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Kanchenjunga Base camp trek

 

Kanchenjunga is the third highest of the world’s peaks and one of the most remote trekking areas in the Nepal Himalayas. Kanchejunga route trek takes you from the south-eastern corner of Nepal. This trek is one of the greatest mountains in the world. It is one of Nepal’s hidden trekked areas and certainly one of its most beautiful.

This trek starts from Kathmandu fly to Suketar via Biratnagar. This trek is walking through lush rhododendron forests you climb on into high alpine terrain beyond the village of Gunsa. A camp established high above this village that provides astounding views of Kanchenjunga’s South face. Kanchenjunga Base Camp is imaging. Returning to Gunsa you then cross the Lapsung La pass and trek on the Yalung Glacier. This really is still exploratory trekking and you must be prepared to take the trail as it comes. But to look up at Kanchenjuga towering south face is easily reward enough for your efforts. Retracing your route to Suketar you return to Kathmandu, having becomes one of few who have experienced this remarkable and little known region of Nepal. This part of trekking area is known as part of Rai (an indigenous group of Nepal) life style and their way of living. It becomes attraction these days for the trekkers. Many trekkers would like to trek this part.

This trek can also be done by small adventurous groups as a tea-house trek. There is accommodation and food available in all villages. Home stay trek is comparatively least cost so that it is affordable most of you.

Price: Start from USD 2290.00 perperson

Destination: Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Group Size: Minimum 2 pax

Highest Access of the Trek: 5243m 

Grade: Difficult

Best Time: March-May-Oct-Nov

Accommodation: Camping

Duration: 26 Days

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

You will be met by a representative of Alfresco Adventure Travel and transferred to a Hotel. Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. 

Day 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing.
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square.

Day 03 - Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar- 40 mins. Transfer to Guesthouse.
Pick up from the hotel in Kathmandu and take afternoon flight to Biratnagar with your guide from Kathmandu and transfer to guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 04 - Early flight from Biratnagar to Suketar (2,320m) - 30 mins. Trek to Lali Kharka (2,276m) - 3 hrs
A half-hour flight will take us to Suketar Airport in Taplejung where we will be welcomed by the ground staff and porters. The crew will arrange your gear as you have lunch after the flight. In the afternoon we start with an easy 2- to 3-hour walk along the ridgeline to Lali Kharka, a grazing area. Overnight at tented camps.
Day 05:  Suketar to Mitlung (921 m/3,021 ft) 4-5 hrs
We officially kick start the day with a downhill walk to Mitlung. The trails throughout the lower sections of the Kanchenjunga region pass through fertile valleys with beautiful pastures and small villages. We then cross Hangdewa River and walk alongside the raging Tamor River. As we gradually head in a northerly direction the trail steepens after a few hours before a final descent of 350 meters on a muddy trail to Mitlung. We spend the night there.

Day 06::  Mitlung to Chirwa (1,270 m/4166 ft) 5-6 hrs
The trail ascends and descends steadily as we make our way towards the village of Sinwa. We continue trekking downhill until we reach Tawa. At Tawa, we ascend to some heights and cross the suspension bridge at Thiwa. We pass beautiful rural landscape along the way and reach Chirwa, a beautiful Limbu village with few lodges, tea shops etc. We spend the night at Chirwa.

Day 07:  Chirwa to Sukathum (1,576 m/5,169 ft) 5-6 hrs
The trek from Chirwa to Sukathum passes through varied landscapes such as cardamom fields and dense forests. We trek uphill for sometime then descend to the lush green fields below and continue trekking along the Tamor River passing through a dense forest. It’s both uphill and downhill trek until crossing the Ghunsa River after which we reach Sukathum and spend the night there.

Day 08:  Sukathum to Amjilosa (2,308 m /7,570 ft) 6-7 hrs
Trekking from Sukathum to Amjilosa is challenging.  After crossing the suspension bridge outside Sukathum we enter a dense forest, ascend the steep trail, descend and cross the river again. We also climb a gorge from the bottom and pass by Solima village and descend again to the level of the river. All in all, this day’s trekking is rather tough. Therefore, it is advisable to be very careful especially while walking the trail that passes the gorge.  We later follow a tricky trail which goes both uphill and downhill until reaching Amjilosa where we spend the night.

