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Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

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Max. Elevation
5143 m / 16873 ft
Group size
MIn 1+
Level
Advance
Transportation
Domestic flight and all ground transportation as per itinerary
Best Season
Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April, May
Starts at / Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Accomodation
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Tea House / Lodge during the trek
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek

Highlights

  • Spectacular views of Kanchenjunga and other prominent peaks such as Kabru, Rathong, and Kangchenjunga West.
  • Immersive cultural experience with encounters with the indigenous communities of the Kanchenjunga region, including the Limbu and Rai people.
  • Exploring pristine alpine landscapes, dense rhododendron forests, and high-altitude passes.
  • Visiting remote monasteries, ancient Buddhist stupas, and traditional mountain settlements along the trekking route.
  • Experiencing the tranquility and solitude of the remote Himalayan wilderness away from the crowds.

Overview

The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is an exhilarating adventure that takes trekkers deep into the remote wilderness of the Kanchenjunga region in Nepal. This trek offers unparalleled views of the world's third highest peak, Kanchenjunga (8,586 meters), as well as other towering Himalayan giants. The journey traverses through pristine forests, alpine meadows, and traditional villages, providing trekkers with a unique cultural and natural experience. With its rugged terrain and remote location, the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is ideal for seasoned trekkers seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure in the Himalayas.

Location of the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp
The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp is located in the eastern region of Nepal, near the border with Tibet. The trek begins in the village of Taplejung and follows a scenic route through remote villages, lush forests, and high mountain passes before reaching the North Base Camp of Mount Kanchenjunga.

Trek Difficulty
The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is considered a challenging trek, suitable for experienced trekkers with a good level of fitness. The route involves long days of trekking on rugged terrain, with steep ascents and descents, high mountain passes, and unpredictable weather conditions. Trekkers should be prepared for long hours of walking and be physically and mentally prepared for the challenges of high-altitude trekking. The trek involves long days of hiking over rugged terrain, steep ascents and descents, and high-altitude sections above 4,000 meters (13,123 feet).

Typical Day on the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek
A typical day on the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek begins with an early morning wake-up call, followed by breakfast at the teahouse or campsite. Trekkers then set out on the day's hike, navigating mountain trails, crossing rivers, and ascending or descending mountain passes. Lunch is usually taken at a scenic spot along the trail, with rest breaks and photo opportunities throughout the day. In the afternoon, trekkers arrive at the day's destination, where they can relax, explore the surroundings, and enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.

Safety Comes First on the Trek
Safety is paramount on the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek, and trekkers should be aware of the risks associated with high-altitude trekking, including altitude sickness, extreme weather, and rugged terrain. It is essential to trek with a knowledgeable guide who can provide guidance, support, and assistance in case of emergencies. Trekkers should also carry adequate gear, including warm clothing, a first-aid kit, and essential trekking equipment.

Best Seasons for the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek
The best seasons for the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). During these months, the weather is stable, with clear skies and mild temperatures, making it ideal for trekking. Spring brings blooming rhododendron forests, while autumn offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks and vibrant landscapes.

Permits Required for This Trek
Trekkers undertaking the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek are required to obtain several permits, including the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP) and the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) issued by the Nepalese government. Additionally, trekkers must be accompanied by a licensed guide and porter for the duration of the trek.

Food and Accommodation on the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek
Accommodation on the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is typically in teahouses or camping in remote areas where teahouses are not available. Teahouses provide basic accommodation with dormitory-style rooms and shared bathroom facilities. Meals are served at the teahouses or campsites and include a variety of Nepali and international dishes, such as dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, soups, and tea.

Transport Options
The trek to the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp begins and ends in the town of Taplejung, accessible by road from the city of Kathmandu or the town of Bhadrapur. Domestic flights are also available from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, followed by a road journey to Taplejung. From Taplejung, trekkers commence the trek on foot, following the designated trekking route through the Kanchenjunga region.

Trip Itinerary

Your journey begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Upon arrival, you'll embark on a picturesque drive to Ilam, a charming hill station known for its tea gardens and serene atmosphere. Enjoy the lush greenery and refreshing climate as you settle into your accommodation.

After breakfast, you'll continue your journey by road to Taplejung, a quaint town nestled amidst verdant hills. The drive offers stunning vistas of terraced fields and remote villages, providing insight into rural life in Nepal. Upon reaching Taplejung, you'll have the opportunity to explore the local market and interact with the friendly inhabitants.

Today, you'll embark on a thrilling drive to Sekathum, a small settlement situated along the Tamor River. As you traverse rugged terrain and winding roads, you'll be treated to panoramic views of cascading waterfalls and dense forests. Upon reaching Sekathum, you'll unwind and prepare for the trek ahead.

Leaving Sekathum behind, you'll embark on a trek through pristine wilderness towards Amjilosa. The trail meanders along the riverbank, passing through lush vegetation and quaint hamlets inhabited by ethnic communities. Keep an eye out for exotic flora and fauna as you ascend to higher altitudes, eventually reaching the tranquil village of Amjilosa.

