Situated in the Far East region of the beautiful mountainous country of Nepal, the Kanchenjunga region is one of the less trodden areas in this country. The Kanchenjunga Base camp trek, which was opened on 1988 for foreigners, puts your own physical course at test. This trek is a chance to witness the miraculous views of the third highest peak in the world, the Kanchenjunga (8586m) from all possible directions. If you are one of those people, with an adequate amount of time and the interest to venture deep within the isolated corners in Nepal, this trek is for you.

Explore unique flora and fauna and move through ice seracs in the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek. Home to red panda, unique birds, and beautiful orchids, the Kanchenjunga region offers the mixture of a pilgrimage tour, high altitude trekking, flora and fauna exploration as well as the opportunity to mix in with ethnic inhabitants living in perfect harmony with each other.

Best trodden upon in the spring and autumn, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is a challenging series of hikes that will test your patience and use up all of your physical resources for good. Don’t be disheartened, however. The hard work and effort put into this trek are surely worth every step was taken, the views are to die for, and will surely remain embedded in your memories for a long-long time to come.

Start jogging, prepare yourself and come be a part of this adventure of a lifetime. Trek through lush rhododendron, chestnut and oak vegetation. Witness the views of the perfect Himalayan peaks like Kanchenjunga, Baruntse, Makalu and even Everest. Be a part of this thrilling adventure and create the memories of a lifetime by embarking on the journey of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek.

Itinerary

  • Day Arrival in Kathmandu

    Today, from your respective locations, you will arrive at the beautiful country of Nepal. Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. TIA is the only international airport in Nepal. All of the check-in procedures will be completed by our representative. You have the rest of the day free to intermingle with the beautiful capital city of Nepal. 

    • No meals included
    • Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur & drive to Phidim

    Excitement fills us as we will be reaching the Eastern part of Nepal today. The flight to Bhadrapur is a short. After the 45 minutes of flight, we continue towards the beautiful tea gardens of Illam & drive continue to Phidim.

    The drive from Bhadrapur to Phidim takes about 6 hours. Illam is the tea capital of Nepal. It is home to large tea gardens and this is where most of the tea circulated around Nepal is fermented and created. We reach Illam in the evening and the cool winds blowing up towards the tea gardens makes the excitement of the upcoming trek even truer and continue drive towards to Phidim. 45 minutes flight. 6-hours’ drive

  • Day Drive from Phidim to Taplejung & trek to Chirwa (1270m)

    Today, we reach the starting point of the wonderful trekking journey. Taplejung is situated at a distance of about 4-hour drive from Illam. Through undulating and rounding paths, the drive takes us towards farmlands and forested areas to Taplejung.  The drive also offers the views of the icy mountain peaks like the Kanchenjunga, Makalu and even Everest on a clear day.

    Taplejung is the hub of this region of Nepal. With its government offices, cobblestone streets, police post and the small hospital, the town is both adequately supplied with modern equipment and has yet retained its age-old natural beauty. Tamor River diverges out from the north which is the pathway to the Southern Base Camp. After reach at Taplenjung, we walk to Chirwa. Approximately 4-hours’ drive & 1 hour walk.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung (980m)

    This day follows a multitrack path. The trail takes us up and down through forested ridges today. Firstly, we descend downwards to reach the Tamur River. After crossing the suspension bridge from this point, the route is flat. Trekking along the banks of the roaring TamorKoshi river, through fields of paddy, offers a one-in-a-million experience in itself. We pass jungles of cardamom plants and natural vegetation in order to reach an area where the village can be seen stretching at a far distance.

    This village is called Mitlung. Mitlung is home to ethnic inhabitants living in complete harmony with each other. Chettri, Limbu, Bahun and Tamang inhabitants adorn the already beautiful village. The main occupation of these people is the business of cardamom. Approximately 5 to 6 hours trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Mitlung/Sinuwa to Taplethok (1380m)

    This day too we will follow the edges of the Tamor River all through the day. The path is quite a narrow, descending one today and passes through jungles. The jungles in this area are usually covered with cardamom and other crops. Small gardens of orange are also present along the way.

    Through undulating paths and crossing, several streams, we finally reach an area with an easy flat land. Passing through the villages of Sinuwa and the Limbu village of Chirwa we finally reach another large Limbu village of Taplethok.  Approximately 5 to 6 hours trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Taplethok to Sekathum/Dzongin (1600m)

    This is a difficult day as it takes us through steep undulating paths. We start off by walking through a small jungle along the banks of the Tamor River. Cardamom and other vegetation can be found in abundance here. After the short uphill walk, we finally descend down to reach OlangChungGola, which is the entry point of the Kanchenjunga National Park. After checking in, we move along to cross a small bridge. Further trek brings us to the village of Sekathum. Approximately 5 to 6 hours trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Sekathum to Gyapla(2730m)

    This is another tough day that takes us through steep paths. The track today is an undulating multi-track. After crossing the river, we ascend upwards through the steep path and descend to the other side of the valley. Passing through dense forests full of rhododendron and bamboo trees, we move along in order to walk through more undulating paths.

    Accompanied by natural scenery and waterfalls,  this area is said to be inhabited by bears and tigers. Wild animals do not cross paths with trekkers but are still living in the dense forests along the path. Gyapla is a Tibetan settlement home to a Gumba which can be visited in the evening. Animal husbandry is the main profession of the people living here, and they also weave carpets made out of the bamboo shoot with their skillful hands. Approximately 5 to 6 hours trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Gyapla to Ghunsa (3595m)

    Like the previous day, the path today passes through jungles too. We start down by a descending trail downwards to the Gunsa River. We pass through several settlements of human beings, who clearly are influenced by Tibetan culture. Terraced fields of potato, barley, buckwheat and wheat alternate our paths. We finally reach the beautiful village of Ghunsa through the Tibetan settlement of Phole.

    Ghunsa is the biggest settlement in the region, with an abundance of lodges and hotels, there is a monastery near it and the main source of income of inhabitants living in this region in animal husbandry. There are schools and internet facilities in this area adorned by the views of raw, untouched nature. Ghunsa is also home to a hydroelectric plant. 20 conservationists met their tragic end in a Helicopter crash in this area itself. Approximately 5 to 6 hours trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Rest day at Ghunsa

    For acclimatization and exploration, we take off a well delivered day in Ghunsa today. It is highly recommended that one does not stay around and rest all day, but explores the surrounding areas in order to properly acclimatize to the high altitude. We start off with a short hike towards the Lapsan La through lush green forests.

    The ethnic inhabitants of Ghunsa are welcoming. This Tibetan influenced settlement has small local shops that sell goods that you might want to carry back home. The women of this settlement are seen avidly weaving carpets and the sights of the carpet being made at the local Carpet Weaving Industry is surely one to behold.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Ghunsa to Khamachen (4050m)

    We take off in the morning with packed lunch to accompany us for the day. The day starts off with a gradual ascent upwards the south bank of the GhunsaKhola. After some time, the trail crosses a boulder flood plain. We then cross back to the Rambukkharkha situated on the north side of the Ghunsa River before finally passing a massive and beautiful waterfall along the way.

    The path continues upwards now, through a steep ascent towards an unstable scree slope. We have to be extra careful in this area as with loose footing, one might fall down the steps to the river. Football sized rocks tumble down as we walk across the slide. Beyond this point, the trail finally drops down to a single locked hut at Lake. The trail now transverses back to Khambbachen. Khambachen is a Tibetan settlement with a dozen houses at most.

    Khambachen is an old settlement which offers the glistening views of the mountain peaks adorning the region. The views of the snow-capped mastiffs like the KumbaKatna, Sobiyhionje, Ghabur Peak and Nakula Peak are views to be relished for a lifetime. This settlement is also home to blue sheep. Approximately 5 to 6 hours trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Day Trek from Khambachen to Lonak (4780m

    The path from Khamachen to the scarcely hydrated village of Lonak is a slowly ascending one. We start off with a climb through rocky fields and boulders along the hillside to the river bank today. After this, we pass a waterfall along the way. The smiling views of the icy AaniDesa (6808m) cheer us along the path today till be reach the village of Ramtang. After this, we cross the moraines of the northwest side of the Kanchenjunga Glacier.

