Bold and beautiful in sublime measures, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m) is even more mysterious when depicting its glory to the world owing to the surprisingly fewer influx of traveler. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is the mixture of raw Himalayan nature, unspoiled mountain valleys, and ancient Buddhist culture. Heading to far-eastern Nepal, the trek is the epitome of pristine nature and exquisite Tibetan-Buddhist practices predominant in the trails. Kanchenjunga trekking is a journey for those who want to explore different bio-diversities and experience remoteness in the most isolated of the Himalayan settlements.
Recognized as one of the best camping treks in Nepal, Kanchenjunga trekking takes you to eastern Nepal, also known as the Kirata region. The journey begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur followed by a drive all the way to Suketar. The trail goes up and down continuously taking you through the wild and remote regions with great views of the majestic snowcapped mountains. Exploring the virgin trails, you trek through Sukethum and Amjilosa; from where the settlements drastically reduce as you continue further north. Passing Gyabla and making a brief stop at Ghunsa, you head to Kambachen and then to Lhonak. Pangpema, the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, is a few hours walk away from Lhonak and boasts of panoramic views of the Kanchenjunga Mountains. Trekking back to Ghunsa, the trail diverts to Sele La pass and reaches Tseram. Heading to the Yalung Base Camp, you cross Ramche village and trek back to the village on the return journey. Passing Tortong and Yamphudin, you will get a thicker company of human settlements and villages to come into frequent sights. Trekking to Mamankhe and Kande Bhanjyang, the trail leads to Lalikharka and concludes at Suketar. You finally return to Kathmandu marking the end of an illustrious Kanchenjunga trekking. This is a high altitude trek over a period of 26 days so you need to be physically fit and willing to ‘rough it’. Talking about the seasons, March to May and October to November are the best seasons for this trek.
Epic Adventure Treks is a leading operator of tours, treks, and trips in Nepal. We take care of your trekking permits, transport, accommodation, and every other necessity for the Kanchenjunga trekking. You will be accompanied by our expert guides and well-trained staff who will look after you throughout the entire journey.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||TIA Kathmandu|
|HIGHEST ALTITUDE||5160 m|
Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Early in the morning, we take a direct flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, a town in Jhapa district in eastern Nepal. The flight is for 45 minutes. Upon arrival, the change in topography and climate can be felt. We meet the rest of the members at the airport and drive to Birtamod Bazaar. Overnight in Birtamod.
Today we leave Jhapa and drive to Taplejung in the eastern hills of Nepal. The scenic drive will take us from the plains in Jhapa to the vast tea plantation area in the small hills of Ilam to the traditional Kiranti settlement of Taplejung, inhabited mostly by the Rai and Limbu ethnics. Overnight in Taplejung.
After breakfast takes an early flight to Suketar and then descend to the village of Aangsyanpati and on to the Tamor River. Most communities are located on high moderate slopes above somewhat flat gorges where farming is possible. We follow the uphill trail via the forest to reach the village of Mitlung. Overnight in Mitlung.
The trail goes through the sub-tropical forest and follows the gorge of Tamor River to reach Chiruwa. The region is inhabitant to Kiranti, who have primarily been doing traditional agriculture. Beyond Sinwa, the gorge contracts, and the trail goes up over through the forest to Tawa. Chiruwa is a charming cluster-village set among rocks, some of which are considered God. Overnight in Chiruwa.
Now the gorge widens and we pass the Sisuwa Khola to Tapethok, the entrance, and checkpoint to the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Move along the trail to a bridge over the Tamewa Khola and Tamewa, we continue walking to Hellok. Beyond Hellok, a suspension bridge passes the Simbuwa Khola, a stream that rises from the Yalung Glacier on Kanchenjunga’s south face. Making a steep descend from Hellok, we reach Sukethum at the union of Ghunsa Khola and Langluwa Khola, the tributaries of Tamor River. Overnight in Sukethum.
We follow the track alongside Ghunsa Khola through oak and rhododendron forest towards Amjilosa. Afterward, there is a sheer ascent up to the small and welcoming Tibetan settlement of Amjilosa, set on a leveled ground with great sights of the village. Overnight in Amjilosa.
The trail ascends to a flat ridge and then wanders via forests of bamboo, rhododendron, and brown oaks. Ultimately, it extends to a hard climb leading up to the Sherpa village of Gyabla. The slopes around the town have been removed for fields, but the forest remains original on the opposite side of the valley. Overnight in Gyabla.
Today’s track goes through hemlock and bamboo forest as it descends into a gorge before leveling out. The forest slowly changes to Himalayan fir and rhododendron as the trail ascends the large summer yak pastures and potato meadows around the village of Phale. There is a Gompa in Phale with numerous statues and old Thangkha from Tibet. Beyond Phale, the gorge broadens then descends to cross the Ghunsa Khola and enter Ghunsa. Overnight in Ghunsa.
Ghunsa is a beautiful Tibetan village with its traditional houses scattered on the terraced land. Explore the monastery, belonging to the Khampa Dzong monasteries of Tibet, of the village. You can find locally made Tibetan carpets here. Ascend to Yamatari Khola, along with the Lapsang La trail, to a lake at the moraine of Yamatari Glacier. Overnight in Ghunsa.
