Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek - 25 DaysKanchenjunga Circuit Trek - 25 Days

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek - 20 Days

Key Information
  • Duration20 Days
  • Difficulty LevelDifficult
  • Max Altitude5,100m/16,732ft
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • Best TimeMarch-May/Sep.-Dec.
  • Group Size2-16

About The Trip

Kanchenjunga (8,585 m.), the third-highest mountain in the world, is the abode of gods who give success and kindness to them. Anyone seeking a stretching trek in a secluded region of Nepal is visited by fewer other trekkers. This is a culturally fascinating trip immersing with the Rai, Limbu, Sherpa, and Tibetan peoples.

Overview

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek in Nepal is a long and remarkable journey with an adventure visiting both base camps of north and south. Mt. Kanchenjunga is also said as ‘Kanchendzonga,’ a Tibetan word that suggests five jewels of snow peaks. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking in 22 days is an inspiring walk with the 3rd highest peak in the world, which is located towards the end of the Himalayan range towards the far northeastern border of Nepal.

Trek to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is an unforgettable experience where trekkers get right into the heart of the remote, less trekked, majestic Himalaya Mountains and beautiful valleys. During the trek, you will see the beautiful peaks Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Everest (8,848.86), Makalu (8,481 m), Kambachen (7,903 m), Janu (7,710 m), Jongsong (7,483 m), Kabru (7,353 m), Tent Peak (7,365 m), and Twins (7,350 m), Chang Himal (6,802 m.). Besides these, you can see other uncountable peaks over 5-6 thousand mountains. Flanked by the astonishing cluster of the peak, Rathong flows into Sikkim and west Kanchenjunga and Yulang Glacier that flows into an impressive fast-flowing Tamor River in Nepal.

The trek starts with the subtropical region of Taplejung through the beautiful temperate Kanchenjunga Conservation Area forests of maple, Chestnut, and birch trees. From Chitre, you will enter the Upper-temperature climatic vegetation. Above Sele La towards Ghinsa begins subalpine and alpine climatic zone with shallow and dwarf shrubs and open meadows. From the range of 5,000 is the snowline with a rocky and icy landscape. During the trek, you may observe Snow Leopard, Himalayan Asian black bear, and Red Panda. These animals are shy and obviously difficult to spot during the trek. Some common birds you may see are Blood pheasant, Chestnut-breasted partridge, and many more.

This remote zone to trek is an extraordinary degree of wellness, with some beautiful peaks in the background attractive. Trekkers will know the knowledge of local peoples groups and their lifestyles and visit Ramtang and Oktang monasteries. At the lower altitudes, you can see a mix of people from many parts of Nepal. As we trek higher, you will see Limbu and Rai communities, an ethnic group known for their bravery. They are famous for the attractive traditional dresses, foods, and drinks are known as Tongba, which is served with hot water. As we reach the highest point, we will see Sherpa and Tibetan settlements.

Although Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Itinerary is a marvelous route, it is unexplored and virgin land like Nar Phu Trek and Makalu Base Camp Trek, Lumba Sumba Pass Trek. We can endure old and aged Nepali culture, traditions, food, and lifestyle in their classical form during the trek.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Route

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek in the Himalayas will be a long walking journey viewing the mesmerizing view of nature and local peoples during the period. After the scenic flight and drive through the green hills, we will finally reach Taplejung. As we start our walk toward high terrain and valley with a pleasant view of Kanchenjunga and other peaks, we will be at Amjilosa. As we descend up, we will witness an elevated landscape and valley and then enter into the arctic zone of ice and glaciers at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp around a place called Pangpema.

After we trek further, we will head towards a pleasant village of Gunsa, where our trial diverts, heading southeast through the beautiful dense forest of rhododendron and pine trees as well as crossing Sele La. After that, we cross Sinon La Pass to reach South Kanchenjunga Base Camp. As we trek ahead, we will cross Yalung Glacier, Ramche, Totongdin, Hapu Khola, and finally to Kathmandu through Bhadrapur.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Weather

Kanchenjunga Circuit Weather goes across diverse climate zones, so it is difficult to predict weather conditions during the trek. Trek to Kanchenjunga Circuit holds a diverse landscape from 1,820 m at Taplejung to 5,140 m at Kanchenjunga Base Camp, which causes a dramatic change in the temperature.

Weather and climate vary from different altitudes and seasons, but we can somehow figure out the pattern of climatic conditions at different altitudes.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in spring

Spring month starts from March and continues up until May. You will experience perfect and temperatures at high altitudes that are still cold during the early season. The tea houses and lodges stat to open in an alpine zone that was closed during the winter. You can easily cross the Sele La Pass without any difficulties in this season. Forest inside Kanchenjunga National Park starts to blossom, giving the forest new greener looks, which feel amazing. You will get a chance to see many exotic and even endangered wildlife on the way to trek.

Around mid-spring, the temperature in lower elevation starts to rise, and it will be even hotter in late spring. Still, the upper height is perfect to trek during this weather. You will experience the blooming of colorful flowers in the entire lush green forest in late spring. Green hills and snow-capped mountains in the background view are incredibly stunning.

If you are wandering in lower elevation, we will recommend you wear sunscreen, a sunhat, and sunglasses as sunlight can be strong. During the trek, we will recommend wearing sunglasses as the direct sun to white snow causes difficulties. Spring is the best season to trek Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in summer

June to August months fall in the summer season in Nepal and also known as the monsoon or rainy season. During this season, you will experience the super-hot in the lower region, especially in the eastern part of the Terai and Hilly region.

The month of June is the pre-monsoon period, and temperature decreases during the downpours and rises on sunny days. Clouds are most likely covers majestic views of mountains, but you may see mountains occasionally. From July to August, you will experience frequent rainfall in Kanchenjunga Trek. Flight cancellation occurs during these months.

As Nepal is located in a hilly area, there will be a chance to occur landslide problems in monsoon seasons. If you decide to trek in this season, just be sure to take precautions and safety measures. Your trek will be memorable if you have a good guide who knew the route well. As this is the offseason so there will be few lodges that remain open in this weather condition.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in autumn

The autumn season starts from September to November, when the monsoon is just leaving its effect. But still, the probability of rainfall is high in the first two weeks. Downpour gradually decreases, and slowly skies turn out to be clear where the lush green forest and stunning snow-capped mountain views will come to life. During the season, the trek route will be perfect with not much wind or clouds resulting in the best view of nature and mountains.

The autumn season is also the perfect time of the year, and many Nepalese festivals fall in this season. Taking part in local culture and festivals is an experience not to be missed. During the late autumn, you will experience cool weather at high altitudes. The number of tourists will gradually decrease in late autumn. Even the weather is cold, it doesn’t affect the scenic view of the mountains.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in winter

December to February is the winter season in Nepal. The beginning of winter is one of the best times to trek Kanchenjunga Base Camp. It is pretty cold at high altitudes, but the aspects of the landscape are crystal clear.

In mid-winter, massive snowfall will make your trek difficult or impossible sometimes. Sele Le Pass is yet possible to cross before thick snow seals it down. This pass will be tremendously challenging at this time. You can pass the trail but only with the best trekking gears.

The lodges will be closed this season, and you may have to camp at some stops. As the weather at a high altitude is challenging, it will add to the adventure. In the late winter, the temperature begins to improve. The snow deposits start to meltdown, and wildflowers begin to blossom everywhere at the lower altitudes.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Difficulty

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to achieve the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. It doesn’t mean that the trek to Kanchenjunga is simple as walking or running in the park! A certain level of good health and training requires to be maintained.

During the trek, you will reach 500 m to 700 m (in 6 to 8 hours) of elevation per day. If you have not experienced any high-altitude trek, it could be hard to reach a certain height. The good thing about the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is that the height increased steadily before reaching a high altitude. This makes it easy to acclimatize, which makes this trek relatively safer than other treks in Nepal.

The temperatures at Base Camp will reach maximum of 15°C to a minimum of -10°C with a wind speed of 8 to 10 mph. The weather of Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek might be one of the most challenging parts after the North Base Camp. If you intend to finish the whole circuit, including the Sele Le pass, please take extra attention and check the weather forecast. Weather-wise, the Kanchenjunga Trek is presumably the 2nd most strenuous trek after the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek.

Acclimatizing should be top of your list when you consider the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. Always plan an itinerary with enough days of acclimatization in between. The updated trekking route can be done from 19 to 22 days. Please don’t be confused if you see 26-30 days itineraries as they have not been updated with the new trail changes.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Cost

When you imagine traversing to Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, there will be many factors to take into a study like a route, best time, and how fit we need to be? But one of the most essential confusion will be, “How much does Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek cost?”

