Kangchenjunga Basecamp Trek

Kangchenjunga Basecamp Trek


From £3,110
Altitude 5,100m Grade: T5

Camp below Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak in the remote and wild Nepal. Probably the best trek in the world.

This Kangchenjunga trek takes you through picturesque alpine valleys, over the Mirgin La (4664m) with magnificent views en route of Makalu, Chamlang, Everest and Kangchenjunga. Our destination is Pang Pema, the base camp for the north side of the mountain at just over 5100m. It provides an awe-inspiring view of the great north face of Kangchenjunga with its enormous tumbling glaciers. This trek is perhaps one of the most beautiful in the world, lush and green with many remote villages displaying their numerous prayer flags and colourful houses. A real classic for those who have the time and want to get away from the busy trekking routes near Everest and Annapurna.

Exclusive private departures, min 2 people. Please call our office to book.

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23rd Sep 2023 - 20th Oct 2023 Spaces28 £3,110£3,860 Book Now
21st Oct 2023 - 17th Nov 2023 Spaces28 £3,110£3,860 Book Now
21st Sep 2024 - 18th Oct 2024 Spaces28 £3,210£4,110 Book Now
19th Oct 2024 - 15th Nov 2024 Spaces28 £3,210£4,110 Book Now

* A deposit of £400 will be required at checkout.

Extras

Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date

ItemPriceDays
Everest from the Air £270
Chitwan Safari at Tigerland Resort (+4 days) £525+4 days
Chitwan Safari at Parkland Resort (+4 days) £425+4 days

* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip

What's Included

  • Estimated International flights from London (flight inclusive package)
  • Accommodation - hotels,  camping
  • Meals -25 breakfasts, 22 lunches and 22 evening meals
  • Park fees as appropriate
  • All road transfers in country (unless indicated in 'exclusions')
  • Qualified UK group expedition leader (if numbers allow)
  • Local guides
  • Local trekking staff to assist (cook and porters)
  • All camping equipment (excl. personal kit)
  • Adventure Peaks kitbag. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and for returning customers
  • 24hr back-up and support from our UK staff
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases from the Adventure Peaks shop

What's Excluded

  • Meals if not indicated above
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and personal spending
  • Tips for local staff
  • Visas (if required)
  • Museum and monument entry fees
  • Costs associated with an expedition/trek finishing early, or you leaving an expedition / trek early.
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances including the cost of extra nights accommodation.

Itinerary

Days 1 and 2 Depart UK and arrive Kathmandu the following evening. Transfer to hotel close to the famous bustling, Thamel district of Kathmandu and within easy walking distance of the Monkey temple, with lovely gardens where one can relax.

Day 3 Sightseeing in Kathmandu and obtaining trekking permit.

Days 4/5 Fly to Biratnagar, overnight in a hotel and take another flight to Taplejung the next day. Depending on our arrival time we may start the trek or wait to the cool of the morning.

Day 6 We start our trek following the circuitous route up towards the south side of Kangchenjunga, passing through numerous villages along the way.7 to 8 hours walking.

Days 7/8 Two days of ups and downs through terraced fields , ever changing scenery and spectacular views of Jannu (7710m). 5 to 6 hours walking daily.

Day 9 The crux of the day is the climb form camp up over the Deorali Danda, a high ridge that we ascend through dense but interesting jungle, the odd clearing allowing much closer views of Jannu.  We descend past landslide areas into the valley of the SimbuaKhola to reach our campsite at Torontan. 8 hours walking.

Day 10 Now in pine forests, with towering firs and rhododendron we follow a good path up the bank of the river as it climbs towards the snout of the Yalung Glacier.  As we reach Tseram (3865m) the great peaks of Kabru and Rathong start to appear showing the divide between Nepal and India. 5 to 6 hours walking.

Days 11/13 After a rest day we explore right up to the South Kangchenjunga base campfor views of the south side of the mountain before returning to a lakeside camp just above Tseram.

Day 14 We cross a series of passes today, the most well-known being the Mirgin La (4664m) which actually merges with the slightly higher Sinelapcha La 4700m as we start to head northwards.

Day 15/17 We follow the GhunsaKhola northwards for three days through Rhododendron forest, passing Buddhist Gompas, finally crossing the Lhonak glacier to a lovely camp high above the Kanchenjunga glacier. Here we are out in the wilds, surrounded by spectacular peaks and up in ‘blue sheep’ country. 4 to 6 hours walking daily.

Day 18 Today will take you to one of the most spectacular campsites in the world and a fitting climax to this remote trek.  It is only a short walk but we will break the 5000m contour, so the pace will be slow with plenty of opportunities to take photographs. 4 hours walking.

Day 19 Today you can either relax or take the optional walk up Drohmo Ri (5800m) to get uninterrupted and panoramic views of Kangchenjunga and its great North face.  This incredible North side of the mountain was first climbed by Doug Scott, Boardman and Tasker.

Days 20/21 Two days of retracing our steps before gaining new ground the following day.

Days 22 After the cold of the high camps we start to regain the relative warmth of the rhododendron forests as we descend the beautiful Ghunsa and TamurKholas.  6 hours walking.

Day 23 We continue our descent of the GhunsaKhola to the village of Sakathon (1600m), just below the village we come to the confluence of three rivers creating the mighty ‘Tamur’ which we follow to the end of our trek. 7 hours walking.

Day 24 Continuing towards Taplejung we gradually regain the more populated areas with its welcome teahouses and cultivated lands. 6 hours walking.

Day 25 It takes about five hours to complete our trek, leaving plenty of time to wander through the colourful and fascinating bazaar before ascending to the airstrip at Suketar. 5 hours walking.

Day 26 Fly back to Kathmandu where we can go out for a celebratory meal and a few drinks.

Days 27/28 Free morning to buy souvenirs and try your hand at haggling with the local shopkeepers. Transfer to the airport to connect with your overnight flight home.

Insurance

It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

Adventure Peaks partners with Global Rescue to offer the world’s leading travel protection services.  Medical and security emergencies happen. When they do, we rely on Global Rescue to provide our clients with medical, security, travel risk and crisis response services. Without a membership, an emergency evacuation could cost over $100,000. More than one million members trust Global Rescue to get them home safely when the unexpected happens. We highly recommend our clients enroll with Global Rescue:
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We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: www.world-first.co.uk  Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
Campbell Irvine: www.campbellirvine.com  Tel: 0207 938 1737 (Not for treks/climbs with ropes – OK for Aconcagua)
J S Insurance: www.jsinsurance.co.uk  Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: www.snowcard.co.uk  Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: www.thebmc.co.uk  Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: www.dogtag.co.uk  Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: www.axainsurance.com  Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: www.ingleinternational.com  Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: www.insure4less.com.au (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

Please forward the details of your Insurance as soon as you have it: we need the insurance company’s name, their 24 hour emergency telephone number and your insurance policy number – admin@adventurepeaks.com

 

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