Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Duration: 26 Days   |   Based on 1 Review

Kanchenjunga 8598m is the third highest mountain in the world, sits astride Nepal only a few miles from Tibet. Opened to the trekkers in 1988, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is really an adventure one as this region offers breathtaking snow-capped mountains, monumental landscapes and exotic panoramic view of the Himalayas. We can enjoy the trek seeing the numerous small and big mountain peaks from 5000 to above 8000m. The well-known names are Mount Everest (8848m), Mount Makalu(8201m) and Mount Lhotse(8516m).

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is a challenging yet beautiful trek that goes through lowland to the high ridges of the Himalayas, the trek is also a very famous and popular region for the many mysterious stories of Himalayan Yeti. It is said that this mysterious snowman is believed to be found in this region. The trek is a special and memorable one as we not only explore the exotic mountains but also we have got really amazing topography of the land.

During the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek, we can see much wildlife including snow leopard, musk deer, red panda and many more. This organizing trek has more exciting and thrilling adventurous, which lies in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, is spread over 2035 sq km rich in wildlife diversity. Also, this conservation area has many species of birds including Impedance, Pheasant, and red-billed blue magpie, shy Dragon, Amphibians, Mammals and many more.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is being so popular these days among adventure and nature enthusiasts as it is a long adventure journey to the most isolated and beautiful area of Himalayas in Nepalese eastern regions. The Kanchenjunga means five treasures of the great snow which is in reference to the five summits that make up Kanchenjunga. Since the trek is less crowded we will be rewarded with a unique insight into the Nepali rural lifestyle and its rich culture. We also have an opportunity to experience every climate Nepal has to offer from steamy jungles to jumbled glaciers. Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek offers it all. 

Highlights

  • Enjoy the breathtaking snow-capped mountains, monumental landscapes and exotic panoramic view of the Himalayas
  • Trek through the less crowded trails, rewarded with a unique insight into Nepali rural lifestyle and its rich culture 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1,350 m), transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02Sightseeing in Kathmandu and trek preparation day.
  • Day 03Flight Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and Drive to Ilam
  • Day 04Drive from Ilam to Taplejung (6 - 7 hours)
  • Day 05Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung (921 m) 5-6 hours
  • Day 06Trek from Mitlung to Chiruwa (1270 m) 5-6 hours
  • Day 07Trek from Chiruwa to Sukathum (1579 m) 5 hours
  • Day 08Trek from Sukathum to Amjilosa (2308 m) 6 hours
  • Day 09Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730 m) 5-6 hours
  • Day 10Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595 m) 5-6 hours
  • Day 11Acclimatization day
  • Day 12Trek from Ghunsa to Khangpachen (4050 m) 7 hours
  • Day 13Trek from Khangpachen to Lhonak (4780 m) 7 hours
  • Day 14Trek from Lhonak to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143 m) 3 hours
  • Day 15Trek from Kanchenjunga Base Camp to Ghunsa (3595 m) 8 hours
  • Day 16Trek from Ghunsa to High Camp (4,100 m) 4 -5 Hours
  • Day 17Trek from High Camp to Tseram (3870 m) via Sele -La Pass - 8 hours
  • Day 18Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4580 m) 7 - 8 hours
  • Day 19Explore to Yalung Base Camp (4500 m) 7 — 8 hours
  • Day 20Trek from Ramche to Anda Phedi (3390 m) 5 hours
  • Day 21Trek from Anda Phedi to Tortong (2995 m) 5 hours
  • Day 22Trek from Tortong to Yamphudim (2080 m) 5 — 6 hours
  • Day 23Trek from Yamphudim to Khebang (1915 m) 5 -6 hours
  • Day 24Trek from Khebang to Khanidingbe
  • Day 25Drive Khanidingbe to Birtamod by jeep
  • Day 26Drive from Birtamod to Bhadrapur then Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 27Final departure
Detail Itinerary

Inclusion

  • All necessary airport pick up and drop as per the above program.
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Sightseeing tour as per the above program.
  • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Biratnagar return trips.
  • Restricted area permits with national park fees.
  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period.
  • Accommodation (Camping + Teahouse) during the trekking period.
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs.
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance.
  • All necessary grounded transportation.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes.
  • Personal nature expenses.
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks.
  • Rescue & Evacuation.
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff.


