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Standard voltage is 220 AC, so you will need a converter to operate 110 volt equipment. You will also need a plug adapter, see the diagram below.
Yes. There is one challenging escape from Kanchenjunga North known as the Lumba Sumba Pass. From Olangchungola in Kanchenjunga to Thudam in Makalu is the most challenging part and teahouse mode is not feasible. Lumba Sumba pass has an elevation of 5300 m and it is also possible to climb Lumba Sumba peak.
If you are hiring a porter then take a duffel bag as porters prefer to carry these instead of backpacks. You can then use a small day pack for personal items. If you choose to carry your own equipment then a medium sized pack 50-65 L will suffice.
Suketar airfield is subject to weather, fog, and rain like other airport. If your flight is cancelled you can drive there. The difference though is a nine-hour drive compared to a 15-minute flight.
If you are teahouse trekking you are expected to eat at your accommodation. Meals are healthy and cheap and the money goes a long way to helping locals. If you wish to carry some personal extras like snack bars or chocolate that’s fine.
No, not really. There is no Wi-Fi and recharging using solar is slow. If you want to bring it to use to back up digital photos then fine, otherwise leave it behind.
Unless you are considering a climb in conjunction with the trek you will not need supplemental oxygen. The highest altitude on the trek still has over 50% of oxygen
Even in the high alpine areas it is always wise to purify your drinking water by chemical, filtration or boiling. You don’t want to ruin you’re trip by getting diarrhoea.
There are no facilities to exchange money on the trek so please carry a supply of Nepalese currency in small denominations as locals are usually unable to change large denominations.
We carry solar battery recharges on every trek. It is worth taking a power bank with you for overcast days, rain, or snow.
There are satellite telephones available at some villages. Mobile phone coverage is mostly non-existent.
Yes. Gas showers are available in lower areas and warm bucket shower are available in high altitude areas. Locals sometimes offer to hand wash laundry for a nominal fee.
Yes, one can prepare for high altitude and demanding treks in advance. Regular jogging, and other aerobic exercise will help. If you are fit and acclimatize slowly you will be fine.
Kanchenjunga Trek costing’s are dependent on several factors. The number of days, mode of trekking (Camping or Tea House), full board package, mode of transport, all vary the cost. Staying at luxurious hotels in Kathmandu will add substantially to costs. If you are comparing prices please obtain details on what is included and what is not included in the price.
A fixed departure trek can range from a few trekkers to up to 15. With support staff including cooks and porters a trekking group might total 30 people for camping trek.
Lower regions are good but some areas can be slippery and prone to landslides after heavy rain. Apart from this the trekking and camping areas are not directly in any avalanche zones. Venomous snakes exist in Nepal, but if you leave them alone, they will leave you alone, and wearing hiking boots with gaiters reduce the chances of being bitten considerably. Snake bit kits are carried on each trek as part of our first aid equipment. Snow Leopard’s exist in the area between Sele Le and Ghunsa so we try to avoid evening walks in those areas. They are rarely dangerous to humans and if you are lucky enough to see one in the wild it would be a once in a lifetime encounter
Our most popular trek in the Kanchenjunga circuit taking in both south and north base camps. If you do not have time for both, then the Kanchenjunga north base camp trek is our second most popular.
No. you must be physically present in Kathmandu with a valid passport to apply through local trekking companies.
During your trek you will be eating mostly locally prepared dishes. Nepal’s most famous dish is Dal Baht. Basically this dish consists of steamed rice, lentil soup, seasonal vegetables, and spicy pickles. Other western dishes are available on only few places in Kanchenjunga trekking routes, but remember that tourism is still playing catch up in Kanchenjunga so adoption of western meals is slower than in the main tourist areas.
Normal hiking equipment for an alpine environment is fine. Please read our what to take with you on your Kanchenjunga trek for more detailed information.
Compared with the Everest Base Camp or the Annapurna circuit, trekking Kanchenjunga is like trekking in Nepal 40 years ago. Natural beauty, local culture, peace and quiet Keep calm and trek Kanchenjunga.
Kanchenjunga is considered a demanding high altitude trek. It is certainly not the hardest trek in Nepal but the fitter you are the more enjoyment you will get out of it. Taking good personal equipment will also makes trekking easier. Please do not bring a new pair of hiking boots thinking you can break them in on the trek.
No. Kanchenjunga is a restricted area and all trekkers must be part of a locally organised trek. Learn more about permits here
Trekking in Nepal consists of a high season and a low season. The high season, considered the best time to trek, is from September to November. The low season is from March to May. September to November offer clear skies, amazing sunrises and sunsets, as well as local festivals. From March to May the Rhododendrons are in flower.
Costs vary depending on transport used, the number of trekking days, number of support staff, and whether you decide on a tea house trek or camping. Just mail us with your preferences and we will send you a quote.
You will need two permits to trek in Kanchenjunga. A special restricted area trekking permit and a Kanchenjunga conservation area project entry permit. The special restricted area trekking permits are issued per week. The Kanchenjunga circuit trek takes between 22 to 24 days so a four-week restricted area trekking permit is sufficient. Kanchenjunga conservation area project entry permits are issued for one month.
The trails on Kanchenjunga are well marked and easy enough that standard hiking boots will suffice. You will need to be fit enough to be able to walk for about 6 hours per day. Acclimatization days are built into the trek to allow trekkers to adapt slowly to the altitude. There are no technical passes or glaciers unless you are including one of the climbs as part of your trek. The trek is considered to be demanding due to the remoteness and length. Altitudes on the trek range from Doban at 760m to Pangpema at 5140m.