KANGCHENJUNGA BASE CAMP TREK
Group size: 1-10
Kanchenjunga (8,586m/28,169ft) the world’s third highest mountain, bordering with Sikkim of India to the remote northeastern corner of the country where people speak Tibetan. It was first climbed on May 25th 1955 by two members of a Brishtish expedition: Joe Brown and Geogrge Band, With the respect to the belief of the Chogyal people in Sikkim, who hold the summit sacred, they stopped a few feet below the highest point, this tradition has been followed by other climbers. In Tibetan languague, ‘Kang’ mean ‘Snow’, ‘Chen’ is ‘Great’, Ju is ‘Treasure’ and ‘Nga’ is ‘Five’, with the name Kangchenjuga means “The Five Treasuries of the Great Snows”. In fact it has seven major summit so whether “Five” this refers to the five summits, the five glaciers or the five repositories of God, is not certain.
The trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp mark as first out of ten chapter in the Great 1,700 kilometres across Himalaya Trail is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding walks in the entire Himalayas. The journey begin with one of the most hair-rasing landing at Suketar airstrip above Taplejung, a trading and admistration center of the region. From here the circut trail goes northeast, cut across the ‘grain’ of the mountains toward Yalung Base Camp (4,500m/14,763ft), head east crossing 2 high passes of Sinelapche La (4,500m/14,763ft) and Mirgin La (4,480m/14,698ft) then continue northwards to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5,100m/16,732ft) then back on difference way to Tablejung.
The treks goes through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area where there are around 35 villages with ethnic diversity: Sherpas, Limbus, Rais, Gurungs, Tamangs, Sarkis, Damais, Kamis, Bahuns and Tibetans. Difference climatic zone and the result is unique biodiversity compared to the size of the area. A journey from Taplejung to Kangchenjunga Base Camp leads the trekker through the sub-tropics, over alpine pasture and last but not least to the eternal snow and ice of the high peaks. Those who are luckly will see red pandas, Himalayan black bears, grey wolves, musk deer, blue sheep and the legendary snow leopards.
➡ Stunning views to the entire "The Five Treasuries of the Great Snow" of Kangchenjunga massif
➡ Long arduous walk to Yalung base Camp, Crossing the Sinelapche La (4,500/14,763ft) amd Mirgin La (4,480m/14,698ft), Kangchenjunga Base Camp with spectacular landscape make us forget the hardship
➡ Diversity in both landscape and cultural aspect
➡ Off-the-beaten path and experience the great variety of wild flowers and animals
Kangchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival (1,300m /4,264 ft)
Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Suketar (2,420m/7,938ft), trek to Lali Kharka (2,265m/7,431ft), 3-5 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 3: Trek to Khesewa (2,120m/6,955ft), 5 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 4: Trek to Mamankhe (1785m/5,856ft), 5 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 5: Trek to Yamphudin (2,080m/6,824ft), 6 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 6: Trek to Chitre (2,965m/9,727ft), 5 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 7: Trek to Tortongn (3,010m/9,875ft), 6 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 8: Trek to Tseram (3,870m/12,696ft), 6 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 9: Trek to Ramche (4,580m/15,026ft), 4 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 10: Explore around Ramche and Trek to Oktang (4,730m, 15,518ft), 5 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 11: Trek to Yalung Ri Base Camp (5,400m/17,716ft), 5 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 12: Trek to Ramche (4,580m/15,026ft), 5 hours, (B/L,D)
Day 13: Trek to Sallerle via Mirgin La (4,480m/14,698ft), 6 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 14: Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m/11,794ft), 5 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 15: Trek to Khambanchen (4,050m/13,287ft), 6 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 16: Exploration day at Khambanchen, (B/L/D)
Day 17: Trek to Lhonak (4,780m/15,682ft), 6 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 18: Trek to Pang Pema (5,140m/16,863ft), 4 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 19: Trek to Kangchenjunga Base Camp (5,143m/16,873ft), return to Khambanchen (4,050m/13,287ft), 5 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 19: Trek to Ghunsa (3,475m/11,400ft), 6 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 20: Trek to Amjilosa (2,308m/7,572ft), 4 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 21: Trek to Sakathum (1,600m/5,249ft), 5 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 22: Trek to Chhiruwa (1,270m/4,166ft), 5 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 23: Trek to Suketar (2,420m/7,939ft), 5 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 24: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 25: Final departure
On trekking we will be hiking 5–9 hours per day and some day ascents/descents on steep mountainous terrain at elevations ranging from 1,270m/4,166ft to maximum of 5,143/16,873ft Some days will be rest days with optional hikes to properly acclimatize.
5,143/16,873ft at Kangchenjunga Base Camp
Spring and Autumn
Spring time (Mar-May) Rhododendron blooming in many places give this trip an extra appeal. Autumn (Sep-Dec) sky are generally clear with outstanding views.
Flowers and plants are at their growing peak during monsoon (Jun-Aug). In winter time (Dec-Feb) it is cold but the view is excellent.
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