Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

26 Days

starting from $2500

$ 2000

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Grade:

Challenging

Group Size:

2+ Pax

Transport:

Airplane / Jeep / Car

Altitude:

5,143m

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation:

Hotels & Tea Houses

Starts At:

Kathmandu

Ends At:

Kathmandu

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Highlights

Here are the highlights of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

  • Splendid views of the magnificent Kanchenjunga mountain.
  • Hike along the less touristic region
  • Explore wilderness
  • Explore the beautiful remote villages of Kanchenjunga region.
  • Challenging the high mountain passes in Kanchenjunga

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek: Overview

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a long journey through a remote and beautiful part of eastern Nepal near Tibet and India. The trek takes you to the base of Kanchenjunga, which at 8,586 meters is the third-highest mountain in the world (28,169 feet). Before the measurement of Everest, Kanchenjunga was considered the tallest mountain in the world.  The trek begins in the town of Taplejung and takes about 20 days to complete. You will explore the amazing Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and the beautiful Arun Valley on the trek.

The hike takes you through a variety of landscapes, such as dense forests, alpine meadows, and glacial valleys. Along the way, you’ll pass through a number of small villages and have the chance to talk to the people who live there. Most of them are of Tibetan or Nepali ancestry. The region’s culture is a very unique mix of many different ethnic groups. You will also visit numerous monasteries in Ramtang and Oktang to learn about Tibetan Buddhism.

You will go to both the South and North base camps of Mount Kanchenjunga on this trek. As you walk to the base camps, you will be able to see some beautiful derivative peaks like Kanchenjunga South, North and Central. We also get views of massive peaks like Makalu (8,481m), Lhotse (8,516m), and Cho Oyu (8,188m), which can be seen from the trek, and the views are stunning. More than 20 peaks exceeding 7,000m lie in the region along with numerous Himalayan glaciers including Yalung Kang (8,505m), Kambachen (7,903m), Jongsong (7,483), Jannu Peak (7,710) and others.

The chance to see rare animals like the snow leopard, red panda, and musk deer is one of the best parts of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. A number of rare and endangered plant species can also be seen during the trek. You will walk through many different climates and environments, from thick forests to rock and snow.

Overall, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a difficult but rewarding hike that combines natural beauty, cultural immersion, and adventure in a unique way. It’s a great choice for people who want to trek in Nepal for a longer time and want to get off the beaten path.

Best Season for the Trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp

The best seasons for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek are generally considered to be between September and November and between March and May. These months have the best weather and the clearest views. During summer, monsoon the trail gets very wet due to rain and clouds cover most of the views, making for a poor experience.

From September to November, the weather is usually dry and pleasant, with daytime temperatures between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius and nighttime temperatures that drop below freezing. This is a great time to hike because the weather is clear and you can see beautiful views of the peaks around you.

From March to May, the weather is also generally nice, with daytime temperatures between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius and nighttime temperatures that drop below freezing. But the spring months can be a little less predictable because it can rain or snow.

 Summary of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek starts in Taplejung, which can be reached by taking a 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. From here we take a jeep to Illam and onward to Taplejung. The trek itself is approximately three weeks long, with the additional first two days devoted to traveling to the starting point and the last two days dedicated to returning back. The trek itself visits both the North and South Base Camps of Kanchenjunga, starting on the North side with views of Tent Peak, Nepal Peak, Cross Peak, and eventually Kanchenjunga itself. After reaching Pangpema on the North side, the route returns to Ghunsa and crosses Mirgin La pass to the South side of Kanchenjunga. Here we get impressive views of the mountain’s South West face from Ramche and Oktang. Then we return through a different route to Suketar in Taplejung and then drive back to Bhadrapur and then onwards to Kathmandu.

The difficulty of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

The whole trek is over 220 kilometers long and quite strenuous. Depending on your level of fitness and experience, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is considered to be a moderate to difficult trek. The trek requires a lot of walking on rough terrain at high altitudes, which can be hard on your body. If you have been on moderately long treks in the Himalayas before you should be fine with some extra determination.

