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The Kanchenjunga base camp trek is a stunning 21-day journey that treks around the world’s third-highest mountain which lies in the easternmost part of Nepal. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a remarkable odyssey that takes you deep into the heart of the Himalayas, where untamed beauty and profound serenity await. This extraordinary adventure is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of towering peaks, pristine glaciers, and captivating landscapes that will leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Throughout the trek, the awe-inspiring presence of the Kanchenjunga massif serves as a constant companion, offering panoramic views that take your breath away. The rugged terrain, vibrant rhododendron forests, and charming villages add depth to the journey, providing glimpses into the region's rich cultural tapestry.

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is not just a physical endeavor; it is a transformative experience. It is an opportunity to disconnect from the chaos of the modern world and connect with the raw power and tranquility of nature. The solitude of the mountains allows for self-reflection and introspection, as you discover the strength within yourself and gain a renewed appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.

Highlights of this trek

Mount Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world at 8586 meters, is the main highlight of this trek.

Cross over high passes such as Sele le pass, and Mirginla pass.

Explore the diverse wildlife of the Kanchanjunga conservation area such as Himalayan Black bears, Snow leopards, Musk deer, Red pandas, etc.

You will cross several glaciers, such as Kanchenjunga Glacier, and Yalung Glacier.

Traverse through beautiful rivers like Yamtari, Sumbung, Saekang, etc.

Witness the majestic 150-meter-high waterfall on the way to Amjilosa.

Explore ancient monasteries, mani walls, prayer flags, and chortens.

Pass through highland villages, including Ghunsa, Lhonak, Gyabla, etc.

Hike alongside the moraine of the magnificent Kanchenjunga Glacier.

As you set foot on the trail, you'll be immediately greeted by the awe-inspiring presence of the Kanchenjunga massif. This majestic mountain range dominates the skyline and sets the stage for the breathtaking beauty you will encounter along the way. 

Traversing the trail, you'll cross crystal-clear glacial rivers on suspension bridges, their icy waters cascading through the valleys. The thrill of adventure melds with a sense of serenity as you navigate these marvels, surrounded by the raw power of nature.

Along the route, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich local culture. Traditional villages, inhabited by Sherpas, Limbus, and Tibetans, dot the landscape, providing insights into their way of life. Engaging with the locals allows you to experience their warm hospitality, witness traditional ceremonies, and partake in cultural festivities. These encounters offer a deeper understanding of the region and forge connections that transcend language and culture.

Reaching the Kanchenjunga Base Camp is a pinnacle moment of the trek. Standing at the foot of the mighty Kanchenjunga and surrounded by panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, you'll be rewarded with a visual feast that defies description. The sheer grandeur and majesty of these mountains, bathed in the golden hues of sunrise or sunset, create a profound sense of awe and reverence.

Check out Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek for convenience for beginners 

Cultural encounter

Trekkers can experience an exclusive and enlightening cultural interaction with the regional people throughout the Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp hike. Trekkers have the chance to contact indigenous ethnic groups like the Limbu, Rai, and Sherpa as they pass through the picturesque villages and outlying communities along the trail.

These ethnic communities have a rich cultural heritage deeply intertwined with the mountains and nature around them. Trekkers can witness their unique customs, traditional practices, and age-old rituals, which have been passed down through generations. The warm hospitality of the locals is evident as they welcome trekkers into their homes and lodges, offering insight into their daily lives.

Throughout the journey, trekkers can participate in local festivities, if the timing aligns with any cultural celebrations or events. Dance performances, music, and traditional ceremonies are common during festivals, providing trekkers with an unforgettable glimpse into the cultural vibrancy of the region.

As trekkers stay in teahouses and lodges run by local families, they have the opportunity to savor authentic Nepali cuisine and regional delicacies, further immersing themselves in the local culture. Conversations with the hosts and fellow trekkers in communal dining areas foster a sense of camaraderie, enabling trekkers to exchange stories and learn from each other's experiences.

Additionally, visiting ancient monasteries and stupas along the trek provides trekkers with a chance to experience the spiritual side of the region. These sacred sites are significant centers of religious and cultural life for the local communities. Trekkers can witness religious ceremonies and the peaceful coexistence of Buddhism and the local Bon tradition.

Geography and Terrain

Situated in the eastern part of Nepal, near the border with India's Sikkim state, the Kanchenjunga region is remote and less frequented by trekkers, making it an enchanting destination for those seeking a more off-the-beaten-path adventure.

The trek begins in the lower foothills, where trekkers will find themselves surrounded by lush forests of rhododendron, oak, and bamboo. The vibrant flora and the melodious sounds of birds create a serene and peaceful atmosphere. As trekkers ascend, the vegetation changes, and they will pass through alpine meadows and enchanting high-altitude pastures. These regions are dotted with colorful wildflowers during the right seasons, making the trek a delight for nature enthusiasts.

The journey continues as trekkers cross numerous gushing rivers and streams, connected by sturdy suspension bridges that sway gently with each step. The river crossings add an adventurous element to the trek, and the bridges offer stunning vantage points for trekkers to admire the surrounding landscapes.

As the trek advances toward the North and South Base Camps, the terrain becomes more rugged and challenging. Trekkers will encounter moraines, rocky terrain, and awe-inspiring Kanchenjunga glaciers. The higher altitudes present breathtaking views of the towering peaks, including Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain, standing majestically at 8,586 meters (28,169 feet). Trekkers will also catch glimpses of neighboring peaks like Jannu (Kumbhakarna), Yalung Kang, and Kabru, each adding to the grandeur of the trek.

Route

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek connects two different trek routes the North Base Camp Trek and the South Base Camp Trek, hence it is also called a Circuit Trek. The trek starts from Taplejung, where trekkers embark on a journey that takes them through enchanting villages, terraced fields, and pristine landscapes. 

As we ascend on our journey to North Base Camp, the trail winds through enchanting villages like Mitlung, Chirwa, and Sekathum, where trekkers can observe the traditional lifestyle of the local communities. The route leads to Pangpema, offering stunning views of Kanchenjunga's northern face and the surrounding peaks from places like Ghunsa, Lhonak, and Ramche. 

On the return from North Base Camp, we take a different return route from Ghunsa which leads to Sele La pass, Tseram, and then eventually to South Base Camp. From Tseram which is on the route to Camp, trekkers witness the breathtaking southern face of Kanchenjunga and the Yalung Glacier.  After exploring the South Base Camp we return to Taplejung while exploring villages like Yamphudin and Tortong.


Itinerary

The flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. It offers stunning views of the Kathmandu Valley, snow-capped Himalayan peaks, and the transition from mountainous terrain to the flatlands of the Terai region.

You'll witness picturesque mountains like Everest, Kanchenjunga, and the Langtang range. After landing we will transfer you to Birtamode via 30 min drive where you will stay in a hotel overnight and prepare for the next day.


You will travel northeast from Birtamode, passing through picturesque scenery and quaint towns. You will go through the town of Ilam, famous for its picturesque tea gardens and expansive views of rolling hills covered with tea bushes, will be reached as you continue on the road. 


The journey then takes you to Phidim, a bustling town and the district headquarters of Panchthar District. Moving forward, you'll traverse through scenic terrains and arrive at Sinam. The road then winds its way to Dobhan, providing a refreshing stop amidst riverside beauty. 


As the road progresses, you'll pass through traditional villages, terraced fields, and meandering valleys, ultimately arriving at Taplejung after 7-8 hours of drive, the district headquarters, where you'll find a serene setting surrounded by majestic mountains. Here you will stay the night preparing for the adventures ahead.


. The five top spots that one must visit in Taplejung are: 


1. Pathibhara Devi temple- a haven for tourists seeking spiritual fulfilment and blessing


2. Panchthar- it attracts travellers with a multitude of surprises. The beautiful crystal clear Timu Pokhari Lake draws pilgrims every year, mainly during September when the water ceases to be covered in ice.


3. Tamur River- Tamur is a major body of water running through eastern Nepal. Together with the transboundary Arun, it joins the Sunkoshi at Tribenighat to form the mighty Koshi.


4. Kangchendzonga National Park- the park is blessed with a splendid wilderness interspersed with sacred lakes such as the Khecheopalri and the Teesta River.


5. Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung Red Panda Protected Forest- this region is home to eastern Nepal’s most extensive Lithocarpus forests and the Himalayan yew (Taxus wallichiana). The forest is critical to the survival of Nepal’s red panda population, a quarter of which dwells in the 178 square kilometres of habitat.

Starting from Phungling, a bustling town and the district headquarters of Taplejung district, the road winds through both well-paved and rugged sections. Following the course of the Tamor River, the drive provides thrilling panoramic views of the flowing river below. The Tamor River valley, with its glistening waters and serene surroundings, adds to the allure of the journey. 

As you travel along the route, you will pass through several charming villages, including Mitlung, Sinwa, Tawa, and Thiwa, where you can witness the traditional lifestyle and cultural practices of the local communities. Interacting with the friendly inhabitants of these villages provides a unique insight into their daily lives and rich cultural heritage.

Finally, after about 4 hrs of driving, you arrive at Chirwa, which serves as an important resting point and a popular overnight stop for trekkers. It is a small village with a few tea houses and lodges where you can find comfortable accommodation and enjoy a warm meal. 

As you continue your ascent from Chirwa, you'll cross over suspension bridges that span across crystal-clear streams, adding an element of adventure to the journey. The trail then leads you through tranquil forests, creating a peaceful ambiance as you trek deeper into the wilderness.

