Duration: 26 days

Starts At: Kathmandu

Grade: Challenging

Accommodation: Hotels & Tea Houses

Transport: Airplane / Jeep / Car

Altitude: 5,143m

Ends At: Kathmandu

Group Size: 2+ pax

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Highlights

  • Splendid views of the magnificent Kanchenjunga mountain.
  • Hike along the less touristic region
  • Explore wilderness
  • Explore the beautiful remote villages of Kanchenjunga region.
  • Challenging the high mountain passes in Kanchenjunga
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Video

Overview

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is for people who wish to take advantage of lengthy treks in Nepal. And for those who want to get to the Kanchenjunga’s foothills, and experience a variety of bio-diversities? The third-highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga, is located near the porous borders of three nations: Nepal, India, and Tibet. This makes the area a perfect destination for people living outside of Nepal. It is to travel a few more kilometers to reach the Tibet border, eat Nepal’s national dish, cross several bridges, or walk on a continuous uphill and downhill trail. Those who desire a breathtaking perspective of the Himalayas in addition to taking a stroll through the bamboo forest, which is home to an endangered species like the Red Panda.

Kanchenjunga Trekking’s Trail passes through wild, beautiful, and remote regions, as well as takes you to the place where you can listen the sound of birds, wherein you see the yaks and jokpas carrying the loads, and which takes you to the religious sites of the Sherpa’s, as well as to the pass, which is made of the Himalayas, and which has wow factors. Therein, you may spot the tracks of snow-leopard, and from there, you may also see the clouds coming from the Indian plains. This trail will make you dehydrated and also takes you to the place where there are leaches, as well as it consists of log bridges; you also reach a lake. Also, it allows you opportunities to take a rest on top of the hills.

Why KBC Trek?

Why people should go for this trek might be your question. Its trekking route comes under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. When the area is conserved, it will always be fun to be there moreover, it falls under the Sacred Himalayan Landscape, which has been developed by WWF Nepal in partnership with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.

The trekking region of Kanchenjunga has rhododendron and bamboo forests and offers a panoramic view of mountains. It is home to some of the ethnic communities of Nepal, such as Rais and Limbus. Trekking in this region means doing one of the longest treks in Nepal, as well as walking in the far northeastern region of Nepal.

Prior to Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, we take a scenic flight to Bhadrapur. And then further drive to Taplejung via Illam passing through a vast tea garden.

The main highlights of the Kanchenjunga region trek are Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, and Yalung Glacier (5,143 m). Moreover, alpine forests, quaint villages, and Pangpema include panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and neighboring peaks.

Best Trekking Season for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek:

Generally, autumn and spring are the perfect and high trekking seasons for this trek. June, July, and August are the low months to visit the Kanchenjunga region. Because the trail remains slippery and muddy due to the monsoon. In addition, visit our trekking season information section for further details.

Check out our fixed itinerary for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek or just send us an email and we’ll tailor-make an itinerary based on your requirements.

Related Posts: Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Guide

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu, we are waiting with warm greetings outside the airport terminal. Our airport representative will be holding a company name card (Glorious Himalaya) with your name beneath. You will then be transferred to your respective hotel via a private car, van, or bus (Depending upon group size). After some refreshments, our Senior Guide will come to meet you for a briefing about your Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. You can also ask him any further questions regarding your trip. You can either rest or use the remaining time strolling down the street of Thamel and explore the neighborhood. In the evening you will be invited for a warm welcome dinner at a nearby cultural restaurant, hosted by our company, which will include typical Nepali cuisine and a cultural dance show. We will then drop you back at your hotel where you can finally rest after a long journey. This probably would be your first night in the city of Himalayas. (Breakfast included)

Today we will explore the world-famous UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. After a hot breakfast at the hotel, our tour guide will pick you up for a sightseeing tour around the ancient heritage sites in Kathmandu. You will be guided to religious and historical sites like Syambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. You can get some unique insights into the culture, art, and history of Nepal. Indeed it is a superb combo experience of art, history, culture, and diverse religion of Nepal which you would not want to miss while in Kathmandu. All these sights carry a lot of historical, religious, and cultural significance of The Himalayas which is definitely worth visiting. Meanwhile, we will arrange for your trekking permit for Kanchenjunga. You can also shop for any equipment left for trekking. Overnight at the same hotel in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast.

