Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek 25 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 25 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, Pubcli Bus, and Domestic Flights
  • Activity Cultureal Tour, Trekking and Hiking
  • Best Season March -May and October-December
  • Group Size Mini 2, max 12 People
  • Trip Start/End kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 5,143m/16,874ft

Highlights

  • Sightseeing in the World Heritage Sites: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa
  • Scenic flight: Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Taplejung-Biratnagar-Kathmandu
  • Explore Kanchenjunga Base Camp
  • Explore Yalung Ri Base Camp
  • Magnificent views of the Himalayan giants: Mt. Everest, Mt Makalu, and Mt Kanchenjunga
  • Crossing Mirgin La Pass at 4,480 meters
  • Diverse flora and fauna and rich local culture

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Overview 

Kanchenjunga is the world’s third-highest mountain at 8,586m, it forms Nepal’s eastern border with the Indian state of Sikkim. A trek around Kanchenjunga means scaling the base camp of the world’s third-highest mountain through rough remote mountainous terrain, perfect for trekkers who prefer solitude and are looking to go on an adventure.

Kanchenjunga in Tibetan means ‘five great treasures of snow’ which justifies the fantastic views of five peaks which are symbolized as gold, silver, precious stones, grain, and holy scriptures. This remote and holy land in Nepal’s far-eastern region was opened to trekkers in 1988 only, it was a restricted area before. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek takes you along one of the most challenging and least visited mountainous terrains of Nepal. The region’s culture, people, and landscape offer hospitality so genuine, that it almost feels spiritual!

The conservation area that hosts Kanchenjunga in Nepal stretches into protected areas in Tibet and Sikkim. Kanchenjunga circuit trek is Snow Leopard territory, but it is not the only predator lurking in the untouched unbounded forests, the Himalayan Black Bear and Assamese Macaque among others dominate the area as well.

Trekking to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp through the remote, rugged, and wild terrain of the east of Nepal not only makes for a perfect challenge but also makes for jaw-droppingly gorgeous scenes. Cascading waterfalls, a variety of flora and fauna, lush vegetation, scattered human habitation, views of the towering Kanchenjunga, and the cultural diversity make for an incredible trip, one that has been rarely attempted. Considered one of the most beautiful massifs in the world Mt. Kanchenjunga is a rare delight. Our trek to this less-visited mountain starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Suketar. The flight itself is scenic with incredible views of the Himalayan ranges.

As our trek slowly paces ahead, you can witness how the gradual change in landscape from flatlands to hills and mountains also brings a change in vegetation. We pass through many coniferous forests, meadows, alpine shrubs, and grasslands on our way. The terrain is completely rocky and the views are of snow-capped mountains starting from Ghunsa. Frozen streams, waterfalls, and glaciers are a common sight. Small landslides and avalanches are quite frequent as well. Jannu at 7710m is a dramatic and beautiful mountain which you can witness along with Jannu Glacier’s terminal moraine on the way from Ghunsa to Kambachen.

We wake up to probably one of the best sunrises ever at Kambachen. Views of mountains like Jannu (7710m) Pholesobi Thongje (6552m) and Tanga (Sarphu) mountains make the sunrise ethereal. The route from kambachen to Lhonak and Kanchenjunga Base Camp and Pang Pema gets rockier and more remote with each step. The best views of Kanchenjunga are from Pang Pema. During late spring/ early summer which is from March to May, one can witness incredibly low clouds at over 5000 m. If you ever wanted to feel like walking in clouds, this is it! Morning views are mostly clear though.

Chances are high that you will get to see carcasses of Himalayan sheep along the way, as they tend to be the Snow leopard’s most frequent prey. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is truly once in a lifetime sort of experience! If Kanchenjunga doesn’t suit your thrill of challenging trekking. Adventure Club Trek also offers Upper Mustang Trek-17 Days. The trek is shorter and has a Tibetan cultural influence on it. Manaslu region is another restricted area trekking option. Adventure Club Trek offers Tsum Valley-18 Days, Manaslu Circuit-17Days, and Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit-21 Days Trek in the region. For the thrill of a summit expedition, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek-20 Days are ideal! Contact Adventure Club trek for any further details.

