• Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Sight Seeing & Trekking
  • Transport: Private Tourist Vehicle and Aeroplane
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner on Trek & Breakfast in Cities
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel and Mountain Guest House
  • Group Size: 2-12

Highlights:

  • Trekking through the untouched and less traveled mountainous terrain of East Nepal
  • Reaching the base camp of the world's 3rd highest mountain peak
  • Crossing the high-altitude passes of the Kanchenjunga region: Sinion La (4,480m), Mirgin La (4,480m), and Sinelapche La (4,724m)
  • Witnessing the unmatched beauty of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Makalu mountain range, and other neighboring peaks like Jannu
  • Passing by the ethnic villages of Rai, Limbu, Tamang, Gurung, Bhote, and Sherpa community
  • Reaching the source of the Tamar and Ghunsa rivers at the northwestern face of the Kanchenjunga Himal
  • Traverse through the rich flora and fauna (red panda, musk dear, etc.) of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area

About Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a high-altitude wilderness adventure in one of the most unspoiled trekking regions in the Nepalese Himalayas. The Kanchenjunga hiking route is in the east of Nepal on the borders of Nepal and Sikkim (India).

The Kanchenjunga trail takes you to the north and south base camp of the third-highest mountain peak, Mt. Kanchenjunga, at 8586 meters. The area offers various never-ending landscapes, cultures, and panoramic views of the Himalayas. Nepal Government has recently opened the Kanchenjunga trekking trail to hikers in 1988 AD. So, only a limited number of trekkers prefer to step on this wild, rugged path.

This is an extensive and strenuous trek in a region with little to no infrastructure. You won't find a lot of amenities like in the popular trekking destinations of Nepal, such as Annapurna and Everest. You can also call it a virgin territory of the Nepalese Himalayas, as most other Himalayas are well-explored.

Trekking in The Kanchenjunga region tests your emotions & taxes your body to the limit, but the rewards are phenomenal. The trails are rugged and surging, at times exposed, and there are landslides to deal with on the way. As a result, you need to be a pretty experienced high-altitude hiker & mentally pre-conditioned for uninterrupted days of grueling trekking in some extremely remote parts of the Himalayas.

Our experts at Outfitter Nepal Treks and Expedition have come up with a 26-day itinerary to complete the whole Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. The itinerary includes arrival and departure days to and from Nepal. The Kanchenjunga trek begins from Suketar, Taplejung, & is accessible by air or road; you retrace your route to Taplejung and turn to Kathmandu. Keep reading to find out more.

The relatively new and off-the-beaten trekking route

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of Nepal's newest high-altitude hiking routes; it was only made accessible for exploration in 1988. The amenities on the walking trail might not be the nicest, but you'll still have decent food and lodging facilities. You might have to spend the night in a tent on some days. It is one of the restricted trekking routes that need special trekking permits.

In the challenging terrain of the Kanchenjunga Region, the hiking trail includes several steep climbs, loose grounds, landslides, and so on. Your physical stamina will be tested as you traverse the rugged, rocky path of the Himalayas on the 26 days Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. Prior high-altitude trekking experience is always a plus, or at the very least, being in good physical condition before setting off on a journey is good enough.

Explore the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area

The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is spread over an area of 2,035 square Kilometers. More than 250 birds and other endangered creatures inhabit the highly lush forests of this protected region.

You can spot snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, musk deer, red pandas, and other exciting animals in its rich wildlife diversity. Bird species, including the Amphibian pheasant, and the red-billed blue robin, make up some of the beautiful birds in this region.

Only a few days of hiking take you to high-elevation pastures where yaks graze and vibrant alpine flowers bloom.

Hike through luscious forests and picturesque Himalayan villages

It's given that you'd pass by lush green forests decorated with enchanting wildflower blooms when you're trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas, especially in spring. If you're in the right time, you'd have the fortune to witness the whole forest covered in crimson from Rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal.

You'd also pass by picture-perfect villages in the foothill of the giant Himalayas. The houses are built in a typical Nepali style with some twists depending on the ethnicity. It's surprising that, being a small nation, Nepal is a house to more than 100 different ethnic groups. Seeing these people living in harmony in Nepal's remote villages reflects a sense of unity in diversity.

Get to know the locals and their unique culture

What makes this trek different from others is the locals that live in the region. Except for the Gurung, Magar, and Sherpa people you typically find while trekking in the western or central part of Nepal, you'd also come across Tamang, Rai, Limbu, and Bhote communities that are original to East Nepal. They have their own culture, cuisine, custom, and tradition.

