Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek - 23 Days

Overview

A challenging trekking holiday in the remote Kangchenjunga region of the Nepal Himalaya. Traversing the remote and rarely-visited north-eastern corner of Nepal, our trekking route to Kangchenjunga leads through picturesque farmland and rugged valleys to the basecamp to the south side of the Kangchenjungamassif at Ramze. Then, walking across to the north side of Kangchenjunga by way of the Mirgin La (4663m), we are greeted with magical views of the Himalaya including Makalu, Chamlang, Everest and Kangchenjunga.

Trekking beyond the attractive Tibetan settlement of Ghunsa, childhood home of our own Chhurim Dolma Sherpa and where she took the inspiration to one day climb the tallest mountains in the world, including Mt. Everest, with its sturdy wooden houses, numerous prayer flags and smiling villagers, we skirt the incredible northern flanks of Jannu on the approach to the Nepal side Kangchenjunga basecamp at Pang Pema (5100m). Here at last, the formidable north face of Kangchenjungais revealed. Our trekking efforts are rewarded with magnificent close up views of Kangchenjunga towering above the glacier opposite our camp in icy blue splendour. Varied and sustained, this popular trek is rated amongst the best and most visually stunning mountain walks in the world.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit both Kangchanjanga basecamps Ramze/Pangpema
  • Spectacular views of Makalu, Chamlang, Everest, Kanchanjanga and many more unnamed peaks
  • Stay at our own Chhurim Sherpas lodge in Ghunsa who climbed Everest twice in a week and set Guinness Book of World Record

“Itinerary”

Day 1
Arrival to Kathmandu TIA and transfer to hotel.

The hotel is close to the central Thamel District which contains the majority of tourist amenities – shops restaurants, internet cafes etc. Himalayan Memories Trek package services begin with the evening meal and Nepali cultural show. Our will brief you on what to expect in the days ahead.

Day 2
Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Ilam (1700m).

We return to the airport and take an internal flight across the country to the south eastern corner of Nepal close to the border with Darjeeling. If you thought Kathmandu was hot, Bhadrapur located in the Nepal Terai, which is part of the Indian Gangetic plain, will feel tropical. We are met at the airport and board our vehicles for a two-stage journey into the mountains. We drive for approximately 4 hours through a fascinating landscape of rural fields and small towns which quickly becomes more hilly as we head north. The temperature becomes a little cooler as we climb into the foothills and, arriving at the town of Ilam (1700m)

Day 3
Drive to Taplejung and trek to Lali Kharka (2315m).

We make an early start ahead of our approximately 5-hour drive northwards into the Himalayan foothills. Making our way through the upper valley of the Tamur River, the road twists and turns and offers tantalising glimpses of snow-capped peaks ahead. Finally, we leave the lower valley and the road climbs up many hundreds of metres through intensively terraced farmland and via the small town of Taplejung to reach the airstrip at Suketar (2300m). Here, we meet our trek crew and take a late lunch while the porters’ loads are sorted. After lunch we have a short walk to our first night’s halt on the grazing area at Lali Kharka (2315m). There is a good view of Kangchenjunga from camp.

Day 4
Trek to Kande Banjyang (2170m).

Today, we contour around and descend to Tambawa, with views of the remainder of the day’s walk ahead of us. We continue the descent, passing through the village of Pakora to a great swimming spot on the Phawa Khola. Crossing the river on a suspension bridge, we begin the steep climb up towards Kunjuri and after a long pull reach the crest of the ridge which is known as Kande Banjyang (2170m). We make camp on top of the ridge. This is a great spot and we have good views of Kangchenjunga from here. We can clearly make out the south and main summits along with Yalung Kang.

Day 5
Trek to Phonphe Dhanda (1890m)

The day begins with a 20 minute descent to the village of Khesewa. From here the path traverses the steep mountainside, negotiating terraced field systems high above the Kabeli Khola. Some ups and downs as we cross several side valleys. Amazing scenery including views of Ratong and Kabru and a first peek at the awesome south face of Jannu. There are many shady spots to rest on the way and we will take lunch at one of these. The day ends with a final climb to our camp on field terraces at the small hamlet of Phonphe Dhanda (1890m).

Day 6
trek to Yamphudin (1700m).

We descend steeply to the Khesewa Khola and cross the river on another suspension bridge. We climb again through terraced fields to the village of Mamankhe. From here the walk to Yamphudin is along a trail which contours the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. The path has several ups and downs as we cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides before finally descending to the river and our camp at Yamphudin. Here we can bathe in one of the many clear pools in this beautiful river. (Please bring khaki shorts and a cotton shirt that you would be comfortable with in river activities where you will have the opportunity to relax in a river). This is a truly idyllic spot and at an elevation of 1700 metres and is also the most remote settlement in the area and the last habitation we will see until we reach Ghunsa. Ahead is the ridge of the Deorali Danda, which we must cross next.

Day 7
Trek to Omje Khola (2365m).

Crossing a steep spur, we have fine views of the valley beyond Yam Phudin to the south and of the Omje Khola Valley and Deurali Danda (ridge) to the north. Dropping down to a small stream, we cross a stream and take a zig-zagging trail through pleasant farmland to Darichuk, then keep climbing through meadows to the low pass at Dubi Bhanjyang (2540m). We then descend through tree ferns and forest to reach the Omje Khola. We follow the stream for a short distance and cross it to a campsite (2365m) a little further upstream. A short day, with the afternoon free to rest or to do some independent exploration.

Day 8
Trek to Torangden (3010m).

Straight out of camp, we begin 3 hours of steep ascent to the crest of the Deurali Danda, in dense jungle all the way except for a couple of kharkas (clearings) en route. We reach a pass at 3230 metres, from the top of which there are good views of Jannu which is definitely closer now! Descending from the pass, we have to cross a landslip area and if this is in unstable condition (after heavy rain) we may have to make a short but steep climb to detour over the top. Beyond the landslide area we enter the forest again and find a spot for lunch. A steep descent follows, down into the valley of the Simbua Khola. Across another ‘interesting’ wooden bridge and we are soon at our camp-site at Torontan. Amongst the towering firs of what is now a mainly coniferous alpine forest.

Day 9
trek to ChaiRam (3910m).

Following the true right bank of the river, this is a blissful day’s walk through pine and rhododendron forests. The valley floor climbs fairly steeply and as the day progresses the trees become more stunted and widespread, giving us glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead and of the massive snout of the Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram, the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong start to peep over the moraine. It will still be warm in the sunshine but when the sun drops the temperature plummets to remind us that we are really gaining height.

Day 10
Optional day walk to Kangchenjunga South Basecamp at Ramze (4580m). Return to camp at Tseram.

Today we have the option to visit the southern base camp for Kanchenjunga. The scenery is magnificent as we ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier into a series of ablation valleys which give relatively easy walking (the term ‘easy’ here applies to the underfoot conditions and not the effort required to trek at this altitude!). A frozen lake, clear streams and views of Koktang, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of the walk up to Ramze – a broad, flat ablation zone at 4580 metres. If we are lucky, we may see blue sheep grazing on the slopes above. After soaking up the situation of standing beside a Himalayan glacier with soaring peaks all around, we make the return journey to our camp at Tseram. The round trip should take around 7 – 8 hours and a little more if we decide to go further along the ablation valley. Anyone who wants to can opt to take this day as a rest day.

Day 11
Cross the three passes (Sinelapcha, Mirgin and Sinion La) to Selele (4200m).

This will be one of the longest days of the trip as we cross a series of passes on Kanchenjunga’s long SW ridge to access its northern side. The day begins with a steady climb of 2 – 3 hours to Chhuchung Pokhari, two small lakes with a superb retrospect of the valley. From here we have about 1 hour of steep climbing to the first pass, the Sine Lapcha La (4730m) where we cross the main watershed between the valleys of the Simbuwa and Ghunsa Kholas. The trail then undulates for at least 1 hour to the second, slightly lower pass, the Mirgin La (4690m) and again undulates with a short steep climb to the third pass, the Sinion La (4670m). There are superb views throughout this day and it is one of the highlights of the trek. From the final pass we make a descent of around 2 hours to our camping place at Selele. We will take packed lunches today and the cook team will have some warming noodle soup waiting for us in camp. There are also a couple of small tea shops here. Altitude in camp is around 4200 metres.

Day 12
trek to Ghunsa (3425m).

A cold morning as it takes until around 8 am for the sun to clear the steep hillsides to the east. There are two more ‘passes’ to cross today, but there is little in the way of climbing. We begin by contouring the hillside for 2 hours enjoying fantastic views. The first pass reached is the Sele La and the next is the Tamo. We then descend for another hour and a half through rhododendron forest into Ghunsa (3425m). We can see Lapsang La Peak on the descent and the route down from the Lapsang La. The day is relatively short and we may opt to go all the way to camp for lunch. After lunch we will have the opportunity to visit the Ghunsa Gompa which is beautiful inside and well worth the effort. There are a few shops in the town and this is the place to buy a Tibetan rug, as there is a Tibetan Refugee Camp nearby. Ghunsa is also the best place to taste tungba, the traditional Tibetan wine made from millet.

