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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking -23 Days

Trip Facts

Weather

Weather -5°C to 15°C View Weather Detail

Duration

Duration 23 Days

Accommodation

Accommodation Lodges

Meals Included

Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Best Season

Best Season Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April, May

Transportation

Transportation Overland + Flight

Daily Activity

Daily Activity Approx. 5 - 6 hours

Religion

Religion Buddhist, Bon

Ethnic People

Ethnic People Rai, Limbu, Sherpa

Geographic Terrain

Geographic Terrain Mountain, Forest, Village, Glacier

Region of Nepal

Region of Nepal Kanchanjunga, Taplejung

Max. Altitude

Max. Altitude 5142m

Explore the culture and traditions of mostly Gurung, Rai, Limbu, and Sherpa people along the way, and try their local cuisines in Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking. You will require special permits to visit the Kanchenjunga region, which includes the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP) and the Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit (RAP).

The best season for trekking in Kanchenjunga Base Camp is during Autumn (September-November) because the skies are generally clear, and the temperatures are mild. Spring (March-May) is also a good time for trekking as you get to see the rhododendrons in full bloom, and there is very less chance of rainfall. If you do choose to trek during the winter or rainy season, the difficulty increases due to slippery paths and shallow temperatur

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Trip Highlights:

  • Trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp, where you can get a glorious view of the world’s third-highest mountain, Mt. Kanchenjunga.
  • Explore flora and fauna of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.
  • Explore the culture and tradition of the Rai and Limbu people and also try their local cuisine.
  • Get a panoramic view of Nepal’s famous mountains such as Lhotse (8516m), Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Makalu (8481m), and many others.
  • Trek to Yalung Base Camp, where you can see the famous Yalung glacier and Jannu Himal.
January
-5°C to 5°C
February
-5°C to 5°C
March
-3°C to 7°C
April
0°C to 9°C
May
3°C to 12°C
June
5°C to 14°C
July
7°C to 15°C
August
5°C to 13°C
September
5°C to 13°C
October
2°C to 10°C
November
-2°C to 7°C
December
-4°C to 6°C

Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Taplejung

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

30 minutes flight /180km/06 hours drive

Accommodation

Hotel in Taplejung

Altitude

1441m./4755ft.

Included meals

Lunch, Dinner

We take an early morning flight to Taplejung, where you can catch a glimpse of the beautiful landscapes and terrains of eastern Nepal. After landing in Bhadrapur, we will begin our drive to the Limbu village of Taplejung. On the way to Taplejung, we will pass through Ilam, which is Nepal’s largest tea plantation area. This is an almost 7-hour drive, and you will reach Taplejung by evening. Overnight stay at Taplejung.

Day 2

Trek to Lalikharka

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

8km/ 03 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge in Lalikharka

Altitude

2265m./7474ft.

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we begin our trek to Lalikharka. This is a straightforward trek, where we walk past grasslands and can see farmers with herds of sheep and cattle grazing along the way. You can reach Lalikharka in the afternoon and spend the rest of the day exploring the region or taking some rest. Overnight stay at Lalikharka.

Day 3

Trek to Khesewa

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

15km./05 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge in Khesewa

Altitude

2120m./6996ft.

After breakfast, we make our way to the village of Khesewa. This trail will take us downhill along the river of Phawa, where we cross a massive suspension bridge that brings us to the village of Kunjuri. We will stop for lunch and rest somewhere near Kunjuri and begin our trek across ridges and some rocky paths before reaching Khesewa. You can start to see a distant image of Kanchenjunga from here.

Day 4

Trek to Mamankhe

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km./05 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge in Mamankhe

Altitude

1785m./5890ft.

Today, we begin our trek to the beautiful Limbu settlement of Mamankhe. The trail that we will travel today is also called Limbu Cultural Trail. Today’s trek k takes us across hillsides above the Kabeli Khola, and likewise, past a small village called Anpan, before crossing the Kashawa Khola to reach Mamankhe. En route, you can explore the culture, traditions, and local cuisine of the Limbu people.

