27 days Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking
Kanchenjunga Base camp trekking is one of the unique and distinctive trekking any trekker can expect in Nepal. The trekking receives the name after Mount Kanchenjunga (8586m) the third highest mountain in the world.
The trekking region lies on the far east-north of Nepal. Transportation cost and long trekking days make this trekking comparatively expensive. Moreover, the lack of luxury tea houses and proper infrastructure can be a major concern for some trekkers. However, trekkers who have done Kanchenjunga base camp trekking always gives positive feedback upon completion. Less crowded, isolation and amazing landscape are some distinctive characteristic trekkers note down on this trekking region.
Kanchenjunga base camp trekking starts from a subtropical region of Taplejung. Trekking continues through beautiful temperate settlements of Lalikharka, Yamphudin. Trekker can enjoy lower temperate forest of maple, chestnut and birch trees. Even though farming is less productive in hilly region, still trekker can see terraced fields around lower trekking region.
Chitre, Tortong has upper temperate climatic vegetation of rhododendron, pine, firs, and orchids. In addition, places like Cheram, Ramche Yalung Base Camp has a subalpine and alpine climatic zone with shallow and dwarf shrubs and open meadows. Once trekker cross Sele-La pass (4290m) you can experience sub-alpine and alpine vegetation around Ghunsa, Khambachen, and Lhonak. Base Camp(5143m) is a snowline with rocky and icy landscape.
Snow Leopard, Himalayan Asian black bear and red pandas are significant animal recorded around this region. Similarly, Monal, blood pheasant, Chestnut-breasted partridge are some bird species.
The lower region of Kanchenjunga Base camp trekking has a mixed community following Hinduism dominated by ethnic group Limbu and Rai following animist. The upper trekking region has a distinct community of Bhote and Sherpa following Buddhism.
Kanchenjunga Base camp trekking has not many trekking itinerary options. The only way to make an itinerary few days shorter is skipping either South Base Camp or North Base camp. However, we don’t recommend this. Sele-La pass joins Cheram and Ghunsa, making possible to trek on both South and North base camps making a circuit trek. Trekker can start Kanchenjunga Base camp trekking either clockwise or anticlockwise.
Day 1 International Arrival in Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Permit preparation day, briefing by official executive, handing assignment to guide
Day 3 Flight to Bhadrapur & Drive to Taplejung (920m)
Day 4 Trek from Taplejung To Lalikharka (2265m)
Day 5 Trek from Lalikharka to Kesuwa (2120m)
Day 6 Trek from Kesuwa to Mamankhe (1785m)
Day 7 Trek from Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m)
Day 8 Trek from Yamphudin to Chitre (2962m)
Day 9 Trek from Chitre to Tortong(2995m)
Day 10 Trek from Tortong to Cheram (3870m)
Day 11 Acclimatization day at Cheram (3870m)
Day 12 Trek from Cheram to Ramche (4580m)
Day 13 Trek from Cheram to Yalung base camp (4500m) and back to Cheram(3870m)
Day 14 Trek from Cheram to Sele-La (4290m)
Day 15 Trek from Sele-La to Ghunsa (3550m)
Day 16 Trek to from Ghunsa to Khambachen (4050m)
Day 17 Trek from Khambachen to Lhonak (4780m)
Day 18 Trek from Lhonak to Kanchenjunga Base Camp(5388m) to Pangpema (5145m)
Day 19 Trek from Pangpema to Lhonak(4780m)
Day 20 Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa (3550m)
Day 21 Trek from Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2308m)
Day 22 Trek from Amjilosa to Chirwa (1270 m)
Day 23 Trek from Chirwa to Taplejung (920m)
Day 24 Drive from Taplejung to Bhadrapur(90m)
Day 25 Fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 26 Rest Day at Kathmandu
Day 27 International Departure
Note: This is a standard itinerary proposed for general trekkers which can be modified until then, that do not violate our business ethics and norms. We will always seek verification from our field experts before approving your itinerary.
Detailed Day to Day Itinerary
We will drive you straight to your hotel in private vehicle as soon as you land at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. We will give you short briefing on our final agreed program. And if you are the first-time traveller in Nepal we will give information about restaurant, ATM, money exchanges and other useful information until we meet for next day.
There are various major cultural historical and religious places around Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur for sightseeing. Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar square are our top lists. Most of them are listed on UNESCO world heritage sites. Later in the evening we will arrange dinner with your trekking guide. Equally important you can know each other and talk about your trekking itineraries.
There are no solid regular flight schedules from Kathmandu to Suketar. if there is any flight available, we fly to Suketar instead of Bhadrapur. Stay informed and updated. Bhadrapur is southern lowland plain of Nepal. We take a long off-road drive from Bhadrapur to Taplejung. We drive through the tropical landscape with evergreen forest and terraced farming land. Taplejung is gateway to Kanchenjunga trekking. Moreover, it is economic and administration hub of the region.We can spot mount Kanchenjunga at horizon. The town has settlement of mixed community.
The trekking starts from subtropical climatic zone of Taplejung. We trek through numerous typical Nepali settlements. We gradually trek to lower temperate landscape. We can enjoy the dense forest of deciduous trees and terraced farming lands while trekking to Lalikharka. Farming is the main occupation around the region. Different ethnic community lives in harmony in lower trekking region.
The day starts with easy descend. We can enjoy the typical hillside of Nepal. Most of the day we spend trekking in between forest of subtropical and lower temperate climatic zone. Even though we do not gain significant altitude, we can see Mount Jannu ( Kumbhakarna) 7710m and Kabru peak 7412m at horizon. Moreover, beautiful forested valley at south. We trek steady uphill to reach Phonphe danda and head Kabeli river to reach Limbu settlement of Kesuwa village.
We trek down the valley of Kabeli river from Kesuwa. Our trek continues through damp dense forest, small streams and waterfalls. Momentarily, the landscape looks like rainforest due to plenty of water resources. The tall trees keep on cheating the views of mountains at northern horizon. We often trek through green pasture and terraced farming lands. Upon crossing the suspension bridge we climb short, yet steep path to reach Mamankhe. Although we make lots of ups and downs through the valley but we do not gain any altitude.
The trekking follows the Kabeli river for a while. We fairly climb up and trek above river for the first section of trekking and again drop down to Kabeli river. Hillside ridges with waterfall and stream in dense forest makes the trekking pleasant. We cross a suspension bridge and follow easy climb to Yamphudin. Though Yamphudin has mixed cultural community, we can experience the dominance of ethnic group Limbu. Animal husbandry and farming is the main source of income for people plus few cater trekkers as well.
We trek up to Dhupi Bhanjyang passing the open pasture and farming land. Yamphudin looks very beautiful down the valley from Dhupi Bhanjyang. Altitude starts to rise significantly. From here we mostly trek in upper temperate climatic zone of Kanchenjunga for upcoming two days. We often trek through the forest of spruce, oak and rhododendron. We can see rocky Amjila peak ahead. For a while we trek steeply downhill but again, we climb briefly to reach the settlement of Chitre.
For the first section of trekking, we walk through dense forest of rhododendron, Himalayan pine and oak. Then we make a steep climb to Lasiya Bhanjyang where the landscape changes sharply for a while. Mount Jannu appears more beautiful, close and clear than ever, at the North side. Trek through edge of landslide area in between shallow forest to the top of hill. The trekking path descend steeply and re-enter the beautiful forest. We Cross Amji Khola wooden bridge and continue our short climb and we are in beautiful Tortong.
For rest of trekking day, we experience the sub-alpine climatic landscape and vegetation. We make gradual climb through the forest and continue the trekking by the bank of Simbuwa Khola. The forest becomes shallower with Himalayan pine trees and bushes. We can see black and rocky exposed cliffs surrounding the valley. Yalung glacier looks beautiful and close. We pass by few seasonal huts before reaching the Cheram.
In order to adopt our body with new environment, humidity,temperature and altitude it is highly important to acclimatize yourself. We will make a day hike around the ridges of Cheram. Moreover, we can enjoy the splendid view of Kabru Peak (7412m),Rathong peak (6678m) and Kokthang peak (6148m) from the ridge. In the afternoon, we hike to Yalung glacier as well to explore hidden snowline of the Kanchenjunga trekking.
We mostly trek short and easy uphill slopes to reach Ramche. The trekking day is short, yet the altitude can take over body making the trekking pace slow. The landscape gradually changes with open slopes and meadows indicating our trekking on snowline region. We head further north by the bank of frozen lake enjoying the view of Rathong peak (6678m) ahead of us. The day ends in open flat meadow of Ramche surrounded by black rocky cliffs and snowy peaks.
Today we explore deep snowline region of Himalaya. We hike to Yalung Base camp(4500m). We climb the ridge of Ramche that separates the massive Yalung glacier and our camp. Needless to say, the landscape looks utterly beautiful from the ridge. We head further North following Oktang chorten and explore icy, remote yet beautiful Yalung Base Camp. After capturing the amazing landscape and spending beautiful moments, we trek down to Cheram through Ramche.
From Cheram today we cross four different passes to reach Sele-La. In clear day we can cross all of them easily. More to that, we are already acclimatized properly during the trek and are ready to cross without much effort. Sinelapcha pass is the first one we encounter. We see small Chhuchung pokhari. Next comes Miring-La pass followed by the Sinion-La pass within few distance. After short and easy trek from Sinion-La pass we cross the Sele-La pass. The valley below all the pass looks great surrounded by high rocky and snowy peaks.
The landscape gradually changes after crossing Sele-La. We can see lively vegetation of small juniper bushes and open meadows. The south-west face of Mount Jannu looks beautiful. After steep descending, we enter the dense forest of upper temperate and sub alpine region. Specially we trek through the forest of rhododendron, juniper, oak and spruce before reaching Ghunsa. People of Ghunsa follows typical Buddhism influenced from Tibetan culture and tradition.
We cross Ghunsa Khola and continue the trekking by the bank of the Ghunsa river. The valley is surrounded by exposed rocky black cliffs and snow-capped peaks. After crossing the bridge at Rampak Kharka the forest and trees disappear. We trek through small alpine bushes and dry meadows. The water fall makes the trekking path sensational. In addition, Kabru Peak(7412m) and Phole peak(6645m) looks closer and more beautiful ahead of us. After following the river for a while, we can see beautiful Khambachen,an alpine village by the bank of the river.
From Khambachen, we mostly trek in the snowline of Himalaya region. Needless to say, we can see only open dry meadows and rocky landscape mostly eaten up by massive glacier. We continue to Ramtang, from where we can spot beautiful Kanchenjunga glacier, Mera peak(6470m), Wedge peak(6802m), Gimmigela peak(6415m). The path is rough with loose pebbles and sand. We cross a wooden bridge and continue to walk on flat grazing land of yaks. From far away,few seasonal huts at Lhonak adjacent to the Wedge peak looks beautiful
First we trek on flat and open meadow of Lhonak and shortly climb the ridge before dropping down slightly, to reach Pangpema(5145m). Pangpema is situated just in front of massive North flank of Mount Kanchenjunga. Our trek stretches further to Kanchenjunga Base Camp(5388m) after crossing through the small section of massive glacier. The trekking becomes more isolated and hostile with every steps ahead. Congratulation to you for conquering Kanchenjunga base camp. We capture and enjoy this splendid moment around Base Camp and retrace same path to Pangpema.
To reach Lhonak from Pangpema we retrace back the same path we took earlier. We climb to the ridge and trek down casually to the dry meadow of alpine region and relax rest of the time at Lhonak.
We further descend and retrace the same trekking path we took earlier. We Pass through the settlement of Khambachen and trek further down by the bank the Ghunsa river. The trekking becomes livelier and fun with forest and thicker settlements of people in Ghunsa village.
Trekking down from Ghunsa we drop significant altitude and trek on upper temperate climatic zone. The rhododendron, oak, spruce forest becomes denser. Small waterfalls and stream along the way make the trekking pleasant. Trekking continues down towards beautiful Tamor valley. We can see manis and chortens along the way till we reach Gyabla. Couple of hours from Gyabla and we reach Amjilosa after crossing Simbuwa Khola suspension bridge
From Amjilosa we follow lower temperate climatic zone. The sufficient water supply on the region keeps the landscape greener. Simbuwa and Ghunsa Khola mixes with Tamor river which is beautiful to capture. Trekking through the terraced paddy field and numerous settlements we are in beautiful village of Chirwa
The landscape does not change significantly from Chirwa to Taplejung. We can see the fertile land around the region and people highly depend on farming for livelihood. We enjoy the general hillside landscape of Nepal around Mitlung. From Mitlung we climb steep up to the ridge for couple of hours and we are in beautiful town of Taplejung.
From Taplejung we drive pretty long hour on off-road to reach Bhadrapur. We drive mostly through subtropical and tropical landscape before reaching Bhadrapur. You can enjoy your last trekking dinner with your guide and porter as tribute to their hard work for making your trekking successful.
Fly to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur and enjoy the rest of the evening on your own.
Although spending another day in Kathmandu is not mandatory. You deserve a rest day after such a lengthy trekking itinerary. Plus, this is contingency day in case. A rest day before boarding another lengthy international flight to home is a good idea.
Our office representative will be in your hotel 3 hour prior your flight time to drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport.
- All Airport Transfers.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu with Bed and Breakfast.
- Tea House Accommodation during Trekking.
- 3 Meals in Trekking Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
- Air and Road transportation as per the agreement made.
- All the necessary trekking staffs and porters for the trekking including 1 English speaking guide.
- All the paper works and documents required for the trekking including all the permits.
- Sleeping Bag.
- Salary, wages, food, accommodation and transportation of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
- Insurance of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
- First Aid Kit Bag(specially for Nepali staffs).
- All local taxes and fares.
What's not included?
- International Flight Fare.
- Visa fees.
- Travel Insurance (mandatory) of all the clients that needs to cover medical and Helicopter evacuation.
- Expenses of Personal nature (Laundry bill/Telephone bill/Equipment Charging Bill/Bar bill etc).
- Expenses incurred due to the unexpected situation (Strike/Natural calamities).
- Tip to trekking staffs.
- All Expenses not mentioned on Cost Includes section.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking
1. What is Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking?
Kanchenjunga base camp trekking receives the name after the Kanchenjunga mountain range that lies on east-north of Nepal. Kanchenjunga main 8586 m is the third highest peak of the world. Generally, base camp is the place from where mountaineering expedition is carried out for Mount Kanchenjunga.
2. How can I go to Kanchenjunga Base Camp?
If there is direct fly from Kathmandu to Suketar, trekker needs to drive a short distance to Taplejung from where they start a trek. If not, fly Bhadrapur, a long off-road drive to Taplejung and start a trek.
3. What is the landscape features of Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking in general?
The trekking starts from tropical region with dense forest, terraced crop fields. Gradually end on one of the hostile, unfavorable yet beautiful landscape on Base Camp of mount Kanchenjunga.
4. Why Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking is popular?
Base camp of Kanchenjunga mountain (8586 m) is the main reason. Furthermore, beautiful landscape, forest, terraced farm, mixed Nepali culture and tradition makes this trekking busy. Plus, a real remote, isolated, less crowded and diversified landscape are the major attractions of the trekking.
5. What kind of weather and temperature can I expect during Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking?
The weather and temperature is highly unpredictable on mountain.But generally during March April May (spring) and September October November (autumn) you can expect clear and warm day , while evening will be cloudy and cold. The temperature is freezing during morning and evening in upper trekking region while lower region has tolerable cold.
6. What equipment do I need to trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking?
Good pair of trekking boots, thermal wear, fleece jacket, Down jacket, light weight wind cheater, trekking pants and shorts, long sleeve and short sleeves T-shirts, rug sack or duffel bag, personal day bag, gloves, enough pair of socks, sunglasses, headlight, woolen beanie caps, water bottle, personal toiletries, gadgets and books depending on numbers of days.
7. I am amateur trekker in Nepal, is this trekking suitable for me?
No, we generally do not recommend this lenthy and remote trekking to amateur trekker.Even though itinerary is well balanced in terms of altitude gain, it is not a great idea.
8. How flexible is Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking itinerary?
Trekkers are strictly suggested to follow our trekking itinerary to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If trekkers are restricted by time availabilty, not crossing Sele-La pass and skipping one of the two base camps might make itinerary little short. However, we do not recommend.
9. What if I finish Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking before schedule date?
We strongly advise you to follow the agreed final itinerary since we do not refund the trekking money. But somehow if you finish earlier we will always try our best to adjust the reservation of your accommodation and flight .But we cannot guarantee during peak season.
10. What permits and documents do I need to trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp?
Special permit issued by the Department of Immigration, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP) and Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card is required to trek on this region.
11. What kind of food and Room can I expect during Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking?
Kanchenjunga trekking region is a remote trekking region and receives few trekkers yearly. The food and lodges are of basic and expecting a luxury like Annapurna and Everest can be a mistake.
12. What about drinking water during trekking?
Plastic water bottle are available in tea houses. In spite of that we highly recommend you to avoid plastic bottles and use boil water instead. As well you can buy high grade water purification tablets on your home country or in Nepal.
13. What can I expect from Nepali staff?
Guide speaks good English. So there will be no any problem for communication. While porter might or might not speak English but you can always ask your guide to know more about the porter if you are interested. Nepalese trekking guides are friendly and responsible with good sense of humor so you can open up for any conversation you like.
14. Do I need to buy Medical and evacuation Insurance?
Yes, this is mandatory. You can purchase the insurance policy on your home country or we can assist you to buy the policy in Nepal.
15. Do I need special vaccination or Medical assessment before starting Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking?
Generally any kind of vaccination is not required. But,if you have long term health problem and under regular surveillance of your doctor it is recommended to consult your doctor. Though we provide basic medicines to our Nepalese staff but for you we advise to bring the general medicine from your own country.
16. Is there risk of Acute Mountain sickness (AMS)?
Certainly, there is always risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) if you choose random trekking itineraries. Furthermore, if you do not follow the standard itinerary but we always provide you the best and safe itineraries to avoid this deadly situation.
17. What should I do if I get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
We are always concerned with your safety. We suggest talking with your guide ASAP and descend to safe altitude. And if the situation doesn’t get any better we evacuate you immediately with helicopter. Hence, take you for further medical examination in designated hospitals or clinics.
18. What is the price of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking?
We have provided you various options on our website homepage to know approximate price regarding the trekking in Nepal; however there is always room to reach final agreement through private emails if there is any. We assure you there will be no any extra cost once we reach the final agreement.
You are always welcome to send us private messages for the information that you could not find in this section regarding Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking. We will always provide the accurate information within 12 hours upon receiving your messages.
Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.