Kanchenjunga Trek - 24 days

Kanchenjunga Trek - 24 days

The Kanchenjunga Trek is a remarkable long remote trek into Nepal's most isolated areas of far-eastern Nepal. During the journey, you'll explore the area around Kanchenjunga, the second-highest mountain in Nepal and the third highest mountain in the world. This mystical mountain range lies on the border of Nepal and India (Sikkim). 

Unlike other trekking destinations such as Everest and Annapurna, the Kanchenjunga trekking route is less crowded and often considered the best off-beaten treks in Nepal. This thrilling trekking package combines both Kanchenjunga north and Kanchenjunga south base camp Trek, so it is also called Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek or Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. 

The 24-days Kanchenjunga circuit trek begins after you fly to Bhadrapur from Kathmandu. From here, you'll take a drive to Mitlung via Taplejung. You'll observe the gradual change in landscape from flatland to hills and mountains during the trek. It is an unforgettable adventure journey into the heart of the Himalayas and high mountain valleys. 

In the first half of the Kanchenjunga Trek, you start a trekking journey to the northern base camp from Mitlung village. The route follows the completely rocky terrain and passes through typical villages such as Chiruwa, Taplethok, Sukethum, Amjilosa, Gyabla, and Ghunsa. While passing through several settlements along the route, you'll witness a diversity of rural Nepalese culture and lifestyle. 

On the way to the north base camp, you come across seasonal settlements like Kambachen and Lhonak. One of the major highlights of this circuit trek is Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, also known as Pang Pema. The base camp rewards you with magical views of the massif Kanchenjunga range, Januu Himal, Chang Himal, and many other peaks covered with ice and snow. 

The off-beaten trekking route lies under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project. The area hosts several endangered species such as blue sheep, snow leopard, black bear, red panda, etc. Enjoying an amazing panoramic sight of Kanchenjunga Glacier, Mera Peak, you will retrace your path back to Ghunsa. 

In the second half of the Kanchenjunga Trek Nepal, you'll follow the challenging yet very scenic passes, namely Selele La, Mirgin La, and Sinon La to Tseram. Afterward, passing through Lapsang and Ramche, you make your way to the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp (Oktang), another highlight of this trek. It is one of the best vantage points to catch the splendid views of numerous massif peaks such as Kanchenjunga, Januu Himal, Kokthang, Rathong, and Kabru range.

Savoring the grand vistas of snow-clad peaks in a high remote land, you'll trek back to Tseram. Passing through the tropical forests of oak, cider, rhododendron, the route takes you to several high-altitude settlements. Tortong, Yamphudin, Phumphe Danda, Kande Bhanjyang, and Lali Kharka are some major villages you come across while way back to Suketar. 

Lastly, you fly back to Kathmandu and bid farewell to the beautiful far-eastern region of Nepal. Then eventually you'll take a flight back to your home. Thus, your Kanchenjunga trek concludes with great moments and memories!

How Much Does This Trip Cost?

The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour around culturally rich Kathmandu valley
  • A short, panoramic flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur
  • Walkthrough unspoiled Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) and explored the abundant wild flora and fauna
  • Possible sightseeing of some elusive wildlife such as snow leopard, blue sheep, red panda, etc
  • Trekking to the heart of the remote, less explored, pristine Himalayan valleys
  • Explore a typical Tibetan village of Ghunsa, one of the biggest villages in the Kanchenjunga region
  • Visit the temporary settlements of Kambachen and Lhonak
  • Spend a wonderful moment at the base of the world's third-highest peak, Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • Cherish the sprawling lush alpine meadows, cascading waterfalls,   
  • Explore both Kanchenjunga North Base Camp and Kanchenjunga South Base Camp in a single journey
  • Get a fabulous chance to intermingle with native tribes at tranquil villages around the high mountainous area
  • Get an opportunity to visit ancient Ramtang and Oktang monasteries
  • An exhilarating opportunity to cross some of the high passes such as Selele La, Mirgin La, and Sinion La 
  • Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of soaring Himalayan peaks such as Kanchenjunga Range, Januu Himal, Kabru Range, Rathong, Kokthang, Mera Peak, etc  
  • Hike to Januu Viewpoint, also known as Kumbhakarna Viewpoint
  • Enjoy the impressive view of Jannu, Yalung, and Kumbhakarna Glacier from the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp
  • Indulge into the mixed culture and traditions of both Nepalese and Sikkimese people

