Trekking and Walking

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Nepal

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Trip Rating

N/A

Trip Duration

21 Days

Trial Access

Private & comfortable drive with domestic flight (KTM-Biratnagar-Suketar-Biratnagar-KTM)

Country

Nepal

Max Altitude

Mirgin La (4,580 m) M

Activity Level

difficult

Group Size

Min 2 Pax

Best Season

Spring (Mar, Apr)

Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

Kanchenjunga is one of the most widely acclaimed mountains in the Himalayan range and often closely follows the Everest in rankings. While it is located in a remote corner of the country (Nepal), due to its popularity, many hikers visit this peak every year. As a result, there are always expeditions leaving for the Kanchenjunga. We follow common and well-used trails that will lead us straight to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

We cross various terrains like farmland and uneven valley settings to reach our destination. There are two Base Camps at the Kanchenjunga and our aim will be to arrive at the South Side Base Camp. This Base Camp is widely known Ramze while the North Side Base Camp is known as Pangpema. Kanchenjunga was, at one point of time, famously thought to be the tallest peak in the world. But as of 1850, Everest was claimed as the tallest peak in the world followed by K2, and then Kanchenjunga.

The extraordinary aspect of the Kanchenjunga range is that while the main peak is not the tallest peak in the world, the range itself is home to the largest collection of peaks over 7000 m. Towering the neighboring peaks at 8586 m, the main peak stands beside four subsidiary summits – Yalung Klang (8505 m), Kanchenjunga Central (8482 m) and Kanchenjunga South (8494 m) and Kangbashen (7903 m).

Some of the other well-known peaks in the range include Jannu (7710 m), Jongsong (7483 m), Kabru (7353 m), Tent Peak (7365 m) and the Twins (7350 m). The countless other remarkable peaks in the range are simply overshadowed by the taller peaks but they definitely merit a mention.

A walk to the north side of Mt Kanchenjunga involves a steep rise to Mirgin La (4663 m) from where we are privy to spectacular views of the Himalayan range of peaks. Since the North Side Base Camp is located in Nepal, we have to circumambulate the range, skirting Mt Jannu to reach Pangpema (5,100m).

We pass through the quaint Tibetan village of Ghunsa, experiencing the typical mountain living. At Pangpema we are provided with a great vantage point from which we can see the Kanchenjunga in all its glory and icy blue splendor. This trek is one of the most popular and sought after among avid trekkers.

This 21-day long trek is a new trail and less touristic place which will add quite an adventure on you life.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

30 mins

1,350 m

Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Himalayan trekkers and transfer to Hotel.

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 2

Half-day Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation

1,350 m

You can spend this day exploring some of the World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley for some time and prepare for the trek in the afternoon.

Breakfast

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 3

Scenic flight to Biratnagar

35 mins

80 m

We will take an hour of flight towards Biratnagar in the afternoon. Biratnagar is one of the biggest cities in the eastern development region. After arriving at Biratnagar we will explore the city and prepare for the trek that starts tomorrow.

Breakfast

3 star hotel

Day 4

Fly to Suketar & trek to Lali Kharka

40 mins flight & 4-5 hrs trek

2,220 m

After breakfast, we will take a half an hour flight to Suketar. Upon arriving at the Suketar airport we will meet the trekking crew and head towards Lali Kharka for an overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ tented camp

Day 5

Trek to Keshwa

6-7 hrs

2,100 m

After breakfast, we will walk through small settlements and terraced farms and cross a bridge over the Phawa River. A couple of hours from the bridge we will walk to Kunjari and stop for lunch and a brief rest. After lunch and rest, we will walk past the villages of Tambala and Bhanjyang. We can have an excellent view of the sunset over Kanchenjunga from Bhanjyang. Overnight at Keshwa.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays

Day 6

Trek to Mamanke

6-7 hrs

2,000 m

We will follow the trail along the Nandeva River today after breakfast. After walking past a dense forest and the village of Loppoding will reach the right bank of the Kabeli River where will take a short break before heading towards the village of Anpan.From here we will ascend towards Ponpe Dhara. After a couple of hours of walk from Ponpe Dhara, we will reach Mamanke for overnight camping.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 7

Trek to Yamphudin

4-5 hrs

1,650 m

We have a short walk compared to the other days of the trek. We will do the overnight camping at Yamphudin. After walking through terraced farms and small villages with few tea houses we will reach Yamphudin in 5 hours.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 8

Trek to Lamite Jungle Camp

6-7 hrs

2,920 m

After breakfast in Yamphudin, we start ascending the steep spur and again descend to cross the Omje River. Walking through a beautiful and dense forest, we stop for lunch in a meadow atop this spur, which commands fine views of the valley beyond Yamphudin to the south and of the Omje Khola Valley and Deurali Danda to the north. A steep descent to the river brings us to our campsite in a clearing in the Lamite forest.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 9

Trek to Torontan

6-7 hrs

3,080 m

We will continuously ascend for 3 hours through a dense forest to the top of Deurali Danda (hill) after breakfast. As soon as we reach the top of the hill Mt Jannu is seen welcoming you by heartly. After crossing the pass, we descend across some fairly steep and exposed scree slopes before re-entering the forest, where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, a steep descent takes us down into the valley of the Simbua River and after crossing an interesting wooden bridge, we arrive at Torontan. This campsite lies amongst the towering fir trees of what is now a mainly coniferous alpine forest.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 10

Trek to Tseram

7-8 hrs.

