How can you trek in the Kanchenjunga Region?
The first 2/3 days of the trip will be staying in the local guest houses. And, the rest of the days will be camping (tented camp). On a camping trek, you will sleep in tents. The staff includes a guide, cook, Sherpa, and sufficient porters to carry all trekking gear. Even if you have never camped before, there is no need to worry that you won’t enjoy the experience. The tents we provide are roomy, the sleeping pads/ mattresses are comfortable and the international-style food of a high standard is freshly prepared and served. On all of our treks, a bathroom tent is provided as well as a dining tent with tables and camp stools, providing a cozy, comfortable atmosphere to eat and chat with fellow trekkers during the evening.
How Camping Trek is Operated?
In a camping trek, the day starts around 6 a.m. with a cup of hot tea or coffee followed by a bucked of warm water for their washing and cleaning. After packing up their stuff and daypack, the trekkers are requested to leave their camp and meet at the dining table for breakfast. The trek started around 7.30 to 8 a.m. and the kitchen staff go ahead of the group. Our well-trained staff packs all camping equipment and gears and the porters carry them to the next camping site. The trekkers should carry only personal belongings that they may need for the day like water bottles, rain gear, cameras, etc. The Trekkers can decide on their own on time for viewing the beautiful landscape, take photographs and rest or take a short pause. The walk to the lunch spot normally takes 3 hours. Our cook and assistant serve hot lunch upon arrival. The afternoon walk takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the night camp around 4/5 p.m. Tea and snacks are served while our sherpa pitches the camp. The dinner is served around 6/7 p.m. in the dining tent lit with a pressurized lantern and furnished with table and camping tools. We provide high-quality tents, foam and mattresses, and a simple toilet tent in every camp for your comfort. Our well-trained and experienced cook and assistant prepare a variety of healthy, hygienic and clean food which is carried for the entire trek. Fresh Fruit and vegetables may taste on the way to the trek.
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 for 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.
What Physical Fitness and Experience Requires Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is considered a Strenuous plus trek. In such a 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 joining a gym (especially the 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.
Do we have acclimatization days during Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?
We have planned Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek’s itinerary with a high priority on 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 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 a minimum of two trekkers to issue the restricted area permit for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek so that the 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 season 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 a twin sharing basis, and we will provide you a single supplement if there is different sex without. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get a single room/tent on request by paying a single supplement of USD 400.
What type of meals and drinking water can I expect during Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?
Hotel in Kathmandu will be based on a 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 altitudes. During the 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 a 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 of 5-liter 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.
Are your Guides and Crew Members licensed and experienced?
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 staff who have adequate knowledge about the 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
What about Communication during Kanchenjunga Circuit 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 we will bring a satellite phone for logistical, safety, and personal use. Personal calls are charged at USD 5 per minute and USD 3 to send and receive SMS texts.
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 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 with 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 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)
- 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
- 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
- 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Female hygiene products
- Small mirror
- Personal Hygiene
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti-bacterial handwash
Journal and pen
- 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).
Why do we choose Alpine Eco Trek for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking?
01) 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.
02) Read our reviews received for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek where our overall holiday rating is 100%.
03) 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.
04) In our itinerary, we have included one rest and acclimatization day. This extra day will help you acclimatize to the high altitudes and also increase the chances of completing the traverse in case of any delays flying into Bhadrapur.
05) 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.
06) We bring a satellite phone to Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. It is essential for your guide to have reliable communications with the Agency for logistics, planning and group safety.
07) Our guides for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek will bring a comprehensive first aid kit plus high-altitude medicine, antibiotics and other medicines.
08) 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.
09) We have trouble-free payment options.
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).