Kanchenjung base camp: Being one of the untouched and unspoiled trekking routes in Nepal, Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek offers an opportunity unlike others to view high passes, cultural diversity, and chilling glaciers. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek highlights the panoramic views of Kanchenjunga’s West Face and Gapur I, II, III and IV.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek takes about two weeks to accomplish and is regarded as a strenuous trek. The trail towards Kanchenjunga Base Camp touches the settlements of traditional Rai, Limbu, and Sherpa settlers along the way. Along the way, we get to observe villages like Mamangkhe and Yamphuding. Eventually as the altitude increases we get a distinct view of the peaks. The trek may also be extended to SimbuwaKhola valley. TheYalung glacier basecamp is not for the faint hearted to accomplish. The Lapsong La Pass is challenging but leads to the beautiful Sele La Pass and Ghunsa. Distinctive panoramic views of Mt Bokta, Mt. Kanchenjunga and Gapur never leave sight.
The duration of is around Kanchenjunga Trek 24 days and is rated as a moderately easy trek. Kanchenjunga base trek begins after taking a 50 -min flight to Bhadrapur (700 m) from Kathmandu & from Bhadrapur we drive to Tharpu (1820 m) via Phidim. We will start our walk from Tharpu to Kanchenjunga Base Camp at 4,500 meters. The long journey on a less crowded path also rewards us with a unique insight into the rural Nepalese lifestyle of the country’s eastern region.
High Altitude Sherpa can organize your all-inclusive 24 days kanchenjunga north and south base camp. You will be required to get a kanchenjunga conservation Area Project entrance permit, Trekking Management System Card before departing on trek. all permits need to be arranged through a travel or trekking agency. it is not allowed to apply individually for trek. in addition you need to have a special Restricted Area Permit which costs $70 per week and trekkers must travel in a group of two with a licensed guide requires special permit for trekking.
BEST SESSION TO VISIT NEPAL
Autumn Session: September – November
The autumn months of mid-September, October and November are known for being Nepal’s mountaineering and the best time to go trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky with outstanding the views are often remarkable. The valleys are still green and the weather is trifling so trekking is far more pleasurable at this time.
Winter Session : December – February
Winter season is usually snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and comparatively less trekkers on the trail. Winter Treks like Ghorepani pun hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Everest base and Langtang reason treks are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.
Spring Session: March – May
Spring is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. Weather is mostly perfect and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season.
Summer Session: June – August
Though summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around upper and lower Mustang, lower and upper Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas. Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest, Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in summer season.
Team Composition in Trek
There will be one English speaking high altitude experience trek leader. There will be one assistant guide if required. Guide have inclusive knowledge of wilderness medical training. this arrangement ensure that if anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. Porters for luggage carrying: two trekkers: one porters. It is depend number of porter where and how long you doing trek and Depending on the nature of the travel.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
This is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light bag. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip to improve our strength and stability. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. You are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, Self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully.
|Day 1||Kathmandu to Ilam vai Bhadrapur (Flight)||93 m||Lodge|
|Day 2||Ilam to Taplejung (Drive)||1820 m||Lodge|
|Day 3||Taplejung to Lalikharka||2285 m||Tent|
|Day 4||Lalikharka to Khesewa||2120 m||Tent|
|Day 5||Khesewa to Mamankhe||1785 m||Tent|
|Day 6||Mamankhe t0 Yamphudin||2080 m||Tent|
|Day 7||Yamphudin to Tortong||2995 m||Tent|
|Day 8||Tortong to Cheram||3870 m||Tent|
|Day 9||Cheram to Ramche||4180 m||Tent|
|Day 10||Acclimatization Day hike to Ramche to Yalung Base Camp||4500 m||Tent|
|Day 11||Ramche to Cheram to Sele La||4290 m||Tent|
|Day 12||Cheram to Sele La to Ghunsa||3,595 m||Tent|
|Day 13||Ghunsa to Kambachen||4050 m||Tent|
|Day 14||Kambachen to Lhonak||4790 m||Tent|
|Day 15||Day trep to pangpema base camp||4790 m||Tent|
|Day 16||Lhonak to Ghunsa||3595 m||Tent|
|Day 17||Ghunsa to Amjilosa||2308 m||Tent|
|Day 18||Amjilosa to Chiruwa||1270 m||Tent|
|Day 19||Chiruwa to Phurumbu||1545 m||Tent|
|Day 20||phurumbu to Suketar||1820 m||Tent|
|Day 21||Drive to Britamode (Chandargadi airport)||93 m||Lodge|
|Day 22||Britamode to Kathmandu (Flight)||1300 m||Lodge|
Day 01: Arrival in International Airport Nepal (1350m.)
High altitude Sherpa Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Transfer to hotel brief you about tomorrow’s activities and collect your needed documents for our official needs. introduce with your trekking guide check the requirements and briefing about the Kanchenjunga base camp trek each day program. O/n at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu to chandragadi by Flight 45 minute then drive to Ilam
Two options to go Jhapa. If we take deluxe bus, it takes 16 – 17 hours where we will get evening shift bus and catch a plane 45minuts from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur airport then drive to Birtamod jhapa 30 minuts and then drive to Nepali tea Garden Ilam 4-5 hours drive to Ilam. O/n at hotel.
