26 days
Trip Level
Min 2 person
Group Size
5143 m

Kanchenjunga means “The Five Treasures of Snow.” In eastern Nepal, Kanchenjunga lies close to India’s border. Although Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is less crowded, trekkers may reward Nepal’s rural way of life. And also its rich culture with a unique insight. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek extends many wonders, from serene trails in Kanchenjunga Conservation Area to the diverse mountains. Apart from that, it is a journey for an adventurous soul since it enables you to taste authentic nature.

Nowadays, The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek accomplishes as a teahouse trek. Hence, it is popular with the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna. Many trekking gateways exist, so all you need to know about Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek. Based on your interest and ability since we do offer 26 day Kanchenjunga circuit trek.

Generally, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek starts at Suketar and finishes at Thorpu. It passes several villages, flora and fauna, and the barren valley. Finally, get to the north Kanchenjunga base camp (Pangpema). Another attraction of the trek is its unique cultural insight. Hence, The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek offers exciting exposure to its cultural diversity. The Limbu dominates in the lower valley, whereas the Sherpas are influenced in the upper valley. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek map helps you to navigate the detailed itinerary on your trek to Kanchenjunga.

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp is similar to a Tibetan plateau. Once there, the splendid views tower in front of the eyes. If you want to visit the Yalung glacier and Kanchenjunga south base camp, make a loop at Selele Pass. But, the trek requires good physical condition and mountain experience.

What do you expect in Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

Discover the Yalung Glaciers and South Kanchenjunga Base Camp once in a single excursion.
Authentic culture and lifestyle, both Tibetan and Kirant.

Breathtaking Kanchenjunga North and South views from Pangpema and Oktang, respectively.
This region is rich in biodiversity, particularly the butterflies and other insects in the Upper Arun Valley and the beautiful rhododendrons of Milke Danda.

Exhilarating trekking experience around Kanchenjunga world’s third tallest mountain.
Spectacular landscapes feel like the wilderness experience.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek at Glance
Trek Duration  21 days
Max. Altitude 5143 meters
Trek starts/ends  Taplejung/Sinam
Trek Difficulty Demanding
Accommodation Tea houses/Lodges
Kanchenjunga Circuit Route Map

Kanchenjuga South Base Camp Trek Itineray

Days Itinerary Altitude in Meters Walking Distance
1. Arrival in Kathmandu 1350
2. Free & leisure day in Kathmandu
3. Fly to Bhadrapur, then drive to Ilam.
4. Drive to Taplejung, then trek to Chiruwa 2285 3h00
5-8 Trek to Gunsa (Other 3-day treks in between) 3430
9. Acclimatization day!
10. Trek to Khangpachen or Khangbachen 4040 5h00
11. Rest & exploration day!
12. Trek to Lhonak 4780 6h30
13. A side trip to Pangpema, then back to Lhonak.
14. Trek back to Gunsa 3440 at 6h30
15. Gunsa to Sele – Le 4290 6h00
16. Trek to Tseram via Sele – Le Pass 3870 7h00
17. Tseram to Ramche 4360 5h45
18. Trek to Tseram 5h00
19. Tseram to Tortong 2995 5h30
20. Trek to Yamphudin 2080 7h00
21. Yamphudin to Khebang 1910 7h00
22. Trek to Sinam 1200 6h30
23. Drive to Ilam
24. Drive to Bhadrapur
25. Fly back to Kathmandu. 1h00
26. Free day in Kathmandu
27. Final Departure
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When To Go?

Tourism is being encouraged in this region and other remote areas with the latest addition to the trekking map of the Great Himalayan Trail, and more tea houses are being opened on the trail. Although this is great for local communities, it will be a perfect time to go to Kanchenjunga before more trekkers ‘discover’ the places!

The best time to visit Kanchenjunga is famous from September to December, as the skies are usually clear, and the views are beautiful and perfect for hikers during these months. The country’s weather stays dry until around April. January and February can be freezing, especially at night, but you will be rewarded with beautiful views and pleasant walking because the visitors are fewer. Late spring is a perfect time to travel because the rhododendrons are bursting in bloom.

The temperature and moisture levels increase from May to June with the mountain rains arriving and the clouds surrounding the majestic mountains.

Necessary Permits Required For Kanchenjunga Trek.

Kanchenjunga is a protected area subject to the Tourism Policy’s control. Therefore, a special fee applies to enter the region. However, the trekking company will apply for those permits, so you don’t have to consider its process. A licensed tour guide throughout the journey will accompany you.

