Kanchenjungha Basecamp (North/South) Trek Kanchenjungha Basecamp (North/South) Trek

Kanchenjungha Basecamp (North/South) Trek
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Trip Grade : three star

Mt. Kanchenjungha (8,585 m), also known as the “Five Treasures of Snow”, lies in east Nepal and is the third highest peak in the world. It forms a natural border between Nepal and India. The Kanchenjungha Base Camp trek gives us an experience of the remote nature of this region, views of majestic snow clad mountains, diverse flora and fauna and the rich local culture of the people inhabiting the lower parts of this area.

This trek is a non-technical one and is suitable for even the average trekker. If you are moderately fit and have a sense of adventure then you qualify. This trek is guaranteed to leave an indelible imprint on your mind for a long time to come.

The trek, which takes us to both the North and South Base Camps of Kanchenjunga starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Suketar (Taplejung) via the Terai town of Biratnagar. From Suketar the trail travels north to Chauki and through the villages of Mitlung, Amjilassa, Ghunsa, Khambachen and Lhonak to Pangpema (5,140 meters), the Base Camp for expeditions attempting the North Face of Kanchenjunga and the culmination of the first part of the trek. En route, we get to enjoy panoramic views of Makalu (8,463 m) and Chamlang (7,319 m) peaks, a sea of unclimbed peaks, including Jannu (7,710 m), from Ghunsa and, finally, Kanchenjungha, Wedge Peak (6,750 m) the Twins (7,350 m), Pyramid Peak (7,168 m) and Tent Peak (7,365 m) from a vantage point situated a little above Pangpema.

On the second leg of our trek to the South Base Camp of Kanchenjunga, we retrace our steps back to Ghunsa and then take the southern route to cross Lapsang La pass (5,160 m) for the final approach to the Yalung glacier and the southern Base Camp from where an outstanding view of Kanchenjunga can be had. After having had your fill of the mountain vista, you begin your descent through villages and farmlands back to Suketar for your flight back to Kathmandu.


Day Itinerary Altitude Accomodation
01 Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. 1,350 m Hotel
02 Kathmandu (at leisure) 1,350 m Hotel
03 Fly to Biratnagar 1,840 m Tented camp
04 Fly to Suketar (Taplejung) 2,400 m Tented camp
05 Suketar to Furumba   Tented camp
06 Furumba to Chiruwa 1,240 m Tented camp
07 Chiruwa to Sakhathum 1,640 m Tented camp
08 Sakhathum to Amjilassa 2,430 m Tented camp
09 Amjilassa to Kyapra 2,730 m Tented camp
10 Kyapra to Ghunsa 3,340 m Tented camp
11 Acclimatization day at Ghunsa 3,340 m Tented camp
12 Ghunsa to Khambachen 3,960 m Tented camp
13 Khambachen to Lhonak 4,560 m Tented camp
14 Lhonak to Pangpema (North Base Camp) 4,960 m Tented camp
15 Rest day at Pangpema 4,960 m Tented camp
16 Descend Pangpema to Khambachen 3,960 m Tented camp
17 Khambachen to Ghunsa 3,340 m Tented camp
18 Ghunsa to South Base Camp via Lapsang La (5,160 m) 4,430 m Tented camp
19 Base Camp to Yelung glacier/Yak Kharka   Tented camp
20 Yak Kharka to Tseram 3,900 m Tented camp
21 Tseram to Lamite Bhanjyang   Tented camp
22 Lamite Bhanjyang to Yamphudin   Tented camp
23 Yamphudin to Kunjari   Tented camp
24 Kunjari to Suketar 2,400 m Tented camp
25 Fly Suketar to Kathmandu via Biratnagar 1,350 m Hotel
26 Kathmandu (at leisure) 1,350 m Hotel
27 Transfer to airport for international departure    


Spring 2017 April 01


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