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25 Days
Availability : March- May, Mid September - December
Kathmandu
Kanchenjunga North Base Camp
Min Age : 20+
Max People : 200
Introduction

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking an adventure that takes you to far end corners of Nepal Himalayan mountain range around Far East of the country, on less ventured region of high Kanchenjunga massive peaks.

At present slowly gaining much popular due to its serene and pristine wilderness walking within enchanting forest of lovely rhododendron-oaks-pines-firs tree lines along with awesome views of Kanchenjunga range of peaks which includes Kabru, Jannu with Makalu and Everest towards east direction.

 Marvelous country to visit and experience once in your lifetime with adventure visiting both side base camps of world third highest and second high peaks of Nepal stands at above 8,586 m and 28,169 ft, which was climbed in May 25th , 1955 by British Expeditions led by late Sir George Band, Norman Hardie and Steve Streather.

Probably the one and only adventure around great Himalaya range where you will have the opportunity to trek on both side of world highest Mt. Kanchenjunga, where walks leads after a scenic flight from Kathmandu and drive to Taplejung area to being the walks.

As journey progress heading from low warm country of Nepal South East Terai belt to reach mid hills at Ilam town famous for its Tea-Garden and products, then reaching starting point of the treks at Sukhetar around Taplejung district.

One of the longest trekking of Nepal Himalaya to Kanchenjunga Base Camp of more than three week duration, where walks follow through village trails within farm areas and into deep forest to reach first at Tseram with hike to Oktang near Kanchenjunga South Base Camp.

After a glorious view of Kanchenjunga South Face head on to cross passes of Tselele-La pass to reach other North sides of Kanchenjunga area at Ghunsa and Lhonak villages an interesting place with farms and Yak herders.

Finally walk leads to our final highlight of the adventure heading towards Pang-Pema at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, the highest spot of the trip at above 5,065 m enclosed within massive peaks of Kanchenjunga, Wedge peak, Jannu and other giant mountain of Khumbakarna Himalayan range.

Return journey heading due south past many farm lands and villages with few short ups and downhill within impressive areas full of agriculture fields and terraces to reach at Sukhetar around Taplejung district.

From Sukhetar drive leads past Ilam town and vast Tea-Garden to reach low sub-tropical country of Nepal South East Terai region where short scenic flight brings you back into hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu, after a great adventure and memorable experience on Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking.

Trip Accommodation

Hotels with camping and local lodge where available

Trekking Grade

Moderate to Adventurous walks

Highest spot

At Pang-Pema, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp 5,065 m

People and Culture

Eastern hills of mix tribes Rai-Sherpa-Magar and other Hindu people of both Buddhist and Hindu religions and various interesting culture and custom. High Kanchenjunga populated by Bhotia and Sherpa people of strong Buddhism religion and culture

Trek Duration

20 Nights / 21 Days (with drives and flights both ways)

Total Trip

24 Nights and 25 days (from arrival to final departure)

Best Seasons

March to May with Mid September to November months best months for treks when most of the days crystal clear for views, but cold in the morning and night time as well in shades with chances of snow sometimes during autumn and winter seasons.

Where March to May will be lively when wild flowers are in full bloom with sunny days with cloudy late afternoon sometimes.

October to November autumn months with clear fine day for views and walks, however will be much cold in the morning and night time as well in shade, not including wind chill factor, chances of snow on route walks above 2,500 m higher, around autumn / fall day light is shorter but great times for Kanchenjunga base camp trekking.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport received by Life and Journey staff / guide greets you with warm welcome and then transfer into heart of Kathmandu city to your respective hotels.
With time to get refreshed join in for group briefing regarding treks with other useful information as well with do’s and don’ts, includes welcome group dinner in a nice authentic restaurants with cultural program.

Day 2In Kathmandu options for sightseeing tour and trek preparation

Free day in Kathmandu for leisure activities as well for options for sightseeing tour around the city places of Interest, as Kathmandu and its close other cities steeped with World Heritage Sites, afternoon preparation for Kanchenjunga base camp trek.

Day 3Fly to Bhadrapur 350 m and drive to Ilam town 1,360 m with 45 mins air flight and 4 hrs drives for overnight stop.

Transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport as per flight time to reach Nepal Far South East around Low Terai belt of the country, where Kanchenjunga base camp treks begins.
A scenic flight from Kathmandu takes you to land at warm sub-tropical south east at Bhadrapur airport located near eastern border of India.

An interesting drive leads to alpine hills covered with Japanese pines known as ‘Cyriptomerica Japanica’ within vast field of tea gardens at Ilam town for overnight stop.

