Kanchenjunga (8595m), in the remote east of Nepal is the third highest mountain on earth. The small groups that Back Track escort into this area are rewarded with outstanding mountain views, dense forests, quiet trails and friendly, hospitable people.
We explore rarely trekked regions; walk alongside massive glaciers and cross ridges and high passes deep in the mountains. A pioneering spirit and sound fitness are required to enjoy this challenging trek.
|Trek Inclusions||Not Included|
|Australian trek leader||Visa and any passport costs|
|Trek crew consisting of local guides and porters||Personal clothing|
|All accommodation – 6 nights in comfortable hotel with breakfast daily plus 19 nights in homestays||Medical expenses|
|All meals whilst trekking||Travel insurance (compulsory)|
|All tips for trekking crew||All items of a personal nature|
|Kathmandu Airport transfers|
|First night welcome & Last night farewell dinners||Group Size|
|All land and air transport for trek||Minimum 6|
|Down sleeping bag and kit bag for use on trek||Maximum 14 people|
|All trek permit fees||Plus trek leader|
|National Park entrance fees|
As well, a program for acclimatisation is built into each itinerary so everyone will have the maximum chance to acclimatise to the altitudes in which they are trekking. There is plenty of time to stop and take photographs, rest, or just have a cup of tea with the locals in a village tea house.
Our group size is limited to a maximum of 14 trekkers plus our Back Track trekking crew. Having only small groups ensures all trekkers are given maximum attention and assistance when required. Once booked, you will be issued with comprehensive pre-departure Information detailing your gear and clothing requirements and everything you need to know to ensure you are professionally prepared. In addition, you have access to a trekking expert at any time by calling us on our ’1300′ Trekkers Assist line.
Village Homestay Accommodation – a Responsible Tourism Initiative
Our Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek uses village homestay accommodation. Staying in a village house, under the same roof as your host family, helps the village earn money through tourism and, as there are limited rooms in each house, a trekking group will be spread around the village further distributing the wealth. Authentic Nepali meals are prepared by the family and you’re welcome to pitch in and learn the art of Nepali cuisine. You’ll be a first hand observer of local customs and culture, festivals and religious practises. This is a great way to experience the real Nepal.
Note: In villages where homestay accommodation in not available we will be accommodated in trekker’s lodges.
Includes all meals on the trek plus tips for local trek crew.
To save you money, for the duration of the trek a Camp Kit is provided consisting of a warm sleeping bag, suitable for cold Himalayan nights, and a kit bag to hold your belongings on the trek. The kit bag is carried by your porter.
This trek is graded challenging, requiring participants to commit to a dedicated training program prior to departure. Depending on your current level of fitness, if you are not as fit as you would like to be, a minimum 3 month program is required to ensure that you are fit enough to enjoy the trek. Back Track willingly provides advice to all our trekkers on how to obtain the required fitness level. Your pre-departure information guide contains extensive fitness training information.
Costs & dates
|TRIP DURATION||27 days from Kathmandu|
|2017 COSTS^ & DATES||
|TRIP LEADER||Ray Baker|
|TRIP HIGHLIGHTS||Explore rarely trekked regions; walk alongside massive glaciers and cross ridges and high passes deep in the mountains. A pioneering spirit and sound fitness are required to enjoy this challenging trek.|
The pace of this trek is slow and easy to allow trekkers to acclimatise in the high altitude and to absorb the stunning scenery of the area. You won’t be carrying a heavy pack either as our local crew carry your belongings. We stay in comfortable Sherpa lodges so there’s no camping on this trek. This is an awe inspiring, unforgettable trek and rightfully regarded as one of the top 10 treks in the world.
If you’re thinking about this Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes trek, or any of our other Nepal treks, have a look at our Adventure Add-ons and Independent Trekking options to extend your trip and help you make the most of your Nepal adventure holiday experience.
