Kanchenjunga Trekking
2500

Overview

Kanchenjunga trekking is a remote adventure in the foothills of the high Himalayas in Nepal. This outstanding trek package from Nepal Eco Adventure is an ideal opportunity to explore the region's unspoiled natural beauty. This exciting trek takes you through forested trails and cultural landscapes.

Kanchenjunga is a remote region located in the North-Eastern part of Nepal. The trails of this trek spread over the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area in the Taplejung district. Mt. Kanchenjunga is also the third tallest mountain peak in the world. The beautiful Himalayas, glaciers, glacial lakes, and high mountain passes are highlights of this trek.

Bhotiya, Sherpa, Tamang, and Walangpa are the majority ethnicity groups in this region. Besides that, you can also find Limbu, Rai, Chettri, Gurung, and others. Buddhism is a major religion in the area. Hence, you can find many Buddhist monasteries, mani walls, chortens, and other landmarks along the trails. The rich biological diversity of the region remains protected under the Kanchenjunga conservation area.

Furthermore, this fantastic trek journey starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu (1400m) to Bhadrapur (91m). We will drive to Ilam (140 m to 3,636 m ) before taking another drive to Taplejung (1820m) the next day. This incredible journey provides you with majestic views of green hills and other natural landmarks of this region.

We will then start our trekking journey as we trek to Sinuwa (980m). From there, we will continue our trek to Taplethok (1380m), Sakathum (1575m), and then to Amjilosa (2310m). Amjilosa is a beautiful settlement where you can find many locals busy in their daily lifestyles.

Again, we will then trek to Gyabla (2730m) and then to Ghunsa (3595m). We will acclimatize for the first time in Ghunsa. We will trek to Khambachen (4050m) and then trek to Lhonak (4780m). Trekkers will feel the effect of high altitude as you will cross 5000m in altitude.

Therefore, you should be careful about altitude sickness along the trail. After trekking for around 12 days, you will finally arrive at Pang Pema Base camp (5140m). The magical beauty of the region and its incredible surroundings looks incredible from the base camp.

From there, as you will trek back to Lhonak, we will hike back to Ghunsa (3595m). We will travel through a beautiful mountain pass, Sele la Kharka (4200m). Then we will pass over Sele la Pass to trek down to Tseram (3870m), retracing the same steps we took earlier.

We will then trek down to Oktang Base camp (4730m), the South base camp of Kanchenjunga, and trek back to Ramche (4580m). We will trek back to Tseram (3870m) and then to Lamite Bhanjyang (3370m). From there, we will hike to Yamphudin (1690m), Phumphe (1780m), and Kunjari (1700m) before reaching Taplejung (1580m). We will then take a scenic drive back to Birtamod before flying back to Kathmandu.

Additionally, you can observe great vista of green hills, serene rivers, and waterfalls across the region from the flight. After arriving in Kathmandu, you can celebrate the successful completion of your journey. This beautiful trek is ideal for nature lovers who want to trek in a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.

The North Kanchenjunga base camp at Pang Pema (5140m) is the highest point of the trek. We at Nepal Eco Adventure provide this incredible trek at a reasonable cost. Read on for a detailed description of the Kanchenjunga trekking and other information in detail.

Note: This is 27 Days Kanchenjunga trekking and this package includes our own selected hotel and one day Kathmandu sightseeing tour. If you want to choose your own hotel or skip your sightseeing tour we have 24 days Kanchenjunga trek which cost only $2,400

Things You Can Experience during the Trip

  • Majestic views of Kanchenjunga (8586 meters), the third-highest peak in the world.
  • Walking past high-altitude wetlands, the alpine meadows, in the Kanchenjunga North Base camp region
  • Exploring the beautiful and diverse flora and fauna of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.
  • Observing the influence of the Tibetan heritage and lifestyles.
  • Exploring traditional handicraft business, including Brassware production, Carpet weaving, and wood turning, along the trail
  • Exploring Himalayan orchids, wildflowers, and other plants with medicinal properties.
  • Cultural settlements of the local Sherpa, Tamang, and Rai community
  • Spotting rare and endangered wildlife, including Himalayan blue sheep, Ghoral, Red Pandas, Snow leopards, Himalayan Tahr in this conservation area.
  • Warm welcome and hospitality of Nepalese people

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival to Kathmandu
Our representative will receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. You can take rest and roam around the Thamel district.
Day 2
Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley
We spend the day visiting different tourist sites in Kathmandu. The guided tour will take you to the following : – Pashupatinath: It is a holy site for Hindus all over the world. The pagoda-styled temple of Lord Shiva is visited by thousands every year. – Boudhanath Stupa: An important pilgrim site for Buddhists and Hindus, it is one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world. Swoyambhunath Temple: Another famous holy site, it is also called the Monkey temple. – Kathmandu Durbar Square is also famous for its cultural and architectural temples and palaces.
Day 3
Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive to Ilam.
Ilam Altitude: 3636m Flight Duration: 40 to 45 minutes Drive Duration: 4 hours Overnight: Ilam We will start our scenic flight from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. Moreover, we can observe majestic views of green hills and other landscapes along with the flight to Bhadrapur. The flight duration is around 40-45 minutes and covers 621 km between Kathmandu and Bhadrapur.

