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Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek - 19 Days

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Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • On this trek, you walk past the alpine meadows and high-altitude wetlands in the most exotic surrounding.
  • You will get to spend enough time on the trek route before you reach the base of the third highest peak in the world, Kanchenjunga (8586 meters).
  • You can click amazing photographs of a variety of flora and fauna inside the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.
  • You will spend time with the Rai, Sherpa, and Tamang people of the region who have a direct influence of the Tibetan lifestyles.
  • You feel heaven on walking to the seas of ice and glaciers on the lap of Mt. Kanchenjunga.

The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trek offers views of sensational snow-capped mountain peaks plus a landscape of subtropical lowlands, rhododendron and alpine forests and spectacular glaciers. Being a strenuous trek it is recommended it should be undertaken with those with some trekking experience and a good level of fitness. The north face base camp itself is situated at Pangpema (5,100) which is reached by a high track following the moraine of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. Located above the glacier, the base camp offers stunning views of the north face of Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang, sometimes know as Kanchenjunga West (8,505m). An extra day is spent here to regain stamina for the return trip and take in the glorious views of Mount Kanchenjunga, Janu Himal and other Himalayan peaks.

It is interesting to note that Mount Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world at 8,586m, and until 1849 it was thought it was the highest, but it now lies just behind Mount Everest (8,848m) and K2 (8,611m). Protected by the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, and the Sacred Himalayan Landscape initiative of the World Wild Life Fund (WWF), there is an abundant variety of wildlife including the elusive snow leopard, the Asian black bear, and red panda, to name just some of the more rare mammals. Bird lovers may get the chance to see the golden-breasted fulvetta, snow cock and blood pheasant among others. Situated in the far eastern corner of Nepal, and bordering Sikkim in India, and Tibet, the Tibetan Buddhist villages, monasteries and prayer flags adds real flavour to the trek.

Days Itinerary Altitude Distance
Day 1 Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (Flight) 93 m 1 hr
Day 2 Bhadrapur to Taplejung (Drive) 1820 m 10 hr
Day 3 Taplejung to Chirwa 1270 m 7 hr
Day 4 Chirwa to Lelep 1860 m 7 hr
Day 5 Lelep to Amjilosa 2510 m 8 - 9 hr
Day 6 Amjilosa to Gyabla 2730 m 4 hr
Day 7 Gyabla to Ghunsa 3595 m 4 hr
Day 8 Acclimatization Day 3595 m 7 hr
Day 9 Ghunsa to Kambachen 4100 m 4 hr
Day 10 Acclimatization Day 4100 m 8 hr
Day 11 Kambachen to Lhonak 4785 m 4 hr
Day 12 Day Trip to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp 4785 m 9 - 10 hr
Day 13 Lhonak to Ghunsa 3595 m 6 hr
Day 14 Ghunsa to Amjilosa 2510 m 7 - 8 hr
Day 15 Amjilosa to Tapethok 1380 m 6 - 7 hr
Day 16 Tapethok to Mitlung 921 m 7 hr
Day 17 Mitlung to Taplejung 1820 m 4 - 5 hr
Day 18 Taplejung to Bhadrapur (Drive) 93 m 10 hr
Day 19 Bhadrapur to Kathmandu (Flight) 1380 m 1 hr


  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flights x 4
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit and Restricted Area Permit
  • 2 nights accommodation in Bhadrapur (Hotel Ani Heritage Plaza or similar)
  • Bhadrapur to Taplejung (starting point of the trek) by private jeep
  • Taplejung (ending point of the trek) to Bhadrapur by private jeep
  • Kathmandu Bhadrapur Kathmandu Flight
  • Guide for 19 days
  • Porter for 21 days
  • 4 nights accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar)
  • 16 night accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 19 x set breakfast, 19 x set lunch and 18 x set dinner while on trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff


  • International flight ticket and Nepal Entry Visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any you may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)


Is it safe to drink the water in Kanchenjunga?

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Kanchenjunga. Mineral water is not available on the trail. If available it is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

Be aware. Elevation on this trek will exceed 3,500m. The possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at this elevation. But in order to avoid this, as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

It is an exploratory trek, and weather conditions can be unpredictable. We might need to use crampons..

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our clients.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Trip Facts

  • 5143 m
  • Bhadrapur/Bhadrapur
  • Strenuous

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