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The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of the most beautiful and challenging treks in the eastern region of Nepal. This Trekking route reaches Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5143 m) and takes you very close to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp (4610 m) from where you can have beautiful mountain and Glacier views. It is a 22-day off-the-beaten-path trek that takes you through the remote villages, lush forests, high-altitude passes, and stunning landscapes of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.
The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including the endangered snow leopard, red panda, and Himalayan black bear. The trek offers an opportunity to explore the pristine natural beauty of the region, with stunning views of snow-capped mountains, deep valleys, and glaciers.
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a strenuous trek and requires a high level of physical fitness and stamina. The trek involves long hours of walking, steep ascents and descents, and high-altitude passes. The maximum altitude you will reach during the trek is 5,143 meters at the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The trek is considered to be moderately difficult, but the challenges can be overcome with proper preparation and acclimatization.
The best time to trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is from March to May and from September to November. During these months, the weather is stable, and the skies are clear, providing excellent views of the mountains. However, the trek can be done throughout the year, but during monsoon season (June-August), the trail can be slippery, and the views are obstructed by clouds.
To undertake the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, you should have a good level of physical fitness and stamina. You should start preparing for the trek at least 2-3 months before the trek. Some of the suggested preparations include:
Physical Preparation: Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a physically demanding trek that requires a good level of fitness and stamina. You should start preparing for the trek at least 2-3 months in advance. Some of the physical preparation you can do include:
Regular exercise: Start doing cardio exercises such as running, cycling, or swimming to improve your endurance and stamina.
Strength training: Incorporate strength training exercises such as squats, lunges, and leg presses to build leg muscles and increase your overall strength.
Altitude training: You can train your body for high altitude by doing stair climbing, hiking, or trekking on nearby hills or mountains.
Mental preparation: Mental preparation is equally important as physical preparation. You should be mentally prepared for the challenges of the trek and be positive and determined throughout the journey.
Research: Research about the trek, its challenges, and the culture and customs of the region. This will help you to have realistic expectations and avoid culture shock.
Meditation: Meditation helps to calm your mind and improve your mental strength. You can start with short meditation sessions and gradually increase the duration and frequency.
Positive Attitude: Having a positive attitude helps you to overcome challenges and enjoy the journey. You should focus on the beautiful scenery and the experience rather than the difficulties.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek can be customized according to your needs and preferences. Although this trekking itinerary is of 22 days, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek can be completed within (14 - 28)days, depending upon the time, health, weather, and various other factors.
You may also check other trekking packages in this region such as Kanchenjunga North Base Camp- 16 days or Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek with Nango la Pass- 20 days.
Day 1 : Landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (1,300 meters)
Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Hiking bees and transferred to your hotel. You can rest or explore the city, depending on your arrival time.
Day 2 : Flight to Bhadrapur and drive to Taplejung via Ilam tea garden
You will take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and then drive to Taplejung via Ilam tea garden with a view of the Kumbhakarna range, which takes approximately 7 hours. We will stay overnight there in a Tourist Lodge.
Day 3 : Hike from Taplejung(1,820m) to Chiruwa (1,720m)
After an early morning breakfast, We will start our trek one-hour walk down through the local village with different types of trees and lush forests we will reach to Mitlung and have our lunch at Sinwa. After lunch, we walk through a small local market that leads to the small forest which gradually heads up to Chiruwa, We stay overnight in the lodge,
Day 4 : Chiruwa to Lelep(1,750m)
This day is an easy day, From Chiruwa we gradually start heading up with a beautiful natural atmosphere via cardamom farms and seasonal planting crops. We reach Lelep at the end of the day and stay overnight there in a guesthouse.
Day 5 : Hike From Lelep to Amjilosa(2,308m)
After breakfast, 30 minutes walk down to Sukethum we start heading upwards to Lama tar. this day is quite a hard day than the previous day, walk up continues along the river and jungle to Amjilosa, and stay overnight there.
Day 6 : Amjilosa to Gyabla(2,730m)
From this day we will walk up short and slowly due to the high altitude. as usual, the schedule starts through the forest and river with different sounds and noises of birds and animals. We reach Gyabla and stay overnight.
Day 7 : Hike from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595m)
After morning breakfast, we walk down through the jungle and gradually head up to Phale, If lucky you may have chances to see bears and other wild animals, this day is an easy day for Ghunsa.
Day 8 : Acclimatization Day at Ghunsa (3595 meters)
Today is a rest day in Ghunsa to acclimatize and explore the village and its surroundings.
