KANCHENJUNGA BASE CAMP TREK AND SELE PASS - Alpinist Club

KANCHENJUNGA BASE CAMP TREK

Group Size

5- 10

meal

breakfast, lunch, dinner

accomodation

hotel, lodge,tent

arrival on

kathmandu

departure from

kathmandu

trip level

moderate

max. altitude

5160m

Best season

Autumn, Spring

trip highlights

  • uncrowded trek and confidential region of Nepal
  • The 2 base camps of Kangch in a high mountain atmosphere
  • The fantastic views of the Jannu
  • Rai, Limbu, and Tibetan cultural villages

trip introduction

Kanchenjunga base camp with selele pass trek is a superb 22 day holiday in the east of Nepal, with 17 days of actual trekking, Which is far less visited by tourists and includes a wide range of magnificent scenery from lush, tropical jungle through to rhododendron, oak forests and high glaciated base camp of the third highest peak in the world. This trekking area is restricted, so to trek in Kanchenjunga, you need a local guide and at least 2 trekkers to fulfill and gain the necessary permits.

Kanchenjunga’ means ‘the five treasures of snow’ which symbolizes gold, silver, precious stones, grains, and holy scriptures. Also, it contains five peaks; four of them are over 8400m. Kanchenjunga and  Selele pass is an exotic trekking trip in the eastern part of Nepal. obviously, That offers dramatic views of the Kanchenjunga Range and great cultural insights.  Kanchenjunga assumes as the highest mountain in the world until 1852. But calculations were made by the British Great Trigonometric Survey in 1849.  came to the conclusion that Mount Everest (known as Peak XV at the time) was the highest. Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world is officially announce in 1856.

Kanchenjunga base camp and selele pass

The Kanchenjunga base camp and selele pass are in the range of Kumbhakaran Himal. However, the trek is designes for those who love to enjoy long wilderness trekking. Our trek starts from Lali kharka and reaches the Kanchenjunga base camp from the selele pass. Therefore, you will enjoy different bio-diversity and old Buddhist cultures and traditions of the Limbu, rais, and Sherpa people. This trekking route comes under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Which the area is protecte, it will always be fun to be there moreover. Treks fall under the Sacred Himalayan Landscape. which is develop by WWF Nepal in partnership with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.

Kanchenjunga base camp trek has two base camps. Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Yalung Glacier (5143m) and Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Pangpema trek are not much explored by the trekker. First, we visit south base camp once over this pass oktang, ramche to base camp and cross selele pass. And then hike to Ghunsa to the north base camp. This trek around Mount Kanchenjunga visits both the North and South Base Camps. It has retained much of its original purity beauty.

 

Kanchenjunga base camp  route and itinerary

The trek begins a 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, followed by a jeep to Birtamod and then to Taplejung. This trek approaches Eastern one of the world’s most challenging peaks to climb. Geographically lies on the Nepal-Sikkim border. the route begins by approaching the route through lalikharka and Oktang. where there are impressive views of the South West face of Kanchenjunga. Then you follow the route on the Northside of Kanchenjunga where you will have great views of Tent Peak, Nepal Peak, and Cross Peak before the bulk of Kanchenjunga itself becomes visible.

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide.

approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO-listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 1,350 m
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: night in the hotel

One-hour flight to Badarpur. Then 4 hours drive to Ilam and its tea plantations we continue to Kanyam and its tea gardens.

Transport: by private vehicle and by plane
Duration of transfer/transport: approximately 4 hours
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge

We take the road to Suketar through the small village of Taplejung. Once the bag has been distributed among the porter. we start our walk with a gentle slope on a ridgeline which is covered with rhododendrons forest. After crossing a river, we reach a small pass at 2,520 m. then slightly we descending in the middle of the forest to our camp at Lali Kharka.

Transport: by private vehicle 5 hours driving
approximately 3 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 2,800 m
Meal: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge

We descending to across the field to the Gurung village of Thambewa at 1880m, a short climb on a ridge before a steep descent that brings us to the banks of the Phewa Khola at 1430m. which we cross on a suspension bridge. A long climb awaits us. After the village of Khunjuri, we reach a pass  Bhanjyang, on the ridge at 2750m. First view of the Kangchenjunga and the Kabru.

Approximately 7 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,050 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge or in a tent

From today and for two days we will walk in  North East, along the Kabeli Khola. The route alternates ascents with descents and passes near waterfalls. we cross the villages of Phun Phun,  bypasses on the left, on the ridges, the chortens, and prayer flags before the last climb brings us to Mamamke  Limbu village.

Approximately 7 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 1,800 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge or in a tent

A difficult day, always on the side on steep, sometimes rocky trails. Many rivers, which we cross on foot and then arrive at Yamphudin (1690m), at the confluence of the Kabeli and Omje Khola. The village surrounded by corn and potato fields was partly swept away by the monsoon a few years ago. An interesting mixture of populations: rai, limbus, gurungs, and even sherpas. We continue to the Tibetan village of Bhotegaon.

