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Mount Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek (20 days)

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Trip Code: NETE-IN-KNBC1

  • Trip Type Camping Trek
  • Duration 20 days
  • Grade Strenuous
  • Max.Altitude 5050m.
  • Group Size 2+
  • Travel Mode Land & Flight
Mount Kanchenjunga

Mount Kanchenjunga

Kanchenjunga Trek is an adventurous trek in the northeast of Nepal. The trek takes you on a journey to the base of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m), the third highest mountain in the world that straddles the borders of Sikkim and Tibet (China).
Kanchenjunga region that includes Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is recognized as an ecological hotspot, Gift of the Earth by WWF. The vegetation here ranges from rhododendrons, orchids and juniper in the lower belt to scrubland, grassland and meadows in the Alpine range.  As many as 23 species of rhododendrons have been recorded here along with 2000 flowering plant species. The flagship species of the area are Snow Leopard, Asiatic Black Bear, Red Panda and Musk Deer. 
The trek allows you to walk through pristine forests, experience local culture of Rai and Limbu ethnic communities and enjoy magnificent views of Kanchenjunga peaks. Simbua Khola,, Ghunsa and the Tamur valley are the three picturesque valleys of Kanchenjunga. You will have plenty of opportunity to interact with locals, learn their lifestyles and cuisines and visit beautiful monasteries and temples.  
The trek takes you to a maximum altitude of 5180m above sea level. Several high Himalayan passes including Sele La (4290m), Miring-la (4,645 m) Sinlapche pass (4,645 m) are to be crossed making the trek all the more challenging. The passes offers you spectacular views of Kanchjunga, Tuplung, Kabaru, Rathong, Jannu, Nyukla Lachung, Dromo, Kabru, Yalungkang, Kirat Chuli and Kangbachen peaks. Enroute to Kanchenjunga Base Camp, you will also get to explore the beautiful Kanchenjunga Glacier and Yalung Glacier.
Kanchenjugan Trek is purely a camping trek that requires at least three weeks to complete the circuit. However, it can be done over different duration depending on your interests and time.  Kanchenjunga Base Camp, Kanchenjunga South and North Trek, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek are some of the trekking options available in this area. 
Nepal Environmental treks & Expedition has been organizing and arranging Kanchenjunga Trek for over two decades. We have a team of well experienced and professional trekking guides, cooks and porters to make your trip successful. 
This trek has to be booked in advance period of atleast 3 months. Royalty fees are implied in this trek and the minimum number of 4 participants are required for this trek. This is the real base camp for Mt. Kanchenjunga Climbing from India, Sikkim.


 Trip code: NETE-IN-KNBC1
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 20 days
 Trip Type: Camping Trek
 Trip Grade: Strenuous
 Min. Group Size 2+
 Max Altitude: 5050m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: SEP-OCT-NOV
 Transportaion: Land & Flight
 Meals: 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Accommodation in Kathmandu
Camping Accommodation during Trek


Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive to Gangtok Check in at hotel Gangtok. Leisure overnight.

Today enjoy an Sikkimese breakfast and transfer for the city tour.
Visit the world famous Rumtek Monastery. Then in the evening briefing for the tour to Lachen.

After breakfast departure for Lachen Village, via Phodong, enroute Kabi and other Sikkimese Villages.
The Lunch for the day will be served on the way. Reach Lachen after 6 hours drive. Overnight halt at Lachen. In Lachen only the basic facilities are available here. There is no electricity. It will be a Village stay, but the nature vistas compensate all those facilities.

Acclimatization hike at Lachen to Lamo-ang-dang and back to Lachen.
Lamo-ang-dang is the New trekking route in North Sikkim and it is opening by 2007 it was a great pleasure for Company that this new trek route was reeked by our Director Operation Mr. D. Lachenpa with the Government officials of Tourism Department.

Today Hike from Lachen to Zema Chu.
(Chu means River) Zema is at an altitude of 2728m and is 6 KM from Lachen. Overnight in Tents at Zema.

Today After breakfast the trek starts from Zema to Tallem altitude (3468m).
5-6 hours walk along the Zemu River towards west. The going in this section is usually slow as the path travels through water logged Rhododendron thickets and fallen tree trunks. Lunch at Tallem and in the afternoon free for excursion in the area. Overnight at Camp.

Tallem to Jakthang (3176m) 4-5 hours walk.
Trek from Tallem to Jakthang. This route is a walk in the paradise passing through at least twenty different kinds of Rhododendron varying in colours from white to the deepest red and in height from trees of 6m to scrubs of not more than a foot. Lunch at Camp.

Jakthang to Yabuk (3978m) 4- 5 hours walk.
The path to Yabuk climbs through the forest and after about three hours of steady walking you reach the snout of the Zemu glacier. Lunch at Camp. In the afternoon free for excursion in the area.

Yabuk to Rest Camp (4570m) 5 Hours Walk.
The path from Yabuk to Rest Camp follows the Zemu Glacier; the path is mainly over boulders. As the trail opens into the valley the great peaks come into view. The Rest Camp is situated just opposite Mt Siniolchu which is one of the most beautiful peak in Sikkim.

Rest Camp to Green Lake (5050m) 4-5 Hours walk.
The trail from Rest Camp gently climbs up the valley. On a clear day this is one of the most beautiful walks in the Himalaya. Mt Siniolchu, Simvo, Twin Peaks, Nepal Peak and The Khangchendzonga are some of the giants that dominate the horizon. The Camp at Green Lake Plain.

Rest Day for sight seeing at Green Lake.
Spend the day lazing in the sun watching the panoramic view of the Great Mountains of Sikkim. Climb for about an hour or so to the hill behind the Green Lake one will come to a high point where you will get the grandest view of the Mt Khangchendzonga divide and the distant Mt Chomolhari in Bhutan.

Today trek back from Green Lake to Rest camp. Tent at Rest Camp.

Today trek back from Rest camp to Jakthang.

Today trek back from Jakthang to Tallem.

Today trek from Tallem to Zema and drive to Lachen. Over Night at the lodge at lachen.

Today after breakfast return to Gangtok. Check in at hotel at Gangtok. Leisure overnight.

Today after breakfast drive to Darjeeling. Check in at hotel at Darjeeling. Leisure overnight.

Early morning visit Tiger Hill for the world famous sunrise over Mt Khanchendzonga.
Then visit Goom Monastery and back to Hotel to enjoy the Darjeeling tea breakfast. After breakfast visit the sightseeing places in Darjeeling. The places are as follows.
Himalayan Mountaineering institute.
Happy Valley Tea Garden.
Tibetan Refugee help center and etc

Today after breakfast drive to Bagdogra and fly to Delhi. Check in at hotel at Delhi. Leisure overnight.

Today after breakfast transfer Kakarivitta, Nepal, you will then take an overnight drive from Kakarivitta to Kathmandu. (You can drive till Bhadrapur and take a flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu)


The cost includes the following services:
  • English Speaking guide
  • Porters and other staff
  • Private ground transportation throughout the tour
  • Travel Permit
  • Accommodation in hotels during the tour in 3 star hotel in twin sharing basis, breakfasts.
  • Sighseeing tour
  • Monastries entry fees.
The cost does not include:
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepal re-entry visa
  • Flights wherever applicable
  • Emergency evacuation by Helicopter
  • Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, road blockade etc.