Nepal Trekking

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek East Nepal

  • Duration: 23 Days
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Kanchenjunga base camp trek is a stunning 26 days trip in Eastern Nepal, with 21 days of trekking, covering 220 km, in an area much less visited by tourists,  including a wide range of stunning landscapes ranging from lush tropical jungle to forests of rhododendrons, chestnuts, oaks and to the glacier third highest peak in world.

In this region number of visitors to do trekking and area is limited, so to hike Kanchenjunga you need a local guide and at least 2 trekkers to obtain the necessary permit in Kathmandu.
in this trek you can visit both base camps on the north and south side of the mountain. It is usually organized for a small group of people looking for custom date. We provide experienced advice and preparation for the trek, and a high level of professional, caring while trekking with an excellent staff.

The route passes to Kanchenjunga Base Camp through the Arun Valley which is considered to be one of the most beautiful trekking regions in Nepal, and one of the highlights in Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, which covers an area of ​​2035 square kilometers.

Kanchenjunga trek starts from Taplejung which is a 45 minute flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, then by jeep to Birtamod to Taplejung. (For the detailed itinerary, enter on itinerary).

This trek around the Kanchenjunga mountain range leads to both north and south base camps. The route starts to the northern side of Kanchenjunga where you can see the magnificent views of Tent Peak, Nepal Peak, Cross Peak, before you reach and see a large part of Kanchenjunga.

The trek leads from Pangpema to the north, then returns to Ghunsa and leads to the south of Kanchenjunga, through Murgin La Pass. Once you have crossed the pass, you follow the road through Ramche and Oktang where there are impressive views of the southwestern face of Kanchenjunga,

The tracks are easy to follow, follow rivers with valleys, then suddenly climb up rocks and shoulders, steep steps and zigzags.

When reaching base camp, the risk of altitude makes difficult to walk and thereis a risk of disease at thsi altitude. So it is necessary to take rest days and walk slowly. The trek has a wide range of temperature, according to altitude. In mountains between 1000 m and 3500m, the nights will be cold, usually around 5ºC, and during the day sometimes the temperature rises to 25ºC. At high altitudes the temperature at night ranges from about -15ºc to -20ºC, so it will be important to choose the layers and a good selection of clothing to provide protection from cold and heat.

This is a remote area with a limited access to medical care, so it is important to be fit, have good shoes, carry a pack and walk for many days. A good start is to hike, pack up and train at home, as well as do some leg exercises at the gym and swim for cardiovascular fitness. This is a long walk, get your health and dental checkups done before you go.

Detailed itinerary on Inquiry.


Day 01: Arrive Nepal - Kathmandu airport, 1350m,

Kathmandu international airport, transfer from the airport to your hotel, O/N with BB

Day 02: Rest Kathmandu sightseeing, - Visit valley

Visit Swayambhunath temple, Patan Durbar square, Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath stupa, back to the same hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Biratnagar - 1hour 30 minutes

Flight to Biratnagar, around 1hour and 30 minutes, O/N Guest house.

Day 04: Biratnagar – Suketar – Mitlung - Flight from Biratnagar to Suketar (airfield above Taplejung) 5/6 hours 921m

It is possible to fly direct to Taplejung, however, sometimes flights to Biratnagar can be delayed due to bad weather. After the flight, it is quite an easy day of trekking to Mitlung along the Suketar Danda

Day 05: Trek Mitlung–Chirwa - 5hrs walk, Elevation: 1270m

The trek starts with quite a challenging day, beginning on rough paths high above the river. The route passes through the villages of Sinwa, Tawa and Porke, and the valley narrows while passing over old landslide debris. The trail then descends across the Thiwa Khola River on a wooden bridge, and follows a few more ups and downs before arriving at Chirwa. The village of Chirwa is set among huge boulders and houses made from bamboo, O/N Camp tent,

