Kanchenjunga trekking in Nepal | Kanchenjunga base camp trek in April ,May| Autumn season

Kanchenjunga trekking in details 

Mount Kanchenjunga (alt.8586m) is the 3rd highest mountain in the world, and 2nd highest mountain ranked in Nepal, this massive mountain range announced as the 3rd big mountain officially in 1856 by the government of Nepal, in this mountain first successfully summit on May 25, 1955, Joe Brown and George band from a British expedition. Before that, there are several people trying to summit but none of them succeed to reach the summit, some of the climbers lost their lives for the unsuccessful Kanchenjunga summit who have not even found a dead body yet. Meaning of Kanchenjunga is explained from the Tibetan dictionary: “kan ” meaning snow or ice, “Chen” meaning treasure or property or a valuable object.”nga” meaning five or a circle of five Patel.

Kanchenjunga base camp located in Eastern Border to Nepal, further east from Kanchenjunga lies Sikkim and northern part Kanchenjunga called Tibet which is “autonomous state of people’s republic of Tibet, China” Kanchenjunga conservation area announced by the government of Nepal in 1997 which is 3rd conservation area of Nepal, but Annapurna conservation area and Manaslu conservation area where continually announced first and second by Nepal governments, Kanchenjunga conservation area covered 2035 Square kilometers in total which is the second big conservation area. The biggest conservation area in Nepal is the Annapurna conservation area.

More detailed located in the Eastern part of Nepal province number 1 at the northern territory of Taplejung District.  in 2003 Kanchenjunga conservation area management council was officially formed by government with support from worldwide fund for nature people called non as short form (WWF) in one sentence trekking in Kanchenjunga is one of the best adventures experience compare to all others different regions trek, you will have a lifetime unforgettable trips which remains you always.

Mount Kanchenjunga region offers beautiful trekking routes among many mountains region of Nepal. Kanchenjunga north base camp trek is one of the famous trekking routes in Nepal for all adventure lovers. Kanchenjunga base camp trek is in a remote area, and adventure trekking route in Nepal. Before you planning this trek you have to have good enough exercise and more or less experience of walking in the mountains. This long trekking route offers snowcaps, Hills, waterfall, as well as strengthen Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Khumvakarna, mt. Janu Himal including several mountains peaks from a close distance, and a beautiful landscape, waterfall, suspension bridges, fertile farming lands,  fascinating people, and their reach cultures.

Kanchenjunga north base camp trek begins from Taplejung after a long derive from Kathmandu, or you can take a flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar,  and from Biratnagar to Suketar .begging of trek you will walk through the paddy lands, decorate and beautiful traditional several villages, and in the far distance you will see the snowcaps of Kanchenjunga and other mountains. Day by day you will cross several hills, rivers, and ascending above 3500m the place Ghunsa , Ghunsa is the  mini market of this area, here you  will spend one extra day for high altitude digest and go for short ascend and come back down to tea house, which is helps for following days walk, After Ghunsa you shall trek continue through the Tamor river and forest of Rhododendron , Oke, and   pine many more to Lonak,  Khambachhen, following days  you will go a day hike to Kanchenjunga north  base camp, finally you are here, and fulfill your goals to reach in highest mountain base camp , you shall  be  enjoying  to watch world  third highest mountain from very close distance with so many other mountains . after the fulfill your dream to be here, you will trek back Ghunsa then after continue trek to Taplejung or Suketar where your trek is ends, and here is both option, if you want to hide a long drive and then you can take a connected fly from Suketar to Biratnagar – Kathmandu or drive back to Kathmandu, drive is almost two days long drive to get Kathmandu.

But if you want to do continue at the same time south base camp after visit north base camp then you have to go via Shele- la pass and trek to south base camp and return to back to Taplejung.

Mount Kanchenjunga is not only popular fir summit world third high mountain,  here you can do trekking, and photography trek,  and you would have a frequently  great chance to see the Himalayan leopard, different types of wildlife, so many spices of birds and domestic animals. So before you go Kanchenjunga base camp trek, you should be good- enough fit and acclimatization and experience about trekking in mountains.  You will not regard after finish this trek, it’s the great trekking route in Nepal, which you give you so many things and a great trekking experience which would be your lifetime experience. We highly suggest you once in your life make the best trip to Kanchenjunga base camp to all adventure mountain lovers from around the world.

mount Kanchenjunga and mountains peaks
(on the way to Kanchenjunga north base camp.)

What is the exciting part of the Kanchenjunga trekking?

