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Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, Off Beaten Path

Type

Trekking

Span

22 Days

Accomodation

3 star hotel in Kathmandu and tea house during the trek

Meal Plan

Breakfast in Kathmandu. Full board meals during trek.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Itinerary at a glance

The rudimentary campsite of Kanchenjunga 8,586 m (28,169 ft), 3rd highest mountain in the world, make up for a trek leading up to the far eastern mountain range of Nepal and up to the elevation of 5,100 m (16,732 ft).


The Kanchenjunga Circuit trail passes through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP), operated in collaboration with WWF by local communities. Subtropical forests, alpine meadows and high altitude wetlands are home to some of the endangered species of Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Himalayan Black Bear, Clouded Leopard and Assamese Macaque. 


Our Kanchenjunga circuit trek itinerary leads through picturesque farmland, lush alpine valleys to rhododendron, bamboo forests welcoming high mountain passes & crossing the remote and rarely-visited northeast corner of Nepal. Beyond Ghunsa's attractive Tibetan settlement, with its robust wooden buildings, numerous prayer flags and smiling villagers, we circumnavigate the amazing northern flank of Jannu (7710m). Later, with mystical views of Makalu, Chamlang, Everest and Kanchenjunga, you will undertake a steep climb to Mirgin La pass. Past Ramche, you will enjoy the formidable south face of Kanchenjunga & retrace your steps back to Torongding-Khebang-Khamdime. 

 

Highlights of Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

  • Experience the wilderness trekking in a rarely-visited northeast corner of Nepal.
  • Discover the world third highest peak Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • Enjoy exciting time around both north & south face of Kanchenjunga base camp
  • Crossing of the high mountain pass like Mirgin La pass, Sele La Pass, Pang Pema pass
  • Walk across glacier on Yalung Glacier
  • Experience Hospitality of local sherpa, Rai, and Limbu people
  • Explore Tibetan villages: Ghunsa & Pang Pema

22 Day(s) Detailed Itinerary

Arrival on:Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
Day 1: Kathmandu – Bhadrapur Flight and Drive to Illam

Activities:

  • Discover ancient temples and myths in the valley of gods kathmandu valley
  • Scenic flight to Bhadrapur
  • Witness some famous mountains & surrounding hills
  • Traverse through Ilam, famous District of Nepal for the production of tea

Elevation: 1,677m 
Time: 1hrs flight, 4hrs drive
Meals Provided: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Local Hotel in Illam

Day 2: Ilam – Taplejung by vehicle

Activities:

  • Set for 4 hours drive  through terraced fields  till Taplejung
  • Enjoy serene views of the lush tea and cardamom plantations 
  • Stop by Many Buddhist gompas
  • Savour the views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Jannu.

Elevation: 1820m 
Time: 4hrs
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Local Hotel in Taplejung

Day 3: Taplejung – Chirwa

Activities:

  • Follow the trail towards downhill to reach Hangdewa
  • Pass by villages like Mitlung and Lingkhim (also known as Siwa)
  • Witnesses arrayed fields with barley, millet, potatoes, and vegetable plantations
  • Discover the settlement of Limbu tribes 

Elevation: 1,270m
Time: 7hrs
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tea House 

Day 4: Chirwa – Lelep

Activities

  • Prepare to hike for 7 hours
  • Navigate through Tepethok & enter Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
  • Cross suspension Bridge & Traverse all the way to Lelep

Elevation: 1860m
Time: 7hrs
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tea House 

Day 5: Lelep – Amjilosa

Activities

  • Make your way through waterfalls & suspension Bridges
  • Pass through Sherpa settlements
  • Explore Amjilosa, Village during the time when the yaks and sheep are in the pastures 

Elevation: 2510m
Time: 7-8hrs
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tea House 

Day 6: Amjilosa – Gyabla

Activities

  • Steer through pine, bamboo, rhododendron & oak forests
  • Discover tibetan like villages
  • Touch with nature & the rich birdlife

Elevation: 2730m
Time: 4-5hrs
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tea House 

Day 7: Gyabla – Ghunsa

Activities

  • Chase the trail that passes through Phale village.
  • Pass by Tibetan settlements
  • Explore local monastery in Phale village
  • Catch the sight of the womenfolk weaving carpets
  • Witness wooden houses encompassed by colorful prayer flags.

