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Kanchenjunga Trek -17 Days

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The Kanchenjunga Trek is an awe-inspiring journey that takes you to the heart of the Himalayas in eastern Nepal. Which is near the border with Sikkim, India.

Trip Duration : 17 Days
Max Altitude : 5540
Group Size : 2 - 15
DIFFICULTY : Moderate
ARRIVAL ON : Kathmandu Nepal
DEPARTURE FROM : Kathmandu Nepal

Trip Overview

The Kanchenjunga Trek is an awe-inspiring journey that takes you to the heart of the Himalayas in eastern Nepal. Which is near the border with Sikkim, India.

Furthermore, the trek leads you to the base camp of the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga. The third-highest peak in the world. Where you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga massif and the surrounding peaks.

As you traverse the remote and rugged landscape. Likewise, you’ll pass through lush rhododendron forests, rolling high-altitude meadows, and charming villages, offering you a rare glimpse into the lives of the diverse ethnic communities that call this region home.

Likewise, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the locals and taste traditional cuisine. And learn about their customs and traditions, making this trek a true cultural adventure.

Similarly, the trek typically takes two to three weeks to complete, starting from Taplejung or Suketar and ending in Illam. Although it requires a good level of physical fitness and experience, the sense of accomplishment and the memories you’ll make will make it all worth it.

Lastly, the Kanchenjunga Trek is a true test of willpower and endurance, but for those up for the challenge, it’s an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the Himalayas.

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 01 :

Arrival at Tribhuwan International airport.

Day 02 :

Half day city guide tour and preparation for trekking. City tour 4 hours.

Day 03 :

Flight to Bhadrapur then drive to Taplejung by Jeep. Flight for 45 minutes then driving 6:30 hours.

Day 04 :

Taplejung to Taplethook . Walking 6:30 hours

Day 05 :

Taplethook to Amjilosha. Walking 7 hours

Day 06 :

Amjilosha to Gyapla. Walking 7 hours

Day 07 :

Gyapla to Ghunsa . Walking 6:30 hours

Day 08 :

Acclimatize and Explore around Ghunsa

Day 09 :

Ghunsa to Kampuchean. Walking 7 hours

Day 10 :

Kambachen to Lhonak . Walking 5 hours

Day 11 :

Lhonak to Pangpema (Kanchenjunga North Base Camp)

Day 12 :

Pangpema to Ghunsa . Walking 7 hours

Day 13 :

Ghunsa to Amjolosha. Walking 6:30 hours

Day 14 :

Amjilosha to Chhirua. Walking 6:30 hours

Day 15 :

Chhirua to Taplejung. Walking 5 hours.

Day 16 :

Taplejung to Kathmandu

Day 17 :

Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival at Tribhuwan International airport.

A warm welcome awaits as you arrive at the Kathmandu airport where our airport representative will transfer you to your hotel by private vehicle, ensuring a smooth and comfortable start to your journey.

Day 02 Half day city guide tour and preparation for trekking. City tour 4 hours.

Get a taste of the city’s rich culture and history as you embark on a half-day city tour. We’ll visit famous landmarks, marvel at ancient monuments, and immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of Kathmandu. After the tour, return to your hotel to prepare for your trek.

Day 03 Flight to Bhadrapur then drive to Taplejung by Jeep. Flight for 45 minutes then driving 6:30 hours.

Fuel up with a delicious breakfast before flying to Bhadrapur for a 45-minute flight. We’ll continue the journey with a scenic 6-hour drive to Taplejung in a comfortable Jeep, getting a glimpse of the stunning Himalayas along the way.

Day 04 Taplejung to Taplethook . Walking 6:30 hours

We’ll set off on a thrilling trek from Taplejung to Taplethook, a 6-hour journey surrounded by breathtaking landscapes.

Day 05 Taplethook to Amjilosha. Walking 7 hours

Our adventure continues as we hike from Taplethook to Amjilosha, a 7-hour journey through some of the most picturesque landscapes in Nepal.

Day 06 Amjilosha to Gyapla. Walking 7 hours

From Amjilosha to Gyapla, we’ll embark on a 7-hour journey through the stunning beauty of the Himalayas, where each step brings a new breathtaking view! Get ready for some fun and adventure as we trek through these breathtaking landscapes!

Day 07 Gyapla to Ghunsa . Walking 6:30 hours

We’ll step up our trekking game as we head from Gyapla to Ghunsa, a 6-hour journey through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Himalayas.

