During the trek, you will pass through beautiful landscapes, remote villages, and stunning mountain scenery. You will also get to experience the unique culture and traditions of the local people who call this area home. Some of the highlights of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek include trekking through the beautiful Rhododendron forests, crossing the Lapsang La Pass at an altitude of 5,160 meters (16,929 feet), and reaching the Kanchenjunga Base Camp at an elevation of 4,610 meters (15,124 feet). The trek is a challenging but rewarding trek that offers stunning natural beauty and an unforgettable experience for those who undertake it.
The Kanchenjunga Trek is a challenging trek that takes you through some of the most remote and beautiful landscapes in Nepal and India. The trek offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan range, lush forests, beautiful valleys, and high mountain passes. The trek is also an opportunity to experience the local culture and way of life of the people living in the region. The Kanchenjunga Trek is less crowded than other treks in the Himalayas, which makes it a great choice for those seeking a more authentic and secluded adventure. The trek is also an excellent opportunity for those seeking a physical challenge as it requires stamina, fitness, and endurance.
The best time to go on the Kanchenjunga Trek is from March to May and from October to November. During these months, the weather is generally stable, and the skies are clear, providing excellent views of the Himalayan range. The monsoon season from June to September can make the trek more challenging due to the heavy rainfall, which can cause landslides and make the trails slippery. The winter season from December to February is also not recommended as the temperatures can drop below freezing, making the trek more difficult.
To trek in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, you need to obtain a special permit from the Nepalese government. You also need to obtain a visa to enter Nepal and India if you plan to cross the border. The permits are issued by the Nepal Tourism Board and can be obtained through a registered trekking agency. The permit costs around $10 per person per week and is valid for a maximum of 4 weeks. You also need to obtain a special permit from the Indian government if you plan to trek on the Indian side of the Kanchenjunga region.
The Kanchenjunga Trek is a challenging trek that requires a good level of physical fitness. To prepare for the trek, you should engage in regular physical exercise, such as running, hiking, or cycling, at least three months before the trek. You should also do strength training exercises, such as lunges, squats, and push-ups, to build your leg and upper body strength. It is also essential to acclimatize yourself to the altitude by spending a few days in high-altitude areas before the trek.
The Kanchenjunga Trek offers a range of accommodation options, from camping tents to teahouses. The teahouses are basic but comfortable and offer a warm bed and meals. The food options on the trek are limited but delicious, with the most common dishes being dal bhat (rice and lentils), momos (dumplings), and thukpa (noodle soup). It is essential to carry some snacks and energy bars with you to keep your energy levels up during the trek.
The Kanchenjunga Trek is a challenging trek that requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance. The trek involves crossing high mountain passes, which can be challenging and risky, especially during bad weather. The trek also involves trekking through remote areas, which can be dangerous in case of an emergency. The region is prone to landslides and avalanches, which can occur during the monsoon season. It is essential to be well-prepared and equipped for the trek to minimize the risks.
To have a successful Kanchenjunga Trek, it is essential to be well-prepared and equipped. Here are some tips to help you:
– Engage in regular physical exercise to build your stamina and endurance.
– Acclimatize yourself to the altitude before the trek.
– Carry warm clothing, a sleeping bag, and a good-quality backpack.
– Carry a water bottle, snacks, and energy bars to keep your energy levels up during the trek.
– Respect the local culture and customs of the people living in the region.
– Stay hydrated and avoid drinking untreated water.
– Carry a first-aid kit and essential medicines.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to explore the city or rest.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
On the second day in Nepal, we will spend the whole day in the Kathmandu Valley. It is because, on this day, we have to take a special permit to enter this route. Without a special trekking permit, you are not allowed to enter in this route because it is one of the restricted areas of Nepal. And on this day, we will explore all around the Kathmandu Valley and take some rest.
Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur and drive to Illam (1210m / 2 to 3hrs)
On this day, we will take a flight toward Bhadrapur. It takes almost 45 minutes to reach Bhadrapur from Kathmandu. Once you reach Bhadrapur, we will take a local bus to move toward Illam. We start by heading east on the Mahendra Highway from Bhadrapur. Along the way, you will pass through some beautiful scenery including tea gardens and small villages. Continue on the highway for approximately 30 kilometers until you reach the town of Kanyam. At Kanyam, turn left onto the road that leads to Illam. Follow this road for around 10 kilometers until you reach the town of Illam.
Day 04: Drive to Taplejung (1820m / 6 to 7hrs)
Today, we head east from Illam on the Mechi Highway towards Kakarvitta. Continue on the Mechi Highway for approximately 73 kilometers until you reach Birtamod. At Birtamod, turn left onto the Koshi Highway and continue for approximately 80 kilometers until you reach Hile. At Hile, turn right and continue on the Koshi Highway for another 30 kilometers until you reach Dhankuta. At Dhankuta, turn left onto the Dharan-Basantpur road and continue for approximately 35 kilometers until you reach Basantapur. From Basantapur, continue on the road toward Taplejung.