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - Transfer to Hotel
Day 2 Sightseeing Kathmandu and Trek Preparation
Day 3 Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive to Mitlung (921m/3,021ft) through Taplejung - 45 minutes flight and 7 to 8 hours drive
Day 4 Trek from Mitlung to Chiruwa (1,270m/4,170ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 5 Trek from Chiruwa to Sukethum (1,660m/5,450ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 6 Trek from Sukethum to Amjilosa (2,510m/8,240ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 7 Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730m/8,960ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 8 Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,600m/11,810ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 9 Acclimatization Day at Ghunsa
Day 10 Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,100m/13,450ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 11 Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4,790m/15,715ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 12 Trek from Lhonak to Pang Pema (Kanchenjunga North Base Camp) (5,143m/16,880ft) and back to Lhonak - 8 to 9 hours trek
Day 13 Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa (3,600m/11,810ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 14 Trek from Ghunsa to High Camp (4,100m/13,450ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 15 Trek from High Camp to Tseram (3,870m/12,700ft) via Mirgin La Pass (4,663m/15,300ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 16 Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4,580m/15,026ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 17 Rest Day in Ramche and Hike to Oktang Viewpoint (4,730m/15,520ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek
Day 18 Trek from Ramche to Tortong (3,000m/9,842ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 19 Trek from Dorongdin to Yamphudin (2,080m/6,824ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek
Day 20 Trek from Yamphudin to Phumphe Danda (1,900m/6,233ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek
Day 21 Trek from Phumphe Danda to Lali Kharka (2,265m/7,430ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 22 Trek from Lali Kharka to Taplejung (Suketar) 2,420m/7,940ft) and Drive to Bhadrapur - 3 to 4 hours trek and 7 to 8 hours drive
Day 23 Fly back to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - 45 minutes flight
Day 24 Departure from Kathmandu

Route Map

Kanchenjunga Trek Route Map Kanchenjunga Trek Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - Transfer to Hotel

Welcome to Nepal, the land of Himalayan paradise! A trekking guide from Third Rock Adventures will receive you and drive you to the hotel. After the check-in process, you can wander around the happening places of Kathmandu like Thamel, Durbar Marg, Ason Bazaar, etc. Also, you can take a rest after a long air trip. 

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Day 2
Sightseeing Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

Swayambhunath Stupa Swayambhunath Stupa

The cultural Kathmandu sightseeing begins just after your morning breakfast. You'll visit different world heritage sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you can witness many historical and cultural monuments. Visit the famous Hindu Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa, and Swayambhunath (Monkey) temple locates on the hill in the western skirt of Kathmandu valley.

Later, after completing the sightseeing, your trek guide will brief you about the upcoming trek. You can discuss your queries and the rest of the time you'll get for trek preparation. 

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Day 3
Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive to Mitlung (921m/3,021ft) through Taplejung - 45 minutes flight and 7 to 8 hours drive

Embark on a journey to the Kanchenjunga trek with an early flight to Bhadrapur. You will get to Kathmandu domestic airport for a scenic flight. Enjoying the panorama of snow-capped peaks, including Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, and Makalu, you will land in the Bhadrapur airport. Then you drive to Mitlung through Taplejung on a private vehicle. En route, you'll catch the lovely view of green hills, farmland, streams, river, etc. Enjoying the gorgeous countryside scenery, you arrive at Mitlung, which is the actual starting point of the trek.  

Overnight stay in Mitlung. 

Day 4
Trek from Mitlung to Chiruwa (1,270m/4,170ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

From today your real adventure to Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek commences on the Kanchenjunga circuit trail. You'll walk on a rough path with few ascents and descents through the dense sub-tropical rainforest. After passing through the uneven way, several streams, you arrive at Sinwa (Siwan) and then Tawa (1,170m/3,838ft). The trail gradually climbs and crossing the wooden bridge at Thiwa, and you arrive at Chiruwa village. It is a small settlement of Limbu people with few local shops and lodges.  

Overnight stay in Chiruwa. 

Day 5
Trek from Chiruwa to Sukethum (1,660m/5,450ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

After having an early breakfast, you head towards Sukethum. After a while, walking from Chiruwa and crossing the landslide area, you reach Taplethok. It is also the check post of your trekking permits. From here, you'll walk along the riverside of Tamor Nadi. Passing through several settlements such as Sagu, Madibun, Phembu, you reach Temewa (1,560m/5,120ft). 

Then you continue to walk until you descend towards Simbuwa Khola, who originates from Yalung Glacier. Then crossing the river over the bridge, you arrive at Hellok. From here, you'll enter Ghunsa valley after crossing a wooden bridge. Eventually, after few hours of walk, you get into the Tibetan village of Sukethum.

Overnight stay in Sukethum.  

