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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek - 25 Days

Trip Introduction


 
Kanchenjunga Trek
“Kang-Chen-Zod-nga”, means “Five great treasuries of the snow”, but in fact, it has seven major summits. To the locals, Kanchenjunga, which stands at a height of 8585m and the third highest mountain in the world, it the abode of gods who bestow prosperity and goodwill on them and their lands, while to the climbers of this mountain the phrase “five great treasuries of the snow” takes on a slightly more ominous tone. The avalanches at Kanchenjunga are said to be the largest anywhere.
Kanchenjunga Trek has been ranked by many trekkers as the best trekking route in rural Nepal extensive trek deep into the remote mountain ranges on Nepal’s border with Sikkim and Tibet. The trail explores the area around Kanchenjunga the third highest mountain in the world. You will see a wide range of scenery from lush, tropical jungle through to rhododendron, chestnut and oak forests and then at higher altitudes into the alpine zone. You will see a range of Nepalese culture and life-style from Rai and Limbu to Tibetan Buddhist villages. Kanchenjunga region offers unbelievable trekking, and now in addition to the traditional full camping trek style, it’s possible to do teahouse trek to the region as well. Here is all you need to know.
The trek around Kanchenjunga Base Camp can be done entirely as a basic lodge or tea-house trek in September-October-November and in March-April-May. Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world at 8586 m/ 28169 ft. and is on the border between Nepal and Sikkim (India). Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition’s itinerary to Kanchenjunga only covers the trekking route in Nepal on this site. The usual trekking destinations are the viewpoint near the climbing base camps on the south and north sides of this massive mountain traversing between north and south base camps are also highly enjoyable, making for a very pleasing and wilderness experience. The Kanchenjunga Trekking trail is not formed tracks of the Everest and Annapurna regions, though tracks are being rapidly improved up the north side. If you are grateful for a stone hut, wooden bed, evening Daal Bhat and daily rough country, you will greatly enjoy this remote trek.
Only about 1000 trekkers a year trek this place compared to over 35000 in the Everest region of Khumbu, so it is possible to walk blissfully all day and see nobody else. Most people you will be in camping groups but you may meet some small private group’s teahouse trekkers with their guides and porters. Note that there is considerable exposure on many of the tracks, so don’t go if you have vertigo or a fear of heights. This matrilineal Limbu (the bearer of bows and arrows) homeland is not highly populated, particularly on the south side and the people follow animist, Buddhist, and some Hindu beliefs. Phale and Ghunsa on the northern side are uniquely Tibetan in architecture and religious practice but surprisingly by the general lack of outward religious sings that characterize the Khumbu region, for instance. There is a focus on Tongba, a local drink; warm millet beer served in brass-decorated wooden pots with a straw. The around Kanchenjunga Trek can be done entirely as a lodge trek in September-October-November and in March-April-May. At the start and end of these periods, there may be some lodges closed, particularly at higher altitudes. Always enquire before relying on these notes. There are toilets in nearly all places and phone access, limited on the south side.
Kanchenjunga range consists of five individual peaks where Kanchenjunga II is the highest among those. People from Kanchenjunga Region believe this mountain as sacred mountain as well as five treasures of snow in the form of gold, silver, gem, grain, and holy books in each different summit. Joe Brown and George Band part of the British expedition team first conquer the summit of Kanchenjunga in 1955. The entire range generates four different glaciers, which result in a couple of famous rivers for rafting in Nepal. This is basic Kanchenjunga information now let’s discuss a bit about Kanchenjunga Trekking that is conducted on the state of Kanchenjunga Nepal. The first foreigner needs to know is trekking in Kanchenjunga is declared as a restricted area trekking region in Nepal with a strict policy of controlled tourism which clearly states that one needs to obtain a special restricted area permit as well as need to be accompanied by Nepali citizen before Trekking Kanchenjunga. Since trekkers possess special permits there is no necessities of Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card although conservation area project entry permit card is mandatory to obtain. If trekking Kanchenjunga were in one’s to-do list then it would be fruitful to obtain information about Kanchenjunga.
A teahouse basis trek to Kanchenjunga is now encouraged and promoted as the government of Nepal is emphasizing on development of infrastructure on Kanchenjunga Nepal to support the local economy in Kanchenjunga for involving in the tourism sector. Trekking in Kanchenjunga can be one of the most adventurous treks with close interaction with Tibetan refugees whose settlement is all the way during Kanchenjunga Circuit.


Group Size : Minimun 02 Pax Max - altitude : 5143m/16873ft
Destination : Destiny Country Fitness level : Adventure
Arrival : Kathmandu Departure from : Kathmandu
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation : Double/Twin Sharing in Hotel/Lodge
 
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Rest day in Kathmandu
Day 03: Morning fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Ilam, Duration: fly 45 min, drive-5 Hrs
Day 04: Drive to Suketar (2420m/7938ft) and trek to Lali Kharka (2265m/7431ft), Duration: Drive-4 Hrs, Trek 4 Hrs
Day 05: Lali Kharka to Khesewa (2120m/6955ft), Duration: 5 Hrs
Day 06: Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m/5856ft), Duration: 5 Hrs
Day 07: Mamankhe to Yamphuding (2080m/6824ft), Duration: 6 Hrs
Day 08: Yamphuding to Tortong village, Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 09: Tortong to Cheram (3870m/12696ft), Duration: 6 Hrs
Day 10: Cheram – Acclimatization and Rest day
Day 11: Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4580m/15026ft), Duration: 5 Hrs
Day 12: Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), back to Cheram, Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 13: Cheram to Sele La (4290m/14074ft), Duration: 6 Hrs
Day 14: Sele la to Ghunsa (3595m/11794ft), Duration: 5 Hrs
Day 15:  Ghunsa to Khambachen (4050m/13287ft), Duration: 6 Hrs
Day 16: Khambachen to Lhonak (4780m/15682ft), Duration: 6 Hrs
Day 17: Kanchenjunga BC, overnight at Pangpema (5143m/16873ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 18: Pangpema to Lhonak village, Duration: 6 Hrs
Day 19: Lhonak Village to Ghunsa (3475m/11400ft), Duration: 5 Hrs
Day 20:  Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2308m/7572ft)
Day 21: Amjilosa to Chirwa (1270m/166ft)
Day 22: Chirwa to Phurumbu (1549m/5082ft)
Day 23: Phurumbu to Suketar
Day 24: Fly Back to Kathmandu
Day 25: Final departure day
Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences. For more information please contact us at info@swagatholidaytreks.com
 

 Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu city, a director of Swagat Holiday Treks will receive you at the airport and accompany you to your five-star hotel. The end of the day will be marked by a welcome dinner organized by Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition during which you will be introduced to the member of the team that will accompany you to the summit of Everest.
Included: Bed & Breakfast
 
Day 02: Rest day in Kathmandu
On the rest day, you are allowed to rest before making preparations for the upcoming venture. Swagat Holiday Treks and Expedition will provide you an elaborate presentation regarding the upcoming trip. You can even go shopping and meet friends. If you are interested, you can go sight-seeing inside the Kathmandu Valley. The company will arrange a private vehicle for the same.
Included: Bed & Breakfast
 
