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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

  • Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Overview

"Kang-chen-zod-nga", means "Five Great Treasuries of the Snow", but in fact it has seven major peaks. Kanchenjunga (8,585m) third highest mountain in the world, is the abode of gods who present wealth and goodwill on them and their lands, while to the climbers of this mountain the phrase "Five Great Treasuries of the Snow" takes on a slightly more ominous tone. The landslide at Kanchenjunga are said to be the largest anywhere!

Since the locals respect the mountain, there is a tradition among mountaineers not to stand on the actual summit. All successful climbers have stopped just short of the summit honoring an old promise made by the leader of the first successful attempt in 1955 to the Maharaja of Sikkim.

Kanchenjunga lies on the eastern border of Nepal that provides a great chance to experience the remoteness, incredible mountain scenery, various flora and fauna and rich local culture, quite different to those found further west.

We begin the journey to Kanchenjunga with a flight from Kathmandu to Taplejung (Suketar). From Suketar the trek leads to Chauki through the villages of Mitlung, Ghunsa, Khambachen and Lhonak to Pangpema (5,140m) which is also the base camp for expeditions attempting the North Face of Kanchenjunga II and the culmination of the first part of the trek.

Summarize circuit

Day  01 - Arrival at the Tribuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m).

The representative of Two Brothers Trek and Expeditions will heartily welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel.You take rest and enjoy your meal in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu

 

Day  02 - sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley.

After breakfast, we set out for the city sightseeing to the historical monuments. You will visit UNESCO world heritage sites, which include Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Darbar Squar, Bhaktapur Darbar Square, Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath. We will give you briefing about the trekking you begin from tomorrow at hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

Day 03 - Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar - 40 mins, transfer to guesthouse

Today we fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar in the afternoon flight. It is 40 minutes flight. Overnight in Biratnagar

 

Day 04 - Early morning flight to Taplejung (2,320m) - 30 mins. Trek to Lali Kharka (2,276m) - 3 hrs. 

In the early morning flight we fly from Biratnagar to Taplejung. In the afternoon we start with an easy walk along the ridgeline to Lali Kharka. Overnight in Lali Kharka

 

Day 05 - Trek to Khesewa (2,120m) - 5 hrs.

The trail now makes a long descend to the village of Pakora along the Phawa Khola, crossing the suspension bridge before beginning the steep climb up towards Kunjuri. After walking for a while we reach Khesewa village. Overnight in Khesewa

Day 06 - Trek to Mamankhe (1,920m) - 5 hrs.

The trail passes through few ups and downs on the west side of Kabeli Khola. Crossing the Kashawa Khola finally, we climb through terraced fields to the village of Mamankhe. Overnight at Mamankhe

 

Day 07 - Trek to Yamphudin (2,080m) - 6 hrs.

The trail passes through more ups and downs on the hillsides above the Kabeli Khola until the trail descends some stone steps to the river itself. A gradual climb up to the ridge and then through the terraced fields brings you to Yamphudin. Overnight in Yamphudin

 

Day 08 - Trek to Chitre (2,965m) - 5 hrs.

From Yamphudin the trail ascends to reach Chitre. The trail passes though the pleasant forest and descends to the river. Finally we reach Chitre. Overnight in Chitre

 

Day 09 - Trek to Tortongn (3,010m) - 6 hrs.

The trail begins a long ascent to cross the Deurali Danda ridge. The sharp descent through beautiful forest continues down into the valley of the Simjua Khola. After walking for a while along the river we reach Tortongn. Overnight in Tortongn

 

Day 10 - Trek to Tseram (3,870m) - 6 hrs.

The trail passes through the rhododendron and pine forest and takes us to Yalung Glaciers. We camp at Tseram, a grazing area. Overnight in Tseram

 

Day 11 - Trek to Ramche (4,580m) - 4 hrs.

Today is a short hike from Tseram to Ramche. We can have the clear view of Koktang, Rathong and Kabru from Ramche. Overnight in Ramche

 

Day 12 - Explore around Ramche (4,580m) and trek to Oktang (4,730m) - 5 hrs. 