Day 6
Trek from Sukethum to Amjilosa (2,510m/8,240ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Embark on today's hike by an uphill walk along the Ghunsa Khola. After crossing the bridge, you enter into lush, dense forests, ascend the steep trail and descend and cross the river again. On the way, you'll also climb a gorge so that the trekking route might be a little slippery. Thus, it is wise to walk slowly and steadily with a good grip, especially while walking the trail that passes through the gorge. 

Further, crossing several bridges and a steep climb will lead you to Amjilosa. Before that, en route, you pass through small settlements of Jongim, Ghaiyabari, Solima, and Lowagaon. Amjilosa is also another Tibetan settlement where you can connect with the local Tibetan and Sherpa people. You can explore the village and enjoy the enchanting views of unnamed peaks and surroundings. 

Overnight stay in Amjilosa. 

Day 7
Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730m/8,960ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Compare to yesterday, today's walk is relatively short and easy. After having a warm breakfast in Amjilosa, you head towards Gyabla (Kyapra). Along the way, you'll encounter few human settlements. Walking on the forested area, you gradually ascend through the forest and arrive at a flat ridge. From here, you can relish the captivating view of the snow-clad mountains. Passing through scattered pastures and small waterfalls, you'll reach Gyabla village. This small village also has a great Tibetan influence on the lifestyle and culture. 

Overnight stay in Gyabla. 

Day 8
Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,600m/11,810ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Start your walk with the climb to forested ridges, and you'll cross the Ghunsa river. Enjoying the lovely view of green terraced fields, you reach Phale/Phole (3,240m/10,630ft). It is a small refugee Tibetan settlement where you can explore local carpet factories. You can get handicrafts and homemade rugs as souvenirs too. Also, you can visit a small monastery in Phole.

Likewise, from Phole, you continue your walk along with green fields and juniper larch forests. Along the trail just before reaching Ghunsa village, you can witness the track to Nango La (4,795m/15,730ft) on the left side. It is the route to the ancient village of Olangchun Gola (3,191m/10,470ft). The trail slowly descends to the riverside of Ghunsa Khola. Pass the ancient Tashi Choding Gumba, cross the bridge over the river, and enter Ghunsa village. 

Overnight stay in Ghunsa. 

Day 9
Acclimatization Day at Ghunsa

Gunsa Village Gunsa Village

Ghunsa is a popular stopover during the Kanchenjunga trek. It is also the best place for acclimatization and the last permanent settlement on the way to the North base camp. Stay, relax, and explore the nearby surroundings in Ghunsa village. Visit nearby ridges, walk through the green pasture land at Ghunsa. You can even hike along the riverside area and enjoy the magnificent view of Kumbhakarna Peak (7,711m/25,300ft), which is also famously called Januu Peak. 

You can wander around the village, meet the locals and get some close insights into their culture, traditions, and lifestyles. There are several Buddhist monasteries where you can experience ancient high-land Buddhist culture highly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. 

Overnight stay in Ghunsa.  

Day 10
Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,100m/13,450ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Kambachen Kambachen

Have a good breakfast and move north along the river bank, which offers the astonishing vistas of surrounding lofty peaks. The walk continues through an isolated path with a view of colorful forests and vegetation. After leaving the lush green forested area, you enter into moraine and glacier valley. You might spot some elusive wild animals such as blue sheep and snow leopard. 

Along the way, you enjoy the grand vistas of Ghabur/ Temachunggi Peak (6,044m/19,830ft), Januu Peak, and many more. Gradually climbing uphill, you cross the bridge at Rampuk Kharka and pass the spectacular waterfall. From here, before arriving at Kambachen, you walk on a narrow trail and cross the tricky landslide area. Once you reach Kambachen (Khangpachen), you'll catch an utterly beautiful close-up view of Mt. Januu. 

Overnight stay in Kambachen. 

Day 11
Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4,790m/15,715ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

lhonak lhonak

With today's walk, you'll reach Lhonak one step closer to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Climbing uphill through rocky terrain will get you to Ramtang at an altitude of 4,370m/14,340ft. On the way, you also come across Ramtang Monastery, stunning waterfalls, grand rivers, and a peace that is difficult to describe.

After that, walking for a couple of hours along the side of the magnificent Kanchenjunga Glacier, you reach Lhonak. It is a plain sandy land that lies near a dry lake bed. This tiny settlement offers you jaw-dropping scenery of majestic peaks, including Kanchenjunga (8,586m/28,170ft), Mera Peak (6,364m/20,880ft), Nepal Peak (7,177m/23,550ft), Wedge Peak (6,802m/22,315ft), etc.

