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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

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About The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Kanchenjunga - The Five Treasures Of Snow is a awe inspiring Himalayan Massif. Its the third highest mountain in the world with 5 peaks, 4 of them rising above 8000 meters. While 2 of these peaks can be seen prominently in Taplejung district of Nepal, rest of 3 are seen from, Lhonak valley in the borders of Nepal and Sikkim.

Kanchenjunga is not allowed to climb from Sikkim, and is climbed from Nepal side. This trek goes upto the base camp of the mighty peak in the Lhonak valley offering great views of the mountain and its surrounding peaks including Rathong, Kabru, Simvo, Jannu.

If you have trekked the Goecha La and Green Lakes in Sikkim, Kanchenjunga trek in Nepal provides you a great chance to view the God from the other side.

Detailed Daywise Itinerary For Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

 

Day 1: 

Drive from Siliguri to Taplejung ( 2300m ), ~ 280 km, ~ 10 hours

We start very early from Silliguri around 5 AM.  Breakfast will be done in Kakarvitta where we change vehicles for Taplejung. Siliguri to Kakarvitta takes about 30 - 40 minutes. While entering Nepal, your bags might be checked by the officials on the Nepal side, which might take some time. Once everything is resolved, we then board our vehicle on the Nepal side which will take us to Taplejung. Its a journey of some 7 - 8 hours. After reaching Taplejung, we checkin our hotel and take rest.

 

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

 

 

 

Day 2: 

Trek to Simbhu.4 hours

We start at ease after breakfast. A gentle uphill climb of about 3 hours will take us to Lali Kharak where we break for lunch. Typical experience of the famous Dal Bhaat in Nepal. Post lunch, we trek downhill to the village of Simbhu, where we rest for the night.

 

Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

 

 

Day 3: 

Trek to Khesewa (2120meters). 5 hours

We start at ease after breakfast. An easy trek downhill to the suspension bridge over Phawa Khola after which starts our hard climb to Kunjari Danda which takes about a little more than couple of hours to tackle. We pass by  Sinchewa Bhanjyang and reach Kande Bhanjyang, where we break for lunch.

Post lunch, its an easy trek to Khesewa village for about hour and half. We spend the night here.

 

Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
 
 
 
 

Day 4: 

Trek to Mamangkhe (1920meters). 5 hours.

A gentle walk to Phumpe Danda where we break for lunch. Post lunch, climb starts to Mamangkhe which takes about 3 hours.

 
Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

 

 

Day 4: 

Trek to Yamphudin (2080meters) 6 hours.

Today its a flat walk for about 6 hours to bring us to a bigger villages on this route. Its the last settlement on this trek till we reach Ghunsa on return.

 

Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

 

 

Day 5: 

Trek to Chitre (2965meters) 5 hours.

Beyond Yamphudin the trail ascends a steep spur, a gentle introduction for what will come. Leaving villages behind we trek through pleasant forest, stopping for lunch in a meadow capturing fine views of the north and south. A steep descend to the river an interesting bridge across the Omje Khola to our campsite in Chitre

 

Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
 
 
 
 
 

Day 6: 

Trek to Toronding (3010meters) 6 hours.

A gradual uphill steep climb till Lasyatham with great views of Mt.Janu. We descend down to the forest back again to the Simjua Khola valley. Further ahead is our campsite at Torongding.

 

Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

 

 

Day 7: 

Trek to Tseram (3870meters) 6 hours.

Today we follow the river through more beautiful forest, the conifers giving way to the rhododendron forest. The valley climbs fairly steeply, with the day progressing the trees become more stunted and scattered, giving us glimpses of the snow: capped giants ahead and the massive snout of Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong peak start to peep over the moraine. Camping at Tseram, a grazing area.

 

Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

 

 

Day 8: 

Trek to Ramche (4580meters) 4 hours.

One of the most beautiful days of this trek. You are surrounded by the Himalayan beauties of Rathong, Koktang, Kabru and a high altitude lake as you cross the snout of Yalung glacier and camp on the meadow of Ramche

 

Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
 
 
 
 

Day 9: 

Exploratory Trek to Oktang (4730meters). South Base Camp. 5 hours.

Walk alongside the moraine of Yulung glacier to reach Oktang. It offers great views of the South face of Kanchenjunga and other peaks including Rathong, Kabru and Koktang. Head back to Ramche.

