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    • Duration24 days
    • AccommodationMountain lodge
    • Start | EndKathmandu
    • ActivityTrekking
    • Max Altitude5143 meter
    • DifficultiesExtreme
    • Best SeasonSep - Dec | Feb - Apr
    • Group Size1-20 pax
    • Meal23 B | 21 L | 20 D
    Introduction

    Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of the longest and adventurous treks in the eastern most part of Nepal. The trek reaches all the way to the base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m), which is the third highest mountain in the world.

    Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is an off-the-beaten trail that passes through some of the most wild and pristine corners of the Himalaya. You will get to enjoy stunning views of Kanchenjugan, Makalu, Kumbakarna, Pemthangtse, Lapsang and cross some of the highest passes including Nango Laptse Pass at 4750m. Trekkers will experience three different geographical zones, from temperate to sub-tropical to alpine grasslands. The upper section of the trek mostly includes Kanchenjunga Conservation area which is regarded as home to many rare animals such as Blue Sheep, Red Panda, Asian black bear, musk deer etc.

    KANCHENJUNGA BASE CAMP TREK ITINERARY

    Kanchenjunga Trek is the adventurous trek that lies in the eastern part of Nepal. Route starting from Bhadrapur to Illam and then trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp and back to Kathmandu is probably the best one. 

    • Day 1: International Arrive.
    • Day 2:Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive to Illam (1210m).
    • Day 3: Drive from Illam to Taplejung (1820m).
    • Day 4: Trek from Taplejung to Chiruwa (1270m).
    • Day 5: Trek from Chiruwa to Lelep (1750m).
    • Day 6:Trek from Lelep to Amjilosa (2308m).
    • Day 7: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m).
    • Day 8: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595m).
    • Day 9: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa.
    • Day 10: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4050m).
    • Day 11: Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4780m).
    • Day 12: Hike to Kanchenjunga Base camp (5143m) and back to Lhonak.
    • Day 13: Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa.
    • Day 14: Trek from Ghunsa to Selele camp (4480m).
    • Day 15: Trek from selele camp to cheram (3870m).
    • Day 16: Trek from cheram to Ramche (4580m).
    • Day 17: Trek from Ramche to Tortong (2995m).
    • Day 18: Trek from Tortong to Yamphudin (2080m).
    • Day 19: Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang (1915m).
    • Day 20: Trek from Khebang to Kamdime.
    • Day 21: Drive from Kamdine to Birtamod.
    • Day 22: Drive from Birtamod to Bhaktapur and fly to Kathmandu.
    • Day 23: Kathmandu sightseeing.
    • Day 24: Departure.

    KANCHENJUNGA BASE CAMP TREK HIGHLIGHTS

    Trekking to the base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga- world’s third highest peak – is a lifetime experience for many. Here are some important highlights of this trek:

    • Journey to the foot of world’s third highest peak Mt. Kanchenjunga
    • Visit north and south base camps of Mt. Kanchenjunga
    • Experience unique culture and lifestyle of ethnic Limbu/Rai people
    • Trek through Arun valley and Kanchenjunga Conservation Area rich in wildlife and biodiversity
    • Experience three bio regions from subtropical to alpine to tundra
    • Capture spectacular view of Kanchenjunga, Kumbakarna, Jannu, Wedge peak, Pyramind, Tent etc.
    • Cross several high passes including Lapsang La, Sele La pass and Mirgin La pass

    TREKKING COST

    Trekking package includes all required services, such as domestic flight, ground transportation, permit(Restricted Area permit and Kanchejunga Conservation area permit), accommodation, food, guide and porter, all documentation, staff insurance etc. There is simply no hidden cost. The cost per person decreases with the increase in group sizes.

    What is included in the tour price ?

    • Documentation - No hidden charges All necessary paper works, government and local taxes & company service charges
    • Permit(Kanchenjunga conservation Area permit (KCAP), & Restricted Area Permit (RAP)).
    • Two way Domestic flight (Kathmandu-Bhadrapur/Bhadrapur-Kathmandu)(10 KGs baggage + 5 KGs hand carry)
    • All land transportation on a private vehicle (As per the group size |car, jeep, van or a bus)
    • Accommodation during the trek (23 nights accommodation on clean mountain lodges on sharing basis )
    • Meal - Full board(Warm and fresh meal during the trek |23 Breakfast | 21 Lunch | 20 Dinner)
    • Trekking gears (Sleeping bag, duffel bag, trekking poles, water bottle & rain poncho)
    • 1 X English speaking Trekking guide(Experienced, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained)
    • Porters - Strong, experienced and honest 01 Porter for 2 trekkers/ maximum 16 kgs luggage per porter.
    • 1X Assistant Guide (Service of assistant guide for groups of 8 trekkers and above.)
    • Arrangements for trekking staffs(All meals |3 times a day, salary, accommodation and insurance)

    WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

    • Personal nature expenses (All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, hot and cold drinks during rest, lunch and dinner, laundry)
    • Charging electronic devices (If electricity is provided by solar power, charging devices such as Mobile, tablet and laptop will be charged.)
    • Insurance(Your travel insurance)
    • Tipping / gratis for guides, porters and drivers(Tipping is like giving a hug. Although it’s never expected, it’s always very much appreciated.)
    • Unexpected expenses (Expenses arising from unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Eyes on Nepal such as natural calamities, mishaps or accident)
    • Electric Blanket and hot shower(In mountain lodges)

    CANCELLATION POLICY

    Cancellation policy is only applicable to package tariffs. The cancellation charge will be against the total package cost after deducting non-refundable expenses such as permits, transportation costs, airfare expenses that have been paid as part of the trip.
    • If you cancel your trip 30 days prior to the program start date, 15% cancellation fees of the total package cost will be charged.
    • Any cancelation made 15 days prior to the program start date, 30% cancellation fees of the total package cost will be charge.
    • If you cancel your trip 1 week prior to the program start date, 50% cancellation fees of the total package cost will be charge.
    • cancelation made less than one week prior to the program start date, it will be deemed as no show and hence no refund will be made.
    • You must notify us about cancellation through writing via email.

    Impact Footprints

    "Leave nothing but foot prints, take nothing but photos & memories"
    • We suggest to stay in locally-owned lodges or tea houses
    • Waste management (We request to bring back all the waste materials you have carried on your way)
    • Kindly respect local culture and dress code.

    Kanchenjunga Trek PHOTOS

    Trek MAP

     Please find the most scenic route map below.

    KANCHENJUNGA BASE CAMP TREK Itinerary in detail

    24 days Kanchenjunga trek itinerary is one of the longest and most adventurous treks in Nepal. Day to day details itinerary includes visit to Kanchejung Base Camp at the height of 5160m which affords spectacular view of Kanchejunga, world’s third highest mountain.

    Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport

    On the time and date of your arrival, you will be received by our airport staff who will help you clear you luggage from customs and then take you to hotel. Refresh and take rest. Stay overnight in hotel.

     
    Duration

    4 hrs.

     
    Altitude

    1,300M

     
    Meals

    N/A

     
    Accommodation

    Star Hotel

    Day 2Morning flight to Bhadrapur followed by drive to Illam

    Have warm breakfast and get ready to fly to Bhadrapur. Our staff will take you to domestic airport as per your flight schedule and the flight duration from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur is approximately 50 minutes. After reaching Bhadrapur, you will drive straight to Ilam on a private vehicle which takes about 3-4 hrs. Ilam is a town close to Nepal-India border and is famous for picturesque tea farms. Stay overnight in hotel.

     
    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    800M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 3Full day drive to Taplejung (1820m)

    After breakfast, go on a 7 hrs scenic drive from Ilam to Taplejung. Enjoy beautiful views of hills, mountains and villages from the comfort of your seat. Taplejung is the north-eastern most district and is home to the ethnic Kirat (Limbu & Rai) people. Stay overnight in hotel.

     
    Duration

    7 hrs

     
    Altitude

    1,820M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 4Trek from Taplejung to Chiruwa (1270m)

    Your actual trekking starts from today. Have warm breakfast while your trekking guide gives you a brief highlight of the day’s trek. The trek is easy and for the most part straightforward. You will cross a few villages along the way including Mitlung to reach Chiruwa. Stay overnight in lodge.

     
    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    1,270M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 5Trek from Chiruwa to Lelep (1750m)

    Enjoy your sumptuous breakfast and then start your trek. The trail leaves Chiruwa on an uphill path through meadows. You will have your first sighting of Tamur River from the trail and eventually pass through the village of Taplethok. It takes another hour’s hike to arrive at Lelep. Stay overnight in lodge.

     
    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    1,750M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 6Trek from Lelep to Amjilosa (2308m)

    We know you can’t wait to continue your trek. Midway along the trek you will come across the junction between Ghunsa and Tamor Rivers and you will head upstream of Ghunsa River. The track further ahead is prone to landslides so be careful. You will pass by the village of Lamatar before getting to Amjilosa. Stay overnight in lodge.

     
    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    2,308M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 7Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m)

    It will take at least 5-6 hrs to trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla. The trail today is a scenic one through meadows surrounded by forests of beautiful rhododendron flowers. You will also catch sight of beautiful waterfalls and impressive view of Ghunsa peak. Stay overnight in lodge.

     

    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    2,730M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 8Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595m)

    After breakfast, you will join the trail towards Ghunsa. You will have to dramatically climb up through some rugged trail. As you approach Ghunsa, you will feel much more relaxed. Ghunsa is a small settlement inhabited by Buddhists. Stay overnight in lodge.

     

    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    3,595M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 9Rest day at Ghunsa

    Acclimatization is highly recommended at this altitude. You will spend this day making a short hike around. You can go for a short tour of Tashi Choeling Monastery which is a medieval monastery and learn about Tibetan Buddhism. From here you can capture great views of snow-capped mountains. Utilize rest of the day drinking local tea, tasting indigenous cuisine and interacting with locals. Stay overnight in lodge.

     

    Duration

    5 hrs

     
    Altitude

    3,595M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 10Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4050m)

    As you move higher in altitude, the surrounding begins give way to more unique landscape. Today you will come across impressive cliffs and isolated valleys. But the most striking will be the view of Mt. Kumbhakarna which forms a persistent backdrop during the second half of your trek. Stay overnight in lodge.

     

    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    4,050M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 11Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4780m)

    Today you will reach an altitude well over 4500m and enter into the alpine zone. The lush vegetation in the lower valleys will now have turned into shrubs and bushes, especially oak, birch and juniper trees. Watch out for yaks grazing in the meadows and small huts used by herders and occasionally by trekkers. The area falls within the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area which is famous as habitat for blue sheep, snow leopard and Asian Black bear. Stay overnight in camp.

     

    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    4,780M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 12Trek to Kanchenjunga Base camp (5143m) and back to Lhonak

    This is the most challenging and rewarding day of your entire trek. Today your goal is to reach Kanchenjunga Base Camp at 5143m. This is a high alpine area as you will be trekking through rugged path, featuring rocks, moraines, glaciers and ice. Follow your guide’s instructions at all times. Once you reach the Base Camp you will be gifted with stunning view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak on earth. Afterwards, trek back to Lhonak following the same route.

     

    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    4,780M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 13Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa

    From today, you will begin your return journey. The trail from Lhonak to Ghunsa is the same you used to climb up earlier. This is a pretty easy and pleasant walk. Stay overnight in lodge.

     

    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    3,595M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 14Trek from Ghunsa to Selele camp (4480m)

    Wake up early and enjoy warm breakfast. Follow an uphill path to Selele Camp from where you can enjoy beautiful views of Kanchejunga, Makalu and Lapsang peak. Stay overnight in lodge.

     

    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    4,480M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 15Trek from Selele Camp to Cheram (3870m)

    The trek from Selele Camp to Cheram takes about 5-6 hrs. You will first make you way along a rocky path to Tseram before approaching higher up to Nango Laptse Pass at 4750m. This is a vantage point to  capture amazing views of Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Pemthangtse. On your descent from the pass, you will come over Chhuchung Pokhari which is a high altitude alpine lake. From here you will finally arrive at Cheram. Stay overnight in lodge.

     

    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    3,870M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 16Trek from Cheram to Ramche (4580m)

    The route from Cheram to Ramche is over some rocky boulders and landslide section. The trail passes through mostly a wilderness area. You will be lucky to catch sightings of wild animals such as red panda or blue sheep.  The trek takes approximately 6 hrs. Stay overnight in lodge.

