Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Serene wilderness through fantastic mountain views in eastern Nepal

28 Days 5,065m/16,618ft
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Quick Facts

Trip Duration 28 Days Trip Grading Strenuous
Max Altitude 5,065m/16,618ft Best TimeMarch-May
Sept-Nov
Trip ModeFully Tented Camping Group SizeMin 2 Max 14
Overview

Trip Highlights

  • Base camp of the world's third highest mountain
  • Trek the less trodden route
  • Conquer the high passes for the closeup views
  • Remote and beautiful area of eastern Himalayan regions

Trip Overview

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a delightful adventure to the foot of world's third highest Kanchenjunga Mountain (8586m) that takes us through serene wilderness with fantastic mountain views. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek route progresses through the colorful rhododendron and pine forest in the remote land where we will be warmly welcomed by the locals. Explore the rich culture in the local villages and conquer the high passes for close-up views of peaks and mountains.

Located amid Nepal and Sikkim, Kanchenjunga is among the least frequented trails where the life is untouched by modernity. Also known as Around Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, it offers the best natural and cultural endeavors of Eastern Nepal.

Highland Expeditions Nepal offer 28- days itinerary during which you will visit both South Base Camp at Ramche and North Kanchenjunga Base Camp at Pang Pema. Located at an altitude of 5065m, Pangpema is the highest point of Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp Trek. This is a challenging trek that demands more energy and determination. Trekking can get challenging sometimes. We will move through sub- tropical plains to the base of mountain through the land that has little or no settlement. The altitude variation is significant.

What makes Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek different?
This is one of the very few treks that take us to both Base Camps of one mountain in a single package. This is not just a regular trekking. So, this is the trek that you would like to go for if you are looking for something different in terms of trekking experience. Conquer the High Passes of Miring La (4210m), Tamo La (4500m) and Sinion La (4500m) and enjoy the panoramic views of Kabru peak, Everest, Makalu and Kumbakarna Mountain Range.

Trip Profile

- Equipment (Down Jacket, Sleeping bag wt liner, Duffel bag) worth of USD 300 provided for trekking
- Comprehensive first aid kit with oxygen backup for all high altitude treks
- Satellite phone for emergency purpose
- Fully guided trek with an expert leader and team of dedicated staff
- Medical trained staff with English language proficiency
- All meals (B,L,D) and accommodation included on trek
- Reasonable price with no hidden cost
- High staff to client ratio on all trips
- Higher success ratio

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 02 : Exploration of Kathmandu and trek preparation [1350m/4455ft]
  • Day 03 : Fly to Biratnagar [240m/788ft]
  • Day 04 : Fly to Suketar and trek to Lali Kharka [1,900m/6,234ft]
  • Day 05 : Trek to Khesewa Bhanjyang [2,100m/6,890ft]
  • Day 06 : Trek to Mamangkhe [2,000m/6,562ft]
  • Day 07 : Trek to Yangphudin [2,150m/7,055ft]
  • Day 08 : Trek to Chitre [2,880m/9,449ft]
  • Day 09 : Trek to Simbuakhola [3,000m/9,843ft]
  • Day 10 : Trek to Tseram [3,770m/12,369ft]
  • Day 11 : Trek to Ramche [4,360m/14,305ft]
  • Day 12 : Rest and Acclimatization day [4,360m/14,305ft]
  • Day 13 : Trek to Tseram [3,770m/12,369ft]
  • Day 14 : Trek to Selela [4,290 m/14,071 ft] via three passes
  • Day 15 : Trek to Ghunsa [3,480m/11,418ft]
  • Day 16 : Trek to Kambachen [4,000m/13,124ft]
  • Day 17 : Trek to Lhonak [4,780m/15,683ft]
  • Day 18 : Trek to Pangpema [5,065m/16,618ft]
  • Day 19 : Contingency Day [5,065m/16,618ft]
  • Day 20 : Trek to Kambachen [4,000m/13,124ft]
  • Day 21 : Trek to Phole [3,100m/10,171ft]
  • Day 22 : Trek to Amjilosa [2,500m/8,203ft]
  • Day 23 : Trek to Tapethok [1,300m/4,266ft]
  • Day 24 : Trek to Mitlung [1,550m/5,086ft]
  • Day 25 : Trek to Suketar [2,420m/7,938ft]
  • Day 26 : Fly to Kathmandu via Biratnagar
  • Day 27 : In Kathmandu
  • Day 28 : International departure

