Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek 2023/2024
Kangchenjunga Base Camp Trip highlights
Embark on a challenging traverse through a region seldom visited by trekkers/ hikers
Follow the glacial torrent of the Tamur and Ghunsa Rivers to their source on the north west side of the Kanchenjunga Himal in Nepal
Cross the Mirgin La Pass (4500m), trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp and spend the night at Pangpema (5140m)
Witness unsurpassed views of the Kanchenjunga massif, Makalu range and surrounding peaks including Jannu
Trek through remote villages of the Gurung, Limbu, Rai and Sherpa peoples
The Kanchenjunga base camp trek is a trekking adventure to one of the beautiful Himalayas of Nepal which is an untainted, remote and unspoiled region. This trekking adventure takes the travelers to the far-eastern region of Nepal. The Kanchenjunga Himalaya is the third highest mountain of the world and is accessible from both Sikkim of India and Nepal. The trekking in Kanchenjunga region is to explore the tropical forests of rhododendron, oak and chestnut dominated by enchanting views of snow capped Himalayas, picturesque landscapes, lush mountains, subtropical lowlands, fascinating glacial plateau and traditional village settlements. The traditional settlement of Limbus, Rai, Gurung, and Sherpa with their solitary culture, traditional and lifestyle are found in Kanchenjunga region. There are two Kanchenjunga base camp one is south Kanchenjunga base camp and other is north Kanchenjunga base camp which are covered by our single trekking route.
The travelers take air-flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and then they drive to Illam and Taplejung. The travelers starting trekking from Taplejung region traverse though different traditional villages like Mitlung, Chirawa, Lelep, Amjilessa, Gyabla, Ghunsa, Kambachen, Lhonk, and they finally land of North Base camp of Kanchenjunga of 5140meters which also called Pang Pema. The travelers then move towards south base camp traversing to different traditional villages like Kambachen, Ghunsa, Selele Kharka, Tseram, Ramche and finally land on South Kanchenjunga Base Camp of 4740 meters which also called Yalung glacier. The travelers then return back to Ramche Village and follow the new trekking trail passing through the traditional villages of Torantan, Yamphudin, Keswa, and finally land on Suketar village. The travelers take air-flight from Suketar to Kathmandu city.
The best months to trek in the Kanchenjunga region are from frist week March to end to-May and from October to late November. We recommend avoiding the monsoon season which runs from approximately late May to mid/late September. During the winter, many local people will move to lower elevations and tea houses will close so the only option will be camping and it will be extremely cold.
In the springtime, you can see an incredible show of the Rhododendrons in bloom, with the many varieties growing here flowering in different colors. In spring, the trails will be drier while in autumn the skies are crystal clear but the trails may have changed with the monsoon rains and some itinerary adjustments may
The cost of trekking to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp in Nepal
The cost of trekking to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp in Nepal can vary depending on several factors, including the duration of the trek, the services included, and the trekking agency or guide you choose. Here are some estimated costs to give you a rough idea:
Trekking Permits: For the Kanchenjunga region, you will need two permits: the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP) and the Restricted Area Permit (RAP). These permits cost around USD 20-30 per person per week.
Trekking Guide and Porters: Hiring a guide and porters is recommended for this trek, as the route can be challenging and remote. The cost for a licensed guide can range from USD 25-35 per day, and porters can cost around USD 15-25 per day. The guide’s fee can be shared among the group, reducing individual costs.
Accommodation and Food: During the trek, you will stay in teahouses or lodges along the trail. The cost of accommodation can vary but generally ranges from USD 10-20 per night. Meals can cost around USD 5-10 per meal, depending on the menu and location.
Transportation: The cost of transportation to the starting point of the trek (Taplejung) and back from the endpoint (Suketar) should be considered. The transportation cost can vary based on the mode of transportation chosen, but it is advisable to check with local travel agencies for the most accurate information.
Equipment and Gear: If you don’t have your own trekking equipment, you may need to rent or purchase items like trekking poles, sleeping bags, down jackets, and other necessary gear. Rental costs can vary, so it’s best to inquire with trekking agencies or rental shops.
Miscellaneous Expenses: It’s advisable to allocate some budget for unforeseen expenses, snacks, drinks, and tips for guides and porters.
Overall, the total cost of trekking to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp can range from USD 1,500 to USD 3,000 per person for a 20-25 day trek. This estimate is provided to give you a general idea, and the actual cost may vary depending on your choices and negotiation skills.
Day 24: Final departure back to home
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