Nepal Kanchenjunga base camp Trek

Trip Overview

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.

High Altitude Sherpa has accurately drafted the itinerary for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. It also offers services that promise safety as well asan extraordinary time for the ardenttrekkers who want to book a cheerful expedition towards the charismatic, riveting and stimulating Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.


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

 There will be one English speaking high altitude experience trek leader. There will be One assistant guide if required.

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.

 


Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

– This is a moderate trek suitable for  who have the skill trekkers to walk 5-7 hours a day with a light bag.

Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip to improve our strength & stability.

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.

 Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.

Outline Itinerary

DAYS ITINERARY ALTITUDE O/N
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

Detail Itinerary

 

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.

Equipment List

The following basic equipment check lists should help you with your packing. Below are just lists for your information and ideas of clothing’s.

 

Head:

1: Sun hat or scarf

2: Light balaclava or warm fleece hat

3: sunglasses with UV protection

 

Upper Body:-

4: T-shirts

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

 

Hands:

10: Lightweight gloves

11: Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

12: Fleece liner gloves

 

Lower Body:

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

 

Feet:

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

 

Accessories:-

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

FAQ

What is the best season for this trekking?

  • Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek. From July to mid-September is raining season in Nepal. The best season for this Tour is any time between January to June and September to December.

 

How fit do I need to be for this trek ?

  • This is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack.  Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip are a good idea to improve our strength and stability. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however you are in excellent health with average physical fitness.  Have a positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.

 

How long do we walk each day?

  • This is best measured in time – about 5 to 7 hours for each full day (or 10-15 km) in hilly   terrain. In the morning we walk from 8-11 am and in the afternoon from 1-3 or 4 pm. 1/2-day or full day for rest is planned for each trek over 8 days in length

 

Are there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

  • We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

 

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?

  • YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.

 

What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

  • Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

 

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

  • Yes, our airport representative will be there to receive you at the airport. high altitude sherpa will be show high altitude sherpa sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

 

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?

  • We use standard rooms at three tourist stander hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.

 

Are the food and water safe to eat and drink? 

  • Hygiene when trekking generally has improved extensively over the last ten years. local trekking guide knowledge to choose the lodges, which maintain a high standard of hygiene. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat. Most lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe, we suggest a drop of iodine to be totally sure. We discourage the purchase of bottled water for the obvious environmental reasons. Please bring a water bottle with you, which you can refill.

 

How much additional money do I need per day?

  • It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.

 

What mode of transportation do you use  ?

  • Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggy back rides on mules and yaks.

 

Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

  • Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us.

 

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

  • There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry mobile with local sim card and easily you can buy on arrival time in airport. Also we have kept a satellite phone which has poor connection for the network of phones. Our guide’s use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee..

 

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit?

  • Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates.

 

Can I add extra days to my trip?

  • High altitude Sherpa can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible or if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure before departure tour.

Cost Included

  • Airports pick and drop by private Car
  •  Accommodation Kathmandu with bed and break fast
  • Domestic Flight, All land transportation as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with guide by privet car
  • One weeks Special Permi kanchanjunga.
  • Kanchenjunga conservation  entry Permit and Tims card
  • All accommodation in Tea houses and tented camps as per the itinerary
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trip
  • Experienced high altitude guide and staff and porters services
  • Satellite Phone for emergency communication.
  • Oxygen Bottle Back up Oxygen Cylinder, mask and regulator for emergency .
  • Gamow Bag 1 Rescue sled (Gamow bag) for emergency
  • Transportation, meals, accommodation, allowance, equipment and insurance for all the staff including guide
  • Trekking camping equipment
  • Farewell dinner with typical Nepali culture

Cost Not Include

  • International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepali Visa fee US$ 40 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 100).
  • Lunch & dinner In during the stay in Kathmandu city (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.)
  • Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
  •  Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required.
  • Personal Expenses Telephone, Internet, battery recharge, shower, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages, beer, coke,
  • Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears & Equipment.
  •  internet Service during the trek in not included.
  • Tips:  Tips for Guide, porters and staffs.
  • Extra: Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary.

First Aid

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.

 

 


Medication:

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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Quick Facts

  •   Destination: Nepal-Kanchanjanga Trek
  •  Activities: Culture/Jungle Tour Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu Capital of Nepal
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu Capital of Nepal
  •  Group size: 1+pax
  •  Best Seasons: Sep/Nov and Mar/Apr
  •   Meals: Breakfast In ktm & All Meals During The Trek
  •   Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu &Tea House During the trek
  •   Transportation: Bus-jeep-Flight Kathmandu-Kathmandu

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