Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek


Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of the Great Himalayan Trails situated in northeastern Nepal. Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest peak, forms the fragile borders of three countries, such as Nepal, India and Tibet. In Tibetan, the word Kanchenjunga means Five Great Snow Jewels, i.e. Gold, Silver, Precious Stones, Sacred Scriptures and Food that allude to the magnificent views of the mountains. The first successful ascent was in 1955 from the base camp of Nepal South by British Expedition led by late Sir George Band, where most of the climbers currently climb the summit from the base camp around Pangpema in the East. The trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp asses through the Arun Valley that is known to be Nepal's most scenic trekking region. Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, Yalung Glacier and an altitude of 5,143m, alpine woodland, picturesque villages, Pangpema including a panoramic view of Kanchenjunga and neighbouring peaks are the major highlights of the Kanchenjunga trek. The protected area of Kanchenjunga is home to many flora and fauna as well as varied wildlife including black Himalayan bear, musk deer, snow leopard, red panda, wild boar, and many others. Kanchenjunga's trekking area has rhododendron, bamboo forest and is populated by a mixed population of Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, and Gurung that offers trekkers a chance to learn about their culture and lifestyle. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is for those who want to enjoy the long trekking parts of Nepal entering the Kanchenjunga bases, and who want to enjoy various diversities.


Trip Code WPP-003-KBC
Destination Nepal
Altitude 5143m
Region Kanchenjunga Region
Season Spring and Autumn
Difficulty Moderate
Accomodation Hotel, Tea House and Tent
Duration 28 Days


Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu Airport Day 2 : A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley, the capital city Day 3 : Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur & Drive to Illam Day 4 : Drive from Illam to Taplejung (1,820m/5,971ft) Day 5 : Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung (921m/3,021ft) Day 6 : Trek from Mitlung to Chiruwa (1,270 m/4,166ft) Day 7 : Trek from Chiruwa to Sukathum (1,579m/5,180ft) Day 8 : Trek from Sukathum to Amjilosa (2,308m/7,572ft) Day 9 : Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730m/8,956ft) Day 10 : Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,595m/11,794ft) Day 11 : Acclimatization day Day 12 : Trek from Ghunsa to Khangpachen (4,050m/13,287ft) Day 13 : Trek from Khangpachen to Lhonak (4,780m/15,682ft) Day 14 : Trek from Lhonak to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5,143m/16,873ft) Day 15 : Trek from KBC to Ghunsa (3,595m/11,749ft) Day 16 : Trek from Ghunsa to High Camp (4,100 m/13,451ft) Day 17 : Trek from High Camp to Tseram (3,870m/12,696ft) via Sele -La Pass Day 18 : Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4,580 m/15,026ft) Day 19 : Explore Yalung Base Camp (4,500m/14,763ft) Day 20 : Trek from Ramche to AndaPhedi (3,390m/11,122ft) Day 21 : Trek from AndaPhedi to Tortong (2,995m/9,826ft) Day 22 : Trek from Tortong to Yamphudim (2,080m/6,824ft) Day 23 : Trek from Yamphudim to Khebang (1,915m/6,282ft) Day 24 : Trek from Khebang to Khanidingbe Day 25 : Drive Khanidingbe to Birtamod by jeep Day 26 : Morning drive to Bhadrapur airport and flight back to Kathmandu Day 27 : Leisure Day at Kathmamdu Day 28 : Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our company representative will meet and welcome you to Nepal and then you'll be transferred to your confirmed hotel. Once you finish the check-in procedure, you can rest & relax at the hotel. Later you will be accompained by the office staff for a short tour of Thamel to make you familiar with some good restaurants, ATMs, money changer and other necessary places you might need during your stay in Thamel.

Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley, the capital city

The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture which is the highlights of our guided tour. 

A visit to Patan City will enchant you with its famous fine arts and historical architecture. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the famous streets. Finally, day ends with a Authentic Nepalese Dinner in Nepali Cultural Restaurant.

Day 3: Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur & Drive to Illam

We catch early morning scenic flight to Bhadrapur. After landing, we take a jeep ride to Ilam enjoying the view of beautiful landscapes. Ilam is Nepal’s largest tea plantation area and serves as a major tourist area even for domestic tourists. The picturesque town of Ilam hosts large orchards of tea plants and is also famous for the Himalayan chew made of cheese. Overnight at hotel in Ilam.

Day 4: Drive from Illam to Taplejung (1,820m/5,971ft)

Today, we head towards Taplejung in private transportation. Driving along the beautiful countryside view, we pass through Phidim to reach Limbu village of Taplejung. Overnight in Taplejung.

Day 5: Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung (921m/3,021ft)

The trekking route today passes through lush mid hills and several villages with traditional mud-brick houses. We also come across rice paddies, terraced farm fields, and cardamom farms. We then continue to trek following the flow of Tamor River to reach Mitlung. Overnight in Mitlung.

Day 6: Trek from Mitlung to Chiruwa (1,270 m/4,166ft)

Today we trek through the Limbu and Tamang villages of Sinwa, Tawa, and Porke. We also pass over old landslide debris and boulder, and strewn river deposits, before descending to ThiwaKhola. We then cross a wooden bridge to reach Chiruwa. Overnight in Chiruwa.

Day 7: Trek from Chiruwa to Sukathum (1,579m/5,180ft)

Trekking through the villages of Taplethok, Tamewa, Hellok, and Lelep, we move alongside Tamor River and descend towards SimbuKhola, which emerges from the Yalung Glacier. We then trek through steep and narrow GhunsaKhola valley to finally arrive in Sukathum. Overnight in Sukathum.

Day 8: Trek from Sukathum to Amjilosa (2,308m/7,572ft)

Moving with the flow of GhunsaKhola, we head towards Amjilosa walking through steep uphill on exposed terrain. Relishing the amazing landscape view and crossing several bridges over GhunsaKhola, we reach the Tibetan village of Amjilosa. Overnight in Amjilosa.

Day 9: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730m/8,956ft)

Today, we walk through forested trail filled with rhododendrons and bamboo, before ascending to Gyabla. We also come across a big waterfall on the opposite side of the river on our way to Gyabla. Making a steep ascent and then a descent, we arrive in Gyabla. Overnight in Gyabla.

Day 10: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,595m/11,794ft)

Leaving behind the beautiful Gyabla village, we trek towards Ghunsa through a broad meadow. We then climb a small hill and descend to cross the river to reach the Tibetan village of Ghunsa with wooden houses, a micro hydropower plant, school, and a health post. Overnight in Ghunsa.

Day 11: Acclimatization day

To adjust with the thinning air, we take a short hike to the opposite side of GhunsaKhola with a gain of about 400m. After returning from the hike, we can spend the rest of the day exploring the ancient village of Ghunsa visiting monasteries and learning about their Buddhist culture and tradition. Overnight in Ghunsa.

Day 12: Trek from Ghunsa to Khangpachen (4,050m/13,287ft)

Today, we begin our trek entering the forested path along the south bank of GhunsaKhola and passing several Mani walls and Chortens along the way. We also trek through several scree slopes and some glacial moraines to reach the Tibetan settlement of Khangpachen from where we can get the stunning view of the north face of Jannu (7710m). Overnight in Khangpachen.

Day 13: Trek from Khangpachen to Lhonak (4,780m/15,682ft)

Leaving behind Khangpachen, we follow the trail on the left side of Kanchenjunga Glacier. We hike along a high plateau to reach the campsite of Lhonak. From Lhonak, we can see the panoramic view of massive mountain peaks like Wegde Peak (6802m), Mera Peak (6364m), Nepal Peak (7177m), Twins (7350m), and many others. Overnight in Lhonak.

Day 14: Trek from Lhonak to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5,143m/16,873ft)

Today, we head towards Kanchenjunga Base Camp following the trail along the glaciers on the northern ridges. The camp is also known as Pang Pema from where we get the mesmerizing and spectacular view of Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m) along with the skyline filled with snow-capped mountain ranges bordering Nepal-India and Nepal-Tibet. Overnight in Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

Day 15: Trek from KBC to Ghunsa (3,595m/11,749ft)

After the amazing experience in KBC, we retrace our trail to Ghunsa enjoying the spectacular view of different mountains. Descending past Lhonak and Khangpachen while walking on the moraines of Kanchenjunga Glacier and Kumbhakarna Glacier, we arrive in Ghunsa. Overnight in Ghunsa.

