Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Trek explores around the third-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m). Kanchenjunga is a well-protected hidden treasure in Nepal located in the far eastern part of the country and borders Sikkim, India. Not many travelers know about the adventurous trekking route of the Kanchenjunga Circuit, and on top of that, the special permits & challenging trails keep most of the trekkers away from Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.

  • Explore the hidden corners of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world
  • Trek in a restricted area in Nepal
  • A magical journey that takes you back in time and presents you with an adventurous trip full of the breathtaking mountain panorama
  • Walk in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area abundant in flora & fauna
  • Trodden less-crowded trail, lush forests, stunning waterfalls, rivers, beautiful villages, and welcoming villagers
  • Cross passes, thrilling suspension bridges, and meadows
  • Reach the north base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • Come across the Tibetan Buddhist lifestyle of the locals and visit ancient monasteries along the trail

Kanchenjunga is a well-protected hidden treasure in Nepal located in the far eastern part of the country and borders Sikkim, India. Not many travelers know about the adventurous trekking route of the Kanchenjunga Circuit, and on top of that, the special permits & challenging trails keep most of the trekkers away from Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. 

Kanchenjunga Trek explores around the third-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m). Our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek itinerary leads you to the north and south base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga. It is also known as Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. It is not an easy trek and demands previous trekking experience. One cannot do Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek solo.

Unlike the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek and Manaslu Circuit trek, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is even more difficult and remote. If you are in quest of something extraordinary and a magical venture in the Himalayas, then Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Nepal is the one for you. The trail crosses lush forests, meadows, rivers, waterfalls, and beautiful villages. 

The entire Kanchenjunga region is protected under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. In Nepal, it is a restricted area. Trekkers have to get a special permit from the Nepal government to trek to Kanchenjunga. The trail is rich in flora & fauna. If luck is in your favor, you may come across some rare wildlife like Himalayan black bears, musk deer, snow-leopard, red pandas, etc. Likewise, many endangered species of birds are seen along the way. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek exclusively presents some of the most intriguing panoramas of the mountains like Tent Peak (5,663 m/18,684 ft), Mt. Kambachen (7,902 m/25,925 ft), Mt. Janu (7,710 m/25,300 ft), etc, including the eight-thousanders like Mt. Everest (8,849 m/29,032 ft), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m/27,765 ft) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft).

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Day 01

Kathmandu arrival

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Welcome to Nepal . Our office representative will meet you at the airport with Nepali tradition ‘khadas’ then transfer to hotel. Check-in. Free time on own. Evening welcome dinner be organized with short briefing. 

Meals: Welcome dinner Accommodation: Hotel
Day 02

Preparation day

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Today is the preparation day. Our office representative may collect your passport and On arrival visa stamp for Special restricted area permit as Kanchenjunga is in restricted area. Meantime you can hang out or on request Kathmandu city tour.  Free on own . Overnight . 

Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel
Day 03

Morning flight Kathmandu to Bhadrapur [45mins.] Drive to Taplejung [240km/ 9hrs]

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Today, we will fly from Kathmandu (TIA) to Bhadrapur (Chandragadhi Airport on a domestic flight of about 45 to 50 minutes. We will take a local jeep and drive through Kanyam. We drive via Mechi Highway from Kanyam viewing the tea cultivations on the way toward Taplejung or Illam from where the trek to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek begins.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Accommodation: Hotel
Day 04

Drive from Taplejung to Sekathum [1650m/ 8-9hrs]

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We will have our breakfast and catch the local jeep and begin our second-day ride to reach our destination for the day, Sekathum. Usually, trekkers prefer to walk up to Sekathum from Taplejung but by making our itinerary short and utilizing the available services in the region, we reach Sekathum two days before other trekkers. The drive will take us through Mitlung, Chirwa, Thapethok, Lelep, and several other villages along the Tamor Nadi. There is the Kanchenjunga National Park entry point on our way, where our permits are checked and allowed to move forward to Sekathum.

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 05

Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa [2495m/ 4-5 hrs]

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After two days of the drive, we will start our hike with breakfast at Sekathum. The Himalayas' adventurous journey begins with an ascent along the Ghunsa Khola and walking over many bridges along the way, exploring through verdant trees, the little settlements of Jonggim, and Ghaiyabari reaching Amjilosa. 

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 06

Trek from Amjlosa to Gyabla [2725m/ 5-6hrs]

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We move forward to Gyabla which is also known as Kyapra from Amjilosa after having breakfast. We continue to move in our path through a dense forest and trail without a Human settlement. Today, we can spot Red Pandas during our hike on the Kanchenjunga Trail, if we got lucky. After the uphill climb, we get to view the magnificent sceneries of the mountains and several waterfalls on the way. We slowly make our way and reach Gyabla village. 

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 07

Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa [3415m/4-5hrs]

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The walk through the woodlands with a wide range of flora and fauna leads us to the Phale village. Continuing the trek at a pace, we will reach Ghunsa village. Many trekkers stop at Ghunsa for acclimatization, but we have our acclimation day at Khambachen. 

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 08

Trek from Ghunsa to Khambachen [4145m/ 5-6hrs]

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We will have our breakfast and begin the gradual ascent through an open pine forest and also have the chance to spot blue sheep and snow leopards. The trail passes through landslide-prone areas. We see the spectacular view of Mt. Jannu, encounter the green glacier valleys, and finally reach Khambachen village.

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 09

Acclimatization day

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We rest at Khambachen after several days of walking. For the adjustment of the body to the altitude, we will have a short hike to nearby glaciers, viewpoints, and lakes. We can meet numerous trekkers in Khambachen returning from and traveling to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 10

Trek from Khambachen to Lonakh [4795m/ 6-7 hrs]

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We move ahead to the trail of the Kanchenjunga glacier. We can meet the trekkers in the main trekking season walking toward and returning from the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp on this track. We move through the Ramdang and come across the Ramdang Monastery. We are on the difficult trail, now at the junction of the Lhonak and Kanchenjunga glaciers. Walking forward, we reach the tiny settlement of Lhonak with a few teahouses.

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 11

Hike to Kanchenjunga North base camp [5143m]-back to Lonakh [6-7 hrs]

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Today, we will hike to the north base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga, which is also known as Pang Pema. We will climb gradually following the moraines through the trail and reach Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The prayer flags around and the mesmerizing towering third-highest mount Kanchenjunga is the reward after multiple days of trekking. We will return to Lhonak for an overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 12

Trek from Lonakh to Ghunsa [3415m/ 6-7 hrs]

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Rejoicing the views of the Himalayas and leaving behind the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, retracing the track, we arrive at Ghunsa. The Kanchenjunga trail gives us memories of walking passing the stone huts, soaring mountain peaks, rocky fields nearby the trails, rock-falling zones, etc.

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 13

Trek to Sele Le base camp [ 4240m/6-7hrs]

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We arrive at Sele Le, leaving the trail to Gyabla. There is a chance to see the snow leopards as we pass through the dense forest. There are isolated human settlements with few teahouses which are open only in the main trekking season. When there is heavy snowfall there is no other way connecting the pathway to reach South Base Camp until Sekathum. If the teahouses are closed and still we can cross the passes then, we can even reach Tseram in a day cutting a day off from our planned itinerary.

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 14

Trek from Sele Le base camp to Tseram [3870m/5-6 hrs]

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Leaving Sele Le Pass, we will hike up to the high-altitude passes, Sinion La (4440m.|2758ft.), then Mirgin La (4480m.|2783ft.) and Sinelapche Bhanjyang (4645m.|2886ft.). We will see the spectacular panoramic view of Mt. Jannu, Everest, Makalu, Baruntse, Chamlang, and Kanchenjunga during our ascent. We descend to Tseram and stay overnight over there.

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 15

Trek from Tseram to Ramche. Hike to Yalung south base camp view point. [4740m/ 7-8 hrs]

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Today, after early morning breakfast, we head forward through the Yalung glacier getting higher and close to the vistas. Passing by the Yalung which provides views of Rathong (6682m) and Kabru (7412m), we will stop for lunch at Ramche. We will hike to Oktang/ Okhordung the viewpoint of Yalung Base Camp or Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. Enjoying the closer view of three summits of Mt. Kanchenjunga 8420m, 8586m, and 8474m, and other towering peaks, exploring this untouched, unexplored by many trekkers, Kanchenjunga Base Camp, we will return to Tseram.  

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 16

Trek from Tseram to Tortong [2980m/ 6-7 hrs]

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The elevated snow-capped mountains behind us and the walk through the rhododendron forests give us tranquility. Our trek starts downhill and ends at Tortong passing through Simbuwa Khola with enchanting views of the Himalayas en route. We will stay overnight at Tortong.

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 17

Trek from Tortong to Yamphudin [1695/ 6-7 hrs]

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From Tortong, we persist to descend to the Amji Khola passing through Lasiya/Lamite Bhanjyang (3415m) and Dhupi Bhanjyang (2665m). Walking past the steep slope area, we reach Yamphudin village. There is the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area checkpost in Yamphudin, where our permits are checked if we had begun our trek with Kanchenjunga South Base Camp first.

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 18

Drive from Yamphudin to Kanyam [1200m / 7-8 hrs]

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After having breakfast in Yamphudin, we start exploring beautiful landscapes through the trails, and trekking alongside the pathway of Kabeli Khola. Leaving the mountain villages, we will take a drive to Kanyam, a beautiful place surrounded by tea gardens. Along the way to Kanyam, we can see the cardamom and tea cultivation through our windows. Keeping the bittersweet memories of the trek at the high altitudes, we are now at the lowlands. You can encounter many local tourists as Kanyam is a popular destination with tea gardens.

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 19

Drive from Kanyam to Bhadrapur. fly back to Kathmandu

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We will have our breakfast and explore the green tea cultivation area for a while. Then, we will have a 2-3 hour drive to Bhadrapur. Then board a flight of 45 mins to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and at evening  farewell dinner be organized to enjoy the success of this trip. Overnight in hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Accommodation: Hotel
Day 20

Departure

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After breakfast, timely transfer to airport for your onward journey. 

Meals: Breakfast
Cost Includes
  • Airport Pickup and drop service during both international and domestic flight
  • All necessary trekking permits
  • 4 star Hotel accommodation in sharing basis  in Kathmandu 
  • All teahouse accommodations during the trek
  • Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) during the trek 
  • Government Licensed and first aid-trained trekking guide
  • Porter 2:1 basis
  • Salary, food, equipment, and insurance of the trekking Guide and Porter
  • Private Jeep (Bhadrapur - Illam / Taplejung - Sekathum and Yamphudin - Kanyam - Bhadrapur airport)
  • Flight From Kathmandu - Bhadrapur, and Bhadrapur - Kathmandu
  • First aid kit with basic medication
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner
  • Official expense, all local and government tax and vat.
Cost Exculdes
  • International flight tickets and Nepal entry visa
  • Travel and health Insurance which cover emergency Rescues and evacuations (highly recommended)
  • During trekking time personal expenses, bottle water, WI-FI, hot shower, heater etc.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing entrance fees ( temples, monasteries)
  • Personal guide or potter 
  • Extra accommodation due to unforeseen circumstances like health problem, bad weather, flight cancel, road block, natural calamities etc. 
  • Tips for treks guide and porter (it is expected)