Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of those few special endeavors you shouldn’t pass on. The trek to the base camp can be tackled via two common pathways, north and south. Lush green hills, waterfalls, larger than life suspension bridges, and enormous glaciers will greet you throughout your expedition. After going through Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek detailed itinerary you will be well informed about the altitude level, meals and accommodations.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu:
As per your flight plan, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to stretch out a warm welcome to you in our wonderful nation for the lovely outing. As you fly towards the International Terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport on a clear sunny day, you can see the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks spread in distance. Once you land, a representative from Himalayan Scenery Treks will escort you to your hotel. The day is a complete leisure. You can either choose rest at your hotel room and remove jet lag or take a short walk around in the ancient valley of Kathmandu.
Day 2: Preparation and Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu:
On the second day of your arrival, we will be taking you for site seeing tour to some of Nepal’s most historic site after morning breakfast. Talking about the cultural richness, Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal. This city has an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the valley. We will be taking you to historical and cultural sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. We will take a tour around Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple- Swoyambhunath Stupa – oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Pashupatinath Temple – biggest Hindu Shrine and Bouddhanath- a massive Buddhist Shrine. All these historical monuments are listed in the UNESCO world Heritage site. You will be accompanied by the professional licensed guide during your city tour around beautiful city of Temples.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar:
Starting today, we will begin our journey to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. After a morning breakfast in hotel, we will go to the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport to take half an hour flight to Biratnagar. After we take off from the Tribhuvan International Airport, we can enjoy the aerial view of the ancient Kathmandu valley accompanied by various never-ending Himalayan-chains. Once we reach Biratnagar, we will check in to hotel for the overnight stay. Rest of the day is leisure. On the free time we can walk around Biratnagar city exploring the culture of the local people.
Day 4: Trek from Suketar to Mitlung:
From today the real trek to the magnificent place of earth, Kanchenjunga Base Camp begins. Before we start trekking we will board another 15 minutes flight to Suketar from Biratnagar airport. Reaching Suketar, we will rest and have breakfast in the local hotel. After we finish having breakfast we will begin our trek towards the Mitlung. At beginning of our walk, we trek down to the village of Asahangpti and then follow the Tamor Khola upstream through bird filled forest until Mitlung. Mitlung is the small Chhetri village. We will camp at Mitlung for overnigh stay.
Day 5: Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa:
This day will be a quiet of a challenging as the trail today follows rough trail high above the river. After an early breakfast, we will leave the Mitlung village and head toward Chirwa. The trail towards the Chirwa is ascends and descends passing through dense patches of sub-tropical rainforest. Out trail then follows the valley to the village of Sinwa, which is a home to ethnics Kirantis. Nowadays, these people are referred as Limbus. The trekking trail from this village narrows and passes through the landslide. Making a way over landslide, we will eventually reach Tawa. This region consists of many bee hives. Further away from this locale is our final destination for the day, Chirwa. This is the small delightful cluster-village set amongst boulders. We will set up the camp beyond this village for the overnight stay.
Day 6: Trek from Chirwa to Sekathum:
From the Chirwa village the valley borders. Commencing our trek today, we will pass through Limbu, Rai, Tamang and Sherpa village. Leaving the Chirwa village, we will walk on a descent trail accompanied by the Tamur river for a while and then ascends uphill and then descend through lush green vegetation till Olangchung Gola. Olangchung Gola is the entry point of the Kanchenjunga National Park. Crossing a suspension bridge over Gunsa Khola and up and downhill walk for two to three hours will lead us to Sekathum.
Day 7: Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa:
Most adventurous and exciting trek awaits today. Leaving the Sekathum behind, we will trek northeast along the Ghunsa Khola. We will gradually gain altitude as we move towards Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. Passing through oak and rhododendron forest, we will ascend uphill to the small Sherpa settlement. The path to this village is steeply narrow and tricky. From the village, we will descend downhill and then on a flat land for an hour and half. Steep uphill climb after a descent walk on flat trail, be prepared for a steep climb up hill to the small and friendly Tibetan settlement of Amjilosa. From the ridge of the village you can enjoy the stunning views back down the valley. After reaching the village you can go explore the village on your own.
