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3 days drive

17 days trekking

45 minutes flight

Best Season

Mar-May

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Meals

23 Breakfast

19 Lunch

19 Dinner

Accommodation

3 Nights Hotel

19 Nights Lodge


Transportation

Flight/Tourist Bus/Car/Van

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USD 2200 2049

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Kanchenjunga Trek Overview

Kanchenjunga trek in the Nepalese Himalayan belt is probably one of the best off-the-beaten treks you can embark on. The mighty massif of Mt.Kanchenjunga(8586m) sits as the third highest peak on the north eastern most reach of Nepal bordering India. Kanchenjunga Sele La Pass Trek that entails to this towering peak is a summation of wilderness, captivating landscape, distinct culture, geographical confoundedness, glacial moraines, vast icy slopes, plain valleys, raging rivers and jaw dropping mountain vistas. Unlike other commercial treks in Nepal such as: Langtang valley trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek and others, this particular trekking adventure embodies virgin and untouched areas of the east.

Highlight of Kanchenjunga Trek

  • Trail taking to the base of the northern (Pangpema) and southern (Oktang) base camp of Mt.
    Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak of the world at 8586 m.
  • Wonderful views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and in clear weather up to the extent of Mt. Makalu (5th
    highest) and Mt. Everest (Highest).
  • Sherpa, Rai, and Limbu culture, tradition, and lifestyle experience and hospitality in the Himalayas.
  • Diverse vegetation and wildlife from subtropical to alpine region throughout the trek.
  • High Passes and blend of some challenging section for adventure seekers.
  • One of the best long trekking trail in the Himalayas with balanced trek days.
  • Local food and snacks alongside organic products throughout the trek
  • Breathtaking landscape view and picturesque scenery
  • Close walk in the base of Yalung Glacier.
  • Wonderful Sunrise, Sunrise, and mountain-view best for Photography lovers.

Kanchenjunga Trek Details

Kanchenjunga Trek offers a glimpse into the diverse natural beauty of eastern Nepal. Extending along the eastern border with India for about 150 kilometers, this region exhibits three distinct geographical zones. The lower region comprises flat plains in the Terai area, covering Sunsari, Morang, and Jhapa districts. Ascending, the middle terrain features dense tropical forests surrounding hills reaching altitudes of up to 3000 meters, encompassing the hilly districts of Taplejung, Panchthar, and Terhathum within the Kanchenjunga area. The highest part consists of the formidable Himalayan belt, hosting towering peaks.

Among these Himalayan marvels, Mt. Kanchenjunga stands out at 8586 meters, ranking as the world's third-highest peak and Nepal's second-highest after Mt. Everest (8848m). Similar to the Everest expedition, the British team successfully ascended Mt. Kanchenjunga in 1955, led by pioneers Joe Brown and George Band.

The mountainous landscape surrounding Mt. Kanchenjunga is adorned with glacial moraines, rocky peaks, and glacial lakes. Mt. Kanchenjunga shares its grandeur with nearby peaks like Wedge Peak (6802m), Kabru I (7412m), Kumbhakarna (7711m), Taple Sikhar (6510m), and others, all part of the Great Himalayan range in eastern Nepal.

The areas not covered by these towering massifs, including dense forests and hilly terrains, fall under the jurisdiction of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Established in 1997 to safeguard its rich biodiversity and captivating geological features, this conservation area spans an impressive 2035 square kilometers.

The trail leading to Kanchenjunga Base Camp in Nepal meanders through the elevated hills of the southern region, navigating the formidable glacial landscape of the Kanchenjunga massifs—this is what we refer to as the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. In contrast to more commercially developed trekking routes, Nepal Kanchenjunga trek delves into remote and undiscovered territories. The journey to Kanchenjunga unfolds amidst pristine landscapes, offering surreal panoramas of the neighboring peaks. It's important to highlight that the regions the trek explores showcase three distinct types of vegetation, climates, ambiance, cultures, and experiences.

Commencement of the Kanchenjunga Trek from Suketar, situated at an altitude of 2421 meters. From this starting point, the trek winds its way through rural hilly landscapes, gradually ascending toward the mountainous terrain to the north. The apex of the Kanchenjunga trek height is Pangpema, standing tall at an elevation of 5388 meters. Upon successfully completing the trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp, the expedition concludes at Birtamod, signifying the trek's lowest-altitude point at 300 meters. Envision the diversity in people, geography, atmosphere, flora and fauna, and communities that you would encounter on this extraordinary trek.

