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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

4.7 (40)
Kanchenjunga Region
18+ booked
26 days
Highest Elevation
5,143m / 16,873ft
0 yrs

Tour Overview

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a challenging and rewarding trek that takes you to the base of the world's third-highest mountain, Mount Kanchenjunga. This 26-day trek will take you through remote villages, lush forests, and high-altitude landscapes, offering stunning views of the Himalayas along the way.

The trek starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur followed by a drive to Taplejung, the starting point of the trek. From here, you'll begin your trek through beautiful rhododendron forests, small villages, and terraced fields, as you make your way to Ghunsa. The village of Ghunsa is the gateway to the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and is home to the region's indigenous people, the Limbu community.

As you trek higher into the mountains, you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding peaks, including Mount Jannu, Kumbhakarna, and Yalung Kang. You'll pass through high-altitude landscapes, cross challenging mountain passes, and camp at the foot of Kanchenjunga. The trek also offers the opportunity to explore remote villages and learn about the unique culture and traditions of the local people. Overall, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a perfect adventure for those seeking a challenging and rewarding trek in the heart of the Himalayas.

Tour Highlights

  • Witness stunning views of the world's third-highest mountain, Kanchenjunga
  • Trek through remote and less-crowded areas, allowing for a more peaceful experience
  • Explore diverse landscapes, including lush forests, high-altitude pastures, and glaciers
  • Encounter unique flora and fauna, such as rhododendron forests and if got lucky, endangered snow leopard too
  • Immerse in local culture by visiting traditional villages and interacting with the hospitable ethnic communities of the region


