Kanchenjunga North to South Trek
 

Kanchenjunga North to South Trek

  • Transportation
    Flight or Bus from Kathmandu to Biratnagar
  • Group Size
    1-20 People
  • Destination
    Nepal
  • Altitude
    5160m
  • Duration
    17 Days
  • Activities
    Trekking in Nepal
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Difficulty
    Hard
  • Accomodation
    Hotels in Kathmandu, Tea House during Trek

Overview

Are you looking for an adventure that will take you to the top of the world? The Kanchenjunga North-to-South Trek is the ultimate challenge for those seeking a thrilling journey in the Himalayan Mountains.

This 17-day trek will take you from North Base Camp of Kanchenjunga to South Base Camp, offering incredible views of the snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls, and lush valleys. Along your journey, you will pass through alpine meadows, remote villages, and dense forests.

Our experienced guides will be with you every step of the way – assisting with navigation, offering advice on gear and clothing, and supplying awesome stories that will inspire your journey.

The Kanchenjunga South to North Trek as well as North to South Trek is an expedition that promises an unforgettable experience in one of the most majestic regions of Nepal. Let us guide you through this amazing trekking adventure!

Overview of the Kanchenjunga North to South Trek

The journey starts in Taplejung in the northeast of Nepal and ends in Ghunsa in the south as it winds through five passes. Along the way, you can observe stunning views of Mount Kanchenjunga and its surrounding peaks, lush rhododendron forests, and some of the most remote villages in Nepal. You will also have a chance to spot rare species, including red pandas, snow leopards, and musk deer, with other different flora and faunas.

The Kanchenjunga North-to-South Trek is a challenging high-altitude Himalayan journey that requires physical stamina and mental preparation. If you are an avid trekker looking for an ultimate challenge, then this will be a rewarding experience that you won’t soon forget!

Highlights

  • Experience the challenging yet rewarding high-altitude trekking
  • Trek through remote and isolated valleys, surrounded by towering peaks
  • Get a 360°  glimpse of the third-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • Witness the unique flora and fauna of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
  • Explore the stunning Kanchenjunga Glacier and surrounding landscapes
  • Visit settlements of Tibetan refugees and gain insight into their unique way of life
  • Escape the crowds and explore the untouched highlands
  • Learn about the rich culture of the Limbu, Rai, Sherpa, and Tibetan people
  • Discover ancient monasteries and temples along the trek, including Ghunsa and Pangpema Monasteries
  • Trek to both the North and South Base Camps of Kanchenjunga

What is Included in the Package?

The Kanchenjunga North-to-South trek package includes everything you need for a successful and enjoyable trip. All of our trekkers receive a comprehensive information packet before departure, which includes:

  • A day-by-day itinerary
  • A personal gear list
  • Details on what is included in the cost of the trip
  • A suggested trekking guide list

The 17-day trek offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas. It includes private transportation for airport pickup and drop-off, three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and private ground transportation according to the itinerary. 

Additionally, The Kanchenjunga North-to-South trek package includes all necessary permits, equipment, and gear for the trek. All food and lodging are included during the trek, as well as a professional guide and support staff.

Kanchenjunga North to South Trek Terrain, Length & Elevations

Kanchenjunga North to South Trek is one of the most beautiful and challenging treks in Nepal. The trekking journey starts from the Taplejung district in the east. It goes through some of the most remote and beautiful villages in Nepal like Suketham, Ghunsa, Gyabla, Lhonak, Ramchaur, and many more.

The total length of the trek is 220 KM and can be done in as little as two weeks, but most people take three or four weeks to complete the trek. The highest elevation of our Trek is at Pangpema, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, located at an altitude of 5,143 m.

The trek connects both North Base Camp and South Base Camp, and the trail goes through alpine meadows and reaches Pangpema, which is the North Base Camp for climbing Kanchenjunga. From Pangpema, the trail goes all the way to Yalung Base Camp, also known as South Base Camp. This section of the trek offers stunning views of Kanchenjunga’s South face.

The terrain on the Kanchenjunga North to South Trek varies depending on which route you take but generally includes trails through dense forest, open meadows, and rocky terrain. From lush green forests to high alpine meadows and glaciers, there is something for everyone. The terrain on this trek is fairly challenging, with some steep, however, the views from the top are more than worth it! 

Booking and Contact Information

When it comes to booking your Kanchenjunga North to South Trek, there’s no better company to trust than ours. We have years of experience organizing and executing successful treks in the Nepalese Himalayas, and we know what it takes to make your trip a success.

We offer a variety of customizable packages to suit your needs, whether it’s a short excursion or a longer trek. We can also work with you to create a custom itinerary if you have specific goals in mind for your trek. No matter what you’re looking for, we’ll make sure you have an unforgettable experience.

To book your trek with us, simply send us a message through our contact form or give us a call.

We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and help you get started on planning your adventure.

Itinerary

DAY 1

KTM To Taplejung (By Plane or Bus)

To start our journey from North to South Kanchenjunga Base Camp, we will begin with a scenic road drive from Kathmandu to Taplejung. There are two ways to get there, either by bus or by flight. The bus ride takes an entire day to reach our destination, while the flight only takes around 45 minutes. Once we arrive in Taplejung, we will prepare ourselves for the upcoming adventure and stay overnight. This scenic journey offers a smooth start to our expedition, allowing us to enjoy the picturesque views on our way to the base camp.

DAY 2

Drive from Taplejung to Suketham | 6-7 hours

On the second day of the trek, we will leave Taplejung after a good night’s rest and head toward Suketham. After an early morning breakfast, we will embark on a 5-6 hour drive via bus or jeep to reach our destination. The journey will take us through scenic landscapes, quaint villages, and lush forests, allowing us to experience the local culture and traditions. We will reach Suketham by late afternoon and spend the rest of the day exploring the area and interacting with the locals. Overnight in Suketham!

DAY 3

Trek from Suketham To Gyabla | 6-7 hours

On day three of the trek, we’ll start our trekking journey on foot towards Gyabla (2,700m). This will be a long day of trekking, lasting around 6-7 hours. Along the way, we’ll pass through several small villages like Syajungma, Thyanyani, and Amjilosa, which sit at an elevation of 2,395m.

The trekking trail offers stunning views of the Himalayan landscapes, including lush forests, meadows, and snow-capped peaks. Our final destination for the day is the beautiful village of Gyabla, where we’ll spend the night. This is an excellent opportunity to rest and rejuvenate before continuing our journey.

DAY 4

Trek from Gyabla To Ghunsa (3,427m) | 7-8 hours

On day 4 of the Kanchenjunga North to South Trek, we will set out from Gyabla towards Ghunsa (3,427m). We will start early in the morning after having breakfast and the trekking time will be around 5-6 hours. Along the way, we will come across the village of Phale which is situated at an altitude of 3,420 meters and near the Kanchenjunga Conservation Office.

We will also pass through Juniper Larch, a beautiful and serene natural spot. We will finally reach Ghunsa, where we will stay overnight.

DAY 5

Trek from Ghunsa To Khangpachen (4,050 m) | 7-8 hours

Today, we will be trekking from Ghunsa to Khangpachen, which has an elevation of 4,050 meters. During the trek, we will be passing through Rampur Kharka and Stone Huts before finally reaching Khangpachen, where we will be spending the night. The trek is challenging, but the stunning views along the way, including the snow-capped peaks of Kanchenjunga, make it all worth it. We will be taking breaks throughout the day to rest and take in the beautiful surroundings.

DAY 6

Trek from Khangpachen To Lhonak (4780) | 6-7 hours

Today we’ll trek from Khambachen to Lhonak (4,780m) and pass through the village of Ramtang (4,370). We’ll trek for 7-8 hours and finally reach Lhonak for our overnight rest. This will be a strenuous day, but the views are worth it. We’ll get to see some of the most beautiful scenery in the world as we make our way through the Himalayas.

DAY 7

Trek from Lhonak to South Base Camp and Return to Khangpachen | 7-8 hours

After spending the night at Lhonak, we start our journey towards the South Base Camp, which is situated at an altitude of 4,610 meters. As we trek towards the base camp, we get to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the southern face of Kanchenjunga.

The panoramic views of the majestic Himalayas and the mesmerizing glaciers are sure to leave us spellbound. We will spend some time at the base camp, soaking in the majestic surroundings before returning to Khangpachen for an overnight stay. This day is sure to be one of the highlights of our trek and an unforgettable experience.

DAY 8

Trek from Khanpachen To Ghunsa (3,475 m) | 7-8 hours

After reaching the south side of Khangpachen, it’s time to move north towards the North Base Camp of Kanchenjunga. We’ll descend early from Khangpachen and return to Ghunsa following the same trail and stay Overnight. This will be 7-8 hours of long day trekking, so be sure to pace yourself and take plenty of breaks.

DAY 9

Trek from Ghunsa To PhokteDanda | 7-8 hours

Today we will leave from Ghunsa early in the morning and head towards Phokte Danda. We will make our way through the Yamtari Khola and Tarbharma Danda, before finally arriving at Phokte Danda for our overnight stay. This trek will take us approximately 7-8 hours to complete.

Along the way, we will be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, including majestic mountains and quaint valleys. As with all days of the trek, you will be accompanied by our experienced guides who will ensure your safety and make sure you don’t miss any of the stunning scenery along the way.

DAY 10

Trek from Phukte Danda To Cheram (3870) via Selele Pass | 7-8 hours

After early morning breakfast in Phuket Danda, we’ll begin our trek towards Cheram (3,870m). The first part of the trek will be a descent via Selele Pass (4,480m).

This part can be a little challenging, but our experienced guide will be with us every step of the way. Once we reach Selele Pass, we’ll take a break to enjoy the stunning views. We’ll then continue to Cheram, where we’ll spend the night.

DAY 11

Trek from Cheram To Ramchaur | 5-6 hours

The following day, after a hearty breakfast, we’ll start our trek towards Ramchaur. The trail is mostly downhill, and it will take 5-6 hours to reach our destination. We are tired but happy to have completed the trek successfully. We will Ramchaur in the evening and stay at a local guest house for the night.

DAY 12

Trek from Ramchaur To Yangling Base Camp (4.500m) & Back To Ramchaur | 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we will trek from Ramchaur to Yangling Base Camp (4,500m). The trail will take us through rhododendrons and oak forests, with views of the mountains in the distance. After a few hours of walking, we will reach Yangling Base Camp, where we will have lunch and enjoy the scenery. In the afternoon, we will trek back to Ramchaur, arriving in the early evening.

DAY 13

Trek from Ramchaur To Torang (2,980m) | 5-6 hours

The next day, we’ll start our trek from Ramchaur to Torang. The trail initially ascends through rice terraces and fields. The scenery along the trail is very beautiful and colorful, with lush green jungles, terraced fields, and friendly locals who offer us refreshments as we pass through their homes. In Torang, we can relax in the peaceful environment of this small village and enjoy its warm hospitality. After a few hours of walking, we’ll reach the village of Torang where we’ll spend the night.

DAY 14

Trek from Torang To Yamphudin | 5-6 hours

Today, on Kanchenjunga North to South Base Camp trek, we will make our way from Torang to Yamphudin. The trek will take us approximately 5-6 hours and pass through the quaint village of Chittre at 2,962m as we descend from Lasiya Bhanjhyang at 3,310m before finally reaching Yamphudin at an altitude of 4,050m.

This village is known for its unique mix of cultures, as it is located at the intersection of three different ethnic groups; the Limbu, Sherpa, and Rai. We will spend the night in Yamphudin, enjoying the stunning views of the surrounding landscapes and immersing ourselves in the village’s rich culture.

DAY 15

Drive from Yamphudin To Ganesh Chowk | 3-4 hours

After early morning breakfast in Yamphudin we’ll be driving from Yamphudin to Ganesh Chowk by bus. This 4-5 will be filled with breathtaking scenery, serving as the perfect opportunity to take in the region’s natural beauty.

Once we reach Ganesh Chowk, we’ll get to enjoy an overnight stay before continuing with our adventure. This stopover provides a much-needed rest from the physical exertion of the trek and allows you to gather your strength for the rest of your journey.

DAY 16

Drive from Ganesh Chowk To Biratnagar

Today we’ll take a final drive from Ganesh Chowk to Biratnagar. This marks the end of our journey as we’ll be catching a flight back to your destination the next day. We’ll stay overnight in Biratnagar and bid farewell to the breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga.

Take some time to reminisce about the incredible memories you’ve made during your trek through the Himalayas. This journey will forever be etched in your memory, and you’ll cherish it for years to come.

DAY 17

Return Back To Kathmandu by Flight | 45 minutes

After an incredible adventure to Kanchenjunga North to South Base Camp, it may be hard to say goodbye, but today marks the end of our journey. We’ll return to Kathmandu via a 45-minute flight from Biratnagar. As we fly over the stunning landscapes we’ve just trekked, it’s hard not to reflect on the memories we’ve made, the challenges we’ve overcome, and the beauty we’ve witnessed.

We’ll arrive back in Kathmandu with a new appreciation for the world around us and a sense of accomplishment for completing such an incredible trek. Though the journey may be over, the memories and experiences will stay with us for a lifetime.

Route Map

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The journey starts in Taplejung in the northeast of Nepal and ends in Ghunsa in the south as it winds through five passes. Along the way, you can observe stunning views of Mount Kanchenjunga and its surrounding peaks, lush rhododendron forests, and some of the most remote villages in Nepal. You will also have a chance to spot rare species, including red pandas, snow leopards, and musk deer, with other different flora and faunas.

Includes/Excludes

What's included?

  • Private vehicle for airport pickup and drop-off
  • Three daily meals during the trekking (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Private ground transportation according to the itinerary
  • Experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed trek guide
  • Staff costs, including salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits, including TIMS
  • Medical kit carried by trek guide
  • Government and local taxes
  • Trekking certificate after completing the trek

What’s excluded?

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Private transportation is not mentioned in the “What’s Included” section
  • Additional night accommodations in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or early Return from the mountain due to natural disasters or personal reasons
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (or in the case of an early return from the mountain)
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Trekking equipment
  • Personal expenses include phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, showers, etc.
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s), and driver(s)

Useful Info

Available Hotels & Accommodations in Kanchenjunga North and South Trek

When planning your Kanchenjunga North-to-South Trek, it’s important to know that many of the villages in the region are remote. This means there may be little to minimal hotel and accommodation options available.

It’s also worth mentioning that while some lodges can be found during the trek, these are often basic facilities with limited amenities. However, if you’re looking for a more comfortable stay during your trek, there are a few alternatives to consider.

The Tea Houses

Most villages in the region offer teahouses, which are a combination of a hotel and a cafe. These unique establishments offer a combination of hotel-style accommodations and cafe-style dining, making them the perfect place to rest and refuel during your journey.

Tea houses typically include shared dormitory-style rooms with shared washrooms and common areas. Guests can purchase food and drink at the cafe and enjoy it in the communal dining area or in their own room. In addition to providing a comfortable place to rest, tea houses also offer a great opportunity to meet other travelers and learn about the local culture.

Homestays

Another option is homestays, which provide a more relaxed and less structured environment. Homestays can range from basic to luxurious and can be found with a quick online search or through local tour operators. We can also arrange you local guesthouses and hotels if you prefer a more traditional accommodation option.

Whichever type of accommodation you choose, we will make sure that you are comfortable and have everything you need for a great trekking experience.

Meals During Kanchenjunga North to South Trek

For 17 days, trekkers will be enjoying the best meals that the Kanchenjunga North and South Trek has to offer. One of the most important aspects of this trek is the meals and snacks along the way. You can expect to be served some of the fresh and most delicious cuisine in the region, made with local ingredients and cooked in traditional methods.

The meals cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner on most days of the trek and include a variety of international staples as well as local specialties. The meals served during the trek will be simple but nourishing and filling. The main focus will be on local cuisine, so you can expect to enjoy some delicious Nepalese dishes while you’re trekking. Breakfast and dinner will be served at the teahouses where we stay overnight, and we’ll also stop for lunch along the way.

All meals are included in the cost of the trek, so you don’t need to worry about packing or cooking food. Snacks and drinks will also be available throughout the day to keep you fueled for the hike. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please let us know in advance so we can accommodate your needs.

Planning and Preparation for Trek to Kanchenjunga North and South

Kanchenjunga is the third-highest mountain in the world and is located in the eastern Himalayas between Nepal and India. Kanchenjunga North Base Camp and Kanchenjunga South Base Camp are two trekking destinations that offer stunning views of the Himalayas. When planning a trek to either of these locations, it is important to prepare physically, mentally, and logistically.

Physical Preparation

Trekking to Kanchenjunga North and South is not for the faint of heart. It requires a high level of physical fitness and endurance to navigate through the rugged terrains and steep ascents. Therefore, it is essential to prepare yourself physically to minimize the risk of injury and exhaustion.

Regular aerobic exercises like running, hiking, or cycling, combined with strength training exercises, can help build your core muscles and improve your endurance. Engaging in regular exercise will not only help you develop the stamina and strength needed to complete this demanding trek but also increase your overall fitness and well-being.

Mental Preparation

Trekking to Kanchenjunga North and South is not just a physical challenge but also a mental challenge. You will need to have a positive mental attitude, mental clarity, and the ability to cope with unexpected challenges that may arise.

To prepare yourself mentally, you can engage in meditation or yoga, which will help you develop mental clarity, focus, and calmness. Additionally, you can also read books, watch documentaries, and talk to people who have completed the trek to gain a better understanding of what to expect and how to prepare for the journey ahead.

Logistical Preparation

Trekking to Kanchenjunga North and South is a logistical challenge that requires careful planning and preparation. Here are some logistical factors that you should consider:

    • Permits: You will need to obtain permits from the Nepalese government to trek in the Kanchenjunga region. You won’t have to worry much when you book with us as we can obtain these permits easily as a registered trekking company.

    • Accommodation: There are several lodges and teahouses along the trekking route where you can stay overnight. However, these accommodations can get crowded during peak trekking seasons, so it is important to book in advance. While booking with us, you don’t have to worry about accommodations as we’ll provide you with cozy and comfortable lodges and tea houses to stay overnight.

    • Food and Water: There are several restaurants and shops along the trekking route where you can buy food and water. However, it is important to carry some snacks and water purification tablets with you in case of emergencies as the price tends to hike as we ascend towards our destination.

    • Gear and Equipment: You will need to carry a range of gear and equipment, including a good quality trekking backpack, trekking boots, warm clothes, a sleeping bag, and trekking poles. Additionally, you can also consider hiring a porter or a guide to carry your gear.

Packing Lists:

  • First-aid kit including painkillers, bandages, antiseptic cream, etc.
  • Sunscreen & lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm layers, including a waterproof outer jacket
  • Trekking poles
  • Hiking boots
  • Personal hygiene items such as toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera & spare batteries

Best Season for Kanchenjunga North to South Trek

The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is a high-altitude trek, so it’s important to plan your visit during the best season to ensure a safe and comfortable trekking experience. The two best seasons for this trek are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (Sep-Nov).

Spring (March – May)

Spring season is considered the best time to trek in Kanchenjunga. During this season, the weather is mild, the skies are clear, and the trails are dry, making it ideal for trekking. The blooming rhododendrons and wildflowers add a splash of color to the landscape, making it a photographer’s paradise.

Autumn Season (September – November)

Autumn season is another great time to trek in Kanchenjunga. During this season, the weather is dry, and the skies are clear, offering stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. The temperature during the day ranges from 15°C to 20°C and can drop to -5°C at night.

Winter Season (December – February)

Winter season is also an option for trekking in Kanchenjunga, but it’s not recommended for novice trekkers or those who are not used to extreme weather conditions. The temperature during the day ranges from 5°C to 10°C and can drop to -10°C at night. However, if you are a seasoned trekker and are properly equipped, you can enjoy the stunning snow-capped landscapes and the unique winter trekking experience.

Monsoon Season (June – August)

Monsoon season is not recommended for trekking in Kanchenjunga. During this season, the trails are slippery, and the risk of landslides and avalanches is high. The heavy rainfalls make it difficult to trek in the region, and the visibility is poor due to cloud cover. Therefore, it’s best to avoid trekking in Kanchenjunga during this season.

To summarize, the best time to trek in Kanchenjunga North Base Camp is during Spring and Autumn seasons when the weather is mild and the trails are dry. However, if you are properly equipped, you can also enjoy trekking in the Winter season. Monsoon season should be avoided due to the high risk of landslides and poor visibility. So, plan your trekking adventure carefully and make the most of your time in this stunning Himalayan landscape.

Permits Required for Kanchenjunga North to South Trek

If you’re a lover of adventure, breathtaking scenery, and an adrenaline rush like no other, then Kanchenjunga Trek is the perfect destination for you. But, before packing your backpack and setting off on the adventure of a lifetime, it’s crucial that you are aware of the permits required for trekking in the Kanchenjunga region.

Trekking in Kanchenjunga is an experience like no other; however, having proper permits beforehand can make or break your trip. In this section, we’ll talk about the information you need to know about getting your permits for trekking in Kanchenjunga.

So read on and discover everything you need to know!

Required Permits for Kanchenjunga Trek

    • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP) permit

Cost of the Permit

Here are the costs of the required permits in the Kanchenjunga region.

Restricted Area Permit (RAP)

Known for its spectacular scenery, remote villages, and mountaineering opportunities, the Kanchenjunga Region is a popular trekking destination. But the region is also home to four village development committees (VDCs) that are designated as restricted areas by the government of Nepal. The four VDCs, Yamphuding, Lelep, Paping, and Olangchung Gola, all in the wards of Taplejung district, have been designated as restricted areas for the protection of natural resources and the control of illegal human activities.

Therefore, all visitors to the Kanchenjunga Region must obtain a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) before they can enter the region. As the region is located close to the Indian and Tibetan border, the restricted status of the area helps protect against illegal activities, preserve the local flora and fauna, and promote tourism.

    • $20 Per Person (For the first 4 weeks)

    • $25 Per Person (Beyond 4 Weeks)

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP) permit

The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP) permit not only serves as a means of accessing the region but also as an additional layer of security. It requires visitors to follow a set of guidelines during their stay, such as restrictions on activities and time spent in the area. This serves as a reminder that visitors are responsible for their actions and should respect the local communities and environment.

    • 2000 NPR or $20 USD for foreigners

    • 500 NPR or $5 for SAARC Nations

  • Free for Nepali Citizens

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The Kanchenjunga North to South Trek can take anywhere from 18-25 days. Of course, the duration will vary depending on several factors, like your personal fitness level and the trail’s conditions. We suggest giving yourself at least a month before the trek and packing accordingly.

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