Kanchenjunga Base Camps
25 days, Grade D
North and south base camps of Kanchenjunga, Limbu heritage trails and rich ecosystem. In the north east of Nepal under the shadows of Kanchenjunga – the world’s third highest peak this National Park corners Nepal, Sikkim India and Tibet. The Kanchenjunga is protected as a conservation area by the Nepal government and has been recognized by WWF as a Global Eco Region. Himalayan animal species residing here include: Red Panda, black bear, musk deer, blue sheep, rhesus macaw and of course the elusive snow leopard. The flora is also inspiring with 1200 species of flowering plant, 69 types of orchid and 30 varieties of rhododendron.
After arriving in Suketar by two fabulous internal flights, our itinerary takes you north along the Tamar River. We move through forest and reach Cardimon cultivated lands along trails which are populated by tribes who have Tibetan-angoloid ancestry. At Seketam we head north-east towards the mountain terrain. Arriving at Ghunsa, we spend two nights in order to acclimatise, before moving up the Ghunsa Khola to Ramtang Glacier.
Our first base camp is at the head of the Kanchenjunga glacier at a camp known as Pangpema. A descent to Ghunsa then brings us to the mountain pass trail along which we cross five passes in two days. We then ascend the Yarlung glacier to the southern base camp. From here we descend along the Limbu Cultural Trail to complete our circular route back to Suketar. From here we return by flight to Kathmandu to a good hot shower!
This itinerary is designed to consider acclimatisation, and to make the most of the wild life and culture.
The Vital Statistics
- 25 days ex Kathmandu
- 20 day camping trek
- Maximum Altitude: 5238m
- 4 nights city hotel accommodation
- Daily Walking: 4-9 hours
- Mountain Flight Biratnagar – Suketar
- Internal Flight Kathmandu – Biratnagar
- City highlights of Kathmandu.
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