Overview

KANCHANJUNGA

Trek Code: BATE NEP 18

Trek Name: Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Grade: Strenuous

Max Elevation: 5002m/16400ft

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge/Camp

Meal: All meals on trek and Bed & breakfast in cities

Transport: Flight or Private vehicle

Trek Days: 18 

Total Days: 22

 

The Kanchenjunga Trek takes you to the region that hosts that world’s third highest peak ‘Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586 meters)’, its name translates to mean ‘the five great treasures of the high snow’. 

The trek takes you through various ecological zones, from sub-tropical to glacial wilderness. The region is the home of various wildlife, Nepali indigenous communities and ancient traditions that are still practiced today.

 

17 Nights 18 Days Available on request
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • All airport transfers as per the itinerary

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in  Hotel in Kathmandu (twin sharing)

  • 1 night accommodation in  hotel at Biratnagar as per itinerary

  • One professional English-speaking guide

  • Airfare: Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Kathmandu for clients and 1 guide

  • Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Kathmandu in local transportation for other Nepalese staff

  • Airfare: Biratnagar-Sukhetar-Biratnagar for clients and 1 guide

  • Biratnagar-Sukhetar-Biratnagar in local transport and extra wage

  • Domestic airport tax for Nepalese staff only

  • TIMS card

  • Kanchenjunga National Park Fee

  • Private transportation during sight-seeing

  • Full day guided sightseeing of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu

  • All necessary entry fees during sightseeing 

  • Twin-sharing accommodation in tented camp during trek as per the itinerary

  • Expenses of cargo for food supply and climbing equipment

  • All meals during trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee)

  • Professional licensed Trekking guide 

  • Assistant-guides depending on number of clients

  • Porter (max weight 12kg per client)

  • All camping equipment and arrangement

  • Extra porters for carrying food supply

  • 1 cook and 1 assistant cook

  • Insurance for Nepali staff

  • National park fee

  • Nepali staff daily wages

  • Fully loaded medical kit box

  • Trekking Duffle Kit Bag

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Visa fee

  • Travel insurance (must cover all risk undertaken)

  • Domestic airport tax

  • Lunch and dinner in kathmandu

  • Expenses of personal nature like phone calls, laundry etc. 

  • Personal gear (you can hire boots and sleeping bag at $2 per day each)

  • Bar bills (hard and soft drinks)

  • Gratuities for staff

  • Expenses caused due to unforeseen circumstances

  • Services not mentioned herein 

Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Pasupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Db. Square in Kathmandu

  • Breathtaking view from Air during flight to and from trek initiation point

  • A day at Kanchenjunga Base Camp

  • Walk through dense forest 

  • Encounter wildlife

  • Camping in the most remote areas of this region

  • View of Himalayan Panorama during trek

  • Taste of various indigenous Nepali culture

Itinerary


 
 
 
 
 

Days Date Itinerary Overnight
01   Arrival in Kathmandu, 1300m/4264ft Hotel (BB)
02   Tour briefing and half day sightseeing Hotel (BB)
03   Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar: 137m/449ft, an hour flight: (BB) Hotel (BB)
04    

Fly to Sukhetar, trek to Lali Kharka: 2220m/7282ft, 40 minutes flight and 3 hours walk: Lunch at Lali Kharka (Full Board)

Camp (Full Board)
05   Trek to Keswa: 2100m/6888ft, 6-7 hours walk: Lunch at Kunjari (Full Board) Camp (Full Board)
06   Trek to Mamanke: 2000m/6560ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Kabeli Khola (Full Board) Camp (Full Board)
07   Trek to Yamphudin: 1650m/5412ft, 6 hours walk, Lunch near riverside (Full Board) Camp (Full Board)
08   Trek to Lamite Jungle camp: 2920m/9578ft, 6hours walk: Lunch at Hillside (Full Board) Camp (Full Board)
09   Trek to Torontan: 3080m/10102ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Deorali Danda (Full Board) Camp (Full Board)
10   Trek to Tseram: 3750m/12300ft, 5 hours walk: Lunch at Tseram (Full Board) Camp (Full Board)
11   Trek to Ramche: 4360m/14300t, 3 hours walk: Lunch at Ramche (Full Board) Camp (Full Board)
12   Ramche – Exploration: (Full Board) Camp (Full Board)