Along the way, you'll pass through Tapethok, a small village nestled in the hills, offering a serene setting to rest and interact with the locals. Similarly, you will pass through Tamewa, Hellok, and Lalep before finally reaching Sekathum.

Sekathum is a riverside village where the Tamor and Ghunsa Rivers meet. Sekathum offers a serene ambiance, captivating views, and a chance to rest and prepare for the next leg of your adventurous journey. Surrounded by lush greenery and bordered by the Sisne Khola, Sekathum offers a serene and peaceful atmosphere, making it an ideal place to rest and rejuvenate after a day of trekking.

Sekathum to Amjilosha is about 6 hours journey. Departing from Sekathum, the path takes you through picturesque forests, where you'll encounter small settlements and cross suspension bridges along the way. The first notable place you come across is Jaubari, where you stop to have a meal in a quaint Limbu village adorned with traditional houses and warm hospitality.


Continuing along the path, you'll pass through serene forests and cross crystal-clear mountain streams, with the sound of nature surrounding you. You will cross the Ghunsa River twice before finally reaching Amjilosa, a Tibetan-influenced village embraced by enchanting forests. 


Amjilosa offers a serene ambiance, with its prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze and its traditional houses blending harmoniously with the natural surroundings. Take a moment to explore the village, interact with the locals, stay overnight and prepare for the next day.


We will trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla which takes around 7 hours. Leaving Amjilosa, the path ascends through dense forests of rhododendron, oak, and bamboo. As you trek, you'll encounter small settlements along the way, showcasing the unique blend of cultures in the region. You'll come across Syajugma, a picturesque village nestled amidst the mountains. Here, you can enjoy panoramic views and interact with the friendly locals.

Continuing on, the trail winds its way through undulating terrains, offering glimpses of cascading waterfalls and snow-capped peaks in the distance. The path then leads you to Gyabla, a small village situated amidst the mountains. Gyabla offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, with its traditional houses adding to the charm of the village. It's a peaceful place where you can enjoy the serene ambiance and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Himalayas.

 

After breakfast, we will trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa for about 5 to 6 hours. From Gyabla, the path ascends through thick woodlands, providing a calm atmosphere and an opportunity to take in the area's natural splendor. You will pass under suspension bridges and come across little towns as you hike, adding to the adventure of your tour.

Along the way, you will encounter Phale, a picturesque village situated amidst the mountains. Here, you can rest and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. There is an old Buddhist monastery in Phale where you can witness the Purang Joho(a precious Buddha Statue). The path then continues, taking you through lush valleys and along mountain ridges, providing panoramic vistas of the majestic Himalayas.

As you progress, you'll reach a crossroad known as Chhokang Paro, where the trail splits. Taking the route to the left, you'll pass through the enchanting village of Ghunsa Khola, nestled alongside the Ghunsa River. This is a significant village in the region and an essential rest and acclimatization point for trekkers. Ghunsa is inhabited by the Sherpa community, known for its rich cultural heritage and mountaineering prowess. Here, you can immerse yourself in the local culture, interact with the friendly locals, and enjoy the views of the surrounding peaks.

Ghunsa serves as a significant rest and acclimatization point for trekkers before ascending to higher altitudes. Acclimatization is necessary to allow the body to adjust to the reduced oxygen levels and prevent altitude sickness.

During the acclimatization period at Ghunsa, trekkers are encouraged to take rest, hydrate well, and engage in light activities to aid in the adaptation process. It is a crucial time to allow the body to gradually acclimatize to the higher elevation.

While at Ghunsa, trekkers can explore the village, interact with the friendly Sherpa community, and immerse themselves in the local culture. The village offers teahouses and lodges where trekkers can find comfortable accommodations and warm meals. It's an opportunity to relax, enjoy the mountain scenery, and take in the majestic views of the surrounding peaks.

During the acclimatization days, trekkers may also opt for short hikes in the vicinity of higher altitudes and return to Ghunsa for a good night's rest. These hikes provide gentle exposure to higher elevations, helping the body gradually adapt to changing conditions.

Leaving Ghunsa, the path initially ascends along the Ghunsa River, with awe-inspiring views of the surrounding peaks. The trail winds through dense forests of rhododendron and juniper, providing a tranquil ambiance and the chance to witness the rich biodiversity of the region. On the way, magnificent views of peaks like White wave peak (6950 M), Kumbhakarna (7711 M), Mera Peak (6334 M), Sharphu Massive, and many others can be seen. 

As you trek further, you'll come across Rambuk Kharka, a beautiful meadow adorned with vibrant wildflowers and grazing yaks. This serene location offers a perfect spot to rest and enjoy the scenic beauty. 

