16 Days Kanchenjunga North Base camp Trek

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destination Kanchenjunga
duration 16 Days
grade High Advance
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Kanchenjunga
max altitude 5143m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 hours
accommodation Tea House
season Autumn/spring

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 2,490
Pax 2 USD 2,450
Pax 3 USD 2,390
Pax 4 to 6 USD 2,350
Pax 7 to 12 USD 2,290
Pax 13 to 18 USD 2,250
Pax 19 to 24 USD 2,190
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16 Days Kanchenjunga North Base camp Trek

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is a thrilling adventure that takes you to the base camp of the world's third highest peak, Kanchenjunga. Located in the eastern part of Nepal, this trek offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan range and an opportunity to explore the remote and untouched region of Nepal.

The trek starts from the small town of Taplejung and follows a trail that winds through lush forests, charming villages, and high mountain passes. As you make your way towards the base camp, you will be treated to panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, including Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Jannu.

One of the highlights of the trek is the opportunity to interact with the local communities along the way. The region is inhabited by ethnic groups like the Limbu, Rai, and Sherpa, who have their own distinct culture and traditions. You will have the chance to stay in traditional teahouses, taste local cuisine, and learn about the unique way of life in this remote corner of Nepal.

The trek is considered to be moderately challenging and requires a good level of physical fitness. The trail takes you through rugged terrain, steep ascents, and descents, and you will be walking for several hours each day. However, the effort is well worth it, as you will be rewarded with stunning views and a sense of accomplishment.

The best time to undertake the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The weather is generally clear and stable during these months, offering the best views of the mountains and comfortable trekking conditions.

It is important to note that the Kanchenjunga region is a restricted area and requires a special permit to enter. It is recommended to hire a local guide or join a trekking agency to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

In conclusion, the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is a challenging yet rewarding adventure that offers a unique opportunity to explore the remote and majestic Himalayan region of Nepal. With its stunning views, rich culture, and untouched natural beauty, this trek is a must-do for any adventure enthusiast.

ITINERARY

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Today we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport for your flight to Bhadrapur and then we will drive to Suketar, a seven to eight hour drive. We will stay overnight at Bhadrapur.

Leaving Taplejung we trek through the flourishing green lower level hills passing by river-sand trekking along some steep ridges. Along the way we pass through some traditional villages with their unique mud houses, rice fields, fruit trees, and terraced farms before heading down to the Tamur River where we head upstream passing along the way some out-of-the-way villages. We eventually reach the Tamang village of Sinuwa where we stay the night.

After leaving Sinuwa Village the valley narrows as we traverse remnants of landslides and boulders before descending to Thiwakhola and then cross over a wooden bridge. The trail continues and follows the natural, but undulating, the contour of the terrain before reaching the market at Chirwa. Overnight stay at Chiruwa.

After first climbing a spur we then descend to Simbuwa Khola and cross the bridge over the river – with its origin the Yalung Glacier. We again head along another ridge before reaching the Ghunsa Khola Valley. Once we reach the convergence of the Tamur River and Ghunsa Khola we continue on for a short time before making camp beside the river for the night.

After leaving Sakathum we trek northeast alongside the banks of the Ghunsa Khola and then climb higher in the direction of Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The trek takes us across an exposed landscape and a steep ascent to the Tibetan village of Amjilosa, where we spend the night.

Today the trail takes us through rhododendron and bamboo forests. Climbing higher we come to a huge waterfall on the side of the river that signals our path us to our objective – Gyable, with its magnificent views of the surrounding landscape.

After leaving Gyable the trail takes us through a large meadow, a small village, and a small hill. We then head downhill, crossing a river before reaching Gunsa Village, a large Tibetan village with traditional wooden houses, a school, health post, and its own hydroelectricity power plant. The village is within the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area has several Gompas (Buddhist fortifications) where people rest and exchange tales of their journey. Tonight we stay in Gunsa, the very last village in the valley.

