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Kanchenjunga South and North Base Camp

Kanchenjunga South and North Base Camp + Kathmandu (28+4=32days)

The Kanchenjunga South and North Base Camp trek takes you on an adventurous passage that rounds off at the base of the third highest mountain peak in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga which stands at a height of 8586m. Kanchenjunga is a huge massif located in the far northeast part of Nepal on the borders of Sikkim and Tibet.

The highlights of the Kanchenjunga South and North Base Camp trek are the magnificent views of the snow capped mountain peaks, varied landscapes from the subtropical lowlands to the spectacular glacial plateaus, enchanting forests of rhododendrons and abundance of wildlife that includes the famous muck deer and blue sheep. The tranquil villages that dot the borders of Tibet and Sikkim lend a special flavor to the trek.

The trail gradually ascends from 1200m (4,000ft) to 5180m (17,094ft) above sea level. It is a purely camping trek.

Trip Hightlights:

Duration:                     32 Days

Type of Trek:             Camping

Max Altitude:            5280 m.

Minimum Pax:             2 +

Mode of travel:           Land Transportation

Grade:                             Strenuous

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Arrive to Kathmandu International Airport. Transfer to the hotel and stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu City Sightseeing

City sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley. (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur & Patan). Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3-4: Kathmandu  – Basantpur via Dharan– Dhankuta  – Hille

Drive from Kathmandu to Basantpur via Dharan(428m.), Dhankuta (1158m) and Hille (1822m.) by bus. Stay overnight at camp in Basantapur.

Day 5: Basantpur – Chauki (2400m.)         [6 hours]

The trail follows a gentle ascending and descending route. The path is covered by rhododendron forests. If the sky is clear, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Mount Makalu and Kanchenjunga himal. On the way, you can see some small human settlements. You can also view villages at a distance from your hiking point. Chauki is a small village with a few lodges and Nepali tea shops. Stay overnight at camp in Chauki.

Day 6: Chauki – Gupha Pokhari (2940m.) – Gurja Gaon(2145m.) [7 hours]

While trekking through this way, you pass through rhododendron forests. At one point, you come across a pass situated at 3000 meters. There is a pond at the Gupha Pokhari where prayer flags and Buddhist mani walls can be seen. On the way from Gupha Pokhari to Gurja Gaon, you can see yaks and mountain sheep grazing in the jungle along with some villages at a far distance. Gurja Gaon is occupied by Buddhist and Hindus. It is situated at a low elevation. Stay overnight at camp in Gurja Gaon.

Day 7: Gurja Goan – Dovan (730 m.)          [5 – 6 hours]

The trails descend to Dovan. En route you pass through jungle and villages while trekking through terraces of crops of wheat, maize, rice, millet, potatoes and others. Dovan is a village situated at low elevation between two streams. There is a small market in Dovan. Stay overnight at camp in Dovan.

Day 8: Dovan – Mitlung (921m.)                  [6 hours]

Crossing a suspension bridge over the Tamur River, you follow quite a flat route. Your hike continues along the bank of Tamur Koshi through paddy fields. From time to time, you cross through small jungles of cardamom plants and other natural vegetation. You can also see some small villages stretching at a far distance. The inhabited part of this area is occupied by the Brahmin, Chhetri and Limbu communities. Stay overnight at camp in Mitlung.

Day 9: Mitlung – Chirwa (1171m.)              [7 hours]

The path to follow is quite narrow and passes through jungle mainly covered with cardamom plants and other vegetation. You can also see small gardens of oranges on your way. You cross through some small streams while trekking on an ascending and descending path. After your path flattens out a bit, you arrive to Chirwa. Chirwa is a small town where you find humble lodges, a camping site and some local shops. The local people here are mainly engaged in agricultural activities. Stay overnight at camp in Chirwa.

Day 10: Chirwa – Sekathum (1635m.)         [6 hours]

Your trek passes through a small jungle along the bank of a river. You find the plants of cardamom and other different vegetation. The trail normally ascends and descends as well. You cross a small hanging bridge before you reach Sekhathum. Stay overnight at camp in Sekathun.

