Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek (Pangpema) – 18 Days

18 Days
  • Hotel/Lodge/Tea House
  • Spring and Autumn
  • Guided Trek
  • 5,143 meters
  • Private Vehicle/ Flight
  • English, Deutsch
  • Kathmandu
  • English, Deutsch
  • Available
  • BLD During Trek
  • 6-7 Hours Trek
  • Available

Overview

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Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is one of the best off-beaten Himalayan trekking adventures in Nepal that explore the base region of the third-highest mountain peak in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga [8,586 meters/ 28,169 feet]. This iconic Himalayan adventure that explores north eastern prospects of the Himalayas takes you on a remarkable journey across the less-traversed and secluded part of the Himalayas to experience the complete wilderness and the magnificence this untamed region beholds.

This Kanchenjunga region was previously banned to protect its raw natural beauty and was only re-opened to trekkers in 1988. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek stands out even among the remote Himalayan exploration and introduces you to the rich bio-diversity of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, picturesque views of the eastern Himalayan prospects, fascinating traditional settlements, and raw natural beauty at its pinnacle. So, if you want to add complete wilderness factors to your Himalayan exploration away from the mainstream crowd to get in touch with Mother Nature, this is just the right adventure for you.

Highlightights of Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

  • Exploration of the base region of the third-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga [8,586 meters/ 28,169 feet]
  • Completely isolated trail away from the mainstream route
  • Rich bio-diversity of Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (est 1997)
  • Picturesque views of the Himalayan peaks like Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Thru Chuli, Kabru, Yalung Kang, Pandim etc.
  • Diverse landscapes from subtropical rhododendron, pine, and oak forests to alpine pastures and glacial moraines
  • Exploration of the fascinating glaciers in the region like Yamatari Glacier, Kumbhakarna Glacier, Lhonak Glacier and Kanchenjunga Glacier
  • Passing through the traditional high Himalayan traditional settlements, experience their unique culture, lifestyle, and hospitality

Useful Info

Best Season For Trek

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For the best value experience of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, the peak seasons like autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are the ideal choices. You can expect the climatic conditions to be stable during these seasons, and the temperature is on the warmer side so that you can enjoy a comfortable trekking experience even at higher altitudes.

However, even among the peak seasons, the autumn season is considered to be the best time for the high altitude adventure in the Himalayas. Due to its clear days, the astonishing views of the Himalayan vistas are simply breathtaking; the fresh landscapes washed by the monsoon rain and the unique colorful shades of the fall season add further magic to the expedition. The temperature of the Annapurna region is neither too cold nor too hot during the autumn season; it averages around 10 °C to 18 °C, which makes your everyday trekking a comfortable experience.

As for the spring season, it is known for its enthralling trails that add excitement to your exploration with the stunning visual of the blooming season. The lush landscapes of the spring season that blend well with the clear blue sky and the sparkling snow-clad figurines will make you feel like you have entered a fairy tale. You will also have tons of options to explore the Himalayan wildlife and birdlife during the spring season. The temperature of the region is about 14 °C to 23 °C; thus, you will feel warmer even during your adventure in the alpine environment.

How Difficult is the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek?

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek?

Although Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is considered slightly more demanding than other mainstream trekking routes in the Himalayas, you still won’t need technical skills to do this trek. The trek difficulty of this exhilarating Himalayan expedition is at a ‘moderate’ level, even if it is a high-altitude adventure; during this expedition, you don’t have to take on any Himalayan passes.

Still, like other high-altitude trekking adventures in the Himalayas, you will also have to overcome some of the challenges of this adventure, like altitude gain, remoteness, weather factors, trekking hours, etc.

Altitude Gain can be a slightly challenging obstacle for the unprepared trekkers in this adventure. Starting your trekking adventure at Taplejung (1,820 meters), you will move along the high elevation points like Ghunsa (3,600 meters), Kambachen (4,100 meters), Lhonak (4,790 meters) and the highest elevation point Pang Pema (5,143 meters). So, if you are not physically prepared, the experience can be physically draining with potential risks of altitude sickness.

Similarly, you will cover a trekking distance of 6-7 hours on average during each trek day. Overcoming the remote and isolated trails at the rising altitude can be challenging, and you will also have to carry your backpack during your adventure. So, the overall difficulty factors depend on how well you are prepared for this adventure; most of them can be overcome with solid preparation.

