Kanchenjunga Trek

Duration: 24 Days   |  
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Max Elevation: 5140m
Kanchenjunga Trek, adventure that combines both sides of scenic and beautiful areas of massive Kanchenjunga range, often ventured by other main flow of trekkers. This trek leads to lively moments facing outmost scenery of dramatic landscapes. Feeling on top spirits as you stand beneath world 3rd highest mountains and 2nd highest in Nepal Himalaya, Mt. Kanchenjunga that rises at 8,586 m.
Mt. Kanchenjunga's first conquest was made by British Expedition in May 25th 1955 led by late Sir George Band and his team of mountaineers. The climb was made from south base camp near Oktang and Yarlung glacier where our walk leads to visit on this journey.
Kanchenjunga base camp trekking leads to an interesting adventure where short flight involves from Kathmandu to land at Nepal Far East Terai belt within low warm country. An exciting drive leads to cooler alpine hills at Ilam town famous for tea and its huge tea-garden. Then, a drive little further takes us to our trekking to Kanchenjunga base camps.
Kanchenjuga Trek Difficulty is considered strenuous since you have to cross different mountain passes facing tough ascends and descends. 
Kanchenjunga Trek starts with a visit around remote farm villages and dense woodland and crossing number of streams to reach much higher areas. Walk continues where tree lines stops for few days to explore near Kanchenjunga south base camp at Oktang and then crossing scenic passes of Tsele-la to reach northern sides of Kanchenjunga at Gunsa village. 
From Gunsa village one can notice dramatic change of vegetation, landscapes with impressive culture of High Mountain people the Sherpa and Bhotia tribes. The natives of North side of Kanchenjunga practice Buddhism religions and simple traditional farm life and herding Yaks and other domestic animals. After Gunsa, the walk leads to unique change of landscapes heading past tree lines to reach at arctic zone terrain around Lhonak and beyond at Pangpema within Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
Enjoy fabulous scenery of massive Kanchenjunga range of mountains with Wedge-Jannu and array of peaks that makes the bulk of Kanchenjunga mountain range. Kanchenjunga name actually comes from Tibetan origin as ‘Kanchendzonga’ means five jewels of snow. Mt. Kanchenjunga which consists of five main peaks also straddles border with Nepal and Sikkim (a small northeast states of India).
Enjoy grand marvelous time visiting both sides of Kanchenjunga base camps where return walk leads on alternative and scenic trails heading back into nice lovely farm villages around mid green hills. 
Finally ending our adventure back at Sukhetar where drive leads to low warm town at Bhadrapur for scenic short flight to Kathmandu. Our overwhelming adventure and glorious experience on Kanchenjunga Trek itinerary completes on reaching back to your hotel in Kathmandu.
Other remote treks in Nepal:


  • Adventure around far corners of eastern Nepal Himalaya within scenic views
  • On less ventured trail seldom visited by outside visitors on this remote areas
  • Walk into enchanting forest of rhododendron-pines-oaks-firs and birch tree lines
  • The only adventure and opportunity to trek on both base camps of one mountain
  • Enjoy grand views of Far Eastern Himalaya with Makalu and Kanchenjunga range
  • Explore mid hills and high mountain villages of immense culture of great interest