We feel that the temperature is gradually decreasing so we acclimatize in Ramche. We will see the Kanchanjunga clearly for the first time from Ramche. We trek across the Yalung Ri glacier and reach Oktang. Overnight at tented camps

 

Day 13 - Trek to Yalung Ri Base Camp (5,400m) - 5 hrs.

Today we will trek to higher altitude. The crossing of high passes requires good weather and perfect logistic support. Overnight in Yalung Ri Base Camp

 

Day 14 - Trek back to Ramche (4,580m) - 5 hrs.

We trek back to Ramche from Yalung Ri Base Camp. A frozen lake, clear streams and magnificent view makes us speechless. Overnight in Ramche

 

Day 15 - Trek to Sallerle over the Mirgin La (4,480m) - 6 hrs.

After an initial steep climb and several false summits we reach Miring La. You can have the magnificent view of Makalu, Gyakung Kang, Everest, Lhotse and Chamalang. Overnight at tented camp

 

Day 16 - Trek to Ghunsa (3,475m) - 5 hrs.

The trail descent to Lamba Sumba Kharka from where you can view the beautiful southwest face of Jannu. Continue descending through the pine and rhododendron forest we reach Ghunsa. Overnight at tented camp

 

Day 17 - Trek to Kambachen (4,040m) - 6 hrs.

The trail gradually ascends to south of the Ghunsa Khola. The trail goes through ups and downs and reaches Lakepo.  After a short walk from Lakepo we reach the Kambachen village. Overnight in Kambachen village

 

Day 18 - Exploration day at Kambachen

Today we acclimatize at Kambachen to get rid of altitude sickness. You can rest and hike around the Kambachen village. You can also go for a hike to Jannu Base Camp. Overnight in Kambachen

 

Day 19 - Trek to Lhonak (4,790m) - 6 hrs.

The trail ascends to Ramtang and cross the northwest of the Kanchenjunga Glacier to reach Lhonak. It is a windy spot so the best campsite is on the grass close to the hillsides. Overnight in Lhonak

 

Day 20 - Trek to Pang Pema (5,140m) - 4 hrs.

From Lhonak, the trail gradually ascends across the plain but soon gets steeper as it follows the moraine. As Pang Pema is reached the view of Kanchanjunga and Yalung Kang becomes clearly visible. Overnight in Pang Pema

 

Day 21 - Explore around the Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5,100m) and retrace your steps to Kambachen - 5 hrs.

You can relax and enjoy the atmosphere of Kanchanjunga Base Camp. We will have easy descent back to Kambachen on the same day. Overnight at tented camps

 

Day 22 - Trek to Ghunsa - 6 hrs.

The trail continues to descent back to Ghunsa. From Ghunsa the trail again descent to Phole, where the valley narrows. We camp further down in Yangswa. Overnight at tented camps

 

Day 23 - Trek to Amjilosa (2,460m) - 4 hrs.

Crossing the dense forests of bamboo, fir and scattered rhododendron we reach Amjilosa. Overnight at tented camps

 

Day 24 - Trek to Sakathum (1,600m) - 5 hrs.

After a short climb a steep descent is made into the deep, narrow and steep sided valley. Overnight at tented camps

 

Day 25 - Trek to Chhiruwa (1,200m) - 5 hrs.

While returning from Sakathum, we cross the Simbu Khola, which originates from Kanchenjunga’s south base camp. Crossing numerous small streams we reach Chhiruwa.

Overnight at tented camps

 

Day 26 - Trek to Suketar (2,420m) - 5 hrs

Crossing the beautiful villages today we trek from Chhiruwa to Suketar. Overnight at tented camps

 

Day 27 - Fly back to Kathmandu.

Collecting the memories and pictures of trekking we fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

 

Day 28 - Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Today you can do shopping and general sightseeing of Kathmandu valley. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

 

Day 29 - Transfer to the international airport for your final departure.

Your beautiful journey to the country of Himalayas ends today. The representative of Two Brothers Trek and Expedition will drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport before 3 hours of your scheduled flight and wishes to have a safe journey.

 

Trip Inclusion

What is included?

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotels or three star equivalents hotel in Kathmandu (Breakfast included).
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners)
  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek.
  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek.
  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

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