Day 4Drive to Sukhetar 1,490 m start trek to Lalikharka 1,900 m-06 hrs

Morning short drive to reach Taplejung area at Sukhetar, a place with small airstrip flight to Biratnagar city and to Kathmandu operates on daily basis.
But flights to and from Kathmandu and Bhiratnagar to Sukhetar sometimes get delayed and cancelled much unpredictable situations, that is why have changed for flight to and from Bhadrapur instead, to make our itinerary program safe and enjoyable.
On reaching hill town at Sukhetar, where walks begins heading further east past nice farm villages and terraced fields with patch of forest as our afternoon first day trek reach at our overnight stop at Lalikharka, also known as Lali-Bhanjyang.
A small typical Nepalese Hill village inhabited mostly by Kirat tribes the Limbu people with some Rai and other Hindu people Chettries and Brahmins.

Day 5Trek from Kande Bhanjyang 2,100m -07 hrs

Morning starts with downhill walk into farm villages, populated mostly with Hindu tribe mixture of Brahmins, Chettris and as well Kirat tribes known as Rai and Limbu, also practice Hinduism along with their own ancient culture and deities of nature spirit.

After walking past village of Tembawa descending towards Phawa khola, crossing Phawa khola coming to Pokora village, the path from here leads through terraced farm fields, and finally crossing Pokora’s suspension bridge our route climbs steeply to the village of Kunjari,
a mountain village, from Kunjari walk leads through mixed forest with some small farm villages, and then climb to our overnight stop at kande Bhanjyang, a small farm village with grand views of Kanchenjunga and Yalungkang peaks.

Day 6Trek to Phompe Danda 1,850m-06 hrs

From this small place morning walk leads to descend into lush terraced rice and millet fields, then through dense forested area within headwaters of Nandeva khola. After crossing a stream trek continues on downhill to a river, as route enters up at high hills where climb leads to Lopoding village.

After Lopoding as walk heads with ups and down-hill path to reach a mountain village at Yangpang, and then walk along upper edge of the ridge with a climb on gentle slope for an hour to Pompe Dhada at the crest of a scenic ridge, an excellent spot for overnight stop with view of Mt. Jannu.

Day 7 Trek to Yangphudin 2,150m at Sherpa Gaon - 07 hrs

Morning walk starts on winding downhill past hamlets and terraced farm fields to Khesewa khola, after crossing a suspension bridge as walk leads to a climbs to reach another resting spot, after a gradual ascent for an hour through terraced fields, then heading towards Mamankhe village. Afternoon leads to slow climb, skirting around a ridge to a level path that leads to Dekadin village.

On this walk facing views of peaks, and then descend to Kabeli khola, leaving the river behind as our route climbs to a splendid ridge through villages and farm fields.

After a climb reaching an isolated village of Yamphudin from here climb to a hill for overnight stop at Sherpa Gaon. This is the last permanent human settlement inhabited by Sherpa tribe till our adventures reach the other side at Gunsa. The campsite will be in a field or in village yards.

Day 8Trek to Dorongding 2,880 m via Lashe Tham, 3,800m Pass- 07 hrs

From this small Sherpa village trek leads to Chitre, walk along Kabeli khola, crossing tributary of Omje khola and start climbing steep up to Dhupi Bhangyang for two hours or more through open grassland.
From the top of Lahse Tham at 3,800 m pass and then leading to a steady descent through the deciduous forest to Omje Khola.
After tough climb reaching on top of a ridge, where our walks lead to Dorongding past Chitre for overnight halt in this small and scenic place with views of snow capped peaks.

Day 9Trek to Tseram 3,770m - 05 hrs

From the camp walk towards Ramite Bhanjyang (3,430m.), over steep uphill for few hours into magnolias, rhododendron and bamboo forest to reach at Ramite a place with single hut, from here our path leads to a climb within rhododendron tree covered ridge, passing towards a small pond on the right.

From here crossing stream as walk continues reaching a gravel ground, and then walk past this area leads to a shrine with a huge boulder shaped like a serpent.

Walking past forested areas our route leads to a riverbed, then ascending from riverbed path up to a terrace for overnight stop at Tseram, a place with roofless bivouac caves.
Ahead views of terminal moraine fed from Yalung glacier and behind looking at Kabru 7,353m and Talung peak 7,349m.

Day 10At Tseram hike to Oktang near Kanchenjunga South Base Camp

Rest day at Tseram for day hike to Oktang which is near to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, where British expedition established base camp for the climb of Kanchenjunga summit in 1955.

Hike leads with close view of Yalung Glacier and south wall of Kanchenjunga, the hike takes for nearly three hours with views of Talung Peak and Kabru. After a scenic and exciting hike back to Tserem for overnight stop.

Day 11Cross Tselele pass 4,250m and camp at Tselele bottom 3,700m - 08 hrs

Today, descend via Yalung Bar with fifteen minutes of steep up, crossing a river and then on gradual path through forest, and then a steep climb for an hour and half towards two small ponds. From here cross three passes, Miring La, Tamo La and Selele pass.

The first part of the trail is uphill climb for 1 hour to the top of the pass with the great view of Kabru and Kanchenjunga. From Miring La, the trail goes gently down and then up to Selele La (4,250 m). From the top of the pass magnificent views of Makalu, Baruntse, and Chamlang and then descend gently to the base of the pass for overnight stop.

