Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

21 Days

  • Mount Kanchenjunga
  • Mount Kanchenjunga

Trip Info

ACTIVITY
Trekking
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
MAX. ELEVATION
Alt. 5140m
BEST SEASON
Feb-May | Aug-Nov
ACCOMMODATION
3 Star | Teahouse
TRANSPORTATION
Flight | Jeep

Overview

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is an adventure trail in eastern Nepal that displays Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest peak. The walk takes hikers through the Kanchenjunga Region, near the Indian border, and includes historic churches Buddhist shrines, suspension bridges, streams, waterfalls, final moraines, lakes, and glaciers. The tour includes magnificent hiking paths, nights spent in teahouses and tented refuges, and excursions to conventionally rural areas.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a one-of-a-kind attraction due to its geographical seclusion and conservation preservation efforts since 1998. It covers an area of 2,035 square kilometers and is home to four preservation areas: Olangchung Gola, Lelep, Tapethok, and Yamphudin. The region’s natural splendor, mountains, Sherpa lifestyles, Yak communities, significant plants, and natural beauty make it an excellent location to visit.

Kanchenjunga is a lonely Himalayan mountain range with four subsidiary peaks surpassing 8,000 meters, including Kanchenjunga West, Yalung Kang, and the Twins. Further, twenty peaks above 7,000 meters are in the vicinity, including Kambachen, Janu, Jongsong, Kabru, Tent Peak, and the Twins. There are also other peaks that rise above 6,000 meters. There are five significant glacial systems in the area, including the Zumu, Talung, and Rathong glaciers, which flow into Sikkim, and the Kanchenjunga and Yalung glaciers, which flow into Nepal’s Tamor River. The recent addition to the trekking map of the Great Himalayan Trail induces tourism in this isolated area, resulting in the building of new teahouses along the route.

Flora and fauna found in Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a nature lover’s and adventurer’s dream. The varied landscapes of the hike take you on an enthralling journey, beginning with the charming rhododendron, oak, and bamboo forests in the lower sections and gradually progressing to the tranquil alpine meadows and towering juniper trees at higher heights.

Mount Kanchenjunga
Pic: Mount Kanchenjunga

You’ll get the opportunity to see a variety of species, from the elusive snow leopard and charming red panda to the magnificent Himalayan black bear and beautiful musk deer, in this staggering setting.

People found in Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

The chance to fully immerse oneself in the lively culture and gracious hospitality of the locals is one of the most enriching features of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. The area is home to a variety of ethnic groups, each with its own distinctive traditions and customs, including the Limbu, Sherpa, Rai, Gurung, and Tamang. Trekkers come across pleasant residents who take delight in sharing their cultural history as they travel through charming neighborhoods. Community meals, vibrant festivals, and traditional dance performances all provide a window into the depth of their cultural diversity. The walk becomes an extraordinary cultural immersion when you interact with the locals and see their spiritual rituals at monasteries