     

    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    4,580M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 17Trek from Ramche to Tortong (2995m)

    Another wild trek waits for you from Ramche to Tortong. Not only is the trail straightforward but also equally peaceful, as you will pass through quiet forest area, with occasional sounds of ravines and streams flowing by. Stay overnight in lodge.

     

    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    2,995M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 18Trek from Tortong to Yamphudin (2080m)

    You will continue to trek to lower elevation. Prepare yourself for a long trekking day however a pleasant one. The trail passes through forests, waterfalls and beautiful Buddhist villages. Yamphuddin is a small hamlet whose residents are Sherpa people. Stay overnight in lodge.

     

    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    2,080M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 19Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang (1915m)

    Enjoy another day of interesting and exciting trek to Khebang. You will be meandering through green hills, barley fields and few settlements in between. Stay overnight in lodge.

     

    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    1,915M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 20Trek from Khebang to Kamdime

    After breakfast, get back on the trekking trail. This is the last day of your trekking journey. The path today passes through forests and beautiful hamlets. You will stop to visit sacred Pathivara Temple along the trek.  Stay overnight in lodge.

     

    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    N/A

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 21Drive from Kamdine to Birtamod

    Following breakfast, you will take a long drive from Kamdine to Birtamod. The drive takes about 7 hours offering you scenic views of mountains, villages and rivers.

     

    Duration

    7 hrs

     
    Altitude

    800M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 22 Birtamod to Kathmandu

    As per your flight schedule, you will drive to Bhadrapur airport from the Birtamod. Catch your flight back to Kathmandu which takes approximately 50 minutes. In Kathmandu, you will be received by our staff and taken to your hotel. Stay overnight in hotel.

     

    Duration

    2 hrs

     
    Altitude

    1400M

     
    Meals

    B | L 

     
    Accommodation

    Star Hotel

    Day 23Kathmandu Sightseeing

    This day is allocated for a full day sightseeing of Kathmandu. Our tour guide will take you around Kathmandu to visit major tourist sites and world heritage monuments including the following:

    • Asan, spice and vegetable market
    • Indrachowk, ancient trade center
    • Kathmandu Durbar Square
    • Freak Street
    • Patan Durbar Square
    • Pashupatinath
    • Boudhanth

    .

     

    Duration

    7 hrs

     
    Altitude

    1,400M

     
    Meals

    B

     
    Accommodation

    Star Hotel

    Day 24Final Departure

    Our staff will drive you to Kathmandu International Airport according to your flight schedule. You should check-in at the international airport 3 hours prior to flight. We bid farewell until we see you next time in Nepal.

     

    Duration

    3 hrs

     
    Altitude

    1,400M

     
    Meals

     
    Accommodation

    N/A

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    KANCHENJUNGA BASE CAMP TREK Packing List

    This checklist helps you decide what to pack for your trip. Smart packing makes travel fun.

    Packing list Summer season

    During summer, the temperature in the day is about 20 degree Celsius and 5 degree Celsius in the morning/evening however it is a bit chilly early morning. Sometimes due to unexpected weather, the temperature drops to 0 degree Celsius. While trekking you should travel as light as possible so we advise to carry less gadgets and belongings. Below is a list of items you need to include:
    • Day backpack
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Sun Hat
    • Shorts
    • T-shirts (Quick dry)
    • Multi-uses neck warmer
    • Sweat/cotton pants
    • Thermal wear
    • Full sleeve shirt
    • Fleece Jacket
    • Down jacket (0 DC)
    • Socks
    • Gloves
    • Poncho
    • Towel
    • Head light
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Books (during road journey)
    • Waterproof jacket (wind stopper)
    • International travel plug (to charge your gadgets)
    • Waterproof Trekking boots

    Packing list winter season

    During winter, the temperature in the day is about 15 degree Celsius and 0 degree Celsius in the morning/evening however it is a bit chilly early morning. Sometimes due to unexpected weather, the temperature drops to -5 degree Celsius. While trekking you should travel as light as possible so we advise to carry less gadgets and belongings. Below is a list of items you need to include:
    • Day backpack
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Sun Hat
    • T-shirt (quick dry)
    • Multi-uses Neck warmer
    • Full sleeve shirt
    • Full sleeve shirt
    • Sweat/cotton pants
    • Thermal wear
    • Down jacket (-10 DC)
    • Socks
    • Waterproof Gloves
    • Poncho
    • Towel
    • bed liner
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Head light
    • Crampon
    • Reading book
    • Waterproof jacket (wind stopper)
    • Waterproof Trekking boots
    • International travel plug (to charge your gadgets)

