Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trekking

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  • Duration18 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Activity Trekking/Hiking
  • Max. Altitude 5143 m.
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Size 2-20
  • Best Season March to May & September to November
Group Discount Prices
  
2 - 3 paxUS$1490
4 - 6 paxUS$1390
7 - 10 paxUS$1345
11 - 15 paxUS$1295
16 - 20 paxUS$1245
Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trekking Highlights
  • Lesser known and least visited trekking routes in Nepal
  • A famous Ilam tea garden
  • Explore the preserved Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.
  • Trekking to the third-highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga, at an elevation of 8586 meters, gives breath-taking vistas of the peaks of Kanchenjunga I, II, and III, as well as Kumbhakarna, Ramtang, and Makalu.
  • Wander through marshes at high altitudes and alpine meadows in the most unexpected settings to discover the least frequented region of the country.
  • Observe the area's abundant fauna, which includes red pandas and musk deer.
  • On scenic mountain flights between Kathmandu to Bhadrapur
  • Staying in a local homestay in the Himalayas will let you observe the peculiar, well-preserved customs, traditions, and ways of life of the Rai and Limbu ethnic groups.

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek Overview

The world's third-highest peak, Kanchenjunga (8598 meters), is only surpassed by Everest and K2. It is without a doubt one of the most spectacular massifs in the Himalayan range, majestically rising from the borders of Sikkim and Nepal (India). The region is accessible from both Nepal and India, and it is inhabited by isolated mountain settlements of Tibetan and Limbus people. The official start of our trek is in Taplejung, Nepal. The Short Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is considered to be the least explored, less popular, unspoiled, undeveloped, but surprisingly beautiful and rewarding trek in Nepal. The trail climbs above canyons, valleys, and remote villages to reach the third-highest mountain's north face. You may walk the isolated trails that wind beneath this massive mountain for days without coming across anyone. As you stroll through the isolated alpine region of far eastern Nepal, it is a voyage of absolute calm.

 We pass through rural Limbu, Rai, and Tibetan communities on our walk in the northeast. Native to Kanchenjunga, the Limbu people speak a Tibetan dialect and practice a synthesis of Hindu, Buddhist, and animist beliefs. This challenging hike offers the full Himalayan experience along with vast vistas, narrow valleys, and rushing rivers. As we make our way uphill toward the glaciers and high alpine meadows, we hike for days through lush bamboo and rhododendron forests. At Kanchenjunga Base Camp (KBC), Pang Pema marks the conclusion of our round-trip trek (5140 meters). Over 16 Himalayan peaks, including Tharpu Chuli (Tent Peak) (5663 meters), Jannu (7710 meters), Kabru (7412 meters), Everest (8848 meters), and Makalu (8586 meters), are visible in this stunning panorama. On the trip, it's possible to see wild pheasants, red-billed blue magpies, Himalayan black bears, musk deer, and even red pandas. We trek over the Kanchenjunga moraine, where you will be encircled by a 360-degree view of the towering Himalayas, to get to our ultimate goal, the stunning Kanchenjunga North Base Camp.

We conclude our hike in the middle highlands of eastern Nepal, which are incredibly less crowded and home to some rare natural gems, before boarding a flight back to Kathmandu via Bhadrapur. The 18-day Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is perfect for anyone looking for a trip that is actually off the beaten path and offers some of the least-traveled trekking terrains in Nepal. Moreover, if you are unsatisfied with the Short Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek, then you may consider the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek or combining both Base Camp (Kanchenjunga Circuit) Trek too. For more details, why not get in touch with our local specialists right away? We are ready to help you 24/7.

Moreover, if you are not satisfied with Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, then you may also have a look at Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, and many more packages.

Useful Information

Kanchenjunga Trekking Transportation

All trekking transportation fees and arrangements are included in your package when you book with Nepal Trekking Experts. To commence your journey, you will catch a gorgeously scenic domestic flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (45 minutes). Then, depending on your personalized itinerary, you can drive a few hours to Phikkal Bazaar, Birtamod, or Ilam for the night or continue to your starting point in Taplejung. The beautiful drive to Taplejung will take approximately 12 hours via Jeep from Bhadrapur, which can be shortened if you stay overnight along the way. Once you have completed your incredible trek, you will take another long jeep ride (12 hours) from Khebang to one of the above-mentioned towns and stay overnight. The next day, you will take a short drive to Bhadrapur airport and catch another flight above the mountains back to Kathmandu.

