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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Highlights
    • Explore the beautiful Kanchenjunga region
    • Trek to Pang Pema, the north basecamp of Kanchenjunga
    • Visit Oktang viewpoint, the best place to see Kanchenjunga range and the neighboring peaks
    • Trek to rustic villages like Tseram and Lhonak
    • Discover the heartwarming culture of the local people

Kanchenjunga (8,585m) is the world’s third tallest mountain and lies in the northeast of Nepal. The Kanchenjunga region is known for its pristine beauty. It is also not as crowded as its neighboring Everest region, making it favorable for those who like to trek to tranquil environments.

It is also one of the best off-beaten treks of the country, thus attracting adventurers and adrenaline seekers. Diverse flora and fauna accompany the rough terrain. Along with it, the cultures and warm hospitality of the local Limbu and Sherpa people add charms to this region.

After your arrival in Kathmandu, you go for sightseeing as well as prepare for the trek. You visit the famous landmarks like the Swayambhunath Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square. You head to Thamel, where you can buy/rent necessary trekking items.

You fly east to Bhadrapur and then, drive to Suketar via Ilam. From there, you trek to the first destination, Lali Kharka. From here onwards, you trek along with various rustic and beautiful villages like Kade Bhanjyang, Sherpagaon, and Torongton. Tseram is the first village where you acclimatize.

Next, you head to Oktang viewpoint via Ramche. The viewpoint is one of the highlights of the trek because you can see amazing panoramas of the Kanchenjunga range. The next highlight is Pang Pema (Kanchenjunga North Basecamp). To reach here, you walk past various small and big settlement areas like Sele La, Kambachen and Lhonak. After exploring Pang Pema, you head back to Suketar via Ghunsa, Gyabla, and Taplethok.

Then you head down to Kanyam to enjoy the tea gardens. With this, the Kanchenjunga Basecamp Trek comes to an end. The best time to do this trek is during autumn (September-November) and spring (March-May) seasons.

Corporate Adventure provides you with quality services that guarantee to make your trip the best one of your life. You also get to choose your style of accommodation and transportation. Additionally, we have experienced guides and staff who will accompany you on your trip.

Trip Facts

Geography               :          Mountain

Location                   :          Kanchenjunga

Level of Difficulty  :          Strenuous

Duration of Trek    :          26 Days

Max Altitude           :          5,150m

Ethnicity                  :          Sherpa, Limbu, Tibetan

Accommodation    :          Hotel/lodge/camp/ teahouse

Transportation      :        Private vehicle, plane

Minimum Pax        :          2 people

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters)
  • Hotel Moonlight or Similar

As per your scheduled flight, you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. There, our staff will
be waiting to welcome you warmly. Then, you head to the hotel with them. After refreshing and
resting, you meet them again at dinner and discuss the details of the trip.

Meals

Welcome dinner

Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
  • Hotel Moonlight or Similar

Today, you sightsee a few of the major landmarks of Kathmandu as well as prepare for the
trek. After breakfast, you head to Swayambhunath Temple, also called the Monkey Temple.
Here, you visit the monastery and see the amazing panorama of the valley.

Next, you head to Boudhanath Stupa, which is the largest spherical stupa in Nepal. Here too,
you visit monasteries and explore the local market. You have a Tibetan style lunch. Finally, you
head to the last destination, Kathmandu Durbar Square, which tells the history of the city’s
civilization. Then, you can head to Thamel to buy/rent the necessary items for the trek.