The trek starts in Taplejung, which is about 1,300 meters (4,265 feet) above sea level, and reaches at the Pangpema base camp on the North side of Kanchenjunga, which is 5,140 meters (16,860 feet) above sea level. There are also several high passes on the trek, such as the 4,620-meter-high Mirgin La pass (15,157 feet). Altitude sickness is a definite possibility and has to be taken into account.

The terrain frequently goes uphill and downhill and you will follow rivers and valleys going from woodland to very rocky terrain. There aren’t any well-facilitated health posts so being healthy is a must.

Accommodation, Food, and Water in the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Accommodation on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is generally basic, with a mix of locally-run lodges (also known as tea houses) and camping.

The lodges are simple but comfortable, with shared bathrooms and dining rooms, among other things. The rooms in most lodges are simple, with two twin beds, blankets, and pillows. Even though power outages are common in the area, some lodges have electricity. Most lodges offer meals, and you can pick from a small selection of local and international dishes.

In places where camping is required, our guides will help set up camp and bring warm food, usually Dal Bhat, which we recommend even at Lodges.

For drinking water, it’s a good idea to carry water purification pills.

Flora and Fauna on the Kanchenjunga Trek

The area around Kanchenjunga is home to a wide range of animals and plants, including many that are rare or on the verge of extinction.

On the Trek, you might see the snow leopard, the red panda, the musk deer, the Himalayan black bear, and the blue sheep. You might also see birds like the Himalayan monal, the blood pheasant, and the chough. There are many different kinds of plants in the Kanchenjunga area. These include alpine meadows, rhododendron forests, and bamboo groves. Maple, Pine and Firs make up the woodlands. Numerous meadows and rocky areas are also gone through on the trail along with terraced farms around major villages.  Overall, the area around Kanchenjunga is a nature lover’s dream.

The ethnic demographics of the Kanchenjunga Region.

The Kanchenjunga Region of Nepal is home to a mix of ethnic groups, including Tibetans, Nepalis, and Limbus. The Tibetans are primarily Buddhist and engaged in agriculture and trade. The Nepalis are predominantly Hindu and involved in agriculture, trade, and tourism. The Limbus follows a religion called Kirati religion and are primarily engaged in agriculture and trade. Largely the Tibetan and Kirati groups live higher up on the trail while lower down there is generally a good mix of the various ethnic groups.

A brief history of the region

The Kanchenjunga mountain range was first explored by British adventurers who were drawn by the spectacular views from Darjeeling, India. The region was easily accessible from neighboring Sikkim as early as 1848, while the rest of Nepal was closed to foreign visitors until the 1950s. Kanchenjunga was considered the highest mountain in the world until the discovery of Mount Everest in 1856. The name means “Five Great Treasures in the Snow.”  The mountain is sacred to local people and is believed to contain five different treasures in its five peaks: gold, silver, gems, grains, and sacred texts. The first climbers of Kanchenjunga stopped short of the summit in 1955 out of respect for the mountain’s sacred status.

Check out our itinerary for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek or just send us an email and we’ll tailor-make an itinerary based on your requirements.

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Itinerary

01 DAY

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. (1400m)

Upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu, we are waiting with warm greetings outside the airport terminal. Our airport representative will be holding a company name card (Glorious Himalaya) with your name beneath. You will then be transferred to your respective hotel via a private car, van, or bus (Depending upon group size). After some refreshments, our Senior Guide will come to meet you for a briefing about your Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. You can also ask him any further questions regarding your trip. You can either rest or use the remaining time strolling down the street of Thamel and explore the neighborhood. In the evening you will be invited for a warm welcome dinner at a nearby cultural restaurant, hosted by our company, which will include typical Nepali cuisine and a cultural dance show. We will then drop you back at your hotel where you can finally rest after a long journey. This probably would be your first night in the city of Himalayas. (Breakfast included)

02 DAY

Kathmandu sightseeing and trip preparation

Today we will explore the world-famous UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. After a hot breakfast at the hotel, our tour guide will pick you up for a sightseeing tour around the ancient heritage sites in Kathmandu. You will be guided to religious and historical sites like Syambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. You can get some unique insights into the culture, art, and history of Nepal. Indeed it is a superb combo experience of art, history, culture, and diverse religion of Nepal which you would not want to miss while in Kathmandu. All these sights carry a lot of historical, religious, and cultural significance of The Himalayas which is definitely worth visiting. Meanwhile, we will arrange for your trekking permit for Kanchenjunga. You can also shop for any equipment left for trekking. Overnight at the same hotel in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast.

03 DAY

Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Illam (1500m) - 1 hr flight & 5 hrs drive

We will opt for an afternoon flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. You can use the whole morning to shop for trekking equipment or any other required items. An hour of flight will take us to Bhadrapur airport, from where we will take a scenic jeep ride to reach Illam, which will take about 4 to 5 hours. Illam is the Tea Capital of Nepal and itself is a popular tourist destination famous for its tea garden. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

04 DAY

Drive to Suketar (Taplejung) (2420m) - 5 hrs drive & trek to Mitlung (921m)- 4 hrs trek

Today is the beginning day of our actual trek. After breakfast, we will take an early morning drive to Taplejung, passing through tea and cardamom garden. Along the way, we will stop at the top of a pass where we get our first glorious views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Jannu at a far distance. Continuing our drive we reach Taplejung where we have our lunch. We will start our trek descending to the Tamur River to reach the village of Mitlung. The path for the next couple of days is often wet, muddy, and slippery, so a pair of trekking poles are essential. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

05 DAY

Trek to Chirwa (1270m) – 6 hrs walk

Our trail today descends to the Tamur River passing several settlements. This is a fertile zone for a range of crops and vegetables including millet, rice, and potatoes. We will have a descent to a wooden bridge and cross the Thiwa Khola followed by several ups and downs before reaching Chirwa. Chirwa is a village with a market, shops, and a few lodges. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

06 DAY

Trek to Sekathum (1660m) - 5 hrs walk

Today, we follow the trail along the Tamur River. After a couple of hours, we reach Taplechowk (1380). Before continuing our trip further we will have our trekking permit checked here at the park gate. From Taplechowk, we cross a river via a suspension bridge and follow the west bank along where we can see cardamom growing among the forest. Cardamom is an important herb, especially found in the mid-hills of eastern Nepal. We will stop at Phembu for lunch and then continue by ascending above Tamur River to reach Lelep at (1750m). We will then descend to cross a suspension bridge over Tamur river and enter the more slender Ghunsa Khola Valley before reaching our final destination for the day, Sekathum. Sekhathum is a Tibetan village from where we get magnificent views of the high Himalayas. On a clear day, Mt. Jannu is visible up the Ghunsa valley. Overnight at a local teahouse on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

07 DAY

Trek to Amjilosa (2510m) – 6 hrs walk

Today is a bit more challenging day. Leaving Sekathum, we cross a suspension bridge over a river outside Sukathum, we get through a dense forest, ascend the steep trail, descend and cross another river. We then climb a gorge, pass by Solima Village, and descend once again to the river level. Overall, today’s trekking is rather rough. For that reason, we suggest being very careful especially while passing the gorge. Marching further, we later follow a trail which goes both uphill and downhill until we arrive at Amjilosa, where we stop for the night. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

08 DAY

Trek to Gyabla (2730m) - 5 hrs walk

We start today’s trek having a short ascend from Amjilosa through lush rhododendron, bamboo, and oak forests before crossing a small ridge. Then descending towards Ghunsa River, we arrive at Thyanyani (2,400m) where there are several stone shelters. Later, the trail follows several short climbs and descents before passing a magnificent waterfall and a final climb towards Gyabla. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

