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Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga trek

Kanchenjunga trek is worlds 3rd tallest mountains (28,169 ft/8,586 m), 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.

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. Red panda animal can be seen here. It is encircled with dozens of peaks, each of them competing with their queen. Kanchenjunga base camp trek has mainly two best seasons which are Spring and autumn season.

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 ft) and Sinon / Mirgin La (15,300 ft) depending on the conditions. Kanchenjunga base camp Trek can be done in 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 do this 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 within B/B 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. 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 Fly to Biratnagar airport (1,780m/5,821 feet.), 45 minutes

You begin your flight / drive for the eastern Terai via Biratnagar. It is Nepal’s second largest city and an energetic, bustling place.

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

Fly from Kathmandu to Suketar than our trek begins. The trails you follow is 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 Keswa (2,100m/6,867 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 Keswa. From here, you get your first views of Mt Kanchenjunga and you can clearly make out the south and main summits, along with Mt Yalung Kang.

Day 6Trek from Keswa to Mamanke (2,000m/6,540 feet), 7 hours

From Khesewa we trek through pleasant terraced 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 Jannu (7710m), one of the most impressive peaks in the region. Eventually, we reach the prosperous village of Mamankhe where we camp in one of the fields. 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 here.

Day 7Trek from Mamanke to Yamphudin (1,650m/5,396 feet), 6hours

Beginning with an easy climb, the walk to Yamphudin is along a trail, which contours the hillside above the Kabeli Khola. 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 (3,080m/10,072 feet.), 8 hours

Beyond Yamphudin, the trail ascends a steep spur before dropping again to cross the Omje 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 Omje Khola Valley and Deurali Danda 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 Jannu is clearly visible. After crossing the pass, you descend across some fairly steep and exposed screw slopes before re-entering the forest, where you will stop for lunch. After lunch, a steep descent takes you down into the valley of the Simbua Khola and after crossing the ‘interesting’ wooden bridge, you arrive at Tortong where we fix our campsite for tonight.

Day 9Tseram trekking (3,750m/ 12,263 feet), 6 hours

This morning, you follow the right bank of the river, passing through pine and rhododendron forests. The valley climbs steeply and, as the day progresses, the trees become sparser and more stunted, giving you glimpses of the snow-capped giants ahead and of the massive snout of the Yalung Glacier. Just before Tseram, the towering heights of Kabru and Rathong start to peep over the moraine. You camp at Tseram where the nighttime temperature plummets, reminding you that you are really gaining height

Day 10Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4,360m/14,257 feet), 7 hours

You have a short walk today to your next camp at Ramche. 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 11Discovering day – Explore around

Leaving your camp set up at Ramche, you take a packed lunch and set off very early for your first close encounter 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 lie the three main summits of Mt Kanchenjunga at 8420m, 8586m, and 8474m. It 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 [Kumbhakarna being the local name for Jannu]. You return to your camp at Ramche

Day 12Trekking beyond the Mirgin La (4,583m/14,986 feet.), 8 hours

Leaving your campsite, you trek down the valley, passing the small settlement of Lapsang, before turning off towards the Mirgin La Pass. You must cross in order to reach Gunsa and the north side of Kanchenjunga. While you are descending via Mirgin La pass, you will have a stunning view of Mount Jannu. We fix our campsite some where in safe place.

Day 13Trek from Mirgin La to Gunsa (3,475m/11,363 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 a famous alcohol and made with millet.

Day 14Trek from Gunsa to Gyabla (2,730m/8,927 feet), 6 hours

Heading for the village of Sakathum, your route follows an undulating trail for the first couple of hours until you reach Amjilasa. From here, there is a long steep descent from which you can see the Gunsa Khola valley stretched out before us.

Day 15Trek from Gyabla to Sakathum (1,600m/5,232 feet), 7 hours

Heading for the village of Sakathum, your route follows an undulating trail for the first couple of hours until you reach Amjilasa. From here, there is a long steep descent from which you can see the Gunsa Khola valley stretched out before us.

Day 16Trek from Sakathum 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 17Trek from Chirwa to Jogi Danda, 8 hours

You continue walking through ever more populated and cultivated land. The trails winds through uphill until you reach Jogi Danda. There is a village nearby Jogi Danda.

Day 18Trek from Jogi Danda to Taplejung

From the valley floor, you ascend the ridge for about 3 hours to Taplejung village. There is time to wander through the fascinating bazaar. You find local people working in farming terraces where they grow wheat, oat, maize, millet and green vegetables.

Day 19Fly to Biratnagar and to Kathmandu

Early in the morning, we fly to Biratnagar with scenic short mountain views and fly to Kathmandu from Biratnagar. It takes about 40 minutes to reach in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 20Final departure day

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey!!!


How much does Kanchenjunga trek cost?

Kanchenjunga base camp trekking 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) so let us know. 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.

Kanchenjunga trek cost includes:

  • Kathmandu International airport transfer
  • 2 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu valley within BB Plan basis
  • Flights (Kathmandu – Biratnagar – Suketar – Kathmandu) as a round fares with required airport tax
  • All land transfer as per given itinerary
  • Kanchenjunga Controlled region permits of Nepal.
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation / National parks entry permits fees
  • Tented accommodation / Lodge trekking with full board meals during the trek.
  • Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) each day serve with hot drinks while on trek.
  • Kitchen and cooking equipment for the trekking .
  • Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local Guide.
  • Professional cook, Sherpa, Kitchen Staffs and necessaries porter as required.
  • All program according to itineraries on full board.
  • 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.
  • After trekking, you will get an attractive gift souvenir from company
  • A special gift from our company.

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 if my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flight details and request, our representative 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 Tented accommodation during the trekking routes. However we recommend you to 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 tented camping basis trekking, our professional cook 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 Kanchenjunga base camp trek?

Answer: As you are in camping trekking, we 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 Trekking?

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 solo?

Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments 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 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

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: Yes of course. If you are not happy to go with the complete full board package trip, still you can hire our expert guide to make your holiday tour safer. However, visit a guide and porter hire or email us for your detail travel inquiry.

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 the quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.

Trip Price : USD 2,250 Per Person

    1. Duration of Trek: 20 Days
    2. Trek Grading: 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. Meal on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    9. Transportation: Car/Plane/bus

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