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Trip Facts
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Trip Duration 22 days
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Mode of Trek Lodge to Lodge
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Grade Modrate / Adventure
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Best Time Oct/ Nov and March / April
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Group Size 2+


Trekking To  World Third Tallest Mountain Kanchenjunga. The  elevation of 8,586 m.”

Kanchenjunga Trek is a restricted trekking area in Nepal. The trek is a perfect opportunity to explore the untouched and unspoiled highland wilderness. During the Kanchenjunga Trek, you will reach North and south Kanchenjunga Base Camp  via several high passes.

The Kanchenjunga trek takes you through diverse landscapes, from lush subtropical forests to rugged alpine terrain. Along the way, you’ll encounter a variety of ethnic communities, including Rai, Limbu, and Bhutia, and have the opportunity to observe their unique cultures and lifestyles. The trek also offers stunning views of the Kanchenjunga massif, as well as other peaks such as Jannu, Kabru, and Rathong.

It’s important to note that this trek is not recommended for beginner trekkers, as it requires a high level of physical fitness and the ability to acclimatize to high altitudes. It’s also important to be prepared for extreme weather conditions and to have a proper gear. It’s essential to use the service of a professional guide or trekking agency.

Kanchenjunga   Trek is an isolated trek situated in the north-eastern part of Nepal. The trek begins with a short flight to Bhadrapur. From there we will drive to Ilam and then to Taplejung.Taplejung is the point where you begin your actual trek. We trek through Taplejung, Mitlung, Chiruwa, Sakathum, Amjilassa, Gyabla, Gunsa, Khambachen, Lhonak, and finally to the Northern Base Camp of Kanchenjunga.

From the Northern Kanchenjunga base camp, we will trek through Khambachen and back to Gunsa. After crossing Tseram, we will move through Ramche from the Southern Base Camp of Kanchenjunga.  The hiking trails back to Torntan, Yamphudin, Kheswa, and to Taplejung. From Taplejung, we’ll drive to Bhadrapur and fly to Kathmandu from there.

The Kanchenjunga massif displays wonderful and exotic views of snow giants above and below 8000 meters. You can see Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and many other peaks during the Kanchenjunga circuit trek.

You can enjoy the amazing landscapes and topography during Kanchenjunga trek. The trek is full of alpine grasslands, sub-tropical forests and low river valleys. Walking across beautiful waterfalls, thickets of rhododendron and amazing mountain vistas is a great feeling.

The trek passes through Kanchenjunga Conservation Area that houses diverse species of flora and fauna. There are chances of seeing wildlife such as Snow Leopard, Musk deer, Red Panda, etc while trekking. You might also see some threatened species of birds like Impedance Pheasant and Red-billed blue magpie.

While trekking, you will see the amazing valleys and traditional villages. The local people are hospitable. The isolated communities are not affected by modernity. You will see the diverse local groups preserve their amazing culture and traditions.

Kanchenjunga trek is a combination of tea house and camp trekking. At places like Lhonak, Northern Base Camp, Khambachen, Gunsa, Selele Kharka, Tseram you should stay in your tents for overnights. Whereas in other places, there are lodges and teahouses for stays.

The tea houses en route aren’t well facilitated. They provide basic facilities for foods and stays. Food and accommodation are expensive than in other treks due to remoteness of the place. Carry extra hand cash to pay for extra services like hot shower, wifi, extra blankets, etc.

Highlights of Kanchenjunga Trekking

  • Mount Kanchenjunga 8586 meters, the third highest peak in the world
  • The blend of traditional Nepali and Tibetan culture
  • Wild, remote, and unspoiled nature including amazing landscapes, forests, rivers and waterfalls
  • Exploring around the northern and southern base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • Crossing the  several  Glacier. Such as Kanchenjunga glacier, Yalung Glacier and many others
  • Crossing the  Numbers of High passes Such as Sele La pass (4290 meters), Mirginla Pass (4480 meters) and Sinelapcha Pass 4646,
  • Remote picturesque villages and the local ethnic groups
  • The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, diverse wildlife such as Snow leopard, Musk deer, Red panda, etc.

Best Season for Kanchenjunga  Trek

Autumn (September, October, and November) and Spring (March, April, and May) are the best time for Kanchenjunga trek. This time is perfect for trekking, touring, and mountaineering in Nepal.

Weather in the Kanchenjunga region mostly remains stable and clear during these times. During the best time, there are least chances of rainfall, snows, or bad climate. The beautiful weather enhances beautiful and unobstructed views of the distant surrounding vistas. The temperature is also moderate which is suitable for trekking.

Kanchenjunga Trek is possible in any time of the year. However Summer (June, July, and August) and Winter (December, January, and February) are less popular seasons to trek.  Summer receives heavy monsoon rain in Kanchenjunga region. Winter is colder with freezing temperatures at nights.

Kanchenjunga Trek Difficulties

  • This is a high altitude trek with higher risks of altitude sickness. You will trek up to an altitude of 5143 meters at the Kanchenjunga base camp.
  • This trek is a longer trek above 22  days trek. Trekking in the entirely isolated trekking trail far from modernity can be difficult. There are some trekkers who feel exhausted in the middle of the trek. Make sure you can do it before you choose to trek.
  • Trekkers must walk for 6 to 7 hours a day on average during the trek. Walking for such long hours over rugged and different terrain is difficult for beginners. Practice some exercises and strength training starting a month before you go.
  • Inadequate gear might bring difficulties to your trek. So, get information on packing lists before trekking to Kanchenjunga. Pack what is mandatory. Remember! You’ll need gear for camping also.
  • This is a high altitude trek with uncertain weather and climatic variations. Be prepared to encounter any sorts of weather changes while trekking.

People and Culture Around Kanchenjunga  Trek

Kanchenjunga Trek traverses through the heart of Kanchenjunga region in the eastern vicinity of Nepal. This region is majorly inhabited by 3 group of people

The Limbus :

Limbu people are one of the region’s biggest ethnic groups of eastern Nepal. They are known for their hospitality and are often referred to as the “guardians of the eastern Himalayas”. Limbu people celebrate “Chasok Tangnam” as their main festival which falls on the full moon day in the month of November or December.

The Sherpas:

Sherpas are another ethnic group that are well-known for their mountaineering abilities and have been guiding climbers to the summit of Everest for decades.. They are inhabited in the Kanchenjunga region sparsely. Sherpas celebrate “Manirimdu” as their main festival which usually falls on October every year.

The Rais:

Rai people are indigenous to Nepal, and they are known for their traditional farming and crafts. They are skilled at making handicrafts. Rais inhabit the major portion of North Easter region of Nepal and same is the case with Kanchenjunga region. Rais celebrate “Sakela” as their main festival which falls on April/May month of Gregorian calendar.

Weather and Temperature on Kanchenjunga  Trek

As any other region in Nepal , there are 4 major weather patterns in the Kanchenjunga region.

Spring ( March- May): The weather is generally dry and mild. The average temperature during the day ranges from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F), while the temperature at night drops to around 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F). This is the perfect time for the trek.

Autumn (Sept- Nov):  Autumn is another great time to trek on the Kanchenjunga route, as the weather is dry and clear. The average temperature during the day ranges from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F), while the temperature at night drops to around 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F)

Winter ( Dec- Feb): Winter is the coldest season on the Kanchenjunga Trek, with temperatures dropping below freezing at higher altitudes. The average temperature during the day ranges from 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F), while the temperature at night drops to around -5°C to 5°C (23°F to 41°F).

Summer (June- August): Summer is the monsoon season in Nepal, and the Kanchenjunga region receives heavy rainfall during this time. The weather can be unpredictable, with frequent rain showers, cloudy skies, and low visibility. The average temperature during the day ranges from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F), while the temperature at night drops to around 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F).

Meals on Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga Trek traverses through some of the remotest terrain in the Eastern Nepal. This region is limited by road access and it is a cumbersome job to transport food supplies up into the region.

The tea houses along the Kanchenjunga trek serves Nepalese and Tibetan dishes.Most tea houses in the region serves typical Nepali Dish: Daal Bhaat ( Rice and Lentil Soup), this dish is served alongside vegetable curry and pickle.

Modern tea houses in the lower stretches of the trek also provide western version of Nepalese dishes like pies, pasta, french fries, momos and others. Soups, Noodles, Potatoes, Rice and Vegetables are available all across the trail in the tea houses. You can consult your trekking company in advance if there are any special meal requests that differs from the one provided in your trekking package.

