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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 and 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 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 a thrilling place in Nepal. It is the gift of the Earth full of alpine grasslands, and rocky outcrops. With dense temperate, sub-tropical forests, and low river valleys.

A long way, the 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, pass 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 Himalayan animals like bears, barking deer, and pandas

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 and cultures.

The panoramic views of the four world’s highest Himalayas like Everest. Furthermore, the best view of Mount Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga, helps to make the trek rewarding. Throughout the entire journey, camping makes your expedition more unusual and satisfying.

During the Kanchenjunga base camp trek in this region, we 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 cooperative and friendly. As well as their lifestyle is also simple as they are not touched by modernity.

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 it to other tea house treks in Nepal the cost for the 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’s 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 similarly 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 the high cost of transportation makes the Kanchenjunga base camp price up.

Some Side Trips In Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trail

While you are on the route of the Kanchenjunga base camp trek, 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 is a small village in 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 its 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.


This is our resting place during the Kanchenjunga base camp 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.


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 of Yamphudin. we also explore other popular trips before starting the trek like the Ilam exploration and Pathibhara temple hike.

 Kanchenjunga trek best time

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


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


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 to start your Kanchenjunga base camp trek. From 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 Kanchenjunga base camp trek 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 Kanchenjunga base camp 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 after our Kanchenjunga base camp trek. 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.

We will visit the more remote villages in the 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 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 packages.

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 a variety 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 lifestyles.

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.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga north 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 go 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.


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

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

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 trial 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 in the Kanchenjunga area.

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 the North and south base camp, crossing five high passes in the ‘Mirgin La route’. The route takes us to a maximum height of 4,660m/ 15,88 feet or the ‘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 the Kanchenjunga circuit and 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 mountain lovers who want to explore 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 striking views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga, four of the world’s five highest mountains that make the trek amazingly and wonderful. Enjoy the different beautiful passes during this hike 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 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 Buddhist lifestyle.

We offer the best trekking package for the Kanchenjunga north 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 north base camp 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 Above the Himalayas travel philosophy.



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      2 People to 12 people

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      basic tea houses

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      Kanchenjunga Base camp (5140m)

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