Kanchenjunga Trek - 23 night 24 days Trekking plus 3 nights in Kathmandu

Trekking, Hiking, Sightseeing, Cultural Insight, Adventure Trekking, Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Explore National Parks, High altitude experience, and many more
Country
Region
Activity
Group size
1
Duration
23 night 24 days Trekking plus 3 nights in Kathmandu Days
Mode
Cottage / Tent-House
Max-Altitude
5,200m/17,060ft
Daily Walking
5-6hrs
Grade
4
Culture
Hinduism, Buddhism
Best season
Autumn and Spring
Best season
Autumn and Spring

This is a superb opportunity to experience the unforgettable mountain scenery and natural splendours of the legendary Kanchenjunga national park and peaks.

Enjoy 24 days (23 nights) of trekking adventure in the most impressive landscape on the planet. 

You will be helped with all preparations – mentally as well as in terms of top-calibre equipment – beginning with three nights of information and sightseeing in the colourful Nepalese capital, Kathmandu. You can meet your guides and develop team spirit ready for the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are ahead of you.

1. Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)

  • Meals:Lunch / Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Kathmandu
  • Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Thamel

Highlights:

  • Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Evening Walk at Thamel

2. Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Sightseeing

  • Duration:Whole day
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Boudhanath Stupa
  • Pashupatinath Temple
  • Thamel

Highlights:

  • Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Equipment Checking
  • Briefing about the trek
  • Introduction with Guide

3. Kathmandu – Bhadrapur via Flight and Drive from Bhadrapur to Birtamode(300m/1,000ft)

  • Duration:1hr Flight and 1.5hrs Drive(35Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Transportation:Flight and Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Kathmandu
  • Bhadrapur
  • Birtamode

Highlights:

  • Breathtaking sceneries from Flight
  • Scenic Drive
  • Southern Part of Nepal
  • Low Land
  • Famous for Betel nut

4. Birtamode – Taplejung(1,820m/5,971ft)

  • Duration:7-8hrs (114Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:1,520m/4,986ft

  • Birtamode
  • Ilam
  • Fidim
  • Taplejung

Highlights:

  • Scenic Drive
  • Tea Garden
  • Beautiful Landscapes

5. Taplejung – Mitlung(996m/3,267ft)

  • Duration:4-5hrs walk (7-8Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:824m/2,703ft

  • Taplejung
  • Dovan
  • Bhanjyang
  • Mitlung

Highlights:

  • Small Jungles
  • Small Villages
  • Straight trail and downhill

6. Mitlung – Chiruw(1,270m/4,166ft)

  • Duration:5-6hrs walk (9-10Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:274m/898ft

  • Mitlung
  • Tawa Khola
  • Chiruw

Highlights:

  • Jungle walk
  • Tamur Rivers-one of the famous rivers in Nepal
  • Famous for Pork

7. Chiruw – Sekathum(1,660m/5446ft)

  • Duration:5hrs walk (8-9Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:390m/1,279ft

  • Chiruw
  • Taplethok
  • Damewa
  • Lelep
  • Hellok
  • Sekathum

Highlights:

  • Rhododendron Forest – 28 species of Rhododendron
  • Oak Forest
  • Pine Forest 

8. Sekathum – Amjilossa (2,510m/8,234ft)

  • Duration:6hrs walk(8-10Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:850m/2,788ft

  • Sekathum
  • Jonjim
  • Ghaiyabari
  • Amjilossa

Highlights:

  • Rhododendron Forest
  • Hilly Region Limbu
  • Sherpa Villages
  • Small Villages
  • Beautiful Landscape
  • Paddy

9. Amjilossa – Gyabala (2,730m/8,956ft)

  • Duration:5-6hrs walk (7-8Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:220m/721ft

  • Amjilossa
  • Thyanyani
  • Syajungma
  • Gyabala

Highlights:

  • Green Hills
  • Mountain Sceneries
  • Vegetations
  • Flora and fauna

10. Gyabala – Ghunsa (3,595m/11,794ft)

  • Duration:6hrs(10-11Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:865m/2,837ft

  • Gyabala
  • Phale( Pal Phere)
  • Yamtari Tar
  • Ghunsa

Highlights:

  • Mountainous Area
  • Chorten
  • Downtown area of Kanchenjunga
  • Prayer Flags
  • Permit Check Point
  • Landscapes

11. Acclimatization Day | Day Hike

  • Duration:Whole day
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Ghunsa 

Highlights:

  • Permit Check and Trek Preparation
  • Explore herbs and vegetations
  • Discover lifestyle of local people

