Kanchenjunga( BC) Treak

Kanchenjunga( BC) Treak

Tour Info

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  • Nepal
  • 22 Nights, 23 days
  • Medium to Challenging.
  • 4,980 meters (Tsergo Ri)
  • Sightseeing and Trekking
  • March to May and late September to early December.
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu

Overview

 

This is a very challenging trek in the north-eastern region of Nepal. It traverses the remote and rarely-trodden path area of Nepal, passing through beautiful meadows, far-flung settlements, picturesque farmland and rugged landscape. As the trail is in complete    wilderness, the chances of   meeting foreign  trekkers    are very few. The walk begins from Suketar Airport – a small STOL airfield in Taplejung district – and progresses to south base camp of Kanchenjunga – the third highest mountain on the old – first and then to the northern base camp. We will be welcomed by enthralling scenery and pristine nature on the very first day of our trek. We pass through beautiful villages   like Yamphudin,   Ghunsa While the   lower part is inhabited by Limbus – an ethnic group of eastern Nepal, the upper part is home to Wolung   people who practice Tibetan Buddhism. The trek offers us breathtaking   views of   several   mountains  peaks   including   Kanchenjunga and its four satellite peaks, and Makalu and Everest, among others,   to the west.    This is the   perfect trek   for those who   are looking to be in the lap of the Himalayas but want to avoid the traffic of Everest and the Annapurna regions.

 

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

 

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m).

 

Welcome to Nepal. Our representative will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. If you land in Kathmandu before lunchtime, you will have time to explore the Kathmandu Valley. Begin your walk with a visit to Thamel – the tourist hotspot in Kathmandu. You can see thousands of businesses here, ranging from  hotels to   tour operators, handicraft shops to eateries, massage parlors, and what not, spread over an area of less than 4 sq km! Next stop is Ason bazaar – the ancient marketplace of Kathmandu which is always brimming  with   shoppers   looking for vegetables to spices, traditional Nepali attires to latest fashion accessories.   Continue   walking   toward   Kathmandu Durbar Square – a UNESCO World Heritage site – where you can see scores of ancient monuments which are rich in wooden, stone and metal crafts. If you have pre-trekking shopping to do, Thamel is the best place. You can find almost anything here. O/N: Hotel.

 

Day 2: Leisure Day for Trek Preparation.

 

This is the leisure day designed for trek preparation. If you are interested, sightseeing trip can be arranged for you. Or you can  simply   relax in your   hotel   and be   prepared for   your adventurous while we complete permits and other formalities for you. O/N: Hotel.

 

Day 3: Fly to Taplejung; and trek to Lalikharka (2315m) – Approx 4 hrs.

 

Catch an early morning flight to Taplejung – the easternmost district of Nepal. The flight offers you an opportunity to catch views of   Himalaya peaks glittering in   morning sun.   We land at the   STOL airfield in Suketar (2300 meters). Here, we   meet our crew and have lunch as our loads are arranged. Taplejung   Bazaar is the district headquarters of Taplejung district and you can see different schools, government offices, and police officer here. After lunch, we start out trek. We climb to a small ridge into a forested area, and   descend to Lalikharka.   Kharka   means pastureland in Nepali dialect. Lalikharka is a beautiful pastureland, offering the view of Kanchenjunga. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 4: Trek to Kande Bhanjyang (2170m) – Approx 6 hrs.

 

We resume our walk after breakfast and descend to Tambawa village. We pass by sparse settlements and beautiful terraced fields through the village of Pakora, and arrive at our   lunch   point at   Pawa Khola   River.   There is also swimming spot nearby where we can cool down ourselves. After lunch, we cross the Pawa  Khola on a   suspension bridge and start climbing toward Kunjuri. We continue our walk to the top of the ridge. The ridge offers view of Mount
Kanchenjunga and all its satellite peaks. After enjoying the view, we descend to our campsite at Kande  Bhanjyang. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 5: Trek to Mamangkhe (1850m) – Approx 6 hrs.

 

The day begins with a descent to a small settlement of Kheswa. From here, the trail is steep   through   terraced  fields above the Kabeli Khola. There is plenty of up and down today. We can get beautiful views of Ratong and Kabru as well as the south face of Jannu from the trail. We have lunch at a terraced field near a village called Phonphe   Danda. After lunch, we descend to Kheswa Khola and the cross the river using a suspension  bridge. A short   climb though terraced
field will take us to our campsite at Mamangkhe. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 6: Trek to Yamphudin (1700m) – Approx 6 hrs.

 

The trail today moves up and down on the hillside above the Kabeli River. We cross many ridges and small  streams today as we descend to the river bank. We have lunch at a place called Bhainsi Bhir. After lunch, we continue our walk and descend to the river bank. From here, we make a gradual climb to top of a ridge.   The trail then passes  through terraced fields, suggesting that the village of Yamphudin is nearby. Yamphudin   is the   last   permanent  settlement
on this trail. There is also a police office here. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 7: Trek to Lasiya Bhanjyang (3410m) – Approx 7-8 hrs.