We will opt for an afternoon flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. You can use the whole morning to shop for trekking equipment or any other required items. An hour of flight will take us to Bhadrapur airport, from where we will take a scenic jeep ride to reach Illam, which will take about 4 to 5 hours. Illam is the Tea Capital of Nepal and itself is a popular tourist destination famous for its tea garden. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Today is the beginning day of our actual trek. After breakfast, we will take an early morning drive to Taplejung, passing through tea and cardamom garden. Along the way, we will stop at the top of a pass where we get our first glorious views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Jannu at a far distance. Continuing our drive we reach Taplejung where we have our lunch. We will start our trek descending to the Tamur River to reach the village of Mitlung. The path for the next couple of days is often wet, muddy, and slippery, so a pair of trekking poles are essential. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Our trail today descends to the Tamur River passing several settlements. This is a fertile zone for a range of crops and vegetables including millet, rice, and potatoes. We will have a descent to a wooden bridge and cross the Thiwa Khola followed by several ups and downs before reaching Chirwa. Chirwa is a village with a market, shops, and a few lodges. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Today, we follow the trail along the Tamur River. After a couple of hours, we reach Taplechowk (1380). Before continuing our trip further we will have our trekking permit checked here at the park gate. From Taplechowk, we cross a river via a suspension bridge and follow the west bank along where we can see cardamom growing among the forest. Cardamom is an important herb, especially found in the mid-hills of eastern Nepal. We will stop at Phembu for lunch and then continue by ascending above Tamur River to reach Lelep at (1750m). We will then descend to cross a suspension bridge over Tamur river and enter the more slender Ghunsa Khola Valley before reaching our final destination for the day, Sekathum. Sekhathum is a Tibetan village from where we get magnificent views of the high Himalayas. On a clear day, Mt. Jannu is visible up the Ghunsa valley. Overnight at a local teahouse on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Today is a bit more challenging day. Leaving Sekathum, we cross a suspension bridge over a river outside Sukathum, we get through a dense forest, ascend the steep trail, descend and cross another river. We then climb a gorge, pass by Solima Village, and descend once again to the river level. Overall, today’s trekking is rather rough. For that reason, we suggest being very careful especially while passing the gorge. Marching further, we later follow a trail which goes both uphill and downhill until we arrive at Amjilosa, where we stop for the night. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

We start today’s trek having a short ascend from Amjilosa through lush rhododendron, bamboo, and oak forests before crossing a small ridge. Then descending towards Ghunsa River, we arrive at Thyanyani (2,400m) where there are several stone shelters. Later, the trail follows several short climbs and descents before passing a magnificent waterfall and a final climb towards Gyabla. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Descending down the steep into a gorge through a forested trail full of fir and rhododendron forests, our walk becomes easier as we follow the river bank that takes us into a large yak pasture land in Pholey. Pholey is a beautiful village inhabited by people from the Tibetan community who moved here long ago. Around the village, we can see Potato fields and the dominance of Tibetan Buddhist culture. Moving ahead, we climb upward where the valley widens, passing the lush fields and forests. Finally, we descend down to cross a suspension bridge over the Ghunsa river to enter into Ghunsa Village. As days go on, we can feel the climate getting cooler as we’re gaining more heights. Overnight at a local teahouse in Ghunsa on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

As we are gaining more elevation, our body needs to get tuned to the new altitude. Therefore, we spend this day at Ghunsa for the purpose of acclimatization. An acclimatization walk will be organized along the trail to Lobsang La. This will help our body adjust to elevation gain over the upcoming days as we climb north Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

Leaving Ghunsa, we further trek north along the bank of the river with the backdrop of glorious mountain scenery. Passing through pastures full of gorgeous wildflowers, pine, and rhododendron forests we cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka then continue past the waterfall. After crossing the tricky section of the landslide, we pass the landslide area and being to see the magnificent view of Mount Jannu. Marching further through the tricky mountain trail, we finally reach Kambachen where we spend the night. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

