Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking

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  • Total Duration:25 days
  • Best Time:March-May & Sept-Dec
  • Max Elevation:5,065m
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate-adventurous

Trip Facts

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate-adventurous
  • Max Elevation:5,065m
  • Total Duration:25 days
  • Best Time:March-May & Sept-Dec
  • Activities:Trekking, Historical & Cultural Excursion
  • Trekking Duration:21 day
  • Trip Start from :Kathmandu
  • Trip End at :Kathmandu
  • Accommodation:Double/Twin shearing in hotel/lodge
  • Meals:Full board in Trekking & Breakfast basis in City
  • Transportation:Private vehicles /Tourist Bus/Flight
  • Group size :2-8 pax
  • Per Day Walking:5-6 hrs

Mt. Kanchenjunga base camp trekking, leads you to fantastic areas of Nepal Far North and South Himalaya with ever present views of massive Kanchenjunga range of peaks.

Kanchenjunga the actual word as Kanchendzonga which means five jewels of snow-clad peaks in Tibetan origin, the mountain straddles the border within Nepal and Sikkim (India’s small North East State of India).

Mt. Kanchenjunga towers above 8,586 m and 28,169 ft as world’s 3rd highest mountains, across the border in Sikkim worships as one of the holy mountains where mountaineers cannot climb right up to its main top summit as the top regarded as the abode of god and holy spirits.

 The five jewels or treasures are Gold-Silver-Precious Stones, its Grain and a Holy Scriptures which refers to five adjoining peaks of Kanchenjunga.

A stunning peak of great beauty first climbed in 1955 by British Expedition led by late Sir George Band from Nepal and from Sikkim side by Indian Expeditions in 1982.

In 1979 British Mountaineer Pete Boardman stated that the trek to its base of Kanchenjunga was the most beautiful he had ever undertaken. It is a strong contender for “The most beautiful adventurous walk in the world.”

A fascinating country to visit, for once in your lifetime experience with an adventure and touch of local impressive culture that you can witness along this wonderful Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking.

Our marvelous Kanchenjunga Base Trek starts with scenic sweeping flight to Nepal Far South East, and then an exciting drive to hill town at Ilam famous for tea and its sea of Tea Garden. Where walk leads into isolated and remote country right to the end of the eastern Himalayan zone, past interesting rural farm villages and into enchanting forest of tall rhododendron-oaks-magnolia and pine tree lines.  

Tree lines and green vegetation fades as walk reaches near at Kanchenjunga South base camp within Yarlung glaciers, and then heading to our main highlight and destination at Pang-Pema where Kanchenjunga North Base Camp located.

On reaching our highest spot of the adventure with overwhelming panorama of massive Kanchenjunga with other Jannu Himal and Wedge peaks, then heading back taking an alternative scenic route to reach at the road head in Sukhetar.

At Sukhetar our walk completes taking a drive to low warm areas of south Terai belt for scenic short flight back into hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu after an outstanding and brilliant adventure on Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01:            Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m / 4,430 ft and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02:            Full day in Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour at places of interest.

Day 03:            Fly to Bhadrapur 350 m and drive to Ilam Town 1,360 m – 45 mins flight and 4 hrs drive with overnight stop at Ilam town.

Day 04:            Drive to Sukhetar 1,490 m and start trekking to Lalikharka 1,900 m-04 hrs.

Day 05:            Trek from Kande Bhanjyang 2,100m -07 hrs.

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

Day 07:            Trek to Yangphudin 2,150m at Sherpa Gaon – 07 hrs.

Day 08:            Trek to Dorongding 2,880 m – 07hrs (Cross Lashe Tham, 3,800m Pass)

Day 09:            Trek to Tseram 3,770m – 05 hrs.

Day 10:            Rest day at Tseram, Excursion to Oktang near Kanchenjunga South BC.

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

Day 12:            Trek to Ghunsa 3,480 m – 04 hrs.

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

Day 14:            Trek to Lhonak 4,780m – 06 hrs.

Day 15:            Hike to Pang Pema at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp 5,065m – 5 hrs round trip.
Day 16:            Trek to Ghunsa, 3,480 m – 08hrs.

Day 17:            Trek to Gyapla Phedi 2,300m – 07hrs.

Day 18:            Trek to Sekathum / Japantar 1,350m – 07 hrs.

Day 19:            Trek to Chirwa 1,250 m – 06 hrs.

