Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek - 16 Days

An Adventure Trek to Base Camp - The North Base Camp of Kanchenjunga !
Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek
What to see & doSpecific information about Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek - 16 Days
  • Duration16 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5143m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Group Size 10
  • Transportation Local Transportation
  • Best Season March, April, May, and Sept, Oct, Nov

Taking you deep into the Arun Valley, the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is a one-of-a-kind trekking adventure in untouched parts of the Eastern Himalayas of Nepal. This tranquil walking trail is home to a variety of rare plants and animals, verdant hills embellished with numerous waterfalls and water streams in the lower part, and steep mountains covered with snow in the upper region, which provides a striking contrast to the blue sky above. Come join us on this 16-day journey to the never-ending landscapes, cultures, and panoramic views of the Himalayas.

Mount Kanchenjunga is situated in the northeastern part of Nepal near the border with India in the east and Tibet in the north. Kanchenjunga was thought to be the highest mountain in the world until the middle of the 19th century, but it is really the third-highest peak in the globe and the second-highest summit in Nepal. Mountaineers also often avoid standing atop the Kanchenjunga Peak as it is considered a sacred peak by the locals.

The English translation of the name Kanchenjunga is "Five Great Treasures in the Snow". Five peaks make up the Kanchenjunga range, and the locals believe that each one is a vault containing a variety of treasures, including grains, holy texts, gold, silver, and gemstones. There are five significant glacier systems on this vast cluster of mountains, three of which—the Zumu, Talung, and Rathong—flow into Sikkim to the east. The Yalung and Kanchenjunga glaciers flow into Nepal's Tamor River on the western side of the mountain range.

The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trekking trail was only made accessible to trekkers in 1988 AD. The government has designated the area as a restricted area, thus trekkers need a special permit and must be in groups of at least 2, excluding a mandatory licensed trekking guide. These factors account for why so few hikers choose to go over this untamed, difficult terrain. The smaller number of visitors each year has helped to keep this area's natural beauty and unique culture intact. Therefore, visitors can enjoy the region's pristine natural beauty and authentic culture. 

However, getting the most authentic trekking experience is not easy. This is a long, difficult hike in an area with little to no infrastructure. There aren't as many amenities as in Nepal's well-known hiking locations like Annapurna and Everest. You may even have to spend some nights in tents. There are landslides to worry about throughout the way, and the trails are rocky, swooping, and occasionally exposed. The region's isolation exacerbates its difficulties. You must therefore be a fairly skilled high-altitude hiker and mentally prepared for continuous days of arduous hiking in some incredibly lonely regions of the Himalayas.

Our trekking specialists at Outfitter Nepal have carefully constructed this 16 days Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trekking Itinerary for you to successfully complete the trek with minimal challenges. Please read along for all the necessary details regarding the trek before booking it. You can contact us at any time for any queries. 

Best Features of the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

  • Trekking through East Nepal's pristine and off-the-beaten Himalayan landscape
  • Standing tall at Mt. Kanchenjunga's North Base Camp (5140 m), the third-highest mountain peak in the world
  • Awe-inspiring views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the Makalu mountain range, and other nearby summits including Jannu, Kabru, Jongsong, Tent Peak, etc.
  • Passing through the local Rai, Limbu, Tamang, Gurung, Bhote, and Sherpa communities' ethnic villages
  • Getting to the Tamar and Ghunsa Rivers' sources at the Kanchenjunga Himal's northwest face
  • Enjoying the sight of magnificent natural sites like glacial lakes and ponds
  • Exploring the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area's diverse flora and fauna (red pandas, musk dear, etc.)

Why Trek to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp instead of other popular trekking regions?

The spectacular natural surroundings of the Kanchenjunga region are well-known. You must go through some stunning, unexplored terrain to reach the mountain's base camp. These hiking routes are different from the more well-known treks in the Everest and Annapurna ranges since they are mostly unexplored. As you hike across the mountain foothills, you'll pass through some breathtakingly beautiful natural scenery. Natural paths come in numerous forms, including those found next to rivers, streams, glaciers, hills, settlements, waterfalls, and woods. Trekkers will follow the quiet paths in the middle of the woods.

