Trip Grade Moderate Plus
Duration: 20 Nights/21 Days
Max. Altitude: 5143M
Destination: Nepal
Region: Kanchenjunga
Activity: Trekking & Hiking
Theme: Lodge & Tea House

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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Lodge Trek

Mount Kanchenjunga is world’s third highest mountain with 8586 meters from sea level. Mount Kanchenjunga is situated between India and Nepal border. Mount Kanchenjunga is considered as one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world. Trekking Experts offers this exclusive tea-house trek to base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek brings you the base camp of world third highest mountain. Trekking in Kanchenjunga area/Kanchenjunga National Park is considered as the finest trekking route in Nepal. Kanchenjunga Trekking is a long trek that takes up deep into the remote mountain ranges on Nepal’s border with Sikkim and Tibet. On the trail you’ll explore the areas around Kanchenjunga; the second highest mountain in Nepal. ‘Kang-chen-zod-nga’, in Tibetan means ‘the five treasure houses of snow’, it actually it has seven major summits.The Kanchenjunga massif is in the form of a gigantic cross, the arms of which extend north, south, east, and west. This recently opened Kanchenjunga region routes offer the chance to discover absolutely unspoiled highlands wilderness.

 

On this trek you will also witness the natural beauty of the farmlands, traditional villages, valleys and other landscape. Along with the different ethnic people with their unique cultures and lifestyles like the Sherpa, Limbu, Rai, Tamang, and other ethnic groups.This trek is quite demanding trek which requires physical fitness, technical knowledge, and determination. You’ll climb with proper rest and acclimatization to reach the high-altitude destinations as program is designed to acclimatize. Trekking Experts offers Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in both tea-house trek and tented camp trek. Lodges/tea houses in this area are very basis which some may not meet your expectation and there are very less choices of meals during the trek. So we offer Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in tented camp.

Trip Highlights

World’s third highest mountain, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m)

Homeland of endangered species such as snow leopard and red panda

Visit the religious temple of Pathibara temple

Panoramic views of mountains along the Kanchenjunga region

Modern as well as traditional settlements scattered along the area

Catch glimpse of Himalayan Black Beer, Assamese Macaque, Musk deer, Red Panda, snow leopards and other animals

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan airport Trekking Experts representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. Upon arrival at hotel, our tour manager will brief you about trekking information and other necessary information. And then you’ll free time to explore Kathmandu. Dinner will be booked at the hotel.

  • Star Hotel
  • Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

After first night stay in Nepal, depending on flight time, you’ll transfer to airport. And then will fly to Badrapur. Kathmandu-Badrapur flight will be around 30 minutes via jetstream aircraft. From Badrapur, you’ll take a local jeep/bus at Badrapur and drive to Ilam/Phidim. The route to Ilam follows the view of beautiful landscapes. Ilam is Nepal’s largest tea plantation area and serves as a major tourist area even for domestic tourists. The picturesque town of Ilam hosts large orchards of tea plants and is also famous for the Himalayan chew made of cheese.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1276 meter

After early breakfast in Phidim, you’ll continue drive to Taplejung which will take about 4/5 hours’ drive. Upon arrival, you’ll meet rest of our staff such as porters and then you’ll begin a crossing on a ridge trail that offers us a beautiful perspective on the surrounding cultures. The trail follows through the upper valley of the Tamur River, the road twists and turns and offers tantalizing glimpses of snow-capped peaks ahead. And then you’ll leave the lower valley and the road climb up many hundreds of meters through intensively terraced farmland and via the small town of Taplejung to reach the airstrip at Suketar (2300m). Overnight at Mitlung.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 2300 meter

Today, after breakfast, you’ll have a pleasant walk pleasant walk up the Tamor River and reach at valley which is inhabitant by the ethic Limbu sect; one of the popular sects in the north eastern part of Nepal. They are the descendants from the Kirati warriors who ruled some kingdom of Nepal before the modern Nepal says Nepalese history. You’ll walk further to Chirawa, a small town with few houses and local shops and we shall stay overnight at local tea houses in Chirawa.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6 Hours Walk
  • 1270 meter