Moreover, the "Chandragadhi Airport" in Bhadrapur is also a gateway to southern parts of Nepal and India. Many people arrive in the country through Bhadrapur to travel to various snow-capped mountains in the Himalayas. Bhadrapur city is also the starting point of our trekking. We will take a jeep drive which takes around 4 hours to arrive at Ilam. Ilam district in eastern Nepal is famous for its beautiful tea plantation. There are wide varieties of rare birds and endangered wildlife, including the red panda. Ilam is a lovely region, and the famous tea gets exported all around the world. Besides tea, other products include cardamom, ginger, milk, potato, and others, are also renowned in the region. Moreover, there is a Devi temple in the region of great religious and cultural significance. The Mai Pokhari lake with nine corners is the highlight of this region. Many travelers come on a pilgrimage to this region. Moreover, Gajurmukhi temple, Mai river, Mane Bhanjyang, Antu Pond, and others are some of the most important landmarks of Ilam. You will spend the evening at a hotel in Ilam.
Day 4
Drive to Taplejung (1820m)
Taplejung Altitude: 1820 meters Drive Duration: 8 hours Overnight: Taplejung We will continue our journey from Ilam as we drive to Taplejung. Moreover, the scenic Kanchenjunga trekking route passes through Mechi Highway and the green hills of Ilam. Ilam is also called the "Queen of Hills', has a moderate climate with fertile lands. The beautiful tea plantations provide a scenic view of the region. Next, we will continue our journey to Suketar in Taplejung. Suketar is the starting point of the trek where you will spend the night at a hotel or lodge. The Taplejung district remains spread over 3,646 square kilometers. It has Tibet (China) in the north and Sikkim (India) in the east. There are Tehrathum District and Panchthar District in the south, and Sankhuwasabha District in the west. The name Taplejung means "a fort of King Taple" in the Limbu language. Hence, it denotes a medieval fort built by King Taple in the region. Taplejung is a scenic place with many forests, cultivated lands, pastures, lakes, rivers, and glaciers. You can also find rare and endangered wildlife in the region, including Asian black bears, snow leopards, golden-breasted birds, red panda, blood pheasant, red-billed chough, etc. Pathibhara Devi Temple, also known as Mukkumlung Mangham, is a religious landmark located in Taplejung hill and is the home to Yuma Sammang, the deity of the Limbu people. Besides that, you can also observe the 16th-century Diki Choling monastery in Olangchung-gola. After a few hour's drive, you will arrive at Taplejung, where you will stay in a local hotel.
Day 5
Trek to Sinuwa (980m)
Sinuwa altitude: 980 m Walking Hours: 4-5 hours Overnight: Sinuwa We will leave this place in Taplejung and trek to Sinuwa. There are various scenic trails along the way, including the green hills, serene rivers, and ridges. The course also leads you to rural settlements of the region that include mud homes, rice fields, and terrace farms as we head down to the Tamur River. Additionally, the Limbu kings of the Limbuwan region used to rule Taplejung before the unification of Nepal. Geographically this entire region is home to incredible snow-capped mountains, including Kanchenjunga (8586 m). Tamor River flows through the middle of the district. Moreover, the Simbuwa river, Gunsa river, and tributaries of the Tamor, including 60 rivers and streams, are the region's freshwater resources. You can also visit some of the small villages upstream. After a few hours, we will finally arrive at Sinuwa, a beautiful Tamang village, where we will stay at a teahouse.
Day 6
Trek to Taplethok (1380m)
Taplethok altitude: 1380 m Walking Hours: 5-6 hours Overnight: Taplethok The trail then leads you to various narrow paths as we trek down to Taplethok. We will leave Sinuwa Village on a descending track and cross relics and blocks before crossing Thiwakhola through a wooden suspension bridge. The trail then leads us to various natural contours before arriving at Chiruwa. We will then leave Chiruwa, follow the Tamur River trail, and then come to Taplethok. We will spend the night in Taplethok.
Day 7
Trek to Sakathum (1575m)
Sakathum altitude: 1575m Walking Hours: 4-5 hours Overnight: Sakathum We will start our trek as we descend from Taplethok to Simba Khola. Firstly, we will cross the Khola over a wooden bridge, and you will find the Yalung Glacier at its base. We will then enter the Ghunsa Khola Valley on a challenging uphill trek. After trekking for some time, we will arrive at a point where the two rivers Tamur and Ghunsa Khola, converge. We will then hike to Sakalathum, where we will spend the night at a camp alongside the river.
Day 8
Trek to Amjilosa (2310m)
Amjilosa altitude: 2310m Walking Hours: 4-5 hours Overnight: Amjilosa After waking with a golden sunrise in the morning, we will climb a trail from Sakathum to Amjilosa. We will then trek northeast along the Ghunsa Khola banks to our destination. Moreover, we will gradually gain many altitudes as we move closer to the Kanchenjunga Base camp. The steep trail will then lead you to Amjilosa, which is a beautiful Tibetan settlement. We will spend the evening at a campsite.
Day 9
Trek to Gyable (2730m)
Gyabla altitude: 2730m Walking Hours: 4-5 hours Overnight: Gyabla We will trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla, passing through the beautiful trails covered in rhododendron and bamboo forests. After climbing uphill for some time, we will arrive at a beautiful waterfall. You can take pictures and explore the waterfall for some time. After that, we will trek along the side of the river, which leads us to Gyabla, our final destination of the day. You can then camp around from where you can observe majestic views of the snow-capped mountains of the region.
Day 10
Trek to Gunsa (3595m)
Ghunsa altitude: 3595m Walking Hours: 5-6 hours Overnight: Ghunsa The trail then takes us to various scenic trails that pass through a beautiful forest. We will then pass through a small town, crossing a hill after leaving Gyabla. We will then go down the river trail and trek for a few hours to arrive at Ghunsa. Ghunsa is a beautiful Tibetan settlement where you can find stone-paved houses, a health center, and a school. Similarly, it also has a hydropower station. The village also lies in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, which means that rare and endangered wildlife gets protected under government laws. You can interact with locals and listen to their tales and observe their day-to-day rural lifestyles. Besides that, there are various Buddhist fortresses and landmarks along the region as well. We will stay in the Ghunsa teahouse for the night.
Day 11
Acclimatization day in Ghunsa
Ghunsa altitude: 3595m Walking Hours: 1-2 hours Overnight: Ghunsa Acclimatization is an essential part of this long-duration trekking adventure. You will acclimatize at various points along the trail so that you can get your body adapted to high-altitude conditions. There are different acclimatization spots in and around Ghunsa. However, you will not stay idle in Ghunsa and trek around for some time, even on acclimatization days. Furthermore, the hike will take you to a beautiful river located 400 meters above the village. It takes approximately 4 hours to trek to and return from that viewpoint. You can observe snow-clad mountains, glaciers, hills, mountain valleys from this viewpoint. You can also explore the Tibetan village of Ghunsa and its beautiful local settlements and Tibetan heritage.
Day 12
Trek to Khambachen (4050m)
Khambachen altitude: 4050m Walking Hours: 5-6 hours Overnight: Khambachen After having a delicious breakfast in the teahouses, we will begin the trek with an uphill climb from Ghunsa. We will leave Ghunsa and continue our journey across various pine and rhododendron forests. We will trek alongside the Ghunsa Khola's southern bank, where you can find many monasteries, mani walls, and chortens. Furthermore, we will then walk alongside slopes and glacier moraines till we arrive at Khambachen. Moreover, Khambachen is a beautiful settlement with Tibetan heritage and picturesque views of snow-capped mountains in all directions. We will stay at a guesthouse and rest for the night.
Day 13
Trek to Lhonak (4780m)