 

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Useful Information

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek can be done from March to May and September to November. We have a very professional crew for this trek. Trekking through lowland to the high ridges of the Himalayas, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is also a very famous and popular region for the many mysterious stories of Himalayans Yeti. It is said that this mysterious snowman is believed to be found in this region. The trek is a special and memorable one as we not only explore the exotic mountains but also we have got really amazing topography of the land.

What are the Permits and Trek Arrangments for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

A trek to a restricted area must be arranged as a fully equipped organized trek through a registered trekking agency using tents, Sherpa staff, cooks and porters. We arrange the permit through a series of applications, guarantees, and letters, a process that requires a couple of working days. You may not trek alone; there must be at least two members in each group. For some areas, there is a limit to the number of trekkers per season.

How difficult is Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a thrilling and challenging trek in Nepal. This trek is the right choice for those adventure lovers who are moderately fit and looking for Off The Beaten Path and remoteness adventure in Nepal. To do this trek no need any previous adventure experience but you need to be fit for walking 7 to 8 hours in a day in the mountain. And, there is no limit on our adventures, as long adventurers have healthy and willing. We strongly recommend you have some days extra in your schedule for this trek.

Physical Fitness and Experience Requirements for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is considered as Strenuous plus trek. In such trek, you are likely to walk for 6 to 8 hours, crossing steeps, hilly terrains and occasional high passes of up to 5200 meters. You are likely to be in a remote environment with extreme weather on some days. You will also be facing high-altitude air with low levels of oxygen. Therefore, physical fitness and a positive attitude are essential. Exercising, hiking and jogging regularly or join a gym (especially cardio section) at least 3 months prior to the trek is a great idea to enhance your strength and stability. For this trek, no need for any technical skill. It is vital for trekkers with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Alpine Eco Trek about your medical condition before booking the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

Acclimatization during Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

We have planned Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek’s itinerary with a high priority of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). One extra day is set aside for acclimatization. Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above 4000 meters, there is 40% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs several days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen.  

Alpine Eco Trek suggests guests with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are major symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itinerary is planned to try to prevent AMS as much as possible and our guides and crew members are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

What is the Normal Group Size for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

There should be minimum two trekkers to issue the restricted area permit for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek so that minimum group size is two, and for this trek, there will be one licensed trekking leader, one assistant guide, one trekking cook, one assistant cook and some Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (1 porter for two trekkers). This arrangement ensures that even if someone in the group gets sick or is unable to continue, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but generally, a maximum of 10 people is ideal as we have found this to be the optimum size for a memorable and successful trip.

What is the best season for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

The best seasons for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek are autumn (September and October) and spring (March, April, and May).

What type of accommodation do I get during Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

We choose the best standard accommodations for 3 nights in Kathmandu and 1 night in Ilam, 1 night in Taplejung, 1 night in Khanidingbe and 1 night in Birtamod in the best available hotel/guesthouse.  Accommodation during the trek, from Day 5 to Day 24 will be in a comfortable two-men camping tent. To sleep in a tent, 4 seasons high-quality sleeping bag, and foam mattress will be provided. We maintain standard comfort in every matter based on enforceable conditions such as weather calamities. All hotel/guesthouse and camping accommodation will be on twin sharing basis, and we will provide you single supplement if there is different sex without. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get single room/tent on request by paying single supplement USD 400.