Day 09:  Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730 m /8,954 ft) 6-7 hrs
We start trekking from the river bank, pass through a densely forest of bamboo, fir and rhododendrons eventually reaching a small stone house by the river. We then climb uphill crossing a few small bridges along the way. Here, we get to enjoy the company of stunning waterfalls that originate from the mountains. After yet another short uphill walk we reach the Tibetan settlement to Gyabla.

Day 10:  Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft) 5-6 hrs
We descend down the river and notice the valley as it slowly opens up before reaching Phale, a Tibetan refugee settlement where it is possible to purchase handicrafts and homemade rugs from locals. After purchasing a few souvenirs we travel through conifer and pine forest and reach the Sherpa village of Ghunsa where we spend the night. This place is known for its hydroelectricity plant and the fact that more than 20 prominent conservationists met a tragic end in a helicopter crash.

Day 11:  Acclimatisation day at Ghunsa
We take care to spend time acclimatising around Ghunsa before continuing our next day’s trek.  We recommend you to stay active even in a rest day as it is better than being idle while on a trekking journey. Therefore, we take a short hike towards the Laspsan La monastery through the lush green forest. Come back to Ghunsa by afternoon and relax.

Day 12:  Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 5-6 hrs
From Ghunsa we trek further north along the river bank which presents us with magnificent mountain scenery. We pass through meadows full with beautiful wildflowers, rhododendron and pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, continue past the waterfall and cross the tricky section of the 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.

Day 13:  Acclimatisation Day at Kambachen
We take yet another day for acclimatisation at Kambachen which is reserved to accommodate participants in high altitude and also to observe if anybody in the group has any symptoms of altitude sickness. The overall idea for this day is to relax- take a bath and/or explore the Nuphchu Khola Valley area. We spend yet another night at Kambachen.

Day 14:  Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780 m/15,678 ft) 6-7 hrs
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.

Day 15:  Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5,388 m/17,673 ft) 6-7 hrs
We trek along the Kanchenjunga Glacier to spend a night at Pangpema, Kanchenjunga base camp on the north side. We urge you to be careful around the rockier sections as they are prone to landslides. After a short while you reach Pangpema, a flat grassy base camp.  Climb a little higher and enjoy the splendor of Jannu, Kanchenjunga and Chang Himal.

Day 16:  Trek back to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 6-7 hrs
We retrace our path to Lhonak and continue down the valley to Ramtang Monastery. The return journey offers a different perspective of the mountains Kanchenjunga, Taple Shikhar, Gimmigela, and Mera Peak among others. Due to the descending nature of this trek we will reach Kambachen by evening and spend the night there.

Day 17:  Kambachen to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft) 3-4 hrs
It’s essentially the reverse of our Day 12 trek. We descend to Ghunsa from Kambachen which means that we get to enjoy the beautiful forests along with a backdrop of impressive mountain scenery. Overnight at Ghunsa

Day 18:  Ghunsa to Sele Le (4,290 m/14,071 ft) 6-7 hrs
It’s a steep trek upward from Ghunsa to Sele-Le. Upon reaching Sele Le we climb through a dense forest of moss, rhododendron and juniper. Lunch will be served in an appropriate place with the availability of water. We spend the night in Sele Le.

Day 19:  Sele Le to Cheram (3,870 m/12,694 ft) 6-7 hrs
We do an uphill trek and enjoy the mesmerizing south side view of Jannu Himal and Makalu (the world's 6th highest mountain). Today is a strenuous trekking day as we cross several passes- Sinion La, Mirgin La and Sinelapche Bhanjyang. We then make a steep descend to Cheram and spend the night there.

Day 20:  Cheram to Ramche (4,580 m/15,022 ft) and return back to Cheram, 4-5 hrs
We ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and walk alongside the Simbuwa Khola, pass through Lapsang village and reach Ramche. While there, we walk further up the valley or ascend a ridge for a tremendous view of blue sheeps. We then follow the 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 can even consider continuing to Oktang Monastery. Descend and spend the night at Cheram.

