Nepal: 21days Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

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Country

Nepal

Duration

21 Days

Difficulty

Challenging

Activity

Trekking

Best Season

Apr-May & Sep – Nov

Region

Eastern Region Trekking

Start / End Point

Biratnagar / Biratnagar

Max. Altitude

5140

Nature Of Trek

Fully organized camping trek

Highlights

  • Explore the remote and off-the-beaten path of the Everest Region while en route to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.
  • Walk through the diverse landscapes of subtropical forests, highland pastures, and mountainous landscapes.
  • Witness the spectacular views of Mount Kanchenjunga, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.
  • Trek past popular glacial lakes, remote valleys, villages, ancient monasteries, and stupas.
  • Immerse yourself in the culture, traditions, and local customs of the diverse ethnic communities of Rai and Limbu.

21 Days Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek takes you into the remote wilderness of the Everest region. Its untouched and serene nature is perfect for you looking to escape from bustling city life. Our 21-day Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek package will let you fully explore this remote route's nature, landscapes, and culture.

The trek to the base camp of the world's third-highest peak, Kanchenjunga (8,586m), offers an infinite variety of landscapes, cultures, and panoramic views of the Himalayas. During the trip, you will walk on the lowlands of Nepal, passing terraced fields with colorful villages and green forests. Similarly, you will come across low river valleys, rocky slopes, and glacial moraine.

Firstly, the trek enters into a ridgeline of rhododendrons. As the trail gains altitude, you will see gorgeous views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga. These are among the world's five highest mountains, making the trek rewarding. Then, the trial starts with approaching the Yalung glacier & crossing a series of passes, and the views become more magnificent. Then, the trail reaches Pangpema (4800m), the base camp for the Kanchenjunga expedition. Nowadays, we can start our trip by flight to Bhadrapur and then drive to Taplejung.

Best Time To Trek To Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Are you planning on trekking to Kanchenjunga and wondering what the best season to explore would be? The primary season for trekking in Nepal is spring and autumn. These two seasons are perfect if you want to enjoy the beauty of the trekking route with clear views and mild temperatures. Learn more about them in brief.

Spring (March to May)

Spring is one of the best times for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. The weather is favorable, with clear skies. It falls during the pre-monsoon season, so there is a low chance of rainfall. The vegetation also comes to life during spring. The forests become luscious green, and the rhododendron forests are in full bloom.

It is also the best time to enjoy eastern Nepal’s diverse flora and fauna. The wildlife also becomes active at this time. If you are lucky, you get a chance to witness the wildlife. However, note that it can get cold in the mornings and nights at higher elevations.

Autumn (September to November)

Autumn is a peak trekking season in Nepal. The weather is stable, and the visibility is excellent. Autumn falls in the post-monsoon season. Thus, the dust gets washed away by rain, and the view is clear. Similarly, the air is clear and crisp.

The autumn season also falls in the harvest season. Moreover, the biggest Nepali festivals also fall in this season. So, you can enjoy the festive atmosphere while trekking on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp route. There is also a low chance of rainfall.

Length and Terrain of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Covering a distance of 220 kilometers, the trekking trail is quite strenuous. It’s a long and challenging trek that takes around 21 days. The journey takes you through diverse terrains, starting with lush subtropical forests filled with rhododendrons, bamboo, and oak trees. As you ascend higher, you will see wide-open meadows with pretty flowers.

As you continue higher, the terrain becomes more rugged, with rocky paths and moraines leading to the base camp. The final step involves navigating steep slopes and glacier crossing. Reaching the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, you will notice the stunning panorama of the surrounding peaks. The base camp itself is a cool place to hang out. It’s rocky, and there’s usually some snow around. You can spend time soaking in the awe-inspiring views.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Difficulty

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp route goes through the remote areas of the East region. The remoteness and the difficult terrain pose significant challenges. You have to be ready for frequent ascending and descending. Similarly, some sections of the route are steep and rocky. You also have to cross several rivers and walk over glaciers en route.

