Kanchanjanga Base Camp & Selele Pass Trek – 26 Days

26 Days

Trip Overview

The combination of the Kanchanjanga Conservation Area and the third highest peak of the world, the Kanchanjanga make up the Kanchanjanga trekking trial. The trail is situated in the eastern side of Nepal, borders Nepal with the Indian state of Sikkim and provides the perfect trekking location for thrill seekers. The five mountain peaks that make up the Kanchanjanga give it its name, meaning the five treasure houses of snow. The Kanchanjanga trail has a remote and challenging beauty which makes it worth trying. For some lucky trekkers’ snow leopards, Himalayan Black Bear, Assamese Macaque among others can be seen along this trial. Tales of the Yeti and lesser crowd make it uniquely satisfying and adventurous.

Sukhetar present in Taplejung marks the commencement of this one of a kind trek. Passage through lush forests with the variety of plant and animal species brings the Lali-Kharga at a height of 2220m. Before further trekking, proper acclimatization is absolutely mandatory. Walking further through rural landscapes and Limbu villages brings Chirwa via Mitlung. Upon crossing the Tamor and the Ghunsa River, trekkers reach Sukhathum after which the trial becomes more challenging. Amjilosa is reached after passing through tricky and rocky gorges.


The trial then passes through Gyabla into Ghunsa along with views of high waterfalls, bridges and various rivers. A visit can be planned into the Tibetan refugee settlement and the Laspan La monastery. Mt. Jannu and Nupchu Khola Valley can be viewed along the path from Ghunsa to Kambachen. Further passage through rocky fields and large stones brings the Pangpema. Pangema is the northern Base Camp of Kanchanjanga. A further climb can be done for viewing the snow capped pristine peaks like the Jannu, Kanchanjanga and Chang Himal. Retracing the same path ends the trek.


There is an alternative to the conventional return path which passes through Ghunsa, Sele Le, Cheram, Ramche, Tortong, Yamphudin, Yangpang, Thorpu, Birtamod and finally back to Kathmandu which gives an added opportunity to pass through passes and relish the cultural and social variety of Nepal along with occasional views of other snow capped peaks.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1 : Kathmandu arrival Day. transfer form International airport to hotel and free day.

Day 2 : City Sight seeing, Swayambunath,Bauddhanath, Pashupatinath,Durbarsquare etc.

Day 3 : Kathmandu  to Biratnagar fly.

Day 4 : Biratnagar to Suketar Taplejung flight trek to Mitlung Bazar.4 to 5 hrs(880m)

Day 5 : Mitlung Baszar to Chiruwa. 5 to 6hrs.(1190m)

Day 6 : Chiruwa  to  Sakathum.5 to 6 hrs (1640m)

Day 7 : Sakathum   to  Amjilasa.5 to 6 hrs.(2490m)

Day 8 : Amjilasa    to Gyabla.4 to 5 hrs.(2730m)

Day 9 : Gyabla   to  Gunsa. 6 to 7 hrs.(3410m)

Day 10 : Gunsa Acclimatisation Day.

Day 11 : Gunsa  to Khambachen.5 to 6 hrs.(4150m)

Day 12 : Khambachen  to Lhonak.4 to 5 hrs.(4790m)

Day 13 : Lhonak  to  Pang Pema.3 to 4 hrs.(5140m)

Day 14 : Pang Pema  to  Khambachen. 6 to 7 hrs.(4150m)

Day 15 : Khambachen to Gunsa.4hrs.(3410m)

Day 16 : Gunsa  to Selele Base camp.5 to 6 hrs.(5280m)

Day 17 : Selele Base Camp to  Chairam.6 to 7 hrs.(3870m)

Day 18 : Chairam to Amji Khola.6 hrs.(2340m)

Day 19 : Amjikhola to Yamphudin.4 to 5 hrs.(1690m)

Day 20 : Yamphudin to Mamanke.4 to 5 hrs.(1810m)

Day 21: Mamanke   to  Khesewa.6 to 7 hrs.(1960m)

Day 22 : Khesewa    to  Lalikharka. 6 to 7 hrs.(2230m)

Day 23: Lalikharka to Taplejung,Suketar airport. 4 to 5 hrs.(2400m)

Day 24: Suketar to Biratnagar and same day fly to Kathmandu.

Day 25: Free day in Kathmandu. ( today is great opportunity if you are going to fly Everest flights early morning to view Mt.Everest)

Day 26. Departure to International airport Kathmandu back home.

Equipment List


1 pair strong mountain /hiking boots
1 Sleeping bag(comfortable to 15C)
1 Medium/Large rucksack/backpack
1 Down Jacket/all weather Anorak
1 Light water & windproof jacket
1 Pair waterproof gaiters/ overtrouser
1 or 2 1-litre water bottles.
1 Inner sleeping sheet.
1 Torch/Flashlight and spare bastteries.
2 Long sleeve cotton shirts
1 Medium sized towel
1 Washing kit:Inlude personal toiletries,Talcum power
Moleskin for blisters
Toilet paper
Bio degradable soap/shampoo
Any personal medication
1 Pair shorts.
1 Fleece/warm sweater
1 Pair sports shoes/sandals
2 Pair lightweight trousers
1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
2 T-shirts
1 Small day pack
2 Pairs light socks
3 Pairs heavy wool socks
1 cotton Headscarf/bandanna
1 Warm hat/Gloves(waterproof)
1Sunglasses and sunhat
1 Money belt
Underwear(including thermals)
3/4 Plastic bags for wrapping clothes
Water purification tablets/solution(Preferably Iodine)
Sun-block(30-50 SPF)

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