Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

  • Duration 27 Days
  • Trip Difficulty moderate
  • Max. Altitude
  • Start and End Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Best Time Spring and Autumn
  • Accommodation Hotel in Kathmandu and Tea House during the trek

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking, one of longest walking journey within Nepal and probably in whole Himalaya region, taking more than three weeks duration to cover both North and South base camps.

Mt. Kanchenjunga stands as world 3rd high and Nepal’s 2nd highest at the height of 8,586 meters and 28, 169 feet, the mountain was summited way back in May 25th 1955 by British Expedition led by late legendry mountaineer Sir George Band.

Since then Mt. Kanchenjunga get climbers frequently taking the normal and original route of climb from its South Base Camp near Yalung glacier at Oktang which we will visit after exploring the North Base Camp at Pang-Pema and the highest spot of our adventure.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking gets less trekkers and visitors than other main popular routes of Annapurna, Everest or Langtang region due to its remoteness located within country Far Eastern Himalaya range.

Kanchenjunga actually spelled and pronounce ‘Kanchendzonga’ comes from Tibetan origin means Five Jewels of snow referring to its five satellites peaks that makes Kanchenjunga massif.

Mt. Kanchenjunga straddles the border between Nepal and Sikkim (a small North East states of India), where most popular among trekkers and climbers is from Nepalese side of the mountain.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking begins with sweeping scenic flight from Kathmandu to land at Nepal Far South East within low warm Terai the flat-land and then drive involves to reach our starting point of the adventure walks.

An exciting drive heading towards cooler hills of Ilam area famous for its Tea and huge tea-garden with beautiful scenery of Kanchenjunga mountain range, as ride reaches at Taplejung district main town at near Sukhetar.

Walk starts heading into lovely farm villages facing marvelous views of country landscapes with high snow peaks, with time to explore around villages to witness various cultures of Eastern Nepalese.

The main tribes dominated by Kirat tribes of Rai and Limbu with some Hindu Bharamins, Chettries and Dalits includes Magar, Gurung, Tamang hill people in lower mid hills.

As adventure advance heading much colder zone where Sherpa and Bhotia people dominates the higher areas from Gyable and Ghunsa onward interwoven with Buddhism religion of strong colorful culture.

From Ghunsa walk takes you closer towards our first major highlight at Pang-Pema within Kanchenjunga North Base Camp and the highest spot of the adventure at 5,065 m and 16,617 feet high.

Enjoy tremendous views of Kanchenjunga massive mountain range with
Mt. Jannu, Wedge and Kabru peaks after a glorious moments our next adventure takes you towards South-Eastern base camp.

Walk follows on same route till Ghunsa village and then our walk diverts to cross high scenic passes Sinion La and Tsele-la pass to reach at Ramche with time to explore Kanchenjunga South Base Camp.

After completing our major goal and highlights and then on the trails back towards low farm villages and within lovely rhododendron, pines and fir forest to reach at Taplejung for last final overnight stops around high hills of Kanchenjunga.

From here drive takes you back to lovely scenic Ilam with its tea-garden and then heading towards low sub-tropical Terai area for smooth panoramic flight to reach at Kathmandu, after a great marvelous adventure and experience on Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking.

What's included

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with BB plan
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trek
  • First Aid Kit
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area entry fee and TIMS card
  • Experienced English-speaking trek guide and porter (2 trekkers: 1 guide and porter)
  • Staff Insurance
  • Salary, food, and accommodation of your staff during the trek
  • All ground transportation as per itinerary
  • Round Flight Kathmandu to Bhadrapur to Kathmandu
  • All Land Transportation
  • Arrival transfer from the international airport to your hotel
  • Tea house lodge during your trek
  • Tour Certificate
  • Farewell Dinner
  • First Aid Kit during the trek
  • Staff Insurance

What's not included

  • International flight ticket
  • International airport tax
  • Visa Fee
  • Other personal items. (Phone calls, snacks, hot and cold drinks, laundry, alcohol, extra porter, shower, etc )
  • Private Travel Equipment
  • Excess baggage cost during your domestic flight
  • Travel insurance

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01: On arrival at Kathmandu airport 1,320 m transfer to hotel.

