Trip Facts
durationTrip Duration 23 Days
regionRegion Kanchenjunga Treks
countryCountry Nepal
groupsizeGroup Size 2 to 15 person
arrivalArrival On Kathmandu
departureDeparture From Kathmandu
seasonBest Season October to December 15, March 1 to May 30
altitudeMax Altitude 5143M
difficult-icon Difficult Trekking is both moderate and difficult. Altitude you reach is around 4000-5500 meters. Hike about 6 hours per day and requires to be physically fit and acclimatization is required.

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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Overview

Many people imagine themselves wandering through the laps of the giant mountains in the Himalayas. In the Himalayas, you can find plenty of routes that go through the typical mountains. But more than that, you can find the routes that go through the world’s highest mountains here.

Among such routes, one of the most amazing and popular routes is the Kanchenjunga base camp route. However, It is popular for a reason. The reason is, that it passes through the less explored paths as it heads to the world’s third-highest mountain, Kanchenjunga.

Being one of the highest mountains in the world, Kanchenjunga is located in the remote region of the eastern encompass of Nepal. On this trip with us, you will walk through the off-the-beaten path of this untamed adventurous region of Nepal. Also, you will be exploring some of the highest points of the Kanchenjunga region that cross the 5000-meter mark.

While going through these amazing routes, you will not only encounter amazing views of nature and mountains. You will also gain great insights and information about the culture and heritage of the Tibetan and Buddhist people. This culture and heritage mostly belong to the mixture of the Limbu, Sherpa, and Rai communities.

To be more specific about the landscapes, you will pass through a variety of landscapes in this trekking journey. From alpine grasslands to subtropical forests and then to the rocky icy slopes, you will explore them all on this trek. While walking through these varied routes, you can witness the amazing views of the mountains. You will see the highest mountains in the world like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga on this trek.

As you now know that you have to go through a high altitude, you might have already guessed that this trek is hard. Yes, it is a bit tougher trek than the other renowned treks such as the Annapurna and Everest treks. But trekkers who prefer long hikes with good health can expect to do this Kanchenjunga base camp trek.

Trip Highlights:

  • Stunning views of Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak, and surrounding Himalayan peaks.
  • Immersion in rich biodiversity. From lush rhododendron forests to rare wildlife like the elusive snow leopard.
  • Cultural encounters with indigenous communities such as the Rai and Limbu people. Great chance to Experience their unique traditions and hospitality.
  • Challenging trekking terrain, including steep ascents, rocky trails, and high mountain passes.
  • Remote wilderness experience, far from the crowds, allowing for solitude and a deep connection with nature.
  • Exploring alpine meadows and pristine glacial lakes dotted along the trekking route.
  • Opportunity for birdwatching, with a variety of Himalayan bird species found in the region.
  • Crossing dramatic suspension bridges and traversing rugged landscapes, adding excitement to the adventure.
  • Reaching the iconic Kanchenjunga Base CampReaching the iconic Kanchenjunga Base Camp, a pinnacle of achievement and a place of unparalleled natural beauty., a pinnacle of achievement and a place of unparalleled natural beauty.

History of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Being one of the highest and most beautiful mountains in the world, the holy Kanchenjunga is also considered home to the gods. Along with the history of the gods, we also want to mention that the first summit was held in 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band. But later on, the Kanchenjunga base camp trek was officially opened for trekking in 1988.

As you know Kanchenjunga is the world’s third-tallest mountain, you may not have known that this peak is the combination of the Five big massifs. Those big five massifs are –

Name of the Peak                                            Height (meters/feet)

Kangchenjunga Main                                      8,586     28,169

Kangchenjunga West (Yalung Kang)           8,505     27,904

Kangchenjunga Central                                  8,482     27,828

Kangchenjunga South                                     8,494     27,867

Kangbachen                                                       7,903     25,928

Furthermore, Here are the short history descriptions of the Kanchenjunga base camp trek:

  1. Exploration: The Kanchenjunga region remained largely unexplored until the mid-19th century. It wasn’t until British colonial officers and surveyors started mapping the area. that Westerners began to hear about this beautiful mountain range.
  2. Trekking Route Development:Trekking routes to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp are more popular among adventurers. seeking more remote and less crowded trails. The trek typically takes around three weeks to complete. It passes through lush forests, alpine meadows, and remote villages that go by ethnic communities like the Rai and Limbu people.
  3. Conservation Efforts: The region is also home to diverse flora and fauna, including rare species like the elusive snow leopard. Efforts to protect the environment and wildlife should be made. So for that reason, the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area was established in 1998. This conservation area covers a total area of 2,035 square kilometers.
  4. Present Day: Today, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is considered one of the most rewarding and challenging treks in Nepal. It offers breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga and other peaks in the range. Also, it offers the opportunity to experience the unique culture and natural beauty of the region.

Hence, the history of the trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is linked with the quest for knowledge of the Himalayas. Also, it has a big role in the growth of Nepali tourism, and efforts to preserve the country’s natural heritage.

What makes the Kanchenjunga base camp trek so special?

First of all, being a journey to the 3rd tallest mountain in the world makes itself a special and unique journey. This region is less trekked than the other tallest mountain regions, like Annapurna and Everest. So, this thing ultimately makes it a special trek.

The Kanchenjunga base camp trek is very remote and it receives few travelers. However, it is off the beaten path, which makes it special and unique. Here are the other several reasons why the Kanchenjunga base camp trek is special and unique-

  1. Remote and unaltered scene: This trek takes you to one of the most remote and pristine regions of the Himalayas. The landscapes are untouched in this region. So for that reason, you will see the original and unspoiled views everywhere. Especially, you will see the giant peaks from different angles.
  2. Cultural Experience: The trek also allows you to immerse yourself in the rich cultural landmarks of the region. You’ll encounter various ethnic groups such as the Sherpas, Limbus, and Rai people in this region. You will see each of them with their distinct traditions, languages, and lifestyles.
  3. Biodiversity: The Kanchenjunga region is also renowned for its rich biodiversity. You’ll travel across a variety of ecosystems in this trek. From beautiful subtropical forests to mountain meadows, and you’ll come across a vast diversity. Hence, throughout the route, you will encounter endangered and rare kinds of plants and animals.
  4. Challenging Terrain: Those looking for adventure will find their trek to be both difficult and rewarding. You’ll go through treacherous terrain, high alpine passes, and challenging ascents. These things will put your stamina and ability to endure the adventure.

Overall, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is an incredibly unique experience for trekkers. Thanks to its distinctive combination of breathtaking natural beauty, cultural immersion, and biodiversity.

Can a beginner do the Kanchenjunga base camp trek?

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is considered one of the more challenging treks in Nepal. So, it may not be suitable for complete beginners due to its remote location, high altitude, and demanding terrain. However, beginners can undertake this trek. They will have to do thorough preparation on their physical and mental fitness. Moreover, they also need to have an understanding of the challenges involved.

With the Requirements of such things, beginners therefore should consider joining guided tours. They should choose experienced trekking companies like us. So that, they receive proper support, guidance, and assistance throughout the journey.

Beginners should focus on physical conditioning, altitude acclimatization, and prior trekking experience. With some experience, they will be prepared for the demands of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek.

So, where does the trek to Kanchenjunga base camp trek begin and end?

The trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp typically begins in the village of Taplejung, located in the eastern part of Nepal. Trekkers can either fly from Kathmandu to Taplejung or opt for a longer overland journey. From Taplejung, the trek then follows a route that passes through various villages, forests, and alpine landscapes. Then it gradually ascends toward the base camp of Kanchenjunga.

Similarly, the trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp also ends back in Taplejung, the starting point of the trek. Trekkers typically retrace their steps along the same route they took to reach the base camp. They descend through the beautiful landscapes until they return to Taplejung.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Kanchenjunga Trekking is classified as one of the most strenuous trekking in Nepal. This trek is not every beginner’s cup of tea which means it is listed as the most difficult trek. Since this is a restricted area and difficult area to trek, the permit is not given to solo trek to Kanchenjunga. You have to take a guide with you or anybody else with you.

The Kanchenjunga base camp trek route is considered a challenging route because you have to go through a variety of mountain passes. But you know this is a stunningly beautiful route filled with nature and stunning trekking trails. So this trip must be experienced by every adventure junkie. Furthermore, trekkers will endure challenging ascents and descents while heading to their destination.

In addition, the length of time required for the Kanchenjunga base camp trek makes it more challenging. The backpackers should walk through the peaceful settlements for 3 weeks. Getting to the elevation of 5150m and passing several passes is not easy. Every day you must motivate yourself and have the patience to conquer the Kanchenjunga base camp trek.

