Trip Duration 25
Group Size 2-15
Accomodation Hotel & Tea House
Be the part of adventure in the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek, where the magical and mystical Himalayan ranges welcomes you with grandeur celebration. Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world with an astounding altitude of 8586 meters.
Kanchenjunga lying at the Far North Eastern part of Nepal bordering with Sikkim of India in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area offers the majestic scenarios during the trek. Kanchenjunga is regarded as the hidden gem in terms of the less crowded to present date however considered as the highest peak until Everest was discovered.
Kanchenjunga trek is a remote travel to wilderness which require longer time to attain the success than any other base camp trek which ultimately gives the timely schedules to witness the majestic nature in wilderness. Kanchenjunga and the trek is separated by the sparse settlements of the local inhabitants between far ridges, grooves and passes which gives the achievement of trek in every day of trek.
Kanchenjunga base camp trek is usually termed as South camp trek which is feasible but in points there can be north camp trek too which can be achieved via strenuous effort. The altitude of Kanchenjunga southern camp is 4780m and whole trek can be achieved in a total of 25 days. Kanchenjunga is regarded as “The five treasure of Great Snow”.
Trekking in Kanchenjunga is less touristic, remote thus considered as untouched natural heritage of Nepal. The bioavailability of wildlife in terms of diversities include Musk dear, red panda, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, impedance pheasant, red-Billed blue magpie, shy dragon, many more. The stunning elevated altitude offers the alpine, subtropical and vast plain region filled by pine, fir, oak, birches, rhododendron, bamboo, and many more forest. We can see many turquoise river running downhill with the crystal clear water and witness majestic glacier lakes and moraines near the majestic snow-capped mountain bases.
Explore this beautiful landscape, Culture, Panoramic views of Kanchenjunga Himalaya range, glaciers, remote villages, yaks, Himalayans alpine forest with pasture land, and unique Tibetan cultures with the beautiful aurora of nature.
Kanchenjunga trek offers the majestic and panoramic views of majestic peaks like Lhotse (8516m), Everest (8848m), Makalu (8841m) and many more. This hidden trail of Himalayas presents the mystique taste of nature and offers the grandeur picturesque scenes and scenarios which will definitely melt the heart and blow the mind.
Kanchenjunga trek starts from the foothill of the Taplejung district of the eastern Nepal. It is initiated after a 45 minutes to Bhadrapur from Kathmandu. The 3 hour drive to Taplejung then initiates the trekking route. The base camp can actually be attained in 11 days of foot trek where the whole trek can be completed in 25 days. As per client time we are increasing and decreasing 1/2 days.
Kanchenjunga base camp trek difficulty lies in the range of hardest trek in the world. According to one’s strength and enduring capacity, Kanchenjunga trek demands extra physical fitness so one should not be suffering from the knee or ankle problem alongside heart and lung diseases. Who are looking for adventure trekking in Nepal this trek is suitable for them.
This trek is completed by 6-8 hours and some days 8-10 hour walk per day with small backpack having enough breaks in between. Thus preparing for this trek with adequate exercise and fitness 1-2 months prior the trek date, are seen crucial. These could include, daily walking, go for a hike, a long walk once in a week, doing yoga related breathing etc.
As this trek is lengthy than any other base camp trek, one must be patient and show the good enduring capacity to accomplish the trek.
Kanchenjunga base camp trek almost covers 220 minimum walkable distance thus one must be physically fit, mentally prepared and have good stamina. These capacities makes this trek easy, and achievable within time frame.
Food and accommodation are the priorities for every travelers during their trek. As, Kanchenjunga south base camp trek almost lies in the rural part of the country and the 5star hotels or the best food and lodging cannot be achieved. However there are presence of excellent lodge houses and hotels. An overall 24-25 nights are stayed in the trek and 2-3 days are added to the stay in Kathmandu. The hotels are mostly twin sharing and the single bedroom can be managed upon your request.
Food is essential during the trek. Burning of food is the essence for energy to achieve this 5000s meter trek. There’s a saying in Nepalese “Dal Bhat power, 24 hour” meaning the dal Bhat gives you the power to withstand for almost a day. The national cuisine is dal Bhat however Sherpa’s cuisine or the foods such as momo noodle soups and other local dishes curries, lentils and vegetable can be prepared upon your wish and request.
