Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek - 16 Days

Trek to Base Camp of World's Third Highest Mountain
Know before you go
  • Duration 16 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Best Season Mar - May and Oct - Dec
  • Trip Area Kanchenjunga Region
  • Maximum Altitude 5143m.|16873ft.


  • Trek in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and explore around the third highest mountain in the world
  • Enjoy adventurous, off-the-beaten trekking
  • Less crowded trekking route in the peak trekking season
  • A budget-friendly alternative in one of the restricted areas in Nepal and slow itinerary
  • If you are lucky, you may come across rare wildlife and birds
  • Witness stunning mountain views and landscapes
  • Get to see the unique mountain lifestyle of the locals

Our Kanchenjunga north base camp trek has a slow itinerary, perfect for those looking to spend a long time in the mountains. Unlike our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, it's more on the affordable side. The trek is led by expert guides, so you'll have a safe journey. We recommend Kanchenjunga north base camp trekking to seniors as well who are capable of walking at least 6 hours a day. 

If you are looking for the best budget-friendly off-the-beaten trek in Nepal, then Kanchenjunga north base camp trek 16 days is the ideal package for you. You explore the far eastern part of the Himalayas and get to see jaw-dropping mountain panorama during the trek.

Kanchenjunga region is a restricted area that houses the third highest mountain in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga. It is also home to some of the most exclusive wildlife & flora. Protected under Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, the trekking route has different climatic zones and ascends through sub-tropical lowlands to lush rhododendron forests that further go to alpine forests and open up to glaciers. 

The Kanchenjunga base camp trek ascends to Pangpema (5,100 m), following the moraine of Kanchenjunga Glacier. You pass by beautiful remote villages resided by welcoming locals living a simple lifestyle. The off-beat trail and isolation of this region from other famous trails around the Himalayas have successfully preserved the essence of true wilderness trekking. 

Mountain views during the trek

Kanchenjunga north base camp trek offers the best mountain views of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m/28,169 ft), Janu Himal (7,710 m/25,300 ft), Everest (8,849 m/29,032 ft), Makalu (8,463 m/26,247 ft), Tharpu Chuli (5,695 m/18,684 ft), Kabru (7,412 m/24,318 ft), etc. Likewise, along the way, you get to see gorgeous landscapes. There are pastures and rivers with yaks grazing on them, backed by snow-capped mountains. In the lower part of the trail, you mostly witness the scenery of dense forested hills and rivers with a glimpse of mountains. 

Flora & Fauna

As we said, you’ll be trekking in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, so there's a high chance of you coming across exotic animals like Asian black bears, snow leopards, red pandas, etc. Similarly, if you love birds, then Kanchenjunga base camp trekking offers a great opportunity for you to see different species of birds, including snow cock, blood pheasant, golden-breasted fulvetta, etc. 

Places you will embark on Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek:

Taplejung is at an elevation of around 1820m.|5971ft. in the country's eastern region, close to the borderline with Sikkim, India. The townlet is the starting point for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek and other treks in the Kanchenjunga region. The attractions in and around Taplejung are the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, Phurumbu Danda, and the Phurumbu Monastery. The village is also home to several local markets and shops where you can purchase souvenirs and other items. If you are planning to embark on the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek, on our first day we will travel to Taplejung from the Bhadrapur airport.

Chirwa is a village situated at 1185m.|3887ft. above sea level in the Kanchenjunga region of the eastern Himalayas. Chirwa is a popular stop on the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek, as it has a few lodges where trekkers can stay overnight. The journey to Chirwa involves a steep climb through dense forests and high alpine meadows. Now that roadways have evolved in the region, we can skip a couple of days of hiking by jeep ride directly from Taplejung to Sekathum.

Located at an elevation of 1650m.|5413ft. Sekathum is a hamlet in the high Himalayas nearby Lelep and Lungthung villages. Sekathum lies above the intersection of Ghunsa Khola and Simbuwa Khola. The trekkers who want to spend long days on the Kanchenjunga trek can hike through the bank of Tamor Nadi, passing through Chirwa, Tapethok, Hellok, and Lelep, reaching the hamlet of Sekathum. According to our itinerary, we will drive from Taplejung to Sekathum, as the roadways have advanced to the village. We can reduce our days of trekking by driving to Sekathum.

Ghunsa is a tiny permanent settlement at the height of 3415m.|11204ft. in the Kanchenjunga region. You can stay at Ghunsa for acclimatization to Kanchenjunga Trek. You can find incredible places for the short day hikes, such as Dudh Pokhari (Milky Lake) and  Ghusa Viewpoint.

