Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek 15 Days
  • Duration
    16 Days
  • Max. Altitude
    4580m
  • Trip Grade
    Strenuous
  • Activity
    Trekking, Tours
  • Group Size
    8 People Max

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek 15 Days

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a challenging trek that takes you to the base camp of the world’s third-highest mountain, Kanchenjunga (8,586m). The trek is located in the eastern part of Nepal and offers spectacular views of the Himalayas, as well as an opportunity to explore the unique culture and traditions of the region.

The trek starts from the town of Suketar (2,420m) and follows the trail through beautiful villages, rhododendron forests, and alpine meadows. The trek passes through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, which is home to a variety of wildlife including snow leopards, red pandas, and Himalayan black bears. The trail also crosses several high mountain passes, including the Mirgin La Pass (4,663m) and the Sele La Pass (4,290m).

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a teahouse trek, which means that you will be staying in local teahouses along the trail. The teahouses offer basic accommodation and meals, and are a great way to experience the local culture and hospitality.

The trek can be completed in approximately 15-22 days, depending on the route taken and the pace of the trekker. The best time to go on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is from March to May and from September to November, when the weather is clear and dry.

Overall, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a challenging and rewarding trek that offers stunning views of the Himalayas and a chance to explore the unique culture and wildlife of the region.

How Difficult is the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek?

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is considered a challenging trek, both in terms of physical fitness and technical difficulty. The trail involves steep ascents and descents, as well as long stretches of walking at high altitudes which require a good level of fitness and acclimatization.

Furthermore, the trek is located in a remote and rugged area of Nepal, with basic facilities and infrastructure along the trail. The weather can also be unpredictable, with the possibility of snow, rain, and strong winds.

Therefore, it is recommended that trekkers have prior trekking experience and good physical fitness before attempting the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. Trekkers should also be prepared to spend long hours walking each day and to cope with the high altitude conditions. Acclimatization days and proper hydration are crucial to avoid altitude sickness.

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a challenging but rewarding trek that requires preparation, determination, and a willingness to push oneself to their limits.

Things to know before trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world, located in eastern Nepal on the border with India. Trekking to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is an adventure of a lifetime and requires adequate preparation. Here are some things you should know before embarking on a trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp:

  1. Trekking Permits: You need a trekking permit to trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. You can obtain it from the Nepal Tourism Board or the local trekking agencies. You will need a special permit to enter the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.
  2. Physical Fitness: Trekking to Kanchenjunga Base Camp requires good physical fitness. It involves walking for long hours on steep and rocky terrain. It is recommended to prepare for the trek by doing cardio exercises, endurance training, and practicing walking on uneven terrain.
  3. Altitude Sickness: Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek involves reaching an altitude of 5,143m (16,873ft). It is essential to acclimatize properly to prevent altitude sickness. It is recommended to take a few days to acclimatize at lower altitudes before ascending to higher altitudes.
  4. Weather Conditions: Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is best done during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is stable, and the skies are clear. The weather can be unpredictable, and you need to be prepared for rain, snow, and cold temperatures.
  5. Accommodation and Food: Accommodation and food facilities along the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek are basic. Teahouses are available, and you will get a basic meal of dal bhat (rice, lentils, and vegetables), noodles, and soups.
  6. Trekking Gear: You will need to bring the necessary trekking gear such as a good quality trekking backpack, hiking boots, warm clothing, sleeping bag, and a waterproof jacket. You can rent some of the gear in Kathmandu or hire a porter to carry your backpack.
  7. Respect the Local Culture: The Kanchenjunga region is home to different ethnic groups with their own unique culture and traditions. It is important to respect their culture, dress modestly, and learn a few words of their language.
  8. Leave No Trace: Kanchenjunga is a beautiful and fragile ecosystem. It is essential to follow the principles of Leave No Trace and carry all your waste out of the trekking trail.

By keeping these things in mind and adequately preparing for the trek, you can have an unforgettable experience trekking to Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

Itinerary

1

Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative and take you to your hotel. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the city and preparing for the trek.

  • Accommodation
    optional
  • Meal
    breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max. Altitude
    1400m
  • Time
    Rest day
2

Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (Flight) to Ilam (Drive) 1677m 5 hrs

We will take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and then drive to the beautiful hill town of Ilam, known for its tea gardens and stunning views of the Himalayas.

  • Accommodation
    lodge
  • Meal
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinnert
  • Max. Altitude
    1677m
  • Time
    5 hours
3

Ilam to Taplejung

Today, you will drive from Ilam to Taplejung. The drive is long and bumpy, but you will get to enjoy some breathtaking views of the mountains and hills along the way.

  • Accommodation
    lodge
  • Meal
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max. Altitude
    1820m
  • Time
    5 hours
4

Trek to Lali Kharka

Your trek starts from Taplejung, and on day 4, you will trek to Laikharka. Laikharka is a small village situated at an altitude of around 1,880 meters.

  • Accommodation
    lodge
  • Meal
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max. Altitude
    1880m
  • Time
    5 - 6 hours
5

Trek to Khasewa

At first, we have a short hike through the hillside and a quick descent to approach Pakora and take a steep climb for Kunjari crossing via suspension bridge. We continue our trip toward Khesewa after lunch near Kunjari. We can see Mount Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang from here.