We spend another day for acclimatization at Kambachen. This day, we observe if anybody in the group has any symptoms of altitude sickness. We will use this day to relax –take a bath and/ or explore the Nuphchu Khola Valley area. This will be our second night at Kambachen at the same lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Today we will start our trek early in the morning to kick-off another challenging day. The trail passes through the rhododendron forest along the lateral moraine passing through seasonal yak herders’ camp at Ramtang (4,370m). The trail becomes rockier after an hour or so, and we pass under a landslide area. We should be alert for any rockfall and is best to keep moving at a steady pace. Then, we climb through open rocky fields and cross moraines North West of the Kanchenjunga Glacier to Lhonak. The campsite at Lhonak si near several large stone huts and has gorgeous views of Mera Peak (6,344m), Wedge Peak(6,750m), Twins (7,351m), Nepal Peak (6,910m) among others. However we cannot see the Kanchenjunga from Lhonak, so we will walk up to Pangpema the next day for this view. Overnight at a lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Today we opt for an early morning hike to the north side of Kanchenjunga Base Camp, locally popular as Pangpema. We visit the Kanchenjunga north base camp which is an incredible trekking experience. Slowly and carefully, we climb up through the line of the moraine. Using trekking poles will make your trek a lot easier. Walking past the rocky area, the trail opens up to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (Pangpema). Overnight in Kanchenjunga Base Camp at a tented camp on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

It’s finally time to bid goodbye to this heavenly place. We return to Ghunsa, retracing our steps back via Lhonak and Kamachen. We follow the same path that we had taken earlier enjoying the breathtaking views of natural beauty. Overnight in Ghunsa at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

We leave Ghunsa, diverting towards an alternate path that climbs up steeply towards Sele Le. Along the way, we pass through rhododendron and juniper forests. We can notice a few teahouses at Sele Le Camp, although there are no traces of human settlement on the way. Overnight in Sele Le Camp at a local teahouse on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Today, our trek is a bit challenging. We start out early morning since the trek is a long to Cheram. After breakfast, we hike up to High Camp to delight in some gorgeous view of mountains. From High Camp, we move along the trail ascending to our first pass Sinion La at 4,440m. From here the trail contours the hillside and a short inclined climb takes us to Mirgin la Pass at 4,480m. The trail descends for a moment before contouring round before a final short inclined climb that brings us to the top of Sinelapche La Pass at 4,840m. Each pass will reward us with glorious views. From the final pass, there is a 1,000m descent on a trail past a small lake to Cheram. Cheram is a small village situated above the Simbuwa Khola. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

After a hot breakfast, we walk along the trail leading to Oktang Base Camp. Passing a beautiful trail with a backdrop of stunning mountain and glacier views we also get some best views of Mount Kanchenjunga. We further climb up higher towards the snout of the Yalung glacier. Exploring the glacier we climb up to Oktang Base Camp, which is the southern base camp of Kanchenjunga. From here, we can relish some spellbinding views of the Kumbakarna glacier along with the south face of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Then, we descend towards Cheram where we will spend the night. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

As we descend to Tortong we will encounter two routes. One route is the one we took while descending down from Sele Le. Ignoring this route, we will descend further down to the trail alongside the Simbuwa River. En route, we can applaud the lush rhododendron forest. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Leaving Tortong it’s about 1000m ascend which takes about 3 hours. Climbing steeply through a mossy forest, we pass the huge landslide that occurred in 2013. We will stop at Lamite Bhanjyang for lunch. After lunch, we descend on a quite steep trail for about 2 hours prior to crossing Imja Khola. We then contour round the hillside and cross the Dubi pass before descending to Yamphudin. Yamphudin is a village consisting of a mixed community of Gurungs, Limbus, Rais, and Sherpas. There is also the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area office in the village. Overnight at a local teahouse on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Today, we descend through the charming village of Yamphudin towards the Kabeli Khola. Crossing a long bridge over the Kabeli Khola, we descend further to Mamankhe. The trail from here enters a side gorge and crosses a long suspension bridge over a stream before a steep climb to Pumphe Village. From here we can relish in the magnificent view of Mt. Jannu. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

On this day, we climb towards two tea shops on the ridge above, then traverse through a series of valleys passing through several settlements. Our trek continues through Bhanjyang and crosses a ridge to descend to the Limbu settlement of Khunjari. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

After a long journey up in the mountains, we are finally at the end of our trek. The trail today descends to the Pha Khola before a steep climb through Pokhara and Shimu villages to Thenbewa. We then traverse through the lush forest to Lali Kharka before descending gradually to Suketar. Congratulations! You have completed an amazing adventure around the Nepalese side of Kanchenjunga. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Today we will have a long drive to Bhadrapur. It was indeed a wonderful time up in the mountains! We will reach Bhadrapur in the evening where we will enjoy a delicious dinner with perhaps some beer and relax in a comfortable hotel overnight on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)!

