Far away from the 21st century and nestled between two colossal giants; Makalu Barun National Park and Kanchenjunga Conservation area are the best-preserved pristine wilderness on earth.

Bordering India to the east and Tibet to the North, the remote region is full of uninhabited river valleys formed by the Arun and Tamor rivers, and is home to the elusive snow leopard, the red panda, numerous varieties of birds, more than 8,000 varieties of flora; just to name a few.

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Group Size

2-12 pax

Trip Duration

29 days

Max. Altitude

5,159 m



Best Season

Apr, May, Oct, Nov


Commercial Flight & Private Ground Transfer


Breakfast in Kathmandu and 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on the trail


4* Hotel in Kathmandu | Lodge & Camping on the Trek

Kanchenjunga 3 Passes Trek Highlights

  • 24 days of adventure circuit off the beaten path to the remote frontiers of Nepal between Kanchenjunga and Makalu
  • 8 days of arduous and challenging high altitude trek above 4000m for the iron-willed
  • Towering majestic views of eastern Himalayan Range
  • Brush shoulder with the ancient Limbu, Sherpa, and Bhote Highlanders along the Arun & Tamor valleys
  • Experience the pristine wilderness of Makalu Barun National Park and Kanchenjunga conservation area
  • Chance encounter with the elusive Red Panda and Snow Leopard among many others

Following a short flight to Bhadrapur (65m) and a two-day drive to Khebang, our East Nepal Three Pass Trek trail gradually crosses the tropical Himalayan foothills to the alpine wilderness of the Sacred Himalayan Landscape,  a part of the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT). Within the first 8 days, we traverse across terrace farms and small villages dotted along the river valleys of the foothills to the barley fields and forests of rhododendrons, juniper and pines in the mid-hills, and finally, arrive at the serenading alpine yak pastures where the snowy peaks of the Himalaya surround you.

After a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga and Kumbarna range from Oktang, we navigate across the Selele pass (4,480m) to the remote village of Ghunsa, the last of the Sherpa villages in the northern Kanchenjunga region. Further, we cross the Nangola Pass (4,746m) and stay at the mystical Tibetan village of Olangchung Gola, famous for its 15th-century monastery and trade with Tibet. Our final hurdle, the Lumba Sumba pass,  divides the Tamor and Arun Khola Valley and is the most difficult but equally rewarding with amazing mountain views. The trail then descends through thick alder forests and small Bhote villages of the Arun Khola Valley and ends at Gola from where we take a jeep to Tumlingtar and fly back to Kathmandu.

Our East Nepal Three Passes trek is perfect for those who are tired of the endless tourist crowd at popular destinations and want to relive the bygone era of quiet trails.

Kanchenjunga Three Passes Trek

  • Day 01

    Arrive in Kathmandu

    Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up at the airport and drive to the assigned hotel where you will meet the rest of the group. The hotel is located in a quiet quaint neighborhood, where you can enjoy shopping, restaurants, and cafes.

    You will be at an altitude of 1,400 meters (4,593 feet), where you can rest and acclimatize to the altitude.

    Please look for the I.A.M TREKKING board at the opposite railing of the terminal.

    Accommodation: 4-star Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day 02

    Preparation/free day

    Your trek guide will brief you about the upcoming days and help you prepare for all necessities in the morning. The rest of the day is at your leisure and overnight at a quaint hotel nearby Boudha. 
    Accommodation: 4-star Hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: B
  • Day 03

    Flight to Bhadrapur (65 m) and drive to Phidim (1,050 m)

    We take a short domestic flight to Bhadrapur, a small town in the outer Terai plains of the southeastern corner of Nepal which is close to the border with India and drive to the scenic tea estate of Kanyam for lunch. Post lunch, the drive ascends through paddy fields and small hilly towns as we head north to the cooler foothills. After about 5 hrs of driving, we will reach our basic lodge in the town of Phidim.
    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Distance: 1 hr flight | 200 km drive
    Meals: B,L,D
  • Day 04

    Drive to Khebang (1,915 m)

    Post breakfast we drive for about 7 hours; 2 hours on the winding black-topped road through scattered settlements and hillside terraces and the rest on a dirt track to Happu Khola, where we meet the rest of our trek crew who would have arrived a day earlier. The drive can be tiring, especially on the dirt track. We will stay overnight in a basic lodge in Happu Khola-Sibudin on the banks of the Kabeli River.
    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Distance: 120 km drive - 7 hrs
    Meals: B,L,D
  • Day 05

    Start Trekking: Yampuding (2080m)

    Finally, the trek starts!