Kanchenjunga Trek Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu transfers to hotel. (1300m )

Your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport marks the start of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. At the airport, you will get picked up by the team members and then taken to the hotel. The beautiful city of Kathmandu is where you can explore in the evening. In the hotel, you will get briefed by the team about the trekking journey that lies ahead. You can rest at the hotel in Kathmandu for the night.

Meals :- Dinner
Transportation: Airport Pick up
Accommodation:  3 Star Hotel

Day 2

Trekking preparation day- buy or rent your personal equipment obtain permit for the trek etc.

The second day is separated for preparation. You can go on to shops around Thamel on this day to buy or rent your trekking gear and equipment for the trek. Besides that, you can also obtain the necessary permits required for the tour from Nepal Tourism Board’s Office. After completing all the necessary preparation, you can rest in the hotel in the evening.

Meals :- Breakfast,
Accommodation:  2 / 3  Star Hotel

Day 3

Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, Drive to Birtamod (jeep/taxi), again Drive to Taplejung (1441 m)

Flight Duration: 45 minutes

Bhadrapur to Birtamod Drive duration: 45 minutes

Taplejung altitude: 1441m

Birtamod to Taplejung Drive duration: 8 hours

Overnight: Taplejung

The flight in the early morning takes you to Bhadrapur from Kathmandu. You will arrive at the settlements of Bhadrapur after a flight of around 45 minutes. From there, you will then go on a drive to Birtamod in a jeep or taxi. After arriving at Birtamod, you will take an incredible highway drive for 6-7 hours on a local bus passing through the region’s scenic landscapes to Taplejung.

Meals :- Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Transportation: Flight / Private Jeep
Accommodation:  Guest House

Day 4

Drive to Sekhathum ( 5-6 hour drive)

Sakathum altitude: 1640m

Drive duration: 6 hours

Overnight: Sakathum

On this day, you will take another jeep drive to Sakathum. The beautiful trails take you through the serene natural terrains of the hilly region. You will arrive at your destination after 6 hours, where you will rest for the night.

Meals :- Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Transportation: Sharing Jeep
Accommodation: Lodge

Day 5

Trek to Amjilassa (2490m) 6 hour

Trek duration: 5 hours

Amjilosa altitude: 2310 m

Overnight: Amjilosa


The trekking journey begins from the village settlement of Sakathum. From there, you will continue your journey passing through the numerous terrains of the region to arrive at Amjilosa. The trail gradually begins on a flat path before continuing the uphill terrain through colorful forests alongside the Tamar River.


You can observe the serene Himalayan vista along the route. There are many waterfalls and streams along the trail as well. After arriving at Jabari, you will rest for some time before continuing the trek. After trekking for a few hours, you will reach the day’s destination, Amjilosa.

Meals :- Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation:  Guest House

Day 6

Trek to Gyabla (2730m) 6 hour

Trek duration: 6 hours

Gyabla altitude: 2725 m

Overnight: Gyabla


On this day of the trek, you will continue your walk in the region from Amjilosa. You will trek to Gyabla on this day of the tour at an altitude of 2730m. The trail will lead alongside the Ghunsa Khola. The track moves uphill above a ridge and crosses the Ghunsa Khola on a wooden bridge.


There are many bamboo bushes you will have to climb through, providing the serene lakes of the region. There are switchback paths on an uphill valley and rocky terrain. Trekkers need to be wary of the landslide-prone area during the trail. After reaching Gyabla, you will rest for the night in the teahouse.

Meals :- Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation:  Tea House

Day 7

Trek to Gunsa (3410m) 6 hour

Trek duration: 5 hours

Ghunsa altitude: 3400 m

Overnight: Ghunsa


The section of the Kanchenjunga base camp trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa leads you through a narrow valley. The trekkers will trek alongside the Ghunsa Khola, passing through the diverse vegetation. Trekkers will climb gradually along the trail to arrive at a forested path with rhododendrons and bamboo trees.


There are also tricky landslide-prone areas that you will cross to arrive at the settlement of Phale. It is a winter destination for people migrating from Ghunsa. After an uphill hike for a few hours, you will reach the settlement of Ghunsa. You can find a large community of Sherpas, and you will rest overnight.