Best season to do the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is regarded as one of the top treks in Nepal, although planning ahead of time is essential. The two finest seasons for trekking are spring and autumn when thousands of people rush to Nepal. Due to severe weather conditions, the monsoon and winter seasons are not ideal for hiking. Autumn, which lasts from September through October, is characterized by bright scenery, little precipitation, and great weather for mountain walks. It is also the season for the two most important Nepalese festivals, Dashain and Tihar. Following the passage of Winter, Spring gives Nepal gorgeous flowering flowers, cool, dry weather, and a lovely ambiance. The mountains are at their finest during this season, with snow falling during the winter. Many hikers prefer this season over others, with March, April, and May being particularly popular.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
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  • Kathmandu Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, welcome Program by Wilderness Outdoors staff transfer to hotel.
  • You will be welcomed to Nepal by the ecstatic Wilderness Outdoors crew as soon as you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport. They will then ensure a smooth and pleasant transfer as they accompany you to your booked accommodation in Kathmandu. Spend some time unwinding and recovering after your trip, getting to know the neighborhood, and absorbing the city's cultural diversity.
  • The Wilderness Outdoors staff may give you a preview of the future schedule so you can anticipate the exhilarating experiences and adventures that are in store for you while you are visiting Nepal.
Day 2: Full day sightseeing Kathmandu Kathmandu Sightseeing
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  • Full-day Kathmandu Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley Patan, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath Overnight at hotel.
  • Spend the entire day exploring the Kathmandu Valley. Visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Patan. Examine the ancient city of Patan, see the revered Pashupatinath Hindu temple, behold the famous Boudhanath stupa, and take in the meditative atmosphere of Swayambhunath, popularly known as the Monkey Temple.
  • Afterward, head back to your hotel for the night after a day loaded with cultural treasures.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhdrapur and drive to Taplejung
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  • Flight time from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur is 94 minutes, and it starts your day. Once there, set off on an exciting 7 to 8-hour trip to the 2420-meter-high town of Taplejung.
  • The shocking panoramas of the surrounding countryside are provided by this beautiful trip in a native jeep.
  • You'll spend the night at a Teahouse/Lodge in Taplejung, where you'll experience comfort and friendliness.
  • Rest and be ready for the exhilarating trip that awaits you in this lovely area, which is renowned for its scenic beauty and cultural diversity.
Day 4: Drive from Taplajung to Sekathum
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  • Take a lovely trip to Sekathum after spending a restful night at the Teahouse/Lodge in Taplejung (Altitude: 2420m).
  • The trip is made in a public jeep and lasts around 5 to 6 hours. The height gradually drops to 1650 meters as you descend.
  • As you travel and pass through gorgeous towns and rich countryside, take in the beautiful landscape.
  • For an overnight stay, we will find a Teahouse/Lodge in Sekathum, which has a serene atmosphere.
Day 5: Trek to Amjilosa
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  • After waking up to a beautiful sunrise, we will climb up a route from Sakathum to Amjilosa, which will take you around 5 to 6 hours.
  • You'll reach a height of 2490 meters as you rise. After that, we'll trek northeast along the Ghunsa Khola's banks till we reach our destination. Furthermore, as we go closer to Kanchenjunga Base Camp, we will steadily gain height.
  • The difficult trek will next lead you to Amjilosa, a beautiful Tibetan town. We'll spend the night in a campground.
Day 6: Trek to Gyabla
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  • Our travel from Amjilosa to Gyabla will take between 6 and 7 hours.
  • The walk will take you through amazing views and thick trees as you rise to an elevation of 2725 meters. After more struggling upward, we will arrive at a beautiful waterfall.
  • We will spend some time investigating and photographing the waterfall. The rest of our journey will take us down the river's bank to Gyabla, where we will conclude the day.
  • We camp our tents nearby and gaze out at the region's mountains covered in snow.
Day 7: Trek to Ghunsa
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  • Set off on a 6-to-7-hour trip from Gyabla to Ghunsa. we will reach a height of 3415 meters as you journey across the harsh landscape. We'll leave Gyabla and pass through a small settlement before crossing a hill.
