Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

Overview And Highlights

Trip Facts

Trip Type

Tea house / Camping







Group Size


Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trek is remote, wild and full of adventure. The Kanchenjunga base camp trek takes you to the base of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8598m), the world’s third highest mountain straddling between the borders of Nepal and Sikkim.

You will discover the unique local culture and lifestyle of the local people. Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is another attraction of this trek where you will find rare and unique flora and fauna including rhododendrons, orchids, snow leopard, Asiatic black bear, red panda etc.  

Nepal Environmental treks & Expedition organizes trips according to your time frame, budget and interests so you can fully enjoy your trip.

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Drive from Kathmandu to Basantpur via Dharan(428m.), Dhankuta (1158m.) and Hille(1822m.) by bus. Stay overnight in camp.


Drive from Kathmandu to Basantpur via Dharan(428m.), Dhankuta (1158m.) and Hille (1822m.) by bus.

3 star rated hotel,

Trek from Basantpur to Chauki (2400m.) takes about five and half hours. The path passes through rhododendron forests. If the sky is clear, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Mount Makalu and Kanchenjunga Himal. On the way, you can see some small human settlements. Stay overnight in camp.


Trek from Chauki to Gupha Pokhari (2940m.) and then to Gurja Gaon(2145m.) takes about five and half hours. While trekking through this way, you pass through rhododendron forests. At a point, you come across a pass situated at 3000 meter. Gurja Gaon is occupied by Buddhist and Hindus. It is situated at low elevation. Stay overnight in camp.


TTrek from Gurja Gaon to Mitlung (1160m.) takes approximately five and half hours. he first part of your trails descends up to Dovan and then crossing a suspension bridge you follow quite flat route. You trek along the bank of Tamur Koshi through paddy fields. The inhabited area of this part is occupied by Brahmin, Chhetri and Limbu. Stay overnight in camp.


The path to follow is quite narrow and passes through jungle mainly covered with cardamom plants and other vegetation. Chirwa is a small town where you find small lodges and camping site with local shops. Stay overnight in camp.


Your trek passes through a small jungle along with the bank of river. The trail follows an uneven path. You cross a small hanging bridge before you reach Sekhathum. You spend overnight in camps.


Trek from Sekathum to Gyable (2785m.) takes about seven and half hours. The first one and half-hour you trek through normally flat land. Then your trail goes steeply ascent up to Amjilasa and now gently ascends to Gyable passing through jungle. Stay overnight in camp.


Trek from Gyable to Ghunsa (3468m.) takes about six and half hours. Your trails pass through jungle. You can see Gunsa river down the trail. Stay overnight in camp.

This is a day to rest in order to acclimatize and excursion in and around Ghunsa. Gunsa is also rich with Tibetan and Buddhist culture. Ghunsa is relatively larger town. Stay overnight in camp.


The trail makes a gradual ascent along the south bank of the Gunsa Khola, then crosses a boulder strewn flood plain and crosses back to Rambuk Kharka on the north side of the river. Beyond the slide, the trail drops to the single locked hut at Lakep, then traverses to Khambachen, a Tibetan settlement of about a dozen houses at 4040m. Stay overnight in camp.


The trail climbs gradually through open rocky fields to Ramtang at 4240m, then across moraines north-west of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. Lhonak, at 4790m, is near a dry lake bed on an open, sandy plain; water is scarce here. Stay overnight in camp.


From Lhonak, the trail ascends gradually across the plain, and then gets a bit steeper as it follows the moraine. You can drop off the moraine and follow the bottom of the valley to avoid the steeper section. Stay overnight in camp.


Here you can enjoy the snow capped mountains and Kanchenjunga glacier. You camp the night.

Now you trek in descending path crossing the jungle along the river Kambachen river. Stay overnight in camp.

The first part of the follows gentle path crossing the jungle to Gyapla. Stay overnight in camp.

You trek descend until Sekarthum and you cross a suspension bridge before your trails begin to follow gentle path. Chirwa is a small town where people of mixed community like Buddhist and Hindus inhabit. Stay overnight in camp.

You can however, avoid the steep climb from Doban by contouring up the side of the valley instead. From Chirwa, start uphill, passing through Diwa village. The trail drops into a large side canyon, and then climbs back to the ridge before reaching Linkhim. Stay overnight in camp.

Trek in and out of side canyons through the small Limbu villages of Helate, Pumbur and Phurbu to a ridge overlooking a monstrous slide area. Climb above the slide area to the Sherpa villages of Bung Kulung and Lakchun and you can get directly to the airport without going into Taplejung. You stay overnight at Suketar.

Drive from Suketar to Bhadrapur and same day fly to Kathmandu.  

What Is Included ?

  •  Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • Special trekking permit for Kanchenjunga region 
  •  Entry permit for Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
  •  Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  •  Trekking Guide
  • One porter for every 2 trekking participants (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Accommodation in tea houses (lodges) during the trek
  • Trekking equipment: Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags, trekking poles, etc. 
  • Land transportation from Kathmandu to Basantapur
  •  Flight ticket from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu 
  • Insurance and equipment for the guides and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenirs

What Is Excluded?

  • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
  • Travel insurance
  •  Tips for involved staffs
  •  Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking due to any personal reason than the scheduled itinerary) 

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek Altitude Profile

Additional Information

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking. 

General Items:
Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items:
Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff   

Sun-worn Items:
Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm

Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),  

Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials:
First Aid Kit 

Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc 

Additional items for camping trek:
Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price. 

Client Reviews

Jamie Fox

United States

28th Nov, 2020

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Hello potential trekkers, The purpose of this note is to recommend (highly) the services of Nepal Environmental Trekking (P.) Ltd. My new wife and I went on an almost month-long trek to Kanchenjunga base camps November 2000.

Robert –jan

Netherlands Antilles

29th Sep, 2009

Kanchenjunga Trek

Thanks to all of the crew who helped us to fulfill the trek. I may return to Nepal, somehow this country has a special place in my heart: nature and helpful people but: the real vacation starts when you leave Kathmandu. We have seen this city now enough times.

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