Kanchenjunga North and South base camp Trek

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 29 days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max Altitude: 4700
  • Min Altitude: 1335
  • Walking per day: 5-6 hrs
  • Accomodation: Hotel,Tea House
  • Trek Nature: Trekking
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: 3+

Trip Overview

Kanchenjunga North & South Base camp Trek with Himalayan Alpine Adventure takes place in the far-eastern region of Nepal traverse through deep remote Himalayan ranges of Nepal giving the opportunity to view the focal perspectives of Mount Kanchenjunga. This trekking trail is opened for tourist in recent 1998 which is a rewarding destination that provides the travelers an opportunity to explore the one of a kind perspective of Mt Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain of the world. This trekking adventure is categorized as the long walking holiday of the great Himalayan treks.

Mt Kanchenjunga 8516m. is considered the world’s “Five Treasures of the Snow” with the proud height of 8586 meters above sea level making it the third highest peak in the world. This Himalayan region covers the borders of Nepal, Tibet, India, Pakistan, and China and is a part of the Himalaya peaks of Mount Everest.  Kanchenjunga North & South Base camp Trek is a marvelous trekking and walking experience on the foothills of mount Kanchenjunga which is a huge ice massif residing in the northeast region of Nepal towards the borders of Tibet and Sikkim of India. This region is the most remote and untouched mountain civilization of Nepal that is full of beautiful mountain and valley landscapes along with magnificent perspectives of Himalaya summits. Kanchenjunga North & South Base camp Trek takes the travelers to the base camps of northern Kanchenjunga and southern Kanchenjunga. The trekking adventure takes place through spectacular views of Jannu Mountain Peak from the high pass of Mirgin La along with peaceful village laying on the borders of Sikkim an Tibet.

Kanchenjunga North & South Base camp Trek starts from Kathmandu where the travelers take the ride to Basantapur passing through the cities of Dharan, Dhankuta, and Hille. The travelers take the trek from Basantapur to Chauki which takes six hours where Chauki is a small village with few lodges and Nepali tea shops. The travelers carry on their trekking crossing through deep remote Himalayan places to Gupha Pokhari, Gurja Gaon, Dovan, Mitlung, Chhirwa passing through dense rhododendron forests, traditional villages along banks of Tamur Koshi river. From Chhirwa travelers pass through Sekathum, Amjilasa, Gyabla, Ghunsa and rest at Ghunsa for acclimatization. Gunsa is the highland village of Tibetan and Buddhist culture inhabited by people of Tibetan ethnicity. After getting more energetic from rest the travelers continue their travel from Ghunsa to Khambachen, Lhonak, Pangpema, finally to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. At Kanchenjunga, a north base camp travelers can enjoy the views of the snowcapped Himalayas and high glaciers of Kanchenjunga along with canyons of mountain glacier where water flows all the time. The falling scene of avalanches in this region is the captivating scene of Kanchenjunga northern base camp. The travelers then travel from lhonak to Ghunsa following with Mirgin La, Tseram, Oktang till they reach Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. During their travel to south base camp the travelers pass through thin forest accompanied mani walls, prayer flags hanging over the tree, mountains goats and yaks grazing over the hills. During ascending from Mirgin Lo to Tseram the travelers will travel through nearly desert zone and stony trails. Following the trails, the travelers will encounter Lapsang La glacier, Mirgin La glacier, and snow-capped mountains finally the rest at Tseram villages with very few stone roof houses and yak sheds. During the trekking trail, the travelers will witness the Yalung glacier and Lapsang glacier along with perspectives of snowcapped Kanchenjunga and surrounding Himalaya peaks. As travelers move forwards to closeby of the south base camp of Kanchenjunga base camp passing through Oktang glacier finally they reach the zone with panoramic views of Mount Jannu, Kanchanjunga along with surrounding peaks near the border of India. After spending some time in the south base camp of Kanchenjunga the travelers then travel from Oktang to Tseram, Yamphudin, Kkhebang, Tharpu, Gopetar and finally passing through from Phidim and Illam travelers reach Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Kathmandu- Biratnagar by flight & Transfer to hotel
Biratnagar fly to Suketar trek to Taplejung
Trek to Mitlung
Chhiruwa
Trek to Sekathum
Trek to Amjilasa
Trek to Gyabla
Trek to Ghunsa
Rest Day at Ghunsa
Trek to Kambachen
Kambachen Rest Day
Trek to Lhonak
Lhonak-Pangpema-Lhonak
Trek to Ghunsa
Trek to Sinion La Base Camp
Trek to Tseram via Sinion La
Trek to Ramze
Exploring day
Trek to Tortong
Trek Yamphudin
Trek to Phuphe Danda
Trek to Lalikharaka
Trek to Suketar
Suketar Fly Kathmandu via Biratnagar

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to hotel Rest of the day free.