Day 08 Acclimatize and Explore around Ghunsa

We’ll take a much-needed break to acclimate and explore the surroundings of Ghunsa, soaking in the stunning views and rejuvenating our minds and bodies.

Day 09 Ghunsa to Kampuchean. Walking 7 hours

Today, we embark on a 7-hour journey from Ghunsa to Kambachen. Let’s take our time, savor the scenic beauty that surrounds us and make some new friends along the way. We’ll be walking through lush green forests, crossing sparkling streams and meandering through rolling hills, all of which will lead us to our destination.

Day 10 Kambachen to Lhonak . Walking 5 hours

Our destination today is Lhonak, and it’s just a 5-hour walk away. The journey will be a mix of everything we love – breathtaking views, lush forests, and of course, good company!

As we make our way, let’s stop and take in the panoramic views of the Himalayas and snap some photos to remember this special moment. We’ll also come across small villages, where we can interact with the friendly locals and learn about their culture and traditions.

Day 11 Lhonak to Pangpema (Kanchenjunga North Base Camp)

Pangpema is the perfect place to take a well-deserved rest and explore the stunning surroundings. Let’s take our time to admire the breathtaking views and snap some photos to remember this special moment.

Day 12 Pangpema to Ghunsa . Walking 7 hours

It’s time to start the 7-hour trek back to Ghunsa, but not before we try to find the perfect spot for a group photo! Let’s enjoy the scenic journey and make some new friends along the way.

Day 13 Ghunsa to Amjolosha. Walking 6:30 hours

Ghunsa to Amjolosha is a 6-hour trek, and let’s make the most of it by playing some games, telling each other stories, and taking in the stunning views that surround us.

Day 14 Amjilosha to Chhirua. Walking 6:30 hours

The 6-30 hours trek from Amjilosha to Chhirua is bound to be a fun one, let’s make a game out of counting the number of different bird species we see along the way, or how many waterfalls we pass by!

Day 15 Chhirua to Taplejung. Walking 5 hours.

Today’s journey from Chhirua to Taplejung is a fun-filled 5-hour trek! Let’s make the most of it by relishing in the stunning views, bonding with our fellow trekkers, and creating lasting memories that we’ll cherish forever.

Day 16 Taplejung to Kathmandu

The fun continues as we fly back to Kathmandu on a 45-minute flight, followed by a cozy 6-hour drive in a jeep. Let’s make some memories and snap some photos along the way! And before we know it, we’ll be back in the bustling city, ready for our final night in Nepal.

Day 17 Departure

Our epic adventure comes to an end as we’re transferred to the Kathmandu international airport by our airport representative, where we’ll bid farewell to Nepal and depart on our final flight. Get ready for a scenic 10-minute drive!

Price Includes

  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast at 3 to 4 stars level.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) in trekking for you. (Sample of Trekking Menu)
  • Seasonable Local fresh fruits.
  • Normal tea house accommodations during the treks.
  • Trip map.
  • Domestic flight tickets with airport tax.
  • An experienced, knowledgeable English Speaking Government license holder trekking guide and strong porter (1 porter for 2 people).
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All necessary paper works/permits and conservation entry fee.
  • Four season sleeping bag/ Jacket/walking poles and duffel bags for you, if necessary.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue arrangement which will be paid by your insurance company.
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System).
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.(expect farewell dinner in kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks) in mountain.
  • Personal equipment.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges).
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

Trip Info

The beautiful Kanchenjunga Trek starts with the flight from Kathmandu to Birathagar then drives to Basantpur for the actual trekking journey. The trekking journey starts from Chauki, Chauki to Gupha Pokhari, Gupha Pokhari to Nisum, Nisum to Dovan then from Dovan to Chirwa, Chirwa to Sekhathum, Sekhathum to Amjilassa, Amjilassa to Kyapra, Kyapra to Ghunsa, Ghunsa to Khambachen, Khambachen to Lhonak, then day trip to Pangpema, Pangpema to Khambachen, Khambachen to Ghunsa, and Trek around Glacier. Again, High camp to Ramche, Ramche to Tseram, Tseram to Amchekhola, Amchekhola to Ponphe. Similarly, from Ponphe to Kande Bhanjyang, Kande Bhanjyang to Lal Kharka, Lal Kharka to Taplejung. Likewise, from Taplejung to Kathmandu for the final departure.

TREKKING EQUIPMENTS, GEARS & SOME MEDICINES

  We do recommend following equipment's for trekking and Hiking in Nepal.

