Kanchenjunga Trek
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Kanchenjunga Trek

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Trip Facts

  • Max Altitude Upto 5540m
  • Grade Moderate
  • Duration 17 days
  • Group Size 2 - 15


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.

Highlights of Kanchenjunga Trekking

• Base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga with stunning views
• Cultural interaction with local communities
• Scenic route through forests and meadows
• Challenging adventure with a sense of accomplishment
• Taste local foods and beverages
• Explore authentic Nepal


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


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!


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Service Includes and Excludes

Service Included in this Trip

  • 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 government licensed holder guide and porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porters.
  • 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.

Service Excluded in this Trip

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to do the Kanchenjunga Trek?

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.

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Grade A: Easy *

Trekking is essentially day hiking and doesn’t require any special training. However, good physical condition, a love of walking, and a desire to enjoying the spectacular views of the mountains and encounter village life are essential. We offer a diverse range of easy treks. Categorizing a trek as easy means that no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitudes is involved. They take usually no more than a week and are suitable for anyone. Be assured that a loss of altitude in no way means a loss of interesting things to see and experience. While our more challenging treks get you closer to a small number of mountain ranges, lower altitude treks often provide better viewpoints from which to enjoy the colorful horizons of a whole series of ranges. The duration of a trek can be from 4 to 9 days with an average of 4 to 5 hours walking per day. The elevation of the trail will be between 800m/2624ft and 2800m/ 9240ft above sea level.

Grade B: Moderate **

These treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. They are a combination of some longer and shorter walks and hill-walking experience is desirable. The duration is usually from 10 to 15 days. Following the up and down terrain of Nepal and walking to higher elevations contrasts these treks to those in the easy classification. However, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular close-up views of glaciers and of the high Himalayas. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. There may be up to 6 hours a day on the trail and the elevation rises and falls from 800m/ 2624ft to 4000m/13210ft above sea level.

Grade C: Fairly Strenuous ***

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should except to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

Grade D: Strenuous ****

These real adventure treks are both technical and highly strenuous. Excellent physical condition is essential and mountaineering experience is preferable. Following rough terrain, they involve steep ascents to high altitudes with the possibility of some rope climbing. Stamina is needed to complete one of these treks, as it can take from 20 to 28 days to reach the heart of the wildernesses that they transverse. Participants should except to trek above 5600m/18480ft



Nepal is one of the best places in the world for river rafting. Numerous fine rivers offer excellent opportunities for rafting, canoeing and simply immersing oneself in the magnificent landscape. Nepal’s thundering waters, coming from the glaciers of the mighty Himalayan, provide unmatched thrills.


Down Or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket And Trousers 1
Fleece Jacket Or Pullover 1
Warm Cotton Trousers 2 Pairs
Shirts And T-Shirts 4 Pieces
Lightweight Cotton Long Pants 3 Pairs
Long Under Wear 2 Pieces
Short Under Wear 4 Pieces
Sun Hat Or Scarf 1
Woolen Hat 1
Sunglasses 1
Lightweight Gloves 1
Rain Coat 1
Heavyweight Gloves Or Mittens With A Waterproof 1


Trekking Boot 1 Pair
Thick Socks 4 Pairs
Light Socks 3 Pairs
Camp Shoes 1 Pair
Sandals 1 Pair

Other Equipments

Sleeping Bag(4seasons) 1
Down Jacket 1
Daypack 1
Water Bottle 1
Sun Cream, Sunglasses
Flashlight With Spare Bulbs, Batteries, Lip Salve, Gaiters.


Insect Repellent Toilet Articles Note Book & Pen Toilet Roll
Laundry Soap Pocket Knife Towel Sewing Kit
Plasters Binoculars Camera Film
Cards And Personal Medical Kit

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 go through the links below:

For Canadians And Americans

  1. http://www.travelguard.com
  2. http://www.worldnomads.com
  3. http://www.mondial-assistance.ca
  4. http://www.travelassistnetwork.com
  5. http://www.travelex-insurance.com
  6. http://www.travelite.com
  7. http://www.travelunderwriters.com
  8. http://www.hccmis.com/atlas-travel-insurance

For Australians And New Zealanders

  1. http://www.covermore.com.au
  2. http://www.allianz.com.au
  3. http://www.worldnomads.com.au
  4. http://www.bupa.com.au
  5. http://www.itrektravelinsurance.com.au
  6. http://www.1cover.com.au

For British

  1. http://www.travel-guard.co.uk
  2. http://www.worldnomads.co.uk
  3. http://www.thebmc.co.uk
  4. http://www.direct-travel.co.uk
  5. http://www.essentialtravel.co.uk

For Europe And Slovenia

  1. http://www.coris.si
  2. http://www.europaeische.at

For South-Africa

  1. http://www.travel-guard.co.za
  2. http://www.tic.co.za

For Indians

  1. http://www.internationalsos.com/en/asia-pacific_india.htm

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is common at high altitudes sickness. In general may occur when people ascend too quickly normally in altitudes of over 3000 m. The symptoms of altitude sickness are due to lower air pressure at high altitudes, which results in lower oxygen levels as you breathe the air in. The air is under less pressure and this makes it harder for your body to get the oxygen out of the air and into the circulation. It’s this extra strain on the body that causes altitude sickness.

