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kanchenjanga trek

  • Trip Grading: Moderate
  • Max Altitude: 5140m.
  • Best Time: oct-nov. mar-may
  • Group Size: 2-15

Trip Overview

At the majestic height of 8586m, Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world. It sits astride the border between Nepal and Sikkim in India and derives its name from Tibetan meaning ‘Five Treasures of the Great Snow’, which refers to the five peaks that form the Kanchenjunga complex.

This trek traverses the remote mountain ranges surrounding Mt. Kanchenjunga encountering a variety of landscapes from tropical forests with rhododendrons, pine forests, forests of oak and chestnut, pasturelands with grazing yaks, thickets of bamboo as well as high alpine environments.

There is abundant wildlife and if you are lucky you may get to see some iconic species such as the snow leopard, musk deer, red panda and the Himalayan black bear along the way. Over 40 species of Nepal’s national flower the rhododendron (the Nepali name is Laligurans) flourish on the mountain slopes in the region.

You will find terraced fields and mountainside villages along the trails inhabited by a variety of ethnic groups including the Limbu people of the lower valleys to the Gurung, Rai and Sherpas in the more mountainous higher regions. Along the way you will stay in teahouses and homestays and have the opportunity to experience the unique and mysterious culture of the local people.  If you’re lucky you may witness one of the many festivals that are held regularly in villages of the region. Either way, you will get to experience some unique cultures that few get to see. With very few other trekkers on these trails your experience in these beautiful, wild borderlands will be very special indeed.

Our 28 day trip begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur followed by a road trip to Suketar from where the trek begins. We visit viewpoints on the southern side of Kanchenjunga first trekking through the interesting villages of  Lali Kharka (2266m), Yamphudin (2080m), Tseram (3870 m), Torontan (2990m) and Ramche (4620 m) on our way to Oktang Monastery and Yalung Base Camp where there are breathtaking views of the southwest face of Kanchenjunga.

From Ramche we descend along the same route before heading north to Sele La Pass (4480 m) and on to Gunsa (3430m). After a day acclimatising in Gunsa we head north east following the Gunsa Khola to Kambachen (4050m) and Lhonak (4792m) before arriving at Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5140m). Along the way you will experience magnificent views of Nepal Peak, Cross Peak and Tent Peak. The following day we trek to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5680m), the highest point on our trek, and return. We descend via the villages of Kambachen, Gunsa, Amjilosa (2395m), Sukathum (1585m), Chiruwa (1270 m) and Phurumbu (1540m) before returning to Suketar for our flight back to Kathmandu.

This wonderful trek in one of Nepal’s last frontiers has been described by some as the finest trek in Nepal. The lack of crowds plus, unique culture and wildlife in this remote region make it an experience not to be missed.

The trek starts and finishes in Kathmandu and includes flights to Bhadrapur and return from Suketar. In order to keep the trek cost as low as possible, we offer the flexibility for you to arrange your own accommodation in Kathmandu however we are happy to arrange this for you if you wish.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (Flight) to Ilam (Drive)

Ilam – 1677 m / 5501 ft – 5 hrs

Day 2: Ilam to Taplejung (Drive)

Taplejung – 1820 m / 5971 ft – 5 hrs

Day 3: Taplejung to Chirwa

Chirwa – 1270 m / 4166 ft – 6 hrs

Day 4: Chirwa to Lelep

Lelep – 1860 m / 6102 ft – 7 hrs

Day 5: Lelep to Amjilosa

Amjilosa – 2510 m / 8234 ft – 5 hrs

Day 6: Amjilosa to Gyabla

Gyabla – 2730 m / 8956 ft – 4 hrs

Day 7: Gyabla to Ghunsa

Ghunsa – 3595 m / 11794 ft – 4 hrs

Day 8: Acclimatization Day

Ghunsa – 3595 m / 11794 ft – 4 hrs

Day 9: Ghunsa to Kambachen

Kambachen – 4100 m / 13451 ft – 4 hrs

Day 10: Acclimatization Day

Kambachen – 4100 m / 13451 ft – 4 hrs

Day 11: Kambachen to Lhonak

Lhonak – 4785 m / 15698 ft – 4 hrs

Day 12: Day Trip to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp

Lhonak – 4785 m / 15698 ft – 8 hrs

Day 13: Lhonak to Ghunsa

Ghunsa – 3595 m / 11794 ft – 7 hrs

Day 14: Ghunsa to Amjilosa

Amjilosa – 2510 m / 8234 ft – 7 hrs

Day 15: Amjilosa to Tapethok

Tapethok – 1380 m / 4527 ft – 6 hrs

Day 16: Tapethok to Mitlung

Mitlung – 921 m / 3021 ft – 6 hrs

Day 17: Mitlung to Taplejung

Taplejung – 1820 m / 5971 ft – 5 hrs

Day 18: Taplejung to Bhadrapur (Drive)