Approximately 7 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 1,800 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge or in a tent

first, we climb in the fields of barley then the meadows before tumbling down through the forest. The vegetation is dense: orchids, bamboos, rhododendrons. interspersed with tiny clearings, visited by rare lumberjacks. On the ridge, with a little luck, we will guess the head of Jannu (7710m) before crossing the Simbua Khola and finding the village and the caves of Tortong, on the banks of the Simbua Khola.

Approximately 7 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,800 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge or in a tent

We follow the right bank of the Simbua, which emerges from the powerful glaciers clinging to the walls of Jannu, Kabru, Talung, and the south face of Kangchenjunga. A long day,  the views are magnificent in this valley frequented only by shepherds and Yakherds. We are in sight of the frontal moraine of the Yalung glacier, dominated by the Kabru (7353 m) and the Talung Peak (7349 m).

Approximately 6 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,700 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge or a tent

We go back and forth to the southern base camp of Kangchenjunga. We go up to the Yalung Bara pasture then Lapsang and Ramche. In front of us are the summits of Kabru south (7317 m), Rathong (6678 m), and Kokthan (6147 m). We then evolve in a moraine to reach Oktang (4730 m), a magnificent belvedere on the south face of Kangchenjunga and Jannu.

Approximately 9 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,700 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge or in a tent

We leave Tseram to bypass, by the west, the entire massif and reach its north face. After having crossed the Sinelapche La and other small passes, we cross the Mirgin la at 4600 m. Magnificent views of the Jannu, more majestic than ever.

Approximately 9 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,150 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge or in a tent

We navigate in the highlands, between the passes. The path, badly traced, shows us that only the Yakmans of Ghunsa walk these paths, with their herds. Descent into the larches to the large village of Ghunsa, in the valley of the Tamur. There are tea houses and houses adorned with prayer flags. Ghunsa means “Winter village”, maybe we will have the chance to visit the small monastery of this Tibetan village.

Approximately 5 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,450 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge or in a tent

Close your eyes and go back to 1962. It is here, after crossing the same passes, that Lionel Terray and the other members of the French expedition, gathered, after an endless trek from Darjeeling to discover a route of ascent to the throne of Jannu (7710m). An expedition of incredible audacity, it marked a turning point in the conquest of the Himalayas by the difficulties overcome. Overnight near the Tibetan village of Khambachen.

Approximately 5 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,100 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge or in a tent

We walk due north, along the Tamur then on the moraine of the Kangchenjunga Glacier. Before arriving at Lhonak, a path goes to the left to the forbidden pass of Chabuk which leads to the Tibetan highlands. Magnificent panorama, all day long on Jannu, Khabur, Phole, Nango Ma.

Approximately 6 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,790 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge or in a tent

It is one of the most beautiful days of our trek. After the south face, the north face of Kangchenjunga is revealed in all its immensity. You have to climb a little above Pangpema, Kangchenjunga base camp, to have a panoramic view. Little-known glaciers and peaks appear everywhere. We are at the end of Nepal. Behind these summits, Tibet and Sikkim unfold. Return in the afternoon to Lhonak camp.

Approximately 6 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,790 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge or in a tent

From now on, we will follow the Ghunsa Khola until it flows into the Tamur Kosi, a large river in eastern Nepal.

Approximately 6 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,450 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge or in a tent

Rest day in Ghunsa, the Tibetan atmosphere of this village at the end of the world lends itself to strolling. This day is also kept as a security day in the event of a delay in the program.

Descent into a deep gorge, through the Tibetan villages of Pere, Killa, Kyap la. Nice gompas and nice views.

Approximately 6 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,450 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge or in a tent

The valley now widens, we cross the Yangma Khola to reach the banks of the large Tamur, populated mainly by Limbus, the other people with the Rais, further west, on the side of Makalu, which forms the ethnic group. Kirentin.

Approximately 8 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 1,250 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge or in a tent

Return trip by jeep to Ilam on a chaotic track. We pass through the town of Talepjung then descend to altitude on a tarmac road and find the tea plantations.

transport: by private vehicle approximately 8 h drive
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: overnight in a  hotel

Road to Bhadrapur airport where we find the hot and humid atmosphere of Terai then flight to Kathmandu.

Transport: by private vehicle, by plane
Approximately 4 h
Meals: breakfast – lunch 
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

approximately 20 minutes of driving from the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 1,350 m
Meals: breakfast

inclusion

what's included

  • Domestic flights described in the program.
  • Accommodation as described in the paragraph “On-site organization”.
  • Meals as indicated in the “Day to day” program.
  • Dinner on the last evening in Kathmandu (except for drinks).
  • Supervision by an English-speaking Nepalese guide throughout the trip.
  • The assistance of a local team during the trekking (sirdar, porters, cooks).
  • The special permit for this region of Nepal.
  • All Government tax

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Nepalganj
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

 

 

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or in a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and in the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate.

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee

lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.

dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

 DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat them with purifying tablets. Avoid buying plastic bottles,

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  • duration :

    22 days
  • difficulty level :

    moderate

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