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.
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 are 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 the 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.