Khambachen is at an elevation of 4145m.|13599ft., with a couple of tea houses on the track to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. If you want to explore the Kanchenjunga for more days, we suggest keeping a day extra at Khambachen. Khambachen is considered one of the great locations for acclimatization day. You can go on a side trip from Khambachen to Nupchu Pokhari or Janu Viewpoint.

Lhonak, at an altitude of 4792m.|15721ft., is the final place to stay before reaching Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. From Lhonak, we can take in the spectacular panorama of snow-covered Mt. Kanchenjunga and several peaks bordering Tibet and Sikkim. We head towards the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, also known as Pangpema, our final destination of the Kanchenjunga Trek from Lhonak.

Why trek with Nepal Nirvana Trails?

Our packages are hand-picked, and the itineraries are designed in a way to provide the best trekking to our guests. You can notice we have very distinct packages too. Regardless of our effort to offer something different in the Himalayas, our package costs are minimal and the best in the market. 

Our goal behind creating the Kanchenjunga budget trek is to let travelers with low budgets explore the wonders of this region. You trek with the native guides and porters, who are trained in first-aid, remote survival, and rock climbing. They also have extensive knowledge about the trail. 

You can rely on us for all your traveling needs in Nepal. We assure you of a safe trip and guaranteed departure. To book the Kanchenjunga north base camp trek 2024/2025, click on our booking button on the package page or get in touch with us.


Day to Day Details

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The Nepal Nirvana Trails representative will be waiting for you at the airport, with the company holding a board with your name. He/she will take you to the airport and help with the check-in. You can explore the night streets of Thamel in the evening.

  • Hotel
  • 1400m.|4593ft.

Today is the free day before the long hike to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. We will meet you at 8 am and take your original passports and two copy of photos for permit preparation. The tour guide will receive you from the hotel and take you to explore the three temples, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), and Boudhanath Stupa. The tour will last for 4-5 hours.
Our team management will meet you at 5 pm at our office and return your permits. The trekking guide will be introduced to you. If you need any equipment for the trek to buy or rent, your guide can help you.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1400m.|4593ft.

We will take an early flight to Bhadrapur from Kathmandu. From Bhadrapur, we will grab the seat and drive to Taplejung (1820m.|5971ft.). We will pass through picturesque places like Birtamod, Illam, Jorpokhari, Amarpur, etc., and cross through the Kabeli Khola Bridge to reach Taplejung.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1820m.|5971ft.

We begin our drive of about 5-6 hrs following the route from Taplejung to Sekathum, which is approximately 39 km away. We may encounter narrow and winding roads on our drive. We will check our permits on the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area check post and pass through various settlements. By traveling along the Tamor Nadi and passing through some bridges, we will eventually reach Sekathum. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1650m.|5413ft.

We will begin our hike to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp today. We commence the trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa crossing several suspension bridges and walking through  Rhododendron forests. With the walk uphill and downhill, passing several little settlements, we will reach Amjilosa in about five to six hours. We will stay at Amjilosa overnight.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2498m.|8195ft.

We will hike to Amjilosa, leaving Sekathum behind, following the bank of Ghunsa Khola. We will walk through the forest track, and there is a rare chance that we can spot a red panda. Ambling along the trail, we can see the splendid view of the snow-capped mountains. After about four to five hours of walking, according to our pace, we will reach Gyabla/Kyapra village, where we stay for the night. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2725m.|8940ft.

After having breakfast, we will move forward on your path to Ghunsa. The trek follows the track of the forests. We can meet the trekkers moving toward and returning from the Pangpema, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. We can encounter the Himalayan yaks carrying loads upward and downward on our way to Ghunsa. After walking for about five hours, we reach our destination for the day, Ghunsa.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3415m.|11204ft.

The trekkers stop at Ghunsa to acclimatize their bodies and hike to Ghunsa Viewpoint or Dudh Kunda. But we will make our way to Khambachen after having breakfast, strolling through the open pine forest. Passing through the villages like Rambuk Kharka and Lyakep, enjoying the vista of Jannu(7711m.|25298ft.), Temachungi(6305m.|20685ft.), Pholesobi Thongje(6652m.|21824ft.), and many more, we will get to Khambachen.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4145m.|13599ft.

