The trek to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp is one of the best high altitude trekking trip, the view of Kanchenjunga range and Kanchenjunga (8,586m) the third highest in the world, from the north base camp is simply breathtaking and unforgettable, as is the north face of mysterious Jannu via the enormous Khumbhakarna glacier is wordless to express it. The trail goes from the Sub Tropical lowlands up to the Kanchanjunga Glacier up to over 5000m altitude. The trekkers get opportunity to experience a diverse cross section of topography, people, culture, local inhabitant, fauna and flora and of course the remote wilderness, inhabited by a few nomadic yak herders, this region has much to offer the adventurous trekkers who are looking for something different.
Mt. Kachenjunga (8,586m/28,198ft) is the third highest mountain in the world and was first climbed by the British in 1956. This region offers an endless variety of culture and changing countryside as it proceeds from terraced fields, forests of birch, bamboo and verities of rhododendrons. We pass through the villages of Limbu, Brahmins Chhetries in the lower part and enter into the territory of Sherpas settlements in the mountain area. The local teahouses are in the stage of improvements, therefore we can see some small to medium sizes of teahouses based trekkers and some camping based trekkers as well.
Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trek is one of the less crowded and adventurous trekking destination in Nepal Himalayas. The landscape of the area is ideal environment for the some of wild animals i.e. Himalayan bear, barking deer, blue sheep, mask deer, snow leopard etc. and one of the main habitat for the red panda which is known as one of the most endangered species of the world.
We will fly from KTM to Suketar, 45 min flight (optional to Bhadrapur) and right after necessary arrangement of the porters, we will begin our trek following a route along a ridge top towards the TamourRiver where we will enjoy panoramic views of the Makalu (27,825’) and Chamlung(24,000’) peaks. We will continue through forests and rhododendron thickets and soon the Kanchenjunga range will appear. Trekking through the Limbu villages to the terraced mountainside village of Amji-Lhasa, we will get to the legendary Sherpa village of Ghunsa (11,400ft). We will visit the monastery there and soon have our first glimpse of a sea of unclimbed peaks including the Jannu(25,289ft) known as a “mystery peak” or “Terror “. We will trek to the edge of the Kanchenjunga glacier and after crossing the lateral moraine; we will cut across at this junction and arrive at our campsite at Lhonak, an undisturbed landscape of unspeakable beauty.
After a couple of days rest and exploration at Lhonak including a day trip to Pangpema (16900ft) to see the north face of Kanchenjunga, your dream of seeing one of the most remote lands in the world will be fulfilled and then we retrace step to Ghunsa, and continue our return trek through few Sherpa villages and Limbu villages, and finally to Suketar/Taplejung once again where we end our trek and get ready for fly to Kathmandu.
Day 1Arrival, transfer to hotel & briefing
Day 2City sight seen tours, packing and preparations
Day 3Fly to Bhadrapur (45 min), and drive to Taplejung (8 hrs)
Day 4Drive from Taplejung to Ranipul (4/5hrs) and continue short day trek to Sekathum (1648m), O/N in the local teahouse
Day 5Trek to Amjilhasa (2360m), 5 hours
Day 6Trek to Gyabla (2690m), 5 hours
Day 7Visit Phele-gompa (monastery), Trek to GhunsaGaon (3472m), 4 hours
Day 8Rest Day at Ghunsa
Day 9Trek to Khambachen (4130m), 4 hours
Day 10Layover Day at Khambachen
Day 11Trek to Lhonak (4,792m), 4 hours
Day 12Day trip Pang Pema base camp (5,140m) & retrace steps to Lhonak, 6 hours
Day 13Lhonak to Ghunsa (3,415m), 6 hours
Day 14Trek to Thyanyani (2,400m), 5 hours
Day 15Trek to Sekathum (1,576m), 4 hours
Day 16Trek to Ranipul (4 hrs) and drive to Taplejung same day, 6 hours
Day 17Fly to KTM or Drive to Bhadrapur (8hrs) and Fly to KTM (40min)
Day 18Free day, shopping and celebration meals in the evening
Day 19Int’l departure to home
This kind of trek is challenging but doesn’t really require previous trekking and mountaineering experiences and also doesn’t require any technical experience. But if you have any previous experiences would be really helpful. Your fitness is really important for this trek; therefore we strongly suggest preparing yourself in good physical condition. You need to be trained at least for about 3 to 5 months to prepare yourself as a strong candidate.
You can go to the fitness center every morning for about 1.5 hours, do hiking every weekend with increasing weights on your pack, manage some time for cycling for a couple of hours for 2 or 3 times a week. However, at the high altitude, there might be little symptoms of altitude illness like mild headache, fatigue, etc. but take it as normal and just drink enough water (4 – 5 liters) every day. On this trek, you need to be able to hike 4 – 8 hours over hilly terrain up to 5,500m of altitude with a daypack.
If you have any previous experiences would be helpful but if you don’t have is also not an important matter of issue. This trek will introduce you to trekking in the Himalayas and also about the local cultures, traditions, and local people. Even if you are around the age of 65 years, you can be a candidate for this trek.
Published on : November 07, 2018
We just spend 15 beautiful days in Kanchenjunga area.
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