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Kanchenjunga Trek Cost

Kanchenjunga Trek Cost

The Kanchenjunga Trek takes travelers to Nepal’s remote restricted trekking area. The cost of the Kanchenjunga Trek generally ranges between $1700 and $3000 per person. The price of this remote trek fluctuates depending upon different factors like the year you travel, the restricted area permit cost, number of people you trek with, trek duration, how many guides and porter you hire etc. 

Whether it is a high-class or adventurous tour or trekking / climbing activities, Nepal can perfectly fulfill every traveler’s demand. Regarding trekking, the Annapurna Base Camp, the Everest Base Camp, the Manaslu Circuit, and the Everest Three Passes are the most famous trekking routes in Nepal. Proceeding towards this region from the east is the Kanchenjunga region, which provides one of the remote, adventurous, and less crowded routes, i.e., the Kanchenjunga Trek. It attracts the wanderer seeking a new and less traveled trail. 

Hiking along the prohibited area of Kanchenjunga requires obtaining a special permit along with the presence of a team of experienced crew members. And, of course, if you are looking at the Kanchenjunga trek as your next destination, you need to invest some money to complete the journey in this restricted area of Nepal. 

The Kanchenjunga Trek package taking you to the restricted Kanchenjunga path allows trekkers to fully experience the Kanchenjunga region in 22 days. In the same way, you will see the mountain from its base camp, which is very near. With Kanchenjunga being the longest and most remote trekking course in Nepal, the cost of trekking Kanchenjunga is higher than the cost of trekking in Nepal’s other routes. 

The costs of Kanchenjunga Trek change annually and seasonally. Hence, no such things exist as a fixed cost because every climber has his own needs, which change depending on the gear, permits, guides every year, etc. The second thing you probably want to know is the best time to visit Kanchenjunga region since the first one is the cost of the Kanchenjunga Trek. Those new to trekking could find the cost intimidating as they have never previously trekked in such remote areas. In addition, you are in a foreign place, and you don’t know how a remote and restricted trekking activity should be planned. 

Trek to Kanchenjunga Trek is not as easy as it looks at first glance. Many questions must be addressed before going ahead with the trip. This involves decisions on food and shelter, transportation, buying goods, permits, and others concerning necessary items. Unless stated otherwise in the trekking package, you must purchase these items yourself. 

In this post, we will discuss the approximate cost of the Kanchenjunga Trek from 2024 to 2025 and the factors that influence the price. Additionally, we will try our best to provide you with enough information on the question, “How Much Does Kanchenjunga Trek Cost in 2024 and 2025?

How Much Does Kanchenjunga Trek Cost 2024 and 2025?

The Kanchenjunga Trek, also known as the Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek, is probably one of the cheapest and, thus, the best alternative for trekkers who are short of budget. The key reason is that it is cheaper than other popular treks like ABC and EBC. 

The price for a Kanchenjunga trip varies based on such factors as the timeframe, the season, the type of lodging, the mode of transportation, the services included or not, and so on. The Kanchenjunga trek cost may vary from US$ 1400 to US$ 3000 per person for the 22-day trek, which is subject to change based on the above mentioned factors. 

Local travel agencies can also quote different prices. The Kanchenjunga Trek in the international category comes to $3000 per head only if it is booked through a third-party booking service or an international agency. Your trip costs range from itinerary to length, utility, and means of transport.

We at Himalaya Discovery provide the Kanchenjunga Trek for 22 days at $2,399 per person. This is the full cost of the Kanchenjunga Trek per person. As a result, you don’t have to worry about other expenses. This organized trip will cover all adventure costs, including airport pick-up, meals facility, accommodation facility, transport, porters, guides, and all the permit arrangements. 

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers pick-up and drop-off
  • All necessary paperwork for the special Kanchenjunga trek permit & Conservation entry permit.
  • Trekking information management system (TIMS) permit.
  • Surface Transfer to and from Kathmandu by private car/bus / Jeep.
  • A full board meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) will be served during the trek.
  • A government-licensed Sherpa guide during the trek.
  • Boiled and purified drinking water for the trek.
  • Airfare is both ways: Kathmandu – Taplejung – Kathmandu.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers).
  • Accommodation/salary/food/drinks/insurance/equipment/medicine and transport for all staff.
  • Sleeping bag and walking stick (if it is required).
  • All government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner with culture show.