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 01Reach Kathmandu via various international airline and transfer to hotel
  • Day 02In Kathmandu with optional tour and preparation for trek and climb
  • Day 03Fly to Bhadrapur and Drive to Ilam town (1,365 m) - 04 hrs
  • Day 04Drive to Sukhetar (1,490 m) Trek to Lalikharka (1,900 m) -06 hrs
  • Day 05Trek from Kande Bhanjyang (2,100 m) - 07 hrs
  • Day 06Trek to Phompe Danda (1,850 m) -06 hrs.
  • Day 07Trek to Yangphudin (2,150 m) at Sherpa Gaon - 07 hrs
  • Day 08Trek to Dorongding (2,880 m) via Lashe Tham, (3,800 m) Pass- 07 hrs
  • Day 09Trek to Tseram 3,770 m) - 05 hrs
  • Day 10At Tseram hike to Oktang near Kanchenjunga South Base Camp
  • Day 11Cross Tselele pass (4,250 m) and Camp at Tselele bottom (3,700 m) - 08 hrs
  • Day 12Trek to Ghunsa (3,480 m) - 04 hrs
  • Day 13Trek to Khambachen (4,000 m) - 06 hrs
  • Day 14Trek to Lhonak (4,780 m) - 06 hrs
  • Day 15Hike to Pang-Pema Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5,065 m)
  • Day 16Trek to Ghunsa (3,480 m) - 08 hrs
  • Day 17Trek to Gyapla Phedi (2,300 m) - 07 hrs
  • Day 18Trek to Sekathum / Japantar (1,350 m) - 07 hrs
  • Day 19Trek to Chirwa (1,250 m) - 06 hrs
  • Day 20Trek to Phurumbu School (1,500 m) - 07hrs
  • Day 21Trek to Suketar (2,440 m) - 04 hrs
  • Day 22Drive to Ilam with overnight in local Lodge
  • Day 23Drive to Bhadrapur - 03 hrs drive and Fly back to Kathmandu
  • Day 24Depart Kathmandu for international departure
Detail Itinerary

What to Expect

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Three nights standard Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour
  • Round trip flight fare (Kathmandu - Bhadrapur - Kathmandu) 
  • All land transportation as per itinerary 
  • Standard meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Government license holder guide
  • Strong and helpful porter with proper equipments (1 porter for 2 people)
  • Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for guide and porters
  • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Special Trekking Permits and Conservation Area Permits 
  • Comprehensive first aid kit
  • Government taxes and official expenses
  • International airfare and taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
  • Entrance fee in the heritage sites during city tour.
  • All the expenses of personal nature
  • Any kind of drinks and desserts during the trek
  • Tips to guide and porter (Tipping is expected)

Useful Information

1. Insurance
Travel insurance is mandatory for all clients undertaking any trip. It should provide adequate security for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue and loss of luggage. Make sure that your insurance policy covers up to 2500-5000 meters of altitude.
2. Packing List
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun-Cream and Lip Balm with high SPF
  • Hat/Cap
  • T-shirt, Vests and Shirt
  • Fleece/Sweater
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Down Jacket
  • Waterproof Jacket and Trousers
  • Warm Gloves
  • Hiking Boots
  • 3-4 pairs of socks
  • Day pack (30-40 liters)
  • Torch light
  • Water bottle (Minimum 2 liters)
  • Small Hand Towel
  • Sleeping Bag for up to -15 Degree Celsius
3. Guide and Porter
We provide experienced, knowledgeable and honest guide with good communication skills in English language to make your trip wonderful. The guide will provide all the information about the mountains, different histories, cultures, traditions and many more. We will provide 1 porter for 2 people. The porters are helpful as well as strong and will carry a maximum of 25 kgs combined. After giving the best services along with the hard works up in the mountains, guides and porters expect some tips from your side. Tipping culture is very common in tourism sector.
4. Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 3000 meters. It presents as a collection of nonspecific symptoms, acquired at high altitude or in low air pressure, resembling a case of "flu, carbon monoxide poisoning, or a hangover". However, most people can ascend to 3000 meters without difficulty.
Primary Symptoms of Altitude Sickness:
  • Lack of appetite, nausea, or vomiting
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Swelling of hands, feet, and face
  • Insomnia
  • Shortness of breath upon exertion
  • Nosebleed
  • Persistent rapid pulse
  • Drowsiness
  • General malaise
Ascending slowly is the best way to avoid altitude sickness. Avoiding strenuous activity such as skiing, hiking, etc. in the first 24 hours at high altitude reduces the symptoms of AMS. Alcohol and sleeping pills are respiratory depressants, and thus slow down the acclimatization process and should be avoided. Alcohol also tends to cause dehydration and exacerbates AMS. Thus, Marvel Adventure strictly suggests avoiding alcohol consumption in the first 24–48 hours at a higher altitude.
Guides and porters from Marvel Adventure are very much familiar with this problem due to their experience. All of them are trained with basic medical trainings and hence they definitely can help you.

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