Kanchenjunga Trek - 24 Days Days

Kanchenjunga Trek
Kanchenjunga Trek has been ranked by many trekkers as the best trekking route in rural Nepal extensive trek going deep into the remote mountain ranges on Nepal’s border with Sikkim and Tibet. The trail explores the area around Kanchenjunga the third highest mountain in the world. You will see a wide range of scenery from lush, tropical jungle through to rhododendron, chestnut and oak forests and then at higher altitudes into the alpine zone. You will see a range of Nepalese culture and life-style from Rai and Limbus to Tibetan Buddhist villages. Kanchenjunga region offers unbelievable trekking, and now in addition to the traditional full camping trek style, it’s possible to do teahouse trek to the region as well. Here is all you need to know!
 
The trek around Kanchenjunga Base Camp can be done entirely as a basic lodge or tea-house trek in September-October- November and in March-April-May. Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world at 8586m/28,169ft and is on the border between Nepal and Sikkim (India). Wilderness Excursion’s trekking itinerary to Kanchenjunga only covers trekking route in Nepal on this site. The usual trekking destinations are the viewpoint near the climbing base camps on the south and north sides of this massive mountain traversing between north and south base camps is also highly enjoyable, making for a very pleasing and wilderness experience. The Kanchenjunga Trekking trail is not formed tracks of the Everest and Annapurna regions, though tracks are being rapidly improved up the north side. If you are grateful for a stone hut, wooden bed, evening Daal bhat and daily rough country, you will greatly enjoy this remote trek.

Only about 1,000 trekkers a year trek this place compared to over 35,000 in the Everest Region of Khumbu, so it is possible to walk blissfully all day and see nobody else. Most people you will meet will be in camping groups but you may meet some small private groups teahouse trekkers with their guides and porters. Note that there is considerable exposure on many of the tracks, so don’t go if you have vertigo or a fear of heights. This matrilineal Limbu (‘the bearer of bows and arrows’) homeland is not highly populated, particularly on the south side, and the people follow animist, Buddhist and some Hindu beliefs. Phale and Ghunsa on the northern side are uniquely Tibetan in architecture and religious practice but surprisingly by the general lack of outward religious signs that characterize the Khumbu region, for instance. There is a focus on tongba, a local drink; warm millet beer served in brass-decorated wooden pots with a straw. The around Kanchenjunga Trek can be done entirely as a lodge trek in September-October- November and in March-April-May. At the start and end of these periods there may be some lodges closed, particularly at higher altitudes. Always enquire before relying on these notes. There are toilets in nearly all places and phone access, limited on the south side. Wilderness Excursion provides tents just in case the lodges are closed with light meal.
 
Kanchenjunga range consists of five individual peaks where Kanchenjunga II is the highest among those. People from Kanchenjunga Region believe this mountain as sacred mountain as well as five treasures of snow in the form of gold, silver, gem, grain and holy books in each different summit. Joe Brown and George Band part of British expedition team first conquer the summit of Kanchenjunga in 1955. Entire range generates four different glaciers, which result in couple of famous river for Rafting in Nepal. This is basic Kanchenjunga Information now lets discuss a bit about Kanchenjunga Trekking that is conducted on state of Kanchenjunga Nepal. The first thing foreigner need to know is Trekking in Kanchenjunga is declared as restricted area trekking region in Nepal with strict policy of controlled tourism which clearly state that one need to obtain special restricted area permit as well as need to be accompanied by Nepali citizen before Trekking Kanchenjunga. Since trekkers’ posses special permits there is no necessities of Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card although conservation area project entry permit card is mandatory to obtain. If Trekking Kanchenjunga were in one’s to do list then it would be fruitful to obtain Information about Kanchenjunga.
 
A teahouse basis trek to Kanchenjunga is now encouraged and promoted as government of Nepal is emphasizing on development of infrastructure on Kanchenjunga Nepal to support the local economy in Kanchenjunga for involving in tourism sector. Trekking in Kanchenjunga can be one of the most adventurous treks with close interaction to Tibetan refugee whose settlement is all the way during Kanchenjunga Circuit. 
 
Outline itinerary
Day 01: Join Kathmandu, meet and greet at airport, transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Visit ancient old temples in Kathmandu, preparation, get permits.
Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Phikkal (1468m), 5 hours drive.
Day 04: Drive to Taplejung /Suketar, 8 Hours.
Day 05: Trek to Kande Bhanjyang (2129m), 5-6 hours walk.
Day 06: Trek to Phumphe (1858m), 6-7 hours walk.
Day 07: Trek to Yamphudin (2080m), 6 hours walk.
Day 08: Trek to Tortong (2995m), 6 hours walk.
Day 09: Trek to Cheram (3870m), 5-6 hours walk.
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Cheram (3970m)
Day 11: Trek to Ramchaur (4580), excursion Okhardung (4730m) back to Cheram
Day 12: Trek to Selela Camp (4290m) 6-7 hours walk.
Day 13: Trek to Gunsa (3595m), 4 hours walk.
Day 14: Trek to Khangpachen (4100m) 5 hours walk.
Day 15: Trek to Lonak (4785m), 4-5 hours walk.
Day 16: Excursion Pangpema, Kanchenjunga BC (4978m), back to Lonak.
Day 17: Trek to Gunsa (3595m), 6 hours walk.
Day 18: Trek to Amjilosa (2510) 6-7 hours walk.
Day 19: Trek to Sekathum (1655m), 4-5 hours walk.
Day 20: Trek to Chirwa (1270m), 5-6 hours walk.
Day 21: Trek to Lingkhim (1460m), 4 hours walk.
Day 22: Trek to Taplejung/Suketar (2420m), 5-6 hours walk.
Day 23: Fly back to Kathmandu, overnight in Kathmandu
Day 24: Rest, relax and shopping, overnight in Kathmandu
Day 25: Fly back home or further destination. 

Day 01: Day 01: Join Kathmandu, meet and greet at airport, transfer to hotel.
Receive by Wilderness Excursion representative from airport and drop off at our hotel. Check in and get refresh for a while. We may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hotspot in Kathmandu. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Wilderness Excursion at one of authentic Nepalese Restaurant. For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture.

Day 02: Visit ancient old temples in Kathmandu, preparation, get permits.
Visit ancient old temples in Kathmandu, known as “the city of temples” and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. A half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu and Buddhist shrines can be organized on client's request. Wilderness Excursion will get your special permit for Kanchenjunga trek. Check the packing list and short briefing about next day departure.

Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Phikkal (1468m), 5 hours drive.
After breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu airport and take the flight to Bhadrapur and drive to Phikkal at the elevation of 1468 meter from seas level. It takes about 5 hours. This alternative is best for south to north Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek as it is fastest and cheapest in our estimation and could be used also for north to south with an extra day’s walk down to Mitlung.

Day 04: Drive to Taplejung /Suketar, 8 Hours.
Passing through the major tea manufacturing settlement of Ilam (800m, tea and cardamom elanchai are grown broadly here) after 4hrs, from which you can access Darjeeling, and then Phiddim (1038m) for lunch. The road goes as low as a hot 800m and as high as a cool 2300m. The district headquarter of Taplejung (1870m; ‘fort of King Taple’) was reached after 8hrs. You can walk up to the airstrip at Suketar (2420m) in 1.5hrs or take a jeep for adjoins the airstrip.

Day 05: Trek to Kande Bhanjyang (2129m), 5-6 hours walk.
Trek east up the airstrip onto the road to the right and continue up to Deurali (2578m, Deurali Bhanjyang, deurali and bhanjyang both meaning pass and saddle!). Take the right fork when a road veers left to the pilgrim-magnet Pathibhara Devi Temple (3794m), a day’s walk away. Stay on the rhododendron-covered ridge to Lali Kharka (2266m) where wonderful classic Daal Bhat may be found. The road now terminates here with tractor-trailers and maybe a jeep. Descend and circle through scrubby forest to Tembewa (1800m) after 1hr, then through Simbu (1700m, Simbuwa) or continue down a hot steep path, cross the Phawa Khola (1430m) and up steeply to the scattered bamboo and bananas hamlet of Kunjari (1800m). Overnight in Kunjari or Kande Bhanjyang.

Day 06: Trek to Phumphe (1858m), 6-7 hours walk.
A steep walk up to Gurung Kande Bhanjyang (2130m, Sinchebu, Sinchewa Bhanjyang) with a friendly 5-beded lodge. Enjoy the views of Kanchenjunga and a forest walk on steps down through hot and steamy but very prosperous hamlets growing millet, maize and rice to Delok (upper) Khesewa (2125m) for lunch. Drop steeply to a lovely waterfall under Khesewa and make a long climbing traverse, around a ridge and another long traverse lined with clear small waterfalls, to an endless flight of stairs and down to the neat houses of Phungphung Danda (1860m Pumphe, Pumphe Danda). Fresh red cardamom (elanchai) is harvested at this season from the ginger-like plants under shade trees, at the risk of snakebite to the laborers. Very settled and rich countryside that exudes contentment.

Day 07: Trek to Yamphudin (2080m), 6 hours walk.
Down stairs through a cardamom plantation to a high bridge and then a gentle climb to the pretty and neat Limbu Mamankhe (1780m) where there are several teahouses with beds. Tea with real milk but no coffee. There is one steep climb afterwards in hot steamy conditions with little shade but welcome small waterfalls. We found lunch in a farmhouse2hrs after Mamankhe. One hour after Mamankhe it is possible to turn left on a higher route to Sherpagoan (2000m, upper Yamphudin), avoiding the descent to Yamphudin and reducing the amount of climbing and descent the next day. This route is on small tracks and includes crossing a grassy cliff at length with an exposed narrow trail where a mis-step would be fatal. If this is a concern govia Yamphudin. See more details on days 15 and 16 of north-to-south. Yamphudin (1692m) is smaller than expected but has several comfortable lodges. There is a TIMS and permit check here.

Day 08: Trek to Tortong (2995m), 6 hours walk.
Today we trek to Tortong and this day will long. We can stop for overnight stay at Lasiya Bhanjyang but there is very basic accommodation. And we have to check if it is open before we leave Yamphudin if not open, then we will need to continue down another 2-3hrs to Tortong. An early start makes the first climb, some in shade, less hot. Cross the Amji Khola and climb north to Dhupi Bhanjyang (2540m) and enjoy the forest views. Drop through ancient rhododendrons on a muddy track to a new swing bridge across the Amji Khola at 2340m then up the true right to a closed bhatti and camping area at Omje Kharka. From here, it is an unrelenting but pretty climb on good steps past a wooden seat chautaara, where the track comes in from the left from Sherpagaon, then 20mins later through a pasture marked as Chitre (2925m). Continue climbing on a stepped track in good condition through ancient rhododendrons to the welcome bhatti on Lasiya Bhanjyang (3415m; Lassi or Lamite Bhanjyang). If we decide on to stay overnight here we can climb through silver pines up the hill behind the bhatti for extensive views of our onward route. The trail drops to the grassy pass overlooking an immense landslip with a view of Mt Jannu (7711m, Kumbakarna) to the northeast, then climb about 150m above it and descend on a muddy zigzag through lovely ancient forest with maples turning yellow and the deciduous larch, a 9 feature of the Kanchenjunga. Cross the Simbuwa Khola and make a short climb to Tortong (2980m, Torontan) consisting of two good lodges with separate rooms, well-stocked shops with Snickers and Mars and even electricity. These lodges may be open from September-November and often February then March-May inclusive although if demand increases so too may the length of the season.

