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Nepal - Kanchenjunga Basecamp Trek (24 Days)

Kanchenjunga Mountain is the third highest mountain in the world and it is one of the best trekking destinations for the trekkers who love adventure and are daredevils. Kanchenjunga trekking routes have been hardly explored and remain one of the most isolated trekking regions in Nepal. There's a belief from the native area that Kanchenjunga Mountain is the home to Yeti - the snowman. Along with that, the Kanchenjunga region provides a vivid diversity of flora and fauna. It is home to the Impedance Pheasant, Red-billed blue magpie, shy dragon and snow leopard along with amphibians and mammals. Kanchenjunga conservation area is playing a crucial role in protecting this animal in this region. If you truly want to indulge yourself in nature and loves challenges then this trek is for you. 

The trek starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar. The trek goes through the villages Taplejung, Chhirwa, Sekathum, Gyabla, Ghunsa, Khambachen, Lhonak, Ghunsa, Selele, Tseram, Ramche, Torongten, Sherpa gain, Phumpe Dada, Kadebhanjyang, LaliKharka, and Suketar, from where you take a flight back to Kathmandu. The trek takes you for a day trip to Kanchanjunga Base Camp and a day trip to Oktnag temple, where you can also visit the impressive glacier. During the trek, you can see beautiful (panoramic) views of Mt. Kabru, Yalung Kang, Kanchanjunga and Kumbakarna. Furthermore, the trek takes you through the Sinion La pass, the Mirgin La pass, and the Sinelapche pass.

This itinerary is a guideline only and we will follow the itinerary as far as possible but due to weather conditions, health conditions, natural disasters and other unfavorable phenomenon your guide might decide to amend or cancel the itinerary for your own safety. Your guide will help you at any time with providing information regarding conditions and safety during the treks.

After arriving in Kathmandu, our office representative will pick you up from the airport and will welcome, assist and transfer you to the hotel. In the afternoon, you may rest as you might be having Jet Lag and later on visit the Asian Heritage office to get more insights about your trek. Furthermore, you can stroll around the local streets of Thamel and explore the city.

Accommodation: Overnight in Yatri Suites & Spa or similar in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, our office representative will come to receive you at the hotel and they will transfer you to the airport. The flight will take around 40 minutes to reach Biratnagar. Upon arrival, meet our office representative at the airport and they will assist and transfer you to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel and have some rest. Later on, you can stroll around Biratnagar and explore the streets for a while.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Biratnagar.

Have your breakfast In Biratnagar before you will leave to Taplejung. Today you will be traveling with the local bus all the way to the Taplejung which will somewhere between 8 and 9 hours to reach. The bus will stop on the way for a short break and for lunch so you can have your lunch at that time. It’s a long journey today so lay back and relax or interact with the other people traveling on the bus as well. Upon arrival in Taplejung, check in to the lodge and have some rest.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Taplejung.

Your trail from Taplejung descends until it reaches Chhirwa. Today, the path will be taking you mostly downhill while passing the pastures land and small villages on your way. Your trek guide will indicate short breaks throughout the trek as today is a tough hiking day. Somewhere along the way, you will be having your lunch. Observe the hungdewa river and the raging tamur river and after some gradual upwards walking, you will start descending down to Sinwa village. From there, we continue to Tawa before crossing the suspension bridge at Thiwa. As you keep on walking you will realize the unfolding of nature's vistas and after some gradual walk, you'll reach today's final destination Chhirwa. Chhirwa is a small Limbu village with some local lodges, check in to the lodge and have a sound rest as you might be tired of today's hike.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Chhirwa.

You will start your trek through a few forested ridges with lush green vegetation. Today your path will be taking you through the side of Tamur river until you arrive at the Olangchung Gola. This is the entry point of the Kanchenjunga national park and from here you will be ascending up for a while before descending again to you cross Ghunsa Khola. After a decent half an hour walk, you will arrive in Sekathum where we will stay overnight.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Sekathum.

You will head towards Gyabla. Today is a pretty long and hard day for hiking, your route is long and a bit tough. Have a decent walk and cross the river before you start to ascend the steep and narrow trail. After crossing it you will descend all the way down to cross the river again and then you will be gradually walking up from gorge's bottom to pass by Solima and slowly descend down to the riverside. You need to hike carefully today as you will be walking through the gorge using a steep and narrow trail.

Hike up for a while and leave the riverside behind to pass through dense bamboo, fir, and rhododendron forest. Then, you will pass a small stone house by the side of a river before gradually walking up over small bridges. Soon you will get to see the stunning waterfalls while walking all the way up to reach today's destination Gyabla. It is a small Tibetan settlement.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Gyabala.

You will start your trek to Ghunsa, at first you will descend down to the riverside and continue to walk gradually. Soon, the valley will slowly open up before you arrive at a place called Phole. After a couple of hours of more trekking, you will reach the famous Sherpa village where you can observe the hydroelectric plant. Today you will be staying in Ghunsa as you need to acclimatize yourself.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Ghunsa.

Today is a rest day for you, it's necessary to climatize with the surroundings in order to keep fit on the trails that follow. Have a short hike to the Buddhist monastery and explore the surroundings, you can hike towards the Lapsan La through lush green forest and then get back to Ghunsa and have some rest.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Ghunsa.

Start your trek towards Khambachen. Today you will trek towards the further north along the riverside, after a gradual walk along the riverside you will start to ascend through the high land trees and vegetation, cross the bridge at RampukKharka and continue your hike passing the waterfall. Get ready to cross the narrow and steep section of the landslide area to be welcomed by the views of Jannu. After some more trekking, you'll reach Khambachen, where you can check in to the lodge and rest.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Khambachen.

You will head towards Lhonak. Today your trail will lead you through rocky fields and many impressive boulders can be seen on the hillside. The trek follows the river bank and soon you will reach another magnificent waterfall. Walkthrough the waterfall area and cross the bridge to Ramtang, the upcoming path is a bit steep and narrow due to the landslide so be careful while using this trail. After this tough but beautiful trail, we will reach Lhonak.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Lhonak.

Start your trek towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. This will be the highest elevation that you will reach on this trek. Kanchenjunga Base Camp lies at the elevation of 5140m above and can be reached using a trail that leads along the edge of the glaciers. The trail is a mostly gradual path on grassy land, you need to be careful while walking on this trail as it is narrow, steep and some of the trail sections are prone to landslides. After a decent walk, you will reach the Base Camp and find yourself surrounded by the beautiful snow-clad peaks and mountains. From Base Camp, you can see the Himalaya ranges of Mount Kanchenjunga, Nepal Peak, Dromo Peak, and Kirat Chuli. Khambachen. After spending some time at the base camp we will hike back to Lhonak.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Lhonak.

You can retrace your footprints and memories while getting back to Ghunsa. Today you will be descending down overall with some ups and downs in between. After hiking for almost 5 hours you will reach Ghunsa. Check in to the lodge and have some rest. Later in the evening, you can explore the local village and its culture.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Ghunsa.

Your trail for today will be a bit steep and you need to walk gradually up from Ghunsa to Selele and pass through the dense forest of moss, rhododendron, and Juniper. If lucky, you will be able to see the national bird of Nepal; Danfe, an impedance Pheasant living in the jungle. Upon walking through the forest you will have a short break for lunch. After some decent walking, you will reach Selele. Check-in the lodge and have a sound rest.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Selel.

Your hike will be a strenuous one as you need to cross over three passes. Walk slowly and drink enough water to hydrate your body throughout the walk. Firstly, you will ascend the hill and once you reach the top, enjoy the beautiful view of the Jannu mountain. After reaching the top, you will slowly and gradually cross the Sinion La pass (4440 m), the Mirgin La pass (4480 m) and the Sinelapche La pass (4645 m). While crossing these passes, you will be accompanied by the Himalaya ranges on your east. After the passes, you will have a decent walk through the steep trail and finally, you will reach Tseram. Check-in to the lodge and have a good rest as you must be drained by today's hike.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Tseram.

You will leave Tseram and head towards Ramche. Today, the trail will be a short one and it will be a decent walk up to the Ramche. On your way, you can view the magnificent views as you keep on ascending to the south of the Yalung Glaciers. During the trek, you can observe the frozen lakes, streams and crystals. Keep on hiking for a while and to reach Ramche. Check in to the lodge and have a rest. Later on, you can explore the surroundings.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Ramche.

You will start your hike towards the Oktang temple. As you walk on the trail, your route will amaze you with the opening of beautiful vistas showing the natural scenery and beauty of Mount Kabru, Yalung Kang, Kanchanjunga, and Kumbakarna. The climber's base camp on the north side of Kanchenjunga is another day across the glacier. So, Oktang is the logical high point that can be reached without climbing gear. Explore the temple area and enjoy the view, later on, you will descend all the way down to Ramche.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Ramche.

You will head towards Torongten, it will take you a couple of hours to walk back down the valley to Tseram. From here you will continue walking down the valley beside the SimbuwaKhola to reach Torongten. Today, your path will take you through the jungle, providing you shade and making you feel cold, some of the sections of the trail are close to the river bed. There are three tea houses in Torongten perched above the river and there are some nice terraces for camping as well. After reaching Torongten, check-in to the lodge and have a rest. Later on, you can explore the Torongten surroundings.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Torongten.

You will ascend up until you reach the Lashetham, which is at the elevation of 3646 m. From here, you can view the beautiful picturesque hills along with the panoramic views of the Himalayas. Later on, you will again start to descend to your next destination; Sherpa Gaun. Today, you can see and feel the huge difference in terms of altitude since you will be descending from 3646 m all the way down to 1792 m. The trail will take you down through a rhododendron and fir forest until you reach Sherpa Gaun, after reaching Sherpagaun you can check in to the lodge. Have a sound rest or explore the village.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Sherpa Gaun.

You will start your hike towards Phumpe Dada. While exploring lots of things on the way, your trail will take you through the pasture lands with lots of twists and turns in it. Enjoy the beautiful hills ranging far on your east. After some decent hiking, you will reach PhumpeDanda, check in to the lodge and have some rest.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Phumpe Danda.

Get ready to head towards Kadebhanjyang, it’s a pretty long day to hike since you'ill be ascending mostly until you reach today's destination. After a gradual walk up you will reach   PhungphungDanda and later on Keshuwa. After crossing Keshuwa, you will finally reach the saddle of the ridge, KandeBhanjyang. This trail will provide you with the opportunity to explore the rich culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the native Limbu people. Explore the untouched natural landscape from Kandebhanjyang and it will be a treat you with the magnificent panoramic views of Kanchenjunga, Kumbhakarna mountain and the Kabru ridge.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Kade Bhanjyang.

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Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Lalikharka.

You will head towards Suketar. This will be the last destination on your trek and tomorrow you will be flying back to Kathmandu. Today, you will be descending down to Suketar through a lush green forest and while walking through the forest you can observe the flora and fauna along with the birds chirping in the forest. After some gradual walking, you will reach the saddle and from here you will again start to descend to Suketar. You will have your lunch just beyond the airstrip before walking for a while to finally reach Suketar.

Accommodation: Overnight in best available lodge in Suketar.

Pack your bags and prepare for the flight back to Kathmandu. Try to make sure to get a left-hand side seat in the plane since the left side offers some majestic views of the mountains covered in snow. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, our office representative will come to assist you and transfer you to the hotel. Check in to the hotel and have some rest for a while, later on, you can come to the Asian Heritage office to share your trekking experience with our office team. After, you can stroll around the local streets of Thamel and visit the nearby sights. In Thamel, you can shop for souvenirs, handicrafts or tokes of love for your loved ones. In the evening, pack your luggage and bags as today will be the last day for you in Nepal.

Accommodation: Overnight in Yatri Suites & Spa or similar in Kathmandu.

Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. You will be advised and assisted with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination. Have a safe journey onwards.

Includes

All land transportation by private vehicle.
2-night accommodation in 4*Yatri Suites and Spa or similar in Kathmandu on breakfast basis.
Accommodation throughout the trek on room only basis in the best available hotel/lodge. 
Domestic Flight Ticket from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and Suketar to Kathmandu.
National park entrance fee, trekking permit and TIMS card.
All Camping equipment.
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed holder trekking guide.
All Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment and accommodation.
All government and local taxes.
First aid kit.


Excludes

Food and Drinks/ Beverage bills.
Tipping (Tips for guides, drivers and supporters).
Entrance fees for other heritage sites.
Travel Insurance.
International Flights.
Extras cost for up-grading rooms at hotels if/when applicable.
Donations.
Emergency Rescue evacuation Insurance of any kind.
What’s not included in Includes.

To enhance your experience in Nepal, we give you the possibility to add one or more extra activities to this travel package. The step of adding these is available in the "Book now" process.

Do not hesitate to check each extra activity. They can be booked also separately.

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