Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking
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HIghlight of Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking
- Reach the base of the third highest mountain in the world.
- Get amazed by the dazzling glaciers (Yalung, Kanchenjunga)
- Gaze at the shimmering peaks of Kanchenjunga range
- Explore the cultural diversity of Limbu and Rai ethnic groups
- Immerse in the wilderness of Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
- Discover the rural landscape and villages of eastern Nepal
Overview of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking
Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking represents a series of natural diversity in east Nepal. Nepal’s far eastern territory borders India for about 150 kilometers. The Nepalese side of the landmass has differentiated into three geographical characteristics.
Herein, the lower belt includes the flat plains of Terai, enclosed by three districts: Sunsari, Morang, and Jhapa. Furthermore, The middle landmass includes dense tropical forests surrounding hills that range up to 3000 meters. Taplejung, Panchthar, and Terhathum are the hilly districts in the Kanchenjunga area. The uppermost section of this geology includes the mighty Himalayan belt encapsulating towering mountains.
One such Himalayan wonder is Mt.Kanchenjunga, which stands 8586 meters high from the Sea level and is the third-highest peak in the world. This mountain scales as the second-highest peak in Nepal after Mt.Everest (8848.86 m). The British expedition team was the first to climb Mt.Kanchenjunga in 1955. Joe Brown and George Band were the first to summit this mountain.
The mountainous area surrounding this massif is filled with glacial moraines, rocky peaks, and glacial lakes. Mt.Kanchenjunga stands tall amongst numerous neighbors like Wedge Peak(6802m), Kabru I(7412m), Kumbhakarna(7711m), Taple Sikhar(6510m) and others. These mountains are part of the Great Himalayan range and stand proudly in eastern Nepal.
Also, the area uncovered by these massifs, including the dense forests and the hilly regions, is part of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Owing to its rich biodiversity and flaming geological amusement, this conservation area was established in 1997, covering an area of 2035 square kilometers.
A trekking trail pierces via the high hills of the south, traversing through the rugged glacial terrain of Kanchenjunga massifs. This is what we call the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking. Unlike your commercial, the Kanchenjunga trek takes the remote space, which is isolated and uncharted.
The trekking to Kanchenjunga is full of untouched land masses that provide surreal views of the encircling peaks. Note that the spaces your trek leads to will have three vegetation types: climate, ambiance, culture, and experience.
Your starting point of the trek is at Suketar, an altitude of 2421 meters. From here, we pass through the rural hilly landscape to the mountainous terrain of the north. We reach the highest point of the Kanchenjunga trek at Pangpema at an elevation of 5388 meters.
Upon your return from Base Camp, you will end your trek at Birtamod, the lowest altitude landmass of this trek at 300 meters. Just imagine the diversity of people, geography, atmosphere, flora and fauna, and communities you would discover on this fantastic trek.
People and Culture of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking
People and culture spread across the Kanchenjunga region portray various enriches. This area, uncovered by the Kanchenjunga region, is home to the Sherpa, Rai, and Limbu groups of people. You will encounter several amusing traditions and cultural practices during the Kanchenjunga trekking.
Rais and Limbus particularly celebrate Sakela Udhauli (October/November), Sakela Ubhauli(April/May), Sakewa(April/May), Yele Dhung(Jan/Feb) and others. Traveling during these dates puts you in for a celebration vibe. Additionally, since the teahouses you will be staying at are run by the locals, you will have complete immersion in their walk of life.
Cost of Kanchenjunga Trek
Kanchenjunga trek Cost depends on facilities. The net cost of the package is dependent on three main factors:
1) Lodging in Kathmandu
During your trekking day 25, your accommodation will be in similar teahouses. These mountain lodges provide limited facilities and modern amenities. That being said, in Kathmandu, there are ranges of hotels available based on your budget and preferences. If you choose a high-end luxurious accommodation, it can cost more and vice versa.
2) Number of pax
The trekking expense, permits, flight costs, and accommodation during the trek is constant. However, domestic transfers, guide, and porter costs decrease if you have more people. So, the number of people in your trekking group also determines the price of trekking at Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
3) Travelling Time
Generally, higher demand hikes the cost of any service or product. There are multiple factors at play here. There are many tourists and trekkers during the best time for the Kanchenjunga trek: Autumn and Spring. The overall cost of accommodation and transportation spikes during these months. If you plan for trekking during these times, the cost of your trek will be higher. Alternatively, the price will be relatively low if you plan your tour during the low season (Winter and Summer).