Breads, eggs, momo, ramen noodles, desserts such as ice-cream, porridge, and steaks are commonly found and included in the menu. No traveler must worry about their foods as we prepare a detailed list of your taste and include it to the hotel and place of your stay during the trek. We provide standard meals of the day as breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We highly encourage you to drink green tea, hot or warm water, coffee and want you to be fully hydrated in course of trek. We strongly encourage you to avoid the hard drinks and highly caffeinated drinks and dairy products as they may cause difficulties in higher elevation to your physiology and health.
Travelling to the altitude above 5000s is the hardest and the proper sense of the climate is a must. However the meteorological condition cannot be accurately forecasted by the weather reports. It is important to know about the proper knowledge in the season where the climate fluctuation is less and gives the immense opportunities in enjoying picturesque views with the scenic mountainous trek to the highest altitude mountain of the world.
Tourist, professional climbers or locals travel the circuit trek throughout whole year. However there can be ups and downs during the path. Thus, the proper time for travelling can be in spring or autumn. The vivid and alluring blue skies and fresh verdant lushly green paths make this Kanchenjunga Base camp trek memorable.
In the spring i.e. between February and June has the best achieved climate. The temperature lies between the ranges of 20 degrees to 5 degrees in the night. The skies or clear, no hue or cloud are seen, the path are green and lushly, the adequate snow on mountains and the drizzling crystal clear water on stream alongside the pine and rhododendron forest.
Similarly, the best season is between Septembers to early November. This is also the best time as lots of traveler are seen in the trek and a rapid peak or influx in tourism is seen. No fluctuation in weather with the adequate temperature make this season excellent. The Nepalese major festivals; Dashain and Tihar also lies in this season. The skies are clear and the season is excellent for the trekking.
Though not highly preferred, rainy season from early June to late august can be the time to achieve trekking. This season has the most changeable climate i.e. from clear to rainy weather. However, the time isn’t harshest as no snow falls in this season and one can enjoy the monsoon alongside the rocky mountain terrain.
The period between late Novembers to early February is not preferred as it is the winter season and have the harshest cold. The most casualties heard occur during this season. The continuous down pouring of icefall and the temperatures to the minus degree Celsius in minutes makes this trek almost impossible. Thus choosing the best time is must while pursuing this luxury trek in Nepal.
Acclimatization is the process of adjusting the physiological condition of body with the environment. The body needs to acclimatize while changing the high elevated altitude during its rapid changes and is crucial. The period of acclimatization must be selected according to physiology and the strength.
In Kanchenjunga base camp trekking, acclimatization are normally preferred in Sama Gaun (3520m), Dharmasala (4420m) and Bhimtang (3750m) region. This acclimatization increases the oxygen saturation in the body and maintain your health to the fittest. The latter is for the enjoying the serenity of the trek and enjoying the peaceful Himalayan ranges.
As elevation above 5000 is regarded dangerous and altitude sickness can occur luxury trekking provide you with emergency relief procedure with standby heli services during the travel. The oxymeter and oxygen cylinders are kept to the guides or porters for your safety as requested.
The detailed itinerary are prepared with the advice and guidance of guides, locals and porters where the suitable acclimatizing days and the walking distance are chosen.
The altitude generally varies from 1400m i.e. in Kathmandu to 5143m i.e. Kanchenjunga south base camp. Thus altitude gradually rises to 5143m and the later days it gradually decreases.
This trek is usually covered in 22 days of foot travel including acclimatizing days. The walking time is usually preferred as 5-6 hours a day. This trek lies in the level of difficult trekking style which can be achieved with little strenuous effort and hard work.
Kanchenjunga trek starts from the foothill of the Taplejung district of the eastern Nepal. It is initiated after a 45 minutes to Bhadrapur from Kathmandu. The 3 hour drive to Taplejung then initiates the trekking route. The base camp can actually be attained in 11 days of foot trek where the whole trek can be completed in 25 days.
In the lower part of the trek, communication can be maintained via SIM phones or via the internet media. After the elevated altitude the signals tend to lower and the lodge house or guesthouse gives the accessibility of Wi-Fi or internet accessibility. Sat phones are also available.
During the travel, we as a responsible party always maintain the contact to our client at least once a day via various media and full detailed media are briefed for the proper communication channeling to prevent any mishap during the trekking.
Communication strategies are commonly provided to guides and porters where our client can take full advantages for communication if they don’t have Nepalese sim cards or phone for communication to their beloved ones.
Trekking to the places like Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek has many possibility of failure and mishap. As in such elevated altitudes anything may go wrong and may cost everything on line. Thus travel insurance must be prepared before going for trekking and regarded as compulsory requirement.
This insurance must cover the essential medical check-up, Heli rescue during any medical conditions or any calamities during treks. The insurance policy is not sold by Graceful adventure and the trekkers must prepare their insurance certificate by the certified insurance company. The certificate must be presented to Graceful prior to the initiation of the trek. The submission of document results in proper coordination to the rescue mission or any possible mishaps where full flex medicals equipment may be required.
Travel insurance is compulsory for treks like KBC Trek. There can’t be proper prediction of what the future may bring and the method of minimization or prevention is applied for such cases to successfully reduce the any chance of mishap or reduce the maximum impact.
Visas on arrival are almost available to all foreigners where Indian do not need any visa processing. For the visa knowledge and in formation one can visit the site of immigration of Nepal’s website.
Some certain countries are restricted from visa on arrival thus they must contact to their local embassy prior to departure such as Nigeria, Libya, Ghana, Swaziland, Cameroon, Iraq, Palestine e.tc.
The visa fee include $50 USD for 1 month. Similarly $125 USD for 3 month. This fee must be paid by the trekkers themselves.
Similarly, Conservation area entry fee must be paid to National Tourism board and similarly Kanchenjunga restricted area entry fee must be paid.
Tipping is your own choice of presenting the gratitude for your services and within your discretion. You may wish to tip for the services you like or just say “DHANYABAD” in Nepalese term to show your immense gratitude for the service.
Tipping is usually offered at the final day of the trip. Similarly, trekker can tip to the hotel, lodge or people on any day they like. The amount of tipping is entirely upon personal choice and perception.
This is the first day of the whole trek where you will land at the Tribhuvan international Airport in Kathmandu. Our company representatives will pick you up at the airport with the Nepalese garland and sign board. You will then escorted to the hotel chosen to your preferences in Kathmandu. Normally, the hotels are chosen in Thamel area; known for its touristic attribute. But the location can be adjusted upon your preference.
Kathmandu valley is recognized as the Cultural Heritage Center by the UNESCO and these are illustrated by the Fourth world heritage monuments (Pashupatinath temples, Bouddhanath and Swayambhunath stupas, Kathmandu and Durbar Square) which reveal the outstanding range of historic and artistic engineering achievements of ancient wood-carving and crafting, stone masonry, metal works and many more. The Pashupatinath is considered as the most sacred temple of Lord Shiva and Hindu people around the world visit this place while Bouddhanath is the largest Buddhist Mandala in the world. These all give you an insight of Nepali culture.
Your second day starts in the late morning after breakfast. A guide will be appointed to take you in these historical places and gives you detailed information. After the completion of the sightseeing, you will be driven back to your hotel and will be briefed about the next day activities.
After the essential, trekking gears lock and loaded, we will catch our afternoon scenic flight to Bhadrapur. After an hour jeep ride to Illam, we can witness the largest tea plantation area and serves as a major tourist area even for domestic tourists. The picturesque town of Illam hosts large orchards of tea plants and is also famous for the Himalayan chew made of cheese. Illam offers the scenic hilly terrain full of verdant tea plant which serves as the best way to see this incredible place.
After the morning breakfast, we will travel to Taplejung in our private vehicle. We will see the astounding view of beautiful countryside. As, we pass through the highway to Taplejung we cross Phidim to reach Limbu village of Taplejung. At most in 7 hours’ drive we reach Taplejung.
We will stay at the 3 star hotel in the Taplejung or the preference according to our beloved guests.