Today, we will take a morning/ evening flight back to Kathmandu. Our airport representative will receive you outside the Kathmandu airport terminal and then transfer you to your respective hotel. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner hosted by our company with typical Nepali cuisine and a cultural dance show at a local restaurant. We will drop you back at your hotel where you can have a well-earned rest. Overnight at the hotel inclusive breakfast.

After breakfast and our last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle. Today is perhaps your last day in Kathmandu. Our escorts and vehicle will be on standby to drop you at the international airport 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight back home. It was an honor to provide our service and a wonderful time spent together. We pray for your Safe journey and hope to see you again someday!

Trip Includes:

  • All the airport and hotel transfer as per the itinerary by private vehicles.
  • Welcome dinner at a typical local restaurant with cultural dance show.
  • 3 night’s twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city inclusive breakfast.
  • Both way domestic airfares and the airport taxes. (Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu)
  • 1 day Kathmandu sightseeing around world heritage sites inclusive private transport and city tour guide.
  • 22 nights of twin sharing local teahouses & tented camp accommodations while on the trek.
  • Full board meals while on the trek. (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • All the essential trekking permits of the Kanchenjunga region.
  • Long-range surface transports by private jeeps. (Bhadrapur – Suketar – Bhadrapur)
  • First-aid medicine for the trek.
  • An experienced and government certified trekking guide for the trek.
  • Supporting porters to carry your belongings during the trek. (1 porter for 2 guests)
  • Company duffel bags and sleeping bags to use while on the trek.
  • All our local field staffs will be insured along with their salary, accommodation and meals.
  • An appreciation certificate after trip completion.
  • Nepalease cuisine farewell dinner at a typical restaurant with cultural dance performance.

Trip Exclude:

  • International airfares and Nepal entry visa.
  • Entrance fees for Kathmandu sightseeing.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu hotel stay.
  • Tips to the guide and porters.
  • Any kind of alcoholic beverages and drinks while on the trek.
  • Battery charging, hot shower, use of WIFI, phone calls while on the trek.
  • Any other extra cost which is beyond our includes.

Price and date

This trip is available at an any time of the year. Just let us know your travel date.

Reviews

Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camps
By Judith Ross, USA
December 13, 2019

My husband and I wanted a long trek to a lesser known area and with fewe tourists and he landed on this one. He did all the research and chose Glorious Himalaya because Ganesh was one of the few offering this trip and he was very responsive to our inquiries and requests. Lots of emails went back and forth and he made sure it all came together with transport, accomodations, guide, porter, etc. We combined this trip with another trek in the southwest of the country (with another service) and Ganesh worked with us to mesh our two disparate trips. Out guide UR was excellent. His English was pretty good, so we could usually communicate what we needed to. Our porter was also excellent, though he didn’t really speak English, but that was not needed. Learn some Nepali, not only do the people appreciate it, it did help. No fault of the company, but be warned, the “huts” along this trek are rough. Sanitation is low, all outhouses and little ways to clean up so bring wipes. Once in the Kanch conservation area, the “huts” there cater a bit better to tourists, but it is still rough. And once you get to Tseram and north it is cold, we were cold for over a week and we come from the far north US, we wore every bit of clothing. Bring water purification method. The trails are not easy and we hike mountains and are in pretty good shape – up, down, and around and often rough footing, so train before you go. Do not expect to have the opportuinity to bath for days (3 weeks in our case).

Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camps – October and November 2019
By Scott Abrahamson, USA
November 2, 2019

We chose the Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camps trip because we liked the idea of trekking for 21 days through one of the most remote regions in Nepal. We also wanted to challenge ourselves with the difficulty of the terrain and trekking at elevations over 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) for more than a week. The ultimate goal, though, was to experience the Himalayan foothills and get so close to the massive peaks, glaciers, and landscape of northeastern Nepal. We got all that and more. Eating our daily meals and sleeping at the small teahouses along the way brought us into contact with local Nepal people, many of whom were members of the Rai, Limbu, Sherpa, and other ethnic groups. Looking back, we believe that a long trek, such as Kanchenjunga Base Camps, was the best way to take in so many meaningful experiences in a 3-week period of time. The trekking was physically challenging, but we never felt we couldn’t do it. Glorious Himalaya Trekking did a great job arranging all the important details of the trip in country. Though our guide did not speak English very well, we were able to communicate and he looked after our needs. We could not have enjoyed the adventure without the help of our porter, who helped ease the load, especially at the highest elevations. Trip Advisor restricts your reviews to 1,500 characters, so I’ve added additional comments elsewhere.