12. Ghunsa – Khambachen(4,100m/13,451ft)

  • Duration:7hrs(12-13Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:505m/1,656ft

  • Ghunsa
  • Rampuk Kharka
  • Lyakep(Lakep)
  • Khambachen

Highlights:

  • Mountainous Area
  • Sceneries
  • Herbs and Vegetations
  • Suspension Bridges
  • Flora and fauna

13. Khambachen – Lhonak (4,785m/15,698ft)

  • Duration:7hrs walk (9-10Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:685m/2,247ft

  • Khambachen
  • Sisima
  • Ramtang
  • Lhonak

Highlights:

  • Kanchenjunga View
  • Glacier
  • Snow Leopard and other wild and rare animals
  • Beautiful Sceneries
  • Adventure and Excitement

14. Lhonak – Pang Pema(Kanchenjunga North Base Camp -5,200m/17,060ft)

  • Duration:3hrs walk(4-5Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:415m/1,361ft

  • Lhonak
  • Jorkin
  • Pang Pema

Highlights:

  • Glacier
  • Kanchenjunga North View
  • Mountain Scenery
  • Achievement of a lifetime
  • Massive Mountain View

15. Pang Pema – Khambachen(4,100m/13,451ft)

  • Duration:5hrs walk(14-15Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:1,100m/3,608ft

  • Pang Pema
  • Jorkin
  • Lhonak
  • Ramtang
  • Sisima
  • Khambachen

Highlights:

  • Glacier
  • Massive Mountain View
  • Herbs and vegetation
  • Beautiful Landscape

16. Khambachen – Ghunsa

  • Duration:5hrs walk(12-13Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:505m/1,656ft

  • Khambachen
  • Lyakep(Lakep)
  • Rampuk Kharka
  • Ghunsa

Highlights:

  • Mountainous Area
  • Sceneries
  • Herbs and Vegetations
  • Suspension Bridges
  • Flora and fauna

17. Ghunsa – Sele La High Camp (4,310m/13,549ft)

  • Duration:4-5hrs walk(8-9Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:715m/2,345ft

  • Ghunsa
  • Sele La Khola
  • Tangbharma Danda
  • Sele La High Camp

Highlights:

  • Mountainous Sceneries
  • Walk through Remote Area
  • Off-beaten track
  • Herbs and Vegetations
  • Flora and fauna

18. Sele La High Camp – Cheram(3,868m/12,696ft)via Sele La Pass (4,290m/14,074ft)

  • Duration:8hrs walk (12-13Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:530m/1,738ft
  • Descend:966m/3,169ft

  • Sele La High Camp
  • Sele La Pass
  • Phokte Danda
  • Mirgin La Pass
  • Sinelapche Bhanjyang
  • Cheram

Highlights:

  • Mountainous Sceneries
  • Lakes
  • Herbs and Vegetations
  • Flora and fauna
  • Adventure and excitement
  • Achievement of a lifetime

19. Cheram – Ramche(4,610m/15,124ft)

  • Duration:7-8hrs walk(12-13Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:742m/2,434ft

  • Cheram
  • Yalung Bara
  • Simbuwa Khola
  • Lapsang
  • Ramche

Highlights:

  • View of Mt.Kabru
  • Yalung Glacier
  • Wildlife
  • Mountainous Area
  • Hilly Area
  • Sceneries
  • Herbs and Vegetations
  • Rivers
  • Fresh Air
  • Suspension Bridges
  • Flora and fauna
  • Blue Sheep
  • Sightseeing Stone Hut

20. Ramche – Yalung Base Camp (South Base Camp: 4,500m/14,763ft) – Ramche

  • Duration:8hrs walk(12-13Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:150m/492ft
  • Descend:150m/492ft

  • Ramche
  • Okhordung(Oktang)
  • Yalung Base Camp

Highlights:

  • Day Hike
  • Breathtaking Mountain Sceneries
  • Yaks
  • Glacier Walk
  • Snow Leopard
  • View Of Mt.Kanchenjunga
  • Sceneries
  • Herbs and Vegetations
  • Flora and fauna

21. Ramche – Anda Phedi(3, 990m/13,090ft)

  • Duration:5hrs walk(12-13Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:620m/2,034ft

  • Ramche
  • Lapsang
  • Yalung Bara
  • Cheram(Tseram)
  • Anda Phedi

Highlights:

  • Mountain Sceneries
  • Herbs and Vegetations
  • Suspension Bridges
  • Flora and fauna
  • Wildlife
  • Hilly Region

22. Anda Phedi – Tortong(2,995m/9,826ft)

  • Duration:5hrs walk(9-10Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:995m/3,264ft

  • Anda Phedi
  • Simbuwa Khola
  • Tortong

Highlights:

  • Bushes
  • Hilly Area
  • Rhododendron Forest
  • Sceneries
  • Herbs and Vegetations
  • Lifestyle and culture
  • Flora and fauna

23. Tortong – Yamphudim(2,080m/6,824ft

  • Duration:5-6hrs walk (9-10Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:651m/2,135ft
  • Descend:1,566m/5,137ft

  • Tortong
  • Lasiya Bhanjyang
  • Chittre
  • Kharka
  • Yamphudim

Highlights:

  • Hilly Area
  • Sceneries
  • Herbs and Vegetations
  • Lifestyle and Culture
  • Rural Landscape
  • Flora and fauna

24. Yamphudim – Khebang(1,915m/6,282ft)

  • Duration:5hrs walk(12-13Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:165m/541ft

  • Yamphudim
  • Thungim
  • Ekim
  • Kabela Khola
  • Ekchna Bhanjyang
  • Khebang

Highlights:

  • Terraced Field
  • Hinduism and Buddhism
  • Sceneries
  • Herbs and Vegetations
  • Suspension Bridges
  • Flora and fauna

25. Khebang – Lalikharka(2,265m/7,431ft)

  • Duration:7hrs walk(14-15Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:350m/1,148ft

  • Khebang
  • Tellok
  • Khande Bhanjyang
  • Shimbu
  • Lali Kharka

Highlights:

  • Terraced Field
  • Agriculture
  • Cattle
  • Lifestyle and Culture
  • Sceneries
  • Herbs and Vegetations
  • Suspension Bridges
  • Flora and fauna

26. Lalikharka – Birtamode

  • Duration:7-8hrs (125Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Jeep
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Lalikharka
  • Deurali
  • Ilam
  • Taplejung
  • Birtamode

Highlights:

  • Terraced Field
  • Tea Garden
  • Sceneries
  • Herbs and Vegetations
  • Scenic Drive
  • Flora and fauna

27. Drive to Biratnagar and Fly back to Kathmandu

  • Duration:2.5hrs Drive (82Km) and 1hr Flight
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transportation:Private vehicle and flight
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:

  • Birtamode
  • Biratnagar
  • Kathmandu

Highlights:

  • Low land
  • Sceneries
  • Herbs and Vegetations
  • Lifestyle and Culture
  • Flora and fauna
  • Farewell Dinner in the Evening

28. Departure Day

COST INCLUDES

  • Airport pickup and drop
  • Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Horizon Kathmandu)
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek (Full Board)
  • Domestic flights or Private Vehicle/Bus
  • An experienced and professional English-speaking trekking guide, assistant trekking guide (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter in Tea-House Trek) required Porter in camping Trek including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag, down jacket, Nepal Mountain Trekkers duffer bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (Note: down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • TIMS Card, Conservation Parks and Special Kanchenjunga Permits.
  • Rescue arrangement service
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • 13% Tax and 10%  service charges.
  • Farewell dinner

COST EXCLUDE

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • Food in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses(internet, laundry, battery charge, donation, etc)
  • All soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for guide and porters

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“Namaste” is the common form of greeting in Nepal which is often spoken as Namaskar. It is a traditional Hindu greeting and it is used both for salutation and valediction. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.

While you are on Kanchenjunga Trek, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you can only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring conversion plug or another converter if your device is not suitable with two-pin plug. And while you stay overnight in tent-camps, it is recommended to have your own power supply if possible. 

Yes, you can certainly get access to WiFi in lodges and also mobile data during Kanchenjunga Trek for the Internet and to communicate with your friends and family.

The trail is not quite busy at all since it is still not discovered by many people. Hardly few people have knowledge about this trek so it is perfect for the trekking seeking for peaceful and virgin trekking routes. 

Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practised that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.

You can bring any of the currencies to Nepal which is approved and acceptable by Government of Nepal and for your ease, Nepal Mountain Trekkers provide you with the facility of exchanging foreign currency at the market rate without any commissions and extra charge.

ATMs and credit cards are accessible only on the major cities of Nepal, so during your Kanchenjunga Trek, you can use ATMs and credit cards only while you are in Kathmandu, Biratnagar and Birtamod.