Lhonak altitude: 4780m Walking Hours: 5-6 hours Overnight: Lhonak We will start our trek to Lhonak after breakfast. Firstly, we will trek to the source of the Ghunsa Khola. We will then hike to the north along the Kanchenjunga glacier. The trail then takes on a plateau to arrive at the Lhonak Glacier. The environment around the region remains cold, and there is thin and dry air, but you will get a spectacular view from the ridge. The Mera, Nepal peak, Twin peak, and others look incredible from this viewpoint. You will stay overnight at a camp in Lhonak.
Day 14
Trek to Kanchenjunga Base camp (5140m) and back to Lhonak
Kanchenjunga Base camp altitude: 5140m Walking Hours: 6-7 hours Overnight: Lhonak After breakfast, we will trek early, leaving Lhonak, and head east along the trail. We will pass through various northern slopes that will provide you with a majestic view of snow-capped mountains. There are beautiful Lhonak glaciers that you can observe along a trail before arriving at the Pang Pema base camp. You can observe beautiful scenery in the base camp where the mountains cover from all directions. You will explore the region and can also take great incredible pictures of the area. The Kanchenjunga base camp provides an astonishing vista of subtropical lowlands, rhododendron forests, and mountain glaciers. Since this part of the trek is quite strenuous, you must have prior experience in high altitude or training. The Pangpema (5,100) or north face base camp remains located above the glacier and also provides excellent views of Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang/Kanchenjunga West (8,505m). You can spend time exploring these incredible landscapes. We will then trek our way back to Lhonak along the same trail and stay for the night at a camp.
Day 15
Trek to Ghunsa (3595m)
Lhonak altitude: 4780m Walking Hours: 4-5 hours Overnight: Ghunsa We will continue our trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa following the same trail that we took earlier. However, you will get a new perspective of the region, including incredible views of snow-capped mountains. There are other various cultural landmarks, including mani walls and chortens, along the trail. After arriving at Ghunsa, you will stay overnight at a tented camp.
Day 16
Trek to Sele la Kharka (4200m)
Sele la Kharka altitude: 4200m Walking Hours: 5-6 hours Overnight: Sele la Kharka We will start our trek from Ghunsa to Sele le Kharka. There are incredible trails that pass through steep rock-strewn roads. We will trek alongside a beautiful forest of the region to arrive at the High Camp. We will cross a high pass that lies just above Sele la Kharka. We will stay overnight at a camp in the Sele la Kharka.
Day 17
Trek over Sele la Pass – trek down to Tseram (3870m)
Sele la Kharka altitude: 4200m Walking Hours: 5-6 hours Overnight: Tseram We will observe the sunrise, have breakfast and then trek the incredible Sele le Pass. We will then cross two passes, including Sinion La, 4660 m, and Sele La, 4480 m. After crossing Sele la pass, we will trek on a descending trail of 1000 m to Tseram. After arriving at Tseram, we will camp around the region. We can observe incredible views of snow-capped mountains and other natural diversities.
Day 18
Trek to Oktang Base camp (4730m) and back to Ramche (4580m)
Oktang Base camp altitude: 4730m Walking Hours: 6-7 hours Overnight: Ramche We will start our trek from Tseram to Oktang Base Camp on this day. We will pass through the Yalung Glacier snout to arrive at an eroded valley. The trail then leads you to incredible geographical landscapes and snow-capped mountains of the region. The viewpoint also provides you with stunning mountain views on the Nepal-India border. After arriving at Oktang base camp, we can observe majestic views of mountains all around the region. You can take beautiful pictures of the area and then descend to Ramche. The four main summits of Kangchenjunga look incredible from this Oktang Base Camp namely Mt. Kangchenjunga Main (8,586m), Yalung Kang (8,505m), Kangchenjunga Central (8,482m) and Kanchenjunga South (8,476m). This is the only place in the Himalayas where one can observe four such high points in such proximity. Although the view from this base camp is not as great as from the Pangpema base camp, you will still get enthralled by the beauty around you. There is also a beautiful lake and meadow as you trek back to Ramche. You can observe blue sheep grazing along the region on the grassy slopes. We will walk through rocky trails to arrive at Ramche, where we will stay overnight.
Day 19
Trek back to Tseram (3870m)
Ramche altitude: 4580m Walking Hours: 5-6 hours Overnight: Tseram We will wake up with a gorgeous Himalayan sunrise early in the morning to observe the beautiful Himalayan sunrise overlooking the snow-capped mountains. We will then retrace the same trail that we took earlier to arrive at Tseram, where we will stay overnight at a camp. Tseram is quite popular among trekkers as it is a beautiful hamlet where you can observe some scattered settlements. Locals of this region are pretty busy in animal rearing and other rural works.
Day 20
Trek to LamiteBhanjyang (3370m)
Tseram altitude: 3870m Walking Hours: 4-5 hours Overnight: Lamite Bhanjyang We will observe the beautiful sunrise and have breakfast early before starting our trek. We will descend through Simbuwa Khola, retracing the same steps we took earlier on our trekking journey. The descent is relatively easy as you can trek down while observing incredible views of snow-capped mountains in the region. You can follow the surrounding views and orchid forests as you pass through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. We will then pass through forested trails before arriving at Lamite Bhanjyang. We will then camp for the evening at Lamite Bhanjyang.
Day 21
Trek to Yamphudin (1690m)
Lamite Bhanjyang altitude: 3370m Walking Hours: 4-5 hours Overnight: Yamphudin We will start our trek from Lamite Bhanjyang after having breakfast. Firstly, we will pass through dense forest trails of pine trees. You can get unlimited exploration opportunities for the flora and fauna of the region. We will cross the AmjiKhola and take a downhill trek to arrive at Yamphudin. We will stay overnight at a camp.
Day 22
Trek to Phumphe (1780m)
Phumphe altitude: 1780m Walking Hours: 4-5 hours Overnight: Phumphe We will start our trek from Yamphudin to Phumphe. You will then continue your journey and make a descent as we arrive at the Kabeli Khola. We can then observe majestic waterfalls that enchant you along the trail as we trek ahead of Kabeli Khola. You will finally come to Phumphe as you hike for a few hours, where we will camp.
Day 23
Trek to Kunjari (1700m)
Kunjari altitude: 1700m Walking Hours: 4-5 hours Overnight: Kunjari We will start our trek from Phumphe to Kunjari after breakfast observing the gorgeous Himalayan sunrise. We will continue our tour after climbing the ridge and then trek downhill until we arrive at a series of side valleys. We will pass through Phun village and continue our trek to Kesava. We will then ascend to a beautiful Gurung settlement, Bhanjyang. From there, we will descend further to arrive at the beautiful Limbu village of Kunjari. We will stay overnight at the camp along the banks of Pha Khola.
Day 24
Trek to Taplejung (1580m)
Kunjari altitude: 1700m Walking Hours: 4-5 hours Overnight: Taplejung We will start our trek early as it is a long and exhausting journey on our last day of trekking to Taplejung. This incredible trek takes you through various natural diverse landscapes of the region. Moreover, you can observe the region's rare and endangered flora and fauna. You will stay overnight at a Taplejung teahouse.
Day 25
Drive to Birtamod
Taplejung altitude: 1580m Drive Hours: 3-4 hours Overnight: Birtamod We will take a private vehicle for a scenic drive from Taplejung to Birtamod. We will continue our journey passing through natural trails that provide travelers with an opportunity to explore the region. You will continue our journey till we arrive at Birtamod of Bhadrapur. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Birtamod for the night.
Day 26
Flight to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur
Kathmandu altitude: 1400m Flight Hours: 30 minutes We will finally take a flight back to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur. After taking a short drive from Birtamod to Bhadrapur, we will take a flight to Kathmandu. We will fly through a beautiful scenic vista to arrive at this capital city of Kathmandu. You can stroll around the beautiful landmarks of this ancient city or rest in a hotel.
Day 27
Day 27: Departure
We will bid you farewell at Tribhuvan International Airport. We welcome you to explore the naturally and culturally gifted Nepal again.

