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Kanchenjunga Trekking

Kanchenjunga Trekking

Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world and it is located in the eastern part of Nepal. Milke Danda is said to be the sanctuary for national flower, rhododendron. The foothills of these mountains ascend upward of 3,500mm rain per year, triple the amount of annual rainfall of western Nepal. As an effect of which jungle trails remain lush and green in the dry season. The whole trail follows the humidity forest along the Tamur river basin.

For this trek, we fly to Taplejung and then the trek starts through the ridge route to Kanchenjunga south base camp. Then we trek back to the Tseram by crossing over the northern face.

Facts of Trip:

Kanchenjunga Trekking Maps

Country: Nepal

Destination: Kanchenjunga Trekking

Starting point: Kathmandu – Biratnagar - Suketar ( Taplejung)

Ending Point: Suketar – Biratnagar – Kathmandu

Transportation: Private vehicle as per itinerary

Culture: Different Community with majority of Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, Tamang, Chhetri, Brahamn & Tibetan.

Mode of Trekking: Camping

Best season in Nepal: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct & Nov

Total Trip Duration: 27 Days

Grade: Challenge & Hard

Max. Altitude: 5500m.

Activities: Sight seeing and Trekking

Group Size: Min 01 pax, Max 12 Pax

Kanchenjunga Trekking Himalayan Sights
Makalu 8463m, Everest 8848m, Kanchanjunga 8586m, Janakchuli , Dhorma Peak East 6950m, Piyramid peak 7123m. , Pathibhara Himal 6824m, Kiran chuli 7365m , Nepal Peak 7168m, Kumbhakarna 6900m, Chang Himal 6812m, Tapleshikhar, Givigela Chuli 7350m, ongsang peak 7473m, Domo Kang 7420m, Jannu Himal 7710m, Kabru North Peak 7373m, Kabru 7338m, Dzanya peak 6710m, Lashar 6930m, Outlier 7090m, Ramtang 6700m, Yalung Kang 8505m, More attractive snow capped peaks.

Trip day to day itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Upon your arrival at international airport, After the completion of Visa formalities you have to come downstairs to collect Luggage and proceed to outside from terminal Building. Please look at your Printed Name and Our Company Signboard Annapurna Foothills Treks & Exp and follow them. Meet our representative; you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu .. You should clear your dues before we proceed for the trip. You are free to relax or explore around the city in the very first day.

Day 02: Sight seeing Kathmandu AM: Guided visit of Kathmandu City and Swayambhunath.
PM: Guided visit of Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath + Read more

Day 03: Kathamndu to Biratnagar

Day 04: Biratnagar to Suketar (Taplejung) then trek to Jogidanda (2059m) After breakfast at the hotel, we take a flight to Suketar (35 min). From the airport in Suketar, the trail inclines gradually along the rhododendron covered Surke Danda, crossing a ridge at 2580m the trail branches from here, the Kanchanjunga trail descends and contours through forests to Jogidanda crossing Limbu Village near jogidanda Jogidanda our first camping sight of our trek.

Day 05: Jogidanda to Chirwa (1800m) Trek to Chirwa(1171m.) and it takes about seven hours. The path to follow is quite narrow and passes through jungle mainly covered with cardamom plants and other vegetation. You can also see the small gardens of orange on your way. You cross through some small streams while trekking. This day your trek is through ascent and descent paths. You walk along the more flat land. Chirwa is a small town where you find small lodges and camping site with local shops. The people are mainly engaged in agricultural activities.

Day 06: Chirwa to Sakathum (1660m) Trek from Chirwa to Sekathum(1635m.) which takes about six hours. Your trek passes through a small jungle along with the bank of river. You find the plants of cardamom and other different vegetation. The trail normally ascends and descends as well. You cross a small hanging bridge before you reach Sekhathum.

Day 07: Sakathum to Amjilosa (2510m) Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa ( 2510m.) and it takes about five hours. The first one and half-hour you trek through normally flat land. Then your trail goes steeply ascent up to Amjilasa. Amjilassa is small village with few houses and yak herds with local shops where you find minimal supplies. These shops are also called Bhattis and teashops.

Day 08: Amjilassa to Kyapar (2730m) Trek from Amjilosa to Kyapar ( 2730m.) which takes about seven hours. The trail is quite flat in the beginning and gently ascent to Gyable passing through jungle. There can be seen human settlement at Gyable. People living here follow Buddhist culture. You stay overnight

Day 09: Kyapar to Ghunsa (3695m) Trek to Ghunsa (3468m.) which takes about six hours. Your trails pass through jungle. You can see Gunsa river down the trail. The trail passes through few human settlements and it is clearly visible that their life style and culture has been inherited from Tibet . You pass through terrace fields where are grown potato, wheat, barley, buck wheat and so on. The local trader are involved in export-import business in Tibet . The traders go to India for trade activities during the winter season.

