Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

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Trip Overview
  • Duration: 19 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Trip Start and End: Kathmandu
  • Trip Area: Taplejung, Kanchenjunga
  • Trip Style: Active/ Adventure
  • Age Group: 16+
  • Trip Type: Private and Group
  • Trip Method: Fully Guided
  • Booking Type: Instant Booking
  • Max. Altitude: 5160
  • Best Season: March-May & September-November
  • Foot Print:Carbon Neutralleaf

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a 136-mile (220 km) loop through remote Himalayan villages, lush tropical forests, and alpine mountain passes, culminating at Pangpema Base Camp. This long but rewarding trek gets you up close and face-to-face with the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Kumbhakarna. It lets you explore the typical Nepali villages and immerse yourself in the unique culture of the Rai and Limbu communities. Circumscribing the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, the trail allows you to get sight of exotic flora and fauna including wild boars, red pandas, and snow leopards.

  • Enjoy the majestic view of pristine mountains like Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Kumbhakarna (7,710m), Mt Rathong (6,678m), and Kabru (7,412m).
  • Discover the ancient Tibetan monastery ‘Tashi Chhyoling’ in Ghunsa and get an insight into the culture and lifestyle of the local Rai, Sherpa, and Limbu communities.
  • Explore the diverse Himalayan landscapes and witness the unique wildlife such as snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, grey wolves, musk deer, and blue sheep.

Our 19-day Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek begins from the far east of Bhadrapur followed by a 10-hour picturesque trip to Taplejung. The next day, you’ll hit the road again for a scenic drive to Shekhathum, which passes through several Himalayan settlements and rewards you with breathtaking views.

Your actual trek begins from Shekhathum where you’ll ascend the steep trail leading to Amjilosa Village. From there, you’ll trek to Gyabla, then to Ghunsa, where you’ll pull up one more night for acclimatization.

After ascending Nango Paungsa for acclimatization, you’ll trek to Khambachen through pleasant rhododendron forests. Then, you’ll head to Lhonak, walking at a moderate pace with a gentle ascent.

On Day 9 of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, you’ll climb Pangpema Base Camp and enjoy the spectacular view of Taple and Kirant. After spending the night at a camp, you’ll return to Ghunsa and start ascending Sele La.

The trail in this section will keep you busy with the panoramic view of striking mountains and glaciers. You’ll continue the trek to Tseram crossing Sinion La Pass and following the route to Ramche where the warm hospitality of locals awaits you.

The following day, you’re expected to hike Yamphudin and descend to Pumphe Danda, which takes in stunning views of the Himalayas. You’ll continue the trek with a steep uphill climb to Kade Bhanjyang and Lali Khara through the deep woodlands.

Lastly, you’ll trek a short and easy trail to Suketar and finally get on the jeep to drive off to Bhadrapur. Once here, you’ll take a plane back to Kathmandu and conclude the 19-day Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

Is a permit required for the Kanchenjunga Trek?

A trekking permit is compulsory for all foreign nationals seeking to trek the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. They need to obtain a permit to enter the restricted trekking area which costs USD 20 a week for the first four weeks and USD 25 afterward.

However, no foreign independent travelers (FIT) can obtain the permits independently. The only way to get a restricted trekking area permit is through an authorized tour operator, which is only issued to group trekkers.

Trekkers should also purchase an entry permit to Kanchenjunga Conservation Area for NRS 2000 or roughly USD 17. Meanwhile, SAARC nationals can get it for just under USD 8.

If you book your trip with Sublime Trails, we will do all permit-related work, and the fees are included in the booking price. Contact us to plan the perfect trek for you.

How much does the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek cost from Nepal?

The cost of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in Nepal with Sublime Trails is USD 2,160. The booking price includes all huge spending within Nepal, including accommodation, food, transportation, guides, porter service, and a permit to restricted areas.

The round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Bhadrapur is one of the major expenses of this trip and it is included in the booking price. Besides that, we also take care of all your necessities and provide you with the best accommodation option for a fair price.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1:Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, Drive to TaplejungAltitude: 1,442m
  • Day 2:Drive to ShekhathumAltitude: 1,660m
  • Day 3:Trek to AmjilosaAltitude: 2,510m
  • Day 4:Amjilosa to GyablaAltitude: 2,730m
  • Day 5:Trek to GhunsaAltitude: 3,410m
  • Day 6:Acclimatization at GhunsaAltitude: 3,410m
  • Day 7:Trek to KhambachenAltitude: 4,150m
  • Day 8:Khambachen to LhonakAltitude: 4,792m
  • Day 9:Hike to Pangpema Base CampAltitude: 5,140m
  • Day 10:Trek to GhunsaAltitude: 3,410m
  • Day 11:Ghunsa to Sele LaAltitude: 4,130m
  • Day 12:Trek to TseramAltitude: 3,138m
  • Day 13:Tseram to RamcheAltitude: 4,580m
  • Day 14:Trek to YamphudinAltitude: 2061m
  • Day 15:Trek to Phumpe DandaAltitude: 1,861m
  • Day 16:Phumpe Danda to Kade BhanjyangAltitude: 2,126m
  • Day 17:Trek to Lali KharkaAltitude: 2,281m
  • Day 18:Trek to Suketar and Drive to BhadrapurAltitude: 91m
  • Day 19:Fly back to KathmanduAltitude: 1,400 m (4,600 ft)

Day 1:Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, Drive to Taplejung

  • Max Altitude1,442m
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • MealsLunch and Dinner

Early this morning, you’ll catch a flight to Bhadrapur from Kathmandu which takes roughly 45 minutes. This short but exciting trip offers you a marvelous view of giant snow peaks and verdant slopes.

Once you arrive at Bhadrapur, you’ll venture off on a scenic road trip to Taplejunng. First, you’ll drive to Illam within the picturesque landscapes of lush green hills and sloped tea gardens. Then you’ll weave your way to Taplejung via Phiddim, which offers a majestic view of Kanchenjunga at a distance.

Day 2:Drive to Shekhathum

  • Max Altitude1,660m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

After breakfast, you’ll prepare for another long drive from Taplejung to Shekhathum, which is tiring but impressive. It takes you through many charming villages, including Mitlung, Chiruwa, Tapethok, and Lelep, while offering an imposing mountain vista.

You’ll be driving alongside Tamor River on a dirt path with several humps in the last few hours. Upon arrival at Shekhathum, you’ll enjoy a warm dinner and the comfort of a teahouse.

Day 3:Trek to Amjilosa

  • Max Altitude2,510m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

You’ll start the day following the Ghunsa Khola River and ascending steep slopes on rugged terrain. After crossing the bridge, you’ll continue an uphill trek through the remote villages and yak pastures. After an ascent of almost 6 hours, you’ll arrive at Amjilosa Village and spend the night in a teahouse.

Day 4:Amjilosa to Gyabla

  • Max Altitude2,730m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Today, you’ll trek for around 4 hours to Gyabla, where you’ll see the wooded forests and glistening mountains. You’ll commence the journey, walking along the Ghunsa Valley and through the verdant forest.

As you follow the trail up top, you’ll get a close view of sparkling mountains. After further walking through the rhododendron and oak forests, you’ll arrive at Ghunsa Village. Then, you’ll make a steep ascent and reach Gyabla.

Day 5:Trek to Ghunsa

  • Max Altitude3,410m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

After weaving the forested trail along the bank of Ghunsa Khola, you’ll ascend to Gelpa and walk on the wooded trail. You’ll have a nice lunch at Pole Village before descending the trail and crossing the river.

Continuing an uphill trek for almost one and a half hours, you’ll arrive at Ghunsa, a small Tibetan village with beautiful wooden homes. It’s amidst the lush hills and surrounding mountains, providing a majestic view.

Day 6:Acclimatization at Ghunsa

  • Max Altitude3,410m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

You’ll spend this day acclimatizing to the increasing altitude for progressive adaptation before going higher. As long as you’re fit, you’ll be easily able to climb the ridge of Nango Paungsa, adorned with vibrant colorful prayer flags, and enjoy the striking view of lofty mountains including Kumbhakarna Peak.

After the adventurous journey, you’ll make your way back to Ghunsa and spend the night at a teahouse.

Day 7:Trek to Khambachen

  • Max Altitude4,150m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

The trek to Khambachen begins with an uphill climb along the Ghunsa Khola and to the Rambuk Kharka on the north of the river. You’ll then gradually ascend the trail through rhododendrons and pine forests, passing the inscribed mani wall and chorten.

Then, you’ll climb the scree slopes, until you reach Khambachen. Stay overnight in a teahouse.

Day 8:Khambachen to Lhonak

  • Max Altitude4,792m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Today’s trek begins with a gentle ascent to the left of Kanchenjunga glacier and through the Ramtang village. You’ll make a challenging journey through the landslide-ridden paths and waterfalls, which is astonishing.

