Abundunt rhododendron and bamboo forests, dramatic mountain panorama, communities with ancient history and Mt Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, it all combines to make the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek an offbeat trekking heaven.
It is located in far-eastern Nepal on the border with Sikkim. Mt Kanchenjunga lies partly in Nepal and partly in Sikkim, India. This is inside the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) which was one of the first areas of the Himalaya explored in the 19th centry. The area is first in Nepal to be managed by local communities and has proved quite successful in the main trail. However, it is yet to be fully effective in remote areas. Yet it remains largely unvisited by travelers. A permit is required to trek to this region.
A maze of ridges and peaks isolated the communities from higher trails from the lower valleys. Trekking in this region take a little longer than most areas in the Himalayas. But the wilder unexplored corners of the Himalaya makes it more worthwhile. It is recommended and encouraged sustainable practice whenever you can.
Mt Kangchenjunga, the peak after which Kanchenjunga trek is named, is the crowning glory in a vast and spectacular setting.
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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Day 01 Kathmandu – Biratnagar (72m/236ft), 35min flight.
Day 02 Biratnagar – Suketar – Mitlung (850m/2,790 ft), 15min flight, 5-6 hrs trek.
Day 03 Mitlung – Chirwa (1,190m/3,905ft), 6-7 hrs.
Day 04 Chirwa – Sekathum (1,640m/5,390ft), 5-6 hrs.
Day 05 Sekathum – Amjilosa (2,490m/8,168ft), 5-6hrs.
Day 06 Amjilosa – Gyabla (2,730m/8,955ft), 4-5hrs.
Day 07 Gyabla – Ghunsa (3,430m/11,250ft), 5-6hrs.
Day 08 Ghunsa Rest and acclimatisation day.
Day 09 Ghunsa – Kambachen (4 150m/13,615ft), 5-6 hrs.
Day 10 Kambachen – Lhonak (4,790m/15,900ft), 4-5 hrs.
Day 11 Lhonak – Pang Pema Base Camp (5,160m/16,923ft), 2-3 hrs
Day 12 Pang Pema Base Camp, rest and exploration day.
Day 13 Pangpema – Kambachen (4,150m/13,650ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 14 Kambachen – Ghunsa – Phale (3,140m/10,302ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 15 Phale – Amjilosa (2,140m/7,100ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 16 Amjilosa – Chirwa (1,190m/3,900 ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 17 Chirwa – Linkhim (1,520m/4,985ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 18 Linkhim – Suketar (2,700m/8,856ft.), 5-6 hrs
Day 19 Suketar – Biratnagar- Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft), 30min and 35min flights.
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