Day 5

Trek to Yamphudin

Day 5 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km./ 05 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge in Yamphudin

Altitude

2080m./6864ft.

After breakfast, we begin our trek to Yamphudin. This trail takes us along the Kabeli Khola as we make our way uphill, where you can enjoy some of the scenic views and small waterfalls along the way. After crossing a suspension bridge and passing a couple of villages, you finally reach the small village of Yamphudin. The village is small, but you can find some comfortable lodges here. Overnight stay at Yamphudin.

Day 6

Trek to Tortong

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km./ 06 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge in Tortong

Altitude

2995m./9883ft.

Since this will be a long and a bit strenuous trek, we will begin our trail in the early morning. This is an uphill climb through terraced farms, where we can also catch a glimpse of Amji Khola as we cross it via a suspension bridge, and reach Lasiya Bhanjyang (3415m), a famous pass around these parts. You can enjoy the view of thick alpine rhododendron forests as we stop for lunch and some rest here. Then, we make our way downhill through grasslands and lush meadows before reaching Tortong.

Day 7

Trek to Cheram

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km./05 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge at Cheram

Altitude

3870m./12771ft.

After breakfast, we begin our ascent to Cheram. This trail takes us mostly along the Simbuwa Khola. The sounds of the river and mild sunshine along the way feels tranquil. We will also make our way past forests of rhododendrons, massive pines, juniper, and oaks to reach Lalung Valley. You can get a beautiful view of the Yalung glacier from here, and also get a glimpse of the magnificent Tuplung Peak. A short walk from here takes you to Cheram.

Day 8

Acclimatization / Exploring around Cheram.

Day 8 Facts

Trekking Time Average

5km./02 hours excursion

Accommodation

Lodge in Cheram

Altitude

3870m./12771ft.

Today, we take a one-day rest at Cheram since we have reached a considerable height. We will spend the day acclimatizing ourselves with the environment and take some well-needed rest too. You can spend the day exploring the village and watch how rural people survive and thrive in these conditions. Explore the culture and traditions of the Limbu and Rai (collectively known as Kirat) people living in these remote regions.

Day 9

Trek to Ramchaur/Ramche (4580m./15114ft.) – 05 hours/12km.

Day 9 Facts

Trekking Time Average

05 hours/12km.

Altitude

4580m./15114ft.

After breakfast, we begin our trek to Ramchaur or Ramche. Trekkers going to the Yalung Base Camp take this same trail. As you climb uphill, you again come across beautiful forages of rhododendrons, junipers, and pines. Enjoy the fantastic view of mountains like Kabru (7412m), Rathong (6682m), and Kokthang (6148m). Ramchaur is also known as the “hidden stone lodge” because of its beautiful stone houses. Overnight stay at Ramchaur.

Day 10

Visit Yalung Base Camp - Retrace to Cheram

Day 10 Facts

Trekking Time Average

19km/ 06 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge in Cheram

Altitude

4500m, 3870m./12771ft.

After breakfast, we will begin our trek to the famous Yalung Base Camp. Along this trail, you may notice a lot of frozen streams, so you may have to be a bit careful as it can get slippery. After a short walk, we can also visit the Oktang Monastery before finally reaching the Yalung Base Camp. You can catch a glimpse of renowned peaks such as Jannu Himal (7710m) and Nyukla Lachung along with other mountain vistas. After having lunch and resting for a while here, we retrace our steps back to Cheram.

Day 11

Trek to Sele La

Day 11 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km./ 06 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge at Sele La pass

Altitude

4290m./14157ft.

After breakfast, we begin our trek to Sele La. This is a longer trail compared to other days as we make our way through four passes today. The first pass we will cross through is Sinelapche Bhanjyang (4645m), after which we make our way to the second pass, the Mirgin La pass (4480m). After a couple of hours of walking through ridges, we reach the third pass, the Sinion La pass. Finally, we ascend to our final pass, the Sele La pass. The total trek lasts for 6 hours today.

