Kanchenjunga Trek Information

Nepal’s Kanchenjunga region offers incredible trekking, and now in addition to the traditional full camping trek style, it’s possible to teahouse trek the region as well. Here is all you need to know!

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The trek around Kangchenjunga can be done entirely as a basic lodge/tea-house trek in September-October-November and in March-April-May.

Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world at 8586m/28,169ft and is on the border between Nepal and Sikkim (India). We only cover trekking in Nepal on this site.

The usual trekking destinations are the viewpoints near the climbing base camps on the south and/or north sides of this massive mountain.

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The area is rich in wildlife with iconic species such as the snow leopard, Tibetan wolf and red panda at large on the high mountain slopes, pine forests and bamboo jungle. Go in the spring and enjoy the visual feast of over 40 species of rhododendron in bloom, including Nepal’s national flower, the scarlet Lali Gurans.

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You’ll find the villages along the trails equally vibrant and varied from the Limbu peoples of the lower valleys to the Gurung, Rai and Sherpas of the higher hills. If you’re lucky you may be welcomed in to dance and sing on one of the many festivals, or to try the warm mildly alcoholic tongba from the a dark wooden, brass ringed pots. Or try a cardamon tea made from the pods of the many plants growing throughout the lower jungles.

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With very few other trekkers and climbers on the trails you’re assured a very special experience in these beautiful, wild borderlands.

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22 Responses

  1. Kavita Nahar said on December 3, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I have been wanting to trek this route for umpteen number of years but felt it may be too difficult. We are now in our 50’s and not too fit. We have trekked in the Everest region and Annapurna in the past. How difficult is this trek compared to the other two in your opinion.
    Thanks

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  2. Jamie McGuinness said on December 5, 2014 at 4:09 am

    The trekking is no more difficult than trekking around the Annapurna Circuit but you definitely want reasonable fitness for the Kanchenjunga treks, and indeed any trek in Nepal. If trekking on a fully organized camping trip then the itinerary is set in advance and seems easy enough, although even easier days do build up. If you feel fit enough to trek your previous Everest trek again, then go for it. Or get training!

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  3. Peter H said on December 12, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Hi – I was wondering about trying to do this as a cross between a camping and tea house trek – to try and save money. I’ve trekked in the Everest region and around Annapurna and know here are loads and loads of tea houses there – but are there sufficient tea houses and places selling food in the Janchenjunga region.

    I’m organising a trek for me and 15 mates – on a tight budget – hence my questions. Any advice anyone who has been tere could offer would be greatly appreciated. We plan to go for 3 weeks in May 15 – from the UK.

    Pete

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    • kanchenjunga-trek said on December 14, 2014 at 2:40 am

      Yes, food is not an issue. If you carried tents and ate dal bhat in tea-houses, then that could work. Sleeping space is an issue sometimes so tents would help.
      Will have more information soon about specific places and what is available from someone who has just returned.

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      • Pete said on December 15, 2014 at 11:52 am

        Hi thanks very much for the information. I’m a big fan of Dhal Bhat so eating in the tea houses and camping outside would be a great option. Do you know when the tea houses close for the season (as I mentioned before we are planning to go the last 3 weeks in May).

        Also can porters be hired in the Taplejung Area? Or would you recommend organising this trek through a formal company – is this something your company could offer?

        Pete

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        • kanchenjunga-trek said on December 19, 2014 at 10:09 am

          I think, but I am not sure, about end of May. It should be fine as then yaks are taken up to high pastures, so there are always people around.

          Probably better to go through a company in order to get reliable people. There are companies in Taplejung. We’ll try and find out in due course some of their contact details. No need to book too far in advance for that as low season.

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    • Holger said on January 11, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Hello Peter,
      I am also planning to do the Kangchenjunga hike in May…. How firm are your plans? Can I join you? My direct email is tuin94115@yahoo.com

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  4. Kim Allan said on December 17, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Great site.

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    • Sam Sockwell said on December 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Wondering if anyone here has done Manaslu/Tsum- we loved it, and were wondering about doing it again versus Kanchenjunga. Anyone have thoughts?

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  5. Julie West said on August 17, 2015 at 4:21 am

    Hi. Firstly thanks for the great information on Kanchenjunga. We are a family of 4 heading to Nepal in 2weeks (1st Sept 2015). Originally we were going to do the Manaslu trek but since the earthquake Manaslu has been closed. I am trying to find a similar type of experience. What are your thoughts? We have 6weeks in Nepal, which includes rafting, Bardia national park and some chillout time. Also does the scenery change regularly on Kanchenjunga? Thankyou Julie

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    • kanchenjunga-trek said on October 3, 2015 at 3:14 am

      Sorry, we missed this comment. Hope you found some nice places to trek.

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  6. deborah heaysman said on September 30, 2015 at 4:35 am

    hi, I’m super keen to trek and Kanchenjunga sounds ideal. However, I had to be carried down from ABC due to severe HACE, then flown to Kathmandu hospital. I had no definitive symptoms of any altitude sickness until i hit ABC. Would you recommend this trek to me or should i stick to lower altitude??

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    • kanchenjunga-trek said on October 3, 2015 at 3:13 am

      Hello – hard to say. How fast did you climb to ABC? At which heights did you sleep?

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  7. Nick Miller said on October 6, 2015 at 12:08 am

    have you any advise on health risks and precautions on this trip. Would you advise rabies vaccination for instance?

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  8. Karna Rana said on November 15, 2015 at 6:28 am

    I just recently (3rd October 2015 to 29 October 2015) visited Kanchenjunga Trek. At first, we flew Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and long drive Birtamod to Taplajung. We enjoyed very much nature, culture and Mountain scenery. We visited to Saouth Base Camp and North Base Camp via Sele La pass. When back to Kathmandu we able to find the flight Suketar to Kathmandu after upgraded airport. This is real Nepal trekking. You will enjoy ever best.

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  9. Ben Li said on November 21, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Great site. Thanks for putting this together. Five of us did north-south last month. For those interested, you can find my photo stories at this link, including details on itinerary/routing etc. Cheers.

    http://bit.ly/1OkxNMS

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    • kanchenjunga-trek said on November 22, 2015 at 1:20 am

      Thanks for sharing Ben.

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    • Bob said on June 2, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks for the photos.

      I’m planning on soloing this trek in September/October.. The photos helped a lot in knowing what to expect.

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  10. Ian Joiner said on April 16, 2016 at 11:30 am

    With a great many thanks to your blog – Wendy & I completed this between 20 March and 14 April 2016, walking in from Chainpur (Tumlingtar) and finishing in Simbu (with a rough jeep ride to Taplejung from there).

    With the help of your blog I`m also trying to trace 3 English (civil engineers/ geologists) we met at Selele Camp as I have a sweatshirt of one of them; they turned back after the Mirgin La due to deep snow and poor viz.
    Chris, Ian Dick (???) please email me – ianjoiner1@gmail.com

    Thanks again, Ian Joiner

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  11. Sebastian said on June 27, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Dear Trekkers,

    I am planning a trip to Nepal from end of October to the end of November. I want to go off the popular routes, trekk mostly independently without a guide or in a small group (if I meet the right people). I rad in some places that a special permit is needed and trekking alone is not allowed and therefore a guide is a must. Is this truthful information? If so, how much is a permit and how strict are the guide regulations? Additionally, did anyone do the trekk recently and noticed any significant changes from what is described above?

    Any info would be a great imput!

    Best wishes,

    Seb

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  12. Dilu Rai said on October 30, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Hello!
    I have done this trekking in 2001 with camping based but later I have heard about that we can do it in teahouse based too. So, is it OK for 6 to 7 persons? Enough place and beds during the trekking ? Do we need to carry some stuffs like extra tents or foods?
    Please I would be great if I could have your advices!

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