Day 12Trek to Ghunsa 3,480 m - 04 hrs

At Namche a necessary acclimatization and rest day, before heading higher onward to Everest base camp. Namche a large village or a town with many shops, stores, banks and ATM with Cyber Café, optional hike to park museum with excellent information of the area includes grand views of Mt. Everest and Amadablam peak.

For energetic people take a hike to Everest View hotel, Khumjung and Khunde village located on a glacial valley beneath holy Khumbi-la peak (patron God of Khumbu area)

Day 13Trek to Khambachen 4,000m -06hrs

Walk from here leads to climb following a river with views of waterfalls along the walks, Yak herders may be met along the trail depending upon grazing season.

The trail goes from right bank of river Ghunsa, and through rhododendron and pine forest, as walk leads to a gradual ascend to Rambuk Kharkas and then crossing a small glacier landslide.

The trek continues with excellent views of Khumbukarna and Janu and other high snow capped peaks.

On leaving tree lines behind, heading into barren country with few short bushes and scrub of juniper, after Rambuk Kharka climb, and then trail leads to a gentle down to Khambachen after crossing a landslide section to camp at Khambachen.
This scenic valley dominated by peaks of Sharphu (7,070m.) with north face of Mt. Janu and Wedge peak.

Day 14Trek to Lhonak 4,780m - 06 hrs

From here our route follows above river for an hour and then heading further east, as our walk heads down to a river, as climbs reaches rocks and boulder areas leading to a terminal moraine of Kanchenjunga glacier, on leaving Ramtang Kharka (a Sheppard place) where trail joins Kanchenjunga glacier and then crossing at a junction of Lhonak and Kanchenjunga glacier overlooking grand views of Mera, Nepal Peak and Wedge Peak.

Day 15Hike to Pang-Pema Kanchenjunga North Base Camp 5,065 m

Morning hike to Pang-Pema the major highlight of the adventure around North Kanchenjunga base camp.

Start with gentle climb facing views of Kirat Chuli, Nepal Peak, Taple Sikhar, and Givegela Chuli. The first part of the climbs is gentle and then heading through a boulder on rocky trail.

Walk in between grassy slopes and to a glacier path up at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp with chances of spotting herds of blue sheep’s around this wilderness of mountains and glaciers.

After wonderful moment within massive Kanchenjunga peaks and then back to camp at Lhonak with wonderful walks and memories of Kanchenjunga North base camp.

Day 16Trek to Ghunsa, 3,480 m - 08hrs

Journey leads back on the same path past Kambachen to camp at Ghunsa after a long day walks.

Day 17Trek to Gyapla Phedi 2,300m - 07hrs

From here walk on alternative route allows you to observe more of the beautiful country looking at views of mountains past scattered cattle herder summer camps to reach at Gypla Phedi, on lower alpine areas for overnight stop.

Day 18Trek to Sekathum / Japantar 1,350m - 07 hrs

With pleasant easy morning walking towards warmer areas back into farm fields and terraces within nice rural villages to reach at Sekathum or near to Japantar for overnight stop, where walks leads into much lower areas within farm villages growing much better crops and citric fruits.

Day 19Trek to Chirwa 1,250 m - 06 hrs

Enjoy the walk heading much lower and warm areas, as morning trek progress into several scattered farm houses and fields, where you will be greeted with friendly cheerful smiles as walk leads through villages and patch of cool forest areas to reach at Chirwa for overnight stops.

Day 20Trek to Phurumbu School 1,500 m -07hrs

Although our route leads downhill, and coming into areas with short climb to negotiate with shade of cool air after getting much warmer around low and foot hills of Kanchenjunga areas, slowly our walk reaching at small place to camp at Phurumbu School premises.

Day 21Trek to Suketar 2,440 m -04 hrs

Last day of the adventure walk leads to Sukhetar around Tapeljung village and town within more farm villages as walk leads reach at Sukhetar for overnight stop.

Day 22Drive to Ilam drive with overnight in local Lodge

At Ilam where our adventure completes an exciting drive to reach hill town of Ilam within its vast fields of Tea Garden, the flavor of the local tea much appreciated throughout Nepal and abroad.

Few hours of scenic drive brings you at Ilam, with time to wander around and as well observe the local culture and custom of great interest.

Day 23Drive to Bhadrapur -03 hrs drive and fly back to Kathmandu

Morning after breakfast drive leads down at warm south far eastern Nepal within Terai belt at Bhadrapur airport, from here scenic flight back to city life of Kathmandu, where our adventure Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking completes.

Day 24In Kathmandu free day for individual activities

We reserve this day as contingency or spare day in case of bad and unfavorable weather, which can occur sometimes as Himalayan weather are unpredictable, if all goes well according to our itinerary days one can have a leisure day or book for another sightseeing tour of Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur.

Day 25International Departure homeward bound or respective countries

Your last final day in Nepal the country of Himalayan wonders, as per your flight time depart from the hotel, where our guides and staff transfer you for International departure homeward bound or to respective countries.

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