Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek - Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Hard
  • Tea House
  • Trekking in Nepal
  • March/April/May/Oct/November
  • Flght and Drive

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is non Touristy remote Trekking trail in Nepal. Kanchenjunga is the third highest of the world’s peaks. Kanchenjunga base camp trek take to you from the south-eastern corner of Nepal at altitude of just 70m to the base camp of one of the greatest mountain masses in the world. Kanchenjunga region is one of Nepal’s least trekked areas and perhaps partly for this reason one of its most beautiful. There are several approaches to Taplejung: from Ilam which involves a full day's drive through dirt road or by driving from Dharan to Basantpur and then trekking for several days to Taplejung. Kanchenjunga trek can be shortened by taking a flight to Taplejung, which is the central hub for the region. Kanchenjunga base camp trekking trails climb gradually along and crossing Tamur River, which rises from the snows of Kanchenjunga itself. Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek

Continuing along the Ghunsa River and crossing Ghunsa, a Sherpa village marked with prayer flags and gompa, where two trails from Kanchenjunga’s southern flank join the northbound route, leads through rhododendron thicket and the forested area. Climbing further up, the long awaited Jannu Glacier and then Jannu (7,710m) or “Mystery peak” or “Peak of terror” finally comes into full appearance. Moving along the hilltop path and after reaching Pangpema (5,150m) the giant Kanchenjunga (8,586m) becomes visible. Huge, towering Company Name is the Himalayan Range International Treks & Expedition Pvt. Kanchenjunga presents the crowning finale to this long trek. Return trip from Pangpema crosses mountain passes between Yalung Glacier and Kanchenjunga Glacier affording excursion around the north and south faces of Kanchenjunga. Two trails head south from Ghunsa to Ranze. The early route scrambles over loose snow covered rocks to cross Lapsang La (5,932m).Gosaikunda LakeTrek

The lower alternative traverses three passes with the highest Sinion La (4,800m). At Ramze, the gigantic Yalung Glacier enclosed by rocky crags and ice precipice appears. Visiting the Yalung Glacier, the next days’ trek down to cobble stone streets of Taplejung by passing through rhododendron thickets, mountainside villages, terrace fields along mountain path are equally interesting. Abundant wildlife can be seen along the trail including musk deer, blue sheep and, for the believer, the Yeti! Magnificent views of Everest, Makalu and the Kanchenjunga massif will make the trip memorable.Lower Dolpo Trekking


Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Our Himalayan Range International Treks & Expedition Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Please, look for our Himalayan Range Guide/Staff Transfer to hotel, introduce your trekking guide and check the necessities. Afternoon stroll Tourist colourful market Thamel down town. Overnight in Kathmandu at Hotel with breakfast.

Day 02: Fly Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive Ilam Baazar overnight lodge.

From Kathmandu depart from the hotel with your guide for amazing adventure to Kanchenjunga trekking, taking Fligt Bhadarpur 45 minutes heading eastern Nepal at Bhadarpur interesting town with time and drive to Ilam and see beautifull Tea Garden overnight stop.

Day 03: From Ilam Baazar drive to Taplejung 113 km/ 70 Miles day time bus- 09/10 hrs.

Morning begins with local drive heading towards cooler green hills around scenic Ilam town famous for tea and its wide tea gardens, as drive continues to reach at hill town in Taplejung for overnight stop after an exciting and long drive for two continues days, glad that the drive is over for many weeks.

Day 04: Trek to Taplejung to Mitlung 921 m / 3,021 ft – 04/ 05 hrs.

After a pleasant overnight stop in Taplejung, starting our first day treks heading past many small farm village to reach at Mitlung for overnight halt, where route takes you on pleasant winding path with few straight up and down into forested areas of rhododendron and pines trees; where climb leads to a high hill facing scenic views to reach at Mitlung enjoy views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Kabru peaks.

Day 05: Trek to Mitlung to Chirwa 1,270 m – 06 hrs.

Walk continues with descend to Tamor River encountering short ups and down-hill to Sinuwa village, and then descend towards Tawa village to cross several smaller fresh streams reaching into spread out farm villages to reach at Chirwa for overnight stop, a nice village of mix tribes dominated mostly by Rai (Kirat tribe) some Magar, Tamang and Hindu Chettries, Brahmins with Dalits people with time to explore this nice village.

Day 06: Chiruwa to Shekhadum (1885m)-6 hrs.1, 695 m / 5,560 ft – 05/6 hrs.

Enjoying stops at Chirwa, morning walk heading past several neat smaller farm villages to reach a river bank of mix country where you can witness cultivation of cardamom fields in the dark shade of dense tree line.

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

Day 07: Trek to Shekhadum to Amjilosa 2,395 m / 7,856 ft – 05/6 hrs.