Day 1: Arrival In Kathmandu
As you step into Kathmandu, the city's lively energy envelops you. The bustling streets, adorned with prayer flags, serve as a fitting introduction to the adventure that lies ahead.
Day 2: Permits Procedure And Briefing Of The Trip
Today is dedicated to preparations. You go through the necessary permits procedure and receive a comprehensive briefing about the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek. The excitement builds as you delve into the logistics of the journey.
Day 3: Flight From Kathmandu To Bhadrapur, Followed By A Drive To Ilam (1210m, 2-3 Hours)
A flight to Bhadrapur takes you closer to the trekking region. From there, a scenic drive leads you to Ilam, a town surrounded by lush tea gardens, setting the tone for the natural beauty you're about to encounter.
Day 4: Drive From Ilam To Taplejung (1820m, 6-7 Hours)
The journey continues with a drive to Taplejung, a charming town nestled amidst rolling hills. The anticipation grows as you get closer to the starting point of your trek.
Day 5: Trek From Taplejung To Mitlung (921m, 4-5 Hours)
Your trek begins, leading you through picturesque landscapes. The transition from urban to rural is evident as you pass through villages and terraced fields, immersing yourself in the local culture.
Day 6: Trek From Mitlung To Chiruwa (1270m, 5-6 Hours)
As you ascend, the trail takes you through lush forests and alongside gushing rivers. Chiruwa welcomes you with its tranquility and the symphony of nature that surrounds you.
Day 7: Trek From Chiruwa To Sukethum (1579m, 5-6 Hours)
he journey continues through the stunning wilderness, with the ever-present sound of the river accompanying your steps. The landscapes change, and Sukathum offers a serene resting place.
Day 8: Trek From Sukathum To Amjilosa (2308m, 6-7 Hours)
The ascent takes you to Amjilosa, a place of captivating natural beauty. The sense of being amidst the mountains becomes more palpable as you gain altitude.
Day 9: Trek From Amjilosa To Gyabla (2730m, 6-7 Hours)
Your path winds through dense forests, and the air becomes crisper as you approach Gyabla. The untouched surroundings and the rugged terrain remind you of the remoteness of the region.
Day 10: Trek From Gyabla To Ghunsa (3595m, 6-7 Hours)
The trail leads you to Ghunsa, a Tibetan-influenced village with its distinct charm. The culture and way of life offer insights into the unique identity of the region.
Day 11: Rest Day For Acclimatization At Ghunsa
Today is dedicated to acclimatization. A rest day in Ghunsa allows your body to adapt to the higher altitudes, while you immerse yourself in the local atmosphere and explore the surroundings.
Day 12: Trek From Ghunsa To Khambachen (4050m, 5-6 Hours)
The journey continues as you ascend further, with Khambachen coming into view. The towering peaks dominate the skyline, serving as a constant reminder of the awe-inspiring landscapes that await.
Day 13: Trek From Khambachen To Lhonak (4780m, 5-6 Hours)
The trail takes you to Lhonak, situated amidst the rugged alpine terrain. The high altitude adds an element of challenge, but the sense of accomplishment is rewarding.
Day 14: Trek From Lhonak To Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143m) And Back To Lhonak (4780m, 6-7 Hours)
A defining day arrives as you trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The sense of being at the foot of the world's third-highest peak is profound. After soaking in the majestic surroundings, you retrace your steps to Lhonak.
Day 15: Trek From Lhonak To Ghunsa (3595m, 5-6 Hours)
The descent begins, taking you back to Ghunsa. The return journey offers new perspectives and allows you to appreciate the landscapes from a different angle.
Day 16: Trek From Ghunsa To High Camp (4100m, 6-7 Hours)
Your path leads to High Camp, where you prepare for the upcoming passes. The anticipation grows as you approach the challenges that lie ahead.
Day 17: Trek From High Camp To Cheram (3870m, 8-9 Hours) Via Sele La Pass (4480m) And Sinion La Pass (4660m)
A demanding day awaits as you tackle the high mountain passes. The strenuous journey is matched by the breathtaking views that unfold as you cross Sele La and Sinion La Pass.
Day 18: Trek From Cheram To Ramche (4580m, 4-5 Hours)
The trail leads you to Ramche, a place of remarkable natural beauty. The landscapes become more stark and breathtaking, creating a sense of solitude amidst the grandeur.
Day 19: Explore Oktang (4730m, 2-3 Hours) And Trek Back To Cheram (3870m, 5-6 Hours)
Today, you explore Oktang, offering panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and its neighboring peaks. The sense of accomplishment is profound as you return to Cheram, reflecting on the moments of awe.
Day 20: Trek From Cheram To Tortong (2995m, 6-7 Hours)
Your descent continues as you make your way to Tortong. The lush forests and the serenity of the surroundings create a tranquil ambiance that contrasts with the rugged mountains.
Day 21: Trek From Tortong To Yamphudin (2080m, 6-7 Hours)
The trail takes you through picturesque villages as you descend to Yamphudin. The cultural interactions and the simplicity of life in the mountains leave a lasting impression.
Day 22: Trek From Yamphudin To Khewang (1915m, 5-6 Hours)
The journey continues, leading you through terraced fields and charming settlements. Khewang offers a serene setting as you approach the conclusion of your trek.
Day 23: Drive From Khewang To Ilam (1210m, 6-7 Hours) By Jeep
A scenic drive takes you back to Ilam, where you've come full circle. The memories of the past days are etched into your being, and the transition back to urban life begins.
Day 24: Morning Drive From Ilam To Bhadrapur Airport (3-4 Hours) By Jeep And Flight Back To Kathmandu
The journey back to Kathmandu commences. A flight from Bhadrapur brings you closer to the capital, with the landscapes below serving as a visual reminder of the adventure you've undertaken.
Day 25: Sightseeing Around Kathmandu Valley In A Private Vehicle
Immerse yourself in the cultural and historical richness of the Kathmandu Valley. The ancient sites and temples narrate stories of Nepal's past, offering a deeper understanding of the country's heritage.
Day 26: Final Departure From Kathmandu
With the memories of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek imprinted on your soul, you bid farewell to Nepal. The mountains have transformed you, leaving you with a sense of awe and reverence for the natural world.

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