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Map & Itinerary
  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street
    • Meal : None
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 02 - Exploration of Kathmandu and trek preparation [1350m/4455ft]

    After an early breakfast, we set out on a guided tour to the primary historical spots in Kathmandu. We will tour symbolic monuments, temples, monasteries, palaces and UNESCO World Heritage Sites that include: Boudhanath, and the temples of Pashupatinath. As we stroll along the exotic locales of Kathmandu, more diversified cultural settings in the valley welcome us with warm hospitality. At Boudhanath, one of the biggest stupas in Asia, we get deep insights into Buddhism. This may invoke your spiritual senses. There will be a brief orientation followed by trek preparation during late afternoon at the hotel lobby.
    • Meal : (B)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 03 - Fly to Biratnagar [240m/788ft]

    We will take early morning flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar. We will fly close to Himalayan Ranges with views of breathtaking Langtang, Jugal, Gaurishanke, Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga range. Kathmandu to Biratnagar flight continues for 50 minutes. Biratnagar is one of the major industrial cities which is located close to Nepal – India border. We will stay in a hotel in Biratnagar for overnight stay.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 04 - Fly to Suketar and trek to Lali Kharka [1,900m/6,234ft]

    We will take connecting flight from Biratnagar to Suketar Airport in Taplejung. The flight continues for 25 minutes. You will be greeted by our local staffs in Suketar. After assembling the crew members and packing luggage, we will begin our trek to LaliKharka. After brief period of walking through the flat surface, we will lower down through pine forest and walk uphill to the ridge. We will reach forested area before making it to the small village of Lali Kharka. We can enjoy view of Kanchenjunga from Lalikharka.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5 hrs
  • Day 05 - Trek to Khesewa Bhanjyang [2,100m/6,890ft]

    Leaving Lali Kharka early in the morning, we will take short walk to Lali Bhanjyang. We will pass through small multi- ethnic village where Brahmin, Kirat, Rai, Limbu and Chhetris live in harmony with each other. We will reach Tembawa village from where we will lower down to Phawa khola. We need to cross this river to reach Pokora village. Our journey progresses through rice fields to the suspension bridge. We will cross this bridge and take ascending route to Kunjari village. Walking further through the forest, we will walk uphill to Khesewa Bhanjyang where we will stay overnight. The site allows breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga Mountain and Yalungkang peak.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 5-6 hrs
  • Day 06 - Trek to Mamangkhe [2,000m/6,562ft]

    Lowering down from rice field, we will enter forest area from where we will reach Nandeva River. Crossing the river, we will climb uphill to Loppoding village. We will go through series of ups and downs to Fangfang village. We can get views of Kumbakarna Mountain, Yalung Peak and Kanchenjunga Mountain from Fangfang village. We will choose the lowering trail to Yangpang village from where we will take gentle climb to Ponpe Dhara. From Ponpe Dhara, we will lower down to Khesewa River. We need to cross this river and climb uphill for an hour to reach Mamankhe village where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 6-7 hrs
  • Day 07 - Trek to Yangphudin [2,150m/7,055ft]

    Leaving Mamangkhe early in the morning, we will climb uphill to Dekadin village. From Dekadin, we will continue our walk along the right edge of Kabeli River. We will love through series of ups and downs that allows scenic views of surrounding mountains. We will follow the stone steps to river before choosing uphill climb to Yamphudin village. Yamphudin is the last permanent settlement that we can find before Gunsa. Stay overnight in Yamphudin.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 5-6 hrs
  • Day 08 - Trek to Chitre [2,880m/9,449ft]

    After breakfast, we will leave Yamphudin and walk along the left edge of Kabeli River. After brief walk, we will encounter a tributary of Omje River from where we will choose the raised path to Dhupi Bhanjyang. We will climb this hill and enjoy breathtaking views of surrounding mountains before lowering down through tree lines to Omje River. We will climb uphill through rhododendron forest and reach Chitre. About an hour of walk far from Chitre is a pond that exists below Ramite Bhanjyang.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 6-7 hrs
  • Day 09 - Trek to Simbuakhola [3,000m/9,843ft]

