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Kanchenjunga Trekking

Kanchenjunga Trekking

Kanchenjunga Trekking is getting popular day by day because of its wilderness and stunning views. Kanchenjunga is the third most noteworthy mountain on the planet and the second most astounding in Nepal topographically situated in the far northeastern corner of Nepal flanking Sikkim in India.

Kanchenjunga Trekking considered as a standout amongst the most awesome mountain massifs and offers chance to see all encompassing perspectives from each heading. Kanchenjunga is deciphered along the lines of “Five Treasures of the Snow” which is in reference to the five summits that make up Kanchenjunga and the principle top is 8586m high.Kanchenjunga trekking is getting more mainstream nowadays among nature addicts as it offers long experience to remote and excellent territory of Himalayas in Nepal’s eastern districts.

Kanchenjunga trekking  offers trekkers the opportunity to investigate the wild alongside magnificent and astonishing assortment of landscape. Lavish farmland and lush valleys offer amazing mountain landscape, which incorporates close knowledge of Kanchenjunga furthermore lovely all encompassing Mountain View of the Khumbu Region. Since, the trekking is less swarmed you can trek openly and get remunerated with a one of a kind knowledge into the Nepali provincial way of life and its rich custom and society.

Kanchenjunga trekking is wasteland and pristine trekking which lies in eastern part of Nepal. The trekking trail is also known as Kanchenjunga base camp trekking which includes base camp trekking trails, southern Pangpema base camp as well as  Northern Oktang Base camp. The thirs highest mountain is Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m)  in the world.

Kanchenjunga trekking route is opened for foreigners for trekking in 1988 which offers the best views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Makalu, Jahnu Himal, various of scenery, mixed culture. One of the exciting trekking trails in Nepal is Kanchenjuga trekking trails as well as a bit  challenging and popular. Kanchenjunga trekking region is wonderful trekking experience of Nepal Himalaya which start from 1200 meters (4,000ft) to 5180 meters (17,094ft) above sea level.

Kanchenjunga Trekking offers:

Kanchenjunga trekking trail begins directly subsequent to arriving on Taplejung and experiences the tropical marshes through extraordinary rhododendron woods and beautiful towns of east Nepal up to the mind-boggling perspectives of the ice sheet. Kanchenjunga trekking trail begins from a height of 1200 meters to 5180 meters above ocean level.

A trek toward the south and north faces of Kanchenjunga offers phenomenal mountain sees, including Mount Everest, the most noteworthy pile of the world. Kanchenjunga Trekking offers a brave excursion that will stay at the top of the priority list until the end of time.

Kanchenjunga Trekking covers the most remote and excellent territories in Nepal that are unused to outside guests and still lies covered in secret. The elements of the walk incorporate going by wonderful towns with various ethnic gatherings in the high areas together in mix with radiant mountains and copious untamed life.

Elevation and altitude profile for Kanchenjunga trekking.

Kanchenjunga trekking
Kanchenjunga trekking

Trip highlights of Kanchenjunga trekking

–  Kanchenjunga Base Camp
– Yalung Ri Base Camp
– beautiful view of Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga
– Mirgin La Pass
– Sherpa villages
– Rai Limbu Villages.

Recommended Packing list for Kanchenjunga Trekking.


  • 2 quick drying long base layer shirts.
  • 2 trekking shirts short sleeve
  • 2 Thermal underwear – base layer.
  • 2 liner socks
  • 3 pair woolen blend trekking socks.
  • 2 pair trekking pants with zip off bottoms
  • 2 fleece sweaters – one lightweight, one heavier
  • Sandels.

 Outer layers. 

  • 1 wind/rain proof overlayer- jacket and pants
  • 1 down jacket. ( -20 D.C )
  • 1 down vest
  • 1 warm winter hat
  • 1 lightweight thermal layer hat
  • 1 peak hat
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 Pair trekking boots.
  • 1, Head lamp with extra batteries,
  • 1 sleeping bag heavy ( -20 D.C)
  • 1 watch with alarm
  • 1 Sun glasses ( UV protection )
  • 1 camera with, extra batteries.
  • 2-3 portable chargers.

First Aid

  • Diamox – for altitude
  • Advil
  • Aleve
  • Vicks vapor rub
  • Sunscreen
  • chapstick
  • anti nauseant – you tend to feel just a bit nauseaus a lot at altitude.
  • immodium – diarrhea is common at altitued.
  • bandaids
  • blister bandaids or moleskin
  • eye drops
  • advil cold and dinus
  • nasal moisturizer – altitude causes nasal cavities to be very dry, nasal moisturizer was very helpful.
  • Q-tips
  • tweezers
  • tiger balm.