Certainly, the Kanchenjunga base camp trek is stressful. But, hikers will enjoy the scenic trails. They will see terraced fields, glacial rivers, groves, and a mind-blogging mountain panorama. This will help to heal all the pain that you will experience in this journey.

Best time to visit Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

One of the exceptional nations in the globe with a beautiful geographic location is Nepal. Likewise, the alien culture and traditions are also commemorated in Nepal which falls into different months.

The optimum time for the Kanchenjunga base camp trek depends on person to person. Because every trekker has their favorite season which they enjoy most. However, trekkers in Nepal prefer the middle of March to the end of June and the middle of September to late November. According to them, these will be great times to explore this KBC region.

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is worth visiting throughout the year. But at this peak time, there will be perfect weather conditions. You can get to see a crystal clear view of the landscapes, Himalayan panoramas, and attractive scenarios.

Further, we want to tell you that doing the Kanchenjunga base camp trek is possible in another season also. Spring and autumn are the most popular times for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek. But, it’s also possible to undertake the trek during other seasons, although they come with their considerations-

Summer (June to August): Summer, or the monsoon season, brings heavy rainfall to the region. So this can make trekking challenging on the routes of the Kanchenjunga base camp trek. The trails become muddy and slippery, and there is a risk of landslides and flooding in some areas. Furthermore, the monsoon clouds also block the views of the mountains, limiting visibility.

On the other hand, for those who are brave enough to face the rain, the hillsides come alive with colorful flowers and greenery. So, trekkers should be prepared for wet and humid conditions. Also, it’s essential to check weather forecasts and trail conditions before going on the trek this season.

Winter (December to February):

Winter brings cold temperatures and snowfall to the Kanchenjunga region. The trails can be icy and snow-covered, making trekking more challenging and potentially dangerous. Due to the cold weather and a drop in trekkers, some teahouses and guesthouses remain closed. So during the winter, there will be fewer possibilities for accommodation.

For those who are prepared for the cold, wintertime also offers gorgeous snow-covered scenery. Also, it has calmer paths, making for a sublime trekking experience. Hence, trekkers should ensure they have appropriate cold-weather gear. And they should be cautious of the potential for avalanches in certain areas.

Overall, spring and autumn are the preferred times for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek. However, adventurous trekkers may still enjoy unique experiences in other seasons. For that, it’s essential to be prepared for the specific challenges and conditions. trekkers have to look associated with each season and plan accordingly for a safe and enjoyable trek.

So, is this Holiday for you?

As you know this classic trek has been given a high grade. Considering its overall length, the remoteness of the area, and the number of tough days to spend at high altitudes make this trek a high-grade trek.

Even though it is known as one of the less visited routes in the country, the conditions of the paths are almost good. The sections of the route whilst crossing the Mirgin La and elsewhere there have been recent landslides are however little bit risky. While making the trip with us, you can totally ensure your safety.

Furthermore, know that there are no international standard luxury guesthouses and hotels here. You will find teahouses and guesthouses that are run by Nepali Households. However, by any chance, if we do not get accommodation in-house, then we can manage the tent. We will do the camping, where two persons will be able to accommodate inside it with a fully comfortable mattress.

Now that we have pointed out some exceptions to the trek, you can decide by yourself whether to choose this trek or not.

Why Book Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek with Us?

Our guides have decades of experience in taking trekking groups on this classic itinerary. Also, we are in contact with the lodges being established along this route. But for now, while doing the trek we will have to take service from basic lodges and accommodations. As mentioned above, we can also manage camping facilities on this trek, which will be one of the most remarkable experiences for you.

Our treks in the Kanchenjunga region can be both private and group treks. For any kind of trek, we will require a minimum of two participants on that particular date to initiate the trip. Furthermore, we do not lie about our services. In the above sections, we have clearly listed the inclusions and exclusions. If you have any kinds of doubts relating to cost, then you can directly ask us.

There are a lot of companies in the market, that advertise trips for very low prices. But after booking the trip they may offer you the services of low cost. They May also cut off services on the trip, which could make you unsatisfied. Most of our trekkers are from the web or direct contact. Also through their referrals, many have been on our contact.

Hence, being in business for over 15 years, we employ only the most professional and friendly staff. So, there is no doubt that you will have a remarkable experience throughout the trek.

Important note regarding itinerary –

Since this is one of the longest treks in the country, your safety will be a top priority for us. The probability of some kind of issues in the multiple-week duration is high, so we also request you take care of yourself. Furthermore, Any part of your journey may pose a risk to your safety.

In such a case, the trek leader will have the authority to alter or cancel the specific itinerary. We will try our best to stick to the itinerary. But if the situation demands your safety then we will have to deviate from it. Different factors can lead to changes in the trip plan. Factors like the health conditions of trekkers, bad weather conditions, and natural incidents are ones. So, please make adjustments and be flexible according to the situation. Here is the detailed itinerary for this trek-

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Walking Hours: 30 Min Drive

Meals Included: Welcome Dinner

Accommodation: 3 Star Category Hotel

The highlight of the day: Views of Temples and stupas caress your eyes on this very first day.

Today, you will land from the aircraft at Tribhuvan International Airport. Then, our enthusiastic staff will transport you to the chosen place for your overnight stay.

When you get to your hotel, you can go to your room and relax for a bit. After that, leave your room and wander through the bustling streets of Thamel to delight in Nepal’s rich and rakish nightlife.

Walking Hours: Flight 45 Min. Drive 5-6 Hours

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Lodge

Highlight of the day: Prolific venture into the cultural and historical life of Kathmandu.

Unlike your prosaic day-to-day life, your 2nd day in Nepal commences with a Kathmandu World Heritage Sightseeing Tour. The tour is all about the admiration of the astonishing historical, cultural as well and religious wonders of Nepal. Today, you will see the ancient artistic pottery work of locals to the vast commercialization. Also, you will get to experience everything within the border of the Kathmandu Valley.

As the day is not all about sightseeing tours, we will therefore pilfer some of your time for the pack and plan for the Kanchenjunga base camp trek. The permit to Kanchenjunga cannot be issued without your visa-stamped original passport. So, this day in Kathmandu is mandatory for every trekker.

Walking Hours: Drive 1 Hours

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

The highlight of the Day: Aerial view as well as overwhelming hospitality of the Eastern portion of Nepal.

There are a number of alternative flights to the Kanchenjunga Trek starting point. But, we will fly via Kathmandu to Biratnagar considering your comfort. After reaching Biratnagar, we will make a short drive to Birtamod and stay overnight there.

Walking Hours: 6 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 1820M

Highlight of The Day: Scenic view of Illam, a tea plantation area in Nepal.

The trip of this day is all about tea and cardamom plantations. The slanted hills of most of the portions of the trails serve best for the growth of these tea spices. Reveling amidst the enthralling tea and cardamom gardens, we will then stop at Taplejung before starting the next day’s trek.

Walking Hours: 5 - 6 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 1270M

Waking up with the melodious chirping of birds, you will savor the delicious breakfast at Pungling Bazar of Taplejung. Then, you will head out on your journey to Chiruwa.

The trail between Pungling to Chiruwa plunges up to Mitlung and continues the descent to the Tamur River. Following the trail, you will pass through villages consisting of fertile land. Here you will find growing potatoes, rice, millet, and several other crops. Shortly after, you will then reach Chiruwa and stay there for the night.

Walking Hours: 5 To 6 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 2390M

Highlight of the Day: Thrilling Timber bedded bridges.

Today we get slightly closer to our destination Kanchenjunga Base Camp. We will follow the passage along the Tamur River. And then we will pass through the scattered thin villages of Taplethok, Temewahellok, and Ranipul. We will also cross several wooden as well as swinging bridges.

Further, the trail of the Kanchenjunga base camp trek will give us ample opportunity to witness landscapes. You can see cardamom cultivation on both green farmland terrain and the flora of the area.

Walking Hours: 5 - 6 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 2730M

Water sources like rivers, streams, and waterfalls will be spotted on this day. Every two minutes of walks on the uphill ridge trail of Kanchenjunga Base Camp you will see them. Thus, the route from Sermanthang to Gyabla also has no exception. While passing the routes, you have to walk over several suspensions as well as timber-made bridges.

Crossing a plethora of such bridges we reach Amjilossa. Then following the undulating route full of rhododendrons, bamboo, and oak we will walk toward Gyabla. Stay overnight at Gyabla.

Walking Hours: 5 - 6 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 3427M

The highlight of the Day: Enjoy the first view of Mt.Jannu

Though not at full, the luxury you have missed since the start of the Kanchenjunga base camp trek will be replenished today by the lavish stay at Gunsa. Commencing the Kanchenjunga base camp trek from Gyabla we will delve into the natural sceneries. We will encounter sceneries like waterfalls, rivers, and forests and head towards Gunsa.

On the way, you will eat lunch at Phale from where the trail takes us surprisingly to our today’s final destination, Gunsa. Upon reaching Gunsa, the views of Mt. Jannu ignite some positivity and happiness in every trekker’s face.

With an elevation, you will witness 7711m Mt.Jannu aka Mt.Kumbhakarna or the Sleeping Lion. It is the Thirty-Second highest mountain in the world and the 14th highest in Nepal. Here at Gunsa, we will show our permits at the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Office and stay overnight there.

Walking Hours: 5 - 6 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 3427M

The day is allocated specially for acclimatization purposes. After the continuous full-time walk of the 5 days, our body requires some rest on this Kanchenjunga base camp trek. Moreover, to make our minds cool to some extent, this one day’s rest will act as the best remedy for healing.

Walking Hours: 5 To 6 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 4050M

Highlight of the day: Scattered tiny Tibetan settlement lets you best explore the Tibetan Buddhist culture and lifestyle.

Leaving Gunsa behind, the trail hauls us via the mesmerizing Pine and Rhododendron forest. You will follow the trail that goes along the Gunsa Khola. Then, observing the inviting Buddhist mani walls and stupas, we will cross the bridge over Gunsa Khola. Further trekking, the views of Mt Jannu (Mt Kumbakarna) seem more than appealing today.

The trail of the Kanchenjunga base camp trek is not an easy one indeed. Attesting this fact, the trail slightly closer to Kambachen consists of the landslide area where we will have to trek with proper care. Overnight at the teahouse in Kambachen.

Walking Hours: 5 To 6 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 4050M

The highlight of the Day: Hike to the Kumbhakarna Base Camp

Climb high and sleep low is the motto to be recorded in everyone’s mind while doing the high-altitude trek. Here, we too are doing the high-altitude trek. Thus, to prepare our bodies to adopt the high altitude we will spend this extra day at Kambachen for the next camp day. On this day, Also, on this day, we will make an excursion to the Kumbhakarna Base Camp. Hence, wherever you go, come back to Kambachen for an overnight stay.

This hike to the Kumbakarna Base Camp is completed within around 5 hours. If not the Kumbhakarna Base Camp, you can also stroll around the Nupchu Khola for the stunning Mt Kumbhakarna Views. Nupchu Khola is located slightly above Kambachen.

Walking Hours: 5 To 6 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Max. Altitude: 4780M

Highlight of the Day: Delve into the wonders of Mera Peak, Nepal Peak, Twins Peak, and many others.

The more we gain altitude, the tougher the trek becomes. Continuing our Kanchenjunga base camp trek from Kambachen we will have to tread via rocky terrain and icy trails. Following this route, we will cross the seasonal Yak herders camp at Ramtang before terminating our today’s trek at Lhonak.

Particularly, Lhonak is the mystifying stone huts area near the lateral Kanchenjunga Glacier. After the adventurous walk through the rocky trail, we will stay at Lhonak. This place blesses us with enthralling views of Mera Peak, Nepal Peak, Twins Peak, and many others.

Walking Hours: 6 - 7 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 4780M

Highlight of the Day: Rewarding view of the North Face of the Mountain Kanchenjunga.

The passage to Pangpema from Lhonak traverses the rocky and grassy trail along the edge of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. Following this trail, we will reach Pangpema. As soon as we reach there, we will pat ourselves for dealing with every challenge on the way out there.

We are compelled to do so all because of the rewarding Mt Kanchenjunga views. The views from there compensate for all our struggles and challenges.

As there is no teahouse for the night stay in Pangpema, we will make our return to Lhonak for a night stay.

 

Walking Hours: 5 To 6 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 3427M

This morning we will eventually open our eyes in Lhonak to witness the arresting sunlight view of Kanchenjunga. Thenafter without any delay, we will descend to the Gunsa Village via the yak pasture area of Ramtang. Overnight at the teahouse in Gunsa upon reaching.

Walking Hours: 5 To 6 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 4480M

Following the rocky trail via the forested area, we will ascend towards the Sele La Pass. Here you will find that this spot boosts the incredibly excellent view of Mt.Makalu from a distance. Enjoying the views you will spend your night at Sele Base Camp.

Walking Hours: 7 To 8 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 3870M

Enjoy the morning breakfast straightaway at the Base Camp. Then you will prepare your mind for the daunting walk via the pass.  You will cross Sinion La Pass and Mirgin La Pass and descend to reach Tseram from the path. Tseram is a tiny settlement on the way to the South Kanchenjunga Base Camp. This settlement is settled above the Simbu Khola. Overnight at the teahouse in Tseram.

Walking Hours: 5 To 7 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 4580M

The route to Ramchaur/Ramche today will pass through the beautiful forest of Pine and Rhododendrons. Also, we will go along the rocky trail to reach Ramche. On this trail, streams and small lakes will astonishingly embellish the charm of the trek.

Reaching Ramche you will find a single lodge here. So, before deciding to spend the night there, we will have to pay proper attention to the booking of lodges at Ramche for lodges. Besides that single teahouse, the place consists of several yak pastures where you can relax for a moment. Overnight at the teahouse in Ramche.

Walking Hours: 5 To 6 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 4730M

Highlight of the day: Small and beautiful Oktang Temple and Enticing South Kanchenjunga and surrounding mountain views.

This morning in Ramche will start with a simple morning breakfast. After breakfast, we will follow the trail along the Yalung Glacier to reach Oktang. 4730m elevated Oktang in the South Kanchenjunga Base Camp lets you explore the revered Oktang temple. Furthermore, the views of the south face of Mt.Kanchenjunga and other several mountains appear incredible from here.

This day of the Kanchenjunga base camp trek is not so strenuous. So, the continuous long day’s trek will make us a little bit exhausted at the beginning of this day. But, as we reach Oktang, we will find our every effort worth it. Enjoying the wonderful moments there, you will then make your way back to Tseram for the overnight stay.

Walking Hours: 5 - 6 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 2995M

We are getting closer to accomplishing our dreams. So today, we will descend via the Pine, Rhododendron, and Juniper Forest to reach Tortong. We will also cross several bridges over several streams on the way. On the way to Tortong from Tseram, there is only one house in the place named Andhaphedi. And continuing through the routes, you will eventually reach Tortong where you will spend your night.

Walking Hours: 8 To 9 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 2380M

Highlight of the day: Adorable Butterflies and Colorful Wildflowers.

Instead of heading towards Yamphudin, we will choose the way to Ranipul which blesses us with the best wildlife exploration. The scenery of waterfalls also can’t be ignored throughout the Kanchenjunga Circuit trekking trail and so is the case here.

Long hours of walking along the narrow trails make the trek much more difficult. Further, if you have acrophobia, we honestly want you to skip this entire Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek and go for another easier one.

Also, another main thing to keep in mind for this day’s trek is that the route does not consist of several places to savor lunch. There is only one lunch eating place at Yasing Village. So we all will have lunch at this place. However, if you carry the packaged lunch there is nothing to regret for.

This trekking day is the most strenuous of all trekking days. But, you will see a glimpse of colorful flowers, green meadows, beautiful butterflies, and many other living creatures. This makes the Kanchenjunga base camp trek more tempting. Hence, upon arriving at Ranipul, you will see the beautiful views of farmland of Cardamom and corn. Finally, enjoy the wonderful night at Ranipul while remembering the entire trekking day.

Walking Hours: 5 To 7 Hours Drive.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Lodge

Today we will take a drive to Suketar from Ranipul.

Walking Hours: Drive 45 Min And Flight 40 Min

Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3 Star Category Hotel

Today, we will leave the Kanchenjunga region behind. Then, we will take a flight to Kathmandu with pleasing memories and experiences of trekking. Right after reaching Kathmandu, you can then go for the remaining sightseeing or souvenir shopping. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Walking Hours: Rest Day

Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3 Star Category Hotel

Today is the extra day for your trip. This day you will realize that the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is not the easiest one. You will remember all of the challenges you faced on the journey. So, you will never know when you have to spend the extra days on this journey. Even the flights might get delayed due to which this contingency day is a must for all Kanchenjunga region trekkers, so we keep this day as a rest day.

Walking Hours: 30 Minutes Driving

Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation: None

It’s your departure day. As today is the final day of your trekking journey, we will drop you at the airport to return to your sweet home. In accordance with the regulations of the Nepali airport and your check-in time, we will drop you off at the airport three hours before the flight. In the near future, we hope that we will meet again. Enjoy your flight and take care!

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Cost

  • Airport pickup and drop-off services for both local and international flights.
  • Accommodations in Kathmandu of the three-star deluxe category which includes breakfast.
  • Beautiful and clean accommodations at guest houses, and lodges during the trek.
  • Full board meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner with a cup of hot drinks).
  • Trekking guide who is very knowledgeable, courteous, fluent in English, licensed by the government, and trained by the ministry of tourism. He also receives a wage, meals, lodging, transportation, and insurance.
  • One strong porter with his salary, meals, accommodation, transportation, and insurance.
  • All required permits and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Permits
  • Down Jacket, Four-seasonal sleeping bags, Duffel bag, and trekking map (Jackets and bags should be returned after trip completion).
  • Complimentary welcome or Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural dance show
  • All necessary paper works Government tax and office service charges.
  • First Aid Medicines and medication with your guide.
  • Certificate of your trekking signed by the company Manager and your trekking Guide.
  • Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Suketar and back from Suketar to Kathmandu with your guide and porter.
  • Lunch and dinner at Kathmandu (Also not included in case of early returns, flight delays, or other causes than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International airfare from and to Nepal.
  • Travel medical insurance and emergency evacuation.
  • Your expenses (Hot shower, Alcoholic beverages, Telephone, Laundry, personal snacks, Internet, Battery Charging, hot water, Mineral water, beer, coke)
  • Extra accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara rather than the itinerary
  • Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, a (two passport pictures, USD 25 for multiple entries for 15 days, USD 40 for multiple entries for 30 days, and USD 90 for multiple entries for 90 days) can be issued for Nepal Visa Fees.
  • Gratitude, tips for your guide and porter.
  • Cost arising from mishaps, and natural calamities.
  • Services that are not mentioned in the Include section.
  • Sightseeing costs in Kathmandu City.

Trip Gear

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Map

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Map

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Support

For more detailed info on Itinerary, here is the chart –

Interactive Kanchenjunga base camp trek altitude chart.

Accommodation facilities in Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Upon arrival, we will accommodate you in the 3-star hotel in the city of Kathmandu. Here, you have the option to be alone in this hotel or to share a room with others. If you are a lone trekker, you will need to let us know so we can arrange for you to have a separate accommodation.

When it comes to lodging options, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek offers a small selection of lodges and tea houses. These teahouses can only hold the estimated number of visitors. However, the number of trekkers has surged recently. So, the Kanchenjunga region’s hotel quality and services are gradually improving. As you may know, each teahouse on the Kanchenjunga base camp trek has facilities that respond to the needs of the trekkers. The bed, pillow, mattress, and blanket are all included in the basic accommodation package here.

In earlier periods before 2015, the Kanchenjunga Trek was a Camping trek. Trek at that time was a lot more difficult than now. But with the construction of a few teahouses on the route, it is no more a camping trek.

Tips on Accommodation:

  • Do not keep heating devices in the sleeping rooms.
  • Prefer dining rooms to hang out in the evening or nighttime as they will have some sort of heating facilities.
  • You will be sharing toilets with other trekkers in most of the places, so be prepared.
  • Do not enter the kitchens of teahouses or hotels.
  • Hot water for the shower may cost you a few bucks.
  • Recharging your electric devices and Wi-Fi facilities may also cost you in higher altitudes.
  • Bring your own sleeping bag for warmth and comfortable sleep.
  • Try to order the same dish for dinner. If you are in a group it will be much quicker for them to prepare the meal.
  • As soon as you reach the teahouse, make your dinner order. After that, you may relax or have a shower.

Foods and drinks

Throughout the great trekking to Kanchenjunga Base Camp in Nepal, you can find simple cuisine. The unique taste of the foods and culture of the Kanchenjunga area attracts many tourists.

The famous drink called Tong-Ba is the local drink that is the prime and unique charisma of the Kanchenjunga base camp trek. This drink is made up of fermented millet with a mixture of hot water which is served in a bamboo jar with a straw on it.

Only simple food is available in this region. In some embodies, you can find thukpa, pasta, and momo but mostly you can find ordinary food: rice, pulses, and vegetables. For more information, we will now present you with the food options by classifying them into breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Breakfast

A hearty breakfast will guarantee that you get to your goal by the end of the day. We understand that you require extra power in this particular trek. Hence we strongly recommend that you consume nutritious and clean meals. Toast and bread are the options that are typically available, along with a range of egg options. Further, you can find oatmeal and puddings, pancakes with butter or jam, and lastly, a selection of soups.

Lunch

In Nepalese culture, lunch is considered a vital mealtime. On the difficult and hilly Kanchenjunga base camp trek, lunch is the meal that will fuel you for the entire day. On this trip, you will find Daal-Bhat-Tarkari-Achaar (rice) as the primary meal. Also, you can find other lunch alternatives. It includes momo,  noodles (thukpa), pasta, sandwiches, and potato dishes.

Since Dal Bhat is the most well-liked food and it gives a lot of energy throughout the journey, both local and foreign visitors love this meal. This meal will be well-known because it gives you a lot of energy throughout the day. For this reason, trekkers who complete the Kanchenjunga base camp trek rarely miss this meal.

Dinner

In Nepal, dinner and lunch are the same meal, although dinner is typically a lighter meal. You may, however, eat as much as you want because you spend the entire day adventuring. Hence, you will be fed dinner at the lodge where you are staying that evening. And you will have the same alternatives that you will have in the lunch.

Drinks

Throughout the Kanchenjunga base camp trek, teahouses and lodges serve hot, soft, and strong drinks. Some of the hot beverages that are offered here are black tea, milk tea, ginger tea, green tea, black coffee, milk coffee, and hot lemon. Soft beverages including Coke, Fanta, Sprite, and bottled juice are also available. Also, hard drinks like local wine and whisky are available. However, since you’ll be at a high altitude, you should avoid consuming any strong drinks to avoid altitude sickness in your body.

Dietary restrictions and Limitations:

In Nepal, meat is normally only eaten at festival times.  The normal diet is vegetable curry and rice.  Even in areas heavily influenced by Tibetan culture, meat is not an everyday thing.

In Nepal, meat is not eaten on a regular basis. In meals, you will mostly find curry with rice, vegetables, and pickles. In most of the regions of Nepal, meat is not easily accessible and people that follow Tibetan culture do not entertain meat. So, be ensured that those who are vegetarians will mostly benefit from this journey.

Furthermore, know that there is a lack of supplements and extra ingredients in the villages. The organic vegetables may be fresh, but other things may not be totally fresh as the cultivable land is not present in such areas. So, you have to limit your wants and not think about the luxurious and sweet food items.

Hence, overcoming the expectations, you can bring your extra food by yourselves. you can choose to bring food items like dried fruits, cookies, protein bars, and other energy-giving foods.

Expenses you may have on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek –

Almost all of the necessary costs are covered by us on this trip. Costs that include Guide, transportation, lodging, and food are the primary costs that are covered by us. But there may be other things that you may have to pay upon your wish on this trip. Here is the description-

Cash:

Since you will be traveling within Nepal, you will need Nepali currency to buy anything. However, if you wish to tip to your helpers and guide you may tip them with foreign cash.

Transport:

Yes, flights are necessary for this flight, which will be covered by us. But more than that, you will also have to travel through four-wheelers in the journey. You must understand there are a range of options while traveling by road. So before the trek, you can discuss with us whether you would like to hire a private jeep or just travel in a public vehicle.

Food:

Along with three meals a day, we offer you hot drinks on the trekking journey. Anything over that must be paid by yourself.

Miscellaneous:

If you wish to take hot water for a shower, electricity facility to charge your devices, and additional Wi-Fi services. For this type of cost, you have to bear it through your own pocket.  The cost for these services might cost you a few bucks. Furthermore, different kinds of beverages such as beer and cold drinks are available in shops and teahouses. So if you wish to buy them you have to pay in Nepali rupees.

Tips:

Tips are given by heart and it is like a gift of appreciation for hard-working people. So, you can freely give to guides, porters, and any other people, who have helped you along the way. It’s all up to you.

What will you do in Kathmandu before/after your trek?

With seven UNESCO Heritage Sites within the Kathmandu Valley, there is plenty of history and architecture to see. So we will take you to visit Buddhist stupas, Hindu burning ghats, and ancient palaces right the next day after you come here. We are sure that, after doing this trip, you will be very glad that you have visited the cultural landmarks of the city.

Right after you do this trip you will head on to the trek journey.  Then after you arrive from the trek, you will have an extra day in Kathmandu. So on this day, we advise you to do some fun activities. You can check out nightclubs, live music sessions, casinos, and parties inside the Valley. Or if you are looking into more peaceful activities then you can check out ashrams and Yoga centers. Here you can participate in healing and spiritual activities.

Permits for Kanchenjunga base camp trek

After Arrival in the country, you must have a group of at least two people to do the Kanchenjunga base camp trek. This means backpackers must obtain a permit because the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is listed as one of the restricted areas.

Every backpacker should get a special permit with a Kanchenjunga Conservation entry permit. As opposed to other treks you are not required to purchase a Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) pass.

Keep in mind that every trekker should explore the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek with a professional guide. This might sound like a big turnoff but, a few of the trekkers lost their lives during a trek to Kanchenjunga. After that, the government made this rule for the foreign trekker’s safety.

Travel insurance to Acquire permits for the Kanchenjunga base camp trek

To obtain a trekking permit in Nepal, it is necessary to first obtain travel insurance and a travel insurance number. Furthermore, the adventurers are particularly likely to get altitude sickness. The chances are higher when traveling through the more isolated parts of the Kanchenjunga region. The chances are higher because these places lack specialized medical facilities. Under these conditions, the rescue operation must proceed, which will increase your expenses. Therefore, you have to avoid experiencing unwanted circumstances. So, to repay the costs, you must purchase travel insurance.

Evaluation of Risk for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

You must know that trekking is a hardcore adventure and to do this adventure, you must have an open and curious attitude. Being able to predict and face challenges will make you a true adventurer. Therefore, you may face unanticipated weather and natural conditions on this trek. So as we mentioned above, there may be situations where the itinerary and route may change in the last hours. Hence, in these conditions of rough terrain, it will be very necessary for you to act in a team and help each other.

As we care a lot about our trekkers, we have performed a threat and risk assessment for our Kangchenjunga base camp trek. All of the trips have some degree of risk. So based on it, you can choose to join the adventure and head onto it.

Therefore, to measure the risk, we first identify the hazards of the adventure, and then only we assess the level of risk. Also along with the assessment of risk, we have control measures in place to reduce this happening or to reduce the impact it. Here is the list of  the significant risks and hazards identified by us:

  • Bodily harm from trips and falls, such as slipping on ice or tumbling off the route.
  • Sickness related to altitude, such as AMS, HACE, and HAPE.
  • Becoming disoriented or losing contact with the group, such as when crossing the Mirgin La Pass during a whiteout.
  • Extremely unfavorable weather and trekking conditions.
  • Injuries caused by the climate (such as sunburn, hypothermia, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke). Please be aware that the first three days of the walk will be quite hot and humid.
  • Drowning and/or falling may be caused while crossing a river without a bridge.
  • Landslides and rockfall.
  • Risks of unpurified water.

This adventure goes through a remote region. So for that region, you will be very far from the emergency health services. If you get any kind of serious injury, then it will take time to get yourself into the hospital. The only type of evacuation and rescue is through the helicopter, so you will have to wait for some time. The helicopter only operates in optimal weather and flying conditions. So don’t expect helicopters to arrive instantly.

Options

You may be interested in this long Kanchenjunga base camp trek, but for some reason, you might not be able to complete this adventure. In such cases, you can choose other options in the Kanchenjunga region for your adventure. Since this trip is a total of 24 days, many other shorter treks can be done in fewer days. Here are some of the shorter trekking options in the Kanchenjunga region-

  • North Kanchenjunga Base Camp only (20 days): This is another trekking alternative to the Kanchenjunga base camp trek. The route on this trek goes to Pangpema (north Kanchenjunga base camp from Taplejung. In particular, this trail passes past different communities. You will go through communities like Gunsa, Kambachen, Chiruwa, Sekathum, Gyabla, and Lhonak 4780m. Then finally, you will arrive at Pangpema.
  • South Kanchenjunga Base Camp only (18 days): This trek is also different from the other Kanchenjunga trek routes. First, this trek follows the route of Tseram to Oktang and the beautiful Kanchenjunga south base camp. On the way, you will pass through different villages like Lalikharka, Kande Bhanjyang, Yamphudin, and Tortong. Then finally, you will make your way towards the Southern Base camp of Kanchenjunga.

If you have more time and resources, you can add the trip to the Lumba Sumba Pass which is located in the Makalu region. This can be added to the above two Kanchenjunga treks. If you are in a group then it will be very easy for us to customize the trip. So think about it and inform us!

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Rating

As we have discussed a lot about this trek we have known that this trek is a challenging one. The highest altitude where you will be spending your night is at Lhonak (4,790 m/15,700ft). Then finally, the highest elevation that you will be reaching on this trip is Pangpema (5,140m/16,900ft). In the whole trekking journey, there are only two acclimatization days to allow for proper acclimatization.

Furthermore, trekking to Kanchenjunga Base Camp involves an average daily hiking of around 6 hours. On some days the trekking hours could also go up to around 7-8 hours. So, Based on these facts and further information, we will rate this trek-

Difficulty

We rate this trek’s difficulty as 4.5/5. Spanning 20-24 days and reaching altitudes up to 5,143 meters, we already had said that this trek is challenging. Due to its remoteness, it involves steep ascents, rugged paths, and fewer amenities. So it is a must to have good physical fitness and stamina.

Scenery

Scoring a perfect 5/5, the trek features spectacular scenery. It includes close-up views of Kanchenjunga and other peaks. Diverse landscapes from tropical forests to alpine meadows are prominent. Whereas, rivers, waterfalls, and glacial lakes are unavoidable.

Cultural Experience

With a rating of 4.5/5, the trek offers rich cultural experiences. It passes through villages of diverse ethnic groups like Limbu, Sherpa, and Rai. So there is no doubt you will have close interaction with locals and insight into various traditions and lifestyles.

Accessibility

Rated 2.5/5, accessing the trek is challenging. It requires a flight to Biratnagar or Bhadrapur followed by a long drive to Taplejung. Trekkers need special permits, adding to the logistical complexity.

Accommodation and Facilities

Scoring 3/5, accommodation is basic but adequate. Teahouses and lodges offer simple meals and lodging, though facilities lacking at the higher altitudes. Camping is an option but requires additional support.

Overall Experience

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek earns an overall rating of 4.5/5. It offers an unparalleled adventure with breathtaking scenery and rich cultural interactions. Therefore, you will have a profound sense of accomplishment after exploring one of Nepal’s most remote regions.

Packing list for Kanchenjunga base camp trek

The Main theme of this trek is to carry as light as possible and make yourself comfortable with only essential items. While doing the trek, your day Backpack should be a maximum of 10 kg and it should not cross that limit. Furthermore, the Main duffel bag should weigh around 10 to 15 kg.

Hence, Packing for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek requires careful consideration of gear and clothing. Doing that will ensure your comfort and safety in the challenging Himalayan environment. Here is the list-

Clothing

  1. Base Layers
    • Moisture-wicking long-sleeve shirts: 2-3
    • Moisture-wicking short-sleeve shirts: 2-3
    • Thermal tops (merino wool or synthetic): 2
  2. Bottom Layers
    • Moisture-wicking underwear: 4-6 pairs
    • Thermal bottoms: 2
  3. Insulation Layers
    • Fleece jacket or pullover: 1-2
    • Down or synthetic insulated jacket: 1
  4. Outer Layers
    • Waterproof and windproof jacket (Gore-Tex or similar): 1
    • Waterproof and windproof pants: 1
  5. Trekking Pants
    • Lightweight trekking pants: 2-3
    • Convertible pants (zip-off to shorts): 1-2
  6. Headwear
    • Sun hat or cap: 1
    • Warm hat (fleece or wool): 1
    • Buff or neck gaiter: 1-2
    • Sunglasses (UV protection): 1
  7. Handwear
    • Lightweight gloves (liner gloves): 1 pair
    • Insulated gloves or mittens: 1 pair
  8. Footwear
    • Waterproof trekking boots (well broken-in): 1 pair
    • Camp shoes or sandals: 1 pair
    • Warm socks (wool or synthetic): 4-6 pairs
    • Liner socks (optional): 2-3 pairs

Gear

  1. Backpack
    • 40-50 liter backpack (with rain cover): 1
  2. Sleeping Gear
    • Sleeping bag (rated to -10°C or lower): 1
    • Sleeping bag liner (optional for extra warmth): 1
  3. Trekking Poles
    • Adjustable trekking poles: 1 pair
  4. Hydration
    • Water bottles or hydration bladder (3 liters capacity): 2-3 liters total capacity
    • Water purification tablets or filter: Sufficient for the duration of the trek
  5. Navigation and Safety
    • Map and compass or GPS device(Phone will do the job): 1
    • First aid kit (personal medications, blister treatment): 1
    • Headlamp with extra batteries: 1
    • Multi-tool or knife: 1
    • Emergency blanket: 1

Personal Items

  1. Toiletries
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste: 1 set
    • Biodegradable soap and shampoo: 1 small bottle each
    • Quick-dry towel: 1
    • Wet wipes: 1-2 packs
    • Sunscreen (SPF 30+): 1 small bottle
    • Lip balm (with SPF): 1
  2. Personal Hygiene
    • Hand sanitizer: 1 small bottle
    • Toilet paper (packed in zip-lock bags): 1-2 rolls
  3. Snacks
    • Energy bars, trail mix, dried fruit, nuts: Enough for the duration of the trek (estimate 2-3 snacks per day)

Miscellaneous

  1. Documents
    • Passport (with photocopies): 1
    • Trekking permits: 1 set
    • Travel insurance documents: 1 set
  2. Electronics
    • Camera with extra batteries or power bank: 1
    • Mobile phone with charger: 1
    • Solar charger or portable power bank: 1
  3. Optional Items
    • Gaiters: 1 pair
    • Lightweight packable daypack: 1
    • Journal and pen: 1 set
    • Books or e-reader: 1

Ensure all your gear is well-tested before the trek, especially your boots and backpack!

Books

You will be heading on to this long adventurous journey in this trek. So, we suggest you gain some information about the Kanchenjunga region and trekking. Therefore, here are some books that provide detailed information about the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. which will be helpful for your journey:

“Kanchenjunga: The Untrodden Peak” by Charles Evans

This classic mountaineering book details the first successful ascent of Kanchenjunga in 1955. It provides a historical perspective and insights into the region’s challenges and beauty.

“Kanchenjunga Adventure: The Story of the 1955 British Expedition to the World’s Third Highest Peak” by John Angelo Jackson

This book provides an in-depth look at the early explorations and expeditions to Kanchenjunga. Also, it offers historical context and fascinating narratives.

“The Kanchenjunga Adventure” by Frank Smythe

Another classic, this book recounts the early 20th-century explorations of Kanchenjunga. It provides a mix of adventure and historical perspective.

“Round Kanchenjunga: A Narrative of Mountain Travel and Exploration” by Douglas Freshfield

This book documents one of the first recorded circumnavigations of the Kanchenjunga massif in 1899. In this book, Freshfield provides detailed and engaging descriptions. He has covered topics like geographical challenges, stunning landscapes, and cultural encounters here. Reading these topics we believe that modern trekkers will get the inspiration and insights.

“The Himalayas: An Encyclopedia of Geography, History, and Culture” by Andrew J. Hund and James A. Wren

This book includes sections on the geography, culture, and history of the Himalayas. Also, it includes detailed information about the Kanchenjunga region.

“Kangchenjunga Himal and Kumbhakarna” by Jan Kielkowski

This book by Jan Kielkowski covers the Kanchenjunga region and the nearby Kumbhakarna (Jannu) peak. Also, it gives descriptions of various trekking routes, climbing expeditions, and topographical information. Hence this book is a valuable resource for trekkers and climbers. It offers insights into the geography, logistics, and challenges of this adventure.

“Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya” by Bradley Mayhew, Lindsay Brown, and Stuart Butler

Published by Lonely Planet, this guidebook includes a section on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. Hence, it offers practical advice, detailed maps, and cultural insights.

“The High Himalaya” by Art Wolfe and Peter Potterfield

This book features stunning photography and compelling stories about various Himalayan treks. Kanchenjunga region is also mentioned in it. Hence, it’s an inspiring read that will get you excited about your journey.

“Trekking Nepal: A Traveler’s Guide” by Stephen Bezruchka

This practical guide offers detailed descriptions of trekking routes in Nepal, including Kanchenjunga. It includes information on preparation, equipment, and local culture.

“Nepal – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture” by Tessa Feller

While not specific to trekking, this book provides valuable insights into Nepalese culture. Especially, this will help you understand and respect local customs. So without a doubt, this thing will enhance your overall trekking experience.

Hence, reading these books will equip you with a wealth of knowledge about the Kanchenjunga region. It will let you know about its history and practical trekking tips. Ultimately, it will make your adventure more enriching and enjoyable.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we have to say that the Kanchenjunga base camp trek is undoubtedly a heavenly route. This is the route that astonishes trekkers with the spectacular views of the world’s third-highest mountain. Obviously, it is one of the toughest routes in the world of mountains. But with high preparation, determination, and patience you can complete this amazing adventure. Be sure that, the outcome of the hardcore adventure is worth your time, effort, and money. So get ready!

Thus, we would like to be clear that this journey is not intended for those with the bare minimum of physical capabilities. Nonetheless, people with moderate to high levels of physical activity can participate in this trekking. Finally, we would want to say that the journey to the Kanchenjunga base camp offers profound interactions. You will be interacting with native ways of life, life-altering experiences, and a great sense of achievement.

At Mission Himalaya, we always give visitors our whole attention as they go on a trekking journey. As a result, we kindly offer you to join us on this incredible journey to one of the most spectacular places on earth. You can be confident that you will be safe with us from the beginning to the end of the journey. You can contact us by phone at +977-9841965533 or +977-14700252 if you have any queries or concerns regarding terms and conditions. As an alternative, you can contact us via email at info@missionhimalayatreks.com or by using our WhatsApp.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek FAQ'S

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Kanchenjunga has a wide variety of ecological systems because of its attitude profile. The zones here vary from subtropical woods to alpine zones that offer an extensive array of plants and animals. Here’s an overview of the kinds of flora and fauna you can expect to encounter on this trek:

Flora

  1. Subtropical Forests (Up to 2,000 meters)
  • Trees and Shrubs: You will find a variety of trees including sal (Shorea robusta), oak, and rhododendron. The region is also rich in bamboo groves.
  • Flowers: The lower regions are mostly filled with wildflowers, orchids, and ferns.
  1. Temperate Forests (2,000 to 3,000 meters)
  • Trees: This zone is dominated by broad-leaved and coniferous trees such as maple, chestnut, birch, magnolia, and fir.
  • Rhododendrons: This region is particularly famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests. Here you will encounter numerous Rhododendron species blooming in spring.
  1. Subalpine and Alpine Zones (3,000 to 4,500 meters)
  • Trees and Shrubs: Higher elevations feature juniper, hemlock, and silver fir. The vegetation becomes sparser as you go higher, with dwarf shrubs and grasses.
  • Alpine Meadows: This area is also home to a variety of high-altitude flowers like edelweiss, gentians, and potentillas.

Fauna

  1. Mammals
  • Red Panda: The dense forests of the Kanchenjunga region are one of the few remaining habitats for the endangered red panda.
  • Snow Leopard: Rarely seen, the elusive snow leopard inhabits the higher altitudes.
  • Himalayan Black Bear: This bear species is found in the temperate and subalpine zones.
  • Blue Sheep (Bharal): Commonly spotted in the alpine meadows.
  • Musk Deer: Known for their musky scent, they inhabit the higher altitudes.
  1. Birds
  • Himalayan Monal: The national bird of Nepal, recognized for its vibrant plumage.
  • Blood Pheasant: Often found in the rhododendron forests.
  • Snow Partridge: Common in the higher regions.
  • Golden Eagle: Seen soaring in the sky, particularly in the alpine areas.
  • Other Birds: There are numerous species of sunbirds, rosefinches, and warblers.
  1. Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Reptiles: Limited due to the cold climate, but you may find some lizards in the lower, warmer regions.
  • Amphibians: Frogs and toads are present in the moist forest areas.
  1. Insects
  • Butterflies and Moths: The trek features a variety of colorful butterflies and moths. Particularly, you will find them in the lower and mid-latitude regions.
  • Other Insects: Various species of beetles, bees, and ants are also common.
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On the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, you’ll meet a variety of people, each adding their own flavor to the journey.

  1. Local Villagers

You’ll encounter friendly villagers along the way. Mostly, you will find the Sherpas, who are known for their mountain expertise and Buddhist traditions. There are also Rai, Limbu, Gurung, and Tamang communities, each with their own unique culture and customs.

  1. Tibetan Residents

You might meet Tibetan refugees who’ve made the region their home. They have their own colorful festivals and Buddhist practices.

  1. Fellow Adventurers

You can expect to meet fellow trekkers and mountaineers from all over the world. Here you can share stories and forge friendships amidst the stunning scenery.

  1. Guides and Porters

Local guides and porters are mostly from nearby villages. So, they will assist you throughout the journey, sharing their knowledge of the terrain and local life.

  1. Tea House Owners

The owners and staff of tea houses and lodges offer a warm welcome, providing a taste of local hospitality and cuisine.

Each encounter adds to the richness of the trek, making it not just a physical journey but a cultural adventure as well.

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Mount Kanchenjunga is located in the eastern Himalayas. It straddles the border between Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim. Especially, it is renowned as the third-highest mountain in the world, with an elevation of 8,586 meters (28,169 feet) above sea level. The name “Kanchenjunga” translates to “Five Treasures of Snow” in Tibetan, referring to its five distinct peaks. The mountain is revered by local communities and is a significant pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus.

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Mount Kanchenjunga is close to Darjeeling. It is one of the popular tourist destinations in the Indian state of West Bengal. The distance from Darjeeling to the Kanchenjunga massif varies based on where you are in Darjeeling and how you choose to see the peak.

By road, the distance from Darjeeling to the base of Mount Kanchenjunga is approximately 50 to 60 kilometers (31 to 37 miles). But the actual distance to the summit is much greater.  Yes, the Kanchenjunga base camp is geographically close. However, you will have to cross the tough terrain to reach the foot of Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling.

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The highest altitude reached on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is approximately 5,143 meters (16,873 feet) at the Pangpema Base Camp on the north side of Kanchenjunga.

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To get to the starting point of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek:

  1. Fly from Kathmandu to either Bhadrapur or Biratnagar.
  2. Drive to Taplejung, the trek’s starting point. This usually involves a drive from Bhadrapur or Biratnagar to Taplejung, often with an overnight stop along the way.
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Yes, it is absolutely necessary to have a guide while trekking in any region of Nepal, including the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. This ensures the safety and Navigation of the paths. Also, it supports trekkers to comply with local regulations.

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Yes, you can do the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek independently, but you will need to merge with other trekkers in a group. This is important for safety and to meet the requirements for trekking permits in this remote region.

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Yes, it is possible to trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp in the monsoon season, but it is not recommended. The monsoon brings heavy rainfall, which can make trails slippery, cause landslides, and block the views of the mountain. Trekking conditions are much more challenging and less safe during this time.

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Yes, there are several health concerns to be aware of when trekking to Kanchenjunga Base Camp:

  1. Altitude Sickness: As you will be trekking to high altitudes, there is a risk of altitude sickness (acute mountain sickness). It’s important to acclimatize properly, drink plenty of water, and be aware of symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and dizziness.
  2. Weather Conditions: The weather can be unpredictable and temperatures can drop significantly, especially at higher altitudes. Proper clothing and gear are essential to stay warm and dry.
  3. Hygiene and Sanitation: Basic hygiene facilities may be limited along the trail. It’s important to maintain good hygiene practices to prevent illnesses such as diarrhea.
  4. Physical Fitness: The trek involves long days of walking on mountainous terrain. Good physical fitness is necessary to handle the demands of the trek.
  5. Food and Water Safety: Be cautious about the food and water you consume along the trekking route to avoid foodborne illnesses and gastrointestinal issues.
  6. Insect Bites: In some areas, there may be risks of insect bites that could lead to infections or diseases. Using insect repellent and wearing appropriate clothing can help mitigate this risk.
  7. Medical Facilities: Remote areas may have limited access to medical facilities. Carry a basic first aid kit and any personal medications you may need.

However, before starting the trek, it is essential to get in touch with a healthcare professional, particularly if you have any worries or pre-existing medical conditions.

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Yes, drinking water is available along the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, but it is important to treat it before consumption. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Tap Water: Tap water from local sources (rivers, streams) is not safe to drink directly. It must be treated or purified before consumption.
  2. Boiled Water: Many tea houses and lodges along the trek route offer boiled water, which is safe to drink after it has cooled down.
  3. Filtered or Bottled Water: Some lodges may also provide filtered or bottled water for purchase. Ensure that the seal on bottled water is intact before buying.
  4. Water Purification: It is recommended to carry water purification tablets or a water filter to treat water from natural sources.
  5. Avoiding Plastic Waste: To reduce plastic waste, consider using a water filter and refilling your reusable water bottle with boiled or filtered water.

It’s essential to stay hydrated while trekking, so make sure to plan ahead for your water needs and always treat water to avoid waterborne illnesses.

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You need to be reasonably fit and prepared for the challenges of trekking in the Himalayas. Here’s what you should consider:

  1. Physical Fitness: You should be able to walk 5-7 hours a day, with some days requiring longer than that. So for that, Regular cardiovascular exercise like walking or trekking is a must.
  2. Altitude: The trek reaches high altitudes (up to 5,143 meters), so you should be prepared for the effects of altitude. You should look out the symptoms like shortness of breath and fatigue. Acclimatization days are built into the itinerary to help adjust.
  3. Terrain: The trail varies from moderate to challenging, with steep ascents and descents. Some sections here also involve crossing rivers or traversing rocky paths.
  4. Preparation: It’s helpful to do some training hikes before the trek to build endurance and get used to walking with a daypack.
  5. Mental Preparation: Trekking at high altitudes can be physically and mentally demanding. Having a positive attitude and mental resilience are important.

Hence, there is no doubt that with proper preparation and a reasonable level of fitness, you can enjoy and complete the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

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Yes, there are several cultural considerations to keep in mind while trekking the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek:

  1. Respect Local Customs: The trek passes through several villages inhabited by local communities, primarily Rai and Limbu people. So you have to respect their customs, traditions, and way of life.
  2. Dress Modestly: When entering villages or passing by local homes, it’s respectful to dress modestly, covering shoulders and knees.
  3. Greet Locals Appropriately: Greet locals with “Namaste” (hello) or “Namaskar” with a slight bow. This shows respect and is appreciated.
  4. Ask for Permission: If you want to take photos of local people, especially portraits, ask for their permission first out of respect for their privacy.
  5. Cultural Sites: If you visit any monasteries, stupas, or religious sites, remember to remove your shoes before entering and follow any other specific rules or customs.

By being mindful of these cultural considerations, you can contribute positively to your experience and to the local communities along the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

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Cell phone reception on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is limited and unreliable. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Lower Elevations: In some villages and towns along the lower parts of the trek, you may find periodic cell phone reception. However, the signal can be weak and unreliable.
  2. Higher Elevations: As you ascend higher into the mountains, especially beyond Tseram, cell phone reception will become extremely limited or non-existent.
  3. Satellite Phones: Some trekking groups or guides may carry satellite phones for emergency communication, but this is also not guaranteed.
  4. Local SIM Cards: If you want to use your phone, it’s advisable to buy a local SIM card in Kathmandu or Biratnagar before starting the trek.

Hence, be prepared for limited connectivity during the trek. Also, it will be good for you to inform family and friends beforehand about the potential lack of communication while you’re on the trek.

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There are no ATMs on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek route. It is important to plan ahead and bring enough cash with you for your trekking expenses, including accommodation, meals, and any other personal needs.

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Training for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek should focus on improving your cardiovascular endurance, strength, and overall stamina. Here are some recommended training activities:

  1. Hiking and Walking: The trek involves long days of walking, so you have to build up your endurance by hiking and walking regularly. Try to simulate trekking conditions by walking on uneven terrain and gradually increasing the distance and elevation.
  2. Cardiovascular Exercises: Activities such as jogging, running, cycling, and swimming are excellent for improving your cardiovascular fitness. Ultimately, it will help you with the long days of trekking.
  3. Strength Training: Focus on building strength in your legs, core, and upper body. Exercises like squats, lunges, step-ups, and core exercises (planks, crunches) will help prepare your muscles for the demands of the trek.
  4. Stair Climbing: Incorporate stair climbing into your training routine to simulate the uphill sections of the trek. This will strengthen your leg muscles and improve your endurance.
  5. Flexibility and Stretching: Stretch regularly to improve flexibility and reduce the risk of injuries. Yoga or Pilates can also be beneficial for improving flexibility and core strength.
  6. Pack Training: Train with a backpack similar to what you will be carrying on the trek. Start with a lighter load and gradually increase the weight to get used to carrying it for long periods.
  7. Mental Preparation: Trekking at high altitudes can be mentally challenging. Practice mindfulness, relaxation techniques, and mental resilience to prepare yourself for the trek.

Start your training well in advance of your trek to gradually build up your fitness levels. The better prepared you are physically and mentally, the more you’ll enjoy the stunning landscapes and experiences on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

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Yes, you can charge your electronic devices such as cameras, phones, and power banks on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. However, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Tea Houses/Lodges: Most tea houses and lodges along the trek route have charging facilities available for a fee. They typically have a communal charging area where you can plug in your devices.
  2. Electricity Availability: Electricity in these tea houses/lodges is usually provided by solar power or hydroelectricity, and it may not be available all day. Charging may be restricted to certain hours, such as early evening, when the solar power is sufficient.
  3. Bring the Right Adapter: Tea houses/lodges typically have standard Nepali plugs (Type D or Type M), so make sure you have the appropriate adapter for your devices.
  4. Charge in Advance: It’s a good idea to charge your devices whenever you have the opportunity, rather than waiting until your battery is completely drained.
  5. Backup Power Banks: Consider carrying a power bank or two to ensure you have enough battery power for your devices, especially if you rely on them for navigation or emergency communication.

Hence, you will find charging facilities here. However, you have to be ready for occasional power outages.

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The nearest airports to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek are:

  1. Biratnagar Airport (BIR): This is the closest major airport to the trek. It’s located in southeastern Nepal and serves as a gateway to the eastern part of the country.
  2. Bhadrapur Airport (BDP): Located in the far southeastern region of Nepal, Bhadrapur Airport is another option for accessing the trekking route.

Both airports offer domestic flights from Kathmandu. From these airports, you can take ground transport to reach the starting point of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

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Trekking poles are not strictly necessary for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. But, they can be very helpful, especially on the steep ascents and descents encountered along the trail. Here are some reasons why trekking poles might be beneficial:

  1. Stability: Trekking poles provide extra stability, particularly on uneven terrain and during river crossings.
  2. Reduced Impact: They help reduce the impact on your knees and lower body, especially on long downhill sections.
  3. Aid in Balance: Useful for maintaining balance, particularly when the trail is narrow or rocky.
  4. Extra Support: Can provide additional support when ascending steep sections. Also, it can help to distribute the workload across your arms and legs.
  5. Tent Poles: Some trekking poles can double as tent poles if you’re camping along the trek.

If you’re comfortable hiking without trekking poles, that’s perfectly fine. However, many trekkers find them to be a helpful addition, particularly in the Himalayan terrain.

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There are no strict age restrictions for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. However, due to the strenuous nature of the trek, it is generally recommended for participants to be at least 18 years old. Younger trekkers may participate under the supervision of a responsible adult. All participants need to be physically fit and prepared for the challenges of high-altitude trekking.

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The average group size for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek can vary.  But typically the number ranges from 2 to 12 trekkers per group. Smaller groups allow for more personalized attention from guides and a more flexible pace on the trek. However, larger groups may be more cost-effective and offer a more social experience.

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For the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, you should use a sleeping bag that is rated for temperatures as low as -20°C (-4°F) or lower. Here are some recommendations:

  1. Temperature Rating: Choose to bring a sleeping bag rated for -20°C (-4°F) or lower to ensure warmth during cold nights at high altitudes.
  2. Down vs. Synthetic: Down sleeping bags are lighter and more compressible, providing excellent insulation. However, they are more expensive and less effective when wet. Synthetic sleeping bags are bulkier and heavier but retain insulation better when damp and are usually more affordable.
  3. Mummy Shape: A mummy-shaped sleeping bag is ideal as it is more thermally efficient, fitting closely to your body to minimize heat loss.
  4. Weight and Packability: Choose a sleeping bag that is lightweight and easy to pack. It will be easy for you to carry.
  5. Water-Resistant Shell: Furthermore, a water-resistant or water-repellent outer shell can help protect against dampness and condensation.

Hence, there is no doubt that by selecting a suitable sleeping bag, you’ll ensure a comfortable and warm sleep during your trek.

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Yes, there are restrooms (often referred to as “toilets”) along the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek route, especially at tea houses and lodges where trekkers stay overnight. However, the type and cleanliness of the facilities can vary:

  1. Tea Houses/Lodges: Most tea houses and lodges have squat toilets or Western-style toilets. The cleanliness of these facilities can vary, so it’s a good idea to carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
  2. Campgrounds:  When camping, you might have to use informal restrooms like pit toilets.
  3. Out in the Wild: When trekking between villages or away from tea houses, you may need to use nature as your restroom. However, you have to always follow Leave No Trace principles and dig a hole well away from water sources and trails.
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Yes, you can buy or rent trekking gear in Nepal. Especially, in Kathmandu and other major cities you can rent gear for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

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The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek and the Everest Base Camp Trek offer distinct experiences. Situated in the isolated eastern part of Nepal, the Kanchenjunga trek features untainted surroundings and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Also, it’s less crowded with challenging terrain, has fewer facilities, and reaches a maximum altitude of around 5,143 meters.

On the other hand, the Everest Base Camp Trek offers incredible views of Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks along with a well-established track, multiple tea houses, lodges, and facilities. Also, it takes you to a maximum altitude of 5,364 meters, provides insights into Sherpa culture, and tours Buddhist monasteries.

Hence, Both treks showcase Nepal’s natural beauty and rich cultural heritage but both of them have different features in terms of remoteness, difficulty, and cultural experiences.

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Yes, along the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, you can visit Buddhist monasteries, traditional villages inhabited by Rai, Limbu, and Sherpa communities, chortens (Buddhist stupas), mani walls (stone walls inscribed with Buddhist mantras), and occasionally witness cultural performances and local markets. Undoubtedly, these cultural sites provide insights into the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Reviews

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Arshdeep Rajput
India

Strenous Yet Amazing Journey

The trek can be amazing and strenuous. The views of Rathok, Jannuhimal (Kumbhakarna), the Kabru Mountains, and Kanchenjunga are amazing. You will have an incredible experience traveling the high route in the Himalayas with the great landscapes and huge forests.

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Andrew Jacobs
Canada

One of the world’s best trekking destinations

Third-highest mountain in the world and the second-highest mountain in Nepal. Situated in the east of Sikkim, India, and the south, north, and west of the Taplejung district of Nepal.

North Base Camp is also known as Yalung Base Camp and Pangpema Base Camp! The majority of individuals approach the mountain from South Base Camp! We can go from Tseram-Ramzer to South Base Camp by way of the stunning Yalung Glacier! Kanchenjungha is one of the world’s best trekking destinations!

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Louis Pavard
France

One of the less visited Places i’ve ever been to

One of the world’s greatest and least visited places. Beautiful mountains, plants, and species that are untouched and unspoiled by time. ethnic population, customs-based lifestyle, natural hospitality. Highly recommended for the trekkers.

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Ceasar Willingford
US

One of the Hardest treks in Nepal

I completed the fantastic hiking route to Everest Base Camp in late 2016, at which point I reviewed it as the hardest trek in Nepal. However, after doing the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, I had to update my assessment because it is now the most difficult trek in Nepal. I had to expend all of my physical energy to reach this amazing Base Camp. No Words are enough to describe it, it is incredibly amazing.

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Stefano Herrera
Spain

One of the best conservation areas in Nepal

Taplejung district in the far east of Nepal is home to a protected area. It was worth the effort, however difficult to get to from Kathmandu. We traveled several kilometers on a dirt road for six hours, starting at Sekathum. Then from Taplejung, where we started on one of the two paths leading to the base camp. The routes leading to the basecamps are difficult but manageable. And they are kept up with spartan lodges en route for food and lodging (forget about Western comforts). Tons of nature and very few tourists.

Trip Facts
durationTrip Duration 23 Days
regionRegion Kanchenjunga Treks
countryCountry Nepal
groupsizeGroup Size 2 to 15 person
arrivalArrival On Kathmandu
departureDeparture From Kathmandu
seasonBest Season October to December 15, March 1 to May 30
altitudeMax Altitude 5143M
difficult-icon Difficult Trekking is both moderate and difficult. Altitude you reach is around 4000-5500 meters. Hike about 6 hours per day and requires to be physically fit and acclimatization is required.

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