Kanchenjunga Trek, Nepal

26 Days | Trek: 20 Days | Camping | Maximum altitude: 5388m | Minimum: 2 Persons

Only the Everest and K2 are higher than the mount Kanchenjunga at 8585m. This makes Kanchenjunga third-highest mountain in the world. The range is a massive group of seven mountains. Opened for trekkers on 1988, even today the area is very less travelled. The remoteness of area and lack of proper accommodation means we have to go for a fully supported camping trek - staying in tented camps.

The indigenous groups of Rai and Limbu who belong to the Kiranti group are local inhabitants of the region. This trip also offers excellent opportunity to witness one of the many colorful festivals and traditions enjoyed by these communities. On this trek, we will be visiting both sides of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

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Due to remoteness of the area and not-so-easy accessibility, the plan and participants need to be very flexible to changes. We plan to fly to Suketar (Taplejung) to start the trek and return but the flights are so irregular that we may have to use Biratnagar airport as Plan B and 'tolerate' the long drive to/from trek starting point. This is a trek that will truly test the patience of participants.


Itinerary: Kanchenjunga Trek:

Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel
Day 02 Kathmandu sightseeing tour, Cultural show in the evening, Hotel
Day 03 Fly Kathmandu to Biratnagar,
            Plan A - If there is flight to Suketar next day, stay overnight at Biratnagar
            Plan B - If there is no flight to Suketar, drive to Phidim and stay overnight

Day 04 Plan A - Fly Biratnagar to Suketar (Taplejung), 2320m, Trek to Mitlung, 920m, Camp
            Plan B - Drive Phidim to Taplejung and Trek to Mitlung

Day 05 Trek Mitlung to Chirwa, 1190m
Day 06 Trek Chirwa to Sakathum, 1640m
Day 07 Trek Sakathum to Amjilosa, 2490m
Day 08 Trek Amjilosa to Gyabla, 2730m
Day 09 Trek Gyabla to Ghunsa, 3410m
Day 10 Acclimatization Day at Ghunsa
Day 11 Trek Ghunsa to Khambachen, 4150m
Day 12 Trek Khambachen to Lhonak, 4790m
Day 13 Trek Lhonak to Pang Pema, 5140m
Day 14 See the North Face of Kanchenjunga in full glory
            Trek back to Kambachen
Day 15 Trek back Khambachen to Ghunsa
Day 16 Split over towards Kanchenjunga South,
            Cross over Tamo La (3900m) and Sele La (4115m), Camp right after pass
Day 17 Cross Sinion La (4660m) then Mirgin La (4663m) and Sinelapche La (4724m),
            Meet the Kanchenjunga South trail at Tseram (3870m), Camp
Day 18 Trek to Oktang, 4730m (view point for the South Face of Kanchenjunga)
            Trek to Ramche (4620m) & back to Tseram, Camp
Day 19 Trek to Lamite Bhanjyang (3410m), Camp
Day 20 Trek to Yamphudin (1690), Camp
            (Note- possible to walk 30 mins down to Thungim and stay in Lodge)
Day 21 Trek to Khebang (1910m), Camp or Lodge
Day 22 Trek to Khandembe (1420m), Camp or Lodge
Day 23 End the Trek at Medibung (1510m) - 3 hrs
            Drive to Ilam - 4 hrs, Hotel
Day 24 Morning drive to Bhadrapur - 1 hr
            Fly to Kathmandu, Hotel
Day 25 Free day in Kathmandu, Hotel
Day 26 Trip ends. Transfer to airport or continue on extension programs

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  • When to trek?

  • Dates and Prices

  • How difficult is this

  • Equipment: what you need to bring?

  • Flights & Insurance


The best seasons are spring (Apr/May) and autumn (Oct/Nov). Flights are so irregular to Taplejung (Suketar) that we must be prepared for contingency plans regardless of when we do this trek. Biratnagar or Bhadrapur airport will be used as Plan B but both require long driving hours to/from where the trek starts/ends. So patience is a key.


Unlike other treks where we run fixed-departure dates, this one is better organized separately as needed by trekkers. If you are looking onto this trek, note that you can pick your own suitable date.