  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP): NPR 3,000 per individual.
  • Kanchenjunga Restricting Area (RAP): USD 20 per person per week.

NOTE: To get the permit, you must have at least two trekkers in a group. Ask your local expert here to get more details.


Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will greet and welcome by our agency’s representative in front of the Arrival gate with a Display board of Himalayan Exploration Treks then transfer to your Hotel.

Day 2: Free day and trek preparation.

During the free day in Kathmandu, you may have a chance to visit the heritage site of Kathmandu valley, followed by a pre-trip departure meeting regarding upcoming trekking peak climbing where you meet trekking guide and other team members. They will brief you about the team formation, equipment and nature of peak climbing and other necessary information

Day 3: Flight to Bhadrapur and drive to Kanyam.

We will take a flight to Bhadrapur hot and humid Bhadrapur near India Border and drive to Kanyam nice and peaceful tea garden stay overnight at Guest House.

Day 4: Drive to Taplejung and continue to Chiruwa 1185 m.

Drive toward a high eastern way to Taplejung and after Taplejung recently build dirt road to Chiruwa via Mitlung and Tawa village about 7 hours stay overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 5: Trek from Chirwa to Sekathum (1640m)

We are gradually climbing up for a couple of hours then descend to the lush green forest. The trail goes following the Tamor River to get Olangchung Gola This day; also, we walk uphill for some time and descend to the lush green vegetation. Then, we follow the Tamor River to the OlangChungGola, the entry point of Kanchenjunga National Park. An easy and short walk to Sekathum.

Day 6: Trek to Amjilosa (2490m).

We cross the river and take a steep trail up to the hill then descend to another side of the hill and cross the river again. Walk along the steep pathway and descend to Amjilosa.

Day 7: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m)

We walk along the river bank traverse through the dense forests of Bamboo, Rhododendron, and others in lush green scenery and accompany of the waterfall along the trail, then finally we reach in the Tibetan settlement of Gyabla.

Day 8: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3430m)

This is a famous place in the region where popular conservationist was a tragic end in the Helicopter crash. We descend towards the river valley after a couple of hours that can reach Gunsa.

Day 9: Rest & Acclimatization day!

This day, we take full rest for acclimatization with an exploration of local areas. We make a short hike towards the Lapsang La through a lush green forest. We will stay overnight at our campsite.

Day 10: Trek to Khangpachen or Khangbachen (4040m)

After exploring Ghunsa and its surroundings, we continue our trek further north along the river bank. We walk through the alpine forests. We cross many suspension bridges over the river, and past waterfalls, and finally, reach Kambachen.

Day 11: Rest and exploration day!!

We will take an opportunity for acclimatization with an exploration of local areas and make a possible side trip to Junu Himal Base Camp. Junu Himal is known as Kumbhakarna Himal. One of the memorable days entire trek to Kanchenjunga.

Day 12: Trek to Lhonak (2790m)

The trail gradually goes uphill through the rocky fields in the hillside along the river, passes the waterfalls and cross a bridge then descend toward the river to get Lhonak.

Day 13: Side trip Pangpema (5143 m) back to Lhonak

This day, slow-paced walk up ascending path on grassy trails. We see the splendid view of the Chang Himal on our right. Finally, we reach the Pangpema known as Kanchenjunga North Base Camp.

Day 14: Trek back to Ghunsa.

We trek back to Ghunsa taking the same trail we walked up earlier day stay overnight at Ghunsa.

Day 15: Trek to Sele Le (4685m)

Today, we walk to the dense forest of rhododendron and contouring the hillside with more fantastic views then we cross two low passes to the Sele Le.

Day 16: Trek to Tseram (3870m)

A super day of trekking today, as we cross three passes, including the Sinon La, Mirgin La (4480m) Sinelapcha La (4640m) and the en route for the north side of the mountain. Superb views, afterward to Tseram.

Day 17: Trek to Ramche (4360m)

Today we have the option to trek up to the south side base camp for Kangchenjunga at Ramze. This area beside the Yalung glacier has superb mountain views

Day 18: Trek to Cheram (Tseram).

Morning hike up to Oktang viewpoint for Kanchenjunga south view. After enjoying views of the majestic Kanchenjunga peak; back to Ramche and have lunch. After lunch trek back to Cheram (Tseram) stays overnight at the tea house.