Meals :- Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation:  Tea House

Day 8

Trek to Khambachen (4150m) 5 hour

Trek duration: 5 hours

Khambachen altitude: 4100m

Overnight: Khambachen


On this day, the trek to Khambachen from Ghunsa is challenging as there are many rockfall areas along the trail. The trails of the hike will take you through the beautiful river banks, with many forested areas of rhododendron and pine trees.

After crossing a few wooden bridges, you will arrive at the settlement of Rampuk Kharka. There are many landline areas that you need to cross. The beautiful views of cascading waterfalls will enchant you along the trail. From this viewpoint, you can also observe Mt. Jannu. After arriving at Khambachen, you will rest at the teahouse.

Meals :- Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation:  Tea House

Day 9

Acclimatization and exploration at Khambachen - visit Mount Kumbhakarna/Mt Jannu viewpoint (4400m)

Hike duration: 5-6 hours

Overnight: Khamachen


This is the point of the trek where you will stop for acclimatization, as it is essential. You will explore Khambachen on this day. There is also a viewpoint of Kumbhakarna/Mt Jannu, which you can visit in your acclimatization journey. You can go on a lengthy hike to a nearby hill as well. Overall, exploring the region takes around 5-6 hours, and you will return to Khambachen.

Meals :- Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House

Day 10

10. Trek to Lhonak(4790m) 3 Hour

Trek duration: 3 hours

Lhonak altitude: 4780 m

Overnight: Lhonak


On this trek section, you will trek from Khambachen to Lhonak. This scenic section of the trek is quite challenging as well. The beautiful trail has many rocky fields and boulders. Trekkers will take on a descending path alongside the river’s banks. You will also cross the water streams on a bridge.


After climbing for some time, you will reach the magnificent Ramtang Monastery. You can visit the Gompa and experience the spiritual atmosphere of the Gompa. The trail finally takes you to the destination of Lhonak. There, you will rest overnight at a local lodge or teahouse.

Meals :- Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation:  Tea House

Day 11

Hike to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (Pang Pema) (5140 m), Return to Lhonak

Trek duration: 6-7 hours

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp altitude (Pang Pema): 5140 m

Overnight: Lhonak


The trail on this trek section will take you to the ultimate destination of the Kanchenjunga north base camp, also known as the Pang Pema base camp. The beautiful trail will take you through the serene terrains of the Kanchenjunga region.


The Kanchenjunga north base camp starts on this day. The trail will lead you through the beautiful terrains of the region. The uphill path will guide you through areas with many rhododendrons and other wildflowers. Trekkers on this trail need to pass through the Kanchenjunga glacier.

Meals :- Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation:  Tea House

Day 12

Trek to Gunsa (3410m) 7 Hour

Trek duration: 5 hours

Kambachen altitude: 4110m

Overnight: Gunsa


The trail from Lhonak to Gunsa is filled with immense flora and fauna. You will get to observe the green trails with the scenic vista of the region. The steep trails will then take you through the diverse terrains of the region.


You will explore the beautiful trails with many flora and fauna of the region. The beautiful trails of the region will lead you through the picturesque yak pastures. You will get a different perspective of the region. You will trek for around 4-6 hours to arrive at the destination of Khambachen.


From the settlement of Khambachcen, you will trek to the beautiful destination of Ghunsa. The trail then takes you through the downhill path, which is relatively easy. You can rest and stay overnight at Ghunsa.


Meals :- Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation:  Tea House

Day 13

Trek to Selele Base Camo ( 4300m) 6 hour

Trek duration: 5 hours

Sele La Kharka: 4200 m

Overnight: Sele Base Camp


The trail from Ghunsa to Sele la Base Camp is quite an exciting trail with a stunning vista of the region. The beautiful course will lead you through the serene terrains where you can observe the diverse natural landscapes.


You will travel through the beautiful terrains to reach the South Selela Base Camp. You will love to trek the incredible trails with a scenic vista. From the base camp, you can observe the snow-clad mountains. You will camp for the night at the base camp.


Meals :- Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation:  Tea House

Day 14

Trek from Selela Base Camp to Selele Pass, trek down to Tseram (3900m)

Trek duration: 6 hours

Selela pass altitude: 3870 m

Overnight: Tseram


The trail on this section of the trek is quite daunting as you will pass through the beautiful Selela pass to arrive at Tseram. The trail to Selela La Pass is uphill and challenging. You will get the stunning vista of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other snow-clad mountains from Sele La Pass. You will then descend around 1000m to Tseram after exploring the beautiful landscapes of the mountain pass.

