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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Guide 2023 - Cost, Map, Itinerary

25th March 2022

Planning for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in Nepal - Know about Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Guide 2023 - Cost, Map, Itinerary, Permit Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world at 8,586m, is an exciting option for anyone wanting to trek a route that remains relatively undiscovered. The number of trekkers allowed on the route has long been restricted by the government to preserve the natural beauty and diverse flora and fauna. There is more than one way to do the trek with long and short options, as well as arduous or simple routes and we can cater to whichever our client desires. The advertised 19-day trek is on the long and more adventurous side and we visit both the northern and southern base camps over the high pass at Sele Le.

To trek, this route special permits must be obtained through a registered company and all trekkers must be accompanied by a local guide and porter Peace Nepal Treks are here to ensure all those needs are taken care of. How do I prepare for the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek? We have designed this 19-day itinerary for someone with a good level of fitness who can walk 7-9 hours daily. Due to the remote nature of the trek and lack of access to medical facilities, we advise those interested to train by carrying backpacks or around 8kgs on long walks while cycling and swimming will also help prepare. Our trek is designed to include a few days for acclimatization to the altitude and we suggest everyone walks slowly, drinks 2 liters of water each day, and eats plenty to maintain their health.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek cost

Due to the restricted nature of the trek, the cost may be higher than more well-trodden routes. Listed below is everything included; there is more on the lodge and meal quality below. 01, Local guide: Daily wages and his insurance/meals and trekking equipment 02, Local porter: Daily wages and his insurance/meals and trekking equipment 03, Flight ticket: Kathmandu to Bhadrapur guest (return) 04, Flight ticket: Kathmandu to Bhadrapur local guide and porter (return) 05, Transportation: Bhadrapur to Taplejung by local jeep 06, Accommodation: Lodge accommodation 07, Special permit fees: Restricted permit fees for 2 weeks 08, Conservation fees: Kanchenjunga conservation area entry fees 09, TIMS CARD fees: Trekking Management System fees 10, Transportation: Taplejung to Bhadrapur by local jeep Note: During the trek, meals are paid for locally by the client. Your guide will help with understanding menus if needed. We advise a budget of around USD $30 each day per person to cover 3 daily meals. In total, the cost will be around USD 1475 to 1775 per person.

Best time for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

The weather will play a huge role in the enjoyment of your trek, so it is important to choose the best time. Of course, the weather in the mountains can be unpredictable and over a long trek like this one, clients should always be prepared for some inclement weather conditions. In general spring (March/April & May) and autumn (September to early December) offer the best conditions and most moderate temperatures. However, it is likely to be cool at night. We strongly advise avoiding the monsoon season for this trek as the trekking trail will be slippery meaning a high risk of accidents and roadblocks. It is not possible to trek this route in winter due to the heavy snowfall.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek permit

Kanchenjunga Trek is one of the restricted remote trekking areas of Nepal. A person who is planning to go trekking with a local guide and porter through the local trekking agencies, needs the special permit fees, Kanchenjunga Conservation entry fees, and the TIMS CARD from the Nepal government.

Here is the cost of Kanchenjunga permit fees

01, Kanchenjunga special permit fees are USD 10 for a week 02, Kanchenjunga conservation entry fees are USD $30 per person 03, TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System) is USD $10 per person

Accommodation and meals

This trek involves lodge accommodation however one should not expect the same quality of lodge that you may have experienced on other treks in Nepal such as Annapurna or Everest. Here the lodges will be basic with simple bathrooms. The meals are Nepali rice Dhal Bhat/vegetables/noodles/thukpa/Tibetan bread etc. We recommend using boiled water or water purifying tablets during the trek and advise against using bottled water and plastic utensils.

First Aid

We always suggest carrying your own first aid kits and any medicine from your home country because the trek is remote with limited access to medical facilities. Our guides are trained in mountain first aid and will carry a basic first aid kit for emergencies.

What to bring and pack for this Trek?

Before traveling anywhere, you should check the necessary items and be fully prepared. Clothing items, accessories, toiletries & medicines should all be on your packing list. If you are happy to buy clothing/trekking gear in Nepal then it will likely be cheaper, but it may not be as reliable. Renting equipment is also possible if you wish.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Start and Ending

There are a few different ways to travel to Kanchenjunga Trek. Our Itinerary starts in Kathmandu and we take a plane to Bhadrapur before a jeep ride to Taplung where our walking both starts and ends. We then take the same route back, although there is also an option to drive the full route from Taplejung to Kathmandu, which is a full day.

Travel Document and Cash

Please ensure your passport has at least 6 months to run and that a valid visa is obtained before departure. We also advise that you carry a few passport-size pictures, a copy of your passport and travel insurance (which should cover emergency helicopter evacuation), and enough cash for your meals (about USD $500 to 600 per person for 19 days).

Challenges of Kanchenjunga base camp trek

As stated, the Kanchenjunga base camp is a challenging adventure because of its diverse landscapes, long walking days, high-altitude passes, and unpredictable weather. Combine that with the basic meals and accommodation and this becomes a trek unsuitable for someone without some previous trekking experience. As such we do not recommend this trek for first-time trekkers. Due to the restricted nature of the area, it is also not possible to take on this trek as a solo traveler.

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