Kanchenjunga Trek

Trek to the third highest mountain in the world
Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world, known as the queen of the Great Himalayas stands on the Nepal – Sikkim border high above rhododendrons and large forests with rivers pouring from its sides. If you like remote trekking in the Himalayas then this could be the trek for you. Kanchenjunga is east of Kathmandu and Mount Everest. The nearest airport and roads are a long way from the mountain which keeps a lot of people away from this region. On the trip you will be able to study the culture and lifestyle of Rai and Limbu communities. We will trek to the northern base camp at Pangpema 5,140m/ 16,863 feet and give you the best vantage points of the region.
We trek to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp and return to Taplejung by the same route, then flying back to Kathmandu from Taplejung takes minimum 23 Days. But the same trek can be done in 18 days if taking both way flight from/to Taplejung. To make a trekking trip to the south base camp at Oktang 4,800m/ 15,748 feet and Yalung glacier at same elevation, taking both way flight from Kathmandu to Taplejung takes minimum 16 days.

If you want to make the entire trek into the Kanchenjunga region including Milke Danda ridge (the trekking route above 4/5 days from Basantapur) with both North and south base camp, crossing five high passes in ‘Mirgin La route’. Crossing maximum elevation of 4,660m/ 15,88 feet or ‘Lapsang La route’ at 5,110m/ 16,765 feet in between the short connection route of these two base camp takes minimum 26 to 30 days.We can also tailor a trek to your liking and develop an itinerary of your choice. Please feel free to contact us for further detail on logistics & cost on these itineraries.

Daily Distances

Day 1

Arrive into Kathmandu airport. You will have beautiful views over the city as you fly into Kathmandu. You will see the mighty Himalaya, and of the terraced fields below. After going through customs, a representative of Ian Taylor Trekking will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel. We have an early evening briefing to allow you to meet our ground staff and your Trekking guides for the trip.

Day 2

Fly to Suketar and trek to Phurumba/ Jogidanda

Day 3

Trek to Chirwa 1,190m

Day 4

Trek to Sakathum 1,640m

Day 5

Trek to Amjilassa 2,490m

Day 6

Trek to Gyabla 2,730m

Day 7

Trek to Gunsa 3,410m

Day 8

Rest day or acclimatization at Gunsa

Day 9

Trek to Khambachen 4,150m

Day 10

Trek to Lhonak 4,790m

Day 11

Trek to Pangpema 5,140m

Day 12

Exploration day around Northern Base Camp Kanchenjunga Glacier

Day 13

Trek back to Khambachen 4,150m

Day 14

Trek back to Gunsa 3,410m

Day 15

Trek to Selele Kharka

Day 16

Trek over the Selele Pass – trek down to Tseram 3,900m

Day 17

Trek to Ramche 4,620m

Day 18

Explore around Southern Base Camp and Yalung Glacier and return to Ramche

Day 19

Trek back to Torntan 2,990m

Day 20

Trek to Keswa 1,960m

Day 21

Trek to Suketar 2,400m

Day 22

Fly back Suketar to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel and onward journey.

Day 23

We will transfer you back to the airport for your international flight home.

  • Why Join This Trek to Kanchenjunga

    We love remote trekking and if you want to experience the Himalaya’s with less people around this could be the trek for you. Nepal has some great treks up to all their 8,000m peaks. You can trek to Everest, Annapurna, Makalu, Manaslu and Kanchenjunga is no different. There are usually less people in this region and you still experience massive mountains with less people.

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