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. After resting for some time at your Hotel, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

After breakfast, our city guide will take you to the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath stupa, the famous Buddhist monkey temple is located on the hill from where you can get a picture of Kathmandu valley from a bird’s view. Pashupatinath temple, one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus, is located in the eastern part of the city. Likewise, Buddhanath is the largest spherical stupas in Asia. You will also visit the Kathmandu Durbar Squire, a centuries-old royal palace, now turned into national museums, temples, and other buildings, with the finest architecture, with fine cuts, and wood carvings. In the afternoon, we get our equipment checked by our Trekking leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

From Kathmandu, we get an early morning flight to Bhadrapur which is located in the Mechi Zone of southeastern Nepal, and then drive to Taplejung.

  • AccommodationTeahouse/Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,442m/4,731ft

Today, we will head to Lalikharka by 5 hours of trekking. Lalikharka is a beautiful village in the Panchthar District in the Mechi Zone of eastern Nepal. It is a simultaneous ascent and descent on a trail that mostly passes through lush green forests all the way to Lalikharkha.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,265m/7,431ft

We begin our trek to Khesewa after breakfast. It is mostly an easy descent until Phundrawa. From here we begin our ascent. It is a steep climb until Yangpang from where we climb steadily up until Phumphe Danda followed by another ascent to Khesewa. Our trek will be through forests and small villages. Overnight in Khesewa.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,120m/6,956ft

After breakfast, we begin our trek towards the Kabeli Khola. Next, we walk on a trail that passes through forests before crossing a small stream. On the way, we enjoy amazing views of the Himalayan peaks while also passing through several beautiful small villages. Overnight in Mamankhe.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,785m/5,857ft

Today’s trek will be mostly uphill on an easy trail whereby we mostly walk alongside the Kabeli Khola. During the walk, we also admire the beautiful ridge behind the stream. We continue our walk and admire a beautiful waterfall nearby. After walking for some time, we cross a small suspension bridge. We pass through small settlements before reaching Yamphudin to spend the night.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,080m/6,824ft

We begin our walk on a path commonly used by the villagers and pass through terraced farms and green meadows. Along the way, we have the constant company of the Himalayas to enjoy. Our walk will be on a trail along the Amji Khola. We also cross a pass at Lassiya Bhanjyang before reaching Tortong. Overnight in Tortong.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,995m/9,827ft

We begin our steady climb to Cheram after breakfast. Our trail is right at the side of the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy walking in the beautiful Lalung valley and have Tuplung peak for the company for most of today’s journey. We pass through the thick rhododendron forest and enjoy the magnificence of the Yalung Glacier. Overnight in Cheram.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,870m/12,697ft

We spend a day in Cheram which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude. We can spend the rest of the day resting and taking part in small hikes. We can explore the areas around the Yalung Glacier. There is also a viewpoint for Kabaru and Rathong peaks. Overnight in Cheram.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,870m/12,697ft

We begin our short trek after breakfast. From Cheram, we ascend for some time before reaching the snout of the Yalung Glacier. It is a beautiful walk on a valley trail. We also cherish the views of several Himalayan peaks. We pass through a small settlement of Lapsang before reaching Ramche. Overnight in Ramche.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,580m/15,027ft

From Ramche, we walk further up the valley. We then follow a stream before climbing on the moraine top until confronted by Kanchenjunga’s southern face. We walk further ahead for a glimpse of the Jannu Himal. We continue our trek further towards the Oktang Monastery. From here, we climb further up and reach the Yalung Base Camp. The views from the base camp are extraordinary. Kumbakarna (Jannu), Nyukla Lachung and other Himalayan peaks are close by. We descend and spend the night at Cheram.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,870m/12,697ft

We begin our trek after breakfast. We cross four passes today beginning with Sinelapche Bhanjyang. After crossing the pass, we continue to Mirgin La pass. We continue trekking and reach the Sinion La pass which is not very far. From here, we ascend to Sele La pass. There are prayer flags strung across one of the steeper sections of the trail which is very near to the Sele La pass. We cross the pass. Overnight in Sele La.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,290m/14,075ft