Day 11: Sekathum – Amjilosa (2510m.)       [5 hours]

The first one and half-hours you trek through mostly flat land until your trail steeply ascends up to Amjilasa. Amjilassa is a small village with a few houses and yak herds with local shops where you find minimal supplies. These shops are also called Bhattis (local bar) and teashops. Stay overnight at camp in Amjilosa.

Day 12: Amjilosa – Gyable                            [7 hours]

The trail is quite flat in the beginning and then gently ascends to Gyable passing through the jungle. Human settlements are visible at Gyable. People living here follow the Buddhist culture. Stay overnight at camp in Gyable.

Day 13: Gyable – Ghunsa (3468m.)              [6 hours]

Your trail passes through dense green jungle. You can see Gunsa River down the trail. The trail also passes through a few human settlements and it is clearly visible that their life style and culture has been inherited from Tibet. You pass through terrace fields where they are growing potatoes, wheat, barley, buck wheat and so on. The local traders are involved in export-import business in Tibet. The traders go to India for trade activities during the winter season. Stay overnight at camp in Ghunsa.

Day 14: Rest day at Ghunsa for acclimatization.

This is a day to rest in order to acclimatize allowing for some excursions in and around Ghunsa. Gunsa is also rich with Tibetan and Buddhist culture. Ghunsa is a relatively larger town and inhabited by Tibetan people. The women are mainly involved in the carpet weaving profession. The carpet weaving industry is practically run in their homes on a small scale and most of the local people are involved in this trade. The trekkers will come across a few check points at Ghunsa. There are also local shops where you can buy goods to take along with you to the higher altitudes. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 15: Ghunsa – Kambachen (4124m.)                 [7 hours]

The trail makes a gradual ascent along the south bank of the Gunsa Khola, then crosses a boulder strewn flood plain before crossing back to Rambuk Kharka on the north side of the river. Once on the opposite side, the trail passes a waterfall then makes a short, steep ascent to a very unstable scree slope. It’s a passage across the slide, with loose footing, a steep fall to the river and lots of tumbling football-sized rocks. Beyond the slide, the trail drops to the single locked hut at Lakep, then traverses to Khambachen, a Tibetan settlement of about a dozen houses at 4040m. Stay overnight at camp in Kambachen.

Day 16: Kambachen  Lhonak (4780m.)                  [7 hours]

The trail climbs gradually through open rocky fields to Ramtang at 4240m, then across moraines north-west of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. Lhonak, at 4790m, is near a dry lake bed on an open, sandy plain; water is scarce here. There are no houses, but you can camp among the large boulders to get out of the wind. Terrific mountain views abound in all directions. Stay overnight at camp in Lhonak.

Day 17: Lhonak – Pangpema (5152m.)                   [4 hours]

From Lhonak, the trail ascends gradually across the plain, and then gets a bit steeper as it follows the moraine. You can drop off the moraine and follow the bottom of the valley to avoid the steeper section. The views are dramatic, but you cannot see Kanchenjunga or Wedge Peak until you are near Peng Pema. The spectacular main peak of Kanchenjunga, and a panorama of other peaks that make up one of the largest mountain masses in the world, tower over the single roofless hut at Pang Pema. It’s oddly stunning as you delightfully camp for the night down here. Stay overnight at camp in Pangpema.

Day 18: Pangpema – Kanchanjunga (North) Base Camp (5280m.) – Lhonak [6 hours]

Here you can enjoy the snow capped mountains and the Kanchenjunga glacier. There are gorges of mountain glaciers from water that flows all the time. During the middle of the day, the scene of falling avalanches captivates your imagination completely. Stay overnight at camp in Lhonak.

Day 19 : Lhonak – Ghunsa                                       [7hours]

Now you trek to a descending path crossing the jungle along the Kambachen River. Some places you can see the mani walls and prayer flags hanging over the trees. At one point, you have to cross a wooden bridge. Stay overnight at camp in Ghunsa.

Day 20: Ghunsa – Mirgin La (4583m.)                    [7 hours]

By ascending, you pass through a less thick jungle. Here also you can see mani walls and prayer flags hanging over the trees. While trekking you get views of various beautiful mountains while also observing different animals like mountain goats and yaks grazing over the green hills. Stay overnight at camp in Mirgin La.

