Best Kanchenjunga Trek Itineraries

  • Last Updated on Dec 4, 2022

Plan and Explore the unexplored Kanchenjunga region with very few trekkers and breathtaking views en route to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

Kanchenjunga is one of the most unexplored and underrated trekking trails in Nepal. It provides the most abundant views of Kanchenjunga and other numerous mountains, rivers, glaciers, flora, and fauna. 

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Kanchenjunga Trekking Region 

You will go along with the most glorious views of the heartwarming landscapes, rivers, and glaciers in the backdrop of the Kanchenjunga trail. Along with Kanchenjunga, you can see the vistas of many other mountains and glaciers across the Kanchenjunga Trekking Region. The most famous glacier in this region is Yalung Glacier, backed by the mystic peaks of Mt. Kambachen (7902m.|25925ft.), Mt.Janu (7710m.|25300ft.), etc. with multiple small peaks and glaciers. 

Kanchenjunga trekking region offers some of the lush and mystic beauties of Nepal and unlocks many unknown natural mysteries of Nepal. One of the mysteries of this area is the locals claim they have seen the monstrous chimpanzee-like-looking creature known as Yeti.

Kanchenjunga trekking region explores the third highest peak in the world, Kanchenjunga. The Kanchenjunga trek is not easy because you have to steep up and steep down very quickly. Kanchenjunga trekking has seen some of the toughest trekking experiences as well. A trekker must be physically and mentally prepared before visiting and planning the trek to this region. 

Major Highlights of the Kanchenjunga Trek

  • Explore mystic northeastern Nepal, including the third-highest peak Kanchenjunga. 
  • Reach the North and South Base Camp of Kanchenjunga.
  • Interact with the Buddhist community and meditate in local monasteries. 
  • Walk in the peaceful, less-crowded, abundant, and restricted area of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.
  • Chance to see the endangered animals like Snow Leopard, Red Panda, and musk deers.

Trip Facts:

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Difficulty

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is the unexplored and wild trek of Nepal. There are many hurdles like passes, glaciers, rugged roads, very steep ascends and descends, etc. This trek includes multiple days of 6 and more hours of walking, so it is an exhausting trek for inexperienced trekkers. You have to be prepared mentally and physically to trek in this region. 

Possibilities of Altitude Sickness 

The thin air in the high altitude makes trekking more exhausting. Lack of proper oxygen levels can make the trekkers ill, so you have to adapt to the situation. If you see early symptoms of altitude sickness like nausea, headaches, or loss of appetite, you should inform your trekking guide to minimize the risks. 

Kanchenjunga trekking Best Time

Kanchenjunga is open to everyone throughout the year, but the most suitable season for trekking to this region that provides the best climate, weather, and views is Spring( March-May) and Autumn(September- November). To enjoy the picturesque beauty of the Kanchenjunga trek region, more with the greenery and the hundreds of varieties of flowers blooming, you have to trek in the appropriate season. There will be the possibility to see some rare animals like musk deer, snow leopards, and red pandas in these seasons. 

Kanchenjunga Trekking Permits and rules 

Kanchenjunga trekking region is a restricted area by Nepal Government, so you have to take a special permit to enter through the restricted area and are only allowed to enter under certain rules. No solo or independent trekker can enter this region without the organized packages managed by the local trekking company. There should be at least two trekkers in the group, excluding the porter and the guide. 

There are two types of permits for access to the Kanchenjunga trekking region. 

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit costs NPR 2000 per trekker. 

Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit costs $10 per week for each trekker. 

Nepal Nirvana Trails, on your behalf, takes all the responsibilities of the permits as your service provider. 

Kanchenjunga Trek Itineraries

There are several itineraries available for Kanchenjunga Trek. Any way you choose to travel is mystic and thrilling and will offer everything you want on the trek. All of them will lead you to the restricted area of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. 

Booking for 2022|2023|2024 is open to be part of this incredible trek of the Kanchenjunga trekking region. 

