Learning by Experience

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is the perfect trekking destination for you daredevils.


26 Days




5,5,143 M


Because of its remote location in Nepal and the difficulty involved in accessing it from India, the Kangchenjunga region is not much explored by trekkers. It has, therefore, retained much of its pristine beauty. In Sikkim too, trekking into the Kangchenjunga region has just recently been permitted.



September - December

March – May

We also do custom private trips according to your time and availability.

Trip Overview

Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world. Its summit lies at 8,586m.It lies in the border region between the Sikkim state of India and Nepal. Because of its remote location in Nepal and the difficulty involved in accessing it from India, the Kangchenjunga region is not much explored by trekkers. It has, therefore, retained much of its pristine beauty. In Sikkim too, trekking into the Kangchenjunga region has just recently been permitted.

Highlights of Kanchenjunga Base Camp:View of Kanchenjunga massif, Makalu range and surrounding peaks including Jannu,Trek through remote villages of the Gurung, Limbu, Rai and Sherpa peoples,people of remote villages, sikkim tea garden,culture of sikkim.

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Nepal
  • Day 2 : Trek briefing and preparation
  • Day 3 : Flight Kathmandu to Badrapur – Drive to Taplejung (1,820m)
  • Day 4 : Trek Taplejung – Mitlung (921m) 5-6 hours
  • Day 5 : Trek Mitlung – Chiruwa (1,270m) 5-6 hours
  • Day 6 : Trek Chiruwa – Sukethum (1,579m) 5 hours
  • Day 7 : Trek Sukethum – Amjlosa (2,308m) 6 hours
  • Day 8 : Trek Amjilosa – Gyabla (2,730m) 5-6 hours
  • Day 9 : Trek Gyabla – Ghunsa (3,595m) 5-6 hours
  • Day 10 : Ghunsa acclimatisation day
  • Day 11 : Trek Ghunsa – Khangpachen (4,050m) 7 hours
  • Day 12 : Trek Khangpachen – Lhonak (4,780m) 7 hours
  • Day 13 : Trek Lhonak – Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5,143m) 3 hours
  • Day 14 : Trek Kanchenjunga Base Camp – Ghunsa (3,595m) 8 hours
  • Day 15 : Trek Ghunsa – Tseram (3,870m) 8 hours
  • Day 16 : Trek Tseram – Ramche (4,580m) 7 – 8 hours
  • Day 17 : Trek Ramche – Yalung Base Camp (4,500m) 7-8 hours
  • Day 18 : Trek Yalung Base Camp – Lapsang (4,432m) 6 hours
  • Day 19 : Trek Lapsang – Tortong (2,995m)
  • Day 20 : Trek Tortong – Yamphudim (2,080m)
  • Day 21 : Yamphudim – Rest day
  • Day 22 : Trek Yamphudim – Phumpe (1,858m)
  • Day 23 : Trek Ponphe – Pha Khola (1,550m)
  • Day 24 : Trek Pha Khola – Suketar (2,420m)
  • Day 25 : Long Drive from Taplejung to Bhadrapur
  • Day 26 : Fly to Kathmandu
  • Note: The trek itinerary is a guide only and may be subject to change at short notice

Initiative Outdoor uses a layering system where different pieces of clothing are worn together or separately to achieve optimum body temperature control. The upper body garments listed here are either synthetic or merino wool garments that retain their insulating properties when wet, or nylon or Gore-Tex layers which help prevent heat loss by cutting wind, rain, and snow.

Equipment Quantity Comments
T-Shirts – walking 2 We recommend merino wool, Capilene or other synthetic fabric as they wick away the moisture and dry quickly. No cotton.
T-shirt – sleeping 1 This can be cotton
Base layers (ie thermal top) 1 Lightweight or mid-weight long-sleeved t-shirt of merino wool, polyester, Capilene, or Polartec power dry
Top insulating Layers 1 Mid-weight fleece that can be worn over other layers
Fleece Vest 1
Rain jacket 1
Down Jacket 1
Equipment Quantity Comments
Underwear Sufficient for the trek (remember you can wash them)
T-shirt – sleepingThermal long johns/long underwear 1
Trekking Trousers 2 Lightweight quick-dry trousers (no cotton). Zip offs are good
Evening/sleeping trousers 1(optional) 1 pair of lightweight tracksuit bottoms (sweat pants) or yoga style trousers for evening wear and sleeping in. No jeans.
Hiking Shorts 1 If no zip-off trousers. Below the knee for ladies
Rain Pants 1
Equipment Quantity Comments
Day pack 1 Approx. 35ltrs. We will provide you with a duffle bag for your trekking gear
Sleeping bag with compression sack 1 Minimum 3 season
Sleeping bag liner 1 Optional
Equipment Quantity Comments
Hiking boots 1 Must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support
Socks 3
Flip flops/Camp shoes 1 Lightweight for evening use
Equipment Quantity Comments
Water bottles 2 One liter each, Nalgene or Sig style or a bladder if preferred
Water purification drops 1 Cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (Piyus)
Lip Balm 1 With SPF factor
Sunscreen 1 We recommend SPF 30 or greater
Mosquito repellent 1
Personal first aid kit 1 To include any prescribed medications
Sunglasses 1
Bandana/Buff 1 Useful for a variety of purposes.
Flashlight /head torch 1 Head torch is best as it leaves your hands free + extra batteries
Travel towel 1 Lightweight and compact
Wash kit Travel size items for the trek & eco friendly if possible
Instant Hand Sanitizer 1 Alcohol-based for keeping hands clean
Sun hat 1
Warm hat 1
Gloves 1
Trekking poles (Optional)
Trekking snacks Good selection available in KTM
Camera With charger &/or extra batteries
Toilet paper & rubbish bag
Pack of cards/travel game 1 For evening entertainment
Passport photos Always useful and a must-have if you want a local sim card
Photocopies of all your important documents
A great sense of humor & a positive attitude Essential – don’t come without it!! J
This is a guideline only

Your trek cost includes:

  • Pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • Expert trip leadership and motivated staff for the duration of the trek
  • Airport transfers in Nepal (where applicable)
  • 2 nights accommodation pre-trek & 1-night post-trek in Kathmandu
  • 1-night accommodation pre or post-trek in Pokhara (where applicable)
  • Transportation to and from trek start and finish for you and your trekking team (different budget options available)
  • Basic teahouse/lodge/camping accommodation during the trek on a twin sharing basis
  • During the trek all meals on a full board basis (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to include tea/coffee during the meals, but excluding any drinks outside of the meal times
  • All permits, conservation area, and restricted area fees
  • Porters
  • Insurance and equipment for Nepali staff
  • Rescue assistance
  • `Group medical kit

Your trek cost does NOT include:

  • International flights to and from Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Visa for Nepal
  • Travel insurance (insurance to include evacuation is mandatory. Please make sure you are covered to the correct altitude)
  • Personal expenses such as fizzy drinks, chocolate, gifts, snacks, hot showers during the trek, etc.
  • Meals unless specified
  • Sightseeing
  • Gratuities
  • Excess baggage on internal flights
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Initiative Outdoors

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