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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek – Come close to five great treasure houses of the snow


On this page you will find a comprehensive and impartial guide to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Route Overview

Kanchenjunga, meaning “five great treasure houses of the snow,” is the third-highest mountain in the world and the second-highest in Nepal. Until 1856, it was believed to be the highest of all.

It is holy to the locals, so people are not permitted on the summit – the promise of the leader of the first expedition in 1955 to the maharaja of Sikkim has been kept. Trekking here first became an option only in 1988, so it remains in its infancy.

The trek provides unsurpassed views of snow-capped mountains. The forests of rhododendrons are also enchanting and there is much wildlife to be seen.The area is one of 200 recognised by the World Wildlife Fund as a global ecoregion – one of the Earth’s most biologically outstanding habitats. A quarter of Nepal’s red pandas live in this region.

The avalanches that can erupt on Kachenjunga are widely-believed to be the largest found anywhere in the world.

Please Note 

This is one of the longest treks in Nepal, taking from 23 to 29 days. It is possible to make this a tea house trek, as the government has encouraged the building of infrastructure around not just Kanchenjunga but all of the Himalayas. In Lhonak, Kambachen and Kanchenjunga Base Camp, however, lodges only open when there are more trekkers.

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Regional Map

This, one of the least-populated regions of Nepal, is on the country’s eastern border, next to India.


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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Below is a detailed Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek itinerary.

Please note that there are several Kanchenjunga trek itineraries that can be done. Below we have laid out the most popular version – 28 days, leaving from Kathmandu. If you want to make your own way to Taplejung then you could probably organise this with your operator or guide

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Video Overview

A beautiful video overview of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek by sital subedi.

The video is very detailed and gives a great insight into the trek.  It’s 08.16 long.

Recommended Guidebook


In terms of guidebooks we recommend:

There are dozens of books about Kanchenjunga, for instance Living on the Edge: The Winter Ascent of Kanchenjunga by Cherie Bremer-Kamp. Kanchenjunga gets a mention in Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley by Lawrence Sutin. In his novel, A Movable Feast, Hemingway described Crowley, an occultist, as the most evil man in the world, and to be mentioned in a book about him is deeply flattering, not that a mountain will feel it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Insurance Information

Climbing insurance is vital for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. If an accident or incident should occur that requires immediate medical assistance and evacuation you will most definitely want adequate trekking insurance that can cover the costs of air ambulance and treatment.

Make sure you have insurance that covers you for any travel related risks, like lost, stolen, damaged or delayed baggage; interruptions and flight delays and tour operators default.

Please read our article on travel and trekking insurance in Nepal. The article provides great information on what type of insurance you'd need.

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