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Kanchenjunga north base camp trek

Kanchenjunga north base camp trek is 30 days camping trip begins after the bus journey Kathmandu to Basantpur located eastern Nepal on the border of India, Nepal, and China (Tibet). The hiking journey is interesting with the third world highest Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586 m) and its sister peaks in the high pass, forest-clad hill, and river valley.

Kanchenjunga north base camp trek is interesting to explore the Mountain Valley, the Highlander ethnic group and practice of the Tibetan Buddhism. The wildlife, the Himalayan herb, dramatic landscape, alpine valley ridge, wildflower, Mountain Lake, and Glacier are notable.

Kanchenjunga north base camp trek offers to cross a high pass, such as the Mirgin La, Sinon La, and Lapsang La. The friendly people in the eastern Nepal, including Rai, Limbu, Tibetan types of Nepalese people (Bhotiya) and caste group is in the Hill Region. Read further information with the day-to-day itinerary below.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport

Day 02: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley – 6 hours

Day 03/04: Kathmandu to Basantpur (2200 m) – 20 hours by bus

Day 05: Basantpur to Chauki (2700 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 06: Chauki to Gurja Gaon (2000 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 07: Gurja Gaon to Dovan (640 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 08: Dovan to Mitlung (800 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 09: Mitlung to Chirwa (1190 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 10: Chirwa to Sakathum (1640 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 11: Sakathum to Amjilassa (2490 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 12: Amjilassa to Gyabla (Kyapra) (2730 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 13: Gyabla to Ghunsa (3430 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 14: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4040 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 15: Kambachen to Lhonak (4785 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 16: Lhonak to Pang Pema (5140 m) – 4/5 hours

Day 17: Pang Pema to Kanchenjunga north base camp (5280 m) & Lhonak – 5/6 hours

Day 18: Lhonak to Ghunsa (3430 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 19: Ghunsa to Mirgin La (4650 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 20: Mirgin La to Tseram (3870 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 21: Tseram to Oktang (5200 m) – 7/8 hours

Day 22: Oktang to Kanchenjunga south base camp (5350 m) and back – 5/6 hours

Day 23: Oktang to Tseram (3870 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 24: Tseram to Yamphudin (2080 m) – 8/9 hours

Day 25: Yamphudin to Kebang (1735 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 26: Kebang to Tharpu (1510 m) – 7/8 hours

Day 27: Tharpu to Gopetar (2250 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 28/29: Bus to Kathmandu via Phidim and Ilam

Day 30: Departure to Tribhuvan International Airport

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport
When the flight arrives at Tribhuvan International Airport, take a 6 km drive with our guide, takes 25 minutes to reach the hotel. Check in hotel and guide will brief the programs. Stay overnight at hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley – 6 hours
Professional Tour Guide comes at 9 AM with a car to the hotel door. Ride the car, guide explains about Nepal. The four UNESCO world heritage sites include Swayambhunath (1st century) is popular for the Buddhist Stupa, activity of the Assamese monkey and the panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley and the Himalaya. Kathmandu Durbar Square (12th to 18th century) is popular for royal palace squares, museum, Kasthamandap, the Living Goddess Kumari, Freak Street, wood carving and temple architecture. Pashupatinath (5th century) is famous for the cremation ghat, Pashupatinath Temple, the shrines with Shiva Lingam and Yoni, the Hindu holy men (Sadhus) and an activity of the Assamese monkey and deer in the sub-tropical forest. Boudhanath (5th century) is famous for the second largest Stupa in the world, Tibetan refugee settlement, painting school, huge prayer wheel, prayer flag and monastery with the monk and lama.