    Lonak is scarce of water and lies near a dry lake bed on an open sandy plain. Houses are not present along and camping is the only option here. However, the views offered by this region more than compensates for the lack of settlement services that Lonak provides. The views of the KumbaKarna, Chyang Peak, and the massive Kanchenjunga Glacier are sprawled out before us. These terrific mountain views are made even more beautiful by the presence of wildlife like snow leopard, yak and blue sheep that can be seen occasionally. Camping will be done in large boulders to shield ourselves from the high winds. Approximately 5 to 6 hours trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Lonak to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5133m) to Lonak

    The purpose of the trek so far will be covered somewhat today. We will be trekking to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp today. The trail starts off with a gradual ascent across the plain. After some time, the trail becomes even more stepper as it follows the moraine of the enchanting Kanchenjunga Glacier. After dropping off the moraine, we follow the path through the bottom of the valley and witness the dramatic views of the Kanchenjunga from PengPema. From here, the views of the largest mountain masses in the world look beautiful. The mesmerizing views of the Chang Himal, standing tall towards the right makes up for the aching muscles in this day.

    We reach the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp after passing through difficult terrains. The Base Camp further offers the views of the massive mastiffs covered with ice and snow. The mind boggling experience surely remains in the minds as we return. If possible, we will make an extra excursion to the top of the DolmoRi viewpoint where Everest and Baruntse dominate the views. We then retrace the path back to Lonak. Approximately 6 hours trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Lonak to Ghunsa (3595m)

    Today, we will retrace our path back to Ghunsa. We continue down the valley to teach Ramtang , a village which is home to views of the mesmerizing icy mastiffs like the GimmigelaChuli, Kanchenjunga, KiratChuli, TapleShikhar and much more. We descend towards to Kambachen.

    From Khambachen, the path to Ghunsa follows a jungle. We cross the jungle along the Khambachen River to reach an area full of many walls with inscriptions on them. Prayer flags adorn the entire region before we reach the Tibetan influenced village of Ghunsa. Approximately 7 to 8 hours trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Day Trek from Ghunsa to Selele Camp (4200m)

    The path from Ghunsa to Selele Camp is a steep and difficult one. We pass along a thin jungle in the beginning of the day. Mani wall with inscriptions and beautifully colored prayer flags adorn the entire jungle. This day also offers the mind-boggling views of the mountain peaks of the region accompanying us all along the way.

    Mountain goats and yaks are seen grazing in the fields before we pass through a dense forest of juniper, moss and the rhododendron. The forest is home to several species of fashion birds. Crossing this, we reach the Selele Camp where we set up a campsite beneath the envelope of the beautiful stars. Approximately 4 hours trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Selele Camp to Tseram (3870m)

    The path from Selele Camp to Teseram starts off with an uphill climb. Mesmerizing views of the JannuHimal cheer us along our path and make the day even more awesome. This day, we pass through the three passes of the Kanchenjunga Region namely the Sinion La, Mirgin La and the Sinelapche La. The top of the passes is home to awesome views of the mountain peaks, sprawling away with their white beauty in front of us. Siniion La offers views of the Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Baruntse and KumbaKarna while the other passes offer the mesmerizing views of RotangHimal and the KabruHimal range.

    The path is almost like a desert with less vegetation. Stony and steep trails, transversesthe views of the mountain peaks and makes this day a very interesting one. It can be said that this day offers the best views in this itinerary as ponds along the path reflect the shiny mountains standing tall in their glory. We reach Tseram by the evening. This village is home to a few stone-roofed houses and yak huts and lesser settlement. Approximately 7 hours trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4580m)

    Today, we start off the day by avoiding the steep moraine slope that blocks the way out of Tseram. We descend downwards today, to the riverbed below Tseram. As we move along, the trial makes us enter a final short forested area. At Yalung Bara, we come across a single stone hut, which makes the ambiance of the entire area even more mystical.

