Where to Start Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

The only convenient way to reach the trekking starting point for Kanchenjunga is to take the 45-minute flight to Bhadrapur and ride a local bus or jeep again to Taplejung for about 6-7 hour. For someone who is willing to take a long drive from Kathmandu, (11-12 hour) there is also night but to Jhapa, Birtamod and retake another ride to Taplejung for about 6-7 hour. Travelling to Kanchenjunga trek starting point in a local bus might be a cheaper option but not the convenient. It is very important to understand how transportation to trailhead works while planning a Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek itinerary. A lot of company didn't have the right information, as mostly they like to re-write the old story or copy from others. Here I am offering you my first-hand information. 

> Do not rely on Suketar airport. Only two flight in a week available which is very uncertain due to the weather. No major flight companies are available in Kathmandu Suketar Kathmandu sector.  Nepal airlines have the service, but it is well known, their service is the worst of all. 

> The earliest flight to Bhadrapur is only after 10:00 am from Kathmandu. Which means you will arrive Bhadrapur in the midday If you managed to catch the earliest flight. 

> As soon as you arrive in Bhadrapur, a private jeep are available at the airport. or if you wish to travel by a local bus/share jeep, you are required to drive to Birthamood bus station and catch the local Jeep to Taplejung. 

> From Bhadrapur to Taplejung, it is roughly 10-11 hour of drive through the windy mountain road. A lot of Kanchenjunga hikers were upset for a long journey on the road. Especially when you start driving in the middle of the day, you will reach Taplejung in the middle of the night which is not a pleasant experience. If you may have done some research about the itinerary, you will quickly notice some startup company would create a plan from Kathmandu to Taplejung in one day. Or even Kathmandu to Birthamod. But from our client's feedback, we would highly recommend you to make this journey in two days. It will allow you to be in comfort and driving during daylight means safe, enjoyable and panoramic drive. 

If you wish to make yourself comfortable, you should follow, day 01 from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and 4-5 hour drive to Ilam. Instead of spending a night in Bhadrapur city Ilam is much more beautiful and one of the most popular destinations in Nepal due to the tea garden. The last jeep to Ilam from Bhadrapur is available until 3:30 pm. 
    Transportation cost  for Kanchenjunga Trek  
One way flight cost to Bhadrapur USD 141x2 = 282 per person
Bhadrapur to Taplejung local bus or local jeep cost USD 15x2 = 30 per person
Bhadrapur to Taplejung on a private jeep cost USD 250 - 300 per Jeep
Kathmandu to Birtamod distance 440 km  Travelling time - 11- 12 hour
Birtamod to Taplejung 114 km Travelling time 6-7 hour 
 

About Rajendra Khanal (Raj)

Rajendra Khanal (Raj) Born and raised in Gorkha, Nepal, I am proud to call the Manaslu region my home! I have been in the travel business for over a decade from being assistance guide to being a guide/leader to being a manager and finally a founder of NEST Adventure. So you could say, I know my way well enough in the Himalayas especially in some of the off-the-beaten trails in Nepal like Manaslu, Kanchenjunga or Mustang
I am passionate about travelling and I strongly believe that seeing the world shouldn't break the bank (at least not too much!).  I studied in the UK and three years of living experience in the United States taught me how to deliver quality customer service in the business. I have backpacked to over 15 countries in Asia, Central Americas USA and Canada, one-third of Europe, Caribbean Island and  Latin America. As a backpacker myself, and travel expert of Nepal Himalayas I'm happy to share my experience with you. If you believe I can be helpful in planning your next trip to Nepal, then please do not hesitate to contact me. at nestadventure@gmail.com. I am also available 24x7 on Whats app and Viber +977- 9851052042 Or direct phone call +1(702) 465-9789. If you are interested to know more about my travel journey follow me on  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
 
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