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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Trip code
Package name Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Duration 24
Max. elevation 5150 m
Level Moderate
Transportation All ground transportation as per itinerary. 
Accomodation 3* Hotel in Kathmandu & lodges during the trek
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at
Trip route Kathmandu-Kanchenjunga-Kathmandu
Cost USD 2,790 per person



Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking by Himalayan Forever Trek is an adventure towards Nepal's Far Eastern Himalayan range. It is one of the most exclusive treks in the world which leads you into pure wilderness on least tramped areas, and only a few groups of trekkers often venture into this region. The best way to get to the base camp is through a scenic short flight because of the base camp's remote position, which consists of a long overland expedition. 

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking leads you to the base of Mt. Kanchenjunga, world's third highest peak. The name Kanchenjunga was derived from Tibetian name "Kanchendzonga," which means "five jewels of a peak." It is the second highest peak in the world after Mt.Everest(8848m). Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek compromises of wonderful hidden routes which through lush forest and lovely farm villages. This trail reaches the broad glacial valley, and this region is covered with large rhododendron, pine, fir, and oak trees. The trek first heads towards the popular Mt. Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, which is a very easy route to the top of the submit and most mountaineers travel through this route. The trail then heads to the North Base Camp of Mount Kanchenjunga. 

Mt. Kanchenjunga lies on the border of Nepal and Sikkim, a small state in North East India. This mountain was first climbed on May 25th, 1955 by British Expeditions which was led by the late George Band. Since then, Mt. Kanchenjunga has been frequently climbed by mountaineers from around the globe, and it is regarded as one of the most difficult mountains to climb. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking package from Himalayan Forever Treks includes a journey that takes you to both the south and north sides of the Base Camps. It is one of the very few trekking route in the Himalayas, that gives trekkers the opportunity to visit two base camps on one single adventure journey.

On your way to basecamp, cross some small passes of Sele-La and Mirgin-La that offer stunning views of snow-capped peaks. You will be able to see the magnificent Kanchenjunga range in the far northwest, close to Mount Makalu. The trail then goes through Mount Kanchenjunga and reaches the other side to the lovely communities of Ghunsa and Khambachen.  These villages has clean and tidy farmland decorated with Buddhist statues, prayer walls, and flags. Now, head northeast to Pang-Pema, which is the Northern Mt. Kanchenjunga base camp and the highest point of our trek. Enjoy the view of dramatic arctic terrain covered in remorseless fields of ice, moraine, and glaciers.

Once you have arrived at the northern base camp, enjoy a close-up view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Jannu, and the other peaks that make up the Kanchenjunga massif range. The return alternative trail then leads toward lower farm villages of Sekathum and Chirwa. After arriving in the major towns of Taplejung and Sukhetar, our trip comes to a conclusion, and we will now prepare for an exciting drive to Ilam Bazaar.  Ilam is one of the major towns in Nepal which is famous for its huge tea gardens and products. Explore Ilam and take a drive towards Bhadrapur airport. Bhadrapur is a town in the Terai belt's far-southeast flatlands. It has a mild subtropical temperature and is embraced by extensive rice fields. Broad a short panoramic flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu. This is the end of our wounderful and once in lifetime Kanchenjunga base camp trekking experience.

1. Length and Terrain of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a lengthy journey covering approximately 220 kilometers, spanning over three weeks of continuous walking with a light backpack. It demands a high level of fitness due to its strenuous nature. The terrain along the route is rugged, with rocky paths and some steep hills. In certain areas near the base camps, short ropes may be necessary to assist in navigating rocky terrain for safety purposes, but no climbing skills are required.

The trails are generally well-marked, initially following rivers and valleys before ascending steeply over ridges and shoulders. This involves navigating steep sets of rough steps and zig-zag paths uphill. As it is a remote area with limited access to medical facilities, being physically fit and accustomed to hiking while carrying a pack is essential. Preparing at home by undertaking long walks with a backpack, engaging in leg exercises at the gym, and swimming for cardiovascular fitness are beneficial.

