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.
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 in 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.
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 into the lush farmland and wooded valleys 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 the foreigners and one of the most demanded trekking package.
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.
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.
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 in 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.
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.
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 the 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 online on Amazon also.
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 in higher elevation. Here are some of the major side trip stops in the Kanchenjunga Base Camp route.
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.
.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.
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.
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 any dates. 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 some time landslide 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 goest up to 5500m 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 hight on this trek so you need to trek slowly and drink plenty of water and carry enough warm clothing.
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 till 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 prior to 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.
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 ATM machines 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 foreign currency notes that are old, torn, or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes
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. Some places there is no electricity but they have solar power in the dining room and. You can charge your battery for cell phone and camera at extra cost.
During our Kanchenjunga trek, We 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 is 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 area. 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.
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 part of the route with hydropower, you are able to charge your battery for cameral and phone, normally they charge extra cost about USD 1 to 2 for full battery charging.
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 in 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 in 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.
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 to 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 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 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 details price and trip dates.
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 to 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.
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 a hotel or flight ticket services after the trek we can arrange 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.
Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel.
On your arrival day, we will come to Airport to pick up you can transfer you to your hotel.
Day 02: - Complimentray day tour of Kathmandu city
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 to the complimentary tour of Kathmandu valley. It covers Temples, historical sites, and monuments.
Day 03: - Kathmandu to Bhadrapur flight and drive to Taplejung (2,420m) Duration: 8-9 hours.
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 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.
Day 04: - Taplejung – Chiruwa (1190m)
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.
Day 05: - Chiruwa – Sakathum (1640m)
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.
Day 06: - Sakathum- Amjilossa (2490m)
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.
Day 07: - Amjilossa trekkign to Gyabla / kyapar (2730m)
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.
Day 08: - Kyapar – Ghunsa (3410m)
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 guest house here.
Day 09: - Ghunsa – Khambachen (4150m)
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.
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) 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.
Day 11: - Khambachen – Lhonak (4790m)
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 till 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.
Day 12: - Trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5140m) and return to Lhonak (4,780m) Duration: 6-7 hours.
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.
Day 13 - Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa (3,595m) Duration: 6-7 hours.
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 (2,498m) Duration: 6-7 hours.
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 (1,442m) Duration: 6-7 hours.
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.
Day 16 - Drive from Taplejung back to Bhadrapur (2,08m) Duration: 8-10 hours.
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.
Day 17: - Bhadrapur flight back to Kathmandu
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.
Day 18: - Final Departure
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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