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Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camps Trek (26 days)

Trip Code:KNSB1

  • Trip Type Lodge or Camping
  • Duration 26 days
  • Grade Strenuous
  • Max.Altitude 5225m.
  • Group Size 2+
  • Travel Mode Land
Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camps Trek takes you to the heart of Kanchenjunga peak with double offers of visiting both Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp. Kanchenjunga falls in restricted trekking zone so special trekking permits will be required by trekkers to visit this region. 
Kanchenjunga (8586m) is the third highest mountain in the world and second highest peak in Nepal after Everest. Kanchenjunga Massif is located in eastern Nepal in the Taplejung District. The district is one of the most remote districts in Nepal with no proper access of roads. The Kanchenjunga peak straddles the borders of Sikkim, Tibet and Nepal. 
This is perhaps one of the longest wilderness trek in the Himalayan region. The trek is mainly done on camping basis, though, nowadays, lodge and homestays are also available along the trek. 
Nepal Environmental Treks organizes this trek as per the trekkers’ interests and budget. Lodge-based trekking is cheaper than camping arrangements.
The trek starts from Taplejung and ends in Gopetar. The access to Taplejung is either through direct flight from Kathmandu to Taplejung or on a bus ride via Dharan. With recent developments on road infrastructure, it remains the shortest route to reach the Kanchenjunga North base camp.
One of the highlights of this trek is the opportunity to see colorful blossoming of rhododendron flowers. In fact Taplejung is known for many flowers and has the greatest cluster for rhododendron. The forests are natural and dense, home to such endangered species as snow leopard, red panda and black bear. 
Kanchenjunga in Limbu language literally means “Five treasures of the Snow”. Kirat people and their culture and hospitality is another major attraction of this place. 

 Trip code: KNSB1
  Region Kanchenjunga Region Trekking
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 26 days
 Trip Type: Lodge or Camping
 Trip Grade: Strenuous
 Min. Group Size 2+
 Max Altitude: 5225m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
 Transportaion: Land
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu.
Lodge or Camping Accomodation during Trek

