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Kanchenjunga Base Camp & Selele Base CampTrek introduces you to the eastern region of Nepal. The word “Kanchenjunga” in Nepali is depicted as a shining disc. The renowned Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world, is one of the “Five Treasures of the Great Snow.” It is situated in northeastern Nepal and borders Sikkim, India. The alluring panorama of Kanchenjunga is visible from India, Bhutan, and Tibet.
Kanchenjunga region is regarded as one of Nepal’s top travel destinations. The Kanchenjunga Conservation area is one of the journey’s highlights. It covers an area of 2035 sq. km. The region is abundant in flora and fauna, including snow leopard, red panda, black Himalayan bear, musk deer, and other species.
The base camp path offers a diversity of terrain, including river valleys, glacial moraine, stony hills, alpine highlands, and tropical woods. Trekkers are treated to stunning views of mighty mountains during the route, including Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8481m), and other peaks. Because Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, and Gurung live in the Kanchenjunga area, travellers can learn about their cultures and way of life.
The less-travelled Kanchenjunga region is home to a stunning variety, ranging from rhododendron, chestnut, and oak woods to the glaciated base camp. However, you need a local guide to travel in the Kanchenjunga region because the area is restricted. Additionally, the required permits must be obtained by at least two pedestrians.
Despite having stunning natural beauty, the Kanchenjunga region is not yet a famous tourist attraction because of its isolation and lack of infrastructure. Regardless, tea houses have started popping up in towns and other convenient places in recent years.
The journey to the base camp of the 3rd highest mountain of the world starts with a short flight to Suketar from Kathmandu. We will then trek through dense rhododendron and oak forests to reach Lamile Bhanjyang. Trekking through Torotan, Tseram, Ramche will lead us to Mirgin-La which offers the spectacular views of snowcapped mountains. Trekking ahead for a short duration will take us to the final destination of our trip, The Kanchenjunga Base Camp. We will then trek ahead and reach to Selele Pass which is a challenging and slippery trekking trail of our journey. Crossing this pass will be a bit challenging as trekkers should trek through the icy and risky trekking trails. One can do the sightseeing of unique and dramatic landscapes along with some of the highest mountain ranges of the world through the base camp of this beautiful mountain.
The best times to visit the Kanchenjunga region are from early March to mid-May (Spring) and from October to late November (Autumn).
The vibrant Rhododendrons blooming over the hills below the enthralling Himalayas put on a magnificent display in the spring. Similar to how the weather improves, the atmosphere becomes more relaxed, the sights are breathtaking throughout the autumn, and the green valleys and forests appear more natural.
The rainy season, which lasts from late May through mid to late September, is something we advise avoiding. The only activity during the winter is camping, which will be quite cold. Many locals will relocate to lower land, and tea houses will close during this time of the year.
Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Bold Adventures Nepal representative will greet you and welcome you. Assisting with your luggage, our representative will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. Today, you will stay overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.
On the second day of your Kanchenjunga itinerary, we will take care of the necessary permits for your trek. Our experienced team will guide you through the process, ensuring that all the required permits are obtained for a seamless journey. In the afternoon, we will board a scenic flight to Bhadrapur from Kathmandu. Upon landing, a comfortable jeep ride awaits for a picturesque drive to the charming town of Ilam. On your journey, you are awarded panoramic vistas of Nepal’s beautiful landscapes. Ilam is famous for its sprawling tea plantations and production of Himalayan chew made of cheese. Stay overnight at a hotel in Ilam.
On Day 3 of your Kanchenjunga itinerary, you will embark on a scenic drive to Taplejung. We will arrange private transportation for the trip to Taplejung. As you leave behind the town of Ilam, the picturesque countryside unfolds before your eyes, treating you to breathtaking views along the way. We will pass through the charming town of Phidim to arrive in Taplejung. Stay overnight at a hotel in Taplejung.