    The trail takes us again on contouring mid-hills and streams while we inch bit by bit towards the cool temperate climate. The government's plans to extend the road to Yampuding have deteriorated much of the classic trail with landslides in places but the roads aren’t well-built either. As such, we will have to walk on the newly-opened road at times.

    Post lunch we cross a wooden bridge at the Kabeli River and our trail meets with the older route that started from Taplejung. Further on, we come to the cardamom plantations in the Amji Khola Valley floor from where we climb to Yampuding, a mixed Sherpa, Limbu and Brahmin village.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Distance: 19 km
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 6 hrs
  • Day 06

    Trek to Lasiya Bhanjyang (3,310 m)

    We start early for a long day of hiking as we need to ascend more than 1,200m and cross the 3,000m milestone.

    The trail from Yampuding is a steady climb along a mountainous trail through a nice shade of pine and rhododendron forest after which we reach a flat clearing in the forest at Chittre. A short ascent brings us to Lasiya Bhanjyang where we can see the southeast flank of Mt. Kumbakarna (7,711).

    If road conditions, physique and weather are in favor, we could further move on to Tortong or just camp at Lasiya Bhanjyang.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Distance: 12 km
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 7 hrs
  • Day 07

    Trek to Cheram (3,870m)

    If we stay overnight at Lasiya Bhanjyang, we come across a landslide which has eroded much of the mountainside. We climb another 200m and then descend a pine and rhododendron forest, with views of Kanchenjunga in the distant north, to a river crossing and make our way to Tortong, where we can rest for a while.

    From Torongding the trail climbs through a deep, forested gorge, much of which is covered by a primeval of rhododendrons; which in spring is bright with hues of red and pink. A little further away, lies Cheram, a small Sherpa village amid a forest clearing with grassy terraces where we camp for the night.

    If possible, we can hike atop a viewpoint to a panoramic view of Mt. Jannu, Kanchenjunga and Kabru.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 7 hrs
  • Day 08

    Trek to Ramche (4,580 m)

    Today marks another milestone as we pass the 4,000m mark into alpine territory above the treeline.

    After a short climb through a rhododendron forest, we cross the Simbuwa riverbed and ascend for a little while through a sparse forest which opens up to an alpine meadow. From here the alpine territory starts and the Yalung glacier lies straight ahead while Mount Rathong erupts in view.

    We hike along an ascending ridge above the glacier, at times even on the moraine, for about 1.5 hours to a glacial lake. From here on, the trail is a gentle incline of about 40 minutes through a plain to Ramche, a grassy meadow with wonderful views of Rathong, Kokthang, Kabru and the Singalila Range, which separates Nepal from India, on the horizon.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 4 hrs
  • Day 09

    Excursion to Oktang (4,730 m; 4 hrs) and hike back to Cheram (3,870m)

    Hiking above the moraine, the trail curves to the left and passes beneath Mount Kabru; the sky opens up to a beautiful view of  Koktang (6147m), Rathong (6679m) and Kabru IV (7,318m) to the right and the tip of Kanchenjunga to the left. We then steadily ascend on a boulder-studded moraine which opens up to a grassy meadow. After a steep climb, we can see four of the five summits of Kanchenjunga;  left to right: Yalung Kang (8,505m), Kangchenjunga Main (8,586m), Kangchenjunga Central (8,482m) and Kanchenjunga South (8,476m). Ascending further on the banks of the moraine, we reach Oktang to an amazing view of Jannu and the whole Kanchenjunga range to the north, Kabru and other peaks to the south-west and a treacherous drop to the moraine floor just beneath us. Oktang is a shrine revered by Hindus and Buddhists alike and is decorated with prayer flags and a cairn where pilgrims perform puja.