The trail goes through magnificent larch and juniper forests and passes the river before ascending to Rambuk Kharka. Further on, the trail goes through a large, sandy landslide before climbing more sharply while crossing the imposing snout of the Khumbakarna (Jannu) Glacier. It then descends into Kambachen. From here enjoy the beautiful view of snow-clad peaks including Jannu and Kanchenjunga (8586m). Overnight in Kambachen.
The scenery becomes progressively deserted before arriving at summer-pastoral huts in Ramtang. As we ascend, we reach the point where the Kanchenjunga Glacier merges with the Ramdang Glacier. Then the stony path through the moraine ascends alongside Kanchenjunga Glacier until we reach Lhonak. In Lhonak, we will get a breathtaking vista of Kanchenjunga (8586m) along with other snowy peaks on the Nepal-Sikkim and Nepal-Tibet borders. Overnight in Lhonak
From Lhonak, the Kanchenjunga Glacier goes eastwards before turning south to rise to its wide head on the northern slants of Kanchenjunga (8586m). The track follows the glacier and we walk on the moraines to reach Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, alternatively known as Pang Pema. Pang Pema lies opposite the head of the glacier and offers the first full view of the vast north face of Kanchenjunga (8586m) and also hosts an astonishing vies of several other peaks on the Nepal-Tibet and Nepal-Sikkim borders. Overnight in Pang Pema.
The return journey from Pang Pema to Lhonak will be fairly unhurried, but beyond that, the trek is almost effortless and thus Kambachen can easily be reached in a day. There are amazing views to enjoy throughout the way as we will be surrounded by mountains on all sides. Overnight in Kambachen.
Today we retrace our trail to Ghunsa. We may spot a few pheasants in the forest. Passing the river below the village and moving downhill alongside Ghunsa Khola through the forest, we reach the Tibetan summer grazing settlement of Ghunsa. Overnight in Ghunsa.
After the beginning of the trek, we move north. We walk on the ridge of Tanbharma Danda for the first half of the trek, and then we move onto the ridge of Phokte Danda until we reach Sele La Camp. En route, we pass by Chortens decorated with prayer flags. Overnight in Sele La Camp.
Exciting day today as we cross two passes, Sele La (4480m) and Sinion La (4645m), on a steep trail with wonderful sights of Jannu Himal (7711m) as well as Kanchenjunga (8586m) along with the Himalayan ranges along the Sikkim border. Followed by the walk along the ridges, we make a final descent to reach Tseram. Overnight in Tseram.
Today we move uphill to Yalung Glacier. We start early to arrive in Ramche before dusk. We follow the trails of Simbuwa Khola, a small stream originated from Yalung Glacier. From Ramche, we will get a close-up view of Rathong (6682m), Kokthang (6148m), Boktoh (6114m), and several other snow-capped peaks. Overnight in Ramche.
A trip to Yalung Base Camp goes through a winding path alongside Yalung Glacier. Following Simbuwa River along the moraine, web then climb on the edge of the glacier to reach Oktang, which is considered one of the best vantage points to marvel at the beauty of the Kanchenjunga range. To go further, we descend to the rough moraine unto the Yalung Base Camp from where we can get a close up view of Jannu Himal (7711m), Kanchenjunga South (8476m), and several other peaks along the Sikkim border. We return back to Ramche for the overnight stay.
From Ramche to Tseram is an easy downhill walk alongside Sinuwa Khola with a view of Yalung Glacier. We descend on a ridge to first reach Lapsang and then Tseram. We will cross Simbuwa Khola a few times before arriving at its confluence with Yamgachha Khola in Ramche. Overnight in Tseram.
Follow the riverside track as it descends gradually through pine and rhododendron forest from Tseram. We walk through the gorge of Simbuwa Khola on a forested trail until we reach the riverside settlement of Tortong. Overnight in Tortong.
From Tortong, it is a downhill trek through the verdant forest to reach Yamphudin. The trail has a few ascends and descends as we cross many small passes throughout the day to meet Amji Khola, following which we reach the traditional village of Yamphudin. Overnight in Yamphudin.
The trail today is easy as we follow the downhill trail along the bank of Kabeli Khola. Walking past small villages, we arrive in the Limbu village of Mamankhe. Here, we will visit the Limbu Museum and Cultural Centre and get to learn about the Limbu way of life. Overnight in Mamankhe.
We walk through the beautiful and neat Limbu village of Mamanke and leave it behind as we head to Kande Bhanjyang. Now the track inclines to a long suspension bridge over Khakshewa Khola and then hikes to Pumphe Danda and then to Kande Bhyanjyang, where we will be staying for the night.
Descend from Kande Bhanjyang to Simbu, where you cross Sikheba Khola to finally ascend towards Lalikharka. We trek on the ridges through several small villages and across small streams to reach Lalikharka. Overnight in Lalikharka.
From Lalikharka, the trail first ascends to Deurali (2600m) and then descends steeply to Suketar. There are no villages on this trail but distant villages situated on the hills on either side of the trail can be seen as we continue walking. Overnight in Suketar.
Today we bid goodbye to the Kanchenjunga region as we head back to Kathmandu. We start early today as we have to catch a flight back to Kathmandu. The road is very rough with many twists and turns. On arrival in Bhadrapur, we take a flight to Kathmandu and flying above the gorgeous Nepalese topography, we arrive in the capital city.