After breakfast at Chirawa, you’ll start your journey through the Tamor and will reach at Tapethok and you'll cross the bridge over the SimbuwaKhola which is formed by the Yalung glacier. You’ll start climb to the ridge to join the Ghunsakhola valley. Then will continuing your walk further to Sakethum by the river bank. The Sakethumg village is inhabited by a population of Tibetan origin where you’ll stay in local tea house.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5 Hours Walk
  • 1660 meter

After breakfast at Sakethum, you’ll start your walking through the river gorge and follow the upstream and climb steeply to the top from where you can enjoys the view of GhunsaRiver below where we passed the trail. After the top you’ll again descend to the small village settled in mountain side called Amjilosa village for the overnight stop. Enjoy walking around the typical surrounding village.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 2510 meter

After breakfast at Amjilosa, you’ll start walking through steep uphill to get to the Gyabla. The climb follows through a forest of pines and rhododendrons. In places, you’ll see the Kangchenjunga massif. There are few inhabited hamlets; ascent and descent succeed each other. In the afternoon, after the crossing of gorges, you’ll reach Gyabla, a small Sherpa village of about twenty houses. And then you’ll check-in at a local tea house and then you can visit the small gompa.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 2743 meter

After breakfast at Gyabla, you’ll start your trek with a pleasant walk firstly descend to Ghunsa River again and climb the Phere village from right bank of the Ghunsa River. You'll walk further to Ghunsa village through the forested path of rhododendron and climb easily to the ridge before descending the River again and crossing after the wooden bridge will get to the Ghunsa village. After checking-in at local tea house, you can visit the village and its gompa.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 3595 meter

Today is free day at Ghunsa to acclimatise and rest after about a week trekking. Today you can visit the Ghunsa Gompa which is beautiful inside and well worth the effort. There are a few shops in the town and this is the place to buy a Tibetan rug, as there is a Tibetan Refugee Camp nearby. Ghunsa is also the best place to taste tungba, the traditional Tibetan wine made from millet. And you’ll have free day to explore around and rest.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 3595 meter

After breakfast at Ghunsa, you’ll trek to Kambachen today. The trail follows the left bank of the stream, an easy path in a beautiful forest larch. After cossing the torrent on a wooden bridge at 3780 m, the trail starts to climb. At around 4000 meters, you will cross an exposed section (possible rock falls). As soon as Jannu reappears, you’ll reach the village of Kambachen. On the way you’ll see a glimpse of the Mt. Jannu. Enjoy the days with a Mountain View and feel the difficulty walk in the high place. Upon arrival at village, you’ll check-in at local tea house there.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 4090 meter

Today you'll have full day rest for acclimatization after long days and even pleasure to be wild and far from the city area. One of the best opportunities be a way from the modern technology and has been so far and enjoy with a scenic beauty with refreshing environment and enjoy the day with crews.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 4090 meter

As always, after breakfast, you’ll start your trek. You’ll now start your walk with real adventures to climb to the edge of Kanchenjunga glacier after a long walk. You can enjoy the view and lot of picturesque scenery all the way to Lhonak. During the walk feel the adventurous and cross the Lhonak glacier before arrive at Lhonak for today’s overnight. This place offers the best view of Mera peak (6,476m) a famous trekking peak in Makalu region. Lhonak village is very beautiful with pastures on the edge of a huge glacier.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 7 Hours Walk
  • 4480 meter

After breakfast at Lhonak, today you'll walk for the day excursion to Pangpema/Kanchejunga Base Camp which is a superb view point of this area. From here you can see the excellent view of the towering peak of Kanchenjunga and more scenic view of the surrounding area. The trail to Pangpema isa easy trail along the right bank of the Kangchenjunga Glacier. It takes about 3 hours 30 minutes to reach Pangpema, the base camp for expeditions attempting to climb the third summit of the Earth. At the turn of the huge glacial cirque north of Kangchenjunga, you’ll enter the sacred world of the gigantic north wall, with its glacier’s stairs. After the breathtaking view and picturesque scenic massif mountains stroll back to Khambachen for the overnight.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 7 Hours Walk
  • 4480 meter