13

  Trekking beyond the Mirgin La: 5002m/16407ft, 6-7 hours walk: Lunch at Lapsang (Full Board) Camp (Full Board)
14    
   

Trek to Gunsa: 3475m/11398ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Lamba Sumba Kharka (Full Board)

Camp (Full Board)
15   Trek to Kyapra: 2300m/7544ft, 4 hours walk: Lunch at Kyapra (Full Board) Camp (Full Board)
16   Trek to Sakathum: 1600m/5248ft, 5 hours walk: Lunch at Sakathum (Full Board) Camp (Full Board)
17   Trek to Chirwa: 1180m/3870ft, 5 hours walk: Lunch at Chirwa (Full Board) Camp (Full Board)
18    

Trek to Phurumba: 2000m/6560ft, 7hours walk: Lunch at Mitlung (Full Board)

Camp (Full Board)
19    

Trek to Taplejung – Sukhetar: 2300m/7544ft, 5-6 hours walk: Lunch at Taplejung (Full Board)

Camp (Full Board)
20   Fly Sukhetar – Biratnagar – Kathmandu: (BB) Hotel (BB)
21  

Day at leisure 

This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel
Optional activities:
Organic farm & lunch/cooking class/introductory Yoga O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu.(BB)
Hotel (BB
22   Holiday extension or final departure --

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: 1300m/4265ft (BB)

Arrival in Kathmandu where you will be met and transferred to Hotel, just walking distance to any styles of good restaurants and shops. Our Representative will give you short briefing on hotel facilities and safety. Tonight we only have a short introduction to the area, just what you need to know before the main briefing tomorrow. O/N at Hotel  in Kathmandu (BB)

 

Day 02: Sightseeing of World Heritage sites:

After breakfast, trek briefing will take place around 9 am. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you're fully prepared for the trip, and any last minute questions answered. After lunch we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. O/N at Hotel in Kathmandu (BB)

 

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar: 137m/449ft, an hour flight: (BB)

From Kathmandu we take a flight to Biratnagar. On reaching Biratnagar we make all the preparations for the forthcoming journey. O/N at Hotel in Biratnagar (BB)

 

Day 04: Fly to Sukhetar, trek to Lali Kharka: 2220m/7282ft, 40 minutes flight and 3 hours walk: Lunch at Lali Kharka (Full Board)

We take a short 30-40 minute flight to Sukhetar. After refreshment, we head to Lali Kharka with the trekking crew. On the trails, we walk by rich pastures and pristine settlements. After several descents for 2-3 hours, we arrive at Lali Kharka. O/N Camping in Lali Kharka (AP)

 

Day 05: Trek to Keswa: 2100m/6888ft, 6-7 hours walk: Lunch at Kunjari (Full Board)

As we traverse along the steep route to Pokhara village, fascinating terraced farmland unfolds soon after crossing a suspension bridge above the Phewa Khola. The route further leads to Kunjari where we halt for lunch. After lunch, we continue following the trekking trail. We get to see dense forests and sometimes a small village located on a hill, as we progress along the trail. On skirting along a gently sloping mountain path, we reach Tambawa and later Bhanjyang, where we spot several teahouses. At this point, we can capture mesmerizing sight of Kanchenjunga glowing against the sun. After having trekked for 5-6 hours, we conclude the day’s trip. O/N Camping in Keswa (AP)

 

Day 06: Trek to Mamanke: 2000m/6560ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Kabeli Khola (Full Board)

Leaving behind the terraced fields of Keswa, we follow an adventurous route to Nandeva Khola. After crossing the river, we trudge along the glaciated mountain passes. Further ahead, the route winds through dense forest and the village of Loppoding. We come across shady areas where we can rest for a while after strenuous trekking. The sinuous trail then takes us to the right bank of the Kabeli Khola. After a while, terraced fields reappear and the village of Anpan comes into view. We continue ascending till we reach Ponpe Dhara. There are shady spots on the way where we can have a brief rest. As we proceed along the trail, we see several hamlets and terraced fields stretch along the crest of the ridge. There is a rest area where we can pause for a while to bask in the fascinating sight of Mt. Jannu. We continue our descent along the winding path, as we pass through the village of Anpan and terraced fields along Khangwa Khola. We arrive at a suspension bridge. We cross the bridge and continue descending the undulating mountain passes till we reach the village of Mamanke. O/N Camping in Mamanke (AP)

