Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Trip Overview
  • Duration 28 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeCamping and Adventure Trekking
  • Major AttractionDense rhododendron, pine, and oak forests, panoramic views of Makalu and Chamlang
  • Best TimeApril-May-June, September-October and November

Highlights

Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak globally, combined with the exploration of remote eastern Nepal, makes the trek very unique. The area is famous for musk deer and blue sheep and recounts tales of the Yeti. Limbu and Sherpa's culture and hospitality are very welcoming, yet parts of the terrain are still unexplored without habitation. A unique insight into the rural lifestyle and rich Nepali culture makes the trip even more outstanding as travelers less trail the route.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a well-trailed route despite being a journey into the wilderness as the region bears a mild topography and is easily accessible. Kanchenjunga, meaning Treasures of Snow, stands 28,198ft tall, the third-highest peak in the world. Considered a remote trek through Eastern Nepal, the trail passes restricted areas and takes the periphery of the border to the Indian state of Sikkim.

The trek starts after a flight to Biratnagar and a four-hour drive to Basantpur. The trail climbs through the settlements of the yak herders, Sherpa, and Chhetri villages with a backdrop of the Kanchenjunga massif. Crossing the ridge towards the Tamur River, panoramic views of Makalu and Chamlang appear. The trail crosses the Mewa Khola at Dobhan and follows the TamurKoshi. Dense rhododendron, pine, and oak forests pass along the way.

At Ghunsa, a Sherpa village, prayer flags and gompas are plenty. Jannu and other unclimbed peaks can be seen from a monastery nearby. Next, the trail passes through the edge of Kanchenjunga Glacier. After crossing the junction of Lhonak Glacier and the valley, we come to a gorgeous clearing with a magnificent landscape of unspeakable beauty, where we set camps for the day. Lhonak’s exploration continues for some days, including going to Pangpema to view Kanchenjunga’s north face. Then, slowly descending through Tortong, Yamphudim, Khebang, Phakholing, and Tharpu, we reach Bhadrapur, where we take a flight back to Kathmandu.

 

Our Success Trips

Mountain Rock Trek And Expedition Agency has introduced thousands of people around the world not only for Nepal Trekking but also to the Mountaineering, Nepal adventure Mountain tours.

Know before you book

Itinerary

Day to Day Info

See All InfoHide All Info

Arrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We can arrange a drop at the Hotel by private tourist vehicle. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detailed arrangement of the Trek.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

After breakfast, Mountain Rock Treks and Expedition will introduce you to the trek leader/guide at the hotel. This pre-trip meeting is for briefings on the trek and other necessary details. Please bring your passport, three passport-sized photos, and a copy of your travel insurance policy. Then, you can use your free time to rest or explore around for some last-minute shopping. A visit to the world heritage sites in Kathmandu, including Swayambhu, Boudha, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, et cetera, is also arranged as per request.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

The flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar takes around 45 minutes and offers a bird’s eye view of the terrain below. We then take a five-hour drive to the beautiful Basantpur, staying in a lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx. 6hrs 45 minutes.
  • 2200m

We start our trek from Chauki and pass through small villages in the hilly terrain. Following the route to Tunde, views of Kanchenjunga and Makalu begin to appear as we gain elevation. Finally, after about seven hours of walking, we reach Chauki at 2700m.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx. 7 hrs
  • 2700m

Today’s short trek passes through Milke Danda and leads to Gupha Pokhari(2900m).

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx. 4 hrs
  • 2900m

The scenic walk passes through rhododendron forests and gives incredible mountain vistas along the way. The walk is long but through an easy trail and leads to Dovan. Overnight stay in a lodge.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx 7 hrs
  • 660m

 The trail offers views of beautiful landscapes. Today’s trek takes around six hours, and we stop at Mitlung for the night.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx 6 hrs
  • 890m

The trail takes densely forested areas and a narrow gorge today. We ascend and descend through small hills and pass through scenic viewpoints. First, we reach the Sinwa, a small village, and move downhill to Tawa. Then, climbing for some time, we reach Thiwa, crossing a suspension bridge and continuing along similar terrain to the Limbu village at Chirwa. Overnight stay in a lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx. 6 hrs
  • 1185m

After a short elevation, we descend to the plantation areas. Passing through dense forests, we cross the Tamor River and walk along the TamorNadi Valley through small hills until we reach the Ghusna River. After a short walk from here, we reach Sekathum, where we stay for the night.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx. 5 hrs
  • 1640m

From Sekathum, the trail crosses a suspension bridge and passes through forested areas, which leads to a steep. On the other side of the hill, we cross a river and ascend to a gorge to reach the village of Solima. The trail moves further through ups and downs until we reach Amjilasha. The walk takes us through small Sherpa villages and is quite challenging and cautionary. Overnight stay in a lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx. 5 hrs
  • 2490m

Today’s walk begins along the river banks and takes on some densely forested areas with rhododendron, bamboo, and fir. On the other side of the forest is a river we cross through a small bridge. The trail then ascends along mesmerizing waterfalls and leads to Gyabla, a Tibetan settlement.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx. 4 hrs
  • 2730m

After descending to the river, the trail slowly ascends and opens up to a valley, and reaches Phale. The inhabitants of this beautiful village of Phale consist of Tibetan refugees, and we can get acquainted with their culture and traditions. Next, walking through pine and coniferous forests, we reach Ghunsa(3430m), a Sherpa village known for its hydroelectricity plant. Overnight stay in a lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx. 5 hrs
  • 3430m

