Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp
Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek
Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek
Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek
At a Glance
Duration17 Days
Trip GradeStrenuous
Maximum Altitude4050m
Group Size1 to 10 pax
Travel StyleTrekking
Best TimeSep to Nov and Marth to May

The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek provides an extraordinary adventure experience, showcasing its distinctive landscape, unspoiled culture, and the awe-inspiring beauty of the protected Kanchenjunga Conservation. Situated beneath the world's third-highest mountain, Mt. Kanchenjunga, at 8586m, this trek exclusively covers the northern side of Kanchenjunga and its enclosed region called Pang Pema. Standing impressively at an altitude of 5140m above sea level, Pang Pema offers a truly remarkable experience. Prepare yourself to explore this untouched territory, where you will encounter breathtaking nature, rich culture, and diverse climates. The journey takes you through lush green valleys, glaciers, and various scenic landscapes. Be prepared for changing trail conditions, varying levels of oxygen, unpredictable weather, narrow uphill and downhill sections, and rugged, underdeveloped trails. Upon completing this extraordinary excursion, you will return with unforgettable memories. 


  • Discover Pang Pema, the north base camp of Kanchenjunga (5140 m), in a unique way
  • Experience a breathtaking scenic flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur
  • Delight in the picturesque tea garden with the stunning backdrop of Makalu and Kanchenjunga
  • Venture into the unexplored regions of the country for unparalleled exploration
  • Immerse yourself in the local lifestyle, culture, and tradition by staying at a local Homestay
  • Uncover the diverse flora and fauna of the region
  • Witness the majestic world's third-highest mountain from its base camp
  • Immerse yourself in the rich Rai and Limbu culture and lifestyle
  • Engage in an authentic cultural experience with the Rai and Limbu communities
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the local traditions and customs.

Discover the wonders of Kanchenjunga conservation with Himalayan Trekking Path, a legendary local trekking company. Immerse yourself in an unforgettable 18-day expedition, starting from Kathmandu and venturing towards the heart of the Kanchenjunga North base camp. Witness the breathtaking beauty of the majestic Kanchenjunga ranges before returning to Kathmandu, marking the end of an extraordinary lifetime journey. Embark on an unforgettable journey from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, enjoying a picturesque 45-minute flight. From there, continue your adventure to Taplejung, immersing yourself in the stunning landscapes of tea gardens, rice terraces, and enchanting villages, all set against the majestic backdrop of the Kanchenjunga and Makalu Ranges. Brace yourself for an extraordinary experience as you venture into the least explored, isolated, and remote regions, where tranquility and challenges await, starting from Taplejung.

On the initial day of your trek, you will embark on a journey from Taplejung to Chirunwa (1270m) along a pristine trail. This scenic route will take you through Angshyanpati, Mitlung, Sinwa, Tawa, and Thiwa, showcasing the subtropical climate and the captivating beauty of the Tamor River. Prepare to be mesmerized by the enchanting waterfalls, lush green valleys, and charming villages that you will encounter along the way. Continuing your expedition, you will make your way to Lelep (1750m), passing through Taplekot (1308m) and Temewa (1560m). Finally, you will arrive at Lelep (1750m), where you will spend a second night in the mountains after Taplejung. Throughout your journey, you will traverse numerous suspension bridges, offering breathtaking views of the panoramic green river valley and picturesque rice terraces.

Starting from Lelep at an elevation of 1750m, you will make your way to Suketham at 1576m by crossing the suspension bridges. Continuing along the Ghunsa Khola, you will then reach Amjilosa at 2308m. As you proceed from Amjilosa, you will come across several suspension bridges over the Ghunsa Khola and eventually arrive at Gyabla, situated at 2730m, following a rugged trail. The Kanchenjunga Trek, known for its challenges and beauty, will lead you to Phole at 3240m and then Ghunsa at 3595m, which serves as the check-in point for Kanchenjunga permits. From Ghunsa, the trail becomes steep, narrow, and demanding, taking you through rocky terrain, glaciers, waterfalls, and breathtaking views of gigantic mountains until you reach the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Along this journey, you will pass through Kangbachen at 4050m and Lhonak at 4780m. Upon successfully summiting the base camp at Pang Pema, standing at 5140m, you can celebrate your achievement. Finally, you will retrace your steps back to Taplejung and eventually return to Kathmandu, following the same trail.