Another aspect that sets this Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek apart is its remote Himalayan setting. Away from the chaos, you will have the chance to explore the breathtaking location in all its beauty. You will be able to see the majority of the biggest Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Kanchenjunga, in their most spectacular panoramas. The villagers will welcome you with open arms and exceptional hospitality. On the stroll, you come across several unique practices and traditions that aren't common elsewhere in the nation. All these reasons are good enough to go on the remote Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek.

What mountains are visible from the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trekking trail?

The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is considered the most beautiful trekking route among many other treks in the Kanchenjunga region by many. The route to the North Base Camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga offers the magnificent mountain views of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m/28,169 ft), Janu Himal (7,710 m/25,300 ft), Everest (8,849 m/29,032 ft), Makalu (8,463 m/26,247 ft), Tharpu Chuli (5,695 m/18,684 ft), Kabru (7,412 m/24,318 ft), etc.

Similarly, you get to witness stunning scenery full of natural beauty on the way. Yaks can be seen grazing on grasslands and waterways that are surrounded by snow-capped mountains. You generally see landscapes of heavily forested hills and rivers with a few glimpses of mountains in the lower section of the trail, but the upper sections are dominated by the mountainous landscape covered by snow. 

What kind of landscape can we anticipate during the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trek?

The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp is a magical location for those seeking a more off-the-beaten-path adventure because it is secluded and less traveled by trekkers. The walk starts on the lower slopes, where hikers are surrounded by luxuriant rhododendron, oak, and bamboo woods. The colorful vegetation and lovely bird sounds create an environment of calmness and tranquillity. As the terrain rises and vegetation changes, you will pass through picturesque high-altitude pastures and alpine meadows. When the season is right, these areas are covered in vibrant wildflowers, making the journey a treat for nature lovers.

As the trek continues, hikers traverse a number of raging rivers and streams that are connected by strong suspension bridges that swing slightly with each step. The river crossings provide the walk with an element of adventure, and the bridges provide breathtaking vantage points to view the surrounding scenery.

The terrain gets rougher and more difficult as the walk moves closer to the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. Trekkers will come across rugged terrain, moraines, and the majestic Kanchenjunga glaciers. Higher elevations offer breathtaking vistas of the towering peaks, including Mount Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world, which proudly stands at 8,586 meters (28,169 feet) above sea level. The splendor of the walk is further enhanced by views of nearby mountain peaks.

How is the cultural exposure of the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek?

During the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trip, trekkers can engage in a unique and illuminating cultural encounter with the locals. As you pass through the gorgeous villages and remote communities along the trail, you get the opportunity to interact with indigenous ethnic groups like the Tamang, Gurung, Limbu, Rai, Sherpa, and Bhote. These ethnic groups have a rich cultural history that is intricately linked to the mountains and surrounding nature. You can observe their distinctive habits, age-old ceremonies, and ancient practices that have been handed down through the years. The villagers' wonderful hospitality is evident as they invite trekkers into their homes and guest houses and provide insights into their daily lives. 

If the schedule of the trek coincides with any regional celebrations or events, hikers may take part in them. Festivals frequently feature dance performances, music, and traditional ceremonies, giving hikers an unforgettable look at the vibrant local culture. Likewise, you have the chance to sample genuine Nepali cuisine and regional specialties while staying in teahouses and lodges managed by local families, further allowing you to become immersed in the community. In the communal dining spaces, conversations with the hosts and other trekkers foster a sense of friendship and allow trekkers to share stories and learn from one another's experiences.

Furthermore, trekkers also get an opportunity to experience the spiritual side of the area by stopping at historic monasteries and stupas along the route. For the indigenous populations, these sacred sites play a significant role as centers of religion and culture. Trekkers can see religious rituals and the harmonious cohabitation of local Bon tradition and Buddhism.

Major Attractions of the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

Heavenly journey to the North Base Camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga 

The trek to the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp is truly exceptional as you move through tropical lowlands to the magnificent Rhododendron woods, chocolate box towns, glaciers, and astounding views of the Himalayas. The region's grandeur, highlighted by some of the world's tallest mountain peaks, mesmerizes you with an unparalleled sense of joy. You have the impression of being in a storybook. While being in close proximity to the mountains inspires your mind, eating locally-produced food and living in local lodges and tents humbles you.

Comparatively fresh and unexplored trekking route

The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is one of the newest high-altitude hiking trails in Nepal; it was only opened for trekkers in 1988, which is why the trek is little known. Although the walking trail's amenities may not be the best, you will still have access to a decent selection of dining and hotel options. Sometimes, you may be required to spend the night in a tent. It is one of the few trekking paths that calls for specialized trekking permits. The 30-minute flight and lengthy 10-hour drive are needed to reach the trailhead for this remote path from Kathmandu.

