Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking

Trip Facts

Program Code: AHT-KT001 | Duration: 22 days | Program Type: Basic Tea House or Camping | Maximum Altitude: 5193 meters | Minimum pax: +2 | Mode of Travel: Flight / Land | Start Trip: Suketar/Taplejung | End Trip: Suketar/Taplejung | Program Grading: gradegradegrade

Trip Overview

  • Huge rhododendron forest.
  • Beautiful mountain scenery.
  • Inhabit bu Shera and diffirent ethnic groups.
  • World 3rd and Nepal 2nd highest mountain “Kanchenjunga”.
  • Basic tea house trekking also possible.
  • Less visited by toursits.

Kanchenjunga has two Base camp, southern and northern. Mostly trekkers visit northern base camp of Kanchenjunga “the Ghunsa Khola Valley”. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking is starting from Tumlingtar link by air or Basantapur by bus from Kathmandu, crossing the Milke Danda to the valley of Tamur Khola to reach the Ghunsa Khola, the major river draining the northern side of the Kanchenjunga Himal. Then after retracing your steps partway, back as far as Ghunsa, the route will take you to the southern side of the massif, crossing high pass. From there, head south to reach Teplejung, the district center for the northeast corner of Nepal. 

The northern part of Kanchenjunga, inhabit by Sherpa but the southern lower part is full of ethnic groups such as Rai, Limbu, Magar, Tamang, Braman and Chhartri etc. Mostly evergreen conifers are interspersed with few cold-hardy deciduous species. South-facing slopes are usually tree-less or contain pure stands of stuned rhododendrons. North-facing slopes have juniper, fir, willow, birch and rhododendrons. In Ghunsa valley, look out for extensive stands of the spectacular Himalayan larches (larix griffithiana) that turn the hillsides a golden-yellow in the fall. Woody vegetation in this zone of moist alpine scrub consists of stunned junipers, roses and rhododendron, gentian and saxifrage abound. Hardy alpine grasses include carex, juncos and poa. Look out for herds of blue sheep foraging on hillsides above tree line. Perhaps, you may see signs of snow leopard that preys on these sheep.

For those with less time, considering an itinerary that starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar to Taplejung, proceeds to the northern side of Kanchenjunga, crosses the Mirgin Lo to visit the south, and then descends to meet the road at Basantapur. More trekkers head to the north side of Kanchenjunga, the south side is less visited. There are many possibilities for travel in Base Camp of Kanchenjunga is attractive because it is less visited by tourist, the rhododendron forests are spectacular and the mountain scenery offers new vistas.

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01: Flight Kathmandu to Taplejung (Suketar) then trek to Tambawa, O/N Tea house.
Day 02: Tambawa to Keswa, O/N Tea house.
Day 03: Keswa to Mamanke, O/N Tea house.
Day 04: Mamankhe to Yamphudin, O/N Tea house.
Day 05: Yamphudin to Omje Khola, O/N Tea house.
Day 06: Omje Khola to Torontan, O/N Tea house.
Day 07: Torontan to Tseram, O/N Tea house.
Day 08: Tseram to Ramche, O/N Tea house.
Day 09: Day trip to Yalung Glacier, O/N Tea house.
Day 10: Ramche to Tseram, O/N Tea house.
Day 11: Tseram to Gunsa, O/N Tea house.
Day 12: Ghunsa to Khambachen, O/N Tea house.
Day 13: Acclimatization Day in Khambachen, O/N Tea house.
Day 14: Khambachen to Lhonak, O/N Tea house.
Day 15: Lhonak to Pang Pema, O/N Tea house.
Day 16: Pang Pema to Khambachen, O/N Tea house.
Day 17: Khambachen to Ghunsa, O/N Tea house.
Day 18: Ghunsa to Amjilassa, O/N Tea house.
Day 19: Amjilassa to Chirwa, O/N Tea house.
Day 20: Chirwa to Linkhim, O/N Tea house.
Day 21: Linkhim to Taplejung (Suketar), O/N Hotel.
Day 22: Flight Taplejung (Suketar) to Kathmandu.

Note : Itinerary subject to be change as your time schedule.