Day 10: Ghunsa to Khambachen (4099m) Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4124m.) which takes about six and half hours.

The trail makes a gradual ascent along the south bank of the Gunsa Khola, then crosses a boulder strewn flood plain and crosses back to Rambuk Kharka on the north side of the river. Once on the opposite side, the trail passes a waterfall then makes a short, steep ascent to a very unstable scree slope. It's a passage across the slide, with loose footing, a steep fall to the river and lots of tumbling football-sized rocks. Beyond the slide, the trail drops to the single locked hut at Lakep, then traverses to Khambachen, a Tibetan settlement of about a dozen houses at 4040m

Day 11: Rest Day Khambachen (4099m) It is again time to stop and acclimatize. There are view of the high peaks near Kanchenjunga , Khabour, Phole, Nango Ma and Jannu. Climb a ridge above the village for more views or take aday hike to the Jannu base camp.

Day 12: Khambachen to Lhonak (4785m) The trail climbs gradually through open tocky fields to Ramtang, 4240 metres, then across moraines northwest of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. Lhonak 4790 metres is near dry lake bed on an open sandy plain. Terrific mountain views abound in all directions.

Day 13: Lonak to Pangpema (5143m) You can not see the main Kanchenjunga peak from Lhonak, for a view of this peak you must go on to the base camp at Pang Pema, 5140 meters. The spectacular main peak of Kanchenjunga and a panorama of other peaks that make up one of the largest mountain in the world tower over the single roofless hut at Pang Pema

Day 14: Pangpema (5243m) Trek from Pangpema to Kanchanjunga (North) Base Camp (5280m.) and trek back to Pangpema and it takes approximately eight hours. The trek goes upward until you reach Base Camp. Here you can enjoy the snow capped mountains and Kanchenjunga glacier. There are gorges of mountain glacier where water flows all the time. During the middle of the day, the scene of falling avalanches captivates you completely. While trekking back you climb down till Pangpema. On the way you can see yaks and mountains grazing in the pastures.

Day 15: Pangpema to Khanbachen (4040m) Take a moraning hike up to the ridge north of Pang Pema. A climb of 200 to 300 meters provides a vantage point with views of Kanchenjunga, Wedge Peak , the Twins, Pyramid Peak and Tent Peak . As usual, the descent goes faster, you can easily get back to Khambachen in a single day.

Day 16: Khangpachen to Lumba Samba (4206m) We select to cross either of the 2 passes today depending on the weather conditions: Lapsang La, the higher pass at 5180m or the Mirgin La at (4500m).

Day 17: Lumba Samba to Ramche (4580m) Trek to Ramche [4360m) and it takes about seven hours. You have a short walk today to your next camp at Ramche. The scenery is magnificent as you ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and into a series of ablation valleys. A frozen lake, crystal clear streams and views of Kokthan, Rathong and Kabru are the highlights of this walk into Ramche which is situated on a broad, flat ablation zone.

Day 18: Ramche (4580m) Explore around South base camp. Ramche for Exploration and walk approximately for 5 to 6 hours. Leaving your camp set up at Ramche, you take a packed lunch and set off very early for your first close encounter with Kanchenjunga . Following the valley around its sweeping curve, you are suddenly confronted with the vast southern wall of the mountain. The ridge forms a cirque, which is over 15 kms long and never less than 7500 metres high. Along this ridge lie the three main summits of Mt Kanchenjunga at 8420m, 8586m, and 8474m. It is truly breathtaking. Proceeding further on towards Oktang [4630m], you may then descend onto the glacier and cross it to a point below Talu from where you can see all the mountains of the area in panorama. Especially impressive is the east part of Khumbakarna Glacier flowing from the east face of Jannu [Kumbhakarna being the local name for Jannu]. You then return to your camp at Ramche.

Day 19: Ramche to Cheram (3870m) Trek from Tseram (3725m.) and it takes about seven hours. You trek through almost desert like area and some places you cross is stony trail. The path is ascent from Mirgin La to Tseram. On the path, you can see Lapsang La glacier,Mirgin La glacier and snow-capped mountains. There are very few stone roof houses at Tseram and yak huts. You stay overnight.

Day 20: Cheram - Tortong (2995m) The hike starts in forest, then crosses landslides to Tsento Kang, a goth at 3360 meters. An hour beyond is a Buddhist Shrine. Peaks begin to appear in the distance as you climb further.

