- Trip Duration : 21 Days
- Start - End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
- Highest Altitude : 5143 m
- Difficulty : Strenous
- Season : Mar-May, Mid Sep- Nov
- Activity : Trekking
- Trip Grade :
Kanchenjunga North Base Camp
Kanchenjunga, the world third highest mountain 8586 meter lies to the eastern part of Nepal boarder to Sikkim is one of the unspoilt area with impressive beauty of the Himalayas which is rare to find some where else in the world. The great diversity of ethnic groups, remoteness, flora/fauna and some of the most spectacular view of the Himalayas make this trek worth exploring.
The trek begins with flight to Taplejung and takes you through fascinating remote villages following tamur and Ghunsa river and brings you to the origin of the river formed by Glacier to the north base camp and retrace the way back to Suketar.
|Day 01 :||Kathmandu- Biratnagar by flight & Transfer to hotel (300m)|
|Day 02 :||Biratnagar fly to Suketar trek to Taplejung (1820m)|
|Day 03 :||Trek to Mitlung (921m)|
|Day 04 :||Trek to Chhiruwa (1270m)|
|Day 05 :||Trek to Sekathum (1576m)|
|Day 06 :||Trek to Amjilasa (2308m)|
|Day 07 :||Trek to Gyabla (2730m)|
|Day 08 :||Trek to Ghunsa (3595m)|
|Day 09 :||Rest Day at Ghunsa|
|Day 10 :||Trek to Kambachen (4050m)|
|Day 11 :||Kambachen Rest Day|
|Day 12 :||Trek to Lhonak (4780m)|
|Day 13 :||Lhonak-Pangpema-Lhonak (5143m)|
|Day 14 :||Trek to Ghunsa (3595m)|
|Day 15 :||Trek to Gyabla (2730m)|
|Day 16 :||Trek to Amjilosa (2300m)|
|Day 17 :||Trek to Sekathum (1576m)|
|Day 18 :||Trek to Chiruwa (1270m)|
|Day 19 :||Trek to Mitlung (921m)|
|Day 20 :||Trek to Suketar (2420m)|
|Day 21 :||Fly to Biratnagar and fly back to Kathmandu|
Day 01: Kathmandu- Biratnagar by flight & Transfer to hotel
Attend a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and stay overnight at the hotel to take our next flight the next day to the Suketar
Flight Time: 1 hour.
Height: Biratnagar 300m
Day 02: Biratnagar fly to Suketar trek to Taplejung
Take another short flight to Suketar and trek to Taplejung. This is the least travelled area by tourists. En route we pass by lush bamboo forests, terraced fields of rice and millet.
Trekking Time: 2 hrs
Height: Suketar 2420m, Taplejung 1820m
Day 03: Trek to Mitlung
Cross the small river over suspension bridge. Then our trail descends down to Tamor River walk through villages and terraced fields. Some irregular villages give us opportunity to meet local people. Upon arriving at Tamor River, we follow some narrow trails close to the river. Then gradual uphill trail through the terraced fields and few houses take to the village of Mitlung. Village.
Trekking Time: 5 hours.
Height: Mitlung 921m.
Day 04: Trek to Chhiruwa
Follow the river bank, through small villages and jungles. A suspension bridge over a small river keeps on engaged on business of serious trekking. Small tea breaks give us plenty of opportunity to encounter with local people and have a look over wild bee hives hanging over the cliffs. Upon arriving at Chirwa, we can make small exploration to Cave nearby.
Trekking Time: 6 hours
Day 05: Trek to Sekathum
We gradually gain the elevation following the river bank of Tamor. You need extra courage to cross to cross some of the suspension bridge that comes along the way. After we cross Taplethok village we can see cardamom farm yards. In recent years cardamom farming has become one of the good sources of earning for local people. Cross the river over suspension bridge and follow the gradual uphill trail to Lelep. From Lelep the trail is downhill until the Ghunsa River. Upon crossing Ghunsa River, we come to Sukathum.
Trekking Time: 6 hrs
Height: Sukathum 1576m
Day 06: Trek to Amjilasa
We march gradually ascending and following the Ghunsa River and cross the river again to our left side. A short steep uphill walk takes us to bit high and keep the distance with Ghunsa River. En route we pass some alienated houses of people and dense forests. We pass a beautiful waterfall on our left hand side just before Amjilosa.
Trekking Time: 6 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Gyabla
The trail through dense forest of bamboo and rhododendron is accompanied by river. On crossing Sungbung khola over a suspension bridge the trail gets steep up. Enjoy the beautiful waterfall next to Gyabla Village the river.
Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs
Height: Gyabla 2730m
Day 08: Trek to Ghunsa
We descend to the river and cross it. Then we track further north. Following the gradual uphill trail we come to Phale. This is Tibetan refugee settlement. You can get a chance to buy some local handicraft products. Our trail continues further through Juniper forest which is followed by Ghunsa Village.
