Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

$ 3,250.00

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek of Raconteur Adventure is your amazing holiday of 26 days where you will visit and experience east Nepal. Out of 26 days, you will do trekking for 21 days. Kanchenjunga region is less populated and renders you a peaceful trek experience. Trekking of 21 days covers 220km in area and rewards you amazing view of lush tropical jungles with blooming rhododendron, oak, and chestnut trees. This whole journey is all fulfilling as you will reach the base camp of the world’s third-highest peak.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Get a rich wholesome experience during a journey made through the natural magnificence and simplicity of locals until reaching the base of the world’s third-highest peak.
  • Travel crossing Mirgin La Pass (4500m), trek to one of the ice Base Camp, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp and rest overnight at Pangpema at 5140m above the sea level.
  • Embark on the journey taking you through a glacial torrent of Tamur and Ghunsa rivers and to their source on the northwest side of Kanchenjunga Mountain.
  • Wholesome walk experience passing alpine meadows and wetlands at high altitudes in the most beautiful setting.
  • Get to the north base camp of Kanchenjunga to savour stunning view of the North face of Jannu(Kumbhakarna)
  • Get a stunning view of Mt. Kanchenjunga massif, Makalu range and encompassing peaks including Jannu.
  • Savour your camera partner with some stunning capture of flora, fauna and mountains never seen anywhere.
  • Set your foot into a sea of ice and glaciers to reach the lap of Mt. Kanchenjunga.
  • Traverse on difficult and challenging terrain passing through a region barely explored and visited.
  • Spend some quality time with the Tamang, Rai and Sherpa people of the region.
  • Walk passing through remote villages of Gurung, Rai, Limbu and Sherpa locals.
  • Discover the village, and culture of the Limbu ethnic community.
  • Explore the very little wild region in paradise Nepal.

KBC trek, permits and terrains

Trekking in this region is more restricted than other trekking regions of Nepal. You need a local guide and you cannot travel solo here as single permits are not issued for the Kanchenjunga region. Moreover, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek of Raconteur Adventure takes you to both the north and south side base camps of mountains. And base camps here are small and are operated for rather small groups. Raconteur Adventure takes care of all the logistics and has a team of highly experienced and professional staff for your safety and fulfilling experience.

Trekking to Kanchenjunga Base camp passes through the Arun valley. Arun valley is one of the most stunning villages one can see during the trek.  This Kanchenjunga Base Camp is in the Kanchenjunga Conservation area which has an area of 2035 square kilometers. Trekking in Kanchenjunga requires more than your physical fitness, this trek needs patience and practice as it’s long at 220km and we will trek for three weeks. Terrains you encounter in your trekking journey are rough, have rocky paths and there are some long hills for you to conquer during the trekking journey to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. During your trek, you will meet with short ropes installed in rough terrains to help you pass the journey. These ropes are here for your safety and help people get assistance on short rocky paths. But mind you, you don’t need climbing skills to get past these assisting ropes.

Trekking route

As trekking continues, tracks are easy for you to set foot on and the path follows valleys and rivers enriching your overall journey experience. From easy paths, the track ascends over shoulders and ridges. This ascend is steep and rough, and then there is uphill compelling you to follow zig-zag routes.

Kanchenjunga region resembles isolation and has limited access to medical help. So, it is very helpful for you to train your body in your homeland by doing multi-day trekking carrying some loads in the back. As a result, this will help your body adapt to the challenges coming during the trek. You can go to the gym, do swimming and do so p cardio exercises to prepare for this amazing Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek of Raconteur Adventure.

Temperature

As, you approach our ultimate destination, the base camp, trekking naturally gets slow because of altitude. So, it is very necessary to rest and relax during the trek. During this trek, you will face a range of temperatures, which depends on altitude and time of day. When you will be in mountains with an altitude of 1000m to 3500m, the night is cooler with a temperature averaging around 5°c. Day temperature is around 25°c. As you trek more into high altitude, temperature varies from 15°c to -20°c at night. So, keeping in the mind the challenges this temperature can bring, you need to be warm and have protection layers for cold and the sun. It is also of absolute necessity to have nice food and comfortable sleep.

Accommodation

In trekking of this nature, you will be getting accommodation in lodges offering you western and Nepalese food and there is always the choice of camping where porters and our staffs will do the needful. In some places in this trek, the choice in lodges gets more traditional giving you the choice of Nepali food only. Nepali food is Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari which is rice, pulse soup, and veggies. It is a good idea to have a water purifier with you and we encourage you to drink only boiled water.

The itinerary designed here by Raconteur Adventure allows enough time for acclimatization, and our safety kids include medicine for managing high altitude sickness like Dexamethasone and Diamox. We do trek with full safety by preparing for the worst as we have trained staff in first aid in the mountains. For trekking of this scale, it is advised to go slow, have hygienic meals and sleep well. You don’t need extra vaccination to do this Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

Flora and Fauna

The whole trekking experience is rich and meaningful with added numbers of variety in flora and fauna. Trek commences from Taplejung where you will enjoy forests having maple, birch, and chestnut trees. You can see terraced farmed lands along the trek in this region. As you enter Chitre, you will experience upper-temperature vegetation consisting of rhododendron, firs, orchids, and pines. As you trek uphill from here across the Sele La(pass) to Ghunsa, the subalpine and alpine climatic zone welcomes you with open meadows, shallow and dwarf shrubs. Kanchenjunga Base Camp is at an altitude of 5143m in icy and rocky landscapes.

Some of the animals you are likely to see and encounter are Himalayan black bears, Snow Leopard, and Red Pandas. Common bird species are blood pheasant and chestnut breasted partridge. Some time is better than others to do this trek.

Best Season

The idea time to engage in Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is in April, May, early June and in October, November to early December. During this time, the weather is stable, the sky is clear, days are warm and nights are cool. While trekking experience is peaceful and quiet compared to the trekking done in the central region. Kanchenjunga translates to “Five Great Treasures in the Snow”. Kanchenjunga was considered the highest peak in the world until Mt. Everest was discovered in 1856. There lie five peaks in the Kanchenjunga range and locals believe each of these peaks is a repository of treasures like gold, silver, gems, grains, and sacred text. Kanchenjunga mountain is a sacred mountain.