The most well-liked pathway travels for 24 days and stops at Mt. Kanchenjunga's North and South Base Camps. There are, however, a few other shorter choices. You can hike essentially one major trail in either direction, stopping at both base camps, only North base camp, only South Base Camp, or do a shorter round. 

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek - 23 Days

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1400m.|4593ft.)

Day 2: Free and Trek Arrangement Day (1400m.|4593ft.)

Day 3: Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Ilam (800m.|2624ft.)

Day 4: Drive from Ilam to Taplejung (1820m.|5971ft.)

Day 5: Trek to Chirwa from Taplejung (1270m.|4166ft.)

Day 6: Trek to Lelep (1750m.|5741ft.)

Day 7: Trek to Amjilosa (2308m.|7572ft.)

Day 8: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m.|8956ft.)

Day 9: Trek to Ghunsa from Gyabla (3595m.|11974ft.)

Day 10: Ghunsa - Acclimatization Day 

Day 11: Trek to Kambachen from Ghunsa (4050m.|13287ft.)

Day 12: Trek To Lhonak (4780m.|15682ft.)

Day 13: Hike to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5143m.|16873ft.)

Day 14: Trek to Ghunsa from Lhonak (3595m.|11974ft.)

Day 15: Trek to Sele Le Base Camp (4480m.|14698ft.)

Day 16: Trek from Sele Le Base Camp to Tseram (3870m.|12696ft.)

Day 17: Hike to Ramche (4740m.|15551ft.)

Day 18: Trek to Tortong (2995m.|9826ft.)

Day 19: Trek to Yamphudin (2080m.|6824ft.)

Day 20: Hike down to Khebang (1915m.|6282ft.)

Day 21: Trek to Hapu Khola 

Day 22: Drive to Birtamod from Hapu Khola (1600m.|5249ft.)

Day 23: Fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu (1400m.|4593ft.)

Short Kanchenjunga Round Trek - 18 Days

Day 1: Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Ilam (800m.|2624ft.)

Day 2: Drive from Ilam to Taplejung (1820m.|5971ft.)

Day 3: Drive from Taplejung to Sekathum (1576m.|5170ft.)

Day 4: Trek to Amjilosa (2308m.|7572ft.) 

Day 5: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m.|8956ft.)

Day 6: Trek to Ghunsa from Gyabla (3595m.|11974ft.)

Day 7: Ghunsa - Acclimatization Day

Day 8: Trek to Kambachen from Ghunsa (4050m.|13287ft.)

Day 9: Trek To Lhonak (4780m.|15682ft.)

Day 10: Hike to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (Pangpema) (5143m.|16873ft.)

Day 11: Trek to Ghunsa from Lhonak (3595m.|11974ft.)

Day 12: Trek to Sele Le Base Camp (4480m.|14698ft.)

Day 13: Trek from Sele Le Base Camp to Tseram (3870m.|12696ft.)

Day 14: Trek to Ramche, then Hike to Oktang Base Camp (4580m.|15026ft.)

Day 15: Trek to Tortong (2995m.|9826ft.)

Day 16: Trek to Yamphudin (2080m.|6824ft.)

Day 17: Drive to Ilam from Yamphudin (800m.|2624ft.)

Day 18: Drive from Ilam to Bhadrapur, then fly to Kathmandu (1400m.|4593ft.)

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp - 19 Days 

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m.|4593ft.)

Day 2: Trek preparation (1400m.|4593ft.)

Day 3: Morning flight to Bhadrapur, Then, Drive via Taplejung to Mitlung (890m.|2919ft.)

Day 4: Mitlung to Chirwa (1185m.|3887ft.)

Day 5: Chirwa to Sekathum (1650m.|5413ft.)

Day 6: Sekathum to Amjilosa (2498m.|8195ft.)

Day 7: Amjilosa to Gyabla(Kyapra)(2725m.|8940ft.)

Day 8: Gyabla to Ghunsa (3415m.|11204ft.)

Day 9: Ghunsa to Khambachen (4145m.|13599ft.)

Day 10: Acclimatization and Rest Day 

Day 11: Khambachen to Lhonak (4792m.|15721ft.)