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

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

Day 22:            Drive back to Ilam town or further – 05 hrs.

Day 23:            Drive to Bhadrapur airport and fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 24:            In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.

Day 25:            Final International departure from Nepal.

Day 01:            Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m and transfer to Hotel.
On arrival at Kathmandu international airport via respective airlines, where you will be received by our office staff and guide with warm welcome then transfer to your hotels in the hub of the city.

After checking into your rooms and getting refreshed join the other groups for briefing on
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking, our guide offers you with useful important information regarding trek and your stay in Nepal with us.

Evening includes welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant with Folk Culture program of Nepal while having your dinner.

Day 02:            Full day in Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning, depart from the hotel for exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest,  Kathmandu city and its valley steeped with historical and religious monuments temples and monasteries listed as World Heritage Sites.

After an interesting tour afternoon free to relax and preparation for Kanchenjunga base camp trekking next early morning flight to Nepal Far South East around Terai belt.

Day 03:            Fly to Bhadrapur 350 m and drive to Ilam Town 1,360 m - 45 mins flight and 4 hrs drives for overnight stop at Ilam town.

As per the flight time towards Nepal Far South East to reach at Terai belt the low land of the country, where our marvelous Kanchenjunga base camp adventure begins, a scenic flight from Kathmandu takes you to land at warmer south east at Bhadrapur airport located near the eastern border of India.

From here, an interesting drive towards cooler alpine hills covered within Japanese pines (Cyriptomerica Japanica) and sea of tea gardens to reach at scenic Ilam town for overnight stop.

Day 04:            Drive to Sukhetar 1,490 m and start trekking to Lalikharka 1,900 m-04 hrs.

Our second day starts with short drive to reach at Taplejung areas at Sukhetar, with small airstrip where flight to Biratnagar city and to Kathmandu operates on daily basis.

But the flight to and from Kathmandu –Bhiratnagar-Sukhetar is sometimes unpredictable, so we have revised this trip flying into Bhadrapur to make our itinerary program safe and enjoyable.  

On reaching at a hill town of 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 05:            Trek 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 06:            Trek 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 07:            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 08:            Trek to Dorongding 2,880 m - 07hrs (Cross Lashe Tham, 3,800m Pass)

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 09:            Trek 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 10:            Rest day at Tseram, Excursion to Oktang near Kanchenjunga South BC.

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 11:            Cross 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 12:            Trek to Ghunsa 3,480 m - 04 hrs.

The first part of the walk is on gentle down slope and then leads to a steep descend for an hour into forest of rhododendron and pines as the walk reach a level ground near Ghunsa river, from here on gradual path to Ghunsa village for overnight in a village inhabited by Bhotia tribe (Tibetan origin) with community stone houses a neat and tidy small farm.


Day 13:            Trek 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 14:            Trek 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 15:            Hike to Pang Pema at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp 5,065m - 06 hrs round
                        trip back to Lhonak - 08hrs.

Today a leisure day for hike around Pang Pema our main highlight of the adventure within North Kanchenjunga base camps, starting with gentle climb above a river with impressive 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.


Walking 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 a wonderful scenic moment overlooking massive Kanchenjunga peaks and then heading back to camp at Lhonak with wonderful photographs around Pang Pema and Kanchenjunga base camp.


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

Retrace the journey back by the same way past Kambachen to camp at Ghunsa after a long day walks.


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

From here walking on an alternative new route which allows you to see more of this beautiful country with views of mountains and walking past several scattered cattle herders summer camps to reach at Gypla Phedi, on lower alpine areas for overnight stop.

Day 18:            Trek 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 19:            Trek 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 20:            Trek 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 21:            Trek to Suketar 2,440 m -04 hrs.
Our last day of the wonderful adventure leads to Sukhetar at Tapeljung large village and town coming across more local villagers as walk leads through number of smaller farm settlement to reach at Sukhetar, this small town with an airstrip that flies to Kathmandu via Bhiratnagar city.

At present due to unpredictable flight time, which gets delayed and cancellation, to avoid the hassle flying from here we have chosen safe and best route from Bhadrapur to fly in and out to Kathmandu.


Day 22:            Drive to Ilam drive with overnight in local Lodge.

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


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


Day 23:            Drive to Bhadrapur -03 hrs drive and fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning after breakfast an exciting drive leads you to warm south east Nepal around flatland of Terai belt at Bhadrapur airport for scenic flight back into hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu, on concluding our fabulous adventure on Kanchenjunga base camp trekking.