    The path sprawled before us is as typical as other areas of the high valets situated in Nepal. The path wanders along an ablation valley. Views of the great white mastiffs dominate the path ahead of us and make the experience even more interesting. The YalungKhang glacier is revealed at the Lapsang. We pass through the Rathong La next, witnessing the views of the beautifully ice-fluted peak of Koktang (6147m).

    A glacial lake is situated near Lapsang, which is the foreground to the high mountain situated beyond it. The trail levels out a little before reaching Ramche. The grassy pastures beside two small huts situated here make the perfect location for camping. Approximately 4 hours trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Visit Oktang & south basecamp. Back to Ramche.

    Ramche is situated strategically at a point which offers the beautiful views of the mountain peaks and the YalungKhang glacier before us. We will use this well-earned day to explore the village itself and to carry out an excursion to the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp and the viewpoint of Oktang.

    The glacier turns towards a north direction beyond Ramche. After about an hour from camp, the edge of the glacier can be reached.  The path to the edge is fairly level and easy to tread upon.  We carry on with the walk to reach around the corner of the glacier and will be overwhelmed with the view before us. The entire south and west sides of the Kanchenjunga open up to us and overwhelm us with the beauty of the white mastiffs. The view, that remained hidden during the earlier stages of the trek, is surely a picturesque event to be captured.

    An hour further, we reach a small tract leading to the lateral moraine of the Yalung Glacier. We reach a chorten which offers the unsurpassed views of the Kanchenjunga (8586m) Yalung Kang and the Khambachen Peak before us. We reach a small clearing at Oktang which reveals the long northeast ridge of the JannuHimal. Further upwards is the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp which is open to exploration for the physically active ones. Approximately 7 hours trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Ramche to Tortong (2995m)

    Today, we start off with a decent down to the imbue Khola. All along the downward trek, we are rewarded with the views of the Kanchenjunga and the Jannu summits, shining white before us. The initial part of the descent should be given special care too, as it is highly prone to landslides and might cause injuries.

    After the difficult part is over, the trail finally enters the jungle and the path forward is a pleasant and steady one. After an easy descent down to the banks of the SimbuaKhola through trees of rhododendron and pine, we will reach a small bridge. Crossing the bridge will bring us the north bank and the clearing known as Tortong are reached. Approximately 7 hours trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Tortong to Yamphudin (2080m)

    We follow a steep and undulating path to reach Yamophuden today. The passage through the trail is a difficult one and starts off along the sides of the SimbuaKhola. We walk through the jungle and witness the views of the landslide affecting some places.

    The track ascends gradually now, to the LamiteBhanjyang. From here, the path to Yamphuden is a steady descent. We firstly cross a small river in order to reach this settlement. The trail offers the steady views of the KumbaKarna, Jannu Range, and the Kanchenjunga smiling down at us.

    Yamphuden is home to ethnic populations residing in perfect harmony with each other. You will be offered the chances to intermingle and understand the culture of the Sherpas, Rais, Limbus, and Gurungs living in this region. This sufficient village is home to several corn and rice fields. School and shops with minimal supplies are present in the village. Approximately 6 hours trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Yamphuden to PhumpheDanda (1885 m)

    The path from Yamphuden to PhumpheDanda is as undulating as the path of the day before. We start off by descending down to the OmjeKhola and crossing it. After this, the trail is a steady ascend up through jungles of cardamom and orchid. We reach a small village with several ethnic human settlements and small thatched roof houses. Local shops with minimal supplies can be found along the path to the PhumpheDanda.

    From here, the path upwards to the PhumpheDanda is quite a steep ascent. We camp and spend the night atop the PumpheDanda, with the views of the mountain peaks staying with us through the night. PhumpheDanda is home to ethnic Limbu inhabitants and museums are the highlights of this village. Approximately 5 to 6 hours trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Phumphe Danda to Kande Bhanjyang (2129m)

    The path from PhumpheDanda to the Kande Bhanjyang is an equally undulating one as was in the past two days. We start off with a descend and then the path ascends upward gradually. The fine part of the day is that the trek at this point follows steady ascends and descends, with no steep paths.

