Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga trek

Kanchenjunga trek is worlds 3rd tallest mountains (28,169 feet/8,586m), means “The Five Treasures of Snows”. Kanchenjunga base camp trek is one of the least explored regions because of its remoteness. Another interesting fact is that four of the five peaks reach or go over 8,450 meters.

Magnificent Kangbachen is the lowest peak reaching a height of 7,903 meters, next is Kanchenjunga South at 8,494 meters. There is Kanchenjunga Central 8,482 meter, Kanchenjunga West 8,505 meter, and the highest Kanchenjunga main at 8,586 meters above sea level.

Kanchenjunga has been made a conservation area run by the World Wildlife Fund, protecting. During your hikes, you can see Red panda animal. It is encircled with dozens of peaks, each of them competing with their queen. The Kanchenjunga base camp trek has mainly two best seasons which are Spring and autumn season.

Kanchenjunga Trek Difficulty | How Hard it is? How to Prepare?

Trek to Kanchenjunga is not easy hiking. Before you plan to visit the Kanchenjunga base camp, we recommend you to go at least one smaller – short trek route in Nepal to experience the high altitude. Although Kanchenjunga view trek is moderate difficulty, you can minimize the challenges following some basic techniques. Ascending slowly is the best way to acclimatize quickly. Acute Mountain Sickness and weather are the two major key factors that make Kanchenjunga Trek difficult for trekkers. Do not walk fast and drink enough makes your blood thin which protects from dehydration and helps for proper acclimatization.

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

The most adventure Kanchenjunga circuit trek is equally popular as a Kanchenjunga base camp trekking. However, Kanchenjunga base camp trek solo is not possible as the route located under the protected region of Nepal. But if you are a solo trekker or individual guest wish to explore this route? ask us to join either in our fixed departure group trip or we can issue the ghost permit.

According to Gokyo Treks Nepal agency, 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 not a problem. Many travelers tell lie on the checkpoint that their travel companion got sick and return but make sure the check post officer is more clever.

The best Kanchenjunga trek possible to go with lodge style trek but you may also do it as a Tent style trekking as there are not sufficient nice lodges along the routes. There is an option, however, if the team is interested, to cross two passes, the Lapsang La (16,760 feet) and Sinon / Mirgin La (15,300 feet) depending on the conditions. Adventure Kanchenjunga base camp trek is possible to visit at any time (except winter) during the year.


Kanchenjunga trek itinerary details

Our Kanchenjunga base camp (KBC) trek is a classical trek with 17 days itinerary compared to most walks in the region. The particular route about Kanchenjunga base camp Trek is designed for world travelers who wish to hike in a more relaxed manner than take a look at this itinerary. However for travelers who wish to explore Kanchenjunga circuit trek route quickly but are walking with limited time wise than ask us for tailor-made itinerary.

Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu valley

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.

Day 2 Kathmandu city – World Heritage sites (1,348m) sightseeing, 7 hours.

All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you’re fully prepared for the trip, and any last-minute questions answered. After lunch, we explore this medieval capital city Kathmandu with professional guide Ammar Raj Guni. We visit Boudhanath, also known as Little Tibet. We visit Pashupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where the cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Syambhunath Stupa. And transfer to hotel.

Day 3 Kathmandu to Bhadrapur airport fly (91m), 40 minutes. Drive to Illam, 5 hours

You begin your flight to the eastern Terai at Bhadrapur airport. Bhadrapur city is a bustling place of Terai, the flatlands of Nepal. The airport in Bhadrapur is located at (91m/300 feet) above the sea level. It has one runway designated 10/28 with an asphalt surface measuring 1,209 by 29 meters (3,967 feet × 95 feet). All commercial airlines operate through one small terminal of Bhadrapur Airport.

After landing at Bhadrapur, we take a jeep ride to go to Illam. The jeep ride takes about 5 hours to reach Illam, is famous for locale renowned for its tea garden, likewise the tea state of Nepal.

Day 4 Drive to Suketar. Lali Kharka trek (2,220m/7,260 feet), 4 hours

Suketar is a gateway to Kanchenjungha base camp trekking. There was a regular flight from Kathmandu to Suketar airport every day. From a couple of months, the airlines stopped direct flying to Suketar. Our excursion proceeds with 4 hours rough road jeep ride to reach Suketar which is located 7,937 feet above the sea.

Reaching here, your actual hikes will begin. As you have a long off-road drive, you might hike about 3 to 4 hours journey today to reach Lali Kharka. Furthermore, you can intrigue yourself with the staggering perspective on Mt Kanchenjunga (8,586 m) and mount Jannu (7,110m).

