Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek 27 Days

$N/A USD
- 27 Days
- Moderate to difficult
2-10 Pax

Trekking, Sightseeing

September to December and March to May

Private car & Flight

Hotel and Lodge

Lodge/Tea House

5388m at Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Breakfast in Kathmandu and Full board meals during the trek

Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Ghunsa-Kanchenjunga Northa Base Camp-Ramche-Birtamod-Kathmandu

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Overview

At 8,586m, Kanchenjunga is the world's 3rd highest mountain. Located in the far north eastern corner of Nepal bordering Sikkim, it is considered as one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world. 

Kanchenjunga circuit trekking is getting popular these days among nature enthusiasts as it is a long adventure to the most remote and beautiful area of Himalayas in Nepal’s eastern regions. The name Kanchenjunga means five treasures of the great snow which is in reference to the five summits that make up Kanchenjunga. Since, this trekking is less crowded you will be rewarded with a unique insight into Nepali rural lifestyle and its rich culture. You will also experience every climate Nepal has to offer from steamy jungles to jumbled glaciers. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking offers it all.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (81 m/266 ft)

Day 04: Fly from Biratnagar to Suketar (2,420 m/7,938 ft) or Drive from Phidim (1,179 m/ (3,868 ft) to Suketar

Day 05: Trek to Mitlung (921 m/3,021 ft) 4-5 hrs

Day 06: Trek to Chirwa (1,270 m/4166 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 07: Trek to Sukathum (1,576 m/5,169 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 08: Trek to Amjilosa (2,308 m /7,570 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 09: Trek to Gyabla (2,730 m /8,954 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 10: Trek to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 11: Acclimatisation day

Day 12: Trek to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 13: Acclimatisation day

Day 14: Trek to Lhonak (4,780 m/15,678 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 15: Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5,388 m/17,673 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 16: Trek to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 17: Trek to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft) 3-4 hrs

Day 18: Trek to Sele Le (4,290 m/14,071 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 19: Trek Le to Cheram (3,870 m/12,694 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 20: Trek to Ramche (4,580 m/15,022 ft) and return back to Cheram, 4-5 hrs

Day 21: Trek to Tortong (2,995 m/9,824 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 22: Trek to Yamphudin (2,080 m/6,822 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 23: Trek to Yangpang (1,007 m/3,304 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 24: Trek to Thorpu (1,500 m/4,290 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 25: Trek to Birtamod (300 m/ 984 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 26: Drive from Birtamod to Bhadrapur then fly to Kathmandu

Day 27: Departure day

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, we will greet you and assist you to the hotel.  We will meet either later on that day or the next day ( as per your comfort) to take you to our head office, where we will brief you on your upcoming trek with us. At that time, we will introduce you to your trekking guide and Sherpa. If your flight arrives on time, we will take you to one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance. This will give you a glimpse into the different ethnic groups of the country. If you arrive late in the evening, we can do this the next day instead.

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

After breakfast, you will begin a city tour of Kathmandu where you will see the main attractions of the valley. On this tour you will visit the Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square (the old palace). After finishing the city tour, we will meet again to check your clothing and trekking equipment (sleeping bag, jacket and trekking boots). This evening will be spent in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (81 m/266 ft)

Today you will fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar. Depending upon the availability of flying options to Suketar from Biratnagar you will be presented with either of the two possibilities listed below:

a. If there is availability of flight to Suketar you spend the night in Biratnagar and fly to Suketar the next morning.

b. If there are no flights available to Suketar you drive to Phidim and spend the night there.

Day 04: Fly from Biratnagar to Suketar (2,420 m/7,938 ft) or Drive from Phidim (1,179 m/ (3,868 ft) to Suketar

If you spent overnight at Biratnagar the previous day you will directly fly to Suketar this day and spend the night there. But, if you spent your night in Phidim you will be driving to Suketar. Either way you spend overnight at Suketar.

Day 05: Trek to Mitlung (921 m/3,021 ft) 4-5 hrs

We officially kick start the day with a downhill walk to Mitlung. The trails throughout the lower sections of the Kanchenjunga region pass through fertile valleys with beautiful pastures and small villages. We then cross Hangdewa River and walk alongside the raging Tamor River. As we gradually head in a northerly direction the trail steepens after a few hours before a final descent of 350 meters on a muddy trail to Mitlung. We spend the night there.

Day 06: Trek to Chirwa (1,270 m/4166 ft) 5-6 hrs

The trail ascends and descends steadily as we make our way towards the village of Sinwa. We continue trekking downhill until we reach Tawa. At Tawa, we ascend to some heights and cross the suspension bridge at Thiwa. We pass beautiful rural landscape along the way and reach Chirwa, a beautiful Limbu village with few lodges, tea shops etc. We spend the night at Chirwa.

Day 07: Trek to Sukathum (1,576 m/5,169 ft) 5-6 hrs

The trek from Chirwa to Sukathum passes through varied landscapes such as cardamom fields and dense forests. We trek uphill for sometime then descend to the lush green fields below and continue trekking along the Tamor River passing through a dense forest. It’s both uphill and downhill trek until crossing the Ghunsa River after which we reach Sukathum and spend the night there.

Day 08: Trek to Amjilosa (2,308 m /7,570 ft) 6-7 hrs

Trekking from Sukathum to Amjilosa is challenging.  After crossing the suspension bridge outside Sukathum we enter a dense forest, ascend the steep trail, descend and cross the river again. We also climb a gorge from the bottom and pass by Solima village and descend again to the level of the river. All in all, this day’s trekking is rather tough. Therefore, it is advisable to be very careful especially while walking the trail that passes the gorge.  We later follow a tricky trail which goes both uphill and downhill until reaching Amjilosa where we spend the night.

Day 09: Trek to Gyabla (2,730 m /8,954 ft) 6-7 hrs

We start trekking from the river bank, pass through a densely forest of bamboo, fir and rhododendrons eventually reaching a small stone house by the river. We then climb uphill crossing a few small bridges along the way. Here, we get to enjoy the company of stunning waterfalls that originate from the mountains. After yet another short uphill walk we reach the Tibetan settlement to Gyabla.

Day 10: Trek to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft) 5-6 hrs

We descend down the river and notice the valley as it slowly opens up before reaching Phale, a Tibetan refugee settlement where it is possible to purchase handicrafts and homemade rugs from locals. After purchasing a few souvenirs we travel through conifer and pine forest and reach the Sherpa village of Ghunsa where we spend the night. This place is known for its hydroelectricity plant and the fact that more than 20 prominent conservationists met a tragic end in a helicopter crash.

Day 11: Acclimatisation day at Ghunsa

We take care to spend time acclimatising around Ghunsa before continuing our next day’s trek.  We recommend you to stay active even in a rest day as it is better than being idle while on a trekking journey. Therefore, we take a short hike towards the Laspsan La monastery through the lush green forest. Come back to Ghunsa by afternoon and relax.

Day 12: Trek to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 5-6 hrs

From Ghunsa we trek further north along the river bank which presents us with magnificent mountain scenery. We pass through meadows full with beautiful wildflowers, rhododendron and pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, continue past the waterfall and cross the tricky section of the 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: Acclimatisation day

We take yet another day for acclimatisation at Kambachen which is reserved to accommodate participants in high altitude and also to observe if anybody in the group has any symptoms of altitude sickness. The overall idea for this day is to relax- take a bath and/or explore the Nuphchu Khola Valley area. We spend yet another night at Kambachen.

Day 14: Trek to Lhonak (4,780 m/15,678 ft) 6-7 hrs

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

Day 15: Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (5,388 m/17,673 ft) 6-7 hrs

We trek along the Kanchenjunga Glacier to spend a night at Pangpema, Kanchenjunga base camp on the north side. We urge you to be careful around the rockier sections as they are prone to landslides. After a short while you reach Pangpema, a flat grassy base camp.  Climb a little higher and enjoy the splendor of Jannu, Kanchenjunga and Chang Himal.

Day 16: Trek to Kambachen (4,050 m/13,284 ft) 6-7 hrs

We retrace our path to Lhonak and continue down the valley to Ramtang Monastery. The return journey offers a different perspective of the mountains Kanchenjunga, Taple Shikhar, Gimmigela, and Mera Peak among others. Due to the descending nature of this trek we will reach Kambachen by evening and spend the night there.

