Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek 22 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 22 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicles, Public Bus, and Domestic Flights
  • Activity Cultural Tour & 5-6 Hours Trekking/Hiking
  • Best Season March -May and October-December
  • Group Size Mini 2, max 12 People
  • Trip Start/End kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 5,143m/16,874ft


  • Challenging & remote trek near India & Tibet borders
  • Breathtaking views of Mt. Kanchenjunga (3rd highest peak)
  • Passes Jannu Kabru & Rathong peaks
  • Diverse landscapes: forests, pastures, barren terrains
  • Abundant wildlife: red panda, snow leopard, musk-deer, birds
  • Explore local ethnic groups (Rais, Limbus, Sherpas)
  • Visit charming villages, experience local culture & cuisine
  • Solitude & tranquility away from crowds
  • Highlight: Pangpema Base Camp (5,140m)
  • High passes: Sele La Pass (4290m) & Sinion La Pass (4666m)
  • Adventure for experienced Himalayan explorers
  • Mount Kanchenjunga - the third-highest peak like Jannu Kabru and Rathong.
  • The trail passes through unspoiled and pristine landscapes far from the crowds.
  • The Pangpema base camp, located at 5,140 meters (16.863 feet) above sea level, 

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek 22 Days Itinerary and Cost For 2023/2024

The Kanchenjunga Circuit trek takes you to the North Base Camp and South Base Camp of Mount Kanchenjunga in Nepal.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a mesmerizing adventure that takes you through the breathtaking landscapes of the Kanchenjunga region in Nepal. This remote and challenging trek offers a unique opportunity to explore the majestic Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world. The pristine glaciers, the diverse flora and fauna, and the local community's vibrant culture all add to this trek's unique experience.

Our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking itinerary allows gradual acclimatization at high altitudes. We trek to North Kanchenjunga Base Camp for ascent profiles. Return from Lhonak to Ghunsa and cross Sele La. Visit Ramche and Torongding yak pastures, descending the pass. Spectacular views include Yalung Glacier and Kanchenjunga's southwest face. The vegetation ranges between subtropical rainforest and rhododendron and the alpine region. Snow leopards and red pandas are found in the higher altitudes. Traditional villages of Tibetan Buddhists, Rai, Limbu, and other ethnic groups are visible. We will use teahouses as a base for this trek, but we will also bring tents to allow you to sleep inside or outside.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is an awe-inspiring adventure that promises stunning vistas of Nepal's magnificent mountains and valleys. This trek comprises several high passes, including the Mirgin La Pass and Sele La Pass, that offer breathtaking panoramic views. Proper acclimatization and physical fitness are crucial to cross these challenging sections safely. This remarkable expedition also provides diverse flora and fauna and rich cultural experiences. Delight the delectable cuisine and gain valuable insights into the local customs and practices. With the right planning, the best season, comfortable accommodations, and adequate region knowledge, you can embark on an unforgettable journey through this enchanting terrain.

If you are planning for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, Choosing the right season for your adventure is important. The best time for the trek is between March and May, Spring and Autumn, September and November. The weather is pleasant and stable in these months. The Kanchenjunga Trek is among the best in Nepal Himalayas. The route follows Nepal's mountainous border between India and Tibet. Mount Kanchenjunga, at 8,586m high, is the third-highest mountain in the entire world. Joe Brown and George Band, a British team of mountaineers, climbed the summit for the first time in 1955. In 1977, an Indian Army team from Sikkim made the second ascent of the northeast ridge on the Indian side.

Drinking water along the trek is crucial. Carrying water purification tablets or a water filter is recommended to ensure safe drinking water. Alternatively, you can purchase bottled water at teahouses, but this option may not be available in remote trek sections, so it's best to be prepared. The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a remarkable adventure that combines stunning landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, rich cultural experiences, and delectable cuisine. With the right planning, the best season, comfortable accommodation, and knowledge of the local customs and practices, you can embark on an unforgettable journey through this enchanting region of Nepal.