Most of the local inhabitants in these villages of the Kanchenjunga region are involved in agriculture and animal husbandry. Some women of the communities are also engaged in the weaving business to support their families.

The breathtaking journey to the North and South Base Camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga

The journey around the Kanchenjunga Region and to the base camps is unique as you pass through tropical lowlands to the great Rhododendron forests, chocolate box villages, glaciers, and overwhelming views of the Himalayas. We usually climb to a single base camp while trekking to other destinations. However, during Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, you'd reach both the North and South Base Camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga.

The region's beauty, emphasized by some of the tallest mountain peaks in the world, mesmerizes you with so much joy that you can't get anywhere else. While witnessing the mountains up close ignites your mind, eating locally-produced meals and staying in local lodges and tents makes you humble.

What can you expect from our Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek package?

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is intricately designed that approaches the North Base Camp first. We trek through deep ravines and forests of bamboo, Rhododendrons, and larch pine to the Tibetan village of Ghunsa. You acclimatize at Ghunsa and go further into the high mountains.

You continue the hike along the Kangchenjunga Glacier to spend a night at Pangpema, the base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga on the north side. The stunning views of Jannu, Kangchenjunga, and Chang Himal from Pangpema would take your breath away.

The Kanchenjunga trekking adventure further includes crossing the Mirgin La at 4,550m to Tseram to get to the south base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Crossing the pass from north to south is more practical as this trek route is simply superb, with incredible views. By now, you are well acclimatized, and you hike at your pace up to Ramchaur with the fantastic views of Ratong, the Kabru Peaks, and the South Face of Kanchenjunga, giving you wonderful company all the way.

As you pass through villages in the Kanchenjunga region, you'd encounter the surprised faces of the locals as they don't see much of tourists. Enjoy the warm greetings from the hospitable people of Nepal as you hike up or down from the base camp.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel

Before you even land, Kathmandu welcomes you with the breathtaking sight of snow-capped mountain peaks spread down below if the weather is clear. This indicates the beginning of a memorable experience that's going to stay with you for a long time.

Our office staff will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities, and you will spend your first night in the ancient valley of Kathmandu, with the most temples in the world.

  • Accomodation:Hotel
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Altitude:1345

After your breakfast at the hotel, we head out for a sightseeing tour of some of Nepal's most historic sites. Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city has a healthy mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western influence, making you feel at home.

Your Kathmandu Valley tour takes you to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal (Bouddhanath), Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), and return back to the hotel. You will have some time in the evening to shop for your trekking gear in Thamel if you need it.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B
  • Accomodation:Hotel
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Altitude:1345

After having breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer you to Kathmandu Airport and fly to Suketar Airport in Taplejung. Taplejung is a Himalayan district situated in the northeast corner of Nepal, sharing a border with India in the East and China in the North. The entire trail of Kanchenjunga Base Camp lies in the Taplejung district.

You can explore a little or just rest and spend the night at a hotel in Suketar.

  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Suketar
  • Altitude:2420

Today is the first day of the actual trek. After breakfast and a morning tea, you leave Suketar and begin the hike. You walk past the remote villages of Tamang and Limbu communities before you reach Sinuwa, where you'll stay the night in a lodge.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Sinuwa
  • Altitude:980

After having breakfast at the lodge in Sinuwa, we start our trek to Chirwa. Our trek proceeds through this fluctuating path, going uphill and downhill while also enjoying the grand, unfolding vistas that seem to change with the elevations. You can see Cardamom plants all along as it is one of the main crops original to the area. We then spend our night in Chirwa.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Chirwa
  • Altitude:1270

After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek, which passes through a small jungle along the banks of the Tamar river.

We trek uphill for some time & then descend to the lush green vegetation below. We then continue along the Tamar River until we arrive at Olangchung Gola, the entry point of the Kangchenjunga Conservation Area. We keep moving uphill and downhill again before crossing the Ghunsa Khola. After crossing the suspension bridge, and another half an hour's walk, we arrive at our campsite of Sekathum.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Sekatham
  • Altitude:1585

We begin our trek after having breakfast at the lodge. Today will be particularly challenging as we have to ascend and descend a steep trail and cross rivers several times.

The trail passes alongside the gorge, which requires us to be careful while walking. Finally, after following a pretty tricky uphill and downhill path, we come to the end of our hectic day's journey at Amjilosa.