Training and Preparation

Training and Preparation for kanchenjunga north base camp trek

If you put enough hours into your training and preparation part, you will be able to enjoy a more relaxed adventure and significantly reduce its overall difficulty level. Although you don’t need to be in top shape to do this Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek, a basic level of fitness and good health condition are recommended for the best value experience.

You can assess your physical abilities and determine the training programs as well as the duration for effective preparation. Normally, 3-6 weeks of preparation is enough for any high-altitude Himalayan adventure, but you can adjust it depending on your needs. Doing practice hikes at steep landscapes close to you is also one of the effective ways to understand the difficulty and prepare for your Himalayan adventure.

The majority part of your training program should focus on strength, endurance, and cardiovascular aspects so your body can easily adjust to the long hours of trekking. Here are some exercises that you can include in your preparation for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

Strength and Endurance Exercises: Push up, pull up, plank, deadlift, bicep curl, lunge, bench press, tricep dips, sit up, leg press, squat, etc.

Cardiovascular Exercises: Jogging, cycling, jumping rope, aerobics, burpee, mountain climbing, high knees, cardio, swimming, etc.

Food and Accommodation

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You can expect a moderate level of food and accommodation facilities during your Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. Although the facilities along these trekking trails are not well developed as a mainstream trekking route, you can expect clean accommodation facilities and healthy, nourishing meals during your trekking adventure.

Your food menu primarily consists of tasty local delicacies, Tibetan culture-influenced delicacies, and some continental menus. You can expect the following menus at the teahouses along the trails of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

For Breakfast: Tea, coffee, juice, bread, jam, butter, oats, eggs, cornflakes, muesli, pancakes, chapati, pies, etc.

For Lunch and Dinner: Dal Bhat Tarkari, dhindo, Gundruk, Momo, Chowmein, sandwich, salad, porridge, soup, potato dishes, meat dishes, Thukpa, Shaphaley, Rildok, tsampa, etc.

**Note: There are also vegetarian and vegan meal options available at the teahouses along the trekking trail**

As for water, you can buy mineral water bottles at the teahouses along the trail, as they can cost up to US$ 5 at higher altitudes, the most cost-efficient way to drink water during your trek is to drink and store boiled water at the teahouses. You are not recommended to drink water from the tap in your trekking trail; you can use purification solutions or tablets to make the boiled water you buy at the teahouses safer.

Accommodation

You can expect a well-furnished room with clean and fresh linen during your Kanchenjunga exploration. The teahouses in the region are run by the natives, so the services here are not as extravagant as chain star hotels, the rooms at the teahouses generally have two to three adjacent beds. You will receive a pillow, blanket, and comfortable mattress during your stay at these teahouses; as for the bathroom facilities, like the rooms, they will also be on a shared basis.

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Outline Itinerary: Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek (Pangpema) 18 Days

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m)

Day 02: Permit preparation day (1,400m)

Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Taplejung (1,820 meters; 45m flight, 7 hr drive)

Day 04: Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung (921m; 6 hrs trek)

Day 05: Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa (1,270m/4166ft; 6 -7 hrs trek)

Day 06: Trek from Chirwa to Sekathum (165o meters; 6 hrs trek)

Day 07: Trek from Sekathum to Gyabla 6 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.

Day 08: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa ( 2,730 meters/ 8,956 feet; 4 hrs trek )

Day 09: Acclimatization day in Ghunsa (3,600 meters/ 11,811 feet)

Day 10: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,100 meters/ 13,451 feet;
5-6 hours trek)

Day 11: Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4,790 meters/ 15,715 feet; 5-6 hours trek)

Day 12: Trek from Lhonak to Pang Pema (5,143 meters; 6-7 hours trek )

Day 13: Explore Pang Pema and trek back to Khambachen (4,100 meters/ 13,451 feet; 6-7 hours trek)

Day 14: Trek from Khambachen to Gyabla ( 2,730 meters/ 8,956 feet; 6-7 hours trek)

Day 15: Trek from Gyabla- Sekathum- Ranipul (2,080 meters/ 6,824 feet; 6-7 hours trek)

Day 16: Drive from Ranipul to Illam ( 1,210 meters/ 3,969 feet; 6-7 hours drive)

Day 17: Drive from Illam to Bhadrapur & Fly to Kathmandu. ( 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet; 2-3 hours drive,  45 m flight)

Day 18: Departure. (1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet)

Itinerary

Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

On the first day of your Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek, after your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), our representative will receive you at the airport terminal. Then, you will be swiftly transferred to your respective hotel and our representative will also assist you with the check-in procedure.

