Trekking the Great Himalaya Trail, from Kanchenjunga to Makalu Base Camp (45 days)

Join Synergy Guides and their certified instructors as they lead you on this truly epic, challenging and rewarding journey through the heart of the remote and isolated Himalayas, as you trek the Great Himalaya Trail from Kanchenjunga to Makalu Base Camp over 45 astonishing days.




Trip Duration

45 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

10 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Apr, May

Type of Trip



  • Trek through the endless wonders of the Himalayan mountains

  • Scale amazingly high base camps at Kanchenjunga (5143m) and Makalu (4870m)

  • See rare animals such as the snow leopard, Asian black bear and blood pheasant

  • See unspoiled and untouched scenery, as few people roam here


Join me on this long and at times arduous trek through one of the most famous regions on earth, and I promise it will be one of, if not the most memorable experiences of your life, as during 45 days we guide you over a distance of 1700km through unique and mind-blowing landscape, terrain and scenery, all at a high altitude (including three 6000m+ passes) on the Great Himalaya Trail from Kanchenjunga to Makalu Base Camp.

The Great Himalaya Trail stretches all the way from the Eastern border to the Western border of the Nepalese Himalaya, and is home to a variety of rare and protected animal species such as the snow leopard, Asian black bear and blood pheasant.

The first two days will be spent flying to Kathmandu and then driving to Taplejung, where the Kanchenjunga section of the trek begins. The subsequent 20 days will be spent first trekking to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143m) before heading to Thudam via the Lumbha Sambha Pass.

The second half of the trek entails the Makalu Barun section, a much trickier proposition that involves technical mountaineering, Sherpa guides and experiences porters. This section heads to the Makalu Base Camp (4870m), before the final 8 days of this monumental journey are spent heading back to Kathmandu.

Amongst the tiredness and arduous nature of the trek, the scenery which we will be trekking through is endlessly fascinating and stunning, with gorgeous alpine meadows and huge granite rock walls littering the landscape, and the fact that so few people dare venture where we will be going ensures it remains pristine, wild and natural.

It is a physically and mentally demanding trek which we are undertaking, but that does not take away from the fact that we will endeavor to make the journey as fun as possible and to ensure your memories will last a lifetime.

We finish on the final day back in Kathmandu, exhausted and happy in the knowledge we have dared to tread where few people do.

Trekking the Great Himalaya Trail is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience – book now or regret it forever!

For those who want a slightly shorter route, try our Himalayas 35-day guided mountaineering course, here!

Alternatively, try our 21-day Makalu base camp trek, here!

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Price per person

Group of 1
6000 GBP

Group of 2
6000 GBP

Group of 3
6000 GBP

Group of 4
6000 GBP

Group of 5
6000 GBP

Group of 6
6000 GBP

Group of 7
6000 GBP

Group of 8
6000 GBP


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
  • Transport during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
 Price is person to join a group.


  • Day 1Day 1

    Kathmandu Bhadrapur/Birantnagar by flight, drive to Ilam

  • Day 2Day 2

    Drive Ilam to Taplejung (1820 m)

  • Day 3Day 3

    Taplejung (1820 m) to Mitlung (920 m) 4 hrs

  • Day 4Day 4

    Mitlung (920 m) to Chiruwa (1270 m) 6 hrs

  • Day 5Day 5

    Chiruwa (1270 m) to Sukethum (1575 m) 5 1/2 hrs

  • Day 6Day 6

    Sukethum (1576 m) to Amjilosa (2308 m) 6 hrs

  • Day 7Day 7

    Amjilosa (2308 m) to Gyabla (2730 m) 5 hrs (or to Phale 3140 m, extra 2 hrs)

  • Day 8Day 8

    Gyabla (2730 m) to Ghunsa (3595 m) 4 1/2 hrs

  • Day 9Day 9

    Ghunsa (3595 m) Rest day

  • Day 10Day 10

    Ghunsa (3595 m) to Khangpachen (4050 m) 6 hrs

  • Day 11Day 11

    Khangpachen (4050 m) Rest day

  • Day 12Day 12

    Khangpachen (4050 m) to Lhonak (4780 m) 5 hrs

  • Day 13Day 13

    Lhonak (4780 m) Rest day

  • Day 14Day 14

    Lhonak (4780 m) to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143 m) 4 hrs