  1. Beautiful mountains view of Mount Kanchenjunga central, north and south
  2. Visit Limbu and Sherpa culture and their daily basic lifestyle
  3. Walkthrough the Cardamom farm.
  4. Impressive view of mount Jannu (Kumbha Karna)
  5. Encounter with wildlife and domestic animals like Himalayan   yak,
  6. Visit Kanchenjunga glacier and Nepal peak,  chyang Himal (wedge peak)
  7. Visit Kanchenjunga north base camp
  8. Cross mirgin-la pass and enjoy to watch a beautiful mountains view
  9. Visit Ilam tea garden

Suggested outline itinerary 

  1. Day 1.Arrive in Kathmandu
  2. Day 2.Trek preparation and exploring Kathmandu half day
  3. Day 3. Kathmandu to Biratnagar by 50 minutes. And take a private jeep to Suketar 8 to 9 hours
  4. Day 4. Suketar to Chhiruwa 7 to 8 hours
  5. Day 5. Trek to Tapethok 5 to 6 hours
  6. Day 6, trek to Japantar 5 to 6 hour
  7. Day 7, trek to Amjilasha 6 to 7 hours
  8. Day 8, trek to Gyabla 5 to 6 hours.
  9. Day 9, trek to Ghunsa(explore Fale Tibetan refugees camp) 6 to 7 hours
  10. Day 10, acclimatize day
  11. Day 11, trek to Khambachen 6 to 7 hours.
  12. Day 12, trek to Lhonak 5 to 6 hours.
  13. Day 13, trek to kanchenjunga north base camp(pang pema) explore pang pema and back to lhonak overnight 9 to 10 hours
  14. Day 14, trek to Ghunsa 6 to 7 hours.
  15. Day 15, trek to sele le 7 to 8 hours.
  16. Day 16, trek to Tseram 9 to 10 hours(crossing Mirgil-la pass)
  17. Day 17, trek to Ramche 5 to 6 hours
  18. Day 18 explore Kanchenjunga south base camp. And back to Ramche 9 to 10 hours.
  19. Day 19, trek to Tortong,
  20. Day 20, trek to Yamphuden 8 to 9 hours
  21. Day 21 rest day.
  22. Day 22 Trek to Mamankhe 7 to 8 hours.
  23. Day 23, trek to Simbu 6 to 7 hours.
  24. Day 24, trek to Suketar 4 to 5 hours.
  25. Day 25, drive to Biratnagar 8 to 9 hours
  26. Day 26, fly back to Kathmandu,

Kanchenjunga base camp trek Packing List. 

Day back

  1. Water bottle 2 pair
  2. Trekking boots.
  3. Flip-flops
  4. Sunglass
  5. Woolen hat
  6. Headlight.
  7. Extra camera battery
  8. Gloves thick & thin
  9. Inner shit
  10. Sleeping bag.
  11. Full t-shirt 3 pair
  12. Half t-shirt 4 pair

13Long trousers 2 pair

  1. Inner trousers 2 pairs.
  2. Shocks full 3 pair
  3. Shocks half 3 pairs.
  4. down jacket
  5. Sweater
  6. Raincoat
  7. Walking poles
  8. Sun cream
  9. Half jacket.

one the way Kanchenjunga base camp
(a beautiful snowcap from a far distance in Kanchenjunga region  and  location, One the way to Ghunsa villages from Amzilash.)

Kanchenjunga base camp guide and permits cost:

Experience and professional guide cost per day USD 35 to 40 including guide food, accommodation, and insurance encase for emergency only,  Kanchenjunga base camp trekking is very far and remote trekking route of Nepal, so you should have a professional guide with you, who have been guided before many times. We have a very experienced guide who has been there several times with groups, our guide is a good trainer and fluent English, Germany, French, Hindi, Korean language speak. Our guide knows how to lead the group in a high and remote place with pleaser way and they are always supportive for the group, and our experienced guide can explain about landscapes of Kanchenjunga, nature, culture, and religions, our team is very comfortable and flexible for all types of works as much as possible, so we highly suggest you please chose a professional guide with the good agency from Kathmandu.

Kanchenjunga base camp Permits:

The Kanchenjunga base camp trek restricted area currently the fee is 1200 Nepali rupees equivalent in USD 10 per person for the week, and Kanchenjunga conservation entry fee permits are currently  3000 rupees equivalent in u s d is $30 per person, and it’s valid for a month.

Along the way to Kanchenjunga base camp in Lonak villages
(Along the way to Kanchenjunga base camp in Lonak villages, its a buddhis monastery and  a beautiful landscape of eastern part of Nepal)

When is the best season to trek to Kanchenjunga base camp?

There are two best seasons in Nepal to trek overall, month-wise September-October-November-December and next fall march-April-may which is seasonal called autumn and spring for the trekking autumn season is best to trek because this season comes right after monsoon so all the sky dust and nearby ground dust are destroyed by several months heavy rainfall so close mountain view, distance view and panoramic view you can easily capture even in your very less megapixel camera. In the mountain weather never can stay able sometimes unfortunately change for one day or two days but autumn season these chances are less than spring. So for trekking autumn season is highly recommended.

 Spring season

There are two seasons to trek in Nepal, as we mentioned above about autumn which is slightly better for trekking, but another fact is that spring is the best season to climb any trekking peak like over 6000m., 7000m. Or over 8000m. Mountain because when spring season passes half of the season like April month or all month of may temperature getting warm to begin another monsoon so spring is best for climbing trekking peaks and mountains.

 How to get Kanchenjunga base camp?

 There are few different ways to go to Kanchenjunga by flight, by private jeep, and by local bus. A most common way is once you arrive Kathmandu and prepare for the trek, then fly to Biratnagar and take a private jeep to Suketar is a comfortable way to begin the trek. If flight schedules do not change for the morning then it is possible to make by a day to Suketar to stay overnight. Flight costs can be a bit expensive so to make a cheaper trip, day or night bus to Birtamod and again take sharing based jeep or bus to Suketar which would be can cost reduction but time will take one or two days extra. Depending on road conditions and traffic situations. Way back to Kathmandu from trekking remains the same conditions.

What types of Vegetation in the Kanchenjunga region?

Kanchenjunga conservation area is also rich in hundreds of varieties of vegetation in large area cardamom in the last decade, and is the main income source for local people, from an altitude of 1000m. To 2200m. Cardamom can grow in wetland or nearby the spring water where can possible to irrigation from plastic pipe. those people who migrate in terai for better facilities and finding job later then cardamom highly demand from India and Bangladesh for various proposals to make such like medication, herbs, and home use so that then mostly the eastern part of Nepal’s districts middle hill wetland is perfect to grow so Taplejung is one of the perfect to grow and somehow 1000 of those migrated people back home to make some better money with cardamom business and finally they become a successful farmer.

Like another part of the country, Kanchenjunga conservation also famous for varieties of flora in different landscapes found different types of plants. Bamboo, rhododendron, dozen types of pine, Yarsagumba which is highly demanded to make viagra.juniper,

What types of Fauna in the Kanchenjunga region?

Kanchenjunga conservation area is most numbers of snow leopard found protected area, according to locals more than 55 snow leopard found in Kanchenjunga south base camp area and the north base camp area which is both are part of conservation area out of approximately 350 to 400 snow leopard found in 8 different protected area of Nepal which is world’s top 10 most snow leopard found country snow leopard hunt musk deer, barking deer, chauri gai(crossing yak and hill cow) and yak locals have a large number of yak farm for using transport and meat bust latest time snow leopard killing many of them so local community and conservation start to give insurance when snow leopard kill yak, to make sure to protect rare high altitude wild animal.

Other popular wildlife also found in this conservation area like black bear, Indian leopard, hanuman languor, jungle cat, Asian golden cat, barking deer, musk deer as well as much other common wildlife can be seen here at different altitude wise, so Kanchenjunga conservation area can be eastern Nepal’s most exciting adventures sports which is mixed of flora, fauna, culture and massif mountain.

typical local house.
Nepali traditional house in the Kanchenjunga region. this is the house most of the Nepali people build hundreds of years ago, but not now, they build nowadays  modern types of the house)

Culture in the Kanchenjunga region.

In Kanchenjunga, conservation areas buffer zone majority of the population are Limbu,Rai Chettri, and Braman also partly living here but below 2500m. An area dominated by Limbu, in limbus language Limbu, means heroes of the hill Dhaka is a traditional fabric for Limbu who makes a dhaka dress like a hat, blouse, saree, scarf they teach generations to another.

Most of the Limbu people follow Kirat religion but they still believe their own religion mandhum. Some of them also believe in Hinduism. Chasok Tangnam is one of the biggest festivals for limbu people. Which is celebrated in full moon time in the month of mangsir according to bikram sambat?

As like Limbu, cast dominates the lower part of Kanchenjunga higher up above 2000m. Sherpa people lived.

Sherpa people migrated from the eastern part of Tibet at different times and start living in the Eastern part of Nepal, So Sherpa means people who live in the east they called it Sherpa. They have their own calendar and unique festival Gyalpo Lhosar is their biggest festival which is celibate Phalgun month according to the Nepali calendar and end of the February month or beginning of March according to the English calendar Sherpa people are very hardworking and trustworthy people on the mountain. To climb mountains is a passion for Sherpa.

