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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, Sikkim

The third largest highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga confined by the Taimur River from the west, the Lhonak Riverand Jongsang La from the north, and the Teesta River from the east is situated in the border region between Nepal and Sikkim. Surrounded by Buddhist culture, impressive nature, and the 3rd highest mountain range Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is indeed a trip to add to your bucket list. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek includes both the north Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek and the south Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek.

The Kanchenjunga South Base Camp covers the southern peaks of Kanchenjunga this path takes through the local villages and this path also allows you to enjoy the captivating views of snow-capped peaks Kanchenjunga, Kabru, Rathong, Talung, and many more. This also allows the trekkers to learn and understand the culture and traditions of the Rai and Limbu communities.

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trek offers the base camp of Kanchenjunga Main. This path offers beautiful views of peaks like north Kanchenjunga,Makalu, Ramtang,Kumbhakarna, and many more, and explore the majestic Jhinsang, Yalung, and Kanchenjunga Glacier. The most pleasant part of this trek is the humble and warm hospitality of the locals

A mesmerizing Journey to Behold

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a beautiful journey encompassing beautiful canvassed mountain peaks including Kanchenjunga,Makalu,Kumbhakarna, Ramtang, and many more, and impressive glacial rivers like Kanchenjunga, Yalung, Jhinsang and many others, crossing through the dense tall alpine forests that look like dream come true.

Important Information on Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Difficulty Level

Due to covering different ranges of mountains during the journey, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is considered a difficult and challenging trek. The whole journey consists of covering mountain ranges, dense forests, and glacial rivers are quite exhausting. Thistrail to explore the beauty of the third-highest mountain in the world requires mental and physical strength and strong determination because of its long duration journey and meeting the highest elevation of 16732 ft is surely not a cakewalk. Although the views of majestic landscapes during the path and your determination to reach the great peak will eventually make you inspire for the trek.

Altitude to Cover

  • Ilam – 11,29
  • Taplejung – 4727 ft
  • Chirwa – 965 ft
  • Sukethum – 5184 ft
  • Amiljosa – 7579 ft
  • Gyabla - 8,940 ft
  • Ghunsa – 11,400 ft
  • Khambachen – 13,451 ft
  • Lhonak – 15,699 ft
  • Pangpema – 16732 ft

Weather Conditions

As the trek covers low to high elevation, the weather may change accordingly and especially in the high elevation points, the change in weather is pretty common. Once the weather started changing then there is a chance of landslides, rock slides, or slippery terrains. The bad weather is also a major thing thatenhances the difficulty level of the trek. There will be a chance of snowfalls, rainfall, and bad winds and the days and nights at high altitude points will always be cold.

Trek companies

Some famous trekking sites organize trekking camps to Valley of Flowers and other beautiful sites. These are:

  • Thrillophilia – INR 14,700/person (https://www.thrillophilia.com)
  • Trekmunk – INR 26,950/person (https://www.trekmunk.com/)
  • Travel Triangle – INR 14,700/person (https://traveltriangle.com/)
Things to Keep
  • Necessary accessories – Raincoat or Umbrella, water bottle, torchlight, toilet paper, and wet wipes.
  • Refreshments like dried fruits and nuts, biscuits and chocolates, and Packets of instant foods, in case of any emergency.
  • Good quality trekking shoes lightweight with enough grip, a pair of sandal floaters slippers, and Trekking Poles.
  • Suitable clothes including a warm jacket, waterproof trek pants, warm thermals, waterproof gloves, woolen, and regular socks
  • Personal medical kit with pills for headache, fever, cough, motion sickness, spray for sprains, band-aid, cotton, and mosquito repellent cream
  • A notebook and pen for writing any important notes.
  • Fully charged camera, extra battery backup.
Food Stops

As it is a long journey covering different ranges and areas there might be a possibility that you may not find a variety of food but to satisfy your stomach Dal Bhat and Thukpa are the most common foods in these areas. During the journey, you may also come across stalls selling momo, macaroni, and pasta. There is also a chance that they might have fresh goat meat, which can cost nearly Rs 800 for 1 kgof goat. In Ghunsa, they have a greenhouse in every hotel, where one can find fresh vegetables easily.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1- Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (40 mins).Drive from Bhadrapur to Ilam (89.8 km and nearly 3hours’ drive)
  • Day 2- Drive from Ilam to Taplejung (153.6 km and 6 hours’ drive).
  • Day 3- Taplejung to Chirwa (1.25 km and 6-7 hours).
  • Day 4- Chirwa to Sukethum (5 to 6 hours).
  • Day 5- Sukethum to Aamjilasa (4 to 5 hours).
  • Day 6- Amjilosa to Gyabla (5 to 6 hours)
  • Day 7- Gyabla to Ghunsa (4 to 5 hours)
  • Day 8- Adaptation Day in Ghunsa (4 to 5 hours)
  • Day 9- Ghunsa to Khambachen (5 to 6 hours)
  • Day 10- Khambachen to Lhonak (5 to 6 hours)
  • Day11- Lhonak to Pangpema North base camp and back to Lhonak(3 to 4 hours)
  • Day12- Lhonak to Ghunsa (5 to 6 hours)
  • Day13- Ghunsa to Amjilosa (7 to 8 hours)
  • Day14- Amjilosa to Tapethok (6 to 7 hours)
  • Day15- Tapethok to Mitlung (7 to 8 hours)
  • Day16- Mitlung to Taplejung (4 to 5 hours)
  • Day17- Drive from Taplejung to Bhadrapur(10 hours drive)
  • Day18- Fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu (1-hour flight)

Best Time to do Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

The trek doesn’t have stable weather throughout the journey, although the most preferable months for this Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek are between April to May and September to November. These months have better weather in the high elevation points also in comparison to other months. However, there will be still a chance of snowfalls, rainfall, and bad winds, and the days and nights at high altitude points will always be cold.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What is the best time to trek in the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

The preferred time to visit the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekis between April to May and September to November because of favorable weather in comparison to other months.

What is the difficulty level ofthe Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is considered a difficult and exhausting trekking journey that requires physical and mental fitness because of its trail covering high ranges of mountains, dense forests, glacial rivers, and rocky terrains .

What is the highest elevation of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

The highest elevation of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is 16732 ft.

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