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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Camping Trek, 27 Days

One of the most picturesque and remote treks in the Nepal Himalaya
Eastern Nepal is characterized by greater diversity on many accounts; ethnic groups such as the Rai and Limbu people, a prolific range of flora due to the higher summer rainfall in the region, and some of the most outstanding mountain vistas anywhere in the Himalaya. By following the glacial torrent of the Tamur and Ghunsa Rivers to their source on the North West side of the Kangchenjunga Himal, we emerge to another world. Dwarfed by an alpine grandeur in almost every direction, peaks such as; Pyramid Peak, Jannu, and the Twins and of course Kangchenjunga (8586m) dominate the setting. It is no less dramatic on our southern traverse of the mountain on the return journey by way of the Mirgin La Pass (4500m). This is a challenging traverse through a region seldom visited in recent years.

Fact of the Trek;
Trek Destination: Kanchenjunga Region
Highest Elevation: 5140m
Best Season: Autumn (Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April) 
Group Size: 02pax to 12pax
Mode of Trek: Tented Camp
Trek Start/End: Bhadrapur/Bhadrapur
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Trekking Hour: 05 to 06 hours
Transportation by: Domestic Flight and private vehicle
Types of trek/tour: Trekking
Culture: Majority of Kirantis, Rai, Limbhu
Himalayan Sights: Kanchenjunga Range and other high snowy peaks

High Lights of the Trek: Stunning view of high Himalayan Range, unobstructed Sunrise & Sunset view, typical lifestyle and culture of Rai, Limbhu, scenic and picturesque villages, ancient Monasteries, wildlife, beautiful terraced fields, dense rhododendron forest, and glacier

Detailed Itinerary

Note that although we try to follow the itinerary below, at times local trail or weather conditions may make slight changes necessary. The trekking itinerary may also vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization rates.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1340m,
You'll be met at the airport by our representative from the company, so look out for a office sign/logo with your name when you leave the airport. They will bring you back to the Hotel. Welcome drinks will provide by Hotel and short briefing about your treks and refreshment. Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 2: Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley,
A free day to explore in the Kathmandu Valley. Our tour guide introduces as following Options: Climb the many steps to Swayambhunath (the monkey temple), with its commanding views of Kathmandu (1420m), its whitewashed Stupas and its unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism. The striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa watch over a lively and colorful Tibetan community and attract pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm. In the midst of traditional Gompas, and hung with long strings of multi-colored prayer flags, Boudhanath attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists alike for daily circumambulations (Koras) of the Stupa. Durbar Square, one of the old capitals of the Kathmandu valley, is a synthesis of Hindu and Buddhist temples, stupas and statues, and is often the site of festivals, marriages and other ceremonies. Hindu Pashupatinath and its sacred temple complex on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats, and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burnt-orange and saffron sit serenely meditating - when they’re not posing for photos-for-rupees. Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and transfer to Hotel.
Morning free for preparation of the trek to check equipments and afternoon flight to Bhadrapur and transfer to Hotel.

Day 4: Drive from Bhadrapur to Taplejung
Morning load all the equipments on jeep and drive to Taplejung by rough road for 6 to 7 hours and stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 5: Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung 800m
The trail today can be very muddy and in poor condition as it is subject to landslides and requires constant maintenance. Our route may take us on either side of the Tamur River depending on existing conditions. It is likely that we will have to cross the river several times to make our way northwards. On the trail today we will see different species of birds and the forest is alive with their calls. The river is home to many different fish species and we may glimpse flashes of color beneath the surface. The Himalaya is still growing in every sense of the word; tectonic plates are clashing underneath, loosening the soil and rock, whilst snowfall and glaciers are cascading down. By all accounts today could be a tough day and your perseverance and flexibility are very important in this stage of the trek. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 6: Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa 1190m

The roar of the Tamur accompanies us all day as we trek this classic Himalayan gorge with its dense patches of sub-tropical rainforest and cliffs. Most of the villages are up on the valley sides though we do pass through them in places where the valley opens out. The ethnic group here, the Kirantis now known as Limbu, date back more than 2000 years as subsistence farmers in this region. Crops such as rice, millet, barley, wheat and corn are nearly always growing at the time that we visit. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 7: Trek from Chirwa to Sekathum 1640m
The trail is today is well defined and the walk is both enjoyable and satisfying. We have only a few climbs up towards the valley where we begin to notice subtle changes in the landscape surrounding us. We weave through large boulders passing below the village of Tapethok and cross a landslide area to reach a bridge crossing a tributary of the Tamur River. This is the Simbuwa Khola, which flows from the south side of Kangchenjunga. We continue on towards the base camp, crossing several bridges and following what is now called the Gunsa Khola. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 8: Trek from Sekathum to Amjilasha 2490m
The trail is very narrow and we follow the Ghunsa River until we break for lunch. This walk requires a lot of caution and concentration. On the way, we pass a small Sherpa settlement mainly tending to Yaks. After lunch, there is a steep climb towards our overnight camp at Amjilasha. Amjilasha (Amjilosa) is a small Tibetan settlement. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 9: Trek from Amjilasha to Gepla 2730m

