On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our guide and staff will receive and welcome you in a traditional way. They will accompany you on a short drive to your hotels located in the heart of the city, Thamel. It is a tourist hub where most good hotels and restaurants are situated.
Check out your exquisite accommodations and get refreshed to join in for a group briefing. The Himalayan Forever's guide or group leader will provide you with a lot of useful and important information regarding the trek, hotels, and local lodges. A group welcome dinner in a nice Nepali restaurant during the evening time will be served to you.
After breakfast, a city and cultural tour guide from Himalayan Forever will meet you at the hotel for an exciting day city tour drive. The drive passes through Kathmandu's historical Durbar Square and Palace Courtyard. It is the right place to witness Nepalese cultures and offers the views of ancient monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our next stop is Swayambhunath Stupa, which carries a history of 2,600 years. It is a Buddhist monument that is one of Nepal's most well-known landmarks and is located on a hillside west of Kathmandu.
Our guide will drive you back to the hotel for lunch. You will get ready for an exciting flight to Bhadrapur.
Take an early-morning flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur Town Airport, which is located in the Terai Belt's Far Eastern lowlands. This short panoramic flight offers views of the beautiful Himalayan chain of peaks, which includes Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Kanchenjunga. As you land at Bhadrapur airport, our guide and trekking staff will be waiting there to receive you.
Now hop on a four-wheeler and embark on an exciting drive through several towns and farm villages in the direction of the winding green hills in the northeast. We finally reach Ilam Bazaar and town, which is famous for its large tea plantation, lined with pine and fir tree lines. Continue driving towards the small town of Phidim for an overnight stay surrounded by tea gardens. It is an exciting place to observe the local cultures of Eastern Nepalese people and also offers a view of Mt. Kanchenjunga in the far north.
After a short drive from Phidim, we will reach Sukhetar, and our guide will manage your loads for the strong porters. Hike on a winding, undulating trail that passes through farm areas and forest and you will reach Lali Kharka. Stay there for the night. Besides, Sukhetar is a nice small farm village that offers a view of Mt. Kanchenjunga in the north. You can set your tents on a farm field for overnight camping. Or, you can also choose to stay in the comfort of a simple lodge available in the local community.
Hike downhill and the route passes through several farm villages, inhabited by Hindu hill tribes. The people are here basically Brahmins, Chettries, and Kirat people who are Rai and Limbu. The trail then leads to Tembawa where you can take a short rest. Continue trekking towards Pokora village which requires a long descent.
Cross a suspension bridge, and hike through a steep climb towards Kunjari, a small village. Walk for a few hours towards Kande Bhanjyang for an overnight stay in a tented camp. You can also live in a small simple guest house available in this lovely farm village. Enjoy the views of Kanchenjunga massif with Yalungkang peaks including the grand beautiful surrounding scenic landscapes.
Hike from Kande Bhanjyang through a descent steep which consists of terraced fields of rice and millets. You will enter a dense forest and a short walk from here leads to Nandeva Khola / stream. The trail further leads to a nice small village of Loppoding. Hike through the uphill and downhill path that leads to Fun-Fun, a pleasant resting spot for travelers. Enjoy views of Khumbukarna, Yarlung, and Kanchenjunga peaks from this wonderful place. Continue hiking downhill to Yang Pang, a small farm area. Hike uphill for an hour and you will reach Phompe Danda. Stay there for the night. Besides, this region offers a view of Mt. Jannu.
Morning trek starts, on a winding path with downhill to Khesewa Khola, crossing a suspension bridge. The trail follows to a short climb to Mamakhe village, an ideal spot for lunch break. Afternoon a short climb skirting around the ridge on a gradual path to reach Dekadin village. From this small farm village walk to Kabeli Khola / stream, the trail follows to slow climb and down. Cross over several smaller rivulets, after leaving the stream climb towards farm fields, and then reaching Yamphudin for a short rest. From here climb continues to Sherpa Gaon for overnight stop in a lovely Sherpa Gaon / village, a moderate size farm settlement. This will be the last permanent village of the Sherpa, one of the main mountain tribes of eastern Himalayas. The campsite is placed on a farm field near the village. Next human settlement and village will be Ghunsa on the other side of Kanchenjunga areas on route to North Kanchenjunga base camp.