  • Foot powder (for Deb’s stinky feet)
  • Toilet paper
  • shampoo
  • soap
  • micro fibre towel
  • Gold Bond – this just feels good all the time

Day 01: Land in Kathmandu

Day 02: Free and arrangement day

Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur

Day 04: Drive to Taplejung (1,820m)

Day 05: Trek to Chirwa (1,270m)

Day 06: Trek to Amjlosa (2,520m)

Day 07: Trek to Gyabla (2,730m)

Day 08: Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m)

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa

Day 10: Trek to Kambachen (4,050m)

Day 11: Trek to Lhonak (4,780m)

Day 12: Hike to Pangpema (5,065m)

Day 13: Exploring Pangpema area

Day 14: Trek back to Ghunsa

Day 15: Trek to Sele le (4,290m)

Day 16: Trek Sele la, Sinion La Pass, Mirgin La Pass, Sinelapcha La Pass and Tseram (3,870m).

Day 17: Hike to Oktang Base Camp

Day 18: Trek to Torangden (2,995m)

Day 19: Trek to Yamphudin (2,080m)

Day 20: Trek down to Khebang (1,910m)

Day 21: Trek to Khandembe (1,420m).

Day 22: Drive to Bhadrapur by bus ( 8 -9 HRS)

Day 23:  Fly to Kathmandu

Day 01: Land in Kathmandu

Once you land in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our representatives will be there to receive you and drive you to your hotel, in a vehicle. Our representatives will explain in detail about the trek. After checking in your hotel, you can do sightseeing of the historical capital city or take a rest.

Day 02: Free and arrangement day.

Today is a leisure day. We can do some last minute shopping for trekking such as trekking gears, canned food and so on. We can also buy beautiful and unique handicrafts to take back as souvenir back home. We can visit the World Heritage Sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati Nath, Swayambu Nath or Boudha Nath among others.

Day 03: Flight to Bhadrapur

We will catch a plane at around ten in the morning to Bhadrapur. The plane ride will be only around one hour long. We will fly eastward. After the plane lands, we will drive to the city of Birtamod which will take us another hour. We will spend the night in a hotel in Birtamod.

Day 04: Drive to Taplejung  (1,820m)

Today we will drive northward to Taplejung. After travelling in pitched road and graveled road for around 8-9 hours, we will reach Taplejung. We will spend the night in a local guest house.

Day 05: Trek to Chirwa (1,270m)

The trial today will be uphill and downhill, and we will trek steadily for 6 hours to reach the small village of Sinwa. We will continue to descend until we reach Tawa.  From Tawa, we will trek uphill for some time and then cross the suspension bridge at Thiwa. We will spend the night in Chirwa, a beautiful Limbu village.

Day 06: Trek to Amjlosa (2,520m)

We will trek to Amjlosa today and the trek will be relatively long. We will walk past cardamom fields and dense forests. We will trek via Sukathum, where we will cross a river over the suspension bridge. We will also cross a gorge from below and go via Solima Village to descend once again. We will spend the night in Amjilosa.

Day 07: Trek to Gyabla (2,730m)

Today we will trek for around 6-7 hours.  We will trek along the river bank, cross dense forests of fir and bamboos and rhododendrons! The trek today will be very fun and gratifying.  After reaching a small stone house nearby the river, we will climb uphill by crossing few small wooden small bridges. On our way, we can encounter numerous beautiful waterfalls. We will spend the night in Gyabla, which is a small Tibetan village.

Day 08: Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m)

We will trek for around 5 to 6 hours today. We will trek down the river and go to Phale. It is a Tibetan refugee settlement. We can buy local handicrafts or rugs to take back as souvenirs.  We will trek uphill through pine and conifer forests to reach the beautiful Sherpa village of Ghunsa.

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa

We will spend the day exploring and adapting to the harsh terrain of the Himalayans. We can hike up to Dudh Kunda Lake which will take about 4 hours.

Day 10: Trek to Kambachen (4,050m)

Today we will trek northward along the river banks. Throughout the trek today, we will be rewarded with beautiful view of mountains. We will walk past meadows of rhododendron, wildflowers and pine forests. We will spend the night in a tent camp in Kambachen.

Day 11: Trek to Lhonak (4,780m)

Today the trek will be challenging and we will start pretty early in the morning. After trekking along thr rocky fields and big boulders we will arrive at a waterfall.  After sometime we will cross a bridge and then reach the Ramtang monastery. Finally after descending down along a river we will arrive at Lhonak.

Day 12: Hike to Pangpema (5,065m)

Today we will trek to the highest altitude of the trek period to Pangpema. It will be approximately 7 hours long.  We will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Himalayans on our way up.

Day 13: Exploring Pangpema area

We will explore and hike around Pangpema. From here, we can have the most amazing view of the mountains. After exploration, we will trek down to Lhonak where we will spend the night.

Day 14: Trek back to Ghunsa

We will trek back to Ghunsa by the same route we went uphill.  The trek will be easier because we will trek downhill. The night will be spent in Ghunsa in a local guest house.

Day 15: Trek to Sele le (4,290m)

The trek today will be steep and uphill. We will trek through dense forests of rhododendron and juniper on our way up. We will spend the night here in Sele Le.

Day 16: Trek Sele la, Sinion La Pass, Mirgin La Pass, Sinelapcha La Pass and Tseram (3,870m).

Today is a very exciting day and also very adventurous. We will trek through Sele La and cross 3 passes, Sinion La Pass (4,460m), Mirgin La Pass (4,480m), Sinelapcha Pass (4,646). It will be very exhausting but also very gratifying.

Day 17: Hike to Oktang Base Camp

Today is a special day because we will trek to Oktang Base Camp which will take around 5-6 hours. We can observe the Kanchanjunga south from here. After that we will return to Tseram and stay the night in a local teahouse.

Day 18: Trek to Torangden (2,995m)

There are two trials to reach Torangden. We will trek down alongside the Simbuwa Khola. We will enjoy the view  of beautiful faraway mountains and rhododendrons along the way down.

Day 19: Trek to Yamphudin (2,080m)

We will trek to Yamphudin from Torangden. On our way, we will cross Lasiya Bhanghyang. The route is relatively easy to trek through. Walking further down, we will have reached Yamphudin, a small beautiful village inhibited by Sherpa, Rai and Limbus.

Day 20: Trek down to Khebang (1,910m)

We will now trek down to Khebang where we will spend the night in a local inn. The trek will be easier and refreshing one because it is downhill.

Day 21: Trek to Khandembe (1,420m).

We will now trek down to Khandembe where we will spend the night in a local inn. The trek will be easier and refreshing one because it is downhill.

Day 22: Drive to Bhadrapur.

We will directly drive to Bhadrapur for catch the flight to Kathmandu for next day, 8 to 9 Hrs  Drive around

Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu

We will drive back to the city of Bhadrapur and then catch a flight back to capital which will take an hour.

Trip Cost US$ 1,950 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Two night Deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on B/B, Before and after the trek, Hotel Access Nepal Pvt. Ltd.
  • All ground and air transport including Airport pick-up and drop services as per the itinerary.
  • Remote area trekking permit and all needed document.
  • Entry Permit for Conservation Area fees.
  • Guide, Professional, license holder, English speaking. including all his expenses with full insurance cover.
  • A porter carrier, ncluding all his expenses with full insurance cover.
  • All surface transportation to the starting point and from the ending point of the trek as per the itinerary. Sharing Jeep / Bus. sharing ,
  • All meals, three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, ) Cup of Tea coffe during the breakfast.
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek.
  • A trekking route map.
  • Necessary insurance for trekking staff
  • First Aid kit box with normal medicine, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
  • Emergency Rescue assistance arrangement, paid by travel insurance.
Cost Excludes:
  • Nature of personal expense.
  • Activities in Kathmandu such as Extra night hotel, Meals, sightseeing tour.
  • International airfare
  • If you would like to have your private transportation from Bhadrapur - Birtamod -Taplejung.
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)

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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions

Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking  disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.

Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.

If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.

1.      Is trekking difficult?

The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.

If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.

Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.

If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.

Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.

Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.

2.      Is trekking expensive?

This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.

You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.

Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!

3.      What preparations should I make before trekking?

It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.

Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.

If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.

4.      What are the things I need to pack?

There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.

To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-


5.      Do I need special permission to trek?

You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.

Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-


6.      Is drinking water easily available?

Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.

An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.

7.      What kind of food is available during trekking?

Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.

Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.

8.      What kind of accommodation should I expect?

Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking

1.      Tea house trekking:

You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.

Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.

The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.

2.      Camp treks

In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.


9.      What are the risks associated with trekking?

Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.

You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?

There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-

  1. Attain height gradually and slowly
  2. As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
  3. Drink plenty of water
  4. Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
  5. Eat high caloric food
  6. Avoid smoking or drinking

11. How to diagnose AMS?

In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-

  1. Headache
  2. Nausea and vomiting
  3. Dizziness
  4. Tiredness
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Upset stomach
  7. Feeling unsteady
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Increased heart rate
  10. Difficulty sleeping

If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:

  1. Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
  2. Descend to a lower altitude if possible
  3. Take complete rest until you feel well
  4. Do not exercise
  5. Do not smoke
  6. Drink plenty of water
  7. Take external oxygen supply if necessary
  8. Take anti-sickness medicines

If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.

12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?

There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.

A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.

In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.

Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.

13. Can I trek solo?

To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.

A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.

Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.

14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?

Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.

In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.

15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?

Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.

In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.


The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at info@excitingnepal.com

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking Destination: Kanchenjunga base camp
  • Group Size: Min - 2
  • Minimum altitude: 1410m.
  • Maximum altitude: 5180m.
  • Season: September to late December and February to late June.
  • Grade Info: Moderate ** + Strenuous ****
  • Transportation: Bus, Car, Land Cruiser Jeep or Aeroplane
  • Total Days: 21 Days ( Kathmandu - Kathmandu)
  • Walking Hour: Approximately 6 - 7 hours each day.

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