Kanchenjunga base camp trek
At a Glance
    • Experience trekking over picturesque mountain pastures, through enchanted forests and glaciated valleys
    • Engage with the local tribes such as Rai, Limbu, Sherpa communities of the Kanchenjunga region sharing with local families or tent camps.
    • Immerse yourself in natural beauty through himalayan forests and yak pastures
    • A fantastic chance to witness the lush rhododendron blooms in spring and the majestic waterfall through the trail.
    • Explore charming remote villages, lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and high mountain passes
    • A rare possibility to see Red Pandas
    • Ultimate Himalayan trekking experience in the rural and remote areas of Nepal
    • Whether you’re an experienced trekker or a beginner, this trek promises an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Himalayas.


    The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a breathtaking experience in the eastern part of Nepal. Named after the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest peak, this trek takes you to the base camps on both its north and south sides, offering mesmerizing views of some of the most magnificent and untouched landscapes in the Himalayas. The Kanchenjunga base camp trek is an epic adventure right at the foot of the third-highest mountain through Nepal’s scenic Kanchenjunga Conservation Park.
    The base camp is situated at an elevation of approximately 5,143 meters (16,873 feet). From here, you’ll be treated to stunning vistas of the towering Kanchenjunga Peak and its neighboring peaks, creating a surreal and unforgettable experience for adventurers.
    Those who have set foot on this fantastic journey have realized that the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is more than just a journey; it’s a quest for inspiration, answers, and truth. It is an attempt to touch the heights so sublime that they exclude the very fact of human life next to them.


    The trip begins with a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur in eastern Nepal. From here, you drive via serpentine roads to the starting point of the trekking tour to Taplejung. The hike starts through lush rice terraces and colorful villages through dense mountain rainforests. followed by a scenic drive to Taplejung, the trek’s starting point. As you trek through lush rice terraces and vibrant villages, you’ll be immersed in the beauty of dense mountain rainforests.
    You will slowly gain altitude with each passing days drawing closer to the majestic ice giants.  The path leads past Mani walls and over suspension bridges. Shaggy yaks with their bells around their necks are constant companions. The landscape grows increasingly grandiose; the mighty icebergs appear everywhere.
    Through the Ghunsa valley with Khambachen and Lhonak camp, you take a trip to Pang Pema (Kanchenjunga North Base Camp), located at an altitude of 5143m.  Through the trail of Ghunsa and the detour over three high passes, you get to the south base camp of the Kanchenjunga, which again allows you to marvel at the fascinating jungle and mystic beauty of the giant Himalayas. 


    The Kanchenjunga base camp trek is moderately difficult. These are demanding trekking trips with daily stages of up to 8 hours in length and a maximum of around 1,400 meters in altitude. The focus of these trips is trekking, which requires physical and mental strength. 
    Some of the stages are long, steep, and lead through rough terrain. Sure footedness is necessary. In addition, team spirit, camaraderie, and sacrifice of comfort contribute to the success of the trek. 
    In preparation, more intensive training at least 2-3 times a week can definitely be an added advantage. Climbing the mountains, the height increases, and with this, the air becomes thinner, making it difficult to breathe. The oxygen amount decreases at very high altitudes. A person who suffers from any respiratory disease should think before choosing the path to Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
    However, the trek can be made easy and pleasant with a good mindset, strong physical fitness, planned itineraries, and enough rest.


    The best time to visit the Kanchenjunga base camp is the autumn season, from mid-September to early November. The monsoon season subsides, and quite warm weather sets in the Himalayas. With the monsoon season in early June, trekking in the Himalayas comes to a halt as rainfall and intensity increase exponentially. You will be wet to the skin; the dirt roads will turn into impenetrable water and mud barriers.
    There is a period of active snowmelt from March to May. Although there are often thunderstorms during this period, in the morning, the sky is always clear and cloudless, which makes it possible for travelers to enjoy the view of the beautiful mountain peaks fully. With the advent of the winter season from January to early March, most tourists leave the highlands, where snow is already beginning to fall. Most of the passes become difficult to pass - this period, like the summer one, is unfavorable for trekking.
    A wide range of climatic conditions awaits you on the trek to Kanchenjunga. They range from the subtropical climate (warm, high humidity) on the approach to high mountain conditions in the base camp area. At night it can cool down to below zero at altitudes above 3500 m; snowfall is generally possible at these altitudes.

    Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek cost 

    The trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is affordable for all adventure-seeking trekkers. The total cost for the journey depends on various factors such as the number of days you are planning to stay in the city, number of days you are planning to spare for the trek, accommodation, number of people on the trek, mode of transportation( Air or road) and the agency you have chosen your trek with. You will also have to pay charges for the permits.

    Service Details

    •  All transfers, drives, sightseeing tours as per the itinerary in Nepal in a private deluxe A/C vehicle,
    •  All inclusive 21 Days Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek inclusive of all hygienically prepared meals,
    •  Accommodation in spacious Tents with tailor made mattresses with pillows, sleeping bags with internal liners, a separate dining tent with comfortable folding chairs and tables, a fully equipped kitchen tent with all necessary cooking stoves and utensils etc.
    •  Services of trained and trusted Sherpa team including an English speaking guide, an experienced cook, kitchen assistant, a Sherpa assistant, night watchman and a team of reliable porters
    •  Transportation for Trek staff including camping and kitchen equipment and food provisions for pre trek and post trek traveling to/from destinations.
    •  Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Fees with necessary documentation fees.
    •  Contribution to Porter insurance and equipment.
    •  Hotel Accomodation in kathmandu at five star hotel in Kathmandu (Deluxe room) inclusive of Bed and Breakfast and all taxes.
    •  Special welcome & farewell dinner.
    •  One night stay at nice tourist class hotel in Biratnagar on full board basis.
    •  Guide’s daily allowances including his wages, meals and accommodations.
    •  Airfare for following sectors with all applicable taxes. ( Kathmandu / Biratnagar/ Kathmandu) (Biratnagar / Suketar / Biratnagar )
    •  Items of a personal nature such as bar bills telephone calls, laundry, extra mileage and any extra costs incurred due to natural calamities, flight delays etc.
    •  Personal insurance, evacuation and medical expenses
    •  Meals except welcome & farewell dinner while staying at hotel in Kathmandu. 
    Essential Information

    Guide and Porter

    It is advisable to be guided by an English-speaking local travel guide certified by the government of Nepal. Additionally, hiring a porter allows you to focus on the trek and enjoy the stunning views without worrying about carrying your loads.


    The accommodation in cities like Kathmandu and Ilam can be luxurious, based on the choice. However, as you ascend height, you must comply with what is available. You can find a tea house in Jaubari and Ghunsa village. They offer basic services. The rooms are very simply furnished, without heating, and covered with plywood. There are mostly wooden beds with a foam mat on top, clean sheets, and mostly a pillow. 


    A daypack with rain gear, warm clothing, a thermos bottle, etc., is sufficient for trekking. Essential equipment is stable, ankle-high, waterproof trekking shoes, gaiters, a sleeping bag with a comfort range down to minus 10 degrees, and trekking poles for walking at higher altitudes.  You can rent this equipment apart from your clothing and personal usage toiletries in Kathmandu that can cost you around 200 to 500 US Dollars.
    Join us on this unforgettable adventure and experience the thrill of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

    Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek - 22 Days FAQs

    • Kanchenjunga is rich in its ecosystem with the presence of diverse flora and fauna. Experts have found twenty-three unique species of rhododendrons in this area. Dense forests grow in these hidden valleys, where more than 158 species of birds, 10 species of reptiles, over 800 flowering plants, and over 30 species of mammals are found. As you ascend the height, you will be accompanied by yak, and blue sheep, and find yourself in the deciduous forest of maple, britches, oaks, and laurels. Some rare species like snow leopard, red panda, Ghoral, and serow are also found here.

    • The charm of Kanchenjunga lies in the isolation of the region, still little touched by tourism, with villages and populations still firm in their rhythms and habits of life, elsewhere now disappeared. The main ethnic groups inhabiting the Kanchenjunga region are the Limbu, Gurung, Magar, Thakali, Brahmin, and Rai. As the altitude gains, mostly Sherpa people occupy the region.

      The primary occupation of these people is agriculture, forestry and trekking, and tourism. People mainly rely on Yak for milk, meat, shed, and clothes. Despite the strenuous life, people here distance themselves from modernity, delighting in traditional ways of life.

    • Trek to Kanchenjunga base camp is not that difficult, as explained above. All you need is a strong will, desire to be flexible, adjust and adapt, and physical well-being. The risk associated with the trek is Altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), for which you need to be prepared.

      Avoiding too high and too fast climb periodic acclimatization, drinking lots of water, light meals, avoiding alcohol, and smoking can help you avoid AMS. If you feel shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, vomiting: all these can be signs of AMS, so simple medicine such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can help.

      In severe conditions, you can discontinue your trek anytime. Apart from the condition, trekking in Kanchenjunga base camp is relatively easy, so moderate training to walk and climb in early preparation can help the beginner go on the trek.

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