Overnight stay in Lhonak. 

Day 12
Trek from Lhonak to Pang Pema (Kanchenjunga North Base Camp) (5,143m/16,880ft) and back to Lhonak - 8 to 9 hours trek

Kanchanjunga north base camp View near Kanchanjunga North Base Camp

Finally, here comes the day for which you've been waiting. Rise at dawn and proceed to Pang Pema/ Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. As you move towards the base camp, the splendid view of the world's third-highest mountain, the north face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, and other surrounding peaks will mesmerize you. Here most of the peaks are tucked between Nepal and Sikkim, one of the Indian states. 

Upon arrival at base camp, the stunning mountain vistas such as Januu and Chang Himal will leave you spellbound for the moment! In the base camp, you get to see the big rock with fluttering colorful prayer flags. Explore the region, and after enjoying 360-degree panoramic vistas of high snowy mountains above the massive Kanchenjunga glacier, you'll get back to Lhonak. 

Overnight stay in Lhonak.

Day 13
Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa (3,600m/11,810ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

After spending a pleasant day exploring the north base camp, you'll head towards the south base camp. Kick-off your day with a hearty breakfast and retrace along the same isolated path you get back to Ghunsa through Kambachen. Enjoying the dramatic alpine landscape with alluring mountain vistas, you reach Ghunsa. 

Overnight stay in Ghunsa. 

Day 14
Trek from Ghunsa to High Camp (4,100m/13,450ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

You'll commence your hike to High/Selele Camp in the morning post breakfast from Ghunsa. Start with a gentle steep uphill climb towards Selele Camp. This one is a totally desolate trail compare to the Gyabla trail. The route approaches through the dense jungle of rhododendron, juniper, birch, pine, and oaks. During this portion of the trek, you get to experience out of this world and rarely seen views of some famous peaks such as Mt. Makalu and Everest. 

Overnight stay in the High Camp. 

Day 15
Trek from High Camp to Tseram (3,870m/12,700ft) via Mirgin La Pass (4,663m/15,300ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Mirgin-La-Pass On the way to Tserma - near Mirgin La Pass

This is another exciting day of your Kanchenjunga Trek, as you'll be crossing several challenging passes, including Selele La, Mirgin La, and Sinion La Pass. All these passes lie at a high altitude above 4,000m above sea level. The way to the top of these passes will be tricky with few snowy and rocky patches. However, as you reach the top of these passes, the feeling cannot be put into words. 

From the Mirgin La Pass, you enjoy the mind-blowing view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the Tseram valley. Enjoying the scenery, you descend along a small trail to Tseram. You'll also get to see the small ponds along the path. Today's snowy, glacial, and isolated terrain offers a challenge as well as a thrilling experience! Once you arrive at Tseram, you can get refresh and rejoice in the surrounding pristine views. 

Overnight stay in Tseram. 

Day 16
Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4,580m/15,026ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

On the way to Ramche On the way to Ramche - Ramche one step close to the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp

Enjoy the quiet and calm of solitude during the walk towards Ramche one step close to the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. As you move forward, you will enter a forested area and reach Yalung Bara. Following the scenic and challenging route, you'll head towards Lapsang. Here you'll catch an excellent sight of Yalung Glacier. The grand vista of Kokthang Peak (6,148m/20,170ft) will also accompany you. There is also a glacial lake near Lapsang. After few hours of walk, you finally reach Ramche. 

Overnight stay in Ramche. 

Day 17
Rest Day in Ramche and Hike to Oktang Viewpoint (4,730m/15,520ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek

Oktang Viewpoint Oktang Viewpoint

Finally, after a long weary walk up here, you need an extra day to explore this unspoiled and pristine nature! Yes, today, you get a whole day to explore the Southern Base Camp, also known as the Oktang viewpoint. 

Start early morning hike to Okhordung (Oktang). The route leads you to the lateral moraine of Yalung Glacier. You reach a chorten where you get unsurpassed scenery of gigantic peaks. You'll grab a close-up view of the south face of the mighty Kanchenjunga along with Kanchenjunga South (8,476m/27,808ft) and Kanchenjunga Central (8,482m/27,830ft). Along with these peaks, you'll also get an explicit scene of Kabru, Januu, and Rathong Peak.  

Overnight stay in Ramche. 

Day 18
Trek from Ramche to Tortong (3,000m/9,842ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Exploring the Southern Base Camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga, you'll begin the long descent back to Tortong. While trekking, enjoy the outstanding views of the snow-covered Himalayas. Follow the trail along the side of Simbuwa Khola. The initial part of the trail is highly prone to landslides so that the path might be slippery and steep. You need to be extra cautious in this section. Once the challenging part is over, you enter the forested area and enjoy a pleasant walk. Then you'll cross a small bridge and reach Tortong. 

Overnight stay in Tortong. 

Day 19
Trek from Dorongdin to Yamphudin (2,080m/6,824ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek

Start the day with breakfast and embark on a trip to Yamphudin. From here, the route is steep and challenging along the side of Simbuwa Khola. Walking through the jungle, you cross some landslide-affected areas. Then trail gradually ascends to the Lasiya Bhanjyang. From here, the route is a steady descent to Yamphudin. 

Different ethnic groups such as Sherpas, Rais, Limbus, and Gurungs inhabit the settlement of Yamphudin. You get a perfect opportunity to interact with the local people, learn about their remote culture, and hear their stories firsthand.

Overnight stay in Yamphudin. 

Day 20
Trek from Yamphudin to Phumphe Danda (1,900m/6,233ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek

Commence your day with a delicious breakfast and head towards Phumphe Danda. Along the way, you cross several small settlements such as Makduwa, Ekim, Huputar, Ratetar, etc. Next, walking along the Kabeli Khola and terraced fields, you reach Mamankhe (1,785m/5,856ft). Then the trail ascends and crossing the Khakswea Khola, and you get into Phumphe Danda. It is an excellent spot to get a captivating sight of Januu Himal. 

Overnight stay in Phumphe Danda. 

Day 21
Trek from Phumphe Danda to Lali Kharka (2,265m/7,430ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

From Phumphe Danda, the trail descends to Phungphung Danda through a mountain village of Yanpang. Then the trail steeply climbs to Khesewa and then Kande Bhanjyang. It is a small farm village offering grand vistas of Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang peaks. On the route, you might encounter some Hindu ethnic groups such as Brahmins, Chettries along with Kirat dominant tribe of Rai and Limbu too. Following the forest trail, you will reach Lali Kharka. 

Overnight stay in Lali Kharka.

Day 22
Trek from Lali Kharka to Taplejung (Suketar) 2,420m/7,940ft) and Drive to Bhadrapur - 3 to 4 hours trek and 7 to 8 hours drive

The Kanchenjunga Trek comes to an end at (Taplejung) Suketar. On the last day, you hike downhill to Suketar. En route, you come across Deurali, a junction of the pilgrimage site Pathibhara temple and Kanchenjunga Circuit trail. Eventually, once you arrive at Suketar, you'll drive back to Bhadrapur and transfer to the hotel. 

Overnight stay in Bhadrapur. 

Day 23
Fly back to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - 45 minutes flight

You'll enjoy the last glimpse of the breathtaking Himalayan scenery while flying back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, you can check in the hotel and relax rest of the day. If you are back in Kathmandu on time, you'll get enough time to stroll around the city. Later, you can celebrate the successful completion of the Kanchenjunga circuit trek in any one of the close restaurants.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Day 24
Departure from Kathmandu

The adventurous Kanchenjunga Trek concludes! Depending on your flight time, the representative of Third Rock Adventures will transfer you to Kathmandu International Airport. 

Likewise, you can continue or plan your next adventure in the immensely beautiful country of Nepal. We offer you some best treks and cultural tours across Nepal, India, Bhutan, and Tibet.  

Best Time for Kanchenjunga Trek

Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best time for Kanchenjunga Trek. During these seasons, the weather conditions are favorable for trekking. The trail will be dry, and the skies are crystal clear with the best mountain scenery. Likewise, in both seasons, the tracks are not slippery, and easy to cross the high mountain passes with incredible views of snow-clad peaks. In addition, the colorful Rhododendrons also bloom beautifully in this region, especially during the spring season. 

Kanchenjunga Trek Difficulty Level 

The trekking grade of this adventurous trek is moderate to difficult. Some major factors such as high altitude, long duration, unpredictable weather, off-beaten trails, and remote landscapes determine the Kanchenjunga Trek difficulty level. Most of the days, you need to walk through isolated, rough terrains and high glaciers area. 

The trek starts from Mitlung at an altitude of 921m. Then, the trail begins to gain elevation gradually and leads to the highest point, Pang Pema Base Camp, at 5,143m. During the trek, you'll pass through some challenging high mountain passes, including Slele La (4,480m), Mirgin La (4,663m), and Sinon La (4,646m). 