Day 13
Vital contingency day for possible delays.

This is a contingency day to be used at the Guides discretion in case of any delays to our schedule or to adjust the stages of the trek depending on the conditions. If it has not been needed at this point, we may opt to use it as a well earned rest day in Ghunsa.

Day 14
Trek to Kambachen (4110m).

From Ghunsa the trail ascends gently through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests, passing many mani walls and chortens – welcome reminders of the local peoples’ Buddhist faith. After stopping for lunch by the river at Rampak Kharka, after 3 to 4 hours walk, the afternoon’s walk is a steep climb up the mountainside in front of us and a descent to camp at the summer village of Kambachen. The stunning peak of Jannu (7710m), which is also known as Kumbhakarna, rises above our camp. It was first climbed in 1962 by its south-east ridge. The stupendous north face resisted many attempts until a strong Russian team in 2004. Gazing up at the face you will marvel at this extraordinary feat! The altitude at Kambachen is 4110 metres.

Day 15
Trek to Lhonak (4800m).

Normally the trek up to Lhonak via Ramtang is not too strenuous despite the increase in altitude. The views are incredible as one by one the peaks are revealed. After 3 hours or so, we reach our lunch stop at Ramtang, from where the incredible fluted summit of Wedge Peak first becomes visible. Look out for blue sheep on this part of the walk. During the afternoon’s walk, Nepal Peak, the Twins, Merra and White Wave all come into view. The camp-site at Lhonak is on a grassy plain perched high above the Kangchenjunga Glacier opposite Wedge Peak – exposed to the icy wind, but the view more than compensates for the chill!

Day 16
Trek to Pang Pema (5150m), Kangchenjunga North Basecamp.

It is a relatively short walk up to Pang Pema from Lhonak, but we will be taking it easy on account of the elevation. Depending on conditions we may visit Pang Pema as a day hike from Lonak or we may opt to spend a night up at the basecamp. The trip leader (your Sirdar) will make this decision. From our camp at Lonak the trail climbs, steadily negotiating several landslide areas before emerging at a grassy terrace in the ablation zone beside the glacier. Pang Pema is a relatively sheltered spot right opposite the towering North Face of Kangchenjunga. This has to be one of the most spectacular places in the world and a fitting climax to this unique trek! It is possible to climb a little way above Pang Pema for a stunning panorama of Kanchenjunga and its glacier. Depending on the option taken we may camp here or make the short descent back to Lonak. Altitude at Pang Pema – 5150 metres.

Day 17
Trek to Khambachen (4096m).

Time to begin the walk out from this remote and beautiful place. Today we retrace the route of our approach, dropping down as far as the camp at Kambachen (4096m). We should find breathing to be a little easier than it was 2 days ago as we trekked up through Lhonak and today is the perfect time to get those fantastic photos we might have missed on the way up.

Day 18
Trek to Gyabla (2725m).

We will have an early breakfast ahead of our 3 to 4 hour trek back down this spectacular valley to Ghunsa. Then, after lunch, our way out of the mountains follows the beautiful Ghunsa and Tamur kholas through a spectacular forest of rhododendron, conifer birch and oak. We start by crossing the Ghunsa Khola on a bridge and following the river on its west bank to the Tibetan refugee village of Phale (3140m). The valley sides are steep hereabouts and leaving the village the trail descends fairly steeply, following the river as it cascades downwards. There are several ups and downs and side streams to negotiate as we make our way down stream to the last of the Tibetan villages at Gyabla (2725m).

Day 19
Trek to Sekathum (1650m).

Still following a trail above the right-hand side of the river, we pass the camping place at Thyangyam with fine views. There is a fair bit of up and down on this day as we negotiate landslip areas in the steep-sided valley, gradually descending. The trail passes through the village of Amjilasa (2500m) and then descends more continuously over the next 6 kilometres to Sekathum (1650m) close to the confluence of three rivers which together form the mighty Tamur River.

Day 20
trek to Tapethok (1322m) and drive to Ilam.