Day 12

Trek to Ghunsa

Day 12 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km./ 05 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge at Ghunsa

Altitude

3595m./11863ft.

After breakfast, we begin our trek to Ghunsa. This is a more natural trek day compared to yesterday. Today, we pass through small forests of rhododendrons and pines. We can also see several Buddhist Chortens and prayer flags along the way. Once you reach Ghunsa, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the area. The houses in Ghunsa are unique as they are made of rocks, and the inner walls are made of pines. It is one of the famous towns, where trekkers rest on their way to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Overnight stay at Ghunsa.

Day 13

Trek to Kambachen

Day 13 Facts

Trekking Time Average

05 hours/12km

Accommodation

Lodge at Khambachen

Altitude

4050m./13365ft.

Today, we begin our trek towards Kambachen. This trek takes us further up to the northern side as we make our way through beautiful wildflowers and forages of rhododendrons and wild oaks. After walking for a couple of hours, you will come across a suspension bridge over a river at Rampuk Kharkha, where we view waterfalls and landslide sections. Enjoy an alluring view of Jannu Himal from here. Overnight stay at Kambachen.

Day 14

Trek to Lhonak

Day 14 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km./ 06 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge in Lhonak

Altitude

4780m./15774ft.

After breakfast, we begin our trek to Lhonak. The path in this trail slowly starts getting icy and covered with snow as we make our way uphill. We also make our way past rocky terrains and across riverbanks before we cross a suspension bridge over a river. We can then see the small village of Lhonak. Lhonak is not as developed as the other villages but provides a comfortable stay for the night.

Day 15

Trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Day 15 Facts

Trekking Time Average

10km./ 04 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge in Pangpema

Altitude

5143m./16971ft.

Today, we finally make our way to the famous Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Most of the path in this trail is generally grassy, but the strong winds remain the main challenge. As you reach Kanchenjunga Base Camp, you may notice a lot of tents belonging to mountaineers who are starting their expedition to the Kanchenjunga summit. From the base camp, you get a magnanimous view of the third-highest peak of the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m). We make our way upwards to Pangpema, where you can get a beautiful view of the north face of Kanchenjunga. Overnight stay at Pangpema.

Day 16

Trek to Lhonak

Day 16 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km./ 06 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge in Lhonak

Altitude

4780m./15774ft

After breakfast, we will make our way back to Lhonak as we retrace our steps. We will make our way downhill, so it is essential that you mind your steps as the path can be quite slippery, and one slip can cause fatal damage. The trek today lasts around 6 hours. We will take our time to reach Lhonak. Overnight stay at Lhonak.

Day 17

Trek to Ghunsa

Day 17 Facts

Trekking Time Average

15km. / 06 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge at Ghunsa

Altitude

3595m./11863ft.

Today, we retrace our steps to make our way back to where we started. We walk past rocky trails and cross suspension bridges and stop at Kambachen for lunch. We rest for a while here and then continue our way downhill to the village of Ghunsa. Walking past thick forests of rhododendrons and pines, we arrive at Ghunsa. Overnight stay at Ghunsa.

Day 18

Trek to Amjilosa

Day 18 Facts

Trekking Time Average

13km./ 05 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge in Amjilosa

Altitude

2308m./7616ft.

After breakfast, we make our way to Amjilosa. Since we are going downhill, the temperature starts getting warmer, and no strong winds are blowing our way. On the way, you can notice a lot of monasteries and small streams before we reach the village of Phale, where we stop for lunch. We cross a suspension bridge over Chhundarangka Khola and pass through little waterfalls and Chortens before reaching Amjilosa.

Day 19

Trek to Chirwa

Day 19 Facts

Trekking Time Average

05 hours/14km

Accommodation

Lodge in Chirwa

Altitude

1270m./4191ft.

