Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
Remote Area Trek
Feb, Mar, April, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec.
Activity Per Day
4-6 Hrs Walking
Tourist Bus, Private Car
Min Group Size
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is one of the best off the beaten/remote area trekking destination in Nepal. In Taplejung district of Nepal, lies the third highest mountain in the world. Mount Kanchenjunga stands tall at the height of 8586m above sea level. It is located in the eastern Himalayas on the border between Sikkim state, northeastern India and eastern Nepal, 46 miles (74km) northwest of Darjeeling, Sikkim. The mountain is part of the great Himalayan range. The Kanchenjunga massif is in the form of the gigantic cross whose arms extend north, south, east and west. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek foremost is an interesting journey exposing the great Himalayas of Nepal and authentic culture of one of an indigenous ethnic group- Limbu of Nepal. The trail is quiet, scenic, and remote. The trail has been trekked by few numbers of trekkers so you will get to meet the local pedestrians as your companion. Thus, due to few numbers of trekkers on the trail, accommodation and meal is simple and very common Nepalese dishes will be served. This inspirational trek is in the pristine Himalayan community and rewards a journey of a lifetime.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek provides an excellent opportunity for those who wish to enter the hills and valleys of eastern Nepal that leads you to the foothills of Mt. Kanchenjunga offering unlimited and superb camping sites offering magnificent natural scenery as afforded by snowy peaks. Therefore, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is truly an Inspirational Himalayan Trip.
Journey to the Kanchenjungha Circuit
We will be on our way to the Kanchanjunga from Kathmandu to Suketar, from Taplejung to Domestic, and then we will move the woods and rhododendrons, to Lali-Kharka, (2,220m)-Keswa(2,100m)-Mamanke (2,000 m) above sea level, and on Yamphudin(1,650 m), we will walk along Lamite Bhanjying and Torotan to Lamche(3,750 m), Ramche(4,360 m) to Mirgin-La Kanchenjunga. Touring the Kanchenjunga, we shall start from Kathmandu to Suketar. We will thus end our amazing and daredevil Kanchenjunga Trek. The trail starts at the north side of Kanchenjunga with views of the Tent top, the Nepal plateau and the Cross Peak. The walk returns from Pangpema to Ghunsa, accompanied by the Mirgin La to the south of Kanchenjunga. We will once visit Ramche and Oktang Yak pastures, with a magnificent view of the south-west frontier of Kanchenjunga.
Highlights of Kanchenjungha Circuit Trek
- Spectacular views of the Kenchenjunga mountains
- Yalung Glacier and other crossings at high altitude
- Sanctuaries and magnificent landscapes religious communities.
- Villages of traditional Sherpa
- A black head in the Himalayas, a mask of the Assamese, a Musk Wolf, a Red Panda and Snow Leopards.
- Rhododendrons, orchids, lily plants etc.
Trip Grade: Strenuous
A difficult trek or grade 3 from an altitude from 4000 m to 5550 m. The best of Nepal's trekking is category 3. You need some previous trekking activities and good health. Climbing and descending are quite common walking experiences and you may also need to cross little glaciers. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes, however, the pace of the trek will vary in compensation. If you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have strong determination, you will complete this trek successfully. Exercising, particularly jogging and climbing stairs regularly for some weeks prior to your arrival is recommended to enhance your strength and fitness. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required. This kind of trip gives you a lifetime experience, a breathtaking stroll around the mountains. There are many villages with a very different landscape in Nepal around 4000 m.
Outline Itinerary ( 26 Days )
Arrival in Kathmandu
Kathmandu Sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar square.
Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (2,420m/7938ft), Drive to Taplejung; 45 min flight & 9 hours drive
We will take flight to Bhadrapur and drive to Taplejung. The flight is 45 min long and drive is about 9 hours. Stay overnight at Guest House.
Trek From Taplejung to Sinuwa (9,80m) Duration: 5-6 hours.
We leave the village of Taplejung and walk through the flourishing green hills that pass rivers and steep ridges. Throughout the path we travel through a few rural settlements with individuality of mud homes, rice fields, fruit trees and terraced crops, before heading down to the Tamur River to visit some small villages upstream. We eventually arrive in Sinuwa's Tamang village where we spend the night. Included are breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Trek from sinuwa to Tapethok (1,380m) Duration: 5-6 hours.