 

Day 07: Trek to Yamphudin: 1650m/5412ft, 6 hours walk, Lunch near riverside (Full Board)

Beginning with an easy climb, the walk to Yamphudin is along a trail which contours the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. We cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides and the trail eventually becomes level with the river a couple of hours before Yamphudin. Along the way, we can stop to bathe in one of the many clear pools in this beautiful river. It is a truly idyllic spot and after lunch by the river, we complete the day's walk to Yamphudin. Yamphudin is the most remote settlement in this area and the last habitation we will see until we reach Gunsa. Needless to say, it is a charming place tucked away beneath the ridge of the Deorali Danda, which we must cross next. O/N Camping in Yamphudin.

 

Day 08: Trek to Lamite Jungle camp: 2920m/9578ft, 6hours walk: Lunch at Hillside (Full Board)

Beyond Yamphudin, the trail ascends a steep spur before dropping again to cross the Imje Khola. Walking through a beautiful and dense forest, we stop for lunch in a meadow atop this spur, which commands fine views of the valley beyond Yamphudin to the south and of the Imje Khola Valley and Deorali Danda to the north. A steep descent to the river brings us to our campsite in a clearing in the Lamite forest. O/N Camping in Lamite Jungle Camp (AP)

 

Day 09: Trek to Torontan: 3080m/10102ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Deorali Danda (Full Board)

From our campsite we ascend steeply for 3 hours through dense forest to the crest of the Deorali Danda. From the top, Mt Jannu is clearly visible. After crossing the pass, we descend across some fairly steep and exposed screen slopes before re-entering the forest, where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, a steep descent takes us down into the valley of the Simbua Khola and after crossing an interesting wooden bridge, we arrive at Torontan. This campsite lies amongst the towering fir trees of what is now a mainly coniferous alpine forest. O/N Camping in Torontan (AP)

 

Day 10: Trek to Tseram: 3750m/12300ft, 5 hours walk: Lunch at Tseram (Full Board)

This morning, we follow the right bank of the river, passing through pine and rhododendron forests. The trail is fairly steep and, as the day progresses, the trees become sparser and more stunted, giving us glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead and of the massive snout of the Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram, the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong peep over the moraine. We camp at Tseram, where night-time temperature plummets, reminding us that we are really gaining height. O/N Camping in Tseram (AP)

 

Day 11: Trek to Ramche: 4360m/14300t, 3 hours walk: Lunch at Ramche (Full Board)

A relatively short day's walk today to our next camp at Ramche. The scenery is magnificent as we ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and into a series of ablation valleys. A frozen lake, crystal clear streams and views of Kokthan, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of this walk into Ramche which is situated on a broad, flat ablation zone. O/N Camping in Ramche (AP)

 

Day 12: Ramche – Exploration: (Full Board)

Leaving our camp at Ramche, we take a packed lunch and set off very early for our first close encounter with Kanchenjunga. Following the valley around its sweeping curve, we come across the vast southern wall of the mountain. The ridge forms a cirque which is over 15 kms long and not less than 7500 m high. Along this ridge lie the three main summits of Mt Kanchenjunga at 8420m, 8586m, and 8474m. These three summits, jutting out into the sky presents a really grand sight. Proceeding further on towards Oktang [4630m], we descend onto the glacier and cross it to a point below Talu from where we can see the panoramic view of the mountains in the area. Especially impressive is the eastern part of Kumbhakarna Glacier flowing from the east face of Jannu (Kumbhakarna being the local name for Jannu). We then return to our camp at Ramche. O/N Camping in Ramche (AP)

 

Day 13: Trekking beyond the Mirgin La: 5002m/16407ft, 6-7 hours walk: Lunch at Lapsang (Full Board)

