Kanchenjunga Trek - 23 Days

Trip Facts

  • Plane-Car
  • 2 to 8
  • 5143 meter/16869 feet
  • Hotel-Lodge
  • Somewhat Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Restricted Region Trek
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • 13
  • 70
Kanchenjunga Trekking is one of the best trekking experiences in Nepal. At 8586m above sea level Kanchenjunga is 3rd highest mountain in the world. One of the valued mountains has still off-beaten trekking trail, so our company focuses trekkers in this hidden but stunning part of 3rd highest mountain trail. In the beautiful scenery and altitude, what comes after massive Mt. Everest (8848m)??  Is none other than Mt.  Kanchhenjunga (8586m) in Nepal as the most peaceful trekking experience; after Mt.Everest Trekking.

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area 2,035 Sq.Km, is one of the attraction for trekkers to explore the first-hand experience on variation of Flora and Fauna inside the conservation area with  Sherpa, Tamang, Chhetri, and many other tribes. People living here, who are warm-hearted and generous for trekkers and live in harmony. Their local food, culture, tradition, and respect towards guest are treasure valued here which is the loveliest part of Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga Trekking is one of the demanding treks since we pass high altitude around 5000m during our trekking in this hidden, beautiful, panoramic region. We start our trekking after driving in a tourist bus or by direct flight to Suketar. Trail follows, two base camps and one Vanjyang (narrow valley), this signifies the adventure in this trekking. Since this is a base camp trekking, we can organize as per your need and requirement, please feel free to contact us for further changes in the suggested itinerary Kanchenjunga Trekking.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is one of the most beautiful and exciting trekking activities in Nepal. The trek is considered by many, as one of the finest remote trekking routes in Nepal. Mainly the trekking package duration is 18 to 28 days trekking, in eastern Nepal.

Mt Kanchenjunga, which is known as the third highest peak in the world, is a less crowded trekking destination of Nepal Himalaya. During Kanchenjunga Trek in Nepal, you may witness an unspoiled trekking trail in eastern villages of Nepal. Many people believe that, the trek requires your good physics; because the trek is not easy for all people, there are many unidentified trails & rough ups/downs.

Kanchenjunga means ‘Five Treasures of the Great Snow’ in the Tibetan language, which denotes the five summits that make up Kanchenjunga range.

How exciting is Kanchenjunga Trek?

Trekking in Kanchenjunga offers the view of the most beautiful and attractive Himalayan scenery. You will witness the best views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Kanchenjunga, and Jahnu Himal. You will also see towering heights of Kabru and Mt. Rothang above a moraine on the Nepal-Sikkim border.

During the trek, the landscape is gradually changed. The trek offers diversified wildlife and vegetation.

During the trek, you need to pass the protected areas of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. There you can experience several wildlife and birds. The type of birds like; pheasant, dragon and animals like; snow leopard, black bear, red panda, etc are found in Kanchenjunga conservation area.

The trek route then passes through Himalayan coniferous forests, alpine shrubs, meadows, and grasslands. The natural beauty you may witness during the trek is mesmerizing! The trekking trail is culturally rewarding. Along the route, you will encounter mixed cultures, ethnic communities, and tribes which is the most exciting part of the tour.

The trek is a combination of the camp trekking and tea house. This trekking adventure rewards you with amazing memories to cherish for your long life period.

Where is Kanchenjunga Located? Is It in Nepal or in India?

Kanchenjunga which is the third highest peak in the world with an elevation of 8,586 meters lies between Sikkim – India, and Taplejung – Nepal. Kanchenjunga had a major controversy until 1852 as it was assumed as a highest mountain in the world before 1852 A.D.
Himalaya Exists on both countries i.e : Nepal and India
When a survey in 1849 came to the conclusion that Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world, thereafter, Kanchenjunga was considered the third highest peak in the world.

Many people are confused as either Kanchenjunga lies in Nepal or in India? but, either answer is correct as it exists in both countries. The north peak lies in India while the south, center and main peaks lie in Nepal. Bhutan also shares some portion of Kanchenjunga, that’s why Kanchenjunga is known as a shared tourist attraction in the world.

What is the other name of Kanchenjunga?

Other names of Kanchenjunga: Kanchenjunga is also known as the ‘King of the Mountains’ which is popularly known as Kanchanjanga or Kinchinjunga. Other names which are offered to the mountain are, Kangchen Dzo-Nga, Kachendzonga, ‘The five treasures of the snow’, Kangchanfanga, Kanchenjunga, later spelled as Kangchenjunga or Kinchinjunga, Nepali Kumbhkaran Lungur and also known as world’s third-highest mountain.