What is Included

  • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
  • Three nights Kathmandu hotel with Breakfast.
  • Trekking lodge (Tea House) and home stay accommodations during the trek.
  • Three meals a day during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit every evening after the dinner.
  • Special Trekking permits, Conservation permits and other required paper documents.
  • Bus or public shared jeep transport Birtomood -Ilam- Suketar and again same way back to Britamood after the trek.
  • Round trip flight fare Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu) with airport tax and pickup and drop.
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Strong, helpful porters with proper equipment (one porter for every two trekkers).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company.
  • Free rental of Seeping bags, Down Jacket, Duffel bag and Walking Poles
  • Nepal Eco Adventure branded t-shirt and cap.
  • Guided city tour as per above itinerary with private vehicle.
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.

What is Excluded

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa fee $50 USD for 30 days visa on arrival.
  • Your Travel Mountain Rescue Insurance
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Drinks (except water refills and tea/coffee during breakfast) and desserts, snacks
  • Hot shower, battery charging and use of WIFI on the tea houses.
  • Tips for guides and driver (tipping is expected).
  • Kathmandu sightseeing tour entrance fee $30 USD per person approximately.

Departures

How tall is Mount Kanchenjunga?

Mt. Kanchenjunga has an elevation of 8536m. and is the third tallest mountain peak in the world.

Where is the Kanchenjunga region Located?

Kanchenjunga remains located in the eastern region of Nepal in the Taplejung district. The Kanchenjunga mountain is also part of the Himalayas Range.

What is the duration of Kanchenjunga Trek?

The Kanchenjunga Trek itinerary is 27 days long. It includes acclimatization days and can get extended if required.

What is the maximum altitude (highest point) of this trek?

Kanchenjunga base camp or Pangpema, located at an altitude of 5140m, is the highest point of this trek. The small mountain pass provides you with gorgeous snow-capped mountains and other diverse natural landmarks.

What does the Kanchenjunga Trekking cost?

The Kanchenjunga package costs around US$ 2500. This trek package will cover all your meals, accommodation, and other costs. Besides that, it includes guides, trek permits, porters fees, and transportation fares.

What are the starting points and endpoints of this trek?