Day 9 : Ghunsa to Kambachen (4050m)
After breakfast, we gradually head up followed by the rivers and green forest for 3-4 hours, we hike along the snow-capped mountain view to Kambachen and stay overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 10 : Kambachen to Lonak(4780 m)
This day walk hike up along the riverside, exploring the beautiful view of waterfalls and mountains.
Day 11 : Hike from Loank to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5143 m) and back to Lonak
On this day, we start our trek after early morning breakfast, Walking for 3-4 hours gradually upwards we reach Kanchenjunga's north basecamp ( 5143 meters) from where we can have a glance at breathtaking views of the Himalayas. You will then retrace your steps and trek back to Lhonak for the night.
Day 12 : Lonak(4780 m) to Ghunsa(3595 meters)
You will retrace your steps and trek back to Ghunsa, where you can rest and relax.
Day 13 : Trek from Ghunsa to Selele (4,290 m)
You will cross the Sele La Pass and trek through rhododendron forests to reach Tseram, a small village situated in a beautiful valley.
We spend the night in Selele at a guesthouse.
Day 14 : Selele camp to Cheram( tseram) 3871 m
After breakfast 2 hours climb up to Selele la( 4646 meters) pass with a panoramic view of the mountains, after the pass you will walk gradually down on rocky path with a south part mountain view,
Day 15 : Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4,580 m) and back to Tseram
Today, you will trek to Ramche, where you can see stunning views of Yalung Glacier and the surrounding mountains. If possible we will reach Oktang ( depending upon the situation), After exploring the area, you will trek back to Tseram for the night.
Today, You can glance at the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp closely. This is the nearest we will be going towards the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp.
Day 16 : Trek from Ramche to Tortong (2,995 m)
The trail descends through rhododendron forests to Tortong, where you can rest and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Day 17 : Trek from Tortong to Yamphudin (2,080 m)
Today's trek takes you through small villages up to Lasiya Bhanjyang and lush forests to reach Yamphudin, where you can rest and relax.
Day 18 : Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang (1,910 m)
1 hour walk down from Yamphudin through the local village and cardamom farm, this day we will see typical villages and culture, We reach Khebang And stay overnight.
Day 19 : Trek from Khebang to Hapukhola
After breakfast, we start our journey to Hapukhola from Khebang where we walk through villages and a small pine forest local market . Today we stay at a guest house in Hapukhola.
Day 20 : Drive from Hapukhola to Bhadrapur
On this day, we catch an early morning vehicle (Private) from Hapukhola and reach to Bhadrapur.
Day 21 : Flight to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur. You can walk around and explore Kathmandu if you wish. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner (Funded by Hikingbees) at a typical Nepali-style restaurant.
Day 22 : Departure from Kathmandu
This is the day of farewell where you accomplish the journey and leave for your home. Three hours prior to your boarding time, our staff will receive you from your hotel and drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We really enjoyed hosting you. Many thanks for having us and safe travels returning home.
How hard is the Kanchanjunga base Camp trek?
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a strenuous trek and requires a high level of physical fitness and stamina.
What is the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a trekking route in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, located in eastern Nepal. It takes you through stunning alpine forests, high-altitude landscapes, and the remote villages of the region, all while providing spectacular views of the world's third highest peak, Kanchenjunga (8,586m).
How long is the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is typically a 21-day trek, although this can vary depending on the itinerary chosen and the pace of the trekker.
What is the difficulty level of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is considered a difficult trek due to its high altitude, remote location, and rugged terrain. Trekkers should have previous trekking experience, good physical fitness, and be prepared for long days of walking and camping in sometimes challenging conditions.
What is the best time of year to do the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?
The best time to do the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is from March to May and September to November when the weather is generally clear and dry, and the temperatures are mild.
What permits are required for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?
To trek in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, you will need a Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit and a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) Card. These permits can be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal.
What kind of accommodation can I expect on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?
Accommodation on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is primarily camping. Trekkers can expect to stay in comfortable tents provided by the trekking agency, with basic facilities such as sleeping mats and blankets.
Are there any health risks associated with the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?
Altitude sickness is a potential health risk associated with the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. Trekkers should acclimatize properly and stay hydrated throughout the trek. It is also recommended to carry a first aid kit and any necessary medication with you.
What kind of food will be available on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?
Food on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is primarily locally sourced and freshly prepared by the trekking crew. You can expect to have a variety of Nepali and international dishes such as dal bhat, noodles, pasta, soups, and vegetables.
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