Before embarking on the trek, it is advisable to undergo a health and dental check-up. As altitude increases while approaching the Base Camp, the trek becomes more challenging, and the risk of altitude sickness rises. Therefore, it is crucial to incorporate rest days into the itinerary and proceed slowly. The trek presents a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and time of day. At lower altitudes, nights are cool, around 5°C, while daytime temperatures may reach 25°C. At higher altitudes, temperatures can drop to as low as -20°C at night, necessitating appropriate clothing layers for warmth and protection against both cold and sun exposure.

2. Accommodation/Food on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
During the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, accommodation is typically provided in lodges that offer a variety of Western and Nepalese food. However, in some places along the trek, the lodges may be more basic compared to those in the Khumbu region and may only offer Nepali cuisine, such as rice and dal bhat. Sometimes, camping arrangements are made by our staff, who will cater to your needs.

To ensure safe drinking water, we recommend using boiled water or high-quality water purifiers during the trek. It is not advisable to purchase bottled water in plastic containers.

The trek itinerary is designed to facilitate proper acclimatization to the altitude gain. Our staff carry medications like Diamox and Dexamethasone to manage altitude sickness, and they are trained in mountain first aid. The key to a successful trek is to proceed slowly, maintain a balanced diet, stay hydrated, and get enough rest. No vaccinations are required for visiting the Kanchenjunga region.

3. Best Time to Visit Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
The best time to visit the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is from mid-March to the end of June, and from mid-September to mid-November.

During the summer months (May to June), the temperatures in Yuksom range from 15°C to 25°C during the day and 8°C to 15°C at night. In Dzongri, temperatures range from 7°C to 15°C during the day and 3°C to -2°C at night.

It is advisable to avoid trekking during the monsoon season (July to mid-September) due to slippery trails and blocked roads caused by heavy rains. Similarly, trekking is not recommended during the winter season as heavy snowfall makes trails inaccessible and the weather harsh.

During the autumn months (mid-September to end of October), temperatures in Yuksom range from 13°C to 20°C during the day and 2°C to 7°C at night. In Dzongri, temperatures range from 2°C to 7°C during the day and 3°C to -4°C at night.

Since trekking involves covering long distances, often over hilly and mountainous terrain, it is important for trekkers to be physically fit. Altitude acclimatization is also crucial as the air becomes thinner and oxygen levels decrease beyond Dzongri.

4. Grading the Difficulty Level of the Kanchenjunga Trek
The Kanchenjunga Trek is considered one of the most challenging treks in Nepal due to its rugged terrain and remote location. Trekking through rural areas in eastern Nepal adds to the difficulty level, requiring a higher level of endurance and survival skills.

Reaching the highest point at 5150 meters poses a significant challenge, with daily hikes of over 6 hours through rough and uneven landscapes. Dense forests, glacial rivers, and rocky terrain further add to the complexity of the trek.

The trek covers both the North and South Base Camps of Kanchenjunga, with the North Base Camp generally rated as more challenging than the South Base Camp by mountaineers and trekkers.

The difficulty of the Kanchenjunga Trek can also be influenced by the timing of your travel. During off-season periods like the monsoon or winter, assistance may be required to reach the Kanchenjunga Base Camp due to adverse weather conditions and other challenges.

5. Is It Safe To Travel To Kanchenjunga Area?
Yes, it is safe to travel to the Kanchenjunga area, including trekking around the base camp of the third-highest peak in the world. There have been no recent reports of natural or artificial disturbances in the region. Trekking activities in Kanchenjunga were temporarily suspended in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the situation has improved, and trekking has resumed.

It is advisable to stay updated with the latest information from the local government of Taplejung regarding the Kanchenjunga Trek. They can provide updates on any potential risks and other relevant information.