As it is considered sacred, climbers don’t stand on the summit. The main Kanchenjunga peak is 8586 meters with other four accompanying summits with altitudes over 8000m. These summits include Kanchenjunga West which is also known as Yalung Kang(8,505m). Around these massif mountains, three are twenty peaks with an altitude of more than 7000m. The highest among these twenty is Kambachen(7,903m) with other mountains like Jannu(7,710m), Jongsong(7,483m), Kabru(7,353m), Tent Peak(7,365m), and the Twins(7,350m)

The list doesn’t end here. As five major glacial systems are here in huge clusters of peaks. Out of five glacial systems, Zumu, Talung, and Rathong flow into Sikkim and the west, Yalung, and Kanchenjunga glacier flows descending into Tamor river of Nepal.

Kanchenjunga Peak is visible from Sikkim, India too. You can explore and experience the warm hospitality of the Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, and Gurung communities. As the Kanchenjunga region is the restricted region you need special permits, one a Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP) and a Restricted Area Entry Permit for trekking in Tapethok and Yamphuding VDCs.

Trekking Permit Cost for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP) is NRS 2000 per person and you can acquire these permits with no time limitation.
  • Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit(RAP)- USD 10 per person, per week.

Just don’t worry, book this trekking itinerary with Raconteur Adventure, we will take care of all the logistics and needful We guarantee you the highest class of service and has all the needful assets to make your Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek worth remembering.

Image Credits;

Photo by Amey Meher on Unsplash

Photo by Farhan Khan on Unsplash

Included

  • Accommodation, Food, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • All typical Meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Raconteur Adventure personnel standby during emergency
  • TIMS permit (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Hotel and Airport pick up and drop by car, bus and van
  • Lodge and homestay accommodation in the mountains
  • Star category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Trekking Guide and Porter
  • Domestic airfares (on request)
  • Park Fees wherever applicable
  • 3 Cup of tea during the trek
  • All your trekking permits
  • All government taxes
  • Official expenses
  • First-aid Kit
  • Map

Excluded

  • Your expenses might include room service, internet charges, laundry, bar bills, telephone bills, etc.
  • Trip Cancellation cost, Loss theft and damage to your personal items
  • Sightseeing and activities other than those mentioned
  • Lunch and dinner are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • International Plane fare and taxes in the Airport
  • Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment’s
  • Travel Insurance which is mandatory
  • Tips and Gratitude’s (expected)
  • VISA Fees

Checklist

  • Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
  • Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
  • Bathroom kit (Toilet papers, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)
  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
  • 4 passport sizes photo with original passport
  • Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries
  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • Windproof and waterproof trousers
  • The warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
  • Best energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Water and windproof shell jacket
  • Power Bank and music players
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Wool Jackets or pullover
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Light shoes and sneaker
  • Extra casual sport pants
  • A pair of half gloves
  • Long sleeve t-shirts
  • Water purifying pills
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Blister treatment
  • Pair of sandals
  • Warmer trouser
  • Neck warmer
  • Thermal Tops
  • Center Body
  • Socks liner
  • Sunglasses
  • Daypack
01

Day 01

Arrival

On the first day of this trek, we will welcome you to the capital, Kathmandu, and will assist you through cultural shock as you enter Kathmandu out of the airport and will assist your check-in at the hotel in or around Thamel.  Overnight at Kathmandu.

1350m

3/4/5 Star Hotels

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

02

Day 02

Rest day, Kathmandu Sightseeing and briefing

On the second day of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, we will enjoy and experience different facets of Kathmandu taking you through a sightseeing journey of art, culture, and religion of the capital. In the evening, we will brief you on the necessary information for the trek ahead. Overnight again in Kathmandu.

1350m

3/4/5 Star Hotel

Breakfast & Dinner

03

Day 03

Fly to Biratnagar from Kathmandu

After having breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu, we will drive to the airport, reach the domestic terminal, board a flight and go to Biratnagar. This flight is just 1 hour and 30 minutes.

 35 Minutes

3/4/5 Star Hotel

Breakfast & Dinner

04

Day 04

Biratnagar-Suketar-Mitlung (5-6 hours), 921m

We will fly to Suketar from Biratnagar after breakfast at hotel. Suketar is airfield above Taplejung. It is also possible to fly directly to Taplejung. As we reach Suketar, we will do easy trekking taking us Mitlung via Surke Dadna ridge.

20 Minutes

921m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

05

Day 05

Mitlung-Chirwa (5 hours), 1270m

The day fifth is challenging as we will start the trek on rough paths above the river. The trekking route passes through amazing and lively villages of Sinwa, Tawa, and Porke. The valley narrows passing over land landslide debris. Then trail across the Thiwa Khola River descend on a wooden bridge. Then, you will reach Chirwa following ups and downs. Chirwa is a beautiful village with house-made of bamboos and has huge boulders. It has a bazaar with few shops to buy souvenirs for a remembrance.

5 hours

1270 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

06

Day 06

Chirwa-Sekathum (5-6 hours), 1660m

We will start our day trekking following Tamur River, climbing steeply and descending to Simbua Khola, river from Yalung glacier on south of Kanchenjunga. Then trail crosses a ridge to meet the arduous and small Ghunsa Khola valley and continuing the journey on to the Tibetan village of Sekathum, to stay overnight. From Sekathum, you will experience stunning Himalayas view including glittering Mt.Jannu (7710m).

5 – 6  hours

1660 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

07

Day 07

Sekathum-Amjilossa (5-6 hours), 2510m.

On this day seven, we will trek in narrow and steep trail, to the north bank of Ghunsa Khola and finally trekking ends reaching the Tibetan village of Amjilossa.

5 – 6  hours

2510 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

08

Day 08

Amjilossa-Gyabala(05 hours), 2730m

After leaving Amjilossa in the morning, we will continue the trek ascending through bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forests with amazing views of the southwest side to Kanchenjunga. As the trail passes with a short ascend at the beginning, there are numerous steep climbs waiting ahead with short descents. After a short descent, we will pass a large and amazing waterfall and finally steep climb to reach Gybala.

5  hours

2730 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

09

Day 09

Gybala-Ghunsa (4-5 hours), 3595m)

We will start our trail to Kyapra village from Gybala. From Gybala village, we will then climb up easily to the bank of the river. Then trail continues to meadows, passes villages and then again ascend a nice hill and descends across river to reach amazing Ghunsa village. This Tibetan village has Gompas, lodges, shops where you can buy some gifts.

4-5  hours

3595 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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Day 10

Ghunsa- Khambachen(5-6 hours), 4100m

On this day ten of our Kanchenjunga Base Camp itinerary, we will commence climbing gradually along the south side of Ghunsa Khola, the accompanying is the pine and rhododendron forests. We will pass mani walls, flickering colorful prayer flags, and chortens as the trail continues steep uphill to reach the Tibetan village of Khambachen. The amazing village of Khambachen has a mind-settling view of the north face of Mt. Jannu.