How difficult is Kanchenjunga trek?

Being one of the most adventurous and difficult treks of Nepal, you must understand that Kanchenjunga trek is a difficult trek. The Kanchenjunga Trek is a difficult trek as you must pass rocky paths, difficult passes, wild glacier rivers, valleys, and forests. You must be healthy and fit to trek Kanchenjunga.

You may need a special permit from the government of Nepal to trek Kanchenjunga. The scenario describes how difficult is trekking in Kanchenjunga?

Find more about the difficulty of Kanchenjunga Trek.

What is the best time to trek?

The best time to trek Kanchenjunga are from early March to mid-May and from October to late November. It’s always a good idea to avoid the monsoon season. Means, May to mid/late September is not good for trekking in Kanchenjunga.

During the winter, tea-houses will be closed, and most of the local people will move to lower elevations so the only option will be camping, which will be extremely cold, in rainy season.

If you want to see an incredible show of the Rhododendrons in bloom, with the many varieties flowers growing here, flowering in different colors – the spring time is great. Though In spring, the trails are drier and in autumn the skies will be crystal clear. Now, it’s up to you when to choose and it’s your own decision to choose the best time for Kanchenjunga Trekking.

Can I Trek Solo?

The answer cannot be specific as the answer is both Yes or No. To get the permit of Kanchenjunga Trekking you must have at least two hikers in the group and a guide. In that case, you can’t do Kanchenjunga Trek solo or Trekking in Kanchenjunga without a trekking guide. Independent hikers cannot do the Kanchenjunga trek solo or without a guide.

But a question arises, How do trekkers trek Kanchenjunga Solo? So, is it possible to trek Kanchenjunga without a guide? Let’s say you strictly want to do a solo trek to Kanchenjunga. In that case, you can try paying double the permitted amount and travel with a guide. The fact is that you must need a trekking permit, and to get a permit you must show in a document that you are not trekking alone. Otherwise, you will not get a trekking permit, practically it is annoying.

How to get trek permits of Kanchenjunga?

You need a special Restricted Area Entry Permit for Kanchenjunga. The charge to get the trek permit is about 10 USD per person / per week. The permit allows you to start your trek from Tapethok VDC which ends at Yamphuding VDC. The permit can be obtained from Immigration in Kathmandu before your departure.

Note. – If you are not a Nepali citizen but interested for trekking in Nepal Himalaya, you need a Trekking Permit Nepal, before starting any trek. The policies are different for trekking based on remote areas, which are declared as restricted or not restricted regions.

Documents required to get Kanchenjunga Trek permit

  • A registered travel and trekking agency in NEPAL.
  • Minimum two number of trekkers
  • One professional government registered guide.
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit, which can be obtained either in Kathmandu or during trek checkpoint.

Overview

Off the beaten trail in Kanchenjunga conservation area, the Kanchenjunga trek is a most admired trekking destination of Nepal. Trending trek but less visited region of penal – Kanchenjunga stands out as a virgin trekking trail.

Less visited trekking route and rarely explored village of Nepal in Kanchenjunga national park is rich in culture, tradition and the bio diversity.

Ways to trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp?

As we have already discussed that the solo trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is not permitted by the Nepal government. Here you have options to trek Kanchenjunga.

1. With a group

Whether you want to travel privately or travel with a group, you will need to be accompanied by a licensed trekking guide to start your trek.

The trekking trails on Kanchenjunga is a less crowded trek. You may need to walk miles before you actually meet another trekker. With a group, you will feel more comfortable.
Kanchenjunga base camp trek with a group
A group with a minimum of 2 trekkers and an experienced trekking guide is crucial. You can get such after you contact registered trekking company in Nepal.

The company will manage and brief you well about the trek details . This is the only way to start your group trek legally. The trek costs, charges, proper good porters, and, accommodation will also be managed by them.

You can overcome all your worries and all you will be doing is enjoying your trek to Kanchenjunga.

2.Private trek

Likewise, private treks are also another consideration to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. This involves a minimum of two trekkers and a licensed trekking guide. If you want to enjoy the trek at your own pace, private treks are an awesome choice.

According to the Nepal government law, at least one government authorized person has to accompany a tourist during their visit to a restricted area like Kanchenjunga. It’s Because Kanchenjunga lies in both Nepal and India, however, most of the trekking routes of Kanchenjunga lie in Nepal.

Yes, it’s easy for you to hire a licensed porter guide to accompany you and your friend. But, for factual information of places and trekking routes and for better communication with the locals and for emergency situations that may happen, opt to do it with a registered trekking company in Nepal.

How to deal with difficulty during Kanchenjunga trekking?