Day 05: Walk to Mitlung (921m / 4 to 5hrs)
Start at Taplejung Bazaar, the main market area of Taplejung. You will need to cross a small bridge and then continue on the main road. After about 30 minutes of walking, you will reach a village called Dobhan. Continue along the road, and after another hour of walking, you will reach a village called Sinwa. From Sinwa, the trail becomes steeper and more challenging. You will need to cross several suspension bridges and climb uphill for a few hours. After approximately 4 to 5 hours of trekking, you will reach the village of Mitlung.
Day 06: Walk to Chiruwa (1270m / 5 to 6hrs)
From Mitlung, you will follow a trail that leads towards Chiruwa. You’ll need to cross a suspension bridge over the Arun River. From the other side of the bridge, the trail ascends uphill for a while. You’ll pass through dense forests and small settlements along the way. After about 2 to 3 hours of trekking, you’ll reach Tawa Village. The trail becomes steeper and more challenging at this point. After another 2 to 3 hours of trekking, you’ll finally reach Chiruwa.
Day 07: Walk to Sukethum (1579m / 5 to 6hrs)
Start early in the morning from Chiruwa. The trail follows the Tamor River and then ascends through a forested area. After a few hours of trekking, you will reach the village of Taplethok. From Taplethok, the trail continues to ascend through the forest. After a few more hours of trekking, you will reach the village of Sukethum. This is a beautiful village with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Day 08: Walk to Amjilosa (2308m / 6 to 7hrs)
The trail climbs steeply out of Sekathum and passes through dense forests of bamboo and rhododendron. After several hours of climbing, you will reach the village of Amjilosa, which is located on a steep hillside overlooking the Tamur River. The trail climbs steeply out of Amjilosa and passes through forests and several small villages.
Day 09: Walk to Gyabla (2730m / 6 to 7hrs)
The trail will cross a suspension bridge over the Ghopkyu Khola River. Continue on the trail as it gradually ascends through forests of bamboo and rhododendron. After about hours of trekking, you will reach the village of Lingering. From Lingering, continue on the trail as it climbs uphill. You will cross a few more small streams and pass through forests of pine and oak trees. After about hours of trekking from Lingering, you will finally reach the village of Gyabla.
Day 10: Walk to Ghunsa (3595m / 6 to 7hrs)
After leaving Gyabla and heading north toward the Tamur River. We will cross the bridge; the trail ascends steeply towards Phale. From Phale, the trail gradually descends towards Ghaiyabari. You can stop here for a break or continue on towards Ghunsa. The trail from Ghaiyabari to Ghunsa is relatively easy and follows the Ghunsa Khola River. You’ll pass through beautiful forests, small villages, and several waterfalls along the way. After about 3-4 hours of walking from Gyabla, you’ll reach Ghunsa.
Day 11: Rest day in Ghunsa
Today, we will take a rest day in Ghunsa, there are several activities you can do to relax and rejuvenate. We will take a walk around Ghunsa and explore the local culture. Visit the village monastery, which is an important religious site for the local people. This beautiful village is surrounded by stunning mountain views, so take some time to sit and enjoy the natural beauty.
Day 12: Walk to Khangpachen (4050m / 5 to 6hrs)
From Ghunsa, follow the trail that leads towards the north. After about hours of trekking, you will reach a small village called Rambuk Kharka. From Rambuk Kharka, the trail becomes steeper as it ascends towards Khangpachen. You will cross a wooden bridge over the Ghunsa River and continue trekking uphill. After a steep climb, you will reach a plateau from where you can see the beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains. From here, the trail descends a little and then ascends again to reach Khangpachen.
Day 13: Walk to Lhonak (4780m / 5 to 6hrs)
The trail passes through dense forests of rhododendron and pine and crosses several streams and suspension bridges. From Ramche, the trek continues toward the village of Lhonak. The trail passes through the Yalung Glacier and offers stunning views of the Kanchenjunga mountain range. After a 5 to 6 hours walk, you will reach Lhonak.
Day 14: Hike up Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143m) and walk back to Lhonak (4780m / 6 to 7hrs)
From Lhonak, the trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp begins. We will start our trekking toward Kanchenjunga Base Camp very early in the morning. The trail goes through rocky terrain and offers breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga massif. You can explore the base camp and enjoy the panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and its surrounding peaks. The base camp is located at the foot of the Kanchenjunga Glacier and offers stunning views of the Yalung Kang, Kambachen, Jannu, and other peaks. After spending some time at the base camp, you can return to Lhonak the same way you came.