Mount Kanchenjunga base camp trekking routes in Nepal

In Kanchenjunga conservation area there are four different way to do, above itinerary are classic most people’s favorite route but there are minimum 3 more routes which are can be possible to customize in your  ways

  1. above itinerary non as Kanchenjunga full ‘circuit, classic route of Kanchenjunga,
  2. Kanchenjunga north base camp
  3. Kanchenjunga south base camp
  4. in the opposite way to the above itinerary (Kathmandu- Suketar- Kanchenjunga south base camp- Mirgin-la pass (4900m.)-Ghunsa- Kanchenjunga north base camp-Ghunsa- Amjilasha- Suketar- Kathmandu)
  5. Number 2&3 are 1 week short than 1 & 4.


Important tips for Kanchenjunga base camp trek.

  1. Respect local people and culture.
  2. Respect local religion.
  3. Walk from the clock way when you see Buddhist mane walls during trekking.
  4. Do not disturb wildlife,
  5. Do not make noise during jungle walks.
  6. do don’t bargain a lot when you buying homemade goods because it is costly for them to bring a supply from city to mountain
  7. walk from wall side when you pass through domestic’s animal coming from the opposite site
  8. put the plastic tin in the rubbish bin
  9. do not pee anywhere on top of the hill where locals put prayer flag.
Kanchenjunga trekking in Nepal
Kanchenjunga region Sherpa people habitation, this is made of wood and stone, its very protective and warm inside the house.

Weather in Kanchenjunga base camp:

Autumn and spring are the best time for trekking to Kanchenjunga base camp. Monsoon ends in Nepal from the end of August, and September to November are autumn here, the spring season is another best time for trekking to Kanchenjunga, in both season the mountain cold winds is not properly descended, and most of the time you will feel sunshine day and warm temperature, less cloudy in the mountain , at night you will sleep in home-stay and normal tea houses along the route, most of the place they make a fire in the dining hall before you go sleep, and in the mountain, the house is made with wood and stone for good enough protect from windy, rainy,  snow, etc, and windows are insulation both side, but we highly suggest please take a warm enough sleeping bag and trekking gears.

Beginning of the trek it will be very hot, no need much cloths, in begging, we start Kanchenjunga trek from lower altitude you won’t feel cold for fewer days of trek start, the day temperature will be 20 to 22 Celsius and night time 15 to 17 Celsius in the lower part of the trek but day by day you will be rising up to the mountain , after four to five days walk you will be left behind hot temperature, and you will feel start a little bit cold and chill winds because of you are reaching very close to big snow mountains, and especially you will feel in morning and evening time, during the day time while you walking through the beautiful landscapes you won’t feel cold even you reach in high place until sun stays around. The temperature would be 13 to 16 during the day and night time 8 to 10 at night in higher places of this trek,  but about the weather, no buddy can predictable so we highly suggest you please prepare well and carry good enough clothes and comfortable trekking boots.

Food and accommodation in Kanchenjunga base camp trek:


On this trek, you will have great hospitality and delicious food from local tea house and homestay, don’t aspects like your hometown or western types of food, but still, you can eat basic food like Nepali dal bat, loaves of bread, soups, muddles, potatoes, including a lot of organic foods and drinks. And we suggest you all please eat local organic food and support, your money goes directly to them, the Kanchenjunga region still not like Annapurna or Everest region, don’t aspect like Annapurna or Everest region food, just basic food and accommodation are available.


From the beginning of the trek to the end of the trek you will sleep in the basic tea houses, here is no other option to choose the better guest house, only we can get in this region. Kanchenjunga is not developing like Everest or Annapurna region, it’s more remote than other trekking regions, so we only get basic accommodation and night stay, in this region still takes time to make more nice tea house or lodes because of this area is very far from the capital of Nepal and big markets, So you have to be well prepared by mentally and physically too.

Final Say:

Kanchenjunga base camp treks are one of the most beautiful trekking routes in Nepal, where you can see, world 3rd highest mountain including many beautiful mountain peaks. trekking to Kanchenjunga is a not an easy for beginners trekkers, compared to Everest base camp and Annapurna region treks Kanchenjunga trek is more adventure and count in hard treks in Nepal, so basically you have to be well prepared and at the list, you have to do few treks before around 4500m in the mountains, Kanchenjunga base camp treks is far and remote trekking routes in Nepal, and you should know before plan your trip to Kanchenjunga how to adjust the basic region of Nepal with food, accommodation, and atmosphere of the region.

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