For the first one and half-hour, we trek through normal flatland. Then our trail goes steeply ascending up to Amjilosa. Amjilosa is a small village with few houses and, yak herds & local shops where you find minimal supplies to meet the needs of the locals. These shops are also called Bhattis.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Amlilosa
  • Altitude:2335

After breakfast, we hike upward by a river bank and pass through the dense forest of mainly bamboo, fir, and rhododendrons, eventually reaching a small stone house by the river. We then ascend again, crossing a few small bridges.

You will find that the river drops steeply, forming many waterfalls and pools. Another short uphill walk brings us to the Tibetan settlement of Gyabla. Gyabla is where you have dinner and rest for the night.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Gyabla
  • Altitude:2730

We wake up in Gyabla, have breakfast, get ready for another day of the hike, and start our trek with a descent down the river. The valley slowly opens up before we arrive at Phole. In several hours we will reach the famous Sherpa village of Ghunsa, which has a hydroelectric plant.

This is also where more than 20 well-known conservationists met their tragic end in a Helicopter crash. As the trail passes through the jungle with dense foliage, we see Gunsa River down the track. We walk past a few human settlements with a lifestyle and culture inherited from Tibet.

We move through terraced fields of potato, wheat, barley, & millet. The local traders here are involved in the export-import business in Tibet. The traders go to India for trading during the winter season.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Ghunsa
  • Altitude:3430

Today, we spend a relaxing day in Ghunsa to acclimatize. Acclimatization is a proven way of letting your body adjust to the increasing altitude. Being idle doesn't help, though. Veteran trekkers & climbing experts say we should move around & explore instead of doing nothing.

Therefore, we go for an excursion in and around the Ghunsa area. This is a relatively larger town that gives us a lot of insights into the lifestyles of the mountain residents. Mainly Tibetan people inhabit Ghunsa, and most women folk here are involved in the carpet weaving profession.

  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Ghunsa
  • Altitude:3430

It's a tough day on the route we take to Kambachen. The trail makes a gradual ascent along the south bank of the Ghunsa Khola and then crosses a boulder-strewn flood plain and crosses back to Rambuk Kharka on the north side of the river.

Once on the opposite side, the trail passes a waterfall & then makes a short, steep ascent to a very uneven slope. It's a passage across the landslide in the area, featuring a loose footing, a steep fall to the river, and lots of tumbling football-sized rocks.

We must proceed carefully in this hazardous area, as a wrong foot on a loose boulder can be fatal. The trail then drops to the single-locked hut at Lakep and traverses to Kambachen, where we get our first views of Mt. Jannu. Kambachen is a Tibetan settlement of about a dozen houses at 4040m.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Kambachen
  • Altitude:4050

After breakfast at the lodge, we set out on our trek. Today's route gradually ascends through wide-open rocky fields to Ramtang at 4240m, then crosses moraines to the northwest of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. Lhonak, at 4790m, is located close to a dried-up lake bed on a wide, open plain; water is scarce here. Before reaching Lhonak, where our trek ends for the day, we must cross a few more minor landslides and descend to a riverbank.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Lhonak
  • Altitude:4780

Like every other day, we start the hike after breakfast at our lodge. The hiking trail from Lhonak ascends gradually across the plain and then gets steeper as it follows the moraine.

We shall descend the moraine and follow the valley floor to get around the steeper part. It is safer to walk on the grassy routes rather than the rockier ones that are prone to landslides. The views down here are breathtaking, but we will only see the north face of Kangchenjunga or Wedge Peak once we are close to Pangpema.

The spectacular peak of Kanchenjunga and a whole landscape of other peaks that make up one of the enormous mountain masses in the world towers over Pangpema. This is where you stay the night.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:North Base Camp
  • Altitude:5240

Pangpema is a flat, grassy base camp with a couple of porter huts. For better views of the vast bulk of Kangchenjuna's North Face, we can walk up a little higher above base camp to a viewpoint. We will enjoy the majestic vistas of snowcapped mountains and the Kangchenjunga glacier here.

There are gorges and mountain glaciers from where water flows all the time. During mid-day, the scene of falling avalanches captivates your imagination completely before returning back to Lhonak.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Lhonak
  • Altitude:4780

From Lhonak, we trek back to Ghunsa, from where we'd head to Mirgin La and ultimately to the South Base Camp of Kanchenjunga. We walk on a descending path, hiking through the jungle along the river at Kambachen. At one point, we have to cross a wooden bridge. After several hours of walking, we arrive at Ghunsa, rest, eat and sleep.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Ghunsa
  • Altitude:3430

Today, we begin to ascend uphill again. We pass through a jungle with less foliage & almost bare. While trekking on this path, we get to see the Mani walls and prayer flags hanging over the trees. We also enjoy the view of various beautiful mountains on the way, which makes this challenging hike somehow enjoyable and satisfying.

