Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

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USD $ 2,250 / per person

Trip Info

  • Duration

    21 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    North Base Camp (5,143m) m

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private Car & Flight

  • Region/Type

    Kanchenjunga Treks
  • Best Season:

    • Spring (Mar, Apr)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is one of the most beautiful walking adventures in Nepal though it is a rarely explored mountain trail that takes you to the base of the third highest mountain in the world and the second-highest in Nepal, Mount Kanchenjunga (8586 m). It is an off-the-beaten-track teahouse trek in eastern Nepal. 

A walk to the north base camp of Mt Kanchenjunga at 5143 meters involves easy to steep rises over the man-made and natural stone steps, mountain trails, landslides, and glacial terrains. We cross various terrains like farmland, uneven valley settings, streams, waterfalls, tea gardens, and the cardamom jungles to reach our destination. We pass through the quaint Kirat settlements of Sermanthang and the beautiful Tibetan village of Ghunsa, experiencing the typical mountain living. 

The journey begins from the largest black/big cardamom producer in Nepal at Taplejung approaching the northern base of the great Kanchenjunga, where you will enjoy wonderful views of the Kanchenjunga itself along with the Tent Peak, Nepal Peak, Wedge Peak, Mera Peak, and the Twins. 

The north base camp trek may be longer and more strenuous compared to the other treks in Nepal and may require a lot of strength but the outcome of this journey will be definitely worth the hard work. 

During the walk, you will explore and experience cultural and natural beauties from the lower middle hills and valleys to the high alpine wilderness. Most of the routes go through a variety of beautiful scenery, from lush tropical jungle to rhododendron, chestnut, and oak woods, and up to the glaciated base camp of the world's third-highest peak. As you climb higher in height, you'll have the opportunity to learn about and experience some remote but fascinating villages and cultures of Kirat and the famous Sherpa people. 

Moreover, the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is undoubtedly a great trip to make giving you a unique trekking adventure experience that you find nowhere else. 

Highlights of Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

  • Experience the journey through the rarely visited places to the lap of the Third highest peak in the world
  • Unrivaled views of the Kanchenjunga massif, Makalu range, and nearby peaks such as Jannu, Mera, Wedge (Chang Himal), the Twins, etc. 
  • High mountain cultures unspoiled by modernity
  • Walk by alpine meadows and high-altitude wetlands
  • Follow the glacial torrents of the Tamur and Ghunsa Rivers 
  • Trek through the Kirat and Sherpa people’s secluded communities
  • Exploration of the beautiful mountain wilderness in peace
  • Diversity of flora and fauna and wildlife 

How difficult is Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek?

Due to its remote location and height, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is a demanding one. The journey is long and quite strenuous, requiring a good level of fitness needed for two weeks of sustained walking with a light backpack. It entails walking for an average of 6-7 hours each day, covering a distance of 9-11 kilometers per day, with a steady increase in altitude. Pang Pema, with a height of 5200 meters, is the highest point on this base camp trek. 

The two biggest challenges trekkers face on their way to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp are acute mountain sickness and bad weather. Proper hydration and acclimatization are critical for this, as are several tips and methods.

But, don't worry, your guide is highly equipped to manage any extreme emergencies like these. If a serious scenario happens, a helicopter rescue service is always on standby to provide emergency evacuation.

Therefore, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek can be completed without any harsh hurdles, if provided with a proper itinerary and adequate acclimatization days. Also, the physical and mental fitness of the trekker plays the biggest role in conquering it. Technical training is not mandatory but, regular exercises might help you gain confidence while trekking. So, we suggest you engage in sports such as running, cycling, swimming, and so on, months prior to the trek. 

Best Time for Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek 

Weather and climates can impact the journeys, especially in the mountain regions. So, information regarding this subject should be known beforehand to complete the journey successfully. As Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is considered a challenging journey, we should watch out for the best time to conquer it without weather and climate hassles. 

The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is accessible in spring and autumn, and so does many treks in Nepal. April, May, and early June and October, November, and early December are the spring and autumn in Nepal. Expect typically consistent weather, clear skies, pleasant days, and mild nights throughout these trekking seasons. Spring is more popular since it is warmer than autumn. There's also the benefit of seeing blooming spring flowers and rhododendrons. But, autumn beauty is no less than spring. Post monsoon makes the views of the mountain and landscapes much clearer with no clouds.  