Day 06: Trek Chirwa–Sekathum - 5/6hrs walk, Elevation: 1660m

The trek begins following the Tamur River and climbing steeply, before descending to the Simbuwa Khola. The river comes from the Yalung Glacier on the south of Kanchenjunga. The trail crosses a ridge and joins the steep narrow Ghunsa Khola Valley and the Tibetan village of Sekathum. You can have incredible views of the high Himalayas. O/N Camp tent,

Day 07: Trek Sekathum–Amjilossa - 5/6hrs walk, elevation: 2510m

The day is following a steep and narrow trail, up along the north bank of the Ghunsa Khola ,to the Tibetan village of Amjilossa. O/N Camp tent,

Day 08: Trek Amjilossa–Gybala - 5hrs walk, Elevation: 2730m

Trek to Gybala: there is a short ascent through oaks, bamboo and rhododendron forests, offering a great view of the south-western side of Kanchenjunga. The route makes numerous steep climbs and short descents, and passes near a beautiful large waterfall, before the final steep climbs up to Gybala. O/N Camp tent,

Day 09: Trek Gybala–Ghunsa - 4/5hrs walk, Elevation: 3595m

Trek to Ghunsa: the trail leads to the village of Kyapra and climbs easily up to the right bank of the river. The trail crosses a large meadow, pasts few villages and ascends a gentle hill before descending across the river into beautiful village of Ghunsa. There is several lodges and a gompa. O/N Camp tent,

Day 10: Trek Ghunsa–Khambachen - 5/6hrs walk, Elevation: 4100m

Trek to Khambachen: the trail climbs gradually along the south bank of the Ghunsa Khola, through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests, passing many mani walls, colorful prayer flags and chörtens along the way. The trail climbs steeply up scree slopes to reach the Tibetan settlement of Khambachen, with wonderful views of the huge north face of Jannu. O/N Camp tent,

Day 11: Rest at Khambachen - Hiking for Acclimatization

this day is for rest and relaxation after a trekking week. There is an optional day walk to the high ridge behind the village, for impressive views of the surrounding Himalayas.
O/N Camp tent,

Day 12: Trek Khambachen–Lhonak - 5hrs walk, Elevation: 4785m

Trek to Lhonak: the trail climbs up through exposed rocky fields to the village of Ramtang, crosses North West of the Kanchenjunga Glacier, and passes large stone huts to the village of Lhonak. Impressive views of the Himalayas, including Wedge Peak 6750m Mera Peak 6344m, Nepal Peak 6910m and Twins peak 7351m. O/N Camp tent,

Day 13: Trek Lhonak–Pangpema - 5hrs walk, Elevation: 5143m

Kanchenjunga north base camp:we must start early morning to Kanchenjunga north base camp at Pangpema 5143m, for majestic views of Tent Peak, Nepal Peak, Cross Peak, Twins peak with impressive views of Kanchenjunga. Return to Lhonak, O/N camp tent,

Day 14: Trek Lhonak–Ghunsa - 5/6hrs walk, Elevation: 3595m

Return to Ghunsa, along the same path trail, O/N Camp tent,

Day 15: Trek Ghunsa–High Camp - 5hrs walk, Elevation: 4100m

Trek to High Camp: the trail climbs a steep 500m to the high camp, preparation trek to Mirgin La Pass. O/N Camp Tent,

Day 16: Trek High Camp–Mirgin La Pass-Tseram - Mirgin La Pass 4663m, 5/6hrs walk, elevation: 3870m

Trek to Tseram: this day shows so impressive views of the Himalayas. The route crosses five passes: first Tamo La 3900m, an unnamed pass 4115m, third Mirgin La 4663m, fourth Sinion La 4660m, and another unnamed pass at 4724m. From this last pass there is a steep descent of 1000m to the small settlement of Tseram, high above the Simbuwa Khola. O/N Camp tent,

Day 17: Trek Tseram–Ramche - 5/6hrs walk, Elevation: 4580m

Trek to Ramche: the route passes the nose of the glacier into ablation valley, offering a magnificent scenery and views of peaks to the east ,along the India-Nepal border, such as Koktang 6147m) Rathong 6679m and many more above 7000m. We follow a lake, meadows; stone houses in Ramche. O/N Camp tent,

