Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain on earth and one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Trekking to the base camp of the world’s third highest mountain is more or less similar to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek with just a slight variation on the route. In general, Kanchenjunga has two base camps: North Base Camp and South Base Camp. Trekking to the south base camp is a bit easier than the regular circuit trek while most of the trekkers reach both the base camps during their Kanchenjunga trek.
- Kanchenjunga Trail – One of the remote treks in Nepal
- Do I really need a packing list?
- Packing List – The Ultimate Essentials
- Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Packing Tips
- In a Nutshell
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek FAQs
- 1. Where does the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek start?
- 2. What are the exciting parts of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek?
- 3. Can I trek solo to Kanchenjunga Base Camp?
- 4. What is the best time to trek to Kanchenjunga base camp?
- 5. Can I do the Kanchenjunga base camp trek?
- 6. How difficult is the Kanchenjunga base camp trek?
- 7. How can I do the Kanchenjunga base camp trek without much difficulty?
- 8. How should I train for the Kanchenjunga base camp trek?
Kanchenjunga Trail – One of the remote treks in Nepal
Detached far away from the chaos of the modern world is situated one of the most popular off-the-beaten-path treks in Nepal – the Kanchenjunga trail. Every year thousands of trekkers hike to Kanchenjunga because it is one of the most famous treks in Nepal. This trek offers the delight of getting to relish the remoteness, seclusion, and some of the unique cultures hidden in the isolated region. The remote trails of this off-the-beaten-trek in Nepal passes through hilly landscapes, high mountain passes, alpine forests, and other natural splendors.
In spite of its remote locality, the Kanchenjunga base camp trek packing list is more or less similar to all other Himalayan treks in Nepal. It is very important to pick the right gears on your Kanchenjunga base camp trek. You must be smart enough to avoid excess packing or under packing and know exactly what things to take on this spectacular journey. Since it is considered to be moderately challenging trip, it is wise to keep an eye on the essential packing list for the Kanchenjunga base camp trek.
Do I really need a packing list?
Packing list draws a clear picture of all the essential things that you will need during any trek. Although we may not be able to control the weather conditions, we can surely help you to be prepared and carry all the necessary items required for the trek. And that is how important a packing list is. Remember that Kanchenjunga trek is a teahouse trek and like any other trek, the packing list for Kanchenjunga base camp should not be overlooked. Although it is less popular than the Everest base camp trek or the Annapurna base camp trek, you will still be able to experience remote Nepali cultures, food and lifestyle in its traditional form.
For the ease and convenience of worldwide travelers, we have prepared a comprehensive packing list for Kanchenjunga trek. It will help you to pack the right stuff without any confusions. In the past, many of our trekkers, especially women whined about being ignorant about what things to bring during the trek. And, due to this they carried along all unnecessary items and increased the weight on their day packs as well. So, here’s what we have to suggest about the things that you will need during your Kanchenjunga trek. You may either add things you feel you may need, or remove those you feel are unnecessary.
In short, your Kanchenjunga trek packing list should include three categories: clothing items, toiletries & medicines, and trekking gears & accessories. The gears and accessories are items which you can avoid carrying all the way from your native country because they are available on rent in Nepal. If you wish, you can also buy them at cheaper rates here in Kathmandu.
Packing List – The Ultimate Essentials
There is no doubt, you will need your hiking gears on the Kanchenjunga trek, but make sure that you have the right ones. Here are some of the most essential things that you need to carry with you on your Kanchenjunga trek and enjoy a hassle-free trek:
1. Travel Document and Cash
- Passport with at least 6-month validity along with valid visa. Make sure to keep your passport with you at all times. Also, carry a few photocopies of your documents which will be handy in getting your permits, local SIM card, bookings, and so on.
- 4 – 8 copies of passport size photographs (required when purchasing a local SIM card or get permits at some trekking trails).
- Money in cash, at least $200 to $300. Most teahouses and cafes on the Manaslu trekking trail will not accept cards. Also, you will not find any ATMs and other services as the trekking begins.
- Any other valid ID in case you lose your passport.
- Insurance policy that covers trekking up to 5167m, medical costs, emergency rescue, helicopter evacuation, and theft of valuable items. We do not sell or arrange insurance so we recommend you getting your insurance from your home country.