Day 24:            In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Free day in Kathmandu reserved as extra day in case of delay on route trekking due to unfavorable bad weather and broken roads for local drive which can happen sometimes as Himalaya weather can be unpredictable.


If all goes well as per our guideline and set itinerary, enjoy the day with individual activities or join in for exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest.


Day 25:            Final International departure from Nepal.
Last day in Nepal, country of Himalayan wonders and as per your international flight time depart for homeward bound or to next respective connecting destinations.

Our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing memory and great time on Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking.

Cost Includes

  • All airport pick up drop by private vehicle
  • 03 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
  • 01 day guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle
  • Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant
  • Kathmandu to Taplejung to Kathmandu by flight
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit and Special permit for Kanchenjunga Area
  • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking
  • 01 guide, English speaking, licensed insured, registered, salary, food and accommodation paid
  • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment
  • Safe drinking water and first add kid box

Cost Excludes

  •  Nepal Visa fee (Bring accurate fee in USD and two Passport size Photo)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • Diner and lunch in Kathmandu
  • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • Extra night accommodation and lunch and dinner in city because of early arrival, late departure and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips to the trekking crews and drive
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
  • Anything not included in service includes column
" We have been trekking once with Dipak when he was our guide on two tailor-made treks in the Nepal regions of Annapurna and Everest. We had booked these treks through an agency, and we were so impressed with Dipak’s work that we stayed in contact with him. Two years later we went on a third trek..."
Norma Sherratt & Chris Sherratt ,Bristol, UK
“Everest Base Camp Trek & Jungle Safari in Chitwan” We researched many companies to book our EBC trek and after exchanged e-mails with Dipak he helped plan our EBC trek, tour in Kathmandu and Jungle Safari in Chitwan in a professional, helpful and organized manner. On arrival in Kathmandu, we were greeted at the airport with a friendly, warm welcome from Dipak and he helped settle us in at our hotel and took us out for a traditional Nepalese meal as well as organizing a day tour with guide of Kathmandu. Dipak's organization of our EBC trek was wonderful and the guide he supplied on the trek was informative, friendly and very organized in looking after us, making sure we had enough food, tea, and a decent bed for the night after a long day walking. The trek was beautiful and we had an amazing experience. We went back to Kathmandu after the trek was finished and Dipak greeted us and hear about our adventure and keep us informed about our next part of the trip - Jungle Safari in Chitwan. We stayed in Chitwan National Park for 4 nights 3 days and stayed at a lovely lodge by the river just outside the town. We went on Elephant safari, Jungle walks, bird watching, canoeing, traditional evening performance and much needed relaxing after our EBC trek. We had lovely accommodation and by the river and very helpful staff who looked after our every need. It was our first visit to Nepal and Dipak made our trip hassle free, organized and all with a warm welcome which meant we could enjoy our trek to the fullest. I would recommend Dipak and Trekking Planner services and I myself would love to return to complete some Annapurna trekking in the future and will be using Trekking Planner Nepal to do so. Many thanks for such a brilliant holiday of a lifetime! Lauren Connors Visited November 2014
We had a good trip in Nepal last year on part of the Annapurna circuit, the Jomsom trek, with Dipak as our guide. His experience and knowledge of the area are second to none and when we return to Nepal we will certainly be contacting him again. We received a first-class, personal service and, remarks from other visitors we met in various tea houses who had booked with other trekking companies, were that our package was superior to theirs. For a reliable service and interesting trek, we strongly recommend this guide and his team.
Lynne & Patrick Ward-Booth Essex,England
There are no words that can adequately describe the experience we had on the Everest View Trek (Lukla, Namche, Tengboche, the Dudh Kosi River and all the places in between). The word "Awesome" falls considerably short in describing our experience. My wife and I were recently married and from our first date, we both had always wanted to trek in the Himalayas. Deepak was the catalyst that made our Trek one of the tremendous experiences of our lives. He was knowledgeable about the mountains and the cultures. He is also a very enjoyable person to be with. And that in and of itself is extremely important if you plan any type of extended Trek. My wife and I were lucky we had the chance to have Deeps as our guide. We still keep in contact with Deeps and have recommended him to friends. Our hope is to someday get back to Nepal, and when we do, there is only one person I would want for our guide.
Mike and Molly ,USA

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