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24 Days 23 Nights
Availability : Whole Year
Thamel Kathmandu
Kanchenjunga Region
Min Age : 16
Max People : 15

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

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  • Maximum Altitude: 5143m
  • Walking: 5 to 7 hours /day

Overview

Soft and hard adventurous trek activities that you can experience in and around Nepal are so unique that you get nowhere else in the world.
Visualize a place where you could gaze at the wonders of the world’s highest mountains range whose beauty is a feast to behold, trek to the lower slopes where an aroma of fresh air and scent of unusual flowers meet you at every river, fly across the country for candle-lit dinner in the mountains under the clear blue sky with the Himalayas for company.
Likewise, imagine yourself trekking through the third highest mountain in the world and second highest peak making it one of the famous and hardest treks of Nepal. Yes! You read that right. Trek to Mount Kanchenjunga will offer you a sunrise that splashes hues of red on a blushing mountain range.
Mount Kanchenjunga is located on the far north-eastern side along the border of Sikkim and Nepal in the Himalayas raising an elevation of 8586 meters (28,169ft). It is still considered a remote trekking trail which is still an unexplored virgin trekking route. The first person to climb this mountain was Joe Brown and George Band on 25 May 1995.
Mount Kanchenjunga gets its name from 5 submits giving meaning for its name as “Five Treasure of Great Snow”  symbolizing gold, silver, grains, precious stones, and holy scriptures.

Trek inside the Kanchanjunga circuit will proffer you with massive wildlife like snow leopard Red panda, musk deer, and birds like Shy dragon, Amphibians, pheasant, and many more. This trail will allow you to explore the remarkable valleys, their rich culture, and tradition, native resident, magnificent views of the mountains, etc.
Apart from this, experience the unique lifestyle of the rural part of Nepal will offer and welcome your great hospitality. You will trek through lush, low-lying valleys with incredible forests. Not only this you will get the chance to explore Nepal’s true all in the diversity of cultures, religions, and landscapes.
We start our trip by arriving at Kathmandu first and flying from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. On to the reach at Bhadrpur we will take a day off and next day drive to Illam to Taplejung. From this region, we will legitimately start our trek. We will be hiking from a minimum of 5 hours to a maximum of 8 hours per day. It might be difficult and exhausting at some point but the Paradise is so much nearby than you think.

Trek overview:

  • Trek Duration: 24 days
  • Trek Grade: moderate to difficult
  • Highest altitude: 5143meters/ 16873ft
  • Accommodation: Hotel and Camping
  • Transportation: Flight
  • Group size: 2-6
  • Per day walk: 5-7 hours
  • Best season: Spring or Autumn

Trek highlights:

  • Climb to the 3rd highest peak of the world
  • Sightsee unexplored remote trails in the circuit 
  • Experience Tibetan and Nepali hospitality
  • Trek in the trails of snow capped mountains and Himalayas
  • Witness amazing wildlife, flora, and faun
  • Observe unique mix of culture and tradition
  • Discover untouched natural heritage and natural resources
  • Amazing waterfalls and glaciers
  • Camping in the lap of mountains

Itinerary

  • Day 1:  Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (45 minutes) and drive to Illam
  • Day3: Drive from Illam to Taplejung (1820m) (3-4hrsdrive)
  • Day 4: Trek from Taplejung to Chirwa (1200m
  • Day 5: Trek from  Chirwa to Lelep (1860m)
  • Day 6: Trek from Lelep to Amjilosa (2510m)
  • Day 7: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m)
  • Day 8: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595m)
  • Day 9: Acclimatization day in Ghunsa (maximum altitude 4000m) (3595m)
  • Day 10: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4050m)
  • Day 11: Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4785m)
  • Day 12: Trek to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5143m)
  • Day 13:Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa (3595m)
  • Day 14: Trek from Ghunsa to Sere.La base camp (4200m)
  • Day 15: Trek from Sere.La to Cheram (3870m)
  • Day 16: Trek from Cheram to Ramche (4580m)
  • Day 17: Trek from Cheram to Torongding (2080m)
  • Day 18:Trek from Torongding to Sherpa Gaun (2200m)
  • Day 19: Trek from Sherpa Gaun to Khebang (1910m)
  • Day 20: Trek from Khebang to Happukhola (1050m)
  • Day 21: Drive Birtamod from Happukhola
  • Day 22:Fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu
  • Day 23: Departure day