Physically and mentally demanding trek, giving a true sense of adventure

The hiking route involves multiple steep climbs, slick terrain, landslides, and other difficult terrain in the Kanchenjunga Region. The 16 days Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek will put your physical stamina to the test as you make your way up the steep, uneven trail of the Himalayas. Experience with high-altitude hiking is always helpful, but being in good physical shape before embarking on a tour is also acceptable. In addition to physical fitness, mental endurance is equally important for this trek. You can enjoy the off-the-beaten-path walking experience that ardent hikers long for on this route.

Trekking through lush forests and charming Himalayan villages

It goes without saying that while hiking in the Nepalese Himalayas, especially in the spring, you'll travel through lush green woods adorned with beautiful wildflower blossoms. If you're lucky, you might have the opportunity to see the Nepalese national flower, the rhododendron, turn the entire forest crimson red. 

Additionally, you would travel by picturesque settlements on the foothills of the enormous Himalayas. Depending on the ethnicity, the houses are constructed in a style that varies from the standard Nepali design. It is astonishing that Nepal, although being a small country, is home to more than 100 distinct ethnic groups. It illustrates a sense of unity in diversity to see these people coexist peacefully in these isolated villages in Nepal.

Hiking in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, rich in flora and fauna

The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is a huge protected region of 2,035 square Kilometers in area. The extremely lush trees of this protected area are home to more than 250 birds and other endangered species. Its diverse biodiversity includes snow leopards, red pandas, musk deer, Himalayan black bears, and other fascinating creatures. Some of the most attractive bird species seen in this area include the Amphibian pheasant and the red-billed blue robin. You may reach high-elevation pastures where yaks graze and colorful alpine flowers bloom in just a few days of climbing.

Learning about the locals' distinctive culture

The people that live there are what set this voyage apart from others. In addition to the Gurung, Magar, and Sherpa people you often encounter while trekking in the western or central regions of Nepal, you may also encounter Tamang, Rai, Limbu, and Bhote groups in this trek, which are native to East Nepal. They follow their own traditions, customs, cuisine, and culture. These communities in the Kanchenjunga region are primarily populated by locals who work in agriculture and animal husbandry. To help support their families, some women from the local communities work as weavers.

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trekking trip begins with an early-morning flight to Nepal's Bhadrapur Airport in the country's southeast. You'll get up early, have breakfast at the hotel, prepare your gear, and get ready for the adventure. Our hiking guide will pick you up from your hotel and will take you to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu International Airport so you may catch a flight to Bhadrapur. After we land in Bhadrapur, we'll board a jeep that will transport us all the way to Taplejung in the north, traveling from south to north. Taplejung is where the actual Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek begins. At Taplejung, we eat dinner and stay the night in a hotel or lodge.
Note: Since the trip involves hiking in the restricted area of Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, we need a whole day to prepare your permits. Hence, you need to be in Nepal and submit your documents for the permit a day before the trip departure date.

Before you even land, Kathmandu welcomes you with the breathtaking sight of snow-capped mountain peaks spread down below if the weather is clear. This indicates the beginning of a memorable experience that's going to stay with you for a long time.

Our office staff will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities, and you will spend your first night in the ancient valley of Kathmandu, with the most temples in the world.

    We officially begin the trek today. We depart Taplejung and start the walk after breakfast and morning tea. We will descend to the terraced farmlands first, and then proceed along the Tamor River. Use trekking poles for support while walking because the paths can be slick. Before arriving in Sinuwa, where you will spend the night in a lodge, you must pass through the rural settlements of the Tamang and Limbu communities. The route today passes through gorgeous areas with lovely scenery. It will be an easy first hiking day.

      We begin our trip to Tapethok after breakfast at the lodge in Sinuwa. Our journey continues along this uneven road, ascending and descending while we take in the expansive views that seem to alter with the elevations. You can witness the diverse local flora and fauna as you go along the nice path through a forested region. Since cardamom is one of the primary local crops, you can see it all along the way. We enter the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area in Tapethok. When our permits have been verified, we'll head towards our lodge. After that, we stay the night in Tapethok.