09 DAY

Trek to Ghunsa (3595m) - 5 hrs walk

Descending down the steep into a gorge through a forested trail full of fir and rhododendron forests, our walk becomes easier as we follow the river bank that takes us into a large yak pasture land in Pholey. Pholey is a beautiful village inhabited by people from the Tibetan community who moved here long ago. Around the village, we can see Potato fields and the dominance of Tibetan Buddhist culture. Moving ahead, we climb upward where the valley widens, passing the lush fields and forests. Finally, we descend down to cross a suspension bridge over the Ghunsa river to enter into Ghunsa Village. As days go on, we can feel the climate getting cooler as we’re gaining more heights. Overnight at a local teahouse in Ghunsa on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

10 DAY

Acclimatization day at Ghunsa (3595m)

As we are gaining more elevation, our body needs to get tuned to the new altitude. Therefore, we spend this day at Ghunsa for the purpose of acclimatization. An acclimatization walk will be organized along the trail to Lobsang La. This will help our body adjust to elevation gain over the upcoming days as we climb north Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

11 DAY

Trek to Khambachen (4050m) – 6 hrs walk

Leaving Ghunsa, we further trek north along the bank of the river with the backdrop of glorious mountain scenery. Passing through pastures full of gorgeous wildflowers, pine, and rhododendron forests we cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka then continue past the waterfall. After crossing the tricky section of the landslide, we pass the landslide area and being to see the magnificent view of Mount Jannu. Marching further through the tricky mountain trail, we finally reach Kambachen where we spend the night. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

12 DAY

Another acclimatization day

We spend another day for acclimatization at Kambachen. This day, we observe if anybody in the group has any symptoms of altitude sickness. We will use this day to relax –take a bath and/ or explore the Nuphchu Khola Valley area. This will be our second night at Kambachen at the same lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

13 DAY

Trek to Lhonak (4785m) - 4 to 5 hrs walk

Today we will start our trek early in the morning to kick-off another challenging day. The trail passes through the rhododendron forest along the lateral moraine passing through seasonal yak herders’ camp at Ramtang (4,370m). The trail becomes rockier after an hour or so, and we pass under a landslide area. We should be alert for any rockfall and is best to keep moving at a steady pace. Then, we climb through open rocky fields and cross moraines North West of the Kanchenjunga Glacier to Lhonak. The campsite at Lhonak si near several large stone huts and has gorgeous views of Mera Peak (6,344m), Wedge Peak(6,750m), Twins (7,351m), Nepal Peak (6,910m) among others. However we cannot see the Kanchenjunga from Lhonak, so we will walk up to Pangpema the next day for this view. Overnight at a lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

14 DAY

Trek to Pangpema/ Northside of Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143m) - 4 hrs walk

Today we opt for an early morning hike to the north side of Kanchenjunga Base Camp, locally popular as Pangpema. We visit the Kanchenjunga north base camp which is an incredible trekking experience. Slowly and carefully, we climb up through the line of the moraine. Using trekking poles will make your trek a lot easier. Walking past the rocky area, the trail opens up to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (Pangpema). Overnight in Kanchenjunga Base Camp at a tented camp on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

15 DAY

Trek back to Ghunsa (3,595m) – 8 hrs walk

It’s finally time to bid goodbye to this heavenly place. We return to Ghunsa, retracing our steps back via Lhonak and Kamachen. We follow the same path that we had taken earlier enjoying the breathtaking views of natural beauty. Overnight in Ghunsa at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

16 DAY

Trek to Sele Le (4,390m) – 5 hrs walk

We leave Ghunsa, diverting towards an alternate path that climbs up steeply towards Sele Le. Along the way, we pass through rhododendron and juniper forests. We can notice a few teahouses at Sele Le Camp, although there are no traces of human settlement on the way. Overnight in Sele Le Camp at a local teahouse on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

