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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Fact of the Trip:

Trekking mode: Lodge and Camping

Trekking Activities: Trekking/Sightseeing

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Difficulty: Strenuous

Max Elevation: 5,160m

Transportation: Flight/Car/Tourist Bus

Group Size: minimum01- maximum10

Best Months: April-May/Sep-November.

Duration: 22 days

  • Introduction
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Trip Info
  • Map

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in far eastern Nepal offers the opportunity to visit cardamom farming in lower elevation to majestic view of snowy mountains and Yalung glacier at higher elevation. The region is sparsely populated and the teahouse service are very basic- the region is yet to flourish by tourism. The magical vistas, landscapes and sheer scales are humbling and immensely rewarding. Dramatic view of sky-dominating Kanchenjunga range is common during Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking starts after a small airstrip to Bhadrapur and then drive to Taplejung, the starting point of the trek. The trail takes a downhill section to Tamor Nadi and climbs to Hellok, the junction of Kanchenjunga glacier and river. The trail further follows Ghunsa Khola Valley to Ghunsa and on its source. Few days walking through the ancient villages and delightful forest of rhododendron, oak, birch and bamboo helps you prepare for higher level trekking. The area is majorly inhibited by Rai, Limbu and Sherpa people famous for Tongba, a millet drink with acquired taste.

After rest, the KBC trekking trail continues to Kambachen, opposite to Mt. Jannu /Kumvakarna (7,711m) and at the ridge above the tree line. The trail further moves to enter into the area of towering peaks: barren at south section and icy at Northern part above impressive Kanchenjunga glacier. Trek further to Lhoknak – the highest summer grazing area. KBC trail continues to Pang Pema Base Camp where we climb above the BC for mesmerizing sunrise view.

Trip Info


We will serve you a hearty breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek. With Four Season Mountain Trek, you get the vast array of food – Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisine.

Your trekking guide will suggest the delicious and hygienic food during the trip. We will have breakfast and dinner in the teahouses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination.


You will stay at star hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are available on twin-shared basis. Kanchenjunga trek takes you to the remote locations, so there are basic teahouse with shared restroom facilities (but improving). Don’t expect the heater; yet it is replaced by warm blanket. There are no electricity connection in the rooms unless the villages has hydropower. So pack wisely to tackle the darkness.

Drinking Water

Four Season Mountain Treks offers enough chlorine/iodine treated water for the trek. All the teahouses offers mineral water and boiled water but costs you extra. Do not purchase plastic bottles as it is very difficult to dispose off.  

Physical Conditions & Experience Requirements

Rated as “Challenging” Treks, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek involves high altitude trekking for a long duration and even comprises some high Himalayan passes. So physical fitness, strong determination and positive attitude are the most essential. Previous trekking experience would be an assent but not mandatory.

We suggest you to involve in physical workouts like gym, jogging, running and swimming few weeks prior the trip. We strongly believe that pre-trek training will help you boost your strength, stamina, confidence and endurance.

Do consult your doctor; if you have pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lung and blood diseases. Or you can simply consult Four Season Mountain medical expert.

Best time to trek

Autumn starting from (September – November) and spring starting from (March – May) are the best time of year for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. The weather during these season are excellent and so are the views.

Trekking Kanchenjunga in Monsoon invites the risk of landslide, flood and slippery trail. Winter is very cold in Kanchenjunga which might not be suitable for every trekkers.

Permit Cost

Kanchenjunga is restricted for trekking; so you need a special permit to enter this area. The restriction policy is imposed to protect its fragile mountain ecology and culture.

You don’t need to worry about the permit collection, we will make all the necessary arrangements.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Permit

Trekkers need to buy two entry permits:

•    A Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP)

•    Restricted Area Entry Permit (from the trail from Tapethok and Yamphuding)

Kanchenjunga Permit Cost

•    A Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP) – USD 20 per person or equivalent foreign currency

•    Restricted Area Entry Permit (RAP) – USD 20 per person per week or equivalent foreign currency

Kanchenjunga Trek RAP Requirements

The permit purchase process must be done via legalized travel agency of Nepal. Plus we must be in a group of two trekkers and accompany a government licensed guide or porter.


•    Valid Passport with at least six months of remaining validity and valid Nepal visa

•    E-copy of passport size photo

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Cost and Date

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Day01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m) and transfer to the hotel

Day02: Fly Kathmandu – Bhadrapur (72, /35 minutes flight)

Day03: Drive from Bhadrapur to Taplejung (1,820m) and trek to Phurumbu (1,200m) – 30 minutes flight and 3-4 hours trek

Day04: Phurumbu – Chirwa (1,190m/6-7 hours trek)

Day05: Chirwa – Sekathum (1,640m/5-6 hours trek)

Day06: Sekathum – Amjilosa (2,490m/7-8 hours trek)

Day07: Amjilosa – Gyabla (2,730m/7-8 hours trek)

Day08: Gyabla – Ghunsa (3,430m/6-7 hours trek)

Day09: Rest and acclimatization day at Ghunsa

Day10: Ghunsa – Kambachen (4,150m/6-7 hours trek)

Day11: Rest day: Kambachen and exploration: Kumbhakarna / Jannu Glacier

Day12: Kambachen – Lhonak (4,790m/5-6 hours trek)

Day13: Lhonak to Pang Pema Base Camp (5,160m/3-4 hours trek)

