Kangchenjunga base camp trek
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Feb 8, 2013 6:05 AM Last Post By: ric_howard
Feb 7, 2013 1:32 AM
Kangchenjunga base camp trekMorning all
Does anyone know if it is possible to self trek to Kangchenjunga base camp? Is it all wilderness camping or are there tea houses or villages along the trekking route? I see that you can take a tour for about £2,300, but considering they charge £1,700 for the EBC trek which costs about £300 max on your own, i wonder if its something that can be done independently.
Feb 7, 2013 1:41 AM
1See this thread for a link to Taghairm's superb trek notes.
I'm sure it can be done for less than an eye-watering £2300 but not completely independently; as a restricted area a licensed guide and a minimum of 2 trekkers are required to get a permit.
Feb 7, 2013 1:59 AM
Feb 7, 2013 2:06 AM
I don't know which office books in 1700 Pound. That is bit more if it is for full package trek and hotel in Katmandu only.
Kanchenjunga is still in restricted area so for restricted area you do need to have guide and the trekking permit can be issued through an agent.
Feb 7, 2013 3:02 AM
4I have not (yet) been to Kangchenjunga, but whilst I was in Nepal I looked into doing it in Dec 2012, and got some quotes for the costs of getting there, and back.
It appears that there are 3 options:
1. Flying all the way, which would require 2 flights each way, which would cost about US$550 per person for tourists, and about NR21,000 for a Nepali guide. This would require an overnight stay between the flights, as they apparently leave early in the morning.
2. Flying part of the way - then using a 4x4 to avoid having to stop overnight. However the 4x4 would cost approx US$200-250.
3. Using the buses - these would be much cheaper, but would involve using 2 local/public buses which would take about 22-26 hours.
As some of the lodges may have been closed in Dec, we decided to do Annapurna Circuit instead.
Feb 7, 2013 5:40 AM
5thanks all, those trekking notes were superb. I will put it on the list if I manage to get to Nepal this year, it looks a lovely trek
Feb 7, 2013 9:57 PM
6About fair prices: we getting a group together, about 10 members, and the total price for a custom camping trek including everything KTM-KTM (private flights if possible) is around 1700€. It is slightly longer than normal, 25 days, including both north and south side and one spare day. The same agency has done several trek arrangements for us and prices have been always fair and transparent. In -09 we did 30 day Manaslu - Naar-Pho camping trek (7 members) and paid 47€/day.
During season it should be possible to do it cheaper in a very basic teahouse style, but 2 trekkers (or at least permits) and a guide are needed. Transportation to there and back is either a bit costly (flights) or time consuming (bus along the Terai with a long roundabout to the west first/last).
Feb 7, 2013 10:51 PM
7thanks petrus. i would be looking to do it teahouse style though i wouldn't be thrilled about taking a guide as I'm pretty slow and would feel id be annoying them by taking photos of everything! 1700 euro isn't a bad price if it includes all transfers etc, if it was a flat 1000 i might consider it but i am pretty broke and would be probably thinking of bus - trek - bus which i appreciate will be hellish
Feb 7, 2013 11:29 PM
Feb 8, 2013 12:23 AM
9I agree with Petrus re the guides. Also good guides are fully aware that different clients trek at different paces, and have differing interests - this should not be a problem unless the guide has a large group which he (or she) needs to keep together. If you hire a guide on a daily rate basis (which is what I do) then this problem also disappears - if I want to take rest days, do side trips etc, I can do so.
Feb 8, 2013 6:05 AM
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