Day 02: Fly to Bhadrapur, drive to Phidim, 6 hours We take a morning flight to Bhadrapur. From there we drive for 2 hours to Birtamod, and for a further 4 hours to Phidim where we overnight.

Day 03: Drive Phidim to Taplejung (or Suketar) 7 hours, trek to Lali Kharka (2270m) 3 ½ hours walk We set off early to make the journey by road from Phidim to Taplejung, or to Suketar. On arrival, we meet with our porters and after loading up, we start trekking. We follow a ridge to start with, before descending through forests to the valley and our overnight stop on the slopes near Lali Kharka (2270m).

Day 04: Lali Kharka to Khare Bhanjyang6 hours walking The day starts with a descent through the village of Tambawa to Pakora, where we cross the Phawa Khola by the suspension bridge. We then climb steeply into the forests, which will give us welcome shade from the heat of the day. From the top of the pass at Khare Bhanjyang (2170m), we may get our first views of distant Kangchenjunga. We camp below the ridge among the terraced fields.

Day 05: Khare Bhanjyang to Mamamkhe (1830m)7½ hours walking Today’s walk starts with a descent to warm up, passing several villages, including the delightfully named Funfun, where we may get our first views of impressive Jannu. The rest of the day is up and down to the next camp at Mamamkhe, a substantial village of about 60 houses (1830m).

Day 06: Mamamkhe to Yamphudin (1735m)4 hours walking A shorter day, largely of contouring, as we follow the valley above the river Kabeli Khola. Climbing through terraced fields we reach Yamphudin (1735m), the most remote permanent village on our route.

Day 07: Yamphudin to Omje Khola (2445m)4 hours walking We start the day with a climb to the pass at Dupi Bhanjyang (2684m). Trekking downhill through the woods we come to our camp near the Omje Khola river (2445m).

Day 08: Omje Khola to Thoronton (2995m)7 hours walking Leaving the farmlands behind, we now trek mostly through the forest and pasture land. We gain further height to cross the pass of Lamite Bhanjyang (3430m), descending to the valley of the Simbua river that flows from the Yalung Glacier. We camp in the wooded valley at Thoronton (2995m).

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Thoronton We have an acclimatization day at Thoronton and a local walk to gain height during the day are recommended, returning to spend a second night at the same altitude. This is a very important aspect of our trek and will undoubtedly assist with the success, as well as with our enjoyment of it.

Day 10: Thoronton to Tseram (3890m)6½ hours walking Though we continue to gain height, today’s walk is gentle and follows the Simbua river. The rhododendron forests thin to give superb views of Kabru (7338m) and Talung (7349m). Our campsite is at Tseram (3890m) and at this altitude, we can expect a colder night.

Day 11: Tseram to Ramze 4110m4½ hours walking Today we reach the tree line and the landscape opens out to the valley of the Yalung Glacier, littered with moraines and glacial debris. We follow the northern edge of the glacier with good views of Kabru South (7317m), Rathong (6678m) and Kotkan (6147m). We camp by the shepherds’ huts at Ramze(4110m).

Day 12: Ramze acclimatization and exploration day We have an acclimatization day at Ramze. For an acclimatization walk, we can move further up the Yalung Glacier. We start to get views of Kangchenjunga’s south face. Reaching Oktang (4624m), Jannu’s icy east face towers above. It may be possible to climb higher for better views if time and energy permit – your sirdar will advise on this.

Day 13: Ramze to Yalung A further morning is spent in the Ramze area for acclimatization and exploration. In the afternoon we trek back down to Yalung in preparation for crossing the Mirgin La.

Day 14: Yalung to Mirgin La (4640m)8-10 hours walking We start the long climb up towards Sinelapche La(4640m), the highest point on the route, followed by the crossing of the Mirgin La Pass. The views of nearby Jannu are spectacular but distant Makalu, the Khumbu Himal and the mountains bordering Tibet are a panoramic backdrop. Our camp will depend on the availability of water but today could be a very long day.