    We will leave our campsite in Chitre and move to the ridge of Ramite Bhanjyang (3430m). Two hours of moderate climb through tree lines of rhododendron and bamboo will take us to the Bhanjyang. The ridge greets us with close-up view of Jannu Mountain. From Ramite Bhanjyang, we will follow the scenic path with views of Kumbhakarna and Kabru peaks and take 150m of climb before lowering down to SimbuaKhola where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 6-7 hrs
  • Day 10 - Trek to Tseram [3,770m/12,369ft]

    After early morning breakfast, we will walk along the riverbank that takes us to cave. We will follow uphill path from Simbua Khola, passing through pine and rhododendron forest. Once we reach to Wahta, we will cross a small river and walk along the right shore with scenic views of mountains. We will proceed further through boulder area to the river bed from where we will choose uphill climb to our campsite in Tseram that allows panoramic views of Talung Peak and Kabru peak along with Yalung glacier. Stay overnight in Tseram.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5 hrs
  • Day 11 - Trek to Ramche [4,360m/14,305ft]

    We will leave our campsite in Tseram early in the morning and lower down to Simbua Khola. We will cross the foot of the slope and take uphill climb to Yalung Bara. There is only one hut in Yalung Bara which has been built as a rest place for pilgrims and travelers. Forest section ends from Yalung Bara. So, we need to move through rock strewn path that stretches further to Yalung glacier. We will reach the base of Lapsang La. Climbing to Lapsang La is non-technical. The summit allows scenic views of Kabru peak, Kokthang Peak, Rathong Peak and other surrounding peaks and mountains. We will descend from Lapsang and proceed to Ramche where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 5-6 hrs
  • Day 12 - Rest and Acclimatization day [4,360m/14,305ft]

    A rest day to make our trek less strenuous. Having rest day in an itinerary also helps in proper acclimatization to the increasing altitude. Kanchenjunga South Base Camp is a place of interest near Ramche. The Base Camp allows unobstructed views of Yalung Glacier. We can also see the southern wall of Kanchenjunga from Kanchenjunga South Base Camp (4600m). We can also witness the route that was chosen to climb Kanchenjunga for the very first time. The Camp site also allows views of Talung Peak and Kabru peak. Return back to Camp site in Ramche for overnight stay.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5 hrs
  • Day 13 - Trek to Tseram [3,770m/12,369ft]

    As we have reached the South Base Camp of Kanchenjunga on the previous day, we will return from Ramche by retracing the same route back to Tseram. We need to cross Lapsang again and proceed along rest house in Yalung Bara from where journey continues through rhododendron and pine forest to Simbua River. Brief climb from Simbua river will take us to Tseram where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5 hrs
  • Day 14 - Trek to Selela [4,290 m/14,071 ft] via three passes

    This is going to be a very long and tiring day as we need to cross three passes to reach Selele. We will start our journey early in the morning after having breakfast. We will cross the river and climb uphill through tree lines for couple of hours to reach two small ponds. We need to cross three passes namely Miring La, Tamo La and Sinion La before we can reach Selele. We can reach to the top of Miring La from the base in an hour. Miring La summit allows views of Kabru peak and Kanchenjunga Mountain. Lowering down from Miring La, we will lower down to Sinion La (4500 m). Climbing to the top of Sinion La is a rewarding experience which greets us with views of Makalu Mountain, Baruntse Mountain and Chamlang peak.Descending further from Simion La, we will reach reach Tamo La (4500m). We can get close-up view of Kumbakarna Mountain from Tamo La summit. Lowering down to Selele, we will stay overnight in a camp.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 7-8 hrs
  • Day 15 - Trek to Ghunsa [3,480m/11,418ft]

    We will leave our campsite in Selele and take sharp descend through rhododendron and pine forest to Ghunsa River. Ghunsa village exists at the edge of Ghunsa River. The pretty small village of Ghunsa is inhabited by descendant of Tibetans, majority of who live in stone house. Stay overnight in Ghunsa.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 5-6 hrs
  • Day 16 - Trek to Kambachen [4,000m/13,124ft]

    We will choose a moderately strenuous path on this day. After brief walk along river, we will take uphill climb. On the way, we can see many cascading waterfalls and meet with yak herders. We will choose an uphill climb from the right edge of Ghunsa River and move through rhododendron and pine forest to reach landslide area. We will continue our journey to Rambuk Kharka- a temporary grazing area. There will be noticeable change in topography after Rambuk Kharka as we will enter the dry and barren valley. We will cross landslide to reach Kambachen where we will stay overnight. The campsite allows views of Sharphu (7070m) and north face of Janu.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 5-6 hrs
  • Day 17 - Trek to Lhonak [4,780m/15,683ft]

