Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Overview
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a famous Himalayan route that passes across Nepal’s eastern region and is one of the scenic trekking destination in Nepal.The third-highest peak in the world, Kanchenjunga (8586m), is also known as the “Five Treasures of the Great Snow” (Gold, Silver, Precious Stones, Grain, and Holy Scriptures).
The famous Kanchenjunga is located in North-East Nepal and is bordered by Sikkim, India. Kanchenjunga can be viewed from India, Bhutan, and Tibet due to the mountain’s location in Nepal and India. Along the way, you’ll pass remote Tibetan communities higher up in the semi-arid plateaus at the base of the mountain and lush, green, semi-tropical Rai and Limbu settlements in the middle of the slopes.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Route
The Kanchenjunga trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Taplejung, from where you will be walking to Chirwa, where you will stay for a night. The walk will continue to Sukethum, Gyabla, and Ghunsa, where you will stay for a night at each place. After that, you will trek to Kambachen, Lhonak, and Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
You will stay at the base camp for 2 nights to hike near Glacier Kanchenjunga, Kumbhakarna viewpoint.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Highlights
Follow the glacier torrents of the Tamur and Ghunsa rivers to their source on the Kanchenjunga Himal’s northwestern side.
Witness breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga massif, the Makalu range, and nearby peaks.
Visit the monastery and a few smaller monasteries illustrating Tibetan architecture and culture in the hamlet of Ghunsa.
The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, which encompasses an area of 2035 square kilometers, is one of the trek’s significant highlights. The site is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna and species, such as Himalayan black bears, musk deer, snow leopards, red pandas, wild boars, and many others.
Trek through remote Gurung, Limbu, Rai, and Sherpa neighborhoods and witness the authentic Himalayan lifestyle and hospitality.
Day 1. Kathmandu – Taplejung (Airport) – Chirwa
Day 2. Sukethum
Day 3. Gyabla
Day 4. Ghunsa
Day 5. Kambachen
Day 6. Lhonak
Day 7. Kanchenjunga Base Camp
2 night, Hike to near glacier Kanchenjunga, Kumbhakarna view point – We get different views of same mountain when it see it from different angles , Photographer’s paradise and the key highlight of this trek
* There are lodges for accommodation but we do not recommend camp style because of the quality
* For more detail check instagram post where day wise detail is written
Day 8. Kanchenjunga Base Camp – Kambachen
Return to kathmandu by helicopter
Best Time For Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Autumn and spring are often considered the ideal seasons for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek. In these seasons, the temperature is reasonable, and the weather is also quiet and constant. In these seasons, sunny skies are often expected, and woodlands are also gorgeous owing to fall foliage and spring wildflower blooming.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Difficulty
The Kanchenjunga base camp trek is regarded as a difficult trek that requires a high level of physical fitness, endurance, and mental strength. You will be climbing at elevations of over 5,000 meters (16,404 feet), in thin air with unpredictable weather. You’ll be trekking over difficult and hilly terrain, with long descents and ascents, river crossings, and winding paths. You’ll also regularly spend many hours a day walking in distant and isolated spots.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Permit
The Kanchenjunga trek permit is one of the most expensive in Nepal. The trekkers need to secure special permissions because it is a restricted region. You’ll need a Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP) and a Restricted Area Entry Permit. The Tapethok and Yamphuding VDC routes are restricted zones.
Entry Permit for Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP): Rs 2000 per person
Restricted Zone cost of an entry permit is USD 20 per person, per week.
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Cancellations & Refunds
At Rolwaling Trek, we just want our clients to have the best possible experiences. That’s why we don’t withhold deposits or have a fixed cancellation policy. We understand that sometimes life puts you in unexpected situations, so if you have to cancel or postpone a trip, there’s no need to worry.
If you need to change plans, please get in touch with us as soon as you can, and we will make the necessary arrangements to amend or cancel your trip. You can contact us at: +977 – 9801026642.
Trekking routes can be customised to suit your personal interests, abilities and time constraints.
If an area does not have good quality accommodation options, we can provide very comfortable camping-style accommodation for the duration of your journey.
Rolwaling also has a team of cooks who specialise in making Japanese cuisine, using authentic ingredients from Japan.
A lot of the fresh produce used in our dishes is sourced locally from growers in the trekking region.
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