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I speak for everyone when I say that we have had a fantastic time here. Our guide, Chandra, was an absolute star, such a lovely man and managed us so well, Nabin and the three porters also did a wonderful job they all made a great team. Thanks for your ti
Ian Gribble (UK) | Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

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  • North Face of Kanchenjunga
  • Mount Makalu seen from near Base Camp
  • Terraced fields
  • Near Kambachen
  • Lhonak camp
  • Pangpema
  • Near Pangpema
  • Weaving in Phole village
  • Pangpema
  • Near Pangpema
  • Walking from Olangchun Gola to River camp
  • Walking to Lumba Sumba South High Camp
  • Walking up to Lumba Sumba pass
  • Lumba Sumba pass
  • Descending Lumba Sumba pass
  • Lumba Sumba North High Camp with Makalu behind
  • Crossing Shipton La to enter Barun Valley
  • Sherson close to Makalu Base Camp
  • Crossing Arun River
  • Arun valley
  • Lhomi villages surrounded by millet fields
  • Looking down to Hongon village in Arun valley
  • View from pass above Hongon. Molun Pokhari is above far ridge.
  • Walking through rhododendron and bamboo forest
  • Molun Pokhari lake
  • Walking down to Tin Pokhari lakes
  • Descending into Dunghe Khola valley
  • Walking down Dunghe Khola valley
  • Crossing bridge at Saldim Kharka
  • Cowherder family below Cave Camp
  • Cave camp
  • Mount Makalu
  • Walking on slopes above Cave camp
  • View from ridge above Cave Camp with Mount Kanchenjunga
  • Kalo Pokhari lake
  • View to Shipton La
  • Last day walking to Yangri Kharka, we descended one of the snowy couloirs
  • Descending to Kharka camp
  • Descending blue pine forest into Barun valley
  • Barun valley

Kanchenjunga Base Camp to Makalu Base Camp - GHT

This is a 36 day trek following The Great Himalaya Trail ("GHT") from Kanchenjunga Base Camp passing through a remote region on border with Tibet to Makalu Base Camp. Mount Kanchenjunga at an altitude of 8,586m is the third highest mountain in the world and Mount Makalu at 8,481m is the fifth highest mountain. 

If this trek is too long take a look at the shorter version at 24 days where you visit Kanchenjunga Base camp and then walk out to Tumlingtar airstrip. Both of these treks follow the first section of The Great Himalaya Trail ("GHT") where very few other trekking groups have completed this adventurous mountain journey.

Our itinerary starts by exploring the area around Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, where there are views of Tent peak, Nepal peak, Cross peak and then at Base Camp Mount Kanchenjunga itself becomes visible. From Pangpema the trek returns to Ghunsa and then crosses the Nango La at 4,820m into the remote Yangma valley and to the small hamlet of Olangchunngola.

From here we cross Lumba Sumba at 5,160m and walk out to Chyantang. This village is inhabited by the unique Lhomi ethnic group who follow Buddhism combined with Shamanism, there are only several villages in upper Arun valley that have Lhomis people. At Chyantang village our group will split with the people booked onto shorter Kanchenjunga Base camp to Tumlingtar heading out on the walk south to this airstrip whereas the Kanchenjunga Base Camp to Makalu Base Camp walkers will continue traversing westwards towards Makalu.

After visiting Makalu Base Camp we will descend the Barun Valley then cross Shipton la at 4,125m followed by the walk out to Tumlingtar airstrip for flight back to Kathmandu 


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Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Holiday Type: Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 42 days from Kathmandu
  • Leadership: Western-Led
  • Minimum Group Size: 5 people
  • Cost: 2020 - £4,895 (US$6,295 or €5,575) 2021 - £4,895 (US$6,295 or €5,575)
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What does this include

Price includes:

  • Internal flight to/from Kathmandu, Bhadrapur and Tumlingtar
  • All transfers including airport collections
  • Twin share room at Hotel Tibet or Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast only at hotel in Kathmandu, all meals included while on trek
  • Twin share tents while on trek using our Western branded tents. These are three person domed tents with plenty of space for two people sharing plus gear
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, Western and Sherpa guides, porters and cook
  • Complimentary Kanchenjunga and Makalu trekking map
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921)
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone and face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send you our comprehensive "Nepal Pre Trip Information" notes 

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu
  • Travel & trekking insurance
  • Nepal visa for 90 days at US$100
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"


Trip Grade Strenuous

Trip Grade Strenuous

Suitability: a good choice for regular long distance hill walkers, very high level of fitness required. These trips may involve mountaineering and glacial travel.

1) Walking times: average 7 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,500m.

3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky conditions possibly with exposed sections. May involve steep ascent and descent over mountain passes that could be snow covered.

4) Remoteness: usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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Trip Dates

  • September 20th to October 31st 2020
  • September 19th to October 30th 2021

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive to Kathmandu 
  • Day 2In Kathmandu eg permits 
  • Day 3Fly to Bhadrapur, drive to Ilam 
  • Day 4Drive to Taplejung and Suketar, trek to Phurumbu 
  • Day 5Trek to Chirwa (1,270m) 
  • Day 6Trek to Sekathum (1,660m) 
  • Day 7Trek to Amjilossa (2,510m) 
  • Day 8Trek to Gybala (2,730m) 
  • Day 9Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m) 
  • Day 10Acclimatisation and rest day at Ghunsa (3,595m) 
  • Day 11Trek to Kambachen (4,100m) 
  • Day 12Acclimatisation day 
  • Day 13Trek to Lhonak (4,785m) 
  • Day 14Trek to Pangpema (5,143m) and return to Lhonak 
  • Day 15Return to Ghunsa 
  • Day 16Rest/ contingency day 
  • Day 17Trek to Nangola Camp 
  • Day 18Cross Nango La pass (4,820m) and trek to Yangma Khola 
  • Day 19Trek to River Camp 
  • Day 20Trek to South High Camp 
  • Day 21Cross Lumba Samba pass to North High Camp 
  • Day 22Trek to Thudam 
  • Day 23Trek to Kharka 
  • Day 24Trek to Chyantang 
  • Day 25Rest/ contingency day 
  • Day 26Trek to Forest Camp 
  • Day 27Trek to Molu Pokhari 
  • Day 28Trek to Dhungge Kharka 
  • Day 29Trek to Cave Camp 
  • Day 30Trek to Kalo Pokhari 
  • Day 31Trek to Kharka 
  • Day 32Trek to Yangla Kharka 
  • Day 33Trek to Langmale Kharka (4,450m) 
  • Day 34Day trek to Makalu BC 
  • Day 35Trek to Debotay (3,650m) 
  • Day 36Cross Shipton La (4,125m) and trek to Khongma 
  • Day 37Trek to Seduwa 
  • Day 38Trek to Num (1,500m) 
  • Day 39Extra contingency day 
  • Day 40Drive to Tumlingtar 
  • Day 41Fly to Kathmandu 
  • Day 42Fly back home 
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