    EYES ON NEPAL PROVIDES

    Eyes on Nepal provides some essentials and common gears that can be use again and wont charge for it.
    • Sleeping bag
    • Water bottle
    • Trekking poles
    • Duffel bags
    • Rain Poncho
    • First aid
    • Down Jacket(Not suggest due to hygiene & size)

    INFO ABOUT KANCHENJUNGA BASE CAMP TREK

    Kanchenjunga base camp trek is one of the best untouched destination that lies in the Kanchenjunga conservation area. We always suggest our guest to know some must know things about this trip. Here are some important information about this trip.

    Kanchenjunga base camp trek route

    There are basically two principal routes you can follow for Kanchejunga Base Camp trek. The first and more popular itinerary is to go from north base camp to South base camp. This clockwise route offers adequate acclimatization and makes for gradual climb.

    Kanchenjunga Circuit trek, on the other hand, first reaches South base camp and then North base camp. This route is relatively difficult even for experienced trekkers as it involves quick altitude gain.

    Kanchenjunga North base camp vs south base camp

    There are basically two

    Kanchenjunga base camp trek solo?

    Please note that you can’t do Kanchejunga Base Camp trek solo or on individual basis. Since most parts of Kanchejunga fall within restricted area, trekkers must travel in group and obtain special trekking permits. Group permit is issued by the Department of Tourism which has to be applied through licensed trekking agency.

    Minimum group size required for Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek?

    Only group trekkers are offered permits to do Kachenjunga Base Camp trek. The minimum group size should be two trekkers.

    Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek difficulty

    Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is graded moderate to challenging on difficulty scale. Kanchejunga is one of the remotest area and the trek involves reaching an altitude above 5000m. You will be walking for 6-8 hrs. every day on a trail that, at times, is wild, rugged, rocky, icy and glaciated. So, trekkers should at least be physically fit, mentally prepared and healthy..

    Kanchenjunga trekking permits and costs

    Trekkers must obtain two separate permits in order to do Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek:

    1. Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Entry Permit (KCAP): US$ 20 per person (NRs. 2000)
    2. Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit (RAP): US$ 10 per person per week (Nrs 1000). Since the trekking duration is normally of 3 weeks, the permit will cost 10x 3= US$30 per person.

    What documents do you need to obtain Kanchenjunga Trek Permits?

    Below is a list of documents you should submit:

    • Valid passport with at least six months validity and a valid Nepal visa
    • Application should be submitted through a government-registered trekking agency
    • Trekking itinerary
    • Insurance details for guide and porter
    • Online submission of ID
    • Passport-sized photo
    • Payment of Permit fees

    Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek distance

    Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek covers a total trial distance of 220Km, as you will end up visiting both North base camp and South base camp. The trekking trail is one of the least visited areas by trekkers.

    Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek from Darjeeling

    Since Mt. Kanchejunga lies along the border of Nepal and Sikkim, Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is also possible from Darjeeling. Kanchejunga Base Camp trek from Darjeeling is of shorter duration, between 11 to 15 days, than that from Nepal. However, both are equally exciting. Kanchejunga Base Camp trek from Darjeeling also takes you to Kanchenjunga Base Camp and crosses many high passes offering spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other mountains.

    For foreigners other than Indian tourists, please note that you can’t enter Kanchejunga Conservation Area from Darjeeling. The nearest entry point for international travellers is Kakadbhitta.

    Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek altitude

    Kahchenjunga Base Camp trek allows you a rare opportunity to visit not one but two base camps: North Base Camp (5190 m) and South Base Camp (4700m). The maximum altitude you will reach in this trek is 5190m.

    Is Mt. Kanchenjunga easy to climb?