 

Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
 
 
 
 
 

Day 10: 

Trek to Selela over the Mirgin La (4480meters) 6 hours.

We trek down the valley, passing the turn off to the high and challenging Labsang La route to Ghunsa and the north side of Kanchenjunga. This pass is rough and dangerous, especially for porters so we take the more southern set of passes, beginning with the Mirgin La. After an initial steep climb and several false summits we reach Mirgin La. Apart from the magnificent Jannu, on the horizon are Makalu, Gyakung Kang, Everest, Lhotse and Chamalang. To the south it is possible to see down to the Terai, a panorama worth the effort. Our campsite will be beyond the pass, after 6 to 7 hours tough walking

 
Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
 
 
 
 
 

Day 11: 

Trek to Ghunsa (3475meters) 5 hours.

Although there four more passes, there is little descent between them, so in effect it is a high scenic area. After lunch the descent brings us to Lamba Sumba Kharka, where there are more views of the awesome Southwest Face of Jannu. From Kharka the going is easy again down a pleasant forested trail to the village of Ghunsa, where we camp in the village. Ghunsa is a picturesque Tibetan village; prayer flags flutter from the wooden houses and there are two monasteries, a welcome sight after the many days of wilderness.

 

Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

 

 

Day 12: .

Trek to Kampuchean (4040meters) 6 hours.

Gradually the trail ascends to south of the Ghunsa Khola and crossing flood plains while emerging on a pasture situated at the north side of the river. A steep climb to a slope from where it crosses a slide and then descends to Lakepo. A short climb from here to the village of Kampuchean

 

Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

 

 

Day 13: 

Trek to Lhonak (4790meters) 6 hours.

The trail climbs gradually through open rocky fields to Ramtang (4240m) then across moraines north - west of Kanchenjunga glaciers. Lhonak, at 4790m, is near dry lake bed on an open, sandy plain; water scarce here. There are no houses, but we can camp among the large boulders to get out of the wind. Stunning mountain views abound in all directions.

 

Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
 
 
 
 
 

Day 14: 

Explore Kanchenjunga Base Camp 5100m

It is well worth exploring the upper end of the valley to fully appreciate the peaks that make up one of the largest mountain masses in the world. The main peak of Kanchenjunga and Wedge Peak cannot be seen until we are almost at Pangpema (5140m) and to increase our chances of good mountain views, we aim to spend an overnight here. This will, however, depend on the weather and trail conditions and progress of each particular group member, which will be decided by your guide. The trail follows moraine for much of the time and due to its ever changing nature and infrequent use is often in poor condition. There are a number of alternative side trips in the area that provide impressive mountain panoramas including Tent and Pyramid Peaks and the Twins. One does not need to go far to enjoy the impressive yet varied mountain views. We aim to spend as much time as possible in the area hoping the weather will be in our favor!
 

Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
 
 
 
 

Day 15: 

Trek to Ghunsa ( 3475m) 6 hours.

 

Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
 
 
 
 

Day 16: 

Trek to Amjilosa (2460meters) 4 hours.

 

Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
 
 
 
 

Day 17: 

Trek to Chirwa(1200meters) 5 hours

We cross the Simbu Khola, which originates from Kanchenjunga’s south base camp, the Khola that we followed up from Torontan. It is pleasantly warm at these low altitudes and cardamom grows freely in the moist shaded forest. Crossing numerous small tributary streams we reach Chhirwa, a village set among large boulders. We camp in a field out of the village. This is an easier day.

 

Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
 
 
 
 

Day 18:

Trek to Suketar, 7 hrs

 

Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
 
 
 
 

Day 19:

Drive to Siliguri

 

Accommodation: Tea House/ Homestays/ Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Covid19 Safety Protocol For Himalayan Treks

Unnatural times call for an unusual response. We at Himalayan High are facing it with even more stringent safety measures to ensure our treks, trekkers, and the local support team are safe. The Covid19 Pandemic has completely changed the way we look at the World and do things. It has changed the way we trek as well. Here is a brief.

