Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek - 21 Days

Kanchenjunga Circuit trek will lead you into the pristine Kanchenjunga Conservation Area of Nepal. This park is named after its massive snow treasure Mount Kanchenjunga with an elevation of 8,586m. Mount Kanchenjunga is 3rd highest mountain in the world after Mount Everest and Mount K2. Kanchenjunga trek gives you a very rare taste of an unexploited wilderness, experienced by very few tourists. Mount Kanchenjunga is considered to be one of the most beautiful snow massif in the world. Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is an ideal trekking trail for the trekkers who enjoy solitude. This is a 21 days trek starting from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. We can do this trek by camping throughout the trail or by staying in a tea house. We will fly to Suketar airport located in the far north-east part of Nepal from where our trek starts. We will trek through the beautiful villages, forests, and landscapes observing different ethnic groups far from the modern world still practicing their traditional culture. On our trek, we can see the traces of Kirat civilization throughout the inhabited areas. On this trek, we can see the central, south, and north face of Kanchenjunga. Also, we can see mount Yalungkang, Jannu, Makalu, Lhotse, and Everest on the way to Selena Pass.

We might also see the snow leopard, red panda, musk deer, and several species of birds and butterflies preserved in the country’s most pristine Oak and Rhododendron forest. After trekking through the forested area of Kanchenjunga the trail passes through high altitude with less vegetation and more rocky terrain. We will cross Mirgin La Pass of 4725 meters and enjoy the panoramic views of mount Makalu, Chamlang and Everest. After then we trek through the massive glacier of Kanchenjunga from where we will get to see the most incredible close-up view of mount Kanchenjunga. Finally, we will reach the base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga at Pang Pema. After then we will start trekking back to Suketar collecting many unforgettable moments of the trek. Kanchenjunga Circuit trek will certainly fill you with new energy and inspiration in your life. You can learn more about Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.

Explore two base camps in Kanchenjunga: Makalu and Everest

Trek to Pangpema base camp at 5100m

Discover different local ethnic communities such as Rai and Limbu

Immerse yourself in the rich flora and fauna of the region

Day 1
KATHMANDU – SUKETAR (2420M) – LALIKHARKA 4 HOURS

From Kathmandu, we will board an early morning flight to Suketar which is located in the far northeast region of Nepal. We will trek up and down through the trail that mostly passes through lush green forests all the way to Lalikharka.

Day 2
LALIKHARKA – KHESEWA (2120M) 7 HOURS

After breakfast we will trek to Khesewa. The trekking trail is an easy descent to Phundrawa. From there our trail goes steep up via Yangpang, Phumphe Danda to Khesewa. On the trail we will see different ethnic communities unaffected by modern wold still holding their traditional culture. We will stay overnight in Khesewa.

Day 3
KHESEWA – MAMANKHE (1785M) 6 HOURS

Early in the morning we will start our trek towards river Kabeli. On the trail through forests we will cross several small streams enjoying the views of himalayas. We will stay overnight in a homestay at Mamankhe.

Day 4
MAMANKHE – YAMPHUDIN (2080M) 6 HOURS

Today we trek alongside the river Kabeli. On the way we will see beautiful ridge behind the stream. As we continue our trek we pass by a beautiful waterfall. After walking for some hours, we will cross a small suspension bridge, get to Yamphudin and stay overnight.

Day 5
YAMPHUDIN – TORTONG (2,995M) 6 HOURS

We begin our trek on a trail commonly used by the villagers which pass through terraced farms and green meadows. Along the way, we will have constant scenic view of the Himalayas. We will trek alongside the river Amji. After then we will cross a pass at Lassiya Bhanjyang before reaching Tortong and stay overnight in a tea house.

Day 6
TORTONG – CHERAM (3,870M) 7 HOURS

Today we will climb to Cheram, the trail is right on the side of the river Simbuwa. We pass through the beautiful Lalung valley while observing Tuplung peak for most of the part of today’s journey. As we continue we will pass through thick rhododendron forest and enjoy the magnificence of the Yalung Glacier and stay overnight at Cheram in a tea house.

Day 7
CHERAM: REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION

Today we spend a day in Cheram which will help us to acclimatize in this high altitude. We can spend the rest of the day on rest or going on small hikes. We can explore the areas around the Yalung Glacier, viewpoint for Kabaru and Rathong peaks and stay overnight in Cheram.