Kanchenjunga trekking is one of the longest trekking routes in Nepal. You need to walk around 7 to 8 hours to cover a distance of approximately 10-11kms each day. For experienced trekkers with good physical conditions, this expedition will not be that hard. However, if you're not used to such long walks and below-average strength, then the trek can be tiresome.

Trekking Permits for Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga is the second-highest mountain in Nepal and shares the border with India. The trekking region lies in a restricted area, so you need a special permit to enter this area. In addition, a registered trek guide must accompany you throughout the trekking journey. Also, you don't require a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management Systems) card for this trek as you have the restricted permit. The following trekking permits are essential for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek;

  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Entry Permit (KCAP) - USD20 (NRS 2000) per person (Note: There is no time limit for this permit.)
  • Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Entry Permit (RAP) - USD 10 per person, per week (Note: In Taplethok and Yamphudin, there are checkpoints to verify your restricted permits.)

Kanchenjunga Trek Variations 

Kanchenjunga region is one of the exotic trekking destinations in Nepal. This region offers several trek variations other than Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. The remoteness of this trekking region makes all these off-beaten trek variations a perfect example of extreme adventure.

1. Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek

This trek variation follows the South Base Camp route starting from the Taplejung. From here, you'll head northeast, passing through the villages like Lalikharka, Kande Bhanjyang, Phumphe Danda, Yamphudin, Tseram, and reach Ramche. During the journey, you'll get a close insight into the remote culture and lifestyle of different tribes such as Gurung, Rai, Limbu, Sherpa, etc. 

En route, you'll come across lush green forests, narrow trails, beautiful waterfalls, and several rivers like Kabeli, Otham, Amji, and Simbuwa. As you move towards a higher altitude, you'll witness the spectacular Yalung and Kumbhakarna Glacier. The main highlight of the trip is Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, also known as the Oktang viewpoint. The highest point of the hike is Oktang, at an altitude of 4,730m. The trekking journey lasts for 14 days and covers a distance of approximately 400km. 

2. Kanchenjunga North base camp Trek

This is another most famous and challenging trek variation of the Kanchenjunga trekking region. You'll follow the North Base Camp route starting from Taplejung or Basantpur. The trip lasts for approximately 20 days and covers around 400 km distance. The route slightly varies from the south base camp. You'll come across some exciting villages such as Amjilosa, Ghunsa, Kambachen, and Lhonak. You'll experience the unique cultures of these local people in their purest form.  

Passing through different traditional settlements, dense jungles along scenic waterfalls and rivers will fascinate you. The trip's final destination is Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, also known as Pang Pema, at an altitude of 5,143m. The major highlight of the hike is enchanting panoramic vistas of the mountain range, mainly Kanchenjunga, Kabru, Januu, Nepal Peak, and so on. You'll find a fantastic viewpoint throughout the journey where you can stand on the top and admire these majestic peaks. 

3. Section 1 of the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT)

Section 1 of the GHT is one of the most prominent trek variations on the Kanchenjunga Trek. Since the trekking route is the same until Pang Pema, the starting point is Taplejung. However, while returning to Suketar, instead of heading south from Ghunsa to Gyabla, the trail diverts west towards Olangchung Gola. En route, you'll cross Nago La Pass at an altitude of 4,776m/15,670ft. During this single journey, you have the goodness of visiting both the north camp and the pristine area of Olangchun Gola. The total duration of the trek will be approximately 30 days. 

4. Limbu Cultural Trail

Limbu Cultural Trail is a comparatively newly opened trekking in the Kanchenjunga region. The 5 days trek starts from Taplejung and passes through Lali Kharka, Kande Bhanjyang, Khesewa, Phungphung Danda, and Phumphe Danda. Finally, the trip ends in the small Limbu village of Mamankhe. Lies at an altitude of 1,785m, the village offers grand mountain vistas and untouched natural landscapes. The major attractions of this trek are hiking along the unrugged, isolated trails, interacting with local tribes, and getting some of the best Himalayan experiences in a brief time. 

5. Kanchenjunga North to Makalu Trek

Kanchenjunga North to Makalu Trek is another most thrilling trek variation offering the most dramatic mountain scenery in the Himalayas. The major highlights of this 28 days long trek are the base camp of the world's third-highest peak, Mt. Kanchenjunga, and the fifth-highest peak, Mt. Makalu. The trek commences from the Kanchenjunga region of Taplejung. Following the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) and crossing some high remote passes, the trek ends in the Makalu region. En route, you encounter several ethnic groups, including Limbu, Rai, Gurung, Magar, Sherpa, Tamang, and Brahmin. 