This is apparently one of the best off-the-beaten trails in the world. In addition, the cost of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is not as expensive as you assume. The number of tea houses is increasing each season on the trail. This trek has all the logistics and other facilities available at designated places.

The price depends on the itinerary and route you are trekking with. This trek can be done in a short or long time depends upon your decisions. The number of days and facilities you are taking during the trek also determines the cost of this trek.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek cost is more average than other normal trekking in Nepal. This trek will usually take 19-22 days, and the cost ranges from $2270 to $2410. This price covers transportation, trekking permits, meals, professional trekking guides, accommodation, entry fees, and others. You will get some discounts if you are in groups. The cost of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek highly depends upon traveling in private or in a group.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Permit

As Kanchenjunga is a protected area, the government needs several permits to support the preservation of the area, limit the number of tourists and manage the borders with Tibet. These permits are required solely for Kanchenjunga Conservation Areas. From September to November, the rate per person is USD 20 for one week. Exceeding one week, it costs USD 10 per day per person. In addition, you need a Kanchenjunga Conservation Area permit, and the cost is USD 30.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Altitude

Highlights

  • Beautiful mountains view of the third highest peak in the world-Mount Kanchenjunga central, north and south.
  • Visit Limbu and Sherpa culture and their regular lifestyle.
  • Remarkable valleys with amazing culture and regular lifestyle of Sherpa and Limbu culture.
  • Walkthrough the Cardamom farm.
  • Encounter with wildlife and domestic animals like yak, snow leopard, musk deer, red panda, etc.
  • Home of endangered varieties of birds like Impedance Pheasant, Red-Billed Blue Magpie, Shy Dragon, Amphibian, etc.
  • Pass margin-la pass and enjoy watching a beautiful mountain view.
  • Remoteness and untouched natural heritage inside Kanchenjunga Conservation Area which is spread over 2,035m sq. km
  • Diverse landscapes from forests to meadows.
  • Glorious sights of the frozen lake crystal clear stream, Okthan glacier, etc.
  • Traverse the most excellent picture of the Kanchenjunga trekking trail including Rathong and Kabru, glacial excursion around Ramche, etc.

Itinerary

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The Himalayan Odyssey welcomes you at the Tribhuwan international airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. Our representative member will accompany and escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu and brief you about program details and introduce your mountain guide. 

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1,300 m/4,265 ft.

 Free day

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • TimeFree day
  • Maximum Altitude1,300 m/4,265 ft.

We will fly to Bhadrapur, which will take approximately 45 minutes. After reaching Bhadraur, we will take a jeep to the Ilam tea garden, which is a very popular place for a tea garden in Nepal overnight at Ilam. 

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time2-3 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude1,308 m/4,291 ft.

Long drive to  Journey to Taplejung after breakfast by Jeep, Terraced rice fields and tea plantations in several places, overnight at Taplejung Bazar.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time6-7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude1,820 m/5,971 ft.

The trail fromTeplejung to Chiruwa  We will start by descending to the terraced farm fields and we will keep walking alongside the river Tamor.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude1,270 m/4,167 ft.

With permits checked at the regional KBC park office, we head into the conservation area that protects the Kanchenjunga region and forest. We will then go ahead over a bridge and through the scenic sub-tropical landscape and beautiful cardamon farm until we reach Lelep.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB, L, D
  • Time5-6 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude1,576 m/5,171 ft.

We will walk through the forest trail, and our first stop of the day will be Solima. After Solima, the trail ascends, and it can get quite challenging. After further climbing through the rocky forest trail, we will reach Amjilosa. Further, we will head to Gyabla on this day. We pass through thick woods, which are usually covered with rhododendron flowers during spring and summer. After going downhill for a while, we again start to pick altitude before reaching the Tibetan settlement of Gyabla.

  • Accommodation Teahouse
  • MealsB L D
  • Time6-7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,730 m/ 8,957 ft.

We head down the trail until the trail opens up to a valley and we will reach Phale. We will then head through a forest trail and climb higher before we reach the Sherpa town of Ghunsa. Ghunsa is a place known for its hydroelectricity.

  • Accommodation Teahouse
  • MealsB L D
  • Time6-7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,595 m/11,795 ft.

