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Trip Overview of Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga Trek is a remote trek in Nepal and lies in the east part of Nepal. Mount Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world is standing as less explored and the least known. The Kanchenjunga base camp is the best choice for adventurers lovers. As a result,  For real challenges in the less-traveled region located in Eastern Nepal the border of Nepal and Sikkim. You will pass through the majestic Himalayas and waterfalls, thickets of rhododendron as well as the highland forests. During the walking trails, we will get the best hospitality of different ethnic groups, and encounter various highland flora and fauna. This Kanchenjunga region is the thrilling place of Nepal. It is the gift of the Earth full of alpine grasslands, rocky outcrops. With dense temperate, sub-tropical forests, and low river valley.

A long way, Kanchenjunga trek trail commences from Kathmandu and the nearest road and airports are also long from the mountains. Our 2 weeks trek starts from the intensively cultivated hillsides of the Nepal Midlands. There live the Rai and Limbu, tribes. Towards the peaks of Jannu and Khabru and the high wall of Kumbakarna. Kanchenjunga, and Rathong, passing on the way through some of the most beautiful high mountain scenery.

Kanchenjunga Trek trip highlights

  •  Home  of different wildlife species like musk deer, snow leopard, blue sheep,  red panda, blood pheasant, Asian black bear, and many more
  •  Walking in the beautiful Jungle of rhododendron, Pine, and Oak forests
  • The high-passes offer you to observe the remarkable views of the Kanchenjunga Range, Rathong, Jannu, and Kabru range.
  • Interact with the local people of  Rai, Limbu, and Lhomi and with their best hospitality.
  • Close up view of the world’s third-highest mountain Kanchenjunga and Mt. Makalu
  • Open for foreign visitors only from 1988
  • A paradise for adventure lovers
  • Beautiful glaciers
  • Lifestyle and culture of ethnic groups: Limbus and Rais
  • A pleasant walk through rhododendron forest and terraced fields
  • Encounter with Himalayan animals like bear, barking deer, and panda

Visit the Kanchenjunga conservation area

The must-see place of this trek is the Kanchenjunga trek in Conservation Area. It is spreading in an area of 2,035 SQ Km, which is the main attraction of the trail. The area has a rich diversity of wildlife including the snow leopard. Himalayan black bear, musk deer red panda. We also get to meet some of the Impheyan, pheasant, red-billed blue magpies, shy drongo, and so forth. It offers an infinite variety of landscapes, cultures. The panoramic views of the four world’s highest Himalayas like Everest. Furthermore the best view of Mount Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga, which helps to make the trek rewarding. Through the entire journey, camping makes your expedition more unusual and satisfying.

During the trekking in this region owe will explore the untouched wilderness, which provides the most beautiful and contrasting variety of scenery. With the variation of their rituals and traditions. The people of the region are co-operative and friendly. As well as their lifestyle is also simple as they are not touched by modernity.

We will visit the more remote villages in Kanchenjunga trek

In the Kanchenjunga, trek villages tend to be more prosperous than elsewhere in Nepal, but the further you go, the more isolated the communities will be introduced to you. you can join the local people, who are welcoming you by a heart-warming drink of hot Tongba, the fermented millet drink of the East. We will trek through the lush farmland and wooded valleys that give way, higher up to breathtaking mountain scenery, which includes close-up views of Kanchenjunga Base Camp and distant panoramas of the mountains of the Khumbu. The best things to see along the trails are also the  Monasteries, Chortens, temples, and the prayer walls.

While we trek further, we can also see the blue sheep. and it is also believed that the abominable snowman ‘YETI’ exists in the region. With all the features, this route has been the most popular trekking among foreigners and one of the most demanded trekking package.

 

Kanchenjunga Tea house trek

Now we can do a basic tea house lodge trek in Kanchenjunga, It is a more easy form of trekking and beneficial for local people also as you are eating their food and sleep in their guest house. this region’s tea house offers a thrilling trekking experience. You also get to experience the local culture and get a close insight into the daily lifestyle of the high mountain people.

Tea house trekking in the Kanchenjunga is the world’s third-highest peak is one of the more remote trekking areas in Nepal. Trekking to the Eastern part of Nepal and the Kanchenjunga tea house trail offers you thrilling trekking experiences. We will mostly trek through attractive rhododendron forests where you climb into high alpine terrain beyond the village of Gunsa.

The Kanchenjunga tea house trek after a scenic flight to Bhadrapur. The best part of this tea house trek is passing beautiful mountain villages such as (Mitlung, Sekathum, Gyabla, Ghumsa, and Yamphudim, etc), terraces, and dense forest on our trail. We can enjoy the Stunning views of many snow peaks as well as glaciers, landslides, moraine on the way. This region is becoming more popular day by day and has lots of adventurous activities during the journey. We can also enjoy the Homestay trek in the Kanchenjunga base camp area. Homestays trek gives us a great opportunity to experience the local culture. The tea house and homestay trekking is comparatively lower cost than camping treks.

 

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is fewer travel teas hour trekking for those who like to explore Nepal some of the remote regions. This mountain is the third highest mountain in the world at 8586 meters striding the border between Nepal and India. Mount Kanchenjunga is a remote mountain area and eleven peaks that are higher than 7000 m.