The starting point of this trek is Taplejung as you drive to this place from Ilam and Bhadrapur. We will take a scenic flight to arrive at Bhadrapur from Kathmandu. This incredible trek also ends in Taplejung, as you will take the same Kanchenjunga trekking route back to Kathmandu.

Is Kanchenjunga Trek solo possible?

No, the Kanchenjunga solo is not possible as there are various rules and regulations that you need to fulfill to get this trek. Therefore, a licensed Kanchenjunga trek guide and at least two members in a trekking group are essential for this trek.

Why can you not trek the Kanchenjunga alone?

Since the Kanchenjunga region falls under a restricted area, there are various conditions that you need to satisfy to get trekking permits for this area. It is also quite risky to walk in the remote trails of this Kanchenjunga Trek solo.

When is the perfect time to take this trek?

The Autumn and Spring are ideal for this trek in the Kanchenjunga region.

Is Kanchenjunga trek Difficult?

This Kanchenjunga trek is quite tricky as there are various challenges of high altitude and rugged terrains across the region. Hence, this relatively difficult trek requires proper training and preparation.

Are guides and porters necessary along the trail?

Guides are essential for this high-altitude trekking journey as they will help you navigate along trails and provide you with great local insights into the region. Porters help you immensely by carrying your luggage along the route so that you can trek freely. Besides that, porter guides also help you along trails as they provide the services of both guides and porters.

What are Kanchenjunga Trek permits necessary for this trek?

Trekking permits you need to obtain are Kanchenjunga Conservation Area permits and special restricted area permits. These special permits cover Phantanglung Rural Municipality, Mikwakhola Rural Municipality, and Sirijunga Rural Municipality of Taplejung district (Province 1).

Is Travel insurance a must for this trek?

Yes, travel insurance is a must during these high-altitude trekking adventures in the Himalayan regions. There are many challenges that you need to overcome to complete this trek. This travel insurance will cover all the details, including medical injuries, Rescue helicopter to nearest hospital, accidents, altitude sickness, thefts, loss of property, and others.

What are the food facilities along the trail?

The primary food facilities include the Nepales dish of "Dal Bhat" twice a day. You will get essential nutrients with this meal that is ideal for this trekking adventure. Besides that, there are hot beverages, including tea, garlic soup, coffee, and others, along the trail.

What are the facilities of accommodation along the trail?

Accommodation facilities in these trails include local tea houses, lodges, and camping. You will get a room with beds, sheets, mattresses, pillows, and warm blankets. You might have to camp in some remote regions of this trail as there are fewer teahouses.

What are the drinking water facilities along trail?

You can get tap water along the trail. However, tap water is not suitable for drinking. Hence, you should carry water purification tablets along the trekking route. Besides that, you can also have bottled water along the trail.

How are the connectivity facilities on the trek?

Since this is a remote region trek, there is only connectivity or a mobile network in lower region trails. Moreover, you can get NTC and NCell networks in some parts of the track.

Useful Info

Best Time for Kanchenjunga Trekking

The beautiful Kanchenjunga region is ideal for traveling all around the year. However, if you want to travel in perfect conditions, you can travel in peak seasons of Autumn and Spring. Autumn (September-November) and Spring (March-May) provide stable weather conditions ideal for trekking.

Similarly, there are moderate temperatures in the region with beautiful weather and blue skies. The days are generally warmer with colder nights. The beautiful snow-capped Himalayas, green hills, mountain valleys, and others look incredible in these peak seasons.

What to expect in Spring?

Spring is a beautiful peak season providing excellent views of snow-capped mountains. There are great scenarios all around with beautiful majestic snow-capped mountains, with wildflowers like rhododendrons blooming all over the region. Trekking in stable weather with less precipitation is a highlight of this season. Moderate temperatures make it ideal for a hiking adventure in the day.

What to expect in Autumn?

Autumn is an incredible time as there is a stable climate with minimal precipitation. There are snow-capped mountain views that look incredible in clear blue skies. The weather remains perfect for daytime trekking adventures. Besides that, it is also a cultural time in the region with many festivals like Dashain, Tihar, Chaath, and others. Hence, you can go on a complete cultural exploration of this region in these seasons.

Off-season Trekking in Kanchenjunga region

The offseason treks require proper packing and preparation. The hike in the winter season brings heavy snowfall and freezing conditions in the region. Besides that, flights can get delayed or canceled frequently. However, the majestic views of snow-capped mountains look outstanding. You can also observe a wide variety of flora and fauna in the naturally diverse region.

Winters mornings and nights are pretty cold, whereas days are warm and sunny. The weather remains chilly at night, so you should pack warm clothes for this trek. Monsoon seasons (June to August) are off-seasons for this trek, and therefore there are muddy and slippery trails along the region. Therefore, you should carry proper rain gear during the monsoon treks. Overall, you can take this trek with appropriate packing and preparation.

Kanchenjunga Trekking Difficulty

Trekking in the rugged terrains of the Kanchenjunga region is quite challenging. You will start your trekking adventure, passing through various rough and remote landscapes that will challenge you. The trek passes through different up and down trails that will test you to the core.

However, the difficulty of this trek also depends upon each individual. You need to have a high endurance level to complete this trek. The hike is especially challenging for trekkers who have not trekked at high altitudes before. However, you can complete this trek with proper packing, preparation, and high-altitude experience. Also, it takes around 5 to 6 hours to complete this incredible trek, so you should get your fitness and stamina at a proper level.

So, therefore, trekkers must also have high-altitude training in harsh conditions. The training must include physical exercise, cardiovascular exercises, and mental preparation that will help you build strength, stamina, and fitness levels. Thus, you must start your training regime at least two months before taking on this challenging trek in the foothills of the Himalayas.

This incredible high-altitude trek can also lead to altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness. However, there are various ways to tackle altitude sickness along the trail. Proper acclimatization is one of the most important aspects of tackling altitude sickness. Besides that, you can also hydrate at regular intervals and get yourself a good diet.

