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Kanchenjunga Base Camp 26 days

Trip Overview

Duration: 26 days
Maximum altitude: 5‘140 m
Trek Grade: Moderate to strenuous
Average walking time per day: 4 - 6 hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse, Camping
Best season: February, March, April, May, October, November

Exactly translated Kanchenjunga means "Five treasures of snow", but actually there are seven main summits. The Kanchenjunga belongs with its height of 8'585 m to the Third highest mountain in the world and, at the same time, the most easterly eight-thousander. It is the home of the gods that give the country prosperity and goodness. Until 1852 it was believed that the Kanchenjunga is the highest mountain in the world.

The Kanchenjunga offers a fantastic mountain scenery, various plants and animals as well a rich culture, which is quite different than the western part of Nepal.

The trek takes us over the Mirgin La Pass, through the villages Mitlung, Ghunsa, Khambachen and Lhonak to Pang Pema 5'143 m, the base camp for expeditions on the north side of Kanchenjunga II is the highlight of the first part of this tour.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03: Flight to Biratnagar

Day 04: Flight to Suketar and trek to Lali Kharka 2‘265 m

Day 05: Lali Kharka - Kheswa 2‘120 m

Day 06: Keswa - Mamankhe 1‘785 m

Day 07: Mamankhe - Yamphudin 2'080 m

Day 08: Yamphudin - Chittre 2'962 m

Day 09: Chittre - Tortong 2‘995 m

Day 10: Tortong - Tseram 3‘870 m

Day 11: Tseram - Ramche 4‘580 m

Day 12: Ramche 

Day 13: Ramche – Tseram – Camp ca. 4’600 m

Day 14: 5 Passes to Gunsa 3‘427 m

Day 15: Gunsa - Khambachen 4‘050 m

Day 16: Khambachen - Lhonak 4‘780 m

Day 17: Lhonak - Pang Pema 5‘143 m

Day 18: Pang Pema - extra day

Day 19: back to Gunsa 3‘427 m

Day 20: back to Gunsa 3’427 m

Day 20: Gunsa - Kyapra 2'780 m

Day 21: Kyapra - Sukethum 1‘585 m

Day 22: Sukethum - Chiruwa 1‘270 m

Day 23: Chiruwa - Phurumbu 1'542 m

Day 24: Phurumbu - Taplejung (Suketar) 2‘420 m

Day 25: Flight to Kathmandu via Biratnagar 

Day 26: Departure


Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel                       

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Enjoy the historical cultural sites of Kathmandu including UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pashupatinath (sacred Hindu temples), Boudhanath (Buddhist shrine) Swayembhunath (monkey temple), etc.

Day 03: Flight to Biratnagar
The flight to Biratnagar takes about 45 minutes.

Day 04: Flight to Suketar and Trek to Lali Kharka 2‘265 m
After the 30 minute flight to Suketar (Taplejung), we start our trek which takes us through breathtaking settlements and fertile fields.

Day 05: Lali Kharka - Kheswa 2‘120 m
Our route brings us through beautiful terraced fields and over a suspension bridge that crosses the Phawa Khola River. Then we walk through dense forests and enchanting villages. After awhile we reach Kande Bhanjyang with its tea houses. From here we have an attractive view to the Kanchenjunga which is glowing in the afternoon sun.

Day 06: Kheswa - Mamankhe 1‘785 m
We walk again through terraced fields and pretty village to a jungle-like forest with ferns and orchids. First we hike downhill followed by a constant up and downs. We pass a waterfall and after more ups and downs we reach Phumphe Danda 1‘858 m. After we descend more down into the valley our final climb to Mamankhe awaits us, a large village with beautiful houses and flowers on the balconies.

Day 07: Mamankhe - Yamphudin 2‘080 m
The day starts easily. The trail winds through the hills above the Kabeli Kohla. A few hours before Yamphudin we are at the same height as the river. It gives us the opportunity to take a bath in one of the many clear river pools. It is a beautiful and peaceful place. After our lunch we continue to Yamphudin a magical place below the Deurali Danda..

Day 08: Yamphudin – Chittre 2’962 m
We hike through rhododendron forests and mossy trees. The stone steps look as if they had been laid by people long time ago.  We reach Chittre which consists just of one house.

Day 09: Chittre - Tortong 2'995 m
We continues up to the Lasiya Bhanjyang pass 3'310 m. On the other side of the pass, the traces of a landslide can be seen. After rain, the descent is a little muddy and slippery. Finally we reach the river and follow it until we reach the settlement Tortong.

Day 10: Tortong - Tseram 3‘870 m
We continue our journey towards to Tseram. We pass pine and rhododendron forests and the higher we go, the sparser the trees get until we finally reach the tree line. Here we have a good chance to see the Yalung glaciers, Kabru 7'353 m and Rathong 6'679 m. After about 4 hours walking we reach Tseram where it is already more cold because of the altitude.

Day 11: Tseram - Ramche 4‘580 m
Today’s hike is relatively short. After we got pass Yak pasture and glacial moraines, we get a fantastic view. It opens up the view to Kabru, Ratong and Kokthang. We leave the Yalung glacier behind us and finally reach Ramche, which lies in an open and flat glacier valley.