Follow steeply ascent until you reach Suketar passing through farming terraces, local markets and jungles of Rhododendron and other natural vegetation. Now you climb up gradually to the Lali Kharka. It is small village located around the green hills.

Day 5 Trek from Lali Kharka to Khesewa (2,120m/6,954 feet), 7 hours

This morning, from your camp, you can see the entire day’s walk in front of you. After traversing the hillside for a short distance, you descend to the village Phawa Khola and cross a suspension bridge before beginning the steep climb towards Kunjari. Your lunch stop will be somewhere below Kangaroo.

The afternoon’s walk over the crest of the ridge to your campsite at Khesewa village. From here, you get your first views of Mount Kanchenjunga and you can clearly make out the south and main summits, along with mount Yalung Kang.

Day 6Trek from Keswa to Mamankhe (1,785m/5,855 feet), 7 hours

From Khesewa, we walk over the pleasant fields and traverse a steep mountainside high above the Kabeli Khola. We cross several minor tributaries flowing into the river as the path winds its way around the hillside. We pass villages and continue along a shady path to Anpan. These are beautiful villages with exquisitely maintained houses, whitewashed walls and thatch roofs with colorful gardens of marigolds.

Now, you get our first distant views of mount Kumbakarna (Jannu) (7,710m), one of the most impressive peaks in the region.

The fermented millet drink of Tungba, which you may have sampled in Suketar, is produced in abundance in Mamankhe. So those who developed a taste for this brew earlier on the trekking may be able to re-acquaint themselves with it.

Day 7Yamphudin trekking (2,080m/6,823 feet), 6hours

Beginning with an easy hikes, the walk to Yamphudin is along a trail, which contours the hillside above the Kabeli River. You cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides and the trail eventually becomes level with the river a couple of hours before Yamphudin. Along the way, you can stop to bathe in one of the many clear pools in this beautiful river. Yamphudin is the most remote settlement in this area and the last habitation you will see until you reach Gunsa is a charming place tucked away beneath the ridge of the Deurali Danda.

Day 8Tortong trekking (3,000m/9,840 feet.), 7 hours

Beyond Yamphudin, the trail ascends a steep spur before dropping again to cross the Amje Khola. Walking through the beautiful and dense forest, you stop for lunch in a meadow atop this spur, which commands fine views of the valley beyond Yamphudin to the south and of the Amje river valley and Deurali hill station to the north.

A steep descent to the river brings you to the forest. Now you ascend steeply for 3 hours through dense forest to the crest of the Deorali Danda. From the top, Mt Kumbakarna (Jannu) is clearly visible. After crossing the pass, you descend across some fairly steep and exposed screw slopes before re-entering the forest. Descent down into the valley of the Simbua Khola and after crossing the ‘interesting’ wooden bridge, you arrive at Tortong.

Day 9Tseram Trek | Cheram Hike (3,870m/12,694 feet), 6 hours

The excursion today begins you with the rising to Cheram. The path generally goes close by the Simbuwa Khola. Further in transit, we will be experiencing Lalung Valley, some lovely thick rhododendron timberlands and the Yalung icy mass. We will be given organization by the delightful Tuplung top right to Cheram.

Day 10Tseram acclimatization day | Cheram day hikes around

You can use today to visit some hikes to spend some hours with nature walk. As you hike little up to the hill, you will have a super view of Cheram village. In the meantime, you will have some increasingly clear view of Kabaru and Rathong tops. Likewise, we can visit Yalung ice sheet, keep ourselves occupied with some short steered climbing.

Day 11Tseram to Ramche hikes (4,580m/15,022 feet), 4 hours

Hike to Ramche takes around 4 hours, a short day hikes comparing other days. The scenery is magnificent as you ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and into a series of ablation valleys. A frozen lake, crystal clear streams and views of Kokthan, Rathong, and Kabru are the highlights of this walk into Ramche which is situated on a broad, flat ablation zone.

Day 12Discovering day – Explore around

Leaving your camp set up at Ramche, you take a packed lunch and set off very early for your first amazing view with Kanchenjunga. Following the valley around its sweeping curve, you are suddenly confronted with the vast southern wall of the mountain. The ridge forms a cirque, which is over 15 km long and never less than 7500 meters high.

Along this ridge lies the three main summits of mount Kanchenjunga family (8420m, 8586m, and 8474m). The view is truly breathtaking. Proceeding further on towards Oktang [4630m], you may descend onto the glacier and cross it to a point below Talu from where you can see all the mountains of the area in the panorama. Especially impressive is the east part of Khumbakarna glacier flowing from the east face of Jannu Himal (Kumbhakarna is a local name). You return to your camp at Ramche village.