Moreover, "Diamox tablets" can also help you tackle altitude sickness in high-altitude conditions. Trekkers should also carry all necessary items required for the trip. You should get good practice hikes as well so that you will get to experience trekking. Overall, the trek is ideal with proper packing, preparation, training, and determination.

Why Take the Kanchenjunga Trekking adventure?

Adventurous trekking experience

The Kanchenjunga region provides an adventurous experience in natural landscapes. You will pass through tranquil and peaceful trails that make you fall in love with the place. The forested trails are home to rare and endangered wildlife in the region.

There are thick rhododendron, oak, juniper, and other trees, providing a beautiful atmosphere. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure is ideal for all travelers with any skill level. Trekkers can pass through a less crowded atmosphere which is the highlight of this trek.

Incredible scenic vista

The incredible views of snow-capped mountains, green hills, deep mountain valleys, high mountain passes, and other natural landscapes will enchant you. Moreover, you can also observe serene rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, and other long trails. You can also watch incredible sunrises and sunsets along the Kanchenjunga trekking route on a backdrop of clear blue skies. Besides that, other landmarks in the region are ideal for a great adventure in a blissful, tranquil atmosphere.

Diverse wildlife exploration

The beautiful Kanchenjunga region is home to hundreds of rich and diverse wildlife, including snow leopards, Himalayan Tahrs, Himalayan Monal, and others. The various natural parts have conservation areas that actively work in protecting this wildlife. Therefore, a diverse wildlife exploration is a highlight of this trek in the Kanchenjunga region.

Cultural heritage and trails

The trails of this incredible trek are also home to local settlements and cultural heritage. There are people busy in their traditional lifestyle and rural daily rituals. This unique experience will provide you with local insight into this place with the help of a professional guide. The cultural exploration of this place and settlements with the lovely hospitality of local people will enthrall you along trails.

Buddhist monasteries, Mani walls, Chorterns, and others will provide you with a unique perspective of the region. Buddhist nuns and monks busy in their prayers and daily rituals are a common sight in the region. There you can gain an extraordinary spiritual experience that will change your outlook in life.

Food and Accommodation in Kanchenjunga Trek

The food and accommodation along this high-altitude trek are pretty basic in tea houses, lodges, and camping. These great tea houses provide travelers with a warm space in high-altitude conditions. Moreover, they offer a warm meal and a good stay. There are twin beds, a mattress, a pillow, a clean sheet, and a warm blanket in these teahouses.

You might have to camp at some points along the trail as there are fewer teahouses in remote regions. We will take care of all food and accommodation, so you do not have to worry about logistics. Toilets in these tea houses are in squat style and located outside of these outsides. Wifi, charging, hot water, and others are also available at some lower region teahouses but at an added cost.

These tea houses provide "Dal Bhat," a typical Nepalese dish including rice, lentils, dal, pickles, vegetables, and others. For breakfast, you will get bread toasts, boiled eggs, and porridge. Besides these, there are hot beverages in the region, including tea, hot drinks, garlic soup, coffee, etc. Moreover, other cuisines like momo, chowmein, noodles, thukpa, and others are also available in some teahouses. You can also get snacks including protein bars, dry fruits, and granola bars during your trek.

Things to Consider for Kanchenjunga Trekking

Acute mountain sickness

Altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness is another factor that you must consider before trekking in this region. These high-altitude trails require proper acclimatization to tackle altitude sickness. Regular hydration is another essential factor along paths that will help you tackle altitude sickness. Dehydration is generally considered the primary cause of altitude sickness.

The altitude sickness in such high altitude conditions can turn fatal if not treated in time. High-altitude conditions can get quite challenging, especially if you have not trekked in the region before. Professional guides will help you set acclimatization points so that you can get acclimatized to these trails.

Trekking Guide

Trekking guides are an essential part of a high-altitude trekking adventure. These trekking trails pass through various rugged and remote terrain. Therefore, there are chances of you getting lost or injured along trails. Hence, a trekking guide with professional experience is a great help in these conditions. They will help you navigate along paths. Therefore, you should get a licensed professional guide for this trek.

Besides that, these guides will help you explore the region's local culture, tradition, and lifestyle. Moreover, there are porters in the area, so you do not have to carry your luggage. Porters will help you with your heavy luggage and reduce your burden along the trail. Hence, you can focus your energy on trekking.

Basic level of fitness

A basic level of fitness is essential when it comes to high-altitude trekking. Thus, you should train yourself well ahead of this trip, including physical exercises, cardiovascular activities, and mental preparation. You can perform actions like cycling, hiking, jogging, swimming, and others. Acclimatization is essential for maintaining proper physical strength and stamina along trails. Mental fitness will provide you with a positive attitude that is essential during your trek.

Trek Permits

Travel permits are also essential during any trekking adventure in the region. Trekkers need to pass through various trails, national parks, and conservation areas to complete the trek. Therefore, you should get these local area permits, including Rural municipality permits, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permits, etc. Trekkers can get these permits at the Kathmandu office of the Nepal tourism board.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is another factor that you must consider during this trek. The travel insurance must cover medical injuries, accidents, theft of property, loss, and others. Moreover, it must cover helicopter evacuation. These helicopter evacuations may get required in high-altitude situations that cost around $4000 to $5000. Therefore, trekkers must get proper travel insurance for this high-altitude trek.

Kanchenjunga Trekking Permits

Trekking permits are another essential part of any high-altitude trekking adventure in Nepal. There are various Kanchenjunga Trekking permits that you need to get before you start on this incredible trek. These include Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit and Special Restricted Area Permit.

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area permits cost around NRs. 2,000 per person per entry for foreign nationals, NRs. 500 per person per entry for SAARC nationals and NRs. 100 for Nepalese and is free for children under the age of 10.