Day 03/04: Kathmandu to Basantpur (2200 m) – 20 hours by bus
Basantpur is 629 km (391miles) east of Kathmandu. The bus leaves from Naya Buspark to Mugling (110 km) next Narayanghat (36 km), next Hetauda (77 km), Chandranigapur (70 km), next Dhalkebar (69 km), next Lahan (61 km), next Kosi Barrage (60 km), next Itahari (43 km), next Dharan (21 km), next Dhankuta (48 km), next Hille (13 km) and reach the Basantpur (21 km) at last. Stay overnight at a camp in Basantpur. Alternatively, fly Kathmandu to Biratnagar (70 m) in 50 minutes. Bus to Basanturpur is 112 km passing through the Dharan (370 m, town of the Gorkha and hill migrant), Dhankuta (1220 m, town of Rai, Limbu and Newar), Bhedetar (1460 m) with views of the Kanchenjunga and Jannu (7710 m), Hille (1850 m) and reach Basantpur at last. The Tibetan people live here. View of the Kanchenjunga (8586 m) is nice. Stay overnight at a camp in Basantpur.

Day 05: Basantpur to Chauki (2700 m) – 5/6 hours
Climb gradually uphill through a rhododendron forest with the view of Arun Kosi and Tamur Kosi River with the Makalu and Kanchenjunga. The walk continues on few uphill and downhill to the Chauki Village with tea shop. Stay overnight at a camp in Chauki.

Day 06: Chauki to Gurja Gaon (2000 m) – 6/7 hours
Walk through a forest of rhododendron with grassy meadow in the Milke Danda with Himalaya views. Climb few uphill and downhill to Lamo Pokhari (lake) and Gupha Pokhari (2930 m) with the Tibetan people. Few lodges, shop and Buddhist shrine are here. Hike to a ridge through the forest to Deorali (3200 m), descend to Gurja Gaon through a forest of the hazel and chestnut. The Hindu and Buddhist community people live here. Stay overnight at a camp in Gurja Gaon.

Day 07: Gurja Gaon to Dovan (640 m) – 5/6 hours
Walk downhill through terraced fields to Chatrapati and Nesum (1620 m). Walk through the zigzagging path passing the Bhajorara. Cross a bridge over the Maiwa, and reach Dovan Village. Newar people live here. One route here goes to Taplejung. Stay overnight at a camp in Dovan.

Day 08: Dovan to Mitlung (800 m) – 5/6 hours
Cross a suspension bridge over the River Tamur Kosi and take an east bank trail through the terraced field and the tropical forest. Walk few uphill to reach Thumma. Cross a bridge and walk continue to the east bank through a rocky field to the Mitlung village with the Chhetri and Limbu people. Stay overnight at a camp in Mitlung.

Day 09: Mitlung to Chirwa (1190 m) – 5/6 hours
Climb to a ridge then, walk in the forest valley. Enjoy wild bee hives on the other side of the valley’s cliff. Orange and cardamom are in the village garden. Walk continues, cross a few streams to reach Chirwa Bazaar with tea shops. Stay overnight at a camp in Chirwa.

Day 10: Chirwa to Sakathum (1640 m) – 5/6 hours
Walk through the right bank of a river to Tapethok. Do not cross the next bridge, walk continues uphill and downhill. Cross a suspension bridge over the Tamua Khola with few tea shops, reach the Limbu Village Helok. Cross next bridge over the Simbua Khola, then, climb to a ridge. Walk through the Ghunsa Khola Valley crossing a bridge to reach the Sakathum Village. The Bhotiya people live with shops and a helipad. The view of the Jannu peak is here. Stay overnight at a camp in Sakathum.

Day 11: Sakathum to Amjilassa (2490 m) – 5/6 hours
Walk through a narrow trail on the north bank of Ghunsa Khola. Climb uphill and descend to the river bank. Climb uphill through the stone steps with waterfall to Ghaiyabari with few houses. Climb through a forest valley with monkey to reach a crest. Descend to Amjilassa with a settlement of Bhotiya people and shops.

Day 12: Amjilassa to Gyabla (Kyapra) (2730 m) – 5/6 hours
Walk continues uphill through a lush forest of bamboo, oak and rhododendron. Enjoy the south-west part of Kanchenjunga and waterfall while hiking. There are many uphill and downhill with pasture. Pass a waterfall and walk uphill to reach Gyabla, a Bhotiya settlement with few shops and houses. Stay overnight at a camp in Amjilassa.

