Kanchenjunga Trekking - 27 Days

Kanchenjunga Trek gives you a great chance to reach the base camp of world’s third tallest mountain, located in the far north-eastern corner of Nepal. This has been described by many people as one of the finest trekking route in Nepal. This long trek hoes deep into the remote mountain ranges of Nepal’s border near the Sikkim and Tibet border. The name Kanchenjunga means ‘Five Treasures of The Great Snow’ which justifies the five summits that makeup Kanchenjunga. In 1979 British Mountaineer Pete Boardman described the journey to the base camp of Kanchenjunga as the most beautiful trek he had ever undertaken.

Although it was first climbed in 1955, It was not until 1980’s the restrictions were lifted off to allowing the adventure seekers to experience this wonderful trek. Being amongst the restricted zones special permits are required in order to trek here and cannot be issued without hiring a licensed Nepali guide also solo hiking is not permitted here. Kanchenjunga is regarded as a demanding trek due its remoteness and high altitude. The peaks are visible from distance days before we even reach there, making the trek even more impressive and exciting. This is a long journey with less crowd, unique sights and insights into the rural Nepalese lifestyle of various communities from Rai and Limbus to Tibetan Buddhists of the eastern region of Nepal. Along with mesmerizing Himalayan sight your trail will pass through rippled farmlands, meadows, forests of pink barked rhododendron also the local people are very welcoming and offer great hospitality. One of the famous drinks here is called Tongba, a warm millet beer served in a brass-decorated wooden pot with a straw. Kanchenjunga is an exceptionally mysterious trek with many stories concerning on Himalayan Yeti, the abdominal snowman is believed to be found in this region along with snow leopard, Musk deer, Red Panda, Red –Billed Blue Magpie, Himalayan Black Bear, and many more.

Our journey towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp will start from Kathmandu to Suketar , Biratnagar by Domestic Airlines, then our trail ascends through different places like  Mitlung (921 m), Chirwa(1270 m), Sukathum (1576 m), Amjilosa (2308 m), Gyabla (2730 m), Ghunsa (3595 m), Kambechen (4050 m), Lhonak (4780 m), and finally to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5388 m). In this way we will end our memorable and daredevil trek of Kanchenjunga.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for trekking

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (81 m/266 ft)

Day 4: Drive to Suketar (1,179 m/ (3,868 ft)

Day 5: Suketar to Mitlung (921 m/3,021 ft) 4-5 hrs

Day 6: Mitlung to Chirwa (1,270 m/4166 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 7: Chirwa to Sukathum (1,576 m/5,169 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 8: Sukathum to Amjilosa (2,308 m /7,570 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 9: Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730 m /8,954 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 10: Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 11: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa

Day 12: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 13: Acclimatization Day at Kambachen

Day 14: Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780 m/15,678 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 15: Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5,388 m/17,673 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 16: Trek back to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 17: Kambachen to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft) 3-4 hrs

Day 18: Ghunsa to Sele Le (4,290 m/14,071 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 19: Sele Le to Cheram (3,870 m/12,694 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 20: Cheram to Ramche (4,580 m/15,022 ft) and return back to Cheram, 4-5 hrs

Day 21: Cheram to Tortong (2,995 m/9,824 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 22: Tortong to Yamphudin (2,080 m/6,822 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 23: Yamphudin to Yangpang (1,007 m/3,304 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 24: Yangpang to Thorpu (1,500 m/4,290 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 25: Thorpu to Birtamod (300 m/ 984 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 26: Drive from Birtamod to Bhadrapur then Fly to Kathmandu

Day 27: Departure from TIA.