Duration of the trek
The standard duration of the trek is 28 days. This typical itinerary includes an additional tour of Yalung Base Camp. We can custom-create your itinerary based on your requirements. The duration of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is based on how comfortable the trekking experience is.
If you want to trek for only 4-5 hours a day, a similar itinerary can be designed by lengthening the overall duration of the trek. Furthermore, we can shorten the time if you can trek for more than the planned timeline.
Weather and Temperature
As stated earlier, Kanchenjunga Trekking entails 3 different geographical areas: the Himalayan belt, the Hilly stretch, and the plains of Terai. You will get to experience 3 different temperature and weather patterns in all of these areas. Herein is the table providing information pertaining to the weather and seasons in Kanchenjunga Trekking.
|Place||Spring Temperature (°C)||Autumn Temperature (°C)||Spring Humidity (%)||Autumn Humidity (%)|
|Biratnagar||20 – 30||18 – 28||80 – 90||70 – 80|
|Suketar||15 – 25||12 – 22||70 – 80||60 – 70|
|Mitlung||10 – 20||8 – 18||60 – 70||50 – 60|
|Chiruwa||10 – 20||8 – 18||60 – 70||50 – 60|
|Sukathum||8 – 18||6 – 16||50 – 60||40 – 50|
|Amjilosa||5 – 15||3 – 13||40 – 50||30 – 40|
|Gyabla||5 – 15||3 – 13||40 – 50||30 – 40|
|Ghunsa||0 – 10||-2 – 8||30 – 40||20 – 30|
|Khangpachen||0 – 10||-2 – 8||30 – 40||20 – 30|
|Lhonak||-5 – 5||-7 – 3||20 – 30||15 – 25|
|Pangpema||-10 – 0||-12 – -2||15 – 25||10 – 20|
Note: The temperature and humidity of places fluctuate every year. The provided data in the above table is for reference only.
Itinerary of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking itinerary starts from Kathmandu and ends up in Kathmandu. People can complete it within 28 days from your arrival to departure dates. However, we have updated the walking hours every day, but it might take more or less according to your walking speed.
The highest altitude of Kanchenjunga trekking is 5388m high from Sea level. You may not have the necessary to arrange camping gear these days, so quickly get a small tea house and fresh food along the trekking trail.
Similarly, The adventure trip to Kanchanjunga in March to May and September to December are the best trekking seasons with less crowded people.
Day:01 Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350 meters).
You will land at Kathmandu’s only airport, Tribhuvan International Airport. Before you even land, we will have allocated a ground staff with your nameplate at the arrival gate. You will then board your vehicle and drive towards your hotel in Thamel.
The drive takes about 30 minutes, and you will then check into your hotel. The rest of the day is leisure for you to rest or wander around in the streets of Thamel. In the evening, you will meet your trekking leader, and he shall brief you about the trekking trip. You will have a wonderful evening in Kathmandu.
Day:02 Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley
You have the option of undertaking a sightseeing journey to Kathmandu. This journey involves strolling through the historical heritage of Kathmandu. You will be amazed by the UNESCO sites that spread across Kathmandu.
There are over 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. You can choose 3 of them for your day tour. You will stay at a hotel in Thamel for the night.
Day:03 Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (81 m).
Your morning breakfast will be served at the hotel dining. After a hearty meal, we head towards the airport for our next leg of the journey. We board our flight and take off from Kathmandu, headed eastbound. Biratnagar is a southeastern city bordering India.
It is one of the significant trade transits of Nepal. Since the elevation of this city is a mere 81 meters above sea level, you will feel the temperature and air humidity variation. Our vehicle will drive us to our hotel. There are small attractions in Biratnagar that you can explore during the day. Please inquire with us about additional sightseeing in Biratnagar. We stay in Biratnagar for the night.
Day:04 Fly from Biratnagar to Suketar (2420m).
Today, you will fly to the initial point of your trek, Suketar. Located in the highlands of Taplegunj district, Suketar Airport serves as the major access point. Due to weather uncertainties, flights to Suketar are rescheduled, especially during winter and summer.
We board our flight from Biratnagar airport for 30 minutes to reach Suketar. This airport is the gateway to the sacred Pathivara temple and Kanchenjunga sanctuary. Upon reaching Suketar, we checked into our hotel for an overnight stay.
Day:05 Trek to Mitlung (921m)
Our first day of trekking begins with a gradual descent over the rural farmland of hilly areas. We traverse across the rural villages scattered across the trail. The first village you will encounter today is Asahangpati. You will have a proper insight into the rural lifestyle as you reach this village.
Stone-built houses, terraced farms, stack pile hey, and cattle farming are occasional sights you will encounter. After 4 hours of trekking, we reached a crossroad at Phukadin. From Phukadin, we follow the northbound route along the Tamor River basin. After 2 hours of walking through the river bank, you will reach Mitlung for your night stay.
Day:06 Trek to Chiruwa (1270m)
Your trail today follows the villages located beside the Tamor River. The altitude climbs to more than 300 meters, and the track is easygoing. You first take a slight descent from Mitlung to reach the river level at the bank. The trail then heads northbound, traversing via small hamlets.
As you approach Siwan after 2 hours, you will see two rivers converge into the Tamor River: Methang and Ima Rivers. Then begins your uphill climb, which is steep and through the narrow gorge. Several wild bee hives are visible from far apart on the walls of these rocky cliffs. We reached Chiruwa in the evening for our night stay.
Day:07 Trek to Sukathum (1576m)
You will initiate today’s stretch after a hearty breakfast at the teahouse. This trek section is relatively easy, with the trail navigating the Tamor River multiple times. You will encounter several villages during the traverse. You will first reach Taplethok. Then, Tamewa crosses a suspension bridge over the Tamor River to reach Lelep. Lelep is a decently inhabited small hamlet with most inhabitants being Rais and Limbus.
After one hour of trekking from Lelep, you get today’s stop, Sukathm. This point is the crossroad for the Kanchenjunga and Lumba Sumba trek. Also, this village is located at the confluence of the Tamor and Ghunsa rivers.
Day:08 Trek to Amjilosa (2308m)
From Suktham, we follow the route headed east through the basin of the Ghunsa River. This river will be our trail navigator until Kanchenjunga Base Camp. It originates from the Kanchenjunga glacier. For most of today’s trail, we will traverse deep through the tropical forests.
Several floral varieties here include Rhododendron, Juniper, Birch, and Pine. The ascent today is over 800 meters and will leave you breathless. You will cross a suspension bridge over the Ghunsa River and follow the trail carved into a cliff wall. After 5 hours of traversing, you will reach the hilltop village of Amjilosa for our overnight stay.
Day:09 Trek to Gyabla (2730m)
Today’s stretch is straightforward, through the dense forests and streams. In this stretch, you will encounter the natural enriches of the Kanchenjunga Conservation area.
For the most part, your trail will follow along the Ghunsa River, making crossings multiple times. This stretch’s midpoint village is Thyanani, located at 2405 meters. We have our lunch here and further continue the traverse. After 3 hours from Thyanani, you reach Gyabla, an overnight stop for the 9th day of your trekking journey.
Day:10 Trek to Ghunsa (3595m)
On the tenth day of your trek, you will make the steep ascent for the most part. We head for Ghunsa, located at 3595 meters, ascending over 800 meters daily.
The first two-hour stretch from Gyabla follows a dense forest in the River bed.
You will encounter several floral diversity in this section of the trek. Upon reaching Phere, several Buddhist monuments are built along the track. Chhortens, Mani Walls, and Monasteries are dotted along the trail.
From Phere, Ghunsa lies at a distance of 2 hours. This village is the largest settlement in the Kanchenjunga area. At the end of the village is a police station, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area check post, and hospital. Telephone and internet services are available in this village.
Day:11 Acclimatization day
A much-needed acclimatization is carried out at Ghunsa. You have several options to engage in for this day. Ghunsa village has a distinct ambiance with its ancient Buddhist heritage.
You may wander around in the nearby monastery and stroll the town. Alternatively, trekkers prefer to hike up to the Jannu Peak viewpoint at the ridge line, which is at a distance of about 5 hours round trip.
It would be best to carry a packed lunch for the Jannu Peak viewpoint hike. Overnight stay at Ghunsa.
Day:12 Trek to Khangpachen (4050m) 5-6 hrs.
The trail leading from Ghunsa is filled with natural enigmas. As you embark on this stretch, several alluring water bodies await your arrival.
The first section of the trek goes along the riverbed through a straight pathway. You will encounter several cascading waterfalls that originate from Yamatari Glacier and Temachhungi Peak(6044m).
After 3 hours of traverse, we cross a suspension bridge at Rampuk Kharka. We then ascend steeply on the opposite end of Kumbhakarna Glacier. After another 2 hours of trekking, you reach your stopover at Khangpachen.
Day:13 Rest Day at Khangpachen.
Khangpachen is a small hamlet with stone huts built along. It sits at the base of Annidesha Himal (6066m). To the west of Khangpache are Sarphu II (6164m), Sarpu III (4916m), and numerous other mountains.
We stay at Khangpache for the day to relieve your muscles of stress. During this rest day, you can take a day trip to the base of Kumbhakarna Glacier. This point provides a clear view of Mt.Kumbhakarna (7710m).
Day:14 Trek to Lhonak (4780m)
As the altitude rises, the topography of your trekking trail begins to change. The lush forests disappear, and water streams become colossal glaciers and semi-arid landmasses. Today’s traverse will be much more challenging than the previous days as the altitude has been gained. We take it slow and steady. This section of the trek is popular for rare sightings of Snow Leopard.
We travel through icy scree and moraines overlooking Mera Glaciers and Romdeng Glacier. Our trail leads us to a small settlement of Lhonak in the evening. Lhonak sits beside the Kanchenjunga Glacier, bestowing an astounding view of Kanchenjunga massifs.
Day:15 Trek to Pangpema (5388m)
The trail leading towards Pangpema from Lhonak is a gradual ascent for the first stretch. The trail traverses through the deep valleys, showcasing astounding mountain vistas. As you approach a large glacial moraine, the course now ascends through a series of steep climbs.
Your pathway is filled with debris, rocky boulders, icy sections, and glacial deposits. You will have to make multiple river crossings in this section of the trek. We reach Pangpema, our overnight stop, after 6 hours of trekking.
Day:16 Kanchenjunga North Base Camp and Return (4050m)
On the 16th day of your trek, you will take an early morning hike towards Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The base camp sits at the confluence of two massive glaciers: Pathibhara (Pyramid) Glacier and Kanchenjunga Glacier.
The base camp allows for astounding views of Mt.Kanchenjunga(8,586 m), Mt.Yalung Kang (Kangchenjunga West)(8505m), Mt.Kumbhakarna/Jannu (7710m) and Mt.Pandim(6691m). You will have the best feeling of your Kanchenjunga Himalayan journey as you sit before these mountains.
After an hour at the base camp, we begin our return journey. We descend further ahead from Pangpema and reach Khangpachen after 5 hours to trek for the overnight stop.
Day:17 Trek to Ghunsa (3595m) 3-4 hrs
The trail descending from Khangpachen to Ghunsa is scenic and bewildering. This section of the trek offers breathtaking views of Chang Himal (6750m.), Ramtang Peak (6700m.), Lupche Peak (6044m.), and Dango Peak (6250m.).
Additionally, the area boasts vast yak pastures for your enjoyment.
Day:18 Trek to Sele La base camp (4290m) 5-6 hrs.
Our route diverges from Ghunsa as we take the southeastern route from hereon. We deviate from the path that we took on our ascent. The route is easy, with a gradual climb after 2 hours from Ghunsa.
We cross the Yamtari River on the trail and make small accents before reaching Sele La Base Camp after 6 hours of traverse. Sele La Base Camp is located at the base of Boktoh Peak at 6114 meters. Our overnight stay will be at Sele La Base Camp.
Day:19 Trek to Cheram (3870m) 6-7 hrs.
It is a long but easy journey to Cheram. We pass through the wilderness and secluded sections of the Kanchenjunga trek; in between lies Simon La (4440m), Mirgin La(4480m), and Sinelapche Bhanjyang (4646m). After these passes, the trail starts to descend gradually.
It would be a leisurely walk through rocky cliffside terrain towards Cheram. Cheram village is the crossroad point for the Kanchenjunga and Yalung Base Camp treks.
Day:20 Trek to Ramche (4580m) and back to Cheram. 4-5 hrs.
We take the northeastern trail from Cheram and head towards Yalung Base Camp. Our route follows the Simbuwa River, which originates from Yalung Glacier.
