Kanchenjunga straddles the border with Sikkim in the remote North East region of Nepal. The third highest mountain in the world is one of the most inaccessible and formidable of the entire Himalayas. The trek is a long and often arduous one. Kanchenjunga’s proximity deters all but the most avid mountain enthusiasts. This trekking takes you through scattered settlements of farmhouses with colorful flower gardens, wild coniferous woodland and on to remote Buddhist settlements where people scratch a living from the barren land. The climax of this trek in both altitude and scenic splendor is undoubtedly the three days hike up the Kanchenjunga glacier where the views are quite simply overwhelming.
Kanchenjunga (8586m), is the third highest peak in the world. It lies in a sensitive restricted area astride the Nepal/ Sikkim border, only a few miles from Tibet. Our trip will avoid the restricted area and head for the Yalung glacier immediately to the south of Kanchenjunga. The journey starts with a trek over the Mahabharat Lekh range with majestic views of both the Mt Everest and Kanchenjunga massifs with the Arun Valley between them. We trek through richly cultivated hillsides, Rhododendron forests and yak pastures that lye below the glacier. The return route heading west passes through some delightful villages of Taplejung. The panoramic views of Everest, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga are magnificent on our descent to the road head.
The base camp is located at about half the distance (5143m) of mountain Kanchenjunga (8,586m), the third-highest mountain in the world. So, the trekking is quite adventurous. The name Kanchenjunga comes from the Tibetan word Kangchendzonga which means “Five treasures of snow”. This includes:
Kangchenjunga Main: 8,586 meters
Kangchenjunga West: 8,505 meters
Kangchenjunga Central: 27,828 feet
Kangchenjunga South: 8,494 meters
Kangbachen: 7,903 meters
The trek passes through Arun valley into the Pathibhara temple which has religious importance to the Nepalese people. Along the way, you will be able to see the Himalayan flora and fauna in the Kanchenjunga wildlife reserve. It is home to some endangered animals like red panda and snow leopards. Also, the scenery of the sunrise hitting the snow cap mountains in the morning is breath-taking.
Besides this, you will see the beautiful villages and the rich culture of the local inhabitants' community of Sherpas, Rai, Limbus, etc.
In front of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, the trek is a beautiful view of the world’s third tallest mountain.
These are some facts about Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking that you should know :
Kanchenjunga Base Camp’s altitude is 5143 m at Pang Pema and the lowest altitude during the trek is at Chauki (2700m)
Mount Kanchenjunga is shared by two countries: Nepal and India. So, technically there are two Kanchenjunga Basecamps. But, mostly Kanchenjunga falls in Nepal and when the name Kanchenjunga Base Camp is brought up, we mostly talk about Nepal. Its geographical coordinates are 27°42′09″N 88°08′48″E.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is a long strenuous trek. The trek lasts for 3-4 weeks (approx. 26 days).
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is strenuous and requires you to physically active before taking this trip. The trek is quite difficult and challenging compared to other smaller trekking routes. So, if If you are a beginner or you want to start your trekking adventures with this trek, it’s better to take a guide with you or go in a group.
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Route is as follows :
Kathmandu – Bhadrapur – Suketar – Kade Banjyang – Phumphe Dada – Sherpagaun – Torongton – Tseram – Ramche – Oktang – Tseram – Sele La – Ghunsa – Kambachen – Lhonak – Pang Pema – Ghunsa – Gyabla – Amjilosa – Taplethok – Linkhim – Suketar – Bhadrapur – Kathmandu
You should consider taking a guided trek as it is a restricted region containing wildlife reserve. Besides this, the trekking route is quite confusing to cover alone if you are going there for the first time. Taking a guided trek will ensure your safety and that you don’t miss any experience and scenery in the way.
Yes, it is safe to trek Kanchenjunga after the earthquake. The earthquake occurred in 2015 and it’s been 3 years (at the time of writing). The route is safe not because the roads have been reconstructed or something but because the Himalayan regions were not affected as much in the first place.
Your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport(TIA)and you will be meet our airport representative then transfer to the hotel. We will discuss the trekking plan and last-minute arrangements.
Flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar. Overnight in Biratnagar.
Fly from Biratnagar to Taplejung and camp at Lali Kharka- 2180m (4 hours)Walking
Trek from Lali Kharka to Khesewa-1750m (7 hours) Walking
Trek from Khesewa to Amphuding-1635m (7 hours) walking.
Trek from to Amji Khola-2300m (6 hours) Walking.
Trek from Amji Khola- to Simbuwa Khola-2990m (7 hours) Walking.
Trek from Simbuwa Khola to Tseram-3860m (6 hours)Walking.
Trek from Tseram to Romze-4440m (6 hours)Walking.
Excursion to Yalung-Ri-5200m and return to Tseram (7 hours) Walking.
Trek from Tseram to Loshe Tham-3260m (8 hours) Walking.
Trek from Tham-to Helok Gaon-2040m (8 hours) Walking.
Trek from Helok Gaon to Chiruwa-1200m (6 hours)Walking
Trek from Chiruwa to Dovan-640m (6 hours) Walking
Trek from Dovan to Gorja-2080m (6 hours) Walking
Trek from Gorja to Gupha Pokhari-2950m (7 hours) Walking.
Trek from Gupha Pokhari to Chauki-2710m (7 hours) Walking
Trek from Chauki- to Basantapur-2300m (7 hours) Walking
Drive from Basantapur to Biratnagar and O/N at the hotel.
Fly from Biratnagar to Kathmandu and stay in the hotel
Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Patan and Bhaktapur durbar square).
Transfer to international airport for your final departure. The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal
We have prepared the trip departure dates in small groups departure for group fun and enjoyment trekking. Our group size start from 2 peoples (Even for solo travelers, we organize single trip on supplement cost of US$- 200 additional) and maximum group size will be 8-10 travelers. But in general, our every date will have small groups of 4- 6 peoples, which is good group size for safe and flexible & comfortable trekking. We have listed our group departure dates based on every season as below.
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