    Pursuing the narrow path above river, we will head east and make series of ups and downs to reach the moraine of Kanchenjunga glacier. Moving through the glacier, we will reach the temporary settlement of Shepherds at Ramtang Kharka. Brief walk from Ramtang Kharka takes us to Lhonak where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5 hrs
  • Day 18 - Trek to Pangpema [5,065m/16,618ft]

    We will follow the ascending trail from Lhonak. The path is scenic with views of Kirat Chuli Peak, Taple Shikhar peak, Givegela Chuli Peak and other peaks and mountains. We will proceed through a boulder area and glacier to the North Base Camp of Kanchenjunga. Stay overnight in Pangpema.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5 hrs
  • Day 19 - Contingency Day [5,065m/16,618ft]

    This is a contingency day that helps us to stick with the itinerary even if there occurs delay because of unforeseen circumstances like weather, altitude sickness and other. Pangpema allows views of Kanchenjunga, Kumbhakarna Range, Makalu, Cholatse Peak, Sharpu Peak, Drohma Peak and other peaks and mountains. Stay overnight in camp in Pangpema.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
  • Day 20 - Trek to Kambachen [4,000m/13,124ft]

    The return trip begins from this day. We will leave Pang Pema and follow the picturesque path through glacier and boulder to Lhonak from where we will cross Ramtang Kharka and walk through moraine of Kanchenjunga glacier to Kambachen where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 6-7 hrs
  • Day 21 - Trek to Phole [3,100m/10,171ft]

    From Kambachen, we will move through arid valley to the temporary settlement of local yak herders at Rambuk Kharka and passing through a landslide area, we will cross rhododendron and pine forest to Ghunsa River. We will cross Ghunsa River and continue walking through colorful pine forest to Sherpa village of Phole where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 6-7 hrs
  • Day 22 - Trek to Amjilosa [2,500m/8,203ft]

    Exiting from the tiny village of Phole, we will choose the lowering path through bamboo and rhododendron forest. About 30 minutes of uphill climb will take us to Gyabla. We will continue our journey along the edge of Ghunsa River and undergo series of ups and downs through forest to reach a meadow. Brief far from the meadow is Amjilosa which is a small Sherpa village. We will stay overnight in Amjilosa.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 6-7 hrs
  • Day 23 - Trek to Tapethok [1,300m/4,266ft]

    Wake up early in the morning and follow the straight path for an hour. Later, the path drops down sharply to the meadow area where we can see yaks grazing the lush green vegetation. We will walk through culturally rich Ghaiya Bari village to Sekathum. Exiting from Sekathum, we need to cross Ghunsa River and Simbhu River before continuing our journey along the left bank of Tamur River to reach the Limbu village of Tapethok. Stay overnight in the camp near to Tamur River.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 6-7 hrs
  • Day 24 - Trek to Mitlung [1,550m/5,086ft]

    We will begin our journey on this day from the left bank of Tamur River. Following the relatively easy route, we will reach Chiruwa village. After brief stop at Chiruwa, we will climb uphill through the rhododendron forest. We will exit from the forest to arrive at the large multi- ethnic village of Mitlung where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 5-6 hrs
  • Day 25 - Trek to Suketar [2,420m/7,938ft]

    This is the last day of trek. We will leave Mitlung and walk past dispersed villages and forest area to Suketar.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5 hrs
  • Day 26 - Fly to Kathmandu via Biratnagar

    We will board an early morning flight from Suketar to Biratnagar and take connecting flight from Biratnagar to Kathmandu. Our staff will receive us at Kathmandu Airport, domestic terminal and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu for your pleasant stay.
    • Meal : (B)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 27 - In Kathmandu

    Free and easy day to spend, perhaps doing shopping or rest at hotel’s beautiful court-yard. At eventide, we will relish a farewell dinner to celebrate your successful completion of our trek. While enjoying our supper, we will also be entertained to a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Kindly email us for more details on extensions.
    • Meal : (B, D)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 28 - International departure

    Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. You will be assisted in your last minute preparation. Our representative will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before your scheduled flight We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.
    • Meal : (B)
    • Accommodation : None
    • Trekking Hours :
Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

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