Today's trek takes you deeper into the heart of the Himalayas as you ascend towards Gyabla. The trail ascends gradually, offering stunning views of snow-capped peaks and alpine landscapes. Take breaks to acclimatize to the altitude and immerse yourself in the natural beauty surrounding you. Upon reaching Gyabla, you'll be greeted by warm hospitality and breathtaking vistas.

Continuing your journey, you'll trek to Ghunsa, a picturesque village nestled beneath towering mountains. The trail winds through rhododendron forests and alpine meadows, providing opportunities for wildlife sightings and birdwatching. As you approach Ghunsa, you'll be welcomed by the sight of traditional stone houses and prayer flags fluttering in the breeze.

Today is reserved for acclimatization in Ghunsa, allowing your body to adjust to the altitude and prepare for higher elevations. You can spend the day exploring the village, interacting with locals, or undertaking short hikes in the surrounding area. Take advantage of this rest day to relax and recharge before continuing your trek.

Embark on a scenic trek to Kambachen, a remote settlement nestled amidst towering peaks and glacial valleys. The trail ascends steadily, offering mesmerizing views of the Kanchenjunga massif and surrounding wilderness. Keep your camera handy to capture the stunning landscapes unfolding before you. Upon reaching Kambachen, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views and a warm welcome from the local community.

Another day of acclimatization awaits in Kambachen, allowing you to further adjust to the high altitude and prepare for the challenges ahead. You can spend the day exploring the surrounding area, undertaking short hikes, or simply relaxing and enjoying the tranquility of your surroundings. Take this opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Himalayas and soak in the peaceful atmosphere.

Today, you'll trek to Lhonak, a remote outpost nestled amidst towering peaks and glacial valleys. The trail ascends gradually, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and pristine wilderness. Keep an eye out for yaks grazing in the meadows and elusive wildlife along the way. Upon reaching Lhonak, you'll be rewarded with awe-inspiring vistas and a sense of accomplishment.

Prepare for an exhilarating day trip to the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, the highlight of your trek. The trail winds through rugged terrain and icy glaciers, offering unparalleled views of the world's third highest mountain. Take your time to soak in the majestic surroundings and capture unforgettable memories. After enjoying the breathtaking vistas, you'll return to Lhonak for a well-deserved rest.

Bid farewell to Lhonak as you begin your descent towards Ghunsa. The trail retraces your steps through alpine meadows and rhododendron forests, offering a different perspective of the landscape. Take breaks to admire the scenic beauty and reflect on your journey thus far. Upon reaching Ghunsa, you'll be greeted by familiar faces and a sense of accomplishment.

Today, you'll trek back to Amjilosa, retracing your steps through picturesque landscapes and charming villages. The trail descends gradually, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lush valleys. Take your time to savor the natural beauty and interact with locals along the way. Upon reaching Amjilosa, you'll reunite with familiar surroundings and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

Continue your descent towards Sekathum, where your trek began. The trail winds through verdant forests and terraced fields, offering glimpses of rural life in the Himalayas. Take breaks to soak in the serene atmosphere and appreciate the tranquility of your surroundings. Upon reaching Sekathum, you'll have the opportunity to reflect on your journey and celebrate your achievements.

Today marks the final leg of your journey as you drive from Sekathum to Taplejunga and onward to Bhadrapur. The scenic drive offers one last chance to admire the beauty of the Himalayas and reflect on your trekking adventure. Upon reaching Bhadrapur, you'll board a flight back to Kathmandu, where you can reminisce about your unforgettable experiences in the mountains.

Your adventure concludes with a flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu, where you'll bid farewell to the majestic Himalayas and cherish the memories of your Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek. Take this opportunity to reflect on your journey and marvel at the beauty of Nepal's diverse landscapes. As you return home, carry with you the spirit of adventure and the lessons learned from the mountains.

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Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops ina private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Private vehicle / Tourists Bus
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English/French/Chinese/German speaking trained and experienced local tour guide which one is your necessary and assistant trek leader (10 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Metro Everest’s trekking bag/duffel bag for the trekking and t-shirt is yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Certificate of Achievement by Metro Everest
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek after dinner 
  • All government and local taxes

Doesn't Include

  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $30 or equivalent foreign currency, multiple entry visas for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 50 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 125. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Highway
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, cold drinks, hot drinks and shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, permits are necessary for the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek. Trekkers must obtain both a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card and a Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit, which can be arranged through authorized trekking agencies in Nepal.

Accommodation options on the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek range from basic teahouses to camping in remote areas. Teahouses offer simple lodging with shared facilities such as bedrooms and dining areas, while camping provides a closer connection to nature amidst the pristine wilderness.

Yes, the Kanchenjunga region is inhabited by diverse ethnic communities with rich cultural traditions. Trekkers should respect local customs, dress modestly, seek permission before taking photographs, and be mindful of cultural sensitivities to foster positive interactions with the locals.

The best time to embark on the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is favorable, and the skies are clear. These months offer ideal trekking conditions with mild temperatures and minimal precipitation.

The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is considered challenging due to its remote location, rugged terrain, and high altitude. It involves trekking through dense forests, crossing high passes, and ascending to altitudes above 5,000 meters. Prior trekking experience and excellent physical fitness are essential.

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