With the remaining day, you can check out the nearby highlights or stroll around the capital exploring the local restaurants. You can also visit our office to gather more information about your Himalayan expedition.

Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

Today is an exciting day’s adventure; you will explore some of the popular landmarks and architectural marvels of this beautiful capital. Kathmandu is home to 7 of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites (out of 10 in Nepal); although it is not possible to tour every one of these in a single day, you will explore a few of them.

Meanwhile, we will make the arrangements for all the necessary permits and documentation for your expedition. In the evening, your mountain guide will brief you about the adventure, what you can expect, pointers, packing tips, etc. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

Bhadrapur Elevation: 91 meters/ 298 feet

Taplejung Elevation: 1,820 meters/ 5,971 feet

Elevation Gain: 420 meters/ 1,377 feet

Starting your adventure early in the morning, after breakfast, you will board a flight to Bhadrapur. This short flight over the valley will offer you spectacular aerial views of the Himalayas and lush valleys below. After landing at Bhadrapur and taking a short break, you will continue with the second part of this day’s adventure: drive from Bhadrapur to Taplejung.

Following the trails of the Mechi Highway, you will drive past the lush green scenery, traditional settlements, terraced farms, charming streams, and river heading toward Taplejung. Moving across the popular settlements of Illam, Birtamod, Amarpur, and Jorpokhari, your driving trail will cross a bridge over the Kabeli Khola, and you will finally arrive at Taplejung.

Flight Duration: 45 minutes

Drive Duration: 7-8 hours

Taplejung Elevation: 1,820 meters/ 5,971 feet

Mitlung Elevation: 921 meters/ 3,021 feet

Elevation Loss: 899 meters/ 2,949 feet

Your trekking adventure will finally begin on Day 4 of your Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. Following the scenic trails alongside the Tamor River, you will move along some steep ridges and pass traditional mud house villages. Then, the descending trail alongside the banks of the river will lead you to the beautiful farming village of Mitlung.

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Mitlung Elevation: 921 meters/ 3,021 feet

Chirwa Elevation: 1,270 meters/ 4,166 feet

Elevation Gain: 349 meters/ 1,145 feet

Moving further ahead in your trekking trail, you will pass small hamlets along the way as you head north toward Siwan. The trail up ahead in the valley starts to narrow down and moves across the boulder-strewn and landslide areas. Proceeding further in this day’s trekking adventure, you will cross the Thiwa Khola and follow the ascending trail alongside the river to reach Chirwa. There are several small bhatti, shops, and camping sites in this charming village; you will rest tonight at one of the finest teahouses in the region.

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Chirwa Elevation: 1,270 meters/ 4,166 feet

Sekathum Elevation: 1,650 meters/ 5,413 feet

Elevation Gain: 380 meters/ 1,246 feet

After enjoying a hearty breakfast at Chirwa, you will follow the charming trail that winds up along the banks of the Tamur River several times. Moving along your trekking trails, you will then traverse across the traditional villages of Taplethok and Tamewa before crossing a suspension bridge over the Tamur River that leads you to Lelep Village. Then, your trail again drops to the riverbed of the Tamur River; proceeding further, you will cross a new suspension bridge over the confluence of the Tamur and Ghunsa, and the gradual ascending route from here will take you to Skeathum Village.

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Sekathum Elevation: 1,650 meters/ 5,413 feet

Gyabla Elevation: 2,730 meters/ 8,956 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,080 meters/ 3,543 feet

Leaving Sekathum behind, you will follow the trail on the northeast side of the Ghunsa River and follow the ascending trail toward the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. After overcoming a few ascending and descending sections at the banks of the river, you will cross the waterfall and arrive at the Ghiayabari Village. Moving further ahead in your trekking trail, you will cross a suspension bridge of the Ghunsa River and follow the narrow grassy slopes and cardamom fields heading toward Amjilassa Village, which is heavily influenced by Tibetan culture.

Then, from here, you will follow the ascending trail through the bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forests. You will come across a big waterfall at the bank of the river, which will signal that you have now reached the Sherpa village of Gyabla.