As we would be gaining much altitude in the subsequent days, this day is for your acclimatization and rest. However, staying active is advisable, so a short hike to the Lapsan La Monastery has been scheduled. You can also explore Ghusna and its wonderful periphery and enjoy the day’s rest.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • 3430m

The trail slowly ascends through a riverbank, opening up beautiful mountain vistas. Walking past pine and rhododendron forests and meadows amassed with wildflowers, we cross the river at Rampur Kharka on a bridge. Walking toward the glacial valleys, the view of Mount Jannu gets overwhelming. Finally, Kambachen (4040m) is our destination for the day.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx 6 hrs
  • 4040m

As the elevation grows, the terrain becomes wild and rough. We pass along rocky fields and a rough trail along the riverbank to a waterfall. Ramtang monastery is across the river along the trail, after which comes a landslide section from where we descend to the river and ascend again to reach Lhonak. Overnight stay in a teahouse.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx. 6 hrs
  • 4790m

The trek to Pangpema Base camp requires caution as we walk through slippery rock sections prone to landslides. The base camp is a flat grassy clearing where views of Jannu, Kanchenjunga, and Chang are magnificent. We return to Lhonak and spend the night there.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx. 6 hrs
  • 5140m

After an early morning exploration of Lhonak, we move down to Ghusna. The descent today gives time for more exploration and sightseeing. Overnight stay in a lodge.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx. 7 hrs
  • 3430m

The trail again starts gaining as we move on to Sele La pass. It’s a strenuous climb through a dense forest of pine, birch, juniper, and rhododendron. Wonderful mountain vistas accompany us as we reach Sele La pass (4500m), where we stay for the night.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx. 6 hrs
  • 4500m

Today’s strenuous journey passes through several high points like Sinion La, Mirgin La(4480m), and SinelapcheBhanjyang, making it an adventurous and scenic day. As we ascend, the views of Makalu and Jannu get better. Finally, after a steep descent, we reach Tseram, staying overnight.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx 8 hrs
  • 3870m

The trail first ascends to the Yalung Glacier and passes the SimbuwaKhola. Then we walk past Lapsang village onto Ramche. Next, we start exploring around the ridge and further along a stream to the top to view Kanchenjunga and Jannu peaks. Finally, we may visit the Oktang Monastery or start our journey back to Tseram. Overnight stay in a guest house.

  • Lodge/Guest house
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx. 7 hrs
  • 4620m

The trail starts descending as it passes rhododendron forests along the way. Avoiding the Sele La route, we move alongside the SimbuwaKhola and walk to Tortong.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx 7 hra
  • 2995m

The descent passes through Lasiya Bhanjyang, where we encounter several landslide areas. Further on, we reach Yamphudin, a village with Sherpa, Limbu, and Rai inhabitants. Overnight stay in a guest house.

  • Lodge/Guest house
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx. 7 hrs
  • 2070m

As we get to the lowlands, we pass through beautiful farming villages inhabited by Brahmin and Chhetri people. Finally, crossing a few passes, we reach Khebang, where we stay for the night.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx 7 hra
  • 1740m

Yet, another day of long hours of walking. We descend further to Dovan, after which the trail is quite plain tilPhakholing where we stay overnight.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx 7 hrs
  • 800m

The slow gain in elevation towards Tharpu is pleasing as we pass beautiful forest areas and small villages on the way. Tharpu is a beautiful village where we end our adventurous trek. Overnight stay in a lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx 4 hrs
  • 1600m

After breakfast, we take a bus from Tharpu to Bhadrapur. The journey takes approximately nine hours and passes through scenic hills on top of which the snowcapped giants rise. Overnight stay at Bhadrapur.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx 9 hrs

The flight to Kathmandu takes around 35 minutes and bestows wonderful views on a clear day. Mountain Rock Treks congratulates you on completing the journey and celebrates with a dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant. Then, you can enjoy your free time taking a stroll around Thamel or shopping for souvenirs. Overnight stay in a hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • 1330m

Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled flight time in a private tourist vehicle. You can also opt for another package with Mountain Rock Treks.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

customize my trip

Cost Details

Includes

  •  Registered local Kanchenjunga trekking guide from Kathmandu. 
  • One porter between two trekkers to carry your main pack (weight limit 20 kg/porter) 
  • Kathmandu - Bhadrapur - Bhadrapur by domestic flight and airport taxes.
  • Your guide and porter flight/transportation fare and all their expenses.
  • Local ground-sharing transportation to/from trekking.
  • Local sharing jeep transfers to Taplejung from Bhadrapur.
  • Meals: breakfasts, lunches and dinners, tea, coffee.
  • Lodge and camping accommodation on twin sharing basis during the trek.  
  • All necessary Kanchenjunga trekking permits.
  • Government taxes and office service charges for documentation

Excludes

  • Accommodation, meals, and transfers in Kathmandu.
  • Bar drinks and beverages such as coke, Fanta, mineral water in trekking
  • Laundry, toiletries, internet, phone calls, and personal nature expenses.
  • Personal travel insurance, trekking gear, international air ticket, Nepal visa, etc.
  • Rescue operation charges in case of an emergency.
  • Any cost arising due to a change of the itinerary, landslides, political trouble, strikes, etc.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide and porters. (Is expected)

Essential Info

The above itinerary can be re-designed as per your interest & preferences. Let us know whether you would like some changes to the schedules or others.

dipak pande
Need Any Assistance?

Our team has extensive knowledge and experience of the Himalayas and can design your dream trek based on your preference, location, time frame, and budget.

Call us on WhatsApp +977 9849023179 (Dipak Pande)

Similar Trips

Ask a Question