Day 03: Morning fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Ilam, Duration: fly 45 min, drive-5 Hrs
Our trek starts with the afternoon flight from Kathmandu Valley to Bhadrapur. This means that you will have a whole morning to go for the shopping of necessary trekking gear or any other necessary items. The flight will take about 45 minutes to reach Bhadrapur from Kathmandu airport. Then after, we will be enjoying a jeep ride for about 4 to 5 hours to reach the Ilam. Ilam is famous as a sloppy region famous for its tea garden, also well known as Tea Capital. We will stay overnight at Ilam.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 04: Drive to Suketar (2420m/7938ft) and trek to Lali Kharka (2265m/7431ft), Duration: Drive-4 Hrs, Trek 4 Hrs
Our journey continues with one more around 4 hours of ride to reach to Suketar (2420m). And from Suketar we have to get the help of our legs i.e. we have to walk from here. But you don’t need to be panic as the trek won’t be so long (around 3 hours) and also you can fascinate yourself with the stunning view of Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m) and Mt Jannu (7110m). After having some walking, we will reach Deurali pass where we can see two small shops. After Deurali, a short ascent and a continuous downhill trek will finally lead us to Lali Kharka.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 05: Lali Kharka to Khesewa (2120m/6955ft), Duration: 5 Hrs
We begin our trek to Khesewa after breakfast. It is mostly an easy descent until Phundrawa. From here we begin our ascent. It is a steep climb until Yang pang from where we climb steadily up until Phumphe Danda followed by another ascent to Khesewa. Our trek will be through forests and small villages. We will stay overnight at Khesewa.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 06: Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m/5856ft), Duration: 5 Hrs
After breakfast, we begin our trek towards the Kabeli Khola. Next, we walk on a trail that passes through forests before crossing a small stream. On the way, we enjoy amazing views of the Himalayan peaks while also passing through several beautiful small villages. We will stay overnight at Mamankhe.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 07: Mamankhe to Yamphuding (2080m/6824ft), Duration: 6 Hrs
Today’s trek will be mostly uphill on an easy trail whereby we mostly walk alongside the Kabeli Khola. During the walk, we also admire the beautiful ridge behind the stream. We continue our walk and admire a beautiful waterfall nearby. After walking for some time, we cross a small suspension bridge. We pass through small settlements before reaching. We will stay overnight at Yamphuding.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 08: Yamphuding to Tortong village, Duration: 6-7 Hrs
We begin our walk on a path commonly used by the villagers and pass through terraced farms and green meadows. Along the way, we have the constant company of the Himalayas to enjoy. Our walk will be on a trail along the Amji Khola. We also cross a pass at Lassiya Bhanjyang before reaching Tortong. We will stay overnight at Tortong Village.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 09: Tortong to Cheram (3870m/12696ft), Duration: 6 Hrs
We begin our steady climb to Cheram after Breakfast. Our trail is right at the side of Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy walking on the beautiful Lalung valley and have Tuplung peak for the company for the most part of today’s journey. We pass through thick rhododendron forest and enjoy the magnificence of the Yalung Glacier. We will stay overnight in Cheram.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 10: Cheram – Acclimatization and Rest day
We spend a day in Cheram which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude. We can spend the rest of the day resting and taking part in small hikes. We can explore the areas around the Yalung Glacier. There is also a viewpoint for Kabaru and Rathong peaks. We will stay overnight at Cheram.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 11: Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4580m/15026ft), Duration: 5 Hrs
We begin our short trek after breakfast. From Cheram, we ascend for some time before reaching the snout of the Yalung Glacier. It is a beautiful walk on a valley trail. We also cherish the views of several Himalayan peaks. We pass through a small settlement of Lapsang before reaching Ramche. We will stay overnight at Ramche.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 12: Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), back to Cheram, Duration: 6-7 Hrs
From Ramche, we walk further up the valley. We then follow a stream before climbing on the moraine top until confronted by Kanchenjunga’s southern face. We walk further ahead for a glimpse of the Jannu Himal. We continue our trek further towards the Oktang Monastery. From here, we climb further up and reach the Yalung Base Camp. The views from the base camp are extraordinary. Kumbakarna (Jannu), Nyukla Lachung, and other Himalayan peaks are close by. We descend and spend the night at Cheram.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 13: Cheram to Sele La (4290m/14074ft), Duration: 6 Hrs
We begin our trek after breakfast. We cross four passes today beginning with Sinelapche Bhanjyang. After crossing the pass we continue to Mrigin La pass. We continue trekking and reach the Sinion La pass which is not very far.
From here, we ascend to Sele La pass. There are prayer flags strung across one of the steeper sections of the trail which is very near to the Sele La pass after We cross the
Pass we will stay overnight at Sele la.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 14: Sele la to Ghunsa (3595m/11794ft), Duration: 5 Hrs