Kanchenjunga Trekking Route

You will take a scenic and adventurous route headed to eastern Nepal on your Kanchenjunga trekking. Mt.Kanchenjunga is stationed at the easternmost territory of Nepal. From the capital city Kathmandu, you will fly to Bhadrapur, a south eastern town and further drive to the tea state of Illam. From thereon, you will navigate through the remote mountainous terrain on a jeep towards Taplejung, the easternmost district of Nepal.

 From Taplejung you will traverse through a series of rural villages making high mountain passes and pierce into the wide valleys of Kanchenjunga region. For the most part of the trek you will follow Tamor river which originates from Kanchenjunga mountain range. Also, your trail will diverge with the Great Himalayan Trail upon reaching Ghunsa. The Kanchenjunga trekking distance is about 200 kilometers for the roundtrip journey. In the meantime, you will explore various eastern villages of Nepal like: Chiruwa, Sekathum, Amjilapsa, Gyabla, Ghunsa, Khambachen and others. This trek will take you through the wilderness that dwells amidst Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. The trail is filled with blend of flora and fauna, raging rivers, wilderness, rugged terrain, mountainous landscape and heavenly topography.

Kanchenjunga Trek Permit

You will need to obtain two types of permits that are mandated for Kanchenjunga trekking.

1) Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit (KRAP)

The area surrounding the vicinity of Mt.Kanchenjunga has been secluded as a restricted area and requires any tourists or travellers to obtain restricted area permit to access. This permit can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Kathmandu and costs $80 for the first 28 days and $25 per week after that.

2) Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP)

Kanchenjunga Trekking region is uncovered by Kanchenjunga Conservation Area which aims at preserving biodiversity of the Kanchenjunga region. The cost for obtaining  KCAP permit is NPR.2000 for foreigners (USD20 approx).

Documents required for Kanchenjunga permits
  • Passport Size Photographs (KCAP)
  • Scanned Passport Size Photographs (KRAP)
  • Passport with 6 months Validity
  • Travel Insurance Papers
  • Tourist Visa of Nepal

Please note that being a restricted area trek, Kanchenjunga Trek without a guide is not possible. You will need to plan your trek through a registered trekking agency and at least a group of 2 individuals are required for obtaining the restricted area permit for Kanchenjunga trekking.

Why Kanchenjunga Trek?

Kanchenjunga trekking is famed to be one of the best off-the-beaten treks in Nepal. Owing to the remote and rugged landscape that sits in the eastern Himalayan belt, Kanchenjunga trekking is preferred mostly by trekkers looking for an uncrowded silent treks. There is so much to discover in this area as it remains secluded and isolated from modern day sophistication and urbanization. Herein detailed are some of the prominent points of attractions that you will encounter Kanchenjunga trekking:

1) Kanchenjunga Range Mountains

With Mt.Kanchenjunga(8586 meters) sitting as the gigantic 8000er, there are range of mountains that sit in this region. As you traverse above Lhonak (Day12) on your trekking journey, you will be blessed with picturesque mountain vista of Kanchenjunga range. There are altogether 16 peaks scaling over 7000 meters that sits in this range.Yalung Kang, Kangchenjunga Central and South, Kangbachen, Kirat Chuli and Gimmigela Chuli are amongst popular peaks that you will gaze upon during the trek.

2) Kanchenjunga Conservation Area

Established in 1997, the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area boasts a rich ecological diversity. This secluded space has served as a sanctuary for rare wildlife species, including the elusive snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan tahr, and various bird species. The diverse geography of Kanchenjunga National Park has not only attracted wildlife enthusiasts but also researchers from around the world. These scientists explore the park to conduct studies on the impacts of climate change. Covering a vast landmass of 2035 sq. kms in eastern Nepal, the park remains a haven for both biodiversity and scientific inquiry.

3) Water Bodies and Others

The glaciers in the Kanchenjunga mountain range melt, giving rise to Himalayan rivers. This mountainous region serves as the source for several significant water bodies. Two major rivers, the Tamur and Ghunsa river systems, originate from the Kanchenjunga mountain range, both being tributaries of the Saptakoshi river system. Additionally, at an altitude of 4600 meters above sea level, the pristine Zongla Tsho is a glacial lake situated in this area. Another notable feature is the Lapsang waterfall, a highlight along the trek to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

How Long is the Kanchenjunga Trek?