By the end of today's hike, we reach Mirgin La, which is where we enjoy a fulfilling Nepali dinner and let the body rest.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Mirginla
  • Altitude:4580

After early breakfast at the lodge, we start our long and demanding trekking day, but also a day with immense returns for all the grittiness on the trek with mesmerizing mountain views. Walking over the blissful yet taxing three high passes of the Kanchenjunga region is a memory to cherish for a lifetime.

We slowly climb up to the first pass, the Sinion La, at 4,480m. The views from here of the south side of Jannu and the East Face of Makalu are simply breathtaking. Cho Oyu can also be seen in the distance.

We then go through an arc of two quarries, crossing the Mirgin La (4,480m) and then dropping down before walking on rocky paths to cross the Sinelapche La (4,724m). If it is clear, the views from here into Sikkim and towards Ratong (6,675m) are just fantastic.

The 850m descent to Tseram is a test of the limbs with the knees, being very steep and loose and rough underfoot. The trail drops down to a small lake, then descends extremely steeply to Tseram.

We trek through an almost desert-like area and stony trails. You will see Lapsang La glacier, Mirgin La glacier, and other snow-capped mountains on the path. There are very few stone roof houses and yak huts at Tseram.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Tseram
  • Altitude:3870

We begin our trip through the moraines after having breakfast at the lodge. We are already acclimated, so the hike from here to the Kangchenjunga South Base Camp will take us above treeline, across alpine meadows, alongside a flowing stream, until we reach Ranchaur. Ranchaur is where we spend the night.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Ranchaur
  • Altitude:4580

Today's hike is challenging and arduous as we must traverse moraines and rugged rocky terrain. We also walk alongside a glacier and explore the South Base Camp of Kanchenjunga. Mountain goats and yaks can be found roaming freely, and the breathtaking views of Kangchenjunga, Mount Jannu, and other peaks absolutely move us to tears. A few areas of the region share borders with India, which is a neighboring country.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:South Base camp
  • Altitude:4500

Following breakfast at the lodge, we begin our hike from Ranchaur to Tortong while taking in the amazing views of Jannu Peak. Part of the trail involves walking through a juniper jungle, which is rather loose and rocky, so we must move slowly and carefully. Finally, we arrive in Tortong, where we get to observe Mani walls and prayer flags swaying in the breeze over the trees.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Tortong
  • Altitude:2995

Post breakfast at the lodge in Tortong, we depart on our trek. Today's first leg of the journey follows the Simba Khola's left bank as we make our way through the gorge before ascending above the valley through the forests to Sherpagaun. We spend the night at Sherpagaun, which is a beautiful village to wake up to.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Sherpagaun
  • Altitude:2080

Today's hike from Sherpagaon to Phungphung Danda entails traversing a grassy cliff for a considerable distance over an exposed narrow trail. We depart on our journey after a delicious breakfast at the lodge in Sherpagaon. We pass through various villages, including Yampudin, Mamanke, etc., before arriving at Phungphung Dada, which is the place for dinner and sleep tonight.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Phungphung Danda
  • Altitude:1780

We wake up early at our overnight lodge and set off on our trek after breakfast. It will take us about 7 hours to get to Simbu. Today is a lovely day, cool in the shade with dense forests, plenty of waterfalls, and an excellent view of Jannu.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Simdu
  • Altitude:1845

Descending through a number of Rai and Limbu villages, we descend from Simbu to Suketar on the 24th day of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. Finally, it's the day when the actual walking ends. Your body would hate you right now, but your content heart would make up for all the pain.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Basic Guest house
  • Place:Suketar
  • Altitude:2420

Following breakfast at the lodge, we will transfer you to Suketar Airport, where you will take a flight back to Kathmandu. We drop you at your hotel in Kathmandu, and the rest of the day is yours to explore or relax.

  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Hotel
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Altitude:1345

Your 26 days trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp finally comes to an end today. We will transfer you to Kathmandu International Airport for you to board your return flight.

