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Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga Trek

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Kanchanjunga Trekking
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Trip Facts

Duration : 21 Days Max-Altitude : 5,065 m Program Type : Tea House Best Season : Sep to Jan, March to Aug Per Day Walking : 6/7 Hours Trek Grade : Grade 3:

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

Mode of Travel : Flight/Land
All price inclusive
$ 2000 $ 1780

Overview

Kanchenjunga Trek 21 day itinerary

Kanchenjunga trek is one of the Nature trails trekking part of Nepal. This trek takes you to Kanchenjunga’s North and South Base Camps in Nepal, It is only the trekking trail that leads to the Base Camp of the world’s third-highest mountain Kanchenjunga Himal. Kanchenjunga Mountain is located in a remote region of Taplejung District and One of the most rewarding treks in Nepal’s Himalaya is the Kanchenjunga trek, The trek follows Nepal’s mountainous border with India Sikkim-Darjeeling and Tibet.

The Kanchenjunga trekking route was first opened in 1988 for foreigners to trek in this region. Mt. Kanchenjunga Himal is the world’s third-highest peak, standing at 8586 meters above sea level. And there is a Kanchenjunga conservation area which was established in 1997 covering a land of 2,035 km. Until 1852, Kanchenjunga Trek was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world. On May 25, 1849, Joe Brown and George Band a British expedition summited Kanchenjunga top. The Kanchenjunga summit cost is $23,800 per person approximately in the current time for a 50-day itinerary. We know it’s difficult to climb mountains 8,586 M above sea level and it’s costly too.

In the past, Kanchenjunga base camp was only Accessed by camping and organized treks. You can now stay in tea houses and do a tea house homestay trek. However, accommodations and meals aren’t as good as on the Annapurna base camp and Everest trek.

There are few Sherpa peoples inhabitants villages in this area who have their own traditional cultures and languages with their mother tongue. Most of the people in this area are Rai, limbus, Tamang, and Gurungs. 

Kanchenjunga base camp trek length

It requires great fitness to complete the Kanchenjunga trek (220 km), which takes three weeks between walking with a backpack. Many of the paths are rocky, and there are a few long hills as well. It may be necessary to use short ropes around the base camps when traversing rocky terrain. The purpose of these is to assist people over short, rocky sections. However, climbing skills are not required for the trek, 

Wildlife Hub

khambachen and Lonak are wildlife hotspots of the region, with many mountain animals living there. You can see groups of Blue sheep, Himalayan Thar, and Himalayan birds, Danphe, Monal, and Chilime.

There are about 303 species of migratory and native birds in Kanchenjunga, according to a book published by the Kanchenjunga Area Conservation Council. Two species of birds are critically endangered worldwide. Besides the 266 lakes, the area has several glacial ponds as well.

The book also mentions seven snake species, four lizard species, 15 amphibian species, and 21 fish species. Bitter fish are native to the region. Furthermore, there are 83 species of insects and 844 species of flowering plants in the area. Moreover, Chauri (Yak), one of the jewels of the Himalayas, can also be found here.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit trek takes you through terraced fields, picturesque villages, green forests, along a ridgeline of Rhododendron forests, Chauki, and Gupha Pokhari. The most beautiful place to see rhododendrons blooming in the spring is Gupha Pokhari. The trail is relatively easy, and the highest pass is Sinen-La at 4,646 meters; during Sinen-La, there are mostly ascents and descents.

Toilets in Kanchenjunga trek

During your Kanchenjunga trek, you should not expect comfortable toilets (western toilets). Only some hotels have western toilets, and most teahouses have pan toilets with no toilet paper. Bring your own toilet paper or buy it from the same tea house.

Temperature

This trek’s ultimate distance is 5065 m in height at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, so you can expect minus temperatures at North Base Camp during your Kanchenjunga trek. Ensure that you have the type of equipment list in the blog for your Kanchenjunga trek, such as a sleeping bag for -25C. Remember, a quality sleeping bag makes your trip, and a poor sleeping bag makes your trek.

Nepal wilderness trekking Guide team guides and porters are very familiar and experienced with the Kanchenjunga trekking trail. Our primary goal is to make the trek a lifetime memory for our customers/ trekkers.

Ghunsa Town

Gunsa is a small village on the way to Kanchenjunga south base camp and the Kanchenjunga guest house, run by Mr. Himali Chungdak, was a wonderful experience. His family was very accommodating to us and his guest house was a wonderful experience. The place had a hot shower and charging facility, fancy hotels, warm hospitality, a variety of foods, clean bathrooms with western sanitation, and a pharmacy set up by the YANGJUM sherpa. Usually, trekkers rest here before reaching base camp.


