Tour Details

  • 27 Days(s)

  • Kanchenjunga special Mountain Guide

  • English

  • 5,143m

overview

Kanchenjunga is the third tallest peak across the world. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek takes you for a trekking journey to the Eastern Nepal where you can explore the amazing mountainous terrain and scenic natural beauty. It is a popular belief that the gods reside in this Himalayan peak. This region is home to a number of wildlife and vegetations given the high summer rainfall in this region. Also, it is home to diverse ethnic groups like the Limbu and Rai so it is rich in cultural diversity as well.

In order to preserve the diverse flora and fauna in the Kanchenjunga region, it got declared as a conservation area some time back. You might even spot the elusive snow leopard and a red panda if you get lucky while trekking in this region. You get the chance to walk across steep ridges, grasslands as well as several big and small Sherpa villages on this trek. You will walk along rivers like Ghunsa and Tamur and across the Ghunsa valley which is home to the Sherpa group. This is going on an epic journey.

Tour Highlights

  • Kanchenjunga, the 3rd tallest peak across the globe and the north and south Base Camps
  • Exhilarating glacier trek along Yulung Glacier
  • Panoramic view of Makalu the 5th tallest peak across the world and Mt. Everest’s east face
  • Lush green rhododendron forest, diverse vegetation, high passes (Mring La, Sinion La, and Selele La) and agricultural land
  • Explore the rich culture and lifestyle of Sherpa, Rai and Limbu folks along with the Tibetan refugee settlements camp

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Itinerary

  • 1 day
  • Guest House

Our representative from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will receive you at the airport as soon as you arrive. You will be received with a signboard for you to identify easily at the terminal of the airport. You will be then escorted to the hotel via private vehicle.

Note: There will b pre-trek meeting either on this same day or the following day to brief about the trek. You shall be introduced to your trekking guide in this meeting. Please bring along your passport, your travel insurance policy copy, and three copies of passport-sized photographs. Also, clear any due amounts left and sign the trip contract and the non-liability disclaimer.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu. Meals are not included.

  • 40 minutes
  • 2 Star Hotel

In this day, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport where you board on the flight to reach Biratnagar. You will be transferred to the guesthouse upon reaching Biratnagar. Overnight stay at the guesthouse inclusive of breakfast. 

  • 3-4 Hours
  • Guest House

You will reach Taplejung in half an hour from Biratnagar. You will be received by our porters and other ground staff. The trekking crew will assist you in preparing for the trek. They will arrange your gear and equipment while you get lunch. We start the trekking journey as we walk for two to three hours along the ridgeline to reach Lali Kharka which is a grazing zone.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 5 Hours
  • Guest House

We transverse along the hillside for some time and then move down to the Pakora village following the Phawa Khola. We cross a suspension bridge and then climb up to get to Kunjuri. We grab lunch at a place below this place. We reach Khesewa as we walk for some hours along the ridge. We witness the amazing views of the Kanchenjunga.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 5 Hours
  • Guest House

We walk above the Kabbeli Khola, across the steep hillside; we walk past terraced fields. There will be some ascends and descends as we cross the side valley and we will stop for breaks in between. After we eat lunch, we cross the Anpan village before we get down to Khashawa Khola and cross it. We move up the terraced fields to reach the Mamankhe village.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 6 to 7 hrs
  • Guest House

We ascend to Yamohudin along the hillside above the river Kabeli. We have many ups and downs on this day. We cross streams as well as ridges along the valley sides. The trail is a flat couple of hours before we reach Yamphudin.

We can bath in the pristine pools in the river here. After we grab lunch, we head to Yamphudin where we stay for the night. This is a beautiful place.

  • 5 Hours
  • Guest House

We move up a steep path leaving the villages behind. We walk across lush green forests and then stop for lunch at a meadow with amazing panorama of the north as well as south. We climb down to a river, cross a bridge to reach our campsite at the place named Chitre from Omje Khola.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 6 to 7 hrs
  • Guest House

We start our trekking journey as we ascend for three hours to Deurali Danda as w walk across the dense jungle for the most part. We can watch Jannu at close proximity from here. We climb down on steep areas before we start walking along a forest again. We move down along a forest again to start walking down in the Simjua Khola valley. We cross a wooden bridge to reach Tortongn which is a camping site with many rock shelters amidst the conifer plants. We trek for around six to seven hours on this day.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 6 to 7 hrs
  • Guest House