Day 03: Ilam – Panchthat to Taplejung (1820m): 5-6 hours by Bus:
Early in the mornign see sun rise in tea garden Ilam (Nepali Tea Garden) cold and fresh air of green tea then catch local or private vechiel drive down to Panchthar, after the lunch drive to Taplejung. O/n at hotel.
Day 04: Suketar to Lalikharka (2265m/7,431ft): 5-6 hours.
It is a simultaneous ascent and descent on a trail that mostly passes through lush green forests all the way to Lali kharkha. O/n at tent.
Day 05: Lalikharka to Khesewa (2120m/6,955ft): 6-7 hours.
We begin our trek to Khesewa after breakfast. It is mostly an easy descent until Phundrawa. From here we begin our ascent. It is a steep climb until Yangpang from where we climb steadily up until Phumphe Danda followed by another ascent to Khesewa. Our trek will be through forests and small villages. O/n at tent.
Day 06: Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m/5,856ft): 5-6 hours.
After breakfast we begin our trek towards the Kabeli Khola. Next, we walk on a trail that passes through forests before crossing a small stream. On the way, we enjoy amazing views of the Himalayan peaks while also passing through several beautiful small villages. O/n at tent.
Day 07: Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m/6824ft): 6-7 hours.
Today’s trek will be mostly uphill on an easy trail whereby we mostly walk alongside the Kabeli Khola. During the walk we also admire the beautiful ridge behind the stream. We continue our walk and admire a beautiful waterfall nearby. After walking for some time, we cross a small suspension bridge. We pass through small settlements before reaching Yamphudin. O/n at tent.
Day 08: Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m/9,826ft): 6-7 hours.
We begin our walk on a path commonly used by the villagers and pass through terraced farms and green meadows. Along the way, we have the constant company of the Himalayas to enjoy. Our walk will be on a trail along the Amji Khola. We also cross a pass at Lassiya Bhanjyang before reaching Tortong. O/n at tent.
Day 09: Tortong to Cheram (3,870m/12,696ft): 6-7 hours.
We begin our steady climb to Cheram after breakfast. Our trail is right at the side of the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy walking on the beautiful Lalung valley and have Tuplung peak for company for the most part of today’s journey. We pass through thick rhododendron forest and enjoy the magnificence of the Yalung Glacier. O/n at tent.
Day 10: Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4,580m/15,026ft): 6-7 hours.
We begin our short trek after breakfast. From Cheram, we ascend for some time before reaching the snout of the Yalung Glacier. It is a beautiful walk on a valley trail. We also cherish the views of several Himalayan peaks. We pass through a small settlement of Lapsang before reaching Ramche. O/n at tent.
Day 11: Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), back to Cheram.
From Ramche, we walk further up the valley. We then follow a stream before climbing on the moraine top until confronted by Kanchenjunga’s southern face. We walk further ahead for a glimpse of the Jannu Himal. We continue our trek further towards the Oktang Monastery. From here, we climb further up and reach the Yalung Base Camp. The views from the base camp are extraordinary. Kumbakarna (Jannu), Nyukla Lachung and other Himalayan peaks are close by. We descend and spend the night at Cheram. O/n at tent.
Day 12: Cheram to Sele La (4290m/ 14,074ft): 6-7 hours.
We begin our trek after breakfast. We cross four passes today beginning with Sinelapche Bhanjyang. After crossing the pass we continue to Mirgin La pass. We continue trekking and reach the Sinion La pass which is not very far. From here, we ascend to Sele La pass. There are prayer flags strung across one of the steeper sections of the trail which is very near to the Sele La pass. O/n at tented.
Day 13: Sele La to Ghunsa (3,595/11,794): 5-7 hours
We begin our trek after breakfast. We walk towards the north with Tangbgharma Danda nearby. We reach a chorten marked by prayer flags which marks the start of a steep trail. We descend through rhododendron, birch and pine forests before reaching Ghunsa. It is a beautiful village of houses with dark and weathered pine walls and Buddhist prayer flags. O/n at tented.
Day 14: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m/13,287ft): 7 hours.
We pass through meadows filled with beautiful wildflowers, rhododendron and pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, continue past a waterfall and cross the tricky section of a landslide. After crossing the landslide area we begin to see the spectacular view of Mt. Jannu. Further exploring and tackling the tricky mountain trail we finally arrive at Kambachen and spend the night. O/n at tented.
Day 15: Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m/15,682ft): 7 hours.
Today will be another challenging day and an early start is needed. We trek through rocky fields and large boulders on the hillside along the riverbank and arrive at a waterfall. We then cross a bridge to Ramtang monastery. We then come across a landslide section which we must pass through at a steady pace before descending to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak. O/n at tented.