After 2 hours of traverse, you will follow through the technical trail along the Yalung Glacier. We reach Ramche and savor the enigmatic views of Kabru I (7412m), Kabru II (7339m), Kabru III (7338m), Kanchenjunga West (8505m), Kanchenjunga Central (8482m) and Kanchenjunga South (8476m). We return to Cheram for the night stay.
Day:21 Trek to Tortong (2995m)
We start our return journey from Cheram, following along the Sibuwa River. The journey is filled with deep, lush forests and wilderness of Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.
The trail is fairly easy, with multiple ascents time and again. You will encounter a large stretch of Rhododendron forests in between this stretch.
Day:22 Trek to Yamphudin (2080m)
Today’s trekking is filled with rollercoaster ascents and descents. The first stretch of the trek makes a slow ascent towards Lasiya Bhanjyang (3310m) and then descends towards Yamphudin.
You will encounter hilly area vegetation along the trail. You will reach Yamphudin after 5 hours of traversing for your overnight stop.
Day:23 Trek to Yangpang (1007m)
Traverse today is on an easy-going track through the rural setup of Taplejung district. We walk through the hilly area landscape involving rural villages, terraced farms, and greenery.
Upon reaching Khebang, Tawa River will be your guide for the further journey. We walk through the river basin and get to Yangyang in the evening.
Day:24 Trek to Tharpu (1500m)
The trail is easily navigable in today’s stretch. You will encounter modern hotel amenities as you descend lower on the trek. We walk for about 6 hours through a rural hilly landscape to reach Tharpu for our overnight stay.
Day:25 Trek to Birtamod (300m)
The trail today heads towards the plain of Terai. We trek towards the bustling Birtamod city located on the east-west highway.
You will have your night stay at a luxurious hotel with a delicious meal in Birtamod after weeks of Himalayan journey.
Day:26 Drive to Bhadrapur then Fly to Kathmandu
We will schedule a morning flight from Bhadrapur for your journey back to Kathmandu. We drive towards Bhadrapur airport from Birtamod, which takes about 20 minutes.
We take off from Bhadrapur airport and fly towards Kathmandu, headed westward. It’s a 45-minute flight flying parallel to the Himalayan vista to the north. Our representative will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is leisure for you to explore or rest.
Day:27 Leisure day in Kathmandu - Overnight at hotel
This day is kept as a buffer day to negate delays or any unforeseen circumstances.
You may have a shopping day on your own.
Options: You can take the Everest Heli tour, which takes about 3/4 hours. Alternatively, you can choose for an hour plane tour.
We have tons of options for this day. Inquire, please. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Day:28 Transfer to international airport for your sweet home.
Our representative will drop you off at the International Airport for your final departure. We bid farewell until next time.
Travelers Note: The Check-out time is Noon from the Hotel.
- Airport picks up and drops by car/van/bus.
- Kathmandu city tours as per above program, inclusive of tour guide, car/van.(Option)
- Highly experienced, helpful and friendly Guide.
- Porters (1 porter for 2 packs) their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment.
- Kanchenjungha Conservation Area Entry Permit.
- Restricted Area Permit.
- TIMS Permits.
- Trekking Permits.
- Three times Meals a day ( Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
- Hot drinks with every meal.
- Basic accommodation during the trekking.
- Government taxes.
- Ground transportation.
- Per/ person, one trekking map.
- Per/ Person hiking pols.
- Travel insurance.
- Trekking Equipment
- Tips & Donation
- Cities sightseeing entry fees.
Essential Information - Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking
The difficulty of the Trek ( who can do Kanchanjunga Base Camp)
Kanchenjunga trek difficulty is based on an individual’s physique and endurance capacity. This traverse takes on the rugged terrain of Kanchenjunga highlands. Owing to the switchback ascents, high altitude, rural landscape, and remoteness of the area, it is a demanding trek. The area surrounding Kanchenjunga massifs is filled with glacial moraine, icy pathways, and uneven tracks. It commands the proper mental and physical conditions of the trekkers.
Kanchenjunga trekking is not recommended for beginners. This trekking requires you to stay at higher altitudes (above 4000 meters) for five days (Day 12- Day 15). We strictly recommend that you consult your doctor for proper recommendations. Also, we suggest you create a good fitness and endurance training regimen one month before your trekking dates. Your training provides a comfortable trekking experience without medical issues in between.
