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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek-North to South

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17 Days

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Fixed Departure

Group Size

10 people



Kangchenjunga base camp trek-north to south, 14 to 17 days also spelled Kanchenjunga, is the third highest mountain in the world. It rises with an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft) in a section of the Himalayas called Kangchenjunga Himal delimited in the west by the Tamur River, in the north by the Lhonak Chu and Jongsang La, and in the east by the Teesta River. It lies between Nepal and Sikkim, India, with three of the five peaks (Main, Central, and South) directly on the border and the remaining two (West and Kangbachen) in Nepal’s Taplejung District.

Bring out the trekker residing in you on a challenging 14 to 18 days trek to Kanchenjunga base camp. A very rewarding trek for those looking for solitude and wilderness. Get to see the world’s tallest mountain Kanchenjunga scaling 8586m, mount Kumbhakarna 7710m, and numerous snow-capped mountain peaks. Discover the world’s largest Yalung glacier, alpine meadows, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and the last remaining pristine forest on the planet. Kanchenjunga conservation area covering 2035 Km2 of the area is home to rare species of Snow leopard, Red panda, Himalayan black beer, and Musk deer. Kanchenjunga habitats around 3000 species of flora, 280 species of birds, 77 species of plants, and 13 species of mammals.

Along the trekking trail, you can notice beautiful birds like golden-breasted Fulvetta, Snowcock, Blood Pheasant, and red-billed Cough. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek 14 days offers an exceptional experience of wilderness and adventure that you will remember for a lifetime Adventure. Afterward, we trek through the massive glacier of Kanchenjunga from where we will see the most incredible close-up view of mount Kanchenjunga. Finally, we will reach the base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga at Pang Pema. After then we will start trekking back to Taplejung collecting many unforgettable moments of the trek. Kanchenjunga base camp trek will certainly fill you with new energy and inspiration in your life. You can learn more about Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Discover the habitat of rare animals like the Red Panda and Snow Leopard. Explore the topography of the alpine herbs like Mugworts, Berberis erythroplakia, Berberis aristata, Ephedra gerardiana, Meconopsis grandis, and more. Enjoy the best Nepal tour.

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  • Take a glance at 7 mountains above 8000m
  • See the lifestyle of ethnic groups such as Limbu, Rai, Sherpa, Brahmin, and Chettri
  • Experience the Kirat culture
  • Explore the most vivid Rhododendron forest in Milke
  • Touch the border of China and India
  • Enjoy the wilderness on this full camping trek
  • Get to Kanchenjunga’s southern base camp at 4600m above sea level
  • Gaze at the world’s third tallest mountain Kanchenjunga 8586m
  • Discover around 3000 species of alpine floras

Kathmandu - Bhadrapur (93 m) - Ilam (800 m)

Early in the morning, we take our flight to Bhadrapur from Kathmandu with a scenic view of the Eastern region. After 45 minutes of flight, we reach the Bhardrapur airport then we will take a car/jeep from Bhadrapur for Illam which will take Approx 7 hours of drive.

Ilam - Yamphudin (1864 m)

We will explore the tea garden of Ilam and ascend upward from Illam for our overnight stay in Yamphidin Village on a private jeep.

Yamphudin - Tortong (2995 m)

Today we march gradually ascending and following the Sibuwa river and cross the river again to our left side. A short steep uphill walk takes us a bit high and keeps the distance from Sibuwa River. We walk through the rhododendron, bamboo bushes, and thick forest to reach Tortong and enjoy wild animals like Red Panda, Wild Boar, Bear, Musk Deer, wild birds, and other wild animals on our way and we will stay in Tortong for the overnight.

Tortong - Cheram (3870 m)

Today we will trek through the trail of the dense forest of beautiful bamboo and rhododendron which is accompanied by the river. After that we will walk along the Simbuwa Khola gradually uphill then after some time we will reach Cheram for the overnight stay.

Cheram - Ramche (4580 m)

We begin our short trek after breakfast. From Cheram, we ascend for some time before reaching the snout of the Yalung Glacier. It is a beautiful walk on a valley trail. We also cherish the views of several Himalayan peaks. We pass through a small settlement of Lapsang before reaching Ramche. Overnight in Ramche.

Ramche - Yalung Base Camp (4500 m) - Cheram

From Ramche, we walk further up the valley. We then follow a stream before climbing on the moraine top until confronted by Kanchenjunga’s southern face. We walk further ahead for a glimpse of the Jannu Himal. We continue our trek further towards the Oktang Monastery. From here, we climb further up and reach the Yalung Base Camp. The views from the base camp are extraordinary. Kumbakarna (Jannu), Nyukla Lachung, and other Himalayan peaks are close by. We descend and spend the night at Cheram.

Cheram - Sele la (4290 m)

We begin our trek after breakfast. We cross four passes today beginning with Sinelapche Bhanjyang. After crossing the pass we continue to Mirgin La pass. We continue trekking and reach the Sinon La pass which is not very far. From here, we ascend to Sele La pass. There are prayer flags strung across one of the trail's steeper sections, which is very near to the Sele La pass. We cross the pass. Overnight in Sele La.

Sele la - Ghunsa (3595 m)

We begin our trek after breakfast. We walk towards the north with Tangbgharma Danda nearby. We reach a chorten marked by prayer flags which marks the start of a steep trail. We descend through rhododendron, birch, and pine forests before reaching Ghunsa. It is a beautiful village of houses with Day.

Ghunsa - Khambachen (4050 m)

After Breakfast, we head to Khambachen along the green forests concede to the frost-browned vegetation of the alpine regions of the Kanchenjunga region as we climb steadily to the upper glacial valleys on our path, with mighty Jannu standing before us in all its glory as we trek through the scenic landscape towards Khambachen.

Khambachen - Lhonak (4780 m)

Today will be another challenging day and an early start is needed. We will trek through rocky fields and large boulders on the hillside along the riverbank and arrive at a waterfall. We will then cross a bridge to Ramtang monastery. After then we will cross a landslide section which we must pass through at a steady pace before descending to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak. We will stay overnight in Lhonak.

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5143 m)

From Lhonak, we trek towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Our trail is alongside the gigantic Kanchenjunga Glacier. After passing Pangpema we will descend towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The view from the base camp is magnificent. Mount Kanchenjunga, Jannu Himal, and other Himalayan peaks are ours to admire. After then we will descend back to Pangpema and stay overnight.

Pangpema - Khambachen

Returning by the same route to Lhonak, we gain a different and refreshing perspective of the region's beautiful scenery. Pema we trace back our steps to Khambachen.

Khambachen - Phalle (3475 m)

From Lhonak, we will descend all the way to Ghunsa via the Tibetan refugee village Phalle. It is the same route we took when we were climbing up.

Phalle - Amjilosa (2308 m)

From/Phalle Ghunsa, we descend towards Phale. We will pass through several Mani’s and a monastery nearby. We will walk through Juniper forests and reach Phale. From there, it is a steady descent to Gyabla. We will cross a bridge over the river Chhundatangka and reach Gyabla. As we continue our trek, we see a waterfall nearby. We also cross a suspension bridge over river Sumbung before reaching Amjilosa. Today we stay overnight in Amjilosa.

Amjilosa - Ranipul -Taplejung

Today we will drive through the Taplejung Bazaar with the private jeep/car then we will drive and see Nepali culture and lifestyle and a beautiful cardamom garden with a beautiful rice paddy field. After approx 6 hours of drive, we will reach Illam Bazaar and stay overnight in Illam. After reaching Illam we will do the sightseeing of Illam Bazaar Illam Bazar is one of the most popular business hubs between India and Nepal. Illam is very famous for its local products like Tea, Cardamom, Ginger, Ghee, chilly, and many other household products.

Taplejung - Ilam

After reaching Illam we will do the sightseeing of Illam Bazaar Illam Bazar is one of the most popular business hubs between India and Nepal. Illam is very famous for its local products like Tea, Cardamom, Ginger, Ghee, chilly, and many other household products.

Ilam - Bhadrapur - Kathmandu (1400 m)

We will drive from Illam to Bhadrapur by private jeep through the tea garden with small towns Kanyam, we can see many scenes of tea garden, Nepali lifestyle and we can buy varieties of tea and local products from Fickal Bazzar/ Kanya. Then we will drive to Bhadrapur airport for our flights and fly back to Kathmandu on the same day.

  • Airport/ hotel pick up and drop off by private vehicle
  • Hotels in Kathmandu, inclusive of breakfast
  • Three Times Meals during the trek
  • Government-licensed, experienced English-speaking guide
  • One porter per two people
  • All staff needs food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine.
  • All government taxes
  • One trekking map per person
  • Kanchenjunga permit and conservation fee
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets for the trek (should be refunded after the trek)
  • Surface transportation
  • First aid kit
  • Domestic flight tickets KTM–BDR/Suketa
  • Fresh fruit during the trek
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Beverage bills, bar bills, and personal expenses
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Tips for guide, porter, and driver
  • Extra day Kathmandu Hotel
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 10 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended


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What is the best season for this trekking?
The best months to trek in the Kanchenjunga region are from early March to mid-May and from October to late November.
Is visa on arrival available?
YES, you can easily obtain the visa upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)

Do I need to bring extra documents?
Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport, and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.


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