Day 16: Trek from Ghunsa to High Camp (4,100 m/13,451ft)

To reach the High Camp, we trek along a steep rocky trail through a forested area filled with birch, pine, and colorful rhododendron. An amazing view of Jannu (7710m), NyuklaLaching (6670m), Temachunggi (6044m), and other mountains can be observed from High Camp. Overnight in High Camp.

Day 17: Trek from High Camp to Tseram (3,870m/12,696ft) via Sele -La Pass

Today might be the most challenging day as we cross over two passes on our way to Tseram, the highest pass being the Sele La (4480m) and Sinon La (4660). Upon reaching the top of the passes, we are rewarded with an amazing view of Yalung Glacier, Jannu (7710m), Makalu (8481m), Baruntse (7129m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), and many other mountain ranges along the Sikkim border. We then descend to Tseram for an overnight stay.

Day 18: Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4,580 m/15,026ft)

Passing the moraines of Yalung Glacier into an ablation valley, we ascend towards Ramche. We also come across a lake and a meadow where we can spot the blue sheep grazing on the grassy hills. We will visit the small monastery in Ramche, in the evening. Overnight in Ramche.

Day 19: Explore Yalung Base Camp (4,500m/14,763ft)

Today, we explore the Yalung Base Camp area. Trekking through the glacial moraines and challenging rocky path, we cross Oktang, from where we can get a panoramic view of Jannu (7720m) and Kanchenjunga (8586m), and several other peaks. We return back to Ramche for an overnight stay.

Day 20: Trek from Ramche to AndaPhedi (3,390m/11,122ft)

Retracing the same trail, we trek towards AndaPhedi relishing the view of different mountain ranges and herds of blue sheep over the grassy slope. Descending through the moraines of Yalung Glacier, we walk past Lapsang and Tseram to arrive in AndaPhedi. Overnight in AndaPhedi.

Day 21: Trek from AndaPhedi to Tortong (2,995m/9,826ft)

We descend towards Tortong through the densely forested path filled with rhododendrons and bushes. We also stumble across a few streams, Chortens, monasteries, ponds, and waterfalls on our way to Tortong. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 22: Trek from Tortong to Yamphudim (2,080m/6,824ft)

We continue to descend to the AmjiKhola and then crossing LasiyaBhanjyang (3310m) and DhupiBhanjyang (2620m), we descend towards Yamphudim. Yamphudim is a village inhabited by a mixed community of Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, and Gurung. Overnight in Yamphudim.

Day 23: Trek from Yamphudim to Khebang (1,915m/6,282ft)

Leaving behind the village of Yamphudim, we descend towards Khebang passing through valleys, waterfalls, and forest area. Crossing suspension bridges over several streams, we walk past small settlements alongside KabeliKhola to arrive in Khebang. Overnight in Khebang.

Day 24: Trek from Khebang to Khanidingbe

Accompanied by the beautiful view of Kanchenjunga (8586m) and Kumbakaran/Jannu (7710m) in the background, we continue to trek towards Khanidingbe through lushly forested trail stumbling across several waterfalls along the way. Overnight in Khanidingbe.

Day 25: Drive Khanidingbe to Birtamod by jeep

We take a long drive to Birtamod enjoying the view of green hills, snow-capped mountains, rivers, and daily activities of the locals throughout the ride. From the mountainous part, we are now in the flatlands of Nepal. Overnight in Birtamod.

Day 26: Morning drive to Bhadrapur airport and flight back to Kathmandu

We drive towards Bhadrapur airport to catch our flight back to the capital city. Enjoying the aerial view of the mountains, we arrive in Kathmandu. After landing, we transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 27: Leisure Day at Kathmamdu

You can ask your guide to take you on a sightseeing trip inside Kathmandu Valley. On this day you can go to the various museums around the valley including the Narayanhiti Museum which earlier used to be the residence of the last king of Nepal. You may also go to the hilltop of Nagarkot. After some sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the valley, you will have a farewell dinner and enjoy with your Nepali friends and guide. You might even make plans for extending your stay for Chitwan jungle safari, rafting activities, and more with your guide.

Day 28: Departure

Finally, it’s SEE OFF TIME. There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. You will be picked from Hotel by representatives of Wongchhu Peak Promotion staff and dropped at Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours earlier than your flight time with a hope to see you again. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.