Accommodation and Meals (Both Camping and Teahouse are available)
Kanchenjunga Trekking Accommodation in the past was in a camping tent. A ground crew team would be assigned to carry camping equipment and set up your campsite. This would lengthen the trekking duration, but the camping trek is another experience to savor. Currently, teahouses are established along the trail to your final stopover, Pang Pema.
Teahouses are wooden houses built by the inhabitants for your lodging requirements. These accommodation alternatives are basic. You will be provided with a foam mattress, quilt, and pillow in the room that usually accommodates 2 to 6 individuals. Wifi and Hot showers are subject to availability depending on the place.
You have multiple meal options to choose from for meals in Kanchenjunga Trekking. Since this is teahouse trekking, a cook will be available at every stop. The food option ranges from Indian, Nepalese, and Tibetan dishes. “Dal Bhaat” is a Nepalese regular meal most preferred during the Trek. It includes a portion each of rice, lentil soup, veg curry, and pickle.
Furthermore, This dish is nutritious and is filling for your tummy. During the Trek, it is paramount to be in utmost health conditions. We don’t recommend eating meat products or canned meat during your trekking. Pastas, Mashed Potatoes, French Fries, Noodles, and Soup are available in most teahouses. The breakfast menu includes Tibetan bread, Noodles, Pancakes, oatmeal, and others. If you have particular meal preferences, it is advised to inform us in advance.
You can choose a teahouse trekking or camp trekking for the Kanchenjunga trek. Boundless Adventures can arrange your camping requirements if you want to experience camping in high altitudes. Alternatively, our teahouse trek is also equally popular.
Guides for the Trekking.
Guides need to be professionally trained and nurtured. The Trekking trail is a high-altitude traverse demanding multiple days above 4000 meters. You will need a technically knowledgeable trekking guide who is licensed. In emergencies, a trekking guide will assist you with any help that can be summoned. As of April 2023, trekking principles are mandatory for all treks in Nepal. Having a trekking guide accompany you during the traverse would be best. Hence, trekking solo to Kanchenjunga is not possible for now.
Boundless Adventures stands as a veteran trekking company in Nepal. We have been operating high-altitude trekking for over 2 decades now. Our ground crew, including our trekking guides, are trained professionally. They are locals of your trekking region and thoroughly know the terrain. Please inquire with us to learn more.
Best Season in Kanchanjunga Trek
4 different weather patterns consist of Nepal’s climate. Spring, Autumn, Winter, and Summer are the significant seasons in Nepal. As with most of the treks in Nepal, Kanchenjunga Trekking’s best time is during Spring and Autumn. Spring months begin in March and last till the end of May. Autumn occurs in September and lasts till November. These times are the best for the weather window they provide, which ultimately reveals the Himalayan jewels. Alternative optional dates can be arranged for winter and summer trekking. Please inquire with us to know more.
Trekking Permits Kanchenjunga
Kanchenjunga Permits are of two different kinds. Firstly, the area enclosing Kanchenjunga is one of the restricted areas in Nepal. You will require a restricted area permit for the Kanchenjunga region. Another is the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area permit (KCAP), which gives you access to the area. Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit(KRAP) costs $80 per person for the first four weeks. After that, the cost is US$25 per person per week. KCAP costs NPR.2000 (Approx US $20) as a one-time access fee.
Documents required for Kanchenjunga Trek
To obtain both of these permits for the Kanchenjunga trek, KCAP, and KRAP, you will need the following documents:
– Passport Size Photographs (KCAP)
– Scanned Passport Size Photographs (KRAP)
– Passport with 6 months Validity
– Travel Insurance Papers
– Tourist Visa of Nepal
Domestic transfers are included at the given price of the Trekking packages. We provide a private vehicle for all domestic transfers based on the number of pax in a group. Details of the vehicle equipped are given below:
7-15 Hiace/ Jeep
15+ Tourist Coach
Note: We are operating domestic transport planes as well.
Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
Kanchenjunga Conservation Area incorporates a wide array of ecological diversity. Established back in 1997, this area is a secluded space. This area has long been a playground for rare wildlife species, including the elusive snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan tahr, and numerous bird species. Kanchenjunga National Park has also been a haven for countless scientific studies due to its diverse geography.
Researchers from around the world visit this national park to study the impacts of climate change and its effect. It covers a total of 2035 sq. km of landmass in eastern Nepal.
Water Bodies in the Kanchenjunga Region
Despite being landlocked, Nepal includes about 70% of the water mass. These include rivers, lakes, streams, and ponds. The majority of these water bodies originate from the Himalayan peaks.