Symptoms tend to be worse at night and include headache, dizziness, and lethargy, loss of appetite, nausea, breathlessness and irritability. Difficulty sleeping is another common symptom.



  1. Periods of sleeplessness
  2. Runny nose.
  3. Extra tiredness
  4. Occasional loss of appetite
  5. Feeling laziness
  6. Wish to vomiting
  7. Periodic breathing

Above are normal symptoms which may occur into your body that you should not be worried. Every trekker will experience some or all of these, no matter how slowly they ascend.


  1. Headache and vomiting
  2. Dizziness
  3. Racing heartbeat
  4. Exhaustion
  5. Nausea
  6. Diarrhoea
  7. Loss of apatite
  8. Weakness
  9. Hard to breath
  10. Extra tired
  11. Dry Raspy cough
  12. Sleeplessness

When above symptoms will occur into your body, these symptoms usually resolve by spending one or two extra nights at the same altitude or using medicine. Even you are resting at the same altitude or using medicine, if symptoms are becoming worse, then it is necessary to descend.


  1. Worsening headache and vomiting
  2. Swelling of hands and face
  3. Reduced urine output
  4. Walking with a staggering gait
  5. Confusion
  6. Increased tiredness
  7. Breathing irregularity
  8. Visual hallucinations (seeing things that are not real)
  9. Changes in the ability to think
  10. Changes in normal behavior

If above serious symptoms will occur into your body, these extremely dangerous symptoms are called High Altitude Cerebral Edema (or HACE). They can lead to unconsciousness and death within 12 hours. Increasing shortness of breath, cough and tiredness may also be signs of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema or HAPE. HAPE can also be rapidly fatal if ignored.


  1. If possible, don’t fly or drive to high altitude. Start below 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) and walk up.
  2. If you do fly or drive, do not overexert yourself or move higher for the first 24 hours.
  3. If you go above 3,000 metres (10,000 feet), only increase your altitude by 350 to 500 metres (1,000 feet) per day
  4. Climb high and sleep low! You can climb more than 300 to 500 metres in a day as long as you come back down and sleep at a lower altitude.
  5. If you begin to show symptoms of moderate altitude sickness, don’t go higher until symptoms decrease.
  6. Drink plenty of water, tea or juice etc (at least three to 4 liters per day). Urine output should be copious and clear to pale yellow.
  7. Eat high-carbohydrate foods (rice, pasta, cereal) for more energy.
  8. Take it easy and don’t overexert yourself when you first get up to altitude. But, light activity during the day is better than sleeping because respiration decreases during sleep, exacerbating the symptoms.
  9. Avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration, and don’t smoke.
  10. Don’t push yourself when climbing up to passes, rather take plenty of breaks.
  11. Avoid taking sleeping pills.
  12. Avoid active movements and try to relax in the first one or two days upon arrival at the high altitude areas.
  13. Bring adequate medicine.
  14. If nothing else works, return to the areas with the lower elevation.
  15. Allow sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters).
  16. Don’t make rapid Ascent. Don’t go too far too fast.
  17. Do not trek/travel alone, take guide/porter.
  18. Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local, guide book.
  19. Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
  20. Never leave or descent sick person along.
  21. Avoid getting cold.
  22. Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if its longer


Following is a list of items you should consider including in your medical kit – consult your pharmacist for brands available in your country.

  1. Aspirin or paracetamol – for pain or fever
  2. Antihistamine – for allergies, eg hay fever; to ease the itch from insect bites or stings; and to prevent motion sickness.
  3. Antibiotics consider including these if you’re traveling well off the beaten track’ see your doctor, as they must be prescribed, and carry the prescription with you.
  4. Loperamides or Diphenoxylate ‘blockers’ for diarrhea’ Prochlorperazine or metaclopramide for nausea and vomiting.
  5. Rehydration mixture to prevent dehydration, eg due to severe diarrhea; particularly important when traveling with children.
  6. Insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm and eye drops.
  7. Calamine lotion, sting relief spray or aloe vera-to ease irritation from sunburn and insect bites or stings.
  8. Antifungal cream or powder – for fungal skin infections and thrush.
  9. Antiseptic, such as povidone-iodine for cuts and grazes.
  10. Bandages, band-aids or plasters and other would dressings.
  11. Scissors, tweezers and a thermometer (note that mercury thermometers are prohibited by airlines)
  12. Cold and Flu tablets, throat lozenges and nasal decongestant.
  13. Multivitamines – consider for long trips, when dietary vitamin intake may be inadequate.