This trek has just recently opened up as a teahouse trek. This means you no longer have to bring your own tent and food, there is, mainly very basic, accommodation along the way. Check food and accommodation.
Kanchenjunga is a restricted area, under the controlled tourism policy. What this means is you need a special permit to enter this area. It also means that throughout the trek you must be accompanied by a registered trek guide.
This is not a bad thing it means the area remains less touristy and walking with a guide is always best, from the safety point of view and from the cultural & local knowledge aspect.
You don’t need to worry about how to obtain the permit, your agency will do it all for you, but it never hurts to know what is going on. So see below!
Kanchenjunga Trek Necessary Permit
You will need:
- A Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP), and a
- Restricted Area Entry Permit for the trail in Tapethok and Yamphuding VDCs.
Kanchenjunga Trek Permit Cost
- Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP) Nrs 2,000 per person. There is no time limitation for the permit.
- Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit (RAP) USD 10 per person, per week.
Kanchenjunga Trek RAP Requirements
This permit must be processed through a valid local travel agency registered in Nepal. You will need a minimum of two trekkers in a group to obtain the permit.
You will need:
- Valid passport with at least six months remaining validity and a valid Nepal visa extending past the expiry date of your RAP.
- On the agencies letter headed paper you need to supply details of
- Insurance details for guide
- Online submission id (as provided by agency)
- Details of dollars
- E-copy of passport-sized photo