5-6  hours

4100 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

011

Day 11

Rest Day at Khambachen

After a long trekking day, your body needs rest, and day eleven rewards you with it. If you wish then, there is a day walk to a high ridge behind the village with a mind-boggling view of encompassed Himalayas.

4100 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

012

Day 12

Khambachen-Lhonak (05 hours), 4785m

On day 12, trail begins with climbing through rocky fields to Ramtang village. Then the trail crosses North West of Kanchenjunga glacier passing stone huts reaching finally the village of Lhonak. Lhonak offers beautiful views of Peaks like Wedge Peak (6750m), Mera Peak (6344m), Nepal Peak (6910m), and Twins (7351m).

5  hours

4785 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

013

Day 13

Lhonak-Pangpema( North side Base Camp) (05 hours), 5143m

We will start our trek early from Lhonak. The trek trail continues at the north side base camp of Kanchenjunga to reach Pangpema (5134m). Pangpema renders an amazing view of Tent Peak, Nepal Peak, Cross Peak, the Twins, and of course stunning Kanchenjunga. We will return back to the Lhonak village for an overnight stay.

5  hours

5143 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

014

Day 14

Lhonak-Ghunsa(5-6 hours), 3595m

We will retrace the trail to Ghunsa from Lhonak following the same path.

5 -6  hours

3595 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

015

Day 15

Ghunsa-High Camp (5 hours) 4100m

The trail climbs steep up for 500m to reach high camp from Ghunsa. Stay overnight in High camp to prepare trek to Mirgin La Pass.

5  hours

4100 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

016

Day 16

High Camp-Mirgin La Pass at 4663m- Tseram(5-6 hours), 3870m.

With early stunning view of Himalayas, the route passes, first through Tamo La(3900m), unnamed pass(4115m), Mirgin La pass(4663m), Sinion La(4660m) and next unnamed pass at 4724m. As we cross this last pass, a steep descent of 1000m follows to reach Tseram village having small settlement. Tseram is high above river Simbua Khola.

5 – 6  hours

3870 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

017

Day 17

Tseram-Ramche (5-6 hours) 4580m

On day 17, the route passes glacier nose into and valley which offers charming views and scenery of different peaks at the east along the Nepal-India border. Peaks you will see are Koktang (6147m), Rathong(6679m), and various peaks above 7000m. The trail then follows a lake, house of stones, meadow to reach Ramche.

5 – 6  hours

4580 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

018

Day 18

Day trek to Oktang (4-5 hours), 4730m

We will leave early in the morning continue our trek following the valley to Oktang. Oktang renders a spectacular view of the south face of magnificent Kanchenjunga and the climbing routes to Mt. Kanchenjunga itself.  Oktang is a graceful rewarding amazing surrounding view of the Himalayas of more than 7500m altitudes. After experiencing Oktang, we trek back to Ramche village and stay overnight.

4 – 5  hours

4730 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

019

Day 19

Ramche- Lamite Bhanjyang (5-6 hours), 3310m

On this day, the trail is steep descend passing through a forest of rhododendrons until reaching Torontan. From Torontan, the route we up climb through mossy forest until reaching a pass at Lamite Bhanjyang after 5 hours. Lamite Bhanjyang is all beautiful with a settling view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Jannu.

5 – 6  hours

3310 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

020

Day 20

Lamite Bhanjyang- Yamphudin (05 hours), 2080m

From Lamite Bhanjyang, trekking descends over 1000 meters a day. The trail is steep descend to Imja Khola river and then crosses along Dubi Pass. From Dubi, the trail descends further for more hours until reaching the village of Yamphudin to stay overnight.

5  hours

2080 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

021

Day 21

Rest day at Yamphudin

We will take rest at Yamphudin in day 21 of our trek. We will explore the homes of different communities of Gurungs, Rais, Limbus, and Sherpas. Overnight at Yamphudin.

4730 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

022

Day 22

Yamphudin-Ponphe (05 hours) 1900m

On day 22, we will start descending trail from Yamphudin. The trail is steep and takes us to Kabeli River. Then, we will cross a log bridge and reach Mamanke village. From this village, the trail enters the side canyon and takes us to Ponphe village after crossing a stream over a long suspension bridge and climbing up.

5  hours

1900 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

023

Day 23

Ponphe- Khunjari (5-6 hours) 1928m

The trail of day 23rd of our trek commences uphill to tea shop and to the ridge and then continues to amazing valleys and numerous villages. Then we continue descending trek to Bhanjyang, will cross the ridge to steeply descend t Khunjari, the Limbu village for your overnight stay.

5 – 6  hours

1928 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

024

Day 24

Khunjari-Suketar(4-5 hours) 2300m

On day 24, the trail descends to Pha Khola River and then again climb up through Pokhara and Shimu villages to Thenbewa. Then we will continue to Lali Kharka passing through the forest. From Lali Kharka, the trail continues to a ridge and then descents to Suketar to stay overnight. We will prepare for an early flight to Kathmandu.

4 – 5  hours

2300 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

025

Day 25

Fly to Kathmandu

We will board a flight to Biratnagar from Suketar and another flight to Kathmandu from Biratnagar.

50 Minutes

3/4/5 Star Hotel

  Breakfast &  Dinner

026

Day 26

Farewell

After the amazing experience we shared, it’s time to say goodbye with the promise of seeing you again. We will host a farewell dinner, lunch at cultural restaurants, or jazz upstairs in Lazimpat to hear your suggestion and stories.

  Breakfast

Am I going to get altitude sickness at Kanchanjunga trek?

Well, the Kanchenjunga trek is over 3500 m in elevation. There are possibilities of having altitude sickness. it usually happens at this altitude above 3500m. for this prevention, we have planned an itinerary that gives you time to acclimatize the Trail.

the water of Kanchanjunga safe to drink?

No, you are not allowed to drink water directly from the lake or any tap, besides you can use water purifier tablets or Just boiled water.

What about the first aid and medication kits?

Yes, we give first aid at the trek, we always take the first aid kit with us.

Do I have to bring tents and mattress with me?

No, as there are Hotels and tea Houses you don't need to bring them with you.

What happens if emergency evacuation is required?

If you get into any trouble. We will be able to collect your travel insurance policies and details before your trip. we will be able to coordinate with your insurance company and provide you with the evacuation helicopter.

How tough is the journey to Kanchenjunga's base camp?

Because of its isolated location and high altitude in Nepal, the Kanchenjunga trek is difficult. The highest peak from Kanchenjunga North Base Camp is 5200 meters... As a result, you should be mentally and physically prepared for the Kanchenjunga Trek. You will gain 400-800 meters of height every day on average.