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Gyabla Elevation: 2,730 meters/ 8,956 feet

Ghunsa Elevation: 3,600 meters/ 11,811 feet

Elevation Loss: 870 meters/ 2,854 feet

Today’s trekking adventure is slightly demanding as you will traverse across the steep section along the trail for the majority part. After breakfast, you will leave the Gyabla Village, passing through the lush bamboo and rhododendron forests, and following the trails alongside the riverbed of the Ghunsa River. You will then arrive at the traditional settlement of Phere, where monasteries, mani walls, and praying walls will grace your trail.

You will follow the ascending trails for about two hours from here to finally reach the Ghunsa Village. This large Tibetan settlement inside the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area has several monasteries; tonight, you will rest here enjoying the spiritual ambiance of this charming village.

Trek Duration: 4 hours

Ghunsa Elevation: 3,600 meters/ 11,811 feet

As you have gained a significant altitude in your Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek, this day in your Himalayan expedition will be an acclimatization day. You use this day to rest and explore this beautiful Tibetan Village, as physical activities are recommended for an effective acclimatization process; you can do some short hikes around the monasteries in the region or to Lapsang La in the morning.

In the evening, you can just stroll around absorbing the spiritual atmosphere of this Tibetan village, checking out the local lifestyle and traditions. Overnight stay at Ghunsa.

Ghunsa Elevation: 3,600 meters/ 11,811 feet

Kambachen Elevation: 4,100 meters/ 13,451 feet

Elevation Gain: 500 meters/ 1,640 feet

Moving further in your trekking route, you will follow the trails through the open pine and rhododendron forests, moving along the bank of the river to the waterfall. This scenic trail on the south bank of the Ghunsa River also takes you across several chortens, mani walls, and several more charming waterfalls nourished by the Temachhungi Peak and Yamatari Glacier.

About three hours of your ascending trek will then lead you to Rampuk Kharka; from here the trekking trail ascends steeply on the opposite side of the Kumbhakarna Glacier. Then, you will follow the uphill route for about two hours, enjoying the spectacular views of Jannu, Temachungi, Pholesobi Thongje, and other adjacent peaks to reach Kambachen.

Trek duration: 5-6 hours

Kambachen Elevation: 4,100 meters/ 13,451 feet

Lhonak Elevation: 4,790 meters/ 15,715 feet

Elevation Gain: 690 meters/ 2,263 feet

As you have ascended to a significant altitude on this day above the treeline, the lush frosted areas open up the way to the wide Himalayan vistas, semi-arid terrains, and expansive glaciers, adding a different taste of topography to your adventure. During the first leg, leaving the Kambachen behind, you will move along the trail Ghunsa Khola, enjoying the stunning views of Kanchenjunga, Gimmigela, Ramtang, and several more.

Your trail on this day goes through the sloppy landslide area to pastures and moves to the later glacier moraines of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. During the last stretch of this day’s trekking adventure, you will traverse across the Dry Lake and open sandy plain to reach Lhonak, your resting destination tonight.

Trek duration: 5-6 hours

Lhonak Elevation: 4,790 meters/ 15,715 feet

Pang Pema Elevation: 5,143 meters/ 16,873 feet

Elevation Gain: 353 meters/ 1,158 feet

It’s an exciting day’s adventure today; leaving Lhonak behind, you will move toward the main objective of Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek on this day. Following the gradual ascending route from Lhonak, you will trek toward the east, staying close to the glacial moraines of the Lhonak Glacier. Overcoming the debris, boulder-strewn trail, glacial deposits, and icy patches along the northern ridges of the glacier, you will reach Pang Pema (Kanchenjunga North Base Camp).

This magnificent base camp at the foothills of the third-highest mountain in the world offers picturesque views of the Himalayan massifs like Kanchenjunga, Yalung Kang, Jannu, Pandim, and several other nearby peaks. After exploring the region and catching the incredible views, you will prepare for your overnight stay at the Pang Pema.

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Pang Pema Elevation: 5,143 meters/ 16,873 feet

Kambachen Elevation: 4,100 meters/ 13,451 feet

Elevation Loss: 1,043 meters/ 3,421 feet

After spending an incredible night beneath the towing peak of the Himalayas, you will find a perfect spot to enjoy the picturesque sunrise views. This day will officially conclude your remarkable Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek, and from this day onward, you will follow the descending trail to the starting point.

Retracing your steps back across the glacial moraines, you will first make your way toward Lhonak. Then, proceed even further with your descending trail; you will cross the wide pastures to reach Kambachen, your resting destination tonight.

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Kambachen Elevation: 4,100 meters/ 13,451 feet

Gyabla Elevation: 2,730 meters/ 8,956 feet

Elevation Loss: 1,370 meters/ 4,494 feet

This day’s trekking trail in your Himalayan adventure will introduce you back to the lush greenery as you enter the treeline. Following the lush trail alongside the Ghunsa River, you will first make your return to Ghunsa, and moving further ahead following the descending trail alongside the river, you will reach Gyabla, trekking past the traditional settlement of Phere.

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Gyabla Elevation: 2,730 meters/ 8,956 feet

Sekathum Elevation: 1,650 meters/ 5,413 feet

Ranipul Elevation: 2,080 meters/ 6,824 feet

Elevation Loss: 650 meters/ 2,132 feet

Day 15 will be the last day of trekking adventure in your Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek. Continuing with your descending trail, you will follow the moderate trail alongside the Ghunsa River to Sekathum, past the traditional settlements of Amjilassa Village and Ghiayabari Village. After crossing Sekathum, you will switch the trail to Tamur River and descend even further to arrive at Ranipul, your resting destination tonight.

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Ranipul Elevation: 2,080 meters/ 6,824 feet

Illam Elevation: 1,210 meters/ 3,969 feet

Elevation Loss: 870 meters/ 2,854 feet

After concluding your Himalayan adventure, you will enjoy a comfortable drive across the high hills, lush forested areas, crusading rivers, and waterfalls on this day. Savoring cool high-hill breezes and reliving fond memories of your Himalayan adventure as you drive across the enchanted landscapes, you will arrive at Illam. This delightful vacation destination in Nepal is famous for tea and cardamom farming; you will rest here tonight, enjoying the incredible natural scenery and clean, fresh air.

Drive Duration: 6-7 hours

Illam Elevation: 1,210 meters/ 3,969 feet

Bhadrapur Elevation: 91 meters/ 298 feet

Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

Elevation Gain: 190 meters/ 623 feet

Bidding farewell to your epic Himalayan adventure and teahouse of the country, after breakfast, you will drive down to Bhadrapur from Illam. Moving past the lush landscapes of Illam through the tea gardens, cardamom farms, and lush forested high hills, a short drive will bring you to the flatland Bhadrapur.

After stretching your legs and resting at Bhadrapur, admiring the beauty of the region, you will then board a plane back to Kathmandu. Enjoying the magical aerial views of the Himalayas, you will fly over lush high hills, deep valleys, and soaring rivers to reach Kathmandu. You will be transferred back to your respective hotel after your arrival; you can use the rest of the day to explore the cafes and restaurants or shop for souvenirs.

Drive Duration: 2-3 hours

Flight Duration: 45 minutes

Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

Today is the last day of your Himalayan expedition; bidding farewell to the crew and staff, you will prepare for your departure. Our representative will pick you up at your hotel, assist with the check-out procedure, and drop you off at the airport according to your flight schedules. Thank you for trekking with Great Adventure Treks; we hope to see you again. Have a safe journey!

Cost Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Pick up from the airport and drive to the hotel.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast ( 3-star level hotel.)
  • A professional Sherpa Guide with Government License.
  • Sherpa porter who will carry your baggage(2 people 1 sherpa porter max 20kg)
  • All Accommodation during Trekking (guest House/lodge)
  • Food during Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )
  • Kanchenjunga National Park Permit
  • Food, salary Transport, clothing for Guide and Porter
  • First aid kit from The Great Adventure Treks and Expedition.
  • Insurance for Guide and Porter
  • Rescue Help in case of emergency (paid by your travel insurance)
  • Airport to hotel by car
  • Government tax and service charge
  • Airport departure to your sweet home
  • All programs as per Itinerary.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Any kinds of Drinks (soft and Hard Drinks)
  • Visa, international flight ticket
  • Personal Nature expenses
  • Tips for Staffs
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Rescue and Evacuation cost
  • Kathmandu Monuments fees
  • shower during the trek
  • Bar bills
  • If you use high level accommodation.

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