Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

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Starts at: Taplejung Ends at: Taplejung
Trek Region: Kanchenjunga Transport: Flight / Bus
Duration: 19 Days Trip Grade: Challenging
Max Altitude: 5143 m / 16873 ft (Pangpema) Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Walk past the alpine meadows and high-altitude wetlands in the most exotic surrounding
  • Spend enough time on the trek route before you reach the base of the world’s third highest peak
  • Click amazing photographs of a variety of flora & fauna inside the conservation area
  • Spend time with Rai, Sherpa, & Tamang people of the region
  • 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.

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (Flight) to Ilam (Drive)

Ilam – 1677 m / 5501 ft – 5 hrs

Day 2: Ilam to Taplejung (Drive)

Taplejung – 1820 m / 5971 ft – 5 hrs

Day 3: Taplejung to Chirwa

Chirwa – 1270 m / 4166 ft – 6 hrs

Day 4: Chirwa to Lelep

Lelep – 1860 m / 6102 ft – 7 hrs

Day 5: Lelep to Amjilosa

Amjilosa – 2510 m / 8234 ft – 5 hrs

Day 6: Amjilosa to Gyabla

Gyabla – 2730 m / 8956 ft – 4 hrs

Day 7: Gyabla to Ghunsa

Ghunsa – 3595 m / 11794 ft – 4 hrs

Day 8: Acclimatization Day

Ghunsa – 3595 m / 11794 ft – 4 hrs

Day 9: Ghunsa to Kambachen

Kambachen – 4100 m / 13451 ft – 4 hrs

Day 10: Acclimatization Day

Kambachen – 4100 m / 13451 ft – 4 hrs

Day 11: Kambachen to Lhonak

Lhonak – 4785 m / 15698 ft – 4 hrs

Day 12: Day Trip to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp

Lhonak – 4785 m / 15698 ft – 8 hrs

Day 13: Lhonak to Ghunsa

Ghunsa – 3595 m / 11794 ft – 7 hrs

Day 14: Ghunsa to Amjilosa

Amjilosa – 2510 m / 8234 ft – 7 hrs

Day 15: Amjilosa to Tapethok

Tapethok – 1380 m / 4527 ft – 6 hrs

Day 16: Tapethok to Mitlung

Mitlung – 921 m / 3021 ft – 6 hrs

Day 17: Mitlung to Taplejung

Taplejung – 1820 m / 5971 ft – 5 hrs

Day 18: Taplejung to Bhadrapur (Drive)

Bhadrapur – 93 m / 305 ft – 8 hrs

Day 19: Bhadrapur to Kathmandu (Flight)

Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 50 minutes

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Plan Your Trip


  • 18 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu (Bodhi Boutique or similar)
  • Kathmandu Bhadrapur Kathmandu Flight
  • Bhadrapur Taplejung Bhadrapur local bus
  • Guide for 19 days
  • Kanchenjunga conservation area permit
  • Restricted area permit
  • 19 x breakfast, 18 x lunch and 18 x dinner while on the trek
  • One Porter for 19 days USD 460 (Optional)
  • Private Jeep USD 430 (Optional)

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