Kanchenjunga North and South Trek- 23 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 23 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 2-10
  • Max. Altitude 5225 M.
  • Best Season March, April, May and September, October, November


  •  Witness stunning views of Mt. kanchenjunga, the world's 3th highest Mountain
  •  Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek covers the excursion of Kanchenjunga  Conservation Area Project (KCAP)
  •  Will see Himalayan Black Beer, wild sheep, Musk deer, Red Panda, snow leopards and other animals
  • Kathmandu, where you will explore the city's several UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  •  We will visit culture and heritage of the Sherpa’s and limbu 

Nepal’s second highest peak and the third highest in the world, Kanchenjunga is located in the northeastern corner of the Taplejung district. Its main ridges form a natural boundary between two states, as well as a watershed to several important rivers. Twelve miles north of Kanchenjunga is the Tibetan frontier. This runs along the main watershed of the Himalayas, separating the arid plateau of Tibet to the north and the more fertile and rain washed country to the south. 

Kanchenjunga is a mountain of sheer beauty.  It is great enough to posses its own glaciers radiating from its several summits. Though surrounded by many peaks, the glaciers which flow far down to the fringes of the tropical forests are the undisputed possession of Kanchenjunga. It is the only mountain that displays its glories to the world at large. Only those who can afford the time and expenses necessary to penetrate the remote fastness from which they spring can view the glories of Everest, but Kanchenjunga is to be seen easily from anyone in the lower foothills.

Kanchenjunga not only breaks the force of the monsoon, but protects the main watershed to the north from its onslaught to a great extent. The result of this is an extra ordinary variation of scenery and climate with in a small area. The dry, almost dusty hill at the head of the Lhonak Valley, The Dodang Nyima range and the plateau of Tibet beyond are in striking contrast to the valley that radiates southward from Kanchenjunga, for here is a dry reddish brown country with a snow level appreciably higher and glaciers considerably smaller than those of Kanchenjunga and its immediate neighbours.  There is probably no other mountain where the mountaineer is exposed to greater dangers than he is on Kanchenjunga, for he not only has the ice avalanches to contend with, but general uncertain weather as well.

Roughly speaking, there are four main lines of approach of Kanchenjunga, up the valley of the Tamor river in Nepal, passing Ghunsa and Kangbachen, up the Yalung valley in Nepal, up the valley of the Teesta river in Sikkim, and up the Talung valley also in Sikkim. Between the Yalung and Talung valleys there is also the Rangit river, which has its sources in the glaciers of Kabru, 2400 feet, one of kangchenjunga’s out post peaks to the south.  The span of Kanchenjunga area is 55% of the Taplejung district area and 1.40% of the total area of country. Its 65% area is covered by high Himalayas and mountain rocks and ice and remaining 45% is covered by forests, shrub-land, grass-land and agricultural-land.  The climate of this area varies from subtropical monsoon at lower elevation to alpine in the higher areas. 

This trek is similar to the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, with the addition of climbing to the North Base Camp

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Our representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and you will be transferred by private coach to the hotel. In the hotel we will discuss with the necessary equipment and the trekking permit. Overnight stay at a hotel.

    Kathmandu valley includes several Hindu temples including of Pashupatinath, listed by UNESCO in World Heritage Site and the largest Buddhist Stupa, Bouddhanath. You can also visit the Monkey Temple Swyambhunath, built some 2000 years ago, and visit Patan, city of fine arts. In theevening you will be meeting with your trekking guide, checking the equipments and further discussion.

      From Kathmandu we will take our flight for Suketar (Taplejung) which takes about 35 min. It lies in northeastern part of Nepal. Taplejung has an airfield which helps to connect the flight with Bharatpur along the valley.  For those who fly directly to Taplejung, you can use this day for sightseeing.  Overnight in Taplejung.

        We begin the trek by driving to Tapethok, which takes about 3-4 hours.  After checking in at the KCAP checkpoint, we pass several villages.  Reaching Pembu, it is anuphill climb for about two and a half hours to sekathum.  There is a Near by KCAP headquarters in Lelop, and various grocery stores and tea shops.  We will stay in a homestay here.

