Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

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Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

Kangchenjunga Base Camp Trek Summary

    1. Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek Duration: 14 Days
    2. KBC Trek Hours: 6 Hours daily
    3. Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek Difficulty: Adventure – very strenuous
    4. Maximum Altitude: 5,243m / 17,202 feet
    5. Hiking Group Size: 2 – 14 People
    6. Best Time to hike: March, April, May, October, and November
    7. Trip Mode: Lodge Basis
    8. Foods on Trek Route: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transportation: Car/Plane/bus

Overview

The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek in Nepal is an adventurous journey leading to the northern base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. This trek offers a mesmerizing exploration of remote landscapes, diverse cultures, and stunning Himalayan vistas.

This trail navigates through lush rhododendron forests, high-altitude pastures, and picturesque villages, providing breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga massif and its neighboring peaks. This trek is renowned for its serene beauty, challenging terrains, and the opportunity to delve into the rich cultural tapestry of the region.

mountain Jannu Kangbachen

Top best months for trekking to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp in Nepal are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). During spring, the weather is generally stable, with clear skies, blooming rhododendrons, and warmer temperatures, offering excellent visibility of the mountains.

Likewise, Autumn season provides similar advantages with clear views, stable weather conditions, and pleasant temperatures. These seasons are ideal for trekking, as they offer optimal visibility, comfortable temperatures, and relatively dry conditions, making it safer and more enjoyable to navigate the trails.

Kangchenjunga Patibhara temple

How much does for Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek Package Cost?

The cost of the Kanchenjunga north base camp trek package with a Gokyo Trek Agency in Kathmandu ranges between US$ 1280 to US$ 1798. Of course, the Kanchenjunga north base camp trek cost will depend upon the trekkers that you hike to and the service you choose. Typically, the trip price includes the transportation, accommodation, guide and Porter, food, permit cost, etc.

However, we often arrange private trips in order to avoid group tours with strangers. A private tour gives you a better experience on your hikes. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.

It’s a standard trip package price for 2 weeks hike to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. If you are 2 people Kanchenjunga north base camp trek cost US$ 1480 for 14 days given the trekking plan. We can modify the trek route and the prices as per your wishes also. Here is the price list for the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Treks.

Price Per Person for Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trekking in Nepal.

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 1798
2 PersonUS$ 1480
3 PersonUS$ 1450
4 to 6 personUS$ 1399
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 1350
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 1280

If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded on this trip cost, kindly check on the cost given on a tab button.

Itinerary

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek itinerary details

Our North Face Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek spans 14 days, offering a classical route distinct from other trails in the region. This itinerary is crafted for global adventurers seeking a comprehensive plan to trek to the base camp of Kanchenjunga, ensuring an immersive journey.

For those eager to explore the Kanchenjunga Circuit in a shorter timeframe due to time constraints, we gladly provide tailored itineraries to suit your preferences.

1 Day Arrival at Kathmandu valley. See the World Heritage sites (1,348m), 5 hours.

Arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you with a private vehicle and transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you’re fully prepared for the trip, and any last-minute questions are answered.

After lunch, we explore this medieval capital city of Kathmandu with professional guide Ammar Raj Guni. We visit Boudhanath, also known as Little Tibet. We visit Pashupatinath, a holy temple of Hindus where the cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati.

Later we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and return to the hotel for a briefing about the Kanchenjunga base camp trek and information about further programs.

2 Day Kathmandu to Bhadrapur airport fly (91m), 40 minutes. Drive to Illam, 5 hours

Your journey kicks off with a flight to the eastern Terai, landing at Bhadrapur Airport. Situated in Bhadrapur City, this bustling area lies in the flatlands of Nepal, known as the Terai region.

Also referred to as Chandragadhi Airport, Bhadrapur Airport sits at an altitude of 300 feet, boasting a single runway designated as 10/28, with an asphalt surface spanning 1,209 by 29 meters (3,967 feet × 95 feet). The airport operates through a compact terminal that caters to all commercial airlines.

After landing in Bhadrapur airport, proceed with a scenic drive to Taplejung at 1,820 meters with a available bus on a sharing basis. Our journey will take us through picturesque locales like Birtamod, Illam, Jorpokhari, Amarpur, and more, crossing the Kabeli Khola Bridge before arriving at Taplejung.

3 DayTaplejung to Sekathum drive (1,650m/5414 feet), 39 km, 6 hours

Commence our journey with a 5-6 hour drive from Taplejung to Sekathum, covering roughly 39 kilometers. Along the way, expect winding and narrow roads as we navigate through this route. Upon reaching the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area check post, we’ll ensure our permits are in order before continuing. Our path follows the course of the Tamor River, crossing several bridges and passing through settlements until we finally arrive at Sekathum.

4 Day Sekathum to Amjilosa Trekking (2,498m/8,196 feet), 9km, 6 hours

Today marks the initiation of our trek towards Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. Our journey commences from Sekathum, progressing towards Amjilosa. En route, we traverse multiple suspension bridges and trek through lush Rhododendron forests. Negotiating a series of uphill and downhill sections, as well as traversing various small settlements, we anticipate reaching Amjilosa in approximately five to six hours. Amjilosa will serve as our accommodation for the night.

5 DayAmjilosa to Gyabla (2,725m/8,941 feet), 6 hours

We’ll trek towards Amjilosa, departing from Sekathum and tracing the course alongside Ghunsa Khola. Progressing through the forested path, there’s a possibility of encountering the elusive red panda. As we traverse the trail, glimpses of majestic snow-capped mountains will accompany us. Covering a distance of 7 kilometers over approximately four to five hours, subject to our pace, we’ll arrive at Gyabla/Kyapra village, where we’ll spend the night.

6 DayGyabla to Ghunsa Trek (3,415m/11,205 feet), 6 hours

Following breakfast, we’ll continue our journey towards Ghunsa. Our trek meanders through forested tracks, where we may cross paths with fellow trekkers headed to or coming back from Pangpema, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. Along the way, we might encounter Himalayan yaks transporting goods up and down the trail. After approximately five hours of trekking, spanning 10 kilometers, we’ll arrive at our day’s destination, Ghunsa village.

7 DayGhunsa to Khambachen Trek (4,145m/13,600 feet), 5 hours

After breakfast, instead of halting at Ghunsa for acclimatization hikes to Ghunsa Viewpoint or Dudh Kunda, we’ll proceed towards Khambachen. Our path will lead us through open pine forests, passing by villages like Rambuk Kharka and Lyakep. Along the way, we’ll enjoy stunning vistas of peaks such as Jannu (7,711m/25,298 feet), Temachungi (6,305m/20,685 feet), Pholesobi Thongje (6,652m/21,824 feet), and others. Today’s trek spans approximately 10 kilometers, which we aim to cover in around six hours from Gunsa to Khambachen.

8 DayAcclimatization Day

kangbachen trekToday is dedicated to acclimatization in Khambachen. This place boasts breathtaking views of Jannu, Nagphu, Sarphu ranges, Nupchu, and several other peaks. You’ll have the chance to explore the Khambachen village, take a hike up to Nupchu Pokhari (4,952m), or venture to the Janu Viewpoint. We’ll spend the night at a guesthouse in Khambachen.

9 DayKhambachen to Lhonak Trek (4,790m/15,715 feet), 6 hours

lhonak, Kanchenjunga base camp hikeWe commence our ascent through rocky terrain, leading us to a glacial lake, and then onward across the elevated plateau. Traversing the moraines situated northeast of the Kanchenjunga Glacier, we navigate through the intersecting Lhonak glacier, culminating our journey at the high, level campsite of Lhonak.

Due to its high-altitude setting, this location experiences low temperatures, making it a cold campsite. However, the vicinity presents an awe-inspiring panorama of the world’s highest summits. Nestled within the sacred Himalayan foothills, it’s essential to embrace the joy and wonderment of this remarkable setting. Notable peaks like Mera Peak (6,344 m), Nepal Peak (6,910 m), Wedge Peak (6,750 m), and Twins (7,351 m) are distinctly visible, offering a breathtaking spectacle. Mera Peak is among the prominent peaks within view.

10 DayKanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek (5,143m/16,874 feet), 2-3 hours

Kangchenjunga southwestThe ascent to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, situated at 5,143 meters, stands as a pivotal point in our journey. We resume our trek across the moraine, navigating the terrain from the Kanchenjunga Glacier, steadily ascending. Upon reaching Base Camp, we marvel at the encircling mountains, surrounded by the serene ambiance enhanced by fluttering Buddhist prayer flags in the brisk wind.

We take a moment to absorb the vistas of the surrounding peaks, relishing the tranquility, it’s important to note that the ascent to Pang Pema of Kanchenjunga Base Camp remains limited due to altitude risks and the absence of adequate trekking equipment among trekkers.

For a more comprehensive view of the mountains and their environs, a hike to the lower section of Drohmo Ridge (5,500m/18,045 feet) is recommended. However, it’s about 9 kilo meters journey today that starts from Lhonak to Kanchenjunga North base camp (Pang Pema) and return.

11 DayDescend from Lhonak to Gunsa village (3,427m/11,244 feet), 7 hours.

Kanchenjunga Glacier Trek, NepalFollow the same trail to descend as we choose on our ascend through Kambache and a rocky mountain trail. Traveler’s can appreciate the nature walk back to Ghunsa village even its tough and takes about seven hours to complete to cover about 21 kilo meters distance.