Departure & Return Location

Thamel Marga Central Thamel Kathmandu  (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • Airport pick up & final departure by private vehicle.
  • Welcome & farewell cultural dinner.
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • A day three meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) on your choice from the menu during the treks.
  • Seasonal fruits.
  • Standard tea house during the treks.
  • Equipment as like (sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, walking poles, crampons) to be returned after the trip is complete.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • A strong porter (2:1) one porter carrying two member’s bags including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • An excellent government licensed holder guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • All needed permit & national park fees.
  • Trekking route map.
  • First aid kid box including oximeter & pulse meter checker.
  • An emergency helicopter rescue services, if in case.
  • An achievement certificate.
  • Government tax & service charge.

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses as like the phone & camera charging, hot shower, wifi
  • Tips to guide & porter
  • Extra an activities, in case if you have an extra day on your holidays.
  • All kind of drinks as like mineral water, beer, tea, coffee, juice, Coke, Fanta, and hard drinks.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu, in case if you return earlier from the treks.
  • UNESCO entrance fee
  • Lunch & dinner during stay in city.

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect
  • Explore the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu
  • Scenic Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • Experience one of the dangerous trekking route of Nepal.
  • Get connected with two different lovely valleys, providing an authentic wilderness experience.
  • ● Witness the prominent areas, including Lukla, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, and the Khumbu district, with views of the Everest base camp.
  • Witness the various Sherpa villages and people living in the Namche Bazar.
  • Enjoy the speculator views of mountains throughout the journey.
  • Explore the Tengboche Monastery.
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Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude: (1300m/4428 ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will have beautiful views of the city. You will see the mountains and terraced fields below. Our guide will receive you from the airport and accommodate you in a nice hotel. Feel free and enjoy your day by exploring Kathmandu valley by visiting nearby shops. You can also buy the necessary equipment that is required during the trek or you can just relax and prepare yourself for the trek.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1300m/4428 ft)

Maximum Altitude: (1300m/4428 ft.)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you will explore the two most popular and famous places of Kathmandu valley i.e. Pasupatinath Temple and Bouddha Nath Stupa.
Boudhanath stupa is located at the heart of the city and is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites making it one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu. It is also the largest Stupa in the world.
Pasupatinath is a Hindu sacred and famous religious place which is an incarnation of the Hindu god Shiva as “Lord of the animals”. We will attend the arati at night which is very much famous among people.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (45 minutes) 91m and drive to Illam

Maximum Altitude: 300m/984.52ft

Kilometers: 241.7 Km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After having breakfast your guide will take you to the airport. With access to air transport, you will get to see the magnificent view of the Himalayas on your way. You will have to take a trip of a vehicle to Illam (3-4 hours drive). 
Stay a night in Illam.

Day 04: Drive from Illam to Taplejung (1820m) (3-4hrsdrive)

Maximum Altitude:  1820m/5,972ft

Kilometers: 113km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerEnjoy your long day trip from Illam, known as the Tea plantation area of our country. After having breakfast, for 4 hours we will go towards Taplejung through terrace fields and hills. On your way, you will see interesting Buddhist Gumbas.
You can explore the hills, city, and have lunch on your way.
Stay a night in Taplejung.

Day 5: Trek from Taplejung to Chirwa 921 m / 3,021 ft

Maximum Altitude: 921 m / 3,021 ft

Kilometers: 23km

Trek duration: 7hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This is the starting point of your trek. After having morning breakfast you start your journey with your tour guide from Taplejung to Chirwa for 6-7hours.
It will be a long day of hike mainly to the downhill but we will have a chance to rest at the Sinwa village. It is located at the bank of the river of Tamor.
Stay a night at the village of Sinwa.