Another difficult part of the trek is its long duration. The trek typically takes 20 to 25 days to complete. During these periods, you have to hike an average of 7 to 8 hours a day; on some days, you even have to walk around 8 to 9 hours. It is physically and mentally demanding. Thus, it is highly recommended that you take physical training beforehand to prepare for the trek.

As you move to high elevations, there is the risk of altitude sickness. The oxygen level drops, making it easy to get sick. The weather conditions also become a little unpredictable. So, you should prepare proper clothing, equipment, and gear before starting the journey.

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a challenging journey. Physical and mental preparedness are crucial. Proper equipment and gear are important in trekking safety and comfort.

Nepal: 21days Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 01:

Arrival and transfer to hotel

Arrival and transfer to the hotel. After some refreshments, we will invite you for a typical Nepali dinner.

Day 02:

Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley

After breakfast, a sightseeing visit in Kathmandu Valley, including Kathmandu Darbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath Temple.

Day 03:

Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Tapalejung

Trek Duration

8/9hrs drive

Flight Hours

1hrs

Highest Altitude

1820m

In the morning, around 7 am, I fly to Bhadrapur and drive further to Tapalejung. We stop for a tea garden visit in Kanyam Ilam on the way. And further, drive to Tapalejung.

Day 04:

Drive to Sekathum and trek to Ithari

Trek Duration

4hrs drive and half hour trek

Highest Altitude

1650m,

After breakfast, we drive to Sekathum and go downhill to Mitlung. After Thiva Khola, along the bank of the Tamor River, you will enter the Kanchenjunga conservation area. Our route will pass through scenic pastures and small villages. We cross the Hungdewa Khola and the raging Tamur River on the way. Then we drive uphill for some time then descend to the village of Sinuwa. Continue to Tawa and then to Sekathum. From Sekathum, we trek about half an hour to Ithari to find the final accommodation for this day. On this day, we cannot use electricity in the lodge.

Day 05:

Trek to Amjilosa

Trek Duration

5/6hrs walk

Highest Altitude

2460m

Today is going to be a tough day. Cross the river and ascend the steep trail. You’ll encounter a very narrow trail this day as you follow the Ghunsa Khola. The narrow trail means that you must concentrate and be cautious while walking. As you walk further, you will pass a settlement where yaks are kept for their livelihood. After lunch, you will reach where the mobile network works throughout the day. In Amjilosa, you will also not be able to use electricity. There are two normal Lodges in Amjilesha.

Day 06:

Trek to Gyabla

Trek Duration

6 hours walk

Highest Altitude

2730m,

On this day, we trek to Gyabla. The trail leads mainly through forests and waterfalls that you will encounter along the way. You will feel extremely close to nature as you’ll see no villages during this day trek. The beautiful forests and waterfalls. Between Amjilesha and Gyabla, there is one tea house in Thyangyam where we have lunch. You will be partially connected to the mobile network throughout the day, but you can use electricity in the Gyabla area. There are two lodges and a homestay in Gyabla.

Day 07:

Trek to Ghunsa

Trek Duration

5/6hr walk

Highest Altitude

3430m

From Gyabla, you will have to walk through the route of forest in the morning and reach Phale village, where you will have lunch. The village is Tibetan and serves as a center for winter settlement for people in Ghunsa. The village is also home to the only monastery in this region. After a one-and-a-half-hour ride from Phale, you will reach Ghunsa. The houses in Ghunsa have beautiful wooden designs and are mostly decorated with colorful prayer flags. There are a couple of gompas in this region as well. Ghunsa has a health post, police station, school, tourist check post, and monastery. Here you get a mobile network facility and electricity facility. There are nine lodges and homestays in Ghunsa.