          From Sakathum to Amjilosa it takes almost 5 hours. Initially our trek will be easy as we move through the flat land. Then our trek takes a form of steep uphill when you climb towards Amjilasa, a small rural area with few inhabitants and local shops known as “Bhattis," or tea shops. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

            The trek to Gyabla (2730m) takes 5-6 hours.  The path is quite interesting as we pass through the jungle. Most of the people who are living in this area follow Buddhist culture. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

              To reach Ghunsa (3695m) as a trekking spot takes six hours. On the way, we pass through the jungles. The track leads to the settlement of natives.  Here, many people are engaged in business like import and export in Tibet. In winter season they go to India for business. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

                It takes about 6 and a half hours to reach Khambachen (4099m) from Ghunsa. 
                 Kambachen is dense settlement of people who follow Tibetan culture. You will be fascinated with the art and architecture of Khambachen, which is inspired by Tibetan cultures.  Overnight stay at guesthouse in Khambachen.

                  We spend today exploring the Khambachen as there are different things to experience here that can be only done by walking. We will spend the remaining day enjoying the place and resting for the trip ahead. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

                    Climb through the rocky boulder fields on the hillside along the riverbank until we reach a waterfall.  Cross the bridge to Ramtang, and cross more small landslides before finally arriving to Lhonak.  Overnight stay at guesthouse.

                      At morning start to treks to North base camp (5243m). The stunning peak which is considered as a main peak of Kanchenjunga and landscape of remaining peaks which make one of the largest mountains in the world.An interesting thing to see is the water that flows all the time from the gorge.You should trek back downward till Lhonak where you are delighted by gazing Mountains and Yaks.  Overnight in Lhonak.

                        Now we descend by traveling through the jungle along the Kambachen River.  In some places, we can see the mani walls and prayer flags hanging over the trees.  At one point, we'll cross a wooden bridge.

                          We camped slightly before Mirgin La Pass.  After a steep ascent through rhododendron forests, we reach Tamo La Pass, a ridge festooned with payer flags.  As we go towrads another ridge crest, rising to 4115m, we have a nice view of Ghunsa River snaking along the north Kanchenjunga glacier.  Continue to scramble up, enjoying the sight of Kanchenjunga west. Overnight at tea house.

                            After crossing the Mirgin La ascent to Sinon La (4660m) and another pass at 4700m, the tril descends towards Simbhu Khola Valley.  It is an excellent place to organize an extra excursion.  Visit Ramche Village (4620m) and into the Yalung glacier, towards its south base camp.

                              A rocky loose path follows the stream and climbs up to some mani walls (stones carved with Buddhist prayers). Rathong (6678m) and Kabru Dome (6700m) loom at the head of the valley. Climbing further alongside the moraine of Yalung Glacier to where the valley opens up as we approach Yalung at 4260m. Our trek climbs further along the moraine to a lake and a big meadow at Ramche.  The view is dominated by the spectacular peak of Rathong. Herds of blue sheep live on the cliffs above our campsite.

                                After breakfast, we head back the same way we came to Tsaram, enjoying the scenery along the way.

                                  Trail passes through forests.

                                    Hike to Yamphudin (2080m) acquires 8 – 9 hours. The hiking starts after you take a walk into the jungles. Seeing the landslides on the way do not get frustrated as yamphudin trek is a rejoiced trek where you can see mixed and diverse communities of people; belonging to Limbu, Sherpas, Gurung and Rai ethnic groups. In the midst of the village you can see the fields of rice and corn. Moreover, there is a village with schools and shops where they supply in a negotiable price. Overnight stay in guest house.

                                      In the beginning, you descend crossing the Omje Khola up to halfway.  Then you begin ascending through a 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 trail steeply ascend to Khebang Danda before descending to Khebang village.  Khebang is a comparatively big village where the local people follow the Hindu and Buddhist faiths.  

                                        The trail starts descending to Jorepul and then begins to ascend.  We will also trek along flat and low land, crossing paddy fields and thatched roof houses.  There are many villages along the way where we can buy some snacks or lunch.  

                                          After breakfast, we take a jeep ride from Hapu Khola to Ilam Bazaar.  Overnight in Ilam Bazaar.

                                            You take the flight back to Kathmandu, you will arrive the same day and the trip ends.  Either way, we will have a celebratory dinner for you in the evening that you return to Kathmandu.

                                              We will transport you to the airport.  Thanks for trekking with Adventure Himalayan Travels.  We look forward to seeing you again!