The snow that melts from these Himalayan peaks turns into glacial deposits at the bottom of the mountains. These glaciers then turn into water form, which creates the Himalayan rivers. Kanchenjunga mountain range is the originating point for several water bodies.
Tamur and Ghunsa river systems are two major rivers from these mountain ranges. Both these rivers are tributaries of the Saptakoshi river system. Also, Zongla Tsho is a pristine glacial lake at 4600 meters above sea level.
Another highlight of this region is the Lapsang waterfall, which you will see during your Trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
Typical Day on the Trek
A typical Day on your Kanchenjunga trek involves waking up for breakfast. After breakfast, your guide will brief you about the stretch of the Day and what to expect. You will then begin your Trek. The usual traverse duration is about 5-7 hours.
You will have multiple break stops and sightseeing stops during your trekking journey. Upon reaching your overnight stop, you will have refreshments(tea/coffee).
After you settle down, you can ask for a logfire in the dining area where you can sit for warmth. You will have your dinner and go off to sleep. Your guides and porters will stay with you for the whole duration of your Trek.
Departure Date & Cost
We are updating the departure dates.
Most Asked Questions by Travellers
It takes at least 28 days to complete the Kanchenjunga trek. The length of the trekking is about 225 kilometers for the round trip journey.
The Cost of Kanchenjunga Trek is dependent on various factors. You will find many agencies offering differentiated prices for Kanchenjunga trekking. You may wonder, if it’s the same trek, why is the cost different?
Accommodation while in Kathmandu and the size of your group determine the cost. There are various lodging facilities in Kathmandu; the one you choose creates a cost difference. Additionally, the size of the group you are trekking with determines the cost. The larger the group, the lower the cost, and it variants the transportation used during your trip.
Mt.Kanchenjunga is located in the easternmost territory of Nepal. It sits at the border of Nepal and India with the mountain peak acting as the borderline.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek encapsulates a wide variety of natural and geographical monuments that are exceptionally amusing. To name a few, Kanchenjunga Base Camp,Tamur River, Zongla Tsho Lake, Ghunsa River, Yalung Ri and local hedden cultures are the major attractions of the Trek.
You will have to traverse through the rugged landscape in Kanchenjunga trekking. The highest and farthest point is at Pang Pema (5388m). Base Camp.
We use private transportation for your journey. Based on the size of the group you’re in, we arrange for the vehicle. A group of 2-4 will be provided with a car, 4-8 with a jeep, 8-14 with a Minibus Van, and 14+ with a coach.
You have multiple alternatives to fetch drinking water during the trek. You can drink bottled water from the tea houses along the trek.
Purifying tablets can be used on stream or river waters found along the trail. Alternatively, you can refill your water bottle with warm water provided at the teahouse every day.
As a general rule, for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, you will need to walk at least 5-7 hours each day. The duration of the trek depends on the pace of your walking.
Kanchenjunga region is a restricted area that requires a Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit to be acquired. As a mandated rule, for Kanchenjunga trekking, you need to be in a group of at least 2 people. Additionally, you need to be accompanied by a licensed trekking guide for the purpose.
Boundless Adventure is a full-fledged government-approved organization. It has been in operation for over 2 decades now. We have organized hundreds of treks up until today with a happy customer base. Please check our company information for the registration credentials of the company.
Yes, the Kanchenjunga trek is safe and secure provided you opt to trek with a genuine company with professional staff. If you are decently fit and mentally strong this trek can be successfully completed.
Both teahouse and camp trekking can be done for Kanchenjunga. As of now, there are many tea houses ( Lodges) open in the area. You can choose for teahouse or camping tent as an accommodation option.
The primary remedy for mountain sickness is to descend at least 500 meters from your current altitude. Apart from these, our ground crew will carry the necessary medicine.
Apart from these, to prevent mountain sickness while trekking you need to follow a set of rules, Please read our blog for more information. If severe symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain sickness) are seen in the trekker, our ground crew will call for a helicopter rescue.
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Your Kanchenjunga trek begins and ends in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. You will first fly to Biratnagar and take a connecting flight from Biratnagar to Suketar in the Taplejung district.
From there, you will make a roundtrip via various villages until you return to Birtamod. From Bhadrapur, we fly back to Kathmandu.
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