Day 08:

Trek to Kambachen

Trek Duration

5 hrs walk

Highest Altitude

4150m

You may worry about finding a permanent human settlement as there is no form of permanent human settlement at an altitude higher than Ghunsa. But you are likely to encounter seasonal settlements of yak herders. On your way to Khambachen, you will walk through trails that are not as clear as other trails in this region. But your efforts will be rewarded because the view in this region is breathtaking. You will stay at Khambachen, which is a grand glacial valley. If you are lucky, you can spot animals and birds like blue sheep, ibex, hyrax, vultures, kites, and eagles in this region. The view of the Kanchenjunga massif and Jannu Himal from Khambachen is astounding.

Day Day 9:

Explore around Khambachen

You can stay in Khambachen for one day and reach the Jannu base camp in the morning. Khambachen provides access to Jannu Base Camp, which travelers can reach in about 3 hours. The Kirat Limbu community worships Jannu Himal as a sacred religious heritage. At the base camp of Phaktanglung Himal (Jannu), the community has constructed a religious temple and Patipauwa. However, this area has no access to mobile networks or electricity. Khambachen hosts four hotels for visitors.

Day 10:

Trek to Lonak

Trek Duration

6 hrs walk

Highest Altitude

4790m

On this day trek, you will follow the trail on the left side of the Kanchenjunga glacier. You will also find Khandu Falls in the middle, and there is also a tea shop, Ramdang, where we can see the Yalung Khang West peak (8077m). After trekking along a high plateau, you will reach the Lhonak. Lhonak is near a dry lake bed; you will see simple houses in this region. You can view large mountains like Wedge Peak, Mera Peak, Nepal Peak, Kirat Chuli, and Twins. Electricity and access to the mobile network are not available here. There are five lodges and campsites in Lhonak.

Day 11:

Hike to Pang Pema Base Camp (5,140m, 4hrs) and trek back to Lhonak

Trek Duration

8-9hrs walk

Highest Altitude

5,140m

On the 11th day, you will reach the highest point of your trek. On this day, you will also follow the trail along the glaciers on the northern side of the Kanchenjunga base camp for nearly four hours. The Kanchenjunga base camp is also known as Pang Pema. We must hike as early as possible to increase your chances of viewing the mountains. You can get impressive panoramic views of mountains like ten Peak and pyramid peaks, Kanchenjunga I (8586m), Kanchenjunga II (8482m), and Kanchenjunga III (8476m) and other peaks including Drohmo Peak (6881m). Access to mobile networks and electricity is not available.

Day 12:

Trek to Ghunsa

Trek Duration

6/7hrs walk

Highest Altitude

3430m

You will retrace your step back to Ghunsa from Lonak. You will essentially follow the same trail that you came from. Along the way, you can enjoy the mountains the way you did while climbing your way.

Day 13:

Trek to Sele Le

Trek Duration

5hrs walk

Highest Altitude

4290m

From Ghunsa, you will follow a trail through thick orchards of rhododendrons, bridges, and pine forests. The trail is uphill and is fully covered with snow in varying degrees depending on weather and seasons. You must clothe yourself better to face cold weather conditions. On this day, we only have lunch after reaching  Sele Le. Access to a mobile network and electricity is not available. There are two lodges in Sele Le.

Day 14:

Trek to Tseram via Mrigenla Pass

Trek Duration

7/8hrs walk

Highest Altitude

3870m

This will be a challenging day for you as you must climb a steep hill to reach Mrigenla Pass. On this day, you will have to cross a height of 4670m. This is the best spot for viewing Janu Himal, known as Khumbakarna (Phaktanglung). You will also see mountains like Makalu, Baruntse, Mera Peak, Lumbha Sumbha, and Everest(Chomolungma). The rest of the trail will take you along ridges. Then, you will finally descend to Tseram. Before descending, you can also view the South face of Kanchenjunga, Kabru, and the Himalayan range. You will spend the night in a large flat meadow at Tseram. There is no access to mobile networks and electricity here. There are three lodges in Tseram.

