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Generally, when it comes to Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, the trekkers mean either the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek or Kanchenjunga South Base Camp trek. There is also a combined option where the trekkers cover both the north and south base camp trek in one go, but it is referred mostly to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek or Kanchenjunga Trek simply, and not Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. The 27 days journey is the Kanchenjunga trek itself, and needless to say, it is one of the most adventurous trips in Nepal, with so many things to explore.
Before going on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, it’s important for you to pick which base camp you’d like to explore, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp or Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. Both the base camp treks are equally exciting journeys, with so many natural and cultural attractions to explore. When you go on the 27 days long trip, you get to cover both the base camps, and the major places in the Kanchenjunga region, for instance, Ramche, Ghunsa, Tseram, and so on. The journey starts at Suketar and ends at Thorpu. They’re pretty towns. All the places you cover during the trip are gifted naturally. They’re located in the lap of the hills.
Needless to say that the major Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek highlight are the two north and south base camps of Kanchenjunga Mountain. To answer the question, where is Kanchenjunga Peak located, well, it is situated on the border of Nepal and India. As Kanchenjunga is one of the toughest to climb mountains in the world, Kanchenjunga Climbers are considered to be some of the bravest and the most skilled ones. The mountain is the major attraction of the journey, and its view is one of the main reasons why trekkers prefer to explore this region.
A significant feature of Kanchenjunga Trek is the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. The entire route is a part of the area altogether, which is an interesting Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek fact. Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek elevation ranges between 5388 m, which is the elevation of Pangpema, and 1007 m, which is the altitude of Yangpang. The North Kanchenjunga Base Camp height is 5388 m, and the South Kanchenjunga Base Camp height is 4580 m. Yet another exciting Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek fact.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp and Everest Base Camp are two crucial base camps of Nepal, and both of them are located in the eastern part of the country. The former one is the starting point of the Kanchenjunga expedition, and the latter one is that of the Everest Expedition. If you’re not quite into the expedition, you could go on the respective base camp treks to explore these base camps.
Considering the factors such as the altitude covered, the length of the journey, climate and weather, the condition of the terrain, and so on that determine the difficulty level of any journey, the Kanchenjunga trek difficulty level can be marked as tough. One of the features that contribute to the difficulty of this trek is the unavailability of decent food and accommodation facilities on the route. The trekkers have no other option than spending their nights in camps and preparing their food on their own. While many might find it exciting, the others could feel uncomfortable.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, or in this case, Kanchenjunga Circuit trek, is a must-try journey for you if you’re an adventure enthusiast. Among all the trekking journeys in Nepal, it is liked the most by the lovers of challenging treks. It has everything that a good trekking journey should, and more. You experience a different kind of thrill altogether when you’re at the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, whether north or south. The natural attractions, the settlement areas, and the cultures work together to offer you the level of excitement that you’ve never felt before.
Great Nepal Treks can prove to be an ideal trekking partner for you if you’re looking to make a trip to countries like Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet, and especially go on Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek. Though they offer luxury tour options like jungle safari, food and cultural tour, helicopter tour, adventure sports, and so on, they specialize in trekking and expedition. They are reliable and affordable, and they always look forward to attaining client satisfaction. Choose Great Nepal Treks as your travel partner if you’re looking to visit these places, and try out these activities.
Welcome to the land of Himalaya. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal with a beautiful smile. You will be escorted to your hotel and you will be provided with all the detailed information about your program. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Durbar square, Bouddhanath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple. In the evening you will meet your guide and the Great Nepal Treks team to discuss about your trip. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Early in the morning, transfer to Domestic Airport to board your onward flight to Bhadrapur which takes around 50 mins. Then drive toward Phidim. Overnight stay at Guesthouse in Phidim.
After breakfast, you will be driving to Suketar. Overnight stay at Guesthouse in Suketar.
We formally start the Kanchenjunga trek from 5th day with a downhill walk to Mitlung. The paths throughout the lower sections of the Kanchenjunga region labor under amazing valleys with stunning pastures and tiny villages. We have a tendency to then cross Hangdewa River and walk aboard the raging Tamor River. As we have a tendency to step by step head in an exceedingly northerly direction the path steepens once a couple of hours before a final descent of 350 meters on a muddy path to Mitlung. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Mitlung.
