Kangchenjunga, also spelled Kanchenjunga, is the third highest mountain in the world. It rises with an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft) in a section of the Himalayas called Kangchenjunga Himal delimited in the west by the Tamur River, in the north by the Lhonak Chu and Jongsang La, and in the east by the Teesta River. It lies between Nepal and Sikkim, India, with three of the five peaks (Main, Central, and South) directly on the border, and the remaining two (West and Kangbachen) in Nepal’s Taplejung District.It rises with an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft) in a section of the Himalayas called Kangchenjunga Himal delimited in the west by the Tamur River in the north by the Lhonak and Jongsang La and in the east by the Teesta River It lies between Nepal and Sikkim, India with three of the five peaks (Main, Central, and South) directly on the border and the remaining two (West and Kangbachen) in Nepal’s Taplejung.Bring out the trekker residing in you on a challenging 14 days trek to Kanchenjunga base camp. A very rewarding trek for those looking for solitude and wilderness. Get to see world’s tallest mountain Kanchenjunga scaling 8586m, mount Kumbhakarna 7710m and numerous snow capped mountain peaks. Discover the world’s largest Yalung glacier, alpine meadows,lakes, rivers, waterfalls and last remaining pristine forest on the planet.
Kanchenjunga conservation area covering 2035 Km2 of area is a home to rare species of Snow leopard, Red panda, Himalayan black beer and Musk deer. Kanchenjunga habitats around 3000 species of flora, 280 species of birds, 77 species of plants and 13 species of mammals. Along the trekking trail you can notice beautiful birds like golden breasted Fulvetta, Snow cock, blood Pheasant and red billed Cough. Kanchenjunga circuit trek offers exceptional experience of wilderness and adventure that you will remember for a lifetime Adventure.
Get to Kanchenjunga’s southern base camp at 4600m above sea level
Gaze at the world’s third tallest mountain Kanchenjunga 8586m
Discover around 3000 species of alpine floras
Experience the wilderness of pristine Kanchenjunga conservation area
Eat like a local, trek like a local
Early in the morning we take our flight to Bhadrapur from Kathmandu with the scenic view of Eastern region. After 45 minutes of flight we reach the Bhardrapur airport then we will take a car/jeep from Bhadrapur for Illam/Taplejunga which will take Approx 8 hours of drive. We will stop in the beautiful tea garden of Illam also known as garden of Nepal for our lunch. After our Lunch we will decent upward from Illam for our overnight stay in Taplejung
Today we will head towards the Mitlung/Sinuwa by crossing the small river over suspension bridge. Then our trail descends down to Tamor River walk through villages and terraced fields. Some irregular villages give us opportunity to meet local people. Upon arriving at Tamor River, we follow some narrow trails close to the river. Then gradual uphill trail through the terraced fields and few houses take to the village of Hellok.
Today we will trek to Mamasik from Hellok our third day and we will decent upward slope with beautiful and friendly local people. Small tea breaks give us plenty of opportunity to encounter with local people and have a look over beautiful houses and local domestic animals. We will walk along the Simbuwa Khola in our way to Mamasik and we spend our overnight in Mamasik.
Today we march gradually ascending and following the Sibuwa river and cross the river again to our left side. A short steep uphill walk takes us to bit high and keep the distance with Sibuwa River. We walk through the rhododendron and bamboo bushes and thick forest to reach Tortong and we can enjoy with the wild animals like: Red Panda, Wild Boar, Bear, Musk Deer, wild birds and other different wild animals in our way and we will stay in Tortong for the overnight.
Today we will trek through the trail of dense forest of beautiful bamboo and rhododendron which is accompanied by river. After that we will walk along the Simbuwa khola gradually uphill then after sometime we will reach Cheram for the overnight stay.
We begin our short trek after breakfast. From Cheram, we ascend for sometime 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.
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.
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.
We begin our trek after breakfast. We walk towards the north with Tangbgharma Danda nearby. We reach a chorten marked by prayer flags which marks the start of a steep trail. We descend through rhododendron, birch and pine forests before reaching Ghunsa. It is a beautiful village of houses with Day.
Ghunsa is a beautiful settlement of Sherpa people with their beautiful culture and lifestyle, so we will take a day off for the rest in Ghunsa and explore the beautiful ghunsa. We will visit the Monastery, Juniper and incense factory with antique shops of handmade carpets. Ghunsa is the gateway of North and the South Base camp of Kanchenjunga.
From Ghunsa, we descend towards Phale. We pass through several Manes and a monastery nearby. We walk through Juniper forests and reach Phale. From here, it is a steady descent to Gyabla. We cross a bridge over Chhundatangka Khola to reach Gyabla. As we continue our trek, we see a waterfall nearby. We also cross a suspension bridge over Sumbung Khola before reaching Amjilosa. Overnight in Amjilosa.
After walking for a while we see a beautiful waterfall nearby. We continue our trek and pass a small settlement of Solima before crossing a suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola. We cross another suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola and reach Sukathum. Our trail passes through several villages and is beside Thunsa Khola at first followed by Tamor Nadi before reaching Chirwa. Overnight in Chirwa.
Overnight in Ghunsa.
Today we will drive through the Taplejung Bazzar with the privat jeep/car then we will drive and see Nepali culture and lifestyle and beautiful cardamom garden with beautiful rice paddy field. After approx 6 hours of drive we will reach Illam Bazzar and stay overnight in Illam. After reaching Illam we will do the sightseeing of Illam Bazzar and Illam Bazzar is one of the most popular business hubs between India and Nepal. Illam is very famous for its local products like: Tea, Cardamom, Ginger, Ghee, chilly and many other house hold products.
We will drive from Illam to Bharapur by private jeep through the tea garden with small towns Kanyam, we can see many scenes of tea garden, Nepali lifestyle and we can buy varieties of tea and local products from Fickal Bazzar/ Kanyam. Then we will drive to Bhadrapur airport for our flights and we will flight back to Kathmandu on the same day.
- Airport/ hotel pick up and drop off by private vehicle
- Hotels in Kathmandu, inclusive of breakfast
- Meals during the trek
- Government licensed, experienced English speaking guide
- One porter per two people
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
- All government taxes
- One trekking map per person
- Kanchenjunga permit and conservation fee
- Sleeping bags and down jackets for the trek (should be refunded after trek)
- Surface transportation
- First aid kit
- Domestic flight tickets KTM–BDR/Suketar
- Trekking Map
- Frish fruit during the trek
- Marsh bar and snickier 1 pic each day during the trek
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Beverage bills,bar bills and personal expenses
- Nepal entry visa
- Tips for guide, porter and driver
- Extra day Kathmandu Hotel
- Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 10 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
Day pack (25–35 liters)
Sleeping bag comfortable to -10 to -20 Degree(dependent upon season, weather forecast and personal preference) optional
Waterproof and comfortable hiking boots
Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes)
Head light with extra batteries
Trekking Clothing(3 pair t-shirt,2 pairs trousers or trekking pants,
Wicking, quick-dry boxers or briefs (3)
Wicking, quick-dry sports bra (for women)
Heavyweight long underwear bottoms
Mid weight long underwear bottoms
Mid weight long underwear top
Wool or synthetic T-shirts (2)
Mid weight fleece or soft-shell jacket (2)
Convertible hiking pants
Fleece pants or insulated pants
Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain pants
Mid weight fleece gloves or wool gloves
Mid weight fleece/wool winter hat
Mid weight wool or synthetic socks (3 pairs)
Liner socks (optional)
Sun lotion 35 to 50
Personal medicine kits