Overview Of The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Itinerary

Taplejung marks the start of the trek, a 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, followed by a Jeep ride to Birtamod and Taplejung. The general itinerary is as follows, Starts with the north base camp:

Days 1 - 3: Arrive in Kathmandu, rest, then fly to Bhadrapur and drive to the trek starting point. 

Days 04 - 20: Trek to Kangchenjunga base camps. 

Days 21 - 22: Return to Kathmandu and depart for home.

This Kanchenjunga trek encompasses both the North and South Base Camps. Initially, the route approaches the North side of Kanchenjunga, offering scenic vistas of Tent Peak, Nepal Peak, and Cross Peak, followed by the magnificent sight of Kanchenjunga itself. After reaching Lhonka on the north side, the trek retraces its steps to Ghunsa, then crosses the Sele La pass to the south side of Kanchenjunga. From there, the path proceeds through Ramche and Toronding, providing impressive views of Kanchenjunga's South West face.

When is the best time for the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek?

The best time to do the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is during autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). These seasons offer clearer and more stable weather with fewer chances of rainfall or snowfall. The surrounding mountain ranges provide spectacular views, ideal for photography and sightseeing. The moderate temperature during these periods makes it comfortable for trekkers to hike. However, trekkers should be aware of the colder temperatures at higher altitudes, especially during winter (December to February). Planning your Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek during these months will guarantee a fantastic experience.

How difficult is the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a challenging but achievable journey for physically fit and mentally prepared people. Before the trek, trekkers should engage in regular cardio and strength training exercises to build muscle endurance for the steep ascents, descents, and river crossings. Hikers should practice hiking on uneven terrain while carrying a backpack to become comfortable with the challenge. Having the proper gear and equipment, such as sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a good quality sleeping bag, and trekking poles, is vital. It is highly recommended to have a guide or porter familiar with the trail and can provide support and assistance throughout the journey. With adequate preparation, hikers can complete the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in Nepal and appreciate the area's natural beauty and cultural richness.

Accommodation on Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Accommodation during the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is basic but comfortable. Lodges and tea houses along the route offer simple rooms with amenities like beds, blankets, and pillows. Trekkers can also socialize in communal dining areas while enjoying local cuisine. However, due to the trail's remoteness, the availability of lodges and food may be limited in places. It's important to note that there are shared bathrooms and mostly no hot showers at higher altitudes. Therefore, carrying a sleeping bag and a camping stove for emergencies is highly recommended.

Meals on Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek offers traditional Nepalese cuisine, including the popular dal Bhat (rice and lentil soup), momos (dumplings), and western-style options like pizza and pasta, available at some lodges. The meals are designed to sustain trekkers with high-energy foods like carbohydrates and other nutritious options. Vegetarian options are widely offered. However, as the trail is remote, food costs and availability may vary. It's suggested to carry snacks and energy bars for additional sustenance during the trek, along with enough water or purification tablets, as clean drinking water is limited along the trail.

Drinking Water on Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Clean drinking water is vital during the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. Due to limited water sources, trekkers should take extra care when consuming water. They can carry a water filtration system or purification tablets. Staying hydrated is critical, especially at higher altitudes where dehydration can cause altitude sickness. Trekkers should have enough water or refill their bottles at designated stations. Avoiding alcohol is also recommended, as it can lead to dehydration and affect acclimatization. Furthermore, bottled water is available at some lodges along the way but can be costly.

Electricity, wifi, and phone service During the Trek

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek - a peaceful and idyllic trek in a remote area with limited access to electricity, internet, and phone connectivity. The mobile network will likely cover trekkers up to the village of Taplejung. However, it needs to be more consistent and updated beyond that point. Some trail lodges provide wifi for trekkers but at an extra cost. Bringing a power bank and spare batteries to charge electronic devices is recommended. However, electricity can only be accessed during the evening hours using solar panels or generators. It is recommended that trekkers inform their family or friends about the limited connectivity before setting out on a trek.