Day 17: Trek to Ghunsa (3,595 m/11,792 ft) 3-4 hrs

It’s essentially the reverse of our Day 12 trek. We descend to Ghunsa from Kambachen which means that we get to enjoy the beautiful forests along with a backdrop of impressive mountain scenery. Overnight at Ghunsa

Day 18: Trek to Sele Le (4,290 m/14,071 ft) 6-7 hrs

It’s a steep trek upward from Ghunsa to Sele-Le. Upon reaching Sele Le we climb through a dense forest of moss, rhododendron and juniper. Lunch will be served in an appropriate place with the availability of water. We spend the night in Sele Le.

Day 19: Trek Le to Cheram (3,870 m/12,694 ft) 6-7 hrs

We do an uphill trek and enjoy the mesmerizing south side view of Jannu Himal and Makalu (the world's 6th highest mountain). Today is a strenuous trekking day as we cross several passes- Sinion La, Mirgin La and Sinelapche Bhanjyang. We then make a steep descend to Cheram and spend the night there.

Day 20: Trek to Ramche (4,580 m/15,022 ft) and return back to Cheram, 4-5 hrs

We ascend past the snout of the Yalung Glacier and walk alongside the Simbuwa Khola, pass through Lapsang village and reach Ramche. While there, we walk further up the valley or ascend a ridge for a tremendous view of blue sheeps. We then follow the 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 can even consider continuing to Oktang Monastery. Descend and spend the night at Cheram.

Day 21: Trek to Tortong (2,995 m/9,824 ft) 5-6 hrs

As we descend to Tortong we first encounter two trails. One trail is the one we took while descending down from Sele Le. However, we ignore this route and descend further down to the trail alongside the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy the lush rhododendron forest along the way.

Day 22: Trek to Yamphudin (2,080 m/6,822 ft) 6-7 hrs

While descending from Tortong to Yamphudin we pass through Lasiya Bhanjyang which involves walking up through trees and area of landslides. The terrain changes after every monsoon but by the middle of October it should be stable with a route through. Walking further down we reach the village of Yamphudin, a village inhabited by Sherpas, Limbus and Rais.

Day 23: Trek to Yangpang (1,007 m/3,304 ft) 6-7 hrs

We descend from Yamphudin, cross the bridge at Samekham and continue following the Kabeli Khola. We pass through Mamankhe which houses the Limbu Museum and Cultural Center. We then cross the bridge over Khaksewa Khola and ascend through the cardamom forest, pass by a few villages and descend further down to Yangpang. Overnight at Yangpang.

Day 24: Trek to Thorpu (1,500 m/4,290 ft) 5-6 hrs

Instead of going back to Taplejung we descend down to Thorpu. By opting for Thorpu we will not only be saving us time but will also get to enjoy the landscape of a different route. While descending to Thorpu we pass through some really beautiful terraced villages, where the people are very interested to see you. We spend the night in Thorpu and enjoy the hospitality of the villagers.

Day 25: Trek to Birtamod (300 m/ 984 ft) 5-6 hrs

We are most likely to drive from Thorpu to Birtamod which is a lively Terai town in Eastern Nepal. Along the way you will notice the climate getting warmer with a landscape that is different from the mountains and the hills. The town boasts a number of good accommodation facilities therefore we spend the night in Birtamod.

Day 26: Drive from Birtamod to Bhadrapur then Fly to Kathmandu

The drive to Bhadrapur from Birtamod is only of short distance. We fly back to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur Airport. Upon arriving in Kathmandu you can take a rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel or if you are interested in taking souvenirs for your loved ones, you can shop around the tourist area of Thamel. Himalayan Glacier Trekking will be hosting a fantastic celebration dinner for the successful completion of your Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking.