Day 21:  Cheram to Tortong (2,995 m/9,824 ft) 5-6 hrs
As we descend to Tortong we first encounter two trails. One trail is the one we took while descending down from Sele Le. However, we ignore this route and descend further down to the trail alongside the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy the lush rhododendron forest along the way.

Day 22:  Tortong to Yamphudin (2,080 m/6,822 ft) 6-7 hrs
While descending from Tortong to Yamphudin we pass through Lasiya Bhanjyang which involves walking up through trees and area of landslides. The terrain changes after every monsoon but by the middle of October it should be stable with a route through. Walking further down we reach the village of Yamphudin, a village inhabited by Sherpas, Limbus and Rais.

Day 23:  Yamphudin to Yangpang (1,007 m/3,304 ft) 6-7 hrs
We descend from Yamphudin, cross the bridge at Samekham and continue following the Kabeli Khola. We pass through Mamankhe which houses the Limbu Museum and Cultural Center. We then cross the bridge over Khaksewa Khola and ascend through the cardamom forest, pass by a few villages and descend further down to Yangpang. Overnight at Yangpang.

Day 24:  Yangpang to Thorpu (1,500 m/4,290 ft) 5-6 hrs
Instead of going back to Taplejung we descend down to Thorpu. By opting for Thorpu we will not only be saving us time but will also get to enjoy the landscape of a different route. While descending to Thorpu we pass through some really beautiful terraced villages, where the people are very interested to see you. We spend the night in Thorpu and enjoy the hospitality of the villagers.

Day 25:  Thorpu to Birtamod (300 m/ 984 ft) 5-6 hrs
We are most likely to drive from Thorpu to Birtamod which is a lively Terai town in Eastern Nepal. Along the way you will notice the climate getting warmer with a landscape that is different from the mountains and the hills. The town boasts a number of good accommodation facilities therefore we spend the night in Birtamod.

Day 26:  Drive from Birtamod to Bhadrapur then Fly to Kathmandu
The drive to Bhadrapur from Birtamod is only of short distance. We fly back to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur Airport. Upon arriving in Kathmandu you can take a rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel or if you are interested in taking souvenirs for your loved ones, you can shop around the tourist area of Thamel. Alfresco Adventure Travel will be hosting a fantastic celebration dinner for the successful completion of your Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking.

Day 27: Final Depature to your own destination 

COST COVERS: 

  • Conservation/national park fees and all government taxes.
  • Accommodation in the Lodges in Trekking areas.
  • All required  land Transportation  during the Trip
  • Experienced & professional Trekking Guide, his Salary, food & Insurance.
  • Necessary number of porters
  • Kathmandu Valley city sightseeing tour
  • Kathmandu Hotel on BB plan
  • Porter’s salary, foods., insurance &equipments
  • All meals( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
  • First aid box.
  • Celebration dinner after the trip in Kathmandu.

 COST DOES NOT COVER:

  • Medical/personal high risk insurance (suggest have rescue coverage policy as well)
  • Personal Clothing/Gears  for the trekking
  • Tips for  Nepalese staffs.
  • Cost of personal expenses, shopping, Beverage  bills etc.


In January and February the climate is colder. So, at that time high altitude trekking is not recommendable. For January and February, we suggest Langtang trekking, Ghorepani trekking, Jomsom Muktinath trekking.

Useful info

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Where are we receive after arrive at Kathmandu airport?
You are met just outside the arrival lounge of the Kathmandu International airport by our officer.

How do I identify your Officer?
Our officer can be identified easily. They are standing with your name play card. After meeting you are taken to our private vehicle then transfer to the hotel. He also helps you in the hotel check in formalities.

Do they carry their luggage themselves?
According to airport rule as the visitors can meet our officer only outside the arrival lounge, you have to carry your luggage in the trolleys through the custom lobby up to the exit point on your own. After meeting our officer you can hand over it to him. He takes care of your luggage till your check in at the hotel.

