Trek Highlights

  • Mt Kanchenjunga- Third highest peak in the world and many other Snow-capped mountains
  • Tibetan and mixed ethnic group settlement; Sherpas, Rais, Limbus and Gurung.
  • Remoteness and pristine natural heritages
  • Wildlife such as Snow leopard, Musk deer, Red panda, Blue sheep, Tibetan snow cock, Himalayan Monal etc.
  • Diverse landscapes from forests to meadows
  • Several rivers and waterfalls and Kanchenjunga Glacier

Trek Overview

Kanchenjunga circuit trek is a popular and challenging trekking trail. We trek to both North and South Base Camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga, and it is the third highest peak in the World. This is one of the unexplored and pristine trekking routes situated at the eastern part of Nepal.  The trail traverses several remote villages on high mountain ranges.

Trekking in Kanchenjunga is an enjoyable trail that offers incredible backdrops of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt, Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Jhanu Himal, Nepal peak, Tibetan monasteries, meadows and grassland along with rhododendron forests and mixed culture.

 The Kanchenjunga trek is less crowded route offering you with unique insight into Nepali culture and Nepali people’s lifestyle. Apart from this, the Kanchenjunga area is surrounded by plenty of wildlife and natural heritage that will enthrall you during the trek. Subsequently, this challenging trekking will give you an abundance of adventurous and remarkable memory to cherish for a lifetime.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

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Note: below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for general idea only.

Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

    At your arrival to Kathmandu we will welcome you at the airport and transfer you the hotel. After refresh you can either take some rest or explore the area around your hotel.

  2. Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation

    Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest Stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipments required and overnight at hotel.

    Trip Highlights;

    Visit UNESCO Heritage

  3. Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur (45 minutes approx) and drive to Ilam (3 hours 16 minutes approx, 97.3 km)

     With an early wake up call, you will get ready and be transferred to the airport from where you will fly to Bhadrapur. Landing at Bhadrapur there will be a vehicle waiting for us which will drive us to Ilam. It is a famous destination for natural scenery and landscapes, tea production, and diverse agricultural economy. We will stay the night here and prepare ourselves for tomorrow’s trek.

    Trip Highlights:

    Scenic drive to Ilam; i.e. tea cultivated land, landscapes and beautiful natural scene.

    If the weather is clear then you can see Darjeeling bazaar.

  4. Day 04: Drive to Taplegunj (5 hours), trek to Mitlung (921m/3,021 feet) Approx 3 1/2 hours walk

    We leave Ilam early in the morning and drive to Taplejung through cardamom and tea cultivated area. The scenic drive offers you a first glimpse of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Jannu. In addition, you get to see pasture land and small villages. Then we begin to trek along paved road for one hour and take a gradual steep descent to the Tamor River that takes us to the village of Mitlung. We stay overnight in Mitlung.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Drive all the way through cardamom and tea area.
    • Glimpse of Kanchenjunga and Mt. Jannu
    • Picturesque villages and lush mountain
    • Experience Limbu culture and tradition
  5. Day 05: Mitlung to Chirwa (1,246m/4,087ft) 5 – 6hrs trek

     

    With an early start we continue our trek following Tamor River along paved road and after one and half hour the trails lead to Siwa Bazar. Siwa Bazzar is a small market and you can see Limbus settlement, high school, hospitals and police checkpoint. We continue to follow Tamor River for one and half hours and stop at Tawa village for lunch. After lunch, we walk on zigzag path for about 1 hour that lead you to Thiwa Village and additional an hour walk will take you to our destination Chirwa where we stay overnight in camp.                 

    Trip Highlights:

    • Walk through cardamom plants
  6. Day 06: Chirwa to Sekathum (1,660m/5,446ft) 5-6hrs trek

    After having breakfast we rejoin our trail; as we begin we follow trekking along the Tamur River. The trail passes through varied landscape, we trek uphill and downhill passing dense forest. After a couple of hours we arrive at Taplechowk where our trekking permit will be checked and its door way to Kanchanjunga Conservation area. We traverse the suspension bridge over the river and walk on the west bank along the cardamom farm. We will stop for lunch at Phembu and continue to walk zigzag path crossing over Suspension bridge of Tamur River. We will reach at Serkathum following Ghunsa Khola walking on zigzag trail. After 20 minutes of walk, we will arrive at our camp.