Day 09: Trek to Cheram (3870m), 5-6 hours walk.
Today a long way and tiring climb of 900m ascent beside the river, but this is one of the most beautiful walks, the changing sounds of the river, moss hung forests with huge pines and larches giving way to a huge range of rhododendrons, all mixed with various broad leafs turning with autumn. In warm sun with a following breeze there are few better places to be. Watch out for the grazing yaks, some are frisky. About 1hr finds a Yak Kharka where we may get a meal or tea. After another 40mins there is a new basic lodge at Anda Phedi, but closed in winter. Yaks from Yamphudin are taken for grazing by the track that heads up to Anda Pokhari from here. After 30mins there is a be flagged Buddhist and be-trident Hindu shrine with a snake shape in the rock, north of which there is supposed to be a prohibition on the killing. There is electricity and there are well-stocked shops.

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Cheram (3970m)
As it is vital to have acclimatization, today we take rest day in Cheram due to the elevation gain the previous days. We can walk towards Ramchaur to a lake with spectacular views and back again in an easy 5 hours and could easily have gone to Ramchaur. 16km on a rest day! You could also climb directly above Cheram, or just rest.

Day 11: Trek to Ramchaur (4580), excursion Okhardung (4730m) back to Cheram
Walk up through moss-hung pines and rhododendrons with a small clear stream, climb and cross a large loose gully and climb again into the seasonal yak pasture at Yalung. There follows a beautiful series of open ablation valleys, juniper, cinnamon-scented dwarf rhododendrons and moraines and lakes with the Kabrus, Rathong and Kokthang hanging above. Care will be needed crossing the many 10 frozen streams and seeps. Watch out for yaks, some are totally wild, and for herds of blue sheep. The hidden stone lodge of Ramchaur (4610m; Ramche) is beautifully located and open March-May and September-November but we ask in Cheram first at each end of these seasons. Climb the nearby moraine wall for Yalung Glacier and mountain views and watch for snow pigeons, flock of blue sheep.

Day 12: Trek to Selela Camp (4290m) 6-7 hours walk.
Today we connect our trek with to the north side Kanchenjunga via a wonderful traverse smelling overwhelmingly, at altitude in autumn, of the honey-cinnamon of dwarf rhododendron. The pass is remote and exposed to weather so consider a rest day in Cheram if the weather may spoil the views. The 800m climb above, Cheram has a reputation for steepness gained from those who have descended it. It is steep but firm underfoot and soon overcome. Climb to Sele La (4725m) in about 3 hours past two frozen tarns and one large cairn without flags. Descend a little and traverse right, gently up and down in lovely high pastures and scree with views as far as Makalu and even Everest. After about 1 hour, pass a left-descending track to the blue lakes Anda Pokhari and further down to Anda Phedi where there is now a lodge. Near here you can refill your water bottle from the only flowing stream. A short climb takes you to prayer flags and a stone heap on a distinct pass that people from Ghunsa call the Misisay La (4645m) after the death 20 years ago of a Tibetan and two yaks at this point. Continue traversing, noting Lion Rock on the ridge above, and reach the windy and prayer flag-strewn notch Mirgin La (4645m) after about 1.5hrs, from which the views of Jannu are as good as any available, together with Makalu, the long ridge of Chamlang and even a glimpse of Everest. Drop steeply into a boulder-choked valley with underground flowing water, eventually arriving in a classic cwm with the Selele Khola flowing crystal clear though the middle. Selele camp (4130m, Mani Bhuk).

Day 13: Trek to Gunsa (3595m), 4 hours walk.
A short walk of 4 hours, we continue the northern traverse on a narrow rocky trail to Selele La (4200m) with cairns and flags, continue circling with views down the Selele Khola, up to rocky peaks and rock falls, across to the Nangba La at 4795 meters which can be used to access Olangchunggola. Eventually there is a chorten and prayer flags named Tama La locally that mark the start of a steeper descent through old-growth rhododendrons, silver birch, silver pine and larches below towards Gunsa , a large clean village of traditional wooden houses set in larch and pine forest. In Gunsa; the houses are charming, with rocks holding down shingles on roofs, dark weathered pine walls, a forest of prayer flags and juniper burning in the morning. Yaks, dogs, goats and chickens roam the main street. Fresh milk and dahi (yoghurt) may be obtained in season. There are several lodges in Gunsa, some lodges claim having internet.