Trek to Mitlung is the trek downhill. We cross the countryside foot trail via the lushly hills full of rural aurora with mud houses and rural villages. We move past terrace paddy fields, cardamom farms and the lush mid hills forests.
We move parallel with Tamor River until we reach the Village of Mitlung. In this day we may trek for 4-5 hours in total as a slow start. We will overnight at the tree house in Mitlung.
After the morning breakfast, we move through the Limbu and Tamang villages of Sinwa, Tawa, and Porke. Moving through the rocky riverbed terrain with the stones and boulders path, we will reach Thiwa Khola after a brief descending. On crossing the wooden bridge, we will reach Chiruwa. We will reach our destination in about 6-7 hours of trek.
After the morning breakfast in Chiruwa, we will move past various Limbu and Tamang Villages like Taplethok, Tamewa, Hellok, and Lelep. On moving with the bankside of Tamor khola, we will meet the Simbu Khola which originates from Yalung glacier, which we visit on our further trek.
We will move past the verdant forest of these area locating the steep climb to the valley of Ghunsa khola which will eventually bring the Sukethum as our destination of the day. The total trekking hour will be 6 hours.
At the end we will stop our trek by staying at the local teahouse of Sukethum.
After our morning breakfast in Sukethum, we will move along the bankside of Ghunsa Khola. We move past through steep uphill of Ghunsa khola enjoying the amazing and extraordinary landscape of the valley and the green verdant hills. On crossing several bridges over Ghunsa Khola, we will reach the Tibetan village of Amjilosa. The trek is Amjilosa will be slight difficult and is attained after a 7 hours trek uphill.
We will overnight in the tea house of the Amjilosa.
Amjilosa to gyabla is the exposure to the sub-alpine vegetation where we will pass through the forest of oak, fir, pine, juniper and rhododendron. The scene and scenario are quite eye catching as we move past several. On several ascent and descent across the valley we will reach gyabla in the trekking time of 6-7 hours.
Overnight in Gyabla.
With a light morning breakfast, we leave the beautiful Gyabla village. As a slow ascension through Ghunsa Valley through a broad meadow, we climb a small hill and descend to cross the river to reach the Tibetan village of Ghunsa. Ghunsa village is filled with rural countryside experience with Tibetan architecture filled with unique art carved in their wooden houses, an ancient watermill, a primary school, and a health post.
At approximate of 7 hours trek we will reach and Overnight at a lodge in Ghunsa.
Acclimatize is to adjust the physiology of body with the thinning air.as we ascent to Ghunsa valley with a gain of about 800m, we will acclimatize there and visit several places of the valley. We will take a short hike where we spend the day exploring the ancient village of Ghunsa visiting monasteries and learning about their Buddhist culture and tradition.
After the morning breakfast in Ghunsa, we will begin the trek across the verdant forest via bankside of Ghunsa Khola and passing several Mani walls of the Tibetan culture. We trek across the alpine region of rural Nepal to witness the glacial moraines to reach the Tibetan settlement of Khangpachen from where we can get the stunning view of the Himalayan ranges such as the north face of Jannu (7710m). After the trek of 6 hours we will reach Khangpachen.
Overnight at a lodge in Khangpachen.
Leaving Khangpachen after the heavy breakfast, we follow the ancient trail across left side of Kanchenjunga Glacier. The trek in high plateau continuosly takes us to campsite of Lhonak. From Lhonak, we can see the panoramic view of majestic Himalayan peaks like Wegde Peak (6802m), Mera Peak (6364m), Twins (7350m), and many others.
We will reach lonak at about 5 hours. Overnight at a lodge in Lhonak.
This is the day where we accomplish the finale of the trek. We head towards Kanchenjunga Base Camp following the trail along the glaciers on the northern ridges. The camp is also known as Pang Pema as we say is Kanchenjunga Base Camp from where we witness the mesmerizing and spectacular view of Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m).
The spectacular view with the astounding ranges makes the trek enjoyable. In this day, we will attain the highest altitude of the trek. We will then walk back to Lhonak. The over day trek will be at least 7 hours.