Even though these are peak seasons, trekkers need not be concerned about crowds because the region receives fewer visitors than the central region. There will be no problems finding a room in teahouses, and the trails will be less crowded.

Trekkers should avoid trekking during the monsoon season since the paths get slick and the roads become impassable owing to excessive rainfall. And, trekking is often impossible in the winter since it snows a lot, making trails inaccessible and the weather rather bad. 

Permits & Entrance for Kanchenjunga North Base Camp 

  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Entry Permit (KCAP) 
  • Restricted Area Permit (RAP)

To trek to the north base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga. Unlike other treks, this trekking does not need TIMS. Trekkers can sit laid back regarding the permits as the permits will be obtained by Himalayan Trekkers on your behalf. You just need to provide the required documentation for permit obtaining.

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1350 M

After a spectacular flight over the highlands, you will arrive at Kathmandu Airport where you will meet the Himalayan trekkers' representative. You will be then transferred to the hotel and helped till the check-in formalities. 

If your arrival makes early, we will sit for a pre-discussion session regarding the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek. In the evening, you will have leisure time to explore the streets of the Thamel area and feel the vibrancy.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trip preparation

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 1350 M

After a warm breakfast at the hotel, you can spend the morning, exploring some of Kathmandu's World Heritage Sites and then prepare for the hike in the afternoon. Your guided sightseeing of Kathmandu includes some of the most prominent pieces of Nepal. Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple are amongst them. Boudhanath Stupa is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism site in Nepal and one of the biggest in South Asia while Pashupatinath Temple is one of the oldest in Nepal and one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in the world that is dedicated to Lord Shiva, considered as the most divine among the Hindu deities. 

After the sightseeing, you can spend the rest of the day preparing for the trek. You can do last-minute shopping if you need personal gear or equipment for the journey. All types of gear and equipment for the trekking journeys are available at the Thamel market. They can be bought new or can be rented out on a daily basis.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 3: Fly to Bhadrapur from Kathmandu & Drive to Taplejung

🕑 40 Minutes Flight & 8/9 Hours Drive

Max Altitude: 2000 M

After a delightful breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to the airport for the flight to Bhadrapur. We take the earliest flight possible or the second one to avoid late arrival in Taplejung which requires an 8-9 hours drive upon arrival at the Bhadrapur airport. 

From Bhadrapur Airport, we hop on our jeep and begin our drive to Taplejung. Our ride goes along the vast landscapes, from high hills to low mountains over the back top road. We also pass by the beautiful tea gardens of Kanyan and Fikkal in Ilam and cardamom jungles. Nepal is the world's leading producer of black/large cardamom, with Taplejung producing most of this spice in Nepal. We might stop for a brief moment at these large and beautiful gardens for short snippets or clicks. Then we continue our drive till we reach our guesthouse. 

Note: If the flight gets delayed, we might have to spend the night at Bhadrapur. Then our drive to Taplejung will be scheduled tomorrow morning extending the trip days.)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 4: Trek to Chiruwa

🕑 7/8 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 1290 M

The trekking journey officially starts today with a total altitude fall of 2000 meters to 1290 meters. Our first phase of trekking will take us primarily downhill along the Tamor River, across the massive Cardamom Jungle. We stop for a tea/coffee break along the way and then continue walking on a flat road. From the second phase onwards, the vegetation shifts from alpine to tropical. The high slopes and mountains begin to fade away in front of our eyes, leaving nothing but endless lowlands. We get to see the local villages and villagers working in the fields for a living along our paths. 

Chiruwa is nestled among massive boulders and bamboo huts with a few tea houses and a bazaar. The Kirati ethnic, today known as Limbu, is a major farming ethnic group that has lived in this region for almost 2000 years. Rice, millet, barley, wheat, and corn are the most common crops here.