Day 15:

Trek to Tseram to Ramjer via Oktang Yanglung Glacier

Trek Duration

8/9hrswalk

Highest Altitude

4730m

You will start your trek early in the morning and reach Ramjer, where you will have lunch. After lunch, you will head out to Oktang (4730m.) This is widely considered the best viewpoint for Kanchenjunga’s south-face view. During this walk, you will follow a trail alongside Yalung Glacier. You will walk alongside a moraine through juniper forests to a beautiful lake at Lapsang. The lake is at an altitude of 4530 meters. You will walk along a valley on the northern side. You will get to see all the peaks that are on the Indian border, like Kokthang (6147m.), Rathong(6679M.), and Kabrus.

Day 16:

Trek to Torngden

Highest Altitude

3000m

This day will be a slight trekking day as you descend through rhododendron forests flowing through Simbhu Khola. You will reach Torangden, where you will have an overnight stay. Phone and electricity service are not available here. There are 2 Lodges in Torngden.

Day 17:

Trek to Bhote Gaun(Yamphuding) via Lashe or Jhoreni

Trek Duration

7/8hrs walk

Highest Altitude

2020m

From Torongden, travelers can reach Yamphuding via either Lashe Bhanjyang or Naya Jhoreni. If one chooses the Lashe route, it takes about 4 hours to reach Lashe, but the journey might be interrupted due to landslides. There is only one tea shop available in Lashe. Yamphudin, or Bhotegaon, is reachable after a 4-hour walk from Lashe. Accommodation and food facilities are good in Bhotegaon. Upon reaching Lashe, travelers can access a mobile phone network and electricity.

Option:

You can also reach Yarphudin by walking through the trails of new Jhoreni from Torogden without using this Laşhe route. To do so, you have to spend one more day in Jhoreni. To Jhoreni we have to trek via Kasturi Danda. There is a hotel in Jhoreni that provides accommodation and food. You can use your phones here, but access to electricity will only be available after you reach Yamphuding the next day. (Depending upon your trekking speed, we also can do this trip in 1 day)

Day 18:

Drive to Birtamod from Yamphuding

Trek Duration

10 hours drive

Birtamod is a lively Terai town in eastern Nepal. It is just half an hour from Bhadrapur Airport, where we will fly to Kathmandu tomorrow. Since there are some good accommodations here, we will stay overnight at Birtamod.

Day 19:

Flight back to Kathmandu

Flight Hours

35min

Day 20:

Free day in Kathmandu

This is a day off for you. You can rest well from your travels and reminisce about all the beautiful memories you have created. Today, you can also explore Kathmandu Valley’s beauty and some places you haven’t visited before.

Day 21:

Transfer to the international airport

This is the last and final day of your trek. Our team member will pick you up according to your flight schedule. They will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport and wave goodbye. Have a safe travel.

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What is included?

  • Hotel with bed and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • 3 meals a day during trekking (B, L, D)
  • Welcome dinner by arrival
  • Trekking special permit and conservation fee
  • Staff insurance, wages, equipment and local transport
  • Accommodation in hotel and lodge
  • Arrival and transfer transport from to international in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing with cultural guide, and private transport in Kathmandu
  • Private transport to trek starting point and from ending point to hotel
  • Domestic flight ticket and airport taxes

What is excluded?

  • Personal expenses and tips for staff
  • Monument entrance fees during sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa fees
  • Personal insurance and helicopter rescue in case of emergency
  • International flight ticket
  • Sleeping bag while trekking
  • Extra porter or transport incase of accident or any emergency
  • Personal Medicine

Essential Information

Physical Fitness and Preparations

It’s important to be physically fit and carry essential backpacks, as the area is remote and has little access to medical help. To prepare for the trek, you can train at home with a pack on by going on long walks, doing some leg exercises in the gym, and swimming for cardiovascular fitness. Get a health and dental check before starting this long journey.

