Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

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Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
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Lodge at Kanchenjunga Circuit trek
us$1815 per pax
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number of pax
1
$2315 x 1 = $2315
total $2315
difficulty
Challenging
altitude
5,143m
group size
1+
meals
B+L+D
accomodation
Lodge/Tea House
season
March - May, Sept - Nov

trip overview

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a challenging and breathtakingly beautiful trek that takes you to the base camp of the third-highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga. Additionally, the trail winds through remote and pristine forests passes through picturesque villages and high mountain passes, and offers spectacular views of the Himalayan range.

Moreover, the trek takes you to the eastern part of Nepal, near the border with India and Tibet, where you will encounter the unique culture and lifestyle of the local people.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is not for the faint-hearted, as it requires a high level of fitness and endurance. However, the rewards of this trek are worth the effort, as you will witness the natural beauty of Nepal at its finest.

This trek is perfect for those who want to experience the natural beauty of Nepal away from the crowds and who are willing to put in the effort to reach the most remote and stunning areas of the country.

Highlights of Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

  • Stunning Scenery: The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek takes you through some of the most beautiful and remote landscapes in Nepal. You will see dense forests, cascading waterfalls, glacial rivers, and snow-capped peaks throughout the journey.
  • Remote Villages: The trek passes  through many small villages, where you can experience the unique culture and lifestyle of the local people. These villages are untouched by modern development and provide a glimpse into traditional Nepali life.
  • Base Camp of Kanchenjunga: The ultimate destination of the trek is the base camp of Kanchenjunga. From here, you can witness the majestic beauty of the third-highest mountain in the world and its surrounding peaks.
  • Diverse animals: The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is home to a variety of animals, including the Himalayan black bear, red panda, and the critically endangered snow leopard. You may also encounter musk deer, bharal (blue sheep), and several species of birds.
  • Challenging Trekking: The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a challenging trek that requires a high level of fitness and endurance. You will cross several high mountain passes, including the Lapsang La Pass (5,160m), and face steep ascents and descents throughout the journey.

itinerary

Day00

Arrival in International Airport Nepal 1350m/30 Min.

You will be welcomed by one of our representatives when you arrive at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, and they will drive you to your accommodation. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing and preparing for the trip ahead.

Walking / Driving: Driving

Day00

Rest and Trip preparation day in Kathmandu.

This day is set aside for rest and preparation for your trek. You can spend the day exploring Kathmandu or relaxing in your hotel.

Day01

A 1.5-hour flight takes you from Kathmandu to Jhapa, then a 4-hour drive takes you to Ilam

After breakfast at your hotel, we will take a domestic flight to Jhapa, which will take around 45 minutes. Then, we will drive for approximately 4 hours to reach Ilam, a beautiful hill station known for its tea gardens and scenic beauty. Finally, we will have an overnight stay at a hotel in Ilam.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Flight/Drive

Day02

Ilam to Taplejung 1820m / 5 hrs by Bus Lodge.

After breakfast, we will drive towards Taplejung, which takes about 5 hours. We will pass through scenic landscapes, local markets, and small villages en route. Once we reach Taplejung, we will check into a lodge and relax for the rest of the day.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Driving

Day03

Taplejung - Hangdewa - Mitlung to Sinuwa 921m/4:30 hrs Lodge/14 Kms

Today, we will begin our trek to Sinuwa. We will start with a downhill walk to the Hangdewa River and then gradually ascend towards Mitlung. We will continue our trek through dense forests and cross several suspension bridges until we reach Sinuwa. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day04

Sinwa - Tawa - Thiwa to Chiruwa 1270m/ 3:30 hrs Lodge/8Kms

We will start our trek after breakfast, and the trail will lead us through beautiful forests and small villages. We will also cross a few streams and waterfalls before arriving at Chiruwa, where we will stay overnight.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day05