    Reach Kathmandu via various international airlines where our staff receives you
    with transport to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city within easy reach to its
    shops and restaurants.

    Check into your rooms and after getting refreshed from jet-leg join at hotel lobby
    for group briefing regarding do’s and don’ts, local culture and with detail
    information on Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking.

  • Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing tour and trek preparation.

    In Kathmandu full day sightseeing tour at places of great interest, where visit
    takes you in the heart of Kathmandu city, around places steeped with World
    Heritage Sites, with time for trek preparation.

  • Day 03: 45 minutes flight to Bhadrapur 350 m and drive to overnight stop at Ilam town 1,375 m - 04 hrs journey.

    Depart from your hotel to Kathmandu domestic airport as per your flight time for Bhadrapur airport around Far South Eastern region of Terai belt the low and flat land of Nepal.
    45 minutes scenic flight with super panorama of Himalayan mountain range with views of Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga range of peaks all the way till it lands at Bhadrapur airport.
    From here, transfer into local transport for interesting heading up towards cooler Himalayan hills covered with lovely pine and fir tree lines with large Tea Garden as Ilam town and the area famous for.

    Overnight at Ilam or in Fickal town for overnight stop in best available local lodge with time to browse around the bazaar where you can observe local culture of eastern hill Nepalese of various ethnic tribes and religions.

  • Day 04: Drive to Taplejung 1,820 m -04 hrs.

    Morning taking another exciting drive to reach Taplejung district area at Sukhetar, a place with a small airstrip (where flights are unreliable and unpredictable).

    On reaching hill town at Taplejung near Sukhetar, where first day overnight camp will be set or in local best lodge available afternoon free to enjoy walks around the town and witness Nepalese culture of Eastern Nepal, populated mostly by Kirat tribes of Limbu with some Rai and other Hindu people Chettries and Brahmins.

  • Day 05: Trek to Sinuwa 980 m - 06 hrs.

    After a pleasant overnight stop in Taplejung, starting our first day treks heading past many small farm village of Mitlung, as route leads on pleasant winding path with few steep up and short descend entering forested area of rhododendron and pines trees; and then climb heads to high hill rewards you with great views of
    Mt. Kanchenjunga and Kabru peaks, walk continues towards Tamur River reaching at Sinuwa village for overnight stop.

  • Day 06: Trek to Taplethok 1,380 m - 05 hrs.

    From Sinuwa morning walk to Tawa village crossing number of streams to reach spread out farm villages at Chirwa, a nice village dominated mostly by Rai (Kirat tribe) with some Magar, Tamang and Hindu Chettries, Brahmins with Dalits people.

    After short stop at Chirwa, walk continues past several farm villages to reach river bank and witness cultivation of cardamom in the dark shade of dense tree lined.

    From here walk higher up over farm fields with short descend to overnight camp at Taplethok a lovely farm village close to Lelep, here air gets much cooler with dramatic change of culture of more Tibetan Buddhist religions.

  • Day 07: Trek to Sakathum 1,575 m - 05 hrs.

    Enjoying overnight stop at Taplethok farm village morning starts heading through many scattered farm villages and paddy fields with rows of terraces to enter a cool forest, as walk takes you to short ups with views of distant snow peaks and then reach another nice farm village Sakathum for overnight camp near the village back yard.

  • Day 08: Trek to Amjilasa 2,310 m - 05 hrs.

    Morning walk heads past farm villages towards river bank as trek continues to reach high hills gaining elevation visiting farm fields and smaller hamlets with views of mountain range and rolling green hills as walk leads into a valley filled with nice cool forest then reach at Amjilasa village for overnight stop.  

  • Day 09: Trek to Gyable 2,730 m - 05 hrs.

    From Amjilasa morning walk starts towards higher side where altitude gains slowly getting close to mountainous areas as route leads past scattered summer pastures and grazing fields to reach Gyabla or Kyapra for overnight stop around cattle herders village, from here dominated by Tibetan origin mountain tribes with Sherpa and Bhotia people of Buddhist religion with interesting traditional culture.

  • Day 10: Trek to Ghunsa 3,595 m - 04 hrs.

