Kanchenjunga (8586 m) is the third highest mountain in the world, which lies in the eastern part of Nepal, the border of Nepal and Sikkim India.
This exciting trek, which offers a bit of everything, climbs slowly along valleys of rushing rivers to the snow-peaked north face of Kanchenjunga and culminates, after several dramatic days in the high mountains among the glaciers at Pang Pema. As with all the hikes in eastern Nepal you can trek here for days without running into other foreigner group trekkers. There was little earthquake damage on the route, but it’s already taken care of from the National park services & TAAN 2017-18.
Kanchenjunga Trek is one of the most thrilling and beautiful trekking routes in the eastern part of Nepal. Kanchenjunga National Park has a diverse mix of flora and fauna and outstanding natural beauty. This is a conservation area and needs special permits and authority before entering the area. This region is famous for the elusive snow leopard and rhododendrons, the national flower of Nepal.
During the trek, you may get to the chance to encounter various kinds of wild animals: herds of blue sheep, Deer, Tibetan wolves, Snow Leopard, Danfemonal (national bird/ pheasant) and many more. We will come across numerous small settlements/villages in the region; most people depend on domesticated Yak and mountain cows for milk, meat and other necessities of their daily life.
Kanchenjunga National park, there are few settlements in the park and start building some tea-house and local guesthouses where you can spend overnight and have your meals as well. Compare tea-house Annapurna and Everest Base camp here is very simple and basic, still needs to improve in their quality and hygienic food. We organize our trekking in this area with a lot of staff support making sure you stay healthy and strong to trek and explore the Kanchenjunga national park.
Mt. Kanchenjunga is in the border of Sikkim/India and Nepal. It is not possible to complete a circuit around the mountain. However, you can visit both North and south base camps on the Nepal side takes more than 25 days. There are few high passes consider to be harder passes in terms of land escape, steep terrain, and finding water sources. Trekking Ghunsa to Cheram you must cross Selele La 4480m and Sinon La 4646m passes.
This trekking region provides an outstanding combination of stunning natural beauty and off-the-beaten-path experience.
- Trip Grade:Moderate, Challenging, Hard
- Max Elevation:5143m
- Total Duration:18 - 25days
- Best Time:March- May & Oct - Nov
- Best trekking in spring:5 star
Itinerary at glance
Day 01: Arrival Day in Kathmandu, pick up, transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Trek preparation day in Kathmandu. And explore the Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Bhadrapur 45minute and drive to Illam (Phidim) 5 hours and stay in the guesthouse.
Day 04: Drive Phidim to Taplejung (1820m) and prep for trekking and stay in the guesthouse.
Day 05: Trek Taplejung to Mitlung (921m) 5 hours stay in the local guesthouse.
Day 06: Trek Mitlung to Chirwa (1300m) 6 hours stay in the local guesthouse.
Day 07: Trek Chirwa to Sekathum (1670m) 6 hours stay in the local guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek Sekathum to Gyabla (2730m) 7 hours stay in the local guesthouse.
Day 09: Trek Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595m) 6 hours.
Day 10: Rest and acclimatization day in Ghunsa.
Day 11: Trek Ghunsa to Kambachen (4050m) 6 hours.
Day 12: Trek Ghunsa to Kambachen (4050m) 6 hours.
Day 13: Day trekking Lhonak to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (KBC) to view Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m) and return back to Lhonak. Full day trekking and stay at the same guesthouse.
Day 14: Trek back Lhonak to Ghunsa (3595m) 8 hours.
Day 15: Trek Ghunsa to Selele (4290m) 7 hours.
Day 17: Trek Selele to Tseram (Cheram) (3870m) – 8 hours.
Day 18: Day hiking to Oktang Base Camp and return back to Tseram for overnight (4730m) – Whole day.
Day 19: Trek Tseram to Yamphudin (2080m) – 9 hours.
Day 20: Trek Yaphudin to Phedang (1870m) – 6 hours.
Day 21: Trek Phedang to Dhalgaun (1845m) – 6 hours.
Day 22: Drive to Bhadrapur visa Phidim and stay at Bhadrapur, full day drive.
Day 23: Drive to Bhadrapur and fly back to Kathmandu
Day 24: Rest day in Kathmandu.
Day 25: Airport transfer (fly to your home)
- Experienced guide (4:1 ratio), local porter (2:1ratio).
- Domestic flights Ktm – Bhadrapur - Ktm.
- Airport picks up and drops.
- Hotel 4nights in Kathmandu twin sharing room with breakfast.
- Essential group First aid.
- Trekking permit and TIMS (Tourism Information Management System)
- Our staff’s guides and Porter's salary, food, accommodation, and their insurance.