After breakfast at Lhonak, now you’ll descend to Ghunsa following the same way you’d trekked before.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 7/8 Hours Walk
  • 3595 meter

After breakfast at Ghunsa, you’ll trek down to Amjisola following the same trekking trail. The trail still follows a trail above the right-hand side of the river; we pass the camping place at Thyangyam with fine views. There is a fair bit of up and down on this day as we negotiate landslip areas in the steep-sided valley, gradually descending. The trail passes through the village of Amjilasa (2510m) where you’ll stay overnight today.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 7/8 Hours Walk
  • 2510 meter

After breakfast, you’ll trek down about 6 kilometres to Sekathum (1650m) close to the confluence of three rivers which together form the mighty Tamur River. And trek to Taplethok. Just beyond the village you’ll come to the confluence of three rivers - flowing in from our left is the SimbuaKhola (which we followed up to Ramze) and from our right, the TamurKhola which issues from the Walunchung Gola area. You’ll cross the tributary SimbuwaKhola on a suspension bridge and complete your trek beside the Tamur, following the river's left bank on a level trail for 2 hours or so to the village of Taplethok (1380m).

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6 Hours Walk
  • 1380 meter

After breakfast at Taplethok, you’ll trek to last day of trekking to Taplejung.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6 Hours Walk
  • 2300 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you’ll drive to Birtamod via Ilam following the same way that you’d travelled.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 300 meter

Depending on flight time, you’ll transfer to airport after breakfast. And then you’ll have an hour flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you’ll transfer to hotel and free time at Kathmandu.

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we’ll be met by our city tour guide for our day trip to a few of the Kathmandu valley’s most spectacular and important sights and some vibrant, colorful markets. With a meld of three ancient capitals and their associated palaces, temples and markets of Kathmandu has a lot to offer culturally and historically. However, we’re mindful not to overload you on your first day so will ensure the day has a good balance between sightseeing, exploring and relaxation time. The exact itinerary may change depending on the local conditions but we shall most likely visit: - Pashupatinath, one of the most important temples in South Asia to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva; - One of the three Durbar (Palace) Squares, a complex of palaces and temples which was formally the social, religious and administrative focal point of the ancient city. - Boudhnnanath Stupa, a wonderful Buddhist site centred on a huge Stupa topped with the all-seeing eyes. If possible we’ll come here in the early evening to soak up the atmosphere of hundreds of Tibetan and Sherpa peoples walking their devotional khora And after tour back to hotel. Evening farewell dinner at local authentic Nepalese restaurant. Overnight at Hotel

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Depending on your flight time, you’ll be transfer to airport before 3 hrs of flight time.

  • N/A
  • Breakfast
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • N/A meter

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What’s Included

3 nights in Kathmandu at three star-hotels on twin sharing basis 17 nights in local lodges during the trekking on twin sharing basis in common rooms

3 meals a day during the trekking at lodges/local restaurants (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) except in Kathmandu Breakfast and dinner during Kathmandu hotel stay Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trip with typical Nepalese food

All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle Ground transfer for Kathmandu sightseeing by private air-conditioned vehicle Kathmandu-Badrapur and Badrapur-Kathmandu flight with airport taxes Badrapur-Ilam-Taplejung and Taplejung-Birtamod/Badrapur transfer by local jeep/bus with trekking 18 kg baggage per person for trek

Kanchenjunga National Park Fee | Kanchenjunga Special Permit Fee All monument entrance fees during Kathmandu sightseeing

1 English speaking experienced trekking guide 1 porter for every two members to carry personal baggage 1 assistant guide for every 5 members | English Speaking city guide for Kathmandu sightseeing

Support for airport pick up, drop and farewell dinner

Comprehensive First Aid Kit Comprehensive Trekking Map and Kathmandu Valley Map

What’s Not Included

All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc. Medical and travel insurances International airfare and taxes Nepal Visa fees Emergency helicopter rescue charges Main meals in Kathmandu (lunch and dinner) Tips for trekking crew

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