After Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga (8,586 meters/28,169 feet) is Nepal’s highest mountain. In fact, this colossal mass of rock and ice is the third tallest in the world. Cradled between Nepal and Sikkim, India, our 27-day Kanchenjunga Trek takes you through some of Nepal’s least developed areas. This marathon of a trail passes through all sorts of landscapes, combining both the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek and Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek.
The trail provides of a bit of everything, as we traverse of raging rivers, climb along wide valleys and terraced rice fields, culminating in a prolonged excursion far above the treeline, where we reach Kanchenjunga Base Camp (KBC) Pang Pema (5140 meters). Here, we have a jaw-dropping view of over 16 Himalayan peaks, including Everest (8848 meters), Makalu (8481 meters), Jannu (7710 meters), Kabru (7412 meters), and Tharpu Chuli (Tent Peak) (5663 meters), among many more.
During the journey, we move from tropical jungles to rhododendron and oak forests, and eventually into the alpine zone, where little to no vegetation exists. Along the way, we visit Rai, Limbu, and Tibetan villages. These groups speak their own dialect and practice different religions and customs than most Nepali people. They greet us with their superb hospitality. Who knows, maybe they’ll share or story or two about the elusive Yeti, as well as a couple of cups of Tongba, locally made hot millet wine. As for wildlife on the trek, we may encounter Impedance Pheasant, Red-Billed Blue Magpie, Himalayan black bear, Musk Deer, and even the Red Panda.
Before beginning the trek, we take a night bus to Birtamod and drive further to Suketar the following day. We then walk on the lowlands, hiking past terraced agriculture fields and charming villages up to a ridgeline full of rhododendron forests. Gaining elevation, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchenjunga (four of the world’s five tallest mountains) make their presence known. We are filled with glee while sharing their beautiful presence. Their sheer size will have your eyes wide open, and you may never forget the first moment you see these mountains.
We reach Yalung Glacier and cross a series of passes, and suddenly the views become more incredible. The trail reaches Pang Pema (5140 meters), the base camp for Kanchenjunga climbing expeditions. Soon after, we cross the Lapsang La Pass over to the south side of Kanchenjunga. On our descent, we stop at the yak pastures of Ramche, where there are views of the southwest face of Kanchenjunga, considered to be one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world. This view will leave you with an everlasting memory.
NOTE: If you would like to skip the night bus and fly to Biratnagar and take a shorter drive to Suketar, we can change the package to cater to your needs.
Unbelievable views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga (four of the five tallest mountain peaks in the world!)
Spending time with Rai and Limbu communities and seeing their unique, well-preserved way of life
Visiting Yalung, Zemu, and Kanchenjunga Glaciers
Having the remote trail all to yourself for most of the journey – a most peaceful feeling
Observe the plentiful wildlife in the area – including the Red Panda, Musk Deer and Snow Leopard
- Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
- Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and night bus to Birtamod.
- Day 03: Drive from Birtamod to Suketar (2420m).
- Day 04: Suketar to Lali Kharka (2265m), 5-6 hours.
- Day 05: Lali Kharka to Kesuwa (2120m), 6-7 hours.
- Day 06: Kesuwa to Mamankhe (1785m), 6-7 hours.
- Day 07: Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m), 2-3 hours.
- Day 08: Yamphudin to Tortong (2995m), 7-8 hours.
- Day 09: Tortong to Tseram (3870m), 6-7 hours.
- Day 10: Tseram to Ramche (4580m), 5 hours.
- Day 11: Rest day for exploration around Ramche and Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
- Day 12: Ramche to Mirgin La (4480m), 7-8 hours.
- Day 13: Mirgin-La to Ghunsa (3595m). 3-4 hours.
- Day 14: Ghunsa to Khambachen (4050m), 6-7 hours.
- Day 15: Khambachen to Lhonak (4780m), 6-7 hours.
- Day 16: Lhonak to Pangpema (5140m), 4-5 hours.
- Day 17: Rest day for exploration around Pang Pema and Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
- Day 18: Retreat trek to Khambachen, 7-8 hours.
- Day 19: Khambachen to Ghunsa, 5-6 hours.
- Day 20: Ghunsa to Kyapra (2730m), 6 hours.
- Day 21: Kyapra to Sakathum (1580m), 6-7 hours.
- Day 22: Sakathum to Chirwa (1180m), 5-6 hours.
- Day 23: Chirwa to Phurumbu (1542m), 6 hours.
- Day 24: Phurumbu to Suketar, 4-5 hours.
- Day 25: Drive from Suketar to Birtamod.
- Day 26: Drive from Birtamod to Kathmandu.
- Day 27: Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.
All our packages include accommodation at the cost. This accommodation is included during the set itinerary. While in Kathmandu, we provide a 2-3 Star hotel for you. During the trek, our guides will pick the best lodge for you to stay based on their experience as well as room availability. All the accommodations will be a twin-shared basis. In the mountain, Shower and toilet will be on Sharing basis. During high trekking season, you may have to share a room with a same-sex trekker from another group. Our company provides you with a sleeping bag, two-person tents with comfortable mattress for outdoor camping trek. Our Guide will try to set up your camp with a spectacular view.
Nepal has a wide variety of food and it is easy to cater to your needs. If you are a vegetarian/vegan, gluten or lactose free, we are able to work around that if you let us know ahead of time. During your time in the hotel in Kathmandu, your breakfast is included. Lunch and dinner must be covered on your own. On the trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided. For teahouse treks, we can order typical Nepali food, continental, Italian, Tibetan and Indian at teahouses. While camping, we will prepare the meals for you. After our trek, we will have a celebration/pre-departure traditional Nepali meal in Thamel.
Guide & Porters
A government-licensed guide will lead the trek. All our guides have tremendous experience on the trails and are passionate about the trekking industry. Our guides and porters are dedicated to making your experience of trekking in Nepal a memorable one. If there is any worry during your trek, our guides will address it. Your safety is our number one priority. For groups of more than six people, there will be two guides. For teahouse treks, there will be one porter for every two trekkers. For camping treks, we will need more porters in order to carry the food, kitchen equipment, tents, etc.
As many of our treks lead us high into the Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude. Our treks have acclimatization days built into the itinerary. It is best to take it slow to prevent altitude sickness. The level of fitness necessary for our treks varies depending on the trek. On average, expect to walk an average of 5-6 hours per day while on the trial. Generally, the treks can be done with an average level of fitness. More important than fitness or experience is one’s personal determination and positive attitude toward finishing and enjoying the trek.
We strongly recommend having travel insurance before going on a trek. We do our best to take care of you, but something can happen that is out of our control. In case of medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance. You are unable to obtain medical insurance in Nepal and must do so in your home country. Be sure that your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains.
Best Time to Travel
The peak seasons for traveling in Nepal are during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November). These times provide the best scenery and clearest skies, but of course they are a little more crowded than the off-season. It is possible to trek during the Winter (December to February), but you will face cold temperatures. It is also possible to trek during the monsoon season (June to August), though the views will likely be covered by clouds and there is a high chance of rainfall.
Please be assured that Breeze Adventure manage our treks to the highest standards. Your safety and satisfaction are our priority. We will support you to the best of our abilities with any issues that may arise. From time to time domestic flights may be delayed due to weather conditions. It is often worthwhile to include a day or two extra in your schedule to be used in the event of a delay, or if you require a little extra time during the trek. We will work with you to ensure you get the most from your trek and visit Nepal.