2. Travel Clothing
Manaslu trekking takes you to high altitudes. So, it is better to rather stay prepared to tackle the cold temperatures, especially during colder seasons. Remember that trekking during late fall or early spring is still cold although the lower villages are warm during the day time. There will be no laundry services during the entire trek, so you need to pack multiple clothes that will suffice for, at least two weeks.
- Brimmed Hat or Sun Cap
We recommend you a wide-brimmed hat to cover your ears, neck, and face from the strong rays of the sun. It will protect you from sunburns, dehydration and heat-induced headache.
- Bandana or Head Scarf
It is useful for protection against dust and cold. The trails in the mountains are dusty due to dry weather. If trekking during the peak season, you can expect a huge traffic of trekkers, porters, local people, yaks and donkeys. Thus, a bandana will turn out to be very useful.
- Warm Knit Hat
You must keep your head warm while sleeping at night. Remember that it becomes really cold during the nights at higher altitudes. You will need a warm fleece or knit woolen hat to keep yourself warm in the cold temperatures.
- Balaclava or Buff/Neck Gaiter
A buff is a handy piece of clothing that can be used as a headband, a cap, a mask, a neck gaiter, balaclava and so on. You will certainly need a proper buff to keep your neck warm as well as to cover your mouth and protect lips from the cold. We recommend a buff to avoid the cold and dry air and stay away from coughing and other throat issues.
You will need a headlamp if you wish to take a night walk or have to start the journey very early. Not all teahouses have great lighting. We suggest that you bring some extra batteries for these headgears as a precaution.
- Sunglasses or Goggles
The UV rays are more intense at high altitudes and direct exposure to this radiation may be the reason for eye disorders including snow-blindness. And, if it is snowing, it reflects light making it difficult to keep your eyes open for a long time. We recommend you bring polarized UV-protection sunglasses to stay protected against the harsh UV rays and ice-glare. Carry a spare pair of goggles, if possible.
We recommend carrying moisture-wicking underwear that is comfortable as you will be spending 2 to 3 weeks in the Manaslu region.
Sports Bra (for women):
We suggest women trekkers carry sports bra instead of hook bras as they are comfortable and eases movement. Carry a couple of pairs of sports bra that will wick the moisture away and keep you dry throughout the day.
You may have to go through different weather conditions on a particular day because of the unpredictable conditions in the mountains. We recommend the following outer bodywear while trekking in the Manaslu region:
The Base Layer:
These are the closest clothes that you will wear to your body. They should be comfortable and able to trap heat to keep your body warm. They must be stretchy and moisture-wicking so that the skin remains dry even after hours of hiking. These may be fleece tight-fitting inner shirt or fleece woolen pants to wear under trekking pants.
The Mid Layer:
These are the clothes worn above the base layer so as to retain heat and hold back freezing weather conditions. The best materials for mid-layer would be wool, fleece, and down owing to their water-resistant and high insulating properties. The mid layers include:
- Long propylene sleeve shirt (moisture-wicking fabric) – Nylon or synthetic fabric
- Short propylene sleeve shirt (moisture-wicking fabric) – Merino wool or synthetic fabrics
- Lightweight thermal tops – to protect from the severe cold
- Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
- Hiking shorts (for use on sunny days)
- Fleece pant (to wear at the lodge after a day’s trek)
- Light thermal trouser, moisture-wicking fabric (Merino wool base or synthetic layers)
- Light thermal trouser (can be used for sleeping)
The Outer Layer:
Outer layers are normally close-fitting yet breathable and light clothes. It protects against high winds as well as rain during the trek. These clothes include:
- Down Jacket (Puffer Jacket) – We recommend North Face or any international brand that can keep you warm up to -10ºC.
- Water-proof hiking pants, breathable (recommended with side-zipper)
- Waterproof jacket with hoods
- Inner Gloves:
These are best used for insulation. It works as a base layer and must possibly be lightweight, quick-drying and ideally made from fleece. They provide extra warmness during the cold weather, especially in the winters and at high altitudes.
