This Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trek offers the most varied trekking experience of the major 8,000m peak treks in Nepal. Straddling the border with Sikkim, 8,586m high Kanchenjunga is the world’s third highest mountain; and has a tremendous mass with five main peaks and five great glaciers radiating away from the main ridge. The local people consider Kanchenjunga a sacred mountain. Its Tibetan name, Kang-chen-dzo-nga, translates as, ‘The Five Treasuries of the Great Snows’. The great British botanist Joseph Hooker was the first Westerner to explore this area in 1848-49, and it has changed very little since his time.

Before Nepal opened its borders to the outside world in 1950 Kanchenjunga was probably the best known of all the higher Nepalese mountains as it could be easily seen from the British Hill Station in Darjeeling. When Sikkim was closed to travelers from the west, it slowly slipped from public awareness. It wasn’t until 1988 that the public again took an interest in this area of Nepal.  Since then, it has rightly gained a reputation in the trekking world as being a mountain for the trekking connoisseur.

Passing through sparsely populated areas, this trek provides a great sense of freedom and independence. The trails are not well defined, and there is little chance to restock along the way, as trekking facilities are still very primitive. Treks in this area must be far more self-sufficient than on most other trekking routes in Nepal.

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek


  • Total Duration: 24 Days
  • Max Elevation: 5,000 Meters
  • Trek Grading: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Best Months: March to May and October to November
  • Journey Starts/Ends: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu and tents on the trek.

Trek Highlights

  • Breathtaking views of the high Himalayas.
  • Rich in flora and fauna.
  • Cultural diversity.

Dates & Prices

Dates: Although this trip is currently unscheduled, contact us about organizing this destination for you or your group. The best months are between March to May and October to November.

Prices: Contact us with your group size and needs and we’ll work out the best possible price for you.

Outline Itinerary

Tour Days

  • Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel
  • Day 02: Half day sightseeing, trek briefing and preparations

Trek Days

  • Day 03: Fly to Taplejung and commence trek to Kunjari (2,000m)
  • Day 04: Trek to Mamankhe (1,785m)
  • Day 05: Trek to Chittre (2,962m)
  • Day 06: Trek to Low Tseram (3,870m)
  • Day 07: A day to acclimatize/rest at Tseram (3,870m)
  • Day 08: Trek to Ramche (4,580m)
  • Day 09: Trek to Yalung Base Camp (4,500m)
  • Day 10: Trek to Ramche (4,580m)
  • Day 11: Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m)
  • Day 12: Trek to Lakep (4,099m)
  • Day 13: Trek to Ramtang Kharka (4,370m)
  • Day 14: Trek to Lhonak (4,785m)
  • Day 15: Trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5,143m)
  • Day 16: Trek to Khangpachen (4,100m)
  • Day 17: Trek to Phere (2,800m)
  • Day 18: Trek to Amjilosa (2,500m)
  • Day 19: Trek to Tapethok (1,380m)
  • Day 20: Trek to Lingkhim (980m)
  • Day 21: Trek to Suketar

Return to Kathmandu

  • Day 22: Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 23: A reserve day for contingency
  • Day 24: Final departure

Trip Extensions

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