Day 18: trek Ramche-Oktang-Ramche - 4/5hrs walk, Elevation: 4730m

Trek to Oktang-Ramche: Leave early morning and follow the ablation valley to Oktang for views of south face Kanchenjunga with the route to the summit, first climbed in 1953. In Oktang, with views of surrounding peaks, pack-lunch and back to Ramche, O/N Camp tent,

Day 19: Trek Ramche-Lamite Bhanjyang - 5/6hrs walk. Elevation: 3310m

Trek to Lamite: the trail descends steeply through rhododendron forest to Torontan, and climbs up through mossy forest to reach the pass at Lamite Bhanjyang. From here, fantastic views of Kanchenjunga and Jannu. O/N Camp tent,

Day 20: Trek Lamite Bhanjyang–Yamphudin - 5hrs walk, Elevation: 2080m

Trek to Yamphudhin: the trail is descending over 1000 meters. It begins with a steep descent to Imja Khola, and then crosses along the Dubi Pass. From here there is a further descent for an hour, until reaching the village of Yamphudin. O/N Camp tent,

Day 21: Rest at Yamphudin. - Elevation: 2080m

Day of rest and some exploring inside this beautiful village, home to a mixed community of Sherpa, Gurungs, Rais and Limbus. O/N same Camp tent,

Day 22: Trek Yamphudin–Ponphe - 5hrs walk, Elevation: 1900m

Trek to Ponphe: the trail descends steeply to the Kabeli Khola, and crosses a log bridge before reaching the village of Mamanke. From here the trail enters a side canyon and crosses a stream over a long suspension bridge, then climbs up steeply to Ponphe village, O/N Camp tent,

Day 23: Trek Ponphe–Khunjari - 5/6hrs walk, Elevation: 1928m

Trek to Khunjari: the trail climbs high to two tea shops on the ridge above the village, and passes through a series of valleys and numerous villages. The route continues down to Bhanjyang and crosses a ridge, to descend steeply to the Limbu village of Khunjari, where you spend a nigh., O/N Camp tent,

Day 24: Trek Khunjari–Suketar - 4/5hrs walk, Elevation: 2300m

Trek to Suketar: the route descend to the Pha Khola then climbs steeply through Pokhara and Shimu villages to Thenbewa. The trail continues through forest to Lali Kharka and to the ridge, then follows a gradual descent to Suketar. We prepare for catching the flight to Kathmandu early morning. O/N Guest house,

Day 25: Flight from Suketar to Biratnagar-Kathmandu - then another flight to Kathmandu.

Flight to Biratnagar early morning, then catch another flight from Biratnagar to Kathmandu. We take you from the airport to your hotel, O/N same hotel with BB.

Day 26: Final Departure to Kathmandu international airport - Final depart to airport

We drop you by our private vehicle according to your flight schedules.


Airport transfers,
All accommodation in lodges/tea houses and tent camping days
All meals on trek, either from the menu in the lodges or prepared by our staff at the camp
National Park Fees and permit for Kangchenjunga area
Sherpa guides English speaking, trained and porters
Internal flight to Biratnagar, goes and back Kathmandu,
Staff insurance,
Government and service Charge, and staffs camping equipment local bus charges Kathmandu-Suketar-Kathmandu two way fare,


International flight to Kathmandu
Hotel in Kathmandu - we have a choice of options available during booking or you can book yourself
Personal costs on trek - hot and cold drinks, hot showers, charging, Wi-Fi, snacks. high rescue as like helicopter if needed and horses
Travel Insurance
Visa fees
Tips for staffs,

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Trip Facts

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  • Destination:
    Mahalangur Himal Range, East Nepal,
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  • Total Duration:
    23 days
  • Best Time:
    Sep-Oct-Nov, March-April-May
  • Group Size:
    2-10 Pax

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