Ghunsa is an ideal location and at a high enough altitude for us to acclimatize. It is recommended that during the acclimatization period we do not remain idle. In order to do this we trek across the river to an altitude of 400 metres above the village, taking around 4 hours return. For the remainder of the day we will wander around this Tibetan village, chatting to the locals and absorbing their rich culture.

After leaving Ghunsa we trek for five to six hours through stunning pine and rhododendron forests taking the south bank of the Ghunsa Khola and its, with numerous chortens and mani walls. Trekking across several slopes and glacier moraines we reach Kambachen - today’s destination, a tiny Tibetan village with only a few houses, but encompassed by mountains. Tonight we stay in this quaint village.

After reaching the source of the Ghunsa Khola, we trek along the north side of the Kanchenjunga Glacier and then take the trail on flat terrain past the Lhonak Glacier until we reach today’s destination, Lhonak. At this elevation the air is crisp and cold, but we are compensated with awesome views of Wedge peak, Mera peak, Nepal peak, and Twins, that will leave you spell-bound!. Tonight we stay at Lhonak.

After leaving Lhonak we head in an easterly direction still staying close to the Lhonak Glacier on the northern ridges until we reach Kanchenjunga Base Camp at Pangpema where photo opportunities abound of the huge surrounding mountains. After this breathtaking experience we return to Lhonak for the night.

Today we return to Ghunsa following the same route we took to reach Kanchenjunga Base Camp. This should take us between five and six hours. We will stay at Ghunsa for night.

After an hour’s trek we descend to Phale, home to several monasteries and juniper forests until arriving at a grassy hillside where the tiny village of Amjilosa lies. In total the trek today should take about five to six hours. We stay here in a guest house tonight.

We begin the day with a short ascent and spend the rest of the day descending down a steep trail that eventually takes us to Taplejung. After some time we reach the junction of the Tamur and Ghunsa Khola (rivers). We eventually reach Sakathum from where we take a jeep to. Taplejung and stay the night here in a guest house.

The nine to ten-hour road trip takes us through many small valleys and through villages until we reach Bhadrapur where we stay in a guest house for the night.

Today we have a 30 minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu and have our final glimpses of the majestic snow covered mountains. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will take you back to your hotel.

SERVICES

Costs included in your package.

  • Domestic - Airport picks up and transports by private Car/Jeep.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit every evening after dinner.
  • Transportation from Bhadrapur to Suketar and Taplejung to Bhadrapur by sharing Jeep. 
  • Trekking Lodge (Tea House)/ tent accommodation during the trek.
  • All necessary paperwork including Kanchenjunga conservation area Entry Permit & Special permit.
  • Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu flight with private airport transfer and domestic airport tax.
  • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking T-shirt
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.
  • Assistant guide for groups of 8 or more people.

Costs Exclude

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu - lunch, and dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (easy to obtain the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15-day visa.
  • Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic, soup, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cocoa, mineral water, extra food, cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
  • All desserts & sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging at the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Excess baggage of more than 20 kg for Bhadrapur flight.
  • NOTE: If you return earlier from the trek due to sickness or any problem, the money you paid for the flight, hotel, mountain room, food, etc. is nonrefundable, and you will need to bear the expenses for the hotel, food, etc. in Kathmandu yourself.

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

  • Sleeping Bag (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Duffel Bag (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof windbreaker or windcheater
  • Thermal underclothes
  • Rain poncho
  • Down jacket (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Fleece or wool trousers
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Trekking pants (two pairs)
  • Mittens or woolen gloves
  • Hiking socks (several pairs)
  • Moisture-wicking shirts, including t-shirts
  • Trekking shoes or boots with spare laces
  • Flip-flops or sandals for relaxing in the evenings
  • Underwear (several pairs)
  • Swimsuit or swimming costume
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp or flashlight/torch
  • Sleeping bag (Sherpa Teams can provide this for you)
  • Trekking poles (if desired)
  • Hiking backpack with a capacity of at least 40 liters
  • Small lock for your backpack
  • Reusable water bottles (at least two liters)
  • Water purification tablets or filtration device
  • Wash towel
  • Basic first aid kit

Toiletries (tissues, toilet paper, moisturizer, lip balm, sunscreen, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clippers, a small mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses, contacts, etc.)