 

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Kathmandu to Bhadrapur flight and drive to Taplejung 1,820 m overnight at Lodge
  • Day 02: Taplejung to Chirwa 1,250 m 6-7 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 03: Chirwa to Sukethum Japantar 1500 m 5-6 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 04: Sukhethum, Japantar to Aamjilasa 2,400 m 4-5 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 05: Aamjilasa to Gyabla 2,750 m 5-6 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 06: Gyabla to Ghunsa 3,430 m 4-5 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 07: Acclimatization day in Ghunsa and side trip 3,430 m 4-5 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 08: Ghunsa to Khambachen 4,050 m 5-6 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 09: Khambachen to Lonak 4,800 m 5-6 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 10: Lonak to Pangpema/ North Base Camp and back to Lonak 5,200 m 3-4 hours of hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 11: Lonak to Ghunsa 3,430 m 5-6 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 12: Ghunsa to Selele La 4,480 m 5-6 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 13: Selele La to Cheram via 2 high passes Mrigen-La & Sinen-La 4,646 m 7-8 hours hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 14: Cheram to Ramche 4,580 m  4-5 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 15: Ramche to Yalung South Base Camp back to Cheram 3,870 m 2-3 hours hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 16: Cheram to Trotong 3,000 m 4-5 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 17: Trotong to Yampudin 2,080 m 7-8 hours hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day18:  Yampudin to Khebang 1,915 m 5-6 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 19: Khebang to Khandime 1,500 m 6-7 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 20: Khandime to Birtamod by a local bus 300 km 9-10 hour drive overnight at Lodge
  • Day 21: Fly back to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur 1,300 m 45 minute

Cost Included

  • Hotel- domestic airport- hotel by car.
  • Kathmandu to Bhadrapur by air, and Bhadrapur to Kathmandu by local bus,
  • Lodge accommodation
  • Meals three times a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • Tea and coffee three times a day.
  • Kanchanjunga special entrance permits.
  • One English speaking guide and one porter.
  • Guide’ porter, food, lodge, air, bus transportation, salary, insurance, equipment etc.

Cost Excluded

  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Hard and soft table drinks such as coke, Fanta, mineral water, hot shower, dessert, etc.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Rescue operation charge.
  • Tips for guide & porter

Reviews

Kanchenjunga Trek 21 day itinerary

Kanchenjunga trek is one of the Nature trails trekking part of Nepal. This trek takes you to Kanchenjunga’s North and South Base Camps in Nepal, It is only the trekking trail that leads to the Base Camp of the world’s third-highest mountain Kanchenjunga Himal. Kanchenjunga Mountain is located in a remote region of Taplejung District and One of the most rewarding treks in Nepal’s Himalaya is the Kanchenjunga trek, The trek follows Nepal’s mountainous border with India Sikkim-Darjeeling and Tibet.

The Kanchenjunga trekking route was first opened in 1988 for foreigners to trek in this region. Mt. Kanchenjunga Himal is the world’s third-highest peak, standing at 8586 meters above sea level. And there is a Kanchenjunga conservation area which was established in 1997 covering a land of 2,035 km. Until 1852, Kanchenjunga Trek was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world. On May 25, 1849, Joe Brown and George Band a British expedition summited Kanchenjunga top. The Kanchenjunga summit cost is $23,800 per person approximately in the current time for a 50-day itinerary. We know it’s difficult to climb mountains 8,586 M above sea level and it’s costly too.

In the past, Kanchenjunga base camp was only Accessed by camping and organized treks. You can now stay in tea houses and do a tea house homestay trek. However, accommodations and meals aren’t as good as on the Annapurna base camp and Everest trek.

There are few Sherpa peoples inhabitants villages in this area who have their own traditional cultures and languages with their mother tongue. Most of the people in this area are Rai, limbus, Tamang, and Gurungs. 

Kanchenjunga base camp trek length

It requires great fitness to complete the Kanchenjunga trek (220 km), which takes three weeks between walking with a backpack. Many of the paths are rocky, and there are a few long hills as well. It may be necessary to use short ropes around the base camps when traversing rocky terrain. The purpose of these is to assist people over short, rocky sections. However, climbing skills are not required for the trek, 

Wildlife Hub

khambachen and Lonak are wildlife hotspots of the region, with many mountain animals living there. You can see groups of Blue sheep, Himalayan Thar, and Himalayan birds, Danphe, Monal, and Chilime.