    Trip Highlights:

    • We walk through dense forest and cardamom farm
    • Cross the suspension bridge
    • Pass through Limbu settlement
  7. Day 07: Sekathum to Amjilosa (2,510m/8,234ft) 5-6hrs trek

    After breakfast we continue our trek crossing suspension bridge and enter dense forests of bamboo trees, Utis trees and varied types of trees. You are likely to see troops of Langur monkeys and musk deer. We then cross another suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola and reach at Jaubari. You can see beautiful waterfall here. We continue to follow Ghunsa Khola that takes you to Lamatar where we stop for lunch. After lunch, we walk through zigzag trail and enter into dense forests. After that we cross one more suspension bridge and take gradual ascend for 2 hours and 20 minutes of walk through straight trails will takes you to our camp. We stay overnight in Amjilosa.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Explore Sherpa and Tibetan folks in Amjilosa village
    • Traverse suspension bridge
    • Beautiful waterfall in Jaubari
    • Walk through shaded dense forests of various types of trees
    • If you are lucky you might encounter with troops of Langur monkeys s and musk deer.

     

  8. Day 08: Amjilosa to Gyabla (2,730m/8,956ft) 5-6 hours trek

    After having breakfast we continue our trekking. Leaving Amjilosa behind we trek from the river bank all the way through a thick bamboo and rhododendron forest to traverse the ridge. Then we walk down on the way to Ghunsa Khola where you can see many houses made up of stones. Further, we walk through several ascend and descend after a short climb before passing a large waterfall.  Eventually we will arrive at Gyabla after a steep ascend. Gyabala is a beautiful village with Tibetan settlement where we overnight here.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Explore picturesque village of Tibetan inhabitants
    • Pass through waterfall
    • Walking through blanketed forest of rhododendron and bamboo trees

     

  9. Day 09: Gyabla to Ghunsa (3,595m/11,794ft) 5-6hrs trek

    We will have an early breakfast and rejoin our trail; as we begin trekking we descend down the river as the valley widens. We will have lunch once we reach at Phole, another Tibetan settlement where you can buy handicrafts handmade by the locals and visit monastery. On the way between Phole and Ghunsa, we pass memorial of helicopter crash casualties in 2002. Leaving the village, we trek further through pine forest to Ghunsa, it is a Sherpa village where you can see many wooden houses and vibrant prayer flags. You will find gompas, several shops here. We stay overnight in Ghunsa.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Pass through Phole Tibetan settlement and memorial.
    • Explore Sherpa Village with beautiful wooden houses and colorful prayer flags
    • Visit monastery
    • Walk through pine forest
  10. Day 10: Acclimatization day at Ghunsa (3,595m/11794 ft).

    Today is an important day for acclimatization as we need to let our body adapt the altitude so that we can avoid altitude sickness. You can spend the time relaxing and exploring the village.  A day hike can be organized to a close by monastery called Lapsang La Pass. From pass you can see beautiful view of Ghunsa peak and several other unnamed peaks. We will return back and can get some rest, we will stay overnight in Ghunsa.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Explore Ghunsa village
    • Visit Lapsang La monastery
    • View of beautiful peaks from Lapsang La passes.
  11. Day 11: Ghunsa to Khambachen (4,100m/13,451ft) 5-6hrs trek

    After having breakfast we leave Ghunsa and trek towards our next destination. We trek along the river bank heading towards north; the trail offers us amazing views of the mountain. As we continue trekking we pass through meadows with wildflowers, rhododendron and pine forests. Trekking further we reach Rampuk Kharka where we cross a bridge and continue passing the waterfall and a landslide. As we cross the landslide area we will get to see view of Mt. Jannu. Soon we will arrive at Khambachen which is the Tibetan settlement consist of dozen houses situated in a grassy plain area surrounded by magnificent mountain. In addition you can see an incredible backdrop of the enormous north face of Jannu.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Walk through shaded pine and rhododendron forest
    • Pass through several; mani walls and Chorten
    • Explore Tibetan settlement
    • Vistas of north face of Mount Jannu
    • Pass through pastureland and waterfalls
    • You are likely to see blue sheep
  12. Day 12: Acclimatization and rest day at Khambachen.

    We will take rest after a week of walking.  We will organize the program to explore the area around Khambachen and climb a ridge behind the village for better views of the mountains- or if you are feeling energetic you could visit Jannu’s Base Camp.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Explore Khambachen area and observe the incredible vistas Jannu Himalaya range.