    After revelling in the views, we descend back to Ramche for lunch and hike back to Cheram.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 3 hrs
  • Day 10

    Trek via Selele pass (4,720 m), Sinelapche La (4645 m) and Mirgin La (4645 m) to Selele camp (4,200 m)

    Another long day of the trek, we start early in the morning. Hiking through sparse vegetation and a serenading view of Kanchenjunga, Kabru and Rathong, we tread sluggishly through large boulders and cliffs along an ever-increasing slant to Selele pass. Near the pass, the trail ascends steeply and Kangla Kang (5562 m) on the Nepal-India border and Yamghacha Khola valley down below comes into view.

    We traverse further north on a gently undulating trail etched on the mountain slope towards Sine Lapcha La. The pass has a panoramic view of jagged peaks to Makalu in the east.

    Towards Mirgin La, the trail descends a little on an open field of sorts and steadies to a notorious cliffside strewn with boulders. The north-east side of Kanchenjunga spurts into view to the west along with Nyukla Lachung, Pholesobi Thongje and Kumbhakarna (7710m) and a distant view of Chamlang (7352m), Makalu (8405m) and Chomo Lonzo (7540m) to the left.

    We descend a few hundred meters to the flat grassy meadow of Selele Camp and rest for the night.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 7-8 hrs
  • Day 11

    Trek to Ghunsa (3,595 m)

    We descend sharply to the forest line from where we descend through mixed pine and rhododendron forest. North of the mountains and in the shade, the forest trail can be slippery as it descends sharply at times.

    Once we reach a flat pasture ground, the trail gently undulates to a bridge crossing. Further lies Ghusa, a sherpa village with patches of cultivated land fed by the Ghunsa River.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 5 hrs
  • Day 12

    Rest day at Ghunsa

    We take the day off at Ghunsa. We can visit the local village, wash our clothes, visit the Gumba or simply rest.
    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
  • Day 13

    Trek to Yak Kharka (4,160 m)

    Today, we leave the Kanchenjunga trail and head east towards a pass seldom used: The Nango La pass. For many generations, the pass was only traversed by merchants with yak caravans but in recent years it has become one of the main attractions of the Great Himalayan Trail.

    We climb a steep trail along the stream through a rhododendron forest. Ahead, a clear drop brings us closer to the austere camp at Yak Kharka, a seasonal yak herder’s settlement.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 4 hrs
  • Day 14

    Trek via Nangola pass (4,746 m) to Yangma Khola - a feeder of Arun Khola (3,430 m)

    The trail to the Nangola pass is an easy hike along a well-marked trail which takes about 2 hours. Once on the top, we can map out the Selele La trail and the whole of Kanchenjunga South.

    Once over the pass, we descend to a bowl-shaped valley. We stay on the northern side of the river and pass through a thick rhododendron forest and bubbling streams to Yangma Kola Valley and our camp for the night.  Today we will walk for five to six hours.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 7-8 hrs
  • Day 15

    Trek to the Tibetan village of Olangchung Gola (3,190m)

    Navigating through several landslides, we descend steeply for about 500m to the river after which the trail undulates through bamboo forests. The trail at times goes high above the river but again drops down steeply to the river. Once at the Deurali waterfall, we ascend about 300m to the Tibetan village of Olangchung Gola where we will camp for the night.
    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 16

    Rest day - visit Olangchung Monasteries

    We take a break and visit the village and monasteries or just rest.

    Typical of a Tibetan household, the ground floor is used to store goods and animals while the upper part is residential. The walls are covered with dried yak dung used as a fuel staple for cooking and heating. Women made carpet weaving an important industry and Tibetan dragon, endless knot and bird-like print carpets are quite popular.

    Overlooking the village is a little monastery, the second oldest after the monasteries of Mustang.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
  • Day 17

    rek to Sanjung Kharka (4,000 m)

    On the first part of the trail, we share the route that goes to the border along the Tamor Khola. It is common to cross yak caravans laden with goods from the Chinese border and though seldom, we may also cross paths with tractors and vehicles. Unlike other borders such as Mustang, Manaslu or Dolpo, this border is open all year at this time.