The typical duration of Kanchenjunga trek north spans 23 days, with an included extension towards Yalung Base Camp in the standard itinerary. However, we have the flexibility to tailor your itinerary to meet your specific preferences. The duration of Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek can be adjusted based on your comfort level with the trekking experience. Should you prefer a more leisurely pace, with trekking sessions lasting 4-5 hours a day, we can accommodate by extending the overall duration of the trek. Conversely, if you are inclined to trek for a longer duration than initially planned, we can modify the itinerary to shorten the overall trekking period.

Alternatively, You can opt for a shorter Kanchenjunga trekking itinerary which will traverse to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp(Pangpema) and return back the same way. The duration of Kanchenjunga short trek is about 2 weeks and unlike the longer itinerary you wont be visiting Kanchenjunga North Base Camp ( Pangpema), Sele Le Pass, Kanchenjunga South Base Camp (Oktang ) on this traverse.

Kanchenjunga Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arriving in Kathmandu (1350m).

Day 02: Trekking permit preparation and briefing of Trek.

Day 03: Kathmandu - Bhadrapur - Illam

Day 04: Illam -Taplejung

Day 05: Taplejung - Chiruwa

Day 06: Chhiruwa - Sekhathum

Day 07: Sekhathum - Amjilapsa

Day 08: Amjilapsa - Gyabla

Day 09: Gyabla - Ghunsa

Day 10: Ghunsa - Khambachen

Day 11: Rest day

Day 12: Khambachen – Lhonak

Day 13: Hike to Pangpema

Day 14: Lhonak - Ghunsa

Day 15: Ghunsa – Selle Base Camp

Day 16: Selle Base Camp - Tseram or Cheram and hike to Oktang

Day 17: Tseram - Ramche or Ramchaur

Day 18: Ramche - Tortong or Torongdin

Day 19: Tortong – Yamphudim

Day 20: Yamphudim - Khebang

Day 21: Khebang – Birtamode

Day 22: Birtamode - Bhandrapur- Kathmandu

Day 23: Departure to international airport.

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Kanchenjunga Trek Details Itinerary

Whats Included?

  • Pick-up and drop-off service at Trivuwan International Airport in Kathmandu by private Car/Van/Bus.
  • 3 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu on BB Plan.
  • Flight ticket (Kathmandu - Bhadrapur - Kathmandu).
  • Bhadrapur- Taplejung - Bhadrapur by Jeep.
  • 1 Night Hotel in Birtamod.
  • All the meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Tea /coffee) Lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • One Government certificate holder Trekking Guide and trekkers 2:1 porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine.
  • All special trekking permits and KCAP fees.
  • Duffel Bag during the trek.
  • Fingertip Pulse Oximeter, we use every day to check your oxygen level and pulse in your body to minimize high risk.
  • Himalaya Trip T-shirt.
  • Local fresh fruit like apple and pomegranates etc.
  • First Aids Kit.
  • 13% Government VAT and Official expanse.

Whats not Included?

  • International airfare and visa fees (15 Days for USD$25 and 30 Days for USD$40).
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All the drinks such as coke, Fanta, mineral water, hot shower, desert etc.
  • Your trekking gears.
  • Your travel insurance which should include the emergency rescue.
  • Tips for all the staffs.

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Kanchenjunga Trek Info

Meals during the Trek

During the Kanchenjunga Trekking, your meals will be prepared at the teahouses. Lunch will be provided at midpoint villages during the journey, while dinner and breakfast will be served at the teahouse where you are staying. Teahouses offer a diverse range of food options, primarily featuring Basic Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine, along with Continental dishes. A highly recommended meal is "Dal Bhat," a nutritious Nepalese set dish comprising rice, lentil soup, curries, and pickle, known for its filling nature. Many trekkers opt for Dal Bhat due to its nutritional value, keeping them satisfied during the trekking adventure. In addition to Dal Bhat, teahouses along the way also offer pasta, noodles, pies, and other delightful treats. If you have specific dietary requirements or preferences, please inform us in advance so that suitable arrangements can be made.


Accommodation

Accommodations during the Kanchenjunga Trek are basic and primarily limited to teahouse stays, a popular form of lodging in Nepal. Teahouses blend the concepts of homestays and modern hotels, as local residents along the trekking trail have converted their homes into wooden structures with multiple rooms. These teahouses typically feature a kitchen, dining area, and a small confectionery shop. Guests can stay warm at night by the logfire in the dining area.

Each teahouse room can accommodate guests and comes furnished with a bed, mattress, pillows, and a quilt. For added warmth, travelers have the option to bring a sleeping bag, which can be rented in Kathmandu if the provided quilt is insufficient. For more details on accommodations during the Kanchenjunga trek, it is recommended to inquire with Himalaya Trip.


Kanchenjunga Trek Cost

Cost of Kanchenjunga Trekking is dependent on several factors. If you are looking for a Kanchenjunga Trek Package, the cost might differ based on time of the year, number of pax in the group, accommodation chosen, company chosen and others. Trekking season especially in Spring and Autumn months, the trail is crowded and hotels have limited accommodation, making it relatively more expensive than other times of the year. The number of pax determines cost of transportation as higher the number of pax, lower the transportation cost. Also, the type of accommodation you choose while in Kathmandu also determines what the cost of package would be like. If you want the perfect quotation for your Kanchenjunga Trek cost, inquire with Himalaya trip and we will respond.


Best time for Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga Trek best time can be determined with the weather pattern that prevails during the time of your travel. Nepal boasts 4 different weather systems which are : Spring, Winter, Summer and Autumn. Primarily Spring that lasts from March to May and Autumn which begins from September and lasts till November is the best time for Kanchenjunga base camp trek. It is advised that you plan your trekking time period anywhere within the selected months. Other than these two weather periods, Summer and Winter are the harshest in Nepal with extreme temperature and weather clarity.


Kanchenjunga Trekking Map

Himalaya Trip provides a detailed map of Kanchenjunga trek to every one of its clients. A map is an essential tool that helps in navigating the trail, planning your trek and getting thorough knowledge of the terrain you’re going to. Having a detailed map and knowing how to read it properly can be a life saver in case of any uncertainties that might occur during the trekking period.


​Difficulty of Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga trek difficulty is contingent upon an individual's physical fitness and endurance. Navigating the challenging topography of the Kanchenjunga highlands involves traversing switchback ascents, contending with high altitudes, and traversing a rural landscape in an isolated region, rendering the trek physically demanding. The surroundings surrounding the Kanchenjunga massifs are characterized by glacial moraine, icy pathways, and uneven tracks, demanding both mental and physical preparedness from trekkers.

This trek is not suitable for novices, given its requirement to stay at altitudes exceeding 4000 meters for a substantial period . It is strongly recommended to consult with a medical professional for proper guidance before embarking on the trek. Furthermore, it is advised to establish a comprehensive fitness and endurance training routine at least a month before the trek. Adequate training not only enhances the prospects of a more comfortable trekking experience but also minimizes the likelihood of encountering medical issues during the expedition.


When is the best time to do Kanchenjunga trek?

We organize this trek all the months. But if you are planning to do this trek at the best time. We recommend you following time.

  • Winter (December – February): This is coldest time of the year. It will be difficult to trek because of there will be heavy snow.
  • Spring (March – May): This is best time to trek on Kanchenjunga trek. You will have wonderful weather with warm temperature. You will also have chances to see the Rhododendron flowers.
  • Summer (June – August): This is monsoon in Nepal. There is chances of raining every day and it will be cloudy. The rain poncho or rain jacket is needed.
  • Autumn (September – November): This is another best time to do this trek. After the raining season. It will be fresh and clear weather will be appear. It will be warm temperature.

What Kind Of Foods Do We Expect During The Trek ?

The Lodges have Menu; you will have your own choice. The foods are hygienic. But it is not like cities foods. Non-veg food are not recommend. It is not hygienic.

  • Breakfast: Simple Breakfast (Eggs any item, potato, Tibetan Bread, Pancake, Muesli, Oat Porridge etc.)
  • Lunch: Nepali Thali (Plain Rice, Lentil soup, Potato Curry, Green Vegetable, Papadam,Tomato Hot spicy, Chicken curry optional), Macorani , Spaghetti, Potato item, Mo.Mo or dumpling, Pizza, Friend Rice, Fried Noodles, French fries etc.
  • Dinner: Nepali Thali (Plain Rice, Lentil soup, Potato Curry, Green Vegetable, Papadam,Tomato Hot spicy or pickle, Chicken curry optional), Macaroni , Spaghetti, Potato item, Mo.Mo or dumpling, Pizza, Friend Rice, Fried Noodles, French fries etc.
  • Dessert: Fresh Fruit (Apple, orange, pomegranates, Banana with any seasonal fruit) serve as sweet dessert.