  • Small Groups of less than 15 members
  • No Fixed Camps at all. Use a single sleeping bag, mattress & sleeping bag inners throughout the trek without any mixup
  • Sanitized Transportation
  • Contactless Screening of Participants on arrival
  • Contactless Paperwork and Online Booking Procedure
  • Mandatory Sanitization Before Entry
  • Sanitized Accommodation, Linens, Sleeping Bags, etc
  • Sanitized and sun-dried Camping Equipment
  • Monitored Support Crew with extra protection of masks, gloves and frequent use of sanitizers
  • Social Distancing from other unmonitored groups
  • Daily evaluation of Health for Safe Mountain Health
  • Twin Sharing Accommodations on the trek
  • Single tent supplement available
  • Proper Dining Hygiene in Dining Tents
  • Dry Toilets in toilet tents.
  • Covid Hygiene Kit including personal Sleeping Bag Inner for free
  • Precautionary Quarantine Tents On Trek
  • Immunity-Boosting Food Menu and Drinks
  • Filtered, Boiled and Treated Drinking Water

Read more on the following link about our Covid19 safety measures to ensure a safe trek. Safe trekking in the Himalayas during COVID-19

With this protocol, we have resumed our Himalayan Treks.

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+ Quick Info
  • Duration: 19 days/ 19 nights, Siliguri to Siliguri
  • Highest Altitude: 5100m
  • Grade: Challenging ( know trek grades )
  • Best Time: Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
  • Terrain: Meadows, forest , glacier moraines, icy, snow
  • Activity Type: Trek
  • Trail Type: Same Exit Entry Point
  • Starts At: Suketar
  • Ends At: Suketar
  • Region: Nepal - Kanchenjunga
  • Country: Nepal
  • Nearest Airport: Suketar Airport
  • Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
  • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Suketar
  • Mobile Network:
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  • Temperatures:
  • Is Cloak Room Available: No
  • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan
+ Short Travel Itinerary
  • Drive from Siliguri to Taplejung
  • Drive to Suketar. Trek to Simbhu.
  • Trek to Khesewa (2120meters)
  • Trek to Mamangkhe (1920meters). 5 hours.
  • Trek to Yamphudin (2080meters) 6 hours.
  • Trek to Chitre (2965meters) 5 hours.
  • Trek to Toronding (3010meters) 6 hours.
  • Trek to Tseram (3870meters) 6 hours.
  • Trek to Ramche (4580meters) 4 hours.
  • Exploratory Trek to Oktang (4730meters) 5 hours.
  • Trek to Selela over the Mirgin La (4480meters) 6 hours.
  • Trek to Ghunsa (3475meters) 5 hours.
  • Trek to Kampuchean (4040meters) 6 hours.
  • Trek to Lhonak (4790meters) 6 hours.
  • Explore Kanchenjunga Base Camp 5100m
  • Trek to Ghunsa ( 3475m) 6 hours.
  • Trek to Amjilosa (2460meters) 4 hours.
  • Trek to Chirwa(1200meters) 5 hours
  • Trek to Suketar, 7 hrs
  • Drive to Siliguri
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+ Trek Highlights

National Parks / Forest Reserves: Kanchanjunga Conservation Area

  • Trek to the base camp of the third highest mountain in the World.
  • Array of peaks - Rathong, Kabru, Kokthang, Simvo, Kanchenjunga group of peaks, etc
  • Get an all round of Kanchenjunga 
  • The experience of trekking in one of the most remote treks in Nepal
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+ Cancellation Policy

When Should You Book?

We typically get booked about 3 - 6 months in advance. It is advisable to book this much in advance as you get early bird discounts and also your travel costs like flights/hotels/trains etc are much cheaper and confirmed if you book well in advance.

 

SPECIAL CANCELLATION TERMS DURING COVID19:  
(1st OCTOBER 2020 TILL 31st MARCH 2021 )

Considering the uncertainties during the COVID19 pandemic, we have eased our cancellation rules. 

  • Up to 3 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total invoiced amount. No questions asked.
  • 2 days to 1 day before the trek start date - We will either issue you a trek voucher with a value of 100% of the trek fee or refund 85% of the trek fee if you want us to transfer the money back.
  • Transfer Of Seat to Different Batch/ Trek: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 1 day before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  • Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 1 day before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  • Validity Of The Covid19 Cancellation Policy: The above-listed cancellation rules apply only to bookings for which the trek start date falls between 1st October 2020 till 31st March 2021.

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