- Outer Gloves:
These can normally be mittens or regular outer gloves. We recommend thick water-proof and durable gloves that will protect your hands from the wind and snow.
Good pairs of hiking socks that are made from moisture-wicking material will help you keep your feet warm throughout the trek. To prevent feet odor and rashes, we advise you to pack thick socks with padding around the toes and heels. A good pair of hiking socks will help prevent frostbite during winter as they offer heat retention and wicks moisture thereby keeping your feet dry and warm at all times.
We recommend 3 to 4 pairs of thin liner socks and 2 to 3 pairs of thick socks, preferably made from Merino wool or a synthetic material (never cotton).
It is important to have a comfortable, warm, water-proof, and broken-in pair of trekking boots on any adventure in the Himalayas. You will walk for two weeks or more for which you will need a hiking boot that fits perfectly and with good ankle support. It needs to be made of good leather quality and rigid soles. We have used different brands of trekking boots such as Scarpa, Merrell, Berghaus, and Mammut.
Make sure to get the right-sized shoes and break in before you actually begin to trek as you wouldn’t want blisters on your feet on the first trekking day.
Trainers or trekking sandals:
You will certainly need trainers or trekking sandals to walk comfortably around the teahouses after trekking for long hours each day. These trainers or trekking sandals are incredibly light and will make you feel relaxed. However, be sure that you wear warm socks underneath them while exploring the surrounding areas of the teahouses.
We recommend the ideal Salomon brand for your trainers.
Those who wish to trek during winters or rainy season need to keep themselves protected from the rain, mud, scree, stones, and even leeches. For this, water-proof gaiters are necessary. The gaiters keep your hiking boots dry from the inside. However, these are optional items.
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3. Trekking Equipment
Duffle Bag (90 – 100L) *
Either your porter or the yaks will carry the duffle bags that contain stuff enlisted in the packing list including sleeping bags to clothes and accessories. We recommend you pack the weightier things in this bag that you will not require while trekking during the daytime. Duffle bags are usually easier to pack and unpack, and unbelievably you can squeeze many items in it. They should be light and comfortable with shoulder straps or luggage with wheels.
Himalayan Glacier will provide a standard water-proof duffle bag to their clients on this trip and which need not be returned.
Sleeping Bag (four seasons) *
While at the teahouses or lodges, you will be sleeping on proper beds. These teahouses or lodges may provide you with blankets but it might not be sufficient to stay warm with just that. We recommend you bring your own four-season sleeping bag with two-way zip. Make sure to get yourself a high-insulated down sleeping bag that offers more warmth to withstand high winds and blizzards.
If you don’t bring your own sleeping bag, Himalayan Glacier will provide you one of a good quality to help you stay warm in the frigid weather. However, you need to return the sleeping bag at the end of your trek.
Sleeping bag liner (optional)
The liners add extra warmth to a sleeping bag and also prevents them from being dirty. No doubt, the liner will help increase the durability of your sleeping bag too.
Trekking Poles (Collapsible)
Trekking poles act as third leg during your trek, especially on the uphill and downhill terrains. They provide extra stability and balances while climbing the snowy ridge, but even more supportive when plunging down a hill. With so many brands of trekking poles available in the market, find the right one for you may require a lot of time and effort.
We recommend you getting a lightweight and collapsible (foldable) trekking pole for the Manaslu trek to ease off the burden off your knees.
Day Backpack (30 – 35L)
You will need a day backpack, big enough to fit all your essentials including water bottles, camera, important documents, cash, mobile, snacks, wet tissues, wallet, etc. We recommend a 30 – 35L daypack that must have a hip belt for support and an inner frame for comfort on your back.
Make sure to choose a high-quality backpack with long durability, preferably a bag with pockets and compartments and with a water-proof cover.
4. Trekking Accessories
Backpack Cover (Optional)
A backpack cover will keep the contents of your backpack dry in case of rainfall during the trek. You may want to bring a decent backpack cover if you are carrying your camera and important documents in your pack.
Stuff Sacks, Dry Bags or Ziploc Plastic Bags
Dry bags are essential if you wish to trek during the rainy season as it helps in keeping your belongings dry. Stuff sacks and Ziploc bags can be used to separate clean clothes from the dirty ones. These bags can also be used to wrap all the clothes or other electronic equipment and protect them against rain.
