9. From Kathmandu: Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek | 30 days
DAY 1 : ARRIVAL
One of our team members will be present right at the airport to make sure you won’t have any difficulty; we will take you to the hotel for a warm and hearty Nepali dinner and prepare for the Kanchanjunga base camp trek.
DAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
The first day of the Nepal exploration takes you around one of the busiest places with the most humble individuals, Kathmandu. Then we go around to visit UNESCO world heritage sites namely Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka, Patan, and Bhaktapur, the Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath stupa, Pashupatinath temple, and Changu Narayan.
DAY 3 : FLIGHT TO BHADRAPUR, DRIVE TO SUKETAR (2420M, 5HRS)
Starting with an early morning breakfast, on this day of the Kanchanjunga base camp trek, first, we take a flight to Bhadrapur, which is approximately 45 minutes long, followed by driving in a van or jeep for 5 to 6 hours accompanied by scenic view throughout you arrive Suketar where you rest for the night in a guesthouse.
DAY 4 : TREK TO PHURUMBU (1542M, 4-5HRS)
We head for Phurumbu, located in the Taplejung district, on this day after breakfast. An easy trek of 5 hours enjoying the view of terrace farmlands, forests, and beautiful small villages will take us there and get comfortable in a teahouse.
DAY 5 : TREK TO CHIRUWA (1270M, 5-6HRS)
Since we will be trekking along many colorful lama villages, this day of the Kanchenjunga base camp trek brings you closer to different ethnic groups and diversity in their cultural values, clothes, and food. After walking for about 5 hours through Sinwa, Tawa, and Thiwa, you reach Chirwa and rest overnight.
DAY 6 : TREK TO SUKETHUM (1585M, 6-7HRS)
After breakfast, we leave Chiruwa and head toward Sukethum (the village where Japanese people used to live). The trail takes us through green dense forests, cardamom fields, a freshwater river named Ghunsa, and stunning scenarios. After walking for 6 to 7 hours, we arrive at our destination for the day of the Kanchanjunga base camp trek and rest in a teahouse.
DAY 7 : TREK TO AMJILOSA (2395M, 6HRS)
The adventurous side of the Kanchanjunga base camp trek starts to unfold itself today as we walk through challenging trails, cross a suspension bridge and dense forest, and reach Solima, then walk down for a while to reach a rural village, Amjilosa.
DAY 8 : TREK TO GYABLA (2730M, 6-7HRS)
We leave for Gyabla, a Tibetan settlement where locals widely follow Buddhist culture. Trekking for 6 to 7 hours through really pretty jungles of rhododendron trees, oak trees, and pine trees, we reach Gyabla and rest there for the night in a teahouse enjoying a warm local dinner.
DAY 9 : TREK TO GUNSA (3427M, 7-8HRS)
After breakfast, the trek resumes, and on this day, we walk for 7 to 8 hours. On our way, you will be greeted by the Gunsa river and dense, luscious forests. Locals of Gunsa ( Sherpa village )trade and follow Tibetan culture.
DAY 10 : TREK TO KAMBACHEN (4050M, 6-7HRS)
We are getting closer to the destinations of the Kanchanjunga base camp trek that has the risk of altitude sickness. Walking through the rhododendron and pine forest and crossing Ramouk Kharka, you will be at the village Kambachen, which is influenced by Tibetan culture and located at an altitude of 4050 m.
DAY 11 : TREK TO LHONAK (4780M, 6-7HRS)
After breakfast, we head for the rocky trails of the Kanchanjunga base camp trek, passing through large boulders with a terrific view of a waterfall and crossing a bridge first, you will be at Ramtang monastery, then walking for a bit from there, Lhonak welcomes us. .
DAY 12 : TREK TO KANCHENJUNGA BASE CAMP (5143M, 5-6HRS)
Finally, the day when the trek takes us to the Kanchanjunga base camp. First, you walk toward Pangpema alongside the majestic view of the glorious Kanchanjunga glacier. From Pangpema, descending for a little while gets you in front of the Kanchanjunga base camp that boasts a magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Jannu Himal, and other Himalayan peaks. We spend the night in the lap of Kanchanjunga.
DAY 13 : TREK TO KAMBACHEN (4050M, 8-9HRS)
This will probably be the day with the longest trek ( 8 to 9 hours), nothing to worry about, though, cause it won’t be that difficult. Walking slowly, admiring the view of snow-capped mountains through Ramtang monastery, we will be at Kambachen.
DAY 14 : TREK TO GUNSA (3427M, 4-5HRS)
After breakfast, we climb down from the Kanchanjnga base camp, admiring the view that surrounds us; trekking for 4 to 5 hours, you reach Gunsa village. Enjoy a savory dinner night and rest in a teahouse.
