Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is one of the less popular trekking packages of Nepal. With the literal meaning of “five great treasures of snow”, Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the entire globe with the altitude of 8585m.

Trip Duration:

30 Days

Maximum altitude:

5143

Best Season:

March, April, May, September, October, November

Transportation:

Private car / bus

Trekking grade:

Moderate

Trek Start from:

Kathmandu

Trek End at:

Kathmandu

Overview of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Highlights

  • Trek to the base camp of third highest peak of the world and second highest of Nepal.
  • Explore the cultural diversity of Kanchenjunga Region.
  • Interact with the warm hospitable and friendly locals of the Kanchenjunga Region
  • Enjoy isolated trials and pristine beauty of nature.
  • Explore the picturesque views of the snowcapped mountains. 

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is one of the less popular trekking packages of Nepal. With the literal meaning of “five great treasures of snow”, Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the entire globe with the altitude of 8585m. Situated in the eastern Nepal, Kanchenjunga actually has seven major peaks. This extremely furious and unpredictable mountain peak is known for the avalanches it throws down which are said to be largest.

Eastern portion of Nepal is typically authenticated by a wide diversity of various ethnic group including Rai and Limbu residing, extensive range of flora and fauna because of its higher summer rainfall, rare remoteness and the invincibly astonishing mountain panorama. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek takes you to the Nepals second and world’s third highest peak.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek starts with a short airstrip from Kathmandu to Biratnagar. From Biratnagar we will drive to Basantapur and commence the trek to Chauki. Following the glacial torrent of Tamur and Ghunsa River we will trek towards the Kanchanjunga Himal.  The peak dwarfs the entire alpine grandeur dominating the whole area. We will return back following the vivid southern traverse of the mountain to Mirgin La pass (4500m). This tricky traverse of the region is rarely visited in the recent years due to its uber -hypocritical character. Apart from all these, the adventure seekers from all over the globe come here to feel the extreme side of nature.

Permit Cost

Kanchenjunga is one of the restricted areas in Nepal. To trek to Kanchenjunga you are required to have a guide or a registered porter and permit through the registered local agency in Nepal. You will need the following permits for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Trekking Permit Cost     

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Trekking Permit Cost 

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Permit Cost NPR 2,000 per person
Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit USD 10 per person, per week
Minimum required for three weeks permit USD 10x3 = 30 per person
Total permit cost for one person USD 50
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Itinerary
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As soon as you land on the Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will pick you and transfer to the hotel. In the evening there will be briefing about the trek.

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1345

Early in the morning take a 50min flight to Biratnagar situated in the lowlands of Terai. From Biratnagar we will drive for around 5-6hours to a Tibetan settlement of Hille.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1900

Today we will start the trek. Leaving Hille behind us, we will walk up to the beautiful settlement of Chauki.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

Continuing the walk through grassy meadow with constant view of Mt Makalu we will cross Mongol Barahi pass which is lined with Mani stones. From here the trail descends to Gupha Pokhari . Crossing a high pass the trail descends towards Gurja Gaon and then descends to Nesum which is situated in the lap of Mt Jannu and Mt Kanchanjunga. Nesum boasts for wide species of wildlife such as Musk deer, Ghoral, Jharal etc. making our way from Taplejung the trail descends following Tamur River to Dovan through Paddy fields, culturally rich village.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1765

We will walk up through Tamur River to a valley settled by Limbu people who are the descendents of Kirati warriors who too ruled Nepal in the past. Making our way through few villages we will reach our camping site in Chirwa which is a small town with few teahouse and shops.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

From Chirwa the trail continues to Tamur and crossing Simbuwa Khola which is formed by Yalung Glacier we will climb over a ridge to join Dunsa Khola valley and then to Sakathum. From here the trail goes through steep and narrow path up to the river. Witnessing the magnificent view of Ghunsa Khola below us the trail steeply descends to a mountain side village of Amjilassa. Leaving Amjilassa behind us the trail goes up from Ghunsa Khola through the middle of Terraced slopes to Kyapar. From Kyapar the trail descends through the right bank to Ghunsa Khola to the village of Phere. Continuing the walk through the middle of Rhododendron forest the trail gently goes uphill for a while before descending back to Ghunsa Khola and crossing a wooden suspension bridge we will reach the village of Ghunsa.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3475

Today we will stay in Ghunsa to get acclimatized with the rising altitude and enjoy the beauty of the area.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3475

Today we will walk through grassy field and a Rhododendron forest with a glimpse of Jannu glacier and a view of Jannu Himal, Kumbakarna Himal and south face of Kanchanjunga to our camping site in Kambachen.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4130