If you are looking for a less explored region of the mountain, trekking in Kanchenjunga base camp is one of the most beautiful walking adventures in Nepal. Now we can shorten the trek also by taking a jeep drive and yet offers you a peaceful time all throughout the adventure. Unlike in the Everest or Annapurna regions, The no of trekkers on Kanchenjunga abase camp are very few so you will have a wonderfully peaceful walking experience.

We start the trek from the lower middle hills and valleys and goes to the high mountain wilderness. While you will explore and enjoy cultural and natural wonders during the trek. During our trek, we will be rewarded with dramatic views of other mountains. As will reach a higher elevation, you will get to explore and experience some isolated but wonderful village cultures. compare to other trekking in Nepal is it a long trek but the adventure is certainly a worthwhile trip to go for. One can get an experience of trekking adventure like nowhere else.

We will get the experience in-depth with its unique local people’s lifestyle, flora and fauna, and mesmerizing panorama view. We will mainly explore the area of Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586m) – the third highest mountain among the fourteen eight-thousanders in the world during this trek. The area is offering the verities of scenery from lush, tropical jungle through to rhododendron, chestnut, and oak forests and then at higher altitudes into the alpine zone. The local village is of Rai and Tibetan Buddhist people and we can observe a diversity of Nepalese culture and lifestyle.

The journey to the base of the world’s third peak, Mt. Kanchenjunga offers an infinite variety of landscapes, cultures, and Himalayan panorama. Walking on rice-terraced fields on the low lands of Nepal passing by beautiful villages, green forests, and the trek goes into a ridgeline of rhododendron forests.

SUMMARY OF KANCHENJUNGA BASE CAMP TREK ITINERARY

To begin the Kanchenjunga; trek we will take a 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, from here we can drive by local jeep till Taplejung. The short itinerary details are as below

Days 1 – 3: Meet at Kathmandu Airport, permit arrangements, and Kathmandu city tour, then fly to Biratnagar and drive to trek start
Days 4 – 16 Trek up to Kangchenjunga base camp and return back to Taplejung.
Days 16& 17: Travel back to Kathmandu, spare day, and final departure to your home.
We will start the trek to The route begins by approaching the Northside of Kanchenjunga where you will have great views of Tent Peak, Nepal Peak, Cross Peak before the bulk of Kanchenjunga itself becomes visible.

 

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Kanchenjunga Circuit trek into the Kanchenjunga region including Milke Danda ridge (the trekking route above 4/5 days from Basantapur) is the best adventure trek. We can include both North and south base camp, crossing five high passes in ‘Mirgin La route’. The route takes us to a maximum height of 4,660m/ 15,88 feet or ‘Lapsang La route’ at 5,110m/ 16,765 feet in between the short connection route. If we will do both Kanchenjunga North and South base camp which takes a minimum of 24 to 28 days. Now we can do a short trekking to Kanchenjunga circuit also with taking a drive to the low land. We can tailor-make your Kanchenjunga circuit trek as per your time and needs and develop an itinerary of your choice.

for the mountain lovers who want to explore the remote trekking and if you want to experience the Himalayas with fewer people around this could be the best trek for you. There are usually fewer people in this region and you still experience massive mountains with fewer people.

When we are in the higher part of the trek we will get the striking views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga, four of the world’s five highest mountains that make the trek amazing wonderful. Enjoy the different beautiful passes during this hiking where views become more glorious during the pass. While we will meet The path of Pang Pema (4800m.) which is the base camp for the Kanchenjunga expedition.

Kanchenjunga base camp trek solo

Kanchenjunga base camp trek solo for just 1 person is not possible due to its restricted region. We need a special trekking permit for the Kanchenjunga base camp trek from a registered trekking agency. As a result, to get that permit you need to be at least 2 trekkers in your group. If you are only 1 person and wanted to trek you can pay for double person permit fees or we can make a permit together with other groups and you can trek with your guide or porter. Trekking just 1 person in Kanchenjunga is expensive compare to group trekking. If you are 2 people the cost of the guest house, guide, and porter hiring, service charge from the trekking company is sharing.

Now the facilities like accommodation and food are available in a handful of places and we can do a basic tea house trek in the Kanchenjunga area. the trekking route will take you through the gorgeous Rhododendron forests and picturesque villages. You will see a collection of wildlife and trek over high mountain passes offering mind-blowing views. On completion of this outstanding trek, undoubtedly you will be left with a bundle of wonderful memories.

Is it possible to issue a permit for solo travelers?

We request you to find another person for the Kanchenjunga base camp trek or join our group trek. if it does not work for you we can issue the ghost permit for you which means you will pay the permit fee for 2 people and trek solo. Your guide can tell your partner is not able to trek due to his health at the permit checkpoint.

 

Kanchenjunga Trek Cost

Our Kanchenjunga trek cost for the full board package is USD 2190 per person for a minimum of 2 trekkers’ bases. We offer you the most reasonable trek price with a high level of personal service. If we compare to other tea house trek in Nepal the cost for Kanchenjunga trek is quite expensive due to its remoteness, transportation cost, and restricted permit price. If you wanted to just get a guide and porter service and arrange a permit we can also do that and can quote you a separate cost. We need a Kanchenjunga conservation area project permit and another special permit for the region.

Our Kanchenjunga trek cost includes the cost for Guide and Porter too. In Nepal, there are many trekking areas where you can go for the trek without a guide but for the Kanchenjunga base camp trek. Your must-have guide. Our guide and porter cost includes their food, accommodation facility, and insurance. In comparison to other treks in Nepal, in comparison other treks in Nepal, the cost of food and accommodation is expensive for the guide where the cost is paid as similar to tourists.

Our Kanchenjunga trek also includes the cost of the flight and transportation services. We can take the flight between Kathmandu to Bhadrapur or Kathmandu to Suketar, Taplejung. The round trip flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur Kathmandu will cost you USD 270 per person. If we take a flight to Suketar and Taplejung the cost will be USD 300-350 per person. From Bhadrapur we need to take a local jeep to the trek start point of Kanchenjunga. So due to the high cost of transportation make the Kanchenjunga base camp price up.

 

Kanchenjunga Trek Permit fees

Kanchenjunga trek is relatively new and getting more popular these days in Nepal. AS without a special trekking permit we can’t go trekking in Kanchenjunga base camp. Here are a few things you need to know about the Kanchenjugn base camp permit and its fees.
While you have a special trekking permit you don’t need a Tims card for this trek. but if you are joining another area after this trek such as Everest base camp or another trek region. it is mandatory to have TIMS card, let us know beforehand.

The fees for Kanchenjunga restricted permit is USD 10 per week, Kanchenjunga National Park permits, which is approximately cost around USD 20, The restricted trekking permit is issuing by Nepal Immigration for another permit we will visit the Makalu Conservation Area project at Kathmandu.
To apply for permits we need your Original Passport, Nepal entry visa with the arrival stamp. Two passport size photos (if you have an online passport photo, you will only need one printed ID photo), Travel Insurance that covers emergency evacuation up to 6000m. and You must be at least two people in one group (not including the guide or porter). And permit needs to be You must apply for a permit through an authorized local trekking agency. Above the Himalaya, trekking will handle all processing and make the permit in 2-3 hours of the working day.

If you are on a tight schedule and wanted to make the permit faster you can send your Scanned copy of your Passport, a Copy of your Nepal visa received in advance from your home country. We fill out the online form and process all and get your original passport to get the special permit., You can pay the permit fees in advance by your credit card or bank transfer. While you make the itinerary please keep in mind that that the Immigration Office only opens from Sunday to Friday between 9 to 5 pm and closes on Saturday and public holidays.

 

Kanchenjunga Trek Package

Kanchenjunga trek package is known as one of the most isolated and beautiful treks in Nepal. Due to its isolation, only a few trekkers are in this region As a result, this has enabled Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking to preserve its prestigious charm and its beauty.

Kanchenjunga trek package is a treat for adventure-loving people. People who have trekked with us in the past of the slopes and passes in the Kanchenjunga regions have reveled in their success. Trekkers who have taken the challenge and succeeded and it was a thrilling time for them. The trekking route of this remote part of Nepal offers the best mountain view with its unique Tibetan and Buddhis lifestyle.

We offer the best trekking package for Kanchenjunga base camp trek. Our quality services at the best prices make our adventures great value for money. Our trip package cost covers all meals trekking staff, transportation, and other logistics. We have been organizing the Kanchenjunga trek since 2007 and have worked with more than 1000 customers. We are offering an eco-friendly trekking package. Furthermore, this challenging trek underscores our superb logistics and crew in Nepal and embodies the essence of World Expeditions’ travel philosophy.

 

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek  is difficult to level trekking

First and foremost, we will like to address the trekking difficulty of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. It is not in the easy segment of trekking. However, this trail is also not extremely difficult. We consider the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trail as a moderately difficult trek. If you choose to visit only either of the Base camp, the trek is moderate in difficulty.

Trekking in Kanchenjunga might take you from 2-4 weeks. This also makes the trek more difficult than shorter ones. Similarly, being off the beaten track trail, it is less populated. There are also far and few settlements once we go to the higher elevation. Taking all these into account, one must only trek with a local guide making the trek somewhat safer and easier. Our suggestion, do some warm-up hikes or shorter treks for physical wellness for the Kanchenjunga area.

Accommodation and other Facilities

The Kanchenjunga trek is used to being a camping style trek after this is open for trekkers. Now it is also developing and areas have more facilities, the down part of the trail has road and it makes us our trail shorter. Still compared to other trekking regions of Nepal Kanchenjunga region has lesser facilities and lodges to stay in comparison. However, The local hospitality is special as the guests are welcomed as God. You can also spend more time with the locals. Small teahouses and lodges are more common here these days.  the local homestay or Tea house lodge facilities are there now.

This area provides the best local food which is fresh and organic. Electricity is almost available at every stop and settlement. Solar power energy is also popular in these regions. Most of the village has wifi also these days. Thus  If you want to get in the less travel and Nepal unspoiled real Himalayas, Kanchenjunga is best suited for you.

Packing list and Equipment for Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga trek is a difficult and quite long trek so you need to carry enough clothing.    You will need to pack the gears according to the season that you are trekking. Here are some important things that you will need to carry in this trek.

  • Walking boots with waterproof and have ankle support
  • Trainer or casual shoes you can use after a day trek.
  • Hiking Shorts (3): Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Trekking Pants (3), preferably that zip on/off at the knees so you can use them as shorts also.
  • Loose, casual trousers for trekking
  • Thermal wear for colder areas
  • Lightweight underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
  • Cotton pants or (loose jeans/khakis).
  • T-Shirts: Cotton for lower altitude walking. the synthetic is good above 2500m.
  • Thermal Underwear: Synthetic polypropylene
  • Waterproof Jacket. Quality waterproof clothing is essential. A proofed nylon or Gore-Tex jacket is recommended for the Kanchenjunga trek.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Goretex or warm jacket for winter trekking bring the down jacket
  •  women sports bras, Synthetic
  • Strong rucksack or large holdall to be carried by porters
  • Daysack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents  personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store
  • Plug adapter  2 round pin
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen, Pencils, and small notebooks
  •  Extra contacts or glasses
  • Quick-drying towel (medium-sized)
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap/handwash
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Wet wipes
  • Sanitizers
  • Water purification tablets or  iodine
  • Refillable Water bottles
  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Warm gloves
  • Towel
  • Sun lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses protect from day sunlight
  • Sleeping bag rated -20 degree Celcius  you can also get a sleeping bag liner
  • Some Extra pairs of T-shirts and also shorts.
  • Trekking pole
  • Camera
  • Flashlight and battery
  • First aid kit (with moleskin for blisters)
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of your passport

Kanchenjunga Trek Map

The best thing to take a make it easier for your trekking holiday is having a good map. Kanchenjunga trek is getting more organized when you have a trekking map. you can check the map not just days before your trek starts, but even before signing up for the trip. A trekking map gives you all the information that you’d need to have during your trip. Considering all this knowledge you can make the choice which route you can take.  furthermore, the trek route is quite a challenging journey, and it is recommended mainly to experienced trekkers.

There are many side trips along the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek. Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek map makes you ready to explore all hidden paradise. With the help of it, you can go on side treks on your own. While you have a map in your hands, there is also very little chance to get lost on the way. Thus it is better to have a  map for the trek and you can get a Himalayan map house or can buy it online on Amazon also.

 

 

Some Side Trips In Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trail

While you are on the route of Kanchenjunga trekking, you can also do some side trips after your camp.  you can explore some hidden gems in the mountains through these secondary trips. It is better to take side trips to give your body the necessary time to acclimatize at higher elevations. Here are some of the major side trip stops in the Kanchenjunga Base Camp route.

Ghunsa

Ghunsa is a small village of Taplejun District and it is a major checkpoint for Mt. Kangchenjunga. This is the economic center of the upper Kanchenjunga region. The village is also popular for modern lodges and facilities. At an elevation of about 3500 meters, Ghunsa is perfect for the first acclimatization break. Ghunsa Monastery and Nupchu Pokhari are the main side trips from the village. Ghunsa is the highest permanent settlement in the valley and uses to go, a 5,500 meter high passes north of Tibet.

Khambachen

This is our rest place during the Kanchenja trek and good for exploring around You have many options for short and moderate side trips from here. The trips to Nupchu Khola Valley and Jannu Base Camp are the most amazing of many. Similarly, the views of mountains and glaciers are majestic from here. There is a view of the high peaks near Kanchenjunga, Khabour, Phole, Nango Ma, and Jannu. Climb a ridge above the village for more views or take a day hike to the Jannu base camp.

Yamphudin

from Yambhudin we can make a day trip to  Timbung Pokhari. You can also admire the natural side of the trek from a brief exploration around Yamphudin. we also explore other popular trips before starting the trek like Ilam exploration and Pathibhara temple hike.

 

 Kanchenjunga trek best time

Weather and temperature are the most important factors to take into consideration the best season trekking in Nepal. March to May, September to November is the busiest season for Kanchenjunga trek. Heavy snowfall in the winter season from December until February in the upper part of the trek trail can be closed. From June to August is the rainy season. We do not recommend trekking in the winter and rainy seasons.

March to May – Spring

This is the best time of the season to trek in the Kanchenjunga base camp. The weather is very favorable through the trek. Stunning views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and glaciers will be seen. From Mid March temperatures start increasing to hot and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. In April & May, low land start getting hot, high in the mountain is neither cold nor hot in the daytime. Nighttime is comparatively colder than daytime. this is the main season for an expedition in Nepal and for Mount Kanchenjunga. On the journey, the rhododendron flowers will be blooming at their best with a variety of colors.

September to November – Autumn

This is also one of the perfect seasons for the Kanchenjunga trek. This season main trekking season of Nepal due to the favorable weather. When the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls down to 5 degrees during the night time. During this time of the year, we can enjoy the clear sky and an amazing view of the mountains. It is highly recommended as it’s the best time for the Kanchenjunga trek, usually between mid-September to end. This is the festival season also in Nepal as the main festival of Nepal Dashain and Tihar liest in October and November.

As winter slowly begins, snow falls begin in the Kanchenjunga trek region and it eventually tough to trek. Nights will start to get colder. Until November the trail is busy it is the clearest month with sparkling days. The daytime temperatures are warm and stable. Mostly early morning we can get the view of the clear blue sky and the mountain is phenomenal. More cold in the mountain start in December, the temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow.

We can still get the best view in December and it is a good time for the trek and great for Christmas and New Year break. January and February are really cold and need to think about higher altitude trek and better to take crampons and well equipment. as the weather is very cold and snowing, some high pass trail can be blocked. It is always hard to predict the mountain weather and the temperature may change quickly from day tonight.

WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF THE KANCHENJUNGA REGION?

Mount Kanchenjunga was considered the highest mountain in the world for many years, until 1856, when Peak XV, (Mount Everest) was discovered. Mount Kanchenjunga also literally says to “Five Great Treasures in the Snow”.

We can see the Five major peaks within the Kanchenjunga range, and local people believe that each of the five peaks is a repository of different treasures: gold, silver, gems, grains, and sacred texts. As it is also a sacred mountain, therefore the first summiteers stopped a few meters short of the summit in 1955.

WHAT IS KANCHENJUNGA PEAK LIKE?

Mount Kanchenjunga is in the eastern part of Nepal. Kanchenjunga Mountain was thought to be the highest peak in the world until the mid-1800s. It is actually the third-highest peak which means mountaineers generally avoid standing on the summit itself.

Kanchenjunga’s main mountain peak is 8586 meters, Although the massif has four subsidiary summits exceeding 8000 meters, including Kanchenjunga West, also known as Yalung Kang (8,505m). We cal also see around twenty peaks more than 7000 meters high. Among them, the highest peak is Kambachen (7,903m). There are other peaks such as Jannu (7,710m) and Jongsong (7,483m), Kabru (7,353m), Tent Peak (7,365m), and the Twins (7,350m).

We can find the Five major glacial systems on his huge cluster of peaks. The Zumu, Talung, and Rathong glaciers flow into Sikkim while to the west. the Kanchenjunga and Yalung glaciers flow into the Tamor River of Nepal.

Ethnic groups  Vegetation and animals We can meet during the Kanchenjunga trek

The Kanchenjunga circuit trek explores Nepal’s border with Sikkim and Tibet. While we will visit The lower region it has a mixed community following Hinduism dominated by ethnic group Limbu (below) and the Rai people who follow animist beliefs. Visiting the upper part has the Buddhist community of people. The Bhote and Sherpa people live in the higher part of the trekking.

The lower elevation of the Kanchenjunga trekking has a subtropical region of Taplejung, through beautiful temperate forests of maple, chestnut, and birch trees. We can also see the nice terrain and farming sites in these regions. People are working in the fields and grow rice, corn, potato, and different vegetables.

When we will cross the subtropical climate after, Chitre We can see the rhododendron, pine, firs, and orchids. When we are near the Sele La (pass) towards Ghunsa begins the more subalpine and alpine climatic zone with shallow and dwarf shrubs and open meadows. The area of Base Camp at 5143m is at the snowline with a rocky and icy landscape.

The region is famous for wild animals like Snow Leopard, Himalayan Asian black bear, and red pandas. These animals are quite shy so quite difficult to spot. We can see the many Blood pheasant (below) and the Chestnut-breasted partridge along the trail.

LENGTH OF THE KANCHENJUNGA BASE CAMP TREK

The Kanchenjunga Circuit treks are about (220 km) long and it is quite a difficult lever of trekking. Trekkers require a good level of fitness lever and some sort of training is recommended. the trail is rough with rocky paths and some long hills and there are a few areas around the base camps. If you will go to cross the pass it might be necessary some climbing tricks also. You need to bring proper warm clothing and plastic crampons if you are going to high pass. the trek is difficult to grade although there are no climbing skills needed for the trek.

As will arrive at the base camp area the exposure to altitude makes the walking harder and the likelihood of altitude sickness higher. We will have a reset day to acclimatize your body and recommend you to drink enough water and trek slowly. We will expect a wide range of temperatures during this trek which also depends on the altitude and the time of day. While we are hiking in between 1,000m and 3,500m, the nights will be cool, normally around 5ºc, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise from 15 to 25ºc. hiking in the higher altitudes temperatures ranges from about 5 to 14ºc during the daytime and during the night it can go to -20ºC. The sun is very strong at the higher altitude so bring good sun lotion also you can also bring the lip balm and muffler to stay away from mountain wind.

Kanchenjunga base camp  trekking guide and staffs

Your trekking guide for the Kanchenjunga base camp trek speaks fluent English. We have also guides who speak additional languages (French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. They will always look after your s safety, maintaining health, security, and hygiene before doing anything else. On the tea house trekking, our guide will find you the best and clean guest houses for your comfort.

On the camping trekking, our cook will prepare fresh, organic, and hygienic foods you can have wonderful international dishes, ranging from Italian, Mexican, Indian, and other western foods. Of course, they are always happy to offer you typical Nepalese food! We always use purified water for washing vegetables and fruits, and for washing dishes and glasses. While we are trekking at a higher altitude. We prepare suitable food to prevent altitude sickness and to provide healthy nutrition. After your food they served beverages include Nepali tea, coffee, and hot chocolate and you don’t need to be surprised to see your birthday cake if your birthday on the mountain.

Our Sherpa’s and all other supporting staffs including porters are friendly and helpful, our porters carry all of your personal equipment, group equipment, and set up camp each day, your job is to relax and enjoy your Kanchenjunga base camp trek.

 


Kanchenjunga Trek - Trip Info

Duration: 18 Days

Max. Altitude: Kanchenjunga base camp (5140m)

Best Travel Time: Mid Sept to Dec, March to May is a good time.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & basic lodge/tea house during the trek

Transportation: Car/ Van/ Plane

Activity: City tour, Trekking

Group Size: Minimum 2 Pax maximum of 12 pax

Trekking Dates:  You can do this trek on any date.  The best time is Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November, and December for a group of 2 to 12 people. the rainy season is not that good for the trek as the views are not great and sometimes landslides can happen.

Equipment Renting and buying: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment. We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment.

Your trekking luggage:  You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis to carry your luggage. the maximum weight per trekkers is 15 kg as we never overload our porters. however, you only carry your valuables in your backpack., including your sleeping bag, and down jacket; other items not required on a trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu.

Trek Grade: Difficult

Kanchenjunga trek is difficult to grade treks are 5 to 7 hours walking each day one or two days are a little longer too and some days are shorter. The trails are mixed starting part is well- marked and wide and the upper part is mostly less well-traveled, rockier underfoot, and steeper. we are making an acclimatization day in our difficult trek after trekking3,4 days. The difficult trek goes up to 5500m in height.

This is the zone of less oxygen and our bodies start to notice and adjust to the reduced air pressure (and therefore reduced availability of oxygen) We ask that you have a good level of fitness and stamina: if you’re comfortable going on multi-day walks in mountainous terrain in your home country you swim, cycle, run or take a fitness class a couple of times a week you should find this trek within your means. You don’t need to be an experienced trekker to enjoy this trip but you should feel very comfortable hiking in the mountains,. The chances of altitude sickness are high on this trek so you need to trek slowly and drink plenty of water and carry enough warm clothing.

Your Trek Leader and Support staff

Your Kanchenjunga trek is leading by or experience trekking guide and porter who are joining you from Kathmandu. All of our guides have trained for and attained a Trekking Guide license provided by the Government. The license exam is organized by TAAN and Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHAM) every year. They have vast knowledge about the trekking trails and kinds of medical treatments and emergency services of first aids, altitude sickness, and other relevant issues. Your belongings will be safely taken by our Porter, making your walk easy, more pleasant, and comfortable. Our porter will carry a maximum of 30 kg in total for 2 trekkers’ bag. If you have any extra weight, We suggest you hire another porter and will cost extra cost.

Passport and Visa info

First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months’ validity from the return date.  You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency for 15 days for single/multiple entries. If you get a visa for 30 days It is USD 50 or equivalent convertible currency. USD 125 or equivalent convertible currency for 90 days for single/multiple entries

You can get a Nepal visa before arrival from the Nepalese Embassy in your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an upon arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal.

We find that most travelers find themselves in difficulty as sometimes; they don’t carry money to get a visa at the time of their arrival. There is no ATM inside the visa section. Though there is a provision of ATM outside, it is more likely that sometimes it doesn’t work. So, for your comfort, we recommend you bring the cash US$ to get them on arrival visa.

Money Exchange for the trek

To exchange the extra money for your Kanchenjunga trek you can exchange to Nepali rupees. Nepal banknotes comes in Rupees, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rupees 1, 2, 5, and 10 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. The receipts of such transactions are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival too, Although their rates are quite low so better you can exchange in the city.

You can also get money from ATMs there are many in the city and it allows you a maximum of 40,000 per day. Visitors other than the Indian nationals have to make the payment in foreign currency (non-Indian currency) in the hotel. It also applies to book your trekking and tour. During the Kanchenjunga trek, you need local Nepali rupees for your extra expenses. So you can carry enough amount for the trek there are no ATM facilities along the way except Dhunche.

Note: Most of the banks and money changers in Nepal are not accepting old foreign currency notes, torn, or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

Accommodation in Kanchenjunga trek

Accommodation in the Kanchenjunga trek is very basic in a homestay and local lodge. If we compare the accommodation in the Annapurna region and Everest regions it is much more basic here. You will sleep in a basic room with a bed, mattress, bed cover, and pillow. You need your own sleeping bag and better to have a sleeping bag liner also. The facilities are quite basic at the lodge. In some places, there is no electricity but they have solar power in the dining room and. You can charge your battery for cell phones and cameras at extra cost.

Food during the Kanchenjunga trek

During our Kanchenjunga trekWe will eat at the local guest house. We will include your daily meals on our package, which covers your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All the guest houses have a menu that is fixed by a National park or conservation area project. There are local to international hygienic food choices.

You will eat at the same tea house where you stay. To be vegetarian is better in high altitude and remote areas. The meet items are carried in a long way, so not fresh. The typical Nepali food is Dal Bhat ( Rice lentil, mixed vegetable curry, and pickle)

For breakfast, you will have a choice of pancakes (plain, apple, cinnamon, lemon, etc.) served with peanut butter or honey; porridge; egg items (scrambled, boiled, fried, omelet); bread (toast, chapatti). Lunch and dinner try Nepali food, They will also serve pasta, pizza, garlic soup, momos, curry, macaroni, and other rice and noodle-based dishes are served.

Drinking water during your Kanchenjunga Trek:

On the Kanchenjunga trek, We suggest you at least drink 3/4  liters of water per day while you are on the trail. While bottled mineral water can be purchased all over Kathmandu and along popular trekking trails, plastic water bottles are a significant problem in Nepal’s mountain areas. So instead of relying on bottled water, travelers should instead purify their water.

Get the water purification iodine or tablets. They are small, cheap, and light to carry, another better way is to get water filters they are low to carry and easy to use. You can bring two reusable water bottles. So that you always have one bottle to drink from, while the water in your other bottle is being purified.

 Showers and electricity – Most of the tea houses in the  Kanchenjunga trek have very few hot shower facilities, Most of the places has electricity is usually available in most of the route with hydropower, you can charge your battery for cameral and phone, normally they charge extra cost about USD 1 to 2 for full battery charging.

Ganesh Himal trek group size

For the Kanchenjunga trek, we need a minimum 2 person group, however, our group sizes are quite small and from 2 people to 10. We always make a small group to reduce the impact on the environment and to enable us to provide a more personal service. The maximum group size on most of our treks/tours is 12 and the minimum group size is 2. if you are a single traveler we also operate a private solo trip for you. After the COVID 19 pandemic, we are now making our trekking group size a 10-person limit, this also makes it easy to provide you the best service and look after all of you from your trekking guide and porter. So any number are you are don’t matter you can book your trip with us we are happy to run the best holiday for you.

Health and Fitness: The main things to trek in Kanchenjunga trek are needed your positive thinking and you need to able to walk 5/6 hours on the rocky trail. You can be fit for the trek before you arrive here by doing small exercises in your home country. The more stamina you built up is easier to trek to the Kanchenjunga base camp. To boost your stamina you can do running, cycling, Zumba, or some yoga practices. You will be walking 5 to 7 hours a day during the so be prepare for your legs. The best exercise you can do in-home is squats and lunges.

Travel rescue Insurance

We suggest you have a full travel insurance package that covers medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, furthermore, it should also include, trip cancellation, loss of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage, etc. While you trek in the high altitude some time you get illnesses, small injured, or get sick. If you will get any problem and get ill or injured during your trek, Above the Himalaya trekking will taking care of you and in an emergency, we will rescue you.

If small injuries and health problems and altitude sickness are getting during the trek. Our staff will descend to you immediately. For the more serious medical issues, emergency  Above the Himalaya trekking company will arrange a helicopter rescues for you.

We need a guarantee of payment from your Insurance company or a cash deposit or a promise in Kathmandu. While you are trekking with Above The Himalaya Trekking, we will arrange the travel rescue insurance and initial payments. We will claim a refund from your insurance company again. Make sure when you buy the insurance it should cover bother rescue and medical assistance. We suggest you giving your full insurance information while you book your trip with us. For an emergency case, this will help us to arrange a quick and effective rescue operation and get emergency medical help.

 

Kanchenjunga Package Cost:

Kanchenjunga trek cost depends on your group size how you travel by bus or private car and your trekking staff. Our package includes a trekking guide, porter, transportation by private car. It also includes the necessary trekking permits, accommodation meals, all service charges, and taxes. You can do the half board package also just hiring a guide, porter, get permits. for your meals and accommodation during the trek, you can pay by yourself also. You can browse these pages more for detailed prices and trip dates.

Tipping Info:

In the hospitality industry of Nepal, the workers except for some tips while you are in your tour or Trekking

While you are on the tour and trekking, you can tip the guide and porter. Normally, people tip 10% of their payable amount. If you have booked the full board package for your trekking and tour. but if you just hire guide and porter service you can tip differently like a per day calculation basis.

We don’t suggest tipping while you have something to eat at the restaurant as they have already taken a 10% service charge, and 13% Government Taxes. However, while you enter the hotel, the bell boy may expect some tipping.

Trip extension

After completing your Kanchenjunga, if you have more time you can do different activities in Nepal. You can go to Chitwan National park for a Jungle safari tour or can do a day Rafting trip.  Pokhara is a famous place for different adventure activities like Paragliding, Ultralight flight, Bungy Jump. We can arrange different tours and put these extra activities as optional tours and They are not included in your package cost.

You can arrange these activities with us at a good discounted price.  If you need hotel or flight ticket services after the trek we can arrange them at a reasonable cost. you can do the tour in Kathmandu city also or join a 1-hour scenic flight over Mount Everest. Furthermore, we are also offering Tibet and Bhutan tours.

 

 

Detailed Itinerary of Kanchenjunga Trek

On your arrival day, we will come to the Airport to pick up you can transfer you to your hotel.

After breakfast, we will have a meeting for the special permit, and checking the equipment, introduce your trek leaders. Furthermore, your tour guide will take you on a complimentary tour of Kathmandu valley. It covers Temples, historical sites, and monuments.

Today we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport for your flight to Bhadrapur and then we will drive to Taplejung for about 9 to 10 hours. There is a weekly flight to Suketar also by Tara air but this flight is not that reliable and gets canceled some time.

Start our trekking today after breakfast and we are following the east bank of Tamur as the trail dips and rises along the riverside, striking rocky fields and landslides to a valley populated by the Limbus peoples. We are mostly trekking in the narrows valley and descends to a wooden bridge across the Thiwa Khola at 1140m. From here the trail winds up and down along the riverbank of Chirwa. We will stay at the local lodge at the pleasant bazaar with a few tea houses and shops.

