Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking - 28 Days

Duration: 28 Days     
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Trekking, Culture Tours
  • Transport: As Itinerary
  • Food: All Meals Included during the Trekking
  • Group Size: 2 +
  • Max Elevation: 5400m.
  • Type of Trek: Camping
  • Mode of travel: Land Transportation
  • Best Month: September/October, March/April

"Kang-chen-zod-nga", meaning "Five Great Treasuries of the Snow", actually it has seven major summits. To the locals Kanchenjunga which stands at a height of 8585meters the third highest mountain in the world, is the abode of gods who bestow prosperity and goodwill on them and their lands, while to the climbers of this mountain the phrase "Five Great Treasuries of the Snow" takes on a slightly more ominous tone. The avalanches that Kanchenjunga throws down are said to be the largest anywhere!

Kanchanjunga peak and its immediate satellites take the form of a giant cross which straddles the borders of three countries - Nepal, Tibet and the once independent kingdom but now Indian state of Sikkim. By virtue of the massif’s almost total isolation from any other mountain group, precise definition of its boundaries is quite unnecessary. Until 1849 Kangchenjunga was thought to be the world’s highest mountain, but today’s accepted height of 8,586m ranks it third, after Everest and K2.

In addition Kanchanjunga peak, four subsidiary summits exceed 8000m, the most important being Kangchenjunga West, also known as Yalung Kang (8,505m). Of some twenty peaks exceeding 7,000m, the highest are Kambachen (7,903m), Jannu (7,710m), Jongsong (7,483m), Kabru (7,353m), Tent Peak (7,365m) and the Twins (7,350m). There are numerous impressive peaks over 6,000m.

Kanchanjunga peaks are highly glaciated and cradles five major glacial systems. Three of these, the Zemu, Talung, and Rathong, lie to the east of the massif and flow into Sikkim, eventually feeding the mighty Tista river. In Nepal, to the west, the Kangchenjunga and Yalung glaciers form the major sources of the Tamur river.

The intense glaciations are caused by the very high levels of precipitation to which Kangchenjunga is subjected. The combined effects of its considerable height and isolated location, south east of the main Himalayan chain, leaves it totally exposed to the full force of the advancing monsoon originating in the Bay of Bengal in early June.

Even when the monsoon finally withdraws towards the end of September, Kangchenjunga is slow to lose its veil of cloud and submit to the drier and more settled weather patterns of Autumn.

Since the locals worship the mountain, there is a tradition among mountaineers not to stand on the actual summit. All "successful" assaults have stopped just short of the summit honoring an old promise made by the leader of the first successful attempt in 1955 to the maharaja of Sikkim.

Kanchenjunga lies on the eastern border of Nepal providing a great chance to experience remoteness, spectacular mountain scenery, diverse flora and fauna and rich local culture, quite different to those found further west.

We begin the Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking with a flight from Kathmandu to Taplejung (Suketar). From Suketar the trek leads to Chauki through the villages of Mitlung, Ghunsa, Khambachen and Lhonak to Pangpema (5140 meters) which is also the Base Camp for expeditions attempting the North Face of Kanchenjunga 2 and the culmination of the first part of the trek.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,345meters).
  • Day 2Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
  • Day 3Fly from Kathmandu to Taplejung (2,320meters) trek to Lali Kharka (2,276meters) 3 hours.
  • Day 4Trek to Khesewa (2,120meters). 5 hours.
  • Day 5Trek to Mamankhe (1,920meters). 5 hours.
  • Day 6Trek to Yamphudin (2,080meters) 6 hours.
  • Day 7Trek to Chitre (2,965meters) 5 hours.
  • Day 8Trek to Tortongn (3,010meters) 6 hours.
  • Day 9Trek to Tseram (3,870meters) 6 hours.
  • Day 10Trek to Ramche (4,580meters) 4 hours.
  • Day 11Explore around Ramche (4,580meters) and trek to Oktang (4,730meters) 5 hours.
  • Day 12Trek to Yalung Ri Base Camp (5,400meters) 5 hours.
  • Day 13Trek back to Ramche (4,580meters) 5 hours.
  • Day 14Trek to Sallerle over the Mirgin La (4,480meters) 6 hours.
  • Day 15Trek to Ghunsa (3,475meters) 5 hours.
  • Day 16Trek to Kambachen (4,040meters) 6 hours.
  • Day 17Exploration day at Kambachen.
  • Day 18Trek to Lhonak (4,790meters) 6 hours.
  • Day 19Trek to Pang Pema (5,140meters) 4 hours.
  • Day 20Explore around Kanchenjungha Base Camp (5,100 meters) and retrace your steps to Kambachen 5 hours.
  • Day 21Trek to Ghunsa 6 hours.
  • Day 22Trek to Amjilosa (2,460meters) 4 hours.
  • Day 23Trek to Sakathum (1,600meters) 5 hours.
  • Day 24Trek to Chhiruwa (1,200 meters) 5 hours.
  • Day 25Trek to Suketar (2,420meters) 5 hours.
  • Day 26Fly back to Kathmandu.
  • Day 27Leisure day in Kathmandu.
  • Day 28Transfer for your final flight departure.

What’s Included

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
  • Standard accommodation in four/five star hotel in Kathmandu breakfast included. (4 nights on twin sharing).
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by car / van / bus.
  • Full board meal during camping, prepared by our cook with Tea & coffee.
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc.).
  • A local government licensed English speaking Guide during the trek with cook, required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation.
  • Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek.
  • All special trekking permits & fees.
  • Surface Transfer to and from Kathmandu.
  • Flight cost from Kathmandu – Taplejung – Kathmandu including airport departure taxes in both airport.
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel/kit bag by Green Valley Nepal Treks (which needs to be returned after the trek.).
  • A general group first aid kit during the trek/tour.
  • All our government taxes.
  • Tourist service charge, vat.
  • Official expense.
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee. You will require 2 passport size photos.
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected.).
  • Sightseeing/Monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Useful Information

If your holiday is longer then your interested program or fascinating to add other short activities you could add these activities on your program:

  • Chitwan National Park Tour
  • Bungee Jump
  • Mountain flight
  • Paragliding
  • Ultra Light Flight
  • Mountain Biking
  • River Rafting

If above itinerary isn't suitable for you & wish to modify feel free to let us know, we'll be happy to create a TAILOR MADE ITINERARY especially for you.