 

We bid adieu to Yamphudin village and embark on a long ascent to the top of Deorali Danda   ridge (3,292 meters) which takes around four hours. The path is winding and uphill through rhododendron bushes. From here, we walk again to the top of another ridge named   Lasiya   Bhanjyang   where   we stop   for the   night.   Our campsite offers breathtaking views of Jannu which suggests that we are getting closer to the mountain. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 8: Trek to Torongtan (2870m) – Approx 4 hrs.

 

We leave our camp and make gradual descent toward Simbuwa Khola. Initially, we will  have to   negotiate   a small landslide-prone section which requires extra care. After the landslide, however, the trail re-enters the forest and we gradually descend to the banks of Simbuwa Khola. A walk of about an hour on the banks takes us to a wooden bridge, using which we cross the river into a place called Torongtan where we stop for the night. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 9: Trek to Tseram (3730m) – Approx 5 hrs.

 

We walk on the lower Lalung valley today  on the   right   side of   the river. The   valley is   thickly   forested   with rhododendron and pine. We follow the river toward its source in Yalung Glacier. But as the walk progresses, trees  look stunted. The trail, in some places, offers mesmerizing views of snowy mountains. The walk is easy as we walk     on the river bed until the moraine of Yalung Glacier comes into our view. We can also see views of Talung (7,349m), Kabru (7,338m) and Rathong (6,678m), among others. Tseram is a grassy spot some 500 meters north of the river bank. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 10: Trek to Oktang, South Base Camp (4780m), and back – Approx 9-10 hrs.

 

We will start early in the morning today as we will be walking to the  southern base   camp of   Kanchenjunga   and      come back to our camp. The trail is steep for the first hour and more or less become straight with  gentle slope   till     our destination i.e. the Oktang Glacier. We will make an excursion to the South Base Camp to get better  views   of      the south face of Kanchenjunga. Beyond a place called Marché (4580m), the glacier turns northward and a walk of about an hour from here will take us to a place that offers us the entire south and west faces of Kanchenjunga. After    a walk of another one hour, we will reach to the moraine of Yalung Glacier and then to a shorten from where we can get breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga Main (8,586m), Yalung Kang (8,505m) and Kambachen Peak (7,903m). Then we make a return journey to our camp at Tseram. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 11: Rest Day in Tseram.

 

Today, we will have a deserving rest day after a grueling trek to the Southern Base Camp yesterday. We need rest also because we are crossing three passes tomorrow to reach Ghunsa. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 12: Cross Three Passes of Sele La and Trek to Ghunsa (3280m) – Approx 10-11 hrs.

 

Another long and testing day today as we will be crossing three passes to reach the beautiful village of Ghunsa. You hit the steep trail in front of Tseram itself. An ascent of around two hours will take us to a small lake Chhuchung Pokhari which always looks frozen. Another short walk and we will reach the top of Sinelepcha Pass (4730m) – the highest of the three passes and also the most difficult one. But views form the top are rewarding. We can have 180 degree views of various snowcapped mountains to the north, and series of hills and curvature of the earth to the south. Sinelepcha Pass also divides two watersheds of Simbuwa and Ghunsa rivers. We will enjoy superb views throughout the trek and this is one of the highlights of this trek. After crossing two more passes, we make a descent of around two hours, with the Kumbhakarna massif towering above us, through pine and rhododendron forest to reach Ghunsa village. Ghunsa is a small village with 30 odd houses and a police office. There is also a Tibetan monastery. The village is inhabited by Wolung people. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 13: Rest Day in Ghunsa.

 

Today we take another rest day in Ghunsa before we embark on the second leg of the trek to the northern base camp. We can spend the day exploring the village and visiting the monastery. Or we can do short hiking around the village.
O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 14: Trek to Kambachen (3930m) – Approx 5 hrs.

 

We leave Ghunsa village and start our walk toward Kambachen. The trail goes   along the   Ghunsa     Khola   through juniper and rhododendron forest. We also pass through chhortens and mani  walls,   thanks to the locals'   faith     in Buddhism. The moraine of the Jannu glacier can be seen ahead of us, but the Jannu peak is nowhere nearby. Once   we reach the moraine, we cross the river using a small bridge and reach a beautiful pastureland   going by   the name Rhambuk Kharka. From where, we can get views of   mountains   like   Phole,   Saobithonge and the   majestic Jannu    rising above the moraines. We continue on the trail for some more time   before   descending to the beautiful village       of Kambachen. Our campsite at Kambachen provides suberb view of Jannu which is also known as Kumbhakarna.
O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 15: Trek to Lhonak (4570m) – Approx 4-5 hrs.

 

 

The trek to Lhonak is relatively easy. We continue   our walk up   the northern   bank of the river. After negotiating a rocky field, the walk is on grassy area. If you are lucky, you can see Blue Sheep on this part   of the   walk. We can see majestic peaks unfold in front of us one by one. We reach Ramtang after a walk of about three hours from Kambachen. Nepal Peak, Tent Peak and Wedge Peak, among others, come into our view as  our walk   progresses   toward Lhonak. Our campsite at Lhonak is on a grassy plain high above the Kanchenjunga glacier opposite WedgePeak.  O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 16: Trek to Pang Pema, Northern Base Camp (4900m); return to Lhonak – Approx 8-9hrs.

 

We will start the day early as we will be trekking to the northern base camp and returning to Lhonak on the same day. We follow the moraine of Kanchenjunga Glacier and move toward Pang Pema. We can have beautiful views of Nepal Peak, Tent Peak,  Pyramid   Peak and   Sharphu   peaks as we   progress toward the    base camp.    The north faces of Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang look impressive. Pang Pema is located on a grassy  ledge above the glacier opposite the north face of Kanchenjunga. It offers panoramic views of the surrounding area. We can see prayer flags fluttering all around. After short excursion of the area, we will start descending to our camp at Lhonak. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 17: Trek to Ghunsa – Approx 8 hrs.

 

Today, we make a leisurely downhill walk to Ghunsa. After having lunch at Kambachen, we follow the river banks of Ghunsa Khola and a walk of around an hour will take us to Ghunsa. Ghunsa will look familiar to us as we spend two nights here before climbing toward the northern base camp few days ago. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 18: Trek to Gyabala (2725m) – Approx 6 hrs.

 

We cross the Ghunsa Khola and walk along the river. The walk is pleasant as the trail pass through rhododendron, pine, birch and bamboo forests. We can see mani walls at different places along the trail, signifying the area's rich Buddhist heritage. We will have early lunch today at Phale – a small settlement on the trail – and hit the trail again. Right after Phale, we need to negotiate a rather long stretch of landslide. But the walk is safe as there is not falling of stones. The last leg of the walk is through lush forests. A walk of around three hours of Ghunsa, will take us to Gyabala with few tea houses and lodges. We can see lush greenery around us with waterfalls cascading down far in the distance. We can experience easy breathing here, implying that we are coming to lower altitude now. O/N: Lodge.

 

 

Day 19: Trek to Serkathum (1650m) – Approx 7-8 hrs.

 

Today, we make a gentle downhill for around two hours, followed by a steep climb of around one and half hours. The trail then flattens and we make a gentle walk and downhill to Ghunsa Khola for about two  hours. We will have lunch at Anjilasa and continue our walk. After a   walk of about an   hour and half, we enter a dense   forest   and cardamom farming area. We follow Ghunsa Khola until Serkathum. The village of Serkathum lies near   the confluence   of three rivers which form the Tamor River – one of the tributaries   of the mighty Saptakoshi River   which   drains   into the Ganges. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 20: Trek to Tapethok (1320m) – Approx 3 hrs; drive to Suketar – Approx 4 hrs.

 

Last day of our trek! A gentle walk of around two hours will take us to the road head at Suketar. After lunch, we take a waiting 4WD and drive to Suketar. Today, we will have time to explore the marketplace in Suketar. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu.

 

Today, we bid adieu to the Kanchenjunga Region and fly to Kathmandu. We  enjoy last   views of the   peaks from our aircraft seat as our plane flies toward Kathmandu. Upon landing at the airport, board a waiting vehicle and check into your hotel. O/N: Hotel.

 

 

Day 22: Contingency Day in Kathmandu.

 

Free day in Kathmandu! You can enjoy the day shopping for  souvenirs for your   friends   and families   back   home. Sightseeing trips can be arranged on request. Or you can simply take a stroll in Thamel or other nearby market places. We will enjoy a typical Nepali dinner today with live cultural  performance as   we cap our   Nepal   visit.   O/N: Hotel.

 

 Day 23: Departure.

 

Last day in Nepal! Our representative will escort you to the airport for your return flight.           

 

                                                                          ***Trip Ends***

    Price Includes

  • Airport Pickups and Drops in a Private Vehicle
  • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) During the Trek
  • Teahouse Accommodation During the Trek
  • An Experienced Trekking Guide with Trekking Porter and Sherpa.
  • All Necessary Permits.
  • Government Taxes and Our Service Charges
  • First Aid Kit

    Price Not Includes

  • Purely Personal Expenses
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Travel,Health insurance
  • Bar and Beverage
  • Hot Shower in TeaHouse
  • Laundry
  • Travel Helth Insurance
  • Tipping/Tips (Expected)

Trip Highlights:

 

  • Visit both Kanchenjunga base camps — North and South
  • Views of all five peaks of Kanchenjunga massif
  • Breathtaking views of Makalu and Everest to the west
  • Crossing of High Passes, glaciers, high alpine meadows,
  • Trek to the Buddhist land not trodden by many
  • Beautiful culture and tradition of Limbus in the lowland, and Wolungs in the highland
  • A true trekking experience in the wilderness

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