Day 8
CHERAM – RAMCHE (4,580M) 5 HOURS

Today we trek from Cheram to Ramche. 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 for overnight.

Day 9
RAMCHE – YALUNG BASE CAMP (4500M) TO CHERAM

From Ramche, we walk further up in the valley. We then follow a stream before climbing on the moraine top until confronted by Kanchenjunga’s southern face. Then we trek further ahead for a glimpse of the mount Jannu. We will continue our trek further towards Oktang Monastery. From there, we will climb further up and reach the Yalung Base Camp. The views of Kanchenjunga from the base camp is extraordinary. Kumbakarna (Jannu), Nyukla Lachung and other Himalayan peaks are so close by. Then we descend and spend overnight at Cheram.

Day 10
CHERAM – SELE LA (4290M) 6 HOURS

Today we will cross four passes beginning with Sine Lapche Bhanjyang. After crossing the pass we will continue to Mirgin La pass. After then we continue trekking and reach the Sinion La pass which is not very far. From there, 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 and stay overnight in Sele La.

Day 11
SELE LA – GHUNSA (3,595M) 4 HOURS

We will start our trek towards the north with Tangbgharma Danda nearby. Then we will 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 dark and weathered pine walls and Buddhist prayer flags. We will stay Overnight in Ghunsa.

Day 12
GHUNSA – KAMBACHEN (4,050M) 6 HOURS

From Ghunsa, we will trek further north along the river bank which presents us with magnificent mountain scenery. We will pass through meadows filled with beautiful wildflowers, then cross rhododendron and pine forests. Then we will cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka and continue past a waterfall and cross the tricky section of a landslide. After crossing the landslide area we begin to see the spectacular view of Mt. Jannu. Further exploring and tackling the tricky mountain trail we finally arrive at Kambachen and spend the night.

Day 13
KAMBACHEN – LHONAK (4,780M) 6 HOURS

Today will be another challenging day and an early start is needed. We will trek through rocky fields and large boulders on the hillside along the riverbank and arrive at a waterfall. We will then cross a bridge to Ramtang monastery. After then we will cross a landslide section which we must pass through at a steady pace before descending to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak. We will stay overnight in Lhonak.

Day 14
KANCHENJUNGA BASE CAMP(5,143M) 7 HOURS

From Lhonak, we trek towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Our trail is alongside the gigantic Kanchenjunga Glacier. After passing Pangpema we will descend towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The view from the base camp is magnificient. Mount Kanchenjunga, Jannu Himal and other Himalayan peaks are ours to admire. After then we will descend back to Pangpema and stay overnight.

Day 15
PANGPEMA – LHONAK 5 HOURS

From Pangpema we trace back our steps to Lhonak and stay overnight.

Day 16
LHONAK – GHUNSA (3475M) 7 HOURS

From Lhonak, we will descend all the way to Ghunsa via Kambache. It is the same route we took when we were climbing up

Day 17
GHUNSA – AMJILOSA (2,308M) 6 HOURS

From Ghunsa, we descend towards Phale. We will pass through several Mani’s and a monastery nearby. We will walk through Juniper forests and reach Phale. From there, it is a steady descent to Gyabla. We will cross a bridge over river Chhundatangka and reach Gyabla. As we continue our trek, we see a waterfall nearby. We also cross a suspension bridge over river Sumbung before reaching Amjilosa. Today we stay overnight in Amjilosa.

Day 18
AMJILOSA – CHIRWA (1,270M) 7 HOURS

After walking for a while we will see a beautiful waterfall nearby. We will continue our trek and pass a small settlement of Solima before crossing a suspension bridge over river Ghunsa and reach Sukathum. Our trail passes through several villages beside river Thunsa followed by river Tamor before reaching Chirwa. We will stay overnight in Chirwa.

Day 19
CHIRWA – PHURUMBU (1,549M) 6 HOURS

Today we will notice that the settlement starts to get thicker as we are descending. Our trail is alongside lush vegetation. We pass through several villages before reaching Sinwa. From there we continue to descend acrossing a bridge over the Sisne Khola. Now we are in the Pathibhara Trek trail. We will pass through another village and cross another suspension bridge over Yaphre Khola to reach Phurumbu for overnight stay.

