Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking

kanchanjunga trekkingBUNA introduces an adventure Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking amidst worlds’ fifth highest peak Mt. Kanchenjunga, “the five jewels of the great snow range” that straddles on the border with Sikkim in North East India. This route is relatively frequented and thus the unspoiled villages and environment are yours to explore without the distractions of other trekkers. On this journey Kanchenjunga Base Camp, BUNA route leads through South and the North of Kanchenjunga Base Camp giving you the best of both panoramas. The going can be get quite strenuous sometimes while crossing the passes, but for every hard effort you will be rewarded with brilliant scenery as the trekking progress higher towards the windswept rugged terrain’s with awesome views of the towering peaks of the Kanchenjunga massif under a clear wide blue sky. At Pang-Pema the highest camp of this trekking journey, with ample time to explore around before heading back.The return journey is made by an alternative route till the trail joins at Suketar in Taplejung for the last camp of the trekking with a flight back to hustle bustle city of Kathmandu in the comfort of the Hotels.

This wonderful Kanchenjunga Base Camp trip starts with a sweeping scenic flight, covering range of mountains from Langtang, Everest to Kanchenjunga to the south Gangetic plain in eastern Nepal with an overnight at Biratnagar, a short flight takes to the foot hills of Mt. Kanchenjunga at Suketar, from here hike through villages untouched by the modern world enclosed by pristine rhododendron, oak and pine forests, visiting the South and the North Base Camp affording the best of views of the area. Challenged by the high pass crossings but each new step offers rewards of beauty and serenity. The return route is even more remote before joining the main trail and flying out of Taplejung.

“on the world’s 3rd highest mountain amidst pristine wilderness superb view, in the midst of the virgin rhododendron & alpine forest, least accessible isolated trails, high passes, warm friendly locals, traditional villages, and in the end of the highest himalayan chain of mountains”.

Trip Profile:

Mode of trekking: On Camping basis.
Trekking Grade: moderate to adventurous
Maximum altitude gain: approx. 5,150m.at Pangpema.
Trekking / Camping days: 22-23 days.
Total Trip: 27-28 days. 

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: A day in Kathmandu guided sightseeing tour on request.

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu / Biratnagar 240m 45 minutes flight.

Day 04: Fly to Sukhetar, Taplejung and trek to Lali Kharka 1,900m.

Day 05: Trek from Lali Bhanjyang to Khesewa Bhanjyang 2,100m.

Day 06: Trek from Khesewa Bhanjyang to Mamangkhe. 2,000m. 6 to 7 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Mamaghkhe-Yangphudin 2,150m.

Day 08: Trek to Chitre 2,880mts. 6hrs.

Day 09: Trek to Simbua Khola 3,000m. 6-7 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Tseram 3,770m. 4 hrs. Day 11: Trek to Ramche 4,360m via Lapsang.

Day 12: Rest day at Ramche for acclimatisation and optional walk.

Day 13: Trek back to Tseram.

Day 14: Trek to near Tamo la 4,300m, 4 hrs.

Day 15: Trek to La-Ghunsa, 3,480m.

Day 16: Trek to Kangbachen 4,000m. 5 hrs.

Day 17: Trek to Lhonak 4,780m. 4 hrs.

Day 18: Trek to Pang Pema 5,065m. 4 hrs.

Day 19: Rest day at Pang Pema for local exploration.

Day 20: Trek to Kangbachen 3,900m. 6 hrs.

Day 21: Trek to Phole. 3,100m. 6 hrs.

Day 22: Trek to Amjilassa 2,500m. 7 hrs.

Day 23: Trek to Tapethok 1,300 m. 7 hrs.

Day 24: Trek to Mitlung 1,550m. 6 hrs.

Day 25: Trek to Suketar 2,440 m. 4 hrs.

Day 26: Fly from Suketar to Kathmandu via Biratnagar.

Day 27: Free day at leisure.

Day 28: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by BUNA staff and transfer you to the Hotel, where our expert trekking guide of will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking / Camping, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

Day 02: A day in Kathmandu.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu / Biratnagar 240m.
Flying from Kathmandu towards Biratnagar is one of the most amazing experience, as you see the massive range of Himalayas from Langtang, Jugal, Gaurishanker, Everest, Makalu to Kanchenjunga range of mountains and the great diverse landscape on the 45 minutes flight, Biratnagar is one of the largest Industrial city, located on the south eastern Gangetic plain of Nepal. On arrival our AN staff in Biratnagar will transfer you to the Hotel in the town peaceful area.