Your itinerary has been planned meticulously, taking all considerations into factor. This includes 'on-the-job' training for trekking crew members, including guides & porters, on navigating hazardous trail routes, especially in areas that have gone through landslides—choosing the right acclimatizing spots & drills in the event of unpredictable calamities that may result in injuries, etc.

OUTFITTER NEPAL has spent a little fortune to make sure you enjoy your Kangchenjunga trip without any hindrances, ensuring your safety first & foremost throughout your odyssey. We hope you have a memorable trek.

  • Food:B

Trip Map

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What's Included

  • Airport transfers.
  • 3 night hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • A day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek.
  • Ground transportation by local bus/ domestic flights.
  • Accommodations in lodges/tented camp on trek.
  • Required trekking permtis and fees.
  • A guide and porters, sherpa & cook.
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for guide and staff.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket & duffel bag ( if needed).
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu).
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu).
  • Your personal expenses, drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills.
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge.
  • Entrances Fees while visiting Kathmandu on second day.
  • Tips for the guide and staff.
  • Anything not mentioned in included section.

Price & Dates

Group Price
No. of peoplePrice P.P
2 - 2 US$ 2500
3 - 5 US$ 2200
6 - 12 US$ 2000
Departure Note:
  • Kanchenjunga base camp trek is an adventure trek, located in far eastern side of Nepal. So, only few people are interested to trek to in Kanchenjunga region. So, we do not have fixed group trek for this region and we departure this trek privately and any date of the year is available So, contact us with your preffered date and number of people for the further process to book the trek.
     
  • We have listed the price only to 12 people so, if you are more than 12 people. Please contact us with your date and number of people for group price &  further process and book the trek.

Useful Information

Maximum Altitude of Kanchenjunga Trek

The Kanchenjunga region, which borders Tibet in the North and India in the South, is high in Nepal's northeastern region. The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, where the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek takes place, has an elevation range of 1200 meters to 8,586 meters, the top of Mt. Kanchenjunga, world's third-highest mountain peak.

The highest point you'll hike on this Kanchenjunga trek is at North Base Camp of Kanchenjunga, which is 5,253 meters above sea level. However, the maximum elevation where you'll stay overnight is 5,143 meters in Pangpema.

Difficulty Level of Kanchenjunga Circut Trek

This off-the-beaten Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of Nepal's most challenging trekking destinations. Firstly, its remote location, far from Kathmandu's capital city, makes the trek difficult to reach. Additionally, the hike features multiple steep ascents and descents on the rough terrain of untouched Himalayan with frequent loose lands and landslide-prone zones. The unstable weather condition of the mountains adds to the difficulty level of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

The trek difficulty also depends on your fitness level and prior high-altitude trekking experience. This strenuous trek necessitates high physical condition for three weeks of continuous walking while carrying a light backpack. Even if you haven't hiked in the Himalayas before, it's best to attain good physical fitness and go for some short hikes around your place. Your upcoming Kanchenjunga trip might be a good excuse to hit the gym.

Transportation Kanchenjunga Trek

The starting and ending point of the trek is Suketar in the Taplejung district of Nepal. There are two ways to reach Suketar, by flight and by road. You can fly directly from Kathmandu to Suketar airport or take a bus. The flight takes about 45 to 55 minutes, whereas the bus would take you much longer. You'd have to spend two days on the roads cruising from Kathmandu to Birtamode to Ilam to Taplejung and finally to Suketar.

Accommodation and Meals

Kathmandu accommodation includes a stay in a 3-star hotel in Thamel with breakfast. The accommodation during the hike is mostly provided in lodges and, sometimes, in tents with decent beds and blankets. Carrying a sleeping bag would help you combat cold better.

The menu in the lower elevations contains Nepalese cuisines, mainly daal bhat, momo, chowmein, thukpa, and instant noodles. As you climb up, you'd only get a locally produced traditional Nepali meal, Daal Bhat, consisting of rice, lentils, veggies, and pickle. Don't worry; Daal Bhat is rich in carbohydrates and other valuable nutrients that will energize you for the whole day.

Washroom and Toiletries

The accommodations in Kathmandu and Taplejung have an attached restroom with a western toilet. However, private attached washroom facilities are only sometimes practical during the trek. You must be comfortable using shared restrooms with Asian-style squat toilets. Some lodges in higher elevations might not even have a proper restroom. Carrying your own toiletries is a must for hygiene reasons, or at some places, you wouldn't be provided with any toiletry at all.