Today, we will have acclimation in Khambachen. The village offers a stunning view of the Jannu, Nagphu, Sarphu ranges, Nupchu, and many more. You can stroll around Khambachen village, hike up to Nupchu Pokhari (4952m.|16246ft.), or Janu Viewpoint. Overnight stay at teahouse in Khambachen.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Following a trail of the bank of Ghunsa Khola, we will get closer to the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. Getting to Ramdang(4375m.|14353ft.), we can see the stunning vistas of Kanchenjunga, Ramtang, Gimmigela, and many more. Walking along the side of Kanchanjunga Glacier and across the path through Dry Lake, we will reach Lhonak. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4792m.|15721ft.

We will be at the base camp of the World's third-highest mountain, Mt. Kanchenjunga. We start our day trip to Pang Pema, Kanchenjunga North base camp, with glorious views of the mountains en route. After spending some hours at the base camp with the prayer flags and the splendid views of the Himalayas, we will return to Lhonak.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5143m.|16873ft.

Retracing the path we came to the stunning Kanchenjunga Base Camp, we will start our way down to Ghunsa. Relishing the rhododendron forests and vistas of the mountains, we will reach Ghunsa.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3415m.|11204ft.

Today we will walk downhill to Sekathum. The walk is longer, so we will begin our trek earlier. Passing through the track of the bank of Ghunsa Khola and crossing Phale, Gyabala, Amjilosa, and Ghaiyabari, we will reach Sekathum. There is steep descent and ascent, stone steps on our way to Sekathum.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1650m.|5413ft.

Leaving the mountains behind, taking the memories, and feeling the cool breezes, we will catch our jeep and begin our ride to Kanyam, Ilam, the tea cultivation area. You can find a huge mass of Domestic tourists in Kanyam.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1210m.|3969ft.

We will visit the tea cultivation area for a while and drive to Bhadrapur Airport. The 45 to 50 minutes flight from Bhadrapur will bring us to Kathmandu in the late afternoon. We will accompany you to the hotel. Tonight, we invite you to have dinner with us and share your feedback on the trek.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Farewell Dinner
  • 1400m.|4593ft.

We will meet you at the hotel and bid you the final goodbye and arrange for the vehicle to drop you at the airport.

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    Route Map

    Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek - 16 Days map

    What's Included

    • Airport Transport International and Domestic Flight
    • Three-night Hotel in Kathmandu
    • Three temple Day Tour (Tour Guide and Transport included in trip cost)
    • Accommodations during the treks
    • 3 meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with Tea/Coffee.  
    • Available Seasonal Fresh fruit 
    • Government licensed trekking guide. 
    • Guide salary, food, equipment, and insurance, including on-trip cost
    • Sharing Jeep / Bus (Bhadrapur - Taplejung - Sekathum and Sekathum - Illam - Bhadrapur airport)
    • All applicable National park, Tims and Local permits
    • Flight Kathmandu - Bhadrapur - Kathmandu
    • Sleeping bag if needed (it is refundable)
    • Nepal Nirvana Duffle, T-shirt, Trekking map, and Water purification drop 
    • Farewell Dinner in a fine Restaurant
    • Official expenses and government tax/vat.

    What's Excluded

    • Travel and health Insurance which covercoversgency Rescues and evacuations
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
    • Late Departure and Early arrival from the trek accommodation Self. 
    • Monuments entry fee
    • Porter ($320 One porter between two trekkers)
    • Private Jeep ($400 - Bhadrapur - Taplejung - Sekathum and Sekathum - Illam - Bhadrapur airport)
    • Personal expenses, snacks, drinks, WI-FI, etc. 
    • Tips for treks guide, porter (it is appreciated)
    • What is not mentioned above
    Add-Ons & Options

    The package provides an affordable way for budget-conscious trekkers to explore the Kanchenjunga Region. However, there is also the option to enhance your experience with add-ons to the package.

    Porter Service

    You have the option to include a porter in addition to your guide. The porter carries a load of up to 20 - 25 kilograms. You can share the heavier belongings with the porter, allowing you to trek more comfortably and with the guidance of your trekking guide. 

    One Porter Costs: USD 320

    Private Transportation

    We offer sharing bus/jeep transportation between Bhadrapur - Taplejung - Sekathum and Sekathum - Illam - Bhadrapur airport with the package.

    Alternatively, you can opt for private transportation for an additional fee, which covers the journey from Bhadrapur - Taplejung - Sekathum andthe return trip from Sekathum - Illam - Bhadrapur airport.

    Private Jeep for the Trek Costs: USD 400

    Upcoming Departures

    Start DateTuesdayJune 25, 2024End DateWednesdayJuly 10, 2024PriceAvailableUS $1099
    Start DateFridayJune 28, 2024End DateSaturdayJuly 13, 2024PriceAvailableUS $1099
    Start DateSundayJune 30, 2024End DateMondayJuly 15, 2024PriceAvailableUS $1099

    Useful Info

    Kanchenjunga base camp trek difficulty

    Kanchenjunga trekking is generally considered one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayas and is recommended to experienced trekkers only. And it is a very demanding trek. The thing that makes our Kanchenjunga north base camp trek 16 days special is our slow itinerary. We have designed this budget-friendly Kanchenjunga trek for travelers who are open to spending more time amidst mountains.

    We are not implying that it's going to be a comfortable trek. Rather our itinerary will let you trek slowly, enjoying every turn in the trail. Now, talk about your physical fitness, it has to be good, and of course, we need previous trekking experiences. Go on some day hikes and hit some easier treks in the Himalayas before aiming towards Kanchenjunga north base camp trekking. 

    If you are an experienced trekker who is ready to level up their trekking game, then we gladly welcome you to join us on our 16 days of adventurous trek in the Kanchenjunga region. Our team will provide you with all the necessary information regarding the trek and get you ready for it in no time. 

    Altitude Sickness

    The highest altitude you touch on the Kanchenjunga north base camp trekking is 5,143 meters (16,874 ft). You spend six days above 2,500 meters, which makes you vulnerable to altitude sickness and also puts a lot of pressure on your body. The oxygen level gets thin as you approach the base camp. And you may not want to drink water frequently or even lose your appetite. It's given and common. 

    Even with all the odds, you have to keep yourself reminded to eat nutritious food and keep yourself hydrated to avoid altitude sickness. Our crew will make sure you eat and drink plenty of water. So, you may be thinking about how dangerous altitude sickness can get?

    To be honest, altitude sickness is a common illness. However, if the symptoms do not subside, trekkers sometimes end with emergency evacuation, and the trek ends right then & there. Likewise, taking proper rest in between the trek is crucial too. So, we have acclimatization days in our Kanchenjunga north base camp trek itinerary. 

    Kanchenjunga trek itinerary

    Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, we prep ourselves for the trek and take some time to appreciate the ancient monuments in Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, it's a short flight to Bhadrapur, and on the same day, we drive to Mitlung via Taplejung. The following day, the trek begins. We walk to Chirwa. In the next few days, we trek through lush forests and remote villages like Sekathum, Amjilosa, Gyabla, Ghunsa, and Khambachen. 

    All these villages are our rest points. We'll walk through many other small settlement areas and pass by beautiful waterfalls. We cross several streams and bridges on the way too. We take a rest day in Khambachen and pass by Lhonak before ascending to the Kanchenjunga north base camp. We follow the same trail back to Ghunsa and descend to Chirwa. The last day of the trek leads us from Chirwa to Taplejung. 

    Last Minute Booking for Kanchenjunga north base camp trekking

    Taking last-minute bookings for packages like Kanchenjunga may not be feasible most of the time. But if we have even a small chance to arrange all the requirements, we'll gladly take the last-minute booking. So, do not hesitate to talk to our travel consultant at +977 9841380469 or +977 9843987606 (WhatsApp/Viber for a quick response) and see if it's possible or not.

    *Note: We need 100% of the Kanchenjunga north base camp trek cost to accept the booking at the last minute.

    Kanchenjunga trekking permit

    Kanchenjunga trek permits are one of the most expensive permits in Nepal. It is a restricted area, so the trekkers have to obtain special permits. You'll need Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP) and Restricted Area Entry Permit. The trails of Tapethok and Yamphuding VDCs are restricted areas.

    Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP) cost: Nrs 2000 per person

    Restricted Area Entry Permit cost: USD 20 per person, per week

    Best time to trek to Kanchenjunga base camp trek

    The best time to do Kanchenjunga north base camp trekking is during the peak trekking season in the Himalayas. It's spring (March to April) and autumn (October to November). You can trek in these two seasons without worrying about unstable weather. Other seasons- winter and monsoon/summer are off time, which means, not suitable for trekking in the Kanchenjunga region. 

    Kanchenjunga trekking in spring and autumn lets you have the best trekking experience. The views of mountains and hills are fantastic. The climate is pretty moderate with a little cold in the nights & mornings. The teeming forests with seasonal vegetation and flowers enhance the trails. The walk is impressive and soothing. 


    Kanchenjunga north base camp trek is a teahouse trek. Kanchenjunga region is one of the least explored and undeveloped trekking routes in the Himalayas. If we compare the trail to Kanchenjunga base camp with other famous trekking routes like Everest base camp or Annapurna base camp, then there's pretty much nothing. That's why this trek is for trekkers whose endurance level is high when it comes to remote survival. 