    Mt. Kanchejunga is the third highest mountain in the world. Compared to Everest and other highest peaks, climbing Mt. Kanchejunga is not easy at all. According to experienced mountaineers, Kanchenjunga is a technically challenging mountain. In addition, climbers will have to trek several days through some of the remotest area of Nepal where logistics such as lodges and tea houses are poorly distributed.

    How long does it take to climb Mt. Kanchenjunga?

    Expedition on Mt. Kachenjunga normally ranges between 35 to 45 days. And it includes several days of trekking in Kanchenjunga area.  Depending upon weather condition and trek preparation, duration of expedition may increase.

    How much does it cost to climb Mt. Kanchenjunga?

    Mountain expedition is a costly affair. The cost of Kanchenjunga expedition depends upon season, services, group size and how experienced guides are. Kindly consult with expedition companies such Elite expedition, Asian trekking, Thamsherku and Seven summit etc.

    High passes on Kanchenjunga trek

    There are several high passes you will have to cross while on Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek.  The most challenging and highest ones are: Lapsang La Pass (5,160m), Sele La pass (4480m), Mirgin La pass (4645m) and Sinion La (4,440m).

    Mirgin La pass(4645m)

    Situated at an altitude of 4645m, Mirgin La pass links Selele Camp with Tseram.

    Sele La pass(4480m)

    Sele La pass (4480m) is situated on the way to Tseram. Sele La and Mirgin La are two back-to-back formidable passes above Sele La camp.

    Sinion La (4,440m)

    Sinion La pass is the third pass beyond Sele La camp which must be crossed to reach Tseram.

    Weather in Kanchenjunga Base Camp

    Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world. Trekking in Kanchenjunga is a challenging task due to the wild landscape and unpredictable weather. In this region, weather can change any minute. Especially at higher elevation such as Kanchejunga Base Camp, the temperature can go as low as -15 degree Celsius with lots of snowfall and icy winds in winter.  In comparison, the temperature at lower trekking region could be 5 to 15 degree Celsius.

    Best time for Kanchenjunga trekking?

    The best time for Kanchenjuga trekking is either Spring (March, April, May) or in Autumn (September, October, November). During these periods, the climate is cool and warm, the hills are covered with green forests and colorful flowers and the visibility is crystal clear for splendid views of mountains.

    The average temperature in Kanchejunga above 4000m is about 15 degree Celsius during day time and 0-5 degree Celsius at night. There is also less rainfall occurrence during Spring and Autumn. That is why these seasons are considered the best for travel.

    So, mid-March to June end & mid-September to mid-November is the best time for this trek.

    Yearly temperate in Kanchenjunga conservation area.

    Summer (May – June) | Monsoon (July to Mid-August)

    Ghunsa, Kanchanjunga Conservation Area

    Day: 20°C to 30°C

    Night: 15°C to 20°C

    Lhonak, Kanchanjunga Conservation Area

    Day: 7°C to 15°C

    Night: 3°C to (-2) °C.

    Autumn (Mid-September to end October) | Spring(Mid-Februaty to end April)

    Ghunsa, Kanchanjunga Conservation Area

    Day: 18°C to 27°C
    Night: 10°C to 16°C

    Lhonak, Kanchanjunga Conservation Area

    Day: 5°C to 17°C.
    Night: 3°C to 12°C.

    Trekkers should avoid going for trekking during the monsoon as the trails get slippery and roads remain blocked due to torrential rains. In the winter season, the trekking is often impossible as it snows heavenly and trails become inaccessible and weather quite foul.

    Since trekking requires covering large distances, usually by walking up and down hills and mountains, it is necessary that the trekkers should be physically fit. Altitude acclimatisation is thoroughly necessary as the air gets lighter and with lower oxygen beyond Ghunsa.

    Accommodation on Kanchenjunga trek

    Kanchenjunga trekking takes you to one of the most remote and wild places in Nepal.  It is one of the least trekked areas in Nepal and there are very few lodges and guesthouses available along the trail. So in Kanchenjunga trekking you will either stay in lodges where available or camp using trekking tents. Lodges offer very basic services providing Nepali meals and common beds (dormitory-style) on a sharing basis.

    What kind of meals should I expect during the trekking?

    Kanchenjunga trekking falls within a remote area in Nepal. The lodges and guesthouses offer limited variety of food, mostly Nepali Dal Bhat. The higher you go, the less choices of meal you get.