Day 04: Fly to Sukhetar, Taplejung and 3-4 hrs walk to Lali Kharka 1,900m.
After early breakfast get transferred to the Airport for a short flight to Suketar. The flight takes about twenty five minutes to Suketar at Taplejung. At Suketar our trekking staff and porters will receive you to commence the trek towards Lali Kharka 2,260m. The first part of the walk is almost flat and undulating and goes down through the lush forest of pine; the mountain path from here follows a pleasant ridge route. After a short while, it enters the mountains to the right leading to a forested area through which it descends to Lalikharka for our overnight camp on the clearing near this small rural village of Lali Kharka with a beautiful view of Kanchenjunga in the distance. On the far side of the valley is Bhanjyang.

Day 05: Trek from Lali Bhanjyang to Khesewa Bhanjyang 2,100m. 5-6 hrs walks.
The day starts with a downhill walk through the village, the inhabitants of this area are mostly of Hindu origins, a mixture of Brahmins, Chettris and the Kirat tribes of Rai’s and Limbus who also practice Hinduism along with their own traditional deities and spirit. After the village of Tembawa we descend towards Phawa khola, crossing Phawa khola coming to Pokora village, the path from here leads through terraced farm fields, and finally crossing Pokora’s suspension bridge our route climbs steeply to the village of Kunjari,a mountainside village, from Kunjari walk passes through a mixed forest and some rural farm villages, then climbing gentle up to the overnight camp at Khesewa, a small farm village with grand views of Kanchenjunga and Yalungkang peak.

Day 06: Trek from Khesewa Bhanjyang to Mamangkhe 2,000m, 6 to7 hrs.
Today, descend towards the lush terraced rice and millet fields, then through the forests to the headwaters of the Nandeva khola on the left, after crossing the stream , trek continues downhill along the river, entering the mountains to the left, the trek climbs through the forest coming to the village of Loppoding. After Loppoding the trail is more of ups and downs until it reaches Fun Fun where there is a resting place. From the ridge top of Fang-fang breathtaking views of Khumbakarna, Yalung and Kanchenjunga can be seen. We descend again through the terraced fields to the mountain village of Yangpang, walking along its upper edge, then climbing on a gentle slope for an hour to Popnpe Dhara at the crest of the ridge, an excellent spot for a break and to catch your breath along with the view of Mt. Jannu in the distance. From here it’s a winding descent passing through hamlets and terraced farm fields to the Khesewa khola, after crossing the suspension bridge the trail climbs passing another resting stop, after a gradual uphill climb for an hour through terraced fields, finally coming to the overnight camp at Mamankhe village.

Day 07: Trek to Yangphudin 2,150m, 5-6 hrs.
Morning walk begins with a gentle climb, skirting around the ridge to a level path that leads to the village of Dekadin. From this village of Dekadin, the path leads along the right bank of Kabeli khola rising from 200-300m from the river bottom towards the mountain path, winding around various ridges and streams. The trail passes to a gentle up and down, crossing number of streams. This mountain route offers grand views of the Kabeli khola flowing below and the huts and fields on the opposite bank. At last this monotonous path ends, descending via stone steps towards Kabeli khola. Leaving the river our route climbs to a splendid ridge passing through villages and farm fields. After a gradual climb through the fields coming to the remote permanent village at Yamphudin where there is a check post. This is the last permanent settlement till Gunsa. The campsite will be in the fields or in people’s home yards.

Day 08: Trek to Chitre 2,880mts, 6hrs.
From Yamphudin trek leads to Chitre, walking along the left bank of Kabeli khola, crossing the tributary of Omje khola and start climbing steep up to Dhupi Bhangyang for two hours or more through open grassland. From the top of the pass, it is a steady descents through the deciduous forest to Omje Khola. After this vigorous climb it will be a blessing to see the trees again as the walk follows through the rhododendron thickets, the angle of incline lessens with an easier walk through a forested area and emerging to an open ridge and finally to Chitre for the overnight camp. Chitre consists of one small hut. During dry season water is scarce here, sometime we have to continue our climb for another hour to the small pond just below Ramite Bhanjyang, Our guide and cook will get the information about the water availability at Chitre before leaving Yamphudin. Overnight camp at Chitre on a clearing in the middle of the forest

