Kanchenjunga Trek is an adventure to remote areas of Nepal Eastern Himalayas within complete wilderness.
Kanchenjunga Trek is an adventure that takes you to the Far North Eastern Himalaya range of Nepal. It is a walk into complete isolation of natural beauty within the world’s highest peaks and high green hills covered with enchanting woodland of tall rhododendron and blue pine trees. The trek is is an ideal long trip for travelers and adventurers in search of perfect wilderness away from mainstream trekking tracks. You can be on your own world within scenic dramatic views that surround you on the marvelous walks to Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
Apart from magnificent scenery on daily walks, rural farm villages with both Hindu and Buddhists are interesting to explore on this lovely walks to both sides of Kanchenjunga Base Camps. This trek is also thus known as Kanchenjunga Circuit trek and a complete adventure. The peak was first summited in May 25th 1955 by British expedition led by Sir George Band from its southern base camp near Tseram.
- Adventure in scenic Eastern mountain ranges.
- A perfect trek where you will in a world of your own with the pristine wilderness.
- The only trek in that lets you explore both South and North Base Camp of the mountains.
- Walk from a low warmer area to cool alpine hills and mountains.
- Cross scenic passes Lashe Tham and Tselele.
- An exciting journey from beautiful areas of Ilam town famous for its tea garden.
Kanchenjunga Trekking Route
The trip starts with a flight to Bhadrapur, drive to Ilam and Sukhetar in the Eastern Nepal. Trek starts from Sukhetar as you head towards Lalikhara and gradually towards Kande Bhanjyang, Yangphudin and Tesram. You’ll reach Tseram and Oktang on the sixth and seventh day of your trip taking you near Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. Then, you will trek from south base camp to cross scenic Tselele pass to reach another side of Kanchenjunga areas including Ghunsa and Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. The villages in the northern side are full of Sherpa people while the south is a mix of Hindu and Buddhist people.
Kanchenjunga Trek Difficulty
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a challenging trek as it takes you to different altitudes ranging from 350 meters to 5,065 in the north base camp. The trek requires you to trek for 6/7 hours per day in average with your backpack. So, you’ll need to be in good shape for the trek.
Kanchenjunga Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Bhadrapur 350 m and drive to Ilam 1,360m – 45 mins flight and 4 hrs drive with an overnight stop at Ilam town.
Day 03: Drive to Sukhetar 1,490 m and start trekking to Lalikharka 1,900 m-04 hrs.
Day 04: Trek from Kande Bhanjyang 2,100m -07 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Phomppe Danda 1,850m -06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Yangphudin 2,150m at Sherpa Gaon – 07 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Dongying 2,880 m – 07hrs (Cross Lashe Tham, 3,800m Pass)
Day 08: Trek to Tseram 3,770m – 05 hrs.
Day 09: Rest day at Tseram, hike to Oktang near Kanchenjunga South BC.
Day 10: Cross Tselele pass 4,250m and camp at Tselele bottom 3,700m – 08 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Ghunsa 3,480 m – 04 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Khambachen 4,000m -06hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Lhonak 4,780m – 06 hrs.
Day 14: Hike to Pang Pema at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp 5,065m – 5 hrs round trip.
Day 15: Trek to Ghunsa, 3,480 m – 08hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Gyapla Phedi 2,300m – 07hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Sekathum / Japantar 1,350m – 07 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Chirwa 1,250 m – 06 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Phurumbu School 1,500 m -07hrs.
Day 20: Trek to Sukhetar 2,440 m -04 hrs.
Day 21: Drive back to Ilam town or further – 05 hrs.
Day 22: Drive to Bhadrapur airport and fly to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
Day 23: International departure for homeward bound.
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On the first arrival in Kathmandu at the country international airport, where you will be received by our guide and staff for short drive to your hotels in the centre of Kathmandu around Thamel, an interesting place to be in the heart of the capital, on reaching your hotel check into your room and then join with another member of the group for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking briefing provided by our guides and leaders. The evening includes a group welcome dinner in a pleasant authentic Nepalese Restaurant with culture programs with your dinner.