As you venture deeper into the valley, you'll reach Kambachen which serves as a vital rest point for trekkers before proceeding toward higher altitudes. The village offers basic accommodation and facilities, allowing trekkers to replenish supplies and prepare for further ascents.

Few trekkers spend an extra day at Kambachen for acclimatization. The best way to utilize this extra day is to make a trip to the Kumbhakarna base camp

Leaving Kambachen, the path initially ascends through rocky terrain, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. As you trek further, you'll enter the pristine and awe-inspiring Lhonak Valley. The trail winds through dramatic landscapes, with towering mountains and colossal glaciers as your constant companions.

Passing through pristine alpine forests and rugged terrains, trekkers are treated to stunning views of snow-capped peaks like Jannu, Wedge Peak, and others that dominate the skyline. As you make your way through the Ramtang Valley, a remote and untouched region, the surreal surroundings and tranquility of the landscape leave a lasting impression.

Finally, the trek reaches Lhonak, offering a barren yet breathtaking environment.  This high-altitude settlement serves as the base for exploring the mesmerizing Kanchenjunga Glacier and provides trekkers with a unique and unforgettable experience of the pristine Himalayan wilderness.


Departing from Lhonak, a settlement nestled amidst the majestic mountains, the trail takes you deeper into a glacial valley, offering magnificent views of the surrounding peaks. You will travel through Shyamjo which is a blue sheep habitat area. while on this journey you have to be careful around the rockier sections as they are prone to landslides. 

As you trek further, you'll reach Pangpema, a vast plateau situated at the base of Kanchenjunga's north face. This panoramic viewpoint provides awe-inspiring vistas of the towering mountains and their icy slopes.

After trekking for 6-7 hours you will arrive at the North base camp. Here the panoramic views extend across the glacial valley, creating a surreal atmosphere of serenity and majesty. Spending time at the North Base Camp is a humbling experience, as trekkers find themselves in the presence of one of the most magnificent natural wonders on Earth. The silence of the mountains, the crispness of the air, and the vastness of the glaciers create a profound sense of connection with the natural world.

As you begin their journey back to Lhonak, you will have a profound appreciation for the raw beauty of the Himalayas and the challenges they have overcome. The return journey offers a chance to savor the memories and contemplate the significance of their experience in this remote and pristine corner of the world.

From Lhonak, you retrace your path back to Ghunsa along the Ghunsa River. It takes about 6 hours. As you trek further, you'll traverse rocky terrains and cross glacial streams, immersing yourself in the raw beauty of the Himalayas.

Along the way, you can stop at Ramtang Monastery, a sacred Buddhist monastery perched on a hilltop. This serene sanctuary allows you to experience the spiritual traditions of the region while enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Finally, you'll arrive at Ghunsa, a vibrant Sherpa village that is known for its warm hospitality, traditional houses, and rich cultural heritage. Here, you can take a well-deserved rest, interact with the friendly locals, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.

Leaving Ghunsa, the path initially follows the Ghunsa River. The trail takes you on an ascending path toward the high mountain pass of Sele La. 

Continuing on, the trail leads you through steep ascents and rocky paths, challenging you both physically and mentally. As you trek higher, the landscapes transition into alpine terrain, with panoramic views of towering peaks and glacier-covered slopes.

Finally, after about 5 hours of ascending, you'll reach Sele La, a high mountain pass situated at an elevation of around 4,290 meters (14,071 feet). Sele La offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, including the majestic Kanchenjunga itself. This picturesque spot provides a sense of achievement and a chance to appreciate the grandeur of the Himalayas.

When trekking from Sele La to Tseram in the Kanchenjunga region of eastern Nepal, you embark on a captivating journey through high mountain passes, alpine meadows, and serene landscapes.

Along the way, you'll pass through Sinion La, another mountain pass along the route. This vantage point rewards you with breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and valleys, leaving you in awe of the majestic Himalayan landscape.

As you descend, you'll reach the picturesque village of Tamo, nestled amidst the mountains and offering a glimpse into the local way of life. From Tamo, the path continues through enchanting forests and occasional river crossings, immersing you deeper into the tranquility of the region. 

As you ascend once again, you'll arrive at Tseram, a stunning alpine meadow. Tseram is surrounded by towering peaks, including the magnificent Kanchenjunga, and is a favored resting point for trekkers before proceeding to even higher altitudes.

Leaving Tseram, the path initially leads you through enchanting forests of rhododendron and juniper, creating a serene ambiance as you ascend toward higher altitudes.  When you are halfway, you will see a splendid view of Ratong Peak as well.

 As you trek further, you'll come across Yalung Base Camp, a mesmerizing viewpoint offering awe-inspiring views of the Yalung Glacier and the surrounding snow-capped peaks. This scenic spot serves as a perfect place to rest and immerse yourself in the raw beauty of the Himalayas.

