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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, 22-day program

Discover the remoteness of the Kanchenjunga massif and the unique Tibetan culture with this 22-day trekking program, guided by a member of the GuideSource team.

Mountain RangeHimalaya
Duration22 days
Offer periodMar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


Come along a fantastic 22-day program in the beautiful border between Nepal and India. This trekking itinerary will take you the area of the third highest peak in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586 m). This tour embraces the remoteness of the region and the richness of its local Tibetan culture.

To begin this program, we will meet you at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. After your arrival, the second day of the itinerary is devoted to discovering the incredible landmarks of Kathmandu, including World Heritage Sites. After that, we will transfer to Biratnagar to begin the trekking experience.

This itinerary will take us through different villages in the Kanchenjunga massif, like the Tibetan Phera, Amjilassa and Kyapra. All along we will enjoy amazing landscapes: rhododendron forests, rivers like the Omje, the Deorali and the Phawa, waterfalls, and views of different peaks like Rathong.

This is a non-technical trek, open to people who are moderately fit with a curious sense of adventure! The itinerary is especially designed so that trekkers are able to have a proper acclimatization. We recommend that you strengthen your knees and practice on steep hills for the steep descents that this program includes.

You can have a look at the complete day-by-day itinerary below. Parts of the itinerary can vary given certain circumstances. 

Your guide for this program will be a certified member of the GuideSource team. We pride ourselves in having over 35 years of experience in the mountains, with zero serious or fatal accidents.

Interested in this Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, 22-day program? Request your booking! If you are looking for more challenging programs in this area, have a look at the Dhaulagiri, Thapa Peak, Nepal, 21 Day Guided Trek and the 26-day Trek to Nangpa La, Nepal.


Hotels and campsites

Meeting point

Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport




Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Arrival in the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Briefing on the itinerary for the next days
  • Overnight at Hotel B/B

Day 2: Kathmandu

  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu, including World Heritage Sites like the Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhu Nath and the Bouddha Nath Buddhist shrine
  • Optional: last minute shopping for personal items in preparation for the next day
  • Overnight at Hotel B/B

Day 3: Kathmandu - Biratnagar

  • Flight to Biratnagar (duration of the flight: 45 minutes)
  • Overnight in a Hotel in Biratnagar

Day 4: Biratnagar - Suketar - Lalikharka

  • Early flight to Suketar (2,300 m)
  • Gradual trekking ascent along a rhododendron covered ridge, past the Deorali River and four more streams
  • Arrival in a 2,570 m pass
  • Descent through to Lalikharka
  • Trekking time: 4 hours

Day 5: Lalikharka - Shikaicha - Bhanjyang

  • Trek to the Lumbu village of Thembewa (1,800 m)
  • Ascent to a ridge, and steep descent through Shimu and Pokhara to a suspension bridge across the Phawa River (1,430 m) – where there is a good swimming hole and a possible campsite near the river
  • Steep ascent to the Khunjari (1,700 m) Limbu village
  • Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours

Day 6: Shikaicha - Mamamkhe

  • Trek into the Kabeli river valley
  • Descent to the scattered village of Keswa (1,960 m)
  • Trek to Phun Phun
  • Steep descent through rice terraces into a side canyon
  • Crossing of a stream along a suspension bridge (1,540 m)
  • Climb to Mamankhe (1,810 m), a prosperous Limbu village

Day 7: Mamankhe - Yamphudin

  • Gradual descent to the Tenguwa River
  • Steep ascent to another ridge marked by a Chorten and prayer flags
  • Steep descent across the valley
  • Trek along the west side of the Kabeli River
  • Arrival in Yamphudin (1,690 m), where there is a community of Sherpas, Lumbus, Rais and Gurungs
  • Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours

Day 8: Yamphudin - Torontan

  • Crossoing of the Omje River on bamboo poles
  • Trek along the Kabeli River upstream
  • Trek to Darachuk, and then to Dubi Bhanjhyang, acros a 2,540 m pass
  • Trek along the Omje River, through Chitre (2,920 m) lamite Bhanjyang (3,410 m)
  • Arrival in Torontan (2,990 m)
  • Trekking time: 7 to 8 hours

Day 9: Torontan - Tseram

  • Trek to Tsento Kang, a Goth at 3,360 m
  • Arrival in a Buddhist shrine decorated with rock cairns, prayer flags and iron, three-pronged Trisuls
  • Arrival in Tseram (3,870 m)
  • Trekking time: 5 to 6 hours

Day 10: Tseram - Ramche

  • Trek towards the valley, which opens up as you approach Yalung, a pasture full of Yaks at 4,260 m
  • Climb alongside the moraine through scrub junipers up a stream to a lake at Lapsan (4,430 m) – views of the Rathong peak in the Nepal-India border
  • Arrival in Ramche (4,620 m)
  • Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours

Day 11: Ramche - Oktang

  • Trek from Ramche to Oktang (4,800 m)
  • Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours

Day 12: Oktang - Ramche

  • Trek from Oktang to Ramche (4,620 m)
  • Trekking time: 6,5 hours

Day 13: Ramche - Tseram

  • Trek from Ramche to Tseram (3,870 m)
  • Trekking time: 7,5 hours

Day 14: Tseram - Ghunsa

  • Steep ascent from Simbua river valley, crossing of five passes and an unnamed pass at 4,724 m
  • Trek to the Ghunsa village (3,440 m)
  • Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours

Day 15: Ghunsa - Rest day

  • Resting day at Ghunsa (3,440 m)

Day 16: Ghunsa - Kyapra

  • Trek through fields and larch forests to the Tibetan village of Phera, where Gompas and friendly monks live
  • Steep ascent to Kyapra (2,730 m), referred to as Chapla or Gaabla by the Tibetan inhabitants
  • Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours

Day 17: Kyapra - Ghaiya Bari

  • Steep  descent to a large waterfall in the Ghunsa river
  • Trek into lush bamboo, oak rhododendron forests – views of Nango Ma and the south-west part of the Kanchenjunga Massif
  • Descent to the Tibetan settlement of Amjilassa (2,490 m)
  • Arrival in Ghaiya Bari (2,530 m)
  • Trekking time: 7 to 8 hours

Day 18: Ghaiya Bari - Chirwa

  • Crossing of the Tamua River on a suspension bridge above the village of Helok
  • Trek to the Chirwa village (1,190 m)
  • Trekking time: 7 to 8 hours

Day 19: Chirwa - Suketar

  • Trek from Chirwa to Suketar (1,480 m)
  • Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours

Day 20: Flight to Kathmandu

  • Flight to Kathmandu via Biratnagar
  • Overnight at Hotel B/B

Day 21: Khatmandu

  • Day at leisure
  • Options:
    • Go on a new trekking program or tour
    • Explore the Thamel for a last day of shopping
  • Farewell dinner.
  • Overnight at Hotel B/B

Day 22: Departure from Kathmandu

  • Transfer to the International Airport
  • End of program

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