Day 8: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla:
Today will be the short and pleasant walk on a flat ridge and then meanders through forest of bamboo, birch, brown oak and rhododendron. Passing a stunning waterfall and a few scattered summer pastures, we eventually reach to the Sherpa Village of Gyabla. From this village you could have an amazing view of the pristine forest on the opposite side of the valley.
Day 9: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa:
After having breakfast, we will begin our morning walk down the hill through hemlock and bamboo until we reach down the river. Beyond the Gyabla village, the forest gradually changes to alpine Himalayan fir and rhododendron as we gain the altitude. The path further rises towards large summer yak pasture to the famous village of Phale (3140m). Phale is a small village with wooden Gompa with several statues and old thangkas. Continuing our walk through the larch forest and cultivated fields and then cross the bridge over Ghunsa Khola, we enter into the famos Sherpa village of Ghunsa. This is one of the largest and last village in the valley. This village is also the meet point of the trekkers coming and going to KBC and the Salele Pass.
Day 10: Ghunsa Rest and acclimatisation day:
Today is the day off to rest and chill out in the beautiful village of Ghunsa. The village is inhabited by the Tibetan people. We can stay at the camp to rest and acclimatize after the long 9 days walk. While resting we also walk around the village to adjust with the altitude. While exploring the large village of Ghunsa, we will visit the monastery located at the edge of the village. We will also hike up to Yamatari Khola via Lapsang La trail and reach to a lake at the terminal moraine of the Yamatari glacier. You will also get the opportunity to explore the water falls and rivulets.
Day 11: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen:
From the Ghunsa village our trail makes a gradual ascent leading us to east bank of the Ghunsa Khola. Before reaching there, we will be passing through glorious larch, beautiful pine and rhododendron forest. We will also pass several mani walls and chortens along the way. Continuing our walk through sandy, boulder-strewn floodplain, our trails climbs up above the west bank to Rumbuk Kharka (3,720m/12,205ft.) after crossing the river over a rickety, wood and stone bridge. The uphill climb towards Kambachen consist of a very uneven slope. So, while trekking on this part, recklessness may make you injured or even cost your life. We will walk slowly and cautiously for an hour. After a while of our trekking on a steeply uphill, our trek then drops briefly into Kambachen. Once you reach Kambachen, you can enjoy the magnificent panorama of various Himalayas summit including Jannu (7,710 meter/ 25,295 ft.) Beside the glorious summit, you can also see eagles, falcons, Lammergeyers, and coughs which are common in this area.
Day 12: Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak:
Leaving the Kambachen after morning breakfast, we will begin our climbing uphill through rocky fields until Ramtang at 4240 meters. The landscape out here becomes increasingly desolate; forged over aeons by glacial lake. We will hike on the high plateau, cross moraines at northeast of the Kanchenjunga Glacier, pass the intersecting Lhonak glacier, and eventually reach the high, flat campsite of Lhonak. Because of the high-altitude location, the temperature out here is low making this place a cold campsite. However, the moment you reach here, you will be surrounded by the some of the world’s highest summits on the planet. Lying ate the foothills of the great sacred Himalayas will sure to fill you with rejoice and happiness. Some of the peaks you can observe from this location are Mera Peak (6,344 m), Nepal Peak (6,910 m), Wedge Peak (6,750 m), Twins (7,351 m) and many more.
Day 13: Trek from Lhonak to Pang Pema Base Camp:
Today we will be hiking to our final destination, Pang Pema Base Camp at 5,160. Commencing our hike from Lhonak, we will walk east following Kanchenjunga Glacier and rise to its extensive head on the northern slope of Kanchenjunga. While trekking towards the destination you will be accompanied by stunning views of the Himalayas which will surely impress you. Those impressive and stunning views of the mountains is the center attraction of the trek. Making memories along with enjoying the magnificent views, we gradually move forward to our destination Pang Pema Base Camp. Making the way up to this magnificent place makes us realize how small and insignificant we are in this world of snow and rock. From here you could also witness glorious peak of Kanchenjunga, standing tall so close to you.
