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Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Highlights:
- Enchanting views of Kanchenjunga (8586m), Mt. Everest (8848m) and the other Himalayas
- Visit ancient monasteries like Oktang and Lungsumgba monasteries
- Witness the bio-diversity of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
- Experience the culture and traditions of the Kirat and Tibetan communities
Situated in the north-eastern border of Nepal, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is regarded to be one of the most arduous treks in the country. From diverse flora and fauna and the spectacular view of Himalayas, this trek never ceases to amaze the traveler. The Lungsumgba monastery, Oktang Monastery, and Yalung Glacier are the main highlights of the trek. Tibetan and Kirat communities decorate the trail with their immersing culture and traditions. As much as the trek is filled with rushing adventure, the occasional affair with the local people is entertaining in equal measures as well.
Upon your arrival at TIA, you will head to the hotel in Kathmandu. The second day is scheduled for sightseeing and trek preparation. After exploring the UNESCO world heritage sites in the city including Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath, a short scenic flight will take you to Bhadrapur. From here, you’ll take a long drive to Taplejung. From Taplejung, the trail passes through Lalikharka and proceeds towards Khesewa. Along with Kabeli Khola, you’ll proceed towards Mamankhe via Anpan. Along the way, you’ll cross several farm villages, terraced farmlands and green forest of pine and rhododendron. Similarly, crossing several settlements such as Yamphudin, Tortong, Cheram, and Ramche, you’ll reach Yalung Base Camp at 4500m. You can visit nearby Oktang Monastery and Yalung Glacier once at base camp. From here, a steep climb to the top of the ridge takes you to Selele La at 4480m via the Sinion La Pass (4645m).
Enjoying sublime views of Kumbakarna (7711m), Mt. Rathong (6678m), Kabru Peak (7412m), and Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m), you’ll march towards Kanchenjunga Base Camp via Kambachen and Lhonak. Now, following back the same trail, you’ll return back to Bhadrapur from where you’ll take a flight back to Kathmandu. The trail gives the pleasure of experiencing the wildlife, lush vegetation, and natural flora and fauna of this region along with a stunning view of Himalayas. March to May and October to November are the best time for this trekking. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is another option for a traveler in the Kanchenjunga Region.
Nepal Alibaba Treks is the finest travel operator in Nepal. We organize and conduct various trips across the country. Our trip guides and porters are experienced and experts in their respective fields as well. Moreover, our flexibility on the trip itinerary allows you to customize the trips as per your necessity.
Kanchenjunga Circuit trek offers the scenery of wonderful landscape, forest, hill, wildlife, villages, and culture. The trek starts from Taplejung where we will reach from a short flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and a drive for Taplejung. The trek begins from Taplejung to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp which is situated at the altitude of 5,388meters through various villages like Sunwa, Chiruwa, Mitlung, Lelep, Tapethok and many others along with the Tamor River Bank.
For the acclimatization, we will stop at Khambachen during that day, we will visit the Jannu Viewpoint for one of the best views of the trek where you can see the majestic views of Sobi Thongie, Phile, Ghabur peak and many others. Then the trek back to Ghunsa to reach Kanchenjunga South Base Camp through various villages like Cheram, Yalung Bara, Ramche, Oktang, and others.
The South Base Camp offers the amazing views of mountains like Kanchenjunga south, Kanchenjunga central, Nyukla Lachung Kanchenjunga, Kanbachen, and many other peaks. Then we reached Birtamod and drove to Bhadrapur to take a flight back to Kathmandu.
Best season for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
Like other treks in Nepal, you can trek any time of the year. But you need to be well prepared with strong determination. Talking about the best season for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, you can trek in Autumn and Spring which is September to November and March to May respectively.
Autumn is the best season to trek for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. At this time, the trek offers the wonderful greenery of forest, beautiful and colourful Rhododendron on the trails. Similarly, during the trek in this season, you will have a clear blue sky view with the serenity of mountains. The weather and temperature during this season is really suitable for the best trekking in Kanchenjunga Circuit.
Spring offers the best views of mountains. This is the season after the ends of winter which provides the opportunity to have a glimpse of wildlife who come to bask in the sun’s heat. Similarly, the temperature in this season is moderate which helps to have an excellent view of mountains and hills.
The months between December to February are mostly very cold and snowy. The views of mountains won’t be clear due to dark clouds and fog. But strong determination and well equipment leads to a successful trek.
This is a time when Nepal has excessive rainfall, the routes are mostly damaged and accommodation is closed. The views aren’t clear. On the season you will have a risky trek.
Permit for Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
Thr trek takes you from the forbidden area so you need to take a special trekking permit issued by Nepal Tourism Board. While doing this trek you need two permit and they are:
- Restricted Area Permit
During our trek, we will be trekking from some restricted areas, therefore you need to take a special permit which charges fees depending on the time of the year. The charge of this Restricted Area Permit costs from the range of Rs 1000 to Rs 5000 per week.
- Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit
Since, we will be trekking through the beautiful conservation area of Kanchenjunga we need a permit for this. The cost of these permits is around Rs 2000. This permit is issued by Nepal Tourism Board.
You need to pay this fee in local currency that is Nepali rupee. To take the permit you need two passport size photos and a photocopy of your passport.
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Map:
Day Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Day Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation
Day Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (2,420m), Drive to Taplejung; 45 min flight & 9 hours’ drive
Day Day 04: Taplejung to Lalikharka (2265m) 4 – 5 hours trek
Day Day 05: Lalikharka to Khesewa (2120m) 5 - 6 hours trek
Day Day 06: Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m) 5 - 6 hours trek
Day Day 07: Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m) 4 -5 hours
Day Day 08: Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m) 7 -8 hours
Day Day 09: Tortong to Cheram (3,870m) 2 -3 hours
Day Day 10: Cheram Acclimatization and Rest
Day Day 11: Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4,580m) 3 – 4 hours
Day Day 12: Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), back to Cheram 3 – 4 hours
Day Day 13: Cheram to Selele La (4480m) 6 -7 hours
Day Day 14: Selele La to Ghunsa (3,595m) 2 -3 hours
Day Day 15: Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m) 5 -6 hours
Day Day 16: Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m) 5 -6 hours
Day Day 17: Kanchenjunga base camp, overnight at Pangpema (5,143m) 6 -7 hours
Day Day 18: Pangpema to Lhonak (3 – 4 hours)
Day Day 19: Lhonak to Ghunsa (3475m) 6 -7 hours
Day Day 20: Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2,308m) 5 -6 hours
Day Day 21: Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270m) 6 -7 hours
Day Day 22: Chirwa to Taplejung via Mitlung (921m) 7 -8 hours trek
Day Day 23: Taplejung to Bhadrapur |9 hours’ drive
Day Day 24: Fly to Kathmandu
Day Day 25 : Final departure
Costs Includes and Excludes
- All Airports/Hotel transfers by private vehicle.
- Accommodation in 3 stars category Hotels in Kathmandu and other available places with Breakfast.
- Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, Bhadrapur to Taplejung and when we return back fromTaplejung to Kathmandu, we provide transportation.
- Accommodation in Tea Houses or Local Lodges or Local Hotels on twin sharing basis during your trekking days.
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during your trekking days.
- Permit fees for National Parks and Conservation Area entry as well as Trekkers Management Information Service
- (TIMS) Permit. Visit: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/about-trekking-permit
- All government officials and authorization necessary fees for your travel purpose.
- Local tourist guide (according to your need) and Local Porter during your treks: – 1 Porter for 2 Tourists.
- All your travel and rescue arrangements. (during any emergencies)
- First Aid Kits and Medical supplies.
- Welcome or Farewell dinner programs.
- Nepal entry Visa fee and charges in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu. Visit http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa
- International Air Fare to and from Kathmandu, Nepal.
- Extra Night accommodation and meals during your early arrival, late departure as well as any domestic flight delays (due to any specified reasons) especially in Everest Region than the scheduled itinerary.
- Extra luggage charges.
- Other any your personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, extra porters, bottled/boiled waters, hot shower, etc.
- Other food items than normal meals as specified.
- All your travel and rescue insurance in emergency situations.
- Personal buying and souvenirs.
- Tips during your hotels and restaurant visit.
- To purchase or rent any type of equipment or gears for personal use.
- To purchase special medicines and kits.