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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking

Trip description

Mt.Kanchenjungha, the third highest peak in the world lies on the eastern border of Nepal. The trek provides you to experience the remoteness of this region, romantic mountain views, diverse flora and fauna and rich local culture. This trek is considered as a non-technical trek and suitable for average people. If you are moderately fit and have a sense of adventure will enjoy this trek. The program is designed to acclimatize you gradually and not expected high altitude sickness. However you are requested to check your altitude fitness and the itinerary. We suggest you to strengthen your knee muscles and prepare for several days of steep descents. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, biking or aerobics is recommended, but mostly hiking on steep hills or running up and down steps are preferable. Please note that the following program is prepared in the fact basis however can be change in some circumstances but adjustments will have to made during the trekking. We request you to be flexible with the situation to enjoy yourself. As the trek is designed for camping arrangement, everything is handled by our team of porters, sherpas and cooks who carry the equipment, assemble and dissemble the camp and have hot meals waiting for you at every food break.

 

Highlights of the trip:

Kanchenjunga (8,585m) 3rd tallest mountains, Scenic flights Kathamndu - Biratnagar - Taplejung - Kathmandu, explore KBC, Magnificent views of Mt. Everset, Makalu and Kanchenjungha, Crossing the pass over Mirgi la, Diverst flora and fauna and rich local culture, The native Nepali communities such as Sherpa, Limbu, Rai and Gurung Kanchenjunga Base Camp  

 

Trip grading:

Adventure Kanchenjunga Trekking is suitable for experienced walker looking for more challenging and energetic. It does require basic trekking / hiking experience and also it is necessary that you must be young and super-strong to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. Along the routes, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.

 

Best season:

February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.

 

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking Outline Itineary

  • Day 01: Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel (1348m)
  • Day 02: Sightseeing of World Heritage sites(1348m)
  • Day 03: Fly to Biratnagar (1780m.)
  • Day 04: Fly to Suketar and trek to Lali Kharka (2220m)
  • Day 05: Trek from Lali Kharka to Keswa (2100m) 7hrs
  • Day 06: Trek from Keswa to Mamanke (2000m) 7hrs
  • Day 07: Trek from Mamanke to Yamphudin (1650m) 6hrs
  • Day 08: Trek from Yamphudin to Tortong (3080m.) 8hrs
  • Day 09: Trek from Tortong to Tseram (3750m) 6hrs
  • Day 10: Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4360m) 7hrs
  • Day 11: Rest for Exploration:
  • Day 12: Trekking beyond the Mirgin La (4583m.) 8hrs
  • Day 13: Trek from Mirgin La to Gunsa (3475m) 6hrs
  • Day 14: Trek from Gunsa to Gyabla (2730m) 6hrs
  • Day 15: Trek from Gyabla to Sakathum (1600m) 7hrs
  • Day 16: Trek from Sakathum to Chirwa (1180m) 5:30hrs
  • Day 17: Trek from Chirwa to Jogi Danda 8hrs
  • Day 18: Trek from Jogi Danda to Taplejung
  • Day 19: Fly to Biratnagar and Kathmandu
  • Day 20: Leisure day in Kathmandu
  • Day 21: Final departure

Note of the above itinerary

O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.



Important note

Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.


short description mode of packages

In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and Pokhara Tourist Standard hotel level on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking detail itineary

Day 01
Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel(1350m)

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan international airport. our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur. After time to get refreshed, and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.

Day 02
Sightseeing of World Heritage sites(1350m)

All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you're fully prepared for the trip, and any last minute questions answered. After lunch we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Syambhunath Stupa. And transfer to hotel.

Day 03
Fly to Biratnagar (1780m.), 45 minutes

You begin your flight / drive for the eastern Terai via Biratnagar. It is Nepal's second largest city and an energetic, bustling place.

Day 04
Fly to Suketar and trek to Lali Kharka (2220m)

40 minutes to fly to Suketar and than start to trekking. The trails you follow is steeply ascent until you reach Suketar passing through farming terraces, local markets and jungles of rhododendron and other natural vegetation. Now you climb up gradually to the Lali Kharka. It is small village surrounded by green hills.

Day 06
Trek from Lali Kharka to Keswa (2100m), 7hrs

This morning, from your camp, you can see the entire day's walk in front of you. After traversing the hillside for a short distance, you descend to the village of Pokara on the Phawa Khola and cross a suspension bridge before beginning the steep climb towards Kunjari. Your lunch stop will be somewhere below Kangaroo. The afternoon's walk then takes you up over the crest of the ridge to your campsite at Keswa. From here, you get your first views of Mt Kanchenjunga and you can clearly make out the south and main summits, along with Mt Yalung Kang.

Day 07
Trek from Keswa to Mamanke (2000m) , 7hrs

From Khesewa we trek through pleasant terraced fields and traverse a steep mountainside high above the Kabeli Khola. We cross several minor tributaries flowing into the river as the path wends its way around the hillside. We pass villages and continue along a shady path to Anpan. These are beautiful villages with exquisitely maintained houses, whitewashed walls and thatch roofs with colorful gardens of marigolds. During today’s trekking you get our first distant views of Jannu (7710m), one of the most impressive peaks in the region. Eventually we reach the prosperous village of Mamankhe where we camp in one of the fields. The fermented millet drink of Tungba, which you may have sampled in Suketar, is produced in abundance in Mamankhe so those who developed a taste for this brew earlier on the trekking may be able to re-acquaint themselves with it here

Day 08
Trek from Mamanke to Yamphudin (1650m), 6hrs

Beginning with an easy climb, the walk to Yamphudin is along a trail, which contours the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. You cross the ridges and streambeds that make up the valley sides and the trail eventually becomes level with the river a couple of hours before Yamphudin. Along the way, you can stop to bathe in one of the many clear pools in this beautiful river. It is a truly idyllic spot and after lunch by the river, you complete the day's trekking to Yamphudin. Yamphudin is the most remote settlement in this area and the last habitation you will see until you reach Gunsa. It is a charming place tucked away beneath the ridge of the Deurali Danda.

Day 09
Trek from Yamphudin to Tortong (3080m.), 8hrs

Beyond Yamphudin, the trail ascends a steep spur before dropping again to cross the Omje Khola. Walking through beautiful and dense forest, you stop for lunch in a meadow atop this spur, which commands fine views of the valley beyond Yamphudin to the south and of the Omje Khola Valley and Deurali Danda to the north. A steep descent to the river brings you to the Lamite forest. Now you ascend steeply for 3 hours through dense forest to the crest of the Deorali Danda. From the top, Mt Jannu is clearly visible and definitely closer! After crossing the pass, you descend across some fairly steep and exposed screw slopes before re-entering the forest, where you will stop for lunch. After lunch, a steep descent takes you down into the valley of the Simbua Khola and after crossing the 'interesting' wooden bridge, you arrive at Tortong. This campsite lies amongst the towering fir trees of what is now a mainly coniferous alpine forest.

Day 10
Trek from Tortong to Tseram (3750m) , 6hrs

This morning, you follow the right bank of the river, passing through pine and rhododendron forests. The valley climbs steeply and, as the day progresses, the trees become sparser and more stunted, giving you glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead and of the massive snout of the Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram, the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong start to peep over the moraine. You camp at Tseram where the nighttime temperature plummets, reminding you that you are really gaining height

Day 11
Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4360m) , 7hrs

You have a short walk today to your next camp at Ramche. The scenery is magnificent as you ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and into a series of ablation valleys. A frozen lake, crystal clear streams and views of Kokthan, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of this walk into Ramche which is situated on a broad, flat ablation zone.

Day 12
Rest for Exploration:

Leaving your camp set up at Ramche, you take a packed lunch and set off very early for your first close encounter with Kanchenjunga. Following the valley around its sweeping curve, you are suddenly confronted with the vast southern wall of the mountain. The ridge forms a cirque, which is over 15 kms long and never less than 7500 meters high. Along this ridge lie the three main summits of Mt Kanchenjunga at 8420m, 8586m, and 8474m. It is truly breathtaking. Proceeding further on towards Oktang [4630m], you may then descend onto the glacier and cross it to a point below Talu from where you can see all the mountains of the area in panorama. Especially impressive is the east part of Khumbakarna Glacier flowing from the east face of Jannu [Kumbhakarna being the local name for Jannu]. You then return to your camp at Ramche

Day 13
Trekking beyond the Mirgin La (4583m.) , 8hrs

Leaving your campsite, you trek down the valley, passing the small settlement of Lapsang, before turning off towards the Mirgin La Pass. You must cross in order to reach Gunsa and the north side of Kanchenjungha. As you descend from the Mirgin La, the views, in particular of Mt Jannu, are simply magnificent. Your campsite will be somewhere beyond the pass

Day 14
Trek from Mirgin La to Gunsa (3475m) 6hrs

A steep descent from your campsite brings you to Lamba Sumba Kharka where there are more splendid views of the awesome southwest face of Jannu. From here, the going is easy, descending on an excellent trail to the village of Gunsa, where you camp in the fields by the river. Gunsa is a Tibetan village with a tiny Gompa and prayer flags fluttering from the wooden houses. It comes as a welcome sight after the rigorous walking of the previous days and provides an excellent opportunity to visit a strange local hostelry and sample the 'tongba' [alcoholic beverage fermented out of millet.

Day 15
Trek from Gunsa to Gyabla (2730m), 6hrs

Heading for the village of Sakathum, your route follows an undulating trail for the first couple of hours until you reach Amjilasa. From here, there is a long steep descent from which you can see the Gunsa Khola valley stretched out before us.

Day 16
Trek from Gyabla to Sakathum (1600m), 7hrs

Heading for the village of Sakathum, your route follows an undulating trail for the first couple of hours until you reach Amjilasa. From here, there is a long steep descent from which you can see the Gunsa Khola valley stretched out before us.

Day 17
Trek from Sakathum to Chirwa (1180m) , 5:30hrs

Today is an easy day and just beyond Sakathum, you come to the confluence of 2 rivers. Flowing in from your left is the Simbua Khola [which you followed up to Ramche] and from your right, the Gunsa Khola which issues from the still closed Walunchung Gola area. The 2 rivers combine to form the Tamur Kosi which you now follow. There are plenty of spots for bathing in the numerous small tributary streams, which you cross before reaching the village of Chirwa

Day 18
Trek from Chirwa to Jogi Danda, 8hrs

You continue walking through ever more populated and cultivated land. The trails winds through uphill until you reach Jogi Danda. There is a village nearby Jogi Danda.

Day 19
Trek from Jogi Danda to Taplejung

From the valley floor, you ascend the ridge for about 3 hours to Taplejung village. There is time to wander through the fascinating bazaar. You find local people working in farming terraces where they grow wheat, oat, maize, millet and green vegetables.

Day 20
Fly to Biratnagar and Kathmandu

Early in the morning we fly to Biratnagar with scenic short mountain views and fly to Kathmandu from Biratnagar. It takes 40 minutes to resch in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 21
Leisure day in Kathmandu

In Kathmandu for you full day at leisure to do shopping walking around the city and take rest after finished the trek.

Day 22
Final departure

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends.

Cost includes

  • Kathmandu International airport transfer
  • 2 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathamndu / Bhaktapur within BB Plan basis
  • Flights (Ktm - Biratnagar - Suketar - Kathmandu) as a round fares with required tax
  • All land transfer as per given itinerary
  • Kanchenjungha Controlled region permits of Nepal.
  • Kanchenjungha Conservation / National parks entry permits fees
  • Tented camping accommodation during the trekking days.
  • Kitchen and cooking equipment for the trekking .
  • Meals: (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner) each day serve with hot drinks while on trekking.
  • Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local Guide.
  • Professional cook, Sherpa, Kitchen Staffs and necessaries porter as required.
  • All program according to itineraries on full board.
  • Trekking equipment and other facilities to Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurances for all trekking crew
  • Medical Kit Bag on every trip.
  • After trekking, you will get an attractive gift souvenir from company

Cost excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipments and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
  • Any other things not mentioned.

Acclimatization


We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.


Travel Insurance


To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.


Climate and Weather


The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.


Group Size


We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.


Responsible travel


Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.

Trekking equipments


The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.


Head
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
Upper Body
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
Hands
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lower Body
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (2)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
Feet
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters (Optional)
Accessories
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Optional items
  • Binoculars
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Compass
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit

In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.

  • Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Alpine climbing harness
  • 2 x tape slings
  • 2 x screwgate karabiners
  • Descender/abseil device
  • Ascender
  • Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
  • Fleece trousers or silhouette
  • Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing




Responsible trekking

Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.


Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.


Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!


After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.

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Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking fact

  • Starts Suketar
  • Ends Jogi Danda
  • Duration 21 Days
  • Grade streneous
  • Highest point Mirgin La (4583m.)
  • Culture Encounter Local People, ethnic group
  • Trek type Camping Trekking
  • Himalayan view Kanchenjunga Route, Kanchenjunga mountain families 
  • Attraction great Mountain View, Villages
  • Best Season February, March, April, May, September, October, November
  • Meal breakfast, lunch, and Dinner
  • Transportation Local bus or private transport and by air
  • Accommodation tea house accommodation
  • Group size 1-12
  • Per day Walking 5 to 6 hours
  • Itinerary type Fixed / Customized

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