Whom should I contact during their stay in Nepal?
We assign one of our officers to look after you, who constantly stay in touch with you during your stay in Nepal. We give you his mobile number. Or you may directly contact to our office number also.

Am I fit to Trekking? Should I do prior preparation to trek?

In fact you don't need to be a mountaineer with rippling muscles to enjoy trekking. If you are reasonably fit, have a spirit of mountain journey and like walking, you are always qualified for any trekking in Nepal. You do not need any previous experience. However we suggest you some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking before you embark on journey.

What is tea house trekking? How is it organized?
Almost in all popular trekking trails in Nepal (Everest, Annapurna, Langtang), local villagers have built tea-house lodges. In tea house trek you stay at those mountain lodges and have breakfast, lunch and dinner in their restaurant. Normally the tea houses are more like hotels with hot showers, continental and Nepali food and comfortable private rooms (twin sharing). If you stay in local hotels, you will also get an opportunity to interact with local hoteliers and their family members and get information about their lifestyle and culture.

What is Camping Trekking? How is it organized?
In a camping trek you will sleep in our tents. The tents are roomy. The sleeping pads/ mattresses are comfortable. All food are prepared and served by our camping crew. Food you get is hygienic and fresh.

What equipments should I bring?
You should bring your personal wear like walking boots and sand shoes, sandal, a water-and wind-proof jacket, woolen shirts, T-shirts, a thick pullover, shorts/skirts and trousers/track suits. Thermal underwear is necessary for high altitudes and cottons are best for lower and warmer altitudes. Also don't forget a water bottle, sleeping bag, gloves, walking stick, knife and sewing kit, torch light with spare batteries, extra boot laces, sun glasses, sun cream, rain coat and personal medical supplies. Bring a duffel bag to put your clothing and equipments in. We provide you porter to carry your kit bag.

What kind of food will be served while on trek?
You will be served freshly cooked food during trekking. In all tea houses/ lodges along trekking trail Western, Continental and Nepali dishes are available. Three meals a day will be provided you in full board (Gold) package.

How long do we trek per day and how high?
Up to a maximum of 5-6 hours a day with lunch breaks along the trail. The maximum altitude is depends upon which trek you are going. In Nepal normally the maximum altitude of most of the trekking falls between 3500m to 5000m.

What is the best season for trekking in Nepal? And can I go trekking in the months of January- February and June- August?
The best time for trekking in Nepal is from mid September to early December and from March to April.

Beside them in other months also you can do trekking in Nepal but in selected regions.

In January and February the climate is colder. So, at that time high altitude trekking is not recommendable. For January and February, we suggest Langtang trekking, Ghorepani trekking, Jomsom Muktinath trekking.

Likewise June July August is the rainy season in Nepal. During this time here occurs heavy rain fall. Mountain views are not clear. For this period we recommend Upper Mustang, Dolpo trekking. These are rain shadow areas where rain falls very little.

June July August is also the best time for Tibet/ Lhasa Tour, Mt. Kailash Tour.

What happens if I get sickness during trekking?
To some trekkers when they go over 3000 m they may feel some affect of altitude sickness like shortness of breath and possibly a light headed which is fairly common. Sometime they may also get diarrhea as well as sprains and muscle aches. In such case our guide who is experienced in first aid treatment and high altitude sickness will advise you about any health requirements and also treat you. Altitude sickness is dangerous but it can be avoidable. If your follow a few simple rules you will not suffer from altitude sickness. Rules are trek slowly with your guide, drink at least two liters of water per day (not including beer or soft drinks), 
If you feel shortness of breath, a slight headache or dizziness, tell your guide and rest immediately. Lie down, drink water. If you are still feeling unwell you may consider going down a few hundred meters. Do not pretend you are okay, and do not go down alone. For further information of altitude sickness.

What happens in the event of an emergency?
Normally trekkers rarely have emergency case like serious mountain sickness. Because our staff do not let you have it. Sometime if there is an emergency incident a helicopter will be called to the spot. You will then be flown with our staff to Kathmandu and taken to the Hospital for treatment. But Helicopter rescue is costly. So we suggest all trekkers do travel insurance covering helicopter rescue and medical.