Day 13: Gyabla to Ghunsa (3430 m) – 5/6 hours
Walk downhill to the narrow river bottom through a forest of fir and rhododendron to Phole with potato field and yak pasture. It is a Tibetan refugee settlement with Gompa and monk. Descend to Yangma Khola, cross it and climb to Ghunsa village with the Bhotiya people, police check post and tea shop. A trail is here for the Lapsang La and South Kanchenjunga base camp.

Day 14: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4040 m) – 6/7 hours
Climb gradually to the south bank of Ghunsa Khola and cross a tributary. Walk passing a waterfall and 250 meters slippery trail; descend to the Lakep with a hut. The blue sheep live here. The view of Jannu (7710 m) is nice. Walk 20 minutes to reach Kambachen, a summer settlement of Bhotiya people with several houses are here. Stay overnight at a camp in Kambachen.

Day 15: Kambachen to Lhonak (4785 m) – 6/7 hours
Climb gradually uphill through rocky fields of the Ramdang Kharka (4500 m). Cross moraine the north-west of Kanchenjunga Glacier. Descend to Lhonak, a yak-herding area with tent. It is a sandy valley with a panorama of the snow capped mountains. Stay overnight at a camp in Lhonak.

Day 16: Lhonak to Pang Pema (5140 m) – 4/5 hours
Climb gradually with a meadow at first, then, trail goes to steeper moraine. Walk to the valley bottom to reach Pang Pema valley with views of the Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586 m) and sister peak. Stay overnight at a camp in Pang Pema.

Day 17: Pang Pema to Kanchenjunga north base camp (5280 m) & Lhonak – 5/6 hours
Climb gradually to the Kanchenjunga north base camp. Enjoy the gorgeous views of Kanchenjunga, its glacier and Jannu here. When the sunrise here. Climb downhill to Lhonak. Stay overnight at a camp in Lhonak.

Day 18: Lhonak to Ghunsa (3430 m) – 6/7 hours
Walk same way back. Descend through the forest, Ghunsa Khola Valley, Buddhist shrine and Mani walls and prayer flag. Pass through the Tibetan settlement at Kambachen, waterfall and cross wooden bridge to reach Ghunsa. Stay overnight at a camp in Ghunsa.

Day 19: Ghunsa to Mirgin La (4650 m) – 6/7 hours
Walk little to reach a forest of rhododendron. Climb to a ridge crest with the Buddhist shrine with prayer flag. Cross few passes. Enjoy cattle grazing over the hill, such as the yak, nak and sheep. The views of Jannu and other mountain are here. Stay overnight at camp in Mirgin La.

Day 20: Mirgin La to Tseram (3870 m) – 6/7 hours
Walk uphill through a desert meadow to the rock cairns. Cross through the Sinion La with view of the Simbua Khola Valley. The Buddhist shrine with prayer flag are at the ridge top. The views of snow capped mountain, Lapsang La glacier and Mirgin La glacier are beautiful. Descend to Tseram with a settlement (Goth), yak and cow in the large meadow. This is the summer settlement of Ghunsa Village. Stay overnight at a camp in Tseram.

Day 21: Tseram to Oktang (5200 m) – 7/8 hours
Climb continues to a valley rapidly. Walk through the moraine with views of the Lapsang Glacier and Yalung Glacier. Enjoy the blue sheep over a pasture sometime. The trail goes uphill to Oktang. Enjoy view of the Kanchenjunga. Stay overnight at a camp in Oktang.

Day 22: Oktang to Kanchenjunga south base camp (5350 m) and back – 5/6 hours
Walk to a valley through a rocky trail with moraine. Take care to a loose rock. Cross the Oktang glacier with an adventure hiking. Enjoy a grand panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga and Jannu (7710 m). The other side lays the Indian Territory. Climb back to Oktang. Stay overnight at a camp in Oktang.