Journey continues to reach higher gaining more elevation heading past farm fields and villages facing views of distant peaks with rolling green hills as walk leads into a valley filled with nice cool woodland then reaching a high village at Amjilosa for overnight stop.

Day 08: Trek to Amjilosa to Gyabla/Kyapra 2,730 m/8,955 ft- 04/5 hrs.

Morning walk continues along with higher side of altitude as route leads towards much cooler area as paddy farms area stops where walk gets closer to mountainous and high hill areas encountering several scattered summer pastures and grazing areas to reach at Gyabla or Kyapra for overnight stop in this small cattle herders and farm village, where people change to more Tibetan like with same Buddhist religion and culture.

Day 09: Trek to Gyabla to Ghunsa 3,427 m / 11,241 ft – 05/6 hrs.

Morning begins with gentle walk over down-hill trails and then climb takes you for an hour into forested areas of pines-oaks and rhododendron trees as walk reaches a nice flat area on reaching Ghunsa river, from here on pleasant walk to Ghunsa village for overnight stop, a nice and interesting village populated by Bhotia and Sherpa tribes of Tibetan origin with houses built with stones includes neat small farm.

Day 10: Rest /Acclimatization day in Ghunsa.

An ideal place for rest to get well with acclimatization before heading towards higher north at Kanchenjunga base camp, here with great opportunity for hike around this nice village of impressive Buddhist culture takes you at scenic view point’s hill for best panorama of mountains and surrounding landscapes.

Day 11: Trek to Ghunsa to Khangpachen/Kambachen 4,050 m – 05/6 hrs.

Morning walk from Ghunsa leads to climb following river with views of waterfalls along the walks, encountering Yak herder camps along the trail depending upon grazing season, as trail continues to the bank of Ghunsa river, and into rhododendron and pine forest, as walk leads to a gradual ascend to Rambuk Kharkas and then crossing a small glacier landslide as walk continues with grand views of Khumbukarna and Janu and other high snowcapped peaks.

On leaving tree lines behind, heading into barren country with few short bushes and scrub of juniper, after Rambuk Kharka climb, and then trail leads to a gentle down to Khambachen after crossing a landslide section to camp at Khambachen, this scenic valley with grand views of Sharphu peaks with north face of Mt. Janu and Wedge peak.

Day 12: Trek to Khangpachen to Lhonak 4,780 m / 13,284 ft – 04/5 hrs.

From this spot following a route high above a river for sometimes, then heading further east, with climb to reach a place and walking over rocks and boulder then heading to a terminal moraine of Kanchenjunga glacier, on leaving Ramtang Kharka (a Sheppard place) where trail joins Kanchenjunga glacier and then crossing at a junction to reach at Lhonak for overnight stop with views of Kanchenjunga glacier with Mera, Nepal Peak and Wedge Peak.

Day 13" Hike to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp 5,143 m/16,869 ft back to Lhonak – 07/8 hrs.

This morning hike towards Kanchenjunga Base Camp at Pang Pema to reach our main highlight of the adventure, where you will be at the foot

Mt. Kanchenjunga and its massive range of peaks, as walk leads to a climb high above a river facing views of Kirat Chuli, Nepal Peak, Taple Sikhar, and Givegela Chuli. The first part of the climbs is gentle and then heading through a boulder on rocky trail.

Walking to a glacier path all the way to Kanchenjunga Base Camp surrounded by giant peaks and then head back to Lhonak for overnight after a marvelous and exciting walk to Kanchenjunga base camp.

Day 14: Trek toLhonak to Ghunsa 3,427 m / 11,241 ft – 06/7 hrs.

Morning walk leads back on the same route heading past Kambachen to Ghunsa nice village for overnight stops after a long day walk with magnificent time at Kanchenjunga base camp within array of high mountains.

Day 15: Trek Ghunsa to Sele-La Kharka 4,200 m / 13,776 ft – 06/7 hrs.

On leaving the other sides of Kanchenjunga the northern remote areas, where walk from here leads to complete wilderness of thick forest and grazing areas as walk continues with long climb to reach at Sele-La Kharka for overnight stop with summer pasture and meadow.

Day 16: Trek to Sele-La to Cheram/Tseram 3,870 m/12,693 ft via Sele-La Pass 4,480 m/14,694 ft and Sinion La Pass 4,646 m/15,238 ft–08/9 hrs.

Today walking higher to cross two scenic high passes in a day, rewards you with amazing views of whole of Kanchenjunga range as walk takes you through dense tree lines and crossing some streams to reach at the base of Sinion La after crossing over Sele-la pass a climb of few hours with gradual descend to reach at a place calls Cheram or Tseram for overnight stop.