The path ascends and descends steady as we have to walk towards the village of Sinwa. We have to walk trek downhill till we have reach Tawa. At Tawa, we have to cross some heights and cross the bridge at Thiwa. We have to pass lovely rural landscape on the trail and reach Chirwa, an exquisite Limbu village with few lodges, tea retailers etc. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Chirwa.
After breakfast, start your trek to Sukatham. On the way you can experience varied landscapes like cardamom fields and dense forests. We tend to trek uphill for few hours then descend to the luxurious inexperienced fields below and continue trekking on the Tamor watercourse passing through a dense forest. It’s each uphill and downhill trek till crossing the Ghunsa watercourse.Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Sukathum.
Early morning trek to Amjilosa is difficult full of adventure. Once crossing the bridge outside Sukathum we check in into a dense forest, ascend the steep path, descend and cross the stream once more. We will conjointly climb a gorge from the lowest and move Solima village and descend once more to the amount of the stream. All in all, this day’s trekking is quite robust. Therefore, it’s better to be terribly careful particularly whereas walking the path that passes the gorge. We tend to later follow a difficult path which works each uphill and downhill till reaching Amjilosa .Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Amjilosa.
We begin trekking from the watercourse bank; withstand a dense forest of bamboo, fir and Rhododendrons eventuallyy reaching a little stone house by the watercourse. We will climb uphill crossing a number of tiny bridges on the manner. Here, we tend to get to get pleasure from the corporate of gorgeous waterfalls that originate from the mountains. One shorter uphill walk will take you to Tibetan settlement to Gyabla. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Gyabla.
We descend down the stream and spot the natural depression because it slowly releases before reaching Phale, a Tibetan expatriate settlement wherever it’s potential to get handicrafts and homespun rugs from locals. After buying souvenirs we will trek through conifer and pine forest and reach the Sherpa village of Ghunsa wherever will spend our night. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Ghunsa.
We pay attention to utilized time acclimatizing around Ghunsa before start our next day’s trek. We suggest you to remain active even in a very day of the week because it is healthier than being idle whereas on a trekking journey. Therefore, we tend to take a brief hike towards the Laspsan La religious residence through the plush inexperienced forest. come to Ghunsa by afternoon and relax. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Ghunsa.
After having a good time in Ghunsa we tend to trek towards north along stream bank experiencing the breathtaking views of mountain scenery all around. Continuing the journey we also get a chance to pass through an area full of lovely wildflowers, pine forests, bush and many more to explore. Then we continue to cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, overcoming the most difficult section of the landslide. Again after passing through that difficult section of landscape we can envision the magnificent views of Mt. Jannu. Further exploring the various sights and flavors of mountain trails we finally get to arrive at Kambachen to spend the night. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Kambachen.
We need to stay yet another day in Kambachen for acclimatization that will help us adjust to the gradual change in environment. The idea for stay is just to relax and explore the sights of area. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Kambachen.
After having a relaxing night at Kambachen it’s time to restart our trek at an early beginning, the route of trek goes through a difficult landscape containing hillsides and many rocky areas along with river bank and then crossing the bridge to Ramtang monastery. Then we pass through a landslide section at a gradual pace before descending to the watercourse and eventually inbound at Lhonak. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Lhonak.
We trek along to the north side towards Kanchenjunga ice mass and spend an evening at Pangpema where you can witness the gorgeous appearance of Jannu, Kanchenjunga and Chang Himal. During the trekking period we need to be careful around the rockier sections as they are at higher risk’s of landslides. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Pangpema.
We go back over Lhonak and continue our foot-steps towards Ramtang Religious Residence. During this journey, we get to explore a distinct perspective of mountains including Mt Kanchenjunga, Tapleshikar, Mera Peak and many others. Due to the downward nature of the route we will reach Kambachen by evening. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Kambachen.
