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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

19 days

Trip fact  

Duration: 19days

Grade: Moderate

Activities: Trekking

Max elevation: 5140m

Transport: Flights & Private vehicle

Best Time: Oct -Dec & March-May

Group size: 2+

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Trekking Gears
  • Map

Kanchenjunga base camp trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the eastern part of Nepal. Kanchenjunga which stands at a height of 8,585m is the third highest mountain in the world. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, the longest trek in Nepal affords the opportunity to view cardamom farming in the lowest altitude to panoramic view of the mountains and yalung glacier at the higher altitude. The greetings of Cherang village, variety of flora and fauna and the view of Mt. Kumbakarna, Mt. Kirachuli, Mt.Nepal Peak, Pathibhara Himal and Chang Himal are the natural supplement on the route to boost your journey.

The Journey to Kanchenjunga base camp starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Suketar, Taplejung. From Suketar the trek leads to Chauki through the villages of Mitlung, Ghunsa, Khambachen and Lhonak to Pangpema (5,140m) which is also the base camp for excursions attempting the North Face of Kanchanjunga II and the zenith of the first part of the trek.

Day 01:  Flight to Kathmandu – Biratnagar. 35min flight

Day 02: Flight Biratnagar to Suketar Trek to Mitlung. (850m/2,790 ft),15min flight,5-6 hrs trek

Day 03: Trek Mitlung  to Chirwa (1,190m/3,905ft), 6-7 hrs

Day 04: Chirwa to Sekathum (1,640m/5,390ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 05: Sekathum to Amjilosa (2,490m/8,168ft), 5-6hrs.

Day 06: Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730m/8,955ft), 4-5hrs.

Day 07: Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,430m/11,250ft), 5-6hrs

Day 08: Rest and acclimatisation day Ghunsa.

Day 09: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4 150m/13,615ft), 5-6 hrs.

Day 10:  Kambachen to Lhonak (4,790m/15,900ft), 4-5 hrs

Day 11 : Lhonak to Pang Pema Base Camp (5,160m/16,923ft), 2-3 hrs

Day 12: Pang Pema Base Camp, rest and exploration day.

Day 13: Pangpema trek to Kambachen (4,150m/13,650ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 14: Kambachen to Ghunsa – Phale (3,140m/10,302ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 15: Phale to Amjilosa (2,140m/7,100ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 16: Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,190m/3,900 ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 17: Chirwa to Linkhim (1,520m/4,985ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 18: Linkhim to Suketar (2,700m/8,856ft.), 5-6 hrs

Day 19: Flight Suketar to Biratnagar to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft), 30min and 35min flights 

Cost include

  • Airport pick up and drops international and domestic .
  • Complete departure information, About trek, flight ticket, guide, altitude sickness and reconfirmation and extend visa service(if necessary) and extra tour service before the trek starting.
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar _ surkhet to Kathmandu only 15 kg luggage aloud.  (10kg Big bag & 5kg hand bag) 
  • Trek flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar - surkhet & Kathmandu for member and involved staff. 
  • Best Lodge accommodation & full board meals throughout the trek.
  • breakfast, lunch and  dinner included chosen from lodge menu.
  • twin share accommodation during the trek.
  • As per group size experience, government licence holder trek guide, helpful and friendly strong, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.( 5 trekkers 1 assistant guide )
  • Warm Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bag will be provided during the Kanchenjunga base camp trekking ( down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after the trip )
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permits)trek permit fee. Kanchenjunga base camp trail map.
  • First Aid kits for the staffs and the groups.
  • Services coordination for emergency and rescue operations 
  • Government taxes & office service charge
  • Farewell dinner at reputed restaurant

Cost exclude

  • Meals not quantified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa charge.
  • All beverage and others personal expenses.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek.


Day 01: The journey starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (72m) on a 35min domestic flight and ends on our hotel, stay overnight.

Day 02: After breakfast, we fly to Suketar and meet our porters then we trek down to Asahangpati village and on to Tamor Khola. We follow Tamor Khola upstream through bird filled forest to Mitlung (850m). Overnight at Mitlung.

Day 03: Today we trek from Mitlung to Chirwa (1,190m) through dense sub-tropical rainforest followed by the narrow valley with a lot of beehives on the way to observe. Overnight at Chirwa.

Day 04: Today we trek on a different landscape ie, broad valley to Sekathum (1,640m) through the Kanchanjunga Conservation Area. Rivers like Tamewa Khola, Aimbuwa Khola, Ghunse Khola and their suspension bridges and cardamom farms are the major attraction of the route. Overnight at Sekathum.

Day 05: After breakfast, we follow the trail passing through oak and rhododendron forest, small Sherpa settlements tending yaks to the settlement of Amjilosa(2,490m). Amjilosa has a great view back to the valley. Overnight at Amjilosa.

Day 06: The trail leads up to flat ridge and then strolls through forest of bamboo, rhododendron, birch, brown oaks, few waterfall and few scattered summer pastures. Eventually it reaches a large set of rapids, after which a stiff climb leads up to the Sherpa village of Gyabla (2,730m). Stay overnight at Gyabla.

Day 07: Today we trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,430m) with hemlock and bamboo forest, alpine Himalayan fir, rhododendron, summer yak pasture, larch forest and cultivated fields on the way to witness.

Day 08: Today is the rest and acclamation day. We visit monastery, Tibetan carpet, and lake at the terminal debris of the Yamatari glacier etc. and stay overnight at Ghunsa.