There is the option of taking a bus from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and back. It takes approximately 18 hours on either trip. However, if you ask me, I would recommend taking a flight rather than driving because driving may be an unpleasant and stressful experience.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Accommodation

Tea house hotels are scattered all along the lesser-known, less-frequented route to Kanchenjunga Base Camp, meaning that no camping or cooking supplies are required. This trek can be done similarly to other well-known hiking routes; however, the lodging is not as luxurious as in the Annapurna or Everest regions due to the relatively untouched nature of the Kanchenjunga region. Rooms are simple and without heating, so we provide you with a clean -20°C sleeping bag to keep you cozy and warm. You can expect to share a bathroom with a squat toilet, depending on the tea house. When available at lower elevations, you may purchase a hot shower, but it will cost significantly more than on other more frequented trekking routes.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking Meals

You will be eating at the tea houses where you're staying for breakfast and dinner and stopping for lunch at tea houses along the route. Menus usually show both local and Western dishes; however, choosing local cuisine is recommended for the freshest, most filling food. Dal Bhat (rice, vegetable curry, and lentil soup) is at the top of the list, a local favorite that is recommended for its unlimited refills. You can also choose fried rice or noodles, Mo Mo (local dumplings), Thukpa (Tibetan noodle soup), spring rolls, or Western dishes like pasta, pizza, and potatoes.

For breakfast, you can enjoy local chapati or Tibetan bread with curry or go for more familiar eggs, porridge, muesli, or pancakes. This trek is vegetarian and vegan-friendly, but if you have any other dietary restrictions, you can let us know, and your guide will communicate with the kitchen staff.

Your package with Nepal Trekking Experts includes dinner in Kathmandu before you leave for your trek and three meals a day (with tea or coffee) every day of the trek, including travel days. We recommend carrying your snacks with you for the majority of the trek because they can be harder to find (and more expensive!) the deeper you trek into the Himalayas. At lower altitudes, you can purchase extra snacks, desserts, or alcoholic beverages.

Telephone Service in Kanchenjunga Trek

Due to the remote location, there is limited mobile reception in the Kanchenjunga region. Some tea houses have a satellite connection for emergencies. NCELL and Nepal Telecom are our two major SIM card providers in Nepal; however, Nepal Telecom is recommended for internet service in the Kanchenjunga region. You can purchase a Nepal Telecom (NTC) SIM card in Kathmandu when you arrive.

Wi-Fi in Kanchenjunga Trek

In the Kanchenjunga region, a select few tea houses offer wifi for their guests, although at times it may not be reliable due to weather and other issues. Wi-Fi can cost quite a bit in this region, so having your internet package (or completely disconnecting!) is recommended.

Device charging in Kanchenjunga Trek

Electricity, or solar power, is still available in the Kanchenjunga region nowadays. It will also depend on the weather. If and when available, you can expect to pay an extra fee for electricity in the selected tea houses. Tea houses are powered by electricity or solar power at higher elevations. Carrying a power bank is highly recommended in the Kanchenjunga region.

Permits cost in the Kanchenjunga Region

To enter the restricted Kanchenjunga region, you must have a minimum of two people in your group (contact us to join a group), two permits per person, and a trek with a government-licensed guide. When trekking with Nepal Trekking Experts, all permit fees are included in your package. The permit process is more involved in trekking in the Kanchenjunga region compared to others; however, we will process everything and obtain it on your behalf.

  • The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP) costs 2000 Nepali rupees per person with no time restrictions.
  • Restricted Area Entry Permit (Rap) for Tapethok and Yamphuding costs 20 USD per person per week.

Porter

Our tailor-made packages do not include a porter, so you can make the decision based on your own needs and preferences. Although not necessary, having a porter can make a massive difference in the enjoyment of your trek. For trekking in the Kanchenjunga, we highly recommend having a porter due to the challenging nature of the terrain and altitude. One porter carries the bags of two people (around 20kg) so that you can carry a small daypack. If you are undecided, we would be happy to discuss porters in more detail when you book your trek.

Kanchenjunga Trekking Gear Checklist

  • Raincoat, poncho, or combination jacket and trousers
  • One down jacket or Gore-Tex jacket
  • A down vest
  • A windproof or waterproof trouser
  • Two pairs of hiking pants
  • One pair of shorts
  • Four pairs of T-shirts
  • One Mit layer/fleece jacket
  • One or two pairs of base layers
  • Four or five pairs of hiking socks and a couple of pairs of thicker socks
  • Two pairs of gloves—one pair light fleece, the other waterproof/windproof
  • Undergarments

Footwear

  • Ankle-supporting, water-resistant trekking boots
  • Flip-flops for leisure time around camp or one pair of sneakers

Other Equipment

  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, a sun hat, a woolen or fleece hat, neck gaiter, a first aid kit, a Swiss army knife (optional), a luggage cover, a headlamp, trekking poles, a gaiter (optional), crampons, water purification tablets or steripen, extra batteries, an adapter, a power bank, water bottles/camel bags/thermos, washing powder or multi-purpose soap, shampoo, a small towel, antiseptic hand wash, toiletries, female hygiene products, wet wipes, whistle, mosquito spray (optional), earplugs, reading books, playing cards, or chess
  • Sleeping bag rated to minus 20 degrees Celsius extreme temperature depending on trekking seasons
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Backpack (50–60 liters)
  • Daypack (25–35 liters)