Meals :- Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House

Day 15

Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4620m) -Visit Yalung (4500m) and South Base Camp (4620m)/ Oktang, and return to Ramche.

Trek duration: 8-9 hours

Yalung base camp: 4500m

South base camp/Oktang: 4620m

Overnight: Ramche


You will climb uphill on a gradual path to arrive at your destination of Ramche. There are excellent viewpoints to observe the snow-clad mountains of the region. You can visit the Yalung Base Camp and the Oktang Base Camp, also known as the south base camp.


The base camps provide you with a unique experience and spectacular vista. There are snow clad mountains all around that you can capture in your camera. After exploring around for some time, you will traverse through the lateral moraines of the region. After trekking for a few hours, you will arrive at the destination of Ramche.

Meals :- Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation:  Tea House

Day 16

Trek from Ramche to Torontan (2990m)

Trek duration: 6 hours

Ramche altitude: 4730 m

Overnight: Torontan


The trail on this section of the trek will take you from Ramche to Torontan. Trekkers will pass through the alpine valley, lateral moraines, and Yalung Glacier to arrive at Oktang Base Camp.


The snow-clad mountains look stunning along the route. You will then descend the trail from the base camp. You will arrive at the destination of Torontan. The course will take around 3-4 hours to arrive at the destination.


Meals :- Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation:  Tea House

Day 17

Trek from Torontan to Yamphudin (1690m)

Trek duration: 5 hours

Torangden altitude: 2200 m

Overnight: Yamphudin


The trail will lead you through the descending path to arrive at Yamphudin. The 5-6 hours trek will take you alongside the Simbuwa Khola. There are many natural terrains with rhododendron, pine, and orchid trees of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area on the route to Yamphudin.

Meals :- Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation:  Tea House

Day 18

Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang (2125 m)

Trek duration: 5 hours

Yamphudin altitude: 2200 m

Overnight: Khebang


The beautiful trek from the incredible terrain will lead through the fantastic landscapes of the Yamphudin to Khebang. After passing through the serene terrains of the region to arrive at the settlement of the Lamite Bhanjyang.


The trail descends gradually through the pine-forested area and crosses the Simbhua Khola. The course will lead you through the Amji Khola river banks you will cross in the region. You will trek for 6-7 hours before arriving at Khebang.


Meals :- Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation:  Tea House

Day 19

Khebang Drive to kanyam , Ilam -7 hour

Trek duration: 5 hours

Khebang altitude: 1800 m

Overnight: Kanyam


The trail on this day takes you through the beautiful green tea hills to arrive at the destination of Kanyam in Ilam. The beautiful course will pass through the region’s incredible terrain and the area’s highway. You will arrive at the destination of Ilam after 3-4 hours, where you will rest in the teahouse.


Meals :- Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation:  Guest House

Day 20

Drive 2 hour to Bhadrapur / fly back Kathmandu

Flight duration: 45 minutes

Drive duration: 5-6 hrs

Overnight: Kathmandu


On this day, you will drive from Kanyam in Ilam to Bhadrapur, which takes around 3-4 hours. You will then fly to Kathmandu from the airport on Bhadrapur on a flight journey. It takes 15-20 minutes to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

Meals :- Breakfast,
Accommodation:  Hotel

Day 21

Departure from Nepal.

On this trekking day, you will fly from the Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu to your destination back home.

Meals: Breakfast

Cost Include/Exclude

What’s include

  • Airport/ Hotel/ Airport Transportation.
  • Three Nights    hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast included.
  •  3 Meals a day during the trek ( Breakfast, Lunch, dinner)
  • Lodge/ Tea house Accommodation during the trek.
  • A government licensed English speaking Guide during the trek.
  •  Trekking porter ( One porter for every two members) the limit weight is 20-25 Kg)
  •  All special trekking permits & fees.
  • Flight Ticket from Kathmandu – Bhdrapur – Kathmandu including airport departure taxes in both airport.
  • Ground Transportation by Bus / Sharing local Jeep
  • Trekking Equipment provide, Down Jacket and sleeping bag  (which needs to be returned after the trek.)
  • All our government taxes.
  • Tourist service charge, vat.
  • Official expense.

What’s excluded

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare and Nepal Entry Visa
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • Tips
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