Day 23: Oktang to Tseram (3870 m) – 6/7 hours
Hiking back through a stream with the moraine of Yalung glacier. Enjoy the high pass, Lapsang La. The Buddhist shrine with prayer flag and cairns are over the ridge. Descend to Tseram with summer settlement of the Ghunsa Village. Stay overnight at a camp in Tseram.

Day 24: Tseram to Yamphudin (2080 m) – 8/9 hours
Walk through a pines and rhododendron forest with a stream in the Simbua Khola valley. Take care of landslide area with falling rocks. Climb uphill to Lamaite Bhanjyang (3270 m) then, descend to Tzendy Khola. Cross a suspension bridge and reach to Yamphudin, a mixed community, including Gurung, Sherpa, Rai and Limbu in the village. School, police post, shop and terraced fields are here. Stay overnight at a camp in Yamhudin.

Day 25: Yamphudin to Kebang (1735 m) – 6/7 hours
Walk through the Omja Khola Valley. Cross the river and climb uphill through a forest with cardamom and orchid flower. Pass through a village of thatched roof with shop. Climb steeply to the Kebang hill, then, descend to Kebang Village with caste and ethnic group. Stay overnight at a camp in Kebang.

Day 26: Kebang to Tharpu (1510 m) – 7/8 hours
Walk in lowland valley. Descend to Jorepul and climb uphill. Walk through the several villages, terraced fields to Thorpu town with bus and shop. Stay overnight at a camp in Tharpu.

Day 27: Tharpu to Gopetar (2250 m) – 5/6 hours
Climb 700meters to Gopetar. Walk through the village, terraced fields and shop to Gopetar. The town has shop, restaurant and local bar. The bus service is available to Phidim and Ilam. Stay overnight at a camp in Gopetar.

Day 28/29: Bus to Kathmandu via Phidim and Ilam
Phidim (1265 m) and Ilam (1235 m) is a small town with tea farming. Surrounding hills are similar to Darjeeling of India. The total road distance is 778 km (483 miles). Gopetar to Phidim is 30 km, next Ilam is 67 km, next Itahari is 156 km, next Narayangath is 379 km and next Kathmandu is 146 km. The bus takes at least 24 hours.

Day 30: Departure to Tribhuvan International Airport
Airport is 6 km far, which takes 25 minutes car drive. Get airport 3 hours before your flight. Hope you enjoyed trekking trip in Nepal and welcome back again with a new program. We wish you safe and happy flight.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airports pick up and drop in private car with guide.
  • Kathmandu sight seeing by car with professional tour guide.
  • 3 night’s hotel with breakfast in twin sharing bed in Kathmandu.
  • 23 night’s stay in tents with twin sharing bed in Mountain.
  • Professional trekking guide and & necessary porter.
  • Lodge, food, salary, transport and insurance to the porter and guide.
  • Farewell meal & breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Trekking permit and TIMS card.
  • All camping gears with Sherpa, cook and helper.
  • Bus tickets from Kathmandu to Basantpur, Gopetar to Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner in Mountain.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Travel insurance including evacuation.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except farewell meal.
  • International airfare and departure tax.
  • Bar bills, laundry, hot shower, battery charge in the Mountain.
  • Tip to guide and porter.

 

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Trip Facts

  • Duration: 31 days
  • Activities : Sightseeing and Trekking
  • Maximum Altitude : 5400 m (Yalung Ri Base Camp)
  • Trek Grade & Mode : Hard/Camping Trek
  • Himalayan Sights : Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Jannu
  • Valley & River : Simbua Khola and Omja Khola
  • Transportation : Private car/local bus
  • Trek start and end : Basantpur (2200 m) and Gopetar (2250 m)
  • Accommodation : 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu, 23 night’s in Mountain
  • Meals : Full board, farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Best Time : April/May/October/November

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