As you approach Base Camp, the exposure to altitude will make walking harder and increase the likelihood of altitude sickness. That’s why it’s necessary to saunter and allow for rest days. Also, the temperature during the trek varies depending on the altitude and time of day. Between 1000m to 3500m altitude, the nights are usually around 5ºc, and days can rise to 25ºc. Similarly, higher elevations above 2500 can range between 15ºc to -20ºc at night. Thus, you need to have a good section of clothing and packing essentials to protect against the cold and high altitude.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Permit

If you are trekking to Kanchenjunga Base Camp, you must get a Special Restricted Area Permit (SRAP) and a Kanchenjunga Conservational Area Project Permit (KCAP).

Special Restricted Area Permit (SRAP):

The trekking trail to the KBC passes through two restricted areas, Thapethok and Yamphuding, so you must get this permit. Only a legitimate Nepali trekking agency can acquire this permit.

  • The cost is US$20 per person per week for the initial four weeks.
  • Afterward, each additional week costs US $25 per person per week.

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit( KCAP):

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp is within the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Thus, you must also get this permit. You can obtain it at the National Park check post during trekking. You can obtain this permit and submit your application at the Bhrikutimandap Tourism Service Center in Kathmandu or get it at the checkpoint.

  • Nepali citizens: NPR 100 per person.
  • SAARC citizens: NPR 500 per person (about $5).
  • Foreign nationals: NPR 2000 per person (about $20).

Kanchenjunga Trek Cost

Wondering how much budget you need to allocate for your trekking adventure in Kanchenjunga Base Camp? The cost mainly depends on duration, route chosen, accommodation, guide, transportation, etc. On average, you can pay between $1700 to $2500 for your 21-day Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. Here is the breakdown of cost:

  • Permit: $100 – $150
  • Guide and Porter: $900 – $1200
  • Accommodation: $300 – $500
  • Food: $200 – $300
  • Transportation: $100 – $200
  • Miscellaneous: $100 – $150

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Travel to Kanchenjunga Base Camp with Himalayan Leaders?

Are you planning the Kanchenjunga Base Camp? Booking your Kanchenjunga Base Camp with the Himalayan Leader is wise for several reasons. We are a government-registered company with the mission of customer satisfaction. Wondering what advantages you get exploring with us? Do not worry. Embarking your journey with us provides you with numerous benefits. We are a group of experienced team. Our well-trained guides ensure a safe and well-guided tour.

Furthermore, you will receive full assistance from accommodation and meals to transportation throughout the journey. Thus, you can focus on soaking in the beautiful scenery. With our commitment to responsible tourism and safety, you can embark on this adventure with peace of mind. Also, we offer you all the packages at the most affordable prices. With the best amenities provided, an experienced team, and affordability, booking with us can be the best choice for you.

Packing List for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Trekking to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp requires the best preparation and planning. Providing off-the-beaten-path, you must also have the proper set of gear and equipment. This proper set of essentials helps you to make a safe and enjoyable trekking adventure. But what set of equipment is essential? Here is the packing list you need if you are trekking to this remote destination:

Clothing:

  • Insulated jacket
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Fleece or thermal layers
  • Moisture-wicking base layers
  • Hiking pants
  • Quick-drying trekking shirts
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Comfortable hiking boots or shoes
  • Woolen socks
  • Towel

Miscellaneous:

  • Head torch
  • Binoculars
  • Solar charger/Power bank
  • Pocket/Swiss knife
  • Reading materials
  • Camera
  • Watch
  • Hiking poles

Trekking pole

  • Backpack

Toiletries:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap or body wash
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Moisturizer and lip balm
  • Personal hygiene products

Personal Care:

  • Travel towel
  • Sunblock cream and moisturizer
  • Personal water bottle
  • Dry bag

Electronics:

  • Adaptor and plugs
  • Spare batteries
  • Headlamp or Flashlights

Medical Supplies:

  • Medicine and First Aid Kit
  • Personal medications

 

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