Back Track is one of only a few companies worldwide that operates its own fulltime office in Kathmandu, ensuring our trekkers a professional, well organised and safe holiday in the best trekking destination in the world.
^Although we are not expecting any price increases from our suppliers, airline prices and/or taxes could increase. These increases will be added to our quoted holiday costs.
DAY 1 KATHMANDU 1300m
If arriving in Kathmandu today, we will be met on arrival and transferred to the Holy Himalaya Hotel. In the evening, we will have a group dinner in an authentic Nepali Restaurant set in a 100 year old Rana Palace. (D)
DAY 2 KATHMANDU 1300m
After breakfast we’ll be taken on a guided walk through the old city to visit the famous temple complex of Durbar Square. We’ll then be driven to a restaurant for lunch. The restaurant is staffed entirely by the disabled and your patronage here enables them to earn a living in a country with no government support for the disabled. After lunch there will be a tour of Bodhananth and Pashupatinath Temples. In the evening we can enjoy the food and atmosphere in one of the numerous restaurants near the hotel. (B)
DAY 3 Fly KATHMANDU to BHADRAPUR, drive to ILAM, 1208m
1hr flying time, 5hrs drive
The flight to Bhadrapur takes 45 minutes and the panoramic views of the Himalaya from the aircraft are magnificent. The drive winds up through foothills dotted with tea growing estates. Tonight’s accommodation is in a hotel in Ilam. (BLD)
DAY 4 Drive to TAPLEJUNG
Trek to MITLUNG 922m
5hrs drive, 3hrs walking time
An early morning departure is in order for the long drive to Taplejung (1820m). We arrive in Taplejung, have lunch then begin walking. We descend through cultivated fields as we approach the Tamur River. There are no large villages along the trail for the next several days, because the terrain is occasionally difficult and there are no active trading areas ahead. Our homestay accommodation is in the small hamlet of Mitlung, 922m. (BLD)
DAY 5 CHIRWA 1530m
Approx 5.5 hours
The trek follows the east bank of the Tamur River. The trail is rough in parts and some boulder hopping will be necessary. Lunch will be near the village of Sinwa, 983m. During the afternoon the river valley deepens and narrows considerably. Tonight’s homestay will be in the pleasant village of Chirwa, 1272m. (BLD)
DAY 6 SOKATHUM 1600m
Approx 5 hours
Pass over some hanging cliffs and caves then cross a tributary on a suspension bridge. The valley turns eastward and begins to widen. The trail climbs a spur to Chilaune, 1593m. Continue high above the valley in a forest before descending to the river and the confluence of the Simbua Khola. Tonight’s homestay at 1600m is in the village of Sokathum. (BLD)
DAY 7 AMJILLASSA 2514m
Approx 5.5 hours
Continue on the right bank climbing gradually, passing under small waterfalls. The trail turns away from the river and climbs up a steep zig-zag trail to our lunch spot then follows a steep, exposed route that traverses the sides of the valley high above the river. We overnight at Amjillassa, 2514m. The Hindu influenced, sub-tropical areas that we have trekked in so far have been left behind and we have entered the Buddhist, Tibetan influenced, alpine countryside. (BLD)
DAY 8 KYAPRA 2705m
Half day walk, approx 4 hours
Enter a thick forest of bamboo as the trail drops down beside the river. Cross over numerous tributary streams and enter a rhododendron forest. We overnight in the village of Kyapra, situated on a large shelf of land on the side of a ridge. (BLD)
