Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek (20 days)
This is a highly adventurous trek that takes you through some of the most rugged mountainous terrain on earth to the foot of Kangchenjunga (8586m), a huge massif situated in the far northeast corner of Nepal on the borders of Sikkim and Tibet. The trails take you across contrasting sceneries that vary from the subtropical lowlands to stunning glacial plateaus at real high altitudes that pour into pristine valleys and beautiful Rhododendron forests.
Kanchenjunga in Limbu language literally means “Five treasures of the Snow”. The tranquil villages on the borders of Sikkim and Tibet add other dimensions to this highly adventurous trek.
Your journey to this area starts from the tropical lowlands which gives way to great rhododendron forests and lovely villages of east Nepal. It is one of the most remote and least visited areas. The trails climb from 1200 meters (4,000ft) to 5180 meters (17,094 ft) above sea level. This is a purely camping trek where one gets to see and interact with various cultures, societies and the nature of the place along which one treads.
|Trip Duration||20 days|
|Trip Type:||Lodge or Camping|
|Min. Group Size||1|
|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 Basantpur via Dharan(428m.), Dhankuta (1158m.) and Hille(1822m.) by bus. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Basantpur to Chauki (2400m.) takes about five and half hours. The path passes through rhododendron forests. If the sky is clear, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Mount Makalu and Kanchenjunga Himal. On the way, you can see some small human settlements. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Chauki to Gupha Pokhari (2940m.) and then to Gurja Gaon(2145m.) takes about five and half hours. While trekking through this way, you pass through rhododendron forests. At a point, you come across a pass situated at 3000 meter. Gurja Gaon is occupied by Buddhist and Hindus. It is situated at low elevation. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Chirwa to Sekathum (1635m.) takes about five and half hours. Your trek passes through a small jungle along with the bank of river. The trail follows an uneven path. You cross a small hanging bridge before you reach Sekhathum. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Sekathum to Gyable (2785m.) takes about seven and half hours. The first one and half-hour you trek through normally flat land. Then your trail goes steeply ascent up to Amjilasa and now gently ascends to Gyable passing through jungle. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Rest day at Ghunsa for acclimatization. This is a day to rest in order to acclimatize and excursion in and around Ghunsa. Gunsa is also rich with Tibetan and Buddhist culture. Ghunsa is relatively larger town. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4124m.) takes about six and half hours. The trail makes a gradual ascent along the south bank of the Gunsa Khola, then crosses a boulder strewn flood plain and crosses back to Rambuk Kharka on the north side of the river. Beyond the slide, the trail drops to the single locked hut at Lakep, then traverses to Khambachen, a Tibetan settlement of about a dozen houses at 4040m. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak(4780m.) takes about six and half 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. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Lhonak to Pang Pema(5152m.)takes about three and half hours. From Lhonak, the trail ascends gradually across the plain, and then gets a bit steeper as it follows the moraine. You can drop off the moraine and follow the bottom of the valley to avoid the steeper section. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Pangpema to Kanchanjunga (North) Base Camp (5280m.) to Lhonak approximately three and half hours. Here you can enjoy the snow capped mountains and Kanchenjunga glacier. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa takes about five and half hours. Now you trek in descending path crossing the jungle along the river Kambachen river. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Chirwa to Linkhim. You can however, avoid the steep climb from Doban by contouring up the side of the valley instead. From Chirwa, start uphill, passing through Diwa village. The trail drops into a large side canyon, and then climbs back to the ridge before reaching Linkhim. Stay overnight in lodge or camp.
Trek from Linkhim to Suketar. Trek in and out of side canyons through the small Limbu villages of Helate, Pumbur and Phurbu to a ridge overlooking a monstrous slide area. Climb above the slide area to the Sherpa villages of Bung Kulung and Lakchun and you can get directly to the airport without going into Taplejung. Stay overnight at Suketar in lodge or camp.
Fly out from Suketar to Kathmandu via Biratnagar takes approximately 1 hour.