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Kanchenjunga Expedition


The Kanchenjunga is located in the eastern part of Nepal, on the borderline with Sikkim, India. After Mount Everest and Mount K2, it is the third highest mountain in the world with 8586 meters of elevation.

Number of Glaciers originated from Himalaya have no doubt added to the beauties of this region.

The Sherpas inhabit the northern part of the Kanchenjunga region whereas the southern lower part is full of the ethnic groups such as Rai, Limbu, Magar, Tamang, Brahman and Chhetri.

Kanchenjunga Expedition was forbidden to trekkers before this region was opened in 1988. This mountain is situated on the border of Nepal and Sikkim (a state in India). So particularly, it is not possible to take a circuit of this mountain. It is suggested you to visit the north and south side of the mountain from the Nepal side. Equipped for a high crossing, this trek requires enough time (3 to 4 weeks). A special trekking permit is required to trek in this region for Kanchenjunga Expedition.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
Day 02-03: In Kathmandu preparation for Mt. Kanchenjunga Expeditions withy optional tour.
Day 04: Fly to Bhiratnagar and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 05: Fly to Sukhetar at Taplejung district and trek to Lali Bhanjyang 1,900 m-04 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Khesewa Bhanjyang 2,100m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Mamangkhe 2,030 m – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Yangphudin 2,150m – 06 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Chitre 2,880 m – 06hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Simbua Khola 3,000 m – 07 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Tseram 3,770m – 05 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Ramche 4,360m via Lapsang – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Rest day at Ramche for acclimatization and hike to Kanchenjunga South BC.
Day 14: Trek back to Tseram – 05 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to near Tamo la 4,300 m – 05 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Ghunsa, 3, 480 m – 06 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Kangbachen 4,000 m – 05 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Lhonak 4,780 m – 05 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp at Pang Pema 5,065m -04 hrs.
Day 20: Rest day at Base Camp for acclimatization and local exploration.
Day 21: Trek and climb to Advance Camp 5,836 m.
Day 22-41: (20 days) Expeditions and ascent to the summit.
Day 42: Clean up of the Base Camp.
Day 43: Trek to Kangbachen 3,900m – 06 hrs.
Day 44: Trek to Phole 3,100 m – 05 hrs.
Day 45: Trek to Amjilassa 2, 500 m – 07 hrs.
Day 46: Trek to Tapethok 1, 300 m – 06 hrs.
Day 47: Trek to Mitlung 1,550 m – 06 hrs.
Day 48: Trek to Suketar 2,440 m – 06 hrs.
Day 49: Fly to Kathmandu via Bhiratnagar and transfer to your hotels.
Day 50-51: Free day in Kathmandu with optional sightseeing tour.
Day 52: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.

Detail Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

    On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you on Mt. Kanchenjunga Expeditions and trekking with other related information while you are under our care. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

  2. Day 02-03: In Kathmandu preparation for Dhaulagiri Expedition.

    We have reserved two full days for Mt. Kanchenjunga Expedition preparation and for paper works, on this free day one can join in our optional tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur full of interest within World Heritage Sites, rest of the day last day shopping for the adventure to Mt. Kanchenjunga.

  3. Day 04: Fly to Bhiratnagar and transfer to respective hotels.

    Morning or midafternoon transfer to Kathmandu domestic air terminal for smooth scenic flight of 40 min to reach at Biratnagar an industrial town around South Eastern Terai belt of Nepal where temperature of warmer climate, during flight grand panorama of Himalayan peaks with Everest-Makalu and Kanchenjunga range of mountains, at Biratnagar transfer to respective hotels for overnight stop with free evening exploring the town near India border.

  4. Day 05: Fly to Sukhetar at Taplejung district and trek to Lali Bhanjyang (1,900 m), 4 hrs.

    Morning departs from the hotel for wonderful Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking, taking a short scenic flight of 22 mins with the sweeping panorama of high peaks including Mt. Kanchenjunga, as the small aircraft lands at Taplejung district in Sukhetar mid hill village in the backdrop of Kanchenjunga mountains.

  5. Day 06: Trek to Khesewa Bhanjyang (2,100 m), 5 hrs.

    From Lali Bhanjyang, morning walk on downhill past farmhouses with rows of terraced fields, the areas populated mostly by Hindu people of mixed tribe Brahmins, Chettris and Kirat tribes, then heading slowly to reach at Tembawa village, and then descend to Phawa Khola, cross the river and walk towards Pokora village, as the climb starts to Kunjari village and into cool shaded forest with the last climb of the day to overnight stop at Khesewa- Bhanjyang village.

  6. Day 07: Trek to Mamankhe (2,030 m), 6 hrs.

    Our adventure starts this morning with a descend into farm areas within rice and millets fields and terraces, as the walk enters forest from Nandeva Khola, after crossing a stream, walk downhill and then uphill through woodland to reach Lopoding village. From here with short ups and down towards Fun Fun a small nice village with views of Khumbakarna Himalayan range includes Yalung and Mt. Kanchenjunga towards the north. Walk carries on past farm fields, and then climb for an hour to a crest of Pompe Dhada with super views of Mt. Jannu, from here downhill to Khesawa Khola, after crossing bridge reaching our overnight stop at Mamankhe village.

  7. Day 08: Trek to Yangphudin (2,150m), 6 hrs.

    Morning leads to gradual climb, walking around the ridgeline with the near level trail to reach Dekadin village. From here walking along Kabeli Khola (stream) then climb over 200 to 300 meters high above from the river towards high mountain trail. As the walk leads on a gradual winding path with smaller streams then towards Kabeli Khola, leaving the river behind with climb into farm fields and villages, after a good day trekking reaching at Yamphudin for an overnight stop.

  8. Day 09: Trek to Chitre (2,880 m), 6 hrs.

    From this remote and isolated village morning start along Kabeli Khola and then cross over Omje Khola with a climb up at Dhupi Bhangyang and into a wide exposed meadow with grassland, from the top walk leads downhill into the deciduous forest around Omje Khola area. Our walk continues through rhododendron forest and to a ridge reaching Chitre, a small farm village with few huts for an overnight stop.

  9. Day 10: Trek to Simbua Khola (3,000 m), 7 hrs.

    After a wonderful and peaceful overnight stop, morning walk continues towards Ramite Bhanjyang with a steep climb into alpine forest of magnolias, rhododendron and bamboo trees arriving at Ramit, an isolated spot with a shade, from here climb towards Ramite Bhanjyang at (3,430 m) with views of Mt. Jannu, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Khumbhakarna and Kabru peaks and then on the downhill walk to the river bank of Simbua Khola for camping overnight.

  10. Day 11: Trek to Tseram (3,770 m), 5 hrs.

    Starting morning walk following Simbua Khola upstream along the mountain flank around a forested area, then coming at Wahta with a lonely hut and a shade, then crossing a small stream leading to a shrine in the midst of a forest with a large rock with an impression of serpent-shaped. Leaving the woodland area and then back at riverbed with a last climb of the day to reach at Tserem for the overnight stop, overlooking massive views of Yalung glacier with Kabru and Talung peaks of above (7,000 m) towards North Eastern directions with time to relax and marvel the views from the campsite.

  11. Day 12: Trek to Ramche (4,360 m) via Lapsang, 5 hrs.

    After peaceful overnight stop at Tserm, morning walk leads to a short descend at Simbua Khola, from here climb to the top of a hill to reach at Yalung Bara situated on a remote areas with lonely stone hut, which marks the end of vegetations and tree lines disappears for mountainous landscapes of rocks and ice close to Yalung Glacier. Around this camping spot with wonderful views of Kabru, Rathong, and Kokthang peaks.

  12. Day 13: Rest day at Ramche for acclimatization and optional walk.

    A spare and a free day for acclimatization at this high altitude, at Ramche taking a short walk and hike to visit Kanchenjunga South Base Camp within Yalung Glacier and Kanchenjunga South Peak this was the classic route of British Expeditions towards the summit top of Mt. Kanchenjunga in early 1955. From this old base camp enjoy views of Talung and Kabru Peak, after a wonderful excursion head back to Ramche for rest and overnight.

  13. Day 14: Trek back to Tseram, 4 hrs.

    Morning walk retraces the journey back at Tserm, leading to a long descend and back into forested areas.

  14. Day 15: Trek to Tamo -La (4,300 m), 5 hrs.

    From here walk downhill to Yalungbar and then with short and steady uphill crossing a river with pleasant walk into forest, which leads with more climb for an hour reaching at two smaller ponds and then on ups and down trail crossing three passes Mirigain La, Tamo La and Sinion La with grand view of Kabru peak and Mt. Kanchenjunga. From Mirgin La, downhill and up to Sinion La (4,500 m) facing Mt. Makalu, Mt. Baruntse, and Chamlang peaks towards West, as the walk descends to Tamo La at above (4,500 m) high offering views of Khumbhakarna Himalaya then finally ending the day hard trek reaching our overnight camp.

  15. Day 16: Trek to Ghunsa (3,480 m), 6 hrs.

    From here towards our actual and main destination heading at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp around Pang-Pema, beginning with a nice gradual walk and downhill for an hour through rhododendron and pines trees, continue walk till Ghunsa River, from here walking on a gradual path to Ghunsa village for overnight stop, at Ghunsa visit and interact with the local people known as Bhotia tribes of Tibetan descendant, houses around this villages houses built of stones with neat small farmlands with Yak and sheep herding.

  16. Day 17: Trek to Kangbachen (4,000 m), 5 hrs.

    Morning walk leads to a steep climb on the river bank with views of waterfalls slowly walk leads towards a grazing land where you can see Yaks and other high altitude domestic cattle’s, walk to Ghunsa River, and into lovely rhododendron and pines forest with a climb up to reach Rambuk Kharka offering views of Khumbukarna Himal, Janu Himal and other range of peaks. Leaving the tree lines then enter into dry and arid areas with some few and sparse vegetation like junipers and Burberrys bushes, climb up on a large landslide area with fantastic view of Khumbakarna Himal and then towards our overnight stop and camping at Kangbachen in the shade of Mt. Sharphu (7,070 m) with Mt. Janu North Face and Wedge peak.

  17. Day 18: Trek to Lhonak (4,780 m), 5 hrs.

    After a wonderful scenic morning overlooking magnificent views trek leads above a river for an hour and then head towards North East direction, walking by the glacial river with a climb over boulder of rocks and moraine with glaciers, and then past Ramtang Kharka (a cattle herders place) to reach Kanchenjunga glacier, after crossing a point of Lhonak and Kanchenjunga glacier where our overnight camp is pitched with stunning views of Mera, Nepal Peak, and Wedge Peaks.

  18. Day 19: Trek to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp at Pang Pema (5,065 m), 5 hrs.

    From Lhonak heading to our main highlight and final destination at Pang Pema within Kanchenjunga North Base Camp encircled by arrays of massive giant peaks, walk leads to a climb high above Tamur River where our route leads to its glacial source with views of Kirat Chuli, Nepal Peak, Taple Sikhar, and Givegela Chuli, finally our journey ends reaching the highest point of the adventure at (5,065 m) high at Pang Pema with two nights camping.

  19. Day 20: Rest day at Base Camp for local excursion.

    Free day at Pang Pema for a hike and a climb on top Pang Pema Peak at above (5,800 m) high for best views of the whole range of Kanchenjunga, Kumbakarna, Makalu, Cholatse, Sharpu, Drohma, Nepal Peak and other range of snowcapped peaks.

  20. Day 21: Trek and climb to Advance Camp (5,836 m), 4 hrs.

    Climb North glacier and moraine to set up Advance Camp just below North Col of Kanchenjunga and east of Kanbachen peak, altitude gains slowly with few rest stops and then following a faint path which climbs to an ablation valley on the eastern side of Kanchenjunga glacier. Following the gully onto the glacier make the way over the boulder-strewn caves and ice to set Advance below towering Mt. Kanchenjunga North Face at above (8,586 m/28,169 ft) high.

  21. Day 22-41: (20 days) Expeditions and ascent to the summit.

    We set and planned maximum of 20 days for the summit bid and as well with final preparations, depending upon the weather and as time allows, the final day for the big climb after getting well acclimatize with some practice on rock and ice climbing. On these twenty days which includes a climb to the summit and return to base camp, our expert guides and high altitude porters including members will be active ferrying loads to designated campsites. This tough and technical climb requires a maximum of 3 camps where our team of climbing Sherpa will establish camp I at (6,522 m) near Kangbachen peak base and setting more camp II and III, at above (7,600 m) with members sleeping only one night at this top camp before heading to the summit top. On reaching the summit, which is a small plateau with views of Everest-Lhotse-Baruntse Himal with adjoining peaks and as far towards Makalu at the western horizon. After a successful grand climb and feeling on top of the world, head back safely to Base Camp.

  22. Day 42: Cleanup of the Base Camp.

    Clean up and packing of all the expeditions equipment to ferry out towards Sukhetar and beyond.

  23. Day 43: Trek to Kangbachen (3,900 m), 6 hrs.

    After memorable and impressive time at Pang Pema around Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, our return journey leads to long downhill walks with few short ups to retrace journey back at Kangbachen.

  24. Day 44: Trek to Phole (3,100 m), 6 hrs.

    From Kangbachen within the high alpine country, where today walk leads downhill to Phole past scattered farm m areas reaching at Ghunsa Khola, on crossing the river walk as our route leads back into the forest to reach at a nice looking village at Phole inhabited mostly bySherpa and Bhotia people.

  25. Day 45: Trek to Amjilassa (2,500 m), 7 hrs.

    Walk carries on the downhill back into lush and green vegetation within tree lines covered by bamboo and rhododendrons with pine tree lines, before Gybala village climb on the steep path to a ridge and then down again for few hours reaching an open wide grass field to a small Sherpa village at Amjilassa for overnight camp and stop.

  26. Day 46: Trek to Tapethok (1,300 m), 6 hrs.

    Today heading back into warm areas towards lower altitude within farm fields and villages, walking on winding gentle path then descend to Ghaiya Bari and Sekathum villages, and then cross over Ghunsa and Simbhu rivers which follows Tamur River all the way at Tapethok village for overnight stop, village inhabited mostly by Limbu / Subba of Kirat origin tribe of people.

  27. Day 47: Trek to Phoram (1,650 m), 6 hrs.

    From Tapethok walking on the side of Tamur River to Chiruwa village, and past many farm villages, leading which leads to a climb into cool forest filled with rhododendrons, oaks and pines trees, on leaving the tree lines walk gets easy reaching at Phoram village, a nice moderate size village with time to explore this lovely Phoram village.

  28. Day 48: Trek to Suketar (2,440 m), 5 hrs.

    Today, a final day of this awesome trek as the day walks leads back at Suketar village, encountering many farm villages and into small woodland as the continues with some uphill climb for few hours and then on a gradual trail to reach Taplejung village and Suketar for overnight stop within mid hills of Kanchenjunga region.

  29. Day 49: Fly back to Kathmandu via Biratnagar and transfer to your hotel.

    Early morning transfer to small Sukhetar airstrip airport with its unique airfield, sometime the flight can delay due to bad weather, as the flight arrives from Biratnagar and Kathmandu board on the smaller Twin-Otter or Dornier airplane where a scenic flight brings you at hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city life after a short stop in Biratnagar airport.

  30. Day 50-51: Free day in Kathmandu to submit expedition report at concern department.

    We have reserve two days as contingency and a spare day in case of flight delay or on climb and trek due to unpredictable bad weather conditions. As well to submit expeditions report to concern Nepal Government department, on this day you can book for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu as the valley, filled with most of the World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities.

  31. Day 52: Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.

    Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to a respective destination with a wonderful experience on Mt. Kanchenjunga Expeditions and Trekking.

What's included !

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the International airport by Go for Nepal’s representative while arriving and departing.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
  • All camping equipment in Base camp and Advance Base Camp.
  • Food during expedition period for expedition Members and Staff.
  • Permit for expedition crew.
  • Expedition Permit to climb Kanchenjunga
  • All staff during Expedition period with experienced Guide (Base Camp Manager).
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary.
  • Cargo clearance & Duties Assistance Service free.
  • Daily wages, equipment allowance & Insurance for expedition Staff.
  • Gamow Bag will be available for expedition group.
  • Solar panel for light and batteries charger will be available for expedition members.
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the KBC.
  • 2 Oxygen Bottles with mask and regulators.(in sharing basis)
  • We provide Sherpa’s tents, food for climbing, and insurance.
  • High altitude food for Sherpa and member.
  • All Necessary camping equipment like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents,
  • Per person 30 kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter and 20 kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mountain.
  • Required Experienced, Trained and Government Licensed Climbing Guide(s) during Climbing
  • All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  • Emergency Oxygen and mask regulator.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary).
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Our service Charges.

What's not included !

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars.
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phones And Internet expenses.
  • Sleeping Bag, Climbing Plastic Boots, Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears.
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival) and re entry visa fee.
  • Ice fall Garbage Deposit fees (Sharing with other member) if applicable. Wake talkies & Filming permit.
  • Personal climbing gears.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Emergency/Rescue
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” Section.


The Basics

  1. What is trekking ?

    Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.

  2. Is trekking good for me ?

    In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.

  3. Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?

    You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.

  4. How difficult is trekking and climbing ?

    Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.

  5. Is travel insurance necessary ?

    Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.

  6. What types of permit are required for trekking ?

    It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.

  7. How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?

    During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.

  8. What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?

    Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.

  9. Will I have to carry my own luggage ?

    Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.

  10. Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?

    Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.

  11. What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?

    There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.

  12. Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?

    It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.

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