DAY 9 GHUNSA 3450m
Half day walk, approx 4.5 hours
From Kyapra, the trail crosses a tributary stream then enters an alpine forest. The valley widens as we approach the village of Phole, 3193m, with its impressive Buddhist monastery. Walk through a delightful forest of larch, juniper, and rhododendron before crossing to the east side of the river to the village of Ghunsa. (BLD)
DAY 10 GHUNSA 3450m
To assist with acclimatisation we take a rest day. For those who are feeling energetic, a side trek will be arranged that will lead up towards a high pass to the south of Kangchenjunga. (BLD)
DAY 11 KAMBACHEN 4099m
Approx 5.5 hours
The trail continues north-east through a beautiful forest of rhododendron, juniper and larch. Cross the river to the west bank and walk through scattered pastures before entering an idyllic rhododendron and juniper forested valley. Magnificent mountain views abound as the trail crosses a major slide area. Continue on an easier trail with superb views of Jannu, 7710m. Turn into a valley leading from the north west, cross a small stream then enter the village of Kambachen, 4099m. (BLD)
DAY 12 KAMBACHEN 4099m
Another rest and acclimatisation day. There are a number of interesting side treks available, notably, a half day excursion up a nearby ridge that affords outstanding views. (BLD)
DAY 13 LHONAK 4785m
Approx 5.5 hours
The trail continues along the north west side of the valley. Pass below a spectacular waterfall and climb up from the river. The trail levels out and proceeds through a wide, boulder strewn valley. Impressive views of Kambachen Peak, 7902m, can be enjoyed from here. Ascend up to a moraine alongside the Kangchenjunga Glacier and continue onto the yak pastures of Lhonak, 4785m. (BLD)
DAY 14 Trek to PANGPEMA 5143m and back to LHONAK 4785m
Approx 7 hours round trip
Due to the high altitude, the pace of the trek slows considerably. Unforgettable scenery can be enjoyed from this section of trail as you walk alongside the Kangchenjunga Glacier. The peaks alongside the valley are unbelievably close. As you continue up to the head of the valley, the massive North Face of Kangchenjunga appears. Three hours from Lhonak, a flat shelf of land called Pangpema, 5143m, is reached. You will take lunch here and explore the area before heading back to Lhonak. (BLD)
DAY 15 RAMBUK KHARKA 4099m
Approx 4 hours
We follow the trail back to Kambachen for lunch, then continue onto our homestay at Rambuk Kharka. (BLD)
DAY 16 GHUNSA 3450m
Approx 5 hours
Descend all morning to Ghunsa, arrive for lunch. (BLD)
DAY 17 SELELE 4366m
Approx 5.5 hours
Walk to the southern end of Ghunsa and follow the trail that begins behind the schoolhouse. Ascend to the ridge crest then descend to the pasture of Yamatari. The trail enters a dense forest of juniper and rhododendron and climbs gradually then steeply to a ridge crest, bedecked with prayer flags. Continue through a serene landscape leading to our overnight homestay at Selele, 4366m. (BLD)
DAY 18 SIMBUA KHOLA 3571m
Approx 6.5 hours
After a short steep climb Mirgin La, 4648m, is reached. From here the views are outstanding. Continuing on a pleasant traverse we reach an area of deep religious significance to followers of the Hindu religion. A sacred rock spire can be seen from the trail and there are many rock cairns erected as offerings. Reach the last ridge crest at Sinion La, 4650m. The trail descends to a scree slope and then passes two small, sacred lakes. The descent steepens and enters a forest then reaches the Simbua Khola at 3596m.
