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Discover the Majestic Beauty of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

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A moment captured at Kanchenjunga Base Camp as a trekker, guide, and support team stands against majestic snow-capped peaks.
A moment captured at Kanchenjunga Base Camp as a trekker, guide, and support team stands against majestic snow-capped peaks.

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, nestled in Eastern Nepal, has garnered increasing popularity among adventure enthusiasts. Offering a window into the rugged yet breathtaking terrains of Mt. Kanchenjunga, this trek delivers an unforgettable journey for hikers.Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek ExperienceEmbarking on this journey, you’ll trace the paths of the Tamur and Ghunsa Rivers back to their icy origins, revealing a hidden realm of rugged magnificence. Along the way, you’ll be treated to stunning vistas of Pyramid Peak, Jannu Himal, and the towering Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m). Conquering lofty passes such as Mirgin La, Sinion La, and Sinelapache Bhanjyang, you’ll eventually arrive at the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, where your adventure unfolds. Exploration of Kanchenjunga Base Camp This journey offers a unique opportunity to discover the base camp on the northern face, located at Pangpema, and the southern base camp of Kanchenjunga. Duration and Intensity spanning 24 days, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek guarantees an unadulterated adventure for those pursuing thrills, providing a deep dive into the wilderness of the Himalayas.

Here are some travel tips before joining the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek!

Research the Trek and Check the Required Permits

Before embarking on your Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, conduct thorough research. Familiarize yourself with the terrain ahead, understand the required permits, and utilize maps or GPS to identify paths that match your abilities. Additionally, read reviews from other hikers who have completed the trek to understand what challenges and rewards await you.

Prepare Your Gear and Pick the Right Guide for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

It’s crucial to have the appropriate gear to ensure a smooth trekking experience. Before starting your journey, ensure you have sufficient supplies, including clothing, equipment, snacks, first-aid essentials, and survival tools readily available. Additionally, find a knowledgeable guide with plenty of experience leading the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek so that they can provide pre-trip guidance and during the actual trip itself.

Familiarize Yourself with the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Before going on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, familiarize yourself with the itinerary. It’s important to be aware of the destinations you’ll be reaching each day, including the distance you’ll cover and the changes in altitude, whether gaining or losing, that you’ll experience throughout the day. This way, you can plan your supplies and rest appropriately at night since the elevation and terrain may change from one day to another.

Pack Lightly for Easier Movement on Trails

Pack your bag lightly when thinking about what to bring on your Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. The heavier the load on your back, the more it slows your pace when ascending and descending the mountains. Additionally, excessive weight could cause fatigue and physical discomfort in the long run. Therefore, it is recommended that you only bring essential items for the trek. By packing clothes appropriate for various temperatures, you can layer them according to your needs. Additionally, consider bringing trail snacks, water bottles, a compact first-aid kit, sunscreen, sunglasses, and any necessary medication.

Practice Proper Mountain Etiquette During the Trekking Adventure

While trekking to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, be mindful of your actions and practice proper mountain etiquette. Sticking to the assigned path during your hike, as taking shortcuts or alternative routes, can damage plant life and disrupt wildlife habitats. Remember to be considerate of fellow hikers you meet along the way—extending a friendly smile and greeting can significantly contribute to fostering a harmonious atmosphere. Lastly, respect religious sites, local communities, and the mountain environment. These tips will help ensure that you and other trekkers have an unforgettable experience on this Himalayan adventure!

Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu, Capital city of Nepal

Departure Time

1 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Airport pick up/drop off by car
  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at Kathmandu Suite Home
  • An experienced Guide and Strong Porters
  • Transfer to and from Biratnagar/Bhadrapur on local Jeep.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner including tea/coffee) during the trek.
  • Accommodation at teahouses on the trek (best available)
  • Kanchenjunga special trek and Conservation permits
  • Flights from Kathmandu to Kathmandu or Biratnagar and return
  • Satellite Phone Set for emergency calls
  • Government taxes and office service fee

Price Excludes

  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast
  • Travel insurance against against personal accident and helicopter evacuation
  • International flight
  • Nepal Visa
  • Any beverages (except tea/coffee)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Staff Tipping


  • Trekking Duffle Bag
  • Trekking Map
  • Company T-Shirt
What to Expect
  • Stunning ViewsThe trek offers breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga range, including four of the five highest peaks in the world.
  • Rich Cultural ExperienceThe trek passes through traditional Nepalese and Tibetan villages, where you can experience the unique culture and lifestyle of the local people.
  • Remote and Off-the-Beaten-PathThe Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of the least visited treks in Nepal, making it a great option for those looking for a quieter and more remote trekking experience.
  • Diverse LandscapesThe trek takes you through various landscapes, including lush forests, alpine meadows, and high mountain passes.
  • Wildlife SightingsThe trek passes through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, which is home to a variety of rare and endangered species, including the snow leopard, red panda, and Himalayan black bear.
  • Challenging TerrainThe trek is considered one of the more challenging treks in Nepal, with steep ascents and descents and high altitudes.
  • Authentic HospitalityThe local people of this region are well-known for their warm hospitality and friendly nature, making it a memorable experience for trekkers.

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at the airport, pick up assistance and transfer to the hotel Kathmandu Suite Home.

Day 2Kathmandu City Tour

Trek permit preparation and *Guided City Tour* of the World’s Heritage Sites, including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swoyambhu and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Overnight at the hotel.

*It’s an optional tour, which you can book separately at Kathmandu Heritage Tour

Day 3Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Taplejung (1820)

You will take a morning flight to Bhadrapur and a jeep drive to Taplenjung (8-9 hours on a local jeep). Overnight at a hotel.

Day 4Drive to Sekathum (1670m)

As there is road access up to Sekathum, you will drive for 5 – 6 hours off-road via Mitlung and Chirwa, the small human settlement. Overnight at local teahouse.

Day 5Amjilosa (2520m)

Trek to Amjilosa (2520m) – 5 – 6 hours. Overnight at local teahouse.

Day 6Gyabla (2730m)

Trek to Gyabla (2730m) – 5 – 6 hours. Overnight at local teahouse.

Day 7Ghunsa (3595m)

Trek to Ghunsa (3595m) – 4 – 5 hours. Overnight in a guesthouse (Dzonga Family Guesthouse or Kanchenjunga Guesthouse).

Day 8Acclimatization day

You will hike up to 4200m on the way to Dudhkunda (milky lake) and return to Ghunsa in 4 – 5 hours. Overnight at the guesthouse.

Day 9Khamabachen (4050m)

Trek to Khambachen (4050m) – 5 – 6 hours. Overnight at Kanchenjunga White House.

Day 10Acclimatization

It’s the 2nd acclimatization at Khambachen after Ghunsa. You will hike to Jannu View Point (2 -3 hours), return to Khambachen for lunch, and stay overnight there.

Day 11Trek to Lhonak (4780m)

Trek to Lhonak (4780m) – 4 – 5 hours. Overnight at a local teahouse.

Day 12Visit Kanchenjunga Base Camp and return to Lhonak

Day hiking to Pangpema (5065m), the first base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga, to view Mt. Kanchenjunga and return to Lhonak for the overnight stay at a local teahouse- 5 – 6 hours.

Day 13Return to Ghunsa

Trek back to Ghunsa (3595m). Overnight in a guesthouse (Dzonga Family Guesthouse or Kanchenjunga Guesthouse).

Day 14Trek to Selele (4300m)

Today you will head towards the route of Oktang Base Camp, the second south base camp of Kanchenjunga. After leaving Ghunsa village, you will trek to Selele for 5 – 6 hours. Overnight in a basic teahouse (hut).

Day 15Cross 3 Passes and Tseram (3870m)

Cross the 3 passes of Sele La – Sinion La Pass (4460m) – Mirgin La Pass (4480m) – Sinelapcha La Pass (4646m) – and then trek down to Tseram (3870m) – 7 – 8 hours. Overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 16Visit Oktang Base Camp (4370m)

You will go for a day hiking to Oktang to observe the Kanchenjunga South and return to Tseram for an Overnight stay at a local guesthouse- 5 – 6 hours. 

Day 17Trek to Torangden (2995m)

Trek to Torangden (2995m) – 3 – 4 hours. Overnight at a local teahouse.

Day 18Yamphudin (2080m)

Trek to Yamphudin (2080m) – 5 – 6 hours. Overnight at a local teahouse.

Day 19Trek to Khebang (1910m)

Trek to Khebang (1910m) – 4 – 5 hours. Overnight at a local teahouse.

Day 20Trek to Khandembe (1420m) and drive to Ilam (2150m)

Trek to Khandembe (1420 m) – 5 – 6 hours, and drive to Ilam Bazar. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 21Fly back to Kathmandu

1-hour drive to Bhadrapur and fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at the Kathmandu Suite Home.

Day 22Departure

Drive to the Airport for your onward journey.

Note: The day-by-day itinerary can be adjusted on the trek route as per needs. No restrictions following the same plan!

Illustrative map of Kanchenjunga Base Camp, detailing trekking routes, landmarks, altitude points, and nearby villages, set against the backdrop of the region's topography."
Navigating the Majestic Kanchenjunga: A comprehensive map detailing the trek to Base Camp, with key landmarks and villages along the route.
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Couple Traveller

We were a group of just two with a guide and a porter, most other companies wouldn’t accommodate a group of just two people and the only other one that did was double the price so we were very happy to go without a big group, going at our own pace with no internal politics, I did a lot of research and wanted to use a Nepalese company which is eco conscious and a good price, Nepal Hiking fulfilled all criteria and were friendly and accommodating from our first communication. I was recommended to organise the trip cheaper from Kathmandu but I’m glad I didn’t, many other groups we met that did this commented on how friendly and helpful our guide Gakul was, his english was much better than most other guides and he would give us a detailed briefing every night on what to expect the next day, which other groups with different companies didn’t have. I think another big factor was that our guide and porter, Vim, felt like friends in no time, we would play cards and drink and joke together whereas other guides didn’t interact that much and were a bit distant from their groups. Gakul would always negotiate the best accommodation he could in any village we were in and would always ask us to check we were happy with them before accepting, other groups were just put in the cheapest places without any input. Any questions we had about the local culture, were always greeted and answered well and any requests to try local delicacy’s were organised. He was very conscious of our health the whole way and always reminding us to go slow, especially at high altitudes, when we got to Lhonak and other groups were experiencing altitude sickness he got a mobile BPM meter out and checked our heart rates were at the correct level. Our porter Vim was a machine, I still can’t believe his strength, he was always fastest and was carrying between 25-30kg the whole way, although his english wasn’t very good we still laughed together and was always friendly. The hotel in Kathmandu was amazing as were our tours of the old parts of the city, all our transfers and flights were smooth and they were always conscious of our needs the whole way. We were even treated to a lovely meal in Kathmandu after our trip with another group, our guide Gakul and Bhairam, one of the owners, at a restaurant with traditional Nepalese dancing for no extra charge. All in all it was an amazing trip and I feel so lucky to have found Nepal Hiking, I would recommend them highly to anyone and very much hope to use them again in the future.

20 November 2019


Solo Traveller

Nepal Hiking arranged a bespoke trek especially for a friend and I so that we did not have to join a larger group. Our guide and porter were excellent, with very good english and expert knowledge – more like our travelling companions. It was clear that we had the most helpful and friendliest guides on the mountain. I have never smiled and laughed more. Other groups repeatedly commented about the higher standard of quality displayed by the Nepal Hiking staff in comparison with their own guides. Our guide and porter became friends for life whom we want to return to travel with again. We were met at the airport by the owner and put up in a lovely hotel in Thamel, before and after the trek. We were also driven to the airport by the owner when we departed. In addition to the Kathmandu city tour which was part of our itinerary, we arranged two further days of Kathmandu city tours upon our return. Nepal Hiking simply listened to what we wanted to see and arranged a guide and taxi for the following morning. We were taken out for a farewell dinner at the end of the trek, and constantly supported and engaged with beyond all expectations. I cannot recommend Nepal Hiking more highly. They really care about providing the highest standards of service to their clients. Both before during and after the trek. The owner also took me to a local tailor so I could have a suit made, and translated for me. They were also by far the best value in terms of pricing. Both cheaper, and involving more time on the trail walking, rather than travelling for additional days in jeeps. This is a truly first rate company. Everything was so well organised and easy, it left us free to tackle the gruelling trail and enjoy the views without distractions or concern.

3 November 2019

Rosangela Simoncelli

Family Traveller

Il trekking del Kanchenjunga è lungo e classificato difficile, ma l’ottima organizzazione di Nepal Hiking, la competenza e la capacità di Bikesh Rana ( la nostra guida ) e di tutto lo staff l’hanno reso un’esperienza bella ed indimenticabile.

Tilak inoltre è stato un prezioso aiuto per risolvere i problemi sorti alla fine del trekking a causa dei voli sospesi nel periodo dell’eruzione del vulcano islandese, i quali ci hanno costretto a prolungare il soggiorno di altri quattro giorni.
Sembra che in Nepal ci sia un detto che dice “mai viaggiare in tre […]” e noi eravamo tre, abbiamo avuto qualche contrattempo ma tutto si è risolto per il meglio grazie all’impegno dell’agenzia di trekking.

Ci sentiamo quindi di consigliare Nepal Hiking a chiunque voglia visitare questa mag-nifica nazione.

31 December 2014
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