Day 17: Trek to Cheram to Ramche and hikeOktang Base camp (4730m) and back to Ramche (4580m)

From Tseram, we will pass through the snout of Yalung Glacier into an eroded valley. The peaks of this region span the Nepal- India border. There is a lake and a meadow in Ramche. Blue sheep can also be seen on the grassy slopes. From Ramche, we will move through rocky trails and moraines to finally reach Oktang Glacier. From, there we will trace the trail back to Ramche.

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 7,353m and Talung peak 7,349m.

Day 18: Trek to Ramche to Tortung 2,925 meters/9,594 ft -04/5 hrs.

After a enjoyable time at Kanchenjunga another base camp, where walk leads back into green forested areas to reach at Tortung within farm areas with small cattle herders village surrounded by woodland as walk leads much downhill with short ups to reach this quaint area for overnight.

Day 19: Trek toTortung to Yamphudin 2,080 m / 6,824 ft -05/6 hrs

An easy day walk as altitude slows down every hours of trek on downhill with some short ups into beautiful forest of rhododendron and pine tree lines and crossing some streams entering into a gorge and then into open wide area to reach a nice small village of Yamphudin for overnight stop.

Day 20: Trek to Yamphudin to Phumphe Danda 1,858 m / 6,095 ft -06/7 hrs.

We will make a descend on this day as we walk along the KabeliKhola. There are waterfalls of various sizes throughout the trail. We will finally reach Phumphe to spend the night.

Day 21: Trek to Phumphe Danda to Kade/Simbu 2,080 ms / 6,053 ft – 06/7 hrs.

From Phumphe, we will first climb a ridge and then descend through a series of side valleys past Phun village. After reaching Kesawa, we will ascend to Bhanjyang which is a Gurung settlement. From there, the trail traverses a ridge and descends to Kunjari, a Limbu village. We will stay the night here on the banks of PhaKhola.

Day 22: Khade Bhanjyang to lali kharka 6 hrs(2280m).

From Phumphe, we will first climb a ridge and then descend through a series of side valleys past Phun village. After reaching Kesawa, we will ascend to Bhanjyang which is a Gurung settlement. From there, the trail traverses a ridge and descends to Kunjari, a Limbu village. We will stay the night here on the banks of PhaKhola.

Day 24: Lali kharka to Taplejung 5 hrs (1820m).

From Sukhetar where our walk ends taking a drive as far to Ilam town and heading further to make towards Fikkel town within Illam area covered with vast tea-garden with pines trees with great views of Kanchenjunga peaks at Fikkal for overnight stop.

Day 23: Trek to lali kharka to Taplejung (1580m)

It is the last day of trekking as we go to Suketar of Taplejung. It involves more climbing than descends and hence is an exhausting day. We will stay overnight in Taplejung.

Day 24: Drive to Birtamod

On this day, we will take a long drive to Birtamod of Bhadrapur. We will stay in Birtamod for the night.

Day 25: Fly back to Kathmandu

We will take an early morning flight to Kathmandu and say goodbye there. We hope you had an amazing trip with our company!

Day 26: Final Departure to your home.

One of our representatives from Himalayan Range International Treks Guide/Staff will drive you off to Tribhuwan International Airport, from where you will board your plan for another destination or your home country. Nepal has many other natural and cultural beauties waiting to be explored. We will be always ready to help you Travelling around this amazing country. We will be pleased to make the necessary arrangements so that you can explore other parts.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up and Drops by private car/van/bus.
  • Domestic flights (Grounded transportation and Flight from KTM to Bhadrapur and skater to KTM.
  • 3 Nights' accommodation in Kathmandu with a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing by Private guide and private transportation.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek and Camping. All meals and accommodation during the Kanchenjunga trekking period.
  • All necessary paper works and conservation entry permits.
  • Special Trekking Permit US$ 100 per person for 10 days (the above price includes 10 days valid.
  • All governmental procedure permits fees and local taxes. Trekking permit for Kanchenjunga. If you would wish to stay more than 10 days in a restricted area, you are subjected to an extra charge for extra days (US$ 10 per day / per person).
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park, TIMS).
  • Trekking Information Management System Fee (TIMS Fee).
  • Lodge trek with all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and accommodation in tea house lodge during the Trek.
  • Services of English speaking trekking guide and porter (one porter for two people and the maximum weight carry by one porter is a total of 25kg)
  • An experienced, English-speaking, and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Accommodation, meals, insurance, equipment, and allowance of guide and porter.
  • All applicable government taxes and service charges.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Farewell dinner with typical Nepali restaurant.
  • Travel and rescue arrangements.
  • All government taxes.

Trek Cost Excludes

  • Any accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
  • Any sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  • Any international and domestic airfare
  • Your personal travel insurance and medical.
  • Bottled drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks).
  • Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter, and driver, laundry, bar bill, telephone calls etc.

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Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
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    • 26 Days
    • 5286 meters
    • Nepal
    • 15
    • Trekking hrs / day
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