DAY 19 OMJE KHOLA 2278m
Approx 5.75 hours
Follow the Simbua Khola through rhododendron forest on a gradually descending trail. After 2 hours, the trail veers away from the river, steepens and climbs through some pastures before entering a dense bamboo forest. Fine views of Jannu can be seen as you approach Lassi La, the highest point of today’s walk at 3482m. Begin a very steep, twisting trail that descends through bamboo to a small settlement beside the Omje Khola. (BLD)
DAY 20 YAMPHUDIN 2080m
Half day walk, Approx 2.5 hours
Walk along the east bank of the stream then veer left and begin a steep ascent through forest. Cross Dhupi Bhanjyang, a small pass then descend very steeply through terraced fields to Yamphudin, 2080m, the first permanent settlement since Ghunsa. We will have the opportunity to swim and wash in the small river that flows beside the village. (BLD)
DAY 21 YANGPANG 1700m
Approx 4.5hrs walk
The trail crosses the river and continues through paddy field then ascends through cloud forest to Ghartichinwa Bhanjyang, a pass at 1980m. We descend to Tumba Gaira for lunch then climb to another pass called Kebang Bhanjyang. Another steady descent followed by a level walk through farms and villages brings us to our overnight stop at Yangpang. (BLD)
DAY 22 THORPU 2000m
Approx 7.5hrs walk
Today’s walk continues south down the valley of the Kabeli Khola. The trail climbs high above the valley floor and along a superb trail along steep sided cliffs. After passing through a fine pine forest the trail descends to the river before climbing to a high point then proceeding along a level trail through villages and farms to Thorpu, our final night on the trek. (BLD)
DAY 23 SPARE DAY
A spare day is included our Kanchenjunga itineraries in case of delays. If the trek goes according to plan we take a rest day in Ghunsa after returning from Pangpema. (BLD)
DAY 24 Drive to BIRTAMOD
Approx 7hrs drive
Today is a long drive to Birtamod. At first the road snakes through the hills with lots of bends and ups and downs then levels out when we reach the plains. We stop for lunch in Ilam then continue onto Birtamod, a busy town on a major road junction. We stay in a hotel here. (BLD)
DAY 25 Drive to BHADRAPUR
Fly to KATHMANDU
Approx 2hrs drive, 45mins flight
It’s an easy drive to Bhadrapur to catch our flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival there we will be met and transferred to the Holy Himalaya Hotel. (BL)
DAY 26 KATHMANDU 1330m
This is a free day to explore Kathmandu. Our hotel is located a short walk from the narrow, winding streets of the old city. In the evening there will be a farewell dinner at a nearby restaurant. (BD)
DAY 27 Depart KATHMANDU
If you are departing from Kathmandu today, you will be advised of the pick-up time from the hotel. You will be transferred to Kathmandu International Airport for your onward flight. (B)
Meals included as indicated: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
Thank you to our Back Track trekkers who have travelled with us in Nepal and shared their feedback:
I would just like to thank Ray (Australian Trek Leader) and his crew for the exceptional support and care given to all of the members of the trek group. Making decisions on a trek with such exceptional circumstances (Nepal Earthquake), is always going to be very difficult. But I was always confident that Ray and the crew had the safety of trek and crew members as the first priority.
Paul, Everest High Passes, April 2015
I cannot even begin to explain how eye-opening this trip ahs been. Back Track ahs been AMAZING in organising and preparing us all for this incredible experience. I also have to say a huge thank you to all of the thoughtful, caring crew we’ve spent the last 2 weeks with. Always happy to help even if its not needed. The situation that happened with the Earthquake was handled amazingly and positively! Ray kept us all so positive. I’ll be back to trek with Back Track again for sure.
Anna, Everest High Passes, April 2015
Kylie was the perfect trek leader. Her knowledge and obvious passion for Nepal and its people was infectious. She guided us through each day with confidence, humour, warmth and energy. We were lucky to have her in charge!
Carolyn, Everest & Gokyo Lakes November 2014
A fantastic experience!!!! Kylie was a fabulous leader. Her passion and enthusiasm for Nepal is highly contagious. Kylie took care of all our needs no matter what was asked of her. She is an asset to Back Track. Food was awesome! Accommodation was very comfortable. Mila and Ram our local guides were great to have on board.
Jo, Everest & Gokyo Lakes November 2014
Kylie was an awesome trek leader. I can’t sing her praises enough. She was the consummate caring professional. I would travel with her again anytime. Kylie was also good for a chat and a laugh, she really made the trip enjoyable for me. I loved Nepal, I’m so glad I have had the opportunity to experience the culture, weather, food and those magnificent mountains which I will miss gazing at constantly. Our local crew were lots of fun and generous with their time and knowledge too. Thanks again and you know I’ll be boring all my friends, family, staff and patients silly with my photos and stories.