     

  13. Day 13: Khambachen to Lhonak (4,785m/15,698ft) 5-6 hrs trek

    After having breakfast we begin to trek early as today is another challenging trek day. The trail ascends through open rocky fields to Ramtang (4,370m/14,337 ft) and then traverses moraines North West of the Kanchenjunga Glacier to Lhonak. The campsite at Lhonak is near some huge stone huts and you can see magnificent views of Wedge Peak (6,750m/22,145 ft), Mera (6,344m/20,813ft), Nepal Peak (6,910m/22,670 ft), and Twins (7,351m/24,117 ft) among others.

    Trip Highlights:

    • You will get opportunity to see superb views of Wedge Peak, Mera Peak, Nepal Peak and Twins.
    • View beautiful Kanchenjunga glacier
    • You are likely to see blue sheep and Tibetan snow cock along the trail
  14. Day 14: Day trek to Pangema (KBC); (5,143m/16,873ft) 6-7hrs trek and return back to Lhonak

    After having an early breakfast we begin to trek; as we begin we trek along the Kanchenjunga Glacier. We must be attentive and careful while trekking as we will trek through rocky trail as there are possibilities of landslides. Trekking further from here we reach Pangpema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, it is a flat grassy base camp. If we trek a bit higher we will be offered with splendid views of Kanchenjunga, Chang Himal, Nepal Peak and Tibetan Himalaya range. We will then descend back to Lhonak where we will camp overnight.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Kanchenjunga Glacier
    • Superb backdrops of Kanchenjunga, Chang Himal, Nepal Peak and Tibetan Himalaya range.
    • You are likely to see blue sheep along the way.
  15. Day 15: Return to Ghunsa (3,595m/11,794 ft) 8 hours walking.

    Walk back along the same trail through Kambachento Ghunsa village. Overnight camping.

  16. Day 16: Ghunsa to High camp (4,100m/13,451ft) before the Mirgin La pass 5-6hrs trek

    After having breakfast we rejoin our trail; we trek on a steep trail as we pass through dense moss forest, rhododendron and juniper to Sele La pass at 4,290 m/14,074 ft. continuing to trek we will have our lunch on a suitable lunch spot. After lunch we continue trekking further until we arrive at High camp. We will find a suitable camping site and camp the night there. You can see superb view of Mount Makalu from the camp.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Walking through blanketed dense forests for different types of trees
    • View of Mount Makalu
  17. Day 17: High camp to Tseram (3,870m/12,696ft) [via Mirgin la (4,663m/15,289ft)] 6-7hrs trek

    Today is another long and challenging trek day; we cross 3 passes through the trail. After breakfast we begin to trek, we trek uphill enjoying the south side view of Jannu and Makalu Himal. We traverse Sinion La (4,440m/14,566 ft) and followed by Mirgin La (4,480m/14,698 ft), Sinelapche Bhnajyang (4,646m/15,242 ft) after crossing the passes we then make a steep descend to Tseram; it is a small settlement above Simua Khola.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Beautiful views of Jannu and Makalu on the way
    • Cross Sinion La, Mirgin La , Sinelapche Bhnajyang
    • Views of Yalung range from Sinion La
  18. Day 18: Tseram to Ramche (4,580 m/ 15026ft) - 4 hours trek

    After breakfast, we ascend uphill for one and half hour to Yalung Kharka. Then, you will walk all the way through grassy area for 2 ½ hours that will take you to our campsite. We stay overnight in Ramche.

    Trek Highlights:

    • You are likely to see blue sheep grazing and Tibetan snow cock on the way.
    • You can see beautiful views of Kokhtang, Rathong, Kabri I-IV, Talung peaks from Ramche campsite.
  19. Day 19: Ramche (4,580 m/ 15026ft) to Okhtang (4730m/15,518 ft) and return to Tseram (3870m/12,696 ft) 5-6 hours hike

    In the early morning after breakfast we hike up to Oktang view point for one an half hour passing through Yalung Glacier. While we ascend ridge we can see amazing views of blue sheep and Tibetan snow cock. After enjoying the view we then follow the stream and soon follow the Okhtang view point. Once you reach view point you will see splendid view of majestic peaks such as Yalung, Kambachen and South Kanchenjunga After enjoying the view we then we take descent to Ramche where there is a beautiful lake and a pasture land along with stone houses. You can see blue sheep grazing on the grassy slopes. Then we walk down to Tseram where we stay overnight in camp

    Highlights:

    • Encounter with blue sheep and Tibetan Snow cock.
    • You can see view of Yalung, Kanbachen, South Kanchenjunga from Okhtang view point
    • Observe Yalung Glacier
  20. Day 20: Tseram to Tortong (3,000m/9842 ft); 4-5 hours walking.