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Duration: 26 days

Starts At: Kathmandu

Grade: Challenging

Accommodation: Hotels & Tea Houses

Transport: Airplane / Jeep / Car

Altitude: 5,143m

Ends At: Kathmandu

Group Size: 2+ pax

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Highlights

  • Splendid views of the magnificent Kanchenjunga mountain.
  • Hike along the less touristic region
  • Explore wilderness
  • Explore the beautiful remote villages of Kanchenjunga region.
  • Challenging the high mountain passes in Kanchenjunga
CheckList
Video

Overview

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is for people who wish to take advantage of lengthy treks in Nepal. And for those who want to get to the Kanchenjunga’s foothills, and experience a variety of bio-diversities? The third-highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga, is located near the porous borders of three nations: Nepal, India, and Tibet. This makes the area a perfect destination for people living outside of Nepal. It is to travel a few more kilometers to reach the Tibet border, eat Nepal’s national dish, cross several bridges, or walk on a continuous uphill and downhill trail. Those who desire a breathtaking perspective of the Himalayas in addition to taking a stroll through the bamboo forest, which is home to an endangered species like the Red Panda.

Kanchenjunga Trekking’s Trail passes through wild, beautiful, and remote regions, as well as takes you to the place where you can listen the sound of birds, wherein you see the yaks and jokpas carrying the loads, and which takes you to the religious sites of the Sherpa’s, as well as to the pass, which is made of the Himalayas, and which has wow factors. Therein, you may spot the tracks of snow-leopard, and from there, you may also see the clouds coming from the Indian plains. This trail will make you dehydrated and also takes you to the place where there are leaches, as well as it consists of log bridges; you also reach a lake. Also, it allows you opportunities to take a rest on top of the hills.

Why KBC Trek?

Why people should go for this trek might be your question. Its trekking route comes under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. When the area is conserved, it will always be fun to be there moreover, it falls under the Sacred Himalayan Landscape, which has been developed by WWF Nepal in partnership with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.

The trekking region of Kanchenjunga has rhododendron and bamboo forests and offers a panoramic view of mountains. It is home to some of the ethnic communities of Nepal, such as Rais and Limbus. Trekking in this region means doing one of the longest treks in Nepal, as well as walking in the far northeastern region of Nepal.

Prior to Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, we take a scenic flight to Bhadrapur. And then further drive to Taplejung via Illam passing through a vast tea garden.

The main highlights of the Kanchenjunga region trek are Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, and Yalung Glacier (5,143 m). Moreover, alpine forests, quaint villages, and Pangpema include panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and neighboring peaks.

Best Trekking Season for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek:

Generally, autumn and spring are the perfect and high trekking seasons for this trek. June, July, and August are the low months to visit the Kanchenjunga region. Because the trail remains slippery and muddy due to the monsoon. In addition, visit our trekking season information section for further details.

Check out our fixed itinerary for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek or just send us an email and we’ll tailor-make an itinerary based on your requirements.

Related Posts: Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Guide

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu, we are waiting with warm greetings outside the airport terminal. Our airport representative will be holding a company name card (Glorious Himalaya) with your name beneath. You will then be transferred to your respective hotel via a private car, van, or bus (Depending upon group size). After some refreshments, our Senior Guide will come to meet you for a briefing about your Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. You can also ask him any further questions regarding your trip. You can either rest or use the remaining time strolling down the street of Thamel and explore the neighborhood. In the evening you will be invited for a warm welcome dinner at a nearby cultural restaurant, hosted by our company, which will include typical Nepali cuisine and a cultural dance show. We will then drop you back at your hotel where you can finally rest after a long journey. This probably would be your first night in the city of Himalayas. (Breakfast included)

Today we will explore the world-famous UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. After a hot breakfast at the hotel, our tour guide will pick you up for a sightseeing tour around the ancient heritage sites in Kathmandu. You will be guided to religious and historical sites like Syambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. You can get some unique insights into the culture, art, and history of Nepal. Indeed it is a superb combo experience of art, history, culture, and diverse religion of Nepal which you would not want to miss while in Kathmandu. All these sights carry a lot of historical, religious, and cultural significance of The Himalayas which is definitely worth visiting. Meanwhile, we will arrange for your trekking permit for Kanchenjunga. You can also shop for any equipment left for trekking. Overnight at the same hotel in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast.

