Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking is an ideal trekking route for those some of the remote regions of Nepal. Mt. Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world with a height of 8,585 meters and situated in the northeastern part of Nepal on the border of Tibet, China and India. Kanchenjunga is an amazing area with its unique mountain ecosystems is envisioned as a Tri-national peace park with Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of China to the north and Sikkim of India in the east. The area is secluded as a conservation park by the Nepal Government which is called Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.
The lowland shares something out of this region although there are few good mountain views. Once the trek reaches the high country south of Kanchenjunga, the mountain scenery is some of the most exciting in the world. The Kanchenjunga region is the residency of the Limbus. Rais and Limbus dominate the region east of the Arun River. Limbu men wear a tall cap to recognize, a Nepalese cap is more colorful than worn by other Nepalese. The ethnic Limbu & Rai culture, High Himalayan scenery always stand by for you to greet in this regional trek whenever you have decided to trek there, Passing through some of the country's most pristine oak and rhododendron forests brings you to harsher high terrain. Crossing the Mirgin-La pass at 4725 meters, it gives you views of Makalu, Chamlang and Everest. In the next step, you will pass the Kanchenjunga glacier, and finally, you will be rewarded with an incredible, close-up view of Kanchenjunga Peak as you already approached the Kanchenjunga Base Camp at Pang Pema. Whilst exploring the surrounding area you will also see a panorama of Wedge Peak, The Twins, Pyramid Peak, Janu Himal, and Tent Peak. You could not find tea houses all the place, so a camping trek is a must need for the Kanchenjunga base camp trek.
The journey to Kanchenjunga's southern base camp begins by traveling through typical hillside terraced villages. On the trail, the breathtaking viewpoint of Oktang (4730 meters) offers views of Kokthang (6148 meters), Rathong (6678 meters), the Kabru Range, the Kanchenjunga Range, and Jannu (7710 meters). There are more communities, with Ghunsa (3475 meters), a beautiful Tibetan Buddhist village, being one of the largest in the region's higher valleys.
Only Kambachen (4225 meters) and Lhonak (4815 meters) are higher-altitude seasonal communities than Ghunsa. Pangpema (5150 meters), located at the valley's end, with 360-degree views of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters), Kangbachen (7903 meters), Ramtang Peak (6601 meters), Taple Sikhar (6341 meters), Nepal Chuli (6910 meters), and Kirat Chuli (7365 meters).
You will stay in lodges and tea houses during the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, and the food will be traditional Nepali fare like dal bhat, chapatti, vegetables, and potatoes. Some of the tea houses also serve western cuisine including pizza, burgers, and noodles. Snacks, energy bars, and other goods are also available in neighborhood stores.
The best time of year to trek Kanchenjunga Base camp in Nepal is during the spring and autumn months. These seasons offer the most favorable weather conditions and the least amount of snow.
Namaste & welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain guide Treks (MGT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition with Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check in, if time allows, you will visit MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants and for final preparation for the trip. It all depends upon your arrival time. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
The day after breakfast we will start sightseeing tour with our professional tour guide to the several of most historical and spiritual Place in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered the World Heritage historic Sites such as Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. After come back from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek leader and other team members. Mountain Guide Trek will brief you regarding your trek as well as we may have an opportunity to discuss any difficulties regarding our upcoming adventure. Rest of the time you could use for travelling around the Thamel and shopping of needed equipments and other necessaries. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
30 minutes flight to Taplejung at Suketar Airport. The porters and crew will be waiting for our arrival. After landing we take an early lunch, while the staffs are arranges our languages than 2-3 hours walk along the ridge line to Lali Kharka, (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
We descend to the village of Pakora along the Phawa Khola, crossing a suspension bridge before beginning the steep climb up towards Kunjuri. Lunch will be taken somewhere below Kunjuri. The afternoon's walk takes us on a short distance over the crest of the ridge to our campsite at Khesewa. We get our first views of Kanchenjunga, and should be able to clearly make out the south and main summit along with Yalung Kang. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
Today the path toward to hillside through terraced fields high above the Kabbeli Khola. There are some ups and downs crossing side valleys but there are many shady spots to rest. After lunch, we pass the village of Anpan, before descending to cross the Kashawa Khola and finally, we climb again through terraced fields to the village of Mamankhe. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
Today the walk starts with an easy climb to Yamphudin along a track which contours the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. The trail has several ups and downs as we cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides. Generally the route is flat and the river finally becomes level with the trail, a couple of hours before Yamphudin. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
Beyond Yamphudin the trail ascends a steep spur, a gentle introduction for what will come. Leaving villages behind us trek through pleasant forest, stopping for lunch in a meadow capturing fine views of the north and south. A steep descend to the river an interesting bridge across the Omje Khola to our campsite in Chitre. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
