26 Days



Max Altitude

5,143 M


The Kangchenjunga region, located in Nepal and near the border with India, remains largely unexplored by trekkers due to its remote location and difficult accessibility from India. This has helped to preserve its pristine beauty. Trekking into this area from Sikkim has only been allowed recently.

Departure Seasons
2023 March - May September - December
2024 March - May September - December
We also do custom private trips according to your time and availability.

Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain at 8,586m, is surrounded by the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, which features unspoiled forests, alpine meadows, and high-altitude wetlands. This region, located on the border of Nepal and Sikkim, is among Nepal's most sparsely populated areas. The trek takes you through lush green semi-tropical Rai and Limbu villages in the mid-hills, and remote Tibetan villages higher up in the semi-arid plateaus at the foot of the mountain.


Managed by the WWF and local communities, this stunningly beautiful conservation area is home to the endangered snow leopard, the red panda, the vulnerable Himalayan black bear, the clouded leopard, and the Assamese macaque. During the trek, you will witness the region's seasonal flower-filled valleys that receive the heaviest monsoon rains in the entire Himalayan range before moving north into spectacular high alpine landscapes full of woodlands and mountain streams.


You will then pass through high passes to Kanchenjunga Base Camp and Ramche Yalung Base Camp before returning to lower elevations and ending the trek at Taplejung. This circular trek requires a good level of fitness and provides an unforgettable experience with its ecologically diverse and stunning scenery.

  • 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.


T-Shirts – walking2We recommend merino wool, Capilene or other synthetic fabric as they wick away the moisture and dry quickly. No cotton.
T-shirt – sleeping1This can be cotton
Base layers (ie thermal top)1Lightweight or mid-weight long-sleeved t-shirt of merino wool, polyester, Capilene, or Polartec power dry
Top insulating Layers1Mid-weight fleece that can be worn over other layers
Fleece Vest1 
Rain jacket1 
Down Jacket1 


Underwear Sufficient for the trek (remember you can wash them)
T-shirt – sleepingThermal long johns/long underwear1 
Trekking Trousers2Lightweight quick-dry trousers (no cotton). Zip offs are good
Evening/sleeping trousers1(optional)1 pair of lightweight tracksuit bottoms (sweat pants) or yoga style trousers for evening wear and sleeping in. No jeans.
Hiking Shorts1If no zip-off trousers. Below the knee for ladies
Rain Pants1 


Day pack1Approx. 35ltrs. We will provide you with a duffle bag for your trekking gear
Sleeping bag with compression sack1Minimum 3 season
Sleeping bag liner1Optional


Hiking boots1Must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support
Flip flops/Camp shoes1Lightweight for evening use


Water bottles2One liter each, Nalgene or Sig style or a bladder if preferred
Water purification drops1Cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (Piyus)
Lip Balm1With SPF factor
Sunscreen1We recommend SPF 30 or greater
Mosquito repellent1 
Personal first aid kit1To include any prescribed medications
Bandana/Buff1Useful for a variety of purposes.
Flashlight /head torch1Head torch is best as it leaves your hands free + extra batteries
Travel towel1Lightweight and compact
Wash kit Travel size items for the trek & eco friendly if possible
Instant Hand Sanitizer1Alcohol-based for keeping hands clean
Sun hat1 
Warm hat1 
Trekking poles (Optional)
Trekking snacks Good selection available in KTM
Camera With charger &/or extra batteries
Toilet paper & rubbish bag  
Pack of cards/travel game1For 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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