Continuing on, the trail leads you through alpine meadows adorned with colorful wildflowers, creating a vibrant and picturesque atmosphere. As you trek further, the magnificent south face of Kanchenjunga dominates the skyline, captivating you with its majestic presence.

Arriving 5 hours of trekking you will arrive at Ramche, which serves as a pivotal point for trekkers, providing access to the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. Continuing the ascent, trekkers reach the South Base Camp. Here, the views of the towering Kanchenjunga and the Yalung Glacier are truly awe-inspiring, leaving trekkers in a state of reverence for the majesty of the Himalayas. 

After experiencing the unparalleled beauty of the base camp, trekkers make their way back to Tseram, cherishing the memories of their extraordinary journey amidst the rugged mountains and untouched wilderness of the Kanchenjunga region.


Departing from Tseram, the trail leads you through charming villages and terraced fields, where you can witness the local way of life and interact with the friendly inhabitants. As you trek further, the landscapes unfold to reveal majestic mountains and cascading waterfalls, adding to the allure of the journey.

Finally, you'll arrive at Tortong, a remote village. Tortong provides a warm welcome and a tranquil atmosphere, allowing you to relax and appreciate the surrounding natural beauty.

Departing from Tortong, the path meanders through verdant forests, where you'll encounter a rich variety of flora and fauna. As you descend, the landscapes open up to reveal panoramic views of rolling hills, terraced fields, and cascading waterfalls.

As you continue on the trail, you will come across Lasiya Vanjyang has a teahouse where you can stop for a meal and a rest.

Finally, you'll arrive at Yamphudin, a vibrant village Yamphuding known for its cultural diversity, with inhabitants from different ethnic backgrounds. Here, you can immerse yourself in the local way of life, interact with the friendly locals, and witness the traditional practices of the region.


As the path departs Yamphudin, it initially dips through verdant valleys, providing spectacular views of the surrounding hills and terraced crops. As you continue your journey, you'll pass through Huputar, a quaint town where you can see how people still live traditionally and get to know the kind residents.

Along the way, you need to cross the bridge over Jorpool and should descend through the cardamom fields. You'll encounter Mamankhe which offers a glimpse into the local culture and provides a resting point where trekkers can refuel and take in the beauty of the surroundings.

You'll arrive at Khebang, a traditional village situated at an altitude of around 1,915 meters (6,283 feet). Khebang is known for its ancient architecture, vibrant markets, and rich cultural heritage. Here, you can explore the village, visit the local monasteries, and interact with the welcoming locals.

As the path leaves Khebang, it meanders through lush valleys with stunning vistas of the surrounding hills and agricultural terraces. As you continue your journey, you'll be treated to panoramic views of the rolling hills, distant peaks, and meandering river valleys.

Finally, You'll arrive at Khamdime, a charming village that offers a peaceful atmosphere and a chance to experience the rural lifestyle of the region. Here, you can explore the village, interact with the locals, and appreciate the scenic beauty of the surrounding landscapes.

Leaving Khamdime, the road winds through lush valleys and terraced fields, offering beautiful views of the surrounding hills and agricultural landscapes. As you descend, you'll pass through small villages and rural settlements, where you can witness the local way of life and interact with the friendly locals.

Along the way, you may come across bustling marketplaces and roadside vendors, offering a chance to sample local delicacies and purchase traditional handicrafts. These stops provide an opportunity to stretch your legs, take in the surroundings, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere.

As you near Birtamode, the road widens and the landscape transitions into a more urban setting. Birtamode is a bustling town in the Jhapa district of Nepal, known for its commercial activity and vibrant markets. Here, you can explore the town, indulge in local cuisine, and interact with the locals.

Take a journey back to Kathmandu and land in the vibrant capital city. After a long journey, you can rest and relax at your hotel after being transferred there. In the evening, you can stroll through Kathmandu's bustling streets, browse gift shops, or savor delectable Nepalese food.

Included & Excluded Items in the Trip Package

Included

  • All ground transportation during Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek 

    All domestic flights (Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu)

    Full board meals( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek 

    Best available standard Guesthouse/ Trekking Lodge during the trek
    Necessary staff, guide (6 guest: 1 Guide) & porters (2guest: 1 porter) including all their (Food Accommodation, Salary, and Insurance)

    Kanchenjunga Conservation Area entry permit & Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card

    Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket (If you Needed Return after Trekking)

    One special cultural show and farewell dinner program

    First aid medicine items

    Some seasonal fruit items as the in trekking

    Duffle Bag, T-shirt, and Trip certificate 

    Our government tax & official expenses

Excluded

  • Extra Breakfast, Lunch in the Kathmandu

    Dessert & Bar Bills

    Your international air ticket & travel insurance

    Tips for the trekking crew members 

What can alter the duration of this trek?

The duration of the Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp trek can vary based on several factors. The physical fitness and trekking experience of participants also play a significant role, as well-prepared and experienced trekkers may cover distances more efficiently, shortening the overall duration. 

However, challenging weather conditions, like heavy rainfall or snowfall, can slow down progress and extend the trek. Including adequate acclimatization days is essential for trekkers' safety at higher altitudes, though it does add to the trek's length. 

The group size and dynamics can also influence the pace, with larger groups potentially requiring more time for coordination. Unexpected events, such as illness or equipment issues, might lead to delays and a longer trek. To ensure a safe and rewarding experience in the Himalayas, trekkers should plan wisely, considering the factors that may affect the trek's duration.

Best time to do this trek

The Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp Trek is best undertaken during the spring (March to May) and autumn (October to November) seasons, as these periods offer the most favorable weather conditions for an enjoyable and safe trekking experience.

During the spring season, the weather is generally mild and pleasant. The days are typically sunny with clear skies, allowing for excellent visibility of the stunning mountain vistas. The region comes alive with vibrant blooms of rhododendrons and other wildflowers, adding splashes of color to the landscape. Temperatures at lower altitudes range from around 5°C (41°F) to 15°C (59°F), but it can get colder as you ascend to higher elevations. While occasional showers or snowfall can occur at higher altitudes, the overall weather is relatively stable during this time.

In the autumn season, trekkers can expect stable weather and dry conditions. The skies are generally clear, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains. The temperatures are moderate, ranging from around 5°C (41°F) to 15°C (59°F). The crisp and cool air, coupled with the stunning landscapes, make autumn a popular time for trekking in the Kanchenjunga region.

Guides and porters

Our dedicated team of experienced guides and porters will be invaluable companions throughout your Trek, providing essential support and assistance to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey. They will prioritize your safety, provide guidance on managing altitude sickness symptoms, monitor weather conditions, and make adjustments as needed. 

Moreover, our guides will facilitate cultural interactions, acting as bridges between you and the local communities encountered along the trek. They can assist with language barriers, help foster connections, and provide insights into the unique traditions and way of life of the region. Generally, for a group of up to 6 trekkers, we provide a single guide but for larger groups, we provide additional guides also.

In terms of logistics, our team of porters will take care of the heavy lifting, carrying the majority of the equipment, food, and supplies needed for the trek.

Communication and Internet: 

In the Kanchenjunga region, connectivity and internet access may be limited or nonexistent. Don't rely on having consistent mobile network coverage or Wi-Fi access during the trek. It's advisable to inform your loved ones beforehand about the potential lack of communication during certain periods of the trek.

ATMs and banks

In the Kanchenjunga region, particularly along the trekking routes to the North and South Base Camps, the availability of ATMs and banks is extremely limited. The trek takes trekkers through remote and secluded areas where modern banking facilities are scarce. The last place with reliable banking services is likely to be Birtamod or Taplejung, the starting point of the trek, where a few ATMs might be found. However, as trekkers advance into the mountains, the presence of banking facilities diminishes significantly.

Electricity and charging

Here the availability of electricity and charging facilities is limited, especially in higher-altitude and remote areas along the trekking routes to the North and South Base Camps. Lower-altitude villages have more reliable access to electricity, but as trekkers ascend, access to power becomes scarcer.

Lodges and teahouses in higher-altitude regions might rely on solar panels or generators for electricity, and charging electronic devices may be challenging or come with additional costs. Trekkers are advised to bring portable chargers or power banks to ensure they can keep their essential devices charged throughout the trek and to conserve energy wisely.

Transportation

The transportation options for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek typically involve a combination of domestic flights, private vehicles, and trekking on foot. Here's an overview of the transportation used during different stages of the trip:

International Flights: The journey usually begins with an international flight to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Travelers from abroad can choose from various international airlines to reach Nepal.

Domestic Flight to Bhadrapur: From Kathmandu, you will take a domestic flight to Bhadrapur Airport, which is the nearest airport to the Kanchenjunga region. Domestic airlines such as Yeti Airlines, Tara Air, or Sita Air operate flights between Kathmandu and Bhadrapur. The flight duration is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Private Vehicle to Chiruwa: Upon arrival in Bhadrapur, you will transfer to a private vehicle (usually a jeep or a van) for a scenic drive to Taplejung and then to Chiruwa, the starting point of the trek. The journey takes around 12 hours in total, depending on road conditions and traffic.

Trekking on Foot: The main portion of the Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp Trek involves trekking on foot. You will walk through picturesque villages, forests, and mountain landscapes, following the designated trail to reach the base camps and other key points of interest. The trek duration and specific itinerary can vary depending on the route chosen and the pace of the trek.

Return Journey: After completing the trek, you will retrace your steps back to Taplejung. From Taplejung, you will take a private vehicle back to Bhadrapur Airport. Finally, you will fly back to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur Airport, where you can connect to your international flight home.

How beginners can prepare for this trek?

Build Physical Fitness: 
Start a regular exercise routine at least a few months before the trek. Focus on cardiovascular exercises like hiking, jogging, or cycling to improve your endurance. Incorporate strength training exercises to build overall strength, especially in your legs, core, and upper body.

Trekking Practice: 
Try to go on shorter treks or hikes in your local area to familiarize yourself with trekking conditions and build your stamina. Gradually increase the distance and difficulty level to simulate the challenges of the Kanchenjunga trek.

Aerobic Training: 
Since the trek involves hiking at high altitudes, it's essential to improve your cardiovascular fitness. Engage in activities like stair climbing, uphill walking, or using a stair climber machine to simulate the uphill terrain you'll encounter during the trek.

Endurance Training: 
Focus on activities that enhance your endurance, such as long-distance walking or running. Increase your exercise duration gradually to build stamina and adapt to longer periods of physical exertion.

Altitude Acclimatization: 
As a beginner, it's important to understand the risks associated with high altitudes. Research and learn about altitude sickness, its symptoms, and preventive measures. If possible, plan a shorter and less challenging trek at a moderate altitude before attempting the Kanchenjunga trek to familiarize yourself with altitude conditions.

Mental Preparation: 
Trekking in a remote and challenging environment requires mental resilience. Prepare yourself mentally by visualizing the journey, setting realistic expectations, and embracing the adventure. Stay positive, motivated, and mentally prepared for any potential difficulties along the way.

Packing and Gear: 
Familiarize yourself with the necessary trekking gear and equipment. Consult with experts or trekking agencies to ensure you have appropriate clothing, footwear, and essential gear for the trek.

Trekking with a Guide: For beginners, trekking with an experienced guide is highly recommended. A knowledgeable guide will provide valuable assistance, ensure your safety, and offer insights into the local culture and environment.

Safety against altitude sickness

Here are some important tips to help you stay safe and minimize the chances of altitude sickness during the Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp Trek

Adequate Acclimatization: 

Acclimatization is crucial to allow your body to adjust to the increasing altitude gradually. Plan your trek with proper acclimatization days built into the itinerary. These rest days allow your body to adapt to the reduced oxygen levels and help prevent altitude sickness.

Gradual Ascent: 

Ascend gradually, following a "climb high, sleep low" approach. Avoid gaining too much altitude too quickly. Stick to the recommended elevation gain per day, which is typically around 300-500 meters (984-1,640 feet). This allows your body to adjust more effectively.

Stay Hydrated: 

Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, as dehydration can exacerbate the symptoms of altitude sickness. Aim to drink at least 3-4 liters of water per day. Consider using a water purification method (such as tablets or a filter) to ensure a safe drinking water supply.

Avoid Alcohol and Sleeping Pills: 

Alcohol and sleeping pills can further suppress your respiratory system and increase the risk of altitude sickness. It's best to avoid these substances during the trek.

Proper Nutrition: 

Maintain a balanced diet and eat regular meals to provide your body with the necessary energy and nutrients for the trek. Consume carbohydrate-rich foods to fuel your body for the physical exertion at high altitudes.

Recognize Symptoms: 

Be aware of the early symptoms of altitude sickness, which may include headaches, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping. If you experience these symptoms, it's important to take them seriously and inform your trekking guide immediately.

Descend if Necessary: 

If symptoms of altitude sickness persist or worsen despite rest and basic medication, it may be necessary to descend to a lower altitude. Never ignore severe symptoms, as they can lead to more severe forms of altitude sickness, such as high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high altitude cerebral edema (HACE).

Medication: 

Consult with a healthcare professional before your trek to discuss the possibility of taking preventive medication, such as acetazolamide (Diamox), which can help with acclimatization. Follow their guidance and dosage instructions carefully.

Required documents

Passport: 

Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after the day you plan to depart. Examine the passport's expiration date and, if necessary, renew it.

Visa: 

A current tourist visa is required for entry into Nepal. At Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, you can get a visa right away. As an alternative, you can apply for a tourist visa in advance of your trip at a Nepalese embassy or consulate in your nation.

Trekking Permits and TIMS Card: 

To trek in the Kanchenjunga region, you will need two permits: the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP). The Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card is another requirement for trekking in Nepal. It is a trekking permit that helps monitor trekkers' safety and ensures the protection of the environment.

During the permit application process, it is required to provide documents such as passport-sized photographs, passport, VISA, and travel insurance details. We will handle the submission of these documents and obtain the necessary permits on your behalf so do not worry.

Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is essential for any trekking adventure. Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance covering trekking at high altitudes, emergency medical expenses, evacuation, trip cancellation, and loss or theft of personal belongings. Check the policy for any specific exclusions related to mountaineering activities.

Packing items

When preparing for the Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp Trek, it's crucial to pack wisely, considering the varying weather conditions and the demands of the trek. Here's a comprehensive packing list to help you prepare:

Clothing:

Lightweight and moisture-wicking base layer shirts and pants
fleece or down jacket
Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket
Waterproof and breathable pants
Thermal or woolen socks
Trekking pants (convertible pants are convenient)
Long-sleeved shirts for sun protection
Warm hat and gloves

Footwear:

Sturdy and comfortable trekking boots (broken in before the trek)
Extra pair of comfortable walking shoes or sandals for relaxing in camps
Hiking socks (carry multiple pairs)

Gear and Equipment:

Backpack (50-60 liters) with a waterproof cover
Sleeping bag (rated for sub-zero temperatures)
Trekking poles for stability and reducing stress on knees
Headlamp with extra batteries
Sunglasses with UV protection
Water bottle or hydration bladder (at least 2 liters capacity)
Snacks (energy bars, trail mix, etc.)
Personal toiletries and medications
Quick-dry towel
Camera or smartphone for capturing memories
Power bank or portable charger for electronic devices

Miscellaneous:

Travel adapters and chargers
Money (carry Nepalese rupees and Indian rupees in small denominations)
Passport, visa, permits, and copies of important documents
Trekking permit and TIMS card
Travel insurance documents

How to book this Trip?

You can book this through our website. For that, you will have to fill out the available online form. If you are not satisfied with our arrangement then you can customize the trip and submit your requirements. After that, you will have to make an advance payment of 20% of the total charge which is non-refundable upon trip cancellation. After making this payment, your trek is booked and now you just have to wait till we provide you follow-up information regarding this trip.

Accommodation

Along the Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp trek route, trekkers will find a network of teahouses and lodges that provide a warm and welcoming respite amidst the rugged Himalayan terrain. These accommodations offer a glimpse into the simplicity and hospitality of the local mountain communities.

The teahouses and lodges are typically basic yet comfortable, providing twin or multi-share rooms with cozy beds and warm blankets. Communal dining areas become social hubs where trekkers gather to share stories, savor traditional Nepali cuisine, and forge connections with fellow adventurers from all over the world.

While the facilities may vary, these accommodations serve as a vital lifeline for trekkers, providing nourishment, shelter, and an authentic cultural experience. 

About Meal

During the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek, trekkers are treated to a variety of delicious and nourishing meals that cater to their dietary needs and keep them energized for the adventure ahead. Breakfasts offer choices like eggs, toast, pancakes, and porridge, providing a solid foundation for the day's trekking. Lunches feature dal bhat, a traditional Nepali dish comprising rice and lentil soup, providing a satisfying and balanced meal. Other lunch options may include sandwiches, noodles, and momos.

Dinners are communal affairs, fostering a sense of camaraderie among trekkers as they gather to enjoy hot meals, which often include dal bhat, curries, pasta, and local specialties. Snacks such as trail mix, energy bars, and fresh fruits are available to keep trekkers fueled between meals. 

Hydration is essential, and teahouses and lodges offer a variety of hot and cold beverages like tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and herbal teas. The combination of delicious meals, cultural experiences, and the stunning Himalayan backdrop makes every dining experience along the route a cherished part of the trekking journey.

The best time for the Kanchenjunga trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (October to November) seasons. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, providing optimal conditions for trekking.

To prevent altitude sickness, it is important to have proper acclimatization. Gradual ascent, staying hydrated, proper nutrition, recognizing symptoms, and descending if necessary are key. It is also advisable to consult with a healthcare professional regarding preventive medication, such as acetazolamide (Diamox). Trekking with experienced guides who can monitor your health and guide you through acclimatization is highly recommended.

Yes, permits are required for the Kanchenjunga trek. You need a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and a Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP). These permits can be obtained through a registered trekking agency or company. This means we will handle the permit application process on your behalf, requiring necessary documents such as passport, visa, trekking agency details, and permit application forms.

The Kanchenjunga trek typically takes around three weeks to complete, including acclimatization days and the return journey. The specific duration can vary depending on the trekking route chosen, individual pace, and the time allocated for rest and exploration along the way.

You can book this through our website. For that, you will have to fill out the available online form. If you are not satisfied with our arrangement then you can customize the trip and submit your requirements. After that, you will have to make an advance payment of 20% of the total charge which is non-refundable upon trip cancellation. After making this payment, your trek is booked and now you just have to wait till we provide you follow-up information regarding this trip.

It is more suitable for experienced trekkers with prior trekking experience, but with proper training, preparation, and assistance from our guide, everyone can do this trek. An easier version of this Trek is Kanchanjunga South Base Camp Trek.