Emerald green forests concede to the frost-browned vegetation of the alpine regions of the Kanchenjunga region as we climb steadily to the upper glacial valleys on our path, with mighty Jannu standing before us in all its glory as we trek through the scenic landscape towards Khambachen.

  • Accommodation Teahouse
  • MealsB L D
  • Time3-4 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude4,050 m/ 13,287 ft.
  • Maximum Altitude4,050 m/ 13,287 ft.

We climb higher as we make our way to Lhonak. We will walk through narrow paths and will come across a rocky trail. After descending for a while we again climb a steep trail before finally reaching Lhonak.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB L D
  • Time6-7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude4,780 m/15,682 ft.

On this day we will reach the highest point of the trek. We will cross the 5000 meters mark as we head through a treacherous route. We will reach Pangpema where we will rest for the night. Enjoy the stunning view of the mountains such as Jannu, Kanchenjunga, and Chang Himal. 

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB L D
  • Time6-7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude5,143 m/16,873 ft.

We will retrace our steps to Ghunsa after we head down the trail and walk through rocky paths and narrow passes on the hillside. We will stop at Ramtang monastery for a while and carry on with our journey until we reach Kambachen. On our way, we will be blessed with the view of Kanchenjunga, Taple Shikhar, Gimmigela, and Mera Peak. 

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB L D
  • Time7-8 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,475 m/11,401 ft.

A precipitous trail leads us through woodland towards a trailhead of striking mountain views, including the mysterious Makalu sitting in isolation on the far horizon. The trail takes us on a challenging roller coaster hike today, an undulating passage over two passes, firstly Sinon La (4646m) then Mirgin La (4470m). Everest and Makalu add to the extraordinary panorama before us as we hike through the region until the path gradually leads down to our rest stop at Tseram.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB L D
  • Time7-8 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,864 m | 12,677 ft.

Our trail leads out through woodland until we clear the tree line and approach the moraine field of Yarlung Glacier, with Jannu, Kanchenjunga, and other peaks in the area soaring high above us in the valley.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB L D
  • Time6-7 hours

We trek an easy trail through varieties of pine and rhododendron forests, descending and following Simbua Khola towards Dorongdin. Ahead, our path taking us along tree-lined slopes and grass-green pastures hanging precariously to existence on the steep inclines. Our arrival at Yamphuding brings us back to the main road running through the region.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB L D
  • Time8-9 hours'

After the experience and thrill of the alpine heights, the terraced fields, peaceful villages, and vivid colors of the lower. We will walk through Limbu villages and a steady patchwork of farmland and pastures, with the smiling faces of the ever-curious locals greeting us as we walk by. Our arrival in Hapu Khola gives us pause to relax and reflect on a fantastic journey through one of Nepal's most remote regions.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB LD
  • Time7-8 hours

A long day sees us make the bumpy ride to the main road, then turn towards Illam.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge

A short drive takes us to Bhadrapur, where we pick up our return flight to Kathmandu in plenty of time to relax, unwind, and perhaps celebrate the trek with friends over dinner.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch
  • Time2-3 Hours

Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end. We will get you to the airport and bid farewell. Lastly, if you plan to extend your stay in Nepal, The Himalayan Odyssey will be at your service.

    Cost Details

    Included

     

    • Accommodation in Kathmandu with BB plan
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trek
    • First Aid Kit
    • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area entry fee and TIMS card
    • Experienced English-speaking trek guide and porter (2 trekkers: 1 guide and porter)
    • Staff Insurance
    • Salary, food, and accommodation of your staff during the trek
    • All ground transportation as per itinerary
    • Round Flight Kathmandu to Bhadrapur to Kathmandu
    • Private Vehicle from Bhadrapur to Illam
    • Sharing Jeep from Illam to Taplejung
    • Sharing Jeep from Hapu Khola to Bhadrapur
    • Arrival transfer from the international airport to your hotel
    • Tea house lodge during your trek
    • Tour Certificate
    • Farewell Dinner
    • First Aid Kit during the trek
    • Staff Insurance
    Excluded
    • International flight ticket
    • International airport tax
    • Visa Fee
    • Other personal items. (Phone calls, snacks, hot and cold drinks, laundry, alcohol, extra porter, shower, etc )
    • Private Travel Equipment
    • Excess baggage cost during your domestic flight
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips for staff and guide
    • Anything that is not listed in the “PRICE INCLUDES” section above

    Good to Know

    Packing List for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

    Every trekking requires certain preparation of gears and types of equipment for the journey to make your trip more comfortable. It is recommended to carry the necessary and light things so that it will be easy while you are walking. The following belongings are recommended that should be brought, although we concede that our clients have their own decision for the clothing. To know what to expect in the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, we have prepared some useful clothing & gear during the trek.