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and Nepal visa.
  • Tips for the guide/porters (tipping is expected).
  • Travel insurance covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the ‘Price Includes’ section.

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Kanchenjunga Trek Cost: Permits and Entrance Fees

A permit is mandatory for every trek to Nepal, including the Kanchenjunga Trek. The necessary permits, including restricted area permits and others, can be counted as one of the most expensive documents and sum up the Kanchenjunga Trek cost in 2024 – 2025. A special permit is needed to trek into Kanchenjunga region. Police checkpoints dot the Kanchenjunga trail to verify permits. The permit costs are given below.

Restricted Area Permit Cost (RAP)

A Kanchenjunga restricted area entry pass costs US$20 per week per person. After the first weeks the permits costs of $25 per person must be paid. All the permits including the management of restricted area permits are included in the mt. Kanchenjunga Trek Package cost.

The process of acquiring the permits is immediate and you must request as soon as you get to Kathmandu. Some places are not allowed to visit. Among them, the four local villages, namely Olangchung Gola, Lelep, Papung, and Yamphuding in the Kanchenjunga area, are declared restricted areas. 

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit Cost

The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP) costs around NPR. 100 per person for nepali students, NPR 500 per person for SAARC nationals and NPR 2000 per person for others. There is no time limitation for this permit.

What Is Guide and Porter Hiring Cost on Kanchenjunga Trek?

Guide Service Costs 

Indeed, hiring a guide and porters is just as important as the other factors that can increase or decrease the Kanchenjunga trek Nepal cost. The travel company will charge for these services based on the duration of the trek and the services you will take. Prepare about $30 – $35 a day for a guide. This cost includes paying for the guide’s free food, accommodation, wages, and insurance coverage. 

The number of guides you hire also makes a big difference in the overall trek cost, Involving more guides in the trek will generally lift the daily budget of the Kanchenjunga Trek. Alternatively, choosing a guide will result in lower costs. These guides are English-speaking and will know the trekking route well. In case of an accident or any other problems, they can help you.

A nice relationship with your tour guide is an option to enrich your tour. They will help you to get acquainted with the neighborhood, take care of your accommodation, and teach you how to order food. The mountain guides of Himalaya Discovery also receive first aid and emergency training.

Porter Service Costs

As the Kanchenjunga Trekking route is a completely isolated trail, you need to take all the stuff with you for this journey. Therefore, the load will become unbearably heavy, so hiring a porter will be more convenient. Being surrounded by porters is always a bonus when trekking in Kanchenjunga, even though they may add up to the overall cost of the Kanchenjunga Trek.

They will be there to keep you company and enable you to carry your bags. The cost of hiring a porter for Kanchenjunga is US$25 to US$30. It includes the food budget, the lodging expenses, and the purchase of travel insurance for the porter. 

Flights and Transportation Cost in Kanchenjunga Trek

The transportation service cost in the Kanchenjunga Trek is another factor that affects the cost of the Kanchenjunga Trek 22 days. Your adventure starts from Kathmandu, the Capital of Nepal. From here, you will board a domestic flight that will take you to the Taplejung , the starting point of the trek.

The price of flight tickets from your home airport to Kathmandu will depend on the fare and whether you fly during the high or low season. The transportation cost will be included if you have booked a trekking package with the travel company. In addition, private vehicle transfer service to and from the airport to your hotel will also be included. Here are some of other routes along with their transportation cost below:

Flight to Bhadrapur

The journey starts with a flight to the easternmost airport in Nepal, Bhadrapur Jhapa. You can finally return to this airport on the last day after another flight. The Bhadrapu flight cost may range between USD 137 and 200, depending on the high or low season and the flight class.

Drive to Illam

The tour proceeds from Bhadrapur and finally reaches Illam by the evening. Traveling from Bhadrapur to Illam by road will take less time. Nonetheless, one has an option either to take a private car or share a jeep with other passengers, which may cost around $50. 

Accommodation Costs on the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek 

When trekking in the Kanchenjunga region, the cost of accommodation along the route can also increase or decrease greatly. You may stay in local lodges or guesthouses on the trail, or if you choose a more upscale experience, you may stay in a tent or a more comfortable cabin. The location of your accommodation and the time of year you travel are the key factors that influence the Kanchenjunga trek Nepal cost.

