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Kanchenjunga  Base Camp Trek


Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Overview

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a famous Himalayan route that passes across Nepal’s eastern region and is one of the scenic trekking destination in Nepal.In Nepali, “Kanchenjunga” means “clear mountain.”The third-highest peak in the world, Kanchenjunga (8586m), is also known as the “Five Treasures of the Great Snow” (Gold, Silver, Precious Stones, Grain, and Holy Scriptures).

The famous Kanchenjunga is located in North-East Nepal and is bordered by Sikkim, India. Kanchenjunga can be viewed from India, Bhutan, and Tibet due to the mountain’s location in Nepal and India. Along the way, you’ll pass remote Tibetan communities higher up in the semi-arid plateaus at the base of the mountain and lush, green, semi-tropical Rai and Limbu settlements in the middle of the slopes.

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is a difficult journey demanding days in a remote and secluded location with a small population. It is a 220 km long journey that requires a high degree of physical condition because you will be traveling on rugged, rocky terrain. The terrain is simple and comfortable initially, but as we go, we will rise over hills and shoulders

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek brings you to the foot of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain at an elevation of 8586 meters. It encompasses around 16 summits that rise beyond 7000 meters.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is considered one of the most tranquil since it does not attract as many trekkers as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek or Everest Base Camp Trek.It also provides a unique insight into the lives and cultures of this diverse region.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Route

The Kanchenjunga trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Taplejung, from where you will be walking to Chirwa, where you will stay for a night. The walk will continue to Sukethum, Gyabla, and Ghunsa, where you will stay for a night at each place. After that, you will trek to Kambachen, Lhonak, and Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

You will stay at the base camp for 2 nights to hike near Glacier Kanchenjunga, Kumbhakarna viewpoint.

Best Time For Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

The weather in the Kanchenjunga region changes following the region’s broad spectrum of topographies and elevations. Autumn and spring are often considered the ideal seasons for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek. In these seasons, the temperature is reasonable, and the weather is also quiet and constant. In these seasons, sunny skies are often expected, and woodlands are also gorgeous owing to fall foliage and spring wildflower blooming.

Trekking to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is challenging in winter since the temperature drops to unbearable levels. The days get chilly and windy, and the nights become much colder. This area experiences snowfalls and blizzards. As a result, winter trekking becomes nearly impossible.

Similarly, the trek gets tough in the summer due to rainfall. The route can get complicated, and views are frequently obstructed.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Follow the glacier torrents of the Tamur and Ghunsa rivers to their source on the Kanchenjunga Himal’s northwestern side.
  • Witness breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga massif, the Makalu range, and nearby peaks.

  • Visit the monastery and a few smaller monasteries illustrating Tibetan architecture and culture in the hamlet of Ghunsa.
  • The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, which encompasses an area of 2035 square kilometers, is one of the trek’s significant highlights. The site is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna and species, such as Himalayan black bears, musk deer, snow leopards, red pandas, wild boars, and many others.
  • Trek through remote Gurung, Limbu, Rai, and Sherpa neighborhoods and witness the authentic Himalayan lifestyle and hospitality.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1. Kathmandu – Taplejung (Airport) – Chirwa

Chartered flight that needs to be booked in advance , 1 night stay in Kathmandu , Walk from Taplejung to Chirwa

Day 2. Sukethum

1 night stay

Day 3. Gyabla

1 night stay

Day 4. Ghunsa

1 night, military point checking

Day 5. Kambachen

1 night stay

Day 6. Lhonak

1 night stay

Day 7. Kanchenjunga Base Camp

2 night, Hike to near glacier Kanchenjunga, Kumbhakarna view point – We get different views of same mountain when it see it from different angles , Photographer’s paradise and the key highlight of this trek

* There are lodges for accommodation but we do not recommend camp style because of the quality
* For more detail check instagram post where day wise detail is written

Day 8. Kanchenjunga Base Camp – Kambachen

1 night stay
Return to kathmandu by helicopter

**NOTE: We can customise this trek, taking the same route, but minimising the number of days.

Our Travel Expert

Udaya Gartaula


Frequently Asked Questions

How high is the base camp trek in Kanchenjunga?

With an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft), Kanchenjunga is the third-highest peak in the world. Additionally, this mountain’s basecamp is located at a height of 5160 meters above sea level.

How difficult is Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek?

The North Trail to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is physically demanding, but with proper acclimatization and physical conditioning, it is easily possible.

What is the best time of year to trek Kanchenjunga?

Spring and autumn are the best seasons for trekking around Kanchenjunga.

How cold is it at Kanchenjunga?

The lower region will be warmer and hotter than the upper part of the mountain, where temperatures may drop to minus 25 degrees. The typical wintertime temperature is below 15 degrees.

What is the fitness level required for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking?

Kangchenjunga climbing is a physically and psychologically demanding physical activity that needs a high degree of fitness. Even the most seasoned climbers may find it difficult due to the thin air at high altitudes because of the mountain’s high elevation. In addition, there are slippery, steep hills to negotiate on the ascent, which call for physical stamina and strength.

Cancellations & Refunds

At Rolwaling Trek, we just want our clients to have the best possible experiences. That’s why we don’t withhold deposits or have a fixed cancellation policy. We understand that sometimes life puts you in unexpected situations, so if you have to cancel or postpone a trip, there’s no need to worry.

If you need to change plans, please get in touch with us as soon as you can, and we will make the necessary arrangements to amend or cancel your trip. You can contact us at: +977 – 9801026642.


  • Trekking routes can be customised to suit your personal interests, abilities and time constraints.
  • If an area does not have good quality accommodation options, we can provide very comfortable camping-style accommodation for the duration of your journey.
  • Rolwaling also has a team of cooks who specialise in making Japanese cuisine, using authentic ingredients from Japan.
  • A lot of the fresh produce used in our dishes is sourced locally from growers in the trekking region.

Contact our Travel Expert

We pay special attention to your requirements and craft personalized getaways which showcases unique cultural, adventure and natural experiences of Nepal. We craft bespoke journeys for your expeditions & treks and also ensure you can experience the best that Nepal has to offer even for your shorter trips.

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