Kanchenjunga Trek

Duration: 21 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 1 Fly to Bhadrapur and Drive to Ilam town (1,365 m) - 04 hrs

    As per your flight time in the morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for short scenic flight to reach Far Eastern within Nepal flatland known as Terai belt, during 45 minutes on air, enjoy spectacular panorama of Himalayan peaks with views of Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga.

    As plane lands at Bhadarpur airport, then drive from low warm country to cooler alpine hills at Ilam town a famous place for tea and its vast tea-garden with mild cool temperatures facing views of Kanchenjunga peaks.

    Overnight stops at Ilam an interesting mid hill town where you can observe eastern people of Nepalese with varied cultures of mix tribes.

    • Day 2 Drive to Sukhetar (1,490 m) Trek to Lalikharka (1,900 m) -06 hrs

      Morning short drive to Taplejung area at Sukhetar, a place with small airstrip that operates flight to Kathmandu, but unreliable due to bad weather and other conditions.

      From Sukhetar, walks begins heading east past farm villages and terraced fields within small forested area, as first day trek reaches our overnight stop at Lalikharka for overnight stop, also called Lali-Bhanjyang.

      A small typical Nepalese farm Hill village inhabited mostly by Kirat tribes the Limbu people with some Rai and other Hindu people Chettries and Brahmins. 

      • Day 3 Trek from Kande Bhanjyang (2,100 m) - 07 hrs

        Morning walk downhill into farm villages, populated mostly by Hindu tribe of Brahmins, Chettries with some Kirat dominant tribe of eastern mid hills known as Rai and Limbu, also practice Hinduism along with their own ancient culture and deities of nature spirit.

        Walk past village of Tembawa then descend to Phawa khola, crossing Phawa khola coming to Pokora village, as walk leads through terraced farm fields to cross over a suspension bridge.

        As our route climbs steeply to a village of Kunjari a mountain village, from here walk into mixed forested area past few farm villages, as climb leads to our overnight stop at Kande Bhanjyang, a small farm village with grand views of Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang peaks.

        • Day 4 Trek to Phompe Danda (1,850 m) -06 hrs.

          From Kande Bhanjyang morning walks descend to lush terraced rice and millet fields, then into forested area within headwaters of Nandeva khola.

          After crossing a stream continue walk on downhill to a river, then climb to Lopoding village, from here with short ups and down to reach a mountain village at Yangpang, and then walk on upper edge of the ridge.

          As climb leads on gentle slope for an hour to Pompe Dhada at the crest of a scenic ridge, an excellent spot for overnight stop with view of Mt. Jannu. 

          • Day 5 Trek to Yangphudin (2,150 m) at Sherpa Gaon - 07 hrs

            Morning starts downhill past small settlement and terraced farm fields to Khesewa khola, cross over a suspension bridge then climb to reach another small resting spot.

            After gentle ascent for an hour through terraced fields to reach Mamankhe village, as afternoon leads to a climb to skirt around over a ridge and then at level path towards Dekadin village.

            On walks enjoy views of peaks, and then descend to Kabeli khola, on leaving the river route climb leads to a ridge within villages and farm fields.

            After a steady walk reach at isolated village of Yamphudin, from here a short climb to a hill for overnight stop at Sherpa Gaon, inhabited by Sherpa tribe.

            This will be the last permanent human settlement, until our adventures reach other side of Kanchenjunga at Gunsa, where campsite pitched in a field near the village yard.

            • Day 6 Trek to Dorongding (2,880 m) via Lashe Tham, (3,800 m) Pass- 07 hrs

              From this Sherpa village trek leads to Chitre, walk along Kabeli khola, crossing tributary stream of Omje khola, and start climb to reach at Dhupi Bhangyang taking about two hours or more leading around wide grassland.

              From the top of Lahse Tham a 3,800 m small pass and then on steady descent through deciduous forest to Omje Khola, after tough climb reach on top a ridge.

              As walk continues to Dorongding past Chitre for overnight stop in this small and scenic place with views of snow capped peaks.

              • Day 7 Trek to Tseram 3,770 m) - 05 hrs

                From here walk to Ramite Bhanjyang 3,430 m, heading to steep uphill for few hours within rhododendron and bamboo forest to reach at Ramite, a place with only a single hut.

                From here our route climbs to ridge covered by forest of rhododendron trees and past a small pond, as walk continues on a gravel ground past an area with a shrine of huge boulder shaped like a serpent.

                Walk leads past forest to a riverbed and then up to a terrace for overnight stop at Tseram, a place with roofless bivouac caves facing exciting views of terminal moraine fed from Yalung glacier and behind looking at Kabru 7,353m and Talung peak 7,349m.

                • Day 8 At Tseram hike to Oktang near Kanchenjunga South Base Camp

                  Rest day at Tseram for optional day hike to Oktang located close to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp where British expedition established base camp for the climb of Kanchenjunga summit in 1955.

                  Walk leads with close view of Yalung Glacier and south wall of Kanchenjunga, as hike takes nearly three hours with views of Talung Peak and Kabru, after a scenic and exciting hike back to Tserem for overnight stop.

