Trip Duration:

23 Days

Region:

kanchenjunga treks

Country:

Nepal

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Arrival On

Kathmandu

Departure From:

Kathmandu

Best Season

October to December 15, March 1 to May 30.

Max Altitude

5143m

Trip Overview

Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world which is in the remote region of the east encompass of Nepal. The pinpoint of Mt. Kanchenjunga, moiety part at Taplejung of Nepal and at Sikkim, India. It takes the trekkers through the off beaten trail of wild adventurous embodied Nepal while strolling for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

The essence of Kanchenjunga is that ‘Kanchen’ means pure and ‘junga’ means clear. This hiking explores the wonderful scene and culture of Buddhist people of rural Nepal which is far less befell by foreigners.

In Nepal, there are 8 highest mountains among them Kanchenjunga is the second highest mountain with an elevation of 28168 ft. Trek to Kanchenjunga was a strictly confined area before. However nowadays the number of tourists started visiting and made this place a base camp area for hiking. Joe Brown and George band were the first ascents to climb Kanchenjunga in 1955.

Though this trek is a minimally befallen trek, the strenuous trail, dense forest, fast-flowing rivers and quaint hills at a distance will assuredly satisfy you.

The trek starts from Taplejung and ends at Suketar. This trek will explore the beauty of the Kanchenjunga region through stunning forests, landscapes, and alpine Mountains. Trekkers who prefer long hikes with good health can enjoy both the southern and northern Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

However, to overcome the challenge to some extent instead of choosing this Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek endeavour either Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek or Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek. This trek will be worth visiting to get a lifetime experience. There are three routes to get to Kanchenjunga from Nepal and only one from India.

In earlier periods before 2015, Kanchenjunga Trek was a Camping trek. Trek at that time was more difficult than now. But with the construction of a few teahouses on the route, it is no more a camping trek. Nowadays there are the facilities of teahouses on the trail to Kanchenjunga village.  Though Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek has uplifted from camping to teahouse trek, trekkers can’t go for the adventurous trekking alone to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

Trekkers can find simple accommodation facilities in a certain hamlet with narrow and rough trails. There is the settlement of different ethnic groups like Hinduism and Buddhism but there is mostly Tibetian Burman who follow Tibetan culture. The trails are still offbeat, so you better visit this destination in a group of a few trekking junkies.

To join this Kanchenjunga Circuit trek it is compulsory for you to have a group of at least two. Furthermore, it is equally important to have a local guide. Few of the trekkers lost their lives during a trek to Kanchenjunga. You should take the foremost gears for safety while trekking in this area which is at a high altitude. The teahouse and hotel might sometimes remain closed so you must carry a sleeping bag with you.

The unique taste of the foods and culture of the Kanchenjunga area attracts many tourists. The famous drink which is called Tong- Ba is the local drink that is the prime and unique charisma of this trek. This drink is made up of fermented millet with a mixture of hot water which is served in a bamboo jar with a straw on it.

Only simple food is available in this region. In some embodies, you can find thukpa, pasta and momo but mostly you can find ordinary food: rice, pulse and vegetables.  

Basic information:

The difficulty of the trek - Difficult travellers experience.

Trek duration": 14 to 24 days.

Accommodation on the trek: - many parts in Lodges, some days in Tent.

Transportation: by air to Suketar or by air to Bhadrapur bus to Basantapur or Taplejung.

Necessary Information for the trek:

Packing Gear for the worst condition with worm clothes and - 10 to -15 sleeping Bag, and down jacket for extreme cold.

Extra spare Battery and power bank due to electricity rare available in this trek.

Trekking staff and trekkers sleep in lodges and tents. Lodges on this trek are very basic. There are plenty of good Camps paid but for a few bucks.

Many Guesthouses are open from March to November. Except for those times they may be closed. so bring a sleeping Bag and tents we warmly suggested.

In Ghunsa have some good lodges have a hot shower.