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We rate this trek as difficult one. This means you have to be physically very sound for this trek. You need to be able to walk for extended periods (lasting several weeks) and about 5-7 hrs everyday.


  • Thermal Underwear
  • Woolen hat (or balaclava)
  • Gloves
  • Down jacket or down vest
  • Trekking boots and spare laces
  • Hat (warm) scarf and gloves
  • Waterproof jacket, poncho or umbrella
  • Trousers
  • Running shoes, sandals or thongs (flip-flops)
  • Shorts and trousers or skirt
  • Wool-blend socks, liner socks and under wear
  • Thermal Underwear (not cotton)
  • Sunhat
  • Fleece Jacket
  • T-shirts (two or three) and long-sleeved shirt with collar.
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag and silk liner
  • Maps, compass and guidebook
  • Water bottle
  • Torch (flashlight), spare batteries and bulbs
  • Duffle bag (we provide this free of cost)
Miscellaneous Items
  • Toiletries
  • Quick-drying camp towel
  • Laundry soap powder or bar
  • Toilet paper and cigarette lighter
  • Sunscren (SPF 20+) and lip balm
  • Polarising sunglasses
  • Pocket knife
  • Sewing/repair kit (for tent and mattresses)
  • Iodine, water-purification tablets or filter
  • Medical and first-aid kit (see details here)
  • Insect repellent (for lower elevations)
  • Emergency kit including a whistle and waterproof matches/lighter
  • Locks for bags and lodge rooms
  • Stuff sacks
  • Earplugs.
Optional Equipments
  • Camera, Memory card and batter charger (or spare batteries)
  • Adapters
  • GPS unit
  • Altimeter
  • Binoculars
  • Books/magazines
  • Small duffle bag (to leave behind in Kathmandu)
  • Backpack cover (waterproof, slip-on)
  • Trekking Poles

Where can you get these equipment? Should you buy it or should you hire it? Get all these information and answers on our trekking equipment page.


Flights -

We arrange domestic flight (Kathmandu - Suketar - Kathmandu) for you as required by the trekking schedule. You will need to look for international flights to Kathmandu yourself. However, we can look for the international flights upon request.

Insurance -

It is very important to have a proper travel insurance for your trip. Make 100% sure that the insurance policy you are buying sufficiently covers the trek upto 4000m. Make sure it covers helicopter rescue evacuation and medical bills - just in case.

Our insurance covers only for the Nepali staff, including guide, all field staff and porters. There is no burden whatsoever on your part for the Nepali staff - we understand it is our responsibility and we protect them all.

What is included -
01. Airport pickup/drop
02. Kathmandu hotel on twin share & breakfast, 3 star (upgrade or budget possible)
03. Kathmandu sightseeing tour with guide, entrance fees
04. Flights: Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Suketar & Bhadrapur-Kathmandu
05. Kanchenjunga National Park Fees / Special Trekking Permit fees
06. Trekking guide, cook, helpers/porters
07. Daily wages and insurance of guide, cook, helpers/porters
08. World-class tents, mattresses and camping equipment (full camping support)
09. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek
10. First-aid kits and communication devices (with guide) on trek
11. Waterproof duffel bag for your trekking kits
12. Sleeping bag (rent)
13. All surface transportation by private vehicle as needed

What is not included -
01. International flights
02. Nepal visa fees
03. Lunch and dinner while you stay in Kathmandu
04. Any kind of drinks while on trek
05. Your personal medical and travel insurance, evacuation/medical expenses
06. Tips etc


Because of remoteness of area and non-availability of lodges, we must carry all supplies and go for fully supported camping trek.

So, we will be staying in tented camps and for all this we will be sending full set of camping equipment.

Problems with Flights

Suketar Airport at Taplejung is the best choice to start and end this trek. But the real problem is unreliability of flights to this airport. There are very, very few scheduled flights and even then they often get cancelled due to weather and/or other reasons.

So, we must be prepared for Plan B - to use airport either at Biratnagar or Bhadrapur - which will require long drives.

Both Base Camps?

Yes, we will be visiting the both sides (North and South) of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. This is one reason the trek is going to be of extended period.


Average walking time is 6 hours. But depending on conditions, you may have to walk for 7 to 8 hrs. There will be, however, time for rest, take photograph and enjoy the scenery.



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