GOOD TO KNOW

Hotel and Accommodation:

We offer you 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (3 nights) and Lodge/Teahouses during the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with blankets and a pillow. All accommodation is on a twin share basis except at the higher elevations or after Kambachen, where you will enjoy homestay style accommodation. The Kanchenjunga trek is situated in some very areas so you may not have the same level of comfort as lower down the mountain. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide you down jackets, sleeping bags, and duffle bags (which need to be returned after the trek).

Meals and drinks during the trek:

Breakfast will be served in Kathmandu whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. Food along the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is much like it is elsewhere in Nepal, with a heavy reliance on rice, lentils and vegetable curries. We suggest you bring a water purification pill to avoid stomach problems from drinking the local water. Bottled water is sometimes available if you prefer.

Transportation:

We provide a private car for the airport transfers and sightseeing tour of Kathmandu on the day you arrive. Flights from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and return is also included. You will travel by jeep from Bhadrapur to Suketar.

Physical condition and past experience:

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trek is graded as highly challenging and a tough trek due to the terrain and high altitudes. This trek takes you to many less-traveled and undeveloped areas, making it difficult in places to traverse rockfalls, moraines, and streams Trekking in these remote areas can sometimes be difficult due to landslides. The roads at the beginning and end of the trek can also be affected too. It is recommended that you prepare yourself beforehand and get physically prepared. This will make it easier to manage the difficult terrain and high altitudes.

Note: The trek itinerary is a guide and will be provided by Sherpa Expedition & Trekking. The Kanchenjunga circuit trek can be modified according to your time, budget, and requirements. What we offer here is a tea house style trek and can be modified as a purely camping trek as well. Contact us for the latest updated information and price for the varied options available.

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek usually takes around 16-20 days to complete. This includes the trekking days, acclimatization days, and travel to and from the starting point of the trek.

The best time to undertake the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer clear skies, stable weather conditions, and better visibility of the mountains.

Yes, the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is considered to be moderately challenging. It involves walking on rugged terrain, steep ascents and descents, and long hours of trekking each day. A good level of physical fitness and prior trekking experience is recommended.

Yes, the Kanchenjunga region is a restricted area and requires a special permit to enter. You will need to obtain both the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP) and the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) from the Nepal Tourism Board. It is advisable to hire a local guide or join a trekking agency who can assist you with the permit process.

Solo treks in the Kanchenjunga region are not allowed. You must trek with at least one other person and be accompanied by a licensed guide. This is for your safety and to ensure that you have a responsible and enjoyable trekking experience.

During the trek, you will be staying in teahouses or lodges along the trail. These are basic accommodations with shared rooms and common dining areas. The facilities may vary, but you can expect a bed with a mattress, blankets, and basic meals.

Altitude sickness can be a concern on any high-altitude trek, including the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek. It is important to acclimatize properly and take necessary precautions. It is recommended to consult with a doctor before the trek and to follow the guidance of your guide regarding altitude sickness prevention and treatment.

The highlights of the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek include stunning views of the Himalayan range, including Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Jannu peaks. You will also have the opportunity to explore remote villages, interact with local communities, and experience the unique culture and traditions of the region.

Some essential items to pack for the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek include trekking boots, warm clothing, a down jacket, a sleeping bag, a hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle, a first aid kit, and personal toiletries. It is advisable to pack light and carry only the necessary items.

Yes, it is highly recommended to have travel insurance that covers trekking activities and emergency medical evacuation. Make sure to check the policy details and ensure that it covers high-altitude trekking in Nepal.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 2,490
Pax 2 USD 2,450
Pax 3 USD 2,390
Pax 4 to 6 USD 2,350
Pax 7 to 12 USD 2,290
Pax 13 to 18 USD 2,250
Pax 19 to 24 USD 2,190
  • Best Price Guarantee
  • Hassle-Free Booking
  • Team of highly experienced Experts
  • 24/7 Customer Support

All Inclusive Cost

USD 2,350

Per Person

BOOK NOW QUICK ENQUIRY

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