As you approach the village, you’ll be treated to stunning views of Kambachen and Pyramid Peak. Up here, you’ll receive a warm welcome from locals and a delicious meal for dinner.

Day 9:Hike to Pangpema Base Camp

  • Max Altitude5,140m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Today is considered the toughest day on the trek and the most rewarding as well. The trek will be a steady uphill ascent along the north of the Kanchenjunga Glacier and onto the yak pastures.

You’ll follow the unobstructed route with a few steep slopes. After more than two hours of trekking, you’ll finally reach Pangpema Base Camp and have marvelous sights of Kanchenjunga, Nepal Peak, Taple Sikhar, and Kirant Chuli.

Day 10:Trek to Ghunsa

  • Max Altitude3,410m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

After the exploration, you’ll retrace your steps back and descend to Ghunsa. As before, you’ll follow the glacial moraine and pass the Kanchenjunga base camp, where colorful prayer flags embellish the trail.

You’ll continue descending the trail through the mountainous terrain of Lhonak while admiring the panoramic vistas along the way. After trekking for almost 8 hours, you’ll reach Ghunsa and stay the night at a teahouse.

Day 11:Ghunsa to Sele La

  • Max Altitude4,130m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Leaving the Ghunsa village behind, you’ll ascend the trail through leafy groves full of pine, rhododendron, and birch trees. The trail is mostly uphill and far secluded with the sparse human settlement but, it does come with a great view of a streaming waterfall and river. You’ll follow the trail for about 7 hours until you reach Sele La Base Camp.

Day 12:Trek to Tseram

  • Max Altitude3,138m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

It’s another long day of grueling hike through Sinion La Pass, which offers a magical sight of Makalu East and Cho Oyu. You’ll follow the trail toward Mirgin La Pass, marked by flapping prayer flags and surrounded by towering peaks.

While enjoying the awe-inspiring view on both flanks, you’ll descend the trail on rocky terrain and cross the Sinelapche La Pass. After making a steep descent of more than 850m, you’ll reach Tseram, which greets you with stunning views.

Day 13:Tseram to Ramche

  • Max Altitude4,580m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

From Tseram, you’ll make a steep uphill climb along the Yalung Glacier, which unfolds the pristine view of Kabru, Rathong, and Nyukla Lachun. With every step you take, the views just get better and better, especially when you arrive at Oktang.

Once you reach the viewpoint, you’ll astounded by the beauty of Mt Kanchenjunga and Yalung Ri Peak. After indulging in the moment, you’ll return to Ramche.

Day 14:Trek to Yamphudin

  • Max Altitude2061m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Today’s trek is a pleasant walk through the juniper forest and down to Simbu Khola. You’ll continue along the trail to Dorongdin village and descend to Sherpa Gaun. During your stay here, you’ll learn about the rich culture of Sherpa communities and connect with locals. You’ll spend the night in Yamphudin.

Day 15:Trek to Phumpe Danda

  • Max Altitude1,861m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

You’ll start the trek along the Kabeli River and follow the trail for a while until it reaches Mamankhe. This village is home to the Limbu people who live by the Sino-Tibetan values and religion.

You’ll keep following the trail to the Khaksewa River and continue the descent to Phumpe Danda. Here in the village, you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of Ghabur, Bohktoh, and Kumbhakarna.

Day 16:Phumpe Danda to Kade Bhanjyang

  • Max Altitude2,126m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

From Phumpe, you’ll trek for about an hour to reach Yanthung and then leave for Khesewa following the wooded trail. You’ll enjoy the scenic view along the trail until arriving at Kade Bhanjyang. Overnight stay in a teahouse.

Day 17:Trek to Lali Kharka

  • Max Altitude2,281m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Today will be a nice and easy walk through Kunjari Village. You’ll stick to the old trail and cross the Pahwa Khola before ascending the steep hill to Simbu Village. You’ll continue the trek, heading to Tembewa, leading to Lali Kharka.

Day 18:Trek to Suketar and Drive to Bhadrapur

  • Max Altitude91m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

After breakfast, you’ll continue the trek through the lush forest amidst the serene atmosphere. After arriving at Suketar, you’ll hop on a jeep and take a picturesque drive to Bhadrapur where you’ll stay the night in a hotel.

Day 19:Fly back to Kathmandu

  • Max Altitude1,400 m (4,600 ft)
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast

Wake up early to catch a flight to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur. Make sure to cherish the moment and get a glimpse of the enchanting snow peaks one last time. Enjoy the rest of your day exploring Kathmandu and visiting the prominent sights.