Additionally, you can conduct your own research on the Kanchenjunga region, including the political situation, weather conditions, and health risks. You can also seek information through your tour operator or travel agency.

6. Things to Know Before Planning For Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Before embarking on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, trekkers should consider factors such as physical fitness, acclimatization, and trekking gear. Proper preparation and understanding the challenges of the trek contribute to a more enjoyable and successful journey.

7. Kanchenjunga Trek Permits Cost
Permits are an essential part of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek, as they help preserve the cultural and environmental qualities of the area. There are several permits and fees required, including a trekking permit and a conservation area permit.

For the Kanchenjunga trek, a special restricted permit is needed. This permit costs $10 per person each week. However, obtaining this permit can be a bit complex. You'll need to go through a series of applications, guarantees, and letters. The process cannot be pre-reserved, so you'll have to apply for it upon arriving in Kathmandu.

The application process takes about two hours, and you must be part of a group of at least two trekkers accompanied by a professional guide recommended by a registered travel company. Solo trekking in Kanchenjunga is currently not allowed.

Certain places along the trek route, such as Olangchung Gola village, Lelep village, Papung village, and Yamphuding village, are restricted. Your travel agency will provide you with the necessary information and instructions regarding these restrictions.

8. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Solo
Trekking solo on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp route is extremely challenging and not recommended for most people. The trek involves camping for most of the journey, with limited facilities for accommodation and food available only in certain places. This means that solo trekkers would need to carry all their gear and supplies themselves, without the support of guides or porters.

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is known for its rugged terrain and difficult conditions, which can be especially challenging for solo trekkers who must navigate the route alone. Without assistance, solo trekkers face greater risks and responsibilities, making the journey much more demanding and potentially dangerous.

While there have been experienced trekkers who have completed the journey solo, these individuals typically have extensive training and experience in wilderness trekking. For the average trekker without such expertise, attempting the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek solo is not advisable and could pose serious risks to safety.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu 1,320 m and transfer to hotel.

On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our guide and staff will receive and welcome you in a traditional way. They will accompany you on a short drive to your hotels located in the heart of the city, Thamel. It is a tourist hub where most good hotels and restaurants are situated.

Check out your exquisite accommodations and get refreshed to join in for a group briefing. The Himalayan Forever's guide or group leader will provide you with a lot of useful and important information regarding the trek, hotels, and local lodges. A group welcome dinner in a nice Nepali restaurant during the evening time will be served to you.

Day 2 : Morning tour of Kathmandu, afternoon preparation for the trek.

After breakfast, a city and cultural tour guide from Himalayan Forever will meet you at the hotel for an exciting day city tour drive. The drive passes through Kathmandu's historical Durbar Square and Palace Courtyard. It is the right place to witness Nepalese cultures and offers the views of ancient monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our next stop is Swayambhunath Stupa, which carries a history of 2,600 years. It is a Buddhist monument that is one of Nepal's most well-known landmarks and is located on a hillside west of Kathmandu. 

Our guide will drive you back to the hotel for lunch. You will get ready for an exciting flight to Bhadrapur. 

Day 3 : Fly Kathmandu to Bhadrapur(20 minutes) and drive to Phidim 1,340 m.

Take an early-morning flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur Town Airport, which is located in the Terai Belt's Far Eastern lowlands. This short panoramic flight offers views of the beautiful Himalayan chain of peaks, which includes Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Kanchenjunga. As you land at Bhadrapur airport, our guide and trekking staff will be waiting there to receive you.

Now hop on a four-wheeler and embark on an exciting drive through several towns and farm villages in the direction of the winding green hills in the northeast. We finally reach Ilam Bazaar and town, which is famous for its large tea plantation, lined with pine and fir tree lines. Continue driving towards the small town of Phidim for an overnight stay surrounded by tea gardens. It is an exciting place to observe the local cultures of Eastern Nepalese people and also offers a view of Mt. Kanchenjunga in the far north. 