                  • Day 9 Cross Tselele pass (4,250 m) and Camp at Tselele bottom (3,700 m) - 08 hrs

                    Morning descend towards Yalung Bar with short steep up, crossing a river and then on gradual path into forest, with climb for an hour towards two small ponds. From here crossing over three passes of Miring La, Tamo La and Selele pass.

                    The first part climbs for an hour to the top of the pass with view of Kabru and Kanchenjunga. From Miring La, the trail goes gently down and then up to Tselele La (4,250 m). From the top of the pass magnificent views of Makalu, Baruntse, and Chamlang and then descend gently to the base of the pass for overnight stop.

                    • Day 10 Trek to Ghunsa (3,480 m) - 04 hrs

                      The first part of the walk on gentle down then leads to a steep descend for an hour into forest of rhododendron and pines as walk reach a level ground near Ghunsa river, from here on gradual path to Ghunsa village for overnight in a village inhabited by Bhotia tribe (Tibetan origin) with community stone houses a neat and tidy small farm.

                      • Day 11 Trek to Khambachen (4,000 m) - 06 hrs

                        Walk from with climb following a river with views of waterfalls along the walks, Yak herders may be met along the trail depending upon grazing season.

                        The trail reaches right bank of river Ghunsa, and within tall trees of rhododendron and pine forest, as walk leads to a gradual uphill to Rambuk Kharkas and then crossing a small glacier landslide.

                        Trek continues with grand views of Khumbukarna and Janu range with other high snow capped peaks.

                        On leaving tree lines then into barren and arid country with few short bushes and scrub of juniper, after Rambuk Kharka climb, and then trail leads to a gentle down to Khambachen after crossing a landslide section to camp at Khambachen.

                        This scenic valley dominated by peaks of Sharphu (7,070m.) with north face of Mt. Janu and Wedge peak.

                        • Day 12 Trek to Lhonak (4,780 m) - 06 hrs

                          From here walk follows above a river for an hour and then reaching further east, as walk leads down to a river, then climbs to boulder of rocky areas heading to a terminal moraine of Kanchenjunga glacier, on leaving Ramtang Kharka (a Sheppard place) where trail joins Kanchenjunga glacier.

                          After crossing junction of Lhonak and Kanchenjunga glacier overlooking grand views of Mera, Nepal Peak and Wedge Peak.

                          • Day 13 Hike to Pang-Pema Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5,065 m)

                            Morning hike towards our major highlight at Pang-Pema within North Kanchenjunga base camp.

                            Start with gentle climb facing views of Kirat Chuli, Nepal Peak, Taple Sikhar, and Givegela Chuli. The first part of the climbs is gentle and then heading through a boulder on rocky trail.

                            Walk leads between grassy area and at glacier path up at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp with chances of spotting herds of blue sheep's around this amazing wilderness of mountains and glaciers.

                            After wonderful enjoyable moment within massive Kanchenjunga mountains then back to overnight camp at Lhonak after a mesmerizing adventure at Kanchenjunga North base camp.

                            • Day 14 Trek to Ghunsa (3,480 m) - 08 hrs

                              Return journey heding back on the same route past Kambachen to camp at Ghunsa after a long day walks.

                              • Day 15 Trek to Gyapla Phedi (2,300 m) - 07 hrs

                                From here walk on alternative route allows you to observe more of the beautiful country looking at views of mountains past scattered cattle herder summer camps to reach at Gypla Phedi, on lower alpine areas for overnight stop.

                                • Day 16 Trek to Sekathum / Japantar (1,350 m) - 07 hrs

                                  With pleasant easy morning walking towards warmer areas back into farm fields and terraces within nice rural villages to reach at Sekathum or near to Japantar for overnight stop, where walks leads into much lower areas within farm villages growing much better crops and citric fruits.

                                  • Day 17 Trek to Chirwa (1,250 m) - 06 hrs

                                    Enjoy the walk heading much lower and warm areas, as morning trek progress into several scattered farm houses and fields, where you will be greeted with friendly cheerful smiles as walk leads through villages and patch of cool forest areas to reach at Chirwa for overnight stops. 

                                    • Day 18 Trek to Phurumbu School (1,500 m) - 07hrs

                                      Although our route leads downhill, and coming into areas with short climb to negotiate with shade of cool air after getting much warmer around low and foot hills of Kanchenjunga areas, slowly our walk reaching at small place to camp at Phurumbu School premises.

                                      • Day 19 Trek to Suketar (2,440 m) - 04 hrs

                                        Last day of the adventure walk leads to Sukhetar around Tapeljung village and town within more farm villages as walk leads reach at Sukhetar for overnight stop.

                                        • Day 20 Drive to Ilam with overnight in local Lodge

                                          At Ilam where adventure completes after an exciting drive to reach at nice hill town in Ilam with its vast garden of Tea, after few hours of scenic ride reaching at Ilam, with time visiting around as well to observe interesting local culture and custom.

                                          • Day 21 Drive to Bhadrapur - 03 hrs drive and Fly back to Kathmandu

                                            Morning drive leads down to southern country within Eastern Nepal the Terai belt where ride ends at Bhadrapur airport, from here taking short panoramic flight back to hustle bustle city life of Kathmandu, where our remarkable adventure with amazing memories of Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking concludes.

                                            What to Expect

                                            • 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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