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The journey from Kathmandu to Ilam via Bhadrapur is an excellent way to indulge in the best of Nepal's stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage. The adventure starts with a 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, followed by a scenic 5-hour drive through the beautiful landscapes of eastern Nepal. After landing at Bhadrapur, trekkers can hire a private vehicle or take a shared taxi to reach Ilam. The drive will take them through winding roads and picturesque villages, providing ample opportunity to stop and take in the local culture, traditional architecture, serene atmosphere, and tea gardens of Ilam. Overnight in Ilam.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude800m/2624ft

The journey from Ilam to Taplejung takes about 5-6 hours, covering nearly 152 kilometers of winding roads snaking through eastern Nepal's hills and valleys. This scenic route provides incredible views of the landscape, small towns, and villages that offer a peek into the local lifestyle. Along the way, trekkers can enjoy the beauty of lush tea gardens. Taplejung, a bustling town situated at an altitude of 1,440 meters, serves as the gateway to the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, making it an ideal starting point for trekkers exploring the stunning Kanchenjunga region. Overnight in Taplejung.

  • AccommodationHotel/ Guesthouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,441 m/4366 ft

The journey from Taplejung to Chirwa is a thrilling trek that offers trekkers an opportunity to immerse themselves in the stunning natural beauty of eastern Nepal. This scenic route takes adventurers through awe-inspiring landscapes, including dense forests, quaint towns, and winding rivers. The total distance is approximately 15 kilometers, and the trek typically takes 5-6 hours to complete. Chirwa, a charming village situated at 1,200 meters, serves as the gateway to the renowned Kanchenjunga region. It provides a welcome respite for hikers to rest, recover, and explore before venturing into the Himalayan foothill

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1270 m/ 4166 ft

After breakfast, we start our trek, which takes us deeper into the Kanchenjunga area. The trail passes through small villages and lush forests, providing stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The trek takes approximately 6-7 hours to complete, covering a 16-kilometer distance. Lelep, a small village at 1,860 meters above sea level, is the gateway to the Kanchenjunga conservation area. Lelep is a great starting point to explore the pristine wilderness of the region, its cultural heritage, and its diverse flora. The village provides trekkers with basic amenities and accommodation, making it a great place to recharge and rest before continuing our journey. We have our permits checked before heading across a suspension bridge and ascending to Lelep. Overnight in Lelep.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1860 m/6102 ft

The journey from Lelep towards Amjilosa is approximately 10 km long and takes 5 hours. The trail is a beautiful journey that takes you through lush forests, villages, and suspension bridges. Amjilosa is a small town located at 2,510 meters above sea level. It serves as a stopping point for trekkers on their way to Ghunsa. The tranquillity and classical architecture of the Kanchenjunga area appeal to tourists. Overnight in Amjilosa.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2510 m /8234ft

We begin our journey after enjoying our breakfast. We walk through forests with pine, bamboo, rhododendrons, and oaks. We observe the transformation of the villages as the people adopt a Tibetan culture. Our eyes are drawn to the majestic yaks and sheep gracefully moving along the trail. A variety of birds adds a magical touch to the landscape. As the sun rises, we climb through the forest and navigate over a wooden bridge to Gyabla, where we spend the night.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2730 m/ 8956ft

On the eighth day of our trek, we travel from Gyabla to Ghunsa. The trek is brief, with mostly flat terrain, to reach Phole village, a picturesque Tibetan-style settlement. From there, a steady climb leads to the small town of Ghunsa, where we will be amazed by the breathtaking scenery. Upon arrival, we will take a stroll and bask in the views before retiring to our lodges for the night. You may opt for a hot shower for an extra cost if available.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2730 m/8956 ft

At higher altitudes, we aim to push ourselves to new heights! Before continuing, we take a breather in Ghunsa to acclimatize and unwind. There's an opportunity to explore the monastery and ascend the ridge here. From this vantage point, you can catch glimpses of the majestic Jannu Peak - a worthwhile 5-hour round trip to reach. We highly suggest this climb as it helps adjust our bodies to the altitude. Rest assured; we'll come prepared with a packed lunch.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3595 m/ 11794 ft

Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen passes through dense forests, alpine meadows, and several rivers and streams, presenting trekkers with breathtaking views of the region's surrounding mountains. Kambachen, situated at an altitude of 4,050 meters, is a small village that provides trekkers with an opportunity to rest and acclimate before continuing to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Additionally, the village serves as a base for exploring the region's high-altitude wilderness.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4100 m/13451 ft

