Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trekking

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trekking

(20 Nights/ 21 Days)


Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trekking in Nepal is a preferred trek among adventurers. It is one of the best treks that has everything from trekking in deep gorges, valleys and forests, enjoying the spectacular view of the Himalayas from the base camp area. The journey offers peace and relaxing moments at teahouses and at camps during the evenings under a sky full of stars. The hike through wide valleys and narrow gorges offer an incredible view of the high alpine pastures. Walk past villages with people belonging to the Limbu and Rai ethnic group and experience a mix of Nepali and Tibetan culture to make a perfect blend for peace and harmony in the community.

The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trekking 20 Night 21 Days begins Lal Kharka and ends at Suketar. There are chances for you to see the pheasant, and a few endangered animals like the red-billed magpie, and the Himalayan black bear. During the stops at the teahouses and tented camps you could get to know about the culture and lifestyle of the locals in the vicinity of the Mt. Kanchenjunga. The pristine lands and the views of the untainted valleys, rivers and snow-capped summits complete your trip in the most beautiful way.


  • Day 01

    Depart to Kathmandu

    Flight to Kathmandu.

  • Day 02

    Kathmandu (1527 metres)

    Arrive Kathmandu. Flying into Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an unforgettable experience, with the entire Nepalese Himalaya sprawling out below you. After customs, you will pass out of the restricted area and into the passenger pick-up area outside the building. You will see a VirginTrails.com signboard and your trek leader will be waiting to welcome you to Nepal.

    We will be staying at the centrally located Hotel Marshyangdi in the Thamel district of Kathmandu. After transferring to your Hotel, you will be given a chance to catch your breath and then be given a briefing. Your air ticket will be collected to reconfirm your onward travel. Overnight hotel Marshyangdi.

  • Day 03

    Fly Biratnagar-1 hrs. & Transfer to hotel.

    Today we fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar, the second largest city in Nepal. The flight takes almost 1 hour and if the weather is clear we are treated to some spectacular views of the Himalayan chain, stretching from the peaks of Langtang to the huge bulk of Kangchenjunga, including Gauri Shankar, Menlungtse, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Jannu (Khumbhakarna). Overnight hotel.

  • Day 04

    Lal Kharka (2000 metres)

    A 30-minute flight from Biratnagar takes us to Suketar (2400m), a grassy airstrip above the large bazaar town of Taplejung. Our trekking crew and porters will be waiting for us on arrival and after lunch we will start trekking with a 3-hour walk to Lal Kharka. The walk takes us through some beautiful mixed forest; our camp is a clearing with one bamboo hut and distant views of Kangchenjunga. Overnight Camp.

  • Day 05

    Bhanjyang (2100 metres)

    From Lal Kharka we contour around the hillside passing through a number of small hamlets where the people are mostly Hindu – Chettris and Brahmins. Along the way there are many chautarra’s by the side of the trail, stone benches, used by porters for resting their loads. After the village of Tambawa we descend to cross the PhawaKhola on a wooden suspension bridge and stop for lunch. After lunch we climb steeply to Kunjari and then a more gradual climb to our camp at Bhanjyang, a small village on a grassy ridge with tremendous view of the Kangchenjunga massif. (6 hours walking) Overnight Camp.

  • Day 06

    Mamamkhe (2000 metres)

    From our camp on the ridge we descend through terraced fields to Khesewa and then climb gradually, contouring through thick, lush forest to Fun Fun, a small village on top of a narrow ridge with views of Jannu, Kangchenjunga and Talung. From here we descend through more terraced fields and by thatch roofed houses where the people grow a great variety of crops including millet, spinach, limes, chillis, maize and even castor oil trees. Today’s lunch stop is in an idyllic spot, by a waterfall and stream, perfect for washing hair, bodies and clothes. After lunch we climb quite steeply for an hour to round a ridge, giving views up the KabeliKhola and across to the village of Mamamkhe, a small village on the opposite hillside and our camping stop for the night. To get there we have to descend steeply through the small hamlet of PonpeDhara, crossing the KasshawaKhola on a rickety suspension bridge and then climbing steeply towards Mamamkhe, camping on the terraced fields just opposite the village. (6 to 7 hours walking) Overnight Camp.

  • Day 07

    Yamphudin (1650 metres)

    From our camp we follow the trail through Mamamkhe village and have to cross a number of tributary streams before descending to the KabeliKhola and the village of Yamphudin. At 1650m this is the last permanently inhabited settlement we will see until we reach Ghunsa. We will arrive in time for lunch and the afternoon is free to relax, wash, write diaries and explore Yamphudin. There is a police check post here and our trekking permits will be checked. (4 hours walking) Overnight Camp.

  • Day 08

    Chitre (2750 metres)

    From Yamphudin we continue along the left bank of the KabeliKhola before crossing the tributary stream of the OmjeKhola and begin a steep ascent to the DhupiBanjyang pass, about 2 ½ hours of steady climbing through open grassland. Near the top we enter forest and prayer flags overhead mark the top. From here it is a steady descent through deciduous forest to the OmjeKhola and lunch. After lunch 2 hours of steady climbing brings us to Chitre a clearing in the forest with a single bamboo shelter and our camp for the night. (6 hours walking) Overnight Camp.

  • Day 09

    SimbuaKhola (3000 metres)

    Today we enter rhododendron and bamboo forests but first we have to cross the LamiteBhanjyang pass crossing the DeoraliDanda ridge at 3230m. From the saddle we get our first close views of Jannu, Kabru and Kangchenjunga and down to the SimbuaKhola Valley, our route to the Yalung glacier. From the pass we descend into the SimbuaKhola valley, first crossing a short landslip area before descending through forest to our lunch stop, a clearing in the woods. The afternoon walk from here is beautiful, first descending to the SimbuaKhola (called the SoukeKhola by the Nepalese) and then climbing gently up the valley through mixed forest to camp at a clearing on the banks of the river. (7 hours walking)

  • Day 10

    Tseram (3770 metres)

    We continue climbing gently up the SimbuaKhola valley. As we near the tree line there are good views of Kabru Peak (7338m) and Rathong (6678m). After 4 hours of walking we arrive at Tseram (3770m), a delightful grassy meadow beneath the Mirgin La. We will camp here as it is important to gain altitude slowly and an afternoon resting here will help with acclimatisation. (4 hours walking) Overnight Camp.

  • Day 11


    A day for exploring the area and relaxing around camp. It is very important to gain height gradually to enable our bodies to acclimatise to the altitude. A second night at Tseram will help enormously, particularly if we have been higher during the day to the height we will be sleeping at. Overnight Camp.

  • Day 12

    Ramze (4360 metres)

    We eventually emerge above the tree line following the left bank of the SimbuaKhola into yak pastures and glacial moraine. The scenery is magnificent as we ascend to Yalung Bar, the end of the forest line and at Lobsang La the valley opens to give commanding views of Kabru, Rathong and Kokthan. We ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier before reaching Ramze at 4360m, camping in a broad flat glacial valley surrounded by towering peaks and grazing yaks! (3 ½ hours from Tseram). After lunch those who wish can explore the area by walking further up the valley or ascending a ridge above camp for even more tremendous views. Overnight Camp.

  • Day 13


    After breakfast those who wish can follow the glacial valley towards the huge Yalung Glacier with spectacular views of Kangchenjunga’s south wall. The route by which the mountain was first climbed in 1955 is clearly visible and there are dramatic views all around. There is time to climb the lateral moraine of the glacier towards a Chorten (monument) for better views (2 ½ hours from camp). Ranged in an enormous circle is a fantastic array of peaks. A great sweep of snow crested ridges lead to the rocky pyramid of the main summit of Kangchenjunga. From the last of the Kangchenjunga peaks the ridge sweeps down to form the Talung saddle and rises to Talung Peak and the massive whale back of Kabru. Overnight Camp.

  • Day 14

    Below Mirgin La (4300 metres)

    We descend to Yalung Bara and then a short steep climb after the river to lunch (2/2 hours). After lunch we traverse above Tseram with great views of Kabru and Rathong behind. Finally a steep ascent to our campsite beside a small lake. (4 to 5 hours walking) Overnight Camp.


  • Day 15

    Phere (3100 metres)

    An easy day descending to Ghunsa, a village situated on the right bank of the GhunsaKhola. From our camp we descend into beautiful rhododendron forest to enter the village near the school. After lunch we cross to the right bank of the river and descend along forest trails to Phere, a small village with a very interesting monastery. (6 hours walking) Overnight Camp.

  • Day 16

    Amjilassa (2500 metres)

    We continue our descent south, along the river valley towards Taplejung. From Phere the trail descends to the river through mixed forest and bamboo. A short climb brings us to the small hamlet of Kyapra and then on into the bamboo forest where we stop for lunch in a clearing (3 hours). After lunch the track winds its way up and down across the steep hillside, until finally open ground is reached shortly before the small Sherpa hamlet of Amjilassa (7 hours walking) Overnight Camp.

  • Day 17

    Tapethok (1300 metres)

    From Amjilassa we continue first traversing then descending, steeply through rocky, open pastures towards Ghaiya Bari and the small hamlet of Sakathum (1650m), 4 hours from Amjilassa. Here we have lunch before crossing the Ghunsa and SimbuaKholas and following the left bank of the Tamur River, once again entering an area of lush vegetation and terraced fields. Today’s camp is alongside the Tamur River near the small village of Tapethok, 2 hours from Sakathum. (6 hours walking) Overnight Camp.

  • Day 18

    Phrumba (2000 metres)

    We continue following the east side of the Tamur River to the village of Chirwa with its giant boulders. We then start to climb and traverse the hillside through many scattered villages and woods to our lunch spot. In the afternoon we continue to climb to the village of Phrumba where we camp at the school. (5 to 6 hours walking). Overnight Camp.

  • Day 19

    Suketar (2400 metres)

    The morning sees us gaining most of the remaining height before we traverse around ridges and past villages to lunch (31/2 hrs). Now it is an easy traverse around the hillside to Suketar, high above the town of Taplejung. (5 hours walking) Overnight Camp.

  • Day 20


    Today we fly to Kathmandu, first by charter flight to Biratnagar and then by scheduled flight on to Kathmandu where we transfer to our hotel. Overnight hotel.

  • Day 21

    Depart Kathmandu

    Morning free in Kathmandu for last minute sightseeing and shopping. Transfer to the airport for the Qatar Airways or Gulf Air flight to London Heathrow.


Per Person on Twin Sharing in US$ Suppliment
1 2-3 4-6 7-9 10-14 15 & ABOVE Single Room Half Board Full Board


cost include
  • Welcome with flower on arrival terminal of international airport, Kathmandu.
  • Transfer from airport to the hotel by AC/Non AC car/van/coach as per group size.
  • Luggage van extra depending on the group size.
  • A cell phone is provided on arrival to communicate between the group & agency.
  • Welcome drinks (tea/coffee/juice as per guest request).
  • 04 nights Hotel in bed and breakfast in 3 Star Decent Hotel on twin sharing basis.
  • Ground transfers according to the tour itinerary.
  • One full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley escorted by guide.
  • Three course of delicious meals (tea/coffee, breakfast, lunch & dinner) each day as per the best availability during trekking. (Veg. & Non Veg.)
  • Fresh fruits as per availability in the route of Trekking.
  • Twin sharing camping/lodge accommodation in the trekking route.
  • Twin sharing camping/lodge accommodation in the trekking route. (If a group size is 10+ one additional Sherpa is provided to arrange everything along the way)
  • Travel crews including local Guide, Sherpa, Cook, Kitchen boy, Porter depends on trek type and group size. (Guides are well trained for group management and high altitude first aid ).
  • Trekking equipments including two men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, shower tent, shower bag, table and chair, sleeping bag, mattresses and pillows etc. (Aplicable only for camping trek)
  • Fooding, lodging, trek allowances,gears, transfers, insurance and other expenses of travel crews.
  • Trekking permit, National Park & Conservation fees.
  • First aid kit box / Gamoe Bag / and other supplement equipments for high altitude treks such as; Upper Dolpa, Nar-Fu, AmphuLapcha, TashiLapcha, Manaslu round, Upper Kanchenjunga, Makalu high pass, Round Dhaulagiri, etc.
  • 24 hours emergency rescue services by helicopter from any parts of the country. (but not included in tour cost)
  • Trek memorial souvenir.
  • Farewell dinner (Typical Nepali Food with cultural show in ancient Nepali restaurant)including transfers.
  • Departure transfer from the hotel to Kathmandu international airport by AC/Non AC car/van/coach as per group size.
  • All government taxes including 13% VAT. (Subject to change)
cost exclude
  • Nepal entry & re-entry visa fees.
  • Extra flight & Airport Taxes (Domestic & International).
  • Entry fees for the sightseeing places in Kathmandu.
  • Personal equipments and clothing.
  • Expenses of personal nature like; shopping, alcoholic drinks etc.
  • Travel insurance, rescue expenses and medical expenses.
  • Donations, Tips & Gratuities.
  • Extra porters if asked by the group.
  • Other expenses beyond our control i.e. landslides, natural calamities, road blockade, political disturbance, flight cancellation etc
  • Extra services not mentioned in trek itinerary.

Fixed Departure Dates

Scenic Nepal Tour (06 D/05 N)- KTM-Chitwan Park / Pokhara

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec


Pax Travelling Vehicle Type
2 – 3 ADULTS Toyota / Ford Figo / Tata Indica / Nissan Car
4 – 10 ADULTS Toyota Hi–Ace 13 Seated With Roof For Baggage.
11–14 ADULTS Toyota Or Nissan Jumbo Hi–Ace 16 Seated With Roof For Baggage.
15–21 ADULTS Japanese Costar Bus -24 Seated
22–30 ADULTS Deluxe Tata Mini Bus -35 Seated
31–35 ADULTS Deluxe Coach -40 Seater


Properties Kathmandu
Luxury Hyatt  Regency / Dwarikas Village
5 Star Deluxe SoalteeCrawn Plaza /Yak & Yeti / Annapurna / Radission
5 Star Everest / Shangri – La / Hotel Malla
4 Star Airport Hotel / Grand / Vaishali / Royal Singi
3 Star Manaslu  / Manang / Samsara Resort
Standard Hotel Thamel / Moonlight / Hotel Harati




Payment Terms :

  • 30  % payments : At the time of confirmation.
  • Full payment: 7  Days Prior to Nepal arrival in our account only.



  • 60 – 30 days prior to departure 10% of the tour cost
  • 29 – 15 days prior to departure 20% of the tour cost
  • 14 to 7 days prior to departure 40 % of the tour cost.
  • 6 days or less no refunds


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