• Adventurous trail
  • Trek in one of the secluded regions of Nepal
  • Less traveled route
  • Trek through Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, which is home to numerous wildlife and flora
  • Get to see the wonderful landscape through the trail
  • Spend the night in fine villages, where you will experience rich culture and tradition
  • Reach the top of the world's third-highest mountain, Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • Observe stunning waterfalls and glaciers on the way
  • Witness scenic views of numerous Himalayan mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Ten Peak, etc
Trip Details

Mt. Kanchenjunga Expedition will take you to the top of the world's third-highest mountain. Standing 8,586 meters above from the sea level Mt. Kanchenjunga was first climbed in 1956 by a British team. Located in the northwest of Nepal on the Nepal-Sikkim border, Kanchenjunga is one of the toughest mountains to scale in the Himalayas. It has five peaks Kanchenjunga I (8,586 m), Kanchenjunga West (8,505 m), Kanchenjunga South (8,494 m), and Kangbachen (7,903 m). 

Climbing Mount Kanchenjunga is a lifetime achievement. Prior preparation, strong physical fitness, previous climbing experience, professional team, and lots of courage is needed to go on Kanchenjunga Expedition. We, c has designed our Kanchenjunga Expedition itinerary professionally including an adequate number of rest days in between the climbing period. Be a part of this adventurous and thrilling journey with us. We will make sure you enjoy and learn in every part of the trek. Contact us for further information.


Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel (1,350m).
  • Day 02Rest in Kathmandu: Expedition briefing and Preparation.
  • Day 03Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and Drive to Phidim.
  • Day 04Drive from Phidim to Khandenba by Jeep.
  • Day 05Trek from Khandenba to Khewang (1,740m).
  • Day 06Trek from Khewang to Yamphudin (2,080m).
  • Day 07Acclimatization in Yamphudin (rest day).
  • Day 08Trek from Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m).
  • Day 09Trek from Tortong to Tseram (3,870m).
  • Day 10Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4,580m).
  • Day 11-12Acclimatization in Ramche (rest day).
  • Day 13Trek from Ramche to Glacier Camp (4,890m).
  • Day 14Trek from Glacier Camp to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5,475m).
  • Day 15-45Climbing Period; Basecamp to Kanchenjunga Summit (8,586m).
  • Day 46Trek from Basecamp to Ramche.
  • Day 47Trek from Ramche to Tortong.
  • Day 48Trek from Tortong to Yamphudin.
  • Day 49Trek from Yamphudin to Khewang.
  • Day 50Trek from Khewang to Khandenba.
  • Day 51Drive from Khandenba to Bhadrapur via Phidim.
  • Day 52Fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel.
  • Day 53Leisure day in Kathmandu City.
  • Day 54Transfer to the International Airport for final departure.
Day to Day detail itinerary

What to Expect

  • Arrival & Departure: Airport - Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 4 nights hotel accommodation (3-star category) in Kathmandu on BB plan- Sharing Twin Bed Room.
  • Welcome Dinner: One Welcome Dinner in tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staff.
  • Hotel in Bhadrapur:1 nights Hotel in Bhadrapur, twin bedroom sharing basis.
  • Permit: Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Kanchenjunga, Restricted area permit and all necessary paperwork and its fee.
  • Liaison Officer: 1 Government Liaison officer with full equipment, salary, and accommodation.
  • Garbage Management: Stool Shipment Transfer & Garbage Deposit fees.
  • Insurance: Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance of all involved Nepalese staff during the trek and expedition.
  • Map: Trekking Route Map.
  • Member transportation:
  • -(Standard Route Itinerary)Transportation (Domestic Flight): Fly from Kathmandu - Bhadrapur and drive from Bhadrapur up to Khadenba (by Jeep). While returningDrive from Khadenba up to Bhadrapur and from Bhadrapur Fly to Kathmandu, as per itinerary.
  • - (Heli): Flight from Tseram to Basecamp and Basecamp to Tseram.
  • Expedition Stuffs Transportation: Necessary all equipment Transportation for all Members and Staff from Kathmandu to Phidim / Khadenba (by Truck) and from Phidim / Khadenba to Basecamp (By Porters) – While returning: Basecamp to Khadenba / Phidim (by Porters) and to Kathmandu (by Truck).
  • Member Luggage: Up to 70 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carrying by the porter.
  • Food and Lodging: 3 meals a day (BDL; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Tea house/Camp during the trek and Basecamp. Well-managed base camp set up for members & Staff.
  • All Necessary equipment for Camping during the trek.
  • Porter: Porters per member up to Base camp from Khadenba & while returning porters from Base camp to Khadenba.
  • Base Camp Staff: Experienced and well-trained Base Camp Cook & kitchen Helpers as required.
  • Staff Salary and allowance: All Nepalese staff’s & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, foods & clothing.
  • Base Camp Tent: Each member will have individual Yak Mountain or Kailas tent in Base Camp.
  • Base Camp Equipment: At Base camp: foam mattresses and pillow per member, 1 Dinning Tent, 1 Kitchen Tent, 1 Communication tent, 1 Toilet & 1 Shower Tent, 1 Staffs Tent, 1 Tent for Nepalese base camp staffs, Store tents, Tables & chairs & all necessary cooking gears.
  • Heater: Heater for base camp in each Dining and other necessary camps.
  • Solar/Generator/Light: 1 Solar panel or Generator for battery charge and light at base camp for use.
  • Walkie-Talkie: Walkie –Talkie for communicating from Base Camp to Mountain and Mountain to Base Camp.
  • Comprehensive Medical kit for group and staff.
  • Certificate: Kanchenjunga climbing certificate issued by MoCTCA (after climbing Mt. Kanchenjunga successfully).
  • **Note: All expedition stuff and equipment have to be returned after the expedition.
  • Air Fare: International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepal entry Visa fee
  • Lunch & Dinner: Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Insurance: Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, Helicopter medical & emergency evacuation. *Mandatory
  • Rescue Evacuation: Medical and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs).
  • Personal Expenses: Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu but we will soft drinks for members at base camp).
  • Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking /Climbing Gears.
  • Toiletries: Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep you clean.
  • Filming: Special Filming, Camera and Drone permit fee.
  • Internet Service: Not included during the trek.
  • Summit Bonus: Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa- Minimum 1500 USD (Applies for Full Board members).
  • Tips: Calculate some tips for Basecamp staff.
  • Rope Fixing: The cost of using a fixed rope during the expedition. (Applies to Basecamp Member).
  • Our Company’s Service will be "Zero" above Base Camp (If the company offers just Base Camp services).
  • Extra: Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any other item not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.

Useful Info

Himalayan Penchant 

Kanchenjunga Expedition will let you explore the untouched nature of Nepal. Summiting the third highest mountain in the world to the stunning glacier and ancient culture, you will have a great experience in this adventurous and challenging venture. Trekking through the trodden trail, you will discover the hidden corners of the Himalayas that only a few get to discover.

The gorgeous landscape view will keep you company and motivate you to move further. Likewise, the panoramic views of Himalayan mountains like Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Makalu (8,201m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Tent Peak (7,365 m), Jongsong (7,483 m), Kabru (7,353 m), etc. will increase the beauty of the trek. 

Mt. Kanchenjunga Expedition landmark   

Kanchenjunga Expedition will allow you to not only climb one of the 8,000 meters above mountains, but also lets you explore the isolated Kanchenjunga region. The entire region itself is one of the landmarks. The view that you will see and the experience that will get, unlike any other place. Crossing passes, crevasses, alter moraines, walk on narrow paths, glaciers, and snowy path, you will reach the top of Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Culture & Ethnic Diversity  

Trekking in the Kanchenjunga region will allow you to experience diverse cultures and traditions. You will get to see many ethnic groups during your stay in the teahouse/guesthouse. You will get to taste their food and know their language. Brahmins and Chhetris reside in the lower parts, whereas you will meet Limbu and Sherpa at the upperparts. 

People here are kind and friendly and can speak understandable English as well. As you move further, you will notice the Tibetan lifestyle and food. On the way, you will come across several stupas and Bihar as well. 

Natural Aptitude 

Beginning from the low land of Terai, you will pass through coniferous forests, grasslands, and meadows. You will trek in Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, which is a global eco-region according to World Wildlife Fund. This area is home to numerous wildlife like musk deer, red panda, snow leopard, black bear, red pheasant, etc. 

The trail is wild and remote. Walking through picturesque farming villages and terraced hillsides, you will reach the Himalayan foothills. During the Kanchenjunga Expedition, you will come across varied climatic zones and vegetation.

Kanchenjunga Expedition difficulty

Kanchenjunga Expedition is a difficult climbing journey. You have to overcome lots of difficulties and have to survive in one of the extreme environment, where there is no trace of life in miles. There will be several crevasses to cross, ice wall to cross, and steep snowy ascends. You have to have strong physical fitness, endurance, and stamina. Previous trekking and climbing experience is needed to go on Kanchenjunga Expedition. 

Altitude Sickness & Prevention

No doubt, there are chances of altitude sickness during the Kanchenjunga Expedition. High elevation, low oxygen level, and dehydration become the major cause of altitude sickness. It is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) that can happen to anyone regardless of their health, age, and physical fitness. This can ruin your trip and in the worst case can become life-threatening. Therefore, it is very important to acclimatize your body properly along with gaining elevation. 

Following are the things you can do to reduce the chances of getting AMS:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks
  • Include an adequate number of rest days in the itinerary
  • Carry general medication of AMS
  • Drop down to lower elevation if you find yourself getting AMS
  • Inform your guide immediately
  • Don't push yourself to complete the journey if your symptoms did not get in control

Transportation and Bag Pack 

Kanchenjunga Expedition begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. From here, you will drive to Phidim, and then to Khandenba, which is the starting point of the trek.

Here is the list of things that you should carry during Kanchenjunga Expedition:

  • Pair of hiking pants and casual pants
  • T-shirts
  • Thermal Wears
  • Breathable Underwears
  • Trekking shoes/socks
  • Rain jacket 
  • Gloves
  • Sun hat
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking Pole
  • Harness
  • Crampon
  • Rope
  • Ice Ax
  • Ascender
  • Climbing Boots
  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunblock, towel, soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc)
  • Miscellaneous (camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)

Food and Accommodation during Kanchenjunga Expedition

During Mt. Kanchenjunga Expedition, you will be staying in the teahouse as well as camps. The teahouse will give you basic facilities at a higher altitude. In villages at a lower elevation, you can find facilities like wifi, cafes, etc. The teahouse will be basic with limited facilities. Good enough to spend the night. 

Likewise, for food, you can find a good variety in the menu from Nepali dishes to Indian, Tibetan, and Continental. Similarly, with the increase in altitude, the menu also gets limited. During your stay in camp, the meals will be cooked and prepared by the porters. 

Best Season to go on Kanchenjunga Expedition

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (October to November) is the best time to go on the Kanchenjunga expedition. Moreover, climbers usually prefer to climb this mountain during the springtime than autumn because of a hotter climate during the day. However, it is possible to climb this mountain in both seasons.

Kanchenjunga Expedition cost 

Expedition can be so costly than any other activity in the Himalayas. You have to carry all the little things with you to survive up there and that increases the price. Not only this, but you also have to carry oxygen tanks as well. Factors like itinerary and the services on the camp determine the cost of the expedition. At, Go For Nepal Treks & Expedition, we provide extensive services at the camps that will make the journey a little easier. However, all of this drastically increases the price, but the experience you will get, and the view you will see is more than the worth you will pay to summit Mount Kanchenjunga. 

Essential Document

Here is the list of things that you have to carry during the expedition:

  • Passport & Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Photos
  • Permits
  • Cash (as per need)

What is done in Base camp?

As you will be staying most of the days in base camp, you will get trained by your guide. He will brief you about the route and problems that you might face. He also teaches you the proper uses of gears like ice-ax, harness, rope, ascender, etc. You will go on a short hike to acclimate your body and increase your confidence level. You might also climb nearby peaks.

Training and Climbing (Kanchenjunga South Face Route)

Kanchenjunga Advanced Base Camp (5,400m/17,717ft):

Located on a rocky moraine. Kanchenjunga Advanced Base Camp is also known as Kangchenjunga Yalung Base Camp. You will be spending most of your time here at the base camp preparing for the expedition. The base camp will be strategically set so that you can have the best views of Mt. Makalu. There will be a dining camp, private sleeping camp, kitchen camp, and washroom camp. 

Kanchenjunga Camp I (6,200m/20,341ft); 4hrs:

After long training and acclimatization time at the base camp, you will move towards Camp I. Ascending on mixed terrain, you will pass by rock slabs, grassy slopes, and moraine. The trail will follow rocky spur up to 6000 meters and climbs on a steep snow ridge, where Camp I will get established. 

Kanchenjunga Camp II (6,400m/20,997ft); 2½hrs:

The trail from Camp I to Camp II is a bit technical. Climbing on a short horizontal ridge, you will descend to a plateau and cross it. At the end of the plateau, Camp II is located. You will be walking on snow and steep paths. Your Sherpa guide will fix the roue with rope whenever required. 

Kanchenjunga Camp III (7,100m/23,294ft); 5hrs:

The route from Camp II to Camp III is long . You will gain 700 meters in elevation. Upon reaching 6,8000 meters, you will come across the base of a large serac, which is around 20m high and overhanging at the end. You will not need any ladder on the way, but you have to jump to cross a few crevasses that are not long. The climb can be difficult due to exposure to harsh cold and wind. From Camp III, you will get to see amazing views.

Kanchenjunga Camp IV (7,550m/24,770ft); 3½hrs:

Camp III to Camp IV is not long at a distance, but the high altitude and low oxygen level make this 450 meters of walk difficult. The route will be full of crevasses and seracs. In this part, you have to climb for 3 hours on steep snow that is 50-55º.

Kanchenjunga Summit (8,586m/28,169ft); 16-17 hrs:

You will begin pushing towards the summit around 11:00 pm so that you can reach the top around 7:00 am to 10:00 am. From Camp Iv, you will climb couloir, a steep narrow gully up to 8,250 m. The couloir then splits into two parts. Walking along the right side, you will reach the base of a steep wall at 8,400m. Further, you will ascend on a short snowy ridge then move to a chimney at 8,500 m. Rappel down the chimney and traverse to the right on mixed terrain to join a snow slope that will take you to the top of Mt. Kanchenjunga. 

Extra Personal Expenditure

buying food or using any services out of the itinerary will cost you extra charges that are not included in the package cost. Either you do shopping, tip someone, charge your electric appliances or take a hot shower, all of these will cost you a few extra bucks. Therefore, make sure to carry enough cash with yourself so that you can use it whenever you need it. Also, there are no ATM machines available on the trail, and none of the teahouses accepts the card for payment. 

Safety & Precaution in Expedition

Kanchenjunga is one of the toughest mountains to climb. Lots of pre-planning and preparation is needed to have a successful expedition. Any small mistake can lead to huge injury that can be life-taking, therefore it is very important to be careful up there in the Himalayas. From preparing the gears to set the ropes, everything should be perfect because the Himalayas do not accept any mistakes. 

Here is the list of things that you can take into consideration for safety & precaution during the expedition:

  • Make sure to take out insurance that includes emergency air evacuations
  • Make sure to check your gears properly before the beginning of the journey
  • Follow the lead of your guide
  • Don’t rush, walk slowly & safely
  • In case of any problem inform your guide imitatively
  • Collect enough information on the weather and temperature
  • Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated
  • Take plenty of rest and acclimate your body on the trail

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