We will opt for an afternoon flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. You can use the whole morning to shop for trekking equipment or any other required items. An hour of flight will take us to Bhadrapur airport, from where we will take a scenic jeep ride to reach Illam, which will take about 4 to 5 hours. Illam is the Tea Capital of Nepal and itself is a popular tourist destination famous for its tea garden. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Today is the beginning day of our actual trek. After breakfast, we will take an early morning drive to Taplejung, passing through tea and cardamom garden. Along the way, we will stop at the top of a pass where we get our first glorious views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Jannu at a far distance. Continuing our drive we reach Taplejung where we have our lunch. We will start our trek descending to the Tamur River to reach the village of Mitlung. The path for the next couple of days is often wet, muddy, and slippery, so a pair of trekking poles are essential. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Our trail today descends to the Tamur River passing several settlements. This is a fertile zone for a range of crops and vegetables including millet, rice, and potatoes. We will have a descent to a wooden bridge and cross the Thiwa Khola followed by several ups and downs before reaching Chirwa. Chirwa is a village with a market, shops, and a few lodges. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Today, we follow the trail along the Tamur River. After a couple of hours, we reach Taplechowk (1380). Before continuing our trip further we will have our trekking permit checked here at the park gate. From Taplechowk, we cross a river via a suspension bridge and follow the west bank along where we can see cardamom growing among the forest. Cardamom is an important herb, especially found in the mid-hills of eastern Nepal. We will stop at Phembu for lunch and then continue by ascending above Tamur River to reach Lelep at (1750m). We will then descend to cross a suspension bridge over Tamur river and enter the more slender Ghunsa Khola Valley before reaching our final destination for the day, Sekathum. Sekhathum is a Tibetan village from where we get magnificent views of the high Himalayas. On a clear day, Mt. Jannu is visible up the Ghunsa valley. Overnight at a local teahouse on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Today is a bit more challenging day. Leaving Sekathum, we cross a suspension bridge over a river outside Sukathum, we get through a dense forest, ascend the steep trail, descend and cross another river. We then climb a gorge, pass by Solima Village, and descend once again to the river level. Overall, today’s trekking is rather rough. For that reason, we suggest being very careful especially while passing the gorge. Marching further, we later follow a trail which goes both uphill and downhill until we arrive at Amjilosa, where we stop for the night. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

We start today’s trek having a short ascend from Amjilosa through lush rhododendron, bamboo, and oak forests before crossing a small ridge. Then descending towards Ghunsa River, we arrive at Thyanyani (2,400m) where there are several stone shelters. Later, the trail follows several short climbs and descents before passing a magnificent waterfall and a final climb towards Gyabla. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Descending down the steep into a gorge through a forested trail full of fir and rhododendron forests, our walk becomes easier as we follow the river bank that takes us into a large yak pasture land in Pholey. Pholey is a beautiful village inhabited by people from the Tibetan community who moved here long ago. Around the village, we can see Potato fields and the dominance of Tibetan Buddhist culture. Moving ahead, we climb upward where the valley widens, passing the lush fields and forests. Finally, we descend down to cross a suspension bridge over the Ghunsa river to enter into Ghunsa Village. As days go on, we can feel the climate getting cooler as we’re gaining more heights. Overnight at a local teahouse in Ghunsa on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

As we are gaining more elevation, our body needs to get tuned to the new altitude. Therefore, we spend this day at Ghunsa for the purpose of acclimatization. An acclimatization walk will be organized along the trail to Lobsang La. This will help our body adjust to elevation gain over the upcoming days as we climb north Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

Leaving Ghunsa, we further trek north along the bank of the river with the backdrop of glorious mountain scenery. Passing through pastures full of gorgeous wildflowers, pine, and rhododendron forests we cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka then continue past the waterfall. After crossing the tricky section of the landslide, we pass the landslide area and being to see the magnificent view of Mount Jannu. Marching further through the tricky mountain trail, we finally reach Kambachen where we spend the night. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

