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Kanchenjunga North / South Base Camp Trekking

‘in the heart of world’s 3rd highest peak’

Activity
Trekking
Trip Destination
Nepal
Trip Location
Kanchenjunga
Trip Basis
On Camping basis
Trip Grade
Adventurous
Highest Elevation
5,065 m
Total Trip
27 / 28 days Kathmandu-Kathmandu
Season
All season except mid June to August
Highlights
Trekking in the heart of world’s 3rd highest Mt. Kanchenjunga 8, 586 meters from Himalayan mediterranean climate, alpine to arctic climate zone awesome scenery of world’s highest peaks view the rare Khangsung (North East) face of Everest and of Mt. Makalu, amazing traditional Buddhist culture of the Highlanders ‘Sherpa’ sweeping scenic flight both ways with parallel views of snow capped peaks, the only trek that leads you to both North / South Base Camps.
Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition offers an outstanding exotic destination Kanchenjunga North / South Base Camps, where you will be surrounded by awesome high peaks within its amazing landscapes from both side of high alpine and moraine valleys.
 
On this trek Kanchenjunga North / South Base Camps you can marvel the scenery from Mt. Everest (8,848m / 29, 028ft) Lhotse (8,516 m-24,940 ft), world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu (8,463 m / 27, 766 ft) Baruntse (7,160 m), and both side of world’s 3rd highest Kanchenjunga with many other smaller unnamed peaks.
 
Kanchenjunga North / South Base Camps one of the fascinating and adventurous trek with a traverse of high passes crossing three passes of Miring La, Tamo La and Sinion La of over 4, 200 meters passes.
 
Kanchenjunga North / South Base Camps adventure starts with a flight to south eastern close to India border at Bhadrapur, Jhapa and then drive towards the alpine area and vast tea gardens of Ilam, to reach at Sukhetar with a small airstrip in Tumlingtar on the warm sub-tropic area on the shelf of Kabili Khola River, this awesome trek concludes back at Sukhetar with a drive to Ilam and back to Jhapa for the flight to Kathmandu, the trek is moderate in the beginning and to adventurous where all types of travelers can join in this wonderful walking journey and the time duration taking just a little more than two weeks in the comfort of warm cozy camping along the route. 
 
Kanchenjunga North / South Base Camps is least visited destination as it is located in the Far North East Himalaya of Khumbakarna range of mountains east to Everest and Makalu range, one of the most unique journeys leading from mediterranean of mid hills to arctic landscapes and climate zone, all these drastic change in temperature found only in the high valleys and mountains of high hills and valleys of southern Himalaya area with dramatic change in vegetations and its awesome scenery.
 
This trek leads through many traditional Rai, Bhotias and Sherpa villages famous as mountaineers and warm hospitality and has been a high altitude porters and guides since last five decades.
 