    With the views of the aforementioned mountain peaks accompanying us, we reach the Limbu settlement at KandeBhanjyang. Approximately 5 to 6 hours trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Kande Bhanjyang to Deurali (2600m)

    We reach a higher altitude today, and the trek to Deurali is an ascending one. Deurali is the junction to the pilgrimage site of Pathibhara and the trail that leads to the Kanchenjunga Circuit trial. The path is mostly uphill one but requires less effort as the elevation gains steadily. Steep paths are not present along the way, and the views of the shiny white mastiffs smile down at us as we reach the village of Deurali. The trek into the heart of the Kanchenjunga comes to an end today. Approximately 6 hours trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Drive from Deurali to Pathibhara- to Suketar/Taplejung

    Pathibhara is known to be one of the most significant Hindu pilgrimage sites in Nepal. Located on the hill of Taplejung, it is considered a holy place also for the indigenous Kirat populations. It is believed that flocking to the temple, fulfills the desires of the pilgrims. The temple serves as a secondary route to the Kanchenjunga Trek.

    We embark on an early morning drive to reach the Pathibhara temple today. After a 3 hour drive, we will be dropped off. From here, it is a 1-hour hike to the Pathibhara Temple. One can see Hindu pilgrims worshipping the Pathibhara Devi, who is considered to be one of the most powerful Goddesses in Nepal. The aura of the temple, amalgamated with the views of the mountain peaks like Kanchenjunga and Makalu, makes the experience an unforgettable one. After this, we return back to the drop off point and reach Suketar after a drive of 3 more hours.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Drive from Taplejung to Ilam

    The trek and the passage through the less trodden, yet naturally beautiful Kanchenjunga region, finally comes to an end on this day. The wonderful memories of the trek and the beautiful pictures will be taken along to return back to the beautiful tea gardens in Illam.

    We reach Illam in the evening and it is now time to explore the tea gardens in this area. You can buy tea for your loved ones back home. Illam is the major tea production area in Nepal and tea from Illam is exported to foreign countries too. Approximately 7 hours’ drive.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Drive from Illam to Bhadrapur and fly to Kathmandu

    It is finally time to bid farewell to the Eastern region of Nepal and return back to Kathmandu. After a 3 hour drive from Illam to Bhadrapur, we fly back to the capital on a 45-minute flight. Approximately 3 hours’ drive and 45 minutes flight.

    • Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu
    • Breakfast & lunch included
  • Day Optional sightseeing in Kathmandu

    For those who wish to explore more of the architecturally rich city of Kathmandu, you have the option of sightseeing around the capital or you can also opt to take a day off and rest.

    The day will start off with the visit to the Pashupatinath Temple. Considered as one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, the richly-ornamented pagoda house adds up to the mystique of the holy place. Called as a form of Lord Shiva, the Pashupatinath temple is said to have existed since 400 A.D. Devotees take a dip in the holy BagmatiRiver beside the temple.

    Boudha is another UNESCO World Heritage Site we will be visiting today. Called as one of the largest stupas in South Asia, this focal point of Buddhism stands thirty-six meters tall. It is located in the path, which was the ancient trade route to China.

    In the afternoon, we will be visiting the open museum or the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. A living heritage, Bhaktapur is a city of devotees and the Durbar Square is home to countless temples. Major attractions, not to be missed are the Lion Gate, 55 Window Palace, The Golden Gate, Nyatapola Temple, Dattatreya as well as the status of the Late King Bhupatindra Malla. Beautiful carved specimens and picture gallery will finally end the sightseeing day.

    • Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu
    • Breakfast included
  • Day Departure from Kathmandu

    The trip ends today and it's time to bid goodbye to Nepal. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kathmandu International Airport for departure as per your flight timings

    • Breakfast included

Trip Info

  • Accommodation & meals

    • Pre and post trek three star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.        
    • Accommodation in the local teahouses & tented camps during the trek period.
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner during the trek period.
    • Only breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Transportation

    All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle

  • Visa & documentation

    A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.

    Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.

    Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.

    Visa Facility   Duration    Fee

    Multiple entry   15 days      US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   30 days      US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   90 days      US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.