It basically the contrary of our 12th Day trek. The routes starts from Kambachen descending towards Ghunsa where we get to relish the background scenery of eye-pleasing mountains along with beautiful forests. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Ghunsa.
It’s a high raising trek from Ghunsa towards Sele-La (4,290 m/14,071 ft). After arrival at Sele-Lea we ascend through a dense grove of moss, Rhododendron and coniferous plants. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Sele La.
We do an ascending trek where we get to see the fascinating south view of MT Makalu (6th highest mountain of the world) and Jannu Himal. Today the trekking will be a bit tough as we tend to cross many passes( Mirgin La, Sinion La and Sinelapche Bhanjyang) and then following a descend route towards Cheram. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Cheram.
We ascend towards the Yalung Glacier moving in the constant direction to Simbuwa undergo Lapsang village and finally reach Ramche. Then we walk more up the valley for an incredible sight of blue sheeps. We again climb on the moraine top crossing the stream until confronted by southern face of Mt Kanchengunga. We add a walk ahead to get a glimpse of Jannu Himal and even try continuing towards Oktang Monastery (as per your consult). Walk back and Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Cheram.
Today we trek towards Tortong, where we get to face two trails, one already being followed while descending down to Sele le. Despite that, we ignore the route and walk further down to the track alongside a stream bank known as( Simbuwa Khola). The lush rhododendron forest along the way never fails to mesmerize it’s visitors. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Tortong.
We climb down towards Yamphudin from Tortong passing through Lasiya Bhanjyaang. The route involves many trees on it’s way with the area prone to landslide. The parcel of land changes once each monsoon however by the middle of October it ought to be stable with a route through. Moreover walking down we finally reach the village of Yamphudin mostly colonized by Sherpas and Limbus. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Yamphudin.
We will have a descend trek from Yamphudin, crossing bridge at Samekham , continue the walk following the Kabeli Khola and undergo Mamankhe that holds Cultural center and Limbu Museum. Continuing our journey we again cross the bridge over Khaksewa Khola passing through the dense forest and few village and heading towards Yangpang. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Yangpang.
As a replacement to Taplejung we trek down to Thorpu, passing through some really stunning terraced village where the people are terribly interested to welcome you. By choosing Thorpu we will get to relish the landscape of a divergent route. We spend the night at thorpu relax and explore it’s sights. Overnight stay at Guesthouse/Tented Camp in Thorpu.
We take a drive from Thorpu to Birtamod located in Eastern Nepal. The temperature gets hotter as we head towards the city of Birtamod. The landscapes are totally different than those of Mountains and hills. We can find several high standard accommodation facilities in the town. Overnight stay at Hotel in Birtamod.
Today we take a short drive from Britamod to Bhadrapur Airport and then fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu transfer to Hotel. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with a brief cultural program as a celebration of your completed trek. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.
To enable all trekking & expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our trekking & expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. Yes it is very important for all trekkers and climbers because this will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.
Although our guides from Great Nepal Treks carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:
– Antiseptic cream (Betadine)
– Sunblock SPF 30+
– Throat lozenges
– Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
– Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and ‘Second Skin’ for blisters
– Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
– Dextrose glucose tablets
– Water treatment tablets
– Your prescription medications
– Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style trips
You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude. The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body’s metabolism.
Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone – there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day’s rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.
Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
• Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
• Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not.
• Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
• Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat.
High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.
High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.
– A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
– Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
– Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
– Severe fatigue, progressing to coma
– Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
– Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
– Loss of balance or coordination
– Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage
Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness – it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:
– Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
– Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
– Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
– Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
– Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
– Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
– Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
Since our Guides from Great Nepal Treks are very professional and well trained about altitude sickness, they will guide you during your trekking and expedition activities in Nepal.
Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS. Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:
Don’t ascent up rapidly.
• Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
• Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
• Climb high and sleep low.
• Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
• Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
• Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
• Never leave or descent sick person along.
• Avoid getting cold.
• Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
• Sleep more than normal.
Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.
You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition whether you are professional or beginners. Our professional guides do their best to make you well with first aid support. If the situation goes worse, you will be evacuated by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal, please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.
On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.
Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out. Feel safe since you are in the hands of ethical trekking company in Nepal.