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Cost Details


  • 19 Breakfasts, 19 Lunches, 18 Dinners
  • Tea house accommodation along the way for 18 nights
  • All Private land transportation with pickups and drops
  • Domestic Flight to Bhadrapur and back to Kathmandu
  • One guide and 1 porter for two people (A porter can carry up to 25 kg)
  • All Permits and Entrance Fees
  • TIMS Card
  • Down jacket, a Sleeping bag  and a Duffel bag to use for the trek
  • Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and the Tax department
  • First Aid Kit
  • Salary, food, and accommodation for guides and porters


  • Accomodation and Meals in Kathmandu (Can be arranged as per request with additional cost)
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects (We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.)
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew

Trip Essential Information

When is the best time to trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp?

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September through early November) are perfect times to trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. These seasons bring warmer weather with milder temperatures to enjoy the walk and feast on picturesque scenery.

Autumn provides relief from the heat of summer, while spring brings out a breath of fresh air with cooler temperatures. Not to mention the serene panoramas that burst under the crystal clear sky of Autumn and make a delightful scene.

Meanwhile, winter brings a snowy spectacle with an awe-inspiring backdrop of mountains which tempts trekkers. But the harsh weather and temperature below -15 Degrees Celsius further adds to the Kanchenjunga Trek Difficulty.

Climbing the snow-covered trail is often challenging and requires special mountaineering equipment. It’s obvious trekkers have to be more prepared for this trek than any other but those who make it happen will be rewarded big time.

Trekking in summer is also possible although it’s not advisable as the session is dreary as often as not. The weather is partly cloudy and partly rainy or stormy followed by high humidity and temperature. The frequent rain makes the trail slippery and difficult to navigate.

Accommodation Options

Your accommodation in the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is in a small teahouse run by locals with basic facilities They offer you a standard service with a twin-shared bedroom, a pillow, and a blanket for just under USD 6.

However, this is not the case in all teahouses for the level of services depends on the elevation.

Teahouses at higher altitudes are usually more expensive with bare essentials than the ones at lower elevations. Most of them have shared bathrooms with no hot showers and slow internet speed.

Despite this, it’s still worth staying in these accommodations and enjoying the simplicity of mountain life. The teahouses provide you with a family-friendly atmosphere and a chance to experience the local Nepalese culture.

Food Arrangement at the Kanchenjunga Trek

If there’s anything more comforting after a strenuous hike then it’s a delicious plate of Nepali Dal-Bhat served with vegetables, pickles, and papadam. The dish is very simple but flavor-packed with high nutritional value that’s enough to last a day.

Teahouses offer you this meal for every lunch and dinner, which is hygienic and fulfilling. Of course, their menu has plenty of other dishes such as pasta, spring rolls, macaroni, sandwiches, Thukpa, and dumplings.

Breakfast items include some of the healthiest foods like oatmeal, bread, pancakes, eggs, and porridge. Apart from this, they also have some nice hot drinks, including tea, coffee, hot lemon, and ginger tea to complement the meal.


  • Yes, it is necessary to have insurance during the trek. As the trekking region falls in the remote area of Nepal and in higher altitude. There are potential risks of altitude sickness, food poisoning, injuries and other emergencies. In such cases you even have to abandon your journey. So, make sure your insurances cover all the expenses in case of such emergencies.

  • No. It is not safe to drink water from taps or streams. Mineral water bottles might not be available during the trek. So, it is better to carry water purification pills with you.

  • Helicopter evacuations are available in case of emergency. However, you need to make sure you have the insurance to cover the expenses of evacuation.

  • You need two permits to do this trek, Restricted Area Permit and Kanchenjunga Area Conservation Permit. You can not trek solo in this region as it is a restricted area. You need to have a licensed trekking guide to do this trek.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Reviews

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  • Michael Park
    Michael ParkOctober 21, 2017

    Fantastic trip to Mt. Kanchenjunga Base Camp

    When I called my wife and told her that I was going for a 25 days trek in the Himalayas, she thought I was crazy. But, this was exactly what I needed after spending half of my life working on my business not thinking about anything else. I had started training for Everest Base Camp trek since a month but I changed my mind. I needed some time with myself and nature, some really long time. Growing up in a bustling city and running after materialistic success makes you a different person and even you don't know who you are. This trip wasn't just an introduction to Himalayas and nature but to myself and Sublime, Trails made it possible for my silly whim to become a reality. Even they were worried for me, they suggested me to be careful and look for signs and not push things harder. Some days were tough, some days were fun but I'm back safe and learnt a lot of things. I think that's what really matters.

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