Meals

Breakfast

Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur (91 meters), 40 mins and drive to Ilam (3636 meters), 3-4 hrs.
  • 40 minutes Fly and 4 hours drive
  • Guest House

After breakfast, you head to the domestic airport and catch an early flight to Bhadrapur, which lies in the southeast. En flight, you can see amazing views of the hills and mountains. Then, from Bhadrapur, you board the vehicle heading to Ilam. The drive takes you through flatlands and slowly towards beautiful tea gardens. The weather gets a bit cold as you approach Ilam through the winding roads. Overnight stay at lodge in Ilam.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 04: Drive to Suketar (2420 meters), 4 hrs and trek to Lali Kharka (2220m), 3 hrs.
  • 4 hours drive 3 hours trek
  • Tea house/ home stay

After breakfast, you board the vehicle heading to Suketar, Taplejung. The drive today also goes through winding roads, and you can see the amazing hill landscape. After a pleasant drive, you arrive in the main town of Taplejung. After resting and having lunch here, you head to Suketar and start the trek. The trail descends from Suketar and goes through pleasant sceneries of the landscape. Then you reach Lali Kharka and set up tents for the overnight stay.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 05: Trek to Kade Bhanjyang (2130 meters), 4 hrs.
  • 4 hours trek
  • Tea house/ home stay

After breakfast, you clean up and head downhill through some small villages. The trail then links to Pa Khola, which you cross after passing through Simbu village. Then, the trail goes uphill through various settlement areas. After a couple of hours, you reach Kade Bhanjyang, a small settlement area with few teahouses. Overnight stay at Kade Bhanjyang.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 06: Trek to Phumphe Danda (1858 meters), 5 hrs.
  • 5-6 hours trek
  • Tea house/ Home stay

You hit the trail after breakfast. The route goes uphill in the beginning and gradually descends to Khesewa. From there, you continue to go downhill to a stream. Then, the route goes through a series of ascends and descends. You reach Phulung village after a sharp ascend. Again, you go downhill, winding through terraced lands and villages. You finally reach to the top of a ridge, from where you reach Phumphe Danda for the overnight stay.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 07: Trek to Sherpagaon (1678 meters), 6 hrs.
  • 6 - 7 hours
  • Tea house/ home stay

After breakfast, you hit the trail heading to Sherpagaon. The trail first descends and then goes uphill towards Mamankhe village. From this village, the trail passes through a series of ridges. The trek goes through dense forests, so you get to enjoy the coolness of the trees. After crossing the last ridge, you come to a wide valley of Thungim. From the valley, the next stop is Sherpagaon, where you stay overnight.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 08: Trek to Torongton (2995 meters), 5 hrs.
  • 5 hours trek
  • Tea house/ home stay

After breakfast, you begin the trek by ascending through dense forests of bamboos and rhododendron. After crossing the forested area, you arrive at flatlands. The trail continues through the flatland for a couple of hours. From Lashe Bhanjyang, you descend and then ascend to the Torongton River. Following the river, you arrive at Torongton village for an overnight stay.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 09: Trek to Tseram (3870 meters), 6 hrs.
  • 6-7 hours trek
  • Tea house / home stay

Today, most of the trek will comprise of steep ascends. After breakfast, you head north and follow the Sinuwa Khola. You climb several slopes through dense rhododendron forests and ridges. You continue to ascend and reach Anda Phedi. From here, the next village is Tseram, where you stay overnight.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Tseram.

Today is the first acclimatization of the trek. Since you have trekked to 3000m and above, your body needs to familiarize itself with the increasing altitude. Tseram is a Limbu village, so today you can learn and explore more about their culture. You can also head to the surrounding areas to explore the beauty of the region.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Trek to Ramche (4615 meters), 6 hrs.
  • 6- 7 hours trek
  • Tea house/ home stay

After breakfast, you walk through thick pine forests and ascend to a wide valley of pastureland. You may get to see yaks and yak herders. If you want, you can try yak milk and other products like cheese in this area. Then, you walk through the ridges to arrive at Ramche. Overnight stay at the lodge.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12: Trek to Oktang viewpoint and Back to Tseram (3870 meters), 7 hrs.
  • 7 hours trek
  • Tea house/ home stay

The trail today heads deep into the valley and then ascends to a ridge that separates Yalung Kang Glacier and the rest of the cliffs. As you continue the trek, mountains like Kabru and Rathong come into view.