On Day 4 of your Kanchenjunga trek, you will set off from Taplejung and make your way toward Mitlung. The trail leads you through a picturesque landscape of lush mid-hills and charming villages adorned with traditional mud-brick houses. On the way, you will also walk through expansive rice paddies, terraced farm fields, and fragrant cardamom farms. Following the course of the Tamor River, you will make your way toward Mitlung. You will stay overnight at a hotel in Mitlung.
On Day 5 of your Kanchenjunga trek, the trekking trail passes through picturesque Limbu and Tamang villages, including Sinwa, Tawa, and Pork. As you trek, you will come across remnants of old landslides and boulders that showcase the dynamic nature of the terrain. Descending towards Thiwa Khola, you will also cross a sturdy wooden bridge to mark your arrival in Chiruwa. Stay overnight at a lodge in Chiruwa.
On Day 6 of your Kanchenjunga trek, the trekking trail passes through several beautiful villages including Lelep, Hellok, Tamewa, and Taplethok. Moving alongside the Tamor River, we will descend towards Simbu Khola. Walking further, we will pass through the narrow and steep Ghunsa Khola valley to reach Sukhethum. Today we will spend the night at a lodge in Sukethum.
On the Day 7 of your Kanchenjunga trek, the trail takes you from Sukathum to Amjilosa. The trail passes through steep uphill as you enjoy the view of exposed terrain. The landscape view is astonishing to witness on the way. You will also cross several bridges over Ghusna Khola before arriving at Amjilosa. Stay overnight at a lodge in Amjilosa.
On the Day 8 of your Kanchenjunga trek, the trail takes you through a verdant forest, adorned with blooming rhododendrons and graceful bamboo. Along the way, you are treated to the sight of a magnificent waterfall as you continue the trek on steep ascents and descents before arriving in Gyabala. Stay overnight at a lodge in Gyabla.
On the Day 9 of your Kanchenjunga trek, you will bid farewell to Gyabla to head towards Ghunsa passing through a broad meadow. Climbing a small hill and descending towards the river, you will arrive at Ghunsa. The beautiful wooden houses, school health posts, and a micro hydropower plant add to the beauty of the village. You will stay overnight at a lodge in Ghusna.
Today is the acclimatization day to adjust your body to the thinning air. We will take a short hike going on the opposite side of Ghusna Khola. After hiking, the remaining day is for rest. You can also explore the ancient village of Ghusna. It gives you the opportunity to explore beautiful monasteries and get closer to Buddhist culture. Today, you will stay overnight in Ghusna.
On the Day 11 of your Kanchenjunga trek, the trekking starts with forested paths on the bank of Ghunsa Khola. You will pass several beautiful Chortens and Mani walls as you head toward Khangpachen. Moreover, the trail also offers astonishing views of glacial moraines before arriving at the Tibetan settlement of Khangpachen. From here, you get to enjoy breathtaking north-face views of Jannu. You will stay overnight in Khangpachen.
On the Day 12 of your Kanchenjunga trek, you will start the journey walking through the left side of Kanchenjunga Glacier. The high plateau trail takes you to the campsite of Lhonak which offers exceptional views of gigantic snow-capped mountains including Mera Peak (6364m), Wedge Peak (6802m), wins (7350m), Nepal Peak (7177m), and others. You will stay overnight at a lodge in Lhonak.
On the Day 13 of your Kanchenjunga trek, the trekking trail follows the glaciers on the northern ridges. After arriving at the camp, enjoy the breathtaking view of Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m). You also get to enjoy the magnificent views of several sky-touching peaks connecting Nepal – Tibet and Nepal-India. After collecting lifelong memories, we will return to Lhonak and stay overnight at a lodge.
After experiencing amazing moments at the base camp at Lhonak, you will retrace the trail towards Ghusna. Once again, the trekking trail entertains you with magnificent views of several mountains. The descending trail takes you through the moraines of Kumbhakarna Glacier and Kanchenjunga Glacier before arriving at Ghusna. Today, you will stay overnight in Ghusna.
On the Day 15 of your Kanchenjunga trek, you will wave goodbye to Ghusna to embark on a steep rocky trail as you pass through beautiful forests of pine, rhododendron, and birch. Upon arriving at High Camp, you get to witness spectacular views of Nyukla Laching (6670m), Jannu (7710m), Temachunggi (6044m), and other snow-capped mountains. You will stay overnight in High Camp.
