Trip Highlights of Kanchenjunga Trek
- 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 allow you to observe the remarkable views of the Kanchenjunga Range, Rathong, Jannu, and Kabru Range.
- Interact with the locals of Rai, Limbu, and Lhomi 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
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. It is standing as the least explored and the least known. The Kanchenjunga base camp is the best choice for adventurers lovers.
There are challenges in the less-traveled region in Eastern Nepal, the border of Nepal and Sikkim. You will pass through the majestic Himalayas and waterfalls. We go through thickets of rhododendrons as well as highland forests.
During the hike, we will get the best hospitality from different ethnic groups. We 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.
Along the way, the Kanchenjunga trek commences from Kathmandu. The nearest roads and airports are also far from the mountains. Our two-week tour starts from the intensively farmed 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 through some of the most beautiful high mountain scenery.
Visit the Kanchenjunga conservation area
The Kanchenjunga trek in the Conservation Area is the must-see place for this trek. It is spreading in 2,035 SQ Km, the trail’s main attraction. The site has diverse wildlife, including the snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, and red panda.
We also meet some Impheyan, pheasant, red-billed blue magpies, shy drongo, etc. It offers an infinite variety of landscapes and cultures. It provides panoramic views of the world’s highest Himalayas, like Everest. 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. We will explore the untouched wilderness during this region’s Kanchenjunga base camp trek. It provides the most beautiful and contrasting variety of scenery.
It offers a variation of their rituals and traditions. The people of the area are cooperative and friendly. As well as their lifestyle is also simple as they remain untouched by modernity.
Itinerary of Kanchenjunga Trek
Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel.
On your arrival day, we will come to the Airport to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel.
Day 02: Complimentray day tour of Kathmandu city
After breakfast, we will meet for the special permit, check the equipment, and 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.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Bhadrapur flight and drive to Taplejung
Today, we will pick you up from your hotel to start your Kanchenjunga base camp trek. Take you to the airport for your flight to Bhadrapur. 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 unreliable and gets canceled sometimes.
Day 04: Taplejung – Chiruwa
Start our Kanchenjunga base camp trek today after breakfast. We are following the east bank of Tamur. As the trail dips and rises along the riverside, we see striking rocky fields and landslides. It leads to a valley populated by the Limbus people.
We are mostly trekking in the narrow valley. We descend 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.
Day 05: Chiruwa – Sakathum
We are walking 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 camp near the Tibetan village of Sakathum.
Day 06: Sakathum- Amjilossa
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 above the river to a waterfall. We get to the tiny hamlet of Ghaiyabari (2150m).
We start climbing again from here to the gorge bottom, which passes by Solima. We are walking along the gorge; hence, be careful while walking. We must follow today’s tricky trail, mostly uphill and downhill. We will arrive at the Tibetan settlement Amjilossa.
Day 07: Amjilossa trekkign to Gyabla / kyapar
We are trekking on the easy trail until the Ghunsa Valley. As you climb to a flat ridge, you’ll feel the mountains getting closer. You meander through a forest of bamboo, rhododendrons, and gnarled brown oaks, passing scattered pastures and waterfalls.
The steep climb starts from here to the Kyaprut. It is 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 also called Kyapar.
Day 08: Kyapar – Ghunsa
The first part of the trek is a steep drop. 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. The trail improves through fields and larch forests. It dips down to the riverbed before crossing to Ghunsa Khola. We cross a bridge to the village of Ghunsa overnight at a local guesthouse here.
Day 09: Ghunsa – Khambachen
Today, we head to the north, where the trail makes a gradual ascent through a forest of larch and juniper along the river’s east bank. 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, we get a view of Jannu (7710m). Now it is time to descend to the mountainside for our camp at Khambachen and stay overnight.
Day 10: Acclimatization day in Khambachen
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), Phone (6645m), and Jannu at the east.
The snowcapped ridges beyond the Kanchenjunga Glacier loom dramatically to the north. Alternatively, you could try a bit of nature Photography.
Day 11: Khambachen – Lhonak
From today we enter a desolate landscape gouged by the icy fingers of glaciers. We are trekking on the slopes of the pasture area of Ramtang (4350m).
From here we trek in the lateral moraine of Kanchenjunga Glacier. We follow 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.
Day 12: Trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp and return to Lhonak
After leaving Lhonak, we head in an easterly direction. We still stay close to the Lhonak Glacier on the northern ridges until we reach Kanchenjunga Base Camp at Pangpema. You get photo opportunities abound in the huge surrounding mountains. After this breathtaking experience, we return to Lhonak for the night.
Day 13: Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa
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 the night.
Day 14: Trek from Ghunsa to Amjilosa
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.
Day 15: Trek from Amjilosa to Sakathum & drive to Taplejung
Today, we start the day with a short ascent, and from here, the rest of the day, we descend a steep trail. Finally, we will arrive at Taplejung.
After some time, we reach the junction of the Tamur and Ghunsa Khola (rivers). After we arrive at Sakathum, we will take a jeep to Taplejung. We make our overnight here at the guest house.
Day 16: Drive from Taplejung back to Bhadrapur
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 villages. We reach Bhadrapur, where we stay in a guest house for the night.
Day 17: Bhadrapur flight back to Kathmandu
We fly in the morning back to Kathmandu via Bhadrapur. We will enjoy the Nepali farewell dinner in the evening and decide on the return journey.
Day 18 : Final Departure
We will drop you off today at Kathmandu airport. We wish you the best of luck for the rest of your life, having very great experiences and adventures.
Fixed Departure Dates
Note: We can run a trip for solo travelers, couple, friends and family with children. Our private trips are running everyday. If you are looking for a group joining trip please contact us.
- 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 a Jeep.
- Transportation from Sakathum to Taplejung by sharing a 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 too, 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 charges, and all Government Taxes
- 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 include laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages, bar bills, and camera battery charging.
- Travel Insurance should cover rescue and medical.
- Personal trekking equipment you can rent or buy in Kathmandu.
- Gratitude to trekking staffs and driver
- Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the Price Include section.
Essential Information - Kanchenjunga Trek
Visit the Kanchenjunga conservation area
The Kanchenjunga trek in the Conservation Area is the must-see place for this trek. It is spreading over 2,035 SQ Km, the trail’s main attraction. The site has a rich diversity of wildlife. It includes the snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, and red panda. We also meet some Impheyan, pheasant, red-billed blue magpies, shy drongo, etc.
It offers an infinite variety of landscapes and cultures. We can see the panoramic views of the four world’s highest Himalayas, like Everest. Also, 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, we will explore the untouched wilderness. It provides the most beautiful and contrasting 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 remain untouched by modernity.
Kanchenjunga Trek Cost
Our Kanchenjunga trek cost for the 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. This cost is due to its remoteness, transportation cost, and restricted permit price.
If you want to get a guide and porter service and arrange a permit, we can also do that and quote you a separate cost. We need a Kanchenjunga conservation area project permit. We also need another special access for the trek in the region.
Our Kanchenjunga trek cost includes the Guide and Porter costs, 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, you must have a guide. Our guide and porter’s cost includes their food, accommodation facility, and insurance.
Compared to other treks in Nepal, the cost of food and accommodation is expensive for the guide. The price is similar to tourists. Our Kanchenjunga trek also includes the cost of the flight and transportation services. We can fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur or Kathmandu to Suketar, Taplejung. The round-trip flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur 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 Kanchenjunga base camp trek route, 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 time to acclimatize at higher elevations. Here are some significant 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 place is the economic center of the upper Kanchenjunga region. The town is also famous for its modern lodges and facilities.
It lies 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 a 5,500-meter high pass north of Tibet.
It is our resting place during the Kanchenjunga base camp trek. It is suitable 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.
The high peaks are Kanchenjunga, Khabour, Phole, Nango Ma, and Jannu. Climb a ridge above the village for more views, or 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 tour. We can go for the Ilam exploration and the Pathibhara temple hike.
Kanchenjunga trek best time
Weather and temperature are the most critical factors determining Nepal’s best trekking season. March to May and September to November are the busiest Kanchenjunga trek season.
Heavy snowfall occurs in the winter season. Snow falls from December until February in the upper part of the trek trail. So, the course may be inaccessible. 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.
We will visit the more remote villages in the Kanchenjunga trek.
In Kanchenjunga, trek villages are more prosperous than elsewhere in Nepal. But the further you go, the more isolated the communities will be. You can join the local people. They welcome you with a heart-warming drink of hot Tongba, the fermented millet drink of the East.