Today's walk is predominantly through forest and we will sight many waterfalls along the way. There are no villages to pass through leaving us with a feeling of remoteness in the tranquil forest surroundings. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 10: Trek from Gebla to Ghunsa 3430m
Before lunch, we follow a narrow trail through thick forests to our lunch site is at Phole village, this is a typical Tibetan village and winter settlement for the villagers of Ghunsa. People of this village depend mainly on yak rearing and weaving carpets. Here we find the one and only monastery of the entire trek and visitors are most welcome. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 11: Rest day in Ghunsa
Today we will enjoy a rest day and there may be time, weather permitting to wash some clothes or other domestic chores. We also have an option of a 3 hrs walk opposite River Khanso Thanso, from where we see a panoramic view of Phole Peak and Sobithongi Peak and also a glimpse of Mt. Khumbakaran. After long days of walking, a rest day is highly recommended. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 12: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen 4040m

From Ghunsa and above, any signs of human habitation are that of seasonal settlements for the yak herders. They will take their animals to heights of 4000m-4500m in the warmer months of the year. For the trekker the scenery is unmatched. The route past the sheer cliffs and towering peaks of the Kangchenjunga massif and Jannu (7710m) are awe inspiring. They rise directly out of this classical and very grand glacial valley. The trail is ill-defined at times, crossing loose screed and rocks that have been pushed forth from old glaciers. We usually make a camp at Kambachen (4200m) en-route, which is seasonally occupied by locals only. It is quite possible to see wildlife in this remoter part of the Himalaya; blue sheep, ibex, mountain goat or smaller animals among the rocks such as hyrax and marmots. Overhead, various birds of prey may be seen- Lammergeir (a type of vulture) and various eagles, kites and falcons. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 13: Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak 4790m
The trail climbs gradually through open rocky fields to Ramtang (4240m) then across moraines north - west of Kangchenjunga glaciers. Lhonak, at 4790m, is near dry lake bed on an open, sandy plain; water scarce here. There are no houses, but we can camp among the large boulders to get out of the wind. Stunning mountain views abound in all directions. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 14: Trek from Lhonak to Pangpema 5140m
It is well worth exploring the upper end of the valley to fully appreciate the peaks that make up one of the largest mountain masses in the world. The main peak of Kangchenjunga and Wedge Peak cannot be seen until we are almost at Pangpema (5145m) and to increase our chances of good mountain views, we aim to spend an overnight here. This will, however, depend on the weather and trail conditions and progress of each particular group member, which will be decided by your guide. The trail follows moraine for much of the time and due to its ever changing nature and infrequent use is often in poor condition. There are a number of alternative side trips in the area that provide impressive mountain panoramas including Tent and Pyramid Peaks and the Twins. One does not need to go far to enjoy the impressive yet varied mountain views. We aim to spend as much time as possible in the area hoping the weather will be in our favor! Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 15: Trek from Pangpema to Kambachen 4040m
Returning to Kambachen the way we came in gives us a different perspective of the trail and the scenery around us. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 16: Trek from Kambachen to Ghunsa (3430m). Walk approx. 4 hrs
Retracing our steps, we descend to Ghunsa again for an overnight. Our descent takes us past the spectacular mountains and cliffs we enjoyed on the way in. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 17: Trek from Ghunsa to Selele Base Camp 4500m