12 DayTrek to Sekathum (1,650m/5,414 feet), 6 hours

Today’s journey is extensive, prompting an early start to our trek. We traverse along the Ghunsa Khola’s bank, passing through Phale, Gyabala, Amjilosa, and Ghaiyabari, culminating our trek in Sekathum. Our nature path entails steep descents, ascents, and stone steps, demanding our attention en route to Sekathum.

13 DayDrive from Sekathum to Kanyam, Ilam (1,210m/3,970 feet), 6 hours

As we bid farewell to the mountains, cherishing the memories and the refreshing mountain air, we’ll commence our journey alongside the regular local jeep towards Kanyam in Ilam, renowned for its tea cultivation. Kanyam often hosts a large number of domestic tourists flocking to the area.

14 DayDrive to Bhadrapur. Fly to Kathmandu airport (1,180m/3,872 feet), 5-6 hours

After passing through several villages, we arrive at Bhadrapur Airport, offering daily flights back to Kathmandu. Both Buddha Air and Yeti Airlines operate multiple daily flights from Bhadrapur Airport, with a duration of approximately 45 minutes. This airport serves as a gateway for tourists venturing into the Kangchenjunga Conservation Area and the cultural trail leading to Pathibhara Devi Temple.

Our direct flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu offers captivating glimpses of the mountains. Upon landing at Kathmandu Airport, we arrange a private car transfer to your hotel in Thamel, marking the end of our trip.

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Cost

How much does the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek Package Price?

It’s a 14 Days Classic Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek price start at US$ 1280 and might reach up to US$ 1798 per person on double occupancy basis. Gokyo Treks and Expedition agency notify this express Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek Package price for 2024 and 2025 based on group size you are travelling with.

For those seeking deluxe and luxury trekking experiences, we offer accommodations in deluxe air-conditioned rooms at 3 to 5-star hotels in Kathmandu, including breakfast.

Moreover, we are flexible and open to customizing your tour and adjusting the package price according to your specific requirements.

The Kanchenjunga base camp trekking price includes;

  • Kathmandu International Airport transfer on arrival with a private Car.
  • Single Night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in Thamel with breakfast Plan basis.
  • Local Flights (Kathmandu – Bhadrapur – Kathmandu) as a round trip airfare with required airport departure tax.
  • Bhadrapur airport – Sekathum – Bhadrapur airport transfer by jeep (sharing basis) as per the given itinerary.
  • 13 Breakfast serve with a cup of tea/coffee, 13 Lunch and 12 Dinner [main course] on trek route.
  • 12 Nights double bedroom accommodation in a lodge basis during the trekking days.
  • Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permits (KRAP) and Kanchenjunga Conservation entrance permit fee.
  • English-speaking license holder local Trek Guide.
  • Professional porter (2 guest = 1 porter basis as every porter carry maximum 24 kilos of your bagpack.
  • Trek equipment, Insurances for trekking guide, and porters for the Kanchenjunga base camp trip.
  • Agency’s duffel bag (50 liters capacity) and trek poles if Necessary – return after the trip.
  • Kanchenjunga North base camp trek map & trek completion Certificate – keep them as a souvenirs.
  • First aid medical kit including Oximeter to check oxygen level and Pulse rate every day to save you from higher risk. However, in a worst case, help with all Rescue and evacuation arrangements (but not the rescue bills).
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.

Scenic Kanchenjunga base camp trek package price excludes:

  • Lunch and Dinner on your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trekking.
  • Traveler’s personal trekking equipment.
  • Personal nature expenses, all types of beverage drinks.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss, or damage.
  • Any donation and gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].

Group join

Trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp or Pangpema offers a classic route through Nepal’s stunning landscapes. We are equipped to arrange this journey privately on dates that suit your schedule. Get in touch with us for further details and information.

FAQ

Question: Do I need the experience to accomplish Kanchenjunga base camp trek?

Answer: Actually Kanchenjunga north basecamp trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking, if you have a little experience would be better.

Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your flight details. Our delegate will come to pick you up at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Can I store my luggage/stuff in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes, you can leave your luggage at your hotel or at our office. Store your stuff in the Gokyo Treks agency office for free.

Question: Is the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking Safe for Solo Female Trekkers?

Answer: Absolutely. Nepal is a safe country to travel to for solo trekkers; this trek is perfectly safe for solo female trekkers. We have been organizing the trek even for solo female travelers since its establishment.

Question: What kind of Food and accommodation can I expect?

Answer: At the Kanchenjunga Base Camp hike, cook at guest houses and prepare a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, curry rice, potatoes, eggs, and bread, soups, fresh vegetables. Likewise, we provide available local guest house accommodation during the trekking paths. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower?