     

    Clothing

    • Heavy down jackets  (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Lightweight down jackets
    • Hiking boots (well broken in)
    • Woolen socks (a few pairs of different thickness)
    • Slippers
    • Walking sneakers
    • Lightweight trekking pants/trousers
    • Lightweight thermal legging
    • Trekking shorts
    • T-shirts (long sleeve & short sleeve)
    • Under garments
    • Waterproof jacket and trouser/raincoat
    • Sun hat
    • Woolen/fleece hat 
    • Scarf
    • Warm gloves
    • Sweaters
    • Ear warmer

     

    Trekking Gears & Accessories

    • Backpack 
    • Hiking poles
    • Sleeping bag (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Sleep liner
    • Sunglasses
    • Water bottles 
    • Head lamp with extra batteries
    • Camera and extra batteries and lenses
    • Waist bag
    • Daypack and cover
    • Dry packs (essential for keeping your valuables dry)
    • Water purification (pump, tablets or steripen)
    • Maps (can be brought in Kathmandu)
    • Reading materials

     

    Personal supplies

    • Sun screen
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toiletries
    • Wet wipes & tissues
    • Feminine hygeine products
    • Anti-itching cream/powder
    • Medications (don't forget to carry adequate supply of your prescription medicines)
    • Deodrants 
    • Moisturizers 
    • Energy bars
  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Kathmandu to Bhadrapur to kathmandu airfare including airport taxes
    • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
    • One English speaking trek guide & assistant guides depending on the group size
    • English speaking city guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • One porter or pack animals for each two client
    • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area fee & TIMS card fee
    • First Aid Kit
    • All Govt. taxes including service charges

    Exclusions

    • Emergency evacuation fee
    • International airfare
    • Personal Insurance
    • Personal expenses (Alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc)
    • Visa fee
    • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Insurance Policy

    We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.

    Ways of triggering your insurance:

    • There are actually two ways that your insurance fund can be triggered and brought into action. The first type is where you will have to use your own money if any injuries occurs or any medical attention is needed. Then the insurance company will pay you later when you return home and show them the documentation of insurance as proof.
    • Another type is where if any medical attention is needed and your insurance needs to be triggered the insurance company will cover all the cost up front and you won’t have to spend a single penny that is not meant for such incident.

    Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.

     

    Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:

    General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.

    You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Lukla or even from Kathmandu to your home.

    As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.

    What you need to know:

    We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.

     

    Examples of insurance companies:

    Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com

     

    Important highlights to remember:

    1. Makalu travels do not hold any kind of insurance related financial management work but we will help you acquire important documentations needed for processing your insurance policies.
    2. Choose an insurance policy where you don’t have to pay your own money while trekking in Nepal while in need of medical attention. In other words look for a policy where your insurance company will cover all the money related process if you need any kind of medical attention.
    3. Choose policy with evacuation plan up to 6000m and with an option “climbing” if you are climbing any peak as well as trekking.
    4. Some companies like WorldNomads have a policy where clients have to pay their own money while trekking if they need any kind of medical attention and you will be payed once you return home. So please make sure you have a very good understanding of what type of insurance policy you are agreeing to.
  • Altitude Sickness & Trekking Policies

    For these kinds of emergencies we suggest our guests to add extra days to their schedule. If there is any symptom of altitude sickness our first step is to descend down without wasting time. Our guides have professional certificates and trainings to handle these kinds of situations (WAFA certification). Basic first aid kit is always carried by our guides. Our guides also check your oxygen levels make sure you are hydrated throughout the trek. If you need a rescue operation or emergency health service our guides are completely ready and trained to take care of it by contacting responsible health offices.

    There are two ways things can pan out if you suffer from altitude sickness. You can either continue your trek after some rest or you will not continue your trek at all.

    If you want to continue the trek even after the altitude sickness you will firstly have to descend down to lower altitude and rest for few days until our next group comes along so that we can add you to that group and you can continue the trek with them. The few extra days that you take for resting, the financial cost will be your responsibility. We do not assure any financial help but we will provide you with manual assistance as a porter and an assistance guide will take care of you while you are resting here in the tea house. You will have to pay additional amount for extra days while trekking if you go off schedule and trekking routine. If there are no other traveling groups coming up your way and you still decide to trek then you will have to pay separately for your own guide and porter.