After breakfast, we make our way to Chirwa. This trail takes us through Ghunsa river and Solima village, where we can also see lush meadows and pasture areas for yaks. On the way, you can also see farms of paddy, millet, barley, and cardamom plantations. Take a last glimpse at the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area as you near its exit as you reach Chirwa. Overnight stay at Chirwa.

Day 20

Trek to Phurumbu

Day 20 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km./ 06 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge in Phurumbu

Altitude

1549m./5111ft.

Today, we begin our trek to Phurumbu. This trail from Chirwa to Phurumbu is straightforward as you walk past beautiful grasslands and tiny forests along the way. You pass through small villages along the way, where you can further explore the culture and traditions of the Rai and Limbu people living here. Overnight stay at Phurumbu.

Day 21

Trek to Taplejung

Day 21 Facts

Trekking Time Average

13km. / 05 hours walk

Accommodation

Hotel in Taplejung

Altitude

2420m./7986ft

After breakfast, we make our way back to Taplejung. Today is the final day of the trek. We make your way through grazing areas and alpine grasslands. The number of villages increases as you continue on this trail. You will come across well-made roads as you descend. You will reach Taplejung by late afternoon, where you can take some rest. Overnight stay at Taplejung.

Day 22

Drive to Bhadrapur

Day 22 Facts

Trekking Time Average

180km./ 07 hours drive

Accommodation

Hotel in Bhadrapur

Altitude

91m./300ft.

After breakfast, you begin your drive back to Bhadrapur. On the way, you can stop at Ilam. You get to observe a variety of tea leaves that are famous all over Nepal. You will reach Bhadrapur by late afternoon. After resting for a while at the hotel, you can then head out to visit the local market area of the place, overnight in Bhadrapur.

Day 23

Fly to Kathmandu – 01 hour flight

Day 23 Facts

Trekking Time Average

01 hour flight

Altitude

1295m./4273ft.

After breakfast, you will catch your flight back to Kathmandu. On the flight, catch a final glimpse of the beautiful landscape and hillsides of the eastern region for the last time. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you head to the hotel and relax.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport transfer ( Airport – Hotel – Airport)  in Kathmandu  .
  • All meals during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
  • Lodge accommodation during the trekking.
  • One highly experienced, first aid trained, fluent English speaking, friendly and government authorized trekking guide and required porters ( One porter for two persons) .
  • Guide/ Porter’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation and equipments.
  • Kanchenjunga special permit and Kanchenjunga Conservation.
  • Oxygen saturation check up everyday, water purification, A trekking map, first aid medical, company t-shirt, trekking completion certificate etc.
  • Overland transportation as per mentioned in itinerary.
  • Kathmandu- Bhadrapur-Kathmandu by flight.
  • Assistance for emergency rescue evacuation.
  • Government tax and service charge.
  • Public Liability Insurance.

Excluded

  • Hotel accommodation and meals  in Kathmandu
  • Hard and soft table drinks such as tea/coffee, coke, fanta, mineral water, alchoholic drinks, laundry, phone bill, boilled water, battery charge, desert, hot shower etc.
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters.( Highly suggested).

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Currently, we do not have any scheduled group trips, but you are welcome to embark on the journey on a date that suits you best.

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Group Discounts Available

Group of 3 - 4 $1,970.00 PP $1,920.00 PP
Group of 5 - 6 $1,970.00 PP $1,870.00 PP
Group of 7 - 8 $1,970.00 PP $1,820.00 PP
Group of 9 - 10 $1,970.00 PP $1,770.00 PP
Group of 11 - 16 $1,970.00 PP $1,720.00 PP

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The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

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Additional Trip Information

Best time for the visit

The best time to visit Kanchenjunga Base Camp is during the autumn and spring seasons. This season provides you with an ideal climate. Similarly, the weather is stable and you can climb with clear visibility. However, this climbing can also be done in the monsoon season.