Day 09: Trek to Simbua Khola 3,000m, 6-7 hrs.
From Chitre, heading towards Ramite Bhanjyang at 3,430m, on the steep uphill for two hours, through magnolias, rhododendron and bamboo forest, reaching Ramite which consists of a single hut, from here the path climbs to a rhododendron covered ridge, and passing towards a small pond on the right as we reach Ramite Bhanjyang at 3,430m high. Mt.Jannu appears atop the ridge before you, from here the track leads to 150m ascend, though this area is thickly forested with rhododendron trees, you can still see Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt.Khumbhakarna and Kabru peaks from between the trees. Final leg of today’s walk is an easy descend on the gentle sloping path which continues almost to the riverbed of the Simbua Khola for the overnight camp, some time depending upon the hours of walk, availability of good campsite and the fitness of the people then continue with a short climb for a while along the left bank and cross over to the right via wooden bridge, arriving at the level ground of Tortontan at 3,080m where there are several bivouacs caves with excellent campsites.

Day 10: Trek to Tseram 3,770m, 4 hrs.
The walk today follows the riverbank passing the bivouac caves. The path along the right bank of the Simbua Khola is not very high, so heading along the mountain flank somewhat higher. Both walls of this valley are thickly, forested with pine and rhododendron as the path reaches at the single hut of Wahta. From here cross a stream in front of this lonely hut along the path on the right bank, due to the thick forest the view of the mountains is not visible from this place, as the walk progress coming to a gravel ground, walking past this area leads to a shrine with a huge boulder shaped like serpent. After this forested place the route heads towards the riverbed, then ascending from riverbed path to the terrace on the left coming to our overnight camp at Tseram where there are roofless bivouac caves. Ahead you can see the terminal moraine of Yalung glacier and behind it are Kabru 7,353m and Talung peak 7,349m.

Day 11: Trek to Ramche 4,360m via Lapsang.
From Tseram the way out is blocked by a steep slope that descends from the left, so we take a temporarily descent to the riverbed of Simbua Khola and by crossing the base of this slope, our path climbs back up the terraced hills arriving at the single stone hut of Yalung Bara, this hut marks the end of the of the forest line from here this mountain path heads to the right bank towards the zone of Yalung Glacier ablation. The day starts with climbing up for 45 minutes. Then rest part of the walk is gentle. The tree line stops at Yalungbar with the magnificent view of mountains. The valley opens up from Lobsang La, with more views of Kabru, Rathong and Kokthang.

Day 12: Rest day at Ramche for acclimatisation and optional walk.
At Ramche a rest day to explore towards Kanchenjunga South Base Camp to get the clear view of Yalung Glacier and south wall of Kanchenjunga. The hike goes for 2 hrs unto a delightful meadow on the way to South Base Camp at the height of 4,600 m. The route by which Mt. Kanchenjunga was first climbed in 1955 by British expeditions led by George Band is clearly seen with giant mountains Talung Peak and Kabru.

Day 13: Trek back to Tseram.
The walk will be on the downhill most of the way to Tseram for the overnight camp.

Day 14: Trek to near Tamo la 4,300m, 4 hrs. Today, descend via Yalung Bar with fifteen minutes of steep up, crossing the river and then the trail goes gradually through the forest for half hour. From here climb a steep up for hour and half towards the two small ponds, from here crossing three passes, Miring La, Tamo La and Sinion La. The first part of the trail is uphill climb for 1 hour to the top of the pass with the great view of Kabru and Kanchenjunga. From Miring La, the trail goes gently down and then up to Sinion La (4,500 m.). From the top of the pass one can see magnificent views of Makalu, Baruntse, and Chamlang. From Simion La, the trail descends gently to Tamo La (4,500 m.) and from here it offers superb view of Khumbhakarna, then the trail heads down hill to the overnight camp.

Day 15: Trek to La-Ghunsa, 3,480m.
The first part of the walk is gentle down with a steep descend for an hour through the forest of rhododendron and pines as the downhill walk levels near the Ghunsa river, the walk is fairly gradual towards the Ghunsa village, Ghunsa a large Bhotia (of Tibetan descended) community of stone houses and tidy small farm, overnight camp near or above the village of Ghunsa.