This remarkable trek starts from Sukehtar after the drive through Ilam and flight from Kathmandu at Bhadrapur, Sukhetar at Taplejung town the gateway to Kanchenjunga and eastern Tibet area and then over to amazing Tserm visiting the South base camp and over the passes to reach at Lhonak and Pang- Pema with rest day for proper acclimatization and then heading higher to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp through the scenic spot over glacier and moraine with tremendous views overlooking top world’s highest peaks from Everest, Lhotse, Makalu to Khumbukarna range of mountains to reach our destination at world’s 3rd highest Kanchenjunga North base camp at over 5, 130 meters and then climb up to view points for more panorama, and then slowly ending this beautiful and awesome trekking via an alternative route towards Amjilasa and Mitlung to reach at Taplejungvalley and back to Ilam and Bhadrapur for the scenic sweeping short flight back to Kathmandu for your international flight after a memorable time with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition trekking Kanchenjunga North / South Base Camps.
Day 01:      Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:      Fly to Bhadrapur 3000 m and drive to Ilam town - 04 hrs.
Day 03:      Drive to Sukhetar via Kabeli Khola trek to Lali Kharka 1,900m.
Day 04:      Trek to Khesewa Bhanjyang 2,100m - 05 hrs.
Day 05:      Trek to Mamangkhe 2,030 m - 06 hrs.
Day 06:      Trek to Yangphudin 2,150m - 06 hrs.
Day 07:      Trek to Chitre 2,880 m - 06hrs.
Day 08:      Trek to Simbua Khola 3,000 m - 07 hrs.
Day 09:      Trek to Tseram 3,770m - 05 hrs.
Day 10:      Trek to Ramche 4,360m via Lapsang – 06 hrs.
Day 11:      Rest day at Ramche for acclimatisation and optional walk.
Day 12:      Trek back to Tseram - 05 hrs.
Day 13:      Trek to near Tamo la 4,300 m - 05 hrs.
Day 14:      Trek to Ghunsa, 3, 480 m - 06 hrs.
Day 15:      Trek to Kangbachen 4,000 m - 05 hrs.
Day 16:      Trek to Lhonak 4,780 m - 05 hrs.
Day 17:      Trek to Pang Pema 5,065m -04 hrs.
Day 18:      Rest day at Pang Pema for local exploration.
Day 19:      Trek to Kangbachen 3,900m - 06 hrs.
Day 20:      Trek to Phole 3,100 m - 05 hrs.
Day 21:      Trek to Amjilassa 2, 500 m - 07 hrs.
Day 22:      Trek to Tapethok 1, 300 m - 06 hrs.
Day 23:      Trek to Mitlung 1,550 m - 06 hrs.
Day 24:      Trek to Suketar 2,440 m - 06 hrs.
Day 25:      Drive to Biratamor or Bhadrapur via Ilam - 06 hrs.
Day 26:      Fly to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur and transfer to hotel.
Day 27:      In Kathmandu with optional sightseeing tour.
Day 28:      Depart Kathmandu for international departure.
 

Extension trip within Kathmandu and beyond:


Para Gliding - Bungy Jumping - Cannoning - Rafting at Upper Sun-kosi
(Bhote-kosi) Trisuli River-Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park or tours in Kathmandu-Bhaktapur & Patan ( Lalitpur)
 
For more information and trip details please contact us:

Trip basis:                    On Camping basis.
Trekking grade:           Adventurous
Trekking duration:                24 / 25 days.
Highest elevation:                 5,065 m at Pangpema at base camp
Total Trip:                    27 / 28 days Kathmandu-Kathmandu.
Seasons:                        All season except mid June to August.


Day 01:     Meet in Kathmandu after arrival from international flight.
Rendezvous in Kathmandu where you will be joined with other members of the trekking team on reaching respective hotels, our guide or group leader will brief information regarding your trekking with do’s and don’ts.
 
 
Day 02:     Fly to Bhadrapur 240m and drive to Ilam 1,460 m - 04 hrs.
As per the flight time transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for the scenic flight to Bhadrapur, one of the most amazing experience, with parallel views of of mountain range, starting from Langtang, Jugal, Gaurishanker, Everest, Makalu to Kanchenjunga range of mountains on this 45 minutes flight, on reaching at Bhadrapur which is located on the south eastern Gangetic plain of Nepal near the border of India. Here our staffs will meet and transfer you with an interesting drive to a nice mid hills town at Ilam.
 
Day 03:     Drive to Sukhetar 04 hrs trek to Lali Kharka 1,900m - 04 hrs.
Starting the day with another morning drive to begin this wonderful adventure to Kanchenjunga base camp, journey continues to Sukhetar at Taplejung area the drive takes about 04 hrs on the jeep track, after reaching at Suketar our first day walk begin towards a small village of Lali Kharka at 2,260 meters.
 
The first portion of the trek is gradual with undulating winding path through the dense forest of pines and rhododendrons trees; the high hills trail from here follows a nice ridge route and then approaching the high hills and into a forested area, which gradually descends to our first overnight camp at Lalikharka, on a nice farm field with a stunning views of Kanchenjunga in the distance.
 
Day 04:     Trek to Khesewa - Bhanjyang 2,100m - 05 hrs.
Morning walk leading downhill through farm villages and maintained fields and terraces, around here the villages are mostly Hindu origins, a mixture of Brahmins, Chettris and the Kirat tribes of Rai's and Limbus who also practice Hinduism and as well their own old traditional culture respecting natural spirits.
 
After reaching Tembawa village, then walking downhill towards Phawa khola, crossing Phawa khola coming to Pokora village, the trail from here leading unto terraced farm fields, and finally crossing a bridge, then climbing steeply to Kunjari a mid hills village, from here walking into a mixed forest then climbing up to a small farm village at Khesewa- Bhanjyang , with superb views of Kanchenjunga and Yalungkang peaks.
 
