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Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Price Start
USD 3500  Per Person
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Activity Level

Trekking ?

Group Size
2-20
Trip Code:
NLTT-KCT 25
Accommodation:
Tea House/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
5243m
Season:
February-June, September-December
Meals:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner And Accommodation.
Destination:
Kathmandu- Kanchhenjunga base camp
Duration:
25
Grade:
Moderate
Transportation:
Bus/Jeep/Plane
Trip Attraction:
  • Mt Kanchenjunga- the Third highest peak in the world
  • Tibetan hospitality
  • Traditional Nepali cultures
  • Remoteness and untouched natural heritages
  • Wildlife such as Snow leopards, Musk deer, Red panda, etc.
  • Different landscapes, from forests to meadows
  • Snow-capped mountains above 8000m
  • Kanchenjunga glacier and many others
  • Rivers and waterfalls

Trip Highlights

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

 

Nestled in the eastern part of Nepal, the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a celestial journey through the mesmerizing landscapes surrounding the third-highest peak in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga. This guide unravels the secrets of this trekker’s paradise, delving into the breathtaking vistas, cultural encounters, and challenges that define the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.

Discovering the Crown Jewel: Kanchenjunga

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek sets the stage by exploring the majestic Kanchenjunga, standing at an awe-inspiring height of 8,586 meters. Trekking around this colossal peak is not just a physical challenge but a spiritual journey that offers trekkers an intimate connection with the Himalayan grandeur.

The trail weaves through lush rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, and pristine landscapes, presenting a panorama of unparalleled beauty.

A Glimpse into Kanchenjunga’s Rich Biodiversity

As trekkers ascend through the diverse topography, the trek unfolds as a biodiversity extravaganza. The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, a protected sanctuary for unique flora and fauna, becomes a living canvas for nature enthusiasts. The trek offers encounters with endangered species like the red panda and elusive Himalayan tahr, making it not just a journey for the soul but a rendezvous with the Himalayan ecosystem.

The Unique Kanchenjunga Circuit Route

The trek’s unique route takes trekkers on a circumnavigation around the Kanchenjunga massif, revealing a different facet of the mountain with every step. The journey typically begins in the vibrant village of Taplejung, navigating through the remote corners of eastern Nepal. This less-trodden path ensures a sense of isolation, allowing trekkers to immerse themselves in the untouched beauty of the Himalayas.

Permits and Regulations

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek demands meticulous planning, including obtaining permits to enter the restricted areas. Trekkers need the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP) and the Restricted Area Permit (RAP). The article provides detailed insights into the permit application process, associated costs, and the importance of adhering to local regulations to ensure a smooth and responsible trekking experience.

Cultural Encounters in the Eastern Himalayas

Beyond the awe-inspiring landscapes, the trek introduces trekkers to the rich cultural tapestry of the eastern Himalayas. Remote villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups, including the Limbu and Rai communities, welcome trekkers with warm hospitality. The article sheds light on these communities’ unique traditions, festivals, and daily lives, offering a cultural immersion that adds depth to the trekking experience.

Challenges and Triumphs

Ascending to high altitudes presents trekkers with challenges that demand physical endurance and mental resilience. The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek takes trekkers to elevations where acclimatization becomes crucial. The guide explores the potential difficulties, safety measures, and rewards of conquering high-altitude passes, providing a comprehensive understanding of what to expect in this Himalayan odyssey.

Teahouses and Accommodations

The trek’s route is adorned with charming teahouses, providing a cosy haven for trekkers amidst the rugged terrain. The article outlines the teahouse experience, offering insights into the hospitality, local cuisine, and the camaraderie shared with fellow trekkers. Understanding the accommodation options ensures that trekkers embark on this journey well-prepared and equipped for the comforts and challenges.

Responsible Trekking

With the increasing popularity of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, the importance of responsible trekking cannot be overstated. The guide explores the environmental impact of trekking, emphasizing sustainable practices and the significance of leaving no trace.

