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Treks & Expedition

Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp Trek

Duration
23 days
Max. Elevation
5225m
Group size
Min 2+
Level
DIFFICULT
Transportation
Land & Flight
Best Season
Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
Accomodation
2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu. Lodge or Camping Accomodation during Trek
Meals
3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Starts at/ Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Trip Route

Highlights

Overview

Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp 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 in Limbu language literally means “Five treasures of the Snow”. Kirat people and their culture and hospitality is another major attraction of this place. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Nepal Environmental Treks organizes this trek as per the trekkers’ interests and budget. Lodge-based trekking is cheaper than camping arrangements.

Trip Itinerary

45 minutes flight to Bhadrapur and take 10-11 hrs drive to Taplejung.

Stay overnight at hotel.

Three and a half hours. Walk through road a bit and then the trail narrows. Cross suspension bridges and few villages and reach Mitlung. The village lies beside Tamur river.

Stay overnight at lodge/camp. 

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.

Walk along the Tamur river bank, following the road. You will enjoy the trail through cardamom forests and Limbu and Sherpa villages.

Stay overnight at lodge/camp.

The trail goes past small patches of forests. The trail coroses Gunsa river over suspension bridges. After three hours trek, you will make a climb to Amjilasa. Amjilasa is a small hamlet with few houses.

Stay overnight at lodge/camp. 

Cross a dense forests of rhododendron for the first few hours. From hereon follow the banks of Gunsa river upstream before making an ascent to Gyapla. There are few houses in Gyapla inhabited by Tibetans and Sherpa ethnic communities.

Stay overnight at lodge/camp.

The trail continues to go through jungle with great views of rivers. You go past Tibetan refugee camps in Faleh. Follow the river and cross a suspension bridge before reaching Gunsa. Gunsa is comparatively densely populated village populated by Sherpa and Tibetan communities.

Stay overnight at lodge/camp. 

Today is a rest day at Gunsa for acclimatization. You will hike to Gunsa Ri (4000m) to see clear views of mountain peaks such as Gunsa peak, Gabur peak and Seybu Dumje peak.

Stay overnight at lodge/camp. 

Follow the river bank to enter into a thick jungle of rhododendrons. You can get great views of Himalayan peaks such as Jannu, Kumbakarna etc. In no time you will reach Khamabchen village where there are few lodges.

Stay overnight at lodge/camp. 

The trail is a bit difficult today as you will cross landslide areas. However the sight of waterfalls and Himalayan peaks will be rewarding. Lonak is a small village spread out in a big open ground near Kanchanjunga Glacier. There are few lodges that cater to occasional trekkers.

Stay overnight at lodge/camp. 

Today will be a challenging trek as you will ascend up to 5000m. It takes 3.30 hrs to reach Kanchenjunga Pangpema Base camp. The camp affords unparalleled views of Kanchejunga (third highest mountain in the world), Ramtang, Shikhar Himalayan peaks. After capturing the views, you will return to Lonak for overnight rest.

Stay overnight at lodge/camp. 

You will retrace the trails back to Gunsa. 

Stay overnight at lodge/camp. 

Climb uphill and approach a thick dense jungle to reach a ridge. The trail afterwards is gradual up and down. Selele Base Camp offer beautiful views of Jannu and Makalu peaks.

Stay overnight at lodge/camp. 

You will need to overcome two highest passes, Selele pass (4600m) and Mirgin La (4640m) passes. You will descend dramatically from Mirgin La to arrive at Cheram. Cheram village consist of few lodges.

Stay overnight at lodge/camp. 

The trail goes through jungle and rivers. Oktong Base Camp provides splendid panorama of Himalayan peaks. Afterwards return to Ramche if there is enough time or stop at Cheram.

Stay overnight at lodge/camp. 

The trail goes along the bank of river occasionally passing through dense rhododendron jungle. Throngtong is a small hamlet near the bank of a river featuring few lodges.

Stay overnight at lodge/camp. 

Take the trail through jungle and climb uphill passing through a landslide area. Once you reach Bhanjyang you will walk downhill all the way to Yamphudin. It takes about three and a half hours to reach Yamphudin, which is a big Sherpa settlement.

Stay overnight at lodge/camp. 

You will descend to lower elevation today. The landscape opens up to rice fields and villages. Pumphe Danda is a village settled by Limbu and Brahmin communities.

Stay overnight at lodge/camp. 

The trail is easy as you pass through farms and villages. A total of 5 hrs to reach Kande Bhanjyang.

Stay overnight at lodge/camp. 

The trail descends steeply and crosses a suspension bridge to enter into Limbu villages. Afterwards climb uphill through farmlands to reach Lali Kharkha.

Stay overnight at lodge/camp. 

Today is the last day of you trek. The trail initially goes through a forest and then follows road section with bits of up and down. It takes 6 hrs to reach Taplejung.

Stay overnight in hotel. 

Take a drive from Taplejung to Bhadrapur which takes about 10-11 hrs.

Stay overnight in hotel. 

Take a morning flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu. The flight takes about 45 minutes.

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Includes

    • 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.)

Doesn't Include

    • Personal nature expenses
    • Travel Insurance
    • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
    • Tips
    • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu 

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