We spend another day for acclimatization at Kambachen. This day, we observe if anybody in the group has any symptoms of altitude sickness. We will use this day to relax –take a bath and/ or explore the Nuphchu Khola Valley area. This will be our second night at Kambachen at the same lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Today we will start our trek early in the morning to kick-off another challenging day. The trail passes through the rhododendron forest along the lateral moraine passing through seasonal yak herders’ camp at Ramtang (4,370m). The trail becomes rockier after an hour or so, and we pass under a landslide area. We should be alert for any rockfall and is best to keep moving at a steady pace. Then, we climb through open rocky fields and cross moraines North West of the Kanchenjunga Glacier to Lhonak. The campsite at Lhonak si near several large stone huts and has gorgeous views of Mera Peak (6,344m), Wedge Peak(6,750m), Twins (7,351m), Nepal Peak (6,910m) among others. However we cannot see the Kanchenjunga from Lhonak, so we will walk up to Pangpema the next day for this view. Overnight at a lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Today we opt for an early morning hike to the north side of Kanchenjunga Base Camp, locally popular as Pangpema. We visit the Kanchenjunga north base camp which is an incredible trekking experience. Slowly and carefully, we climb up through the line of the moraine. Using trekking poles will make your trek a lot easier. Walking past the rocky area, the trail opens up to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (Pangpema). Overnight in Kanchenjunga Base Camp at a tented camp on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

It’s finally time to bid goodbye to this heavenly place. We return to Ghunsa, retracing our steps back via Lhonak and Kamachen. We follow the same path that we had taken earlier enjoying the breathtaking views of natural beauty. Overnight in Ghunsa at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

We leave Ghunsa, diverting towards an alternate path that climbs up steeply towards Sele Le. Along the way, we pass through rhododendron and juniper forests. We can notice a few teahouses at Sele Le Camp, although there are no traces of human settlement on the way. Overnight in Sele Le Camp at a local teahouse on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Today, our trek is a bit challenging. We start out early morning since the trek is a long to Cheram. After breakfast, we hike up to High Camp to delight in some gorgeous view of mountains. From High Camp, we move along the trail ascending to our first pass Sinion La at 4,440m. From here the trail contours the hillside and a short inclined climb takes us to Mirgin la Pass at 4,480m. The trail descends for a moment before contouring round before a final short inclined climb that brings us to the top of Sinelapche La Pass at 4,840m. Each pass will reward us with glorious views. From the final pass, there is a 1,000m descent on a trail past a small lake to Cheram. Cheram is a small village situated above the Simbuwa Khola. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

After a hot breakfast, we walk along the trail leading to Oktang Base Camp. Passing a beautiful trail with a backdrop of stunning mountain and glacier views we also get some best views of Mount Kanchenjunga. We further climb up higher towards the snout of the Yalung glacier. Exploring the glacier we climb up to Oktang Base Camp, which is the southern base camp of Kanchenjunga. From here, we can relish some spellbinding views of the Kumbakarna glacier along with the south face of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Then, we descend towards Cheram where we will spend the night. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

As we descend to Tortong we will encounter two routes. One route is the one we took while descending down from Sele Le. Ignoring this route, we will descend further down to the trail alongside the Simbuwa River. En route, we can applaud the lush rhododendron forest. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Leaving Tortong it’s about 1000m ascend which takes about 3 hours. Climbing steeply through a mossy forest, we pass the huge landslide that occurred in 2013. We will stop at Lamite Bhanjyang for lunch. After lunch, we descend on a quite steep trail for about 2 hours prior to crossing Imja Khola. We then contour round the hillside and cross the Dubi pass before descending to Yamphudin. Yamphudin is a village consisting of a mixed community of Gurungs, Limbus, Rais, and Sherpas. There is also the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area office in the village. Overnight at a local teahouse on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Today, we descend through the charming village of Yamphudin towards the Kabeli Khola. Crossing a long bridge over the Kabeli Khola, we descend further to Mamankhe. The trail from here enters a side gorge and crosses a long suspension bridge over a stream before a steep climb to Pumphe Village. From here we can relish in the magnificent view of Mt. Jannu. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

On this day, we climb towards two tea shops on the ridge above, then traverse through a series of valleys passing through several settlements. Our trek continues through Bhanjyang and crosses a ridge to descend to the Limbu settlement of Khunjari. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

After a long journey up in the mountains, we are finally at the end of our trek. The trail today descends to the Pha Khola before a steep climb through Pokhara and Shimu villages to Thenbewa. We then traverse through the lush forest to Lali Kharka before descending gradually to Suketar. Congratulations! You have completed an amazing adventure around the Nepalese side of Kanchenjunga. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Today we will have a long drive to Bhadrapur. It was indeed a wonderful time up in the mountains! We will reach Bhadrapur in the evening where we will enjoy a delicious dinner with perhaps some beer and relax in a comfortable hotel overnight on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)!