From Kambachen the trail continues to be rocky along the terraced slpes. Today we will trek up to the edge of Kanchanjunga glacier and crossing Lhonak Glacier we will arrive to our camping site in Lhonak. Lhonak offers the magnificent view of Mera Peak.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4780

Making our way out of Lhonak, today we will walk along the hill on the right bank of Glacier witnessing the magnificently regal peaks of Kanchanjunga. From here one can see Kanchanjunga I and II, Kumbakarna Himal, Nepal peak, Jongsang, Tent peak and Lopsangla glaciers.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5150

Crossing the two passing Lopsang la (5315m) and Mirgin La (4700m) we will trek down to Ghunsa.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4700

Making our way up to high camp we will have rest for a whole day and explore the area. From High camp the trail descends down to Simbhuwa Khola valley and then to Ramche.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

Today we will walk up to Yalung Glacier which offers the magnificent vista of south face of Kanchanjunga massif. Later we will descend down to Tseram for overnight stay.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

From Tseram the trail continuously goes downhill for few days to Tharpu. In the way we can notice the distinct change in the occurrence of vegetation with the altitudinal variation.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

Early in the morning we will catch a ride to Bhadrapur. It will take around 7-8hours. Stay overnight in lodge in Bhadrapur.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

After having lunch we will take a 50minutes flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival to Kathmandu we will check into the hotel and in the remaining day we can relax and take rest.

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1345

Today we will start the day by visiting Pashupatinath temple which is situated 5km east of Kathmandu in the bank of holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is a pagoda shaped temple with tiered golden roofs and silver doors. Only the Hindu’s can visit the temple, but the visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of Bagmati River where the dead bodies are cremated. From here we will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is located 8km east of Kathmandu. Boudhanath stupa is dome shaped monument representing the mind of Buddha and pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddha.  . In the afternoon we will drive to Patan Durbar Square which is situated in the southern area of the city. The square is dotted with ancient palaces, temples and shrines which are known for their antique and exquisite carvings. From here we will proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is the historic seat of Nepalese royalty. Here we will visit Kastamandap Temple (a temple rumored to be constructed from the wood of single tree), Taleju temple, statue of Kal Vairab, Basantapur palace and Kumari Temple (residence of living goddess Kumari).  After this we will pay our visit to Swoyambhunath temple which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple dates back to 2500years and is situated in the hilltop offering the astonishing view of Kathmandu. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1345

You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey.

 

Food
Breakfast

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Include / Exclude

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in two/three star hotel in Pokhara; Breakfast included. 
  •  Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
  • All your standard Meals prepared by our expert camping cook and kitchen team during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent.)
  • Local Actual adventure licensed English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff, porters and mules to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Special Trekking Permit US$ 700 per person for 10 days (the above price includes 10 days valid trekking permit from Kagbeni to Kagbeni. If you wish to stay more than 10 days in restricted area, you are subjected to extra charge for extra days (US$ 90 per day / per person).
  • Annapurna conservation permit, and all necessary permits
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu (Tourist Bus Transfer from Ktm-Pokhara-Ktm).
  • Airfare for Pokhara – Jomsom - Pokhara including airport departure tax.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Alcoholic and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.
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Client Reviews

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Asley Beneth ,

Hong Kong S.A.R.

26th May, 2022

Awesome Trek I did Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek with Actual Adventure and they actually made my trip. The 26 days long journey to Kanchenjunga Base Camp was a trek of a lifetime. I already did EBC trek with them and this trek was different than EBC because of less commercialized and difficult trials. I was already satisfied with the services during my first trek but this time it was even greater. Kedar himself was there to receive me at the airport and has managed all the necessary documentation including domestic flights, transport, hotels and guides. My guide Pasang was very kind and helpful person. He also showed his best hospitality all the way during my trek. I highly recommend this company. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek was a memorable experience and I heartily thanks to my guide Phurpa and entire team of Actual Adventure. The management was perfect and the staffs were very friendly. Phurba helped me all the way to base camp and shared some of his years of knowledge and experience throughout the way. His warm hospitality and caring behavior is what I admired for. I highly recommend this company for everyone.  Bangkok


Joseph Muller

United Kingdom

26th May, 2022

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek 2017 I did Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in March 2017 and it was a wonderful experience. I am very happy choosing Actual Adventure company to travel with. All the facilities were great and I’m very much satisfied with everyone. I especially want to thank to my guide and friendly staffs of the company for showing kind hospitality and giving a homely environment. I highly recommend this company for everyone.  London, United Kingdom


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