We walk across rhododendron and coniferous forest following the river. We have steep climbs and we reach more arid land as we move ahead where we can see the snowy peaks and the snout of the glacier, Yalung. Before we reach Tseram, we witness the Rathong and Kabru peaks over the moraine. We camp at Tseram which is a grazing area too.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 4 to 5 hrs
  • Guest House

We head to Ramche on this day. The scenic beauty of this area will amaze us. We move up to the snout of the glacier, Yalung as we enter the valley. We get to see the frozen lake, pristine streams, majestic views of the Kabru, Rathong and Koktang peaks here. We have reached a higher elevation now.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 5 Hours
  • Guest House

We witness the Kanchenjunga from a closer distance now. We follow the valley to witness the south face of the mighty Jannu and Kanchenjunga. We walk across the glacier, Yalung Ri and by the curve in Oktang (4730 meters). We will witness the southern face of the mountain here. We will be blessed by the spectacular panorama of the three summits at the height of 8420 meters, 8586 meters, and 8474 meters.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 4 to 5 hrs
  • Guest House

On this day, we scale higher elevation as we cross the high passes if weather permits. The journey on this day is more focused on getting acclimatized with the higher altitude.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 5 Hours
  • Guest House

The Yalung Glacier and the valleys here provide us with great sites for walking as well as camping. We will see pristine frozen lakes, streams as well as amazing views while strolling around here.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 6 Hours
  • Guest House

We moved down the valley on this day as we head to the Lapsang Latrail to get to Ghunsa. The northern path will be rough and it can get dangerous so we take the southern path as we start from Mirgin La. After a steep climb up, we get to Mirgin La. We get to see amazing views of the Lhotse, Gyakung Kang, Makalu, Chamalang and the mighty Everest. We will be amazed by the beautiful view of the Terai downwards. We set our camps further away from the pass which will take us around six to seven hours of walking to reach.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 5-6 Hours
  • Guest House

On this day, we first descend down amidst the four other passes and then after getting lunch, w had to Lamba Sumba Kharka where we enjoy the beauty of the Southwest face of the beautiful Jannu. We move down along the easy path along the quaint forest to reach Ghunsa which is the site where we camp for overnight stay. Ghunsa is a beautiful Tibetan village which is popular for its wooden houses, monasteries, as well as the alcoholic drink called “Tongba”.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 6 to 7 hrs
  • Guest House

We move up to the southern part of Ghunsa river as we cross floodplains and get to a pasture near the river. We have a steep uphill climb and then we get down to the Lakeport. We move to the Kambachen village (4040 meters).

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 1 day
  • Guest House

We spend this hiking and exploring the nearby surroundings to have some time for acclimatization. We can go for a morning hike around Kambachen or you can involve in individual activities like reading a book as you please. We can savor the sight of the peaks near the Kanchenjunga or hike to Jannu Bas camp or the ridge which is above this village.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 6 Hours
  • Guest House

We climb across a rocky path to reach Ramtang which is at a height of 4240 meters. And then we cross the Kanchenjunga glacier on the north side to get to Lhonak. This is close to the dry lakebed which is on a sandy plain. We will camp amidst the boulder to avoid the wind. We will enjoy mountain views. Not that water is scarce in this region so you will have to use it very carefully; only the amount that is required.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 4 to 5 hrs
  • Guest House

On this day, we had to Pang Pema; this is the base camp for Kanchenjunga. We can see Kanchenjunga peak clearly from here. From Lhonak, we move up across a plain which gets steeper as we move ahead. We follow the path along a moraine to reach Pang Pema which is at an altitude of 5140 meters.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 5 Hours
  • Guest House

We hike yo a ridge early in the morning. This is on the north of the Pang Pema where we can enjoy the sight of the Wedge Peak, Kanchenjunga, Tent, and the Twins peak. We move down faster and then get to Kambachen.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 5 to 6 hrs
  • Guest House

We descend down through lush green forests as we head down to Ghunsa. We move across the village named Phole which has two-part. The upper part is occupied by the Tibetan refugees and the next part is the village named Ghunsa which is the destination of this day. Yanagawa is further down; it has a warm camp.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 4 to 5 hrs
  • Guest House

On this day, we walk across the forest to get too steep, grasslands after which we reach Amjilosa.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 4 to 5 hrs
  • Guest House

We climb uphill for a short time and then descend mostly. We get to the confluence of the Ghunsa and Tamur rivers.