Travel Insurance

It is one of the most important things you'll need overseas, particularly when trekking in Nepal. A policy that covers loss and theft, medical and hospitalization, evacuation from high altitude, and adventure activity coverage are among the basics you'll need. A wide variety of policies are available, so make sure to shop for the best possible options. You need to have a policy that's specific to the maximum height on your trek, bearing in mind that several companies place restrictions on that score—look closely at the fine print so that you're sure to get the right coverage, especially in the event of an emergency such as altitude sickness—helicopter evacuations are horrendously expensive.

Also note that most medical treatment and facilities in Nepal, such as hospitals, require payment upfront or approval from your insurance company, so it’s wise to choose a policy that pays the bills directly rather than lumping the burden on you and leaving it till later for the insurer to reimburse you.

Nepalese currency and payment

The currency of Nepal is the rupee. The ideal currencies for exchange are those of the USA, Australia, Great Britain, Canada, and Singapore, as well as the Euro, any of which can be readily exchanged in either Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Credit and debit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted in major tourist-class hotels, restaurants, airlines, and larger stores in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan, Pokhara, etc. A surcharge of 3.5% is typically levied on all purchases or payments.

ATMs are also very common in Kathmandu and Pokhara, with Thamel being a particular area of focus for their use. Some ATMs only allow a daily maximum of Rs 20, 000 to be withdrawn, while others allow for as much as Rs 35, 000. A charge of USD 4 is usually applied per transaction, on top of which your bank may also apply a fee of its own.

Can I get an on-arrival visa in Nepal?

On arrival in Nepal, you can obtain the requisite visa at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, or you can choose the alternative of applying for it at the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate in your home country before departure. The visa is also available at land-based points of entry such as Birgunj, Kakarbhitta, Bhairawa, Belhiya, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi, and Mahendranagar. The Kodari Pass is the access point from Tibet where the visa can be obtained.

While you can use different modes of payment at the visa fee counter, we advise you to bring cash in the following currencies: US dollars, euros, Swiss francs, pound sterling, Australian dollars, Canadian dollars, Hong Kong dollars, Singapore dollars, and Japanese yen. Credit card payments are also available nowadays.

As per a recent update, the visa fee costs you the following amounts:

  • Multiple entries for 15 days—USD 30 or equivalent
  • Multiple entries for 30 days—USD 50 or equivalent
  • Multiple entries for 90 days—USD 125 or equivalent
  • You should also have a minimum of six months of validity remaining on your passport.
  • Visa extensions are available from the offices of Nepal Immigration in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • For more details, please go through the Nepal Immigration website or contact us.
Itinerary
  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:2/3 Star Hotel

One of our representatives will greet you at the airport for the transfer to your hotel, where there will be time to relax. We set up a welcome meeting with your guide at a convenient time, depending on your arrival at our office. There are no other activities planned for today. Depending on your arrival schedule, you will have time to get around the bustling bazaar; the hotels we use are normally situated in the lively Thamel area.

  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:2/3 Star Hotel

Free day for trekking preparation and sightseeing.

  • Max. Altitude:1820m/5971ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

Following a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bhadrapur. The 45-minute flight takes you to Bhadrapur, where the scenery and weather are very different from those in Kathmandu. This region's people have different accents, skin tones, and cultural traditions than those in Kathmandu. It truly feels as if you've been transported to another universe. The highway connects Bhadrapur and Taplejung, passing through beautiful tea estates. During this 8-9-hour drive, you will encounter three distinct weather conditions: hot, cold, and snowy. The scenery changed from flat to lush hills to rocky terrain, which would be a lovely experience.

  • Max. Altitude:1750m/5741ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

By traveling along the Tamor Nadi, passing through a number of bridges and communities, we will eventually reach in Sekathum.

  • Max. Altitude:2308m/7572ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

A series of impressive suspension bridges leads us back and forth across the Ghunsa Khola to Jaubari, then across another bridge to the narrow trail leading up the steeply sided slopes to Amjilosa and its yak pasturelands.

  • Max. Altitude:2730m/8957ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

After passing numerous waterfalls and the dispersed settlements that were peacefully tucked away in the valley below the mountains, we continued upward through the densely forested area with mature oak and dense rhododendron trees. As we gently travel in the direction of Gyabla, eagles soar lazily above us, yaks graze solemnly in lush meadows, and occasionally, indications of animals can be seen among the trees or high on the hills.

  • Max. Altitude:3595m/11795ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

The morning is spent walking steadily to the Tibetan village of Phole, and then we make the steady climb to the picturesque town of Ghunsa and its superb view of the surrounding countryside.

  • Max. Altitude:3595m/11795ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

Today is a designated rest day to help the body acclimate to the high altitude, and Ghunsa is perfectly suited to the task by virtue of its scenic alpine surroundings and points of cultural interest, including the local gompa.

  • Max. Altitude:4050m/13287ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

Emerald green forests concede to the frost-browned vegetation of the alpine regions of the Kanchenjunga region as we climb steadily to the upper glacial valleys on our path, with mighty Jannu standing before us in all its glory as we trek through the scenic landscape towards Khambachen.

  • Max. Altitude:4050m/13287ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

Another highly recommended acclimatization day that provides an unbeatable side trip while also contributing to your successful adaptation to the elevation to reach the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp.

  • Max. Altitude:4780m/15682ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

A day of astonishing views as we trek into the heartland of the towering Kanchenjunga massif, gradually ascending to the base of the mountain's forbidding glacier and on past snow-fed waterfalls and occasional glimpses of highland wildlife such as blue sheep perched high on the slopes. If there's snow about and we're extremely fortunate we might even sight the light footprints of the region's most mysterious creature, the enigmatic snow leopard.

  • Max. Altitude:4780m/15682ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

The day's first order of business is the steady climb to the lofty and isolated outpost of Pangpema, where we pause for lunch before heading out on the final push to the trek's ultimate goal of Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The fluttering colors of the prayer flags eventually guide us into the site at the very threshold of the towering peak, with magnificent panoramas of the surrounding region's snow-capped peaks providing the icing on the cake on the day's journey. After spending suitable time at the base to appreciate the views and celebrate the achievement we head back down to Lhonak. A day of astonishing views as we trek into the heartland of the towering Kanchenjunga massif, gradually ascending to the base of the mountain's forbidding glacier and on past snow-fed waterfalls and occasional glimpses of highland wildlife such as blue sheep perched high on the slopes. If there's snow about and we're extremely fortunate we might even sight the light footprints of the region's most mysterious creature, the enigmatic snow leopard.

  • Max. Altitude:3595m/11795km.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

Returning by the same route to Ghunsa, we gain a different and refreshing perspective of the region's beautiful scenery.

  • Max. Altitude:2308m/7572ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

After breakfast, we return from Ghunsa to Amjilosa, passing through beautiful forest, pastures, ridges, streams, and breathtaking White Mountains views. Ghunsa to Amjilosa is a six-and-a-half-hour trek. To reach Gyabla, the first section of the journey follows a pleasant road through the jungle. The majority of the trail climbs and descends on steep terrain. Amjilosa is known as a honey town, and honey can be found in nearly every home. We'll spend the night at the teahouse after that.

  • Max. Altitude:1820m/5971ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

The final day of the hike declines once it reaches Sekathum. After collecting memories, savoring the cool breezes, mingling with locals, traveling through the villages, and cruising along the verdant roads, we will arrive in Taplejung, where we will spend the night in a respectable tea house.

  • Max. Altitude:300m/984ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

We reach in Bhadrapur for the night after an almost 12-hour jeep ride.

  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast

Enjoy the short mountain flight then relax in Kathmandu.

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    What's Included
    Cost Includes
    • Complimentary airport picks up and drops off
    • Complimentary welcome dinner
    • Two-night stay on arrival in Kathmandu with breakfast included 
    • All necessary trekking permits for Kanchenjunga, and TIMS card
    • All accommodations during the trek
    • Three meals a day during the trek
    • A cup of tea or coffee with the meal
    • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
    • Complimentary duffel bag, agency t-shirt, trekking map, and sleeping bag
    • Government-registered first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
    • First aid kit
    • Return flight between Kathmandu and Bhadrapur
    • Bhadrapur to Taplejung/Sekathum and Sekathum/Taplejung to Birtamod/Bhadrapur by local jeep
    • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation, etc.
    • Rescue arrangements if necessary
    • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
    • Certificate of achievement if needed
    Cost Excludes
    • International airfare and Nepal visa fee
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Porters to carry your backpacks (we provide porters on request)
    • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft, etc.
    • Sightseeing fees (temples, monasteries, etc.)
    • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc.
    • Tips to staff
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    Dates & Availability
    Start:ThursdayApr 25, 2024
    End:SundayMay 12, 2024
    PriceUS$1490
    StatusGuaranteed

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      Best experience in the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

      A very successful trekking with the guys from Nepal Trekking Experts. They took care of everything. We just followed them and admired the beautiful and remote places of north-eastern Nepal. Completely unspoiled area, very diverse. From rhododendron forest to completely rugged nature. The beautiful peaks of Janu, Khambachen and at the end the third mountain of the World - Kanchenjunga. Highly recommended for those who are looking for lesser known region, very remote, basic but unspoiled and a unique nature and culture!

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      Andrzej WoztowiczJul 24, 2022Poland
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