17 DAY

Trek to Cheram (3,870m) - 8 hrs walk

Today, our trek is a bit challenging. We start out early morning since the trek is a long to Cheram. After breakfast, we hike up to High Camp to delight in some gorgeous view of mountains. From High Camp, we move along the trail ascending to our first pass Sinon La at 4,440m. From here the trail contours the hillside and a short inclined climb takes us to Mirgin la Pass at 4,480m. The trail descends for a moment before contouring round before a final short inclined climb that brings us to the top of Sinelapche La Pass at 4,840m. Each pass will reward us with glorious views. From the final pass, there is a 1,000m descent on a trail past a small lake to Cheram. Cheram is a small village situated above the Simbuwa Khola. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

18 DAY

Day trip to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp/ Oktang (4580m) – 7 hrs walk

After a hot breakfast, we walk along the trail leading to Oktang Base Camp. Passing a beautiful trail with a backdrop of stunning mountain and glacier views we also get some best views of Mount Kanchenjunga. We further climb up higher towards the snout of the Yalung glacier. Exploring the glacier we climb up to Oktang Base Camp, which is the southern base camp of Kanchenjunga. From here, we can relish some spellbinding views of the Kumbakarna glacier along with the south face of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Then, we descend towards Cheram where we will spend the night. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

19 DAY

Trek to Tortong (3000m) – 7/8 hrs walk

As we descend to Tortong we will encounter two routes. One route is the one we took while descending down from Sele Le. Ignoring this route, we will descend further down to the trail alongside the Simbuwa River. En route, we can applaud the lush rhododendron forest. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

20 DAY

Trek to Yamphudin (2080m) – 8 hours walk

Leaving Tortong it’s about 1000m ascend which takes about 3 hours. Climbing steeply through a mossy forest, we pass the huge landslide that occurred in 2013. We will stop at Lamite Bhanjyang for lunch. After lunch, we descend on a quite steep trail for about 2 hours prior to crossing Imja Khola. We then contour round the hillside and cross the Dubi pass before descending to Yamphudin. Yamphudin is a village consisting of a mixed community of Gurungs, Limbus, Rais, and Sherpas. There is also the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area office in the village. Overnight at a local teahouse on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

21 DAY

Trek to Pumphe Danda (1,900m) – 5/6 hrs walk

Today, we descend through the charming village of Yamphudin towards the Kabeli Khola. Crossing a long bridge over the Kabeli Khola, we descend further to Mamankhe. The trail from here enters a side gorge and crosses a long suspension bridge over a stream before a steep climb to Pumphe Village. From here we can relish in the magnificent view of Mt. Jannu. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

22 DAY

Trek to Khunjari (1928m) – 5/6 hrs walk

On this day, we climb towards two tea shops on the ridge above, then traverse through a series of valleys passing through several settlements. Our trek continues through Bhanjyang and crosses a ridge to descend to the Limbu settlement of Khunjari. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

23 DAY

Trek to Suketar (2420m) – 5/6 hours walk

After a long journey up in the mountains, we are finally at the end of our trek. The trail today descends to the Pha Khola before a steep climb through Pokhara and Shimu villages to Thenbewa. We then traverse through the lush forest to Lali Kharka before descending gradually to Suketar. Congratulations! You have completed an amazing adventure around the Nepalese side of Kanchenjunga. Overnight at a local lodge on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

24 DAY

Drive to Bhadrapur (91m) - 9 hrs drive

Today, we will have a long drive to Bhadrapur. It was indeed a wonderful time up in the mountains! We will reach Bhadrapur in the evening where we will enjoy a delicious dinner with perhaps some beer and relax in a comfortable hotel overnight on full board meals. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)!