Furthermore, Kanchenjunga trekking is described as a difficult trek in Nepal but In general, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek may not be difficult if you follow some advice. Most of the people get AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and the harsh unpredictable weather. Due to these reasons, the helicopter rescue service is always on standby in case of any emergency evacuation.

Ideas to deal with difficulties during Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

  1. Trek with the pulse Oximeter which helps to measure the level of oxygen in your blood. In case the oxygen level drops down, you may contact for rescue or take a break.
  2. Monitor your health at least two times a day.
  3. Drink at least 2-liters of water daily.
  4. Be sure to have enough acclimatization days.
  5. Be sure to check your gears thoroughly before you start a trek.

Major things to explore on the route to Kanchenjunga :

  • Two Base Camps
  • Mt. Kanchanjunga (3rd highest mountain of the world)
  • Highest altitude 5150 meters
  • Circuit trekking through jungle & remote village
  • New trekking trail in Nepal
  • Off the beaten trekking trail with very few trekkers
  • Eastern region of Nepal

Kanchenjunga Trek Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Flight from Kathmandu to suketar

Your trekking in Nepal to the eastern Himalayas; “Kanchenjunga trek” starts with beautiful flight from Kathmandu to suketar airport (2480 meter height from sea level).
Suketar located in the Taplejung district is the gateway of eastern Himalaya of Nepal, considerably to the Mount Kanchenjunga and the Pathivara temple. Your flight takes off, from the middle of the crowded Kathmandu, gradually fly over the beautiful landscapes and the snowcapped mountains offering you the bird’s eye view, if you are lucky to get window seat & the weather is clear.
It is also the gateway of one of the best cultural tour package of Nepal “the Limbu cultural trail”. You can observe the typical Limbu cultural dance such as; Dhaan Nach, Chyarung Naach and Bijuwa Naach.

Day 2
Trek to sinuwa

Tighten your laces because from today we start our trekking to the base camp of the world’s third-highest Mountain Mt Kangchenjunga (8586 meter).
In the first day of the trek, we will be descending toward the Tamang village called Sinuwa. The trail goes over the ridge, through the lush green mid-hills that goes upstream the Tamor River. During, hiking toward Sinwa, you will come across some remote village – with the small settlement and the mud houses & the friendly locals, worth walking through the village.
The trek to Sinuwa takes 7-8 hours which can be overwhelming. The asymmetric terraced farmlands, paddy fields and the various trees including fruit trees, all along the trail; worth walking.
Tonight stay at the hotel. That’s all you do on a day – 2 of Kanchenjunga Trek

Day 3
Trek to Taplethok (1380m)

As we head towards Taplethok, leaving Sinuwa – the river valley gradually becomes narrower. Today, we will walk through the rocky trail, observing the view of old debris of landslide and boulder. Then the trail takes you down the Thikwa Khola and after few up and down trails and after crossing the beautiful wooden bridge over the river we will reach Chiruwa market.
The Chiruwa (1246 meters) is small market and has few lodges & nice camping sites. This place is one of the places chosen to stay, for trekker. However, from there, we will walk along the Tamor River before reaching the Taplethok.

Day 4
Trek to Sakathum (1575m).

After verifying the permit we will climb uphill and then descends towards the Simbua Khola, coming from the beautiful Yalung glacier. Then after passing another ridge, we will reach the Gunsa river valley. The trail then takes you towards the confluence of the Tamor river and Gunsa river and after walking a while, we will reach Sakathum, where we will stay tonight. During the 4th day of Kanchenjunga Trek, we witness the mouthwatering natural beauties.

Day 5
Sakathum to Amjilosa (2310m).

Today, as we will be climbing uphill to Amjilosa ascending 725 meters in a day, the trekking from sakathum to Amjisola takes approximately 7-9 hours. Leaving sakathum we will follow upstream of the ghunsa khola. The trail leads us through the steeped terrain and uphill climb before reaching Amjilosa. It is a small settlement of Tibetan tradition-ed people and Sherpa.

We will stay tonight at Amjilosa.

Day 6
Amjilosa to Gyable (2730m).

Heading towards the Gayable leaving beautiful Tibetan village, you shall stretch your legs, initially the trail goes quite flat for the first few hours. Then the trail ascends towards the Gayable, where we will be staying tonight. After the trail ascends, on the few hours walks, we will come across the big waterfalls on the side of the river.
The hike from Amjilosa to Gayable takes approximately 7 hours. As the most of the trails passes through the dense forest, you can collect the experience of jungle trekking. If you got chance to walk here in the spring season i.e. month of March-May you will surely be magnetized with the different colors of rhododendron flower and the green bamboo adding the colors to the beautiful jungle.

Day 7
Gyable to Gunsa (3595m).

Today, we will be heading towards the small settlement of Sherpa and Tibetan people, in the foothill of Mount Kumbakarna also known as “khangju zoanga” which means mountain or hill of five sisters.
Throughout the approx. 7 hours of trek towards Kanchenjunga from Gyable, you will be walking through the jungle & large grasslands and few small Sherpa settlements in between. The pristine blue-gray water of Gunsa river flowing down the trail also adds the excitement.

Day 8
Acclimatization, Rest and full day village exploring at Gunsa.

For Acclimatization, we will be hiking for about 4 hours gaining the elevation of the 400 meters from the river. For the rest of the day we will be exploring the Tibetan culture and share the travel stories and visit the gompa (local monastery).
The Gunsa valley village is also the unofficial capital of the northern valley of Kanchenjunga with few hotels, public health post, community school, and micro hydro-power.
Most of the locals are engaged in potato farming and yak grazing. During the trek, you will see the astounding kharkas such as Anidesa Kharka, Lanphuk Kharka etc. in the alpine areas where the yaks graze. The Tibetan and the Sherpa culture are predominant in the valley.

Day 9
Gunsa to Khambachen (4050m).

Leaving the largest settlement of the valley, we will come across beautiful Chortens and Mani walls following the flawless pine and rhododendron forest trail. The trail gradually ascends along the south bank of Gunsa river where we will be crossing the rocks and sediments carried and deposited by glacier forming the ridges at its edges. Then the trail leads to Rambuk Kharka and finally reaches the Khambachen; the last stopover before heading towards the subzero temperature region.
Tonight we will stay in the tea house in the Tibetan settlement surrounded by the mountains. At the end of the 9th day, Kanchenjunga Trek becomes more exciting.

Day 10
Khambachen to Lhonak(4780m).

We will start a day with majestic Mt Kanchenjunga and Mt Jannu on the sight. It will take approx. 7 hours of walking. After crossing rocks and boulders, we will reach the Ramtang (4350 meters). The beautiful meadow at the Ramtang will surely mesmerize you. The Ramtang monastery, waterfall and the Kanchenjunga glacier energizes you to walk further towards the Lhonak glacier.
Though the hike will be a bit tough due to clod and high elevation, the trail worth walking as the picturesque Nepal Peak, Mera peak, Wedge peak and Twins will be widely displayed in front.

Day 11
Lhonak to Kanchanjanga base camp(5140m) and back to Lhonak.

Leaving the Lonak, with the majestic view of the great Himalayan range for a furthermore closer view of Mount Kanchenjunga will be more exciting. Today we will be hiking over rocky paths in the mountains along the Kanchenjunga and Jannu glacier.
It takes approximately 3 hours to reach Kanchenjunga Base camp. The base camp which is also known as Pangpema serves you the best view of the Kanchenjunga Himalayan Range including Mount Makalu, Kambachen, Jannu, jongos, Pyramid Peak, tent peak and wedge Peak. If you want to go further closer, a guide will help you to go further up to the tolerable risk level.
Then we will trek down to Lonak to stay tonight.

Day 12
Trek to Gunsa. (3595m)

We will make our return journey to Gunsa and rest there.

Day 13
Gunsa to Selele Kharka(4290m).

Leaving the Gunsa, we will be back towards gyable and then climb up to the sele kharka. We will be walking through the colorful rhododendron forest, experiencing the pristine nature. There is few Tea Houses with basic utilities but surely will receive the warm greet.

Day 14
Selele Kharka – Tseram(3870m) via Selele Pass(4480m).

Stretch your legs tighten your laces as you will be doing different passes today. Today is one of the important day of the Kanchenjunga trek when we will be doing the Sele la pass and climb up to the Margin la Pass (4660 meters).
There are other passes also such as; Sinion la pass and high pass; Lapsang la pass (5180 meters) from where we can see the magnificent view of the Mount kumbhakarna, Mt makalu, Baruntse, mount kanchenjunga and surrounding Himalayas.

Day 15
Tseram to Oktang Base camp, overnight at Ramche.

Today we will be heading towards south base camp, also known as Oktang base camp to capture the southern view of mt Kangchenjunga. Leaving the Tseram; the trails leads, through the ridges passing by the Mesmerizing Yalung Glacier.
The Kanchenjunga south base camp offers, the southern face of the mighty Kanchenjunga, Rathong, Kokthang and kabru.
After catching fresh breath, in front of the big mount Kanchenjunga and celebrating another success point of the Kanchenjunga; we will be descending towards Ramche where we will stay tonight.