    After overnight around nice small place of Gyable walk begins with climb for an hour within forest of pines-oaks and rhododendron trees as trail reach a nice flat area at near Ghunsa River, from here walk on nice pleasant path to Ghunsa village for overnight stop.

    Ghunsa, a lovely mountain village populated by Bhotia of high Kanchenjunga region with Sherpa tribes of both Tibetan origin here houses are built of fine stone work a nice and neat small farm.

  • Day 11: Rest day for acclimatization and short hike.

    A perfect and ideal spot Ghunsa for rest day to support acclimatization before heading higher towards Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, enjoy short hike around village enriched with impressive Buddhist culture and climb to scenic hill for best panorama of surrounding close peaks and landscapes.

  • Day 12: Trek to Khambachen 4,000 m -06 hrs.

    Walk from here climbs on following a river with views of waterfalls encountering Yak herders camps along the trail depending upon the time of grazing season.

    Trail leads towards right bank from Ghunsa River, walking into rhododendron and pine forest, that then with gradual up to Rambuk Kharka and then cross over a small glacier landslide.

    Trek continues facing views of Khumbukarna and Janu Himal with other series of high snow-capped peaks.
    Soon walk heads past tree lines to enter into arid and barren landscapes, as climb takes you past Rambuk Kharka with gentle descend to Khambachen crossing a landslide section to camp at Khambachen.

    This scenic valley dominated by peaks of Sharphu (7,070 m.) with north face of Mt. Janu and Wedge peak.

  • Day 13: Trek to Lhonak 4,780 m - 06 hrs.

    From here our route follows above river for an hour and then head further east, as walk descend to a river, and then climbs over rocks and boulder section to a terminal moraine of Kanchenjunga glacier, on leaving Ramtang Kharka (a Yak herders shelter and shade).

    As walk progress where path leads towards Kanchenjunga glacier and then cross near junction of Lhonak and Kanchenjunga glacier with super views of Mera, Nepal Peak and Wedge Peaks.

  • Day 14: Hike to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp 5,065 m and to Lhonak- 06 hrs.

    Staying another nights at Lhonak, morning day hike takes you to our first highlight of the adventure to Pang Pema at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, as walk starts with gentle climb above a river with greand views of Kirat Chuli, Nepal Peak, Taple Sikhar, and Givegela Chuli.

    First section climbs leads to gentle walk and then gets steeper heading through a boulder on rocky trail, as walk takes you in between grassy slopes and to a glacier path up at a place called Pang Pema where Kanchenjunga North Base Camp located and the highest spot of the journey.

    Explore around this beautiful and scenic area with chances of spotting some herds of blue sheep's on this wild country of mountains and glaciers.
    After enjoying wonderful and scenic moment in the backdrop of massive Kanchenjunga mountain range, then return back to Lhonak after a glorious day hike to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp.

  • Day 15: Trek to Ghunsa, 3,480 m - 07 hrs.

    From here on same route to Ghunsa as walk retrace the journey back past Kambachen to reach our overnight stop at Ghunsa after a long day and exciting walks to North Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

  • Day 16: Trek to Tsele-la Kharka 4,200 m - 06 hrs.

    Today our route diverts heading towards Southern East side of Kanchenjunga, as walk takes you into complete wilderness of dense forest within large grazing areas, trek leads to long climb towards base of Tsele-La Pass and a Kharka for overnight stop within large field and a summer pasture.

  • Day 17: Cross over Tsele-la pass 4,250 m and to Tseram 3,870 m - 06 hrs.

    Starting early morning with steep climb to cross over two scenic high passes in a day, rewards you with grand views of Kanchenjunga massive mountain range, as walk head into dense forest.

    From here cross few fast streams and then reaching base of Sinion La, after crossing over Tsele-la pass a climb of few hours with gradual descend to reach Ramche for overnight stop.

  • Day 18: Trek to Oktang south Kanchenjunga base camp 4,730 m and to Ramche 4,580 m - 07 hrs.

    Morning another free day for optional hike and excursion to reach a place called Oktang which is close to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp, the original route where British Expedition established base camp for the climb of Kanchenjunga summit in 1955.

