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Trip Style: Teahouse + Camping
Accommodation: Lodge + Camping
Transportation: Flight, Bus, Jeep & Car
Trip Grade: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Entry Point: Taplejung
Exit Point: Taplejung
Max. Elevation: 4,840 Meters/15,879ft
Approx per Day Walk: 5-6 HRS
Cultures: Tibetan, Tamang, Gurung, Thakali, Nepali, etc.
Major Attractions: Natural Environment, Wildlife, Mountains, Peaks, Hills, Flowers, Flora-Fauna, etc.
Kanchenjumga Base Camp Trek Pangpema is from the local Sherpa language and is the alternative name for the Kanchenjunga north base camp. Pangpema is truly one of the national treasures of Nepal. It is a large grassy plane, fenced by glaciers and surrounded by the incredible peaks of the Kanchenjunga range
The nearest village is Ghunsa, which is the most developed and has quite cozy accommodation. People often claim to have spotted snow leopards on the trail below Ghunsa, especially toward Sele Le Pass.The trail above Ghunsa toward Pangpema is prone to landslides so listen to your trek leader and hurry across any areas, which are dangerous. This will add a couple of days to your trip but as Peak 5950 is not listed under the Nepalese Mountain Association there are no peak fees. The exact height has not been measured but it is most likely a 6000 m peak. It is also a non-technical summit, so basic mountaineering equipment and skills will get you safely to the summit where photos make the extra effort worth it. As with the North base camp trek, accommodation is very basic and, at higher altitudes small stone huts, which are only open at peak times make camping a reasonable choice. There are always good flat aerie’s to pitch your tent.
Among the trekking trails in Nepal the trekking trail that leads to the Khanchenjunga Base Camp trek (North) is comparatively new. These twenty six days of trekking takes you to one of the most remote location on earth. The nature and culture of the area is still untouched from modern developments and people have a simple and easy way of life very much dependent on the mercy of nature. We can see the influence of Buddhist traditions, shamanistic practices and little bit of Hinduism in here.
After our arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, a our
reprentative/staff will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. We can take rest and later visit the company office in Thamel, a popular tourist hub.
We catch early morning scenic flight to Bhadrapur. After landing, we take a jeep ride to Ilam enjoying the view of beautiful landscapes. Ilam is Nepal’s largest tea plantation area and serves as a major tourist area even for domestic tourists. The picturesque town of Ilam hosts large orchards of tea plants and is also famous for the Himalayan chew made of cheese. Overnight at hotel in Ilam.
Today, we head towards Taplejung in private transportation. Driving along the beautiful countryside view, we pass through Phidim to reach Limbu village of Taplejung. Overnight at Taplejung.
Today your trekking route passes through lush mid hills and several villages with traditional mud-brick houses. We also come across rice paddies, terraced farm fields, and cardamom farms. We then continue to trek following the flow of Tamor River to reach Mitlung. Overnight at Mitlung.
Today our trek will start through the Limbu and Tamang villages of Sinwa, Tawa, and Porke. We also pass over old landslide debris and boulder, and strewn river deposit, before descending to Thiwa Khola. We then cross a wooden bridge to reach Chiruwa. Overnight at Chiruwa.
Today our trekking will start through the villages of Taplethok, Tamewa, Hellok, and Lelep, we move alongside Tamor River and descend towards Simbu Khola, which emerges from the Yalung Glacier. We then trek through steep and narrow Ghunsa Khola valley to finally arrive in Sukathum. Overnight at Sukathum.
Today we moving with the flow of Ghunsa Khola, we head towards Amjilosa walking through steep uphill on exposed terrain. Relishing the amazing landscape view and crossing several bridges over Ghunsa Khola, we reach the Tibetan village of Amjilosa. Overnight at Amjilosa.
Today, we will walk through forested trail filled with Rhododendrons and Bamboo, before ascending to Gyabla. We also come across a big waterfall on the opposite side of the river on our way to Gyabla. Making a steep ascent and then a descent, we arrive in Gyabla. Overnight at Gyabla.
Today we will leave behind the beautiful Gyabla village, we move trek towards Ghunsa through a broad meadow then ascent a small hill and descend to cross the river to reach the Tibetan village of Ghunsa with wooden houses, a micro hydropower plant, School, and a health post. Overnight at Ghunsa.
Today after the breakfast we will move short hike to the opposite side of Ghunsa Khola with a gain of about 400m. After returning from the hike, we can spend rest of the day exploring the ancient village of Ghunsa visiting monasteries and learning about their Buddhist culture and tradition. Overnight at Ghunsa.