Day 16
Trek back to Tseram(3870m).

Wake up early and sit on the bench with morning coffee with the best view of the pristine natural beauty, in the beautiful settlement. Or get out of the bed and go for a gentle walk on the grass of the meadow, you will surely be loaded with the purity of nature and make a life time experience with Nepalgram team. It’s obvious that, the Lake and the meadow in the settlement have really made the best combination, to make feel the Ramche like heaven.
It will take approx. 7 hours to trek back to Tseram. You will see the astounding view of surrounding Himalayas throughout the trail. Now we are at the most exciting part of Kanchenjunga Trek.

Day 17
Tseram to Lamite Bhanjyang (3370m).

Today will be an easy hike, down the trail through the dense rhododendron and pine forest. We will also have an opportunity of floating in the smells of natural herbs of the Kangchenjunga conservation area, throughout the jungle trekking. Then we will be passing the Toronton (3080 meters) and reach Lamite Bhanjyang, where we will be staying tonight.

Day 18
Lamite Bhanjyang to Yamphudin (1690m).

Leaving the settlement, we will be passing through dense jungle of pine trees of the Lamite Bhanjyang(3430 meter). From the Pass, we will be mesmerized with the widened view of the Mount Jannu (7710 meter) also known as Mt Kumbhakarna, which is the world’s 32nd highest mountain .
Walking over the steep ridges and appreciating the beautiful surrounding will make forget the hardship in reaching Dhupi Bhanjyang (2540 meters). Then we will be walking through the dense forest and after some hours, we will come across the Clean Omje River to reach Yamphudin. As Yamphudin is the big settlement with the diverse ethnic groups such as Limbus, Gurungs, Sherpas and Rais. You will be witnessing the cross cultural bindings over the smiley faces of the friendly locals.
We will stay here tonight.

Day 19
From Yamphudin trek to Phumphe (1780m).

The descending trail takes you to the Phumphe along the Kabeli Khola. If you are crazy about waterfalls, the splendid view of cascading waterfalls of various sizes will take you lots of time to reach Phumphe, though today will be an easy hike.
We will spend a night at Pumphe.

Day 20
Phumphe to Kunjari (1700m).

During the first hours of Kanchenjunga trekking, we will be ascending towards the ridge. The descending trail then follows along the series of side valleys passing the Phun Village and after we get to Kesawa, the trail again ascends to the beautiful Gurung settlement situated on the pass known as Bhanyang. Then we will hike on the ridges and descend down to the Kunjari; the beautiful settlement of Limbu community located on the bank of Pha River.
We will stay tonight at Kanjuri.

Day 21
Kunjari to Suketar (1580m).

It’s your last day of Kanchenjunga Trek.
Recall all the hardships & enjoyments you have collected and the successful ascent of different passes during the trek. Have your drink, dance, eat and sleep well, tomorrow you will be leaving the eastern Himalaya and only the photographs & the experiences you had collected during trekking in Nepal remains with you.

Day 22
Early morning fly back to Kathmandu from Suketar airport. Overnight in our hotel.

Today we will be boarding as per the flight details and the scenic flight will bring you back from the region of the world’s third-highest mountain the Mt Kangchenjunga to the magical valley; The Kathmandu.

Day 23
Departure to Home or to your next destination

Today is a farewell day. You will be back home or your next destination along with the memory of the trekking in Nepal Himalaya. Our vehicle will drive you to Kathmandu international airport. We hope you had a great time trekking in Nepal and a great experience of Kanchenjunga Trek.

Cost Details of Kanchenjunga Trek-General Inclusions

  • Airport pickup and drop by private car or micro bus (Depending on group Size)
  • Hotel in Kathmandu (according to the itinerary & the plan you choose to go with), B/B (bed and breakfast)
  • All your meals (Breakfast with tea, Lunch and Dinner) during the Trekking.
  • Fresh fruit will be served every night.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • All necessary paper works, special entry Trekking permit for Kanchenjunga (restricted trek trail permit)& Trekker`s information management system (TIMS).
  • Fluent English speaking and trained, Government license holder guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking.
  • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment, Food, Accommodation, Insurance (one porter for two people), if u need.
  • Credit card processing fees for online payment.
  • Added Value - (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap - to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination

Cost Details of Kanchenjunga Trek-General Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport - Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $50 dollar.
  • Food while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Your Travel and medical insurance.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks. (except tea in the morning)
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).

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Kanchenjunga Trekking Trip Info

  • Plane-Car
  • 2 to 8
  • 5143 meter/16869 feet
  • Hotel-Lodge
  • Somewhat Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Restricted Region Trek
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • 13
  • 70

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