We have another early start and aim to trek out to the roadhead by mid-morning. Just beyond the village we come to the confluence of three rivers – flowing in from our left is the Simbua Khola (which we followed up to Ramze) and from our right, the Tamur Khola which issues from the Walunchung Gola area. We cross the tributary Simbuwa Khola on a suspension bridge and complete our trek beside the Tamur, following the river’s left bank on a level trail for 2 hours or so to the village of Tapethok (1322m). Here we meet our transport and set off on the long drive on a dirt road to Suketar and then onwards beside the Tamur River, heading south through terraced hills to Phidim and then the town of Ilam where we stay overnight in a simple hotel.

Day 21
Drive to Bhadrapur and take the flight to Kathmandu. Celebrate the end of the trek.

We complete our drive, travelling on an ever improving road until we reach the sweltering plains of the Terrai. Reaching the airport of Bhadrapur we check in for our flight to Kathmandu. Arriving in the Nepalese capital, we transfer to our centrally located hotel for that long awaited bath and a peep in the mirror (a shock for some!). Tonight we will go out to celebrate with dinner in one of Kathmandu’s excellent restaurants.

Day 22
Extra day. Free time in Kathmandu

This is a contingency day in case of flight delays. If we have flown according to schedule, this will be a free day to explore Kathmandu, do some souvenir shopping or to simply relax at the group hotel. One of the attractions of any visit to Nepal is the chance to walk the streets of Kathmandu, which presents a fascinating mosaic of shops, cafes and restaurants, food markets and street vendors, as well as a bewildering array of colourful temples and shrines. We spend a second night in Kathmandu.

Day 23
INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER FOR FINAL DEPARTURE.

It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty of time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.

“INCLUDED”

  • 1. ARRIVALS AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL BY THE TOURIST BUS OR PRIVATE VEHICLES.
  • 2. 3 NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN 3 STAR CATEGORISED HOTEL IN KATHMANDU.
  • 3. HIMALAYAN MEMORIES TREK /DUFFEL BAG, T SHIRT, AND TREKKING MAP.
  • 4. WELCOME DINNER WITH NEPAL CULTURAL SHOW.
  • 5. ONE DAY KATHMANDU CITY SIGHT SCENE.
  • 6. GOVERNMENT LICENCE HOLDER TREKKING GUIDE
  • 7. ALL MEAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER, AND TEA, COFFEE,
  • 8. ALL STAFF EXPENSES
  • 9. ALL STAFFS MEDICAL AND EMERGENCY RESCUE INSURANCES DURING THE TRIP.
  • 10. ALL STAFF FOODS.
  • 11. PORTER WAGES.
  • 12. GUIDE WAGES.
  • 13. PORTER EQUIPMENT.
  • 14. KITCHEN UTENSILS.
  • 15. NATIONAL PARK ENTRY FEE.
  • 16. MUNICIPALITY CHARGE.
  • 17. ALL GOVERNMENT TAXES.

“EXCLUDE”

  • 1. LUNCH AND DINNER IN KATHMANDU EXCEPT WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNER.
  • 2. INTERNATIONAL AIR-FARE.
  • 3. PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE AND EMERGENCY RESCUE INSURANCE.
  • 4. NEPAL ENTRY VISA FREE.
  • 5. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.
  • 6. FILMING PERMIT OF DRONE AND CAMERA
  • 7. EXTRA NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU IF LATE DEPARTURE.
  • 8. PERSONAL EXPENSES, LAUNDRY, WIFI CHARGE…..
  • 9. STAFF TIPS. (MINIMUM OF 5% OF YOUR TOTAL TRIP COST).

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Daily activities

On your trek, every morning, you are awoken early by a Himalayan Memories Trek staff with a first cup of native tea or coffee, along with a bowl of warm water to freshen up. Next, you are served a full breakfast of local fare. Such as fresh fruit and vegetables where it is available. We mainly serve freshly made porridge, eggs, camp made breads etc.

While you have breakfast the Sherpa’s use this time to disassemble the tents, so make sure you pack all bags before sitting for breakfast. while some porters set off on the daily walk in order to make setups in advance of our arrival at the next stop/camp, so that when we get there, all you have to do is relax and enjoy the area.

Typically, our walks start soon after breakfast. After a couple of hours walk, we will stop for lunches. In general, the afternoon walk is shorter than the morning one, to give people time to visit neighbouring villages, to rest and to chat while the chefs prepare the supper.

