Kanchenjunga north base camp is situated at Pangema. Located above the glacier, you will able to see some stunning view of the north face of Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang. Kanchenjunga North base camp trek will be more on a strenuous. Therefore a reasonable level of fitness and trekking experience will be a better advantage. Comparing to the South base camp, you will be able to see even more magnificent views of a snow-capped mountain peak in Kanchenjunga north base camp. You will be going through terraced, forests of birch bamboo and rhododendron, a variety of culture and changing countryside that you wouldn’t want to miss.
Trek will be starting from Taplejung. As you are reaching Amjilosa, there will be a series of the waterfall, so as you trek, be careful of slippery treks. You will also be passing through villages of Brahmins and Chhetri. The nearest village will be Ghunsa, a large Sherpa village on the Ghunsa River. You will be able to see the culture of Sherpa. As you get nearer towards Pangpema, the area is prone to landslide, so stay close and listen to your trek leader. You will be back to Taplejung again for your onward flight to Kathmandu, after finishing your trek.
Detail Itinerary Of Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur(920m) – 1 hour.
We will take 45 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. Beautiful views of mountains including Mt. Everest will provide a warm welcome for us. We will visit Bhadrapur, and we will enjoy Nepali food. Bhadrapur is in lower altitude so the temperature will be high. Stay overnight at the Hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Taplejung(1,840m) – 6 hours.
We will take early morning local bus from Bhadrapur today. The drive will take an entire day because it’s a busy road too. However, we can enjoy the beautiful views of the hills along the way. It takes approximately 8 hours to reach Taplejung. Overnight at Taplejung.
Day 03: Trek to Chhirwa(1,270m) – 7 hours.
The first day of our trekking starts from Taplejung. Today’s walk is easy. We will walk through the Tamur river. Along the way, we will cross the small farming village of Mitlung. Further, we will follow the trail that climbs towards beautiful village named Sinwa. After passing the suspension bridge at Tawa, we will reach Chiruwa. Overnight at Chiruwa.
Day 04: Trek to Lelep(1,860m) – 7 hours.
From Chiruwa we will start our today’s trek towards Lelep. Today’s trek will be 5 to 6 hour long, and along the way, we will pass through Tapethok Checkpoint before reaching Lelep. Overnight at Lelep.
Day 05: Trek to Amjilosa(2,400m) – 9 hours.
Trek from Lelep to Amjilosa is a short journey of 5 hours. The track is mostly slippery, so we need to wear a pair of boots and be careful on the way. The most of the culture and peoples of Amjilosa are Sherpa and Tibetan. Overnight at Amjilosa.
Day 06: Trek to Gyabla(2,70m) – 4 hours.
Today’s trek is easier. We will be walking through the dense forests filled with oak bamboos and rhododendron trees. There are no any villages on the way. Overnight at Gyabla.
Day 07: Trek to Gunsa(3,420m) – 4 hours.
We will start our trek after breakfast, and after walking for 3 hours, we will reach the village named Phole which is in half of the way between Gyabla to Gunsa, and it’s a Tibetan village. We will stop for lunch. It is the beautiful village. After walking for a further 3 hours, ae will reach Ghunsa. Overnight at Ghunsa.
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa.
Ghunsa is a perfect place to rest. Ghunsa is also considered as the capital of Kanchenjunga region, and it is competitively more developed than other villages with accommodation telecommunications and good meals facilities. Today we will visit nearby ridge from where we can enjoy the beautiful view of Jannu Peak. Later we will be back at Ghunsa to stay.
Day 09: Trek to Kambachen(4,050m) – 4 hours.
After leaving Ghunsa, we will follow the trail that goes along the east bank of the river. After crossing the bridge at Rumpak Kharka, we continue our trek that passes through the sacred waterfall, which is also considered the danger of stone falls because of landslide affected area. We will cross as fast as we can. Finally, we will reach Kambachen. The altitude is increasing, so trails are also difficult. Overnight at Kambachen.
Day 10: Trek to Lhonak(4,750m) – 4 hours.
Our today’s trial goes along the north of the river. Along the way, we will cross Ramtang. From where we will pass through the village of Ghunsa until we reach Lhonak.
Day 11: Day Trip to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp(5,140m) and back to Lhonak – 11 hours.
Today we will start our trek early morning to reach Pangpema which is the highest point of Kanchenjunga North Basecamp. It takes us around 3 hours to reach Pangpema from Lhonak. From where we can see the beautiful valley along with high mountains Chang Himal, Kirat Chuli, Kanchenjunga North Side and other surrounding peaks. As there is no space to stay, we will further trek down to Lhonak to stay overnight.
Day 12: Trek to Ghunsa(3,595m) – 6 hours.
We will leave Lhonak early in the morning. We will start trek downhill which is also not easy. Along the way, we will cross via Ramtang. And also on the way, we will have an opportunity to see some blue sheep trying to find foods. We will continue our trek until we reach Ghunsa. Overnight at Ghunsa.
Day 13: Trek to Amjilosa(2,400m) – 8 hours.
Today we will start our trek after having breakfast. We will be Walking through the dense forests filled with oak bamboos and rhododendron trees. Along the way, we will cross beautiful villages Phole and Ghunsa. Overnight at Amjilosa.
Day 14: Trek to Tapethok(1,410m) – 7 hours.
Amjilosa to Tapethok is approximately 7 hours walk down. Overnight at Tapethok.
Day 15: Trek to Mitlung(921m) – 7 hours.
Tapethok to Mitlung is further 7 hours trek down towards Taplejung. Overnight at Mitlung.
Day 16: Trek to Taplejung(1,840m) – 5 hours.
5 hours further trek down from Mitlung takes us to Taplejung. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 17: Drive to Bhadrapur(920m) – 10 hours.
Today early morning we will take a bus from Taplejung to Bhadrapur. The 10 hours long drive provide us with the rewarding trip ending feelings. Overnight at Bhadrapur.
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu(1,400m) – 1 hours.
Today we will take a flight back to Kathmandu after our trek has been finished. In clear weather, we can see the most impressive peaks of the Himalayan range. Overnight at Hotel.
The Trip Cost Includes
- All necessary land transport.
- Domestic airfare (Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu)and airport tax.
- All necessary paper works(Restricted Area Permit).
- A local government licensed English speaking Guide during the trek.
- The required number of porters to carry your luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) during the trek.
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek.
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking staff.
- First aid medical kits.
- Down jacket, sleeping bag and a duffel bag (to be returned after trip completion).
- Best available Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (mainly in twin sharing).
- All government and local taxes.
The Trip Cost Excludes
- Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) in Kathmandu.
- Airport picks up & drop off service(on your international flight) by private car/ van/bus. click here to book now/ include on your trip.
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu. click here to book now/ include on your trip.
- International flight ticket and Nepal entry visa.
- Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking).
- Personal gear for trekking.
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, laundry.
- Tip for trekking staff(expected).
- Any others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes.