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Kanchenjunga Trekking

Trip Description

Kanchenjunga straddles the border with Sikkim in the remote North East region of Nepal. The third highest mountain in the world is one of the most inaccessible and formidable of the entire Himalayas. The trek is a long and often arduous one. Kanchenjunga’s proximity deters all but the most avid mountain enthusiasts. This trekking takes you through scattered settlements of farmhouses with colorful flower gardens, wild coniferous woodland and on to remote Buddhist settlements where people scratch a living from the barren land. The climax of this trek in both altitude and scenic splendor is undoubtedly the three days hike up the Kanchenjunga glacier where the views are quite simply overwhelming.
Kanchenjunga (8586m), is the third highest peak in the world. It lies in a sensitive restricted area astride the Nepal/ Sikkim border, only a few miles from Tibet. Our trip will avoid the restricted area and head for the Yalung glacier immediately to the south of Kanchenjunga. The journey starts with a trek over the Mahabharat Lekh range with majestic views of both the Mt Everest and Kanchenjunga massifs with the Arun Valley between them. We trek through richly cultivated hillsides, Rhododendron forests and yak pastures that lye below the glacier. The return route heading west passes through some delightful villages of Taplejung. The panoramic views of Everest, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga are magnificent on our descent to the road head.


The base camp is located at about half the distance (5143m) of mountain Kanchenjunga (8,586m), the third-highest mountain in the world. So, the trekking is quite adventurous. The name Kanchenjunga comes from the Tibetan word Kangchendzonga which means “Five treasures of snow”. This includes:

Kangchenjunga Main: 8,586 meters

Kangchenjunga West: 8,505 meters

Kangchenjunga Central: 27,828 feet

Kangchenjunga South: 8,494 meters

Kangbachen: 7,903 meters

The trek passes through Arun valley into the Pathibhara temple which has religious importance to the Nepalese people. Along the way, you will be able to see the Himalayan flora and fauna in the Kanchenjunga wildlife reserve. It is home to some endangered animals like red panda and snow leopards. Also, the scenery of the sunrise hitting the snow cap mountains in the morning is breath-taking.

Besides this, you will see the beautiful villages and the rich culture of the local inhabitants' community of Sherpas, Rai, Limbus, etc.

In front of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, the trek is a beautiful view of the world’s third tallest mountain.

Facts About Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking

These are some facts about Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking that you should know :

  • Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world
  • Kanchenjunga is shared by two countries: Nepal (mostly) and India (partly)
  • The highest altitude of Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is 5143m at the Base Camp and the lowest altitude is 2700m at Chauki.

What Is Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek’s Altitude?

Kanchenjunga Base Camp’s altitude is 5143 m at Pang Pema and the lowest altitude during the trek is at Chauki (2700m)

Where Is Kanchenjunga Base Camp?

Mount Kanchenjunga is shared by two countries: Nepal and India. So, technically there are two Kanchenjunga Basecamps. But, mostly Kanchenjunga falls in Nepal and when the name Kanchenjunga Base Camp is brought up, we mostly talk about Nepal. Its geographical coordinates are  27°42′09″N 88°08′48″E.

How Long Does The Trip Last For?

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is a long strenuous trek. The trek lasts for 3-4 weeks (approx. 26 days).

How Difficult Is Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is strenuous and requires you to physically active before taking this trip. The trek is quite difficult and challenging compared to other smaller trekking routes. So, if If you are a beginner or you want to start your trekking adventures with this trek, it’s better to take a guide with you or go in a group.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking Route

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Route is as follows :

Kathmandu – Bhadrapur – Suketar – Kade Banjyang – Phumphe Dada – Sherpagaun – Torongton – Tseram – Ramche – Oktang –  Tseram – Sele La – Ghunsa – Kambachen – Lhonak – Pang Pema – Ghunsa – Gyabla – Amjilosa – Taplethok – Linkhim – Suketar – Bhadrapur – Kathmandu

Frequently Asked Questions About Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Should I Join A Guided Trek / Group?

You should consider taking a guided trek as it is a restricted region containing wildlife reserve. Besides this, the trekking route is quite confusing to cover alone if you are going there for the first time. Taking a guided trek will ensure your safety and that you don’t miss any experience and scenery in the way.

Is It Safe To Trek Kanchenjunga After The Earthquake?

Yes, it is safe to trek Kanchenjunga after the earthquake. The earthquake occurred in 2015 and it’s been 3 years (at the time of writing). The route is safe not because the roads have been reconstructed or something but because the Himalayan regions were not affected as much in the first place.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival
  • Day 02: Kathmandu to Biratnagar
  • Day 03: Biratnagar to Taplejung
  • Day 04: Lali Kharka to Khesewa
  • Day 05: Khesewa to Amphudin
  • Day 06: Amji Khola-2300m
  • Day 07: Amji Khola- to Simbuwa Khola-2990m
  • Day 08: Simbuwa Khola to Tseram
  • Day 09: Tseram to Romze
  • Day 10: Yalung-Ri-5200m
  • Day 11: Tseram to Loshe Tham
  • Day 12: Tham-to Helok Gaon
  • Day 13: Helok Gaon to Chiruwa
  • Day 14: Chiruwa to Dovan
  • Day 15: Dovan to Gorja
  • Day 16: Gorja to Gupha Pokhari
  • Day 17: Gupha Pokhari to Chauki
  • Day 18: Chauki- to Basantapur
  • Day 19: Basantapur to Biratnagar
  • Day 20: Biratnagar to Kathmandu
  • Day 21: Sightseeing tour
  • Day 22: Departure

What's Included ?

  • All domestic flight, hotel/airport transfer as per itinerary.
  • Twin sharing accommodation in 4 star hotel Vaishali or similar with breakfast
  • All ground transportation by private vehicles
  • All accommodations in camping and all 3 times meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the treks
  • All Porterages costs of Human carry or Animal carry
  • All cost for a Joyful Trekking leader (First Aid and Eco trained English Speaking) and Sherpa helpers
  • All required major permits
  • All necessary paper works and permits
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag

What is not included ?

  • Meals whilst in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)
  • You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu.
  • Personal equipment including sleeping bag.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverage, donation etc
  • Tips for guide, Porter and driver.

Kanchenjunga Trekking Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival

Your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport(TIA)and you will be meet our airport representative then transfer to the hotel. We will discuss the trekking plan and last-minute arrangements.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Biratnagar

Flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar. Overnight in Biratnagar.

Day 03: Biratnagar to Taplejung

Fly from Biratnagar to Taplejung and camp at Lali Kharka- 2180m (4 hours)Walking

Day 04: Lali Kharka to Khesewa

Trek from Lali Kharka to Khesewa-1750m (7 hours) Walking

Day 05: Khesewa to Amphudin

Trek from Khesewa to Amphuding-1635m (7 hours) walking.

Day 06: Amji Khola-2300m

Trek from to Amji Khola-2300m (6 hours) Walking.

Day 07: Amji Khola- to Simbuwa Khola-2990m

Trek from Amji Khola- to Simbuwa Khola-2990m (7 hours) Walking.

Day 08: Simbuwa Khola to Tseram

Trek from Simbuwa Khola to Tseram-3860m (6 hours)Walking.

Day 09: Tseram to Romze

Trek from Tseram to Romze-4440m (6 hours)Walking.

Day 10: Yalung-Ri-5200m

Excursion to Yalung-Ri-5200m and return to Tseram (7 hours) Walking.

Day 11: Tseram to Loshe Tham

Trek from Tseram to Loshe Tham-3260m (8 hours) Walking.

Day 12: Tham-to Helok Gaon

Trek from Tham-to Helok Gaon-2040m (8 hours) Walking.

Day 13: Helok Gaon to Chiruwa

Trek from Helok Gaon to Chiruwa-1200m (6 hours)Walking

Day 14: Chiruwa to Dovan

Trek from Chiruwa to Dovan-640m (6 hours) Walking

Day 15: Dovan to Gorja

Trek from Dovan to Gorja-2080m (6 hours) Walking

Day 16: Gorja to Gupha Pokhari

Trek from Gorja to Gupha Pokhari-2950m (7 hours) Walking.

Day 17: Gupha Pokhari to Chauki

Trek from Gupha Pokhari to Chauki-2710m (7 hours) Walking

Day 18: Chauki- to Basantapur

Trek from Chauki- to Basantapur-2300m (7 hours) Walking

Day 19: Basantapur to Biratnagar

Drive from Basantapur to Biratnagar and O/N at the hotel.

Day 20: Biratnagar to Kathmandu

Fly from Biratnagar to Kathmandu and stay in the hotel

Day 21: Sightseeing tour

Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Patan and Bhaktapur durbar square).

Day 22: Departure

Transfer to international airport for your final departure. The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal

We have prepared the trip departure dates in small groups departure for group fun and enjoyment trekking. Our group size start from 2 peoples (Even for solo travelers, we organize single trip on supplement cost of US$- 200 additional) and maximum group size will be 8-10 travelers. But in general, our every date will have small groups of 4- 6 peoples, which is good group size for safe and flexible & comfortable trekking. We have listed our group departure dates based on every season as below.

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Trip At Glance

Activities Trekking, climbing and Sight Seeing
Destination Nepal
Transport Flight, Tourist bus or private vehicle
Group Size 2+
Best Season Spring (April and May), Summer (June, July and August) and Autumn (September, October and November)
Trip Start Kathmandu
Trip End Kathmandu

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