Elevation: 3595m
Time: 4-5hrs
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tea House 

Day 8: Acclimatization Day at Ghunsa

Activities:

  • Take an warmup hike to the glacier at Chherpuk Kharka of Selele La Pass
  • Hike to monastery along the trail to Lobsang La Pass
  • Views of Phale, Ghunsa, Selele La, Ghunsa peak

Elevation: 3,595m
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tea House 

Day 9: Ghunsa – Kambachen

Activities

  • Navigate through wildflowers & beautiful forests of pine and rhododendron
  • Stop by Rampuk Kharka a single teahouse
  • Cross the landslide area, Mt. Jannu (Kumbhakarna

Elevation: 4100m
Time: 4hrs
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tea House 

Day 10: Acclimatization Day at Kambachen

Activities

  • Adapt your bodies with the altitude
  • Set to prepare for North Base Camp

Elevation: 4,100m
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tea House 

Day 11: Kambachen – Lhonak

Activities

  • Pass by azaleas & rhododendron flowers
  • Walk through large rocky boulders & tricky trails on a hillside
  • Cross waterfall & yak herder’s camp at Ramtang
  • Savour views of Kangbachen Himal and Yalung Kang
  • Explore Ramtang monastery 

Elevation: 4785m
Time: 4-5hrs
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tea House 

Day 12: Day trip to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp

Activities

  • Navigate towards the challenging Kanchenjunga Glacier
  • Hike through rocky and uphill trails
  • Catch views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Pathivara, Mt. Yalung Kang, Nepal Peak, Twin Peak, Tent Peak
  • As you reach North Base Camp of Kanchenjunga
  • See alluring views of Kanchenjunga, Chang Himal, Jannu Himal, Nepal Peak

Elevation: 4785m
Time: 6-7hrs
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tea House 

Day 13: Lhonak – Ghunsa

Activities

  • Retrace your steps back all the way through Khambachen
  • Witness panoramic views of the mountain peaks
  • Cross the monastery and the herder’s camp at Ramtang
  • Discover Tibetan influenced village of Ghunsa

Elevation: 3595m
Time: 6hrs
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tea House 

Day 14: Ghunsa – Sele Le

Activities

  • Navigate through Sele La to reach Cheram
  • Walk up to Sele La High Camp
  • Ascend through rhododendron, birch, juniper, moss and pine forests
  • Catch Magnificent views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Baruntse and several other peaks
  • Pass by steep rocky trail through the forest

Elevation: 4390m
Time: 5hrs
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tea House 

Day 15: Sele Le – Cheram

Activities

  • Cross three passes
  • Trek uphill along with marvelous southern views of Mt. Jannu and Mt. Makalu
  • Ascend up to the first pass Sinion La
  • Take a Short steep climb to reach the Mirgin La Pass.

Elevation: 3870m
Time: 6-7hrs
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tea House 

Day 16: Day trip to Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Activities

  • Trek to Ramche & then to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp
  • Enjoy  incredible views of Kanchenjunga South Face
  • Catch a sight of  Mt. Jannu Himal, Mt. Yalung, and Mt. Khambachen
  • Explore Oktang Monastery
  • Steer around Yalung Base Camp, also known as the South Base Camp. 

Elevation: 4580m
Time: 6-7hrs
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tea House 

Day 17: Cheram – Torongding

Activities

  • Take a gradual descent along the shaded rhododendron & juniper forests
  • Catch delightful views of  Jannu Himal.
  • Pass by several Mani walls and colorful prayer flags
  • Follow Simbua River to reach Torongding

Elevation: 2995m
Time: 4hrs
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tea House 

Day 18: Torongding – Yamphuding

Activities:

  • Gear up for steep climb of 1000 meters through the mossy wooded area
  • Pass by Lamite Bhanjyang which scales till Yamphuding
  • Steep descent via Imja River will take you to Yamphuding

Elevation: 2080m
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Day 19: Yamphuding – Khebang

Activities:

  • Encounter cardamom fields along the banks of the Kabeli River.
  • Hike downhill & cross a bridge failing
  • Make your way through meandering paths,  bridges & slopes of hills 

Elevation: 1,910m
Time: 5-6hrs
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tea House 

Day 20: Khebang – Khamdime

    Activities:

  • Make way to Khandime one the easier path
  • Walk mostly on flat terrain

Elevation: 1500m
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tea House 

Day 21: Khamdime – Bhadrapur by vehicle

Activities

  • Start off with a long drive to Bhadrapur.
  • Pass through tea estates, dirt roads, & thrilling meanders
  • Enjoy hearty dinner on reaching Bhadrapur

Elevation: 93m
Time: 10hrs
Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Local Hotel In Bhadrapur

Day 22: Fly back to Kathmandu

Activities

  • Enjoy scenic mountain flight  yet again
  • Spend time in kathmandu-Shopping, sightseeing or relaxing

Meals Provided: Breakfast, dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu 

Inclusion

What's included?
  • A porter and his entire expenses.
  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • Entrance permit to the national park
  • First aid medical kit
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
  • Hotel pickup & drop facility
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu flight tickets
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • One porter for two people.
  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (2 nights twin sharing room at Kathmandu).
  • Trekking permits/TIMS.
  • Upscale Adventures duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
What's not included?
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Airfare for domestic and international flights.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Extra hot showers, wifi & battery charging on a trek.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Extra porter charge.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation
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