Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, 22-day program

Discover the remoteness of the Kanchenjunga massif and the unique Tibetan culture with this 22-day trekking program, guided by a member of the GuideSource team.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

22 days

Mountain Range

Himalaya

People per Guide

-

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

-

Type of Trip

Not specified


 

Come along a fantastic 22-day program in the beautiful border between Nepal and India. This trekking itinerary will take you the area of the third highest peak in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586 m). This tour embraces the remoteness of the region and the richness of its local Tibetan culture.

To begin this program, we will meet you at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. After your arrival, the second day of the itinerary is devoted to discovering the incredible landmarks of Kathmandu, including World Heritage Sites. After that, we will transfer to Biratnagar to begin the trekking experience.

This itinerary will take us through different villages in the Kanchenjunga massif, like the Tibetan Phera, Amjilassa and Kyapra. All along we will enjoy amazing landscapes: rhododendron forests, rivers like the Omje, the Deorali and the Phawa, waterfalls, and views of different peaks like Rathong.

This is a non-technical trek, open to people who are moderately fit with a curious sense of adventure! The itinerary is especially designed so that trekkers are able to have a proper acclimatization. We recommend that you strengthen your knees and practice on steep hills for the steep descents that this program includes.

You can have a look at the complete day-by-day itinerary below. Parts of the itinerary can vary given certain circumstances. 

Your guide for this program will be a certified member of the GuideSource team. We pride ourselves in having over 35 years of experience in the mountains, with zero serious or fatal accidents.

Interested in this Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, 22-day program? Request your booking! If you are looking for more challenging programs in this area, have a look at the Dhaulagiri, Thapa Peak, Nepal, 21 Day Guided Trek and the 26-day Trek to Nangpa La, Nepal.


Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Porters
 

 

What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.

 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

    • Arrival in the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport
    • Transfer to the hotel
    • Briefing on the itinerary for the next days
    • Overnight at Hotel B/B

  • Day 2: Kathmandu

    • Sightseeing around Kathmandu, including World Heritage Sites like the Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhu Nath and the Bouddha Nath Buddhist shrine
    • Optional: last minute shopping for personal items in preparation for the next day
    • Overnight at Hotel B/B

  • Day 3: Kathmandu - Biratnagar

    • Flight to Biratnagar (duration of the flight: 45 minutes)
    • Overnight in a Hotel in Biratnagar

  • Day 4: Biratnagar - Suketar - Lalikharka

    • Early flight to Suketar (2,300 m)
    • Gradual trekking ascent along a rhododendron covered ridge, past the Deorali River and four more streams
    • Arrival in a 2,570 m pass
    • Descent through to Lalikharka
    • Trekking time: 4 hours

  • Day 5: Lalikharka - Shikaicha - Bhanjyang

    • Trek to the Lumbu village of Thembewa (1,800 m)
    • Ascent to a ridge, and steep descent through Shimu and Pokhara to a suspension bridge across the Phawa River (1,430 m) – where there is a good swimming hole and a possible campsite near the river
    • Steep ascent to the Khunjari (1,700 m) Limbu village
    • Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours

  • Day 6: Shikaicha - Mamamkhe

    • Trek into the Kabeli river valley
    • Descent to the scattered village of Keswa (1,960 m)
    • Trek to Phun Phun
    • Steep descent through rice terraces into a side canyon
    • Crossing of a stream along a suspension bridge (1,540 m)
    • Climb to Mamankhe (1,810 m), a prosperous Limbu village

  • Day 7: Mamankhe - Yamphudin

    • Gradual descent to the Tenguwa River
    • Steep ascent to another ridge marked by a Chorten and prayer flags
    • Steep descent across the valley
    • Trek along the west side of the Kabeli River
    • Arrival in Yamphudin (1,690 m), where there is a community of Sherpas, Lumbus, Rais and Gurungs
    • Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours

  • Day 8: Yamphudin - Torontan

    • Crossoing of the Omje River on bamboo poles
    • Trek along the Kabeli River upstream
    • Trek to Darachuk, and then to Dubi Bhanjhyang, acros a 2,540 m pass
    • Trek along the Omje River, through Chitre (2,920 m) lamite Bhanjyang (3,410 m)
    • Arrival in Torontan (2,990 m)
    • Trekking time: 7 to 8 hours

  • Day 9: Torontan - Tseram

    • Trek to Tsento Kang, a Goth at 3,360 m
    • Arrival in a Buddhist shrine decorated with rock cairns, prayer flags and iron, three-pronged Trisuls
    • Arrival in Tseram (3,870 m)
    • Trekking time: 5 to 6 hours

  • Day 10: Tseram - Ramche

    • Trek towards the valley, which opens up as you approach Yalung, a pasture full of Yaks at 4,260 m
    • Climb alongside the moraine through scrub junipers up a stream to a lake at Lapsan (4,430 m) – views of the Rathong peak in the Nepal-India border
    • Arrival in Ramche (4,620 m)
    • Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours

  • Day 11: Ramche - Oktang

    • Trek from Ramche to Oktang (4,800 m)
    • Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours

  • Day 12: Oktang - Ramche

    • Trek from Oktang to Ramche (4,620 m)
    • Trekking time: 6,5 hours

  • Day 13: Ramche - Tseram

    • Trek from Ramche to Tseram (3,870 m)
    • Trekking time: 7,5 hours

  • Day 14: Tseram - Ghunsa

    • Steep ascent from Simbua river valley, crossing of five passes and an unnamed pass at 4,724 m
    • Trek to the Ghunsa village (3,440 m)
    • Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours

  • Day 15: Ghunsa - Rest day

    • Resting day at Ghunsa (3,440 m)

  • Day 16: Ghunsa - Kyapra

    • Trek through fields and larch forests to the Tibetan village of Phera, where Gompas and friendly monks live
    • Steep ascent to Kyapra (2,730 m), referred to as Chapla or Gaabla by the Tibetan inhabitants
    • Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours

  • Day 17: Kyapra - Ghaiya Bari

    • Steep  descent to a large waterfall in the Ghunsa river
    • Trek into lush bamboo, oak rhododendron forests – views of Nango Ma and the south-west part of the Kanchenjunga Massif
    • Descent to the Tibetan settlement of Amjilassa (2,490 m)
    • Arrival in Ghaiya Bari (2,530 m)
    • Trekking time: 7 to 8 hours

  • Day 18: Ghaiya Bari - Chirwa

    • Crossing of the Tamua River on a suspension bridge above the village of Helok
    • Trek to the Chirwa village (1,190 m)
    • Trekking time: 7 to 8 hours

  • Day 19: Chirwa - Suketar

    • Trek from Chirwa to Suketar (1,480 m)
    • Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours

  • Day 20: Flight to Kathmandu

    • Flight to Kathmandu via Biratnagar
    • Overnight at Hotel B/B

  • Day 21: Khatmandu

    • Day at leisure
    • Options:
      • Go on a new trekking program or tour
      • Explore the Thamel for a last day of shopping
    • Farewell dinner.
    • Overnight at Hotel B/B

  • Day 22: Departure from Kathmandu

    • Transfer to the International Airport
    • End of program

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required
Intermediate
Fitness level required
Fit
Meeting point
Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport
Accommodation

Hotels and campsites

 

About the Guide

 
 
 
 

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