Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek- 19 Days

Trek to Base Camp of World's Third Highest Mountain
Know before you go
  • Duration 19 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Best Season Mar - Apr and Oct - Nov
  • Trip Area Kanchenjunga Region
  • Maximum Altitude 5143m.|16873ft.

Highlights

  • 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 19 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. 

Kanchenjunga base camp trek ascends up to Pangpema (5,100 m), following the moranine 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 bear, snow leopard, red panda, 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. 

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 a safe trip and guaranteed departure. To book the Kanchenjunga north base camp trek 2022/2023, click on our booking button on the package page or get in touch with us.

Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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Our airport delegate will be waiting for you at the airport. We will arrange the transportation to the hotel from the airport. We will meet in the evening to have dinner with the NNT team.

  • Hotel
  • 1400m.|4593ft.

Today is the free day before the long hike to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. You can buy the trekking gear if necessary and some nuts and chocolates and prepare yourself to trek.
You can explore around Thamel or sightsee the monuments, arts, culture, and lifestyle of the Kathmandu Valley with a licensed and fluent English-speaking tour guide. Note: The trip cost doesn't include the cost of sightseeing.

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

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

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 890m.|2919ft.

After breakfast at Mitlung, we will walk toward Chirwa. Following the Tamor Nadi and crossing several bridges and villages, we will reach Chirwa. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1185m.|3887ft.

Today we will hike for about six hours, reaching Sekathum. Ambling alongside the bank of the Tamor River, we will cross several bridges and pass across the path seeing Cardamom growing nearby. Overnight stay at Sekathum.

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

We will hike to Amjilosa, leaving Sekathum behind, following the bank of Ghunsa Khola. Walking along the trail, through the stone steps to reach Amjilosa. 

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

Today our pathway has the rhododendron forest. We will walk through the trail, crossing bridges over Ghunsa Khola and the beautiful rhododendron forest before reaching Gyabala, also known as Kyapra. 

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

The trekking trail follows the bank of Ghunsa Khola. After breakfast at Gyabla, we will hike toward our today's destination, Ghunsa. We will pass across the rhododendron and larch forest. We see the potato fields nearby the Phale village and several monasteries, Chorten, before reaching Ghunsa.

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

We will begin our hike from Gunsa, 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 stay in Khambachen. The village offers a stunning view of the Jannu, Nagphu, Sarphu ranges, Nupchu, and many more. You can stroll around Khambachen village or hike up to Nupchu Pokhari (4952m.|16246ft.). Overnight stay at teahouse in Khambachen.

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

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 the 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.

After enjoying breakfast at Ghunsa, we walk downhill to Amjilosa. Heading through the pathway of the bank of Ghunsa Khola, we will get to Amjilosa.

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

We are near the end of our trek. Today, we will hike back the same way we had come reaching Chirwa. It's a long day hike passing through several villages.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1185m.|3887ft.

Today is the last day of our trek. Taking the memories, feeling the cool breezes, interacting with locals, passing through the villages, and walking in the greenery roadways, we will reach Taplejung.  

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

We will catch the local bus to Kathmandu from Taplejung. It is a long drive that takes around 18-20 hours to reach Kathmandu.
Note: You can drive to Bhadrapur and fly to Kathmandu. We can schedule your trek according to your preferences. Flight cost doesn't include in the trip cost. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • 1,400m.|4,593ft.

After the long drive from Taplejung today, we will have a free day which is also your last day in Nepal. You can stroll around the streets of Thamel or rest for a day as you have to take a long flight the next day.
In the evening, you will have dinner with the NNT team, and we will take the feedback on the service and experience of the trek.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast and Farewell Dinner
  • 1,400m.|4,593ft.

We will meet you at the hotel and bid you final goodbye and arrange for the vehicle to drop you at the airport.
Note: If you have extra days in Nepal and want to do other activities besides trekking, we can organize rafting, paragliding, bungee jumping, canyoning, and many more.

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    Route Map

    Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek- 19 Days map

    What's Included

    • Transport facility to and from Airport
    • Three-night Normal hotel twin sharing basis including breakfast
    • 14 Night Accommodations during the treks
    • Standard 3 meals on the treks 
    • Available Seasonal Fresh fruit 
    • Government licensed trekking guide. 
    • Guide salary, food, equipment, and insurance, including on-trip cost
    • All applicable National park Tims and Local permits
    • Flight Kathmandu - Bhadrapur
    • Taplejung to Kathmandu bus services
    • Bhadrapur to Taplejung, by local jeep or bus sharing 
    • Sleeping bag down jacket if needed (it is refundable)
    • Nepal Nirvana T-shirt, Trekking map, and Water purifications drop 
    • Farewell Dinner in a fine Restaurant
    • Official expenses and government tax/vat.

    What's Excluded

    • Travel and health Insurance which cover emergency Rescues and evacuations
    • Personal expenses, snacks, drinks, WI-FI, etc.
    • Lunch and dinner Kathmandu
    • Tips for treks guide, porter, and driver 
    • One Porter cost $375 (Optional if you require porter) 
    • Bhadrapur - Mitlung via Taplejung $260 (Optional Jeep)
    • Flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu (if you require)
    • What is not mentioned above

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    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 19 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 19 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

    *Note- i) Our package cost covers the permit fees. ii) You'll be charged an additional 13% VAT on the above-mentioned permit cost. 

    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. 

    Accommodation 

    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

    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.

    FAQs

    • 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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