    After having breakfast we take descend all the way through Tseram and walking all along the shaded rhododendron forest following the Simbuwa Khola to Tortong.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Walking through shaded forest of rhododendron trees
  21. Day 21: Tortong to Yamphudin (2,080m/6824 ft) 7 hours walking

    After having breakfast we climb up 1000m/3280 ft, the trail ascends steeply through mossy wooded area passing the landslide area.Then we arrive at Lamite Bhanjyang where we have a lunch break. We continue the trail that descend steeply to the Imja Khola and descend into Yamphudin. The village has a mixed community of Sherpas, Rais, Limbus and Gurungs and consists of another Kanchenjunga Conservation Area office.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Walk through mossy forest
    • Explore Yamphudin, the mixed community of various ethnic groups
  22. Day 22: Yamphudin to Mamankhe (1,810m/5938 ft) 4-5 hours walking

    Today we leave Yamphudin village and take the contouring trail soaring on top of the river to Mananke.

    Trip Highlights:

    Walk through cardamom garden and rice fields

    Pass through beautiful villages.

  23. Day 23: Mamankhe to Kande Bhanjang (2149m/7050ft); 6 hours walking

    From Mamankethe trail, we walk through leveled and zigzag path and traverse a brook on a extended suspension bridge before ascending to Phumphe village. We then ascend to teashops on the ridge then cross through a sequence of valleys passing many villages. Finally, we climb up to Kande Bhanjyang where we stay overnight here.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Cross suspension bridge
    • Pass several picturesque villages
    • You can see the beautiful view of Mount Jannu from Phumphe ridge until Kande Bhanjyang
  24. Day 24: Kande Bhanjang to Lali Kharka (2265 m/7431 ft); 6 hours walking

    After having breakfast we cross a ridge to the Limbu village of Khunjari and walk down to Phawa Khola. We then climb all the way through Shimu village to Thenbewa. Subsequently we keep on walking through beautiful village to Lali Kharka.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Pass through picturesque village
  25. Day 25: Lali Kharka to the Taplegunj via airfield at Suketar (2,300m/7,545 ft). 4-5 hours trek

    Today is a last day of our trek. After having breakfast, we continue to ascend from Lalikharka to Deurali. After that we take descending trials to the airfield at Suketar and further down to Taplejung.  Arriving at Taplejung brings end to our amazing trek around Kanchenjunga.

    Highlights:

    Walk through deep rhododendron forest

    You can see magnificent view of Mount Makalu from Deurali ridge.

    Pass through picturesque village of Gurung settlement.

    Visit Gurung monastery

  26. Day 26: Taplejung to Bhadrapur 5-6hrs drive

    We wake up early, have breakfast and take transportation that will drive us to Bhadrapur through Nepal’s highway offering different beautiful landscapes. Once we reach Bhadrapur we refresh ourselves and rest. We accommodate overnight here in Bhadrapur.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Scenic drive to Bhadrapur
    • Drive through cardamom garden, picturesque village
  27. Day 27: Bhadrapur to Kathmandu

    We will take a flight to Kathmandu. After landing in Kathmandu, our representative will transfer you at hotel. You can take rest, packing and souvenir shopping for beloved ones.

  28. Day 28: Back home

    After breakfast, our representative will transfer you to airport for your final departure.

Fast Facts

  • Kanchenjunga, at 8586m is the world’s third highest mountain and lies on the border with Sikkim
  • Stunning forests and wild paths at lower altitudes. High mountain passes and trekking on glaciers in the immense space of the sparsely inhabited but stunning northern reaches
  • Warm hospitality of Sherpa, Limbu, Rai and Lhomi communities
  • Kanchenjunga has five peaks and so the name translates to ‘Five Treasures of Snow’. These five peaks are Kanchenjunga Main, Kanchenjunga West, Kanchenjunga Central, Kanchenjunga South and Kangbachen
  • Kanchenjunga was designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO on July 17, 2016
  • Wildlife such as Snow leopard, Musk deer, Red panda, Blue sheep, Tibetan snow cock, Himalayan Monal
  • Diverse landscapes from forests to meadows
  • Kanchenjunga is the third-highest mountain in the world.

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