. Then the trail zigzags through the path of steep stones. After climbing for about 4 hours you come to the valley of Phurumba.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 25 : Trek to Taplejung - Suketar (7590ft/2300m).

    As you leave the valley, you continue ascending along the ridge for about 3 hours to Taplejung village. You can wander around the village observing the villagers getting along with their daily routine. As Nepalese folks are generally friendly, chances are you may get invited to a few village homes .Thereafter, after leisurely ascent for about 2 hours, you finally reach the airstrip at Suketar where you conclude the trip of the day.

    Overnight at Lodge or Camp.

  • Day 26 : Flight to Kathmandu via Biratnagar.

    You fly back to Biratnagar and then take a connecting flight to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to the hotel upon arrival.

    Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 27 : Depart Kathmandu.

    Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home.

  • Included

    • Meet, assisted upon arrival at Kathmandu by our office representative.
    • All arrival / Departure transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicle.
    • 03 Nights twin/double room accommodation with breakfast at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.
    • 01 Night twin/double room accommodation on full board basis at 3 star hotel in Biratnagar.
    • Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary with our local English speaking guide including monumental entrance fees.
    • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea and coffee and hot water during the trek including guide and necessary support staffs with their insurance and salaries.
    • Lodge to lodge or camp to camp accommodation during the trek.
    • Airfare for the sector Kathmandu / Biratnagar / Suketar & Suketar / Biratnagar / Kathmandu with domestic airport tax and necessary airport transfers.
    • Kanchenjunga special permit fee, Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System fee.
    • First Aid Medical Kit box.
    • Applicable hotel taxes presently 24.3%
  • Excluded

    • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
    • Travel insurance.
    • International air fare to and from Nepal.
    • Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
    • Items and expenses of personal nature.
    • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
    • Personal Trekking Equipments.
    • Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
    • Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, landslides, domestic flight delays due to weather, political disturbance and strikes etc.
    • Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost inclusion.
    • Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
    • Tipping amount.

     

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  • Duration: 27 Days
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  • Activity: Sightseeing And Trekking
  • Max Altitude: 16962ft/5140m

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