What to Expect

  • High altitude trek to Kanchenjungha Base Camp (5140 mt.).
  • Scenic view of Ilam Tea garden whilst bus drive.
  • Offers magnificent views of Mt. Kanchenjungha, Mt. Yalungkang and more.
  • A Crowd free peaceful journey to the third highest Mountain in the world.
  • Passes through numbers of local villages,observing agricultural life of people.
  • Home of many wild lives including snow leopard & red panda.

About Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga Trekking is an adventurous journey into the remote Himalaya of far eastern Nepal. This trek offers the incredible opportunity to see four of the world’s top five highest peaks! Beyond the spectacular mountain views, the wonderful ascent up to the highlands will be unforgettable. The Kanchenjunga Trekking trail passes through culturally rich and naturally beautiful landscape.

Kanchenjunga Trekking journey takes trekkers off the beaten path. Although the area was opened in 1988 to tourism it has seen relatively few trekkers. The journey offers cultural interaction and insights that cannot be found on the busier and more commercialized routes. The Kanchenjunga Trekking path travels through serene forests and isolated territory. In fact, visitors to the Kanchenjunga region will mostly have the remote trails to themselves!  The natural beauty and peaceful setting in the faraway eastern Himalaya can give you an overwhelming sense of being truly away from your cares and concerns.

The main attraction of this trek is Kanchenjunga (8586 m, 28,208 ft). This soaring peak is the world’s third highest. The Kanchenjunga Trekking offers up-close views this breathtaking mountain. Along the way, views of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu can be enjoyed (first, fourth and fifth highest mountains in the world).

This Kanchenjunga Trekking passes through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and adjoins the border with Sikkim, India to the east. The region is populated with Rai and Limbu ethnicities, with unique languages and customary costumes and lifestyle. This area is also home to rare and exotic wildlife including the snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, red panda and many species of birds. The biodiversity of flora and fauna will be a highlight. The spectacular mountains, rugged terrain, beautiful landscapes, and welcoming people will leave you with a feeling of being far from the world’s troubles and cares!

The Kanchenjunga trekking journey to the east begins with a scenic flight or drive to Suketar, Taplejung. The hiking begins and the route ascends through the majestic territory. As the trails climb, we get closer and closer views of the magnificent Himalaya. The route reaches a climax and then makes a circuit back to our starting point with are turn flight/drive back to Kathmandu. 

The Kanchenjunga Trek is a camping journey. High Camp Adventure will arrange a crew of porters to transport provisions and gear, including food and a dining tent, tables, chairs, a toilet tent, and personal sleeping tents. Our skilled chef will provide the day’s meals and in the evening we will enjoy a magnificent camp under the stars, surrounded by the Himalaya and jaw-dropping surroundings while we enjoy a supper and a warm drink.

There is a lot to explore in the Kanchenjunga region and we look forward to guiding you to the highlights.

Please Note: Our Kanchenjunga Trek has set departure dates from Kathmandu and this trek can be personalized to accommodate your specific wishes and timetable.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 2Trekking preparation and drive from Kathmandu to Birtamod by night bus.
  • Day 3Drive from Birtamod to Suketar (2,420 mt.). Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 4Suketar to Lali Kharka (2,265 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 5Lali Kharka to Keswa (2,120 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 6Keswa to Mamankhe (1,785 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 7Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2,080 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 8Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995 mt.). Walking 7-8 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 9Tortong to Tseram (3,870 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 10Tseram to Ramche (4,580 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 11Rest day for exploration around Ramche and Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 12Ramche to Beyond Mirgin-La (4,480 mt.). Walking 7-8 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 13Beyond Mirgin-La to Ghunsa (3,595 mt.). Walking 3-4 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 14Ghunsa to Khambachen (4,050 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 15Khambachen to Lhonak (4,780 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 16Lhonak to Pangpema (5,140 mt.). Walking 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 17Rest day for exploration around Pangpema and Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 18Retreat trek to Khambachen. Walking 7-8 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 19Khambachen to Ghunsa. Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 20Ghunsa to Kyapra (2,730 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 21Kyapra to Sakathum (1,580 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 22Sakathum to Chirwa (1,180 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 23Chirwa to Phurumbu (1,542 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 24Phurumbu to Suketar. Walking 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 25Drive from Suketar to Birtamod. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 26Birtamod to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 27Transfer to Airport for your final departure from Nepal.

What's Included

Price Includes

  • Pick up & Transfer to and from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to your hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Three nights accommodation at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu (breakfasts included).
  • Transportation as per the itinerary.
  • Tented camp lodging during the journey.
  • Standard Meals during the journey (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • Expert Guide (registered and licensed by the government) with accompanying porters (generally, one porter for every two clients). (High Camp Adventure covers the staffs’ meals and accommodations as well as wages, transport,insurance, and essential gear.)
  • Equipment (Sleeping bag, Down jacket, Walking poles).
  • Conservation Area and National Park entry fees.
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card.
  • Restricted area special Trekking Permit.
  • Trekking Map.
  • Medical kit.
  • Government taxes.
  • Our service charge.
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu the eve of your international departure.

Price Excludes:

  • International plane ticket to and from Nepal.
  • Major meals in Kathmandu (other than breakfast).
  • Personal Expenses including laundry, telephone calls, bar bills, beverage and snacks.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Tips for Guides, Porters and Staff.
  • Expenses incurred by cancellation and events beyond our control, for example, weather delays, trail detours, political unrest, illness and et cetera.
Departure note

Please take a look at our fixed departure dates for this Kanchenjunga trek. If they do not fit with your schedule, then please let us arrange an itinerary that is more suitable to you and your requirements.

Useful Information

Accommodation

All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen a 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking in the Mountain, our guides will choose the best available lodge of the village from their past experience. As some villages have limited number of lodges, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share a room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the camping trek. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the hotel and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.

Meals

Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to the next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst farewell dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.

Trekking Crew

An experienced and licensed Guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. In a teahouse trek, generally, one porter is provided for every two clients who carry between 15 to 20 kg. However, on a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping equipment such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipment, fuel, and all consumable goods have to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you don't have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.

Physical Fitness and Experience

Kanchenjungha Trek is a strenuous trek which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking up hill and downhill in a day carrying a personal day pack. Some days are longer with 7- 8 hours of walking as well. Kanchenjungha Trek is high altitude trek which demands more physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Some time mental aspect also plays a vital roll in an altitude. Doing some physical exercise a few weeks prior to the trip is better but technical skill is not required for this trek. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.

Travel Insurance

This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy a good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.

Best Seasons

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Kanchenjungha Trek. Where normally days are sunny, the temperature is perfect, the sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view. You can do it in Winter (December to February) if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.

Domestic Flights

Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. Air travel between Kathmandu to Suketar is frequently delayed due to weather conditions and poor visibility. Flights often get behind schedule and delays can even last for days. Under these situations, High Camp Adventure will do its best tore-schedule flights to and from Suketar at first availability. However, the possibility of postponements of flights and even cancellations is a real possibility. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra two days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, We can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.

Ground Transportation

Highway in Nepal is safe, however, sometimes transport can be halted due to a landslide, strike or by political unrest. Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, We can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.