Trekkers are encouraged to engage with local communities respectfully, fostering a harmonious relationship between nature enthusiasts and the pristine Himalayan landscapes.

Wildlife Encounters and Conservation Efforts

Delving further into the natural wonders of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, the trek’s route is encompassed by the Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve, a designated UNESCO site. The reserve is home to various wildlife, from the elusive snow leopard to the vibrant red panda.

The article explores the significance of conservation efforts in maintaining the delicate balance of this ecosystem, shedding light on how responsible trekking contributes to preserving these endangered species and their habitats.

Mystical Monasteries and Spiritual Sanctuaries

As trekkers traverse the Kanchenjunga Circuit, they encounter ancient monasteries and spiritual sanctuaries that testify to the region’s rich religious heritage.

The trek provides opportunities for cultural immersion through visits to monastic sites, where the rhythmic chants of Buddhist monks echo against the backdrop of towering peaks. These spiritual oases offer moments of reflection and a deep connection with the profound spirituality that permeates the Himalayas.

Weather and Best Time to Trek

Understanding the nuances of Himalayan weather is imperative for a successful trek. The article delves into a thorough analysis of the optimal timing for embarking on the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, taking into account critical factors like temperature, precipitation, and visibility. Trekkers receive guidance on navigating the distinct beauty of each season, aiding in the planning of their journey to align with optimal conditions for a truly unforgettable experience.

Local Cuisine

Exploring the diverse culinary landscape along the Kanchenjunga Circuit adds a flavorful dimension to the trekking experience. From hearty dal bhat to locally sourced teas, the article guides trekkers on a culinary journey that nourishes both body and soul, ensuring they savour every aspect of the trek.

Photography and Capturing the Essence of Kanchenjunga

With its unparalleled landscapes, diverse wildlife, and vibrant cultures, the Kanchenjunga Circuit is a haven for photography enthusiasts. The article provides tips and insights into capturing the essence of this Himalayan paradise. From the golden hour atop panoramic viewpoints to candid shots of local life. Trekkers are equipped with the knowledge to immortalize their journey through breathtaking visuals, creating lasting memories of their Kanchenjunga adventure.

Local Perspectives

The role of local guides and porters in enhancing the trekking experience cannot be overstated. The article delves into the importance of hiring local guides with intimate knowledge of the region. Ensuring a safe and enriching journey. Trekkers also gain insights into the culture and traditions of the local communities through interactions with porters, fostering a deeper connection with the people who call the Himalayas home.

Post-Trek Reflections and Impact on Trekkers

As trekkers conclude their Kanchenjunga Circuit adventure, the article explores the lasting impact of this transformative journey. From newfound perspectives on nature and culture to the personal triumphs over challenges faced during the trek. The experience becomes a catalyst for self-discovery. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is not just a trek. It’s a journey into the heart of the eastern Himalayas, a passage through landscapes of unrivalled beauty and cultural richness. This guide is your companion for the Himalayan legacy, offering a roadmap to soul-stirring experiences on the Kanchenjunga trails. For those craving transformative adventures, the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is an unrivaled odyssey, promising memories at the world’s third-highest peak.

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Itinerary

We complete our custom formalities at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Afterward, there is a Himalayan Glacier representative waiting for us at the gate who will take us to our hotel. We can then spend the rest of the day taking rest. In the evening, we get to try Nepalese cuisine at a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation:
Hotel
Maximum Altitude:
1,310 m/4,264 ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We visit four landmarks in Kathmandu, three of which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We tour Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Bauddhanath Stupa. After the tour, we meet our entire trekking team, and our guides will tell us what we can expect on our trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation:
Hotel
Maximum Altitude:
1,310 m/4,264 ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Kathmandu, we get an early morning flight to Bhadrapur, located in the Mechi Zone of southeastern Nepal. The flight will be for 45 minutes, and you will see spectacular views all the way. Once we reach Bhadrapur, we will drive for 9 hours toward Taplejung. The famous Hindu pilgrimage Pathivara is located there. We will stay overnight in Taplejung.

Accommodation:
Hotel
Maximum Altitude:
2,420m/7938ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On our fourth day of the trip, we will head to Lalikharka for 5 hours of trekking. Lalikharka is a beautiful village in Panchthar District in the Mechi Zone of eastern Nepal. It is a simultaneous ascent and descent on a trail that mostly passes through lush green forests all the way to Lalikharkha.

Accommodation:
Hotel/ Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2265m/7,431ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We begin our trek to Khesewa after breakfast. It is primarily an easy descent until Phundrawa. From here, we start our ascent. It is a steep climb until Yangpang, from where we climb steadily until Phumphe Danda, followed by another rise to Khesewa. Our trek will be through forests and small villages—overnight in Khesewa.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2120m/6,955ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we begin our trek towards the Kabeli Khola. Next, we walk on a trail that passes through forests before crossing a small stream. On the way, we enjoy amazing views of the Himalayan peaks while also passing through several beautiful small villages. Overnight in Mamankhe.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1785m/5,856ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s trek will be mostly uphill on an easy trail whereby we mostly walk alongside the Kabeli Khola. During the walk, we also admire the beautiful ridge behind the stream. We continue our walk and admire a beautiful waterfall nearby. After walking for some time, we cross a small suspension bridge. We pass through small settlements before reaching Yamphudin to spend the night.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2080m/6824ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We begin our walk on a path commonly used by the villagers and pass through terraced farms and green meadows. Along the way, we have the constant company of the Himalayas to enjoy. Our walk will be on a trail along the Amji Khola. We also cross a pass at Lassiya Bhanjyang before reaching Tortong. Overnight in Tortong.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,995m/9,826ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We begin our steady climb to Cheram after breakfast. Our trail is right at the side of the Simbuwa Khola. We enjoy walking in the beautiful Lalung valley and have Tuplung peak for the company for the most of today’s journey. We pass through thick rhododendron forest and enjoy the magnificence of the Yalung Glacier. Overnight in Cheram.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,870m/12,696ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We spend a day in Cheram, which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude. We can spend the rest of the day resting and taking part in small hikes. We can explore the areas around the Yalung Glacier. There is also a viewpoint for Kabaru and Rathong peaks. Overnight in Cheram.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,870m/12,696ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We begin our short trek after breakfast. From Cheram, we ascend for some time before reaching the snout of the Yalung Glacier. It is a beautiful walk on a valley trail. We also cherish the views of several Himalayan peaks. We pass through a small settlement of Lapsang before reaching Ramche. Overnight in Ramche.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4,580m/15,026ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Ramche, we walk further up the valley. We then follow a stream before climbing on the moraine top until confronted by Kanchenjunga’s southern face. We walk further ahead for a glimpse of the Jannu Himal. We continue our trek further towards the Oktang Monastery. From here, we climb further up and reach the Yalung Base Camp. The views from the base camp are extraordinary. Kumbakarna (Jannu), Nyukla Lachung and other Himalayan peaks are close by. We descend and spend the night at Cheram.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4500m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We begin our trek after breakfast. We cross four passes today, beginning with Sinelapche Bhanjyang. After crossing the pass, we continue to Mirgin La pass. We continue trekking and reach the Sinon La pass, which is not very far. From here, we ascend to Sele La pass. There are prayer flags strung across one of the steeper sections of the trail, which is very near to the Sele La pass. We cross the pass. Overnight in Sele La.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4290m/ 14,074ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We begin our trek after breakfast. We walk towards the north with Tangbgharma Danda nearby. We reach a chorten marked by prayer flags which marks the start of a steep trail. We descend through rhododendron, birch, and pine forests before reaching Ghunsa. It is a beautiful village with houses with dark and weathered pine walls and Buddhist prayer flags. Overnight in Ghunsa.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,595m/11,794ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Ghunsa, we trek further north along the river bank which presents us with magnificent mountain scenery. We pass through meadows filled with beautiful wildflowers, then cross rhododendron and pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, continue past a waterfall and cross the tricky section of a landslide. After crossing the landslide area, we begin to see the spectacular view of Mt. Jannu. Further exploring and tackling the tricky mountain trail we finally arrive at Kambachen and spend the night.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4,050m/13,287ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today will be another challenging day, and an early start is needed. We trek through rocky fields and large boulders on the hillside along the riverbank and arrive at a waterfall. We then cross a bridge to Ramtang monastery. We then come across a landslide section which we must pass through at a steady pace before descending to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak. Overnight in Lhonak.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4,780m/15,682ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Lhonak, we trek towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Our trail is alongside the gigantic Kanchenjunga Glacier. After passing Pangpema, we descend towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The view from the base camp is extraordinary. Mt. Kanchenjunga, Jannu Himal, and other Himalayan peaks are ours to admire. We descend back to Pangpema to spend the night.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
5,143m/16,873ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Pangpema, we trace back our steps to Lhonak. We will decent toward our destination along the same trail. The beautiful scenery will keep us going throughout our returning journey. Overnight in Lhonak.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4,780m/15,682ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Lhonak, we descend all the way to Ghunsa via Kambachen. It is the same route we took when we were climbing up. Our journey will be fascinating as we go through excellent trails and scenic landscapes.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3475m/11,400ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Ghunsa, we descend towards Phale. We pass through several Manes and a monastery nearby. We walk through Juniper forests and reach Phale. From here, it is a steady descent to Gyabla. We cross a bridge over Chhundatangka Khola to reach Gyabla. As we continue our trek, we see a waterfall nearby. We also cross a suspension bridge over Sumbung Khola before reaching Amjilosa. Overnight in Amjilosa.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,308m/7,572ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After walking for a while, we see a beautiful waterfall nearby. We continue our trek and pass a small settlement of Solima before crossing a suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola. We cross another suspension bridge over Ghunsa Khola and reach Sukathum. Our trail passes through several villages and is beside Thunsa Khola at first followed by Tamor Nadi before reaching Chirwa. Overnight in Chirwa.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,270m/4,166ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a wonderful time in Chirwa, we head to Taplejung by trekking for 8 hours. The trekking trails along the way to Mitlung offers greenery at it’s best, floras and faunas and especially quaint villages always ready to welcome us.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
921m/3020ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We move toward Bhadrapur from Taplejung by bus. The ride will last for 9 hours. However, the trip won’t be boring. The uphills and downhills will keep us awake through the journey. You can also rest your eyes on the way.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
91m/298ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our amazing journey to the Kanchenjunga circuit comes to an end today. There will be a farewell dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,310 m/4,264 ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will check our belongings one more time before leaving for the airport. A Himalayan Glacier representative will pick us up from the hotel and drop us off at the airport three hours before the scheduled flight.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,310 m/4,264 ft
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price & Dates

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September 14, 2022 September 23, 2022
$ 5000   $ 4500 / Per Person
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What's Included

  • Airport picks up & drop by private vehicle to hotel.
  • Necessary paperwork and Trekking Permits fee
  • Accommodation during trek and Meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea)
  • Licensed English or Chinese or Korean or Hindi along with Nepali speaking Friendly trekking guide.
  • Coverage of Guides including their Meals, Insurance, Salary, Lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • First Aid Medical Kit (Carried by the guide).
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and trekking map, if necessary.
  • Emergency Evacuation Assistance Service (The cost of the helicopter, hospital and necessary transport are not payable by the company).
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant (complimentary).
  • A nation-wide operated Mobile SIM Card and a map of the trekking region.

Optional Addons

  • Porter (We can arrange porter for your trek).

What's Not Included

  • International airfare.
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport.
  • Personal Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsor
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-chargefee).
  • Accommodation, Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner.
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on charted helicopter.
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies etc.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.

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Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Trip Duration 25 days
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