    If you have altitude sickness & unable to trek and need immediate evacuation service our guides will make the necessary arrangements.

  • Cancellation & Changes

    There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.

    Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.

     

    Cancellation fees rules:

    These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:

    1. If we are informed by our clients at least 43 days before the travel date then the full deposit amount will be refunded after deducting 4% bank surcharge on total deposit amount.
    2. If we are informed by our clients 6 weeks before the travel date then we can refund complete deposit by just deducting $195 per person.
    3. If cancellation is done between 4 and 6 weeks of travel date then we can refund your deposit after deducting $395 per person. This is because we will have to pay to the hotels, guides and other personals involved to make this trip possible to recover their financial plans.
    4. If we are not informed between 4 and 6 weeks of travel date there will be no refund as there are many other workers and organizations that needs to be paid by us for planning your trip. Losing you as a customer means losing their employment opportunity which will harm involved worker’s financial status.

    So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.

  • Payments & Deposits

    Makalu Travels offers easy & reliable online payment through credit/debit card, & Paypal. All online payments are processed through the our highly secured online payment partner Authorize.net Please kinldy be informed that all online payments are subject to additional 4% bank surcharge & processing fee. 

    If you would like to avoid the 4% transaction fee then you also have an option to deposit the money into Makalu Travels' bank account in Wells Fargo Bank, USA. The bank details will be provided on request. You will receive a notice from us after a successful deposit or any kind of financial transaction. We will make sure that your transfer amount has arrived to us before sending you any type of confirmation invoice or notification.

  • Rentals & Extra Costs

    Our package includes most of all the major expenses that you will have to bear while your time in Nepal. While you are in Kathmandu your breakfast is included but while trekking all your meals are included so you don’t have to pay. But there are certain circumstances where you will have to make extra payments personally. They are listed below:

    • Renting trekking equipment (if necessary, not mandatory)
    • Thick down jacket = $15
    • Sleeping bag = $20
    • Hot Showers only while trekking = $4 to $6
    • Nepal visa
    • Donations (not mandatory)
    • Extra hotel nights (depends on weather, flight cancellations and vacation extension)
    • Wi-Fi only while trekking = $3 to $5 an hour
    • Charging electrical devices only while trekking = $1 to $3 an hour
    • Foods and drinks other than included in the package
    • Personal shopping
    • Drinking water while trekking (about $3 per bottle)
    • Tips for the porters and guides which is 10% of the price of your trek (not mandatory but highly suggested)
    • Helicopter ride if case of sudden injuries or altitude sickness

    The thing to keep in mind is that the higher you go more expensive it gets. So you will have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging devices as they rely on solar power because luxury of power lines and gas cylinders are difficult to find up in the mountains. Flight cancellations are normal occurring as the weather can be unpredictable sometimes in the Himalayas.

    So for this we suggest you to carry about 300-400 USD extra for your safety. Although insurance money will cover certain aspects while travelling it never hurts to carry extra for your own well-being.

  • Hotel & Room Bookings

    The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.

     

    In Kathmandu

    Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.

     

    While trekking

    We have very less accommodation facilities and options while we are trekking. Bathrooms and toilets are common and shared. Usually there are at least two bed rooms in one room. But if any of our clients wants a private room it can be negotiated with the tea house owner. This management for private room can only be done if the rooms are empty in tea houses and the owners agree with it. It is impossible if you are trekking during peak seasons.

     

    Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.

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What kind of trip is right for me?

Physical strength is absolutely essential for every trip around the Kanchenjunga region, with an exception to tripes that take you to witness the magnificence of Kanchenjunga on top of a helicopter. If you feel that your physical strength is insufficient for physically demanding trips, you can very well choose to embark on some easy trekking endeavors. The kind of trip suitable for you depends only on your physical fitness level. Apart from that, if intermingling with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds in the glory of high, ice-covered glistening peaks is your cup of tea, then the Kanchenjunga region is the best for you.

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