Answer: You can get a shower at a hotel most probably on pay. However, if you hikes with a choosing a full board camping trek option paying an extra cost? we do provide you hot water bucket, you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water?

Answer: The majority of hotels and shops stock bottled mineral water for drinking purposes. While available for purchase, we discourage buying mineral water in plastic bottles due to inadequate disposal solutions. Instead, we offer boiled water or suggest using purification tablets for the readily available normal water at the campsites.

Question: Is there a charging place to charge my digital camera?

Answer: During the local lodges there have changing places to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters! An extra battery will be recommended.

Question: Are there any communication facilities?

Answer: In this KBC trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

Question: Can I use credit cards?

Answer: No! You need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.

Question: What necessary documents do I need to submit to obtain the Kanchenjunga north base camp trek permit?

Answer: The hike to Kangchenjunga is listed under the restricted area trek in Nepal, so you won’t get the permit yourself directly. You need a local trek operator agency like Gokyo Treks & Expedition Pvt Ltd. We are a registered travel trek agency under the law of the Nepal Government and pay all back taxes regularly. Moreover, the following documents are required to obtain the Kanchenjunga north base camp trek permit.

Guest must be in Nepal, original passport with a valid visa of Nepal.

Obligatory a group of at least 2 people in a team as a minimum.

Clearly written daily travel itinerary along with documents.

Minimum of 3 weeks of valid visa

Latest photos (only required for online submission) – You can email them to your trekking agency.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last-minute bookings.

And concerning the deposit, we prefer 25% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on express Kanchenjunga Base Camp hiking?

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carries a maximum of 24 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How long does it take to issue the Restricted area permit?

Answer: We need passports physically with a valid visa to obtain the trek permits. And it takes about 1 to 2 hours to issue the permit during the peak season.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances for each day, however, you need to prepare for roughly about 5 hours to walk each day.

Question: Do I need walking poles?

Answer: It depends but it’s better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 to 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your trek.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking highlights

  • Discover Kanchenjunga, world’s 3rd tallest Mountains with Mt. Everest and Makalu.
  • Step through cultivated fields, terraces, and excellent Himalayan views.
  • Diverse in flora and fauna and rich in local cultural heritages.
  • Experience the mixed ethnic group’s Sherpa, Limbu, Rai, and Gurung and their local lives.

How can I get the permits If I am a solo trekker?

The adventure Kanchenjunga north and south base camp trekking solo is not possible as the route is located under the protected region of Nepal. But if you are a solo trekker or an individual guest who wishes to explore this route, you can join either in our fixed departure group trip or we can issue the ghost permit.

A ghost permit means, there will be two permits (2 members), and you will only go on the trek. As soon as you have double permits, there is no problem. Many travelers lie at the checkpoint that their travel companion got sick and returned but make sure the check post officer is more clever.

Notes for Kanchenjunga base camp trekkers!

Be mindful of weather changes in the Himalayas. Check forecasts and prepare for varying conditions, especially in higher altitudes. Prepare for a challenging trek involving steep ascents, descents, and varying altitudes. Prior fitness and acclimatization are crucial. Pack warm clothes, a reliable sleeping bag, and essentials for high-altitude conditions.

Therefore, carry necessary medications and consider travel insurance. Likewise, respect local cultures, traditions, and the natural environment. Minimize environmental impact by avoiding single-use plastics and following Leave No Trace principles.

What makes Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek special?

This Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek offers an unblemished wilderness experience, making it an enticing destination for adventurous tourists seeking an immersive, challenging, and culturally enriching journey amidst the Himalayas.

We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced and skilled, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.

Adventure Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek Review

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trekking Just Stunning

Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 30, 2023

My husband Enrico and I recently booked a small group private trip with Ammar from Gokyo Treks Agency for our express 2-week to Kanchenjunga north base camp trekking. Ammar efficiently handled all our flights and hotel bookings in the city, ensuring everything was fantastic.

Our guide, Nir Kumar, was not just friendly but also an incredible person who made our journey comfortable. He went above and beyond to ensure we relished every moment on the trail. Lhakpa, the porter arranged en route, was equally amiable and always eager to assist us.

In general, the trek was an amazing experience, and we’re already contemplating our next adventure with them to Lumba Sumba Pass. They offered the most trial time in the higher reaches at the most affordable rates. Highly recommended for anyone seeking an unforgettable trekking experience!

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Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Dear Giulia and Enrico,

Your review brought us immense joy! Customer satisfaction is our foremost goal, and your generous words truly motivate us.

Your appreciation reinforces our dedication to consistently deliver exceptional in Kanchenjunga base camp adventures. We’re eagerly looking forward to your return for another remarkable Lumba sumba pass trip. Thank you for entrusting us with your journey, and please don’t hesitate to reach out for any queries or support you require.

Warm regards, Ammar Guni

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