Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1338 meters)

Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)

Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur and drive to Illam.
The morning is free to sort out any last minute arrangements for the trek. An afternoon flight to the hot and humid Bhadrapur near India Boarder and drive to Illam. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)

Day 04: Drive to Taplejung / Suketar over night at Camp.

Day 05: Trek to Lali Kharka,
Now, the trek starts on a new dusty road with views of Kanchanjunga and Jannu, and passes Deurali, a small stop with two small shops. After Deurali, a short ascent and a continuous downhill with many shortcuts lead to Lalikharka. (Around 3 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

Day 06: Trek to Kade Banjyang (2130 meters)
After an easy, quick walk in the morning, a steep descend through some villages follows. The downhill continues as the trail passes through the fields of Simbu village and keeps on going all the way upto the river (Pa Khola). Now, a climb starts to go up for the next good couple of hours and pass through a higher secondary school at Kunjari and finally reached Bhanjyang, (the top). After Bhanjyang, the trail is more subtle and undulates for less than half an hour to reach a small settlement of couple of houses at Kade Bhanjyang. (Around 3 hours)
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 07: Trek to Phumphe Danda (1858 meters)
A short climb after Kade Bhanjyang is soon followed by a gradual drop and reaches Khesewa in around 20 minutes. Now, the trail once again drops steeply through this long extended village down to a small stream. This steep drop takes a little less than an hour and soon is followed by a gradual uphill but with few steep sections. The trail steadies a bit and then undulates and reaches a small village and once again undulates but gradually gains height until it reaches to Phunglung village in less than half an hour. Now a gradual drop starts a descend through yet another terraced field of this big extended village which soon turns very steep for the next half an hour. Once again, more undulating trail is followed by a steep trail to a top of the ridge and more steady trail arrives near Phumphe village. (Around 5 hours)
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 08: Trek to Yamphudin (1678 meters)
A good descent for less than half an hour, followed by another good climb for a bit more than an hour leads to Mamankhe. A gradual downhill soon turns into a steep climb. The climb becomes gentler but continuously keeps going up and undulates for a while. The morning steep part is for about an hour and the next undulating trail takes nearly an hour. The valley starts going down through a thin forest for a little less than an hour. After the drop, a brief climb leads to a more wider valley of Thungim. (listed in the map as Yamphudin and has a KCAP office) (Around 6 hours)
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 09: Trek to Amji Khola (2400 meters)
The trek now continues into the valley and steadily climbs its way for the good couple of hours. After the steady climb, the trail now heads into another valley with green forests and a very steep climb finally ends at Amji Khola. (Around 5 hours)
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 10: Trek to Torongton (2995 meters)
The day starts with a steep climb through jungle. The forest consists of bamboos and rhododendrons. After two hours of climb, a paved trail starts and goes on for another couple of hours. Finally, the uphill ends and a brief leveled ground leads to Lashe Bhanjyang. After Lashe Bhanjyang, a brief drop that goes near by a landslide section is followed a half an hour climb. (by the side of this ridge is a sheer drop of nearly 200 meters or more) The climb turns into a steep drop for the next hour and half and meets Torongden River at the bottom of a narrow valley. Now the trail undulated through the forest but consistently goes up for the next hour and after crossing a simple wooden bridge, we arrive at Torongton. (Around 7 hours)
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 11: Trek to Tseram (3870 meters)
The trek follows Simuwa Khola for the whole day towards North-East. The whole day is an easy uphill with few very steep climb along the valley made by the river. The trail goes through a rhododendron forests and reaches Anda Phedi, it takes another half an hour to reach Tseram. A brief steep climb away from the river is rewarded with views of Kabru from Tseram. (Around 5 hours)
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 12: Acclimatization day at Tseram