Day 14: Pang Pema Base Camp, rest and exploration day:
Today is the day for exploring Pang Pema Base Camp or Kanchenjunga north base camp. Pang Pema Base Camp offers you the most stunning view of the Kanchenjunga Himal. This region is visited by very few trekkers, so we can explore a lot form this place. In order to have a better view of the mountains at Sunrise we need to climb the lower slope of Drohma Ri (5,500m/ 18,045m). Little further away from the camp side flows West Lampo Glacier. We will also be visiting this glacier.
Day 15: Trek from Pangpema to Kambachen:
We will retrace our trail back to the lower settlements of Lhonak. The trail of today’s trekking will be downhill. Along the trekking trail we will have breathtaking scenery, dense forest can be encountered. We will camp at Kambachen for overnight stay.
Day 16: Trek from Kambachen Phale via Ghunsa:
Continuing our journey, we will retrace our path down to Ghunsa. At Ghaunsa we will take a short lunch break. After a short break we will resume our trek towards Phale. We will pass through the dense forest of pine and rhododendron where you can encounter pheasants. Crossing through the suspension bridge of Ghunsa Khola and continue downstream passing though forest and farmland, we will eventually reach to the Tibetan grazing village of Phale
Day 17: Trek from Phale to Amjilosa:
Today our trail will lead us to Amjilosa which is 5-6 hours downhill walk from Phale. The trekking trail today is a steady descent passing through forests of rhododendron, conifer, birch and oak, which continues down the valley to the last of the Tibetan village at Chhundatangka. We then cross a suspension bridge over Chhundatangka khola to reach Gyabla. Continuing on our trekking trail, we will see the waterfall nearby. Walking further away and crossing a suspension bridge over Sumbung Khola, lead us to Amjilosa.
Day 18: Trek from Amjilosa to Chirwa:
Nearby Amjilosa village, lies a beautiful waterfall. After seeing and capturing the waterfall in the lenses of our camera, we will continue our trek. From this waterfall, the path begins to descend fairly steeply to Sekathum: village at the confluence of the Ghunsa and Tamur Kholas. Before we cross suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola, we will pass a small settlement of Solima. After reaching Sekathum, our trails follow the western bank of the Tamur Khola, passing through several villages and soon crosses the suspension bridge over the Simbuwa Khola that flows in from theYarlung Glacier. 1/4hr afternoon walk from this place will lead us to the riverside campsite-village of Chirwa.
Day 19: Trek from Chirwa to Linkhim:
From Chirwa, settlements start to get thicker as we descend down. Our trekking trail today leaves the river trail and follows the trail which climbs above the east bank of the Tamor Khola to the Hamlet at Thiwa. We then pass over ridge which lead us into a side canyon to cross Tawa Khola. After crossing the Tawa Khola, we will climb above the hamlet of Malbanse in order to reach Linkhim.
Day 20: Trek from Linkhim to Suketar:
From Linkhim we trek towards Suketar. The trail to Suketar winds in and out of side canyons up to the Limbu Village in Phurumbu. After we cross the bridge over Sisne Khola, we will reach in Pathibhara trek trail. Passing through Sherpa village of Bung Kulung and crossing another suspension bridge we will reach our final destination of the day, Suketar. At suketar we will celebrate the final day of trekking with a farewell dinner before saying goodbye. We will stay at Suketar for the overnight.
Day 21: Fly from Suketar to Biratnagar and then Fly to Kathmandu:
On this final day, we will board an early morning flight to Biratnagar. We will have time to explore the Biratnagar before we take flight to Kathmandu. After exploring the Biratnagar city, we say goodbye to the serene and magnificent mountains and board the flight to come back to the city civilization. The rest of the afternoon in Kathmandu will be at leisure. Walking around the streets of Kathmandu; souvenir shopping; finding massage or relaxing at the hotel can be easy ways to spend time.
Day 22: Transfer to international airport for your final connecting flight home:
On the las day of our trip, representative of Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition will drive you to the airport according to you flight schedule back to home or onward destination.
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