Today, we will take a morning/ evening flight back to Kathmandu. Our airport representative will receive you outside the Kathmandu airport terminal and then transfer you to your respective hotel. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner hosted by our company with typical Nepali cuisine and a cultural dance show at a local restaurant. We will drop you back at your hotel where you can have a well-earned rest. Overnight at the hotel inclusive breakfast.

After breakfast and our last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle. Today is perhaps your last day in Kathmandu. Our escorts and vehicle will be on standby to drop you at the international airport 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight back home. It was an honor to provide our service and a wonderful time spent together. We pray for your Safe journey and hope to see you again someday!

Trip Includes:

  • All the airport and hotel transfer as per the itinerary by private vehicles.
  • Welcome dinner at a typical local restaurant with cultural dance show.
  • 3 night’s twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city inclusive breakfast.
  • Both way domestic airfares and the airport taxes. (Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu)
  • 1 day Kathmandu sightseeing around world heritage sites inclusive private transport and city tour guide.
  • 22 nights of twin sharing local teahouses & tented camp accommodations while on the trek.
  • Full board meals while on the trek. (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • All the essential trekking permits of the Kanchenjunga region.
  • Long-range surface transports by private jeeps. (Bhadrapur – Suketar – Bhadrapur)
  • First-aid medicine for the trek.
  • An experienced and government certified trekking guide for the trek.
  • Supporting porters to carry your belongings during the trek. (1 porter for 2 guests)
  • Company duffel bags and sleeping bags to use while on the trek.
  • All our local field staffs will be insured along with their salary, accommodation and meals.
  • An appreciation certificate after trip completion.
  • Nepalease cuisine farewell dinner at a typical restaurant with cultural dance performance.

Trip Exclude:

  • International airfares and Nepal entry visa.
  • Entrance fees for Kathmandu sightseeing.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu hotel stay.
  • Tips to the guide and porters.
  • Any kind of alcoholic beverages and drinks while on the trek.
  • Battery charging, hot shower, use of WIFI, phone calls while on the trek.
  • Any other extra cost which is beyond our includes.

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Reviews

Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camps
By Judith Ross, USA
December 13, 2019

My husband and I wanted a long trek to a lesser known area and with fewe tourists and he landed on this one. He did all the research and chose Glorious Himalaya because Ganesh was one of the few offering this trip and he was very responsive to our inquiries and requests. Lots of emails went back and forth and he made sure it all came together with transport, accomodations, guide, porter, etc. We combined this trip with another trek in the southwest of the country (with another service) and Ganesh worked with us to mesh our two disparate trips. Out guide UR was excellent. His English was pretty good, so we could usually communicate what we needed to. Our porter was also excellent, though he didn’t really speak English, but that was not needed. Learn some Nepali, not only do the people appreciate it, it did help. No fault of the company, but be warned, the “huts” along this trek are rough. Sanitation is low, all outhouses and little ways to clean up so bring wipes. Once in the Kanch conservation area, the “huts” there cater a bit better to tourists, but it is still rough. And once you get to Tseram and north it is cold, we were cold for over a week and we come from the far north US, we wore every bit of clothing. Bring water purification method. The trails are not easy and we hike mountains and are in pretty good shape – up, down, and around and often rough footing, so train before you go. Do not expect to have the opportuinity to bath for days (3 weeks in our case).

Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camps – October and November 2019
By Scott Abrahamson, USA
November 2, 2019

We chose the Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camps trip because we liked the idea of trekking for 21 days through one of the most remote regions in Nepal. We also wanted to challenge ourselves with the difficulty of the terrain and trekking at elevations over 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) for more than a week. The ultimate goal, though, was to experience the Himalayan foothills and get so close to the massive peaks, glaciers, and landscape of northeastern Nepal. We got all that and more. Eating our daily meals and sleeping at the small teahouses along the way brought us into contact with local Nepal people, many of whom were members of the Rai, Limbu, Sherpa, and other ethnic groups. Looking back, we believe that a long trek, such as Kanchenjunga Base Camps, was the best way to take in so many meaningful experiences in a 3-week period of time. The trekking was physically challenging, but we never felt we couldn’t do it. Glorious Himalaya Trekking did a great job arranging all the important details of the trip in country. Though our guide did not speak English very well, we were able to communicate and he looked after our needs. We could not have enjoyed the adventure without the help of our porter, who helped ease the load, especially at the highest elevations. Trip Advisor restricts your reviews to 1,500 characters, so I’ve added additional comments elsewhere.

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