Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Departure Date

Every Monday

Duration

20 nights / 21 days

Views

202

Maximum Seats

20

Kanchenjunga (8,586 m/28,169ft), the world’s third highest mountain, forms Nepal’s eastern border with India’s Sikkim. In Tibetan, the name Kanchenjunga means ‘five great treasures of snow’ which hints at the spectacular mountain views that awaits.

The Kanchenjunga trek starts from Taplejung, which includes a visit to Pathibara Temple, which is an important religious site for many Indian and Nepali pilgrims. The trail goes northwards to Ghumsa where it climbs to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5,143m/16,873ft) going through a spectacular high alpine landscape. It then goes east via 2 passes and continues to the Yalung Base Camp (4500m/14,764ft)

The Kanchenjunga base camp trekking goes through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, managed by local communities in partnership with WWF, which is one of the least densely populated areas in Nepal. Pristine forests, alpine meadows and high-altitude wetlands are home to the endangered snow leopard and red panda, the vulnerable Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard and Assamese macaque.

Here a few highlights of Kanchengunga Base Camp Trek:

  • Trek to the base camp of the third highest mountain in the world is an experience to remember.
  • Relish the panoramic view of the neighbouring mountains – Frey Peak (5830m), Koktang (6,148m), Kabru Peak (7,412 m), Ratong, Chandra Peak and the Kabru Dome (6600m).
  • A visit to Pathibara Temple.
  • Witness a diverse mix of different cultures of Nepal.
  • Get to see a huge variety of wild animals, including different kinds of birds, deers.
Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trips Details

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and trek preparation
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Biratnagar & Drive to Suketar
Day 04: Trek to Chirwa (1240m)
Day 05: Trek to Sakathum (1640m)
Day 06: Trek to Amjilassa (2490m)
Day 07: Trek to Kyapra (2630m)
Day 08: Trek to Gunsa (3340m)
Day 09: Rest / Exploration day in Gunsa
Day 10: Trek to Khambachen (3960m)
Day 11: Acclimatization day in Khambachen
Day 12: Trek to Lonak (4790m)
Day 13: Trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5220m) & exploration
Day 14: Trek to Ghunsa
Day 15: Trek to Amjilosa (2460m)
Day 16: Trek to Sakathum (1600m)
Day 17: Trek to Chhiruwa (1200 m)
Day 18: Trek to Suketar (2420m) 5 hours
Day 19: Drive to Biratnagar & same day fly to Kathmandu
Day 20: Free Day in Kathmandu
Day 21: Final Departure

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21 Days guide and porter service during the trek
Kathmandu to Biratnagar and Biratnagar to Kathmandu Domestic Flight.
All transportation service as per the itinerary.
Guide & Porters transportation
Your tea house accommodation during the trek
All accommodation, food & salary for the guide & porters
Guide & Porter insurance
TIMs Card and Annapurna conservation park permit
Government and local taxes.

Nepal Visa
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
All kind of drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks).
Your personal equipment.
Personal travel and medical insurance.
Any kind of personal expense.
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
Tips for trekking staff, driver.

How long is the trek?

The length of the trail depends on where you start and end your trek, therefore it can be anything between 160-230km. It can be done in as few as 16 days, or as many as 21 days, if doing side trips. Usually it takes either 15 or 16 days to do the shorter version, and 18-19 for the full route.

Do I need any permits?

Yes. You will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) which is $33 and Trekker’s Information Management System Card (TIMS card), which are $20 each for individual trekkers. Both can be obtained at the Adventure Connexion (AC) in Kathmandu. You will need your scan passport copy and passport sized pictures with you as well.

What is the lodging like?

The ACT is a teahouse trek, which means there are guesthouses in almost every village. Some are better than others, but generally rooms are basic and come with shared bathrooms. Blankets are provided but it’s a good idea to bring your own sleeping bag as it gets chilly in the higher levels and there are no heating systems inside the buildings. Usually you will have to dine at your lodge in order to get a room. Some places may offer hot gas showers for an additional fee, so take advantage of that while you can because above Manang you won’t get the chance to shower at all until you reach Muktinath, on the other side of the pass.

Is there are risk of getting altitude sickness?

There is a risk since you will be hiking above 3000m. Different people react to altitude in different ways, no matter their fitness level or experience in the mountains. That’s why you should learn and understand what altitude sickness is and what the symptoms are beforehand. You can ask your local travel medicine specialist, search online or attend one of the lectures organized in Kathmandu. There’s also an option to attend the high altitude sickness lecture in Manang organized by the Himalayan Rescue Association.

When is the best time to go?

The best weather for trekking in the Annapurna region is during autumn (September to November) and spring (March-May). The skies are clear then and you will get a chance to enjoy some outstanding views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri peaks. Keep in mind that even though it is not monsoon season anymore it will be much warmer and humid in the lower regions (jungle) and you still may encounter an unexpected shower or two. It will also be much cooler above 3500m. Even though it’s not technically winter you will need warm clothes and a down jacket.

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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek $ 2,560 $ 1,645 20 Every Monday 20 nights / 21 days

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