Insurance

As soon as you book your trip with Himalayan Memories Trek you should purchase a policy which covers trekking upto 5500m this will cover you any unexpected events force you to cancel. Your policy should also cover helicopter rescue in the event of an emergency evacuation.The only two methods of travel mostly are on foot or by helicopter once in the mountains. Obviously certain medical conditions are either so debilitating or urgent that the first option is not practicable as an evacuation method. Helicopter evacuation is very expensive and is also dependent on favourable weather conditions. Many of the helicopters are working at the limit of their operating altitude in the higher parts of the valley. Himalayan memories trek will be well placed to coordinate an efficient rescue but we must stress that there is no single definitive cost for a helicopter rescue, much depends on what else the pilot is doing in the area, how far the helicopter has to fly, where it started from and so on. The maximum is about $10,000 from Everest base camp (for example) Itself, so your travel insurance should cover up to this figure specifically for rescue costs. The helicopter company will require a payment guarantee before they fly, this will be done by your insurance provider, opening a case number and arranging the relevant exchanges of information and certification. For this purpose, it is essential that you have the right policy and provide us with all the policy details. Our staff have got mobile phones and generally, there is somewhere near with a phone signal, or else one of the staff will go to the nearest place. The safety and stability of the injured person is the job of the group and the staff and anyone nearby who can assist because sometimes it can take hours for a helicopter to arrive. Thankfully many of the trails have first aid posts along the way, but every group should be prepared to help deal with an injured person and in this case, it goes without saying that the needs of that person are more important than the trek itinerary.
It will be a matter of the helicopter company ascertaining that it is safe to fly to the relevant location and then flying the casualty to a nominated location, almost certainly a hospital in Kathmandu. The helicopter will then be met by Himalayan Memories trek who will help to coordinate any further stages in the process. The helicopter will also fly into Kathmandu airport and our staff will arrange for a car or ambulance to take the person to the hospital. If for any reason the helicopter is unable to fly we will use our many local staff and contacts to coordinate an alternative rescue and treatment regime. Normally this means using horses or simply stretchering a person off the mountain to the nearest safe place or safe helicopter landing area. Again, this is something that will generally involve everyone.

Acclimatisation

Our treks allow a good time to acclimatise and as a mountain guiding outfit we always want to ensure the trek is safe. Reducing the number of days may make the price cheaper but the chances of safely reaching base camp also greatly reduce. We follow established mountaineering principles of height gain on all treks to altitude.

7 Rules in The Himalayas?

1) Go slowly and take a full day for the hike rather than get there as fast as possible.

2) Drink lots of liquid.

3) Always give way to yaks right of way and when you meet one on a path with a drop to one side, always stand on the uphill side.

4) Don’t get caught out with inadequate clothing to cope with a rapid change in weather This is the high Himalaya and a clear bright morning does not mean the same in the afternoon.

5) Do not wander off by yourself and always make sure people know where you are. Anything can happen and a slip on scree or moraine can mean getting cold very quickly while waiting for someone to come and help.

6) Part of the trek is on lateral moraine and some places are slippery. There is no need for crampons but simple care where you are walking is important.

7) Remember that the best approach to safety is to prevent an accident happening in the first place.

Equipment List

The basic idea of the trekking gear for the Himalayas. This Himalaya trekking kit list aims to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move comfortably in the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and night.
You will be given a detailed kit list after booking, but the main points to cover are as follows:-