    There is a somewhat countable number of teahouses available along the trail, but the services are very basic and limited. The rooms are equipped with two seperate beds, pillows, and blankets to have a good night's sleep. The washroom is shared. Do not expect hot water unless you are ready to pay a few extra bucks for it. 


    Food options are not that great. You'll get delicious authentic Nepal meals to have on a daily basis that will keep you energized. For instance, dal bhat, dhido, roti tarkari, etc. Meat items are available on the menu. We recommend you ask how old the meat is before ordering it. There are not many snacks available in the teashops on the way, so we advise you to carry your favorite snacks. 

    Other items like soup, porridge, burgers, pasta, mashed potatoes, oats, eggs, toast, etc are also available on the menu usually. We carry water purification tablets with us, so no worries about drinking water. Only make sure to pack a reusable water bottle for yourself. 

    Travel Insurance

    Kanchenjunga north base camp trek is a very remote trek with high altitude. Therefore, travel insurance is a necessary part of our booking requirements. You have to get travel insurance with emergency air evacuation up to 6,000 meters, and if possible, also add medical bills. 

    Kanchenjunga region is hostile. Trekking in the north base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga is not impossible, but does have risks, which can be minimized. Our goal is to take our guests to the most untouched part of the Himalayas safely, so we need travel insurance for some special packages like this one.

    Travel Tips (electricity, internet, ATM, luggage, tipping, personal expenses)

    • There should not be an issue with charging your device during the Kanchenjunga north base camp trekking. Charging stations are available in all the tea houses. You only have to pay a few extra bucks.
    • It's better to carry a Nepali Sim and use cellular data for the internet instead of hoping for WiFi on the trail. You may see a disturbance in the network often because of elevation, weather, and remoteness of the region. 
    • Tipping is not covered in the package cost and is expected at the end of the tour & trek. So, better be prepared and make a small budget for it.
    • You are free to buy additional snacks and drinks during the trek. There's no ATM on the trail, and neither the locals accept foreign currency, let alone cards. So, carry some Nepali cash with you.
    • The hard carry luggage weight for each trekker is 5 kgs (allowed in airplanes), and the duffel bag weight limit is 10 kgs for each trekker. One porter carries two duffel bags.


    • Kanchenjunga north base camp trek is strenuous (very demanding). It's an off-the-beaten trek with lots of hurdles. The facilities along the trail are very limited and expensive. There is also a risk of altitude sickness.

    • Yes, you can trek to Kanchenjunga but only in a group of two or more people. The guide and porters assisting in the trek are not counted in the group. Also, you can only travel in this region with a locally registered trekking company. Otherwise there's no way to obtain a restricted area permit. 

    • There are two base camps on Mt. Kanchenjunga. The north base camp, also called Pangpema is at 5,143 m/16,873 ft, and the south base camp is at 4,780 m/15,682 ft. 

    • To trek to Kanchenjunga, you have to arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal. From Kathmandu, you have to take a flight to Bhadrapu and drive to Taplejung where the trek begins. From here, you trek for five days to reach the base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga and follow the same trail back to end the trek.

    • No, Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. K2 are not the same. They are two different mountains in two separate countries. Mt. Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world, located in Nepal. Mt. K2 is the second-highest mountain in the world, located in Pakistan.

    • No, you cannot do a solo trek to the north Kanchenjunga base camp or anywhere in the Kanchenjunga region. Solo trekking is prohibited in the Kanchenjunga region by the government of Nepal as it is a restricted area.

    • Kanchenjunga trek is quite safe because you trek with an experienced crew who have led many groups in the past. Our team will take care of you and your needs on the trail. You do not have to worry about anything and just be attentive on the way. 

    • Trekking with a kid in the Kanchenjunga region can get tricky. It's not impossible and depends on your kid's adjustment capability. We recommend doing a camping trek if you are planning the Kanchenjunga base camp trek with your child. 

    • Yes, we assure a guaranteed trip departure. Our trip only gets canceled if any uncontrollable events occur like political chaos, bad weather, natural disaster, etc. In cases like this, we postpone the trek or refund the trip cost to our guests (as per their desire).

    • You trek with one of the most experienced native guides during the Kanchenjunga base camp trekking. Along with a guide, porters also accompany you (depending upon your requirement). Our guides are very friendly and kind. You'll have a very comfortable journey. We'll assign you a guide who can speak fluent English. There'll be no language barrier issue. 

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