Day 20
PHURUMBU – SUKETAR 7 HOURS

Our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek ends today. We can take a much needed break after reaching Suketar.

Day 21
SUKETAR – KATHMANDU

After completing our wonderful journey of Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Today we will spend our whole day resting, packing, sightseeing or souvenir shopping for loved ones in Kathmandu. There will be a farewell dinner hosted by our company in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our trek.

INCLUDES

  • Airport/ hotel pick up and drop off by private vehicle
  • Hotels in Kathmandu, inclusive of breakfast
  • Meals during the trek
  • Guest house ,tea house and camping 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
  • Surface transportation
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets for the trek (should be refunded after trek)
  • First aid kit
  • Domestic flight tickets KTM–BDR/Suketar
  • Trekking Map

EXCLUDES

  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Beverage bills, bar bills, telephone bills and Personal expenses.
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 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)
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Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

what type of shape do I need to be in, is this trip for me?

This trip is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. The best preparation for this trek is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest. They are physically strong, sharp-witted, and have an incredibly positive attitude towards a life that we would consider extremely tough. There is something about a trek in the Himalaya that draws you back time and time again. For keen walkers, it is a paradise and even avowed non-walkers find that one foot just seems to follow the other, drawn by the appeal of what lies beyond

Will some body come to pick me up at the airport open my arrival?

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying Mount Adventure Holidays signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport?

YES, you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)

Do I need any extra document?

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport, and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu in Trekking?

We use standard rooms at three-star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, tea houses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory-style. At times when possible, dining will be around a bonfire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in teahouses provides essential and basic facilities and is always outside the room.

What are the toilet facilities in the tea house /guesthouse?

Most of the tea houses do have western-style flushing toilets however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.

Where we go along toilet during the trial?

In most cases, you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.

Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms for the trip? If so how much extra will this cost?

During the trek, we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled rooms instead of a single room. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required. In Kathmandu, USD 45 Per Room per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu but not in the mountain especially during the peak time.

What sort of food can I expect in trekking?

Most teahouses (lodges) in Annapurna trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season), and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many villages, you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at the best possible places to eat.

Is the food in mountain prepared to international standard in terms of safety?

YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.

I am a Vegetarian, is that a Problem?

No problem at all because mostly, the lodges serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

What is the drinking water facility in the mountain?

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses, which you can buy at the cost of USD 1 at lower elevations to USD 3 to higher elevation per liter.
If you are planning to drink normal water all the way during the trek, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drops is a must. You can bring your own purifier or can purchase it in Kathmandu.

How much additional money do I need per day?

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and during the trek you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for lunch and a dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower, and a few drinks during the trekking.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation notice is required, a minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the Trip shall then be termed as canceled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.

What is the best season for this trekking?

Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By the end of September to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December is the best time to do this trek.

What is the weather & temperature like in trekking?

One of the most unpredictable elements of the mountain is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns, and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything. Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

If I am sick can I continue the trek next day after a day rest?

It totally depends on the level of your sickness. Once you are sick at a higher altitude you need to rest at a lower altitude and it at least needs 3 days to a week for the recovery. If you are on a private or solo trips you can discuss and decide with a guide depending on your health status. If you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with the guide and catch up the group later on.

Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream, etc.

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?

The hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food. Please consult with your guide and he will update our office in Kathmandu and we can make the arrangements accordingly. If you are in the private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible whereas if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with your group and guide and your guide will update us accordingly.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

All your departure is guaranteed to run?

YES, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimal additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.

Kanchenjunga circuit trek
Kanchenjunga circuit trek

Day pack (25–35 liters)Pack cover

Sleeping bag comfortable to -10 to -20 Degree(dependent upon season, weather forecast.

Waterproof and comfortable hiking boots

Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes)

Headlight with extra batteries, Trekking poles

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

waterproof/windproof jackets

Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain pants

Mid-weight fleece gloves or wool gloves, Liner gloves

Mid-weight fleece/wool winter hat, Sun hat

Mid-weight wool or synthetic socks (3 pairs)

Liner socks (optional),Sunglasses

Sun lotion 35 to 40, Water Bottle

Water filter, Slippers, Towels, Raincoat

Personal medicine kits

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Price From USD 2,200 USD $ 2,100/person
2100
Total $ 2,100 USD

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