Day 21: Tortong to Yamphudin (2080m) Trek to Yamphudin (2090m.) which takes about 8 to 9 hours. The first part of the trekking goes along the bank of the river, Simbua Khola. You have to walk through jungle. On the way, you can see the landslide at some places. The trails normally ascends up to Lamite Bhanjyang and then descends to Yamphudin crossing the small river. Yamphudin is a mixed community of Sherpas, Limbus, Rais and Gurungs. Among the corn and rice fields of the village there are a school and some shops with minimal supplies.

Day 22: Yamphudin to Anpan (2040m) Trek from Yamphudin to Anpan (1740m.) which takes about 6 to 7 hours. In the beginning, you descend crossing the Omje Khola up to halfway. Now you ascend through the jungle of cardamom and orchid plants. You pass a small village where you can find different human settlements, small thatched roof houses and local shops with minimal supplies. From here, the trails is quite ascent up to Khebang Danda and then you trek in descending order to Khebang village. Khabang is comparatively big village where is found the people following religion of Hindu and Buddhism.

Day 23: Anpan to Tembewa Height (2000m) It takes 7 hrs

Day 24: Tembewa to Taplejung or Suketar (1780m-2300m) It takes 6 hrs

Day 25: Taplejung or Suketar to KTM (1300m) After breakfast at the lodge of Suketar we go to the airport to fly to Biratnagar and then from there we connect flight to Kathmandu . Arrive Kathmandu and then transfer to the hotel

Day 26: Kathmandu We consider today an “Rest day” just in case the flight can’t land due to weather. Otherwise, we will go to see the ancient city of Bhaktaphur , once a separate kingdom. The city still retains an architectural and design spirit of a feudal state focused on artistic and religious glorification. You will feel you are walking back in time strolling through the core of the old city now preserved and interpreted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take some time to look in the shops to observe potters, weavers, brass-makers, religious artisans, Brahmin priests and spice merchants carrying out their professions as they have done here for hundreds of years. We will end our journey with a farewell dinner this evening.

Day 27: Departure your destination. Transfer to international airport for your final departure. The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal

Fixed Departure Dates
Start Dates End Dates Availability Booking
September 28, 2013 October 24, 2013 Avialable Book Now
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Cost Details:
Group Size 1 pax 2-3 pax 4-5 pax 6-12 pax
Cost (US$) per person Inquiry 3598 3390 2900

Kanchenjunga Trekking Service Included

  • Transportation from airport-hotel-airport
  • Meals prepared by our cook
  • 2 men tent in sharing basis, dining tent & toilet tent
  • Table and chair, Foam mattresses
  • Wages Sherpa's, Porters, Cook and Sirdar
  • Equipment, Food, Insurance's Sherpa, Porters, Cook and Sirdar
  • All trek permits, park fees and local taxes. Trek Permit & Any required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Travel and rescue arrangement support
  • Trip crew medical supplies (first aid kit)
  • All camping site charges
  • Round trip land Transporation ( Hotel – Domestic Airport – Hotel ) by Car and Van
  • Airfare around trip Kathmandu – Biratnagar – Suketar – Biratnagr – Kathmandu
  • Local Airport taxes
  • Camp/ dine fire/warm up charge where available
  • Treated drinking water to fill in your bottle

Kanchenjunga Trekking Service Excluded

  • International roundtrip Airfare
  • Nepal visa fee: US$ 30
  • Travel & Health Insurance- Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended).
  • Any meals ( Lunch & Dinner) in kathmandu and Pokhara – keep $ 8 to 12 per meal in Tourist Restaurant.
  • Any Alcoholic Drinks, Cold Drinks, Mineral Water, Beverages,
  • Tips for guide, Cook, Sherpa and Porters Yak men and Donkey men ( mandatory)
  • Any Other Cost, which is not mentioned in Cost Includes Items as above
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu can be managed upon your request
  • Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu can be arranged upon your request

Client Reviews

I was trekking on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek in November 2007 together with two friends. It was wonderful getting to know rural Nepal and experiencing the enchanting scenery of the mountains. Ngima Sherpa was our trekking guide. It was his great enthusiasm that made our trip an unforgettable experience! He was reliable, perfectly organised and did far more than the necessary "guiding job": for example getting up in the early hours to run before us to secure accomodation, providing a girl we met on the trek with equipment when her shoes became broken or recommending accomodation in Karthmandu. The daily parts of the trek were well organized with enough time for breaks and to accomodate to the altitude.

Anne Katrin Baumgaertner
Muenchen, Germany.


The safety and security of clients is a matter of great importance for us. All of our trips are led by qualified professional and government license holder guides and they have received adequate training from the government of Nepal. We always carry first aid kits in our trip. Out duty is to work hard for you safety and comfort, no matter where we go. Therefore, we work very honestly to provide you with Himalayan experience following willingness your. Please feel free to put forward your queries for making your trip significant and memorable.

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