How long is the walk to Kanchenjunga base camp?

The Kanchenjunga trip is difficult and long (220 kilometers), requiring a high level of fitness for three weeks of continuous walking while carrying a small knapsack.

How much will it cost to climb Mt. Kanchenjunga?

The cost of climbing Kanchenjunga starts at $1950 per person for an 18-22 day expedition.

Is Kanchenjunga tough to climb?

Kanchenjunga is the most difficult and time-consuming of the 8000ers to reach the summit from the final camp. Climbers begin their trek from Camp IV around 21.00-22.00 pm towards Mt. Kanchenjunga, the highest peak in the 8000m range at 1036m.

What is the elevation of Mt. Kanchenjunga?

Kanchenjunga, also known as Kangchenjunga or Kinchinjunga, and Nepali Kumbhkaran Lungur, is the world's third highest mountain at 28,169 feet (8,586 metres).

When is the ideal time to climb Mount Kanchenjunga?

March through May and September to late November are the best months for a Kanchenjunga trip.

Is travel insurance required for the Kanchenjunga Trek?

All hikers should make sure they have adequate travel insurance. The most dangerous hazards for trekkers in the Kanchenjunga area are high altitude sickness and diarrhea.

How chilly does it become in the middle of the night?

The temperature can dip below -10 C / 14 F at night. During the day, it will be mostly sunny. Depending on the month, the temperature may vary. We recommend that you should not rely on weather forecasts. It is still in its infancy.

What permits are required for the Kanchenjunga trek?

You'll need two different permits for the hike. Kanchenjunga has a Restricted Area Permit and a Conservation Area Permit. Permission may only be acquired if at least two hikers are present.

Is a porter required for the trek?

We strongly encourage you to hire a porter for the walk unless you are an extremely proficient hiker. It will help you to unwind and enjoy the stroll without worrying about your backpack. The porter's maximum weight is 20 kilos, including his 3 to 4 kilogram load. We provide suitable apparel and footwear for the porters. They are used to walking in snow and prefer to wear light shoes.

Who was the first to summit Mount Kanchenjunga?

George Band and Joe Brown were the first to summit Mt. Kanchenjunga.

What is the location of Kanchenjunga's base camp?

At an elevation of (5143m) above sea level, Pangpema is Kanchenjunga's initial base.

Would I go on this journey again?

I would do this walk again in a heartbeat since it was one of the nicest experiences I've had on a teahouse hike in the Himalayas. This is due to the fact that no specific equipment or expertise are required to complete this expedition. In addition, the routes are less busy than on many other excursions.

Is it suitable for kids?

I've seen a lot of tiny kids on paths that are much higher in elevation. The Annapurna Circuit and the Everest Base Camp Trek are two examples. However, I must remark that the two treks I described provide a plethora of amenities for all sorts of trekkers, including children.
Because there is enough of time for acclimatization, altitude sickness is not a problem on the Kanchenjunga circuit hike. As a result, it is suitable for active youngsters. Please keep in mind that this is a remote place and that we should always be prepared for the unexpected.

How congested is this route?

This walk was completed in May, at the end of the hot season. This journey, on the other hand, was not at all crowded. I only encountered a few hikers, and it wasn't every day. It will most likely be busiest in November, but not as much as the more popular hikes. I didn't observe any excursion groups during my trip.

Where did I sleep?

Because this is a teahouse walk, there are teahouse lodges along the way where you may stay. They are, however, rather rudimentary, so be prepared for that. However, there is no need to camp on this journey.

How are the guest houses?

The term "guest homes" is certainly an overstatement! They are very primitive teahouses, with some having no toilets or needing to boil snow for water and giving water for a shower in a pail. In certain regions, there is just one teahouse, thus there is no option! In terms of accommodations, you should have modest expectations. Although there are several nice ones on the south side up to Kambachen, and a few fairly okay teahouses on the south side up to Cheram.

What equipment did I bring?

I only took what I thought I'd actually need.

Was I walking in new, thick snow?

Yes, I did trudge through fresh, deep snow at one point. This was between Sele Le Pass Camp and Cheram, and it was just knee deep. Of course, there will be considerably more snow in the winter, and teahouses will be closed, making it hard to journey there.

What are the physical requirements?

You must be physically fit, but not overly so! I was in my mid-20s and had previous experience hiking in the Himalayas when I embarked on this expedition. Even if you are inexperienced, you will progressively become fitter and more acclimatized as you progress. The idea is to not rush and to take your time.

Did I get altitude sickness?

No, this walk allows you to gradually acclimate to avoid altitude sickness. Everyone should spend a few of days acclimating to their surroundings. I must admit that while I was walking faster, I had some heavy breathing days. Again, the important is to listen to your body, stay hydrated, and not rush.

Did I see any other persons in trouble?

I didn't observe anyone suffering from altitude sickness or any other ailment. I did, however, get a little sun and wind burn!

Is trekking in the Kanchenjunga region risky?

Avalanches are less common on Kanchenjunga than on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. There are also some exposed portions that are prone to rockfalls and landslides. Always pay attention to your guide, especially during the exposed areas.

Is it possible to charge your phone and camera for a fee?

There isn't always electricity or a solar backup system. Because these facilities are only available in a few spots, I recommend that you bring your own portable solar panel to charge your phone and camera.

What is the luggage allowance for a domestic flight?

Checked luggage is limited to 15 kilograms per passenger, with a cabin allowance of 7 kg. However, there is no hard and fast rule about the size of individual baggage items, and the weight can be combined with many trekkers. Any extra luggage charges must be paid at the airport desk. In any case, a total weight of 12 to 15 kilograms per person is sufficient for your journey. Bring nothing that isn't absolutely required.

How long is the journey?

It all depends on whatever Kanchenjunga hike you do. In typically, it takes 14 to 20 days. The Kanchenjunga circuit is the most popular (and longest, at 20 days). The trek to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp takes 14 days.

Is there access to the internet and phones?

On the Kanchenjunga trip, there is no internet access. Phones are accessible in a few locations, including Ghunsa and Yamphuding, as well as at the beginning and finish of your walk. I strongly advise you to bring your own satellite communication system.

Are there any mountains to climb?

Yes, there are a few lesser summits to climb in this region, such as Peak 5950. Another example is Jannu Summit's high open peak. Climbing summits will need a separate permission and more specialized equipment. You cannot make a decision on the spur of the moment after you arrive!