Day14: Exploration: Pang Pema – Kanchenjunga North Base Camp viewpoint – 4/5 hours trek

Day15: Pang Pema – Kambachen (4,150m/5-6 hours trek)

Day16: Kambachen – Ghunsa – Phale (3,140m/5-6 hours trek)

Day17: Phale – Amjilosa (2,140m/5-6 hours trek)

Day18: Amjilosa – Chirwa (1,190m/5-6 hours trek)

Day19: Chirwa – Taplejung(1,520m/8-9 hours trek)

Day20: Taplejung – Bhadrapur - (9 hour drive)

Day21: Bhadrapur – Kathmandu – 30 minutes flight

Day22: Transfer to airport for final departure

Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu – Biratnagar / Suketar – Biratnagar / Biratnagar – Kahtmandu  flight fare
  • Accommodation at Kathmandu on B & B basis
  • City tour by private transportation
  • All ground transportations as per itinerary
  • All necessary paper works and permit (Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permits (KCAP), TIMS and Kanchenjunga Special Permit)
  • An experienced and government registered guides and local porters
  • Guide and porter: salary, insurance, transportation, accommodation and food
  • All meals during the trek
  • Supplementary snacks (cookies, energy bars and fresh fruits)
  • Medical kits
  • All local and government taxes

Cost Excludes 

  • City entrance fee at Kathmandu
  • Tour guide
  • Hot shower during trek
  • Boiled water
  • Personal nature expenses: alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone bills and more
  • Tipping for guides and porters (not compulsory but expected)
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International flights

Important Things to Know before Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Planning to trek Kanchenjunga; here are the list of 10 must things to do before the trek. No matter whether you are out for organized or independent trekking, these are the most important things to do before the trek:

Proper Research

As hiking to Kanchenjunga takes you to extreme location where the modern development is far way behind, it is mandatory that you do a complete research about the trek. You must have the knowledge about the trekking route, weather conditions, terrain, local culture, average trekking distance between the camps or teahouse, walking hours per day, difficulty level and plan your trek accordingly.

Pack the suitable trekking equipment

Since the weather of Himalaya is highly unpredictable, it is wise to be prepared for the worst. Hence carry right pear and trekking equipment.

Rainwear, Warm Down, trekking poles, Hats, mitten, gloves, sleeping bags or tents are some important gear list. Likewise, do carry crampon & Gaiters to tackle the snowy trails.

Visit Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Blog for more info.

Carry a First Aid Kit

First aid kit must be the first and most important stuff you need to pack for your trek. Needless to mention, you should always carry basic medicines and ointments. It comes great into use in case of injury during the trek.

Pack your backpack rightly

Make some research and collect all the stuffs for the trek. A right stuff enhances your comfortability, efficient and can even be your life-saving stuff.

Visit Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Pack list for more Info  

Don’t Smoke and drink

Strictly avoid alcohol and smoke before and in course of trekking in Himalayas. At 4,000+m altitude, you will exhale and perspire twice as much moisture as you do at comfortable altitude and alcohol will contribute to dehydrate your body. This is one of major cause of altitude sickness in Himalaya.

Never Trek independently if you are a novice trekker

If you are beginner, it is always wise to accompany an experienced guide. As trekking in Kanchenjunga is full of mountain risks and threats, it is not right to go solo if your attempt is first. Choose the right trekking company, leader or porter for the trek.

Contact Four Season Mountain Treks for more info

Stay Hydrated

Since the climate of mountains are clod and dry, your need significant amount of water while trekking in Himalaya. Drink enough water before you fell thirsty. Make a water stop every 1 hour and drink some water; this helps you remain hydrated and stay out of altitude threats.

Keep it light on Stomach

Eating meals on treks is challenge to many. Your body loses too many calories that you are tempted to finish all the food available. Yet, over-eating do not help; it invites negative effect in contrary.

During Kanchenjunga Base Camp Hike, you need to take extra care of health because even a good doctor is helpless without his equipment. So we suggest you not to eat heavy stuffs. Eat light and easily digestible food.

Know Your Limits

Don’t push your body beyond the limit. Always try to cover the short distances and take breaks. Walking long and climbing high might invite serious altitude problems. You are the only one who is aware of your physical strength and endurance, so always keep your limitation in consideration.

Important Eating Habits during the Trek

1.    Eat to compensate the lost calories and match your exertion level. Never overeat.

2.    Eat good amount of Carbohydrate to refuel your strength. Carbs shortly helps you to replace the depleted energy stores, prevent protein being burned and requires less oxygen for metabolism.

3.    Eat less fats and proteins as it needs more oxygen to digest and can overtax already lower oxygen level at alpine elevation

4.    Keep the Wise food intake ration: Carb – 60 – 65 %, Fat – 20 – 25% and Proteins – 10 – 15%

5.    Don’t skip the meals – always eat organic and locally produced stuffs – wholesome breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eating  regularly at right interval will help stabilize the energy

6.      Try not to eat chocolates, energy bars cream biscuits or sweets as it is rich in insulin spike which is not healthy.

7.    Always stay hydrated – drink at least 3 – 4 liter a day

8.    Avoid junk food, sweet at least a week prior the trek. Get used to with rice, pulse soup and curry – staple local food for trekkers

9.    Minimize your caffeine intake as it leads dehydration 

10.    Don’t drink alcohol as it leads us to dehydration and AMS

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