Sharlene, Everest & Gokyo November 2014
OMG what a fantastic experience. Everyone was in great shape physically and mentally – great group. The local crew where exceptional Ram, JB, Biru and Mila what a great crew. Learnt a lot from Damian. Thanks to all the staff at Back Track Adventures – it’s great to travel with you!
Chris, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Your Nepal trekking crew were sensational. Ram, Mila, JB and Biru were professional, fun and extremely supportive to al participants. Their efforts in getting everyone down the glacier were indeed outstanding. Lots of fun to be around.
Peter, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Damian was a fantastic leader. made the journey a lot of fun. Would love to do another tour with him. Our local crew Ram, Mila, Biru & JB were fantastic also. Altogether a memorable trip that will be remembered forever. Thanks Back Track.
Jim, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Our Trek leader Damian was sensational in all aspects of the track. Made our trek informative, safe and enjoyable.
Anon, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
As usual all guides and porters were fantastic. Damian’s advice, knowledge, help and support was very helpful/ A wonderful person to have shared this trip with. 10/10.
Allan, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Thank you for a wonderful holiday. Damian’s knowledge of the Himalaya’s was amazing. The crew were fantastic – always looking out for us. Such a beautiful part of the world!
Lyn, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Particularly impressed with the planning of the Itinerary which gave max. opportunity to achieve the goal of reaching Base Camp. All staff were sensational.
David, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Greatly appreciated Damien’s Leadership! Herding us ‘cats’ is no easy feat but Damien did it with Humour, Grace and Patience. I also appreciated that the Itinerary gave everyone as much time/opponity as possible to acclimatise and as a consequence, achieve all 4 major goals. A Big Thank you for the Birthday Wishes – the effort and fuss was a delightful surprise.
Rosemary, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
An excellent well-run trek. The support crew were amazing and Damian was also excellent and knowledgeable. The training program before going was well created, but nothing really readys you for trekking at altitude. Challenging but rewarding – Thank you.
David, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
The trip was absolutely amazing. Damian was an amazing trek leader who managed the group incredibly well and also kept everyone laughing. The trek crew were amazing and provided fantastic support as well. Overall it was an incredible experience that I would recommend to anyone.
Sam, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
The trekkers, the guide, Ram and crew all combined to make a very enjoyable holiday – even it was ‘bloody hard’ work on quite a few days! Thanks for the experience – Again.
Warren, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
A very well organised trip – very professional (as usual!). Great bunch of people, everyones needs and desires met. Bhaktapur and Patan excursion was fantastic. Mind blown to see the real people and environs as the city stirred from its slumber. I rate the whole package AAA. Thank you Back Track.
Steve, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Our Trek Leader Damian was exemplary in his performance. I love the trek and experience and will cherish it for a long time. I loved every second and would gladly travel with Back Track in the future.
Mathew, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
This Everest trip changed my life. Spencer was an amazing leader who was just there every step of the way! Words can’t describe the real experiences I’ve had in Nepal and I look forward to going back as soon as I can. Spencer was extremely knowledegeable, kind, uplifting and occasionally pushy – but that’s exactly what I needed!!! I want do so much more with Backtrack. Their service and knowledge is world class and so perfectly intimate! Thanks
Sheridan, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2012
Just a quick note to say loved the trip. Struggled with the altitude from Namche and probably the odd day of not drinking enough. Everyone I have spoken to is so impressed that everyone in our group who wanted to get to base camp made it, as we heard that on other companies, a fair number struggling with the altitude don’t get there. Heather was great with managing each of us and our trekking family. If it wasn’t for her I don’t know whether I would have made it and enjoyed my time away. Do feel a real sense of achievement. Your other staff in Nepal also all worked well together and made life on the trail easier. Have passed your details onto those who ask along with a high recommendation.
K.A., Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes