License No: 237321

Quick Facts

  • Duration:26 Days
  • Trek Style:hiking & trekking
  • Group Size:2++
  • Location:kanchangunga
  • Trek Starting Point:Mitlung
  • Trip Grade:challenging
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation:Tea house, tourist standard hotel
  • Max-Altitude:5143 m
  • Transportation:local bus, private van, domestic flight
  • Trek Ending Point:Suketar
  • Departure from:Kathmandu- biratnagar

Kanchenjunga trek

Kangchenjunga, also spelled Kanchenjunga, is the third highest mountain in the world. It rises with an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft) in a section of the Himalayas called Kangchenjunga  The trek takes you to one of the mountain massifs in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga. Kanchenjunga means ‘Five Treasures of the Great Snow’ in the Tibetan language. They denote the five summits that makeup Kanchenjunga range.Himal delimited in the west by the Tamur River, in the north by the Lhonak Chu and Jongsang La, and in the east by the Teesta River.It lies between Nepal and Sikkim, India, with three of the five peaks (Main, Central, and South) directly on the border, and the remaining two (West and Kangbachen) in Nepal’s Taplejung District.

Until 1852, Kangchenjunga was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world, but calculations based on various readings and measurements made by the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India in 1849 came to the conclusion that Mt. Everest, known as Peak XV at the time, was the highest. Allowing for further verification of all calculations, it was officially announced in 1856 that Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world.

Kangchenjunga was first climbed on 25 May 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band, who were part of a British expedition. They stopped short of the summit in accordance with the promise given to the Chogyal that the top of the mountain would remain intact. Every climber or climbing group that has reached the summit has followed this tradition.



☛ Magnificent views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Jannu, Mera Peak, and many others.

☛ The beautiful remote villages in the Kanchenjunga region.

☛ Exploration both Kanchenjunga Base Camps and glaciers#.

☛ Pristine Rhododendron forest and the high alpine passes.

☛ The settlements of Tibetan people on the Kanchenjunga Trekking Routes.

☛ Wildlife species in Kanchenjunga region like musk deer, snow leopard, blue sheep.

Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport. Our Staff member meets you and transfers you to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.

Morning wake-up and breakfast in hotel.

Our guide will meet you in your hotel and brief you about the upcoming Kanchenjunga trekking. He will guide you through all the formalities and necessary paper-works required for the trekking.

After that, we then do a Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley of famous UNESCO world heritage sites like Boudhanath, one of the largest Stupas in the world; Swayambhunath, a famous monkey temple and Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu temple complex. Apart from Sightseeing, we also get TIMS card and permits for our trekking on this day. In the evening, we do initial preparation for the trekking.

Overnight at Hotel.

Early mornig we take a flight to Biratnagar which takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Overnight at hotel.

Flight from Biratnagar to Suketar (airfield above Taplejung). It is possible to fly direct to Taplejung, however, at times flights to Biratnagar can be delayed due to bad weather. After the flight, it is quite an easy day of trekking to Mitlung along the Surke Danda ridge.

Overnight at tea house.

Today, challenging day beginning on rough paths high above the river. The route passes through the villages of Sinwa, Tawa and Porke and the valley narrows while passing over old landslide debris. The trail then descends across the Thiwa Khola River on a wooden bridge and follows a few more ups and downs before arriving at Chirwa. The village of Chirwa, set among huge boulders and houses made from bamboo, has a bazaar and a few shops.

Overnight at teahouse.

Day begins by following Tamur khola (river)  and climbing steeply before descending to the Simbua Khola (the river that comes from the Yalung Glacier on the south of Kanchenjunga). The trail then crosses a ridge and joins the steep and narrow Ghunsa Khola Valley and on to the Tibetan village of Sekathum, for an overnight stay. From here you will have incredible views of the high Himalayas, including Jannu..

Overnight at tea house.

Another day of following a steep and narrow trail, up the north bank of the Ghunsa Khola to the Tibetan village of Amjilossa.

Overnight at Guesthouse.

On leaving Amjilossa, there is a short ascent through oak, bamboo and rhododendron forests offering a great view of the south western side of Kanchenjunga. The route makes numerous steep climbs and short descents and passes a beautiful large waterfall before the final steep climb up to Gybala.

Overnight at teahouse.

The trail carries with trekadviser on to the village of Kyapra and then climbs easily up the right bank of the river. The trail crosses a large meadow past few villages and ascends a gentle hill before descending across the river into beautiful village of Ghunsa. This Tibetan village has several lodges, gompas and shops where you can buy a few souvenirs.

Overnight at tea house.

The route climbs gradually along the south bank of the Ghunsa Khola, through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests, passing many mani walls, colourful prayer flags and chortens along the way. The trail climbs steeply up scree slopes to reach the Tibetan settlement of Khambachen, providing wonderful views of the huge north face of Jannu.
Overnight at tea house.
A day of rest and relaxation after a week of trekking. There is an optional day walk to the high ridge behind the village for impressive views of the surrounding Himalayas.
Overnight at tea house.
From Khambachen the trail climbs up through exposed rocky fields to the village of Ramtang and then crosses North West of the Kanchenjunga Glacier and past large stone huts to the village of Lhonak. From Lhonak there are impressive views of the Himalayas, including Wedge Peak (6750 m), Mera Peak (6344 m), Nepal Peak (6910 m) and Twins (7351 m).
Overnight at tea house.
An early start for the trek the Kanchenjunga north side base camp at Pangpema (5143 m), for majestic views of Tent Peak, Nepal Peak, Cross Peak, the Twins and the impressive Kanchenjunga, and returning to Lhonak for an overnight stay.
Overnight at tea house.
Return to Ghunsa, following back along the same path for around 5 hours.
Overnight at tea house.
From Ghunsa, the trail climbs a steep 500m to a high camp, for an overnight stay in preparation for the trek to Mirgin La Pass.
Overnight at tea house.
For impressive views of the Himlayas the route crosses five passes, first Tamo La (3900 m), an unnamed pass (4115 m), Mirgin La (4663 m), Sinion La (4660 m) and another unnamed pass at 4724 m. From this last pass there is a steep descent of 1000m to the small settlement of Tseram, high above the Simbua Khola.
Overnight at tea house.
The route passes the nose of the glacier into an ablation valley, offering magnificent scenery and views of all the peaks to the east along the India-Nepal border, such as Koktang (6147 m), Rathong (6679 m) and many more above 7000 m. It then follows along a lake, meadow and stone houses to reach Ramche, for an overnight stay.
Overnight at tea house.
Leave early in the morning and follow the ablation valley to Oktang for a view of the south face of the magnificent Kanchenjunga and the climbing route to the summit, first climbed in 1953. From Oktang, the views of the surrounding Himalayas are incredible; the whole cirque is above 7500m. After spending some time in Oktang, we trek back to Ramche to rest for the evening and stay overnight.
Overnight at tea house.
The trail descends steeply through rhododendron forest to Torontan, and then climbs up through mossy forest to reach the pass at Lamite Bhanjyang after around 5hours. From here, there are fantastic views of Kanchenjunga and Jannu.
Overnight at tea house.
The trek descends over 1000 metres today, beginning with a steep descent to Imja Khola, and then crosses along the Dubi Pass. From here there is a further descent for a couple of hours until reaching the village of Yamphudin.
Overnight at tea house.
Take a day’s rest with trekadviser team and some time to explore this beautiful village with trekadviser team, home to a mixed community of Sherpas, Gurungs, Rais and Limbus.
Overnight at tea house.
From Yamphudin, the trail descends steeply to the Kabeli Khola River and crosses a log bridge before reaching the village of Mamanke. From here, the trail then enters a side canyon and crosses a stream over a long suspension bridge, then climbs up steeply to Ponphe village for an overnight.
Overnight at tea house.
The trail climbs high to two tea shops on the ridge above the village, and then crosses through a series of valleys and past numerous villages. The route continues down to Bhanjyang and crosses a ridge to descend steeply to the Limbu village of Khunjari, where you will spend the overnight.
Overnight at tea house.
The route descends to the Pha Khola and then climbs steeply through Pokhara and Shimu villages to Thenbewa. The trail continues through forest to Lali Kharka and on to a ridge, then follows a gradual descent to Suketar for an overnight and to prepare for the early flight to Kathmandu.
Overnight at tea house.
Early morning, we take a flight from Suketar to Biratnagar. Upon our arrival at Biratnagar, we will again take our joining flight to Kathmandu. Once we arrive Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel. In the evening, leisure time for relaxation or shopping around Thamel area.
Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast a staff member will pick you up from the hotel and transfers you to the airport for the final departure. We wish you a pleasant and safe flight back home and hope to see you soon again.


What’s Included:

  • Airport Pick-up and drop Service
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu (twin sharing basis) with breakfast
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu valley with an experienced tour guide
  • Sightseeing charges and Entry fees
  • Accommodation during the trek (teahouse / guesthouse / homestay)
  • All meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Transportation (tourist coach / local bus / private vehicle)
  • Experienced licensed English-speaking trekking guide
  • Local government Entry Permit of Rs. 2000 (started in 2018)
  • Insurance of the Guide and Porter
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Trekking Permit Card
  • Medical kits carried by the guide
  • All necessary paper works, office service charge and all Government Taxes

Optional Add-Ons:

  • Porter (cost: 20 USD per day, carries 15 – 20 kg load. Porter’s accommodation, transport and meal is paid by the company)
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (in case you don‘t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip).


What’s Excluded:

  • Travel and rescue insurance (Essential: Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ m)
  • International airfare and Visa costs (you can get a Visa upon arrival at the Airport)
  • Domestic Flight
  • Personal interest items or gears
  • Tips to guide / driver / porter
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Beverage and Drink Items / Other Extra facilities like hot shower during trek
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in “What’s Included” section
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