Overview

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek of Raconteur Adventure is your amazing holiday of 26 days where you will visit and experience east Nepal. Out of 26 days, you will do trekking for 21 days. Kanchenjunga region is less populated and renders you a peaceful trek experience. Trekking of 21 days covers 220km in area and rewards you amazing view of lush tropical jungles with blooming rhododendron, oak, and chestnut trees. This whole journey is all fulfilling as you will reach the base camp of the world’s third-highest peak.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Get a rich wholesome experience during a journey made through the natural magnificence and simplicity of locals until reaching the base of the world’s third-highest peak.
  • Travel crossing Mirgin La Pass (4500m), trek to one of the ice Base Camp, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp and rest overnight at Pangpema at 5140m above the sea level.
  • Embark on the journey taking you through a glacial torrent of Tamur and Ghunsa rivers and to their source on the northwest side of Kanchenjunga Mountain.
  • Wholesome walk experience passing alpine meadows and wetlands at high altitudes in the most beautiful setting.
  • Get to the north base camp of Kanchenjunga to savour stunning view of the North face of Jannu(Kumbhakarna)
  • Get a stunning view of Mt. Kanchenjunga massif, Makalu range and encompassing peaks including Jannu.
  • Savour your camera partner with some stunning capture of flora, fauna and mountains never seen anywhere.
  • Set your foot into a sea of ice and glaciers to reach the lap of Mt. Kanchenjunga.
  • Traverse on difficult and challenging terrain passing through a region barely explored and visited.
  • Spend some quality time with the Tamang, Rai and Sherpa people of the region.
  • Walk passing through remote villages of Gurung, Rai, Limbu and Sherpa locals.
  • Discover the village, and culture of the Limbu ethnic community.
  • Explore the very little wild region in paradise Nepal.

KBC trek, permits and terrains

Trekking in this region is more restricted than other trekking regions of Nepal. You need a local guide and you cannot travel solo here as single permits are not issued for the Kanchenjunga region. Moreover, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek of Raconteur Adventure takes you to both the north and south side base camps of mountains. And base camps here are small and are operated for rather small groups. Raconteur Adventure takes care of all the logistics and has a team of highly experienced and professional staff for your safety and fulfilling experience.

Trekking to Kanchenjunga Base camp passes through the Arun valley. Arun valley is one of the most stunning villages one can see during the trek.  This Kanchenjunga Base Camp is in the Kanchenjunga Conservation area which has an area of 2035 square kilometers. Trekking in Kanchenjunga requires more than your physical fitness, this trek needs patience and practice as it’s long at 220km and we will trek for three weeks. Terrains you encounter in your trekking journey are rough, have rocky paths and there are some long hills for you to conquer during the trekking journey to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. During your trek, you will meet with short ropes installed in rough terrains to help you pass the journey. These ropes are here for your safety and help people get assistance on short rocky paths. But mind you, you don’t need climbing skills to get past these assisting ropes.

Trekking route

As trekking continues, tracks are easy for you to set foot on and the path follows valleys and rivers enriching your overall journey experience. From easy paths, the track ascends over shoulders and ridges. This ascend is steep and rough, and then there is uphill compelling you to follow zig-zag routes.

Kanchenjunga region resembles isolation and has limited access to medical help. So, it is very helpful for you to train your body in your homeland by doing multi-day trekking carrying some loads in the back. As a result, this will help your body adapt to the challenges coming during the trek. You can go to the gym, do swimming and do so p cardio exercises to prepare for this amazing Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek of Raconteur Adventure.

Temperature

As, you approach our ultimate destination, the base camp, trekking naturally gets slow because of altitude. So, it is very necessary to rest and relax during the trek. During this trek, you will face a range of temperatures, which depends on altitude and time of day. When you will be in mountains with an altitude of 1000m to 3500m, the night is cooler with a temperature averaging around 5°c. Day temperature is around 25°c. As you trek more into high altitude, temperature varies from 15°c to -20°c at night. So, keeping in the mind the challenges this temperature can bring, you need to be warm and have protection layers for cold and the sun. It is also of absolute necessity to have nice food and comfortable sleep.

Accommodation

In trekking of this nature, you will be getting accommodation in lodges offering you western and Nepalese food and there is always the choice of camping where porters and our staffs will do the needful. In some places in this trek, the choice in lodges gets more traditional giving you the choice of Nepali food only. Nepali food is Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari which is rice, pulse soup, and veggies. It is a good idea to have a water purifier with you and we encourage you to drink only boiled water.

The itinerary designed here by Raconteur Adventure allows enough time for acclimatization, and our safety kids include medicine for managing high altitude sickness like Dexamethasone and Diamox. We do trek with full safety by preparing for the worst as we have trained staff in first aid in the mountains. For trekking of this scale, it is advised to go slow, have hygienic meals and sleep well. You don’t need extra vaccination to do this Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

Flora and Fauna

The whole trekking experience is rich and meaningful with added numbers of variety in flora and fauna. Trek commences from Taplejung where you will enjoy forests having maple, birch, and chestnut trees. You can see terraced farmed lands along the trek in this region. As you enter Chitre, you will experience upper-temperature vegetation consisting of rhododendron, firs, orchids, and pines. As you trek uphill from here across the Sele La(pass) to Ghunsa, the subalpine and alpine climatic zone welcomes you with open meadows, shallow and dwarf shrubs. Kanchenjunga Base Camp is at an altitude of 5143m in icy and rocky landscapes.

Some of the animals you are likely to see and encounter are Himalayan black bears, Snow Leopard, and Red Pandas. Common bird species are blood pheasant and chestnut breasted partridge. Some time is better than others to do this trek.

Best Season

The idea time to engage in Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is in April, May, early June and in October, November to early December. During this time, the weather is stable, the sky is clear, days are warm and nights are cool. While trekking experience is peaceful and quiet compared to the trekking done in the central region. Kanchenjunga translates to “Five Great Treasures in the Snow”. Kanchenjunga was considered the highest peak in the world until Mt. Everest was discovered in 1856. There lie five peaks in the Kanchenjunga range and locals believe each of these peaks is a repository of treasures like gold, silver, gems, grains, and sacred text. Kanchenjunga mountain is a sacred mountain.

As it is considered sacred, climbers don’t stand on the summit. The main Kanchenjunga peak is 8586 meters with other four accompanying summits with altitudes over 8000m. These summits include Kanchenjunga West which is also known as Yalung Kang(8,505m). Around these massif mountains, three are twenty peaks with an altitude of more than 7000m. The highest among these twenty is Kambachen(7,903m) with other mountains like Jannu(7,710m), Jongsong(7,483m), Kabru(7,353m), Tent Peak(7,365m), and the Twins(7,350m)

The list doesn’t end here. As five major glacial systems are here in huge clusters of peaks. Out of five glacial systems, Zumu, Talung, and Rathong flow into Sikkim and the west, Yalung, and Kanchenjunga glacier flows descending into Tamor river of Nepal.

