Kanchenjunga trekking is one the most, beautiful and amazing trekking you can do in Nepal. This trek takes you through a varied terrain, from hills to the foot of the mountains. Traversing through many villages, beautiful forests and crossing suspension bridges in between, you are sure to be startled and have an amazing experience, in the end. Taking you up to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, this trek is a once in a lifetime experience.
Starting from the capital – Kathmandu, you will be taking a flight to Bhadrapur, and to Taplejung. It is from Taplejung, that our actual trekking begins. We trek to Chhirwa to Sekathum then to Gyabla. We will then trek to Ghunsa to Khamabachen and, to Lhonak. From Lhonak, we finally reach the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Enjoying the spectacular view of the majestic mountains, we will return back to Ghunsa. Passing the Sele Le pass, we will trek to Ramche, through Tseram. Exploring the beautiful Oktang temple and glacier, we will trace our steps back to Tseram. Heading towards Torongten, we will go to Sherpa Gaun. From there, to Phumpe Danda, to Kadevanjyang, to Lali Kharka, we finally reach Suketar. Travelling to Biratnagar, we will take a flight back to Kathmandu.
At the end of 25 days, we will have an amazing experience trekking through the heart of the Kanchenjunga region, with nature constantly rewarding us, all along the way. We will see beautiful places and even more beautiful people of the same place. Their culture and lifestyle will surely grab our attention, and their hospitality, win our hearts. In the end, we will be left with beautiful memories and an amazing experience, to cherish for a very long time.
The best season for trekking the Kanchenjunga region is from early March to mid-May. Also, between the months of October to November, the trek can be enjoyed very much. It is not advised to trek during the monsoon season (July to August).
This is the very first day of our Kanchenjunga trek, where you will be arriving at the capital – Kathmandu. Our representatives from Mountain Routes will pick you up from the airport, then take you to your respective hotel. They will be explaining about the Kanchenjunga trek. You can freshen up, then go out to explore the beautiful city of Kathmandu.
On the second day of our trek, we will be travelling from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. We will travel by flight which will take us about 45 minutes. After reaching Bhadrapur, we will explore the town a bit and prepare for our trek, which begins the nest day. We will stay the night at Bhadrapur.
Today, on the third day of our Kanchenjunga trek, we will be travelling to Taplejung. It will take us about 8-9 hours of time, and we will be travelling via roadways. Through Mechi highway, we will see beautiful green hills of Illam. Illam is famous for tea cultivation, and the greenery is sure to win your heart. After driving for 8-9 hours, we will reach Suketar, Tapplejung. We will stay the night in Suketar.
On the 4th day of our Kanchenjunga trekking, we will be trekking to Chhirwa, from Taplejung. The trail descends util Chhirwa, and it will take us about 6-7 hours of time. We will be passing through pasture lands and small villages. We will be having good view of Hungdewa river and Tamur river, along the way. Following the trail, we will reach Sinwa village, and then continue towards Tawa, crossing the suspension bridge at Thiwa. After some further walk, we will reach our destination, Chhirwa, enjoying the way nature unfolds right in front of us. Chhirwa is a small Limbu village, where we will spend the night.
Today, on day 5 of our trek, we will pass through forested ridges with lush green vegetation. We will be walking along the Tamur river until we arrive at Olangchung Gola. From here, we will enter the Kanchenjunga National Park. Walking further, we will reach Ghunsa Khola. After walking for almost half an hour from here, we will reach Sekathum. Overnight at Sekathum.
Today, is going to be a stretchy and long trek. The route is also a bit hard, and the long duration of trekking will make us tired. We will cross the river, before ascending the steep and narrow trail. After passing through the trail, we will descend down to cross the river again. Following the trail, we will be walking up from the gorge’s bottom to pass Solima, again descending down to the riverside.
We will then follow the trail further, traversing through dense Rhododendron, fir and bamboo forest. We will cross a stone house, and cross several small bridges. Stunning view of the waterfalls will be encountered before reaching Gyabla. Overnight at Gyabla.
Today, on the 7th day of our Kanchenjunga trek, we will be trekking from Gyabla to Ghunsa. Descending down to the riverside, we will start our trek. We will reach a place called Phole, before the valley slowly starts opening before us. After walking further for some hours, we will reach a famous Sherpa village, where we can see a hydro plant. Overnight at Ghunsa.
On the 8th day of our Kanchenjunga trek, we will be acclimatizing at Ghunsa. To better utilize this time, we will visit the nearby Buddhist monastery and also some nearby places. Another place to explore today, is the Lapsan La pass, through green forest, then return back to Ghunsa and spend the second night there.
Today, we will be trekking from Ghunsa to Khambachen which will take us about 4-5 hours of time. We will trek towards the north along the riverside. After walking for some time along the riverside, we will slowly start ascending through high land trees and vegetation. We will then cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka and come across a beautiful waterfall. A bit risky area, landslide area needs to be crossed before reaching Jannu. Following the trail some further, we will finally reach Khambachen, where we will be spending the night.
Today, we will be trekking from Khambachen to Lhonak, which will take us only about 3-4 hours of time. We need to cross the landslide area, again. Crossing the landslide area comes off as a bit risky, due to the scree rock and soil. Along the way, we will follow the river bank, come across a beautiful waterfall and cross a bridge to Ramtang. Upon walking further, we will finally reach Lhonak. Overnight at Lhonak.
Today, we will be reaching our ultimate destination – Kanchenjunga Base Camp. We will follow the trail along the glaciers on the northern ridges. Upon reaching the base camp, we will be rewarded with amazing view of majestic, Mt. Kanchenjunga. We will enjoy the scenic beauty it has to offer, and stay the night in KBC.
Today, on the 12th day of our trek, we will be trekking back to Ghunsa from Kanchenjunga Base Camp. With the stunning view of different mountains in the back drop, we will descend past Lhonak and Khangpachen. Walking on the moraines of Kanchenjunga glacier, and Kumbhakarna glacier, we finally arrive at Ghunsa. Overnight at Ghunsa.
On the 13th day of our Kanchenjunga trek, we will be trekking from Ghunsa to Sele Le pass. It is a steep trail and we will gradually walk to Sele Le. Passing through the dense Rhododendron and Juniper forests, we can see Danphe pheasant. Stopping for lunch on the way, and walking some further, we will finally reach Sele Le. Overnight at Sele Le.
The trail from Sele Le to Tseram, is a steep one. After walking for 1 hour, we reach the bottom of Mirgin La pass. Continuing further for about another hour, we reach another pass called Sinion La. We will walk across many passes, and along the way, stop for eating our packed lunch. The visibility can be compromised today, so it is advised to stick close to your guides. Following the trail, we will come across some ponds, and further form there, we will slowly start to see Tseram. Upon reaching Tseram, we will enjoy some hot tea or soup, then rest for the night there.
Today, we will be trekking from Tseram to Ramche, and the trail is an easy and a short one. We will follow the trail along the south of the Yalung Glaciers. Accompanied by the magnificent view of the mountains along the way, we will also enjoy the frozen lakes, streams and crystals. After walking further, for some time, we will finally reach Ramche. We will explore the surrounding a bit, and have a good night’s rest.
Today, we will have an excursion to the Oktang temple, glacier and return back to Tseram. First, we will trek towards Oktang temple, whose trail will give way to the spectacular views of the beautiful mountains Mount Kabru, Yalung Kang, Kanchanjunga, and Kumbakarna. We will explore the Oktang temple and the glacier, and spend some time there. Returning back from there, we will trek back to Ramche.
Today, following the trail to Tseram, we will reach Torongten from Ramche. It will take a few hours to trek back to Tseram. Walking along the Simbhuwa Khola, we will then reach Torongten. We will pass through some forests along the way, having some sections close to the river bed. Upon reaching Torongten, we will check into the lodge and spend the night there.
Following the trail today, we will ascend up till Lashetham (3646 m). The view from there is amazing, with the panoramic view of the Himalayas. WE will then start to descend to our destination – Sherpa Gaun. We will traverse through Rhododendron and fir forest, descending almost 2000 meters in elevation. Upon following the trail further, we finally arrive at Sherpa Gaun. Overnight at Sherpa Gaun.
The trail today, leads from Sherpa Gaun to Phumpe danda. It follows, a lot of twists and turns along the way. We will enjoy the beautiful hills ranging on our east. Following the trail, we will reach Phumpe danda, where we will be spending the night.
Today, on the 20th day of our Kanchenjunga trek, we will be trekking from Phumpe Danda to Kandevanjyang. The trail is mostly upwards, and after some walking, we will reach Phungphung Danda. From there, we will reach Keshuwa. Following the trail further we will reach Kandevanjyang. We will also get to learn more about the culture, traditions and lifestyle of the native Limbu people. Also, the panoramic view of Kanchenjunga and Kumbhakarna will reward us today. Overnight at Kandevanjyang.
Today, we will be trekking from Kandevanjyang to Lali Kharka, which is an ascending trail. We will walk along the trail, enjoying the scenic natural beauty, the region has to offer. Upon reaching Lali Kharka, we will check into our lodge and rest.
On the 22nd day of our Kanchenjunga trekking, we will be trekking from Lali Kharka to Suketar. Today’s trek is a short one, and your guides and porters will help you get along, just fine. While enjoying the beautiful views along the way, you will finally reach Suketar. Overnight at Suketar.
Travelling to Biratnagar early in the morning, we will travel back to Kathmandu. We will take a flight back to the capital. We will then go back to our hotel and take rest, and have lunch. After that we will go out to explore some areas of the Kathmandu, and also do some shopping. We can also enjoy the beautiful night life of Thamel, during the night.
Today, we will explore some tourist destination of and near Kathmandu valley. This includes Swayambhunath, Baudanath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar square, Garden of Dreams and so on. We will visit as many places as we can, and also shop around, to take things as souvenir along with us. We will then return back to our hotels in the evening. A good night’s sleep is all that is left for the day.
Today, being the last of our Kanchenjunga trek, you will be travelling back home. Our representatives will pick you up from your hotel and drop you at the airport. We will share goodbyes and bade each other farewell. You will, then board the plane, with beautiful memories and amazing experience. In the last 25 days, you will have gathered enough of the beautiful moments that are sure to inspire you for a very long time. And, returning home, now you have a story to pass down through generations.
Kanchenjunga the worlds third highest mountain is located in one of the most remote areas of Nepal it lies in the eastern part of Nepal in Taplejung District Inside the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Kanchenjunga is situated in the border between Nepal and India.
Kanchenjunga could be reached through two ways
By Air: You can get the flight from Kathmandu airport which will take you to the Bhadrapur airport it will take 45 minutes to reach Bhadrapur airport. And from there you need to travel on a vehicle for around 8 to 10 hours to reach Taplejung. Our company will arrange all ticketing of the flight and Provide a jeep from Bhadrapur to Taplejung.
By Road: Our company will arrange a private jeep which will take you Taplejung.it will take us 20 hours to reach Taplejung which we will be breaking into 2 days. The total distance is 676 km from Kathmandu. The journey to Taplejung is itself an adventurous Be prepared for the bumpy roads.
Kanchenjunga base camp is a challenging and strenuous trek. . The factors like Uncertain weather, Elevation, Trekking distance, camping The ascend and descend off the high passes and the condition of the trail makes this trek more challenging. You have crossed the high passes to reach the base camp and walk for 25 days through the rural valleys to reach the camp. Another challenge is the altitude and the unpredictable weather. Proper acclizamation is needed to complete the trek. The difficulty of this trek also depends upon your current physical condition. If you in good shape and has no trouble walking the uphill and downhill for continues 5 to 7 hours then this trek is for you. Reaching to Kanchenjunga requires a strong determination commitment and focus one needs to invest serious time in proper physical training and exercise and always have a positive mindset.
While trekking in Nepal we encounter many passes. Passes are also called LA in Tibetan language. Passes are challenging high altitude areas which are used for crossing from one region to another region or valley. Crossing a pass is same like ascending a peak you need ascend and descend in the steep rocky hills. Most of the passes are above 4500m. Passes are one of the regions that makes Kanchenjunga trek difficult. We will be travelling through three different passes
Mirgin La pass
Mirgin La pass is situated at an elevation of 4645 m. we will be crossing this pass on our way from Ramche to Ghunsa. Mirgin La pass is an adventurous and challenging pass.
Sele La pass
Sele La pass lies at the altitude of 4290 m at a small distance from Sele La camp. This pass connects us from sele la to tsreem. Sele la pass is considered as one of the most important passes in the Kanchenjunga region. it is the crucial pass for visiting both the base camps as it connects those two base camps.
Sinion La (4,440m)
We will be crossing all these passes in one day Our itinerary has a detail description of these passes.
Getting to Base camp is not as easy as it looks. You need to cross several passes Walk for long distance in the rocky steep trails and glaciers The most important thing to keep in mind is proper acclizamation. Both the base camps are situated in altitude of more than 4000m. The temperature will also be cold and shivering. We need full preparation for reaching the base camp.
Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Take you to the bottom of the Kanchenjunga North side base camp. This base camp is also known as Pangpema Situated at the elevation 4785m. After reaching the Base camp we will already have covered the beauty of places like Ghunsa, lhonak, kambachen and more all the places are situated in the lap of the Himalayas. We will also witness the majestic view of snow-capped peaks glaciers, ice falls and the magnificent Kanchenjunga itself.
Kanchenjunga South Base camp offers you the south view of the majestic Kanchenjunga. This base camp is situated at the altitude of 4160m. When we reach to base camp our body would have already acclimatized properly reducing the risk of AMS. We will be walking through the colorful forest passing the settlements like Tortong, Khebang, Khamdime, Yamphudin and so on these villages offers you the unique culture and their typical indigenous lifestyle. After reaching the base camp we be spending some time witnessing the beautiful mountains.
The key to overcoming the difficulties would be keeping your health in good condition all the time you need to monitor your health at least once a day asks yourself whether you are feeling good or not, whether you need rest or not, you need to drink plenty of water 3 liters is recommended per day as you would be trekking in high altitudes. Make sure your gears like walking boots , Rucksack, trekking poles, sleeping bags and insulated jackets are in good condition. Another major factor would be proper acclimatization it is essential for safe trek.
Kanchenjunga is strenuous trekking with loads of difficulties on the way. You need to make yourself physically and mentally fit for the trekking. Start your training at least 2 months before the trek you should focus your training on
We also give online sessions on specific training this training would be given by professional trekkers and guides. You can contact us through our mailing address.
Well, Fear is always about something uncertain it is said that 80% of the fear is just created by our mind. The rest 20% is of survival. It is normal to be fearful of certain conditions. We see these Fears and problems as an opportunity to grow ourselves and get out of our comfort zone. There are certain things one needs to care about :
These factors should not be underestimated one needs to conscious and fearful about these things. You don’t need to worry about these things as we will be providing experienced Guides and Helpers who will be with you all the time and ensure your safety. If you’re a person who dares to take the challenge and loves adventure then there is nothing to be afraid of.
Kanchenjunga is one of the most unpredictable Mountains in the world. The weather condition is also one of the factors that makes the trekking difficult. In the lower elevations in the temperature can be around 4 to 8 celsius and can drop in the night. Trekking in winter is really difficult as the temperature can get as cold as -30 Celcius in the base camp. In the summer Kanchenjunga experiences regular rainfall and brings the temperature to minus contributing to snowfall. If you are planning to do this trek you need to be prepared for every kind of weather condition.
The best time to visit Kanchenjunga would be in Autumn(September , October and November) and spring(March and May).In autumn the trails would be filled with colourful 32 species of Rhodhodhern and orchids. The greenery of the forests would be at its highest level offering you the best views of mountains, sky and green woodland. In spring season This trail offers the panoramic view of the majestic mountains. Travelling in the winter season is quite risky because of the heavy snowfall and in June and august, it is the season of monsoon.
Kanchenjunga base camp trek falls under the Kanchenjunga conservation area. As this area is Restricted area Government has made certain rules and restrictions that a traveller needs to follow:
All the necessary permits and procedures will be made by our company to ensure your safety and make the trip memorable.
Kanchenjunga Base camp is the least Traveled trekking destinations of Nepal. It is unexplored and only a few people have touched its beauty. The remoteness of this area Makes this land a scared region. Kanchenjunga area is a holy spiritual area and also restricted area You need special permits to travel to this area. The whole conservation area is spread over 2035 sq. km. this area is also renowned for high peaks and glaciers. Nepal declared the Kanchenjunga region as a Gift to the earth which should be preserved and conserved. the World Wildlife Fund declared this region as a global eco-region. Travelling Kanchenjunga itself is a heavenly experience some of the attractions of this region are
People and culture
Kanchenjunga region offers a variety of indigenous and diverse culture. This region is the home for different ethnic groups each tribe has their own unique culture and customs tribes like Limbus, Sherpas, Rais, Gurungs, Magars, Tamang, Sunwars, Lama, and Tibetans lives in this region. Their way of living has its own story. Majority of the people are involved in agriculture, animal husbandry, Cardamon farming and tourism activities. It is believed that the sherpas arrived from Tibet four hundred years ago they live in high altitudes their lifestyle is quite different than of the sherpas of other regions.