DAY 15 : TREK TO TANBHARMA DANDA (4641M, 6-7HRS)
This day’s trek is short and easy, taking us through a trail of rhododendron, moss, and juniper trees. After breakfast, walking for 6 to 7 hours, we will be at Tanbharma Danda. You will not trek furthermore, just relax in a teahouse.
DAY 16 : TREK TO CHERAM (3870M, 7-8HRS)
Be ready for adventure as you will pass through Mirgin La pass ( 4480 m/ 14698.16 ft) and Sinion La pass (4646 m / 15242.78 ft) on your way to Cheram. After breakfast, accompanied by forests and snow-capped mountains, we walk for 7 to 8 hours and arrive at Cheram.
DAY 17 : TREK TO RAMCHAUR (4580M, 3-4HRS)
This day is the shortest as we only trek for 3 to 4 hours. On our trail, you will be blessed by the majestic Yalung glacier and other scenarios. After arriving at Ramchaura, also known as Ramche, we rest in a teahouse.
DAY 18 : REST DAY
After breakfast, we leave for exploration near Kanchanjunga along with three main summits of height ( 8420 m /27624.67 ft, 8586 m / 28169.29 ft, and 8474 m / 27801.84 ft) laying on the ridge. You will indulge in lunch that we take with us, then return back to Ramchaura.
DAY 19 : TREK TO YALUNG BASE CAMP (4500M, 4-5HRS), TREK BACK TO RAMCHAUR (3HRS)
In order to be at Yalung base camp first, we climb the moraine top to the southern face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, then trek a little ahead and witness Jannu (Kumbhakarna) mountain, then be in the presence of the beautiful Oktang monastery and climb for a bit. From here (Yalung base camp), Kumbhakarna peak, Nyukla Lachung peak along with other peaks, are visible. After admiring base camp, the next thing to do is retrace our way back to Rammchaur.
DAY 20 : TREK TO TORONG (2995M, 5-6HRS)
Since Torong is on the bank of the Simbuwa river, we begin trekking for Simbuwa river after breakfast which should be around 5 to 6 hours long through a trail beautified by dense forests.
DAY 21 : TREK TO LASIYA BHANJYANG (3310M, 6HRS)
We start the day with a warm breakfast, walk through scenic beauty for approximately 6 hours, and arrive at Lasiya Bhanjyang. Your accommodation for the night will be a teahouse.
DAY 22 : TREK TO YAMPHUDIN (2080M, 5HRS)
Yamphudin is a very pretty village with peace maintained amongst different ethnic groups, as Limbu, Sherpa, Gurung, as well as Rai, reside here in harmony. We will trek for 5 hours after breakfast and get to Yamphudin, where a famous traditional pork delicacy will be waiting for you.
DAY 23 : TREK TO PHUMPHE DANDA (1858M, 7-8HRS)
Our first destination is Mamangkhe village which we reach through a trail of green forest and the Kabeli river. From Mamangkhe, trekking down for a while gets us to Phumphe danda. In total, the trek will be 7 to 8 hours long.
DAY 24 : TREK TO KANDE BHANJYANG (2129M, 6-7HRS)
After breakfast, we catch the 6 to 7 hours long trail that leads us to Kande Bhanjyang, which boasts a view of snow-capped mountains. During the night in Kande Bhanjyang you will be in a teahouse.
DAY 25 : TREK TO LALIKHARKA (2265M, 7-8HRS)
The trail of this particular trek consists of dense green forests. After breakfast admiring the view around, we trek for 7 to 8 hours and reach Lali Kharka, which is a hamlet located near Sanophedi.
DAY 26 : TREK TO SUKETAR (2420M, 6HRS)
Suketar lies in the Taplejung district. With stomachs filled with tasty breakfast, we trek for 7 to 8 hours and reach Suketar, then rest overnight in a teahouse.
DAY 27 : DRIVE TO BHADRAPUR (5HRS)
Starting the day, we have breakfast get ready, and drive to Bhadrapur for about 5 hours. For te remaining time of the day you can either explore Bhadrapur or just rest and take away the strain on your muscle from the Kanchanjunga base camp trek.
DAY 28 : FLY TO KATHMANDU
The trek ends here, so we return back to the capital, Kathmandu, by flight, enjoying the view from above. Rest of the day, again, you can explore around or rest in a hotel and prepare for your departure.
DAY 29 : DEPARTURE
Hoping you had an amazing experience trekking in the Kanchanjunga base camp with Swotah. Our team will see you off to the airport safely with hope to see you again.