Since the trails of this trek pass through Phantanglung Rural Municipality, Mikwakhola Rural Municipality, and Sirijunga Rural Municipality of Taplejung district (Province 1), you will need special trekking permits. This trekking permit costs USD 20 per person/week. However, this is only for the first four weeks.

After the first four weeks, it will cost you USD 25 per person/week. A TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) permit is not required if you have a restricted area or special trekking permit.

Kanchenjunga Trekking cost

This Kanchenjunga trekking cost is a complete package that includes all aspects of this trek, including accommodation, meals, and trekking permits. The tea houses around the region range from US$ 3 - US$5 per night. Guides and porters in the area cost around US$ 20 to US$ 25 per day.

The high-altitude Himalayan trails require porters or animals like donkeys for transportation. Hence, food and other costs are generally relatively high in these high-altitude Himalayan routes. They gradually increase as you move high along trails. Therefore, you also need to carry extra cash ($15-$20 per day, equivalent Nepalese rupees).

A professional trekking guide costs around USD 30 to 35, whereas porters cost around USD 20 to 25. These will include their food, accommodation, salary, and insurance. Besides that, you will need transportation costs for a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and then a scenic drive to Ilam and Taplejung.

Trip Safety

Safety is our utmost priority as we work to provide you with an excellent trekking service. Safety protocols will help you with any assistance you may need when you trek with us. Our guides and crew members who conduct this trip have proper first aid facilities and training. They will help you in case of any emergencies. They can also check oxygen levels regularly along the trail to tackle altitude sickness.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or altitude sickness is quite common in the region. Therefore, you should take proper care along trails. Hence, you must have appropriate acclimatization days in this Kanchenjunga trekking itinerary. The trek guides will provide you with appropriate acclimatization spots along trails for your ease.

They also know how to handle any emergency condition. In case of altitude sickness along the course, you will first get taken down to lower elevation, following the safety protocol. However, you may have to abandon the trek midway and return if you don't get better.

However, you should not worry as they will constantly monitor your situation and take any necessary steps. You will get airlifted to Kathmandu or Pokhara for further medical attention. You can also join your group back in case you feel better after resting for a while.

Training Regime

This Kanchenjunga trekking is a relatively challenging trek that requires a proper level of strength and endurance. These incredible trails demand a basic fitness level and stamina. Therefore, you need to be in good shape to get appropriate strength, endurance, and energy.

Therefore, you need to train well ahead of this trek, at least. Ideally, you should start your training regime at least 2-3 months before this trek. But if it's not possible, you can begin training at least two weeks before this trek. The training regime should include activities like physical activities, cardiovascular activities, and mental exercises.

Physical activities

These physical activities will help you gain strength and stamina for this trek. You can also gain endurance for long-duration trekking in rugged high-altitude terrain. Moreover, you will have the proper experience to tackle any terrain of this challenging trek with the help of this training regime.

You will also gain muscles through these physical exercises in your arms, legs, and shoulders. You can also hire a physical trainer that will help you maintain your exercise regime. Besides these, practice hikes are also essential for this trek.

Cardiovascular exercises (Aerobics)

These cardiovascular or aerobic exercises must get included in these training regimes. They help you remain flexible along the trail. You can hike, swim, jog, cycle, and others to help you stay flexible along trails. These exercises are of great help in low oxygen conditions as they will increase your breathing capability along the Kanchenjunga trekking route.

Besides that, you can also perform squats, pull-ups, push-ups, and other exercises. Overall, they will keep you fit along the trail so that you complete your trekking journey with ease.

Mental exercises

The trek requires muscular mental strength and a positive attitude to complete. Hence, proper mental preparation through various means is a must when it comes to high-altitude trekking. Therefore, all trekkers must learn about their itinerary, dangers, and routes along the trail. You can also ask for advice from trekkers who have trekked in the region before, practice hikes, and others.

A positive attitude through self-motivation and motivation from your fellow trekkers and guides will help you push along. The most challenging terrains in the trek get easier through these preparations. Overall, these training exercises will lead you to a successful journey along the trails.

Kanchenjunga Trek Solo Vs. Guided

A professional trekking guide is of great help during your trekking journey in rugged terrains. They will help you navigate along trails and help you with all logistics regarding treks like a meal, accommodation, and others. Your trekking guide must have a proper government-issued license.

The local guides will know about these Kanchenjunga trekking routes in advance and provide you with necessary insights into the culture and tradition of the region. They will also help you avoid taboos along the area so that you don't offend locals in any manner. Besides that, they will monitor you all along and provide help in medical injuries, accidents, altitude sickness conditions, and other emergencies.

There is a porter along the trail who will provide you with luggage along tracks. You can carry on with your trekking adventure with ease. These porters-guides who work as both will provide you with necessary help at a relatively low cost. Therefore you can hire these porters and guides along the region based on your preferences.

A Typical Day On Kanchenjunga Trek

The trekking journey starts with a scenic trip to Bhadrapur on a flight and then a scenic drive to Ilam and Taplejung. We will begin our trekking journey in the morning at around 6 AM from Taplejung.

After waking up early and freshening up, we will leave the tea houses or camps and proceed towards the dining area. We will get served our breakfast which generally consists of bread, eggs, porridge, and some hot beverages like tea and coffee. The trekking journey for the day starts as we finish our breakfast at around 7 AM. You can then begin your trek carrying snacks and water bottles.

You can observe incredible views of snow-capped mountains and beautiful surroundings. There are various natural and cultural landmarks along the trail, and you can follow these beautiful sights and take photographs of the region. You will stop to have our lunch around noon.

After taking some rest after having lunch, we will continue trekking on a rugged and remote trail. You should travel early so that you will reach your destination before dark. You can rest at the local tea house or camp after completing your journey for the day. You can have your light snacks as you will reach the destination at around 5 PM.