After the morning breakfast in Lhonak, we redirect ourself to the valley of ghunsa, leaving spectacular views of KBC and Lhonak. We move along the huge glacier such as Kanchenjunga glacier and kumbhakarna Glacier. The trekking time is usually 7 hours.
Overnight in the tea house in ghunsa.
After the morning breakfast in Ghunsa, we trek along inclined rocky trail through lushly verdant forest of Pine, Fir, Oak and rhododendron. Along the trek we witness the majestic and picturesque view of Jannu (7710m), Nyukla Laching (6670m), Temachunggi (6044m) and several peaks
The trekking time will be at least 7 hours. We still stay at a tea houses or lodges in High Camp.
After the morning breakfast in high camp, we start the schedule of the strenuous day of the trek. We will pass through he two major peaks of the peak i.e. the Sele La (4480m) and Sinion La (4660) pass. While crossing these passes, we witnness an amazing view of Yalung Glacier, Jannu (7710m), Makalu (8481m), Barun tse (7129m), Kanchenjunga (8586m.
We will then descend to Tseram. The overall trekking time will be at least 9 hours. We will stay at the tea house in Tseram.
After the light breakfast in late morning, we start the trek. We Pass the moraines of Yalung Glacier and ascend towards Ramche valley. We witness the verdant Pasteur in the region with sheep grazing everywhere. We can see a large lake around the area with clear water. We will then descend to the Tibetan valley of Ramche where we can see many stupa and monasteries.
We will trek for at least 5 hours where we stay at the guest house in Ramche.
In the morning, after a light breakfast we will then move toward the Yalung Base Camp area. On the way we pass through glacial moraines and challenging rocky path. Finally after reaching Oktang the spectacular and grandeur view of Jannu (7720m) and Kanchenjunga (8586m), and several other peaks will definitely melt the hear. We will the redirect toward the Tseram, we we will pass the same meady Pasteur of the region.
The overall trekking hour will be 8 hours where 2 hours is for hike to oktang and 6 hours for the trek down to Tseram. We will stay at the local tea houses of the region.
After the breakfast in tseram, we will then trek down into the sub alpine region of oak, fir, pine and rhododendron forest. We will then pass through the Tibetan villages where we can see many stupa houses and monasteries where we can find peace and solace.
The trek down will be relatively easy. The total trek time will be at least 6 hours. We will stay at a local Tea House in Tortong.
On starting the trek with morning breakfast we move along the bank side of Amji Khola. On crossing Lasiya Bhanjyang (3310m) and Dhupi Bhanjyang (2620m), we will reach the beautiful valley of Yamphudim. Yamphudim is a village inhabited by a mixed community of Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, and Gurung. The unique blend of these diverse ethnic group presents the special amalgamation of culture, tradition and in special cuisine.
After a 7 hour trek downhill to Yamphudim, we will stay at a local lodge house.
After the morning breakfast, we bid farewell to the beautiful village of Yamphudim. On trek downhill we pass through several valleys, waterfalls, and forest area running parallel with many turquoise strams and rivers. We walk past small settlements in the region of several ethnic group. After crossing the Kabeli River, we will then arrive in the Khebang village.
This is the final foot trek day where we will trek at least 5 hours to reach there. We will stay at the tea house.
On this day, we take our private transport i.e. jeep to Illam enjoying the view of green hills, snow-capped mountains, rivers, and daily activities of the locals throughout the ride. From the mountainous trek and a jeep ride will take us to flatlands of Nepal.
Illam, an exceptionally beautiful district of eastern Nepal is reached at 7 hours of jeep drive. We will then stay at the 3 star hotel in Illam.
After a morning drive to the Bhadrapur airport, we will then catch a flight to the capital. The morning flight will definitely make us witness the aerial view of northern majestic Himalayan peak, green verdant hills along with the flat plain of terai at once.
We will then stay at the initial Hotel in Kathmandu. At this final night in Kathmandu, we the company staff and our client will have a final dinner in Kathmandu where we would very like to know about the whole experience and proper suggestion from the trip
According to your flight timing and schedule, we will arrange your essential requirement. If you have enough time we will take you for additional Kathmandu sightseeing and further shopping as you like.
Finally we will drop you to the airport and bid you farewell. You will then have a safe flight to your “home sweet home.”
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