Day 14: Trek to Khangpachen (4100m) 5 hours walk.
Most people can climb to 3000m without getting altitude illness, but the altitude gain this day is about 750m, double the 300m per day advised for safety. Watch for signs of altitude sickness and be ready to rest if they develop. Consider using Diamox and remember that there are no clinics or easy communications in case of trouble. If you take a rest day in Khangpachen, there is a lovely side trip closer to Jannu. Take the obvious track up through Gunsa and cross a bridge, icy in the mornings. The autumn larches above are like sunlight along the Gunsa Khola in October-November, one of the highlights of many visits to Nepal. Gentle pleasant walking through larch, rhododendron, silver pine and cedar forest, with yaks coming down loaded with potatoes and the valley ahead blocked by the huge Jannu terminal moraine. After 3hrs cross a plank bridge to the true right, circle two big slips with significant rock fall danger and striking views of Jannu (7711m, Kumbhakarna) and climb steeply. Then stop and admire the best views of Jannu! Traverse and eventually cross a small stream into Khangpachen (4145m; Khambachen) with about 10-12 stone houses.

Day 15: Trek to Lonak (4785m), 4-5 hours walk.
Walk up passing the chortens above Khangpachen then steadily on the true right bank with beautiful icy rocky peaks all around, though big areas of sea-buckthorn that fruit prolifically in October but are not harvested locally. There are we have chances have spoting large flocks of blue sheep. At times there may be avalanche snow across the track that can make crossing streams difficult sometimes. The last 30mins traverses a loose and exposed gully wall at length, crosses a rude bridge and then a sandy plain to seven scattered huts of Lhonak (4792m). There is basic teahouse with a triple bed room, and two dark twin bed rooms This is a very atmospheric place, mountains walls about a plain of yaks, particularly at night when you seek the ‘open toilet’ – be careful what you shelter behind! Walk up towards the Lhonak Glacier for the afternoon but take your warm clothes.

Day 16: Excursion Pangpema, Kanchenjunga BC (4978m) and back to Lonak.
It is Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Excursion today taking you deep into the mountains with time to delight and acclimatize but glacial retreat is collapsing the moraine terrace, meaning that some sections require considerable care and there is an ever-present risk of stone fall. About two-thirds of the walk is on grassy terraces. The views of Kanchenjunga and the glacier are surprising. Again we may see more blue sheep, snow partridge and rock rabbits etc. There is a single hut in Pang Pema (5140m) which is open from September to sometimes mid-November and in April to May and sometimes March and serves noodles for lunch. A limited number of people could sleep inside. Pang Pema is generally regarded as the north base camp since it provides a complete view of the north face of Kangchenjunga, but it is possible to go further on deteriorating moraine walls – probably better to spend the time climbing the rocky ridge above Pang Pema for wider and wider views if you have the energy. Retrace your steps for a second night in Lhonak, generally it is windy after 10am into the up-valley.

Day 17: Trek to Gunsa (3595m), 6 hours walk.
A very delightful walk with full valley views of the golden larches in season. Retrace your steps down-valley to Khangpachen in 3-4 hrs taking care on the icy bits. Lunch is available, then on to Gunsa in another 3-4 hours, taking care on the two big slips which are now in the sun. The smell and sights of the forest are enchanting after the barren uplands. It is a 1600m descent today so watch your knees. You recommend taking trekking poles.

Day 18: Trek to Amjilosa (2510) 6-7 hours walk.
Cross the Gunsa Khola on a swing bridge near the Yak Hotel, turn left, pass the ancient Tashi Choding Gumba (which welcomes visitors but is usually locked) and climb to a memorial to the many wildlife people killed in an horrific helicopter crash near Gunsa in 2006. Look up right at the next bridge to the route to a yak hut just under Nango La (4795m), by which it is possible to reach the ancient village of Olangchunggola (3000m) in two days. This village is reputed to be the original village settled from Tibet more than 600 years ago but there is no accommodation at present. Descend through the Tibetan refugee village of Phale (3215m) after 1hr. This atmospheric village offers a glimpse of authentic Tibetan 13 culture with two active gompas, carpet-weaving and traditional lifestyle. It is pleasant day dominated by the awesome river and beautiful silver pines, blue spruce, rhododendrons and autumn larches. Two short steep climbs separated by a bridge bring you to Gyabla (2725m) for lunch. Make a very messy steep descent into thick bamboo forest, dark as night but reputed to harbour red pandas. Black bears have been sighted in broad daylight across the river. The stony track goes up and down in bamboo until a small farmhouse at 1.5hrs followed by a steep 45mins climb and traverse on a narrow exposed track until finally Amjilosa (2400m) is sighted across a large slip.

