Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
- Day 01: Arrival in Nepal
- Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and permit preparation
- Day 03: Kathmandu - Taplejung / Sukhetar
- Day 04: Taplejung / Sukhetar - Phurumbu 4 - 5 hrs
- Day 05: Phurumbu - Chiruwa 5 - 6 hrs
- Day 06: Chiruwa - Sukathum 5 - 6 hrs / 450m ascent
- Day 07: Sukhathum - Amjilosa 4 - 5 hrs / 890 m ascent
- Day 08: Amjilosa - Gyabla 4 - 5 hrs / 240 m ascent
- Day 09: Gyabla (Kyapra) - Ghunsa 6 - 7 hrs / 680 m ascent
- Day 10: Ghunsa all day
- Day 11: Ghunsa - Khangpachen (Khambachen) 5 - 6 hrs / 740m ascent
- Day 12: Khangpachen (Khambachen) all day
- Day 13: Khangpachen (Khambachen) - Lhonak 5 - 6 hrs / 640 m
- Day 14: Lhonak all day
- Day 15: Lhonak - Kanchenjunga base camp 3 - 4 hrs / 360 m ascent
- Day 16: Kanchenjunga base camp - Kambachen 6 - 7 hrs / 1000 m descent
- Day 17: Kambachen - Ghunsa 4 - 5 hrs / 740 m descent
- Day 18: Ghunsa - Amjilosa 7 - 8 hrs / 920m descent
- Day 19: Amjilosa - Chirwa 7 - 8 hrs / 1320 m descent
- Day 20: Chirwa - Linkhim 6 - 7 hrs / 330 m ascent
- Day 21: Linkhim - Suketar 6 - 7 hrs / 930 m ascent / 120m descent
- Day 22: Suketar - Kathmandu (flight)
- Day 23: Departure day
Day 01: Arrival in Nepal
Welcome to Nepal ! A representative from Karma Eco Trek will receive you at the airport and drop you at your hotel. On this day you will not do much but relax and go around your hotel location. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and permit preparation
Thank you for choosing Kanchenjunga Base camp trek as your next adventure destination! If you booked this trek long time back your permits are ready before you arrive but if it is a last minute booking you permits will be made on this day. While the back office is busy making permits on the back end, you will get involved in sightseeing some UNESCO world heritage sites. Some time in the day, you will as well do last minute preparation, packing and purchase if necessary. In the evening you will meet your guide and your guide will brief you about the trek
Day 03: Kathmandu - Taplejung / Sukhetar
As of this day there 2 direct flights to Sukhetar from Kathmandu tand that is on monday and wednesday. If you wish to start your trek some other day, you will have to take a flight to Biratnagar and then further charter your own flight. If you arrive late in Sukhetar, there are few basic lodges by the airport. If not, you may want to descend for 2 hours to Taplejung for more comfortable option. Overnight in Taplejung/Sukhetar.
Day 04: Taplejung / Sukhetar - Phurumbu 4 - 5 hrs
The trail descends gradually from the airport and you will see several trails branching off at several points. .It is advised to stay close with the group and your guide. You will descend with the views of Tamor valley, considered very fertile. Depending upon the season, you will descend from the fields of Rice, Millet, potatoes, cauliflower or green vegetables. You can either camp by the school at Phurumbu or accommodate in a basic teahouse. Overnight in Phurumbu.
Day 05: Phurumbu - Chiruwa 5 - 6 hrs
The trail climbs and dips frequently all way long. You will traverse through villages of Baishakhe, Lingkhim, Tawa and finally to Ngadin before reaching to Chiruwa. All this villages that you will make your way through are historically important Kirat villages. Inhabitants from these villages tried to unify the kingdoms of himalaya into one big sovereign country. Chiruwa is a pretty big village tucked in between a river and a hill. You can either camp or accommodate in one of the basic teahouses in the village. Overnight in Chiruwa.
Day 06: Chiruwa - Sukathum 5 - 6 hrs / 450m ascent
You will begin walking towards the confluence of Tamor river and Ghunsa Khola and all the way to the chettri village of Tapethok. Further down the trail you will come across the sherpa village of Lepsung and then to the Kanchenjunga conservation area permit headquarters of Lelep. From here on until the final destination of Sukathum, you will make your way through Tibetan settlements who share similar way of life, dialect and culture as the sherpas. Making your way through prayer flags and locally made chortens, you will call it a night at the Tibetan village of Sukathum. Overnight in Sukathum.
Day 07: Sukhathum - Amjilosa 4 - 5 hrs / 890 m ascent
After several ups and down and past the stream you will come across steps that will take you all the way to small hamlet of Ghaiyabari. From here the trail becomes gentle and climbs on grassy slope before it descends down to the Tibetan village of Amjilosa. The village has handful of basic teahouses and camping ground spread around. Overnight in Amjilosa.
Day 08: Amjilosa - Gyabla 4 - 5 hrs / 240 m ascent
This is one of the most dramatic days on the trail. The cold breeze through the forests of bamboo, oak and Rhododendron, the open pasture land and the waterfalls indicate that you are very close to the mountains. At a point, you will come across the cascading Ghunsa khola from where the trail climbs steeply to the Tibetan village of Gyabla. Overnight in Gyabla
Day 09: Gyabla (Kyapra) - Ghunsa 6 - 7 hrs / 680 m ascent
The trail immediately drop steeply to a ravine and then further levels to the river bed. You will go through easy trail that traversed through the forest of Oak and Rhododendron until the village of Phole. The village is inhabited by Tibetan descendants and serves meals of daal bhat and vegetables. The village also has a gompa that houses beautiful murals, statues and thangkas imported from Tibet. After Phole the trail gets better and wider and all the way to Ghunsa. Overnight in Ghunsa.