Day 12: Ramche
Another highlight awaits us, we pass an old, tumbled down mountain pasture and the Yalung glacier, which is surrounded by the mountain giants Jannu, Kabru 1 - 4 and Kangchenjunga. We walk uphill steadily and finally come to Oktang. The view of the surrounding mountain scenery is gorgeous! After a break we return to Ramche.

Day 13: Ramche – Tseram – Camp ca. 4’600 m
We will hike back to Tseram and a bit further, so that the climb up to the passes is not too strenuous.

Day 14: 5 Passes to Ghunsa 3‘427 m
Today we will cross five passes: Sinela Che La 4’646 m, Mirgin La 4’480 m, Sinion La 4’440 m, Sele La 4’190 m and Tamo La 4’500 m. We keep on walking up, after a while a fantastic view back to Simbuwa Khola valley and the peaks above the Yalung glacier, on the Kabru Peak as well as Kangchenjunga open up. It takes about 2 hours steady climb to get over the Sinelapche La Pass to Mirgin La Pass. The view is spectacular.

From Mirgin La Pass the path becomes more flat. It goes on to the Sinion La Pass. We have magnificent views to Makalu and Baruntse and the Chamlang massif. The two last passes awaits us, the Sele La and the Tamo La. Here we will be rewarded with a magnificent view to the perfectly shaped Mt. Jannu (Khumbhakarna 7’710 m. After a short breakt we climb the mountain path down easily and reach the Tibetan village Ghunsa with his gompa, prayer flags and wooden houses.

Day 15: Ghunsa - Khambachen 4‘050 m
From Ghunsa the path leads through stunning pine and rhododendron forests, passing many Mani walls and chortens. After lunch at Rampak Kharka we start to climb before we get down to the summer residence of Khambachen. We have gorgeous views of Mt. Janu or Mt. Kumbhakama.

Day 16: Khambachen – Lhonak 4‘780 m
From Khambachen we walk first in direction of Ramtang and thereby we can enjoy the beautiful view of the valley and the mountains. From Ramtang the incredible view of the grooved, wedged peaks and in the afternoon of Nepal Peak 7‘177 m, Mera Peak and White Wave will be visible. Finally we reach Lhonak, which sits high above the Kanchenjunga glacier across the Wedge Peaks.  

Day 17: Lhonak - Pang Pema 5‘143 m
A 3-hour hike takes us to Pang Pema. The path follows moraines before we arrive in Pang Pema, the north Base Camp, located in a protected location directly opposite the towering north face of Kanchenjunga. This is one of the most impressive places in the world, the highlight of this unique trek.

Day 18: Pang Pema - extra day
Today is a rest day, but for the enthusiastic among us, there is the possibility to climb the slopes of Drohmo for a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga and its adjacent peaks. Another option is on the more difficult terrain to hike on the right side of the glacier to catch an alternative view to the distant peaks around the Jong Sang La pass.        

Day 19 – 20: back to Ghunsa 3‘427 m
In the next 2 days it goes back to Ghunsa, via Ramtang and Khambachen.

Day 20: Ghunsa - Kyapra 2'780 m
Today we follow the eye-catching Ghunsa and Tamur Khola rivers. The trail passes through incredible forests as rhododendron, pine trees, birches and oaks. Here the valley is steep and it gradually goes down along the river.

Day 21: Kyapra - Sukethum 1‘585 m
After a few hours of walking we reach Amjilosa. From here it goes steeply down and we can see the Ghunsa river valley, which stretches before us and arriving soon Sukethum.                     

Day 22: Sukethum - Chiruwa 1‘270 m
On the way we pass the mouth of the Simbua Khola and Ghunsa Khola. From here we have stunning views as the 2 rivers in the Tamur Kosi unite. Along the Tamur Khola we pass other tributaries. After about 4 - 5 hours walking we reach the beautiful village of Chiruwa.

Day 23: Chiruwa – Phurumbu 1'542 m
We are now entering the agricultural area of Chiruwa. After about 4 hours we reach Phurumbu.

Day 24: Phurumbu - Taplejung (Suketar) 2‘420 m
We leave the valley and after about 3 hours we reach Taplejung. We have plenty of time to stroll around the village and watch the residents in their daily activity. Since the Nepalese are very open and friendly, it may well be that we are invited to a family home. After leaving Taplejung behind us, we reach the runway of Suketar.

Day 25: Flight to Kathmandu via Biratnagar

Day 26: Departure

Includes & Excludes

Includes and Excludes

In Services included:
National Park permit
TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
Accommodation during the trek
Breakfast whilst Trekking with B & B Program
3 meals during the trek with the Package Program
English speaking, experienced and trained guide
Number of porter according to the group size (15 kg of luggage per Trekker)
First aid kit and insurance for the team
Transport to the trekking spot (incl. domestic flight)
Airport pick up and drop off

Not included:
Hotels *
Any kind of drinks
International flights
Personal expenses
Personal Insurance and medication
Nepal entry visa
Tipping for guide and porter
German speaking guide or group leader (On request)

* Accommodations are only included whilst Trekking. For Hotel reservations we are pleased to support you.