Morning or any time before noon transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for scenic short flight to reach Nepal Far East at country flat and warmer land, located around sub-tropical Terrain belt, from here adventure starts with an exciting drive in the local jeep or similar vehicle leading up towards mid alpine hills past farm villages and town to reach at Ilam town for an overnight stop. I am town and its surrounding country famous for Tea and its vast tea-garden located on a hill ridge with views of Kanchenjunga range of mountains.
The morning after a pleasant stop in Ilam local simple lodge, continue the drive for few hours to reach Sukhetar the starting and ending point of our trekking located near the main town Taplejung which is also a district with the same name. From Sukhetar walk starts heading further east direction to reach a small farm village at Lalikharka for overnight stop and camping.
Today will be quite a long walk to reach at Kande Bhanjyang as morning starts on the downhill into farm villages, dominated mostly by Hindu tribes a mixture of Brahmins, Chettries as well with Kirat people include Rai and Limbu, practice Hinduism along with their own ancient heritage of deities and nature spirit. After Tembawa village descend to Phawa Khola, then cross Phawa Khola towards Pokora village, the path from here takes you within farm fields, and suspension bridge as route leads to a climb up to Kunjari village, from here into the forest with the climb to reach overnight stop at Kande Bhanjyang, a small farm village with grand views of Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang peaks.
Starting morning walk on steep downhill towards nice rice and millet fields, and into the forested area within Nandeva khola / stream on the left side of the trail, crossing over then on the downhill to a river, as our route reach a high hill where climbs start leads into forested areas to reach Loppoding village. After Loppoding walk leads to up and down-hill reaching a hill village at Yangpang, and then along with an upper edge of a ridge with a slow climb for an hour towards Pompe Dhada, located on a crest of a scenic hill for an overnight stop with a view of Mt. Jannu.
From Phone Danda on winding trail on downhill past scattered farm areas of terraced fields to Khesewa Khola, crossing over a bridge where walk leads to a climb to another resting spot, after uphill for an hour within terraced towards Mamankhe village.
Afternoon leads to slow climb, skirting around a ridge to a level path that leads to Dekadin village. On walks facing views of peaks with the downhill on stone paved steps to Kabeli Khola, on leaving the river behind our route climbs to a splendid ridge through villages and farm fields.
After a climb reaching an isolated village of Yamphudin from here climb to a hill for an overnight stop at Sherpa Gaon. This is the last permanent human settlement inhabited by Sherpa tribe till our adventures reach the other side at Gunsa. The campsite will be in a field or in village yards.
After this Sherpa village trek heads to Chitre along Kabeli Khola, the crossing tributary of Omje Khola and then climb a steep up to reach Dhupi Bhangyang then at open grassland. From the top leading to a steady descent through the deciduous forest to Omje Khola, after a tough climb reaching at the top of Dongying for an overnight stop, located beyond Chitre with views of snow-capped peaks.
From the camp head towards Ramite Bhanjyang (3,430m.), on the steep climb for short hours within magnolia, rhododendron and bamboo forest to reach Ramit a place with only a single hut, from here climb into rhododendron forest and past a small pond to reach a stream as walk continues on gravel ground, leading to a shrine within a big boulder shaped like a serpent. Walk past forest area as our route leads to a riverbed, and then uphill to a terrace for an overnight stop at Tseram, a place with roofless bivouac caves, facing views of terminal moraine fed from Yalung glacier and behind looking at Kabru 7,353m and Talung peak 7,349m.
Rest day at Tseram for a day hike to Oktang which is near to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, where British expedition established a base camp for the climb of Kanchenjunga summit in 1955. The hike leads with a close view of Yalung Glacier and south wall of Kanchenjunga, the hike takes for nearly three hours with views of Talung Peak and Kabru. After a scenic and exciting hike back to Term for an overnight stop.
