Kanchenjunga Trek - 24 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 24 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Cost start: US$ 1790 (P/P)
  • Accomodation: Tea house/lodge
  • Trip Style: Trekking/hiking
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About Trip:

In the far east of Nepal, bordering the Indian state of Sikkim, lies the world's third-highest mountain, Kanchenjunga (8586m), standing in almost complete isolation from the other major peaks of the Himalayas. The restricted area has only been open for exploration since 1988, and the Kanchenjunga trek is now considered amongst the premier routes for those seeking a rarely traveled and highly challenging adventure through one of the last unspoiled wilderness regions of Nepal. During the Kanchenjunga trek, you will notice that it's home to elusive snow leopards, the Himalayan black bear, and the Assamese macaque, as well as an unforgettable landscape of towering peaks, cascading waterfalls, and verdant forests of rhododendron and bamboo. During the Kanchenjunga trek, you will notice the sparse population scattered throughout the mountains is made up of the warm-hearted Rai and Limbu people, with a culture that traces back to Tibetan origins and a unique belief system based on an amalgamation of Buddhist, Hindu and animist principles.

Starting with a flight or drive to Bhadrapur/Suketar, the trek climbs through the scenic and cultivated foothills into the great mountain stronghold of peaks such as Rathong, Kumbhakarna, Jannu, and of course Kanchenjunga, offering some of the Himalaya's most awe-inspiring and majestic scenery en route to South Base Camp (5143m). Until recently the trek was only possible through the considerable effort of carrying in all the necessities of life such as food and camping equipment, but with the advent of tea houses along the trail in response to its growing popularity, the logistics of the exercise have become considerably easier.

The Kanchenjunga trek is a journey for the trekker with a sense of adventure, a desire to explore trails less traveled, and the determination and conditioning to tackle the challenges of a physically demanding route through one of Nepal's most remote regions. Nepal Trekking Experts is the perfect agency to arrange your trek through the area, including additional options such as a visit to the isolated northern base camp. So why not get in touch with us and know all the details about Kanchanjunga Trek's difficulty and the equipment list and see what we can do to set you on the path to this intriguing journey in the eastern Himalayas? 

Feel free to go through our other packages like Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, Manaslu circuit trek, Gokyo Valley Trek, and more.

Trip Highlights

  • 30 minutes flight, if chosen, offering stunning views of the Himalayas,  including Mt. Everest
  • Abundant wildlife species such as blue sheep, musk deer, snow leopard, and black bear
  • Amazing panoramas of Kanchenjunga, Jannu and other nearby Himalayan giants, as well as distant views of the eastern faces of Makalu and Everest
  • Walking on Yalung Glacier
  • Terraced fields and pristine rhododendron, pine, and bamboo forests
  • The warmth and hospitality of the Rai & Limbu people
  • The option to explore both base camps at Kanchenjunga

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel

Day 02: Free day for final trekking preparation.

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (45 minute) then transfer to Birtamod by drive (45 minute by car/Jeep)

Day 04: Birtamod to Taplejung by local jeep. (8-9 hrs, 1820m).

Day 05: Trek Taplejung to Chiruwa (6-7 hrs, 1270m).

Day 06: Trek Chiruwa to Lelep (1750m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 07: Lelep to Amjilosa (2308m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 08: Trek Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m, 5 hrs)

Day 09: Trek Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595m, 5 hrs)

Day 10: Acclimatization day.

Day 11: Trek Ghunsa to Khambachen(4050m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 12: Trek Khambachen to Lhonak (4780m, 4-5 hrs)

Day 13: Hike to Kanchenjunga Base camp 5143m and back to Lhonak for overnight.

Day 14: Trek Lhonak to Ghunsa (6 hrs)

Day 15: Trek Ghunsa to Selele Base Camp (5 hrs, 4480m)

Day 16: Selele Base Camp to Cheram (8 hrs, 3870m)

Day 17: Cheram to Ramche ( 3 hrs, 4580m)

Day 18: Ramche to Tortong(6-7 hrs, 2995m)

Day 19: Tortong to Yamphuding. (7-8 hrs, 2080m)

Day 20: Yamphuding to Khebang. (1915m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 21: Khebang to Hapu Khola (5-6 hrs)

Day 22: Hapu Khola to Birtamod by drive and overnight in Birtamod. (9/10 hrs)

Day 23: Drive to Bhadrapur(45 minute) then fly back in Kathmandu.

Day 24: Departure

Trip cost includes/excludes:

  • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
  • Complimentary welcome dinner
  • Two-night stay on arrival in Kathmandu in a standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • All necessary trekking permits for Kanchenjunga, TIMS card, etc.
  • All accommodation during trek
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
  • Complementary  duffel bag/agency T-shirt
  • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
  • First aid kit
  • Return flight between Kathmandu and Suketar
  • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
  • Certificate of achievement
  • International airfare and  Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft, etc.
  • Sightseeing fees (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc
  • Tips to staff

Note: Above itinerary is basically a guideline. If you're not satisfied or have an alternative plan please feel free to discuss it with us.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel

Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel by private car/jeep

Day 02Free day for final trekking preparation.

Day 03Fly Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (45 minute) then transfer to Birtamod by drive (45 minute by car/Jeep)

Day 04Birtamod to Taplejung by local jeep. (8-9 hrs, 1820m).

Day 05Trek Taplejung to Chiruwa (6-7 hrs, 1270m).

Day 06Trek Chiruwa to Lelep (1750m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 07Lelep to Amjilosa (2308m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 08Trek Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m, 5 hrs)

Day 09Trek Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595m, 5 hrs)

Day 10Acclimatization day.

Day 11Trek Ghunsa to Khambachen(4050m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 12Trek Khambachen to Lhonak (4780m, 4-5 hrs)

Day 13Hike to Kanchenjunga Base camp 5143m and back to Lhonak for overnight.

Day 14Trek Lhonak to Ghunsa (6 hrs)

Day 15Trek Ghunsa to Selele Base Camp (5 hrs, 4480m)

Day 16Selele Base Camp to Cheram (8 hrs, 3870m)

Day 17Cheram to Ramche ( 3 hrs, 4580m)

Day 18Ramche to Tortong(6-7 hrs, 2995m)

Day 19Tortong to Yamphuding. (7-8 hrs, 2080m)

Day 20Yamphuding to Khebang. (1915m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 21Khebang to Hapu Khola (5-6 hrs)

Day 22Hapu Khola to Birtamod by drive and overnight in Birtamod. (9/10 hrs)

Day 23Drive to Bhadrapur(45 minute) then fly back in Kathmandu.

Day 24Departure

Read Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 5 reviews


Highly recommended Trekking Agency


Nepal Trekking Experts did an excellent job organizing our Kanchenjunga trek in Oct 2020. Rajesh and his team tackled the complicated permit process during the COVID lock down and made it possible for us to go on a trek. The guiding service provided by Nepal Trekking Experts was excellent and we have benefited greatly from the guide's intricate knowledge of the Kanchenjunga area. The trek was a memorable experience that we will remember for a long time! We highly recommend Nepal Trekking Experts for everyone's trekking needs since it is a reliable and well run agency in Nepal.

, United States


Lifetime experience in Kanchenjunga trek


What a fantastic company! We did the Kanchenjunga circuit with them in October 2019. We were dealing with Rajesh, who gave us so much information by email, always quick responding, which helped us a lot planning our visit to Nepal. We really appreciated his kindness and support all along from the beginning to the last minute, much more than expected!

Our guide Thakur was more than excellent!! He knows so much about the region and the Nepali, Hindu and Buddhism cultures. We could talk about everything with him, he is very open-minded and his English is absolutely perfect. He was also very relaxed and flexible on the trek, bringing us to the tea houses that would fit the most our wishes. We really appreciated every single moment spent on the trek together!

My boyfriend already went to Manaslu last year with this company and the guide Thakur. They had an amazing time together and even became friends. So we decided to trek Kanchenjunga with Nepal Trekking Experts this year again. We can heartily recommend this company and the guide Thakur. We are already planning our next trek with them actually! Thanks a lot for allowing us to have the best time in Kanchenjunga and see you very soon again!