  • Following the river route, we will arrive in Ghunsa after a few hours of walking. Ghunsa is a charming Tibetan village with stone-paved dwellings, a health clinic, and a school.
  • It also features a hydroelectric station. The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area also includes the settlement. We may connect with people, listen to their stories, and watch their everyday lives in the countryside.
  • There are also various Buddhist temples and forts in the region. We'll be spending the evening in the Ghunsa teahouse.
Day 8: Rest and acclimatization day at Ghunsa
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  • Acclimatization is a vital component of this long-distance hiking experience. We will acclimatize at several locations along the path to get your body adjusted to the high-altitude circumstances. There are a number of immersion sites in and around Ghunsa.
  • We will not be idle at Ghunsa, even on acclimatization days, and will hike around for some time.
  • You'll trek 400 meters above the hamlet to a beautiful river. The climb to and from the lookout takes around 4 hours. From this vantage point, you may view snow-covered mountains, glaciers, hills, and alpine valleys.
  • We may also explore the Tibetan settlement of Ghunsa, which has charming local people and a rich cultural legacy.
Day 9: Trek to Khambachen
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  • Begin your journey from Ghunsa to Khambachen, which will take roughly 4 to 5 hours. You'll reach a height of 4145 meters as you rise. We'll depart Ghunsa and go through several pine and rhododendron forests.
  • We'll stroll down the Ghunsa Khola's southern bank, which is home to countless churches, stone walls, and shortens.
  • Furthermore, until we reach Khambachen, we will trek alongside hills and glacier moraines.
  • Khambachen is a beautiful town with Tibetan roots and panoramic vistas of mountains and hills in the snow in all directions. We'll relax for the night in a guesthouse.
Day 10: Trek to Lhonak
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  • After breakfast, we will begin our journey to Lhonak. First, we'll climb to the source of the Ghunsa Khola. Then we'll climb north along the Kanchenjunga glacier for about 3 12 hours. You'll reach a height of 4792 meters as you journey across the difficult landscape. The trail then climbs across grassland to the Lhonak Glacier. The view from the hill is spectacular, despite the fact that the area around it is still cold and the air is filthy and scarce. From here, you can see the Mera, Nepal Peak, Twin Peak, and other amazing peaks. You'll spend the night at the teahouse.
Day 11: visit Kanchenjunnga Base Camp and trek back to Lhonak
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  • Early morning hike to Kanchenjunga Base camp (KBC) 5140m (Pangpema) see the incredible of Mount Kanchenjunga, Nepal Peak, Dromo Peak, Kirat Chuli, Kangbachen, many, etc. then back to Lhonak (Alt 4792m,7/8hrs) Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge.
  • After breakfast, we'll head to Lhonak to begin our early-morning journey. As we go up many northern slopes, you will be treated to a spectacular vista of the snow-capped mountains.
  • The spectacular Lhonak glaciers may be seen from a route before arriving at the Pang Pema base camp.
  • From the base camp, you can view stunning scenery with mountains in every direction. While touring the region, you may capture some amazing photographs. The Kanchenjunga base camp provides a magnificent vista of rhododendron trees, glaciers in the mountains, and temperate plains.
  • Witness the breathtaking vistas of Mount Kanchenjunga, Nepal Peak, Dromo Peak, Kirat Chuli, Kangbachen, and many more gorgeous peaks. After soaking in the amazing views.
  • After some time at the Base Camp, you'll return to Lonak for the night.
Day 12: Trek to Ghunsa
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  • It takes about 5 to 6 hours to walk from Lhonak to Ghunsa. Climb from the high-altitude forest to the lovely settlement of Ghunsa, which sits at 3415 meters.
  • Relax and spend the evening at a Teahouse/Lodge, reflecting on your incredible trek through the Himalayas.
Day 13 : Trek to Selele
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  • Trekkers cross Sele La and arrive in Cheram, but today they hike up to Sele La High Camp.
  • After breakfast, you'll begin your ascent through rhododendrons, birch, juniper, moss, and pine forests, with views of Mt. Makalu and Mt. Baruntse.
  • After lunch, you'll continue your journey on a difficult rocky road through the forest and along a ridge to reach Sele La Pass at 4200 meters. It's about a half-hour trek from the pass to the high camp, where you'll spend the night.
Day 14: Trek to Tseram
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  • Trek from Selele to Tseram, crossing through Miring-la at 4645 meters and Sinlapche pass at 4645 meters.
  • This day involves a difficult but rewarding ascent and descent via high passes. The journey takes about 6 to 7 hours. Arrive in Tseram (3868m), where a Teahouse/Lodge will provide a comfortable overnight stay.
  • Rest and recharge your batteries for the upcoming trip.