There is a possibility of getting altitude sickness during Kanchenjunga Trek but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area comprises cultivated lands, forests, pastures, rivers, high altitude lakes and glaciers and the mammals inhabitant in here is Snow Leopard, the Asian black bear, and Red Panda whereas Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Snowcock, Blood Pheasant, and Red-billed Chough are the bird species which can be spotted in this conservation area.

People in the Kanchenjunga region mostly follows the Bon religion that pre-dates Tibetan Buddhism. 

Yes, you will need to issue special permits for Kanchenjunga Trek because it is a restricted area as well as is being protected from the influence of outer world. Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Entry Permit (KCAP), Kanchenjunga restricted area entry permit and Trekkers Information Management System(TIMS) Card are required to go for Kanchenjunga Trek. 

The trek could be extremely adventurous and exciting for solo trekkers and since you will be walking through off-the-beaten paths, it is somehow risky for the solo trekker and solo female trekkers. You need to be aware and capable of handling several situations in order to prevent from obligations and challenges during the trek. So, at least a highly experienced and certified trekking guide is needed for this trek even for solo trekkers. 

Yes, of course, with Nepal Mountain Trekkers you can customize/personalize the trek itinerary and services to be provided according to your requirements.

Yes, it is possible to get hot showers during Kanchenjunga Trek on the lodges you would be staying overnight or during acclimatization.

Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.

Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottle waters or should have a water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.

It is necessary to take a highly experienced and licensed guide to instruct you and help you explore the best of this trek as well as to take care of you during the trek. If you go trekking without a guide then you won't get to know the things you ought to explore as well as there might arise several problems on the trail. On the other hand, to enhance the comfort of trekking, you might need porters to carry your loads. 

Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than two decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with us as our other clients.

During Kanchenjunga Trek, you would be staying overnight at tea-houses or lodges as well as tent-camps and you will be served with traditional Nepali dishes like Dal-Bhat.

In the case of emergence, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek.

The best time to go for Kanchenjunga Trek would be autumn or spring because the weather would be clear and the sceneries are vivid under the clear blue sky and lush greenery everywhere. Moreover, the blooming of rhododendron forest and other herbs and vegetations would be the major attraction of being there during autumn and spring as well it will reduce the risk of natural calamities and blockades from snowfalls as well as slippery path and attacks of leeches due to rainfall.

The earthquake of 2015 had an adverse effect on the trekking trails and the local inhabitants back then but now after the patience and positive attitude of the people along with their effort and collaboration from several donors, the trails are totally recovered and fine for trekking again. Though the lifestyle of people is somehow still lagged behind in some reasons because of trekkers and their contributions, they’ve got a light of hope that they will rise again.

Kanchenjunga Trek is one of the challenging and adventurous treks in Nepal because of the duration of the trek and the off-the-beaten pathways with difficult ascend and descends. But proper preparation, instructions and acclimatizations, it would be easy to tackle those challenges.

Mt. Kanchenjunga is third highest Himalaya in the world after Everest and K2 standing tall at an altitude of 8,586 meters above sea level. And our Kanchenjunga Trek allows you to experience this Himalaya along with its nature and surroundings in close proximity. It is actually an opportunity to explore the unexplored and travel through off-the-beaten trekking route at eastern Nepal. Mostly en-route, we always get great views of the Himalayas above 8,000 meters with neighbouring peaks. And this trek is also topographically diversified which makes it home to varied wildlife endangered species. For instance,  musk deer, snow leopard, red panda and other habitats.

Generally, Kanchenjunga Trek is 16-19 days long but you can customize/personalize the trekking days and the itinerary according to your requirement with Nepal Mountain Trekkers.

Reviews
Kit Oi and Robert
Kit Oi and Robert
Source:Trip Advisor

We did a 20 day trek to south and north side Kanchenjunga. We highly recommend this trek and this company. The trek takes you through lovely villages, giving insight into the lives of the different people who live in this area, and the amazing terraces and farming that is done in this area. Then there are the beautiful forests, and of course the mind blowing mountains that seemed so close to us at the south and north base camps of Kanchenjunga and when we were crossing the pass from south to north. We had excellent support from our guide Min and our team of 5. They were very conscientious over our welfare and delightful to be with. There was a fuel blockade at the Nepal/India border at this time which made the logistics of the long overland travel very difficult. Ramesh and Shiva from Nepal Mountain Trekkers did an amazing job organising our bus and jeep to get us to and from the start of the trek and Min sorted any problems on trek efficiently. We are also pleased that the company prioritises trying to bring benefit to the villages, and the welfare of the trekking crew. Thank you and we hope to be back!

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