Day 05:     Trek to Mamangkhe 2,030 m - 06 hrs.
Journey begins descending after leaving this nice farm village towards farm area with rice and millets terraced, then entering a forest area to Nandeva khola, after crossing this stream, walk leads downhill along the river, then reaching a high hill with a climb into forest to reach at Lopoding village, from here the walks leads to ups and down until the walk reaches at Fun Fun a small settlement, from Fun-fun ridge top offers magnificent panorama of Khumbakarna Himalaya  range with Yalung and Mt. Kanchenjunga.
 
After marveling the views descend again through farm terraced, then start climbing on a gradual uphill for an hour to Pomppe Dhada on the crest of a ridge with awesome views of Mt. Jannu in the distance.
 
From this high spot on the downhill path to Khesewa khola, then crossing a suspension bridge with a last climb of the day through terraced fields to reach Mamankhe village for overnight stop.
 
Day 06:     Trek to Yangphudin 2,150m - 06 hrs.
Morning walk begins with a gentle climb, skirting around the ridge to a level path that leads to Dekadin village. From this village walk leads along the right bank of Kabeli khola (stream) climbing from 200-300 meters high above from the river bed towards mountain trail, walking on the winding path around several ridges and small streams, then descending on stone steps towards Kabeli khola, leaving the river our trek leads to a climb passing through farm fields and villages, after a good walk of the day reaching a remote farm village at Yamphudin for overnight camp.
 
Day 07:     Trek to Chitre 2,880 m - 06hrs.
From Yamphudin village walking along the left bank of Kabeli khola, crossing a tributary stream of Omje khola and then starting a climb up to Dhupi Bhangyang into a wide open grassland, from the top of this small ridge a steady downhill through the deciduous forest to Omje Khola.


Journey continues through rhododendron forest, and coming to an exposed ridge to our overnight camp at Chitre, a small settlement with only few huts.
 
Day 08:     Trek to Simbua Khola 3,000m - 07 hrs.
After a nice morning at Chitre, starting our journey towards Ramite Bhanjyang on the steep uphill through magnolias, rhododendron and bamboo forest then reaching at Ramite a place with a single hut, from here walk leads to a climb in a rhododendron covered uphill, then passing to a small pond on the right as it reaches Ramite Bhanjyang at 3,430 meters.
 
After a break and admiring picturesque view of Mt.Jannu, walk leads to about 150 meters climb through dense forested area with rhododendron, pines and oaks trees with view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Khumbhakarna and Kabru peaks in between the tree lines. From here walk is on gradual downhill to the riverbed of Simbua Khola for overnight camping.
 
Day 09:     Trek to Tseram 3,770 m - 05 hrs.
Morning walk follows river banks passing a bivouac caves, then walking along the right bank of Simbua Khola heading along the mountain flank on the forested area of rhododendron and pine trees, then reaching at Wahta with a single hut, then crossing a stream along the path the views of the mountains are obstructed in this thick forest, but our walk continues coming to a gravel ground, trekking past this area leading to a shrine with a large boulder with a serpent shaped like, after leaving the forested area route leads towards a riverbed again, then with a climb to Tserem for our overnight camping with several roofless bivouac caves a shelter for the porters, just in front views of Yalung glacier and Kabru 7,353 m and Talung 7,349 m peaks.
 
Day 10:     Trek to Ramche 4,360m via Lapsang - 05 hrs.
After a lovely morning here at Tserm walk leadse to a descent towards Simbua Khola riverbed, from here leading to a climb up on terraced hills arriving at Yalung Bara with single stone hut, this hut marking the end of the forests with mountain trail ahead towards Yalung Glacier ablation zone.
 
From here leading to a climb for an hour with rest of the walk on gentle trail as the tree line ends at Yalungbar with fabulous views of of Kabru, Rathong and Kokthang, the walk stops around this lovely area for overnight camp.
 
Day 11:     Rest day at Ramche for acclimatisation and optional walk.
Today a rest day after a week of good hard trekking, morning after breakfast an optional hike to explore Kanchenjunga South Base Camp with nice and clear views of Yalung Glacier and Mt. Kanchenjunga South Wall, the walk takes about two hours at an altitude of 4,600 m. This place was the classic route and the first British Expeditions to climb the summit of Mt. Kanchenjunga in 1955 from here great views of Talung and Kabru Peak, after a nice pleasant hike with awesome panorama return back to Ramche for overnight.
 
Day 12:     Trek back to Tseram - 04 hrs.
Retrace the journey back to Tserm, starting with downhill most of the way to and back to tree lines and enjoying the views along the way to Tseram for overnight stop.        
 
Day 13:     Trek to Tamo la 4,300 m - 05 hrs.
Morning begins with a descend through Yalungbar with short steep up then crossing a river with gradually walk through the forest, from here it leads to a climb on the steep uphill for an hour and reaching two small glacial ponds, then from here a hard walk up and down to cross three passes of Miring La, Tamo La and Sinion La.
 
The first section of the journey leads to climb for an hour to the ridge top of the pass with great view of Kabru peak and Mt. Kanchenjunga. From Miring La, the trail goes gently down and then up to Sinion La at 4,500 m. From the top of the pass awesome views of Mt.Makalu, Mt. Baruntse, and Chamlang peaks looking towards North West, after the great scenery the trail descends gently to Tamo La at 4,500 m and from here again a super views of Khumbhakarna Himalaya range of mountains after a great scenic walk heading downhill to the overnight camp.
 
Day 14:     Trek to Ghunsa 3,480m - 06 hrs.
From here onwards heading towards North Kanchenjunga Base Camp, morning  walk starts with a gradual walk then with a steep downhill for an hour through rhododendron and pines forest, the downhill continues till it reaches a level ground near Ghunsa River, from here walking on a pleasant and gradual path towards Ghunsa village, which is inhabited by a large Bhotia ethnic tribe of people of Tibetan origin community with stone houses and neat small farm village, overnight camp is set near Ghunsa village.
 
Day 15:     Trek to Kangbachen 4,000m - 05 hrs.
Starting the day with an strenuous uphill climb up along the river side looking around several wonderful cascading waterfalls as the morning walk progress, from here on coming towards Yak herders along the walk, which depends upon grazing time season.
 
The walk continues from the right bank of Ghunsa River, through rhododendron and pines forest, and then slowly ascend to Rambuk Kharkas crossing a small glacier landslide sections, walk continues with amazing views of Khumbukarna Himal and Janu Himal and other high snow capped mountains, then leaving the tree lines behind towards barren landscapes with only sparse vegetation of  junipers and Burberrys bushes , after Rambuk Kharka, climb through a large landslide area with a excellent views of Khumbakarna's Himal North Face.
 
The walk form here leads to gentle descend to Kangbachen for overnight stop and this valley, which is dominated by Mt. Sharphu 7,070 meters and just in the opposite side lies the huge North face of Mt. Janu and Wedge peak.
 
Day 16:     Trek to Lhonak 4,780 m - 05 hrs.
After a lovely time with awesome scenery, morning walk follows above the river for an hour and then heading towards North East, the path leads down to the river and then climbing on the boulder track leading to a terminal moraine of Kanchenjunga glaciers, after Ramtang Kharka (a Sheppard huts and shades) the path leads to Kanchenjunga glacier, then crossing at the junction of Lhonak and Kanchenjunga glacier then reaching to our overnight camp at Lhonak with stunning views of Mera, Nepal Peak and Wedge Peaks.
 
Day 17:     Trek to Pang Pema 5, 065 m - 05 hrs.
Today our journey leads to our final destination to Pang Pema the North Base Camp of massive Mt. Kanchenjunga, morning walk leading to climb high above the river with superb views of Kirat Chuli, Nepal Peak, Taple Sikhar, and Givegela Chuli. The first section of the uphill climb is gradual and then heading unto a boulder trail, walks continues between a grassy slopes and glacier path up towards North Base Camp to our highest overnight camp of this impressive and remarkable adventure, around these area chances of seeing some wildlife a herds of blue sheep's and some mountain antelopes, if lucky the elusive rare Snow Leopards.
 
Day 18:     Rest day at Pang Pema for local exploration.
The final and highlight destination of this magnificent trip, today a free and rest day for optional hike or either rest at Base Camp and marvel the surrounding beautiful scenery or climb up to Pang Pema Peak 5,800 m for more panoramic mountain views, the climb to the Peak is a mixture of boulders, moraine and grassland. From the top rewarded with mind blowing views of Kanchenjunga, Kumbhakarna, Makalu, Cholotse, Sharpu, Drohma, Nepal Peak and range of other snow capped peaks.
 
Day 19:     Trek to Kangbachen 3,900 m - 06 hrs.
After the most memorable and fabulous time at Pang Pema and Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, morning walk leads to a long descend with few short climb and the retracing the journey back by the same route to camp at Kambachen.
 
Day 20:     Trek to Phole 3,100 m - 06 hrs.
After the most memorable and fabulous time at Pang Pema and Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, morning walk leads to a long descend with few short climb and the retracing the journey back by the same route to camp at Ghunsa, after crossing Ghunsa Khola the walk is pleasant through the pine forest to a very interesting Sherpa village of Phole.
 
Day 21:     Trek to Amjilassa 2,500m - 07 hrs.
Our journey continues with a descend coming across rich vegetation and back to tree lines, through mix forest of bamboo and rhododendrons.


Before Gybala village walk is about half hour steep climb, then on the bank of Ghunsa River, walk gently climbs and with down hills for an hour and leading to a steep up and down again for two hours through the forest and finally reaching open grassland at Amjilassa, a small Sherpa village with overnight camping on a nice grassy field.
 
Day 22:     Trek to Tapethok 1,300 m - 06 hrs.
From here onwards getting back to lower altitude back to farm land and more villages, morning walk begins with a gradual trail and then descending through open grassland to Ghaiya Bari and Sekathum villages, from Sekathum crossing Ghunsa and Simbhu Rivers then following Tamur River to reach our overnight camp at Tapethok village of Limbu (Subba) Kirat ethnic tribe people.
 
Day 23:     Trek to Phoram 1,650m - 06 hrs.
After this Limbu village of Tapethok, journey continues on the left bank of Tamur River and to Chiruwa village, then walking for an hour through the several farm villages, walk leads to an uphill through mix forests of rhododendrons, oaks and pines trees, after leaving the forest the walk gets better on the pleasant trail then reaching to our overnight stop at Phoram village, this is fairly a large and neat village with afternoon time for walk around this pretty village of Phoram.
 
Day 24:     Trek to Suketar 2,440 m - 05 hrs.
Today, the last day walk of this awesome journey and adventure to Suketar, after a great time at Phoram village, walk leads to many villages and through enchanting cool forest of the mid hills, the people around are of mix race, the walk is a steep up for couple of hours and with a gradual and pleasant walk all the way to Taplejung village at Suketar for overnight stop. This village with an airstrip that flies to Biratnagar and Kathmandu, due to unpredictable and with only few flights we are using the flight from Bhadrapur than from this place to be safe and on time with our itinerary schedule.

Day 25:     Drive to Fickal or Bhritamod / Bhadarpur.
After a grand time up in the hills and mountains, morning starting with an interesting and scenic drive leads on the rough jeep track to Ilam town and onwards to Fickal town which is near to the border of Darjeeling a hill station in India famous for teas and as well Illam area, the drive leads through interesting vast sea of tea-gardens and rolling hills till Fickle town is reached, as per the time permits, we continue drive towards main highway that connects East & West Nepal at Dhirtamod or Bhardrapur town to make it easier for the next day flight back to Kathmandu.
 
Day 26:     Fly to Kathmandu from Bhadarpur and transfer to hotel
If its overnight at Fickal or Bhirtamode a short drive of an hour to Bhadrapur airport, depending upon the flight time board on the plane for a scenic and awesome panorama of mountains all the way to Kathmandu, which takes about 45 minutes, arriving in Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff will transfer you back to respective hotels with rest of the afternoon free for shopping or individual activities.
 
Day 27:     In Kathmandu with cultural tour at places of interest.
This day reserved a free day in case of flight delay due to bad weather conditions, and one can join for sightseeing tour at leisure, depart hotel for few hours in our interesting cultural tour of heritage sites as Kathmandu valley is full of world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquake.
 
The  tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath ( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, afternoon free at leisure for individual activities.
 
Day 28:     International departure for home ward bound.
After a great memorable time and experience with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.

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