Kanchenjunga is now a great teahouse trek in the north east of Nepal. Teahouse trek because of the relatively recently growth of basic hut accommodation along the trail in Lhonak, Pangpema, Sele La, Cheram and Ramche.
Taplejung is the starting point of the trek (north to south), but before Taplejung you might end up sleeping in Birtamod or Ilam for a night, and revisiting these towns at the end of your trek. Check the options for getting to Taplejung from Kathmandu. In both towns can choose a hotel out of many, ranging from normal to deluxe rooms. In Taplejung also you can choose among many. I stayed in the Pathivara Guest House paying Rs 400 for a normal room. You can upgrade to a room with an attached bathroom with a hot shower at the cost of Rs 600.
In Chirwa we paid Rs 200 per person for a nights stay. Basically then, Rs 200 for a single room, Rs 400 for a double and Rs 600 for a triple. There are only two teahouses in Chirwa. The one we stayed at was just next to the Tamang Guest House and has three double bedrooms and one triple room.
We did not go to Lelep, a big village with only one hotel around the same price as in Chirwa.
In Sekathum there is only one hotel, but you can walk 10 minutes down the road to Japantar where there is another teahouse with accommodation. Both places charge Rs 200 per person and have four double bedrooms.
In Amjilosa there are two teahouses. The first one on the left above the road is new and very nice. Down the road there is a guesthouse owned by Lakpa and it is always noisy. The owner starts drinking from early morning and fights with his wife. In Amjilosa we stayed in Chiring Kipa Guest House, the first one above the trail. Newly built, the price is Rs 200 per person. They have six double rooms.
Ghunsa has around nine guesthouses. We stayed in Peaceful Guest House, in really nice rooms, for the same Rs 200 per person. They have two four-bed rooms, two single rooms and two triple rooms.
Khambachen is a small yak pasture settlement with three teahouses. Forget the rest if the Khambachen White Horse Guest House is open. This is the best teahouse among the trail with Norbu being the best cook. They also have a food menu! Check Kanchenjunga trek food. The room price is Rs 800 for a triple room. The room’s walls were covered with beautiful curtains and the whole guesthouse was neat and clean. Definitely the best rooms on the Kanchenjunga trail. They have one triple room, seven double rooms and one single room.
Lhonak can be a perfect place for camping! It is a small yak pasture with a few huts. Lhonak Guest House (Lhonak Guest House) is on right hand side, and is highly recommended. They have nice rooms and solar lights, which others do not have. The mattresses are thick and if the blankets are not enough, they will give you more. The room prices are slightly more expensive but it is same price everywhere in Lhonak. Per person the cost is Rs 500! They do not have any toilet in Lhonak, even in this guesthouse. Lhonak Guest House has four double bed rooms.
We didn’t stay overnight in Pangpema. There is a very small basic hut in Pangpema. If it is open and you want to stay there overnight, probably the cost is similar to Lhonak, i.e. Rs 500 per person. They also do not have a toilet. I don’t recommend staying in Pangpema. See the most recommend itinerary on basis of my recent Kanchenjunga trek north to south in May 2016.
Sele Le Pass Camp is very similar to Pangpema! One small hut, but it is bigger than Pangpema with five rooms. Again no toilet, and again Rs 500 per person, no discount!
Cheram is a good place to stay. There are two established hotels and one is under construction. We stayed in Yalung Kang Guest House. They have two double and one triple room. By September 2016 they will have eleven rooms in total and a telephone and gas shower. It is Rs 800 for the triple room.
Ramche is a last hotel on the Kanchenjunga south side. It was closed when we were there. I think it will be the same as Sele Le because it is made of stonewall, so mostly it will be freezing cold. You can avoid staying there by making a day trip to the south base camp from Cheram. Read my day trip experience. I didn’t check the price in Ramche for accommodation.
Anda Phedi is on an alternative route from Sele Le Pass instead of Cheram. There is only one guesthouse. We didn’t stop there but the price should be same as Cheram.
Torongding has only two hotels. We stopped there for lunch. Expect accommodation prices to be close to Cheram and Anda Phedi. While we were there one of the hotels was closed. We eat in the teahouse on the left hand side. The owner of this guesthouse is the owner of the teahouse in Ramche and also the owner of one Yamphuding.
Yamphuding is big a village but has a few hotels. Accommodation is nice; Rs 500 for a double or triple room. We stayed in Yalung Khang Guest House, where the owner is also the owner of the hotel in Cheram where we stayed. There is enough accommodation, including a four-bed dormitory.
While in Khebang I noticed a nice homestay where we stop for lunch. In front of the school there is a homestay run by a teacher.
Happo Khola is the place from where you can drive back to Birtamod. You do not need to trek on to Khamdime. The Buddha Hotel has a dorm with four-beds and two private rooms. It was Rs 500 for one twin bedroom and for one bed in the dorm.