3,750 m

We will start walking along the right bank of the Simbua River and walk past the pine and rhododendron forests. The trail is fairly steep and, as the day progresses, the trees become sparser and more stunted, giving us glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead and of the massive snout of the Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram, the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong peep over the moraine. We camp at Tseram, where night-time temperature plummets, reminding us that we are really gaining height.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 11

Trek to Ramche

3-4 hrs

4,360 m

Today the walk lasts for around 4 hours before we reach Ramche. We will ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier, a frozen lake, numerous streams and excellent view of the peaks like Kokthan, Rathong, and Kabru. Overnight at Ramche.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 12

Helicopter

Rest day at Ramche

4,360 m

Today we will take rest and acclimatize at Ramche. You can explore the surrounding area and visit some of the glaciers.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 13

Trek beyond the Mirgin La

6-7 hrs

4,663 m

After breakfast we will walk past the settlement of Lapsang, before turning off towards the Mirgin La - the pass we must cross in order to reach Gunsa and the north side of Kanchenjunga. After a brief rest at Mirgin La pass, we will start descending with the excellent view of Mt Jannu, at the backdrop. We will make the campsite in an appropriate place beyond the pass.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 14

Trek to Gunsa

5-6 hrs

3,475 m

We will descend further to Lamba Sumba Kharka from where we can get an excellent view of the south-west face of Jannu. From Lamba Sumba Kharka we will follow a well-defined trail to reach Gunsa, our overnight destination.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays

Day 15

Trek to Kyapra/Tang

5-6 hrs

2,300 m

From Gunsa, our route out of the mountains follows the beautiful Gunsa and Tamur rivers and passes through spectacular forests of rhododendron, conifer, birch, and oak. The valley sides here are steep and the trail follows the river as it cascades downwards. We pass through Kyapra, the last of the Tibetan villages, and, an hour or so further on, we camp in the forest at a spot called Tang.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/ local homestays

Day 16

Trek to Sakathum

5-6 hrs

1,600 m

Today we will head towards the village of Sakathum for an overnight stay. We will reach the village of Amjilasa in a couple of hours. Till here the trail is easy but now onwards we start the steep descent for the next 3 hours until we reach Sakathum for overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/ homestays

Day 17

Trek to Chirwa

5-6 hrs

1,180 m

We will start heading towards Chirwa for overnight today. It will be a walk of around 6 hours. Midway in the trek, we will see the confluence of two rivers, Simbua, and Gunsa at Tamur Kosi. We will follow the trail along the Tamur Koshi and reach the village of Chirwa.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays

Day 18

Trek to Phurumba

6-7 hrs

1,542 m

We will start walking towards Phurumba today and stop at Mitlung for lunch. We will continue further through the zigzag trail with paved stone. It will take us around 4 hours to reach the village of Phurumba from Mitlung.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays

Day 19

Trek to Taplejung – Suketar

3-4 hrs trek & 2 hrs drive

2,300 m

We will walk for around 3 hours to reach the Taplejung village. Another couple of hours from Taplejung will take us to the airstrip at Suketar.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ guest house

Day 20

Fly back to Biratnagar-Kathmandu

2 hrs

1,350 m

After breakfast, we will take a flight to Biratnagar and then the same day afternoon flight to Kathmandu.

During day time you can stroll the local market of Ason, Indrachowk, and Thamel for souvenirs to friends and family members.

In the evening, joining the team of Himalayan trekkers for farewell dinner with a cultural show.

Breakfast & Dinner

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 21

Final departure

30 mins

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.

Please do visit Nepal on your next vacation!

Breakfast

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu and Biratnagar, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome or Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • All airport transfers (pick-ups & drop-offs)
  • All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All domestic transfers 
  • 3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Biratnagar as per the itinerary
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as per the itinerary
  • All required Permits & TIMS Card
  • English speaking experienced guide
  • Porters fees
  • First Aid Kid Box
  • Bottled Water
  • Welcome/Farewell dinner
  • All required government taxes & official expenses

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Visa fees USD 25 Cash on arrival
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, and others
  • Beverage expenses
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the includes section

Gearlist

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing