Kanchenjunga the name comes from Mt Kanchenjunga which is the third highest mountain in the world. Kanchenjunga is situated in the eastern part of Nepal in Taplejung district of Nepal, Providence 1.
Kanchenjunga base camp trekking is planning to visit both sides of Kanchenjunga base camp. It is very worth it to visit the north and south base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Many trekkers visited Kanchenjunga base camp to collect diversity of culture, land and the wonderful mountain views. The climbers or mountaineers visit Northside of base camp to push the summit of Kanchenjunga.
Asian Hiking Team organizes Kanchenjunga trekking as per customer interest and time frame. Normally Kanchenjunga trekking is slightly many days trekking because the Kanchenjunga area lies far from Kathmandu. There is also no access to reach base camp except trekking. It is possible to fly or drive to Surket or Taplejung airport. Your trekking will start the next day from Sukhetar. It is also noticeable that the seasonal road heading to Mitlung or Chirwa however we recommend in our itinerary start trekking from Sukhetar. After a few days of trekking we will bring you to Ghunsa which is a very nice and famous settlement. After Gunsa we plan to visit Pang Pema base camp. On Kanchenjunga base camp trekking we have one very important pass which is called Sele la pass 4290m. It is not high but the mountain terrace and the beautiful view connected to both sides of base camp. South side of base camp called Oktang, 4730m visit from Ramche then we trek back to Yamphudin which is one of the beautiful settlements. Kanchenjunga base camp trekking continues down to Medibung then we drive to Biratnagar again.
There are other options you can return to Sukhetar or you can come to Biratnagar or Illam or Bhadrapur. The starting and ending point you can decide as your time frame.
Day 1: Kathmandu flight to Biratnagar and same day flight to (Taplejung) Suketar 2300m, overnight in Suketar.
Early morning half an hour drive to domestic airport in Kathmandu than take flight to Biratnagar 40 minutes (transit in Biratnager, waiting time is depend on weather) continues flight to Surketar (Taplejung) 25 minutes, after your arrival, transfer to Hotel, and explore the small town (ready for trekking), overnight hotel. (Note: if your flight on time and want to walk a little bit also possible but some time no flight from Biratnager, if not, no worry next day flight to Suketar (Taplejung) and continued trek to Mitlung, we can make it. As well as some time direct flight to Suketar too)
Day 2: Suketar to Mitlung 912 m 6 hours.
We officially kick start the day with a downhill walk to Mitlung. The trails throughout the lower sections of the Kanchenjunga region pass through fertile valleys with beautiful pastures and small villages. We then cross Hangdewa River and walk alongside the raging Tamor River. As we gradually head in a northerly direction the trail steepens after a few hours before a final descent of 350 meters on a muddy trail to Mitlung.
Day 3: Mitlung to Chirwa 1270 m 5.30 hours.
The trail ascends and descends steadily as we make our way towards the village of Sinwa. We continue trekking downhill until we reach Tawa. At Tawa, we ascend to some heights and cross the suspension bridge at Thiwa. We pass beautiful rural landscapes along the way and reach Chirwa, a beautiful Limbu village with few lodges, tea shops etc. Overnight in Chirwa.
Day 4: Chirwa to Sekathum 1660 m 6 hours.
The trek from Chirwa to Sukathum passes through varied landscapes such as cardamom fields and dense forests. We trek uphill for some time then descend to the lush green fields below and continue trekking along the Tamor River passing through a dense forest. It’s both uphill and downhill trek until crossing the Ghunsa River after which we reach Sukathum, spent a night.
Day 5: Sekathum to Kyapla 2730 m 5 hours.
After breakfast we start our trek to passing Amjiosa 2560m our all the way is climb, no flat, we have lunch in Amijiosa can see the Tibetan biggest village and continues trek to Kyapla 2730m. Overnight in Kyapla.
Day 6: Kyapla to Ghunsa 3595 m 4 hours.