We are walking to the north of  Tamar River on a rolling trail to the Chhetri village Tapethok (1320m). This is a Kanchenjunga National Park checkpoint. We then cross the sambuca Khola, a river formed by the Yalung Glacier, along the Tamur to the Walunchung Gola (3220m). Trekking down to Tamur River and cross on a new suspension bridge, just above the confluence with the Ghunsa Khola. After walking short along the steep to a riverside, we make a camp near the Tibetan village of Sakathum.

The first part of the trek is narrow on the north bank. After a few ups and downs beside the river, you’ll reach some stone steps that scramble high above the river to a waterfall and the tiny hamlet of Ghaiyabari (2150m). We start climbing again from here to the gorge bottom passes by Solima. We are walking along the gorge, hence be careful while walking. We need to follow the tricky trail today mostly uphill and downhill before arriving at the Tibetan settlement Amjilossa.

We are trekking in the easy trail until the Ghunsa valley. You’ll feel the mountains are getting closer as you climb to a flat ridge and meander through a forest of bamboo, Rhododendron, and gnarled brown oaks, passing scattered pastures and waterfalls. from here the steep climb start to the Kyaprut, perched in the middle of terraced hills about 350m up from the Ghunsa Khola. From here we start climbing to the Sherpa village of Gyabla or also called Kyapar.

The first part of the trek is a steep drop and after we walk through fir and rhododendron forests along the riverbank. We mostly trek in the yak pastures and potato fields of Phone (3210m). Above Phone, the valley widens and the trail improves through fields and larch forests, dipping down to the riverbed before crossing to Ghunsa Khola and crossing a bridge to the village of Ghunsa overnight at a local guesthouse here.

Today we are heading to the north where the trail makes a gradual ascent through a forest of larch and juniper along the east bank of the river. After we cross the river bank the path crosses a rickety, wood, and stone bridge to the west side of the river at Rambuk Kharka (3720m). We glimpse the Jannu Glacier; later on, we get a view of Jannu (7710m). Now it is time to descend to the mountainside for our camp at Khambachen and overnight staying there.

After almost a week today, we take a rest day to allow your body to adjust to the higher altitude. Get the stunning views of Mount Khabur (6332m) and Phone (6645m) and also Jannu at the east, while the snowcapped ridges beyond the Kanchenjunga Glacier loom dramatically to the north. Alternatively, you could try a bit of nature Photography.

From today we enter a desolate landscape gouged by the icy fingers of glaciers. We are trekking in the slopes of the pasture area of Ramtang (4350m). from here we trek in the lateral moraine of Kanchenjunga Glacier, following the north bank of the river and cross over to the Lhonak Glacier. On the east side of the valley is the crown-shaped Mera Peak (6344m). We arrive at our campsite at Lhonak.

After leaving Lhonak we head in an easterly direction still staying close to the Lhonak Glacier on the northern ridges until we reach Kanchenjunga Base Camp at Pangpema where photo opportunities abound of the huge surrounding mountains. After this breathtaking experience, we return to Lhonak for the night.

Today we return to Ghunsa following the same route we took to reach Kanchenjunga Base Camp. This should take us between five and six hours. We will stay at Ghunsa for night.

After an hour’s trek, we descend to Phale, This place is the home to several monasteries and juniper forests until arriving at a grassy hillside where the tiny village of Amjilosa lies. In total the trek today should take about five to six hours. We stay here in a guest house tonight.

Today we start the day with a short ascent and from here the rest of the day descending down a steep trail. Finally, we will arrive at  Taplejung. After some time we reach the junction of the Tamur and Ghunsa Khola (rivers). On arrival at Sakathum where we take a jeep to Taplejung and make our overnight here at the guest house.

Today we need to drive long about 9 to 10 hours. The drive is through many small valleys and through villages until we reach Bhadrapur where we stay in a guest house for the night.

We fly in the morning back to Kathmandu via Bhadrapur. In the evening, we are enjoying the Nepali farewell dinner and making up your mind for the returning journey.

We will drop you today at Kathmandu airport. We wish you the best of luck for the rest of your life, having very great experiences and adventures.

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Cost Includes

  •  Airport transfers by private car.
  •  Accommodation in Kathmandu, including breakfast.
  • Kathmandu day tour with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced trekking guide with all his expenses, clothing, and insurance.
  • Trekking porter to carry your bag with all their expenses, clothing, and insurance.
  • Flight ticket for Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and back to Kathmandu.
  • Transportation from Bhadrapur to Suketar and Taplejung to Bhadrapur by sharing Jeep.
  • Transportation from Sakathum to Taplejung by sharing Jeep
  • All meals during trekking three meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners).
  • Trekking Permit for Kanchenjunga Trek.
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre-meeting at our office)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts  and trekking certificate
  • Welcome/Farewell Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All trip info, Official work, Service charge, and all Government Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get a Nepal visa upon arrival at the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, entrance fee for Kathmandu day tour.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance should cover rescue and medical.
  • Personal trekking equipment, you can rent or buy in Kathmandu.
  • Gratitude for trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
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    Trip Duration
    18 Days

  • Tri Destination

    Destination
    Nepal

  • Trip Group Size

    Group Size
    2 People to 12 people

  • Accomodation in Trip

    Accomodation
    basic tea houses

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    Maximum Altitude
    Kanchenjunga Base camp (5140m)

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    Trip Difficulty
    Difficult

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