Day 4 : Drive to Sukhetar 2,440 m(4 hours) and trek to Lali Kharka 1,900 m 3 hours trek.

After a short drive from Phidim, we will reach Sukhetar, and our guide will manage your loads for the strong porters. Hike on a winding, undulating trail that passes through farm areas and forest and you will reach Lali Kharka. Stay there for the night. Besides, Sukhetar is a nice small farm village that offers a view of Mt. Kanchenjunga in the north. You can set your tents on a farm field for overnight camping. Or, you can also choose to stay in the comfort of a simple lodge available in the local community. 

Day 5 : Trek to Kande Bhanjyang 2,100 m -06 hrs.

Hike downhill and the route passes through several farm villages, inhabited by Hindu hill tribes. The people are here basically Brahmins, Chettries, and Kirat people who are Rai and Limbu. The trail then leads to Tembawa where you can take a short rest. Continue trekking towards Pokora village which requires a long descent. 

Cross a suspension bridge, and hike through a steep climb towards Kunjari, a small village. Walk for a few hours towards Kande Bhanjyang for an overnight stay in a tented camp. You can also live in a small simple guest house available in this lovely farm village. Enjoy the views of Kanchenjunga massif with Yalungkang peaks including the grand beautiful surrounding scenic landscapes. 

Day 6 : Trek to Phompe Danda 1,850 m -06 hrs.

Hike from Kande Bhanjyang through a descent steep which consists of terraced fields of rice and millets. You will enter a dense forest and a short walk from here leads to Nandeva Khola / stream. The trail further leads to a nice small village of Loppoding. Hike through the uphill and downhill path that leads to Fun-Fun, a pleasant resting spot for travelers. Enjoy views of Khumbukarna, Yarlung, and Kanchenjunga peaks from this wonderful place. Continue hiking downhill to Yang Pang, a small farm area. Hike uphill for an hour and you will reach Phompe Danda. Stay there for the night. Besides, this region offers a view of Mt. Jannu.

Day 7 : Trek to Yangphudin 2,150 m at Sherpa Gaon - 06 hrs.

Morning trek starts, on a winding path with downhill to Khesewa Khola, crossing a suspension bridge. The trail follows to a short climb to Mamakhe village, an ideal spot for lunch break. Afternoon a short climb skirting around the ridge on a gradual path to reach Dekadin village. From this small farm village walk to Kabeli Khola / stream, the trail follows to slow climb and down. Cross over several smaller rivulets, after leaving the stream climb towards farm fields, and then reaching Yamphudin for a short rest. From here climb continues to Sherpa Gaon for overnight stop in a lovely Sherpa Gaon / village, a moderate size farm settlement. This will be the last permanent village of the Sherpa, one of the main mountain tribes of eastern Himalayas. The campsite is placed on a farm field near the village. Next human settlement and village will be Ghunsa on the other side of Kanchenjunga areas on route to North Kanchenjunga base camp.

Day 8 : Trek to Doronding 2,880 m via Lashe Tham Pass 3,800 m- 06 hours walks.

From Sherpa Gaon / village, morning trek follows Kabeli Khola, crossing over a tributary of Omje Khola. The climb starts to steep hill tog Dhupi Bhanjyang, a high grassy ridge top. Which is also called Lahse Tham, from here downhill through deciduous forest reaching Omje Khola. After a short refreshing stop, continue walk with steep climb into rhododendron forest. As the day ends reaching Doronding for overnight camp, after walking past Chitre village.

Day 9 : Trek to Tseram 3,770 m - 05 hrs.

After a pleasant overnight at Doronding, morning trek leads closer towards our first destination near Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. The trail follows to Ramite Bhanjyang and then climb for few hours amidst magnolias, rhododendron and bamboo forest to Ramite. An isolated place with a single small stone hut, from here climb leads above a ridge. As walk continues reaching a small pond to enter a valley, covered in tall pine, rhododendron trees, reaching a small area of Wahta. 

A peaceful place, close to a huge rock shaped like a serpent, from here walk to Tseram for overnight camp. Located close around the roofless caves facing views of terminal moraines fed from Yalung glacier. Includes views of Kabru (7,353 m), and Talung (7,349 m) peaks.

Day 10 : Rest day at Tseram for hike to Oktang near Kanchenjunga South BC.

Enjoy the leisure day at Tseram, located on the midway of South and North Base Camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga. After a weeklong walk a deserving rest day, for interested people can enjoy the day. A day hike of few hour to Oktang close towards Mt. Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. The classic and original base camp for mountaineers to reach the summit of Mt. Kanchenjunga. The first British Expedition climbed using this route to the top of Mt. Kanchenjunga in 1955 by George Band and his team. The trek leads to Yalung Glacier within close to the southern wall of massif Mt. Kanchenjunga. The walk offers fabulous views of Talung and Kabru peaks, after an exciting day hike back at Tserem for overnight.

Day 11 : Cross Sele-La Pass 4,250 m and camp at Sele-Le 3,700 m about 08 hours walks.

At Tseram after a day hike to Kanchenjunga south base camp, start the morning walk to a place called Yalungbar. The trail leads to steep climb, crossing river and then enter into a dense forest. Walk follows uphill path for an hour to reach close to a small ponds. From here heading up cross three smaller passes of Mirgin-La, Tamo-La and Selele-La. The climb of an hour to Mirgin-La top, facing views of Kabru and Kanchenjunga massif peaks. The walk continues down and then up to Tamo-La, and continue descent with climb towards the last pass.

Traverse over Sele-La at 4,250 m high, enjoying the super panorama of Makalu, Baruntse, and Chamlang Himal. From the last pass of Sele-La, downhill to the base of the pass for overnight camp, after a long day treks.

Day 12 : Day 12: Trek to Ghunsa 3,480 m - 04 hrs.

Today one of the shortest day of trekking, morning starts with steep descent for an hour through rhododendron and pines trees. As the winding trail leads to Ghunsa River, crossing the river on a small bridge. Following the northern route of Kanchenjunga, then end morning walk reaching Ghunsa village for overnight. 

A nice lovely mountain village populated by some Sherpa with more Bhotia people. The indigenous mountain tribes of strong Tibetan origin and similar cultures, houses around Ghunsa built of stones and fine woods. The village with wide and neat farm land growing buck wheat and barley and some seasonal vegetables and crops. Staying either in local simple or in the comfort of tented camp, having time to explore around the village adorned with Buddhist religious monuments and prayer walls.

Day 13 : Trek to Khambachen 4,000 m-06 hrs.

From Ghunsa village, adventure continues heading towards our major last destination to Kanchenjunga North base camp at Pang-Pema.

Walk follows to a river with views of waterfalls, then coming across several Yak herder summer camps. The trail leads to a small forest, and then climb to Rambuk Kharka, another pasture areas for local cattle. From here cross a small glacial landslide, facing views of Khumbukarna and Janu Himal with range of snow peaks. 

The walk continues on leaving the tree lines, as the dry and arid terrains starts reaching Khambachen for overnight halt. The camp set on a scenic valley facing Sharphu peak at 7,070 m with Mt. Janu and Wedge peaks.

Day 14 : Trek to Lhonak 4,780 m - 06 hrs.

Morning walk leads above a river for an hour and then towards due east leading downhill to a river. As climb leads over rocks and boulders entering a terminal moraine of Kanchenjunga glacier. Walk leads past Ramtang Kharka, another Yak herder summer camp, the trail continues heading across Kanchenjunga glacier. An exciting day crossing the Kanchenjunga glacier, then reaching Lhonak for two overnight stops. From the camp at Lhonak enjoy fabulous views of Mera, Nepal Peak and Wedge Peak. The area around is absolutely a perfect mountain wilderness enclosed by high towering snow peaks.

Day 15 : Hike to Pang Pema at 5,150 m / 16, 896 feet around Kanchenjunga North Base Camp- 07 hours both ways.

Today the hike leads to our last major highlight of the adventure, morning an exciting walk to Pang Pema. Which is the North Base Camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga Base Camp and the highest point. The route leads to gradual climb above a river facing views of Kirat Chuli, Nepal Peak, Taple Sikhar, and Givegela Chuli. The first part of the walk leads to gentle high slope, and then steep climb through boulders on a rocky path. Finally the walk ends reaching a grassy areas reaching Pang-Pema where Kanchenjunga North Base Camp located. 

Enjoy the dramatic landscapes massif glaciers surrounded by array of towering peaks. Around this remote corners, chances of spotting some wildlife like herd of blue sheep and mountain goats. After an enjoyable moment head back to Lhonak for last overnight stop. 

Day 16 : Trek to Ghunsa 3,480 m - 08 hours.

Enjoying the great exciting trek to Pang-Pema and North Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Morning walk heading on the same trail past Kambachen to Ghunsa for overnight halt, after a long interesting day trek.

Day 17 : Trek to Gyapla Phedi 2,300 m - 07 hours.

From Ghunsa our route leads on an alternative trail, enjoy the walk visiting the both scenic sides of Kanchenjunga beautiful country. The walk continues facing views of snow peaks past many cattle herder summer camps. Then end the day reaching Gyapla Phedi for overnight stop.

Day 18 : Trek to Sekathum / Japantar 1,350 m - 07 hrs.

After a wonderful time around the high areas of Kanchenjunga, morning walk leads to low warm farm mid-hills. The trail follows through several smaller farm villages to reach Sekathum for overnight camp, close to another nice village of Japantar.

Day 19 : Trek to Chirwa 1,250 m - 06 hrs.

Morning an enjoyable walk, heading further lower warm areas and farm land. As trek continues encountering many friendly villagers, the trek leads across many spread-out villages. Slowly the day ends reaching Chirwa for overnight stop.

A small nice village located on a hill top facing grand views of surrounding beautiful landscapes. 

Day 20 : Trek to Phurumbu School 1,500 m -07 hrs.

Today’s one of the longest walk, but enjoyable on downhill with few short ups, but more of descent towards lower hills of Kanchenjunga areas. The walk finally comes to the end reaching Phurumbu village school premises for overnight and last night in tented camping.

Day 21 : Trek to Sukhetar 2,440 m -04 hrs.

Last day of the wonderful adventure leads to Sukhetar near Taplejung town, the walk follows past farm villages. The trek finally comes to an end at Sukhetar, a small town with an airstrip. Overnight in a simple guest-house / lodge.

Day 22 : Drive to Ilam drive with overnight in local Lodge -06 hrs.

Morning on completing 3 weeks of trekking, from Sukhetar, board on a local four-wheel drive or similar vehicles. An exciting ride on the hilly rough road to Ilam Bazaar, a famous town for Tea products and its vast Tea Gardens. 

Day 23 : Drive to Bhadrapur airport and fly back to Kathmandu.

Enjoy the last breakfast around the hills of Eastern Himalayas at Ilam Bazaar / town. Morning a smooth, scenic drive leads to low warm area of Terai and then end the drive reaching Bhadrapur airport. As time for the flight to Kathmandu, board on a big aircraft for swift short flight to Kathmandu. From the domestic airport in Kathmandu, a short transfer back to your hotel. Afternoon free at leisure, for individual activities and shopping souvenirs. 

Day 24 : International departure for homeward bound.

Last day in Nepal and at Kathmandu, get ready for final departure as per your international flight time. Himalayan Forever Trek guide and staff transfer you to the airport. Bidding farewell to the guide and staff as you depart for homeward bound flight, after a wonderful experience and adventure on Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking.


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