        After eating breakfast at the lodge, we set off on our walk. Today will be extremely difficult because we have to cross multiple rivers and climb up and down a steep trail. Before crossing the Ghunsa Khola, we continue to move uphill and then downhill. We arrive in Sekathum after walking for another half hour after crossing the suspension bridge.

        We must use caution as we move because the trail runs alongside a gorge. We walk through typical flatland for the first one and a half hours. After that, our trail climbs hard up to Amjilosa. After following a somewhat challenging uphill and downhill course, we finally reach Amjilosa, where our busy day's travel comes to a conclusion. Amjilosa is a tiny community with a few dwellings, yak herds, and local stores with just enough supplies to suit the requirements of the residents. These stores are also known as Bhattis.

          It's another long hike day today. Following breakfast, we ascend by a river bank and make our way through a forested area that is primarily bamboo, fir, and rhododendrons before arriving at a little stone home by the river. Then, after passing a few minor bridges, we climb up once more. You'll notice that the river has a sharp drop that has created numerous waterfalls and pools. We continue on a short uphill hike till we reach Gyabla, a Tibetan town. You have lunch and take a short break in Gyabla.

          We descend down the river as we continue our quest. The valley gradually widens before we reach Phale. In a few hours, we will arrive at the well-known Sherpa settlement of Ghunsa, which boasts a hydroelectric facility. We can see the Ghunsa River at the other end of the trail as it travels through a densely forested area of the jungle. We pass a few populated areas that have a Tibetan-influenced way of life and culture as we travel. We travel across millet, wheat, barley, and potato-terraced fields. The local merchants here are involved in Tibet's export-import trade. During the winter, the traders travel to India to conduct business. At Ghunsa, we spend the night.

            We take the day off today to unwind at Ghunsa in order to acclimate. Acclimatization is a tried-and-true method for allowing your body to adapt to the rising altitude. However, being inactive in the name of the rest day is not helpful. We should walk around & explore rather than doing nothing.

            As a result, we take a trip around Ghunsa. In the village of Ghunsa, there are several places to get used to the altitude. You may reach the ridges with a breathtaking view of the Kumbhakarna Peak (7,711m) after a little climb. Alternatively, you can hike near the Yamtari Khola at Lapsang La. Near the glacier, there is a pond that you can explore.

            The relatively larger village of Ghunsa provides us with information on mountain dwellers' way of life. The inhabitants of Ghunsa are primarily Tibetan, and the majority of the local women work as carpet weavers. You'll be charmed by the rustic lifestyles you encounter during your stay at Ghunsa. Gompas, mani walls, chortens, and prayer flags are examples of Tibetan Buddhist structures that represent its practices. Additionally, you can try the popular local millet wine Tongba there.

              After a day full of rest, today's journey to Kambachen is again, difficult. The trail ascends gradually along the south bank of the Ghunsa Khola/River before crossing a flood plain that is littered with boulders. After that, we return to Rambuk Kharka on the north bank of the river. The trail takes a brief, steep ascent up a very unlevel hill after passing a waterfall on the way. It's a narrow passageway that crosses a nearby landslide that has many sliding rocks the size of footballs, a steep drop to the river, and unstable footing.

              We must go cautiously through this dangerous area since putting the wrong foot on a loose boulder may be fatal. The route then descends to Lakep's lone closed lodge and turns around to Kambachen, where we get our first glimpses of Mt. Jannu. At 4145 meters above sea level, Kambachen is a Tibetan community with roughly 12 homes. After a tiring day of hike, we stay the night at a lodge in Kambachen.

                We start our day hike after breakfast at the lodge in Kambachen. The path today progressively climbs over broad and rocky meadows to Ramtang, which is at 4240m. The delightful excursion to the Ramtang Monastery will charm you spiritually. The trail then passes through moraines to the northwest of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. Water is rare in this area because Lhonak, at 4790m, is situated near a dried-up lake bed on a broad, open plain. We must navigate a few more minor landslides and descend to a riverbed before reaching Lhonak, where our walk comes to a close for the day. Lhonak is the last village before the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp.

                  We begin the hike like we do every day following breakfast at the lodge. However, today is going to be a memorable day since we reach our destination at Mt. Kanchenjunga's North Base Camp. Ascending gradually across the plain, the hiking route from Lhonak eventually becomes steeper as it follows the moraine. Beautiful alpine treelines will be your view as you move towards your Himalayan destination.