Day 15: Trek to Ramche
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  • Begin your trip from Tseram to Ramche, which will take about 4 to 5 hours. You'll reach a height of 4610 meters as you ascend.
  • The hike offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes and majestic mountain summits. Arrive in Ramche, a high-altitude setting with a Teahouse/Lodge for an overnight stay.
  • Prepare for the next day's excursions near the gorgeous Yalung Base Camp by taking in the calm environment and immersing yourself in the raw beauty of the Himalayas.
Day 16 : Day visit to Visit to Oktang Temple, Glacier and trek back to Tseram
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  • The highlight of today is a trip to the 4740-meter-high Oktang Temple and Glacier. Enjoy the amazing vistas of the towering summits Mont Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Yalung Kang, Kumbha Karna, Sunpati Peak, and many others.
  • Hike back to Tseram at 3868 meters after experiencing the spectacular sights. About 6 to 7 hours are needed for the return trip.
  • Reconnect with the tranquil atmosphere of Tseram while relaxing at a teahouse or lodge and thinking back on your trek's incredible cultural experiences and mountain experiences.
  • The last leg of your Himalayan adventure in Nepal requires preparation.
Day 17: Trek to Tortang
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  • The journey for the day starts with a steady descent through shady juniper and rhododendron trees while taking in the stunning vistas of Jannu Himal.
  • You must walk carefully because the trail is precariously rocky in some places and has loose soil in others. You will pass a number of Mani walls and vibrant prayer flags flying in the woods.
  • You can call it a day at Tortong (Alt 2980m) by traveling down the Simbua River past the woodland areas. Tortong, spend the night.
Day 18: Trek to Ranipul
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  • Trek today for about 7 to 8 hours from Tortang to Helok Khola or Ranipul. Drop to a height of 1792 meters while traveling through picturesque terrain and quaint settlements.
  • Once you go to Helok Khola or Ranipul, spend the night at a teahouse or lodge.
  • Enjoy the last few minutes of your Nepali Himalayan adventure while thinking back on the great memories and insights you've obtained so far.
Day 19: Drive to ilam Tea Garden
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  • Set out on a picturesque 6- to 7-hour drive to the 370-meter-high Ilam tea garden. The trip will be made in a public jeep, providing views of verdant tea gardens and lovely scenery.
  • Arrive in Ilam and spend the night at a teahouse or lodge, taking in the quiet atmosphere and the peace of the tea gardens.
Day 20: Drive from ilam to Bhadrapur and flight back to Kathmandu.
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  • Take a flight back to Kathmandu from the airport at Bhadrapur after traveling from Ilam.
  • Transfer to your hotel after you arrive. Enjoy a goodbye dinner at an eatery in the evening together with a typical Nepali dance performance.
  • Enjoy a Bed and Breakfast (BB) night at the hotel while remembering your fantastic adventure through Nepal's varied terrain and rich culture.
Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu to your onward destination
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  • Arrive at your next destination after leaving Kathmandu.
  • You will be driven to Kathmandu International Airport following breakfast in order to catch a flight back home or to your next location.
  • Take with your priceless memories of the Himalayas, Nepal's culture, and its people's welcoming warmth as you bid farewell to this stunning nation. Travel safely!

Includes 

  • Hotel accommodation at 3-star or similar on BB sharing basis as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in a teahouse and tent camp on a full board basis (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
  • All the restricted area entrances, permit fees, conversation fees, and time permits for trekking.
  • English-speaking tour guide and all the entrance and monument fees for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Vehicle transfer for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • flight tickets to travel from Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu.
  • All the airport transfers in Kathmandu and Bhadrapur.
  • Jeep transfer from Bhadrapur to trek start and end point.
  • Experienced English-speaking guide for the trek.
  • One poter for every two trekkers.
  • Insurance for Porter and guide. 

 

Excludes 

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Tips for guide and porter.
  • Helicopter rescue charge and travel and trek insurance.
  • Extra costs arise due to Natural disasters, Political Disturbances, Problematic conditions, and epidemics.
  • All personal belongings and expenditure expenses water, coffee extra food, mobile charger, internet charge, beverages, etc.
  • Trekking gear and personal equipment for trekking. 

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