We will trek through the lush farmland and wooded valleys. They give way, higher up, to breathtaking mountain scenery. It includes close-up views of Kanchenjunga Base Camp. We get the distant sights of the mountains of Khumbu. The best things to see along the way are monasteries, chortens, temples, and prayer walls.
While we trek further, we can also see the blue sheep. People believe that the abominable snowman ‘YETI‘ exists in the region. With all the features, this route has been the most popular trekking among foreigners. It is also one of the most demanded trekking packages.
We will get an in-depth experience of the local people’s lifestyle, flora and fauna. We get the mesmerizing panorama view. We will mainly explore the area of Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586m). It is the third-highest mountain in the world.
The area offers a variety of scenery. You can get the sight of lush, tropical jungles and rhododendron forests. In the alpine zone, chestnut and oak woods are at higher altitudes. The local village is of Rai and Tibetan Buddhist people. 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. We walk on rice-terraced fields in the lowlands of Nepal. We pass by beautiful villages and green forests. The trek goes into a ridgeline of rhododendron forests.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is a few-hour trekking. It is best for those who like to explore Nepal, some of the remote regions. This mountain is the third-highest in the world. It stands at 8586 meters, striding the border between Nepal and India. Mount Kanchenjunga is a remote mountain with eleven peaks higher than 7000 m.
Suppose you are looking for a less explored region of the mountain. The Kanchenjunga base camp trek is one of Nepal’s most beautiful hiking adventures. We can shorten the hike by taking a jeep drive and offer you a peaceful time throughout the adventure. Unlike the Everest or Annapurna regions, fewer trekkers are at the Kanchenjunga base camp. So you will have a wonderfully relaxed 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 walk.
The dramatic views of other mountains reward us during our trek. We will explore and experience some isolated but remarkable village cultures as we reach a higher elevation. Compared to other trekking in Nepal, it is 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.
Summary Trek Itinerary
We will take a 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur to begin the Kanchenjunga trek. From here, we can drive by local jeep to Taplejung. The short itinerary details are as follows.
Meet at Kathmandu Airport. Make permit arrangements. Take a Kathmandu city tour, then fly to Biratnagar and drive to the trek. We will trek to Kangchenjunga base camp and return 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 north side of Kanchenjunga. You will have great views of Tent Peak, Nepal Peak, and Cross Peak before the bulk of Kanchenjunga becomes visible.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is challenging to level trekking.
First and foremost, we would like to address the trekking difficulty of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. It is not in the accessible segment of trekking. However, this trial is also relatively easy. We consider the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trail as a moderately complex trek. If you choose to visit only Base camp, the tour is moderate in difficulty.
Trekking in Kanchenjunga might take you from 2-4 weeks. This time also makes the trek more challenging than shorter ones. Similarly, off the beaten track trail, it could be more populated. There are also a few settlements once we go to the higher elevation.
Considering all these, one must only trek with a local guide. It will make the trek safer and more accessible. We suggest warm-up hikes or shorter treks for physical wellness in the Kanchenjunga area.
The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
The Kanchenjunga Circuit trek into the Kanchenjunga region includes Milke Danda Ridge. The trekking route takes 4/5 days from Basantapur. It is the best adventure trek. We can consist of 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 between the short connection route.
If we do both Kanchenjunga North and South base camps, it will take a minimum of 24 to 28 days. Now, we can do a short trek to the Kanchenjunga circuit and drive to the lowland. We can tailor-make your Kanchenjunga circuit trek per your time and needs. We can develop an itinerary of your choice.
This trek is for mountain lovers who want to explore remote trekking. This could be your best trek if you want to experience the Himalayas with fewer people. There are usually fewer people in this region. You still experience massive mountains with fewer people.
In the higher part of the trek, we will get striking views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga. They are four of the world’s five highest mountains. They make the trek amazingly wonderful. Enjoy the different beautiful passes during this hike. The views become more glorious during the walk. We will meet the path of Pang Pema (4800m.), the base camp for the Kanchenjunga expedition.
Kanchenjunga Trek Package
The Kanchenjunga trek package is one of Nepal’s most isolated and beautiful treks. Due to its isolation, only a few trekkers are in this region. As a result, this enables Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking to preserve its charm and beauty.
The 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. It provides 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. We 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. It embodies the essence of Above the Himalayas travel philosophy.
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