Some lodges might provide you with hot showers for an additional cost in the lower regions. However, hot showers are neither logical nor available to bathe at higher attitudes.

Drinking Water Facilities

We wholeheartedly support ecotourism and urge all of our guests to travel sensibly. Bring a bottle and fill it with hot water in lodges rather than paying for bottled water (which might not be available everywhere).

If you're worried about the safety of the drinking water, bring a water bottle with a built-in filtration system to filter the fresh water from natural water sources along the way. Or, get some filtering tablets for your water.

Guide and Potter Requirement

Since the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of the Nepalese government's restricted zones, it is impossible to trek without a certified guide. Additionally, you need to book the trip through a registered trekking company in Nepal and be in a group of 2 trekkers apart from the guide to hike in the region. Being accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who speaks good English makes the trek far more informational and convenient. When you book a trip with outfitter Nepal, we promise you a well-qualified licensed guide who has previously guided in the region.

Hiring a potter is optional to trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. So, whether or not you hire a porter in Kanchenjunga entirely depends on your fitness and the ability to carry your own backpack. It also depends on how much luggage you want to bring. We strongly recommend you hire a potter as you'd be walking on the rough trail for more than 3 weeks. We provide fit potters who would carry up to 24 kg of your baggage (12 kg per person).

Permits for Kanchenjunga Trekking

Being in the restricted area, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek requires a special permit along with an entry permit. To begin the trek, a person needs the following 2 permits in total.

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP) – US$ 20 per person

Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit (RAP) – US$ 10 per person for a week (US$ 30 for 3 weeks trek)

Trekking Gear List

It is always best to be well-prepared when trekking in the Himalayas because the requirements may change depending on the weather. The purpose of the gear kit is to keep you warm during the evenings and nights while keeping you dry and protected from the sun or rain during the days. The weight of your daypack should be about 5 kg, and the duffle bag should be about 10 kg for a comfortable hike.

Make sure to pack the following gear in your trekking kit:

  • Good quality Trekking Boots and crampons
  • Sandals/Crocs
  • Few pairs of undergarments
  • High-quality down jacket and pant
  • Thermal wears
  • T-shirts and trousers
  • Fleece jacket
  • Backpack and daypack
  • Trekking poles
  • A pair of gloves
  • Woolen hat
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Water bottles and water-purifying tablets
  • Energy bars
  • Face/body wipes
  • Small/medium drying towel
  • Toiletries
  • Some local currency for personal use

FAQs

  • Q1. How long is Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

    Kanchenjunga Base Camp is a long 220 km trek that takes you to the rugged and untouched terrain of the North and South base camps of Mt. Kanchenjunga within a span of 3 weeks.

  • Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek features a wide range of temperatures depending on the season, altitude, and time of the day. The nights will be cold, mostly 5 degrees Celsius, in altitudes between 1,000 and 3,500 meters. Sometimes during the day, the temperature reaches 25 degrees Celsius. Temperatures at higher altitudes typically range from 15 to -15 degrees Celsius.

  • Like other trekking destinations in Nepal, the most suitable time of the year to trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is spring (March, April, and May) and autumn (September, October, and November). You can expect relatively consistent weather, clear skies, and warm and long days in these peak trekking seasons. Winters are too cold, and the monsoon is wet, with multiple landslides on the trail.

  • Acute Mountain sickness (AMS) or Altitude sickness is a common health risk while trekking in high altitudes that occurs of a swift change in altitude. You may experience headaches, lack of appetite, trouble sleeping, blurred vision, nausea, breathing issues, quick heartbeat, and exhaustion. The key to combat altitude sickness is adequate acclimatization, proper hydration, and enough rest.

  • It is essential to have travel insurance because trekking in the Himalayas is a risky adventure. Any tour offered by Outfitter Nepal requires travel insurance to guard against any mishap while on the trip. Once you're insured, you can travel worry-free because the insurance provider will take care of any physical injuries, usage of an air ambulance, lost property, legal obligations, helicopter rescues or emergency evacuations, and medical problems in the event of accidents.

  • Since Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is remote, you won't find ATMs during the trek. The last place with ATMs is Suketar. You can withdraw money from any ATM there; however, we recommend you carry cash from Kathmandu as ATM services can sometimes be unreliable in the mountains.

  • We've been in the trekking business for more than 2 decades, and we are known to exceed clients' expectations in regard to trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas. Not only do we care about our client's safety and efficiency, but we also promote local employment by hiring professional English-speaking Nepalese guides.

     

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