At the higher elevation at Lhonak, probably trekkers have no enough sleep due to moving glaciers at a higher elevation. After the morning Kanchenjunga view you feel better.

Until 1852 Mount Kanchenjunga was thought to be the highest mountain in the world but after MT Everest and Mt. K2 find it was the third-highest mountain.

 Along the trek, there are numerous guest houses. Trekker’s have the opportunity to buy food and drinks.

Good Physical fitness trekkers with enough holiday can enjoy both south and North view with the Kanchenjunga circuit crossing over Mirgin La (4663m) and Lapsang La (5160 m). It takes 3 weeks.

Itinerary

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Day 01:

Land at the Kathmandu airport and ride to the hotel room

30 min Drive.

Welcome Dinner.

3 star Category Hotel.

Highlight of the Day: Aerial views of Temples and stupas caress your eyes on this very first day.

Once you kedge off from the aeroplane at the Tribhuwan international airport, our enthusiastic team will pick you from the airport to your targeted night stay location.

The time you reach your hotel, you can enter your room and do some rest for a while. Afterward, step out of your room and saunter around the brimming streets of Thamel to enjoy the rakish and lavish nightlife of Nepal.

Day 02:

Trek preparation and Sightseeing Tour

Flight 45 min. Drive 5-6 hours.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Lodge.

Highlight of the day: Prolific venture into the cultural and historical life of Kathmandu

Unlike your prosaic day-to-day life, your 2nd day in Nepal commences with a Kathmandu World Heritage Sightseeing Tour. The tour is all about the admiration of the astonishing historical, cultural as well as religious wonders of Nepal. From the ancient artistic pottery work of locals to the vast commercialization, you will get to experience everything within the border of the Kathmandu Valley.

As the day is not all about sightseeing tours, we will pilfer some of your time for the trek preparation. As the permit to Kanchenjunga cannot be issued without your visa stamped original passport, this day in Kathmandu is mandatory for every trekker.

Day 03:

Fly Biratnagar and drive to Birtamod.

Drive 1 hours.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tea house/Lodge.

A highlight of the Day:
Aerial view as well as overwhelming hospitality of the Eastern portion of Nepal

Though there are several optional airways to reach the trekking start point of the Kanchenjunga south base camp, considering your comfort we will choose the fly route of Kathmandu and Biratnagar.

For the night stay, a short drive to Birtamod is a great choice so we will also do the same.

Day 04:

Drive to Taplejung(1820m)

6 Hours Trek.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tea house/Lodge.

Highlight Of The Day: Scenic view of Illam, tea plantation area of Nepal.

The trip of this day is all about tea and cardamom plantations. The slanted hills of most of the portions of the trails serve best for the growth of these tea spices. Revelling amidst the enthralling tea and cardamom gardens on the way stop at Taplejung before starting the next day’s trek.

Day 05:

Follow the jaunting trail to Chiruwa(1270m)

5 - 6 hours Trek.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tea house/Lodge.

Waking up with the melodious chirping of birds, savor the delicious breakfast at Pungling Bazar of Taplejung. Thereafter embark on your journey to Chiruwa. The trail in between Pungling to Chiuwa plunges up to Mitlung and continue the descend till the Tamur River. Following the trail passing via the villages consisting, fertile land growing potatoes, rice, millet and several other crops, this day we will stay at Chiruwa.

Day 06:

Trek to Sermanthang(2390m)

5 - 6 hours Trek.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tea house/Lodge.

The highlight of the Day
Thrilling Timber bedded bridges

Today we get slightly closer to our dream destination of North Kanchenjunga Base Camp. We will follow the passage along the Tamur river. Passing via the scattered thin village of Taplethok, Temewahellok and Ranipul we will cross several wooden as well as swinging bridges. Further, the trail gives us ample opportunity to witness the cardamom cultivation on both farmlands and forests.

Day 07:

Trek to Gyabla(2730m)

5 - 6 hours Trek.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tea house/Lodge.