From Sherpa Gaon / village, morning trek follows Kabeli Khola, crossing over a tributary of Omje Khola. The climb starts to steep hill tog Dhupi Bhanjyang, a high grassy ridge top. Which is also called Lahse Tham, from here downhill through deciduous forest reaching Omje Khola. After a short refreshing stop, continue walk with steep climb into rhododendron forest. As the day ends reaching Doronding for overnight camp, after walking past Chitre village.
After a pleasant overnight at Doronding, morning trek leads closer towards our first destination near Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. The trail follows to Ramite Bhanjyang and then climb for few hours amidst magnolias, rhododendron and bamboo forest to Ramite. An isolated place with a single small stone hut, from here climb leads above a ridge. As walk continues reaching a small pond to enter a valley, covered in tall pine, rhododendron trees, reaching a small area of Wahta.
A peaceful place, close to a huge rock shaped like a serpent, from here walk to Tseram for overnight camp. Located close around the roofless caves facing views of terminal moraines fed from Yalung glacier. Includes views of Kabru (7,353 m), and Talung (7,349 m) peaks.
Enjoy the leisure day at Tseram, located on the midway of South and North Base Camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga. After a weeklong walk a deserving rest day, for interested people can enjoy the day. A day hike of few hour to Oktang close towards Mt. Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. The classic and original base camp for mountaineers to reach the summit of Mt. Kanchenjunga. The first British Expedition climbed using this route to the top of Mt. Kanchenjunga in 1955 by George Band and his team. The trek leads to Yalung Glacier within close to the southern wall of massif Mt. Kanchenjunga. The walk offers fabulous views of Talung and Kabru peaks, after an exciting day hike back at Tserem for overnight.
At Tseram after a day hike to Kanchenjunga south base camp, start the morning walk to a place called Yalungbar. The trail leads to steep climb, crossing river and then enter into a dense forest. Walk follows uphill path for an hour to reach close to a small ponds. From here heading up cross three smaller passes of Mirgin-La, Tamo-La and Selele-La. The climb of an hour to Mirgin-La top, facing views of Kabru and Kanchenjunga massif peaks. The walk continues down and then up to Tamo-La, and continue descent with climb towards the last pass.
Traverse over Sele-La at 4,250 m high, enjoying the super panorama of Makalu, Baruntse, and Chamlang Himal. From the last pass of Sele-La, downhill to the base of the pass for overnight camp, after a long day treks.
Today one of the shortest day of trekking, morning starts with steep descent for an hour through rhododendron and pines trees. As the winding trail leads to Ghunsa River, crossing the river on a small bridge. Following the northern route of Kanchenjunga, then end morning walk reaching Ghunsa village for overnight.
A nice lovely mountain village populated by some Sherpa with more Bhotia people. The indigenous mountain tribes of strong Tibetan origin and similar cultures, houses around Ghunsa built of stones and fine woods. The village with wide and neat farm land growing buck wheat and barley and some seasonal vegetables and crops. Staying either in local simple or in the comfort of tented camp, having time to explore around the village adorned with Buddhist religious monuments and prayer walls.
From Ghunsa village, adventure continues heading towards our major last destination to Kanchenjunga North base camp at Pang-Pema.
Walk follows to a river with views of waterfalls, then coming across several Yak herder summer camps. The trail leads to a small forest, and then climb to Rambuk Kharka, another pasture areas for local cattle. From here cross a small glacial landslide, facing views of Khumbukarna and Janu Himal with range of snow peaks.
The walk continues on leaving the tree lines, as the dry and arid terrains starts reaching Khambachen for overnight halt. The camp set on a scenic valley facing Sharphu peak at 7,070 m with Mt. Janu and Wedge peaks.
Morning walk leads above a river for an hour and then towards due east leading downhill to a river. As climb leads over rocks and boulders entering a terminal moraine of Kanchenjunga glacier. Walk leads past Ramtang Kharka, another Yak herder summer camp, the trail continues heading across Kanchenjunga glacier. An exciting day crossing the Kanchenjunga glacier, then reaching Lhonak for two overnight stops. From the camp at Lhonak enjoy fabulous views of Mera, Nepal Peak and Wedge Peak. The area around is absolutely a perfect mountain wilderness enclosed by high towering snow peaks.