Day 09: Todays journey starts with juniper forest crossing a sandy, boulder-strewn floodplain, wood and stone bridge of Ghunsa Khola through barren hillside past a high waterfall and rock falls to Kambachen (4,150m). Birds like Lammergeyers, eagles, kites, falcon and choughs can be observed on the way. Overnight at Kambachen.

Day 10: Today we head towards Lhonak (4,790m), observing glaciers like Kanchanjunga Glacier, Ramtang glacier, Lhonak glacier etc. on the way. Overnight at Lhonak.

Day 11: From Lhonak the route follows the lip of the glacier over short grasses or rocky tracks that undulate with the terrain to the Pang Pema Base Camp (5,160m) which offers the first full view of the vast north face of the mountain. Overnight at Pang Pema.

Day 12: Today we rest and explore the Pang Pema Base Camp. Enjoy the spectacular view of mountains and the view of mountains at sunrise. Overnight at Pang Pema.

Day 13: The return journey starts and we climb downhill to Kambachen enjoying the great views of mountains. Overnight at Kambachen.

Day 14: Today we retrace the path down to Ghunsa for lunch, cross the village and continue downstream to village of Phale. Overnight at Phale.

Day 15: Today descend down to Amjilosa through the forest of rhododendron, conifer, birch and oak. Overnight at Phale.

Day 16: Descending way down the trail through waterfall and rivers leads down to Chirwa. Overnight at Chirwa.

Day 17: From Chirwa, leave the river trail and follow the trail that climbs above the east bank of the Tamor Khola to the hamlet at Thiwa. It then climbs high above the houses of Tawa, over a ridge before dropping into a side canyon to cross the Tawa Khola before climbing back to the ridge. It then passes above the hamlet of Malbanse before reaching Linkhim. Overnight at Linkhim.

Day 18: Trail down to airstrip at Suketar through the Limbu village. Farewell dinner with trekking crew. Overnight at Suketar.

Day 19: After breakfast, board an early morning flight to Biratnagar and later an onward flight to Kathmandu from where you will be driven to your hotel.

Note :

The itinerary could be changed or modified as per your requirements, interest and length of your holiday. Weather, political, transportation and other disturbing factor are the main reason to make change in itineraries which are beyond our control. So, the guide or leader will provide you the best alternative during your trek.  The price of the trip will be according to standard of hotel, group size, duration and date of travel for the tailor made programme.

Regarding flight in the mountain region

Mostly twin otter is the most common means of air transportation in the Nepalese sky and during the flight in the Himalayan region of Nepal the flight schedule is cancelled and change from time to time due to poor visibility, weather condition and many other technical problem.  In such case we would charter helicopter for our guest regarding schedule of their international flight and for the different problem arise in the trek. The charter cost should be paid at head office of Tourist link Trek at Thamel and later on you can claim with your travel insurance.

As per Nepal Civil aviation rules the helicopter will fly, if the visibility is up to 1500m and visibility should be 5000m for flying Twin Otter in Nepalese sky.

Volunteering Hand of Life Himalaya Trekking

Ganesh Himal community foundation is a voluntary organization running by Life Himalaya Trekking for the development of people life style, education and villages in the rural village of Dhading district Nepal. An amount of 10% from every trip booking at Life Himalaya will go in the account of Ganesh Himal Community foundation. So this shows that we are liable for the social development of Nepal along with tourism business.

Major community work and partnership

The main job of the Ganesh Himal Community foundation is to construct the school and libraries in the rural areas of Nepal, in the needed place after a proper study. Conduct programme for the skill development, health and sanitation, village development with a joint effort of local people.

For further look at Ganesh Himal Community Foundation website www.ghcfnepal.org

For Low and Moderate Altitude Trekking

  • Water bottle
  • Batteries and bulbs
  • Flash light
  • personal towel
  • Swiss army knife
  • Ruck sack
  • Sun lotion
  • Medical & first-aid kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Poly propylene/wool socks
  • Other required equipment
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down Jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Trekking shoes/boots
  • Camp shoes
  • Jumperorpile jacket
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking shirts
  • Full–sleeves shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Sun hat

 For Higher Altitude Trekking (Above 4000m)

  • Gloves
  • Woolen hat
  • Long underwear
  • Goggles or sun glasses
  • Gaiters
  • Sun block for lips
  • Light cotton socks
  • Mountain trekking boots
  • Woolen socks to wear with boots
  • Nylon wind breaker
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon wind pants

Peak Climbing & Expedition Equipment

  • Long sleeved cotton/woolen shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Long cotton hiking shorts
  • Fleece/wool for climbing
  • Lightweight fleece
  • Sleeping pad (karri mat) or thermarest
  • Down high altitude sleeping bag
  • Down jacket/trousers/vest
  • Light cotton athletic socks and wool socks
  • Water proof climbing jacket
  • Head torch/batteries/bulbs
  • Climbing sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal/insulated ski gloves
  • Sun screen
  • Warm climbing trousers
  • Wool long underwear
  • Other required equipment
  • Climbing boots
  • Gaiters
  • Ice axe
  • Harness
  • Crampons
  • Karabiners
  • Tapes/slings
  • Snow bars
  • Ice screws
  • Rock pegs
  • Deadmen
  • Crash hat
  • Day bag
  • Rucksack
  • Lip salve
  • T-shirts
  • Ascenders
  • ascenders
  • Kit bag

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