* BAGS – Rucksack or duffel bag for a porter to carry plus a day pack to be carried by you. Your day-pack should be comfortable and capable of carrying everything you need for the day, plus any valuable items such as a camera and passport.
* SHELL – Top and bottom waterproofs to keep off wind/rain.
* PUFFY LAYER – A puffy jacket, filled with either down or synthetic, designed to be worn while doing physical activity in the outdoors is essential for your kit. This layer will not only keep you warm on the trail should it be cold, but also help you stay cosy in lodges and tea-houses. Often times, these places do not have heat outside of the common area, so a warm puffy jacket will come in handy.
* LAYERS – Shirts, trousers, shorts, T-shirts, jumpers and jackets, hats and gloves. We advise that you do not wear cotton while trekking. Cotton can actually make you colder, and in certain cases, give you hypothermia. Look for synthetic or merino wool material for your layering system.
* BASE LAYER – Thin layers to wick away any sweat and to wear for cold mornings. Both top and bottom. At least two sets.
* UNDERWEAR – We recommend non-cotton. 5-7 pairs.
* FEET – Comfortable Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings. Always be sure that footwear is well-broken in prior to arriving in Nepal. For socks we advise using non-cotton socks with plenty of cushion. If you are prone to blisters, consider getting silk sock liners. 3-5 pairs.
* SLEEPING – Warm sleeping bag (3-4 season) to get a good night’s sleep at the lodges (they also have blankets)
* DRINKING – Water bottles should be hard plastic (Nalgene), not throwaway bottles. We also advise that you do not bring a water bladder. Hose lines can freeze, and if you use boiled water, the hot water will melt your water bladder. For purification methods, we encourage you to bring a UV Filter (SteriPEN), iodine tablets, or a back-country water filter. Please bring spare batteries if you have a UV filter and at least one other method for sterilising water.
* WASHING & MEDICAL quick-dry travel towel, first aid kit, blister kit, extra toilet paper, hand sanitiser, lotion (the air is quite dry), lip balm,
* SUN CARE – sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen
* TREKKING – trekking poles, umbrella, dry bags, waterproof cover for your rucksack
* PERSONAL ITEMS – cameras, books, headlamp, music, journal, etc.
* OPTIONAL ITEMS – Buff or neck gaiter, down booties (for warmth in the tea-house), ear plugs, camping pillow, trekking crampons (like Kathoola Micro-spikes) if you are travelling during a snowy season, silk sock liners for extra warmth or blister prevention, she-wee or other female urinary device, dry shampoo, and snacks. You can buy snacks along the trail, purchase them in Kathmandu, or bring your favourite treat from home. Bringing a treat from home is a fun way to share some of your culture on the trail. It’s also helpful for those days in which nothing looks tasty.
* ELECTRONICS – Charging your electronics will cost money while on a trek in Nepal. If you would like to avoid this cost, consider bringing your own portable charger. Electronics do not like the cold. Sleep with your phone and any batteries in order to avoid bad battery life due to cold weather.
* REPAIR KIT – (optional but potentially very useful for trekking peaks), gaffer tape, super glue, cable ties, needle + thread,4 mm accessory cord ~2 m, multi-tool
* EATING/DRINKING – Drinks bottles (preferably Nalgene) and insulated bottle covers, snacks e.g chocolate, energy drink powder, energy gels, jelly cubes etc, ‘P’ optional Thermos flask (metal, 1 litre)
* OTHER – ‘P’ pee bottle, toilet roll, passport & copies, visa, insurance details, money, credit cards, plane ticket, books, cards, games.

Baggage Allowance

Your main item of luggage should be a sturdy kit bag, duffel bag or similar. This will be carried during the trek by porters or pack animals and must weigh no more than 15kg. You should also bring on your holiday a day-pack of approximately 30 litres capacity. It is possible to leave items not required on trek at the hotel in Kathmandu. For your international flights, please check the baggage allowance with your airline.

First aid kit

(Personal first aid kit contents)

Paracetamol
Ibuprofen
Antiseptic Wipes
Adhesive Plasters
Blister Plasters
Zinc Tape
Insect Repellent
Antihistamine tablets
Sunblock Cream
Water Purification Tablets
Crepe Bandage
Hydrocortisone Cream

Spending Money

Approximately $350 (or equivalent in pound Sterling, Euros) changed into local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks etc. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Pound Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM’s in Kathmandu using your debit or credit cards. (Fee applies) During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up by porters or animals, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.

Staff & Driver Tipping

Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the porters and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Your Guide will advise the group on an appropriate level of tipping. Most groups will hand out the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the holiday. we recommend that each group member contributes around 5 to 10% of your total trip cost to these tips. At the end of their trek many people also like to donate various items of equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks are always warmly received by the porters. Your guide will make arrangements for a fair distribution (possibly by raffle) amongst the trek crew. Please note that you will have the opportunity to tip your guide separately during dinner on the final evening of the holiday. If you felt your guide was especially helpful, please consider an appropriate bonus to him or her of 20% of group tips.

Value Of Money

Our prices are competitive and good value, and we offer quality, service, security and an ethical stance on tourism in a developing country. We don’t want to be so expensive to run fewer trips and have our staff idle, but on the other hand we believe that running cheap trips that promote the practice of skimming budgets would result in the porters getting next to nothing, which is something we cannot consider. Your porters work extremely hard to carry your gear, advance set ups and keep your journey safe and enjoyable, sometimes at their own risk and peril. We could not complete our journey without them. They have families, too, and we all want to have an enjoyable, rewarding expedition full of great memories! Tashi Delek!

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Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek

Trip Facts

  • Private Transport + Flight
  • MAR | APR | MAY | SEP | OCT | NOV
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2 to 16
  • trekking
  • Tent or best available lodge
  • fully guided
  • Pang Pema 5150m
  • 3 out of 5
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