Kanchenjunga - five jewels of snow peaks
Kanchenjunga (8,585 m.), is the third-highest mountain in the world. This mountain is the abode of gods who give success and kindness to them. Anyone seeking this long trek in a secluded region of Nepal, visiting fewer trekkers. This is a culturally fascinating trip with Rai, Limbu, Sherpa, and Tibetan peoples.
Why Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek?
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek in Nepal is a long and remarkable journey full of adventure. During this trek, you will be 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 18 days is an inspiring walk with the 3rd highest peak in the world. It is sitting at the end of the Himalayan range towards the far northeastern border of Nepal.
Trek to Kanchenjunga Circuit is an unforgettable experience. You will get into the heart of remote, less trekked, majestic 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. Yulang Glacier flows into an impressive fast-flowing Tamor River in Nepal.
The trek starts with the subtropical region of Taplejung. You will then pass through the beautiful Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. The forest is dense with 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. You will find shallow and dwarf shrubs and open meadows here.
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 difficult to spot during the trek. You will also be able to witness some birds during the trek. Some common birds are Blood pheasant, Chestnut-breasted partridge, and many more.
This remote zone trekking is an extraordinary degree of wellness, with some beautiful peaks in the background. Trekkers will know the knowledge of local peoples groups and their lifestyles. You will also get a chance to 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. As we reach the highest point, we will see Sherpa and Tibetan settlements.
They are famous for their attractive traditional dresses, foods, and drinks. You will also find a famous drink "Tongba", which is serve with hot water.
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Itinerary is a marvellous route. The trial is less explored with virgin lands like Nar Phu Trek and Makalu Base Camp Trek, Lumba Sumba Pass Trek. We will soak into old and aged Nepali culture, traditions, food, and lifestyle during the trek.
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek in 2022 and 2023
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek 2023 gives you an experience of rural Nepal. Long and remarkable journeys full of adventure creates unforgettable memories for a lifetime. The best time to do Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek for 18 days is spring ( March to May) and Autumn ( September to November).
We have departure dates to join this Kanchenjunga Trekking in Spring and Autumn 2022 and 2023. You can join any dates that suit best to you. If you desire to have a personal trek and customize the Itinerary, we are flexible to customize it.
For those who have more time and want to explore Kanchenjunga Region more. We can design you a longer Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Itinerary which will be best for you. So, sign up with The Himalayan Odyssey to make your trek free from irrelevant worries.
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek 18 Days Route
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek in the Himalayas will be a long walking journey. You will be 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 mountain peaks, we will be at Amjilosa. As we ascend up, we will witness an elevated landscape and beautiful valley.
We will then into the arctic zone at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp around a place called Pangpema. After we trek further, we will head towards the pleasant village of Gunsa. Our trial will then heads towards the southeast. We then pass through a beautiful forest of rhododendron and pine trees as we cross 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. After then we will finally reach Kathmandu through Bhadrapur.
How Difficult is Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek?
We rate the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek as “Moderate-Difficult.” There are some major reasons this trek is considered Moderate-Difficult.
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.
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 firmly before reaching the top. This makes easy to acclimatize and makes it relatively safer than other treks in Nepal.
The temperatures at Base Camp will reach the maximum of 15°C to a least -10°C with a wind speed of 8 to 10 mph. Weather of Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek might be one of the challenging parts after the North Base Camp.
Take extra attention and check the weather forecast, if are planning to finish the circuit. Weather-wise, this trek is likely 2nd most strenuous trek after 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 between the trek.
The updated trekking route is for 17 to 20 days. Please do not be confuse if you see 26-30 days itineraries as they have not updating with the new trail changes.
What will be the Cost for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking?
When you imagine doing Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking, there will be many factors to take into a study. It includes 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 depending 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 17-20 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 travelling 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.
You will need 2 kinds of permits issued by the Government of Nepal.
- Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit (RAP)
- Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Entry Fee