OR, Drive Taplejung – Ranipul (6/7Hours) & walk to Sermanthang (45mins)
Instead of trekking for two days, driving from Taplejung to Ranipul and walking for roughly 45 minutes to Sermanthang would be another option. However, the mountain road will be extremely bumpy, but it will also be a picturesque trip and an extreme ride experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Teahouse

Day 5: Trek to Sermanthang

🕑 6/7 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2150 M

Our permits will be checked at the regional park office. From there we cross a suspension bridge over the river and enter the conservation area protecting the region. We follow the trail along the bank of Tamor River making our way into the cardamom garden, many typical Nepali villages, and paddy fields. Also, today’s path takes us past numerous waterfalls and streams. And, we get the most glimpse of the lifestyle of Kirati people though the region inhabits a mix of ethnic communities. Upon reaching our destination, we check-in at our teahouse and relax.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Teahouse

Day 6: Trek to Amjilosa

🕑 5/6Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2803 M

Today, we will be trekking through the man-made stone steps trail. The first phase mainly comprises uphill walks, whereas the second segment consists of hard and steep climbs. Leaving the Kirati settlements in the lower region, our trail goes upwards to the Sherpa settlements. We eat our lunch on the river bank at Lamatar and follow the uphill trail till we reach Amjilosa with a few Sherpa houses and its yak pasturelands.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Teahouse

Day 7: Trek to Gyabla – Ghunsa

🕑 8/9 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3550 M

We start early in the morning on the rocky stone steps passing through a few landslides, small streams, and beautiful waterfalls. Our steep climb continues through the densely forested region of dense rhododendron and old oak trees, past the scattered settlements nestled in the tranquil valley below the mountains, and pause at Gyabla for a quick lunch grab. 

Gyabla gifts us with the first mountain view of Kumbakarna Peak also known as Jannu Peak. Stone steps steep upwards and continue till Faley. From here, the mountain trekking trail starts and leads us with a slight uphill along the Ghunsa River and reach Ghunsa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 8: Acclimatization day in Ghunsa

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 3550 M

Ghunsa is the city center of the Kanchenjunga region where we will spend an extra day here for acclimatization and rest purposes. There are lodges with facilities like internet, electricity, charging stations, and hot/cold showers in this Tibetan village. We can spend the day visiting monasteries and learning about Buddhist culture and heritage in the old village of Ghunsa. We may go for a day hike to one of the neighboring places as part of our acclimatization process.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 9: Trek to Khambachen

🕑 5/6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4000 M

Today, we begin on the slight uphill mountain trekking trail along the Ghunsa Khola's south bank, passing through gorgeous rhododendron and pine forests, as well as several mani walls, colorful prayer flags, and chortens. We also trek through multiple landslides, streams, waterfalls, and glacial moraines to reach Khambachen, a Tibetan village from which we have a spectacular 360-degree mountain view including Jannu (7710m), Sobithongie (6670m), Phole Peak (6645m), and Khabur (6332m).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Teahouse

Day 10: Acclimatization Day - Optional Side Trip to Janu/Kumbakarna Base Camp)

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 4000 M

After weeklong trekking, a day of rest and leisure is in order. An optional day hike to the high ridge behind the village offering spectacular views of the Himalayas or trek to Jannu/Kumbarkarna Base Camp or 6-7 hours long trek on stone steps to Phaktalung Temple, one of the most famous temples of Kirat communities. 
Or, we can just stroll around the Khambachen area.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Teahouse

Day 11: Trek to Lhonak

🕑 5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4770 M

The trail gradually ascends over a wide stony mountain trail to Ramtang at 4240 meters then across moraines of the Kanchenjunga glaciers. We get to experience the first glance of our main target, Mount Kanchenjunga including other breathtaking mountains throughout the tail today. Lhonak sits on an open, sandy plain beside a dry lake bed with breathtaking 360-degree mountain views. Wedge Peak (6750m), Mera Peak (6344m), Nepal Peak (6910m), and Twins Peak (6750m) are among the Himalayan peaks visible.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Teahouse

Day 12: Trek from Lhonak – Pangpema (North B.C.) – Lhonak

🕑 7/8 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 5143 M BC

An early start for the walk to Pangpema (5143m), the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, for magnificent views of view Kanchenjunga's main peak with Wedge Peak, Tent Peak, Nepal Peak, Cross Peak, the Twins. The stony slight uphill trail follows moraine for much of its length and is quite in poor shape due to its ever-changing nature and occasional use. After exploring the main destination of this journey, we will return to Lhonak for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Teahouse

Day 13: Trek to Khambachen

🕑 5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4000 M

We return to Khambachen, following back along the same path for around 5 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Teahouse