, France


Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek


Wir waren jetzt das zweite Mal mit Rajs Orgnaisation unterwegs und waren wieder sehr zufrieden. Raj hat alles super organisiert, wir mussten uns um nichts Sorgen machen und er antwortet super schnell, wenn man eine Frage hat. Vor Ort hat er auch jederzeit Zeit für einen und man kann immer im Büro vorbei kommen, wenn man eine Frage hat oder Unterstützung bei irgendwas braucht. Unser Guide war zum zweiten Mal Rabin, der sich super um uns gekümmert hat während des Treks. Er hat dafür gesorgt, dass wir uns immer sicher gefühlt haben. Er ist eine angenehme Begleitung und man kann abends wunderbar mit ihm Karten spielen und viel lachen. Außerdem hatte er diesmal sogar Snacks und Äpfel für uns dabei, die uns an so einigen Tagen den nötigen Energieschub für die nächste Etappe gegeben haben.

, Germany


Amazing Kanchenjunga Trek


This was our second time trekking with Nepal Trekking Experts and again we were amazed how wonderful everything turned out. With Rajs organisation everything was taken care of and no question was left unanswered. You can always come by the office if you have any question, need or just need a short break from busy kathmandu. You'll get a drink too. Customer service is paramount with this company. We chose Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek as out honeymoon vacation and were not disappointed. It is definitely different from Manaslu Circuit but will reward you beautiful views of mountains like Jannu & Kanchenjunga. Rabin was out wonderful guide how took care of us and left no need unattended. He is a super fun person to be around with but usually wins when you play cards ;) That's something you should get used to. Also he has reflexes quick as lightning so when you slip he will catch you. I tested this two times :) But as far as i got to know Raj any guide you will trek with is probably the person you where looking for...We will definitely come back. Thank you.

, Germany


Надежный треккинг проводник // Reliable trekking provider


*English version below Я воспользовалась услугами этой фирмы для моего очередного индивидуального трека в Базовый Лагерь Канченджанга в 2015 году. Сложный, неисследованный трек, вдобавок, пришлось проходить в условиях мощного землетрясения и дождливой погоды. Несмотря на сложности, организаторы отлично контролировали ситуацию и выполнили все свои обязательства. Менеджер Раджешь Ньюпане гибко реагировал на мои пожелания во время трекинга: смог организовать два дополнтельных радиальных трека (к Змеиному озеру и к Патибара Деви темплу) , не входящих в программу. Сопровождавшие меня гид Бикрам Карки и портер Санджай Лама, оба владеющие английским языком и обладающие большим треккинговым опытом, оказались очень надежными партнерами в пути, взаимозаменяемыми - каждый при необходимости и в одиночку мог справиться с обязанностями гида и портера. Я могу порекомендовать "Nepal Trekking Experts" и намерена пользоваться их услугами в будущем. *** I used the services of this company in 2015 for one of my individual trekkings - BC Kanchenjunga. It was an unusual, complex and unexplored trek, moreover it combined with heavy raining and earthquake conditions. Despite all of these, the organizers controlled the situation and managed their responsibilities well. Manager Rajesh Neupane was flexible with my requests and organized two additional radial treks (to the Snakes lake and Pathibhara Devi Temple) which were not included into the main programme. I was accompanied by guide Bikram Karki and porter Sanjay Lama, who were speaking English and had a big trekking experience, also they turned out to be reliable and interchargeble partners during our travel - both were able to be a guide and a porter in case of need. I can recommend "Nepal Trekking Experts" and will definitely choose this company for my next journey.

, Russian Federation

Useful Info

  • Make sure you have proper trekking gear before start trek
  • Medical kit and Personal insurance
  • Respect the local culture and ask for permission while taking photos/videos of local
  • Listen to your guide and be aware with altitude symptoms
  • Better to avoid alcohol and smoking above 3000m
  • Drink at least 3 liter of water per day
  • Save the nature and flora fauna
  • Government registered agency and trekking guide is mandatory

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