Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Trip Fact:
  • Duration 24 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • DestinationNepal
  • Max Altitude5364m
  • AccommodationHotels in Kathmandu and Guest houses/lodges during trekking
  • MealsBreakfast in Kathmandu and All meals during trekking
  • Trip Start/EndBhadrapur
  • Group Size1-20 pax
  • Best SeasonMarch, April, May, September, October and November are the best months.

What to Expect:

  • Indulging in the breathtaking vistas of majestic peaks like Mt Kanchenjunga and Mt Jannu.
  • Discovering enchanting, secluded villages nestled in the Kanchenjunga region.
  • Conquering the formidable Kanchenjunga Base Camp, overcoming its demanding terrain.
  • Embarking on exhilarating glacier treks, traversing icy landscapes.
  • Immersing oneself in the pristine beauty of Rhododendron forests and Himalayan coniferous forests.
  • Spotting elusive wildlife, including rare pandas and blue sheep, in their natural habitats.

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, a pinnacle of true adventure in the Himalayas. Learn what awaits you, from flora and fauna to high-altitude thrills.

Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, is not just a mountain. It's a majestic symbol of nature's grandeur, standing tall at 8,586 meters. For trekkers with a burning passion for adventure, the Kanchenjunga trek is an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Himalayas.

The trekking to Kanchenjunga offers an intimate experience of Nepal's remote eastern region, filled with lush forests, vibrant rhododendron blooms, and winding trails that cut through traditional Sherpa and Limbu villages. Every step you take immerses you in the local culture, letting you explore their traditions, rituals, and warm-hearted hospitality.

Nature lovers will find themselves captivated by the diverse flora and fauna that the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area shelters. Rare species, such as the snow leopard, blue sheep, and red panda, find their haven here. The forests echo with bird calls, making it a paradise for ornithologists.

What sets the Kanchenjunga circuit trek apart from others is its untouched beauty. As one of the lesser-trodden paths in the Himalayas, it offers tranquility that's hard to come by in our busy lives. Whether you're trekking through the Yalung Glacier or marveling at the panoramic views from the Goecha La pass, you'll often feel like you have the mountains all to yourself.

The trek isn't just about physical endurance; it's a spiritual journey too. Many trekkers describe feelings of awe and humility as they walk in the shadows of the towering peaks. The sacred nature of Kanchenjunga, regarded as the "Five Treasures of the Snow" in local lore, only adds to the profound experience.

A word to the wise: while the Kanchenjunga circuit trek is an exhilarating experience, it also demands a good level of fitness and preparation. Altitude sickness can be a concern, so acclimatization is essential. But for those who embark on this journey, the rewards are unparalleled: breathtaking views, the thrill of adventure, and memories that last a lifetime.

In an era where authenticity is sought after, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek stands as a testament to nature's undisturbed beauty. For those yearning for an authentic Himalayan experience, away from the crowds, this trek is a dream come true. Join the ranks of intrepid trekkers and experience the magic of Kanchenjunga for yourself.


Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representatives will receive you .You will be transferred to your respective hotel in a private vehicle. You can rest to overcome flight tiredness streets of Kathmandu later on evening. Overnight stay at Kathmandu

  • Hotel
  • 1400m

Today we will meet and have some discussion about the trek. On this day only you will meet your trekking guide and if possible other crew members likewise, we will also arrange you trekking equipment and accessories needed for trek. Such items can be rented or bought as per your request. Moreover we will assist you in the process of obtaining trekking permits for Kanchenjunga trekking you need conservation area permits and other special permits.
After all these arrangement, you are ready to trek next day. Meanwhile in the free time, you can go for sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. We recommend you to visit UNESCO world Heritage sites in Nepal such as the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath temple, Bouddha Nath Stupa, overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1400m

On 3rd day, you will board domestic flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. To reach Bhadhapur airport you should travel 621 km in flight from Kathmandu. It will take about 45 min to reach Bhadrapur (Chandragadhi Airport) via flights. Bhadrapur is also famous as the ‘Tea city of Nepal’ from here only you will start your wonderful trek to Kanchenjunga. You can observe big markets in Bhadrapur, where lots of handcraft kept for selling. Similarly Bhadrapur is famous for rice cultivation and for this you will see large numbers of rice mills there.
Overnight stay at Bhadrapur.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 91 m

On the 4th day, after having breakfast we drive to Taplejung through Mechi Highway. It will take upto 8 hours driving to reach Taplejung via Phidim. The total distance you cover in doing so, is 247.3 kilometers. At first we drive towards Ilam, the queen city hills. It offers beautiful hills with temperature climate and cultivations. Then we head to Phidim, on the way evening the beautiful sceneries and finally reach to Suketar. Suketar is the beginning point of your trek. Overnight stay in Suketar Taplejung.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 1820m

Today, after morning breakfast in Suketar, you start your trek to reach Chirwa. In doing so, we follow the Kanchenjunga trekking route and cross the number of small villages such as mutluna, Sinwa Tawa. During your journey in reaching chirwa, you will have to cover a long distance of 1200 meters. You will get enjoy the unlimited scenic beauties of all along the trek. Finally, we reach to reach Chirwa, a small Limbu village with lodges, shops and Campsites. You will spend about 6-7 hours in reaching Chiewa from Suketar.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 1270m

Today’s trek is long (17km) and very tedious. So, you will start early morning after having breakfast, at Chirwa village. You will trek in narrow trails along withj east bank of the Tamur River. First, you will reach a Chhetri village in Taplethok 1320m. You will need to show your permits here as it has Kanchejunga National Park check point. Then you will cross the Simbuwa Khola original from Yalug Glacier.
After that, we drop down to Tamur River, and trek alongside the river. You cross the suspension bridge over Tamur River, and walk along the steep to a campsite at river side. After sometime you will reach Tibetan village (Sakathum. You will take short breat at Sakathum. After that, you climb to a village at Chaiyabari 2150 meters. Here the trail passes cross a gorge after a climb from Solima. Then, you have to trek uphill and downhill tricky trail, to reach Amjillosa, a Tibetan settlement area. At Amjolossa, you can interact with Sherpa and Tibetan People. Overnight stay in Amjlosa.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2520m

Today’s trekking is comparatively easier. The distance is shorter, after having breakfast at Amjillosa, you will head towards Gyalba. Initially, we climb to Ghunsa valley, where human settlement is absent so you won’t see any villages while trekking along the trail.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2730m

On the 8th day, you are likely to cross the 3000m evaluation marks. Your day starts with a steep descent into a gorge. Thenafter you trek through the forest of rhododendrons and firs. The trail goes alongside the riverbank, to beautiful yak postures in Pholey (3210m). Pholey is Tibetan village, which is influenced by the Tibetan Buddhist culture, and its famous for potato cultivation and beautiful monastery.
You will continue your trek above Pholey through the green field and larch forest. And you descend down to the riverside Ghunsa Khola. Then cross the Ghunsa Khola and enter the Ghunsa village. Overnight stay at Ghunsa.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3995m

After tedious 8 days of trek, we acclimatize for a day in Gurung village. This rest day, helps us to get adapted to the high altitude sickness. Moreover, rest doesn’t mean staying in your hotels all the time; you are going to hike through the lush forest to visit the Lpasan La Monastery. You are going to get fascinated by the old monastery. After enjoying in the monastery, we descend down to our hotel at Ghunsa.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3995m

On the 10th day, we follow the off the beaten trails of Kanchenjunga north with motive to reach Kambachen.
Trekking north of Ghunsa, we will cross the mind blowing terrain and ascent gradually through the forest of larch and Juniper. Then we trek along the east bank of river and cross wood stone bridge placed over it to reach Rambuk Kharka (3720m). The trail after Rampuk Kharla passes across waterfall and is prone to landslide. So, you need to catch your steps.
This hard walk offers us splendid views of Mt Jannu 7710m along with Jannu glacier. Right after that, we descend along the mountain side to reach Kambacen settlement area. At Kambachen you will find only small stone tea house. Thus, camping is way better than staying there. If you choose to camp at the base of Jannu glacier, then you get reward with magnified views of Kanchenjunga and Jannu.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4050m

Today, the trail enters an isolated landscape. You will trek above the terrains carved with icy blades of high evaluation glacier. The trail goes gradually above moraine debris. Its quiet slippery, watch the steps and walk slowly. Then after, some walking you wiil reach beautiful pasture area of Ramtang (4350m). From Ramtang Kanchenjunga Glaciers starts. Similarly, you will visit Ramtang Monastery located next to Bridge ater a waterfall.
Then you continue the trails along the north bank of the river. You will cross over the Lhonak glacier and immediately you see stunning mountain surrounding from your all side.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4780m

Today you will hike to the Kanchenjunga North base camp. The Namchenjunga base camp is named Pang Pema locally. You will have best experience while hiking Mt. Kanchenjunga North base camp.
On reaching Pang Pema you will gradually climb the rocky trails in the line of moraine. Pang Pema provides the towering view of Kanchenjunga
Overnight stay in Pang Pema

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5065m

Today you will explore the Pang Pema. You will trek to the nearby ridge to witness the beautiful Himalayan views of Mt. Jannu, the north face of Kanchenjunga and the Lamjung Himal. Likewise, you will explore the magnificent vistas of the glaciers with all the discovery , you will stay overnight at Pang Pema.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5065m

On this day, you will give fare well to the North Kanchenjunga base camp and descend down to Ghunsa village. You will descend down to Lhonak, Kambachen and finally to Ghunsa. On the way you will rejoice the mesmerizing Himalayan sceneries along with the vistas of Glaciers and waterfalls.
Overnight stay at Ghusa.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Early morning of 15th Day, we follow the diversion, leaving the trail to Gyabla. This diversion takes us to Sele Le. Sele Le is also isolated mountain region, far from human settlements. Almost each point of trail passes through dense forest of rhododendron and Juniper. Several trekkers claimed that they had seen snow leopard at Sele Le, so don’t walk far from tea houses (if interested in side trip alone). Overnight stay at Sele Le.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4390 m

Early in the morning, you trek up to the ride of Pang Pema enjoying the crisp clear views. From there you climb up 400 m to the Nirgin La Pass. At the time of climbing you can witness the splendid views of Mt Jannu, Makalu, Baruntse, Kanchenjunga and Kabru along with views of Himalayan range.
Right after that, you trek to Lapsang La Pass (5100m). Here, weather condition is so unpredictable, so be prepared. At last, after tideous day, we finally descent to Tseram.
Overnight stay at Tseram.

  • 3870 m
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House

On this day, you will visit the Yalung glacier along with the Oktang base camp. Right after our breakfast, we head towards oktang 7 km far. You will trek gaining same elevation 300m. During the climb you will observe beautiful glimpse of snow covered mountains and ridges. From the view point of Oktang you will see the stunning views of Mountains such as Rothang and Kabru.
During your trek, the higher you ascent, the views of the Yalung Glacier becomes more wonderful. Finally you will reach the Yalung Glacier and explore its alluring features. Now you walk further through a set of ablation valleys to reach the Oktang base camp, also known as south base camp. Oktang provides you mind-blowing view of Khumbakarna glacier. Moreover, you can see mesmerizing views of south face of Kanchenjunga. Also, views of the frozen lake and streams are offered in various point of our trek. We descend to Tseram after enjoying the views of Kokthan, Rathong and Kabru.
Overnight stay at Tseram.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5364m

Today, you descend downhill to the lower altitudes. On our way down, you will observe splendid view of Kabru and Rathong once again. Walking further, we pass through the rhododendron and pine forest. Thenafter, you will walk along the trail following Simbua Khola and then through forest to reach Tarangden.
Overnight stay at Tarangden.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2995m

Today, you are going to trek through the most difficult section. You will trek in the landslide prone trails. So, hike is through and you need to be careful while ascending. So, hike is tough and you need to be careful. Then after, you climb 600m upto Lamite Pass (3500m). The climbing is hard, so you need to be watchful while ascending. Now, you will cross a suspension wooden bridge over the junctions of river and continue walking through the forest of pines and Rhododendrons. Then you walk across Lamite Bhanjyang and Amji Khola. After that again we climb to reach pass at Dhupi Bhanjyang (2540m). From here the trail leads you to the cultivable fields. Then we will cross a ridge to reach mixed community of Sherpas, Limbus, Rai and Gurung called Yamphudin.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2080m

After having breakfast, you will head down to Khedung. During ascending, you trek through different villages of Chettri and Bhamhins. So, you will witness the peculiar culture and traditions along with their lifestyle. Descending through various ups and downs is tedious but you will be given company by wonderful views along the trail. You will reach Khebang in about 7-8 hours walking.
Overnight stay at Khebang.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 1910m

Today you trek a long trail with motive of reaching Khandembe. After breakfast, you will descend 1000m in about 6 km of trek. You will reach Doban and have a lunch here. Right after Lunch you will trek 8 km further through the straight village path and reach the Khandembe. Overnight stay at Khandambe.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 1420m

Day 22nd is the last days of your actual trekking. Today, you hike 12oom upto the Tharpu village. Tharpu village is amazing village with views of Kanchenjunga range. Likewise, you are likely to have sunset views at the village. You are likely to have best experience in the perfect viewpoint Tharpu. Overnight stay at Tharpu.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 1600m

Today, we will drive to Bhadrapur airport 190 km far from Tharpu by local bus/jeep. Your ride will be tedious with many twists turns and frequent windings. However, ride rewards with beautiful natural scenes. Overnight stay at Bhadrapur.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 91m

Today, you will fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu. The scenic flight is about 40 to 45 minutes till you reach to Kathmandu. The view from flight is wonderful. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you officially end your wonderful trek. You can rest for a while, and in the evening join for cultural dinner show.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1400m

Cost Details


  • Car/van/hiace transportation for airport pickup and drop-off.
  • Accommodation at Arushi Boutique or a similar hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast included.
  • A full-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley, including a tour guide and transportation.
  • Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu flight ticket.
  • Land transport by jeep/hiace/bus as required.
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the trek.
  • All meals during the trek, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • An experienced English-speaking and Government-licensed Trekking guide, including salary, insurance, flight, food, and lodging.
  • Trekking porter(s) on a 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis, including salary, insurance, flight, food, and lodging.
  • All necessary paperwork, trekking permits, and TIMS card.
  • A comprehensive medical kit will be available.
  • All trekking equipment for the field staff.


  • Your lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Additional overnight accommodation in Kathmandu ( if required ).
  • Provision of travel and rescue insurance.
  • All personal expenses, including laundry services, battery recharging, bottled water, and hot showers.
  • Tipping for guides and porters.
  • Exclusion of all types of beverages, including hot water, alcoholic beverages, and soft drinks.
  • Any additional expenses not explicitly mentioned in the inclusive costs.

Good to Know

Best time for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

The ideal time to embark on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is during the spring season (March, April, and May) or autumn season (September, October, November) in 2023/2024. These periods offer favorable weather conditions and temperatures, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable trekking experience.

While it is possible to undertake the base camp trek throughout the year, it is important to note that the summer and winter months present additional challenges. During summer, frequent rainfall can make the trek more arduous, while the extreme cold of winter introduces its own set of difficulties. Therefore, it can be concluded that Kanchenjunga trekking during the offseason is indeed challenging, but with proper preparations, it remains feasible.

Bookings are currently open for the Kanchenjunga trek in 2023 and 2024, allowing you to plan your adventure in advance.

Transportation and Flight cost for Kanchenjunga Trek

The convenient method to reach the starting point of Kanchenjunga trekking is the 45 mintues flight to Bhadrapur. Upon your arrival in Bhadrapur ride either local bus or jeep to reach Taplejung. The bus ride takes about 6-7 hrs.

If you don’t want board flight to Bhadrapur then in that case, you can take long drive from Kathmandu (11-12 Hrs) to Jhapa, Birtamod .Then after you must ride to Taplejung in a local bus/jeep for about 6-7 hour. Even though this method is way cheaper but it is not convenient.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Documents and Permits

Kanchenjunga is a restricted area as declared by the Nepal government so, you can’t trek region without special permit. In order to get the permits, you are required to submit the copy of the passport, and original passport with visa stamp .

You will get a permit within 3-4 hrs from Sunday to Friday (10 to 5 pm). But don’t forget to enquiry about public holidays. If you don’t want to go through all these processes then some company expedite permit without original passport and visa. Kindly contact us if you desire for trekking permit to be issued in advance.

Permits are issued for one week plus the number of days requested per persons. Currently for this Kanchanjunga Base camp trek one week will cost US$ 10.

You do require to pay entry permit fee for Kanchanjunga conservation area as well. Entry cost 3000 Nepali rupees per persons for Kanchanjunga Conservation Area and US$ 10 for TIMS card.

Physical Fitness and Training

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek demands a good level of physical fitness and endurance. Engage in regular cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and endurance-building activities before your trek. Prepare yourself mentally and physically to tackle the high-altitude challenges and long hours of walking in varying terrains.

Essential Packing List

Pack wisely to ensure your comfort and safety during the trek. Carry essentials such as sturdy trekking boots, waterproof clothing, warm layers, a quality sleeping bag, trekking poles, a first aid kit, and high-energy snacks. Don't forget to bring a good camera to capture the stunning landscapes and memories of a lifetime.


  • Q1. What is the best time for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

    The optimal months to take on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek are between March to May and September to November. These months present favorable weather, clear skies, and suitable temperatures for trekking.

  • Completing the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek usually takes between 18 and 25 days, influenced by the route selected and the pace of the trekker. It's crucial to allocate sufficient time for acclimatization and for absorbing the beautiful surroundings.

  • The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is deemed as demanding, necessitating a high level of physical fitness and previous trekking experience. The trail includes steep climbs, descents, and sections at high altitudes. It's ideal for seasoned trekkers who are up for a challenging and adventurous journey.

  • Yes, securing permits is required for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. Trekking here necessitates both a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and a Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. It's recommended to procure these permits through a licensed trekking agency or guide.

  • Teahouses and lodges are the main forms of accommodation along the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. These are fairly basic but offer meals, a place to sleep, and a hospitable environment. Nonetheless, it's suggested to bring a sleeping bag for additional comfort.

  • The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek presents a diverse range of natural beauty and cultural interactions. It features breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest peak, a wide array of flora and fauna, secluded mountain hamlets, monasteries, and interactions with local Sherpa and Limbu people.

  • Yes, there's a risk of suffering from altitude sickness during the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek due to the high elevation ascents. Adherence to proper acclimatization guidelines, staying hydrated, keeping a moderate pace, and awareness of symptoms like headache, nausea, and dizziness is imperative.

  • Indeed, you can combine the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek with other regional treks or tours. Common options include the Three Passes Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, or cultural explorations in Kathmandu and other proximate cities. Tailored itineraries can be organized with local trekking agencies.

  • Necessary items for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek include trekking boots, multiple warm clothing layers, a rainproof jacket, a sleeping bag, a backpack, trekking poles, sunscreen, a hat, gloves, sunglasses, a first aid kit, water purification tablets, and a camera for capturing the remarkable landscape.

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