Chiruwa – Pioal danda to Sakethum/Japantar 1576m/6 hrs Lodge/10Kms

Today’s trek will take us through dense forests and several steep ascents and descents. We will pass by several waterfalls, streams, and suspension bridges before arriving at Sakethum/Japantar, where we will spend the night.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Wlaking

Day06

Sakethum - Lamatar to Amjilosa 2308m/4 hrs Tea House/8Kms

Today, we will trek through dense forests and several steep ascents and descents. Additionally, the trail offers beautiful views of the surrounding hills and landscapes. Finally, we will arrive at Amjilosa in the afternoon, where we will stay at a tea house.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day07

Amjilosa - Thyangham to Gyapla 2730m/4 hrs Tea House/8Kms

Today’s trek is relatively easy, and the trail is flat for the most part. We will pass through beautiful forests and small villages before arriving at Gyapla, where we will stay overnight at a tea house.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day08

Gyapla - Phale to Gunsha 3590m/4:30 hrs Lodge/9Kms

We will begin our trek with a steep ascent towards Phale. From there, the trail is mostly flat and passes through beautiful meadows and pastures. We will arrive at Gunsha in the afternoon, where we will stay overnight.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodges
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day09

Acclimatization in Ghunsa Lodge.

Today, we will take a day to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude. We can explore the surrounding areas and enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day10

Ghunsa - Rampuk Kharka to Kambachen 4050m/4 hrs Lodge/8Kms

On day 10, you will start your trek to Kambachen. You will first trek from Ghunsa to Rampuk Kharka, which will take about 2 hours. You will then continue on to Kambachen, which will take another 2 hours. Kambachen is located at an altitude of 4050m and is surrounded by beautiful views of the Himalayas.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Walkking

Day11

Kambachen – Ramtang to Lhonak 4780m/4 hrs Tea House/8Kms

On day 11, you will trek to Lhonak via Ramtang. The trek will take about 4 hours, during which you will be treated to stunning views of the Kanchenjunga mountain range. Finally, you will be staying at a tea house in Lhonak, which is located at an altitude of 4780m.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day12

Hike to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Pang Pema 5143m Back to Lonak 6 hrs Lodge

On day 12, you will take a day hike to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp at Pang Pema. The hike will take about 3 hours each way, giving you a great opportunity to see the stunning Kanchenjunga mountain range up close and to take some amazing photos. Afterward, you will be back in Lhonak for the night.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day13

Lhonak - Kambechen to Ghunsa 3590m/7 hrs Lodge.

After breakfast, we will start our trek downhill to Kambachen, which will take about 4 hours. From Kambachen, we will descend further to Ghunsa, which is about 3 hours away. On arrival, we will check into our lodge for a comfortable overnight stay.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day14

Trek from Ghunsa to Seieie High Camp 4130 m/4 hrs

We will start our trek early in the morning and gradually ascend towards Seieie High Camp, which is located at an altitude of 4130 meters. During the trek, we will be trekking through dense forests and alpine meadows, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Once we arrive at the high camp, we will set up our camp and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day15

Crossing Sinelapche La 4840 m and Mirgin La 4665 m, then descending to Tseram 3860 m in 8 hours.

Today, we will cross two high mountain passes – Mirgin La Pass (4665m) and Sinelapche La (4840m). Despite the challenge of trekking through rugged terrain with steep ascents and descents, the views from the top of the passes are simply breathtaking, with panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks. We will then descend to Tseram for an overnight stay.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day16

Trek from Cheram/Tseram to Ramze/Ramche 4630M/ 4hrs.

We will start our trek from Cheram/Tseram and continue along the Simbuwa Khola River. We will pass through lush forests and meadows before reaching Ramze/Ramche, which is located at an altitude of 4630 meters. On arrival, we will check into our lodge and rest for the day.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day17

Side Trek to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp 4740 M, to Cheram 5 hrs.

Today, we will take a side trek to the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, which is located at an altitude of 4740 meters. It will be a challenging trek, but the views from the top are worth the effort. We will then trek back to Cheram for an overnight stay.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day18

Trek from Cheram/Tseram to Tortong 2995 M/3:30 hrs/10Kms

We will start our trek early in the morning and descend towards Tortong, which is located at an altitude of 2995 meters. During the trek, we will pass through beautiful forests and meadows, which will take about 3-4 hours. Once we arrive at Tortong, we will check into our lodge for a comfortable overnight stay.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day19

From Tortong, trek to Yamphuding 2065m/7 hrs/14 Kms.

After breakfast at the lodge, start the trek to Yamphuding. The trail today passes through beautiful forests and several small villages. As you ascend higher, the landscapes become more rugged and the air gets thinner.

You’ll pass through the small settlements of Lasiya Bhanjyang and Mamankhe before reaching Yamphuding. Yamphuding is a little community with a few inns and stores. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day20

From Yamphudin trek to Khebang 4:30-hour drive.

After breakfast, start the trek to Khebang. The trail is mostly downhill, passing through beautiful forests and small villages. You’ll cross a suspension bridge over the Kabeli River and follow the trail along the river.

You’ll pass through the villages of Mamangkhe and Khesewa before reaching Khebang. From Khebang, you’ll take a 4-5 hour walk. Overnight stay at a lodge in Khebang.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Driving

Day21

Khebang - Ganesh chowk to Bhadrapur 300 M/10-11hours hrs by jeep

After breakfast, take a jeep from Khebang and Ganesh Chowk to Bhadrapur. The drive is long and takes about 10-11 hours, but the scenery is beautiful. You’ll pass through small villages and terraced fields along the way. Upon arrival in Bhadrapur, check into a hotel and rest. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Driving

Day22

Bhadrapur to Kathmandu 1350M/ 45 Min by Plane

Take a 45-minute flight back to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur airport after breakfast. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check into your hotel and rest. You can spend the day exploring the city and doing some last-minute shopping for souvenirs. In the evening, attend a farewell dinner with your trekking team. Kathmandu hotel accommodations for the night.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodge
Walking / Driving: Flight

what's included

  • Pick up from Tribhuvan International Airport Nepal.
  • Kathmandu to Bhadrapur flight ticket.
  • Jhapa to Ilam by drive.
  • Ilam to Taplejung by drive.
  • Khebang to Ganesh Chock by drive.
  • Ganesh Chock to Bhadrapur by drive.
  • Bhadrapur to Kathmandu by Flight ticket.
  • Transportation along the trek.
  • Drop at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner along the trek).
  • Lodge accommodation on the trek is normal.
  • An experienced guide (Including his salary, equipment, flight fare, insurance, lodging, and food).
  • Equipment; Down Jacket, Sleeping Bags.
  • Legal Documents (KCAP permit and Kanchenjunga Restricted Permit).
  • All Government Taxes.
  • Trekking massage after the trek.
  • Trekking and city map.
  • Duffle bag if needed.
  • First aid medical box.
  • Some fresh and dry fruits along the trek.
  • Token of love from the company.
  • Farewell lunch or dinner is a suitable day.

what's excluded

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Hot and Cold drinks such as; Coke, Mineral Water, Beer, etc.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, bar bill, telephone, extra helper, battery charge shower, and boiled water).
  • Tip is expected.

Fixed Departure

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4 Mar, 2025 - 25 Mar, 2025 $1815 Enquire Now
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useful info

Here is some useful information for trekking to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek:

  • Permits: To enter Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, you will need two permits, the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP) and the Restricted Area Permit (RAP). The RAP can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal.
  • The optimum months to hike to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek are mid-March through mid-May and mid-September through mid-November. These months have the clearest skies and the best views of the mountains.
  • Altitude sickness: As you will be trekking to high altitudes, it is important to be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and to take the necessary precautions. It is recommended to acclimatize properly by ascending gradually and taking rest days when needed.
  • Weather conditions: Weather conditions can change rapidly in the mountains, so it is important to bring appropriate clothing and gear. Even during the peak trekking season, temperatures can drop below freezing at night, so be sure to bring warm layers.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation options along the trekking route are basic, with teahouses and lodges providing a bed, food, and basic facilities. It is important to bring a sleeping bag as the teahouses may not provide sufficient bedding.
  • Food and water: It is recommended to drink boiled or purified water during the trek. Most teahouses will offer a variety of food options, including Nepali, Indian, and Western dishes. It is important to stick to a balanced diet and to carry some high-energy snacks.
  • Gear: To ensure a comfortable and safe trek to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, it’s important to bring along the essential items. These items include a good pair of trekking shoes, warm clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, a backpack, a sleeping bag, a headlamp, a first-aid kit, and trekking poles. Moreover, each of these items serves a specific purpose during the trek. For instance, a backpack will help you carry all your necessary items, while a sleeping bag will provide you with a comfortable place to rest after a tiring day of trekking. Similarly, trekking poles will reduce the strain on your knees and provide stability on steep ascents and descents. So, make sure to pack all these essential items before embarking on your journey to the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek.
  • Fitness level: Trekking to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a Challenging activity and requires a good level of physical fitness. It is recommended to train and prepare well in advance, with regular cardio exercises and uphill walking.
  • Local customs: While trekking through local villages, it is important to be respectful of the local customs and traditions. It is recommended to dress modestly and to ask for permission before taking photos of people or their homes.
  • Trekking agency: It is recommended to go through a registered trekking agency in Nepal, as they can arrange permits, transportation, guides, and porters, and can provide assistance in case of emergencies.

FAQ

How Long is the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek?

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a long and strenuous trek in Nepal. It takes you around the majestic Kanchenjunga massif, the world’s third-highest mountain.

The complete circuit typically lasts around 20 to 23 days, depending on the itinerary and the pace of the trekking group.

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review

Cesar Bautista Cesar BautistaSpain 5

Outstanding experience – October 2022

From October 5 to October 30, 2022, we hiked up Kanchenjunga from Taplejung to North Base Camp and then across the Selele Pass 4480m to South Base Camp. We returned via Yamphudin (a lovely village with a cozy inn), and from Kebang we took a jeep to get to the route leading to Ilam and Badhrapur.

I’ve dealt with Chandra (of Himalaya Guide Nepal) twice now; the first time was for the Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek, and I made the proper choice in doing so.

The Himalaya Guide Nepal Pvt. Ltd. guide Bashu and the porters Lapka and Govinda were good and friendly, which made it easier to spend nearly three weeks trudging in the highlands. Everything worked smoothly throughout the expedition.

Leonor Francisca Campos Leonor Francisca CamposSpain 5

Kanchenjunga Trek – 2022

I did the Manaslu tusm valley trek with my family in 2019. Our guide was Basu and Himalaya Guide Nepal (Chandra Gurung ) organize all services. I found them very helpful. So, we came to Nepal in 2022 for the Kanchenjunga circuit trek – 23 days.

This time also company provide Basu Gurung, who guided us in 2019. We enjoyed our trek. If you are looking trip to Nepal. Basu is the best guide in Nepal. Thanks.

Alvaro Abascal Alvaro AbascalSpain 5

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek – 2022
I did 22 day Kanchenjunga trek in 2022 with my friends and we choose Himalaya Guide Nepal (Chandra Gurung – Trip Organizer). He is easy and best for every email. So we chose this company.

Well organized from airport pick up and whole trekking Bhadrapur, Taplejung,  Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, Sele La Pass and Mirgin La, Seinen La Pass and south base camp to Kathmandu and drop in the airport. During this time we found very nice services from our guide Bashu and the whole team.

I really appreciated their services and I highly recommended this team and company.

 

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