Day 15: Walk to Ghunsa (3595m / 5 to 6hrs)
The trail begins by descending from Lhonak, down to the Simbuwa Khola River. From there, the trail follows the river upstream for a short distance before crossing it via a suspension bridge. Once on the other side of the river, the trail begins a gradual ascent through a forested area, passing through several small villages along the way. After a few hours of trekking, the trail reaches the village of Ghunsa.
Day 16: Walk to High Camp (4100m / 6 to 7hrs)
Follow the trail towards the north from Ghunsa, which will take you through dense forests and along the Tamur River. After a few hours of trekking, you will come across a small village called Rambuk Kharka. Continue on the trail, which will become steeper and more challenging as you climb higher. You will need to cross several streams and rocky terrain. The trail becomes even steeper as you climb up to High Camp. After another 2-3 hours of trekking, you will finally reach High Camp.
Day 17: Walk to Tseram (3870m / 8 to 9hrs)
Follow the trail that goes down the ridge to the east of the campsite. The trail will lead you through a series of steep descents on loose rock and scree, so be careful while descending. You will cross a small stream on the way and then follow the trail toward Ramche. After passing Ramche, you will cross the Simbuwa Khola River and start climbing towards Tseram. As you climb higher, the vegetation becomes thicker and the air becomes colder. You will reach Tseram after a few more hours of trekking.
Day 18: Walk to Ramche (4580m / 4 to 5hrs)
To start the trek, you will need to leave Tseram and follow the trail toward the Yalung Glacier. The trail gradually ascends through a beautiful forest of rhododendron and juniper trees before reaching the moraine of the Yalung Glacier. From here, you will have a breathtaking view of the Kanchenjunga range. Along the way, you will pass through several small villages and yak herders’ camps, where you can experience the local culture and traditions. After crossing the glacier, the trail continues to ascend through a rocky terrain until you reach Ramche.
Day 19: Hike Up Oktang (4730m /2 to 3hrs) and Walk back to Tseram (3870m / 5 to 6hrs)
From Ramche, the trail leads through beautiful forests of rhododendrons and junipers, passing through small villages and settlements along the way. As you hike up towards Oktang, the altitude gradually increases. While hiking up to Oktang offers some of the most spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga massif, including the south face of Kanchenjunga itself. After hiking up Oktang, we will back to Tseram. From the Oktang Base Camp, you will need to start your descent back down the mountain. The trail initially descends steeply from the camp. You will need to follow the Simbuwa Khola River downstream, which will take you back to Tseram.
Day 20: Walk to Tortong (2995m / 6 to 7hrs)
The trail begins by descending from Ramche to the river valley and then following the river upstream. The trail is mostly flat or gently sloping, with occasional short climbs. After a few hours of trekking, you’ll reach the village of Torontan. From there, the trail continues along the river, passing through several small villages before reaching the village of Tortong.
Day 21: Walk to Yamphudin (2080m / 6 to 7hrs)
The trail starts with a steep descent to the Simbuwa Khola River, followed by a gradual ascent through rhododendron and bamboo forests. The trail then leads to Bhanjyang. We will descend to the Kabeli Khola River and crosses it on a suspension bridge. After the bridge, the trail ascends steeply through terraced fields and small villages. The trail then descends to the Yamphudin.
Day 22: Walk to Khebang (1915m / 5 to 6hrs)
Start early in the morning from Yamphudin. The trail to Khebang is well-marked and starts from the village. Follow the trail as it winds through the forested hillsides and crosses several streams. You will pass through several small settlements along the way. As you continue on the trail, you will eventually reach the village of Khebang. The village is perched on a hillside and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Day 23: Drive to Illam (1210m / 6 to 7hrs)
From Khebang, we will take a local bus toward Illam. It takes almost 6 to 7 hours to reach Illam from Khebang. While driving from Khebang to Illam, we get a chance to enter several small villages and down of the eastern Nepal which is very awesome. After 6 to 7 hours of drive, we will reach in Illam and going to spend overnight.
Day 24: Drive to Bhadrapur and scenic flight to Kathmandu
From Illam Bazaar, take the road that goes towards Kanyam. Continue on this road for about 26 kilometers until you reach Kanyam Bazaar. At Kanyam Bazaar, take the road towards Phidim and continue for about 32 kilometers until you reach Phidim Bazaar. From Phidim Bazaar, take the road towards Kakarvitta and continue for about 28 kilometers until you reach Kakarvitta Bazaar. From Kakarvitta Bazaar, take the road towards Bhadrapur and continue for about 17 kilometers until you reach Bhadrapur. And from Bhadrapur, we will take a flight toward Kathmandu which takes only 45 minutes. From the Domestic airport, we will take you to Hotel. And in the evening, you can walk around Thamal Bazaar which is very beautiful at night time.
Day 25: Final Departure
This will be your last day in Nepal and on this day at the hotel lobby, there will be a guide who is with you in the trekking period. From the hotel, you will drive toward the international airport and see you take off from Nepal and also hope that you will give a chance to serve you again.