  • 5 Hours
  • None

We walk across the Simbu Khola and then across forests where cardamom grows in the warm altitude. We get to Chhiruwa as we cross many streams. Chhiruwa is located amidst large boulders. We stay overnight at a camp we set up near the village.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 5 Hours
  • None

We walk across beautiful villages as we transverse out of the valleys. We get to Suketar in the afternoon.

Overnight stay at a tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 35 minutes
  • Guest House

We enjoy the final view of the mountains before we head back to the capital, Kathmandu. We will savor the views we see on this short scenic flight of thirty minutes.

Overnight stay at a hotel inclusive of breakfast.

  • 1 day
  • Guest House

In this way, your trekking journey with us coms to an end. You will be transferred to the airport from where you can head back to your native country or your next travel destination.

What’s included/excluded

Includes

  • Airport and hotel pickup and drop off facility via private vehicle
  • Sightseeing tour accompanied by a guide at Kathmandu via private vehicle
  • Accommodation facility at a three-star hotel at Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast (For four nights)
  • Accommodation facility at a guesthouse at Biratnagar inclusive of breakfast (For a single night)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner while trekking prepared by the culinary staffs
  • Accommodation facility in a tented camp for 24 days/23 nights (covers dining tents, kitchen gear, chair, toilet tents, dining table, water, and windproof tents on twin sharing basis and kitchen team)
  • Licensed English speaking guide while trekking
  • Porter and trekking staff to help you with your baggage (1 porter= two guests)
  • Food, lodge, transport, insurance, medication, salary and equipment for staffs
  • Important permit and fees
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket (Required to be returned at the end of the trek)
  • Airfare for Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Kathmandu along with Biratnagar-Suketar-Biratnagar (includes airport departure tax)
  • Duffel or kit bag, and a sun hat (free)
  • Entry fee for sightseeing sites or monuments
  • Farewell dinner with Nepalese cuisine alongside cultural shows
  • Government taxes, VAT, and service charges
  • All official expenses

Exclude

  • Dinner and lunch at Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance covering emergency evacuation arrangement
  • Airfare for international flights and airport departure tax

Note: You can acquire the Nepal Visa at the Tribhuwan International airport at Kathmandu upon your arrival. You can get the tourist visa for fifteen days multiple entries at USD 25 or at equivalent foreign currency. You can also get the visa with 30 days’ multiple entries.

cancellation

Kindly contact your tour operator for cancellation of the trip.

Good to know

Given that you are hiking in a region with a diverse culture and environment, there is some consideration for this trekking journey.

Do’s

  • Greet and smile to the locals by saying “Namaste” or “Tashidelek”
  • Be well aware to make yourself either to walk in the group as well as maintaining distance from the people you see walking either behind or in front of you.
  • If you are scheduling or trying something innovative during the trek make sure you consult your guide beforehand.
  • Communicate with the guide about the things you might need next day as you can pack it in your pouch while rest is supported by the porter for your suitability.
  • Contributing to the donation boxes at monasteries around the trekking zone shall be beneficial for the monasteries as they do not ticket for the visitors around this trek.
  • While you may feel uneasy and uncomfortable make sure you notify your guide while ascending higher altitude as your health is the most significant factor while ascending higher altitude.

Don’ts

  • Make sure you esteem the local culture and beliefs although it can be uncomfortable for you to believe it and remember not to criticize their beliefs and values.
  • Without prior approval of the local people in the trek, do not take images of the local people.
  • Do not sense inelegance when folks gaze at you; they are just interested in visitors and have no ill intents.
  • Do not expect profligate facilities round the trekking zone; basic accommodations can only be provided given the geographical hitches.
  • Make sure you do not harm the floras and faunas during the trek; be responsible about the environment around you.
  • Do not be liberal by providing money to folks; such an act will only boost children and beggars because it may rush them to beg even more from companions around the trek.

Note About Itineraries

We will attempt to strictly follow the timeline stated in the itinerary, while they are subject to change if any external events occur in the trek which is out of our control as safety is our precedence while you travel with us. Such external events can be an alteration in weather, campsite availability, and group’s health condition. Please recall that this trek is complex logistically so alterations may have to be made. Our trekking leader or guide will orient you to the next day’s plan each evening and note that their rational judgment has been the key to the successful trips offered by our company. Please note that these adjustments are made to ensure supreme safety and for effective achievement of the trekking journey.