Kanchenjunga Peak is visible from Sikkim, India too. You can explore and experience the warm hospitality of the Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, and Gurung communities. As the Kanchenjunga region is the restricted region you need special permits, one a Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP) and a Restricted Area Entry Permit for trekking in Tapethok and Yamphuding VDCs.

Trekking Permit Cost for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP) is NRS 2000 per person and you can acquire these permits with no time limitation.
  • Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit(RAP)- USD 10 per person, per week.

Just don’t worry, book this trekking itinerary with Raconteur Adventure, we will take care of all the logistics and needful We guarantee you the highest class of service and has all the needful assets to make your Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek worth remembering.

Image Credits;

Photo by Amey Meher on Unsplash

Photo by Farhan Khan on Unsplash

Included

  • Accommodation, Food, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • All typical Meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Raconteur Adventure personnel standby during emergency
  • TIMS permit (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Hotel and Airport pick up and drop by car, bus and van
  • Lodge and homestay accommodation in the mountains
  • Star category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Trekking Guide and Porter
  • Domestic airfares (on request)
  • Park Fees wherever applicable
  • 3 Cup of tea during the trek
  • All your trekking permits
  • All government taxes
  • Official expenses
  • First-aid Kit
  • Map

Excluded

  • Your expenses might include room service, internet charges, laundry, bar bills, telephone bills, etc.
  • Trip Cancellation cost, Loss theft and damage to your personal items
  • Sightseeing and activities other than those mentioned
  • Lunch and dinner are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • International Plane fare and taxes in the Airport
  • Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment’s
  • Travel Insurance which is mandatory
  • Tips and Gratitude’s (expected)
  • VISA Fees

Checklist

  • Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
  • Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
  • Bathroom kit (Toilet papers, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)
  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
  • 4 passport sizes photo with original passport
  • Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries
  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • Windproof and waterproof trousers
  • The warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
  • Best energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Water and windproof shell jacket
  • Power Bank and music players
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Wool Jackets or pullover
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Light shoes and sneaker
  • Extra casual sport pants
  • A pair of half gloves
  • Long sleeve t-shirts
  • Water purifying pills
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Blister treatment
  • Pair of sandals
  • Warmer trouser
  • Neck warmer
  • Thermal Tops
  • Center Body
  • Socks liner
  • Sunglasses
  • Daypack

Tour Plan

01

Day 01

Arrival

On the first day of this trek, we will welcome you to the capital, Kathmandu, and will assist you through cultural shock as you enter Kathmandu out of the airport and will assist your check-in at the hotel in or around Thamel.  Overnight at Kathmandu.

1350m

3/4/5 Star Hotels

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

02

Day 02

Rest day, Kathmandu Sightseeing and briefing

On the second day of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, we will enjoy and experience different facets of Kathmandu taking you through a sightseeing journey of art, culture, and religion of the capital. In the evening, we will brief you on the necessary information for the trek ahead. Overnight again in Kathmandu.

1350m

3/4/5 Star Hotel

Breakfast & Dinner

03

Day 03

Fly to Biratnagar from Kathmandu

After having breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu, we will drive to the airport, reach the domestic terminal, board a flight and go to Biratnagar. This flight is just 1 hour and 30 minutes.

 35 Minutes

3/4/5 Star Hotel

Breakfast & Dinner

04

Day 04

Biratnagar-Suketar-Mitlung (5-6 hours), 921m

We will fly to Suketar from Biratnagar after breakfast at hotel. Suketar is airfield above Taplejung. It is also possible to fly directly to Taplejung. As we reach Suketar, we will do easy trekking taking us Mitlung via Surke Dadna ridge.

20 Minutes

921m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

05

Day 05

Mitlung-Chirwa (5 hours), 1270m

The day fifth is challenging as we will start the trek on rough paths above the river. The trekking route passes through amazing and lively villages of Sinwa, Tawa, and Porke. The valley narrows passing over land landslide debris. Then trail across the Thiwa Khola River descend on a wooden bridge. Then, you will reach Chirwa following ups and downs. Chirwa is a beautiful village with house-made of bamboos and has huge boulders. It has a bazaar with few shops to buy souvenirs for a remembrance.

5 hours

1270 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

06

Day 06

Chirwa-Sekathum (5-6 hours), 1660m

We will start our day trekking following Tamur River, climbing steeply and descending to Simbua Khola, river from Yalung glacier on south of Kanchenjunga. Then trail crosses a ridge to meet the arduous and small Ghunsa Khola valley and continuing the journey on to the Tibetan village of Sekathum, to stay overnight. From Sekathum, you will experience stunning Himalayas view including glittering Mt.Jannu (7710m).

5 – 6  hours

1660 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

07

Day 07

Sekathum-Amjilossa (5-6 hours), 2510m.

On this day seven, we will trek in narrow and steep trail, to the north bank of Ghunsa Khola and finally trekking ends reaching the Tibetan village of Amjilossa.

5 – 6  hours

2510 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

08

Day 08

Amjilossa-Gyabala(05 hours), 2730m

After leaving Amjilossa in the morning, we will continue the trek ascending through bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forests with amazing views of the southwest side to Kanchenjunga. As the trail passes with a short ascend at the beginning, there are numerous steep climbs waiting ahead with short descents. After a short descent, we will pass a large and amazing waterfall and finally steep climb to reach Gybala.

5  hours

2730 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

09

Day 09

Gybala-Ghunsa (4-5 hours), 3595m)

We will start our trail to Kyapra village from Gybala. From Gybala village, we will then climb up easily to the bank of the river. Then trail continues to meadows, passes villages and then again ascend a nice hill and descends across river to reach amazing Ghunsa village. This Tibetan village has Gompas, lodges, shops where you can buy some gifts.

4-5  hours

3595 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

010

Day 10

Ghunsa- Khambachen(5-6 hours), 4100m

On this day ten of our Kanchenjunga Base Camp itinerary, we will commence climbing gradually along the south side of Ghunsa Khola, the accompanying is the pine and rhododendron forests. We will pass mani walls, flickering colorful prayer flags, and chortens as the trail continues steep uphill to reach the Tibetan village of Khambachen. The amazing village of Khambachen has a mind-settling view of the north face of Mt. Jannu.

5-6  hours

4100 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

011

Day 11

Rest Day at Khambachen

After a long trekking day, your body needs rest, and day eleven rewards you with it. If you wish then, there is a day walk to a high ridge behind the village with a mind-boggling view of encompassed Himalayas.

4100 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

012

Day 12

Khambachen-Lhonak (05 hours), 4785m

On day 12, trail begins with climbing through rocky fields to Ramtang village. Then the trail crosses North West of Kanchenjunga glacier passing stone huts reaching finally the village of Lhonak. Lhonak offers beautiful views of Peaks like Wedge Peak (6750m), Mera Peak (6344m), Nepal Peak (6910m), and Twins (7351m).

5  hours

4785 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

013

Day 13

Lhonak-Pangpema( North side Base Camp) (05 hours), 5143m

We will start our trek early from Lhonak. The trek trail continues at the north side base camp of Kanchenjunga to reach Pangpema (5134m). Pangpema renders an amazing view of Tent Peak, Nepal Peak, Cross Peak, the Twins, and of course stunning Kanchenjunga. We will return back to the Lhonak village for an overnight stay.

5  hours

5143 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

014

Day 14

Lhonak-Ghunsa(5-6 hours), 3595m

We will retrace the trail to Ghunsa from Lhonak following the same path.

5 -6  hours

3595 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

015

Day 15

Ghunsa-High Camp (5 hours) 4100m

The trail climbs steep up for 500m to reach high camp from Ghunsa. Stay overnight in High camp to prepare trek to Mirgin La Pass.

5  hours

4100 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

016

Day 16

High Camp-Mirgin La Pass at 4663m- Tseram(5-6 hours), 3870m.

With early stunning view of Himalayas, the route passes, first through Tamo La(3900m), unnamed pass(4115m), Mirgin La pass(4663m), Sinion La(4660m) and next unnamed pass at 4724m. As we cross this last pass, a steep descent of 1000m follows to reach Tseram village having small settlement. Tseram is high above river Simbua Khola.

5 – 6  hours

3870 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

017

Day 17

Tseram-Ramche (5-6 hours) 4580m

On day 17, the route passes glacier nose into and valley which offers charming views and scenery of different peaks at the east along the Nepal-India border. Peaks you will see are Koktang (6147m), Rathong(6679m), and various peaks above 7000m. The trail then follows a lake, house of stones, meadow to reach Ramche.

5 – 6  hours

4580 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

018

Day 18

Day trek to Oktang (4-5 hours), 4730m

We will leave early in the morning continue our trek following the valley to Oktang. Oktang renders a spectacular view of the south face of magnificent Kanchenjunga and the climbing routes to Mt. Kanchenjunga itself.  Oktang is a graceful rewarding amazing surrounding view of the Himalayas of more than 7500m altitudes. After experiencing Oktang, we trek back to Ramche village and stay overnight.

4 – 5  hours

4730 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

019

Day 19

Ramche- Lamite Bhanjyang (5-6 hours), 3310m

On this day, the trail is steep descend passing through a forest of rhododendrons until reaching Torontan. From Torontan, the route we up climb through mossy forest until reaching a pass at Lamite Bhanjyang after 5 hours. Lamite Bhanjyang is all beautiful with a settling view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Jannu.

5 – 6  hours

3310 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

020

Day 20

Lamite Bhanjyang- Yamphudin (05 hours), 2080m

From Lamite Bhanjyang, trekking descends over 1000 meters a day. The trail is steep descend to Imja Khola river and then crosses along Dubi Pass. From Dubi, the trail descends further for more hours until reaching the village of Yamphudin to stay overnight.

5  hours

2080 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

021

Day 21

Rest day at Yamphudin

We will take rest at Yamphudin in day 21 of our trek. We will explore the homes of different communities of Gurungs, Rais, Limbus, and Sherpas. Overnight at Yamphudin.

4730 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

022

Day 22

Yamphudin-Ponphe (05 hours) 1900m

On day 22, we will start descending trail from Yamphudin. The trail is steep and takes us to Kabeli River. Then, we will cross a log bridge and reach Mamanke village. From this village, the trail enters the side canyon and takes us to Ponphe village after crossing a stream over a long suspension bridge and climbing up.

5  hours

1900 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

023

Day 23

Ponphe- Khunjari (5-6 hours) 1928m

The trail of day 23rd of our trek commences uphill to tea shop and to the ridge and then continues to amazing valleys and numerous villages. Then we continue descending trek to Bhanjyang, will cross the ridge to steeply descend t Khunjari, the Limbu village for your overnight stay.

5 – 6  hours

1928 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

024

Day 24

Khunjari-Suketar(4-5 hours) 2300m

On day 24, the trail descends to Pha Khola River and then again climb up through Pokhara and Shimu villages to Thenbewa. Then we will continue to Lali Kharka passing through the forest. From Lali Kharka, the trail continues to a ridge and then descents to Suketar to stay overnight. We will prepare for an early flight to Kathmandu.

4 – 5  hours

2300 m

Lodges/Teahouse

  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

025

Day 25

Fly to Kathmandu

We will board a flight to Biratnagar from Suketar and another flight to Kathmandu from Biratnagar.

50 Minutes

3/4/5 Star Hotel

  Breakfast &  Dinner

026

Day 26

Farewell

After the amazing experience we shared, it’s time to say goodbye with the promise of seeing you again. We will host a farewell dinner, lunch at cultural restaurants, or jazz upstairs in Lazimpat to hear your suggestion and stories.

  Breakfast

Tour Location

FAQs

Am I going to get altitude sickness at Kanchanjunga trek?

Well, the Kanchenjunga trek is over 3500 m in elevation. There are possibilities of having altitude sickness. it usually happens at this altitude above 3500m. for this prevention, we have planned an itinerary that gives you time to acclimatize the Trail.

the water of Kanchanjunga safe to drink?

No, you are not allowed to drink water directly from the lake or any tap, besides you can use water purifier tablets or Just boiled water.

What about the first aid and medication kits?

Yes, we give first aid at the trek, we always take the first aid kit with us.

Do I have to bring tents and mattress with me?

No, as there are Hotels and tea Houses you don't need to bring them with you.

What happens if emergency evacuation is required?

If you get into any trouble. We will be able to collect your travel insurance policies and details before your trip. we will be able to coordinate with your insurance company and provide you with the evacuation helicopter.

How tough is the journey to Kanchenjunga's base camp?

Because of its isolated location and high altitude in Nepal, the Kanchenjunga trek is difficult. The highest peak from Kanchenjunga North Base Camp is 5200 meters... As a result, you should be mentally and physically prepared for the Kanchenjunga Trek. You will gain 400-800 meters of height every day on average.

How long is the walk to Kanchenjunga base camp?

The Kanchenjunga trip is difficult and long (220 kilometers), requiring a high level of fitness for three weeks of continuous walking while carrying a small knapsack.

How much will it cost to climb Mt. Kanchenjunga?

The cost of climbing Kanchenjunga starts at $1950 per person for an 18-22 day expedition.

Is Kanchenjunga tough to climb?

Kanchenjunga is the most difficult and time-consuming of the 8000ers to reach the summit from the final camp. Climbers begin their trek from Camp IV around 21.00-22.00 pm towards Mt. Kanchenjunga, the highest peak in the 8000m range at 1036m.

What is the elevation of Mt. Kanchenjunga?

Kanchenjunga, also known as Kangchenjunga or Kinchinjunga, and Nepali Kumbhkaran Lungur, is the world's third highest mountain at 28,169 feet (8,586 metres).

When is the ideal time to climb Mount Kanchenjunga?

March through May and September to late November are the best months for a Kanchenjunga trip.

Is travel insurance required for the Kanchenjunga Trek?

All hikers should make sure they have adequate travel insurance. The most dangerous hazards for trekkers in the Kanchenjunga area are high altitude sickness and diarrhea.

How chilly does it become in the middle of the night?

The temperature can dip below -10 C / 14 F at night. During the day, it will be mostly sunny. Depending on the month, the temperature may vary. We recommend that you should not rely on weather forecasts. It is still in its infancy.

What permits are required for the Kanchenjunga trek?

You'll need two different permits for the hike. Kanchenjunga has a Restricted Area Permit and a Conservation Area Permit. Permission may only be acquired if at least two hikers are present.

Is a porter required for the trek?

We strongly encourage you to hire a porter for the walk unless you are an extremely proficient hiker. It will help you to unwind and enjoy the stroll without worrying about your backpack. The porter's maximum weight is 20 kilos, including his 3 to 4 kilogram load. We provide suitable apparel and footwear for the porters. They are used to walking in snow and prefer to wear light shoes.

Who was the first to summit Mount Kanchenjunga?

George Band and Joe Brown were the first to summit Mt. Kanchenjunga.

What is the location of Kanchenjunga's base camp?

At an elevation of (5143m) above sea level, Pangpema is Kanchenjunga's initial base.

Would I go on this journey again?

I would do this walk again in a heartbeat since it was one of the nicest experiences I've had on a teahouse hike in the Himalayas. This is due to the fact that no specific equipment or expertise are required to complete this expedition. In addition, the routes are less busy than on many other excursions.

Is it suitable for kids?

I've seen a lot of tiny kids on paths that are much higher in elevation. The Annapurna Circuit and the Everest Base Camp Trek are two examples. However, I must remark that the two treks I described provide a plethora of amenities for all sorts of trekkers, including children.
Because there is enough of time for acclimatization, altitude sickness is not a problem on the Kanchenjunga circuit hike. As a result, it is suitable for active youngsters. Please keep in mind that this is a remote place and that we should always be prepared for the unexpected.

How congested is this route?

This walk was completed in May, at the end of the hot season. This journey, on the other hand, was not at all crowded. I only encountered a few hikers, and it wasn't every day. It will most likely be busiest in November, but not as much as the more popular hikes. I didn't observe any excursion groups during my trip.

Where did I sleep?

Because this is a teahouse walk, there are teahouse lodges along the way where you may stay. They are, however, rather rudimentary, so be prepared for that. However, there is no need to camp on this journey.

How are the guest houses?

The term "guest homes" is certainly an overstatement! They are very primitive teahouses, with some having no toilets or needing to boil snow for water and giving water for a shower in a pail. In certain regions, there is just one teahouse, thus there is no option! In terms of accommodations, you should have modest expectations. Although there are several nice ones on the south side up to Kambachen, and a few fairly okay teahouses on the south side up to Cheram.

What equipment did I bring?

I only took what I thought I'd actually need.

Was I walking in new, thick snow?

Yes, I did trudge through fresh, deep snow at one point. This was between Sele Le Pass Camp and Cheram, and it was just knee deep. Of course, there will be considerably more snow in the winter, and teahouses will be closed, making it hard to journey there.

What are the physical requirements?

You must be physically fit, but not overly so! I was in my mid-20s and had previous experience hiking in the Himalayas when I embarked on this expedition. Even if you are inexperienced, you will progressively become fitter and more acclimatized as you progress. The idea is to not rush and to take your time.

Did I get altitude sickness?

No, this walk allows you to gradually acclimate to avoid altitude sickness. Everyone should spend a few of days acclimating to their surroundings. I must admit that while I was walking faster, I had some heavy breathing days. Again, the important is to listen to your body, stay hydrated, and not rush.

Did I see any other persons in trouble?

I didn't observe anyone suffering from altitude sickness or any other ailment. I did, however, get a little sun and wind burn!

Is trekking in the Kanchenjunga region risky?

Avalanches are less common on Kanchenjunga than on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. There are also some exposed portions that are prone to rockfalls and landslides. Always pay attention to your guide, especially during the exposed areas.

Is it possible to charge your phone and camera for a fee?

There isn't always electricity or a solar backup system. Because these facilities are only available in a few spots, I recommend that you bring your own portable solar panel to charge your phone and camera.

What is the luggage allowance for a domestic flight?

Checked luggage is limited to 15 kilograms per passenger, with a cabin allowance of 7 kg. However, there is no hard and fast rule about the size of individual baggage items, and the weight can be combined with many trekkers. Any extra luggage charges must be paid at the airport desk. In any case, a total weight of 12 to 15 kilograms per person is sufficient for your journey. Bring nothing that isn't absolutely required.

How long is the journey?

It all depends on whatever Kanchenjunga hike you do. In typically, it takes 14 to 20 days. The Kanchenjunga circuit is the most popular (and longest, at 20 days). The trek to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp takes 14 days.

Is there access to the internet and phones?

On the Kanchenjunga trip, there is no internet access. Phones are accessible in a few locations, including Ghunsa and Yamphuding, as well as at the beginning and finish of your walk. I strongly advise you to bring your own satellite communication system.

Are there any mountains to climb?

Yes, there are a few lesser summits to climb in this region, such as Peak 5950. Another example is Jannu Summit's high open peak. Climbing summits will need a separate permission and more specialized equipment. You cannot make a decision on the spur of the moment after you arrive!

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