There are about 303 species of migratory and native birds in Kanchenjunga, according to a book published by the Kanchenjunga Area Conservation Council. Two species of birds are critically endangered worldwide. Besides the 266 lakes, the area has several glacial ponds as well.

The book also mentions seven snake species, four lizard species, 15 amphibian species, and 21 fish species. Bitter fish are native to the region. Furthermore, there are 83 species of insects and 844 species of flowering plants in the area. Moreover, Chauri (Yak), one of the jewels of the Himalayas, can also be found here.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit trek takes you through terraced fields, picturesque villages, green forests, along a ridgeline of Rhododendron forests, Chauki, and Gupha Pokhari. The most beautiful place to see rhododendrons blooming in the spring is Gupha Pokhari. The trail is relatively easy, and the highest pass is Sinen-La at 4,646 meters; during Sinen-La, there are mostly ascents and descents.

Toilets in Kanchenjunga trek

During your Kanchenjunga trek, you should not expect comfortable toilets (western toilets). Only some hotels have western toilets, and most teahouses have pan toilets with no toilet paper. Bring your own toilet paper or buy it from the same tea house.

Temperature

This trek’s ultimate distance is 5065 m in height at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, so you can expect minus temperatures at North Base Camp during your Kanchenjunga trek. Ensure that you have the type of equipment list in the blog for your Kanchenjunga trek, such as a sleeping bag for -25C. Remember, a quality sleeping bag makes your trip, and a poor sleeping bag makes your trek.

Nepal wilderness trekking Guide team guides and porters are very familiar and experienced with the Kanchenjunga trekking trail. Our primary goal is to make the trek a lifetime memory for our customers/ trekkers.

Ghunsa Town

Gunsa is a small village on the way to Kanchenjunga south base camp and the Kanchenjunga guest house, run by Mr. Himali Chungdak, was a wonderful experience. His family was very accommodating to us and his guest house was a wonderful experience. The place had a hot shower and charging facility, fancy hotels, warm hospitality, a variety of foods, clean bathrooms with western sanitation, and a pharmacy set up by the YANGJUM sherpa. Usually, trekkers rest here before reaching base camp.


 

  • Day 01: Kathmandu to Bhadrapur flight and drive to Taplejung 1,820 m overnight at Lodge
  • Day 02: Taplejung to Chirwa 1,250 m 6-7 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 03: Chirwa to Sukethum Japantar 1500 m 5-6 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 04: Sukhethum, Japantar to Aamjilasa 2,400 m 4-5 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 05: Aamjilasa to Gyabla 2,750 m 5-6 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 06: Gyabla to Ghunsa 3,430 m 4-5 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 07: Acclimatization day in Ghunsa and side trip 3,430 m 4-5 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 08: Ghunsa to Khambachen 4,050 m 5-6 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 09: Khambachen to Lonak 4,800 m 5-6 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 10: Lonak to Pangpema/ North Base Camp and back to Lonak 5,200 m 3-4 hours of hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 11: Lonak to Ghunsa 3,430 m 5-6 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 12: Ghunsa to Selele La 4,480 m 5-6 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 13: Selele La to Cheram via 2 high passes Mrigen-La & Sinen-La 4,646 m 7-8 hours hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 14: Cheram to Ramche 4,580 m  4-5 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 15: Ramche to Yalung South Base Camp back to Cheram 3,870 m 2-3 hours hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 16: Cheram to Trotong 3,000 m 4-5 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 17: Trotong to Yampudin 2,080 m 7-8 hours hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day18:  Yampudin to Khebang 1,915 m 5-6 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 19: Khebang to Khandime 1,500 m 6-7 hour hike overnight at Lodge
  • Day 20: Khandime to Birtamod by a local bus 300 km 9-10 hour drive overnight at Lodge
  • Day 21: Fly back to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur 1,300 m 45 minute

Cost Included

  • Hotel- domestic airport- hotel by car.
  • Kathmandu to Bhadrapur by air, and Bhadrapur to Kathmandu by local bus,
  • Lodge accommodation
  • Meals three times a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • Tea and coffee three times a day.
  • Kanchanjunga special entrance permits.
  • One English speaking guide and one porter.
  • Guide’ porter, food, lodge, air, bus transportation, salary, insurance, equipment etc.

Cost Excluded

  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Hard and soft table drinks such as coke, Fanta, mineral water, hot shower, dessert, etc.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Rescue operation charge.
  • Tips for guide & porter

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