Kanchenjunga (8,586 m) means, ‘The Five Great Treasure Houses of Snow’, is the world’s third highest mountain in the world and is situated in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area in the far East part of Nepal, an area that offers pristine forests, alpine meadows and high altitude humid lands, magnificent and spectacular Himalayan massif. The mountain range rises Nepal’s eastern border with Sikkim and this region is one of the least populated in Nepal. You will trek up through lush, green, semi-tropical, ethnic Rai and Limbu villages in the mid hills and remote Tibetan villages higher up in the plateaus at the foot of the mountain.
This less touristic and calm area offers the wild animals like snow leopard, red panda,Himalayan black bear,etc. This circuit trek takes you up through lush valleys full of season flowers and continues to north into spectacular high alpine landscapes full woodlands and mountain streams and then up over high passes to both Kanchenjunga Base Camp and Yalung Base Camp.
Trip Summery in facts: Trip Title: Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. Maximum Elevation: 5143m. Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day. Trip Duration: 30 Days Mode of Operation: Tented Camping Trek. Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov. Trip Grade: Moderate and Strenuous. Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people.
Outline Itinerary: Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1300m, welcome by ART member and transfer 2 star hotel bed & breakfast included. Day 02: Formality of Kanchenjunga special permits & trek preparation bed & breakfast. Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur 40mn and drive to Ilam Bazar 1.5 hour by bus. Overnight Lodge. Day 04: Drive from Ilam to Taplejung 2320 meters 7 hours by bus. Overnight at tea house Lodge. Day 05: Taplejung – Mitlung (921M) 5-6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 06: Mitlung – Chiruwa (1270M) 5-6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 07: Chiruwa – Sukethum (1579M) 5 hours. Overnight camping. Day 08: Sukethum – Amjlosa (2308M) 6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 09: Amjilosa – Gyabla (2730M) 5-6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 10: Gyabla – Ghunsa (3595M) 5-6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 11: Ghunsa rest/acclimatization day. Overnight camping. Day 12: Ghunsa - Khangbachen (4050M) 7 hours. Overnight camping. Day 13: Khangpachen - Lhonak (4780M) 7 hours. Overnight camping. Day 14: Lhonak - Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143M) 3 hours. Overnight camping. Day 15: Kanchenjunga Base Camp – Ghunsa (3595M) 8 hours. Overnight camping. Day 16: Trek to High Camp (approx. 4,100m) 4 -5 hours. Overnight camping. Day 17: High Camp - Tseram (3870M) 8 hours. Overnight camping. Day 18: Tseram – Ramche (4580M) 7 - 8 hours. Overnight camping. Day 19: Ramche - Yalung Base Camp ( 4500M) 7 – 8 hours. Overnight camping. Day 20: Yalung Base Camp - Lapsang (4432M) 6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 21: Lapsang – Tortong (2995M)5-6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 22: Tortong – Yamphudim (2080M)5-6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 23: Yamphudim - Rest day. Overnight camping. Day 24: Yamphudim – Phumpe (1858M)5-6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 25: Phumpe - Pha Khola 5-6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 26: Pha Khola - Suketar (2420M). 5-6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 27: Drive from Taplejung to Birtamod. Overnight at lodge. Day 28: Birtamod to Bhadrapur 1.5 hour and fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel 2 star bed & breakfast included. Day 29: Kathmandu rest day bed and breakfast. Day 30: International departure.
-Airport-hotel transfer by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-4 nights hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
-Trekking permits of Kanchenjunga national park and special permits.
-Accommodation in tented camping with foam mattress twin basis .
-Food (breakfast,lunch & dinner) with hot drinks tea, coffee, milk, lemon etc. during the trek.
-Camping equipment: Tents, mattress, kitchen tent, dinning tent, toilet tent, utensil,table, chairs etc.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for French speaking guide, assistant guide, cook and porters.
-Kathmandu-Bhadrapur round flight tickets, Bhadrapur - Ilam - Taplejung, Taplejung-Birtamod-Kathmandu by bus.
-13 % VAT compulsory government tax and other local taxes.
-Experienced & professional French speaking trekking guide, assistant guide, cook, kitchen boy and porters.
-Nepal visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained up on arrival in Kathmandu
-International Airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
-Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths, sleeping bag -20 degree etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for French speaking guide, assistant guide, cook, kitchen boy and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.
Clothing & Equipment Check List: Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc. Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required) Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal) Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional) Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash Extras/Luxuries
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow