Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

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Kanchenjunga Mountain, Nepal
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Duration

18 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Nepali

About this tour

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is an amazing adventure in the eastern part of Nepal. It lets people walk around the beautiful Kanchenjunga massif, which has the world’s third-highest peak, Mount Kanchenjunga. This trek is tough and not as crowded as other Himalayan routes, making it perfect for experienced trekkers who want a real wilderness experience.

During the trek, you’ll go through different landscapes like forests with rhododendron flowers and bamboo, farmlands on terraces, meadows up high, and icy areas near glaciers. You’ll see lots of unique plants and animals along the way.

One special thing about the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is that you can learn about the traditional culture of the local communities, especially the Limbu and Rai ethnic groups. These people are friendly, and you can visit their villages, monasteries, and even talk to them to understand their customs.

Since the trek is in a remote and tough area, you need to be fit, have good stamina, and get used to the high altitude. Be ready for long walks, high passes, and camping in areas where there aren’t many facilities.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek gives you breathtaking views of mountains, peaceful lakes, deep valleys, and a feeling of being alone in nature, something you might not find in more popular trekking spots. This challenging and rewarding adventure is an incredible way to see the untouched beauty of the eastern Himalayas in Nepal.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Itinerary

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is an exciting journey with the beautiful landscapes of eastern Nepal, circling the amazing Kanchenjunga mountain, which is the world’s third-highest peak. The trek usually takes about 18-22 days and is a unique experience in one of the less-traveled and tough routes in the Himalayas. During the trek, you’ll walk through different types of places like forests with rhododendron flowers, bamboo areas, farmlands on steps, meadows up high, and icy places near glaciers.

Along the way, you’ll see many different plants and animals. The trek also lets you explore the culture of local villages, monasteries, and meet people from the Limbu and Rai ethnic groups who are known for being friendly. Be prepared for challenging climbs over mountains and peaceful moments camping in more isolated places where there aren’t many facilities. The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek ends with amazing views of mountains, calm glacial lakes, and a deep feeling of being alone in the wild beauty of the eastern Himalayas.

You will find the detail itinerary below which make you more clear about your journey to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Cost

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Usually, costs between $1,800 and $2,500 for each person. This amount covers important things like permits, guides, porters, a place to stay, meals, and getting to and from the trek starting point. You should carefully check what’s included and not included in the trekking package from the company they choose. Also, personal choices like wanting a nicer place to stay or having a private room might affect the total cost. This amount covers important things like permits, guides, porters, a place to stay, meals, and getting to and from the trek starting point. The Cost can be different depending on a few things like which trekking company you pick, how long your trek is, and what’s included in the package.

Essential Tips for a Successful Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

  • Train and build endurance before the trek, as it involves challenging terrains and high-altitude passes. Prior acclimatization is crucial to reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Hire an experienced local guide who is familiar with the trails, weather conditions, and can provide valuable insights into the region’s culture and nature.
  • Obtain the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP) and the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu. These permits are mandatory for the trek.
  • The best time for the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. The weather is generally stable, with clear skies.
  • Pack essential trekking gear, including sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, rain gear, a sleeping bag, a first aid kit, and water purification tablets. Keep your backpack light and carry only necessary items.
  • Drink plenty of water and eat nutritious meals to maintain energy levels during the trek.
  • Respect the customs, traditions, and way of life of the local communities living in the Kanchenjunga region.
  • Be prepared for sudden weather changes in the mountains. Carry appropriate clothing layers for varying weather conditions.
  • Carry a fully charged mobile phone with a local SIM card or a satellite phone for communication in case of emergencies.
  • Respect wildlife and maintain a safe distance from animals encountered during the trek.
  • Plan your trekking itinerary with ample rest and acclimatization days. Ascend gradually to avoid altitude-related issues.
  • Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and includes emergency medical evacuation.
  • Follow the “Leave No Trace” principles and carry back your trash to protect the delicate mountain ecosystem.
  • Inform your family or friends about your trekking plans and itinerary. Provide them with the contact details of your guide and trekking agency.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Safety Considerations

  • Ensure you are physically fit and have undergone proper acclimatization before ascending to higher altitudes to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Hire an experienced local guide who knows the trails, weather conditions, and can provide assistance in emergencies. Consider hiring porters to carry your heavy backpack, reducing physical strain.
  • Be aware of weather forecasts and be prepared for sudden weather changes in the mountains. Avoid trekking during adverse weather conditions, such as heavy rain or snowfall.
  • Wear sturdy and comfortable trekking boots, layered clothing for varying weather conditions, and carry essential gear, including a first aid kit, map, and GPS.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eat nutritious meals to maintain energy levels during the trek.
  • Use water purification tablets or boil water before drinking to avoid waterborne illnesses.
  • Be aware of the nearest emergency evacuation points and have a plan in place in case of any medical emergencies.
  • Familiarize yourself with the trekking route, landmarks, and key locations to avoid getting lost.
  • Whenever possible, trek in a group for added safety and support.
  • Recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness and take appropriate measures, such as descending to lower altitudes if needed.
  • Respect wildlife and maintain a safe distance from animals encountered during the trek.
  • Carry a fully charged mobile phone with a local SIM card or a satellite phone for communication in case of emergencies.
  • Follow the “Leave No Trace” principles and carry back your trash to protect the delicate mountain ecosystem.
  • Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and includes emergency medical evacuation.
  • Share your trekking itinerary with a reliable contact person and update them regularly about your progress.

Highlights

  • Witness breathtaking views of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, along with other snow-capped Himalayan giants.
  • Experience the untouched beauty of the Kanchenjunga region, far from the crowds of popular trekking routes.
  • Trek through lush rhododendron and bamboo forests, terraced farmlands, alpine meadows, and glacial terrains, offering a diverse and ever-changing landscape.
  • Meet the warm and hospitable locals belonging to various ethnic communities, including Limbu and Rai, and learn about their unique customs and traditions.
  • Explore the rich biodiversity of the region with diverse flora and fauna, including rare and exotic plant species and wildlife.
  • Cross challenging high-altitude passes like Sele La and Sinion La, providing breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Visit remote villages like Ghunsa and Lhonak, offering a glimpse into the traditional lifestyles of the local communities.
  • Trek to both the north and south base camps of Kanchenjunga, offering different perspectives of the mountain.
  • Enjoy a less-trodden trekking route, offering a sense of solitude and adventure in the heart of the Himalayas.
  • Marvel at the diverse landscapes, from lush forests to rugged mountain terrains, all framed by the towering peaks.

Included/Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Welcome and Farewell Cultural Dinner.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

  • In the morning, you will take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, which takes around 45 to 50 minutes.
  • From Bhadrapur, you will drive to Taplejung, which takes approximately 8 to 9 hours. The drive offers scenic views of the hills and landscapes.
  • Overnight in Taplejung.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • After breakfast, you will start your drive to Sekathum, which takes about 5 to 6 hours.
  • The drive will take you through charming villages and beautiful landscapes.
  • Overnight in Sekathum.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Today, you will begin your trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa.
  • The trail leads you through dense forests and small settlements.
  • The trek takes around 5 to 6 hours.
  • Overnight in Amjilosa.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla, passing through rhododendron and bamboo forests.
  • The trek offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
  • The trek takes about 4 to 5 hours.
  • Overnight in Gyabla.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Today's trek takes you from Gyabla to Ghunsa.
  • The trail continues through dense forests and crosses several rivers and bridges.
  • The trek takes around 5-6 hours.
  • Overnight in Ghunsa.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek from Ghunsa to Khambachen, which lies near the Kanchenjunga Glacier.
  • The trail offers spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks.
  • The trek takes about 5 to 6 hours.
  • Overnight in Khambachen.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Khambachen.
  • You can explore the surroundings and enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue your trek from Khambachen to Lhonak.
  • The trail takes you closer to the towering mountains and glaciers.
  • The trek takes around 4 to 5 hours.
  • Overnight in Lhonak.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Today, you will embark on a hike to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, also known as Pang Pema.
  • Enjoy stunning views of Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks.
  • After spending some time at the base camp, trek back to Lhonak.
  • The hike and return trek take about 6 to 7 hours.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek back from Lhonak to Ghunsa, following the same trail.
  • The trek takes around 7 to 8 hours.
  • Overnight in Ghunsa.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Today, you will trek from Ghunsa to Sele Le Base Camp.
  • The trail takes you through alpine landscapes and rocky terrains.
  • The trek takes about 5 to 6 hours.
  • Overnight at Sele Le Base Camp.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek from Sele Le Base Camp to Tseram.
  • The trail passes through picturesque landscapes and lush forests.
  • The trek takes around 6 to 7 hours.
  • Overnight in Tseram.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Today, you will trek to Ramche and then hike to Oktang, which offers incredible views of Kanchenjunga's southern face.
  • After spending some time at the viewpoint, trek back to Tseram.
  • The hike and return trek take about 7 to 8 hours.
  • Overnight in Tseram.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek from Tseram to Tortong, descending through beautiful landscapes.
  • The trail takes around 6 to 7 hours.
  • Overnight in Tortong.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Today, you will trek from Tortong to Yamphudin, passing through terraced fields and villages.
  • The trek takes about 6 to 7 hours.
  • Overnight in Yamphudin.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang, descending through beautiful landscapes.
  • The trek takes around 5 to 6 hours.
  • Overnight in Khebang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Today, you will drive from Khebang to Kanyam in Ilam.
  • Enjoy the scenic drive through hilly landscapes.
  • The drive takes about 6 hours.
  • Overnight in Kanyam, Ilam.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • In the morning, you will drive from Ilam to Bhadrapur.
  • From Bhadrapur, you will take a late afternoon flight back to Kathmandu.
  • After reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.
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Durations

18 Days

Languages

English
Nepali

Frequently asked questions

The trek usually takes around 17 to 21 days to complete, depending on the specific route and acclimatization days.

Yes, you need special permits to trek in the Kanchenjunga region. You'll need both a restricted area permit and a local area permit, as the region falls under a restricted trekking area.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is considered a strenuous and challenging trek due to its remote location, rugged terrain, and high altitude. Trekkers should be physically fit, experienced in high-altitude trekking, and prepared for long days of walking.

The best time for the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November. The weather is generally more stable and offers clear views during these periods.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a challenging and remote trek that takes you through the stunning landscapes of the Kanchenjunga region in eastern Nepal. It offers breathtaking views of the world's third-highest mountain, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 meters).

The highest point on the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is the North Base Camp (Pangpema) at an altitude of approximately 5,140 meters.

Accommodation along the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is basic and usually in tea houses or simple lodges. These provide a warm bed, basic meals, and a place to rest for the night.

While it is not mandatory to have a guide and porter, it is highly recommended, especially for this challenging trek. Experienced guides can navigate the trail, provide valuable information about the region, and ensure your safety. Porters can carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to focus on the trek itself.

Previous high-altitude trekking experience is highly recommended due to the challenging nature of the trek. Proper physical fitness and mental preparation are crucial for a successful and enjoyable journey.

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Kanchenjunga Mountain, Nepal

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Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Lhonak Village
David
12/26/2023

Kathmandu to Kanchanjunga trek

We have done this trek in 17 days from kathmandu to kathmandu. Best view totally remote part with less tourist. I have done already annapurna trek before but this part is far better then annapurna. You will find typical local lifestyle sleep and eat on basic teahouse feel like in another world. We highly recommend this trek if you like offbiten trail

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