  • Accommodation
    lodge
  • Meal
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max. Altitude
    1960m
  • Time
    5 hour
6

Trek to Pumphe Danda

On day 6, you will trek to Phumbe Danda, which is a relatively short trek that takes about 4- 5 hours. During the trek, you will get to see stunning views of the Kanchenjunga mountain range.

  • Accommodation
    lodge
  • Meal
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max. Altitude
    1785m
  • Time
    5 hours
7

Trek to Yamphuding

The trek from Phumbe Danda to Yamphudin is challenging and takes approximately 5 – 6 hours. You will trek through beautiful landscapes and small villages, and the route is filled with steep ascents and descents.

  • Accommodation
    lodge
  • Meal
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max. Altitude
    2080m
  • Time
    5 hours
8

Trek to Torongding

On day 5, you will trek to Torongding, which is a moderately challenging trek that takes around 6 hours. During the trek, you will pass through beautiful forests and get to see stunning views of the Kanchenjunga mountain range.

  • Accommodation
    lodge
  • Meal
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max. Altitude
    2340m
  • Time
    6 - 7 hours
9

Trek to Cheram

Following the Simbuwa Khola, a fantastic Kanchenjunga circuit trek begins with beautiful rhododendron woodland. Now that we can feel the altitude, our walking pace slows dramatically.

However, you’ll stay on the track next to the bank of a smaller watercourse, taking in the spectacular views of Yalung Glacier, grazing Yaks, the pleasant sound of the river, and various other high peaks till you reach Tseram.

  • Accommodation
    lodge
  • Meal
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max. Altitude
    3868m
  • Time
    4-5 hours
10

Trek to Ramche (Trip to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp)

On day 10th, you will trek to Ramche, which is a challenging trek that takes around 5-6 hours. After reaching Ramche, you will take a side trip to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, which offers breathtaking views of the mountain range.

  • Accommodation
    lodge
  • Meal
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max. Altitude
    4580m
  • Time
    3-4 hours
11

Trek to Torongding

On day 11, you will trek back to Torongding, following the same route that you took to get to Ramche.

  • Accommodation
    lodge
  • Meal
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max. Altitude
    2340m
  • Time
    5-6 hours
12

Trek to Yamphuding

The trek from Torongding to Yamphudin is challenging and takes around 7 hours. You will pass through dense forests and cross several small streams during the trek.

  • Accommodation
    lodge
  • Meal
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max. Altitude
    2080m
  • Time
    7 hours
13

Trek to Khebang

On day 13, you will trek to Khebang, which is a moderately challenging trek that takes around 4 hours. You will pass through small villages and beautiful landscapes during the trek.

  • Accommodation
    lodge
  • Meal
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max. Altitude
    1910m
  • Time
    4 hours
14

Trek to Khamdime

This is another trekking section that covers a distance of 15 kilometers and takes 5 hours to complete. The elevation at the start of the trek is 1500 meters. The trail passes through rhododendron forests, bamboo groves, and several small villages. There are also several waterfalls and streams along the way.

  • Accommodation
    lodge
  • Meal
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max. Altitude
    1500m
  • Time
    4 hours
15

Drive to Bhadrapur

This section involves driving a distance of 93 kilometers from Khandembe to Bhadrapur, which takes approximately 9 hours.

Bhadrapur is a city located in the eastern part of Nepal near the Indian border. It is a popular transit point for travelers heading to or from Darjeeling, India.

  • Accommodation
    lodge
  • Meal
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max. Altitude
    95m
  • Time
    9 hours
16

Fly back to Kathmandu

Today, you will take a flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu, which takes around 1 hour. Kathmandu is the capital and largest city of Nepal, known for its rich history, culture, and stunning architecture.
In the evening we will have a farewell lunch/dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
  • Accommodation
    Optional
  • Meal
    Breakfast
  • Max. Altitude
    1400m
  • Time
    1 hour
17

Free day / Fly home

You can either stay back in Kathmandu today and enjoy a free day or leave for your respective countries.

Enjoy the delights of Kathmandu, taking a trip to a spa massage or listening to live music. Or simply relax in a quiet café or restaurant with a view of the Kathmandu.

What to Expect

What's Included

  • Airport transfers pick-up and drop-off.
  • Airfare both ways(Kathmandu – Bhadrapur – Kathmandu).
  • Kanchenjunga conservation area entry permit
  • Kanchenjunga restricted area entry permit
  • Bhadrapur to Taplejung by public bus
  • Khamdime to Bhadrapur by public bus
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • English speaking Sherpa trek guide.
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staffs.
  • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers).
  • Magical Summits duffel bag.
  • Hiking pole for the trek, if needed.
  • Trek map.
  • Farewell dinner including a cultural show.

What's Excluded

  • International airfares and Nepal visa.
  • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur.
  • International Travel insurance which included rescue.
  • Tips for guide & porter (tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the ‘Included’ section.

FAQs

How difficult is the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is considered to be a challenging trek, and is suitable for experienced trekkers who are in good physical condition. The trail involves steep ascents and descents, and crosses several high-altitude passes. You will also need to be prepared for changing weather conditions and possible altitude sickness.

What is the best time to do the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

What permits do I need for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

What should I pack for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

US$ 1880 per pax

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