Day 16: Lhonak to Ghunsa (3475m/11,400ft): 8-9 hours.
From Lhonak, we descend all the way to Ghunsa via Kambache. It is the same route we took when we were climbing up. O/n at tented.
Day 17: Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2,308m/7,572ft): 7-8 hours.
From Ghunsa, we descend towards Phale. We pass through several Manes and a monastery nearby. We walk through Juniper forests and reach Phale. From here, it is a steady descent to Gyabla. We cross a bridge over Chhundatangka Khola to reach Gyabla. As we continue our trek, we see a waterfall nearby. We also cross a suspension bridge over Sumbung Khola before reaching Amjilosa. O/n at tent.
Day 18: Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270m/4,166ft): 7-8 hours.
After walking for a while we see a beautiful waterfall nearby. We continue our trek and pass a small settlement of Solima before crossing a suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola. We cross another suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola and reach Sukathum. Our trail passes through several villages and is beside Thunsa Khola at first followed by Tamor Nadi before reaching Chirwa. Overnight in Chirwa. O/n at tent.
Day 19: Chirwa to Phurumbu (1,549/5,082ft): 7-8 hours.
We notice that the settlement starts to get thicker as we are descending. Our trail is alongside lush vegetation. We pass through several villages before reaching Sinwa. From here we continue our descent and cross a bridge over the Sisne Khola. Now we are in the Pathibhara Trek trail. We pass through another village and cross another suspension bridge this time over the Yaphre Khola to reach Phurumbu Village. O/n at tent.
Day 20: Phurumbu to Suketar (last walking day of trek)
Our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek ends today. We can take a much needed break after reaching Suketar. We continue our walk on the Pathibhara Trek trail. O/n at tent.
Day 21: Drive to Britamode (Chandargadi airport. O/N at hotel.
Day 22: Fly Back to Kathmandu. O/n at hotel.
Day 23: Kathmandu Sightseeing:
Day second we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu.World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. N /n at hotel.
Day 24: Final Departure to your own destinations:
Generally 3 hours before your flight time to get Kathmandu airport is needed in Nepal.
The following basic equipment check lists should help you with your packing. Below are just lists for your information and ideas of clothing’s.
1: Sun hat or scarf
2: Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
3: sunglasses with UV protection
5: Light and expedition weight thermal tops
6: Fleece jacket or pullover
7: Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
8: Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
9: Down jacket [you can rent in Kathmandu]- necessary
10: Lightweight gloves
11: Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12: Fleece liner gloves
13: Underwear ( minimum 4 and according to length of your trip)
14: Hiking shorts ( minimum 2 and according to length of your trip)
15: Lightweight cotton long pants
16: Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
17: Fleece or wool pants
18: Gore-tex jacket
19; Gore-tex jacket trouser
20: thin, lightweight inner socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)
21: Thick, warm wool hiking socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)
22: Hiking boots with spare laces
23: Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
24: Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F [Can rent in Kathmandu]
25: Headlamp and batteries
26: Basic First Aid Kit
27: Day pack 35/45ltr
28: Water bottles (2)
29: Small wash towel
30: Swise nkife
31: Leap gurd 30spf
32: sun cream 50spf
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If you are Going Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, you Should Carry the Complete Medic kit.
First Aid Kit:
1. Povidone-iodine cream-1 tube.
– Antiseptic cream.
2. Cotton- 1 roll.
–For dressing wounds.
3. Dressing gauze –5 pcs.
– For dressing.
4. Crepe bandage –2.
– Sprains and strains,also great as a sling for arm fractures.
5. Band- aid –10.
6. Dressing tape –1.
– Great not just for dressing but falsifier mild soft tissue injuries especially in the knee and ankles.
7. Moleskin second skin-1 packet:
– Great for treating chaffing and blisters.
Finger Pulse Oximeter:
1. Normal arterial oxygen is approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).
2. Values fewer than 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.
3. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent.
4. Values under 90 percent are considered low.
8. Paracetamole 500 mg- 20 tablets:
– For mild headaches.
9. Ibuprofen 400mg -10 taplets:
– To relieve moderate to severe pain.
10.Throat lozenges –20:
– For cough and sore throat. Given the cold dry mountain air,it is a good idea it have one in your mouth even without any discomfort.
11.Decongestant –10 tablets:
– For nausea congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudo ephedrine recommended.
12. Antihistamine –10 tablets:
– For allergies.
13. Antiemetic –10 –tablets:
– To control the vomit and nausea.
14. Azithromycin 500mg – 10 tablet:
– For bacterial diarrhea.
15. Omeprazole 200mg –10 tablets:
– For minor gastric upsets and acidity.
16. Tinidazole 200 mg-3 taplats(500mg-12 tablets):
– For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.
17. Acetazolamide 250 mg –20 tablets:
– For helping with acclimataization and treating mild AMS.
18. Dexamethasone 400mg-10 tablets:
– To be used only under expert supervision to treat AMS.
19. Nifedipine 60mg- 10 tablets:
– To be use only under expert supervision to treat HAPE.
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