    Where takes you to catch close views of Yalung Glacier and south wall of massive Kanchenjunga mountain range, where hike takes nearly three hours facing marvelous views of Talung Peak and Kabru, after scenic and exciting day walk head back to Ramche for overnight stop.

  • Day 19: Trek to Tseram 3,870 m - 05 hrs.

    From here steep climb for short hours within magnolia, rhododendron and bamboo forest to reach a stream as walk continues on gravel ground, leading to a shrine within a big boulder shaped like a serpent.

    Walk past forest area as our route leads to a riverbed, and then uphill to a terrace for overnight stop at Tseram, a place with roofless bivouac caves, facing views of terminal moraine fed from Yalung glacier and behind looking at Kabru 7,353 m and Talung peak 7,349 m.

  • Day 20: Trek to Lamite Bhanjyang 3,370 m - 06 hrs.

    After enjoyable time at Kanchenjunga South base camp, walk heads back into green forested areas to reach a place called Tortung within small cattle herder village surrounded by woodland as walk leads much downhill with short ups to reach at Lamite Bhanjyang within a quaint area for overnight stop.

  • Day 21: Trek to Yamphudin 1,690 m - 06 hrs.

    An easy day walk as elevation loses every hours with much downhill and some short ups heading into serene forest of rhododendron and pine tree lines and crossing streams to enter a gorge to reach an open wide area at nice small village of Yamphudin for overnight stop.

  • Day 22: Trek to Phumphe Danda-Ridge 1,780 m - 05 hrs.

    Morning begins with steep descend to reach a nice rice and millet fields, and into forested area around Nandeva khola / stream, crossing over then downhill to a river, as walk takes you to climb into forested area to reach at Loppoding village.
    After Loppoding on ups and down-hill trail to reach a hill village at Yangpang, and then along upper edge of a ridge with slow climb for an hour towards Pompe Dhada, located on a crest of a scenic hill for overnight stop with view of Mt. Jannu.

  • Day 23: Trek to Kunjari 1,700 m - 06 hrs.

    Today another long walk to reach at Kunjari near Simbu and Kande Bhanjyang as morning starts on downhill into farm villages, dominated mostly by Hindu tribes a mixture of Brahmins, Chettries as well with Kirat people includes Rai and Limbu, practice Hinduism along with their own ancient heritage of deities and nature spirit.

    Walk leads to farm village then descend to Phawa khola, and cross Phawa khola towards Pokora village, the path from here takes you within farm field and suspension bridge as route leads to a climb up to Kunjari village for overnight stop.

  • Day 24: Trek back to Taplejung for overnight stop - 06 hrs.

    From this small interesting hill village walk to Kande Bhanjyang, facing views of Kanchenjunga and Yalung- kang peaks, today our last day walk as route takes you back at Taplejung.

    Enjoy the final day trek heading into lovely farm villages to reach at Sukhetar, a small town with an airstrip that often flies to Kathmandu via Biratnagar city.

    As walk continues reach Taplejung the main town and headquarter of the district, here enjoy last overnight stop on this hill town.

  • Day 25: Drive to Birtamod town via Ilam - 06 hrs.

    Ending our final walk at Taplejung, morning an interesting drive on dirt motorable road towards Fickle around Ilam area within its vase Tea-Garden where journey continues heading due south into low warm areas at Terai belt to reach at large town of Birtamod for last overnight around Nepal Far South East.

  • Day 26: Short drive to Bhadrapur airport and fly to Kathmandu.

    Morning depart from your hotel at Bhirtamod one of largest town within
    South Eastern Nepal drive to Bhadrapur airport for scenic sweeping flight to reach
    at Kathmandu, during air enjoy fantastic views of Himalayan peaks with Everest,
    Makalu and Kanchenjunga mountain range.

    On reaching at Kathmandu domestic airport get transferred to your hotels, rest of
    the day at leisure for individual activities with farewell dinner in a nice
    Nepalese restaurants.

  • Day 27: International departure for home ward bound.

    Enjoying great wonderful adventure and experience in Nepal with exciting memorable time on ‘Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking’, and on your last day in Nepal, our staff and guide transfers you to airport for your flight back home or to next port of call.



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