Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek -22 Days

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22 Days

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Best Time

(March to May) and (September to November)

Tour Description

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of the most beautiful and challenging treks in the eastern region of Nepal. This Trekking route reaches Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5143 m) and takes you very close to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp (4610 m) from where you can have beautiful mountain and Glacier views. It is a 22-day off-the-beaten-path trek that takes you through the remote villages, lush forests, high-altitude passes, and stunning landscapes of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.

The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including the endangered snow leopard, red panda, and Himalayan black bear. The trek offers an opportunity to explore the pristine natural beauty of the region, with stunning views of snow-capped mountains, deep valleys, and glaciers. 


Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Difficulty:  

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a strenuous trek and requires a high level of physical fitness and stamina. The trek involves long hours of walking, steep ascents and descents, and high-altitude passes. The maximum altitude you will reach during the trek is 5,143 meters at the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The trek is considered to be moderately difficult, but the challenges can be overcome with proper preparation and acclimatization. 


Ideal Season for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek:  

The best time to trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is from March to May and from September to November. During these months, the weather is stable, and the skies are clear, providing excellent views of the mountains. However, the trek can be done throughout the year, but during monsoon season (June-August), the trail can be slippery, and the views are obstructed by clouds. 


Suggested Preparation:  

To undertake the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, you should have a good level of physical fitness and stamina. You should start preparing for the trek at least 2-3 months before the trek. Some of the suggested preparations include: 

Physical Preparation:  Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a physically demanding trek that requires a good level of fitness and stamina. You should start preparing for the trek at least 2-3 months in advance. Some of the physical preparation you can do include:

  • Regular exercise: Start doing cardio exercises such as running, cycling, or swimming to improve your endurance and stamina. 

  • Strength training: Incorporate strength training exercises such as squats, lunges, and leg presses to build leg muscles and increase your overall strength. 

  • Altitude training: You can train your body for high altitude by doing stair climbing, hiking, or trekking on nearby hills or mountains. 


Mental preparation: Mental preparation is equally important as physical preparation. You should be mentally prepared for the challenges of the trek and be positive and determined throughout the journey. 

  • Research: Research about the trek, its challenges, and the culture and customs of the region. This will help you to have realistic expectations and avoid culture shock.

  • Meditation: Meditation helps to calm your mind and improve your mental strength. You can start with short meditation sessions and gradually increase the duration and frequency.

  • Positive Attitude: Having a positive attitude helps you to overcome challenges and enjoy the journey. You should focus on the beautiful scenery and the experience rather than the difficulties.


Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek can be customized according to your needs and preferences. Although this trekking itinerary is of 22 days, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek can be completed within (14 - 28)days, depending upon the time, health, weather, and various other factors. 

You may also check other trekking packages in this region such as Kanchenjunga North Base Camp- 16 days or Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek with Nango la Pass- 20 days.

Tour Highlights

  • Trekking to the base camp of the third highest mountain in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m).
  • Reach The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5,143 m) along with a chance to get a closer look at Kanchenjunga South Base Camp (4,610 m).
  • Stunning views of the mountains including Mt. Makalu (8,485m) and Mt. Everest (8,848m).
  • Exploring the unique culture and lifestyle of ethnic communities like Limbu, Rai, and Sherpa.
  • Crossing the high-altitude passes of Lapsang La Pass (5,160m) and Sele La Pass (4,290m).
  • Walking through lush forests of rhododendron, oak, and bamboo.
  • Visiting the remote and traditional villages like Ghunsa, Kambachen, and Lhonak.
  • Wildlife sightings of Himalayan thar, musk deer, and snow leopard.

