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Kanchanjunga North base camp trek

Kanchanjunga North base camp trek

Kanchanjunga North base camp trek


Mount Everest in Nepal and the K2 on the border of Pakistan and China are the only two mountains in the world that are higher than the Kanchenjunga. Kanchenjunga is 8586 meters high, located in eastern Nepal and extends to the province called Sikkim in India. Until 1955 this mountain had never been climbed before. Many climbers stop in today's day just below the summit out of respect for the people of Sikkim. They regard the summit as a saint.

It is a single travel distance from the capital Kathmandu, but the public transport or domestic flight can reach the east in a maximum of two travel days. The permit restrictions mean that the area can only be reached under the supervision of a guide. This and the location makes it not a busy area. This gives you an indescribable image of mainly Limbu and Tibetan people and their way of life. Nature is completely different than around the Annapurna or Everest area.

Trip Summary

Name of Trek: Kanchanjunga North base camp trek

  • Trekking Duration: 17 days
  • Difficulty Level: Difficult
  • Trekking Season: March - May and September - November
  • Accommodation Type: Lodge / Tea Houses
  • Maximum Elevation: 5,140m.



  • Walk through the cardamom plantation

  • Enjoy the view of snow-covered peaks from one of the first days

  •  Sleep in tea houses, run by families, allowing you to taste their hospitality and lifestyle

  • This is the area to eat potatoes. Fresh and powerful in taste

  •  Walk for hours with only the sound of birds and the flowing water of the river

  •  Experience guided meditation every day from a certified Dutch speaking yoga teacher (optional)

  •  With luck, you take many steps in the snow


Note: This itinerary is made based on starting from Kathmandu. For Indian tourist we suggest a different route. Indian guest can fly to Bagdogra Airport Siliguri in West Bengal and transport will be arranged from here. 
The total time of the trip for Indian guest is 14 days. 


Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and transfer your Hotel (1350m.)

Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive to Taplajung Bazzar (1,441m.) by jeep and stay overnight.
Note: You can fly from your nearby airport to Bagdogra Airport and drive by car to Kakarbhitta (21 km). You will take a jeep from Kakarbhitta to Taplajung bazzar. 

Day 03: Drive to Tapethok from Taplajung bazzar after breakfast and trek to Sekathum (1,579m.)

Day 04: Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa (2,308m.)

Day 05: Trek from  Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730m.)

Day 06: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,435m.)

Day 07: Acclimatization day in Ghunsa

Day 08: Trek from Ghunsa to Khambachen (4,050m.)

Day 09: Trek from Khambachen to Lhonak (4,770m.)

Day 10: Early morning hike from Lhonak to Pangpema / Kanchanjunga north base camp (5,140m.) 

Day 11: Trek Lhonak to Ghunsa 

Day 12: Trek from Ghunsa to Amjilosa

Day 13: Trek from Amjilosa  to Tapethok

Day 14: Drive from Tapethok to Taplajungbazzar 

Day 15: Drive from Taplajung bazzar to Bhadrapur
Note: Drive from Taplajung bazzar to Kakarbhitta and drive to Bagdogra Airport.

Day 16: Fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu

Day 17: Departure for your onwards flight.


Price and Cost Details

Cost Inclusions:

  • Airport pickup and drop off
  • Two nights tourist accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis 
    Note: If you will start from Bagdogra Airport we will calculate the price
  • Kathmandu- Bhadrapur both way flight ticket  
  • Bhadrapur- Taplajungbazzar- Tapethok and return by jeep
    Note: Bagdogra Airport to Kakarbhitta by car and Kakarbhitta to Taplajung bazzar to Tapethok and return by jeep
  • Kanchanjunga Conservation area entry  fees and all government taxes
  • Restricted area permit issued by immigration office from Kathmandu
  • All required trekking permits
  • All accommodations during the trek (twin sharing basis with common toilet)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during trek
  • Government licensed and experienced English speaking trekking guide
  • Porters to carry luggage on 1:2 ratio (max. of 20 kg)

Cost Exclusions:

  • International airfare and travel taxes
    Note: Fly from your nearest airport to Bagdogra Airport 
  • Nepal entry visa fee (tourist visas are issued upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Fee is 40 USD for 30 days stay)
  • Medical/ personal travel insurance (must cover emergency evacuation cost)
  • Personal donations for schools, monasteries, churches, etc.v
  • Entrance fees for private museums, monasteries, sideshows etc.
  • Medical first aid kit
  • Personal trekking gear
  • All meals and beverages in Kathmandu 
  • Dessert, snacks and dry food during trek
  • All beverages during trek (mineral water, tea, coffee, soft drinks, etc.)
  • Personal expenses such as hot shower, telephone calls, laundry, wifi and battery charging
  • Tips for guide and porter (expected by staff)

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