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Mount Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Mount Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek follows a new trekking route in North Sikkim through Lamo-ang-dang. The highest altitude reached in Mount Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is 5050m at Green Lake. The Green Lake provides you the grandest view of the Mt Khangchendzonga, the Simvo, Twin Peaks, Nepal Peak and distant Mt Chomolhari in Bhutan. The view of Mt Siniolchu, the most beautiful peak in Sikkim from is a sight not to be missed. The trek passes through water logged Rhododendron thickets offering twenty different kinds of Rhododendrons.

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Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
(No meals included)

Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

After the meeting and a hearty breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at around 9:45am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist  shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying  in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is The Lion gate, The Golden gate, The Palace of fifty five windows, Art Galleries, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 03 - Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar- 40 mins. Transfer to Guesthouse.
Pick up from the hotel in Kathmandu and take afternoon flight to Biratnagar with your guide from Kathmandu and transfer to guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 04 - Early flight from Biratnagar to Suketar (2,320m) - 30 mins. Trek to Lali Kharka (2,276m) - 3 hrs
A half-hour flight will take us to Suketar Airport in Taplejung where we will be welcomed by the ground staff and porters. The crew will arrange your gear as you have lunch after the flight. In the afternoon we start with an easy 2- to 3-hour walk along the ridgeline to Lali Kharka, a grazing area. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 05 - Trek to Khesewa (2,120m) - 5 hrs
After traversing the hillside a short way, we descend to the village of Pakora along the Phawa Khola, crossing a suspension bridge before beginning the steep climb up towards Kunjuri. Lunch will be taken somewhere below Kunjuri. The afternoon's walk takes us on a short distance over the crest of the ridge to our campsite at Khesewa. We get our first views of Kanchenjunga, and should be able to clearly make out the south and main summit along with Yalung Kang. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 06 - Trek to Mamankhe (1,920m) - 5 hrs
Today the path covers steep hillside through terraced fields high above the Kabbeli Khola. There are some ups and downs crossing side valleys but there are many shady spots to rest. After lunch, we pass the village of Anpan, before descending to cross the Kashawa Khola and finally, we climb again through terraced fields to the village of Mamankhe. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 07 - Trek to Yamphudin (2,080m) - 6 hrs
The walk starts with an easy climb to Yamphudin along a track which contours the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. The path has several ups and downs as we cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides. Generally the route is flat and the river eventually becomes level with the trail, a couple of hours before Yamphudin. At last we can stop to bathe in one of the clear pools within this beautiful river. It is truly an idyllic spot. After lunch by the river we complete the day's walk to Yamphudin, the most remote settlement in this area and the last village we will see until we reach Ghunsa. It is a charming place tucked away beneath the ridge of Deurali Danda that we cross next. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 08 - Trek to Chitre (2,965m) - 5 hrs
Beyond Yamphudin the trail ascends a steep spur, a gentle introduction for what will come. Leaving villages behind we trek through pleasant forest, stopping for lunch in a meadow capturing fine views of the north and south. A steep descend to the river an interesting bridge across the Omje Khola to our campsite in Chitre. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 09 - Trek to Tortongn (3,010m) - 6 hrs
Starting the day with 3 hours of steep ascent to the crest of the Deurali Danda in dense forest most of the way. From the 3,230m pass we see Jannu, definitely closer! We descend across some steep and exposed areas before entering the forest again. The sharp descent through beautiful forest continues down into the valley of the Simjua Khola. Across the interesting-looking and challenging wooden bridge is Tortongn, a camping place with numerous rock shelters amid towering conifers. The steep hills make today a tough 6 to 7 hours trekking. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 10 - Trek to Tseram (3,870m) - 6 hrs
Today we follow the river through a more beautiful forest, the conifers giving way to the rhododendron forest. The valley climbs fairly steeply, with the day progressing the trees become more stunted and scattered, giving us glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead and the massive snout of Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong peak start to peep over the moraine. Camping at Tseram, a grazing area, the night temperatures will remind us that we are really gaining height. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 11 - Trek to Ramche (4,580m) - 4 hrs
This is a shorter day's walk up the final 600m to Ramche where the trail to Kanchenjunga South turns dangerous. The scenery is magnificent as we ascend past the snout of Yalung Glaciers into a series of ablation valleys, which gives easy walking and good camping. A frozen lake, clear streams and views of Koktang, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of this stroll. Expect to feel the altitude today. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 12 - Explore around Ramche (4,580m) and trek to Oktang (4,730m) - 5 hrs
Our first close encounter with Kanchenjunga. Following the valley round to see the stunning south face of Kanchanjunga and Jannu. We get across the Yalung Ri Glacier and continue by a sweeping curve, at Oktang, 4,730m, suddenly we are confronted with the southern wall of the mountain. This vast ridge forms a cirque over 15 kms long, nowhere less than 7,500m high and with three main summits of Kanchenjunga at 8,420m, 8,586m, and 8,474m! It is a breathtaking mountain panorama and especially impressive is Jannu while observing the glaciers flowing from its east face. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 13 - Trek to Yalung Ri Base Camp (5,400m) - 5 hrs
This extended part will take you to the high altitudes. It requires determination. The crossing of high passes requires good weather, and of course perfect logistic support. Expect to get acclimatized with the altitude today. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 14 - Trek back to Ramche (4,580m) - 5 hrs
Yalung Glaciers and a series of valleys, give good walking and perfect camping. A frozen lake, clear streams and magnificent views are the highlights of this stroll. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 15 - Trek to Sallerle over the Mirgin La (4,480m) - 6 hrs
We trek down the valley, passing the turn off to the high and challenging Labsang La route to Ghunsa and the north side of Kanchenjunga. This pass is rough and dangerous, especially for porters so we take the more southern set of passes, beginning with the Mirgin La. After an initial steep climb and several false summits we reach Mirgin La. Apart from the magnificent Jannu, on the horizon are Makalu, Gyakung Kang, Everest, Lhotse and Chamalang. To the south it is possible to see down to the Terai, a panorama worth the effort. Our campsite will be beyond the pass, after 6 to 7 hours tough walking. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 16 - Trek to Ghunsa (3,475m) - 5 hrs
Although there are four more passes, there is little descent between them, so in effect it is a high scenic area. After lunch the descent brings us to Lamba Sumba Kharka, where there are more views of the awesome Southwest Face of Jannu. From Kharka the going is easy again down a pleasant forested trail to the village of Ghunsa, where we camp in the village. Ghunsa is a picturesque Tibetan village; prayer flags flutter from the wooden houses and there are two monasteries, a welcome sight after the many days of wilderness. One of the local specialties’ is 'Tongba', a curious alcoholic drink. A jug or large bamboo cup is filled with fermented millet seed and boiling water pored over. The flavour and alcohol seep though and you drink it with a special straw. You might need a drink after the tough 4- to 6-hour walk. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 17 - Trek to Kambachen (4,040m) - 6 hrs
Gradually the trail ascends to south of the Ghunsa Khola and crossing flood plains while emerging on a pasture situated at the north side of the river. A steep climb to a slope from where it crosses a slide and then descends to Lakepo. A short climb from here to the village of Kambachen 4,040m. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 18 - Exploration day at Kambachen
Today we spend acclimatizing to high altitude. It also doubles up as a rest day and can be used for a short morning hike to explore the area around Kambachen. Those who feel the urge should be able to catch up on their laundry. Otherwise, a good book should get you through the day perfectly. It is essential to acclimatize to the higher altitude as you have been spending a lot of time at lower altitudes.