Follow the trail towards the north to come across a chorten with prayer flags that mark the start of a steep descent. After reaching Lamba Sumba Kharka the downhill walk gets easier. Enjoy the Southwest face of Jannu from here. Descend through lush pine, birch, and rhododendron forest to reach the Tibetan village of Ghunsa. It is the first village after many days in the wilderness. One of the specialties here is Tongba (locally brewed alcohol). It is a drink made by adding hot water to a bamboo cup filled with fermented millet seeds. A must-try drink after a tiring day according to the locals. However, alcohol is bad for altitude sickness.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,595m/11,795ft

We head north along the banks of Ghunsa Khola through meadows followed by pine and rhododendron forests. After crossing a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, we walk past a waterfall and a landslide-prone section. A steep climb followed by descending to Lakepo and another short ascend leads to the village of Kambachen. Overnight in tents in Kambachen.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,050m/13,288ft

Through rocky fields, the trail gradually climbs up leading to a waterfall that can be completely frozen depending on the time of the year. We cross a large bridge to reach Ramtang monastery. After crossing northwest of Kanchenjunga Glacier, we arrive at Lhonak, located near a dry lake bed. The wind is very strong here so it is advised you camp between boulders. Also, water is very scarce so use it wisely.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,778m/15,677ft

We trek along a flat trail from Lhonak which gradually goes upwards and later gets steeper as well. We follow the trail alongside Kanchenjunga Glacier and finally reach Pangpema at five. It is the only place where the main peak of Kanchenjunga is visible. From Pangpema we descend towards Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Enjoy the up-close views of Kanchenjunga and Jannu Hima among others. We then head back to Pangpema to spend the night.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,143m/16,874ft

If you want to get the best view of Kanchenjunga, hike up to a ridge towards the north of Pang Pema which provides a great vantage point. We get to see the spectacular views of Kanchenjunga, Wedge Peak, The Twins, and Tent Peak. We then backtrack our steps to Lhonak.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,778m/15,677ft

From Lhonak, we descend all the way to Ghunsa via Kambache. It is the same route we took when we were climbing up.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,595m/11,795ft

As we head out from Ghunsa, along the way we pass by many Mani walls followed by a monastery. Before we reach Phale, we pace through juniper forests. From here, we descend towards Chhudatangka Khola, and crossing the bridge we arrive at Gyabla. The trail passes a waterfall and after crossing a suspension bridge over Sumbung Khola we reach Amjilosa.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,308m/7,573ft

A short walk from Amjilosa lies a waterfall and as we walk past it we arrive at Solima, a small settlement. From here onwards we must cross two suspension bridges over the Ghunsa Khola to reach Sukathum. It is where Tamur and Ghunsa Khola meet. We cross Simbu Khola and many other small tributary streams to finally reach Chirwa, a village located between large boulders.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,270m/4,167ft

After a wonderful time in Chirwa, we head to Taplejung by trekking for 8 hours. The trekking trails along the way to Mitlung offer greenery at its best, floras and faunas, and especially quaint villages always ready to welcome us.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,442m/4,731ft

We move toward Bhadrapur from Taplejung by bus. The ride will last for 9 hours.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,419m/7,937ft

Our amazing journey to the Kanchenjunga circuit comes to an end today. There will be a farewell dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast and Farewell Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

Our Kanchanjunga Circuit  Trek-25 Days ends here. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will accompany you and see you off at Tribhuvan International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight to your home.

Note: If you still have a few days after the trekking schedule, you might be interested to experience other adventurous activities like jungle safari, Rafting, Bungeejumping, and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • MealsBreakfast

Note: - Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illnesses or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle. 
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (3 nights).
  • Best available twin sharing Teahouse or  lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Round trip airfare from Kathmandu – Suketar and Suketar – Kathmandu including departure tax
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tours including tour guide, entry fees and private vehicle
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Government licensed, English speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • All necessary permits including: Kanchenjunga special permit, TIMS and conservation permit fees
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Staff costs including their, Food, salary, accommodation, transportation and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff, including porters as per state law.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag, and trekking map
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement 
  • All Government and Local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: TuesdaySeptember 20, 2022End DateEnd: FridayOctober 14, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2388

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