Highlights of the Day

Water sources like rivers, streams and waterfalls are spotted every 2min of walks in the trail Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Thus, the route from Sermanthang to Gyabla also has no any exception. Trekking through the route, you have to walk over a number of suspensions as well as timber made bridges. Crossing a plethora of such bridges we reach Amjilossa from where we follow the undulating route full of rhododendron, bamboo and oak. Stay overnight at Gyabla.

Day 08:

Trek to Gunsa (3427m)

5 - 6 hours Trek.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tea house/Lodge.

The highlight of the Day: Enjoy the first view of Mt.Jannu

Though not at the full, the luxury that you have missed since the start of the trek day will today be replenished by the lavish stay at Gunsa. Commencing the trek from Gyabla we will delve into the beauty of waterfalls, rivers and forests on the way. We will eat lunch at Phale from where the trail takes us to our today’s final destination, Gunsa. Upon reaching Gunsa, the views of Mt. Jannu ignites some kind of positivity and happiness in every trekker’s face. With elevation, 7711m Mt.Jannu aka  Mt.Kumbhakarna or the Sleeping Lion is the Thirty-Second highest mountain of the world and 14th highest of Nepal.
At Gunsa we will show our permits at the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Office and stay overnight there.

Day 09:

Rest Day

5 - 6 hours Trek.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tea house/Lodge.

The day is allocated specially for acclimatization purposes. After the continuous full-time walk of the 5 days, our body requires some rest for the further trek. Moreover, to make our minds cool to some extent, this one day’s rest appears as the best remedy.

Day 10:

Gunsa to Kambachen Trek(4050m)

5 - 6 hours Trek.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tea house/Lodge.

Highlight of the day
Scattered tiny Tibetan settlement lets your best explore the Tibetan Buddhist culture and lifestyle

Leaving Gunsa behind, the trail hauls us via the mesmerising Pine and Rhododendron forest. The trek is along the Gunsa Khola. Observing the inviting Buddhist mani walls and stupas, we will cross the bridge over Gunsa Khola. Further trekking, the views of Mt Jannu (Mt Kumbakarna) seems more than appealing today. The trail of the Kanchenjunga circuit is not an easier one. Attesting this fact, the trail slightly closer to Kambachen consists of the landslide area where we will have to trek with proper care.

Day 11:

Excursion Day at Kambachen

5 - 6 hours Trek.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tea house/Lodge.

Highlight of the Day
Hike to the Kumbhakarna Base Camp

Climb high and sleep low is the motto to be recorded in everyone’s mind while doing the high altitude trek. Here, we too are doing the high altitude trek. Thus, to prepare our body to adopt the high altitude we will spend this extra day at Kambachen. On this day, we will make an excursion to the Kumbhakarna Base Camp. This hike to the Kumbakarna Base Camp completes within around 5 hours. If not the Kumbhakarna Base Camp, you can also stroll around the Nupchu Khola for the stunning Mt Kumbhakarna Views. Nupchu Khola is located slightly above Kambachen.

Day 12:

From Kambachen head to Lhonak(4780m)

5 - 6 hours Trek.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tented Camp.

Highlight of the Day
Delve into the wonders of Mera peak, Nepal Peak, Twins peak and many others

The more we gain the altitude, the tougher the trek becomes. Continuing the trek from Kambachen we will have to tread via rocky and icy trail. We will cross the seasonal Yak herders camp at Ramtang before terminating our today’s trek at Lhonak. Lhonak is the mystifying stone huts area near the lateral Kanchenjunga Glacier. After the adventurous walk through the rocky trail, a stay at Lhonak blesses us with enthralling views of Mera peak, Nepal Peak, Twins peak and many others.

Day 13:

Trek to Pangpema(5143) at the North Kanchenjunga Base Camp and return to Lhonak

6 - 7 hours Trek.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tea house/Lodge.