Note: All the drinks soft, hot, hard drinks are not included.


Do You Have A Packing List For The Trek ?

  • Trekking boots (If new boots are purchased, “break them in” to avoid blisters) and spare laces
  • Hat (Warm),scarf and gloves
  • Trousers (Warm trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night.
  • Running shoes, sandals or thongs (To wear in the camp at night or when your boots are wet).
  • Shorts and trousers
  • Wool-blend socks, liner socks and under wear(three pairs)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunhat
  • Fleece jacket
  • T-shirts (two or three) and long sleeved shirt with collar (long sleeved – shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.)
  • Laundry soap powder or bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen (SPF 20+) and lip bal
  • Sunglasses
  • Pocket knife
  • Iodine ,water-purification tablets or filter
  • Insect repellent ( for lower elevation)
  • Stuff sacks
  • Earplugs
  • Back pack
  • Sleeping back and silk liner
  • Water bottle
  • Torch (flashlight),spare batteries and bulbs
  • Duffle bag
  • Down jacket or down vest
  • Camera ,memory card and battery charger( spare batteries)
  • Books and magazines
  • Trekking poles
  • Quick- drying camp towel
  • Day pack (This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirements for the day e.g. toilet items,cameras, towel, soap, chocolate bar etc.)
  • 2-4 large plastic bags: to separate clean clothes from dirty ones
  • Personal medical supplies


Kanchenjunga Trek FAQs

The price will be apply same if you are up to 4 people. If you are more than 4 people, you will provide special discount for Kanchenjunga Trek.


Important Note

Available of the trip

We organise small group private trip. If you are 2 or more people in your group, you may book any dates.

Travel Insurance

The travel insurance is need in case of any emergency. It is recommend to have.  If you are doing short  and low elevation trek, you can do normal insurance. But if you are doing high altitude or adventure trek, you should have emergency rescue.

Last Minute booking

Normally, trekkers plan the trip before 3-9 months.  Some trekkers decide the trip in last minutes. It is also possible to book your trek at last minutes. For the Last minutes booking, you need to make a full payment.

Tipping

Tipping is highly expected. Our staffs try their best during the trip. After the trip, Tipping is expected. It is not fixed amount or percentage. We recommend the tipping according to their services.

Safety

When you are travelling, the safety is most important. For the safety of our clients, we trained our guide and porters. They are all register trekking / Tour  / Climbing guide and experience porters.

Extra personal expenses

For the extra expenses, it is good to bring USD / Euro / Pound Sterling or ther currency. You may change to Nepali Rupees (NPR) at Tribhuwan International Airport or near your Hotel in Kathmandu. You will use only Nepali rupees during the trip.

Nepal visa

Accept few countries , you will get on arrival Nepal’s Visa at the Tribhuwan International Airport or Nepal board. I recommend to fill up Nepal Visa online form and bring it with you. It will be faster and easy for you and visa fee is recommended to bring cash US dollar. You can’t pay by using credit card.

Trip extension or Itinerary Disclaimer

We organize small group private trip. The trip extension is possible but you have to figure out when you booking the trip.

Group joing and Fixed departure

Most of the time, we have small group private trip. Group joining or fixed departure will be available only at the clients request. 

Luggage store

You are not taking all the lugguage on the trek. You will take only necessary gears on the trek and rest of the gears, you will store at your Hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara or in our office in Kathmandu. All the Hotels have free luggage store services. It is more convenient to store at your Hotel.

Responsible travel

  • Ask permission to photograph people.
  • Do not remove or purchase antiques, it is illegal.
  • Avoid wearing revealing clothes and avoid outward displays of physical affection.
  • Do not anything to disturb environment or wild animals.

Domestic flight

Normally, domestic flight is not on time. If you have international flight with domestic connection flight. It is always better to keep some gaps.

Trek Booking

For the Booking, we need passport copy, passport size photo by email or What's App  and 20% deposit.

Why Himalaya Trip ?

  • Fast response
  • Small group private trek
  • Safety is top priority
  • Recommended on TripAdvisor
  • Tailor made itinerary
  • Seasonal package
  • 200 plus  trekkers take service every year
  • 30-40% repeated customer

 

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