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Morgan Kaur
Oct 12, 2023

Best challenging trek in Nepal

This is tough trek and recommended to you only if you have previous trekking in Nepal. It's challenging due to remoteness and lesser-known trail. Very few trekkers actually do this trek. However, it's absolutely rewarding. It's totally different than the previous trek I did which was EBC trek. Lucky I knew Naba and his team. We had the greatest trekking experience.
Matthew Dean
Oct 12, 2023

Kanchenjunga trek

rom the very beginning, Third Rock Adventures demonstrated exceptional professionalism and expertise in handling the logistics of this challenging trek. Their meticulous planning and attention to detail ensured a smooth and well-coordinated trip. The experienced guides and porters were not only knowledgeable about the region but also genuinely passionate about sharing their culture and heritage, adding a personal touch to the journey. The trek itself was nothing short of breathtaking. The diverse landscapes, ranging from lush forests and terraced fields to high-altitude alpine meadows and glaciers, showcased the stunning variety of the Himalayas. The mighty Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, stood tall and magnificent throughout our journey, reminding us of the scale and grandeur of nature. Each day presented its own set of challenges and rewards, making the trek both physically demanding and mentally stimulating. Acclimatization stops were strategically planned, ensuring our well-being and allowing us to acclimate to the high altitudes. The accommodations along the route were comfortable, considering the remote locations, and the local cuisine provided a delightful taste of Nepali flavors. One of the highlights of the trip was interacting with the warm-hearted and hospitable locals in the quaint Himalayan villages. Their unique customs, traditions, and genuine smiles enriched our cultural understanding and left a lasting impression. The sense of community and connection to nature in these remote areas was inspiring and truly humbling. The team did excellent job for our safety, satisfaction and success. Much much appreciated for their effort and professionalism
Liam Wyatt
May 17, 2021

Kanchenjuna TREK was fantastic with Rishi

I and my brother took this trek back in 2018, we are keen trekkers always looking to find adventurous and new trails around the world, and Nepal was the favorite. We have been to Nepal already for EBC once and for the Kanchenjunga, we decided to go with Third Rock Adventures. From a friend's recommendation, we contacted Naba and his team and yes, it was a great choice! Well-organized trek company helping us throughout the trip. We were also provided with good trekking gear, sleeping bag, down jacket, and our guide carried first aid kits, looked after us very warmly. We were completely pleased with the flexibility and full board package. We were lucky to have a friendly guide Rishi.
Kyle Lehmann
May 11, 2021

Memorable Kanchenjunga Trek

I did Kanchenjunga Trek solo with my guide Rishi in 2019 March. After landing in Kathmandu, it’s so good to be warmly welcomed. The Nepalese hospitality was one of a kind, so heart-warming smile and kind people.. Kathmandu was awesome, sometime chaotic but the trek was something extra ordinary. For my time being there in the remote trails and beautiful mountain villages, I had complete peace of mind. Every day I got to love myself, my body and the time. I felt so alive every step I walked out there. Thanks Third Rock Adventures for your service.
Tin Jia Ling
Apr 20, 2021

Amazing Adventure

We had great time in Nepal, the trek was amazing. Very professional, easy to communicate, no problem at all. They treated us like a family and overall trek to Kanchenjunga base camp was managed perfectly. Some of us had hard time but the guide made it happen. Food and room were really good. The mountain view was unreal. Kanchenjunga basecamp is a lovely trek.
Lewis Murray
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Mar 27, 2021

Superb Trek

We had an absolutely epic trek with Third Rock Adventures and it was as perfect as it should be considering the post covid19. All the staff was so accommodating and ready to extend their helping hands in times of difficulty. They took extra care and maintained all safety precautions so that we enjoy to the fullest. Our days in Kanchenjunga trekking proved to be a bit challenging but we truly enjoyed the adventure.
Anthony Bailey
Mar 17, 2021

Loved Nepal, loved Kanchenjunga trek

Naba recommended me this trek when I was asked to talk to him by the travel consultant. He was soft, kind and really helpful. After having talk at length over phone, I finally booked the trek and guess what I loved the decision. Everything was well-organized from constant communication before visiting Nepal, after arrival, Kathmandu sightseeing, overall trek, food, hotels, guide, porter, transport, logistics. I appreciate how they even provided sleeping bag, down jacket, duffle bag, fruits while on trek. After the trek, we had meeting in Kathmandu and delicious dinner together, a good farewell. Thanks Naba for your suggestion, and everyone for everything.
Luke Ellis
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Mar 10, 2021