     

    Travel Documents

    • Airline tickets (confirmation and itinerary)
    • Nepal Visa form (may be obtained at Kathmandu Airport)
    • Travel insurance policy documents
    • Valid passport
    • Copy of passport (2 copies, first page only)
    • Passport photos (4)

    Travel Equipment

    • Duffel bag (100 liters; no wheels or rigid handles)
    • Lightweight, duffel bag
    • Luggage locks
    • Travel wallet
    • Passport/money belt
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Travel plug adapters
    • Electrical converter

    Travel Clothing

    • Quick-dry undergarments
    • Synthetic or wool T-shirt
    • Long-sleeve, travel-friendly shirt and pants
    • Casual shoes
    • Mid-weight wool or synthetic socks

    Trekking Equipment

    • Day pack (25–35 liters)
    • Sleeping bag comfortable to 0°F (dependent upon season, weather forecast and personal preference)
    • Waterproof hiking boots
    • Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes)
    • LED headlamp with extra batteries
    • Trekking poles

    Trekking Clothing

    • Wool or synthetic T-shirts (2)
    • Mid-weight fleece or soft-shell jacket (2)
    • Mid-weight down or synthetic parka with hood
    • Convertible hiking pants
    • Fleece pants or insulated pants
    • Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain jacket and pants
    • Mid-weight waterproof and fleece gloves or mittens
    • Sun hat
    • Mid-weight wool or synthetic socks (3 pairs)
    • Liner socks (optional)
    • Glacier sunglasses
    • Neck gaiter, balaclava, Buff or bandana

    Food

    • Energy bars
    • Electrolyte replacement drink mix
    • Snacks (cookies, GORP, Snickers, etc.)

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    FAQs

    • Q1. Where is Kanchenjunga Circuit?

      Kanchenjunga Circuit is a trek to the North and South Base Camp of Mount Kanchenjunga in Nepal. Kangchenjunga Himal sits in the west by the Tamur River, in the north by the Lhonak Chu and Jongsang La, and in the east by the Testa River.

    • For anyone who is seeking a stretching trek in a secluded region of Nepal visited by fewer other trekkers, then Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is best for you. During the trek, you will see the beautiful peaks of Kanchenjunga, Everest, Makalu, Kambachen, and many more.

    • With the scenic flight and drive through the green hills we will reach Taplejung.

    • Based on the consideration of many factors like temperature, climate, and scenic view, spring and autumn are the best seasons for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. Autumn lies from September to mid-December and Spring lies from March to May.

    • It takes 18 to 25 days to complete Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.

    • Kanchenjunga Circuit is a challenging yet rewarding trek. Per day walk in low land ranges from 5 to 7 hours, in high land from 3 to 4 hours. So, proactive preparation regarding physical fitness is required-the ability to walk 5 to 7 hours a day.

    • The highest elevation of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is Pangpema with an altitude of 5,143 m/16,873 ft.

    • The meal on this trek is very comfortable but not as in cities. The menu is a mixture of local foods, and western food almost everywhere but as we go higher altitude, the menu list will be limited.

    • To accomplish Kanchenjunga Circuit, past trekking experience would be an asset although no technical skills are required. Novice trekkers can do this trek but should be able to walk 5 to 7 hours a day at a fair pace with a light day pack. 

    • Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is moderate for family trekkers with kids. This trekking is comfortable to trek above 12 years fit teenagers.

    • The daily gain in altitude during Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is from 450 to 500 meters.

    • yes, it is possible to do Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek without a guide. But, this it is full of adventure so you will have a better experience with the guide during the trek.

    • You will need Kanchenjunga Conservation Area permit and TIMS card during the trek.

    • If you are allergic to specific medicines, it is better to consult your doctor and bring your own medicine for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. The Himalayan Odyssey will facilitate you with medical kits and other safety concerns to avoid altitude sickness and other sicknesses.

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