Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

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Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek examines the world’s third tallest mountain with expeditions to  both the north and south base camps. This Kanchenjunga trek is a true wilderness adventure. As the path ascends, spectacular views of notable mountains are available. It is situated on the border of Sikkim in far-eastern Nepal. The Kanchenjunga conservation area is home to a diverse range of fauna and a high level of biodiversity. Inside the Kanchenjunga Conservation Region, you will be encircled by unparalleled natural splendor against the backdrop of the magnificent Himalayas. The tour will take you through some of the region’s most beautiful glacier valleys and concealed scenery. It’s a staggeringly beautiful trek that gets you through old lush greenery to see some of the world’s highest peaks, including Kanchenjunga, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, among others. The Kanchenjunga hike is still regarded as the best introspective trekking destination in the world by trekkers.

The journey begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, from where  you can fly or drive to Suketar Airport in Taplejung. The alternative option is to start from Tumlingtar, which will compensate for the lengthier trip in this area. You can access this place by a flight from Biratnagar. The trail descends from Taplejung to Mitlung until it reaches Sekathum, where it branches off into the Ghunsa river valley. The Ghunsa river flows through Pang Pema, the northern base camp, and then to KBC. 

Cliffs, luscious forests, rhododendron woodland, and breathtaking mountains make up the panorama along the journey. Return to Ghunsa before heading south to the south base camp. You can either go to Ramche and then visit the south base camp for the day. Then, you go down to Tortung for a steep descent, leaving the mountain panorama behind. On the Final Day, the trail traverses through rough terrain to return to Taplejung through lush forests. There are several alternatives for this section of the journey, and because roads and lodging options in the area change frequently.

The best time to start the KBC trek is in the spring (March to May). Rhododendrons are in full bloom this time of year and maybe found across the valley. Trekking is also popular in the autumn (September to November). Hundreds of tourists visit the region because of the pleasant weather and beautiful scenery. The KBC trek is moderately difficult, requiring adequate physical strength and endurance to complete. Because high altitude sickness is common in these areas, it is critical to acclimate and rest the body. Until the mid-1980s, this area was off-limits to hikers. The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area now protects the area, and a special trekking permit is mandatory.

Trip Highlights

  • Discover Nepal’s less-traveled eastern Himalayan highlands.
  • Explore the region’s spectacular biodiversity as well as the incredible glacial lakes.
  • Uncover the world’s third tallest peak in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga.
  • Highlands cultures that have remained unspoiled by civilization
  • Exploration of the beautiful mountain wilderness in peace.
  • Views of the mountains and the surrounding area are breathtaking.
  • Visit the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area to see the abundant wildlife such as snow leopards, red pandas and so on. 
  • Explore the trekking pathway of the stunning Arun valley.
  • An incentive to understand about diverse cultures, customs and traditions of local people.
  • Explore the spectacular mountain range of Kanchenjunga along with Kambachen, Everest, Jongsong, Lhotse, Makalu, etc.

How difficult is Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek? 

Although no prior hiking experience is required, the trek to KBC is moderately strenuous. Beginners who can rapidly adjust to the difficult conditions in the area will like this hike. The hike is appropriate for both novice and experienced hikers in good physical shape. Hiking up and down the uneven terrain with sharp icy slopes for over two weeks, averaging 5 hours per day, requires physical strength. Balancing cardio and strength exercise is critical for increasing strength. As a result, the journey will run smoothly. Most experienced climbers prepare for such a challenge in advance. The scenery along the way is just stunning. Pushing on at a greater altitude will result in AMS symptoms, thus it’s advisable to stop and adjust in the villages. To counteract any risks, oxygen tablets might be employed. As a result, existing altitude safety practices will need to be updated. 

Best Season For Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek 

Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the finest times to visit KBC. Rhododendrons in bloom may be seen throughout the valley, putting on a spectacular spectacle. The skies are beautifully clear and the temperature is mild during this time of year. The monsoon season (June to August) is not a good time to go trekking. Because the trails are damp and slick, ascending and descending the terrain is dangerous. 

The weather is quite chilly during the winter months (December to February), making this walk difficult to complete. . The passes may be closed due heavy snow and snowstorms. As a result, most visitors avoid the KBC trek during the winter. Many locals will go to lower elevations, and teahouses will close, leaving just camping as an option, which will be exceedingly chilly.

Accommodation and Meals 

Originally, camping was only available in KBC, but now there are more cheap teahouse itineraries that take you past breathtaking Alpine views, historic woodlands, great wildlife, and right through the heart of ancient traditions and communities. You will be facilitated in a good and clean humble trekking lodge on a dual basis during the hike. The accommodations are simple and inexpensive, with all of the necessary amenities such as a twin bed with a nice mattress and blankets. A variety of dining alternatives, including local delicacies, are offered. The staff is cheerful, and the villagers offer warm welcome.