Today the hike leads to our last major highlight of the adventure, morning an exciting walk to Pang Pema. Which is the North Base Camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga Base Camp and the highest point. The route leads to gradual climb above a river facing views of Kirat Chuli, Nepal Peak, Taple Sikhar, and Givegela Chuli. The first part of the walk leads to gentle high slope, and then steep climb through boulders on a rocky path. Finally the walk ends reaching a grassy areas reaching Pang-Pema where Kanchenjunga North Base Camp located.
Enjoy the dramatic landscapes massif glaciers surrounded by array of towering peaks. Around this remote corners, chances of spotting some wildlife like herd of blue sheep and mountain goats. After an enjoyable moment head back to Lhonak for last overnight stop.
Enjoying the great exciting trek to Pang-Pema and North Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Morning walk heading on the same trail past Kambachen to Ghunsa for overnight halt, after a long interesting day trek.
From Ghunsa our route leads on an alternative trail, enjoy the walk visiting the both scenic sides of Kanchenjunga beautiful country. The walk continues facing views of snow peaks past many cattle herder summer camps. Then end the day reaching Gyapla Phedi for overnight stop.
After a wonderful time around the high areas of Kanchenjunga, morning walk leads to low warm farm mid-hills. The trail follows through several smaller farm villages to reach Sekathum for overnight camp, close to another nice village of Japantar.
Morning an enjoyable walk, heading further lower warm areas and farm land. As trek continues encountering many friendly villagers, the trek leads across many spread-out villages. Slowly the day ends reaching Chirwa for overnight stop.
A small nice village located on a hill top facing grand views of surrounding beautiful landscapes.
Today’s one of the longest walk, but enjoyable on downhill with few short ups, but more of descent towards lower hills of Kanchenjunga areas. The walk finally comes to the end reaching Phurumbu village school premises for overnight and last night in tented camping.
Last day of the wonderful adventure leads to Sukhetar near Taplejung town, the walk follows past farm villages. The trek finally comes to an end at Sukhetar, a small town with an airstrip. Overnight in a simple guest-house / lodge.
Morning on completing 3 weeks of trekking, from Sukhetar, board on a local four-wheel drive or similar vehicles. An exciting ride on the hilly rough road to Ilam Bazaar, a famous town for Tea products and its vast Tea Gardens.
Enjoy the last breakfast around the hills of Eastern Himalayas at Ilam Bazaar / town. Morning a smooth, scenic drive leads to low warm area of Terai and then end the drive reaching Bhadrapur airport. As time for the flight to Kathmandu, board on a big aircraft for swift short flight to Kathmandu. From the domestic airport in Kathmandu, a short transfer back to your hotel. Afternoon free at leisure, for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
Enjoy the leisure day, relaxing with fond memories of Kanchenjunga base camp trek. Interested people can join for another tour to Patan and Bhaktapur, worth a visit not to be missed.
Last day in Nepal and at Kathmandu, get ready for final departure as per your international flight time. Himalayan Forever Trek guide and staff transfer you to the airport. Bidding farewell to the guide and staff as you depart for homeward bound flight, after a wonderful experience and adventure on Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking.
Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, lies on the lap of Great Himalaya Range. It is located on the border of Sikkim state of northeast India, and Taplejung district of North-east Nepal. It is located 46 miles (74 km) away from Northern part of Darjeeling.
The lower region of Kanchenjunga has a mixed ethnic people that are mostly Hindus. Limbu and the Rai people dominates this region and they follow animist beliefs. The upper region of Kanchenjunga is dominated by distinct community of Bhote and Sherpa people who follow Buddhism.
The best time to trek the Kanchenjunga Basecamp region is in April, May and early June, and during October and November to early December. This time offers a stable weather, clear skies, warm days and nights are chilly.
Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world with a height of 8,586 m (28,169 ft). And the basecamp of this peak stands at 5160 meter above the sea level. The Kanchenjunga base camp journey has become known as the best off-the-beaten-path trekking route.
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp lies on the edge of the glacier, and surrounded by Tibetan prayer flags that offers majestic view. The route to basecamp offers many ranges in landscapes from alpine grasslands to sub-tropical forests, low river valley, glacial moraine, and rocky scree slopes.