Trek starts after breakfast, today our itinerary is a short day so may we have lunch in Ghuna however we passed Phere village 3120m, there are some tea houses. We cross the Tamor River then reach Ghunsa. After reaching us we will bring you to the monastery and small hydroelectricity and shopping etc, overnight in Ghunsa.
Day 7: Rest day in Ghunsa.
We take care to spend time acclimatizing around Ghunsa before continuing our next day’s trek. We recommend you to stay active even in a rest day as it is better than being idle while on a trekking journey. Therefore, we take a short hike towards the Laspsan La monastery through the lush green forest. Come back to Ghunsa by afternoon and relax.
Day 8: Ghunsa to Khambachen 4095 m, 4.30 hours.
Following the river valley, crossing the landslide and river, some time into the jungle then continues ascent to reach Khambachen 4095 meter 4.30 hours. Today we have lunch in the same place because there is not a proper place on the way for lunch. Overnight in Khambachen.
Day 9: Khambachen to Lhonak 4785 m, 4.30 hours.
Today the trekking path is gradually up to reach the flat, we can see the glacier view and many mountain views include Kanchenjunga top. There is no proper place for lunch so we provide Lunch in Lhonak today. After flat area then again cross the river to reach Lhonak 4785m 4.30 hours. Overnight in Lhonak.
Day 10: Lhonak to Pangpema (Kanchenjunga Base camp) 5140m, 4 hours.
It is well worth exploring the upper end of the valley to fully appreciate the peaks that make up one of the largest mountain masses in the world. The main peak of Kanchenjunga and Wedge Peak cannot be seen until we are almost at Pangpema (5140m) and to increase our chances of good mountain views, we aim to spend an overnight here. This will, however, depend on the weather and trail conditions and progress of each particular group member, which will be decided by your guide. The trail follows moraine for much of the time and due to its ever changing nature and infrequent use is often in poor condition. There are a number of alternative side trips in the area that provide impressive mountain panoramas including Tent and Pyramid Peaks and the Twins. One does not need to go far to enjoy the impressive yet varied mountain views. We aim to spend as much time as possible in the area hoping the weather will be in our favor. Overnight in Lhonak.
Day 11: Pangpema to Khambachen 3 hours.
All the way we trek down so not far away but we can reach within 3 hours to khambachen, overnight at tea house.
Day 12: Khambachen to Ghunsa 4 hours.
Asian Hiking Team guide follow the same way back to Ghunsa, it takes 4 hours. Overnight at Tea house.
Day 13: Ghunsa to Sele La pass base camp 4290m, 5 hours.
It’s a steep trek upward from Ghunsa to Sele-Le. Upon reaching Sele Le we climb through a dense forest of moss, rhododendron and juniper. Lunch will be served in an appropriate place with the availability of water. We spend the night in Sele Le.
Day 14: Sele la pass base camp to Tseram 3870 m, 7 hours.
We do an uphill trek and enjoy the mesmerizing south side view of Jannu Himal and Makalu (the world's 6th highest mountain). Today is a strenuous trekking day as we cross several passes- Sinion La, Mirgin La and Sinelapche Bhanjyang. We then make a steep descent to Tseram or Cheram and spend the night there.
Day 15: Tseram to Ramche 4580 m 4 hours.
We ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and walk alongside the Simbuwa Khola, pass through Lapsang village and reach Ramche. While there, we walk further up the valley or ascend a ridge for a tremendous view of blue sheeps. We then follow the stream before climbing on the moraine top until confronted by Kanchenjunga’s south face. We walk further ahead for a glimpse of the Jannu Himal. We can even consider continuing to Oktang Monastery. Descend and spend the night at Cheram.
Day 16: Rest day in Ramche.
Today is a rest day Ramche. After breakfast, we start our trek towards Octang, which is the viewpoint of Kanchenjunga. This is a beautiful walk which has a few climbs; this afternoon walk will take us approximately 3 hrs. The trail climbs into the valley alongside the moraine of the Yalung glaciers. The valley opens up as we approach Yalung, (Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, 4260m). return to overnight place Ramche. (note: if you interest and everyone fine cannot take rest day so directly go to Base camp too)
Day 17: Ramche to Torontan, 2995m, 5/6 hours, overnight tea house/lodge.
