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Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Highlights

  • The Kanchenjunga trek demands unwavering endurance as trekkers traverse rugged, off-beat trails through pristine wilderness, immersing themselves in the region's untamed beauty.
  • The region boasts a diverse array of wildlife, including bird species, snakes, lizards, amphibians, fish, and insect species.
  • The vegetation ranges from subtropical to alpine, featuring oak, fir, rhododendron, juniper, and other plant species.
  • The main ethnic groups in the region are Tibeto-Burman (Rai, Limbu, Tamang) and Hindu Brahmin, Chettri, with Sherpas dominating the mountain areas.

Overview

The Kanchenjunga region contains some of the world's mightiest and most dramatic peaks. The area's namesake, Mount Kanchenjunga, reaches a staggering 8,586m, making it the third highest mountain globally. In addition to Kanchenjunga itself, there are an abundance of other inspiring Himalayan giants encompassed within the conservation area's borders.

Kanchenjunga's four subsidiary summits exceeding 8,000m showcase the diversity of terrain. Yalung Kang, nicknamed Kanchenjunga West, is a particularly celebrated 8,505m sub-peak. Altogether, over 16 peaks rise higher than 7,000m in the region, granting unparalleled high-altitude trekking access.

Trekkers in the remote region are richly rewarded with vantage points of Kanchenjunga's north and south base camps. The diverse peaks, people, flora and fauna unveil the area's pristine and captivating beauty. From the precipitous snow-wrapped spires down to the lush lower river valleys, the topographical diversity is unparalleled and makes the Kanchenjunga Circuit an essential Himalayan trekking destination.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Kathmandu Arrival (1340 m)
Hotel

ACCOMODATION

Hotel

Airport Shuttle

TRANSPORTATION

Airport Shuttle

One of our representatives will pick you up at the airport to accompany you to the hotel. Depending on the arrival time, we will visit some of the most important places in the capital. Meeting at night in the hotel for the briefing of the entire trip.

Day 2 : Fly Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive to Taplejung
Hotel

ACCOMODATION

Hotel

10 Hours

DURATION

10 Hours

flight, Jeep

TRANSPORTATION

flight, Jeep

Breakfast

MEAL

Breakfast

First the 45 minutes flight towards Bhadrapur offers a beautiful view of mountains and valleys. After reaching Bhadrapur we will take a Jeep toward Taplejung. After some time, we will reach Ilam, the capital city of tea. The paths offer a beautiful view of the tea gardens. Today we will pass many hills and if the weather is nice there is a view of the Kanchenjunga range on the way. After driving 7 hours we will reach Taplejung.

Day 3 : Taplejung to Chirwa
Tea house

ACCOMODATION

Tea house

18 Km

DISTANCE

18 Km

8 Hours

DURATION

8 Hours

+995m / -1497m

ELEVATION

+995m / -1497m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEAL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trail starts with the big bazaar of Taplejung. The trail continues with the view of the valley as it goes down on the bank of the Tamor river. The settlement of the people starts to get thinner as we move towards Chirwa. Today the trail passes through small villages.

Day 4 : Chirwa to Sekathum (1596m)
Tea house

ACCOMODATION

Tea house

10 Km

DISTANCE

10 Km

6 Hours

DURATION

6 Hours

+550m / -194m

ELEVATION

+550m / -194m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEAL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trail continues with the Tamor river and sometimes it’s possible to see the Ghoral on the way. After Tapethok(Where the conservation starts) we will walk in the fields of cardamom with the view of the waterfall on the way. After crossing the bridge, we will reach Sekathum where the settlement of Sherpas begins.

Day 5 : Sekathum to Amjilosa (2395m)
Tea house

ACCOMODATION

Tea house

10 Km

DISTANCE

10 Km

6 Hours

DURATION

6 Hours

+989m / -190m

ELEVATION

+989m / -190m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEAL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will be walking on the side of the Ghunsa river. The trail offers the view of a waterfall, continues inside the forest and the view changes when we start to climb towards Amjilosa and later we will have the view of the valley. At the end of the climb, we will reach Amjilosa where there are only tea houses.