Day 19: Trek to Sekathum (1655m), 4-5 hours walk.
A beautiful day’s walking with many bridges. The track is close to the Gunsa Khola and is being steadily improved with newly-laid slabs in good order. Cross a bridge to the true left and at a big cave look across the river to see monkeys. Shortly thereafter cross to the true right on a new bridge. Eventually cross a new bridge to the true left again, pass a slip and cross again to the true right. After 30mins reach pass one lodge then reach the basic Hotel Handurung (5-6 beds) just downriver from the invisible Sekathum (1650m), we get there by lunch time. Relax in afternoon.

Day 20: Trek to Chirwa (1270m), 5-6 hours walk.
A long swing bridge crosses the Tamor River which drains the valley that contains Olangchunggola and the Gunsa Khola. The shortcut immediately left on leaving the bridge saves the climb through Lelep but is narrow and rough in places and climbs up to rejoin the main trail through Lelep. The cliffs across the valley have native honeycombs hanging in their sheltered places. Don’t cross the next swing bridge below on the left but climb up to regain the track through Lelep and continue on the true right for about 1hr. A broad stone path eventually drops to a flat and beautiful walk through rice, millet and buckwheat fields interspersed with cardamom plantations. Much of the track is in welcome shade. Cross to the true left at Tapethok (1322m) with a Kangchenjunga Conservation Area check post for those entering but not for those leaving the area. Turn right, sidle the river and eventually cross a landslip of truly immense boulders. In 30mins suddenly arrive in busy civilized Chiruwa (1185m) with pretty thatched houses, well-stocked shops and ISD/STD phones.

Day 21: Trek to Lingkhim (1460m), 4 hours walk.
There is a choice to take the upper trail towards Suketar rather than continue down the Tamor Nadi to Mitlung and climb up to Suketar. Either way would work and maybe the lower track is more straightforward and the guesthouse at Mitlung is one of the best on the entire trail If you intend to exit via Basantpur or Tumlingtar then you would continue south on the river at this point. Walk south below Thiwa for 45 mins to a swing bridge and immediately afterwards turn off the main trail and climb steeply for 30mins to a new tractor road. Follow this new road to the south, always looking for the shortcuts to cut off long zigzags. Lingkhim (1460m; Lingkham) is reached after only 3.5 hrs but is easy to miss as it is a spread-out hamlet. A school above the road is the sign you have arrived, with the sole guest house a little further on. This is on the outside of a zigzag, so if you shortcut that particular zigzag then you will miss it. This is important because if you fail to find this accommodation there is no other between Lingkhim and Suketar at this stage, although building suggests the situation is changing rapidly.

Day 22: Trek to Taplejung/Suketar (2420m), 5-6 hours walk.
Follow the tractor road and arrive in Mayam (2000m) where you may score noodle soup. Afterwards, cross a swing bridge below the road and, taking numerous shortcuts steeply up to avoid zigzags, reach another new road and shops on a pass. From here, follow the road direct to Suketar (2420m) in about 2.5hrs, circling and descending in the last stages. You can see Taplejung ahead and below. A tractor-trailer comes along this top road daily from Suketar and returns in the early evening but it is best not to rely on it. Treat it as a bonus if it happens and if you want a rough and dusty ride. Overnight in Suketar.

