Kanchenjunga North & South Base Camp Teahouse Trek

Kanchenjunga North & South Base Camp Teahouse Trek


.Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp trek is the third highest mountain in the world. It is one the most adventurous trek and beautiful mountainous terrain, located in isolated regions of eastern Nepal.  Along the way, a various ethnic groups are seen; a beautiful experience at one trek, among many Kirat ethnic groups has majority of settlement. In Kirati culture women inherit her mother's god, and after she gets married, she brings her deities with herself who later celebrates as the household deities.  You’ll be visiting one of the most rural regions in Nepal, surrounded by absolute pristine nature.

Tour Package Overview

Ascent/Descent : 200m ascent Kms : 645kms flight 50kms drive 3kms walk Duration : 40min flight 4hrs drive 1hr walk

40minutes flight to Suketar and on same day jeep ride to Handruk (4hrs) then an hour walks to Sukethum /Japantar overnight. Hiking hours: 1

Ascent/Descent : 900m ascent Kms : 11kms Duration : 7hrs

Today is our first day walking through a deep canyon, fewer villages, no view of snow peak, and at the end steep sections with spectacular waterfalls. The trail is partly up and down initially passing through sub-tropical forest like cardamom field. We can also see some rhododendron flowers if we trek in spring. Hiking hours: 7hrs

Ascent/Descent : 330m ascent Kms : 10kms Duration : 5hrs

Today’s trek through temperate dense forests. The trail initially gentle up to the ridge, then the trail dropped down into the forest until the river bank where small tea shop at Thungyam, from there the trail rises up on the well-maintained trail continues climb up through deep canyon. We cross couple of steel bridges over tributaries of Ghunsa River and the trail begins more steeper at the end of the trail. Finally, we will reach a fascinating village of Gyabla (2730m), today’s destination. Gyabla is a Sherpa village which has 16 household, Mountain Kumbakarna Ghunsa shyar are visible from Gyabla. Hiking hours: 5

Ascent/Descent : 697m ascent Kms : 11kms Duration : 6hrs

Today’s trek continues through the deep wooded canyon. Views of snow peak from Gyabla is impressive, the canyon widens from Gyabla After walking through the village for about 15 minutes the trail drop down immediately to a stream and crossed a steel bridge then it is straight for sometimes then it dropped down almost to the river. We will walk on the west bank of river crossing wilderness forests including hemlock, juniper, Oak, bamboo bush, rhododendron, daphne and birch trees. This area is also prone landslide. The trail is very scenic pleasant and at the entrance of FALE village there is a natural gate which is amazing. The trail is very steep but when we enter FALE village the sceneries make forget the difficulties, At the beginning the village seems abundant it is opened meadow as we walk through further there are some houses and hotels. On the other side of the river has very tall hill with snow line at the bottom on the river bank it has temperate coniferous forest. Finally, we reached to a fascinating village of Ghunsa (3427m). From Ghunsa village the trail splits the east ward trail led to Selele pass which is known as south Kanchenjunga base camp. Toward northwest trail leads to north Kanchenjunga basecamp. In 2006 on 23rd September about 24 people tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash. Pleasant walk through sub-alpine terrain to Ghunsa, is a largest Sherpa village surrounded by crest of the hills which has office of Kanchenjunga conservation project, Health post, electricity from 3pm to 11pm morning till 9am. The population of the village is approximately 160 who lives in 38 household. Ghunsa village is a gateway of Kanchenjunga Base Camp and Selele pass. Farming potatoes, barley, wheat, oat and Animal Husbandry are the source of income. Hiking hours: 6

Ascent/Descent : . Kms : . Duration : 4hrs

Acclimatization, explore the village & side trip to Tashi Choding Gumba. Hiking hours: 3/4

Ascent/Descent : 673m ascent Kms : 11kms Duration : 6hrs

After leaving Ghunsa village we enter the forest crossing through Yak pastures, small tea shops, a huge cave with the holy shrine for limbu people one of the ethnic groups, we will cross several floods formed by glacier. We will walk through rock falling section which is very dangerous. We would like to suggest keep your eyes and ears open while walking through. Just before Khangpachen (4050m), the trail is steeply uphill about for half an hour. Hiking hours: 6

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Acclimatization and side trip to view of Jannu. Hiking hours: 4/5

Ascent/Descent : 680m ascent Kms : 10kms Duration : 6hrs

The trail is very strenuous as we trek through mostly rocky alpine terrain, cold and windy on a trail cut through a deep valley. On the way we spot blue sheep and lamager. Couple places we passed avalanche prone area and rock falling section which is quite risky. Lhonak (4780m) is located at the confluence of two rivers wide and plain and very scenic in term of mountain views. Hiking hours: 6

Ascent/Descent : 363m ascent 363m descent Kms : 12kms Duration : 8hrs

The trail is gradually uphill east northward on the west bank of Lhonak river crossing rock falling terrains. Just before KBC the trail drops down for about 15minutes in peak trekking seasons like March April and October November. KBC also has tents to sleep and restaurant to eat. Although the trail is not strenuous, but we have to face cold wind on our way back which makes quite hard. And the view from KBC is stunning. Hiking hours: 8

Ascent/Descent : 1353m descent Kms : 22kms Duration : 10hrs

Pleasant walk through alpine and sub-alpine forest and flood. Today we are heading down the same route we came up, from Ghunsa we have two options. We can have plan according to our physical fitness, time and weather factor. If we have time enough, we can decide to take longer and difficult pass known as Selele pass. Otherwise, we can track back the same way we came up. Ghunsa has many nice and comfortable hotels with hot shower. Today the decent is gradual till the very end. Hiking hours: 10

Ascent/Descent : 773m ascent Kms : 10kms Duration : 5hrs

Today the trail takes us through a forest and along a grassy ridge from where we can see Ghunsa and Phale villages as well as Mt. Makalu in the distance. 2hours uphill from Ghunsa to the first top, an hour flat to Sele Le Base then 20minutes uphill to Sele Le Top. Finally, an hour flat walk reaches to our destination of Sele Le Camp (4200m). Hiking hours: 5

Ascent/Descent : 330m descent Kms : 18kms Duration : 8hrs

We start early this morning crossing few passes towards the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp. Crossing the Selele La pass (4450m) the trail takes us along a ridge to Sinelapche La pass (4830m). The views of Mt. Kanchanjunga and its valley are fantastic. We descend along a small trail to Cheram, the only settlement we find on this route. Today’s trek at the beginning an hour flat walk to Miring La Base, 15minutes uphill reach to Miring La Pass. Then an hour and 15minutes flat and a bit uphill to Sinion La Pass. One-hour 20minutes flat walk to end pass and then half an hour steep downhill to first pond, 10minutes flat walk to 2nd pond. At last, 1hour 10minutes steep downhill reach to our night’s camp at Cheram (3870m). Hiking hours: 8

Ascent/Descent : 710m ascent/descent Kms : 16kms Duration : 7/8hrs

It’s mainly a gentle uphill hike, not too strenuous. From Ramche we can walk around 1.5hrs to reach Oktang view point. The Base Camp is right on the edge of the glacier, and surrounded by mountains. We return the way we came overnight to Cheram. Hiking hours: 7

Ascent/Descent : 875m descent Kms : 10kms Duration : 5hrs

Today the trail is mostly downhill through a gorge. But the final section is a steep uphill over an area prone to landslides and through forests. There are no settlements until we reach Tortang (2995m), where there are a few teahouses. Hiking hours: 5

Ascent/Descent : 915m descent Kms : 12kms Duration : 6hrs

A long steep uphill trek, followed by walking over a short landslide section, then make a long steep downhill to Yamphudin through dense jungle so it is cooler. We can start early in the morning, take a packed lunch and plenty of water. While walking we can meet local shepherd. Hiking hours: 7

Ascent/Descent : 165m descent Kms : 7kms Duration : 3/4hrs

It is a final and short-day hike to Khebang walking along the Kabheli river. After crossing Otham river we reach to Ekchana Bhanjyang. From here we climb 200m to Sangadin then we descend down to Khebang. Hiking hours: 3/4

Ascent/Descent : 505m ascent Kms : 50kms drive Duration : 6/7hrs drive

After breakfast we can take a jeep to Suketar. Driving hours: 6/7

Ascent/Descent : 1120m descent Kms : 645kms flight Duration : 40min flight

Flight to Kathmandu

We provide bagpacks, crampons, and maps. Price Includes: Guide, assistants, 3 meals per day, afternoon tea & snacks, accommodation for the duration of the trek(2 persons per room).

However, during high season one room per two clients may not be always available. If this should happen we request our clients to be flexible and share a triple or room with four beds. Annapurna Park entry and TIMS fees, staff insurance, transport to and from the trailhead, two nights' accommodation pre and post the trek in Pokhara and can supply 75 liters backpack for the main trekking stuff, light crampons, gaiters and trekking map.

Assistant - (maximum weight to carry is 10 kg for female assistant guide and 13 kg for male assistant guide).

Doesn't include: Soft beverages, air tickets & client insurance.


·         Trekking Difficulty: Level 4 out of 5 – Hard

·         Remoteness: Very Remote

·         Best Season: March-May and October-November. Not recommended during winter

·         Accommodation type: Teahouse and Camping

·         Restricted Permits: Yes. You have to be minimum 2 trekkers and accompanied by a Nepali Guide or Porter. The Restricted Permit for Kanchejunga costs US$ 20 per person per week.

·         Max elevation: 5,160 m, Lapsang Pass


·         Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Not advisable. Too cold during winter time.

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Package Highlight

Kanchenjunga North & South Base Camp Teahouse Trek

Difficulty level : streneous



·         The day of crossing the Lapsang La Pass at an altitide of 5,160 m

·         Great trekking trail, in a very secluded area of the Himalayas

·         Splendid views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Makalu, the world’s 3rd and 5th highest mountains in the world, respectively.

·         Primitive agriculture/ farming is seen in this trek



·         Transportation to and from the Kanchenjunga trek, specially flights can cancelled at last minute.

·         Challenging and a long trek


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