Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camps Trek (26 days)
|Trip Duration||26 days|
|Trip Type:||Lodge or Camping|
|Min. Group Size||2+|
|Best Season:||Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
|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 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 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 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.