Water Bottle (Nalgene)
To store drinking water for the trek and carry it anytime and anywhere, a reusable water bottle is a gear that trekkers must include. In order to stay away from altitude sickness in the mountains, you need to keep yourself hydrated at all times. So, we recommend that you bring two Nalgene or similar bottles. These are thick plastic bottles that you can fill with boiling water at night and use as hot water bottles to stay warm. The same water can be used to drink after you wake up in the morning and during the trek.
Insulated bottles, with double-walled vacuum that maintains temperature and keeps the water as it is, are ideal water bottles.
Books & Diary
On your acclimatization day, you will have free time, unlike other hiking days. So, you might want to read something and relax. Or, at the end of a trekking day, you might want to read a few pages before dozing off. You might also want to scribble something fascinating in your diary to reminisce later.
Traversing on mountainous landscape with various trails comprising rocks and boulders may tend to cause several injuries. There are high chances of getting hit by altitude sickness as well. Most of the times, trekkers suffer from a sprained ankle, knee pain or blisters. It is always wise to have a medical kit containing emergency supplies for immediate cure to ailments like burns, scrapes, bruises, and sprains. Following are some of the medications that we recommend to all our trekker friends in the Nepal Himalayas:
- Antibiotics: prescribed by your doctor, normally two courses. One for chest and upper respiratory tract infections and another for abdominal or bowel infection. Please make sure not to carry any sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
- Painkillers, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Advil, etc.
- Cough Lozenges
- 1 – Triangular Bandage
- Foot Powder: Necessary for keeping your feet in good condition.
- Anti-inflammatory tablets: for any possible inflammations.
- Skin-blister repair kit
- Anti-diarrhea pills
- Altitude sickness tablets: Diamox or Acetazolamide to prevent AMS.
- Water purification tablets or water filters: We recommend not buying bottled water as there are no facilities to recycle the plastic bottles. Instead, carry your own water purification tablets, gels, SteriPens or a Lifestraw. All these can be purchased in Kathmandu.
- Earplugs: to place in your ears and sleep without any disturbance in the teahouses.
- Prescriptions: in case you need to purchase any of your medications.
- Moisture-wicking fabric
- Sunscreen: we recommend bringing a SPF 50+ to protect you from the extreme sun rays at high altitudes.
- Lip Balm: it will be essential for you against having chapped lips.
- Insect repellant: to keep away all the insects while sleeping in the teahouses at night time.
- Hand sanitizer: essential for you to keep your hands clean at all times during the trek.
- Wet Wipes / Baby Wipes: we highly recommend this. Although there are options to shower along the trail, these wipes will keep you clean in the wilderness.
- Snacks: lightweight and high calorie. Bring a few of your favorite chocolates, nuts, sweets, etc. to provide you extra energy. You can even buy them on the trail.
- Electrolytes: while these are optional, you can bring electrolytes in powdered or tablet forms such as Vitamin C tablets or multivitamins to add to your drinking water. You may also carry Isotonic Powder. These will prove vital to prevent you from dehydrating easily and helps the water absorption.
Our trekking leader will carry a group medical kit containing most of the above items with additional supplies for a wide range of medical problems and emergencies. However, we recommend you to bring the items as mentioned above and have your medical kit with you at all times during the trek.
Toiletries are items that you will need daily for hygiene purposes, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, and other feminine products. Make sure to keep all the toiletries that you will need. We recommend the following items in your toiletry kit; you may add other items that you feel is necessary:
- Quick-drying towels: You do not wish your entire bag to stink due to wet towels. So, these towels are great and easy to dry. We recommend carrying a small sports towel (medium-sized) that is quick-drying.
- Toothbrush/Toothpaste: prefer to carry bio-degradable toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and soaps.
- Deodorants: a good quality deodorant to stay away from the body odor arising from the body sweat.
- Nail Clippers & Small mirror: These are optional items, but can be very handy in case you need them.
- Toilet Paper: Carry at least two rolls of toilet paper as most toilets on the trails will not have them.
- Face and body moisturizer
- Female hygiene items
7. Miscellaneous Items
There are some other miscellaneous items which you might want to carry with you. Although they are not really important, but having them would be handy at times of unexpected requirement. These items include:
- Light Pillow
- Portable Charger
- Pee- Funnel (for women)
- Extra pair of prescription glass or contact lens
- Repair tape / sewing repair kit
- Lighter or match box
- Plastic bags (for your garbage)
- Games like chess, Ludo, and playing cards
- Small locks
- Extra batteries
8. Specific Packing List for Women
For female trekkers, the packing list would be a bit more as they will require more items than men do. We suggest women trekkers bring the following things for a more comfortable trekking experience in the Manaslu region:
- Sports Bra: Bringing a comfortable pair of sports bra will keep you away from the discomforts of sweating during the trek.
- Travel-sized shampoo: We recommend travel-sized dry shampoo as a better option. Taking a quick shower in between the trek will bring back your hair from being dry and frizzy to wet and straight.
- Skincare items: Your skin tends to get dry very easily due to the weather condition in the mountains. And, it is necessary to take care of your skin even during the trek. So, we suggest bringing a travel-sized moisturizer, skin cleanser, and sunscreen along with you.
- Tampons and sanitary pads: Don’t forget to carry some tampons or sanitary pads with you as they might not be available in the trails, in case you will need them.
- Fleece Headband: These will come in very handy during trekking. They not only keep your hair away from your face but also protects you from the cold. However, this is an optional item.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Packing Tips
It is very crucial that you plan properly and prepare a packing list before you go for any trekking journey in the Nepal Himalayas. Doing that will ensure your journey to become effortless and you will be able to avoid all the obstacles. Nevertheless, make sure you do not skip out on the essentials while trying to cut short your packing list.
Here are some of the packing tips which will give you a clear understanding about the do’s and don’ts while packing for your Kanchenjunga trek:
- Properly plan and prepare a packing list first
- Keep your packing list as short as possible
- Ensure that everything that you need is with you while keeping your luggage light
- Include an adequate amount of gears and equipment for trekking
- Avoid filling up your backpack with unwanted items
- Understand the weather conditions before you begin packing
- Leave any excess or unwanted items back in your hotel room
- Avoid under packing as well as over packing; get to know it from our adventure specialists
- Remember that trekking gears and equipment can be rented or bought in Kathmandu
In a Nutshell
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a wonderful opportunity to unfold nature in such a way that will simply leave you awe-inspired. A whole lot of goodness awaits you on the Kanchenjunga trek route although this trek is considered to be quite difficult comparably.
However hard the trek may be, packing light and wise is always a key element on any trek.
As there are not many teahouses on the Kanchenjunga trek route, we recommend packing the most essential items for your successful journey. Don’t forget to include an adequate amount of gears and equipment for this trek. Contact us if you are still confused about your packing list for Kanchenjunga base camp trek.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek FAQs
1. Where does the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek start?
There are 45-minute daily flights from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur in eastern Nepal. From Bhadrapur, it is almost 8 to 9-hour drive to Taplejung, the starting point of your Kanchenjunga base camp trek. Alternatively, you can drive all the way from Kathmandu overnight to reach Taplejung on a bus, but prepared for a really long drive.
2. What are the exciting parts of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek?
Kanchenjunga lies in the eastern part of Nepal bordering to the Indian state of Sikkim. It is a less traveled region, so trekkers will get to see so many exciting things during the trek. There aren’t much teahouses like in other trekking routes of Nepal with fewer crowds making up to a better hiking experience. The exciting parts on this trek are as follows:
- Views of Mt. Kanchenjunga
- Witness Limbu and Sherpa cultures and their basic lifestyle
- Hike through cardamom farms
- Impressive views of Mt. Jannu aka Mt. Kumbhakarna
- Encounter species of wildlife as well as domestic animals
- Explore both the south and north base camps of Mt. Kanchenjunga
- Visit to Kanchenjunga Glacier and Nepal Peak
- Cross 4 high passes namely Sinelapche Bhanjyang, Mirgin-La Pass, Sinion La Pass, and Sele La Pass.
3. Can I trek solo to Kanchenjunga Base Camp?
Solo trekking is not allowed as Kanchenjunga is a restricted area where you are prone to several risks with the uneven topography. It is a requirement that you have to join a group (at least 2 persons), along with a registered guide through a legalized trekking agency. However, if you do not wish to travel in a group, it is still possible by acquiring a ghost permit where you need to pay the permit fees for two people. Contact our adventure specialists to know more about how to travel all by yourself, just with a guide and porter and no one else in a group.
4. What is the best time to trek to Kanchenjunga base camp?
Trekking in Nepal is best suited during two seasons, namely spring (March-April-May) and fall or autumn (September-October-November). The fall season sets in right after the monsoon so the skies get very clear and the atmosphere becomes very clear. One can easily capture the close mountain views and distant panoramic views of the Himalayas. Even during the spring, the weather is favorable with clear skies and spectacular views. Hence, the best time to trek to Kanchenjunga base camp is obviously during these seasons.
Although it is possible to trek to Kanchenjunga throughout the year, but trekking becomes comparatively difficult and less enjoyable, especially during the cold winters and the wet monsoon seasons.
5. Can I do the Kanchenjunga base camp trek?
As compared to Everest base camp trek and Annapurna circuit trek, Kanchenjunga base camp trek is considered a bit difficult. One with respiratory problems or asthma complaints, and heart patients are not recommended to do this trek. The trek lasts for over two weeks with an average of 6-7 hours of daily walk at diverse terrains. As you ascend higher, the air gets thinner and you may be hit by altitude sickness as well. So, it is best that you get trained well before you take upon this wonderful trek in Nepal.
If you are a seasoned trekker with a strong mental stability and determination and have been on regular hikes off and on, the trek can be achieved easily. If you are a beginner trekker, we recommend contacting us to know more about the requirements and the basic preparation courses that you need to do this trek.
6. How difficult is the Kanchenjunga base camp trek?
Mt. Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world. Getting to the base camp of Kanchenjunga involves walking off-the-beaten-path for several days through diverse landscapes and unpredictable weather conditions. It is a moderately challenging trek and good training is obviously required including physical and mental exercises before you actually do this trek.
The factors that affect the difficulty in Kanchenjunga base camp trek include mainly altitude, remote trails, weather conditions, limited accommodation and food facilities and other similar aspects. In addition, the trek is around 200 km long and requires an average of 6 to 7 hours of daily walking for over two weeks. If you possess a basic level of fitness and stamina, then it should not be a problem. However, for novice trekkers who have not trekked in high-altitude areas in the past, it could be quite a challenge.
7. How can I do the Kanchenjunga base camp trek without much difficulty?
First and foremost, proper acclimatization is necessary when you are on a high-altitude trekking journey. This will reduce the chances of getting hit by altitude sickness as you ascend. Walking at a slow pace is another important aspect which will reduce chances of being hit by mountain sickness. Training and proper preparation prior to the trek is yet another factor that will help make your trek much easier. Hiring a guide and a porter is a way out to accomplish the trek without much difficulty. They will help navigate your way out and help you in case of any emergencies in the mountains. The porter will carry your load allowing you to walk freely with less burden on your back.
The right trekking gears and equipment will make your trekking journey much easier. When you have the required gears and other essentials with you on the trek, you won’t have to face any problems during your trip. The last factor that will make your trek much easier is trekking in the most favorable season, i.e. during the fall and spring seasons. The stable weather conditions and minimal precipitation will make your trek more enjoyable and hassle-free.
8. How should I train for the Kanchenjunga base camp trek?
A proper training of at least 2 to 3 months is required so that you can build up your physical as well as mental stamina. Regular exercises including short hikes, cycling, swimming, push-ups, squat and cardio-vascular exercises will help you build your stamina and reduce muscle strains. When you have decided to do the Kanchenjunga base camp trek, then start hiking for 4 to 5 hours at least 5 days a week. Also, train for a steep uphill climb so that you strengthen your leg muscles. Walk at higher altitudes than where you live. Maintaining a regular diet and hydrating regularly will also help you to succeed your trek without any problems.
When training, try to include running and jogging as well as these will help you breathe by supplying oxygen to your body. Get yourself mentally prepared.