Great Service

This was my first trek in Nepal. The good start was that the company allowed me to make a few customizations easily and did not charge extra for my requests like making it a private trip. All services were delivered hassle-free and perfectly from the hotel in Kathmandu, transports, guides, logistics. Like I got fresh fruits while on the trek, hygienic food of my choice, good accommodations. Now about the trek, the fresh environment, refreshing sound of Kabeli Khola, amazing views of Kanchenjunga, unique culture and lifestyle of locals, sometimes it’s worth to learn from life experiences of people on other side of planet. The trek was a bit demanding some days, particularly on the day we crossing the mountain passes. Overall, it was the perfect first trek in Nepal. Thanks Third Rock Adventures for making it happen.
Jelle Blokzijl
Mar 19, 2020

Challenging Trek

I am saying this frankly! The trek is strenuous as you trek to the base camp of Kanchenjunga through rougn-n-tough trail. I walked for at least 5 hours for many days. Some of the villages were isolated and with very limited facilities for trekkers. Thank god, the guide managed everything perfectly, and I guess that's how we can distinguish a good travel company from bad. From the first day to the last day of the trek, I was cared and provided good options. I was lucky that I got to view stunning views of Kanchenjunga and other peaks. Glad I did this trek.
Nathan Delafosse
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Mar 19, 2020

Wonderful time in Nepal

This is the longest trek I have done in Nepal. I did ABC trek and Gokyo trek with Third Rock Adventure. This was third time with them and they did the best this time as well. I trekked without any worrie in my mind, but with satisfaction that I was in safe hand. When it comes to trekking to the remote Himalayas, you need to make sure that the guide is highly experienced. And for it, I had it. Thanks to Naba and his team for everything. Next year, around November, I will be climbing Island peak and Naba is already on the line for the plan and preparation. So yes thanks and see you soon.
Zac May
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Mar 16, 2020

Explored the Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is simply amazing and admittedly challenging. I still can't believe I actually did the trek. Honestly, at first, I wasn't sure and was somehow thinking of quitting but after having talked with Naba and the guide, it kinda swirled me. When I was in Kathmandu, met with my guide, and the whole team. It was just a perfect start. The trekking trail was serene and less-crowded which was by the way first impression of this trek for me. The landscape, the village and the different people there were surprises to me. Thanks to my guide who managed everything on my behalf. Well, when we reached the base camp, the mountains were magical. I enjoyed the sight of Kanchenjunga. It was a truly amazing trek, probably the most strenuous trek I ever did.
Rogier Coeweiden
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Nov 19, 2019

Worthy trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp

When my friends asked me to look for and decide on a remote trek in the mountains of Nepal, I wasn't sure of this so I emailed Third Rock Adventures and they immediately responded with a list of remote treks in Nepal and I chose the Kanchenjunga trek. My friends agreed as well, so we did this trek with Third Rock Adventures as they promised us great service and guaranteed the departure. Everything was really to the point and as promised. The trek was challenging, and rewarding. One of my friends, Daan had a problem at about 4500m, but the guide helped right there and then. The next day, he was ready for the adventure. The mountain pass was thrilling to cross and the base camp was heavenly. Daan was so proud of himself when we stepped at the base camp. Kanchenjunga was roaring with other mountains. We had celebration moments, the four of us with the guide. Our joy knew no bound! We are grateful to our guide and the company for this amazing adventure.
Ramon Ovejero
Oct 07, 2019

Unexpected Journey

We had a great time in Kathmandu before we head through the trail. The flight to Bhdarapur from Ktm was a good experience as well. For it was a tough trek, the remoteness added a challenging factor. I had done ebc trek, mardi trek and Poon Hill trek, and this is undoubtedly the most difficult trek. I was briefed that the trail is less crowded, and every other detail before we leave for a flight. Kanchenjunga, Chang Himal, and many other peaks could be seen from the base camp of Kanchenjunga. En route, I visited Ramtang and Oktang monasteries. Everything was a unique experience for me, but I think if it wasn't for the guide, I would have not completed the trek. He was astute and friendlier than I had expected. Thanks to Third Rock for this wonderful adventure. I will never forget this trek.
Jamie Day
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Oct 04, 2019

Great time with TRA

The trail was less-crowded and met very few trekkers en route. One of the trekkers lost his way and his guide had no answer to it. My guide and his guide talked for a while and they gestured it was ok for him to go. Luckily my guide was experienced and knew everything for the trek. Everything was smoothly managed, at the end of the day, I didn't have to worry about room and food. The next morning, my guide would make sure everything is in place. This 24-day trek is one of the adventurous treks for me. When we reached the base camp, the weather was perfect. Thanks to the guide and the team, it was a great experience.

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