Leaving our campsite, we trek down the valley, passing the small settlement of Lapsang, before turning off towards the Mirgin La - the pass we must cross in order to reach Gunsa and the north side of Kanchenjunga. As we descend from the Mirgin La, the views, in particular of Mt Jannu, are simply magnificent. Our campsite will be somewhere beyond the pass. O/N Camping in Mirgin La (AP)

 

Day 14: Trek to Gunsa: 3475m/11398ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Lamba Sumba Kharka (Full Board)

A steep descent from our campsite brings us to Lamba Sumba Kharka where there are more splendid views of the awesome south west face of Jannu. From here, the going is easy. Descending on an excellent trail to the village of Gunsa, where we camp in the fields by the river. Gunsa is a Tibetan village with a tiny Gompa and prayer flags fluttering atop the wooden houses. It comes as a welcome sight after the rigorous walk of the previous days and provides an excellent opportunity to visit a strange local hostelry and sample the 'tongba' [alcoholic beverage fermented out of millet]. O/N Camping in Gunsa (AP)

 

Day 15: Trek to Kyapra: 2300m/7544ft, 4 hours walk: Lunch at Kyapra (Full Board)

From Gunsa, our route out of the mountains follows the beautiful Gunsa and Tamur Kholas and passes through spectacular forests of rhododendron, conifer, birch and oak. The valley sides here are steep and the trail follows the river as it cascades downwards. We pass through Kyapra, the last of the Tibetan villages, and, an hour or so further on, we camp in the forest at a spot called Tang. O/N Camping in Kyapra (AP)

 

Day 16: Trek to Sakathum: 1600m/5248ft, 5 hours walk: Lunch at Sakathum (Full Board)

Heading for the village of Sakathum, our route follows an undulating trail for the first couple of hours until we reach Amjilasa. From here, there is a long steep descent from which we can see the Gunsa Khola Valley stretched out before us. We camp in the fields of Sakathum. O/N Camping in Sakathum (AP)

 

Day 17: Trek to Chirwa: 1180m/3870ft, 5 hours walk: Lunch at Chirwa (Full Board)

Leaving Sakathum, we head to Chirwa. En route we meet the confluence of two rivers, Simbua Khola and Gunsa Khola at Tamur Koshi. On following the trail along Tamur Khola, many other small tributary streams come our way. After trekking for about 4-5 hours we enter the pristine village of Chirwa. O/N Camping in Chirwa (AP)

 

Day 18: Trek to Phurumba: 2000m/6560ft, 7hours walk: Lunch at Mitlung (Full Board)

The route further leads to cultivated land and rich pastures. On reaching Mitlung, we halt for a healthy lunch. Then our trail zigzags through the path of steep stones. After climbing for about 4 hours we come to the valley of Phurumba. We camp at Phurumba for the night. O/N Camping in Phurumba (AP)

 

Day 19: Trek to Taplejung – Sukhetar: 2300m/7544ft, 5-6 hours walk: Lunch at Taplejung (Full Board)

As we leave the valley, we continue ascending along the ridge for about 3 hours to Taplejung village. We can wander around the village getting familiar with village life, cultural richness, customs and local people. Thereafter, after leisurely ascents for about 2 hour, we finally reach the airstrip at Sukhetar where we conclude the trip of the day. This will be your last night with your trekking crew except trekking Guide. Trekking crew will organize a farewell ceremony, Nepali song and dance, staff members will be allowed to drink to join the party. You may want to try local drink called “Rakshi”, please be aware; it does not taste good and is very strong. O/N Camping in Sukhetar (AP)

 

Day 20: Fly Sukhetar – Biratnagar – Kathmandu: (BB)

We fly back to Biratnagar and then take a connecting flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel upon arrival. O/N at Hotel in Kathmandu (BB)

 

Day 21: Day at leisure: (BB)

This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel
Optional activities:
Organic farm & lunch/cooking class/introductory Yoga O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu.(BB) 

 

Day 22: Holiday extension or transfer to airport for final departure:

Today either you’ll have your holiday extension for another tour or we will transfer you to airport for final departure flight. Tour Concludes