We begin our trek after breakfast. We walk towards the north with Tang bharma Dada nearby. We reach a Chortens marked by prayer flags which marks the start of the steep trail. We descend through rhododendron, birch and pine forests before reaching Ghunsa, it is a beautiful village of houses with dark and weathered pine walls and Buddhist prayer flags. We will stay overnight in Ghunsa. It is a beautiful village of houses with dark and weathered pine walls and Buddhist prayer flags. We will stay overnight at Ghunsa.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 15:  Ghunsa to Khambachen (4050m/13287ft), Duration: 6 Hrs
From Ghunsa, we trek further north along the river bank which presents us with magnificent mountain scenery. We pass through meadows filled with beautiful wildflowers, then cross rhododendron and pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, continue past a waterfall and cross the tricky section of a landslide. Further exploring and tackling the tricky mountain trail we finally arrive at Khambachen and spend the night over there.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 16: Khambachen to Lhonak (4780m/15682ft), Duration: 6 Hrs
Today will be another challenging day and an early start is needed. We trek through rocky fields and large boulders on the hillside along the riverbank and arrive at a waterfall. We then cross a bridge to the Ramtang monastery. We then come across a landslide section which we must pass through at a steady pace before descending to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak. We will stay overnight at Lhonak.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 17: Kanchenjunga BC, overnight at Pangpema (5143m/16873ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
From Lhonak, we trek towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Our trail is alongside the gigantic Kanchenjunga Glacier. After passing Pangpema we descend towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The view from the Kanchenjunga base camp is extraordinary. Mount Kanchenjunga, Jannu Himal, and other Himalayan peaks are ours to admire. We descend back to Pangpema to spend the night.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 18: Pangpema to Lhonak village, Duration: 6 Hrs
From Lhonak the trail ascends along the lateral moraine from Kanchenjunga Glacier for about two hours. After passing through several sections of loose rock and landslide area the trail climbs less steeply to reach the stone huts in a grassy area at Pangpema in further two hours. The view of the vast north face of Kanchenjunga from Pangpema is very impressive. After having lunch while enjoying the mountain vista we start the return walk back to Lhonak, taking about 3 hours. From Pangpema we trace back our steps to Lhonak. We will stay overnight at Lhonak village.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 19: Lhonak Village to Ghunsa (3475m/11400ft), Duration: 5 Hrs
We will move more descents through magnificent sections of the forest as long as we make Amjilosa tomorrow. From Ghunsa an hour down we pass through Phole, a village in two parts. The upper section houses Tibetan refugees who are well established, the second is the winter village of Ghunsa. Further down is Yangswa, a great and warm camp.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 20:  Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2308m/7572ft)
From Ghunsa, we descend towards Phale. We pass through several manes and a monastery nearby. We walk through Juniper forests and reach Phale. From here, it is a steady descent to Gyable. We cross a bridge over Chhundatangka Khola to reach Gyable. As we continue our trek, we see a waterfall nearby; we also cross a suspension bridge over Sumbung Khola Before reaching Amjilosa. We will stay overnight at Amjilosa.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 21: Amjilosa to Chirwa (1270m/166ft)
After walking for a while we see a beautiful waterfall nearby. We continue our trek and pass a small settlement of Solima before crossing a suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola. We cross another suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola and reach Sukathum. Our trail passes through several villages and is beside Thunsa Khola at first followed by Tamor River before reaching Chirwa. We will stay overnight at Chirwa.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 22: Chirwa to Phurumbu (1549m/5082ft)
We notice that the settlement starts to get thicker as we are descending. Our trail is alongside lush vegetation. We pass through several villages before reaching Sinwa. From here we continue our descent and cross a bridge over the Sisne Khola. Now we are in the Pathibhara Trek trail. We pass through another village and cross another suspension bridge this time over the Yaphre Khola to reach Phurumbu. We will stay overnight at Phurumbu.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 23: Phurumbu to Suketar
Our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek ends today. We can take a much-needed break after reaching Suketar. We continue our walk on the Pathibhara trek trail. Traversing in an out of minor valleys, we pass through a succession of picturesque villages on our way to Suketar, reaching around late afternoon.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 24: Fly Back to Kathmandu
We can spend the whole day taking rest, packing and souvenir shopping for loved ones. We can visit anywhere we like in Kathmandu. Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited one last time on the 30 minutes scenic flight back to Kathmandu.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 25: Final departure day
Our Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in this beautiful region of Nepal comes to an end today. You may go for some last minutes souvenir shopping for you near and dear one in the native place. You shall be escorted to the Tribhuwan International Airport at least three hours prior to your flight schedule. A representative of Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition shall transfer you to the airport 3 hours prior to your flight back home. We hope that the adventure in this land of mysticism has created a strong and positive impression about this nation, enough to bring you back again.
 
“Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition” will try to keep day to day schedules as per the detailed itinerary but there might be some flexibility due to other factors beyond our control. A variety of factors, including adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, difficulty with transportation, and politics can lead to enforced changes. So, it is not possible to guarantee as per the itinerary. In this case, the trip leader will manage it to minimize your inconvenience. “We wish you have a wonderful time with us!


COST INCLUDE
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle. (for both international and domestic flights).
  • Welcome Dinner at Typical Nepalese Restaurant with a cultural dance show.
  • 2 Night standard twin-sharing accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms.
  • Three meals a day: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trekking.
  • A Highly experienced, Helpful, Knowledgeable, friendly, well-trained Government license holding English-speaking trekking guide.
  • We provide an assistant guide for walking with the group to support where necessary as per group size.
  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS card).
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)
  • Food, accommodation, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
  • Everest National Park permits and Khumbu permit for trekking.
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airports.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • All applicable government taxes, vat, tourist service charges as per Itinerary.
 COST EXCLUDE
  • Your Nepal Visa Fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
  • All the International airfare to and from Kathmandu ( no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • Lunch and Dinner during staying in Kathmandu
  • Personal travel and Health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • In case of extra night’s accommodation, Lunch and Dinner in the city due to early arrival or departure as well as early back/return from Mountain/Trekking(due to any reason) than the given time period of Itinerary. We can help you arrange extra nights’ accommodation.
  • Your personal expenses such as (soft beverages, confectionaries, laundries, phone calls, bar bills, Extra porter, etc.)
  • Extra baggage excess while flying to Lukla.
  • Medical expenses and trip cancellation.
  • Any other extended trips and accommodation.
  • Tips of the guide, porters, and driver as a token of appreciation.
     # Any other expenses or charges that are not mentioned in the “cost includes” list.

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Important Note:
Your safety is our paramount concern while traveling with Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition. In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. for rescue. The charge must be paid by the client or their travel insurance company.
 Please note that your leader/guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc. can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Equipment and Gears
  • Duffle Bag\Rucksack Bag\ Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Swagat Holiday Duffle Bag that is to be returned after the trip)
  • One pair of a walking stick
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Sports shoes or sandals
  • Sun Hat/Cap
  • Basic Medical Kits
  • Head Lamp
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Trekking towels
  • Sunglasses (UV Protection)
  • Warm Hand gloves ( Inner & Outer)
  • Warm woolen cap
  • Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer
  • Pullover or warm sweeter
  • Raincoat
  • 5/6 pairs of good quality socks
  • 2\3 pairs of trekking trousers
  • 3\4 pairs of trekking shirts
  • 5\6 pairs of underwear( non-cotton preferred)
  • Water bottle
  • Good quality Sleeping Bag
  • Camera and Batteries
 

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