You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. Your Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary. There will be a welcome dinner tonight where you will enjoy local cuisine and folk dance. Overnight stay in hotel.
Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Durbar square, Bouddhanath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple. In the evening you will meet your guide and the Great Nepal Team to discuss about your trip. Overnight at Hotel.
Early in the morning you will attend the flight to Birtangar after breakfast. Then drive toward Phidim. Overnight at Phidim.
After breakfast you will be driving to Suketar. Overnight at Suketar.
We formally start the trek from 5th day with a downhill walk to Mitlung. The paths throughout the lower sections of the Kanchenjunga region labor under amazing valleys with stunning pastures and tiny villages. We have a tendency to then cross Hangdewa River and walk aboard the raging Tamor River. As we have a tendency to step by step head in an exceedingly northerly direction the path steepens once a couple of hours before a final descent of 350 meters on a muddy path to Mitlung. Overnight at Mitlung.
The path ascends and descends steady as we have to walk towards the village of Sinwa. We have to walk trek downhill till we have reach Tawa. At Tawa, we have to cross some heights and cross the bridge at Thiwa. We have to pass lovely rural landscape on the trail and reach Chirwa, an exquisite Limbu village with few lodges, tea retailers etc. Overnight at Chirwa.
After breakfast you will be passing through Sukathum on way you can experience varied landscapes like cardamom fields and dense forests. We tend to trek uphill for few hours then descend to the luxurious inexperienced fields below and continue trekking on the Tamor watercourse passing through a dense forest. It’s each uphill and downhill trek till crossing the Ghunsa watercourse and overnight at Sukathum.
Early morning trek to Amjilosa is difficult full of adventure. Once crossing the bridge outside Sukathum we check in into a dense forest, ascend the steep path, descend and cross the stream once more. We will conjointly climb a gorge from the lowest and move Solima village and descend once more to the amount of the stream. All in all, this day’s trekking is quite robust. Therefore, it’s better to be terribly careful particularly whereas walking the path that passes the gorge. We tend to later follow a difficult path which works each uphill and downhill till reaching Amjilosa . Overnight at Amjilosa.
We begin trekking from the watercourse bank; withstand a densely forest of bamboo, fir and rhododendrons eventually reaching a little stone house by the watercourse. We will climb uphill crossing a number of tiny bridges on the manner. Here, we tend to get to get pleasure from the corporate of gorgeous waterfalls that originate from the mountains. One shorter uphill walk will take you to Tibetan settlement to Gyabla. Overnight at Gyabla.
We descend down the stream and spot the natural depression because it slowly release before reaching Phale, a Tibetan expatriate settlement wherever it’s potential to get handicrafts and homespun rugs from locals. After buying souvenirs we will trek through conifer and pine forest and reach the Sherpa village of Ghunsa wherever will spend our night. In Ghunsa more than 20 Conservationists met a tragic end in a helicopter crash.
We pay attention to utilized time acclimatizing around Ghunsa before start our next day’s trek. We suggest you to remain active even in a very day of the week because it is healthier than being idle whereas on a trekking journey. Therefore, we tend to take a brief hike towards the Laspsan La religious residence through the plush inexperienced forest. come to Ghunsa by afternoon and relax.
After having a good time in Ghunsa we tend to trek towards north along stream bank experiencing the breathtaking views of mountain scenery all around. Continuing the journey we also get a chance to pass through a area full of lovely wildflowers, pine forests, bush and many more to explore. Then we continue to cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, overcoming the most difficult section of the landslide. Again after passing through that difficult section of landscape we can envision the magnificent views of Mt. Jannu. Further exploring the various sights and flavors of mountain trails we finally get to arrive at Kambachen to spend the night.
We need to stay yet another day in Kambachen for acclimatization that will help us adjust to the gradual change in environment. The idea for stay is just to relax and explore the sights of area.
After having a relaxing night at Kambachen it’s time to restart our trek at an early beginning, the route of trek goes through a difficult landscape containing hillsides and many rocky areas along with river bank and then crossing the bridge to Ramtang monastery. Then we pass through a landslide section at a gradual pace before descending to the watercourse and eventually inbound at Lhonak.
We trek along to the north side towards Kanchenjunga ice mass and spend an evening at Pangpema where you can witness the gorgeous appearance of Jannu, Kanchenjunga and Chang Himal . During the trekking period we need to be careful around the rockier sections as they are at higher risk’s of landslides.
We go back over Lhonak and continue our foot steps towards Ramtang Religious Residence. During this journey we get to explore a distinct perspective of mountains including Mt Kanchenjunga, Tapleshikar, Mera Peak and many others. Due to the downward nature of the route we will reach Kambachen by evening and pay the night there.
It basically the contrary of our 12th Day trek. The routes starts from Kambachen descending towards Ghunsa where we get to relish the background scenery of eye pleasing mountains along with beautiful forests. We spend the night at Ghunsa.
It’s a high raising trek from Ghunsa towards Sele-Le. After arrival at Sele-Le we ascend through a dense grove of moss, rhododendron and coniferous plants. Over night night at Sele-le, Launch will be served in an acceptable place with the provision of water.
We do an ascending trek where we get to see the fascinating south view of MT Makalu (6th highest mountain of the world) and Jannu Himal. Today the trekking will be a bit tough as we tend to cross many passes( Mirgin La, Sinion La and Sinelapche Bhanjyang) and then following a descend route towards Cheram. We spend the night there.
We ascend towards the Yalung Glacier moving in the constant direction to Simbuwa undergo Lapsang village and finally reach Ramche. Then we walk more up the valley for an incredible sight of blue sheeps. We again climb on the moraine top crossing the stream until confronted by southern face of Mt Kanchengunga. We add a walk ahead to get a glimpse of Jannu Himal and even try continuing towards Oktang Monastry(as per your consult). Walk back and overnight at cheram.
Today we trek towards Tortong , where we get to face two trails, one already being followed while descending down to Sele le. Despite that, we ignore the route and walk further down to the track alongside a stream bank known as( Simbuwa Khola). The lush rhododendron forest along the way never fails to mesmerize it’s visitors.
We climb down towards Yamphudin from Tortong passing through Lasiya Bhanjyaang. The route involves many trees on it’s way with the area prone to landslide. The parcel of land changes once each monsoon however by the middle of October it ought to be stable with a route through. Moreover walking down we finally reach the village of Yamphudin mostly colonized by Sherpas and Limbus.
We will have a descend trek from Yamphudin, crossing bridge at Samekham , continue the walk following the Kabeli Khola and undergo Mamankhe that holds Cultural center and Limbu Museum. Continuing our journey we again cross the bridge over Khaksewa Khola passing through the dense forest and few village and heading towards Yangpang. We spend the night at Yangpang.
As a replacement to Taplejung we trek down to Thorpu, passing through some really stunning terraced village where the people are terribly interested to welcome you. By choosing thorpu we will get to relish the landscape of a divergent route. We spend the night at thorpu relax and explore it’s sights.
We take a drive from from Thorpu to Birtamod located in Eastern Nepal. The temperature gets hotter as we head towards the city of Birtamod. The landscapes are totally different than those of Mountains and hills. We can find several high standard accommodation facilities in the town. Over night at Birtamod.
Today we take a short drive from Britamod to Bhadrapur Airport and then fly back to Kathmandu. After the arrival you’ll be heading towards the hotel to rest and chill out. You can also visit or go for shopping around the area in the evening time or just rest throughout the day in your room only if you are interested .We spend the day at Kathmandu.
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.