Day 16: Trek to Kangbachen 4,000m, 5 hrs.
Today’s walk leads to a fairly strenuous trail that climbs up alongside the river, several magnificent waterfalls are encountered along the way. Yak herders may be met along the trail depending upon the time of the grazing season. The trail goes from the right bank of the river Ghunsa, through the rhododendron and pine forest, gradually ascending to Rambuk Kharkas crossing a small glacier landslide. The trek continues with excellent views of Khumbukarna and Janu and other high snow capped peaks. Leaving the tree lines behind, the countryside onwards is more barren with scrub juniper. After Rambuk Kharka, we climb through a small forest to cross a large landslide area with a spectacular view of Khumbakarna’s north face. The trail goes gentle down to Kangbachen after crossing the landslide. The valley is dominated by Sharphu (7,070m.) just in the opposite, is a huge north face of Mt.Janu and Wedge peak.

Day 17: Trek to Lhonak 4,780m, 4 hrs.
The trail follows above the river for about an hour and heading east, route drops down to the river, then climbs through the boulder path which leads to the terminal moraine of the Kanchenjunga glacier, after leaving Ramtang Kharka ( a Sheppard place) the trail meets Kanchenjunga glacier here crossing the junction at Lhonak and the Kanchenjunga glacier before Lhonak. A great view awaits you of Mera, Nepal Peak and Wedge Peak from Lhonak.

Day 18: Trek to Pang Pema 5,065m, 4 hrs.
The trail climbs up gently above the river with impressive views of Kirat Chuli, Nepal Peak, Taple Sikhar, and Givegela Chuli. The first part of the climbs is gentle and goes through a boulder trail. Now, walk the trail between grassy slopes and glacier path up to the North base Camp. Herds of blue sheep’s can be seen around this area.

Day 19: Rest day at Pang Pema for local exploration.
Today have a choice with an optional trekking or either rests at Base Camp or ascend to Pang Pema Peak at 5,800m. for panoramic views of mountains. The trail to the Peak is a mixture of boulders, moraine and grassland. From the summit an outstanding, memorable view of Kanchenjunga, Kumbhakarna, Makalu, Cholotse, Sharpu, Drohma, Nepal Peak and other snow capped peaks.

Day 20: Trek to Kangbachen 3,900m, 6 hrs.
Retrace the journey back by the same way and camp at Kambachen.

Day 21: Trek to Phole 3,100m, 6 hrs.
Retrace the journey down to Ghunsa. After crossing Ghunsa Khola the walk is pleasant through the pine forest to a very interesting Sherpa village of Phole.

Day 22: Trek to Amjilassa 2,500m, 7 hrs.
Continue descending; from here the trail goes through the mixed forest of bamboo and rhododendron. Before Gybala the walk is 40 minutes steep up. After lunch on the bank of river Ghunsa, the trail goes gentle up and own for 1 hour and changes into steep up and down for another 2 hrs through the forest. Finally, walking on open grassland, then reaching to a small Sherpa village of Amjilassa.

Day 23: Trek to Tapethok 1,300 m. 7 hrs.
Today, first hour walks is gentle then descend steeply through an open grassland to the village of Ghaiya Bari and of Sekathum, after Sekathum cross two rivers Ghunsa and Simbhu. follows the trail on the left bank of Tamur river. Finally, we reach at Tapethok, a Limbu village and the camp is alongside of river Tamur.

Day 24: Trek to Mitlung 1,550m, 6 hrs.
Continue walking on the left bank of river Tamur to the village of Chiruwa. Trekking for about an hour, then turn left and walks through the village. After this village, the path goes gentle up through the mixed forest. Leaving the forest the walk is pleasant, enjoying the fairly large and clean village at the camp.

Day 25: Trek to Suketar 2,440 m. 4 hrs.
From Mitlung, the trail is mixed of village and forest walk. First part is steep up to two hours and goes gradual up unto Suketar.

Day 26: Fly from Suketar to Kathmandu via Biratnagar.
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our command, this scenic flight from Suketar takes about an hour to Kathmandu; a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, BUNA staff will receive and transfer you back to the Hotel.

Day 27: Free day at leisure.
A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 28: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. BUNA staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal. Note: The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; it could change due to weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions.

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