Day 21: Mirgin La – Tseram (3725m.)                    [7hours]

You trek through almost desert like areas and in some places the trail is almost stony. The path is ascending from Mirgin La to Tseram. On the path, you can see Lapsang La glacier, Mirgin La glacier and snow-capped mountains. There are very few stone roof houses at Tseram and also some yak huts. Stay overnight at camp in Tseram.

Day 22: Tseram – Oktang (5225m.)                                     [8 hours]

Here you trek through moraines. On the trail, you can see the Yalung glacier and Lapsang glacier. You can also see mountain goats as you cross through a desert like area. The view of snow-covered mountains and Kanchenjunga is absolutely magnificent. Walking through this trail is full of adventure. Stay overnight at camp in Oktang.

Day 23: Excursion to Kanchanjunga Base Camp (South) [6 hours]

Trekkers have to walk through moraines and strenuous rocky path. Trekking this day is pretty adventurous as you have to walk along the glaciers. Today you cross the Oktang glacier, where the panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and Mount Jannu along with other different peaks captivate your emotions completely. Some parts of the area touch the neighboring India. Stay overnight at camp in Oktang.

Day 24: Oktang – Tseram (3725m.)                                     [7 hours]

You trek following a stream alongside the moraines of Yalung Glacier. Trekking through a jungle of juniper is required. The path is quite loose and rocky. Mani walls and prayer flags will be seen hanging over the trees. Along the way, you will see the difficult route of Lapsang La pass at a distance. As before, there are a few stone roof houses at Tseram and some yak huts. Stay overnight at camp in Tseram.

Day 25: Tseram – Yamphudin (2090m.)                             [9 hours]

The first part of the trail goes along the bank of the river Simbua Khola. You have to walk through a dense jungle. On the way, you can see the effects of a landslide in some places. The trails normally ascend up to Lamite Bhanjyang and then descend to Yamphudin crossing a small river. Yamphudin is a mixed community of Sherpas, Limbus, Rais and Gurungs. Among the corn and rice fields of the village there is a school and some shops with minimal supplies. Stay overnight at camp in Yamphudin.

Day 26: Yamphudin – Khebang (1740m.)                           [7 hours]

In the beginning, you descend crossing the Omje Khola up to halfway. Then you begin ascending through a jungle of cardamom and orchid plants. You pass a small village where you can find different human settlements, small thatched roof houses and local shops with minimal supplies. From here, the trail steeply ascends to Khebang Danda before descending to Khebang village. Khabang is a comparatively big village where the local people follow the Hindu and Buddhism faiths. Stay overnight at camp in Khebang.

Day 27: Khebang – Thorpu (1500m.)                                  [9 hours]

The trail starts descending to Jorepul and then begins to ascend. You will also trek along flat and low land, crossing paddy fields and thatched roof houses. There are many villages on the way where you can buy things you may require. Thorpu is a town where transportation facilities are available. Stay overnight at camp in Thorpu.

Day 28: Thorpu – Gopetar (2250m.)                                                [6 hours]

Beginning the day, you ascend through some small villages up to the last destination, Gopetar. Gopetar is a town with a few small restaurants, teashops and some local bars. From here, you get on your bus to reach Phidim and finally on to Ilam. Stay overnight at camp in Gopetar.

Day 29-30: Gopetar – Kathmandu vai Phidim      

Drive from Gopetar to Kathmandu via Phidim (1264m.) and Ilam (1229m.). Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 31: Free Day at Kathmandu   

Recreation & shopping day. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 32: Departure

Transfer to the Airport for final departure. (Fly out from Kathmandu).

Cost Includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop off services
  • Trekking permit
  • Entry permit for Conservation area
  • Trekking guide
  • A cook
  • Necessary porters
  • Necessary kitchen helpers
  • Necessary sherpas
  • All surface transportation to the starting point and from the ending point of the trek
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, fruits etc.)
  • Necessary Camping equipment such as tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattresses, down sleeping bag, down jacket, cooking utensils, fuel etc.
  • Necessary insurance for trekking stuff
  • First Aid and kits
  • Rescue assistance
  • Four nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on breakfast basis
  • One day sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley with tour guide and private vehicle.
  • Entry fees while sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley

Cost Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses such as all kinds of drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • All the other expenses which are not mentioned in the above cost includes.

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