                  To avoid the steeper stretch, we will descend the moraine and follow the floor of the valley. Walking on the grassy paths is safer than on the rocky ones, which are more prone to landslides. Although the views down here are amazing, we won't be able to see the north face of Kangchenjunga until we are very close to Pangpema.

                  Pangpema is dwarfed by the magnificent peak of Kanchenjunga and a vast array of other peaks that make up one of the largest mountain masses in the world. You spend the night at Pangpema. There aren't any lodges or tea houses here, so you'll have to sleep in a tent and eat food made by our kitchen crew. 

                    Pangpema is a base camp that is grassy and level with a few porter cabins. We can hike up a little higher than base camp to a lookout for better views of the enormous mass of the Kanchenjunga North Face. Here, we shall marvel at the breathtaking views of the Kangchenjunga glacier and snow-covered mountains. There are alpine glaciers and gorges where water constantly flows. The sight of avalanches tumbling during the middle of the day completely seizes your mind. 

                    We retrace our steps today from Pangpema to Kambachen by going the same way we did when we hiked up. In Kambachen, we spend the night in a tea house.

                      After eating breakfast, we leave the settlement of Kambachen. We follow the previous route passing by the small settlements and keep walking up the mountainside. The journey continues through sparsely populated grasslands, flowing rivers, and wooded areas. It’s going to be somewhat easier today as we decline almost 1000 meters in altitude. After continuing for 5 hours, you finally reach Phale. You can relax at the tea house there. Phale is where we spend the night today.

                        We start the day with breakfast and a stroll through the picturesque surroundings of the location before beginning the descent to Sukethum. You will cross a number of bridges today before you reach your destination. You will hike across the same tiny towns that you passed on the trail you followed upwards. After about 7 hours of hiking on the uphill and downhill path, we finally arrive at Sukethum. We spend the night at a lodge here.

                          We wake up early at our overnight lodge and leave for our hike after breakfast, as we have done on previous days. We'll go from Sekathum to Sinuwa in around 7 hours. It's a beautiful day today, chilly in the shade, with many forests, waterfalls, and a great view of Jannu. On the route, you will pass through several towns, ascending and descending along the trail, where you can interact with the inhabitants and learn more about their traditions and way of life. Once we arrive in Sinuwa, we stay the night in a lodge.

                            Today is the final day of the hike. The second last day of the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek takes us from Sinuwa to Taplejung as we descend past a few Rai and Limbu villages. Right now, your body would be in pain after 2 weeks of traveling and trekking, but your satisfied heart would make up for it. In 6 hours, after descending the convenient downward way and chatting with residents, we arrive in Taplejung. We'll spend the night in the lovely Himalayan town of Taplejung today, enjoying the East Himalayas one last time.

                              We board a jeep early in the morning and travel all the way down to Birtamod. Breakfast will be provided either at Taplejung before the journey begins or at rest points along the way. The popular town of Birtamod is located in southeast Nepal. Keep your body hydrated throughout the day because it may be too hot in the south. Finally, after ten hours of driving, you arrive in Birtamod. Following your hotel check-in in Birtamod, you can eat dinner and get some relaxation.

                                On the last day of our Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trip, we return to Kathmandu. We take a 30-minute cab ride to the Bhadrapur Airport after finishing breakfast at the hotel in Birtamod. We take off for Kathmandu from here. Once in Kathmandu, you will once more be driven to your accommodation in Thamel. The remainder of the day is yours to spend however you like. You might visit a spa or go souvenir shopping for your loved ones back home. Don't forget to come to your farewell dinner that evening.  

                                OUTFITTER NEPAL makes sure that you have an enjoyable time on your trip to Kangchenjunga, putting your safety first and foremost during your odyssey. We wish you had a memorable journey with us. Don't forget to keep us in mind when you next travel to Nepal.

                                If you want to trek to both the North and South Base Camps of Kanchenjunga, we have a separate Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek package that covers both. Or you can also do only South Base Camp separately. Please go through the options before making the final decision.

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                                  Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
                                  What's Included
                                  • Domestic Airport transfers
                                  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek
                                  • Accommodations in lodges/tented camp on the trek
                                  • Ground transportation by local bus/private vehicle
                                  • Domestic flights between Kathmandu and Bhadrapur
                                  • Required trekking permits and fees
                                  • A guide and porters & cook
                                  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation, and insurance for guide and staff
                                  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid for by your travel insurance company
                                  • Sleeping bag, down jacket & duffel bag (if needed - return after the trek)
                                  What's not Included
                                  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu)
                                  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory)
                                  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu)
                                  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
                                  • Your personal expenses, drinking water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills
                                  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
                                  • Tips for the guide and staff
                                  • Anything not mentioned in the included section
                                  Useful InformationGood to know before you travel

                                  Weather and Temperature

                                  The temperature might vary significantly throughout the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek. The altitude, time of day, and time of year all have an impact on the temperature and weather. Between 1,000 and 3,500 meters above sea level, the nights will be chilly, with a low of 5 degrees Celsius. The temperature might rise to 25 degrees Celsius occasionally during the day. Higher elevations frequently see temperatures between 15 and –15 Celsius.

                                  Due to the high trekking season, Nepal sees a large influx of tourists from late September to early May. Typically, October and November have the most pleasant weather. Spring is a more favored season since it is more comfortable in terms of temperature than Autumn. Another advantage of trekking in the Kanchenjunga region in spring is the chance to see rhododendrons and spring flowers in bloom.

                                  Best Time to Trek to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp

                                  The spring months of March, April, and May, as well as the fall months of September, October, and November, are the two main trekking seasons in Nepal. It corresponds with several festivals, especially Dashain and Tihar, and the weather is perfect with moderate temperatures, making autumn one of the best seasons for trekking. As a result, this is the time that most hikers set out on their adventure. The Kanchenjunga route is adorned with rhododendron blooms and lush vegetation, much like how flowers grow in the spring. The area has a variety of plants and flowers that can be found in the enormous Himalayan range, thus spring is the best season for nature lovers. 

                                  Winter and monsoon months are not advised for the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek. If you travel here in the winter, the extreme altitude will be incredibly cold, and the monsoon will dump a lot of rain, which could cause a landslide or flood that blocks the path. But if you want to try it out this season, we're here to help.

                                  Trek Difficulty

                                  The undiscovered Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is one of the most difficult trekking routes in Nepal. The elevation of the trail varies from 1070 meters to 5140 meters. Getting to the trailhead is already challenging due to its isolated location. The trek includes numerous steep ascents and descents on the rugged Himalayan landscape, as well as landslide-prone areas. The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is more arduous due to the mountains' unpredictable weather. Since there are only rudimentary tea shops and tents available for lodging at night due to the area's inadequate infrastructure, the walk becomes considerably more challenging.

                                  The difficulty of the trek is also affected by your degree of fitness and previous high-altitude trekking experience. In order to walk nonstop for three weeks while wearing a small bag, this expedition requires excellent physical fitness. Even if you've never gone hiking in the Himalayas, it's best to get in shape and take a few quick hikes around your neighborhood before heading out for the trek. If you are not accustomed to exercising, begin your preparation a few months prior to the trek’s departure. 

                                  Safety Concerns for the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

                                  Yaks, mules, and dzo (a cross between a yak and a cow) are all common forms of transportation in the Himalayan region. They are used to deliver food and supplies to the hotels. You must be cautious and remain in the safe area at the trail's corner when a herd of yaks or mules and a swarm of trekkers are nearby. You run a larger risk of getting driven over the cliff by them if you stand at the trail's edge. Animals like yaks, dzo, cows, and buffalo should be avoided because they might attack you at any time.

                                  The 16-day Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek route traverses terrain that calls for extra caution while hiking, including jungle, hills, glaciers, boulders, and suspension bridges. Sometimes people don't care while they are taking pictures in a hazardous area, but you should make sure there is adequate space and you aren't near a cliff. Carry the most important stuff with you at all times, including your passport, insurance policy, credit cards, camera, mobile phone, and other valuables.

                                  Altitude Sickness and Acclimatization

                                  The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp is situated at 5,143 meters above sea level, which is the highest point of the trek. Trekking below 3000m is not a problem, but above that, low oxygen levels may make breathing difficult. To keep up with the falling oxygen level in the thin air at a high altitude, you must hike gradually and slowly. If you walk swiftly to get to your destination, you're more likely to have acute mountain sickness (AMS). Altitude sickness can also be prevented by consuming enough liquids, such as water, tea, soup, etc.

                                  Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can cause nausea, headaches, breathing difficulty, muscle aches, and dizziness. Diamox and a sound night's sleep could be helpful in mild situations. If the situation worsens, going back to a lower height and receiving medical help may be necessary. It is advisable to prepare for a medical air evacuation in the worst-case scenario. If you don't treat or ignore AMS, it could kill you. Please let your guide know if you experience any symptoms of AMS.

                                  Our Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trekking Itinerary is designed to reduce altitude concerns and guarantee a comfortable trek. Due to the itinerary’s slow pace and acclimatization days, your body will have enough time to adapt to the decreased oxygen content of the alpine air.

                                  Transportation for the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

                                  The trek begins and ends in Taplejung town in Nepal's Taplejung district. There are two ways to get to Taplejung: by air and by car. Suketar Airport in Taplejung is connected to Kathmandu Airport, but it is frequently shut down. Taking a bus or jeep is another choice, however, it might be demanding. You'd need to spend two days driving on the roads from Kathmandu via Birtamode to Ilam and then Taplejung. 

                                  We choose the most practical route from Kathmandu to Taplejung. We first fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur Airport on a 45-minute morning flight. On the same day, we take a 10-hour jeep ride from Bhadrapur to Taplejung. We start our walk from Taplejung the following day. We can hire a private jeep to travel further from Taplejung via road, which will save you from hiking for a couple of days. 

                                  Accommodation and Meals on the trail

                                  The majority of the accommodation during the trek is offered in lodges, while tents are used occasionally. Shared lodging is available in the lodge. The majority of rooms provide 2 decent beds, mattresses, blankets, pillows, and bed linens. If you take a sleeping bag with you, it can help you better withstand the cold.

                                  The food served at lower altitudes is primarily daal bhat, momo, chowmein, thukpa, and instant noodles. As you ascend, only the locally prepared traditional Nepali dish Daal Bhat, which consists of rice, lentils, vegetables, and pickles, is available. You don't need to worry because daal bhat is a nourishing meal that is high in protein, carbs, and other vital nutrients. It is not advisable to eat non-vegetarian food because it may not be hygienic.

                                  Washroom and Toiletries

                                  Lodges in Taplejung may offer an attached bathroom with a western toilet. Private bathrooms, however, are only occasionally available while trekking. You must feel at ease using communal restrooms with squat toilets. In certain lodges at higher altitudes, there may be no proper restrooms at all. For hygiene concerns, you must bring your own toiletries. There are chances you may not receive any toiletry at all in some locations.

                                  In the lower regions, some lodges could charge you extra for hot showers. Hot showers, on the other hand, are not practical nor accessible in higher attitudes. Water is limited in the upper regions, therefore one must use it carefully.

                                  Drinking Water Facilities 

                                  We strongly encourage all of our visitors to travel responsibly and embrace ecotourism. Instead of paying for single-use plastic bottled water (which might not be available everywhere), please carry a bottle and fill it with hot water in the lodges. Bring a water bottle with a built-in filtration system to filter the fresh water from the route's natural water sources. If you're still concerned about the safety of the drinking water, get water purification tablets to filter your water.

                                  Guide and Potters

                                  It is impossible to hike the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp without a licensed guide because it is one of the restricted areas. To hike in the area, you must also reserve your trip with a Nepali trekking company that is authorized to operate trek there and go in a group with at least two trekkers. A skilled guide who speaks fluent English makes the walk much more convenient and educational. When you reserve a tour with Outfitter Nepal, we guarantee that your guide will be a licensed professional with years of experience in the area.

                                  Trekking to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp does not require hiring a potter. Therefore, if you want to trek in the Kanchenjunga region carrying your own backpack, you must be physically healthy and able to carry your bag. Given that you would be walking on the difficult terrain for more than two weeks, we highly recommend that you employ a potter. We offer physically fit potters who will carry up to 24 kg from two trekkers (12 kg per person).

                                  Permits for Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trekking

                                  Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek needs a special permit in addition to an entry permit for a conservation area because it is in a restricted region. A person requires the following 2 permits in total to start the hike.

                                  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (KCAP) – US$ 20 per person
                                  • Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit (RAP) – US$ 10 per person for a week (US$ 30 for 3 weeks trek)

                                  Trekking Gear List

                                  When trekking in the Himalayas, it is best to be well-prepared because the need can alter depending on the weather. The goal of the gear kit is to keep you dry and protected from the sun and rain during the days while keeping you warm during the evenings and nights. For a comfortable hike, your daypack should weigh around 5 kg, and your duffle bag should weigh around 10 kg.