As we descend to Tortong we first encounter two trails. One trail is the one we took while descending down from Sele Le. However, we ignore this route and descend further down to the trail alongside the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy the lush rhododendron forest along the way.
Day 18: Toronto to Yambudin, 5/6 hours, 2080m, overnight tea house/lodge
While descending from Tortong to Yamphudin we pass through Lasiya Bhanjyang which involves walking up through trees and an area of landslides. The terrain changes after every monsoon but by the middle of October it should be stable with a route through. Walking further down we reach the village of Yamphudin, a village inhabited by Sherpas, Limbus and Rais, overnight in Yambudin.
Day 19: Yambudin to Khebang 1910m, 4-5 hours, overnight lodge.
We descend from Yamphudin, cross the bridge at Samekham and continue following the Kabeli Khola. We pass through Mamankhe which houses the Limbu Museum and Cultural Center. We then cross the bridge over Khaksewa Khola and ascend through the cardamom forest, pass by a few villages and descend further down to Khebang. Overnight at Yangpang.
Day 20: Khebang to Medibung 1510m, 5/7 hours, overnight lodge.
Instead of going back to Taplejung we descend down to Medibung. By opting for Medibung we will not only be saving us time but will also get to enjoy the landscape of a different route. While descending to Medibung we pass through some really beautiful terraced villages, where the people are very interested to see you. We spend the night in Medibung and enjoy the hospitality of the villagers.
Day 21: Early morning drive to Biratnagar 8/9 hours by local bus/Jeep, Overnight in Guest house.
Today we take a local bus or Jeep to Ilam Bazaar continues to Biratnagar, we follow the time as local bus time so your guide mentions you before you start. As well as if the seasonable road reaches further Medibung wherever possible to catch the bus. It takes 3 to 4 hours to drive overnight at a hotel in Ilam. (Note: porter comes directly to Kathmandu).
Day 22: Early morning flight to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel in Kathmandu.
Early morning flight to Kathmandu as flight schedule, pick up from airport, transfer to hotel, and end your trip, overnight in Kathmandu.
- Airport /Hotel/Airport pick up and drop.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu as itinerary (2-3 star hotel) with breakfast.
- All land transportation (Trekking starting and ending point) as per itinerary.
- Accommodation during the trekking as best available Hotel/Lodge as per itinerary (for camping trekking we provide tented camp and camping meals).
- Major Meals during the trekking; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B/L/D) by Lodge/Hotel menu.
- Domestic air ticket and Cargos fees to/from (if there is mentioned on itinerary).
- Trekkers’ Information Management System “TIMS Card” (Trekking permit) and Special trekking permit for Upper Mustang, Dolpa, Manaslu Tsum valley, Kanchenjunga, Simikot, Nar and Fu valley, etc.
- National Park fees/ Conservation permit.
- Monasteries and Temple entrance fees during the trekking.
- A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder professional equipped English Speaking guide.
- One Porter between each 2 members while on trek (Maximum weight for a porter is 25 Kg).
- Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of Asian Hiking Team staff.
- First Aid Kit.
- Travel & Rescue arrangement.
- All government taxes/ service charges.
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu (with culture show).
- International Airfare.
- Nepal Visa fee.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu as per itinerary.
- Entrance fees in Durbar Square or Temple in Kathmandu.
- Soft/hard drinks, Drinking water, Tea/ coffee during trekking.
- Hot shower, internet & electricity bills during trekking.
- Extra porter (on request).
- Personal trekking gears & clothing (some of equipment is possible to rent in Kathmandu).
- Medical evacuation in case of emergency, Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslides, strikes, political unrest etc. in such cases extra will be charged as per actual.
- Tips or Donation (as you want).