The Day 16 of your Kanchenjunga trek can be quite challenging as you cross over 2 passe – the Sele La (4480m) and Sinion La (4660) to make your way towards Tseram. You get to enjoy spectacular views of Jannu (7710m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Baruntse (7129m), Makalu (8481m), and other mountains from the top of the passes. The descending trail from the passes will take you to Tseram and you will spend the night there.
On the Day 17 of your Kanchenjunga trek, the ascending trails from Tseram take you toward Ramche. On the way, you will pass through the Yalung Glacier. The trail also offers magnificent views of a lake and a meadow. Moreover, you will also enjoy the view of blue sheep feeding on the grassy hills. In the evening, you will make a visit to a monastery in Ramche. Stay overnight in Ramche.
On the Day 18 of your trek, you will get an opportunity to explore and enjoy the Yalung Base Camp area. Today, the trekking trail takes you on a challenging rocky path that also passes through the glacial moraines to take you to Oktang. Here, you will enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of Kanchenjunga, Jammu, and other surrounding Himalayas. Moving forward with the trek, the retracing trail offers beautiful views of several mountain ranges before arriving at Tseram. Today, you will stay overnight in Tseram.
On the Day 19 of your Kanchenjunga trek, the trail descends towards Tortong. The trail is surrounded by lush forests of rhododendrons. Moreover, you will also pass through Chortens, monasteries, streams, waterfalls, and ponds before arriving at Tortong. You will spend the night in Tortong.
On the Day 20 of your Kanchenjunga trek, the trekking trail descends further as you pass through Amji Khola, Lasiya Bhanjyang, and Dhupi Bhanjyang to take you towards Yamphudim. Yamphudim village is a settlement of traditional Gurung, Rai, Sherpa, and Limbu locals. You will stay overnight in Yamphudim.
On the Day 21 of your Kanchenjunga trek, another beautiful day offers you to enjoy the scenic views of natural waterfalls, green forests, and valleys as you make your way towards Khebang. As you move forward with the trek, you will pass through several suspension bridges over streams. Moreover, the trekking trail also takes you through several small settlements on the sides of Kabedi Khola before you reach Khebang. You will spend the night at a lodge in Khebang.
On the Day 22 of your Kanchenjunga trek, you will embark on a long drive to Illam. The drive full of beautiful views offers scenic views of snow-capped mountains, green hills, and rivers. You will also get to witness the daily activities of the locals as you pass through several settlements. Today you will stay overnight at a hotel in Ilam.
On the Day 23 of your Kanchenjunga trek, you will return to Kathmandu. Firstly you will transport to Bharatpur airport to board the plane back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will drive you to the hotel to stay overnight.
The wonderful Kanchenjunga trek itinerary comes to an end today. Our representative will drive you to the Tribhuvan International Airport to bid goodbye. We wish you luck in your journey ahead.
It is classified as a strenuous trekking location in Nepal’s Kanchenjunga. You must navigate through a number of mountain passes while enduring challenging ascents and descents. Additionally, the length of time required for this expedition makes it tough.
The Kanchenjunga venture is a challenging trek traversing 220 km distance. It requires a strong physicality and endurance capability for three weeks of nonstop hiking with a light backpack.
You’ll require two permits for the trek: a Restricted Area Permit and a Conservation Area Permit. There must be at least two trekkers in order to get approval.
The beauty of this trek will mesmerise you with its natural beauty and scenic views. You can enjoy hiking through streams and valleys and exploring different species of flora and fauna along the way. The wildlife here includes snow leopards, red pandas, bears, and many more creatures that make this place even more interesting for travellers on an adventure trip!
Getting altitude sickness is not something that should be taken lightly. It can be a serious condition that may require medical attention. If you think you may have altitude sickness, it’s important to get checked out by a doctor or nurse. In a normal situation, you need to descend to a lower elevation and rest.
Symptoms of altitude sickness include: