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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking

  • Adventure to the world 3rd highest Mt. Kanchenjunga visit of both base camps.
  • Enjoy the walk from paddy fields to cooler green hills and at cold arctic zone.
  • Enchanting forest of tall rhododendron, pines, oaks, birch, magnolia and fir trees
  • Exploring remote hill and mountain villages enriched with age-old heritage.
  • Stunning scenery of giant white peaks against green rolling hills on daily walks. 

Adventure around Mt. Kanchenjunga visiting both south and north base camps

Explorer Adventurer presents an exclusive adventure Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking, around remote pockets of Far Eastern Nepal Himalayas.

The only treks that take you to both South and North Base Camps on one single journey. Makes this adventure more special, exciting, and interesting to enjoy the walk around isolated corners of the massive Kanchenjunga Himal.

Mt. Kanchenjunga is listed as the world’s third-highest peak at 8,586 m and 28,169 feet high. As well as the second tallest mountain in Nepal, located around the district of Taplejung. The cooler and scenic green mid-hills are famous for the wide sea of Tea-Garden and cardamom spices.

As well as for various farm products and picturesque scenery, en route around Kanchenjunga areas and beyond.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking, due to its remoteness few groups of trekkers and adventurers seldom venture. But in the last few decades, the flow of foreign visitors is increasing every good season of the year.  As the trek follows on a serene path through nice lovely farm villages, unspoiled and undisturbed.

The adventure to Kanchenjunga Base Camp leads to both exciting base camps. The first phase of the journey takes you towards South Base Camp at Oktang, on the hidden corners of Kanchenjunga. The south base camp is the main route for many mountaineers for the summit bid of Mt. Kanchenjunga.

This beautiful adventure takes you from the dense lovely forest of tall rhododendron, oaks, pines, and fir trees to barren terrains. Reaching around moraine of ice, snow, and glaciers at Kanchenjunga South Base Camp beyond human settlements and villages.

After a wonderful adventure around Tseram and South Base Camp of Kanchenjunga, the walk follows us to our next destination.
Towards North Kanchenjunga Base Camp at Pang-Pema, crossing three passes of Sinion-La 4, 664 m, Mirgin-La and Sele Pass.

An amazing country to experience on leaving the Southern areas of Kanchenjunga, reaching around the Northern region.    

A great change of landscapes and cultures, on arriving at Ghunsa the country of highlanders the Sherpa, and Bhotias. Where trekkers can explore the lovely mountain villages festooned with Buddhism traditional heritage similar to their Tibetan predecessors. From Ghunsa towards higher territory on leaving the tree lines and lush vegetation reaching North Kanchenjunga base camp.

The final highlight destinations of the adventure, as well as the highest point of the journey. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic scenery of the massive bulk of ice falls and glaciers of Kanchenjunga Himal. Includes Mt. Jannu, Wedge peaks, and an array of snow-dusted mountains that surrounds the high spot of Kanchenjunga base camp.

On completing the visit of both scenic base camps of Mt. Kanchenjunga, return walk on an alternative route. The trail follows ups and downhill reaching low warm country back into lush farm villages at Suketar.

The last point is where our walk ends for an exciting drive towards Tea-Gardens of Ilam. Then down to the low flat land of Terai town of Bhadrapur for the scenic flight to Kathmandu. After a great wonderful adventure on Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking, with marvelous experience.

Best Seasons for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking:

The best time for Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking is mid-spring of April to early pre-summer June. When days are much warmer with full of sunshine, cooler morning, late afternoon to night time as well in shade. Much warmer till Suketar and gets cooler after Kande Bhanjyang onwards. Can get snow-fall sometimes with light rains on lower areas.

The next best season is autumn / fall from September to November, most days are fine and clear with sunshine. But much cooler morning, late afternoon and night time, days are shorter due to limited sunshine hours.

Can expect snowfall sometimes from Lasiya Bhanjyang onwards both south and North Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

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On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be warmly received by our guide and staff and then transfer you to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city.

First check into your hotel rooms on getting refreshed from the flight and with Jet-Lag, then join with other members of Kanchenjunga Camp Trekking for briefing, where our expert guides will inform regarding your stay in Nepal, hotels, trekking, local lodge-camping with do’s and don’ts information, evening welcome group dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with Folk cultural programs to entertain you during your meals.

    Morning after breakfast leave the hotel for exciting guided sightseeing around Kathmandu where our city guide will lead you to places of interest, Kathmandu a metropolitan city still retains its ancient heritage and varied ancient culture where you will visit world heritage sites around Kathmandu for half day or full day.

    After an interesting and wonderful tour of ancient historical and religious sites around Kathmandu, with afternoon free preparation for next day flight to Nepal Far East for Kanchenjunga base camp Trek.

      Morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for sweeping 45 minutes scenic flight to reach eastern south belt of Nepal, near India border.

      On reaching at Bhadrapur airport with exciting panorama of mountains with Everest and Kanchenjunga in view during airborne, here our trekking and field staff will receive you for a great drive into cool alpine areas to reach at Ilam town for first overnight stop.

      Ilam town famous for Tea and its huge garden of tea bushes with time browse around its markets and explore its colorful culture of Eastern Hill people of Nepal.

        Starting with another morning drive to begin wonderful adventure to Kanchenjunga base camp, journey continues to Suketar at Taplejung area the drive takes about 4 hours on jeep track, after reaching at Suketar our first day walk begins towards the Kande Bhanjyang for overnight stop.

        The trek leads on gradual winding path through forest of pines and rhododendrons trees. The high hills trail follows to a high ridge and then approaching back into forested areas. Then gradual descends to our first overnight stop at Kande Bhanjyang, around a nice farm village with stunning views of Kanchenjunga in the distance.

          Morning walk leads downhill through farm villages of mostly Hindu origins, a mixture of Brahmins, Chettries. Includes the Kirat tribes of Rai's and Limbus of Hindu religion as well own old traditional culture respecting natural spirits.

          The trail leads to cross tributaries of the main river, the walk passes through terraced fields and forested areas. Facing views of the high mountains and then descend to reach a mountain village of Yang pang. The walk continues along the upper edge of the ridge with climb for an hour to Phompe Danda for overnight.

          Located on a crest of a scenic ridge, an excellent spot for the overnight stop facing views of Mt. Jannu. 

            Morning walk begins with climb, skirting around the ridge to a level path that leads to Dekadin village. From this village walk leads along the right bank of Kabeli Khola (stream) climbing from 200-300 meters high above from the river bed towards mountain trail, walking on the winding path around several ridges and small streams, then descending on stone steps towards Kabeli Khola, leaving the river trek leads to climb past through farm fields and villages.

            After a good walk of the day reaching a remote farm village at Yangphudin for overnight halt in the comfort of a nice simple lodge.

              From Yangphudin village walk along the left bank of Kabeli Khola, crossing a tributary stream of Omje Khola. Then climb to Dhupi Bhanjyang into a wide open grassland, from the top of this small ridge a steady downhill through the deciduous forest to Omje Khola.

              Journey continues through rhododendron forest, and coming to an exposed ridge to our overnight stop at Lasiya Bhanjyang.
              A small settlement with few huts, serving as Tea-House and lodge for travelers around this remote country.

                Morning enjoy views of Jannu, and Kanchenjunga reveals itself at several points and then heads for a descent to the Simbua Khola. The initial part of the descent from the ridge has been subject to a landslide and requires care; the drop is considerable! As the trail finally re-enters the forest for a pleasant and steady descent to the banks of the Simbua Khola.

                A walk of about an hour along the bank leads to a small bridge, which provides access to the north bank and a clearing known as Torongding for overnight halt in a small hut that serves as Tea-House and simple lodge. 

                  Morning walk follows river banks passing a bivouac caves, then walk along the right bank of Simbua Khola. Then towards forested area of rhododendron and pine trees, reaching Wahta a place with a single hut. From here crossing stream the walk continues on a gravel ground, past from a shrine with a large boulder.

                  Which is of a serpent shaped, on leaving the forest, the walk follows to a riverbed with climb to Tseram. Another isolated area for overnight stop, the place with several roofless bivouac caves a shelter for travelers. Enjoy the comfort of a nice basic lodge with views of Yarlung glacier, Kabru 7,353 m and Talung 7,349 m peaks.

                    Today a rest day after a week of tough walks, morning after breakfast hike and explore Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. Overlooking clear views of Yarlung Glacier and Mt. Kanchenjunga South Wall. Hike takes about 3-4 hours at an altitude of 4,600 m on a classic route of first British Kanchenjunga Expeditions.

                    In the year 1955, follow the south east route with grand views of Talung and Kabru Peak, after a nice pleasant hike with great panorama return to Tseram for overnight.

                      Morning begins with descend to Yarlungbar and then short steep up to cross a river with gradual walk. From here climb on steep uphill for an hour to reach a small glacial ponds. Then the trail follows up and down to cross three passes of Mirgin La, Sele / Tamo La and Sinion La.

                      The climb of an hour to a ridge top of the pass, rewards view of Kabru peak and Mt. Kanchenjunga. From Mirgin La, the trail heads down and then up to Sinion La at 4,500 m. From the top grand views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Baruntse, and Chamlang peaks towards North West. After a lovely views descends gently to reach the overnight halt in the middle of nowhere. An isolated spot with only a small hut and a lodge to enjoy the overnight, after a tiring and exciting day walks.

                        From here onwards towards North Kanchenjunga Base Camp, morning walk starts on gradual path with a steep downhill. Walking through rhododendron and pines forest, downhill continues, then reaching Ghunsa River. From the trail follows to Ghunsa village for overnight stop, a lovely settlement of Bhotias and Sherpa.

                        The ethnic tribes of Eastern Himalayas descendent from Tibet, the houses are built of stones, a neat small farm village.

                          Start the day with a strenuous climb along the river side overlooking beautiful cascading waterfalls. The morning walk leads towards Yak herders camp, as the trail slowly ascends to Rambuk Kharka. On crossing a small glacier landslide sections, facing Khumbukarna Himal and Jannu Himal with array of snow-capped mountains.

                          From here leaving the tree lines for barren, arid landscapes with sparse vegetation of junipers and Burberrys bushes. After Rambuk Kharka, climb towards a large landslide section with gentle descend to Khambachen for overnight stop. The place is dominated by Mt. Sharphu 7,070 meters and huge North face of Mt. Jannu and Wedge peak.

                            After a pleasant overnight with grand scenery, morning walk follows above the river for an hour. Then heading North East, the path leads follows down to the river and then climb. As the trail follows to a terminal moraine of Kanchenjunga glaciers, after walking past Ramtang Kharka (a Yak herder settlement).

                            The walk leads to Kanchenjunga glacier, to cross at the junction of Lhonak and Kanchenjunga glacier. As the trek finally ends reaching to Lhonak for overnight stop with stunning views of Mera, Nepal Peak and Wedge Peaks.

                              From here towards our final destination reaching Pang Pema the North Base Camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga. The morning starts with climb high above the river with super views of Kirat Chuli, Nepal Peak, Taple Shikar; with Give Gela Chuli.

                              The climb is on gradual uphill between a grassy slopes and glacier path towards North Base Camp. Heading to the highest point of the adventure, as well as chances of spotting some wildlife. Like herds of blue sheep's and some mountain antelopes, if lucky elusive rare Snow Leopards.

                              Finally, the climb reaches Pang Pema Peak above 5,143 m high, rewards magnificent views of Kanchenjunga, Khumbukarna, Makalu, Cholatse, Sharpu.

                              Includes range of snow-capped peaks, after an exciting moments on achieving our major goal and highlights. Return journey to Lhonak for last overnight around the higher country of Northern Kanchenjunga areas.

                                A long day walk, but easy losing altitude every hour and then back on the same scenic trail past Khambachen to Ghunsa village for overnight stop after a long day and exciting walks.

                                  From here on a new alternative route downhill, allows you to explore more of this beautiful country with views of mountains and walking past several scattered cattle herder summer camps to reach at Gyabla Phedi, on lower alpine areas for overnight stop. As you walk past a small nomadic settlement of Phole.

                                  The rest of the walk into dense and beautiful forest to reach Gyabla from Ghunsa and 3 hours from Phole.

                                  Gyabla, a neat small village, with some small houses, a few great teahouses, and a huge lodge with 40 rooms in it. There are high waterfalls in the distance, greenery everywhere, and some cultivated landscape. 

                                    After a pleasant overnight in Gyabla Phedi, morning on gentle downhill walking for two hours, with another few hour steep uphill, then some hours of moderate and steep descend to reach Ghunsa Khola, then in a flat trail of few hours to enter a dense forest and fields where you will notice cardamom garden on a shady area, as the walk continues on the banks of Ghunsa Khola until Sekathum is reached or a short walk to Japantar for overnight stop, where walks leads into much lower areas within farm villages growing much better crops and citric fruits.

                                      Enjoy the walk heading much lower and warm areas, as morning trek progress into several scattered farm-houses and fields, where you will be greeted with friendly cheerful smiles as walk leads through villages and patch of cool forest areas to reach Tapethok, after three hours of good walks.

                                      From here take a local jeep or similar vehicle at Tapethok and drive to Suketar on a dirt road (this is the village close to Taplejung airstrip).

                                      On reaching Suketar enjoy overnight in a nice local lodge, after a great exciting bumpy ride of the day but enjoyable last day of trekking.


                                        Morning ending our last day adventurous walks taking an exciting drive to a nice hill town at Ilam, a place renowned for best flavor Tea and its vast rolling hills of Tea Garden. An interesting drive to reach Ilam town for the last overnight stop around the hills of Eastern Nepal.

                                        Herewith time to wander around and as well observe the local culture of the eastern hill people of Nepal.

                                          Rising early for exciting drive to Nepal flatland of Terai region, for the flight to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur town airport. Leaving the green hills and vast Tea-Garden of Ilam, reaching down low warm areas. The drive leads on the main East and West Nepal famous highway, as our route diverts further south.

                                          Then reaching Bhadrapur airport for scenic flight to Kathmandu, as time for the flight, board in a large aircraft of 60 to 70 seaters. Then enjoy the flight with super views of the eastern Himalayas, till the plane lands in Kathmandu.

                                          On arrival at Kathmandu airport, transfer to your hotel with rest of the day at leisure with grand memories of Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking.

                                            The last day in Nepal, after a wonderful experience and adventure on Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking with great service of Explorer Adventure, and as per your international flight. Get transferred to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to your respective destinations.

                                              What's Included
                                              • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
                                              • Three night hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis  with BB 
                                              • Domestic flights  from Kathmandu-to-Kathmandu.
                                              • Local bus or jepp drive bharatpur to bharatpur 
                                              • All  necessary  permits 
                                              • Government license holder guide 
                                              • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis 
                                              • Duffel bag for packing your things for the trek
                                              • Helpful porter with proper equipments (1 porter for 2 people)
                                              • Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for guide and porters           
                                              • Half Day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
                                              • Hire sleeping bag and down jacket for the trekking.,
                                              • Government taxes and official expense
                                              What's not Included
                                              • All food pay your self  during the trek  
                                              • Flight to Kathmandu, Nepal
                                              • Tips for porters ($80-100) and guides ($100-120)
                                              • Nepal Visa ($50)
                                              • Insurance (must include emergency evacuation by helicopter, check worldnomads.com
                                              • Food and drinks ($20-30 per day)
                                              • In some places: hot water, wifi, battery charging - $2-5
                                              • Drinking water, price depends on altitude (linear regression) 
                                              Useful Information

                                              Insurance policy for Medical and Travel:

                                              Should cover medical insurance for illness and emergency evacuation by Helicopter or other means of transportations including other expenses on treatment at respective countries hospitals, as for travel insurance against bad unfavorable weather conditions, delay or cancellation of domestic flights on mountainous area where flight involves on the start of trek and at the end.

                                              Travel and Medical Insurance also needs to cover when clients break the journey in the middle of the trip, due to sickness-personal domestic problem etc………

                                               Guide and Porters for 22 Days Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking : 

                                              On treks or climb where you will be accompanied by our expert guide who knows the area on route of the trek chosen, we have professional and veteran guides to led the trek where you can feel comfortable, as our guide are knowledgeable offers you various information of the country from history-geography, culture to flora and fauna.

                                              All guides have gone through basic medical training that includes high altitude symptoms or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) can help you with simple medical First Aid and for severe condition will support taking you to safe area or to nearest hospitals by any means of quick transportation.

                                              Our guides are well versed in Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism as well and are committed in keeping the environment on trekking route in pristine form as it was.

                                              Porters are picked can be regular porter of the company of hired in Kathmandu-Pokhara or in Lukla on start of the trekking, with always a strong and cheerful porters to carry your heavier luggage, baggage of 15 to 25 kg maximum weights to carry by each porters, we do not allow underage porters of below 16 years of age or above 50 years.

                                              Porters and guide are well looked after by the company with good wages, medical insurance, travel allowance including meals on treks and climb company also provides warm gear in winter as well for high and cold altitude trips.

                                              Information of AMS and Precaution Measures:

                                              High Altitude or Acute Mountain Sickness for short as AMS a symptom faced and can catch any people on high altitude adventure walks.

                                              Due to high pressure and low oxygen level as certain height where some people feel uneasiness with shortness of breathiness, light headache, nausea, dizziness, lack of good sleep and with less appetite.

                                              To avoid these whole symptoms where we always designed itinerary days accordingly with enough space, flexible days for acclimatization at high elevation, taking short walks up and sleeping and resting at low places.

                                              The other good way to avoid AMS taking slow and steady pace on walks, stopping frequently to catch your breath and adding lot of fluid or safe drinking water at least 2-3 liters a day to support against AMS.

                                              On high altitude take enough rest and with short slow hike above high hills to catch views as well to support acclimatization and sleeping and resting at low altitude will certainly helps you in avoiding AMS.

                                              Useful in situations when you cannot make high ascent, the best ways to prevent altitude sickness doing it slowly, stopping for overnights at certain altitude to adjust to the new height, and taking it easy for first one or two 2 days.

                                              In our list we always mention general medication to bring from home as well from your doctor advice also, your doctor might recommend you some basic medication list like medicine against diarrhea, headache, fever, cold-flu as well constipation including first aid for cuts-wounds and burns as well.

                                              What to Bring During 22 Days Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking?

                                              **- can be bought in Kathmandu

                                              Clothing and footwear

                                              • Trekking boots (should be warm, waterproof, breathable, cover and fix the ankle)
                                              • Sports sandals with a closed toe or sneakers.
                                              • flip flops , Sun cap , Wool or fleece hat , 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin, 1 thick,}
                                              • Bandana or neckerchief ,  Fleece jackets (1 thin, 1 thick) .
                                              • Thermal underwear (merino wool!), preferably 2 sets (one for walking, the other for sleeping), buy at home.
                                              • Trekking socks - several pairs (there is a limited possibility of washing)
                                              • Quick-drying sports T-shirts (e.g. Polartec PowerDry) - 2 pcs. or more.
                                              • Down jacket , Windstopper , Windproof warm jacket with hood.
                                              • Trekking trousers ,  Warm synthetic pants like ski pants , Rain poncho.
                                              • Sun Screen Cream , Sunglasses ,  Trekking pole , Water bottle.

                                              Equipment for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking 22 Days

                                               *Duffel bags for trek will be perovided on Day 2 should be returned after the trek is over.

                                               *Backpack 20-30 liters with rain cover (optionally with drinking system)

                                              *Sleeping bag (comfort temperature around -5 C). On the upper lodges they usually provide woolen blankets. You can rent a sleeping bag in       Kathmandu, $1-2 per day.

                                              *A good quality headlight with new batteries and a spare set of batteries.

                                               *Sunglasses (category 3-4) + hard case , Trekking poles , Thermos 0.5-1 liter.

                                              *Sealed packaging for documents and money , Sitting mat (optionally), Power bank.

                                              * A roll of dense garbage bags 50 liters. You will pack your items in it when you put them in a duffel bag to protect them from moisture and dust.

                                              Personal usage

                                              > Towel (light and quick-drying)  - Washing accessories - Disinfection wipes

                                              > Antibacterial gel - Moisturizing hand cream - Sun cream with a high factor

                                              > Lip balm with sun protection - Reusable water bottle - Snacks, nuts, chocolate,

                                              Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking FAQs

                                              • The most simple and best reason in choosing Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek, due to its remote location. As well walking on least ventured region away from mass flow of trekkers, one of the few visited areas around the Himalayas.

                                                The only trek visiting both south and north base camps in one single treks.

                                                Mt. Kanchenjunga is the world’s third highest peaks at 8,586 m or 28,169 feet high. Where trekkers can view Mt. Kanchenjunga both North and South Face. The trek takes you on off the beaten tracks through isolated and remote farm villages. Walking into serene lovely forest of rhododendron and pine trees then reaching beautiful Lhonak valley. The trek to Kanchenjunga base camp involves short scenic flight both ways facing unparalleled views of Himalayan peaks.

                                              • The best time for Kanchenjunga base camp trekking is spring, autumn / fall.
                                                Spring and autumn are the most favorable time for most trekkers and mountaineers, where days are longer with enough sunny days.

                                                However cold morning, late afternoon and night time. Can get snowed sometimes, even in the best time of the seasons.

                                                The other good season for is autumn / fall, where most days are bright and beautiful for scenic walks. But days are shorter due to sunlight hours, very cold morning, and in late afternoon till night time.

                                                Can expect snow-fall sometime during the trek above 2,800 m.

                                              • The trekking permits are required, is TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems), which will be issued by trekking agents in Kathmandu. Includes Kanchenjunga National Park or Conservation fees.

                                              • After booking for Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking, collecting all the information and details. It is best with some exercise, before departing for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. Exercise for an hour or less like walking, jogging, swimming or aerobic and walking up and downstairs. As Nepal Himalayas is full of up and downhill trail, and with medical check-up, will be the best.

                                                Practice exercise to keep fit and healthy for the trek, as well buying needful gear for the treks and getting details of trekking equipment list.


                                              • Simple and basic accommodation for overnight halt, one can find the lodge, guest house on route trek. But not up to the standard in smaller villages and remote areas. The accommodation is simple due to less number of visitors trekking around Kanchenjunga region. Where rooms are simple but clean with common bathe and toilets. Best to carry camping equipment and foods, with separate unit of kitchen, backed by cook, kitchen staff along with porters and guide.

                                                The foods on this trek are simple, where food menu are basic and hygienic meals served. The foods on every lodges serves nice breakfast, lunch and dinner with various refreshing hot drinks. The menu with short list of foods from Continental, Chinese, Indian to Tibetan and Nepali.