The accommodation in Kathmandu and Taplejung is a bit better, and a normal room may cost up to USD 20 to 50. Soon after beginning your trip, you will stay in small lodges/tea houses/homestays. Not only this, but the rise in altitude will require you to be able to adjust to the availability of items, such as flushing water instead of toilet paper.

The teahouses sometimes ask for anything between $5 and $10 per night for a twin room accommodating two people. Tea houses will cost less in the lower region of the trek. The further you trek up, the harder it might get to book one, and sometimes, it’s so pricey because of this remote place and poor infrastructure. Generally, you can budget around $50 per day. However the accommodations facilities are all inclusive in the package trek of Kanchenjunga trek 22 days.

How Much Does Meals Cost on Kanchenjunga Trek?

The Kanchenjunga Trek package 22 days covers the cost of food and meals. However, it’s best to have some information before you arrive in that isolated place. The package includes three meals a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, respectively.

Foods & drinks in Kanchenjunga are expensive because the area is remote and restricted. Tea houses and other shops don’t have the supply stock, and the available stock prices may be high. Local lodges and guesthouses rely heavily on farm produce. About 80% of the manufacturing input comes from local towns and cities, which is costly.

The price of a Nepali dish can be from US$6 to US$9 depending on the location in which you eat. Typically, they are more pricey for some settlements at higher altitudes. At the Kanchanjunga tea houses, expect to spend between US$4 and US$6 for breakfast and US$1.5 to US$2 for coffee. Eventually, you will notice that you will be paying between US$25 and US$30, which is a good deal that maintains your Kanchenjunga trek budget cost.

Gears, Clothing and Equipment Costs

Kanchenjunga trails are not easy; they are rocky and hard, and you must pass many obstacles. Many routes are unobtainable since these areas have steep hills and mountain ridges, which are tiring to walk by. 

Thus, it is very unlikely that the hikers can complete the trek without the required clothing and gear. Maybe you’ll have some problems trekking if you don’t have enough trekking things. Hence, this makes trekking equipment at least US $400 to US$800 necessary for a better hiking experience.

It will ensure you are safe and, at the same time, enhance the efficiency of your trekking. You can purchase the gear and equipment, like a strong pair of hiking boots, mittens, trekking poles, and a sleeping bag. Instead of purchasing, you can rent different items like sleeping bags, trekking poles, backpacks, etc., At a minimal cost of 1-5 dollars per day. 

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Does Miscellaneous Cost Affect the Kanchenjunga Trek Cost?

Yes, charges like Wi-Fi and charging that can either be or not be part of the package can add up and affect the overall Kanchenjunga Trek expenses. These expenses, which although may be insignificant, should not be forgotten when estimating the cost of the Kanchenjunga trek. Here are some of the Miscellaneous Costs below:

Charging Cost

The price of charging your device varies from teahouse to teahouse since teahouses are the only establishments available along the Kanchenjunga region’s trail. Generally, charging devices ranges from $2 to $5 per hour for your smartphone, laptop, or camera. It is also good to be aware of your device use and bring additional batteries and portable chargers.

Tipping

Tipping is a way of thanking the guide and porters for all their help. Nevertheless, you are the one who will provide tips to your guide and porter, as it is generally excluded from the trek package. It is offered at the end of the trekking and is optional. Generally, you can budget about 10%—15% of the total cost of the trek.

For example, when you book a $1000 trip, you can give the porter or guides 10 percent, which will be around $100, as a tip. However, that last decision is entirely yours; do not hesitate to tip any amount that falls within your comfort range.

Hot Shower Cost

The price of a hot shower in the region of Kanchenjunga is very flexible, depending on the height. In general, you should calculate around $2 for a hot shower. Please be informed that a few lodges include it in the accommodation price. Do not get disappointed if, in some lodges, they ask for a $5 hot shower.

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Final Say

Trekking Kanchenjunga is a wonderful opportunity to visit the lush and very remote parts of Nepal. This Kanchenjunga trek costs from $1700 to $3000 per person. Nevertheless, the cost of our Kanchenjunga 22-day Trekking with us at Himalaya Discovery is $2,399 and can vary from person to person depending on the number of travelers in 2024 and 2025.

Pay attention to the fact that the basic hiking package is less costly than the premium package. Do you want to go on this trek? Visit our Kanchenjunga Trek 22-day Itinerary and book it with us.

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