What type of meals and drinking water can I expect during Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

Hotel in Kathmandu will be based on Bed and Breakfast basis and from Ilam to Birtamod (Day 3 to Day 25) all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are included. Our camping trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is accompanied by an experienced and well-trained trekking cook and Sherpa helpers. Breakfasts will include porridge or cereals and sometimes eggs, with tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. Lunches are generally prepared on the trail and can include cooked or tinned vegetables, rice, chips, freshly made Tibetan bread, as well as tinned tuna, meats or cheese. On occasion, this can be augmented by noodle soup. Dinners always start off with soup, followed by a locally inspired main course such as rice, dal, and spicy vegetables, or a more international dish like pasta with a tomato sauce or pizza and chips. Dessert can be tinned fruit with custard or rice pudding or cake with custard. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. During Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek there will be very few opportunities to purchase snacks and drinks from simple shops and tea houses. All meals while on a trek and also while staying in Ilam, Taplejung, and Birtamod are included in the trip cost. In the end, we will offer farewell dinner in Kathmandu. It is time to celebrate the success of a great journey with your trekking team. 

We do not recommend you drink untreated water from the taps. In this trek, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled, filtered or provided in large jerry cans or 5 liters bottles. Additionally, you suggest you take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single-use plastic bottles.

Guides and Crew Members for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

The most important thing that makes Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, knowledgeable and helpful guides and crew members. This trek will be led by only the best and most professional guides. All of Alpine Eco Trek's guides and crew members are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills, knowledge about the region and personal aptitude. With the objective of sustaining local communities, Alpine Eco Trek only employs local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of the Kanchenjunga area. Our guides and crew members have undergone the following training: 

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Climbing and Mountaineering
  • Conservation and Biodiversity

Communication during Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is an extremely demanding trip that leads you to the remote and isolated region of eastern Nepal, cell phone doesn’t work most of the days so that we will bring a satellite phone for logistical, safety and personal use. Personal calls charged at USD 5 per minute and USD 3 to send and receive SMS text.

Do I require travel insurance for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek with us so that we strongly recommend you take travel insurance before joining the trip which should cover medical expenses, emergency repatriation and helicopter evacuation at high altitude places and loss of your luggage. Please kindly provide us a copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.

What type of Equipment do I need to pack for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek? 

Trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is a stunningly amazing and adventure trip. We trek up to 5200m walking through villages, green hills, high passes, and white snow paths so that you need to have the right equipment with you. The weight limit for your luggage is 20 kg max. Remember that your main luggage will be carried by our porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Equipment for head

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Equipment for Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable.

Equipment for Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

Equipment for Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Equipment for Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, broken in)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, low ankle-high version

Equipment for Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -30 degrees C )
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag 
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS (optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • Large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash
  • Extras/Luxuries

Journal and pen

  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swimsuit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs).

Reasons to choose Alpine Eco Trek for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

  • We are Alpine trekking specialists and we have been organizing treks in Nepal for many years. Ram Kumar, owner and founder of Alpine Eco Trek, has modified this itinerary based on his first-hand experience of the Kanchenjunga Area. 
  • Read our reviews received for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek where our overall holiday rating is 100%. 
  • Alpine Eco Trek has organized a successful trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Due to the remoteness and logistical challenges it is important to have a crew who has previously trekked in Kanchenjunga Base Camp. 
  • In our itinerary, we have included one rest and acclimatization day. This extra day will help you acclimatize to the high altitudes and also increases chances of completing the traverse in case of any delays flying into Bhadrapur. 
  • We use high-quality tents for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. These are two-man domed tents with plenty of space for two people sharing plus gear. 
  • We bring a satellite phone on Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. It is essential for your guide to have reliable communications with the Agency for logistics, planning and group safety.  
  • Our guides for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek will bring a comprehensive first aid kit plus high altitude medicine, antibiotics and other medicines.  
  • There will be a wide range of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We bring along a supply of chocolate, muesli bars, Pringles, biscuits, and nuts. 
  • We have trouble-free payment options.

Further Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. However, if you have any questions regarding the trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all inquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book or enquire about this trip, you can send us an inquiry or contact our team leader directly by phone: +977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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