Day 6 : Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m)
Tea house

ACCOMODATION

Tea house

8 Km

DISTANCE

8 Km

5 Hours

DURATION

5 Hours

+762m / -432m

ELEVATION

+762m / -432m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEAL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today the trail goes through the forest of bamboo, pine, rhododendron and oak. The trail continues on the side of the Ghunsa river. As we move towards Gyabla the forest becomes denser. Gyabla is a small village with only a small number of houses.

Day 7 : Gyabla to Ghunsa (3427m)
Tea house

ACCOMODATION

Tea house

11 Km

DISTANCE

11 Km

6 Hours

DURATION

6 Hours

+914m / -219m

ELEVATION

+914m / -219m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEAL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today the trail continues with the forest but later the view changes completely when we reach near Phale (Tibetan camp before). After 3000m the vegetation changes completely with more rhododendron trees, pines etc. We will pass by the Mani wall and stones and chortens. After arriving Ghunsa we will see the typical Sherpas houses, fields of potato and some lodges. Today our trek offers to see a glimpse into the local culture and lifestyle of Sherpa. Ghunsa has a Population about 200 people.

Day 8 : Acclimatization day at Ghunsa
Tea house

ACCOMODATION

Tea house

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEAL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will do the acclimatization walk in Ghunsa. While climbing up we have a nice view of the valley and Ghunsa village. After reaching up we will see the way to Selele pass and there is a nice view of the valley.

Day 9 : Ghunsa to Kambachen (4050m)
Tea house

ACCOMODATION

Tea house

11 Km

DISTANCE

11 Km

6 Hours

DURATION

6 Hours

+908m / -251m

ELEVATION

+908m / -251m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEAL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today the trail begins with the pine and rhododendron forest. Apart from Ghunsa there are no settlements of people so we are only going to find tea houses. As the valley begins to open there will be a stunning view of the north face of Jannu(Khumbhakarna).

Day 10 : Jannu view point
Tea house

ACCOMODATION

Tea house

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEAL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Jannu base camp is located at an altitude of 4800m. Today the trail is wide and it has a closer view of the Jannu peak.

Day 11 : Kambachen to Lhonak (4780m)
Tea house

ACCOMODATION

Tea house

10 Km

DISTANCE

10 Km

6 Hours

DURATION

6 Hours

+750m / -90m

ELEVATION

+750m / -90m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEAL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Starting with the view today the trail continues with the view of the stunning mountains. We will pass by frozen waterfalls and some landslides. On the way we will have the first view of Kanchenjunga and other mountains such as Jannu, Merra peak, Wedge Peak (6802m), Mera Peak, Nepal Peak, Twins (7350m). Lhonak is surrounded by high mountains, glaciers, and icy lakes.

Day 12 : Lhonak to Kanchenjunga north base camp, Pangpema (5,143m) and back to Lhonak
Tea house

ACCOMODATION

Tea house

16 Km

DISTANCE

16 Km

6 Hours

DURATION

6 Hours

+807m / -807m

ELEVATION

+807m / -807m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEAL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we will start to walk on the northern ridge of the glacier with the view of the mountain. As the altitude is getting high today, we will walk slowly enjoying the views of the mountains. Upon reaching the north base camp there is a view of the Northern Kanchenjunga peak and the Kanchenjunga glacier. After enjoying the view of Kanchenjunga, we will come back to Lhonak.

Day 13 : Lhonak to Ghunsa (3427m)
Tea house

ACCOMODATION

Tea house

21 Km

DISTANCE

21 Km

8 Hours

DURATION

8 Hours

+341m / -1651m

ELEVATION

+341m / -1651m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEAL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After many days of uphill climbing today we will walk downhill to Ghunsa. Today the way will be easy but it will be long. With the views of the mountains going down, Ghunsa offers different views along the way. Before going to Selele and the southern base camp this will be the last village. 

Day 14 : Ghunsa to Selele phedi (4220m)
Tea house

ACCOMODATION

Tea house

7 Km

DISTANCE

7 Km

5 Hours

DURATION

5 Hours

+902m / -133m

ELEVATION

+902m / -133m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEAL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The day's trek begins with a steep uphill climb through a lush forest filled with birch, pine trees, and vibrant rhododendron blooms. The trail then continues along an exposed ridge, offering breathtaking views down into the valley below. After a short but challenging ascent, we arrived at Selele Phedi. From this vantage point, the majestic peak of Makalu comes into sight, dominating the horizon with its towering presence. The magnificent mountain vistas make the effort of the challenging hike more than rewarding.

Day 15 : Selele Phedi to Tseram (3870m)
Tea house

ACCOMODATION

Tea house

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEAL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

With the view of the Makalu the trails continue with the stunning views of Jannu (7710m), Nyukla Laching (6670m), Temachunggi (6044m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), and many other mountain ranges along the Sikkim border. Today the trail passes via 3 passes Selele pass, Sinion La pass and Mirgin La Pass. After the last pass the trail is steep down to Tseram.

Day 16 : Tseram to Ramzer (4468m)
Tea house

ACCOMODATION

Tea house

7 Km

DISTANCE

7 Km

5 Hours

DURATION

5 Hours

+594m / -18m

ELEVATION

+594m / -18m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEAL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Tseram the trails start towards the southern base camp. The trail continues with the view of the Koktang (6,147m), Rathong (6,679m) and the Kabrus over 7,000m. Today there might be a possibility to see the blue sheeps. 

Day 17 : Ramzer to Oktang (4800m) and back to Tseram
Tea house

ACCOMODATION

Tea house

14 Km

DISTANCE

14 Km

6 Hours

DURATION

6 Hours

+348m / -951m

ELEVATION

+348m / -951m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEAL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today's trail will continue on the snout of the Yalung glacier into an ablation valley. After sometime there is a view of south west Kanchenjunga. We will continue towards Oktang, which is a viewpoint. The base camp is on the edge of the glacier. We can get a panoramic view of Jannu (7720m) and Kanchenjunga (8586m), and several other peaks. We will return to Tseram to stay.

Day 18 : Tseram to Torangding (3000m)
Tea house

ACCOMODATION

Tea house

9 Km

DISTANCE

9 Km

5 Hours

DURATION

5 Hours

+101m / -1299m

ELEVATION

+101m / -1299m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEAL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today the trail is mostly downhill. We will pass through the forest filled with rhododendrons and the trail continues on the side of the river. There are only two tea houses in Torangding.

Day 19 : Torangding to Yamphuding
Tea house

ACCOMODATION

Tea house

15 Km

DISTANCE

15 Km

6 Hours

DURATION

6 Hours

+851m / -1757m

ELEVATION

+851m / -1757m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEAL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trail continues with the short downhill to the long steep up to the Lasiya Bhanjyang through the forest. As we reach the top, we will have a view of the valley. We will also be able to see the Yamphuding. Later after the steep up climb the trail will be long steep downhill up to the river. After crossing the river, the trail will be easy to Yamphuding.

Day 20 : Yamphuding to Bhadrapur
Hotel

ACCOMODATION

Hotel

12 Hours

DURATION

12 Hours

Jeep

TRANSPORTATION

Jeep

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEAL

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will take a Jeep which will normally take 10-12 hours to reach Bhadrapur.

Day 21 : Fly back to Kathmandu from Bhadrapur
Hotel

ACCOMODATION

Hotel

Flight, Airport Shuttle

TRANSPORTATION

Flight, Airport Shuttle

Breakfast

MEAL

Breakfast

After completing our long trek, we will finally fly back to Kathmandu today and spend the evening and night in Thamel.

Day 22 : Departure
Airport Shuttle

TRANSPORTATION

Airport Shuttle

Breakfast

MEAL

Breakfast

You will be dropped off at the airport in a car or jeep prior to your flight departure time.

Trip Route
Trip Code
#YOGIS-P00003
altitude
altitude
5143m
duration
duration
22 Days
transport
Transport
Flight, Jeep
Region
Region
Kanchenjunga Region
Group
Group Size
2-14
Level
Level
Challenging
Activity
Activity
Trekking
Accomodation
Accomodation
Hotel, Tea House
Accomodation
Best Season
Spring

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What is Included?

  • Airport pickup and drop
  • Two nights in 3 star hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis
  • A professional trekking guide
  • All the necessary permits
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadarpur and back
  • All the necessary permits
  • Transportation from Bhadarpur to Taplejung
  • Government taxes

What is Excluded?

  • International flights, visa fee and travel insurance.
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All personal expenses, bar’s bill, hot shower and mineral water.
  • Personal equipment and gears.
  • All costs arising due to flight cancellations, natural disasters, health problems and political unrest
  • Porters to carry your bag.
  • Tips for the field staff/guide.
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