Drive from Kathmandu to to Taplejung. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Taplejung (1820m.) to Sinwa (980 m) takes approximately 6 hours. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Sinwa to Lelep (1750 zm) or Tamewa takes approximately seven hours. Crossing a suspension bridge over Tamur River you follow quite a flat route. Your hike continues along the bank of Tamur Koshi through paddy fields and bee hives. You frequently cross through small jungles of cardamom plants and other natural vegetation. You can see some small village stretching at a far distance. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Lelep to Amjilosa (2308m.) takes about five hours. The first one and half-hour you trek through normally flat land. Then your trail is a steep ascent up to Amjilasa. Amjilossa is a small village with a few houses and yak herds with local shops where you find minimal supplies Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla takes about seven hours. The trail is quite flat in the beginning and gently ascends to Gyabla passing through the jungle. Human settlements are visible at Gyable.  People living here follow the Buddhist culture. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3468m.) takes about six hours. Your trail passes through a dense green jungle. You can see Gunsa River down the trail. The trail passes through a few human settlements and it is clearly visible that their life style and culture has been inherited from Tibet. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Rest day at Ghunsa for acclimatization. This is a day to rest to acclimatize and do some excursions in and around Ghunsa. Ghunsa is a relatively larger town and inhabited by Tibetan people. The trekkers come across a few check points at Ghunsa. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4124m.) takes about seven hours. The trail makes a gradual ascent along the south bank of the Gunsa Khola, then crosses a boulder strewn flood plain and cross back to Rambuk Kharka on the north side of the river. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4780m.) takes about seven hours. The trail climbs gradually through open rocky fields to Ramtang at 4240m, then across moraines north-west of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. Lhonak, at 4790m, is near a dry lake bed on an open, sandy plain; water is scarce here. There are no houses, but you can camp among the large boulders to get out of the wind. Terrific mountain views abound in all directions. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Lhonak to Pangpema (5152m.) takes about four hours.
From Lhonak, the trail ascends gradually across the plain, and then gets a bit steeper as it follows the moraine. The views are dramatic, but you cannot see Kanchenjunga or Wedge Peak until you are near Peng Pema. The spectacular main peak of Kanchenjunga, and a panorama of other peaks that make up one of the largest mountain masses in the world, tower over the single roofless hut at Pang Pema. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Pangpema to Kanchanjunga (North) Base Camp (5280m.) to Lhonak takes approximately six hours. Here you can enjoy the snow capped mountains and the Kanchenjunga glacier. During the middle of the day, the falling avalanches totally captivates your. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa takes about seven hours. Now you trek to a descending path crossing the jungle along the Kambachen River. Somewhere you can see the Mani walls and prayer flags hanging over the trees. At a point, you have to cross a wooden bridge. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Ghunsa to Mirgin La (4583m.) takes about seven hours.
By ascending, you pass through a jungle. Here also you can see Mani walls and prayer flags hanging over the trees. While trekking, you can also catch glimpses of the various mountains. You can spot various animals like mountain goats and yaks grazing over the green hills. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Mirgin La to Tseram (3725m.) takes about seven hours.
You trek through almost desert like areas and in some places you cross the trail is stony. The path ascends from Mirgin La to Tseram. On the path, you can see Lapsang La glacier, Mirgin La glacier and snow-capped mountains. There are very few stone roof houses at Tseram and also some yak huts. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4580 m.) takes about 4 and half hours. The trail continues alongside the Simbuwa River. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Ramche to Oktang (5225m.) takes about four hours. You trek through moraines. On the trail, you can see the Yalung glacier and Lapsang glacier. You can also see mountain goats as you cross through a desert like area. The view of snow-covered mountains and Kanchenjunga is absolutely magnificent. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Excursion to Kanchanjunga Base Camp (South) takes about six hours. The trekkers have to walk through moraines and strenuous rocky path. Trekking this day is pretty adventurous as you have to walk along the glaciers. Today you cross the Oktang glacier. The panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and Mount Jannu will mesmerize you. Some parts of the area touch the neighboring India. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Oktang to Tortong (2995m.) takes approximately seven hours. You trek following a stream alongside the moraines of Yalung Glacier. The path is quite loose and rocky. Mani walls and prayer flags will be seen hanging over the trees. Along the way, you will see the difficult route of Lapsang La pass at a distance. There are very few stone roof houses at Tseram and some yak huts. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Tortong to Yamphudin (2090m.) takes about seven hours.
 The trails normally ascend up to Lasiya Bhanjyang and then descend to Yamphudin crossing a small river. Yamphudin is a mixed community of Sherpas, Limbus, Rais and Gurungs. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang (1740m.) takes about seven hours. In the beginning, you descend to cross the Omje Khola up to halfway. Now you ascend through a jungle of cardamom and orchid plants. You pass a small village where you can find different human settlements, small thatched roof houses and local shops with minimal supplies. From here, the trail is ascends up to Khebang Danda and then you descend to Khebang village. Khebang is a comparatively big village where the local people follow the Hindu and Buddhism faiths. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Drive from Khebang to Danda Gaon takes approximately five hours. You also trek along the flat and low land crossing paddy fields and thatched roof houses. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Dada Gaon / Panchami to Thorpu which takes about 4 hours. Thorpu is a small town where transportation facilities are available. There are many villages on the way where you can buy things you may require from the shops in these villages. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Trek from Thorpu to Gopetar (2250m.) takes about six hours. First of all, you ascend through the small villages up to the last destination, Gopetar. It is a town with a few small restaurants, teashops and other some local bars. From here, you get on your bus to reach Phidim and finally on to Ilam. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Drive from Gopetar to Kathmandu via Phidim (1264m.), Ilam and Jhapa. En route, you will see diverse landscapes with beautiful sceneries of forest, rivers, tea plantation, paddy field, etc. 

The price includes the following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private car
  • Special trekking permit for Kanchenjunga Area
  • Entry permits for Kanchenjunga Conservation Areas
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • One trekking guide
  • One porter (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges (teahouses) during the trek
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket, duffle bag and trekking sticks if equired
  • All land transportation before and after the trek by regular public bus
  • Insurance and equipments for all guide and porter
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will    provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

The price does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu 

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels.We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category of hotel you would like to stay in.
    Robert – jan ,

    This country has a special place in my heart.

    Thanks to all of the crew who helped us to fulfill our Kanchenjunga trek. I may return to Nepal, somehow this country has a special place in my heart: nature and helpful people but: the real vacation starts when you leave Kathmandu. 
    We have seen this city now enough times. 
    Take care. 
    Robert – jan 
    Netherland (NL) 


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