Today, descend via Yalung Bar with fifteen minutes of steep up, crossing a river and then on a gradual path through the forest, and then a steep climb for an hour and a half towards two small ponds. From here cross three passes, Miring La, Tamo La and Selele pass. The first part of the trail uphill climbs for 1 hour to the top of the pass with the great view of Kabru and Kanchenjunga. From Miring La, the trail goes gently down and then up to Selele La(4,250 m). From the top of the pass magnificent views of Makalu, Baruntse, and Chamlang and then descend gently to the base of the pass for an overnight stop.
The first part of the walk is on gentle downslope and then leads to a steep descend for an hour into forest of rhododendron and pines as the walk reach a level ground near Ghunsa river, from here on a gradual path to Ghunsa village for overnight in a village inhabited by Bhatia tribe (Tibetan origin) with community stone houses a neat and tidy small farm.
Walk from here leads to climbing following a river with views of waterfalls along the walks, Yak herders may be met along the trail depending upon grazing season. The trail goes from the right bank of river Ghunsa, and through rhododendron and pine forest, as
the walk leads to a gradual ascend to Rambuk Kharkas and then crossing a small glacier landslide. The trek continues with excellent views of Khumbukarna and Janu and other high snow-capped peaks. On leaving tree lines behind, heading into the barren country with few short bushes and scrub of juniper, after Rambuk Kharka climb, and then trail leads to a gentle down to Khambachen after crossing a landslide section to camp at Khambachen. This scenic valley dominated by peaks of Sharp (7,070m.) with the north face of Mt. Janu and Wedge peak.
From here our route follows above river for an hour and then heading further east, as our walk heads down to a river, as climbs reach rocks and boulder areas leading to a terminal moraine of Kanchenjunga glacier, on leaving Ramtang Kharka (a Sheppard place) where trail joins Kanchenjunga glacier and then crossing at a junction of Lhonak and Kanchenjunga glacier overlooking grand views of Mera, Nepal Peak and Wedge Peak.
Today rest and spare day for a hike towards Pang Pema lead to our main highlights of the adventure reaching Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, where walk leads to a climb high up from the river with grand views of Kirat Chuli, Nepal Peak, Table Sikhar, and Givegela Chuli. The part of the climbs is gentle and then heading through a boulder on the rocky trail. Walking to a glacier path all the way to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp where you will be
surrounded within giant peaks and then head back to Lhonak for overnight after a marvellous and exciting walk to Kanchenjunga Northside base camp.
Retrace the journey back by the same way past Kambachen to camp at Ghunsa after a long day walks.
From here walking on an alternative new route which allows you to see more of this beautiful country with views of mountains and walking past several scattered cattle herders summer camps to reach at Gypla Phedi, on lower alpine areas for an overnight stop.
With pleasant easy morning walking towards warmer areas back into farm fields and terraces within nice rural villages to reach Sekathum or near to Japantar for an overnight stop, where walks lead into much lower areas within farm villages growing much better crops and citric fruits.
Enjoy the walk heading much lower and warm areas, as morning trek progress into several scattered farmhouses and fields, where you will be greeted with friendly cheerful smiles as walk leads through villages and patch of cool forest areas to reach at Chirwa for overnight stops.
Return route on the downhill with a short climb then heading towards the warmer area on the foothills of Kanchenjunga, slowly walk reaches a small place at Phurumbu School premises.
Last day of the adventure takes you back at Sukhetar in Tapeljung, walk leads across farm villages to reach Sukhetar, a small town with an airstrip that flies to Kathmandu via Biratnagar city. At present due to unpredictable flight timing of local flight, which gets delayed leading to cancellation, to avoid many hassles we have taken the safe and best route from Bhadrapur to fly in and out to Kathmandu.
From Sukhetar where our walk ends taking a drive as far to Ilam town or further to make it easier for the flight to Kathmandu, as time permits overnight in Ilam town.
Morning taking an exciting drive from Ilam town to reach low warm areas at Bhadrapur town and its airport for scenic panoramic flight back to Kathmandu during flight enjoy views of Makalu-Kanchenjunga and Everest, as the plane slowly at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel, with ample time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
Today, last day in amazing Nepal with great an experience and fond memories of excellent adventure on Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking, as per your time for international flight, our guide and staff transfer you to the airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.