Bhadrapur – 93 m / 305 ft – 8 hrs

Day 19: Bhadrapur to Kathmandu (Flight)

Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 50 minutes

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1338m
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our company representative picks you up and transfers you to the hotel. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Permits procedure and Afternoon flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur — Drive to Ilam 1210m/2-3 hours
We catch afternoon scenic flight to Bhadrapur. After landing, we take a jeep ride to Ilam enjoying the view of beautiful landscapes. Ilam is Nepal’s largest tea plantation area and serves as a major tourist area even for domestic tourists. The picturesque town of Ilam hosts large orchards of tea plants and is also famous for the Himalayan chew made of cheese. Overnight at a hotel in Ilam.

Day 3: Drive from Ilam to Taplejung 1820m/6-7 hours
Today, we head towards Taplejung in private transportation. Driving along the beautiful countryside view, we pass through Phidim to reach Limbu village of Taplejung. Overnight at a hotel in Taplejung.

Day 4: Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung 921m/4-5 hours
The trekking route today passes through lush mid hills and several villages with traditional mud-brick houses. We also come across rice paddies, terraced farm fields, and cardamom farms. We then continue to trek following the flow of Tamor River to reach Mitlung. Overnight at a home-stay/lodge in Mitlung.

Day 5: Trek from Mitlung to Chiruwa 1270m/5-6 hours
Today we trek through the Limbu and Tamang villages of Sinwa, Tawa, and Porke. We also pass over old landslide debris and boulder, and strewn river deposits, before descending to Thiwa Khola. We then cross a wooden bridge to reach Chiruwa. Overnight at a lodge in Chiruwa.

Day 6: Trek from Chiruwa to Sukethum 1579m/5-6 hours 
Trekking through the villages of Taplethok, Tamewa, Hellok, and Lelep, we move alongside Tamor River and descend towards Simbu Khola, which emerges from the Yalung Glacier. We then trek through steep and narrow Ghunsa Khola valley to finally arrive in Sukethum. Overnight at a lodge in Sukethum.

Day 7: Trek from Sukathum to Amjilosa 2308m/6-7 hours
Moving with the flow of Ghunsa Khola, we head towards Amjilosa walking through steep uphill on exposed terrain. Relishing the amazing landscape view and crossing several bridges over Ghunsa Khola, we reach the Tibetan village of Amjilosa. Overnight at a lodge in Amjilosa.

Day 8: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla 2730m/6-7 hours
Today, we walk through forested trail filled with rhododendrons and bamboo, before ascending to Gyabla. We also come across a big waterfall on the opposite side of the river on our way to Gyabla. Making a steep ascent and then a descent, we arrive in Gyabla. Overnight at a lodge in Gyabla.

Day 9: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa 3595m/6-7 hours
Leaving behind the beautiful Gyabla village, we trek towards Ghunsa through a broad meadow. We then climb a small hill and descend to cross the river to reach the Tibetan village of Ghunsa with wooden houses, a micro hydropower plant, school, and a health post. Overnight at a lodge in Ghunsa.

Day 10: Acclimatization day
To adjust with the thinning air, we take a short hike to the opposite side of Ghunsa Khola with a gain of about 400m. After returning from the hike, we can spend rest of the day exploring the ancient village of Ghunsa visiting monasteries and learning about their Buddhist culture and tradition. Overnight at a lodge in Ghunsa.

Day 11: Trek from Ghunsa to Khangpachen 4050m/5-6 hours
Today, we begin our trek entering the forested path along the south bank of Ghunsa Khola and passing several Mani walls and Chortens along the way. We also trek through several scree slopes and some glacial moraines to reach the Tibetan settlement of Khangpachen from where we can get the stunning view of the north face of Jannu (7710m). Overnight at a lodge in Khangpachen.

Day 12: Trek from Khangpachen to Lhonak 4780m/5-6 hours
Leaving behind Khangpachen, we follow the trail on the left side of Kanchenjunga Glacier. We hike along a high plateau to reach the campsite of Lhonak. From Lhonak, we can see the panoramic view of massive mountain peaks like Wegde Peak (6802m), Mera Peak (6364m), Nepal Peak (7177m), Twins (7350m), and many others. Overnight at a lodge in Lhonak.

Day 13: Trek from Lhonak to Kanchenjunga Base Camp 5143m and Trek back to Lhonak 4780m/6-7 hours
Today, we head towards Kanchenjunga Base Camp following the trail along the glaciers on the northern ridges. The camp is also known as Pang Pema from where we get the mesmerizing and spectacular view of Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m) along with the skyline filled with snow-capped mountain ranges bordering Nepal-India and Nepal-Tibet. Then walk back to Lhonak. Overnight at a lodge in Lhonak.

Day 14: Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa 3595m/5-6 hours
After the amazing experience in KBC and Lhonak, we retrace our trail to Ghunsa enjoying the spectacular view of different mountains. Descending past Lhonak and Khangpachen while walking on the moraines of Kanchenjunga Glacier and Kumbhakarna Glacier, we arrive in Ghunsa. Overnight at a lodge in Ghunsa.

Day 15: Trek from Ghunsa to High Camp 4100m/6-7 hours
To reach the High Camp, we trek along a steep rocky trail through a forested area filled with birch, pine, and colorful rhododendron. An amazing view of Jannu (7710m), Nyukla Laching (6670m), Temachunggi (6044m), and other mountains can be observed from High Camp. Overnight at a lodge in High Camp.

Day 16: Trek from High Camp to Tseram 3870m/8-9 hours via Sele -La Pass 4480m and Sinion La Pass 4660m
Today might be the most challenging day as we cross over two passes on our way to Tseram, the highest pass being the Sele La (4480m) and Sinion La (4660). Upon reaching the top of the passes, we are rewarded with an amazing view of Yalung Glacier, Jannu (7710m), Makalu (8481m), Baruntse (7129m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), and many other mountain ranges along the Sikkim border. We then descend to Tseram. Overnight at a lodge in Tseram.

Day 17: Trek from Tseram to Ramche 4580m/4-5 hours
Passing the moraines of Yalung Glacier into an ablation valley, we ascend towards Ramche. We also come across a lake and a meadow where we can spot the blue sheep grazing on the grassy hills. We will visit the small monastery in Ramche, in the evening. Overnight at a home-stay/lodge in Ramche.

Day 18: Explore to Oktang 4730m/2-3 hours and trek back to Tseram 3870m/5-6 hours
Today, we explore Oktang view point area. Trekking through the glacial moraines and challenging rocky path, we cross Oktang, from where we can get a panoramic view of Jannu (7720m) and Kanchenjunga (8586m), and several other peaks. Retracing the same trail, we trek towards Anda Phedi relishing the view of different mountain ranges and herds of blue sheep over the grassy slope. Overnight at a lodge in Tseram.

Day 19: Trek from Tseram to Tortong 2995m/6-7 hours
We descend towards Tortong through the densely forested path filled with rhododendrons and bushes. We also stumble across few streams, Chortens, monasteries, ponds, and waterfalls on our way to Tortong. Overnight at a lodge in Tortong.

Day 20: Trek from Tortong to Yamphudim 2080m/6-7 hours
We continue to descend to the Amji Khola and then crossing Lasiya Bhanjyang (3310m) and Dhupi Bhanjyang (2620m), we descend towards Yamphudim. Yamphudim is a village inhabited by a mixed community of Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, and Gurung. Overnight at a lodge in Yamphudim.

Day 21: Trek from Yamphudim to Khebang 1915m/5-6 hours
Leaving behind the village of Yamphudim, we descend towards Khebang passing through valleys, waterfalls, and forest area. Crossing suspension bridges over several streams, we walk past small settlements alongside Kabeli Khola to arrive in Khebang. Overnight at a home-stay/lodge in Khebang.

Day 22: Drive Khebang to Ilam 1210m/6-7 hours by jeep
We take a long drive to Ilam enjoying the view of green hills, snow-capped mountains, rivers, and daily activities of the locals throughout the ride. From the mountainous part, we are now in the flatlands of Nepal. Overnight at a hotel in Ilam.

Day 23: Morning drive from Ilam to Bhadrapur airport 3-4 hours by jeep and flight back to Kathmandu
We drive towards Bhadrapur airport to catch our flight back to the capital city. Enjoying the aerial view of the mountains, we arrive in Kathmandu. After landing, we transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 24: Final departure from Kathmandu
We drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure with a hope of seeing you again.

Pricing for Group Size Basis: (Private Trip)
All inclusive Trek Price for single trekker; USD 3750
All inclusive Trek Price for 2 trekkers basis; USD 2785 per person
All inclusive Trek Price for 3 trekkers basis; USD 2605 per person
All inclusive Trek Price for 4 trekkers basis; USD 2495 per person
All inclusive Trek Price for 5-6 trekkers basis; USD 2355 per person
All inclusive Trek Price for 7-8 trekkers basis; USD 2260 per person

Date & Cost

Trip Start Date Trip End Date Status Price
Pricing for Group Size Basis: (Private Trip) All inclusive Trek Price for single trekker; USD 3750 All inclusive Trek Price for 2 trekkers basis; USD 2785 per person All inclusive Trek Price for 3 trekkers basis; USD 2605 per person All inclusive Trek Price for 4 trekkers basis; USD 2495 per person All inclusive Trek Price for 5-6 trekkers basis; USD 2355 per person All inclusive Trek Price for 7-8 trekkers basis; USD 2260 per person Book Now

Equipment List

Trekking is simply walking in the hills or the mountains – be it for a day or weeks or more. Certain basic trekking equipment are essential while you’re trekking to any parts of the trekking destinations. The items may differ from the area to area and on season to season. The following are the list of the equipment that we suggest you for your trekking in Nepal Himalaya.


  • Jackets (Fiber or down).
  • Woolen shirts and thick sweaters.
  • Waterproof jacket with hood or poncho.
  • Tracksuit.
  • Track shoes
  • Trousers
  • Thermal Underwear and Thermal coat
  • 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts
  • Pair of Gloves
  • Pair of sandals
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Woolen hat
  • Long sleeved shirt.
  • Towel and Hankies.
  • Light weight walking boots
  • 2 pairs of thin socks and 2 pair of woolen socks

Equipment’s and Accessories

  • Snow glasses and sunglasses
  • Trekking Sticks.
  • Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking.
  • 2-4 plastics bags 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones. 6-10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
  • Daypack bag to carry your personal requirements.
  • Water Bottle, water purifying tablets
  • Toilet articles and towels, Toilet paper
  • Umbrella (optional)
  • Headlamp, Torch, Candles
  • Matches / Lighters
  • Binocular, Camera, trekking map and compass, pillow, knife,  passport photograph, reading materials, pencil, rubber, pen and notebook, lip guard
  • Toilet papers.

Details of Trekking Equipment’s

  • Camp shoes/sandals: A luxury for your feet at the end of the day. Sandals or running shoes will be better you can buy for cheap in Kathmandu, are a necessity for showers during the Khumbu and Annapurna treks.
  • Thermal shirts/underwear: Good thermals, both tops and bottoms are the best for cold weather in trekking
  • Nightwear thermals: Good for making warm nights in the sleeping bag, Silk-weight is lightest and warm,
  • Fleece/sweatpants: Good for the cold evening and morning.
  • Day-wear T-shirts/Shirts: On the lower altitude trekking weather will be hot, T-shirts and shirts are recommended
  • Trekking pants: Recommended to have 2 pairs
  • Wind pants: If your trekking pants are reasonably windproof then special wind pants are not needed. If you do bring a pair, it is not necessary to have Gore-tex. Similar, non-waterproof is quite OK.
  • Underwear: Regular everyday type.
  • Neck gaiter: For winter trekking they are really the best for staying warm
  • Trekking poles: Trekking poles are very useful especially for downhill, in popular trekking in Nepal you can buy the wooden trekking poles selling by children, trekking can be done without trekking poles also
  • Sunglasses: Good wraparound glasses suitable for snow, its bright up there, but specialized glacier glasses with side pieces are not needed. Contact lens wearers report very few problems except cleaning them in the conditions.
  • Mittens/gloves: A good pair of wind-proof gloves is essential. You can buy in Kathmandu cheap if you don’t have it.
  • Sun hat/woolen hat: Trekking in spring and summer of lower altitude is more hotter and whole day sun shining, you can bring the hat or small cap to protect from Sunburn, on the upper part of trek more cold and windy so you can have woolen hat to make your head warmer.
  • First aid kit :All our trekking our tour and trek leaders carry the first aid kit box including the medicine for altitude sickness and diaoheria and other small problems, you should bring any personal medicines that you need, some time your local medicine is more effective than we provide
  • Water purificationSome places on the tea house trek can buy the Mineral water but it is discourage for an
  • Water bottle: Two water bottles are recommend 1 liters bottles, bring the good one to take boiling water and be leak proof, European Aluminum bottles are best .
  • Torch / Flashlight: Flash light or head lamp is necessary
  • Towel: During the trekking there are no available Towel at guest houses so you need one small and light towel for trekking
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen: The sun is strong at altitude, especially after snow. Bring at least sunscreen and lip balm WITH SPF 15, and better still SPF 30+. You can buy in Kathmandu
  • Moisturizer: The air is dry and windier with dust some part of the trek so moisturizer is good to car for skins.environmental point of view because of the plastic bottles, hot and boiled water can get from the guest house. Iodine tablets and water purification drop chlorine is recommended to take.
  • Toiletries: shampoo, soap, scissors, hair products, tooth brush and tooth paste, tissues, sun cream, chap stick, antiseptic hand wipes, face washer etc.
  • Daypack: This should be comfortable and a good waist band that transfers some of the weight to the hips is most important. It needs to be big enough to take a jacket, fleece, water, camera and odds and ends. Kathmandu now offers a range of cheap fall-part packs to top of the range.
  • Footwear: One pair of sturdy light to middle-weight hiking boots. Typically these are combination of nylon and leather. We suggest boots with a Gore-tax lining to be waterproof. These types of shoes have a lug sole for good traction and provide lateral support for the ankles that is essential while hiking (for example; the Vasquez Clarion and the A solo Approach). Heavy-weight all-leather backpacking boots are not recommended. Be sure your footwear is broken in and fits well. Boots should fit comfortably over one thin liner sock and a mid-weight wool sock. This reduces chafing and blisters. Tennis shoes or sandals are also useful for in camp use or bathing.
  • Socks: Four pairs of liner socks. Four pairs of mid-weight wool socks. Socks and footwear should be coordinated for a proper fit.
  • Back pack: For travel in Nepal and for trekking a back pack is more suitable than a suit case. If you plan on trekking, hiking a sturdy and comfortable back pack and day pack is essential. You should have your back pack expertly fitted to you before your departure. Your back pack should also have a water proof cover. Normally you need 2 one is 60 litters and another 25 is more suitable.
  • Sleeping bag: Down-filled Sleeping bags are better for Nepal tour and trekking. Beg, borrow or steal a good one (i.e. 4-5 season) because high altitude nights will be cool. Good down is fluffy, light and thick. A muff (an extra section around the neck) makes a big difference to the overall warmth of a bag. Reasonable sleeping bags are cheaply available for rent or buy in Kathmandu. We advise you to take -20 is batter.
  • Sleeping bag liner: Cotton, silk or fleece. Saves washing your sleeping bag and adds warmth.
  • Down jacket/Gore-Tex: This Jacket is needed for trekking up to 3200m also cold in the evening and morning, if you don’t have it and wanted to use for only Nepal trekking you can rented in Nepal.
  • Fleece jacket: Most trekkers consider this essential, but alternatives are a thick thermal top or a light down jacket. In Kathmandu you can get almost any sort of copy fleece you need
  • Rain Jacket/ Wind Shell: The jacket should be very water repellent and roomy.
  • Layering: Keeping the proper temperature is best accomplished by adding or taking off layers of clothing. While hiking during the day, you may be in shorts or skirt and a long-sleeved shirt. During the evening, as the temperature cools, you will add a sweater and, perhaps, a parka. Bringing the items outlined below will ensure that you are adequately prepared. Make sure that your clothing is sized to allow your layers and still move comfortably.


Before You Go

Nepal Trekking is a beautiful adventure and biggest way to explore and understand the language of mountains. Nepal is mesmerizing due to geographical diversity, natural beauty, and variety of indigenous cultures. Watching the breathtaking view of world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest (8848m) is a common dream of people around the world. Also, there are the highest Himalayan passes, gorgeous deep valleys, beautiful glaciers and high-altitude lakes- all of this amounts to an overwhelming experience for any trekker.

Cost Included

  • Airport to transfer and from hotel in Kathmandu or as per itinerary prior to commencement and after the end of the trek if requested.
  • Road transport, normally by bus, as per the trek itinerary.
  • Flight within Nepal as per the trek itinerary.
  • Three meals in a day while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) including one cup of hot beverage (tea or coffee) with the meal.
  • Accommodation on twin share basis in teahouses, lodges or homestays for the duration of the trek.
  • All trekking, climbing and restricted area entry permit fees required for the trek.
  • Government licensed English speaking guide.
  • Porters (one porter per two trekkers) carrying a maximum of 25kgs.
  • Salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation guides and porters

Cost not Include

  • International flights to and from Nepal.
  • Domestic flights within Nepal except where indicated on the itinerary.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Nepal Entry Visa fees.
  • Travel and rescue or emergency evacuation insurance.
  • Any costs associated with rescue or emergency evacuation.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner prior to and after the trek.
  • Drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
  • Meals and snacks other than breakfast lunch and dinner while trekking.
  • Personal equipment or any expenses of a personal nature.
  • Single trekker supplement.
  • Peak climbing permit.
  • Cost of additional porters for excess equipment above 12.5kg per person allowance.
  • Tips and gratuities.

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