Day 15: Mirgin La to Ghunsa4-5 hours walking We descend through rhododendron forests to Ghunsa, a Sherpa village and our first contact with permanent habitation for almost a week. Ghunsa (3414m) nestles on the valley floor. If it weren’t for the mani walls and prayer flags fluttering in the breeze, the setting could almost be alpine. Forests of giant deodar and other conifers, bearing masses of Spanish moss, grow up the hillsides.

Day 16: Ghunsa – Kambachen5 hours walking Climbing steadily today but the terrain starts to open out, with less forest and better views of the mountains. With the climbing over, we trek around the flank of the valley in full view of imposing Jannu (7710m) known as the ‘peak of terror’. We camp at Kambachen (4090m), the summer home of Ghunsa’s people.

Day 17: Kambachen – Llonak A day of spectacular scenery as we are back in among the high peaks. The walking is easier today but no doubt the altitude will slow us down. We pass the summer pastures of Ramtang just before reaching the moraines of Kangchenjunga’s glacier. We camp at the pastures of Llonak (4700m) just beyond the glacier in view of Tent Peak (7365m), Nepal Peak (7168m), Wedge Peak (6750m) and Mera (6335m). 6 hours walking

Day 18: Llonak – Pang Pema4 hours walking If we have fully acclimatized we will continue with the short walk into the Base Camp at Pang Pema, though the altitude and distracting scenery are likely to slow us down. The campsite is at 5139m, lying at the entrance to a vast cirque formed of Wedge Peak, Ramtang (6700m), Kambachen (7902m), Yalung Kang (8505m), Kangchenjunga (8586m), The Twins (7350m) and Cross Peak (6510m). This is a dramatic setting for a well-earned supper. It is from here that in 1979 that Doug Scott, Pete Boardman, Joe Tasker, and Georges Bettembourg prepared for the third ascent of Kanchenjunga, and the first ascent of the north-west side.

Day 19: Pang Pema exploration/contingency day We have a free day to explore these wonderful surroundings. In case of any delays on our walk in, this day can be used as a contingency day.

Day 20: Pang Pema – Ramtang4 – 5 hours walking We start our journey back down the valley. Though we are backtracking, a journey is never quite the same in reverse. There may be chances to photograph scenes missed on the journey in.

Day 21: Ramtang – Ghunsa 4 hours walking A leisurely walk down the valley to Ghunsa.

Day 22: Ghunsa – Kyapra4 hours walking A pleasant day walking through the dense forest with occasional monkey troupes for the company. Camp at Kyapra (2770m).

Day 23: Kyapra – Amjilassa6 hours walking A longer day, but as we get lower down, temperatures warm up and a welcome bathe in the river awaits.

Day 24: Amjilassa – Chirwa8 hours walking Continuing our descent down the valley but now through cultivated land. Today will be a long day.

Day 25: Chhirwa – Taplejung Our final trek to Taplejung ends with a short climb back into the town, where we stay overnight.

Day 26: Drive to Phidim After breakfast at Taplejung we will take a packed lunch for the 9-hour drive to Phidim where our staff will prepare dinner. Overnight camp.

Day 27: Drive to Biratnagar, fly to Kathmandu We have to start early for today’s 9-hour drive to Biratnagar. We take a late afternoon flight from Biratnagar to Kathmandu.

Day 28: Free in Kathmandu at leisure Optional excursions may be taken (bookable through our Kathmandu office) or you can shop for fine crafts. This day may be required for traveling back from Biratnagar if there were any problems with the journey.

Day 29: Depart Nepal Transfer to Kathmandu airport for international flights.

Equipment List

  • Personal trekking equipment pack list for guideline only.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Sandal.
  • Rucksack.
  • Trousers.
  • Gloves.
  • Sun glass.
  • Down jacket.
  • Wind proof jacket.
  • Wind proof trousers.
  • Water bottle.
  • Walking pole.
  • Towel.
  • Toothpaste and tooth brush.
  • T-shirt.
  • Woolen cap.
  • High neck.
  • Socks 3-4 pairs.
  • Head lamp with extra battery.
  • Lip guard.
  • camera.
  • Personal medical kit

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