Day 23: Fly back to Kathmandu, overnight in Kathmandu
After breakfast take flight to Kathmandu. Rest and relax in afternoon in Kathmandu. Wilderness Excursion sends a private car or private van as per group size to pick from domestic airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 24: Rest, relax and shopping, overnight in Kathmandu
Conclusion your Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek from southside to north. This is free or spare day, you can spend it visiting UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites and magnificent Buddhist Monasteries in Kathmandu or last hour shopping for yourself and loved ones back home. Wilderness Excursion will provide farewell dinner in one of the authentic Nepalese Restaurant with Live music and cultural dance show.

Day 25: Fly back home or further destination.
Transfer to airport, Wilderness Excursion see you off and wish you a safe journey back home or further destination.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport pick and drop off by private car or van depending on group size.
  • 1 Government registered, experienced, English speaking local friendly guide. 
  • Assistant Sherpa guide to support group and help the potters as per group size.
  • All necessary Sherpa porters to carry your main pack and camping gear.
  • Kathmandu – Biratnagar by domestic flight.
  • Taplejung - Kathmandu by local bus
  • Daily 3 times meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Hot table drinks: tea, coffee, and hot chocolate during the trek.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trekking.
  • Lodge and camping accommodation and hot water during the trek.
  • All camping gear, tents, kitchen utensils, cook,
  • Kitchen staffs and necessary porters to carry camping gear and food.
  • Accommodation, food, salary, equipment and insurances for trekking staffs.
  • Kanchenjunga Restricted area permits.
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area entrance permit and TIMS Cards.
  • All local tax, vat and airport taxes for domestic flight,
  • Authentic Nepalese and Newari farewell dinner with live culture stage show.

 

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Hotel and Meals in Kathmandu except farewell dinner.
  • All bar bills and beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Laundry, toiletries, internet, phone calls and personal nature expenses.
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu (We can arrange it on your guest request)
  • Personal travel insurance, international air ticket, Nepal visa and phone calls
  • Personal trekking equipment and rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Any operating cost which arise due to a change of the tour, because of landslides, political trouble, and strikes etc.
  • Advance deposit transfer fee from your guest's home country to book the trek.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.

 

# Start Date End Date Status
1 30 Sep, 2017 24 Oct, 2017 Available book know
2 04 Oct, 2017 21 Oct, 2017 Available book know
3 12 Oct, 2017 04 Nov, 2017 Available book know
4 20 Oct, 2017 14 Nov, 2017 Available book know
5 17 Mar, 2018 11 Apr, 2018 Available book know
6 31 Mar, 2018 24 Apr, 2018 Available book know
7 06 Apr, 2018 30 Apr, 2018 Available book know

Permits

Foreign Trekkers should have Kanchenjunga restricted Area Permit for visiting the Kanchenjunga region. Also it is mandatory that you are trekking with a registered guide and a party of two or more. The fee is USD10 per person per week up to 4 weeks, thereafter USD 20 per person per week, and your trekking must be organized by a local trekking agency in Kathmandu. In addition you also need a Kangchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) entry permit which costs NPR 2000 (approx US$20) per person. It is possible to buy this at the Police Checkpoint in Taplethok though much easier to get beforehand in Kathmandu. You will need 4 photos per person for the permits and to show your passport (not a copy). Allow one day in Kathmandu to get the permits sorted. No TIMS Card (Trekkers Information Management System) require as you have Restricted Area permit.

Fitness and Experience Requirements

The trip is categorized as difficult as we will be travelling in high altitude for a long duration and cross a few Himalayan passes. Therefore, previous trekking experience, physical fitness and positive attitude are essential. It is always best to start jogging and exercising regularly at least a few months before the actual trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that we inform Himalayan Glacier about the medical condition before booking the trek.

Acclimatization

It is very important to acclimatize to the high altitude when trekking on higher elevations. This prevents AMS which could be fatal if we are not careful. During the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, we do a gradual ascent with a separate day set aside solely for acclimatization at Cheram. Crossing Lapsang La pass (5,108m/16,760ft) and Sinion/Mirgin La pass (4,663m/15,300ft) are the challenging sections of our adventure that require long hours of walking in high altitude.