Day 6: Trek from Chirwa to Lelep (1860m)

Maximum Altitude:  1,860m/6,103ft

Kilometers: 25km

Trek duration: 7hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
It will take around 5-6 hours to reach Lelep. On your way, you will encounter the Kanchenjunga conservation area where you will have your tourist permit grant before heading in the direction of an extended suspension bridge to reach Lelep.
Overnight at Lelep

Day 7: Trek from Lelep to Amjilosa (2510m)

Maximum Altitude: 2,510m/8,235ft

Kilometers:  20km

Trek duration:  5hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a night at Lelep, we will have morning breakfast and head towards Amijilosa. This hike will take around 5hours where on your way to Amjilosa you will get to see attractive villages of Sherpa, Wildlife, Waterfalls, and bridges.
The village here is very less crowded with yaks and sheep in their homes. The village of Amjilosa is mainly used when they have to pastures their domesticated animals like yaks and sheep. So you will realize only a few families live here.
Stay overnight in Sherpa village.

Day 8: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m)

Maximum Altitude: 2,730m/8,957ft

Kilometers: 11km

Trek duration: 4hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today your trek will be more beautiful than usual. As you move forward you will traverse people of different cultures and traditions ie. Tibetans. We will ascend towards the dense forest and make our way through the bridge onto Gyabla.
You will make your way through a beautiful forest with flowers like Rhododendrons, Pines, and birds. After a minimum of 4 hours hike, you will reach Gyabla.
Overnight at Gyabla

Day 9:Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3595m)

Maximum Altitude: 3,595m/11,795ft

Kilometers: 10.5km

Trek duration: 4hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will hike through dense forest and pass through the Village of Phale. This place used to be a Tibetan refugee camp before.
After hiking for 4 hours you will reach Ghunsa. It is the largest village in the area where you will have all the necessary facilities including telephone, health post, Internet service, police station, handicraft shops, and Kanchenjunga Conservation Office, etc. Stay overnight in Ghunsa.

Day 10: Acclimatization day in Ghunsa (3595m)

Maximum Altitude: 4000m,13,124ft

Trek duration: 5hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We are at the highest level of altitude so today we will have acclimatization day. We will go to a higher altitude again so to prepare our body for the situation, we will acclimatize.

In this area, there are a few monasteries to explore, so we can visit that place. From there we can get a beautiful view of Jannu peak.

Day 11:Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4050m)

Kilometers: 12km

Trek duration: 4hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After acclimatization stays in Ghunsa, we will move forward towards Kambachen which is 4-5 hours away from Ghunsa. On your way, you will get mesmerizing views of the Himal that dominates the sky. You will also get to witness snow leopards and blue sheep if you are lucky enough.
You can have refreshments in the tea house and will get to trek past a waterfall to a landslide area.
Overnight at Kambachen.

Day 12: Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4785m)

Maximum Altitude: 4,785M/15,696ft

Kilometers: 4-5hours

Trek duration: 13km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After having morning breakfast we will head towards Lhonak. We will continue with the trial that blesses us with amazing views of hills and mountains.
As we continue our walk, we’ll see mesmerizing views of Mountains and endangered wild animals like snow leopards, Red Panda, blue sheep, and yaks. After 4-5 hours of walk-through uphills, you will reach Lhonak.
Stay overnight at Lhonak.

Day 13: Trek to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5143m)

Maximum Altitude: 4,785m/ 16,873ft

Kilometers: 15km

Trek duration: 6-7hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This will be our final destination of the trek. We will ascend towards moraine from the glaciers of Kanchenjunga. We will continue walking uphill where we will get beautiful views of the mountains surrounding us.
After a hard arduous climb of base camp for 6-7 hours, you will be enthralled by the view of hills and mountains nearby you from every side. You can have some snacks or lunch and enjoy the view at the lap of mountains.
Overnight at Lhonak

Day 14: Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa (3595m)

Maximum Altitude: 3,595m/11,795m

Kilometers: 12km

Trek duration: 6hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will return to the places that we have hiked before. We will move towards Ghunsa where we had stayed the night before. On our way to Ghunsa, we will see pretty greenery lands covered by glaciers.
Overnight at Ghunsa

Day 15: Trek from Ghunsa to Sere.La base camp (4200m)

Maximum Altitude:  4290m/14,075

Kilometers: 12km

Trek duration: 5hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today on our way towards Sere La we will see the view of Mt.Makalu from a distance. The trail will take us to the dense forest along with the grassy ridge from where we will see 2 villages Phale and Ghunsa.
Overnight at Sele Le

Day 16:Trek from Sere.La to Cheram (3870m)

Maximum Altitude: 3,870m/12,697ft

Kilometers: 13km

Trek duration:  6-7hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We start our trek early in the morning as we will have to hike a long way to get to the destination. Get a magnificent view of Mt.Makalu from a distance during a 5-hour hike to Sere. La base camp.

The surrounding gets much greener and the trail takes us in a dense forest from where we can see Ghunsa and Phale village.

Day 17:Trek from Cheram to Ramche (4580m)

Maximum Altitude: 4580m/15,027ft

Kilometers: 11km

Trek duration:  6hurs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We hike for 6-7 hours to touch Ramche. Lands are occupied with glaciers and we take lunch on our way.
Stay overnight at Ramche

Day 18:Trek from Cheram to Torongding (2080m)

Maximum Altitude: 2,080m/6,825ft

Kilometers:  9km

Trek duration: 4hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will step down the trail from Cheram to Torongfing. We will see very few tea houses on our way to Torongding. You will acknowledge that civilizations are there in trails between these two places Cheram and Torongding. The trail goes from uphill to forests and we will have to walk for 4hrs to reach Torongding.
Overnight at Torongding.  

Day 19: Trek from Torongding to Sherpa Gaun (2200m)

Maximum Altitude: 2,200m/7,218ft

Kilometers: 10km

Trek duration:  7-8hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After having breakfast we step downhills and make a long way uphill. Trails to reach Sherpa Gaun are very risky as it is a landslide-prone area that will ultimately lead us to Bhanjyang village.
Sherpa gaun also is known as the Yamphuding village of the Sherpa community people. After a steep downhill hike through mountains and forests for 7-9 hours, we will reach our destination.
Stay overnight at Yamphuding.

Day 20: Trek from Sherpa Gaun to Khebang (1910m)

Maximum Altitude: 1,910m/6,267ft

Kilometers: 11km

Trek duration:  5-6hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walking is very much easier now as we have already passed out the hard trails. We will see amazing villages and fields during the trek.
After walking for 5-6 hours we will reach the beautiful village of Khebang which is surrounded by greenery.
Overnight at Khebang

Day 21: Trek from Khebang to Happukhola (1050m)

Maximum Altitude: 1500m/4921ft

Kilometers: 9km

Trek duration:  5-6hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This is the concluding day for the hike where we will walk for 4-5 hours to reach happukhola where we will be remaining for a night there.

Day 22: Drive Birtamod from Happukhola

Maximum Altitude: 800m /2624m

Drive duration: 7-8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Happukhola we will take a vehicle to reach Birtamod. We can relax in a comfortable bed after a long tiring driving journey.

Day 23: Fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/4,430ft

Kilometers: 89.1 Km

Meals: Breakfast

After having morning breakfast our guide will help you catch an early flight and after reaching Kathmandu you will be accommodated in a nice hotel where you can have a rest.

Day 24: Depart Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast


After having breakfast our guide will help you with the luggage and you will be safely driven to the airport. Today your beautiful journey in Nepal ends.  You will take a beautiful memory of Nepal with your friends, family or with yourself too.

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FAQ

What is the best time to trek in this region?

The best time would be spring. You will be blessed to see the surrounding blooming with Rhododendrons along with the varieties of flowers in various colors.  You can trek in the Kanchenjunga circuit from early March to mid-May and also from October to November.

Do we need to be physically fit for this trek?

Yes. Kanchenjunga circuit trek can be a 22-25days long trek where we will hike through the high Himalayas with the rugged trail. We will have to ascend and descend every day for more than 3-6 hours. As the hiking is in the high Himalayas, you could suffer due to thin air and cold if you are not physically fit. You can do light exercises to make your body strong and fit before the trekking starts.

What can be the best and easy way for the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek?

Routes are not easy for trekking but to get to the starting point of Kanchengunja Trek you can either take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Birtamode or you can also rent or drive a vehicle from Kathmandu to Taplejung to get to the starting point of the trek.

Do we need permits for the Kanchenjunga trek?

Yes, as Kanchenjunga is a remote and restricted trekking border of Sikkim and Tibet, so you will need a trekking permit to get through this region with the Government Register Trekking Company. Also, you will have to register a trekking guide and a party of two or more trekkers in the group.

In how many days can I complete this trek?

This trek will approximately take 15-20 days. Trails to this trek are very rough and you will have to climb to higher altitudes so you need to go slower which will demand extra days.

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