The highlight of the Day
Rewarding view of North Face of the Mountain Kanchenjunga

The passage to Pangpema from Lhonak traverses the rocky and grassy trail along the edge of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. Following this trail, we will reach Pangpema. As soon as we reach there we will pat ourselves for dealing with every challenge on the way out there. We are compelled to do so all because of the rewarding Mt Kanchenjunga views. The views from there compensate for all our struggles and challenges.

As there is no teahouse for the night stay in Pangpema, we will make our return to Lhonak for a night stay.

Day 14:

Retrace the route to Gunsa

5 - 6 hours Trek.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tea house/Lodge.

This morning we will open our eyes in Lhonak to witness the arresting sunlight view of Kanchenjunga. Without any delay, we will descend to the Gunsa Village via the yak pasture area of Ramtang.

Day 15:

Continue the jaunt to Sele La Pass and sleep overnight at Sele Base Camp(4480m)

5 - 6 hours Trek.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tea house/Lodge.

Following the rocky trail via the forested area, we will ascend towards the Sele La Pass which boosts the incredibly beautiful distant view of Mt.Makalu. Today we will spend our night at Sele Base Camp. There are few teahouses here. These teahouses offer basic food and accommodation facilities.

Day 16:

Trek to Tseram(3870m) from Sele La base Camp via Sinion La Pass(4646m)

7 To 8 Hours Trek.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tea house/Lodge.

Enjoy the morning breakfast at the Base Camp. Preparing our mind for the daunting walk via the pass we will cross Sinion La Pass and Mirgin La Pass and descend to reach Tseram. Tseram is a tiny settlement on the way to the South Kanchenjunga Base Camp. This settlement is settled above the Simbu Khola.

Day 17:

Trek Tesaram to Ramzher(Ramche)(4580m)

5 To 7 Hours Trek.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tea house/Lodge.

The route to Ramchaur/Ramche passes through the beautiful forest of Pine and Rhododendrons. We will walk along the rocky trail to reach Ramche. Streams and small lakes astonishingly embellish the trekking trail and the settlements. As there is only one lodge at Ramche, before deciding to spend the night there, we will have to pay proper attention to the advance booking of lodges at Ramche for lodges. Besides that single teahouse, the place consists of several yak pastures.

Day 18:

Trek to Oktang(4730m) at the South Kanchenjunga Base Camp and return same way back to Tseram(Oktang is a name of temple)

5 - 6 hours Trek.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tea house/Lodge.

Highlight of the day
Small and beautiful Oktang Temple and Enticing South Kanchenjunga and surrounding mountain views

This morning in Ramche commences with a simple morning breakfast. After breakfast, we will follow the trail along the Yalung Glacier to reach Oktang. 4730m elevated Oktang in the South Kanchenjunga Base Camp lets you explore the revered Oktang temple. Furthermore, the views of the south face of Mt.Kanchenjunga and other several mountains appears incredible from here.

Though the trek today is not so strenuous, the continuous long days’ walk might rankle us at the beginning of this day. But, as we reach Oktang, we will find our every effort worth it.

Day 19:

Tseram to Tortong(2995m) trek

5 - 6 hours Trek.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tea house/Lodge.

Accomplishing our dream of reaching the North and South Kanchenjunga Base Camp we will descend via the Pine, Rhododendron and Juniper forest to reach Tortong. We will also cross several bridges over several streams on the way. On the way to Tortong from Tseram, there is only one house in the place named Andhaphedi.

Day 20:

From Tortong trek to Ranipul(2380m)

5 - 6 hours Trek.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tea house/Lodge.

Highlight of the day
Adorable Butterflies and Colorful Wild flowers

Instead of heading towards Yamphudin, we will choose the way to Ranipul. The route from Tortong to Ranipul blesses us with the best wildlife exploration.

The scenery of waterfalls also can’t be ignored throughout the Kanchenjunga Circuit trekking trail and so is the case here.