We take a rest day after reaching Kambachen to acclimatize to the high altitude and prepare ourselves for the next leg of the journey to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. On this day, we can climb a nearby mountain ridge and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga range. We can see many peaks from the top of the ridge, including Wedge Peak and Nepal Peak. Trekkers can appreciate the area's unique flora, fauna, and beauty from this vantage point. After a restful day, We can continue our journey to the North Base Camp.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4100 m /13451 ft

Today, we'll traverse mainly over the moraine composed of Kanchenjunga Glacier, featuring breathtaking views. As we venture deep into Snow Leopard territory, we need to watch for these rare animals. Furthermore, this area is known for its summer yak pastures, but this trail is free of human settlement.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4785 m/15698 ft

The Kanchenjunga North Base Camp exploration day is a highlight of trekking in the Kanchenjunga region. The trail from Kambachen to the North Base Camp covers steep ascents and descents, rocky terrain, and glaciers. Despite the challenging trail, trekkers are rewarded with stunning views of the Kanchenjunga massif and the opportunity to stand at the foot of the world's third-highest mountain. At an altitude of 5,140 meters, the North Base Camp offers a chance to explore the high-altitude wilderness and enjoy panoramic vistas of the mountain range.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5 143m/16873ft

After breakfast, we set off on the journey across pebbles and moraine; we reach Kambachen Village to halt for lunch before heading east along the captivating Tamor River. The vegetation is strikingly greener as we continue to Ghunsa, where we spend the night.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3595 m/11794 ft

Today we trek to Sele Le Pass. The trail is steep but gradually ascending. We pass through dense Rhododendron and Juniper forests, admiring the scenic view of Mt. Makalu in the distance. We pause for lunch before continuing our journey, eventually arriving at Sele Le.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4390 m/14402 ft

On the 15th day of our trek, we depart from Sele Le. The trek involves crossing challenging terrains like Mirgin La Pass, Sinion La Pass, and another pass. However, the breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys make the journey worthwhile. We carry packed lunch and water, which we can enjoy at picturesque ponds. Finally, after some time, we catch sight of Tseram, where we can spend the night and rest before continuing our journey.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3870 m/12696 ft

After breakfast, we depart from Tseram and head towards Ramche, a 2-hour hike. After a delightful lunch, we head on another 2-hour trek to reach Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, situated at 4,690 meters. At the base camp, we bask in the glory of the mountainous vistas of the Kanchenjunga massif. The camp provides the perfect opportunity to explore the high-altitude wilderness while photographing and soaking in the breathtaking scenery. After spending some enriching moments at the base camp, we trek another 2 hours back to Ramche, where we spend the night reminiscing about our trek experiences.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,610m/15124ft

After a hearty breakfast, we leave Ramche and embark on a scenic trek to Torongten village. Our journey meanders through picturesque forests and alongside the Simbhuwa Khola, allowing us ample opportunity to take in the region's natural beauty. After several hours of trekking, we reach the quaint village of Torongten, located at an elevation of 3,150 meters. Here, we check into our cozy lodge and savor a hot, energy-boosting meal. As we stay overnight in Torongten, we immerse ourselves in the local culture and interact with the friendly locals, learning about their ways of life and customs. We use this time to rest and recharge, gearing up for the final leg of this exhilarating trek.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2080 m/6824 ft

After breakfast, we depart from Torongten and descend towards Lasiya Bhanjyang. Initially, the trail is fairly straightforward but soon becomes a steep and lengthy uphill climb. During our ascent, we pass through areas prone to landslides, necessitating a high degree of caution and vigilance. After several hours of trekking, we arrive at Lasiya Bhanjyang and may take a break at a nearby teashop for refreshments and relaxation. We then continue our journey, which leads us on a steep descent through stunning forests until we finally arrive at the sprawling village of Yamphuding, situated at an elevation of 2,080 meters. Here, we can immerse ourselves in the culture and traditions of the local Limbu community. After long and challenging trekking, we recharge our batteries and spend the night in Yamphuding.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1980m/6496 ft