                                  Make sure to pack the following gear in your trekking kit:

                                  • Good quality trekking boots and crampons
                                  • Sandals/Crocs
                                  • Few pairs of undergarments
                                  • High-quality down jacket and pant
                                  • Thermal wears
                                  • T-shirts and trousers
                                  • Light shirts and half-pants for the days
                                  • Fleece jacket
                                  • Backpack and daypack
                                  • Trekking poles
                                  • A pair of gloves
                                  • Woolen hat
                                  • Sun hat or scarf
                                  • Sunglasses
                                  • Sun cream
                                  • Rain gear
                                  • Water bottles and water-purifying tablets
                                  • Energy bars
                                  • Face/body wipes
                                  • Small/medium drying towel
                                  • Toiletries
                                  • Some local currency for personal use
                                  FAQsKanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek - 16 Days frequently asked questions
                                  • Although no technical skills are required, completing the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek might benefit from prior hiking experience. Trekkers should be able to walk for 5 to 7 hours each day at a fair pace while carrying a modest day pack at high altitudes to complete this trek. If you have the physical and mental strength to do that, you can go on this trek even if you are a beginner.

                                  • If you have a history of medicine allergies, it is essential to consult your doctor before beginning the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek and bring your own prescriptions. Outfitter Nepal will give you basic medical supplies and other safety precautions to help you avoid altitude sickness and other common ailments. However, you should carry your regular prescription medicines.

                                  • Travel insurance is essential because of the numerous risks associated with the high-altitude Kanchenjunga hike. Accidents, theft, damage, and cancellations are the things that are covered by travel insurance. The insurance also covers altitude sickness if the trip extends to elevations of 4,000 meters or higher. Remember to confirm that the insurance policy covers helicopter evacuation as well, as this is the sole means of rescuing victims in the event of an accident.

                                  • Yes, even though we will pay for your lodging and meals, you will still need to bring some extra cash. Extra costs like boiled water, hot showers, battery charging, internet, etc. would be your own. As the sole form of payment accepted there, make sure to bring Nepalese currency.

                                  • The last location with banks and ATMs is Taplejung. There aren't any ATM booths after that. Since there are more options in Kathmandu, it is best to manage your money in Kathmandu itself. If you have cash in your own currency, you can exchange it for Nepalese in Kathmandu. Once you leave the city, it is difficult to do so.

                                  • There would always be backup assistance available in the unlikely case of an accident, serious high-altitude illness, or natural disaster. You will be flown as quickly as possible to the closest hospital if the condition is critical. You are completely liable for any charges related to the use of such emergency services, so please make sure that your travel insurance includes both medical and emergency evacuation fees.

                                  • Most teahouses today, including those that rely on solar energy, have access to electricity. As a result, charging your devices presents no issues at all. However, you should expect to pay an additional fee (between $1 and $3 per hour) to have your devices charged.

                                  • Most large communities today have links to the cell phone network. However, we send a satellite phone along with our guide in remote areas without cell phone service so you can always stay in touch with your loved ones, even if there is no other way to connect. You need to pay an extra charge for the satellite phone, though.

                                  • Tipping your tour guides and porters is a good way to express gratitude for their assistance. The quantity of the tip should reflect your level of satisfaction. However, we suggest that you leave a tip for all local staff totaling at least 10% of the price of your trip.

                                  • You cannot trek alone anyplace in the Kanchenjunga region, let alone the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. The Kanchenjunga region has been designated a restricted area by the Nepal government, making trekking alone there prohibited. To hike to the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, you need to be at least two hikers and employ a licensed trekking guide.

                                  Client ReviewsTravelers talk about Outfitter Nepal
                                  • J
                                    Jess SAustralia,April 19, 2018
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                                    Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

                                    An unforgettable experience to say the least. Our guides Raj and Deepak were awesome. Always smiling, catering and friendly with tonnes of knowledge. Raj would explain to me how these guys were all like family to each other and all knew one another growing up as well as going to school together so there was a great family vibe I got from these guys.

                                    The trip was amazing to say the least. Tough, but amazing. I miss the hills, mountains and my guides tremendously and wish I would see them again someday. I would definitely recommend these guys.

                                    Would definitely go through this organization again if I returned to Nepal.

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