Today, we start our trip entering the forested path along the south bank of Ghunsa Khola and passing several Mani walls and Chortens along the way. We also trek through several screed slopes and some glacial moraines to reach the Tibetan settlement of Khangpachen from where we can explore the eye-catching view of the north face of Jannu (7710m/). Overnight at Khangpachen.
Today you will leave behind Khangpachen and we follow the trail on the left side of Kanchenjunga Glacier. We hike along a high plateau to reach the campsite of Lhonak. From Lhonak, from there we can see the panoramic view of massive Himalayas range includes Wegde Peak (6,802m/22,310ft), Mera Peak (6,364m/20,873ft), Nepal Peak (7,177m/23,540ft), Twins (7,350m/24,108ft), and many others. Overnight at Lhonak
Today, we head towards Kanchenjunga Base Camp following the trail along the glaciers on the northern ridges. The camp is also known as Pang Pema from where we get the mesmerizing and spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m/28,162ft) along with the skyline filled with snow-capped mountain ranges bordering Nepal-India and Nepal-Tibet. Overnight at Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
After the amazing experience in KBC we will retrace our trail to Ghunsa enjoying with spectacular view of different mountains and descending past Lhonak and Khangpachen along walking on the moraines of Kanchenjunga Glacier and Kumbhakarna Glacier, we arrive in Ghunsa. Overnight at Ghunsa
Today we will reach the High Camp then trek along a steep rocky trail through a forested area filled with birch, Pine, and colorful Rhododendron with amazing view of Jannu (7,710m/25,288ft), Nyukla Laching (6,670m/21,877ft), Temachunggi (6,044m/19,824ft), and other mountains can be observed from High Camp. Overnight in High Camp.
Today should be the most challenging day as we cross over two passes on our way to Tseram, the highest pass being the Sele La (4,480m/14,694ft) and Sinion La (4,660/5,44ft). Upon reaching the top of the passes, we are rewarded with an amazing view of Yalung Glacier, Jannu (7710m), Makalu (8481m), Baruntse (7129m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), and many other mountain ranges along the Sikkim border. We then descend to Tseram for an overnight stay.
Today we will pass different moraines of Yalung Glacier into an ablation valley then we ascend towards Ramche from there also come across a lake and a meadow where we can spot the blue sheep grazing on the grassy hills. We will visit the small monastery in Ramche, in the evening. Overnight at Ramche.
Today, we will explore Yalung Base Camp area. Trekking through the glacial moraines and challenging rocky path, we cross Oktang, from where we can get a panoramic view of Jannu (7720m) and Kanchenjunga (8586m), and several other peaks. We return back to Ramche for an overnight stay.
Retracing the same trail, we trek towards Anda Phedi relishing the view of different mountain ranges and herds of blue sheep over the grassy slope. Descending through the moraines of Yalung Glacier, we walk past Lapsang and Tseram to arrive in Anda Phedi. Overnight at Anda Phedi.
Today first we descend towards Tortong through the densely forested path filled with Rhododendrons and bushes. We also stumble across few streams, Chortens, Monasteries, ponds, and waterfalls on our way to Tortong. Overnight at Lodge.
We continue to descend to the Amji Khola and then crossing Lasiya Bhanjyang (3310m) and Dhupi Bhanjyang (2620m), we descend towards Yamphudim. Yamphudim is a village inhabited by a mixed community of Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, and Gurung. Overnight in Yamphudim.
Today we leave behind the village of Yamphudim then we descend towards Khebang passing through valleys, waterfalls, and forest area. Crossing suspension bridges over several streams, we walk past small settlements alongside Kabeli Khola to arrive in Khebang. Overnight at Khebang
Accompanied by the beautiful view of Kanchenjunga (8,586m/28,126ft) and Kumbakaran/Jannu (7,710m/25,288ft) in the background, we continue to trek towards Khanidingbe through lushly forested trail stumbling across several waterfalls along the way. Overnight at Khanidingbe.
Today we will take a long drive to Birtamod enjoying the view of green hills, snow-capped Mountains, Rivers, and daily activities of the locals throughout the ride. From the mountainous part, today we will be in the flatlands of Nepal. Overnight at Birtamod.
Today we will drive towards Bhadrapur airport to catch our flight back to the Kathmandu and enjoying the aerial view of the mountains along with the flight. After landing, we transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu
We drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure with a hope of seeing you again.