  • All transportation as per itinerary including airport transfers.
  • Accommodation whilst in Kathmandu (as requirements with various categories as stated) on BB basis.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • All accommodations in tents and all meals during the treks
  • A local English speaking Government Guide during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
  • Trekking equipment’s i.e.- down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel/kit bag and trekking pole (which needs to be returned after the trek.)
  • First aid medical kid.
  • Official expenses.
  • Bhadrapur-Kathmandu-Bhadrapur flight
  • Transportation Bhadrapur-Ilam-Bhadrapur by normal bus
  • All necessary paper works and trekking permits
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Restricted permit issued from the Nepal Government as per the need


  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)/ International airfare to & from home city
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch & evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extend

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To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

Why Tipping is essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the some percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.

  • Country: Nepal
  • Transportation: Domestic airplane and private vehicles
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Group size: Min 2 Pax
  • Max-Altitude: 5388 m
  • Trek Style: Tea House + Camping

Trip highlights

  • Witness the world’s 3rd highest mountain, MT. KANCHENJUNGA
  • Experience the walk through different Glacier routes
  • Less explored by foreign visitors 
  • Beautiful Hillside areas along with many water streams.
  • The Dense grove of moss, Rhododendron, and coniferous plant
  • High challenging mountain passes with majestic views
  • Typical Sherpa, Rai and Limbus Village
  • Possible to trek both from Nepal and India (some part of Mt Kanchenjunga lies in India) as well.

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