Head

  • Sun hat
  • Scarf
  • Light balaclava
  • Warm wool hat
  • UV protection one Sunglasses
  • Head torch with extra batteries.

Upper Part Of The Body Upper

  • Tshirts
  • Shirts
  • Sleeveless or body warmer type fleece.
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Thermal Vest
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Pullover
  • Sports bras (women)
  • Waterproof outer jacket
  • Rain Coat
  • Hand wear
  • Fleece gloves.
  • Warms mittens or gloves.

Lower Body

  • Long Under Wear
  • Short Under Wear
  • Lightweight Cotton Long Pants
  • Warm Trousers
  • Tracksuit pants
  • Lightweight thermal trouser
  • Fleece pants
  • Cotton paints

Footwear

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick warm wool hiking socks
  • Walking boots with ankle support
  • Trainers or trail shoes
  • Gaiters
  • Micro spikes

Electronics

  • Camera and Accessories
  • Phone
  • Power Bank
  • Solar Panel
  • Travel Adapter

Miscellaneous

  • Book
  • Playing Cards/Games
  • Journal and Pen
  • Snacks and Specialist Food

Hygiene & First Aid

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wet Wipes
  • Pocket Hand Warmers
  • Moisturizing skin cream and Lip balm
  • Toiletries
  • Water purifier
  • First Aid

Trek Essentials

  • Passport and Copy
  • Travel Insurance Details
  • Trekking Permit(s)
  • Waterproof Document Wallet
  • Cash

Recommended Medications

  • Guide will take a group first aid kit but please bring personal medications and other items you might use regularly such as
  • Any personal medications
  • Malaria prophylactic tablets
  • Blister treatment
  • Rehydration powder
  • Analgesics (Paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin)
  • Plasters and zinc oxide tape
  • Throat lozenges
  • Diamox

Other Equipment

  • Duffel Bag or Suitcase
  • Day pack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottle
  • Trekking poles
  • Towel

FAQ

Q. Do you provide any gears for trekking?

A. Yes, we do provide roughly 65 liters one duffel bag, sleeping bag and down jacket to use for trekking without extra charge, if you do not have.

Q. Can I rent or buy gears in Kathmandu?

A. You can buy or rent trekking boots and rest of the gears, you need to need to buy.

Q. How much weight does porter carries?

A. We do provide one porter between 2 trekkers. One porter carries 25 to 30 kg respectively.

Q. How much weight does airplane allow to Lukla?

A. Twin Otter and Dornier planes are the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. It allows 15kg per passenger, including had bag.

Q. Can I take some more gears for paying extra charge?

A. It is hard but some time, they do allow 2 to 3 kg with paying extra charge US$ 2 per kg

Q. When Should I pack my gears?

A. You will have pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu that night you pack trekking gears.

Q. What equipment should I carry at Daypack?

A. Most of our day packs have a capacity of roughly 20 to 24 liters. You need to carry only day use things like water bottle, light jackets, some extra shocks, sun hat, sunglasses, raincoat, light glove, scarf, toilet paper, and small towel, camera, some personal medical, Sunscreen, Passport, money, camera, trekking poles and some snacks. Rest of the gears will be carried by porter.

Q. Can I store suitcase and other unnecessary gears in hotel in Kathmandu or at your office?

A. Yes, you can store either at the hotel in Kathmandu or at our office without extra charge.

 TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is compulsory for all Clients undertaking any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc. For your kind information, we would like to give a list of the insurance companies, please inquire with them.

  •  USA and Canada: Tugo, United Health Care, World Nomad, Blue Cross
  • Australia and New Zealand: Fast Cover, Allianz Australia
  • Singapore: Ergo, World Nomad (Explore plan level 3)
  • Europe: Europe Assistance, Austrian Alpine Club, Allianz Europe
  • India: ICICI Lombard

 ALTITUDE AND TEMPERATURE IN NEPAL

Altitude (in meter) & Temperature (in degree Celsius) in Nepal over 2000m/6056ft. Trekking areas are only situated over 2000meter in Nepal.

