How difficult is the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek?

  • Kishwor Adhikari
  • Last Updated on Nov 2, 2023

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Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

You don't need to be an athlete or peak dweller to finish the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek. Then again, it doesn't mean that trekking in the Kanchenjunga region is as simple as strolling or running in a park. Located in the far northeastern corner of Nepal and shared by India and Tibet, Kanchenjunga (8,586 m) is the third the highest mountain in the world.

The isolation, dangerous trail, and the vast diversity of this region has made it one of the restricted regions of Nepal. Therefore, you need to take permit from the Government of Nepal to go on a trek to this region. The trail includes difficult passes, valleys, rocky paths, wild glacier rivers, and dense forests. Two of the most popular and safe routes are also tough and requires technical climbing. However, it doesn't mean that you cannot complete this trek; proper acclimatization and professional guidance can make the journey successful.

Until now, you must have understood the challenges this trek poses. Hence, we are here with a bit of guide and info you should know before going on Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek. Reading this blog will inform you how hard it is to trek Kanchenjunga North Base Camp in Nepal.

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

Elevation and Acclimatization

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek will take you above 5,000 meters from the sea level. During the trek, you will gain 500 meters to 700 meters every day. The trail does require you to walk around 6 to 8 hours each day so it is very important. Therefore, it is very important for anyone to know at least a little bit about gaining altitude on a daily basis and it's outcomes.

As it is already clear that you have to gain constant height every day, that means you are required to have sufficient numbers of acclimatization in between the trek to acclimatized your body. Fortunately, it is easy in acclimatizing in Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in comparison with another trek where you will gain 2,860 meters in the 30 minutes flight, which means 1,500 meters increase in the altitude in a short period.

Our professionally designed Kanchenjunga Trek and North Base Camp Trek itinerary will help you complete this trek without having any issues. We assure you that, with us, you can enjoy every second of the journey and make lifelong memories.

Weather & Temperature on Kanchenjunga North Base Camp

According to the MFD (Meteorological Forecasting Division) Kathmandu climate forecast, the temperature at the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp or on the high passes can drop to - 12°C (10°F) during mid-November with the wind speed around 8 to 10 mph. You will discover temperature least 8°C (46°F) to most extreme 20 °C (68°F) in Taplejung during a similar time. The capricious climate is one standout amongst the crucial components that make this trek significantly difficult.

In the event that you are intending to finish the entire circuit including Sele Le pass, Kanchenjunga South and North Base Camp, it would be ideal if you avoid potential risk and keep your every step carefully.

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

How to deal with Difficulty in Kanchenjunga  North Base Camp Trek?

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is a not difficult trek if you have a good itinerary and enough acclimatization days. The serious issue of this trek is AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and the harsh unpredictable climate. Your guide is fully trained to handle any extreme and emergency situations like this, so don't worry. In case, if any critical situation arises there is always a helicopter rescue service stays standby for emergency evacuation.

Following is the list of couple things that you should do to decrease the odds of AMC:

  • Monitor your health two times each day
  • Make sure to trek with the Pulse Oximeter, which will measure the glucose level in your body
  • Carry sweet snacks with yourself to provide you an energy boost
  • Make sure to have enough acclimatization days
  • Drink at least 2-liter water each day
  • Avoid alcoholic drink as it dehydrates the body
  • Make sure to check your gears completely before trekking


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