Day 13Sele La pass trek (4,290m/14,071 feet) including 2 other passes, 9 hours

Crosing Sele La is a tough adventure hiking in Kanchenjungha. Also, in transit, we need to go through four distinct passes. The primary pass we will cross is Sinelapche Bhanjyang. Besides, second, we need to go through Mirgin La Pass (4,583m/14,986 feet). Heading moreover, Sinon La pass (4,440m/14,563 feet) will be the third on our rundown. Lastly, Sele La Pass (4,290m/14,071 feet) hikes and walks downhill to get a campsite.

Day 14Gunsa trekking (3,595m/11,792 feet), 6 hours

A steep descent from your campsite brings you to Lumba Sumba Kharka where there are more splendid views of the awesome southwest face of Jannu.

From here, the going is easy, descending on an excellent trail to the village of Gunsa, where we fix our campsite tonight by the river bank. Gunsa village has mainly Tibetan inhabitants with a tiny Gompa and prayer flags fluttering from the wooden houses. Tongba is famous for alcohol, made with millet.

Day 15Khambachen trekking (4,050m/13,284 feet), 6 hours

Hike further to Kambachen is another goal. We should stroll toward the northern side nearby the waterway bank. The preliminary experiences fields of various wild blossoms and afterward rhododendron and pine backwoods. Proceeding with our preliminary, we need to cross a waterway by suspension connect at Rampuk Kharkha. And afterward, we can see a cascade and an avalanche segment. In transit, we can have a perspective on mountain tops like Mt Jannu. Walking forward, we will reach Kambachen.

Day 16Lhonak village hikes (4,780m/15,678 feet), 6 hours

Proceed with our excursion through rough dry fields, enormous rocks following the banks of a waterway. We will observe a cascade of some separation ahead. After then we need to cross a waterway by means of a scaffold. We can visit the Ramtang cloister in transit. We need to go over the landside area to reach Lhonak.

Day 17Descend to Gunsa village trek (3,595m/11,792 feet), 6 hours

Descend to the same village like we kikes before while on ascending. So we will be dropping back to Ghunsa through Kambache and rocky mountain trail. Not expected to specify, you can appreciate the nature all route back to Ghunsa.

Day 18Amjilosa trekking (2,308m/7,570 feet), 6 hours

We drive down from Ghunsa to Phale viewing several tiny religious communities. The path interested in those religious communities, yet additionally with some Jupiter woods till we reach Phale. The route from Phale goes fairly relentlessly downwards. In transit, we need to cross Chhundatangka Khola through the scaffold and afterward, we will be at Gyabla. The path ahead offers you the perspective on the delightful cascade and again a stream named Sumbung Khola to cross through suspension connect. Also, in the long run, we will be at Amjilosa. .

Day 19Trek to Chirwa (1,180m/3,859 feet) , 5:30 hours

Today is an easy day and just beyond Sakathum, you come to the confluence of 2 rivers. Flowing in from your left is the Simbua Khola [which you followed up to Ramche] and from your right, the Gunsa Khola which issues from the still closed Walunchung Gola area.

The 2 rivers combine to form the Tamur Kosi which you now follow. There are plenty of spots for bathing in the numerous small tributary streams, which you cross before reaching the village of Chirwa.

Day 20Trek to Phurumbu (1,550m/5,084 feet), 7 hours

Hike further to Phurumbu with the green forest and vegetation. Go through some more towns ahead we will reach to Sinwa. From Sinwa, we need to drop downwards and afterward cross Sisne Khola suspension bridge. The path despite everything experiences another town and again a waterway to be crossed through the suspension scaffold to reach to Phurumbu in the late afternoon.

Day 21Trek to Suketar (1,180m/3,859 feet), 6 hours

Passing several villages, we reach at Suketar. Taplejung Airport, equally recognized as Suketar Airport is an airport serving Taplejung, in the Taplejung district of the Mechi zone in Eastern Nepal. It is the gateway for tourists heading to the Kangchenjunga mountainous area and Pathibhara Devi Temple cultural trail. After we reach Suketar, we can have some rest.

Day 22Overland drive out to Bhadrapur airport, 5:30 hours

After breakfast, we return with a private jeep to Bhadrapur passing Illam tea state landscapes. Reaching at Bhadrapur, we reconfirm our following day flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu.

Day 23At morning flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu airport. Final departure day.

Early in the morning, we take a non-stop flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu town with scenic short mountain views. It takes about 40 minutes to reach in Kathmandu. At evening transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for return flight. I wish you your wonderful journey.


How much does Kanchenjunga trek cost?