    However, if you are camping, we will carry most of our cooking times from Kathmandu and our experienced cook will prepare cuisines according to your taste.  

    Drinking water during the Kanchenjunga trek

    During Kanchejunga trek, you can easily buy mineral water bottles from local shops. Local restaurants and lodges can offer boiled water upon request. We advise you to drink as much as 3 liters of water every day to avoid your body getting dehydrated. Due to the necessity to avoid plastic pollution, we also recommend our clients to use water purifying tablets or buy boiled water locally.

    How do you get to Taplejung for Kanchenjunga trekking?

    Kanchenjunga region can be accessed either by road or flight. 

    Daily domestic flights operate between Kathmandu domestic airport and Bhadrapur airport and the flight lasts about 45 minutes.  You can then drive from Bhadrapur to Taplejung on a private vehicle or public bus in about 8-9 hours.

    The other option is to ride a public bus from Kathmandu to Taplejung via Bhadrapur. This is a 20 hours long journey covering a distance of approximately 676Km.  Alternatively, you can hire a private jeep from Kathmandu and reach Taplejung in just under 12 hrs.

    Who are my trekking staffs?

    Eyes on Nepal provides very experienced guides and porters who are local and can communicate very will in English. Guides are well train and have deep knowledge of the mountains, people, culture hygiene and safety.

    We have specially trained and instructed our guides and porter to respect our guest most specially children and women.

    What should I pack for this trip?

    We suggest you to travel light but it is must of have all necessary things. Kindly read the packing list for more information.

    How fit should I need to be?

    Annapurna Base Camp trek is moderate level trek. This trek does not demand very tough physical fitness. A person with normal physical fitness level can make it. A normal physical fitness level of walking about 6 hours is required for this trek.

    FAQS

    MEALS DURING THE TRIP

    Hygienic, fresh and warm meal will be provided everyday. Guide will inspect the kitchen before every meal. Most of times, you will have vegetarian meal except day 1 and 7. 

    Rice, curry, Chapati, noodles, spaghettis, pasta, pizza, Momos common dishes for lunch and dinner. Tibetan bread, muesli, cornflakes, porridge are served on breakfast with hot drinks. Tea, coffee, hot lemon and juice are served with breakfast.

    ACCOMMODATION

    Clean and comfortable accommodation is available during this Annapurna Base Camp trek. Hot shower is available everyday. Because of less number of hotel and availability, you may need to sleep on dormitory on day 4.

    Note: Solar tube hot shower is available during your trip.  Because of bad weather, you may not get regular hot shower. In this case you need to purchase gas boiled water in want to take shower.

    HEALTH & SAFETY

    Hygiene food, proper rest, well plan itinerary, schedule and balanced diet will help trekkers to keep their bodies fit and healthy. It is must to drink over 3 liters of water during your trek. We suggest you to drink well boiled water. Boiled water is available in lodges.

    Trekkers have very rare chance of having high altitude sickness during this trek as maximum height of this trek is 4230 meter at the Annapurna basecamp. 

    BEST SEASON FOR THIS TRIP

    Spring and Autumn are considered the best season for Annapurna Base Camp trek. Pre-monsoon and after monsoon is the ideal time for this trek. September to mid-December and February to mid-may consider the best moths for this trek. Although this trek can be complete in all seasons.

    Because of risk of avalanche during month of December-January and land slide and muddy trail in rainy season, this trekking is less popular.  Trekkers may have less chance to see good view of mountain everyday during the monsoon time as well.

    If you are looking for playing with snow, then December and early February is the best time to make Annapurna Base Camp trek.

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    Patrik Goah

    Group Traveller

    I recently went on the Kanchenjunga trek organized by Eyes on Nepal with a group of friends, and it was an amazing experience. The food was delicious and the guide and porter were very helpful and knowledgeable. The mountain views were excellent and we were lucky to have clear weather throughout the trek.

    We also had the option of staying in home stays which was a great opportunity to experience the local culture and hospitality. The trek was also less crowded which made it more peaceful and enjoyable.

    Overall, I highly recommend the Kanchenjunga trek organized by Eyes on Nepal. It was a well-planned and executed trek with great service and stunning views.