Altitude Spring Summer Autumn Winter
March, April, May June, July, Aug Sept., Oct,  Nov Dec, Jan, Feb
Max. Min. Max. Min. Max. Min. Max. Min.
2000m -2500m 27 5 29  9 25 2 20 -2
3000m – 3500m 12 -5 20 -1 17 -2 14 -7
4000m – 4500m 10  -7 14 -3 12 -7 7 -10
4500m- 5500m 9 -10 12 -5 10 -15 5  -20

Map & Elevation

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Frequently Asked Questions

Annapurna Base Camp can be done throughout the year. However, the best time to do the Kanchenjunga is during the Spring and Autumn seasons. Furthermore, this trip can be done during the Monsoon Season too. But, the Spring and autumn season is very suitable for the Kanchenjunga trek. During this time of the year, the weather is pleasant and you can travel with clear visibility of the surroundings. Likewise, you can enjoy the beautiful views of mountains in the Kanchenjunga Region including the Kanchenjunga Massif. In addition, if you travel here during this time of the year then you can enjoy the biggest festivals of the country Dashain and Tihar as this time is the festive season in the country. Furthermore, traveling to Nepal during this time of the year will make you knowledgeable about the culture and tradition of the place. Additionally, you can also explore different other festivals in the country.

Kanchenjunga trek is not that difficult trek, almost anyone can undertake this trek. However, one should consider all the possibilities. Similarly, one should know that trekking at high altitudes is never easy. Likewise, the challenges that one can face during the Kanchenjunga are altitude sickness. If you travel here during the seasons then you will find crowded trails and it might be very difficult to find suitable Lodges and Hotels.

The trekking trail to Kanchenjunga is accessible from several trailheads and depending on your route the duration is between 10 and 16 days.

The Kanchenjunga Trek is a little expensive because of its average duration and difficultyAdditionally,  prices vary between 700 USD and 1000 USD or 600 EUR and 900 EUR. Also, if you are from the SAARC countries you can get some discounts on prices.

If you’re not sure of your mountaineering abilities, Kanchenjunga is a slightly less challenging circuit. There are fewer steep climbs and the average altitude is much lower than Everest. Plus, instead of being funneled into the Khumbu Valley on Everest. You can choose from a variety of trails on the Kanchenjunga Trek, some of which don’t exceed 2000m in altitude.

Even though the Kanchenjunga Mountains themselves are very dangerous. But, the trek to Base Camp is far safer. Furthermore, this trek mostly comes down to the relative ease of the trek in Nepal and the Kanchenjunga region.

It is not possible. Likewise, this trek and climb would be very challenging for a single person. So, we say you hire an experienced guide.

Yes, it’s compulsory to have a Kanchenjunga Trek permit from Kathmandu.

Altitude sickness is a common problem during the Kanchenjunga Trek. Therefore, you should drink a sufficient amount of water and acclimatize yourself from time to time.

Food Prices differ from place to place. But, it usually costs USD 25 for lunch, dinner, and breakfast at the Kanchenjunga Trek.

  • Jackets (Fiber or down).
  • Woolen shirts and thick sweaters.
  • Waterproof jacket with hood or poncho.
  • Tracksuit.
  • Track shoes
  •  Pair of Trousers
  • Thermal Underwear and Thermal coat
  • 2 pairs of loose-fitting long shorts/ skirts
  • Pair of sandals
  • Pair of Gloves
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Trekking Sticks.
  • Long-sleeved shirt.
  • Towel and Hankies.
  • Lightweight walking boots
  • 2 pairs of thin socks and 2 pairs of woolen socks
  • Snow glasses and sunglasses
  • Woolen hat.
  • Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking.
  • 2-4 plastic bags 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones. 6-10 smaller plastic bags to dispose of garbage.
  • Daypack bag to carry your requirements.
  • Water Bottle, water purifying tablets
  • Quick Dry Towels
  • Headlamp, Torch, Candles
  • Matches / Lighters
  • Binocular, Camera, trekking map and compass, Knife, reading materials, pencil, rubber, pen and notebook, lip guard

We offer Lodge with dual proportion foundation lodging at some point of the trekking and camp for the Base Camp and above Base Camp. Likewise, all food consists of Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at some point of trekking. Likewise, we additionally offer western and Nepali meals that are very healthy. In addition, the motels we offer are very safe and secure too.