25 DAY

Fly back to Kathmandu (1400m) – 1 hr flight 

Today, we will take a morning/ evening flight back to Kathmandu. Our airport representative will receive you outside the Kathmandu airport terminal and then transfer you to your respective hotel. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner hosted by our company with typical Nepali cuisine and a cultural dance show at a local restaurant. We will drop you back at your hotel where you can have a well-earned rest. Overnight at the hotel inclusive breakfast.

26 DAY

Departure from Nepal 

After breakfast and our last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle. Today is perhaps your last day in Kathmandu. Our escorts and vehicle will be on standby to drop you at the international airport 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight back home. It was an honor to provide our service and a wonderful time spent together. We pray for your Safe journey and hope to see you again someday!

Trip Includes

  • All the airport and hotel transfer as per the itinerary by private vehicles.
  • 3 night’s twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city inclusive breakfast.
  • Both way domestic airfares and the airport taxes. (Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu)
  • 1 day Kathmandu sightseeing around world heritage sites inclusive private transport and city tour guide.
  • 22 nights of twin-sharing local teahouses & tented camp accommodations while on the trek.
  • Full board meals while on the trek. (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • All the essential trekking permits of the Kanchenjunga region.
  • Private jeep transport from Bhadrapur to Illam and then to Suketar.
  • Local jeep transport from Suketar to Bhadrapur.
  • First-aid medicine for the trek.
  • An experienced and government-certified trekking guide for the trek.
  • Company duffel bags and sleeping bags to use while on the trek.
  • All our local field staff will be insured along with their salary, accommodation and meals.
  • An appreciation certificate after trip completion.
  • Nepalese cuisine farewell dinner at a typical restaurant with cultural dance performance.

Trip Exclude

  • International airfares and Nepal entry visa.
  • Entrance fees for Kathmandu sightseeing.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu hotel stay.
  • Porters are available at an extra cost. (optional service)
  • Tips to the guide and porters.
  • Any kind of alcoholic beverages and drinks while on the trek.
  • Battery charging, hot shower, use of WIFI, phone calls while on the trek.
  • Any other extra cost which is beyond our includes.

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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

1. Why should I do Kanchenjunga base camp trek?

There are many beautiful trekking routes in Nepal to see the grandeur views of the mountains but why should you visit Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

The first reason, this trek will test your mental and physical strength by visiting the base camp of 3rd highest peak on earth.

Secondly, you will hike through the remote and less crowded area, often no other trekkers on the trail you feel like the world is yours! And the jaw-dropping views of the mountains and landscapes will make your trip memorable.

Most importantly, you can explore the diverse wildlife, vegetation, and local cultures of the Kanchenjunga region. Moreover, most of the trekking routes offer fine and well-facilitated rooms at teahouses for the hikers. But this trek allows experiencing real Nepalese homestay accommodations with basic facilities for the trekkers. It feels like you are living the lifestyle of remote locals for some time. You can also get a chance to eat fresh and organic foods that are produced on their farms.      

2. How difficult is Kanchenjungha Base Camp Trek?

Compared with the other commercial trekking routes in Nepal, this Kanchenjungha base camp trek is a more challenging and long day hike. It is a strenuous trekking route that crosses through high mountain passes and remote locations in Nepal. Your strong determination and well-prepared plan can only achieve this journey.

However, if you are physically fit and a seasonal hiker, you can complete this trek without any difficulties. Due to its distant location, we can get basic accommodation service at local homestays with limited food items. Don’t expect the accommodation and food as like in the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang region treks.

3. Can I trek solo in the Kanchejungha region?

You can’t trek solo or individually in the Kanchenjungha region. Some parts of the Kanchenjungha regions are bordered by Tibet and India. Due to the fact, Kanchejungha is a restricted region of Nepal. Hence, we need to get special trekking permits from Nepali immigration. And according to the Nepal government’s rule, a minimum of two persons are required to apply for Kanchenjungha trekking permits. Moreover, only legally registered local companies can organize this trek.

4. What is the total distance of this trek?

The length of this trek depends on the route that you have chosen. According to our itinerary, it is about 220 KM long starting and ending at Suketar. It takes at least three weeks to complete the journey.

