Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek (26 Days)


Kanchenjunga base camp trek is an ideal trekking route for those with time and desire to venture into some of the remote regions of Nepal. Mt. Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world at 8586 meters lies on the eastern border of Nepal. It was first climbed in 1955 by the British climbers Joe Brown and George Band. Previously camping only, there are now more affordable tea-house routes that take you from the rice and tea growing tropical lowlands to the high glaciers, which tumble from the peaks surrounding Kanchenjunga and visits both south and north face of Kanchenjunga Base Camps.

Kanchenjunga base camp trek offer you the magnificent mountain views, traditional villages, cascading mountain rivers and a glorious and unforgettable experience.

Mount Kanchenjunga, NepalSunset and moonrise over the Himalaya as viewed from Ramche on the way to Kanchenjunga’s South Base Camp

Despite its stunning natural beauty, the Kanchenjunga region has remained off the radar of most trekkers given its remote location and lack of infrastructure (until recently it was camping only). In recent years, tea-houses have opened up in the villages and other convenient locations along the trail. This means that small groups can now trek here more affordably and payment for accommodation and meals goes directly to the local economy.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, NepalThe range of Kanchenjunga Himalayas. 

This region offers rewarding trekking through lush, low-lying valleys and up through incredible forests and into the high alpine pastures and glaciers at the foot of Kanchenjunga. Along the way, you’ll pass through Hindu and Buddhist villages whose culture includes Chhetri, Rai, Limbu, Gurung, Sherpa, and Tibetan. Here you can experience the tropical to sub-tropical forest of rhododendron, oak and chestnut. Further more to the high Alpine zone dominated by enchanting views of snow-capped Himalayas. Which is being fascinated with glacial plateau and beautiful landscape. Kanchenjunga region is also well known for the home of the Red Panda, snow leopard and other snow animals, birds and plants.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, NepalSunset light on Mt. Kanchenjunga. 

▼ Highlights of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

1. Enjoy breathtaking views en route to Kanchenjunga Base Camp
2. Get up close and personal with the world’s third highest peak (8,586 m)
3. Trek from subtropical valleys to rhododendron forest to high alpine meadows
4. Stay with local families and get a glimpse into their daily life
5. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, including the red panda, blue sheep, Himalayan black bear and the rare snow leopard


▼ Itinerary Overview of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335m).
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur (91 meters) and drive to Illam (3636m).
Day 04: Drive to Suketar (2420m) and trek to Lali Kharkha.
Day 05: Trek to Kade Banjyang (2130m).
Day 06: Trek to Phumphe Danda (1858m).
Day 07: Trek to Sherpaguan (1678m).
Day 08: Trek to Torongton (2995m).
Day 09: Trek to Tseram (3870m).
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Tseram.
Day 11: Trek to Ramche (4615 meters)
Day 12: Trek to Oktang view point and Back to Tseram (3870m).
Day 13: Trek to Sele La (4290m).
Day 14: Trek to Ghunsa (3475m).
Day 15: Trek to Kambachen (4225m).
Day 16: Trek to Lhonak
Day 17: Trek to Pang Pema (5150m) and back to Lhonak.
Day 18: Trek back to Ghunsa.
Day 19: Trek back to Gyabla (2725m).
Day 20: Trek back to Amjilosa (2510m).
Day 21: Trek back to Taplethok.
Day 22: Trek to Linkhim or Further up to Phurumbhu.
Day 23: Trek to Suketar.
Day 24: Drive to Kanyam.
Day 25: Drive to Bhadrapur and fly to Kathmandu.
Day 26: Final Departure Day

► Trip Cost: 2450 US $ PP
► Group Size: 2-12 pax

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01. Pick up and drop from international airport.
02. Kathmandu accommodation (3 nights in star level tourist standard hotel with twin sharing basis room)
03. All land transfer as per given itinerary
04. Sightseeing tour with experience local guide
05. Kathmandu – Bhadrapur and Bharatpur – Kathmandu airfare including airport taxes.
06. All land transportations (a private car/jeep/bus).
07. All meals and hot drinks during the trek.
08: Narmal Tea house Accomodation during the Trek.
09. Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
10. A porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 15 kilogram luggage).
11. Kanchenjunga special permits and national park entry permits


▼ Cost excludes:

01: Visa Fee.
02: Travel insurance / Medical evacuation in case of emergency (Compulsory)
03: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
05: Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
06. Personal trekking Equipments.
08. Tips for trekking staff and driver.
09. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
10: Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.


♂ Note: All itineraries can be customized at your request.

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Full Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrival in Kathmandu

    Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport one of Community Trek representatives will be there to welcome you before taking you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

    (Dinner) (1335 meters) (Hotel)
  • Day 02

    Kathmandu half day sightseeing and preparation for Trekking

    Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu Durbar Square and Monkey Temple) with your guide then your Trekking guide briefs you regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.

    (Taxi, Car, Bus) (Breakfast) (1335 meters) (Hotel)
  • Day 03

    Flight to Bhadrapur and drive to Illam

    The morning is free to sort out any last minute arrangements for the trek. An afternoon flight to the hot and humid Bhadrapur. From Bhadrapur, a 4-5 hour ride takes to Illam, tea capital of the country.

    (40 minute flight and 5-6 hours drive ) (BLD) (Illam 3636 meters) (2 - 3 hours) (Tea House)
  • Day 04

    Drive to Suketar (2420 meters) and trek to Lali Kharkha .

    A brief 4 hours drive finally leads to Suketar. Now, the trek starts on a new dusty road with views of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) and Jannu (7110 meters), and passes Deurali, a small stop with two small shops. After Deurali, a short ascent and a continuous downhill with many shortcuts lead to Lalikharka.

    (4- 5 hours drive ) (BLD) (2420 meters) (3-4 hours ) (Tea House)
  • Day 05

    Trek to Kade Banjyang

    After an easy, quick walk in the morning, a steep descend through some villages follows. The downhill continues as the trail passes through the fields of Simbu village and keeps on going all the way upto the river (Pa Khola). Now, a climb starts to go up for the next good couple of hours and pass through a higher secondary school at Kunjari and finally reached Bhanjyang, (the top). After Bhanjyang, the trail is more subtle and undulates for less than half an hour to reach a small settlement of couple of houses at Kade Bhanjyang.

    (BLD) (2130 meters. ) (6-7 hours) (Tea House)
  • Day 06

    Trek to Phumphe Danda

    A short climb after Kade Bhanjyang is soon followed by a gradual drop and reaches Khesewa in around 20 minutes. Now, the trail once again drops steeply through this long extended village down to a small stream. This steep drop takes a little less than an hour and soon is followed by a gradual uphill but with few steep sections. The trail steadies a bit and then undulates and reaches a small village and once again undulates but gradually gains height until it reaches to Phunglung village in less than half an hour. Now a gradual drop starts a descend through yet another terraced field of this big extended village which soon turns very steep for the next half an hour. Once again, more undulating trail is followed by a steep trail to a top of the ridge and more steady trail arrives near Phumphe village.

    (BLD) (1858 meters. ) (6-7 hours ) (Tea House)
  • Day 7

    Trek to Sherpaguan

    A good descent for less than half an hour, followed by another good climb for a bit more than an hour leads to Mamankhe. A gradual downhill soon turns into a steep climb. The climb becomes gentler but continuously keeps going up and undulates for a while. The morning steep part is for about an hour and the next undulating trail takes nearly an hour. The valley starts going down through a thin forest for a little less than an hour. After the drop, a brief climb leads to a wider valley of Thungim. Continue climb lead us to Sherpaguan stay overnight at sherpaguan at tea house about 6 hours walk.

    (BLD) ( 1678 meters) (6-7 hours) (Tea House)
  • Day 08

    Trek to Torongton

    The day starts with a steep climb through jungle. The forest consists of bamboos and rhododendrons. After two hours of climb, a paved trail starts and goes on for another couple of hours. Finally, the uphill ends and a brief leveled ground leads to Lashe Bhanjyang. After Lashe Bhanjyang, a brief drop that goes near by a landslide section is followed a half an hour climb. (by the side of this ridge is a sheer drop of nearly 200 meters or more) The climb turns into a steep drop for the next hour and half and meets Torongden River at the bottom of a narrow valley. Now the trail undulated through the forest but consistently goes up for the next hour and after crossing a simple wooden bridge, we arrive at Torongton.

