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Kanchenjunga – North and South Base Camp Trek

Trip Title: Kanchenjunga – North and South Base Camp Trek

Trip Length: 25 Days

Trip Grade: B/C       [Grading Overview]

Country: Nepal

Area: Kanchenjunga

National Park: Kanchenjunga       [Parks Overview]

Activity: Trekking

Activity Grade: 4+ / 5       [Grading Overview]

Special Focus: Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Months: April, May, June, September, October, November,

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Description:

The Kanchenjunga Massif

forms Nepals eastern border with the Indian State of Sikkim. This magnificent camping trek takes us through hill terraces, forests of fir, bamboo and rhododendron and an abundance of small waterfalls. The flora includes different rhododendron and magnolia. A remote trip along the Tamur river valley, where villages are few, wild-life includes musk-deer, langur monkey, blue sheep and the ever elusive snow-leopard. The lamagier, a bird with a 9ft wingspan, may be seen high up on snowy ridges. Kanchenjunga has three 8000m peaks and eleven above 7000m. A stunning trek for even the most experienced trekker. This trip takes in both the North and the south Base Camps of the Kanchenjunga Massif and offers fantastic value for money as it includes hotel stay in Kathmandu and all transfers connected to the trip.

 

 

Itinerary:

Day 01.
Pick up from hotel. Fly Kathmandu / Biratnagar – alt. 240m.

Day 02.
Fly Taplejung and trek to Tabawa – alt. 2000m.
Walk North to a steep ridge before descending to Tabwa. A few hours of gentle trekking.

Day 03.
Trek to Khesewa Bhanjyang – alt. 2,100m.
Crossing the Phawa khola river by suspension bridge. First good views of the mountains from a pass. 5 hours trekking.

Day 04.
Trek to Mamangkhe. alt. 2,000m – 6/7 hours trekking.
Crossing many small ridges along terraced fields.

Day 05.
Trek to Yangphudin – alt. 2,150m.
Last permanent settlement by the Kabeli khola river. 5 hours trekking.

Day 06.
Trek to Lamitee – alt. 2,194m. approx. 4 hours trekking.
Through forests of the Omje khola valley.

Day 07.
Trek to Torongtan – alt. 2,899m. approx. 6/7 hours trekking.
Camping by the Simbau khola – across a high ridge of rhododendrons and a steep decent.

Day 08.
Trek to Tseram – alt. 3,699m. approx 5 hours trekking.
Follow the lower Lalung valley towards the Yalung glacier. The forest thins out and we camp on the moraine above the river.

Day 09.
Trek to Ramche alt. 4,500m. 6 hours trekking.
Up to the glacier passing a small lake. Camping on high pastures under the peaks.

Day 10.
Walk around the South Base Camp. Camp at Labsang. 1 hour walk.
You can walk up to Oktang – 4,999 m – to get great views of Kanchenjunga South And West faces and the main summit along with Yalung Kang and Kambachen Peak and Jannu.

Day 11.
Cross the Mirgin La. 4,479 m. 8 hours trekking.
Crossing the double passes from Labsang to Ghunsa can be completed in two days without difficulty. From Labsang situated close to the snout of the Yalung Glacier, a path traverses around a wooded hillside to the tree line from where there is a rugged, steep ascent of some 2,000ft. At the top there is a spectacular overlook across the lower reaches of the Yalung Glacier towards the peaks on the Sikkim frontier. The trail then contours around a craggy hillside to reach the Sinelapcha La, 15,000 ft. From the wide saddle stretches the ‘Gendarme Cwm’ dominated by an imposing tower of red rock. This leads to the Mirgin La, 4,479 m from where there are extensive views stretching from Jannu to Makalu. the path now descends from the narrow saddle and then leads round a succession of grassy cwms below small rock peaks to an excellent campsite in a ‘fairy meadow’ at Boulder Kharka. Jannu is particularly impressive from here.

Day 12.
Cross the Sinion La – 4,049 m. 6 hours walk.
Cross the narrow rocky breche of the Sinion La and follow the southern flank of the ridge on a good trail with superb views to the Tama Lase La, 3,899 m. on the shoulder of the ridge. A long descent now follows of 400 m. through beautiful forest to a clearing on the lip of the Yamatori valley. Continue descending through pine and rhododendron forest to Ghunsa. There is a small Tibetan monastery here and Ghunsa is a well-kept village of some thirty stone houses, plus a police post. There is an excellent campsite in open woodland a little beyond the village.

Day 13.
Trek to Kambachen. 3,999m. 5 hours trekking.
Trek to the moraine of the Jannu glacier.

Day 14.
Rest Day.

Day 15.
Trek to Lohnak – alt. 4,679m. approx. 6 hours trekking.
Great views of Pyramid Peak, Tent Peak, Nepal Peak, Wedge Peak and the Kanchnjunga massif. Fantastic glare from the high ice at sunset.

Day 16.
Trek to Pangpema – alt. 5,030m. approx. 5 hours of trekking.
High track which follows the moraine of the Kanchenjunga glacier. Stunning views of the North face of Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang. Pangpema is a small grassy shelf above the glacier – an amazing spot to camp.

Day 17.
Rest Day / Explore Pangpema – walk back to Lohnak – 2 hours easy trekking.

Day 18.
Return to Kambachen – 4 hours walk.

Day 19.
Trek to Kyapra. 2,639 m. 7 hour descent.
Forested area.

Day 20.
Trek to Tanggep – alt. 1,699m. approx. 4/5 hours trekking.
Dense bamboo forest.

Day 21.
Trek to Sakanton – alt. 1,699m. approx. 4 hours trekking.
Passing several waterfalls.

Day 22.
Trek to Sinwa – alt. 1,089 m. approx. 5 hours walking.
Trekking high above the Tamur river valley.

Day 23.
Trek to Dobhan – alt. 807m. approx. 4 hours trekking.
Back into a busy village !

Day 24.
Trek to Taplejung – short walk – camp.

Day 25.
Fly back to Kathmadu – transfer to hotel.

Price:

Minimum Group of 02 – Euro 2100 Per Person
Group of 03-06 – Euro 1900 Per Person
Group of 07-12 – Euro 1700 Per Person

The Price includes:

All Airport transfers. Internal flights for trip. Camping accommodation in tents.
Food (except bar bill)
Staffs (Guide, sherpas, cook, kitchen boys, porters) and their all expenses
including insurance.
Trekking Permit, National Park Entry Permit, TIMS (Trekking Information
Management System) Card.
Governmental taxes
AND
3 nights in a hotel in KTM – Two nights before leaving for the trek and One when
returning – 3 star with breakfast!

Prices do not include:

Personal nature expenses like laundry, communication, shopping etc. personal insurance, visa, airport tax.

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