 

 

5. Do I need to have prior trekking experiences?

Having some prior trekking experiences is beneficial for this trek. However, if you haven’t any previous hiking or trekking experiences, do some training at least 2-3 months before your trip departure date. You can join a gym or physical fitness center that can enhance your fitness level. Even more, engage in at least 5-6 hours of walking tours once a week.

 

6. How can I prepare for this trek?

Prior preparation is necessary for this trek. Build up your endurance by taking part in walking or hiking tours once a week. Do some leg-based cardio training regularly such as swimming, gym, walking, etc. Without pre-training and well preparation, you can find this trek difficult. You can only enjoy mountain trips if you are mentally and physically prepared. Sometimes you have to walk through harsh weather conditions so prepared your mind accordingly.

Most importantly, your trekking gear plays a vital role to make your trek comfortable and successful. Therefore, get the right trekking stuff. For example, your feet are the most crucial body part on a trek. So, invest in good quality water-resistance hiking boots that can protect your feet.

 

7. Do I need travel insurace policy for this trek?

You must have a full insurance policy for this trek. Without travel insurance, you are not eligible to get a trekking permit from immigration. We need a copy of your insurance policy at the time of obtaining the special permit for Kanchenjunga in Kathmandu. Please note; your travel insurance should cover accidental, medication, and helicopter evacuation expenses. Most importantly, our Kanchenjungha base camp trek will go above 5000 meters altitudes. Therefore, your insurance policy should cover their service up to 6000 meters altitude.

 

8. What types of accommodations and meals do I expect on this trek?

Kanchenjunga is one of the remotest regions of Nepal and the access of road and other developments works are still untouched. As a result, teahouses in this trek are still not developed as like in the other commercial routes of Nepal. Nowadays, Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions have many well-established teahouses for tourists that provide cozy but fine accommodations with varieties of foods.

But in the context of the Kanchenjunga region, you will get common types of homestay accommodations to spend your nights. Therefore, do not expect the same quality of accommodation that you may have experienced on the other treks in Nepal.

For your meal, Daal Bhat is a common Nepalese food that you will get on this trek. Except it, there are also varieties of western and Chinese dishes that are Tea coffee, eggs, potatoes Tibetan Bread, Various Soups items, Sherpa Stew, Sandwiches, Spaghetti, Dumplings, Macaroni, Tenduk, Noodles, Thukpa, and Pasta. etc.
It is advisable to use water purification tablets or boiled water to drink on this trek. Mineral bottled water is available at the teahouses.

 

9. Do I need to hire porter for this trek?

International trekkers should hire at least a guide to obtain a special permit but porters are not mandatory for this trek. However, it is a challenging and 3 weeks-long treks. Therefore, we suggest you hire porters for your comfortable journey. If you hire porters, all your essential gear for the trek will be carried by them and that will allow you to enjoy and relax during the walk without any burden.

On commercial routes such as Everest, Annapurna, or Langtang region trek, you can easily get the porters on the routes whenever or wherever you need them. But due to the remote and isolated region, porters are not available on this route unless you hire from the city area.

We provide one porter for two guests, and each porter can carry only up to 25 KGs as they also have to carry their own clothing items for the trek.

 

10. What shoud I bring for this trek? Can I hire or buy trekking gears in Kathmandu?

Choosing the right gear plays a vital role to make your trip successful and relaxed. You need to bring enough warm clothes along with good quality hiking boots. At least 4-5 pairs of thick socks, a down jacket, raincoat, crampons, sleeping bag (work up to -20 degrees), hiking pants, trousers, waterproof trekking boots, a pair of sandals, etc. Please check our trekking equipment page for a complete checklist.

You can hire only sleeping bags and down jackets at the shops in Thamel. And rest of the trekking gear can easily purchase at local shops in Kathmandu. After you arrive in Kathmandu, one of our office representatives will take you to the trekking store for your essential shopping.