From here there are good mountain views of the peaks near Kanchenjunga which are visible. You can hike up the ridge above the village for better views or take a day hike to Jannu Base Camp. The Nepali name for Jannu is Kumbakarna. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 19 - Trek to Lhonak (4,790m) - 6 hrs
A gradual climb through rocky fields gets you to Ramtang at elevation of 4,240m then crossing northwest of the Kanchenjunga Glacier you reach Lhonak, which is on a sandy plain near a dry lakebed. You will camp between the boulders here to stay out of the wind. There are beautiful mountain vistas all around. Water is very scarce in Lhonak and you will need to use only as much as absolutely necessary. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 20 - Trek to Pang Pema (5,140m) - 4 hrs
The main Kanchenjunga peak is only visible from Pang Pema, which is the base camp for expeditions on Kanchenjunga. From Lhonak, the trail gradually ascends across the plain but soon gets steeper as it follows the moraine. Pang Pema is at a height of 5,140m. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 21 - Explore around the Kanchenjungha Base Camp (5,100m) and retrace your steps to Kambachen - 5 hrs
A climb of 200m or 300m on a morning hike up a ridge, north of Pang Pema, provides a great vantage point with views of Kanchenjunga, Wedge Peak, the Twins and Tent Peak. As usual the descent goes faster and you can reach Kambachen the same day. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 22 - Trek to Ghunsa - 6 hrs
More descents thru magnificent sections of forest as long as we make Amjilosa tomorrow. From Ghunsa an hour down we pass through Phole, a village in two parts. The upper section houses Tibetan refugees who are well established, the second is the winter village of Ghunsa. Further down is Yangswa, a great and warm camp. Overnight at tented camp.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 23 - Trek to Amjilosa (2,460m) - 4 hrs
Initially we pass thru the beautiful forest opening out to steep, grassy hillsides where Amjilosa is perched. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 24 - Trek to Sakathum (1,600m) - 5 hrs
After a short climb we begin the steep descent that will take most of the day. We reach the joining of the Tamur and Ghunsa Kholas. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 25 - Trek to Chhiruwa (1,200m) - 5 hrs
We cross the Simbu Khola, which originates from Kanchenjunga's south base camp, the Khola that we followed up from Torontan. It is pleasantly warm at these low altitudes and cardamom grows freely in the moist shaded forest. Crossing numerous small tributary streams we reach Chhirwa, a village set among large boulders. We camp in a field out of the village. This is an easier day. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 26 - Trek to Suketar (2,420m) - 5 hrs
Traversing in an out of minor valleys, we pass thru a succession of picturesque villages on our way to Suketar, reaching around late afternoon. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 27 - Fly back to Kathmandu
Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited one last time on the 30-minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 28 - Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
It's also spare day in case the flight to Kathmandu is delayed. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you.) Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
(Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included)

Day 29 - Transfer to the international airport for your final departure
The trip concludes today. Our Airport Representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
(Breakfast Included)

 

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (4 nights)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
  • All your standard Meals prepared by our expert camping cook and kitchen team during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc.)
  •  English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • All special trekking permits & fees.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Air fare and airport departure tax for Kathmandu-Suketar-Kathmandu Flight.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (On Day 2).
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (On Day 27th).
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Alcoholic and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.