An adventure Kanchenjunga trek Nepal cost we offer you from USD 2,250 is standard trek price on double occupancy basis. At this price, we offer you Tourist Standard accommodation in Thamel, Kathmandu and of course, the trip price will vary according to group size.

For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN). AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.

The Kanchenjunga trek cost includes

  • Kathmandu International airport transfer
  • 2 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu valley with breakfast Plan basis.
  • Domestic Flights (Kathmandu – Bhadrapur – Kathmandu) as a round fares with required airport tax
  • Bhadrapur airport – Suketar – Bhadrapur airport transfer by private jeep as per given itinerary
  • Kanchenjunga Controlled region permits of Nepal.
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation / National parks entry permits fees
  • Home stay – Lodge trekking with full board meals during the trek.
  • Gunsa – Khambachen – Lhonak – Gunsa 2 nights camping trekking.
  • Full board meals: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) each day while on trek.
  • Fully escorted trek with English speaking license holder local tour Trek Guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
  • Trekking equipment and other facilities to Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurances for all trekking crew
  • Medical Kit Bag on every trip.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Scenic Kanchenjunga trek Cost Exclude :

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Biratnagar city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above
Group join

We can organize private Kanchenjunga base camp trek or Kanchenjunga base camp Trek (kbc treks) starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.


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

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

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

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

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Kanchenjunga base camp trekking?

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and available local guest house accommodation during the trekking route. We do also provide tented accommodation while above Gunsa to base camp section. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in Kanchenjunga Trekking?

Answer: During the trek, the cook at guest houses prepare a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with Kanchenjunga base camp short trek?

Answer: You can get a shower at a hotel most probably on pay. If you are going as a full board camping trek, we do provide you hot water bucket, you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on Kanchenjunga Base Camp Treks?

Answer: Most of the hotels and shops of the place where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: During the local lodges here will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters! An extra battery will be recommended.

Question: Is there any communication facilities on short Kanchenjunga base camp Trek?

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

Question: Can I use credit cards in Kanchenjunga Trek?

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 Trek permit?

Answer: Hike to Kanchenjungha 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 Nepal Government and paying all back taxes regularly. Moreover, the following documents are required to obtain the Kanchenjunga Trek permit.

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

Required a group 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 it 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 regarding 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 Trek?

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: Is there direct flight Kathmandu – Taplejung – Kathmandu?

Answer: Considering the pressor of mass tourists in visit Nepal, nowadays Sita Air launched the direct flight from Kathmandu to Taplejung twice in a week. Its good news for Kanchenjunga base camp trekkers to get closer to the conservation area (kca). Not only does exploring Taplejung provide the chance to make some of the enchanting memories for visitors, and tour the local landmarks. There was also operating a direct flight from Kathmandu to Suketar Airport – Taplejung some months before. But it was mainly focusing on the tourist flow season. Other than that you need to fly Bhadrapur from Kathmandu and travel to Taplejung by bus or private jeep.

Question: Can I issue the permit in advance, before arriving in Nepal?

Answer: Only a few agencies can do it. An original passport with a valid visa of Nepal is required to issue the permit. We can issue your permit in advance if you can send us your flight details. We can request an immigration officer to give a valid visa after your arrival which has been working so far.

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

Answer: It normally takes 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 a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking polls ?

Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.

Question: Is it possible to rent a guide? how to hire a local trek guide?

Answer: We donot sells guide and porters only for this trek routes.

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 trek.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking highlights

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

Kanchenjunga Trek Note:

The above itinerary is subject to change due to a condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.

“What makes Kanchenjunga Trek special?”

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. 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.

Kanchenjunga trek review

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We were 4 friends from Netherlands found Gokyo Treks Nepal over internet forum. Its our second time visit in Nepal for trekking. We read a lot of good reviews so we wanted to book for Kanchenjunga base camp trek with Gokyo Treks.

Basically, Kanchenjunga trek is off the beaten path trek route in Nepal. Less travelers and lodges were just basic. You get an opportunity to explore the true reality of local culture and green vegetation as well as the white snowcapped mountain. The passes are difficult as were not experienced hikers however we made this trip in three weeks. Thanks, gokyo treks Nepal for your great help to arranging all of our restricted area permits, booking flights and necessary crew. – Wolfgang and Lucia, Germany

Trip Price : USD 2,250 Per Person

    1. Duration of Trek: 22 Days
    2. Trek Grade: Adventure Grading
    3. Max Altitude: 5,000m / 16,350 feet
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
    5. Group-Size: 2-25 People
    6. Best Time: Oct – May
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House
    8. Foods on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    9. Transport: Car/Plane/bus

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