Day 14: Trek to Ghunsa – Further to Phaley

🕑 5/6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2900 M

We retrace our steps and return to Ghunsa and from there we descend to Phaley for the night. Our descent takes us past the breathtaking mountains and cliffs that we saw on the way up.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Teahouse

Day 15: Trek to Amjilosa

🕑 5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2308 M

Today, we trek back to Amjilosa via Gaybla from the same trail we used to climb upwards. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Teahouse

Day 16: Trek to Ranipul

🕑 3/4 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 1800 M

Today is the last day of our walk. Out of Amjilosa, the route descends. The hike ends after we reach Ranipul, after passing through villages and farmlands.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 17: Drive to Taplejung

🕑 6/7 Hours Drive

Max Altitude: 2000 M

After breakfast, we start our 6-7 hours drive on the best available vehicle to reach Taplejung. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 18: Drive to Bhadrapur

🕑 8/9 Hours Drive

Max Altitude: 91 M

Today will also be a long day of driving. We depart Taplejung early in the morning and move towards Bhadrapur.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Best Available Hotel

Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur & Transfer to hotel

🕑 40 Minutes Flight & Transfer to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1350 M

After breakfast, we transfer you to the airport for the flight back to Kathmandu. After your 40 minutes scenic flight over the mountains and valleys, you land at the Kathmandu airport, where you will be received by our staff. Then, you will be escorted to the respective hotel in Thamel. The remainder of the day is on your own.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 20: Optional/Leisure Day in Kathmandu

🕑 Free /Casual Day

Max Altitude: 1350 M

This is the day for the complete rest that is needed for a tired and sore body. You could visit spa or massage centers, or probably go shopping for souvenirs. In the evening, we will gather at a typical Nepali restaurant for a goodbye meal, which will include a traditional Nepali feast and a cultural show.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Airport

After breakfast, you can fly back to your home from Kathmandu, or you can prolong your trip and travel within or outside of Nepal. We will transfer you to the Kathmandu Airport once again and bid you farewell hoping to see you again.

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • All airport transfers (pick-ups & drop-offs) on a private vehicle
  • All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary in Kathmandu on a private vehicle 
  • All domestic transfers (KTM-Bhadrapur-KTM)
  • Required ground transportation on a private vehicle
  • Twin/Double Sharing 3* Standard Category Accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Best Available Accommodation in Bhadrapur
  • Daily Breakfast at Hotel in Kathmandu and Bhadrapur
  • Lodge & teahouse accommodations on twin sharing basis throughout the trekking journey
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with tea/coffee) as per the itinerary
  • Heritage, Monuments, Entrance Fees 
  • National Park/Conservation/TIMS  Permits and Fees
  • English speaking experienced guide
  • Require a number of porters as per group size
  • Supporting staffs’ insurance, salary, food & accommodations, Wages
  • First Aid Kid Box
  • Welcome/Farewell dinner
  • All required government taxes & official expenses

Excludes

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu & Bhadrapur
  • Personal Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, hot showers, phone bills, and others
  • Alcoholic beverages (Not suggested during the trekking journey)
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the includes section

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek, Both are available, Tea House, Best available Local House, and Tented Camp Trek. In this Itinerary, We are planning to organize using best available Tea House/Homestay and Lodges based. Almost all our lodging options include basic teahouses throughout the journey. Our standard accommodation in the city areas or Kathmandu will be 3* Standard Category Accommodations, twin-sharing basis which can be upgraded according to your taste at an additional cost. Lodges or guesthouses in the lower region and Ghunsa with basic services like electricity, Wi-Fi, hot showers, and charging stations, will be the roofs. Aside from that, the higher the altitude, the lesser the quality of the tea house services. We motivate you to be prepared for that. 

Meals 

The hotels in Kathmandu and Bhadrapur provide breakfast at the hotel on their package. Lunches and dinners are up to you in these cities. Many eatery options are available in Kathmandu and a few in Bhadrapur. Pick one in your favor and enjoy. The teahouses on this trekking journey will be basic and they will most likely serve solely Nepali food, which means a lot of rice and dal (lentil). 

In addition, we recommend drinking boiled water or utilizing good grade water purifiers, rather than buying bottled water in plastic containers.

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