Kanchenjunga Trek Blog – A complete Guide

Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga is one of the world highest mountains with an elevation of 8586 m/28,169 ft. Kanchenjunga lies on the far eastern side of Nepal, near the Sikkim(India) border, a tiny Himalayan state in the north-eastern part of India.

It ranks in the third world’s highest mountain, and also Kanchenjunga is the second highest mountain in Nepal. The Kanchenjunga trek can be done from both sides either from India or from Nepal too. Among which Trek from Nepal side is more adventurous, demanding and famous than the Indian side.

Mt Kanchenjunga has another named called Five Treasures of Snows derived from the Tibetan word as it contains five high peaks. The locals believe that the five treasures are Gold, Silver, Precious Stones, Grain, and Holy Scriptures, referring to the five individual peaks of the Kangchendzonga Himal range. Furthermore, If you are in love with nature, you will fall in love with Kanchenjunga trek.


Kanchenjunga Trek from Sikkim, India

The Kanchenjunga trek from India side is more comfortable than the route in Nepal and takes only 8 days in total to finish the Trekking. The starting point of the trek is at Yuksom a five-hour drive from Gangtok, Sikkim.

The trek passes through the lush lowland and beautiful Oak and Rhododendron forests. The first fantastic closeup views Kangchenjunga and Mount Pandim can be seen from Dzongri Top. After a further trek to Goecha La, the trail crosses the banks of Samiti Lake a beautiful and sacred lake with crystal clear waters.

Yuksom, Bakhim, Dzongri, Laxmi Pokhari, Bikhbari Chaurikhang, Rathong Glacier, are the significant villages we will cross during the trek. You can enjoy the outstanding view of Mt Khangchendzonga, Mt Kokthang, Mt Pandim, and numerous additional peaks in the region such as Frey Peak, Koktang, Kabru Peak, Ratong, Chandra Peak, Kabru Dome, etc.

Remote villages, high flourishing, shining mountains, rhododendron forest, and dramatic landscapes, are another attraction of this trek.

Best time to visit

The highest altitude you will reach during the Kanchenjunga trek in India is 5,200 m. March to May and September to November is considered as the best time to do this trek, During Monsoon and Winter seasons, the paths become wet, and roads remain blocked due to heavy rainfall.

Kanchenjunga Trek Itinerary from India

01Yuksam - Tsokha
02Tsokha - Dzongri
03Dzongri - Laxmi Pokhari
04Dzongri - Bikhbari
05Bikhbari - Kanchenjunga Base Camp - Bikhbari
06Rest Day
07Bikhbari - Bakkhim
08Bakkhim - Yuksom

Kanchenjunga Trek Nepal Side

You will need Special restricted area permit to trek in Kanchenjunga region of Nepal Himalaya. Solo hiking is not allowed here; You must hire a local guide and plan your trip with a local trekking company in Nepal to obtain permits and enter the restricted area.

As Kanchenjunga is quite remote, it will be an adventurous trek that will keep you out from crowded areas, meet just a few other trekkers on the way. We only cover trekking in Nepal during this trek.

The good news is, You can now trek to Kanchenjunga on a tea-house basis by staying at local accommodations. The trek around Kanchenjunga can be done entirely as a basic lodge/tea-house trek in September-October-November and March-April-May.

In the Kanchenjunga trek, You will be able to trek deep into remote mountain area, passing through jungles and villages. On the way, you can meet the locals like Limbu and Rai peoples. You can enjoy their culture and festivals.

On the way, you will be able to see various types of plants like orchid, lilies. If you are looking forward to seeing some wildlife, you may have the chance to see the snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, and red panda. The area is rich in wildlife with iconic species such as the snow leopard, Tibetan wolf and red panda at large on the high mountain slopes, pine forests and bamboo jungle.

You can trek in the spring season to enjoy the visual feast of over 40 species of rhododendron in bloom, including Nepal’s national flower, the scarlet Lali Gurans.

You can choose from the Kanchenjunga South trek, the Kanchenjunga North trek, the Kanchenjunga circuit. Kanchenjunga circuit trek visits both the north and south base camps. Or we can tailor-make an itinerary for you.

On all treks, you will meet local Tibetan refugees, who welcome you with hospitality and smiling faces as you walk through rippled farmland, meadows and forests of pink barked rhododendrons.

Do not forget to try the warm mildly alcoholic Tongba from the dark wood, and brass ringed pots. Or try a cardamon tea made from the pods of the many plants growing throughout the lower jungles. With very few other trekkers and climbers on the trails, you’ve assured an extraordinary experience in these beautiful, wild borderlands.

Kanchenjunga Trek Itinerary from Nepal

Day 01Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur920 m 1 hr
Day 02Drive to Taplejung1,840 m 6 hrs
Day 03Taplejung to Chhirwa1,270 m7 hrs
Day 04Chhirwa to Lelep1,860 m7 hrs
Day 05Lelep to Amjilosa2,400 m9 hrs
Day 06Amjilosa to Gyabla2,700 m4 hrs
Day 07Gyabla to Gunsa3,420 m4 hrs
Day 08Acclimatization day at Ghunsa3,430 m2 hrs
Day 09Ghunsa to Kambachen4,050 m4 hrs
Day 10Kambachen to Lhonak4,750 m4 hrs
Day 11Day Trip to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp(5,140m) and back to Lhonak4,750 m11 hrs
Day 12Lhonak to Ghunsa3,595 m6 hrs
Day 13Ghunsa to Sele Le4,290 m4 hrs
Day 14Sele Le to Cheram3,870 m9 hrs
Day 15Trek to Ramche, Trip to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp4,580 m7 hrs
Day 16Ramche to Torongding3,005 m7 hrs
Day 17Torongding to Yamphuding2,080 m8 hrs
Day 18Yamphuding to Khebang1,910 m6 hrs
Day 19Khebang to Khamdime1,510 m6 hrs
Day 20Drive to Bhadrapur920 m6 hrs
Day 21Fly back to Kathmandu1,400 m1 hr

Kanchenjunga Trek Difficulty

Trek king to Kanchenjunga is not Difficult. Trekkers should be physically fit enough to walk for at least 6 hours a day. Acute mountain sickness due to high altitude and the weather is the main problems during the trek.  From the past couple of years, this trail is trekked by many trekkers from around the world.

Nowadays, Rescue via helicopter is also possible. But it’s not okay to end up the trek in the middle. If you plan your trip with us, it will help you to complete this trek with no issue — trekking with our expert, well-equipped (with equipment like Pulse Oximeter and many more) guides who will monitor your health at least two times a day, You can complete the trek efficiently.

Best Time To Trek Kanchenjunga

Spring & Autumn seasons are the best seasons to trek in Nepal Himalayas. During spring seasons, it starts getting hot on the lower sections like Phidim, and Biratnagar, but temperatures are close to perfect on the upper elevations. The weather is perfect with little wind, Flowers are in full bloom, and entire hills covered with lush green growth.

And Autumn season is the busiest month of the year, as the trail and teahouses feel more crowded in comparison to other seasons. Views of the sky, mountains, and nature are superb during Autumn. Therefore The best time for trekking in Kanchenjunga is the months of March to May and  September to November.

Necessary Permits For Kanchenjunga Trek

To trek Kanchenjunga, you need separate permits. The first is Kanchenjunga restricted area entry permit, costs USD 10 per person per week. The second is a Kanchenjunga conservation area(KCA) entry permit, which requires NPR 2,000 per person.

You don’t need a TIMS Card for Kanchenjunga trekking. TIMS card is not necessary when you hold the restricted area permit(RAP) in any trekking in Nepal.

Kanchenjunga Trek Cost

The entire Kanchenjunga trekking will cost around $1,850. Including all the necessary domestic transportation, permits, guide, porter as well as foods & accommodation during the trek.

About Author

Sudeep is a co-founder of Up To Himalaya. He has trekked almost all mountains in Nepal including Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga & many more. He would love to help people to make their holiday unforgettable by sharing his own experiences on the Himalayas of Nepal. If you want any information related to different trekking trails of Nepal while planning your trip, You can directly contact him on +977-9817223143.

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