 


Trip Details

  Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 2: Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive to Ilam.
  • Day 3: Drive from Ilam to Taplejung
  • Day 4: Taplejung to Chirwa
  • Day 5: Trek from Chirwa to Lelep
  • Day 6: Trek from Amjilosa to Lelep
  • Day 7: Amjilosa to Gyabla
  • Day 8: Gyabla to Ghunsa
  • Day 9: Day of acclimatization
  • Day 10: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen
  • Day 11: Acclimatization Day
  • Day 12: Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak
  • Day 13: Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Day Trip
  • Day 14: Lhonak to Ghunsa
  • Day 15: Ghunsa to Sele Le
  • Day 16: Sele Le to Cheram
  • Day 17: Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Day Trip
  • Day 18: Cheram to Torongding
  • Day 19: Yamphuding to Khebang
  • Day 20: Khebang to Khamdine
  • Day 21: Drive from Khamdime to Bhadrapur
  • Day 22: Flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu
  • Day 23: Departure

Itinerary

    • After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be escorted to your hotel.

    • After breakfast, you will be transported to the airport. The short flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur takes you over the Kathmandu Valley and neighboring hills. Following your arrival in Bhadrapur,  we’ll then drive to Ilam.

    • We drive through terraced fields and hills in the morning to reach Taplejung, where we will spend the night. We’ll then spend the rest of the day exploring the town. Many gompas can be found, as well as a variety of sceneries.

    • The walk begins with a primarily downhill descent. Before continuing, we stop in the village of Sinwa on the banks of the Tamor River for a rest.

    • This is a seven-hour hike that takes us past Tapethok and into the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Before crossing a suspension bridge and ascending to Lelep, we get our permissions examined here.

       

    • Today’s hike takes you through waterfalls and over suspension bridges. At the Sherpa settlements, we spend the night. Then we make our way to Amjilosa village.

    • After breakfast, we set off on a journey through bamboo, rhododendron, and oak forests. After lunch, the trail takes us up through the dense forest and across a wooden bridge to Gyabla, where we spend the night, taking around 4 hours.

    • Today, the route continues into the forests, passing through Phale Village, a winter community. We take a walk about the village and use this day to recuperate and prepare our bodies for the next leg of our journey. You can receive phone and internet service at this location.

    • In Ghunsa, we take advantage of the opportunity to unwind and acclimate. The vistas of Jannu Peak from the ridge are well worth the 5-hour round journey.

    • We arrive at a green glacier valley after ascending a pleasant path. The trail continues for another 4 hours, passing via a waterfall on its way to Kambachen.

       

    • We take advantage of the opportunity to acclimate our bodies to the altitude. Today we can ascend another ridge with spectacular views of Kanchenjunga.

    • The trail today mostly follows the Kanchenjunga Glacier’s moraine. The path leads along the west bank of the river, then up to the Rohtang Kharka, The Lhonak Glacier’s terminal moraine and river approach from the north, but they only pose a small stumbling block to accessing the level sandy and grassy plains at Lhonak.

    • From the Kanchenjunga Glacier, we headed off on a gentle ascent via moraine. We relax here for a while, enjoying the peace, and surrounding mountains at Base Camp. We spend the night in Lhonak.

    • We arrive at Kambachen Village for lunch after trekking through moraine, then continue east along the Tamor River.  We return to Ghunsa and spend the night there.

    • The trail takes us through a forest and over a grassy slope from which we can see Ghunsa and Phole settlements in the distance. 

       

    • This morning, we go early to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. The trail takes us along a ridge to Sinelapche La pass after crossing the Sinion La pass. The views of Mt Kanchenjunga and its valley from here are breathtaking. We follow a short track down to Cheram, the only settlement we come across on this trip. We’ll spend the night here.

    • Today’s trip takes us to Ramche, where we’ll have lunch before continuing to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. We return the same way we came and spend the night in Cheram.

       

    • The trail passes through a gorge and is primarily downward. However, the final stretch is a hard ascent through woodlands. Until we reach Torongding, where there are a few teahouses, there are no settlements.

    • Now that we’re back at a lower elevation, walking is a lot easier. On our journey, we pass through picturesque villages and terraced farms. We will travel on to Khebang, where we will spend the night.

    • This is the last day of our hike because we will be driving to the airport tomorrow. 

    • We drive to Bhadrapur for ten hours. We may enjoy a full dinner and relax in a comfortable hotel for the night when we get to Bhadrapur in the evening. 

       

    • After reaching Kathmandu, you will be transported back to your hotel where you can get ample rest ending a stunning trekking journey.

    • In the morning, you will have a nice breakfast and the company van will escort you to the airport.

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