Mount Kanchenjunga and It’s base camp trek means widely known, Nepal and Taplejung.  But how to get there?  If you are wondering “Where Does Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Starts” this article is perfect to read. The only convenient way to reach the trekking starting point for Kanchenjunga Base Camp 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. Traveling to Kanchenjunga trek starting point on a local bus might be a cheaper option but not convenient. It is very important to understand how transportation to trailhead works while planning a Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek itinerary. A lot of companies 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.

on the way to Kanchenjunga

Things You Should Know Before You Get There 

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

Kathmandu Bhadrapur Kathmandu Flight: 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.

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

First Day Itinerary: From Bhadrapur to Taplejung, it is roughly 10-11 hours 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.

Available Local Transportation and Cost

    Transportation cost  for Kanchenjunga Trek
One way flight cost to Bhadrapur USD 141×2 = 282 per person
Bhadrapur to Taplejung local bus or local jeep cost USD 15×2 = 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

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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, leader, to being a manager. And finally today I am the 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 and 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 have backpacked to over 15 countries in Asia, Central America, USA, Canada, one-third of Europe, the Caribbean Islands, and Latin America.

I studied in the UK and moved to the United States. During that period, I had the opportunity of working with multinational companies which taught me how to deliver quality customer service in the business. As a world travelling backpacker myself, and travel expert for the Nepalese Himalayas, I started writing about my own country. Which I would love to share with you. In case you required free information about Nepal or join a group with our existing departure, (particularly If you are a solo hiker for the restricted area) please do not hesitate to visit my office in Thamel. We are located in the centre of Kathmandu called Thamel. I am happy to share a cup of Nepali tea and free information.

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