    (BLD) (2995 meters. ) (7-8 hours) (Tea House )
  • Day 09

    Trek to Tseram

    The trek follows Simuwa Khola for the whole day towards North-East. The whole day is an easy uphill with few very steep climb along the valley made by the river. The trail goes through a rhododendron forests and reaches Anda Phedi, it takes another 2 hours to reach Tseram. A brief steep climb away from the river is rewarded with views of Kabru from Tseram.

    (BLD) ( 3870 meters) (5-6 hours) (Tea House )
  • Day 10

    Acclimatization day at Tseram

    Acclimatization day at Tseram.

    (BLD) ( 3870 meters) (Tea House)
  • Day 11

    Trek to Ramche

    A shorter day’s walk up the final 600m to Ramche where the trail to Kanchenjunga South turns dangerous. The scenery is magnificent as we ascend past snout of the Yalung Glaciers into a series of ablation valleys which gives easy walking and good camping. A frozen lake, clear streams and views of Koktang, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of this stroll. Expect to feel the altitude today.

    (BLD) (4615 meters) (5-6 hours) (Tea House)
  • Day 12

    Trek to Oktang View Point and back to Tseram

    The trail moves further up into the valley with a ridge separating Yalung Kang Glacier on the right and many cliffs on the left. As the valley heads deeper, Kabru (7412 meters), Rathong (6678 meters) towers like skyscrapers on the right. After couple of hours up in the valley with couple of meadows on the way, the trail slowly starts to climb and all four summits of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) starts to appear enclosing the valley. Finally, Oktang view point (4780 meters) appears ending the trail with gigantic Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) and Kabru Range kissing the sky and the long extending views of Yalung Kang Glacier extending downward the valley. The trek retraces back following the same route to Tseram.

    (BLD) ( 3870 meters) (7-8 hours) (Tea House)
  • DAY 13

    Trek to Sele La

    The first two hours is through woods and a rocky trail continues with views of wide valleys and for a brief moment Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) can be viewed. This straight steep climb, for little less than around 4 hours gets to the first pass. After the first pass, the trail briefly drops and once again climbs for the second pass. Views of several smaller 6000 meter peaks and Makalu appears from the second pass. Once again, the trail drops briefly and then again climbs for the third pass (here a Mirgin La signboard is present). Now, The trail continuously drops and zigzags through a rocky trail and finally reaches a small stream to reach Sele La.

    (BLD) ( 4290 meters) (8-9 Houra) (Tea House)
  • DAY 14

    Trek to Ghunsa

    The first bit is an easy walk with bits of steep drop. The trail is bit rocky and after the first hour it gets to the first pass (there are prayer flags). It continues in similar way until the second pass but sharply starts to drop through the forest of Rhododendron trees for nearly an hour an half. A small flat ground is followed by a hydro power’s water pipe that leads into the wide valley with the big village of Ghunsa.

    (BLD) (3475 meters) (5-6 hours) (Tea House)
  • DAY 15

    Trek to Kambachen

    The trail heads deeper into the valley following the Ghunsa Khola on a fairly comfortable terrain but passes through several small landslide areas. After couple of hours the trail enters the rocky river and bed crosses Ghunsa Khola. Another brief comfortable walk leads to a bottom of a waterfall and then a steep climb through a difficult landslide section continues for the next half an hour. The hardwork is rewarded with different angled views of Jannu (7710 meters). A brief drop shows the wider views of the valley and several unnamed 6000 meters peak (Tengkoma is one of these peaks) but all these disappears as we enter Khambachen, a village where two valleys meet. Fantastic views of Sobhi Thongje and Gabhur is on the south of Khambachen and Sarphu on the west completes the Panorama.

    (BLD) (4225 meters) (6-7 hours) (Tea House)
  • DAY 16

    Trek to Lhonak

    The day start with a brief climb out into the narrow valley and passes through a rocky glacial trail, the trail goes through a eroded section and keeps continuing into the narrowing valley. After passing by a waterfall, a brief climb leads out into a wider valley, with views of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) and Kangbachen (7903 meters) opening up. The trail is more comfortable for the next hour and then once again climbs into a narrow valley via another eroded section but quickly goes to cross the river that leads to Lhonak. It is another small meadow where two valleys join but is lot wider than Kambachen. Kirat Chuli (7365 meters), Nepal Chuli (6910 meters) are in the east, with Mera peak in South-West and Laser Peak II in North-West.

    (BLD) (4815 meters) (6-7 hours) (Tea House )
  • DAY 17

    Trek to Pang Pema (5,150m) and back to Lhonak

    The trek continues into the valley surrounded by towering mountains and heads further into the valley towards Pangpema (Kanchenjunga North Base Camp). The trail slowly and gradually climbs and enters into several eroded parts where the trails are almost invisible. Undulating through these rubble of glacial rocks, the valley finally ends at Pangpema.

    (BLD) (5150 meters) (5-6 hours) (Tea House)
  • Day 18

    Trek Back to Ghunsa

    The trek retraces back to Ghunsa via Kambachen following the same route taken earlier. (Around 7 hours) stay overnight at Ghunsa at tea house.

    (BLD) (3,475 meters) (6-7 Hours ) (Tea House)
  • Day 19

    Trek back to Gyalba

    The trek retraces back to Ghunsa and after crossing the Ghunsa Khola, it starts to head down in the valley following the same river to Phale. This village is full of Tibetan immigrants.

    (BLD) (2,725 meters) (6-7 hours) (Tea House)
  • DAY 20

    Trek to Amjiloso

    Now a steep drop through bamboo forests and crosses several small streams and slowly leads the trek back into civilizations.

    (BLD) (2,510 meters) (6-7 hours) (Tea House)
  • DAY 21

    Trek back to Taplethok

    After Amjilosa, the trail follows with the river and has some very steep sections along the way. Now, smaller settlements start to become frequent and the trail leads us finally small villages of Sekathum. Passing through the small villages Tapethok also marks the end of the conservation area and the treks entry into more populated hilly villages of Nepal.

    (BLD) (2510 meters) (5-6 hours) (Tea House)
  • Day 22

    Trek to Linkhim or further up to Phurumbhu

    Now the trek happens on the lower elevations of the hilly region and passes through several Limbu villages. An easy walk from Tapethok through the busy village of Chirwa. Now we will leave the high way to taplejung and will follow the local trail toward to Linkhim or further on Phurumbhu.

    (BLD) (1270 meters) (6-7 hours) (Tea House)
  • Day 23

    Trek to Suketar

    Trek to Suketar. Our last walking day of the trek, about 4 hours walk lead us to Suketar stay overnight at Suketar.

    (BLD) (2,420 meters) (6-7 hours) (Tea House)
  • Day 24

    Drive to Kanyam

    After Breakfast drive to Kanyam one of the beautiful tea garden of nepal stay overnight at Kanyam at Hotel.

    (BLD) (3,636m meters) (5-6 hours) (Tea House)
  • DAY 25

    Drive to Bharatpur and Fly to Kathmandu

    Drive to Bhadrapur and fly to Kathmandu. After breakfast drive to Bhadrapur airport and flight to Kathmandu, receive at airport and transfer to Hotel, evening cultural dinner overnight at Kathmandu Hotel.

    (Flight and Drive) (Breakfast) (1,300m) (Hotel)
  • DAY 26

    Departure from Kathmandu

    Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

    (BLD) (Camp)
  • Note

    Customize your trip

    ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST. There are flights twice in a week to Suketar directly from Kathmandu. The flights are on Sunday and Wednesday.


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Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  26 Days
  •  Activities:  Trekking
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Grade:  5
  •  Group Size:  2 - 15 persons
  •  Price:  2450 US $
  •  Trip Style:  Hotel/Tea Houses
  •  Diffculty:  Challenging
  •  Best Season:  Mar/May & Sept/Nov
  •  Transport:  Flight/Private vehicle

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