Day 10: Ghunsa all day
Ghunsa is the largest village along the trail and from here on you enter alpine range. It is very important for you to acclimatize for higher ground and in order to not fall sick. You can either utilize this day to completely rest and wash your clothes or explore the nearby Gompa. A longer trek option takes you to a high altitude pass with more rewarding views of the region and the mountains. Overnight in Ghunsa.
Day 11: Ghunsa - Khangpachen (Khambachen) 5 - 6 hrs / 740m ascent
The first part of the trail climbs north to Ghunsa and past the forest of larch and juniper shrubs. Further down the trail, you will cross boulder strewn floodplains and waterfall and climb the trail to more barren landscape. Be careful as you climb on the scree slope as after the uphill the trail descends all the way to Khangpachen. Overnight in Khangpachen.
Day 12: Khangpachen (Khambachen) all day
After several days on the trail and trail rapidly climbing, it is very important for you to give much required rest to your body. The views of peaks Khabur (6332m), Phole (6645m) and Kanchenjunga glacial are out of this world. As an acclimatization trip, you can climb up to the ridge by the village and come face to face with these ice pyramids. Overnight in Khangpachen
Day 13: Khangpachen (Khambachen) - Lhonak 5 - 6 hrs / 640 m
The trail climbs gradually but as the trail climbs to a desolated land and passes through exposed glacier. Hence, the trail is very windy and is freezing cold. Mostly, you will meander around Kanchenjunga glacier and cross streams to finally arrive at Lhonak village which rests in a sand basin and arid landscape. Overnight in Lhonak.
Day 14: Lhonak all day
The large sand basin of Lhonak offers plenty of option to explore the valley. Depending upon the condition, you will either cross the river to explore the entire valley or climb the rough trail up to the edge of Lhonak glacier. Further down the trail you will come to the confluence of Chabuk and Chijma Glacier. The views of Gimmigela, Wedge peak, Nepal peak and Tent peak look incredible from here. Overnight in Lhonak.
Day 15: Lhonak - Kanchenjunga base camp 3 - 4 hrs / 360 m ascent
It’s a long and arduous walk to the base camp of Kanchenjunga. The experience till the day says that by the time you reach the base camp, the views of the 3rd tallest mountain is obstructed by the rising clouds. The basecamp is nothing but just rocks and 2 huts. Usually the clouds clear in the evening offering a massive view of the Kanchenjunga. Because of the elevation there are high chances that you will have a difficult and restless night. Overnight at the base camp of Kanchenjunga.
Day 16: Kanchenjunga base camp - Kambachen 6 - 7 hrs / 1000 m descent
The best view is often early in the morning. Climb up to the ridge of Pang Pema for an inspiring views of Kanchenjunga, Taple Shikhar, Gimmigela Peak, Chang himal, Pathibhara peak and Kirat peak. From here, you will follow the same trail all the way down to Kambachen. Overnight in Kambachen.
Day 17: Kambachen - Ghunsa 4 - 5 hrs / 740 m descent
You will retrace back on the same approach route on your way up. Overnight in Ghunsa.
Day 18: Ghunsa - Amjilosa 7 - 8 hrs / 920m descent
As of the prior day, retrace your way back to Amjilosa. Overnight in Amjilosa.
Day 19: Amjilosa - Chirwa 7 - 8 hrs / 1320 m descent
Follow the same trail all the way back to Sakathum and then meander back along Tamur river to Chirwa. Overnight in Chirwa.
Day 20: Chirwa - Linkhim 6 - 7 hrs / 330 m ascent
From here the trail allows the liberty to either retrace your way back on the same trail on your way up or on a different trail to Linkhim. The trail climbs on the banks of Tamur Koshi and climbs and drops several times until you reach Linkhim. Overnight in Linkhim.
Day 21: Linkhim - Suketar 6 - 7 hrs / 930 m ascent / 120m descent
The trail from Linkhim climbs up and down and in and out of canyons and small patches of Limbu villages. At a point you will as well get a glimpse of a vast landslide area from a ridge. The final three hours of climb through sherpa village finally takes you to your final destination of the day Suketar. Overnight in Suketar.
Day 22: Suketar - Kathmandu (flight)
The flight from Suketar to Kathmandu usually flies in the morning. Depending upon the day of our arrival, the flight will either fly out to Biratnagar or to Kathmandu. In case we fly out to Biratnagar, you will have to take a connecting flight to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, your guide will transfer you to your hotel and hence, your Kanchenjunga trek will officially come to end.
Day 23: Departure day
- Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
- Welcome dinner at typical Nepalese restaurant in Kathmandu.
- 2 nights Hotel accommodation 2/3 star including breakfast in Kathmandu.
- All government and local taxes.
- A comprehensive medical kit.
- An experienced Trekking Guide,Assistant Guide, Cook, assistant cook and Porters.
- All accommodations on the trails and 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or any one item from the menu )
- 3 Cups Tea while on the Trail ( in most of the places where applicable)
- Best available local lodges / Teahouse in mountain
- Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staffs
- Domestic flight from Ktm to sukhetar to Ktm
- Certificate of trek Completion
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, mineral water etc).
- Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
- In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides etc the extra charge should be borne by themselves.
- Additional food.
- Tips for staffs.
- Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included.