How much does it cost

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Price depends on the group size, season, and the mode of tour. The cost we have offered USD 2599.00 per person is fully supported camping trek on minimum 2 pax group size or double occupancy basis. Single supplement will cost extra USD 475.00. Accommodation in Kathmandu will be twin sharing deluxe bed room basis with buffet breakfast in Samsara Resort. Accommodation on the way to trekking will be in tented accommodation and home stay basis.

Meals

If your trek is fully supported camping trekking with us our support team will serve you freshly and hygienically prepared meal by our chef or cook. If the trip is budget teahouse trek there are an exception of Daal bhat (The traditional Nepali set meal comes with boiled rice, lentil soup, fried vegetable and even pickles sometime), Tsampa, Rice, Potato, Noodles, Egg items, Chapati and Curries at most places, tea and coffee. Wilderness Excursion will manage more meals and menu like Porridge, Pancakes, Muesli, Corn Flakes, Milk, Momos, Spring Rolls, French fries and hot chocolate etc if the trek is like half camping and half home stay or lodged trek. There are very few shops and often stocks are limited to noodles, biscuits, toilet paper, tobacco and alcohol. Water, batteries and soap are not always available.

Kanchenjunga Trek Itinerary

Out of several Kanchenjunga Trekking Itinerary; on basis of time duration, interest, physical stamina, weather condition and budget best itinerary can be select and commence trekking in Kanchenjunga Himalayas. Major selected treks are Kanchenjunga South Trek, Kanchenjunga North Trek as well as Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek covering both Kanchenjunga base camps.

Best Time to Trek

Autumn months (September-November) and spring (March to May) are considered as the best seasons for Kanchenjunga Circuit trekking. There is better visibility of the landscape during these months, the rivers are lower and the temperature is cooler on the first few days of the trek.

Packing List and Equipment for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Footwear

  • A waterproof trekking boot with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek,
  • Trail shoes or trainer or casual shoes, for walking or strolling around(optional)
  • 2-3 Pairs of warm socks for colder areas depending on trekking duration.
  • Gaiters, in case of rain or snow
  • Sandal or flip flop to take shower and walk around,
  • 2-3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene Liner socks to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.

Leg wears

  • Trekking/hiking casual trousers and short, Thermal leggings for colder areas
  • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers and Waterproof trousers.

Body

  • Selection of hiking/trekking T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
  • Thermal and warm shirts, possibly fleece shirt for colder areas.
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Hard shell jacket with hood and hard shell pants if trekking in colder months/winter.
  • Windbreaker or waterproof jacket for higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights and mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)

Head/Hands

  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Warm gloves
  • Buff and higher and colder place, not very important for ABC Trek.
  • Large handkerchief/bandana for neck
  • head lamp/torch with spare batteries

Personal Trekking Equipment

  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters
  • Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag, Personal first aid kit to include essential items, Adjustable 3 section trekking pole
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag, Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary, towel and toiletries., rain cover for yourself and luggage, multi-purpose pocket or hiking knife.

Optional items

  • Binoculars, Books or an eBook, Altimeter, Compass and GPS.
  • Playing cards, backgammon and chess set etc.

For water

  • Two water bottles one liter each is fine or preferably camel bag water bottle. Water treatment tablets: Iodine, Dioxide tablets, Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste if necessary.

Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.

Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade,

Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
This above list is only an advice for you. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands. If you have questions please email at: info@wildernessexcursion.com

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek 2017 Review

We had an amazing 12 day trek to Annapurna Base Camp in April 2017. Our communication upfront with Pradip went very easy and we got some good information. We met up in Kathmandu to make the payment and we left for Pokhara as we want to spend few relaxing days there before starting the trek to Annapurna Base Camp. We met our guide in Pokhara before we leave and began the trek. Our guide did his very best to make sure everything was arranged well! We had an amazing time in Annapurna Base Camp; we would ...

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Trip Facts

  • Max. Elevation: 5180m
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Accommodation: Teahouse/Home Stay or Camping
  • Best Time: Sept- Nov, Mar - May
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax

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