As we descend to lower altitudes, we take a relatively easier trail and pass through beautiful villages and terraced fields, enabling trekkers to relish the area's cultural richness and natural splendor. After trekking for a few hours, we arrive at Khebang, a small village situated at around 1,900 meters, where we take a break for the night. Khebang boasts of traditional houses made of stone and slate roofs, lending it a unique charm. We spent the night there reflecting upon the trek so far and preparing ourselves for the final leg of this exhilarating journey.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1910 m/6266 ft

On the 20th day of our trek, we will be trekking for 5-6 hours from Khebang to Khamdime, situated at an altitude of around 1,500 meters. After we reach Khamdime, we will have ample time to soak in the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding landscapes. Khamdime offers trekkers a chance to relax amidst natural surroundings. We will spend the night in the village, reflecting on our memorable trek experiences and enjoying the peaceful ambience.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1500 m/4921 ft

Today, we will drive from Khamdime to Bhadrapur, which takes around 10 hours. The first few hours are an off-road drive, but after that, we will drive on a highway leading to Bhadrapur.


  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude93m/305 ft

Today, we will take a return flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, we will check into our hotels and freshen up. After that, we will explore the beautiful city of Kathmandu, visiting its famous temples, markets, and tourist attractions. We will also shop, looking for souvenirs to take back home. At night, we can enjoy the fantastic nightlife of Thamel before retiring to our hotels for a good night's sleep.

  • MealsFarewell Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1300 m/4265 ft

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern while traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort to follow the original itinerary but reserve the right to change it if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline, and illness or injury can occur. To avoid dangerous situations, we may occasionally change the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That being said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle. 
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (3 nights).
  • Best available twin sharing Teahouse or  lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Round trip airfare from (Kathmandu – Bhadrapur – Kathmandu) including departure tax
  • Kathmandu Valley sightseeing tours including tour guide, entry fees, and private vehicle
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Government-licensed, English-speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • All necessary permits including Kanchenjunga special permit, TIMS, and conservation permit fees
  • Staff costs include their, Food, salary, accommodation, transportation, and medicine.
  • Insurance covers all staff, including porters as per state law.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag, and trekking map
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement 
  • All Government and Local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Useful Info

Getting There and Away

There are different ways to travel from Kathmandu to the starting point of this trek. Depending on your travel dates, you may need to adjust your plans based on the available flights.

You can fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur or Suketar Airport near Taplejung. Another option is to fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and then fly to the small airport at Tumlingtar, an alternative starting or ending point for longer treks in this area. Direct flights might also be available, but flight schedules can change, so it's important to ask your local expert for the best way to reach the destination based on your travel dates. Remember that mountain airports like Taplejung and Tumlingtar are prone to delays, so it's a good idea to include extra days if you need to drive in or out due to bad weather.

If you prefer overland travel, you can hire a vehicle from Kathmandu or choose one of the fly-drive combinations mentioned earlier. Buses are also an option, and they are more affordable, but remember that they require a lot of time for the long trip to eastern Nepal, plus additional transportation (bus or jeep) to reach the hilly areas. This region has a different bus style that runs from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Acclimatization and High-altitude sickness

The acclimatization planned during the trip helps trekkers adapt to the environment with less oxygen. Our body needs time to adjust to the higher altitudes. Rushing to the higher elevation without acclimatization may result in acute mountain sickness (AMS), which could be fatal. The trekkers may suffer from AMS above 2,400m/7,875ft as the amount of oxygen becomes less and less with the increase in elevation.

We can categorize AMS into three categories with its symptoms. The trekker suffering from regular AMS feels giddy, gets headaches, Nausea, and is out of breath. It is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomiting, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines.

A person suffering from severe AMS shows heightened symptoms, including shortness of breath, even while resting. The trekker with severe symptoms can barely walk, and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker with severe AMS must be taken to a lower altitude immediately.

