Kanchenjungha Trek - 25 Days

In the far north-eastern boundary of Nepal, lies a sacred trekking route that eventually takes the trekkers to the base camp of the third highest mountain peak in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m). The Kanchenjunga trek route is the perfect trail for those who wish to enjoy the belle nature in perfect solitude. This trekking trail is visited by very few numbers of tourists; therefore, hikers who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of a lot of other trekkers on the way may find this trail their perfect vacation. Although the place may be less crowded, the beauty of the trail and the landscapes escorting the route is not compromised.


The Kanchenjunga massif consists of five peaks. That is why the name lays- Kanchenjunga which means “Five Treasures of the Great Snow”. Local people believe that Kanchenjunga massif is a repository of different treasures like gold, silver, gems, grains, and sacred texts. The first summiteers back in 1955 stopped a few meters short of the summit because of the belief that Kanchenjunga is a sacred peak. Each of the five peaks in the Kanchenjunga massif is more than 8,000 meters high.

The Kanchenjunga trek route is a restricted route and there are few requirements to do this trek. Hiking with a local guide is a must and there must be at least 2 trekkers in the group. Only then, necessary permits can be obtained. This trekking route is not for solo travelers.

The best season to make this hike can be Autumn (September-November) and Spring (March-May), as there is astounding visibility of the landscapes during these seasons. The difficulty level of the trek is quite challenging as we go through a vast change in altitudes, therefore, it demands trekkers to be physically and mentally fit and prepared. Our trip will also include a few acclimatization days that will help the trekkers to better adapt themselves with the high-altitude changes.

Along the way, we can witness the temperate, tropical, and sup-alpine forests including a variety of floras and faunas. The sights of Rhododendron, chestnut, oak forests, pine, firs, and orchids would be common along with the trial. Various wildlife such as Snow leopard, Himalayan Asian black beer, and Red pandas have been seen in this region but it is less likely for them to be spotted during the hike.

This route shares boundaries with two neighboring countries and the community we encounter on the way are also diverse. We meet ethnic Limbu and Rai people, following Hinduism in lower altitude areas whereas as we go higher the people living there belong to Bhote and Sherpa community who follow Buddhism. Therefore, this trek is not only about exploring the landscapes but also exploring the diversified culture Nepalese people have.

Trip Highlights:

  • A Half-an-hour flight that offers a stunning view of the mountain ranges along the central and eastern Nepal including Mt. Everest.
  • Exploring the remote villages of the Kanchenjunga region.
  • If Lucky enough, encountering with unique wildlife species such as Red panda, Snow leopard and Himalayan Asian Black beer.
  • Astonishing vegetation along the trail and beautiful flowers like Rhododendron, orchids, firs, and many more.
  • Heart-warming hospitality of ethnic Rai, Limbu people and Bhote, Sherpa people in higher regions.
  • Reminiscing scenarios of the main peak and five subsidiary peaks more than 8,000m.
  • Beholding more than 20 peaks around the massif which are above 7,000metres.
  • Witnessing five major glacial systems in the region and walking on many young glaciers along the path.
  • Exploring the Northern side and Southern side base camps of Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • Learning about different cultures of Tibetan refugees.


Day 1
Airport Pickup and Hotel Transfer

Our Representative will be waiting for you at the airport and welcome you to our typical Nepali culture. You will be quickly arriving at the hotel afterward where you can expect luxurious accommodation. There will be a welcome dinner tonight and afterward a proper sleep which is much needed after the long trip from home.

Day 2
Rest and Tour Day at Kathmandu

Today we will discuss our trekking and make necessary preparations and we take a quick city tour of Kathmandu as well. After all the briefings regarding the trek and acquainting necessary permits, we will arrange a short trip to a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city such as Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and so on. A quick stroll in the streets of Kathmandu and last-minute gear shopping is a perfect thing to do in the evening.

Day 3
A 45-minutes flight to Bhadrapur and a 4-hrs drive to Phidim

Today again you will be going to the same airport you landed 2 days ago, from where we will take a domestic flight to Bhadrapur airport in Jhapa. If you get the left-hand side seat in the aircraft, you will enjoy the panoramic view of the mountain range of Central and Eastern Nepal. After we land in Bhadrapur, we take a jeep or a bus and drive to Phidim where we stay in a local guest house.

Day 4
An eight hours drive to Taplejung (1,820m)

As we continue the drive from Phidim towards the north, we leave behind the plains of Terai and climb higher and higher into the green hills. We drive through beautiful hills of Illam and during the drive itself, you will see amazing sceneries of green hills and tea cultivation. Ilam is also well known as the queen of hills. At the end of the day, we reach Suketar which will be the starting point of our trek. So, we take a proper rest tonight at Suketar.

Day 5
6-7 hours Trek to Chirwa (1,270m)

Different trails lead to Chirwa from Suketar. We will walk via Mitlung which will initially be a downhill walkway. We will trek along small settlement villages and scenic pastures. During our walk today, we will cross two rivers: Hundewa Khola and the Tamur River. Following the east bank of Tamur River, we will continue our trek and after reaching Mitlung we will take a short break. Then our trail will be uphill, following the riverbanks of Chirwa Khola. Eventually, we will reach Chirwa and stay overnight in the village.

Day 6
8-9 hours Trek to Amjilosa (2,520m)

8 hours of walk is going to be a long day therefore we must start early. We take our breakfast early and head northwards from the village. Following the ups and downs along the eastward bank of the Tamur River, we will reach a Chhetri village in Tapethok, 1320m. This is Kanchenjunga National Park checkpoint. After showing permits here we continue our trek. As we go higher, we begin encountering Tibetan people on the way. At the end of the day, we reach Amjilosa which is a Tibetan settlement and we will be welcomed by the warm hospitality of Sherpa and Tibetan people. Proper rest tonight is prominent after a tiring day.

Day 7
4 hrs Trek to Gyabla (2,730m)

After a demanding walk yesterday, we don’t push ourselves much today. A relatively shorter walk will be good enough to take us to Gyabla where we will spend our night. The trail we walk today is far from human settlements so we don’t encounter any villages. However, there is always something to cherish- wildlife, in today’s case. We will hike through dense forest, most of which will have Bamboo, Rhododendrons, and Brown Oaks.

Day 8
5 hrs. Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m)

Although we will climb about 800 meters of altitude today, the beginning will be a steep descent into a gorge. Then after walking through the forests of Rhododendrons and firs and following the riverbank we trek to beautiful Yak pastures in Foley. Here we will cross the 3,000m threshold altitude. After having lunch at Pholey we continue our trek. We reach Ghunsa Khola and after crossing the bridge over the river we will enter the village where we stay overnight.

Day 9
Acclimatization Day at Ghunsa

Yesterday we crossed 3,000m altitude and tomorrow we will cross the 4,000m threshold, which is why we take a rest day at Ghunsa. With the increase in altitude, our body tends to get much tired due to the availability of less oxygen. However, rest day does not mean we would just sit and do nothing. Today, we will hike up in the surrounding hills and get used to the higher altitudes.

Day 10
hrs. Trek to Kambachen (4,050m)

After a proper rest day, we are good to go higher. We need to be extra alert because we might encounter landslides on the trail. This area is prone to landslides. We trek northwards from Ghunsa through some spectacular terrain. We will get some extra treat of sight today as we get an exquisite view of the north face of Mt. Jannu (7,710m) and a glimpse of the Jannu Glacier as well. Finally, we arrive at Kambachen, which is a temporary settlement and has small lodges (teahouses).

Day 11
7 hrs. Trek to Lhonak (4,780m)

Today’s trek is going to be a long walk. But we will not see any settlements today also as there are no villages or houses on the trial. After a few hours of hiking, we will reach Ramtang from where the Kanchenjunga glacier starts. There is also a beautiful monastery in this place and the views here are simply amazing. As we move forward, we cross over the Lhonak glacier. The junction of Lhonak and Kanchenjunga glacier is a treat to watch. After a while, we will arrive at the small settlement at Lhonak and spend our night there

Day 12
6 hrs. Trek to Pangpema (5,065m)

Today we will be visiting the North base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga and it is going to be one of the best days of the trip. The north base camp is locally called as Pangpema. We climb only 300 meters of altitude but it will take us about 6hrs, so it is going to be a steep hike. We will steadily climb through the trail. We need to be careful because few places in the trail are prone to landslide. Finally crossing all the rocky sections, we arrive at the flat grassy plain basin of Kanchenjunga North base camp and the view we get is worth the hike we just finished. We stay there overnight.

Day 13
Exploring Kanchenjunga Base Camp Area

Our trip would be incomplete if we don’t spend at least a day exploring the nearby ridges in the Kanchenjunga base camp area. While exploring the area we will behold exquisite views of Mt. Jannu, the North face of Kanchenjunga, and the Chang Himal. The fact that this area is less visited and less crowded makes it pretty serene and the atmosphere tranquil. We will also witness an amusing vista of the glaciers. It is also possible that we might meet some climbers who attempt the Peak Climbing. From the base camp, it takes 4 days of a hike to reach the peak of Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Day 14
hours Trek to Ghunsa (5,140m)

After a beautiful day of exploring the base camp area, we head southwards to reach Ghunsa. Since most of our trials would be downhill, we can cover much more distance today. On the way back, we will be recalling all our memories and once again witnessing the beauty of the place, this time with a different perspective.

Day 15
6 hrs Trek to Sele Le (4,290m)

From Ghunsa, we leave behind the trail to Gyabla and pick the eastward trail following to Sele Le and beyond. Like many other sections in the trial, this section is also isolated from human settlements. The dense forest of Rhododendron and Juniper is what we are going to encounter today. As depicted by other travelers, we might be seeing snow leopards in this section of our trial. Hence, we need to be more careful and stick together all the time. We stay overnight at Sele Le.

Day 16
8 hrs. trek to Sheram (3,870m)

Today we will be covering quite a long distance and also hiking through different passes like Sinon La Pass, Mirgin La Pass, and Sinelapcha La Pass. We will see the astounding panorama of the white-painted mountains. We will also be trailing today along the Sikkim border. Today we will join our trek to the Kanchenjunga south treks where weather conditions are not always favorable. So, we have to be mentally prepared about the challenges. But also with pain comes gain-in this case the serenity of the Himalayas.

Day 17
7 hrs. Trek to Oktang Base Camp (5,364m)

Today is the last day of climbing on the trek. From tomorrow we will be descending back. After hiking for about 7 hours we will finally reach the south Base Camp of the Mt. Kanchenjunga. The beautiful glimpse of snowy mountains and ridges will heal all your pains and sorrows. The amazing viewpoint of Kanchenjunga allows you to behold stunning views of Mt. Rothang and Kabru on the Nepal-Sikkim border. After walking through a series of ablation valleys, we finally reach the Oktang Base Camp- the local name of Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. To have a different perspective view of Mt. Kanchenjunga today, after having viewed it from the Northern side also is going to be a soothing feeling. The highlights of today’s trek are the views of Kokthan, Rathong, and Kabru as well. We also descend to Sheram today and stay overnight there.

Day 18
7 hrs Trek to Torangden (2,995m)

Beginning the day with splendid views of towering peaks Kabru and Rathong, we trek downhill. Descending feels pretty much easier and quicker and we cover a lot of distance today. Most of the views on the way comprise of the snow-capped Himalayas and Rhododendron forests. Following the easy trail along the Simbua Khola, we finally arrive at Troangden and stay there overnight.

Day 19
7 hrs. Trek to Yamphudin (2,080m)

Today’s trial comprising of difficult sections is going to be a tough hike. The landslide-prone sections, 600m climb to Lamite pass (3500m) make the trek more demanding. So we must be alert at all times. Similar to the previous days, we will be walking through Pines and Rhododendron forests but they might be scarcely seen from tomorrow. We again walk another pass at Dhupi Bhanjyang. After there our trial will follow cultivable fields where corn and barley are grown. Finally, we reach Yamphudin-a mixed community of Sherpas, Limbus, Rais, and Gurungs. We stay there overnight.

Day 20
7-8 hrs Trek to Khebang (1,910m)

Early in the morning we have our breakfast at Yamphudin and start walking downhill southwards. We pass through villages of Chhetri and Brahmins. As we we’re traveling remote trails for the past few days, seeing settlements of people makes us feel lively. Ascending and Descending along the splendid trail, we will trek to Khebang and stay there overnight.

Day 21
8-9 hrs Trek to Khandembe (1,420m)

Leaving behind the trails of the Himalayas we are now walking along the high hills of the region. Today we drop almost 1,000metres of altitude in about 6 kilometers of distance. We will have our lunch at Dobhan. After resting for a few minutes in the beautiful village we head towards Khandembe.

Day 22
4 hrs Trek to Tharpu (1,660m)

After continuous trekking of about 7 hours every day, we now cut short our trek 4 hours today as it is going to be the last day of our trek (not our trip). All the memories that we recall today will make us feel to just continue walking more days and explore the place more. Today we explore the last glimpse of Kanchenjunga Range. After a relatively short day of walking, we reach Tharpu village and stay there overnight.

Day 23
8-9 hrs Drive to Bhadrapur

Our Trek ends and we now travel by road and air. We take a bus to travel to Bhadrapur airport about 190 kilometres away. The road that twists and turns make our traveling time much longer compared to the distance we cover. After reaching Bhadrpaur we stay in a hotel and prepare for the flight tomorrow. Strolling in the streets of Bhadrapur can be quite refreshing.

Day 24
Fly Back to Kathmandu

The last day of the trip will take you off from the eastern plains and land you into the central hills of the country. The view you get from the aircraft itself is also, something that is pretty enough to recall when you get back home. After landing in Kathmandu, we check back into our hotel and get a pretty comfortable rest. You will be inside a luxurious hotel room after so many days, So Enjoy.

Day 25

Today is the last day of your trip to Nepal. our clerk will drop you to International Airport and say goodbye till the next trip. Wish you have a pleasant flight back home. see you next time.

Cost Included

  • For both international and domestic flights: Airport transfer.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Traveling arrangements from Bhadrapur Airport to Suketar and back.
  • Luxurious hotel accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Variety of meal choices during the trek.
  • Boiled water during the trek.
  • Luxurious accommodation at teahouse in the trek route.
  • Welcome dinner with cultural program.
  • All necessary permits.
  • Trained Guide and Porters for the trek

Cost Excluded

  • Nepal entry Visa fees.
  • Travel Insurance
  • International Airfare
  • All Drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Tips
  • Any items of personal use like beverage drinks, telephone, etc.

What we Need?


Route Specific Trekking Gears

Below listed items could be really important and sometimes life-saving in one of the most challenging trekking routes in the region.
• Warm clothing to withstand cold temperatures up
to -10 degrees and more
• Sun protection hat
• UV protection sunglasses
• Inner gloves, outer gloves, and mittens
• Hiking shoes with spikes, for less slippery hiking
• Water bottle.
• Sleeping bag
• Headlamps
• Personal cosmetics
• Medical kit
• Extra batteries
• Chargers and power banks
• International Electric plugs

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Trip Facts

  • Tourist Vehicle, domestic flight
  • 2-20
  • 5000m.
  • Hotel and Tea House Lodges
  • Moderate
  • Kathmandu Airport
  • Kathmandu Airport
  • Autumn & Spring
  • Trained Trekking Guide
  • Trekking
  • 3 Meals a Day