Reviews

EXCELLENT rating
Based on 26 reviews
Unique path trekking company has excellent staff on ground to make the trekking experience very enjoyable and memorable. The guide and porters go out of their way to make each and every member of the team feel safe and secured. Mr Babu the founder owner of the company is very responsive and is able to assist every member of the team with their individual needs. I would recommend engaging Unique Path for Himalaya trekking.
Sandeep Dasgupta
Sandeep Dasgupta
2023-09-30
I like trekking with Unique Path, the guides of this company many times made my way comfortable and safe. I traveled with them to Lobuche, Mera, Island and other places solo and in the groups with my friends. Unique Path is a reliable partner and I plan to trek with them again in Langtang region this autumn.
Andrey Oktyabrev
Andrey Oktyabrev
2023-05-29
I have used Unique Path three times and each time the team were all helpful, friendly and informative. Every aspect of our trip to Nepal was taken care of - Pick up at the airport to take us to our hotel. Next day the excitement of getting our trekking details and depending on the trip setting out with our guide and porter. My husband and I prefer to hike on our own, so we did no group options. Our itinerary was always followed exactly. When I go hiking in Nepal this company is my first point of contact. They are a great team and are totally recommended by me and my husband.
Sylvia Schillings
Sylvia Schillings
2023-05-29
Unique Path is a great choice for anyone who wants to explore the Himalayas. My wife and I made several treks with Unique Path to Manaslu, Kangchenjunga, Tilicho Lake, and Mustang. It goes without saying, that the scenery in Nepal is stunning. Lots of opportunity to learn about the culture and religion and traditions of Nepal. The people we met along the way were engaging and wonderful. Unique Path's staff was fantastic throughout all the trips. They were very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. They arranged everything from transportation to accommodation to food. They also provided all the necessary equipment and guidance and handled all the permit applications. I highly recommend Unique Path trekking to anyone who loves adventure and nature. These were once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I will never forget. I am available as a reference. David
DaveBessie Parsnick
DaveBessie Parsnick
2023-05-22
I have yet to conclude this trip due to the Pandemic but Babu's response and tour guide plan has been exemplary - I cannot wait to make the trip!
Rachel Glaysher
Rachel Glaysher
2023-05-19
Myself and 2 buddies hired Unique Path Trekking to coordinate an EBC trek back in 2014. We couldn't have been more happy with the results...Everything went flawlessly and we had the adventure of a lifetime. Babu and his staff / guides / porters were top-notch and I highly recommend them to anyone who may be reading this.
Marc Ferrari
Marc Ferrari
2023-05-18
As with all treks, there will be unforeseen circumstances and you’re always beholden to nature. So you want a guide and an agency that is not only experienced enough but also sensitive and quick to changes on ground. I am very grateful for the deep experience that our guide, Dambar had. He made us feel safe and constantly had everything under control despite the weather and some early sickness some of us had. Coupled with his sharp wit and deep knowledge, this became such an enjoyable climb that was filled with priceless stories that I can’t wait to tell the kids about. The porters too were a lively bunch that ultimately became friends and we shared lots of fun moments on the mountain together. Babu ensured that our arrivals, arrangements and any administrative hassles were smooth and out of our minds so we could focus on the climb ahead. Thank you Unique Path trekking & expedition. Highly recommended for anyone who wants a great time while knowing you’re in safe hands!
Josiah Ng
Josiah Ng
2023-05-16
We were very fortunate to have Unique Path Trekking for our EBC with 3 Himalaya passes expedition, we were so happy/satisfied with Unique Path trekking. Babu ( owner of Unique Path Trekking) is so kind, knowledgeable and mellow personality so does their staff ( all guides and porters ). We had great time during this expedition in terms of lodging/food. We had large group ( ~ 18 ppl ) and believe or not no one had any single complain of food. Their guides and porters are so knowledgeable, smart, humorous made our entire expedition lots of fun. They take care of us with positive attitudes with smiley face in entire trip. I definitely recommend Unique Path Trekking for any expedition in Himalaya ( we're looking forward to go with them in Annapurna expedition in near future ). You will very glad/happy if you choose Unique Path and Trekking.
Umesh Patel
Umesh Patel
2023-05-16
Babu and his group are exceptional We have done 2 trips organized by Babu We went to Everest base camp and recently to chitwan, Pokara and part of Annapurna cercuit Their guides are very good We will definitely use Babu and his guides again
Guru Motgi
Guru Motgi
2023-05-06
I just returned from a wonderful hike to Everest base camp with helicopter return. I was traveling solo am so grateful to Manager Babu and guide Suresh for looking after me. It is a trip I will remember the rest of my life. We started with a half day tour of Kathmandu and then flew to lukla on the next day to begin the trek. All the arrangements were made ahead of time and the folks unique path team constantly got on the phone to make sure the logistics went smoothly. Suresh kept a moderate pace and a great sense of humor. We made good time throughout the hikes and always got to the lodges on time and in daylight with energy left for the next day. The weather also cooperated this March and we had beautiful sunny skies and gorgeous Mountain View’s throughout the trek. I really could not ask for anything more and would very much recommend unique path
Janice Cheng
Janice Cheng
2023-05-06
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