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                                                Route Map
                                                Kanchenjunga North and South Trek- 23 Days Map
                                                What's Included
                                                • ​​​19 nights and 20 days of food and accommodation during trek (local lodge)
                                                • Transportation from Kathmandu airport to Taplejung, and Hapu Khola to Ilam by jeep, Ilam to Bhadrapur and back to Kathmandu by flight 
                                                • English speaking local expert guide, porters(porter carry maximum 20 k.g and one porter between two person)
                                                • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
                                                • Kanchenjunga National Park permit and Kanchenjunga restricted area permit 
                                                • Three nights’ accommodation with 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu at bed and breakfast
                                                • Airport transfers and escort
                                                • Farewell dinner with Nepal cultural dance in Kathmandu
                                                • Equipment & clothing for porter & staffs
                                                • Equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket, first aid kit, oximeter, map, etc.)
                                                • Tent, mattress, and other supplies in case guest houses are full or there are no guest houses
                                                • Insurance for all staff & porters.
                                                • Trekking achievement certificate
                                                • Adventure Himalayan Tshirt

                                                • Nepal visa - Multiple Entry 30 days - USD 50  (Details in Visa Page)
                                                • International flight
                                                • Insurance for clients (i.e. helicopter evacuation, etc.)
                                                • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
                                                • Electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
                                                • Hot shower during trek
                                                • Alcoholic drinks, candies, etc.
                                                • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
                                                • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
                                                • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking. 
                                                Dates and Prices
                                                Date PriceAvailability 
                                                Start DateStarts: ThursdayApr 25, 2024End DateEnds: FridayMay 17, 2024PricePriceUS$2175StatusStatusAvailable
                                                Start DateStarts: MondayApr 29, 2024End DateEnds: TuesdayMay 21, 2024PricePriceUS$2175StatusStatusAvailable
                                                Client Reviews
                                                • Kanchenjunga North and South Trek- 23 Days


                                                  Mr. Rana picked me up from the airport in Kathmandu and took me to the Hotel Kailash Kutee in Thamel. The room at the hotel was very nice, breakfast on the 7th floor on the terrace and Thamel with all facilities right outside the door. Perfect base camp in Kathmandu!
                                                  The first day was spent recovering from jet lag and sightseeing. I could use Rana's car for this, his driver took me from the hotel to Boudhanath stupa and Swayambhunath temple and waited for me there respectively. This was of course much more pleasant than looking for cabs myself and negotiating the price with the drivers.
                                                  There were no other participants for the trek to Kanchenjunga in the mid of November, so I got a private tour there, which was overall very well organized. Round trip flight to Badhrapur, jeep rides and accommodation was planned and booked by Adventure Himalayan Travels & Treks or my porter guide, it all went smoothly. The Kanchenjunga tour is not yet as touristy as Everest or Annapurna, but one experience the original Nepal. The trekking was super nice (also exhausting) and I will always keep it in best memory.
                                                  After returning from trekking, I had booked 2 additional days at the hotel. Again, I could use Rana's car including driver, who drove me 40 km southeast to the Namo Buddha monastery (one of the absolute highlights in the Kathmandu Valley) and to Bhaktapur to visit the city center.
                                                  Conclusion: I needed time flexibility for my trekking, had special wishes regarding sightseeing and duration of my vacation. Adventure Himalayan Travels & Treks organized all this very well, I can absolutely recommend this agency.
                                                  The trekking to Kanchenjunga was my third tour in Nepal (after Everest and Annapurna) and I will definitely come back, there are many other beautiful paths to hike (Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Makalu, Langtang, Mustang, …).

                                                  JensGermany,Nov 22, 2022
                                                • Kanchenjunga North and South Trek - 23 Days


                                                  I went to Kanchenjunga Circuit trek in April 2019 with my friends and we overall had a wonderful time. This trek was amazing, wonderful view, unique land escape, marvelous mountains and yeah very good people . I enjoyed this wholly as this was my first time in Kanchenjunga region which provided me the great time trekking and hiking exploring this untouched landscape of Nepal. Our Guide and porters were flexible, helpful and experienced. The trek wouldn't be possible without them.I would like to thank Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks and Rana sir for organizing such a great trekking in Nepal. I would recommend Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks 100%.

                                                  JonCanada,Aug 02, 2019

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