Day 12: Kanchenjunga North base camp (Pang Pema) (5143m.|16873ft.) trek back to Lhonak (4792m.|15721ft.) 

Day 13: Lhonak to Ghunsa (3415m.|11204ft.)

Day 14: Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2498.|8195ft.)

Day 15: Amjilosa to Chirwa (1185m.|3887ft.)

Day 16: Chirwa to Taplejung (1820m.|5971ft.)

Day 17: Taplejung to Kathmandu (1,400m.|4,593ft.)

Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu (1400m.|4593ft.)

Day 19: Departure

Kanchenjunga South Base Camp - 15 Days

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu (1400m.|4593ft.)

Day 2: Trekking preparation day (1400m.|4593ft.)

Day 3: Kathmandu to Bhadrapur Flight and drive to Taplejung (1270m.|4166ft.)

Day 4: Trek from Taplejung to Lali Kharka (2266m.|7434m.)

Day 5: Trek from Lali Kharka to Khesewa (2125m.|6971ft.)

Day 6: Trek from Khesewa to Mamangkhe (1786m.|5859ft.)

Day 7: Trek from Mamangkhe to Yamphuding (2080m.|6824ft.)

Day 8: Trek from Yamphuding to Tortong (2995m.|9826ft.)

Day 9: Trek Tortong to Cheram (3870m.|12696ft.)

Day 10: Cheram to Ramche Hike to Oktang view point (4740m.|15551ft.)

Day 11: Ramche to Tortong (2995m.|9826ft.)

Day 12: Trek to Yamphudin (2080m.|6824ft.)

Day 13: Drive to Illam from Yamphudin (800m.|2624ft.)

Day 14: Drive from Ilam to Bhadrapur and evening flight to Kathmandu (1400m.|4593ft.)

Day 15: Departure 

An ideal choice for tourists 

Out of these trekking itineraries, the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is the best and ideal itinerary. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek lasts for 28 days and is likely to offer you all the time to enjoy the viewpoints and scenic landscapes of tall and snowy mountains. You will be getting the best and most detailed information about the local attractions with the time of trekking, so to study and get more information or to interact with the locals, you have to stay for more, and this package will allow doing so. 

Section 1 of the GHT

The Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) is a long trail that crosses Nepal from east to west and can separate into timely segments for most people. The Kanchenjunga trip up to the northern base camp and returning to Ghunsa is in segment one of the Great Himalayan Trails. Before continuing to Taplejung or Tumlingtar, the trail traverses the Nango La pass and visits the secluded region of Olangchungola from here (approx. 32 days, Kathmandu to Kathmandu).

Accommodation Facilities 

Kanchenjunga is a remote trekking region with simple facilities. It was opened as a camping trek a few years back, but now we can find teahouses at every stop which offer basic facilities like shared toilets, rooms, and limited amenities. There are countable teahouses only available in some places. These teahouses can accommodate up to 7-20 trekkers, but some places lack them too.

Food

The food alongside accommodation is also simple in the Kanchenjunga trekking region. You will get dinner and breakfast in the same tea house you stayed in. There will be basic meals like local Nepali dal, bhat, and tarkari with other side ingredients and dishes. They will provide you with nutritious and healthy food. There can be an open menu in some places only because the availability of varieties is very low in this region.

Nepal Nirvana Trails as your companion will not leave any stone unturned for your satisfaction. We welcome every trekker from around the world to explore the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek for 28 days to interact with the beautiful culture and scenic mountains. If you have any queries regarding the trek, you can directly contact us for a booking at [email protected] or via WhatsApp at +977 9841380469.

Benjila Dhital

Benjila Dhital

Benjila Dhital is a content creator for one of the most reputable trekking companies, Nepal Nirvana Trails, with a great passion for writing and learning about new spots, people, cultures, and languages. With a Bachelor's Degree from the reputed college NATHM in Bachelors of Tourism and Travel Management lately, I have been engaging in authoring web content and familiarizing new locations with the tourist out there.