- Food during the trekking, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and hot drinks tea & Coffee.
- Accommodation at local tea-house twin sharing room during the trekking
- Travel/ trekking, accidental/ health insurance (mandatory)
- Personal Expenses (e.g. snacks, coke, Mineral water, chocolate during the day etc)
- Mineral Water and Alcohol and all bottled beverages.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, accept sightseeing and other activities.
- International airfare and airport tax, Visa fee
- Guides/ Porter’s tip.
- Emergency evacuation.
What you need to bring
- Personal belongings (i.e. camera, water bottle, extra money, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat, hiking shorts/ synthetic T-shirt etc.)
- Hiking boots, sports shoe/ trainers, 3/4 woolen socks 2 pairs liners socks, 1 pairs gloves, warm hat,
- 1 Day backpack and a duffel bag for your clothing.
- Warm layers, down or synthetic jackets, fleece, hiking pants, thermals.
Note: We customize your trip according to your interest, duration, and budget. This is a brief itinerary gives you some idea and broader pictures of the trip while you are thinking to do so. Please do not hesitate to contact us for details and additional information about the area.
We will provide a comprehensive gear list on booking, and most of these items you can buy or rent in Kathmandu.
Interesting fact of this trekking in Nepal, Off the beaten track, Wild & scenic as well as remote valleys and endanger snow leopard. Trek itself rated moderate hard and need more than 25 days commitment if you want to complete the North & south base camp.
Karnali River Experience.
They say that the journey is better than the destination. That all the experiences along the way are like an accumulation of rocks along a riverbed. This story is another stone in a river.
I have known Mani Aryal for several years, meeting him in the United States, in the state of Utah. Mani and I were both on a work contract to take a group of students down Desolation & Grey Canyon on the Green River. After spending three weeks with Mani I knew that I made a paddling adventure buddy and that he would be a person that I actively stay in contact with. The years have a way of floating by with adventure and intentions. Every time I spoke to Mani he persistently invited me to Kathmandu to see his home and to float the rivers. Three years after saying “no”, I finally could say “maybe”.
Kathmandu is large in legend and small in structure. The shuttle ride from the airport is an example of whitewater: dodging potholes, must-make moves, and pure adrenaline. It’s best not to watch.
There are two options to get to the river when signing up for a Karnali River Expedition trip: 1) take the plane or 2) ride with the guides and gear on public transport. I was on a tight budget, so option #2 was the only way to go. Putting together a multiday river trip is always difficult, especially when you start combining buses, shuttles, and rendezvous. The first leg of the journey was via public transportation to Koholpur. The guides and I, hanging out at the main bus depot, loading all of the gear we would need for the next 12 days was a new experience indeed.
You see a lot of different people and livestock on the long distance buses. Chickens and goats are not uncommon. If a woman is standing with a baby, it’s a norm to hand a baby to you, a seated passenger, to hold the child in order to give her a break.
The second half of the shuttle was a private bus to the put-in, the small village of Dungeshor that is located straight down a canyon. The route our bus driver picked was shorter to save fuel but longer because of road conditions. Our bus rocked, creaked and moaned down the road for 8 hours only to cover 85km. “Singletrack” may be a better description than “road” as there were only inches to spare between rock walls and open air.
Sideswiping other buses, scouting rock gardens and pushing our transport were common occurrences that quickly become norms. We reached Dungeshor after 10 pm to hastily inhale some food and beer from a generous restaurant owner who opened his doors after hours. Afterward, we set up our tents on the riverbank to welcome a solid, unwavering piece of ground to usher in some sleep.
The next morning, the guides were in their prime, having already started getting breakfast ready for everyone. Mani was no exception, greeting me with a great, white smile and a coffee to help orient my mind back to my body. The biggest surprise was all of the children hanging about camp. We were all warned not to leave our gear unattended. Later that day, I realized a carabineer walked off to hang out with the children. The guides seemed to include me that much more by laughing and sharing stories of gear gone lost.
Throughout the six days, Mani and his guides were exceptional hosts. It seemed as if they never stopped moving. Always quick to put a coffee in your hand, help you set up your campsite or to offer a meal. Every morning they would barter with local fisherman to add extra flair to the menu. On the water, I felt safe and involved in the risk management. All ideas were heard until a plan formed to be implemented with everyone on board. The standard followed by Mani was professional.
Six months after this trip, the strongest memories I have are of traveling to and from the river. Once I had oars in my hand and a blue sky above me I knew who I was and how I got there.
The total trip duration from Kathmandu to Kathmandu was 10 days included bus journey.
Thank you, Mani. I look forward to our next adventure.