The valley narrows down when we leave Sinuwa Village as we cross relics and blocks before going down to Thiwakhola and cross a wooden bridge. Before reaching Chiruwa, the trail continues and follows the nature but undulates the contours of the ground. We leave Chiruwa, follow the trail along the Tamur River and finally arrive at Taplethok.
Trek Tapethok to Sakathum (1,575m) Duration: 5-6 hours.
We go down to Simbua Khola and cross over the bridge over the river – the Yalung Glacier is its root. Again, before you enter the Ghunsa Khola Valley, we head up another mountain. After the Tamur River and Ghunsa Khola have converged, we will proceed for a short time and camp by the river for the night.
Trek to Amjilosa (2,310m) Duration: 5-6 hours.
After climbing boost, you go to Simbua Khola and cross the bridge over the river – the Yalung Glacier, which is its root. Before we enter Ghunsa Khola Valley, we head again along another mountain. After the Tamur River and Ghunsa Khola have converged, we will proceed for a short time and camp by the river for the night .
Trek to Gyabla (2,730m) Duration: 5-6 hours.
The road now passes through the woods of rhododendrons and bamboo. When we ascend higher, we arrive at a large waterfall along the river side that signals our way to Gyable, with its magnificent views of the scenery around us.
Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m) Duration: 4-5 hours.
The path takes us across a wonderful forest, a small town, and a small hill after having left Gyable. We go down the river and pass through the village of Gunsa, a large village of Tibetan houses, a school , health center and its own hydropower power station. In the Kanchenjunga Protection Area is the village, where people relax and share tales of their journey. There were numerous Buddhist fortresses. We stay tonight in Gunsa, the last of the valley villages.
Acclimatization day in Ghunsa
Exploration of Ghunsa and surrounding. We trek across the river to an altitude of 400 metres above the village, taking around 4 hours return For the remainder of the day we will wander around this Tibetan village, chatting to the locals and absorbing their rich culture.
Trek to Khambachen (4,050m) Duration: 5-6 hours.
After we leave Ghunsa, we walk across magnificent pine and rhododendron forests on the southern bank of Ghunsa Kola. Trekking over many slopes and moraines of glacier, we reach Khambachen – today a small Tibetan village with just a few homes, but mountain-covered. We stay this picturesque village tonight.
Trek to Lhonak (4,780m) Duration: 3-4 hours.
When we get to the source of the Ghunsa Khola, we walk north along the glacier of Kanchenjunga and take a flat path along the Lhonak Glacier to Lhonak, where we meet today. At this height, the air is thin and dry, but we're balanced by the spectacular view from the Wedge, the Mera, the Nepal peak and the Twins.
Trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5,143m) and return to Lhonak (4,780m) Duration: 6-7 hours.
After leaving Lhonak, we head east, live on the northern slopes near the Lhonak glacier until we reach the Pangpema base camp Kanchenjunga where the massive surrounding mountains give a great photo opportunity. We return to Lhonak for the night after this incredible encounter.
Trek to Ghunsa (3,595m) Duration: 5-6 hours.
Today we return to Ghunsa following the same route we took to reach Kanchenjunga Base Camp. We will stay here for the night
Trek to Sele la Kharka (4,200m) Duration: 5-6 hours.
Today's walk takes us along a steep rock-strewn road that carries us through a forest to the High Camp. We live in Sele la Kharka just after the move for the night. It's over the high pass where we're spending the night.
Trek over Sele la Pass & down to Tseram (3,870m) Duration: 7-8 hours.
One of the most unforgettable of the trek today, as we cross two passes, the pass of Sele La, 4480 m and the pass of Sinion La, 4660 m. Once we've passed Sinion La Pas, we go down about 1000 m to Tseram, where we stay the evening.
Trek to Oktang Base camp (4,730m) and back to Ramche (4,580m) Duration: 6-7 hours.
After leaving Tseram, we walk along the Yalung Glacier terminal into a hilly valley. Nepal-India borders the peaks of this region. In Ramche there are a lake and a meadow. On the grassy slopes, blue sheep can also be seen. We are passing rocky paths and moraines from Ramche to Oktang Glacier. From there, we follow the trail for the night back to Ramche.
Trek back to Tseram (3,870m) Duration: 3-4 hours.
After leaving Ramche, we retrace our steps on the same trail back to Tseram where we spend the night.
Trek to Tortong (3,370m) Duration 4-5 hours.
It's much better to go back and give us some time to enjoy the beautiful sights and wild orchides as we go down the protection path. Today we go back down on the same way back to Simbuwa Khola. Tonight we 're in the village of Tortong.
Trek to Yamphudin (1,690m) Duration: 7-9 hours.
Today's hiking tour takes us to a thick pine-wood from Lamite Bhanjyang On this route we can hear the chorus of many birds. We descend to Yamphudin after crossing the Amji Khola and spent the night there.
Trek to Phumphe Danda (1,780m) Duration: 5-6 hours.
As we go down today, we follow the Kabeli Khola path. On the trail you can see numerous waterfalls.
Trek to Kandebhanjung (2,100m) Duration: 5-6 hours.
After leaving Phumphe, we walk along a hill and enter a series of Valleys just past Phun Village. The next stage of the trip will lead us through Kesawa to Bhanjyang, a town in the Gurung. Then you follow the ridge and go down to Kande Bhanjung Limbu village. We camp at Pha Khola 's bank tonight.
Trek to Simbu (1,600m) and drive to Taplejung (1,580m) Duration: 5-6 hours.
This is our last day of walking to Suketar in the district of Taplejung. There's a lot of climbing today that will make us tired before we stay in Taplejung overnight.
Drive to Bhadrapur (2,38km) Duration: 7-9 hours.
After early morning breakfast, you will be driving to Bhadrapur from where you will take flight back to Kathmandu officially ending the trek.
Accommodation: Guest house
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
Activity: Drive 7-9hrs
Distance: 238 Km
Flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu Duration: 45 minutes.
After about 45 minutes of flight, you will land in Kathmandu which is the end point of this trek. You can relax, take the stroll around the area of your hotel, do some shopping and enjoy spa services.
Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
Activity: Flight 45 Minutes
Distance: 238 Km
Our representative will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport and bid you farewell.
- Airport pick up and drop
- Two/ three star catagory hotel in Kathmandu in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
- Meals, accommodation, insurance and other expenses of trekking crew
- All meals (3 meals a day ) and accommodation in simple guest house for the clients in trek days
- Tims and national park fees
- Special permit
- Airfare Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu
- Farewell dinner with cultural program
- Transportation by sharing jeep
- Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- All necessary equipment (sleeping bag,trekking pole ) during the trek
- Lunch and dinner in kathmandu
- City shightseeing entry fee
- Personal equipments and clothing
- Your insurance(strongly recommended)
- Cold drinks and beverages
- Personal expenses and tips to the crew
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Travel and Transportation Modes
On Land: Touring to and from city destinations is done on a private vehicle such as a car, jeep or microbus. Luxury tourist buses, which are only hired by the company for the most part, make the long distance travel. You will may have to take a public bus on some trip, but you do not need to worry about your protection or comfort because you ride with our guides and support staff in a group.
By Air: Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and back is included in the total trip cost.
This Tour with HSJ
Guides and Porters
Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced, hospitable and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. You will be provided with the professional and an experienced English speaking trekking guide with the good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled with the experience of over 10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.
For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.
Other Programs and complimentary services with this trip
• Welcome and Farewell dinner
• Yoga Classes
• Spa services
How do we make sure you get the best experience of this trek?
We are your completely flexible travel partner. Want to follow different route? We have you covered. Have extra time in Nepal? Excellent! We have more add-on tours like Chitwan Jungle Safari, Cable Car ride to Chandragiri hills, Cooking and Yoga classes in Kathmandu and so on. Would like to customize the trip? Well, why not? Give us your ideas and we will prepare complete itinerary for you. Do you want to use different standard of accommodations than provided in the itineraries? Of course! You absolutely can. From your arrival until you departure, your wishes are our command. Feel free to make the request.
Last minute booking
It is best to book in advance but for those who cannot, for whatever reason, make a last minute reservation special arrangement for Himalayan Social Journey. In the case of last minute reservation, 100% tour payment will be approved within 24 hours. We try to operate a trek at any time but we are not liable for the delay in case of last-minute reservation, because of uncontrolled changes such as weather and the availability of accommodation.
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