The difficulty of the trek

This trek is one of the difficult treks in Nepal. Similarly, you have to trek here for about a month. So, if you are a new trekker we don’t recommend you trek here first. But, if you do certain things right then it can be a little easy. For example, you should have sufficient water and have proper rest in between your treks. Or else you might be a victim of altitude sickness.

Travel and insurance

Travel insurance is very important for this long and dangerous trek. If you don’t have your travel insurance with you then it will be very hard for us to accept you.

Meals and Accommodation

We provide you with all meals during the trekking including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and lodge accommodation during the trekking. We also provide you with some local and western foods during your trek. So, you will be able to experience some of the best dishes in Nepal.

Required Permits

KCAP: NPR. 3000 for foreigners and NPR 1000 for SAARC.

Kanchenjunga Special permit : USD 20 for 4 weeks
USD 25 per 1 week for extra days

Note: Child below 10 years are free

Fitness and experience

This is a very long trek so you should be physically fit. Similarly, you should have at least the experience of climbing small peaks. Not everyone can do this trek. Most importantly, you should be passionate about the trek. Furthermore, you should not have any heart or lung diseases. Likewise, you should also not have any blood-related diseases.

Climate and weather

You will find a suitable climate and weather for this trek during the spring and autumn seasons. In other seasons it’s mostly cold and cloudy. Similarly, the weather is stable and you can climb with clear visibility most of the time. But, if you travel it during the spring and autumn season you will fully experience the beauty of the surrounding

Safety and security

We check every route and trail before the trek. Similarly, we make sure all the belongings are safe and make sure that everything is under control. So you will be safe with us. Therefore, when traveling with us you can enjoy nature fully.

GEAR LIST

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. A comprehensive list of gear for all activities is listed on our dedicated page of Trekking Gear List

Frequently
Asked Questions

Terms and Conditions

1. Cancellation Policy

There is no cancellation or withdrawal policy for the trip by the client after the trip has started. During the trip, any unused services provided by the company, like accommodation, food, permits, etc., won’t be refunded.

If you cancel the trip at any time before the departure date, 90% of the total cost is reusable for a year or refunded. Visit this page for more details on the cancellation policy.

2. Risk of unforeseen circumstances

Nepal Alternative Treks is directed towards the fulfillment of your every desire. In this connection, we perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, Nepal Alternative Treks will not take any responsibility regarding any change & alternations in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslides, road blockage, flood, snow, political unrest, flight cancellation, delayed arrival, sickness, or accidents. The clients shall bear any extra cost incurred there on the spots.

3. Clients' Responsible

A trekking guide representing Nepal’s alternative treks deserves all authority during your tours. If you commit an unlawful act, you must leave the tour, and no refund will be issued.

4. Impact on your journey

We put our every effort into ensuring you are comfortable traveling. Still, it is a must understand that what you might be accustomed to in the western affluent countries, the Himalayan countries can’t afford such facilities. Weather is another factor that directly impacts your journey. Hence, patience in mind, enthusiasm, and proper preparation before heading is a must to venture into a journey trip.

5. Travel Insurance

You must purchase a comprehensive travel insurance package against medical, natural calamity, helicopter evacuation, personal accident, trip cancellation, etc. This is strongly suggested to all our esteemed clients.

6. Your personal belongings

On any account, we’re not answerable for any loss or damage of your luggage or property belonging to you even when shouldered by guide cum porter or transferred by transport means. That means your personal possessions and luggage are at your risk at the time.

7. Porter weight limit

Porter will carry 10 kg each and 20 kilograms in total. A bit more or less can be adjusted per both parties’ mutual understanding.

We value
Service Excellence

We have the best team and array of services to provide a lifetime experience to all our travelers. Right from the airport pickup to a customized tour, we do the utmost to make sure you experience a hassle-free trip. Likewise, all our trips meet the safety protocols along with the highest health and hygiene standards.

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