Day 19: Trek to Tortong (2995 m)

Leaving behind green clean valley Cheram, today late breakfast in Tseram and trek down to Tortong following Simbu Khola overnight at the tea house. (About 4 hours walk)

Day 20:Trek to Sherpaguan / Yamphuding (2080 m).

A little tough with frequent ascents and descents. Yamphuding is the biggest village on the south side of Kanchenjunga, Kanchenjunga restricted area is end here in Yamphuding stay overnight at Teahouse.

Day 21: Trek to Khebang (1910 m)

Trail descent through the forest, cardamom field, and through the Limbu village lead us to Khebang village stay overnight at teahouse.

Day 22: Trek to Sinam (1200 m)

Walking through the beautiful local village and cardamom field lead us to Padang. Following the Kabeli Khola finally, lead us to Sinam village and dirt road connected in this hilly region, and from here we will drive our way to Bhadrapur the next morning stay overnight at Sinam.

Day 23: Drive to Kanyam.

Drive back to Kanyam stay overnight at a tea house in the beautiful tea garden in Nepal.

Day 24: Drive to Bhadrapur and flight to Kathmandu

Drive to Bhadrapur and flight to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel stay overnight at Hotel Kathmandu.

Day 25: Free day in Kathmandu.

A free day in Kathmandu. For those who wish, there will be a guided tour of some of the city’s most important sights. This day is also a contingency day in case of delays to the Bhadrapur flight.

Day 26: Final departure

You will be transfer to airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight to your home country
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kathmandu International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive, least 2 hours before the flight.
All domestic flight, Hotel/Airport transfer
Accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast
All accommodations in tents and all meals during the treks
All necessary documentation and permits
All ground transportation (as per mention in itinerary)
Professional guide and porters
A First Aid Kits
Applicable Government Taxes
International Airfare
Nepal Visa fee (advice to take accurate amount)
Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast)
Personal Expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
Travel Insurance
Guide and Porter gratuity

Prices are quoted and payable only in (US$ dollars). All prices published on our websites, brochures, and marketing materials are set as low as possible. The trip prices may vary at any time subject to government actions, numbers of travelers, duration of holidays, standard hotel. An increase in transportation costs due to hike fuel prices before we have accepted your booking. However, we guarantee our prices which have already signed up for your tour. Please Contact us to Get a custom quote.

No, you are not allowed to drink water from the direct tap or streams on the Kanchenjunga Circuit. But you can also use a purifier or SteriPen. It is expensive to buy water (maybe ten times the cost of purchasing water in Kathmandu).
Be conscious. This trek will be over 3500 m in elevation. The possibilities of having an altitude illness usually begin at this altitude. But to prevent this, we have planned the itinerary to give you time to acclimatize as much as possible.
There’s nobody who’s going to suffer from altitude sickness. The younger and fitter people do not experience high altitude illnesses when they feel older and less fit. It’s not related to fitness or age. Speak to your private practitioner. Prescription medicines are available to help avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness. But go gently and listen to the body and be mindful of any changes and listen to your guide if he thinks that you have symptoms (which might not be apparent).
We will be able to collect your travel insurance policies and details before your trip. In case of emergency, we will be able to coordinate with your insurance company and helicopters company for emergency evacuation.
There is no doubt only be a First aid. We take a first-aid kit on every trip. We always advise you to make your own. Here’s a checklist of items you can bring, recommended. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal; however, we suggest that you keep this checklist if necessary.
Yes, we only provide insurance to our staff. We recommend that you purchase insurance in your home country. Note: Insurance should cover medical and emergency evacuation.
No. The trails are well-known. You will not need crampons if you are not traveling in the mid-winter. Instead of the crampons, bring non-technical, lightweight spikes, are less costly and suit any shoe size.
No, we do not need tents or mattresses. There are tea houses along the trek.
When you forget something, it may be complicated to find something here. Check here for a detailed packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you’re not a regular hiker, you can rent most of Nepal’s trekking equipment upon your arrival.
Anything you do not want for the trip can leave at our office or your hotel. We recommend that you make sure your bag is lockable.
Generally, we use local guides. Our guides have been numerous times on each trek to the relevant areas. All are qualified, competent, versatile, and certified licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.
If you use a porter, there are two advantages:
1. You can enjoy your trek entirely without carrying a heavy backpack.
2. Another is to increase the local communities’ income.
A porter can carry an average of 20 kg with his or her bag so that they can carry up to 16 kg of your equipment and gears. But we provide a backpack for them.
Yes, of course. We ensure that our staff is well insured.
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