Trekking Time: 7 hrs
Height: Ghunsa 3595m
Day 09: Rest Day at Ghunsa
Though today is rest day, it's better to keep your feet busy so that it doesn't get lazy. Explore the village preserved by Sherpa people. The village is towered by tall peaks and guarded my mountains. Get to know the Sherpa culture and explore the monastery.
Day 10: Trek to Kambachen
From Ghunsa we advance further to north through gradual uphill and pastures abundance of wild flowers. We cross Ghunsa River just before Rampuk Kharak over a wooden rough bridge. After Rampuk Kharka, a beautiful waterfall and a glimpse of Mt. Jannu greet us and inspire to go further and we arrive to Kambachen.
Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs
Height: Kambachen 4050m
Day 11: Kambachen Rest Day
No more stress this day. Acclimatize yourself and enjoy the whole day watching Yak pastures, stone made huts and sometimes blue sheep as well.
Day 12: Trek to Lhonak
We start the walk through meadows. Then a long gradual walk through the moraine along the river side takes us the Ramtang Monastery. After Ramtang Monastery we can have the first glimpse of Kanchenjunga Glacier. We have some beautiful glimpse of giant mountains. A final descend takes us the Lhonak, It Surrounded by high mountains and dry slopes.
Trekking Time: 5 hrs
Height: Lhonak 4780m
Day 13: Lhonak-Pangpema-Lhonak
Follow the Kanchenjunga glacier that gradually takes us to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. We need to be careful while walking. Enjoy the stunning view of Mt. Jannu, Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Chang. Then we retrace back to Lhonak.
Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs
Height: Pangpema 5143m
Day 14: Trek to Ghunsa
We descend gradually through glacier and moraine facing the massive mountains all the way. Cross the river over small wooden bridge and here comes the Ghunsa.
Trekking Time: 7 hrs
Day 15. Trek to Gyabla
We retrace the way through forest and following the ghunsa khola passing the small settle of Tibetan village to gyabla.
Trekking time: 6 hrs
Day 16: Trek to Amjilosa
Crossing the river bridge and passing stunning waterfall and dense Rhododendron forest we head down ward to our another camp site at amjilosa.
Trekking time: 6 hrs
Day 17: Trek to Sekathum
Another beautiful day passing through forest, river , waterfall and typical local houses
Trekking time: 5 hrs
Day 18: Trek to Chiruwa
We follow the tamur river down ward crossing numerous small tributary streams passing cardamom fields and villages we arrive to chirwa village set among large boulders.
Trekking time: 5 hrs
Day 19: Trek to Mitlung
Continually following the river, passing through the curious local people and bees hives hanging on hug cliff we will head toward mitlung.
Trekking time: 5 hrs
Day 20: Trek to Suketar
This is the last day of our trek, we pass through beautiful villages and fields and arrive at Suketar to catch our flight the next day
Trekking time: 5 hrs
Day 21: Fly to Biratnagar and fly back to Kathmandu
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
Visa for Nepal
All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.
You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.
1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.
2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.
3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.
4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.
Please Note: The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate.
Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In the main trekking seasons in the spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. You are heading into the worlds highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!
Where ever you choose to trek in the Himalayas there are always uphill and downhill walk as a part of journey to greet you. Forget all the hard work which need to be done; just imagine what nature will offer you up in the high Himalayas.
What to bring:
As you are going into the high Himalayas and the weather is subjected to change anytime so warm cloths are recommended all year round. You could leave all the unnecessary items at your hotel or contact us to be storage. Just pack all your trekking gears in one bag which will be carried by our carrier and make a small day bag for yourself to carry the things which you might need during the day and for your valuable belongings.
Please check the checklist carefully for details of what you need to bring on the trek:
- Loose comfortable T-Shirts
- Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
- A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
- A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
- Water and wind proof jacket
- Water and wind proof trousers
- Woolen or thermal gloves
- Sun hat and sun glasses
- Woolen or fleece hat
- Warm woolen socks
- Comfortable and warm trekking boots
- Gaiters ( if snows)
- A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
- Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
- Sun block and lip balm
- Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
- Camera, music and books
- Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
- An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
- Sleeping Bag, Down jackets
- Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
- WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 liters of water and have bottles that can handle ` boiling/hot water
- HEAD TORCH!
- Batteries for camera, torch etc..
- A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
- Walking sticks (if needed)
Note: These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!
All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.
Trekking trails vary from wide, rode-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built out over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera!
ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS
Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.
Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).
Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.
The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.
You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.
TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS
Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.
Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.
CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT
While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.
There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips:
- Pick up any litter along the trail
- Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water Source
- In camp, when using a toilet tent, you may deposit paper in the hole, but ensure the hole is at least 30cm deep and make sure it is at least 50m away from any water source
- Do not make campfire, nor consume food cooked on wood fires; your crew uses kerosene stoves to help conserve the local forests
- Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic is not recycled
- Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora
- Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate)