Mt. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
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Just below the looming Mt. Kanchanjunga (8586 m), lies the Kanchanjunga Conservation Area. Spread in an area of 2035 sq. km, the area is made up of alpine grass lands, rocky outcrops, dense temperate and sub-tropical forests, and low river valleys with the Kanchanjunga as its crown.
Situated in north eastern Nepal in Taplejung District, the conservation area is bordered by the Tibet Autonomous Region-China in the north, Sikkim-India in the east and Sankhuwasabha District in the west.
In 1998, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation and WWF Program together launched the Kanchanjunga Conservation Area Project to implement biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.
During the spring season, the area has an excellent display of flowering rhododendrons, orchids, lilies, primula and many other flowers.The lowlands are full of tropical hardwoods. These get replaced by oaks and pine as the elevation increases. Further higher is the vegetation including larch, fir and juniper up to the tree line.Kanchanjunga Conservation Area harbors rich diversity of wildlife including the endangered snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, and red panda. Other animals in the area include the blue sheep, and many others. Impheyan pheasant, red-billed blue magpie, shy drongo are some of the many birds found in the area.
The conservation area has a lot of ethnic diversity and culture. As the original settlers of the Upper Tamur Valley, the Limbu are the dominant ethnic group in the lower regions. The Sherpa/Lama people are in the higher altitude where they arrived from Tibet more than four hundred years ago. There are lots of Monasteries, chhortens, temples, prayer-walls which become the icons of the conservation area's cultural heritage.
For an excellent view of the Mountain Kanchanjunga, you should reach the North base camp where a place called Bangpema is the excellent point for observation of the mountain. To make a circular trek you will have to pass through the Celele Pass at an altitude of about 4000 m to drop to Tseram from where you head toward the South base camp, another excellent observation point of Mt. Kanchanjunga. Kanchanjunga which lies in the far eastern boarder line of Nepal and Sikkim. It has been well known being visible from Indian summer resort of Darjeeling. It was opened for the trekkers recently and fewer trekkers are regulated each year.
|Trip Duration: 22 days
Trekking Days: 18 days
Maximum Altitude: 5,143m.
Trekking Mode: Camp
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu transfer to hotel
Day 02: Restricted Area permit issue and preparation day for the trek
Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur Airport and drive to Phidim
Day 04: Drive to Taplejung and meet with staffs
Day 05: Trek to Chirwa
Day 06: Trek to Sekhathum
Day 07: Trek to Amjilassa or Gepla
Day 08: Trek to Ghunsa
Day 09: Exploration day and rest for acclimatization
Day 10: Trek to Kambachen
Day 11: Trek to Lhonak
Day 12: Trek to Kanchanjunga Base Camp.
Day 13: Exploration day round Kanchanjunga Base camp
Day 14: Decent trek to Kambachen
Day 15: Trek to Gepla
Day 16: Trek to Chirwa
Day 17: Trek to Taplejung
Day 18: Drive to Phidim
Day 19: Drive to Bhadrapur Airport
Day 20: Flight to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 21: Rest day or final shopping day
Day 22: Final departure to next destination
All ground transportation as per itinerary
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.
Domestic Air fare (KTM-BDP-KTM) with airport tax(Optional)
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system)
Kanchanjunga National Park Entry fee
Special Restricted Area Entry fee
Food for the members on camping basis
All camping equipment and camping charges
Medical supplies(First aid Kit will be available)
All required Nepalese staffs (salary, food, clothing, accommodation)
All Nepalese staffs insurance as per Nepalese Government rules.
Company service charge and government taxes etc.
International flight with airport tax.
Nepalese Entry Visa fee
Food during stay in Kathmandu
All personal equipment and personal expenses
Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
Personal Medical and travel insurance(must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)
Telephone and internet charges
Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
Rescue evacuation charges if required
Staff and porters Tips...