Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek – 30 days
Explore the base camp of the third highest mountain in the world.
- Explore to the base camp of the third highest mountain in the world
- Unsurpassed views of the Kanchenjunga massif, Makalu range and surrounding peaks
- A challenging traverse through a region seldom visited by trekkers
- Remarkable experience in ethnic Limbu culture and villages
- Abundant flora and fauna, scenic view and amazing landscapes
- Follow the glacial torrent of the Tamur and Ghunsa river
- Cross (5183 m) Lapsang la (pass)
Kanchenjunga (8600m) is the 3rd highest peak in the world. It is located on the border of Nepal and Sikkim ((India). Trek in the area east of Arun valley offers remarkable experience in ethnic culture, landscape, scenic view, birds and flowers. You will discover an unspoiled and extraordinary culture of Limbu (Kiranti) in the middle hilly region and Bhotia (Tibetan) people in the higher elevation. You get a close-up view of the awesome and magnificent Kanchenjunga range that extends from north to south. This region is very remote. In the past, most visitors were explorers and mountaineers only.
Fly to Biratnagar and drive to Dhankutta, Hille and to Basantapur. Hille is a small town north of Dhankutta. The rough road from Hille ends at Basantapur. You follow the main trail via the ridge that climbs gradually to Gupha Pokhari and crosses Milke Danda (hill). Milkedanda range has its ridge full of rhododendron forest. In the spring the whole hill is covered with a rainbow of colours. It is the best place to see varieties of rhododendron forests. The trail gradually ascends up to a ridge and descends to Tamur Khola (river). Follow the river towards the northeast to Gunsa. Travel further on the rugged trail to the glacier at Pangpema (5150m) to see the magnificent view of the northern face of Kanchanjunga and several other beautiful peaks. Retrace the trail to Gunsa and traverse across the snow to cross 5183m Lapsang la (pass). Visit the South base camp of Kanchanjunga at Yalung glacier to see a close-up view of the gigantic peak Mt. Kanchanjunga. The Yalung glacier is an inner sanctuary of a truly wild and raw mountain. Retrace the trail back to Ramze and travel south to Gopte or Taplejung to take a bus to Ilam. Stay overnight at Ilam. Ilam has a tea garden spread all over its rolling hills. Travel to Biratnagar to take a flight back to Kathmandu.
Above schedule shows planned night stop. It is subject to change due to weather and logistics condition. Flights departure time will be provided later.
The area east of the Arun river is well known for the recruitment of Gorkha soldiers in the British and Indian army. Most preferred are from Rai and Limbu ethnic people. Young lads from these indigenous people have been recruited in the British and Indian armies since the 1st world war. They are part of a larger Kirat ethnic group. The entire area east of the Arun river was under Limbuan or Pallo (other side). Their territory was extended into present-day Sikkim (India). After the first king of the Shah dynasty was expanding he made an agreement with Limbus for passage to expand their kingdom to Darjeeling and Sikkim. The arrangement for Kirat autonomy within Nepal lasted for 300 years until 1960 when King Mahendra deliberately abrogated in the pretext of land reform in Nepal.
According to the history of Nepal there was the Kirateshor dynasty in Kathmandu valley. The ancestors of present-day Kirat were first to establish a kingdom in Kathmandu valley in the 7th century BC. They ruled for 1000 years. They have mongoloid feature; their language is from Tibeto-Burman. They worship nature and their deity is their ancestors.
COST-Private Trip: Net per person in US$
- 2 Pax US$ 4255
- 3-5 pax US$ 3840
- 6-9 pax US$ 3120
- 10+ pax US$ 2965
- SGL Supp: US$ 195
- Arrival and departure transfers
- All meals with fully camping trek arrangement with high quality service
- Cooking and eating utensils
- Service of Sardar (guide), cook, kitchen and Sherpa assistants
- Porters to carry personal baggage (each 15 kg.), food and camping equipment
- Warm clothing, shoes, blankets and dark goggles for high altitude porters as required
- Accident insurance for staffs and porters
- Domestic Airfare according to program
- National park/conservation entry permit and trekking permit as per program
- Local / Public transport as shown in the program for staff and member
- Hotel accommodation on BB using 3 star hotel as per program in Kathmandu
- Personal clothing and sleeping bag
- Visa, International airfare
- Personal accident and health insurance
- Emergency evacuation and oxygen cost
- Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, and tips
- Sightseeing tours and major meals in Kathmandu
- Expenses due to flight delay, sickness other contingencies
- Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned in the program