  • Day 15Day 15

    Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143 m) Rest day to ascend a small local peak

  • Day 16Day 16

    Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143 m) to Kangpachen (4050 m) 4 hrs

  • Day 17Day 17

    Kangpachen (4050 m) to Ghunsa (3595 m) 3 hrs

  • Day 18Day 18

    Ghunsa (3595 m) to Nango La Camp (4776 m) 5 1/2 hrs

  • Day 19Day 19

    Nango La Camp (4776 m) to Yangma Khola (3430 m) 5 hrs

  • Day 20Day 20

    Yangma Khola (3430 m) to Olangchun Gola (3191 m) 4 hrs

  • Day 21Day 21

    Olangchun Gola (3191 m) to Pass Camp (4453 m) 7 hrs

  • Day 22Day 22

    Pass Camp (4453 m) to Thudam (3556 m) crossing the Lumbha Sambha Pass (5159 m) 7 hrs

  • Day 23Day 23

    Thudam (3556 m) Rest day

  • Day 24Day 24

    Thudam (3556 m) to Kharka (2700 m) 7 hrs

  • Day 25Day 25

    Kharka (2700 m) to Chyamtang (2187 m) 5 hrs

  • Day 26Day 26

    Chyamtang (2187 m) to Hongon (2323 m) 5 hrs

  • Day 27Day 27

    Hongon (2323 m) to Bakim Kharka (3020 m) 3 hrs

  • Day 28Day 28

    Bakim Kharka (3020 m) to Molun Pokhari (3954 m) 4 hrs

  • Day 29Day 29

    Molun Pokhari (3954 m) to Dhungge Kharka (3590 m) 5 hrs

  • Day 30Day 30

    Dhungge Kharka (3590 m) to Cave Camp (3115 m) 3 1/2 hrs

  • Day 31Day 31

    Cave Camp (3115 m) to Kalo Pokhari (4192 m) 5 hrs

  • Day 32Day 32

    Kalo Pokhari (4192 m) to Kharka (4097 m) 5 hrs

  • Day 33Day 33

    Kharka (4097 m) to Yangla Kharka (3557 m) 4 hrs

  • Day 34Day 34

    Yangla Kharka (3557 m) to Langmale Kharka (4410 m) 4 hrs

  • Day 35Day 35

    Langmale Kharka (4410 m) to Makalu Base Camp (4870 m) 4 hrs

  • Day 36Day 36

    Makalu Base Camp (4870 m) Rest day

  • Day 37Day 37

    Makalu Base Camp (4870 m) to Nehe Kharka (3000m) 4 hrs

  • Day 38Day 38

    Nehe Kharka (3000m) to Mumbuk (3570m) 6hrs

  • Day 39Day 39

    Mumbuk (3570m) to Kauma (3470m) 6hrs

  • Day 40Day 40

    Kauma (3470m) to Tashi Gaon (2070m) 6hrs

  • Day 41Day 41

    Tashi Gaon (2070m) to Pakuwa (1520m) 6hrs

  • Day 42Day 42

    Pakuwa (1520m) to Bumling (1160m) 6hrs

  • Day 43Day 43

    Bumling (1160m) to Tumlingtar (860m) 6hrs

  • Day 44Day 44


  • Day 45Day 45

    International Flights


Next departures

For private groups contact the guide
Next datesInfo
05/04/2020 to 16/05/2020

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required

Extremely Fit

Meeting point



Tent accommodation every night


About the Guide


At Synergy Guides we strive to provide rewarding adventures in the mountains. We listen to your ambitions and create a tailored mountain challenges for you and your group, always encouraging you to follow your dreams - whether it is climbing Skye´s Inaccessible Pinnacle, scaling a famous Scottish Ice Route or trekking in the Himalayas.

Our team is made up of professionally trained Mountaineering Instructors and British Mountain Guides, who are all active and enthusiastic about their own climbing and will enjoy sharing their passion with you. We don´t provide off-the-shelf mountaineering courses but always try to achieve a personal approach centered around you.



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