The valley open ups to meadows and the views are filled with spectacular sceneries of the Kanchenjunga range. At the end of the trail lies Oktang viewpoint, from where you can see Kanchenjunga and the neighboring mountains up close. After soaking in the view, you head back to Tseram for the overnight stay. 

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13: Trek to Sele La (4290 meters), 7 hrs.
  • 7 hours trek
  • Tea house/ home stay

After breakfast, you hit the trail that goes through rocky terrain. You then ascend steeply for about 3-4 hours and then descend for a short while. Again, you ascend and after a short while, you can see glimpses of Mt. Makalu. After a series of ascends and descends, you navigate through a winding rocky trail. Finally, you reach a stream and following it you arrive at Sele La shortly for overnight stay.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 14: Trek to Ghunsa (3475 meters), 3-4 hrs.
  • 4 hours trek
  • Tea house/ home stay

The trek today is relatively shorter. After breakfast, you hit the trail that goes through pine forests. The trail today is filled with prayer flags. The rocky trail continues and then you descend to a rhododendron forest. Then, you reach a wide valley that homes Ghunsa. It is one of the biggest villages in the region. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 15: Trek to Kambachen (4225 meters), 5 hrs.
  • 5 hours trek
  • Tea house/ home stay

After breakfast, you trek along the banks of Ghunsa Khola. The trail is relatively easy but there are certain parts, which are prone to landslide. After crossing Ghunsa Khola, you reach a waterfall and then pass a steep ascend. En route, you get to see the splendid views of Jannu, also called Kumbakarna. Then, you sharply descend to a wider valley and then head to Kambachen, where you stay overnight. 

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 16: Trek to Lhonak (4815 meters), 5-6 hrs.
  • 5-6 hours trek
  • Tea house/ home stay

You start the trek after breakfast. The trail today is rocky, and you also walk past glacial areas, so it may be slippery at times. Then, you walk through an eroded area and pass a waterfall. 

You climb into a wider valley, which presents panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and the neighboring mountains. The trail goes through flatlands and at one point, you ascend to a narrow valley. From there, you cross a river to reach Lhonak for the overnight stay. It is a village-like Kambachen, but smaller. From the village, you can see amazing views of smaller peaks like Mera and Kirat Chuli.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 17: Trek to Pang Pema (5150 meters) and back to Lhonak, 6-7 hrs.
  • 6-7 hours trek
  • Tea house/ home stay

After breakfast, you head towards Pang Pema, also called Kanchenjunga North Basecamp. The trail continues through the valley surrounded by peaks. The trail gets rocky, and you pass a series of ascends and descends. Some parts are landslide-prone, so you need to be careful. 

At the end of the rocky glacier-filled trail, you reach Pang Pema. The panoramic views of the mountains and landscape are breathtaking from here. Then, you head back to Lhonak for the overnight stay.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 18: Trek back to Ghunsa, 5 hrs.
  • 5 hours
  • Tea house/ home stay

After breakfast, you trace back the route to Ghunsa. The trail goes through the same forests and flatlands you walked to reach Pang Pema. En route, you get to see glimpses of mountains like Kanchenjunga and Jannu. Before nightfall, you reach Ghunsa for the overnight stay.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 19: Trek back to Gyabla (2725 meters), 4-5 hrs.
  • 4-5 hours trek
  • Tea house/ home stay

After breakfast, you descend to Gyabla. The trail goes through pine and juniper forests after crossing the Ghunsa River. Then, you descend to another forested area filled with bamboos and rhododendrons. The trail leads to Phole, a Tibetan village and from there you come across meadows. Finally, you reach Gyabla for an overnight stay.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 20: Trek back to Amjilosa (2510 meters), 4 hrs.
  • 4 hours trek
  • Tea house/ home stay

