Min 2 Pax
Private Vehicle / Flight
Mar-May & Sept-Nov
Watch the magic unfold on the Great Himalayan Trail!!
As a first off precaution to avoid hikers, we would like to mention that this 38-days Kanchenjunga Makalu Base Camp Trek is designed for hardcore trekkers exhibiting superior strength and climbing skills. For a more relaxed version of this trek, suited for the lesser prepared, please look into our other trekking itineraries to find your best fit. This itinerary focuses on herding trekkers over the Great Himalayan Trail (“GHT”). The Great Himalayan Trail is more than a line on a map It is a way to enjoy the beauty of the Himalaya while helping the people who live there. For the most part of the trek, we will traipse across the GHT and follow it from the Kanchenjunga Base Camp to the Makalu Base Camp. We pass adjacent to the Tibetan border and have a small glimpse into the flowing cultural and geographical differences between the two countries. Some key elevations to remember are that of Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586m) and Mount Makalu (8,481m). By the end of this journey, you would have conquered the third and fifth highest peaks in the world. As mentioned before, this trek is not for the faint of heart and upon completion, you will be one of the handfuls of trekkers that actually conquer the GHT.
We begin our journey with a little peeks into what truly awaits us. At the area around the Kanchenjunga, we are privy to a panoramic view of a number of summits including Tent Peak, Nepal Peak, and Cross Peak. From the first Base Camp, we rest at, we are able to see Mount Kanchenjunga in all its majestic glory. From the North Base Camp, locally known as Pangpema, we head to Ghunsa. The sights at Ghunsa are indeed a treasure to safeguard. We then overcome the Nango La (4,820m) and descend into the Yangma Valley and to Olangchunngola, a small hamlet known for the yak farming.
We further ascend to a height of 5,160m and ford the Lumba Sumba to reach Chyantang. Known for the Lhomi, an indigenous culture influenced by both Buddhist and Shaman traditions, we can experience a taste of what this sparse population practices. From the town of Chyantang, we head on towards Mount Makalu having shared our journey so far with other trekkers from the Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
Our second leg of the journey culminates in conquering the Makalu Base Camp, following which we descend into the Barun Valley. After a walk along the bottom of the valley, we once again emerge at Shipton La Pass (4,125m) and onto Tumlingtar airstrip to catch our flight back to Kathmandu.
Why Kanchenjunga & Makalu Base Camp Trek GHT
- Kanchenjunga ‘The Five Great Treasure Houses of Snow’.
- Trekking around the fifth highest peak in the world.
- Isolation and the virgin trekking trials.
- Least Trekking destination.
- Walk past through charming forests of pine, oak, rhododendron and juniper.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Half Day sightseeing and Trek preparation
Day 03: Finding our bearings
Day 04: Drive to Taplejung/Suketar, trek to Mitlung (921m)
Day 05: Trek to Chirwa (1,270m)
Day 06: Trek to Sekathum (1,660m)
Day 07: Trek to Amjilossa (2,510m)
Day 08: Trek to Gyabla (2,730m), through stone shelters at Thyanyani (2,400m)
Day 09: Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m)
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa (3,595m).
Day 11: Trek to Khambachen (4,050m)
Day 12: Rest day/Acclimatization day
Day 13: Trek to Lhonak (4,785m)
Day 14: Day walk to Pangpema (5,143m)
Day 15: Return to Ghunsa (3,595m)
Day 16: Rest day/Contingency day
Day 17: Trek to Nango La Camp (4,160m)
Day 18: Cross Nango La pass (4,820m) and trek to Yangma Khola
Day 19: Trek to River Camp (3,700m)
Day 20: Trek to South High Camp (4,450m)
Day 21: Trek to North High Camp (4,400m)
Day 22: Trek to Thudam (3,550m) with glimpses of the Makalu
Day 23: Adventurous trails to Kharka (2,750m)
Day 24: Follow the GHT to Chyantang (2,190m)
Day 25: Rest day
Day 26: Trek to Forest Camp (2,900m)
Day 27: Trek to Molun Pokhari (3,950m)
Day 28: Trek to Dhunge Kharka (3,590m)
Day 29: Unusual campsite at Cave Camp (3,900m)
Day 30: Trek to Kalo Pokhari (4,200m)
Day 31: Steep climbs and falls to reach Kharka (4,100m)
Day 32: Following Barun Khola to Yangla Kharka (3,560m)
Day 33: Trek to Langmale Kharka (4,450m) across lovely yak pastures
Day 34: Day walk to Makalu Base Camp (4,900m). Spectacular views of the Makalu await
Day 35: Trek to Dobato (3,800m)
Day 36: Cross Shipton La Pass (4,125m) and descend to Khongma (3,560m)
Day 37: Plunge to Seduwa (1,540m)
Day 38: Across a suspension bridge to Num (1,500m)
Day 39: Rest day
Day 40: Return to Tumlingtar
Day 41: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 42: Free day at Kathmandu
Day 43: Final Departure