Long hours of walking along the narrow trails make the trek much difficult. Further, if you have acrophobia, it’s better you escape this entire Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek and go for another easier one.

Also, another main thing to keep in mind for this day’s trek is that the route does not consist of several places to savour lunch. There is only one lunch eating place at Yasing Village. So if you don’t take lunch here, it will be your worst decision ever. However, if you carry the packaged lunch there is nothing to regret for.

Though this trekking day is the most streneous out of all trekking days, the glimpse of colourful flowers, beautiful butterflies and many other living creatures makes the trek more tempting. Upon arriving at Ranipul the farmland of Cardamom and corns can be witnessed.

Reminiscing the whole trekking day spend a blissful night at Ranipul.

Day 21:

Drive to Suketar from Ranipul

10 - 12 hours Drive.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Lodge.

Today we will take a drive to Suketar from Ranipul.

Day 22:

Catch the flight from Suketar to Kathmandu

Drive 45 min. flight 40 min.

Breakfast

3 star Category Hotel.

It is the twenty-second day of our Kanchenjunga Base Camp Circuit Trek. Leaving the Kanchenjunga region behind we will take a flight to Kathmandu with pleasing memories and experiences. Upon reaching Kathmandu, go for the remaining sightseeing or souvenir shopping.

Day 23:

Contingency Day

30 Minutes Driving.

Breakfast

None

The trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is not the easier one and includes several challenges all way around. You never know when you have to spend the extra days. Even the flights might get delayed due to which this contingency day is a must for all Kanchenjunga region trekkers.

Day 24:

Farewell program and Departure

30 Minutes Driving.

Breakfast

None

It’s your departure day. Our member will transfer you to the airport as per your flight schedule.

  • Airport picks up and drops service during international arrival/ departure and domestic arrival/departure.
  • Deluxe 3 star category accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive with breakfast according to the itinerary.
  • Beautiful and clean accommodation at guest houses, lodges during the trek.
  • Full board meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner with a cup of hot drinks).
  • One trekking Guide highly experienced, friendly, English speaking, Government licensed, Ministry of tourism Trained with his salary, meals, accommodation, transportation, and insurances.
  • One strong porter with his salary, meals, accommodation, transportation, and insurance.
  • All required permits and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Permits.
  • Down Jacket, Four-seasonal sleeping bags, Duffel bag, and trekking map (Down Jacket, sleeping bag and Duffel bag have to be returned after trip completion).
  • Complimentary welcome or Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with the cultural dance show.
  • All necessary paper works Government tax and office service charges.
  • First Aid Medicines and medication with your guide.
  • Certificate of your trekking signed by the company Manager and your trekking Guide.
  • Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Suketar and back from Suketar to Kathmandu with your guide and porter.

Gear List

  • backpacks
  • trekking map
  • trekking permits
  • sleeping bag(-10 degree)
  • water bottle.
  • cash money
  • medical kit
  • hiking boots
  • 4 pair of warm trekking socks.
  • 2 to 3  underwear.
  • some pair of fast-drying t-shirts.
  • pair of fast and easy drying trousers.
  • 1 pair of swimming suits or sking underwear.fast drying fleece.
  • warm hat and cap protect from sun and cold.
  • warm gloves.
  • balaclava.
  • waterproof jacket.
  • insulating jacket or vest.
  • sandals for guest house stay period.
  • waterproof trousers.
  • toothbrushes.
  • a light towel.
  • a small towel can be useful for day sweating period.
  • shampoo, soap, or shower gel.
  • toilet paper.
  • sunscreen at least 50 SPF.
  • a good quality lip care.
  • trekking poles.
  • sunglasses.
  • camera for future memory.
  • power bank, battery charge, and pairs of batteries for the camera.
  • some snacks and energy bars.
  • some reading materials/playing cards for free time.
  • watch or smartphones.
  • a headlight for use night toilet or sunrise hike.

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