Day 13: Trek to Ramche (4615 meters)
A very steep climb starts the day and after first half an hour of steep climb, the valley widens up. The trail passes through several pasturelands and would also pass through a yak shed on one of these meadows. (they move the shed depending upon the seasons) After the first meadow, views of Rathong and Kakthong appears. The trail becomes fairly comfortable after the first two meadows and on the third meadow, just beneath a huge ridge, on a flat land is Ramche. (Around 5 hours)
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 14: Trek to Tseram (3870 meters)
The trail moves further up into the valley with a ridge separating Yalung Kang Glacier on the right and many cliffs on the left. As the valley heads deeper, Kabru, Rathong towers like skyscrapers on the right. After couple of hours up in the valley with couple of meadows on the way, the trail slowly starts to climb and all four summits of Kanchanjunga starts to appear enclosing the valley. Finally, Oktang appears ending the trail with gigantic Kanchanjunga and Kabru Range kissing the sky and the long extending views of Yalung Kang Glacier extending downward the valley. The trek retraces back following the same route to Tseram.
(Around 7 hours)
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 15: Trek to Sele La (4290 meters)
The first two hours is through woods and a rocky trail continues with views of wide valleys and for a brief moment Kanchanjunga can be viewed. This straight steep climb, for little less than around 4 hours gets to the first pass. After the first pass, the trail briefly drops and once again climbs for the second pass. Views of several smaller 6,000 meter peaks and Makalu appears from the second pass. Once again, the trail drops briefly and then again climbs for the third pass (here a Mirgin La signboard is present). Now, The trail continuously drops and zigzags through a rocky trail and finally reaches a small stream to reach Sele La. (Around 7 hours)
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 16: Trek to Ghunsa (3475 meters)
The first bit is an easy walk with bits of steep drop. The trail is bit rocky and after the first hour it gets to the first pass (there are prayer flags). It continues in similar way until the second pass but sharply starts to drop through the forest of Rhododendron trees for nearly an hour an half. A small flat ground is followed by a hydro power’s water pipe that leads into the wide valley with the big village of Ghunsa. (Around 3 and half hours)
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 17: Trek to Kambachen (4225 meters)
The trail heads deeper into the valley following the Ghunsa Khola on a fairly comfortable terrain but passes through several small landslide areas. After couple of hours the trail enters the rocky river and bed crosses Ghunsa Khola. Another brief comfortable walk leads to a bottom of a waterfall and then a steep climb through a difficult landslide section continues for the next half an hour. The hardwork is rewarded with different angled views of Jannu. A brief drop shows the wider views of the valley and several unnamed 6000 meters peak (Tengkoma is one of these peaks) but all these disappears as we enter Khambachen, a village where two valleys meet. Fantastic views of Sobhi Thongje and Gabhur is on the south of Khambachen and Sarphu on the west completes the Panorama. (Around 5 hours)
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 18: Trek to Lhonak (4815 meters)
The day start with a brief climb out into the narrow valley and passes through a rocky glacial trail, the trail goes through a eroded section and keeps continuing into the narrowing valley. After passing by a waterfall, a brief climb leads out into a more wider valley, with views of Kanchanjunga and Kanbachen opening up. The trail is more comfortable for the next hour and then once again climbs into a narrow valley via another eroded section but quickly goes to cross the river that leads to Lhonak. It is another small meadow where two valleys join but is lot more wider than Khambachen. Kirat Chuli, Nepal Chuli are in the east, with Mera peak in South-West and Laser Peak II in North-West. (Around 5 hours)
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 19: Trek to Pang Pema (5150 meters)
The trek continues into the valley surrounded by towering mountains and heads further into the valley towards Pang Pema. The trail slowly and gradually climbs and enters into several eroded parts where the trails are almost invisible. Undulating through these rubbles of glacial rocks, the valley finally ends at Pang Pema. (Around 5 hours)
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 20: Acclimatization day at Pang Pema
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 21: Trek back to Kambachen
The trek retraces back to Kambachen via same route taken earlier. (Around 5 hours)
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 22: Trek back to Phale (3140 meters)
The trek retraces back to Ghunsa and after crossing the Ghunsa Khola, it starts to head down in the valley following the same river to Phale. This village is full of Tibetan immigrants. (Around 6 hours)
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 23: Trek back to Amjilosa (2510 meters)
Now a steep drop through bamboo forests and crosses several small streams and slowly leads the trek back into civilizations. (Around 6 hours)
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 24: Trek back to Chirwa (1270 meters)
After Amjilosa, the trail follows with the river and have some very steep sections along the way. Now, smaller settlements start to become frequent and the trek pass through small villages of Sekathum and a more populated Tapethok. Tapethok also marks the end of the conservation area and the treks entry into more populated hilly villages of Nepal. An easy walk from Tapethok ends the day at a big and busy village of Chirwa. (Around 6 hours)
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 25: Trek back to Mitlung.
Now the trek happens on the lower elevations of the hilly region and passes through several Limbu villages of Sinwa and finally arrived at mitlung.
(Overnight at Camp)

Day 26: Trek to Taplejung.
The last day has bit of short and finally ending the month long adventure. (Around 3 hours) at Taplejung and continue to drive to Illam at Hotel.

Day 27: Flight to Kathmandu via Bhadrapur.
An early morning flight to Suketar and another flight back to Kathmandu.
(Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)

Day 28: Departure.

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Logistics

Departed
ServiceAll-Inclusive
Duration 28 days
StartSuketar / Taplejung
FinishTaplejung/Suketar
SleepingCamping, Guesthouse, Homestay, Hotel, Teahouse
PaceModerate
Budget$3150 per person
BudgetLuxury