  • All airport/hotel transfers,
  • 4 nights Kathmandu in Kathmandu with breakfast,
  • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide, transportations, and entrance fees,
  • Aeroplane flight and departure taxes OR Tourist Bus for both way,
  • Food and Accommodation during trekking (full board service – breakfast, lunch, and dinner  hot water),
  • An experienced English speaking trekking guide and porters to carry luggage,
  • Including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging,
  • All necessary paper works,
  • Wongchhu Peak Promotion Trekking duffel bag and trekking map,
  • ravel and rescue arrangements,
  • Insurance for Nepali Staff,
  • Special Welcome and Farewell Dinner.


  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary,
  • Personal trekking and climbing gear,
  • Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast and farewell dinner),
  • Alcohol and Beverages during the trek and climbing season,
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, shower, etc.),
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation & any medical costs.


1.0 Travel Documents

  • Valid passport
  • Credit/Debit card
  • Passport size photo (6 pieces)
  • Insurance paper and contact address
  • Family contact number

2.0 Upper Body Wear

  • Thermal Top Base Layer (2 Pcs)
  • Fleece Jacket (1 Pcs)
  • Gore-Tex Jacket (1 Pcs)
  • Down Jacket (1 Pcs)
  • Cotton T-Shirt (2 Pcs)

3.0 Lower Body Wear

  • Thermal Bottom Base Layer (2 Pcs)
  • Fleece Trouser (1pcs)
  • Gore-Tex Pant (1 pcs)
  • Mid Weight Pants (1Pcs)
  • Light Weight Quick Dry Trekking Pants (2-3 Pairs)
  • Gaiters for trekking boots

4.0 Headwear

  • Sun Cap
  • Fleece Hat/ Warm Hat (1-2 Pcs)
  • Neck Gaiter (2 Pcs)

5.0 Handwear

  • Thin fleece gloves
  • Wind stopper/screen tap gloves

6.0 Footwear

  • Normal Socks (2-3 Pairs)
  • Trekking Shoes (Gore-Tex)
  • Slipper (1 Pair)

7.0 Sleeping Bags

  • Sleeping bag -20°c to -30°c for Base camp
  • Down Sleeping Bag -40°c for extreme comfort
  • Thermarests Mattress (Cell foam)
  • Sleeping bag Liner
  • Inflatable Pillow

8.0 Trekking Equipment

  • Power Bank
  • Pee Bottle
  • Altimeter watch
  • Pocket Knife
  • Walking Stick/Trekking Pole
  • Satellite Phone with credit
  • Battery
  • Headlight 500-700Lumens
  • Spare Tape Slings/240cm
  • Unlock Carabiner
  • Lock Carabiner

9.0 Bag packs

  • Rucksacks 35 L -50 L

10.0 Sun stuff

  • Banana Boat/ Nivea Sun Cream (-20 Spf)
  • Lip Guard -20 (Spf)
  • Sun Glasses (Uv Protection)

11.0 Toiletries (Personal)

  • Toilet Paper / Wet Tissue
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Towel
  • Garbage Bag

12.0 Eating & Drinkings

  • 1 ltr. Water Bottle
  • 1/1.5ltr. Thermos Mug (Opt.)
  • Spoon / Fork (opt.)
  • Bowl (opt.)

13.0 Medical / First Aid

  • Brufen / Ibuprofens
  • Antibiotic
  • Diamox
  • Paracetamol
  • Handy Plaster
  • Crack Bandage
  • Tincture Iodine
  • Ondem
  • Cetirizine
  • Electrolyte
  • Minil 10mg (Palpitation, anxiety)
  • Codopar (Headache & chest pain)
  • Salbetol 4mg (Breathless)
  • Azithromycin 500mg (chronic tonsillitis, fever, nose, throat infection-must take 5 days)
  • Flupen 250mg (prevent wound infection)
  • Allegra 120/180mg (Allergic tonsil)
  • Menstrual Products

14.0 Miscellaneous

  • Nail cutter
  • Umbrella /Raincoat
  • Hot water bag
  • Camera
  • Trails Maps
  • GPS Tracker (Recommended)
  • Hand & Toe Warmer


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