    The second leg of the journey is better as we again tread on a gradually ascending mountainous trail with wilderness all around us. Crossing a wooden bridge over the confluence of Sanjung and Dingsham Khola, we arrive at Sanjung Kharka, a beautiful pasture and our camping ground.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 5 hrs
  • Day 18

    Trek to Pass Camp (4,453 m)

    We leave the lush vegetation and head towards slopes of rhododendrons that cover the mountains. A first climb leads to a large flat where the river eases off to a small stream. Here on, the steep slope is littered with juniper bushes and large boulders till the top which is marked by prayer flags and stone cairns. A short hike ahead lies Pass Camp, also called Lumba Sumba Phedi.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 6 hrs
  • Day 19

    Trek via Lumba Sumba Pass (5,159 m) to Yak kharka (4,495 m)

    Though not very high compared to other Himalayan mountain passes, the Lumba Sumba Pass trail is unmarked and can be dangerous if there is deep snow. The trail is undulating with deep saddles and high ridges dotted with small lakes and is seldom used by locals.

    The pass is a double collar which makes it undeniably one of the most beautiful passes of the Himalayas. Each pass offers a panorama on a summit of more than 8000m. From the first pass, we have a view of the whole Kanchenjunga massif, with the Jannu coming out particularly well and the whole chain going down towards Darjeeling.

    From the second pass, it is Makalu that takes all the place, assisted by Makalu north and further north into Tibet.

    Across the pass, we enter the pristine Makalu Barun conservation area. The route to Yak Kharka is a smooth descent with some steep sections.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 8 hrs
  • Day 20

    Trek to Thudum village (3,556 m)

    Now, the valley remains on the axis of Makalu for two hours and offers a great view of the mountain with the sun shining brightly across it. The trail is a gradual descent through the Bhot Khola river after which we follow the river to Thudum.

    Thudum is a very isolated village, atypical of the Arun River valley villages, where houses are very simple. The village was settled by herders because of its pristine pastures and its proximity to trade with the Tibetan border.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 4 hrs
  • Day 21

    Rest day

    We ease and rest or visit the beautiful settlements.
    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
  • Day 22

    Trek to Yak kharka (2,877 m)

    We start the hike through a mixed forest of rhododendrons, bamboo groves and small bushes along the Modek Chheju Khola. There are no human settlements on the undulating trail and the forest is one of the last remaining pristine wildlife refuge in Nepal. It is also home to the endangered Red Panda.

    We leave the Modek Chheju Khola for a steep trail that undulates across 3 valleys to Himaloso Danda for a distant view of Chyamtang village to the west and Thudum village behind us. Again, the trail enters a mixed forest to the clearing at Yak Khara, a pastureland and our camp for the night.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 7 hrs
  • Day 23

    Trek to Linggam (2,250 m)

    Our trail continues through the dense rhododendron forest. There are no villages on the way but there are numerous branches and byways. After about three hours we reach Chhaurikharka (2671 m), a pasture, from where we can see Chyamtang village, Arun River, Ridhak village, and a dirt road that heads north over the Pisu La Pass (2765m ) to Kimathangkaat, the Tibet border.

    From Chuarikhara, the trail descends for about two hours down to the Arun River. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Arun, it's about an hour uphill to Chyamtang village and an easy 45-minute hike further to Linggam. In Linggam, there are small houses where mainly Bhotiya people live.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 7 hrs
  • Day 24

    Trek to Hatiya (1,560 m)

    Today the hike is a bit easier and refreshing as we walk among the cheerful chirping of the birds. Arun River Valley is one of the most popular bird-watching destinations and is home to many bird species.

    After hiking for about 45 min on an undulating trail we reach the village of Chepuwa (2040 m), a large Bhotiya village. From here the trail is etched on a mountainous slope with winding turns. We can also see the Arun River far below. The trail takes us to Gimbar Village from where we can see the snowy peaks of the Makalu Mountains.

    Here the hike is easy as we cross the Hangdak Khola to Hatiya Village ViewPoint and after about one hour we arrive at Hatiya after crossing the Sursin Khola. Hatiya is a small village with an old market where people from the Bhote tribe live, and also has a checkpoint to enter the Makalu National Park. From here, the Upper Route leads to Makalu Base Camp.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 6 hrs
  • Day 25

    Trek to Gola (1,100 m)

    We descend to the banks of the Arun River as the trail runs along its right bank. After a 3-hour hike, we will reach the confluence of the Arun River and Barun River at Barun Dovan (1100 m), where we stop for lunch. The Dovan has a famous Mahadev Temple just opposite the great Barun Waterfall where Hindu Pilgrims flock around the second week of January. From here, the Lower Route leads to Makalu Base Camp. After lunch, we continue the trek towards Gola, our destination for the day, which will take you about 2 hours. 

    Gola is a very small village with 12 houses where Sherpa, Rai, Gurung and Tamang live.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 5 hrs
  • Day 26

    Drive to Tumlingtar (410 m)

    Our hiking days are finished and we now drive on a dirt trail to Num, a big village and starting point for the majority of expeditions and treks to Makalu. From Num, we drive on a well-maintained road, gravelled at places otherwise black-topped to Tumlingtar.

    Our East Nepal journey ends here as we re-enter civilization and bid farewell to our crew with a celebration.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 6 hrs
  • Day 27

    Flight to Kathmandu

    We fly back to Kathmandu (30 m) on a late morning flight and drive to our hotel for rest-of-the-day at leisure.
    Accommodation: 4-star Hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: B
    Time: 30-minute commercial flight
  • Day 28

    Free day. Farewell dinner in the evening

    On this day, you have a free day in Kathmandu. You can take this opportunity to explore the vibrant city, visit cultural sites such as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, or Boudhanath Stupa. You can also indulge in some last-minute souvenir shopping or simply relax and soak in the unique atmosphere of the city. In the evening, a farewell dinner will be organized for you to celebrate the completion of your program and bid farewell to your fellow trekkers and guides.

    Accommodation: 4-star Hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: B,D
  • Day 29

    End of Trip: Departure to Airport

    This marks the end of your program. Depending on your departure time, you may have some free time in the morning to do any last-minute activities or preparations. Our team will assist you with your departure, providing transportation to the airport or other onward destinations as per your itinerary.
    Meals: B

Kanchenjunga 3 Passes Trek Services

Includes & Excludes

    Package Includes:

    • Airport pick-up and drop
    • 4-night hotel (BB) in Kathmandu
    • Lodges on twin sharing basis during the trek as per the program
    • Twin sharing camping tents during the trek as per the program
    • Trek guide, up to 4 packs one assistant guide, up to 10 then 2 assistant guide
    • One porter for two members to carry the double bags.
    • Transportation: 2- car, 4- zip, more than 4 - Hiace with seat belt, airbag,AC with an experienced driver
    • Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur & from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
    • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Entry fees

    Package Excludes:

    • International air ticket
    • High-risk Medical Insurance
    • Lunch and Dinner during Kathmandu stay
    • Alcoholic beverages and telephone calls
    • Tips for the trek guide, porter, and staff
    • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
    • Nepal visa fee
Equipment List for Kanchenjunga 3 Passes Trek

    Clothing List

    • Hiking shorts
    • Hiking trousers
    • Fleece Windstopper jacket
    • Light thermal tops
    • Non-cotton underwear briefs
    • Down vest
    • Waterproof, breathable fabric shell jacket
    • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and two long sleeves)
    • Waterproof shell pants with breathable fabric
    • Waterproof Gore-Tex jacket
    • Lightweight thermal bottoms
    • Fleece or wool trousers

    Footwear List

    • Lightweight inner socks
    • Hiking boots with spare laces
    • Heavy poly or wool socks
    • Cotton socks Gaiters
    • Trainers or running shoes

    Headwear List

    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • A warm hat (wool or synthetic)
    • Prescription sunglasses
    • Bandana or headscarf
    • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs

    Personal Medical Kits

    • Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
    • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
    • One skin-blister repair kit
    • Anti-diarrhea pills
    • Anti-headache pills
    • A cough or cold medicine
    • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
    • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant
    • Water purification tablets
    • 1 set of earplugs


    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Toilet paper
    • Medium-sized towel
    • Anti-bacterial handwash
    • Multi-purpose soap
    • Deodorants
    • Nail clippers
    • Wet wipes

    Miscellaneous (if required)

    • Camera with extra Batteries
    • Headphone
    • Power Banks
    • Oximeters
    • Chargers
    • Maps
    • Adapter Plugs
    • Journal for Writing
    • Travel knife
    • Book / Kindle for reading
    • Smartphone
    • Snacks
    • Protein bars, Snickers, granola bars, dark chocolates
    • Lightweight pillowcase

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