Kanchenjunga Trek

21 Days

Mt Kanchenjunga is the 3rd highest mountain (8598m) in the world. It was considered to be the highest mountain in the world before 1852. But when all the measurements were done, it was found that it is the third highest. It is located in the north-eastern part of Nepal. It is one of the most difficult trekking routes of Nepal. It does not offer any kind of modern facility. Most of the time trekkers have to stay in tea houses and tents. Therefore, only very few trekkers who like challenges go on this trek. But, nowadays, this trek is getting popular because of its cultural diversity and its remote areas. Unlike the Everest and Annapurna region, it is less crowded. So you will be rewarded with a quiet environment, along with lots of beautiful rural villages, cultural and geographical diversity and greenery.


Trekkers planning to travel to controlled areas in Nepal opened for group trekking need to get trekking permit issued by the Department of Immigration under the Home Ministry. The govern-ment has opened following previously restricted trekking areas for the group trekkers. Trekking permits will not be issued to individual trekkers in those trekking areas. Require minimum 2 Pax to do this trekking because it is a restricted area.



Drive from Kathmandu to Taplejung (1820m) by Bus for 23 hours.

Trek Taplejung to Mitlung (921m) for 5 hours.

Trek Mitlung to Chiruwa (1270m) for 5 hours.

Trek Chiruwa to Helllok (1740m) for 5 hours.

Trek Hellok to Gyabla(2760m) for 6 hours.

Trek Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595m) for 6 hours.

Rest Day in Ghunsa.

Trek Ghunsa to Khargpachen (4050m) for 5 hours.

Trek Khargpachen to Lhonak (4780m) for 5 hours. (Last place for a hotel on the way there is no lunch place.)

Trek Lhonak to Kanchanjunga Base Camp (5143m) and trek back to Lhonak for lunch and continue trek to Khangpanchen, which takes about 8 hours.

Trek Khangpanchen to Ghunsa(3595m) for 3 hours .

Trek Ghunsa to sele la Camp (4200m) for 6 hours.

Trek Sellela camp to Cheram (4440 ) via selele pass and sinion for 7 hours

Trek Cheram to Okhardhunga (4730m) for 8 hours.

Trek Okhardhunga to Yalung Base Camp(5400m) and back to the Ramchaur (4580m) for 6 hours.

Trek Ramchaur to Tortong (2995m) for 6 hours.

Trek Tortong to Mamankhe (1920m) for 6 hours .

Trek Mamankhe to Kande Bhanjyang (2179m) for 7 hours .

Drive from Kande Bhanjyang to Taplejung(1820m) by bus/ jeep for 5 hours

Drive from Taplejung to Kakadbhitta, Jhapa. It takes around 15 hours.

Drive from Kakadbhitta to Kathmandu. It takes around 18 hours.

Cost Includes

  • Kanchenjunga Special Permit
  • A guide
  • Entry permit for National Park
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation by bus.
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) for Nepali staff during the trek
  • Necessary equipment such as sleeping bag, down jacket, etc. for our Nepali staff.
  • Insurance and equipment for the Nepali staff.

Cost Excludes

  • Emergency Mountain Medical Rescue (Provided by your insurance company. Please buy it in your country. You cannot buy it in Nepal.)
  • Personal nature expenses, such as drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Tips
  • All meals 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) for you during the trek

Trekking Equipment list:

The following equipment lists are suggested and essential for both camp & teahouse treks in the Himalayas. Make use of this list as a guideline; some of the equipment can be hired in Katmandu as well. Besides, keep in mind trekking gear can be bought in the many adventure shops in Katmandu Thamel.


  • 1 large duffel bag: This will carry all your personal gear on the trek. It should be strong and durable.  The best size would be around 30″ x 14″, with a full-length zipper and handles.
  • 1 small padlock: Your duffel bag should be locked.
  • 1 rucksack or day pack:  This should accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you want to have during the day.  We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.
  • 1 small duffel bag or suitcase: Items not needed on the trek can be left at the hotel in Kathmandu. This bag should also have a lock.  Be sure to leave room for purchases, or buy one in Kathmandu they have many good quality ones available.

Head and Face Gear:

  • Sunhat
  • A Bandana
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm hat
  • Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor
  • Lip balm with a high SPF factor


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Inner Clothing:

  • T-shirts
  • Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best
  • Underwear
  • 2 Long shorts
  • 2 Trousers- (loose and comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:

  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)
  • Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Baggy pants
  • 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)
  • 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket


  • Light weight walking boots- Quality boots (leather is recommended)
  • Spare laces
  • 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.
  • 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks
  • One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:

  • 1 thermos- Water tends to freeze in ‘normal’ water bottles at high altitude temperatures.
  • 2 one-liter water bottles
  • Purification equipment- Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

  • 30-40 liter daypack
  • Rucksack- Without aluminum support
  • Water Proof Bag- A water proof bag to cover the rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius.

Optional Extras/Luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • Walkman
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

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Kanchenjunga Trek
From $1,450
/ Adult
  • Taplejung
  • Taplejung
  • Moderate
  • 5400
  • Trekking
  • Tea House
  • Nepal
  • Sep - Nov and Mar - May

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