Day 27: Departure day

Your journey comes to an end today. There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos.  A representative of AME Trekking will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours from your scheduled flight. On your way home you will have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Cost :- US$N/A

Include

-Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
-3 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
-One full day guided city tour by private vehicle in Kathmandu
-Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
-kanchaenjunga trekking permits and Tims permits
- Round flight to Biratnagar
-Breakfast in the city and full meals during the trek
-Tea/Coffe (served in a cup)
-Seasonal fresh fruits after dinner
-Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
-A porter (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses 
-Insurance of Guide and Porter
-All required local tax and Gov tax
-Down jacket,Duffel bag and sleeping bag
-Trekking Map
 

Exclude

-Nepal arrival visa
-Meals in the city except breakfast and above mentioned special dinner
-Monument entrance fees
-Your personal nature expenses eg. Mineral water, Beer, Coke and entire beverage etc
-Travel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation
-Tips and any other extending trips and accommodation.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Information

Travel Insurance
You must have a  travel insurance. A travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctors' fees and repatriation costs are the client's responsibility. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it.

Health and Fitness
We strongly recommend you to consult the doctor before planning your holidays. 
Foods and Accommodation
In Kathmandu we use tourist standard hotel to ensure a comfortable stay and relaxed environment before and after your adventure. All breakfasts are included at the hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are generally twin share – depending on group size and room availability, triple share may be offered up on your request. A single supplement room is available at an additional cost. For breakfast you expect to have porridge, toast or chapattis, omelet and local bread. We will provide all meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea & coffee) from the teahouse menu during the trekking period. Whilst trekking on the Everest, the accommodation is in guesthouses or Lodges which are basic with shared facilities. Some lodges offers shower and mostly offers bucket hot water up on request. During the trip you can expect 2 hot showers.

Our effort while you are on a trek
We will try to keep to the proposed itinerary, however as this is adventure travel in a remote Himalayan region, the health of member, weather conditions can all contribute to changes the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary. If you are delayed longer than the itinerary date we can help reschedule your international flights but prepare to pay some extra charge if required.
 
Our legal documents
We are a government authorized and certified company. We have special authorization from the government of Nepal to operate trekking tours, expeditions, Tibetan tours, Bhutan tours and many other tourism related services. We are also proud to be members of different professional organizations:
Ministry of Finance, Department of Taxation PAN No. 304585539
Company Registration Office, Pvt. Ltd. No. 79438/067/068
Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Tourism Industry License No. 1288/067
Central Bank of Nepal, Nepal Rasta Bank Foreign Exchange Department License No. 1159/1/068
Nepal Tourism Board
Trekking Agent Association of Nepal (TAAN)
Kathmandu Environment Education Project (KEEP)

Travel season
we do have two best seasons to visit our beautiful country. We suggest you to come at the right time of the year if possible. The best time is spring and autumn.

Spring :-( March, April, May) - warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. 
Autumn: -(Mid September, October and November) - excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility.
Winter : -(December, January and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this.
Summer: -Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid June, July and August).We do not suggest you this time to visit Nepal. Nepal can be visited the whole year round.

What to bring- pack list: 

Equipments:
Head;
Sunglasses with UV protection
Sun Hat
Lip balm
Upper body:
T- Shirts (2)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/ or jacket (Included)
Hands:
Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves/ mittens with a waterproof outer shell
Lower body:
Underwear (4)
Hiking shorts (2)
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet:
Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/ or sandals)
Gaiters only for winter)
Accessories:
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F (Included)
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small padlock or combination lock
Basic First Aid Kit
Large plastic bags- for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Day pack (you will carry your own small daypack)
Water bottles (2)
Hiking poles/ walking sticks
Toiletries:
Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothbrush etc
Ear plugs
Small wash towel
Extras:
Camera with extra batteries and cards/ film
Binoculars
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Reading book
Trail Map/ Guide book
Journal & Pen
IPod & Travel games (i.e. cards, chess, and backgammon)

Passport & Visa Information
Nepal visa is easy to obtain. You may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You must have 2 passport size photographs, visa fees in US cash & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip. Nationals of SAARC countries, India and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal. Transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain Nepalese visa from the following border.
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
 Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
Tourist Visa Fees
3 days transit visa - Free of cost
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu, and
Tel: 00977-1 4433935 / 4429660 / 4438862 / 4438868 Download visa form-: www.immi.gov.np