Today, the trail consists of a series of ascends and descends. You continue the trail that goes through the bamboo and rhododendron forests. En route, you pass by small settlement areas. After the final descend, you reach Amjilosa, a Tibetan village, for the overnight stay.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 21: Trek back to Taplethok. 5 hrs
  • 5-6 hours trek
  • Tea house/ home stay

After breakfast, you hit the trail that goes along the river. You walk through dense rhododendron forests and come across many small settlement areas. Then, you reach Sekathum. From Sekathum, Taplethok is within a few kilometers distance. Taplethok is the last village within the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area as you head back. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 22: Trek to Linkhim or Further up to Phurumbu.
  • 6 hours trek
  • Tea house/ home stay

Today, you head to the lower elevations. After breakfast, the trail goes through flatlands and serene landscapes. You pass by various Limbu villages and towards Taplejung via Chiruwa. You then head to Linkhim, and if you have time, you can go further up to Phurumbu. Overnight stay at a teahouse.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 23: Trek to Suketar, 4 hrs.
  • 4 hours trek
  • Tea house

After breakfast, you head to Suketar. The trail today may be the easiest throughout the trek. Enjoy the landscape and sceneries as much as you can because it is the last day you trek in the Kanchenjunga region. At the end of the trail, you arrive at Suketar for the overnight stay. 

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 24: Drive to Kanyam tea garden. 4 hours
  • 4 hours drive
  • Tourist standard hotel

After breakfast, you head to Kanyam, which is famous for its lovely tea gardens. You board the vehicle and drive along the winding roads. En route, you can see amazing views of the hills. By lunchtime, you reach Kanyam. You explore the tea gardens and know more about the tea through the locals. You can also ride horses if you want. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 25: Drive to Bhadrapur and fly to Kathmandu.
  • 3 hours drive and 40 minutes fly
  • Hotel moonlight or similar

After breakfast, you depart to Bhadrapur via road. You reach the airport to catch your scheduled flight to Kathmandu.

Meals

Breakfast Dinner

Day 26: Final Departure.

This is your last day in Nepal. Our staff will drop you off at the airport as per your scheduled flight. Please make sure that you have all your belongings with you before you depart.

Meals

Breakfast

What's Included

  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Domestic flight (Kathmandu – Bhadrapur – Kathmandu)
  • Guided sightseeing tour as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking, government licensed local tour guide for sightseeing
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)
  • Assistant Trekking Guide (10 trekkers: 1 Asst. guide) for personalized care
  • Porter service to carry your main luggage during the trek (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, flight, insurance, equipment etc.
  • Restricted area permits, Trekking permits – Kanchanjangha Conservation Area Project (KCAP) entry fee and TIMS
  • Monument entry fees during Sightseeing tour
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges

What's Excluded

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flight
  • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control

Accommodation

Stay for 3 nights in Kathmandu at the luxurious 3 star hotel, Hotel moonlight or similar.  And on the trail, you will be spending at teahouses run by local families. Do bear in mind, compared to city hotels, teahouses on the mountains are extensions of family homes and have basic facilities.

Accommodation at hotels is on twin-sharing basis. If you are a solo traveler, you will share the room with a group member of the same sex. If you need a single room, it will be made available at an extra cost. Simply click on the ‘single supplement’ tab at the time of booking.

Meals

In Kathmandu enjoy breakfast, welcome and farewell dinners. 

All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided on the trail. Have breakfast and dinner at the teahouse where you stay overnight. Lunch will be at a teahouse en route. Food on the trail will include dal-bhat (rice, lentils and curry), momos (vegetable or meat dumplings), chapatis (flat bread), noodles, pancakes, pizza, mac & cheese etc.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

You need to keep yourself updated and informed about the places you are about to visit. For this reason we have tried to incorporate as much information as possible about this trip. Learn more about this trip by going through our ‘Trip Note.’ However, if the information provided is not enough and you still have queries, you can send us an email or call us at +977-9851029803.

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