Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek - 29 Days

About Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Kanchenjunga region was a forbidden part of Nepal until 1987, where foreigners are not allowed to visit. Today, this region falls under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, and you have to get a restricted area permit from the government of Nepal to travel here. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek leads you to the far eastern part of Nepal in one of the very remote areas of the Himalayas. If you are someone looking for unspoiled nature, solitary, off-the-beaten-trail, and exotic vegetations, then Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking is the perfect package for you. 

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek leads you to both north and south base camps of the third highest mountain in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga. The trail takes you close to the daily lifestyle of locals and provides you a glimpse of their cultural heritage. Snow-capped Himalayan mountains like Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Kambachen (7,903 m), Janu (7,710 m), Jongsong (7,483 m), Kabru (7,353 m), Tent Peak (7,365 m), Twins (7,350 m), etc accompany you along the way. Likewise, you get to see the stunning Yalung Glacier. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking is no doubt a very adventurous and once in a lifetime journey in the Himalayas. 

To know more about Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek cost or any other information, contact us at any time. We are a team of professional and active climbers, mapping numerous trails around the world. We would love to be your travel partner and create lifelong memories with you.

Variation & Custom Itinerary

You can extend your trip to Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek or join the other very famous trail in the Himalayas like Everest Base Camp Trek if you have extra days in Nepal. You can also go for the tailor-made option to custom create your Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek package as per your needs. 

Highlights

  • Adventurous trail passes through Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
  • Off-the-beaten trekking experience
  • Picturesque mountain villages
  • Rich culture of the locals
  • Visit ancient gompa and stupas
  • Cross Sele La Pass and Mirgin La Pass
  • Witness stunning Yalung Glacier
  • Explore Pangpema Base Camp
  • Get to see breath-taking scenery and Himalayan mountain views

Itinerary

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After you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you meet with our team members and drive to the hotel. Rest for a few hours, and later stroll on the vibrant streets of Thamel. In the late evening, you will have a welcome dinner organized by the company with the rest of the team members.

  • Hotel
  • Welcome dinner
  • Kathmandu

This day is for sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and preparation of the trek. The day begins early and you go on a guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, etc. Later, in the afternoon, you meet with the trek guide who will brief you about the trail and do final packing with you.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only
  • Kathmandu

After having a delicious breakfast, you fly to Biratnagar. The flight will be around 45 minutes long and offers you bird views of beautiful landscapes. Upon reaching Biratnagar, you take five hours long drive to Basantpur

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Basantpur

Today, after having a warm breakfast, you continue trekking towards Chauki. The trail passes through small villages and moves along the hillside. On the way, you can see a beautiful landscape.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Chauki

It is going to be a short day today. From Chauki, you ascend towards Milke Danda. From here, you continue trekking towards Gupha Pokhari, where you will be spending the night.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Gupha Pokhari

Leaving Gupha Pokhari behind, you trek towards Dobhan. The trail passes through a lush forest of rhododendron. Along the way, you can see striking views of snow-capped mountains. The trail is long yet easy.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Dobhan

After having breakfast, you begin trekking towards Mitlung. The trail passes through verdant forests and small settlement areas. You get to witness gorgeous sceneries along the way.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Mitlung

From Mitlung, the trail goes through dense forest and passes by a narrow gorge. You then descend through a small hill and reach Sinwa. From here, the trail drops down to Tawa and ascends towards Thiwa. You will cross a suspension bridge and reach Chirwa

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Chirwa

The trail descends through a series of trees. Walking through lush forests, you cross the Tamor River. Further, the trail heads to Tamor Nadi Valley and takes you to the Ghunsa river. From here, a short walk will take you to Sekathum.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Sekathum

Crossing a suspension bridge, you walk through the forest. The trail will get steeper. Further, you cross another river and ascend along a gorge. You reach Solima from where the trail drops down to a river. After a few ascends and descends, you reach Amjilasha for a night stay.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Amjilasha

Trekking through the beautiful forests of bamboo, rhododendron, oak, and pine, you move towards Gyabla. On the way, you get to see mountain goats, sheep, and yaks. Different types of birds are also seen throughout the trail. Before reaching Gyabla, you pass by a lush forest and cross a wooden bridge.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Gyabla

From Gyabla, the trek continues through dense forest and takes you to Phale village, which used to be a Tibetan refugee camp decades ago. Soon, you reach Ghunsa, the largest village in the region with the police station, health post, telephone, and internet services. 

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Ghunsa

It is a rest day in Ghunsa. You will go on a short excursion to a ridge from where striking views of Jannu Peak can be seen. Later, in the day, you will explore the village and spend time with the locals.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Ghunsa

Enjoying the views of Jannu Himal, you head towards Kambachen. From Ghunsa, the trail ascends, and you come across a green glacier valley. On the way, you might get to see blue sheep and snow leopards. Further, passing by the landslide-prone area, you reach Kambachen.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Kambachen

Today, you walk over the moraine. The trail gradually ascends through boulders' field path. Excellent landscape and a glimpse of rare animals will keep the walk exciting.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Lhonak

The trail today ascends to Pangpema Base Camp. Walking alongside gigantic Kanchenjunga Glacier, you reach the base camp from where you can see panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains. After spending some time at the base camp, you drop down to the village for a night stay.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Pangpema Base Camp