Started the day with 3 hours of steep ascent to the crest of the Deurali Danda in dense forest most of the way. We descend across some steep and exposed areas before entering the forest again. The sharp descent through beautiful forest continues down into the valley of the Simjua Khola. Across the 'interesting' wooden bridge is Tortongn, (Overnight at tented camp on a full board basis)
Today we follow the river through more beautiful forest, the conifers giving way to the rhododendron forest. The valley climbs fairly steeply, with the day progressing the trees become more stunted and scattered, giving us glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead and the massive snout of Yalung Glacier, Just before Tseram the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong peak start to peep over the moraine. Camping at Tseram, (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
The day's walk up the final 600m to Ramche where the trail to Kanchenjunga South turns dangerous, the scenery is magnificent as we ascend past the snout of Yalung Glaciers into a series of ablation valleys, which gives easy walking and good camping. A frozen lake, clear streams and views of Koktang, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of this stroll. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
Today we spend acclimatizing to high altitude. Explore around the Ramche, Yalung Glaciers and a series of valleys, give good walking and perfect camping. A frozen lake, clear streams and magnificent views are the highlights of this stroll. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
We trek down to the valley, passing the turn off to the high and challenging Labsang-La route to Ghunsa and the north side of Kanchenjunga. This pass is rough and dangerous, especially for porters so we take the more southern set of passes, beginning with the Mirgin-La. After an initial steep climb and several false summits we reach Mirgin-La. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
We start the trail from more passes, there is little descent between them, so in effect, it is a high scenic area. After lunch, the descent brings us to Lamba Sumba Kharka, where there are more views of the awesome Southwest Face of Jannu. From Kharka the going is easy again down a pleasant forested trail to the village of Ghunsa, where we camp in the village. Ghunsa is a picturesque Tibetan village; prayer flags flutter from the wooden houses and there are two monasteries, a welcome sight after the many days of wilderness. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
Slowly the trail ascends the south of the Ghunsa Khola and crosses flood plains while emerging on a pasture situated at the north side of the river. A steep climb to a slope from where it crosses a slide and then descends to Lakepo, A short climb from here to the village of Kambachen (4040m), (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
A gradual climb through rocky fields gets you to Ramtang at elevation of 4240m then crossing northwest of the Kanchenjunga Glacier you reach Lhonak. Lohnak is on a sandy plain near a dry Lakebed. You will camp between the boulders here to stay out of the wind. There are beautiful mountain vistas all around. Water is very scarce in Lhonak and you will need to use only as much as absolutely necessary. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
The main Kanchenjunga peak is only visible from Pang Pema, which is the base camp for expeditions on Kanchenjunga. From Lhonak, the trail gradually ascends across the plain but soon gets steeper as it follows the moraine. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
Today those who would like to take a morning hike up a ridge, north of Pang Pema. A climb of 200m/300m providing a great vantage point with views of Kanchenjunga, Wedge Peak, the Twins and Tent Peak As usual the descent goes faster and you can reach Kambachen the same day. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
More descents thru magnificent sections of forest as long as we make Amjilosa tomorrow, From Ghunsa an hour down us pass through Phone, a village in two parts. The upper section houses Tibetan refugees who are well established, the second is the winter village of Ghunsa. Further down is Yangswa, a great and warm camp. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
Initially, we pass thou beautiful forest opening out to steep, grassy hillsides where Amjilosa is perched. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
First, towards a downhill than a short climb, we begin the steep descent that will take most of the day. We reach the joining of the Tamur and Ghunsa Khola. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
Beginning our trek we reach to the Simbu Khola, which originates from Kanchenjunga's south base camp, the Khola that we followed up from Torontan. It is pleasantly warm at these low altitudes and cardamom grows freely in the moist shaded forest. Crossing numerous small tributary streams we reach Chhirwa, a village set among large boulders. We camp in a field out of the village. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
Traversing in an out of minor valleys, we pass Thru a succession of picturesque villages on our way to Suketar, will be at Suketar around late afternoon. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
Enjoying your last hint of the mountains you have recently visited one last time on the 35 minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
Today is your leisure day, if interested you could buy some gifts from Nepal for your friends and relatives, you will visit some nearby shops or venture at Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too. If enthralled to explore some other areas of Kathmandu you could take some more time to do that today! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration "Farewell dinner" at a traditional Nepalese restaurant with Mountain Guide Trek staff for the successful completion of the Kanchenjunga base Camp trek! (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
Today is the last day in Nepal for this trip; you are saying good bye to the mountains as the journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Mountain Guide Treks will take you to the airport.
Kanchenjunga Base camp is less visited than other trek routes in Nepal because it is a more remote and challenging trek. Additionally, the area is home to the endangered snow leopard, so access is restricted and it is often closed to tourists.
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