 

11. What is the highest point of this trek?

Pangpema, the north side of Kanchenjunga base camp is the highest point at 5,143 m. /16874 ft. of this trek. According to our scheduled itinerary, we will visit this place on the 14th day from Lhonak.

 

12. What will be the weather/temperature on KBC Trek?

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek’s temperature varies with the seasons because the route traverses through different climatic zones. Therefore, it may be challenging to predict the weather. Our trek will begin at the Bhairahawa airport’s 350 meters and ascend to an elevation up to 5,143 meters (Kanchenjunga Base Camp).

The best times to embark on this excursion are in the spring and fall seasons. In these seasons temperatures may drop -5 to -10 degrees at night time. Additionally, daytime temperatures will often range from 10 to 18 degrees.

The trail will be covered with snow and the temperature may drop to -30 degrees throughout the winter. As a result, this trek isn’t doable in the winter season.

 

13. Do I need crampon or micro spike for this trek?

Well, the Kanchenjunga base camp trek is an isolated and off-the-beaten hiking trail in Nepal. The trail condition might change at any time throughout the year. Even more, you can’t purchase those items at the local tea shops. Most importantly, there is a high chance of snowfall while crossing the passes on the trail. Therefore, we highly recommend you carry a crampon or micro spike for this trek.

 

14. How much should I tip for guide and porter?

Due to the challenging and long trek, guides and porters expect some good gratitude from their guests after the trek. There isn’t a fixed rate for the tipping. However, the average tip for a guide is USD 10-12 dollars per day and 9-10 dollars per day for each porter. You can also offer them extra than the suggested rate If they provide service that exceeds your expectations. It is also a good way to celebrate your great achievements at the end of the tour with our staff.

 

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Traveller’s Review


Thanks to all the members of Glorious Himalaya for your great service and hospitality during our Nepal stay.
We (an adult couple) booked the Kanchejungha circuit with base camp trek through Glorious Himalaya and they did their best to make our trip successful. We started our trek from Kathmandu to Bhairawa flight and then took a drive to Suketar which was an interesting part of this journey. Our guide Nima was an experienced and knowledgeable guide, as well as our porter Shiva, was very honest and strong enough to carry our belongings throughout the trek.
We visited both the north and south base camps of Kanchenjungha. Accommodations on this route were very common but well enough to spend the cold nights.

During our 1 month Nepal trip, we enjoyed lots and created some unforgettable moments in the Himalayas.

Thank you for your great effort. We will visit Nepal again with Glorious Himalaya company and recommend this agency for your great adventure in Nepal Himalayas with their professional services.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Dominic & Eva
Russia

My husband and I wanted a long trek to a lesser known area and with fewe tourists and he landed on this one. He did all the research and chose Glorious Himalaya because Ganesh was one of the few offering this trip and he was very responsive to our inquiries and requests. Lots of emails went back and forth and he made sure it all came together with transport, accomodations, guide, porter, etc. We combined this trip with another trek in the southwest of the country (with another service) and Ganesh worked with us to mesh our two disparate trips. Out guide UR was excellent. His English was pretty good, so we could usually communicate what we needed to. Our porter was also excellent, though he didn’t really speak English, but that was not needed. Learn some Nepali, not only do the people appreciate it, it did help. No fault of the company, but be warned, the “huts” along this trek are rough. Sanitation is low, all outhouses and little ways to clean up so bring wipes. Once in the Kanch conservation area, the “huts” there cater a bit better to tourists, but it is still rough. And once you get to Tseram and north it is cold, we were cold for over a week and we come from the far north US, we wore every bit of clothing. Bring water purification method. The trails are not easy and we hike mountains and are in pretty good shape – up, down, and around and often rough footing, so train before you go. Do not expect to have the opportuinity to bath for days (3 weeks in our case).

Judith

Judith Ross
USA

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