Tour PlanExpand All

Welcome to Nepal! We are delighted to offer you our airport pick-up and drop-off to the hotel, ensuring a hassle-free arrival and departure. During your stay, you will have the opportunity to visit our office and finalize your trip at your convenience. To extend our warm hospitality, we will also host a welcome dinner for you. After a fulfilling day, you can relax and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.13ftMeal: DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

After having breakfast, our designated tour guide arrives to take us on a half-day sightseeing tour lasting 3 to 4 hours, showcasing the hidden gems of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Following the tour, there will be ample time to get ready with trekking gear and to freely explore the Thamel area.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.13ftMeal: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel

Kathmandu to Bhadrapur is a short flight of about 45 minutes. As you reach there, you will notice the drastic variations in landscapes and weather conditions than Kathmandu. The people of this region are different in complexion and accents than the people of Kathmandu: so are their cultures and customs. It, indeed, feels like being transferred in a new world. 

Birtamod is a developed town in the district of Jhapa. From Birtamod, the highway leads us through the pleasant tea-gardens and paddy fields (in the right season) towards the Taplejung via Paachthar and Illam. During this 8-9 hour of drive, you will experience 3 different weather conditions: hot, cold, and very cold (snowy). This is a wonderful experience as you could see the landscapes changing from flat land, to verdant hills and finally the rocky terrain.

In Ilam, you may hold to catch the local taste of milk products such as curd, ghee, butter, and churpi (traditionally made hard-cheese). As you leave Ilam, the views start to grow beautiful- with sheer glimpses of Kanchenjunga and Makalu in the northern skyline. By the time you arrive at Taplejung, it would have been night. So, you will not get the time to explore Taplejung.


Max. Altitude: 1820m/5971.129ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Teahouse

Our trekking expedition begins on the 5th day, which is a journey from Taplejung to Chiruwa. While on the trail, you can barely see the good Himalayan views. There are no mountains to see or stumble upon. Nevertheless, the overall journey is an interesting one as you get to lace up on the adventure to one of the highest peaks in the world.

In most parts of the trek, the chirping sounds of the wild birds and the rushing noise of the pacing rivers (Tamur Nadi) create a melodious setting. Through the village of Miltung, the trail is fenced by the cardamom plantations on both sides. The trees and local smells impel the vibe of exploring the world beyond artificiality. The overall trek can be considered easy for this day as there are only a handful of sheer ascents, unlike trekking in the Everest or Annapurna region.

The steady climb up the Chiruwa runs parallel to the raging Himalayan river of Tamor. The green hills and deep valleys are the constant companions throughout the trip. As you arrive at the Taplethok, the natural calmness of the trail gets swapped by the busy feet. There, you will pay your permit fees and then, head on towards the Lelep. On the way, you will come across a series of stairs like rocky slabs that continues through the meadows and joyous scenery until Lelep.

his is the first tough day on this trek. The sheer climbs and unexpected bridges are enough to challenge your adventurous soul.

From Lelep, the trail dissociates into 2: so is the river Tamor. Actually, it is the fusion point of the Ghunsa Khola (a tributary) and Tamor river among which we will follow the trail that goes parallel to the Ghunsa Khola. There are deep ravines and thunderous rivers to put you in awe throughout the trek. Some part of the trail is threatened by Landslides, which usually occurs due to heavy downpour in the monsoon. Through Jauban and Lamatar, we will extrude out into an apparently isolated village of Amjilosa on a clear hillside that offers glamourous views of some of the mountain peaks. Amjilosa is a beautiful hamlet to spend your night in.

The higher you ascend, the challenging the trek becomes. From Amjilosa, it is a pleasant uphill walk through the forest of rhododendron, which blooms in red in the spring. After Thyanyani, the route passes through a waterfall and several unnoticeable imageries that is enough to astound the passer-by. A good bridge spanning across the river of Sakechung Khola carves your way up through the Birdungu Danda. A few distance up, a glittering peak of Ghunsa inspires you to continue your journey. Now, the rocky boulders make your way to the meadows of Gyabla, where there are only a handful of hotel options to stay.

Based on the terrain, the trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa can be separated into 2 phases- divider being the Phole. Until Phole, the climb is pretty steep and demands a lot of physical exertion. However, after that, the trail is not so demanding.

A few distances ahead of Phole, some memorial and chorten are erected for the WWF victims of a helicopter crash. While on the track, you will see a few tributaries passing across the trail. A large mani wall gives an inkling of the Tashi Choeling Monastery approaching close. This monastery is a historical site with highlighted paintings of the Lord Buddha and his followers hung around the walls. As you arrive at Ghunsa, take rest for the day.

Like in all high-altitude trekking, acclimatization is necessary at the Kanchenjunga region as well. And for that, there is no better place than Ghunsa. Although it is not an ideal point for acclimatization, we have to take a day-off to avoid any altitude related complications. Around the Ghunsa, there are only a few side-trips available that takes to nowhere but few viewpoints from where the views of mountains are relatively unchanged from what was seen before. Later, we will return to Ghunsa.

Today’s trek is going to very much rewarding. The trails are rocky, and the wind is chilly that makes the walk pretty challenging. There are pointed cliffs and overhanging rocks on the way. One of the waterfalls that we come across is frozen most of the time. A few turquoise glacier walls adorn the eastern flank. In fact, this trek makes you feel like you are climbing in the mountains.

A Thulo Dhungo Shrine, located few kilometers ahead, is a wonderful place to stopover. There is a huge trident of Lord Shiva at display in the temple that triggers the anticipation to see more. Consequently, the mesmerizing glimpse of the Mount Kumbhakarna fills that gap.

Lhonak to Ghunsa is the same trail that we have ventured on earlier. We will return down along a descending trail until Ghunsa.

After Breakfast, we are heading back to Amjilosa from Ghansa along with stunning forest, Pastures, ridges, streams, and breathtaking glimpses of White mountains. the trail leads us mostly ascending and descending on the rocky trail. Amjilosa is known as a honey town, we can see everywhere honey at the villager's house. Stay overnight at Teahouse.

Today is our 14th day of Short Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. we trek back from Amjilosa to Tapethok the same way. Stay overnight at Tea House. 

After breakfast, we are heading back to Mitllung from Tapethok. Stay overnight at Tea House.

After Breakfast, we are heading back toTaplejung from Mitlung. Stay overnight at Tea House.

Finally, we will catch a drive back to the Bhadrapur along the same trail that we have ventured on earlier. It is a pleasant drive along with the tea gardens and paddy fields fencing the highway. Upon arriving at Birtamod, we will check in to our hotel where we will spend our overnight.

Within an hour drive from the Birtamod, we will arrive at Bhadrapur from where we will catch a flight to Kathmandu. It takes around 45 mins to arrive at Kathmandu from the Bhadrapur.

Cost Details
  • Private vehicle for airport pick-up
  • 2 nights' accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast included
  • A short and enjoyable sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, then drive to Taplejung in a local jeep or bus
  • All necessary permits, including TIMS, Conservation, and restricted area permits
  • Accommodation provided throughout the trek in the mountains
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  •  Licensed and professional trekking guide from Nepal Government
  • A friendly and strong porter assigned for every 2 guests, with a maximum load of 18kg
  • Staff's salary, insurance, food, transport, and accommodation included
  • A first-aid box equipped with an oximeter and necessary medical kits
  • Refreshing cups of tea or coffee served with cookies
  • Fresh fruits provided as much as possible
  • Government tax and company service fees included
  • Return journey from Taplejung to Bhadrapur in a jeep or bus
  • Flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu
  • One-night accommodation in Kathmandu with complimentary breakfast
  • Airport drop-off for departure
  • A money exchange service is available as per your requirement
  • Rescue service available in case of emergencies
  • Appreciation certificate from Himalayan Trekking Path
  • Welcome or farewell dinner hosted by Himalayan Trekking Path
  •  Fee for obtaining a visa for Nepal
  • Insurance coverage for trekkers during their travel
  • Additional nights, activities, and services that are not included in the planned itinerary
  • A complete set of trekking equipment required for the journey
  • Cost of meals in Kathmandu and beverages in the mountains Personal expenses such as wifi, hot showers, charging facilities, and laundry services
  • Tips for the driver, guide, and porter
  • Charges for any optional activities or services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Expenses for any extra nights spent during the trek
  • Any additional costs incurred due to unforeseen circumstances or changes in the travel plan.