You begin trekking early in the morning. The trail ascends through dense forest and grassy ridges. You will reach the top of Sele La Pass from where you can see fantastic views of villages like Ghunsa and Phale. You will descend to a village for a night stay.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Ghunsa

You begin trekking early in the morning. The trail ascends through dense forest and grassy ridges. You will reach the top of Sele La Pass from where you can see fantastic views of villages like Ghunsa and Phale. You will descend to a village for a night stay.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Sele La Pass

This is going to be a tough day. You begin gradually ascending towards Mirgin La Pass. The trail will be rugged and steep. Upon reaching the top of the pass, you get to see stunning scenery. The trail then descends to Tseram for a night stay.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Tseram

The begins with a short hike. Further, you continue trekking towards Ramche. The trail passes by Yalung Glacier and Simbuwa river. You then pass by Lapsang village and reach Ramche.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Ramche

The trail from Ramche to Tortong is easy. You walk along Simbuwa Khola and enter in lush rhododendron forest. Further, trekking through the forest, you reach Tortong.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Tortong

From Tortong, the trek continues towards Yamphudim. You descend most of the trail through small settlement areas and lush forests.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Yamphudim

After having breakfast, you begin descending towards Khebang. The trail passes by lovely farming fields and villages inhabited by Chhetris & Brahmins. Before reaching Khebang, you will cross a few small passes.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Khebang

Today is going to be another long trekking day. You descend and reach Dovan. From here, following a plain path, you reach Phakholing. On the way, you get to see gorgeous landscape views.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Phakholing

Phakholing to Tharpu sees gradual ascend through verdant forests and small villages. The trail is adventurous and offers gorgeous views. Tharpu is the last village of the trek.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Tharpu

After having breakfast, you take a long drive to Bhadrapur. On the way, you get to see striking views of snow-capped mountains, lush green hills, and terraced fields.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Bhadrapur

Today, you take a flight back to Kathmandu. The flight will be 35 minutes long. Upon landing at the airport, you move to the hotel. The remaining day is leisure.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only
  • Kathmandu

It is a rest day in Kathmandu. You can explore the tourist sites and do shopping. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast & farewell dinner
  • Kathmandu

Time has come to say goodbyes to each other. Our airport representative will take you to the airport as per your flight departure time.

  • Breakfast

Useful Information

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek route

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and then drives to Basantpur. From here, you trek through villages like Chauki, Dobhan, Chirwa, Amjilasha, Ghunsa, etc. The trail passes through Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, which is home to numerous flora and fauna. Further, you will reach Pangpema Base Camp and cross passes like Sele La and Mirgin La. Tharpu is the last village from where you drive to Bhadrapur and fly back to Kathmandu.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek difficulty & Altitude Sickness

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek 29 Days is one of the strenuous treks in the Himalayas. Because of the location of the region, the trail is far behind basic infrastructure development, which makes the venture more difficult. The trial involves many steep and rugged ascends & descends. You have to be in sound health and good physical fitness to go on Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. Moreover, previous trekking experience is also needed to be part of this adventurous journey.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking will take you to a high elevation that might trigger altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness (AMS). To avoid it, you have to take ample rest days in between the trek and keep yourself hydrated. We have designed our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek itinerary including enough acclimatization days and under the care of our trained crew, the chances of getting AMS are very low. 

Best time to go on Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

The best time to go on Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking is in spring (March to April) and autumn (September to November). The trail gets exquisitely embellished with a range of floras and vegetation. The views are clear and stunning. Likewise, the weather is mostly stable with a pleasant climate. In autumn, you get to see many Nepali festivals.

Accommodation & Meals

The accommodation during Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek 29 Days is a teahouse. We will book you the best available teahouse for your stay while traveling with us. The teahouse offers small rooms with a few pieces of furniture, twin-sharing beds, and a common washroom most of the time. The facilities are pretty basic. 

Likewise, meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse. Dishes like dal bhat, veggies, eggs, meat, curries, porridge, soup, noodles, thukpa, momo, bread, etc. As the altitude will increase, the food options will get limited and expensive. Make sure to carry snacks and bars with you for a light snack. 

Communication & Electricity

Kanchenjunga region is one of the remotest parts of Nepal, where the electricity and communication infrastructures are underdeveloped. The villagers depend mostly on solar power; even though the hydropower does have access to many villages. The charging facilities can cost you a few bucks at some places, whereas some teahouse offers it for free. Likewise, wifi/cellular internet connection might be available at lower elevation. 

Travel Insurance

You have to have travel insurance to be part of Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking. As it is a remote and high altitude journey, the circumstances and weather cannot be predicted. Therefore, travel insurance covering air evacuation, medical bills, hospital bills, flight cancellation will keep you safe in emergencies.

Guide & Porter

Trekking in the Kanchenjunga region is difficult and risky unless you have a professional guide and porters to accompany. While trekking with us, we will provide you some of the best guides on the field. Our guides are well trained, friendly, know various languages, and have numerous years of experience. Similarly, you will also be supported by well-trained porters.

Environmental Contribution

Running adventurous trips in nature can harm it if not done wisely. Our expert team has designed and planned our trips precisely in consideration with sustainable and eco-friendly tourism. We make sure we are not leaving any kind of waste behind. Likewise, we also run a small organization that funds education fees for children from underprivileged mountain families.