From Ghunsa, the ascent is along the trail used by the shepherds. Today we ascend through thick forest of birch, pine and rhododendron. At these altitudes and locations it is quite possible the trail will be covered by snow to varying degrees. It is essential we are prepared for more difficult conditions with good clothing, footwear and equipment. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 18: Trek from Selele Base Camp to Tseram 3870m & cross Mirgin La 4480m
Today is a challenging day for us. The first 2 hours are a steady, steep climb towards Mirgin La Pass,which is the best view point for Khumbakaran (Janu Himal).In the distance we see Makalu, Baruntse and Chamlang. For the rest of the day, the walks are along ridges with a final descent to Tseram. Before descending we may view Kangchenjunga, Kabru and the Himalayan range. Our overnight camp is in a large flat meadow. NB: In case of heavy snowfall the route to Tseram may not be possible. Your leader will make the final decision on weather and conditions and advise an alternate route. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 19: Trek from Tseram to Ramche 4620m and Octang, Yalung Glaciers
Today, we start early to reach Ramche where we stop for lunch. Ramche is our overnight camp. After lunch, we start our trek towards Octang, which is the view point of Kangchenjunga. This is a beautiful walk which has a few climbs; this afternoon walk will take us approximately 3 hrs. The trail climbs into the valley along side the moraine of the Yalung glaciers. The valley opens up as we approach Yalung, (4260m). Climbing alongside the moraine we make our way through scrub junipers and up a stream to a lake at Lapsang (4430m). We can see the start of the route to Lapsang La as it heads off over the moraines in a valley to the north. Climbing to another lake and a big meadow at Ramche, the tight amphitheatre of peaks in this area are very impressive and Rothang and Kabru on the Nepal/Border dominate the spectacular view. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 20: Trek from Ramche to Dorongdin 3000m
We trek an easy trail through varieties of pine and rhododendron forests, descending and following Simbua Khola towards Dorongdin. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 21: Trek from Dorongdin to Sherpa Gaon (Yamphudim) 2080m
The entire village is called Yamphudim but locals prefer to call it Sherpa Gaum. This is also one of the most challenging stages of the trek. Every year, there is a landslide in this area and usually we have to find our own trails. It is 3 hours of steep climbing and a very long descent that will take around 4 hours. The trail is not defined at all and requires patience and concentration. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 22: Trek from Sherpa Gaon to Khebang 1740m
Today we will make 2 pass crossings, and trek through the beautiful villages of Chhetri and Brahmins. Up to 5000 people live in these villages and this section of our trek is a very new route. Not having seen many tourists the local people are very curious and may approach our group. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 23: Trek from Khebang to Sinam Panchami 800m
We follow along the cliff trail for approximately 1 hour before descending to Kabeli Dobhan for our lunch stop. After lunch the trail is ill-defined but straight forward and fairly easy going. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 24: Trek from Sinam Panchami to Tharpu/Medibung 1500m
Today is our last day of trekking and the morning is spent at our leisure. Our camp tonight is in the grounds of a local school and we prefer to make camp after school hours. We savor our final mountain sunsets of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 25: Drive from Tharpu to Bhadrapur
We need to make an early start today as the drive takes approximately 9 hours and is a challenging and tiring drive. The roads are very bumpy with many twists and turns. The only option to drive out of Bhadrapur is by a local bus/jeep. On arrival in Bhadrapur, we have time to relax and celebrate the completion of our trek. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 26: Fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu 1330m
If the weather is clear, we have the opportunity to view some of the most impressive peaks of the Himalayan range as we take our flight back to Kathmandu. The afternoon is at leisure. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 27: Final Departure to International Airport

After breakfast, transfer to international airport as per your flight schedule to home.

Our Package Inclusive
# Int’l/Dom Airport/Hotel/Airport picks up and transfers by private car/van on arrival and departure.
# 3 nights accommodations in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at Standard Hotel in Kathmandu.
# Sightseeing Tour as per above mentioned itinerary and all kind of entry fees.
# Round Trip domestic flight tickets cost and airport tax.
# 2 nights accommodation in Bhadrapur.
# Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with tea or coffee are included during the camping trek.
# Tented Camp accommodation during the camping/lodge trek.
# 1 Experienced, helpful, friendly and well trained English speaking guide, 1 trekking cook, kitchen helper and necessary porters for camping trek, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples) during the trek and their food, accommodation, equipments, salary and insurance.
# All Equipments for Camping Treks (Tents, Dinning Tents, Kitchen Tents, Toilet Tents, Mattresses, Tables, Chairs and Kitchen Utensils for cooking etc.).
# All ground transportation by private vehicle and tourist bus.
# Kanchenjunga Conservation Area permit and restricted area permit.
# All necessary permits.
# Tourist Service Charge.
# Office Service Charge.
# All government tax.
# First Aid Medical Kit box.

Our Package Exclusive
# Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
# International Airfare to and from Nepal.
# Travel Insurance.
# Nepal Tourist Visa Fees.
# Items and expenses of personal nature.
# All kind of alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, whisky), cold drink (mineral water, coke, fanta, sprite, juice), laundry service, postage, phone calls, internet, donations, museum entry fees etc during the trip.
# Personal Trekking Equipments such as sleeping bags, walking poles, down jackets, walking boots. (It can be hired/bought in Kathmandu and Pokhara).
# Emergency Evacuation (Medical Insurance and Helicopter Rescue in case of accident and can be paid either insurance company or clients themselves).
# Any cost arises due to a change of the program/itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, strike and some accidental problems.
# Horse/Pony renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
# Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost inclusive.
# Tipping Tips for guide, porters, drivers and horse man.

Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory and can be treated end of the trip if satisfied.

N. B. This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailor-made”. The package itinerary can be redesigned or changed due to trekker’s fitness and time frame of holiday. Similarly hotel can be upgraded or downgraded depend on your budget. Please email to us at mystiquenepaltreks@yahoo.com for more details and discussions for suitably programs.

P.S. In case of Emergency Evacuation during the trip, Helicopter Rescue will be arranged by Mystique Nepal Himalayan Trekking & Expedition (P) Ltd within 1-2 hours in first call. The cost of the rescue must be paid by the clients themselves or insurance company.

There will be a cancellation fee of 25% for any cancellation unforeseen problems shown one month prior to Trekking/Tour departure date, a cancellation fee of 50% two weeks prior to Trekking/Tour departure date and no refund thereafter. No refund for no shows & delay arrivals whatsoever reason.
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