Advanced cases of AMS

If AMS is not treated in time, it can be life-threatening and lead to edema, a condition in which fluid is accumulated in the body's tissues. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen, leading to coma and even death. Its symptoms are paralysis on one side of the body, bladder dysfunction, fatigue, bowel dysfunction, loss of coordination, and confusion. Descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible to prevent the worsening of the condition.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Fluid is accumulated in the lungs, which also increases the capillary pressure. Its symptoms include severe shortness of breath at rest, dry cough that later leads to producing pink frothy sputum, and fatigue.

Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are rare. All our guides at the Adventure Club Trek are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle it with care.

We prioritize acclimatization, talk about the use of Diamox beforehand, and counsel all our trekkers on the risk and preventive factors before and during the trip. Your safety is our main concern.

Equipment And Packing List

We recommend that you bring the items to the list below. Suppose your trek is longer or shorter than that. In that case, appropriate adjustments can be made to reflect the specific requirements, season, and length of the trip. Adventure Club Trek will provide the items marked with an asterisk (*) at no additional cost. You can use such articles and prefer your own if you already have them. Many trekking items can be bought cheaply in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu; quality will vary, with the imported from China often being of higher quality. There are also several high-end shops in Kathmandu which carry well-known brands. Since our porters will carry your pack, please remember the weight limitation is 15kg (33 lbs since there is nothing there but some prayer flags. Also, please note that you still need to send me a gear list.

* The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags,s and duffle bags.

* Our leading guide, trained in wilderness first aid, will carry a comprehensive medical kit.

Important Documents and Items

  • Valid passport, two extra passport-size photos, and airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities and snacks, and for purchasing your drinks and gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, Etc


  • Bandana or headscarf is also helpful in dusty conditions.
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)


  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and two long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition-weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable


  •  Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • One pair of Hiking shorts
  • One pair of hiking trousers
  • One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • One pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric


  • Two pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Two pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • One pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, "broken-in")
  • One pair of trainers or running shoes and sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, "low" ankle high version


  • One pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • One pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • One pair of mittens consisting of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)


  • One medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash


  • One sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • One medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • One large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying valuables should have good shoulder padding.
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • Two large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)


  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylpolyamine
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, Etc. Do not bring sleeping pills, as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  •  Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guidebook
  • Journal and pen
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat peg

Visa And Entry Procedures

Everyone needs a visa to enter Nepal except Indian nationals. Citizens of the SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan do not require visas for 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas and official overland entry points are issued on arrival at the international airport. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia have yet to be issued visas on arrival. After arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks to assist with your visa processing. After taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you must stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for an online visa within 15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo to be uploaded to the online application. After submitting the form online, you need to print out the confirmation page, which has to be furnished at the immigration section in Kathmandu airport, along with your passport and the required visa fee. You can apply for your online Nepal visa here.

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate in their respective countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the office near their location, but well ahead to allow sufficient processing time. Nepal visa information for all categories of travelers and their correspondence cost can be convenient, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate worldwide, you may click here.

Whichever way you enter Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90-day visa as required. The general Nepal tourist visa fee on arrival for multiple entries is:

15 days – US$30, 30 days – US$50, and 90days – US$125

Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum of 150 days in a year, and these extensions are granted only at the Department of Immigration offices in Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visas, visit our visa information page.

Our Trekking Guides/Leaders 

Here at Adventure Club, our staff is like family. We only use locals to support their communities and train our staff rigorously to be the best they can be – for you! 

  •  Full first-aid training
  • Guide Training (trekking)
  • English and other common languages (as requested) 
  • Village and Land Conservation 
  • Mountaineering (for specialty expeditions or climbing treks)

All our guides are carefully trained for leadership, as good leadership is vital for your trek to be enjoyable, safe, and successful. Most of our guides grew up in Sherpa country or other mountainous parts of Nepal. Their pride in their region shows itself in the way they lead treks and interface with you. 

Porters Care

Courtesy and respect are fundamental for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience on any team. Our porters are an essential, integral part of each trekking team, and as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. After your trek, you will find that they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We expect all trekkers to keep their baggage weight under 22kgs/40lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a total commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of severe accident or sickness, they receive the same care as anyone else employed on the trekking team, even including evacuation by helicopter at our expense if appropriate. We fully support the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group), which strives to maintain and improve our porter's working conditions.

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