You can then join your fellow trekkers in the common dining area for dinner and socializing. Trekkers should prepare for trekking around 5 to 6 hours daily. The highest mountain passes and rugged terrains will make this journey quite challenging, especially for first-time trekkers. You also need to acclimatize well so that you can complete this trekking journey with ease.

You can carry cards, books, a kindle, and others to pass the time in the evening. After having dinner at 7 PM, you can prepare for your trekking adventure the next day and then rest in your room or camp for the evening.

Why Trek With Us?

Nepal is a beautiful country with incredible landscapes that are ideal for trekking. Therefore, there are hundreds of trekking agencies that you can find in the country. We at Nepal Eco Adventure are among the best trekking agencies in this country. You will get the best trekking packages and services if you trek with us. Read on why you should walk with us in detail.

Excellent team

We have excellent professional trekking guides and staff who have intimate knowledge of the Himalayan terrain. You will get a comfortable trip on this journey.

Local insights

Our local run company provides customers with excellent local insights. The local knowledge of the place will help you to have a great trekking experience overall.

Personalized trekking experience

We provide a personalized trekking experience for all customers. Since there are various trekking routes and every customer responds differently, we focus on each customer.

Attention to detail

The detailed attention to our customers' needs and demands makes our company stand out among the rest. We guarantee that we look into every tiny aspect of your trip and provide you the best trekking experience you can get.

First Aid facilities

There are first aid facilities provided to trekkers as it is essential before starting on this trek. Hence, our Kanchenjunga trek guides provide first aid facilities for any medical emergency emergencies in the high-altitude region.

Culture exploration

Our professional trekking guides and tour operators are locally based and have sound knowledge about beautiful regions. They know about these routes in the Himalayan terrain of Nepal. You will get to learn the cultures and traditions of the area. The unique heritage and lifestyle of the region are a highlight of this trek.

Customizable itinerary

Our customizable trips are ideal for those who want to trek in a relaxed manner. You can therefore schedule trips according to your schedule in your free time. You can even extend trips or reduce itineraries if necessary.

Great bargain prices

We provide these incredible services at a bargain price. You should not worry about all these details as you will get the best services at a bargain price.

Secure means of payment

There are secure payment channels, and you don't have to worry about any other transaction leaks. These means of payment are government-approved, including Visa/MasterCard, traveler's cheque, internet banking, cash, etc. The quick booking and payment facilities make this trekking opportunity ideal.

Transparent charges

There are no hidden charges as all our transactions are transparent. If you trek with us, you will get complete fair pricing on all our services. All our services are available at a reasonable cost.

Highly experienced members

Our team members have high experience in operating high-altitude trekking adventures. Therefore, you can get the best complete hassle-free services.

Essentials Tips For Kanchenjunga Trekking

  • Start your trekking early as you will arrive at your destination early
  • Acclimatize properly and hydrate regularly during this trek
  • Get a proper training regime before starting on this trek
  • Pack only those items that are essential for this trek
  • Book your accommodation and food facilities in advance to be safe from any hassle along the trail
  • Carry water purification tablets or solutions to purify water for drinking along the trail
  • Carry power bank, solar charger, and extra batteries, and to save costs
  • Carry protein bars, snickers, granola bars, and others while trekking along the trail

Packing List - Kanchenjunga Trekking

Clothing

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Trekking shirts
  • Trekking pants
  • Fleece jackets
  • Down jacket
  • Trekking boots
  • Thermal wears
  • Warm woolen cap
  • Woolen trekking socks
  • Woolen gloves
  • Windproof jacket
  • Raincoat

First Aid

  • Anti-nauseant medication
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Dehydration salts
  • Mosquito and insect repellent

Toiletries

  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Sanitizer
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen

Others

  • Phone
  • Power Banks
  • Solar Charges
  • Extra Batteries
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Local SIM card
  • Kanchenjunga Trekking Map
  • Camera

Important documents

  • Passport
  • Kanchenjunga Trekking Permits
  • Travel insurance

Final Say

Nepal is an ideal trekking destination with incredible foothills of the Himalayas. There are stunning landscapes that will provide you with an adventure of a lifetime. These remote and rugged landscapes of the region are another significant part of the trek in Nepal.

Moreover, hundreds of trekkers from all around the world take part in these adventures. The Kanchenjunga trek goes through an incredible route reaching incredible landmarks like Mount Kanchenjunga base camp. You can also go on a complete exploration of the natural diversities of the region. The cultural settlements along the area provide you with a unique trekking experience.

This peaceful trekking experience will enchant all travelers. The Himalayan vista of the region makes this trek quite popular among trekkers. Contact us at Nepal Eco Adventure for a complete detailed Kanchenjunga trekking itinerary, and book your trip now.

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  1. Kanchenjunga Trekking
    Had a great experience on the tail end of Winter trekking into the remote Kanchenjunga region (which has a great variety of scenery and is much less "touristed" than a lot of other treks). Chhatra and the team at Nepal Eco Adventure made the whole experience as "painless" as possible (apart from the blisters!). Chhatra is very responsive to any and all questions and always open to alternative suggestions and options. Our Kanchenjunga Trek was cut short due to heavy snow, but Chhatra was incredibly accommodating and arranged an alternative trek, transportation etc. at very short notice into the Helambu Region, which gave us an insight into a different area altogether. All of this was done with no fuss and at no additional cost to us either. Our guide (Kul) and porter (Suma) were both fantastic, experienced and went "above and beyond" expectations, which simply made the trip go even more smoothly and added to the enjoyment. I would not hesitate to use the Nepal Eco Adventure team again or to recommend them to anyone contemplating trekking in Nepal (I'm already hatching plans for a possible return to Nepal next year(!). Can't wait!).
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  • 27 days Kanchenjunga Trekking
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  • Minimum 02 person
  • March-May & September-December
  • 5140M
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