Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking

Kanchenjunga is situated in the eastern frontier between Nepal and India. In Tibetan, Kanchenjunga means ‘the five treasure houses of snow’, which gives you some idea of what to expect should you visit this area. It is 8585 meter height above sea level, the third highest mountain peak in the world. Trekking in Kanchenjunga base camp is attractive because it is less visited by tourist, the rhododendron forests are spectacular and the mountain scenery offers new vistas. A number of glaciers originated from Himalaya have no doubt added to the beauties of this region.

Kanchenjunga conservation area that surrounds it extends into protected areas in Sikkim and Tibet, and comprises a beautiful, un-spoilt wilderness. This is Snow Leopard territory, but the reclusive predator shares the unbounded forests with the Himalayan Black Bear and the Assamese Macaque, among others. Cascading waterfalls, lush vegetation and thousands of species of plants await those who take the long trail to Kanchenjunga Base Camp, the main route which has been described as ‘untracked’.

The northern part of Kanchenjunga, inhabit by Sherpa but the southern lower part is full of ethnic groups such as Rai, Limbu, Magar, Tamang, Braman and Chhartri etc. Mostly evergreen conifers are interspersed with few cold-hardy deciduous species. South-facing slopes are usually tree-less or contain pure stands of stunned rhododendrons. North-facing slopes have juniper, fir, willow, birch and rhododendrons. In Ghunsa valley, look out for extensive stands of the spectacular Himalayan larches (larix griffithiana) that turn the hillsides a golden-yellow in the fall. Woody vegetation in this zone of moist alpine scrub consists of stunned junipers, roses and rhododendron, gentian and saxifrage abound. Hardy alpine grasses include carex, juncos and poa. Look out for herds of blue sheep foraging on hillsides above tree line. Perhaps, you may see signs of snow leopard that preys on these sheep.

For those who have less time, there are directly flight to Taplejung and visit to South side and return same way to Taplejung (Sukhetar). There are server way to reach Taplejung either you can flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and drive Taplejung, proceeds to the sounthen side of Kanchenjunga, crosses the Mirgin Lo to visit the north, and then descends to meet the road at Medibung continues drive to Kathmandu or you can use both way drive by tourist bus. More trekkers head to the north side of Kanchenjunga, the south side is less visited. 

Day by day itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Biratnagar and Suketar flight, 2300m, , overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Suketar to Mitlung 912 m, 6 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 03: Mitlung to Chirwa 1270 m, 5.30 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 04: Chirwa to Sekathum 1660 m, 6 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 05: Sekathum to Cyapla 2730 m, 5 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 06: Cyapla to Ghunsa 3595 m, 4 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 07: Rest day in Ghunsa, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 08: Ghunsa to Khambachen 4095 m, 5 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 09: Khambachen to Lhonak 4785 m, 4.30 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 10: Lhonak to Pangpema (Kanchenjunga Base camp) 5100 m 4 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 11: Pangpema to Khambachen, 3 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 12: Khambachen to Ghunsa, 4 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 13: Ghunsa to Sele La pass base camp 4290 m, 5 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 14: Sele la pass base camp to Tseram 3870 m, 6-10 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house .

Day 15: Tseram to Ramze 4580 m, 4 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 16: Ramche to Oktang 4730 m, (Kanchenjunga Base camp) and same day return back to Ramze 6 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 17: Ramche to Tortong 2995 m, 6 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 18: Torong to Yamphudin 2080 m, 6.30 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 19: Yamphudin to Tellok 1500 m, 5/6 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 20: Tellok to Lalikharka 2265m m, 5/7 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 21: Lalikharka to Suketar 2420 m, 3 hours, overnight at tea house/guest house.

Day 22: Flight Suketar to Biratnagar and same day to Kathmandu, overnight at hotel.

Optional Itinerary 

Day 01: Kathmandu flight to Biratnagar and same day flight to (Taplejung) Suketar 2300m, overnight in Suketar.
Day 02: Suketar to Mitlung 912 m 6 hours.
Day 03: Mitlung to Chirwa 1270 m 5.30 hours.
Day 04: Chirwa to Sekathum 1660 m 6 hours.
Day 05: Sekathum to Kyapla 2730 m 5 hours.
Day 06: Kyapla to Ghunsa 3595 m 4 hours.
Day 07: Rest day in Ghunsa.
Day 08: Ghunsa to Khambachen 4095 m, 4.30 hours.
Day 09: Khambachen to Lhonak 4785 m, 4.30 hours.
Day 10: Lhonak to Pangpema (Kanchenjunga Base camp) 5140m, 4 hours.
Day 11: Pangpema to Khambachen 3 hours
Day 12: Khambachen to Ghunsa 4 hours.
Day 13: Ghunsa to Sele La pass base camp 4290m, 5 hours.
Day 14: Sele la pass base camp to Tseram 3870 m, 7 hours.
Day 15: Tseram to Ramche 4580 m 4 hours.
Day 16: Rest day in Ramche.
Day 17: Ramche to Torontan, 2995m, 5/6 hours, overnight tea house/lodge.
Day 18: Torontan to Yambudin, 5/6 hours, 2080m, overnight tea house/lodge
Day 19: Yambudin to Khebang 1910m, 4-5 hours, overnight lodge.
Day 20: Khebang to Medibung 1510m, 5/7 hours, overnight lodge.
Day 21: Early morning drive to Ilam 2150m, 3/4 hours by local bus/Jeep, Overnight in Guest house (not tent)
Day 22: full day in Ilam, visit Tea garden, overnight in Illam, Guest house.
Day 23: Early morning take private Jeep to Kathmandu 15-16 hours, arrive late in Kathmandu 9/11 pm.

Note: There are not daily flight to /from Sukhetar (Taplejung) airport so that we need to flight from Kathamdu to Bhadrapur and drive to Taplejung 8/9 hours so that Day 01 we take flight to Bhadrapur and drive to Taplejung and Day 22 early morning drive by private Jeep to Bhadrapur, overnight stay in Bhadrapur and next morning flight to Kathmandu.