Tour Includes

  • All kinds of transportation services, notably private vehicles and airport shuttles (Flight to Bhadrapur and back to Kathmandu).
  • Two nights' lodging plus breakfast at a 3-starred Kathmandu hotel.
  • Finest possible double-split lodge-to-lodge accommodation throughout the hike.
  • Breakfast, day meal, and supper are all included in the full board hike package.
  • One incredibly skilled, accommodating, and kind guide plus one porter (1 porter for two individuals), and all of the staff's meals, lodging, and so on.
  • All the costs of trekking staff including insurance, wages, and equipment.
  • Administrative fees and governmental taxes.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) and trekking permits
  • All the necessary equipment (Down Jacket, Duffle Bag, Sleeping Bag).
  • First-aid supplies include an oxygen meter to check pulse rate.
  • Emergency Rescue Arrangement service which will be funded by your travel insurance.
  • Energy Supplements (Cookies, chocolate bar, etc.) once in a day.
  • Seasonal fruits as dessert after dinner.
  • Certificate of Trek completion.
  • Hikingbees t-shirt.
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali kitchen.
  • Hot bag for a goodnight's sleep.

Tour Excludes

  • Your entrance visa and international travel costs.
  • Meals not listed in the "Daily food Inclusions".
  • Personalized hiking kit.
  • Traveling insurance.
  • Drinks, snacks, water as well as other individual needs and expenses.
  • Tips for trekking staff and guide
  • personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, and internet.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 : Landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (1,300 meters)

Highest Altitude : 1300Meters
Meals : Welcome Drinks

Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Hiking bees and transferred to your hotel. You can rest or explore the city, depending on your arrival time.

Trek Duration : 7Hrs drive
Meals : B,L,D

You will take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and then drive to Taplejung via Ilam tea garden with a view of the Kumbhakarna range, which takes approximately 7 hours. We will stay overnight there in a Tourist Lodge.

Trek Distance : 14-15 Km
Highest Altitude : 1,820m
Trek Duration : 6Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

After an early morning breakfast, We will start our trek one-hour walk down through the local village with different types of trees and lush forests we will reach to Mitlung and have our lunch at Sinwa. After lunch, we walk through a small local market that leads to the small forest which gradually heads up to Chiruwa, We stay overnight in the lodge,

Trek Distance : 12-13Km
Highest Altitude : 1,750m
Trek Duration : 6Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

This day is an easy day, From Chiruwa we gradually start heading up with a beautiful natural atmosphere via cardamom farms and seasonal planting crops. We reach Lelep at the end of the day and stay overnight there in a guesthouse.

Trek Distance : 12-13 km
Highest Altitude : 2,308m
Trek Duration : 6Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

After breakfast, 30 minutes walk down to Sukethum we start heading upwards to Lama tar. this day is quite a hard day than the previous day, walk up continues along the river and jungle to Amjilosa, and stay overnight there.

Trek Distance : 10 Km
Highest Altitude : 2,730m
Trek Duration : 5-6Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

From this day we will walk up short and slowly due to the high altitude. as usual, the schedule starts through the forest and river with different sounds and noises of birds and animals. We reach Gyabla and stay overnight.

Trek Distance : 10Km
Highest Altitude : 3595m
Trek Duration : 6Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

After morning breakfast, we walk down through the jungle and gradually head up to Phale, If lucky you may have chances to see bears and other wild animals, this day is an easy day for Ghunsa.

Highest Altitude : 3595 m
Meals : B,L,D

Today is a rest day in Ghunsa to acclimatize and explore the village and its surroundings.

Trek Distance : 11.5Km
Highest Altitude : 4050m
Trek Duration : 5-6 hrs
Meals : B,L,D

After breakfast, we gradually head up followed by the rivers and green forest for 3-4 hours, we hike along the snow-capped mountain view to Kambachen and stay overnight in a guesthouse.

Trek Distance : 9-10 Km
Highest Altitude : 4780 m
Trek Duration : 4-5Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

This day walk hike up along the riverside, exploring the beautiful view of waterfalls and mountains.

Trek Distance : 15Km
Highest Altitude : 5143 m
Trek Duration : 7-8 Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

On this day, we start our trek after early morning breakfast, Walking for 3-4 hours gradually upwards we reach Kanchenjunga's north basecamp ( 5143 meters) from where we can have a glance at breathtaking views of the Himalayas. You will then retrace your steps and trek back to Lhonak for the night.

Trek Distance : 19-20 Km
Highest Altitude : 4780 m
Trek Duration : 7-8Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

You will retrace your steps and trek back to Ghunsa, where you can rest and relax.

Trek Distance : 10Km
Highest Altitude : 4,290 m
Trek Duration : 6-7 hrs
Meals : B,L,D

You will cross the Sele La Pass and trek through rhododendron forests to reach Tseram, a small village situated in a beautiful valley.

We spend the night in Selele at a guesthouse.

Trek Distance : 11-12 Km
Highest Altitude : 3871 m
Trek Duration : 8 Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

After breakfast 2 hours climb up to Selele la( 4646 meters) pass with a panoramic view of the mountains, after the pass you will walk gradually down on rocky path with a south part mountain view,

Trek Distance : 14-15 Km
Highest Altitude : 4,580 m
Trek Duration : 6-7 Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

Today, you will trek to Ramche, where you can see stunning views of Yalung Glacier and the surrounding mountains. If possible we will reach Oktang ( depending upon the situation), After exploring the area, you will trek back to Tseram for the night.

Today, You can glance at the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp closely. This is the nearest we will be going towards the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp.

Trek Distance : 14-15Km
Highest Altitude : 2,995 m
Trek Duration : 7-8Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

The trail descends through rhododendron forests to Tortong, where you can rest and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Trek Distance : 16-17 Km
Highest Altitude : 2,080m
Trek Duration : 8 Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

Today's trek takes you through small villages up to Lasiya Bhanjyang and lush forests to reach Yamphudin, where you can rest and relax.

Trek Distance : 12Km
Highest Altitude : 1,910 m
Trek Duration : 6 Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

1 hour walk down from Yamphudin through the local village and cardamom farm, this day we will see typical villages and culture, We reach Khebang And stay overnight.

Trek Distance : 10-12 Km
Trek Duration : 5-6 Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

After breakfast, we start our journey to Hapukhola from Khebang where we walk through villages and a small pine forest local market . Today we stay at a guest house in Hapukhola.

Trek Duration : 8 hrs drive
Meals : B,L,D

On this day, we catch an early morning vehicle (Private) from Hapukhola and reach to Bhadrapur.

Meals : B,D

We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur. You can walk around and explore Kathmandu if you wish. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner (Funded by Hikingbees) at a typical Nepali-style restaurant.

Highest Altitude : 1300M
Trek Duration : 5 Km drive
Meals : B

This is the day of farewell where you accomplish the journey and leave for your home. Three hours prior to your boarding time, our staff will receive you from your hotel and drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We really enjoyed hosting you. Many thanks for having us and safe travels returning home.

FAQs Section

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a strenuous trek and requires a high level of physical fitness and stamina.

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a trekking route in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, located in eastern Nepal. It takes you through stunning alpine forests, high-altitude landscapes, and the remote villages of the region, all while providing spectacular views of the world's third highest peak, Kanchenjunga (8,586m).

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is typically a 21-day trek, although this can vary depending on the itinerary chosen and the pace of the trekker.

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is considered a difficult trek due to its high altitude, remote location, and rugged terrain. Trekkers should have previous trekking experience, good physical fitness, and be prepared for long days of walking and camping in sometimes challenging conditions.

The best time to do the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is from March to May and September to November when the weather is generally clear and dry, and the temperatures are mild.

To trek in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, you will need a Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit and a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) Card. These permits can be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal.

Accommodation on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is primarily camping. Trekkers can expect to stay in comfortable tents provided by the trekking agency, with basic facilities such as sleeping mats and blankets.

Altitude sickness is a potential health risk associated with the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. Trekkers should acclimatize properly and stay hydrated throughout the trek. It is also recommended to carry a first aid kit and any necessary medication with you.

Food on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is primarily locally sourced and freshly prepared by the trekking crew. You can expect to have a variety of Nepali and international dishes such as dal bhat, noodles, pasta, soups, and vegetables.

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