Flora and Fauna
Kanchenjunga region is the home for a variety of species it is a home for more than 250 species of endangered wildlife. You would be trekking through the Green hills of dense forest. The Rhododendron, big pine trees, and the orchids make the trail mesmerizing. The songs of the birds make your tiredness fade away, this region is the home for birds like Golden-breasted Fulvetta, snow cock, blood pheasant, Ashy drongo, impheyan pheasant, blue magpie and many more. If we are lucky we can also witness the animals like snow leopard, musk deer,blue sheep ghoral, red panda Himalayan black bear, and Rhesus macaque.
The reason people select this destination is Kanchenjunga is still unexplored, and touched by only few people. Another region is the Mt Kanchenjunga massif itself. This trek offers you to connect with nature and feel the vastness of it. If you are looking for a wild adventure in the rural area then this could be the best destination for you.
Being a remote area we can only find a few teahouses and homestays, in some part, we may not even see a settlement. The tea houses and homestays offer only the minimum services of lodging. Most of the days we will be camping, Our company provides the best of the best facilities in camping all the tents will be prepared by our helpers. You will be spending the nights inside the tents in your warm sleeping bags stargazing the billions of star. If you want to have the unique experience of wildlife camping here it is.
Kanchenjunga being the remote areas doesn’t offer a variety of food items. The menu in the tea houses and homestays are very limited they offer you the typical Nepali meal dal Bhat (rice and lentils)with lots of vegetables. You can also taste the local rice beer though drinking a lot is not recommended. While camping our experienced cook will be preparing you the variety of dishes, Our cooks prepare the meal by well sanitizing and by maintaining the standard hygiene our key concern is clients health. We will prepare the food regarding the weather and body needs by maintaining the proper carbs, proteins and nutrients. There won’t be a single day you will be feeling hungry. You can always pack your favourite snacks, chocolate, energy bars and few flavoured water mixes. But don’t bring too much adding extra weight to your backpack.
All the waters will be properly treated by our teams through the purification process and boiling. We make sure that the waters are disinfected we do not recommend drinking untreated water. Drinking 2 to 3 litres daily per day is compulsory while trekking as our body dehydrates quickly. In case of really cold weather, we provide hot waters. If you want to drink the direct source water we recommend you to bring your own life straw.
Most of the trekkers might feel sick during trekking it may be of the new place, new heights, or new food but our company makes sure that you will get the basic techniques of avoiding that sickness. All of our guides have taken the first aid course and they always carry basic first aid kit with them in case of emergency. If the sickness arises from the altitudes and causes AMS the first and only option would be to descend down as soon as possible. IF the basic treatments do not work and get more serious we will immediately arrange a helicopter and get you back to Kathmandu because our first concern is clients health and safety. The cost of the Helicopter and insurance will be forwarded to your mail before the trip.
The first thing is not to get AMS. We make sure that none of us get AMS.AMS could be avoided through proper acclimatization good and hygienic food and rest. Our experienced guides are professionals make sure that you are always in good shape. The rule is you don’t lie anything to your guide not even a simple headache or cold should be kept hidden even minor problems should be informed immediately to the guides. If we encounter the problem we will try to treat it with basic first aid and rest for few days if the symptoms gets worse then we decend down to lower elevations. THE key rule of treating AMS is DECEND DECEND DECEND.
Your backpack may weight from 5 to 8 kgs. All the group equipments foods, will be carried by our team members.We do not recommend bringing unnecessary things.
Kanchenjunga trek is long journey we will be walking around 6 to 8 hours per day depending on the itinery. As a professional trekking company our guides will not take to to more than 300-400 meters after 3000m altitude because it increases the risk of altitude sickness.
You need to inform us about the medicines you are taking on regular basis. Any medical surgeries or injuries you got in the past should also be informed to us. IF you are allergic to certain things like foods smells, etc you should pre inform us so that we make sure that you would not encounter these problems.Kanchenjunga region as safe as other regions there aren’t any diseases that you need to be afraid of. We recommend consulting your doctor before coming to Nepal.
Our company Follows the principle of LEAVE NO TRACE we are highly conscious of the environment and conservation.We respect the wildlife and only set up our camps on durable surfaces minimizing the human and fire impact.We dispose the waste properly our teams will make sure to dispose all the garbages including the human waste. We recommend our guest to Leave only footprints and take only photographs.